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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October TBR (Late)

in which i attempt to buy no books

So, since all of my roommates and I are headed to Disneyland in the middle of this month, it’s imperative for me to spend as little money as possible. Unfortunately, that means that I have to somehow keep myself from buying any new books, thus the library and my own collection will prevail this month.

I usually don’t do TBRs, just because I work full-time and I never really know what book I’m going to pick up next until the time comes. However, I have checked out a few from the library and borrowed some from my friends, which are going to need to be returned at some point

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I’ve read every other Shadowhunter novel by Cassandra Clare, except the first one in her latest series. It was so long that I didn’t even want to think about taking it on until my roommate started pushing me so she could have someone to talk to about it. It’s nearly 700 pages and I’m about 400 pages through so far. Overall it’s a bit slow paced and I’m not 100% sure that I’m really that attached to the characters, but Cassandra Clare’s writing is so easy to get through and I love her world-building. I’ve been working on this one for a couple weeks and hope to get it done by next week.

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Makeup Book Tag

Before I begin, I watched this video by Dana over at The Book Hoarder which inspired me to make this post since I love books AND I love makeup. Imagine! You should definitely sub to Dana’s channel, I love her vlogs.

Makeup Book Tag

I’m going to list each part of the tag, the makeup I use, and the book that goes with it. I’ll try and let you know what is and isn’t cruelty free as I am also transitioning all my products over as well. I forgot a few products in the first photo but I have added them on at the end. This is also a before picture of the makeup that I use. Overall, this took about an hour to photograph, but in reality it only takes me 10 minutes or less to do my makeup. I also don’t use all of this on a daily basis. Below I also didn’t have a tag for my pre-makeup. But I use Simple SPF Moisturizer ($10) on days I’m going to be outside for long periods, like work. Simple doesn’t test on animals where not required by law. I also try and use Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream ($15.99) every morning and night. Yes to products are cruelty free.

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Recent Reads (3.19.16)

I know that you all thought that I was never going to read another book but I have proved you wrong! I actually have really enjoyed going to the Southwest library in Orlando the past couple weeks. It’s a bit of a drive, but to save a bit of money on books and movies is worth it and everyone is so kind there.

I have, surprisingly, had a decent amount of time to read since my shifts are usually later in the evening and I forgot how much I’ve missed spending hours reading. I haven’t finished a ton of books since I got here, but I’m just happy to be reading anything.

The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide (#3) -Kieron Gillen

2/5 

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April Book Haul!

This month there were a couple of sales that I couldn’t pass up. The first book I bought, which I showed you Part 2 of last month, was The Way of Kings: Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. I bought this book around March 9th and it took over a month to show up at my door. For awhile I communicated with the amazon seller and I didn’t think it was ever going to show. I found out later that it was actually shipped from Britain! That would be why, but they surprisingly didn’t charge me any extra for shipping. I’ve read the Rithmatist by Sanderson and it was OK. It felt a little young for me, but I’ve heard his fantasy books are amazing and I found Part 2 at a local book store for $4. I loved the covers and had to get the matching one!

Way of Kings: Part 1

Way of Kings: Part 1

Way of Kings: Part 2

Way of Kings: Part 2

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January Book Haul!

I realize I just came at you with a New Year Book Haul (though a little late), but I can’t believe it’s already February which means it’s time for the January Book Haul! Every month I think maybe I will start to buy less books and it never seems to come true. Looking back I bought a TON of books during the New Years, although I’m pleased to say most were with giftcards so I don’t feel too awfully bad. I haven’t read all of those books yet, but I have read some which you will get to check out in my January Wrap-Up. I’ve been really digging into Book-Tube lately and I have kind of switched my gears from trying to read classics to catching up with the new YA trends, particularly trilogies and series. I hadn’t read a YA trilogy probably since Matched last year (besides Lunar Chronicles now) and I forgot how much I enjoyed them. 

January Book Haul!

January Book Haul!

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Summer Reads: July 25th

 Read ALL the books!! I’ve been working a ton at the library this month so I haven’t had as much time to read, but I’ve been making myself find time and finished an entire 9 book series this month. Check out below to see what series I’m talking about!

 

Landline - Rainbow Rowell

Landline – Rainbow Rowell

Landline – Rainbow Rowell

Recommend: The weakest Rowell novel, but yes. 3/5

I wanted so badly to fall in love with this book but it was kind of hard. I got sucked into it about 50 pages and read for quite a bit straight through but it didn’t give me that feeling that Attachments or Fangirl did. However, I DID like it a lot. The thing that I love about Rainbow Rowell’s characters are that they are so uniquely human. They reference a lot of pop culture, the characters are pretty nerdy, and her stories feel real to me.

Georgie is one of those people. She worries about her kids, she thinks her marriage might be falling apart, she’s a little crazy. She’s obsessed with her job, doesn’t understand the love between her and her husband. Overall she’s just really relateable to a lot of people. The dialogue in Georgie’s head was perfect, the “Magic F**king Phone” had me rolling. It’s about as honest as you can get.

I did have a hard time getting a feel for Neal, he was kind of this platonic character, they didn’t feel married but I guess that’s what marriage is like sometimes.

Overall I hate to say it, but I felt it was her weakest novel, but I DID like it. And I was hanging on for dear life waiting to see what couple Rowell was gonna reference from her past books to give us an update on. I was VERY happy with that!!

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Summer Reads: June 29th

Another few weeks have come to pass and summer break is halfway over for me, I can’t believe it! Here are my next batch of books that I’ve enjoyed (or not)! Happy Independence Day to my American readers!

These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Recommend: Can’t Decide 3/5

I honestly do not know what to think of this book, I’m really torn between liking it and thinking it was really cliche. The writing is okay, but I’m inclined to believe the fact that it’s a space opera is the reason I finished it. Lilac is kind of a prick even if she HAS grown up in a rich family. She’s not just rude to keep pursuers away she’s pretty much a flat out jerk. Tarver I would have liked better had he been named Traver, and his character is much more likable than Lilac.

The story goes, the two teens are aboard the spaceship Icarus. They meet and greet at an important ceremony but worried of her father’s opinion on any pursuer, Lilac shuts Tarver down with snide comments. Tarver, although hurt, continues his training as a soldier onboard the ship before a horrible event strikes. Now with the ship tearing apart at the seams, Tarver and Lilac race to save their own lives. It doesn’t exactly work out the way they want when they crash into an unknown planet and must find someway to get along or die.

This story is painfully predictable just by the cover and by the plot. The first half is okay with Lilac being a straight-up jerk to Tarver while he tries to save their lives. Other than that the story progresses decently, some new information is given to the reader and you get immersed in where exactly these two completely different people have ended up. Basically, I hate the romance but love the space aspect.  After reading the summary for the 2nd novel, I’m not really sure I’d read the sequel. I thought the book would be a continuation of this one considering it really ends on a cliffhanger and doesn’t give a resolution. I see that the 2nd book in the series features two different people, I don’t get it.

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