20 Facts About Me

Hey guys so I have gained quite a few followers and I thought it would be fun to do 20 facts about me. Just a warning I am not that fascinating of a human. So without further ado let’s get started!

  1. I am a cat mom to Nelly who is a pain in my butt and a dog mom to Summer who is the laziest of lazy Chocolate Labs out there.
  2. I cannot go a day without making a Hamilton reference.
  3. I also can’t go a day without making a Harry Potter reference.
  4. I don’t listen to a lot of music, but when I do its soundtracks to my favorite movies or TV shows. I am obsessed with Outlanders soundtrack.
  5. I have had a love for Scotland since Braveheart and Outlander just increased my love even more. One day I will visit Scotland… one day.
  6. I have a house conflict at Hogwarts I was sorted into Slytherin and Ravenclaw, but I think of myself more of a Ravenclaw.
  7. I am going back to school to become a librarian.
  8. I’m writing a book. Yep you heard that right, I am writing a book. More on that later, I am working on that post right after this one.
  9. I am addicted to chai latte’s.
  10. I am also addicted to coffee in general.
  11. Gilmore Girls is life and I wish I watched it when I was younger, because Rory would have been my childhood hero like Hermoine was.
  12. I think Harry Potter made me obsessed with owls, I even have a small owl collection.
  13. I once read the entire dictionary out of complete boredom, but I don’t think I retained it all ha ha!
  14. In real life I am an introvert until I find out someone likes something that I like, but online I don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation.
  15. This goes with my obsession of Scotland, but I really like bagpipes, I am the only one I think that gets excited when the bagpipes come in parades.
  16. I love learning about history.
  17. I played the violin when I was younger and regret quitting.
  18. 2016 has been the worst year for slumps, like what did I do to deserve this!?!
  19. I always cry at the end of the The Return of the King, no matter how many times I see it, because the Lord of the Rings trilogy was beautiful and it meant everything to me.
  20. I wish that it could be fall year round.

Alright, alright now that’s what I’m talking about! Sorry Hamilton reference. Anyways there you have it 20 facts about me. Comment below some facts about you!

 

 

 

 

#ReadThemAllThon TBR

I am in need of a way to tackle my TBR that has gotten out of control, and what better way than doing a Pokemon theme read-a-thon. This one is being hosted by Aentee (Read at Midnight) for more information about this read-a-thon go here to sign up.

Now onto the TBR!

Peeler City: Boulder Badge, read the first book in a series.

For this one I went with Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, I have heard nothing but great things about the Falling Kingdom series and I cannot wait to start it!

Cervlean City: Cascade Badge, read a book that might make you cry. 

Forever Interrupted by Tayler Jenkins Reid, I read One True Loves a month ago and that book made me feel some serious feels, and I heard this one is promising to do just that. Some even say it is sadder than One True Loves, but we shall see.

Vermillion City: Thunder Badge, read a book with thunderous hype.

I think Falling Kingdoms is one of the most seen series in the bookstagram community besides a few other series like TMI, TID and Harry Potter. But I really want to dive into this series so for this challenge I chose book 2 of the Falling Kingdom series; Rebel Springs.

Celadon City: Rainbow Badge, read a book featuring diversity. 

I keep meaning to read this book, but I haven’t made time for it, but for this challenge I am going with More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

Fuchsia City: Soul Badge, read a book with an epic romance.

I am not sure if this one counts, but I am going with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Saffron City: Marsh Badge, read a book with fantasy or supernatural elements.

With the sequel coming out real soon I am going with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Cinnabar Island: Flame Badge, read a book with red on the cover.

This book has been on my shelf for over  year now and it is about time I finally pick it up, but for this challenge I am going with Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

Vivian City: Earth Badge, read a book with post-apocalyptic settings. 

Again this is another book that has just been hanging out on my shelf for a while now. For this challenge I am going with The Prey by Tom Isbell.

 

One True Loves Review

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Publication Date: June 7th 2016

Publisher: Atria

Genre: Adult Fiction

Edition: Paperback

Page Count: 327

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Goodreads:

“In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.”

This is my first time reading Taylor Jenkins Reid, although I have heard her other works are definitely worth reading soon and don’t worry I had ordered her other books once I hit the half way point of One True Loves, because I was hooked.

At first though I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not. This is a book that is completely out of my element and is now a genre that I am wanting to dive more into. I am usually one to read YA, but now I want to explore more of adult fiction. Once we were past the part where we introduce the characters I was invested and  ready to see where the story was going to go.

