July 2017 Haul and Wrap-Up

Hello Readers. Today I am going to be sharing the books I bought/borrowed and the books I read in July. I participated in the Biannual Bibliothon last month so I read quite a bit.  Also my mother won a giveaway ARC and gave me the book when she was done reading it.

Bookstore Haul:

  1. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Vanleer
  2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Library Haul:

  1. The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Giveaway Haul:

  1. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Wrap- Up

  1. Of Neptune by Anna Banks (Pages: 330)
  2. The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby (Pages: 288)
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Pages: 393)
  4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (Pages: 310)

Total Monthly Page Count: 1,321
Goodreads Goal: 19/24
CR: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowing, and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

 

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Biannual Bibliothon: 3 Stars or Less Books

Hello Readers,  Today is day 4 of the Biannual Bibliothon today’s challenge is to share a book you have rated 3 stars or less. This challenge is hosted by Amy over at bookwormgirls88 you can find her instagram here and her blog here. I am making this my own and instead of sharing one book, I am going to share 10 books I rated 3 stars or less. I had to go pretty far back into my read list to find this many books to share. I often find my self being pretty generous when it comes to rating books.

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  2. The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  4. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  6. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  7. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  8. The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman Illustrated by Tony Moore
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
  9. Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez
    My Rating is 2 out of 5 stars
  10. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Translated by Anthea Bell
    My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

Biannual Bibliothon: The Villain’s Synopsis

Hello Readers, Today is day 3 of the Biannual Bibliothon and today blog challenge is The Villain’s Synopsis hosted by Dominique over at Pirates and Pixiedust you can find her instagram here and her blog here. The book I chose for this challenge was The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I do have to say this is my first time doing anything like this so if it sucks I apologize in advance. Also in my opinion this does not spoil anything, but I am going to put a spoiler warning just in case.

*Spoiler Warning*

There was a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster and a boy named Augustus Waters.
They were very much in love, but they would have never met if it weren’t for me.
I am Cancer… Yes you heard me correctly, I’m that nasty illness that everyone hates.
You see Augustus and Hazel both have different forms of me, they met in a cancer support group for kids.
It didn’t take long for them to fall in love, it happened almost all at once.
I am afraid this is not a love story though
This is the story about a boy and a girl who are very much in love, but fate has other plans
Those plans include me…

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

Biannual Bibliothon: Book Review The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

Hello Readers, Today is the second day of the Biannual Bibliothon and the second blog challenge is to write a book review hosted by MissSassyKassie you can find her blog here, her instagram here, and her youtube channel here. Today I am going to be reviewing The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby.

Publisher: Starscape
Publisher Date: September 29th 2009 (first published September 2nd 2008)
Page: 288
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical Paranormal Mystery
My Rating: 4 out of 5 bubbles
Goodreads Description: A haunting historical mystery based on real life events, told in the alternating points of view of a contemporary girl and a 19th century slave accused of a horrible crime. When Lila and her family visit Laurel Oaks Plantation in Louisiana, her parents and brother scoff at the claim that the house is haunted. But secretly, Lila suspects there are ghostly presences willing to communicate with her, and her alone. One spirit eager to tell her story is Daphne, a slave girl at Laurel Oaks in the 1840s, who was blamed for the poisoning deaths of two girls and their mother. Daphne’s spirit senses that Lila is the very person she’s been waiting for, the one who can prove her innocence so her spirit can rest at long last. Shifting back and forth from Lila’s world in the present to Daphne’s world in the past, the true story of what really happened that fateful night finally comes to light. Laurel Oaks is a thinly disguised version of the legendary Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, which is on the Smithsonian’s list of the ten most haunted places in America. This middle grade novel was inspired by the author’s visit to the plantation and her experiences there.

I bought this book at my school book fair years and years ago. I bought it because at the time I was obsessed with the Myrles Plantation Haunting and the Winchester Mansion haunting. Two ghost stories I recommend researching I thought they were fascinating. Anyways, I started reading this book years ago then got distracted by other books. I decided to restart it during the 24hourathon and very glad I did. I ended up finishing it and I loved it. I ended up rounding up my goodreads rating. I would rate it a 3.75 starts out of 5. I really did enjoy the story and plot, but to be honest it was a pretty average book. I like to read Ghost stories, but I have to be careful at night cause some can get to my head. This one did not scare me too much. Yes, it was a ghost story but the plot was more about solving the mystery and learning the facts. Normally, I tend not to like books that go back and forth between time periods because they often confuse me. However, in this book I enjoyed how the two POV were in the different time periods. I also love all the history that poured into this story. I would recommend this book if you want quick ghost story that is not too scary with a touch of history.

