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READ-O-RAMA Day 2

Midnight strikes and it is officially Day 2 of READ-O-RAMA and because I have become a night owl these days, I am wide awake and therefore ready to do some reading. I continued on with All Fall Down and after a little over 3 hours of reading, I managed to finish the book and complete my first challenge of this read-a-thon!

All Fall Down only got better as I began the last part of the book and, of course it was jam packed with a worldwide of things ranging from action to suspense to a lot of emotions as Grace and the readers finally find out what happened the night her mother was murdered. And let me tell you this, I thought I had a pretty good idea  based on what had happened so far and my previous knowledge of watching a ton of tv shows revolving around murder but I was SERIOUSLY SURPRISED when it was revealed what had really happened. I am not going to give too much away because that would be spoiling things and that is just cruel but I will say that it sets readers up for the next book as this is the first book in a series by Ally Carter. If you do read this, be prepared for the ending because it is not like a huge cliffhanger but it definitely peaks your interest causing you to be like “What is going to happen next?’ I have a lot questions but of course all I can do is wait until the next book comes out. Ugh, I hate waiting.

Overall, my rating for this book was 4/5 stars. Though it was slow in the beginning it started getting better piece by piece as the story progressed and even managed to surprise me in the end. Look for a review on this book, which will be coming soon!


So, it is almost 4 am and I am still not tired which just goes to show how truly messed up my sleep schedule is, leaving me with only one choice which is to choose my next book to read. I decide to move upwards on the list of challenges to #3 which is to read a fantasy book so I grab Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and start reading.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks is a young adult fantasy romance book and it is the first book in The Syrena Legacy series. This series is a fantasy read because it is about mermaids which is not something I have not read about before but I have heard tons of people talk about this series on Booktube so I decided to pick it up and give it a try.

12425532The book revolves around Emma who in the beginning is on vacation with her best friend in Florida when she literally runs into a guy on the boardwalk. That guy turns out to be Galen and as soon as they meet they both feel a connection to one another. But Galen’s connection to Emma is not initially purely romantic as he is mermaid, or merman, I guess that is the correct term lol. But he not just any ordinary merman, Galen is the prince of Syrena and is on land in search of something for his kingdom. He believes that Emma is a Syrena like he is even though she appears to be 100% human We find out that that is not exactly the case when readers catch a glimpse of Emma’s “gifts” involving an incident with a not-so-nice shark. After tragedy strikes though, Emma starts school again but can’t seem to get rid of Galen and the two start hanging out with each other as Galen tries to convince Emma she is someone important to him and his kingdom.

I only read the first two chapter of Of Poseidon before I finally got tired but I immediately liked the author’s writing and the fact that the book switches between Emma’s and Galen’s point of view. I love when authors write from dual perspectives because then you get a feel for how both characters are feelings especially when there are hints of romance involved.


After waking up around noon, I did a little bit of reading participating in one of the reading sprints via Twitter. After that I stopped reading for a bit and then decided to again to read around 3:15pm for about 45 minutes. After all my sporadic reading sessions today, I am only on p. 72 of Of Poseidon which I am not too happy about, but I was busy applying to a job at Barnes and Nobles today during my non-reading time.

The book is definitely good even though there was a tragic event that happens in the beginning. I really connected with Emma and what she is going through during the aftermath of it. Despite that, I love her interactions with Galen after he just shows up and starts going to her school. They banter back and forth but there is still that obvious attraction to one another which can be a little hot at times. I also love the secondary characters. Rayna and Rachel are funny and definitely keep you entertained especially Rayna who has her own problems to deal with when Toraf, who is Galen’s best friend, shows up. You also learn a lot about the mermaid world within this book and how Galen plays a part in it. I am definitely interested to see if Galen’s hunches about Emma are true because they are that is going to throw wrench in things for them romantically which is NOT going to make me happy lol (What can I say, I’m a girl who loves her romance),

At the moment, I would rate this book as  3.5/5 stars but I have a feeling it is going to get better. Seeing as I know I am going to be staying up again tonight, hopefully I can finish this book before I go to sleep. Check back in tomorrow on my progress for Day 3 of READ-O-RAMA!!

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READ-O-RAMA Day 1

Due to the fact that I completely messed up my sleep schedule and have gone back to being a night owl, I was able to start this read-a-thon about 15 minutes after midnight. Literally there was not a tired bone in my body so I chose my first book, All Fall Down by Ally Carter and immediately started reading.

All Fall DownUnknown-1 is a young adult mystery about a girl who is trying to find out who murdered her mother. Grace witnessed her mother being murdered when she was 13 but no one believes her and writes her mother’s death off as an accident. There is a political aspect to this book as Grace is the granddaughter of the U.S. ambassador and lives in the U.S. embassy situated in the foreign country of Adria. Struggling with the murder of her mother, Grace tries to acclimate to living at the embassy and within this highly political world of Embassy Row.

This book fulfills the challenge of reading a book with blue on the cover and even though it is the 4th challenge listed out of 7, I chose it purely based on the fact that it was first book if I were to list the books alphabetically by their title. Obviously, that was the librarian part of me despite the fact that I alphabetized by title and not by the author’s Last name. That, and the fact that my lucky number is also 4.


