BookTubers I Follow

BookTubers I Follow

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Hello and happy Wednesday. You don’t have to be super observant or follow me very closely to notice that lately, I’ve had more time to read and to blog. This has also meant that I’ve had more time to get back into BookTube, despite the entire post I made on no longer following BookTubers anymore. The truth is, even when I wasn’t following any, I liked to sometimes go to their channels and watch the videos they’d uploaded recently. Today, I’m back to fully embracing the BookTube life again, but not like before, when every book that anyone talked about would go straight to my wishlist. I have come to terms with the fact that I have my own books and my own rhythm and that I can just watch BookTube for entertainment purposes and not necessarily bookish guidance. And watching them is also fun to get ideas for posts, like the one that went up last week. I am following five BookTubers and I want to share the reasons why I do with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Let me start by saying that the books Emily reads are for the most part very different from the ones I read. This is awesome because I don’t feel compelled to even check out any book she mentions, but I still enjoy listening to her talk about them. It’s probably weird, but who cares? We each have our reasons to follow certain people. I guess I enjoy the consistency of her videos, too. I know I can expect TBRs at the beginning of every month and wrap-ups at the end, and I love that Emily usually reads big books and that she shops at Book Outlet more than I do. She mostly reads sci-fi, horror, and thrillers, so if you’re into that, you should check her out.

Hailey in Bookland

I talked about Hailey in my previous post since it was based on a video of hers. I like her attitude and her energy, and I think that’s what made me want to check out her channel when I was watching an episode of Bookmarked. Bookmarked is a live chat she does with Zoë and Hannah, whose channels I’ll be talking about in a second. It’s every week and they talk about bookish things for about an hour. Anyway, here’s where I discovered Hailey and then after exploring her channel, I realized she did weekly reading vlogs, which I think are what I enjoy most about her. I like how she combines her daily life with reading and writing, and how she inserts hauls and unboxings into the videos. I enjoy her vlogs more than I do her regular videos, but I still watch those.

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Zoë is not as consistent with her uploads as Hailey and Emily, which for some reason makes me even more excited when I see she has a new video up. I love her 24-hour readathons, especially because I don’t think I’d ever be able to do one myself so it’s cool to see someone else reading so much. Also, out of all the BookTubers, I think my taste aligns the most with Zoë’s because she’s into contemporary romance, but she also reads some fantasy here and there.

A Clockwork Reader

If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, watch one of Hannah’s videos and you’ll be completely at ease with her voice. Her videos are just so relaxed and soothing, and she’s one of those people who give the impression of always knowing what they’re talking about, and as a teacher, I admire that. I want to say that Hannah leans more toward fantasy, so the reviews she gives about contemporary novels are very useful because they’re more unbiased, I think. I love that she posts tags and challenges, although again, she’s not super consistent.

Book Roast 

G from Book Roast is more of an old-school BookTuber, or maybe I feel that way because I used to watch her videos years ago. Since then, she’s changed her repertoire, and now she mostly does weekly vlogs and unboxings, which usually are Harry Potter or fantasy-themed. I love unboxings, especially when I know I could never get the subscription boxes she gets because they’re Europe-based, but a girl can dream, right?

Do you follow any BookTubers? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Updated Wish List

Updated Wish List

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Last week I brought you my updated TBR list, so it’s only fair that today I share my Wish List. Let’s get started, shall we?

Unlike the TBR list, I don’t own any of the books in my Wish List, but I want to get them. This list is way shorter than my TBR list as well, and thanks to Kindle and Book Outlet, it is easier to make it even shorter. If you want to see the books I want to get, you can click the following link: Miss Camilas Wish List.

I like to keep a wish list to control my impulse buying because it gives me an idea of the books to buy. I think if I didn’t have one, I would just go crazy and not have any logic behind the books I get. It is also a nice tool to have when shopping online, or even in stores. Besides this wish list, I have one on Amazon called “Books to Buy” and one on Book Outlet, and I try to keep them all updated to avoid buying the same book twice.

