Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bout of Books 26: Day 2 & 3 Update

10:54:00 PM

BOUT OF BOOKS 26: DAY 2 UPDATE

      So yesterday was an okay reading day for me. I had to work, so I didn't get as much reading done as I did for Day 1. I got to about the halfway done mark in Sorcery of Thorns after skyping my parents and hanging out with my roommate. Not as much has happened as I feel like should have happened. As I mentioned before, the pacing is super weird as is the characterization. Sometimes the things and thoughts that happen seem out of place or unnecessary. 


      I only got about 15 minutes worth of reading done on the bus today because I had to run a lot of errands and pack for my cruise. As expected, not much happened in those 15 minutes, I think I read maybe 3 chapters. I'm starting to feel like maybe the hype for this book was blown a little out of proportions, or maybe I'm too critical of the book. For the most part, I like the setting, and I really like Nathaniel and Silas, but the world building and overall plot could be better and Elisabeth isn't a main character that I find myself drawn to. She's very vanilla to me. Maybe some shit will pop off in the 2nd part of the book that will win me over.


      So those are my updates for yesterday and today. For those of you who were unaware, today mark's The Nerdgirl Review's 5th anniversary!!! So head on over to my anniversary post for a chance to win 3 books of your choice from Book Depository. Just click here! Tomorrow I head to my mom's place for 2 days before the cruise, but she doesn't have Internet, so I'm going to do my best to post, but if not, I should be back this weekend. 

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY

8:30:00 AM

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY

      Well by some sort of magic, The Nerdgirl Review is 5 years old!!!


      A lot has happened throughout these 5 years, not just in the blog, but in my life. I started this blog when I was a junior in high school, and now I'm a college graduate getting ready to apply to Ph.D programs. I've experienced a lot of things throughout these 5 years that have made me a different person. I've experienced crippling anxiety and depression but I've also experienced amazing joy.


      As far as this blog is concerned, I've written over 430 posts. Not exactly sure how to be honest, but I have. In the beginning I blogged a lot more than I do now, and honestly, I needed that back then. Reading and writing was my way with coping with my situation and finding an escape. Now I live a life in which I don't necessarily need books and this blog the way I did then. That's not to say I'm going to stop blogging. Despite the infrequenty of my posts, I do enjoy writing on here. I'd love to read more books and focus more on this blog, but I've got other things that I have to prioritze and think about. Maybe someday I'll be able to apply the energy this blog really needs.


      I can't even begin to fathom the amount of books I've read in the past five years. I've read over 500 books and that's wild because the majority of people will never read even a fifth of that. Being a part of the book community has introduced me to so many books that I never would have come across on my own, and many of these books have become some of my favorite books. These books will have a lasting impact on me, and I'm forever greatful for being introduced to them.


      Running this blog has introduced me to some pretty fantastic people. Being a part of the book community has been a bit of a struggle. I was a part of booktube for a while (something I may be returning to soon) and that led to me really being introduced to the bookish community. I haven't felt particularly close to the book blogging community, but that's partially my fault and something I'm working on.


      All in all, I can't believe everything that has happened in the past 5 years. I hope to continue to grow and improve, and hopefully I'll be around for the next 5 years. I'd like to show my thanks to all the support I've had and as a token of my appreciation, I'm throwing a giveaway!


Giveaway Info

To show my appreciation and to celebrate 5 years, I'm throwing a giveaway. After running a poll, y'all have decided that you want me to get y'all books. 

How: Rafflecopter Giveaway
When: August 21st - August 30th, 2019
What: 3 books of your choice from Book Depository valued $50 or less
Who: This is an international giveaway open to everyone! If Book Depository ships to you, then you're good to go!

Rules
*You must be subscribed to me. Can subscribe via Blogger, email, or bloglovin. 
*Must comment on this post or any other post

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bout of Books 26: Day 1 Update and Day 2 Challenge

6:06:00 PM

BOUT OF BOOKS 26: DAY 1 UPDATE & DAY 2 CHALLENGE

Day 1 Reading Update

      Hey you guys! Bout of Books is under way and I'm off to a pretty good start! Yesterday was the first day and I started reading "Sorcery of Thorns" by Margaret Rogerson. I'm about a third done with the book and I have mixed feels about it. I loved the first quarter of the book, but since then, things have gotten kind of weird... Like the pacing and characterization has gotten strange. Furthermore, things that I thought were going to be explained, especially as far as the world building and magic goes, haven't been explained yet, so that's pretty dissapointing. But maybe that will get explained later...


