Quick Life Update

Just wanted to do a quick little update on things. I was doing really well with my daily blogging but I’ve fallen off a bit in the last few days and I just wanted to apologize for that. I just started a new job so I’ve been training for that, plus I’ve got my little ones at home, and of course trying to read books so I have something to write about gonna here haha. I’m also going through some tech problems but I’m looking to get a laptop in August which should help in the general productiveness. Right now I’m using a tablet which isn’t great but it at least gets the job done. Also looking at creating a posting schedule so that I have something tangible.

Well, that’s everything sorry for my brief disappearance and looking forward to getting back on track.

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A Book That Makes Me Laugh Day 7

When I was glancing over this list at the beginning of the challenge I thought this prompt would be a bit difficult but when it came to writing this post I knew exactly which book I was going to use.

Finding Audrey by Sophia Kinsella is such a great read. The characters are endearing and likeable and it’s a YA novel that actually has parents in it! Everyone is funny in their own way (the mother throwing out the son’s gaming stuff had me laughing out loud) and Kinsella is able to take a mature subject matter and address it seriously with dashes of humor. I do hope we see more YA from her because she does it very well.

What are your favorite funny reads? Some other titles I had considered for this were Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and The Wayside Stories (but I thought I’ve included a lot of kid books already haha).

TTT Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl that originated with The Broke and The Bookish. This week prompts asks you to share your favorite childhood reads.

I love this book so much!!! It was my favorite growing up and it’s definitely a favorite of my kids.

The Boxcar Children are a series I remember fondly and I think in order to keep it that way I will avoid rereading it as an adult since the reviews on Goodreads are not favorable for adult rereads.

These books were so much fun I was always so eager and excited when I found a new one at the library. I think RL Stine is a great author and a huge influence in my love of reading.

In case it wasn’t obvious enough already I loved reading series books as a kid. And this one really had me wishing I could morph into different animals and meet aliens. Did anyone watch the series on Nickelodeon? I was totally addicted.

Here’s a classic that I’m sure will pop up on a ton of lists. I definitely need to pick up copies of his work, everything about them is magical and whimsical and perfect for children and adults alike.

I know this bit shorter than the 10 that you would normally go with but these are ones I legit remember reading so I’m ok keeping it short.

Let me know where I can check out your list? Do we have any favorites common?

Favorite Book of Favorite Series Day 4

Omg I forgot to do day 4 of this series! This is both embarrassing and pretty funny to be honest. I haven’t been super consistent with the daily posting either (eek). Though that’s what I get for starting a blog, deciding to do the 30 day challenge and starting a new part-time job all all the same time. Thankfully this is my final week of training so I won’t be working 5 days a week anymore. Oh and let’s not forget I am partaking in the Book Junkie Trials this month so lots of reading to be done.

Anyways, I chose Sweet Valley, primarily the Chillers and Thrillers. So for this one I had to go with The Curse of the Ruby Necklace. I honestly can’t remember much of this book (haha) but I know I checked it out over and over again at the library. I love these twins so much and the outlandish, over-the-top problems they encountered.

Did you read the Sweet Valley series? Are you more Jessica or Elizabeth?

July TBR

For the first time in my reading life I am participating in a readathon and I am SO EXCITED! Ive mentioned the Book Junkie Trials in previous posts but I haven’t posted my TBR list on my blog yet. This will be quite a challenge because I have a hard time sticking to a structured reading list but I hope this readathon can get me buckled down in that area. I am also trying to read more nonfiction so I’ll be following the Smart is Sexy 2019 challenge on Goodreads. I’ve also included a couple titles that I know will be arriving from the library this month.

What’s on your reading list this month? Do you follow a list or go by mood? Share your July reads with me below!

A Book That Makes Me Sad Day 6

I don’t read too many tear-jerkers or sad books in general. I am a total sap I cry at movies, tv shows but when it comes to books I just don’t really find too many that leave me feeling sad. So in some ways it was really easy to nail down a book for this.

I don’t know how I came across this book and I was a kid when I read it but it’s stayed with me in an almost haunting way.

I mean holy crap the ending if this book is so unresolved and left me so unsettled. I’ve often thought about Jackie (the mc) so many times through the years and I’m always pained when I think of her. If you’re not familiar with the story basically a young girl has a fight with her best friend which results in her walking home alone only to be kidnapped. She has her typewriter which she uses to write out what becomes the novel. It’s very well-done and incredibly heartbreaking. And is definitely the saddest book I’ve ever read.

What is a book that makes you sad? Do you enjoy books that are tear-jerkers or do you prefer titles that don’t tug at your heartstrings?

