Reading Slump Pity Party

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And here we are again at my annual reading and blogging slump, 2 (or is it 3 now?) months and counting. I can solve one of those problems by posting so here’s a post 😀

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Welcome to the first session of the Reading Slump Pity Party. While other blogs may provide some actual helpful advice on reading slumps, we here on Panda Hearts Books are here to sit next to you on the floor and cry with you. I know it’s tough but we can all get through it if we stick together. Yes, there might be tears and blood shed along the way, but it’ll be worth it. Let’s discuss the 5 stages of the reading slump:

1. Denial  | The “I’m just in the middle of a slow bit, it’ll be over soon” stage

Take for example Passenger by Alexandra Bracken which I started in March and still haven’t finished. To this day, I will swear on my right hand that I’ll finish it. Ah, yes the taste of sweet sweet denial.

2. Anger | The “WHY AM I STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLOW BIT?” stage

Ok, so a month later and the book still hasn’t been read. Just stay calm, it will happen. UGH THIS IS PAIN! I SHOULD BE FLYING THROUGH IT LIKE I NORMALLY DO!!

3. Bargaining | The “Ok, I’ll watch some Youtube then read before I sleep”

We all know you ain’t coming back from Youtube, it’s a deep dark hole.

4. Depression | The “I’m a terrible reader. I’ve let down the whole book community” 

Maybe in between this bookish existential crisis you read a couple of books but you just hate all of them… ALL OF THEM! How is that even possible? And then you go back into the crisis and just lie on the floor.

5. Acceptance | The “Yes, I am in the middle of a slump” stage

Say it with me “I am undergoing a slump and that’s ok.” Ask your friends for some recommendations, scan your Goodreads for something to read and say you’ll pick up a book soon. Good. Now you can go back to lying on the floor again.

… But seriously, in need for books that give me feels.

♥ Prima

 

10 Second Reviews: The Movie Edition

I have a feeling that this will become a common feature on my blog just because I’m so lazy to write the reviews I SHOULD be writing… which I will be writing just not today 😄 I did watch a few movies this week so here we are:

Finding Dory – Ellen Degeneres

Tears, laughter and an epic echolocation scene. This movie played with my emotions but I loved it.

Me Before You- Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

Wasn’t as a good as the book, there I said it. It also wasn’t bad it’s just ok. The soundtrack is amazing though, give it a listen.

Independence Day: Resurgence – Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth 

So I’ll just put my tweet right here:

Got bored by the first hour, the plot was so weak and if you’ve seen the first one it’s basically the same… minus Will Smith.


So have you seen any of these movies? What new films did you like? Let me know! More book reviews are definitely coming up so come back soon 😀

♥ Prima

Top Ten Tuesday: Poor unfortunate souls

Oh god, I have back to back Top Ten Tuesdays where is that consistent posting I promised weeks ago??

So this week on TTT it’s freebie week! As usual, I had no idea what to do but after scrolling through past TTT topics I found “Most Unfortunate Character Names” and it just clicked.

1. Chaol Westfall | Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Because this:

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2. Mare Barrow | Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Mare literally means a female horse… is it meant to be symbolic or something because I got none of that.

3. Maven | Red Queen

What??? Where is the author getting these from?

4.  America Singer | The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)She lives in America and she’s a singer!!! Well, she lives in what used to be America.

5. Renesmee Cullen | Twilight Saga

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Please never mashup names like this. Restrain yourselves.

6. Peeta Mellark | The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Honestly, who doesn’t think this name is just ugly? I love Peeta, it’s just his name is horrible.

7. Valek | The Study Series

Poison Study (Study, #1)His name really made me want to say it in a Russian accent. You know with the throaty a’s.

8. Casimir | Ruined

Ruined (Ruined, #1)

I have no idea how to say this… cashmere without the h?

9. Cricket Bell | Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

How can you not think about cricket chirps with a name like that?


So basically every fantasy series! Seriously though, what is it with fantasy and really weird names?

♥ Prima

Top Ten Tuesdays: The Half Yearly Top 10

Half Year Report: Read 37/70 books for the Goodreads challenge, 5 books ahead! On the other hand, I am in the mid year reading slump so those 5 books better cover for me for a while.

Anyways, this week’s TTT tells us to list the top 10 2016 releases so far and coincidentally, I’ve only read 12 2016 releases so far. I’m really behind on 2016 releases so I’ll just group my 12 reads instead 😄

Awesome

Starflight, Melissa Landers – 4/5 stars | Another spaceship and crew to fill my heart… plus a surprisingly non cliche romance

Holding Court, K.C Held – 4/5 stars | The dark horse that came out of nowhere. It was so good.

Ruined, Amy Tintera – 4/5 stars | A simple, full of cliche story but it works with it.

Bright Blaze of Magic, Jennifer Estep – 5/5 stars | It’s Jennifer Estep.

Yeah Sure

Firstlife, Gena Showalter – 3/5 stars | The writing style is pretty unique but it doesn’t quite work with the bland characters and the “You’re special” love line

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, Jenn P. Ngyuen – 3.5/5 stars | Typical YA contemporary stuff. Nothing more but it’s fluffy and fun.

Wild Swans, Jessica Spotwood -3/5 stars | Frustrating characters with relatable issues.

Disappointing

Playing Defense, Cate Cameron – 2/5 stars | Why was this not as good as Center Ice??

Tone Deaf, Olivia Rivers – 3/5 stars | The concept was so promising but it fell so flat.

Just Bad

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The Distance from A to Z , Natalie Blitt – 1/5 stars | Hoped for Anna and the French Kiss, got the sequels instead but worse.

Paper Princess, Erin Watt – 1/5 stars | Sorry, just no.


Boom, there’s all the 2016 releases I’ve read, it’s a very short list 😄 Looking forward to the next half though (KASIE WEST!!) So what have you read this year?

♥ Prima

 

 

 

10 Second Reviews (because I’m lazy)

Hi, I’m not dead! Literally haven’t posted in over 2 weeks but I’ve got a couple of books to review. Since I’m in a very lazy mood I’m going to do 10 second reviews. You don’t want me rambling either so win win 😄

The Way to Game the Walk of Fame | Jenn P. Ngyuen 

The Way to Game the Walk of ShameTaylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

Cute, fluffy fun. It’s your typical YA contemporary. Honestly, it’s pretty forgettable but it’s good if you’re looking for some filler stuff.

3.5

Wanderlost | Jen Malone

WanderlostNot all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

DAMN THAT’S HOW YOU CONTEMPORARY! It gave me serious Anna and the French Kiss vibes with the travelling. Loved the romance and loved Aubree’s growth so much. It was so perfect for Aubree’s adventure to end that way.

4.5

Tone Deaf | Olivia Rivers

Tone DeafHis world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Concept is a 10 but execution is more around the 4-5 range. It needed more depth, more development but it was a very short book. If there was an extra 100 pages maybe?

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And if you were wondering what I was up to instead of actually posting:

Recap of my past 2 weeks

  • English essay crisis
  • Newfound obsession with Ariana Grande’s new album because her voice is amazing
  • Mental crisis over how much I sit in a day (it has to be over 22 hours at least)

So that’s all from me right now! I’m really stuck on what to read next. Anyone got any recommendations?