Opinions Needed

I’m going on vacation!
Six days from now I will be heading to the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta.
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With all the essentials taken care of, like the tickets, the passport, the ride to the air port already covered there doesn’t seem to be much left to do. What’s that? No, I haven’t started packing or making a list of what I need to take yet. Yes, I will be panicking in about 4 days…….when I still haven’t packed.
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What I can’t get off my mind is, what books am I going to take??? I recently got a few new books delivered to my house this week (so excited) and they just add to the issue. So I thought I would make a short list of what books I have on my TBR that I’m considering taking.

  • The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Passenger (I also have the audio book) by Alexandra Bracken
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

From this list I can only take 3 books. I’m painfully limiting myself because I’m already taking a lot of cloths as I’ll be gone for 7 days. Not really enough time to get through 3 books but who packs without giving themselves options? 😉
I probably won’t be taking Passenger since it’s such a big book, there wouldn’t be any point to taking other books. Haven’t fully decided yet.

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What I seriously need is some opinions. Someone to help me make up my mind. So if you’ve read any of these books and loved them please let me know, I may be persuaded to take it with me 🙂

Well I’m off to my local Ross in search of a nice bag to place these lovely books in while on the beach.

Opposite Books Tag!

Hey guys! Since I started getting more active on this blog I’ve really been wanting to do a Book Tag but have yet to be tagged by another blogger. So I mischievously decided to take matters into my own hands. (heh heh heh)
I found this tag on Dream Land Book Blog while looking for fun tags to do. So thank you very much for the opportunity to do this tag Dream Land!

The idea is to answer questions about opposites. So without further ado I’d like to just get right into it!

  1.  First book in your collection/Last book you bought.
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    Pretty sure the oldest book that I have on my shelf is The Giver by Lois Lowry. Funny story, I was a freshman in high school and my then boyfriend was assigned to read this for summer school. He hated books. I generously offered to read it for him, fell in love at first chapter. I then kept the book and have had it ever since. It’s one of my favorite books to date 🙂 p.s. I did not like the movie.

    Newest books! I just recently bought (and have yet to do a book haul post) The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I’m so excited to read these books! They look beautiful on my shelf, I’m in love.

