First Impression Friday – The Hazel Wood and The Night Circus

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin where you spotlight a book you have recently started and share your initial impressions.

I didn’t have any first impressions the last two Fridays because Two weeks ago I didn’t start any new books and last week I finished the book before Friday.  But this week I have 2 books!


The Hazel Wood

by Melissa Albert

Hazel

Amazon | Goodreads

Disclaimer: The above Amazon Link is an affiliate link. If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

Location: Page 209 of 355 (59%)

I am a little over halfway through the book, so I don’t know if this still counts as a first impression, but I am going to give my thoughts anyway!

This book started off kind of slow.  It took me a little while to get into it.  But somehow without me even noticing, I got sucked in and now I can’t wait to find out what happens! I like it a lot so far.

This is not usually the type of book I read.  I try to stay far away from anything remotely horrorish.  And I don’t like Alice and Wonderland.  But this book is actually not that scary (at least not yet) and it doesn’t seem like an Alice and Wonderland re-telling.  (Though I have only watched the movie so I don’t actually know)

I think overall I will end up liking the book.  I predict 4 stars out of 5.


The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

narrated by Jim Dale

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Amazon | Goodreads

Disclaimer: The above Amazon Link is an affiliate link. If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

Location: Time 5 hours and 42 minutes of 13 hours 39 minutes (42%)

I picked this book because it was on sale and it was read by Jim Dale.  I was told that Jim Dale is a great narrator and that I should listen to one of the books he reads.  On this front I an not disappointed!!  He is a great narrator and I love his voice.

The book itself is a different story.  I am loving it but at the same time I am really confused.  The story jumps around a lot.  Both in time and location.  I have a knack at forgetting times and places as soon as I am told them.  They go in one ear and out the other.  Each chapter starts with the date and location, but I forget it even as it is being said.  This makes it really confusing at times.  Also parts of the story are purposely kept in mystery so that doesn’t help my confusion.

I am hoping that as I read more of the book my confusion will go away because I am loving the characters and the scenes! I would hate to feel unsatisfied at the end of the book because I was still confused about things, even if most of the confusion is my own fault.

I am hoping that I won’t be too confused as the story progresses and I am liking the story a lot and I am thinking it will be a 5 stars out of 5!

Voting Time – The 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards

Have you voted for the 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards?!?! I just finished voting! Here are the links with everything you need to know:

Voting is only open for 3 more days!!!! Make sure you go vote!

The voting page only lists the twitter accounts of the nominees, so while I was going through and deciding who to vote for I compiled the list of all the nominees and the links to their blogs! Even if you don’t vote you should still go through and check out all these awesome bloggers!  But if you vote, remember you have to do it on Twitter!

BEST TEEN BLOGGER:
Whisper of Ink
Paper Blots
Hammock of Books
Forever and Everly

BEST ADULT BLOGGER:
Caffeinated Bookworm
Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Lost In A Story
Howling Libraries
Malanie Loves Fiction

BEST BLOGGER FROM MINORITY GROUP:
Unputdownable Books
Red Rocket Panda
Word Wonders

BEST YA GENRE BLOGGER:
Thoughts&AfterThoughts
Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Malanie Loves Fiction

BEST MIDDLE GRADE GENRE BLOGGER:
Falling Letters
2 Brothers
Charlotte’s Library

BEST ROMANCE GENRE BLOGGER:
Camillea Reads
Book Princess Review
Home of Indie Authors
Book Dutchesses
Charlotte Annelise
Eye Heart Romance
The Romance Corner
Elgee Writes
Books&Bindings
In Love & Words
Tea & Strumpets
Beware of the Reader
Romancing the Shelf
Books and Blends
Sincerely Karen Jo

BEST SSF GENRE BLOGGER:
The Warden’s Walk
Utopia State of Mind

BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER GENRE:
Traveling Inkwell
Suspense Thrilling Me
Snazzy Books
Damp Pebbles
Well Thumbed Reader
Zuky the Book Bum
Will Read 4 Booze
Chocolate’n’Waffles
Clues and Reviews
Whimsy Pages
Reading Under the Blankie
Book Beach Bunny
Purple Pancake Blog

BEST BOOK REVIEWS
Mel to the Any
Emma Reads too Much

MASTER OF WEEKLY FEATURES
Howling Libraries
Kristen Kraves Books

BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Lost In A Story
Emma Reads too Much
A Whisper of Ink

BEST DISCUSSION POSTS
Pages Unbound
Well Thumbed Reader
Drizzle & Hurricane Books

MOST ACTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBER
Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Avalinah’s Books
Paper Fury

BEST BLOG AESTHETIC
Bridget and Books
A Whisper of Ink

BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA ICON
Paper Fury
No Safer Place
Books and Babbles

BEST PERSONALITY
It’s Lu Again
Avalinah’s Books
Awkward Aris

BEST NEW BLOGGER
Han Devours Books
2 Girls Book Obsession
Aurora Librialis
Thoughtful Black Girl

BEST OVERALL BLOGGER
Orangutan Librarian
2 Girls Book Obsession
Forever and Everly
Redgal Musings
Paper Fury
Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Bookishly Rebecca
Touch My Spine

The “Get to Know Me Tag”

I was nominated for this by Julie @ Coffee, Crime, and a Whole Latte More (what a great blog name, I love puns!) Thanks for the nomination! You are awesome!

