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August: The Month of Hiatus!

7.31.2015
Hi! Just a little note to let you know that throughout the month of August, I'll mostly be on a blog hiatus. I still have a WoW post going up along with a few scheduled posts/a blog tour stop, but otherwise, I won't be posting too much. This is because in September, I head back to college! And so I want to focus all my post-writing on the months of September and October so I don't have to stress as much while I'm in school. This will also give me a little more reading time, I hope - I had intended to finish 15 books in July, and it absolutely DID NOT happen. I need to get through most of my ARCs before I get back to school - again, less stress! I will definitely, absolutely still be on twitter constantly. I will still be commenting on blogs (especially reviews! especially lonely reviews!) and will still be tweeting about books and cats and books. I'll still be on Goodreads! (So friend me. Please. I love GR.) I would just rather August take a hit now than September, when I won't be able to get back into the blogging mojo fast enough. Thanks, and I hope you come back in September!

Here, have a baby corgi. Because I love you.



ARC Review: Never Always Sometimes

7.30.2015
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Expected Publication: August 4th, 2015 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Won (ARC)
Never date your best friend

Always be original

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken


Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.
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Here's the thing. I should have DNF'ed this book. I rated it 2 stars, but I think I should have saved myself the time. It wasn't bad. I think a lot of contemporary fans will love it. And I was so anticipating it - I get frustrated when everyone on the planet seems to be in love with their best friend, but I do love the trope. I was hoping for something like Emmy & Oliver, with a super cute and adorable romance in addition to the real life problems. But I was just . . . bored with this one.

On Creativity . . . and Inadequacy.

7.29.2015

If you know me, you've probably heard me whine about this before. When I talked about some of my biggest fears as a blogger, I discussed that I'm constantly afraid that I don't bring any creative content to the table. I just . . . don't have any ideas, really. Sometimes, I'll feel inspired by another's blog, but don't feel like I have an idea solid enough and different enough from theirs. And I'm obviously not here to plagiarize.

I don't read enough to just post reviews and a recap every week, and reviews are, of course, the least read posts. (WHICH MAKES ME SAD BECAUSE THAT'S WHY I'M HERE! I LOVE REVIEWS! I LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT BOOKS AND DECIDE IF I WANT TO BUY IT! WHY DON'T PEOPLE LIKE READING REVIEWS? WHY AM I EVEN BLOGGING? WHY AM I STILL YELLING?) So there are, of course, discussions! Cait at Paper Fury is basically the queen of these. (The queen of everything, really. ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHY.) She comes up with topic after topic and manages to make each post funny and full of personality while still actually discussing things. (See, me, I just talk in circles.)

Co-Bloggers Wanted!

7.27.2015

It should come to no surprise that I am on the hunt for some co-blogging friends. I won't bore you with a huge long intro, so I'll just give you a bit of information.

  • I need someone who's okay with the title of this blog staying as is. This isn't because I want to be greedy and leave my mark all over this blog. I'm not a dog trying to piss on every tree. I've just already changed this blog title and url three or four times over the years, and I regret making this my title SO HARD. But it is what it is. 
  • I'm hoping to make the switch to WP sometime! Maybe not soon. But sometime. I just feel like this is information you should know.  
  • I'm looking for someone reliable. I KNOW that things happen. That life gets in the way. I obviously know! I'm not expecting you to post every day. OBVIOUSLY. I'm not expecting you to brainstorm ideas with me every day, and I'm not expecting you to listen to every last second of my whining. I am expecting you to contact me if you have a problem/won't be able to post for a few weeks. I am expecting that not to be a super regular thing. And I, of course, promise the same thing in return. 
  • Some things about me: I'm in college. Currently studying zoology but always toying with the idea of English or Psychology. (I need to make that decision. Fast.) I live in Wisconsin! Sadface. I'm 19 but can't seem to stop buying stuffed animals. I REALLY LOVE THEM, OKAY. I also like cats, candles, corgis, and coffee. (And entirely too much chocolate.) My heart belongs in Slytherin! Favorite shows include The 100, Game of Thrones, The Fosters, and Suits. (And I pretend I don't like Pretty Little Liars, but it's all a lie.) Favorite authors include Jodi Meadows, Sarah Ockler, Marissa Meyer, and, of course, Maggie Stiefvater. I need a Cress/Thorne spin-off, dedicated to their easy lives traveling across the world. I dream (a lot) about being rich and would love to visit (and preferably live in) Europe. Also, cats. 
 I'm sure I'm forgetting about something, but HERE! HERE'S THE FORM. Tentatively open until August 24th, unless I get like zero responses. I'm hoping to get one or two more people on board. Thanks, and just in case the embedded form doesn't work, here's the link!