I read off and on for about 3 hours and got to page 95 before my eyes finally started to get tired. The first few pages drew me in but after that I had a hard time connecting to the story a little. Grace is very complex switching between being snarky and independent to being meek and depressed. Obviously what she has gone through has something to do with it but I just had a hard time understanding her.

The story did pick up though with the introduction of Alexei and Noah which I am guessing are the possible two love interests for Grace even though Noah is giving me vibes of being more of a friend to Grace like Simon is to Clary in the Mortal Instrument books. Alexei is definitely someone I could see being Grace’s love interest. He is Grace’s older brother’s best friend so he knows her and cares for her plus he is Russian which makes him a little bit more appealing in my book lol.

For the rest of the day, I didn’t get much reading done and only got to participate in one of the reading sprints being hosted via Twitter but I managed to read 45 more pages. I am definitely into the story more than in the beginning especially after seeing how much witnessing her mother’s murder affects Grace. Even though her grandfather and Ms. Chancellor, who works for her grandfather are telling her that she needs to let go and move on, Grace is determined to figure out who murdered her mother. She gets help from Noah which again just confirms the “Simon” vibes I had early and I’m excited to see how the story continues.

With the first day coming to an end, I spend the last hour reading and manage to read another 40 pages bring me to page 180 in the book. The story has definitely gotten better, the plot reaching a mini-climax that I was not really expecting. Grace is still grappling with the aftermath of her mother’s murder but as she hunts down the killer the story has its light hearted moments and I am really enjoying it. The mystery aspect of the book is in full swing and I am excited to see what will happen next.If I had to rate this book at this point in time I would give it 3.5/5 stars.

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READ-O-RAMA TBR

So, considering that this read-a-thon official begins in like less than an hour, I would say that this is the perfect time for me to post about my TBR pile for it lol.

I have decided in order to help me get out of my reading slump and towards my summer goal of reading 30 books that I am going to be participating in READ-O-RAMA Round 2 which starts on June 28th and ends on July 4th. This read-a-thon was created and is being hosted by a lovely group of booktubers (Elizabeth Book Babble, BrunetteBibliophile, Kitkatscanread, and BooKss101). They started it last summer and decided to do it again this summer hence the “Round 2” in the title. Elizabeth Book Babble is one of the many book tubers that I watch on Youtube so when her video for this read-a-thon popped up in my subscription feed, it was like fate.

**Before I get into the challenges that they have created for this read-a-thon and the corresponding books I hope to read for each, go check out these amazing booktubers when you get a chance!! (I have attached links to their channels with each of their names above)**


So there are a number of challenges that have been created for this read-a-thon and whoever participates can do all of them, some of them, or none of them if they choose. The whole point of this read-a-thon is to try and read as many books as you can but enjoy the books you have decided to read. If you are a person like me who likes some direction in what to read because I honestly have WAY TOO MANY books choose from or just likes the idea of completing challenges during a read-a-thon, you can totally take part in the challenges. If you want to participate in the read-a-thon but  already know the books you want to read and don’t really fancy the challenges then you can do that too. Like I always say, “You, Do You!”

Since I like the challenges in read-a-thons because they help me narrow down which books I could read, I will be trying to complete as many challenges as possible. The challenges for this read-a-thon are:

1. Read 7 books
2. Read a middle grade book
3. Read a fantasy
4. Read a book with blue on the cover
5. Re-read a book
6. Read a book that makes R-A-M-A using the title/author
7. Read an e-book or an audiobook


It would be AMAZING if I could read 7 books in a week but given the fact that I have many “adult” things to do this week aka find a job for the summer, I know that that probably won’t happen. Anyway… here are the challenges I am hoping to complete:

(Also, many of these books will be library books because I am a HUGE fan of the library and can’t help myself from not checking books out even when I have a never-ending TBR pile)

1. Read 7 books (maybe) *7th book – The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
2. Read a middle grade book: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
3. Read a fantasy: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
4. Read a book with blue on the cover: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
5. Re-read a book: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
6. Read a book that makes R-A-M-A using the title/author: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
7. Read an e-book or an audiobook: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie

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I am super excited to start this read-a-thon and I hope that I can complete as many challenges as I can. I will be updating my progress each day as well as some thoughts on the books I am reading on here so STAY TUNED!!

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Summer Reading Goals

My summer officially started a week ago, and knowing that I have two and a half months before I start my first semester as a grad student has caused me to do some major thinking about my life as well as make a LOT of to do lists.

One thing I know is that I want to get some serious reading done this summer. I have read 20 books so far this year and though that is a decent amount I am still struck with the feeling that I could be reading so much more (especially when I make multiple trips to Barnes & Nobles adding more and more books to my ever expanding TBR list).

So…. I set 2 goals for myself this summer in regards to books and reading/reviewing said books.

1. Start a book blog (which obviously has happened since this is my first blog post lol)
2. Read 30 books

Now I don’t know if I am going to make a reading challenge for myself in connection to this. Of course, at the beginning of the year I did make a video on my Youtube channel about the reading challenges I hope to accomplish this year, and surprisingly I have not made much progress.

P.S. I have a Youtube channel. It is in its infancy and I am currently on a very long hiatus while I figure out my next steps for it but it you want to check it out there is a link to it in the sidebar 🙂