Books

May Reading Wrap Up

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In the month of May I read a total of 10 books. Yup, I was a little sad in the month of May and had some free time to really read whatever I wanted. So let’s go through it.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I really enjoyed the idea behind this novel. It deals with all those children that wentEveryHeart through magical portals into other lands but don’t know how to live within the real world anymore when they return. It’s a little gruesome in some parts but I really liked the writing. It left me wanting more, and the shortness of this novel is what made it lose a star. I really wish it had been a full book.

I gave this book four out of five metal horns!

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Grit by Gillian French 

Grit was a good little mystery novel following Darcy, her cousin, and her sister as they work in blueberry fields during the summer. GRITThe story includes the mystery behind her best friend who went missing the summer before. It has a wonderful cast of characters, but I had some issues with the writing. All in all it was still a good story, and if you’re looking for a YA mystery then give this one a shot. I have a full non-spoiler review on my blog as well.

I gave Grit three out of five metal horns:

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

One thing you should know about me is that I absolutely cannot stand Cassandra Clare. 23299980I will leave it at that because I know so many of you love her. I gave this book a chance because I have been looking for a fun middle grade read. This was fun, but not a fresh idea (surprise surprise) I also didn’t care too much for any of the characters. I tried to focus on the fact that someone other than Clare also worked on this novel because if I focus too much on Clare I realize just how much she doesn’t have a single creative thought that is all her own.

I gave this three out five metal horns.

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

I continued onto the second book in the series hoping it would get better but I was in for 13612962a rude awakening. This second book felt like such a blatant copy of Harry Potter (flying car included) that it made me cringe the entire time I was reading it. Once again proving that anything written by Clare is just not for me. I despised this second book with every fiber in my body. I have read many magic school books that have received great reviews from me (Black Magician Trilogy and The Name of the Wind) This isn’t a case of “you compare every Magic School book to HP” it’s a case of lazy writing.

ONE out of five metal horns for me

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb 

This was one of my absolute favorite reads this month! The world that Robin Hobb has 77197built is so fascinating and beautiful. This is the start to her massive series that is made up of a few different trilogies if I am not mistaken. The Farseer trilogy is the beginning of it all. It’s where you meet Fitz for the first time and become so engrossed in his life and story. I loved every page.

I gave this a full five out five metal horns!

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Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley &others

This graphic novel has been popping up all over the place in the book community. In snotgirlother words, it’s been really overhyped, and maybe that’s why I didn’t like it so much. The story follows Lottie who is famous online. She’s also vapid and shallow beyond belief, and I understand this is a flawed character but she irritated me and made the entire story less enjoyable. This story has some potential, so MAYBE I will continue it later on, but for now I am not that interested.

I gave this three out of five metal horns.

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How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

This is not a self help book, but it is a wonderfully empowering book from a female 31202835who’s had to overcome her own issues and obstacles to reach the top. While some aspects of this novel were repetitive, I think Lilly Singh’s advice is coming from a place of love and experience. Her success didn’t happen over night, and she let’s you know that right from the beginning. Anyone who’s trying to follow their dreams should give this a shot.

I gave this four out of five metal horns

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Chew by John Layman

This graphic novel follows Tony Chu who is cibopathic, that basically means he gets chewpsychic impressions from what he eats, and as a detective he starts to eat bits of people to solve crimes. SOUND FAMILIAR? yea, to me it’s iZombie without the zombie factor. Chew is a great graphic novel on it’s own, but the idea isn’t fresh. It takes a pretty gruesome turn, and if you do not like really graphic stories with tons of blood and such I would keep away from this one.

I gave this four out of five metal horns.

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I needed another mystery/thriller in my life this month so I picked up The Woman in Cabin10Cabin 10. In the story you follow Lo who is on a small cruise ship for a job assignment as a journalist. It is on this trip that she wakes in the middle of the night to screams and witnesses a body being thrown overboard. Or so she thinks? She is supposed to come off as an unreliable narrator and she certainly is, but I had the ending figured out about half way through, which took the fun out of the book.

I gave this three out of five metal horns.

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

This is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy and we now follow Fitz as he’s getting a bit RoyalAssassinolder. The political intrigue of this novel has grown a lot and had be hooked right from the start because I was so desperate to know what happened after the ending of the first novel. I have to admit that I am ashamed that it has taken me so long to become a Robin Hobb fan, but a fan I have definitely become. I have started the third in this trilogy now, and I can’t wait to read them all!!!

