I’m Joining Bout of Books #17

Oh my gosh, it’s my favorite read-a-thon, even if I never do particularly well with any of them. I love this one because there’s chats and challenges! Though I may have to end up missing both chats because work cuts it really close. I’ll try to make the first one though (Monday, 7pm CT/8pm ET).

Bout_Of_Books_17

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m going to try to do a big reading binge. I want to finish:

Ripple The_Possibility_Of_Somewhere Holding_Up_The_Universe

And read:

Girl_In_Pieces The_Weight_Of_Zero Still_Life_With_Tornado

I am nothing if not ambitious with my reading goals. The latter three I expect to be super feelsy and amazing. I have super, super, HUGE internal hype with all three. Here’s to hoping they don’t let me down! And I finish them. I have work this week too, but as long as I read before going to work and a little bit when coming home, I should be able to do this! Right? Right… I’m off Friday and Sunday so that should help to. Yes? Yes.

I’ll update my progress below every day:

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Are you participating in Bout of Books? Are you a repeater or first timer? Do you have any goals? Do you have a specific reading plan? Or are you just going to go how you please?


The Olympic Book Tag

Olympic_Book_Tag

I am finally doing this tag created by Shannon! I love it because it really puts me in the Olympics mood, even if the Olympics are almost over and I haven’t really watched many of the events. Sad.😦 I guess there’s always two years from now in the case of the winter olympics. Those are my real favorites. Kind of. Okay, enough talking, time for the tag!

Opening_Ceremony

Just Like The Movies

This is one of my favorite Contemporaries ever. I really did love it from the first page. Really, the first line.

Speaking of which, the first sentence: 

he music practically floats out of the speakers, it fills up the fenced yard, flies over the swing set, and spins into eddie under the deck.

It’s a light, fun YA with depth too.

Cycling

Run_Kody_Keplinger

This was the first road trip book I read. Well, besides An Abundance of Katherines, which definitely does not win. Ha. It really helped with the differing

Triathalon

To all the boys I've loved before

I really have no real answer for this, so I’ll go with TATBILB. Even if I was totally not into one of the guys. At all.

Handball

An Abundance of Katherines

I mean, I got it, but…I just kind of hated it? It’s really how the main character only ever dated Katherines, all the way from Kindergarten. Like, that’s not normal. How is the name THAT common? I don’t even believe it’s that common. Plus it’s not like he moved around and met these people, no, he grew up in the same city, I believe his whole life. It’s just really weird.

Beach_Volleyball

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

These books immediately came to mind. I love them, at least, I believe I do. I meant to re-read the first one years ago and was a bit surprised at how un friendshipy the characters seemed at the beginning. Oh well, still faces.

Fencing

The Hunger Games

This is pretty much the only book I’ve read with a lot of fighting and bloodshed.

You can blame my Contemporary heart.

Surprisingly enough, many Contemporaries don’t share fighting that isn’t drama related and definitely no bloodshed.

Gymnastics

Every Ugly Word

This book. Oh my gosh, so many unsurprising things. The ending, the ending. It’s a must read.

Swimming

All The Bright Places

This goes without saying really.

Golf

Because You'll Never Meet Me

I still love you! It’s only slow in the beginning! Then it picks up, quite fast. At least for me.🙂

Trampoline

Babysitters_Club

These are basically the only books I read in childhood really. In addition to the Fear Street series that always scared me and made me not sleep. Ha.

Equestrian

Animals, animals. . .

Oh!

100 Days of Cake Cover 

There’s a little hermit crab in the book! I really liked it because you never really read about hermit crabs in books.

Hurdles

Lola and The Boy Next Door

I just. Yes. It’s not the book’s fault, it’s my fault.

No. No, I think it’s the book’s, actually. . .

Synchronized_swimming

Emmy and Oliver

It has two good friendships in it. One with the main character Emmy and Oliver and one with Emmy and her current (?) best friend.

Bonus

Tumbling

I need to seriously read this book. I love the olympics and gymnastics and multi-POV books and girls in books, it sounds fantastic.


Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? Are you into the Olympics? Favorite participating sport?


Top Twelve Books I Never Reviewed

 

Top Ten Tuesday

I really like this week’s “freebie” topic. Basically, we get to go back through the past Top Ten Tuesday topics and choose one we missed doing. I’m doing one from a long time ago when I didn’t even have a blog.

Here’s the original Top Ten Tuesday post. 

This topic has my name written all over it.

Remember when I first started blogging and I would actually post TWO reviews a day, twice a week? Me too. Those were the days. Clearly I should have stock piled those!

