Showing posts from December, 2016

December Wrap Up

Hello readers!
The end of December is already here which is so crazy because it doesn't seem like it's been a whole month already! It is also a little unwelcomed by me because this means I only have a week left at home before it's back to college for me. Which means even less time to read. Honestly, going back to college is my biggest worry for this blog because I am afraid that I will get so crazy busy that I won't have time to read and post as much as I would like. But I guess we will see when we get there!
Anyhoo, on to the reason we are here: my December wrap up!

This month I got two books read which, although it is a very small amount to most people, is pretty good for me since I would consider myself a slow reader. The two books I read were:

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

This was a book about an unexpected road trip shared by millionaire, Ed, and his cleaner Jess and her two children, Nicky and Tanzie, to get Tanzie to her Maths Olympiad. I enjoyed this book as a lig…

The Nightingale Review

*May be some spoilers!* 

Author: Kristin Hannah
Pages: 438
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of tricks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions in Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them. she is forced to make one impossible decision after another to keep her family safe. 
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Ga√ętan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within Fra…

It's a Book Filled Christmas!

Merry Christmas readers!

I completely fell off of the Bookmas day challenges because everything just got crazy, but I thought I would make a post about the books I got for Christmas to round out the Bookmas season! I am so excited about all of the books I received this year and can not wait to dive right into them in 2017!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have been dying to start this series for so long, but I just never got around to buying the books. But no fear! My cousin gave me Cinder for Christmas this year, and I can't wait to finally start this series.

2. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Over the summer I read The Archived which is this first book to this series, and I absolutely loved it! I got the book from my library and they didn't have the rest of the books, so I couldn't continue until now. I am so excited to get to continue on in this series!

3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

Finally, I got This Savage Song which is so exciting because I have heard such amazing…

Bookmas Day 6: Six Books You Wish You Read in 2016

Hello readers!

It is Bookmas Day 6, so I am here with another blog challenge! Today's topic is six books you wish you read in 2016 which is super easy for me because I didn't read a lot this year, so there are a TON of books I wish I read. So here is a list of six that I am really sad I didn't read this year:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy NelsonCinder/ The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa MeyerA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E, SchwabThis Savage Song by V. E. SchwabThe Diabolic by S. J Kincaid  This list is in no particular order, however I'm probably most upset about the V. E. Schwab books because I read The Archived by Victoria Schwab earlier this year and loved it, so I really wanted to get to more of her books this year. I am afraid the only book that has a chance this year is I'll Give You the Sum by Jandy Nelson as it is the only book on this list that I own and it is on my Bookmas TBR.

Are any of these books books that you also wis…

One Plus One Review

Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 368
Publisher: Penguin Books
Rating: ☆☆☆

Jess is having a hard time. Her husband has left her and her math-whiz daughter and goth stepson all alone with no help. As they struggle through her daughter, Tanzie, gets an opportunity to participate in a Math Olympiad that could change her life forever. However, Jess has no way of getting there until they are saved my Ed, the tech millionaire that Jess cleans for, in his first selfless act in a very long time. Ed takes on this dysfunctional family before he knows what he is  getting into, but long road trips to Scotland tend to have an effect on the way you learn to love people.

My Review
I gave this book a 3.5/5 star rating, however I rounded it to 3 stars one good reads and on here since you can't give half stars. I thought this book was a nice story, and I did enjoy it. But, it did not completely blow me away which is why I gave it only 3.5. In my opinion the story was a little slow, and I wasn't…

Bookmas Day Four: Top Four Underrated Books of 2016

Day four of Bookmas has arrived! I had to skip out on yesterday, Top Three Most Anticipated Adaptations of 2017, because I have no idea of any adaptations coming out next year. But I am back today with 4 underrated books!
These books were not published in 2016, but they were all books that I read in 2016 and really enjoyed.

1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
This book is a true story written by Bryan Stevenson about cases that he has tried and clients that he has fought for in this own career. The book illustrates Stevenson's experiences in fighting for rights for men wrongly convicted and put on death row for nothing more than their skin color or their mental capacity. It also highlights cases of children who were convicted for petty crimes but convicted for life with no hope of parole. Finally, it highlights mothers that are put in prison and taken from their children, and the problems of the prison systems in America. This is such a powerful book that I think is very important for…

Bookmas Day 2- Top Two YA Debuts of 2016

Hello readers!

It is day two of Bookmas, which means it is time to spill my top two YA debuts of this year! Sadly, since I am just  getting into the book community, I didn't know about too many of these this year, so I only have one to share with you. But, the one I did read I really enjoyed!

So, my top (and only) YA debut of 2016 is:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton! This is a YA fantasy book that follows a girl trying to escape her hometown where she is tied down only because she is a girl. She is a great shot and one night at a shoot out in a local bar, she meets a mysterious stranger that she will soon go on an adventure through the desert with and find out who she truly is.

I know that synopsis sounds super cheesy and like every other book known to man, but I really loved this story! In the beginning it took me a couple of chapters to get in to it, but once I did I was hooked. There is some magic in this book as well which is where the fantasy elements come in which I th…

Bookmas Day 1: Bookmas Tree!

Hello readers!

Today is the first day of Bookmas! I am super excited for this to start and to get a lot of reading done over the next 12 days!

My bookmas tree is a bit on the smaller side as I don't have a large collection of books because I get a lot of books from the library. It is also a bit messy because I had no idea what I was doing, but nonetheless I tried my best! So, here is my little rendition of the Bookmas tree!

I hope that you will participate in Bookmas, and if you have made a bookmas tree leave a link to your blog/youtube video down below and I would love to check it out!

Reading Progress Update: So far today I have read 30 pages of One Plus One, but I plan to continue reading today and hopefully get to around 250 today! We will see how this goes.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!

Bookmas TBR

Hello readers!

This year as I begin my blogging journey, I thought a fun way to populate the beginnings of the blog would be through participating in Hailey in Bookland's 12 Days of Christmas event, #Bookmas! This is a readathon that begins tomorrow, December 13, and there are also video/blog post topics to go along with each day. I am going to try to participate in as many days as I can, beginning with my TBR for this readathon!

My TBR for this Bookmas is:

~ One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I am already 150 pages into this book, so I will be finishing it at the beginning of the readathon.
         One Plus One is an adult fiction novel about a single mother struggling to get by with her two children. Her daughter, Tanzie, is a math-whiz and needs to be taken to a Maths Olympiad in order to win enough money to go to the private school that will give her a better education. One problem: Her mother has no money and no way to get her there until a tech millionaire finds the family strande…

Book Blog Newbie Tag

Hello readers!

My name is Caitlin, and I am so excited to be starting this blog. I have wanted to have a blog for a while now, so I decided to finally jump in. As I was researching blogs and how to work them, I stumbled across the Book Blog Newbie Tag by Love and Other Bookish Things! I thought this would be a fun and great way to introduce myself into the blogging community, so here it goes!

1. Why did you start this blog?
    I have always loved to read throughout my life, but I have never really had friends that enjoyed reading as much as I did or wanted to just sit and talk about books that they have read. Because of this, I thought that having a blog where I can share my favorite books and talk about why I loved them so much with other people who love books also would be so awesome! I have also always kinda wanted a blog for some reason, but I never thought about what I would actually talk about until now!

2. What are some fun or unique things you bring to book blogging?
I don't…