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.

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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 06/03/2014

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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.

Sleepaway Girls & Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

I’m going to be reviewing both Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind together. The reason I am doing this is because SSOM (Summer State of Mind) is a companion novel to SAG (Sleepaway Girls). In my personal opinion, would read Sleepaway Girls first. I read SAG a few years ago and absolutely loved it! When starting to read SSOM, there were references made to events and characters from SAG, so I decided to reread it and then start Summer State of Mind right after. So let the reviews begin:

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

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First off, if the cover of this book doesn’t grab your attention and make you want to read it then you’re crazy. I love this cover and it’s one of reasons why I read it. Yeah yeah I know…don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Sam’s best friend gets her first boyfriend and to avoid watching the two of them be all lovey dovey all summer, Sam applies to be a CIT (counselor in training) at Whispering Pines, a summer camp. When she gets there she realizes camp isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Queen Bee Ashley seems to be set on ruining Sam’s summer and if she doesn’t, her crush on flirty counselor Hunter might. Luckily she has becomes fast friends with Cole and a few girls in her bunk. They call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.

Okay so from reading the inside cover, I really didn’t expect too much from this book. I thought it would be some cute summer camp story and I was wrong. It was so good and I finished it within the day. I loved Sam and the other Sleepaway Girls. While I didn’t always agree with Sam’s choices, I loved the outcome in the end. It has just the right amount of drama, relationship/boy issues and pranks for a great summer novel. Makes me wish I had gone to camp when I was younger or got a job as a counselor at an overnight camp.

Sleepaway Girls was published in 2009, so when I saw that a companion book was coming out this year I was so excited to head back to Whispering Pines in….

Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

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Now this cover is a little more plain than the first, but the title just screams “READ ME!” to me at least. It just sounds like a perfect summer book, which is definitely turned out to be.

In Summer State of Mind, Harper starts summer off with every intention of spending days either shopping at the mall or lounging by the pool at the country club. After her dad gets her latest and most expensive credit card bill in the mail he decides it’s time for Harper to get back to reality and sends her to Whispering Pines. Now Harper who is used to being the popular girl is at the bottom of the social ladder and the “lifers” in her cabin have no intention of befriending her. The one good thing about camp is “lifer” Ethan who she seems to be winning over and if she can make some friends and look at camp with new eyes she might find a new summer state of mind.

So of course when the book starts off I was all mad at the parents and putting myself in Harper’s situation, but of course once she gets to Whispering Pines I am happy again. Sam and Cole, as well as a few other characters, make their appearances in Summer State of Mind which I did enjoy. *Possible spoiler alert, but I don’t feel like it’s a big deal because it was mentioned in one sentence and that was the end of it* I was a bit disappointed that Sam and Cole were no longer dating. Once again Summer State of Mind had the perfect about of drama, boy issues, and pranks to make a perfect summer book. Summer State of Mind also picks up after Sleepaway Girls although it was published five years later.

I do wish there were more Whispering Pines based books, possibly even if a boy camper’s or counselor’s perspective. I tweeted Jen Calonita after finishing Summer State of Mind asking about another book and she said she hopes and that she loves visiting Whispering Pines. I hope so too because Whispering Pines definitely sounds like the best summer camp to go to.

Top Ten Tuesday 01/28/2014

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Yay! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again and I absolutely LOVE the topic The Broke and the Bookish made this week. I have been waiting until the clock turns to midnight so without further ado…This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In / Characters I’d Never Want to Trade Places With

So without rambling on any further here is my top ten list:

1.) This will probably be the most popular one today but Katniss Everdeen/Panem. Yes some people think The Hunger Games is so overrated now, but I would not want to have to fight til the death in the annual hunger games, I would not want to be a target for the other tributes, and I certainly would not like to live through the first to only have to go through it again for the quarter quell. I’m not sure anyone would so that is why Katniss and Panem (because they seem to go hand in hand) makes the first on my list.

2.) Assuming worlds can also mean the futuristic world, Monument 14 takes the number 2 spot. My anxiety is horrible and I have witnessed an earthquake before and actually got so worked up, I got sick to my stomach. I wouldn’t want to deal with a massive hail storm, earthquake, and a chemical weapon spill all within a week, in addition to not knowing if my parents were safe or not. I am also blood type O, which means one deep breath of the polluted air and I would turn into a raging monster out to kill. Not exactly my idea of fun.

