unique blogger award

Normally, I don’t do things like these but hey, I’m open to trying new things. I was nominated for the unique blogger award, which I thought was kind of awesome. I’m glad that my blog is considered unique. It’s what I strived for when creating a ravenclaw library. I was nominated by JessicaMarie493, so thanks Jessica! I appreciate it!

Here are some rules involved in the unique blogger award:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

1. Current favorite song/album?

Right now, I’ve been on a Korn kick, listening to the Paradigm Shift. Excellent album by a pretty sweet band. It’s basically tiding me over until September when Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A C comes out.

2.  Other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

I am a huuuuuuge gamer! Currently I’m on that Overwatch and Destiny grind. I usually play D.Va and Zenyatta in Overwatch and a Hunter in Destiny. I also do some photography, usually landscapes, my doggo and macros of flowers.

3. Favorite book you’ve read in 2017 so far?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s Scythe. The world building was super cool. I loved the different take on the Grim Reaper. Too often, he is feared when he shouldn’t be. He is only there to comfort us when we pass on. I highly suggest you all check out Scythe.


Here is the part where I nominate some friends: 

Mayflower

Frankie

Joreadsalot

Jamishelves

thebookishactress

I know that there is supposed to be more but these are the people I know, not super well, but we’ve had some conversations on Goodreads and stuff. I’ve been so busy that I’ve haven’t had the time to personal delve into all my followers blogs. I promise that I shall do it soon!


Questions for you guys:

  1. Biggest disappointment of the year?
  2. An underrated indie author that you enjoy and want to spread the love for?
  3. Go to comfort read when the world is just too much?

I hope that this was a fun little post! I enjoy doing other things besides book reviews, although I really do love book reviews.

 

xxlacy

5/13 thrift store haul

I went thrift store shopping again. Surprised right? Well Mom and I had the weekend off with nothing to do so of course we went shopping. We went to three different Goodwills and it paid off immensely! I had the best haul ever. I don’t think anything could top what I got.

As always, I will link each title to Goodreads. There are a few that I have read so I will link my reviews as well.

 

 

A couple of things here that I want to talk/flail about. First: I GOT THE ENTIRE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES SERIES! I kid you not, I found them in ONE STORE! There were the bottom shelf, all but forgotten. I almost had a heart attack. I grabbed them all and demanded that we find a cart at once. Mom was most confused and worried because I yelled “MOM MOM MOM LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!” and shoved them in her face. I had to explain what they were. She just looked at me.

Next, I am really excited because I completed/nearly completed several series that I have been working on buying. I have one more book in the Hunger Games series, one more in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the Uglies series, and I think only one more in the Divergent series.

I’m just excited, you guys. I have my books in a basket so I can grab them as I finish. I just stare at them lovingly every so often. It’s causing me to get killed a lot in Destiny and Overwatch. But I can’t help it. Reading is my one true passion and books just make me so happy!

 

xxlacy

mother’s day

So this post is technically a day late but who’s really checking? I work overnights thus the time I do my blog posts. So in my mind, it’s still Mother’s Day.

I really just want to write something about my momma. I struggle with writing/ talking about how I feel so I apologize in advance if this is a bit of mess and shorter than what you would expect.

My mom is amazing. She’s a single parent and struggles everyday to make ends meet for us kids. Even though I live on my own, there is not a day that goes by that I’m not in some sort of contact with Mom. I could go a few days without seeing her but I will call her or text her everyday. She does the same for me and the kids. Even when she went on trips, she would call everyday or send a quick text.

She’ll help me in anyway she can. I’ve been having a lot of car problems and she, no questions asked, let me borrow her car for hours at a time. She is always helping me if I’m short on cash and even buys me books when she is out shopping on her own. Basically, my mom is incredible.

Our bonding time is when we go thrift store shopping. She takes me all over Iowa and together we go and find books (or clothes for her, but lately she has been getting books.) We talk about everything during the drives and have really just a fun time.

So here’s to you, Momma. You’re my best friend and my everything. Without you, I would be lost in the world.

i love you, mom.

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xxlacy

my life in books tag

So I decided to do something a little different. I decided to do a tag to kind of break up the monotony of just book reviews and thrift store hauls. The true creds go to whoever came up with this. I don’t know who but if you do, please let me know so I can give them the appropriate credits. I got this idea from one of my favorite humans on Goodreads, Mayflower. I linked her blog in her name. Go check it and give it lots of likes!

