February Wrapup + March TBR


Read:

  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak *review*
  2. What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  3. The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  4. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  5. The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  6. The Rise of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  7. Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  8. The Fall of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  9. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  10. The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  11. The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  12. The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson *review*
  13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky *review*

TBR:

  1. A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
  2. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1) – Christopher Mannino
  3. The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo
  4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Wanderlust: Beautiful Libraries


Books are kind of my thing, and I love traveling and want to go everywhere. Here are some gorgeous libraries around the world <3

Trinity College Library, Ireland

Codrington Library, England

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Jay Walker’s Private Library, USA

Skywalker Ranch Library, USA

Raza Library, India

found from Mentalfloss.com

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky


The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Release Date: February 1, 1999

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 213

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


2 out of 5 stars

I don’t get it. I’m honestly very confused about this book. This is the second time reading this; the first was in 2013. This book wasn’t awful, but I didn’t like the writing style, I didn’t connect with the characters, I don’t feel too bad for the characters. Yes, of course I feel bad for Charlie about what happened when he was a young boy, but I really don’t understand why this book is so popular.

The book starts out by having Charlie writing to his “friend,” whom he doesn’t know, about his life. Within the first few chapters you deal with abuse, homosexuality, and everything in between. This book didn’t really hit home for me. The first time I read it I was appalled that anyone would even write a book with any of the topics covered, but then again, I was in 6th or 7th grade. I can understand where some people could connect with Charlie because of some of he issues he dealt with, but I didn’t. Like at all.

People love this book more than anything. I’ve heard from at least three people that this is their favorite book of all time just in the short bursts of reading at school. I’ve heard of people rereading this book multiple times just to have their “moment of infinity” again and again. This book has an average rating of 4.20, and has been rated 793,215 times on Goodreads. This makes me question whether people actually love this book or are so set in the mindset that they have to love this book.

This book is very talked about. It is obviously rated very high on Goodreads, and I’ve heard so many people talking about it at school, work, online, YouTube. Everywhere people put this book on such a high pedestal, and I think some people are told they have to like it because it is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I mean you have to, right?

You don’t. Let your individuality show through with the books you read. You don’t have to “fit in” with your peers just because they loved a book and you didn’t. I don’t disown someone for having their own opinions about books, so why would someone judge you?

Overall, I think a lot of the topics that were covered in this are very touchy, and that’s part of the reason this book is so highly acclaimed. Everyone loves a little bit of provocative writing. It gets people talking. I didn’t love this book, but I can understand why some would love it.

What are your thoughts on this book?

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Going Into Books Blindly


I love reading, obviously, but I hate knowing the entire plot before starting a book. A brief synopsis? Fine. Being spoiled? NOT OKAY.

It is basically my motto to ‘go into books blindly.’ I hate knowing what is going to happen at every moment. I hear people talk about books on BookTube and get interested by just hearing a small review of the book. I honestly don’t usually even read reviews of books before I start them. I love not knowing what it’s about and figuring it out as I go.

Of course I’ve had bad experiences with this, but it is okay to stop reading a book if you don’t love it. Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and bought Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi. I don’t even know what it’s about really, but I know that Whitney from WhittyNovels on YouTube LOVES this series, and I like books that she likes. I trust her judgement, so I bought it and plan on reading it soon.

The best is just going into a bookstore and reading the synopsis and buying it if it sounds good. It’s okay to not read reviews to make sure you’ll love it. Reading is a fun hobby, so being spontaneous with it is cool.

Do you go into books blindly, or do you read multiple reviews before buying it?

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #8-11) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

5 out of 5 stars

I love Magnus and Alec together, and this is the story I was most excited for. Malec is my favorite ship from The Mortal Instruments and it’s super nice to see them interacting again. You’ve also never really seen their interactions clearly because of the multiple storylines, but it’s so fun. It’s really great to read about a relationship that is so new and so beautiful. I love Magnus and Alec so much. I love that they’re sweet to each other and that they love one another for who they are. Oh my gosh, it’s just so cute and romantic. Magnus went to all the trouble of imagining what Alec was feeling throughout the short story, and I just can’t handle how cute it was. So much love for them.

 

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

4 out of 5 stars

This hasn’t been my favorite story, but I really enjoyed seeing Valentine when he started being who he is. I love seeing Magnus, and I get that this whole book is about him, but it’s cool to see him helping people instead of just being glittery. I also enjoyed seeing Jocelyn and Clary when they were younger. It was just so cute and Tessa was there. Tessa was wearing a shirt that said “William wants a doll.” Yes, it was about being a feminist, but it’s because she hasn’t strayed from Will and it’s just perfect. I love Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices and it’s just… oh my gosh I love them.

 

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

5 out 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say about this because it’s been my favorite novella so far. I love Magnus and Alec together and they are my favorite couple from the whole Mortal Instruments series. I loved seeing them interacting on their first date and how perfectly awkward it was. I loved every second of it and I just want a whole book about Magnus and Alec. They make me so happy. I just get a giddy, girly, squealy feeling when I read about them. The kissing scene. My gosh. I just want them to be together forever and ever. I love them and I love their first date story. It’s so fricking cute.

 

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

3 out of 5 stars

I did not want to relive that traumatic experience of the situation that is not to be named between Alec and Magnus. I really did not want to deal with that pain again and I’m still not over that part. I literally hated reading that, but it was pretty okay. I love Cassandra Clare and I can’t wait to read Lady Midnight because more Shadowhunters. I GET TO MEET HER IN OMAHA AND IM SO PUMPED. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book overall, and can’t wait to read more from her!

