THE VALENTINE’S DAY WRITE TAG!

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Drizzle and Hurricane Books and thought it looked like a lot of fun.

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you don’t know I want to be an author. I have a handful of WIPs in varying stages. The most I’ve done is about 17k of a WIP I’ve titled “Disheartened”.


RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
  • You can check out this post to find out more about Arcadia!
  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible!

Short Description

Morgan is a Disheartened, his heart was taken as an infant and as a result he can’t feel emotion, and he can’t find his soulmate. At 18, he’s decided he is done with his father’s life of piracy and sets out to find his heart and his soulmate in a kingdom where magic is outlawed. He meets Kell, a magic dealer who wants revenge for his father’s death – killed by Morgan’s father, and Thea, the princess who runs away after discovering her own magic.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day?

And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

I don’t think my main couple would be super into Valentine’s day. Well would probably be ironically into it to embarrass Morgan though.


Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

I don’t think any of them would have any shame – though they’d probably make it a group thing. Thea would probably roll her eyes on Morgan and Kell a lot.


One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick ?

Not romantic really but

Trouble by Sleeping with Sirens would probably remind Kell of Morgan.


Is there a character who would organise an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

Morgan after the end of the book would probing not be able to deal with Valentine’s day AT ALL and try to rebel against it. Kell and Thea would humor him but turn it into a Valentine’s party.


What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

Honestly Morgan would try to kill someone if they tried to be all romantic.


Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

Thea, 1000%.


What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies?

(Note: Valentine’s movies don’t have to be romantic!)

Morgan would like:

Kell would like:

Thea would like:


Who is ready for the February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

Kell 1000%.


Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone aka always has some sort of date?

I guess Prince Klaus would fit this the best. He’s kind of smarmy, and he’s the prince that is betrothed to Thea.


Bonus:

Create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for one or several of your characters!

So, I guess I’ll make an aesthetic for Morgan since he’s my protagonist.


Tag:

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Roses Book Nook

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Power Couples Book Tag

I was tagged by the extremely amazing Icebreaker694. Go check out her blog!

And look at me being timely with a tag!


A couple that share big passions and goals

 

 

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Big goals is pretty solidly Katniss and Peeta as a couple I’d say.


A couple that love and respect each other

 

 

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Lily and James Potter. You can’t have a power couples list without them.


A couple that is stronger together than apart

 

 

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Magnus and Alec Lightwood are one of my favorite couples ever. And we’re getting a Malec series and I need it already!


A couple that wholly support each other

 

 

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Percy and Annabeth to a T!


A couple that is genuinely cute together

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Spoilers for The Raven King!!!

Adam and Ronan are super cute together – even if we don’t see much of them as an official couple by the end of the series. Ronan literally dreams up hand cream for Adam and helps get him away from his dad and they essentially adopt a dream child together. I am so ready for the Opal short story!

 

 


I Tag

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Roses Book Nook

 

The Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian who is amazing and you should definitely check out their blog!

I’m usually really bad at getting to tags, but I figured I should try and get this done now in February because it fits best now.


PHASE 1: INITIAL ATTRACTION –

A BOOK YOU BOUGHT BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
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These are completely for the covers. I have 0 idea what the series is about, all I know is that people adore it.


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS –

A BOOK YOU GOT BECAUSE OF ITS SUMMARY?

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Its such a unique and interesting premise!

Netgalley Review: The Love Interest


PHASE 3: SWEET TALK –

A BOOK WITH GREAT WRITING?

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 Buddy Read – Book Review: The Night Circus


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE –

THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THE REST OF THE SERIES?

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 I’ve only read Red Queen but I’m dying to continue with this series!

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard Book Review


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS –

A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT?

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 I read this is a single sitting pretty much.

Book Review: Peter Darling


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND –

A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT?

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 I love this series so much!


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL –

A BOOK THAT YOU LOVE THE WAY IT FEELS?

I’m not even sure what this question means. A book thats gives you fluffy feelings? I book thats nice to hold?

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I’m going with these they make me happy.


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS –

A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

I don’t have a book I’d recommend to all my friends and family.

Like, my friends and my cousins have very different ages and reading tastes.

I will say more people need to read:

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NetGalley Review: The Edge of Everything


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE –

A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE?

Avoiding the obvious like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Twilight (all of which I’ve re-read more than three times each) I’m going with:

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 I’m actually currently re-reading them for the first time.


PHASE 10: SHARE THE LOVE –

WHO DO YOU TAG?

