Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I know I say this a lot, but isn’t it insane how quickly time passes? It’s already the middle of the year, folks! And you all know what that means….it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Now, I wasn’t actually tagged to do this post, nor have I seen this tag anywhere lately in the interwebs (but let’s face it: I haven’t been an active blogger at all lately, so what do I know?), but I remembered seeing it a year ago over at Cait’s blog and decided to do it! (Yes, a year late. Whatever.)

Now, onto the tag!


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016.

17571215.jpgThings We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

By far my favorite read of 2016, and my only 5-star so far! (I know, that is kind of sad. We’re already halfway through the year and I’ve only read one 5-star book! I have read lots of amazing 4-stars, though.) This book affected me so much on so many levels; it’s been one of the most influential books of my life. I can’t even begin to explain how much this book meant to me, so I’ll just give you a link to my review of it. (Please check it out; it’s one of my best reviews! 🙂 ) Anyway, I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who is going through a tough time in their life. This book is not only a great comfort read; it also contains some important lessons and revelations that literally changed my life. I loved seeing the world through Quinn’s eyes.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016.

13206760.jpg Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Remember at the beginning of the year how my one of my goals was to start reading more series? Well, HAHAHAHA, that plan failed. I’ve only read 2 series this year, and the Lunar Chronicles definitely win this one. The first, third, and fourth book were pretty good for me, but the second book – Scarlet – was AMAZING. This is a very character-driven book, and while I didn’t necessarily dislike any of the characters in this series, none of the other characters even came close to my love for both Scarlet and Wolf, the main characters in this particular novel. If you haven’t for some reason started this series despite the extreme hype in the YA book blogging community, GET ON IT!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To.

17838528.jpg The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Being the contemporary fan I am, this one would no doubt go to Morgan Matson’s newest book: The Unexpected Everything. I saw it when I went to the bookstore a few days ago, and OH MY GOODNESS that cover is gorgeous! (I was super tempted to buy a shiny hardcover copy of it, but unfortunately I was there to buy my friend a present and not myself. 😦 ) Anyway, I have absolutely adored all of Morgan Matson’s other books, and this one sounds even more interesting! If you’ve read this one, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year.

27161846.jpg The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

This book technically came out a week ago, but I’m waiting until it comes out in paperback to buy myself a copy. I can’t say I know very much about this book, but once again, isn’t that cover the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen?! I literally want to print it out and frame it and put it on a wall in my room; that’s how pretty it is. Also, contemporary.

 


Biggest Disappointment.

13455498.jpgAnything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

I wanted so, so much to love this book – it sounded exactly like my kind of read! Unfortunately, I ended up being really disappointed. Although it was a relatively interesting and fast-paced book, there were still a ton of things that bugged me. The plot seemed disorganized and all over the place, the characters were flawless and boring, the writing style didn’t flow at all, and the ending made me so mad that I literally through the book across the room when I finished reading. Here’s the link to my review if you’re interested.


 Biggest Surprise.

18075234.jpgChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

I don’t know why I didn’t expect much from this book. It might have been that many of the reviews I had read on it said it was extremely slow-moving and confusing, or that the synopsis was so vague and relatively unexciting. But either way, I was so, so wrong. Challenger Deep is definitely one of my favorites so far from 2016, and probably one of the most beautifully-written books I’ve read in my life. The sheer quality of Shusterman’s use of imagery and symbolism and figurative language is absolutely astounding; although I admit I was a bit confused in some parts, getting to the end result was definitely worth it. An amazingly-executed and moving novel!


Favorite New Author.

157776211.jpgLeila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life was definitely a favorite for me of the first half of 2016. (I know, I have a lot of favorites!) Although this is the only book I’ve read yet by her, I had no hesitation whatsoever top add her to my favorites list after I finished this novel. Her writing is upbeat and lyrical, her plot unique and captivating, and her characters quirky and genuine. This was an extremely powerful read for me when I read it in early January of this year, and it helped me get through some tough decisions I had to make at the time. I will definitely be looking forward to getting my hands on her other books!


Newest Fictional Crush.

17571215.jpgColton Thomas

Because not only is he an adorable, amazing, sweet, hilarious, intelligent, nerdy, quirky guy – but he was also an extremely moving person to read about and he helped me see the world in a different way. (Yes, I’m referring to him as an actual person. DON’T JUDGE ME.) So, thank you so much for that, Jessi Kirby. PAIGE AND COLTON THOMAS ALL THE WAY! ❤

 


 Newest Favorite Character. 

