Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: N/A
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on April 15th 2014
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

 

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Samantha can’t remember a single thing about her past. She can’t remember anything at all. She wakes up to people who are her parents, but has no clue who they are. Her best friend Cassie is missing and could possibly be dead somewhere. Samantha was the last person to see Cassie that night before she disappeared but Sam can’t remember anything.

As time ticks on, memories start to pop up but nothing concrete; just flashes. Is getting her memory back really important? Does she want to go back to being the rude and popular girl? What are the people hiding that they don’t want Sam to know?

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JLA is just perfect. She has done it again! Another perfect book written by her!!

This book was fantastic from beginning to end. The suspense and mystery was fantastic! You think you know who did what when it turns out you may be wrong. I thought I knew who, but I was wrong. I was COMPLETELY shocked. This book was fantastic. A lot of people that have read this already knew who it was but I didn’t. I had my mind set on a different character and I really did think it was that character, but I was totally not expecting that character!!!

I’m getting tired of love triangles, but JLA did this one perfectly! Sam had a boyfriend previous to loosing her memory. But since her memories are gone, she doesn’t remember anything, including her boyfriend. She sees Carson (who used to be her best friend) and thinks that’s her boyfriend. PERFECT triangle; done perfectly!

Carson was amazing, I love that boy now. Every male character she writes, ends up on my top book boyfriends list! Sam and Carson’s relationship was just so cute. So perfect. Jennifer L. Armentrout is perfect at writing romances- that’s definitely her strong part. Every romance I’ve read have been absolutely amazing! She never fails with the romance! To top off the amazing romance, the suspense and mystery of the book was just -awe- perfection.

Let’s put it this way- if your a fan of Pretty Little Liars/The Lying Game/Mean Girls, then this is absolutely PERFECT for you! It’s those 3 combined basically. :)

favorite quotes

“Are you drunk or just a dumb bitch?”

“Excuse me?” Veronica shot back, lip curling. “You can’t possibly be talking to me.”

Julie got right up in her face. “You’re right, there are a few dumb bitches her. But I’m talking to you. So what’s your problem?” — page 208

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“I really hoped I didn’t have a porn addiction I’d forgotten about.” — page 264

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“I’m not sure I want to go to prom.”

“What?” I let him lead me over to his father’s truck. “You don’t want to go?”

He opened the door for me. “I’m not sure I want to share you with anyone.” — page 310

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Review & Blog Tour: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Brandedbranded 2Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Series: Sinners #1
Published by: Abi and Missy Books on February 18th 2014
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 314
Source: ARC copy from Authors

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My Rating: 5 stars2

all time favorite

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the authors. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Surrounding the seven deadly sins, the Commander believed this what was causing the downfall of the country. Each person who commits one of the seven deadly sins is branded on their neck with a specific color that correlates with that sin. Lexi Hamilton is branded blue which stands for lust. Now in the Hole, Lexi is fighting for her life everyday.

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It’s been a couple days now since I’ve finished this book and I’m still obsessing over this world. I cannot stop thinking about Lexi and all the characters and the world. I didn’t realize I would love the book THIS much. I absolutely LOVED it to pieces!!

I didn’t have any issues once so ever with this book, I absolutely LOVED it! It had everything you could ask for in a book; romance, great characters, death, love, action, an amazing dog, EVERYTHING. Everything about this book was perfection.

The dog, Zeus who is Cole’s dog; I ADORED THAT DOG. I need that dog in my life! He was such a sweet dog and extremely protective! Anytime he thought something was trying to attack Lexi or Cole, he DESTROYED said object. I busted out laughing every time Zeus did this. Even at times when the book got really sad, Lexi would mention Zeus and my mood would be lifted! I LOVE THAT DOG!

I’m adding Cole to my list of swoon-worthy boyfriends. That boy was just… Wow. Can’t get over him. Probably never will honestly. I loved Cole, I didn’t think I would love him as much as I did. I thought he was just Lexi’s guard and nothing else, nope. Totally wrong. Loved him!

I really enjoyed this world! It was so different from previous dystopian worlds I’ve read so far and probably one of my favorites. I liked having the world based upon the seven deadly sins. I haven’t seen any books yet that are surrounded by those. It was very interesting to see characters who were branded based upon a certain sin and how they reacted while in the Hole.

I can talk about this book all day and probably never run out of good things to say about this book! I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone!

favorite quotes

“”What was that?” I asked Zeus. It happens again but louder this time. Zeus runs into my room as a foul odor drifts by. “Was that a fart?” I laugh. “Oh my word, I can’t believe you’re afraid of your own fart.” I’m laughing so hard I snort.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“Okay, I can handle this. Then he drops his shirt. Then again, maybe not.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“You’re like my magnet. You pull me in. No matter how hard I pull away… your force is stronger. And when I get too close, it takes everything I have to remain at a safe distance.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“I mean, I knew you were getting weak around her, but holy balls! You love her… Wow!” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

Waiting on Wednesday (#31): Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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ruin and risingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Publishing by: Henry Holt and Co. on June 17th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 432

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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

–Not looking at summary… ignoring it.– I haven’t read Siege and Storm yet, I’m pre-writing this post so hopefully by the time this is posted, I will have finished or at least started this book! I’m so excited to see what happens next and how this all ends! I REALLY enjoyed Shadow and Bone!!! SUPER excited!

