Monthly Archives: June 2015

Monthly Recap: June ’15!

Every month I recap my life, my blogging life, and talk about music/movie/broadway and book news that happend over the past month!

My Life
 
Basic Recap:
I had a little problem and was stuck in bed for a couple weeks, now it’s over and I still choose to stay in bed. Ha. Ha. Just kidding. Kind of.
I started going to this women’s bible study which is nice even though I’ve only been there twice so far because of the above. Perfect timing! Not really.
I went a bit downhill this past month mentally, but I’m doing okay now! 

Stats

WordPress Followers: 158
BlogLovin’ Followers: 92
# of Views/Visitors: 3,054/2,006
# of Blog Posts: 20
# of Reviews: 4
# of Likes: 84
# of Comments: 127
Most Viewed Post: Have You Seen This? (66 views)
Most Viewed Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (710 views)

Book Stats
# of Books Read:
Emmy and Oliver
# of Books Started:

Denton Little's Deathdate

# of Books Finished:

Scarlett Undercover

# of Books Bought:

A Midsummer's Nightmare Lying Out Loud My Life Next Door What I Thought Was True Skyscraping Ask The Passengers Two Boys KissingTriangles How I Fall and How I Fly

# of Books For Review: 

What We SawShadowshaper

VIA Edelweiss from HarperTeen and Scholastic
# of Books Won: 

The Summer of Chasing MermaidsThe Summer I Turned Pretty It's Not Summer Without You We'll Always Have Summer To all the boys I've loved before P.S. I Still Love You

TSoCM from Book Crushin
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and TATBILB (& #2) from SimonTeen in the #YAParty prize pack. 🙂
# of Books Given: 

Wolf By WolfI Am Her RevengeA Little In LoveThe Sacred Lies of Minnow BlyFans of The Impossible LifeGeorge

Wolf By Wolf from Val<3
I Am Her Revenge and A Little In Love from Holly<3
Minnow Bly from Stephanie to replace my stolen/missing copy<3
Fans of The Impossible Life from Kate<3
George from Emma<3

# of Books Traded (For):

Because You'll Never Meet MeNever Always SometimesFinding AudreyAnything Could Happen

BYNMM, NAS and Finding Audrey from Katie<3
Anything Could Happen from Anna<3

~What I Posted~
Features:
Musical Monday Guest Playlist: Tamara Ireland Stone (Author of Every Last Word)
Musical Monday Guest Playlist: Adi Alsaid (Author of Never Always Sometimes)
More Than This Provincial Life: Everyone Just Breathe In. Breathe Out. 
Reviews:
ARC Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Four Stars)
ARC Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (Four Stars)
ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (Four Stars)
Memes:
Top Ten Books I Want To Be Movies
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest of The Year
All The Books I Hope To Read This Summer
My Top Ten Favorite Top Ten Tuesdays
All My Favorite Books of The Year (So Far)
Other Posts:
Write Those Reviews Party Sign Up Post
The Cinderella Book Tag
Join The #BookNerdBoost Chat!
Have You Seen This?
Interview with Leah Thomas (Author of Because You’ll Never Meet Me)
Poll for the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon (At End of Weekly Recap)
If you haven’t already voted in my poll I mentioned above, if you could do that, that would be fantastic! It’s a poll of books that you all will make me read!

~How Did I  Do With My Resolutions?~

I’m not doing super well on the keeping pages up to date, reading or reviewing twice a week. *winces* I’m going to get better though.

~How Did I Do With My Challenges?~

I finished two review books for the Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading challenge!


~Blogosphere Participation~

Oh wow, it has been just a crazy month for Twitter chats for me.
Faye, Holly and I put together the BookNerdBoost chat on the 20th. Then I participated in the MTN2015 twitter chat just a couple hours later.
I can’t even think of the other twitter chats I was in. Oh! I was in the #FAC2016 chat, did #RQWN, then another chat right after that one. . .
Tonight I participated in the first half of the  which featured I.W. Gregorio.
Yeah, lots of Twitter chats, I know I’m missing at least one or two others. Haha. 🙂 What can I say? They’re just so. much. fun.

