How to Read More | Tips & How I Read

Hi everyone!! Today’s post is one that was requested. Last week I got a comment on one of my videos asking me to talk about my reading routine and how I make time to read ⇣

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Since this is a subject that I love, I was very excited to talk about it on my new channel, so here it is! 😋

My 5 Tips
  1. Manage your time wisely
  2. Make the most of your time – read any time you can!
  3. Take your books everywhere
  4. Multitasking is key
  5. Find your perfect format

I hope you enjoy this little video and that it’s even remotely helpful! ☺️


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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Summer Reading Recommendations 🌡

As it is now, officially, summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to talk about the books I recommend for the warmer weather ☀️

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a seasonal reader – meaning I tend to read books according to the season and/or time of year. For summer, I usually prefer lighter reads, such as romance novels, maybe a fantasy book here and there and just not-so-serious books in general. You definitely won’t catch me reading Anna Karenina in the summer, just saying 😅

This being said, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite summer reads, and also some new or upcoming releases that I think are very appropriate for this season. Let’s get started!

click the book titles to read my review!

My Personal Favorites

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The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger – 4.5/5 ★

Dreamology by Lucy Keating – 4/5 ★

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – 4/5 ★

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan – 4.5/5 ★

In Real Life by Jessica Love – 4/5 ★

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day – 4/5 ★

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 4/5 ★

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – 5/5 ★

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – 5/5 ★

Summer Days & Summer Nights by Various Authors – 4/5 ★

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5 ★

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5 ★

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 5/5 ★

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 4/5 ★

New or Upcoming Releases


Smothered
by Autumn Chiklis (review coming soon!)

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera


What are your summer recommendations? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Soooo apparently it’s the middle of 2018 already…….. time to FREAK OUT 😱

Like last year, I answered this tag in video – hope you enjoy!!

Questions

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
5. Biggest disappointment.
6. Biggest surprise.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
8. Newest fictional crush.
9. Newest favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.
11. Book that made you happy.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year
13. Favorite review you’ve written (booktube or written)
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Bookshelf Reorganization 📚

So you might have noticed that, from time to time, I like to take all of the books out of my shelves and clean and reorganize everything. A few days ago, I decided to do the same thing, and I made a bookshelf reorganization video 🎉

Once again, I kind of organized them by genre and grouped all of the books by each author together, since that’s what makes the most sense in my mind. I made a little scheme of what is where on my shelves, so you can find that below – hope you enjoy!! 👇🏼

What is where

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After taking this photo I realized I should have switched the first thriller shelf and the historical fiction one so that all of my thrillers could be together, but they actually look better this way, so I’ll keep it like that 🤷🏻‍♀️


How do you organize your shelves? Let me know in the comments! ♡

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Review: This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons

thisdoesnot.qxp_dont try coverThis Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons

Goodreads rating: 4.00

Pages: 186

Genre: Adult, Non Fiction, Religion & Spiritualism, Self-Help

Date published: January 13, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Synopsis

How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life.

This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse. Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse. Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom. So can you. This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank the author, Julie Coons, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

So often I felt so completely alone during so many struggles in my life. I was raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother. I was raped in college by a stranger. I married an abusive man that threatened to kill me if I ever tried to leave. His abuse nearly killed me anyway. My mother tried to trick me into having an abortion.

Reading this book was not easy. Julie’s life is quite a rollercoaster, as you can probably tell by the synopsis and the excerpt above. When I got the book in the mail I thought it would be a very quick read, since it’s less than 200 pages long – but I was wrong! It took me a few days to finish, I was very moved by everything I was reading and I couldn’t bear to read the whole thing at once 😅

Although it is not an easy read, I HIGHLY recommend this little book to everyone – and I mean everyone. This is a story about abuse, and how Julie overcame it, how she broke the cycle. She broke two cycles, actually – growing up, she was abused at home, and she was later abused by her husband as well.

Julie is such a strong woman, I really admire her. She shows that it’s possible to be happy even after you go through hell, you just have to find your strength (in her case, her biggest strength was her daughter) and finally make a move, taking a step towards a better life. This being said, I would love to know her opinion of a couple of Colleen Hoover books, specifically the ones that include abuse and domestic violence. I’m very curious as to what she would think as she read them 🤔

The author also tells us about her experience with spirituality and religion. She had an out-of-body experience when she was still a kid, and she believes that made her receptive to spirits – meaning she regularly has paranormal experiences. She said something that was very interesting, although it really freaked me out: there are spirits that immitate people. She says one time she heard her husband come home and call out her name, heard his footsteps, but when she thought he was about to come in the room she was in, there was nothing. He was never there. Isn’t that fascinating but also extremely scary? I’m not quite sure how I feel about the paranormal, whether I believe it or not, but I do love to hear about people’s experiences! 👻

If you’re expecting a beautifully-written and lyrical book, that’s not what you’ll find. This is a very raw and unfiltered testimony, and it goes straight to the point.

It’s not just a book for people who have gone or are going through abuse, it’s a book for absolutely everyone out there. It might help you plan your own escape. It might help you in the future, prevent you from allowing abusive behavior. It might even open an abuser’s eyes to how their actions affect their victim.

