Musing Mondays #5

Posted August 25, 2014 / Musing Mondays, Weekly Memes / 10 Comments
Musing Mondays #5

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. I’ve been struggling through the audiobook for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I’m a little over halfway done with it and I don’t know if I have the energy to continue. I chose it because it seemed like a really interesting concept and had seen some pretty good reviews. Here are all of the things I can’t stand about this book: The audiobook narrator’s voice!!!!! The fact that the entire first half of the book is the random history of Ava’s family, starting back with her great-grandparents in France. We spend nearly 50% of the book listening to the depressing as shit story of how the family got started. This book is obviously somewhat paranormal/unrealistic (I mean, it’s about a girl with wings), but other parts are so bizarre. The grandmother’s sister became a bird or something? The mom disappeared and became a blue dust? There are ghosts following her around? I genuinely don’t get this book. WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO HAPPEN??? Ava, the main character, was FINALLY just introduced into the book, and still NOTHING is happening and the book is still continuing to talk about a bunch of random family shit. I am really curious if there even is a plot to this book, or if it will continue to be a sad family history instead. Ugh. […]

Review: Love Letters to the Dead

Posted August 25, 2014 / Book Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Love Letters to the Dead

Review: Before I say anything and you think three stars means this is going to be mostly bad review – it really isn’t. I liked this book. I just didn’t love it and I found a lot of things that I didn’t connect with. I was so excited about this book; I loved the cover and it had been on my wish list for a very long time. When I saw the low audiobook price, I knew I needed it. I planned to listen for Bout of Books while driving up to spend a few days in Maine. I was able to finish it within 2-3 days thanks to the heavy amount of driving. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it didn’t really end up meeting them. The thing I really liked about Love Letters to the Dead was the fact that it was written strictly in letters. I absolutely loved this format; it worked perfectly for the storyline. I loved seeing who Laurel was going to write the letter to (she stuck to the same few people) and how she was going to relate her experiences to the dead person’s. The person she wrote to always connected, in some way, to the letter and to her life. That was a really cool touch, especially because they were people I knew and loved too. The book had some amazing quotes that made me wish I was able to highlight on my Kindle. I can see why people described this […]

Liebster Award Nomination!

Posted August 24, 2014 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 8 Comments
Liebster Award Nomination!

This is exciting! I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which is for bloggers with under 200 followers – “new” bloggers – by Bibliophile Bliss! Now, I have to nominate 11 other bloggers and they can win the award by following the four general rules. Thanks so much for the nomination! xo Once you are nominated, you must follow these rules in order to get this award: 1. Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you 2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you  3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers 4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them! The 11 blogs I’m nominating: I apologize if you’ve already been nominated OR I nominated you and you have over 200 followers – sometimes it’s hard to tell! The Reader’s Roost Gwen & Kate’s Library A Librarian’s Library Under Review (Pucks and Paperbacks) Miss Rosie’s Reviews Kittens and Books Katherine’s Corner Footprints of an Opinionated Ginger Words We Heart Millions of Books and Way Too Much Coffee Contemporary Light Reads My 11 questions for the above tagged bloggers: What is the best book you’ve read this year? What is the worst book you’ve read this year? If you could recommend one author to me, who would you recommend and why? What is your favorite type of blog post to write? (Discussions, reviews, lists/recommendations, memes, etc.?) Tell me three random facts about you that are not reading related. What […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 24

Posted August 24, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 24

A book that you wish more people would’ve read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls This is a really moving memoir that I normally wouldn’t have been drawn to. I typically stay away from nonfiction, especially with such a sad plot, but I read this for extra credit in high school. A lot of people faked their way through the assignment to get their extra credit but didn’t actually read it. I grew up in a pretty wealthy and privileged Connecticut town where people tend to live in a bubble. This book shares a family’s plight with poverty, which would have really opened up some eyes. I wish more people gave it a chance instead of using the typical high school attitude against reading assignments. In general, I hope some other people in the blogging world also switch things up and read this one if they haven’t already!

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 23

Posted August 23, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features, Uncategorized / 1 Comment
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 23

A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I saw it. Granted, that was only about a month ago, but still. Parallel universes are my JAM. Anyone remember the episode of So Weird where this was the plot line? Every decision she made created an alternate universe – in the morning she chose OJ instead of grapefruit juice, and that led to this whole other world where she became a badass that skipped school. Eventually, somehow, the universes merged into one and she had to get rid of her alternate self. Sorry for the blow by blow but I always thought that concept was SO cool. This book is pretty much the same thing and I can’t wait to read it.