#SBPT15: A Bookshelf Tour With The Tattooed Biblio!

7.26.2015

I'm off to Chicago to meet a friend for the first time ever today (even though we've known each other for five years!) so no Sunday post this week (although I did get books this time!), but I do have Lauren from The Tattooed Biblio here today to give us a tour of her bookshelves!

Here's what Lauren has to say! (Captions under photos are my comments, because I can't look at gorgeous shelves and stacks and not say anything. I've only got one bookshelf in my entire house!)

Everyone has pictures of their beautiful, immaculately organized bookshelves. I just can't bring myself to organize everything. Series books scattered around, books piled in the spare bedroom, allowing the boyfriend a shelf or two (which is harder than you can imagine)... but I'm too eclectic in my genres to even try to piece together that puzzle. And then there's my little doxie, Emmitt, who's always on the lookout for a good glamour shot.

DOG. DOG DOG DOG. DOOOOOOOG.
THIS IS SUCH A CUTE SETUP.

I have some authors/series that I try to keep together such as Deborah Harkness, Margaret Atwood, all the Quirk Books classics mashups, Diana Gabaldon, some historical fiction series, Patrick Ness, etc. But damn it is just too hard when you have so many books. I literally have Joyce Carol Oates books scattered EVERYWHERE. But hey, I'm not perfect and neither are my books. :)

I am just grateful for the fact that I was able to acquire so many book and have been able to give so many away. Last year, I was able to donate 5 huge boxes of YA books to my local library. It was awesome. I do think it is time for another culling though.. we'll just have to see!

 


SO. MANY. BOOKS. And so neatly stacked!
 
Okay but this basically the cutest room ever. Definitely the cutest desk ever - mine always ends up with papers and gum wrappers everywhere. I'M SORRY. 


LOOK AT THAT CUTE LITTLE LAMP.
So basically, I'm very envious of Lauren's shelves and I might want to steal them in the middle of the night. Here's a little more about Lauren!

Lauren is a tattooed bibliophile with a thirst for literature and the more bookish things in life. She spends her free time with her nerdy boyfriend and her weeny dog. There are too many favorite authors to list, but she enjoys a variety of genres including, but not limited to.. historical fiction, horror, apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, memoirs, and the classics. She hopes to one day time travel, live in a different country, get a bookish job, and most importantly... own enough bookshelves to hold all of her books.



Don't forget to visit Lauren at her blog, and thank you so much for stopping by!

 

If You Had an Endless Bank Account...{Bookish Edition}

7.22.2015
Something you may or may not know is that I basically dream of being rich all the time. I know, I know, that's common, but just ask Liran, Mikayla, or Kiara. Our DMs basically consist of them talking about writing and reading and Serious Things (usually) and then there's me going "SOMEONE FIND ME A RICH HUSBAND STAT."

This post, partially inspired by Andi's ABCs, is all about the bookish things I would buy if money weren't an object. And then, I took to Twitter to ask other people what they'd buy... I fully intend to do a non-bookish one as well!

 

I have no good reason for wanting this. Really. None.

Do Me A Favor? (+ Win a Preorder - INTL!)

7.20.2015
HELLO, FRIENDS. If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I whine a lot about Blogger and all the awesome WP plugins I'm missing out on. Now, obviously, I know nothing about switching from Blogger to Wordpress and would need to do eons of research to get there. And even then, WHO THE HELL KNOWS IF I'D EVER BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING EVER. But the point is: I want to try.

