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Series Review: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)The War I Finally Won (The War That Saved My Life, #2)

Title: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Pages: 316; 389

Genre: Children Historical Fiction

Published: January 8th 2015 by Dial Books ;October 3rd 2017 by Dial Books

This is a middle grade series that really captured my attention. The Narrator, Ada, is so unique and her perceptions of life and the history that is happening around her are so purely childlike that it seems as if you are reading an account of a young girl living in England during WWII.  Continue reading “Series Review: The War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley”

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I have an Instagram now! Yay! It makes me me Insta-old because I still don’t understand why people like it, but I’m going to give it a try. I haven’t taken photos yet, but I plan to use that account as a way to document my reads photographically as well as digitally. SO, check me out, and follows would be appreciated 🙂

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Otherness, Updates

World’s Worst Blogger Here…

I suck at blogging. I really, realllllly do. I love read books, and I love writing about how those books made me feel, but I can always convince myself to do something else. I stopped blogging a little over a year ago. I had started a new job, started running, started making real big girl money, and I felt like I didn’t have the time.

Truthfully, I didn’t. I had a two hour commute daily, and on the weekends, I tried to catch up on shit I didn’t get to do during the week. My mom also kept getting tremendously sick and staying in the hospital for months, which left the house and our animals completely up to my care. Life was hard. I lived that way until March of this year, when I moved closer to work and everything just got easier. I could no longer convince myself that I didn’t have time to read and write a review.

That mind game is over because I’m making goals and  I’m sticking to them.

So, I’m back, again, hopefully for the last time.


Here, have some quotes…


I’ve been quiet on here for a few days, and the main reason is because I went on vacation with my family. We went to Key West , FL, which is quite far away from my house. It was sort of spontaneous, so that’s why no warning.

I’ve been feeling blah about all the books I’m reading as well. Americanah is really interesting and well written, but I have no drive to finish it right now. The other books I’ve picked up are all sort of meh too.

So since I have no reviews to post, I’ll post some of my favorite quotes until I finish something.

Here’s one of my up most favorites to start it off:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” -J.K. Rowling

And some others:

“I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.” -Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness.” -Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Now, off to read so I’ll have something to write about.


What I’m Reading Now: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Burgado

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, but just haven’t wanted to pay for it. So when it came across my library’s eBook page, I grabbed it. I’m kinda not feeling the whole heavy romance thing, considering I’m like in chapter two, but I’m sure it’ll get better. It’s just been so long since I read the first one. Whatevs.

Blog Awards, Otherness

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books. Thanks for showing the love:)

The rules:

1. Thank the person awarding you.
2. Paste the blog award on your page.
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 friends.

Random stuff about me includes:

1. I am a Leo and was born on the last day of the sign.

2. My great-uncle dead in WWI of Spanish Influenza. My great-grandmother was born before the Civil War. I’m only 24 yrs old.

3. I have two cats-Mama Kitty and Zoberta Ginevra( Zoe)-and four dogs-Tobias, Adelaide Maybelle (Addie), Eleanor Bellatrix (Ellie), and Penelope Josephine (Penny Jo).

4. Lizards terrify me. Spiders, cockroaches, mice, etc. I can handle, but dear god no reptiles.

5. I have been to 7 countries and want to travel to so many more.

6. My favorite colors are purple and green.

7. I’ve met Joshilyn Jackson, Victoria Schwab, Rachel Hawkins, Maya Angelou, and a few other writers. It was amazing.

8. I’ve been in a few life threatening situations in my time. I was in a terrorist attack on a doctor’s office( No one died, but still). I have been trapped in an elevator. My family and I have been stranded in a nearly empty hotel on the top of one of the French Alps with no food or transportation for days. I’ve been nearly struck by lightning so many times that I may or may not have super powers. The first two happened in the same year.

9. I want to be fluent in another language but sadly, I only speak a little French, Spanish, and even less Latin.

10. I was not an avid reader until I was a teenager. I didn’t like reading at all until I read the Harry Potter books, and then because nothing else I read was as good, I didn’t branch out to new things.

Okay, now for my nominations. I don’t know fifteen people on here, so if you want to be a part of this, then say I tagged you, or comment and I’ll add you. Anyways:

Becca and Books
Bibliophile Gathering
52 letters in the alphabet
A Little Blog of Books
Rein Reads
Jessicat in Space
Bookishly Speaking

Blog Awards, Otherness

The Liebster Award


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books. Thank you!

Here are the rules:

    • link back and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
    • answer the eleven questions they give you
    • tag up to eleven bloggers who have 200 or less followers
    • ask your nominees eleven questions and let them know you tagged them!

Here are my answers to Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books‘ questions…

1.) What genre would you say is your “comfort zone”?

Good Urban Fantasy, historical fiction, or humorous feel-good, cutesy YA. Combine these and ohmygod…perfection.

2.) How do you deal with reading slumps?

When I fall into reading slumps, it’s usually because I’m burned out on a particular topic, so I’ll try to read something that’s completely different.

3.) Do you prefer long books or short books?

Short books all the way. I groan if a book’s over five-hundred pages(unless it’s written by J.K. Rowling-then I squeal with delight). Brevity is the mark of a true story-teller.

4.) Can you still enjoy a book that has a few stereotypes in the plot?

Umm…generally no. In most cases, stereotypes are a sign of poor story-telling ability. If an author can’t take the time to make their characters original, they won’t have me as a reader.

5.) What are some of your bookish “deal breakers”?

Usually if a book is compared to a previous best seller, like “so-and-so is the next Harry Potter!” I’m usually wary because it usually means the book is lacking something and the publishers are hoping the reader will contribute it by using that comparison. Does that make sense? I am also very judgmental about covers and the status of the author. You’ll never catch me reading James Frey, a.k.a. the I am Number Four and A Million Little Pieces guy. Google him if you need to know why.

6.) If you don’t like the book you’re reading, will you put it down or finish it?

I’ll give it my best. If the writing is atrocious, I’ll only get to like chapter three. If the story is slow/not making sense/etc. I’ll try to stick it out.

7.) Do you prefer standalones or series?

I like both. There are some times when the story is so amazing that I need thirteen books about that world and then there are other times that one book is enough.

8.) What is the book that got you into reading?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a.k.a. my favorite book of all time, a.k.a. the book that got me into writing, a.k.a. my favorite book of the series.

9.) What are you currently reading?

I just got done with Legend by Marie Lu and I’m about to start on Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

10.) If you read a book and dislike it, will you still write the review, even if it is negative?

Yes. I’m not one to hold back my opinion.

11.) What was the last really good book you completed?

Ummm…hang on…*pulls up Goodreads* Out of the four and a half to five-star books I’ve read since January, these have stuck with me:
Cold Comfort FarmPaper AeroplanesThe Ghost RoadGraduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Now that I answered all of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books questions, I’m going to tag a few bloggers and write a few questions of my own. I tag: Bookishly Speaking52 letters in the alphabet, and The Bookish Girl. *Would tag more but most blogs I checked had already been nominated*

Here are my questions for you:

1. What is the most overrated book or book series?

2. Do you usually buy your books, borrow them from friends/family, or rent them from the library? 

3. Physical books or eBooks-which do you prefer? Or do you like both?

4. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

5. Favorite book based solely on appearance?

6. Favorite character from any book?

7. Where do you do most of your reading?

8. Who is the worst(as in the most badly written) character you’ve ever encountered?

9. What’s the oldest book you own?

10. Name a book you love, but think its cover is despicable. Why do you hate the cover so much?

11. What is the largest( actual size or page numbers) book you own or have ever read?