Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Published: April 4, 2017

Pages: 320

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Goodreads Description: 

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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I totally judged this book from its title. Although one of my semi-guilty pleasures is reading about geeky girls, Geekerella is not something I’d see in a book store and pick up. It just sounds so corny. I thought I would give it a chance anyways since it was nominated for Best Young Adult Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017—and I’m glad I did.  Continue reading “Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

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The Blog Name Bind

Let’s be honest.

Belle Can Read is a boring name. It’s unoriginal, unimaginative, and uninventive—all of the -UNs.

So, how did I come up with the name? Let me tell you all story you may be able to relate to:

When I was in Elementary School and asked the teacher, “Can I use the bathroom,” the teacher would reply, “I don’t know, can you?” They would then proceed to explain that can meant “to be capable” and may indicated possibility or permission; therefore, I was capable of using the restroom, but I had yet to ask permission to do so.

Believe it or not—and this is going to sound really silly (or stupid)—but that childhood memory about bathrooms was on my mind when I created my blog name.

See, I knew I wanted to incorporate my nickname, Belle, and the blog’s focus, books, in the blog name, but I also didn’t want to spend too much time fussing over the name (Pfft, so much for that. I mean, did you see the post title?). The result was the totally creative name, Belle Can Read. The idea behind it was that although this is a book blog, there’s a possibility that I may post about other topics; even though I can read, I may not always be reading. (Do you understand why I was talking about bathrooms now?)

I’m laughing because the more I think about it, the less sense my reasoning for the blog name makes.

Now, I’m faced with a problem I’m calling The Blog Name Bind. Should I change my blog name? Continue reading “The Blog Name Bind”

Book Series Review: The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Welcome to my first series review!

Writing this review was an interesting experience for me. For starters, it encompasses my thoughts and feelings for three different books instead of one. I also wrote it well after finishing all the books so my memory of them is kind of fuzzy. Usually, I jot notes while reading books I’m going to review, but I had no intention of making this post until I was almost finished with the third book.

Here’s to firsts! Continue reading “Book Series Review: The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson”

The Fall Book Tag

November has just begun and (I) people have already started gearing up for Winter and Christmas. In order to counteract all the excitement for the holiday season and reorient (myself) everyone to the time, I decided to do The Fall Book Tag.

I was tagged by Dani from Perspective of a Writer (thank you!); She’s a sweet girl and her blog is full awesome content, so you should give it a look.  Continue reading “The Fall Book Tag”

12 Tips To Motivate Yourself To Do Work

R.I.P. my three week break from school. 

I’ve already gone through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Tomorrow, I have to re-immerse myself into society and trick people into thinking I’m a functional student. I enjoyed my break, but I didn’t do nearly as much work as I usually do during the school year. I have to switch gears, focus on school, and re-motivate myself to get work done.

I shared what I do when I feel unmotivated on Tumblr, but I thought I would transfer it as a blog post (and slightly modify it) to help any of you who need it. Here’s to two more months of school until I can finally go home (and cry) 🥂:   Continue reading “12 Tips To Motivate Yourself To Do Work”

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

six of crows.jpgTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: September 29, 2015

Pages: 462

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Goodreads Description: 

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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I’m probably the last person under the sun to read this book. Despite it seeming like everything I wanted in a book—a heist, clever thieves, angsty romance—it never felt like the appropriate time to read the book. I still can’t say that I finally read it at good time. I picked this book up after reading The Final Empire, another fantasy book that revolves around a heist and one that I love dearly. I couldn’t help but compare Six of Crows to it. That, combined with all the hype surrounding the book, was a recipe for disappointment. However, I still really enjoyed Six of CrowsContinue reading “Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”

My 2017 Halloween Costume: Vin from Mistborn

Happy Halloween!

Today, I got to pretend I was Vin from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. It was the most excited I’ve ever been about a costume. I re-read the first book in the series, The Final Empire, just so that I get into Vin’s mindset and browsed several Mistborn fansites to refresh my knowledge of the world.

I did my work like a diligent kandra.   Continue reading “My 2017 Halloween Costume: Vin from Mistborn”