Ten Books On My Winter To-Be-Read List!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Books I Plan To Read This Winter

It’s a little early to be planning what I’m going to be reading this winter but I’ll do it because god knows I won’t have time to think about it when it gets busy during December.

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An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Ancient Rome type setting + fantasy!!!
The Start Of Me & You by Emery Lord: YOU KNOW MY LOVE FOR EMERY LORD’S DEBUT!! If you don’t, CLICK HERE.
The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod: A 2015 contemporary debut that sounds right up my alley!

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: I KNOW I KNOW. Time to catch up! Did you see this giveaway to win the series thus far + a limited edition tarot cards made by MAGGIE herself & my darling friend Carla’s “reading” of the series based on the judgment card?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: I need to read a Patrick Ness book eventually so I’m hoping to start with this one!! (as I type this..it’s 1.99 for kindle).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Another series that people have RAVED about that I must start!

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: I really loved Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series and I’m excited to see what she does with a contemporary novel!

No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown: I try not to fall into marketing comparisons but it said The Sky Is Everywhere meets This Lullaby and YOU CANNOT TEMPT ME WITH THE JANDY WITHOUT MY HEAD TURNING!

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor: I really liked the two other Melissa Kantor books I’ve read so I’m REALLY looking forward to another contemporary from her!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows:  An amazing sounding FANTASY DUOLOGY. Go read the summary if you haven’t heard of this one. No seriously, go do it.

 

 

So tell me…what books are on YOUR to-be-read list for Winter?? What book should be my #1 priority on this list of mine?

Book Talk: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Book Talk: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Publisher/Year: Poppy- 2012
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Other Books From Author: The Duff, Shut Out, The Swift Boys and Me
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 Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

 

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On the night of graduation, before she gets ready to head to her dad’s house to spend the summer, Whitley has a one night hookup that she thinks she’ll never see again. Imagine her surprise when her dad springs it upon her in the car ride to his house that he is getting married and that she will also be living with her new family which includes and new step-brother and sister. A step-brother who she has TOTALLY seen naked the night before. Her dad is like this new shiny dad she’s never seen and she struggles to feel at home in this new family — with a stepbrother who she is absolutely attracted to.

a2Can’t wait to pick up her other books!

a4This book was super duper addictive. I just FLEW through it. This was my first Kody Keplinger book and it definitely won’t be my last! So, let’s talk about it:

1. The romance was so not typical:  Okay so it had a Clueless thing going on (most of you are old enough to know this movie yes???) for me. I remember even back in the 90’s being like I SHIP THIS SO MUCH (okay maybe I didn’t say ship) but IT FEELS A LITTLE SQUICKY EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT’S NOT? Well, in this book it was the same way. The main character hooks up (yes sex) with a boy randomly on graduation night and then, as she goes to spend the summer with her dad, finds out that he actually is her NEW STEPBROTHER. Ohmygod right? AWWWWKWARD. So, hey-brother-who-I-have-seen-naked can you pass the gravy? I SO wanted them together even though in my head, knowing that there wasn’t anything “wrong” with it, I kept thinking MAN that would be so awkward to date your stepbrother. I LOVED Nathan by the way!! What a great guy!

2. I loved the honesty of Whitley’s voice: I’ve always heard Keplinger just writes with this searing honesty and rawness and I totally agree. Everything written is just so authentic of being teen and Whitley’s voice just really worked for me. There is just that genuine portrayal of being a teen girl in all of its messiness and ugly glory but also in the way that we grow SOOOO much and learn (the hard way a lot of the time). I loved how Keplinger didn’t shy away from drinking and sex and stuff…it felt so seamlessly what a lot of teen experience is. It wasn’t an “issue-y” type of thing ever but you see realistic “consequences” to some of the things she was doing. Nothing preachy or OH THE END OF THE WORLD BECAUSE YOU DID THIS. But just a lot of food for thought.

