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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Top Ten Tuesday 01/20/2015

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Yay for a freebie week! Since this week we can choose any topic for our Top Ten Tuesday post I am going to do…

Top Ten Books I Want to See Made Into Movie

Of course we are talking in a perfect world where the movie would not butcher the book and would be absolutely perfect and not missing a single detail.

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1.) Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

2.) What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

3.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

4.) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

5.) Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

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6.) They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

7.) Compulsion by Martina Boone

8.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

9.) Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

10.) The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

And of course there were a few I had to leave out that didn’t make the top ten but deserve an honorable mention…

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And these last two would have made the top ten but they are currently being made into movies…

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/18/2014

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Wow so it’s been a couple of shaky weeks since the end of October. I go to college five days a week, had to unfortunately drop one of my five classes, and I had been working close to 40 hours a week. I apologize for not keeping up on my posts. I have read a good amount of books between then and now and will hopefully get around to posting a review on all of them. Of course after so long it is a little difficult to review a book but if it comes to that I may just do a post with the titles and my rating for those books. I need to start keeping a book journal again so I can keep track of what I read when I’m done each book. I promise there will be more reviews now. I finally got my hours cut back (and yes I am happy about that) so I have a good amount of time in between my classes and when I have to be at work.

Now onto this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I really like the topic this week because I am big on series/trilogies, so there are a good amount of sequels I am looking forward to. I’m not going to keep this list exclusive to books that have not come out yet because there are quite a few sequels that have been published and I just haven’t bought them yet. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is…

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

1.) P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Loved the first book as well as Jenny Han’s other books as well.

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2.) Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – Back to Jenny Han…I really liked Burn for Burn but haven’t had the chance to get Fire with Fire yet.

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3.) Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green – Truth or Dare is definitely on my top ten list for this year and I am so anxious to read Secrets and Lies.

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4.) Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard – I guess this isn’t considered a sequel but I’m still keeping it on my list. I am so happy that the series is finally coming to an end and cannot wait to see how it all ends.

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5.) The Good Girls by Sara Shepard – Sequel to The Perfectionists and am sooo excited for this one to be released. I absolutely loved the first book and cannot wait to see where this series goes.

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6.) Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard – I started this series but have not got around to getting past the first book but I really want to read the whole series.

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7.) The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I read the first book and was kind of confused but would love to reread it and then continue the trilogy because I hear so many good things about it.

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8.) The Companion Novel to The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris – Not an actual sequel but I’m including it because it’s a companion novel and will have feature the same characters. I loved TFAOP and cannot wait for more.

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9.) From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender – I read Bad Girls Don’t Die a while ago and enjoyed it and would really like to read the other two in the trilogy.

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10.) The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – Loved, loved, loved The 5th Wave and cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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11.) Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone – I had to add a #11 because this is probably the most anticipated sequel on this list. Compulsion is so far my favorite book I have read in 2014 (or possibly ever) and so I am very excited for it’s sequel as well as the rest of the series.

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This was actually harder than I thought. I own a lot of series or first books in a series that I haven’t read yet. I hate starting a series if I can’t continue it. I’m sure there is probably more I haven’t thought of but these are definitely the ones I am looking forward to the most.

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 – August 2014

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Wow, I cannot believe that today is already September 2nd. The last month of summer completely flew by, and while I’m sad that it’s time to say farewell to summer I cannot wait for fall to begin. I love when the weather gets chilly and I can finally wear jeans, hoodies and yes…Uggs. I also love crunchy leaves, back to school, the smells of autumn and of course Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I have not started classes yet, but I only have today left and then the new semester stars Wednesday. I am taking a full course load, 6 classes or 16 credits, although one is cardio kickboxing so it’s more or less like gym class in college. I’m not quite sure how crazy I will be with homework and studying, but I am currently still out of a job so I will have plenty of time to juggle my course work as well as reading and posting reviews on here. I will probably have to cut back to 2-3 reviews a week, which in my eyes isn’t too bad at all. As always I will also still be doing Top Ten Tuesdays.

