Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine – this revolves around featuring an upcoming publication that a reader can’t wait to get!



Title: Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Author: Leila Sales

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 342 pages

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From Goodreads:

From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.


Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.


Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.


During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.


There are three reasons why I was drawn to this book! The story seemed really interesting to me since the road trip aspect is fun and it asks a lot of questions about online identity. I absolutely love the cover – the color combinations on it are super cool! Lastly, I adored This Song Will Save Your Life, which is another tale by this author!


Are you excited to read Tonight the Streets Are Ours? Have you read any books by Leila Sales?

Top Ten Tuesday (17)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s theme is Top Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With! This turned out to not be that difficult of a topic since I’ve definitely read some books that I couldn’t get all that into due to a few of their characters. I find that a lot of books on my list were completely unmemorable. A handful of the stories I’ve chosen had an insta-love factor that I couldn’t deal with.



Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m honestly surprised that I made it through all of the books in this series. I believe I only finished these books since I couldn’t stand not knowing how it all ended. Although I thought it was interesting how this book is told from Ethan’s point of view instead of Lena’s, I didn’t very much connect with either of them.



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Granted, I probably should have realized that this book was not for me considering my issues with insta-love. The title sort of lets you know exactly what is going to happen. Try as I might, I couldn’t connect with Hadley or really any of the characters from Smith’s other tales.



Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

From the first page of this book, I didn’t enjoy how it seemed like Anika was writing in a journal. Her humor wasn’t for me and I thought her issues seemed trivial as well as silly.



Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

I had to read this one for a Children’s Book Publishing course. I honestly feel bad that I couldn’t click with the main character since this book did win a couple of awards and medals. But Jack’s constant nosebleeds and penchant for doing foolish things annoyed me.



Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Katie Finn also writes as Morgan Matson and I love all of Matson’s books! However, I truly wasn’t a fan of this book since it seemed so predictable. I genuinely didn’t get why Gemma pretended to be a completely different person for the majority of the story instead of coming clean about who she was.



Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

I should have liked this book since I’m into contemporary romances that involve travel! But I didn’t feel anything good towards Julia – she seemed a bit too judgmental for my tastes.



All I Need by Susane Colasanti

I’ve read a bunch of Colasanti’s books even though I haven’t updated that on Goodreads and it currently shows that I’ve only tried this one. I’m unfortunately never able to connect with her characters. A lot of her tales include insta-love, which doesn’t do it for me.



Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

I read this for a Materials for Young Adults class and I had an incredibly strong dislike for this story. Elena and Kat were so stereotypically cast as the poor and rich girl. Despite the fact that this is a fantasy, I couldn’t get past how strange and unbelievable the plot was.



The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

I was drawn to the gorgeous cover of this book was but found myself disappointed at how unsurprising the characters were. In my opinion, both Wren and Charlie seemed to lack a personality.



Past Perfect by Leila Sales

I read this one as well as the author’s first book since I was quite excited to read her third book, This Song Will Save Your Life. While that book was fabulous, I couldn’t get into either Mostly Good Girls or Past Perfect.


So what characters have you been unable to click with? Did you actually enjoy any of the books that I put on my list?

Top Ten Tuesday (16)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From! This was actually extremely difficult for me since I haven’t added every single book I’ve ever read to my Goodreads account and that’s where I mainly track what I’ve read! I’ve decided to split my list up a bit into authors I read a lot when I was younger and then into the authors I’m completely adoring lately!


A Few Authors I Read More When I Was Younger!


Meg Cabot



Gail Carson Levine



Jodi Picoult



Judy Blume



J.K. Rowling


Some Authors I’ve Been Really Enjoying More Recently!


Sarah Dessen



John Green



Gayle Forman



Bryan Lee O’Malley



Rainbow Rowell


So who are some authors that you’ve read the most books from? Are you a fan of any of the authors that I’ve picked for my list?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s theme is the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession! I’ve made this a mix of those I’ve bought, a few library books, one that a friend sent me, and a couple of preorders that I super can’t wait for!



Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

I’ve been meaning to buy this book for a while now since I loved it! I went to the Strand over this past weekend and I saw Roller Girl at such a good price that I had to get it! I’ve already reviewed this one so please do check that out here!



Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

This one came out last month and I just had to purchase my own copy since the story really appealed to me and I totally adore the cover! I haven’t read it yet but I’m excited to eventually get to it!



What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is my favorite author but I have a bit of a quirk when it comes to purchasing her books. I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school and back then I mostly bought paperbacks. Because of this, I’ve waited to buy this particular tale until the paperback version published but now I have it!



BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey

I’m not usually into nonfiction books. However, a friend of mine works for the publishing company that produced this title. She sent me a copy of it knowing how I’m currently studying to become a librarian!



Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Alas, I don’t technically own this book yet since it publishes later this year. But I’ve already put in a preorder for it since I’m so excited to read it! I love the Grisha books and I can’t wait to learn more about that universe!!



Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she publishes. Although this book doesn’t come out until the fall, I’ve already preordered it since I can’t wait for it!!



Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I haven’t yet read anything by Robin Benway but this book interested me because it just sounds really quite comical so I got a copy from the library! I’m still debating if I should read this one first or if I should read Emmy & Oliver before it!



The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I’ve actually recently gotten all three books from this series from the library! I adore Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before so I figured I should read some of her other books. Also, the first book has a blurb from Sarah Dessen!



All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I’ve never read anything by Courtney Summers but I decided to pick this one up from my library. I’ve heard it’s a tough book but also really important.



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I actually own the whole Shatter Me series in book form! But I decided to reread the first book as an audiobook from my library and I’m totally enjoying it!