23466626.jpgLiterally everyone from Dreamology by Lucy Keating. Because oh my goodness, each and every one of them are so damn adorable. I’M IN LOVE.

 

 

 


Book That Made You Cry.

LITERALLY ALL OF THEM. (Yes, every single book I’ve read in 2016. I kid you not.)


Book That Made You Happy.

10188580.jpgHunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a particularly uplifting book (HA – as you can probably tell from the title and cover, it’s rather dark), but I was surprised to find that I actually adored reading it. I had just recovered from a massive reading slump, so it’s easy to understand how happy I was when I wanted to get up at 5:30 every morning to read. This book turned out to be AMAZING – the characters were quirky and hilarious, the plot was one of the most unique ideas I’d ever come across, and the writing was lovely. Highly recommend!


Favorite Book to Film Adaptation.

Me_Before_You_(film).jpgMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

I haven’t seen very many book-to-movie adaptations this year, but Me Before You was no doubt my favorite. Although there were a few things I wasn’t too happy about and it didn’t completely live up to the book (but then again, what movie does?), the overall result was definitely positive. The casting was in my opinion the strong part of the film – the actors playing Lou and Will were exactly how I imagined them to be! I didn’t get bored at any point during this film, and it certainly had the entire audience crying bucketfuls.


Favorite Post You Have Done This Year.

I am rather fond of many of the reviews I’ve done this year, especially on Things We Know By Heart, Anything But Ordinary, and Maybe In Another Life. Also, I liked the collection of mini reviews I did back in March.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year.

Definitely Dreamology by Lucy Keating. (See above.)


What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year.

All of them. If you’re friends with me on Goodreads, you can view my never-ending TBR list.

But, particularly:

  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  • 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

I Tag….


As always, feel free to ignore this post if you don’t want to do the tag. Happy reading! 🙂

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The Desert Island Book Tag

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So. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these “tag” things, so please bear with me if I’m a little rusty…

I was tagged by the lovely Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse to do the Desert Island Book Tag. Thank you so much, Deanna! I know I say this about a lot of blogs, but seriously, do check this one out. You’ll be doing yourself a favor. 😉


Water: A book you can simply not live without.

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This is definitely a tough question for me because I have so many favorite books. But being given the phrase “a book you can simply not live without,” the first book that pops into my mind is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Perks is a very heavy and moving read, but it’s also funny, inspiring, and even uplifting at times. A definite must-read. Even thinking about it now makes me want to go and give it another reread. XD


Food: A book that is a close second on your favorites list.

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The thing is, I don’t really have an “all-time favorite.” I have a very, very, very long list of favorites, and I have a current favorite. I’ve tried narrowing this list down to 2 or 3, and trust me when I say that it didn’t end well.

Anyway, I guess Tiger Lily is what you would consider my current favorite. I read it about 4 months ago, but I still get the chills whenever I think about it.

It’s also my most recent 5-star read, in case you were wondering. I haven’t had any 5-star books in 2016 and it’s making me really sad. 😦


Shelter: A book that makes you feel at home and safe.

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This one wins without a doubt. No matter what kind of situation I may be in, Anna and the French Kiss always manages to put a smile on my face. No matter how many times I reread it. 🙂


Flare Gun: A book you would recommend to a person who doesn’t read.

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Anything by Sarah Dessen would fit this category, honestly. Her contemporaries are so sweet and adorable on the outside, but they actually have a lot of deeper meanings and messages on the inside. They’re also incredibly realistic and well-written and are perfect for a YA newbie.


Matchsticks: A book that warms your heart.

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Jessi Kirby is an author that I think deserves a lot more recognition. I’ve only read this one book by her, but it honestly blew me away. The synopsis might make it sound like it’s all about grief and death and whatnot, and while there definitely is some of that stuff in it, what really captured me was the fun stuff. I absolutely adore road trip books, and it had an absolutely adorable romance as well.


Compass: A book that directed you towards your love of reading.

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Funny story: before I ever encountered the genius by the name of J.K. Rowling, I despised reading.

Yes, you read that right. I despised reading.

But don’t worry, guys. That obviously isn’t the case now. 😉


I Tag:

Let’s talk: which books would you bring to read on a desert island?

