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2016: AKA the Year Kathy Changed Her Reading Goal

Hi Friends,

So 2016 brought a lot of change the biggest arguably being college. I had to adjust to a ton of new experiences, which definitely took a hit to my reading pace. For the past four years my reading goal has been 100 books, which I still have yet to reach. I began the majority of the year with the 100 book challlenge, yet realized that I needed to lower it. 100 books was too much of a stretch especially with college, so I came to the conclusion that making it more realistic would do wonders for my confidence and pride even if I didn’t reach the new one. I’m hoping that in this coming year, I read for myself and not for book count as I had done the past few years. I will post my 2017 reading challenges in the tab on my website as usual over the next few days! What have you done to change your reading style in 2016? What are your reading resolutions for the new year?

Have a Safe and Happy New Year,

Kiss 4

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Holiday Series 4

Hi Friends,

So here we are. The last post of this year’s holiday series! To see my last one go here.

Let’s hop right into it:

Picture Book Recomendation:

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This is definitely one of my favorite childhood books. It has cute illustrations and a lovely little story line!

Middle Grade Book Recommendation:

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Oh my goodness, this book is fabulous. I honestly cannot rave enough about this but it is such an amazing world and I read it over and over again as a child.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:

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Okay so I finished this book like a few hours ago. Yes I am about a million years late for it, but IT WAS SO ADORABLE. It’s also perfect for the holiday season. It’s a bit crude though so just take a peek through if that bothers you.

Adult Book Recommendation:

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If you have never read this book, PLEASE do so. I stayed awake until four in the morning reading it because I simply could not put it down.

That’s it! I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Holiday Series 3

Hi Friends,

So finals are up and running which means celebrate! And by celebrate I really mean lay on the ground of the library grumbling into the air until someone calls security on you. That’s my version of a party! (I haven’t gotten there quite yet, but call me in a week)  But that isn’t stopping me from writing another holiday gift guide!

Let’s flashback to my last post shall we because I really couldn’t be bothered to retype this let’s be real:

” In my first post I explained I would come up with a series of book recommendations every Wednesday leading up to Christmas, which is the holiday I celebrate. As I said before, I completely understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so this will also be helpful I hope with any holiday gift if you’re not sure what to get someone.”

So yeah. Holidays.:

Picture Book Recommendation:

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This cute little tale is adorably told by the school as it is preparing to start a new year. I think this would be a great story for chidren who are maybe not so thrilled with school as well as a tool to teach empathy.

 

Middle-Grade Recommendation:

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This used to be one of my favorites and in fact I recently saw a middle schooler (I tutor) holding this book, so clearly it is so good that it is still popular. It is such a fun read and I have read it so many times over.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:

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Okay I love Sarah Dessan’s books and I think that all of them would be great gifts, but this one I read most recently and gave it five stars. It’s honestly so heart-warming and really does teach a lot of excellent lessons.

Adult Book Recommendation:

I don’t think I really have any super good ones right now, so if you have a good recommendation, post it below 🙂

Happy Holidays,

Kiss 4

 

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I asked my non-bookish friend to review a book for me

Hi Friends!

Before I get into the post, I want to apologize for not writing my holiday series this week! I’ve been swamped with finals!

So a long time ago, my buddy Olivia had her friend who did not care for reading (I know, I didn’t realize those people existed either) to review books purely on the cover and synopsis. You can find her first post of this here. I decided (with permission from Olivia of course) to do it too! So I will list the book cover and synopsis below then hand the computer to my friend Will!

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goodreads-synopsis

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Kathy tells me this is one of her favorite books, so you know it’ll be a wholesome read. However, it was a little bit of a challenge to get through reading the first few sentences of the synopsis without laughing. I’m not sure how I feel about Layla’s ability to literally suck the soul out of any living thing with a kiss. Also, what’s up with Roth’s name? Is Layla trying to cash in her 401k? Do demon-gargoyle hybrids need 401k’s?

But back to Layla’s choice…

How come a half-demon, half-gargoyle girl has to choose between two hot guys who love her and I can barely get someone to look in my direction? She’s able to kill someone by kissing them and she has not one, but two sexy monster boys to choose between. How dare you Layla…

Also, how can someone not know they’re the reason for the end of the world? That’s like being a jerk to your friends and then wondering why no one wants to hang out with you. You’d think that Layla, being a demon/gargoyle, would know that being normal is not something that happens to neither demons, nor gargoyles.

