Discussion: A Personal Post | On My Last Day of Work

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A PERSONAL POST, ON MY LAST DAY OF WORK

I usually stick to the bookish discussions on my blog but heck, it’s my corner of the internet and I’m taking a day to write about something a little more personal and not really related to books.

Today is my last day at my current job. I’ve worked here for 8+ years, starting almost right out of college back in 2009 and it was my first major “big girl” job. I started out at the bottom, just working customer service and slowly worked my way up through this family owned company to manage new customer service employees and take on a different role that involved some more accounting. I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever but the company has always been so good to me and it was such a secure job with benefits and all that adulting stuff!

Two years ago, I officially opened Novelly Yours and started making candles on the side, mostly as a hobby but sharing them with others by opening an Etsy shop. Fast forward 2+ years later, and I came to the point where I would be able to support myself with my business and take it full-time. I finally put in my two weeks notice (ahem, five weeks notice, apparently) and here I am today, on my last day in the corporate world, moving into being a full-time business owner and entrepreneur. It’s honestly not something I ever saw myself doing because I just didn’t have a dream like that until I happened to start making candles and found something I loved, so to say it was a dream come true is still true, but also something new!

I know that this is the right move for me and I knew I wouldn’t be at this job forever but of course it’s a little bittersweet! I’m mostly excited, a little nervous moving to a business where my salary is 100% based on what I do and how I do it, and just a tiny bit sad about moving on. I know it’s time but this place has been eight years of my life for 10 hours a day! I’m thankful for everything I learned here, from customer service to employee relationships to being a good manager, and everything in between. As much as no one wants to have an office next to their boss, working closely with the manager of the company offered me a lot of opportunities to soak up some knowledge that I didn’t ever expect to gain as far as seeing things from a business standpoint. Even though it’s time for me to move on, I truly appreciate how much I’ve grown and how much confidence I’ve gained in my workplace abilities and in my talents just from being here!

And now I move on to a new chapter of my life where I get to be my own boss, run my own show, dictate my own hours, and make all of the company decisions. It’s silly because it feels a little overwhelming to think of myself as this business-owner, but really, I’ve already been running Novelly Yours for two years so I know I’ve already been doing that but it sort of takes on a different weight when I know it’s my CAREER and I’m the sole person responsible for its success and of course, all the scary stuff like taxes and legal aspects.

I know moving to full-time candles will also allow me more time to be with my family, which is a seriously major perk and something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I hope to have more time to cook, clean, organize, plan, ship, read, and blog! I guess we’ll see how it all shakes out the first few weeks and what kind of time I’ll have because obviously I want to dedicate my work time to work first, but I think I’ll be able to do a lot with this new working set-up and I’m incredibly excited to set things up at my own pace!

And lastly, I’m going to be a little sappy and say thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey with Novelly Yours! I don’t think this business would have been nearly as successful without the support of the blogging community helping me kickstart this little adventure. You guys were my first customers, my first cheerleaders, my first motivation to make a better website and create better content, and I’m honored to have you in my corner as supporters and fans! Things have come a very long way since my first candles (like seriously though, I’ve learned so much and the quality has improved leaps and bounds over the years) and I truly appreciate those who bought some of those silly little first candles and still stuck with me as I figured out the best way to make the best candles! Thank you for everything you’ve done to help make Novelly Yours the success that it is today! I really couldn’t have done it without this community!

Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) – Brandon Sanderson

Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) – Brandon SandersonTitle: Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson
Publishing Info: October 17, 2017 by Macmillan, Tor Books
Source: Audible
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Date Completed: November 17, 2017
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads

Related Posts: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4), Legion (Legion #1) & Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2), , The Emperor's Soul, The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5), , Firstborn, Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5), The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), Calamity (The Reckoners #3), , Perfect State, Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn #3.5), Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Elantris, The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1), Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1), The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1), Snapshot, Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older--a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

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Sooooo I didn’t like Lift’s interludes in WORDS OF RADIANCE so I was worried about reading this novella. LIft’s voice is young — a little too young for me, especially with the way that Kate Reading narrates it (I listened to the audiobook for all of the Stormlight Archive novels) — and I have a hard time with characters who are meant to intentionally sound young/uneducated/use a lot of slang so I knew it wasn’t going to be a… pleasant listen, but if there’s a practically full-length novella for a Brandon Sanderson series, obviously it’s important.

