top five Tuesday-Top 5 books set in space

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so excited about today’s post because I am participating in Top Five Tuesday! T5T Is a fun book meme/tag for book bloggers to participate in every Tuesday! This tag is created by Shanah 

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I haven’t read too many books set in space, but the ones I did read, I highly enjoyed!

1. Brightly Burning

Brightly burning is an amazing book based off of jane eyre set in space! IT IS SOO GOODD

2. The Lunar Chronicles

TLC is an amazing fractured fairy tale set in space THAT YOU NEED TO READ. get ready for cyborgs, androids, kickbutt gals, and soft romance!

3. A wrinkle in time

this is a work of art, please read it.

4. These Broken Stars (review)

I read this a while back, I didn’t like it too much.

5.Dare Mighty Things

I remember reading this like two years ago…? I forgot most of it lol.

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This was so much fun! I cannot wait for next months categories!

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What are your favorite space-themed reads? Do you do TFT? Recent reads?

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becoming a book hunter// how I bought my favorite books for only 25 cents!

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so excited about today’s post because I am going to share with you all how I was able to buy some of my favorite books for little to no money!

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Books are one of my favorite things! But buying books can be quite expensive and sometimes I want to keep books on my shelf longer than how long the library tells me to! So I recently started visiting my library’s book store and hunting for books that I love.

After a few unsuccessful visits, I found The Mysterious Benedict Society Book 2 in the free basket. Yes, THE FREE BASKET! I was soo happy and I realized that I may end up finding books I want at the book store after all.

Recently, after searching the Library’s Bookstore’s YA section I stumbled across Scarlet. YES SCARLET FROM THE LUNAR CHRONICLES! It was the full hardcover edition.

For only 25 cents.

I screamed in the bookstore. ( if you are interested in buying scarlet you can use my affiliate link 🙂 click mee)

This is why learning how to become a book hunter is one of the most important things to learn if you are a bookworm. It teaches you how to have a sharp eye for good books at thrift stores, yard sales, library bookstores, ANYWHERE!

So let’s begin my very important training on how to become A BOOK HUNTER.

Lesson One: Free First

The first lesson to learn is to always check the free section. I have found many great books in the free section (LIKE THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT socIETY) so ALWAYS CHECK IT.

Lesson Two: speed is the key

Ya snooze, ya lose. Race right over to the section of books you are looking for and make sure you get there before everyone else. ( Just kidding, be respectful kiddos) Make sure you grab all the books you are considering and keep them close, anyone can steal.

Lesson Three: Always bring money

One time I went into the bookstore and I saw a sparkling hardcover edition of Six of Crows. I haven’t read the book yet, but I hear about it everywhere and It looks so pretty. I sadly left my money at home so I couldn’t buy it. The next time I came to the bookstore it was gone 😦

Lesson four: don’t use your eyes only

At Museums, people might say eyes only. At bookstores its the opposite. Use your hands to search through the books. You can’t always tell a book by its spine.

Lesson five: Don’t Overbuy

Don’t buy books that you won’t ever read. They will only take up space in your book shelf

aND THOSE ARE THE BOOK HUNTER SECRETS

Use these lessons as a guide to becoming a book hunter! Have fun on your journey!

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I hope you guys liked this post! Hopefully, these book hunting tips help you!

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Have you ever gone book hunting? What are your favorite book finds?

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When the Sky Fell on Splendor Blog Tour feat. mood boards and squad goals

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am super excited because I am apart of penguin teen’s; When the Sky Fell on Splendor Blog Tour! I cannot wait to share this thrilling and awesome book with you all!lets get started

When the Sky Fell on Splendor

Author: Emily Henry

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Publication Date: March 12th, 2019

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Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.

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Emily Henry is the author of the love that split the world. she is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. she studied creative writing at hope college and the new york center for art & media studies and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

she tweets @emilyhenrywrite.

 

Before I get started on the review I just want to thank @penguinteen for letting me be a part of this blog tour! It has been an amazing experience and I hope to do this again 😀

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The Review

disclaimer: I received a physical copy from the publishers for free. This has in no way influenced my review. Everything that I am stating is my honest opinion.

First of all CAN, WE TALK ABOUT THE COVER? It is so gorgeous! I love how the alien space ship is coming down and there are all the stars on it. spoiler alert; there are no alien spaceships that actually come down. But it is still a really pretty cover.

