Books I want to Buy and a rant on Bookstores

You’ve heard me say it only a million times; I’m kind of a library fanatic. If I’m reading a book, I probably got it from the library.

However, being the breed of bookworm that I am merits people getting the idea that I must spent years of my time in my local Barnes and Noble. Hence, I tend to accrue several bookstore gift cards on just about every occasion there is. (My high school even gave me a small Barnes and Noble gift card as an award. I was grateful, but you know, do I really read THAT much?) Don’t get me wrong; Barnes and Noble is a glorious wonderland, and so are my favorite independent bookshops and comic stores, but if I’m going to spend money on a book, I better have reason.

I don’t reread books very often, which is why the library is always a great idea for me. Why buy something I’m going to read once? However, after reading Looking for Alaska by John Green at my library, I went out and got the collector’s edition from Barnes and Noble. I definitely plan to reread that book in the future, it’s that good. And maybe get a tattoo, move to Alaska, and name my firstborn HankJohn..

I’m totally kidding here.

About the tattoo.

OK. Fine, I’m bluffing about the first born. JohnHank is a far superior title for a 21st century human (*if you would like some FABULOUS name suggestions, I’m totally your girl! #sarcasm*)

So, here are a few books I want to buy/own at some point in the future:

1. S by JJ Abrams

Yes, you read that right. If you hadn’t already heard, THE JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Fringe, and a whole lot of other shows and films) created the concept for this book. I myself was pretty darn shocked, and excited, when I found out it was a thing a few days ago on Booktube.

I haven’t read this yet, so my desire to own it isn’t based on knowing I want to reread it. I want to own S because I know that inside it, along with the text, are lots of inserts. I think this is such a cool idea, and I don’t know that the experience of the book would be the same at a library. Mine does not own this book yet, so my question would be; are we going to lend it out sans inserts, or not own it at all?

Plus, it just sounds freaking awesome.

2. Armada by Ernest Cline
Again, haven’t read this book yet, but I do have high hopes for it. I already stand behind Cline’s work because of the pure amazingness that was/is Ready Player One. I know Armada isn’t RPO, and you shouldn’t expect it to be RPO, but I know I will enjoy it. Plus, instead of a gazillion 80’s pop culture references I don’t understand, Armada is all about video games, which I can totally be thrilled about.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I just reviewed this one last night, and in my review I mentioned the collector’s edition. I like the idea of reliving Fangirl all over again, because of all the emotions that went on while I read it. I actually had a bunch of overdue fines on this one from not wanting to let it go.

(Oh god, I spent all afternoon with my Frozen-loving cousin and does that song ever end??)

And of course, comics.

Now, I’m not going to list all the comics and graphic novels I want to read in the future. I’ve already spammed my Goodreads friends with Green Lantern volumes. However, I adore some ongoing series like Ms. Marvel, and I’d love to start picking up more of the individual issues. Waiting for trades is an absolute PAIN, especially when some series you are interested in are not even in Trade form yet. *cough* Spider Gwen *cough* I also want to continue on with Saga; Volume 1 had me hooked.

That’s it for today, friends! What books are you looking forward to purchasing/receiving from your super nice pals in the future? 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.


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.



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:

The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
My review:

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My review:

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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I checked out MORE books?!?


In case you couldn’t already tell, I LOVE trying new books. In other fields, I can be a little more picky. But with books, I find myself to be pretty open minded. I’ll dabble in the mysteries one day, then voraciously read some contemporary novels, before moving onto a paranormal book. So, trying any book is exciting.

One of my favorite books in this haul is Beth Revis’ Shades of Earth. Its the last book in the Across the Universe trilogy. After I read the first book, I was hooked. I haven’t read a trilogy since the Hunger Games and Divergent, which for me was what feels like quite a while back.

Then I picked up not one but two Jennifer Armentrout books! (I’m sure you are all as excited as I am..)

If you read my Friday Finds from last week you know that I came across Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Well, I’ve got it now.

And then there’s Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, also part of a series, and Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman. I read one of SDL’s books way back when in Middle School but haven’t perused her shelf of books in the library since. I’m curious to see how I like this one.

I’ve got my work cut out for me. But what’s harder than reading all these books is picking which one to start with… Its like picking a favorite child. I love them all, how do I start with just one??

What do you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend Previews!

Here’s a preview of the posts you will be seeing in your WordPress feed this week if you follow me:

– Another library haul!
– Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
– Review: My Life Next Door
Among other posts…

And in the future:
– 50 Random Facts about me
– A fun tag I am starting for the book loving community
– How I Find Books to Read
– Q and A

Thanks for reading!

Psst… Want to be mentioned in my Q & A? Leave me a question in the comments section! When I get enough questions, I’ll do a Q and A. 🙂

June Favorites!

I won’t bore you with the details of how long it took me to get a photo of the liquid eye liner I’m about to show you that wasn’t a giant blur of a rolling makeup product and just jump right into my rant about my loves of this month.


OK, bad photo, I know but I tried guys! Though you can’t tell this is the Jordana Fabuliner in 01 black. It is a felt tip so beginners need not fret; you can totally use a liquid eye liner! I highly recommend this one to both beginners and advanced makeup gals because of its high pigmentation, especially for the price.


Boy does my hand look like a large elephant at this awkward angle but I swear to you, that swatch was a quick swipe of the liner with almost no pressure on it, and this isn’t even a new liner. I bought this one a year or two ago and rather than dry out or turn gray, it has maintained amazing pigmentation. Perhaps its a little worse than it was the day I bought it but that is one jet black eyeliner right there. It is a 1.99 at most drugstores, like Walgreen’s and Rite Aid.



What is this colorful thing I have laid before your eyes? Why, it is an eye shadow palette. From urban decay? No. From lorac? No. Maybelline? Nope. Forever 21 of all places. Its called the “smokey palette”. I actually bought this for use on prom night and I’ve discovered not only did it do a great job for that, it is great for day/natural looks too. It was 6.80. I appreciate the range of colors in here, from 2 shades of black all the way to a shimmery white. There isn’t too much diversity in terms of matte and shimmers but all in all a great palette. My favorite shades are the one that is the seventh from the bottom in the first photo and the second from the bottom.


And last of the beauty favorites, brushes! I’m sure all of you have heard of these-if you wear makeup, that is- and these are two of the Real Techniques brushes. I finally got my hands on the travel essentials kit and while I’m a fan of all the brushes, these two are my favorites. The purple one is the domed shadow brush and it works flawlessly to blend out the crease. The large pink one is amazing for blush and bronzer. (which I always get tongue tied saying and say, “blonzer.” True story.) Now, do I wear blush and bronzer all the time? No. Do I even wear makeup that often? No. But I know good brushes when I try them, and these are the real deal. (Hah, get it?)

And drumroll please for my book favorite of the month….

Why aren’t you drumrolling?

Fine. It is, surprise surprise….

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!!
I already returned my copy to the library so I couldn’t take a photo for you but if you want to know more about it, please read my review I did two posts ago. I did a full break down of my thoughts from writing quality to entertainment to the characters.

What are your favorite things of the month? Books, foods, anything!
Have a great day and I’ll see you in my next post!

P.S want a full review of anything I mentioned in this post? (I.e swatches of the eye shadows) let me know in the comments and I will be sure to.