The Book Drop March Subscription Box

Hey guys! So I signed up for another book subscription box, but this one is from The Book Drop. As it says on the website:

The Book Drop is our very own monthly subscription box service. What does this mean? This means once a month we hand-select one of our favorite new books based on your reading preferences, package it up all nice and cute in a box and send it your way! Book Drop subscribers get a book delivered to their doorstep (or mailbox) once a month from Bethany Beach Books.

So I’m subscribed to the Jane box which includes:

  • Paperback book (usually a contemporary or historical fiction novel, with the occasional literary fiction novel)
  • Indie Next list for the upcoming month
  • An occasional goodie

I chose this box in particular because it allows me to receive books outside of the normal genre that I’ve been reading lately and it also allows me to receive books that I’d otherwise never pick up on my own. So for this month I’m actually really excited for the book that was in the box.

Here’s how the box came:

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It was a long box that was sealed to the teeth, so cutting it open was kind of difficult. BUT! Once I did manage to open it, here’s what was inside:

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The items that I received were:

  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy.
  • A Celtic magnetic bookmark (that matches the book in terms of one of the character’s origin).
  • A little note about the book and why it was chosen.
  • An Indie Next book list for the upcoming month.

As the note states,

“‘Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a story of four unforgettable characters who illuminate the quintessential American experience.’ I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s one of my favorites. Despite being published a few years ago, it’s still one of the my go-to staff recommendations when customers come in looking for a good book. We also included a little magnetic Celtic bookmark! Happy reading!! Love, AZ”

And then when I read the rest of the synopsis I became intrigued and interested in reading it. As I haven’t read many books based around the Civil War era, I’m interested to see this take on it and how it plays out.

Overall, my first box from Bethany Beach Books (aka, The Book Drop) was a fun one and I’m excited to see what the next month will bring.

Have you ever received a box from The Book Drop? Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know!

Rereads for 2016

Hey guys! I wanted to talk about the books I plan on rereading this year. I honestly haven’t reread a book in so, so long! I only reread one book last year and I really want to reread some books I haven’t picked up in years. So here are the books I hope to reread this year:

Vanish and Hidden by Sophie Jordan.

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These are the second and third books in the Firelight trilogy and I loved this trilogy so much when I read it back in high school, and since I reread the first book, Firelight, last year, I figured that I have to finish rereading the other two. It’s a story about people who can turn into dragons and how one family leaves the comfort of their home to live away from them – and the dangers that ensue afterward.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

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As one of my favorite books of all time, you’d think I’d have reread it more frequently, but I’ve actually have only read it twice, and that was a long time ago. So I figured I’d reread it and see if I love it as much as I did as a young teen or if my tastes have changed. But I just remember loving the clone aspect of it and of the mystery surrounding the main character, Matteo. Here’s hoping it’s just as awesome as the first time.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

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I read this book back in my early teen years and absolutely loved it. My dad wouldn’t let me read it at first because of the sexual content, but really? Not the worst thing I’ve read in terms of sex, let me tell you – even at that age. So when I read it, I fell in love with the characters and the story and how it just broke my heart and made me swell with love. I also saw the movie adaptation and thought that it was pretty faithful to the book, which I was glad for. So I definitely want to reread this and see if I like it just as much as back then.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah.

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I read this for a school project my freshman year of high school. We got to choose whatever book we wanted, and I had had this one for years, untouched and unread, so I decided to read it. And oh. My. God. This one just rips your heart out and tears it into a million pieces. I remember it making me angry, sad, excited. So many emotions from one story; and I think it’s partly because it’s a true story. I wonder if I’ll feel the same emotions on the second read through?

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb.

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I read this as my last summer reading I’d ever had to do, and I’m so glad this was on the list. Usually the books on the lists are boring and I’d never read them (literally this was the ONE YEAR I actually completed my summer reading 100%), but this book was just amazing. I loved the story of a ghost woman who was just trying to find her place, and of a ghost man who had taken up residence in someone, and how the two fall in love and more. It’s just a beautiful story and I want to reread it to see if I still think that it is.

And that’s all I have planned for rereading this year. I think that it’ll be good to get back into some of my old favorites because I loved them years ago, why wouldn’t I now?

Are you planning on rereading any books this year? Let me know!

August 2015 Book Haul

Another month, another haul! This month has been great for this kind of thing because I had my birthday earlier in the month and so my husband spoiled me with books and bookish things. So today let me tell you all of the books I got:

Physical Books

  • The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been wanting to get this book for years, but as it’s an adult book, it’s more expensive than YA books, so I always put off getting it. But I couldn’t resist anymore and so I went ahead and got it. I’m really excited to see what it’s about and how I’ll like it.
  • Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell. My Rainbow collection just keeps growing! This is her first novel and it’s well loved by others, and from what I hear it’s kind of like a rom-com (romantic comedy) in book form, so I’m excited to get into it more! I did start it, but I haven’t continued yet.
  • The Kate Daniels series, books 1-7, by Ilona Andrews. My husband spoiled me and got me all of the books that are out so far, except for the eighth book, which is in hardcover and I want all of my books to match. I started this series already and did a review on the first book, and so far I’m enjoying it. I really want to see what happens next.
  • Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo. Again, my husband spoiled me and got me the third book in the Grisha trilogy in paperback. I haven’t even started the trilogy yet, but I know I’ll enjoy it. Magic, power, romance… I mean, yes please!