Here are the questions and my answers:

  • What are my strengths?
    • I am smart and athletic

  • What are my short term goals?
    • To nurse my pulled thigh muscle back to health
    • Plan my wedding for November
  • What are my long term goals?
    • Don’t have any
  • Who matters the most to me?
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Fur Babies
  • What am I ashamed of?
    • I’ve been gaining a lot of weight
  • What do I like to do for fun?
    • Read!
    • Play Sports
    • Watch TV

  • What new activities am I willing to try?
    • New sports
  • What am I worried about?
    • Failing
  • What are my values?
    • Be Nice to Others
    • Work Hard
    • Don’t Lie
  • If I had one wish, it would be…?
    • To be rich

  • Where do I feel the safest?
    • At home or with my family
  • What or who gives me comfort?
    • David
    • My family
  • If I was afraid, I would…?
    • Call David
  • What is my proudest accomplishment?
    • Graduating from Colorado School of Mines

  • Am I a night owl or early bird?
    • Night Owl
  • What does my inner critic tell me?
    • I am lazy
    • I am getting fat
  • What do I do to show my self, self-care?
    • I am really bad at this
    • I shower almost every day
  • Am I an introvert or extrovert?
    • Introvert

  • What am I passionate about?
    • Sports
    • Reading
  • What do my dreams tell me?
    • I need to sleep more
  • What is my favorite non-fiction book?
    • Don’t have one
  • What is my favorite fiction book?
    • Pride and Prejudice
  • What is my favorite movie?
    • Princess Bride

  • What is my favorite band?
    • Don’t have one
  • What is my favorite food?
    • Tacos
  • What is my favorite color?
    • Blue
  • What am I grateful for?
    • My Family
    • David
    • My fur babies
  • When I am feeling down, I like to?
    • Play sports
    • Read
  • I know I am stressed when?
    • I am always stressed.

Thats it! That is me! Thanks again to Julie for the nomination!

I am not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do this tag then please do and let me know so I can check out your answers!

First Impression Friday – The Wendy & Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin where you spotlight a book you have recently started and share your initial impressions.

I have two books this week! The Wendy and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I started both last night and am super excited!


The Wendy

by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

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I am 70% of the way through this book, so I am a little past first impressions, but I read all 70% last night so it still counts!

  • My first first impression was that the cover is awesome! I love it!  Wendy looks so bad-ass and I loved her before I even started reading!
  • My second first impression (once I started reading) was that Wendy is exactly as I hoped she would be! She is awesome!
  • When we are first introduced to Peter Pan he seemed older and more mature than he is normally portrayed, but the more you get to know him the more you see his childish side.
  • At first The Wendy didn’t feel like a Peter Pan re-telling, but the farther we get into the story, the more it follows the traditional storyline.
  • I really like the writing.  Its rare that I notice the writing style, but I really like it in this story.  Its lighthearted and intriguing.  Its told as if the narrator is talking to you and its hard to explain, but I like it!
  • I am a little worried that there is a LOT that needs to happen to complete and not enough book left to complete it in! I am 70% of the way through! I can’t wait to see how everything plays out and I really hope it doesn’t end with the story unfinished!
  • Also what happened to Charlie?

I am reading The Wendy as part of Reader Fox’s April Readalong! If you want to participate its not to late to join! The Wendy is a fairly easy read so it should be easy to get caught up!


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Audiobook)

by: Becky Albertalli

Narrated by: Michael Crouch

Simon

I am only 16% of the way through Simon.  I listened to it on the way home from work last night and the way to work this morning.

  • I like it so far!
  • Martin seems like a jerk, and I don’t like him, and it bugs me that Abby might be mislead into being with him
  • I want to know who Blue is!  I don’t think Simon’s prediction is right because that would be too easy, I think it will be a twist.
  • I want to know more about Nora, she seems like she is going to be super important.
  • I don’t like the voice of the guy narrating, he is kind of annoying.

My thoughts on The Wendy were a lot more in depth haha, but I am a lot further into it.


Have you read either of these? Did you like them?  Please no spoilers!

Bookish Academy Awards

I was tagged by Ivy @ Ivy’s Well Used Library Card.  Thanks for the tag! Go check out her blog! It is awesome 😀

I usually stay away from tags that make me think of different books because I am awful at remembering everything I have read, but since I was tagged I am going to give it a try! I am exited to try, but I just want to warn you that my answers will probably be from books I have read recently or that are fresh in my mind for whatever reason!

Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

Best Actor (Best male protagonist)

Nate from “Heroine Complex” I love him!

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Best Actress: (Best female protagonist)

I can’t help it! It has to be Elizabeth from “Pride and Prejudice

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Best Cinematography: (Best plot twist)

Godsgrave” for sure! It was all over the place, I couldn’t predict anything!

