Tuesday, September 26, 2017


*New Twitter Follower 
Appreciation Giveaway*


Check out Bookish Delight's new Twitter account @BDbookblog. I am trying to gain more twitter followers, so if you would like to follow me on twitter for exclusive giveaways and other bookish things, then feel free to do so. As a thank you, you can enter my Twitter exclusive giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Warcross by Marie Lu (Enter the form below). I had the pleasure of meeting her and talking with her for a bit at B-Fest recently during her signing and Q&A. Marie Lu was interviewed by Kiersten White, another well established YA author. They are both lovely ladies. Here are a few pics:



Friday, September 22, 2017

Another September Book Haul (YA Novels)

Check out the YA Books I purchased this week! I'm super excited about these books. Look for these book reviews in the upcoming weeks.

Warcross by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Sept. 12, 2017
Pages: 368

Trell by Dick Lehr
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publicaton Date: Sept. 12, 2017
Pages: 320

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Pages: 320

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: Feb. 27, 2018
Pages: 325

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 481 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My thoughts:

It's weird to start reading more YA again after such a long hiatus, especially now that it is for a class and I couldn't necessarily choose to not read this book if I found it too slow at the beginning. Having a YA book chosen for me makes me really appreciate whether or not I truly enjoyed it since I have to stick around till the end. Had a publisher sent me this book to read I would always have the option to stop reading had the book seemed actually terrible and I couldn't get to the end. With a class though, I had to finish no matter what opinions I could get about it because I had a quiz at the end that would factor into whether or not I pass.

At first, I'm not sure whether it was because the book was chosen for me or because it was just a while since I read young adult, Fangirl seemed a little slow to me. It didn't feel like it was picking up until I realized how engrossed into it I was by the second half of the book. It was an especially great book for me to get back into reading YA since it was set in a relatable time period of life, college, something I'm experiencing right now.

Cath, the main character, really relies on narrative intimacy. She loves a series so much that she has it woven into her own life and even writes successful fanfiction based on it. What makes this story so easy to get into and relatable for me is seeing a socially awkward girl learn to come out more as she begins college. Though at times, even I couldn't completely sympathize with Cath, I could totally see myself having the same problems when I first started college- being scared of going to the dining hall or being intimidating by a totally new person being my roommate. As the book progresses, I really appreciate that Cath comes out of her shell and really discovers what lengths she can take her talent in writing. For any high schooler afraid of starting college or even someone who has already been through freshman year, this book is a nice read to learn that sometimes it takes a while to come out of your shell.

Anyone who loves being drawn into books and feels like it takes them forever to leave the world of a book even after reaching the last sentence can see how Rainbow Rowell used that feeling and built a whole novel to explore the effects it can have on a book lover.

As I mentioned before though, the beginning of the book for me was slightly too drawn out though I do recommend sticking it out until the end if you are given the choice to put it down. I also had a problem with the end and felt like it wrapped up so many things way too soon.

My rating:

I would give this book 4/5 stars for an honest and well-written exploration of such an interesting concept found so often in the universe of bibliophiles.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Breakfast Tea & Bourbon by Pete Bissonette (A Real Treasure Hunt Book)

     Breakfast Tea & Bourbon by Pete 
     Publisher: Learning Strategies 
     Publication Date: February 9, 2017
     Genre: Adventure; Self-Help; Mystery
     Pages: 208

Goodreads Synopsis: Pete Bissonette hid $50,000. He wrote a novel about a treasure hunt. Follow the hints and clues in the novel to find the $50,000.

Solve this novel’s mystery to find real treasure worth $50,000! Follow five best friends who sign up for a treasure hunt, rent a dilapidated RV, and head out on the search. This funny and quirky novel is a story within a story, because woven between the lines are clues to an actual treasure hidden for you to find.

My Review:   I was super excited to read this book about friends going on a treasure hunting adventure. It sounded so cool. And the cherry on top that attracted me even more to this book, was that the book was filled with lots of hidden clues and hints that led to a REAL treasure in the U.S. for the readers to find worth $50,000 (YES that is not a typo! Can you believe that?!).  So of course I had to read this book. This book got so much publicity on YouTube and real treasure hunting blogs since the book came out in February. A lot of people actively searched for this treasure.

I had so much fun trying to decipher the clues to figure out where the treasure was hidden, even though I was unsuccessful in determining the correct location. Some clues were easy and others were just too hard for me. You had to put the clues together somehow and according to the author, follow what the characters in the book did. The actual hidden treasure itself was not disclosed to the readers, so based on reading the book, you would just know it was the treasure when you saw it.  So that added some extra fun by guessing what it could be.  Once the item was found, it would be exchanged for $50,000 in dollar coins or a check, plus a $5000 donation to your favorite charity.  How awesome is that?!

In terms of the story itself, it wasn't as great as I'd hoped, unfortunately. The story had a quirky feel to it, but that's not what disappointed me, the structure and flow did. The story jumps all over the place and I was left confused at times.  The story gets pulled away from the plot through various distractions, which relate to the author's company called Learning Strategies, so at times it feels like a self-help book.  On a more positive note, you are left with a bunch of good moral lessons. When the story did stick to the plot, it was an OK read. I was definitely interested in whether or not the friends would find the treasure, and appreciated the dynamic of their friendship. 

I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book, because it felt like such a bipolar read, in terms of me loving the real treasure hunt solving part of it, but not loving the story as much. But at the end of the day, I had to base it on the merit of the book writing itself, and not the money that could be won from it. Although I did give the rating an extra half star just for including the actual treasure giveaway.

By the way, the REAL $50,000 treasure was found in July of this year (a few weeks after I finished reading the book). BUT, you still have a chance to win some money (possibly a reason to buy the book?). The author Pete Bissonette said he included clues to THREE real treasure hunts in this book, so there is a high likelihood that there will be a second and possibly a third REAL treasure hunt associated with this book. The author announced that the "missing chapter" of this book will be released to activate the second treasure hunt once a sponsor is found, which he is actively searching for.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

September Book Haul


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

                  The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
              Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
              Publication Date: July 2016
              Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller
              Pages: 352

Goodreads Synopsis:  In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

My Review:
This was a captivating read filled with non-stop (but fun) detective-like work to figure out the mystery of the girl in cabin 10. Intelligently done and well thought out. It's filled with red herrings, great cliff hangers that make you want to read more, and interesting twists and surprises. It keeps you guessing until the end. And best of all, the ending was awesome! I love it when i feel satisfied after reading a book. And you will too. I loved it so much, I already ordered her other two books, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and The Lying Game. I went from not knowing this author before reading this book, to now being a big fan of her work. Ruth Ware is definitely an author who I will follow for a while.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars