Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above picture was taken and edited by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie! That means that I can post about ANYTHING I want. So today, I’m going to post about the top ten books I feel that I should have loved but sadly didn’t.

Love & Other Perishable Items Ι Laura Buzo

Proof of Forever Ι Lexa Hillyer

Shiver Ι Maggie Stiefvater

Don’t Call Me Baby Ι Gwendolyn Heasley

Story of a Girl Ι Sara Zarr

I’ll Give You the Sun Ι Jandy Nelson

Between Us and the Moon Ι  Rebecca Maizel

Two Boys Kissing Ι  David Levithan

As Me How I Got Here Ι  Christine Heppermann

Truth or Dare Ι  Jacqueline Green

So there you have it, dear readers! All the books that I read that I truly felt that I would love. But after reading found out that I truly didn’t for one reason or another. What are some books that you thought you’d love but simply didn’t?

Love and Other Perishable Items

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

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Fifteen year old Amelia’s life is pretty mundane. School is boring. Home is boring, especially since her old sister left for college. And it seems that the only exciting thing about her life is her Saturday night hangouts with her best friend.

That is until she takes an after school job at the local Woolworth’s, aka the Land of Dreams.

It may only be a boring store, but within a few days of working there, Amelia already know that the employees who fill the check out lanes are anything but boring. They all seem older and hipper, even the kids that are Amelia’s age. But of all her fellow employees, there’s one she likes best of all: Chris.

Chris is older, wiser, and way cooler than Amelia. She doesn’t necessarily understand why he seems to have taken an instant liking to her, but she doesn’t question it. Each night they talk about books, about movies, and about feminism. The more they talk the more Amelia starts to fall head over heels in love with Chris.

There’s just one problem. Chris is older than Amelia – six years older. Amelia can easily look past it, but can Chris?

Love and Other Perishable Items, written by author Laura Buzo, is a contemporary romance that will let readers experience the roller coaster ride that is first love.

Buzo’s writing is simple yet strong.  Her words engage readers. So much so that the readers will instantly be invested in, not just the characters, but the story as a whole.  What really stood out, writing wise, is Buzo’s dialog. The back and forth banter is authentically real. Amelia sounds like a fifteen year old, instead of sounding like an adult stuck in a teen’s body.  Beyond that, there’s an ebb and flow.

The dialog was a great aspect of Love and Other Perishable Items. But an even greater aspect is main character Amelia. She’s an unconventional character that is wise beyond her years, yet innocently naive. She’s guarded, yet vulnerable. She’s honestly flawed, and real.  Fifteen year old Nicole would have seen so much of herself within this character. Heck! Thirty-three year old Nicole (sometimes) sees herself within Amelia.

But as much as I loved Amelia, I truly could not stand her male counterpart Chris. Truth be told, I kind of hated him. I found him to be immature, pompous, and at times mean-spirited. I didn’t like how it felt as if Chris was leading Amelia on in some way.

Honestly, my hatred for this character brought down the book as a whole for me. And I know it shouldn’t have. But he was such a key aspect of the plot, I couldn’t look past it.

But Chris was not the only aspect of Love and Other Perishable Items that brought my reading experience down. This book is written from dual perspectives … and it didn’t work for me.  Both Amelia and Chris have the chance to share their unique perspectives  and feelings for the same situations. I found this to be a bit repetitive. And I found myself only really caring about Amelia’s perspective, while skimming over Chris’s perspective, because ultimately this felt like it was her story, and Chris was just a good looking, fancy talking intruder.

Buzo’s Love and Other Perishable Items as a whole, for me, was an okay book. Going into it I expected more and when I didn’t get what I wanted I was let down. Even though I didn’t love this book I will say this about it: it offers a lot to readers. It’s funny, it’s realistic, and it’s chock full of romance.  And if that’s what you’re looking for in a book, than this may be a book for you! Reader it! And I’d love to chat about it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Books of 2016

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Hello Readers!

Have you survived the holidays? I sure hope so. With only a few days left of 2016, I’m taking the time today to look back at all the books I’ve read.

Today I’m going to tell all about my top ten books of 2016!

(P.S. This list isn’t in any particular order – all were equally awesome!)

Everything, Everything Ι Nicola Yoon

Love & Gelato Ι Jenna Evans Welch

The May Queen Murders Ι Sarah Jude

Reunited Ι Hilary Weisman Graham

My Sister Rosa Ι  Justine Larbalestier

Wild Swans Ι  Jessica Spotswood

All in Pieces Ι  Suzanne Young

Ghosts Ι  Raina Telgemeier

27 Magic Words Ι Sharelle Byars Moranville

The Lovely Reckless Ι Kami Garcia

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Day 6

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Hello Readers!

I know it’s seems like I fell off of the Read-A-Thon challenge bandwagon. I didn’t. I’m still here, still reading, and still going strong.

Yes, I missed the last two days of posting. On Tuesday I was supposed to post about my favorite winter reads, and on Wednesday I was supposed to post some book spine poetry. I’ve decided that I am unfortunately going to have to forego the book spine poetry. While I tried and tried (and tried some more) to put together a poem made from book spines, but I failed miserably. So much so that I’m too embarrassed to show anyone.

BUT!

I have decided that I can (and will!) still post about my favorite winter reads! While I don’t love winter itself (I’m not a fan of being cold all of the time), I do think winter is the perfect time to cozy up on a plush couch, with a steaming cup of cocoa, and sink into a great book.

When I think of the perfect winter reads, I really only think of one. The quintessential winter read – in my opinion – is a favorite of mine: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Set in New York City during the winter, two teens seem to fall for each other via a moleskin notebook.

