November 2017 Wrap Up aka I’m stressed out

What Did I Read This Month

Whoever said senior year of high school was easy has clearly never taken IB. College can’t possibly get any harder than this.

So yes I’m stressed out and have not been blogging…like at all…but I have read 12 book this month and have smashed my 100 book goal for 2017. I’m at 105 right now and will hopefully surpass last year’s final of 112? Maybe, we’ll see.

Let’s get started!


I read some books for a book trivia competition that I do every year called Battle of the Books!

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It’s funny, usually I’ve already read two out of the three battle books but this year I’ve never heard of any of them. I liked all three and if I had to choose one to study for the competition I would say probably ‘Tell Me Three Things’ because it’s the most contemporary and easiest to memorize, unlike ‘Starflight’ which is very intense and would be a pain to memorize facts and the little obscure things about it.


I read some random books that are all from different genres and authors as well!

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I know that ‘Without Merit’ and ‘There’s someone inside your house’ are controversial but I think that they were both okay books. I definitely see both sides of readers’ arguments and I agree with a lot of the negative but also the positive things about them. I really liked ‘Renegades’ as well as ‘They Both Die at the End’.

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All of these authors except the Lizzie Borden book I’ve already read and loved so though these latest books did not match up to my already set expectations of them through their other books I still liked these books. I actually almost DNF’d the Lizzie Borden book because it was so boring but I pushed through it in the end.


Lastly, I finished the Sinners on Tour series!

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I read the first book last month so it doesn’t count, this month I read books 2-5, but I just didn’t feel like cropping the first book out of the picture so here it is.


In others news my first college app is due tomorrow so yay, I’m slowly crawling through the year.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your November Wrap Ups!

-Calliope

 

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October 2017 Wrap Up

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Hello friends, welcome to my October Wrap Up! It has definitely been a long time since I last blogged, because senior year is kicking my behind.

Anyhoo, let’s just jump right into the wrap up!


First up this month I read a romance novel!

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It’s actually more like erotica I think. I really liked this book and am currently reading the second book which I’m enjoying  little less. The book is basically sex and more sex. Sprinkled in with some ex-husband drama and parental problems of course. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and probably will continue with the series because I’m curious to see what happens to the other band-mates.


I also read some YA novels that were awesome!

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The thing with feathers came from the teenreads review list and I thought the book was good but bland. Certainly not a book I will remember. I really loved Moxie however, I have a review up actually that you can find right here. I loved the feminism and how strong the females were in this book.

Tower of Dawn was also amazing! But SJM is really killing me here by taking a break from Aelin for a WHOLE BOOK! But it’s okay I had Chaol for an entire book. I’m really getting skeptical with SJM and her whole thing with a new love interest for like every character in every book. How many times can these characters fall in love? She also seems to pair every single character with someone else…not that I entirely mind because it seems to be working haha.


I read some more YA!

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One of is lying was definitely gripping because I really wanted to know who committed the murder but the end was a bit lackluster and I felt that the author took the easy way out. However I did really like the book before the end so I gave it 4 stars and Genuine Fraud 4 stars as well.

The thing with Genuine Fraud was that it was very similar to a movie I watched a long time ago about a man called Mr. Ripley I think? Anyway the plot of Genuine Fraud was very similar I noticed but it was still a fantastic book.


I read some Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

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Purple Hibiscus was such a good book and I was so eager to keep reading to find out what happened next! The main character is such a sweet genuine girl and the bad things that happened to her were so not her fault and I just wanted to hug her!

We should all be feminists was also really good but it was such a short essay I wanted more! Adichie is such a fantastic speaker and her TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” led me to these books along with my last years English teacher.


In total I read 8 books this month! I find this impressive considering my work load in school.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your October Wrap Ups!

-Calliope

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu // Book Review!

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: September 19th, 2017

Page Number: 330 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)


Goodreads Synopsis:

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Thoughts:

Oh my god I loved this book!

I first saw Moxie mentioned in the Zoella book club video and thought that the synopsis sounded nice. I later saw Moxie again in my list of books to choose from for teenreads.com and I thought it was a sign for me to place a hold on live-brary.

I am so glad I decided to give this book a read because it was everything this high school feminist wanted to read. I had no idea what was going to happen and every time you thought that Mathieu was going down a typical YA high school plot she turned around and surprised you.

