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Hello everyone! I’m sorry I’m not posting much anymore. I’ve been in a massive slump, and I’m just waiting it out, since nothing I try to read helps. ūüė¶

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I moved all my unread books over to a shelf I got at a garage sale. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, but I know they’ll be read eventually. *cries*

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Books I Read Because of the Online Book Community

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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
This is a YA fantasy dystopia that focuses a lot on romance. This trilogy was on¬†booklr a lot. I’m not going to lie, I only read this book because of the cover.
Click here to read my review.

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski
This is YA fantasy about a girl who falls in love with a slave, who is undercover to start an uprising. I used to see this trilogy lot on Booklr, and once I started seeing people say “Don’t read this trilogy because it’s problematic!” posts everywhere, I did the opposite and read the first book.
Click here to read my review.

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is a New Adult romance author. Hopeless is her most popular book to date. Her books are pretty popular amongst romance readers.
Click here to read my review.

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is a YA romance dealing with depression and suicide. When this first came out it was compared to The Fault in Our Stars (one of my favourite books) and Eleanor & Park (one of my most hated books). Since I kept seeing it everywhere, I needed to find out for myself if it was worth the hype.
Click here to read my review.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children¬†By Ransom Riggs
This is a pretty popular YA paranormal book that has been around for a while, and is always brought up around Halloween.
Click here to read my review. 

 

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Books to Read Without the Synopsis

darkmatter

Dark Matter is a adult science fiction thriller about multiple realities.

thegirloffireandthorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a unique YA Fantasy trilogy with POC. Be sure to read the novellas with this series.

uprooted

Uprooted is a high fantasy standalone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a dragon with scales or fire breathing abilities.

salttothesea

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel about the ship Wilhelm Gustloff.

thefaerieguardian

The Faerie Guardian is the first book in a clean YA fantasy romance series about the Faerie realm.

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Books I Had a Hard Time Reading

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I marked this DNF around 41%. At first, it was unique and I found the plot and setting interesting. Once the characters became teenagers, I got annoyed and started hating them.

The plot painfully slow, and I got bored, so I decided not to finish it.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is going to come as a shocker for a lot of you, but I didn’t like Red Rising. Merge The Hunger Games and Uglies, and put it on Mars, and you have this book. I marked this DNF around 39%.

Again, annoying characters, and slow plot.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I love the Grisha Trilogy, but I just couldn’t get into this. I got 31% through before I couldn’t read anymore.

Interesting characters, but slow plot. I might try again someday, but it’s unlikely.

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The first 15% was interesting, but then I got bored with all the travelling that went on for about 30% of the book. I read 48% before the mile long descriptions started to annoy me.

I felt zero connection to any of the characters, and someone spoiled the series finale for me when I was reading this.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I don’t remember when I tried reading this, but I remember my mom and brother both read and loved it, so I tried reading it and couldn’t get very far into it.

I didn’t like the movie either.

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Now for the books I finished and had a hard time reading.

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I had a really hard time reading and finishing Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have very little desire to pick up another one of her books (aside from The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy).

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Sarah J. Maas did an outstanding job writing ACOTAR and ACOMAF. A Court of Wings and Ruin just didn’t live up to its predecessors and bored me silly. Maas can’t write consistent character personalities at all either, and almost ruined Rhysand for me.

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Another SJM book I had trouble with was Queen of Shadows because I HATE what she did with the story and with all the characters.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green is probably one of the most pointless books I’ve ever read.

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I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss soooo much, I devoured it in one sitting. Lola and the Boy Next Door was cute. I was dying for years to get my hands on Isla and the Happily Ever After and kept waiting for Stephanie Perkins to post updates on its release. My expectations were so high and I was so disappointed.

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Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

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  1. A Song of Ice and Fire is a very intimidating book series that I’m afraid to start because it’s long, and because it isn’t finished yet.
  2. My brother is a big fan of The Sword of Truth series and has been wanting me to read it for ages, but the length of both the books and the series as a whole is scary.
  3. The Kingkiller Chronicles is not only unfinished, but the books are pretty hyped and I’m afraid I’ll hate it.
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series I’ve been wanting to read since I was in middle school, but for some reason I’ve never touched a single book.
  5. The Old Kingdom series has intrigued me for years, but I forget about until I see it.
  6. The Others Series sounds so good. I have the first book on Kindle and just haven’t gotten around to it.
  7. The Wings of Fire series is a fairly long middle grade series that I’ve been waiting to wrap up so I can start it.
  8. The Falling Kingdoms series has been on my TBR for ages. I have the first book on Kindle and plan on reading it in the next year or so.
  9. A Wrinkle in Time Quintet is something I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but again, I forget about it unless I see it.
  10. The Farseer Trilogy is the start of the Realms of the Elderlings, and the length and hype intimidates me.
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The Diary of Anne Frank

Goodreads Synopsis: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic‚ÄĒa powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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I feel really weird for reading (and rating) someone’s diary, but at the same time I’m intrigued to read the entries that were cut out, or heavily edited.

My main thought while reading/listening to the book was… I don’t know how anyone could live two years cooped up in an attic without going insane.

Anne was a great writer. I wish she would have survived Auschwitz and been a successful author and/or journalist, not just having her dreams met posthumously.

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What To Do If You’re Experiencing a Slump

So you are experiencing a reading slump? The first thing you need to do is acknowledge and accept that you’re in a slump, and that it’s okay NOT to read. Sometimes readers experience slumps due to feeling burned out from reading similar stories over and over again, or a story just isn’t a great as we were hoping it would be. Or maybe we recently finished a really good book and the sequel isn’t out, and nothing will ever compare.

