#5PeculiarYears + Giveaway!

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Publication: Quirk Books

missp_paperback_72To celebrate the five-year anniversary of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Quirk is running a contest for fans of the series over at http://www.quirkbooks.com/ 5PeculiarYears. All you need to do is submit your Miss Peregrine fan art, cosplay, shelfies, or selfies to be entered to win a number of prizes.

I have not read yet Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yet  *hides under TBR pile* but will be reading before the movie releases in September (pinky promise!)

 

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Also, Quirk was great enough to send me a tote bag to give away to you all! To enter, just check out the Rafflecopter below and submit your entries (US only, sorry guys!) I’ll also be sneaking in some book swag as well 😉

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Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Let me know your thoughts of the book below, I’d love to hear!

Literary Fashion | November 9 + The Merciless

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Like I mentioned in my last Literary Fashion post, the outfits I’ve created no longer match the character, but instead, match the covers of the book.

November 9 was one of my favorite books last year, so I definitely wanted to create an outfit that matched. I’ve used dresses really often, though, so in order to change it up a bit, I added some colored pants and a cute lace top. This one was fun to create and I wanted to incorporate most, if not all, the colors on the cover.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover 

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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

This one was tough to create, to be honest, because while I wanted to match the cover, I also wanted to add some of the books themes as well, but also include sort of a Mean Girls theme to it. The Merciless is about a group of popular high school girls (a la Mean Girls) who go psycho and try to perform an exorcism. So I went with an “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” theme to match the cover and reference Mean Girls. After adding heels and a skirt, though, I felt like the outfit should be more “high schooler” and I just can’t imagine wearing heels to school all day (as you can see, I put lots of thought into these LOL.)lf4

“We exorcise you, impure one, you satanic power.” Her clear voice fills the cold corners of the basement.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

When I was trying to figure what outfit to choose for this cover, I originally wanted a light summer dress but I couldn’t find one in the right shade of blue. When I went with gold, I wanted a beautiful evening gown and then it turned into a much fancier outfit, which really has nothing to do with the book and everything to matching the covers almost exactly.

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“You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.”

Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know and offer any suggestions for future books as well 🙂

New Feature! | What I’m Watching This Week

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Lately, I’ve become obsessed with binge watching shows and have always loved movies. I once tried creating a feature on here about movies and such, but it was short lived. I decided to give a new feature/meme a try and see how this works out.

What I’m Watching This Week highlight any current shows I’m watching, movies I’ve recently seen, and any other related stuff. Feel free to join in by adding your link and grabbing the button below. You don’t need to post weekly (I’ll be posting every two weeks) but you can make it fit your schedule any way you like!

TV SHOWS
Game of Thrones – Season 6

I’m a little late joining in on this one. I decided I was going to read A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin a couple of months ago because my boyfriend kept insisting I watch the TV show. I wanted to read the series first, though. I couldn’t even get through the first book, unfortunately. With school and other stuff, I gave up on it and decided to just watch it on HBO Go.

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I’m addicted.

I binged watched the first five seasons in a month, then finally caught up with Season 6. Now I anxiously await each Sunday for the new episode to come out.

Season 1-5: I really, really enjoyed these seasons, some more than others.

Season 6: So far, it’s okay. There are a lot of things I want to learn more about but I feel like they are dragging out, and I was disappointed that nothing really happened in this past week’s episode; it felt like a filler episode and I hate those. I am hoping the episode reveals more about young Ned Stark’s past, whether Jon Snow and Sansa Stark will attack Ramsey Bolton at Winterfell, etc.

American Horror Story – Season 4: Freak Show

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I finally started watching the fourth and most current season of AHS and I am really liking it. The first few episodes creeped me out, especially with the killer clown on the loose, even though I don’t find clowns particularly scary. I’m currently on Episode 7 and will most likely finish the show in the next few days.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part 1

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I’ve watched Full Metal Alchemist before but this is the first time I am going to watch Brotherhood. I am gonna be honest, I only decided to start this now because watching AHS at night was really scaring me, so I needed something else to watch before heading to bed each night.

But I am really enjoying it so far. I’ve only seen a couple episodes, and I can already tell it’s a lot faster than the original, seeing as I’ve already learned how Ed and Al Elric lost their limbs (and bodies) when that took an entire show to find out completely last time. I’m really happy to see that the humor is still there, as well as all the serious issues these brothers face. It’s a very interesting story and I’m looking forward to seeing where the show goes. I hear it is much more closely tied to the manga, but I’ve never read it.

MOVIES in THEATRES

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I was super excited to watch a new Avengers movie, and I am a huge fan of Captain America, so it only made sense to go to a midnight premiere. I was happy to see most of the team back together, finally understood why there was a war between them in the first place, and really wanted to punch Iron Man in the face. It is easy to say that after the movie I was definitely Team Cap, even though before watching I swore I couldn’t pick sides. The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

It is easy to say that after the movie I was definitely Team Cap, even though before watching I swore I couldn’t pick sides. The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

The introduction of new Avengers was done seamlessly and I was super excited to see the appearance of Giant Man! His sneaky surprise made me squeal. Of course, we all knew from the trailers to expect Spidey, but it was still awesome to see him fight the Winter Soldier, Falcon, and Captain so effortlessly, reminding us how truly strong that kid is.

Anyways, I’ve already seen the movie twice and really can’t say enough about it. If you love Avengers movies or superheroes, this is definitely one to check out.

