Trey’s Late January Wrap-Up

Trey's Late January Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s February 7th. Yes, I know I haven’t posted for about two and a half weeks. I’M SORRY! I won’t bore you with excuses (like college, haha) so I’ll just start with the wrap-up. Last month I read seven books and I am very happy with them.


The Martian by Andy Weir


This was the first book I read this year and I am so happy I did! I heard that The Martian was a funny book about a guy trapped on Mars but I didn’t think it was going to be that funny. I was very wrong. The book is written in diary format with the occasional chapters following NASA. Guys, this is one of my favorite books now. The main character, Mark, was hilarious, the story was well written and and it kept me on the edge of my seat! I wrote a review on it which you can check out here. Definitely recommend! 



I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

i_am_number_four_coverI liked this book. It was a pretty quick read, it was fun, it was actually one of the only books that got me to tear up (and I didn’t even love it!). I really liked the concept of the book, even down to the technical information, like the copyright and the author bio. I think it’s a good first book to a series, I think the next books are going to be even better so I can’t wait to get to those! I reviewed this book too, you can click here to read more of my thoughts.




Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeThis book was so cool. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now. It’s not written in normal novel format, but instead through emails, IMs, documents, security camera logs, yadda yadda yadda. It was so interesting to read. I had a hard time getting into it just because it’s hard at first to understand what to read and what you can skip over. For example, sometimes there are screenshots of websites. At first it’s hard to know what is important and what isn’t. I thought the story and the characters were done really well. It was very complex and interesting. I loved reading it! If you’re looking for something different you should read this one!


Oasis by Dima Zales

27830478I got this book upon request for review via Netgalley. I liked this book. It’s a short dystopian novel following a guy named Theo and his imaginary friend (haha, I’m still a little confused if it is imaginary or not), Phoe. It’s a gripping novel and it kept me wanting to read more. I wish I could have just sat down and read it all in one sitting but I didn’t get to so I think that affected my reading experience. But overall I liked it! I did a review on this book and you can check it out here.




Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

cover_of_brandon_sandersons_book_22firefight22This book was incredible! I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Steelheart, and loved it. While at some points it was just slightly slow, I think I liked this book even better. It’s a really fast paced book (I was flipping pages like crazy, man.) and the planning that the Reckoners do in this book was really interesting to read about. I am so excited for Calamity which comes out in a couple of days. I know it’s going to be awesome!



The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodrick and Bernie Su

secret-diary-of-lizzie-bennet-9781476763149_hrThis book is a companion novel to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries which is a Pride and Prejudice adaptation webseries. This is supposed to be Lizzie’s actual diary, and it really felt like it. There were lots of added stories and explanations for things that were briefly touched on in the webseries. I had a blast reading this, if you’re a fan of the series I definitely recommend this book!




Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel MeIn general, I liked this book. This is the second book in the Shatter Me series, I have a review up on the first book, Shatter Me, and I’m going to have a review up for this one in a few days. At first I thought the writing was poetic, but after a while I found it to be too flowery and amateur… Honestly, it was like something I’d write. (Haha, I’m still working on writing, okay?!) I thought Juliette was over dramatic and frustrating. But I did like the plot and most of the other characters. It was really exciting and another one of those books where the pages were flyin’!



And those are all the books I read this month! I did get about 180 pages into Red Rising but put it down for a little while. I thought this was a good reading month for me and I liked all the books I read. Let me know what books you read last month, I’d love to know! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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Discussion: Boycotting Authors?

Discussion Boycotting Authors

Hey everyone! Today’s my very first discussion post! I’m going to be doing discussion posts once a month or so and today’s topic is whether or not we should read books from authors that we morally or ethically don’t agree with. This is post is on my own opinions so I’d love to hear yours! Just remember, if me or someone else has a differing opinion please respect it and be nice in the comments.😀


The first author that pops into my head when asking this question is James Frey. If you didn’t know, he runs a book packaging company called Full Fathom Five. If you don’t know (I hadn’t until researching it) a book packaging company is where an author will send their book to the company and that company will put the book together and pretty much get it ready for publication, then send it off to a publisher. So more or less an easier way to get your book to a bigger publisher. (At least this is what I understand from everything I’ve read)

While in one regard, it might seem a little bit like cheating or shady, but really, they are used a lot and normally aren’t shady. When I say ‘normally’ I’m not talking about James’ company. Full Fathom Five treats authors terribly, and gives them next to no money for their books.

Also, have you heard of Endgame? That’s James Frey’s new series and I couldn’t help but cringe at the synopsis. Literally The Hunger Games with a different cover. If you want to know more about James and Full Fathom Five here is a link to some more information.


Another author I think of is Cassandra Clare. She wrote the famous Shadowhunters chronicles. There’s also quite the controversy around her. She originally wrote Harry Potter fanfiction that apparently is mostly plagiarized. Those funny comebacks? Plagiarized. That witty joke? Plaaaaagiarized. That comicle accident? PLAGIARIZED!! Probably. There was some stuff that wasn’t, but that’s beside the point.

Wouldn’t you think, eventually people would figure out that things were plagiarized? Well they did and Cassandra didn’t like that. Call her out and she’ll call her lawyer.