But I'm so hesitant to do it when all of my followers are wrapped up in GFC. I'm not naive enough to think that even 1/3 of those people ever visit my blog. But it's hard to let go, and so, as a favor, I would really love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin'. (There's also email, but I know that I personally hate subscribing by email, so I mean. You know.)


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And, as an incentive, I'm giving away a preorder of any of the below, as they're some of my most anticipated/loved reads! And the best part? It's international, as long as The Book Depository ships to you! (FYI, though, if you live in the US and you win, I'm probably ordering from Amazon because $$$)

The Sunday Post/Stacking the Selves {14}: The One With NO BOOKS!

7.19.2015
The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews!
I'm just . . . ugh. Losing motivation. I was hoping to read 15 books in July but that's clearly NOT happening, and I wanted to have at least half of August scheduled, but as it turns out, I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO WRITE A GOOD BLOG POST ANYMORE. Not that I ever did.

I did manage to finish Illuminae, and it totally rocked. I have not, of course, written my review yet because HOW DO YOU EVEN DO THAT.
NOTHING. GASP SHOCK HORROR. I did preorder a few things from Amazon since they were so cheap, and also did NOT buy anything on Prime Day because WOW WTF EVEN WAS THAT.



 In other news:
  • Work hurts my soul.
  • Here. Have another cat! This is the Sand cat.
  • Well...there's a giveaway... ;)
  • A fun collaborative post about the bookish things we'd all want if we had endless bank accounts!
  • Something else. Maybe. WHO REALLY KNOWS?

What did you all get this week?

#SBPT15: Quotes Fun with Nori Featuring Pitch Perfect!

Today, I'm so happy to host the well-loved Nori of Readwritelove28! (I mean, you can't not love that dog) for the SBPT, hosted by The Book Bratz! So without further ado, here's Nori!

Hello everyone! My name is Nori and I’m the founder/blogger at ReadWriteLove28.com.
I decided to combine one of my favorite books with one of my favorite movies, and make a book quote/movie GIF mashup! Here are some of my favorite quotes from Grave Mercy with GIFs from Pitch Perfect that appear to describe the quote perfectly (at least in my opinion).

 “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”


There are certain things that you can hide from...but not everything.

“It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most. I can dodge a blow or block a knife. I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire. But kindness? I do not know how to defend against that.” 


I know that it’s sometimes easier to hide and shield yourself from other people in order to escape harm, but throughout the story/movie, the characters in Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect learn that sometimes, the perfect cure to problems can be true friends.


“Surely He does not give us hearts so we may spend our lives ignoring them.” 


There is romance both in the book and the movie, and I loved both! There was no insta-love in either; instead, they both featured slow burn romances.

“People hear and see what they expect to hear and see.”


There are situations in Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect where the characters were judged just because they looked a certain way, or because someone thought that they aren’t good enough. Guess what? One of the reasons I love this book and movie is because the characters don’t care! They know that they are awesome- and they flaunt it!


Now, as far as relating my love for Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect? Well, I’ll let Rebel Wilson take care of this one for me:


Nori is the blogger at www.readwritelove28.com. She is obsessed with her dog, Ellie Mae, food, and books (of course), especially YA contemporary and fantasy. She is also a beta reader and offers developmental editing services on her blog. In addition, she is the founder of UBUbiz, and will be hosting Bookitcon, a charity book event in August 2015. You can find Nori online on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her blog. 

Twitter: @ReadWriteLove28
Instagram: ReadWriteLove28
GoodReads: ReadWriteLove28
Pinterest: ReadWriteLove28
Thanks so much, Nori! (Also, be sure to check out Bookitcon because YOU CAN ORDER LOTS OF SIGNED BOOKS EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT ATTENDING.) 

I, for one, have not yet read Grave Mercy, but I do have it on my Kindle! I LOVE these quotes. What say you, friends? 
 

Three Problems That Interfered With The Stars Never Rise

7.17.2015
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Published: June 9th, 2015 by Delacorte Press
Source: Library
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
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POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW.

It's been a long, long time since I've read Rachel Vincent. I never got around to finish the Soul Screamers series and I probably never will, but I got pretty far in and really enjoyed it. I was hoping I would love this one (despite the butterfly on the cover because I'M SORRY BUT I HATE BUTTERFLIES. I forgave Incarnate for this grave betrayal because the covers all look so good together and because I'm obsessed with the book, but NOT THIS TIME), but there were two things that dampened any enjoyment I may have had.

