Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover


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This book was something that I was not expecting. Then again, you always say this when it comes to Ms. Hoover. Without Merit made me sob like a baby and question my life and mental health. This book is so captivating, honest, raw and straightforward about a girl named Merit who just wants to matter. She feels over looked by her family and incapable of love until she meets someone that makes her question everything. I do not want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that this is one to pick up and have in the books. Colleen tells stories that makes people think and want to learn.

 

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Want to join my read along?


Thursday

I hope that your Thursday was really good! It’s almost Friday so don’t worry. I wanted to invite you guys to a read along that I am hosting on my YouTube channel! We ( me and my subscribers) do a weekly read a long where we vote on books to read together. This has been so successful and I wanted my subscribers here to join in. I will posting DAILY reading updates about the book and what I have read thus far and my thoughts. The readathon will start on Monday, September 18,2017 at 12am. We will be 75 pages a day  of this book here!

Jane Eyre

This will be my FIRST Bronte book so I am excited to see how it is. I did watch the movie a while ago and I fell in love with it. Hopefully, the book will not disappoint. If you had read this book before, please let me know what you thought about it. I hope that some of my subscribers here are able to join me!

 

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman


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Title: Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

My Edition: Paperback

Page Numbers: 262

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: Before I started to read this book, I looked at reviews on Goodreads. There were so many 5 star’s that it made me very excited. But, as I started to read the book, I noticed that it was the first half was very slow. The plot twist was very interesting and it made me want to continue the book. Bird Box is about a girl named Calorie who lives in a town where people have died and disappeared due to a creature. She lost her sister and is now on her own with her unborn child. She sees an ad in the paper regarding shelter in house where others live. The key is to keep your eyes closed, because once you see something, you will die. This thriller was a little drastic for me in terms of the storyline. I am not going to give any spoilers aways, but I will say every reader is different and this book was just okay for me.

Colby: Prelude To My New Novel


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Hey guys! Let me know what you think. This is what I’m working on for my Camp NanoWriMo.

Prelude

We were staring at each other. She was waiting for me to talk, but I didn’t have much to say. This decision wasn’t mine. I didn’t want to go through with this. My father told me it was what was best for me. I wanted to do what was best, but he thought he knew better.

“ How are you feeling today?”

I didn’t say anything. All I could do was look at my nails. I just painted them red to pass the time last night. I couldn’t sleep. I’d been having nightmares all over again.

“ Deborah, we need to talk about everything. Therapy will help you, I promise.”

I sighed.

Since I have been coming here the last week, I have been silent. But, I have to talk. I want to sleep at night. I’m not a horrible person and my father made me do it. I don’t know why I listened to him.

“ What do you want to know?” I said just above a whisper.

“ I asked, how are you doing today?”

“ I’m the same as I had been since it happened. I’m lost. “

She didn’t say anything. She just wrote in her notebook.

“ Do you think you will have children again?”

“ I don’t know. If I listen to my father, no.”

“ What does your father say?”

“ He said I’m the devil and I can’t grow the devil inside of me.”

I rolled my eyes. I would rather be at home in my bed then to sit here and endure this conversation any further.

“ How do you feel about that?”

“ My father is crazy. Ever since he came home from the war, he has not been right. I don’t listen to him. I will be a mother again one day.”

The lady smiled at me.

“ That’s great to hear, Deborah.”

“ Yea. Can I be dismissed now? I am late for class.”

“ Yes. Our session is up anyway. Let’s schedule something for next week.”

“ Let’s not. This is my last day. I’m going to college to set up my dorm room.”

“ Oh?” She said.

“ Thanks for the session. They have really helped me.”

“ Please, call me if you ever want to talk. By the way, are you going to school for?”

“ I can’t decide on teaching or social work.” I said to her.

She sat back in her chair and took a breath.

I watched as she took her left hand and put hair behind her ear. She was wearing a lab coat and had ginger hair with freckles.

“ Both are very demanding fields, but with what has happened, I understand that you want to work with children in some capacity.”

“ Yes. Well, I love children. I baby sit all of the cousins all the time.”

I stood up and grabbed my purse.

“ Thanks, Doctor.” I said.

“ I told you, call me Carrie.”

“ Alright then, Carrie. It has been a pleasure, but with all do respect you will not see me back in here ever.”

“ No offense taken. I would love to not see you again. Deborah, you aren’t crazy. You’ve been through an ordeal that you just needed to figure out that’s all.”

“ Oh I know. Thank again. Take care.”

I went to walk out and quickly scanned the room before turning the copper door knob and sighed.

“ You can do it.” Carrie encouraged me.

I held my dignity in tact and left the room.