This isn’t to say that these (or other authors that have issues) are untalented. That’s actually why I’m making this post. Sometimes the worst part of it all is that they are talented and you do like their work. Which is where the discussion part comes in.

On the one hand I hate to give these authors money by buying their book, or even supporting them by borrowing the book from the library. But on the other hand, what if their book sounds interesting and something you would really enjoy?


I’m not one to care about who or what the author is when buying up a book. If it sounds interesting to me and like something I’d like then I’ll pick it up. That’s why I am not making a point to read more male, female or ethnically diverse authors because quite frankly, if your book doesn’t sound interesting I’m not going to read it. I’m all for supporting different kinds of authors but I think about my experience first then think about who the author is.

So I would pick up a book by either of these authors (or other ones that I have personal issues with) if it sounds interesting. I read I am Number Four and liked it a lot. Does this mean that I would go to a signing or make an effort to support them? No. It just means that I like a book they wrote and nothing else.

Many people give the example that Hitler was an incredible painter. Hitler was also a mass murder, but does that change that in my opinion he was good at painting? No. It wouldn’t be wrong to look at one of his paintings and be like “Wow, that is really good.” because it’s true. *Side note, I am not at all comparing these authors to Hitler. Just using this as an example.  :)


In conclusion, I’d pick up a book by an author who I don’t agree with. My opinion on them as a person might be negative, but my opinion on their writing might not. But this is a discussion post so let’s discuss! Would you read a book by an author like this, or would you prefer to just not support them in general? Let me know your thoughts! Thanks for reading!

– Trey
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Oasis by Dima Zales – Review

27830478My name is Theo, and I’m a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It’s meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I’m different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?



Book/Author: Oasis (The Last Humans #1) by Dima Zales

Publication information: January 19th 2016 by Mozaika Publications

Page count: 238

Date Read: January 13th – 15th 2016

Perspective(s): First person (Present tense)

Hey everyone! I received an ARC for Oasis from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So all of these opinions are my own, I’m not going to say I loved or hated it if I didn’t. Thank you Netgalley and the publishers, Mozaika Publications, for sending it to me!

I hadn’t heard of this book before seeing it on Netgalley. As soon as I read the synopsis I was hooked. It sounded like a fast action-packed dystopian book that I would fly through and I wasn’t wrong!

The book is super quick, and every time I would put it down all I wanted to do was pick it back up again. It did take me a few days to read, since I was busy, and I think it would be better read in one or two sittings.


As I said, this is a super quick book. You know how some books can get a bit slow near the middle of the book? This one didn’t. At the midpoint of the book everything flipped around and suddenly it turned this 3.5 star book into a solid 4 star book.

I liked the characters a lot. Our main character, Theo really interesting. In a way, the book reminded me of The Giver, where our main character is in a society where everyone is happy pretty much being controlled but he is the odd one out that wants to fight against it. Also, half of the book I totally thought he was insane because he has this imaginary friend named Phoe who is about the only other person we get long conversations with. But guys, Phoe is pretty awesome. I think she’s my favorite character from the book.

The world was really interesting as well, everyone lives on this island that is protected by a dome from the outside world that is this weird goo that consumed the earth. Also, the way Oasis was set up is really interesting as well. There are the Youths that live in one section, then they get moved to the Adults section after they turn 40, then at 90 they move to the Elders section. I just thought that was a cool touch to the world.

While I didn’t love it, I thought the writing was good as well. The author was great at describing scenes (especially action scenes). It’s written in present tense so everything is much more intense. Seriously, there were like five times I was sure the character was going to die or get caught! It was so exciting!


I don’t know why, but I just didn’t love Oasis. Maybe it was because it took me so long to read this 200 page book. I couldn’t find much to complain about, I just didn’t… connect with it, I guess. It was still really fun to read, I just didn’t find myself loving it.

I know this is the first book in a series, but I wish we could have explored more characters, and learned more about them. We are almost forced to believe that Theo has feelings for another character though we only talk to her a few times.


I liked this book. I thought it was a good start to a series and I will definitely be picking up the next book whenever it comes out! I don’t think this is something you should try to pick at and find deeper meanings (even though, there are some deep meanings that the book talks about), in general I think it’s just a fun read. I’m really excited to see where the second book goes! I think it’s going to be even better!

This book is definitely for fans of dystopian. It has that feel of dystopia but with a twist to it. Like I said before, it feels a lot like The Giver by Lois Lowry so if you liked that I’m sure you’ll like this one too! If the book sounds interesting to you, it is out tomorrow so check it out! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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Hey everyone! It’s almost time for the Read Your Bookshelf-A-Thon! If you didn’t know, RYBSAT is a reading marathon created by Miranda at BooKss101! I’m going to be talking about the books I want to get to during the week of this read-a-thon! I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of these, but we’ll see what happens.

First, this starts on January 19th and goes through the 25th. The idea of the read-a-thon is to pick a point in your bookshelf and read from that point on as far as you can get throughout the week. If you want to know more you can watch the announcement video to get more details.

I did end up cheating a liiiiitle bit. Okay, a lot. I may or may not have moved all of the books I want to read to my floating bookshelf. Pure coincidence… Umhum, goin’ with that. Anyway, on to the books I want to read!