 

Series:

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

The Rise of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

Saving Raphael Santiango (The Bane Chronicles #6)

The Fall of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

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TMI Tag


I’ve seen this on Youtube, but since I have no Youtube channel I decided to copy Mysterious Beauties and do it on my blog! Also, I don’t think you guys know a lot about me, so here we go :)

  1. What are you wearing? Old Navy pajama bottoms and a school football sweatshirt.
  2. Ever been in love? Yes. Right now :)
  3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Nope, currently dating my first boyfriend. Solid two years at the end of the month.
  4. How tall are you? 5’4″ on a tall day.
  5. How much do you weigh? 130ish. I’m extremely muscular and dance a lot a lot a lot.
  6. Any tattoos? I wish. I want to get a word on my forearm in typewriter font. I’m thinking a word in Italian because I’m going to Italy as the first time I’m going out of the country! THIS SUMMERRR
  7. Any piercings? My double lobe piercings but I really want to get a cartilage piercing with a little hoop.
  8. OTP? Magnus and Alec. Simon and Izzy. Claire and Jamie. Tessa and Will. Tessa and Jem. Aubrey and Will, wait what.
  9. Favorite show? Hmm. I love Criminal Minds, but I’m also really loving Shadowhunters right now. I’ve watched every episode of Pretty Little Liars. The Fosters is fun to watch. Ummmmm. I like Say Yes to the Dress. I enjoy decorating shows on TLC.
  10. Favorite bands/artists? 5 Seconds of Summer. Taylor Swift. Ed Sheeran. Halsey. Selena Gomez. Michael Jackson. He is We.
  11. Something you miss? Harry Potter World in Orlando. It was so nice and warm and extremely magical.
  12. Favorite song? Stressed Out – Twenty-One Pilots. Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez. Colors – Halsey.
  13. How old are you? 16.
  14. Zodiac sign? Taurus.
  15. Quality you look for in a partner? Intelligent. Common sense. Sassy/sarcastic.
  16. Favorite quote? “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
  17. Favorite actor? Blake Lively. I love her so much. She’s so gorgeous and so fricking talented.
  18. Favorite color? Blue to look at, black to wear.
  19. Loud music or soft? Depends on the situation. I love dancing to loud music, and driving with loud music, but I love listening to records as background noise.
  20. Where do you go when you’re sad? My bedroom. I usually lay down when I’m sad. I also Facetime my boyfriend if I’m sad.
  21. How long does it take you to shower? 10 minutes.
  22. How long does it take you to get ready? 15 minutes for school, 15-60 minutes for anything else.
  23. Ever been in a physical fight? Nope.
  24. Turn on? I really love sarcasm.
  25. Turn off? A ton of piercings. I really don’t like gauges, personally.
  26. The reason I started blogging? None of my friends actually listened to my book recommendations, and I love talking about books.
  27. Fears? Birds. As dumb as it sounds, I’m terrified of birds.
  28. Last thing that made you cry? Not getting the part I wanted in a dance audition.
  29. Last time you said you loved someone? Today when I dropped Mark, my boyfriend, off at his house after jazz band practice.
  30. Meaning behind your blog name? I’ve always said ‘point taken,’ and I dance on pointe shoes, so it made sense.
  31. Last book you read? The Book Thief. Beautiful beautiful book.
  32. The book you’re currently reading? Oh boy. The Bane Chronicles. A Long Way Gone. Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Ghost Bride.
  33. Last show you watched? The Fosters.
  34. Last person you talked to? Through texting, Mark, but verbally my parents.
  35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted? We’re dating.
  36. Favorite food? Sushi.
  37. Place you want to visit? ENGLAND. Those of you who are new here, welcome, but I talk about England wayyyyyy too often, but I LOVE IT.
  38. Last place you were? My high school band room for jazz band practice, then the gas station to fill my Jeep with gas.
  39. Do you have a celebrity crush? Hmm. Blake Lively for my woman-crush, but Jake T. Austin.
  40. Last time you kissed someone? Today.
  41. Last time you were insulted? Monday when I found out I didn’t get the dance audition spot I wanted.
  42. Favorite candy? Cherry Jolly Ranchers.
  43. What instruments do you play? Clarinet and tenor saxophone.
  44. Favorite piece of jewelry? A pearl necklace from Dogeared.
  45. Last sport you played? Soccer through my school last spring. I also dance throughout the year, am in color guard, and football cheerleading. I don’t really consider any of those sports; they’re athletic, but not sporty.
  46. Last song you sang? Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez
  47. Favorite pick up line? “We’d be a great pear.” *holds up pear*
  48. Have you ever used it? No, but Mark has. He works in produce at a grocery store.
  49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Hmm. I have no idea.
  50. Favorite activity? Dancing, blogging, reading, drinking black tea with milk and sugar, updating Goodreads.

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Favorite Apps


Today will be another non-bookish post, but I think that they’re fun sometimes. I’ll be talking about my favorite iOS apps I have on my phone!

  1. Goodreads
    Need I say anything other than ‘Goodreads’?
  2. Snapchat
    I don’t use it super often, but I do love the filters :)
  3. Buzzfeed
    Oh my gosh I love Buzzfeed. I read all the trending posts every single night. So much fun.
  4. Color Switch
    I think that this is my favorite game right now. My high score is 30 currently *peace sign emoji*
  5. Trivia Crack
    I currently have like eight games going at once with my boyfriend. Sorry, not sorry.

What are some of your favorite apps?

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