B @ Icebreaker694

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Roses Book Nook

Liv @ Curly Haired Bibliophile

The Book Blogger Test

I was’t tagged, but I saw this over at K Drew the Bookworm and thought it looked fun. Check out her blog, because she is seriously an amazing blogger.


THE RULES:

– Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

-Answer the ten questions asked on this post

-Nominate at least five people to do it also

-Let your nominees know you nominated them


THE QUESTIONS:

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 BOOK PET PEEVES?

  1. People DOG-EARING PAGES AND BENDING SPINES OF BOOKS!!!
  2. When an author randomly creates a love triangle in the middle of a series.
  3. When covers DON’T MATCH.

DESCRIBE YOUR FAVOURITE READING SPOT.

My bed. Surrounded by blankets and pillows. With Netflix or music on.


TELL US 3 BOOK CONFESSIONS.

  • When I first read Deathly Hallows, I stayed up past my bedtime to read with a mini flashlight and got my book taken away for my troubles.
  • When I read Mockingjay, I cried so hysterically my dad nearly called 911.
  • I used to think it was okay to destroy paperbacks because they weren’t as important as hardcovers.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I’m not sure. I don’t really cry when I read.


HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

I don’t have a bedside table…


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE READING?

Tea. Which isn’t a snack, but I don’t really eat while reading.


NAME 3 BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.

Excluding the obvious, like Harry Potter.


SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF.

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DESCRIBE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN 3 WORDS.

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WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

I don’t think I have one…


I TAG…

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Roses Book Nook

2018 Reading Challenges: January Wrap-up and Progress

2018 Reading Challenges

The link is to my post about my reading/blogging challenges for the year and more about my goals.


The Goodreads Reading Challenge

Goal: 150

27 books marked on Goodreads by end of January.

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2018 Fanfiction Reading Challenge
hosted by Cat On The Bookshelf

I don’t really keep track of my fan fiction reading the way I’m supposed to for this challenge, but I’m working on a massive rec list of my favorites for various fandoms!


2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge
hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Goal – 12

I have done 0 so far…


2018 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Whole Latte Ideas

YA Books Read (some Goodreads are DNF / Short Stories / Not YA):

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

AND…thats it.

So far: 2 books


#BEATTHEBACKLIST 2018 hosted by Novel Knight

Goal: 100

10 backlist books read (not counting DNF books or short stories/children’s books)


Mount TBR 2018 hosted by My Reader’s Block

Goal: Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

21 books

I’m counting DNF books that I wrote reviews for. Not counting short stories.

 


Modern Mrs Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

Haven’t worked on this…


2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Goal: 9 series

Haven’t finished any series…


2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Goal: Diamond – 100 Books

7 Netgalley reviews posted (to Netgalley – reviews are posted to by blog at a different pace, I’m counting off Netgalley).


All in all, not a bad month. Not as great as it could have been, but noticeably better than some of the last few months…


Favorite Posts and Reviews for the Month of January (2018):

Mini Book Reviews: If You Give a Man a Cookie – A Parody / A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies / Please Don’t Do Coke in the Bathroom / The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! / The Crime Book

YA Books in a Sentence – Part 3

My Top 5 Musical Episodes

Mini DNF Book Reviews: The SciFi End of the Supernatural / The New Voices of Fantasy / Prophecy Awakened / The Clay Lion

Book Review: Peter Darling

Book Review: R.H. Sin (Whiskey Words and a Shovel Vol. I, II, III, Resting in the Mourning, A Beautiful Composition of Broken)

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers

Netgalley Review: Charlie the Caterpillar

Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

I went a little request crazy and instead of torturing myself by trying to read and finish books I lost interest in, I’m just officially DNF-ing them.

Feel free to shame me for it, or if you like one of the below, try and convince you to finish it.


I requested and was approved for all these books from Netgalley. Because they are review copies, I tried to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I opinions are not changed because they are review copies. I may or may not revisit any in the future. But at the moment, I have no intention of finishing them at the moment.


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A Fabrication of the Truth
by Katie Kaleski

This book was way too cheesy to get through. It wasn’t badly written, but I couldn’t connect to any characters, and the plot was full of too many tropes – I felt like I already knew what was going to happen, and I didn’t feel like finishing. Maybe if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.


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The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
by Marianna Baer

Sex in books tends to freak me out a little – I just don’t like it, though usually I can push through it. Its kind of a center point of this book though – considering the MC is pregnant. I liked the protagonist, but the other characters felt cookie cutter. It was slow, and pretty cringe-y and I couldn’t get through it, though if sex in YA is less off-putting to you, you may like it. Its certainly different from other YA books.


