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Put A Spring in Your Step | Book Tag

Dear reader,

This tag was originally created by Book Break on Youtube! You can find the original post here.


I wasn’t directly tagged to do this 😳 but this tag sounded fun and I wanted to join in!!
Spring is my favorite season, so I’m so excited to do this tag!!

☼ 1) How do you decorate your bookshelves?

I love decorating my shelves with small plants or mugs!!! I also organize by color which in itself I kind of think as a decoration!

☼ 2) Recommend a book with beautiful descriptions of nature

Hmmm.. I feel like I don’t have very many recommendations for this, but I remember thinking of a lot of nature when I read “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black

☼ 3) Show us a book with a beautiful cover

Oh there are so many beautiful covers out there! Recently I’ve been obsessed with these three!

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☼ 4) Spring is all about new starts so it’s the perfect time to start a new series: what would you recommend?

This is one of my all time favorite sci-fi series!!

☼ 5) It’s almost time to start reading outsideβ€”have you been brave enough yet?

I absolutely love reading outside, but the thought to take my book outside rarely crosses my mind!!

☼ 6) Spring cleaningβ€”which books are you unhauling?

I don’t typically unhaul books, so I don’t have a list of any to get rid of right now

☼ 7) And which books are you going to replace them with?

☼ 8) Who do you tag?

I tag anyone who sees this and wants to join!!


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Rachel

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#5OnMyTBR | Mythology

Dear reader,

#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here

This prompt definitely made me think, because I don’t typically pick up retellings/inspired by mythology. It’s not something i know a lot about, but I would be willing to look into it one day to see if its something I would enjoy!


“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

Synopsis:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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“Lovely War” by Julie Berry

Synposis:

It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.


“Lore” by Alexandra Bracken

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

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“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friendsβ€”one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


“Orpheus Girl” by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Synopsis:

In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Rayaβ€”obsessed with ancient mythsβ€”lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to β€œfix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to escape Friendly Saviors, and to return to the world of the living with her loveβ€”only becoming more determined after she, Sarah, and Friendly Saviors’ other teen residents are subjected to abusive “treatments” by the staff.

In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.

CW: There are scenes in this book that depict self-harm, homophobia, transphobia, and violence against LGBTQ characters.


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That’s all for today!! What are some mythology books on your tbr?

Yours truly,

Rachel

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#5OnMyTBR | Nature

Dear reader,

#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here

So, prompt is kind of vague as to if it’s meaning a nature themed plot or nature on the cover. I decided to go the cover route!

I always think that books with all sorts of nature are so pretty, so I’m really excited to share these that are on my tbr with you!


“Wilder Girls” by Rory Power

This one has been on my radar since before it even came out! I can’t believe I haven’t started this!!

Synopsis:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


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“A Curse so Dark and Lonely” by Brigid Kemmerer

This one sounds like everything I would love!! I don’t know WHY I keep putting it off!!

Synopsis:

An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


“If I Disappear” by Eliza Jane Brazier

This just came out in January, so I haven’t been able to get my hands on this yet! It sounds amazing!

Synopsis:

When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.

Sera loves true crime podcasts. They make her feel empowered in a world where women just like her disappear daily. She’s sure they are preparing her for something. So when Rachel, her favorite podcast host, goes missing, Sera knows it’s time to act. Rachel has always taught her to trust her instincts.

Sera follows the clues hidden in the episodes to an isolated ranch outside Rachel’s small hometown to begin her search. She’s convinced her investigation will make Rachel so proud. But the more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel. Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won’t be the last…

Rachel did try to warn her.

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“Starry Eyes” by Jenn Bennett

I’ve heard so many things about how cute this story is!!

Synopsis:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?


“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’m probably one of the last people to read this book! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Synopsis:

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourselfβ€”we want to know what you have to say.”

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself

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That’s all for today!! What are some books with nature themed covers on your TBR?

Yours truly,

Rachel

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January Wrap-up

Wrap-up

Dear reader,

I’ve been in a slump since the beginning of this year, so this wrap up is a little smaller than usual for me!!

“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver

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Like I said in my review I was kind of disappointed in this one

If you’d like to hear in depth thoughts I posted a full spoiler free review of this! Click here.