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

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Hi guys! Today I bring you the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse. Thanks so much, Joey and Deanna! Please check both of their amazing blogs out if you haven’t already. This tag was created last year by Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole.

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

18140047.jpgEek, that’s a tough one. Especially because pretty much all my favorite books are stand-alones. At the moment, it would probably be Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, which I read a few years ago but still get chills whenever I think about it. It’s such an underrated book, and one of my absolute favorites.

 

 

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

1627267.jpgSeriously, what kind of question is this?! I have way too many to count. But I guess I’d go with Audrey and James from Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (which, by the way, is a hilarious, fabulous, extremely underrated book that absolutely everyone should read) because I adore both of them and they’re so perfect for each other! Like, almost as perfect as me and James. I suppose that if I can’t have him, Audrey having him would be my next choice….

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

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I’m actually ashamed of the few number of trilogies I’ve read. However, my favorite trilogy I’ve read by far is definitely the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

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The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, by far. These were the books that first really got me into reading, and I’m still completely in love with them. I mean, seriously: fun characters, witty dialogue, complex worldbuilding. What more could you ask for?

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

I’m going to have to agree with Joey on this one and choose Mayor Prentiss from the Chaos Walking trilogy. He’s literally so evil that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him!

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

16101128.jpgI’m not big on fantasy or sci-fi books, but I’d have to say The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The world Yancey created was so incredibly complex and terrifying!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Um….I really can’t think of any at the moment. Maybe Manchee from the Chaos Walking trilogy? I try not to mention books more than once in a post, but I really can’t think of anything else….

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

Eek, I honestly can’t think of anything. Recommendations, anyone?

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Definitely Mara from the Mara Dyer trilogy. She’s super tough and kickass, but also really sarcastic and sassy.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favorite leading lad?

imgres.jpg Finch from All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven would be my top pick by far. He’s just so sweet and weird and nerdy and adorable!

 

 

 

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

 

81aTBRY7dxL.jpgMy favorite part of If I Stay by Gayle Forman would definitely be the music aspect of the book. I don’t know anything about music, so the way Gayle Forman described it so magically and flawlessly was really amazing to read.

 

 

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

HAHAHAHAHAH THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY I’M ANSWERING THIS QUESTION. HA. HA. HA.

But, I did choose my top 15-ish books from 2015 in a TTT post, which you can view here.

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I Tag:

As always, feel free to ignore this post if you’ve already done it or you don’t want to. I look forward to seeing your posts!

 

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a tag in fooorever. (Aren’t you guys proud of me? Book tags are the most enjoyable posts to write, but I managed to hold off on doing them for a few weeks.)

Anyway, today I decided to bring you the “All I Want For Christmas Book Tag!” I wasn’t specifically tagged for this, but I saw Catia’s post and decided to give it a try.

1. What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

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EEK, SO MANY. How am I supposed to choose this? I suppose I’ll chose James from Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway because he’s just so adorable and hilarious and nerdy and I wish he could come alive and marry me. Come on, book genies….it’s not that hard of a request!

By the way, if you haven’t yet read Audrey, Wait!, you totally should. It’s probably the book that made me laugh the most this year, and all the characters are absolutely adorable.

2. What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

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Since I already chose James for the first category, I suppose I’ll pick Noah Shaw for this one. HAHAHAHAH I SUPPOSE. As if I’m actually reluctant to pick Noah. HA.

I’m not sure if I really need to explain this one. But, because I’m nice and I know not everyone in the known universe knows about the fabulousness of this book and the fabulousness of Noah Shaw (*collective gasp*), I shall explain. How would I describe him? British accent. Absolutely adorable in every way. Hilarious. Need I explain more?

3. You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

I did a post on this yesterday! It was my birthday wish list, but that’s basically the same thing. You can view my post here.

4. It’s Secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

I read this series so long ago….but I shall rack my brain. One thing does stick out in particular, though: the food. The candy, actually. I remember some….like the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jellybeans (I think that’s what they’re called), and the chocolate frogs. Oh, and butterbeer! My friend once had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party (I dressed up as the envelope Harry received his letter of acceptance in! Aren’t I clever?), and they served us butterbeer, which tasted kind of like sugar dissolved in water. In the books it was described as being really good, though, so I’m sure real butterbeer is a lot better. And yes, I still believe in Hogwarts. I’m still waiting for my acceptance letter….