If you download this list, you’re free to use it any way you want. You can print it or keep the digital copy. I encourage you to click the links on the book titles, especially if there are books that you didn’t know about and you’re intrigued. You can also add or remove any titles and basically manage this list however you feel like.

Is there any book you have unknowingly bought more than once? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Reto lector de noviembre: Las hijas del Capitán

Reto lector de noviembre: Las hijas del Capitán

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Hola y feliz sábado. Hoy les quiero hablar sobre un libro que me encantó y que creo que va a entretener a muchos de ustedes, especialmente si les gusta la novela histórica. Estoy hablando de Las hijas del Capitán de María Dueñas.

Leí este libro entre el 22 de septiembre y el 14 de octubre de 2019 y le di cuatro estrellas. En esta publicación no van a encontrar nada negativo sobre esta novela porque realmente no tengo nada malo que decir. La puntuación que le di, y más específicamente la razón por la que le “quité” una estrella se debe que, si bien la historia me entretuvo mucho, no cambió mi vida ni me movió de ninguna manera. Además, y este es un problema mío como lectora, tiene 620 páginas, y a mí no me gustan los libros largos. Me siento intimidada por ellos y el que sean tan largos hace que me aburre. Ese puede ser el motivo por el que me demoré tanto leyendo este libro.

El estilo de la autora cautiva al lector. Es muy diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrada leyendo tantos autores latinoamericanos. Con este libro uno se siente como si estuviera dentro de la historia: las descripciones son tan detalladas que pareciera que estuviera viendo una novela del tipo de “Gran hotel.” Además de esto, me gustó que los capítulos fueran cortos.

Nunca había leído una novela con la temática de Las hijas del Capitán. Es la historia de tres hermanas españolas que, en los años 30, tienen que lidiar con la vida en Nueva York después de que su papá las hace viajar hasta allá y muere en un accidente. Considero que esta trama podría abrir las puertas a una discusión sobre las migraciones en Estados Unidos y la vida que las personas forman cuando viajan a este país. Si bien las protagonistas no son “agradables” (no creo que ese hubiera sido el propósito de la autora, son mujeres fuertes que desafían los estándares planteados para ellos por el contexto social e histórico de la época.

¿Han leído algo de María Dueñas? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

Updated TBR List

Updated TBR List

100th (1).pngHello and happy Wednesday. I am super excited about today’s post because I love it when I can share useful stuff with you. A few months ago, I posted about my digital TBR list, which you could download for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. Well, I have updated that list and now you can download it without going anywhere or registering to any websites. Just click this link: Miss Camilas TBR List and you’ll get the file.

Now, for those of you who don’t know or are not sure, a TBR list is, it’s basically all the books I own and want to read. TBR means “to be read.”  A condition for a book to be in my TBR list is that I already have it so I wouldn’t need to purchase it. To me, having this list is great because I am organized and am aware of all the books I have. I feel that since I’ve made it, I have read more books and rediscovered some I’ve acquired in the past and forgot about.

My TBR consists of books I have bought, books from Kindle Unlimited or that I discovered via Goodreads recommendations, NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs, and books I’ve gotten on subscription boxes. It is a combination of pretty much every genre out there, so I’m sure that you can look through it and find a title or two that you like.

As with any of the products I release, you have full freedom to adapt it any way you feel like. You can print all the pages, or keep the digital TBR and, like me, highlight every title as you read it. You can also make your own version of your TBR by deleting or adding titles. I have linked all the books to their Goodreads so that if you’re curious, you can click on them and check them out. This is also a preview of the book reviews you will be seeing in the future.

What is a book you can’t wait to read? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Edelweiss Reads: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

Edelweiss Reads: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

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Hello and happy Friday. I probably told you a while ago that I wanted to improve my reviewing game, so today I’ll share my thoughts on a DRC I was provided via Edelweiss. Let’s get started, shall we?

I read Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway between August 9th and August 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. In a few words, I can describe this as a short read but one that is neither memorable nor entertaining. On the plus side, you won’t use too many brain cells while reading this.