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

Biannual Bibliothon: Blogger Book TAG

Hello Readers, Today is the first day of the biannual bibliothon and the start of the blog challenges. Today is hosted by 4teenLiars her instagram can be found here and her blog can be found here! Today’s blog challenge is The Blogger Book TAG

  1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
    I already posted my TBR, but I am most excited for Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh the group book for this round.
  2. What is your favorite genre to read in Summer?
    I feel like most peoples answer is Contemporary, but that is also mine. I like fun beachy reads.
  3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?
    Either poolside or lakeside. I go camping a lot so mostly outdoor places
  4. What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
    I’m not exactly sure what it is being asked, but I love that they expanded to Blog and instagram challenges for those of us that only Blog.
  5. What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?
    Percy Jackson, I feel like he would awesome to hang out by the water
  6. What are your plans for summer?
    Where I live summer is almost over, but for basically the whole month of August I am going to be camping. As soon as I get back I start my college classes.
  7. Do you have summer reading playlist, If not what would be on it?
    I mostly listen the Classical Music Playlist on Pandora while reading, but when I am driving or hanging out I have been listening to ” Thief” by Ansel Elgort, “Bad Lair” by Selena Gomez, “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! at the Disco,  “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne, “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles, “Slow Hands” by Naill Horan “Just Hold On” by Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson, and many more.
  8. What is your favorite summer movie?
    To be completely honest I have been watching Moana like every day…
    But I also really like Dirty Dancing and The Goonies 
  9. What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?
    I always say I am going to read a Morgan Matson book and I always start one, but I never finish it.
  10. What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?
    I have already started editing a new Tag called The Title my Life TAG

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hello Readers, Today I am going to be sharing my Biannual Bibliothon TBR. There is 7 reading challenges which I have fulfilled all 7 with a total of 4 books. I will also be taking part of the blog and the instagram challenges. More info can be found on the Biannual Bibliothon Youtube Channel

  1. Group Book
    Flame and the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  2. Read a LGBTQIA+ Book and Throwback Challenge: A Book that has been on your shelf for more than a year
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  3. Read a book you heard about not on booktube and Read a book from one of the hosts favorite genres: Reds- Paranormal
    Hunted Destiny by Heather Graham
  4. Read a book that was banned or that is still banned and Read a book and watch the movie adaptation
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

TAG: Mid Year Book Freak Out 2017

Hello Readers, Today I am going to be doing a TAG called the Mid Year Book Freakout! I know I am a little late but I really wanted to do this TAG! I believe this was co-created by Earl Grey Books and ReadLikeWildFire over on Youtube. Also if you live in the United States Happy Fourth of July!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
I’ve read the Harry Potter books #3 through #6 for the first time this year and I can not pick just one I loved them all!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
Besides the Harry Potter books I have only read 2 squeals this year and out of those two I would have to say After You by Jojo Moyes

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro This is the second book in her Charlotte Holmes Series. I read the first book last year and loved it. Also these books are gorgeous the covers are amazing.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I have seen this book all over and it is Warcross by Marie Lu which has an expected publication date of September 12, 2017. Or the bombshell that John Green dropped in June Turtles All the Way Down by John Green which has a October 10th 2017 expected publication date

5. Biggest disappointment.
I have liked a lot of the books I’ve read this year but I was expecting more from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I have a Review of this book if you would like to know more of my thoughts!

6. Biggest surprise.
I had to read The Body by Stephen King for school and It had me hooked! I also have a Review here

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Nicola Yoon, the first book I read by her was Everything, Everything and I really would like to pick up The Sun is also a Star soon.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I am going to have to say Galen from The Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks

9. Newest favorite character.
This is really Random but Mr. and Mrs. Weasly from the Harry Potter Series. I feel like they are given enough credit. They treat Harry like he is one of their own somethings they did for him brought me to tears.

10. Book that made you cry.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

11. Book that made you happy.
Honestly I feel like I have read a lot of sad books so the one that made me the most happy would have to be Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I can not choose between Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke or Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year)
To be quite honest I do not think my reviews are the best, however I love talking about books that’s why I write them. Even though I didn’t love the book I felt my best review was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I feel like I best expressed the way this book made me feel.

14. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

15. Favorite Book Community Member(s)
I am just going to mention some of my favorite booktubers right here Regan or PeruseProject  Jesse or JesseTheReader Emma or EmmaBooks

Happy Reading,
Bubbles ❤

P.S. I have realized after posting that these questions are not all from the original TAG, but I am just going to leave it because I like some of the new questions