Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for the World

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week it is top ten books that would be on my syllabus if I taught a class. I chose to "teach" a class about books the world needs.
These are all books I think would make this world a better place if everyone would read them. These books all have lessons to teach and I personally have learned from each and every one of them. Some I can relate to extremely well some help me understand others better. I hope you take the time to check some out if you haven't before. Enjoy!

1)Faking Normal: Courtney C. Stevens

2) Luna: Julie Ann Peters

3) None of the Above: I.W. Gregorio

4) Tuesdays With Morrie: Mitch Albom

5) Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver

6) This Song Will Save Your Life: Leila Sales

7) Wintergirls: Laurie Halse Anderson

8) Hate List: Jennifer Brown

9) Nineteen Minutes: Jodi Picoult

10) Say What You Will: Cammie McGovern

Feel free to share your opinions would love to know what you think about my choices. What would you add?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Author Bucket List

Living where I do not many authors make tour stops anywhere near me. So unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to meet any of these awesome people we call authors. I hope to remedy this in the coming years since I am becoming more active in the bookish community. Which leads to my Author Bucket List! The following is a list of my top authors I would love beyond words to meet. I would be ecstatic to meet any author of course but these are the top of my list.

1) Lurlene McDaniel

2) Sarah Dessen

3) Meg Cabot

4) Becky Albertalli

5) Veronica Roth

6) Courtney C. Stevens

7) Aisha Saeed

8) Janet Evanovich

9) Jennifer Echols

10) Ally Carter

11) Kiera Cass

Who knows if I will ever accomplish this list but life goal that I will! I have no idea what will happen when I meet these wonderfully awesomely amazing heroes of mine but I'm sure it will be interesting to watch. A major fangirl moment!!

Wish me luck!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

More Happy Than Not: Adam Silvera

I read MHTN via Audible audio. I loved this book! I cannot wait to do a reread in the physical form. More Happy Than Not is the story of Aaron Soto and his journey to accept himself. In Aaron’s neighborhood a new company called Leteo that claims they can manipulate a person’s memories to make them forget whatever they need too. Aaron is leading the normal life of a teenage boy in a semi poor city neighborhood; he has a group of friends, a girlfriend, and a part-time job. One day Aaron meets Thomas, they become quick friends which changes Aaron’s life, or so he thinks. Aaron’s time with Thomas makes him realize he is gay, and this is where Aaron thinks his life falls apart. He begins to want a Leteo procedure.

That is all I will tell you about the story line. This is where I was shocked by things I didn’t see coming. I knew what this book was about when I started it but apparently I didn’t know as much as I thought I did because I was a little confused for a bit. Messing with people’s minds is a very tricky thing so the subject matter of this book is very interesting.  This book is something to think about, it would be very intriguing to see what people would do if Leteo was a real thing. Adam is an amazing writer; I find it very hard to believe that this is his debut. I am amazed that the topics in this book are done in such a way at times you don’t really realize what is happening until it is over. Then you are just there like “well that cool, I like that, hhmmmm who knew, good point”. That is when I know I have read a great book. My only problem with this book is the language. I know it is fitting for the characters but I could do with a few less F-bombs. It may not have been that bad if I wasn’t using audio, in a physical book I can skip over them.

So what would you do if Leteo was real? Would you forget something from your past or does your past just make you stronger?

4.5/5 Just because the language.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mosquitoland: David Arnold

I read this one via Audible audio and I think that was the problem for me. I should have read this in the physical form for my first read.

Mosquitoland tells the story of Mim and her journey to get back to her mom. Her father and new stepmom up and moved the family to Mississippi where Mim hates it. She overhears her dad and stepmom talking about her mom being sick she decides to run away to be with her mom. On her journey Mim meets a wide variety of people that help build her story, and help her understand life in a new way.

I will admit I didn’t really understand this book at first. The more I read the deeper I got into the story and saw what David Arnold was trying to say. Mim’s family had a history of mental illness, and her father is afraid Mim will fall into that hole so he tries to prevent it. Mim’s journey to her mom and her journal letters it Iz help her did thru the fog her medication puts her in until she understands life better. I will hand it to Mim though she does a great job of staying true to herself no matter what the situation she is thrown into in her life.

I may update this review/rating when and if I ever read a physical copy of Mosquitoland so check back.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Mirrored

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at breaking the spine 

Mirrored: Alex Flinn
Pub Day: September 15, 2015
Synopsis: A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from "Snow White," who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into "the fairest one of all" but still cannot win Greg's heart, and Celine, Greg's daughter with Violet's high school rival, Jennifer.

I just recently discovered retellings thanks to a gift from my OTSPSecretSister, and I have fallen in love with them. Besides this one sounding so great look at that cover!! It is Gorgeous!!!

*Pic and synopsis courtesy of GoodReads

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TTT: Most read authors

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Read Authors!!
This TTT was very easy for me. I had my list in just a matter of minutes. For a few I did have to go a bit old school though but that makes it even more fun!
My top 4 most read:
1) Lurlene McDaniel: Real true to life stories that have taught me so much.
2) Meg Cabot: Princess Diaries, and Heather Wells are the best!
3) Janet Evanovich: My first adult books. Stephanie Plum for the win!
4) Sarah Dessen: My teenage years.
A couple new to me authors:
5) Ally Carter: One of my new favorite series, the Gallagher Girls!
6) Veronica Roth: My most reread series!
Let's go a little old school:
7) Caroline B. Cooney: My most reread single book ever! The Face on the Milk Carton
8) Francine Pascal: Got to love those Sweet Valley Girls!
9) Ann M. Martin: My first ever mail order book club! Babysitter's Club and Babysitter's Little Sister!

And last but not least one of my favorite ever:
10) Jennifer Echols: Love her new superlatives series.
Check out my favorite and most read authors and share some of yours with me! I'm always open to new authors. Enjoy!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Keeping You a Secret: Julie Anne Peters

This is the story of Holland and her regular life as a high student just trying to get by until she can figure out what to do with her life. She has great friends, a boyfriend that she loves, and makes great grades. She deals with the pressures from her mom to do everything she never got to do being a teen mom, puts up with her stepsister she cannot stand, and works part time at a daycare center. Everything is going along great until Holland meets Cece. Then everything Holland knows is turned upside down, but possible for the better.

I know I am very behind reading this book but honestly I didn’t know it existed until recently, and I hate that. This book had to be a very hard thing to write about and promote at the time it was written.  I say this because I believe it would still be now, which is horrible to say but true. Many people don’t like reading about things they don’t understand or agree with. And that is one reason this world is in the shape it is in now. For the time that this book was written it is very well done. The topic is covered with truth but care, and I think it is a great book for people to read to see another point of view. I love Julie Anne Peters for this fact. All I have read by her covers tough topics for some people but are written in a way that helps people be more comfortable with the topic. If you want to branch out into books with touchy subjects I suggest Julie’s books for sure.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Dumplin

Dumplin': Julie Murphy
Pub Day: September 15,2015
Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

I have heard nothing but great thing about this book and I cannot wait to read it myself.

*Pic and synopsis courtesy of GoodReads

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine