Update on Me

I know, I know.

I keep saying that I’m gonna come back to regularly posting, and then I fail at it. But my life has been so busy, and I’m going through a lot. Plus, I’m in a major-book slump. It’s not just a regular reading-slump like I get every summer. This one doesn’t just have me not wanting to read, but I also can’t pull myself to keep up with my Instagram and blog and review requests. I keep accumulating books, and I’ve even got some really impressive ARC’s. My insta and blog were just starting to take off, I was starting to get noticed, and I was loving it. Then this massive slump came and I’m still trying to pull myself out of it.

The more I’ve been thinking about these accounts and their futures, the sadder I’ve gotten. I really don’t want to give up on these accounts. I’ve put so much work and love into them, and I love this community. But I also don’t want to keep pressuring myself into posting and reading when I’m not in the mood. So I’ve been very confused on what I should do.

I think I’ve made a decision of what I want to do.

I’m gonna do a little of both options, actually. I’m going to try to work my way back into reading and blogging, especially because I have made commitments to review certain things already. But I’m still going to be giving my Instagram a break, and I’m not going to force myself to blog too much. I want to keep my mind open to the possibility that I might not be meant to blog much longer. But I also want to be open to the possibility of returning to blogging full-time again. So over these next few weeks, my posts will be kinda random and spontaneous. So please bear with me as I figure out what I’ll be doing. Thank you all for your patience and kindness with me! I’ll (hopefully)  have a new post up soon about my review of Yureka Book Box Service!!

-Lilian-

The Library Project + Childhood Books

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Today I’m taking a break from my normal reviews and writing about an organization I’ve had the pleasure of learning more about lately. I’ve partnered up with them to share about some of my favorite childhood books and introduce you to this organization! Plus, I’m gonna turn this into a little challenge;) Read on to learn what I mean!

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Here’s a little info about The Library Project from their website:

Our strategy to improve children’s literacy is to provide libraries, literacy and librarian training.

The Library Project donates libraries to improve children’s literacy. Children gain access to a beautiful school library providing fun and interesting children’s books that spark their imaginations and promote a lifelong love of reading.

Literacy Camp has one simple focus; to get children excited about reading. We see this as the second part to a library donation. Once a library is in place, it is essential to properly introduce children to a world filled with books.

The Library Project provides a quality librarian training course. Our librarian training course is created specifically for teachers and administrators on how to manage their library. We have found that this training course results in 94% of our libraries being effectively used on a daily-to-weekly basis after the first year.

So The Library Project contacted me and introduced me to their mission, and then they asked me to share about my favorite childhood books. I read a lot as a kid. I was constantly kicking my younger sister out of the room we shared so I could have some quiet to read. So below I’ll highlight some of the books I remember reading that have left an impact on my reading now.

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1. The Camp Club Girls

I read these when I was an older-kid and entering my tween years. My parents got me and my sister like the first 18 or so books for Christmas one year. Me and her both quickly devoured all these stories. We were absorbed in the mysteries, and I’m pretty sure these books caused me to start shipping people. Looking back, these books really shaped me into the reader I am now, and I think they grew my love of mysteries. Plus, they’re still good nowadays. If I had the time, I would honestly go back and reread all of these, and buy the last few books I never got to read:(

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2. Little Women

When I was in middle school, I went through this “phase” of reading only classics. In that phase, I ended up reading a young-readers edition of Little Women (I thought it was the full version at the time) and I fell in love. I’d already seen the movie and loved it, and the book just sealed the deal. This became my favorite classic and remains that way still today. This book was significant in my reading life because I realized classics weren’t just boring, old-people books. I could actually read and enjoy them. That mindset really shaped my love of classics today.

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3. Geronimo Stilton

These were MY BOOKS in elementary school. My family would go the library once a week, and I’d grab a basket and run to “my section” to see if the library had got any new Geronimo Stilton books. They didn’t have many, so I didn’t get to read many, but I still treasured them. I don’t know exactly how these really shaped me as a reader today. I think they helped me just grow as a reader in general, and I’ll always have those treasured library memories.

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4. Junie B. Jones

MY CHILDHOOD. I loved these books. I read them as a younger kid, and as I got older, I would still read them, just faster. I remember bragging to my mom how could read a whole book in a day, with these being my books of choice. I would love when my mom found a few more of these hidden away at a thrift store and brought them home to me. These really supported me and practically turned me into a reader. Well, these and another series I’m about name…

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5. Magic Tree House

Along with Junie B. Jones, these turned me into a reader. I would get any new ones from the library whenever Geronimo Stilton wasn’t available. I loved secretly learning about history while reading about all these wonderful adventures. Plus I remember when they had the education guide books that’d correspond with certain books. I’d get those and read all about the educational things I overlooked in the originals. But I wasn’t allowed to read the Merlin Mission editions. My mom said they had “too much magic” and stuff like that… *shrugs* The originals were okay with me.