Now onto the wrap up for August…

Books I Read In August:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

The F- It List by Julie Halpern

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Promposal by Rhonda Helms

-Death Date by Victoria Laurie – Finished on August 31 but review will be posted in September

I cannot even begin to imagine where I got the time to read 13 books in August. I began reading Sublime by Christina Lauren and wasn’t able to get into it so I passed on it. I also am about halfway through The Accident by Kate Hendrick, but I started to get bored so I left off where I was to read some other books for now. Had I finished both I would have been up to 15 books in one month which is just crazy for myself.

I have also been insanely lucky with the books I have chosen to read lately. I don’t post a review on my blog unless I am rewarding the book 3 stars or higher. With the exception of one of the books mentioned above, I have really enjoyed every book I have read the past month. I’m sure I just jinxed myself but hopefully not.

Now onto exciting news.

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I won a bookish contest for the month of August for my review on Rites of Passage for the Debut Author Challenge 2014 and cannot wait to receive my prize in the mail and see what awesome goodies are in it. (By the way Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley has been on of my favorite books I have read so far this year so definitely check it out!) I have a few more Debut Author Challenge reviews I will be posting in September as well. Also on September 11th, I will be featuring Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins on my blog as a part of a blog tour. I am excited to post the review, so definitely be sure to check out my post for the day. The review will remain my top post all day so it will be super easy for you to find.

As for September (although we are already 2 days in) I am excited to see what happens and am going to just take things as they come. As I mentioned before I plan to stay consistent on my blog and post a few reviews a week. I have a break for almost 2 hours between two classes twice a week so I will be getting in as much reading as I can during that time. Hopefully this month goes smoothly and things don’t get out of control too much 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday 08/26/2014

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This week’s topic may be the easiest for me yet. It is going to include both published and non-published books because there are a lot of books that are coming out this fall, winter and next spring that I absolutely cannot wait to read but obviously do not yet own. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and their topic this week is:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

1.) They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire – This is my top most anticipated releases this fall

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2.) Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin – I own and have read the first and really want to read the sequel

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3.) Nantucket Red by Leila Howland – Same as above

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4.) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Has been on my TBR list for a few months now

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5.) The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings – Has also been on my TBR list for a few months

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6.) Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn – I love summer based books

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7.) P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Sequel to To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before (pic of book 1)

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8.) The Perfectionists book 2 by Sara Shepard – Just finished an ARC copy of The Perfectionists and am in love (pic of book 1)

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9.) Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas – Author of Dangerous Girls, need I say more

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10.) Cruel Summer by James Dawson – Sounds amazing, have to order from Book Depository

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There are so many more books that I really want to read but either don’t own the book or haven’t borrowed it from my library yet. These are definitely my top ten though and I am hoping to own all of them by the end of this year (they are all on my birthday/Christmas wishlist).

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I cannot even begin to describe how happy I was to see Sara Shepard is writing another young adult mystery series. I love Pretty Little Liars so much and The Perfectionists has so much potential to become big like PLL. I loved the similarities, but also how The Perfectionists is also more intense than Pretty Little Liars was in the beginning.

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Expected Publication: October 7, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

(Summary from Goodreads)

With Pretty Little Liars finally coming to an end, I am so happy to see Sara Shepard coming out with a fresh new young adult mystery series. The summary makes it seem very similar to Pretty Little Liars, but I assure you it is not. Every chapter is in a different character’s perspective (Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker). I raced through this book because it dragged you into the story and I had to know what was going to happen next to each girl. I feel like The Perfectionists had more action and suspense than any of the first few Pretty Little Liars books. I liked that the story was fast paced and left the end hanging.

Each of the girls, Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker, are dealing with issues of their own. A lot of their issues are related to Nolan Hotchkiss who seems like that one kid in high school who everyone secretly hated, but were friendly to his face. I was not disappointed that he got what was coming to him. In every chapter, the girls face issues with both their personal problems and problems related to the murder of Nolan. Besides Nolan, there are a few other antagonists that add to the issues in each girls lives. I did love the five girls, but I don’t know if I love them as much as I love Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hannah.

I absolutely loved The Perfectionists. I already added it to my Birthday/Christmas wish list along with the sequel if it’s available for pre-order by then. I did tweet Sara Shepard after finished the book to express my love and asking when I could expect the sequel to be published. Unfortunately we will be waiting until April 2015, but I cannot wait to find out what happens next to this group of characters! The book is also in the works to become a show on the CW (the same channel that aired Gossip Girl and currently airs The Vampire Diaries), so I am also really excited to watch it.