Hauls

Book Haul | October 2019

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Hello everyone and welcome! So, it has been a while since doing a “traditional” book haul in a few months since I have been doing my Read 5, Buy 1. I have decided to pause this for the remainder of the year due to the holidays coming up and such.

Even though I did not buy a ton of books this month, I still wanted to share the ones I did pick up. I am pretty surprised I didn’t buy even more since I let myself “off the hook”. Anyway, On to the books!


Books Added 2Bought

Subscriptions

Gifted


OWNED TBR COUNT

34 books!

Even with all of my book buying, I am still down a book from last month and quite honestly, that is a lot better than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to go up overall, so a small victory!


What book are you adding to your TBR? How many books are on your TBR?

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal | New Bujo & November Set Up

Recs

Hello and welcome to my new bullet journal! I am so excited to be sharing with you how I decided to see it up and the spreads I migrated over. It is really interesting how over time the spreads you need change, that is just the most wonderful thing about bullet journals, they change with you. Anyway, I don’t want to write a huge introduction because I have a ton of pictures to share!


This time around I decided to stick with an Archer and Olive A5 notebook. The main reason being the page quality and I really enjoy the fact that the pages are crispy white as well. I personally do not use an index so not having page numbers is not a big deal. What I need is good quality paper, good binding, a pen loop, and roughly enough pages to get me through 4-6 months. This note book has all of that for me, a nice bonus is the beautiful cover. I found a Tombow marker in the shade 837 that matched the cover pretty darn well and I am using that during the set up as well as November.

I am not a big number person, but I love to celebrate milestone. I had this page in my previous bullet journal and I updated it normally towards the end of the month. As you can see I already needed to update a few since creating this spread. I do have an instagram, but quite frankly instagram normally just stays the same and it is more for me than anything.

These spreads I feel like are going to be used and reference a lot over the next few weeks. I decided to put my buddy read picks and order for Jenna, Amy, Reg and myself because if I don’t write them down I never remember. It is also a fun memory. Underneath this I have decided to start to watch the Outlander series instead of just reading it. I decided to put a little progress tracker because I don’t watch a ton of TV so I tend to forget my progress in shows if they aren’t on netflix or prime since those services keep track for me. On the right I just redid my 2019 goals spread that was in my previous bujo.

I decided to also keep my grid spacing page as well as my period tracker. I did not add the 1/2 and 1/4 points because it was a lot of work that I never really references because my spreads were never broken up like that. Having the number of boxes across and down is more useful for me.

Next and one of my more important spreads is my TBR. I have a box on the left of each title which tracks whether I have started, read, or unhauled/DNFed a book. On the right of the book title there are four boxes with checkmarks. These are codes for audiobooks since all of these books are already owned via print or ebook. A means it is available on audible, S means it is available on Scribed, * means I own it, L means my library has it. This is all for reference so I can decide which books to listen to on my commute to and from work.

I have added a new Read 5, Buy 1 to this bujo, but I am putting this on hold until the new year because I tend to get books for the holidays and it would throw this off a bit. But, I love being prepared so I added it now.

Now we are on to November, I was one again influenced by Plant Based Bride over on youtube. She shared this printable on the left and I just loved the cozy feel and on the right I used more of her doodles to decorate a shelf above the monthly calendar.

Next I have my habit tracker, which is a layout I have been loving over the past few months. This month I decided to track sleeping 7 hours or more, meditation, reading, vitamins, tidying, and nature time. On the right I have a social media tracker to track when I am meant to post on my blog, but I will also mark when I upload to instagram. On the bottom you can see my blog post tracker. On the left is the date, PWS is from my previous bujo, which means pictures, write, schedule. Just so I can track my progress and stay on top of my posts. I really loved doing this last month so I am looking forward to using this again.

So this month I am going back to my old book tracker, I have realized I don’t really care how many pages a day I read, but more so how long it is taking me to read a book. So, if you have not seen this spread before. On the left I will use a color that represents a book and I will color in the blocks next to the days I read that particular book. You can see this filled out in my post called Bullet Journal | May 2019. On the right I used another one of Plant Based Bride print, I thought it was a nice reminder to do things that make you happy and feel good inside.