This Does Not Leave This House is an incredibly important testimony. I have no words to describe what the author went through, and how this book made me feel. I also can’t express to you how important her story is, so I’ll leave you with some of the quotes I highlighted as I read.

Another lesson here is, don’t settle. Don’t marry someone thinking you can fix them or change. Protect your happiness, but don’t block the wall off too high either. Don’t miss out on that really good person because you are too blocked off. You don’t have to choose to hate or fear anyone or anything. It’s a fine line and a really intense journey. Just don’t distrust all men or all women. I used to have to remind myself not to paint everyone with the same brush. Abuse throws the abused into this real of feelings of fear and rage all at the same time.

I saved every penny for college because I knew my father was going to help my brother and not me. He felt it was more important for his son to go to college because his daughter could “just get married”, as he told me. I wasn’t raised to feel very strong as a woman. (…) After all this happened and I came out the survivor, I realized: I am powerful, not despite, but because, of my gender.

I hope nobody else knows what this feels like. If you have experienced anything like my experiences, I stand with you. You are not alone. You are not the rape. You are not the abuse. You are not the illness. No matter what it is, you are not that thing you carry around. You are a special person with a sensitive soul who deserves to be acknowledged. You are never alone. I stand with you.

You can’t change anything if you don’t ackowledge it. One person really can make a difference. I want to be that person and create a domino effect, so everyone will join in. I hope we can all join together to start a movement of positive change in the world. Let’s work together to start a movement of positive change in the world. Let’s work together to plant the seed and watch it grow. Life is a beautiful thing when there isn’t any abuse in it. Stop making excuses for the abuser. Stop continuing to enable them. Get it out there and get on with it.
Don’t you cry no more.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

Have you read any books about abuse? Are you planning on giving this one a try? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on This Does Not Leave This House and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

I’ve Got News For You!!

I have finally succumbed to my desire to create a booktube channel in English!! My first video is now up 🎉 It’s an introduction to the channel in which I talk a bit about myself and tell you about the things I like.

I really hope you enjoy it and that this video doesn’t suck too much 😅

Please let me know if you have any video requests, I will gladly film them for you! 😋


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

 

Review: Lies by T.M. Logan

Image result for lies tm logan book coverLies by T.M. Logan

Goodreads rating: 3.97

Pages: 432

Genre: Adult, ThrillerMystery, Psychological Thriller

Date published: September 11th, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? Now you are in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything you treasure.

It’s the evening drive home from work on a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But today, Joe sees his wife meet another man—an encounter that will rip two families apart. Raising the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Joe will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the deception unravels, so does his life. A life played out without any rules. And a cunning opponent who’s always one step ahead.

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I must say I read through this 432-page baby in NO TIME!! I started it last night and finished it today. It was all I could think about, I had to know what would happen next 😍

I hadn’t read the synopsis (or at least I didn’t know anything about the story going into it), so I went in head first, completely oblivious to what was coming my way. I must say I was most definitely not disappointed 🙌🏼

In Lies, we follow Joe, an English teacher who is married to Melissa. They have a little boy, William, who is 4 years old. One day, as Joe drives home, William spots his mom’s car and they both decide to surprise her. So, they follow her as she drives to a hotel parking lot. Then, they spot her as she meets with a man, a very suspicious interaction that makes Joe start to question everything and causes everything around him to fall apart.

This story doesn’t go where you expect it to, not in the slightest. And that’s what I loved about it. I had never read a book with a plot line such as the one in Lies, it felt rather refreshing. It’s a domestic thriller, but through the eyes of a man, unlike what usually happens, and it goes places I never even dreamed it would.

As the title suggests, this whole book is based on lies and secrets, which makes for a read that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out what happened and the author keeps throwing revelations at you. You’re constantly finding out new things – it’s absolutely addicting, I could not put this book down! 😋

Since this is built upon lies, I had a ton of theories throughout the book. I took notes and highlighted stuff every time someone said something that didn’t make sense or that seemed suspicious. I wasn’t even remotely right for the most part, and I love that. I love when books aren’t predictable and keep surprising me 👌🏼 I was playing detective the whole time, which is something I love 🕵🏻‍♀️

Although this is well over 400 pages long, it doesn’t feel slow at all – there’s just a LOT of things happening 😅 There isn’t a very extensive list of characters, which is great because you’re not confused all the time. What there is is a whole lot of unexpected twists and turns – as well as inevitable situations – that keep coming at you the whole time, making this a very rich book. The main plot twist really messed with my head. I did not see that coming whatsoever, I could not believe what I was reading! 😲 It reminded me of The Wife Between Us because, although the plot twist is not even similar, I also didn’t see this one coming and I had to go back and re-read it, to make sure I was seeing right 😅

I kept saying on Goodreads that I was stressed whilst reading this. You have no idea!! I literally had to pause my reading several times because I was getting so anxious and aggravated 😨 This book has a lot of injustice in it, and that’s something that really irks me, especially when there’s literally nothing you can do about it. God, this was so damn stressful 😩 – but so worth it!!

Overall, this is a fast-paced book with an intricate and well-constructed plot that makes for a great and engaging read – especially after a bombastic plot twist!

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars


Update (June 14, 2018): changing the rating to 5 stars because I realized that it deserves it!

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Have you read Lies? What did you think about that plot twist? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Lies and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