Unboxing: BookSparks October FRC2016

Another fantastic box from BookSparks!

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With my life being scattered between three places, sometimes I forget what I’ve posted where. Sadly, this unboxing was shared on Instagram and apparently not here. So in case you missed this on IG, here’s my October FRC2016 unboxing! The lovely people at BookSparks keep my TBR pile very well stocked 😉 Thank you!!

Which one sounds the best to you? I can’t decide what I should read first…

Order your copies of this months reads here:

The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Dingee Fillmore

The Next by Stephanie Gangi

Book Review: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Truman Capote befriends The Swans for a story full of elegant lifestyles, fashion, and gossip.

Neutral | 3/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Overview: 
The Swans of Fifth Avenue takes place in the 1950’s/60’s and is mostly centered around the rich and beautiful Swans. When Truman Capote moves to New York and befriends The Swans, he flatters them, adores them, and gossips with them. Through luncheons, shopping, tea, and vacations as he gets planted into these fashionable women’s lives. Soon enough he becomes their little pet and gains their trust. The Swans confide their secrets to him and what does he do? He ends up betraying them for his own personal gain. 

 

What I loved: The glitz and glam lifestyle, ohhhh the fashion, the time period, and the gossip! (Hello Gossip Girl vibes)

What I didn’t: 
Struggled with the slow pace, didn’t love the characters or story as much as I wanted to.

For my full review of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, click play!

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray & Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

A beautiful and haunting tale during WWII.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of Between Shades of Gray

Overview: Lina and her family are being forcefully evacuated from their home in Lithuania during WWII. As they’re being taken away, Lina’s father gets separated from them and they’re all thrown onto a train. We follow their journey on the train through harsh conditions and eventually they arrive at a prison camp. Lina is determined to survive so she can find her father. A beautiful and sad story about love, hope, struggle, and determination.

What I loved: 
How much it made me think.

What I didn’t: The pace was a little slow, I wish I had felt more for some of the other characters.

SALT TO THE SEA

Haunting, must read! | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Salt to the Sea


Overview: J
oana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred are our main characters. Each of them from different countries with no connections to each other. What they do have in common is that they are all trying to survive the madness surrounding them. Suddenly all of their paths become intertwined as they make their way towards a ship that is supposed to take them away from the war and onto freedom.

What I loved: The opening lines of each character, all the emotions, and Emilia.

What I didn’t: The ending popped up on me and felt a little rushed. Alfred… UGGGGHHH!

If you liked The Book Thief or All The Light We Cannot See: What are you waiting for?! Pick this up right now!!

For my full review of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, click play!

Wrap Up: April 2016 & May TBR

My favorite April read was…

I see a reoccurring theme here… I’m overly ambitious with my TBR! I really thought I would do better, but sadly didn’t. I guess I was just too dang busy enjoying all the fun things to do in Hawaii! My favorite April read was hands down Salt to the Sea! I HIGHLY recommend it and if you haven’t read Between Shades of Gray, read that first! It is so freaking good you guys!! I hope you enjoy the video and as always, feel free to comment if you have questions about a book or if you’ve read any of these. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Wednesday friends!!

*A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | FULL REVIEW

*Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | FULL REVIEW

*Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan | FULL REVIEW

*Lumberjanes Volume 2 | FULL REVIEW

*Ms Marvel Volume 1 | FULL REVIEW

*Full reviews coming soon!

TBR: April 2016

Once again, I’ve gone a little crazy with my TBR pile.

Once again, I’ve gone a little crazy with my TBR pile. I’m going to contribute it to all the great books I want to read and own. Sadly, there’s just not enough time lately to really tackle it all. I’ll do my best though!

Order your copies here:

Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Lumberjanes Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson

Sweet Tooth Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

Wrap Up: March 2016

My favorite read this month would be…

March was a crazy month and while I didn’t get to every book I had hoped, I’m happy with what I was able to read. My favorite read during March would have to be Me Before You. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it and the movie was pretty great too!

Order your copies from Amazon here:

Lumberjanes Volume 1

Hidden Bodies | FULL REVIEW

Between Shades of Gray | FULL REVIEW

He Will Be My Ruin | FULL REVIEW

Me Before You | FULL REVIEW

The One That Got Away | FULL REVIEW