Monthly Archives: September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday – Top “Ten” Books That Were Hard To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there is a new bookish list for book bloggers to participate in. 🙂 To join in and link up, you can link here.
I really like this week’s list and I’ve liked looking at what other books bloggers had a hard time reading for various reasons. 🙂
This week’s list is
Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read 
The first five books on this list are books that were hard for me to get into or hard for me to finish if they did have a satisfying beginning.
TFIOS_CoverThis book was originally hard for me to get into because of the main characters Hazel and Augustus. In the beginning I found them to be a bit pretentious, which was a turn off. However, I overlooked all that and ended up really loving this book.
AnabundanceofkatherinescoverI couldn’t get into An Abundance of Katherines because I found the main character, Colin to be a bit whiny, which annoyed me. Other than that, I enjoyed the book by the end.
Annaandthefrenchkiss
In the beginning I adored Anna and the French Kiss, however once I hit the second half, Anna and St. Clare became a bit hard to tolerate or like. Overall the ending was satisfying and I did enjoy it.
Lola
Lola and The Boy Next Door didn’t grab me at all when I was reading it. I felt it was a gender-bent version of Anna and The French Kiss, which was exactly why I had a hard time finishing it. The characters annoyed me a lot, namely the main character, Lola and the “boy next door”. It was just extremely hard to get into and I had to set it down several times before picking it back up again. When I did pick it back up again, I would only be able to read a couple pages before getting frustrated and putting it back down. Out of all my choices, Lola wasn’t the hardest one to read.
Love Letters To The DeadI initially liked Love Letters To The Dead, unfortunately that didn’t last too long as I found the main character to be not so interesting and I had a small problem with her friends. The plot didn’t seem to grab me like I hoped it would so the first half was a bit boring for me, with exceptions. As with The Fault In Our Stars though, I did like it.
~My next picks are books that were hard to read because of the emotional content of them. I’ve seen the first two on lists today~
IfIStay_zpsf82a8001If I Stay had such a great emotional overload that I found myself putting the book down several times to “get ahold of” myself. This was a huge emotional read for me and the entire book was satisfying.
The_Truth_About_Alice_CoverThe Truth About Alice was hard to read because of the emotional content of it. I felt really bad for the main character. The other side characters frustrated me to no end that I was just so mad with the way they were acting.
My final pick is…
Falling Into PlaceLike If I Stay and The Truth About Alice, this was an emotional novel that caused me to feel completely awful for the main character. With Falling Into Place, I seem to be in the minority with that thought. There’s also a specific scene that is similar to one of the above books that I just couldn’t read about it then because I couldn’t bare going through that again.

Okay, those are my picks. What are yours? 🙂 Have a good Tuesday.
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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

16143347Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
PublishedMay 13th 2014 (Delacorte Press)
Pages: 227
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: Four stars
Purchase: Barnes and Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
Cover Thoughts: I absolutely adore this cover. I love people on the cover,
First Line: Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family. 

This will be a bit different than my usual reviews, you’ll notice there’s no Goodreads summary listed. You have probably heard We Were Liars is best read when knowing nothing about it, I can vouch for that statement. I’ll still tell you a bit about the novel though. At least what you need to know.
There’s a private island, a very wealthy family, four friends, and two summers.
The narrator is Cadance Sinclair, the eldest of the Sinclair grandchildren, the one who’s destined to receive the grandfather’s favor.
We Were Liars is a beautifully written and original suspense novel. There are a lot of metaphors, which may be hard to understand at first and purple prose, that could have been lessened. There are flashbacks and foreshadowing and they all intertwine tightly together.
We Were Liars contains a number of literary references such as fairytales. As a lover of fairytales, I was thrilled when we see fairytales being sprinkled throughout to describe situations. I felt they were very cleverly used throughout the story. They were definitely a highlight of mine. We Were Liars could be described as a fairytale of sorts with it’s magical, dreamlike quality it has, especially with the Massachusetts summer island setting. The island is the perfect setting for a novel such as We Were Liars. Tucked away from the real world, it’s perfect for a wealthy family with secrets.
There are several themes such as wealthiness, power, patriarchy and racism.  I loved reading about each of these themes and how they connected to one another. One of the things I really liked about We Were Liars is despite how the Sinclairs are wealthy, Cadence and her friends don’t focus on the wealth. Occasionally in Young Adult books it’s hard to sympathize with teenagers who are rich or have it all, but I felt Cadence and her friends were well written.
Overall, I rate this book four out of five stars. I felt some of the metaphors and purple prose could have been diminished or done without. We Were Liars is an intelligent, and uniquely written novel with a writing style that flows right off the pages. We Were Liars is a once in a lifetime novel that will stay with readers. There’s no doubt that it will have readers flipping through the pages to get to the very end and then read it again. We Were Liars is definitely one of my favorite novels of all time and has made me a fan of E. Lockhart for life. I recommend this to everyone.

