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Bookish Things I Do When I Can’t Sleep

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Sleep and I kind of have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. On those nights, if I can’t get back to sleep right away, I’ll find something to do to occupy my time until I start feeling ready again to go back to sleep. More often than not I’ll engage in bookish activities.

One bookish thing I do when I can’t sleep is (of course) read whatever I’m currently reading. It helps make progress, especially if I’m behind.

I’m a list maker by nature, so I’ll ponder bookish thoughts of future TBRs I want to. I love to plan and it’s fun to think about upcoming reads I’m excited for.

Speaking of planning ahead, if an idea strikes, I’ll try to come up with blog post ideas or work on drafts of posts.

Can’t sleep? Behind in writing reviews? Now is as good of a time as any to get those done!

And, finally, when I can’t sleep, I do what I do best: look up new books to read and add to my never-ending tbr.

So when sleep eludes me I try to make the most of my time and get things done. Or, you know, just lay there and hope to get back to sleep soon.


What do you do when you can’t sleep? What’s your routine for a good night’s sleep?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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My 300th Book Review: Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

 

My Review: Recommended For You is an endearing story full of bookish charm with a hint of romance.

At first, I was worried because I was 70 pages in and was getting a little annoyed by Shoshanna’s childish behavior. But I continued reading thinking maybe I was missing something.

Shoshanna is an energetic bookworm and very impulsive. She will say or do things that get her into trouble, but her actions are usually backed by good intentions. She’s a kind person and I love her deep enthusiasm for all things books. Shoshanna is a real teen with teenage problems. I really felt for her when her problems kept piling up.

The progression of Shoshanna and Jake’s relationship was cute and pleasant. Like Shoshanna, Jake came off as unlikable at first because of his standoffish-ness, but I also grew to like him. He is a real cool guy.

The diverse representation among the characters was great to see. I liked that the story took place during the week leading up to Christmas. It’s one of the busiest times of the year, so that added to the tension and drama escalating between Shoshanna, Jake and other characters.

I would totally recommend this book to others (I am sorry not sorry about that pun hehe!). It’s a quick, light read with a lot of emotional depth and a good story.

Thank you for reading my
300th book review!

I really appreciate it 😊

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

What are some books you wish your younger self could have a read?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is: Books for My Younger Self.

“These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.”

This is a great prompt because I have learned and grown so much from the books I’ve read. There are definitely books that I wished younger me could have read when life was (still is tbh) full of misgivings, worries, and an abundance of questions.

  1. Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
  2. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  4. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
  5. Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  6. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  7. Emmie & Friends (series) – Terri Libenson*
  8. Mustaches For Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
  9. The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson
  10. Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

*First, I’m including the entire Emmie & Friends series by Terri Libenson as one (because I couldn’t pick just one!).*

And then the other 9 books I’d give to my younger self:


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Book Review: The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

 

My Review:
The Bookworm Crush was as bookish and adorkable and sweet as can be! It’s a cute story of finding one’s inner strength and figuring out what matters most.

Amy is a Bookworm with a capital B and romance is her lady jam, so I’m already in love with her character. I instantly connected with her and could relate to who she is as a person. She’s a quiet badass from the start but of course she doesn’t see how great she is. Her character development to bring out that inner badass – that hidden confidence in herself – is so well-done and organic.

Toff is popular and a people person. He’s good looking and a gifted surfer. Too much of a jokester though, which at times makes him unlikable because it greatly affects Amy emotionally and mentally. There is depth to Toff that was interesting to see unfold.

As the story progress I think Toff too finds more about himself than he realized. His character is just as complex as Amy’s. Both must brave uncharted territory and there’s a shared fear that neither of them realizes. It makes their romance that much sweeter and I think challenges them to face the problems that happen.

There’s just so many good moments to love about this book, like the scenes with Amy’s little trouble-making brother and the funny nick-names Amy, Toff, Viv and Dallas have for each other. You also have a great cast of characters, a solid plot that has many intricate strands woven together, emotional tension that keeps you on edge, and a wholesome romance that tugs at all the bookish heartstrings.

The Bookworm Crush was a good standalone novel and I enjoyed reading it.

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What A Wonderful Book Community We Have

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

If you’re feeling anxious at all today, just remember the wise words from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata” and the sage advice by Dory from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.”💕😊💕

You’ve probably are hearing this a bazillion times a day, but I really do hope everyone is doing alright.

I love this community a lot and I’m glad we all have each other to keep our spirits up. We’re not just bonding as fellow book nerds, but are bonding as a people as well working together to achieve the same goal.

We are stronger together.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!!! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s prompt is: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

This list was actually really hard to come up with. I had to look way way way back in my Goodreads shelves. This is list has mostly books I’ve read and a few that I have marked “to be read.” I picked books that are either standalone novels or books from series that can be read as standalones without feeling lost.

Here’s my list:

 

Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors–one welcome, the other decidedly less so–the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

 

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters #6)

Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years she’s returning home, a courageous, forthright woman. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara is desperate to see his only son, married to Maeve’s sister, return to the Otherworld. To force Lord Sean’s hand, Mac Dara has caused a party of innocent travelers on the Sevenwaters border to vanish—only to allow their murdered bodies to be found one by one.

