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

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.

 

ShatterMe

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'llMeetYouThere

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!

 

IWasHere

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!

 

RollerGirl

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!

 

StationEleven

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!

 

TheStartofMeandYou

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

 

ThisLullaby

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! 

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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

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

 

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!

 

Emmy&Oliver

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.

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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

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

 

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!

 

EveryLastWord

Title: Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 368 pages

Add this book on Goodreads!

 

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.

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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?