The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodrick and Bernie Su • I have talked about this so much already but finally I’m picking this up. I did read the first 20 pages or so and I am loving it. I can picture everything perfectly in my head. I know I’m going to love this one.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown • I have heard so much good stuff about this book. This isn’t a YA novel (Though I hear it kind of reads like one), it’s adult, so it’s much different than what I normally read. It’s been compared to The Hunger Games which is kind of cool. The last book, Morning Star comes out in February I believe so I would love to catch up before the series is over! Oh, and it’s set on Mars so how could this not be great?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs • Again, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews on this book. Well, aside from my friend who only got halfway through it. Haha. I hear this is a slower book which obviously isn’t good for read-a-thons so I am prepared to DNF it until the week is over so I can get to my next book…

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi • THAT SEGWAY THO. Ahem. Anyway. I’ve read Shatter Me and I liked it. I didn’t love it or anything. I thought it was a bit too romantic for my liking, but I do like the plot and the ending of the first book left me needing to know what happens next so I’m sure I’ll fly though this book.


So those are all the books I plan to read this coming week. Since I do have a few classes and assignments due next week I’m not sure how much time I will have for reading, but I’m going to make that a priority, so we’ll see. Hopefully I can get through all of these books. If I magically do, I’ll probably pick up Stephen King’s On Writing and read some of that.
Let me know if you’re doing this read-a-thon as well! I’d love to know what your TBR is! Thanks for reading!

– Trey
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I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – Review

i_am_number_four_coverNine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.

I am next.

Book/Author: I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore

Publication Information: August 3ed 2010 by HarperCollins

Page Count: 440

Date Read: January 5th – 9th 2016

Perspective(s): First person (Present tense)

Hey everyone! I had seen the I am Number Four movie prior to reading the book (and let me tell you, the book was so much better, guys) so while I thought I’d like it I didn’t think it was going to blow me away or anything. No, it didn’t blow me away, but I did end up liking the book a whole lot more than I thought I was going to! Sure, a few parts dragged, but for the most part it was a really quick action-packed book!


Just a warning, this book was written (or co written, not exactly sure) by James Frey as a ghostwriter. This warning would mostly apply to the people who know about him, but if you don’t, there are plenty of sources on the internet that talk about the controversy around him and Full Fathom Five.


With the author aside, I did really like this book. Like I said before, it is quick and fun to read. I did have a few issues with the pacing and believable aspects of the book but I’ll get to those later. I didn’t think the writing was particularly strong, like the characters sounded too old for 15-16 year olds. I did really like the story and the small bits of worldbuilding we get.

I liked all the characters a lot. They all seemed pretty realistic (besides some of the speech) and the small bits of character development we get was done subtly. Each character had their own differing speech patterns and vocabulary which was nice because I don’t see that a lot in YA. Also, John (Four)’s dog, Bernie, WAS THE BEST.

Surprisingly the book made me tear up. Really only maybe one book has done that for me. No, I wasn’t a huge puddle of feels, but when some things happened it hit me and I was feelin’ all the feels! It was awesome!

The worldbuilding was also done well. We don’t get to see much other than a small town in Ohio, but what we learn about Lorian is really cool and it didn’t confuse me. There were a few times I thought it was a little forced, but most of the time it just slipped into the story so well you didn’t even think twice about it.


Like I said, the pacing was a bit choppy. Some parts would just seem to fly by and others would drag on… and on. The slow parts weren’t necessarily boring, but as I was reading those it just felt tedious.

Some parts were a bit unbelievable and they pulled me out of the story to think “Hm, could that really happen? Really?” I won’t say what they were specifically, but there were even a lot of things that were in the real world that seemed unbelievable.

The writing wasn’t the best either. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. To me it felt like the writing was a bit amateurish (baha, I’m one to talk…) and a few times it felt the writing was lacking in a lot of the action scenes.


Overall I really liked this one! Because of those few things I had issues with I had to dock about half a star or a little more. But in general I really liked this book and I wasn’t expecting that! I think it’s a good start to a series, developing the characters and the world. If you like just a tiny bit of high school drama and aliens I’m sure you’ll like this! There are so many novellas for this series, if I do end up loving it I’ll have tons of material to read!

Have you read I am Number Four? If you have let me know what you thought of it! If you haven’t I’d love to know if you plan on picking it up! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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Top 8 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

Top 8 Most anticipated books of 2016

Hey everyone! There are so many exciting books coming out this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’m going to go over all of these in this post! These are just a few books I’m excited for so I may end up doing another one of these later on in the year when more books are announced. But for now, I’m going to be listing off eight of my most anticipated books of the year by release date!


Stars Above by Marissa Meyer coming out February 2nd • This is the bindup of the Lunar Chronicles novellas. It’s coming out really soon and it’s going to have not only the novellas that are already published, but a few new ones and with an epilogue for Winter! Here’s a link to the Goodreads page where you can check out all the titles of the novellas.