According to the first page, this is based on a true story, which I find hard to believe and I think it’s probably a way to hook readers. In that case, the hook worked because it took me three days to read this whole novel, didn’t it? The format also made it a quick read because the story is constructed solely on text messages, emails, and diary entries. That’s something I’m really into, but I honestly felt that I was missing context while reading this book. I consider the texts and the messages as nice inserts that would complement a story, but not as the story in and of itself.

I should’ve known better when requesting this book because I don’t like stories about mothers and daughters in general. It makes me uncomfortable to read about a daughter whose best friend is her mom, and it infuriates me when children don’t treat their parents well. Yes, it was a mistake on my part, clearly, since the title indicated that indeed we would have an exploration of a mother-daughter relationship, and, to make matters worse, there were romantic relationships involved.

As I kept reading, I couldn’t figure out the “point” of the book. Again, I wasn’t (and still am not) sure that this was actually based on true events, so I didn’t quite understand whether the “transcripts” from the mother’s journal were legit or not. Additionally, there were “jokes” related to child molestation, which I never condone and which obviously factored in the two-star rating I gave the book.

This definitely wasn’t the book for me. It wasn’t really harmful or anything (aside from the “jokes” that were completely unnecessary), but I don’t think it was really worth my time. Do you think that you might like this book? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Oh My John Green

Oh My John Green

100th (1).pngHello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m reviewing a game-changer. Honestly, if you haven’t read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, you should, now. This post can wait. I read this book between March 10th and March 14th, 2019 and I wish I would have read it when I was way younger. I could have used some words of wisdom. I gave it a five-star rating, but I have the feeling you already knew that.

I’ll keep this review short and sweet and I’ll let you decide what you think of this novel on your own. Personally, I just adore books that are divided into shorter sections, not necessarily chapters, but you know, smaller parts. To me, that’s what keeps me wanting to read more, especially if the narration goes back and forth in time like in this book.

There are footnotes throughout this novel and I find them absolutely hilarious. I understand why some people will find them annoying, but keep in mind that this is John Green we’re talking about, and he won’t make anything annoying or boring. If you really hate them, you could skip them, but you’d be missing out.

One thing that I love about all the John Green books I’ve read, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which he wrote in collaboration with David Levithan, is that his main characters are always huge nerds.  I haven’t read all of John Green’s novels, and I know that the two books I have yet to read might not have a super nerdy main character, but still. I also love that there’s a road trip because you know that’s one of the things that draw me to books.

Wow, so much for “short and sweet.” In the comments below I’d like you to tell me what is your favorite John Green book and why. If you don’t like me, also tell me why is that.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Your Next Favorite Read

Your Next Favorite Read

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I never thought that I would be here, gushing about just how awesome Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is and how you should totally definitely read it, but here I am.

I read this book between March the 2nd and the 16th and gave it a five-star rating. The reason why I loved it so much and I think other readers will too is that this is straight up a funny book. I was thoroughly entertained by it, so I think it would be great if you want to steer clear of the super serious reads for a while. It was also relatable to me. We all know that I love me some shopping.

British authors just get to me. I don’t know what it is about their style that differentiates them so much from American ones, but they manage to write in this fresh and fast way that keeps the reader hooked. I am also impressed by how descriptive they are. I think this is why when I watch the movie adaptation of a book by a British author I always feel that it falls short. To me, the book provides so much more. By the way, I tried to watch the movie adaptation for Confessions of a Shopaholic and I literally stopped it two minutes in. I could tell that the essence of the book had not been captured at all. If given the choice of reading the book or watching the movie, choose the book.

The only downside to this novel was the typos and editing issues that I found here and there. You know how picky I am with that, and how that stuff annoys me. Of course, it’s not the author’s fault, but it’s something that publishing houses should be more careful about, especially since this book is a bestseller.

I loved this book so much that I copied a quote from it and I want to share it with you. In the comments below tell me what you thought about it and whether it encouraged you to add this novel to your TBR list.

“It’s not just Luke, and it’s not just my new job with Morning Coffee (even though every time I remember it, I feel a leap of disbelieving joy). No, it’s more than that. It’s that I feel like a completely new person. I feel as though I’m moving on to a new stage in life -with a different outlook, and different priorities.” 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila