Review: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) – Arden Rose


Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) – Arden Rose

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

Title: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together

Author: Arden Rose

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 208

Source: Scribd

For fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social media influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose.

In Almost Adulting — perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies — Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:

-Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers

-Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer

-Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person???????

-Eating enough protein

-Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars

-Going on adventures without starting to smell

-How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though

By the end of the book — a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork — you’ll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.

3 out of 5 stars


Almost Adulting by Arden Rose is just a random hodge-podge of events from Arden’s life, but random in a good way.

Arden Rose is a YouTuber who now lives in LA. She’s mastered the art of not caring what people think and being happy about what she’s doing. I think she’s admirable when it comes to how she’s living her life, but there are obviously some things I would do a little differently.

Arden reminds me of my best friend, Kaitlyn, because they’re both a little free-spirit, like having cute vintage things, have a distinct style, and are confident in who they are. I admire Arden even more because she reminds me of Kaitlyn.

I listened to this on audiobook from Scribd, and I really enjoyed hearing Arden narrate this book. It felt like she was letting you in on some secrets from her life. She is very open and honest with everything in this book.

I liked the chapter where she talked about sex and virginity. Her take on it isn’t exactly like mine, but I loved how open she was about the whole conversation. Her idea is that it’s your body, you can do what you want with it. I agree, and I love that she added that you can have sex if you want, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. She also talked about how important it is to spread positivity when it comes to talking about bodies.

I think this is a great audiobook and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Arden. I think the next time I see this book in a store I’m going to flip through it so I can see some of the artwork, but I’m glad I could listen to Arden read it.

Also. I love the name Arden.

Review: The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small – Kath Stathers


The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small – Kath Stathers

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

Title: The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

Author: Kath Stathers

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Universe Publishing

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 496

Source: Birthday Gift

With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing.

We all have things we’d like to do–one day–but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler–an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.

Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was beautiful and such an amazing read. Traveling in general is something I’m passionate about, so having a whole book dedicated to all the adventures you can take around the world was perfect for me.

There are so many different adventures I want to take right now, but I’m most drawn to those in Europe and in Thailand and the Philippines. I love the history and culture of Europe, and am so excited to go there. I plan on studying abroad, so that will help to cross some of these amazing trips off my bucket list. I also love the idea of tropical travel through Thailand and the Philippines. The beautiful clear waters and cheap accommodations are calling my name!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves traveling and looking at beautiful photography!

Review: I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman


I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Title: I Have Lost My Way

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 258

Source: Public Library

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was AMAZING.

This book fulfilled the challenge of ‘read a book with a beautiful spine’ for Booktubeathon. I’m right on track! It’s such an amazing feeling :)

Wow, okay this book was just what I needed. It was the perfect mix of loss, grief, happiness, and love. I just can’t express how beautifully it was written and how it came together so seamlessly.

This story followed three main characters who fatefully meet up when a girl falls off a bridge onto a stranger, and the whole event is witnessed by a boy walking in the park. The girl, Freya, is a musician. She’s about to be known as “famous” because of her YouTube channel and her music deal with one of the biggest producers available. She’s about to really “make it” when she loses her voice. She falls onto a boy named Nathaniel. He is visiting New York City and is just slowly making his way through life. He’s depressed. He doesn’t know what to do. He’s broken. The whole scene is witnessed by a boy named Harun. Harun is about to be sent to Pakistan to find a bride, but he hasn’t told his family his biggest secret. He’s gay, and he’s known since he was 9 years old. He knows they would disown him, so he just runs off for the day trying to get away from his family…

Now, this plot sounds all over the place, but it comes together so beautifully. There are so many little nuances that make it feel so real and right. I’m just so impressed with this book. The friendships that developed were so… real and raw. They needed each other and it was just so perfectly written.

I loved the characters from this book and was so invested right away. I think this book took place over one day, and I loved that it was such a short time line. I just loved so much about this book and was blown away by it. There were so many different layers to the story that just added so many different levels.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by Gayle Forman.

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel – Hope Larson and Madeleine L’Engle


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel – Hope Larson and Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Title: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 392

Source: Public Library

Late one night, three otherworldly creatures appear and sweep Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe away on a mission to save Mr. Murry, who has gone missing while doing top-secret work for the government. They travel via tesseract — a wrinkle that transports one across space and time — to the planet Camazotz, where Mr. Murry is being held captive. There they discover a dark force that threatens not only Mr. Murry but the safety of the whole universe.

Never before illustrated, A Wrinkle in Time is now available in a spellbinding graphic novel adaptation. Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, Mrs Which, the Happy Medium, Aunt Beast, and the many other characters that readers have loved for the past fifty years. Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet.

1 out of 5 stars


I read this book for the challenge of ‘read and watch a book to movie adaptation’ for Booktubeathon!

I read the novel of A Wrinkle in Time back at the beginning of this year and didn’t really enjoy it, but was SUPER excited for the movie. For some reason I didn’t go and see the movie when it was out in theatre, so I thought this would be the perfect book to read for this challenge. 

But…. I really did not enjoy this book…. at all.

Firstly, the art style was not the type of art that I like. It just didn’t flow how I thought it should and the characters looked kind of creepy.

Secondly, I would have been SO LOST had I not read the original novel before reading this. I was so confused even though I knew what was supposed to be happening. There was absolutely no cohesion when it came to anything.

Thirdly, the storyline just doesn’t appeal to me. I understand that it’s a children’s book, but it was way too confusing to be a good story. There were so many random things that had nothing to do with anything special.

The only reason I read this was because I’m looking forward to the movie. I still plan on watching the movie, and hopefully I’ll like that better than this.

Review: Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu


Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu

Champion (Legend, #3)

Title: Champion (Legend #3)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 369

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

5 out of 5 stars


DEFINITELY the best of the trilogy!