Next up is my TBR, which I talked about in my TBR post, TBR | November 2019. If you have not noticed already I decided to use the N from the first page of the month as a guide to decorate the titles of each page. I thought it would help tie everything together.

Those are my weekly spreads. I decided to try something new again. I was watching Plant Based Brides November set up and I thought it looked so functional and simple and for me that is the best when setting up my weeklies as of late so I can focus on the items on the page instead of the fluff.

Anyway, this is my new bujo and my November set up! I hope you enjoyed this little peak!


What theme are you using this month?

What do you track on your habit tracker?

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Tags

Tag | “I Should Have Read That Book Tag”

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Hello everyone and welcome to a tag post! It has been a while since I have done a tag post and thought I would give it a go again. I was tagged by the wonderful Jenna over on JK I’m Exploring, she is a such a wonderful person and she has such a wide array of interesting content. I really do suggest you give her blog a peek. Anyway, on to the tag. P.S. for some reason I have not been getting notifications for tags and the only reason I saw I was tagged was because I read her post, I used to get notified. Super weird!


-The Rules-

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

-The Questions-

  • A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read 
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
  • A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
  • A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
  • A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
  • A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet 
  • A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

-My Answers-

  • A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
    • Okay, this one is kinda hard to answer. If I had filled this out a few months ago I would have said Jenna and Reg kept telling me to read Thunderhead
      by Neal Shusterman. I was so happy when I did. At this point I don’t really have anyone telling me I need to read a book. If you have any you think I should read, please comment! 
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
    • The oldest book on my TBR is from January of 2019, it isAssassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I do really need to get to this ASAP. I hear such wonderful things about it.
  • A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
    • The Alienist by Caleb Carr, finished first book.
    • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, finished books 1-4. 
    • The Hazel Wood series by Melissa Albert, 1st book read. 
    • Arc of Scythe by Neal Shusterman, finished books 1-2. 
    • Dark Tower by Stephen King, finished first book. 
    • Discworld Series: Death Arc by Terry Pratchett, finished first book. 
  • A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the first book that comes to mind. I feel like it would be a horrific read, but very interesting and thought provoking. The second that comes to mind is Northanger Abbeby Jane Austen because it is one of the few Austen books I have yet to read. 
  • A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
    • I feel like I can say any Victoria Schwab book. I have yet to read any books by her and I feel like I am literally the only one.
  • A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
    • I can’t say that I have watched an adaptation of a book that I loved and didn’t read the book already. I really cannot think of a single one, I am more of a reader than a watcher though. I could also have easily forgotten about one.
  • A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
    • I would have to say Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, I have been seeing this book everywhere lately, but I have yet to pick up even the first book and I feel like it is one I would really like.

-I Tag-

Misty @ mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Kate @ readingthroughinfinity.com

Heidi @ thisismybookshelfblog.wordpress.com

Jill @ jilljemmett.com

Evelyn @ evelynreads.com

Diana @ ideasonpapyrus.wordpress.com

Ariana @ thequirkybooknerd.wordpress.com

Audrey @ audreywritesabroad.com

Larissa @ bookbosomedblonde.wordpress.com

Kristi @ confessionsofayareader.wordpress.com

Plus anyone else who wants to take part!


What is a classic you have been putting off?

Which popular book have you yet to read?

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Hauls

BOTM Unboxing | October 2019

Unboxing

Hello and welcome to yet another BOTM unboxing. I would like to say that I was so excited about the possibilities that they could have had this month, but I think for once I was not torn between which book to get. Normally I am debating for an entire day which one to pick and looking at reviews. This month, I was only interested in one book mainly because I am in a spooky reading mood, none of the books this month really were “spooky” or “Eerie” to me. All, but one.


-Description-

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love. –goodreads.com


-Why This Book?-

This month I settled on Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson, for two reasons. The first being that this was the only book that really fit into the reading I would want to do this month. I am all about creepy books and this has children that catch on fire when they are upset or mad, or something along those lines. So, it was odd enough for me to pick. Also, the cover really pulled me in initially. Why would a book have a person just standing in a hallway on fire? Well, I read the description and got my answer.

Another reason I picked up this book was because it seemed like it would be a really quick short read and since I am reading mostly larger books this month, American Gods and The Institution among others, it was a selling point for me. I am trying to read my BOTM picks the month I get them so this played a part in my choice.