Find a book for each of your initials. 

L: (the) Light of the Fireflies

M: My Lady Jane

W: (a) Wrinkle in Time

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Count your age along your bookshelf. What is it? 

Summer’s End by Danielle Steel

summers end

For this one, I chose my read shelf because I want this to be all books that I have read.

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Pick a book set in your city/country.

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

bridges of madison county

Okay, so I haven’t read this book. I do own it, however, and plan on reading it. But do you know how hard it is to find books placed in Iowa? Hella. That is how hard it is.

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Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to. 

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie

catherine the great

I’ve always wanted to go to Russia. The history of the Tsars have always been fascinating to me not to mention the buildings look so cool!

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Pick a book that is your favorite color.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

beautiful creatures

This book cover holds my two favorite colors: black and purple. Not to mention this book series is incredible!

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Which book do have the fondest memories of? 

Echoes by Danielle Steel

echoes

Haha, you guys expect me to say Harry Potter didn’t you? Well, that is true. Harry Potter has my heart but I chose this Danielle Steel book because it reminds me of my mom, who loves Danielle Steel as well. I also love reading about anything WWII and this book helped me to realize that.

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Which book did you have most difficulty reading? 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

lord of the flies

This is one of the worst books that I was ever forced to read. I hated everything about it and it was a relief when we finally moved on from it. I had to read it for school.

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Which book on your TBR will give you the biggest accomplishment when finished?

The Butterfly Garden by Don Hutchison

the butterfly garden

The reason why it would be a big accomplishment? Because it’s been on my TBR for forever and I know that one of my friends would be super excited for me to read it so she can discuss everything with me.

Okay, guys, that would be it. I hope that you enjoyed that. If you did, let me know and I can search out more fun tags for me to do.

xxlacy

the diary of anne frank

to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here.

note: if you follow me on Goodreads, this is the same review. I felt that I wrote the Goodreads review so well that it deserved to be on my blog. 

 

How does one even begin to write a review on something such as this? This is someone’s personal diary. You can’t judge someone for bad sentence structure or poor choice of words or lack of dialogue. I’ve seen some negative reviews about this book and I can’t help but want to ask them if they even read the book.

My heart absolutely bleeds for Anne Frank. She has so much potential. It was obvious to me how bright and intelligent she was, even with her flaws. I think, had she lived, she clearly would have made something of herself. Perhaps we would be reading her books instead of her diary.

It just floors me that the Holocaust even happened. I mean, how could someone, just one human, cause such a mass amount of murder? How in the world could that one person even talked people into doing such terrible things to their own countryman and countrywomen? As a psychology major, I try and understand people and try to understand how they work and what makes them tick. I don’t think I even want to understand how Hitler’s mind works. I think I would be frightened of what I would find.

As I type this, I can’t help but think we are in the midst of something similar to the Holocaust. Of course, people aren’t being executed. I mean the beginnings of what led to the Holocaust. But I think of Trump and his Muslim travel ban and I can’t help but draw similarities. As someone who has studied the Holocaust (but am in no way, a pro) and what led up to it, I see a lot of the same things. To give one example, Trump uses fear, like Hitler did, to do what he wants and gets away with it.

Okay enough about Trump because otherwise we would literally be here all day. I just want to make a few more points about this book before I wrap it up.

I admire Anne’s courage. The fact that she was able to hide for 25 months and be in somewhat good spirits is amazing. I don’t think I would have been able to last even a month. The potential fear of getting caught would drive me to craziness. She took in all in stride and that is extremely admirable.

I felt so much pity for her. What was supposed to be the best years of her life were spent in hiding. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her when she chastised herself for wanting to go outside and be with friends while millions of Jews were being rounded up daily. I wanted to reach through the book and tell her she had every right to feel that way. You can’t expect a teenager to not want these things.

My last point I wanted to make is that she was so close to being liberated. I’m talking less than two months and she died. She could have made it had the Allies come just a little bit earlier. Every time I think about this, I can’t help but almost cry. Two months!

This book has revitalized my love of learning about World War II. Be on the lookout out for more of these books because after I finish my huge amount of books, I will be checking out a lot of WWII books.

 

note: I know that there is a movie on this book as well as countless documentaries on this book. If it’s a popular idea, I could try and find the movie adaption on Netflix and review it. Let me know if that would be a good idea and if you all would like it. 