Sometimes, we see other people reading 10+ books a month and get discouraged. Or sometimes reading feels like a chore if you’re a reviewer.¬†Reading should never become a chore or a competition!

I’ve been in a slump for quite a while now. Here’s my advice.

  1. Play a video game.
  2. Binge watch a show. Here are some I recommend.
    Comedy: The Office, Parks and Rec, Scrubs, 30 Rock, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Family Guy, Mike Tyson’s Mysteries, etc.
    SciFi/Fantasy: Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Star Trek, Heroes, Farscape, etc
    Anime: Attack on Titan, Death Note, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Seven Deadly Sins, etc
  3. Learn a new hobby, or practice an old one.
  4. Listen to an audiobook.
  5. Read a graphic novel, short book, novella, or an anthology.
  6. Try reading one chapter of each book on your TBR. Whichever chapter sucks you in from the start, read that book. If nothing sucks you in then…
  7. Go back and read an old favorite book, or an anticipated sequel if you like rereading books.
  8. If you usually read speculative fiction, try something different like contemporary or historical fiction. Instead of reading YA, try juvenile fiction or adult fiction.
  9. If you’re stuck in the middle of a book you’re not enjoying, it’s okay to stop reading it.
  10. Take a break from reading for a few days/weeks/months and come back to it when it feels right.
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Historical Fiction I Recently Added to My TBR

Title: An Extraordinary Union
Series: The Loyal League #1
Author: Alyssa Cole

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past…

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South‚ÄĒto spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective¬†for¬†Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he‚Äôs facing his deadliest mission yet‚ÄĒrisking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause‚ÄĒand an undeniable attraction‚ÄĒMalcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost‚ÄĒeven if it means losing each other…

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Title:¬†Dragon’s Child
Series: King Arthur
Author: M.K. Hume

Goodreads Synopsis: Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain, is dying. As he weakens, Britain is being torn apart by the squabbling of kings. Only one man can bring them together. This is the legend of Artorex, the man destined to be King Arthur. Artorex, tall for his years, is growing up in the household of Lord Ector. Artorex was sent here by the Bishop of Glastonbury when he was but a babe in arms and, although his parentage is unknown, life has been unremarkable. That is, until the arrival of three men who arrange for him to be trained in the skills of the warrior; blade and shield, horse and fire; pain and bravery. By the time the men return, Artorex is both a father and a warrior — and married to Lady Gallia. The country is in a desperate state — Londinium is about to fall to the Saxons and Artorex is needed to help fight their advance. But to do so, he must leave his wife and family in the care of others. In an act of appalling treachery, they are slaughtered. But despite his terrible grief, Artorex’s destiny is set. He launches into a campaign of battle against the Saxon hordes, earning himself the trust of all men, and proving himself to be the only worthy successor to Uther.But Uther cannot accept Artorex’s role and hides his sword and crown. If Artorex is to unite the kings and fulfil his destiny, he needs the weapon destined to be worn by the High King of the Britons. Can he find the embittered Uther’s hiding place? The future of Britain is at stake…

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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Author:
 Nadia Hashimi

Goodreads Synopsis: In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

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Title: The Highwayman of Tanglewood
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Goodreads Synopsis: A chambermaid in the house of Tremeshton, Faris Shayhan well knew torment, despair and trepidation. To Faris it seemed the future stretched long and desolate before her–bleak and as dark as a lonesome midnight path. Still, the moon oft casts hopeful luminosity to light one’s way. So it was that Lady Maranda Rockrimmon cast hope upon Faris–set Faris upon a different path–a path of happiness, serenity and love.

Thus, Faris abandoned the tainted air of Tremeshton in favor of the amethyst sunsets of Loch Loland Castle and her new mistress Lady Rockrimmon. Further, it was on the very night of her emancipation that Faris first met the man of her dreams–the man of every woman’s dreams–the rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood.

Dressed in black and astride his mighty steed, the brave, heroic and dashing rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood stole Faris’ heart as easily as he stole her kiss. Yet, the Highwayman of Tanglewood was encircled in mystery–mystery as thick and as secretive as time itself. Could Faris truly own the heart of a man so entirely enveloped in twilight shadows and dangerous secrets?

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Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Author: 
Chris Cleave

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†It‚Äôs 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or‚ÄĒlike Mary‚Äôs favorite student, Zachary‚ÄĒhave colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and‚ÄĒwhile war escalates and bombs begin falling around them‚ÄĒfurther into a new world unlike any they‚Äôve ever known.

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Title: Cane River
Author: 
Lalita Tademy

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†Set among the plantations in deepest Louisiana, CANE RIVER follows the lives of five generations of women from the time of slavery in the early 1800s into the early years of the 20th century. From down-trodden, philosophical Suzette, who was born and died a slave, to educated, pale-skinned Emily, whose high ambitions born in freedom become her downfall, we are introduced to a remarkable cast of characters whose struggles reflect the tragedy of slavery and, ultimately, the triumph of the spirit. This deeply personal saga – based entirely on the author’s research into her own family history – ranks with the best African-American novels and introduces a major new writer.

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Title: Vengeance Road
Series:
Vengeance Road #1
Author:
Erin Bowman

Goodreads Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers‚ÄĒand justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate‚Äôs quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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Title: Love Amid The Ashes
Series: Treasure of His Love #1
Author: Mesu Andrews

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†Readers often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job’s life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family?¬†

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Title: The Midnight Rose
Author: Luvinda Riley

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty. As the princess’s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of World War I. There, she meets young Donald Astbury‚ÄĒreluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate‚ÄĒand his scheming mother.

Ninety years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she’s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to a distant corner of the English countryside. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family’s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty…

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Author: Eowyn Ivey

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.