I related hardcore to Lucy and how indigent she was when sexist events would happen at school and everyone just accepted it as how it was in Texas. If anything like what happened at East Rockport High School happened at MY high school, you can bet 100% none of the girls in my school would let the boys or administrators get away with it. I’m blessed that my town is pretty progressive.

Side note: When my school first started back in September actually, an administrator apparently made a remark at a back to school assembly that girls have to dress more conservatory because if you get sexually harassed it’s hard to defend you to the boys parents.

…well the sophomore girls who this happened to blew up, started a petition for an apology and they had a whole new assembly where apologizes were made. I genuinely do not think that the administrator at my school meant for her words to come out that way, and I do think that she loves all of us students, but she just has to be careful what she says because girls are no longer staying silent and we’re speaking up now.

So anyway, given what happened at my school, the events that happened in this book that were FAR worse definitely made my blood boil. Honestly, how some of the girls managed to NOT punch anyone in the face is beyond me.

FEMINISM! I loved it so much! The dialogue between Vivian and Claudia about Claudia wanting to be an equalist and then later seeing why feminism is so important was amazing!

SETH! Like what?! How in the world did such an amazing boy end up at that school full of jerks minus the boys he sits with at lunch! And the fact that Vivian and Seth had actual fights about meaningful things and it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine!

GIRLS SUPPORTING GIRLS! Emma! I knew it! The bonds these girls formed over Moxie was amazing and I loved seeing how Vivian and Lucy wanted to help the girls soccer team get new uniforms because they win more than football. (In my school actually, the soccer players, boys and girls are the popular ones who win games while football players generally do not win that much, soz football players but I’m right).

FEMINISTS AND DIFFERENT RACES! Mathieu was so clever that woman. We finally see non white feminists and white feminists who acknowledge that this fight is an EVERY girl fight. I understand that this is a conservative town but it would have been nice to see more LGBTQ rep, but it was fine honestly.

We NEED more books written like this! GIRL POWER!

My next feminist read is going to be WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Actually, Adichie has been everywhere for me, I listened to her danger of a single story TED talk and we talked about it last year in my TOK class, this year in my English class, and now I’m going to be using it in my IB extended essay. I was also recommended to read PURPLE HIBISCUS, so I’m going to request that one at the library as well!

Verdict:

I LOVED IT! I flew through this book and loved all of the emotions I experienced, from outraged to annoyed to making heart eyes at Seth and Vivian, I loved it!

My Rating:

5 stars


Have YOU read this book? Let’s chat!

-Calliope

September 2017 Wrap Up!

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So…school has been keeping me very busy and as a result I haven’t been blogging much (what else is new).

I have been reviewing books though! I’m a member of the 2017-18 teenreads.com Teen Board where I read and review books for their site.

I had a great reading month, 11 books, and I’m on track (ahead actually) of my reading goal of 100 books!


First up I read the Cruel Crown novella and then King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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I really love this series and I can’t wait to read the last book!


I also read some great books from teenreads, they give us reviewers a huge list of books to choose from and I always add the ones I want to read to my tbr

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I thought Da Vinci’s Tiger was fascinating, and I was totally shipping Leonardo and Ginevra from the beginning! I would probably give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, just because the beginning was a little hard to get into, and many characters had similar names which was a little confusing.

Nothing, was a book where the two main characters think their life is boring and nothing happens, but they realize that maybe their lives aren’t that boring after documenting their sophomore year of high school. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it was slightly boring, though I did relate to the girls a lot more than typical YA females friends.


I read some awesome books with bi main characters!

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Ahh! The Gentlemen’s guide was soooo good! I shipped Percy and Monty so much and they were so cute and frustrating! It was quite a long book with parts that had me raising my eyebrows as to the realistic aspects but all in all it was such a great adventure! This book is tied with Wonder Woman for my favorite book this month! 4.5 stars!

Queens of Geek was such a geeky fun book that fangirls like myself can definitely relate to. It’s more of a quick fun read than anything else and did feel a tad like fanfiction? I don’t know, I just felt that vibe. Nevertheless, 4 stars for Queens of Geek because I was so happy while reading!


I finally read Wonder Woman! And then also Little Monsters because I’ve heard so much hype

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Wonder Woman had all the feminism and kick-ass scenes I wanted and thought it would have! 4.5 stars and not 5 because the plot twist at the end had absolutely no set up and annoyed me very much. And then also the book ended kind of abruptly and I do love my closure so I was sad I didn’t get enough.

