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Top 5 Favorite BookTubers!

BookTube LogoI’ve been watching BookTube for almost a year now and I love the BookTube community and it was partially due to BookTube that I decided to start my bookish blog.

Watching the different BookTubers discuss the same book with different interpretations and impressions of the books really adds to what this web-based reading community can bring.

BookTube has allowed me to consider book I’ve read (or sworn off reading) in new ways, have made me think critically about books I’ve loved, liked, or hated, and have given me some unique perspectives on books I’ve never considered. Also, most of my TBR lists come from watching BookTubers gush about they’re favorites. I haven’t watched that many BookTubers; that being said the following individuals are the BookTubers I find myself checking out the most.

Disclaimer:

Like with most things in the bookish community, my opinions are my own and I may mention someone on here that you don’t like or leave off your favorite BookTuber.

Let me know in the comments who your favorite BookTubers are!

Without further ado, my top five favorite BookTubers are:

PeruseProject - Regan

 

PeruseProjects

 

 

HailyinBookland

 

HaileyinBookland

 

 

JesseTheReader

 

Jessethereader

 

 

EmmaReads

 

Emmabooks

 

 

Cece - ProblemsofaBookNerd

 

ProblemsofaBookNerd

 

 


Who are your favorite BookTubers and why?

Any there any BookTubers that you recommend?

Let me know in the comments!


** I do not own any of these images. Images were obtained from social media and Google and used exclusively to identify the individual being mentioned. **

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OwlCrate Unboxing · Unboxings

OwlCrate Unboxing – April 2017

I’m so happy! My OwlCrate finally arrived and I was super excited to dive in!

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April’s theme was “Head Over Heels.”

❤️ ❤️ Spoilers for the April 2017 OwlCrate! ❤️ ❤️


The contents of the box were:

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❤️ Chocolate cherry tea from The Tea Spot inspired by the book Anna and the French Kiss by

❤️ A keychain from bookwormboutique with the quote “The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat- soft and persistent, underlying everything.” from Simon vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda, also by Becky Albertalli.


❤️ A soy candle from Novelly Yours. There were three difference candles, all inspired by couples from Rainbow Rowells stories. I got a raspberry scented candle inspired by Baz and Simon from Carry On.


❤️ A gorgeous print designed by eviebookish with the quote “To the stars who listened and the dreams that are answered.” from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.


❤️ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. A signed bookplate, a letter from the author, and an emoji sticker were also included.


Book Prediction!

One thing I’m going to try to do is guess the book for the following month.

May’s theme is Comic Explosion!

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I think the book will be: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.

What do you think the book is going to be?

 


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What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

Interested in May’s box? Subscribe to OwlCrate here: https://owlcrate.com/refer/Becky-BRUFRWPX.*

You can purchase one box or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at $29.99!

*The above link is a referral link. I make no profit if you subscribe. I’m just trying to spread the book love!*

Giveaways

Bookish Giveaway! **CLOSED**

IIMG_2076‘m thrilled to announce my first bookish giveaway!

This giveaway is open to anyone 13+ and is US only*.

To enter click here.

The giveaway is open from April 24th (12:00 am) to May 1st (11:59 pm, Eastern Time)

The winner will be chosen using Raffle Copter’s “Pick the Winner” feature.

The giveaway items are:

• Magnet – “Take Me to Your Reader”

•  Holographic Wave Bookmark

• Book Life: A Book Lover’s Journal

• Poster – For  a Good Time Read a Book

• Book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


This giveaway is not sponsored. All items were purchased by me from Strand Book Store in NYC.


*As a broke college student, I can only afford shipping to US addresses at the moment. I promise future giveaways will be open to both international and US blog fans!* 


Comment below which item(s) you’re most excited for and/or item(s) you’d like to see in future giveaways!

3-Star · Book Reviews

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Review

CaravalTitle: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Purchased from Book Store
Pages: 407
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I seriously did not believe this was a debut novel. Stephanie Garber created such a fun magical world; it would have been easy to believe she’s been writing YA Fantasy for years. 

