Songs I Associate with Books

Songs I Associate with Books

Hello, friends. Today I am bringing you a pretty self-indulgent post because I really just want to talk about my favorite books and all of the songs that I am constantly listening too. I have nothing else to say, so I’m going to start by naming the book (or series) and name some of the songs that remind me of it. If anyone actually finds this interesting and wants more, I can definitely deliver. I am really good at deciding that random songs were written with books in mind (even though they definitely weren’t).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Young And Menace by Fall Out Boy

“We’ve gone way too fast for way too long
And we were never supposed to make it half this far”

Okay, this song has reminded me of Six of Crows since before I even read the book (is that possible? I guess so). Now that I’ve actually read the book, I cannot help but be blown away at how well it fits. Also, I kind of associate every song on this album with some book character or another, but that is a story for another day.

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

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Perfect by Ed Sheeran

“Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home”

This is definitely a song that Maxon would play for America. And by play, I mean have someone else play for him because I am not under any illusion that Maxon Schreave has even an ounce of musical talent in him.

Absolutely Smitten by Dodie

“Handsome stranger you have made her happy,
The first in a long time!”

It may just be because I went through a real kick where I would only listen to Dodie when I reread this series the last time, but basically every song by her reminds me of the type of music America would play. This song in particular seems like something America would play about her and Maxon.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steivfater 

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Youth by Daughter

“One day we’ll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there
And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones
‘Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone”

I could write an essay on this song and these books, but I don’t want to because that sounds like a lot of work. Please just settle for listening to the song and somehow knowing all of my explanations through some sort of across internet telepathy.

Spooky Guy by Danny Gonzalez

“I’m a spooky guy
I will never stop spookin’ ’till the day I die”

This is where everyone unfollows me and doesn’t think twice about it. This song connection started in the hot mess that was My Spotify Top 100 and Books and I haven’t been able to sever the connection since. But, as I said then, this song reminds me of the Squash One, Squash Two song Ronan is supposedly always listening to. Also, Noah.

I Lived by OneRepublic

“I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did”

This song reminds me of Gansey, it also makes me want to cry and those two things are very related.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Summer in London by All Faces

“Summer in London wasn’t meant to last
Even though we thought somehow that we’d go far”

Okay, lets play the “is Arin just associating this song with this book because it has London in the name and this book takes place in London or because she discovered it while reading this book or are there actual valid reasons” game. If anyone wins and figures out the answer, let me know.

Nancy Mulligan by Ed Sheeran

“I’m gonna marry the woman I love
Down by the Wexford border”

I don’t care what anyone says, this song should be Will and Tessa’s theme song.

Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

“You know she beat me at darts and then she beat me at pool
And then she kissed me like there was nobody else in the room”

This song has always reminded me of Cecily Herondale. I don’t know why, she isn’t from Ireland or anything, but it always has and at this point it always will. Also I started listening to this album during my last TID reread, can you tell?

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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The Last Of The Real Ones by Fall Out Boy

“I’m here in search of your glory
There’s been a million before me”

Okay, so there is never been a time that I have heard this song and not associated it with TMI. It screams TMI, to be frank. I mean, the opening line of the chorus is “‘Cause you’re the last of a dying breed” and like, shadowhunters are a dying breed. I rest my case.

Champion by Fall Out Boy

“I’m a champion of the people who don’t believe in champions
I got nothing but dreams inside, I got nothing but dreams”

Remember when I said I associated this whole album with one character or another? Yeah, here we are again. This reminds me of shadowhunters due to the whole mundanes not knowing they’re being protected by these half-angel creatures. You know, the usual.

Brother by Kodaline

“Though we don’t share the same blood
You’re my brother and I love you that’s the truth”

This song screams Jace and Alec. Also Jem and Will. Also basically every parabatai pair ever.