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“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey

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This was so cute! I picked this one up hoping a cute contemporary would get me out of my slump! While it didn’t manage to do that I loved reading this!!


“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli

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I decided I wanted to pick up an old favorite of mine!

I had so much fun revisiting these characters!!


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“One by One” by Ruth Ware

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I picked this one up because last year I read “The Turn of the Key” by this author and fell in love with that story!

I had pretty high expectations for this and it did not disappoint!! I had no idea how this was gonna end and I was on the edge of my seat!


“Tiny Pretty Things” by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

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I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while now and the show recently came out on netflix, so that’s really what pushed to start it!

I loved reading this! The drama was so extra, but is was very entertaining πŸ˜‚ I can’t wait to read the sequel (hopefully) soon!


Stats

Books Read: 5

Pages Read Total: 1,789

Average pages per day: 58


What are some books you read in january?

Yours truly,

Rachel

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#5OnMyTBR | White Cover

Dear reader,

#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here

I’m not gonna lie this prompt was kind of hard for me! I couldn’t think of any books that have a white cover, so I had to search my shelves!! It took me a little bit to find all of these, but never the less here they all are!!


“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

This one is a super popular YA series and the hype has kind of scared me from starting it!

Synopsis:

This is a world divided by bloodβ€”red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous danceβ€”Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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“Wicked Saints” by Emily A. Duncan

I’ve heard so many good things about this one! Really hoping to get to it soon!

Synopsis:

An instant New York Times bestseller!

β€œPrepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” -Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves and The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


“Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys

I don’t read a whole bunch of historical fiction, but this one sounds AMAZING!

Synopsis:

It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?


“Warcross” by Marie Lu

Once again, I’ve heard so many good things about this one!! I can’t wait to get to it soon!

Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a gameβ€”it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championshipsβ€”only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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“The Beauty of the Moment” by Tanaz Bhathena

I haven’t heard too much about this, but from what I have heard it’s really good!!

Synopsis:

Susan is the new girlβ€”she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boyβ€”he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wantsβ€”until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.


What are some books with white covers on your TBR?

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Rachel


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“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver | Review

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Dear reader,

my first read of 2021 was a little bit of a disappointment..

Mini Review

With this story I just couldn’t get into it. With this book in particular I was so incredibly bored and nothing was keeping me interested at all. I didn’t care about the characters at all, and I’m definitely a character driven reader.

I started this series back in early 2020. It was one of those older classic YA series that I kept hearing people talk about how much they loved it, so I decided to check it out! The first two in the series I enjoyed, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

Overall I’m not too mad I read it, but it didn’t really impact me much nor do I think it will be something I think about often. This was one of those series I wish I loved, because of how many good things I’ve heard about it!

Yours truly,

Rachel

3 stars

Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopian
Age Range: Young Adult
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Synopsis: (Spoilers for Delirium Series)

The third and final book in Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancΓ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


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WWW Wednesday | January 13th, 2021

Dear reader,

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words.

So, i’ve been in a little slump since right before the new year happened and it carried over!! I’ve only read 2 books so far (which is still a good number, don’t get me wrong!) it’s just not the typical number for me personally!

Currently Reading:


“You Have a Match” by Emma Lord

I’m only about 50 pages into this one, but i’m really interested in where the story is going!


“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

This one was one that I just kept hearing about and kept putting off because of the hype!

I also seen half and half on if people liked it or not, so I kind of just stayed away for a while, but curiosity got the best of me!!

I’m not very far into it yet, so I guess we will see how I like it!


“One by One” by Ruth Ware

I’m loving this one! I’m about 100 pages in, but I’m really invested in this story so far!!

I’ve only read “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware and that one became one of my all time favorite thrillers, so I had to check out more from her!!


Recently Finished:

“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey

I really don’t have many thoughts on this one!

It was a really fluffy and cute travel rom-com! Overall I enjoyed it, I just don’t have many thoughts!


“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver

I didn’t really like this book πŸ˜” I just feel like this whole series was a bit of a let down and just wasn’t for me!

I might have a review up for this soon!


Reading Next:

“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now and with the tv show coming out soon, now is the time!!

Although I am a mood reader so we’ll see when the time comes if I’m in the mood!


What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Have you read any of these books? If yes, what did you think?

Let me know in the comments!

Yours truly,

Rachel


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