This was a five out of five metal horns for me

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That’s what I read in the month of May. Tell me what you read in May, or comment and leave links to your own wrap ups!

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Goals for 2017

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Most people have been busy making new years resolutions, but this isn’t about that. There are things I have been working on in the past few months that I want to continue. There are things I want to better and things I just want to move past. I think as humans we can choose to make a change at any point during the year, but there’s something about a new year that feels like life is handing us a clean slate.

Reading Goals

In 2016 I read a total of 102 books. It’s a nice number. My goal was to read 100 and I surpassed it by 2. It’s fine for me. This year I have a similar goal, and while I marked my goodreads reading challenge at 100 books once again, I am aiming towards 80-100. I keep the goodreads goal because it keeps track of other statistics, not because I want to read more than someone else. Reading has always been a passion for me, and I am not here to compete with anyone. Also I want to read different genres than what I typically read–my main love is fantasy novels. I also want to read more diversely. Two of my favorite books of 2016 The Hate U Give and American Street(which will release next month) are diverse and wonderful reads, so I want to continue on that path. I also want to read more history and nonfiction novels this year.

Writing Goals

I am still revising and adding to my first manuscript. I am okay with that. I don’t want to write crap into my second draft just to say I am writing. I am constantly making notes of what I want to add, and this year I want to officially finish it, and begin to seriously shop it around. I also have a short story contest I am entering, and I am prepared to do some wonderful research for my second book. Writing for me is a long term goal, something I want to spend my life doing, and as such I want to put in a lot more hours into it. I want my stories out there, not for fame, but because I think there are plenty of others who may actually connect with them.

Life Goals

There is a lesson I have learned through the years that not everyone is going to like you. You can be as sweet as a summer’s peach and someone will still try to find some kind of flaw within you. As such, I will continue to speak my mind whether people find it endearing or find that I am a massive bitch makes no difference to me. I was raised to speak up when I find that something is wrong, and how people take it and react to it says more about them than it does about me. I don’t need to be loved by all. I know very well who matters in my life.

2016 marked the year I broke down and got the real help I needed for my mental health. It has been making a world of difference in my life, and I will continue on this journey to bettering myself. Mental Illness is not a joke, a punch line, or something to be ashamed about. If you are struggling, take care of yourself properly. As frustrating as it may seem at times, good mental health requires medication many times, and THAT IS OKAY! It also requires a push from within, and sometimes that’s the hardest part to find. Just do it for yourself, and you will see a world of difference.

Work wise, I want to find a place that respects me and gives me a real chance to prove myself. The most frustrating thing in the world is knowing you can work well at something and not being given a chance to show it. I have plans…and I will see them through this year.

I hope 2017 brings all of you love, health, and some hope. I feel like we all need a little dose of hope after 2016. Put family and friends first. One day you will regret it if you push everyone aside. Life is short and should be spent giving love an comfort, Not Hate.

Hugs and Peace for all.

Books

October 2016 Reading Wrap Up

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Time for another monthly wrap up. October was a really great reading month for me. I sort of devoured quite a few books. I still have to write up a few full reviews, but I will give you a short run down of what I thought of each. So let’s begin.

My Lady Jane

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This book made me laugh quite a bit. It’s a historical fiction novel that took it’s genre straight to heart. It’s exactly why I loved this book so much. If I read a historical FICTION book looking for historical facts, then I might as well read a textbook. Fiction means it’s all made up, and man is this made up! It takes the story of the nine day queen, Lady Jane Grey and just freely runs with it. There’s a magic element to the story, there’s humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and think if you’re looking for a fun read that this is it!

Rating: ratefive

How it Went Down

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How it Went Down was such a heart breaking read for me. It tells the story of the aftermath of when a young black man gets shot by a white man. It’s told from multiple points of view, and you get to know the story through the eyes of different witnesses, and friends and family. I wrote a full review for this book and I think it’s an important read that should be shared with so many people. Sometimes you need to step out of your little comfort zone, and learn something new. Read this book!!

Rating: ratefour

Milk and Honey

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This was a book of poetry. Powerfully worded, and moving poetry. I don’t know what else to say because this book spoke to me on a very deep level. Even if you typically do not read poetry, I still recommend this book.

Rating: ratefive

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

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Keeping with the theme of the previous book I mentioned, this was also a poetry book, but this one spoke to my very soul! It was just so amazing that I read it twice. I HIGHLY recommend it, and really think every woman should give it a glance at least once. This is another one that I don’t know how to explain why I loved it, because it touched my soul in a very deep and personal level.

Rating: ratefive

Kindred Spirits

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This was a lovely little novella by Rainbow Rowell. If you’re a fan of her novel FanGirl then I would say you would love this too. It was a fun quick read, and I enjoyed the main character’s mini fangirl adventure. It’s based around the premiere of the new Star Wars film, and how she’s one of three people waiting in line for the first showing at her local theater. I don’t want to go into much detail, but I had fun with it.

Rating: ratefour

A Head Full of Ghosts

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A Head Full of Ghosts was such a good creepy read!! It was the perfect October spooky read, but even though October is done, you should still pick this up if you’re in the mood to get scared. The story focuses on two sisters, and the older one is showing signs of possession, or is she? It was a wonderful mystery and many scenes left me wishing I hadn’t decided to read it before bed. Check it out!!

Rating: ratefour

Rat Queens Vol.3

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Rat Queens quickly became one of my favorite graphic novel series, but I held off reading this one because I saw that quite a few people seemed disappointed by Volume 3. Not to be swayed by the general public, I decided to finally pick it up and read it. Sadly I have to say it was my least favorite of the bunch. Not only has the art changed but I found the writing to be lacking. I still recommend this series, but volume 3 is just not the best one of the bunch.

Rating: ratethree

Mockingbird Volume 1

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I am constantly on the lookout for badass mother fuckers, especially of the female variety because well I find myself in those characters, also all females are pretty badass and I feel we need more female driven stories. The writer of this series took to Twitter to talk about her female driven comic, and then was harassed so bad by anti-feminist trolls that she left twitter. It was how I even discovered this comic series which Marvel cancelled before viewing the sales of the paperback edition. Well thanks to those anti-feminist trolls, the comic hit number one on Amazon for Marvel comics. Maybe Marvel will reconsider now? Maybe not. But we need these female driven stories!! Comics are not just for guys and any dude who thinks otherwise needs to get a reality check. I really enjoyed this series, and highly recommend it!! Maybe we can save it!

Rating: ratefive

Black Butler Vol.1

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I’ve been trying to read different Manga, and seeing which ones stick. I enjoyed this strange story. I read it in German, because simple language works best for me at this point, but I still thought it was fun and unique. I may pick up volume two this weekend! If you want to recommend any Manga, please comment down below!!

Rating: ratefour

Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians

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Honestly, I don’t know if I can eloquently explain how much I just did NOT like this book, so I will probably take a less than eloquent path. I started this series with high hopes. I love Middle grade adventure series and this just sounded like such a unique idea. The unique idea is why this isn’t getting one star, and that hurts to say because I typically adore Sanderson’s writing. This was just trying too hard to be something that it isn’t. I found myself rolling my eyes quite a few times. It was difficult not to make Harry Potter comparisons when the main kid was raised outside of the magical world he belongs to (orphan), and then you had a side character who was highly interested by ordinary items, but they still confused him (sounds like Arthur Weasley and his fascination with muggle items to me) Don’t know, it just felt somewhat forced storytelling after the first 30 pages, and I lost interest rather quickly. I will not continue with this series.

Rating: Metal Horns

The Stranger Game

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This book was sent to me the publisher, but this in no way impacts my views.

I want to write up a full review of this novel because it certainly deserves one. I think if you are looking for a mystery novel with twists and turns, then you will like this fast paced YA read. I read it in one day, and I have no regrets. I will be posting a more in depth review soon, spoiler free of course!

Rating: ratefour

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Again? YES! Don’t judge me asshole!

I love this series, and recently bought the second illustrated edition. Was going to read it, and then thought to myself, “Well why not start a reread?” and so I did. It doesn’t take much convincing to read this series.

Rating: ratefive

In total I read 12 items in the month of October. I am not sure how much I will get to read in November but I am only 8 books away from meeting my goodreads goal for the year. What did you read this month?

Books

Aug./Sept. Reading Wrap Up

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Man oh man, I really suck at writing up Wrap ups, but in my defense after I decided to start writing these up, my life sort of went on this downhill tumble for a minute. Things are looking up and I am finally getting back into the swing of things. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this summer. In fact in the month of August (the month we moved) I only got around to reading Manga volumes. September was a little better, but the end of the month was a bit busy, so I didn’t get around to finishing a couple of books that I thought I would. Let’s begin!