E-books

  • Forbidden” by Kimberley Griffiths Little. I started this book for the Bout of Books readathon but I haven’t completed it yet. I am interested to see where the story goes and how the romance blossoms and all of that, plus I love the fact that this takes place in ancient Mesopotamia.

Well, I got eleven books this month! Not too shabby, if you ask me. I’m definitely excited to continue reading everything, it’s just going to take me a while because I’m kind of in a slump still. No energy after work and all of that, you know?

Let me know if you’ve gotten any of these books and which you’d recommend to me to read sooner rather than later! I do plan on marathoning the Grisha trilogy soon, but for now let me know what you think! What books have you acquired this month?

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway for one book up to $15USD from Book Depository! Be sure to get your entry in by midnight! The winner will be announced in my wrap-up post tomorrow, as well as contacted via email!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Book Review

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Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 295
Format: Purchased Paperback

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews is a story about a senior in high school who’s just trying to live his day to day life on friendly-but-not-friendship level turns with every major group in his school. He has one friend, Earl, whom he hangs out with and makes films with. One day his mom forces him to hang out with this girl named Rachel, and soon finds out that she has leukemia. Greg (the main character) and Earl decide to make a film for Rachel, but what will it be about?

Okay, well, this book confused me quite a bit. To understand why, let me take you through a few things first.

I can understand where the humor would upset a lot of people. I wasn’t laughing at anything, really, and was offended and unnerved by some of the things that were said in the book, but at the same time I can understand cultural and regional references as to how people talk or act and stuff like that.

I felt that the plot, or at least the majority of it, had nothing to do with Rachel or her disease or making a film about/for her. It was all over the place, talking about different people, different things, and some of it felt like it really didn’t need to be there.

I thought the first third of it was good and coherent, but when the parts with Rachel surfaced, we barely even got to know her. It was kind of frustrating because it is called “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Not “Me,” or “Me and Earl Make Films,” or whatever.

Okay, so I thought the main character, Greg, or the “writer” of this book (since this book’s POV is from that of someone writing a book) was very selfish. He was also kind of clueless in a lot of places. I thought his heart was in the right place on a few occasions, but it was otherwise just him rambling about his days and what he did and how much his films sucked. I found him to be extremely frustrating and annoying.

Earl was a more complex character, but wow was he a potty-mouth. I understand teens swear, and the environment in which they grow up in can affect that, but wow. Was not expecting that. It was kind of annoying at times, but I did enjoy trying to read his parts in his voice with an accent I can only imagine. I liked him in a “he’s cool” way. Well… yeah. I honestly don’t know what to say. I did like, though, that he really understood the situation and that he tried to get Greg to understand and see it, too.

Rachel was a sweet, quiet girl suffering through a life-sucking disease. We barely got to see her or get to know her at all throughout the book, which I thought was frustrating because, again, it should have included her more, in my opinion.

The plot of the book is a tough one to explain. It’s from the perspective of a teen who has just lived through these events, but sometimes it read like a novel, other times like a screenplay. It was confusing a lot of the time, and other times it felt like it didn’t serve a point. I thought that some of the chapters or paragraphs were filler while others made a bigger impact. It really focused in on how much “Greg sucks” and how down on himself he is a lot, and I think that was probably the most frustrating.

Unfortunately I don’t really know what to think about this book. I think that it was definitely different from the kind of books I’m used to reading, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I might see the film and do a film review of it later on, but I’m still deciding as I was very confused by this book.

I rate this book 3/5 stars.

Happy World Book Day!

Today, April 23, is World Book Day, a day that was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This day is special because it is the day that three authors – Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega – all died in 1616. It is also the birth or death date of some other prominent authors. It’s a day in which UNESCO wanted people to celebrate books, especially young people, so that they’d gain a new found appreciation and love for reading.

On this day, many are celebrating their love for reading. I know I am. I actually didn’t know about it until I saw it was trending on Twitter, but that’s okay. I’m still celebrating my love of books by currently reading “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare (among others at the same time, one e-book, one audiobook).

World Book Day is a wonderful thing and I think we should all celebrate in our own way. Reading is a door to other lives, to the past, present, and future; to other worlds, dimensions, time periods; to every gender and color and species under the sun. Reading is beautiful and fun and magnificent.

Please pick up a book today and enjoy the love of reading. Read something you love, something that’ll make you cry, get angry, feel all mushy inside. Whatever you pick up, just remember how much you love books. Read diversely, read series, read comics, read non-fiction, read religion, read politics, read whatever makes you happy.

Happy reading and happy world book day!