WWW Wednesdays #4

Posted August 13, 2014 / Weekly Memes, WWW Wednesdays / 3 Comments
WWW Wednesdays #4

What are you currently reading? I just started The Distance Between Us by Kasie West last night. I’ve had my eye on this one for a long time and people seem to really enjoy her books. I read a third of it already last night in one sitting. It was addicting – short chapters, interesting characters, fast-moving plot. I love Caymen’s dry sense of humor and am very interested to see where this one goes. So far, so good! I’m also about 90% done with my audiobook of All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Things are coming together and I’m really curious about how everything is going to turn out… This has been an awesome book where the author slowly divulges information about what’s happening. It’s been great to listen to – my first really good audiobook experience! What did you recently finish reading? I’ve finished a few since last week. I read both If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I definitely enjoyed both of them a lot, but there was a little too much hype. I was prepared for an absolutely amazing tearjerker and really just found a well-written and interesting book. I think I enjoyed Where She Went a little bit more because it was different than the first one. I liked hearing Adam’s side of things and seeing how they both grew up. In between those two, I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door for the Isla Is Coming readalong! Such a cute book, just like Anna and the French […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 12

Posted August 12, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 12

A Book You Used To Love But Don’t Anymore Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer Isn’t this true of every 20-something book reader? Or even people who didn’t like to read? This series quickly became popular and as big of a must-read as Harry Potter or Hunger Games. I remember my friend (who didn’t often read books) forcing me to read these. I loved them at the time, but who didn’t? All of the super-fans kind of made things awkward though. If you admitted to liking Twilight after a while, people made fun of you. The entire fanbase kind of shriveled up. I saw the movies in theaters and happily finished the series, but then washed my hands of it. I never considered myself obsessed like others, but I did enjoy these books as I was reading them.

Top Ten Tuesdays #3: Not Sure I’ll Read

Posted August 12, 2014 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 5 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #3: Not Sure I’ll Read

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read – books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about, etc. [Hosted by Broke & Bookish] I’ve been dealing with this more and more since I started blogging. Normally, I’d rely on browsing Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon to get book recommendations. I would just judge the books by their cover and plot summary, then decide if I wanted to read it. Sometimes friends would recommend books, but I largely made book-buying and reading decisions by myself. Since reading other book blogs and their reviews is a major part of my day now, my influences have been swayed so much! I constantly see books I normally never would have picked up, but decide they sound interesting after reading someone’s review. The opposite could happen too: I want to read a book but someone’s review is very negative and it turns me off. Here are ten books I’m not sure if I want to read or not. I used three categories for this one: peer pressure, gathering dust, and open-ended.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 11

Posted August 11, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 11

A Book You Hated The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold I tried so hard with this one. One of my friends said it was her favorite book and the plotline sounded so promising. I’m always intrigued by these semi-paranormal books about the afterlife. Throw in a serial killer and it sounds even more interesting.. It just fell flat for me and was totally boring. I even lost interest watching the movie. This is the ONLY book I’ve ever stopped reading. I am a person who must finish a book, no matter how awful or boring, and this one I just couldn’t. See this review on Goodreads to further summarize how I felt.

Isla Is Coming Readalong / Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Posted August 11, 2014 / Book Challenges, Book Reviews, Features / 6 Comments
Isla Is Coming Readalong / Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

 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 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.  So now here’s my review for the second book in the Isla Is Coming readalong! Review: As predicted, I loved this book. It was hard not to compare it to Anna and the French Kiss, though… I found myself doing that a lot. I think there were enough similarities and differences to make this book really a great follow-up. Perkins does a wonderful job of bringing variety to a typical YA book/topic. There was somewhat of a love triangle, which I normally don’t care for, but the reader obviously knows how the book is going to end and who she is going to end up with. It always takes the main character a lot longer than the reader to figure out! Lola was very different from Anna, which I liked. She had two dads and a messed-up biological mom, who all worked together to make a pretty interesting family dynamic. It was […]

Musing Mondays #3

Posted August 11, 2014 / Musing Mondays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Musing Mondays #3

