how to read more

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so glad you are here. If you didn’t know, I am a HUGE book lover and I love to read. This year, I have already read 50 books so far, which is kind of a lot! So in today’s post, I wanted to share my tips on how to read more books!

But before we get started I want to share some exciting news, My Friend, Jo from The lens and The hard drive and rebranding her blog and starting a new one!

Unfortunately, I was too busy to join her blog tour, but I recommend looking out for the blog tour posts because they look really interesting!

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1.use Goodreads!

Goodreads is a really great way to not only track the books you have read but also find new books. Goodreads is a little bit outdated, but I really love using it. I always find new books that I have never heard of and I can see what some of my friends are reading

2. Read different age-ranged books.

I think that it can be easy to get caught up in being too old to read certain books, but honestly your never too old to read a book. Just because you are a young adult, doesn’t mean you can’t read picture books. Just because you are a teen doesn’t mean you can read children’s chapter books. Sometimes when I don’t feel like reading a long and deep book, I read a book aimed for a younger person, because its easier to read than other books.

3. Try e-books

Now I am not a huge fan of ebooks but they are really great if you’re on the go. It’s great because you can have multiple books to read without having to take your books everywhere.

4. Audio Books

Audiobooks are awesome because you can listen to them almost all the time. On your way to work, while you’re doing school, while you’re working out, while you’re just going for a walk or anything else. Dramatized AudioBooks are really fun because they are filled with sound effects and interesting voices.

5. ReRead books

Rereading books counts just as much as reading a book you have never read before. I really like rereading books that meant a lot to me during my childhood and see what it means to me now. I also recommend reading books that you didn’t like before. Maybe now you can relate more to it, or it might make more sense.

6. Have fun

Reading doesn’t have to be boring. Make sure to read something that you like every once in a while and try to pick something fun and exciting to read!

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How do you read more? What books do you like to read? Recent Reads?

Happy reading!

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The Hamilton Book Tag// feat. screaming, references and gifs

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web. If you are new here then there is one thing you should know. I AM A HAMILTON TRASHCAN I am overflowing with Hamilton references.

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So I was more than excited when I learn about the Hamilton book tag. bringing my favorite things- Books and Hamilton together!

I had meant to do this post months ago but I have been sooooooooooooooo busyyy

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 The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in:

So for this, I just have to choose the lunar chronicles! It is such a great book series and the world is incredible!Image result for hamilton gifscropped-tobereadnova.png

The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character

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My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anyone stop them

For this, I am choosing Jonas from the giver. He leaves his ‘safe’ world to save himself and his baby brother(ish) from the fake community

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Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive (SPOILERS!)

JEST ALL THE WAY! (from heartless.) HE WAS MY SMOL BOYO AND HE NEEDED TO STAY ALIVEEEEEEEEEEE. (also when my baby boy Philip died I was in tears ALL PHILIP WANTED TO DO WAS BE A POET just like Jest wanted to be a poet too also Philips original actor anthony is such a bean. Wow I am really getting out of hand here)

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Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read (SPOILERS!)

I haven’t read alot of romance books… LEMEE THINK  Maybe Evan and Zoes relationship from dear evan hansen. But i think they were still together in the end…? I don’t really know XD

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You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

Um Either Levana (Lunar Chronicles.) Or the weird prince guy from damsel

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The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming (SPOILERS!)

Honestly I have to say Darius The Great Was not okay shook me when my smol boyo sorab started acting angsty and started yelling at my smol boyo Darius and making Darius feel horrible.

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hamiltons wig was snatched xD

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Non-Stop: A series you marathoned

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I think the selection series? ( i was honestly going to say the lunar chronicles but that’s literally in all my answers lol)

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Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

MY LADY JANE FOR SUREEEE (click here for review)

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

I think the lunar chronicles maybe XD

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This was soooooooooooooooooo much fun! I really enjoyed it! I tag anyone else who loves hamilton!

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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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