The Sunday Post (#9)

The Sunday PostHey everyone. I hope you all have had a great week. The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created and hosted by Kimba at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. In The Sunday Post, you can share your past and upcoming week blog-wise and not, feel free to personalize it. 🙂 To link up and look at other bloggers posts’ you can go here.
If you read my Stacking The Shelves post for this week, you would know that I got the last of my books this week! Yay! Feel free to check that out, I’m so excited all of them.
I barely got a review out this week. I originally planned to review The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu on Tuesday, then review We Were Liars by E. Lockhart on Thursday, but I just didn’t have the energy and the words weren’t coming. 😦
I finally, finally, made my first review for the Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Theme Read going on by Rachel at RachelIsReading this month. It’s kind of sad since I’d been wanting to write a review every Saturday for it but….I don’t know what happened.
I think I’ll begin just reviewing the books for the Theme Read whenever I finish them.

~Last Week on YA Indulgences~
The Sunday Post (#8)
Musical Monday Part 1 (#3) – Bare: A Pop Opera
Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR
Amber’s Rambles (#4) – Breaking Blogging Schedules
Stacking The Shelves (#5)
Review: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (ARC)
I went way overboard on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Haha… I kind of had three lists…
I ended up completely missing Wondrous Covers Wednesday and Waiting On Wednesday due to figuring I’d do those that night after Life Group, but then I kind of didn’t get home from Life Group until….after midnight.
I have no excuse for not doing Featured Fairytale Friday other than I didn’t feel like reading a fairytale and commenting on it. Which is ridiculous.
Last week’s Amber’s Ramble was on breaking blogging schedules. It was originally going to be on something else, but with my Sunday post being late, my Top Ten Tuesday post being late and then entirely skipping Wednesday’s posts, I felt the need to write about breaking schedules.

~This Week on YA Indulgences~
  • The Sunday Post
  • Review: The Truth About Alice (Monday or Tuesday)
  • Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart(Tuesday or Thursday)
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesdays
  • Wondrous Covers Wednesdays
  • Amber’s Rambles
  • Featured Fairytale Friday
  • Review: The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi (Saturday)

~Possibilities~
  • Review: Cut by Patricia McCormick
  • Review: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
I may save these two reviews for next week.

~Reading Wise~
  • I finished We Were Liars! Oh my gosh, that book….
  • I started Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas which I’m really looking forward to, minus the huge spoiler I read about it….I hope to finish that this week.
  • I’ve also started Just Listen by Sarah Dessen because I needed something light to read after Falling Into Place, I’m thinking of putting in on hold now that I’ve recuperated.
  • I’m still in the middle of The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi, but I’ll be reading that today.

~Weekly Quote(s)~
If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces. (We Were Liars)

~Weekly Poem~
Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
 My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

Have a great week. 🙂

Review: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (ARC)

Falling Into PlaceTitle:  Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Published:  September 9th 2014 (Greenwillow Books)
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Social Issues
Themes: Suicide, Friendship, Death, High School
Format: ARC
Source: Won
Rating: Five stars
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.
PurchaseBarnes and Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
Cover Thoughts: I adore the cover. I love the mathematical equations in the back, the road combined with the title, the car, and ultimately the hand at the end. It’s very unique and I love how much it describes the book.
First Line: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s Laws of Motion in physics class.

