Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Take Place At College

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a Back to School Freebie! Since I go back to college today (I’m probably busy moving in and unpacking as you read this!) I figured that I should feature some books that take place in college! I’ve read most of these, but I still need to get to a few of them!


1. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

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2. Scratch – Rhonda Helms

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3. American Panda – Gloria Chao

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4. Rikki – Abigail Strom

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5. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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6. Just One Day – Gayle Forman

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7. Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire

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8. My Oxford Year – Julia Whelan

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9. What We Left Behind – Robin Talley

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10. Providence – Jamie McGuire

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7 Space-Themed Book Covers That Are Too Beautiful to Ignore

Hello Starlight-Readers. Today, I thought I’d share some absolutely gorgeous space themed book covers with you! I don’t own all of these books, but I’d like to! As you can probably guess from the name and background of my blog, I absolutely love space and stars, so it shouldn’t be surprising that some of my favorite book cover designs have to do with space!


1. Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

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It’s no secret that I love jellyfish! This was actually the cover that inspired me to write up this list. The juxtaposition of sea creatures among the stars is something that I’ve personally loved for a long time, so I was so happy to see this!

2. These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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I really love this cover! It has a nice composition that moves your eye across the image. The title distracts a bit from the art, and it’s kind of hard to read the author’s name, but it’s still an amazing book cover.

3. Plus One – Elizabeth Fama

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The juxtaposition in this cover is astounding! I love how the title is sort of a reverse gradient of the cover art itself. There’s not too much I can say here; It’s classy and romantic with a science fiction twist.

4. Zodiac -Romina Russell

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The colors on this book cover are amazing! I love astrology, so this book with it’s constellations and galaxy colors was a must-buy for me! The other books in this series are just as striking as this one.

5. For Darkness Shows the Stars – Diana Peterfreund

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I absolutely love the gold text against the dark background! It really pops, and looks like its glowing and shining, even when viewed on a screen. I cann only imagine how the finished book must look – absolutely gorgeous!

6. Starglass – Phoebe North

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The cover to Starglass didn’t immediately stand out to me, and I actually debated adding it to this list. However, the longer I looked at it, the more it grew on me. While it doesn’t have bright, incredibly saturated colors in its galaxy, I think that the muted colors work in its favor. It conveys something different than most sci-fi covers, and I like that. I actually really want to read this book now.

7. Across the Universe – Beth Revis

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Across the Universe is one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen. The colors stood out to me first. I saw it from across the room in a bookstore and actually put down my copy of Matched by Ally Condie to buy it. (No worries, I got my copy of Matched a little bit later) Beautiful galaxies and a spiderman style kiss? I absolutely love it!


Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite space-themed books?


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OwlCrate August Unboxing – Ruthless Royals

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Hello Starlight Readers! My first ever book subscription box arrived today, and it’s absolutely lovely! I thought I’d share my thoughts about it and the items while doing a full unboxing! Don’t read this if you don’t want spoilers! (Though I’m pretty sure most people have their box now! I grabbed mine in the last few days possible)


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Immediately upon opening the box is the spoiler card.  It tells you about the items (mainly what fandom its from, and where the item came from!

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First up is a genuine agate gemstone ring from GeoCentral! I think that everyone ended up getting a different color stone. Mine is pink, but from what I’ve seen, some people got blue, black, or brown as well. They’re all beautiful though! I typically don’t wear rings, and this one is quite large, so I don’t see myself wearing it often, but it’s definitely cool!

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Next is a pocket mirror inspired by The Belles fandom and designed by Catarina Book Designs. It comes in a cute OwlCrate pouch, and says “May you always find beauty.” I think that’s a great quote for a mirror. I’ll definitely keep this in my purse.

 

I’m so happy with this next item! They’re magnetic bookmarks made by Craftedvan with Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, and the queen from Snow White. On the back there are alternative forms of these characters. I’m definitely adding these to my collection of magnetic bookmarks!

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This next item is absolutely gorgeous! The lovely tin designed by Stella Bookish Art and inspired by Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince! It’s a beautiful tin, but I actually realized that my tin arrived slightly defective! It has the same quote on both sides, which is disappointing. since the quote that’s supposed to be on the front was so inspiring to me as a writer. I reached out to OwlCrate earlier, so we’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably keep my bookish buttons or my magnetic bookmarks in it!

