The Hunger Games is Coming to NYC (Kind Of)

Hello Readers!

I not so recently realized that I possess little to no knowledge of middle grade fiction. I want to change that. Now if you are like me, you can simply ask one of your well read co-workers/colleagues, but if not you could check out HelloGiggles! They’ve composed a list of middle grade books that you should re-read (or if you’re like me read) as an adult. 

I’m sure all of you readers, book lovers, and Gayle Forman fans probably already know this. But in case you don’t — get excited! Gayle Forman’s latest book I Was Here will be made into a movie! Because you know I’m a sucker for movies based on books, I have to read this one and read it soon.

As a reader I obviously love bookmarks. And I’m sure all of you understand that love. But aren’y you sick of the plain old bookmarks? If so, check out some clever (and not to mention super cute) bookmarks! 

Not only am I a sucker for movies based on books, but I am also a sucker for Buzzfeed Quizzes. This one is a lot of fun! (YES! I took the quiz myself, and I got Jo March — I could definitely live with that!)

Calling all Hunger Games fans: this is happening! And you bet that Miss Print and I will be checking it out!

This is kinda cool.

Fiction versus Reality: Boy Edition.

 

Let’s Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (eARC received throughEdelweiss)

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Hudson:
Hudson is a small town boy who has one goal: to get out of the small town. With a full scholarship within his reach, Hudson hopes that becoming a doctor, fulfilling not only his hopes and dreams but also his father’s. And he knows he has what it takes.  But when Leila, a vivacious beauty with a beat up red car rolls into his father’s mechanic shop, Hudson questions everything – who he is, who he wants to be, and even his dreams. Through Leila, Hudson starts to realize the importance of, not just dreams, but being content and happy in the here and now.
Bree:
When Bree’s parents died, the life she once lived died with them. Now a teenage runaway, Bree struggles daily. She struggles with finding her place within the world, she struggles to survive in it, but more than that she struggles with the death of her parents.  But than she meets Leila, the girl who knows more about what Bree is going through, than she let’s on. Leila shows Bree friendship, and because of it Bree starts to realize that she needs people, she needs her family – even though she’s pushed them all away. But will Bree be brave enough to return to the life she had, before her parents died?
Elliot:
Elliot is an idealist. He believe everyone should be in love. He believes that everyone deserves a picturesque happy ending.  But sometimes, he doesn’t believe in his own beliefs. Elliot is in love … with his best friend. His best friend who doesn’t even know Elliot exists romantically. Enter Leila, this whirlwind of a girl who urges Elliot to hold tight to those ideal beliefs, and who urges him to risk everything for love. But will Elliot listen to this perfect stranger? Will he take the risk and make his romantic fantasies a reality?
Sonia:
Sonia does not believe in love. Not anymore. She knows what it’s like to be in love – madly, deeply, passionately in love. But when she loses her boyfriend, Sonia also know what it’s like to lose that love. Lost and not sure how to move on, Leila enters Sonia’s life at just the right time.  Leila offers Sonia more than just friendship, she offers her love. But will it be enough to give Sonia the strength to move on with her life, and to find the love that’s out there waiting?
Leila:

div>When Leila sets out in her beat up red car, she only sets out to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. But driving from Louisiana to Alaska Leila get the chance to, not only give some life lessons, but to receive some also. Like the many people she meets along the way, Leila too is running from and questioning the happenings of her life. And through those people, she finds the strength to face all that she fears.

Let’s Get Lost, written by author Adi Alsaid, is a contemporary debut that will take readers on a road trip full of twists, turns, and high emotions.
Alsaid’s writing is strong. His way with words will draw readers in. And his vivid descriptions of the characters and the places visited along they way will capture and engage readers. As a reader, I fully appreciated how Alsaid focused on journey – not just the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual – and not just the final destination.
There is an array of characters that grace the pages of Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost. These character bring this road trip story to life. Each have a unique story to tell.  And what is so great about each of their stories is that they are all connected to each other. And that connection is main character Leila.
In terms of main character Leila it is important to realize this: she stumbles into each of their lives just when she is needed most. Because of that she often felt like the manic pixie dream girl. That is, until readers get to know who she is, and the lessons she takes away from each of the other characters. It turns out that Leila may need them more that they need her.
It’s no secret, I absolutely love a good road trip book. And Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost fits the bill. Even though it fits the bill, this book was not a five-star book for me. And the reason being is that I felt that the end was a bit predictable. I saw what was at the end of the road, and as a reader I just wished that this book had a surprise ending.
With that said, this book truly was a great book. And it has a lot to offer its readers. Full of love, laughs, and a lesson or two Let’s Get Lost is an impressive debut. And it will leave readers wanting more from this author to watch.