New Music
Hilary’s album came out and it is AMAZING. My favorite songs? All of them. Confetti, Stay In Love, Breathe In. Breathe Out. Arms Around A Memory, Tattoo, and Belong.
I’ve also been listening to Carly Rae Jepsen’s album that came out in Japan but NOWHERE ELSE UNTIL AUGUST. What torture. Anyway, this album? It is THE BEST ALBUM EVER. Or close to it anyway. My favorite song? Your Type, Boy Problems, Let’s Get Lost, Making the Most of The Night, Favourite Colour, LA Hallucinations, and I Didn’t Just Come Here To Dance.
Your Type seriously kills me. So much.

Musical News
Do you remember the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan ice skating scandal in the 90s? ME NEITHER. I was too young. 😦 But I HAVE heard of it, of course. There is going to be a MUSICAL based on it. I know, I know. What even? IT SOUNDS AWESOME TO ME. I’M ALL FOR IT. You can read more about that here!

Discovered Music
Miley Cyrus “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home”
Halsey “Ghost
Selena Gomez “Good For You
Miley Cyrus “Nightmare
Dragonette “Let The Night Fall
Jamie xx “Loud Places” ft. Romy
Grouplove “No Drama Queen
Sharon Van Etten “I Don’t Want To Let You Down
Tove Lo “Timebomb

~*~Other Music I’ve Listened To~*~

Hurts “Devotion” 
Breaking Benjamin “Hollow” and “Close To Heaven
Actually, I pretty much like Breaking Benjamin’s entire album. It took a few listens, but it’s pretty much all clicked with me.

Fantastic Videos
 Could singer Maia Gough be the one to watch? / Britain’s Got Talent 2015
Everything Wrong With Frozen in Ten Minutes Or Less
Hilary Duff “Sparks” (Fan Demanded Version)
Nick Pitera’s One-Man Tribute to Aladdin on Broadway / Oh My Disney
Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame Live – Act 1: Opening and Bells of Notre Dame
The Wars That Inspired Game of Thrones / Alex Gendler

Book Related Movie News
Warner Brothers options movie rights for Uprooted

TV News
Degrassi was picked up by Netflix and IS NOT CANCELLED OR DROPPED ANYMORE. Apparently the new season will be out next year! YAY. ALSO, there was a Degrassi alumni cast reunion that I just found out about a little bit ago!
Pretty Little Liars was getting intense and now it’s kind of “eh” again, but on the bright side, halfway through until we find out the ending! Of A. So yeah…That’s kind of good?

~Favorite Book I Read~

Emmy and Oliver

Okay, so technically this is one of only two books I “read” this month, but still! It  was my favorite. I loved this book a lot! Review to come next month, obviously. 🙂

~Favorite Post I Made~

My interview with Leah Thomas was a highlight for me.
I fangirled about Hilary Duff and her new album and I just love that post.

~My Addictions~

Hilary Duff’s album
Carly Rae Jepsen’s album
Crescent rolls
Boy Meets World

~Music Purchases~

Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect
Hilary Duff’s Breathe In. Breathe Out. + Chasing The Sun (Single)<3
Of Monsters and Men’s Beneath The Skin (Deluxe)
Muse’s Drones
Rent OST – I of course had to buy this.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High OST – I mostly bought this for the song Somebody’s Baby<3

~DVD Purchases~

The Last Five Years
Boy Meets World Season 3, 5, and 6!
The Wild Thornberrys Season 1
I half bought The Wild Thornberrys because I love that show and half because I needed $5 to get up to $35 for free shipping (I bought BMW with it).


~What I’ve Been Watching~

  • I started watching Friday Night Lights and made it to the 9th or 10th episode, I will progress through it as soon as I get Netflix again. Which will hopefully be soon because I need that show! I also finally got it confirmed from Emily and Mitali that Tattoo by Hilary Duff DOES in fact fit Tim Riggins and Lyla. Which is great because it’s just been bothering me a TON. I live tweet for this show and the hashtag for that is #FNLFirstWatch. 🙂 If you’re interested.
  • I was marathoning Boy Meets World as well, right now I’m in the middle of season 4 and I’m loving all the Shawn’s home background<3 If you want to keep up on my commentary (ha), I use the hashtag #BMWRewatch. 
  • I watched The Last Five Years movie and I loved it. It’s such a bittersweet romance and I love seeing a sad romance play out. 🙂 Like, a lot. Note To Self: Must obtain musical recording. . .

