Booktuber Lovin Tag

Hello fellow bookworms!

If you have read my post about my favourite booktubers you may know I watch every single video that Julia Sapphire publishes, she is one of my favourite booktubers and I believe she deserves all the recognition in the world. She recently created a tag called “Booktuber Lovin Tag” and I thought about doing it here even though I was not tagged.

Here they are, the booktubers I spend my days watching videos from:

1// who was the first booktuber you watched?

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Haul // stationery, book and clothing

Hello fellow book lovers!

In the last weeks I’ve been doing some shopping, I bought some (much) stuff and as some of that stuff is awesome I’ll share some of those things with you. I’ll try to link everything but there are some things I bought at local stores so I won’t be able to do that.

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Pink T-shirt from Bershka : link

White T-shirt from Bershka : link

White Sweatshirt from Stradivarius : link

Tree Choker from a store in my town : you can see in the main picture

Green Parka from a store in a town near me

Koala Pijama

Backpack that stole the rest of my money

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American College USA Binder

Blue notebook from ancor

Mechanical Pencil

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Post-it notes

Bic Highlighters 

Box of paper clips

100 pages of Lined Paper

 

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A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab : goodreads link // store link

Vintage Notebook : store link // I present you my next journal

 


 

And that’s a wrap, this post was very quick but I love to watch and read about hauls, I find them so entertaining.

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Top 5 Thursday: Fall Book Recommendations

Hello fellow book lovers!

I am struggling with finding new ideas for this series, I could switch and do the normal Top 5 Wednesday but Thursday is a better uploading day for me.

Fall is coming, you know what that means? The coziness of being warm inside while it’s raining will hit you and you’ll feel like reading more than you ever did BUT there’s certain things (aka work and school) that will get in your way, as always.

So here they are my book recommendations, even though I have not read the majority of this books, they all screm: FALL!

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by Karen M. McManus

Goodreads Link

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Top 5 Thursday: Cover changes that blessed my soul // Fantasy

Hello fellow bookworms!

I bet you’ve already experienced the horror of having the hurge to buy a book, walking to the bookstore to get that beautiful book you saw on that booktube video and all of a sudden you see the book and it’s so ugly that you, actually, want to burn it (just kidding). I know that felling, I feel it from time to time!

But today, as the title already told ya, I won’t be talking about cover changes that ruined my aesthetic but book covers that changed and, actually, blessed my pour soul.

Here they are, the top 5 fantasy reads that changed their covers for something much more pleasing to the eye.

 

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by James Dashner

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The first cover is the original cover of this book, the second one is the movie cover, which is the one I have. The original covers are good in the rest of the series, but I can’t stand the first one, I believe the second one is a more realistic version of what the maze looked like.

 

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by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads Link

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I do not have a problem with the original covers but the ones they released some years ago, you know, the ones that make the Hogwarts Castle when they’re alined are so much better.

My Harry Potter collection is a mix of many editions, I do not own the first book in physical format, I own the second one in english in this Bloomsbury edition, I have the third and fourth in the beautiful edition I just talked about, my fifth book has a british adult edition cover and I do not own the last ones yet.

 

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by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Link

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You have eyes, you can see it, the original cover is super ugly and the second one has EVERYTHING to do with the book.

 

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by Rick Riordan

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Let me tell you that I do not own a single Percy Jackson book but if I ever did, I would own the covers that came out most recently because the others are UGLY! I am not judging the books, the books are amazing, but the original covers… not so much.

 

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by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads Link

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There was nothing wrong with the original covers but I saw these new ones in a video from Hayley In Bookland and they are so pretty and so shiny.

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#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up and Why I Am A Failure

Hello fellow bookworms!

Today I’ll be sharing with you the books I read for #TheReadingQuest, if you want you can go ahead and see which books where included in my TBR, but that doesn’t matter anymore because I read only 1 book from there.

I am writing this as fast as I can while I am waiting for the email that is going to tell me if I’ll be a student in the university I want, reason number 1 why I am doing it: IF I DON’T DO SOMETHING I AM GOING TO DIE OF ANXIETY! Reason number 2: If the email says a bad thing, then I’ll curl up in a ball and I’ll never blog again or do anything else.