A Book That Makes Me Happy Day 5

I feel like this should be such an easy prompt but in a way it’s made difficult because there are just so many options. Do I go with a childhood favorite, a Harry Potter title, something more recent?

I settled on something inbetween, a book I discovered at the library as a teen. This title is magical, fun, and introduced me to an author who would go onto become a favorite. This title is one I’ll be picking up over the summer for The Book Junkie Trials, the team read Stardust.

Just thinking about this book puts a smile on my face. There’s adventure, romance, magic, interesting characters and settings, this book is a dream. I don’t want to say too much cause I’m going to do a review for all the Book Junkie Trials books that I read in July.

What are your happy books? Some runner ups for me were Chicka Chicka Boom Boom andHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire .

Favorite Series Day 3

This is a tough prompt because my initial thought was Harry Potter and I kept thinking that there must be other series I’ve enjoyed but truth be told it’s hard to finish a lot of them. The time between releases just makes it easy for me to move onto something else…and then never get back to what I started.

Then I found myself reaching back farther into my childhood and what did I read apart from Harry Potter and my mind went to The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High Twins.

Oh man I forgot how much I loved The Sweet Valley High Super Thrillers. These books are crazy ridiculous but oh so much fun and probably play a big part in my true crime/thriller obsession. I loved all the Sweet Valley books I was constantly going back and forth with do I want to be like Elizabeth or Jessica (I’m probably more naturally Jessica but with Elizabeth’s affinity for learning).

What’s your favorite book series? Can you recommend any that are almost complete for me to binge? Happy reading everyone!

TTT My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl (excuse my awful hyperlinks I’m currently mouse less soooo everything is being done through touchscreen ugh).

This type of list is a bit tough for me because I’m a heavy mood reader and I actually don’t buy a ton of books so I don’t have a great deal on my shelves that haven’t been read (this will probably change as I just started a job at a Library that’s also a bookstore!). I have signed up for The Book Junkie Trials (twitter) as well as The Smart is Sexy challenge, these will help guide my summer reading quite a bit.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This is one of my reads for the Book Junkie Trials over on Twitter. This is the team book and I couldn’t be happier I love this book!

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte. This is one of my books for the Sexy is Smart challenge. I was totally obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid so I am a pretty excited for this one.

Circe by Madeline Miller. I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews for this book and I love Greek Mythology so this book is right up my alley.

Lost Girls by Robert Kolker is a true crime book I’m reading for the Smart is Sexy challenge as well. I saw a 48 Hours episode about these victims so I’m hoping the book proves to have even more information.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner is a new release that I’m hoping to get my hands on this summer. I’ve never read anything by this author but I’ve heard great things and am hoping after this read I’ll want to pick up more of her books.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager sounds like a thrilling and even frightening novel. I can never turn down a good thriller so this will definitely be read at so e point this summer.

And I think that’s where I’ll wrap up this list. I want to commit to these 6 books for sure and then give myself some wiggle room for whatever mood I happen to be in. Plus, I’ll be doing a post soon on my reading list for The Book Junkie Trials and I didn’t want to do two posts with a bunch of the same books.

If you do the Top Ten Tuesday drop a link in the comments. What books are you hoping to read this summer?

A Book That You’ve Read 3 Or More Times Day 2

Sooooo I’ve already fallen day behind (shaking my head). I was out of state yesterday but expected I’d be back wayyy earlier than I was, this what happens when you forget to plan for summer traffic hahaha but oh well I will just pick up where I left off.

I’ve read a good amount books more than 3 times between being an English major and book lover I have quite a few choices. The first book that came to mine is one that I am just obsessed with so I thought I’d share because it was not a case of love at first sight (or in this case first read).

My roommate at Rutgers was extremely well-read and had great taste so even though I didn’t have time to really be picking up non-essential reads I would pick her brain for suggestions. She sang the praises of this book non-stop so I had to pick it up. …and I couldn’t get past the very beginning. So I put it down figuring it wasn’t the right time. I proceeded to pick it up and put it back down 3 times.

Now what book is it that I got off to a bad start with but then fell head over heels in love with?

Wuthering Heights

This book and I got off to a rocky start but I’m glad I stuck it out. I hate the narrator and that was my biggest hurdle, getting past his section which is the very beginning of the novel. If you’ve struggled with this novel I beg of you to try again it is a wonderful, moving experience.

Has anyone else had a similar experience with a book they couldn’t get into but then it became one of your favorites? What books have you read multiple times?

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