ARC August

7.15.2015
I've decided I'll be participating in ARC August, hosted at Read.Sleep.Repeat! Since I'll be heading back to school in September, I really want to use August to get those lingering ARCs out of the way.

Here's what I hope to get through in August:




E-Galleys:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow - I've been on this one for FOREVER and just haven't managed to get past the first 20%. Not because it's bad, but I just never seem to have the motivation. So I kind of just decided to put it on hold for now.
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood*
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
The August Five by Jenna Helland*
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Physical Galleys:
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Never Never by Brianna Shum
The One Thing by Marci Lynn Curtis

*= not high priority for August but would love to get through.

I'd love to get through more than this, too, but between work and needing to make sure I have what I need to move back to college, I'm not really counting on more than this, haha. Plus I still have a ton of backlist stuff I want to get through!

I'll be posting updates on my instagram and will try to include some in my Sunday Post/StS every week! 

My NG ratio isn't HORRIBLE, but I think it'd be really great if I could get it in the 90s before August is over! So how about you guys? Are you participating? (You probably should. I know you've got stacks and stacks of ARCs you gotta read. I SEE YOU ALL ON TWITTER.) 


What I Thought Was True: Angst Required

7.13.2015
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Dial
Source: Bought (paperback)
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
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In retrospect, I shouldn't have gone straight into What I Thought Was True immediately after I'd finished My Life Next Door. I spent a little too much time comparing the two instead of just being in the moment with this book.

What I Thought Was True had noticeably more angst. I think, usually, that would have been okay. But after the lightness and swooning in My Life Next Door, it was a little tougher to get through. A little less cute. It was a bit frustrating to watch Cass and Gwen continually dance around each other and their pasts. Frankly, it got a little annoying. Most of me really liked them, but there was always a part of me just yelling at them to give up all the stuttering already and just move on with their lives.

7.31.2015

August: The Month of Hiatus!

Hi! Just a little note to let you know that throughout the month of August, I'll mostly be on a blog hiatus. I still have a WoW post going up along with a few scheduled posts/a blog tour stop, but otherwise, I won't be posting too much. This is because in September, I head back to college! And so I want to focus all my post-writing on the months of September and October so I don't have to stress as much while I'm in school. This will also give me a little more reading time, I hope - I had intended to finish 15 books in July, and it absolutely DID NOT happen. I need to get through most of my ARCs before I get back to school - again, less stress! I will definitely, absolutely still be on twitter constantly. I will still be commenting on blogs (especially reviews! especially lonely reviews!) and will still be tweeting about books and cats and books. I'll still be on Goodreads! (So friend me. Please. I love GR.) I would just rather August take a hit now than September, when I won't be able to get back into the blogging mojo fast enough. Thanks, and I hope you come back in September!

Here, have a baby corgi. Because I love you.



7.30.2015

ARC Review: Never Always Sometimes

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Expected Publication: August 4th, 2015 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Won (ARC)
Never date your best friend

Always be original

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken


Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.
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Here's the thing. I should have DNF'ed this book. I rated it 2 stars, but I think I should have saved myself the time. It wasn't bad. I think a lot of contemporary fans will love it. And I was so anticipating it - I get frustrated when everyone on the planet seems to be in love with their best friend, but I do love the trope. I was hoping for something like Emmy & Oliver, with a super cute and adorable romance in addition to the real life problems. But I was just . . . bored with this one.

7.29.2015

On Creativity . . . and Inadequacy.


If you know me, you've probably heard me whine about this before. When I talked about some of my biggest fears as a blogger, I discussed that I'm constantly afraid that I don't bring any creative content to the table. I just . . . don't have any ideas, really. Sometimes, I'll feel inspired by another's blog, but don't feel like I have an idea solid enough and different enough from theirs. And I'm obviously not here to plagiarize.