This story is similar to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (one I definitely need to check it out) as both feature a pop-up circus/show/carnival or sorts. I haven’t read Night Circus, so I don’t know how similar the two are, but I have seen some BookTubers discuss the (surface) similarities of the two. 

Also the cover is beyond gorgeous!

Plot Summary

Scarlett has never left the small island where her and her sister, Donatella (Tella), live with their ruthless father. As a girl, she dreamed of attending Caraval, a legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. After her father arraigned for her to marry, Scarlett believes her dreams of attending Caravel are over. To her surprise, an invitation to Caraval finally arrives. Cautious of her father’s wrath, Scarlett decides not to go. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. However, shortly after the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mysterious mastermind and organizer, Legend. Forced to play to get her sister back, Scarlett becomes immersed in the game, encountering love, heartbreak, and magic; causing the reader to forget…it’s only a game.

Review

Disclaimer: In order to properly discuss this book, pertinent plot points will be discussed. Potential spoilers ahead.

Honestly, I really liked this book. I thought the plot was super fast paced and I completed the book in a couple of days. I loved the overarching theme of sisterhood and that it was the hunt to find Tella that primarily drove the plot. I thought Scarlett was an enjoyable character to read. Many of her motives felt believable, especially those revolving around protecting Tella. One thing I did not like was how she became fairly hypocritical towards the end of the story. When she finds Tella in the room and warns her about Legend, Tella talks about how she found love and plans to marry and run off with Daniel (at this point thought to be Legend in disguise). Scarlett’s instant reaction is that Tella was not able to find love in such a short amount of time, despite falling in love with (and mourning the loss of) Julian in the same short period of time. I get that she was trying to keep Tella out of (what she thought) was Legend’s trap, but it still read as hypocritical.

I honestly loved Julian. I thought he was well written and the perfect contrast to Scarlett. I also liked how the romance between Scarlett and Julian was more flirtatious until the last 3rd or so of the book. This kept the story focused on the Scarlett playing the game and on finding Tella, rather than on Scarlett and Julian’s romance. That being said, the places where the romance came in were placed perfectly.

I hated Tella’s character. I thought that she was far too selfish and incredibly manipulative. She claims that she did everything for Scarlett, however, it didn’t read that way. I particularly didn’t like how she staked everything on faking her suicide and that Scarlett’s love would bring her back.

I thought the side characters were such fun editions to the world. Reading about the different personalities and motivations was super enjoyable. At first, I hated Dante and thought that it would be revealed that he was Scarlett’s fiancé. I’m really happy the book did not go down this route, as it would have been overly clichéd and would have distracted from other, more pertinent plot devices.

I LOVED the magical world that was created. The bargaining system in Caraval was so clever. When Scarlett first gave up two days from her life, I too thought that the debt was going to be collected towards the end of her life, not in the middle of the game. The people that Scarlett met and reading the decisions she was making was so enticing. The entire time I was reading, I was dreaming about being a part of this mystical world.

The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was the ending. I thought that it was a cop-out and that it didn’t really match the tone of the rest of the book. First, to find out it was Tella, not Legend that was running (well manipulating) the majority of that year’s game felt like a betrayal. This character was teased about the entire book and I was looking forward to a confrontation with him. Here’s to hoping he’s one of the main characters in the sequel. I also didn’t like that everyone came back. I get that the entire story Scarlett was warned that it was just a game and that nothing was real, but having everyone returns at the end just felt wrong. As morbid as this sounds, I think it would have been (tragically) stronger to have either Tella or Julian not make it, or at least be perceived as dead until the next novel. The ending as just reads as a cliché “and just kidding everything was found and they all lived happily ever after” ending which just felt out of place when compared to the originality of the novel. Lastly, I didn’t like the fake-out suicide or almost-rape scene. They honestly felt unnecessary (well, arguably on the latter as it demonstrated how deplorable the father was and proved to Scarlett that Tella was correct and her fiancé was only appearing nice on paper) and the plot could have been moved along using a different format.

