Monthly Archives: July 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (#1)

Waiting On Wednesday

Hey guys. 🙂 This is my first post for the meme “Waiting On Wednesday” created by Breaking The Spine. You can read about it more here. I have a couple books that I’m waiting on to read.


The first one is a prose novel called Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. It comes out September 9th, 2014.

Falling Into Place

Goodreads Summary

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


The second novel I am excited to read is told in free-verse and called Kiss of Broken Glass. It also comes out September 9th, 2014.

Kiss of Broken Glass

Goodreads Summary

Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.

In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.


Falling Into Place sounds interesting to me because it is told by someone that readers don’t suspect to narrate the story. As for Kiss of Broken Glass, I like poetry and I have never read a completed verse novel so I want to read this one.

 

Both of these Young Adult novels deal with darker themes such as suicide, self-harm and psychiatric hospitals. I am excited to read both of these stories because teen suicide and self harm are important issues in today’s society. 

 

I encourage anyone who is interested in Young Adult novels that deal with issues to pick these up or at least check them out on Goodreads. 🙂

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday! (#1) – Top Ten Authors We Own The Most Books From

Top Ten TuesdayHi everyone! It is currently almost ten here on this Tuesday night. Since it is Tuesday, it is Top Ten Tuesday. This is my first edition of this meme which is done by The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday bloggers are encouraged to list ten books in that week’s category. You can go here to find out more and sign up.

This week’s category is Top Ten Authors We Own The Most Books From.

  1. John Green (4)

    • I own The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns. I have currently only read The Fault In Our Stars which basically tore me apart.

  2. Laurie Faria Stolarz (4)

    • I own all four of her novels in the Blue Is For Nightmares series.

  3. Andrea Boeshaar (3)

    • I own all three books in her Faded Photographs series.

  4. Nicholas Sparks (3)

    • I own The Last Song, The Best of Me and The Lucky One. I’m around halfway through The Last Song.

  5. Lurlene Mcdaniel (3)

    • I own The Angels Trilogy, True Love (Three Novels),  and The End of Forever, which contains two novels. I’ve read all three of the novels and if you actually wanted to separate the books into singles, Lurlene Mcdaniel would take the lead with eight books. If they weren’t all compiled. 🙂

  6. Melody Carlson (3)

    • I own Anything But Normal, Angels In The Snow and one more book. I have read Anything But Normal and Angels In The Snow.

  7. Stephanie Perkins (2)

    • I own Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door. I have read neither of those.

  8. Jennifer E. Smith (2)

    • I own The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like. I have read The Statistical Probability. . .

  9. Gayle Forman (2)

    • I own If I Stay and Where She Went. I’m not too far into If I Stay.

Yes, that is only nine authors. I have my books spread throughout the house so I went by memory. I can’t think of anyone else I have more than one book by though. I don’t own a lot of books by the same authors surprisingly. Anyway, that is my Top Ten List, what is yours? 🙂


Musical Monday! (#1)

Hello everyone. Tonight is the first ever Musical Monday here at YA Indulgences!

 

This is a new feature I am going to be doing every Monday. It will consist of two bi-monthly parts relating to musicals, music and story telling. Each part will alternate weeks.

 

The first part will focus on musicals.  I will be discussing, raving about and/or fangirling over a specific musical that I love or have discovered. These may just be over the recordings I’ve heard on Youtube since I do like to simply listen to musicals. They may be over a movie musical, dvd performance, dvd concert, or a musical I’ve watched on Youtube.

 

I came up with this feature the other night because I love musicals so much. If I could stay at home and listen to musicals all day, you can believe I would. I’ll be honest and say I have actually done that before. 🙂 I love musicals for a variety of reasons, the biggest one being I love the stories and feelings they can tell all from one song.

 

However, I did more thinking and thought I would also list five specific songs along with this feature, that I feel do a great job and story telling in terms of plot or feelings. I often wonder about the people in the songs and they become characters in my mind, different ones every time I listen to a song though.

 

I can get a bit enthusiastic so be a ware. 🙂

 

All right, now that I have explained and rambled about my new feature, let me begin!

 

~Part One~

The focus of tonight’s musical is the Pulitizer Prize winner, Next To Normal. Yay, cue the excitement. Next To Normal was first produced Off-Broadway after being workshopped.It later moved to Broadway in 2009. There are two acts in the musical.

 

This is an emotional packed musical if I have ever listened or heard one before in my life. It has a small ensemble cast of only six characters. It revolves around your typical nuclear suburban family, the Goodmans, consisting of a mother, Diana, father, Dan, and their teenagers, Gabe and Natalie. Things aren’t so typical though in the Goodman household as we see in the opening song Just Another Day when Natalie sings

 

“So it’s time like these I wonder how I take it and if other families live the way we do, if they love each other or if they just fake it and if other daughters feel like I feel too, cause some days i think I’m dying, but I’m really only trying to get through for another day”.