That is it for my month! Tell me about your month, what you’ve read, watched, listened to, done, etc. 🙂 Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you see my Hilary Duff fangirling (very hard to miss)? I want to know!


All of My Favorite Books of The Year (So Far)

Hi everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday. This is a weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week the ladies there post a list for bloggers to participate in! i really love this list, anything to let me talk about my favorite books for a little while. 🙂
This week’s list the
~Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015~
I’m going to stick with ’15 releases only for this list. I’m going to go in the order I’ve read them as well!
1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places

This was the first “hyped” book I needed to read as soon as possible. It did not let me down at all. I loved it to pieces! And that’s what I was when I finished. Pieces.
2. None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio (Review)

None of The Above

I was fascinated with this book so much that it kickstarted a feature (One Day More) to show off releases that I read that had far off release dates. This was such an informative read for me.
3. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

This was the second “hyped” book that I needed to read. Once again, it did not let me down and I was hooked almost instantly when I read this. I adored Sky and Josh so much and could relate to them very well
4. Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu (Review)

Making Pretty

The family dynamics in this are going to stay with me for a while. This book dealt with society. family, friendship and changing. It also had the golden New York City setting which only made me much more addicted to it. I also made a One Day More post about this one as well!
5. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Review)

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep gave an amazing account of a guy named Caden who has schizophrenia. I could relate a lot to Caden in some things which is why I loved it so much.
6. Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

Fans of The Impossible Life

This one doesn’t come out until September but oh my gosh. It is definitely a must read. I’ll be doing a little post on it in a couple weeks so be on the look out for that. 🙂
7. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Because You'll Never Meet Me

This is the book I’ve always wanted! I have been seriously obsessed with this book so so so much. I recommend it to everyone. I loved the friendship in it and the long distance friendship and the isolation that the two guys felt at times.<3
8. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (Review)

5 to 1

I just reviewed this! 5 to 1 takes such an interesting take on a dystopian and gender norms. It was so compelling.
9. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

Finally, this is the last book of the year that I just loved so much. Like I’ll Meet You There, it dealt with differing social economic classes, which I loved. I’ll be posting a review for this in the coming weeks as well.
I know that number SHOULD be higher, but, er, reading slumps. You know how it is!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them! Unless you hated them, then spare me because my heart will probably break at the news.

ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1Title: 5 to 1 
Author: Holly Bodger
Published: May 12, 2015 (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Pages: 224
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Dystopian, Free-Verse, Feminism
Format: E-ARC
Source: Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers for review consideration
Rating: Four Stars
Goodreads Summary:
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Kiran’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