3.) Aria, Spencer, Hannah, and Emily from the Pretty Little Liars series are four girls who I would never ever want to trade places with. They are tormented, the people they love the most are injured or killed, and they have a psychopath stalking them every second of the day. I think if I were them I’d change my name and move to Canada, but knowing Ali, she’d probably still find them. I wouldn’t be able to take looking over my shoulder every second of the day to wonder if she is watching me or not..I’d go crazy, and the guilt I’d live with for the rest of my life if someone I love was targeted and then hurt or killed because of me would be unbearable. Thank goodness those four girls are fictional and don’t have to put up with all of that in the real world.

4.) This is probably a character that is not widely known, but it doesn’t change the fact that I wouldn’t want to be her and that is Gemma from Stolen by Lucy Christopher. This book was so intense. First she is abducted and her abductor expects her to love him even though he has taken her away from her life. Second, no matter how far she runs or how badly she tries to escape, she can’t. She is stuck in the middle of the dessert and would die from the heat and dehydration before she could make it to any town. I get the chills just thinking about being in her place because I honestly have no idea how I’d deal with it.

5.) Another character not widely known, but an absolutely amazing book and one of my favorites, The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. I would not want to trade places with Colt (even if he’s a boy and I’m a girl). Having a secret love for a year with Julia and then she dies. I’d be pissed if I were him. Because the relationship was a secret and she was in a completely different social circle, Colt couldn’t publicly show his emotions over the incident and then on top of that, Julia’s brother gives Colt her journal and now he has to read everything she was feeling and thinking when she was alive and all of the things she had left unsaid between the two of them. I would be a emotional wreck but so pissed at the same time and those are two messy emotions when added together are even worse and I would not want to be dealing with that.

Well….that was only 5 and I cannot think of anymore worlds I wouldn’t want to live in or characters I wouldn’t want to trade places with. I know there’s so many more books I could use as examples if I had read them, but since I haven’t I don’t feel like I should include them. So instead, I am going to finish this list with 5 worlds I’d want to live in or character’s I’d want to trade places with. Add a little positive in with the negative and it would bother me if I didn’t have an actual top ten list in some form.

6.) Very cliched but a world I’d love to live in (although it is our world just with some fictional characters) is Twilight. I read the first three books in the series years ago, never finished the fourth, but I would have killed to be Bella. I didn’t care about all the problems she faced with being in love with a vampire and having a werewolf being in love with her. Edward was the description of the perfect guy, well besides for the fact that he was undead..but I fell in love with a fictional character and I am so embarrassed to even admit that but hey whatever it’s true.

7.) I’d love, love, love to trade places with Belly in The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I loved those books and although parts of them weren’t always happy and sometimes left me angry or depressed, I envied her summers at the beach house and her relationships with Jeremiah and Conrad. I loved how she got a chance with both boys to see which one worked out better, even if that is a little weird to date both of them since they are brothers. I just loved the books and the characters and would have loved for that to be my real story of my summers.

8.) I’m taking this whole “worlds” thing probably the wrong way, but whatever it’s my interpretation of it, but I’d love to live in these summer camp novel worlds. I love books where the character goes off to summer camp for the first time, heads back to summer camp, or like Five Summers, has a reunion at the summer camp she used to spend her summers at. I don’t know why I love these kind of books so much. Maybe because the bond between the friends are just so strong, and they’re always doing something fun that you would only associate with a summer camp. Plus the added summer flings or boy drama always makes the story better.

9.) My third unknown character that I am including in this list is Colby from Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel. I would love to trade places with her. She has to spend the summer in Greece with her aunt which she is not thrilled about, but Greece is the country I’d like to travel to the most. I think it is gorgeous and would be ecstatic to spend my summer there. Plus the cute local boy Yannis is a plus even if she doesn’t realize it right away. If I were in Colby’s place, I probably would never want to leave.

10.) This will be the most childish answer, but Wendy from Peter Pan, is the last character I’d like to trade places with. I don’t know what my obsession is with Peter Pan, but it has always been my favorite children’s story and my favorite Disney movie. I want to be able to fly to Neverland with Peter Pan, see the mermaids and even come face to face with Captain Hook, of course only if I am guaranteed to survive like Wendy did. The one question I still can’t answer is if I’d stay in Neverland and never grow up or if I’d get tired of that after a while and go back home.

So that is my Top Ten Tuesday list for today. I am kind of annoyed at myself that I don’t have a full list of ten worlds I wouldn’t want to live in or characters I’d want to trade places with, but I haven’t always been a really big reader when it came to the dystopian books or depressing books where something bad happens. I usually stick to my girly books usually involving drama and romance. I do have some dark, dystopian books on my to read list as well as a few YA thrillers so maybe at the end of February when it is choose your own Top Ten Tuesday, I will redo this topic with a whole list instead of just a half a list.