Now, time to make things interesting.

I really enjoyed digging up fun memories of my childhood, and I think a few others would, too. Plus, I enjoyed raising awareness about The Library Project and their awesome mission. So, I’ve decided to turn this into a challenge. I want to challenge you, a few of my fellow bloggers, to share about The Library Project and your favorite childhood books. If you write a post about your childhood reads and share about The Library Project, email a link of it to me at liliansbooks@gmail.com! If I get, say, 10 people to share about it, I’ll make a donation to The Library Project! Plus, I encourage you to donate yourself, or run a similar challenge to your blog followers! That’s all it is! It’s so simple. I look forward to seeing your blog posts!

Happy Reading,

-Lilian-

 

Anticipated Reads: Books that I need NOW

I think most book-readers have some certain books that they are looking forward to reading. Whether its a book you just discovered, a sequel to a book that ended on a cliff-hanger, or your favorite authors newest book, we all count down the days until we get our hands on that shiny new copy. So below is a list (in no particular order) of some books that I seriously CANNOT wait to read. The sooner they come out, the better.

  1. Season of Glory (Remnants #3) by Lisa T. Bergren

Oh the FEELS. I haven’t been disappointed by a Lisa T. Bergren book yet and I know this one will not be an exception. The first two books in the series (Season of Wonder and Season of Fire) were phenomenal and some of the best books I’ve ever read. While I’m sad to see this series come to an end, I am so excited to read this! It is expected to come out in March, 2016 and I’m hoping that I can get an ARC maybe.

2. Lightning (Stone Braide Chronicles #2) by Bonnie S. Calhoun

I’ve been waiting for this book for almost a year now and the time is almost here! I desperately need to re-read the first book (Thunder) because I don’t remember much of what happened in it. But I do remember that I loved it and I’ve been anticipating this one ever since! Lightening is due to release on October 6, 2015.

3. The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

This is book #6 in Melanie’s Fairytale Collection. And, while I haven’t particularly enjoyed all of the series, I did like some of the books and I always like a good fairytale retelling. Plus, Melanie is such a talented writer. So I am looking forward to her retelling of Rapunzel. This book is set to release on November 17, 2015.

4. See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

It hasn’t been a secret that ever since I read All Fall Down, the first book in the Embassy Row series, I have been craving this sequel! It ended on such a cliffhanger, I’m pretty sure I just moped around all day, just thinking of this book and what happened. Plus, my book boyfriend (well, one of them) Alexei is in this series;) But anyway, I’m going to pre-order this book ASAP. It is due to come out on January 5, 2016. Maybe I could get an ARC of this one too! A girl can dream…

5. The Fever Code (Maze Runner #6) by James Dashner

I have been waiting for this book since it was announced last year. I mean, a prequel to The Maze Runner books?! I am definitely pre-ordering this one so I can read it the second it arrives. Plus, who else is excited for The Scorch Trials movie!? I’m ecstatic for it and I am hoping to go see it opening weekend!! The Fever Code is scheduled to come out in 2016.

That’s all I got currently! What are YOU excited to read?

-Lilian-

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Do you stop reading a book before you finish it?

Hey lovely people!! Let’s have a little chat. Grab your beverage of choice, find a comfy seat, and let’s chat.

So I am currently reading Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz. It’s a historical fiction book. I’m not always a fan of historical books, but my mom bought me these and they looked interesting to read.

Problem is, I really can’t get into them. 

I’ve only read a few chapters, but they just don’t appeal to me at all. The plot is messy and boring, and I keep making myself busy so I have an excuse not to sit down and even attempt reading more of the book.

So here’s my question for you all.

When you can’t get into a book, do you stop reading it?

I, personally, don’t like to. Even if it’s bad, I will usually keep reading it. Only on a few occasions do I remember stopping a book.

 I stopped reading Atlantia by Ally Condie early on because the plot was horrible. I was so confused, and the story kept throwing new curveballs at me before I could settle down from the last one. The sister goes above land? Something about a siren? Whattttt??

I stopped reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard early on because of the language. I try to avoid reading books with language in them. It takes a special book for me to read through the profanity used. 

I stopped reading Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen early on because it was boring and a total rip-off of The Giver. I was sad, though, because I was very excited to read this book. But I had also previously saw the reviews were bad for the book, so I knew what to expect.

So what do you think? Stop a book early or no?

Tell me in the comments below!

-Lilian-

May TBR

Hello lovely people!

As you probably know, today is May 1! This calls for a May TBR (to be read)! April was a horrible reading month for me, so I am planning on reading a lot in May! Below will be some of the books I am planning reading. I know I probably will add more books as I see them (I’m like “OOH SHINY” when it comes to books), or I will lose interest in them. But lets give this a try, shall we?

Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

I am currently re-reading this right now! I actually started like 2 weeks ago, and I (shamefully) only got through chapter 2 earlier.. *hangs head in shame*

Miles from Nowhere by Amy Clipston

This is the newest book in Amy Clipston’s series, after Destination Unknown. I bought this awhile ago and I had totally planned on reading it by now.. Oops. But it will probably be my next read. Until then I am going to stare at the gorgeous cover!! Seriously, go look up a picture of it right now. But then come back and finish reading this post, of course!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is my most recent book buy and I have been waiting to buy this forever! I finally got it and I am so excited to read it. I have heard so many good things about this series, I can’t wait to read it for myself! And the covers are amazing!!

Once Upon A Summertime by Melody Carlson

I have read some books by Melody before and her writing is amazing. I got an email from Revell Books (her publisher) this morning and they offered me some books they will send me in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Of course I had to pick this book!

1. I have been getting emails from them for about two months now, and this is the first time I have ever chosen a book! I am so excited!

2. I think this is going to be a very interesting read. The plot sounded great. The only thing I am a little worried about is how the plot looked like it was geared toward people a bit older then myself. I don’t know if its exactly for adults, though. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see! I’m hoping for the best:)

Doon by Carey Corp and Lori Langdon

I have heard so many great things about this book! It has been on my TBR list for awhile, and I think this month I’m finally gonna give in and order it from my library. I try to limit myself to one library book a moth, so I have less hassle and don’t have to keep track of all these dates. So I am really hoping its good!

Loves Reckoning by Laura Frantz

I have owned this trilogy for a long time and I really hope to read it this month. Every time I go to read it, I choose another book instead. So I am done with excuses and want to pick this series up!

Crossed and Reached by Ally Condie

I have already read these, but I want to re-read them. I already re-read Matched, so now in need to finish re-reading the series.

That’s all I am planning on reading at the moment! Let’s see how this goes! What are you planning on reading this month?

-Lilian-

Opinions Needed

Hello fellow people! I need your opinions on something. It requires nothing but  a few minutes and a few words. Think you can handle it?

I am curious on your opinions on characters. Book characters, specifically. I know we all have our favorite (and least favorite) book characters. What I want to know is WHY?! 

Why do you or don’t you like someone? 

What makes them likable or not likable?

So if you could comment below or email me at lilians_books@hotmail.com and explain to me this, I’d greatly appreciate it! Please put in the subject line Opinions Response. Below are some questions taht you can answer to get your juices flowing, just don’t feel limited to only use these!

Who is your favorite (or one of your favorite) book characters? What are some likable qualities about him/her?

What makes a strong antagonist?

What makes a female protagonist annoying?

What do you wish you could change about some characters?

Thanks so much for you help!! 

-Lilian-

Book Slumps are the WORST

  

This. Is. Me. 

These past week or so since I have finished Deluge has been HORRIBLE. Literally nothing looks good to me. I’ve tried to read things, but I just feel no motivation to read whatsoever.

And the worst part? I have a book an author sent me that I need to review for her. But no matter how much I think about it, I don’t want to read it right now.

This is really like a nightmare. Book deprivation will lead to book depression. 

So today I went out and got myself some fancy new bookmarks. I’m really hoping this will help myself:)

What do you normally do when your in a book slump? Tell me in the comments!

-Lilian-

2015 Reading So Far

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How’s everyone’s 2015 reading going so far? This year I am participating in the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge! It’s been fun! So far I’ve completed-

-A Book by a Female Author
-A Book with a One-Word Title
-A Book from an Author You Love that you Haven’t Read Yet
-A Non-Fiction Book
-A Book with a Love Triangle
-A Banned Book

I’m a little behind on this list because I didn’t start it until the beginning of February.
I’ve read around 13 books so far this year! My goal is 50😊

Is anyone else participating in this challenge?
How many books have you read so far this year?
Any good book recommendations for me to add to me TBR (to be read) list?

Tell me in the comments!

-Lilian-