I don’t know why I’m so bad at writing reviews. I think it’s because I wait forever and can never word my feelings well enough.

Of course, I now have a somewhat solution to this with the feature, “Not Quite Reviews” for books I haven’t actually reviewed.

Now. To actually do my not quite reviews. . . All of these books will most likely be done for Not Quite Reviews. Sometime.

Anyway, on to the list! A ton of these books will be familiar to you because they’ve probably all made several Top Ten Tuesdays as well as ’14 and ’15 “favorite books” of the year lists.

~One~

All The Bright Places

This was never reviewed because I had way too many feelings and I lost the notebook (sob) where I wrote the notes for this in.

~Two~

I'll Meet You There

This also gave me several feelings and I actually have several notes typed on my laptop that I wrote while reading.

~Three~

The DUFF

This is another book where I lost the notes for it.😦

~Four~

Everything Everything

I did type up some notes for this, as well as using my Kindle note function for.

~Five~

Faking Normal

I’m so glad I finally read this book after buying it when it was on sale for Kindle. It’s a very “me” book and quite relatable.

~Six~

Fans of The Impossible Life

This was one of my favorite e-ARCs to have received and I even meant to do a One Day More post for it but…I never did. Sadly.

~Seven~

More Happy Than Not

I typed up thoughts for this one too!

~Eight~

The Night We Said Yes

~Nine~

Emmy and Oliver

Ditto above.

~Ten~

What We Saw

This was one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and I actually had a review written somewhat but never finished. I was going to do a joint review with another book but never read or decided on the other book.

~Eleven~

Run Cover

I technically featured this one in my first Not Quite Reviews.

~Twelve~

Nowhere Near You

Ha. Of course that last one would be on the list. I am still not over it.


Is anyone else really bad with writing reviews? Do you have a favorite book you never reviewed due to not blogging or just having never written the review?


Top Ten Books I Would Buy With A Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello! It’s Tuesday again which means Top Ten Tuesday time. I love today’s Top Ten Tuesday. If you’re unfamiliar with Top Ten Tuesday, the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish created and host it. Every week there’s a new bookish list for people to participate in. You can read about the upcoming lists here.

Today’s topic is seriously just the best.

~Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card~

Who wouldn’t want a fully loaded gift card for books? Yes please.

Here are the top ten books I’d buy:

~One~

The Boy Most Likely To

It feels like I’ve been wanting to read The Boy Most Likely To forever. I like that it deals with an alcoholic main character. I haven’t come across that in YA since meeting one of my favorite characters on Degrassi: The Next Generation and reading Romancing The Dark In The City of Light, which was also published last year.

~Two~

Not After Everything

I picked Not After Everything because it deals with a harder subject matter with it being abuse related. I like that it contains another darker, difficult topic to deal with.

~Three~

For The Record

I love that For The Record is about a girl in a band. This has been on my TBR since apparently November of 2014, so a long time coming. I was just thinking last week out how I’d seriously love more fiction about girls in bands.

~Four~

The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart

The Anatomical Shape of A Heart is another light book, dealing with two people meeting on a bus (be still my beating heart)

~Five~

The Lies About Truth

I decided I would read anything Courtney S.. Stevens put out after reading Faking Normal, so The Lies About Truth has been a book I’ve wanted to buy for a while.

~Six~

Hold_Still

I’ve heard great things about Nina LaCour’s writing. i like books that deal with suicide, so Hold Still is a must read.

~Seven~

Fixing_Delilah

I love family centered stories so much, especially when there’s secrets or drama involved. Like LaCour, I’ve heard good things about Ockler’s books as well. I knew I needed Fixing Delilah once I read the summary about it.

~Eight~

Saving_Francesca

Referring back to the above, I don’t think it’s a secret that mental illness/health in books is really important to me. I love reading about how characters deal with it, especially those who have family members dealing with them. Holly and Rashika sing Marchetta’s praises, so Saving Francesca sounds like it’d be a safe bet to buy.

~Nine~

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is not a surprise for anyone. With a fully loaded gift card I can finally hold off on not buying it.

~Ten~

A_Week_Of_Monday

A Week of Mondays sounds really cute. It reminds me of a lighter version of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Groundhog Day.

I went with a lot of backlist titles I was dying to read last year but didn’t get a chance to. Then I went with some backlist titles that, again, I was dying to read but haven’t gotten a chance to and don’t own.

Finally I went with Alexander Hamilton because how could I NOT? I decided I should get a new release and A Week of Mondays for a recent release.


