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Why Book Hangovers Are a Pain In The Ass

Hello fellow bloggers!

Desirae here. Long time no see, huh? How’s life, you ask?

Well, let me answer that for you. My life is absolutely boring. Stressful and exhausting, but boring nonetheless. For the past four months, I’ve been on book deprivation. For some unknown reason, I fell into a book slump I can’t seem to get out of. No book blurb has caught my attention enough for me to pick up and start reading. Not yet, anyway.

So I find myself here, writing to you, describing the pain of being away from fictional universes and stories that are (and always will be) beyond better from the reality. I desperately need an escape!

I want to dive into a world that will sweep me off my feet and find my passion for reading once more. I know I want to do it, I just can’t seem to start. Do you have any suggestions as to what books I should read? I prefer Fantasy, Young Adult fiction books but I also love something summer-ish (such as Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson). I enjoy reading apocalyptic books as well (I liked The 5th Wave – wish I could say the same for the second book, loved The Rain by Virginia Bergin).

So yeah, leave your suggestions in the comments 😉

Anyway, today I’m here to give you a few points on why book hangovers suck! (Not that you need any more convincing).

1. YOUR ENTHUSIASM OVER READING STARTS TO DETERIORATE

Alright, this one’s pretty obvious. Every one of us readers has to face this problem at some point. It’s when your brain tells you it’s had enough reading for a while, whether it’s because of a certain book (*cough* A Court of Mist and Fury *cough*) or simply reading too many books that you eventually stopped enjoying them.

For me, book hangovers also pay a visit when I get bored of a certain genre and need a change for a while.

So I give a different genre a try and hope it gets me out of that book slump I’m about to fall into. But somehow, that book didn’t help at all. In fact, my brain was so convinced that it needs a break by that point that I simply cannot even look at a book.

So a week passes, then two and before you know it, it’s been two months and you’re starting to longingly glance at your bookshelf.

Which brings me to number two.

2. YOU START TO MISS READING BUT CAN’T ENJOY IT IF IT’S FORCED

It appears you’re in a hopeless situation. You want to read, but you’re not at that level yet where it feels natural. It’s as if you’re forcing yourself into it.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a book that will catch your attention and make you excited about it. It will motivate you enough to dive into the wonderful world of books once again.

But if you’re among the less fortunate population (like me), you have to wait it out until these sad, sad times pass.

3. YOU FALL BEHIND ON YOUR GOODREADS CHALLENGE

This sucks especially if you were six books ahead! I mean, come on! Just when you think you can read 100 books this year, it all gets ruined. Great.

4. MISSING OUT ON ALL THE LATEST POPULAR BOOKS

Book trends are the ones most people tend to follow. The more a book is being advertised/talked about, the more people will decide to give it a try. So when you’re in the phase of book drought, you also miss out on being a part of newest book discussions.

If you have a bookstagram (link to mine is here), you tend to see people posting pictures of their current reads or what they’ve just finished and you feel curious, but not enough to save you from this hell you’re going through.

And if you’re extra unlucky, you start to become discouraged to ever check this book out because the more you see it advertised, the more you become sick of it.

5. YOU FEEL AS IF A PART OF YOU IS MISSING

The last point I’m going to make is that if you’re a massive book lover like me, reading is a part of you. You can’t go a day without it. It’s your way of life. It comes natural and distracts you, amuses you, makes you fall in love with certain things,…

So when you’re unable to do something you’re in love with, you start to feel like you’re missing your better half. You’re not whole, you’re not being the best version you can be. It feels wrong and almost… depressing.

Book hangovers are a reader’s worst nightmare because without books, we’re not really living to our full extent.

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Thank you for reading and seeing how book hangovers impact me.

What are your opinions on them? Do you have something to add?

Love you,

Desirae Clark ❤

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February TBR

On average I read 5 books per month so I am going to be listing 5 books as well.

In case you would rather watch a TBR YouTube video, you can click HERE.

1. REBELLION (The 100, #4) by Kass Morgan

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Centuries after nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity struggles to rebuild. It’s been a month since the dropships landed and the Colonists joined the Hundred on the ground. The teens, once branded juvenile delinquents, are now leaders among their people.
The Colonists and the Earthborns are celebrating their first holiday together when, to everyone’s horror, they’re attacked by a group of strangers whose unusual battle cries fill the air. The newcomers kill scores of people, seize prisoners, and pillage crucial supplies. When hotheaded Bellamy and his analytical girlfriend Clarke discover that Wells, Octavia and Glass have been captured, they vow to get them back at all costs. But as they go after their new enemies, Bellamy and Clarke find themselves increasingly at odds, unable to agree on a plan to save their friends.
Meanwhile, Wells, Octavia, and Glass are being slowly brainwashed by their captors, religious fanatics with one goal: to grow their ranks and “heal” the war-ravaged planet… by eliminating everyone else on it.
But centuries of radiation exposure have taken their toll, forcing the cult to take drastic steps to survive. And unless the rescue party arrives soon, the teen captives will face a fate more terrifying than anything they could imagine. In this thrilling fourth installment, the hundred fight to protect the people they love on the dangerous planet they always dreamed of calling home.