I felt like Emma was relatable, even though I have never been in her situation before I could relate to the turmoil that she was going through of moving on from a long relationship and stepping into a new one. I have recently ended my longest relationship, because things were sizzling out and we were growing to be two different people who didn’t blend together anymore like we did when we were younger. I also really loved her character development throughout the story with her parents, sister and really how she views things.

Even though the topic is pretty heavy in this book, I read this book quick and practically devoured it at any chance I could. One True Loves is a book that makes you question and think on your own life. It is a heartbreaking, moving and a book that will make you feel overwhelmed with love.

I cannot wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid so that I can compare this one to her other books. Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid? If so which are your favourites?

The Sword of Summer Review

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What Courtney a review?!? What is this? Yes this is indeed a review that I am FINALLY posting. With a untrustworthy computer and an internet connection that wants to get knocked out every time it storms or that one time a person took down the pole that held up the cable that is our internet causing our neighborhood to not have internet and cable for two days… yeah that was a thing.

But alas I am back and a more of an excuse will come Sunday, which will be a little update on life and my reading. Really though I have not read a lot lately and it is making me sad/irritated I am not sure what is going this year, but I am having the worst of worst slumps. It is the slump to end all slumps, it’s that bad. Okay I might be a tad overdramatic, but not really. Anyways I will stop jabbering and get on with the review!

The Sword of Summer was everything I wanted and more from a book written by Rick Riordan! It was fun, the characters were complex, the humor was perfect. Everything was perfect!

The chapter headings really set the tone for the story. Something I have always loved about Rick is that he knows how to set up a story whether it is with chapter headings or with his first sentences. There is even a chapter heading that says, “Come to the dark side, we have Pop-Tarts!” I kind of paraphrased that because I don’t have my book with me.

The characters are so good! Magnus is witty and sarcastic and I loved reading out his POV. Also he is the family member that Annabeth mentions in I believe it was Blood of Olympus and it was so good to see her again! I also want to back track and take a second to share my love for the fact that each series is connected in some way or another. As always I enjoyed the side characters as well, especially Sam!

The Gods, where do I even start with them? Unlike the other series that Rick Riordan has done, the Gods in The Sword of Summer did not come across as arrogant Gods. Don’t get me wrong I love the other series, but in those the Gods acted like what you thought Gods would act. In The Sword of Summer they were more relaxed and down to earth.

As always Rick Riordan has created a story that is fun, fast paced and of course one epic adventure. I cannot wait to see where the series goes from here in The Hammer of Thor which comes out October 4, 2016.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reader Problems Book Tag

So I found this book tag on YouTube that is pretty old, but I thought it would be fun to do it anyways. So lets get started, shall we?

You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I go off what I am in the mood for really. Or if I read the synopsis of a book and it sounds interesting then that is what I read next. I tried using at TBR jar, but I ended up never in the mood for that book, so now I go off of my moods.

You are halfway through a book and your just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you fully committed?

It all depends on why I am not enjoying that book. Is it it because it is just awful or is it hitting the slow part of the book. Usually I power through, but if I am not enjoying the book, then I put it down and maybe come back to it later.

The end of the year is coming and you are behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up and if so how?

Is it a year where I am having the worst book slump ever? Why would I be behind? I would do everything I could to reach my goal. If I have to read a bunch of shorter books to get me to goal, than that is what I will do.

The cover of a series that you love does not match, how do you cope?

WHY DO PUBLISHERS DO THIS?!?! IT IS NOT OKAY, I DON’T COPE! PUBLISHERS STOP DOING THIS TO ME!!!! I sell my series, yes I would do that and get the ebook format. My shelves do not have the time to have mismatched series sitting on them.

Everyone and their mother like a book that you don’t like, who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Goodreads. There is always someone out there that does not like the book. Also Instagram, you can find that brave soul that declares their dislike for the book.

You are reading a book in public and you are about to start crying, how do you deal?

Own it. I am not ashamed that someones writing has brought me to tears.

The sequel of a book you love just came out and you have forgotten a lot about that book, what do you do?

If there is time I try to reread it or I watch book talks that have spoilers in the review to refresh my memory.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no to someone who ask?

I just say no. I don’t lend out my books, because this is not the public library. It’s a personal library. Call me a book snob, I don’t care. There has been too many times where I have lent out a book and the book never makes it back to me. I am still needing to replace Perks of Being a Wallflower…

You have picked up and put down 5 different books, how do you get out of this slump?

Either binge watch something on Netflix like Parenthood or Gilmore Girls until I get out the slump and then dive right back in. Or I keep picking up and putting down books until I get that one book. Sometimes I reread a book to get me back into the grove of things.

There are so many books coming out and your dying to read, how many of them are you going to buy?

ALL THE BOOKS! Is there any other answer?

