August Book Haul & where have I been? -Yasmin

HEY GUYS! So after months of not blogging, I’ve finally come around to write another post. I’m gonna be hauling all the books I got in August!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and why my GR’s disappeared, here’s a quick explanation. So I haven’t been blogging because I was in Asia for the WHOLE summer! I could’ve blogged a little bit, but I was meeting and gathering with family so my online life took a backseat.
I deleted my Goodreads because it got to be really unhealthy for me, and I spend too much time on the site. Now I have an account SOLELY to add books I want to read, & be able to look at ratings/reviews. But I no longer am writing GR’s reviews! 😦

ANYWAYS, here are all the books I got in August! (Most are from online because I’m still in Asia haha)
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First off, I got Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. I’ve heard great things about this book and thought I’d give it a read! From what I’ve gathered its a dark, paranormal thriller.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 
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Apparently Susan Dennard and SJM are BFF’s so obviously I’m gonna try Truthwitch! I’ve heard mixed things, but the premise sounds promising.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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All The Rage is apparently a rape story and after reading a few poignant and emotional reviews, I immediately got it. I’m interested to read it.

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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I’m not exactly sure why I got this book, but the cover is really really gorgeous and I am a huge fantasy lover! But it seems like a very romance-y and trope-y book. 😦

 

 

 

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I’m trying to read some more contemporary/realistic fiction and this book sounds amazing. I’ve also read many glowing reviews!

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

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I, personally, do not struggle with anxiety but I know many people do. Finding Audrey was really hyped a few months ago and I’m excited to read it!

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

 

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I know that Paige read this and really liked it! It sounds dark and mysterious (which I love).

Source: BookOutlet.com

 

 

 

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I read ACOTAR over a year ago and it was meh but apparently this book is AMAZING. I didn’t actually plan on getting this until I reread ACOTAR so I added it to my Amazon “later” cart, and then my dad just ordered it. O.O

Source: Amazon.com

 

 

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I don’t believe this requires an explanation haha.

Source: Amazon.com

 

 

 

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Funny story. So about a year ago I got The Raven Boys as an ebook and I ended up giving it 2 stars. But this summer I tried again and really enjoyed it! So in Malaysia, I went to the bookstore and got the rest of the series. ^-^

Source: MPH (a malaysian bookstore)

 

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Challenger Deep is a book I got at the end of July but I’m just adding it here haha. I LOVED IT. It was a brilliant book about mental illness told through a dual perspective, one from real life, and the other was a dreamscape made up by the MC. I would 5/5 recommend!

Source: MPH (a malaysian bookstore)

 
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My mom and I both wanted to read this book so when I saw it I decided to get it. I’ve heard super mixed things, but my godmother recommended it to me, so I want to give it a try anyways. ^-^

Source: MPH (a malaysia bookstore)

 

 

 

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I got this in the August OwlCrate box! Thanks so much to Crate Joy for sending it to me. ^-^

Source: Owlcrate/cratejoy

 

 

AND those are all the books I got in the month of August! Hope you didn’t mind my extended absence. I’m ready to get back into blogging, though!

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Burning Books (+ Yasmin is back from the dead!)

Hey guys! After a LONG LONG LONG time, it’s me, Yasmin. I’m so sorry that I left for over a month with not even a goodbye or update. My life has been a complete mess and I’ve been so busy with school and finals! I hope to be able to blog and review consistently again! Anyways, today, I’m gonna burn some books. Well… kind of. I was tagged by Mariana over at Book is Glee to do the burn, rewrite, and reread tag!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round One

Okay this is sort of hard because I gave all these books 3 stars haha.

Burn: Four by Veronica Roth 

I didn’t hate Four, but it definitely was a lot worse than I hoped it would be.

Rewrite: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

That book was, and read like a textbook. I would add more of the notes from Harry, Ron and Hermione in the margins if there was ever a chance that it could be rewritten.

Reread: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

The Series of Unfortunate events is definitely one of the series that got little me into reading! Speaking of, I definitely should reread it soon.

Round Two

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ll probably get so much hate for this haha but yes, I didn’t like The Raven Boys. I don’t completely understand what everyone raves about! It wasn’t a horrible book, but for me it wasn’t anywhere near great either.

Rewrite: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I liked the Kane Chronicles but I thought that the narration was so weird. So if they could be rewritten that’s definitely what I would change.

Reread: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I don’t think this really needs much explaining but the Percy Jackson books will forever be some of my favorites.

Round Three

This is also kind of hard because again, I liked all of these books.

Burn: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

I received NEED as an ARC and while I did like it there were a lot of flaws.

Rewrite: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I’m not really entirely sure what I’d rewrite since I gave The Archived 4 1/2 stars and I honestly don’t remember why I lowered the rating haha. XD

Reread: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

TFP was a VERY middle grade book, but holy crap, it was amazing. THAT ENDING THOUGH. It still blows my mind.

That’s it! I hope you liked reading about me “burn” books haha. Anyways, again, I’m so sorry for my extended absence! I will try to start blogging regularly again. And thanks to Paige for taking over and posting while I was away. Hope you all are doing well!

