BuJo

BuJo- Yay or Nay?

I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t always had a journal or diary or anything but a few years back, I got super into using a Bullet Journal.

I love how much you can really make them your own and how many different kinds there are out there.

So, would you guys be interested in seeing how I’ve set mine up this year? In seeing the different pens and markers I use and all that jazz? I LOVE seeing other people’s stuff because I think they’re always so unique to the person themselves.

Like this, comment, follow me if you’d like to start seeing some journal updates as well as my book stuff. Still first and foremost a book blogger, with a passion for my BuJo. 🙂

-Laurenxx

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Adult Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Authors I’d Like to Meet

Hey, it’s Tuesday. Pig ‘n a Poke!

I’ve been watching Supernatural over again, and oddly enough I’m watching the episode with the time loop right now, so it’s quite fitting! But anyways, it really is Tuesday and it’s time for another TTT!

For those of you who haven’t heard of this meme yet, checkout where it started at:

The Broke and the Bookish and where it moved to when the passed the torch over to: That Artsy Reader Girl



This is a whole lot more difficult than I thought, but here are the 10 authors I’d most like to meet. In no particular order.

  1. Sarah J. Maas
  2. J.K. Rowling
  3. Jay Kristoff
  4. Marissa Meyer (going to her book signing next month! eek)
  5. Marie Lu
  6. Laini Taylor
  7. V.E. Schwab
  8. Pierce Brown
  9. Alexandra Braken
  10. Stephanie Garber

There were others I could think of, but a couple of them are dead (Tolkien, Dickens, etc.) and a couple I’ve met before (Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Stephen Chbosky)

Who would you like to meet? Do we have any of the same ones on our list?



See y’all real soon!
-Laurenxx

Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday #17!

Hellooooooo, my lovely readers! I’m home from work fairly early today so, wouldn’t you know it, it’s actually coming to you on a Thursday, but it’s time to tackle that TBR!

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

So, here’s my tackling for the week!



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1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Synopsis:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Verdict:

You know, I’m not entirely sure if I ever read this synopsis when I added it to my TBR, but it sounds super interesting! KEEPING!


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2. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Verdict:

Meh. Seems like the same old story. REMOVING!


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3. The Dead by Charlie Higson

Synopsis:

The Dead is the second book in Charlie Higson’s jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens.

Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe.

Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids – nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult, Greg, a butcher, who claims he’s immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world.

But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won’t all survive…

Verdict:

I read the first book a while back and ended up buying it, so I definitely want to continue the series because it’s fantastic and so well written! KEEPING!


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4. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Synopsis:

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

Verdict:

Meh. Once again, not really my cup of tea anymore. REMOVING.


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5. Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

Synopsis:

Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets…

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn’t something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate’s result thrusts her into the Guild’s world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate’s mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate’s body, and love might end before it even begins.

Verdict:

Once again, I’m feeling underwhelmed and don’t really think this is my cup of tea. REMOVED!


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6. White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Synopsis:

Some wounds take time to heal…and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderland food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.

Verdict:

Honestly don’t think I’ll read this one. I like the idea and it sounds interesting, but meh. REMOVING.


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7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:

THE MISTS RULE THE NIGHT… THE LORD RULER OWNS THE WORLD.

FOR A THOUSAND YEARS THE ASH FELL.
For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.

YET SOMEHOW HOPE SURVIVES.
A new kind of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a mistborn.

What if the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord? The answer will be found in the Mistborn trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins here.

Verdict:

God, this sounds so good! I actually own this book anyways, so there we go. KEEPING.


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8. The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham

Synopsis:

You will never forget your first date, your first kiss, or your first love. You will also never forget how it felt when it was torn apart.

Seventeen-year old Grace Hathaway does not give much thought to falling in love, until the day that Ian Taylor, rebel and misfit walks into her math class. From their first conversation, Grace is mesmerized by Ian’s charisma and rock star façade.

Ian Taylor, a seventeen-year old kid from the wrong side of the tracks tries to ignore the feelings he has for Grace, but is captured by her caring, non-judgmental personality from the moment they meet. Grace becomes Ian’s everything and there is nothing he will not do for her. Hurting her was never part of his plan.

“The Falling of Love” will take you on a sweet, emotional journey of two young adults falling in love for the first time, and then tear your heart apart when that love is threatened by dishonesty and betrayal.

Verdict:

I think I would enjoy this. I’m always up for a good contemporary! KEEPING!


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9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Synopsis:

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.

An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Verdict:

I have been dying to read this one! KEEPING.


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10. Watchmen by Alan Moore

Synopsis:

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.

Verdict:

I actually own this one too, and I’ve been reading a lot more graphic novels. KEEPING!



*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 6/4***

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday! (#3):Books That Are Linked to Specific Memories

Hello there, lovely readers! It’s Tuesday again, which means…. Top Ten Tuesday!

If you guys haven’t seen this meme yet, checkout where it all began: The Broke and the Bookish and the lovely lady they passed the torch to at: That Artsy Reader Girl !

So, this week’s topic is: Books That Are Linked to Specific Memory. I am actually kind of in love with this one, it made me take a look at my “Read” shelf on Goodreads and there were more books than I expected linked to specific memories. So, here we go!



1. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

You know, it’s funny, but these books are honestly the ones I have the earliest and most vivid memories of. My dad started reading The Hobbit to me when I was about 7 years old. I can’t even remember how many nights I would lay on his bed or next to his bed while he read to me and it was just the greatest thing in the world because my dad LOVES these books. They’re the only books he’s read for fun in more than 30 years.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I tried to find a smaller picture, but I just adore these covers and had to post it in all its glory! Anyways. My sister started reading these to me when I was 8. Only the first 3 were out at that point and we went to the midnight release for Goblet of Fire when that was released and that was the first one I read on my own. We went to every midnight release for the books and every movie release as well. We camped out 4 nights to be first in line at our movie theatre for the final Harry Potter movie. This series is just…. everything.


3. 1-800-Where-R-U and The Mediator by Meg Cabot

Goodness. These books. So many high school memories. I read these with a couple friends and they’ve always stuck with me. I had one of these in my backpack at almost all times, funnily enough. I don’t even know how many times I read them. Jesse was one of my first MAJOR book crushes.


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4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This whole series was just one of the best reading experiences. I tend to tune out everything when I read, despite being completely aware of my surroundings- a talent I perfected while working guest services at a movie theatre and would read between customers when it was slow. But this one I picked up on a whim from the library and one morning my friend had to go to the DMV and wanted some company so we both grabbed our books and spent (as expected) several hours at the DMV. I cracked this baby open in those uncomfortable plastic chairs and read through more than half the book by the time we ended up leaving.


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5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Another book that I picked up from the library on a whim. Back when it had its old, original cover and I honestly don’t know what drew me to it. But I absolutely LOVED this book as soon as I picked it up. I brought it to every class with me (college) and finished it in one school day. I ended up driving to the library just before they closed to get the second one and shoved this in my friend’s hands. By the time I’d finished the second, she finished the first and then she flew through that and when I got out of class the next night (9:30 PM), I drove to the nearest Barnes and Noble and bought two copies of the third book that had been released the week prior. I dropped one at my friend’s house and we both devoured the third book. Since then I’ve read each one as they’re released.


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6. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

This book is seriously underrated. It’s cute, it’s got an interesting premise, and it’s humorous. But I bought the first one from Barnes and Noble because I loved the cover and spent the whole break between my classes one day at a part reading this. Most days during that break I would go home, but I was so into this book I didn’t want to drive anywhere and just spent that beautiful afternoon in the park.


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7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Goodness. This book. I bought it AGES ago and it sat on my shelf for a good year or two. I picked it up on my way out the door one day when I was leaving for work. I worked a lot of projection shifts and I had a lot of downtime. The desk upstairs in the projection booth was one of the only places in the booth with light and all I picture is that desk alone there in the spot of light and me devouring this book. It took me a couple days to finish, but I finished it up in projection as well and I just LOVED this book so much.


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8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My friend told me about these books in high school, back when there was only 3 books in the series. But I picked it up right after graduation and flew through those first 3 in no time at all, finishing right before Clockwork Angel came out and I just… loved it. I spent so many breaks between classes reading these books over and over. It reminds me of that first semester of college and LOVED it.


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9. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

My boyfriend and I lived with one of his good friends for a while and I picked up this book when we were spending a lot of time there. The boys would watch their shows while I curled up with the cat reading this and it’s just such a great memory. One that I miss so much.


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10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I read this on a long weekend when my family took one of our long car trips. My parents love going anywhere within driving distance, but their idea of driving distance is anywhere we can get in a single day. So I read the majority of this on a long car ride to one of my favorite places in the world: Monterey California. Look it up if you haven’t heard of it, gorgeous beaches and one of the most amazing aquariums in the world!


-Laurenxx

Informative

Greetings! Life Update

This will not be about books, I’m sorry!! But bear with me, that’ll be happening soon!

This last year has been a doozy. There’s been some good and some bad, but every time I think that everything will start settling, something else happens.

Back in October, I quit the job I’d been working at for nearly 9 years. It was an extremely tough choice- it was my first job, after all, and I LOVED it. But we had new management coming in (I was a manager, but people above us were changing) and it became a very toxic work environment. So I did what any bookworm would do, I started going for jobs at bookstores. I landed the Head Cashier position at Barnes and Noble and was over the moon. That was short lived. The management at my store was incompetent and I can’t tell you how many times one or more of my coworkers was in the break room crying because of management or a customer that management didn’t want to deal with so they sent them to one of my coworkers. I quit after less than a month.

So after all that went down, I was fairly down about not having a job, but I knew I was better off than being at B&N. So I kept looking and eventually got a job at a Starbucks kiosk inside a grocery store. Not the most glamorous, but it was something and hopefully a foot in the door to an actual Starbucks later on. This was back in December and I’ve been decently happy there but today I put my two weeks in. I’m happy to tell you that I got hired at a corporate Starbucks store and I am THRILLED!! I get to work with one of my best friends again (a fellow manager from the theatre) and I’m finally feeling a little better about my job.

There’s been a whole mess of stuff with my family. My boyfriend and I just had to move out of the place we were living with his best friend because his best friend’s father is the absolute worst and managed to steal the house from him (long battle that’s still ongoing) so we’re with my parents until we can move out of state. But for now we’re sharing a twin bed I my childhood bedroom and I feel so bad for my poor 6’3″ boyfriend. 😅

My sister is slowly disappearing from my life because she’s letting her Mother in Law manipulate her to slowly push my mom out of her life and my niece and nephew’s life and it’s heartbreaking.

But as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

I am just taking things one day at a time, but I’m finally settled back home and will be on here more often again. Thank you, wonderful readers and followers, for being such an amazing audience.

-Lauren xx