  2. A cheap book/An expensive book.
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    Here in town we have a used book store that I love to visit once a month. The sales clerk and I are basically best pals now. Is it sad that she knows me by name? There I found a great copy (perfect condition) of Johnn Steinbeck‘s The Red Pony for $2.00! It was a steal 😉
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    The most expensive book I own is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I stood in line for the midnight release and paid extra not only for a special hard copy but a signed copy. It cost me about $40-50 bucks if I remember correctly. Rather it cost my mom who was nice enough to buy me books back then.
  3. A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.
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    Had to put a little thought into this because. I decided to go with one of the first books with a male protagonist that I really enjoyed and that is Eragon by Christopher Paolini! I DID actually love the movie and was really sad it didn’t get more credit or even a sequal.
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    No surprise here I’m gonna go with Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I love this series so much. I really liked Cinder’s character. She’s very strong, smart and quick and also very dedicated.
  4. A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.
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    If I Stay by Gayle Forman. After watching the movie I had this ginormous urge to buy this book and read it. It was a breeze to get through. Took me a day and a half only because I had to sleep and work.
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    This may come as a shock and disappointment to some but I have to say my longest read was City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I just couldn’t get into this darn book! It took me months to read and finally I had to get the audio book just to cross it off my TBR.
  5. Pretty cover/Ugly cover.
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    The Love That Split The World! This cover is so colorful and vivid. It’s pretty brilliant that the girl on this cover is splitting the night sky into day. I can’t wait to read this.
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    For ugly cover I’m gonna have to go with the Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead. This was a little disappointing for me as I love love love this author. The Georgina Kincaid  series was great! The plot to each book and the writing were beautifully written. They definitely could have done something more with the covers though.
  6. A national book/An international book.
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    Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. These books take place here in the States. I feel like these books have long since been forgotten but they’re actually pretty good. If you like books about witches 😉
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    Harry Potter! Everyone knows these all take place in London, England and these books are loved world wide 😉 because J.K. Rowling is just that good.
  7. A thin book/A thick book.
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    There was a close tie for this one but I decided to go with John Steinbeck’s, The Pearl at 90 pages. It’s the thinnest book I own!
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    This was an easy one! Again I look to the Lunar Chronicles’ Winter with a whopping 823 pages. I actually had to invest in the audio book to help me get through it because I wasn’t reading it fast enough for my own excitement.
  8. Fiction book/Non-fiction book.
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    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Regardless of what the movie’s have led others to believe this is actually only a singular book, not a trilogy. Tolkien did such a phenomenal job creating a whole new world that everyone has come to love.
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    There is one, and only one book in my house that is Non-Fiction. Recommended to me by a friend in high school and that is I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. When I first picked it up I hated it, I thought wow this guy is sick and how is he alive? A few months later I took a second look realizing I judged too harshly and wouldn’t ya know it…..I loved it. It’s funny and gross and ridiculous. A must read.
  9. Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.
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    Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Honestly I wasn’t a huge fan of this book and wanted to quit less than half way through it. It’s probably the most “romancy” book I’ve read. Revolving strictly around a love story that takes place in Europe when a young girl is traveling abroad with her best friend for the summer. It wasn’t so much the story I didn’t like per se, it was more the writing? Maybe the character? I didn’t like how obsessed she was over someone she knew for ONE day. Come on now. The whole book just seemed to go by very slowly and was off putting.
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    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead! I LOVED this series. Funnily enough I actually picked up these books because at the time I needed something to read wile I waited for the next Twilight book to come out. Ironically I liked these books so much more than the Twilight series. Then found myself waiting around for the next VA book to come out. There was more action and less lovey dovey scenes. It kept my interest and peaked my excitement with every book. Richelle Mead quickly became one of my top favorite authors.
  10. A book that made you happy/One that made you sad
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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, my number one favorite book and a prized possession. Everything about this book had me cooing over it as though it were a baby cat. It even has a happy ending for both sisters! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this.

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    Without a second thought here I’m gonna go with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Another one of my all time favs. This is the most tear jerking book I own.I cried like a baby, for everything in the story. For Rudy, for Hans, for Max, Liesel and even her mother! Agh! It was amazing.

Just for funsies I’d like to nominate a few bloggers for this tag.

Illuminated Literation
Booklovebabbles
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And that is my first book tag ladies and gentlemen and book worms 😉 let me know in the comments down below how I did. I hope you decide to do this book tag yourself if you haven’t yet. Hope you have as much fun doing this as I did 🙂 please leave a link to your post or a ping back so I can check it out. I’d love to see what lists you come up with.
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2016 Reading Progress

Today is officially the first day of Summer! Summer-Reading-List

We’re halfway through the year already. Where oh where does the time go??? Secrets of the universe that we will never know I suppose.
I’m one book away form being right on track for my 2016 reading goal. Gotta say it feels really good to see the progress I’m making. Both with my reading goal and with this blog. Since I’ve become more active on WordPress I have steadily seen an incline in followers and likes. It feels wonderful!
Here’s a list of what I’ve read so far in 2016 from January to June. It wasn’t until about April that I started reading two books a month so I actually have to step it up if I want to hit my goal of 25 books for the year. Originally it was to read 2 books a month, but after seeing what I can do I decided to up by a few more books.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  2. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  7. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

That’s all so far. Stick around for another post coming Wednesday about what I’m reading next 😉
As always let me know in the comments down below if you’ve read any of these books. I’d love to know what books are on your TBR for this summer.
Happy reading!

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Before I Fall Book Review

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Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: YA, Teen Fiction

Pages: 470

Rating: 4/5

 

“What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday February 12th, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.”