The Dark Artificies by Cassandra Clare 

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Kill v Maim by Grimes

“You gave up being good when you declared a state of war
I don’t behave, I don’t behave, oh eh”

The “I don’t behave” refrain in this song is essentially the “lex malla, lex nulla” refrain from this series.

Burn the House Down by AJR

“Should I keep it light?
Stay out of the fight?
No one’s gonna listen to me”

This whole song is very reminiscent of that one scene in Lord of Shadows. You know what scene I mean, it definitely involves burning something to the ground.

 

Okay, so that is all I have on this topic for today. I definitely have many, many more things on this topic because I only touched half of my book related playlist while making this. Is this something you guys would be interested in seeing more of? I would definitely be up for doing more of these.

Are there any songs you guys associate with books or characters? If so, what are they? I’d love to check them out and add songs to my already huge list.

 

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No Disclaimers Book Tag

No Disclaimers Book Tag

Hi, friends! Today I am doing a tag that I saw Brittany do last week, check out her post here. This tag seems pretty fun and since I haven’t ever really done one before (other than the intro tag I did on my previous joint blog, which you can read here if you want) so this seemed like a good one to start with!

Without further ado, onto the tag!

Which trope(s) in books annoy you the most? 

This is a pretty hard question for me because I feel like I do not get annoyed by tropes that much, I kind of like having familiar patterns to help ease me into new stories a little bit. I really do not like girl hate, which I really hope isn’t considered a trope but given how often I see it, it could be? I also just don’t think it when the parents of teenagers are just non existent in a situation where they should very much be existent. Why are all of these 16 and 17 year olds in contemporaries not mentioning their parents at all when they should theoretically still live with them?

Which authors do you feel are overrated/overhyped?

The first person that popped into my head is Sarah J. Maas. I couldn’t get into the one book of hers that I tried to read and I have heard so many other things about her books that I do not really want to try to read any of her others.

What are your least favorite books you’ve read since starting your book blog?

So I only started this book blog in late December, so there hasn’t been much time but what I can come up with is:

The Matched Triology by Ally Condie

  • All I remember about this trilogy is that I hated it the entire time until the last book was somewhat interesting but also not interesting at all. The characters were very cliche and some parts of the the plot were just a hot mess and it was a lot for me.

The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Britt

  • I have a full review of this book coming closer it its release date! But basically this book made me feel super uncomfy at points and I just didn’t really like it much until the very very end.

What is a terrible ending that ruined an otherwise quality book?

Oh boy, as soon as I saw this my brain started screaming Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare but that is a bag of worms to deal with another day, so I am going to go with Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Allegiant by Veronica Roth because both of those endings were just very disappointing. I feel like that one big thing at the end of Allegiant was somewhat very unnecessary and that the very end of Mockingjay was very out of character. I feel like at this point I need to write a full review on Mockingjay so maybe that will come soon, or never, tbh it’ll probably be never.

Which fictional character(s) do you wish was not killed off?

Wow, so many? Basically every non-villain in Cassandra Clare books. Basically everyone who died in the Harry Potter series.

What are some of your bookish peeves?

The fact that most of the times paperbacks do not come out until a year after the book is released. When book formatting is messed up in ebooks to the point that they are unreadable. When a series changes cover styles on like book four and they no longer match. Weak endings!! I hate weak endings a lot.

What are some books you think deserve more recognition? 

Oh boy I could spend a whole lot of time talking about this, I actually have a whole post planned about it. But a super quick list:

Elementals by Brigid Kemmerer

  • I will only stop screaming about this series when everyone I know has read it, so basically I will never stop screaming about this series. Is it perfect? No. Are the definite and clear problems with it? Yes. Do I care? Not really. Why? This book series is probably my favorite of all time. I read these books in middle school and loved them, they were super addictive and I flew through them. After that, they became those books I would automatically grab when I needed a pick me up. At this point, I can probably quote half of the first two books from memory. Reading these books is like coming home. Anyways, I’m reading these books right before my second semester starts to help calm me down so expect reviews and other content about these books soon.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt 

  • I don’t read books in one sitting. Its not a thing I do, I am not capable of sitting still for long periods of time, I get far to antsy. That said, I read this book in one sitting. I cannot describe how impactful this book is, I can just say that you should read this. Apparently I wrote some sort of mini review for this on goodreads a while back, you can read it here.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

  • Please read this book. I don’t really have any actual means of persuading you to read this book, but I really really want you too.

