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Why I Started Blogging and Why I Love It |Blogmas Day 6

Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me. Every time I write, I feel like I am improving. This has been such a fun adventure, and I am so happy I get to continue it with all of you! Thank you for listening to my thoughts on the adventures I go on.

I started this book blog because I needed to talk about the books I read. All of my friends and family would pretend to listen to me or be interested in the books, so I never really could talk about what was happening. I also was made fun of for being so into my books, but here I can get my feelings out without to much trouble. Blogging is also a helpful way for me to sort out how I feel about the books and the characters. Sometimes when I am reading, I get so caught up in the world that I am not taking in everything that is being set up. When I go to write about it, I can finally see all the things I didn’t put together!

I didn’t start the blog for this reason, but I love looking back on the blogs. I can look back at what I have read and remember what happened in the books, which is super helpful when I’m waiting for the next book in the series to come. I also like to look at my reactions to books, and then how I think of the book now. I like to see how much I loved a book when I read it. The feeling of finishing a book is so exciting and sad at the same time, and I’m happy I am able to document that.

The bookish community is so wonderful. I’m so happy I have entered into a community where we can share thoughts and opinions! The bookish people are some of the most welcoming people I have ever met! Thank you for letting me be me.

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I Finally Read The Selection Blogmas Day 3

Many people have already read The Selection Series, probably when they were in middle or high school. Here I am at the age of 23 and just read them for the first time. Why did I wait? I honestly don’t know. This book had been on my TBR list for a really long time, and I never got around to buying it! Yes, I bought all five books, but I’ve only read the first three….so far. I have so much love for these books, and I wish I would have started reading them sooner!

The Selection: Parts of this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, another part of this book reminded me of Divergent. If were to mix both of those out, take out the violence and turn it into The Bachelor: Royal Edition, that would be this book. I really can’t believe that I put this book off for so long! I have to say, I didn’t like Aspen when the book started, and he just got worse and worse as the book went on. #Maxonforever Honestly, this was really predictable, but I’m actually okay with that. Why? Because this book was probably meant for middle/high school readers, and I’m an adult. I read each of these books in like a day, but honestly, I would have sat in a chair and read it all at one time if I was able to! I loved that this book didn’t start out as full on love triangle. I appreciated that America told the Prince that she had her heartbroken and didn’t want to be with him. It’s so refreshing to see that happen in a book!

The Elite: I read these all back to back so that I might have some things in the wrong book, but stay with me. This is the book (or the moment) where my dislike for Aspen, turned into hate. He showed up as a guard, broken up with America, and still inferred with her life with Maxon! I do place a little blame on America, but I know how hard it can be to let go of a person you love. Aspen should have gotten over himself and let her be. He is the reason she is in the palace in the first place. He plays mind games with her that I really kept hoping he would die. I also enjoy this book because of the friendships that are shown in the book. I love the girls in this book and so many different personalities! I mean, they may be cliche, but I really wouldn’t change it any other way! This was probably my favorite book out of the three. I really didn’t put the book down unless I had to, and I was even thinking about it at work. So much happens in this book, and I don’t even know how to process it. We had death, people coming back, fighting, attacks, love, and so much more!

The One: I needed this book to be longer. First, let’s talk about how we not only have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Aspen; but we also have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Kriss. I would have loved to know what was going on in that relationship! This added so much to this story and had me a little worried. I know there are two more books after this book, but still. But in the end, all was right with the world. I even started not to hate Aspen as much, once he and Lucy became a couple. The one thing I really did not care for was one that the secret relationship between Aspen and American was hidden and lasted for so long. I also didn’t like how quickly Maxon and America got back together. It just seemed a little rushed for me. I feel like there would have been a lot more issues when they got back together that the book seems to skip over.

Tell me your thoughts on these books!

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Is There A Best Way To Read? Blogmas Day 1

There are so many ways to read a book; we have physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are so many upsides and downsides to them, but which is the best? Today, We are going to take a look and see what is the are the pros and cons of each of these and see if there is the best version of a book!