Instead of the [other] questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then! What is “typical (predictable) young adult” and why do I talk about it so much? I feel like I reference “typical YA” or “predictable YA” in my reviews a lot, so I thought I’d use this Musing Monday to share what that means to me. One of the things I like about most YA, especially the contemporary stuff, is that everything (typically) gets wrapped up for a happy ending. The plot may develop exactly the way you’d predict it would, but you’re still satisfied with the book and the ending. Because honestly – who wants a depressing ending to an otherwise happy book? Here are some characteristics or plot points that I believe inevitably happen in some typical YA books: Girl is single but develops feelings for a boy throughout the course of the book Girl makes a mistake that she lies about and/or keeps hidden from people close to her Mistake is unveiled and everyone is mad she lied/kept it a secret Girl has tension with her best friend(s) that comes to a head – most likely about the mistake she made – somewhere towards the middle-end of the book Girl and guy get together (or almost get together) but then something ruins it. This is normally a misunderstanding, or something regarding the mistake the girl made, or maybe the boy made a mistake Girl and her best friend(s) […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 10

Posted August 10, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 1 Comment
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 10

Favorite Classic Book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger I knew which book I was picking for this one right off the bat. I don’t normally enjoy classics too much, which is one of the reasons I decided not to become an English teacher. For most classics, I appreciated them and what they did for the literary world. I’m just not one to read them for pleasure or really want to sit down with one. Of course, this book is the exception to all rules. It’s a timeless story. Holden Caulfield is one of the most interesting and unique characters I’ve ever encountered. Required reading, people!!

Mid-Year Book Freakout

Posted August 10, 2014 / Book Lists, Features, Other Memes / 0 Comments
Mid-Year Book Freakout

Mid-Year Book Freakout: a survey of the books I’ve read so far this year! Originally posted on A Book So Fathomless // Found on The Reading Shelf Best book you’ve read so far in 2014: Aspen by Rebekah Crane I’ve been talking about Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver quite a bit this year, but I think my new favorite is Aspen. I don’t know why, I just found it to be so incredibly funny and perfect in nearly every way. It wasn’t what I expected, but I still enjoyed it very much. Read this one if you’re prepared to laugh out loud and fall in love with every character in the book! (Review) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014: Hereafter by Kate Brian It’s no secret that the Shadowlands trilogy by Kate Brian completely knocked my socks off. I read all three books within a 2-3 day period and forced two people I know to immediately start them as well. Hereafter was a really cool second book, but unfortunately the plot is almost 100% a spoiler if you haven’t read the first book yet! (Review for all books) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke Okay I’ve built this book up so much in my head, I really hope it doesn’t disappoint. I still have a shit-ton of contemporary YA that I’ve been wanting to read since around May, but this is a more recent new release that I can’t stop thinking […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 9

Posted August 9, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 9

A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill I’m not normally one to read non-fiction, but this book was an option for my book club that I ended up reading. I’ve always been fascinated by cult-like religions and Scientology; I never would have thought to pick up a book about it though. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I found that I couldn’t stop reading it! I kept waiting and waiting for her to finally realize what was going on and make her escape. It was fascinating to learn about the religion and all of the insane stuff they believe. I’d recommend this one to any person who has been curious about this odd religion and how they trap their followers for life (as best they can).

Review: If I Stay

Posted August 9, 2014 / Book Reviews / 12 Comments
Review: If I Stay

Review: My expectations were too high with this novel. Everyone constantly raves about it and I’ve seen countless 5 star reviews. I’m not sure why, but it just didn’t hit that level for me. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this book. I can see why it’s so popular and I’m really glad I read it, but I was expecting to be blown away. This tweet kind of sums up my reaction: I gave 'If I Stay' 3 stars immediately, got off the couch, thought about it and let it really sink in, then bumped it up to 4 stars lol — Lauren (@bookmarklit) August 8, 2014 When I finished the book, I was really surprised. I was like “that was it?” — but that was mostly because there were a million fuckin pages at the end of the book for discussion questions and author questions and other shit. I was totally caught off guard; I thought I had a good 30 pages left to read. In other words, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the book to end. It sounds stupid, but it completely threw me off and made me think “wow I don’t know if I liked this book that much.” After getting off the couch for a few minutes and coming back, I started to let the book sink in (like an ending normally would have). I’m pleased with the way it ended, after a lot of thought. This is definitely the kind of book that resonates with […]