MARIA’S #12DAYSOFBOOKMAS READATHON TBR

10846780_10152837584945465_1444511147_nThe Twelve Days of Christmas is a readathon taking place on INSTAGRAM the 12th to the 23rd of december. The lovely hosts are listed on the picture if you would like to check them out.

I really like that this readathon is going to be twelve days long. It will be a great way to get a few extra books read before the new year (it’s going to be here before we know it!) Plus, I love BOOKSTAGRAM, so I am looking forward to taking some fun christmas book photos and sharing my updates with you on there. Since this is being hosted on Instagram, I won’t be doing daily blog readathon updates here, but you can check out our Instagram if you would like to know how I am doing.

This is what I plan on reading until the 23rd:
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1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (finish)
2. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (various authors)
3. Maybe not by Colleen Hoover
4. Dash and Lily’s book of dares by Cohn and Levithan
5. Written in Red by Anne Bishop

If some sort of Christmas miracle happens and I finish all five of those books, I will possibly pick up an other Christmas themed book. It will be busy for me with exams until the 16th, but when those are over with I will read read read as much as I can until the 23rd! Goodluck to all participants! If you are taking part in this readathon, let me know what you plan on reading in the comments below!

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BOOK DISCUSSION: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

17788401Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 2014 by Atria Books
337 pages
Click here to find it on Goodreads

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

First question is going to be the same as always, what were your thoughts before starting the book?
Mackenzie: I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book before, I wanted to go in not knowing too much.
Mallory: I had high expectations because I read Maybe Someday before and freaking loved it so I hoped I would love this one just as much. It was also so hyped up that I was scared I would be let down by that.
Maria: This was my second Colleen Hoover book, so I’ve already had a taste of her writing style. I heard nothing but amazing things about Ugly Love and had a good feeling that I was going to like it.
Marissa: I didn’t read into it at all, so I went in blindly. I saw some brief opinions on Goodreads but that was it.

Cover art. Like or dislike?
Mackenzie: I like it a lot! I like how simple it is but to me it’s intriguing.
Mallory: Yeah it’s simple but I really love the design of it.
Maria: I really like it. I find that as much as it comes off as simple, it also stands out because of the color and texture. It’s very pretty.
Marissa: I also liked that it was simple. I was trying to figure out what it had to do with the story for the longest time.

Did you like the way the chapters alternated between past and present?
Mackenzie: Yes, I liked it because you really got to see his back story and in more detail then if there weren’t any chapters from the past.
Mallory: I liked the way it alternated by damn I wanted to see into present day Miles’s head SO BAD.
Maria: I really liked learning about Miles’s past. I wanted to learn more about why he acted the way he did and what caused him so much hurt.
Marissa: I loved the alternating but I agree with Mallory, it was killing me not knowing what present day Miles was thinking.

What did you think of the relationship between Tate and Miles?
Mackenzie: I loved it because it was so real, especially when she knows it’s wrong and he won’t love her but she can’t stop being around him. I absolutely loved when they got together!
Mallory: Always a bad choice for the girl. Of course you always develop feelings. It was pretty obvious she would from the beginning. I really liked her and didn’t want to see her get hurt. I loved the two of them together ❤
Maria: Oh I loved it. I fell for Miles very early on. How could Tate not falling in love with that guy? I liked that the relationship wasn’t perfect. I also really appreciate the build up to it. Miles didn’t fall for her right away, but he slowly did because he just couldn’t help himself. *swoon*
Marissa: I liked their relationship a lot. They both knew they weren’t going to stick to their rules and it was flawed but I loved every second of it.

What did you think of Miles?
Mackenzie: I love him so much! He’s probably my favorite male character!
Mallory: I loooove him. I kept swooning in his chapters.
Maria: He was by far my favorite character. I liked the way he took his career seriously, he valued relationships, and he was a good friend to Corbin. And the way Colleen Hoover described him just made me melt. He had so many issues and I could feel his pain. But loved him anyway.
Marissa: I couldn’t get enough of him! The way he spoke about Rachel had me swooning. Definitely one of my new top characters. I highlighted so many Miles quotes.

Did you like Tate as a main character?
Mackenzie: Yes, she wasn’t one of my top main characters but she really fit perfectly in the story and I liked that she wasn’t annoying and she would stand up for herself!
Mallory: I actually really liked her. And I loved how sassy she was. It was awesome to have a female protagonist not get walked all over by everyone in the book.
Maria: I did! She was a relatable 23 year old woman. I liked that she was getting her life figured out. I feel like she had a good future ahead of her! And yes, she was so kind, I really liked that she went out of her way to befriend an old man.
Marissa: I loved Tate. She was a very relatable main character. And I liked that she was very into school and her job and genuine to everyone, especially Cap.

What were your thoughts on Cap and his relationship with Tate?
Mackenzie: It was probably my favorite part of the book even though I love Miles and Tate, I just adored the parts with Cap! I loved that her best friend wasn’t a girl her age and that Cap gave her good advice and was funny!
Mallory: It was such an unexpected friendship, the 60 year age difference just as well as the way they met, it was the cutest thing. He was just adorable and it made my heart melt when Tate thought about him and made him a sandwich.
Maria: So nice! It was an incredible friendship between the two of them, despite the age difference. Cap was such a funny character and had so much wisdom to offer to Tate. I loved that she was able to trust him and tell him what was going on in her life.
Marissa: Their friendship was perfect. Obviously not the normal best friend character but he was funny and their relationship really showed a lot of who Tate was that she befriended him and would make him food when people like Dillon would scoff at him.

What are your thoughts on Tate’s brother Corbin?
Mackenzie: I liked him and I also liked that he wanted the best for her and didn’t want anyone to hurt her. But sometimes I thought ht was a little bit too over protective.
Mallory: I thought he was exactly like a big brother should be, although maybe he went a little bit overboard at times. But I loved his genuine concern for Tate.
Maria: It was nice to read about a brother/sister relationship. It was cool that they were living together and I liked how protective he was over her, he always wanted the best for his sister.
Marissa: Corbin was an awesome big brother to Tate. He only wanted what was best for her and it was cute how protective he was, to an extent. One of my favorite parts was when Corbin told Miles that he was happy it was him who ended up with Tate because he was the only one who could have met his standards for her ❤

Did you think the story was a good pace?
Mackenzie: I didn’t want it to end.
Mallory: Definitely was for me, I kept flipping pages like it was my job trying to figure out what was going to happen next. So sad when it ended.
Maria: I think it was! I was completely invested in the story. The entire time I was at work I wanted to be reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of their story. I was obsessed with finding out more about Miles and I wanted him and Tate together SO bad.It was perfect pacing for me.
Marissa: I flew through it so quickly, so the pace was perfect for me. I had to keep reading during class because I was so curious about Miles.

Your thoughts on writing style?
Mackenzie: I loved it! Especially Miles’s chapters from the past. It was beautiful.
Mallory: I think Colleen Hoover just uses the perfect words. Especially Miles’s chapters that were written in prose. So beautiful.
Maria: Her writing is simply perfection in my eyes. Every word was amazing in this book.
Marissa: LOVED that it was written like poetry in Miles’s chapters. Colleen Hoover knows exactly what to say and when to say it thats for sure.

Will you read more of Colleen Hoovers work?
Mackenzie: Absolutely! I want to read all her books now!
Mallory: A big yes for me. Definitely reading everything she ever writes.
Maria: Obviously! I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Marissa: Of course! As soon as I finished I went and added her other books to my TBR on Goodreads.

Goodreads rating?
Mackenzie: ★★★★★
Mallory: ★★★★★
Maria: ★★★★★
Marissa: ★★★★★

FRIDAY READS (#10)

Well I have switched jobs and now unfortunately I work Friday, Saturday and Sundays. So probably not much reading for me, but come Monday I will be getting lots done!

Right now I am almost finished with Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (click here to find it on Goodreads), and I am adoring it! Maria and I will be discussing this one with Marissa and Mackenzie! This is my second Colleen Hoover novel and now I can’t wait to read the rest of her books!

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I’m torn on what I should read next so maybe you guys should help me decide. I’m torn between Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Vote in the comments to let me know which one I should read!

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Happy weekend reading!
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WWW WEDNESDAY (#2)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

To play along just answer the following three questions
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
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I’m finally getting ready to start Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (click here to find it on Goodreads). We will be posting a discussion on this book in just over a week. I just finished This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko (click here to find it on Goodreads). Maria and I will be posting our reviews for this one tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that! And I will be reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (click here to find it on Goodreads). This is my book club pick this month so I have to get that done as well.
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