Monday, May 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

Title: Midnight Sun
Author: Trish Cook
Series? Nope! Midnight Sun is a standalone
Pages: 263
Publication Date: September 7, 2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (imprint of Hachette Children's Group)
Source: I bought the paperback edition of Midnight Sun.

A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and one nearly perfect summer - perfect for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and Everything, Everything.

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series? No
Pages: 394
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I received an e-galley of Emergency Contact via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. :) Thank you!
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today, I decided to do something a little different. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking about how I didn't know what I wanted to read after my first year of university ended. Lala from BookandLala on youtube has recently been doing videos where her husband, son, etc. chooses her TBR for the month. So, I decided to give that a spin and have goodreads choose my TBR!

*As I was planning this, a new video by Riley Marie did the same thing! Make sure to check out her video. :)

If you are new here or aren't aware, I do not do well with TBRs! I'm a mood reader, but hopefully I'll get to a couple of the books that goodreads suggests.

For this TBR, I'm going to goodreads and randomizing my want to read list. I'm going to pick the first book on the list, and then refresh. If a book comes up that is not yet released, or that I don't own and isn't at my local library, then I'll just choose the next one on the list that is easily available to me. Since I am a mood reader, I decided to pick seven books in the hopes that I will read two of them.

1) Uprooted by Naomi Novak

This book was all the rage in 2015. I was interested in it (I mean, it's a standalone fantasy!) but I was overwhelmed by all the hype surrounding it. Now that talk of this has died down, I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

2) Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I was happy to see that this ended up being one of my picks! I actually checked this out from my local library a year or two ago during the summer, but realized it was connected to a broader series. So, I went back and read the Trylle series by Hocking instead. I don't remember much of the world (besides that there were trolls and my ship sailed), but I'm looking forward to getting back into it! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vote for What Wattpad Book Should I Read!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! So I'm in the mood for some trashy (and cringe-y) romances, but don't want to buy any books and I'm unfamiliar with the romance collection at my library. So, I decided to try my luck with wattpad!

I have years of experience with wattpad, resulting in a love/hate relationship. There are times when I just want to read fast-paced (possibly bad) books, and whenever I do, I download wattpad. However, I haven't actually had much luck with any of the books I have read. While they are entertaining, I haven't found a wattpad book that I have sincerely enjoyed for about two years. In hopes of having better luck, so I decided to let you decide what I should read. Before I list the choices, here are the books I have read on wattapad before.

So to make this fun, I have two different lists:
  1. Books that I genuinely think I would like/sound good
  2. Books with the funniest/weirdest title or premise
 In order to make this more interactive, you will have the opportunity to vote for what I will read. Whatever book gets the most votes for each list by the end of the month, I will read for June!

What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 1)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Kiss of the Greek
Sweet Addiction
A Room for my Pretend Love
Gone with a Blink
Shadows May Fall
Girls Who Dreamt of Castles
Dying Embers
Created with PollMaker

What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 2)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Mate or Not. You're Still a Jerk.
Finding Love in a Coffee Shop
The Shy Girl Has a Gun
Waist-Deep in Walmart
Maid for Hire
I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyls...Pitiful I Know
No Friends, Just Benefits.
Friendship for Dummies
Find Her, Keep Her
I Think I Love My Brother's Best Friend
He's My Mate!
Created with PollMaker
If you want to know more about the books, you can click here for a reading list for all the books in the first list, and here for all the books for the second list!

Thanks so much for stopping by and voting! Hopefully I'll enjoy the ones that win, and if not, it was still a fun experience! 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Where Have I Been??

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'm just going to give a recap over my last two weeks!

What I've Been Doing!

It's been a good two weeks since my last post, and I've missed everyone! But I have a really good reason - finals! My finals started on the 30th, and by the time you see this post, I'll be done with my first year of college! Basically, I've just been studying nonstop. The week after the 20th (my last post) and before the 30th (my finals) were jam-packed with papers and projects, so I didn't have the time to put posts up that I was happy with. Then finals came, and honestly, it's been a blur of anxiety and stress! I'm actually writing this before my finals are done, so I can't really tell you that I'm stress-free as of yet. But, my hardest finals are done with, and I'm not worried about my last one, so that's a plus. As this was published, I'll be taking my last final. Now that finals are (kind of) over, expect to see me a lot more active on here! I want to go back to posting at least three times a week, and at least one of those being a book review. 

What I've Read!

Just because I've had projects and finals galore doesn't mean I wasn't reading. Reading has been a stress-reliever these past couple weeks, and I've been able to read some really great books. When you saw me last, I had just put up my review for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Since Lady Midnight I have read the following books!

  1.  Sanctuary by Caryn Lyx
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Fireblood by Elly Blake
  4. Rebel by Amy Tintera
  5. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  6. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
  7. Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
  8. Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 What I'm Currently Reading!

So I finished Obsidio on the 2nd (it's the 5th as I write this), and I'm in a funk with what to read next. I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and I just started reading my ARC of Lizzie by Dawn Ius. I'm liking Heart of Betrayal, but there's just something about Lizzie that isn't grabbing my attention right now. 


What You'll See Next!

Before my impromptu disappearance, I had some posts that I was planning. I want to review the books above, whether that be a full review or some mini-reviews. The review you'll be seeing next is Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi. Spoiler: I really liked it, and even made some of my own graphics after I finished it.  I haven't been watching a ton of movies, so there won't be movie reviews for a bit. However, I do plan on seeing Avengers: Infinity War this week, so we'll see if I care enough to write a review for that. There's going to be a ~fun~ post coming very soon, but I don't want to tell you to ruin the surprise. :)

That's all I have today! Sorry for my abrupt disappearance, but I'm now back with my regular programming!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Friday, April 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series? Yes, book 1 of the Dark Artifices Trilogy
Pages: 698
Publication Date: March 8, 2016  
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: I got a hardcover edition of Lady Midnight from my local library.
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #74

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday, and meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Jill hasn't been active for a while, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted it! If you see posts by the name of "Can't Wait Wednesday," it's the same thing!

The book I'm looking forward to this week is The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo!
From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.