I don't read enough to just post reviews and a recap every week, and reviews are, of course, the least read posts. (WHICH MAKES ME SAD BECAUSE THAT'S WHY I'M HERE! I LOVE REVIEWS! I LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT BOOKS AND DECIDE IF I WANT TO BUY IT! WHY DON'T PEOPLE LIKE READING REVIEWS? WHY AM I EVEN BLOGGING? WHY AM I STILL YELLING?) So there are, of course, discussions! Cait at Paper Fury is basically the queen of these. (The queen of everything, really. ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHY.) She comes up with topic after topic and manages to make each post funny and full of personality while still actually discussing things. (See, me, I just talk in circles.)

7.27.2015

Co-Bloggers Wanted!


It should come to no surprise that I am on the hunt for some co-blogging friends. I won't bore you with a huge long intro, so I'll just give you a bit of information.

  • I need someone who's okay with the title of this blog staying as is. This isn't because I want to be greedy and leave my mark all over this blog. I'm not a dog trying to piss on every tree. I've just already changed this blog title and url three or four times over the years, and I regret making this my title SO HARD. But it is what it is. 
  • I'm hoping to make the switch to WP sometime! Maybe not soon. But sometime. I just feel like this is information you should know.  
  • I'm looking for someone reliable. I KNOW that things happen. That life gets in the way. I obviously know! I'm not expecting you to post every day. OBVIOUSLY. I'm not expecting you to brainstorm ideas with me every day, and I'm not expecting you to listen to every last second of my whining. I am expecting you to contact me if you have a problem/won't be able to post for a few weeks. I am expecting that not to be a super regular thing. And I, of course, promise the same thing in return. 
  • Some things about me: I'm in college. Currently studying zoology but always toying with the idea of English or Psychology. (I need to make that decision. Fast.) I live in Wisconsin! Sadface. I'm 19 but can't seem to stop buying stuffed animals. I REALLY LOVE THEM, OKAY. I also like cats, candles, corgis, and coffee. (And entirely too much chocolate.) My heart belongs in Slytherin! Favorite shows include The 100, Game of Thrones, The Fosters, and Suits. (And I pretend I don't like Pretty Little Liars, but it's all a lie.) Favorite authors include Jodi Meadows, Sarah Ockler, Marissa Meyer, and, of course, Maggie Stiefvater. I need a Cress/Thorne spin-off, dedicated to their easy lives traveling across the world. I dream (a lot) about being rich and would love to visit (and preferably live in) Europe. Also, cats. 
 I'm sure I'm forgetting about something, but HERE! HERE'S THE FORM. Tentatively open until August 24th, unless I get like zero responses. I'm hoping to get one or two more people on board. Thanks, and just in case the embedded form doesn't work, here's the link!



7.26.2015

#SBPT15: A Bookshelf Tour With The Tattooed Biblio!


I'm off to Chicago to meet a friend for the first time ever today (even though we've known each other for five years!) so no Sunday post this week (although I did get books this time!), but I do have Lauren from The Tattooed Biblio here today to give us a tour of her bookshelves!

Here's what Lauren has to say! (Captions under photos are my comments, because I can't look at gorgeous shelves and stacks and not say anything. I've only got one bookshelf in my entire house!)

Everyone has pictures of their beautiful, immaculately organized bookshelves. I just can't bring myself to organize everything. Series books scattered around, books piled in the spare bedroom, allowing the boyfriend a shelf or two (which is harder than you can imagine)... but I'm too eclectic in my genres to even try to piece together that puzzle. And then there's my little doxie, Emmitt, who's always on the lookout for a good glamour shot.

DOG. DOG DOG DOG. DOOOOOOOG.
THIS IS SUCH A CUTE SETUP.

I have some authors/series that I try to keep together such as Deborah Harkness, Margaret Atwood, all the Quirk Books classics mashups, Diana Gabaldon, some historical fiction series, Patrick Ness, etc. But damn it is just too hard when you have so many books. I literally have Joyce Carol Oates books scattered EVERYWHERE. But hey, I'm not perfect and neither are my books. :)

I am just grateful for the fact that I was able to acquire so many book and have been able to give so many away. Last year, I was able to donate 5 huge boxes of YA books to my local library. It was awesome. I do think it is time for another culling though.. we'll just have to see!

