Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Stole My Heart in 2015

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Hey Bookworms! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! These weekly posts are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where they give us a weekly topic and we answer with books or book related answers! Today’s topic is my top 10 Books of 2015, so far. It is so odd and makes me feel so much better that 2015 hasn’t been the easiest year for me. My books are have what kept me going as well as this blog. So let’s get started and these books are in no particular order!

Top 10 Books That Stole My Heart in 2015

1.Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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I’ve gushed about this book on the first day of my challenge, but seriously this is the perfect story if you feel like you need a fairy-tale in your life!

2. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle

This book was the perfect wrap-up for the series and some interesting reveals for the VA series that will leave you in shock! I love the strength and love in the book. There will be a special post involving this book ASAP, so be on the lookout. I do not want to see the VA world end and I’m hoping she will do some novellas I am yearning for!

3. Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead (Author), Emma Vieceli  (Illustrator), Leigh Dragoon (Adapter)

Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

Seriously this was amazing and made me love the story and world even more! I love how the illustrator captured their personalities perfectly through their gestures! Just need my own copy asap!

4. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

I loved this book it provided me a laugh when I needed it. I love Percy’s sense of humor and I love the illustrations I want a paper copy of this too, so I can just show it off!

5. Pokemon Adventures Volume 1 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Volume 1

Honestly I am obsessed with these graphic novels. I have always been a big Pokemon freak whether it has been the show or the games. I am learning more about the world from the graphic novels and adoring it!

6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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I have gushed about this book a lot, but seriously it is my new favorite. I can’t help it! It’s good to have a not perfect all good herione

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This was an audiobook listen that I gifted myself. I loved the mythology and how it wove into it especially since I haven’t read much about Chimera. I am glad I waited till the hype died down to enjoy and form my own opinions of this book. Hope I love the next two books as well!

8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

I loved the sweetness of this story as well as the innocence. The ability to find and accept yourself. The peek into movie making. It definitely hit my craving for a sweet kiss and I definitely would pick up something else by this author!

9. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

The Book of Tomorrow

Honestly when I first started this story Tamara got on my nerves a bit, and I almost stopped listening, but I am more than happy I continued. She had some growth and it was a good coming of age story! Plus the nuns!

10. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

Honestly it was the sweetest story. It had harsh and sad parts, but it was needed to appreciate the sweetness. It also had amazing magical realism. I definitely need to own my own copy in all formats. This is definitely my second favorite Ahern book! She does not disappoint! Her books also take me traveling each time.

Well bookworms those are my choices for this time around! What are your favorite books so far? Have you read any of these books? What about books with magical realism? What’s your favorite Cecelia Ahern book if you’ve read any. Let me know and link me your Top Ten Tuesday post down below!

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30 Day Challenge Day 7: A Hidden Gem

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Hey bookworms! I know this post is up late, but I had a busy day of being lazy? I was able to watch 4 episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 and well let’s just say I got sucked in. I am starting this post at 11:30 PM, so for me it still counts. The second reason I am posting this so late is because I wanted to finish the book I was putting in today’s answer so let’s get started!

Day 7: An Underrated Book

Pandemonium by Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz

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This book is my favorite book of the month and a 5 out of 5 stars! This was a gift from Paige at The Paige-Turner and was a book neither of us had heard of it before, but it was amazing! It was laugh out loud funny and the art style was so good. The expression and personalities of the characters shown through with their body language. I already want the second book, but can’t find it! It’s under Middle Grade on Goodreads but I would place it as YA. It is good for any age though! I want to know what happens next to these characters! It has a bit of mystery and I need to know!

I don’t know if book two is out, but if more reader’s read it will come out of hiding! That is my strategy. Again sorry for the last post. I promise I will post earlier tomorrow! That’s all for now Bookworms! Do you have any underrated graphic novels I need to know about? Let me know in the comments or if you’ve read this! I need to talk about it! I know it’s Midnight, but this post was started on day 7 it counts. Happy Reading!

