Sunday, August 24, 2014

#CatchUpReadathon Participation and TBR

Hey guys! Today I'm here to announce my participation in the #CatchUpReadathon that is being hosted by The Book People. This readathon starts tomorrow, August 25th, and goes for a full week. The Book People are hosting some really cool giveaways and they have daily challenges, and I think it's going to be a ton of fun!

I'll Be ThereI created my TBR to fulfill all the challenges, and I'm hoping I can at least start all the books that fulfill the challenges. So lets get on into my TBR!

I'll Be There  by Holly Goldberg Sloan: This book fulfills Monday's challenge to read the book
that's been on your shelf the longest.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce: This fulfills Tuesday's challenge to read a book that was gifted to you.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: This book fulfills Wednesday's challenge to read the book you've abandoned, and am I the only one who thinks it's funny that I'm giving this book a "second chance"?

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin: This fulfills Thursday's challenge to read the longest book you own. No promises on finishing this one though.

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
The rest of the challenges are to read as much as you can, so I have just picked some books to read in case I complete all the challenges.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: Currently reading and I'm loving it!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor: If I finish Days, I've gotta finish the series.

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel: This one just sounds great!

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang: This one also sounds amazing.

So there you go guys! That is my TBR for the #CatchUpReadathon. Let me know if you're participating and I will talk to you guys later!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books People Tell Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They give bloggers a topic and we say our top ten things that fall under that list. 

This weeks topic is...

Top Ten Books that People Tell You That You MUST Read

Disclaimer: People don't usually tell me to read books. I usually tell people to read books. Therefore, this list is going to be a bit short. 

1. The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner: My best friend has been nagging me to read this trilogy for forever. Maybe I'll get to it before the movie comes out. 

2. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu: My best friend has also been telling me to read these books, and I own the first, so I really have no excuse. 

3. Anything by Jodi Picoult: This same friend is also obsessed with Jodi Picoult, and she highly recommends her. 

That was my Top Ten (Three) Tuesday! Sorry is was so short, but I don't get recommended books often. What was on your Top Ten Wednesday? Tell me in the comments below! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Own

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Synopsis: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Review
When it comes to reading books, I am a procrastinator. I will buy a book, and then place it on my shelf for years before I pick it up. Or, I will just forget the book came out and I won't read the book for a few years. Lola was one of those books. And I wish I had read it sooner. 
This review will probably be more of a rave, but I will try my hardest to keep the gushing to a minimum. 

Stephanie Perkins, you write the most adorable and beautiful books. When I read Anna and the French Kiss, I felt like I was in Paris. The imagery was beautiful! And reading Lola was no different. I felt like I was with Lola where ever she went. I could imagine her costumes and all the other little details. This book, also like Anna, was cuteness overload. I actually squealed a couple times during this book, because the cuteness overwhelmed me! 

All the characters were perfect. I honestly didn't think any of them had any flaws, at least in my mind. Lola was fabulous. She was spunky, creative, and she reminded me of cinnamon. She also had tons of character development throughout this book. And then there is Cricket. Ah, Cricket. He is adorable, simply adorable. I loved his character from the first time we saw him. He is perfect. And we got to see Anna and St. Clair in this book! That just made me love the book even more. 

While Anna and the French Kiss was mostly fluff, I felt like Lola had a lot more substance. Throughout this book, we see so many real life issues; these things would actually happen. I felt that Lola and the Boy Next Door was more real than Anna and the French Kiss, but I still love Anna. This book also had one of the few love triangles that I actually liked. It wasn't cheesy, it was real! Thank you Stephanie Perkins for making a realistic love triangle. 

Rating: 5/5 worms
If you haven't read Lola and the Boy Next Door yet, don't be like me! Read it now, you won't regret it. 

Waiting on Wednesday (24)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming titles that we are currently awaiting. 
In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)
This weeks selection is....
In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)
by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 28th, 2014

Synopsis: Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the
 government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.