The Versatile Blogger Award

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I do believe I am finally caught up with tags after this one. I was tagged by the lovely Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd a long while ago. I have been away on vacation. I will be back fully on the 17th. I am going to try to do posts in the mean time.

THE RULES:

1.) Display the award on your blog.

2.) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3.) Share 7 facts about yourself.

4.) Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

THE FACTS:

1.) My name is Emily but I like going by Emmie

  • I tend to go by Emmie simply because I am used to it. I never really liked my name as a kid so I always asked to go by Emmie. It throws me off when people close to me call me Emily.

2.) My parents got me addicted to music long before I was even born.

  • My mom used to listen to Aerosmith when she was pregnant with me. It was one of my favorite bands even now that I’m older.

3.) My mom taught me how to read before I started first grade.

  • She wanted me to know how to read before the other kids did. Well thanks to that I was able to get addicted to reading. I checked out every book I could at the school’s library. My mom even bought me these illustrated classics that I still have to this day.

4.) I used to do volunteer work for the zoo.

  • Okay once I hit the 14 going on 15 mark I started doing volunteer work at the zoo. It took an interview process and an intensive application to be able to work there. I really enjoyed my time there.

5.) I am most definitely bisexual.

  •  There’s no question about it. I feel attraction towards both men and women. I do tend to lean more towards women. I am open about my sexuality.

6.) I’m studying Environmental Science.

  •  I am currently majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in English in college at the moment. I want to do something to help the environment. It has always been a mission of mine since I was a kid.

7.) I really enjoy having colored hair.

  •  I have had blue, green, and teal hair over the span of two years. I have no regrets thus far. I really enjoy it simply because it makes me feel like I have freedom.

I’m going to tag Heather @ bookandwords and whoever else wants to do this. I really want to see more people do this.

June Book Haul

img_4719You might remember that June was my birthday month which means I went a bit crazy buying books. I tend to stray from buying a ton of books while I’m in college because I never know if I’ll have time to read them. Summer rolled around with all the new releases so I went a bit crazy. I always went on a trip to Utah so I had to check out the bookstores there as well. I am not going to go into detail about any of the books simply because I have quite a few to get through.

I am going to start off with the books I bought during the month of July. I bought City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire, Lord of Shadows, and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I went on a bit of a Cassandra Clare binge during the month of June. I honestly don’t have any regrets because I already own Lady Midnight plus I’m collecting the rest of the TMI series in the new covers.

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I also bought Crazy House by James Patterson and House of Furies by Madeline Roux. I was too lazy to go downstairs to grab them for a photo. I got the special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the Slytherin house. I got so excited that I had to order one right away. It felt like it took ages to arrive. The Invisible Man, The Name of the Wind, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell were all books I bought on my trip to Utah.

Alright, we are now getting into the last part of this book haul. These are all gifts from people for my birthday. We are Okay by Nina LaCour was gifted to me by one of my best friends on tumblr. It honestly warmed my heart so much when I saw the book in the post. I wasn’t expecting any physical books to come in from my birthday so I really appreciate it. The last few books I have to talk about are all ebook gifts. I received Locked by Eva Morgan which I already have a review up so please be sure to check it out. I received The Emperor’s Soul, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, and Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson from one of my friends on a book discord server I’m on.

That is all the books I got in the month of June. I already have a few that is supposed to arrive in July so I will either make a July book haul or mention them throughout the month. What books did you get in the month of June?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera Review

downloadI received this book through edelweiss for a honest review in exchange so yes all of my feelings about this book are honest. 

I was honestly blown away by this novel which should not be that surprising since More Happy Than Not was one of my favorite books for the year. Adam has a way to make you feel so much in just one novel. I’m a huge fan of stand-alone novels because I hate waiting for the next book in a series. Each book is connected in a way, but it’s in an easter egg kind of style. They Both Die at the End was thought provoking and heart warming. It’s about living your life without fear like it’s your last day.

You follow these two boys who come from completely different backgrounds. It’s their last day on earth. They get this call that tells them that they have 24 hours to live. One is too scared to leave their house and the other is too mad at the world. The way their friendship blossoms into something so beautiful in a day honestly makes me happy. They were so skeptical of each other at first so to see how it ends in such a beautiful way makes me happy. I fell in love with Mateo and Rufus because they are such different characters from each other. Adam does a wonderful job at writing diverse characters and he is an #ownvoices author.

Overall, I can not recommend this book enough. It comes out in September so I highly suggest you put in a reminder to get yourself a copy. It’s a beautiful book that is bound to make your favorites list.

Rating: 5/5 Stars | Read June 13th – 18th

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 384

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: September 5th

Synopsis: 

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

The Ultimate Book Tag

Heads up;; I’m not dead! Family came in to visit so my household has been a bit all over the place. I will be on when I can to reply to comments.

I was tagged by the lovely Jessica to do this tag so be sure to check her page once you are done over here!