PS If you want to see posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 click here if you’re curious

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30 Day Challenge Day 6: The Book that Made Me Feel the Feels

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Hey Bookworms! How does weekend go by so fast? I’m sad to say that I am not having the best day. Turned my phone on air plane mode and just gonna curl up under my covers and read after I post. So maybe it will help writing about a book that makes me sad.

 Day 6: A Book that Makes me Sad

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

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Now this question was hard for me to answer because I don’t usually pick books that make me sad especially with how I feel now. If a book does make me sad it is not the entire books, but parts of it. Like the end or a part in the middle. For me books are an escape from the sad or hard parts in my life. They have been my shelter for as long as I can remember. My rocks my silent, yet rowdy friends. My home when I couldn’t find a place in my own home. Now that being said I am not usually one to cry the first time in movies, but books are different. I will sob when reading a book. With a movie I take time to asses the setting and effects, the acting and storyline, and my 3rd time around in a movie that’s when it hits me. A book I am the one using what the author has given me and creating it for myself. It is more real to me. Now I am giving you the book that made me cry, but not the part or the reason. For one it is the third book in this series and I don’t want to spoil anyone. I do get really attached to characters though that is the only hint I am giving! You will get more out of me with the next book I promise!

Well that is all bookworms! What book made you feel the feels? Do you like books that make you feel sad? Do you look for sad stories or do you like it better when they surprise you? Let me know your opinion on feeling the feels. I am really curious! Happy reading!

PS: If you’re curious here are days: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

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30 Day Reading Challenge Day 5: The Book That is My Happy Thought

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Hey Bookworms! It’s day 5 and the weekend! This was another one I’ve struggled to come up with an answer, but thanks to some booktube inspiration helped me realize an answer and a push from a blogger friend to write it: Judith from BookDr3ams! For this book I am going to leave the link of where to buy it. So before I talk about the answer I will link the haul by the awesome booktuber that helped me: Riley Marie

Day 5: A Book that Makes Me Happy

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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This book is by far my favorite classic. I’m going to admit right off the bat I didn’t read this book as a child, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it none the less. It is a whimsical and beautiful book that I recommend at any age. So many quotes from this book has gotten me through some rough stuff. I am a total Peter Pan fanatic I love any movie or book adaption and want to read or watch any of them! They are a comfort and a happiness plus a thing of beauty with each adaption. Neverland has been my escape in some of my favorite dreams and I hope to get my hands on this edition soon! It is about finding comfort in childhood to me, but also within that finding the strength to face adulthood no matter how scary. It reminds you of fun, but it is okay to face responsibility too. Although it’s not something we always want to do, we are brave enough to do so. Even in childhood we have responsibility and Peter faces those as well. This book always reminds me to keep facing my dreams. I am going to leave a leave a video to one of my favorite songs inspired by this book as well.

Well that is all for now Bookworms! If you guys know any adaptions I should read let me know please! I hope you enjoyed my day 5 and enjoy the rest of your Saturday happy reading!

PS For Days: 1,2,3, & 4 click here if you’re curious!!

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30 Day Reading Challenge Day 4: Sometimes the Sequel is Better and I Gush for This One

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Hey Bookworms hope your Friday is going/went well. I made it to the 4th day even if I am posting a little later. So today’s post is a build off of Day 3’s post! Any who I’ll get started.

Day 4: Favorite Book in Favorite Series

Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

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This is the sequel to Tiger’s Curse and my favorite book in the series. Now let me leave you a list down below in tradition of yesterdays post and let’s face it there is more than one reason I love this book.

Reasons I Adore TQ

1. Get to Know My Book BF More: We get to see a lot more of a Certain yummy Indian Prince Kishan more

2. Mythology: Once more how it’s woven and combined in this story

3. The Quest and the Reward: Not going to say what it is because I don’t want to spoil you guys but it’s my favorite

4. Dating: Describes the dating life when you don’t find your Prince

5. Kelsi Learning How to Defend Herself: She learns martial arts so she doesn’t have to be your classic D.D (Damsel in Distress) I love that she doesn’t want the boys to completely protect her.