What are your thoughts on censorship and banning books?

I will admit that I do not have that many thoughts because this has never been a discussion I have involved myself in. I think that censorship and banning books is bad because I feel that everyone should have the opportunity to read what they want when they want.

Tag some people!

I’m going to go ahead and tag Shelby, Katelyn, and anyone else who wants to do this!

That’s about it for me today. What are some books you think deserve more recognition?

 

 

My Favorite Quotes from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

My Favorite Quotes from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Hi, friends! Today is a big day, in case you didn’t know. It’s Jace Wayland’s birthday! He turns 28 today, which is super hard to believe because in my mind he will always either be an angst filled teenager or the 21 year old who randomly pops up in The Dark Artifices. Either way, I hope him and Clary are happy with their multitude of children. I hope said children have figured out a way to surprise him with some cute craft, like maybe a mug that says “world’s best dad” or something. Moving right along to the point of this post, in honor of Jace’s birthday, I am going to be talking about my favorite quotes from each of the books in TMI. Given that technically every line to come out of Clary Fairchild’s mouth is a favorite quote, we could be here for a while, so I’ll just get on to the point.

For the record, I will avoiding all spoilery quotes. Sadly, this means I can’t bring up two quotes from City of Heavenly Fire that make me wanna sob my eyes out, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

City of Bones

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“Clary, you’re an artist, like your mother. That means you see the world in ways other people don’t. It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.” 

Okay can I hear a shout out for the adoptive father of the year Luke Garroway? Anyways, I just like, love this quote? I mean its an interaction between Luke and Clary, which are ALWAYS my favorite, so that already gives it point, but there is just something else about it? I don’t know man, its just great.

“Hugo is a raven, and, as such, he knows many things. I, meanwhile, am Hodge Starkweather, a professor of history, and, as such, I do not know nearly enough.”  

Okay, so fun fact, this is my favorite quote of the entire series. I know that probably sounds super weird, especially since its a Hodge quote, but I am a history major and relate to this quote on a personal level. I freaked the first time I read this quote in City of Bones.

“‘If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do,’ said Magnus, still looking at Alec, ‘you will never learn from your mistakes.'” 

Magnus Bane calling out the Clave will forever be one of my favorite things. But, this also has a very important message and I support that. Everyone should listen to Magnus, he knows whats up.

“You cannot save others until you first save yourself.”

Um, I’m not gonna say much about this one? Its just an important quote.

“I told her how brave you’ve been. How she’d be proud of you. Her warrior daughter.”

Wow, did you hear that? That was the sound of my heart shattering into pieces. Also, please note this is already the second Luke quote and we’re only on book one. I love that man.

City of Ashes

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“If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”

This may be the one ideology originating from Jocelyn Fairchild that I support.

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”

Sometimes I just use this quote to put things into perspective. Also, this was almost my senior quote in high school.

“When you love someone, you don’t have a choice. Love takes your choices away.”

If you all thought I’d get through a favorite TMI quotes post without one of Clary’s most iconic lines, you were obviously wrong.

“Fate is never fair. You are caught in a current much stronger than you are; struggle against it and you’ll drown not just yourself but those who try to save you. Swim with it and you’ll survive.”

Okay, so like, this quote is a lot and I fully acknowledge that. But I just like it? Cassandra Clare really needs to stop with all of these quotes that send important messages because they make posts like these really hard.

City of Glass

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“Regret is such a pointless emotion, don’t you agree?”

