Month: February 2017

(No New) FRIENDS

Posted February 13, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 10 Comments
(No New) FRIENDS

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way. The tee shirt design was created by me. As you know, my biggest challenge when watching TV is that I generally won’t watch anything aside from Friends. I get too attached and emotional when I see episodes. I don’t even like talking with people about how much I love this show because I can’t handle it. As a part of the Netflix and Books Challenge that Erica and I are hosting this year, I wanted to spend some time highlighting some of my all-time favorite shows and maaaybe I can convince you to watch them. When I was contacted by Uberprints to make a shirt design for my blog and share my thoughts on the process, I was blanking on which book I would want to feature for the shirt. I only had a few review posts scheduled for early 2017, so my options were limited and nothing was speaking to me. I, of course, reverted to my original favorite thing – Friends. I’ve talked at length about how much I love this show and why it’s so important to me, so I won’t bore you with that right now. Instead, I’ll show you the cool Uberprints website, my shirt, AND recommend some books for the characters from Friends. All of my Friends Funkos plus the boxed […]

Getting Older and Pickier with my Reading Choices

Posted February 10, 2017 / Discussions, Features / 12 Comments
Getting Older and Pickier with my Reading Choices

Since I started reading, I’ve always reached for the same books. I like young adult contemporary with some fantasy books mixed in – maybe a few paranormal/etc. ones if the mood strikes. I also read a lot of adult contemporary (“chick lit” – ugh) because, back when I started reading YA, there weren’t nearly as many options as there are now. I was reading Sophie Kinsella when I was 14 years old. You can pretty much tell that my reading habits and preferences haven’t really changed; I’m still reading young adult books with some adult books mixed in. However, I can say that a few more specific preferences have changed over time. I wrote a draft a long time ago wondering if I was older and wiser, or if I’ve just read too many YA books. I found that I can easily pick up on certain twists. Is it because I’m getting too old for YA? Is YA getting more predictable? Is is only more “predictable” because I’ve read so many of them at this point? This post isn’t about plot twists and predictability necessarily (I sort of already talked about that) – it’s about how I’ve adjusted my reading based on my age and reading experience. I’m fine-tuning what I want to read and figuring out my reading life as a 25 year old person who still enjoys young adult literature. I don’t want to overstep and judge certain books harshly because I’m older than the characters; I always try to […]

ARC Review: Rise of Fire

Posted February 9, 2017 / Book Reviews / 2 Comments
ARC Review: Rise of Fire

Initial Excitement The reviews for REIGN OF SHADOWS were incredibly mixed. I was very happy to fall on the “loved it” side of the spectrum. I was so addicted to reading it and was eager to read RISE OF FIRE. The cliffhanger from the first book was Cruel with a capital C. I loved the twists and turns and hoped for much of the same in book two. Needless to say, I hopped at the chance to read this one early… aka ASAP. Warning about this review: The previous book ended with a cliffhanger, wondering if Fowler was going to survive what happened to him. The synopsis of this book gives this away completely; you know before even starting whether he survives. My review is going to operate under the assumption you already know THIS because you read the synopsis. Quick Summary This book picks up right where the previous story left off. Thank god, after that cliffhanger! I actually did forget quite a bit that happened in book one, but the beginning of RISE OF FIRE did a great job of setting the stage and reminding you what just happened. The story follows Luna and Fowler as they travel away from the dwellers with a group of men that find them. Fowler is in bad shape and she decides getting him medical attention should be the #1 priority, so she decides to go with these men. The two end up in Lagonia with a king and his two children, caught […]

Wednesday Wrap-Up #3 | WoW & WWW

Wednesday Wrap-Up #3 | WoW & WWW

I don’t like to do too many weekly memes on the blog and usually stick to TTT, but I thought it would be fun to occasionally post Wednesday memes I’m interested in. It won’t be weekly, but it’ll be fun to recap the previous week or so and talk about what books I have on the docket. It will be a combination of WWW Wednesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays (more details below!), as well as anything else I’d like to share. Waiting on…Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and asks upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. I’m currently waiting impatiently for… Blacklist by Alyson Noel Release Date: April 4th 2017 In the second book of the suspenseful Unrivaled trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, Layla, Aster and Tommy have to unearth Hollywood it-girl Madison Brooks’ secrets before one of them takes the fall for her disappearance and murder. Layla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub. But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera. Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #127: More Pages

Posted February 7, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 22 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #127: More Pages

Ten Books that Needed More Pages Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them is a fun topic for me because I wish I had a dollar for every time I said “ugh this book needed more pages.” I guess this can be interpreted in two ways – the books that genuinely needed more pages because there wasn’t enough development or information, and the books that I never wanted to end and just NEED MORE from. Here are ten books that fit the bill! Loved Em & Need More The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | I adored this book. Every single page. I read it so quickly and never wanted to be out of their heads. I would have loved more pages full of banter and cuteness. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | I remember getting to the end of this one and thinking it was a little rushed, but I also really loved the whole story. More pages could have helped but otherwise <333 Winning by Lara Deloza | This was another near-perfect book that could have used more oomph toward the end. I wanted some more wrapping up and ~finalizing~ by the end of it, if I remember correctly. Maybe in Another […]