 

 

As the other family members join in the song, listeners and viewers will notice this family is suffering strongly and not quite normal. None of the family members communicate well with each other.

 

The mother, Diana suffers form mental illnesses. This musical shows how the family members including Diana deal with her illnesses. One of the many great things about Next To Normal is that the composers don’t look down on mental illness nor do they sugarcoat it. Diana goes to multiple doctors as they try to figure out how to “fix” her mental illness.

 

This musical is the one that hits closest to home for me with families not being quite how you would like them at times.

 

I relate most to the character of Natalie, the invisible girl in her family. Her goal is to go to Yale and finally be away from her family who ignores her. One of my favorite songs involving Natalie are “Hey #1”, “Hey #2”, and “Hey #3” which involves a guy named Henry who she meets while practicing piano. I think you guys will end up loving Henry, I know I do beginning in “Perfect For You” where he voices his feelings to Natalie.

 

I love how honest all the songs are as the characters come to realizations and voice their pain. Diana sings several songs herself such as “I Miss The Mountains” where Diana sings about how she used to feel before mental illness took over. One of the most heart breaking songs in the musical is “So Anyway” which Diana sings. Diana also starts the show stopper, “You Don’t Know” which Dan joins in.

 

Dan himself gets a couple emotional songs, one taking place after an unfortunate event occurs called “I’ve Been”.

 

One of the most interesting characters is Natalie’s older brother name Gabe. He is also the darker character of Next To Normal. The majority of his interactions are to his mother. Gabe sings another show stopper called “I’m Alive”. Natalie and he also have a rough relationship, to say the least. The music itself is a mix of music being rock, pop, and the occasional classical ballroom style song.

 

This musical gives me so many feelings when I listen and watch it. Each of the character goes through a journey by the musical’s end.

Diana has problems with Gabe and her mental illness.

Dan has to try to fix his crumbling marriage with Diana, his distance from Natalie in addition to trying to help Diana.

Natalie deals with her parents negligence of her and turns to Henry as well as other things.

Gabe comes to term with himself.

 

The singers themselves really encompass the feelings of the characters and I can’t see anyone else singing their charters. In the Original Broadway Cast Recording, the singers are as follows:

 

Alice Ripley is Diana Goodman Diana is played by Alice Ripley

Dan is  J. Robert Spencer

Natalie is Jennifer Damiano

Gabe  is Aaron Tveit

Henry is Adam Chanler-Berat

Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden is Louis Hobson

I feel Next To Normal handles mental illness in a realistic portrayal and how it affect not only the person with the illness but also their family. I really believe that anyone who takes the time to listen or watch this musical, there is something you will enjoy about it.

 

You can watch the original Broadway cast musical here.

 

Okay, that’s it for me.  I hope I made a little sense and gave you a sense of the musical in all my talking.  🙂

 

If you like musicals, let me know what one is your favorite or favorites. 🙂

 

I know this post is a bit rough, I’m sure they’ll be better though. Make sure to look out for next week’s Musical Monday which will consist of five story telling songs and why I love them.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#1)

Monday Meme

Hi there everyone. 🙂 This meme “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is created and hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. You can check it out at the link, link up and join us all today. It is for telling everyone what you’re read. I’m going to mix mine up though to include what I will be reading next. 🙂

 

Oh my gosh, this is the second meme I’ve participated in! I’m so excited to check out everyone’s blogs for this.

 

This week I am going to without a doubt finish reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know, “Amber, why haven’t you finished reading it already? It only came out almost ten years ago. The movie came out last year.” Well, you know, I’m always behind on the book crazes. 😛

 

However, if you’re unlike me and have never heard of this book in your entire life and have no idea about the premise, I will tell you.

It takes place in Germany when World War 2 is going on. Death is the narrator. The story revolves around a girl named Liesel whose mother is sending her to Germany to a foster family. After stealing her first book, Liesel learns to read along with her foster father. This book deals with Liesel’s feelings about Hitler, her love for books after she learns to read, how the war affects herself along with her family and friends, and a young Jewish man they keep hidden.

 

I’m maybe fifteen chapters into the book, I believe. So far I love the prologue/first chapter the best.

 

Now, I am determined to finish The Book Thief within the next two or three days because…

 

ISLA IS COMING! A happily ever after read-along (Isla and The Happily Ever After)*

 

Yes, the continuation/follow-up of Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door. 🙂 I will begin reading Anna  on the 31st for the read-along, only a few days away. No pressure to finish The book Thief soon, haha.

 

I’m so looking forward to reading finishing all of these books. 🙂

 

So…

 

It’s Monday, what are you guys reading? What have you finished? Are you reading? Are you procrastinating and not reading? Are you in a reading slump? Are you reading multiple books? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

  *Edit: I added everything after “Isla Is Coming” to clarify myself.


The Sunday Post #1 (7/27/14)

The Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a lovely weekly meme created by @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to talk about the past week on your blog or what your upcoming week will contain. 🙂

You can read more about it here.

