Wonder Woman: WarBringer

I’m going to be honest, I really pumped this book up in my mind but it was still really really good. So let’s talk about it!

I first heard about this book a few months ago and I’ve been interested in reading it, but I didn’t want to spend money on it. (What recent graduate with no job wants so spend money on anything?) I was really pleased to see it pop up on Overdrive and waited (not so) patiently to borrow it. Fast Forward to Christmas Morning where I happily found it under the tree and gave a delighted squeal. Then, about two weeks later, I got the e-mail saying that Wonder Woman: Warbringer was automatically borrowed and saved on my phone.

IMG_3742.JPGLet’s go back a few steps and talk about this book series. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is the first book in the DC Icons series. It was followed by Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu and Will Damron, which was a very recent release that my friend Laura has at her house and I am patiently waiting for. The series currently has 4 books at the moment (two released two to be released): Wonderwoman, Batman, Cat Woman, and Superman. The books are all focused on different parts of the heroes’ lives where they grow and begin to change into the heroes we know they are.

As someone who wants to get into comics I really wanted to start reading this series, and I was really excited for it. Overall I’m going to give Womder Woman four out of five stars. I loved the story, characters, and writing of the story but I didn’t quite like how it was executed because it was sort of predictable and I didn’t really like the ending.

IMG_3755.JPGIf you haven’t read it stop here. I’m defiantly going to say check this book out from your library (if you can the audio book is really good) and then decide for yourself if it’s worth the buy. I’m happy to have this book in my collection and I can’t wait to get the rest of them as they come out. I annotated this book and I plan on doing so with the others as I get my hands on them. I really did like this story, I really did, and I think that it’s interesting to see our favorite characters grow. From now on I can’t promise any spoilers, so if you haven’t read it I suggest coming back to this blog post later. If you’ve read it, come on and click the “read more” button.

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The 20 Questions Book Tag

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

I believe that there needs to be at least 3 books in a book series just because it really makes a beginning middle and end of the story, and seems like the least you would need ot really call it a series.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

No thank you! I hate them and they drive me nuts!! Except in Managa… then I half halfheartedly put up with them.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Hardcopy. If I’m reading a physical book I like to annotate it and I honestly don’t take the best care of my books so they’re all going to get tossed around a lot.
4. Favorite book?

A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey. Hands down, no questions asked.
5. Least favorite book?

The Catcher and the Rye because I had to listen to it for school and it made me soooo mad for no reason
6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

It really depends. It can be a great thing or a horrible thing, it just depends on how it’s done.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Witch and Wizzard… I don’t remember the author’s name but I couldn’t finish it.
8. A book you’re currently reading?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m listening to chapter one as I’m writing this.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Every Heart A Doorway. I suggested it to my friend Laura because I thought it was interesting.
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Probably something for school. AKA no clue
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Scythe? Maybe?
12. Favorite author?

Libba Brey
13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying books and borrowing audiobooks.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

I didn’t like Cinder as much as everyone else, but I haven’t outright hated a book that everyone loved.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks first, dog-ears if I’m really really desperate.
16. A book you can always reread?

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.
17. Can you read while hearing music?

yeah, I just block it out.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I don’t really mind one way or the other. It’s just sort of whatever is best for the story.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

A day or two… honestly I like at max a week.
20. Who do you tag? (You can invite them to the group to do the tag)

Whoever wants to do it! 🙂 Go for it!

December 2017 Wrap Up

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I really liked Shadow and bone to be honest. I think that it was such a unique universe that has so much area to be explored that I couldn’t help but love it. I also really liked to examine the motives of the individual characters because I think that it puts a lot into the individual characters and what they do. I really want to look into the Darkling’s background more because he just overall is an interesting character that I think deserves to have the spotlight a little bit more. I hope to learn more about him with the next books but I’m not going to really hold my breath on that. Honestly, I didn’t have the next book I pry wouldn’t actually continue the series, regardless of how great the world is. I didn’t like the real overall story very much and I didn’t find myself connecting to the individual characters. I did start to like the two main characters’ relationship once they left the palace, but I wasn’t too overall interested in the main story because it was pretty normal where a girl gets taken away by a prince and goes to live happily ever after. I enjoyed the story overall but I didn’t really like it enough to continue it.

 

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I did like The Lightning Thief a lot, but I’m not able to give it all five stars. I honestly loved the audio book and can’t wait to continue it via OverDrive. The biggest drive for me to continue this series is because I really like to look at Mythology and I find it one of the most interesting subjects I have ever had the pleasure to learn about while I was in school. I enjoyed the story and I really liked how many of the demigods had learning disabilities outside of camp because it’s such an amazing representation for people, especially the marketing audience, to have in great books because it makes them seem more real to the individual. I also just liked it as a “new classic” that many people read and is known by most people if not just by the basics of the story. I was afraid that this story had been inflated beyond a point of being able to live up to its hype, but it was great and I really did like it.

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I liked the idea of Witch and Wizard, I really did, but I just got so bored halfway through that I couldn’t finish it. I loved the production of the audiobook too, but it was such a slow story that I wasn’t able to complete it. I ended up stopping around 3/4 of the way through and I just haven’t been able to pick it back up. Because of this I’m giving this a 2/5 stars even though I ended up DNF-ing it. It honestly made me sad that I had to do that, but what are you going to do sometimes? I completed most of it so that I feel like I can discuss it and talk about it, which is why I gave it a review but it just wasn’t my favorite read by any stretch of the means.

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I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. I flat out loved this book and I can’t explain to you how happy I am that I read this book. I fell in love with all of the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next books. I also really like that the inspiration behind this story was pictures that the author found AND that the pictures were included in the book, just because it’s such a unique thing. I also love seeing Jacob and Emma together, they’re so cute and Olive is hands down my favorite because she is so sweet. I just love this book, so watch out for a video and blog post that’s just me gushing about it.

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I don’t know why I really read Burning Glass to be honest. It seemed interesting and the cover was cool but it just didn’t hold my attention and I don’t know why. The story was good, and when I sat down and forced myself to listen to it the story was great. The story overall was really good and I really enjoyed it. I loved the character and the settings, but just overall this book just wasn’t my favorite and I don’t know why.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

In November I decided to listen to the audiobook for Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I got it on Overdrive from my local library, and to be honest I absolutely loved it. I don’t think it took me more than a few days to listen to it all and although I already knew the ending I ended up loving the book more than I thought I would. I have had this book on my TBR pile for a few months now and I was excited finally get around to it.

The story follows a girl named Catherine through her courtship with the King of Hearts. Although this book ended up being a great Wonderland Love Story I found that I wasn’t really rooting for the king to win her hand at the end. Instead I was rooting for the new Court Joker, Jess, to win Catherine’s hand in the end. As Catherine beings to court the king and find love with Jess she doesn’t give up on her long time dream of running a bakery and does everything in her power to make the dream come true while the horrific tales of the Jaberwok come true in the land of hearts.

Overall I really did like the book, but what I hate is that Catherine couldn’t get a better ending. Since this is a villain origin story I couldn’t expect anything beyond a poor ending for her but the entire time I ended up rooting for her. Originally I didn’t really want to because she does become the Queen of Hearts and a villain in another story, but this book was written in a way that I couldn’t help but absolutely love her and hope for the best.

I’ve never read any of Marissa Meyer’s work and this was a great introduction before jumping into the Lunar Chronicles that I’m hoping to start soon.

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How My TBR Works

So recently I’ve been watching a lot of videos about how people organize and prioritize their TBR, so I wanted to share how mine works.

To start with when I buy a book it just gets thrown onto my TBR shelf, which has very little organization and it sort of a mess. I really need to come up with some sort of organization for this shelf, but that’s all of my shelves. (I really need to find an organization system, but that will probably happen when I move out.)

Each month I make a TBR in my Bullet Journal, and that’s when I look at my TBR shelf and just sort of decide what I want to read that month. So I’ll pick out the books that I want to read, based on what’s going on and what I know I will want to read, and add that to my Monthly TBR. Those books then get taken off the shelf and they’re placed somewhere around my house.

This pile honestly moves around the house. Sometimes it’s on the coffee table because I just took pictures of it, or it’s on my laundry basket, or it’s on my dresser among a lot of other paperwork that I constantly need to file away or deal with. This pile really is my goal that I want to read during the month, but if I don’t get it done I try my best not to beat myself up about it.

So what happens if I can’t finish a book on my TBR? Honestly, since it isn’t a constantly running TBR I just put it back on the shelf until I want to read it. I don’t want to force myself to read a book, and being able to take it month by month makes me still engaged and want to read.

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