The simple answer? No, of course not!

But the real answer is never that simple. And although my true answer really is no, I think there’s a lot more to it than that.

So when is having a lot of books a bad thing?

1.When you have way too many books on that physical TBR

I always draw a line here. I just can’t handle looking at my shelf and thinking “oh no I’ve only read half of those”! After around 10-20 physical TBR books, I just have to stop buying until I’ve read a few more!

2. When you don’t actually like any you own

I just can’t own books I rated 3 or below stars. In the end they just annoy me when I look at them!

3. When you can’t fit beautiful new releases on that shelf

I always want to buy new releases I see all over the internet, and if they won’t fit on my shelf then it really annoys me.

What can you do to clear some space on that shelf?

1.Do a book swap!

Your okay-will-never-read-again book could be someone’s new favourite. And you could find a great book out of it, too!

2. Donate them

There are plenty of charity/second-hand book shops around, so you can always donate those okay books to make room for more! I tend to do this most.

3. Buy a bigger bookshelf!

Of course, this is the one that makes most sense. So head over to Ikea and keep all of the books…and don’t feel guilty about adding to the pile – because no one wants a bookshelf with empty sections!
What do you think? Is it possible to own too many books?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

Can You Own Too Many Books?

Hello, how are you guys doing? I received an ebook copy of this book from YA Bound Tours in exchange for an honest review. I previously did a blitz post for this book back when it came out, and I have been curious to read it since then.

Here’s what the book is about:

Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend,

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“the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

Publisher: Blaze Publishing LLC

Publish date: May 17, 2016

Page #: 330

Edition: Paperback, USA*

*Please note that I read the epub version of this book. I included details for the paperback instead though.

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After doing the previously mentioned blitz post, I was intrigued with this book. I also saw it on my friend Beth’s Goodreads, and I trust her taste in books 🙂 When the opportunity to read this for review came across my inbox I knew I had to take the chance. I must say that it wasn’t what I expected.

This can be taken in two different ways. One is that I did like it and the other is that I didn’t. I feel very meh about this book.

I like Andie. She’s a gorgeous girl and I appreciate her characterization. I like that she told her friends and the baby daddy. I’m especially glad that she was honest with her best friend about the true identity of the father. I think what Heather (her best friend) did to her afterward was extremely poopy. I feel like it could have and should have gone a different way. One thing I wish for more in YA lit is to have more female characters empowering other female characters.

I expected the baby daddy to react better than he did, too. I felt like he should have at least owned up to what he did. In this aspect I feel like Rigby hit the nail on the head. I have never thought about what would happen if the father refused a paternity test and to claim his child. Even though he plays a minimal role in the book as a whole, other than impregnating Andie, I’m glad he wasn’t the main focus of the book.

Neil and Andie’s relationship was a bit… off-putting for me. Don’t get me wrong, I like Neil. I think what he did for Andie is wonderful and sweet, but I just feel like their relationship was too much too fast. On the other hand nothing actually happened until their relationship actually developed. They just didn’t sit well with me. I think it might be a me thing, but I just didn’t like it toward the end of the story the way I feel like I was supposed to.

I LOVE Andie’s mom! She’s extremely supportive in a way that Andie wasn’t expecting. Her mom is exactly what she needed in a time like this, especially when the people closest to her abandon her. There’s a moment in the book that takes her from Andie that I found a bit out of the blue. I don’t feel like it was necessary to drive the story, but I can see how it changed and helped shape Andie in the the young woman she is at the end.

Andie’s thoughts and feelings felt very real to me. I could understand and feel her emotions as she went through such a tough time in her life. Wanting to keep the baby isn’t something I expected her to want, but I understand her perspective. I like that her mom gives her opinion to Andie, but ultimately leaves the decision to Andie. Power and control are something that I think Andie needed to feel. I couldn’t make up my mind on whether or not I liked Andie herself. There were times that I understood her and connected with her, but others where I felt myself going against what she was doing.

I gave the book a 3.5 star rating on Goodreads. The only reasons for this is because I didn’t feel extremely invested in the story. It was okay, but not the book for me.

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

 

Book Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Hi, guys! How are you doing? It’s just another Manic Monday. I haven’t even gotten to sleep in much on my summer break yet. My class at Brown starts at 9 so I’m awake around 7:30 so I have time to get ready. Anyway, that’s not what you’re here for, you’re here to see this week’s releases and stuff that happened last week. At least that’s what today’s post is on!

This week’s releases:

ICYMI here’s a rundown of what happened last week

  • Blood of Wonderland now has a cover!

I have yet to read Queen of Hearts but I picked it up of course being my impulsive self. The second book in this series is called Blood of Wonderland and its cover is stunning. I was doing some research and there’s another title for this apparently. This is the HarperCollins edition, the other is called The Wonder.