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Best Costume Design: (Best book cover)

The Cruel Prince” has a pretty awesome cover!

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Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

This one is super tough but I think I have to choose “The Fire’s Stone” Its a little bit of a cop out but the three main characters are kind of each other’s sidekicks!

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Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

This probably isn’t super unique, but it was the book that started me in fantasy, so it was unique to me. “Harry Potter

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Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best book-to-movie adaptation)

I have to copy this from Ivy! “The Princess Bride

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Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)

Daughter of the Pirate King” would make a great animated movie!

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Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)

I really liked “Geekerella” by Ashley Poston and recently discovered she also wrote “Heart of Iron” which I heard is really good.

Geek Heart

Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short-Book)

I don’t read a lot of novellas, but recently I read and loved “Once Con Glory

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Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

Oooh there are a lot of ones I can choose for this! I am going to go with “Uprooted“!

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Best Documentary: (Best historical fiction)

I used to read a ton of Historical Fiction, but I don’t anymore.  In High School “Girl in Blue” was one of my favorites.

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Thats it! Some were way harder to answer than others, but I like the answers I came up with!  Who would you choose for each one?

I am not going to tag anyone, but if you participate please let me know so I can see your answers!

First Impression Friday – Godsgrave

Hey all! This is a new meme created by J.W. Martin.  In his own words here is what the meme is:

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I LOVE this idea for a meme! Its super awesome!! But my only issue is that I try to only post once a day and I also LOVE the Friday Face-Off meme.  I don’t know if I want to do both?! I don’t know if I have time to do both?! But I want to do both?! So for now I will do both, and see how it goes!!!!  Maybe I can do this one an Saturdays in the future? (Friday Face-Off is themed weekly so it makes the most sense to keep that one on Friday) But, like I said, we will see how it goes! (Also I don’t start a new book every week so that could influence it) (But I love this meme idea!) (How many after-thoughts can I put in parenthesis before it gets weird?) (Is 5 to many?)(Probably!)

Anyway. Here is the book I just started:

Godsgrave

by Jay Kristoff

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I am on page 70 of 437.  I am 16% of the way through.  So far I am liking it, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

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Just like in Nevernight there are lots of footnotes, which I like, but they are longer in this book and it feels a little like the author got good feedback on them and is now overdoing it a little in Godsgrave.

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At the beginning of Nevernight you had two stories told in tandem; jumping back and fourth between the two.  But it was fairly short and only lasted about a chapter.  Godsgrave starts out the same way, but 70 pages in the two stories are still alternating.  It is driving me nuts! I didn’t mind it in Nevernight because the stories were told with overlapping but opposite actions (its hard to explain you have to read it), and it was really cool!  But in Godsgrave they are unrelated to each other.  I didn’t mind it at first but as I get pulled farther into the stories it is becoming annoying.  I have to switch mindsets every time it switches and I have to remember what was happening in the other story.  Its like reading two books where I switch every time something exciting is about to happen.  Its getting really frustrating!

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Despite all that, I am still really excited and still have high hopes! I loved Nevernight and so far I am loving both stories in Godsgrave!  I can’t wait to find out what happens! But I hope this formatting doesn’t continue the whole story! (Tho I fear it will)

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Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award #2

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I was nominated by Mischenko @ Read, Rant, Rock & Roll!  Go check out her blog its awesome! It is one of my favorites 😀  Also, when reading her “About” page I stumbled on this beautiful picture of her bookshelf and I am SUPER jealous!!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post.

Mischenko’s Questions:

  • Who’s your favorite author?
  • What’s your favorite reading genre?
  • Do you read more fiction or nonfiction?
  • How long have you been blogging?
  • What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  • Do you read ARC’s?
  • Do you have any goals for this year?

My Answers:

Who’s your favorite author?

Jane Austen! I love Pride and Prejudice!!

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What’s your favorite reading genre?

Fantasy/Sci Fi.  I know they are technically two genres but the lines between them are blurred a little and I have trouble categorizing books into one or the other.

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Do you read more fiction or nonfiction?

I almost exclusively read fiction.

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How long have you been blogging?

My first Post was July 21st 2017 so 8 months and 11 days

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What do you enjoy most about blogging?

This is a hard question! I don’t know! Probably the interaction with all the amazing book lovers out there! Most of my friends don’t read so its nice to “hang out” with like-minded people 😀

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Do you read ARC’s?

I have read a couple.  I don’t actively seek them out, but when the opportunity arises I will!

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Do you have any goals for this year?

I kept my reading goal simple this year with 75 books.  Last year it was 100 and that was a bit overwhelming.  My non-book related goal is to plan my wedding. Which I am not looking forward to because I hate planning.

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My Questions:

  • Are you a mood reader or do you plan out which books to read?
  • Who is your favorite superhero?
  • What are your favorite blog posts to write?
  • Briefly explain your blogging style (where is your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something).
  • How did you come up with your blog name?
  • Do you have any goals for this year?
  • What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I nominate:


As always, if I tagged you please don’t feel obligated to participate, but if you do, please send me a link so I can check it out!  Thanks Mischenko for nominating me!!!!