It was nice to have the story dominated by a love triangle, though!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I would recommend this book. I think a lot of fans of YA fantasy and whimsical, mystery-ish books would really enjoy this one. I am excited for the sequel and I hope that it may fix some of the problems I had with this book.

Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 3/5

Book Tags

Reader Problems – #BookTag!

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great week! Apologies about the late post, I’m about half way through my spring break and oddly more overwhelmed with homework than a usual week.

I’ve spent the last week or so bingeing BookTube videos and have seen so many creative book tags and wanted to hop on board. I’ll probably do one of these every couple of weeks if you guys like them!

This tag is the “Reader Problems” book tag, created by Tiffany at About to Read (check her blog out here and the original YouTube video here)

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The Questions:

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

I either go by what I’m in the mood for, what I have time for, and/or what I’ve seen around/heard people talking about. When I don’t know what to read, I love to see what others are reading (and what they thought about it) to help figure out what to read next.

📚 You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I usually try to finish it. There are only a handful of books I haven’t been able to complete. Many times I just push through (or read a spoiler-y review, see if I can hype myself up) and complete the book.

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

Honestly, it depends on how busy I am, what else is going on, or how many books I’m behind on. If I’m super busy or I realistically cannot get through any, I’ll probably just accept I won’t complete the challenge. If I’m only a few books behind, I’ll probably try to marathon them.

📚 The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I don’t. I’d probably try to hide the book on the bookshelf behind a Funko Pop! bobble head or check out alternate covers for the entire series to see if a different cover publication matches better OR if any of the alternative covers match the copies I already have.

📚 Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I’ll probably make a comment about it on a “books I’ll never read” post or “unpopular book opinions” tag. I’ll probably rant to my book friends/boyfriend about it as well, especially if I start seeing the book EVERYWHERE.

📚 You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

This almost happened on the subway a few times when I was reading a couple Jodi Picoult books. I try to blink back the tears and if it gets too much, I’ll probably stop reading and go on social media/listen to music.

📚 The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Oh definitely. There are plenty of books I love, but life happens and sometimes it takes me a while to get back to them. Also, why read a sequel if you don’t remember what happens in the prior book(s)?

📚 You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I usually just tell people no, the follow it with a story (sadly true) of the times where people borrowed by books and I’ve never gotten them back.

📚 You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

If the reading slump is due to time (or lack thereof), I just wait for my schedule to opens up. Likewise, there is a lot on my mind resulting in little-to-no focus, I’ll either self care (usually a Netflix binge or painting) or listen to the audiobook. If that doesn’t work, I try switching genres or watching adaptations to see if I’d be interesting in comparing them.

📚 There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

It depends on what my financial situation looks like. I’ll probably buy 3 or 4 I’m dying to read and borrow the other ones from friends or the library.

📚 After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

I honestly try to read them within a month or two of buying them. Again, sometimes life happens and they sit on my shelves longer than I anticipated.

I tag…

Anyone who wants to do this! Comment your answers below or leave a link to your post/video completing the tag! I think book tags are super fun and love reading people’s answers.

Have a great week everyone and happy Easter weekend to those who celebrate!

Monthly TBRs

April TBRs – Ambitious List?

April showers bring May flowers…and lots of time to read! With my school on spring break for the first half of the month and a lighter homework load during the last half of the month, I hope to be able to read a lot. After watching BookTube for a few hours, I’ve finally narrowed down a decent size TBR for this month.

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

I started reading Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) about two years ago, but due to school (and life) I ended up putting it down. The books are still on my radar and I’ve been debating about getting back to them first or reading the spin off series.

Being a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, I decided to check Heartless out first and move Lunar Chronicles to my summer TBR list.

TruthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

This book has been on my radar for a while. After hearing PeruseProject discuss this series in a recent video, I’ve been pretty excited to check it out.

Audris (From YA Bookmark ) and I discussed reading this one bookclub style. Since we’re still debating, I may have to go ahead and check it out.

Windwitch

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

This is the sequel to Truthwitch. If I like Truthwitch as much as I think I’m going to, I definitely want to check out the sequel!

 

 

 

SchoolGoodEvilA School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Another book I can thank PeruseProject (6:46) for putting on my radar. This story sounds like a fun YA Fantasy read. As a sucker for fairytale retellings and alternate concepts of good and evil, I feel like I am going to LOVE this story.

This story is about two girls that go to a school for good and evil (hence the title), but the protagonists end up in the opposite schools. The adventure ensues from there.

 

 

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3-Star · Book Reviews · Retellings

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard – Review

RoseBloodTitle: RoseBlood
Author: A. G. Howard
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
Source: Purchased from Book Store
Pages: 432
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Summary: 

RoseBlood tells the story of Rune, a young girl who is sent to a French Boarding School – RoseBlood Academy. This is a boarding school for musical arts inside a renovated opera house rumored to have ties to the classic opera. Rune has a mysterious gift of opera, discovered by her dad. When opera music plays, Rune finds herself compelled to sing and does so with alarming precision. Although this gift has haunted her throughout her life. Rune is sent to France hoping that training from the school will help her embrace or control her gift.

While at the school, Rune meets Thorn, a mysterious boy who hides in the shadows. Thorn lures Rune into the mystery of her gift and its relation to the lore around the school. As the story goes on, Rune learns of her fate, her gift, and must make a life changing choice.

Review:

I was first introduced to A. G. Howard’s work through her Splintered series, a new take on Alice in Wonderland. Thoroughly enjoying that trilogy, I was excited to learn that Howard coming out with a new book. RoseBlood is a new, young adult take on Phantom of the Opera.

Disclaimer: To properly assess and review the novel, pertinent plot points may be discussed. Spoilers Ahead.

My initial reaction to the novel was that the pacing of the story was incredibly slow. It took me a considerable amount of time to get through this story and I nearly quit reading several times. That being said, there were enough plot points to keep me intrigued enough to press on.

I was underwhelmed with Rune. I thought the idea of a gift of song was interesting and was hoping that the author would go in a siren direction, however, this was not the case. The initial introduction to Rune’s gift was odd. Several times during the first half of the book, Rune’s gift was mentioned vaguely, described as a burning need to sing that usually took the energy from her. However, singing was something Rune sought to avoid at all cost. It was honestly weird and was hard to imagine. To Howard’s credit, she did evolve this gift into something that tied into the rest of the story fairly well.

Seeing another vampire novel took me back slightly. I did like that we were dealing with “psychic vampires” inspired by succubi and incubi. This was a refreshing take on the vampire tropes.

Thorn’s character was quite enjoyable to read about. I did like the backstory given to him. This did explain why he was so loyal to the Phantom and made the conflict of helping Rune or the Phantom more realistic. Rune and Thorn’s relationship was what I expected in a YA novel. Over there was nothing special about it, but nothing overly irritating about it either.

I did like the ending of the novel. The reveal of Erik’s daughter was something I did not see coming. I thought the pacing of the scene was written well and the emotion was believable and not overly forced. The last half of the book was written well and had solid pacing. The first half of the book dropped enough hints to the reveals later on to keep the reader going, but the pacing was painfully slow. If a reader is not hooked on this plot, they will probably not enjoy this story.

Final Thoughts:

This was the modern continuation of Phantom of the Opera that I was promised with an interesting enough plot. As mentioned numerous times throughout this review, the pacing was the biggest issue I had with the story. Many readers may not want to get through a half the book just to read the other half. I was almost in this group. I’m happy I stuck with it and completed the story, but I probably will not be going to reread this one anytime soon.

Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 3/5 Stars