Magnus Bane, forever coming through with the words of wisdom.

“The Clave thinks the wards will stand forever because they’ve stood for a thousand years. But so did Rome, till the barbarians came. Everything falls someday.” 

Hi, I’m Arin and I almost immediately fall in love with any and all historical references, especially if they’re from the classical period.

“All he wanted was to not be afraid, and so he was afraid all the time.” 

This quote always hurts me. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to, but it does.

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.” 

This quote has always reminded me of that Sirius Black quote and you know what, I don’t mind.

“‘Weakness and corruption isn’t in the world,’ Clary snapped. ‘Its in the people. And it always will be. The world just needs good people to balance it out.'” 

An important reminder in today’s society, especially in today’s political climate.

City of Fallen Angels 

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“‘Hearts are breakable,’ Isabelle said. ‘And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.'”

Is this my first Isabelle quote? Wow, that honestly surprises me.

“The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.”

I love Luke Garroway. Everyone should listen to Luke. He’s that friendly old man who is a dad to everyone and just wants what’s best for you and to make pancakes into fun shapes.

“You are not trivial.” 

Important! Message!

City of Lost Souls

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“You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”

Did I mention that I fall in love with historical references easily yet? Oh, I did? Also this quote just always makes me laugh.

“It was stupid to hope, she knew. But sometimes hope was all you had.”

Fun fact: I am a sucker for any and all quotes about hope. Don’t ask me why, but I am.

“I don’t think she doesn’t believe she can die. I think, just like you always did, she believes there are things worth dying for.”

Luke! Defending! Clary! We stan a father daughter pair.

City of Heavenly Fire

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“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

Wow, I love the man who said this. I’m not gonna state who that man was because spoilers, but what. a. man.

“‘Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,’ she said. ‘They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.'”

Wow, look at my baby girl coming through with words of wisdom! I’m so proud of her!

“Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extra ordinary.”

I’m pretty sure I saw this quote on an inspirational instagram post earlier today? Weird. Maybe they were celebrating Jace’s birthday too.

“Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.”

I love a good found family.

“There will always be those who want to tell you who you are based on your name or the blood in your veins. Do not let other people decide who you are. Decide for yourself.”

Tessa Gray for President. Ah, what a beautiful quote.

 

Welp, we are finally done. If you made it this far, I’m so proud of you. Have you guys read TMI? If so, what’s your favorite quote? Are you also having a hard time believing Jace is 28 today? Let’s chat and or scream about anything TSC related in the comments.

25 Bookish Facts About Me

25 Bookish Facts About Me

Hi, friends! While trying to plan out blog posts this weekend, I realized that I haven’t really told you guys much about myself. So as a way to try and let you guys know more about me, I thought I’d list 25 bookish facts about myself like a bunch of booktubers did back when I was in middle school. Without further ado, here we go.