What are some books you would buy with a gift card? Have you read any of them? Can you justify my hypothetical purchasing of them?😉


Monthly Recap: July ’16

~My Life~

Hi everyone! Life is just, a lot, lately. I know, I’m being vague. Anyway, I thought I’d talk a little about my job. So I’ve been a little over a month and a half into my new job. It has a couple setbacks though:

1. I’ve had to miss almost every Bible study for this past “semester”. I’m really disappointed since I was really looking forward to it.

2. It’s getting to be a little expensive getting to and from work. This is because I generally only work four hours and if I work until after 5, I have to either 

A. Get a cab or

B. Find someone to pick me up.

This is because buses stop running around 6.

I’ve only had to take a cab once so far, but I’ll have to take one to work tomorrow, as buses don’t run on Sundays either. Then I’ll have to take one twice next week, unless I find someone to give me a ride.

This is a bit of added stress on me.

Other than that, the job is going pretty okay. Except I’m really bad at talking to customers and finding things they want. Oops. I still haven’t found my way around the store quite yet. Every once in a while, I will actually know where something is.

I finally managed to get a list of tasks to do. This is super helpful because now I have a much better idea as to what I’m supposed to be doing. Before, it was just like, definitely do this and this and then make like you’re busy doing this other thing.

So it sucked as I’d run out f things to do unless I got called to bagged, which I still need to get better at.

I’ve been super addicted to Swag Bucks. I made an account a super long time ago, but forgot about it or whatever, so I made a new one. So far I’ve earned roughly 1500 Swag Bucks which I’ve turned in for three $5 Itunes gift cards. I’m still waiting to receive the other two. Sigh. The first time it only took two days, but now it’s been like three, going on four days. I’m kind of sad, but whatever. I’ll be buying the rest of season 2 of Veronica Mars with them. Hopefully it will still be on sale when I get the cards…


~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 231

BlogLovin’ Followers: 165

# of Views/Visitors: – / –

# of Blog Posts: 9

Features:

I did Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Cover Battle Edition

Memes:

I shared some books I Like Under The Goodreads Radar for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about the top ten-ish things books have made me want to do for Top Ten Tuesday.

I talked about All Those Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me for Top Ten Tuesday.

Weekly Recaps:

A Weekly-Ish Recap

Weekly Recap

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs of You) for the Sunday Street Team.

Other:

I celebrated my second blogoversary with a giveaway ending August 31st.

I did the Cover Reveal for Nowhere Near You (#2) by Leah Thomas.

# of Likes: 36

# of Comments: 56

Most Viewed Post: Oh, interesting, my Buying & Selling ARCs: Is It Ever Justifiable? post made an appearance! I didn’t even notice.

Most Viewed Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman


~Book Stats~

# of Books Read:

Nowhere Near You

I finished this book in 24 hours and I realize I should have savored it.😦 I just could not stop reading, much like with Because You’ll Never Meet Me. It was great. I’ve been thinking non-stop about Ollie and Moritz. Like, non stop. I can’t remember the last time I thought about characters so much.

# of Books Started:

Ripple PS_I_Like_You Spontaneous

I need to finish Spontaneous today so I can mail it out tomororw, so far I like it a bit. I’m still getting used to the writing style which reminds me of Kill The Boy Band. After that, hopefully I’ll finish Ripple as it just got a little interesting.

# of Books For Review: 

ARCs:

Nowhere Near You 

From Bloomsbury! I died, oh my gosh. A physical ARC. I am so unbelievably thankful for this ARC. No one even knows what this series means to me but oh my gosh, this book made my entire year.

eARC:

PS_I_Like_YouAll_We_Have_Left_Wendy_millsThe_Possibility_Of_SomewhereThe_Dead_Boyfriend The_Memory_of_Things

P.S. I Like You from Scholastic via Edelweiss

All We Have Left  from Bloomsbury via Netgalley

The Possibility of Somewhere from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Dead Boyfriend from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

The Memory of Things from St. Martin’s via Netgalley

# of Books Won: 

RippleThe_Weight_Of_Zero

I won an ARC of Ripple from Michelle as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

I won an ARC of The Weight of Zero from Alice as part of the Debut Authors Bash hosted YA Reads.

# of Books Traded/Given: 

I still need to mail and receive a few books, but so far:

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from Rose for trading The Edge of Everything

All In Pieces from Stephanie for trading Three Dark Crowns

I’m waiting to send out Spontaneous, Frostblood, Run (HC), You Know Me Well (HC) and The Graces in exchange for Still Life With Tornado, Nowhere Near You, Vicarious, Who It Ends and When The Moon Was Ours.