5. You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

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Oh my goodness, this would be amazing! I would probably chose the cast from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, first of all because they’re just amazing people, and second of all because it’s probably my favorite book-to-movie adaptation of all time.

6. What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

I’m not really the fictional-animal-lover type person, but I guess I’ll have to say a hippogriff, because I can’t really think of anything else at the moment. Funny story: In 5th grade, me and my two besties were obsessed with the HP series, so we had an invisible pet hippogriff! His name was Justin Visible. (Get it? HAHAHAHAHAH.) We had to divide up the days he went home with each of us, which I, of course, thought was unfair, because of the fact that it was my idea in the first place and I practically brought him into existence.

Eep….I’m rambling. Let’s move on, shall we?

7. You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

ONLY TEN CHARACTERS?! These questions are way too hard. I’ll try my best, but there’s probably going to be a lot of important people I’m missing….

  • Theodore Finch (All the Bright Places)
  • Audrey and James (Audrey, Wait!)
  • Levi and Cath (Fangirl)
  • Augustus Waters (TFIOS)
  • Anna (Anna and the French Kiss)
  • Lola (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
  • Isla (Isla and the Happily Ever After)
  • Mara and Noah (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
  • Lou Clark (Me Before You)
  • Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

8. What character would make a good santa? (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)

Um….honestly, I have no idea. I’ll steal Catia’s answer, because the image of Dumbledore being Santa is quite hilarious….

I Tag:

As always, feel free to ignore this tag if you’ve already done it or don’t do tags! I look forward to seeing your posts, and I hope you enjoyed! 🙂

The Book Courtship Tag

Hi all! I’m finally bringing you another book tag! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse and Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess. Please go check out these two lovely blogs if you haven’t already! This tag was created by LovelyLikeLaura.

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

11408650.jpgThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

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Seriously, isn’t this cover just gorgeous?! I want to frame it and put it up in my room; it’s that pretty. It did turn out to be a great book, and one of my favorite series! I definitely recommend it if you haven’t already read it.

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

20801166.jpgA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

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Basically every book I’ve ever bought fits into this category, but I’m just going to go with A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I actually don’t like the cover of this one like most people, so the synopsis was what really got me interested.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

11614718.jpgDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

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I loved this book! Lauren Oliver’s writing is always beautiful, but I think it really came through the most on this one.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

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the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human – and Grace must fight to keep him – even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

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Um, HELL YEAH. I finished this books a few days ago, and I’m seriously desperate for the rest of the series. I know what you’re thinking: But Paige, you’re so bad at finishing series! You say this all the time and it never happens! IT WILL HAPPEN, GUYS. IT WILL.

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

21969786.jpgMore Than This by Patrick Ness

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

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Oh, man. Patrick Ness seriously knows how to write suspense. (Actually, I’m not entirely sure this novel was supposed to be suspense, but it was for me.) I rarely do this, but I stayed up way later than I normally do when I read this book. It was totally worth it.

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

18460392.jpgAll The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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All The Bright Places is probably in my top 3 favorite books of all time. I read it when it first came out early this year, sometime in January or Febuary, and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

7181805.jpgEmma by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse believes herself to be an excellent matchmaker, though she herself does not plan on marrying. But as she meddles in the relationships of others, she causes confusion and misunderstandings throughout the village, and she just may be overlooking a true love of her own.

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I don’t know if this question is meant physically or emotionally, but I’m just going to go with physically. And no, I haven’t actually read this book yet, but we’re just going to go with it. I purchased this book at a used bookstore a few weeks ago, and it’s clothbound and a gorgeous addition to my shelves.

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

16143347.jpgWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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Another favorite. I’ve recommended this one to pretty much everyone I know, but barely any of them have actually read it. This doesn’t mean that I’ll ever stop pushing it in their faces and urging them to read it, though!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

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I’ve already read this book, what – 3 or 4 times? I imagine I’ll be rereading it many times in the future. This story is so adorable and sweet, and I can always count on it to get me in a good mood.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

As always, if you have already done this tag or you don’t want to, feel free to ignore this. I look forward to seeing your posts! 🙂

Encouraging Thunder Award

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I was nominated for this award a while ago, but didn’t have the chance to do it until now, so sorry about that! I was tagged by the fantastic Bree @ The Literary Hellion. If you haven’t already, please do yourselves a favor by checking out this awesome blog! Thanks so much for tagging me, Bree; it really means a lot to me.

