My current audiobook is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This book sounded interesting and got some good reviews from other people, so when I saw it was on sale for audiobook I decided to give it a shot. I’m only a few minutest in at this point, but I’m not the biggest fan of the narrator’s voice. The current book I’m physically reading is The Heiresses by Sara Shepard. I’m not sure how it took me this long to pick this book up, but so far I really like it. I’m still a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series and this book seems moderately similar. That can be a good or bad thing – we’ll see! I’m only 100 pages in and started last night. I have finished a grand total of 7 books in the past week! That makes me confident that I’ll be able to finish that many this week for my Bout of Books challenge/goal. For audiobooks, I finished All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill [review] last week, Ajax Penubra 1969 by Robin Sloan [review] and Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira this morning. Driving 2.5 hours to Maine and back definitely helped me crank through the audiobook. I finished up The Distance Between Us by Kasie West [review] and Isa and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins [review] last week before Bout of Books. When I was in Maine, I finished a book per day, with Boomerang by Noelle August on Monday […]
Month: August 2014
Today’s Bout of Book challenge is to create Book Spine Poetry. I used six of the books on my shelf (some read, some TBR). Because I used six books, I was allowed six “bonus” words for the poem. My book titles are in bold. six months later, everything is illuminated. i go back to where it began – the last summer of you and me. can you keep a secret? i wasn’t me before you
Favorite Book Turned Into A Movie The Fault in Our Stars by John Green As someone who read this book long before the hype and the movie, this was bittersweet. I tend to prefer being a book (and music, for that matter) hipster. I like to find my new favorite things and keep them all to myself. John Green is amazing and deserves all of the recognition, but I can’t help but bristle at all the people who are just now reading his books because of the movie and because they’re popular. I read this book the day it was released, all in one sitting. I read Looking for Alaska the year it was published. John Green is my main main. Despite being jaded for no reason about his success, the movie was actually a very good representation of the book. I was so pleasantly surprised by Shalaine Woodley as Hazel. It was extremely true to the book and I cried through almost the whole movie, even when happy things were happening.
Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)
A Book That Made You Laugh Aspen by Rebekah Crane The characters in this book were so well-developed and hilarious. Some of the conversations they had with each other made me laugh and feel like I was sitting there in the room with them. Her mom smoked pot and constantly had guys coming and going. She and her friends had a really genuine friendship and it was really refreshing. Overall, it was very surprising that this book made me laugh as much as it did, and it was all because of the characters. I love Aspen and her friends and wish I could jump into the book with them. [Review here]
The Isla Is Coming readalong kicked off on the last day of July and I decided to take part! Unlike most people participating, I’m reading the series for the first time. (Click on the picture above to read the informational post). I finished Anna and the French Kiss WAY too early and waited to start Lola and the Boy Next Door with the rest of the readers. I finished Lola within 24 hours as well! Of course, the point of the readalong is to gear up for the third book’s release – Isla and the Happily Ever After on the 14th. I pre-ordered it and anxiously awaited for it to come in. It was worth the wait. Without further ado, here’s my final review for the Isla Is Coming readalong! ISLA IS HERE!!! Review: Oh god, how am I going to write this review without A) squealing and swooning like a child and B) not repeating the lovely things everyone else has already said about this book. This author. This series. IT’S ALL PERFECT. I don’t have any idea how Stephanie Perkins can write very typical young adult romance books but have them be so different, so original, and so amazing. First off, Isla was different because the two characters, Isla and Josh, started their relationship fairly early in the book. It was not about how they came together, but how they stayed together and how their relationship grew. In both Anna and Lola, the couples took some time to get their shit together and make it work. The […]
Instead of the [other] questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then! TOPIC: Book blog posting schedules and “original” ideas vs. memes This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I came across a post about how memes are less original than other types of posts. To an extent, this is true.. The point of memes are to get people talking and link up with other bloggers. Without memes, I wouldn’t know of some of the bloggers I’ve come to enjoy following. I started this blog with the intention of reviewing books and giving recommendation lists, without much of an idea of what book blogger sites actually look like. I started seeing these weekly meme posts on some blogs and thought it was such a cool idea to generate conversation, especially when you’re not sure of what to post. I quickly engulfed myself with five different weekly memes (one for each weekday). I never really consider it a chore to make these posts; I enjoy them. Sometimes it can be tedious but mostly it’s rewarding. Once I link up with others, I bring traffic into my blog and can talk with other bloggers. I can see what books they’ve added to their TBR list, what books they finished, and one some of their all-time favorites are. I don’t think that keeping up with weekly memes is unoriginal. Everyone curates their own lists and content for their posts. […]
Book Scavenger Hunt – first Bout of Books Challenge A Book that begins with “B” (for Bout of Books!): Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire A book that has been made into a movie/tv show: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard A series you love: The A-List by Zoey Dean An anthology of poems or short stories: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves: Golden by Jessi Kirby Challenge can be found here.
Hello! I have a new feature here at Bookmark Lit that gives you a mid-month update. Each month, I’ll put out the bulletin with a summary of the books I’ve read, reviews I’ve written, and whatever else has been going on around Bookmark Lit! I’ll post one each month around the 15th, but I could easily increase the frequency depending on how much news there is to share. Without further ado, here’s the first bulletin for the first half of August! You’ll see that it was a VERY good reading month for me – all books were awesome! I can’t help but wonder if I’m too generous with my reviews, but I keep evaluating the books in my head and can’t imagine rating them any lower. All of the books/reviews below earned between 4 and 5 stars. The last bad book I read was September Girls by Bennett Madison [review] and I just so happened to finish that one on July 31st! My favorite books of August definitely have to be the three Stephanie Perkins books – you just can’t beat those. Also, it’s my one month blogiversary! Well, technically yesterday was…but still! I’m proud of myself and impressed. Thank you all for the support xo Tomorrow morning I’ll be headed to one of my favorite places for relaxation – Maine! My grandma lives in Kennebunk and my dad, stepmom, and little sister are already up there. I’m taking work off tomorrow and Tuesday to join them. Luckily it’s only a 2.5 hour ride from […]
Favorite Quote From A Book This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen “No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, compromise, to give up something in order to gain something greater. The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love makes up for a lot.” I kind of ruined this one for myself by not looking ahead. I already mentioned my favorite quote for a different challenge day here. This one is a close second though. I remember having this as my AIM away message a lot… those were the good ol days.