When Maeve finds a body in a remote part of the woods, she and her brother, Finbar, embark on a journey that could bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign—or lead to a hideous death. If she is successful, Maeve may open the door to a future she has not dared to believe possible…. 

 

Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

 

One Enchanted Evening by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget #5)

A duty-bound knight has taken on the task of rebuilding the most dilapidated castle in all of England. 

A costume designer gets her chance to shine by showcasing her fairy- tale designs at an upscale party in an authentic medieval castle. 

And the magic that whispers along the castle’s hallways is about to orchestrate an improbable happily-ever-after.

 

One Magic Moment by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget #11)

Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister…800 years in the past. She’s determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can’t help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.

 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

 

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters #5)

The young seer Sibeal is visiting an island of elite warriors, prior to making her final pledge as a druid. It’s there she finds Felix, a survivor of a Viking shipwreck, who’s lost his memory. The scholarly Felix and Sibeal form a natural bond. He could even be her soul mate, but Sibeal’s vocation is her true calling, and her heart must answer.

As Felix fully regains his memory, Sibeal has a runic divination showing her that Felix must go on a perilous mission-and that she will join him. The rough waters and the sea creatures they will face are no match for Sibeal’s own inner turmoil. She must choose between the two things that tug at her soul-her spirituality and a chance at love…

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crow #1)

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone….

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt

At the end of every schoolday, new teacher Mr Van der Steg entertains his pupils with tall tales of incredible events, which he claims really happened to him – involving hungry lions and haunted castles, shipwrecks and desert islands. One day, when he can’t think of anything suitably exciting to tell them, he invents a story about a very important letter which he’s expecting that evening, with news of a perilous mission. Evening arrives and so, to his surprise, does an enigmatic letter…

And so Mr Van der Steg is drawn into a real-life adventure, featuring a grumpy coachman, a sinister uncle, eccentric ancestors, a hidden treasure, an ancient prophecy and Geert-Jan, a young boy who is being kept prisoner in the mysterious House of Stairs. Although the treasure rightfully belongs to Geert-Jan, his uncle is determined to seize it for himself. As Mr Van der Steg, with the help of his pupils, sets out to rescue the boy, he becomes more and more entangled with the strange history of the Seven Ways, the House of Stairs and the powerful Conspiracy of Seven.

 

Ten Apples On Top! by Theo LeSieg

“A hilarious story in rhyme about a number of animals who could carry 10 apples on their heads.”– Elementary English


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This or That? – 10 Bookish Questions

Below are 10 questions asking which of the two mentioned things would you prefer (or neither, or both). All of these questions have to do with bookish preferences. I tried to think way outside the box for some of these.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment down below. Let’s geek out together like the booknerds we are!


Do you prefer…

1)Hardcover or Paperback books?

2)Multiple POVs or One POV?

3)organize your books Genre or Rainbow order?

4)Contemporary Romance or Paranormal Romance?

5)Standalone novels or Book Series?

6)reading Inside or Outside?

7)read when it’s Quiet or Noisy/With White Noise?

8)Love-Triangles in books or Enemies to Friends/Couple?

9)Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

10)Buddy Reads or to Read Alone?

I prefer paperback but I don’t mind hardcovers. I prefer to following one POV through a story. I would prefer to organize my books in rainbow order because it would make more sense to me. I love book seriesI’d much rather read inside. I need to read in a quiet space. If it’s done right, I prefer books where the two MCs go from enemies to becoming a couple. I like short chapters because I feel like I’m reading the book faster and I tend to read more in one sitting when they’re short. I’m very picky about what I read so I prefer to read alone.

How about you? What bookish things do you prefer?


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Swoon-Worthy Book Titles

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There something about a well-worded book title that gives you goosebumps or are so uniquely original. Titles are one of the key factors of a book. It may or may not hint at or describe the book as a whole. Their affect is critical for readers, writers and publishers.

Today, I thought it would be fun exploring those book titles that I just love the sound of and make my writer’s heart swoon. Bonus, I’ll include links to the books I’ve reviewed on this blog. (Note: * = books read but not reviewed on blog).

A Well-Timed Enchantment

by Vivian Velde Vande

Alphabet Under Construction

by Denise Fleming
my review

Caraval

by Stephanie Garber

Darkest Mercy

by Melissa Marr

Down and Across

by Arvin Ahmadi
my review

Field Notes on Love

by Jennifer E. Smith

From Twinkle, with Love

by Sandhya Menon
my review

Frost Like Night

by Sarah Raasch
my review

Ice Like Fire

by Sarah Raasch
my review

Mustaches for Maddie

by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
my review

Snow Like Ashes

by Sarah Raasch
my review

So You Want To Be A Wizard

by Diane Duane

Strange the Dreamer

by Laini Taylor

The Astonishing Color of After

by Emily X. R. Pan

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
my review

The Fault In Our Stars

by John Green

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Names They Gave Us

by Emery Lord

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli

The Very Thought of You

by Lynn Kurland

Thirteen Rising

by Romina Russell

Turtles All The Way Down

by John Green
my review

Wicked Lovely

by Melissa Marr

With All My Soul

by Rachel Vincent

Zenn Diagram

by Wendy Brant
my review

King of Scars

by Leigh Bardugo

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

by Angelo Surmelis

We Hunt the Flame

by Hafsah Faizal


What do you like about book titles? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? If so, let me know in the comments below.


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