My very first thought upon reading the ending…….”Wait…..what just happened???”
My second thought was, I hated it. Hated the book, hated Sam, hated the ending and hated how many emotions this one book made me feel. It was glorious. Bravo Miss Oliver, bravo. This is the first contemporary book that I have both loved and hated. whaaa_dean_supernatural
There were so many times I would go to Barnes and Noble and circle this book like a vulture, waiting for the right time to strike. If the cover alone isn’t what drew me in it was certainly the idea of reliving your last day seven times. I just had to read it. It’s remarkable that Oliver can plot the same day seven times and make each retelling engaging. It’s also a testimony to the way our everyday behaviors and choices can impact others. We don’t always think about it and sometimes we just don’t think at all.

Sam is one of the Queen Bees at her high school. She is loved yet hated by her fellow classmates. Falling in line behind Lindsay, the head of the pack Sam, Elody and Alley are on top of their world. o-MEAN-GIRLS-facebook Sam and her clique have placed themselves so high on a pedestal that they can’t (or rather refuse to) see that their actions have any consequence to them. One student in particular receives the worst of their torment. Her name is Juliet. Juliet doesn’t know it but she’s one of the biggest reasons Sam begins to change.

Days one through four Sam takes her time coming to terms with what has happened to her and that she is waking up to Cupid Day all over again. It wasn’t until the fifth time Sam relives Cupid Day that I began to have real hope for her.

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Finally she begins to see a little bit more clearly. Realizing that the fun her and her friends poke at others is more harmful than she knew. She stops taking everything for granted and begins to appreciate all the little things around her. The silly little quirks her kid sister displays, the hilarious banter that randomly starts up between her best friends, the childhood friend who has always had a secret crush on her. His name is Kent. He is a character who really inspired Sam to be different. To be more of who she wanted to be, rather than how she wanted to look.

Maybe the biggest reason that Sam frustrated me so much was because she is such a realistic character. In books we expect the main character to be strong, confident, and ready to jump into the action. What we don’t expect is for them to freeze up, standing like a deer caught in the head lights. I literally screamed at Sam to  “do something!” and scared my poor cat right off my lap. Sam is, in every way, just a carefree teenage girl stuck in a bad situation. Had something like that happened to me when I was a senior in high school there’s a good chance I would have acted exactly like Sam did. Even now! I like to think that I have the courage or instinct to do what she does in the end, but can I say that for certain? No. That’s what was so brilliant about this book. It makes the gears in your mind begin to turn. Gears you didn’t realize were even there.

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This book was a huge testimony to those who are bullied in school, and even to those who do the bullying. There’s always a reason. In no way does that justify the act, but it opens up your eyes. Everyone goes through hard times they don’t know how to deal with. It’s not always as black and white as it seems. Sadly some people tend to act out as a result of it.
One last thing I loved about this book was the real friendship between the four girls. It was real and it was beautiful. Misplaced as their intentions may have been they truly cared for one another. They were protective and understanding. il_fullxfull.767067052_brmu

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. It’s a frustrating and funny read. Part of the pleasure is in the outrage it brings. The worst books are the ones you can’t connect to. This does not fall into that category. Try it out, laugh, yell and most of all think. Don’t write it off as soon as you finish it. Think about it. This is a book that takes sinking in to really be appreciated. And believe me, it deserves appreciation.
If you do pick it up or have already read it, let me know in the comments down below what you thought 🙂

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What Are You Reading Wednesday!

Hey Guys!
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for an update.
This week has been pretty busy for me, besides work I’ve been doing a lot of research on getting this blog rolling a little faster. Checking out other book bloggers and their reviews and I stumbled upon some great stuff! I’m excited to change things up a bit. It’s almost as though there isn’t enough time and I want to do everything at once, it’s quite entertaining let me tell you.
Currently I’m still reading Before I Fall. I had to set this book down for several days. I’m about half way through it and plan on wrapping it up tonight so I can get that review out for you 😉
I’m also currently reading three arc’s for review.