Walking fast through the building I hurried to my car where I sobbed for fifteen minutes before pulling off and heading to Delaware State University.

 

 

 

 

My Current Read


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Happy Saturday! I have been reading this one book very slowly. I’m excited and nervous to see how it will end. Does that ever happen to you? It’s not that the book is slow, it’s just that it’s good you literally want to take your time with reading it. Im also listening to a book on audiobook as well and it’s a good-slow read for me as well. What are you currently reading? Do you will think you will finish by this weekend?

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This what I’m currently listening to on audible and I MUST say, I hope she finds her brother Darin.

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This is what I’m currently reading as a physical book. I am wondering what the two girls will do once they meet again after about 17 years.

My new buys!

Every Little Step

I’m a HUGE BB fan and NE fan. I am intrigued to see what his side of the story will bring.

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This book is VERY popular on book tube and in the world right now. I look forward to reading it soon. Have you read this one?

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Title: Lux Consequences ( Opal)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 395

My Copy: Paperback Bind Up of 2 Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I am really enjoying this series very much! Katy, a girl who moved to Virginia with her mother after the death of father tries to make friend. After seeing her neighbor who is just the most cutest and arrogant, Katy develops a crush and a new friend, Dee. Damien is the boy she wants to know more about even though he’s a real jerk. Katy notices something different about Dee and Damien that she just can’t put her finger on until its too late. I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is a series. I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

Monday, oh Monday!


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Happy Monday, everyone! I know it’s been a while since I have blogged anything. But, I did a MukBang video which is really popular these days on YouTube. I tried my hand and do a breakfast one. Check it out here.  So, what has been going on? For me, I let’s see, there is so much to catch up on.

Reading:

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Guys, I am so excited to say that I read 5 book in the month of July! I could not believe it. I made an August TBR video of what I will be reading next month and it is an ambitious TBR.  I am currently reading Rebel Angeles by Libba Bray and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagaharia.  They are some clunkers, but they are coming a long nicely. I am also going to be doing JaneAustenians, which is a group on good reads where we are reading Jane Austen’s book. The first book that will be read starting today is Pride & Prejudice. I had tried to read Northanger Abby by Jane Austen, but I couldn’t get into it. Hopefully, Pride & Prejudice will be good since I LOVED the movie. Check it out. The video is on youtube go to ReadByZoe. I love her channel.

Writing

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I have to have the photo to keep writing so I can continue to motivate myself. I am making an to-do list ( I’ve done for the millionth time) and today so far has been a productive day! I am going to attempt to write a chapter a day in order to get this book completed. With the book I am writing, I will be trying to get an agent to get traditionally published. My goal is to be a NYT best selling author.

 

What have you been up to?

 

 

Is It Imperative To Reward Yourself?


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Hey readers!

As I packing up my desk today for my last day in the office ( I will still help out from time to time), it made me feel so bittersweet. I had my bag and putting my office dishes ( mugs, etc) and I couldn’t help but to take a deep sigh. On the verge of tears, I held it tougher because I couldn’t believe that the 10 month program had gone by so fast. I was happy but I also had a panic feeling. What’s next? What do I do now? I spoke to my boss who was watching me pack up and she was complimenting me on what a great job I did working for her, but then she said something that really made me think. She said, ” Krystol, although I do hope you find another job you will not be happy until you are making money doing something creative. Make something your own and make money from it.” I was at a loss for words. Here I am applying for jobs day in and day out knowing that I would not truly be happy. Since I’ve been blogging more, I notice that I am able to get out more content when I write what I want. Then she said, ” When the time comes you will figure out what you want to do and you will be happy, but in the meantime don’t forget to reward yourself. Reward myself? I thought quietly.  I had heard another boss tell me to do that too. But, honestly, how do you do that? Spa trip, vacation? New books? Well, the new books part sounds fun!

This may sound silly, but I started to look up ways to reward myself for finishing what was a hectic program. AmeriCorps is no joke. Working 1700 hours, plus trainings on Friday that can be daunting at times, workshops that you present and retreats where you ” bond” with others in the program. It was an experience. Would I do it again? No.  I say this only because I felt this program is something for those between the ages of 18-25. It was not for me, but I did learn a lot about myself and a few extra pointers along the way. So, it was not in vain if that makes sense. To reward myself, I am going to treat myself to a $40 book spree.

What does this mean?