~Review~
Immediately this book had one of my favorite elements in it, school classes. I love how the physics class plays a part in this story. Liz doesn’t commit suicide because of her physics class, but she thinks about Newton’s Law while in the car to do so.
In the book blurb, it states Falling Into Place will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman and Jay Asher. i have read comparisons about Falling Into Place to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Thirteen Reaons Why by Jay Asher. I can only vouch for one of these comparisons, If I Stay, which is a Young Adult novel I loved. After hearing this book was compared to those other ones, I knew I needed to read this book.
Falling Into Place is a nonlinear novel told primarily by an unknown narrator. We see months before Liz’s accident, minutes before the accident, flashbacks, “snapshots”, her home life, and her friends experiences. The flashbacks were lovely occasionally called “snapshots” which would then relate back to a previous or future chapter. All of this was extremely well done and told the story very well.
The first thing that stood out to me about Falling Into Place is the similarity it does indeed share with If I Stay — two girls being victims of a car crash, one self induced, the other accidental, as well as both dealing with life or death situations and the non-linear format they both have.
Falling Into Place focuses on Liz Emerson’s life before the car crash, what led up to it, her friends lives, and what ultimately caused her to do it. The nonlinear format really helped the story I thought because we see Liz as a child, then see her throughout the book in high school and how she changed. It was very easy to get into Falling Into Place and be lost in Liz Emerson’s world.
Falling Into Place is an emotional read, the characters felt so real and I felt bad for each of their situations. I really enjoyed reading about Liz’s friendship with Kennie and Julia. While reading this, it was clear that their friendship was real and they really were concerned with Liz. I found their backstories and relationship with Liz to be extremely well done. We see flashbacks of Kennie and Julia’s main plots, aside from Liz’s attempted suicide and I loved both of them.  Kennie is the girl who isn’t quite so smart, makes some bad decisions, but she’s a very sweet character affected by Liz’s accident.  I was heartbroken to read about her plot and actually had to set Falling Into Place aside at that point having read a similar situation in another novel. I found Julia and Kennie’s plots believable and heartbreaking.
Julia is a girl who Liz immediately disliked but became friends with her. I loved reading about this because I think it’s believable for people to not like each other right away and then begin to. Julia’s on the dance team and is at a meet when Liz’s accident happens. Later when Julia finds out, she’s instantly broken hearted and desperate to go see Liz. At this point in Falling Into Place, I really loved Julia’s character. We learn later that she and Liz had a fight before Liz which causes Julia to be even more upset about the whole situation.
Monica is Liz’s mom who travels a lot and doesn’t have a great relationship with Liz. I feel this trope is overdone although it’s one of my favorites. I liked Monica as a character overall. Although she’s sort of distant from Liz, when she heard about Liz’s accident while in another country, she rushed right home to the hospital. I like the little pieces we see of Liz’s and her mom’s relationship.
Liam is the guy who’s been secretly in love with Liz since fifth grade. He’s also the one responsible for Liz getting to the hospital. At first I felt his character was just the stereotypical character who is of course in love with the main girl in the book and on the outside of the high school popular realm. Fortunately became more than that throughout Falling Into Place. I loved seeing the interactions he had with Liz because they helped explain his character. Liam could be described as the nice guy, in love with possibly the wrong girl, willing to believe there’s still something good inside Liz Emerson despite how she’s treated him.
The narrator itself is disclosed until the end. I thought that was interesting and the narrator itself was a unique pick. We see flashbacks through the narrator’s eyes and learn more about Liz through them. The narrator knows Liz and at one time had a close relationship with her. I love that the narrator isn’t afraid to say who Liz really is despite her appearances and how Liz acted at times.
Liz was a lost character who wanted to find something worth living for, she wanted to see good in the world and she ultimately wanted to be a better person than she was. Some of the thoughts she had about herself were really sad to read about. She initially came off as a typical mean, queen bee, party girl, from a slightly broken home. Throughout Falling Into Place though, that perspective greatly changes.
Something rare, I found is that I liked Liz a lot despite her party girl tendencies and how she could be cruel, even to her best friends. I found Liz to be extremely relatable because she was a grey character. While she may have done some things not smart, she also did good things. She wasn’t all good or all bad, she made mistakes and she recognized them, carrying them with her more than I think she needed to. That is one of the things i liked about Liz, how she owned up to being wrong and knew her mistakes. I felt really bad for Liz because of how she felt and what she’d dealt with. Liz was definitely a flawed character, but for me, that just made reading about her that much enjoyable. Her relationship with her best friends wasn’t perfect and Liz did do some things she’d live to regret, but I could feel the love she had for them. Liz also didn’t have the best relationship with her mother, but there’s more to that than meets the eye. I liked how Liz acted certain ways for a reason, she partied because she didn’t like silence and she was lonely. Liz was a depressed girl, tired of the way her life was going and didn’t really see a point because she was toxic to everyone around her. Her behavior and feelings about herself were both raw and heartbreaking and written well.
I felt the book as a whole was realistic because it wasn’t just one big thing that caused Liz to want to end her life, it was multiple things. I like how Liz’s planned suicide wasn’t a impulsive thing, but rather she would give herself an amount of time to change and get help. In addition, she would kill herself on a specific day to help lessen her mother’s pain.  I like how she gave herself a set limit of time to see if something would happen that would make her want to live again. Liz struggled with trying to change herself and trying to get the help she needs, this was really relatable for her character given she’s at the top of the high school social ladder and influence people. Liz didn’t want to reach out to Julia or Kennie which I found to be really believable. Liz Emerson is a defense for them, she’s their solid ground,and  the one constant in their lives despite havoc she’s caused for both of them.
I think one of the reasons I loved Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang so much is because it was written about a high schooler while the author is in high school herself. I feel this gave the book an amount of accuracy and realism despite some stereotypes the book contained.  Overall, I felt Falling Into Place was a great novel about attempted suicide and more importantly who people really are and their depths.  In Falling Into Place, we learn there’s more to each of the characters than others initially see. The ending of Falling Into Place was enjoyable and I loved the writing style. The writing style itself was very beautiful with a lot of memorable quotes. The story seemed to flow really well together despite the nonlinear format. I rate this book five out of five stars because I didn’t see any flaws in it and the characters were well developed. I’ll definitely be on the look out for Amy Zhang’s works in the future.

