July 2017 Book TBR

Hi guys!

The books I plan on reading this month are:

  • “Silver Shadows”, “The Ruby Circle”, “Soundless”, and “The Glittering Court” by Richelle Mead
  • “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “Live Original” by Sadie Robertson
  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
  • “The Shadowhunter’s Codex” by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
  • “House of Night: The Beginning (Marked and Betrayed)”, “Chosen”, “Untamed”, and “Hunted” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • “Shadow Falls: The Beginning (Born and Midnight & Awake at Dawn)”, “Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter (Taken at Dusk & Whispers at Moonrise)”, and “Chosen at Nightfall” by C.C. Hunter
  • “Biggest Flirts”, “Perfect Couple”, and “Most Likely to Succeed” by Jennifer Echols
  • “The Selection Stories”, “The Selection”, “The Elite”, “The One”, “Happily Ever After”, and “The Heir” by Kiera Cass
  • “‘Til the World Ends” by Karen Duvall, Ann Anguire, and Julie Kagawa
  • “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa
  • “Giving Up the V” by Serena Robar
  • “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han
  • “Only In Your Dreams”, “Would I Lie To You”, and “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • “Out Of Sight, out Of Time” and “United We Spy” by Ally Carter
  • “Legend” by Marie Lu
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June 2017 Book Wrap Up

Hi guys!

I am doing this post because I know for a fact that I will not be finishing any more books between now and tonight.

This month, I have read a total of 5 books:

  • “Tales of the Closet, Volume 1” By Ivan Velez Jr.
  • “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover
  • “Nothing Can Keep Us Together” by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea” by Katherine Harmon Courage
  • “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger

I also DNF-ed one book this month and that was “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. In my defense, at least I tried to read it. Most people wouldn’t even try.

I have read 46 hours in the month of June (if I read today, I will edit this post with an update).

Until my next update,

Stephanie

Book Review: “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger 

Hello everyone!

I had recently finished reading “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger.

I had gotten this book back in high school, I believe, and it’s taken me a while to finish it, but I did it.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

As a teen, you know that these are possibly the most challenging years of your life. Your relationships with your family and friends are constantly changing, and you face tough choices about the people you want to hang out with. New friendships begin as others fall by the wayside. Love interests may come and go, and friends become like family. Your parents are “the enemy” today, your best friends the next. This book offers support in navigating the perils and jjoys of these relationships. The stories in this latest serving of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul explore the topics nearest and dearest to your heart: love and friendship. They show how teens just like you feel about their closest releationships, breakups, friends, family, falling in love, tough times and growing up. Teens describe the happiest moments of their lives and the darkest days they struggle to put in these stories and will learn valuable lessons about the true meaning of love and friendship. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship will inpsire you to make the most of the time you spend with your loved ones and friends.

 

This book is such an amazing book for teenagers and young adults. It teaches so many life lessons. I highly recommend it for all teenagers and young adults.

Book Review: “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea” by Katherine Harmon Courage

Hi guys!

I had gotten this book last year while at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and I only just finished reading it (I know…took long enough).

Synopsis from GoodReads:

No one understands the octopus. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly sentient look behind its highly evolved eyes, how could it appear anything but utterly alien? Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Many cultures have octopus-centric creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine. For all of our ancient fascination and millions of dollars’ worth of modern research, however, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures. Now, Katherine Harmon Courage, a veteran journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American, dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus. She reports from around the globe of her adventures in Spain, Greece, and even Brooklyn, inviting us to experience the scientific discoveries and deep cultural ties that connect us to the octopus. You’ll discover: The oldest known fossilized octopus is estimated to have lived 296 million years ago—even before the first dinosaurs emerged. Government agencies are funding research labs around the world to re-create the octopus’s naturally occurring camouflage techniques. About two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its eight arms, meaning each one literally has a mind of its own. Octopuses have aced numerous intelligence tests, including opening childproof bottles, solving mazes, and even recognizing individual people. The octopus can change colors and textures within milliseconds to vanish against its background—yet we have no evidence that it can see in color. Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative with interviews with leading octopus experts. The result is an entertaining yet scientifically grounded exploration of the octopus and its infinitely complex world.

 

I found this book to be very insightful of the octopus. There were some parts that I had to skip because of reasons, but I do highly recommend this book.

 

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Book Review: “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

Hey guys!

“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover was the Monthly Book Discussion book for the month of June for the group I am in on GoodReads. I had bought this book back when it had come out and I was so excited that I had gotten to read it so soon – it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year.

Synopsis:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I cried a lot while reading this book. The amount of pain I felt for Lily was unbearable. This book shows a side of domestic violence that most people don’t have the heart to share. This book is definitely a must read for EVERYONE!

This book does have sexual content in it and, even though it does teach a valuable lesson for everybody of all ages, I do not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

June 2017 Book TBR

Hey everyone!

The books I plan on reading this month are:

  • “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover (as part of a Monthly Topic Discussion for the group I am in on GoodReads)
  • “Nothing Can Keep Us Together” by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  • “Silver Shadows”, “The Ruby Circle”, “Soundless”, and “The Glittering Court” by Richelle Mead
  • “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “Live Original” by Sadie Robertson
  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
  • “The Shadowhunter’s Codex” by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
  • “House of Night: The Beginning (Marked and Betrayed)”, “Chosen”, “Untamed”, and “Hunted” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • “Shadow Falls: The Beginning (Born and Midnight & Awake at Dawn)”, “Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter (Taken at Dusk & Whispers at Moonrise)”, and “Chosen at Nightfall” by C.C. Hunter
  • “Biggest Flirts”, “Perfect Couple”, and “Most Likely to Succeed” by Jennifer Echols
  • “The Selection Stories”, “The Selection”, “The Elite”, “The One”, “Happily Ever After”, and “The Heir” by Kiera Cass
  • “‘Til the World Ends” by Karen Duvall, Ann Anguire, and Julie Kagawa
  • “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa
  • “Giving Up the V” by Serena Robar
  • “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han