Well, there you have it my BOTM unboxing. I hope you enjoyed finding out which book I picked and why. If you get BOTM I would love to know which book you picked this month. If you don’t I would love to know if this would be a book you would be interested in picked up from the bookstore or library.

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Wrap Up

Wrap Up | September 2019

Monthly Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my monthly wrap up! This month was a bit overwhelming, but I read a lot more than I thought I would be able to read and I even read a few 5 star reads! I still cannot believe we are now officially into fall and within the last three months of 2019. It is time to make sure all of these yearly goals done, but before that I need to share what I have read, on to the books!


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PumpkinheadsPumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story line was very cute and adorable. I might have audibly said awe a few times while reading this. The illustrations were great, I loved the color choices for the story as well. This was a great start to the autumn seasons.

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The Bad Death of Eduard DelacroixThe Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a brutal one, but it added a lot to the story. I am moving on to the next one right away.

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Night JourneyNight Journey by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am moving on the the next one right away, I need to know how this story ends!

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Coffey on the MileCoffey on the Mile by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This finally installment really had me feeling for the characters a lot more than I had when I first started reading this serialized novel. It came full circle in a way I did not see coming and had an element I did not see coming either, but a very good choice in my opinion. This was a great story even though I hated a few characters with a passion.

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The Favorite DaughterThe Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The main reason I personally did not enjoy this was due to the narrator. I could not take more than a half an hour at a time listening to her. I am not really sure what to say, the idea is really interesting, but for me this is a case of a really annoying narrator.

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Middle Mark Books 2


Beat the Backlist 2

Current TBR: 30

Backlist TBR: 1


What was your favorite book you read this month?

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Goals

Luna’s Weekly Book Photo Challenge | September 2019

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So, if you could not tell from the title of this post. I wanted to try something new and fun. One thing I always enjoy watching and trying to participate in are book photo challenges.  As I said, I try to, but I am horrible at sticking to them on a daily basis so I thought I would create my own that better fit me. Thus, the birth of Luna’s Weekly Book Photo Challenge!

I decided that I can commit to a weekly photo to post on twitter as well as instagram and I hope some of you could join me by using #lunaseptember19 on both of these platforms. I would really love to see what everyone comes up with.

To help everyone out I decided to make a handy little image you could save on your computer or phone so you could reference it throughout the month. I placed the date, prompt, and the hashtag so it is all together in one handy spot.

Anyway, thanks for reading this not so normal post from me and I hope you will join me!


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Hauls

Unboxing | Coffee and a Classic July 2019

Unboxing

Last month was my first time getting www.coffeeandaclassic.com box and I loved it so much I decided to continue my subscription.  Like my previous month, I am subscribed for the Adult Classic Starter Box, which is 29.99. Also, note that you can pick either coffee or tea, I have picked the coffee option. Anyway, I am excited to be sharing this unboxing with you!


Here is a card on top that shows you everything that is going to be in the box. I will say I don’t usually pay attention to this until I unpack everything and want a little more information such as the artist or shop that it same from. I  love that these are made different for each month to match the book instead of having the same card with different font, it really shows how much they care.

I really love the different coffees each month and how they take the book and try to take key aspects of the story or take inspiration and come up with these coffee blends. I opened this one up and it smelled so good. I am looking forward to drinking it within the next few weeks. At the top and center we can see one of the bookish goodies is a puzzle with artwork based off of the book. I thought this was such a cute idea. Since my post, Operation Find A Hobby | Puzzle , I have been doing puzzles off and on and I was really excited to get my hands on this. Next at the bottom center is this months bookmark. It is a very cute large paperclip with a fabric flair made of denim.

This months book is The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, while I have heard about this book. I have absolutely no idea what this book is about. So, I went to good old goodreads and found the following:

A nineteenth-century boy from a Mississippi River town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer’s aunt who mistakes him for Tom. –goodreads.com

Honestly, this description doesn’t really tell me too much. It does tell me that I will be following a boy and an African American man, who is a runaway slave, in the mid-west and south. Which, sounds dangerous and I am really hoping already that they are not caught and the man is able to maintain his freedom. I feel like there might also be a lot of drama with the case of mistaken identity as well? I really am not sure what to expect. On top of that they are meeting some scoundrels, I feel like there is going to be a lot of bad things happening to the main characters, I hope I am wrong. If you have read this please let me know a little more without spoiling to much.