Stacking The Shelves (#5)

STSStacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews. This is where you share books you’ve bought, borrowed, won, or been given.
 
This week Ik received the last of my books in the mail that I ordered a couple weeks ago. 🙂 I got packages from Book Depository, Thrift Books and a book I won in a giveaway! Which I hadn’t even known I won.
I got these books this week.

Stack of Books

Purchased
From Book Depository
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Isla and The Happily Ever After (#3) by Stephanie Perkins
Vivian Versus The Apocalypse (#1) by Katie Coyle
Vivian Versus America (#2) by Katie Coyle
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

From Thrift Books
Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn #2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Crazy by Amy Reed
Clean by Amy Reed
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Won!
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies
 I won Starry Night by Isabel Gillies from Tirzah @ The Compulsive Reader. I was thrilled to get this book. i had no idea I even won it until I emailed her. 🙂

Overall I’ve had a great book week. I’m so excited to read these books by Abigail Haas and Katie Coyle. I’ve started Dangerous Girls and it has one of the most interest openings I’ve read. I kind of read a spoiler on it though, a huge one, which kind of puts a damper on it for me but that’s fine. 🙂 I thought it was a possibility anyway. I’ve heard great things about both of these authors.
I started Just Listen last night, but i think I’m going to switch back to Dangerous Girls instead. I’m in the mood for another thriller/mystery.
What books have you guys received this week? Let me know. 🙂