Becoming a Morning Person & My Routines

Posted February 6, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 13 Comments
Becoming a Morning Person & My Routines

I loved Stephanie’s post about how she prepares the night before to make mornings easier, and how she’s sort of become a morning person since then. I drafted this post back then, and finally finished it off when I saw Kristin’s post recently. I totally related when I read these because I’ve been trying to do something similar this year. I don’t always succeed in waking up early, but I do always feel better when I do. My Journey to Become a Morning Person I used to sleep incredibly late because I would stay up incredibly late. During college, I’d be up until 2 AM watching shows on Netflix. I didn’t have class until 11:00 AM on most days, so it was perfectly fine for me to then sleep from 2 – 10 AM and get ready for class then. I wasn’t reading back then, like at all, so it was easy to get lost online for hoooours without feeling like I SHOULD be reading. My journey to becoming a morning person definitely started when Chris and I moved into our current apartment. His hours at work are much different from mine (7-3:30 vs. 9-5) so he gets 1-2 hours of alone time every night after work, before I come home. I determined that I deserved some “me time” as well, so I started trying to go to sleep earlier and waking up earlier. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way. 1. You don’t really NEED to […]

Even MORE Upcoming Books I’m Super Excited For

Posted February 3, 2017 / Discussions, Features / 18 Comments
Even MORE Upcoming Books I’m Super Excited For

I hope you’re ready for even MORE (x2 basically) unreleased books I’m super excited about! Back in March, I talked about some other new and upcoming books I was excited for and then I also shared books that aren’t releasing for a loooong time but I wanted them immediately. I also did another installment in November. I’ve been trying to highlight newer and upcoming releases (both in the far future and the near future) lately because I have a lot of fun putting bookish lists together and never doing anything with them. I always love adding new books to my TBR and creeping on other people’s posts like this! Without further ado, here are some more upcoming releases (2017 books that now have cover art) that I need.    180 Seconds by Jessica Park • April 2017 This book involves a social experiment where you have to spend 180 seconds with someone. Naturally, the MC and the guy hit it off and you wonder what will happen next. I’ve read articles about dating and how if you maintain eye contact for a certain amount of time then ask specific questions, it helps you fall in love? I think that premise is what intrigues me about this book! Margot & Me by Juno Dawson • January 2017 The premise of moving to her grandmother’s (Margot) house for a few months and having to deal with a new school is usually appealing enough for me. However, the MC then finds her grandmother’s diary from the 1940s and uncovers a […]

Review Roundup | Take the Key and Lock Her Up, One Paris Summer, and Hope Was Here

Posted February 2, 2017 / Book Reviews, Review Roundup / 7 Comments
Review Roundup | Take the Key and Lock Her Up, One Paris Summer, and Hope Was Here

In an effort to cut down on posts and burnout, my Review Roundups will feature 2-3 backlist books I’ve read or listened to recently. My ARC reviews usually get the solo treatment. Enjoy the mini reviews! I’m a big Ally Carter fan… You can tell from all the books listed above that I’ve read by her. While the Gallagher Girls series is one of my favorites, Embassy Row didn’t really disappoint until this final book. Many people were annoyed with Grace before but I kind of liked her closed-off ferocity. She had been through SO much; I really understood why she was so hardened to the world and how she didn’t trust easily. That was a non-issue for me in the first two books, but really took a turn in TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP. I will admit that SO much of this had to do with the audiobook narrator. She over-acted and over-exaggerated her reactions to everything, so Grace was even more whiny, irritating, and hardheaded. The story itself was lacking in some areas, but my issues with Grace really distracted me from anything else going on. She jumped headfirst into really stupid things… and then didn’t understand why certain people would be mad at her for them.  Seriously, such a moron! Her selfishness in this book astounded me. I don’t know why it surprised me so much, but it did. I thought the first half of the book dragged on a little bit because they were essentially on the […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | January 2017

Posted February 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 11 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | January 2017

The Bookmark Lit Bulletin was created to wrap up each month and prepare for the next. I share my book haul, books I read and reviewed, posts I shared, challenge updates, and more from the previous month. I also let you know what may be coming up on the blog in the coming month. You can read past bulletins here. I recently split out my personal posts into the Lauren Lately feature, so this is a bit shorter! I always like to start the year off by getting ahead on my challenge. I don’t read as much as I used to so it kind of feels weird when I’m not seeing the “X books ahead” thing on Goodreads. Luckily reading a few shorter novellas to kick off 2017 helped me get ahead on my challenge. I hit a nice stride in January with some pretty solid reads as well. I’m happy with this year so far, reading-wise! Average rating for books read in January: 3.9 stars Highlights & Lowlights All of the books read this month: Year-Long Contemporary Romance Challenge 7 this month | 7 read total | 29% complete Books read from the pre-planned TBR: 1 this month | 1 total Flights of Fantasy Challenge 6 this month | 6 read total | 20% complete   Seasonal Winter Bingo Challenge This month: Green cover The Names They Gave Us – Lord Banned book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Carroll 2017 debut Geekerella – Ashley Potson Nature on cover Ice Like Fire – Raasch Unreliable narrator Take the Key […]