Little Monsters felt like it was trying so hard to be Pretty Little Liars but I kept reading eagerly so it must have worked? I was grateful that unlike Pretty Little Liars, the twists and plot was actually predictable and possible to happen cough cough. 4 stars!


Finally I read some classics! And a novella that a tv show I started watching is based on (Good Behavior if you’re interested)

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I liked a Wrinkle in Time, though I felt the middle section of the book was very slow. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but it’s probably more like a 3.5 for me. I will not be continuing with the series most likely because it’s middle grade.

I had to read A Heart of Darkness for school and it was 72 pages of boring, no plot, and racism as much as a white European can squeeze in. 1.5 stars because go metaphors.

I started binging on this show, Good Behavior and found out it was based on these books by Blake Crouch and went to check him out. The show is amazing, the chemistry between Letty and Javier is insane and I can’t wait for season 2 on October 15th! A druggie and a hit man get together? You’d think it would never work but it does somehow.


What did you read this month? Link me up with your September Wrap Ups and I’ll be sure to check them out!

-Calliope

A Wrinkle in Time Book Review!

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L ‘Engle

Publication Date: March 15th, 1973

Publisher: Yearling Books

Page Number: 211 pages

Format Read: Paperback (Library borrowed)


Goodreads Synopsis:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. 

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

My Thoughts: 

I found this book in my house after my brother borrowed it from the library but never read it and was going to return it until I pounced and claimed it for myself. I had it sitting on my desk for a month before I finally got around to reading it! I honestly renewed it from the library 3 times. That’s okay though because I’ve finally read it!

I didn’t know anything about this book before going into it and the sci-fi elements really surprised me. I shouldn’t have been surprised though because hello the title is a dead giveaway but whatever it’s middle grade so it could have been about anything really.

Charles Wallace is my favorite! What a sweet intelligent boy! I was so upset when was being manipulated by IT.  Also Calvin! Do I sense a Meg and Calvin relationship in the future??

I’ve heard there’s a movie being made of this book, or maybe there already is one? I don’t know, it’s late at night and I don’t feel like doing extra research. Wait now I’m curious, one sec. AHA! There is a movie and it’s coming out in 2018 and I’m totally going to see it!

ALSO! Speaking of movies THE HATE YOU GIVE is being turned into a movie!! Omg see what I just did there, I capitalized the title. You know why? Because I’m a reviewer over at teenreads.com and I’m slowly being sucked into their formatting style. I will probably be adopting it completely over the next few months. Teen reads doesn’t stop me from being a fangirl and totally informal on my personal blog right here though!

Okay moving on, Aunt Beast was also so cute and so motherly I was so touched because I thought they were honestly going to eat Meg, Calvin and father. Also I thought I would like father a bit more but I didn’t which made me sad.

Verdict: 

Sci-fi space stuff and evil stuff and three witch things that can time travel! Can you tell senior year is getting to me? The college pressure is real ya’ll.

My rating: 

4 out of 5 stars


Thankfully school hasn’t put a damper on my reading just yet, I’m still reading a lot, but not blogging -_-

Anyhoo, have you read this book?! What did you think?! Let’s chat! Also no I am not over hyped on coffee right now, it’s the Greenday blasting in my ears that’s hyping me up, I swear. And Panic too.

-Calliope

P.S. It was my BIRTHDAY yesterday!! I am officially 17 years of age! Wooh!! Any fellow Virgos out there??!!

 

August 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! August was a pretty decent reading month for me. I read 9 books and I had a good mix of fantasy vs. contemporary. I do have to say that I’m slightly getting tired of YA contemporary with its tropes and unrealistic expectations for teenagers but I don’t think I can give up reading contemporary still because there are those gems that are amazing.

Anyway, let’s see what I read this month!


I read several books from my August TBR, yay, go me! You can find the link to my August tbr right here

I read The Alchemists of Loom, Eliza and Her Monsters, and The Boy Next Door

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I’ve heard mixed things about the Alchemists of Loom but I really liked it and gave it 4 stars! I really want to read the second one, Dragons of Nova, but it’s not available on live-brary yet. I also loved Eliza and Her Monsters, I have a review of it right here and I gave it 4.5 stars!