… Except EDGEDANCER really wasn’t as important as I had hoped. I am glad to have this piece of world-building and character development but to have a whole story aside didn’t really seem to add that much to the current world that couldn’t have been included in OATHBRINGER. I heard in the notes of one of the books (it’s been a couple months by now so I’m not entirely sure which one it was) that Brandon Sanderson felt that Lift was very important and wanted to include her actual sort of “origin story” with how she discovered and came into her abilities. Personally, I didn’t think this piece was crucial to the main storyline but since she does become a bigger character in OATHBRINGER, I do understand the feel for it. Even though I read this before OATHBRINGER, it’s been a couple months since I’ve read them both and Lift’s narration isn’t as bad with Michael Kramer’s narration. He always does a much better job with younger voices, having them sound more jaunty and upbeat versus Kate’s narration which is usually just irritating.

I also found Lift’s interactions with her Spren irritating as well (or maybe it was Kate Reading’s voice. Or both.) due to her actions and Wyndel’s overreactions to them. They just weren’t jiving for me. I did like seeing a new Radiant/Spren relationship though and it was an important piece of the magic system.

This extra character arc just didn’t seem as important as I had hoped and the character herself is a little irritating. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad in OATHBRINGER and I wouldn’t say I regret reading it or would have skipped it but I’m also not super invested in it either.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Radiant/Spren relationships. I meannnnnn I didn’t really love anything in this novella but it was nice seeing more of that Radiant/Spren bond.
Left Me Wanting More: Adults? The whole voicing was young and in an unpleasant way. I think Brandon Sanderson’s adult works are definitely better written although I have enjoyed some of his middle grade novels as well. This just didn’t jive for me.

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Consider it

I didn’t feel it was SUPER important but usually if Brandon Sanderson includes a novella, there’s a reason for it. Maybe others benefit more from it? I was more distant because I didn’t love it.

Top Ten Tuesday – February 13, 2018: Ten Cute Contemporary Romances

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February 13, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was a love freebie so I chose Ten Cute Contemporary Romances

I love a good, cute romance. After binge-reading action-heavy sci-fi novels like the Red Rising series and UNEARTHED and ILLUMINAE, I was ready for some cute contemporary for a bit of a mood change! I’m not a big Valentine’s person but cute romances are always good for any time of the year! Here are some of my favorites!

  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | Are you surprised? I hope not! ANNA is one of my all-time favorite contemporary stories and I love how it shows how messy true love can be. Not all great loves start out perfect or easy and it’s still light and cute all at the same time!
  • ON THE FENCE by Kasie West | I’m two books behind on Kasie’s current works but ON THE FENCE is still my favorite of hers so far! Her books are light, adorable, swoony, and always have great relationships and support systems.
  • ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas | This was such a cute prom story with a fun twist of a parallel timeline! I loved reading this one and it was so easy to fly through!
  • GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt | It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book but I love the tone in Lindsey Leavitt’s YA novels! Her characters are so relatable.
  • ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway | I love Robin Benway’s books and ALSO KNOWN AS is a little more than just contemporary with an espionage twist! Her other works are a bit more on the serious side so I’m sticking with AKA for today’s list!
  • THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller | A cheerleader who is secretly nerdy? Yes, please! Swooning over nerdy boys? Of course!
  • QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde | I love the diversity and geekiness in this book. It’s a great example of having some fun romance stories and still getting a great message and excellent content. Cute romances are more than just fluff!
  • THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne | My sole adult recommendation for this list, I adored THE HATING GAME! It’s a great hate-to-love romance, super cute, and the characters are excellent.
  • GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston | Another adorably geeky novel, I loved the inclusion of conventions and the Cinderella retelling twist!
  • WANDERLOST by Jen Malone | This book had a very ANNA feel but standing on its own two feet. I loved it!

What are some of your favorite cute contemporary stories? Are there are romances you read around Valentine’s Day?