1.       EBooks

Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.   

2.       Physical Books

I am a little bias here; I love physical books. They have the book smell and have fantastic designs, a lot of the time. Physical books are also great for letting people know you are busy. People see you holding a book, and they know you are doing something and sometimes walk away. They also don’t lose their charge! This may be an only me thing, but I also feel more connected to the book when I have a physical copy. Another great thing about physical books is that there are so many different versions of the physical books. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, movie covers, original copies, author’s editions, etc. These books are also great for taking pictures! I feel like you can do so much more with photos when you have a physical book compared to a flat device like a kindle or phone. I could keep going on about why I love physical books, but there are some downsides — one being that the slightest amount of water can ruin a book. Unless the books get a lot of water one it, it’Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.ll usually be fine, but that spot will never be the same. Also, covers and pages get ripped and bent. This often shows how much a book has been read and loved, but it’s not always fun to have to be so gentle it won’t rip more.

3. Audio Books

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used an audiobook before because they don’t sound appealing to me. Many great things come with audiobooks. Like ebooks, they can go anywhere with you, but you can listen to it. This means that you can listen to a story while working out or read without getting car sick. This is also a great alternative to music! It’s a great way to read books without having to sit down and open up the book! The downside is that it will drain your battery, and you might miss some things if you space out.

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East Of Eden…A Classic

***Disclaimer: I bought this this book. I am not affiliated with any brand or company and do not receive any money from any purchase. My opinions are my own and are completely unbiased***

John Steinbeck’s masterpiece hits many different aspects of life and takes you on an up and down journey of one man and his family. East of Eden discusses, suicide, war, love, hate, sibling rivalry, race, religion, and so much more! Written in 1951, John Steinbeck gives us a perspective of life during this time while also still being relevant today.

John Steinbeck wrote this book in his later years, but I think it may be one of the most beautiful books he ever wrote! He took ideas from the Book of Genesis and created a whole new world with some of the same thoughts! The story of Cain and Abel was very prominent throughout the book and left you gripping book from how tense some of the scenes. Steinbeck’s ability to make such a clear picture in your mind is seriously crazy good! You could see the fighting, the love in the eyes, the craziness of some of the people, and the hope of others.

While Steinbeck’s writing was tremendous, like all books, I felt like some things could have been better. There was so much going on in the book that I feel like I missed some of the points and I honestly got lost a few times. It also felt like the books was a little disorganized. For example, You could read three full chapters of Adam and Charles and then pop over to one of the Hamilton kids for a chapter and then get the narrator’s view on history then go back to a Hamilton to go a different part of Adam and Charles life. It was nice having many story lines, but there wasn’t a real pattern or anything to it. Even though the book was good, I found myself putting the book down a lot and choosing to do other stuff instead of reading the book.

East of Eden had a little bit of a slower start. It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. While the story introduces you into two families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks, the Trasks are the more of the focus in the book, more specifically Adam. Adam goes through a lot of heartbreak and regret (or at least I think he goes through a lot of regrets) in his life and we get to see him grow from a boy to entering his death. His story is quite remarkable and had me captured. I honestly could care less about the rest of the story lines, I only wanted to read his!

This may be a book that you would need to read twice (or more) to full understand it, but I had a lot of questions after reading it though the first time. For Starters, I don’t see why there was so much focus on all the Hamilton kids, I feel like some of it was irrelevant to the story. Another question I have is WHY KILL AARON???? Oh my word. This is the only death I think that really upset me. I probably missed the point of it but I really wanted him to come to terms with who he was and make a life for himself. Also Why did Kate/Cathy/Catherine shoot Adam in the shoulder and not kill him?? Did I miss that because if she felt any love for him I would of liked to know more about that. I have so many more but I think you have the gist.

All in all, this was a really good book. I would highly recommend it to adults, and mature teens. It does cover some topics that I don’t think would be okay you younger people to read. It is very detailed so to anyone who is looking to read it, I would just be warned.

If you would like to read this book there is a link on the picture to the book.