Review: Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon A Con #3)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.

I am such a huge fan of this series so I was excited to read this, especially since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. I ended up enjoying this a lot!

So first off, there are a lot of references to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Like on page 37 there is a reference to “the great wide somewhere” and on page 224 there is talk of “Magic spells. Daring sword fights. A prince in disguise.” As a Beauty and the Beast super fan I had a ton of fun picking up all these little Easter eggs. 

As for the characters, the author always writes the most interesting and dynamic ones. Both the main and supporting characters were so lovable and fleshed out. My favorite was Rosie’s dad, aka Space Dad. He seemed like the coolest dad ever. 

The writing style as usual was perfect for the genre. It was a good amount of geeky mixed in with an easy to read prose. 

This books also had amazing descriptions dedicated to the love of books. For example, Rosie states, “But there is so much more in those words than just loving books. I love the smell of them. I love the way their bindings look pressed together on a shelf…They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds” (pg. 39). I couldn’t agree more. 

I also would like to point out something the author put in the acknowledgments that I absolutely loved. She writes, “I wrote this book for me. So, if you didn’t really enjoy this book, that’s okay! You’ll find one that you love” (pg. 284). I thought this was a great reminder to readers that it is okay if you didn’t like a book and that authors can write what they want to write (on the assumption for course that it is not offensive, problematic etc.) 

Lastly, I did feel like there was something missing in this book compared to the other ones in the series. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. It could be that this book is significantly shorter than the other two and I wanted a bit more. 

Overall, if you are a fan of this series (or books or Beauty and the Beast), you’ll probably like this one! 


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Reading update: I’m separated from my TBR!

So I took an early Thanksgiving break and came back home a little early. Now, I’m unexpectedly staying longer than I initially planned to. The issue? I only brought two books with me. And I just finished reading one of them. I just didn’t have the space in my carry ons to bring more books because I had to bring my law books, notebooks, and laptop to study. I had no room. 

Now I’m left with the other book I brought and a book that accidentally got mailed here to my old address. The rest of my 60+ TBR books got left behind. There were some books on there that I really wanted to start reading soon. I also left behind my other currently reading book.  

Now I’m in a dilemma of what to do after I finish these two books. Should I buy more books? Start an e-book? (I’m really terrible at reading those but maybe my desperation can change that) Or just wait until I get back?

Only time will tell! Stay tuned to see how this tragedy ends. 

Quick blogging/life update

Hey everyone!

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately and not much else. The reason for that is May has been crazy busy for me. I’ve been going on trips every weekend this month so that’s been taking up a lot of my time. All the unpacking and packing takes up a lot of time. I’ve also been taking care of things for law school which I start in August. Actually, most of the trips I’ve been taking have been related to that. Things should be settling down when I come back from my next trip on Wednesday. I’m hoping to get some non-reviews up during that time.

How have you been lately? Let’s talk in the comments!

xoxo,

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Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Erin from Undercover Binge Reader for the Mystery Blogger Award. You can check out her post here. Thank you so much for thinking to nominate me! I love doing these tags.

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The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Maggie @ okotoenigmasblog

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

The Rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

My 3 facts

  1. I’m obsessed with Riverdale. It’s not the greatest show ever but it’s such a good guilty pleasure show. FP Jones is my fav ❤
  2. I pick Marvel over DC any day.
  3. I once wrote really horrible Elsa/Loki fan fiction in my journal. So. Cringeworthy.

Erin’s Questions

What book blew your mind as a kid?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I fell so in love with this series as a kid. I was beyond obsessed. I particularly loved how The Magician’s Nephew explained everything. That really shook me.

When did you realize you were a bookworm?

When I was very young, in elementary school. Books were always something I loved. I didn’t like to play sports nor did I have any interest in joining Girl Scouts like the other kids in my grade. So books became my thing.

What book(s) have you read that you want to make sure to pass on to your children (or any children in your life)?

All of my American Girl Books. They teach great life lessons and are a fun way to learn history. I learned so much from those books.

What are your favorite types of bookish posts to read on book blogs?

I love to read more controversial posts, like unpopular bookish opinions. Those are so fun to read. I also enjoy tag posts.

If you were in a paranormal or fantasy world/novel would you rather be a vampire, werewolf, shifter, fae, magic user, other, regular old human, etc?

I would love to be a witch. I’ve been really interested in witches lately.

My Questions

  1. What is your unpopular bookish opinion?
  2. Besides books, what else are you passionate about?
  3. How do you organize your bookshelf?
  4. What book is your guilty pleasure?
  5. Would you rather spend the day with your favorite author or your favorite character?

I nominate…

Erica from Erica’s Bookshelves

Jeanine from Literary Sea

Shall from Shaz Reads

Danielle from The Blonde Likes Books

Priyanka from Priyanka Reads

My best posts…

I think my two best posts are my bookish social media post and my I’ve never read Harry Potter one.


