March Wrap Up and Progress Report.

March was a long month, and I read a lot of things. I finished four books, as of the 24th. First I finished Cracked by K.M. Walton, in all of two days, Then came Crossed by Ally Condie, which as you can see by my review that it took a bit longer. Recently I finished Exposed by Kimberly Marcus in one day, and that review will be up in a few days. I also finished Free Four by Veronica Roth, which is one of the Divergent series Novellas.

As far as goals go, I did accomplish some things. I have been working on getting my room clean, which is great, and I have been saving a bunch of money, and have managed to save up a couple hundred more dollars towards a car. I didn’t finish Starters or Insurgent, but I am so close to finishing Insurgent I can taste it. I’ll focus more on Starters next month and force myself to get more into it. I definitely didn’t post twice a week, but I tried and did post at least once a week. I also didn’t get my eyebrows done, whoops. I’ve been drinking smoothies nearly every day, and have managed to find my favorite. Basically, I put spinach, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, vanilla yogurt, honey and cranberry juice in my Nutribullet and blend it on the thicker side, and it is absolutely amazing.

I’m really proud that I finished four books this month, and only bought one. I bought Pawn by Aimee Carter, which I have been wanting for a while. Essentially it is about a girl who has to join some sort of revolution, and pose as the Prime Minister’s daughter, or something like that. It seemed really interesting, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I wont be reading that for a while, though, because I will be trying to get through more of my initial TBR from January.

My Original List : 

(Bold = finished, Italics = currently reading)


1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

2. Eve by Anna Carey

3. Crossed by Ally Condie

4. Reached by Ally Condie

5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

7. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

8. The Death Cure by James Dashner

9. The Kill Order by James Dashner

10. The Uglies by Scott Westerfield

11. Pretties by Scott Westerfield

12. Specials by Scott Westerfield

13. Extras by Scott Westerfield

14. Stolen by Lucy Christopher

15. Feeling for Bones by Bethany Pierce

16. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

17. Exit Here by Jason Myers

18. Thin by Grace Bowman

19. The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

20. Paper Towns by John Green

21. The Handmaidens Tale by Margret Atwood

22. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

23. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

24. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

25. Starters by Lisa Price

26. A Year With Aslan by C.S. Lewis


My New List :

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Free Four by Veronica Roth

Fireworks over Suburbia by J. Merridew

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Sprout by Dale Peck

Dare Me by Eric Devine

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Ash by Malinda Lo

Cracked by K.M. Walton

Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

This Star Wont Go Out by Esther Earl

Pawn by Aimee Carter

So, I’d say that I did pretty well this month. I’ll post some goals for April when I have them, also April 2nd is my birthday, so be sure to tweet me a happy birthday, because I’m an asshole.



Book Review : Crossed by Ally Condie.

I’d like to start by saying that I know this post is late. I’m only doing one post this week because I’ve been super busy with work. But The fact that it’s a book review makes up for it. Also SPOILER ALERT, for both Crossed and Matched, because it’s a sequel.

The Summary : In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Characters :

Cassia – Cassia really wants to join The Rising. Did you know that Cassia wants to join The Rising? Maybe you should read the book again, she’ll tell you about a hundred times. This in tire book is about how much Cassia wants to find Ky and join The Rising with him, completely disregarding the possibility that Ky might not want this. Cassia is a typical girl who can’t decide who she wants. Scratch that, she knows who she wants, she wants Ky, but she wants Xander to keep wanting her. The phase “Xander is mine” is used at least once.

Ky – Ky only cares about two things. Himself, and finding Cassia. He plans to find her and get the hell out of the Society. He wants nothing to do with The Rising, and he will tell you that. Constantly. I do give Ky points for saving Eli, though. I also quite enjoyed finding out more of Ky’s back story.

Xander – Wow, so interesting, for all two pages that he is featured on. His secret isn’t all that interesting. So he’s in the Rising, huge deal. I wish we saw more of him in Crossed, so I’m hoping for more in Reached.

Indie – Indie is strong, and a little bit annoying. She will do anything to find The Rising, and lead it to victory. She is an excellent friend to Cassia. The one thing that really did bother me was the whole “being in love with Xander” thing. How does one fall in love with someone that they haven’t met?

Vick and Eli – Wallpaper. Vick was kind of interesting until he died way too soon. Eli was a little bit on the whiney side, but that’s mostly because of his age.

Hunter – One of the few characters that I had no problem with. He knew what he wanted, had an interesting back story, and didn’t take up too much space. He was helpful to the characters, as well as the plot. 

The Enemy – Who the hell is The Enemy?

The Plot : Crossed picks up shortly after where Matched leaves off, which is great, because you don’t miss much, but the greatness pretty much stops there. Crossed is definitely more of a transitional novel, rather than it’s more plot driven predecessor, Matched. It starts with Cassia at a work camp searching for Ky. When she realizes that he has escaped to the Canyons, She takes her friend Indie and runs away to follow him. Ky has escaped his work camp with two confidants, Vick and Eli, to find Cassia and the Rising. When they find each other, we find out that Ky doesn’t want to join the Rising, and only wants to be with Cassia. He agrees to help her find the Rising, with the help of Hunter, an outsider who lives in a development in one of the canyons. Basically, This book is the equivalent of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One movie. It’s a lot of walking, a lot of back story, and very little plot. Throughout the whole book, they keep alluding to these big secrets that Xander and Ky are keeping, and it takes until the very end to find out. While Xander’s secret is a very big shock, I figured it out long before they revealed it.

The Overall : Crossed got 3 hearts from me. Barely. I usually find myself more into novels that are more plot driven, which is normal. This book just moved way too slow for me, and it took me way longer to read it than it should have. I wasn’t excited to pick up Reached, It felt more like I was reading it to get the series over with, rather than to enjoy it.

If you read it, what did you think?

Recent Book Haul Part Two.

Because I’m an asshole and bought way to many books, I am going to just jump right in.

I am incredibly excited because I bought Unwind by Neal Shusterman, which I have been dying to read. Basically, somewhere in the future, America has been involved in the Second Civil War, over reproductive rights. A compromise has been reached, and they have decided that between the moment of conception to the age of 13, life can’t be touched. After a child turns 13, their parents can decide to have the “unwound,” a process in which they will remove all of their organs and give them to people who need them, so their life doesn’t technically end. Unwind follows three different people who are about to become unwound. 

Fun fact, I am super into fairytale retellings, so I bought Ash by Malinda Lo. Ash is about a young girl who loses her father, and is forced to live with her evil stepmother. Sound familiar? Well, she spends all of her time reading fairy tales, and when she meets a (dark) fairy, she starts to think the stories might be true. Then she meets one of the Kings royal huntresses and starts to see what real life and love might be. So I’m thinking a possible lady loving Cinderella? Seemed interesting.

I bought, and I am currently reading Cracked by K.M. Walton. Told in alternating perspectives, Cracked follows a boy who tries to kill himself, because he has been bullied his entire life, and ends up in a mental hospital. In a bizarre twist, he ends up rooming with the boy who has bullied him his whole life, who has been admitted for attempting to kill his grandfather. I’m already loving it.

Also fun fact, I love it when stories are told in verse. I have no idea what Exposed by Kimberly Marcus is about, but it’s been on my Amazon Wish List for over a year now. From what I gather, It involves photography, and friends who are no longer friends. I’ll let you guys know.

The next book I got was The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd. I’ve been getting into LGBT+ fiction lately, so I continued this trend here. This follows a boy named Dade, who is spending his last summer at home before college with a crappy job, fighting parents, and a boyfriend who treats him like shit. He, of course, meets a new boy, and I’m guessing there might be some love triangle-y type things in here. It seemed interesting.

I got Demi Lovato’s Staying Strong 365 Days a Year. This is actually a day to day book with little writing passages and goals for each day. 

The last book that I got was This Star Wont Go Out by Esther Earl. We know that Esther Earl inspired parts of The Fault In Our Stars story by John Green, but TSWGO isn’t about that. TSWGO is Esther’s story. I cried reading the introduction, so I can’t imagine how I’ll be throughout the rest of the book.

Thank you guys for not judging me for breaking my resolution to buy less books, but I promise I wont buy more until I finish at least five books on THIS list, and I’ll be mixing them in with my initial list from January. Basically, I’m sorry, and I hate myself for doing this. Well, not really, but still. Thanks for reading, let me know what books you’ve bought recently.

Recent Book Haul.

Hey guys, so I know I said that I was going to buy less books this year, and I tried, I really did. But, I’m clearly not perfect, so I bought a bunch of books. But I really am done this time, I promise.

So, for the next two posts, I am going to go through the books that I’ve purchased since February.

I am going to start with the books that I have purchased on my Kindle.