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Well, I will buy all of the books that I want for $50 bucks! I think I am going to order on book outlet and have a party. They always have the best books for cheap. That and thrift books.Com! I LOVE that site. Did I mention that all of the books are VERY cheap, too? I may just do thrift books because once you order $10 worth of books, shipping is free.  I know I said I was on a ban until I read half of what was on my shelf, but it does not hurt to splurge a little, right? After all it is MY reward! I think I will get every book that Colleen Hoover and Libba Bray has written. See…I’m going over budget already! Any who, it has been said to me to always reward yourself when you complete a task. I think that if the reward is not beneficial to you, then the task is irrelevant.

Let me know in the comments, is it imperative to reward yourself?

Been So Long


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Hey readers! I know it’s been forever since I blogged, but I am here. Hope everyone has been doing well. There has been a lot since I posted a blog and I am happy to say I am feeling better with the way things are going. So, let’s see! First things first!  Before, I get into details, I just want to thank the new subscribers that joined the Krystol Method! I hope that my blog is something that you will enjoy as i make posts.

Reading

Reading

My reading life is still existent! I started to read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagiharia and I have put it down. It’s a good book, but I just could not focus on it. The book is massive and the pages are like bible pages. They are so thin, but the story is just starting to pick up. So, I am at a good place to take a break. I finally finished Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen and I will link that video right here  I hope you enjoy the video and my thoughts on the book. I really did enjoy the read. It took me a while to finish because I had papers to write for school and projects to do for work. But, overall, if you have not read it, definitely check it out! Currently, I am reading three books. I am still on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ( it is taking me long to read this book too, but I believe you have to read it slow for a reason), Salem’s Lot by Stephen King and Dark Aemilia by Sally O’Rilley.  I just started to read both of the last books I mentioned and so far so good! I will keep you updated as I finish the books!

 

Ph.D Life 

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Although they say the life of a Ph.D student is a lonely journey, I beg to differ thus far.  My journey has been tough but extremely amazing at the time. I am making so many new friends who share the same interests as me. Now, I know that school can be daunting especially when you have a 15 page and an 8 page paper due by Sunday at 12am, but it is rewarding as well. This past quarter I took Culture and Psychology and Human Motivation. Both classes were exciting and time consuming at the same time. We are not going to even go there about articles that I had to read for school. I ended up with an A and a B in the class. My GPA is now a 3.26. I am just going to keep climbing the ladder knowing that it will get better.  The next quarter is summer quarter and I was taking two classes, but instead I am just taking one class. I just need a break without the added pressure of what’s going on already and what I am trying to do. I will be taking Theories of Learning. This class seems really interesting and I look forward to writing the final paper on the expectancy value theory. ( I’m such a nerd, I know.)

 

Life Happens

What else has been going on? Let’s see…I met someone and fell in love! Yup, I have been in a great relationship for 2 months now and things are going great! I must say that I am so happy to be with someone who truly respects and cares for me. I could not have asked for anything more.

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Me and my boyfriend Ilyas 

Any-who,  I have been job hunting like crazy! My brain is almost fried for trying to find a job. I am looking outside of Delaware to places like Georgia and California. I must say I am excited for something new. I have interviews coming up and I hope that something pans out. I will keep the faith. Aside for new love in my life I have been focusing more on writing. I think about writing all the time but for some reason my thoughts are all jumbled together that I can’t get right. That’s why I decided to blog a today to get back into the groove. I did finish my last writing project for a client and I am filling my own movie in Georgia which is oh so exciting! We ( the director, cast and I) just did our first table read and we had a ball! I will keep you updated about my film as well. That is all for now. It’s about 2 am and I am running out of steam. I wish you all a great week and I will post my review soon even though the video is tagged here about the book by Sarah Dessen that I read. Keep reading, writing and living life !

Ciao,

Krystol

Book Review: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


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Title: Redeeming Love

Author: Francine Rivers

About The Author:

“New York Times” best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote “Redeeming Love” as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA’s top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since “Redeeming Love,” Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes–all best sellers–and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Francine’s novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

Page count: 480 Pages 

My read version: Audiobook

Review:

Wow! This was the first book that I have read by this author–a Christian author at that. I absolutely loved how all of the characters were portrayed in this historical fiction. It has become a new favorite genre of mine! This book is about a girl who was forced to live a life beyond her control. Angel also know as Sarah lives her life to the best of her ability no matter what others say about her. She knows who she is and yet she is determined to live in a way that she thinks is best for her. Until she meets Michael Josea. I won’t mention who he is, but I will say that Sarah met her own Angel one night and he showed her what love really was despite Sarah’s flaws. Unsure of herself, her emotions and her way of life, Sarah tries to figure out what she’s on the earth for. Lessons are learned and being on her own shows her which path to take. I have just ordered some other books by this author and I hope it does not disappoint. Readers, if you have not read this book, please get your copy now! The audiobook is great!

My Rating: 5 stars

High Recommend: Yes