Quarterly Wrap Up (April-June 2017)

2017 is a very though year for me. My grandmother passed away last April and I’m not really into doing things after that. After the struggle of adjusting from my unemployed self to the stressful employed individual that I am now in the first quarter of the year. This second quarter was very challenging for many reasons that I would not specify except for what I mentioned earlier about my grandmother.

However, I feel like I’m figuring out my way into working and reading because I managed to read 8 books in three months compared to 4 books from the last three months. Β Although some of the books that I read are novellas and graphic novel, I feel so accomplished.

I’m excited to share them with you so let’s get into it!

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Alienated by Melissa Landers

13574417RATING: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ–πŸŒ‘ (3.75/5 moons)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: February 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 344

 

 


“How can we understand what we’ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes?”

 

SYNOPSIS:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her lifeβ€”not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

 

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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RATING: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘ (4/5 moons)

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: September 25, 2001 (first published: Sept. 21, 1937)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 330

 

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”


SYNOPSIS:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a “little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves.” He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, “looking for someone to share in an adventure,” Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit’s doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

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Gemina (Illuminae Files 02) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

29236299RATING: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ– (4.75/5 moon)

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Reader

Published: October 18, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 608

“You might only get one shot. So shoot!”


 

SYNOPSIS:

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatiaβ€”and possibly the known universeβ€”is in their hands.


But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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3 Legendary Series

They say that a good story would remain in someone’s heart for a very long time if it is well loved. I, as a reader, have read books that I surely love and would highly recommend to some. However, no matter how many books there are on my TBR pile, there is still a gnawing feeling inside me that’s craving for something more. And lately, I’m sating my cravings with classic books (or books that were published before the aged of Twilight and Hunger Games), but I would like to call them legendary books.

Before dropping the names of the 3 legendary books that I’m trying my hardest to give a good introduction, I would like to give a brief criteria as to why I consider them legendary.

  1. They are still popular and well-loved no matter how long they have been published or using the words of Taylor Swift,Β they never go out of style.
  2. The series became an inspiration not only to us readers, but also the other authors who aspired to write a book that would give the same impact to readers.
  3. They have set the bars in their own genre.

And without further ado, here are the 3 legendary books that I’ve been dying to read.

 

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All by My Selfie by Jo Noelle

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RATING: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘

Publisher: Little Box Press LLC

Published: October 16, 2016

Format: ebook

 

 

 


“Though it may be set before you, like a ship you determine your fate, and not some evil wind.”

SYNOPSIS:

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of itβ€”except Gwen.


Niall McLeod has been a prisoner, a ghost, for centuries. When he meets Gwen, he wonders if she is the key to releasing him, but Niall’s quest for freedom may cost Gwen her life.

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