Social Networks Book TAG!!!

Before I get started, I wanted to say Happy Halloween in July!
Oh, you don’t celebrate that? I feel awkward now.

This tag was started by FaultyDevices on YouTube.
I was tagged by Brin from Brin’s Book Blog. See her Social Media Tag post here! 🙂 http://bringuivera.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/tag-social-media-book-tag/

1. Twitter– a book you want to share with the world
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Images from Goodreads

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You guys know I love dystopia. I read this book a couple months ago and I couldn’t stop talking about it. I even used it in an SAT essay that did very very well 🙂

2. Facebook– A book you really enjoyed that was recommended to you by someone else

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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OK, so I don’t know Sasha Alsberg personally but I watched one of her videos on YouTube where she recommended it to viewers.  I highly recommend this book. You can read my review of it here: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-1C

3. Tumblr– a book you read before book blogging but haven’t raved much about on your blog

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Description from Goodreads

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I was dazzled by this book when I read it. Of course, why would you just drop your teenager off at a hotel in Chicago for an internship..

I’m glad I did this post now because I just realized that I forgot about this book and never read the sequel!

4. Myspace– A book you don’t plan on rereading
Well, I almost never re-read books. It isn’t personal; I just prefer trying new things, especially since I already know what will happen in the book. So essentially, I can choose any book.

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Read my review here: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-t

5. Instagram– a book with a gorgeous cover
I haven’t read this book since it hasn’t even been published yet but the cover is drop dead gorgeous.

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[Amazing] cover image is from Goodreads

6. Youtube– a book that you wish would be made into a movie
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Thus would be an amazing thriller/mystery movie! Yes!

7. Skype– a book with characters you wish you could talk to instead of just read about

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
I think it would be cool to catch up with Ezra and Cassidy.

Want me to review any book you saw mentioned here? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Cover image is from Goodreads.

My Synopsis:
Colin has a thing for girls named Katherine. Not C-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e, Katherine. But somehow, all 19 of them has dumped him. Every single one. So, he takes a hilarious road trip with his friend Hassan in tow. There’s no destination; he just wants to ease his pain. But, Colin, being the prodigy that he is, decides to try developing a mathematical theorem to predict all the possible outcomes of his relationships, or better yet, all relationships on general.

It’s a John Green book; you know it’s going to be humorous and quick. This is definitely a short and quick summer read. But, that doesn’t mean I think this is the most entertaining book. It didn’t make me laugh out loud. Besides Hassan and his, well, personality, a lot of the humor just comes from the situation. This math nerd somehow managed to find and date 19 Katherine’s, and they all dumped him. But at some points that just became a little too ridiculous.

One thing that is cool, though, is the book’s epilogue. It is an explanation as to how all the math work Colin schemes up actually works, written by a real math expert. But I’m not a math genius, so I can’t say I truly understood this theorem. Props to you though, John Green.

There’s not much else to say here. It’s a beach read for sure, but nothing extraordinary.

Rating time!
Finishing the Book: 1/2 stars
It’s hard not to finish a book this short. However, I kind of wanted to finish it so I could read my other books…
Originality: 2/2 stars
I can’t say I’ve read a book where a math geek dates 19 girls with the same name.
Entertainment: 1/2 stars
So, so. I expected a little more.
Characters: 1/2
I loved Hassan. He was hilarious and all around a nice unique chatacter. Colin was OK, but he needs to stop the anagramming madness!
Writing Quality: 1/2 stars
Nothing too literary here.

Verdict
6/10 stars

Who should read it? Teens and tweens will enjoy it. I doubt this is a book any adult who reads YA, though, is going to lunge for. There are better beach reads.

Do you recommend any other John Green books? I don’t want to give up after just one book I felt iffy about. Let me know in the comments what you think! 🙂

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August TBR!!

The word August should not be in my vocabulary yet. But, as is the book blog tradition, I’m going to tell you a few books I hope to read and/or finish in August.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

I included this in a recent Friday’s Finds post and I finally have it! Yay for libraries!

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Old School by Tobias Wolff
I have to read this for my English class but in case you wanted to know what it is about, here is the Goodreads description.