 

xxlacy

the girl with the dragon tattoo

to read a blurb of this book on Goodreads, click here. 

trigger warnings: rape and incest

 

This book has been in TBR pile for years before I even joined Goodreads. I had seen bits and pieces of the Swedish movie and had seen a trailer for the American version of it. I had friends that told me that this book was pretty good and I think even my dad recommended it to me at one point. Needless to say, this book was a constant in my life.

I regret wasting so many years. But at the same time, I don’t think young me could have handled what this book had to offer.

This is about Mikael and Lisbeth. Mikael is a financial journalist who has just been convicted of libel for printing a false story about a big financial mogul. Lisbeth works as a freelancer for Milton Security, gathering information about different people for a variety of clients. Mikael is tasked to find out what happened to Henrik Vanger’s brother’s granddaughter and to do this, he enlists the help of Lisbeth. What Mikael and Lisbeth find is so much worse than they could have imagined.

Lisbeth’s POV was my favorite. She was very interesting and I couldn’t help but feel nothing but pity for this poor thing. Life had dealt her a pretty crap hand. The way her mind works is incredible, though. Everything she does, she measures out all the possible consequences and determines the best course of action. It has to be exhausting living life like that but that is what is best for her. I could easily see myself as friends with her.  I hope that in the next book, we get more of a backstory with her. We only got a taste but I’m dying for more

Mikael’s POV was decent. I was incredibly intrigued with the task he was assigned to do. Mikael had some flaws for me, which nearly prevented me from fulling love this book, even though I shelved it under favorites on Goodreads. I’m a weird creature. Some of the choices he makes were dumb and he lived life like he was constantly in fear, which got old especially after having Lisbeth’s POV. He complained of things that he could easily change but chooses not too. But he has enough good qualities about him that I still want to read the next book.

The plot itself is very slow burn up until about the last 20%. But I think with this particular book, slow burn works well. It’s a mystery surrounded in mystery. We learn everything from Mikael and Lisbeth so we are left to only speculate what is going to happen. There were several times where I thought I had figured it all out but Stieg Larsson said NOPE and completely turned the tables on me. I thin mysteries are slowly becoming a very preferred genre with me.

To address the trigger warning I mentioned above: there are two different rape scenes. Each are very graphic so please read at your own risk. The incest is mentioned in passing several times towards the end but it’s not as descriptive. Still, please read at your own risk.

 

note: I haven’t seen the movie like I mentioned above but I will plan on watching it very soon. As soon as I do, you can sure bet that there will be a review about it. There is a strong chance that I will watch the Swedish version even though I don’t speak a lick of it. That version of the movie is more likely to follow the book because Hollywood can’t read. I’m looking at you, director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

 

xxlacy

april 28 thrift store haul

note: I’m sorry that this was posted a bit late. I left my books with my mom because I’m on a book buying ban. The boyfriend found out anyway because I’m horrible at keeping secrets. lol!

I orginally went to Goodwill to look at clothes with my mom. I ended up at the book section and found out that they had restocked their shelves. Even my mom was excited. I was a bit short on funds so I only was able to grab a few (but they are so worth it!) and I will be going back to buy the rest that I left behind.

As always, I will be linking the Goodreads link so you can guys can check out the books more fully.

 

freud’s mistress by karen mack and jennifer kaufman

fang by james patterson

allegiant by veronica roth

orange is the new black by piper kerman

pretties by scott westerfield (note: do NOT read the blurb for this book if you haven’t read Uglies and don’t want to be spoiled. The blurb spoils the end of the first book.)

angelopolis by danielle trussoni

beastly by alex flinn (fun fact of the day: I just realized that this was a series. I haven’t read the whole series. I thought it was a standalone. Good gracious, I have so many series to read!)

specials by scott westerfield (note: I wouldn’t read the blurb about this book either. They should really try and write blurbs without a lot of spoilers.)

 

I just have to point out a few things. I am BEYOND excited for most of these books. I have the first book in the Uglies series so to find two more (Pretties and Specials) is incredible! I only need one more. I also have a little novel that explains more about the world of Uglies. I was also excited to find Beastly. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling but in contemporary form.

Overall, I’m really quite excited to read these books. I will have to hunt out more of the Max Ride series and the Divergent series before I can read those and upon further research, I will have to hunt out the Beastly series. That isn’t stifling my enthusiasm in anyway.

Have any of you read read the books above? Which ones would you like to see me review on my blog? Let me know!

 

xxlacy