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Four of a Kind – Four of a Kind, Book One
by Kellie Sheridan

Have you ever watched an ABC Family or Hallmark movie? This book basically feels like that. It wasn’t bad, but I also feel zero compulsion to finish it. Someone else may like it, but I just didn’t feel anything for it.


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Saabrina: Tanglewood
By Seth Cohen

So, when I requested this book, I didn’t realize it was a sequel. I tried to push through anyways, but it references characters and events from the previous books, and explains so little, that I was too confused to keep going. Not really the book’s fault, but I couldn’t read it.

Brotherhood of the World Award

I was tagged by the AMAZING blogger The Orangutan Librarian. 

They’re the greatest and super hilarious, so go check them out!


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BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR BLOGGING STYLE (WHERE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGING SPOT/TOOLS – AS IN, ON THE COUCH USING YOUR SMARTPHONE OR SOMETHING).

I always blog from my desktop, which as the name would imply, is at my desk. This is going to change next year when I leave for college (I’ll figure it out…)

As for tools, I use a couple of arc sites (ie. Netgalley, Blogging for Books, etc.) and I obviously use WordPress.

I’m not sure what else to say…


HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR BLOGGING TIME INCLUDING BLOG READING TIME?

Simple: I don’t.

My blogging is sporadic (if you’ve followed me for any length of time you know this) and I vary from reading 3-4 books a week to not reading any for a month. Reading slumps hit me hard, and school kicks me even harder.


WHO IS YOUR MOST READ AUTHOR?

According to Goodreads: Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan.

Mostly because of novellas and things.


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BLOG NAME?

I’ve told this story before, and I’ll tell it again.

The “River” part is a reference to Doctor Who. In Doctor Who, there is a character named “River Song” with massively curly hair and likes to say “Spoilers” overtime The Doctor asks her a question. When I made my best friend start watching the show, I’d say “Spoilers” to every question she asked, and I also have very fluffy, curly hair.

The “Moose” part was also coined by my best friend. In the show Supernatural, there is a character named Sam, who is called “Moose” by another character, Crowley.

The “Reads” should be self-explanatory due to the fact that this is a book blog.


WHAT KEEPS YOU BLOGGING?

I like it?

I don’t know how to answer this one.


I nominate:

 

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

 

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Roses Book Nook

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Quick note: I wrote this on black Friday…last year…when the Year In A Life came out. I just forgot to post it until now….


If you’ve seen any of my previous book tags, you know I’m fond of using Gilmore Girls gifs, because I am a massive fan of Gilmore Girls.

And unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that the revival – Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life – came out today!

I’ve been watching this since 7:30 in the morning and I watched it straight through.


I saw this on Pretty Deadly Blog.



1. I JUST GOT HIT BY A DEER –
character having the worst day ever

 

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I’d say a significant majority of YA protagonists…


2. STARS HOLLOW –
wildly eccentric cast

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3. COFFEE –
a book you’re addicted to/a character w/ an addiction

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4. SOMEONE DEVIL EGGED BY CAR?! – great act of revenge

 

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5. MR. MEDINA –
an illicit affair

??? I have no answer…


6. KIM’S ANTIQUES –
a world you’d be afraid to enter

 

Most YA worlds would likely kill me…


7. HARVARD VS. YALE –
character who needs to make a life-changing decision

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I…Think thats the plot of every YA novel…


8. LUKE’S DINER –
a comfort read

 

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I started to re-read these over winter break and I have no regrets.


9. AM I CRYING OR LAUGHING? –
a book that messed with your emotions

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Look, a lot of books make me cry okay? I don’t even know…


10. EMILY –
the HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge)

 

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11. LORELAI AND RORY –
favorite family dynamic

Review: When We Collided

First one that came to mind – great family relationship in this one.


12. I PUSHED HIM IN THE LAKE! –
a book you’d throw in a lake

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I was too aggravated.

There are others, but I didn’t feel like hunting down pictures…


13. 1000 YELLOW DAISIES –
favorite romance

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THERE’S TOO MANY

Here’s some:

  • Adam and Ronan (The Raven Cycle)
  • Tessa and Will (Infernal Devices)
  • Baz and Simon (Carry On)

14. JESS –
an unpopular opinion

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I still like Twilight?

Does that count?


15. FIRST SNOW –
snowy or holiday read

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16. HEP ALIEN –
book centered around music

 

Book Review: Tone Deaf


17. HE’D BETTER HAVE A MOTORCYCLE! – your book crush

There’s a couple…

But I’ve been re-reading Gallagher Girls, so lets go with Zach Goode.

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18. IT’S REPETITIVE AND REDUNDANT –
a book that could have been shorter

 

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I…do not feel this requires explanation…


19. KIRK –
the weirdest book you’ve ever read

 

I mean…

I reviewed:
Netgalley Review: Man Vs. Child – One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting

I guess thats pretty weird for an 18-year-old girl to have read…


20. IT’S A LIFESTYLE. IT’S A RELIGION – that one book that means more to you than any other

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HARRY POTTER!!!!!

Basic, but true. I have a whole post on it: 19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story


I’m not going to tag anyone – but anyone who wants to do this, feel free to!

 

 

 

Marry, Kiss, Cliff – Book Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Icebreaker694.

Sorry this is so late…


Rules

  • Put names of Characters (whatever gender you’re attracted to) written in pieces of separate papers in an empty jar or a pen holder.
  • Shake the jar
  • Pull out 3 pieces of paper in each round and tell us which character you would Kiss, Marry, or Cliff!

The issue here is, I only picked characters I liked (and male characters) so this is inherently going to be difficult.


Round One

Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices)

Zach Goode (Gallagher Girls Series)

Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Marry – Jem (how can you not?)

Kiss – Zach (how can you not?)

Cliff – Percy (sorry Percy…but it’d for the best, he’d probably survive – it’ll be a cliff on the ocean – and this way Annabeth won’t kill me)


Round Two

Noah (The Raven Cycle)

Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)

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Marry – Will (sorry Tessa)

Kiss – Neville

Cliff – Noah (its not like it’ll hurt him.)


Round Three

Kaz (Six of Crows)

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

Seth Clearwater (Twilight Saga)

Marry – Seth (he was my first book crush…yes ten-year-old me liked Seth Clearwater more than either Jacob or Edward)

Kiss – Kaz (- because duh)

Cliff – Draco (sorry Draco…)


I’m too lazy to tag anyone right now.

So anyone who wants to can do this!

Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

 I have a horrific backlog of Netgalley books to review. So, here’s to tackling that. I received e-arc copies of all of the following via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


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Killer Fashion:
Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History

by Jennifer Wright

Description

Review: 4.5 Stars

Super interesting, and I LOVED the illustrations, which are done entirely in white, black and red. If you like dark humor, then you’ll like this. Its historical, but you don’t need to have an avid interest in history or fashion to enjoy it. A super quick, fun read.


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Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle

Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity

by Gavin Aung Than

Description

Review: 4 Stars

A super fun, pretty quick read. Perfect for those who need a little motivation. It features comic depictions and short, couple page explanations of the creative lessons you can draw from the achievements of scientists, artists, and writers alike; meaning there’s something for anyone to be found. Some parts felt a little dumbed down to me, which is why its 4 stars not 5, but I thought it was fun and well put together. The illustrations were really well done.


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Herding Cats

A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

by Sarah Andersen

Description

Review: 4 Stars

I LOVE the Sarah’s Scribbles books. This one is super fun, and super relatable (as always) but to me, it fell a little flatter than the others. The “scribbles” are great as always, but the humor was a little more disjointed in this one; while still hilarious,  it wasn’t as funny. Not the best of her books, but entertaining as always! I still really enjoyed it, but I’d recommend the other more.


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Emoji Phantom of the Opera

Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

by Gaston Leroux, Katherine Furman

Review: 2 Stars

Several of my friends are OBSESSED with Phantom of the Opera. I know the story, I’ve heard the musical, and I STILL found this a confusing mess to follow along with. I usually love retellings, but this one tried to tell the story exactly, with every characters, with very few words, and a mix of emoji pictogram and text message. Emoji’s for each character were given a name in the beginning, but never referred to by name again, only by picture, and as I read this on Adobe Editions, it made it very hard to follow as I couldn’t flip back and forth. I sort of loathe the emoji-everting craze, so I probably should have expected this. I didn’t really get all the way through it, just skimmed to the end. You may like it if you like these sorts of emoji-story things, but I didn’t. It is really nice visually, and its certainly creative, I’ll give that.


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Harry Potter
The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

by Eric Bradley

Review: 4 Stars

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so of course I requested this on Netgalley. I love trivia and collectables. This book was interesting for the most part, and a little dry in others, taking about numbers and monetary value in a way that made me a little bored. The photographs are really nice, but I had to skim through several sections because they were a little dry and mostly made me jealous rather than entertained. But if you like this sort of thing, its a good read. If you’re only a casual fan, than it probably isn’t for you.

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