  1. I love audiobooks, last year I audiobooked probably half of the books I read. I am the biggest fan of audiobooks.
  2. While listening to audiobooks, I normally play Best Fiends on my phone, knit, or sometimes make random Latin quizlets that I never actually end up using (oops).
  3. I read a lot of middle grade because I never outgrew my Percy Jackson phase and I keep trying to find something else like it that will also magically bring me back to the days of hiding in my middle school’s library.
  4. I like paperbacks more than hardbacks.
  5. My favorite types of bookmarks are those magnetic over the page ones, I have at least 40 in my dorm room right now.
  6. I love ebooks, I mean, the ability to read on my phone during awkward social situations? Sign me up.
  7. My favorite book series as a kid was either The Cul-de-sac Kids or The Boxcar Children 
  8. My top three series currently are The Mortal Instruments, Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer, and Percy Jackson.
  9. I am a big fan of big books, but at the same time I hate them? I know it makes no sense, but I love when a long book is actually well done but normally most long books drag with unnecessary scenes.
  10. My favorite character of all time is Clary Fairchild, with a close second being Charlotte Fairchild.
  11. My brand is defending and loving the Fairchild women at all costs, if you can’t tell.
  12. I have no idea how many books I have, but I have one full bookshelf and half of another one filled.
  13. I can’t read in silence. I have to be listening to music, have TV on in the background, or be sitting in a room where other people are having conversations.
  14. I nearly always list historical fiction as one of my favorite genres because I love history but I never actually read historical fiction? Its something I’m trying to work on.
  15. I do not have any particular reading snacks or beverages, I kind of just eat/drink whatever I want to when I’m reading. On occasion when I am trying to make an event of reading instead of squeezing a few pages in between homework assignments, I will make a cup of tea of hot chocolate, but those times are few and far between.
  16. I read ebooks in the shower. I put my phone in a plastic bag and read while showering. It may sound really weird, but sometimes you just have to multi task.
  17. I love libraries. I volunteered at my local library all through high school and I still visit it almost every time I go home from college.
  18. Deciding which books to bring with me to school and which ones to leave at home is a very big struggle for me and I almost always immediately regret my decisions. Once I had my mom mail a book to me because I decided I needed to read it but then I just, um, didn’t? Oops.
  19. I like books that have humor, I absolutely love it when a book actually makes me laugh out loud and half the time whenever one does I snapchat myself reading the line to my friends.
  20. I am a big rereader. If I even mildly enjoyed a book, I almost always have plans to reread it at some points.
  21. I feel like I should love graphic novels because I am somewhat of a visual learner and I love pictures but most of the time I don’t end up really enjoying them.
  22. I am very big on trying to match songs to books and book characters. If you would like a long list of songs I associate with Clary Fairchild, please ask.
  23. 9/10 I hate or at least dislike adaptations of books, the only adaptation I can think of that I don’t hate is Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  24. I don’t have any sort of reading routine, I just read when I want to read and don’t when I don’t. Though since I started blogging and getting more infloved with the community in general I tend to spend more time thinking about how I need to be reading, so that’s something.
  25. I love to annotate! It actually brings me a lot of joy and I want to do it a lot more. But also currently the only books I’ve annotated is TMI soo.

Welp, that’s about it from me today. What are some random bookish facts about you? Can you think of any book adaptations you’ve enjoyed? Let’s chat in the comments!

Ten 2019 Releases I Need Now

Ten 2019 Releases I Need Now

Hi, friends! 2019 is going to bring us a lot of new, amazing books! I can’t wait, there are so many books that I need in my possession right now, but apparently I have to wait until their release dates? Disappointing. Anyways, lets move right along to the books I need right now.

10. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 

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Release Date: June 25th 

In case you didn’t know, I love Brigid Kemmerer! And right now, I love all things contemporary! This is a contemporary written by Brigid Kemmerer! I feel like that says it all!

9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: June 4th 

Okay, so like, I am well aware that I have already read the majority of this book (like 80% of it) multiple times, but a certain someone’s name is going to be revealed in the last two short stories and I! need! to! know!

8. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 

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Release Date: May 14th

Okay, so maybe its just that I spent the majority of my winter break watching Hallmark Christmas movies (and then winter movies, who knew they made non holiday related ones?) with my mom, but I am suddenly a sucker for any and all royal love stories, please send me all your recommendations so I can stop rewatching The Princess Diaries and The Princess Switch on Netflix. Plus, a female president? Sign me up.

7. The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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Release Date: September 24th

So I still haven’t read the third book in this series, but I swear I will before September when this one comes out. I will not be spoiled if another huge character that I was just starting to love gets killed. Not again. I’m done with that.

6. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio 

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Release Date: May 7th 

I have been watching Christine’s videos since middle school, she is the one who introduced me to the online book community. I had no idea that any of this existed before I discovered her channel one day, so the fact that I will get to read a book written by her is mind blowing and I am very excited. Plus, its set in college. I need more books set in college! Though, I go to a women’s college so reading about colleges where men go is weird, but I’ll adjust. I always do, and by always, I mean that one time I read a book set in college.

5. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell 

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Release Date: ???? 

This doesn’t even have a blurb yet, but that doesn’t matter. I am so excited. I have nothing else to say other than I am excited. I am also worried because of the flames bit. I don’t like flames, not when they are near my babies.

4. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

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Release Date: not soon enough  March 5th

I feel like I have been screaming about this book since I heard about it sometime last year, but I also feel like I have only been screaming about it to my real life friends who don’t really care and not on here, so that has been a big mistake on my part. I honestly can’t describe how much this book speaks to me even before its released. I wish it had came out last year when I was still in high school, but I will take it whenever. Academic pressure is something that I really struggled with in high school, I was in the top ten of my high school and started taking AP classes online because my school didn’t offer enough. It wasn’t good for my mental health, but my counselor had me convinced it was good for college. I am really, really looking forward to a novel that actually discusses academic pressure. Also, Laura Silverman is a total sweetheart. Please follow her on twitter.

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: November 19th 

First off, Brianna and I deserve this. Second off, AHHHHH. Third off, I really have nothing intelligible to say but AHHHH. Fourth off, not to be dramatic, but like, I’m already willing to die for the mysterious Fairchild daughters and we don’t even know their names yet. Loving and defending the Fairchild women is my hill and I will die on it.

2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer 

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Release Date: January 29th (!!!!!)

Have I went over the fact that I love Brigid Kemmerer yet in this post? Oh, I have? Well, here we go again, I love Brigid Kemmerer. I will read any and all books she publishes.

1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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Release Date: April 2nd

Two words: Haline content. More words: this was originally supposed to come out when I was on spring break but now its not and I’m bitter.

 

Well, that’s about it from me for today. What books are you excited for this year? Are you excited for any of these? Could you care less about any of them? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

I Did a 24 Hour Readathon

I Did a 24 Hour Readathon

Hey friends! Last Wednesday, January 2nd, I decided that I was going to attempt a 24 hour readathon in hopes of fixing my sleep schedule before I went back to college for short term. The original plan was to not sleep at all and try to read as much as possible with a goal of finishing at least for books. As you can see from the random notes I took on the hour every hour, that did not exactly work out, but I came pretty close and am proud of that.

Onto my log, and random snapchats, from throughout the day 

Hour One: To kick off this readathon, I picked up A Very Large Expanse of Sea and got immediately hooked, reading the first 111 pages within the first hour.

Hour Two: I read a little while longer until I got to page 130, then took a break for about 20 minutes to check snapchat and all of those other fun social media things. Finished up the hour on page 194.

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Hour Three: This hour I literally just sat and read until I finished AVLEOS at 2:50.

Hour Four: After finishing my first book, I took a little break and went downstairs to get some milk and sneak some snacks. Then, after I returned to the safety of my bedroom, I started Thicker Than Water at 3:15 as an ebook on my phone due to me not wanted my parents to see my light on and question my sleeping schedule. By the end of the hour, I had gotten about 40 pages, or 14%, in.

Hour Five: I basically read this entire hour, though since I was starting to actually get tired and slow down a bit, it only managed to be about another 40 pages, or 13% more

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Hour Six: I kept on reading, trying to speed my pace a little bit. I did that pretty well, I read about another 80 pages, or about 25% more

Hour Seven: After deciding around 2 AM that not sleeping was not going to end up being an option, I had decided that this is when I would go to sleep and then wake up at 10 AM and keep on reading. I think we can all guess that did not end up occurring, since in this hour I read about another 60 pages, or about 18% more.

Hour Eight: This hour my only goal was to finish the book so I could sleep peacefully. I did that, finishing the last 100 pages of TTW at the very end of the hour.

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Hour Nine – Ten: Sleeping, according to plan.