 


SO. MANY. BOOKS. And so neatly stacked!
 
Okay but this basically the cutest room ever. Definitely the cutest desk ever - mine always ends up with papers and gum wrappers everywhere. I'M SORRY. 


LOOK AT THAT CUTE LITTLE LAMP.
So basically, I'm very envious of Lauren's shelves and I might want to steal them in the middle of the night. Here's a little more about Lauren!

Lauren is a tattooed bibliophile with a thirst for literature and the more bookish things in life. She spends her free time with her nerdy boyfriend and her weeny dog. There are too many favorite authors to list, but she enjoys a variety of genres including, but not limited to.. historical fiction, horror, apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, memoirs, and the classics. She hopes to one day time travel, live in a different country, get a bookish job, and most importantly... own enough bookshelves to hold all of her books.



Don't forget to visit Lauren at her blog, and thank you so much for stopping by!

 

7.22.2015

If You Had an Endless Bank Account...{Bookish Edition}

Something you may or may not know is that I basically dream of being rich all the time. I know, I know, that's common, but just ask Liran, Mikayla, or Kiara. Our DMs basically consist of them talking about writing and reading and Serious Things (usually) and then there's me going "SOMEONE FIND ME A RICH HUSBAND STAT."

This post, partially inspired by Andi's ABCs, is all about the bookish things I would buy if money weren't an object. And then, I took to Twitter to ask other people what they'd buy... I fully intend to do a non-bookish one as well!

 

I have no good reason for wanting this. Really. None.

7.20.2015

Do Me A Favor? (+ Win a Preorder - INTL!)

HELLO, FRIENDS. If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I whine a lot about Blogger and all the awesome WP plugins I'm missing out on. Now, obviously, I know nothing about switching from Blogger to Wordpress and would need to do eons of research to get there. And even then, WHO THE HELL KNOWS IF I'D EVER BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING EVER. But the point is: I want to try.

But I'm so hesitant to do it when all of my followers are wrapped up in GFC. I'm not naive enough to think that even 1/3 of those people ever visit my blog. But it's hard to let go, and so, as a favor, I would really love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin'. (There's also email, but I know that I personally hate subscribing by email, so I mean. You know.)


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And, as an incentive, I'm giving away a preorder of any of the below, as they're some of my most anticipated/loved reads! And the best part? It's international, as long as The Book Depository ships to you! (FYI, though, if you live in the US and you win, I'm probably ordering from Amazon because $$$)

7.19.2015

The Sunday Post/Stacking the Selves {14}: The One With NO BOOKS!

The Sunday Post is hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, intended to recap the past week and share upcoming news! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews!
I'm just . . . ugh. Losing motivation. I was hoping to read 15 books in July but that's clearly NOT happening, and I wanted to have at least half of August scheduled, but as it turns out, I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO WRITE A GOOD BLOG POST ANYMORE. Not that I ever did.

I did manage to finish Illuminae, and it totally rocked. I have not, of course, written my review yet because HOW DO YOU EVEN DO THAT.
NOTHING. GASP SHOCK HORROR. I did preorder a few things from Amazon since they were so cheap, and also did NOT buy anything on Prime Day because WOW WTF EVEN WAS THAT.



 In other news:
  • Work hurts my soul.
  • Here. Have another cat! This is the Sand cat.
  • Well...there's a giveaway... ;)
  • A fun collaborative post about the bookish things we'd all want if we had endless bank accounts!
  • Something else. Maybe. WHO REALLY KNOWS?

What did you all get this week?

#SBPT15: Quotes Fun with Nori Featuring Pitch Perfect!

Today, I'm so happy to host the well-loved Nori of Readwritelove28! (I mean, you can't not love that dog) for the SBPT, hosted by The Book Bratz! So without further ado, here's Nori!

Hello everyone! My name is Nori and I’m the founder/blogger at ReadWriteLove28.com.
I decided to combine one of my favorite books with one of my favorite movies, and make a book quote/movie GIF mashup! Here are some of my favorite quotes from Grave Mercy with GIFs from Pitch Perfect that appear to describe the quote perfectly (at least in my opinion).