This will bring me up to having Ripple, The Weight of Zero and Still Life with Tornado all in roughly one month. AKA, three/fourths of my most anticipated books for the Fall.

And yes, you did read about two Nowhere Near Yous. I made the trade before I requested the book and didn’t want to cancel just because I already had it.

I just love the book so much I need two ARCs!

Just kidding (not really though), I’m going to be doing a giveaway with my second copy. Sometime. Most likely in October as I already have my Blogoversary giveaway going on.


~What I Posted~

Excluding Weekly Recaps

Features:

Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Covers Battle Edition

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Under the Goodreads Radar

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish and Non-Bookish Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday – Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Other Posts:

I celebrated my second year blogoversary with a giveaway!

I revealed the cover for Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas!

Sunday Street Team:

I interviewed Emily France (author of Signs Of You)

~Favorite Post~

If you have to ask, you don’t even know me. My favorite post was of course the cover reveal for Nowhere Near You.


~Blogosphere Participation~

I tried to participate in Val and Ely’s Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon, but I just couldn’t, I don’t remember why I didn’t now.😦 I was distracted or busy or in a reading slump. I have some excuse, sadly.

I signed up for #OTSPSecretsister again! I participated in round three and it was my first time, then I took this past round off to save up for BEA. However, now I’m totally ready for round 5. I can’t wait! It’s such a happy part of my life, I love it.

~Songs That Represented My Month~

Anybody Out There by Digital Summer

~Music Videos~

Jojo’s back.❤


~Music News~

Holy crap, a ton of artists announced albums:

Bad Suns, Jojo, Banks, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Jagwar Ma, AlunaGeorge, Crystal Castles, Twin Atlantic, The Naked and Famous, Suzanne Vega, Pixies…

My Chemical Romance is doing a ten year anniversary album.

David Bowie’s band will be doing a tribute album of sorts.

Temple of The Dog’s self-titled album will be re-released for it’s 25th anniversary.

Bright Eyes are putting out a box set of their studio albums from 2000 to 2011.


~Musical News~

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. have erased themselves from the narrative.

Let future watchers of Hamilton wonder how they would’ve reacted with the original cast.


~Fantastic Videos~


~TV Show/Movie Purchases~

  1. Zenon
  2. Zenon The Zequel
  3. Zenon Z3
  4. Tru Confessions
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Rented Mockingjay
  7. Legally Blonde
  8. Rent
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Invader Zim – Complete Series
  11. Rugrats Season 1
  12. Rugrats Season 2
  13. Veronica Mars Season 3
  14. Veronica Mars Partial Season 2

Yes, you read that right, Rugrats. It was on sale, okay? It was $4.99.


~What I’ve Been Watching~

I finally finished the first season of Veronica Mars earlier this month. Maybe it was last month, I can’t remember. Anyway. I started watching Bojack Horseman on Netflix and I really like it. I keep picturing Bojack as like….Charlie Sheen in horse form.


That’s it for my month. How has yours been? Is it really hot where you’re at? It was ridiculously hot last week, there was a week long heat advisory. It was horrible. Have you watched any new shows? I know Stranger Things is really popular, I want to watch it soon. Are you participating in #OTSPSecretSister? Is it your first time or are you a repeater?


Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Cover Battle Edition

WCW_Graphic

Hi everyone. I’m bringing you Wondrous Covers Wednesday, but not my normal type of post today. Well, I suppose it is like my normal type, but it’s a little more battle esque.

Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I choose to showcase three covers with similar attributes and themes. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here

In the past, I did a post on two covers that were really similar to each other. i’m going to do the same thing this time.

The covers?

We_Were_Never_Here Meet_Me_Here 

The_End_Of_Our_Story

All three of these covers have a lot of similarities to each other. They all focus on either the twilight time or a bit after that with a lot of empty space at the top. They all share silhouettes in the covers. We Were Never Here and The End of Our Story both focus on people, to be more specific, a couple.

Meet Me Here is the brightest of the covers and also features stars, along with The End of Our Story. I think the lightness of Meet Me Here gives an indicator of how bright it will seem, in that it’s not as dark or sad as We Were Never Here or This Is Our Story. Meet Me Here seems like a possible title, especially when the other two as if they’re about the end of something. The arrow pointing down to the tagline helps with this idea.

I think the cover that does this scene the best is The End of Our Story just because it’s more interactive. Whereas the other two are just pretty static focusing on basic silhouettes and sunsets. The cover for We Were Never Here looks more ominous to me, which makes sense given the title and implications that the summary gives. 

