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The BFG by Roald Dahl

Standalone. Puffin Books (2001) Library
Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. 

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Since the Disney trailer of The BFG has come out, I've been enticed to read the original by the infamous Roald Dahl. I've read a lot by Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and the one and only Matilda! Now it was time to try my hand on a story about a big friendly giant and an orphan girl. I had such high hopes, but like all Roald Dahl books - …

After the Woods by Kim Savage

Standalone. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb. 2016) NetGalley/Own

Would you risk your life to save your best friend? 

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

"Here we are, you and me. Not what I expected. But something."

Julia was trapped in the woods, kidnapped by Donald Jessup, someone who wanted Liv but got Julia instead. When Julia saved her best friend Liv almost a year ago while Liv fled; she faced two days of fear and her survival in…

Bout of Books: Wrap Up

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Started Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Pages Read: 6

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Continued Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Pages Read: 144

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Finished Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Pages Read: 676

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Started and Finished Reading: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Pages Read: 565

Friday, August 26th, 2016
Read nothing ):

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Started and Finished Reading: The BFG by Roald Dahl
Pages Read: 221

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Started and Finished: Genuine Sweet by Faith Harkey
Pages Read: 277

In Total
Total Books Read: 5
Total Pages Read: 1,889

*Didn't do too bad this Bout of Books. I have a lot of reviewing to do now!

How was your Bout of Books week? What books did you read this week?

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Sarah's Scribbles Collection. Andrew McMeel Publishing (March 2016) NetGalley/Own
Are you a special snowflake? 

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career? 

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared? 

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comic document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.
I've been following Sarah Andersen's tumblr for a while now. She writes short comics that are totally relatable (especially for girls) and laugh out loud funny. I was so excited when I saw she was putting her work into a collection and had to have it. 
First thing you need to know - the cover is FUZZY. I'm caressing it constantly in a non-creepy way I promise. S…

Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

Standalone. Sourcebooks Fire (Sept. 2015) Own
I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key.

And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.

April won’t let Jonah go without a fight.

He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?
April Wesley is not looking forward to a new year of high school. Her best friend Kris is going to a new private school …

Bout of Books: Mix n' Match Challenge

Day two of Bout of Books is down and I've finally gotten into Throne of Glass. I'll end up finishing it today and starting the next book in the series. The challenge happening now is called Mix n' Match which was created by The Nickster and hosted at Bout of Books. The idea is to pick up around 10-15 books at a random page and write down the first word on the page (omitting articles like the, an, a, I, etc.). The goal is to create a new sentence adding in some articles if needed. 
The Books I Chose

The Random Words laughedbarelythatthoughstoresnightmarestruelostperfectpeopleendearned

My Sentence
It was true that I barely laughed as I was lost in nightmares though the perfect people in stores made me feel I earned them in the end.

*My sentence felt like I cheated a little bit but in the end it still makes no sense so I'll say I didn't.

Bout of Books Progress

Currently Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Pages Read: 144
Pages Read in Total: 150
Books Read: 0

*Better t…

Bout of Books: Book to Movie Challenge

Bout of Books day 1 and there is a challenge going on over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale. The challenge is to tell others what your favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptions are. This was tough because there are a good number of book to movie adaptions I've enjoyed and a few that I've regretted seeing.

Favorite Book to Movie Adaption

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite movie adaption because it's just so fantastically good. There are moments that are different from the book for sure which is in every adaption but the love I have for the movie made want to read the book. 

Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaption

I am pretty sad with how everything went down in these books. First of all they are so much older and missing so much of what made the story so fantastic. I know book to movie adaptions can't be perfect but this made me sad. I was going to choose Safe Haven which was such a fantastic book but I recently watched the movie again and I've been able to enjoy…

Olympic Book Tag

I've been so absorbed in the Olympics this year. I guess it's because I'm older and appreciate fitness more. I saw this tag over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale which is credited to It Starts at Midnight and I had to before the Olympics is coming to a close. 

Saint Anything was a perfect book from beginning to end. I didn't expect the greatness that I would behold until I started reading. The Chatham family are the most loyal and loving family. The friendships in the story, slow romance, and the struggles the MC faced with her brother being in jail and her parents paying too much attention on her made this the perfect read. And perfect for this category.

I've only read two road trip books before to be honest. I picked You Are Here because it has this quality of me in it. It was odd just how connected I felt to the story but I did.

Hands down the only book with a good love triangle that I've ever found. I rooted for both guys at different points of the series. It …