3. Loved the exploration of family dynamics: Whitley has divorced parents and there is a lot of bitterness there. Whitley has spent every summer with her dad who was like her best friend. This year? He springs the news on her that he’s getting married and…surprise! You have a stepbrother and stepsister! He’s turned into this guy she doesn’t really recognize, she’s thrown into a new family (with a step-brother she hooked up with) and she feels like the odd man out when her dad barely spends any time with her. I just loved how it explored all of it. The feeling of being the old kid in the new family. Having to hear bitter things said from one parent about the other. It was just so perfectly explored because, coming from a divorced kid here, IT GETS COMPLICATED. And as an aside, I LOOOOOVED her stepmom!!

4. I wished for a little bit more depth in some areas toward the end is my ONLY complaint: When it got to some of the things that Whitley was learning, I was REALLY excited to see her think about and put these things together. But it fell a little short for me. The book went RIGHT THERE for me and was so close to having the depth that I needed to make this a WOW read but it never hit that. I don’t know how else to really explain it but with the variety of issues that Whitley was dealing with (especially with her dad) I just wanted MORE in the end I guess. When I reached the end-ish I just felt like it could have been better for me and a little more profound? I don’t even know if that’s the word I’m looking for but I just knew I felt a little disappointed at the end.

 

a6RATING-reallyliked

factors+ characters, plot, addictive factor, writing
- wanted a little more depth in some aspects

Re-readability: Probably not because I’m picky about rereading but I want to read the rest of her books!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I have one but I’m probably passing it on bc it wasn’t a fave/I won’t reread

a5contemporary YA fans, people who want authentic voices in YA

a8I couldn’t put this one down! Really impressed with Kody Keplinger and the raw sort of emotions she brings to her teen characters and her ability to tackle some tough stuff. Loved the story and the characters despite wishing for a little depth in some areas. Will definitely be reading more from Keplinger!

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
Have you read any other Keplinger books? Which one should I read next?

 

 


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The Raven Cycle Tarot Card Blog Tour + Giveaway

When I got asked to take part in this AMAZING blog tour I KNEW I had to see if my girl Carla (biggest Maggie fan ever + my occasional guest reviewer..you met her in this post right??) wanted to tackle this with me. And tackle it did she ever! It’s perfect.

I’ve been LOVING keeping up with this tour (runs from November 1-22) because bloggers have been so creative, you can win awesome things and also Maggie Stiefvater is BRILLIANT — seriously SHE DESIGNED THEM ALL. So here’s the schedule for the tour if you need to catch up! The tour has been featuring the Major Arcana with each stop on the tour revealing one of the 22 cards as designed by Maggie Stiefvater, and will use that card to reveal the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle series. The This is Teen Pinterest page has been updated to include every card/post.

 

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ABOUT THE TAROT DECK

 

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

About The Judgment Card + Carla’s Reading Of It:

We’ll give you a little background on The Judgment card and then Carla is going to give you a reading for the series:

 

Judgment

The JUDGMENT card is one that represents plans coming to fruition, that symbolizes resurrection, that indicates life changing decisions are required. A major change is coming.

Upright the card symbolizes judgment, absolution and rebirth; of how to awaken the truth inside of you and bring it into the light. Reversed symbolizes doubt and self judgement; of how easy it is to be overly critical of yourself and never allowing yourself to think of mistakes as learning experiences.

WHY HELLO THERE RONAN LYNCH YOU DAYDREAM DRESSED AS A NIGHTMARE.

“Ronan looked angry, but he was in the mood where he was going to look angry no matter what. “I don’t know what I want. I don’t know what the hell I am.” — The Raven Boys

Past

Ronan has a secret that he both knows and doesn’t know. It’s a secret that he folds up and tries to hide away. It’s the harder kind of secret; the one he keeps from himself. He is close to reaching a significant stage in his own journey, however, he is riddled with denial. He is full of anger and hate. You can see this in the way he behaves at the start of The Dream Thieves; he is, to put it blunt, a bit of a bastard. This secret gets brought to life in his dreams where the truth is awakened and brought into the light. In his dreams, he opens himself up to his secrets and realizes that he needs to take action. He has taken the first steps into admitting the secret to himself.

Present

Ronan has reached a significant stage in his own journey. Whilst still a bit of a prick, he seems to be letting his life finally come together. He is moving towards reconciling this part of himself and moving past the denial stage. He is ready to confront who he is. He seems more willing to accept that change is inevitable and that self doubt and judgement can be avoided. That he can find absolution inside of himself. That the only judgment he was experiencing wasn’t from anyone else, but from himself.