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  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi has a cover!

This is another that I have yet to read. I have the first book, and I’ve been told many good things about it. I can’t wait! There are 32140923589304 books that I have to read back home. It’s a minor problem. Anyway, this is a lovely cover as well. Entertainment Weekly released it along with an excerpt. You can find the full article here.

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  • Book Two in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton is titled Traitor to the Throne!

I received Rebel of the Sands in my March Uppercase Box and IT WAS AMAZING. Oh my gosh I love it so much. You can read more of my thoughts on the book here.I can’t wait for this one! The description makes me so excited to read it! No cover has been added to the book yet, but I can’t wait to see it, too. Add it on Goodreads here.

EW was back at it again with the excerpt release of Gemina the highly anticipated sequel to Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I read Illuminae back in January and it lasted me all of two days until I finished the whirlwind of that epicness. If you’re curious about my thoughts on it my review is here. (Click above to read the excerpt.) If you want to add Gemina to your Goodreads here’s the link.

  • Victoria Aveyard’s third book is titled King’s Cage

About mid-week Aveyard announced the name of the third installment of the Red Queen series. It has been expanded from three books to four, and I’m so excited. I read Red Queen (review) and Glass Sword (review) in the first couple months of the year and I’m officially hooked. I can totally see why people like her writing. No cover has been released to go with this gem yet.

  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig has a cover!

I found this awesome giveaway and article surrounding the reveal from YABooksCentral and you must go check it out! Link here. Remember how I talked about having a bajillion books to read? I have yet to read this one, but I do have it. I’m so excited. Books make me excited.

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  • Lucy Keating announced her second book

Best-selling author of Dreamology Lucy Keating will be releasing her new book Literally into the world in 2017. The expected release date is April 11 with HarperCollins. Karmen from @readingoncloud9 helped her announce it on Instagram a week ago. You can find the post and synopsis here. Add it to your Goodreads here.

  • David Arnold sold his third book(!!!!)

I REPEAT. DAVID ARNOLD WILL BE RELEASING A THIRD BOOK. Please hold on a minute while I go run and scream a bit about this. *elevator music while I fangirl* Okay I’m back. Viking Children snagged this deal and the book already has a title and synopsis. It’s called The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. If you follow me on social media or know me personally, you would know how much I LOVE Mosquitoland. I am psyched out for Kids of Appetite which I managed to snag a galley of from my B-Fest trivia night. Here is the link to the Goodreads page where you can find the synopsis of Noah Hypnotik. 

This was such a long news segment. It probably helped that I took notes all this week so I would remember and not forget what I wanted to share. I’ll probably continue to do this in the coming weeks. What do you think? Anything that piques your interest?

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Bookish News:27 June 2016

Hi, guys! I’m here to talk about Emery Lord’s most recent release When We Collided.  This was our May read for The Book Junkies. You can find us on Goodreads here. We would love for you to join us, so just go ahead and join 🙂

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As I said, we read When We Collided for May. You can find our dicsussion here!This was released in early April and I was so excited to read it. Here’s what the book’s about:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release date: April 5, 2016

Page #: 352 (hardcover, US edition)

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I was so excited for this book! I don’t always really care about who blurbs what, but I couldn’t help but notice that one of my favorite authors, Julie Murphy, did, so I knew she wouldn’t lead me astray!

Vivi is fabulous. I love how boisterous and vivacious she is. I knew there was something going on with her that she was hiding the whole time, and after the whole thing is revealed I could see how it affected her character. At times I found her to be too much and some things she did really bothered me, but her overall character is gorgeous. Vivi is a wonderful young woman, and I can tell a lot of research went into helping shape her character. I wish I were half as creative as her. Maybe if I was I would have written my own novel by now!

Jonah has a family that reminds me of mine. I have a larger family than most and I love all of my siblings and all of the noise they make. It’s never a dull day, even though most of them have moved out of the house by now. I like how Vivi revives the shell of a family that they were, and you can see the weight of grief that rests on all of their shoulders.

I wish I had gotten the chance to meet Jonah’s father. I know that is totally beside the point of the entire book, but he seems like a man I would like to know. I have a feeling he’s a bit of an Atticus Finch character – one that is admirable and just. (Side note: I was a bit disappointed with his turn of character in Go Set A  Watchman review here.)

The alternate perspectives really added to the story. I think they came in at the right points of the story and gave really great perspective into each character. I wonder what Vivi’s mom was thinking throughout the whole thing. It couldn’t have been easy for her to see everything going on and try to figure out what to do.