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* Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

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* The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

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* If The Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

All of these are set to be released late this year. Around October and September. Click on the titles to read the synopsis on Goodreads. Each one of these books has a fantastic cover! They are all beautiful and very eye capturing. I can’t wait to review these.

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Leave a comment down below and let me know what you’re reading this week 🙂

BoyzNite Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to help announce the cover reveal of Xane Fisher’s novel, BoysNite. I hope everyone is as excited as I am to see this, I know the publisher and author have worked very hard to get where they are and now their book will be hitting shelves in only two short months! And now, BoysNite…..

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Publisher: Royal James Publishing
Pre-Sale Date: July 3, 2016     Blog Tour: July 24-31, 2016   Release Date: August 1, 2016

ABOUT BOYZNITE:

“Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What starts with a pleasant drive up the Pacific Northwest Coast leads him into a night of self discovery, contemplative self-assessment, and ultimately the question of what kind of man does he want to be? Along the way, he reconnects with friends, family, and an old flame who changes his world forever.
What started as a typical night of partying quickly becomes BoyzNite.”

I believe the publisher is still looking for a few candidates to help review this book. If you’re interested and would love to be selected head on over to their site and sign up with your email before time runs out! You can find their site by clicking here on Royal James Publishing. I’m also gonna throw in the link for their post asking for reviewers here.

About Xane Fisher:

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Originally from the Salt Lake City area, Xane Fisher has spent most of his life living out of a backpack or suitcase. Along his travels, he has been blessed with an amazing family, a college education, and the opportunity to see the world from the skyscrapers of Abu-Dhabi to the third world markets of Angola. From a young age, he has felt compelled to write and share experiences through a pen or keyboard. He is currently living in southwest Germany, serving in the United States Air Force with his wife Autumn and their son Judah. He hopes to have his first novel completed soon. To read more about Xane, you can visit him on his website.

Baby Bear’s NOT Hibernating Book Review

Baby Bear’s NOT Hibernating by Lynn Plourde 51YiuHScH+L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Down East Books

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Pages: 22

Rating: 4/5

“Baby Black Bear has had so much fun with his friends moose, owl, and rabbit, that he’s decided not to join his parents in hibernation for the winter. So as the weather begins to turn cold and snow starts to fall, Baby Bear just keeps frolicking, all under the watchful but unseen eye of his dad. After a while, Baby Bear begins to realize that life outside the den is not quite as nice in the winter as he thought, and frozen twigs don’t make much of a meal. With the help of his friends he makes it back to shelter to spend a cozy winter with his mom and dad. Lynn Plourde’s tales is brought vividly to life through the illustrations of Teri Weidner. Exploring themes of friendship, diversity, working as a team, and parenting, it also includes fascinating facts about America’s most common bear.”

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If we were to see Baby Bear in the woods today.

This was such a cute little story! Baby Bear is a stubborn little tyke who is determined to enjoy all of winter, without hibernating! He’s a chip off the old block as Papa Bear was once just as stubborn. He keeps a close eye on Baby Bear and is always there for him when things don’t go quite as planned.

Baby Bear’s friends give him advice on the methods they use of NOT hibernating. Each one has something to share and something to teach us about each animal. With his friends by his side he has a great little adventure.

The illustrations alone to this book were very pleasing to look at. The colors of the trees just before Winter has set in are beautiful. There are pictures depicting Baby Bear’s friendships with Moose, Owl, and Hare that will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face. I highly recommend getting this book once it has been published. Whether you have little ones of your own or a few nieces and nephews, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy and it’s just too cute not to share!

I had the great pleasure of being chosen to read and review this book before it’s publication date (October 10, 2016). I feel very excited and honored to have been selected as this is the first time I have put myself out there to publishers and authors alike. It’s really very exciting! Also I just put up my review on goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1667693259) and was elated to see that Miss Pourde herself liked the review! (OMG!!!!)
Thank you so much Miss Ploudre and to Down East Books for the wonderful opportunity to write this review.

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