Cover Thoughts: I featured this cover in Wondrous Covers Wednesday. I really loved the Indian aspect of the cover because it fit perfectly. Having the Henna covered hands was perfect given this book is about a possible wedding.
First Line: One month from today, I’ll wake to a team of make artists — hair stylists — buzzing outside my door.
First Thoughts: I instantly liked Sudasa and her sections being told in free-verse.
~Review~
5 to 1 was a really short read with only 224 pages. It was a breeze to go through which was nice. The shortness of 5 to 1 didn’t take any detail away from it though. I loved the take of dystopian that it took as it doesn’t seem like an extreme dystopian and something that’s plausible. Which is actually scary.
I liked the matriarchy that 5 to 1 showed, even though it definitely wasn’t the greatest. I liked how the entire Test process started because Sudasa’s grandmother wanted things to change so she changed them. That was really great to me. Like most drastic changes though, the country isn’t exactly doing any better than it was. If anything, they just have the reversal problem and it’s getting worse.
In this world, men are given the chance to enter tests to win a wife. If they fail to win a wife, they get sent to the wall where they are rewarded. They are then “protectors” of the village, assigned to keep violence to a minimal and stop people from coming or leaving. It was really interesting to see how this society formed and I would have liked more detail on it.
I loved the main characters voices, especially Sudasa’s. I loved how she questioned things and then wondered if she was wrong about them. Sudasa came across as a really strong character to me, despite having a name meaning obedience and forced into a role she didn’t want to play. I like how she knew getting married could benefit her, but didn’t want to get married. I could really feel the family pressures on her as her sister had gotten married two years ago, her best friend two weeks before and her grandmother’s natural pressure for her to marry someone. I liked the feminist message 5 to 1 had with the matriarchy government, women holding value and Sudasa wanting her own destiny.
I liked how different the contestants all were from each other. Contestant One was a well off guy who’d never worked a day in his life and his family had money. Contestant Five in turn, did know how to work, wasn’t not well off at all and like Sudasa, didn’t want to get married. Contestant Five was an interesting character to figure out because he speaks of a plan, but we don’t find out the plan right away. I liked Contestant Five’s personality, you could describe him as a brooding type for sure. Both Sudasa and Contestant Five had their humorous moments which I adored.
What amused and annoyed me were the perceptions Sudasa and Contestant Five had of each other due to their roles. There were times when I just wanted to tell both characters to be quiet and to actually think before judging. I still loved them both though. I was thrilled that 5 to 1 wasn’t a simple romance story as I always prefer my romance on the far backburner.
5 to 1 was told in a really interesting way. Sudasa’s parts were all in free-verse whereas Contestant Five’s sections were in regular prose. I thought the free-verse worked well for Sudasa because of how she’s forced to be married and I thought of it as a sort of barrier. I liked the way her thoughts came across in the writing. Their alternating point of views gave a full picture of how people feel on both sides of this situation, the “prize” and the “contestant”
I’m not entirely sure what I thought about the ending, I wish some things had been answered, but it leaves the window of possibility open!
~Final Thoughts~
5 to 1 is one of my most thought provoking books of the year. This was a really hard book to put down and I found that when I did, I would pick it up not long after! I loved the writing which was really visual for me. One of my favorite aspects was how Sudasa and Contest Five wanted control of their own roles and they didn’t want to just stand back. They were characters of actions and decisions which I loved. I think 5 to 1 is one of the most unique dystopians I ever read. I would love for there to be companion books along with it because this world is amazing to read about.
~Memorable Quotes (taken from ARC)~
I’ll fight the urge to scratch it away, because I’m suds the Obedient and I must keep my fingers glued together like the dolls Asha and I left buried under my bed.
I won’t look at him either. Will look at the woman. In front of him. The one with the stole of red. The color of love? No. The color of blood. Blood of birth. Blood of death. The only things that matter in Koyanagar
The men played a game. Put on a show. Won a contest. A wife. A life. Life sentence, if you ask me.
I should be thankful. Thankful my sex guarantees me the life of a bird. Food. Safety. A home? More like a cage.
He is the epitome of the winning team. The happy ending everyone longs for.
They introduce me as “Five” and that’s who I am, as far as the “honorable girl” is concerned. A number. An option. And not the one she’ll pick.
His family chose to be happy despite their circumstances.
She wants them to believe that obedience is the only option.
Although it’s supposed to make men out of boys, I’ve heard it produces more corpses than people.
Obedience is fickle that way; it’s a virtue to its master but a vice to its slaves.

Weekly Recap #31 + Stacking The Shelves #27

Hi everyone! Here’s my weekly recap! This week for me has been fine. My sister left for this youth conference called MOVE, which is part of CIY (Christ In Youth) yesterday! So that’s fun. 😉 It’ll be a bit relaxing around here.
 
I am incredibly jealous of her. Her and some of the high school youth group at my church are going to Colorado where I went for my first CIY! They’re going to the same city, which means I imagine they’ll be staying at the same place (possibly) where I stayed at! I have such good memories of CIY, I loved it so much. *sighs* It’s a week long event that starts tomorrow and goes until Friday, but they’ll be getting back late Friday night and won’t stay for the whole thing, since Saturday is the 4th and parents want their kids back! Haha.
 
I guess I should recap my blog now!
 
Next Week:
Top Ten Tuesday
Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Wondrous Covers Wednesday
Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Possible Amber’s Rambles
Possible More Than This Provincial Life

~Stacking The Shelves~
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers can link up and show off all the books they received or bought or traded or stole or found! You can link up here!
 
