Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Found Hard to Read

(Icon Credit: The Broke and the Bookish)

Top 10 Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish and I encourage you all to start writing these posts as well.

When I read this topic, I knew I was going to have some issues. When a book is hard to get into, I usually don't end up reading it. I mean, I have a ton of books I want to get to in the near future and I don't want to waste my time with books I don't enjoy. So without any further ado, the top (i don't know how many) books I had trouble getting into, in no particular order

1. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare (finished, but didn't enjoy. Hard to get into for many reasons)

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan (Finished, and loved. Hard to get into due to character building)

3. If I Stay - Gayle Forman (Finished, thought it was okay. Hard to get into for reasons unknown)

4. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews (Unfinished. Hard to read for cringe worthy language)

5. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloane (Unfinished, hard to read due to bland beginning)

6. Paper Towns - John Green (Finished, thought it was okay. Hard to read due to a bland story line)

7. We were liars - E. Lockhart (Finished, thought it was okay. Hard to read due to unrelatable characters and plot holes)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Feel Good Friday #3

Qoutes 👍

I hope you had an amazing week!

xox Kendall 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Off the Shelf : Winger

Well Hello There,

I'm gonna give you all a warning, I'm not sure if this will make any sense whatsoever. Just know that I really loved this book and all I want to do is talk about it. So lets start with the basics.

Winger by Andrew Smith
Retail Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winger-andrew-smith/1104239947?ean=9781442444935
Pages: 439
Copyright: 2013
Published by: Simon and Shuster

Winger follows Ryan Dean West, a fourteen year old Junior at Pine Mountain Boarding School. As you can imagine, being that young tends to make Ryan Dean into an outcast. The book follows him as he makes his way through life trying to balance school, rugby, and his nonexistent social life. The entire story is hilarious, made even better with the occasional cartoon thrown in a la Ryan Dean's imagination. But I must warn you, the end will definitely make you cry,

I spent a lot of the time reading this book just giggling. The characters are so easy to relate to and you can't help but to side with Ryan Dean. I really felt like I was watching all of this happen from the background and I never wanted to put the book down. I was engrossed in the story and I was really sad to see it end.

Long story short, I rated it 5/5 stars on goodreads and I highly reccommend this book

Monday, September 22, 2014

A-Z Bookish SurveyAu

Bookshelf Porn
(Photo Credit: Weheartit)

Hey Guys!,

So no, I was not tagged to do this tag, but I saw it on a few different YouTube channels and I thought I would give it a shot, and  I hope you enjoy!

A: Author you have read the mot books from

Currently I have read three books from Suzanne Collins, John Green, and J.K Rowling. (I'm in the middle of the Harry Potter series right now)

B: Best Sequel Ever

I'm gonna have to go with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

C: Currently Reading

As I'm writing this, I'm reading Winger by Andrew Smith and I'm loving it.

D: Drink of choice while reading

Tea or water usually

E: E-reader or Physical Book?

Typically physical books, though ebooks are great for people on a budget.

F: Fictional Boy you would've dated in High School?

Since I'm currently in High School, that's not too hard. I think I would go with either Noah Shaw from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Levi from Fangirl (even though he's a college student)

G: Glad you gave this book a chance.

The Fault in our Stars... I refused for a really long time

H: Hidden Gem

Fracture by Megan Miranda. I've never heard anyone talk about it and it's fantastic

I: Important moment in your reading life?

Finding BookTube!!! Literally changed the way I read.

J: Just finished

As I write this, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, though as you read this, probably Winger

(Kendall from the future: Yes it's Winger and it was amazing)

K: Kinds of books you won't read

Super realistic contemporaries or over done romances. No thank you. 

L: Longest book you've read?

Apparently, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at 563 pages, Though I'll get back to you when I finish Harry Potter

M: Major book hangover because of:

Either Mockingjay or the Fault in our Stars. I didn't move for several hours afterwards. Whoops!

N: Number of bookshelves you own

Only one currently!

O: One book you've read multiple times?

I've read the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer three times currently and Fracture twice

P: Preferred place to read

My Bed. There's nothing better.

Q: Quote that inspired you/ gave you all the feels?

Some of my absolute favorite bookish quotes come from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. (There will be a whole post, I promise) But here's one of them

"Some people have lives, some people have music"

R: Reading regret

The Eon Duology. Yikes

S: Series you need to finish?

Uhm...Harry Potter....

T: Three of your all time favorite books

As of right now, (though it changes all the time)

Winger by Andrew Smith
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

U: Unapologetic fangirl for..?

Definitely the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

V: Very excited for this release?

The Retribution of  Mara Dyer,duh.

W: Worst bookish habit

I dog-ear pages a lot, does that count?

X: 27th book on your shelf

Looks like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Y: Your latest book purchase

I didn't buy it, but my mom bought me the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, As much as I want to read it, it may be a while.

Z: ZZZ snatcher

The last book that kept me up was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Feel Good Friday #2

Be yourself 👍

Have an amazing week!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Off The Shelf - The Confessions of Jonathan Flite

(Note: I did receive this ebook for free. However, all opinions are entirely my own and have not been influenced)

Hey Guys,

Get ready. This is about to be the most constructive book review that I've ever done. I'll start by giving a quick synopsis of the book from goodreads, which I assume is the blurb on the actual book.

Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can’t explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010—ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real.

Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows—anything and everything.

By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves.

Are you intrigued yet? 

I must say, the story really gripping at the beginning and I was really excited to get into this book. This was true until about a third of the way in, and that's when things got confusing.

The story bounces between several different time periods, each with their own characters that are doing their own specific thing, almost creating several plots. Of course, the plots connect and intertwine together, but at some points it doesn't seem that way. 

There are also a ton of characters and I had trouble with telling them all apart and got them screwed up a lot. 

However, I would be really interested in seeing a movie version of this book. This way, all of the characters and plot points could be visually laid out and make the story much easier to understand. 

Maybe I just need to read it again.

xoxo Kendall

Monday, September 15, 2014

In from the Library #1

Hey Guys!

I recently took a trip to my school library and had a browse around, I must say, I was thoroughly impressed. So of course, I took the chance to pick up some books that I've been wanting to read and I'm super excited. 

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloane

I've heard amazing things about this book, and I mean, with a cover like that, who wouldn't want to pick it up? A book for book lovers? Sign me up.

Andrew Smith

After hearing all the hype surrounding this book, I knew I needed to give it a chance. This is the book I'm currently reading. I'm about half way through and I absolutely love it so far. 

Neal Shusterman

This book has always intrigued me, even though it does seem a bit disturbing. I'm really excited to get into this one

xoxo Kendall

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feel Good Friday #1

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I hope you all have a fantastic week!

xox Kendall

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Lover Problems - Commitment Issues

Harry Potter Books📚

(Photo Credit - We Heart It)

Hey Guys,

So I have a problem. I have book series commitment issues. There's something about series that intimidate me and I never end up finishing them. Most of the time, I end up putting off reading books from series because that means I have to commit...and I can't do that. 

I have to say, it tends to be a bit embarrassing to admit that the only series I've ever finished is the Hunger Games. (I know, I haven't read the Harry Potter series, but I'm working on it) But every series I've started this far besides that has bored me after a while, or I've just gotten away from those books to start others. Let's face it, there's way too many books to read, and not even close to enough time to do so.

I want to know, do you have this problem too? I know I can't be the only one. 

Also, what are some of your favorite stand alones?

xoxo Kendall

Monday, September 8, 2014

Current TBR - September v.1

Hey Guys,

I don't know why, but I can't seem to commit to a TBR for the entire month, so lets just plan for an undetermined amount of time, shall we?  I will be doing monthly hauls and wrap ups, but at least for the time being, I'll just be doing random TBR as I finish books. So without any further ado, the TBR v.1

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling

And no, this is not a reread. I've finally gotten around to reading the Harry Potter Series and I'm almost done with the third book, so I'll be starting this one very, very soon.

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

Ah yes, The Night Circus. My mom was the first person that I heard rave about this book, but once I got into booktube, I knew this would be something I would add to my shelf. I actually picked this up yesterday at the bookstore and I'm so excited to get into this one.

We Were Liars
E. Lockhart

I think this will be my next book because it's pretty short and I don't think it'll take me too long. (and I need a Harry Potter break) But like the others, I'm super excited to get started.

If you have any book recommendations, please let me know! I'm always open to new ideas.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Redesign


I want to go another direction on my blog. While I enjoy fashion, I really really like to read.
I want to make my blog into mostly book related with some lifestyle thrown in there.

And here is the new schedule:

Monday and Wednesday will be various book, art, and lifestyle posts with no true category. 

Friday will be the Feel good Friday post, the motivational quotes that I love to include on my blog.

I'm sorry if you don't like the change, but I know I'll be a lot more passionate about what I'm doing and I hope you all understand.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Fab Friday - Boyfriend Style

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Untitled #4 by kendalllynne featuring torn jeans

Hey Guys,

This whole boyfriend trend has been gracing the world of fashion blogs for months now. Odds are, you've probably experimented with it yourself, or at least thought about it. The whole point is to look really laid back and effortless, (and let's face it, it's super comfortable.) It doesn't matter who you are, we're all rocking it.

 Boyfriend jeans

Plaid and Ripped Boyfriend Jeans
(Photos- We Heart It)

What do you think? Is Boyfriend style for you?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back To School Outfit Inspiration

Back To School by kendalllynne on polyvore.com

Hey Guys!

The fall season is nearly upon us, and I'm no going to lie, I'm pretty excited. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I mean, layered jackets, scarves, and combat boots? I'm in.

The only downfall of fall however is going back to school, which I am not a fan of personally, but life goes on and we must learn! To go along with that however, I have put together three different outfit ideas that should fit with most dress codes. I apologize for those with a uniform or strict dress codes, but hopefully you can use these in your regular life!

Have a fantastic day!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivational Monday #16 [the mega edition]



The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love they manufacture their own meaning and they generate their own motivation
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Hey Everyone,

I hope you're having a fantastic day! As we speak, I'm on my last day of summer vacation, sad I know. But because of that, I thought it may help to have some extra motivation.

I hope you all are doing well!


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