Top Ten Tuesday 06/09/2015

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Wow I have not done a Top Ten Tuesday post in I don’t know how long but I feel like it easily has to be two months which is all sorts of insane. I’m finally back on a roll with a ton of reviews being posted this and next week so it’s about time I get back to posting every Tuesday as well. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Top Ten Tuesdays, it is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week features a different topic and this week’s topic is, Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015. I do believe I participated in the Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for 2015 at the end of last year or beginning of this year. I’m almost positive 9 out of 10 books have changed since then so it was fun to pick out 10 books that are still set to release this year.

 Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

(In order of release date)

1.) July 7 – Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

2.) July 7 – Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

3.) August 4 – Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

4.) August 6 – The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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5.) August 18 – The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

6.) September 1 – Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

7.) Septmber 15 – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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8.) September 22 – Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

9.) October 27 – Persuasion by Martina Boone

10.) November 10 – Consent by Nancy Ohlin

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I am hoping to be able to read and review advanced copies of most, if not all, of these books on my list. I currently have review copies for numbers 1, 2 and 9, and will be reviewing book number 8 through a tour. I will be posting those reviews as they get closer to their release dates so be on the lookout for them beginning in July!

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Top Ten Tuesday 03/03/2015

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So I realize I’m posting this on Thursday March 5, but I am going to edit the publish date to Tuesday March 3 because I missed this Top Ten Tuesday and this is a week I didn’t want to miss. It’s definitely going to include some books that haven’t made any of my top ten lists before. As always Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books You Would Classify as ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS From the Past 3 Years

1.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

2.) Pretty Little Liars (Book 1) by Sara Shepard

3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4.) Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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5.) Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

6.) Five Summers by Una LaMarche

7.) Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

8.) Second Chance Summer & Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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9.) Compulsion by Martina Boone

10.) Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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 Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de RosnayThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithLiv, Forever by Amy TalkingtonThe Bargaining by Carly Anne WestMoonglass by Jessi KirbyTen by Gretchen McNeilSleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher, Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins, Lost Summer by Alex McAulay, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, Laguna Cove by Alyson Noel, If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin

Okay so I went way past ten books but honestly how was I supposed to ONLY pick ten? I extended my list to thirty books, and they are in no particular order, I just only included pictures for the first 10. If someone asked me to fill a box with my favorite books from the past 3 years and give it to someone, these are the books I’d put in there. I know I have to be leaving some out too that I really enjoyed but I just currently can’t think of, plus thirty seemed like a good number to stop at.

Top Ten Tuesday 09/09/2014

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While I usually post both a book review and my Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesdays, I am going to cut back to just doing Top Ten Tuesdays today and every following Tuesday. That way I can schedule the review I would be posting today another day and can fill out the weeks a little better as classes get crazier. As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I am really excited for this week’s topic because I feel like I will easily reach ten authors with no problem, sooooo this Tuesday’s topic is:

Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X genre

I am going to fill it in Top Ten Underrated Young Adult Authors. For pictures this week I am going to include a picture of my personal favorite from that particular author. I apologize if you think I misplace an author on here, but these are authors I feel like are underrated for whatever reason whether it be I don’t see many blog reviews on their books or I don’t hear people talk about them a lot.

1.) Alyson Noel – I love her books, especially her standalone ones like Saving Zoe, Laguna Cove, Kiss & Blog, Faking 19 and…

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2.) Abbi Glines – I really liked The Vincent Boys which led me to read Fallen Too Far and fall in love with it

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3.) Jessi Kirby – After falling head over heels in love with Moonglass I have really enjoyed her other novel as well

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4.) Nina de Gramont – I hadn’t heard of her until I randomly picked up Every Little Thing in the World and cannot wait to read her other books

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5.) Miranda Kenneally – I love, love, love all of her books that I have read so far

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6.) Emmy Laybourne – Everyone is all ga-ga over The Hunger Games, yet her trilogy Monument 14 was so much more terrifying and realistic

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7.) Sarah Ockler – When it comes to me forget Sarah Dessen, I love Sarah Ockler’s books especially…

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8.) Sara Shepard – Everyone only knows her for Pretty Little Liars, but she has written The Lying Game series, other novels and has another YA thriller-mystery series coming out soon (more or less underrated for her other novels)

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9.) Lauren Barnholdt – Definitely one of my top ten favorite authors

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10.) Susane Colasanti – I really have enjoyed every one of her novels so far but never see any reviews for them

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So there are my Top Ten Underrated Young Adult Authors. This list was definitely the easiest and quickest I have made in the history of Top Ten Tuesdays.

Monthly Wrap Up – June 2014

Wow, I can’t be the only one who felt like June just flew by. I can’t believe that in just 30 minutes (for me at least) it will be July 1st and that 4th of July is this Friday! June definitely didn’t turn out to be as successful as I had anticipated on it being. I finally got a new job that I began at the beginning of this month, but haven’t been scheduled since Monday the 16th thanks to over hiring and bad business. I’ve been job hunting like crazy during the day with no luck so far but I’m keeping my hopes up. No job basically means no extra spending money for books 😥 , the struggle is real.

