A BOOK : Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

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This is the book series that took my coworkers and I by storm for some odd reason this year!

I started it because I was craving a fast paranormal series and was asking my coworker for suggestions. She suggested this and paired with knowing my other coworker really likes this author I was like heck yea! Now that you have the back story that you probably don’t care about as to why I started to read this…

So Some Girls Bite is set in modern day Chicagoland area in a world where people know vampires exist and they kind of live together peacefully. Of course there is going to be TENSION because vampires need blood to survive and all, but for the most part everyone has their shit together and while the peace dynamics are on shaky ground, they are somewhat stabilized.

Now enter Merit, our main character. She’s living with her roommate happily going about life, whennnnn she is turned into a vampire. Without her permission. This is a big deal, because in this society you NEED a human’s permission to turn them, plus, Merit comes from a pretty fancy-pants family (however, she is not on good terms with them).

From there she is quickly introduced to the world of vampirism and all of the facets she never paid much attention to. As she is sinking into this world, there is still the mystery as to who turned her, as well as why she is… a little bit different than the other vampires.

It’s that difference that made me really like the series and also drove me a little bit nuts in the book. Because she is a little bit *too* special, you know? But it makes for an interesting story PLUS there is one facet about her that I’m REALLY curious about, that I don’t want to go into.

The series is a little bit sexy and a lot of fun and very much a good escapism read. At least this book! I’m not going to lie, I haven’t progressed much further into the rest of the series yet.

So if you’re looking for a good vampire series book to TAKE YOU AWAYYYYYYY try Some Girls Bite!

A BOOK: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

B L O G M A S  D A Y   19

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I would classify The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia as just plain and simple fun. It’s set in St. Louis (hurray Midwest!) and is about a girl who doesn’t really have her life together given a mission to solve a mystery. Why is she chosen out of all of the real life detectives and non-detectives of the world? Dahlia isn’t really sure. But she’s getting paid, so she’ll take it!

This is a pretty straight forward mystery as she starts with trying to solve the first issue (who stole a super-powered sword in the online game Zoth?), which eventually leads down a very tangled mess that involves MURDER. Dun dun dunnnnnnnn

What’s unique to this book is all of the gaming references. Because it deals with a mystery that deals inside of the virtual game as well as bleeds out into the physical realm, some of the story also takes place in the game which is neat. Also you get the fun and interesting tension of how the characters in the book do or don’t overlap with the characters they play in their game. In that aspect, there is a little bit of similarity with The Guild where you explore the group dynamics.

On top of the mystery, there is a little bit of romance thrown in, plus super strange characters that you aren’t sure are strange because that’s who they are or if it’s because they have SECRETS!

So if you like mysteries that are a little bit more cozier, like millennial characters, and/or are interested in online gaming… The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss might be for you!

Five Friday F[th]oughts 12/18

B L O G M A S  D A Y 18

  1. My coworker has been playing The Sims 4, and he has been updating me on his family (he’s been playing Mortimer and Bella Goth). It is truly my FAVORITE thing ever to listen to, and I have been spending far too much head space on his fictitious family.
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  3. Last night (Thursday) I ended up getting sidetracked talking to the guy that runs the fitness center in my apartment complex. He almost seems like a character from a book or movie because he is so passionate about his job. What qualifies a person to be a character in a book/movie and what doesn’t qualify them? Just the amount of time I think about them and spend time figuring out which book they relate to the most?
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  5. How do you know which situation calls for the bravery to say something or the bravery to stay bite back certain words? Is it whichever is harder?
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  7. I want to start a tradition of baking a certain cookie or thing every year at Christmas (or maybe a different time of year), so in 50 years I can say I’ve been making this one recipe for 50 years. It’s a lot of pressure to commit to a recipe though… I feel like it should connect with my history, so I should make pizelles but I kind of traumatized myself with that one… I had some trouble following my grandma’s recipe and it was the great pizelle disaster of 2012. Maybe I will try again. Or maybe I will try a cookie a month, and whichever one I enjoy the most I’ll stick with for that month for the rest of my life. :)
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  9. I’m having a hard time having the concentration to fall back into a book, so I’ve been between books this week. I might be starting Loving Day or A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Oh, I don’t know!

That’s all for today – thanks for stopping by! :)

A BOOK : Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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This little beauty snuck its way into my life, and ended up being a top favorite for the year. It’s about a girl who is basically allergic to the world and needing to stay in an uncontaminated environment. As a result, her life is pretty limiting. At the start of the book she has turned 18, and she has lived her entire life in her house with just her mother and her nurse for company. She has managed to make a life out of her life, but when new neighbors move in next door she realizes she might want more out of her life– whatever the cost.

So time to parse everything out!

1- I love the formatting. Included throughout the story are just little scraps from inside Madeline’s head- diagrams and definitions and an “insert” of a few journal pages from when she is 8. It fit with the flow of the story so well and as a result it didn’t feel gimmicky. It helped crystallize Madeline’s character and what she was going through.

2- The tone of this was beautiful. At its core it’s about living– what constitutes it, and what doesn’t? What happens when you want more than what you’re given? What do you do?