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) – Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) – Pierce BrownTitle: Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
Publishing Info: January 28, 2014 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: Amazon
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Adult, Action/Adventure
Date Completed: December 27, 2017
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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By the time I got around to writing my review for RED RISING, I’ve already finsihed the entire first trilogy and finished the first installment in the next era with IRON GOLD, so admittedly, I have quite a different view of this book than when I write down my initial thoughts. It actually makes it all the more interesting to see how I’m able to look back at this book in a such a different light, so I’ll try to capture both aspects since I’m able to do so!

RED RISING really wasn’t what I expected at all. First off, it’s not really young adult. It’s a young adult book in the sense that it has a teenage protagonist and involves many things that are prominent themes in YA novels, but the whole series is marketed and was sold as adult, which I had no idea! It’s weird because I don’t find young adult to be young, or limiting, or unable to reach the depth that adult novels have, but there was a sort of different tone that had a more mature feel and made the journey much more of one where the main characters are being pushed into adulthood rather than experiencing the normal coming-of-age transition that many YA novels focus on. This also becomes a lot more noticeable throughout the series, at least for me.

To go along with that feel and concept, the book had a much different flow than I was anticipating. I’m not sure what I really was expecting with this book but I was not anticipating a HUNGER GAMES read-alike, something of which I have never truly found. The book kicks off with Darrow and his life on Mars, setting up the current state of things and once that’s established, it quickly moves to murder school where the teens essentially learn what it is to be an adult in this type of society. I was kind of disappointed with the abrupt switch because I really wasn’t expecting it and it felt like a whole different plot and even a different book. That being said, I did still enjoy everything that happened, but it was quite a different feel! It was super brutal and really had that cut-throat (sometimes literally) feel of the HUNGER GAMES mentality, but I couldn’t tear my eyes away and everything that takes place there sets up the relationships for the entire series, which I loved.

At the end of the book, I wasn’t totally dying to run and pick up the next one. I had mixed feelings on the overall flow and while the writing was deep and beautiful and amazing, the way that it ended just didn’t push me to pick up GOLDEN SON right away (even though I basically did). It was hard to see where life was headed after this and it was set up but still quite fuzzy. I could tell it was going to delve much more into the politics but without knowing what the world was like outside of this academy, it was hard to anticipate exactly what the feel of the next books would be. 

This was the first book I’ve read (in print) in a while that I’ve really been able to focus on and enjoy so that did have me excited to continue with the series! The hype was real and while I didn’t seem to love this first one as much as other people had, obviously at this point in time, I know the hype for the series is real! If you’re new to the series, it is definitely worth it, even if you’re not in love with RED RISING; however, if you’re not a fan of the themes, action, or writing of RED RISING, that is the general feel of the whole series so you may want to think how you might feel about future books!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Mars?! I loooove books that take place on other planets. I love space and it’s so neat to see how authors create livable atmospheres on other worlds.
Left Me Wanting More: Flow. The book didn’t really flow like I had wanted it to. It felt a little choppy in the beginning but I think it really came together in the end!

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Read it

This one wasn’t my favorite of the series but it really sets up everything for the series and the characters, action, twists, and adventure are so worth it!

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Review in a Tweet | The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

REVIEW IN A TWEET is a feature that I need from time to time when I don’t have a ton to say in a review. Sometimes even mini-reviews are too long to write when you finished a book months ago and didn’t write a single note down on Goodreads. But the good news is that I started tweeting and saving very, very mini book reviews thanks to a concept that Lindsey at Bring My Books introduced me to! I’ve saved all of my super duper quick reviews to my timeline and under a hashtag (my 2017 books are under #bookadd17) for my own person way to review all of my books read this year at a glance.

Today’s Review in a Tweet is more Janet Evanovich! I was in the mood for quick, fun reads and having caught up on all of my Evanovich books, I started on the Fox & O’Hare series starting with THE HEIST!

I actually really loved it, with a sort of Ocean’s 11 feel, filling that wonderful heist/con feeling that I enjoy so much in books and movies!

 

I just really, really enjoyed the feel of this book so much. It had five-star feels for me but the plot and characters didn’t reeeeally make it a five-star book. I enjoyed it from start to finish, loved the crew, loved the banter, and have so much fun reading this series! I actually did write a full review on Goodreads too, so if you want to read that, head on over!