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My top 10 favorite quotes in YA literature.

Hey everyone, today I’m doing a post on my top 10 favorite YA book quotes. Some of these books might not be considered “young adult” but you know, whatever…

“Some walks you have to take alone.” – Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

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9. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads

oie_QT65sxgKZcFWHey guys, today I’m doing another top 5 Wednesday post. 🙂 As always, t5w was created by gingerreadslainey on youtube. You can join the GR’s group for topics and more here. This week’s topic is your top 5 rainy day reads. I interpret rainy day reads as books that are “must-read-in-one-sitting”, or more melancholy/thought provoking books that reflect the weather. But that’s me.

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Quitting this blog. – Yasmin

Hey guys. So, after some very careful consideration, I’ve decided that book blogging is not my thing. I think it’s time for me to leave. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been super inactive lately, and that’s not because I’m busy, it’s because I hate the pressure of having to post. In fact, I’ve found that I dislike this blog. (with all due respect to Paige)

So… I’ve decided to leave. Although I’ve only had this blog for what, 4-5ish months, it’s really just not my thing. Anyways, I love you all so much and thank you for all the support that you’ve given me! But I really think my time in this community has expired.

Thanks for the memories.

-Yasmin

 

 

(haha just kidding. i love this blog and Paige and everyone. i definitely won’t be leaving it any time soon. happy April Fools Day! comment any pranks you’ve pulled on your friends/family)

Overdue February Wrap-Up

 

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Hey guys! It’s Yasmin. Yes, I know, I haven’t made a blog post in who knows how long I’ve just been really busy with school and other life stuff, but I hope to be much more active from now on. 🙂 Anyways, here is my way overdue February wrap-up!

Compared to my whopping amount of 18 books in January, I only read 12 in February. Still good, but not as good as I wished haha. Well anyways, lets just get into it. 🙂

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Book Traveling Thursdays – An underhyped book.

oie_Peta0smZ2kAtBook traveling Thursday is a weekly book meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. In short, there is a topic, and you chose a book for it, then show editions from around the world of that book. So, this weeks topic is an underhyped book. I chose The False Prince by Jenifer A. Nielsen. (this book is fairly popular, but I still think it deserves more hype than it receives. i’m sure quite a few people reading this will recognize it.)

American:

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UK:

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Indonesian version (at least I think so):

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Spain/Latin America:

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Italian:

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Okay that’s it! If you have any corrections, please feel free to tell me! This was all based off of Goodreads/google translate haha. Hope you liked this post

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Stacking the Shelves – 02/20/16

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Hey guys! It’s Yasmin. Today I’m doing a weekly meme, stacking the shelves, which was created by Tygna’s Reviews. Basically, every week on Saturday you post about the books you’ve currently added to your shelf – whether you bought a book, checked some out from the library, purchased it on your Kindle, etc.

Books I purchased this week

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I bought 3 books this week!! Which is way more than I usually would buy, but my Dad got me Calamity for Valentines day (best present ever), and I got Before I Fall and Salt to the Sea from a used bookstore. I haven’t finished Calamity yet, but I gave 5 stars to Before I Fall, and 4.5 to Salt to the Sea.

I didn’t get any library books (and usually I get 5 ish a week) but I’m currently in Utah on a snowboarding vacation. 🙂

Well that’s it! Comment below any books you got this week. 😀

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite recommended books.

oie_QT65sxgKZcFWHey guys! It’s Yasmin. Today I’m doing Top 5 Wednesday, a meme created by Ginger Reads Lainey (on YT). Click here if you want to join and make your own posts! ^-^

This week’s topic is your top 5 favorite books that were recommended to you.

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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My aunt, who lives in Malaysia, recommended me this book a few years ago, but up until a few months ago, I never read it. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. I thought it was a fantastic book. I know a lot of people hated it, but I really enjoyed it.

 

 

 

4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
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One of my best friends sister recommended me this book, so I went and got it from the library. I ended up flying through it in one sitting, and loving it! It’s a very middle grade book, but the ending is so brilliant. I gave this 5/5 stars on GR’s. 🙂

 

 

 

3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
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My 5th grade teacher pushed this book onto me so many times and I, for some reason, didn’t read it until the end of 6th grade. I really should’ve listened to that teacher earlier. I love the Percy Jackson series. It’s probably on my top 10 favorites ever.

 

 

 

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
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I read Divergent quite a while ago, and I’m proud to say that I beat the bookish community to the series. A family friend of mine gave me the first book and he told me that it was a great book and I should read it. Divergent is probably the series that really got me into reading. I even read it before the Harry Potter series.

 

 

 

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
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If we’re being real here, I thought the Harry Potter series was stupid for a really long time. My dad had been telling me to read it, but I still thought it was stupid. Boy was I wrong. Thanks Dad for my childhood in more ways than one.

 

 

 

 

That’s it! What’s your favorite book that someone recommended you? Leave a comment below!

Also, if you haven’t already heard, I made another more personal blog, A Book Unicorn, and it would mean a lot if you could follow it. ^-^

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