Here they are, the book I read for #TheReadingQuest or, as I like to call it, one more reason why I suck.

 

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Can you see the little squares saying “A book set in a different world” and “The first book of a series”? Right there, those are the reasons why I fail, because I didn’t even complete my path!!

A book with a one word title

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

 

A book that contains magic

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling

 

A book based on mythology

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

 

Open World // Read whatever you want

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Expantion // Read a companion novel or short story

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

 

Mini-Game // Read a graphic novel, a novella or poem collection

It starts like this : a collection of poetry by Shelby Leigh

 

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I actually don’t need to do this because I am not competing for the prize but I am doing it anyways.

 

EXPERIENCE POINTS: 70 EXP

HEALTH POINTS: 196 HP

Number of pages: 1962                      

Level: 2 

 


 

And that’s a wrap, it took me 3 hours to make this whole post and the email hasn’t come yet. I’m going to read Cinder, I hope I can finish it before this readathon ends.

UPDATE: It is now almost 11pm of the next day and I just want to say that 1) I didn’t finish Cinder and 2) I got into the college I wanted!!

Did you participate in #TheReadingQuest?? If so, how many books did you read? Did you enjoy it?

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Hogwarts House Book Recommendations // Ravenclaw

Hello, fellow bookworms!

Let’s take a moment for you to applaud me because I am writing this post with a week in advance, meaning: I am writing this post that is going live in a week because I’ve no idea of what I’ll be posting this week… Yeah! 😁 Besides, I promised myself I would only watch the new Teen Wolf episode after blogging.

I’ve already posted my book recommendations for my house mates, Gryffindores, and for the loyal, Hufflepuffes, today I’ll be recommend books to my sister’s house, Ravenclaw.

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

 

This book doesn’t have the most wise characters but this series made me wiser, I was, basicaly, the only person who knew who Antaeus was in my class (even though I kept my mouth shut when the teacher asked because I’m too shy).

My Rating : 4 stars // Goodreads Link // Review by @gowithflick

 

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

Just because Mare doesn’t take shit from anyone…

My Rating : 5 stars // Goodreads link // Review by @abookutopia // Book Trailer 

 

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A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

 

 

My Rating : 5 stars // Goodreads link // Review by @storiesforcoffee

 

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

I am currently reading this book and I am enjoying it so far // Goodreads link // Review by @abookutopia

 

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The Playslist Book Tag

 

 

Hello, fellow bookworms.

Today, I’m going to do an exciting tag, the playlist book tag sums up two of my favourite things ever: books and music. I listen to music every day, I literaly breathe music, I did a post only dedicated to my favourite music at the moment.

Let’s skip the babbling and get to the point, here are the songs that remind me a lot of books I’ve read.

 

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“Cut back down to my knees
Gotta get back, gotta get free
Cut back down to my knees
Lean back now, lean back and breathe”

 

 

 

 

I am going to be 100% honest with you and tell you that there is not a reason for me to relate this song to The Raven Boys other than I heard it first in a fan video about the opening credits of this series’ adaptation. Fan Video link.

 

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“And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got
A lot of fight left in me”

 

 

 

 

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“The more I stray the less I fear
And the more I reach the more I fade away
The darkness right in front of me
Oh it’s calling out and I won’t walk away”

 

 

 

 

 

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“A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they’ve got planes and trains and cars
I’d walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
And we’ll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way”

 

 

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“I’ll hold you when things go wrong
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
Baby, I am right here”

 

 

 

 

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“I’m headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean

I’m headed straight for the castle
They’ve got the kingdom locked up
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut”

 

 

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Top 5 Thursday: Stand Alones I want to read ASAP

Greatings fellow bookworms!

I want to read so many books but the time to move into college is getting closer and the stress is not helping.

Actually, I don’t read stand alones that much anymore, I used to read them all the time, because I used to read contemporary all the time (let’s insert a gif of me rolling my eyes in here 🙄). Now I read more series and trilogies because I read more fantasy and there are not many stand alones in fantasy as there are in contemporary.

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August Wrap Up and September TBR

Hello, fellow bookworms.