Amber’s Rambles (#4) — Breaking Blogging Schedules

Amber’s Rambles

Hey everyone. It’s time for Amber’s Rambles which is my fancy name for a discussion. 🙂
Originally, I wasn’t going to be discussing this, but I’ve been doing it a lot lately and it’s so irritating. This week’s Amber’s Rambles is breaking blogging schedules.
To say I’m ambitious with this blog, could be an overstatement. I have the problem of saying I’ll write this review or that review and they’ll both be out whatever week. Then when the time comes, I either can’t get my words right or life’s just in the way and I don’t feel like writing the review, afterwards I end up not posting it and saying “I’ll do it next week”.
This week so far almost all of my posts have all been late. The Sunday Post came out Monday, Musical Monday actually did come out Monday, Top Ten Tuesday was late, then I didn’t even do Wondrous Covers Wednesdays or Waiting on Wednesday. I barely did this post tonight but I really wanted to.
One of the problems with me is that I’m a huge procrastinator. I always put things off to the last minute regardless of what it is. Apparently that even happens when it’s something  want to do. So this discussion is basically going to be about how you guys deal with breaking your blogging schedule. I don’t know whether it’s worse if you’re schedule is in your head or if you actually post about it in The Sunday Post, like I do, and then end up not getting everything done.
I think there’s more of a self defeated disappointment (if you really hate posting late) if your schedule is only known to you and not to anyone else. Then I think it’s more of a public disappointment when you don’t get something done, because you said you were going to get this thing done on this day.
I know people don’t have to have a schedule, but I like the idea of having certain posts out regularly, such as my features and the memes. I just feel like I kind of let down anyone who regularly follows my blog and then I don’t have a post when it usually is. For instance, Tuesdays and Thursdays have been m review days, but for the past two weeks, they haven’t been out really. I was supposed to have a review out Tuesday and then tonight, but I just haven’t done them. For my Thursday one, I haven’t even finished the book yet.
I think part of my problem is that I want to do too much. I want two reviews out every Tuesday and Thursday, I want to do my Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday features done on THOSE days every time. But then stuff happens and I either can’t do it when I want or I don’t feel like doing them anymore, like I said before.
I’m trying to establish myself as a “real” book blogger with reviews and such every week, but I haven’t been reading very much so my reviews haven’t been going up. Then if I’ve finished a book, I want to review it right then and there sometimes and then others I’m like “Wow, I’m glad it’s only *insert* days and the review doesn’t have to be up until Tuesday/Thursday” depending on what day it is. I think I may be getting blogger burnout, but that’s the last thing I want to happen because I haven’t even had a blog that long. It’s just a little over two months right now and I don’t like the idea of even taking a break, though I’ve thought of it.
So my questions for you guys are: What do you guys do when you break your schedule? How do you deal with it? Do you care or not? Do you post your posts late if they’re a weekly feature or meme.
I know not even having a schedule and posting whenever you want can be a lot more comfortable and less stressful, but I think I need a schedule or I would be like “I’ll post tomorrow”, like I have with past blogs that faded out.
 
Let me know what you guys think, I really want to hear about it. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10-Ish Books on my Fall TBR List

TTTAh, a day late, but better late than never. Yes? Okay. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there is a new bookish list for book bloggers to participate in. 🙂 To join in and link up, you can link here.

 This week’s top ten list is the top ten books on my fall top ten to be read list. I’m going to mix this up a bit though and make…a few lists. One for books I own, the second for ones I don’t own (or haven’t been released) and the third will be my Winter picks (so far). 🙂

 Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Dangerous GirlsDangerous BoysVivian Versus The ApocalypseCinderBurn For Burn

FangirlThe DUFFMiss Peregrines Home For Peculiar ChildrenWarm BodiesBeastly
  1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
    • I discovered this book through the lovely book blogosphere and decided I must have it. Although this book takes place in summer, I think with the weather changing, the mystery can really be brought out as it grows colder. I’ve already started it and so far I love it.
  2. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
    • Similar to what I said above, the book blogosphere was raving over this book in excitement. I figured I couldn’t order one without the other so… I had to get this one too. This one’s very high on my fall list.
  3. Vivian Versus The Apocalypse/Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle
    • This book fascinates me with it’s view of this alternate universe where the Church of America is just terrible and this “rapture” that occurs. There’s also a road trips and everything’s better with road trips. The sequel, Vivian Versus America just came out this month which I was unaware of, so it also adds another ’14 book to my reading list this year.
  4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    • I’ve never read a fairytale retelling, but I’ve wanted to read this series forever. With Fairest coming out at the end of the year and me recently purchasing Cinder and Scarlet, this series is at the top of my list.
  5. Burn For Burn series by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
    • I love a good revenge plot line so hopefully I’ll love this series. Since Ashes to Ashes has come out, I need to definitely read this series as soon as possible.
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    • This book is on my list for various reasons, the first one being the main character writes fan-fiction, as a used to be writer, that immediately interested me. The second reason, it takes place at college! That is so rare to find! I’ve been past the high school age for around five years now and while I love my Young Adult fiction, I’d love there to be more college related fiction.
  7. The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
    • This is another school related novel, I believe. The character sounds pretty relatable. I’ve heard great things about this book so I can’t wait to read it.
  8. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • I started reading this book years ago and for whatever reason, never finished it. I feel like Fall is the perfect time to finish such a creepy and mysterious book.
  9. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
    • I saw the movie repeatedly when it was on HBO months ago and loved it. When I saw this book for cheap on Book Outlet, I knew I had to buy it. This is on my list because zombies and fall just seem to go together.
  10. Beastly by Alex Flinn
    • This is another movie I watched before reading the book. It’s been on my TBR (or Want to read) list for a long time since I’ve heard good things about it. Beauty and The Beast is my favorite disney movie so this sounds really good.