June definitely had some good moments though. I am successfully registered for all of my fall classes. I declared my major finally, and it’s kind of confusing to explain but I am a Public Relations/Advertising major, which is a track in their Communications major, which is part of their Liberal Arts program. Confusing, but basically I will be taking my general education classes with some language, communications and marketing classes thrown in the mix. Hopefully once I graduate I will be able to get a job at a children’s publishing company. Those are the goals. I am also taking a 2.5 hour class on Thursdays from July 10 to August 7 so I can volunteer to be an elementary reading tutor at one of the local libraries so that should be fun and a new experience.

I read some pretty good books this month as well and bought/rented quite a few too. While I feel like I didn’t read nearly as much as I could have, I am going to have to get more serious this month because I have a huge TBR list that I need to make a dent in. I’m still trying to work up the courage to make a TBR list video because some of these books look really good and I feel like I read a lot of books that are different. (My opinion lol, I could be completely wrong though.) I guess basically what I meant was I skip back and forth from one genre to the next. One day I’ll be reading a light, YA romance novel and then a couple of days later it will be a dystopian based novel. Oh well, I read what makes me happy and when it comes to reading that is the only thing that matters 🙂

In the month of July, I am going to try completing a challenge. I want to try to complete The Book Genre Challenge hosted by eternal-books. July’s genre is classics which isn’t my go to genre, but I have been wanting to try reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which I had to Google if it was considered a classic just to be positive it would qualify and it does. I will explain my reasoning behind wanting to read that novel when I do a review on it. Since the challenge is basically to read one book from that genre a month, I think I may have to stick with just one classic for July. I have read classics in the past, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, ect., and don’t think I will be rereading any of them anytime soon due to my long list of books that I am already waiting to read for the first time.

Books I Read This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (great book but didn’t review)

-Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

-Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

-Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

-How Zoey Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

-The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

So seven books read this month, I guess it could be worse. I am also almost done Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess which is actually a reread for myself. I read it a couple of years ago and rented it from the library earlier today. Not one hundred percent sure if I will do a review on it or not, but I most likely will because I absolutely love all of Laura Wiess’ books that I have read so far. Since I am so close to finishing, I am counting it as a June read. Today I also finished an extended excerpt from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (another one of my favorite authors) and OMG, I need to go out and buy the book asap now. It was so good and I am going to cry if I can’t pick up where I left off soon. If you are interested in reading free books and extended excerpts, you can go to www.pulseit.com and make an account. They have free books for a limited time that are always changing. The only downside to this is that you have to read the book on the computer, or a tablet of some sort. I was reading mine on my iPad and it worked wonderfully.

Books I Bought/Rented This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (bought)

-How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (bought)

-17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (bought)

-The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (bought)

-The Night She Disappeared by April Henry (bought)

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess (rented)

-Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (rented)

-Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (rented)

-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (rented)

-Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (rented)

-The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson (rented)

-The Selection by Kiera Cass (rented)

-Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The last three I reserved at the library, one is ready for me to come pick up and I am hoping the other two will be shortly. My goal is to at least read and review all of  the rented books before July is over. Fingers crossed that it will happen.

Top Ten Tuesday 06/10/2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be a difficult one. The topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. I’ve read a good amount so far, so it is going to be hard for me to pick a top ten. I may have to list a few honorable mentions at the end. Most of these books I have written a review on my blog for them, if not I have listed them in my monthly wrap ups. I will count down from 10-1 leading up to my favorite so far.

10.) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

9.) The Ruining by Anna Collomore

8.) Monument 14 trilogy by Emmy Laybourne

7.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

6.) Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

5.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4.) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

3.) If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

2.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

1.) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

So those are my top ten. I’m sure in another six months some of them, possibly even all, will be replaced. For books numbers 2&3, have a box of tissues prepared, as well as being prepared to feel like your heart has been ripped from your chest. Books numbers 4&5 I don’t think would have been on this list, or at least as high, if it wasn’t for the photographs, they really added to the story. Book numbers 8&10 would be great for fans of dystopian novels. Book numbers 1, 6, 7&9, prepared to have your mind blown and expect the unexpected.

Since I’ve obviously read more than ten books that I’ve loved this year, I have three in mind that I would like to give honorable mentions to.