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson coming out February 16th • This is the final book in the Reckoners trilogy, the first book is Steelheart and the second one is Firefight. I haven’t read Firefight yet, I do own it and I do plan on reading it really soon though. I really liked the first book, and Brandon is just a master at writing so I’m sure the other books are going to be fantastic!

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins coming out April 5th • This is also the conclusion to a trilogy. The first book is Rebel Belle and loved it. The story is like a fantasy contemporary hybrid? It’s really interesting and it’s super funny! I am dying to read this now because THE ENDING OF MISS MAYHEM. THAT ENDING.

Against All Silence by E.C. Myers coming out May 23ed • This is the sequel to The Silence of Six which I read last year and loved. (I’m seeing a theme here. Haha) I didn’t know there was going to be a second book to this series. I had seen on Goodreads that it is a part of a series but I hadn’t heard anything until just recently. I don’t know much about it and I think I’m going to keep it that way, I think it’ll be more exciting if I have no idea what’s going on.😄

The Last Star by Rick Yancey coming out May 24th • Lookie here! Another conclusion to a trilogy! This year is the year for trilogy concluding apparently. I don’t want to be repetitive and say how much I loved the other books (The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea) in this series so I’ll just say that I’m sure it’s going to be completely mind blowing and fantastic. Because… if you’ve read The Infinite Sea you’d know how Rick gives you slivers of information that has made everyone go crazy theorizing what is actually going on. SO EXCITED.

Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J Maas coming out September 6th? • Okay, I know, everyone but me has read Queen of Shadows but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really like this series, while I do think the writing could be improved, the story and the characters are amazing so I can’t wait to get back into that world!

Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff coming out ? • So no, I haven’t finished Illuminae, the first book in the series, yet, but I am almost done! From all the good reviews on Illuminae, I think it’s going to be a really good book! It doesn’t have a cover or a release date yet and you know how those publishers love to keep us on our toes, so it might not be out until next year, but we’re hoping for October!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer coming out November 8th • If you haven’t heard me gushing about the Lunar Chronicles series you must be new here. You also must not have read the first part of this post. I love Marissa’s writing, her characters, world, plot — everything! I know this book is going to be great. I am a just slightly disappointed with the cover because it isn’t quite as beautiful as the other covers, I do love the red on black color scheme they have going on, though. I am SO EXCITED GUYS!

Those are a few of the books I’m excited for this upcoming year. Some of them are coming out in less than a month EEP! Let me know what books you’re excited for this year! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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Trey’s Christmas Bookhaul

Trey's Christmas Bookhaul

Hey everyone! It’s book haul time! I got a bunch of books for Christmas, I have a few other books I got since my last haul, I bought a book… So I have a lot of books to haul today, so I’m just going to get started before this post is excruciatingly long.


Blue Voyage by Diana Renn • I can’t believe my last haul was before I bought this book! I got this one back in October, still haven’t read it for some reason… I really liked Diana’s other book, Tokyo Heist, but I just for some reason haven’t been in the mood for another one like it. I am sure I’ll get to it soon because I know I’m going to like it. I just need to wait until I am in the mood for a mystery sort of book.

Savvy by Ingrid Law • I bought and read this because it’s one of my best friends favorite books. It follows a girl named Mibs whose family all has super powers/magical powers. It was a really fun quick read. At first I wasn’t a big fan, but once it really started getting into the story I had a really great time reading it! It’s a MG book, and while I thought it read like one, I do think that people that are older would enjoy it too!

Winter by Marissa Meyer • This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles series. I bought it the day it came out, finished it the next day and posted my review on the same day. IT WAS FANTASTIC GUYS! It was the perfect conclusion to the series. It might just be my all time favorite book. GAHHH! It was wrapped up really nicely, and we get an epilogue in the collection of novellas, Stars Above, which comes out on February 2nd!

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards • I got this at a Books A Million while I was on vacation. I am really excited to read it because I’ve read Natalie’s two other books, Six Months Later and My Secret to Tell, and loved them both. They’re YA thriller novels and they’re so good! I really don’t know why they aren’t more popular. I know I’m going to fly through this one and love it just as much!

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham • I read and reviewed this around Christmas. It was a super short fun read about a couple whose daughter goes off to the Peace Corps so they decide to skip Christmas and instead go on a cruise. I had a blast reading this. It was funny, it held my interest and all in all, it was just a good Christmas read.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens • I also read and reviewed this. I hadn’t ever read the story (or at least I don’t remember if I did) but I had seen quite a few of the movies. I loved this. It was so heartwarming. I loved how Scrooge’s character developed throughout the short story, and each of the ghosts all had their own personalities which I’m sure is really hard to write in such a short story. Definitely recommend!