ANYWAY. The main question of this post is, “Why did you decide to start a blog?”

I first got into reading in first grade, when I started The Magic Treehouse series. I was seriously obsessed with it, and read every single book in the series. For a while after that I couldn’t get into any other books or series, so I wasn’t much of a bookworm for a few years.

Fast-forward a few years, when I was in 4th grade. I wasn’t much of a reader, but when I did read it was mostly contemporaries, so I was pretty skeptical when my mom brought home a stack of books from the library, the book on the top labeled, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” But she claimed I would love it, so I gave it a try. And love it I did. From then on, I was hooked with reading.

So you’re probably thinking, Okay, that’s cool, but what does this have to do with why you started a blog? This is supposed to be about blogging, not reading. And I totally get you. But to start a blog, you’re supposed to be passionate about something, right? Blogging is my way of releasing my thoughts and feelings into the world, as well as meeting some great people and reading great books!

Okay, I’ll admit: Before I was a blogger, I kind of hated writing. I was pretty good at it, sure, but it always took so long and I felt like I didn’t have any good ideas. Now, only 2 months later, I absolutely love writing and blogging. While writing assignments used to take me hours to complete, they now come easily to me, and are finished in less than half as much time as they used to take. I owe this entirely to my blogging experience, however short it may be. Blogging has taught me so many things that I now use in my life, more than I could have ever imagined. So, I would just like to take the time to thank everyone who has made my experience so far as a blogger and writer so much more fun and successful. You guys seriously rock, and I would never have been writing this post today if it weren’t for you.

This award/ramble is turning out to be a lot longer than I anticipated it to be, so I would just like to sum up why I chose to be a blogger in a more straightforward way:

  • It allows me to connect with the blogger community. I’ve met so many amazing people in my experience, which I was really looking forward to when I made my decision to become a blogger.
  • I LOVE BOOKS! Now, this point should be pretty obvious. But what better way to find new books and suggest books to people who WILL ACTUALLY LISTEN TO MY SUGGESTIONS than creating a blog of my own?
  • Um, honestly? The free books. I’ve always gotten so jealous when I heard of people getting ARCs, and now I actually have a chance of getting a few of my own! I know that getting ARCs is definitely not the most important part of being a book blogger, but it certainly is a fun added bonus. 😉
  • It will improve my writing skills. It already has, and it’s only been 2 months! I’ve learned that in order to enjoy writing, (or for me, at least), you need to write about something you’re passionate about, good or bad. It has taught me that I shouldn’t be afraid of being critical, and that everyone has their own opinion on something, and that this shouldn’t influence or affect my writing.
  • I can release my passions (good and bad) into the world. Though I do love all my friends very much, most of them have slightly, erm……different tastes in reading as me. Which is completely okay! With blogging, I can ramble and rant as much as I want, and everyone is so wonderful and welcoming and pretty much okay (I hope?) about it! Once again, another HUGE thank you to all of you. Seriously, you guys are the best. ❤

I tag:

As usual, please feel free to ignore this post if you’ve already done this tag or you don’t want to. I look forward to hearing your answers! 🙂 

My Life In Books Tag

I was tagged to do this by the fabulous Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse, so if you haven’t already, please go check out her lovely blog! Thanks so much, Deanna!

Find a Book for Each of Your Initials.

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Count your age along your bookshelf — which book is it?

I’m 12, so that would be The Catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

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Pick a book in your city/state/country.

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I don’t remember reading any books set in Santa Barbara, but I know Golden by Jessi Kirby was set in California.

Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

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Aruba would be such an awesome place to visit, but I’d probably be too scared to go there after reading Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

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I’m not sure if this is my favorite color, but it is really pretty…. 🙂

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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 I’m only 12, so I actually didn’t read this book very long ago, but I remember absolutely loving it. My mom read it out loud to me and my sister.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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This book was so boring and dull to me….and super long! At least, I considered it long when I read it a while ago. And I was constantly getting a headache from reading it because of the tiny writing!

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

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The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, because a) I don’t normally read fantasy, so it’s a bit out of my comfort zone, and b) it’s been on my TBR FOREVER!!!

I tag:

As always, if you don’t do tags or if you’ve already done this tag, feel free to ignore this. I can’t wait to see everyone’s answers! 😀 ❤