I will be participating in this meme weekly.

Oh gosh, it’s my one week anniversary. I can’t believe it. I’ve already gotten a great response with commenters, followers and participating a bit.  Well I haven’t had too much of an eventful week on my blog. It is only the first week though so maybe it can be forgiven. 😉 Although now I wish I’d participated in some memes.

I guess technically I should have posted a blog last Sunday too, but I only had my introduction post up. Eh, no big deal.

Onto my past week:

I started this blog and created my introduction post.

I reviewed Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

I posted part one (Amazon) of two parts of a June/July book haul.

I posted about and joined the #IslaIsComing read-along.


I’ll be honest right off the bat. I edited my Eleanor and Park review. By this I mean, I moved a paragraph around, added information to elaborate pre-established points, posted the first line, and adjusted the text to go around the picture.

I also intended on editing my book haul post to consist of Goodread summaries (Because we all love those, right?) and the reason why I purchased those specific books.

The editing blog posts won’t be a habit though. It was just a two time thing. 🙂

As for yesterday, I went to Bag Day at my library. Here’s the gist, you pay five dollars and get a big paperboy paper bag* that you can fill with all the books you want as long as it doesn’t overflow. I’ll post more about this in a future discussion post though which may appear this week. Overall I added nine books from this sale to my collection and I’m really excited to read them all.

Just as soon as I read my other June/July purchases.

*sighs* The life of a book hoarder. Haha.

Other than that, I started revising my unpublished and unfinished Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira review today. It will not be up tonight though because of jumbled musings and writer’s block. I know, those two phrases don’t really go together, but you would be surprised.


Onto this week.

Week Two Upcoming!:

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Hosted by: Book Journey

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira review

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Stephanie Perkins review

Part 2: Amazon/Book Store Book Haul

Discussion Post

Weekly book covers I really love

Stacking The Shelves Hosted by: Tynga’s Reviews

Weekly quote from the book I’m reading or just another quote I really like. This may be an addition to my Sunday Posts though.

Weekly Poem I like. This may also be an addition to my Sunday Posts though.

Over ambitious? Maybe. Excited? Definitely.

I’m so glad I made this blog and I just want to thank everyone who’s following me (that doesn’t sound creepy at all, ha) or commented on my blog. It means so much to me. I look forward to more interactions with everyone.

*Edited: Note to self: Always re-read post three times. 🙂


Isla Is Coming Readalong: Join In The Fun

Hello everyone! Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins is coming out and in honor of that, the following book bloggers, AndiABCs, The Perpetual Page Turner, cuddlebuggery, abookishsinisterkid, and paperiot are hosting a readalong for Anna and The French Kiss, Lola and The Boy Next Door and finally Isla and The Happily Ever After beginning July 31st.
If you wish to join in the read along, you can read everything about it and sign up for it on cuddlebuggery’s blog post here and add your own blog to the list. Here is the schedule made by AndiABCs:
Isla is coming, schedule, cuddlebuggery
Isla is coming, schedule, cuddlebuggery
Here is also the lovely badge/banner cuddlebuggery created in honor of this readalong. If you do use it, please give her credit.
IslaIsComing, readalong, http://cuddlebuggery.com/
IslaIsComing, readalong, http://cuddlebuggery.com
This will be my first time reading Anna and Lola. I’m very excited to finally have an excuse chance to read the books now. Unfortunately I have not pre-ordered Isla, but I will be participating up until, well that part. 🙂
 
Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with this event, all credit goes to the aforementioned bloggers, I’m just sharing with you guys the event and participating in it.

Book Haul #1

Hello everyone! I figured now would be a great time to finally unveil part one of my June/July book haul.  🙂 Let me just say, it was a pain uploading all these pictures, hence why this is going to consist of two posts. Well, that, and the fact I bought a ridiculous amount of books over the past month and a half. I’m sure all you book lovers know how that is.

Love Letters To The Dead    Eleanor and park cover

 Love Letters To The Dead                    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
by Ava Dellaira

 IfIStay_zpsf82a8001   WhereSheWent_zpsb72ccdde

If I Stay by Gayle Forman                 Where She Went by Gayle Forman

PaperTownsCover_zpsc628bcf9     Looking_For_Alaska_zps0c53c0ba

Paper Towns by John Green         Looking For Alaska by John Green

Every Day    Beforeifall_zps3d8f9646

Every Day by David Levithan      Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I bought all of those books from Amazon.com. I’ve read Eleanor and Park, Love Letters to The Dead, The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight and started If I Stay. The last of which I need to finish before I go see the movie.. My Eleanor and Park review is here, feel free to check that out. My review for Love Letters to The Dead will be up here tomorrow. I’m still working on that one.

I know I’m super behind in reading the majority of these books, but you know. I’m getting to it. 🙂 Kind of.

The second part of my book haul should be up either tomorrow or Saturday. Continue reading


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