  Now in the picture of the book, there was two little boxes next to the book. At first I was kinda unsure about them, but it seems like these are straw made out of  wheat. I am going to assume that this has to do with the book since this box is so good about finding objects that actually go with the book. I am curious to see how these tie in.


What did you think of this book box?

Have you ever read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

What did you think?

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Hauls

Unboxing | Coffee and a Classic June 2019

Unboxing

This month I decided I would give a new book box a try. I have tried many in the past and only one to this point has been one I have kept for over a year. The others were wonderful, but I no longer read a lot of YA so I was on the hunt for a book box that fits my current reading habits. With my youtube and blog searches I came across this lovely box called Coffee and a Classic.

If you know me I love classic literature, I find it a wonderful way to look into the past without reading non-ficiton, which I also love. On top of that, you get some delicious coffee to sip while you read. An entire experience!

Now, this box has a few customizable things going for it as well. You can pick coffee or tea, and the type of classic you would want to read. They have children’s classic, classic literature, and then a non-fiction classic. Which, I love that they give the subscribers so much choice in the box. On top of that you can can pick from starter ($29.99)  or standard (40.99). Which, if you want to know more please check out their website. www.coffeeandaclassic.com.

Anyway, I picked the classic literature starter box here is what I got this month!


Can I just say I am a sucker for cute simplistic packaging? This logo is just so cute and I love it. I also loved how everything was packaged in a box that was appropriate in size. Everything fit safely and snuggly inside nothing was shifting all over and there was unneeded stuff.

I am so excited to try this coffee, I am also so happy that it happens to be themes as a Grand Adventure because I am currently rereading The Fellowship of the Ring and I feel like it would fit in perfectly. On top of that it smells heavily.

Here are the two bookish goodies I got this month. The first are two absorbent car coasters. I feel like these people are spying on me because I said a few weeks ago I needed some of these and I was on the look out for them. Looks like I don’t need to keep searching. The second is a beautiful lined notebook, which is in a beautiful blue color. I love that both of these have artwork that actual applies to the book that is in this book instead of just something generic. You can see the thought that goes into this.

Last, but certainly not least we have the bookmark and the book. Can I just say I love that they send  a bookmark with a book. I never understood when book boxes never came with a bookmark. Anyway, this bookmark is made of Sassafras and features art pertaining to the book. I have never had a wooden bookmark that I can remember, but I love the feel of this. Then, we have the classic! I am happy to say I have not read this classic, but I have heard quote a lot about it. I am excited to dive into this, sip my coffee, and maybe take some notes.

I have to say I am really happy with this book box. The items inside are usable and not just knickknacks and all have to do with the book that was sent not just a generic theme. I can see the hard work that was put into this and I want to say well done. I am going to continue on with this box!


What did you think of this book box?

Do you subscribe to any bookish boxes?

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Revisiting

Revisiting | Reading a Shortlist 2019

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Hello everyone today I wanted to share my progress with one of my 2019 goals/challenges. We are in the 5th month of the year, I can’t hardly believe it. I thought it was time to do more of a in-depth look at this goal because it is a bit more than a checklist type goal to me. I see it more as an experience or an experiment of sorts. I personally have never much been one to follow book awards and let them dictate my reading or sway my reading choices. This year I kinda wanted to see if I had been missing out because of this. If you want to see my reasoning for why I picked this reading award, you can see that in my original post; Reading Goals | Reading a Shortlist.

Without more of a delay here are my reviews and my reflection on this experience so far!

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-Reviews-

Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is such an adventure, it starts with a young boy, age 11. Sadly, he is a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados run by two brothers. The author wrote a beautiful book that shows the ugly that is slavery. It talks about awful psychological games played by owners and the bad treatment many had to endure unfairly. I also like how the author showed abolitionists and aspects of the underground railroad. The dangers of faced by those who escaped and freed those who did not belong to them. I also really enjoyed the science, art, and almost steampunk elements. I am honestly not doing this book justice, but I will say it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and it is well deserved. I also have to agree with the quote on the front of my book calling it a masterpiece.