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

3- In many ways, it was so so so sad. I think I mentioned this in my top ten tuesday which featured this book on that list, but I was most definitely crying in public. But it’s not the most depressing book in the world, because….

4- MY GOODNESS CUTENESS OVERLOAD. There were lots of cute moments with a certain boy… and some surprisingly some extremely attractive moments over little things.

5- Speaking of which, I LOVE the dialogue between Olly and Maddy. It was adorable. Especially because since the girl is trapped in her house, they can’t do much else than talk and their conversations are so much fun.

Everything, Everything is definitely a must read if you like interesting characters put in interesting places.

Take a look at it on Goodreads!

Do You Bullet Journal?

I don’t. But I want to. Soooooooooo badly.

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B L O G M A S   D A Y  16 !

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Okay, so bullet journaling. It’s this method of organizing your life in a notebook, and you have complete control over how it’s set up and what you keep track of. It also looks really useful in maintaining your life and actually getting things done.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW:

Except you don’t have to do it the way the officially man says you should do it… you can do it HOWEVER YOU WANT TO.

If you have a spare 30 minutes and you find watching people share their journals/planners online, this is my FAVORITE video ever:

I am about to say the word you a lot. Know that in this instance, when I say YOU I really mean ME ;).

Her flip through just gives you so many ideas and so many ways to actually keep track of your life. I like how she had looking at her budget on her habit tracker. Actually, I love that you can SEE her habit tracker!! She shares that with you!! And her goals!!! You can see it and get ideas for YOUR life too! And her doodles are super cute and she has really great handwriting and man.

I just wish I had the commitment to actually follow through with this. I tried to bullet journal a little bit ago– and it just flopped. Part of it is because I always decide I NEED to bullet journal in life right while I’m in the middle of TOO MANY THINGS TO DO so I don’t spend enough time prepping ahead of time. Also my desire for it needing to look PERFECT flares up, so then I start to not want to write anything in fear of making it messy. Or. I pre-write things in a separate notebook, and then copy it down into the notebook after, so it takes forever because I have to write everything down twice. haha.

So maybe I will start again. If I do I’ll update you all. Or maybe I won’t and I will be scouring bullet journalists on their websites, youtube channels, and intagram feeds.

Regardless, YOU’RE WELCOME FOR THAT FLIP THROUGH VIDEO. It is the best.

Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

B L O G M A S   D A Y   15

Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday in which they ask a question and you list your top ten answers.

Today’s Question:

Top Ten Best Books We Read In 2015
Originally I was trying to participate in #libfaves15 where librarians count down their top ten favorite books of the year however I have learned I’m bad at tweeting daily so that fizzled for me quickly. One of the stipulations of that is it has to be published in 2015. I however am going to choose things published any year.
In order of when I read them, starting with the beginning of 2015….
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Red Rising by Pierce Brown
It was such awesome world-building and I love the undercover aspect of this. If you’re looking for great dystopia/sci-fi with underdogs, battle, and revenge read this!
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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabe Quintero
Gabi is one of my favorite characters of the year. This is told in journal format and it just felt so achingly real. All of Gabi’s worries and insecurities and hopes and joys and issues were down on paper. It’s a girl who loves to write trying to navigate her way through high school dealing with terrible family stuff, confidence, friends, and romance. So good!
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The Family Life by Akhil Sharma
This just did so many interesting things. It’s a story about guilt and immigration and family. This also had one of my favorite “resolutions” of the year. If you have read it, that might sound weird, but I feel like it was just very much an echo of life in a way and for this that worked. A lot!!
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Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani
Well this book will wreck your heart. But goodness, gracious, if you love beautiful writing you should read this.
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Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
I did not think I would have a book about cannibals on my top favorite list…. but this was so good! Love LOVE the main character and I’m not going to lie, but the ending is one of my favorites. Is it spoiler-y to say you like the ending? I don’t know. If so, I’m sorry!
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The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
This is a really sad sad sad sad middle grade book about a little boy who decides to run away to the mountains with his dog. It will make you cry.
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The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
Just so stinking beautiful!!
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Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes
One of those stories features a woman who starts pretending to be a lesbian so she can work at a lesbian sex shop. It’s an eclectic story collection and loved what it explored.
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
 Just finished this YA book this week– WOW. I. Loved. It. so. stinkin. much. Cute and I started to cry in public as I was reading because terrible things were happening and I was that emotionally invested.
THIS WAS SO HARD.
I read so many good books this year!  I hope you did too!

A BOOK : Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t by Nadja Spiegel

B L O G M A S  D A Y  14

So today I finished a short collection of stories by Najda Spiegel titled Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t.

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These stories are hard to describe. A lot of them are super short– by the time you gather your bearings they’re done. They focus less on plot and character development and more on trying to express a specific emotion and quirk of a character.

Some of the stories truly have a WTF factor, but in the end a lot of them just seem to quietly cut out the aches of life and display them for you. This is a more serious sad collection, perfect for a cold grey day where you want to exist in a sensitive state.

Also. The title captures the essence of this collection PERFECTLY.

So if you want to read something filled with very poetic writing brimming with emotion, and if you want to read something that’s a little quirky… then you should add this to your to-read list!