Top Ten Tuesday – February 6, 2018: Ten (YA) Books Still on my TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 6, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was Ten (YA) Books Still on my TBR

I decided to change up the topic just a smidge since I did something similar in 2016 for Top Ten Tuesday and I thought it would be fun to have more of a focus! Not to mention the fact that I literally only read one book from that list last year so we have to change it up somehow!

  • BUMPED by Megan McCafferty | Date Added: 8/4/11 | I was super into dystopian when I discovered it in 2011 and added every dystopian book I could find to my TBR. Still haven’t gotten around to this one.
  • THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson | Date Added: October 7, 2011 | Man, I really have been meaning to read this book! I actually want to and I think I just keep forgetting about it because I don’t own a copy.
  • ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis | Date Added: 11/26/11 | I don’t really have a reason why I haven’t read this yet. I guess so many books, so little time! I actually won a copy of the whole trilogy ages ago and yet… there they sit.
  • ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE by Gabrielle Zevin | Date Added: 12/1/11 | Another dystopian I just had to have! And then never read. It sounds good, though…
  • SLIDE by Jill Hathaway | Date Added: 3/1/12 | I actually had a book idea for something like this (before I knew this book existed) and I don’t think that’s WHY I added it to my TBR but it ended up there anyway. I actually own it now but alas. Still haven’t read it.
  • ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons | Date Added: 6/12/12 | Again, another dystopian encounter! And then I lost my love for dystopian along the way so a lot of these stayed on the TBR but went unread.
  • INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows | Date Added: 6/12/12 | I added this on the recommendations of friends and I just never made it around to it! I’m still interested but apparently it never took priority.
  • THE LINE by Teri Hall | Date Added: 6/21/12 | This looked creepy and interesting and reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
  • SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner | Date Added: 6/27/12 | Do I get points for starting this one? I think I had started it and wasn’t in the mood but barely made it far enough to call it any sort of reading. I really need to get back to this someday…
  • HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire | Date Added: 6/27/12 | I’ve always, always wanted to read this book… and I don’t know why I haven’t. It seems like such a me book!

Which books have been sitting on your TBR forever? Any of these books something I should pick up after four years of waiting? Or should I start scrapping ones I’m not sure I’ll read?

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) – Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) – Tricia LevensellerTitle: Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller
Publishing Info: February 28, 2017 by Macmillan
Source: Audible, Owlcrate
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: http://December%2020,%202017

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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I was told how much I’d love DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING since it’s full of banter (which it was – woo!) and I definitely did enjoy that aspect of the book, but I just didn’t seem to connect with it like I had hoped. My biggest hang-up was that I felt like there was very little plot. I absolutely love character-driven books and I don’t need a book to be full of action and while the characters were fun, they weren’t enough to carry my momentum through the whole book.

Alosa is fierce, clever, and skilled and she uses everything she’s learned at every opportunity. I really enjoyed watching her in action because piracy is cons on the open seas so naturally, I love it. Riden is a little broody and dishes the sass right back to Alosa, but I felt like his character was less consistent. Sometimes he was super broody, other times he was super sassy, and then other times, he was just a jumble of things in between. Humans are quite the kaleidoscope of emotions but it just really didn’t feel cohesive when it came to Riden’s character and he felt like a few different pieces instead of one round, whole person.

It’s true, the two do have great banter but it felt very choppy. They’d be dishing it out to each other and then pull back, and there was something that just didn’t quite feel natural about it. I think it felt like this book lack transitions in many ways, mostly in character consistency and in dialogue. It was a little jumpy and didn’t really flow.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading too many epic adult fantasy novels that are over 1000 pages long, but this book felt like it was the first part of a book, not the first part of a series. The plot didn’t really progress much. We do find out more about Alosa that brings another element to the book and sets up the next but that element didn’t grab me like it should have. Even the romance didn’t really feel like it had the substance there. The banter added to the meat of it but aside from that, I didn’t really feel like Alosa and Riden really clicked. The banter added to the chemistry but something else needed to seal the deal and I wasn’t feeling it.