I’ve actually finished this book 2 days ago and absolutely loved it.

2. WARBREAKER (Warbreaker, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

This book was loaned to me by a friend who couldn’t stop talking about it. I have a policy to read loaned books first, because I like to return them as soon as possible.
I am 45 pages in and so far it looks promising.

3. NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen

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The story’s heroine is Catherine Morland, an innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

I am reading this for my Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge.

4. EMMA by Jane Austen

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Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

Another book from Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge because I haven’t read any last month.

5. THE FEVER CODE (The Maze Runner, #0.6) by James Dashner

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Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

I am really excited about this one. Time to see how it all began!

Do you like my list? Have you read any of these books? Which books are you reading this month?

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Wrap Up – January 2017

It wasn’t the best but still a solid beginning of the year as far as it concerns reading. I’ve read 5 books this month. However, sadly I hadn’t managed to read a book from Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge but I will try to read one more this month. Fingers crossed! How much books have you read?

1. KITTY HAWK AND THE CURSE OF THE YUKON GOLD (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) by Iain Reading

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written HERE.

My Rating: 3.5/5

2. THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX (Karmanic Sovereign Legion, #1) by N. J. Donner

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The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old…
Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.
A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.
With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written HERE.

THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX COMES OUT ON FEBRUARY 7TH!

My Rating: 3.5/5

3. MY BAD BOY NEIGHBOR (Good Girl, #1) by Desirae Clark

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There was a good girl, there was a bad boy and there was a bet.
GOOD GIRL, Astrid Bailey was a sixteen year old who never got into trouble and was happy to be hidden behind her brother’s (school’s Golden Boy’s) success.
BAD BOY, Kai Asher liked to make inappropriate sexual innuendos, messed with law and broke girls’ hearts. He was intense, rough, sexy and definitely something. He also just moved in next door.
THE BET was made between the jocks so that one particular player had to try to win over the most hard to get girl.
The bad boy turned out to be not so bad, the good girl turned out to be not so strong and the bet made it possible for their worlds to literally collide when they got into a car accident.
With endless of fights, drama and heartbreak, Astrid was torn between her former crush and her new love.

Disclaimer: I can’t be objective because my sister wrote this book and I am so damn proud, but I will do my best.

This book is incredibly witty and has the most relatable main character I’ve encountered in a while. The book is written intelligently and it’s funny. Story is mostly light but it also touches a couple of dark subjects (grief, anxiety, etc.). I loved the ending and am really looking forward to reading the sequel.

Grab this book, you won’t be sorry!

My Rating: 5/5

4. BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

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For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

I can’t believe it’s over. That can’t be it… Damn…

Even though it left me heartbroken, the ending was perfect.

One of the best stories I’ve read!

My Rating: 5/5

5. THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

This book definitely needs to be read more than once.

Simple yet great story. We all have much to learn.

My Rating: 5/5

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Review: The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

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The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old…
Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.
A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.
With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

SPOILER FREE (mostly, because I’m not quite sure what counts as a spoiler for some people, so I won’t say it is COMPLETELY spoiler free)

We’ve got this book from an author in exchange for an honest review and that is exactly what I am going to write.

This is the first book in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series.

First of all, I feel obligated to mention how beautiful the cover of this book is. It’s by far one of my favorite covers.

I don’t think I have read a book about a secret society before (maybe I have and I can’t remember now), so it was really cool to read one now. I had no idea what to expect, how the society is/was formed, but it was pretty awesome. It made me want to be a part of one.

Story in general was pretty good. Book was fast paced even though it wasn’t exactly an easy read (I will get into that later).

I like the fact that the book had big letters, it was a nice change considering that the book I’ve read before TBMN was Kitty Hawk and that one had extra small letters.

Usually I like that things are proceeding quickly, so the story doesn’t get dull, but in this case, I believe that things were proceeding a bit too quickly. I think some scenes should be longer and more elaborate, instead those scenes felt rushed. For example, Cole’s fight with his friends.

Some of descriptions of seemingly important things were a bit confusing. This made for a harder read. For example, it took me too long to understand Sliders Games to properly enjoy it. Although, I do believe that this book needs to be read twice to understand everything. I think there were more hidden things to discover that can’t be seen at first read. I will let you know when I read it again.

I also think that most of the scenes lacked emotion. Because of that I also didn’t feel anything while reading through it – not grief, not fear, not happiness, … nothing.

I only partly managed to relate to characters. They weren’t written as good as they could have been and lacked depth, which made them hard to relate. Also, that could have been because of the rushed scenes.

Ending was nicely building up, but somehow the confrontation was a bit disappointing. I did, however, like the plot twist thanks to Sophie.

This book reminds me of Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. I can’t help but think that Karmanic Matter is similar to Dust. Golden Compass was hard for me to understand in first read, that’s why I believe that TBMN needs to be read again, which I will most definitely do in the near future or shortly before the release of the second book, because I can’t wait for it to come out.

Like I said, story in general was good and I would recommend it to you to pick it up.

THE BLUE MOON NARTHEX COMES OUT ON FEBRUARY 7TH! ORDER IT HERE.

 

My Rating: 3.5/5

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