Future

Ronan understands that the major change is here, demanding to be known, however, this change will be under his control. Now is the time for him to make all the changes he desires. He understands that you can’t run or hide from yourself and that this change is necessary. Judgment tells him that whilst he is to be aware of the past he can use the lessons he has learned about himself as a person to take a definite step right into Adam’s arms towards the future he desires and deserves. A future where he will never lose sight of his worth. A future full of hope and all the wonderful things that come from having faith that you are on the right path.

The Giveaway

 

Get excited, friends!!! One lucky winner is going to get The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS a limited edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck courtesy of Scholastic. It’s too good of a prize to not enter!!

 

*US mailing addresses only.
* Must be 13 years old or older to enter.
*Ends 11/29 at 12am EST.
*No purchase necessary. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter, contacted by email and has 72 hours to respond before

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ABOUT THE SERIES

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Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

MaggieStiefvaterEntertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

*photo credit Robert Severi

 

Good luck, friends! And make sure you follow Carla (@loltergeist) on Twitter!! She’s fab and I love having her grace the presence of my blog every now and again!!

New To The Queue {9}

New To the Queue is going to be a sporadic thing around here wherein I tell you some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!

 

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Stolen Songbird

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date – April 1st, 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: I asked Twitter the other day what their favorite 2014 debut has been this year and this one popped up a bunch. Confession: I had never even heard of it before.

What It’s About: The main character is kidnapped and sold to trolls who have bound to their city by a curse from a witch because they think she is the one they have been looking for to break the curse. She learns about them and bides her time as she works out a plan to escape…until she falls in love with the prince she was bound to, realizes that maybe this curse can be lifted and finds herself caught in the political games of a secret rebellion.

 

The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- January 6, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I feel awful but I’ve had his debut novel sitting here forever and haven’t picked it up even though I’ve heard great things. I got to hear him speak at an even Simon & Schuster put on when his book was upcoming and I really liked listening to him talk and the stories he shared. So when this showed up in the mail this week I was like YEP DOING IT.

What It’s About: Matt’s been through a lot — his mom passed away, his dad can’t stop drinking and he ends up getting a job at a funeral home since his dad isn’t really paying the bills. It’s there he meets Lovey — a girl who has been through a lot more and teaches him a thing or two about how to keep going.

 

Solitaire Alice Oseman

Soltaire by Alice Oseman (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: March 30, 2015


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It came in the mail and the press release said it was The Perks of Being A Wallflower meets Saving Francesca and I’m sorry but I’m always a sucker when you talk about my fave authors or books.

What It’s About: I honestly don’t really know because the summary is so vague!

 

The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: June 2014

 


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I saw it on the Goodreads Choice Awards and was curious!

What It’s About:  The main character, after waiting on her date who never showed up at the bar, goes home with a guy she meets there. The guy follows her home as he was actually hired to kidnap her and extort money from her wealthy family. He deviates from the plan when he takes her to a rural cabin and evades the police and the people who hired him.

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The 100

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  EVERYBODY ON MY TWITTER FEED SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS AND UNFINISHED SENTENCES BECAUSE THEY ARE OVERCOME WITH FEELINGS.

What It Is About: “A century after Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, 100 space station residents are sent to the planet to determine whether it’s habitable.”

 

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Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: It just looked like a me kind of movie!

What It Is About: “On the way to meet a publisher, aspiring novelist Sam encounters Rasheen alone on the subway. While struggling to decide whether to send the young boy back to foster care, Sam looks after Rasheen and learns a few important life lessons.”

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Orphan Black

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: Netflix suggested it to me and I’ve heard people say good things about it!

What It Is About: “When Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, she assumes the deceased’s identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. Soon, she finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy.”

 

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Susie Suh — The Bakman Tapes

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation:  I randomly came across her new single and love her voice and started really listening to this older album.

