Tuesday, November 8, 2016

-Reminder- Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

Is that time of the year again.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are upon us, so much so that it's already the semifinals and if you still haven't voted for your favorite books you might just miss the chance to make them win!

I've got some favorite authors that were nominated so of course I've already voted.
Don't pass up the opportunity to support your favorite books and authors of 2016!

Go cast your vote now ;)

(cc. goodreads image, clicking it will take you to the voting page.)

Go to the Goodreads site and work your magic.

Have a happy week!

Monday, October 10, 2016

-Review- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

[... He is. He asked for you. And I know you're with my brother and I'm with child, but can we please just take a moment to silently admire the perfection that is that man?]

(Before the review let me tell you a bit about my reading experience as a whole...Also, I kinda was too emotional so there's a bit of cursing *something I rarely do* so beware.)

I've read a lot of books in my lifetime.
Some were so bad for me I wish I'd had a lighter right there to erase all traces of it from my shelves. Others were so good I constantly struggled with my selfishness to keep the story all to myself and not let anyone read it while at the same time wanting to have tons of people to discuss said good book with.
Then came the gems. The epic books. The books that changed something in me every time I turned that last page and sigh a little contented sigh of happiness or sorrow or sadness or any feeling that happened to be evoked by the ending of the book.
Then came the 3 books that somehow saved me from myself. Books that I will never be able to read ever again but that are constantly in my mind, no need to read them again. They are forever imprinted on my very soul.
I found one of those books thanks to Colleen Hoover.
She recommended me Taryn's books (I say recommended ME loosely because she usually just promotes Taryn's books on her social media and I just happened to be on Instagram at the perfect time.)

(Here's where my review starts...)

But then.
There are these books.
Books that don't fit in any other category you might shelf your books in.
Books that surprise you because you know what you're getting yourself into. Or at least you think you know.
But later you think... "Fuuuuuck. Fuuuuuck. What in the fuuuuuck. Fuck!!!? What in the beautiful flowers in my garden did I just sign up for?"
Almost every Colleen Hoover book I've read has been like this.
Surprising. Inspiring. Sometimes I can predict the outcome. Sometimes I can't. But I always love the story all the same.
It Ends With Us is a great book. I loved it and I kind of hated it.
Because, beware... honest truth coming.
I've been that 'girl' that 'woman' that person that even though has gone through psychological abuse was quick to start saying... "why doesn't she leave him?" When I'd hear of women suffering physical abuse. I'd say "I would've done that ages ago... why is she so stupid? Why why why... or I would've I would've I would've..."
I hated it because I discovered something I pretty much hate about myself (not that I need to add more to the list lol) I hated how quick I came to conclusions about people's life choices when mine aren't perfect or easy.

I know not every case is the same. Ever.
But this book made me pause.
Made me think (which is always something I appreciate.)
Made me take a knee ^_^ and breathe and say...
"Stop. You are NOT them. You don't KNOW. And even if you think you know... just stop."
So first I want to apologize for being that person but second I want to thank Colleen for writing this book.
I can't even begin to imagine how this must've been for you.
After reading the author's note at the end I felt like I had mostly read a journal entry rather than a fictional book.
I felt so many things all at once.
I felt sad for Ryle. I felt sad for Lily.
I felt sad for Atlas.
I felt sad for Emmy. 

["When's your next day off?" He says. 
"Never. When's yours?"
I shake my head. "We're doomed..."]

But then.
I felt hope for all of them. I felt happy for all of them.
I felt proud for freaking fictional characters.
I was a mess one second and a completely normal person the next.
If that doesn't mean this book was well written I don't know what does.
I haven't written one of my long book reviews in over a year because life sucks. But then this book came and life didn't suck as much for the days it took to finish it.
And now that I have read all of it I couldn't just come here and rate it and leave it at that.
I wanted to share a little bit of what happened to me while I read this.
So thank you for writing this book dear author.
Thank you for not hitting that delete button. Thank you for seeing it through. And thank you for publishing it and making it available for us.
I for one feel like a complete different person as to who I was when I started it.
It wasn't everything I hoped for, it wasn't everything I expected, it wasn't at all what I thought it'd be.
And I am completely thankful for that.
It was so much more!
Here's to naked truths, Ellen Degeneres, cycle breakers and the book title actually being a part of the story!

