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February 15, 2016

I Confess, I’m Binging Books

Books and books and books and books

Why I'm trying to stop my book binging habit

I love to read. I feel like I’m pretty much always reading. And you know what? When I think back on the books I’ve read recently, I have trouble remembering the plots of those books. That’s just not cool. Because what is the point of reading, if the stories don’t stay with me?

I wish I could blame Audible and the convenience of Overdrive (renting audiobooks? I’m so down!), the new binging culture brought upon by the ease of Netflix, or any other reason. But it’s me. I’m letting myself get swept up, letting the dishes wait a little longer, listening to my phone wherever possible, staying up a bit later, waking a bit earlier, binging bing binging.

So one of my goals for February is to calm it all done, and take my time with books. I don’t need to multitask so often, I need to soak it all in. Why? Books are magic, they transport you into another person’s life, took authors over a year to create, and that shouldn’t be rushed. I think all of the hard work that went into a book should provide me entertainment for a whole week, not just two days.

To illustrate my point, here is my most recent book wrap-up video where I explain the 11 books (yes, 11!) I’ve read these past two months and a little more on why I need to slow it down.

Books mentioned: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirMatched by Ally Condie, Crossed by Ally Condie, Reached by Ally Condie, The White Rose (Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing, The Jewel (Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing, Similar to a fantasy version of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiTeardrop by Lauren Kate, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerPrincess Academy by Shannon HalePalace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon HaleThe Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale, and The Siren by Kiera Cass

That’s a lot of books discussed in such a short amount of time!

So, let’s admit it, how many of us out there are binging books and TV shows as well?

Personally, I just hate knowing that there is a conclusion to the story out there, and I could know what it is RIGHT NOW, if I kept reading. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m a binge reader and Netflix marathoner.

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In Reading on
January 12, 2016

The Best Young Adult Books I Read in 2015

Book recommendations for those that love young adult books and dystropian fiction

My favorite thing about young adult books is that they cover the really emotional age where teens are finding out who they are and where they stand in the world, which is a genre I am all about. Especially if you throw in a dash of dystopia and magic.

Today I’m sharing with you all five of the best young adult books I read last year, they all happen to be part of series’ so if you give these stories a shot you’ll end up with a lot of reading material. Four of the five are dystopian and one is a time-travel romance so we’ve got some fun plots to talk about.

In no particular order, my favorite five books I enjoyed reading in 2015:

1. Shatter Me by Tahera Maffi: Remember when I said this list was in no particular order? I lied. This book was placed at the top of the list because it is now my favorite book of all time. Shatter Me covers the life of Juliet, a girl born with a touch that kills. Literally. Abandoned by her family, we follow Juliette and the life she leads after she is abandoned by her family. This story is gripping, making me want to scream and cry simultaneously.

2. Matched by Ally Condie: This is a new series I started last month, where everything is decided for you by the government using statistics meant to create the optimum efficiency. But when Cassia is accidentally matched with two husbands, she starts to fall for the mistake and questions everything she has ever believed.

Both Shatter Me and Matched are narrated on Audible by Kate Simses and she does such an amazing job. If you don’t have an audible subscription, sign up at audibletrial.com/rebecca and get one of the above books for free. You won’t regret it! She is so talented.

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3. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: This is a very unique time-travel young adult book, adapted from German. It stars Gwyneth, a girl born into a time-traveling family. Every few generations, a time-traveler is born and Gwyneth has been lead to believe her cousin, Charlotte, is that person. But despite all of Charlotte’s training, when the day of her first reported time-traveling incident was supposed to happen, Gwyneth time travels instead. Surprise!

4. The Heir by Kiera Cass: This is the fourth book in The Selection Series. The first three books in the series that covers the America Singer as she participates in basically a reality show to win the love of the future king of their dystopian society. This fourth book, released in 2015, covers America’s daughter as she participated in a similar scenario. The fifth and final book comes out later this year.

The author Kiera also has a YouTube channel that I love watching. She hasn’t updated it in almost a year, but the content she’s put up in the past has really helped me get to know the author and her family – which has been so fun.

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer: This is the last book in a series of fairytale retellings. The series follows different versions of Cinderella, Red Ridding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White as they take down a threat from a colony on the moon and fight the plague. Now that is a fun plot!

There you have it, Kind Friends, the five book series I really enjoyed this past year.

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What were your favorite books of 2015? I’d love to know what you’ve been reading.