This book was cute and fun, but it almost felt too cute and that there just wasn’t enough on the pages to really suck me in. The characters were enjoyable and I LOVED the atmosphere but I’m not sure if that’s enough for me to really want to keep reading, BUT it’s only a duet so I might as well see how it ends! It was enjoyable enough to invest my time in reading another book but if it was more than that, I’m not sure I would have continued.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Pirates! I feel like we just need more books about pirates.
Left Me Wanting More: Plot. The book was fun but I expected a whole lot more from it, to be honest.

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The book was fun but it didn’t wow me like I thought it was going to. Everything just seemed to fall a liiiittle bit short.

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My Latest Bookish Addiction [18] – Book Lover’s Coffee

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Book Lover’s Coffee!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new bookish addiction and the time has never been more perfect since today is my first official day as a rep for Book Lover’s Coffee!

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I absolutely love a good coffee and combine that with books? Instant hit! In full disclosure, I would write this even if I weren’t a rep because I just adore this company and their coffee but I was so lucky to have been chosen to officially share some things and spread the word so that’s just a special bonus!

The company is small and awesome, run by shop-owner Shelly out of Michigan. Currently, each bag of coffee is roasted at the time of order, meaning you’ll get the freshest coffee possible! Many bags come as whole bean coffee so you can grind it yourself and keep it even more fresh but you can also request your coffee to be ground if you don’t have a coffee grinder.

Book Lover’s Coffee has some amazing flavors and also some amazing fandom representations! My personal favorite that’s a regular in the shop is Book Haul, a vanilla cinnamon flavor! There are also flavors like Salted Caramel, “Darkling Roast” (a dark roast), and Butterbeer! Shelly always has some awesome seasonal flavors and Hearts & Heroes (chocolate amaretto) is a great choice for Valentine’s Day! You can also grab some small, 2oz samplers that I’ve purchased several times for gifts! She also has some AWESOME Stranger Things coffee up for sale right now and I’m already almost done with my bag of Coffee and Contemplation!

I love the coffee flavors because the additional flavors aren’t too powerful and you can still taste that rich coffee flavor with every bag. It’s not like drinking a super sugary Starbucks drink (although those hold a different special place in my heart) and I still get that awesome coffee taste with some fun flavor additions! The balances are always great and delicious.

The customer service is always fantastic. Shelly is always super quick to reply to any questions I’ve had, the orders ship really quickly, and she’s always super attentive to when I order, sometimes contacting me before my order even ships to let me know it’s heading out! It’s always such a pleasant experience ordering… and of course the coffee is amazing too!

So if that’s convinced you — which I hope it has! — I’m repping for Book Lover’s Coffee all February long! I’ll be posting photos of these wonderful products on Instagram all month (even more so than I already do) and you can use my rep code ADDICT10 to save you some money on your purchase!

Do you love Book Lover’s Coffee already? Excited to give it a try? If you order, let me know what flavors you’re getting!!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 30, 2018: Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 30th, 2018

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic was Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Reading moments are full of all sorts of books and there are still some books I can’t believe I read, finished, or had on my TBR for any number of reasons. This was an interesting topic and kind of  hard to choose but I loved coming up with books for this theme and the reasons why!


OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

OATHBRINGER is the longest book I’ve ever reading, coming in at 1243 pages (55+ hours of audiobook). It actually didn’t feel super long since I was enjoying it but I’m kind of in shock a little bit that I read such a huge book!

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been super iffy about Victoria Schwab for a number of reasons that range from personal to writing styles to over-hype, but I did read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC and I actually really enjoyed it! I think it’s the strongest book in this series so I was kind of bummed that it lost steam rolling through the second and third books but I surprised myself with this one.

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LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

After stumbling through all of his other books, I pretty much said no to any more John Green books ever again. I don’t hate them but I really don’t enjoy them. I read LOOKING FOR ALASKA on a recommendation from some close friends and it probably meant more to them than it did to me, but again, not awful. I just didn’t connect the way most people do!

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WIRES AND NERVE by Marissa Meyer

I knew I would read WIRES AND NERVE because it’s The Lunar Chronicles but it was my first graphic novel! I didn’t really have many intentions of reading a graphic novel before this but it was so much fun!