Wolf Gang – Alveron

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve liked their previous stuff and really was looking forward to their new album after seeing them in concert this summer!  Songs you should check out first: Lay Your Love Down, Black River, Back To Life, Last Bayou (Also..just saying check out their previous stuff esp The King & All His Men and Lion in Cages)

Copeland – Ixora

*This album was released on Spotify but it says November 24 on Amazon.*

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Copeland was one of my favorite bands in college and I still really enjoy them so I definitely added their new album to my “to be listened to” queue. Really digging it though I don’t think it has favorite status in my heart.

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

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YOUR TURN! Tell me one book you added to your TBR list recently! Tell me a movie/tv show you added to your must watch list! Tell me a new band/singer you just added to your musical rotation! Also, have you read/watched/listened to anything on my recently added list? Or did I make you add something to YOUR queue? Tell me, tell me!

8 Sequels I Am Impatiently Waiting On + 2 Series I NEED To Catch Up On

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Sequels I’m DYING To Get My Hands On

So this week I could only come up with 8 that I’m like OMG I NEED IT NOW. (I have also limited the new series I start so I knew that this list wouldn’t be very hard because I’m not waiting for much annnnd I’m so behind on series that whatever sequel is upcoming I haven’t even read the book that is out yet). So I decided to add 2 series I desperately need to catch up on so that I can be up to date with everyone!!

 So let’s go:

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2 Series I REALLY Need To Catch Up On

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Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas — If you are caught up on this series you KNOW THE PAIN OF NEEDING THIS BOOK. This is the fantasy series that has seriously gotten me into fantasy! SARAH IS GOING TO KILL US I KNOW.

Winner’s Curse #3 by Marie Rutkoski — OH MY GOD. The Winner’s Crime left my heart in pieces and I just NEED the conclusion to this series. (if you haven’t read this series, check out my post talking about the first book)

The Young Elites #2 by Marie LuThe Young Elites was SUCH a good first book to a new fantasy series. YOU GUYS. If you haven’t read it, get on it!! Marie Lu wrote such an interesting, kind of villain-y main character and I just fell in love with this world and everything about this book! MY HEART.

Captive by Aimee Carter — I hadn’t been finding many dystopians to hold my attention recently until I read Pawn. It was action packed and twisty and I cannot WAIT to find out what happens next.
Rebound by Noelle August — if you are looking for a new romance series, get on this!! Boomerang was so cute and funny and I’m so excited for Rebound!!
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler — contemporary fans! Get ON THIS. I really liked Behind the Scenes — set in Hollywood, had great characters/romance and was addictive! I can’t wait to get to know these particular characters better!!

This Shattered World by Megan Spooner & Amie Kaufman — I LOVED THESE BROKEN STARS AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

PS I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han — Okay so this is a series but a duology but I LOVED To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but OMG THAT ENDING WAS BRUTAL (at least in the ARC it was).
Two series I REALLY need to catch up on:

I didn’t have 10 that I was like OMG I NEED THESE SEQUELS. So I decided to share two series I desperately need to catch up on so I can be up to date with everyone.

 

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: OKAY OKAY I KNOW. Why have I only read The Raven Boys?? I WILL GO SIT IN THE CORNER NOW.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I’ve only read Cinder (and loved it) so I have some serious catching up to do in this awesome sci-fi series!

 

So tell me…why sequels are you DYING TO GET YOUR HANDS ON?? Should we start a support group for the wait to any on my list??

Book Talk: Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Book Talk: Wildlife by Fiona WoodWildlife by Fiona Wood
Publisher/Year: Poppy- September 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
Other Books From Author: Six Impossible Things
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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Wildlife is told from the perspective of two girls who are doing a required semester at an outdoors camp. Sib gets a little boost of popularity as she gets her face on a billboard (as well as some scrutiny) right before she comes leave for this semester and finds herself in her first real relationship and navigating some choppy waters with her best friend Holly. Lou is a new student and is thrown into this experience not really knowing anybody and with a heavy amount of grief that is closing her off. She observes her new peers and starts to witness some unraveling in Sib and Holly’s friendship and also starts to feel more drawn in even though she wants to stay an outsider.
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a2Another Aussie win! Also, I kind of want to go camping or something and get my outdoors on?