1.) The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

2.) Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

3.) Baby Bumps by Nicole Polizzi (Snooki)

I got the opportunity to read The Summer of Letting Go before it was published and fell in love with it. I love all of the books by Miranda Kenneally I’ve read so far and love how they all tie together. Lastly, you’re probably think either one of four things…1.) ew you read that book, 2.) why the hell did you spend money on that, 3.) you consider that a book, or 4.) I loved it too. I’m going to be really blunt about how I feel about Baby Bumps right now. If you never read it or at least gave it a chance, keep your mouth shut. I had intentions of reading it but put it off for a while since I am not pregnant nor plan on being so anytime soon. Well, Snooki was coming to a local university to sign copies of Baby Bumps, so I went out and read it in two days. It didn’t glorify pregnancy like so many people try to. She gave all the nasty details and although I already liked Snooki and respected her, this book gave me a thousand times more respect for her to be able to read (and picture) her going from party girl to an amazing mother. If you’re pregnant or plan on being pregnant, give it a chance. It will definitely be a book I will pull out again when I am expecting.

Top Ten Tuesday 06/03/2014

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Yay my first Top Ten Tuesday since I’ve been back! And this is definitely one of my favorite Top Ten Tuesdays as well because if you know me, you know I am a sucker for summery, beachy books. As always, Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is….

 Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag or Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

(Warning I may exceed ten books and all books will have a beach or summer theme to them)

1.) The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han – Absolutely perfect books for the summer and beach and if you haven’t read any or all of them, add that on your summer bucket list and you can thank me later.

2.) Five Summers by Una LaMarche – I’m a sucker for a good summer camp story too and this one was soooo good. Seriously, put it in your beach bag!

3.) Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin (and I’m definitely putting the sequel Since Last Summer in my own bag) – Once again just staying with the summer theme and when there’s a sequel it makes me happy because that means the story isn’t over yet.

4.) Nantucket Blue and Nantucket Red (although I have not read the sequel yet) by Leila Howard – Just like Rules of Summer, a great summer book and now has a sequel. Yay!

5.) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – All you Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour Fans, you really need to read her second book. Warning though, wear your sunglasses when reading because you may shed a tear…or many in my case.

6.) Any of Hailey Abbott’s books (My top choices are Boy Crazy, Flirting With Boys and Getting Lost With Boys) – All of her books are summer based and not too long so they are the perfect beach read.

7.) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – If you have never picked this book up I urge you to go and buy it and read it ASAP. It’s really good.

8.) Cruel Summer and Laguna Cove by Alyson Noel – Her books are also fairly short and both of these make good beach reads.

9.)Snapshot by Angie Stanton – Surprise another summer camp book, but this one is really good and it follows the characters after summer camp is over. It’s a companion to another one of her books as well.

10.) Lost Summer by Alex McAulay – This is a good beach read that is a bit of a thriller too. (Bonus if you’re staying in or have been to the Outer Banks because you’ll know the fictional references. Also it’s $18 new on Amazon. I bought mine for a penny used in good condition and paid $4 total with shipping.)

11.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – I just finished this book and oh my god it was good. I finished it in two days because I couldn’t put it down and didn’t until I went to sleep. It’s a mystery and although it’s a little long it’s an easy read. *I’ll be posting a review after this post.*

12.) Moonglass by Jessi Kirby – Loved, loved, loved this book. It was short and sweet and takes place on the beach.

13.) The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – Obviously this is a good beach read and the movie is pretty good as well.

14.) Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally – Summer camp again but goes on after camp is done. Really really good. In fact I am buying it right now. (Rented from the library.)

15.) Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita – Two great books that go hand in hand and make for perfect beach books.

So that is all of the books I can think of for now. They are all great books to bring on the beach and I will probably reread some of them while I am at the beach myself this summer.

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

After reading Stealing Parker, I am definitely a fan of Miranda Kenneally. I have read one of her other books, Things I Can’t Forget, and it is one of my favorite books ever, so I decided to give one of her other books a try. I am definitely buying all of her other books now. Although I am not a huge sports fan, I really enjoyed Stealing Parker. It was especially refreshing to read after I had read several books that I didn’t enjoy too much.

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three. Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

(Summary from Amazon.com)

I fell in love with Parker from the beginning and I really felt bad for her at certain parts of the book. Her story of forbidden romance was so steamy, yet classy and not trashy. Let’s face it girls, there was always that one young, fresh out of college male teacher we crushed on in high school. I could really relate to Parker at certain points in the book and I felt her emotions and was equally as confused as she was when it came down to decision making. The pace of Stealing Parker was great. It was a quick, easy read, yet really enjoyable. I really liked that there was at least one part in the book that almost every girl who reads this could relate to. High school is tricky and everyone wants to fit it and sometimes feels like they don’t belong or that they aren’t good at what they enjoy doing. I loved the ending of the book and fully agree with the choices Parker makes.

I am so eager to buy and read Miranda Kenneally’s other books. I was never interested in reading Catching Jordan because I’m not a football fan, but I definitely can overlook not being a fan of the sport to read that book. Also, Things I Can’t Forget…if you haven’t read it, I’d recommend it and give it 10 stars out of 5. Her newest YA book is coming out on July 1, 2014 and it is called Breathe, Annie, Breathe and from the summary on Amazon, I am really excited for it.