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Next is a tea towel inspired by Throne of Glass, designed by Little Inklings Design! I don’t plan on using it as a tea towel (I don’t even have a kitchen!) but as a beautiful mini tapestry for my dorm room! I’ll definitely share pictures of my bookish dorm when I move in next week. It’ll look lovely next to my other OwlCrate tapestry.

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Next is a print with a quote from Before She Ignites. I’ll probably stick this to my wall near my posters.

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! August’s book is Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. OwlCrate provided an exclusive cover of the book, which I honestly like more than the original. The book is signed and comes with a bookmark and letter from the author! I can’t wait to start reading this.

That’s basically it! After the book there’s a little booklet with an author interview, information about the cover, an interview with Craftedvan and info about the photo challenge. There’s also a card announcing the September theme – Masters of Disguise and one of the vendors for it! At the very bottom of the box was a little button with the same art from the spoiler card, but I didn’t get a picture of it.

Aside from my issue with the tin, which hopefully will be resolved, I really like the contents of my first ever book box! Everything is so pretty and I have a use for almost everything! While I can’t splurge on them too often, I’ll try to revisit OwlCrate someday in the coming months!


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Review: Soft Thorns by Bridgett Devoue

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Date Started: 8/22/18

Date Finished: 8/22/18

Publication Date: 10/2/18

Genre: Poetry

Rating: 4/5

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Thoughts:

Soft Thorns is yet another “instagram” poetry book that I’ve fallen in love with. Perhaps I just prefer the brief yet deep poetry, but something about this style has been resonating with me as of late. This book is published (or republished, as I think it was self-published before) by the same company responsible for Rupi Kaur, Courtney Peppernell, Amanda Lovelace, and r.h. Sin, so you can rest assured that this poetry is of the same caliber.

Soft Thorns is broken up into 5 sections: Bleed, Love, Scar, Learn, and Heal. While I normally suggest just cracking open poetry books to a random page and going for it, I feel that this one really tells a story if you read it in order, as opposed to other collections that just have poems arranged randomly.

Her poetry touches on some difficult subjects, such as sexual assault, heartbreak, but it also deals with love and moving on from difficult times. Like I said, it really tells a story if you read it from start to finish.

Given that it’s a collection of poetry, it’s pretty easy to get through this book quickly. Of course, read it the way you’d like to, whether that be in small sections or all at once, in order or randomly. There are occasional hand drawn images throughout it, usually of hands, roses, or bodies. They aren’t detailed, but they add to the collection.

As for the poetry itself, I enjoyed many of them, but some of them fell a bit flat for me. While I usually love brief, powerful lines, many of the very short poems didn’t really make me feel anything. While they contribute to the overall story that Devoue is telling through the poetry, I just think that they could have been written better. Some of the poems were a bit cliche as well, just rewording classic sayings.

All in all, I did enjoy this poetry collection, even if some of the poems were a bit lackluster. Fans of “Instagram poets” such as Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace will probably enjoy this collection.

*I recieved an e-arc of this book via Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own.*


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4 Book Box Subscriptions That I Want to Try

It seems like there’s a subscription box for everything these days, from makeup to pop culture items to books! Book subscription boxes are a great way to get new books and other bookish items like bookmarks, candles, pillowcases and other interesting things!

Here are 4 book boxes that I’d like to try someday!


1. Shelflove Crate

Shelflove Crate is all about YA Sci-fi and Fantasy! If those genres don’t interest you, there’s also their sister site, Shelflove Reads, which focuses on more general YA reads. I’m more interested in Shelflove Crate, but both boxes are great options with cool items.

I’m very excited for Shelflove Crate’s September theme! It’s “Life in the Shadows” and I’m pretty sure I know what the book will be! (No spoilers though!) I’m definitely going to order their box as soon as I can.

2. Beacon Book Box

Beacon Book Box is such an adorable company! It’s run by a family and a few friends, and was actually started by a 14-year-old!

Their September theme is “United Rivalries”, and looks quite promising! I’m definitely going to buy one!

I was actually selected to be a Box Assistant for this company. I don’t get a box, but I still have a discount code for you all! Use my code STARLIGHT10 for 10% off your order!

