Birthday Wishlist

Hello Readers,

Today, I am going to be sharing some of the books on my birthday wishlist. This year my birthday is on Thanksgiving and I have to work. I hope I can make my way to Barnes and Noble on Black Friday, but these will some of the books I will be looking for. Some of the books on my list I have already read but I borrowed them from the library and would like my own copy.

  1. Warcross by Marie Lu
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  4. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  5. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
  6. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  9. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
  10. Artemis by Andy Weir

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello Readers, I first would like to thank Amanda from Peaks and Pages. This is the very first one of these that some one has nominated me for so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please go check out her blog!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you’d like to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, providing a link to the post you’ve created. (Please make sure you do this step! Otherwise they won’t know you’ve tagged them until they check the referral portion of their stats.)

How I started:

I started this blog about 5 years ago in 2012, I do not recommend going that far back it gets bad fast and I actually have deleted some of the posts from then. I have always been into reading and my mom has always encouraged me to read. I was obsessed with booktube so my mom suggested that I start a book blog so I did, now here I am still 5 years later.

My Advice:

  1. Use tags when posting your blog posts, I didn’t start doing this until a couple months ago and it changes everything, Or it did for me.
  2. As you guys might now I am not always the best at keeping regular with my post. One thing that helps me is pre-writing my posts and scheduling them to upload automatically. In the beginning, I would just upload whenever. Since I started with a blog upload schedule it has help so much. I know this is very similar to Amanda’s answer but it is SO true.

I Nominate: (I don’t have very many “blog friends” so I chose 5 blogs to nominate. I am definitely a ghost reader and need to change that.)

Kathy- Books & Munches
Amber- Step Into a Book World
Marianna- Marianna Reads
Angie- Angies Book Blog
Kelly- Effortlessly Reading

Even if I didn’t TAG you and you would like to nominate some blogs please feel free to do so!

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

October Haul and Wrap-Up 2017

Hello Reads, Today I am going to be doing my October Haul and wrap up. As you seen in my Warcross Review I was very busy and I only finished one book. I did buy a couple and checked some out from my library.

Bookstore Haul:

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  2. Armada by Ernest Cline

Library Haul: (I rechecked all these out from last month)

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  2. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
  3. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Wrap-Up

  1. Warcross by Marie Lu (Pages: 368)

Total Monthly Page Count: 368
Goodreads Goal: 24/24 (I HIT MY GOAL!!)
CR: The Hate U Give by  Angie Thomas, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowing

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

P.S. I did decide to DNF a book and moved it to my Did Not Finish shelf on GoodReads, that book was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I just wasn’t into it, but you never know one day I might come back to it.

Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Hello Readers, I finally finished a book! I know it has been forever, but I’m back! I sincerely apologize for neglecting this blog and even more my booksagram. I just started a new job and college has been kicking my butt. My new job is in retail and my busy season is just starting, however, I am going to try to get back on track with blogging. Today I am going to be reviewing Warcross by Marie Lu. I am going to be doing this in same style as Ready Player One by Ernest Cline as I have many thoughts on it.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Date Published: September 12th 2017
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA SciFi
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bubbles
GoodReads Description: (I do recommend going into this not knowing very much)

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Review (No Spoilers): I have been super into this Technology SciFi lately and I completely blame it on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. As soon as people on YouTube and Instagram were talking about their ARCs of Warcross, I knew I had to get my hands on it when it was released. When I first started to read Warcross it was giving me major Ready Player One Vibes, granted I did just finish it. I pressed on and soon the story was completely different and I was no longer comparing the two. I absolutely loved Emika as a character and I identified with her about her dad passing away. I loved that she has rainbow hair and is covered in tattoos, I think that is so cool. I also love that she is a female hacker, I feel like it is a stereotype that girls cannot be talented with technology which is completely wrong. I highly recommend this book to all genders 15+ years old. This book sends you an amazing adventure with lots of twist and turns with just a touch of romance.

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Review *SPOILER WARNING*

Like I said above I loved this book through and through, however I do have some comments. I really wish that Emika would have had a better relationship with her team in the beginning of the games. I know she was ‘working’ but I still would have loved that relationship building. I did LOVE her relationship with Hideo, I ship them so hard… That being said THE ENDING THOUGH! I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL! I did have a slight feeling in the end that zero was Hideo’s brother but that was only right before it was revealed. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series because I have the feeling it will be epic. As with almost every book I read I would love this transformed onto the big screen. If you read Warcross I would love to hear your thoughts down below in the comments if it contains spoilers please give a warning.