Ps. Allysa fan for life. That girl is goals!! Everything goals!! And I need a sponge bob onesie T_T

I give this book

Clouds In The Heavens READ IT!

Monday, September 12, 2016

What Books Do I Buy? + Currently Reading!

I'm soon going on a small getaway trip to Orlando!!!!

And it's been a long time since I last bought a book, like a printed book.

So I'm really really really in much need of some help.

I need you guys to recommend me some books you think I'd like :P
You know I'm all about romance, YA, Paranormal, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, NA, and so on.
So please pretty please help out a booknerd, would ya?

I've gotten some great recommendations so far but I want to make sure I don't pass up on books I'd enjoy hehehe.
I hope y'all help me some.

But before I go I'd just like to share what I'm...

Currently Reading

(So far, it's so sadly predictable and so insta everything I'm kind of wary but I guess it'll be a light and welcoming read compared to the other book I'm reading as well.)

(Now this is being a really intense and suspenseful read so far. I cannot wait to continue reading and find out how it goes.)

Until next time <3

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

-BookPics Is Curious- What's on my playlist?

I have no idea if this is a thing or tag or I don't know, but I've googled it and so far I've found only random posts about it when people have been asked what music they listen to so they decide to answer by posting a playlist with their current music choices.

In my case I'll just share one song in my playlist because damnnnn, the thing changes constantly sometimes and other times I keep listening to the same songs for months.

Right now I'm listening to one brand new song along with a really oldie but goodie one.

First one,

너를 위해 (For you) by 첸, 백현, 시우민 (EXO's Chen, Baekhyun, Xiumin)
It's an OST for the drama 달의 연인 - 보보경심 려 (Moon Lovers) in which one of the singers is not exactly starring but he's still in it so... Yeah.

It's amazing. It's romantic. And I love love love the beat and how their voices go together I cannot, I repeat, I cannot stop listening to this song!

And the other one as I said is an oldie.

It's in spanish *O* I know...
But I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this band's songs until just recently when it randomly played as a background to a show I was watching.

Tal Vez by Kudai

Kinda emo/dark/punk right? I went to their concert back in the day and I only knew ONE song by them but I had to babysit so there you go. It was a good thing though, because I became a fan soon afterwards.
For all my spanish speakers BookPicErs (and even if you don't) I really recommend this song, give it a try ;)

And that's it for me.

See y'all next time!

What are you listening to these days?
Any songs you'd like to recommend?

Monday, August 29, 2016

-Book Blast- Vial Things by Leah Clifford

Small intro by moi

You guys!
It's been forever since I read a YA book especially one that includes "supernatural" sprinkles.
But I'm so glad I'm reading one right now, even better yet is the fact that it's by one of my very favorite YA authors, Leah Clifford who wrote an epic trilogy some years ago (Check my review of A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid and my very short reaction to A Touch Menacing) and if you've yet to read her Touch books I highly recommend that you do!

Currently I'm like 20% in on this newly released book but BOY oh BOY! I was so not prepared for this, for ANY of this.

Hope you take the plunge and check all of her books out.


Intro ends

Leah Clifford is back with a BLOODY good young adult novel that you don’t want to miss. And at $2.99 – there’s no reason to!
Vial Things Synopsis
As an eighteen-year-old resurrectionist, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. The blood of the resurrectionists is heavily regulated, only used with the express permission of the group’s leaders for fear of being discovered. She’s taken every precaution--self-defense classes since childhood, extensive weapons training with knives, and even going so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy, who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those after her blood.
But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, and a hunter starts taking out the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp, Allie begins to realize even her best laid plans won’t be enough to keep both Ploy and herself safe.
Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world--a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.
About The Author
Leah Clifford was born and raised outside of Cleveland Ohio. She has an affinity for all things weird and creepy as made evident by her oddity shop Petite Grotesque and her previous young adult novels, A Touch Mortal, A Touch Morbid and A Touch Menacing.
You can find her on Twitter