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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 3

Posted August 3, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 0 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 3

Your Favorite Series Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard I already used Harry Potter, so here’s a (very different) close second. I’ve been reading these since the year they started coming out – long before the show was even thought of. She was first only going to write 8, I believe, then decided to have 16 in the actual series plus two bonus books (a prequel and one covering their winter vacation). Whenever a new PLL book was released, I would read it immediately and finish within two days. I’m currently anxiously awaiting the final book, Vicious, which will come out in December of this year. People say the books have gone downhill since about halfway through the series, but I have been intrigued and engaged the entire time. If you like the show, I would definitely recommend reading these. The plot of the series is VERY different from the show, so you won’t get the two easily confused.

Isla Is Coming Readalong / Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Posted August 2, 2014 / Book Challenges, Book Reviews, Features / 5 Comments
Isla Is Coming Readalong / Review: Anna and the French Kiss

 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 on the right to read the informational post). I started reading Anna and the French Kiss on Friday, when the readalong started, and I basically haven’t stopped it reading since. I just finished the book (WAY too early!) and now I’m going to wait another few days before starting Lola and the Boy Next Door with the rest of the readers. It’ll be hard to resist but I really want to keep pace with the readalong. 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. Judging by how much I absolutely loved the first book, I’m sure I’ll really enjoy the next two in this totally adorable trilogy. So now here’s my review for the first book in the Isla Is Coming readalong! Review: This is exactly what I’m looking for when I read a young adult romance. All YA authors should read this book before writing one of their own. I feel like I smiled to myself like an idiot throughout the whole book; it was just so damn cute. Anna was one of the most relatable characters I’ve encountered. Her experiences completely mirror those of the average teenage girl: getting screwed over by a best friend, falling for a boy […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2

Posted August 2, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features, Uncategorized / 0 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2

A Book That You’ve Read Again And Again The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Okay so I haven’t technically read this over and over again. I don’t like to reread books, as I’ve said before, because I feel like there are so many books out there I would never get to if I kept rereading my favorites. However, this is one book I fully intend on reading repeatedly throughout my life. I borrowed it from the library back in middle school and loved every second of it. Since then, I’ve purchased it for my kindle to have for future readings. I think sometime within the next few months I’ll read this one again, since I recently saw the movie and was inspired to. For me, this is a modern-day version of The Catcher in the Rye.

30 Day Book Challenge

Posted August 1, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge

For the month of August, since it’ll be the first full month I’ll have my blog, I’m going to do the 30 Day Book Challenge (which I found over at The Reader’s Roost). You’ll be able to learn a little more about me and some of the books I’ve read long before this blog got started. Comment with links to your challenge if you decide to join me for the month! Day 01 – A Book You Wish You Could Live In [Harry Potter] Day 02 – A Book That You’ve Read Again And Again [The Perks of Being a Wallflower] Day 03 – Your Favourite Series [Pretty Little Liars] Day 04 – Worst Film Adaptation Of A Book [My Sister’s Keeper] Day 05 – A Book That Makes You Happy [Anna and the French Kiss] Day 06 – A Book that Broke Your Heart [The Kite Runner] Day 07 – Most underrated Book [Class of 98] Day 08 – Most Overrated Book [We Were Liars] Day 09 – A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving [Beyond Belief] Day 10 – Favourite Classic Book [The Catcher in the Rye]

Top 10 Paranormal Books

Posted July 30, 2014 / Book Lists, Features / 8 Comments
Top 10 Paranormal Books

Lately my TBR pile has been getting filled with paranormal, afterlife, time travel, reimagining, and dystopia books. When I read and get in the mood for a certain genre, that’s normally what I binge-read and binge-add to my Goodreads shelves. I just finished September Girls, which basically killed my paranormal mood. Before I move along to other genres, I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite books that fall into this category. Some of them are series; some are standalones. I’m also including three books I haven’t read yet but am DYING to get my hands on. Which of these have you read? Which of these are you adding to your TBR pile?   Read and Loved Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin The land of Elsewhere is a mix between earth and heaven, where a fourteen year old girl ends up going after she dies. She will age backwards until she is a baby again, and then return to earth. This was a great book with a really cool concept; I think I’ll be rereading this one soon! The Looking Glass Wars (series) by Frank Beddor This is a reimagining of the Alice in Wonderland books…except this time, young Alyss of Wonderland is stuck in the human world, fighting to get back and claim her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts. I normally am not a huge fan of reimaginings, but this concept was really cool. A Great and Terrible Beauty (series) by Libba Bray Even if you […]

