Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I was recently tagged by  Books and Co. and I am always up for doing a tag. As Summer draws close and the heat turns up, I hope to do these more often and post more often, in general. Let’s start.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017:

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Easily, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer. Emotional, brutal, and genuine, it is a fantastic book!

2. Best Sequel of 2017 So Far:

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I am not sure if this question means, book I’ve read in 2017 or released in 2017. I am going to go with the former and pick Fireborn which is the sequel to Skyborn. While I felt the first is still the better book, this serves as an excellent sequel. I will review the two within the next two weeks.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To:

There would be more, but as I am a recent book lover I am focusing more on past releases I have missed.

4. Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2017:

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5. Biggest Disappointment of 2017:

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Still a solid book, but it does not do much to shake things up for the genre.

6. Biggest Surprise:

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This book genuinely surprised me. I was taken aback by its heart and some of its mature themes dealing with the loss of a loved one.

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New To You):

Jeff Zentmer. Definitely, plan on reading The Serpent King.

8. Newest Fictional Crush:

No one really.

9. Newest Favorite Character:

  • Johan in Fireborn
  • Carter in Goodbye Days
  • Mercer in Flip the Bird

10. Book that Made You Cry:

Men don’t cry…pfffttt. Okay, fine this made me pretty emotional.

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11. Book that Made You Happy:

Can’t just choose one, so I didn’t.

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation of 2017 You’ve Seen:

Well, I have only seen Beauty and the Beast so that one I guess. It was pretty solid though.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year:

Easily, my Goodbye Days one.

Here’s the link (shameless plug): Review

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought Or Received This Year:

I can’t really choose between these two. Windfall is fairly simple, yet quite appealing. Fireborn just looks so badass.

15. Books You Need To Read By The End of This Year:

Can I just say all of them?

I nominate:

Sorry if you have already been tagged. 🙂

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

This was unexpected and an awesome surprise. I was nominated for this award by Diary of a Bookfiend or Norin.  As someone who has only been blogging since February, this was a nice achievement.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

How I Started This Blog

To be honest, I was never really into reading as I am now. I liked to read, but I never really found the time or made the time to do it. It was not until last year when I became an avid reader after listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I just began to love books. The worlds they create, the well-written characters, and the many moments of various feelings that books can create is unparalleled.

I have always loved to write. I have a writing app on my phone that I constantly write stories on, but I still wanted to improve. Blogging was something I would have never thought I would be doing. I liked to write, but I am not too keen on making it public. But as my love for books grew and grew, I decided to combine two things I loved and create a blog. All the while helping people find books they might love or books they might hate.

So on February of this year, I decided to create Book Mojo. I had no real plans for it and I just wanted to see what would happen. Four months later and it has been an absolute joy. With summer coming up, I expect to be even more devoted to this blog (Let’s hope, my laziness will not take over). I’m just seeing where this road takes me.

My Advice

I do not think I’m really qualified for this, but I’ll try my best.

First of all, write about things that you want to write about. Blogging should be a personal hobby not a daily chore. It should be something you enjoy, not something you loathe. Do not worry about the numbers, they will eventually come as more and more people grow to appreciate what you have written. I have seen too many people who have grown to hate their job, endlessly stuck in a routine, moving through the day as if they were checking off a list. Your writing should reflect the type of person you are and writing about what you want to write about will only help display the passion and qualities that you possess.

Secondly, interact with others. I know talking with other was not really my expertise growing up. As I got older, I learned that people don’t really suck that much as others want you to believe. In fact, they might even be nice and even awesome! I have learned through the first several months of blogging that in order to gain an audience you have to interact with others. And in the process, you can meet some awesome new people that share the same passion and interests as you do. Once you start to grow out of your shell, you can meet and become a part of a loving community with others who are just their to help you.

I Tag:

This has been a fun time writing this as I got to share my personal experience of starting this blog. Sorry if you have already been tagged or have done it already!

 

June TBR

Time for another TBR. Got some good books that I can’t wait to read. Plus, my next post will be the blogger recognition award I was nominated and tagged which was awesome!

1. Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo

While it is a bit young for me, I love the author and always wanted to read this.

2. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

I received a review copy and have not read a good romance book in a while.

3. Lemons by Melissa Savage

I won a copy for this novel and while it is a bit young for me, it looks to be a good adventure novel with some heart.

4. Champion by Marie Lu

Time to finish this series. Simple as that.

5. Fireborn by David Dalglish

Loved the first book, Skyborn, and have been waiting to get this novel.
I’m going to be busy in June, but I hope for a good month. 🙂

May Wrap Up

May was a really good month for me as a reader. Read more than my goal of 5 books and was able to purchase more books for low prices. Let’s hope it continues into June.