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The story starts off with Layla sitting in her perfect gargoyle room thinking about dreamboat Zayne and how unfortunate it is she’s unable to kiss him with her perfect face. Layla is ripped from her personal soap opera by the sound of her Warden parents calling her downstairs for dinner. She floats down the steps and is greeted not by her parents, but by an unusually hot demon, standing over her parents’ dead bodies. “OH MY SATAN!” she screams, “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!” “I’m Roth…” he utters smoothly. “Oh…” Layla says, looking up and down Roth’s hot demon bod, ignoring the corpses of her recently deceased parents. “I know all your secrets” Roth says seductively. “That’s hot,” Layla thinks to herself, “I wonder if he has a soul…” “I don’t,” Roth responds, shocking Layla “that means you can kiss me.” “Okay!” Layla says mindlessly, locking lips with Roth in that instant.

Suddenly, the ground erupts, spilling out demons like pus from a month-old cyst growing behind an ear. “What’s going on?” Layla asks, shocked at this sudden turn of events. “Come on Layla, I’m a demon, but you’re half gargoyle. It never would’ve worked, especially with how much your family hates demons.” “But you’re the only thing I’ve been able to kiss without taking its soul!” Layla exclaims, begging the smokin hot demon that had just appeared in her life to not leave her. But of course, before she could say this, Roth had disappeared.

“NOOOO!!” Layla cries out, but Roth’s sexy silhouette is already swooping over the horizon, and further and further from her grasp. Then, Zayne appears in Layla’s dining room, “WHAT THE HEAVEN HAPPENED HERE?!” “Oh Zayne, it was horrible! This demon, Roth, came in here and killed my parents!” Layla cried. “I can’t believe this.” Zayne added on.

“OR CAN YOU?!” a voice came from the kitchen. It was Roth! Returning to the scene of the crime, to rescue his newly orphaned girlfriend. “You dirty demon!” Zayne yelled. “You grimy gargoyle!” Roth fired back. Then Roth and Zayne get into a brawl over who loves Layla more. “Please stop!” Layla cries out “Don’t fight over me!” However, the two sexy monsters continue fighting, much to Layla’s chagrin.

This fight then continues for all eternity and Layla patiently waits for one of the boys to emerge victorious. Sadly, this doesn’t happen. On the bright side, Layla can’t take any more souls through kisses.

Rating:

Rating for the real summary:

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2 kisses, because the original summary left more demon-gargoyle drama to be desired

Rating for my summary:

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I don’t mean to be boastful, but I feel like my summary fully delivered 0n the teen demon-gargoyle drama that the real summary promised

That’s all folks, have a great weekend,

Kiss 4

 

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A Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

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Author: Sarvenaz Tash

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: 6/14/16

Raating:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Archie and Veronica. Althena and Noth.…Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxy, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

My Thoughts:

Okay, I was kind of disappointed by this book. I was immediately drawn in by the adorable cover, title and synopsis. The text that was introducing each chapter was super cute and definitely superhero quality. The main character was, I thought, highly relatable. The novel was also a decent length and I think would be great for read-a-thons or evacuating a reading slump.

On the other hand, I simply was not feeling very invested in the plot. I found it to be a bit dry in some spots, yet speedy in others. I think it was more out of my own personal taste that I gave it three stars. I thought is was cute, but I wouldn’t read it again.

Love,

Kiss 4

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Holiday Series 2

Hi Friends,

I know I haven’t posted a review or a tag in a LONG time and I’m desperately hoping that will happen over the course of the next week (I’m currently drowning in papers, homework, etc.). However, today I will continue with my holiday series as promised. In my first post I explained I would come up with a series of book recommendations every Wednesday leading up to Christmas, which is the holiday I celebrate. As I said before, I completely understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so this will also be helpful I hope with any holiday gift if you’re not sure what to get someone.

Here we go!

Picture Book Recommendation:

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This book is a modern take on Good Night Moon. I thought it was super funny and quirky. I’m sure children today would really appreciate and relate to it!

Middle-Grade Recommendation:

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No explanation needed.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:

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This book is well written, highly engaging and super spooky. It is a mammoth book though, so I’d recommend it for committed readers who like a bit of thrill.

Adult Recommendation:

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This book provides an in depth examination of education profession. I’d recommend it to literally anyone who has ever gone to school.

Sorry this was so short, I am trying to finish a paper about Harry Potter!

Love,

Kiss 4