February Reading Challenge Update

Hello Readers

I’m here with a February Reading Challenge update! At the beginning of this month I challenged myself – like I challenge myself every month – to read a total of four books. But not just any four books! No, I challenged myself to read one new-ish book, one ARC, one audiobook, and one book that has been on my TBR list for forever.

This month I decided I would read:

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (new-ish book)

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (ARC)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook)

The Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson (backlist TBR).

To date, I’ve read exactly one and a half of these books. I know, I know I’m not off to the greatest start but I have faith that I can finish all these books in just a few short days.  I finished reading Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America and I absolutely loved it! Seriously, I could not put it down. I can’t wait until this book publishes so all of you can read it, cause you definitely should!

After Kissing in America I started a book that I’ve been VERY excited about. Overly excited even … Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest. It’s no secret: I’m a Holly Black fan through and through! So even though I’m just about 100 pages into this book, I know I’m going to love it! And not just because I’m such a huge fan, but because at only 100 pages I have SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!! I can’t wait to see this story unfold!

I haven’t started The Dream Thieves yet … well, I haven’t re-started it! But I will this week. And as soon as I’m finished with The Darkest Part of the Forest I will be picking up the long awaited Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson (another book I’m overly excited about)!

So, enough about me … what are your reading?

#OTSPSecretSister: In Which I Share My First Package

Hello Readers!

Today, I’m very excited! Why? Because I get to share my first #OTSPSecretSister package with all of you.

Wait! You don’t know what I’m talking about? Oh, well, let me explain. For quite some time I’ve been hearing about the On The Same Page Secret Sisters – through tweets, blog posts, and even Instagram photos. It seems that I missed round one. So, last month when I heard that Round 2 was opening, I decided to join in.

Hosted by Brittany from The Book Addicts Guide, Alyssa from Books Take You Places, and Amy from Tripping Over Books, the #OTSPSecretSister is essentially a cheer club. Each month participants will send a cheer package and receive one of their own. Round 2 runs from February 2015 – July 2015.

It’s all so exciting. I’ve been busy planning and gathering gifts and cheers for my own Sister that I almost completely forgot that someone out there is busy planning and gathering gifts and cheers for me! That is, until last week!

I came home from a very long day at work to discover a package waiting to be opened! It took every ounce of restraint not to tear into the very lovely packaging. Since I wanted to capture and savor the opening of my very first #OTSPSecretSister package, I couldn’t tear through everything. Instead, I opened each beautifully wrapped gift and snapped a photo to share with all of you, dear readers!

This months package was AWESOME! My secret sister knows me so well! I seriously can’t tell you how much I loved everything!

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My sister got me some yummy candy (which I have already dug into!), a Big Bang Theory pen and book mark set (I have quite a few Big Bang Theory book marks in my collection but not this one!), a beautiful Ariel (The Little Mermaid) journal, and Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (a book that has been on my wish list since the day it published!)

And that’s not all! On Valentine’s Day I received an e-gift card from Amazon!

How lucky am I?! Secret sister, you are going to spoil me!

Here’s the tricky part – I don’t know who my secret sister is! But that doesn’t mean I can’t say thank you! So whoever you are, Secret Sister! THANK YOU so, so much! I sincerely love everything and you have definitely put some extra cheer in my life! You rock!

 

Love Is In The Air: A Valentine’s Day Themed Booklist

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Hello Readers!

And Happy Valentine’s Day week! With the most romantic holiday a few days away I figured it would be fun to post a themed booklist based on some favorite YA romance themed books.

Now, I’m not typically a straight up romance reader. Most of the books I read have hints of romance and elements of love in some way, shape, or form. With that said, these Valentine’s Day themed booklist may be unconventional, but I promise that all of the books listed below have to do with romance/love in some round about way.

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When It Happens by Susane Colasanti: It’s no secret: I’m a HUGE Susane Colasanti fan. I’ve read most of her books by now, but one of my most favorites of hers will forever be When It Happens. Originally published in 2006, When It Happens is about Sara and Tobey. Sarah wants to fall in love, and Tobey  wants Sarah to fall in love with him. Will fate push these two opposites together? You’ll have to read to find out! But I will say this, When It Happens truly examines what happens when you let fate and Cupid into your life!