August

Death Note Volumes 2-9

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Oh Death Note, you started off so strong, and then I have no idea what the fuck happened. I really loved the dynamic in the beginning of this story. It was thrilling, and just well done, but the further into the story I got, the less I enjoyed it. It became such a convoluted mess that by the time I finished Volume 9 I decided not to continue the series. I googled how it ends, and felt satisfied doing so. It could have been done in such a better way, and I am still mad as hell at how they fucked it up so bad at the end.

Rating: ratethree (average for the entire series)

September 

Warbreaker

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Warbreaker was a great book!! Brandon Sanderson is becoming one of my top ten favorite writers, even though for some reason I wasn’t a huge fan of the Mistborn series, or at least not the first novel. I have enjoyed his other books a lot more so far. Warbreaker has a wonderful magic system, gorgeous world building, and the best characters. It was a bit slow paced compared to some of his other stories but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rating: ratefour

The Female of the Species

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The Female of the Species took me by surprise. It was sent to me by Harper Collins INTL, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but in the end I loved it so very much. It takes a very hard look at rape culture, and how females are perceived in these situations. It faces these hard topics head on, and takes you into a whirlwind of emotion. It’s an important read and I think many young women and MEN should be reading this novel.

Rating: ratefive

Pottermore Short Stories

Oh you know by now anything Harry Potter and I have to get my hands on it instantly! These short story collections weren’t exactly anything particularly new as they all came from the Pottermore archives and info, but I never had the chance to fully read everything from the site so a lot of it was simply amazing for me to read. I love how expansive the wizarding world is, and how much information J.K. Rowling has for us. Some people keep bitching (including some authors out there) that if it wasn’t in the original series then it doesn’t count, but I say FUCK YOU to that bullshit. Here’s why: J.K. Rowling spent YEARS writing very detailed background information about each character, even the smallest of the small characters have some back story, and they’re her characters it’s her world and she can expand upon it, say whatever she wants about it and you can like it or you can shut it. People were mad about Dumbledore being gay,and how it was never included in the story but then wanted her to clearly state that Sirius was gay and when she said he was straight and crushed everyone’s fan fiction dreams, they got mad as well. Make up your minds, is she allowed to talk about her characters or not? Well, actually let me reiterate that SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANTS BECAUSE THE STORY IS HERS. I personally love all the things she adds to it, and I loved reading this three short ebooks. I am all about PROMOTING what I love, and IGNORING what I hate.

Rating: ratefive

The Sea of Monsters

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This is the second book in the original Percy Jackson series, and I have never read the full series. When I read the first book I actually wasn’t sure if I would continue on because I didn’t really love it. Then when I wanted to read the new Trials of Apollo book that was released, most fans said that I should Read this series, and the second series in the same world before jumping into that novel. So here I am trying to get through this series. I still don’t know how I feel about Percy Jackson. This book was more enjoyable than the first, but lacked something for me as well.

Rating: ratefour

Orange: The Complete Collection Vol.1

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I enjoyed this Manga. Orange has a bit of a Sci-Fi touch to it that makes the story really intriguing. There are really sweet moments, but also extremely sad moments as well. It certainly hooked me in instantly and I will hopefully read the second complete volume as well in October. It did lose a star because some aspects of the plot felt a little repetitive. I do recommend this one to any Manga lovers out there, or even anyone looking to get into Manga.

Rating: ratefour

Cold-Forged Flame

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This was a short story that I bought on my Kindle. It starts off pretty mysterious and it hooks you in rather quickly, but as a continued to read it, my interest began to wane. It’s a little over 100 pages long, and It felt rushed and almost a little bit pointless towards the end of the story. I would categorize it as fantasy. I have read Brennan’s work in the past and I think maybe I am not a fan of her writing style. It’s a quick read if you’re looking for something to entertain you on a short train trip or plane ride, and maybe you will enjoy it more than I did.  I just think that with a strong main character (which shall remain nameless since that is revealed way into the story) this could have been seriously fleshed out into a much bigger and better story.