Total Books Read: 7

Books Read from TBR: 4/5

Some of the Books I Read:

1. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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Summary: 

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“Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances and rivals can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?”

My thoughts:

I just feel that the novel could have been a lot better and more fleshed, but it ended up turning into a solid, but run of the mill opening novel. While the twins were well-written, Carys fell a bit flat in terms of her arc. The supporting characters were fairly stock and the plot was quite predictable. The ending does leave the series at an interesting place and kept me interested for future books. Still, it is still worth reading, just not buying it.”

2. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer

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What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all – three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he is not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he is unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or even worse than prison?”

My Thoughts:

 

Goodbye Days was a fantastic and moving book that tackles its subject with respect and sincerity. The characters elevate this book from other young adult novels and their experiences and interaction with one another was beautifully done. Just read this book.

3. BZRK by Michael Grant

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Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement.


Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal  to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will.  Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.
BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose?  How far would you go to win?”

My Thoughts:

“Overall, BZRK was a solid, sci-fi novel that thrives due to its brutal world and badass characters only hampered by little character development from Noah and Sadie and terrible dialogue between Noah and Sadie as well.”

 

 

Blogger Stats Book Tag

I was recently tagged by JessicaMarie493 to do this tag. If you want more information, here is the original information by AlwaysTrustinBooks. Let’s do this!

Question Time

The Last Three Books You Read?

  1. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer
  2. BZRK by Michael Grant
  3. The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

 

Spoilers or spoiler free?

I actually prefer spoilers, but to keep my reviews fair to others I keep them out as best as I can.

How long have you been blogging?

I have only been blogging for a short time since February actually. It’s been a ton of fun and have met and read plenty of great bloggers.

A book you read in one sitting?

Actually it’s one of the last three books I read. The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak. The 80’s setting and pop culture references with solid characters just kept me reading. Very Ready Player One-esque.

Your favorite genre?

I would say young adult since that’s what I mostly read, but honestly it has to be science fiction. I am just a huge nerd and geek.

Preferred book size?

300-400 pages is a nice sweet spot.

Amount of books on your TBR?

For this month, 5. In total, over 100.

A book you have DNF’d?

While we may not want to admit it, almost all of us have done this. Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson. I liked Levinson’s writing style, and the premise, but the characters were fairly boring, the plot moved way too slow, and it felt a bit too preachy for me.

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Recent awards or milestones?

A small milestone, but I have reached 20 followers and this is my 40th post!

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

I have gotten an email from Harmon Cooper and we had a nice little chat about his book The Feedback Loop.

Average number of books you read per month?

I try to read at least 5 books per month and usually succeed.

Top three publishers?

Hmmm…I don’t really like to choose but in this case, I have too. Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Crown.

Social media sites your blog uses?

Right now, Goodreads. Eventually, I will make an Instagram and maybe even, Twitter.

Average amount of time you spend networking?

I try to keep it a low amount, but I am still a small blog and hope to become bigger.

Most comfortable blogging position?

Definitely on my bed with my laptop and earphones in.

Music or quite when writing reviews?

I almost always have music or even have the TV on when I am writing reviews.

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Organized, Smooth, Professional (I try to at least), Fair, and Funny (Maybe it’s just me?)

A blog you looked up to starting out?

As I am quite new to blogging, I look up to so much.  A Writer’s Path, Fiction Fan, and so many others I cannot just single one out.

The best book you have reviewed so far?

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This was my first ever review and in my opinion, one of my best. It is one of my longest reviews and I just wanted to talk so much about this book as I absolutely loved it!

Best piece of blogging advice?

Just write about what you want to write. Blogging should be fun and it should never feel like a chore. Write what you like and success will eventually come.

Tags(Sorry if you have been already tagged):

 

I had a lot of fun doing this and hope to do another tag soon. Thanks once again to JessicaMarie493 for tagging me!

Huge Book Haul!

Bought over 15 books from a local book store the past week. I bought a variety of books and hope to read it throughout the year. Most of the books are a bit old and I tried to get a lot of Stephen King novels as I had never read any of his books. All in all, I was quite happy with what I got.

May TBR 

Some of the books listed will be from my April TBR as I still want to read them. May brings a new month where my workload will considerably become smaller, so I should have time to read more books.

1. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau


I won an early copy from Goodreads and found the premise to be interesting.

2. Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr.


Keeping this from my previous TBR.

3. Prodigy by Marie Lu

Finished the first book a few months ago and I wanted to see how the series progresses.

4. BZRK by Michael Grant

The premise seemed pretty cool and coming off of Homeland, I have been enjoying these sci-fi and hacking books.

5. Goodbye, Days by Jeff Zentmer


The premise sounded quite emotional and different, plus I received a free copy, so why not?