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Currently Reading/Priority TBR

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So today I thought I’d outline for you what I’m currently reading and also which books I have to pick from next. If you’ve read any of these let me know your thoughts!

First up are current reads which are:

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I’m listening to this via audiobook and I have to say I am really enjoying it so far! I’m just about halfway through it.

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I just completed the first book in this series and I LOVED LOVED LOVED it (see my review here) and I jumped to the next one. I’m still in the beginning so I’m not certain how I feel about it yet.

Next, here are the books I’m selecting from to read:

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Let me know which one you think I should pick!

Happy Reading,

Kiss 4

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Here is a new buddy read! I’ve been trying to pack in buddy reads so far in the summer because I forgot how fun they were 🙂 I just finished two (this being one) and will have the review up for the other soon!

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Release Date: 5/5/15

Rating:

5 star kiss

goodreads-synopsis

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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This book was so incredibly amazing and I was absolutely blown away. If I am being completely honest, I really don’t know if I would have picked this up without prompting from a friend but I am so glad I did. The book is a monster, yet I finished it in a matter of two or three days because of how enamored I was by the novel. The characters were so developed I felt connected to them and as though I was a character in the book myself. The plotline had no holes that I could see and was so well crafted that I periodically would stop reading and just wonder how someone could create such a detailed and thrilling world. I would probably compare this author to Cassandra Clare in terms of the amount of beautiful writing and level of development. Actually I preferred Maas’ storytelling a bit better because every word to me had a purpose, whereas with Clare’s works sometimes I get frustrated by the vast amount of unnecessary detail (don’t kill me fandom; I swear I adore her books).  I would recommend this book so many times, especially if you have been in a reading slump recently. It is a bit mature though, so I would say it’s best suited for maybe ages 16 or 17 and up.

Happy Reading,

Kiss 4

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Chapter Kathy: Home for the Summer and Currently Reading

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I’m home for the summer which means plenty of reading will be done!!! I decided to just post a quick update letting you know that I’m home from college and plan to have a ton of reviews and tags in the works for over the summer time.

The book I’m currently reading is:

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I’m reading this as a buddy read with none other than Olivia from Brewing up Books. So many people (I bought this after being majorly prompted by Cassandra from CC’s Books) recommended this book to be and recommended it in general. I’m barely into chapter two and I did really enjoy beginning, but we’ll see what else the novel brings.

That’s all for now and I’ll catch you next weekend,

Kiss 4

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Earth Day Post (Response to Original)

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As promised, here are my responses to the Earth Day Tag I created last week. If you check out my last post you can see who I tagged!

Rules: Tag six people, credit the person that tagged you plus the creator, post these rules with the questions, and have fun!

Here are the questions:

  1. Conservation is a HUGE part of being kind to the Earth. Likewise, what is one book you would want to conserve for generations to come?   Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone because I genuinely think it is a book that everyone can learn from. 3
  2.  The three R’sare reduce, reuse, and recycle. What is one book that could use some length reduction, one book that you would recommend to a friend, and one book that you would recycle because you don’t want it on your shelves anymore? A book that could use length reduction is for sure Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke. I feel like it is far too wordy which to me took away from a highly creative plotline. My selection for a book I would recommend to a friend is Glitter by: Aprilynne Pike. I thought that I would chose the book I last recommended, which I suggested because of how insanely new of a concept I thought this book had. It definitely had a few things that it needed improvement with (such as explanations for detailed occurrences) but it truly is a one-of-a-kind concept. As far as a book I would recycle, it would probably have to be Heart of Darkness by: Joseph Conrad. I personally just did not get into the novel at all and didn’t enjoy it whatsoever. 28194240330584902
  3. SAVE THE ANIMALS! What fictional creature would you bring into the world today and save? Most definitely a pygmy puff from the Harry Potter series! They seem like such adorable creatures and I would totally love them to be real.
  4. Many places are in danger because the water source is running dry. Pick a book that takes place in a water/ocean setting, which you think represents the beauty and/or necessity of water.  The answer to this question is without a doubt Ingo. It is not only one of my all time favorite middle-grade novels, but the way Helen Dumore describes her watery settings is genuinely so beautiful and makes the reader want to hop into the world it takes place.1022657
  5. Being Earth-conscious means that you have a great understanding of the world you live in and want to save. Pick your favorite non-fiction book that taught you something new. Probably the most recent non-fiction book I’ve read and loved is How to Win at Feminism. It is such a hilarious satire on preconcieved and unfair notions of women. It’s designed in magazine format to play on the sexist idea that women only like to and can read magazines. Also, the whole book is sarcastic, which I thought was brilliant and so funny. It doesn’t have a single non-sarcastic sentence in it and to me that made it all the more informative (it is definitely made for adults though so don’t read it if you’re under 18).28925254
  6. Write what Earth-related topic you’re most concerned about and what you’re going to do to help! I am honestly so concerned about a ton of different issues. Currently, I think one of the things I have been most mindful of is the amount of trash and waste I dispose of. So, I have been recycling like crazy and using everything I own until it is 100% used up. Also I’ve been using materials as containers to help my dorm be more funtional. For example, I recently finished a container of hummus so I cleaned it out, decorated it and attached it to the wall using a command strip to hold my hair ties. I also purchased a water filter pitcher instead of water bottles because it is SO much better for the enviroment and in the long run has saved me so much money as well,

 

That’s all for now! I am so happy with the way this tag turned out, so if you do it, comment the link below because I’d love to read it! Also a huge shout out to roguecart.com for asking me to create a list for them, so give it a read if you’re like me and make lists for everything! https://www.roguecart.com/content/519/Five-of-the-Best-Books-for-New-Young-Adult-Readers

Love,

Kiss 4

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Earth Day Book Tag (Original)

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Happy (belated) Earth Day!