I really liked this book! The quirky characters, the retro feel, and ALL THOSE BIKES. I thought it was so cute the way all the characters are like one big family.

Before we get further into the review I probably should introduce you to the amazingly weird and unique characters that make up the ordinary.

The ordinary is the characters kinda of this club where they make fake and not so good quality youtube videos about their adventures. It distracts them from there everyday struggles and the depressing thoughts of their past.

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Related image Franny: Franny is our young, narrator and kiddo of the group. She is 17 but I feel like she could be 13. I personally didn’t find her as interesting as the other characters and she seemed to have a little less depth than some of the other characters.

Related image Arthur. Arthur is Franny’s older brother. I really loved Arthurs dreamy personality and I could really relate to the way he bounced back and forth with current obsessions because I kind of do that too.

Related image Levi: Levi is the camera guy that films all the videos. He’s rich and cool and an okay character I guess.

Related image Sofia: She’s like the mom of the group. Very sensible and rational. I love how she is super smart and sporty at the same time.

Related imageRemy: Remy is a smol boy with stress issues and worries about Franny because he loves her. He has constant nightmares (poor boy) and His dad is also a sheriff and doesn’t always listen or pay attention to him.

Related imageNick: Nick Has a small (okay BIG) Lying issue and sometimes steals things. (what a bad boy XD) He also has to work full time to support his mentally ill mother.

What I loved the most about these friends is that they probably never would have ever thought of becoming friends, but grief brought them together.

They were the Ordinaries, kids who were alone in their sorrow after a Mill accident that killed someone close to them. But, then they all met and somehow became this quirky little family. I just thought that was really sweet.

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my not so favorite things

Even though I really enjoyed this book there were a few things I personally didn’t like about it.

Related image There were too many characters.

When I first started reading this it was a little confusing remembering who was who. I personally think six characters is a little too many main characters. I think the book might’ve been a better read for me if there were only four characters. (Franny, Remy, Sofia, and Arthur) After getting used to the characters I could understand it more, but It was a little hard to keep track of.

Related image Some parts were very confusing.

At some parts of the book, I didn’t really know what was going on and felt very confused. It took me a while to understand most of what was happening and even now there are still a few things I didn’t understand.

Related image The ending

The ending was kind of confusing for me and I didn’t really know what was going on and what happened. Even after rereading the end, I still was slightly confused.

 

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my favorite things

Related imageThe quirky characters.

Even though the number of characters was slightly overwhelming, I really liked how different there personalities were, and how they all had this sort of depth to them. I also love how they became friends while struggling through grief and how they all supported each other in their own different ways.

Related imageThe retro kiddo feel.

This book feels like it was set in the 90s and the characters are just kiddos riding bikes, using walkie talkies and finding suspicious things and I think that is just really adorable.

Related imagethe setting

fields and mysterious houses are really cool

Related imageThe unique plot

I recently haven’t seen a lot of YA Sci-Fi books published in a while and I think this is a really great one.

Related imageThe Cover

the cover is really pretty and I love it so much! Even though it is slightly misleading because no alien spaceship falls down it is really great.

Final Thoughts

This was an amazing and unique book and I am so happy that I got a chance to read it!

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mood boards

I along with the review I made some mood boards! I really love how they turned out.

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remy aesthetic

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Thank you so much @penguinteen for giving me a copy of this amazing book! It was such an amazing book!

I really recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction, adventure, strong friendships, or anyone who is looking for a new favorite book!

Also, make sure you check out the other blogger’s posts too! They are really cool!

March 4 – Butter my Books – Moodboard

March 5 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A

March 6 – Margie’s Must Reads – Playlist

March 7 – Flying Paperbacks – Review

March 11 – BookCrushin – Pop Culture Alien Invasions

March 12 – Elysian Artiste – Review + Moodboard

March 13 – The Midnight Society – Author Guest Post

March 14 – Morganreadsalot – Creative Instagram Picture

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my lady jane-book review

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My Lady Jane

genre: Fantasy, Humor, Historical Fiction, Fractured retelling?

rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/5

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”

—he pointed a finger at her—

“no horse jokes.”

He was making it too easy.

“Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!”

Being Queen can’t be that bad right? Well, it is for sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey. Jane prefers books over romance, and would rather be reading then kissing her groom. But little does she know that her groom is a horse. Yes, a horse. And her cousin- the king- is dying and giving the throne to her. Join Jane, her horse and her king on a humorous quest in a medieval world full of shapeshifting people.