I slightly disliked The Boy Next Door and gave it 2 stars. The plot was there but the characters and subplots just were not. This is one of those contemporaries that give the YA contemp genre a bad rep. It just highlighted every bad trope available to YA writers, seriously.


I also read Made You Up, Geekerella, and Daughter of the Burning City

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Okay here’s the thing with Made You Up, I have not given it a rating. This is for a reason of course, I would give it a 4 star rating but while reading I felt something was off about the mental illness in the book. When I looked at several reviews they supported the author portrayed the mental illness (schizophrenia) completely wrong. Now, I don’t know if this is true or not since I know nothing about schizophrenia, so I’ve decided not to give it a rating because if the author truly messed up everything about schizophrenia I don’t want to praise the book in any way, ya know?

Anyway, moving on Geekerella was a super easy one day read that was quite cliche and a cinderella retelling, but I liked it for some reason, so 4 stars it is.

I’ve also heard many things about Daughter of the Burning City, it has been super hyped recently and I thought that it was pretty good! I did think the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up in the middle. I’m curious actually to read the sequel, though the plot twist was quite predictable with some aspects of it. I also am IN LOVE with the cover!


I finally read Stars Above, the novel wrap up of all of the Lunar Chronicle novellas, I re-read Glass Sword to remind me about what happened so I can finally read King’s Cage in September, and I read Lucky in Love

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I really liked Stars Above and all of its novellas. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series so it was great having more time with the characters. I liked Glass Sword as much as I did the first time reading with a 4 star rating.

I have a review up for Lucky in Love explaining why this one didn’t quite do it for me, you can click right here to read it!


What did you read this month? Link me up with your wrap ups, I’d love to read them!

-Calliope

P.S. I applied for the teenreads.com board and made it! I’m officially on their board until next August!

Lucky in Love by Kasie West // Book Review

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: July 25th, 2017

Page Number: 333 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary download)


Goodreads Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

My Thoughts:

The little things in this book that irked me eventually added up and I couldn’t stand the cliches, inaccurate portrayal of teenage life and a main character that I thought was a complete idiot, though her GPA of 4.2 would contradict me.

I read this book in one day, from 8 in the morning to 8 in the afternoon with obvious breaks and doing my daily summer stuff. I actually kept track of the things I didn’t like through texts with my best friend. When things bothered me, I texted my friend to vent so that’s how I know what to talk about actually.

Things I liked: 

Seth! Asian love interest and Asian stereotypes addressed! Also Seth was the best character in general, he was so sweet, even when Maddie was so mean to him.

The cover! The cover is so cute, like most of Kasie West’s books actually.

Fast pace and enjoyability! Some parts of the books were really interesting and kept me reading and I can’t deny that I did like the main plot, (not subplots though).

Things I didn’t like:

So Maddie is supposedly number two in her class with a 4.2 GPA and all of these extracurricular and volunteer hours and yet not once throughout the book does she go to any club at school or stay after. Maddie has to be usual YA teen that finishes school and never has any trouble with school or studying.

She’s also in HONORS ENGLISH, with a 4.2 GPA. I’m not saying anything bad about people in Honors English, really, but to be number 2 in your grade you need to be in AP or IB classes. (Unless California doesn’t do AP)?

Also I get it, Maddie’s parents are chill parents but when Maddie told them she was throwing a party, they said it was about time she did normal teenage things. At other times her mom told her she needed to keep studying for college. It’s very contradictory, either her parents want her to study and be a goody goody or do “normal” teenage things like partying.

I also saw Maddie’s C on that pop quiz coming from miles away. Obviously once the really smart girl gets rich she stops caring about school and studying. And when Maddie was talking on the phone to Seth about how smart she was and her studying all the time, it didn’t feel like it was genuine because Maddie did not study in the book for as much time or enough times to feel like she actually even went to school.

And then when people started taking advantage of Maddie she didn’t even notice. She hired a band before hearing them play and took their word that they made a thousand dollars per gig. Obviously…they sucked.

Maddie’s parents said it was her money and to get a financial advisor, but Maddie of course doesn’t do this until the END of the book AFTER all of the bad things happen that come with winning that much money from the lottery.

Verdict: 

I don’t know why but this book clearly triggered me for some reason. Can anyone play therapist and analyze why I was so triggered haha

My Rating:

2.5 stars


And that is all! Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let’s chat!

-Calliope