6. Treats: The yummy shakes they get and the cookies Kelsey makes

7. Definition:  Characters becoming even more themselves making you more attached

8. Setting:  Setting is what I struggle most at so I envy authors who can put you in them so easily

9. Creatures: Fairies!!!

10. Kishan: Again I love him so he needs to be two reasons to read this!

That is just some of the many reasons I love this book and need to do a reread ASAP! I really urge you to start this series if your unable to travel this summer and for some reason this is the book I think of when I think of summer. I may not be willing to share my book bf, but I do want to get this series more reader! So if you can handle a good love triangle, a life risking quest, prophecies and love mythology pick up this series.

That’s all for Day 4 bookworms! I know this was a bit of a gush but I adore this series and want to get it more readers. I know this is posted late, but it is still Day 4. Hope you guys click to see what I have for day 5! Happy reading!

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Friday Reads Reads That are Going to Fill My Weekend: 6/26/15

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Hey bookworms! It’s the weekend! I thought I would do a Friday Reads to let you all know what I plan to read/finish reading this weekend. I’ll start with what I am going to finish reading and end with books I plan on starting. The last 4 are options I am debating between. This is a quick post so I’m sorry I don’t put descriptions on all, but hope you enjoy! =)

Friday Reads

1. Echoes of Us by Khat Zhang

Echo of Us

I’m a little more than halfway through and I really want to finish this tonight even though I don’t want it to end. I need to see what happens to these characters.

2. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot

Princess in Waiting

I plan to finish this audiobook today as well. The new narrator isn’t my favorite, but I do want to finish these book in audiobook because it is a good way to fight my slump

3. Pandemonium by Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz

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I received this from my Book BFF The Paige-Turner and I have read a few pages I love the art work. So I want to get this done tomorrow. I will do a haul for the books as soon as I have a banner =)

4. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Blue Moon

A library book and a reread for me and I want to find comfort in this series once more =)

5. Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson (Author), Jacob Wyatt (Illustrator), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator)

Ms Marvel Vol 2

6. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings

I do not plan to finish this, but I do plan on listening to a few chapters this weekend. Hopefully get a bit of it done to catch up to Paige or at least not be as far behind.

7.  The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

8. Hot Blooded by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Hot Blooded

9. Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

Another book I don’t plan to finish, but I do want to get a bit of this done

10. There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern

There's No Place Like Here

My library Cecelia Ahern Audio Book that I need to at least start. I love and adore her books.

Well that’s all I have for now bookworms! I have to go rush out and get ready to be dragged out to Dinner. My challenge post will be up tonight! Happy Reading bookworms!

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The Nintendo Book Tag

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Hey Bookworms! I saw this tag on Monday and needed to do it! As you may or not know I am a little bit of gamer. Nintendo was also my first system and before my playstation I was more than happy with my Nintendo DS! As a bookworm I love stories whether they be in books, movies, shows, but at times games are my favorite. Especially Role-Play Games because I get to be a part of the story. Anywho this amazing tag was created by the lovely booktuber: Novels and Nonsense. I will also lead her video right here:

The Nintendo Book Tag

1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A Classic you want to read

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

I want to read more classics but especially children ones they have a nostalgia and safety to them. Plus this is one I always seem to get half way through, but never finish. I really like it though just need to push!

2) SNES (Super Nintendo): A Sequel you liked more than the 1st (can be a 3rd book in a series)

Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

Princess in the Spotlight

Mia really came more into her own a bit more in this book. She wasn’t the most confident still, but I feel the characters were a bit more defined in this book!

3) Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host

I gushed about this book in my Day 2 of my challenge post. Essentially it reminded me that some people are able to see the person.

4) Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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Please don’t throw things at me, but this series was okay… I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. Honestly I only read it so I would be able to watch the movies with less guilt.

5) Wii: A new favorite book

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

Honestly this is my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling ever. With a Beauty who isn’t 100% good. She is selfish and pursues her needs and wants as well. This book and setting was amazing to me, and the narrator’s voice for the audio book was perfection to listen to.

6) Nintendo Power: Favorite Graphic novel series or a series you want to start

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume One

Hands down right now it is Saga although the 4th book wasn’t my favorite due to some cliches this is an amazing series! The art is so well done and for me that is high praise because I am picky with the art style! This series is for mature audiences so if you’re not of the right age or sex scenes make you uncomfortable it may not be for you, if you are and haven’t read it… Go to the bookstore this instant!!!

7) Super Mario: A Character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Xavier Van Romerius from Finding My Prince by J.S. Cooper

Finding my Prince Charming

Now this question was especially hard because characters I usually don’t like either change or are the bad guys. Which hopefully by the end of the series the main character kills them. Then I thought about the one book I DNFed this year. I couldn’t even get through the first 50 pages of this very short book. The love interest turned my stomach and frankly made me want to punch him in the face. Needless to say I promptly deleted it off my nook. I probably wont buy anything by the author again and i am also sick of perfect looking characters who think it gives them the right to act like an arrogant jerk.

8) Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

Now I know a lot of people may go with this answer, but I haven’t finished reading any “new” fantasy lately. Most of the fantasy books I like are older. Game of thrones has a very diverse way of letting a reader see every side of a story and it does not hide the good the bad or the ugly. Even this one is a bit old.

9) Samas-Aran: Favorite Sci-fi novel or one you want to read

Zodiac by Romina Russel

Zodiac

The only sci-fi I have read recently or truly know. The book I am currently reading could count, but since I am unsure I am going with Zodiac. I love anything having to do with Birth signs and them all living on different planets made it even better. Now I was a little spoiled, so it wasn’t as amazing as it could be but it was still really good! I cannot wait for book two!

10) Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan

One of my favorite fairy-tales and I would love to have every edition especially in HARD COVER!!

11) Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten

Any book in this series and I haven’t even read them all. Kelley Armstrong creates amazing and strong characters especially females! I can’t wait to get to know them all.

12) Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want

1. I love all the Pokemon Games, but I want to try the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

2.What Few People know though is I have a series I hold closer to my heart who’s story line has made me feel all the feels! That is the Fire Emblem series and I am super excited for the newest one to come out Fire Emblem Fates! 2016 seems too far away!

Well that is all for this tag bookworms! I hope you enjoyed my answers! What are your favorites of these books or games? Have you read or played them? What are your thoughts on my choices? Do you have any sci-fi recommendations for me? What are your favorite RPG’s? I’m always looking for more. Let me know in the comments. Happy reading and playing!

PS: If you are looking for another tag to do there is always my Original Book BFF Tag ^_^

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30 Day Reading Challenge: Talking about the Thing that Spends Most of My Money

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Hey Bookworms! It’s me again! Look I made it to day 3! I am a bit proud of myself! Any who how is your day? Currently I am having a Gerard Butler movie marathon as I blog today. Currently finishing up my favorite one and also my favorite movie ever PS I Love You. This post isn’t about movies though this is about books! So I will get started. (Here are Day’s 1 & 2 if you haven’t read them and are curious to see)

Day 3: Favorite Series

The Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck

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Now if you have been following this blog for a while you’ve seen me mention this series before. Honestly this question was a struggle to decide because I have about 6 favorite series, but I chose this one for tomorrow’s question. This one is a series that I have a distinct favorite book in.

Honestly I adore this series, but if you DON’T like love triangles it is not for you, but if you DO LOVE hot indian princes from a different time this is for you.

Reasons I Love This Series

1. The mythology: within it and how it is woven in

2. Fairy-Tale Retelling (Possibly?): The Author has mentioned it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast

3.. The Setting: Asia is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and never had the money to do so. Why books were created

4. The Love Triangle: I love a good love triangle if it makes sense for the story and both interests stand a chance

5. Tigers!

6. HOT INDIAN PRINCES

7. My Number one Book Boyfriend

8. Strong Female Character who is more than willing to fight to protect the people she has grown to love

9. Characters I’ve grown to love

10. The Quest and Prophecy

11. A really Wicked Villian: Lokesh

Reasons it is Currently Upsetting Me:

1. THE 5th Book Currently Has NO Release Date

I could mention the other reason it upsets me, but I don’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read it! That is all I have to say for this post! I hope my reasons were good enough to at least intrigue you! Now I’m gonna watch Chasing Mavericks before I work on my 2nd post for today! I will leave a trailer for the movie down below just for fun =) Happy reading!

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20 Books of Summer: Another Challenge I Hope will Push Me Out of Any Slumps

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Hey Bookworms! This is my second post of the day, so I hope you don’t mind. I found this on A World of Books blog and it intrigued me. This challenge is hosted by: 746 Books. With how I feel lately I am always looking for the extra push to read! Plus I am a broke college student who can’t afford to travel, so books will help me do so. This challenge goes from June 1st to September 4th. My Challenge will be starting today: June 24th. Now I won’t put much reason or info why I’m reading them and they are in no particular order, but as always the Goodreads Link will be in the title.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

3.  A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

9. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

Thanks for the Memories

10. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love

11. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

12. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot

Princess in Waiting

13. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive

14. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 little blue envelopes

15. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

16. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades

17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

The Book Theif

18. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse

19. Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Broken

20. The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Now these aren’t all the books I plan to read for summer. I plan to read as much as I can! Now there may be some repeats from my Top Ten Tuesday Post for summer reads, but there are also some I didn’t list. I plan to do a wrap-up for this every 2 weeks. Now most of these books will be half or all listened to via audiobooks through my Scribd subscription. Are any of you doing this challenge? If so what books, are on your list? I would love to know! Happy reading!

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Second Day, So Far, So Good: 30 Day Reading Challenge

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Hey Bookworms! How’s your day so far? Mine’s okay so far? So if you read my blog yesterday. You’ll know I’ve started a 30 Day Reading Challenge. My plan to keep my blog active and my mind busy! Here is Day 1 if you didn’t see it. Well let’s get started!

Day 2: A Book You’ve Read More than 3 Times

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host

Now deciding a book for today was a difficult decision. Don’t get me wrong I love this book, but it’s not the book I’ve read the most. I don’t want to have any repeats on this challenge though! I’ve read this book 5 times and each time it’s been a comfort to me. Why? 1. It is one of the first dysotopian and the second sci-fi books I’ve read besides Animorphs. 2. It is very action packed! 3. It was way better than Twilight. 4. It is proof that people can see beyond the body and fall in love with the person 5. Ian O’Shea with those blue eyes! Need I say more?

Now the first time I read this book I was in high school, very low self-esteem to say the least. Reading about Wanderer helped me see that the right people can see past what you are/what you have to do and see you. As someone that has a physical disability that people can obviously see when I am up and about that fact gave me so much hope. Every time I lose hope or feel I am not good enough this is the book I turn to. It reminds me that I found people who see me before I can once more. Now this isn’t a pity party post trust me my disability is part off me not all of me. This book to me is about defeating ignorance. Getting people to see a person for a person. For anyone having not read the book because of it’s author. Disconnect the artist from the art because it can change or help your world view and strengthen your belief.

Well Bookworms that is all for my gush of this book and 2nd day of my 30 Day Challenge. Another post is coming soon. I may be blogging all day to keep myself busy honestly. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? What is a book you’ve read more than 3 times? Link me down below if you decide to start this challenge. Happy reading!

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