Have you gotten any books lately that you’re totally excited for? Are there any books that you’d preorder since you can’t wait for them?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s theme is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read! A lot of the books I’ve included here were also on my first Top Ten Tuesday post, which was for the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From the Fantasy Genre. I wrote that back in February but I still haven’t gotten to some of those books. My problem is that I always read so much more contemporary over fantasy but I’m really missing out on some great reads. But I will eventually at some point hopefully get to all of these books!



Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater



The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski



Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch



Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers


A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



The Selection by Kiera Cass



A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


So what hyped books do you want to read but haven’t gotten the chance to yet? Are there any hyped reads that you know you’ll never be interested in?

Top Ten Tuesday (13)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015! I’m surprisingly ahead of my Goodreads goal of how many books I want to read this year. It was quite difficult to narrow down my favorite books I’ve read this year but here they are!


Books I’ve Read For The First Time This Year


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

While Landline isn’t my favorite book by Rainbow Rowell, I still loved her latest book! I thought the magic telephone aspect of the book was so cool! Also, it was interesting reading how Georgie and Neal first fell in love as well as how they solidified their relationship during troubled times.



The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I am so glad that I waited to read these books until they had all been published! It was such an awesome experience reading the whole series back-to-back! These books have totally become one of my favorite fantasy series!



I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Instead of saying some words about why I adored this book, I’m just going to point you in the direction of my review of it, which you can read over here!



I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Even though this is probably my least favorite story by Gayle Forman, she’s still one of my favorite authors! Here’s another book that I’ve reviewed and you can check that out here!



Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This book has definitely been my favorite graphic novel that I’ve read so far this year! It’s so colorful and main character Astrid is a hoot! This is another read I’ve reviewed so check it out here!



Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

So far, Station Eleven has certainly been my favorite adult fiction book I’ve read this year! The author just does such an amazing job at connecting her characters and then unfolding the links between them! Here’s yet another top ten book of this year that I’ve reviewed and you can read that here!



The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Besides just being a fantastic writer, Emery Lord is incredibly nice and funny! I really loved The Start of Me and You since I connected so much to protagonist Paige! For more gushing on why I cherish this tale, see my review of it here!


A Mad, Wicked Folly

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

I’m normally not all that into historical fiction but I quite enjoyed A Mad, Wicked Folly! Although I found some of the book a bit predictable, Vicky’s so spunky and I liked how she grew up to help herself and other women!


A Few Rereads For This Year



Some Of My Favorite Books By Sarah Dessen

I ended up having to write a paper for my Materials for Young Adults class that recently ended and I chose to write about three of Dessen’s books. I reread Along for the Ride, Someone Like You, and This Lullaby, which all just reminded me of why I love Dessen’s stories and writing so much! 


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I rarely listen to audiobooks but I decided to when I needed to reread The Impossible Knife of Memory for a class! I was shocked to find out that I do like audiobooks but only when I’ve already read the tale before in a print version!


So what have been some of your favorite books you’ve read this year? Have you enjoyed any of the tales I’ve picked?

Stacking the Shelves (16)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews – this is all about featuring new books that I’ve gotten from the past week!


Gifted or Purchased Books

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller


Books From the Library

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


Posts From This Week That You May Have Missed

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Weekly Recap

Like last week, I’m still super busy with my current summer class. But I did get to the Boldly Bookish tour hosted at Books of Wonder earlier this week and saw two of my favorite authors, Emery Lord and Trish Doller! It was so awesome as well as comical and I’m quite glad that I went! I’m hoping to have time next week to see the launch event for Every Last Word, the latest book by Tamara Ireland Stone, which is also at Books of Wonder. (Side note: I totally love that place – I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite bookstore!) The book comes out this upcoming Tuesday but I actually already have a copy of it! I won a beautiful finished copy of the title in a giveaway hosted by Good Books And Good Wine so thanks so much! I promise that eventually I will post about my trip to Europe but right now it’s back to reading and paper writing for my class!


Have you added any awesome new books to your collection lately? Are you a fan of any of the books I recently picked up?

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine – this revolves around featuring an upcoming publication that a reader can’t wait to get!



Title: Emmy & Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352 pages

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From Goodreads:

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?


Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.


She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.


Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.


He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.


Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?


Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


I’ve never read any of Robin Benway’s books but I was drawn to Emmy & Oliver by its really beautiful cover as well as the intriguing plot. A few of my blogger pals have already read this one – I’ve heard great things about it so I really want to get my hands on this title and some of the other books by this author!


Have you read any books by Robin Benway before? What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

Stacking the Shelves (15)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews – this is all about featuring new books that I’ve gotten from the past week!


Gifted or Purchased Books

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


Books From the Library

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen by Gina Hagler

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Forever by Judy Blume


Posts From This Week That You May Have Missed

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Weekly Recap

So I’m back from Europe! The trip was absolutely awesome and I’m eventually going to write a post about everything I got to see! I haven’t been able to yet due to work as well as a class I just started that only lasts for this month and there’s an awful lot to read for it! So I’m going to be posting here quite infrequently due to that. But I actually really love the course so far, which is great!


Have you read any of the books I’ve gotten this week? What books have you gotten lately that you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine – this revolves around featuring an upcoming publication that a reader can’t wait to get!



Title: Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 368 pages

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From Goodreads:

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.


Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.


Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.


Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


I know that I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I love the one for this book! It’s so simple yet quite gorgeous! I was further drawn to Every Last Word since I found the plot really intriguing as well!


Have you read any books by Tamara Ireland Stone and are you excited for Every Last Word? What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?