Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Series A Month - 2016 Challenge

The A Series A Month challenge is going to be a real challenge for me. I have several series I have started and not completed, or that I want to start. Binge reading series is a problem for me as after a couple books I get tired of the characters/world and need a change. Hopefully this challenge will push me to make it through some series. *crosses fingers*

My List:
 If I start feeling really ambitious:
I am not assigning months yet, going to pick as I go along!

Have suggestions for other series you think I should read? Tell Me!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rock My TBR - 2016 Challenge

I am so excited to be participating in Sarah's Rock my TBR challenge next year! Currently I have over 100 books on my shelves that I haven't read, and I hope I can get through most of them with this challenge. I have chosen 13 of those books that I definitely want to read. If you are going to be reading them or any of these others I haven't read yet and want to buddy read let me know!

Now for my list:

  • Dumplin - Julie Murphy
  • The Diviners - Libba Bray
  • Burn for Burn & Fire With Fire - Jenny Han
  • Requiem - Lauren Oliver
  • Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi
  • Catching Jordan - Miranda Kenneally
  • We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
  • Paperweight - Meg Haston
  • Magnolia - Kristi Cook
  • Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott
  • The Young Widows Club - Alexandra Coutts
  • Maybe One Day - Melissa Kantor
 Are you doing this challenge? What do you hope to read?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

2016 the year of the book challenge!

As many of you know I recently completed college. YAY ME!
This means I will have tons more time for reading in 2016. So I have decided to make 2016 the year of the book challenges. I have never really done a reading challenge before aside from GoodReads and one round of Bingo, and I am super excited to be doing this. I am participating in 5 challenges, not really sure how some will go but I'm going to try my  best. If I don't complete them all at least I tried. 

Now for the challenges:

1) Holiday Bingo: Hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews it goes for 3 month intervals. This round is December-Feburary.

2) Backlist Books: Also hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews This one I am 90% sure I can rock! Almost every book I read is already backlist so this challenge was made for me. 

3) PopSugar: not to sure how I'll do on this one but it looks like fun.

4) Rock my TBR: Hosted by The YA Book Traveler I have over 100 books on my TBR shelf so this challenge will be very helpful if I can stick to it. (post to come on what books I hope to read)

5) Series a Month: Hosted by Love At First Page This one is one that can be fun but not sure how I will do. I have tons of series I want to read/finish but I'm not great at binge reading books. Reading a series in a month even a short one will be a challenge.

You can join me in these challenges here:
1) Holiday Bingo
2) Backlist Books
3) Popsugar
4) Rock my TBR
5) Series a Month

Wish me luck on my challenges!
Are you doing any challenges in 2016? Which ones?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: New to me Authors

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is about new to me authors. 2015 has been filled with a lot of authors that I have never read before, so it was kind of hard to pick just 10 but I did it! Here it goes:

  1. Becky Albertalli: Simon is my new best friend. He is the greatest person ever with tons of wonderfully quotable points that the world should listen to.
  2. Aisha Saeed: I learned so  much about other lifestyles from Written in the Stars. One of my favorite books of the year!
  3. Gayle Forman: I was told to wait until I had both books to read Just One Day but i couldn't hold out any longer. It was amazing!
  4. Courtney Stevens: This lady really knows how to punch you in the stomach all while making everything be okay. 
  5. Jennifer Mathieu: I have never read a more truthful book about high school kids than The Truth About Alice
  6. Kiera Cass: The Selection series is the quickest I have ever read a complete series(at least what has been published) Kiera Cass writes in such a cute fun way.
  7. Emily Griffin: I don't read many adult books but Emily Griffin is so funny!
  8. Adam Silvera: More Happy Than Not is such an interesting concept. Would you forget?
  9. Alex Flinn: My first retelling, and now I want to read more!
  10. J. K. Rowling: Yes!
    That is correct I just started Harry Potter this year. Why did you let me wait so long???
 All the authors I have read this year new or old to me are amazing and I cannot wait to read more from all of them.

Who do you think I should put on my radar for next year?

*TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, be sure to check them out.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Back to School Bingo Wrap Up

I participated in my first challenge aside from Goodreads. I did Pretty Deadly Reviews Back to School Bingo, which covered September-November. Here is my card:

And the books I read:
  • Cinder: Marissa Meyer
  • Something Blue: Emily Griffin
  • The Lies About Truth: Courtney Stevens
  • Written in the Stars: Aisha Saeed
  • Catching Fire: Suzanne Collins
  • Just One Day: Gayle Forman
  • Everything Everything: Nicola Yoon
  • Pants on Fire: Meg Cabot
  • The Trouble With Destiny: Lauren Morrill
  • Is My Sister Dying: Alida Young
  • Hex Hall: Rachel Hawkins
  • Fixing Delilah: Sarah Ockler (Counting this one even though I finished it on the 1st)

I only got 1 bingo but I'm happy with it. Think I did pretty good for my first challenge while working and going to school. Looking forward to Holiday Bingo!!

Monday, November 30, 2015

ARC Review: The Trouble With Destiny; Lauren Morrill

Release Date: December 8, 2015

I was given an e-copy of the Trouble With Destiny by the people of Random House on Netgalley. 

This is my first book by Lauren Morrill and I don’t think I could have picked a more relatable one for me. Being a band person to the bone I found great humor in this book picking out the characters all bands have. Such as: the goofy percussionists, the series woodwinds, the bossy drum major, just to name a few. Lauren does a wonderful job at really showing how band people are and that tension between them and the other groups at school.

Liza is the drum major of her high school marching/concert band. When she finds out the band is about to lose funding she set the band up to go on a cruise to compete for a $25000 grand prize.  All they have to do is beat their biggest competition, the Athena’s her high school’s show choir. Liza chooses not to tell the band about why they need the money, which turns out to be a big mistake. All the stress from keeping such a big secret causes Liza to melt down when things start to go wrong as soon as the ship leaves port. Liza has to do something fast before she lets the whole band down. Can she do it? Or will she let the frenemy and boys get in the way. 

The Trouble With Destiny is a wonderfully cute quick read. Which I like but I kind of wish there was a little more substance to Liza and her story. I will definitely read this book again though, very enjoyable.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Just One Day: Gayle Forman

I read this via audio from my local library, and the narrator was perfect. I thought I knew what I was getting into but I was wrong on so many levels. This story was so wonderful, and not at all what I was expecting. I can’t wait to get to the others. 

Allyson is the definition of “good girl”. She acts, talks, and works like the perfect daughter. Everything her parents want from her, all the plans they make, she follows along because that is who she is. Right? It only takes one day for Allyson to decide if the “good girl” is really who she is. Allyson and her best friend Melanie take the trip of a lifetime; a European tour, after graduation.  On the last night of the tour Mel plays sick and they break away from the tour, which leads to the start of Allyson’s change. The girls watch a street play where Allyson meets Willem. The next day fate; or maybe an “accident”, throws Allyson and Willem back together. They decide to take the one day Allyson has left and run away to Paris. For just one day. 

I can relate to Allyson in so many ways. I too am always the “good girl”, I have done everything in my power to please my parents. As Allyson learned I know everything isn’t enough. Once this fact becomes known a person can really grow, and learn who they really are. This book does a wonderful job of showing that life doesn’t always go as one plans for it to, but if you don’t let the curve balls bring you down. 

 As Willem points out life is full of accidents. Everything happens for a reason. One accident leads to another accident and that is your life. Without that first accident your life would be completely different. So don’t be afraid of life, of accidents, or of change. Yes, life is hard and some life events are more complicated or hurtful than others. In the end it will all be okay. You may not get the ending you always hoped for but you could definitely get a better one than ever imagined.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

If you know anything about me you know I love quotes. Life quotes, inspirational quotes, funny quotes, if it has quotation marks I'll probably love it. Saying this it will be hard to believe that I don't keep a quote journal while reading.  (I really should start this I know) I do make mental notes of quotes I like while reading though, even if I can hardly ever find them again. Well this week I went back and found some of my favorite quotes I have read this year, which was really hard to narrow down.

Here we go!

1)  "I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils so I left it upstairs" - Four  From Insurgent the greatest quote ever!