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THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale

I can’t believe I read this book because well… I kind of didn’t. We read it as a group read and it’s one of Amy’s favorite books ever and I’m surprised she didn’t dump me because I really didn’t get along with it at all. I didn’t connect and ended up skimming a lot… Oops.

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BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent

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This was another group read that I’m actually glad I read but I would have NEVER read it on my own. I still didn’t love it but was proud that I actually read some historical fiction that wasn’t YA and didn’t have fantasty or paranormal elements in it haha! It’s totally not my thing but I actually was interested despite feeling detached.

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

Why is this so unbelievable? Because I read it in Spanish… and not for school. I wanted to keep practicing my Spanish after college so I wanted to try something “easy” and apparently this was my choice! It was fun though!

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WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau

I did read this one for school, English class in high school, and it was without a doubt the most boring thing I’ve ever read. Even more so than books I’ve gotten angry at — ask me what my most hated book is ever and I’ll tell you it was one of the two books I read by Thoreau. I’m still angry about how boring it was and it’s probably the only book I’ve ever given one star to. Even books I haven’t liked have still earned two.

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A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R. R. Martin

Did I really read this whole series or was it all a dream? I can’t believe it’s already been like four years. I won’t bring up the wait for book six. Oops I just did.

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NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook

If this hadn’t been a group read and it wasn’t so short, I would not have finished it. I’ve left a lot of stuff hanging and this should have been one of them… but alas, we finished it for the sake of our group read!

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Passenger (Passenger #1) – Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger #1) – Alexandra BrackenTitle: Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Publishing Info: January 5, 2016 by Disney Hyperion
Source: Audible
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: January 5, 2018
Related Posts: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

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I obsess over time travel books so I was really excited to read PASSENGER! I had only read THE DARKEST MINDS before this (not the whole series yet — just the first book) and really loved it and connected with Alexandra Bracken’s writing. I have yet to go back and finish The Darkest Minds trilogy but I was really in the mood for time travel and had this audio from a sale so I wanted to give a whirl!

My first impressions upon finishing (and throughout the book) were that of… disappointment is a harsh word, but I did feel disappointed that I personally didn’t enjoy it like I had hoped. The concept was great but it just didn’t move despite traveling to so many times and places. The characters themselves moved but it didn’t seem like the plot really pushed forward as much as it could have despite having plenty of opportunity to do so. I did like that it wasn’t just different times but also different places. It was fun to travel the world and through time! I could really picture each place and time pretty vividly.

The characters were what really did it for me, though. They just fell super flat for me and I had trouble connecting with any of them and didn’t feel that spark in the romance either. Etta was feisty and strong, but it seemed to be on a surface level and I just didn’t really feel like she was this well-rounded character who felt it. I think of characters like Puck from THE SCORPIO RACES and it just is her entire being and personality to be this feisty, strong, independent character. She feels like a real person and I just never got that from Etta. The romance seemed abrupt, the character personality developments seemed abrupt, and I just didn’t think those character developments really flowed throughout the book. Throw in an evil villain and I just started getting lost. I would have loved a bit more of a grey area, whether by controlling leader or by simply the concept of breaking the time travel rules, and I would have been more interested. It gets a little boring with purely evil characters.

The ending actually got a lot better and things got interesting but I started to feel bored towards the middle. It just kind of felt like so many other plots and characters that I’ve read before and I thought this was going to be something that would really surprise me and sweep me away. Since it’s only a two book series, I’ll likely finish it but I’m just really bummed that I didn’t fall totally in love like I had expected.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Unique time travel. I really did like the time travel concept in this book! It wasn’t just travelling through time but also to different places around the world. It was fun to visit so many new and exotic locations and it kind of reminded me of Claudia Grey’s Firebird trilogy, really expanding out of that box that we see so many other books take.
Left Me Wanting More: Character development. I just really didn’t feel it! I didn’t really connect to Etta or Nicholas at all and I was just really hoping for more there.

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I seem to be in the minority on this one because I’ve see so many rave reviews! I’m not sure why I didn’t connect the way so many others have but it’s worth a try because you may love it like everyone else!

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