      That being said, I am enjoying the book overall. It's been super easy to power through and I really like the characters. My favorite character without a doubt is Nathaniel Thorn. He's such an annoying smart ass and I love it. He's delievered some of my favorite lines. 


      My second favorite character is his servant Silas. The main character Elisabeth is honestly too much of a trope in my opinion. She's the quirky, smart, strong, speaks her mind, naive girl and I'm real tired of reading that character. I don't hate her, but she does not make the story for me.

Day 2 Challenge
Challenge: Adaptation Aspirations
What book would you like to see adapted for another medium? What would be your preferred format? Movie? TV Show? Broadway musical? Something else? If you want to elaborate even further, who would you cast to play the characters? Who would you want to write the script/screenplay? Write the music? Direct? Are there adaptations that exist that you think could be better? Tell us all about your aspirations for the perfect adaptation!
      This was such a hard question for me because there are so many books that I would absolutely love to be turned into some sort of adaptation. Ultimately, I decided to choose "The Power" by Naomi Alderman. I think this would amazing on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO as a limited series. There is a lot of material to touch on, which is why I think it would do well as a tv series and not a movie, but I don't think it needs to be stretched out like a normal tv series. I don't have anyone chosen as far as actors/actresses or directors, etc. If you know me, I'm all about movie/tv soundtracks, so if any of my fav composers did it, I would be head over heels. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bout of Books 26 TBR

6:58:00 PM

BOUT OF BOOKS 26 TBR

      So it's been a long ass time since I've been able to participate in a readathon due to school and work. However, forever the first time in forever, I'm going on vacation! I'm going on a cruise to the Bahamas with my mom this upcoming week, and this upcoming week just happens to be the Bout of Books readathon, which you can find out more about that here. Well, in the swing of trying to read more and be involved in the bookish community, I'm going to attempt to participate. Now I'm not expecting to be the greatest participant ever, but I'm going to try my best. So, I thought I would show y'all my highlight ambitious TBR.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I received this book in one of my Owl Crate subscription books. I've attempted to read it a couple of times, but I just haven't been in the mood or had time to really read like I wanted to. So, after having this book for a little time, I'm going to finally tackle this bad boy. I really enjoy the premise of it since it centers around books and magic, so I'm pumped to read it.

In the Darkness by Mike Omer

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This is the 2nd book in the Zoe Bentley Mystery series. Last year I read the first book, A Killer's Mind, and really enjoyed the book. It was actually one of my top 5 books of last year. Anyway. the 2nd book came out this year, so of course I jumped on that. Unfortunately, I can just haven't been in the mood or had the time to read this book, so I'm hoping I can dive into this book on the vacation because I love mystery books and I can devour them pretty quickly.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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So if you haven't heard of this book, you're probably living under a rock. Everybody and they mama has been talking about this book. At first I was hesitant about reading this book because I tend to not by into the hype, but I love me a good LGBT+ book, so I decided, why not. If I hate it and it doesn't live up to the hope, so be it.

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      Those are the main books I have on my TBR for Bout of Books 26. I have some other books I might read if I get through these books. but I don't anticipate that happening because I will be doing other things on this vacation outside of just reading. 

      Anyways, will you goes be participating in the Bout of Books 26 readathon? If so, I'd love to hear about what books you guys are reading, so drop your TBR down below if you have. Also, if you have read the books on my list, what are your thoughts on them? I'd love to hear your comments down below, especially if you've read the Red, White & Royal Blue book cause everyone has read that and has good things to say.

My Rating System

★★★★★ This book is a gift from the literary gods
★★★★ This book was pretty damn good
★★★ This book had potential but missed the bar
★★ I probably didn't finish this book or it was god awful
★ Why does this book exist?

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