Today I’ll be sharing with you the books I read in the month of August, in which I didn’t read as much as I planned, and my September TBR, in this month I plan to read as much as I can before going to college.

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As I already said, August was not the best reading month for me, I was planning to read 10 books in this month and I ended up completing only 6.

I tried to keep up with my TBR for #TheReadingQuest, but it was impossible, I completed one book from my original TBR and I’m thinking about craming some of the books I read in some other challenges, we’ll see in ten days when I finally post my wrap up for the challenge and realize I failed it.

 

 

🍃 The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Goodreads link

🍃 The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – even though I gave it 4⭐ when I reviewed it // Goodreads link

🍃 Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Goodreads link

🍃 The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Goodreads link

🍃 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Goodreads link

🍃 The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Goodreads link

 

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I already read 41% of Blue Lily, Lily Blue and even though I wanted to finish it in August, I decided to give myself a reading break in yesterday’s afternoon, watch some movies and work on bullet jounal for a bit.

I’ve heard that this book is the best out of the four and I’m really enjoying it so far. I have to say that Maggie Stiefvater is the queen of prologues, the first pages of her books are THE BEST! Also, as I go on with this series, I’m able to see more and more about the relashionship between these characters and I love them so much.

 

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🍃 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater // Goodreads link

🍃 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda // Goodreads link

🍃 The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Goodreads link

🍃 These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner // Goodreads link

🍃 The Archived by Victoria Schwab // Goodreads link

🍃 Cinder by Marissa Meyer // Goodreads link

🍃 Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder // Goodreads link

🍃 Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas // Goodreads link

🍃 The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh // Goodreads link

🍃 Graceling by Kristin Cashore // Goodreads link

 

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July Wrap-Up

Top 5 Thursday: Fantasy series I want to read

The Reading Quest Sign-Up Post and TBR

Bookish Gifts

Top 5 Thursday: Books That Have Personal Meaning To Me

The Harry Potter Spells Tag

Antecipated Releases For The Rest Of 2017

Poetry Recommendations

Top 5 Thursday: Favorite Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire Quotes

Get To Know Me Book Tag

Top 5 Thursday: Music I’ve Been Loving Lately

Hogwarts House Book Recommendations // Gryffindor

Top 5 Thursday: Things On My Bookshelf That Aren’t Books

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover // Review

 


 

This is it for today, I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know your opinion if you have read any of the books listed above.

I want to thank all of you for reading my posts, I never thought I would still be blogging by now because I lose interest on things very quickly, but I am loving it and I am planning on doing it for a long time. 😘

Have yourselves a very happy month of September. 💜💜

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover // Review

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Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published: May 7th 2013 by Atria Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.34 stars

Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

 

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I’ve been afraid to read this book for a long time, I guess it was because it dealt with a different topic and that topic scared me a bit. My godmother gave me the Hopeless duology (Hopeless and Finding Hope) as a graduation present and a week ago, I decided to forget the fear of being devastated by this book and I read it.

I am not going to say that it was the best book and because of that everyone should read it, but it was a good and unique book and I believe everyone should read it.

I’m going to tell a bit of the story for the people who have not read this book and then I’ll tell you my thoughts in every single sentence in this book.

We are introduced to a character named Sky as she prepares to go to school for the first time, she’s a 17 year old, but her life is a bit different from other teenagers’. Sky was home schooled, she is not allowed to have a phone, to watch tv or interact with any form of technology due to the fact that her mum doesn’t believe in technology.

Sky wants to go to college but she understands that she need some credits that are only given to her in high school, the plan is to go to school for only a couple of months, get the credits and get out. But, even though she doesn’t want to admit it, going to school becomes a difficult task now that her best friend is studying abroad in Italy during that semester.

Alone, in a school that is full of rumours and mean girls, our main character has to work hard not to let her emotions show, not to let them know how she really feels, I mean, how she doesn’t.

But Sky’s life turns completly upside down as soon as she is “chased” by a guy named Dean Holder in the supermarket, a hopeless boy with a temperamental personallity, that hides a secret that will break her.