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity by H.A. Lorentz • WHY IS ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 35 BUYING SUCH A BOOK?? You may be thinking “This is for school! Totally understandable!” WRONG. This is for my own research and curiosity. I just watched the movie Interstellar (LOVED IT) and I wanted to learn more about the Theory of Relativity because of the movie and because the novel I’m working on starts to dip a toe in it. The intro to this book is very encouraging. It tells me that apparently only twelve people can understand the theory. THANKS, I APPRECIATE YOUR FAITH IN EVERYONE READING THIS, AUTHOR.. -.-



The Hall of the Dragon King by Stephan R. Lawhead • I didn’t buy this one, and I also didn’t get this one for Christmas so I figured I’d put it here because I kind of did…? I stole it. MUAHAHA! No but really, we had a dirty Santa gift exchange and someone got a book so of course I had to steal it from them. (In the game of course! I WOULD NOT STEAL SOMEONE’S PRECIOUS BOOKS. I AM NOT THAT CRUEL.) At first I felt bad because the person I stole it from looked like they might want to read it but then I was like “THAT’S THE GAME, SISTA!” so…  Oh, I also have no idea what this is about.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi • I got this from one of my best friends, so thank you! I read Shatter Me and while I didn’t think a whole lot happened in the span of the book, I did like it. It seems like it’s going to be a good second book in the trilogy. I read the novella Destroy Me so I have a much better understanding of Warner, so I’m hoping my opinions about him will be changed in this book. I’m really looking forward to picking this one up!

On Writing by Stephen King • This book is from my sister, so thank you very much! This book is Stephen King’s memoir on, well, writing. I haven’t read it yet, but I am really excited to. I thumbed through it and there seemed to be some tips on editing and such so that will be very helpful for my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m looking forward to reading it. I think it’ll be really helpful.

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson • This was from my brother, thank you!! I already read Steelheart the first book in this series and really liked it, I heard from Reg (who’s blog is She Latitude that this one was good too, so I am really excited to get to it!

The Darkside War by Zachary Brown • These last books are from my parents, thanks, Mom and Dad! I wanted to read some more Sci-Fi books and I saw this one on Book Outlet and told them about it. I read it in one sitting (had to be because I was in a car the whole time) and I liked it. I didn’t think it was the best thing ever, but I thought it was good. I’m really excited to read the next books in the series though.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodrick and Bernie Su • I watched the entire Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube in less than a week. IT WAS FANTASTIC. I’ll keep this to a minimum because I’ve talked about it so much already, but I’m really excited to read it, I’m sure it’s going to be great!

Crater by Homer Hickam • This was the last book I read of 2015 and while I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, I wasn’t at all upset about it concluding 2015 for me. The book is MG, and while I liked it, I just felt like it wasn’t serious enough. (C’mmon, the town they live in is on the moon and it’s called Moontown. -.-) I did find a lot of the moon facts and stories to be interesting though.

Nil by Lynne Matson I’d seen this book before but hadn’t looked into it, finally when I did, I thought it sounded really interesting. From what I understand it’s about a group of kids who one by one get put on this island and have exactly 365 days to escape before they die. It sounds like a thrilling story and it kind of reminds me of The Maze Runner, which I really liked! Super excited to get to this one.

Looking Up When Life Gets You Down by Warren W. Wiersbe • My mom read this and really liked it so she gave everyone a copy of it (Lol, I was totally shocked when I opened it, especially because everyone else had a copy. XP) . I’ve only gotten like a chapter in so I can’t quite tell you my opinions on it, though I think I’m going to like it too. It’s sort of a devotional book? It answers a lot of questions about God and why He allows things to happen in our lives. It sounds like it’s going to be great!



Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff • I have heard nothing but good reviews on this book. It’s a Sci-Fi book told through emails, documents, interviews, PMs etc. and it sound really interesting! I’m sure it’s going to be great!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs • I have heard such great things about this! The movie is coming out later this year, and the idea of it all sounds so unique and interesting. I love that there are so many pictures in the book, and it just sounds slightly creepy but like a really good story.

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore • I am about halfway through this book and so far I’m liking it! It’s another Sci-Fi book that is about a group of aliens numbered one through nine and another alien race is trying to kill them. So far it’s good so I can’t wait to continue and see what happens next!

The Martian by Andy Weir • GUYS. THIS BOOK. This was the first book I read this year and I am so glad I did! It is a new favorite! This one is about a guy stranded on Mars. BUT HE’S FUNNY. This book is at times really intense but at other times LOL type funny. I am really excited to see the movie having read this!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown • I’ve wanted to read this ever since I’d heard about it. I just got this one and I haven’t started it yet but I’m looking forward to reading it! From what I understand it’s been described as The Hunger Games on Mars. (I know, another Mars book!?) But that just seems to be the half of it. I only hear great things about this so I’m sure I’m going to love it!


PHEW! Wow, that was quite the haul. Mind you, these are books I’ve collected since the end of September so I didn’t just suddenly get all of these books in the past month. If you’ve read any of these books let me know! Tell me which one I should read next! Okay, you’re probably already asleep by now so I’ll let you go. Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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The Martian by Andy Weir – Review / Discussion

18007564Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

Book/Author: The Martian by Andy Weir

Publication Information: Self-published 2011. Traditionally published, February 11th 2014 by Crown

Page Count: 369

Date Completed: January 2nd – 4th 2016

Perspective(s): First and third person (Past tense)

Hey everyone! GUYS. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I really haven’t read a book that I read slowly just because I want to make it last in a long time. It was such a good story. The characters were fantastic, the comedy, the action EVERYTHING. It in a way kind of reminded me of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, the story isn’t at all similar but the intense parts brought me back to freaking out while I was reading that book. I LOVED IT.

So, the main idea of this book is that there was a group of astronauts that went to Mars on a 30 day mission. Six days into the mission there’s a huge sandstorm so they are forced to leave Mars, in all the chaos, they thought that the main character, Mark, died so they had to leave without him. HE DIDN’T DIE. HOW TERRIFYING WOULD THAT BE?

If you think a guy stranded on Mars wouldn’t be funny, you would be wrong. His sense of humor is pretty much exactly mine so I was dying of laughter like every ten pages! Mark is so smart, it never felt like it was unrealistic, after all, he is an astronaut.

The writing was really good as well. It switches between Mark’s log entries which are first person and to NASA which is in third person, and I never got confused or thought it disrupted the flow of the story. Andy gives the readers credit for being smart so he doesn’t explain everything, especially the stuff that should be obvious (I see that in a lot of books and it frustrates me to no end). Some of the sciency stuff went over my head at first but quickly I was able to catch on.

I really do think this is going to be a new favorite. I’m going to have to reread Wonder but this is either going to be my second or third favorite book of all time. So, I’m going to leave you here with that. I don’t want to spoil you so leave now if you haven’t read the book because I’m going to be talking about all the spoilers and stuff. Read the book, come back and we can talk okay?


I will now be discussing the book so leave now if you do not want to be spoiled.


Mark is hilarious! I was so surprised by how funny he is because I heard it was funny but I didn’t think he was going to be the type of humor I like. At some points I was like “Eeh, that didn’t have to be in there…” but most of the time I was cracking up at Mark’s comments.

In the trailer it looks like Mark’s logs are in video form. The book makes it sound like he is writing out the logs but in the movie it looks like they’re videos. HOW COOL IS THAT, AN ASTRONAUT VLOGGING!!

The whole potato thing was such a good idea. I mean, if anyone else was stranded on Mars they would have died because they aren’t botanists, but because Mark was one he was able to survive that way. SO COOL. Bahaha, I love the part where Mark was like “I AM THE BEST BOTANIST ON THE PLANET!” It’s kind of embarrassing how long it took me to get that. I was like, “What? *five minutes later* Oh, he’s on Mars. AHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

Who else thought he was going to die when he exploded out of the airlock and flew like half way across Mars? I was like “No! The rest of this book is going to be people finding dead Mark blown to smithereens!” But he’s Mark Watney, the Chuck Norris of Mars. NOTHING WILL KILL HIM!

I was so impressed by this character. He has so many problems that he’s like, “Oh, here’s a problem… Figured it out!” which is understandable because he has so much time on his own to think and solve those problems, but still… My Snapchat story was filled with so many pictures captioned “I WANNA BE MARK.” it wasn’t even funny.

Then this line came… “Each crewman had their own laptop. So I have six at my disposal. Rather, I had six. Now I have five. I thought a laptop would be fine outside. It’s just electronics, Right? It’ll keep warm enough to operate in short term, and it doesn’t need air for anything.

It died instantly. The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid”. I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.””

When Mark finally got in contact with NASA I was almost about to jump up in down in my seat. GAH! IT WAS GREAT. I’m still a little confused about how they were able to do the ASCII to tell him how to fix the Pathfinder. I mean, that must have taken forever to spell out all the instructions. Maybe I was just missing something.

So then there was a sandstorm. Mark was, of course, a genius in figuring out which way the storm was moving. It was so smart of him to put the solar panels in three different places and see which one gets the most light. I guess you get smarter when you are training to be an astronaut… or maybe suddenly your brain gets more creative when you’re about to starve to death on Mars…

So then something explodes (I forget what) and all his precious potato crops die! GAHHHHHHH! Seriously, Andy Weir must have been like “How can we frustrate the readers to no end this time?!” Though, once it happened I was kicking myself for not realizing that it was going to happen earlier. Nothing is going well for Mark, why should his source of food go well for him too? Because that would make the whole mission a lot easier, and we all know that Mark was destined to have the worst luck on Mars.

I was laughing way too hard at this: “I pressed the rectangle of suit material into the helmet with both hands while using my knee to keep pressure on the arm’s seam.

I held on until I’d counted 120 seconds. Just to be sure.

It seemed to work well. The seal looked strong and the resin was rock-hard. I did, however, glue my hand to the helmet.

Stop laughing.” To some people, this might sound really cocky of the author to assume that the readers are laughing, but to me, it was like the best thing ever.

At the end when he makes it to the MAV and gets in contact with NASA and they tell him he needs to take the glass shield off the spaceship thing and Mark’s like “YOU KIDDIN’ ME?!” “Admittedly they are very invasive modifications, but they must be done.” “You’re sending me up into space in a convertible.” “There will be a Hab canvas covering the holes.” “So it’s a ragtop, much better.” Did NASA really not see the HAB canvas staying intact? Anyone with any knowledge about what was happening on Mars would know what that canvas has been through, did they seriously not see it ripping?!

So he gets up into orbit with a hole in his spaceship. Mark’s too far away to get to the Hermes crew so he’s like “I could poke a hole in the hand of my suit and use the escaping air as a thruster to fly my way to you.” And they’re like “How does he come up with this? No! It’s too dangerous, you can’t see behind you. What are you going to do, eyeball it? We’ll keep working on ideas.” and Mark’s like “Iron Man, commander, Iron Man.” THIS SCENE. YES.

I was really scared for Mark because when I got to page 340 I could see how many pages there were left. There were only like 20 pages! How do you wrap up a story in 20 pages when your main character hasn’t been saved?! The answer that came to mind was that you kill him. THAT WAS MY WORST FEAR. I am so glad that it just ended when he got on the ship. I was seriously so concerned he was going to die attempting to be Iron Man.

The last page of this book was so inspirational, I heard it brings faith back into humanity but really, it makes you be like “Aw, we aren’t that bad, right?” Just. GAH. This book. I loved it. Every time that he succeeded at something I was so excited. It really felt like Mark was on Mars and like it was actually happening. It was so exciting!


Only a few pages into the book I knew it was going to be a favorite and it was. The book was hilarious, it was scientific it was fantastic! I am so excited to watch the movie now because I think it’s going to be a good adaptation. If you’ve gotten this far, you better have read it, so tell me what you thought of the book! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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2016 Resolutions Book Tag

2016 Resolutions Book Tag

Hey everyone! I was tagged by Summer from Xingsings to do the 2016 Resolutions Book Tag! Thanks, Summer for tagging me! Surprisingly, this tag isn’t all about books which is kind of nice because we always talk so much about books and we don’t talk about ourselves very much. I’m not one for resolutions because normally, if I want to change something I just do it and don’t wait, but it’s always good to have goals for the new year so I figured this tag would help give me some ideas!


1. Bookish Resolutions

– My Goodreads reading challenge is at 70 books. I’m really not sure how busy this year is going to be or not, so it might change, but I would at least like to read a book a week. Another reason it might change is because of college, I don’t know how busy I’ll be with that but I know it’ll take up some of my reading time so we’ll see.

– I would like to read more books in the Sci-Fi/Space Opera genre. I’m trying to edit my NaNo novel and it starts to lead to kind of a Space Opera; I want to be more acquainted with that genre before I try to write a whole book on it. I’d also like to read more writing craft books.

– Really, I think everyone’s resolution is to read books from genres they haven’t really read from before. I like that idea because it opens your horizons to different writing styles, formats of books and ideas. I really haven’t read many classics, and while that’s not going to be a big focus this year I would like to read one or two. I’d also like to read more adult books, MG, books in second person, thriller, non fiction ect.

– I want to read more critically. I don’t want to nitpick at every book and try to find every flaw in them, but I do want to start sharpening my skills at finding lazy writing, improper grammar (which I’m awful at, as you guys can probably tell) and generic characters and plots. I think that’ll help me as a writer to be able to take those things out of my own work to make it better. Also, it’ll help with reviewing so I can have more informative reviews.


2. Book Blogging Resolutions

– In my TBR I touched on this topic but I’m going to go a little more in depth. I’d like to do more creative posts and less filler posts. By filler I mean things like tags and awards. While I have no problem with those sorts of posts, I love doing them (I mean, this is a tag!) I find myself doing them when I have no ideas, or I’m short on time. I’ve already created a schedule for posting and hopefully that’ll help so I can know what posts I’m going to write and give me more time to think ahead.

– I’d also like to do less reviews. I know that sounds weird because most of the time people want to do more. Here’s my issue. I had been doing a review for each book I read but that started to get overwhelming, I quickly got behind and then I had no motivation to write reviews on books I read three or four months before. I want to write reviews I have strong opinions on, so books I loved or hated (being fair for both opinions, of course). If I have books I have too many opinions on to just put in a wrap-up I’d compile a bunch of reviews together in a review mashup.

– I want to connect with more people and make more friends. I love the friends I’ve made here (In a non creepy way of course. XD), so I’d like to make more. I’d also like to find more blogs on my own, rather than someone having to find me. (I’ve been on here for almost a year and I still am not sure how to easily find other wordpress blogs. Baha, any tips?)


3. Career/Academic Resolutions

– I would like to get a job this year. Currently jobless and moneyless which does not work well when you are a bookworm. Books are expensive, man! I wouldn’t call this a career, but I do want to get a part time job at Barnes & Noble, because what better place for a bookworm to work than a bookstore? Also: employee discount.

– Being homeschooled it’s kind of terrifying to go to college. I don’t know how the workload is going to be, the only other classroom type school I’ve done is driver’s ed, so starting college this semester is going to be a little bit scary. I’m only going to be starting one class (not entirely sure which one yet. I KNOW, I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME) for now, but in the fall I’m going to be doing it full time. I guess my resolution/goal is to get good grades, make some friends, you know the normal stuff.


4. Personal Resolution

– I’d like to be able to get my NaNoWriMo manuscript to a point where I can send it to some critique partners. Currently I’m reading through my NaNo novel and I am kicking myself for writing 115K words. My plan is by May be able to send it to some people. Also, it’s kind of a school assignment, so my mom wants at least a readable version by the end of the school year.

– I want to grow closer to Jesus through the year. I want to maintain a daily devotional time so I can work on myself, learn more about Him and get into a habit of every morning getting up and starting it off with something that matters.