I genuniely love Earth day, because it brings awareness about how gentle we need to be with our home and encourages people to make life changes. So, I was like I want to do an Earth Day book tag but could not find any. Therefore, this post was born.

Rules: Tag six people, credit the person that tagged you plus the creator, post these rules with the questions, and have fun!

Here are the questions:

  1. Conservation is a HUGE part of being kind to the Earth. Likewise, what is one book you would want to conserve for generations to come?
  2. The three R’s are reduce, reuse, and recycle. What is one book that could use some length reduction, one book that you would recommend to a friend, and one book that you would recycle because you don’t want it on your shelves anymore?
  3. SAVE THE ANIMALS! What fictional creature would you bring into the world today and save?
  4. Many places are in danger because the water source is running dry. Pick a book that takes place in a water/ocean setting, which you think represents the beauty and/or necessity of water.
  5. Being Earth-conscious means that you have a great understanding of the world you live in and want to save. Pick your favorite non-fiction book that taught you something new.
  6. Write what Earth-related topic you’re most concerned about and what you’re going to do to help!

There are the questions!!! Have fun doing the tag 🙂 I’ll post my answers next weekend.

I tag:

  1. Olivia @ https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. Brin @ http://brinsbookblog.com/
  3. Shruti @ https://thisislitblog.wordpress.com/
  4. Holly @ https://nutfreenerd.com/
  5. Ashleigh @ https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/
  6. Sarah @ https://writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com/

 

That’s all friends, have a lovely day and remember to make every day Earth Day!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Chapter Kathy: How To SLEEP in College (yes it’s possible)

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So I’ve realized that I’ve been answering “I’m tired” basically every time someone has asked me how I’m doing. Literally even when I’m not, it’s just grown into a habit. Yet, SO MANY other people do that too, and complain about never getting sleep.

So hey, let’s explore that:

This is a REALLY good topic because so many people struggle with just letting their mind flip from reading textbooks and articles, getting work done, and trying to get ahead that it’s definitely difficult to take a mental step back and let yourself relax or SLEEP.

Something that I have found myself saying a lot recently to friends that stress over falling asleep instead of getting something done for class is just that you are being AS productive getting sleep as you are getting work done.

WAIT before you leave; hear me out!!!!!

First, if you do fall asleep unplanned, then that is your body telling you “hey, I’m getting over-worked; we need to chill out for a bit.”

Second, you can’t do homework if you collapse of exhaustion; I’m telling you it is not possible.

Third, sleep helps you work more productively, cope with emotions and generally just function more successfully.

Still not sure? Here’s what the experts have to say:

“Poor sleep among college students is a major, growing problem associated with lower academic performance, higher rates of health and emotional problems, and development of chronic sleep disorders” (Teresa D. Valerio, Myoung Jin Kim & Kathy Sexton-Radek 2015).

So you literally are going to do worse in school, get in trouble with your health and emotional stablilty and could have sleep problems for the rest of your life!

Here is where you say: I WOULD IF I COULD KATHY I WOULD IF I COULD.

Boi, listen I’ve got your back.

Here are some tips that I have for getting sleep, which have really worked for me:

  • When you have any free time at all; instead of watching TV, or doing work just take a 15+ minute nap. I swear you will feel so much more refreshed when you wake up and more motivated to succeed.
  • If you know that you have trouble sleeping and you have to get up early, get into bed two hours before you plan to fall asleep. Maybe that means reading a textbook in bed with a flashlight or watching tv (with lights out and pajamas on), but just letting yourself get into the state of “okay I need to fall asleep” has helped me so much.
  • You could get sleep medicine as well, of course it’s always best to check with your doctor before you do. They do sell some that are herbal and nonaddictive which basically just tell your brain that it’s time to sleep rather than completely put you to sleep.
  • Keep a bottle of water next to your bed (preferably reusable; go green!) so that if you get thirsty or need to hydrate it’s right there.
  • The smell of lavender is supposed to have really calming, sleep-promotive affects, so I’d recommend spraying around with lavender perfume or air freshener before you go to bed.
  • Lastly and perhaps most cliched, get your work done ahead of time! Yes I’m such a hypocrite saying this, but the best way to get sleep is if your work for the next day is already done and you don’t have to cram stuff in!

 

 

Have any other good tips? I could certainly use them!! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

 

Citation:

Valerio, T. D., Kim, M. J., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2016). Association of Stress, General Health, and Alcohol Use with Poor Sleep Quality among U.S. College Students. American Journal Of Health Education, 47(1), 17-23.

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Review By Acrostic Poem

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This is the acrostic poem review of one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (also a buddy read with Olivia @ Brewing Up Books).

That book would be:

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Ultimately beautiful

Never boring

I found Aristotle temporarily annoying, but then amazing.

Very well written

Everyone should read

Recieved many deserved awards

Star-kissed

Extraordinary

 

Love,

Kiss 4