I received books this week! Mostly from trades!
I got:
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
from Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog. Thank you for the trade!<3
Then I got
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton from Anna @ Lost Brain Cell. Thank you! 
If you’re wondering why I have BYNMM and Anything Could Happen, it’s because I LOVED THEM BOTH SO MUCH I NEEDED PHYSICAL ARCS. Yes, I do have problems….
 
I ALSO BOUGHT LYING OUT LOUD BY KODY KEPLINGER FOR 2.99 FOR THE KINDLE. YOU PROBABLY SAW ME COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW I WAS DYING FOR FIVE CENTS BECAUSE OF COURSE I ONLY HAD 2.94. Luckily enough, my cousin let me use a whole five cents off her debit card! ❤

Lastly for my recap, I have joined Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ A Book So Fathomless awesome read-a-thon challenge. Here’s some information about that from them! : 
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible. 
This sounds like a really great chance to read some of my recently acquired books so I definitely hopped on. Plus, Val’s like the best so, there’s that going for it too. 😉
The read-a-thon starts on July 20th at 8am and ends on July 27th at 12am. If you’re interested in doing this, you should join in for sure! 
Now, here is (hopefully) my poll for you all to vote on!
Okay, now that my…moment is over, I figured out how to add a poll from WordPress itself! Go figure. Ahem, anyway, you may now vote! In the actual poll. 😉 And you should join Val and Ely’s awesome challenge too!

Everyone Just Breathe In. Breathe Out.