I loved reading Champion and am SO HAPPY my brother bullied me into reading these books. Wow. All I can say is wow.

Champion follows Day and June after the events that happen in Prodigy. June takes a position as the Princeps-Elect in order to work closely with the government as she’s been trained to do her whole life. Day’s headaches are progressively getting worse, and he finally has a diagnosis. There is a plague breakout with no cure. The former United States is rivaling and the Republic needs outside help. Will they get the help they need? Who will be champion?

Guys. This series is so fricking good. This last book was the PERFECT way to end the series and I honestly don’t think I’ve read an ending that was better than this one. The way this ended was tragically sad, but also beautiful and perfect. I just have so many emotions regarding literally everything that happened in this book.

I was a little angsty about how Prodigy ended, so I knew that something had to be resolved right away at the beginning of Champion, but it took so long, but was also a perfect amount of waiting. Wow, okay this doesn’t even sound like anything lol.

Because I don’t want to spoil anything, I don’t want to go into much detail with… anything, but this was such a great ending.

I love Day. I love June. I love them together. I love Anden. I love all of the characters in this series.

So many things happened in this book and I think this book specifically, goes to show how talented Marie Lu is. I want to read more books by her because I know that I’m going to love them!

READ THIS SERIES.

Series:

Legend (Legend #1)

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Review: Prodigy (Legend #2) – Marie Lu


Prodigy (Legend #2) – Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: January 29, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 371

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

4 out of 5 stars


THE ENDING. WHAT?!

Ugh the end of this book broke me. I almost started crying, so I’m not feeling very prepared for the ending of Champion because I’ve heard it’s so sad. Wow, okay coherent thoughts….

Prodigy is the second installment to the Legend trilogy. It follows Day and June as they escape from the Republic and join the Patriots, the rebel group. The Patriots have always wanted Day on their side because he’s the best criminal in the whole country, and June is the Republic’s prodigy. They’re wanted because they’re extremely valuable. Not to mention, they’re on the run from the Republic with no money, and Day can barely walk. They get taken in by the Patriots, and things seem too good to be true, but are they?

Wow.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because it was fairly slow during the middle 1/3. It kind of fell into the “second book syndrome,” where it was a lot of explaining and figuring out the whole world and why things are going wrong, proving that things aren’t what they seem. I think this book is *obviously* detrimental to the trilogy, but it was slower than I would have liked.

There were so many scenes that had me on the edge of my seat *while laying in bed…* that I was anxious about! Anxious in a good way because I COULDN’T STOP READING for the last 1/3. The last parts redeemed the whole book for me, but the ending was SO SAD.

SPOILERS:

If you haven’t read this book you can click off, k thanks.

Why the frick wouldn’t Day tell June the real issue at the end?!

I’m just confused, because this might just solidify that BOYS R DUMB or that he’s actually a super great guy who didn’t want to put burden on the girl that he loves. But my goodness they love each other so much why didn’t he just tell her. It just breaks my heart. You could feel June’s heart breaking in the last chapter. She didn’t know what to do, and knew that Day was hiding something, but didn’t want to push this issue and ugh.

I like June and Day, but I also kind of ship June and Anden… Is that wrong? I know that the whole idea of adding him as a romantic interest is to create the love triangle, but I’m kind of here for it. I usually am not a huge fan of love triangles, but I can he here for this one. Day and Anden are SO different from each other, so it’s almost hard to compare them, thus the love triangle is justified… in my mind.

END OF SPOILERS.

I’m really enjoying this series and am so glad that I re-read Legend before continuing on. I can’t wait to read Champion because I NEED to know how the trilogy ends. Wow I’m just kind of blown away tbh.

Also, Champion will be my first “real” read of Booktubeathon! I’m participating in Booktubeathon again and I’m so excited! I’m daily vlogging on my YouTube channel (aubreyjoybooks) so a video should be up tonight or tomorrow morning. I’m so excited to see how much I can read! My TBR is probably overly ambitious, but we’re gonna go for it.

Series:

Legend (Legend #1)

Champion (Legend #3)

Review: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince


Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Title: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Author: Michaela DePrince

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 256 pages

The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.
Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is currently a member of the Dutch National Ballet’s junior company. She has appeared in the ballet documentary “First Position,” as well as on “Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”
In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars.

4 out of 5 stars


It’s always hard for me to review memoirs because it’s such a personal story, but I really enjoyed this one.

I listened to this book on audio through Scribd (amazing app if you haven’t used it). I think it was really nice to listen to on audiobook because you really felt like you were there with her. I don’t believe she narrated the book, but it was smooth and nice to listen to.

This book follows Michaela DePrince who was born in Sierra Leone to a loving family, but was eventually sent to live at an orphanage after the death of her parents. Her early childhood was hard to read and listen to because I can’t even imagine what it would have been like for her and her sister. Her life was so hard for her before she even knew it was bad. It’s just so terrible that this is happening all over the world.

While at the orphanage she found a magazine photo of a beautiful ballerina from a magazine, and kept it with her. She knew that when she got adopted she wanted to be a dancer. Her life got turned around when she got adopted by the same parents as her best friend in the orphanage. Now the two best friends were becoming sisters.

They got to the United States and had to learn how to adjust to the culture. It was completely different from anything either of the girls had known before. Michaela asked her parents if she could take dance lessons, and her career blossomed from there.

Michaela DePrince is an accomplished ballerina who helped to make a difference in the dance world by showing that black girls can be ballerinas, too. She was in the documentary First Position and danced with Dutch National Ballet.

I, myself, am a dancer so I always love to read about other people’s dance stories. This one was inspiring, and it was beautiful to see Michaela’s passion for dance from the beginning.