Review: Boomerang

Posted August 23, 2014 / Book Reviews / 6 Comments
Review: Boomerang

10% through Boomerang and already smiling to myself like an asshole. I love these characters already #boutofbooks — Lauren (@bookmarklit) August 18, 2014 Review: Okay so this is EXACTLY what I want from a new adult book. This story was so funny and cute; I couldn’t get enough of it. You can tell from the cover and the description that it’s just going to be a fun, light read. I didn’t expect to find a whole lot of heavy shit in it and luckily that was true. (I read Dangerous Boys after this… maybe I should have switched the order). Like the plotline, the characters were so fun. The characters were very likable and believable. I found that they talked and acted like most people my age; it was refreshing. I related to them in so many ways. Both of them had past relationships that fucked with their heads in different ways. Mia was in a relationship where she was under-appreciated and used. (Been there)  Ethan was in a long-term relationship with someone who was the wrong fit for them; eventually things got too boring and one of them cheated. (Been there, too) Aside from their relationships, the characters had so many interesting pieces to their personalities. Mia was the definition of a “cool girl” who could get along with the guys and not get too bent out of shape about the little things. She was an aspiring filmmaker who wanted to get out of her photographer mother’s shadow. Ethan was…a different […]

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 22

Posted August 22, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 0 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 22

Favorite Villain from a Book Private by Kate Brian Noelle Lange is the ultimate villain because it’s never clear if she’s really a villain or not. She’s Reed’s best friend throughout the book, but schemes so much that Reed really never knows what shes up to. I’m not sure that she qualifies as villainous, but her character is so fun to watch and wonder. Noelle has such a crazy and unpredictable personality that she was the first person to come to mind for this one.

Friday Finds #5

Posted August 22, 2014 / Friday Finds, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Friday Finds #5

Here are the books I’ve added to my to-read shelf or recently purchased/downloaded to read! It was a lighter week, compared to last weeks finds. As usual, the links bring you over to the Goodreads page for the book.   Added to Goodreads: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Born at Midnight by E.E. Hunter Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone Purchased:  I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (purchased at my favorite little used book store in Wells, Maine – Annie’s Book Stop) Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski (another from Annie’s) Wish by Alexandra Bullen (Amazon hardcover on major sale) The Selection by Kiara Cass (on sale for Kindle) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (currently reading) Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout (it was free so now I’m willing to try it out!) Downloaded from Publisher: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little Looking forward to seeing your Friday Finds!

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 21

Posted August 21, 2014 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments
30 Day Book Challenge – Day 21

Favorite Book from your Childhood The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Ugh how sad and perfect is this book? It’s funny reading the Goodreads reviews for this one because people complain about martyrdom and selfishness vs. selflessness…. Dude, it’s a children’s book. It makes kids sad and thus teaches them to respect their effing parents who give them everything while they whine and need more.

Review: Dangerous Boys

Posted August 21, 2014 / Book Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Dangerous Boys

If I highlight the first paragraph of a book… I can tell it's going to be good. @abbymcdonald #DangerousBoys #YES — Lauren (@bookmarklit) August 19, 2014 Review: I’m certainly not the first person, and I won’t be the last person, to say HOLY SHIT this book was crazy. I’m not sure what I was expecting with this one, but based on other people’s reviews I was prepared for something absolutely wild and full of twists. This book delivered in very many of those ways. Unlike a lot of people, I couldn’t bring myself to give it five stars and I’m still kind of trying to figure out why. Lately, every thriller/mystery/suspense book I even THINK about reading is compared to Gone Girl. I couldn’t even come close to predicting the vast majority of twists in that book. That was a five star-worthy suspense book for me because it kept me guessing literally with every page. For the most part, Dangerous Boys did the same. I kept wondering who was the boy in the hospital, who did she pick, and what the fuck was generally going on. Primarily I was thinking – how the HELL is this book going to end? I was already disappointed in the ending of Gone Girl! The ending here didn’t disappoint. It made my mouth drop open. (I think I jumped the gun talking about the ending so early in the review but whatever – Abigail Haas can start her book at the end so I can start my […]