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I really enjoyed this one!! I’m telling you…I keep waiting for the day that I won’t like an Aussie YA book and today was definitely not that day. Wildlife was just an altogether great read for this contemporary YA lover! Apparently this is a companion novel to Six Impossible Things but I haven’t read that and I wasn’t missing anything (especially since when it was talked about BEA there was no mention of the companion. I do want to read it and read more about Lou even knowing what we learned happened as this novel starts.

So here’s what I liked:

1. The setting : I loved the idea of this semester at an outdoors camp! It’s required so it’s interesting to see everyone adapting to the things they have to do — the chores they are assigned, having no technology, camping and hiking. They had to do this crazy solo hike and camp by themselves which scares the beejezus out of me because 1) obviously and 2) OMG THE WILDLIFE IN AUSTRALIA SCARES ME. I was waiting for her to be eaten alive by some snake or crazy spider. But overall I just loved the outdoors-y element to this and how it contributed to their growth and took a lot of them out of their comfort zone. It sounded like a really GOOD experience to build character and really LEARN about yourself in a different way — minus that solo hike where you camp by yourself in the Australian bush. I would never survive.

2. How it explored friendships: I love reading books about friendships because they are SO complex and honestly such a hard thing to navigate sometimes — especially as you are coming of age and really finding yourself. We see kind of early that Sib and Holly are pretty different in ways and their dynamic is interesting. Sib is just passive and lets Holly be a douche and walk all over her. At first you are like ehh Holly sucks and is kind of mean but then you suddenly are like okay is this toxic? It feels toxic right? I love that it explored how hard it is to be honest with yourself about a friendship that has kind of turned into something not so good — how Sib tries to reconcile the good vs. bad and the memories of Holly and has to decide if the friendship can be salvaged or if, as we grow, that sometimes we have to let people go. But even outside of Holly and Sib there were some other relationships that I enjoyed watching grow and mature! They all just seemed very realistic and had the kind of complexities and messiness I have experienced in my life.

3. The alternating chapters between Sib and Lou: I really liked Sib and watching her grow  and her perspective (maybe because I could identify a lot with her) but Lou was such an interesting character too. She’s a new student and she’s out here with no friends and, not only that, she’s grieving so deeply which makes her even more lonely. Her perspective is truly as an outsider and I loved watching her observe Sib and Holly and everything going down at camp as she keeps her distance but also gets drawn into it all and starts to make connections and open herself up to start to figure out who is after this tragedy.

a6RATING-reallyliked

factors+ writing, characters, themes explored, setting
- nothing!

Re-readability: Maybe!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I want one!

a5fans of Aussie YA, contemporary YA readers, people who like boarding school/camp settings, people who like books that explore friendships

a8Wildlife was just a really damn good character-driven story — interesting characters, great setting, thought-provoking and incredibly well written. I loved watching Sib start to, through the outdoor experience and relationship issues, start to really grow and learn more about herself. It was nice to watch her be less PASSIVE and start to learn to be more independent. I loved watching Lou grow from this experience to — to confront her grief and to open up a little bit rather than keep herself so closed off.

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
I’m curious if any of you have read Six Impossible things!
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Let’s Talk To-Be-Read Lists via The TBR Tag

I got tagged by my friend Ginger for The Tbr Tag that has been making its way around the blogosphere. I don’t really do many tag kind of posts but this one looked super fun and was created by the lovely ladies over here. I’ll tag the ladies over at Rather Be Reading, Sash & Em, Tiff at Mostly YA Lit and Elena at Novel Sounds and whoever else reading and wanting to join in!

If you enjoy other tag kind of things check out ones I created last year: A to Z book survey, My YA Life in Book Titles, Bookish Superlatives

 

Before we get into the actual question portion this tag made me think about how people define TBR (to-be-read list). I have seen people say their TBR is the actual physical books they own and it’s a smaller collection than books they WANT to read. Others say their TBR is anything they want to read even if they don’t own it. I’m curious how YOU define it! (I think I tend to be the latter).

 

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

 

Hmm this is a hard question because honestly I don’t really? I kind of just add everything I am remotely interested in or own on to my TBR section on Goodreads. I’m a mood reader so I definitely don’t have any sort of system to track them so I just kind of pick my book based on what I’m in the mood for and have (either I already own it/was sent it for review, I feel like going to get it from the library or decided to buy it). So there honestly isn’t any keeping track for me. I mean, I do have shelves on Goodreads for what I own and what ARCs I have that helps me GUIDE what is in front of me and I add books to my library wishlist to remember which ones I want to borrow at some point. That’s about it though.