 “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”


There are certain things that you can hide from...but not everything.

“It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most. I can dodge a blow or block a knife. I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire. But kindness? I do not know how to defend against that.” 


I know that it’s sometimes easier to hide and shield yourself from other people in order to escape harm, but throughout the story/movie, the characters in Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect learn that sometimes, the perfect cure to problems can be true friends.


“Surely He does not give us hearts so we may spend our lives ignoring them.” 


There is romance both in the book and the movie, and I loved both! There was no insta-love in either; instead, they both featured slow burn romances.

“People hear and see what they expect to hear and see.”


There are situations in Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect where the characters were judged just because they looked a certain way, or because someone thought that they aren’t good enough. Guess what? One of the reasons I love this book and movie is because the characters don’t care! They know that they are awesome- and they flaunt it!


Now, as far as relating my love for Grave Mercy and Pitch Perfect? Well, I’ll let Rebel Wilson take care of this one for me:


Nori is the blogger at www.readwritelove28.com. She is obsessed with her dog, Ellie Mae, food, and books (of course), especially YA contemporary and fantasy. She is also a beta reader and offers developmental editing services on her blog. In addition, she is the founder of UBUbiz, and will be hosting Bookitcon, a charity book event in August 2015. You can find Nori online on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her blog. 

Twitter: @ReadWriteLove28
Instagram: ReadWriteLove28
GoodReads: ReadWriteLove28
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Thanks so much, Nori! (Also, be sure to check out Bookitcon because YOU CAN ORDER LOTS OF SIGNED BOOKS EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT ATTENDING.) 

I, for one, have not yet read Grave Mercy, but I do have it on my Kindle! I LOVE these quotes. What say you, friends? 
 

7.17.2015

Three Problems That Interfered With The Stars Never Rise

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Published: June 9th, 2015 by Delacorte Press
Source: Library
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
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POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW.

It's been a long, long time since I've read Rachel Vincent. I never got around to finish the Soul Screamers series and I probably never will, but I got pretty far in and really enjoyed it. I was hoping I would love this one (despite the butterfly on the cover because I'M SORRY BUT I HATE BUTTERFLIES. I forgave Incarnate for this grave betrayal because the covers all look so good together and because I'm obsessed with the book, but NOT THIS TIME), but there were two things that dampened any enjoyment I may have had.

7.15.2015

ARC August

I've decided I'll be participating in ARC August, hosted at Read.Sleep.Repeat! Since I'll be heading back to school in September, I really want to use August to get those lingering ARCs out of the way.

Here's what I hope to get through in August:




E-Galleys:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow - I've been on this one for FOREVER and just haven't managed to get past the first 20%. Not because it's bad, but I just never seem to have the motivation. So I kind of just decided to put it on hold for now.
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood*
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
The August Five by Jenna Helland*
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Physical Galleys:
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Never Never by Brianna Shum
The One Thing by Marci Lynn Curtis

*= not high priority for August but would love to get through.

I'd love to get through more than this, too, but between work and needing to make sure I have what I need to move back to college, I'm not really counting on more than this, haha. Plus I still have a ton of backlist stuff I want to get through!

I'll be posting updates on my instagram and will try to include some in my Sunday Post/StS every week! 

My NG ratio isn't HORRIBLE, but I think it'd be really great if I could get it in the 90s before August is over! So how about you guys? Are you participating? (You probably should. I know you've got stacks and stacks of ARCs you gotta read. I SEE YOU ALL ON TWITTER.) 


7.13.2015

What I Thought Was True: Angst Required

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Dial
Source: Bought (paperback)
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
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In retrospect, I shouldn't have gone straight into What I Thought Was True immediately after I'd finished My Life Next Door. I spent a little too much time comparing the two instead of just being in the moment with this book.

What I Thought Was True had noticeably more angst. I think, usually, that would have been okay. But after the lightness and swooning in My Life Next Door, it was a little tougher to get through. A little less cute. It was a bit frustrating to watch Cass and Gwen continually dance around each other and their pasts. Frankly, it got a little annoying. Most of me really liked them, but there was always a part of me just yelling at them to give up all the stuttering already and just move on with their lives.