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

September Haul and Wrap-Up 2017

Hello Readers, Today I am going to be doing my September haul. I only have one book to wrap-up this month. I started my first semester of college this month so I have been adjusting, I hope to read some spooky books in October though!

Library Haul

  1. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  2. Warcross by Marie Lu
  3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  4. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
  5. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Wrap-up

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K Rowing) (Pages: 128)

Total Monthly Page Count: 128
Goodreads Goal: 23/24
CR: Warcross by Marie Lu Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowing and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

 

TAG: The Book Titles

Hello Readers, Today I am going to be combining two Tag’s that have the same idea behind them. You answer these questions with nothing but book titles! I hope you like this TAG!

These questions were created by Rachel Reads Find her Youtube Channel here

1. Title that’s the story of your life
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
2. Title that describes your perfect weekend
Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
4. Title you want to name your child
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
5. Title of your ideal job
Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
6. Title of a place you’d like to visit
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
7. Title of your love life
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
8. Questions you ask yourself
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR Cname
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
10. Title you’d name your band.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

These questions were created by Books and Looks find their Youtube Channel here

1. What is your current mood?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
2. What is your favorite color?
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
3. Describe your BookTube bestie.
Need by Carrie Jones
4. How do you feel about 2017 so far?
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
5. Where do you want to travel?
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
6. What is your relationship status?
Stupid Love by Cindy Miles
7. What are your summer plans?
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
8. What are your 2017 goals?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Hello Readers, I just finished reading Ready Player One and it changed my life. I absolutely loved this book. It is probably my favorite book I read this year, because I liked this book so much I decided I was going to write a discussion review, The first half of this review will not contain any spoilers but the second half will.

Publisher: Broadway Books
Date Published: June 5th 2012 (First Published 2011)
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Genre: SciFi
My Rating: 5 out of 5 bubbles (New Favorite)
GoodReads Description: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Review (No Spoilers): I absolutely fell in love with book and I’m mad at myself it took me this long to read it. It sucked me in the minute I opened it. I loved almost everything about this book especially all the references to some of my favorite movies like War Games. I also love the journey it sends you on not only for the Egg, but the journey of Wades life and his character development. I wish I would have actually played some of the games that are mentioned in the book. It makes me want to start collecting vintage video games. I have played some but not many. I highly recommend this book, it is definitely one of my favorite books I read this year, if not ever.  I cannot wait to see the movie coming out next year.

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Review *SPOILER WARNING*

Pretty much one of the only things I didn’t like about this book was the pity party Wade through for himself for most of the book. I didn’t really mind in the beginning when we were learning his back story. It fit because we were learning about him. I hated it in the middle after Art3mis “Broke-Up” with him. On that note I would like to talk about some other elements of the book. As soon as Wade started talking about how he loved reading Art3mis’s Blog. I knew we were going to meet her sometime during the book and knew she was going to be his love interest. I would like to point out that I felt like after they did meet their relationship went from 0 to 100 real quick, maybe that is why I didn’t understand Wade’s pity party. As soon as the High Five met for the first time I was begging for them to team together to defeat the Sixers. If you have read the book you know eventually they do sorta “Team” up in the end. That is the next thing, When Wade started his plan I was slightly confused. I had no idea what was going on, I thought I had missed something. Then, as I read on I understood what was happening. When we met Aech for the first time I had this gut feeling that he was a girl. As soon as he said that he does not look like you expect I knew I was right. I loved the ending, It left me wanting more but more in a good way.

(Still Spoiler Warning) Lastly I would like to talk about some random thoughts I have. I just looked up the cast list and the actor that is playing Art3mis does not have a Port Wine Stain. I really hope they include that in the movie. I felt like that had a big impact on how she felt about her self. I also hope they keep the real identities of the High Five a secret until the end just like the book. Finally, I seen that Ernest Cline retweeted a tweet that was a picture of a guy who got the score board tattooed on him and it lowkey makes me want to also get a Ready Player One tattoo.

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