 

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

 

Definitely print. Most of my ebooks that ARE on my Kindle are egalleys. I rarely buy Kindle books unless it is a good deal.

 

How do you determine what to read next?

 

Ughhh. By how I feel? What I’m in the mood for? What I’m really excited about? I do try to alternate between review copy and whatever I want to read but I just kind of go with what I feel like reading. Also sometimes it might be a book club book or something I agreed to read with someone or for something and that might dictate. I just kind of go to what I’m gravitating towards when I think of what I want to read next or if I’ve really been hearing good things. Like if I want to read something really profound I will go looking for books I think might fight that. Something light and fluffy? I consult the TBR to see what I have. It’s not very methodically or interesting honestly. I might as well just spin around and then point to a book and read what my finger lands on. Although new books from favorite authors ALWAYS soar to my list when I get them!

 

A book that has been on your TBR the longest:

 

That I’ve Owned the Longest & Haven’t Read: If it’s my YA, that’s probably Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver which was one of the first YA books I ever bought (I only read adult fiction before I started blogging in 2010 and the only YA I read before that was Twilight, The Book Thief and Perks of Being A Wallflower). If it’s adult, hmm probably some of the classics I own.
That I Don’t Own But Has Been on My Goodreads TBR For Longest: There are a bunch I added the first day I joined Goodreads so I’ll pick one — A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

 

A book you recently added to your TBR pile:

 

Added to my Goodreads TBR pile: Inked by Eric Smith — I adore Eric from Quirk Books and I’m SOO excited to read his YA novel!!

Added to my physical TBR pile: I just got The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds for review in the mail yesterday and definitely plan to read it!

 

A book on your TBR solely for its beautiful cover:

 

Solely for its beautiful cover? HMM. I don’t know if I have any of those to be honest. At least none that I can think of enough to put down. SORRY I know you wanted to see some pretties. I have lots of pretties on my list but none that are on it SOLELY for the cover. Although The Selection might be the closest to that!

 

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

 

Well, at one point I PLANNED or at least WANTED to read each book on my TBR (even knowing it was impossible). I kind of think I’m never going to finish the Mortal Instruments series. Actually there are probably a bunch of books in a series that I need to break up with and take off my TBR. It’s so hard to let goooooo.

 

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited:

 

UM where do I start?? Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby, the next book in the Throne of Glass series PLUS the first book in her new series, the last book in the Winner’s Curse trilogy, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. I could keep goingggg. Oh also ANY BOOK that Gayle Forman will ever publish. Is that an acceptable answer? No matter what it is about?

 

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:

 

The whole Harry Potter series. No literally everyone. I’ve read book 1 though so…progress.

 

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

A lot of books but one that popped into my mind immediately is My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick! Everyone is always saying I should read it because it’s a “me book” and I agreee…and I own it. I need to just read it now.

 

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

 

HAHAHAH 1213. 1213 books. I’m telling you…since I joined Goodreads in 2008 I used it to add anything that I was remotely interested in or wanted to remember to check out plus all the books I really WAS interested in. It has grown out of control and I need an intervention mostly. Or someone to clean it out for me. (Also, this IS after I did do a major cleaning of it).

 

LET’S TALK

So friends, I want to know if anybody’s Goodreads TBR is worse than mine?? Make me feel better okay! Do you count your TBR as what you own or anything you WANT to read?  Tell me the answers to these questions (or at least the one that interests you the most). How do YOU pick what to read next??

The Sacrificial Lamb Book

You might call it something different but you KNOW the feeling.

You just read one of the BEST BOOKS OF YOUR LIFE. You are high on those feelings. You are tweeting incessantly and telling anyone who will listen…just BASKING in those OMG HOW HAVE I LIVED MY LIFE WITHOUT THIS BOOK feelings.

And then you realize you have to pick your next book…at some point.

You know you have a book hangover. And you know whatever you read MORE THAN LIKELY is not going to live up to what you just read (if it does, you might implode I think). In a lot of cases that next book might be really awesome but it’s not THAT book that you just read. It ends up paling in comparison even when we aren’t TRYING to be like this.

THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB BOOK. That is what I have dubbed it for the past couple years.

I don’t have a definition for it but essentially in my mind it is the book in which you pretty much are sacrificing to be the next book after A BEST BOOK EVER kind of book. There HAS to be a next book. You can’t ride on the book hangover forever. So you have to choose one book to be offered to the book gods for the greater good of your reading life. A book that unfortunately might not end well because of your crazy high expectations from your last book.

IT IS THE WORST. I can’t even look in the eyes of my books when I go about selecting the sacrificial lamb book KNOWING how it might end. I try to be strategic about it.

Basically my strategy is:

1. Pick something SOOOO different than what I just read. So if it was a contemporary I might pick a crazy fast paced thriller or fantasy or something.

2. Pick a book that wasn’t necessarily one I was SUPER looking forward to: If I already HAVE high expectations of it? I don’t want anything else to affect the reading experience. So I’ll try to pick up a review book that wasn’t SUPER high on my priority list or pick out a random book from the library I’ve never heard of.

3. Try not to cry: No but really. No matter how HARD I try not to let my book hangover from THE BEST BOOK EVER affect my next read…it’s SO hard for it not to. Sometimes I get lucky and my sacrificial lamb book turns out giving me pretty strong feelings and it isn’t affected by it but so often it really DOES affect my next read or two.

So what about you guys? Do you ever experience this “sacrificial lamb book”? Also, do you have a different name you use for it? What’s your strategy when picking out your next book after a reading experience like that??

Top Ten Non-Main Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten (Non-Main) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

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Eleanor from Illusions of Fate by Kierstan White: There was SO much more to Eleanor than you realized at first and I just really WANT to know more. She fascinated me.

Amos from Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley: So we don’t ever get to “meet” Amos technically but her memories of him made him so alive to me and I just think his story was SO interesting and I just want to really know everything.

Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I LOVED Cath’s roommate and there was so much about her I wanted to know! She was just a character who you know who had layers that were just waiting to be unraveled. She seemed like such a tough girl but she was really kind to Cath.

Rashmi from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I was always fascinated most by Rashmi out of all the people in Anna’s group.

Aedion from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: There were so many great NEW characters introduced in this book but I REALLY want an Aedion book — maybe a prequel to what he’s been up to before we meet him.

Tara Finke from Saving Francesca/The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: She was always interesting to me in Saving Francesca but I want to know all about what she was doing in the gap between these two books.

Collette from Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian: I always wanted to know what happened to Collette. We don’t get to know her all that well but even after I finished I wanted to know how everything affected her.

Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green: What a compelling character! He just jumped off the page for me! And lucky enough there is going to be a play starring Tiny Cooper. SO THAT IS AWESOME. I kind of get my wish?

Brad from Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot: We barely see much of him and it’s not like he was this crazy exciting side character but I don’t know…there was just something about him that I wanted to know more of. He was this flirty guy and I (think) the oldest if I’m not mistaken. He was successful in his career. I just would love an NA (I forget how old he is) or adult romance about him. He just stuck with me for some reason and I just wanted to know more about him and how he handled all the tragedy.

Margot from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: So we don’t really SEE Margot much but she’s the eldest sister and her presence is felt so much in the book even as she goes half way across the world for college. I really would love a book about her adventure leaving her family and going to school away from them and away from being able to take care of them.

 

So tell me…who are some compelling non-main characters who you think should totally get their own book?? Do you agree with any of mine??

Book Talk: My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book Talk: My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie PerkinsMy True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher/Year: St. Martin's Press- October 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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This is a holiday short story collection (12 in all)  from some of the best YA authors out there. I’m not biased AT ALL or anything considering some of my all time favorite authors have stories in this.

a2Should I bust out the Christmas music before Thanksgiving?? I want to now!!

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a4This is like my dream team short story collection. A bunch of my favorite authors all in one place? HELL YEAH.  I’m happy to report this short story collection, as a whole, is FANTASTIC. Obviously some were better than others for me reading taste wise but I felt like it was mostly wins for me & the GREAT for me balanced out the ones that maybe weren’t my thing — though none of them were enough to make me skip over them.