Rating: ratethree

So That is what I read the past couple of months. I think October in general will be a better reading month, as I now have a bit of a commute on the train to work, and can get some more reading time in during the day. I currently have My Lady Jane, More Happy than Not, How it went down, and a Head Full of Ghosts going, and should finish them all this month. Let me know what you read in September and if you read any of the things mentioned above! 🙂 I love to hear other points of view.

 

 

Book Reviews

The Wrath and the Dawn – Book Review

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (I am glad this is a blog and not a youtube video, because I would butcher her last name, I am so sorry) was the first book I read from the books I chose from my summer reading challenge. It was a great first read and first choice. I have this fear now every time I decide to read a super hyped up Young Adult novel, that it will be disappointing but this one was surprising. It was actually worthy of all the hype.

This story is about Shahrzad (Shazi) who wants to take revenge on Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, why, you ask? Well quite simply, or not so simply put Khalid has married about 100 women, each dawn after the wedding, the women have been killed. The last one was Shazi’s best friend. This is when she volunteers to marry Khalid. She wants to be able to break the cycle of murder and innocent lives lost once and for all.

Khalid has his own secrets, and as you go through this book, you realize there’s so much more to the story.

This book is a retelling of 1001 nights, and the greatest thing of all is the beautiful descriptive language used, you practically feel like you are within the palace walls.

Here’s the surprising factor for me. I have mentioned before that I am quite tired of the romance and love triangles in young adult novels. Coming from a hopeless romantic that’s really saying something. The truth is though, that I LOVED the romance in this book. It’s not cheesy and it’s not lame. It shows real conflict of emotion and real feelings in the characters. You will fall in love with them, even the secondary characters, who were actually some of my favorites from all the books I have read.

I highly recommend this book. It pulled me in and did not let me go. I read it in a couple of days, probably could have finished it sooner if I had the time. Really go out to your local book store and buy it, buy it on your kindle, or head to your local library.

This one gets four out of five metal horns from me.

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Book Reviews

The Diviners – Book Review

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Guys…Gals, I am about to get really hyped up about this. I am going to tell you what I think of this book, and I think very highly of this book. I read it so fast, and kept having a hard time putting it down. Let me tell you why, cuz why else would you read this review?

This story is about Evie O’Neil who gets shipped off to New York, for reasons you shall discover when you read it. (cuz ya will!!…probably…maybe.DO IT) She has to live with her uncle Will, who is absolutely obsessed with the occult. This is really where the fun begins, but even the opening of the story is pretty damn creepy.

The story takes place in 1926 and Evie gets mixed up in some occult and mysteries of her own. She has a supernatural power that she tries to keep a secret, but when a murder occurs and her uncle gets called to help with the investigation Evie gets thrown into a world of craziness.

The book is written in such a wonderful way that you feel that you’re being transported back in time. Some of the scenes in the book are so creepy that I actually had a moment where I didn’t want to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night to pee. TMI…I know but seriously all the little shadows as I walked out of the room really creeped me out after reading this book.

I am really looking forward to the second book that comes out soon (August 25, 2015) and I hope it is just as creepy!!! I absolutely recommend this book!!!

This one gets 5 out of 5 metal horns from me!!

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Books

Summer Reading Challenge

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I love to read! I can hear all the sarcastic “REALLY?!” from here.

So I see so many people who are participating in reading challenges, or creating their own, and so I decided to make one for myself, but then thought it would be so much fun to share it with all of you. So a lot of these challenges have a lot of rules, I have some suggestions and one rule.

My suggestion is to have fun with this. No point to stress about what you will read next. Also If you need book recommendations for any of the items on the list, please ask me, I am sure I can help you.

One rule, you can only use a ONE TIME PASS where one book that fits into two categories can actually knock out both those categories. You can only do it ONCE so make it count. Any questions…again please feel free to comment below with your questions.

so here is the challenge:

1. Read a book written by a new female author. 

2. Read a thriller or horror book.

3. Read the first book in a series you’ve been meaning to start.

4. Read a fantasy novel.

5. Read an extremely hyped up Young Adult novel.

6. Read a classic novel.

7. Read a book that has a movie or a tv series.

8. Read a graphic novel.

9. Read a novel with diverse characters.

10.Read a summer themed or beach themed novel.

I will be picking out my books tomorrow and will share my choices with you all. Also you do not have to read the categories in order. MIX IT UP!!! and most importantly HAVE FUN!!! Also share this challenge with your friends or followers!! The more the merrier!!