Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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This week’s topic is definitely a tricky one. And quite honestly I know I’m only going to be able to reach these during the first half of the year. I potentially could start Physical Therapy school in the Fall, but if that doesn’t pan out, then I will for sure be starting in the early  Summer. Thus, I have a limited window to really delve into all things bookish. So I will do my best with what I have.

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1. Read more:  This kind of goes without saying, but I really plan to this time. My life leading up to my undergrad graduation was absolute insanity, and my reading habits went to SH**. I was sad at how little I was able to read this past year. That will definitely be changing in 2018. And you know what? It already has!

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2.Explore more blogs: I can’t wait to dive back into my news feed and actively read more book reviews. I honestly cannot remember the last time I did that on WordPress. I know, I’m ashamed.

3. Post more to my Bookstagram: I am most definitely a mediocre bookstagrammer, but I sure do love taking book pics and seeing everyone else’s creativity shine through the books they love. I have already started to commit to posting to it a few times a week! Give it a follow if you’d like: @escapeinsidethepages

4. Post more on my blog: another one that goes without saying. I’d like to start posting more than just book reviews. Sometimes it’s nice to just talk about life. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting since graduating college, and I’d love to share some of that with you guys.

5. Read the books I said I was going to read last year: need I say more?

6. Do more Top Ten Tuesday Posts: well look at that, I’m already making good on my word….

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7. Finish Rereading Harry Potter….Again: This is waaaaaay over due. I stopped my reread of the HP series back in Spring of 2017. I am on book 5 again. Granted I’ve read each of these books all at least twice, some 4 times, but I needed to finish them in order. I also really enjoyed writing my book vs movie posts as I finished reading them, so I’d really love to get back to them.

8. Be sure not to forget to read while in PT school: I want to make sure that no matter how stressed out I get during PT school, that I always have a book to come back to at the end of the day. A book to escape to (pun intended) when the going gets tough. Cause that’s truly what helps keep my sanity, and I’m going to need it during what is sure to be the most difficult (but gratifying) time of my life.

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9. Write more: I have a side-project book that I’ve been gradually adding to over the past four years. Unfortunately, it’s rare that I get inspired to add more to it. I would love to finally sit down and add more to the story.

10. Share more of my daily bookishness with social media: I figure, while I have the time to, might as well share more bookish shenanigans with the world. I’m really terrible about actively tweeting or posting to my insta-story, so here’s hoping I can find more reasons to share. I want to be more active with my fellow readers overall.

 

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Review: Every Day by David Leviathan

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Goodreads Summary:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.


My Review 

Wow. Just absolutely wow. Every Day is unlike anything you will ever read!! And although the ending is not entirely what I had hoped for, the story was glorious nonetheless! The style in which this book was written was so wholly captivating. It had me immediately hooked! Levithan writes with this poetic melodious rhythm that makes you fly through the pages.

Every Day follows the ever changing life of A, a being who has the unfortunate predicament of waking up in a new body every morning. It has been like this all of his or her life. A doesn’t have a set gender, he takes on the role of whomever “he” is inhabiting, whether it be a girl, boy, transgender, or otherwise. A is used to this life, has adapted to it, and knows how to get by. That is, until the day A meets Rhiannon. Rhiannon makes A want to stay in one body every day for the rest of the days.

This book makes you realize that love doesn’t have to have a gender to be real. It makes you appreciate how different each person’s life is. A literally gets to walk in the shoes of hundreds upon hundreds of people, developing a new understanding of each type of life that could be lived at the age of 16. It was kind of insane to see each life’s unique aspects. I admire Levithan’s ability to weave a story around an entity who didn’t have a real identity.

The ending was heart wrenching on every level. I was definitely saddened by the way events played out, but it didn’t ruin the overall story. What happened was meant to happen and it was just the reality of things. Every Day was an incredibly different and revealing story that touched on all the complexities of daily living and what it’s like to love someone in any and all situations. I would most definitely recommend you pick up this book!!

Buy it on Amazon here!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn’t Get to

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This is my first Top Ten Tuesday in FOREVER!!!! I have been so incredibly busy with life that I just haven’t had the chance, hence why this week’s theme is very easy for me to talk about, because there were sooo many books I didn’t get to this past year! Here they are in no particular order!

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Review: Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red #1) by Ava Jae

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Goodreads Summary:

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.


My Review

Beyond the Red’s plot summary had me hooked as soon as I read it! I was so looking forward to devouring it’s pages. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed overall.