I think it is the perfect read for the holidays — not just because the holiday stories will make your heart grow ten sizes — but because, I don’t know about you, but my life is so scattered and busy around this time that being able to read a short story when I’m only able to sit down briefly before going to my next holiday event is THE PERFECT SOLUTION. When I try to read long, more involved books during the holidays it can be frustrating because I can’t get immersed into the way I’d like. Holiday spirit + lots of amazing authors + a book that can hold your attention during the holidays? MUST HAVE.

The only problem with this short story collection? The short stories were SO SO SO good that I wanted full books for pretty much ALL of them. But I think that marks a good short story for me. Satisfying but OH MY GOD I WANT MORE PLEASE.

I’m going to give you my thoughts on each story in a sentence or so (My top 5 faves of the collection have asterisks):

*Rainbow Rowell – Midnights: New Year’s Eve swoons! A classic Rainbow Rowell story with that swoon factor that makes your heart melt.

Kelly Link – The Lady & The Fox: Okay so I kind of didn’t understand this one at all but it WAS interesting and I actually REALLY wanted a full book so I could maybe understand it more. There was a paranormal thing going on here but I didn’t GET it?

*Matt de la Pena – Angels In the Snow: One of my all time favorites in this collection! I am definitely checking out his other books based on this short story. AH MY HEART. Can this PLEASE be a whole book?? The main character in this stole my heart.

Jenny Han — Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me: SANTA!! The North Pole! This one made me really feel for a girl who is so out of place as the only human in the North Pole. Kind of sad though in the way that Elf kind of made me sad sometimes (in between laughing a whole lot re: the movie). Enjoyed it so much!

*Stephanie Perkins – It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown: Definitely my FAVORITE of the collection. Stephanie Perkins reminded me that she doesn’t even NEED a full book to make me fall helplessly and head over heels in love. The swoon factor was high here for me and I absolutely NEED a full book for these two. If I were rich I would commission it from her.

David Levithan — Your Temporary Santa: I got to listen to David read from some of this a couple months ago and I was so happy to finish it! It’s typical David in the humor and in the feels! It honestly made me want to cry a whole lot. And then eat Christmas cookies.

Holly Black – Krumpuslauf: This probably has less to do with the actual story but with what I like as a reader but… this just wasn’t my thing but I think Holly Black is certainly talented! I was definitely amused by it though!

*Gayle Forman – What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?: I LOVED this one. Is anyone surprised by this? Gayle just writes characters that interest me and sprinkles humor I love and can whip up a good love story. Very cute and romantic!

Myra McEntire – Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus: I wasn’t super into this one (I feel so bad saying that) but I liked that it centered around a Christmas pageant! More Lifetime holiday movie this one was. I love my Lifetime holiday movies but just couldn’t get into it.

*Kiersten White – Welcome to Christmas, CA: This one made me SOOOOO hungry. And a little teary at the end. A really touching story that warmed my heart like hot cocoa on a warm day.

Ally Carter – Star Of Bethlehem: I thought this one was okay but wish it was a an actual book because it felt really rushed together at the end once we find out something (a something I didn’t expect when I started it).

Laini Taylor – The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer: I really am so interested in her books after this! Very unique and imaginative!

 

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RATING-reallyliked
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Re-readability: Yes I would definitely around the holidays read it again!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Yes!

a5People looking for a great holiday story collection (especially a YA one), people looking for a read during the holiday season when they are SUPER busy and might not get time to devote to full work of fiction, readers who want a holiday collection that is heartwarming and not sappy

a8 My True Love Gave To Me was such a delight and made me so excited for the holidays! It’s the perfect holiday read filled with such diverse stories but they all fit nicely together. I got to read amazing stories from some of my favorite authors and discovered new-to-me authors that I HAVE to check out now. I longed for most stories to be a full book…because they were THAT good and got me very into the story and the characters in just a bite sized package. Buy it for yourself to read for the holidays or buy it for your friends and family…it’s a holiday collection not to be missed!

It’s rare that I will like this high percentage of stories in a short story collection!

review-on-post-itMy True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins

 

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
*Any other holiday novels/collections you can recommend??

 


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