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One girl's attempt to read a lot of books in a short amount of time.
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powells:

Genuine — and genuinely funny — this touching coming-of-age novel perfectly blends humor and heartfelt emotion. Fangirl is about love, fan fiction, outsiders, and sisters starting their freshmen year at college. This gem will captivate teen and adult readers alike.
Recommended by Abby, Powells.com

I have adored everything I have read by Rainbow Rowell, and Fangirl was no exception.  So so so well written and such a captivating read!

Changes for 2014

Happy 2 year anniversary to AdrianReads! This blog has gotten a lot more followers then I ever expected and while the last couple of years has been a lot of fun, I think I’ll be changing it up next year!  I will continue to update my progress on goodreads, and occasionally post reviews and recommendations here, but I’d also like to start adding in other peoples books and quotes, etc. I hope you will all stick around! Happy New Year!

David Levithan is a pretty cool author and Every Day was a pretty cool book.  I loved the idea this story was based on and I thought the main character A was really well written and enjoyable to follow.  I will probably make time to read the other books in this series, but I thought the story stood well on its own.

David Levithan is a pretty cool author and Every Day was a pretty cool book.  I loved the idea this story was based on and I thought the main character A was really well written and enjoyable to follow.  I will probably make time to read the other books in this series, but I thought the story stood well on its own.

Book 50 this year was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  This book sucked me in and I read it in one day.  Slightly predictable but still very sweet story! Check it out!

Book 50 this year was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  This book sucked me in and I read it in one day.  Slightly predictable but still very sweet story! Check it out!

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If I’ve been silent on the internet the past few weeks it’s only because of my busy work schedule, Thanksgiving holiday, and the fact that I was trying to re-read this trilogy before posting anything about the books individually.  My original goal was to at least read the first two before I saw the film, but since I procrastinated I was unable to do that.  Now I have seen the Catching Fire film twice!! I was really impressed with how accurate it was to the books, just like the first movie I thought it added a really nice element letting us see the game makers, Snows and the announcers actions/reactions during the games.  A++ books and movies. 

Rereading Mockingjay was a bit of a struggle. I remember when I originally read it I ate it up. Catching Fire seemed more of a waste of time than anything else and I just thought it dragged on with nothing exciting happening until the very end.  This time around I enjoyed Catching Fire more and found Mockingjay to drag a lot in the beginning and just full of heartache.  It was a rough read. 

On a slightly personal note I am only 1 book away from reaching my 50 book challenge!! I have a family vacation coming up, so I will hopefully find plenty of time to read then to meet (if not exceed) my goal.  I’m really looking forward to 2014! Maybe we can up it to 60 books- especially now that I’m out of school? We shall see!!! I hope everyone has an awesome weekend- thanks for sticking around with me for almost two years now!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Let It Be through a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.

"LET IT BE is a touching tale of loss, longing, and forgiveness that chronicles the breakup of a marriage, the destruction of a family, and the struggle to come together in the aftermath of what remains."

Let It Be by Chad Gayle chronicles the story of a woman trying to help her family recover from the separation of an abusive husband and father.  The story is gripping and emotional and it is really easy to fall in love with all of the characters for their individual struggles and hopes.  One of the elements of this novel that makes it unique is that each chapter highlights a different characters perspective.  I thought this was a really nice touch and made the story more interesting.  Let It Be is named after the famous Beatles album and each chapter within the story is named for a track on the album.  There are quite a few references to the album, which I liked but I thought overall did not add much to the story.  Overall, I thought this was a well written novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick gripping read.

As a big fan of Greek and Roman mythology, when I first saw this book on tumblr I immediately decided that I needed it. I absolutely do not regret this purchase! O’Brien uses what I would call “internet speech” to describe some of the most important myths of various cultures. The result is humorous but also educational and informative? It’s weird how these things work out sometimes… Also I now have a new favorite website- check out bettermyths.com (click the photo!)

Allegiant, the third book of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth follows the story of Tris Prior as she fights to bring peace and justice into a harsh and cruel world. I really enjoyed the other two novels of this trilogy, but I think I can safely say Allegiant was my favorite.
While I found the story a little slow starting off (I had forgotten a lot of minor characters names and back stories and the first half includes a lot of explanations of how the society came to be), I was pretty gripped about halfway through. I love how honest the story came across. I also really enjoyed seeing Tobias’ perspective on everything that happened. This was a really poet way to conclude this series, which made the story not only relatable but also inspiring.

You can see my full review (including spoilers!) on Goodreads.

Emma (by RonjaNilsson)

Because I loved Pride and Prejudice so much I was really eager to read more of Austen’s works and because Emma Approved was set to start, I decided to jump into Emma.  I was immediately in love with this story.  I found Emma to be charming and clever but simultaneously immature and silly.  It made the novel really enjoyable, relatable, and exciting. I think I liked this even more than Pride and Prejudice, to be honest. Also, does anyone know if the movie Clueless is loosely based on this story?  They seemed eerily similar!

I don’t really know what to say about Losing It by Cora Carmack…

This was my first attempt at reading a “new adult” book and I was pretty disappointed.  I should have figured by the title and premise of the book, but “love scenes” made up about 80% of the text.  I want to say the story was lacking, but there basically was no story- just a series of physical attractions.  I’m all for some good make outs in books, but I prefer more character development.

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