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This was probably the funniest book I’ve ever read.

The characters, the plot, EVERYTHING was extraordinarily creative and quite hilarious.

This book is the “true story” of Lady Jane in the Tudor time period. England is divided between Verities and Eðians. Eðians can shapeshift into animals, while Verities cannot and there has been a lot of tension and war between these two. 16-year-old King Edward is dying and gets his cousin, Lady Jane, married to a stranger to secure the throne and keep peace in England. Little do they know that there are people out there plotting against Edward and trying to steal the throne for themselves.

Characters

Edward-the king. Edward is a dying sixteen-year-old king. He would rather be planning his first kiss then who to inherit his crown. I kinda like him, but, uh *cough* He’s not really my favorite. But still has an interesting character design.

Lady Jane is pretty much all of us bookish nerds. She LOVES books and treats them like her children and would rather read a book at her own wedding. I love her feistiness and she IS SO ADORABLEEEE. o my GOODNESS I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She has such a cute character design and she’s so relatable!

Gifford Dudly my horse boi. *squealing* SO GIFFORD (he prefers G) IS AN ARTSY POETIC SWEET SMOL BOY THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. HEEEEEEEELP. he writes adorable little poems. ILYSM G! he’s sad and needs hugs because his dad is mean (FITE GIFFORDS’ DAD) he spends his days in the fields as a horse and stays up at night writing sonnets as a human. please give him cookies and journals so he can keep writing poems

romance

(the whole point of the book)

Jane and G are so cute. At first, they kinda hate each other (because they were forced to marry each other) BUt as the story develops so does there love.  AWWWWWWWWWWW

my favorite quotes

( because there are so many beautiful ones)

“I love you more than I love books.”

(*claps loudly, tears dripping down my face*)

“On everyone’s lap rested a book. Any book. In case the wedding got boring.” 

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”

“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. Oh. Sorry, G. Not you, of course.”

The authors are amazing IM CRYING EVERYTHING IS JUST so funny! I had loud outbursts of laughter while reading.

what I didn’t like

*DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN*

The story was somewhat confusing, and I had to reread certain parts over to understand it.

I didn’t like Edward that much. (IM SORRY). He just kind of…. annoyed me… (again IM SORRY) He was very sexist and boooooooooooriiiiiiiiiing (sorry and sorryyyyy)

what I did like

I loved the world the authors built. I loved how the world was created and like the cool shapeshifting part.

Jane and G. (so ship worthy! should we call it gane?) They were so cute and a perfect couple. Their character designs were amazing and I love G SO MUCH (he’s my smol poetic bean)

overall

This is a funny and great read. If you are a fan of fantasy, historical fiction, retellings or comedy then this book is for you! I recommend it to anyone who likes a fun clean read!

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Have you read My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? What books have you recently read?

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the queen of katwe- book review

9780349141770Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle for 11-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

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The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers

genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s all about what she knows and not who she is or where she comes from.”

The queen of Katwe is a compelling and powerful book. Not only is it an inspiring story but it also is a tremendous eye-opener. Instead of being raised to accomplish dreams young girls are raised to be mothers, at young ages. Even though I didn’t necessarily love the authors writing style, I still was inspired.

things I didn’t like

I didn’t love the writing style. The author jumped around a lot and it was hard to keep straight who he was talking about. The title is a little deceiving as there are so many other people the book is actually about.

I also feel the tagline, & synopsis is misleading as this story is more than Phiona’s story to discuss the children and chess program of Katwe. Clearly, anyone’s story takes a village. No one gets somewhere without help, mentors, family, etc. But a good percentage of the book was spent dealing with the backstories of these folks, which again, for the most part, didn’t add value to the telling of Phiona’s story.

The writing is a bit too dry, but it can’t really mask a fabulous story of redemption and hope where none were supposed to exist.

I had also seen the movie a few years ago and the movie is quite different from the book.

things I did like

I loved the book cover! It is beautifully designed!

Phiona – an amazing, talented young girl who lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda and through hard work, perseverance and an incredible spirit, ends up playing against players from all over the world at the Chess Olympiad in Russia. She is a true inspiration and her story needed to be told.

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I really wanted to love this book. I couldn’t love it, but maybe you will! Check it out here!

Thanks so much for reading this post!

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Have you ever played chess? What are your thoughts on this book?

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