After you purchased all these new books that you are dying to read, how long do they end up sitting on your shelf before you get to them?

What are you talking about I have read all my books on my shelf… Really though it all depends, sometimes I read them instantly other times I find that I am not in the mood to read them right away.

So there was Reader Problems book tag! Now I tag Mollys Book Nook, The Bookish Khalessi, Aimee

Happy Reading!

Outlander Book Tag!

So my first year of being on bookstagram and I kept seeing people posting about Outlander the book and the show. I had no idea at the time what it was, but curiosity got the better of me and when I was wandering around Barnes & Noble I finally picked it up. Flash forward to now and you have one obsessed lassy. When I saw the Outlander tag I knew I had to do it. So let’s get started!

You touch the standing stones and get transported back in time, what era do you hope to land in?

I want to say Victorian era, but this time I will choose something different. Pre or post World War 1, any Downton Abbey fans here? I need my Matthew and I will be fine.

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Claire is a really good nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that fictional character excels at?

Okay I would be pretty useless if I got transported in time. I am just a girl who spends her time with a nose in a book and a lot of computer/gaming time. If I could find a way I would be a hacker like my homegirl Felicity Smoke from Arrow or like Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. Or I would be an inventor, I can be very crafty at times.

Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favourite fictional couple?

Well aside from Jamie and Claire, because of the obvious I will go with Magnus and Alec from TMI or Will and Tessa from TID, because by the angel!

The ending of Outlander was shocking, what is one ending of a book you read that totally blew your mind?

City of Glass, because come on you could not have been shocked by that. Just thinking about it makes my mind go, dajfuipenawjvepagjnveapghnjreakar! Yeah…

Scotland has a lot of castles and we see quite a few from Outlander. What fictional kingdom would you want as your own?

This one is so tough to choose! I will go with Prythian form A Court of Thorns and Roses, because of Tamlin or Lucien, I cant decide between the two. Or could I have both?

Outlander has some very steamy romance scenes: What is your favourite romance novel?

I actually don’t really read romance novels, but it is something that I would like to start reading. But Cassandra Claire knows how to write a good romantic story line.

The Jacobite rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series: What book has your favourite battle in it?

Another tough one. The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien has a pretty epic final battle, or George R.R. Martin knows a thing or two about how to write exciting battle scenes and really just fight scenes in general.

Jamie and Claire get married very unexpectedly: What fictional character would you want to marry on a whim?

Will Herondale. How could I not?

Scotland is a beautiful place: What is one fictional place you would love to visit?

Hogwarts, it would be a sin if I didn’t chose Hogwarts. There is magic, what else do you need?

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If you could change the past, would you?

A part of me would want to. I would make sure slavery was never a thing, I would make sure racism did not exist. But something tells me that if I did that then that would effect the present day. So no I would not change anything.

Now it’s your turn to do this tag!

Happy reading!

 

The Selection Review

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Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult

Page Count: 327

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America, Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a firerce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My rating 4/5 Stars

Review

This book was the perfect slump breaker and the best way to cure my winter blah that I had been in. I read this book in one sitting, while I was curled up on the couch with hot coco sitting by the fire. It was the perfect story just to do just that.

I really liked how this story reminded me of the Bachelor just set in a future dysptopian world of the United States now called Illéa. The plot was entertaining with 35 girls competing to be chosen as The One, who would be princess of Illéa. The girls were all different and from different caste system, which added some interest in the story. You had the nice ones, shy ones and of course your bitchy ones. The caste system was interesting and how each level decided what you did for a living. The political aspect of the story was in the background of this story and I kind of wished that it was more prominent in the story, especially with rebels attacking the palace.

Characters

Every review I have read was about how much people hated America, I actually liked her. Although there were moments where I was tempted to scream in frustration at her. Especially when she would get melodramatic over Aspen, instant eye roll. What I really loved about America she was not like the other girls, she didn’t fall instantly in love with Prince Maxon.

Speaking of Aspen, I hated him from the start. All the no for that boy. Aspen would have been alright, but when he got mad at America when she tried to give him something all because he wanted to the ‘man’ and wanted to do everything for America and provide for her. Just hush. I really like how Kiera Cass tried to break that sterotype that men should be the ones to provide for the woman.

I was instantly charmed by Maxon from the start. Prince Maxon is definitely a character that could make anyone swoon. And his chemistry with America just made my heart happy. I mean he gave her time to figure out what America felt, which made me want to scream at America to fall for him already but I enjoyed the pacing on their relationship. I also have to mention his concern over America and how he is willing to do anything for her.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. It is fun, light and the romance in it pulls at your heartstrings. I am so happy that I finally made time for this series.

Happy reading,

Courtney