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MilkmanMilkman by Anna Burns

I wont give this book a star rating because I could not finish it, it was not for me in the slightest. I picked it up and I was bored nearly right away. I can see how other might enjoy this book, but I did not.

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The Mars RoomThe Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

I can’t give this book a star review, because I did not finish reading the book.

I had such high hopes for this book for a few reasons. The first being the description sounded amazing and it seemed like something I would normally gravitate towards. The second reason being is that it was short listed for the man booker prize as well as other noted literary awards.

The main reason this fell short for me was that it didn’t really capture my attention. That is not to say it was not dramatic, because it very much was, but it just was not something I wanted to pick up again after putting it down.

Don’t get me wrong, this book had a lot going for it and I was rooting for it. It had a great concept of critiquing society and how economics have such an impact on individuals lives. I also felt horrible for the main character because no one should have to go through what she and some of the other women went through. I am glad light was shed on a lot of issues in this book. But, a main character that doesn’t really seem in the story, a plot that jumps around too much, and it all left me looking to do something else.

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-Reflection-

So far my reading has been mixed with this experiment 1 book has been a win and one has not been a win. I am sitting at 1:2 or 33% success rate. Not the best of scores. I am hoping that it will rise higher the more I read. At this time I have 3 more books to go so there are a lot of chances for me to get a good reading experience.

I am expecting it to go up not just because I have more  books to read, but also because I am fairy interested in 1 of them and I already picked it up. So I am hoping since I own that one I like it. I feel like if I do not like this next one I am going to abandon this goal for 2019. I seem to not really like the types of books that they picked for their winner or their shortlist at this point. Fingers crossed this next one is a winner!

-Remaining Books-

The Long Take by Robin Robertson

The Overstory by Richard Powers – Owned

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? How do you think this experiment will go?

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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter May 2019

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Hello and welcome to me realizing that my reading tastes have changes a ton in the last 6 months. I feel like every time I turn around my reading tastes have taken a 180 and I am DNFing books left and right. When this happens I sit in front of my shelves and do an unhaul. This round I was able to easily get rid of 10 books with no problem, but there were 4 books I was very much on the fence about keeping. Due to this I decided to do a try a chapter post. Without more of a delay, here are the books.

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His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell, I feel like I would like this book, but I have not reached for it since receiving it from the publisher. I have not really been fully in the mood for a thriller as of late so that is why I want to read it before unhauling. I feel like I may really like her writing style.

The opening narration kinda had the vibe of someone who is watching from above and I can’t figure out if the wife was already dead or just being the narrator for kicks. Well, I read a little more and it turns out she is not dead and just said she just made those things up. I am kinda still on the fence about this book. I am think I am going to keep it for now and see if I am in the mood for it when I want to read a thriller.


Image result for An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat HowardAn Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard, this was a very last min. edition to my bookoutlet order in the new year. I really need to stay away from that site, I end up buying books that don’t really call to me in the first place. 

I have no idea why, but the opening sentence of the book made me laugh and I cannot take it seriously. I did not really enjoy the set up to the story so I am going to have to let this one go. 


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3.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, this was my BOTM pick for December. I mainly picked it because it was set in Southern India and travels around various counties within Asia not because of its synopsis. I want to read more books set around the world, but I want to like the idea of the plot as well. I am hoping that this will surprise me and I end up wanting to keep it

I already want to know more after reading the first chapter. I know about her parents kinda, I know that someone is dead and it might be connected to her. I want to know how her family dynamic is tied to the fate of a man from a small village on a mountain.  I am going to keep this book and read it!


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Searching for the Amazons by John Man, I love learning about the amazons the only problem is I forgot this book was sitting on my shelf, which means I am not thinking about it in the slightest. Which, is a but concerning if you ask me. I am hoping that reading the first chapter will lead me to wanting to read it.

I did not enjoy the narrators voice, for some reason I was very bored by it. I don’t see myself picking it up again in the near future if ever so I am going to have to let this one go. 

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So I decided to unhaul 2 books, I am still iffy about 1, and I am really excited to read another. Talk about being all over the place! Anyway, thanks for reading and are there any books on this list you think I am wrong about? Should I give any a second chance with chapter 2?

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