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

the summer i turned prettyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Series: Summer #1
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 5th 2009
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Young Adult
Pages: 276
Source: Purchased- Paperback

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My Rating: 5 stars2

Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

Every summer Belly, her brother, Steven, and their mom go to Cousins Beach. Belly has been going there ever since she can remember. But it’s not just those 3 that are there. Brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah are there with their mom as well. Belly has had a massive crush on Conrad ever since they started going to Cousins, but Conrad just doesn’t seem to notice her. Tired of trying to get him to notice her, she meets Cam one day.

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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH! I bought this book last year before summer ended, but didn’t get the chance to read it. So I saved it until this summer. AND OH MY GOSH was this not the perfect summer read!? I can’t get over how much I absolutely adored this book! Read this book in 1 day, could not put it down. Perfect book to start off the summer!!

At times though I found Belly to be a little annoying. Even though she is 16 now, it seems like she’s still stuck with her 11 year old self and can’t let go of it.

I really enjoyed how it skipped between the present summer and past summers. I didn’t like Conrad. Something was really off about him. He just seemed like a shell in a body. He didn’t really interact much with the characters or show any interest at all. I did like Jeremiah though, he seems like a complete sweetheart and really does try hard.

I’m definitely continuing on (seeing as while I’m writing this post, I’m on the 3rd book right now). :)

favorite quotes

“Sometimes it’s like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It’s like you see them through a special lens—but maybe if it’s how you see them,that’s how they really are.It’s like the whole tree falling in the forest thing.” — page 47

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“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”– Jenny Jan, The Summer I Turned Pretty

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“Best friends are important. They’re the closest thing to a sister you’ll ever have.” — Jenny Jan, The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

cinderCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Cinder, whom is a very talented mechanic also happens to be a cyborg. Adopted to her evil stepmother, Cinder is constantly doing what Adri tells her to do. One day Prince Kai comes in contact with Cinder and her entire life is flipped. Many things happen, some good and a lot of shocking events.

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The ONLY problem I had with this was the world and character building in the beginning. I had a hard time understanding everything for a while. But nonetheless, I absolutely LOVED this book! I LOVE re-tellings and Cinderella is definitely my favorite Disney Princess. :)

I loved the entire concept behind the story and how Marissa Meyer took the original Cinderella and made it into what this book is about. HOLY COW! IT WAS AMAZING!!! I’m beyond excited to see what happens next!

Had I known before I started the read-a-long that there was a prequel, I would have read it before. Someone had mentioned that it gave explanations for Cinder and more character development which is something I was craving in the beginning.

My 2 favorite characters were Iko and Peony! Those 2 were so cute and I loved both of them to death!

I’m not really sure what to put in this review quite honestly, I feel like everyone has mostly already caught up with this series!

But I did not like Queen Levana at all… I kind of had an idea as to what Disney character she played in this and I got it right! Ohh, and Adri… Hate that lady as well. I just can’t get over how much I really enjoyed this book guys. If you have yet to start, PLEASE do so! I’m sure you’ve heard from MANY other people, but this series (so far) is amazing and I’m sure Scarlet and Cress are just as good (if not better)!

favorite quotes

“I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”

His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic opetation?”

“No, the sex change.”

The doctor’s smile faltered.

“I’m joking.”– page 100

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“We all have our weaknesses.”

“I know,” said Iko. “Mine is shoes.”– page 193

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“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”– Marissa Meyer, Cinder

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Once he sees Red, he finds that he needs her, too. And Wolfe will have her. Any way he can.

 

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

insurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books on May 1st 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 4 stars2

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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Since this is a well-known trilogy and most everyone has already read it, I didn’t write my own synopsis. Plus, I didn’t know what to write without spoiling anything.

So as you may have heard from either Goodreads or Instgram, you’d know I’ve already been spoiled in what happens in Allegiant. I probably should have knocked it down another star, but maybe it’s because I REALLY loved Divergent and I just couldn’t give it a lower star. Plus, I don’t want everyone attacking me.

But there were some parts I really liked, a lot I didn’t. The two most things that bothered me while reading was Tris’ behavior and her CONSTANT arguing with Tobias. Tris was constantly lying to Tobias. That bothered me to no ends, I get every  now and then I guess to protect him, but no, this was a CONSTANT thing. Tris just didn’t seem to be the same character I loved in Divergent and I was a little disappointed.