More Than This Provincial Life is a feature at YA Indulgences where I share non blogging or book related things. Generally this feature will focus on movies, music, tv shows, etc. Anything not book or blogging related basically. 🙂
Hilary Duff Storify
Hilary Duff Storify
Hilary Duff Storify
Hilary Duff Storify
You all knew this was an inevitable post right? I mean, I’ve clearly given enough warning on Twitter about my Hilary Duff obsession. Of course, none of you knew until you saw me going insane over Hilary’s new music this past month. But I did mention that snippet of “Sparks” in a past post and then the full song in another.
Not that any of you needed a warning? Right? Right? Wrong?? Well then.
Cadet Kelly Gif
Maybe I should give a little preface about this Hilary Duff addiction so you all aren’t shell shocked. 😉
Hilary Duff Come Clean
It all started with
Which is just a no-brainer. Am I right? I am! I’ll spare you all the details about how when I was seven and eight I totally thought it’d be so cool to be 13 and how awesome life would be when I was that age…
Oh my gosh, I just discovered I was actually around her age in this series! What in the world? How did I not know this? I was ten when this premiered. That’s kind of close to seven….
And I was 13 when it ended! Go figure. 
Moving on!
Yeah, nothing very interesting happened to me in middle school! Like, at all! The only vaguely interesting thing that ever happened to me was when like, a ‘friend” put nail glue all over the room!
Lizzie Mcguire
She got us in trouble, we didn’t get to go to the school party (in the gym) and like, I took the fall for her because she guilt tripped me! So yeah, the highlight of my eighth grade year did not involve meeting Aaron Carter.
Lizzie Mcguire Aaron Carter
Or dating Frankie Muniz, 
Lizzie Mcguire Frankie Muniz
And it certainly didn’t involve getting mistaken for an Italian popstar.
Lizzie Mcguire Paolo
This also was not the highlight of my 8th grade summer.
Lizzie Mcguire
My life was pretty much like this:
Lizzie Mcguire
Just singing into a brush (not well, I might add).
But never mind about me and my life! This post is about HILARY.  Let me just point out the foreshadowing between her singing at the beginning of the Lizzie Mcguire movie and then ending up with the, well, the picture of her with the purple lights.
After Lizzie Mcguire, I fell in love with Cadet Kelly! This was one of my most anticipated Disney Channel movies EVER. I remember being so excited about seeing the clothes (in a wardrobe background snippet) they would use in the movie. Haha. 🙂 ❤
This inevitably lead to me falling in love with her music! Metamorphosis being the first album<3 “So Yesterday”, “Come Clean”, and “Why Not” hit me first, being her three most successful songs. A little later I got hooked on “Sweet Sixteen” and “Metamorphosis”.
In high school, after watching A Cinderella Story, I fell in love with Anywhere But Here. Finally, “Where Did I Go Right”, “Workin’ It Out” and “Little Voice” got me. As for the others? Er, I have to admit I still haven’t really listened to them (The Math, Love Just Is, Party Up and Inner Strength). Oh well!
Then I self-titled album came out which I really listened to in high school and fell in love with Who’s That Girl, Dangerous To Know and The Getaway which all hit so close to home for me. I found them very relatable, I’d replay them a lot<3. I was into Fly, Jericho and Someone’s Watching Over Me after watching Raise Your Voice. I fell out with her after that album though and missed the greatness that was Dignity.
In between all that, Hilary was in A Cinderella Story and The Perfect Man. Oh, A Cinderella Story<3 I had a giant replicated (I’m guessing) movie poster on my bedroom door for years! I loved that movie. A Cinderelal Story made me fall in love with “Now You Know”. It, once again, hit very close to home Now You Know is not on any album! Which is a crime, I don’t even think the one in the movie. I think that was sung by Kara Dioguardi. . .
This past year I discovered Hilary in The Perfect Man which I watched. Every. Single. Time it came on HBO/Starz (one of the two). Literally. Every single time. Multiple times a day. I love that movie. SHE’S A BLOGGER IN THE MOVIE. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? AND IT’S LIKE YOU’VE GOT MAIL. I JUST LOVE IT.
Then a month or two ago I discovered I had the movie on one of those compilation dvds, but never watched it when I bought that. Last year. Oops.
Now, you’re probably asking “Amber, why are you so enthusiastic about Hilary Duff?” Well, clearly I love her. Obviously. And…
BECAUSE MY DEAR FRIENDS/FOLLOWERS/FIRST TIME READERS (HI! DON’T LEAVE!), SHE CAME OUT WITH THIS:
Breathe In Breathe Out Hilary DuffThis is what I would like to call, the album of summer.
Lizzie Mcguire
Seriously.
Now I will go into detail about each and every single song! YAY!
Sparks:
I was not completely sold on this song when I first heard it. However, it’s grown on me! It’s grown on me quite a bit. I love the whistling part and it makes me sad that I am without that capability. I cannot whistle, thus, I cannot do the whistle parts. Sad day.
You can promise castles, treasures, babies,
I don’t care
’cause for now you’re just enough for me
I want you near.
Like a fairytale to feel your breath right on my neck,
you remember what I love so baby take me back.
My Kind:
Screw teams, I want to meet “one of my kind”.
Think you’re one of my kind,
You’re one of my kind
One In A Million:
That chorus guys, hear that chorus! It freaking slays.
I’m one in a million (million, million, million)
I’m one in a million (million, million, million)
And you’re going down without me