Top Ten(ish) Books On My Fall To-Be Read List That I Don’t Own 

CressAhses To AshesParalleFree To FallMind GamesGloryOBriensHistoryofTheFutureGet_EvenRtiesDamsel_DistressedThe Coldest Girl in ColdtownFlawlessThe Darkest Part of the ForestDon't You Forget About MeAnother Litlte PieceHollow City

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
    • The reason for this one goes along with the above. Plus it’s Rapunzel, which I love. 🙂
  2. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
    • This is the finale to Burn For Burn which I’ve yet to read but really want to.
  3. Parallel by Lauren Miller
    • I’ve never read a novel involving an alternate reality, so this would be a first to me. I also don’t read much science fiction in general so I can’t wait to try this out.
  4. Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
    • I love this future reality where people don’t really get to choose anything, it sounds really interesting and like Parallel,  I can’t wait to read it.
  5. Mind Games by Kiersten White
    • This is a psychological thriller, my favorite kind, if I really had a favorite kind of thriller. i love that there’s a family aspect to it.
  6. Glory O’Brien’s History of The Future by A.S. King
    • I’ve yet to read an A.S. King book but that will soon change. The premise of the book sounds fascinating, involving a girl taking notes of this seemingly totalitarian future.
  7. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
    • Once again, I love the school aspect, I love the darkness it seems it will have and the mystery surrounding the girls.
  8. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
    • This book sounds amazing. I love the whole aspect of the military school and hazing is something not commonly seen these days it seems, in fiction.
  9. Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
    • If you saw last week’s Waiting on Wednesday post, you would know there are several reasons I’m looking forward to reading this book. Like Fangirl, it has a school aspect which I love to read about.
  10. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
    • Humans and monsters, what more could I say?
  11. Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard onward from two
    • Nothing like a mystery series to get me into the Autumn mood. It also helps that the last book comes out in December so I want to get these all read. 🙂
  12. The Darkest Part of The Forest by Holly Black
    • Both of Holly Black’s books deal with magical creatures and they seem like they’re be great Halloween books to read.
  13. (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
    • This sounds like another great creepy read for the Autumn months
  14. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Qinn
    •  Basically the same thing as above, I think I’m looking forward to this one more than than the former.
  15. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
    • After I read Miss Peregrine’s Home, this is the book I want to read after that to finish off the duology. 🙂 I’ve heard good things about it so I’m excited for it.

My winter picks are:
Winter TownDash and Lily's Book of DaresChasing BrooklynThe Tragedy PaperLovely Dark and DeepThe Lovely BonesFairiest
  1. Winter Town by Stephen Edmond
    • It’s a book called “Winter Town”, it’s obviously destined to be read in Winter time. 🙂
  2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
    • This sounds like a quick, cute romance read which I am all for.
  3. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
    • I think it’s the tragedy and ghost apsects that make me want to read Chasing Brooklyn in winter. This is a free-verse novel which I’ve been trying to explore more so it should be good.
  4. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
    • I remember seeing this in Barnes and Noble and loving the couple I recently purchased this so I’m looking forward to reading it in a couple months.
  5. Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
    • Basically the same reason as above, haha. I found the book in Barnes and Noble years ago, the cover intrigued me, I purchased it last week. 🙂 I’ll be reading this along with The Tragedy Paper.
  6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    • I remember watching the movies years ago and getting creeped out fast, this lead to me then getting creeped out whenever I went somewhere. This was when I was 18, this movie still creeps me out, I need to read the book. Especially the fact when it begins it takes place in winter.
  7. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
    • This isn’t a winter themed read but it comes out in January. 🙂 This is the “bridge” between Cress and Winter.

As you can see, I have a lot of books I want to read in the next few months. Half of which…I do not own. Hmm…That always seems to be a problem. 😦 So I’ll just have to borrow them! Anyway, share with me your fall picks! 🙂

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