The parts I did like what the plot twist at the end and some of the action that occurred, it made up for Tris’ actions.

I will continue and finish Allegiant, I don’t know when, but I will sometime. I’m just not rushing to finish it. I may give it a little more time so I can take a break and let my mind cool off. We will see. Just a little disappointed in how this turned out. :( I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way!

favorite quotes

“How are you, Beatrice?”

“Did you just call me Beatrice?”

“Thought I would give it a try.” He smiles. “Not good?” — page 11

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“Sleep,” he says. “I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”

“With what?”

“My bare hands, obviously.” — page 50

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“Insurgent,” he says. “Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.” — page 458

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Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

the maze runner ukThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Published by: Chicken House in 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Source: Purchased- UK Paperback

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside.

Imagine forgetting everything you know except only your first name. This is what Thomas only remembers and also what others know. They now know they are put to the test to run through a maze before the doors shut at night. Trust me, you don’t want to be stuck there at night. Thankfully with the doors shut at night, your protected from what’s behind those doors. But, are you really?

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I hosted a read-a-long for this on Goodreads/Instagram because this is part of my “Summer of 50 Challenge”. I have so so many books I need to get out of the way and that I can finally say “hey I have that book and I’ve READ it”. I’ve been wanting to start this trilogy for so long now and I’m really glad I decided to host these read-a-longs, because if I didn’t, I don’t think I would have started it when I did. We (I mean the people who joined and myself) read this in 4 days. It was a lot to read within a day, but I’m on summer break so I made it work. :)

Anyway, beside the point! I absolutely loved the creepiness factor and not knowing WHAT THE HECK was going on!! My sister has already finished this trilogy so I was constantly talking to her like “WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!?!?!”. There are so many twists and turns and unexpected events that totally caught me off guard! The only reason I didn’t give this a 5/5 stars is probably because of something (that I will not mention) that happened in the end that really tugged on my feelings a little bit.

I loved the entire concept of this book! The entire time I kept saying, how is this dystopian?! I’m still trying to figure that out, I’ve asked my sister, she says I just have to wait. It’s killing me not knowing what the heck is going on and why this is considered dystopian! Guess I’ll have to continue on and find out for myself! But I promise, it’s worth the read! But don’t read if you get scared easily, because there are definitely some scary things that happen-also if you get squeamish about blood and stuff, then I’d definitely stay away. I was completely un-phased by all that gore and stuff.

CAN’T WAIT TO CONTINUE ON AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN!!!

favorite quotes

“These bad boys’re what we call Runnie-undies. Keeps you, um, nice and comfy.”

“Nice and comfy?”

“Yeah, ya know. Your–”

“Yeah, I got it.” — page 220

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“Do you think I have parents? Real parents?”

Thomas laughed, mostly to push away the sudden surge of sadness that statement caused. “Of course you do, shank. You need me to explain the birds and bees?”– page 191

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“Yeah, call him leader all you want. Maybe we should call him El Presidente. Nah, nah — Admiral Alby. There you go.” — page 79

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Waiting on Wednesday (#30): City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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city of heavenly fireCity of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Publishing by: Margaret K. McElderry on May 27th 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 733

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ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

*cue fangirling* OH MY GOSH!!!! :D I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not ready for it though…. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for this monster.

With everything Cassandra Clare has been posting that’s going to happen, I’m most definitely NOT ready for this.

BUT I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! :D

Bookish Confessions (#7): My Embarrassing TBR Pile

bookish confessionsSo today’s confession is going to be my TBR pile. This will consist of what I own (up until May 19th when I’m writing this post). A few days ago I uploaded a video on my sister and I’s BookTube channel-twofabsisters showing each book on my shelves that I have not read. I imagined I haven’t read maybe half of my 3 bookshelves. No. It’s wayyyy more than that. Try 174 books. Yeah, your eyes are not deceiving you. Your seeing that correctly, 174 books on my shelves that are un-read. See why I’m embarrassed?

So with that said, about a month ago I already told myself that this summer I will put myself on a book buying ban. I already knew I owned way too many books that I have yet to read. I knew that. But I had no clue it was this many. I know I won’t be able to contain my book buying all summer long, I’m gonna crack at some point. So, to help with my insane buying obsession, I’ve put myself with some rules to it:

1. Absolutely no online shopping!

2. If I read 14+ books in one month, I’m allowed to ONLY buy up to 4 books.

3. If I accomplish my goal of 50+ read books for the summer, I can treat myself to 10 books (may change the number lower).

4. Because of my book buying, I’m allowed to go absolute nuts with the free Kindle books. I’m not worried with how many Kindle books (*cough* I’m up to 425+ books now *cough*) I own, so I can go nuts.

I may extend this book buying ban closer to the end of the year to help hold off my buying, we will see how I last through the summer.

So wanna see exactly what I own and haven’t read? Here it goes….

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So now you see my problem? It’s bad…