10798416-1The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Come on! How can this book NOT be on this list! Seriously, the word love is in the title! If you couldn’t guess this book is about love at first sight. Hadley isn’t looking forward to the seven hour flight to London. Oliver isn’t looking forward to reason why he’s returning home to London. But when these two meet at the airport gate, fate intervenes and the two find more than they bargained for.

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Isla And the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Now this wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day list without a Stephanie Perkin’s novel. And her latest fits the bill. Isla has been in love with Josh ever since she laid eyes on him freshman year. But after a very awkward encounter, Isla has lost all hope in Josh taking an interest in her. Fast forward to senior year, when Josh is single, and Isla is brave enough to make her Josh fantasy a real life reality. Seriously people, these two are quite possibly the most romantic couple … ever! That is, besides Anna and St. Claire and Lola and Cricket!

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg: 6609714  Now, this most definitely does not seem like it belongs on a booklist like this one. But believe me readers, it totally does. And let me tell you why, this book examines what happens when love goes wrong! Penny Lane has just had her heart broken into a million little pieces by the boy she swore was the one. As she tries to put the pieces of her heart back together, Penny swears off boys. And when the word spreads around her high school, Penny realizes that she isn’t the only girl who has had her heart broken. Banding together, these fierce girls form the Lonely Hearts Club. The reason why this book is on this list is simple: it’s because this book is all about loving yourself!

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Famous is Love by Rebecca Serle: If there was ever the most perfect love triangle, it would be found in this book! Famous in Love is about Paige, an aspiring actress who learns that dreams really do come true. No only is she cast as the lead in the next biggest page to screen adaption, but she’s starring alongside quite possibly the hottest Hollywood actor: Rainer Devon. These two have chemistry – both on and off screen. But enter Jordan Wilder, the bad boy who supposedly stole Rainer’s last girlfriend. Stuck in the middle of these two hotties, isn’t an easy role, but someone has to do it. And that someone is Paige! The chemistry that is brewing within the pages is tangible. True romance fans will eat this book up!

23228Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan: Hands down: this is probably the sweetest love story I’ve read. Paul and Noah fall head over heels in love with each other. But when one messes the whole thing up, it’s up to him to make things right and win back the love he lost. The reason why this book is on this list is simple: I love how it makes you think about what people do for love. And I really love how Levithan explores all the emotions that come with being in love with someone.

   15745753Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This wouldn’t be a real Valentine’s Day inspired list without a book by Rainbow Rowell. I had a really tough time deciding exactly which book of hers to include because all of them are about love in some way. But I decided to go with the book that I first read. The book that made Rainbow Rowell become one of my most favorite authors. Eleanor & Park. This is the kind of love story that takes it’s time. It’s sweet to watch Eleanor & Park’s friendship bloom from friends into something more. The reason why I chose this one is because I feel it shows love’s true colors: the willingness to do anything for the person you love, even if that means giving them up.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: Look closely at the cover. Do you see it? Do you see           15777621the word LOVE hidden among the title? If that isn’t enough of a reason for this to be on the list, than I don’t know what is! Even though the main character  Elise does find someone she’s interested in, this book isn’t about falling in love with another person. It’s about falling in love with yourself. Through many trials and tribulations, Elise discovers the importance of loving yourself. And I think that’s one of the most important kinds of love!

February Reading Challenge

Hello Readers!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances and some new-found (reading) responsibilities, I wasn’t able to follow through on my intended January reading challenge. Now that I’ve taken care of all those responsibilities, it’s time I get back on track and tell all of you about my February reading challenge.

As I mentioned in my first, January challenge post, every month I’ll be reading four books. Or at least I will be trying to. In case you don’t remember, let me give you a brief recap: I’ll be reading one new-ish book (a book that was published within the last year), one audiobook, one ARC (advanced readers copy – since I have a lot hanging around), and one book that has been on my TBR list forever.

For the month of February I plan on reading:

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (New-ish)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook)

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (ARC)

The Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson (Backlist TBR)

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I know two of these books were on last month’s reading challenge list, but I didn’t get to them, so I figured I’d add them to this month’s challenge.

As of right now, I just started reading book one of my February reading challenge. Yesterday, I started reading Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of it from Edelweiss.  At this point, I am only fifty pages in. And to tell you the truth, I really am enjoying it. My favorite thing, so far, about it is Eva’s voice. It’s so honest and real.

I’ll be posting updates throughout the month of February, so make sure to stay tuned!