August Faves TN

August Faves!

it’s that time again folks, here’s what i have been loving and my favorites of august!

movies/television

Ducktales

I don’t remember watching Ducktales when I was a kid, but living with three Disney-obsessed roommates screaming about David Tennant being Scrooge, I knew that it was on my list. The first episode just recently aired which I linked above and we LOVED it. The theme song is obviously the best part, but I love the animation style, and storyline. It even inspired me to watch some of the older episodes. I’m really excited for this new season to begin.

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What I STILL haven’t read (mid-year tbr)

I’ve collected many a book over the past few years. While I do pretty good at keeping my TBR to a minimum and reading what I have before buying anything else, there are a few books that are just continuously stuck on my list. Most of these books are large classics that I have had for a couple years and are so long that I’m too intimidated to start at the moment. However, there are a few YA books thrown in.


Glass Sword (#2)

Victoria Aveyard

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I purchased this book within the first few weeks of February as a “make myself feel better” gift as I was still rather stressed out from moving. Unfortunately I started the book, couldn’t really get into it, and put it aside and it’s been there ever since. I absolutely loved Red Queen, and I’m sure it was just because I was so busy that I didn’t get into this book. I definitely am going to try and finish this by the end of the year.

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Recent Reads

Recent Reads (8.10.16)

Simon vs. the Homosapien’s Agenda

by Becky Albertalli
 4/5 Stars

Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

This was one of the books that I picked up at Barnes and Noble during the YA book signing. Becky also signed it for me, but I hadn’t actually read it until after the event. While I was reading I meant to stop at page 100 and finish it later, but finished it in two sittings. Simon is an extremely likeable character and you really empathize with his situation and feel his frustration.. I’m glad there are so many openly LGBTQA books coming out now, especially in YA.

The writing was simple but excellent and in the end I had Blue narrowed down to two characters, and one of them was correct so it wasn’t a total surprise. Regardless, I enjoyed how some of this was written in email form and shows how great relationships can form online. Nearly every friend I have currently I met online and they are the best that I’ve ever had.

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BookOutlet Haul – August 2015

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I’m so excited to share my most recent Bookoutlet purchase with you guys. It was strongly a last minute order for me as I was trying (trying the key word) not to spend a ton of money during the first half of August, but who makes budgets and actually follows them?? If you guys are not aware BookOutlet is a company based out of Canada that sells a ton of new(ish) and popular books from all types of genres for an insanely cheap price. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard about this site until I started watching Booktube, though it’s probably good or I’d have spent all my money already.

The way Bookoutlet does this is that they buy back publishers returns and overstock which include a small black or colored mark on the bottom of the books. Many of us already have seen a lot of books with these marks but unless you’re really a stickler for pristine books, this doesn’t bother me whatsoever. None of the books that they sell are used books, all are brand new. Bookoutlet also has a scratch and dent section to their site where they sell books that are missing their book jackets or have some wear on their books. A lot of the time these books are anywhere from $1.50-$7.

Make sure and check out my other hauls to see which books I got from bookoutlet and the condition that I received them in. I don’t always write the price I paid, but it’s always under $10 per book. Shipping from their store starts at $4 for 2 books and they add 50cents for every book after that. They are always offering $5 coupons with purchases and via their social media so be sure to check them out. I was sent a 15% off code when I started following them on Twitter (back in March) that I used on this order!

Onto the books!

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Summer Reads: August 24th

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Recommend: Yes! 4/5

I feel obligated to rate this so high or even a 5 just because it’s supposedly the most loved book in the UK, a classic, Jane Austen’s best novel, so on and so on. It was definitely a very different book than I have read and probably one of the oldest novels that I have read in a really long time which is probably the reason for my reluctance to absolutely love it.

The most recent book I’ve read to that time period was Frankenstein and that definitely cannot be compared to P&P for obvious reasons. I have yet to see the movie either which was one of my reasons for picking up the novel. I assume from what I heard about the movie that this was going to be an utterly romantic movie based around strict family laws and marriage unions and it definitely was that. However, I didn’t expect there to be hardly any romance in it at all. Everyones conversations are very tight and dry, they don’t express their feelings through words as clearly as we do today. To have a character say “I find it most agreeable and very excitable to me.” it is just so funny to read that with excitement as they must be feeling.

Of course, I knew what the ending was going to entail just from general knowledge of the plot. I really liked Elizabeth a lot and actually laughed out loud when she turns Mr. Collins down on his marriage proposal and his constant rebuttal that she’ll change her mind and must be in love with him. It’s funny that this is STILL something that happens in our society with me, most particularly the beautiful “friend-zone” and funny to see it happen 200 years ago. I really enjoyed all the characters in the novel and how they developed along the way. Elizabeth was an extremely relatable character.

Overall I enjoyed it, and I’m glad that I read it. I LOVED the movie with Kiera Knightly, goodness. 

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