– Monthly Recap: September 2015

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Happy last day of September! I hope you had a great month!

Unfortunately, September was a busy month for me, so I didn’t get to read as many books as I wanted to.
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5 Books Read | Favorite:

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I started listening to Zella Day, and it was the best decision I’ve made all month! Here are a few of my favorite songs this month:

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Modern-Family

Modern Family: I’ve watched this show before, so I’ve been jumping around throughout seasons. Modern Family is so fantastic, and I’m in love with this. If you haven’t watched this before, I would highly recommend.

Because I started school again, I haven’t had a lot of time to catch up on my other favorite shows, including Once Upon a Time!

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So, how was your month? Tell me everything!

– Teaser Tuesday (#5)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is from:

 Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

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It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

Add it to your Goodreads

Here’s the teaser:

“‘The title refers to war,’ I say. ‘We’ve explained that before.'”

– Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Liked The Hunger Games (#7)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here.

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Of course, you have probably seen this title everywhere. Maybe you Googled this exact phrase. Though, personally, I think my list is a lot better than those you find on Google. If you loved The Hunger Games, check out these books too.

  1. Enclave series by Ann Aguirre
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  3. Wither series by Lauren DeStefano
  4. The Testing series by Joelle Charbonneau
  5. The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey
  6. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  7. Legend series by Marie Lu
  8. The 100 series by Kass Morgan
  9. Not a Drop to Drink series by Mindy McGinnis
  10. Angelfall series by Susan Ee

So, what do you think? Do you agree with my list? Disagree? Leave your thoughts below!

– Book Tag: Unpopular Opinion

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I’m just going to start off saying that I actually wasn’t tagged for this. But it looked fun, and I’m, like, a week late, so who cares? Let’s get started!

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If I Stay and My Life Next Door just didn’t really do it for me. Although, I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone in like, eighth grade when I really wasn’t into YA at all, so maybe one day I’ll try to read (and perhaps enjoy) it again.

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I never actually finished the Twilight series, so I can’t form a complete opinion on it (except that Edward’s creepy and Bella gets pregnant), but I really, really enjoyed The Host. I hope that Stephanie’s working on the next one!

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I absolutely adored this series. Unfortunately, Stalker and Deuce did not happen (or it did for a mere two scenes), which made me incredibly sad.

Also, Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren would have been SO good together. Shame.

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ParanormalI’m just not really into the whole vampire/werewolf/fairy thing. One exception is the Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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I honestly didn’t like Tris that much. Or Four either.

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I’ve only read If I Stay and I just thought it a little bland. It almost made me cry though, so I suppose that’s an okay sign.

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Love at first sight. Honestly, The Statistical Probability was incredibly well-written, which is why I really liked it, but I don’t believe in love at first sight. But I don’t know.

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I read the first one, but I just couldn’t get into the rest. I do like the covers though, so maybe I’ll try again one day.

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I honestly did really like the books, but the series has so many new and unique characters that I’m totally in love with.

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What do you think? Do you agree with any of my unpopular opinions? Leave a comment! Also, if you haven’t done this tag yet, and you want to, please do! It was so much fun!

– Stacking the Shelves (#5)

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Happy Saturday! Hope you had a good week! Here are the books I received this week:

eARCs:

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Physical ARCs:

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What did you get this week? Leave a comment or a link to your Stacking the Shelves!

– Why “Meninism” is a Joke

Recently, someone in my grade came to school wearing a “meninist” shirt. The first time I heard this, my face cringed, and I really, really, supremely wanted to punch this guy in the face. Maybe kick him in the place where it doesn’t shine. 

Anyway, thank God, one of the teachers at school saw the kid’s shirt, and the teacher totally called him out on it. Bless this teacher. I haven’t seen this kid wearing this shirt again, but if he does, I’m going to seriously bitch him out.

Now, there was a reason why I got so angry over this. If you don’t know, “meninism” branched out from a twitter account with now over a million followers (why) and basically makes fun of the feminist movement. Obviously, this is a problem in so many ways. This account, and the supporters/followers, undermines all that feminists have done for women in the past. For example, it completely erases all of the issues that are REAL and VALID, such as the wage gap, slut-shaming, and rape culture. Feminism is not a joke. Gender inequality (and more, but I’ll talk about this in another post) is a serious issue.

What makes me so upset about this fad is that all “meninism” does is make fun of feminism. It doesn’t discuss any issues that men have to go through either, such as the fragility of masculinity, self-harm, etc. It’s so ridiculous and sad that everything this account says is so incredibly misogynistic and sexist, and some people actually support this! What’s even more upsetting is that some girls also support and follow this account. This is so disrespectful of everything women have done to get the rights that we have today, such as voting and being able to learn!

If you are a “meninist” or if you honestly support their ridiculous ideology, fuck you.

– Waiting on Wednesday (#6)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine.

It is to share upcoming releases that bloggers and readers are excited about!

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This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is:

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

Add it to your Goodreads

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What are you excited about this Wednesday? Leave a comment or a link to your own WoW!

– Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR (#6)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here. 

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I’m sure you have work or school that sometimes gets in the way of free time. Nonetheless, who doesn’t love a great book to take you away from the stress of the outside world?

Hence, here are top ten books on my autumn TBR to read.

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What books are on your Fall TBR? Leave a comment!

– Ebook Deal & Giveaway: Extraction Series by Stephanie Diaz

Happy Monday!

Today, we have a great deal going on where you can buy the first two books of the Extraction series with a low price for a limited time! And by the way, look at those beautiful covers!

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Evolution, the third and final book in the Extraction series, went on sale on September 8th! The series is officially complete! You can buy your copy on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, Apple iBooksBook Depository, or at your local indie!

To celebrate Evolution’s release, the first two books in the series — Extraction and Rebellion – are on sale for only $2.99 each for all e-book formats! This sale will only last for a limited time, so snatch up your copy now! And read on to find out how to win prizes by spreading the word.

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Buy Extraction for only $2.99:

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Buy Rebellion for only $2.99:

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But that’s not all!

GIVEAWAY:

Stephanie has launched a special giveaway to coincide with the e-book sale. Help spread the word about the sale on social media and you will be entered to win:

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ONE GRAND PRIZE:

– (1) signed hardcover copy of Evolution,

annotated with behind-the-scenes facts and series secrets

– (1) limited edition LEGO Clementine model

– (1) limited edition LEGO Logan model

– signed swag

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.

How do you enter?

(Yes, you can earn more than one entry, but no more than 1 entry per option):

On Instagram:

Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture (see above), link to the Instagram account @StephanieEDiaz, and tag it #BookBargain and #YAReads.

You can also regram Stephanie’s Instagram post here. 

On Twitter:

Tweet the following message: DEAL ALERT! Grab of @StephanieEDiaz’s EXTRACTION and REBELLION for only $2.99 each for a limited time!

You can also retweet Stephanie’s tweet here.

On Facebook:

Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture on this page, link to either http://www.steph-diaz.blogspot.com or one of the books, and tag it #BookBargain.

You can also share Stephanie’s post here. 

On Tumblr:

You can reblog Stephanie’s post here.

The book sale will last for one month, but Stephanie will be selecting one winner for the giveaway on Monday, October 5th to receive the grand prize! Thanks all for participating!

– Stacking the Shelves (#4)

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Happy Saturday! Hope you’ve been having a great weekend thus far…

I’m really excited about this week! I’ve gotten a few more review copies and paperbound copies that I want to share. Let’s get started!

eARCs:
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Thank you, HarperCollins, Simon Pulse, and Edelweiss for the review copies!

Paperbound:

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What did you get this week? Leave a comment!