Hour Eleven: For the record, at this point I woke up for a total of ten minutes, then fell back asleep as soon as my mom went downstairs. 

Hour Twelve – Fifteen: Sleeping, not in accordance with plan. 

Hour Sixteen: I finally decided to wake up at this point, and after I got over my initial freak out that what I was attempting to do in order to fix my sleep schedule was just making it worse, I went downstairs and did a variety of activities. I read the first 30 pages of Letters to the Lost, helped my mom prep materials for some of her bulletin boards for work, played with Dozy, my beloved boxer pup (pictured below), and made some french fries and a cup of coffee.

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Hour Seventeen: During this hour,  I ate the french fries that I made, continued to offer my mom color advice for her bulletin boards, and read 78 more pages.

Hour Eighteen: I felt the need to get up and take a break at this point, even though I hadn’t even really been reading, so I took a half an hour off before going back to read 68 more pages.

Hour Nineteen: This hour I unintentionally took a 20 minute break (I blame my phone, it was sitting right there, tempting me for no good reason), before reading 55 more pages.

Hour Twenty: At this point, I realized that I was running out of time and that LTTL was taking me far, far longer than it should have. So I forced myself to get motivated and read 135 pages while eating some really good pizza pasta.

Hour Twenty-One: I quickly finished LTTL, took a 30 minute break, then sat back down and started More Than We Can Tell and got exactly 30 pages in.

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Hour Twenty-Two: I was starting to feel kind of burnt out at this point, so I goofed off a lot and only managed to read 55 pages.

Hour Twenty-Three: During this hour I somehow convinced myself that there was a chance I could finish this book before midnight, so I read 130 pages while eating some not so good, definitely freeze burned ice cream.

Hour Twenty-Four: During this hour I wised up to the fact that I was not going to finish MTWCT, so I slowed down in order to enjoy the book more, and read 85 pages.

Now I should probably wrap up all those books I read in 24 hours…

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi: 5/5 stars! Super cute book, loved every minute of it.

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer: 4/5 stars! Full review here.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: 5/5 stars! Full review to come (hopefully Sunday)

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer: Predicted 5/5 stars, though I haven’t managed to finish it yet, whoops.

Whelp, that’s about it from me for today! Have you done a 24 hour readathon before? If so, how did it go for you? Also, if I were to do another one of these at some point in the future with a little more notice, would anyone be interested in joining me? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

Book Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Book Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Hi friends! Remember when I posted a list of five books that I wanted to read this year on Tuesday? Well, by Wednesday afternoon I had already read two of them, so I think I am doing fairly decent. The second of those two books was this one, Thicker Than Water, and I enjoyed it so much I decided this would be a great book to pick to write my first ever review on (yeah, I’ve actually never written a review before, I never claimed to be good at this).

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Official summary from goodreads:

On his own.

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. 

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

 

I should start out by saying that this book had me feeling a lot of emotions from the very beginning. Reading about Thomas at his mother’s funeral almost made me cry, which is pretty rare because a) normally takes me a good while to get attached to characters (sometimes even several rereads) and b) I don’t normally cry which reading books. With that out in the open, lets jump into an actual review, shall we?

 

Let’s start by talking about the elements I really loved:

Charlotte having to deal with her family’s old fashioned ideals

“Char’s family might want her to end up barefoot and pregnant, but she’s tough as nails.”

Throughout the novel, Charlotte has to put up with her family treating her like she is a weak and delicate female who can’t do anything for herself despite the fact that she has been taught how to fight and defend herself by half of her family members and in general is a very responsible girl who can (and does) handle a lot without backing down. She is also treated unfairly, a good example of this is when her parents and grandmother make her wash all the dishes from a ten person dinner by herself right after she got injured while her three perfectly capable brothers go and watch TV. Charlotte takes this and all of their other prejudices in stride, while making it very clear through little acts of defiance that she sees how this treatment is unfair and she wants to change it. I loved reading about all the little details she would add to her outfits in order to make her grandmother irritated. All in all, I really liked seeing how Charlotte handled these interactions and enjoyed having this a sort of side motif throughout the novel.

 

The murder mystery

Now, this is probably going to seem really stupid, but I had no idea this was a murder mystery. I had no idea what it was, I saw that it was by Brigid Kemmerer and that was enough for me to order it immediately. I was very pleasantly surprised, however. The mystery was so good, it had me hanging onto every word to the point where I read this in four hours because I could not put it down without finding out what had happened. I don’t know what else I can really say on this topic without spoiling anything, so I’ll stop here, just know that I really enjoyed the mystery.

 

The discussion of grief and the guilt that sometimes accompanies it 

“She deserved a better son. A better son. She deserved a better son. The problem is that I agree. A better son would have been able to stop it.”

I luckily have not gone through the process of losing a close family member, but I have watched other members of my family mourn (does that make any sense? I hope it does lmao, I don’t really want to tell my entire life story on the internet so) and the way Thomas acted in this book clearly mirrored the actions and feelings I saw in them. All of the lines about how his mother deserved a better son (see above quote and share in my pain) hurt my heart, I honestly started tearing up. It was also very interesting to see the contrast Kemmerer gave between Tom and Stan, between the man who lost his wife after ten days and the boy who lost his mother after eighteen years, to see how they both handled the situation and how they had to deal with each others presences afterwards, despite the fact that they had lost their one connection.

 

The small town setting actually being done in an accurate manner

“Danny still lives at home. Ben and Matt still come every Saturday for dinner. Small town living. You know.”

Okay, so this may just be me being overly picky, but I feel like most of the time small town settings are not done in a way that truly represents real small towns, at least not the one I live in. This novel did accurately portray one, however, and it did a very good job of it. From throwing in mentions about how the big grocery store is about a half an hour away, to mentioning that there are sections of the area where people do not have neighbors for miles, to the fact that there were areas where you can just cut through the woods and avoid major roads, it just all felt very real and honestly described a situation pretty similar to the one I grew up in. I also really really loved the Saturday night dinner thing where all of Charlotte’s siblings and their kids came to dinner, just because my family does Sunday night dinners every week and I haven’t been getting to go to them (college, man, it ruins things) so it made me feel super nostalgic and homesick even though I was literally in my bedroom at home when I read this and when I wrote this review.

 

Now, I guess we should get into the two details I wasn’t the biggest fan of (aka the reasons this wasn’t a five star read for me):

The somewhat unexplained paranormal element

Once again, this may seem really stupid, but I had no idea this book had a paranormal element. I honest to god had no idea what this book was about, I was just coming along for the ride and where ever said ride took me. Therefore, just like the fact that this book was a murder mystery, the paranormal aspect took me by surprise. I know Kemmerer can do paranormal, her Elementals series is one of my favorites of all times (how many times have I said that this week? If I had a dollar for every time I have I might be able to pay for my parking permit at school) and it is very well done for the most part. The point of all that rambling is that Kemmerer can create great, well developed and well explained paranormal worlds. This one, however, wasn’t explained nearly enough. It kind of just got thrown in towards the end with no explanation and left me feeling confused and like I kind of just had to accept what I was given without question or any added information. 

 

The relationship between Charlotte and Thomas

I know Kemmerer’s books, they always have romance. She really enjoys having characters get together at the very very end of novels and then leaving it there (I’m side eyeing you there, Sacrifice), so I was not really suprised when I romance started up in this one. That said, in all of the other Kemmerer novels I’ve read, I understood the couple getting together and appreciated it, but this one seemed odd and forced. I may be the only one that feels this way, but I just felt like the romance was unnecessary and almost took away from the plot somehow. Plus, it also just seemed like Charlotte and Thomas did not connect on a personal level in a genuine situation where one of them was not being controlled by an outside actor.