3. FairyLoot

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FairyLoot is all about YA fantasy!

I actually really love the box that the items come in. It’s pretty simple, but I love their whimsical logo! I’ve seen quite a few unboxing photos and videos of FairyLoot, and their boxes never disappoint!

Their next theme is Starcrossed Swoons. I’m pretty certain of the book in this one, but I’ll have to wait and see. I won’t be buying it because I already have an ARC, but I’m sure it’ll be a great box!

4. OwlCrate

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Ahh, Owlcrate, the OG! This was the first book box I heard of, back in 2016 when I went to BookCon in Chicago. I remember seeing their booth while I was waiting in a signing line, but I didn’t have time to visit them that day!

One thing that’s really cool about OwlCrate is that they have another version of the box targeted at children aged 8-12! While I’m not in that demographic and wouldn’t buy that box, I think it makes for such an exciting gift for kids who love reading!

Their next theme is “Masters of Disguise” and again, I’m pretty sure I know what the book is (I think it’s the same as the FairyLoot book!) I already have an ARC of it, so I’ll probably pass on the box, but I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!

I actually ordered the August Box, “Ruthless Royals!” It should be arriving soon!


I’m so excited to get my first ever book boxes! I can’t really buy them too often because I’m your typical college student (AKA not swimming in money) but I’m ready to make an exception in September, and hopefully I’ll be able to try out other book boxes in the future! I’ve heard of others that sound really interesting.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for some unboxings both here and on my Instagram very soon!


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Release Day Review: The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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Date Started: 8/4/18

Date Finished: 8/12/18

Publication Date: 8/14/18

Genre: YA sci-fi

Rating: 4/5

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Thoughts: When I first read the synopsis for The Raging Ones, I knew I was in for something very unique and interesting. A strange link between strangers, a world of ice, and predetermined dates to die? Count me in.

I was originally a bit worried when I saw it described as a “sci-fi romance” on Goodreads, but I really didn’t get this. You’ll see more strong bonds of friendship, with just a little bit of romance brewing. I imagine that it’ll be developed more in future books.

The story is told from 3 alternating POVS – Franny, Court, and Mykal. I’m not always the biggest fan of switching POVs, but in this case, considering the link and their vastly different personalities, it worked, as it was cool to see how the three protagonists sensed one another through their strange bond. They’re all very complex, especially Court, who’s been through quite a lot.

One problem I did have with the POVs was that I felt like Mykal wasn’t as important. While that’s not true at all, I often felt like his chapters were shorter, or that he was inferior to Court and Franny. I really hope that in the next book he’ll be able to blossom more, because his character is quite interesting.

The world of this story is quite interesting, and I really hope to learn more about it. Throughout the book we learn about different regions, types of people, naming conventions, religions, and the planet itself. Slang terms are created and used in ways that are easy to infer. I was occasionally a bit confused, but I’m sure that everything will be resolved in the next book(s).

The pacing was alright. There were a few weird time jumps that confused me a bit, and most new chapters utilize a jump in time or place, which isn’t bad at all, but could just be a bit jarring at times. There were some slower parts during the first section. Things pick up more in the second half, but even then, there were some moments that felt a bit boring too. It really picks up toward the end. I read the last 10 percent of the book very quickly.

No spoilers, but the ending of this book is probably the biggest WTF moment since the end of Catching Fire. It’s definitely a huge cliffhanger that will leave you waiting for the next book, which probably will come out sometime next year.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed The Raging Ones. Aside from some slower moments, there was always something exciting going on. I’m excited to read the next book when it comes out, because I’m sure it’ll provide the answers I want… and save us all from the cliffhanger at the end!

*I recieved an e-arc of this book via Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own.*


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Currently Reading: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Synopsis: In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Date Started: 8/13/18

Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy

Publication Date: 8/28/18

Thoughts so far: I’ve barely started this one, but I’m already pretty sure I’m going to love it. It starts with a prologue, which I’m not always 100% fond of, but in this case, the prologue helps to set up the unfamiliar world that this story inhabits.

Already, I’m loving the setting. So many of the books on my bookshelf taken place in western locations with white protagonists – even the sci-fis – so it’s nice to get something different. Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in literature.

I don’t have too much more to say at the moment. Expect a full review as soon as I finish this book.


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