Why is this a near perfect winter read for me? Well, first and foremost is the setting. Like I said it’s set in NYC during the winter. And if you know NYC in the winter you know it’s a pretty magical place. What makes it so magical? The decked out windows, the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers on every avenue, and the undeniable sparkle the city has.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the kind of book that readers can, not only cozy up with, but really fall in love with. It will leave readers feeling warm and tingle-y, with a heavy heaping of hope.

I know, I know I’m gushing, but I can’t help it! That’s how much I love Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.  If you haven’t read it, pick it up and do so. It’s the perfect time of year to read this awesome book!

Okay …. moving on to my progress report.

As of today, I have finished one book and am about fifty or so pages into another.

I finished Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. Since finishing that book I moved onto another book … a book that I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite some time, OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

I am currently fifty or so pages into OCD Love Story. So far I am enjoying it, and curious to find out where the story is going to go. I really like the main character, Bea. Her voice and her outlook feels authentic and real. I really appreciate that.

Even though I am nowhere near finishing OCD Love Story, I am looking forward to reading more, and finishing it soon.

I’ve been thinking about my goal for this challenge. And looking back to last week I think I was a little over-confident. And maybe a bit unrealistic. Four books?! Who was I kidding!? I’m going to change my goal and hope that I finish two books instead of four. For me, two books in a week is a challenge in and of itself. And one that I’d be happy/proud to accomplish.

So there you have it readers! Two posts rolled into one!

To see what all the other participants are up to, head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat to find out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Under My Christmas Tree

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above image was taken and edited by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or at least, that’s what the song says. I kid! Seriously, Christmastime is a special time of year, not just for me, but for a lot of people. I’m not exactly sure why – maybe it’s the way Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. Or maybe it’s because it’s the time of year when family and friends gather for good times, good food, and good company. Whatever the reason, it certainly is wonderful.

In between bumping elbows while we scour the shops for the perfect gifts for our loved ones and making dozens upon dozens of Christmas themed cookies, make sure to take some time out to buy yourself a few treats.

And what better than treating yourself to some great books! Even though my family has firmly expressed that they do not, or rather, will not to contributing to my book buying habit. Even so, there are a few books on my wishlist.

And those books are…

This Is Our Story Ι Ashley Elston

The Leaving Ι Tara Altebrando

The Bell Jar Ι Sylvia Plath (I do have a copy of this already BUT! It’s in terrible shape, and I’d like to new copy for my collection)

Tell Me Three Things Ι Julie Buxbaum

American Girls Ι Alison Umminger

Please Don’t Tell Ι Laura Tims

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 Ι Skottie Young

Drive Me Crazy (which I read as a eArc) and This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker Ι Terra Elan McVoy

Girl Online Going Solo Ι Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) (

Any edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Ι Lewis Carroll (that I don’t currently own, that is).

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Progress Update

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Hello Readers!

I’ve been a busy bee lately. In between holiday festivities and Christmas shopping/wrapping I’ve been squeezing in some quality reading time.

Since I started participating in the Baby It’s Cold Outside Read-A-Thon I have finished a total of one book. I know that doesn’t sound like a milestone, but it is, mainly because I haven’t been reading as much/as steadily as I used to.

Anyway, I read one book so far. And started on my second book.

I started Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. I started this book about a week ago, but I basically just started it. Since starting the Baby It’s Cold Outside Read-A-Thon I finished this book. I finished it in just under a day.

Since finishing Ask Me How I Got Here I (literally) just started Corey Ann Haydu’s OCD Love Story. I’m seriously only about 7 pages in, and so far, so good!

So that’s it!

I’m having a great time reading and participating in Baby It’s Cold Outside! If you want to see what all the other participants are doing, be sure to head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat and click on all the links!

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Teaser Tidbits & The Page 99 Test

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Hello Readers!

Happy Sunday! And welcome to day two of the Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge (which if you didn’t know is being hosted by the lovely ladies over at Read.Sleep.Repeat). Today’s challenges are interesting, and ones that – be shocked – I haven’t heard of before.

So, if you’re like me, let me explain….

Teaser Tidbits means that I am two pick up the current read and choose two random lines to tease all of your readers! The point is to entice you to pick up the same book and read it, not spoil it for you!

The Page 99 Test means that I am to pick up any book that I’ve been wanting to read (I have a lot so the challenge itself will be picking a book), turn to page 99 (obviously), and read that page. After reading I will offer you readers a summary of what I read, and I will also tell you, based on that page if I still want to read that book.

So are you ready?!?

Teaser Tidbits:

I’m a currently reading Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. It’s a YA novel written in verse about a teen girl who makes a choice that will ultimately change everything about life as she knows it.

Teaser # 1:

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Teaser # 2:

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The Page 99 Challenge:

The book I randomly picked off of my (overfull) bookshelf is an ARC of Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr. This is a book that I really, REALLY want to leave so I hope that page 99 lives up to all of my expectations.

I flipped to page 99 and read. It seems that one of the main characters, Gem, finds a mysterious backpack stored below her bed. She knows it’s her fathers, but she didn’t see or know he’d even been in the room. She questions her sister, Dixie, and even though she denies knowing how and when it got there, Gem doesn’t believe her. She also doesn’t believe that whatever is in that backpack is good.

Having read page 99 I have to say YES! I still want to read Gem & Dixie. I want to know what’s in the backpack, and why their dad would stow it away in his daughters bedroom. Besides that, from that one passage, I really like the “voice.” It seems authentic and honest.

So there you have it readers – the teaser tidbit and page 99 challenges for the Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon!

There are a ton of other great blogs participating in this read-a-thon. You should head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat ‘s website and check out who is participating so you can read all of their awesome posts!