– Another thing in the same general idea, I’d like to spend less time wasting time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the YouTubes, but I often find myself wasting hours of my days clicking from one Buzzfeed video to the next (C’mmon, you guys do that too, right?). I want to spend more time blogging, reading, writing and in the Word of God.


So, those were my goals of the year. Next year I’d like to review this post and see how far I’ve gotten with them. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions, reading or otherwise? I’d love to know what they are! I’m not going to be tagging anyone because I’m already kind of late doing this tag so I don’t want to make other people feel obligated to do the tag when it’s already so far (six days… Okay, maybe not too far) into the year. But if you would like to do it, I’d love to see your post! Thanks for reading!

– Trey

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Trey’s “excited” January TBR

Trey's excited January TBR

Hey everyone! IT’S 2016!! So, my blog is going to have a few changes which I’ll get into later, but first I wanted to share with you all the books that I want to read this month. I got a lot of books for and around Christmas so I’m super excited for all of those! I am currently reading The Martian by Andy Weir and I’m about halfway through that, but here are the rest of the books I want to read this January!


Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeI heard so much about this book even before it came out. Back when BEA was happening people got ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and there was already a lot of buzz about that. But when it came out in October everyone was talking about it. When I heard about the format of the book I couldn’t resist! It’s written through documents, emails, messages, interviews etc. which is really interesting to me. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out because I have no idea if I will feel any attachment to the characters or the story because of the format, but we’ll see! I have though, heard really good things about it, and it’s Sci-Fi — I mean who doesn’t love a good Sci-Fi book?


Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

gone-too-farI read Natalie’s other two books, Six Months Later and My Secret to Tell, and loved them both. All of her books are YA thriller novels. I normally am not one to go for the thriller section (I don’t do good with scary things. NOT AT ALL.) but my friend got me Six Months Later and I really loved it. I like Natalie’s writing style, and she’s really nice. I’m always on the edge of my seat guessing what happened. I am a really bad guesser so her books are always very surprising to me, haha! I can’t wait to get into this book because I know it’s going to be great!


Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel MeI’ve already read the first book, Shatter Me, last year (it’s so weird to think that was last year!) and I liked it. The story didn’t blow me away, I thought for a 300+ page book not a lot actually happened. Though, I did enjoy reading it. I think one of my main reasons why I am continuing on with this series is because of the writing and I hear it gets better. The writing is really unique, there’s a lot of analogies and the main character, Juliet, is kinda crazy so that’s always fun. I also hear there’s a lot of character development in this series so I’m excited to see that and hopefully be able to use that in my own writing. Also, the cover.


I am Number Four by “Pittacus Lore”

IAN4Okay, I admit, I’ve seen the movie. While I liked it, I didn’t think it was that great on screen. I really like the idea of the story though, but I just didn’t think the movie was all that great. I know this is a long running series and I like long series, so I hope this one is good. The reason “Pittacus Lore” is in quotations is because this is written by a bunch of different authors (One being James Frey. I do know the controversy around him but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway, but I am going to be a lot less likely to pick up the other books if this one is just okay.) and I am excited to see how all their writing styles come together to create the series.


The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rodrick

secret-diary-of-lizzie-bennet-9781476763149_hrIf you haven’t seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries go watch them now. No, don’t finish this post. Watch it now. It’s a Pride and Prejudice adaptation that is a free web series on YouTube. Guys. IT’S SO GOOD. I obviously had to get this book because I love it so much. I love the humor in the web series and the characters are awesome so I’m looking forward to read about them in book form and see how it translates to the page. I am prepared for it to not be as good as the series because I heard it wasn’t quite as good, but I am really excited to read it either way!



The Maze Runner by James Dashner

91g3accrwol-_sl1500_I’ve already read this book and I loved it. This is actually what got me into reading almost two years ago (wow, that’s crazy to think about). The story itself is so interesting and I like the characters. I’d say this is my favorite of the books and the series just kinda goes downhill from this installment, but I did really love this one. I have it on a special shelf with all my favorite books and I want to reread them all to make sure that they still should be crowned a favorite. I am super excited to get back in this world and see if I have any changing opinions about it. And come on, if nothing else, the nostalgia factor reason enough to read it.


I said ‘excited’ a lot in this post didn’t I? Anyway, those are the books I plan to read this month. I can’t wait to get to them. If you want to be updated through my reading process I post a lot on Snapchat about the books I’m reading, and a lot of my freakout moments, my username is TreySBooks (the same on Twitter and Instagram). If you want to see any of these books on Goodreads, here’s the link to my TBR shelf where you can find any of those books there.

As I said before I am going to be having some changes to my blog. First I am going to be doing less reviews (well, less than I had been doing before November) and only on books I have strong opinions about. I may do some review mashups for books I have too many opinions on to go in a wrap-up though. I will probably be doing shorter reaction based reviews on my Goodreads if you want to follow me there as well. Those reviews will be going up on Fridays.

My other two days will be hopefully more discussion sorts of posts and more creative posts. The main thing that is going to change is the reviews and that’s about it, but I thought I’d let you know anyway.

Let me know what books you plan to read this month! Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

– Trey

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