It was really nice to see the relationship between Holder and Sky evolve and become that strong and adorable romance full of twists and turns. Overall, it was a really nice emotional roller coaster.

I must admit that the writing is not the best, the environment surronding the plot is not something we have never seen, but the two main characters are both really intense and so are their problems, the plot is really unique and so is the fact that the author took a taboo topic and made it the main story in this book.

I almost forgot to say this, but even though Hopeless is a very intense and heavy book, the characters are really funny, especially Holder and Sky, so don’t be scared by that.

Something I really enjoyed was something that not many contemporary authors are able to do, and that is the fact that I already new the secret that Sky kept from herself, but for the life of me, I would never expect Holder’s secret to be the one it turned out to be and the second half of the book will throw so many surprises at you, you’ll end up on the ground.

 

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If you have not read Hopeless yet, I recommend that you leave this post as soon as you can, unless you would like to be spoiled (yes, there are people who like to get spoiled and I was once one of them).

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I had many problems with this book, atcually, I pushed myself to read it and I’m glad I did, because that second half of the book was a freaking emotional roller coaster and all the surprises that happened in it were what made me like this book.

Firstly, I want to start by saying that the way Colleen Hoover wrote this book was not the best, I used to read fanfiction on wattpad and in the beginning the writing style looked similar to the one I found on that website. As the book went on, I don’t know if it changed or I got used to it, but the writing got better.

Something I really struggled with was the main character, when I was first introduced to her I thought “This character is really pissing me off and I don’t like her”, but again as I aproached the middle of the book, she became more relatable and I realised that she was really unique as a character.

But there were really good points in this book, Hopeless was based around Sky’s story of an abusive father and I think that abuse is something that we don’t see that much on literature, it’s kind of a taboo topic on contemporary.

Almost everyday, we hear about monsters like Sky’s father on Tv, hurting their children or even strangers and I guess we need more awereness about this topic, thousands of kids are living the same things as this book’s main character and that is a monstrous thing. There are many things you can use to protect yourself from monsters like him and if someone is abusing you, physically or psichologically, tell someone, even if you don’t trust the people around you, you can tell nurses or doctors around you, they’ll help and that person will suffer for the rest of his life and you’ll be safe again.

Besides the unique topic this author talked about, I really apreciated, again, the fact that she surprised me so many times, I had no idea of many things surrounding Sky’s life since her mum died.

The thing that really surprised me was, of course, the fact that Karen kidnapped Sky and even though she lied to her daughter for 13 years, I really understand Karen’s motives, she was abused by her brother and she didn’t want him to keep doing that to her niece. Besides, I really enjoyed when Holder told Sky that he only blamed her mother for not taking Less too, I think that was another important thing I really liked about Holder.

The fact that Sky didn’t remember who she was until she was addopted by Karen was a really nice thing and it added so much mistery to the book, you are learning about Sky’s past as she remembers and I guess that is what really sucks you into the story.

There was another thing I didn’t like that much in this book, but it gave a realistic vibe to it, it was the fact that Sky’s father died instead of going to jail and pay from his crimes. Jail is full of criminals but even they can see how horrible child abuse is so rapist don’t blend in very well, when rapists go to prison they suffer until the end of their days. That is what that man deserved, to suffer like Sky suffered, and Less, and Holder and Karen. Death is too good for monsters like him.

The last thing I’ll talk about is Holder and Sky’s romance. Their story is filled with adorable and cheesy stuff that I really liked, even though I am not a huge romance fan, this couple’s moments gave me butterflies. Holder is the temperamental guy that everyone loves because actually he is an adorable cinnamon roll, and who doesn’t like to read a story with that guy in it?

Overall this was a good book with some flaws and a story that felt very real.

 

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“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

 

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

 

“It’s real, Six. You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.”

 

“Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choices feels the least wrong.”

 

“What do you do when you’re bored? You don’t have
internet or TV. Do you just sit around all day and think about how hot I am?”

 

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I found this poster and I thought about sharing it here, I think this is going to be on my wall soon.

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I’m almost sure, no one will make it to the end and read the 1300 words I wrote. Why do I need to make gigantic posts?

If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it and if you didn’t let me know if you’re thinking about reading it.

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