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Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

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Like a crazy person, I’ve been purposely trying to read this in little bits. It’s impossible. This is not the kind of trilogy you read over time. You want to read it as fast as possible, because it is that good. I even tweeted at Beth Revis how much I was loving this book and she retweeted it and even replied! (I had a fangirl moment when that happened. I’m still fangirling, actually. Can you hear it?) Therefore, I’m finishing this ASAP. I must know what is going to happen next. But in case it is August by the time I do, I threw it in here.

Other books I may or may not read
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Just because a book isn’t in this post, doesn’t mean I won’t read it this month! If you have any recommendations for me, let me know in the comments below!

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July Favorites & Wrap-Up!!

No no no no no. It’s not already the end of July. But it is…
Looking just for the book favorites/wrap up? Scroll down!

Beauty Favorites

Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer
They say this Walmart-exclusive product can conceal tattoos or facial discoloration and blemishes. I’m not so sure about the tattoo claim but a little bit of this product goes a long way, so you get a lot of use out of that gigantic tube they give you for $6. My recommendation is to use it with a brush like the Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush (the foundation brush in the travel set). I found when I used my fingers to blend the product it moved, while when I blended it in with a brush it stayed in place, concealed, and left a nice dewy finish. You may also want to set it with powder.

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Benefit they’re real mascara

I’ve got to tell you this story. You know home shopping networks like HSN and QVC? Well Benefit Cosmetics was on one of them a few months ago and did a segment on this mascara. Well, I can’t understand why anyone would buy it based off of the demo.. Why? Well, since people tune in at different times, they kept re-applying the mascara. And re-applying. And re-applying. When they finished that, they zoomed in and did a before and after. The poor model had about three eyelashes in the after, and each eyelash looked like the leg of a gigantic spider. In short, it looked terrible. Not the mascara’s fault, it was just because they put on way too much. With any mascara, you should wipe off the brush.

I love this mascara because it looks a lot more natural than some other mascaras. It lengthens my lashes, darkens them and separates them. Just one swipe of it makes a dramatic difference on my lashes, so its great for busy mornings.

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Books

What I read this month (in order):

A Million Suns by Beth Davis
The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-5

The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-t

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-1C

How did I read so many you ask? In three days, I read an Abundance of Katherine’s, Don’t Look Back and the 100 year old man. That doesn’t always happen though 😉

If you would like to see a review of any of these, leave a comment below!!! It is hard to gauge what my readers might want to see, so your feedback really helps me.

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Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

                                      (Photo is from Goodreads)            “What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?” Synopsis: Amy has a choice; she can be frozen and join her parents aboard a ship embarking on a three-hundred-year long voyage … Continue reading

Friday’s Finds!

Ahh, Fridays. The day I get to have a little fun with my posts. One of my favorite Friday posts is this one, where I show you books I am excited to read and order.

First up, something a little dark.

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It sounds like the mature version of The Little Mermaid mixed in with a mystery. Definitely up my alley. Plus, I can never have enough series’ now can I? *hint hint*

Oh, look! Another first book of a series. Gee, you didn’t see that one coming did you. It’s The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan and the cover alone looks beautiful. (Image is from Goodreads)

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Here’s the description:

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Lastly, to lighten up the mood….

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I think it’s safe to say I really enjoy it when book publishers put thought into a book’s covers. That being said, I’ve seen plenty of perfectly good indie fiction with some plain covers. Now if it was possible to create professional, attractive covers for those books, I think they might be bestsellers.

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Booking Through Thursday Post #1!

The Booking Through Thursday meme was created by this lovely blog: http://btt2.wordpress.com

How it works is each week a question is posted. You copy the question onto your blog and answer it, then leave a link on their post so others can read your response!

This week’s question is: Do your reading habits change in the summer?

Definitely, absolutely, yes. Over the summer, school is traded for more work hours, yet also for a boatload of reading time. By the time June comes, I’m usually doubtful I’ll be able to complete the number of books I originally challenge myself to read for the year. But I generally complete the entire rest of the years’ reading in the summer alone. Sometimes, I complete a book at least every other day. That definitely does not happen during the other seasons!

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