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Another superhero movie? Yep, I can’t get enough of them. After loving Days of Future Past, I was really looking forward to seeing Apocalypse. Unfortunately, I did not love it. I liked it, for the most part, but I felt very eh about. The fight scenes were okay, the new casting of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, etc. was something of an adjustment, and I was disappointed in how short Wolverines appearance is. Quicksilver’s scene, similar to that of Days of Future Past, was epic but didn’t make me enjoy the movie as much as I thought. It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is though,) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

Unfortunately, I did not love it. I liked it, for the most part, but I felt very meh about. The fight scenes were okay, the new casting of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, etc. was something of an adjustment, and I was disappointed in how short Wolverines appearance is. Quicksilver’s scene, similar to that of Days of Future Past, was epic but didn’t make me enjoy the movie as much as I thought. It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is, though) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

It’s not terrible, but it is definitely the weakest of the new three X-Men’s. I’m not sure if there is a new one in the works (I’m sure there is, though,) but I hope the next one reignites my love for this series because this one sure left me feeling empty.

MOVIES on TV

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I’m not too big on classics anymore, but I watched this one with my family. My uncle is a huge classics fan and kept shouting his suggestions while we tried to figure out what to watch one day. Finally, I gave in and put on this one thinking it was a Marilyn Monroe movie I’d seen before (I was confusing it with Some Like it Hot) but about half way realized I’d been thinking of the wrong movie.

This is a sweet comedy about three young ladies trying, and failing, at marrying millionaires and instead falling in love with penniless guys (of course!)

It’s a fun one to watch, but I don’t recommend it if you’re not into classics already. I think most people get bored of them nowadays cause they’re so simple, but I find them very glamorous.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Reasons I Love Goodreads

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I know I stumbled across Goodreads on a lifestyle blog, it was a widget on the side and I clicked and became a part of Goodreads immediately because books are my life a huge part of my life. It also kickstarted my whole book blogging life. I started over on the website vox.com and then wandered around in different places before I landed on Blogger.com and my blog took off from there.

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Fast forward to now (8 years later) and I still love Goodreads. Here are my top ten reasons why:

  1. It’s a social network for books/readers: I have found so many books, so many friends, so many blogs.
  2. I can share what I’ve read with people in real life: my book blog life and my real life have never really connected, so I like that little feature that when you finish a book, you can post it on your Facebook wall. I just like people I know in real to know what I’m reading too LOL.
  3. The Goodreads challenge: I always set a certain number of books and even though I have mostly failed to complete the challenge each year, it’s my favorite
  4. Goodreads groups: They’re like virtual book clubs and don’t have to be book related.
  5. Tracking my books with shelves: one of my favorite features is how easily you can add books to several shelves, create new ones, edit old ones, etc. It’s a simple system that I’ve been using for all these years to keep track of what I read.
  6. Recommendations: Like I said, I have found so many books just by having a Goodreads account, but I also like that it offers recommendations on the side, that whole “Readers also enjoyed” and “Because you read___, a few similar books” because I always find more books to add to my TBR.
  7. Quotes: one of my favorite things in the world is finding and saving quotes. I used to do this on a WordDoc but now I have Goodreads to keep track of all the ones I love. I always go back to it, add new ones, or use them for something or other.
  8. I can read other readers reviews, and I do this often.
  9. Quizzes and polls are fun and they have tons to participate in!
  10. Goodreads Choice Awards were readers get to vote on books they thought were best for each year.

There are tons of other reasons why I love Goodreads and these are in no particular order, I just wrote them as they came to my mind. If you haven’t signed up for Goodreads account, even if you aren’t a regular book blogger, I still recommend it for keeping track of your books or finding new books that might interest you.

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One True Loves Blog Tour | Review + Giveaway!

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One True Loves Blog Tour | Review + Giveaway!One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication: Washington Square Press on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour
In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever. Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly? Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

“I think it’s a good sign, though,” he said, “that I was crazy about you at sixteen and I’m still crazy about you now.”

One True Loves was and wasn’t what I was expecting. I was intrigued to read this one from reading the summary because I can never resist some heartbreak and a love triangle (seriously.) From the start we learn that Emma is engaged to Sam when her husband calls her to tell her he’s alive. Rewind to when they all first met, how Emma and Jesse fall in love, how she loses him, how she overcomes the aching heartbreak, to present day when she meets and falls in love with Sam.

I did like the characters, all of them. I found myself relating to Emma more than I thought I would, loving Jesse and Sam, understanding her relationship with her sister and parents, and adoring her faithful best friend. There were a few things Emma did that seemed selfish, but she’s only human, and I think I would’ve felt and acted similarly.

“You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away.”

The story made me laugh and cry, and when I finally finished the book I was relieved that Emma had found her happiness but also sad that it was over. The story was well-paced, the ending not too predictable. I was really confused about who she was going to pick, but after some time realized who she needed to pick. And I’m glad it all worked out in the end.

This was the first book I read by TJR, and I must admit there were a few things that bothered me about her writing, such as the way the first chunk of the book is written (told instead of shown — …and why was everyone always wearing chinos?) but I thoroughly enjoyed the story so I look forward to checking more of her work out.

One True Loves kept me up late at night, and I was so immersed in the story, all the feelings and emotions, that I finished it in just a few hours. I am really happy I got the opportunity to read this one, it was a refreshing change to everything else I have been reading. Reid really created a believable, heart-wrenching story that I loved experiencing, and will remember for years to come. If you’re looking for a contemporary love story to sink into this summer, One True Loves is definitely one to check out.

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