GUEST POST: Harvey of Bookmarked Book Reviews

Hello everyone! I’m so excited for you to meet Harvey from Bookmarked Book Reviews. He’s going to tell you his reasons why he reads and why you should too! So. without further ado, take it away Harvey…

Why I Read (And Why You Should Too)

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Hi! My name’s Harvey and I am a book blogger at Bookmarked. First of all, I’d just like to thank Farzy for letting me write here, as I really love her blog and this is a real honour.

Why do I read? It’s a tough question, and one that can’t be answered easily. There are a number of reasons why I read… to escape into another world, to improve my vocabulary, to learn new things – a better question is what I read and what benefits I get from it. I don’t have a real motivation to read, but I still have reasons to do it – and so here are my top five reasons to read, and why you should read too.

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REVIEW: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

the maze runner books keep me saneTitle: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner

Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: October 6th 2009

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle, Paperback)

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

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For a long time I’ve struggled to sort my feelings towards this book. While it’s not really bad, it didn’t blow me away either.

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My #BuqoYA Online Writing Class Experience

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This year I want to make it a goal to focus on my writing. It all started when I won NaNoWriMo last year. It made me realize how fun it is to write stories! And I’ve always been dreaming of becoming a published author. Last November I realized that it was time to stop dreaming and start doing. And so, for a month I sacrificed a huge chunk of my sleeping time to write a novel. And it totally paid off.

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REVIEW: Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard

toxic pretty little liars books keep me saneTitle: Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15)

Author: Sara Shepard

Genre: YA Historical Mystery

Release Date: June 3rd 2014

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle, Hardcover)

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One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet…. The police don’t believe there’s another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

Sara Shepard’s fan base continues to grow as ABC Family’s hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.

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Before I review Toxic, I would like to comment first on the 17 other books that preceded it. I love the Pretty Little Liars series and I’ve read every book in the series, I’m talking about all 18 of them! This has gone for so long and honestly, it’s getting repetitive. You could say that I could stop reading the series if I was really bored with it but the thing is that I’m too emotionally invested in the series. I’m in too deep. Don’t get me wrong, I love this series, truly, I do but at the same time I want closure too. This can’t go on forever. I’m tired of the wild goose chase.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Hardcore vol 2 (Hardcore #2) by Staci Hart

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Hi guys! I’m here today with a very special release day blitz for Hardcore vol 2. Now, I really really LOVE this serial, you guys. You should definitely check it out. Oh and be sure to read my 4-star review of Hardcore vol 1 and my 5-star review of Hardcore vol 2.

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Top Ten Tuesday #25: What I Like/Dislike In Romance Novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list.

We Filipinos love romance, there’s no denying that. Just look at the books we read, the songs we write and the movies we watch. Almost 70-80% of what I read has some romantic element in it, too. And I’m most comfortable writing in this genre. I daresay I’m most familiar with this style of writing and with the most commonly used tropes and what the readers expect from it.

This is probably my most favorite Top Ten topics so far! So, shall we start?

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REVIEW: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

a mad wicked folly books keep me saneTitle: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Release Date: January 23rd 2014

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle, Paperback)

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Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

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I adore reading historical novels set in the Victorian era. I wish I could be in that era and wear pretty dresses! But in those times, women don’t play a vital role in society—at least not as vital a role as men did—and I’ve always wondered if I would ever get to read a historical novel that would challenge how women were treated in society.

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