 

Once again thank you so much for reading this!

xoxo,

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The Liebster Award

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I was nominated (a very long time ago) by Zoe from Home of Indie Authors. Thank you so much for nominating me. I had a ton of fun answering your questions and coming up with my own. Here is a link to her post.

 The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog/post
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions
  3. Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by your nominees
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing – don’t forget to tag them, provide a link to their blogs – let them know!!

Questions and Answers 

Q. What are your favorite genres to read?

A. I read anything that strikes my fancy, but I particularly enjoy YA, middle grade, romance, historical fiction, and contemporary.

Q. What’s the first book you ever recall reading?

A. I honestly cannot remember because I was very young.

Q. Do you read self-published authors? Why? Or why not?

A. Yes I do! I love reading them because they often offer something different from more mainstream authors.

Q. Who is the author you stalk online the most?

A. Jenny Han! Also Jacqueline Smith, my new favorite Indie author. Her books are the best!

Q. Favorite bookish boyfriend/girlfriend?

A. Q Mercer from the Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Q. What are your favorite things of being a book blogger?

A. Sharing my love of books and reading. Also meeting amazing people.

Q. If you could spend a day in a book, which one would it be?

A. The Chronicles of Narnia! Who wouldn’t want to go there? For Narnia! And for Aslan!

Q. Turn your favorite book into a movie! Who directs it? What actors get the main roles?

A. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Not sure about who would direct it, but I would love to see Dove Cameron as Bobbi.

Q. Kiss, marry, kill. Go!

A. Kiss: Rhysand (from the ACOTAR series) Marry: John Ambrose McClaren (from TATBILB trilogy) Kill: The White Witch (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

Q. A huge book disappointment?

A. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t necessarily hate it but it was so not what I was expecting. There was no plot and it wasn’t fangirl-y enough.

Q. A book recommendation for anyone reading this =)

A. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I recommend this to literally everyone.

My Questions 

  1. What book do you think is the most overhyped?
  2. Be honest! Do you judge books by their covers?
  3. What’s your biggest bookish pet peeve?
  4. What’s your unpopular bookish opinion?
  5. How many unread books do you have?
  6. Who’s your favorite fictional bookworm?
  7. If someone offered you a million dollars to burn half of the books you own, would you do it?
  8. Who’s your favorite author that most people have never heard of?
  9. Who’s your bookish OTP?
  10. What’s your stance on dog-earing books?
  11. Best book-to-movie/book-to-tv-show adaptation?

Nominations

I never know who to nominate for these things, so if you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself nominated!

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A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

There are an abundant amount of places for bookworms to connect with others online. My guide will give you a brief overview of each one along with my personal thoughts on them. Click on the banners to be taken to each site to join and learn more!

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Goodreads

Goodreads is by far the most popular site for bookworms. It does have it fair share of problems (like the recent changes to its giveaways) but overall it is an excellent place to catalogue all your books, read reviews, discover new books, and chat with other book lovers. It is also one of the most social sites out there due to its popularity.

To friend me on Goodreads click here.

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Bookstagram

Bookstagram is the bookish section of Instagram. It’s a wonderful community filled with people from all over the world who love reading. Plus there are some gorgeous pictures of books! Since it is Instagram, it’s super easy to use. It just takes a bit of looking to find bookstagram accounts. I suggest looking up #bookstagram and starting there. You’ll quickly get the hang of it.

To follow me on Bookstagram click here.

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BookLikes

BookLikes is like the child of Tumblr and Goodreads. Its format is very similar to Tumblr, with the added ability of shelving books. They have giveaways but the selection is incredibly limited and the quality of books aren’t great. I also find that the website is super glitchy and slow. Every now and then I’ll get super frustrated with it.

To follow me on BookLikes click here.

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LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a cataloguing site like Goodreads. I mainly use it for the giveaways. Outside of that I don’t find it terribly exciting. It’s pretty much the same thing as Goodreads, so I only go on it to look at giveaways and post reviews.

To friend me on LibraryThing click here. 

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ReadFeed

ReadFeed is a cataloguing app. It’s relatively new so not very many people use it. Because of that, it’s not that interesting to use…yet. Only time will tell if this will take off.

If you want to follow me on ReadFeed, my username is @oddandbookish.

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Litsy

Listy is basically Instagram and Goodreads combined. It’s an app that is pretty much all pictures and short blurbs, and users can add books to their stacks and rate them. Their rating system is a bit different. It goes “Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail” (no star ratings here). There is also a thing called Litfluence which is a number that goes up with every like, comment, etc. you receive. The downsides to this app is that like ReadFeed, not very many people use it. Many people create an account and abandon it shortly after. The other thing that drives me nuts is that it has a 451 character limit on posts. I always have to post a super abbreviated review on there which I really don’t like doing.

If you want to follow me on Litsy, my username is @oddandbookish.

The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy place to connect with your fellow bookworms, then I suggest joining Goodreads and/or Bookstagram. The other sites are okay to join as well, but they each have their tradeoffs.

Are you on any of these sites? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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