Alright that’s all for now! Have a wonderful day!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

Hi from Providence! I’ve finished up my first week here at Brown University, and I’m loving it so far. I’m taking a journalism class which is taught by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, so it’s a bit intimidating. I’m starting to find my place here.

This week I…

I started my first week at Summer@Brown! It was tough leaving my parents for the first time, but so far I’ve been keeping up with them and my other family pretty well. I’ve made a lot of friends, and it was sad seeing some of them leave yesterday. (Some of them had one week classes.) There’s a beautiful main green in the middle of campus that I love to sit and do homework and hang out on. There are a ton of people here and sometimes it’s the people watching that is entertaining.

My roommate is pretty awesome. She and I are pretty good friends and I hope it stays that way. She’s from the Dominican Republic so it’s fun to learn from her.

I haven’t finished a book this entire week. I know. I’m behind, but not at the same time thanks to reading 5 last week. I’m slowly making my way through Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It’s really good so far. 🙂

ICYMI here’s what was posted this week

Today I’m…

Going to Boston! There’s an off-campus trip to Boston today and I’m so excited to go. We’re taking a chartered bus there. It’s only about an hour away, so I should get some good reading in 🙂 Lia (my roommate) is going too, and I think we’re going to the aquarium. It should be awesome.

This week looks…

Like another week full of class. I’m in class from 9-3 every day except the weekends. Usually she breaks us at 12 so It isn’t really that bad. I like having a morning class because I wouldn’t know what to do with myself with the time before or after class because it’d be an awkward time to have!

How are you guys doing? Tell me something good!

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 16 (I forgot the last number)

Hi, guys! I almost forgot to write up a post for today, but as you can see I did not. Today I’m going to do another book tag, this time from the wonderful Erma (lol it’s actually Emma, but I call her Erma) from The Book Crunch.

Here are the rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Emma @ The Book Crunch)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag and spread the love!

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1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?

BED FOR SURE!!! I love Emma’s gif for this one 😂

2. Male main character or female main character?

Do I have to choose? I like both the best only because they both have their own good qualities. I tend to like the MC 9 times out of 10.

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Salty. I love to snack on peanuts or pistashios. Okay or sweet. I LOVE chocolate. I’m very indecisive okay?

4. Trilogies or quartets?

I’m with Emma on this one. Some books are meant to have trilogies, but others demand the fourth. I quite like the duology too.

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?

Can we just agree that I suck at choosing these? I like first-person because I have burning questions for the MC sometimes. I also love the voice that comes through on these. On the other hand, third-person omnicient is awesome because you get a bit of everyone.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

I religiously read before I go to bed. If I don’t it’s because I’m exhausted and I have to look like a descent human being the next day. I have finished many-a-book in the wee hours of the morning though. *cough cough* A Court of Mist and Fury *cough cough*

7. Libraries or bookstores?

Bookstores. I like to pet the books in my free time at work. 🙂

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I love laughing aloud at books. That being said, I do feel slightly embarassed when this happens in public. It does feel like I’m part of my own inside joke with the author/MC too.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

Is the cover pretty? I like pretty covers. In other words, I don’t mind as long as there’s a gorgeous cover (and story!!) underneath.

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?

Yes. Does that work as an answer? I like them both! Don’t make me choose!!!!

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Who I’m tagging:

You my dear friends. I don’t have very many book blogging friends so if you see this tag and want to do it go ahead and give it a go!

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: This or That Book Tag

Hi guys! It’s Beth here, back with another discussion post for you! Can I just start by saying how proud I am of Sophie? She’s staying in a dorm at Brown for the next 3 weeks! I wouldn’t be able to do that! Let’s all wish her the best of luck with her time there 🙂 *good luck Sophie!*

Today’s post is going to be a quick chat about a very popular series I’ve never actually read.

I can almost hear the shock through the screen…hang on, a book blogger who hasn’t read one of the most popular fantasy series ever? Yes, guys, yes.

I’ve just never got round to it. As a kid I read Jacqueline Wilson and Jacqueline Wilson alone, with the exception of a few random library books…but I was never tempted towards Harry Potter.

I think this was purely due to the fact I was never interested in fantasy. I always went towards contemporary purely because that’s what I was used to, and frankly I was scared to branch out to different to different genres.

The second reason is because I’ve only ever read 3 series and they’re all trilogies…for a long time I’ve been very daunted to start a series longer than that.

But now, after reading a variety of genres in YA and adult novels, I’m ready. I’ve read 4 of the 15 part Morganville series and found out that if you love the characters enough, having more books is the best thing rather than the worst.

And fantasy isn’t so bad, after all.

Have you been daunted by a series like I am with Harry Potter?