July Book Haul

July Book Haul

Here is my first ever Book Haul! I’m excited to share the books I’ve bought through the month of July. Because of my Kindle, and the fact that my financial situation isn’t looking so good, I don’t often buy copies of books like this. I hope I’ll be able to share a Book Haul each month, even if it just ends up being e-books. Well, without further ado, here are the books I’ve purchased in the month of July, where I bought them, and why. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these! Niantic Book Barn in Niantic, CT This is the most amazing used book store. There’s a big barn (where the YA books are located), and a bunch of smaller shacks full of books. Everything has a great price and you could spend hours there. Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan I remember reading this book a long time time ago. I can’t remember anything about it, but I vividly remember that cover. I have been wanting to get back into some of the faerie-related fantasy books I used to like. This book was only $1 Never Have I Ever (My Life So Far Without a Date) by Katie Heaney Katie Heaney writes a memoir about her life, and how she hasn’t had a second date in her 24 years. Most of the reviews seem pretty positive and the plot summary promises that its laugh-out-loud funny at times. The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan Book 2 […]

10 Books I’m Judging by the Cover

Posted July 23, 2014 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
10 Books I’m Judging by the Cover

I won’t lie – I’m obsessed with books that have gorgeous covers. Contrary to the popular saying, the cover is the first thing you see that draws you into the book. The plot summary on the back is what seals the deal for me, of course, but no one has time to read the summary of every single book in the store and ignore the covers completely. It’s just not feasible. I’ve notice lately that the YA genre has been including these indie-esque covers with beautiful typography. Based on their covers, these are the 10 books I’m most looking forward to reading in the near future. Have you read any of these? Which should I start with? Which ones sucked? Comment below!         To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. I absolutely love Jenny Han. I’ve […]

10 Favorite Books of 2014 (So Far)

Posted July 18, 2014 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
10 Favorite Books of 2014 (So Far)

Although I have a separate page for this topic, I figured I would make a post about it as well since I am just getting this blog started. Here are the top 10 books that I enjoyed reading so far in 2014. (Not all of these were released in 2014) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver  Any book that makes me stay up late thinking about is a good book in my mind. I finished this book in two sittings because I needed to know what happened next. A popular teenager is killed in a car accident. She continues to relive the day she died over and over; she alters her decisions every day and slowly learns her purpose. This book made me think about life and death far more than I usually do. I wrote a full review here. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty A woman finds a letter written by her husband that she was not supposed to find until he died. The novel develops how her family, and a couple of others, will cope with her husband’s secret. I’m a sucker for a book where multiple peoples’ lives intertwine. I enjoyed this book because it made me more interested in reading “adult” fiction instead of my usual YA. Liane Moriarty has a few other books out that I want to read and I hope they live up to my expectations. I expect to write a full review on this book sometime soon, since it is one […]

Top 10 Summer Reads

Posted July 16, 2014 / Book Lists, Features / 5 Comments

Top 10 Books to Read in the Summertime My best book season is the summertime. There’s nothing better than sitting outside under a tree or on the beach reading a book. I love stories about girls who head off to some beachy destination, fall in love, and make new friends. I’m a sucker for a summer YA novel. Here are my top picks for summertime. Some of them are book series and some are standalones, listed in no particular order. Enjoy! Summer series by Katherine Applegate  ||  This series includes Beach Blondes, Spring Break, Tan Lines, and Sun-Kissed Christmas. For some reason, they were published out of order; I recommend reading them as I listed them here. Beach Blondes and Tan Lines technically contain three books apiece, so they look huge. The stories go by very quickly and are a little less fluffy than they seem. The gist is that the main character, who is of course named Summer, heads down to Florida for the summer/spring break/summer again/Christmas. She meets three guys: Adam, the rich guy; Diver, the mysterious guy; and Seth, the guy with a girlfriend. Add in the typical YA drama and a little more serious stuff, and you’ve got this series that’s perfect to read on the beach. Summer series by Jenny Han  ||  Apparently these two series’ have unoriginal names. This series includes The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer. I could not stop reading these. I wish […]