I downloaded the Insurgent by Veronica Roth on I am not going to go into detail describing what this book is about, because it is a sequel, but I will say that it picks up exactly where Divergent leaves off, and it is very good so far.

The next book that I downloaded for my Kindle was Free Four by Veronica Roth. Free Four is actually a novella that ties in with the Divergent trilogy. This is actually the knife throwing scene from Divergent, but retold in Four’s perspective. This sounds excellent, so I will definitely let you know how it goes.

The next book that I got was Fireworks Over Suburbia by J. Merridew. J. Merridew is actually a blogger on youtube, who is actually one of my favorites these days. He sits in his dorm and recounts his time as a gay high schooler in Pennsylvania of all places, and random stories about his life. Fireworks Over Suburbia is a few short stories that he has written, and I am incredibly excited to read it.

Now onto the physical books that I bought. I have this obsession with buying used books on amazon. Even though I have a Prime membership, so I can get free two day shipping on most books, a lot of times, It’s cheaper to buy a book for $.01 and just pay $3.99 for shipping, because I’m still only paying $4 for a book, instead of the Prime price.

The first book that I bought was The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff. I was recommended this by John Green, in his “15 Best Books That You Haven’t Read” video on his youtube channel. This is a coming of age story about a young Jewish boy who can’t stop thinking “unthinkable” thoughts, about such things as leaving his home, leaving jewish school, and absolutely anything sexual. This book sounds phenomenal so I can’t wait to read this.

The next book is Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Dash & Lily’s follows the tradition of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, another novel by the same authors, and it is about a young girl who has created a book of clues and dares, and left them on a shelf in a bookstore for the right guy to find them. I am super excited to read this, and to find out if Dash is actually the right guy.

Next I bought Sprout by Dale Peck. Now, I have no idea really what this novel is about. It seems to me like a middle grade to young adult novel about a young gay boy in a Kansas City high school with some sort of secret. But I am really excited to see what this book is about.

The last book that I’m going to talk about today is Dare Me by Eric Devine. I thought this book seemed really interesting, as a youtube creator, and someone who enjoys watching youtube videos. This novel is about a group of boys who somehow stumble into internet fame by creating a video that goes viral. Suddenly this group of boys are internet stars and now they have to consistently one up themselves, and have to decide how far they are willing to go for fame and money.

I’ll finish this haul in the next post on Friday. Thanks for listening, I’m going to try to stop being lazy and post every Tuesday and Friday.

Writing Prompt : Where were you on Sept. 11th. Everyone has their story. What’s yours?

It’s strange how vivid some moments look in our memory. One memory that nearly everyone can remember perfectly, is where they were during the attack on September 11, 2001. Where were you?

I was in fourth grade, in Mrs. Henstchel’s class. We had just taken a spelling test, when one of the fifth grade teachers came and pulled my teacher out of class. We did what most fourth graders would do, we started talking loudly, and laughing about the fact that we were left alone. When the teacher comes in, she tells us to be quiet, and to wait for an announcement. A few minutes later, the principal comes on the P.A. system announcing the students who’s parents were coming to get them. Among those students were me and my brother. At that point I knew something must have happened because my mom NEVER took us out of school early. The only other time was for the flood of Hurricane Floyd in 2nd grade, and even then, she didn’t come get us. Our neighbors decided that we should go home. Someone asked what was going on, She just said that we were all going home early, and that our parents would explain. I guess the school thought we were too young to understand. 

When my we got home, she explained to us that when she was in school, and Kennedy was assassinated, schools were closed and students were told to not watch TV, and just to pray. She told me that I didn’t have to watch the news with her if I didn’t want to. But I desperately wanted to know what was going on. So, I sat and I watched. I watched the video footage of the second plane hitting the tower. And then A local news story of a man kicking down grave stones came on, because he was so angry. 

I don’t think I will ever forget that. My father tells this story some times, about the next summer, we were driving down to Florida for vacation. When we stopped in North Carolina, we were parked next to a group of guys who were playing music out of their truck, and seemed to be having a damn good time. My dad went to them and asked what they were celebrating. One of the guys referred to the other guys as his brothers. My dad asked what fraternity they were in, and the guy told us that they were New York Firemen, and they were delivering a piece of the South Tower to the firemen in South Carolina, because they were the first out of state firemen to volunteer to come and help out on 9/11. The only time I ever seen my father cry is when he tells that story. I will never forget that day either.

Where were you? 

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