I’ll hopefully finally be starting this series in June or July and reviewing them ASAP! Head over to The Books Are Everywhere to keep up-to-date on my reviews.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

Let’s Discuss! I Haven’t Read Harry Potter

Hello there! How is your Monday going? Today is my first day of Summer@Brown, and I hope my class goes well. Wish me luck! I’m going to try my best to keep up with blogging while I’m here, but if I miss a day you’ll have to forgive me!

This week’s releases:

  • Never Ever by Sara Saedi (Viking Books)
  • Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
  • Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano
  • Unplugged by Donna Freitas

ICYMI here’s what went on last week!

  • Fierce Reads LGBTQ giveaway

To celebrate Pride Month, Fierce reads is giving away 8 books (4 finished copies, 4 ARCS) that center around LGBTQ characters. Some awesome books included in the prize are The Art of Being Normal, Been Here All Along, and All the Feels. Click here to enter.

  • The Girl Who Fell Giveaway

Just a reminder that our blog is hosting a giveaway of The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker. I had the amazing opportunity to interview this lovely author. Shannon was extremely kind and willing to provide a signed coped to the winner! Check out the interview and giveaway here. I’ve extended the deadline to this Friday so make sure you enter in time!

Oi! I couldn’t find much that has happened in the past week. I thought they had released the first three chapters of A Torch Against the Night, but I cannot find the article anywhere! Is there anything you feel that should be on here? Comment below and let me know!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

Bookish News: 20 June 2016

Hi, there! I hope you’re having a lovely day today! Right after I finished my interview with Siobhan, I had to read her latest book – The Last Boy and Girl in the World. It was both a really quick read and had a lot of depth to it.

Here’s what it’s about:

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What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.

Almost.

It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.

Release date: May 26, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Page #: 432 (hardcover)

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I can’t believe how fast I finished such a decent sized book – it only took two days. I had been planning to read it after When We Collided, and I couldn’t wait to read it after interviewing Siobhan herself. It was a joy to meet and speak with her.

The plot is very, very unique, though Siobhan says it’s inspired by a real event. I was surfing the web about this and I found this article on MentalFloss with cities around the world that have “drowned.” If you were wondering what article I was reading I’ve linked it above, just click ‘MentalFloss.’ That being said, I don’t know how I would feel if my town started to flood with water and eventually drown. I would want to save all of my books! I live close to Lake Michigan and there’s a river nearby, so I suppose it’s possible.

Keeley is a character that I found unlikeable, yet I still liked how unlikeable she was. She had faults, she had poor judgement in some instances, and that’s what made her character so much more relatable and real to me. most of the book I wanted to shake her, but I’m not sure I would have done much different if I was in her position.

The family dynamic was one that isn’t explored much in YA. Keeley’s dad had an accident that left him with limited mobility and with a lot of bitterness. To compensate, Keeley’s mom has to work her butt off to pay for everything and save up for Keeley’s college. Many times there are minor characters who have the town crazy as a parent, but Keeley is the one who has that parent. It added to the weight and pressure that Keeley was feeling to hold onto her past. I think this added a lot of depth to the plot and what it was about.

A major theme throughout the book is growing up and letting go which really makes it a coming of age novel. I really like how it keeps coming up because its one that we all have to face at some point. We learn a lot about ourselves in times like this, and our relationships are truly put to the test.

The romance in the novel was pretty good. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like exactly, but I like how everything ended up. I just want to say I CALLED IT!!!!! That is all.

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Hi! I hope you had a  lovely week! It was my first week of summer break and I really enjoyed it.

This week

I packed for Brown! Yes, my summer program starts this Monday, and I’m super excited. Yesterday my parents and I left for Providence so we don’t have to travel the 13.5 hours at once.

Before I left I did things with my family and friends. My friend Sarah and I went to see Now You See Me 2 in theaters and that was really good. Not many movies should have sequels, but this one was done very well. My sister made me a dinner and I hung out with her and my nieces and nephew and brother-in-law.

I’ve read 2 books this week and started a third. I love Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want so I had to read This is My Brain on Boys. It’s a sweet, cute read. Our June book for The Book Junkies is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I read that in two days, and I must say I’m pretty intrigued. Now I’m reading A Court of Mist and Fury but I’m not very far yet. Be sure to keep an eye out for these reviews!

ICYMI here’s what got posted this week

Today

It’s another travel day. My parents and I should reach Providence by this evening. I get to check into my room tomorrow, and I’m really excited!

This week

I’m not sure I’ll be as active as usual on here. I’ll try to be, but it’s my first week at Brown and of class so I don’t know how much free time I’ll have to blog. Maiya should be more active this summer though so keep an eye out for her posts!

How was your week? What did you read?

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 16