The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride My rating: ★★★★☆

“Sonny, don’t you tell me what’s worth while—true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that.”

The meta framing of this book is clearly the highlight. There are so many self aware and satirical moments that were done really well, which is why it gets such a high rating. That said, I don’t think I actually enjoyed the actually story that much. Cliché fantasy tropes are used to make a point but didn’t actually make for a super enjoyable story. That said I finished it, which means it was still fairly interesting.

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How to Get Arcs for non-reviewers

As someone who is not a super popular reviewer, I’ve always had a hard time requesting books I actually want from publishers, and Netgalley rarely approves my requests, yet I’ve gotten quite a large collections of arcs over the years and I thought it would be fun to share how. ARC, by the way, means Advance Reader Copy. They are a marketing tool to create hype for the book, so usually they are not given to the average reader. In recent years though, ARCs have gotten into more reader hands, especially because publishes have acknowledged the value of book bloggers and booktubers. Even more recently they have become very valuable for collectors in the same way that first additions of Harry Potter are valuable. The only catch is that they cannot be sold, so while you technically can find them on Ebay for absurd prices, it is not a legal way and will not be included on this list.

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A-Z About Me Tag

So I was tagged by Alyssa @bookhuntressworld to do this tag a while ago and I just decided to do it so ya’ll could get to know me a little bit better

A – Age: 17

B – Books you are reading: Loooooooliiitaaaaaaa for school right now 😦

C – Chore you hate: Walking the dog when it rains or it’s super cold

D – Dessert you love: Ooh, this is hard because I have a huge sweet tooth. Key Lime pie is up there, but also feed me anything with chocolate and I’m yours.

E – Essential start to your day: Washing my face with super cold water

F – Favorite author/book: MAGGIE STIEFVATER!! NEIL GAIMON!!! VICTORIA SCHWAB!! I CAN’T CHOOSE!! I HAVE SO MANY

G – Gold or silver? Silver all the way

H – Height: 5’6″ on a good day

I – Instrument you play: My sucky voice! Also I spent six horrible years learning to play the piano, which was a total waste!

J – Job title: Student

K – Kids: 0

L – Living arrangements: I live with mi familia

M – Most overused word in your vocabulary: Right now I’ve lowkey gotten into a bad habit of saying “lowkey.”

N – Nicknames: Chi, but don’t call me that

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in the hospital overnight

P – Pet peeve: When people talk too slow. I don’t know why but it makes me super anxious! My bookish pet peeve is when people doggy ear the pages. You have no excuse; literally anything can be a bookmark!

Q – Quote you like: I have a ton of them, but the most relatable one right now is:

“I feel ill,” he announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.”

-Howl in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

R – Right or left handed: Leftie! #leftiesarethebesties

S – Siblings?  two half siblings

T – Time you woke up today: 8 am

U – Unique thing about you: Not to brag (but also, yes, to brag becasue I just got it back), but I got a perfect ACT score.

V – Vegetable you love: Bok Choi

W – Worst habit: Forgetting to take my medicine

X – X-rays you’ve had: A lot

Y – Yummy food you make: Onigiri

Z – Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

I’m tagging anyone who sees this post!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret HistoryThe Secret History by Donna Tartt

My rating:★★★★★

“Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”

One of my new favorite books, this is dark and a little depressing, but so interesting. I understand why people compare it to The Raven Boys, but to me it almost feels more like The Great Gatsby in tone and theme.

 

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We Are Halfway Through the Year Already…

So it’s already almost July 4th. It seems I don’t post unless it is an occasion for fireworks. Oops. I am seven books behind on my reading goal. Oops #2. I should really catch up on that, but I’ve been really bad and watching a lot of TV. Oops #3. For example, a couple of days ago I really got into 13 Reasons Why and I’m already on the 9th episode. Oops #4. I actually really didn’t like the book Thirteen Reasons Why because I found Hannah to be really annoying and cruel, and the book barely acknowledged it. I also thought the books had some things it could have expanded on because I don’t know if I was just confused or there was plot holes. Anyway, the TV show is actually really engaging. It is also super relatable. I’m not suicidal, but it is amazing how the small everyday cruelties of teenagers can really effect you, especially when they all add up.

Currently I’m reading Princess Bride. I’ve always meant to do that becasue I grew up watching the movie. I really enjoy the voice of it. It is funny, poking fun at itself, and the way the William Goldman wrote it as a story within a story is also entertaining and relatable. I’ve always wanted to make a good parts version of books.

Here’s one for the Old Man and the Sea:

An old man goes to catch a fish. Purple=royalty. Hubris is a thing. The man catches the fish, but sharks attack and by the time he gets home he has nothing. Aw, shucks, so much for pride. The End.

It’s short and sweet because let’s be honest, that book does not need to be nearly as long as it is.

Will be posting more reviews soon.

New Year Book Recommendations!

It’s a new year and I’m looking for new books to add to my freshly wiped to read list! I’m especially looking for magical realism books. My favorites are those books where you’re not quite sure whether the magic is real or not, but I really love anything.

Here are some new year recommendations:

Historical Fiction: City of Thieves by David Benioff (yes, he’s one of the writers of the Game of Thrones TV series)
This is the dramatized story of Benioff’s grandfather during the Siege of Leningrad. It follows two boys as they embark on a mission to find a dozen eggs in exchange for their life. Both funny and touching, I found myself laughing out loud but also crying while reading this book! For those who love fast paced books, this is the one for you!

Magical Realism/Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
How could I not. This is magical realism at it’s finest. It’s beautiful and mystical and just all around so much fun to read. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about, but it follows a little boys after this man dies, and a magical family of women. Also it’s short. I read it in one sitting.

 Memoir/Biography: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicity Day
This was my first read of the year. I had actually never heard of Felicity day before, but her memoir is fun and relatable, but also very impressive. It tells of her homeschooled childhood and the creation of her TV show The Guild. Some part could honestly be intimidating, but it was a fun read overall. I recommend any introvert, especially those who live through books, video games, or even the internet to read this book.

Comment your favorite books!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay here’s the thing, unlike most three star books, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It felt like a harry potter book, albeit an earlier one. I loved seeing how the gang grew up because of my potterhead heart, and the plot wasn’t horrible. I keep hearing horrible things about the play, but it wasn’t. It had moments of humor, there was much sentimentality, and it was fairly clever

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