I think my favorite cover would be The End of Our Story just because I’m really interested in the light action going on behind the couple as well as the motion going on with them moving closer.


What is your favorite cover out of the three? Did you notice anything about them that I didn’t mention?


Top Ten Things Books Made Me Want To Do

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is the weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. You can visit this link for more information.

Today’s topic was. . .

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (inspired by Jamie’s post)

This week’s post was a real struggle for me. Books don’t really make me want to do many (realistic) things, so a couple things that popped into my head was originally:

End up on a long distance flight with a guy who’s going to London and kidnap a boy band, because why not?

Now, neither of these things are plausible and the second one isn’t really legal, ergo, I was professional and made an actual realistic list.

~One~

Anna And the French Kiss

Anna and The French Kiss made me want to go to boarding school.

I’ve wanted to do this since watching Zoey 101 forever ago (Ten years ago?) and after reading Anna and The French Kiss, I wanted to do it ten times more.

Of course, I read this book after coming home from college which was essentially “boarding school”

Still though. There was no built in friend or guy I was destined to date, so.

~Two~

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games made me want to earn archery. And prepare to take the government down.

Haha, just kidding. Why would I do that?

I think it would be cool to learn archery just because. 

I guess I could also thank Degrassi for this. They had a Archery CLUB. What even?

Degrassi

~Three~

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight did make me want to go on a flight to London.

I had to include this one because it really did make me want to travel, even if most of the book wasn’t real focused on the sights in London.

Other books that made me want to visit places:

Making Pretty – I want to visit New York.

Lola and The Boy Next Door – I want to visit San Francisco.

~Four~

Run Cover

Run by Kody Keplinger made me want to go on a road trip.

This is the first book involving a road trip that I actually enjoyed (I’ve only read two really) and made me want to go on one. Maybe not under the same circumstances though.

~Five~

Kill The Boy Band All The Feels Gena_Finn

Kill The Boy Band, All The Feels and Gena/Finn have made me want to get back into reading Fanfiction and into fandoms in general. I used to be super into reading fanfiction and writing in general, so reading these three made me want to get back into that.

All The Feels and Gena/Finn also made me want to go to Comic-Con or a similar conference.

~Six~

I'll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You There made me wish I had artistic talent like Sky who creates collages throughout the book.

~Seven~

Emmy and Oliver

Emmy & Oliver made me wish I were able to surf. There’s a couple problems with this though: 

  1. I’m not very good at swimming.
  2. I’m short, so I don’t like deep water anyway.
  3. I’m pretty sure I would get eaten by a shark. Or drown. See #1.

~Eight~

Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day made me want to have taken up ballet when I was young. Books have made me want to do a lot of sports, even if I haven’t read them. Like with Just Like The Movies and This Is Where It Ends? Two characters in these books do track for school. In Tiny Pretty Things, they do ballet as well. I just want to do that!

~Nine~

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist The Night We Said Yes Where She Went

Several books made me wish I would have some crazy one night affair appearing out of thins air. Or a reconnection with the past.

~Ten~

Scarlett Undercover

Scarlett Undercover, much like Veronica Mars, made me want to become a private detective because how cool would it be to solve crimes but not actually be in (possibly?) as much danger as the FBI/police.

~Eleven~

Romancing The Dark in the City of Light

And now we go a little dark.

Romancing The Dark In The City of Light made me want to possibly get help with some things internally. I could relate to the main character a lot which was just, a little bothersome knowing how she was doing.

~Twelve~

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Pretty Little Liars Perks of Being A Wallflower Fans of The Impossible Life

All of these books feature really close-knit friendship. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants is from birth, but Pretty Little Liars is a little less so close-knit. Perks and Fans of The Impossible Life are friendships found at the start of the books. I always wanted some super close knit friendship group like is in these books, particularly during middle school/high school.

Wait for it…

. . .

Okay.

~Thirteen~

Because You'll Never Meet Me Nowhere Near You

Don’t act surprised guys, you know this is my book (series/duology)<3. Nowhere Near You made me want to be a blunderkinder if it meant meeting Ollie. And Moritz. Both of them. Omg, let me stop…

But maybe not because of reasons that you’ll have to read Nowhere Near You to find out. ;D

Bonus Answer:

His Fair Assassin Trilogy – So I haven’t read this, but it involves being an assassin. I’d like to be an assassin. That would be pretty cool.

If I Stay – Play the cello and have a boyfriend in a popular rock band, yes.


What are some things that you want to do or learn about since reading books?


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