BookTube: July TBR

I’m so excited about my July TBR pile.  I’ve only committed to five books as per usual, but I’ve already almost surpassed that number! I’m a little over halfway through Ernest Cline’s Armada and it’s making me the happiest reader.  If you enjoyed Ready Player One, you’ll definitely enjoy Armada as well.  Reviews to come for all as always!  Happy reading bookworms!

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Kristin

Tea & Book Chat: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #1)

After meeting Patrick Ness at BEA and discovering what an awesome human he is, I felt like the time was upon me to finally read one of his books.  I started with The Knife of Never Letting Go which is the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy and now that I’ve finished it, I feel like I get ~the hype~.  The beginning had a definite slow start for me but once I got to the end I was definitely interested in continuing on to the second book.  I think because it’s the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, really lays down the groundwork for the excitement of the next two installments.  This dystopian begins in a place called Prentisstown where there are no women and everyone is able to hear the thoughts of everyone else which they refer to as Noise.  The protagonist Todd and his dog Manchee are forced to flee Prentisstown when they discover a secret the Mayor has been hiding.

One of the aspects I loved most about The Knife of Never Letting Go is the unique narration style Ness employs.  The novel is told from Todd’s point of view and it has a very ‘stream of consciousness’ feel to it.  There’s Prentisstown slang and a visually unique printing style to emphasize certain lines.  I’ve always been drawn to stories that play with language and this book really hooked me.  I also loved that you were able to hear Manchee’s thoughts.  While I’ve never had a pet myself, it’s obvious how attached to them people grow and it’s interesting to see their relationship represented without any type of communication barrier.

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The less I reveal about the plot of the book, the better for the potential reader’s sake so I’m keeping my lips sealed and letting you go in as blind as possible.  That being said, you’re immediately thrown into this world that Ness created without any transitory period so get ready for some mysterious occurrences in a place where a year is measured in 13 months.  The only character I really couldn’t stand is Aaron but again, I’ll let you find out why for yourself should you chose to read the book.

Final Thoughts: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness lays a strong foundation for the rest of the trilogy.  Our main character Todd narrates and because everyone’s thoughts or Noise can be heard by everyone in Prentisstown there is a lot of stream of consciousness.  I dare you not to fall in love with Todd’s dog Manchee who’s thoughts can also be heard.  While the beginning has a slow start, there are enough mysteries in this dystopian world to keep you reading until the excitement ensues.

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Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? (via Goodreads)

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Kristin

San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusives Wish List

I’m posting this a day late, but here are all the exclusives I would be devoting my precious time to collecting if I were attending SDCC this year.  I found out about my favorite exclusive, the glitter Darth Vader coin purse, after seeing Le Fancy Geek’s Wish List and I knew I had to add it to mine!  I’m also really loving the Her Universe Agent Carter tee.  I loved that tv series so much and it holds a special place for me since it’s really what got me into YouTubing<3  I’m also obsessed with the Serenity Leaf on the Wind necklace by Quantum Mechanix.  Talk about the perfect accessory!  Other favorites include plush direwolves & a Game of Thrones crown, a Jem & the Holograms doll and Regina & Supergirl vinyl figures!  What’re you hoping to get your hands on this year?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Things On My Bookshelf That Aren’t Books

This is the first Top 5 Wednesday topic that I’m partaking in and I thought it was the perfect time to start because the topic is the Top 5 things on your bookshelf that aren’t books!  My room and basement are basically overflowing with collectibles so I may have turned this video into my Top 10 :-)

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Kristin

Life Lately: Unpacking & Room Progress (It’s a Process)

I am still not unpacked from when I moved at the end of May and it’s really been driving me quickly insane.  I just don’t have the time to devote to unpacking, sorting and cleaning because my new commute only allots me enough time to eat dinner, maybe watch a BookTube video or two, shower and then go to sleep in preparation for the next day.  This past weekend, being the 4th of July, I found myself with two whole days to fully devote to cleaning and organizing.  I’ve donated about 8 bags of clothing (7 on purpose and one full of all of my work dresses, cardigans and leggings by accident – quite the traumatic experience but I digress), and I sorted through 23 boxes of books, while also moving the ones I barely touch out of my room which were left behind when I initially moved out.  I could not be happier with my weekend progress.  My closet is completely organized, my drawers have never looked so good and I have two beautiful (but not yet completed) bookshelves so I wanted to share some progress photos of what I’ve accomplished so far!  Hopefully your motivating comments will inspire me to finish so I can relax comfortably in my room very soon!  And if you have any organizing tips, I would love to hear them!

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BookTube: June Wrap Up

Here are all the books I read in June!  I had a fantastic reading month.  Let me know if you’ve read anything I talked about or if you have any suggestions for what I should read next!

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Kristin

Makeup Monday: Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush

I’ve never been a big blush wearer but the new Fall 2015 collection from Too Faced just might convert me!  The collection description reads “Flush all day and night with the blush of true love.”  There are six shades in total and Too Faced promises that they’ll last up to 16 hours.  Plus, the packaging reminds me of Polly Pocket!  Too Faced quickly became my current favorite cosmetics company after I fell in love with their carousel holiday collection and their Better than Sex mascara.  They really drew me in with all of the amazing packaging of their products and they’ve turned me into a repeat buyer because I know firsthand that anything they manufacture will be high quality.  You can already purchase the Love Flush blushes for $26 each on the Too Faced website!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter: The Character Vault

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.  This week I’m choosing Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson because obviously.  The book includes an in-depth profile of each beloved character including design sketches, photos of their costumes, an image of their wand and any other props their character is known for.  The book also examines the progression of the fashion in films from years one through seven.  You can pre-order the book on Amazon!

Harry Potter: The Character Vault

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Kristin

Tasty Treats: Sweetapolita Sprinkles

One of my favorite baking bloggers has always been Sweetapolita.  She bakes and posts the most beautiful looking pastel desserts and I’m always swooning over her instagram photos.  I was THRILLED when she came out with a cookbook earlier this year (one that I pre-ordered because NEED) and now she’s opened up a sprinkle shop on Etsy! Her sprinkle store features one of a kind sprinkle medleys in medium and jumbo bottles and the jimmey’s are made by Sweetapolita herself.  I don’t know about you but I cannot wait to bake a cake using the Barbies & Bubblegum medley!  What’s even more exciting is that until July 31st you can use the code SPRINKLEFEVER to get 15% off of your entire order!

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BookTube: June Book Haul!

It’s book haul time! These are all the titles I added to my shelf and TBR for the month of June! There ended up being a lot more books than I expected but I love each and every one<3  Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I hauled so I can determine what I should read first!

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