1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

I used to when I was younger. I would have to pull something up over my head to be able to read in the car. I guess I have gotten used to it over the years since getting a cellphone.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

I can’t really pick just one because each other has similarities and differences. There hasn’t been an author that has a completely new voice.

3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Harry Potter because the characters were more developed, the romances were not cringy unlike Twilight, and it had a better plot line than Twilight.

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

I usually carry my post when I’m outside of school. I do however carry a book bag for school which usually has my kindle or book I’m currently reading, my planner, binder, textbook (depends on the class), pencil case, wallet (I get hungry okay), and hand sanitizer, and a cliff bar.

5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Yes.

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

I really enjoy books with little illustrations especially for the chapter headers.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart simply because I was so wrapped up with the story line that I didn’t know some of the characters were problematic.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Well I don’t have my bookshelf at the moment so I have no idea what is my tiniest book.

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

My copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy bind up which is a few pages over 1,000.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

I was probably in 1st grade when I started to read a ton. My mom got me into reading when I was really young so I have always enjoyed it.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

Hmm right now it’s still Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

English & History

13. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I would probably tell the person the truth and see if the book can be exchanged for another one.

14. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Scandalous

15. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Nerd

16. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

Fairies because there is so much we haven’t yet explored in literature about fairies. We have a billion books about vampires, but I honestly haven’t seen too many about fairies.

17. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters simply because there is also so many routes an author could go with it.

18. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in simply because I’m not a huge fan of romance novels. I tend to stick to action packed books.

I am not going to tag anyone this time around so if you do this tag please tag me so I can read it!

Microreview : Round Six – TBR

If you want to know more about the universe of microreviews please check out their page over @microreviews & I was also tagged by the lovely @nightmare-in-the-stacks

Pick a book that you own but haven’t read yet: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

– How did you come by it? Given by a friend? Bought from a recommendation? Compelled by the cover?: Alright, I had heard buzz around the booktube world about Mistborn. I was mostly intrigued by the magic system displayed in the books. I bought it with the intentions of having a month long buddy read for the book. The buddy read flopped after the first week so the book has been on my shelf since.

– Quote the first sentence(s): “Sometimes, I worry that I’m not the hero everyone thinks I am. The philosophers assure me that this time, that the signs have been met.”

– Realistically, will you ever read it?: Yes, I plan to start it again over the summer since I know I enjoyed it the first time I tried to read it.

I hope you guys enjoyed my little insight on Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Have you read this book? Should I pick it up soon?

Salt Lake City : How I Fell In Love

I know I was doing daily updates for my Salt Lake City trip, but I was so tired each night that I kind of forgot about it. This post is the recap of the entirety of my trip. I want to start off with the obvious. I fell in love during my trip to Utah. I fell in love with a city that is bustling and improving every single day. It was beautiful. The mountains surrounded majority of Salt Lake City. The people were incredible and I vibed so well with most of them. I have been to so many different places over the years yet there has only been a few that have called me to come back. Salt Lake City, Utah is one of those places.

I was going to do a huge collage of all the photos I took during my stay, but I decided to just link you guys to my instagram because over half of my recent photos are from that trip.

I want to talk about some of the more memorable moments from the trip to Salt Lake City. The Chalk Art Festival down at The Gateway was a wonderful surprise. I stumbled across it after going to one of my favorite places ever. I will talk more about that in a little bit. It was so cool being able to see the artists working on their pieces. One girl did the cover from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson which was one of my favorite pieces. Another artist did Moana, I saw Finding Dory, and loads of other pieces. There was a huge dance party for the kids in the center of the plaza as well.

The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City was one of my favorite places from the trip. It made me feel like I was a little kid again being able to run around and see everything. I got to play with a ton of cool gadgets to see how tornados work, how the earth spins, and so on. I even got a ticket to see The Sun Revealed which talks about eclipses. I have always been fascinated by them. There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st 2017 over the USA so be sure to check it out.

Overall, I really loved Salt Lake City! There is still so much more for me to explore so I have a feeling I will be back next summer for a super exciting road trip. I’ll keep you guys updated!

#ARCstravaganza : They Both Die at the End

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#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by Krysti at YA and Wine and Sarah at The Clever Reader to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off those ARCs/eARCs/Galleys! Comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a pic on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month!

I’m finally taking part this week mostly because I received an e-galley of a book I have been wanting to read last week. I’m a huge fan of Adam Silvera. More Happy Than Not was my favorite book of the year. The way he writes has me hooked especially since the universe he writes about it different yet similar to our own.

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Can I admit to the fact that I have already read this? I literally finished this yesterday on the plane. I plan to have an official review up soon. This book is hands down my favorite book for 2017. It was beautifully written, I had a lot of feels, I got attached to the characters even though I barely knew them. I can’t wait to figure out how to get everything down into a review because this book was killer. I honestly can’t recommend this enough so please check it out once September rolls around!

Synopsis 

New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Release Date : September 5th | Pages : 384 | Goodreads