The story is set in a desert-ravaged planet during a reality in which humans are minorities, and aliens are the dominant race. They rule over the humans, half of which they take as slaves, and the other half they force to live in the desert landscapes in camps. Beyond the Red is told by the point of views of Kora (an alien queen of sorts) and Eros: a half-blood who is forced to act as her pretend servant. These two must work together to overthrow an evil plot to dethrone Kora. Of course feelings become stirred and though both are in denial, there is no avoiding the love that has grown between them as they go to more and more lengths to ensure each others safety.

Beyond the Red was most certainly a unique tale. The setting was new and different, and the concept was intriguing. However, there were definitely predictable components as well, components that should have been huge reveals, but were just so obvious. And as events continued, I couldn’t help but disengage from the content. I just lost my excitement toward the characters and the story. The romance was constantly a tug-a-war and so frustrating that I found myself not caring anymore. I had so much hope for this book when I first picked it up. I was definitely enthralled by the first 50 pages, but after that, it started to slow down a little too much.

The ending of Beyond the Red was full of suspense and could prove hopeful for a good sequel. I am still deciding if I want to give it a shot or not. Ultimately, I didn’t dislike Beyond the Red, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy it either. I have noticed conflicted reviews on Goodreads, so if you want to give it a shot, I wouldn’t tell you not to.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Review: Alpha Goddess (Alpha Goddess #1) by Amalie Howard

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Goodreads Summary:

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


My Review

Unfortunately, I fell victim to my insane college schedule and spent waaaaay too much time reading this book. This definitely had a negative impact on my enjoyment of Alpha Goddess. I wanted to get into it so bad, and I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the content is unique and is a different level of paranormal than I’m used to. However, despite this, I couldn’t help but feel like the plot was similar to previous stories I’ve read.

Alpha Goddess focuses around a few different perspectives, but particularly Sera. A girl whose world is about to be forever changed when she discovers who she truly is and how dangerous that makes her. The lore of the story was a little difficult to follow, but that’s because it was very new to me! There was definitely a learning curve to the story and when I wasn’t struggling to keep up with all the names, I was easily predicting the outcome of the major events.

Although there were plenty of developments throughout the story, I just couldn’t get hooked! The content was most definitely interesting and might have been more captivating to me if I had been able to finish the book in a more timely manner. Thus, I will not discourage readers from picking up Alpha Goddess. The story is different and the pace is quick!

Buy it on Amazon here! 

Review: Me Before You by JoJo Meyers

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Goodreads Summary:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


My Review

In a way I knew exactly what to expect from this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I knew I would probably cry, and I knew that it would be as a result of feeling! I decided to listen to the audiobook to try to soften the emotional blow. Though I wasn’t as thoroughly impressed by the story as I thought I would be, I most certainly enjoyed it overall.

The story centers around the perspective of Louisa Clark, although it does cycle through a few other perspective at times. Louisa’s life is about as ordinary and uneventful as it can get. She never does anything exciting, and has been with the same man whom she clearly doesn’t love for seven years. When she gets fired from her job, she goes on the hunt for new work and finds herself with the new role as a caregiver for the quadriplegic Will Traynor. Their relationship starts out rocky to say the least, but as she learns more about his situation, she becomes determined to show him his life is worth living.

Louisa and Will’s interactions were so utterly frustrating and wonderful at the same time. They were two people that were brought together in the most unlikely of circumstances, and they couldn’t be more unalike. I was so completely heartbroken to see things pan out the way they did between them, but I was absolutely resigned to the fact that it had to end in such a way. The ending went against the norm for sure, and though it hurt my romantic heart, it was fitting for the story and truly lovely.

If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance, filled with beautiful characters and a story that makes you feel in new ways. Then I would most definitely recommend you read Me Before You.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

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Review:

Golden Lily was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be. The story picked up right around where Bloodlines left off. Sydney is still at the school in Palm Springs, and in charge of ensuring the safety of Jill, all the while she grows more and more unexpectedly attached to the vampires she was taught to dislike.

The plot thickened exponentially in this second addition. Sydney grows stronger in her new found magical abilities. And new enemies surface from the cracks that surprise everyone with their existence! Just when you think there can’t be anymore evil bad dudes to come after these characters, oh look there’s more!

Oh, and of course I didn’t forget about Adrian. Ohhhh Adrian….his character is so fantastic and confusing and frustrating and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s so difficult to watch the romantic frustration between him and Sydney, especially when the outcome on certain events is so predictable it was almost painful. By the end of the book, I was so ready for more to happen between them it was killing me. I just really want Adrain to be happy after everything he’s been through. And I’m sure my fellow readers can relate. I always fall for the damaged guys, it’s inevitable with these types of books.

Unfortunately, the ending made things amazing and so much worse at the same time  between the two of them. I wound up being more angry than when it started. Nonetheless, I have hope and can’t wait to read the next book! I would most definitely recommend that you continue reading the Bloodlines series and pick up this book!