2) "“White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.” - Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Becky Albertalli  Not a truer quote out there.

3) "Life is a gift. Don't forget to live it." -  Nurse Carla Everything Everything: Nicola Yoon

4) "But today is better than yesterday. And this hurt is still a hole in me, but it's a shrinking hole."- Faking Normal: Courtney Stevens

5) "There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand." - Someone Like You: Sarah Dessen

6) "Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you get through the messier tunnels of growing up. But the pain can only help you find happiness if you can remember it." - More Happy Than Not: Adam Silvera

7) "Love is about the good moments, but it's about holding on to each other during the difficult ones, too. Coming out on the other side, weathered but still holding hands, isn't easy. It's the most difficult thing there can possibly be, but I know now it's the truest test of love there is." - Written in the Stars: Aisha Saeed

8) "All decisions are different in hindsight. Maybe all we can do is make the best decisions we can in the moment, using the best information we have right then." - Breathe Annie Breathe: Miranda Kenneally

9) "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an ocean in a drop." - Rites of Passage: Joy Hensley

10) "If nothing changes, nothing changes. If you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting. You want change, make some." - The Lies About Truth: Courtney Stevens

I'm always looking for more quotes so link me to your post or share your favorite quotes in the comments.

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Written in the Stars: Aisha Saeed

I had the honor of meeting Aisha Saeed at the Decatur Book Festival before reading her book. Listening to her speak about Naila’s character and the story she was trying to tell before reading it for myself made the book that much more touching. I will admit I don’t know much about Naila’s culture so I’m not going to say I don’t agree with it. Her culture and beliefs are different than mine and that is perfectly okay. I will say it was interesting to learn about the culture from Naila’s point of view, hearing if from someone living it makes it easier to “see”. 

Naila lives in America; and she has her entire life, but her family is still enforces their Pakistani beliefs. They live in a community with many other Pakistani families, have weekly get togethers, and still practice arranged marriage. Naila believes things will be different for her though, because her parents are allowing her to follow her dreams for college and medical school. When her parents catch her with an unapproved boy everything changes.

Naila’s parents plan a summer trip to Pakistan to visit relatives, to remind Naila of where she comes from, her beliefs, and how a Pakistani girl’s life should be.  But the trip takes a turn that Naila did not see coming. How will she survive this change? Will her boy from home be able to help her or is her life doomed to her parent’s choice?

Written in the Stars is a beautiful, touching, unwrapped truth of a story. I learned more than I could have imagined from this story. From the culture to the language used I am beyond glad that this book exists. Everyone should read it at some point. 


Friday, October 30, 2015

ARC Review: The Lies About Truth

Courtney Stevens does it again. She has punched me in the gut and maybe me feel things, but I’m not complaining. Even though I wasn’t as in love with Lies as I am with Faking Normal it is still way up on my list of favorite books ever. 

Sadie, Trent, Max, Gray, and Gina are a close knit group of friends. So close that if you see one the others can’t be far behind. Everything is going wonderful for them, no problems, no fights, no anything outside of perfect until everything changes. A car accident claims the life of Trent and tears the group apart. Max and the rest of Trent’s family move for their dad’s work, Gina and Grey get closer, and Sadie is left to deal with her scars and the broken pieces of her life alone. That is until an email exchange begins between her and Max. 

At the start of summer Max and family return and Sadie begins to put her life back together little by little. Throughout the summer the four remaining friends are constantly thrown into situations together. Secrets are revealed, lives are changed once again, and friendships are tested once again.

I connected with these characters more than I ever imagined I would when reading about this books. I to was involved in a horrible car accident the summer before I was to start college. Every part of my life was tested and many of the plans I had made for myself changed. I am still trying to come to terms with some of those changes and others I don’t know that I ever will. Reading Sadie’s story has shown me that it is possible to one day achieve everything on my list; I just might need some help. Once reason I love Courtney’s books is that they are filled with truth, hope, and honest characters whose stories can be interpreted by each reader to fit their own personal stories. If you haven’t read one of Courtney’s books I highly recommend you do!

Publish Date: November 3, 2015