You’re wishing you had someone like me
I’m one in a million (million, million, million)
Confetti:
This is the song that almost sent me over, it really did. I almost died. I blame the
“You happened and I tripped headfirst,
your heaven is a place on earth”
Belinda Carlisle sample of sorts she used there! That was just, ugh, amazing! I freaked out.
And the first verse. And the chorus. This is one of my favorites.
Breathe In Breathe Out:
And this is the song that completely unraveled me, which you can see from my above tweets. Ha!
This song needs to just smash this summer.
It reminds me of The One That Got Away by Katy Perry and Someone by Kelly Clarkson.
In other words, it’s so so so lovely.
No more rain or shine,
well I guess this is goodbye,
I made a top ten list
of all the things I missed
your lying eyes and lips,
they didn’t make it
and when I’m cold at night
I know that I’ll survive,
but until I feel alright,
I’m going to fake it.
Breathe in. Breathe out…
I seriously almost cried and I was just like “Oh my gosh, she’s here!” But I didn’t! Because that’s weird. . .
Lies:
It is just pop hit after pop hit for the first seven songs. Seriously. 
We’re falling apart, we’re falling apart
like a house of cards
and I know in my heart,
I know in my heart,
that this has gone too far
I’m done with your
lies, la-la-la-lies, 
lies, la-la-la-lies
I’m done with your
lies, la-la-la-lies
Arms Around A Memory:
This is in my top three favorite songs for this album. Which is more like top five. Which is actually more like top SEVEN. This album is a pop goldmine!
You’re reaching for a hand that’s in the past. . .
So will you remember to forget me?
You can’t put your arms around a memory.
A memory. . .
Slay slay slay.
Is she not perfection? She IS! 
Stay In Love:
This is the third song to really click with me. I love the first verse of it so much. The chorus is pretty great too.
Remember when I said I’d die for you?
Every single day pretend it’s true.
Remember when I said I’d die for you?
Holding on just for the weekend.
X Marks the spot where we left our hearts
and x marks the spot where we fell apart. ❤
I love the short phrases that the verses take. They’re seriously some of my favorite lines of the album.
Passion washed away,
fake it, fate today,
please give up and just say goodbye.
Brave Heart:
I find this song just super inspirational. ❤
Gotta let go even though I’m scared to death,
out here alone but I’ve still got one thing left,
I’ve got a brave heart, I’ve got a brave heart,
I’ve got a brave heart…
This is where her album takes a bit of a folky sound which was a jarring change in the beginning, but it’s definitely grown on me. I don’t think it’s such a huge “leap” anymore from her previous sound. It goes great with the “Breathe In.” “Breathe Out.” of the album. 
Tattoo:
Look at this amazing acoustic performance! It tears me apart! APART.
And I know,
you’re under my skin
running in my bloodstream.
These scars are the way that you loved me.
I guess that you had to leave a tattoo
on my skin
running in my bloodstream,
These scars are the way that you loved me
I guess that you had to leave a tattoo
to remind me.
This is one of the songs that just really makes me want to write more like I used to. Oh! I made this comment on Twitter and I’m going to say it on here, if you have watched Friday Night Lights and seen Lyla and Tim’s relationship of sorts, do you think this song is very relative to them? I don’t know if it’s the folky sound or the lyrics, but it just screams “LYLA AND TIM” to me. Someone please watch and confirm me.<3
Picture This:
I just really love this song.
t’s not how I pictured this,
it’s better than it
but we regret the things we said.
Picture it getting better than this, 
let it live inside our head,
let our hearts cross the line, it’s time
I pictured this, it’s better than it,
let’s leave it where we’ll both be missed
Night Like This:
This song FINALLY clicked with me the other day. For the longest time (you know, a whole WEEK), I was just not into it. Then after I kept regularly visiting this Hilary Duff thread on Popjustice (go on there!), I discovered someone listing out some lyrics and saying how they liked them. After realizing how the lyrics were, I fell in love. Hard.
[Hilary Duff:]
It’s so hard to get a cab in midnight on Friday
[Kendall Schmidt:]
Where you going?
[Hilary Duff:]
Downtown
[Kendall Schmidt:]
So am I
Sit right here where it’s dry
And if said you’re going my way
[Hilary Duff:]
Well maybe we should share a ride
❤ I love love love this song now. It’s really a great album closer and before I was just like “Eh” and now I’m like “YES, MY SUMMER ANTHEM, I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN FOR ME.”.
Cause anything can happen on a night like this,
a night like this.
Our hands fit just the right way,
our legs tangled up in the small place
the world outside feels far away
as I get to know you.
So that is the regular album for you! I LOVE IT SO MUCH THAT I WILL RANK MY TOP SEVEN FAVORITE SONGS FOR YOU. 
1. Breathe In. Breathe Out.
2. Stay In Love
3. Arms Around A Memory
4. Confetti
5. Night Like This
6. One In A Million
7. Lies
❤ I JUST LOVE ALL THE SONGS. HERE ARE THE BONUS TRACKS NOW.
Belong:
Cause we’re the young, brave hearted ones
And we can leave our story like nothing ever told
Until we taste our glory, we’ll bare our skin and bones
This is our territory, it’s all we’ve ever known
We’re right where we belong
. . .
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
When was the first time you did something for the last time?
Let’s find a million things that we could do the first time
You never know, oh, this could be the last time.
And this is the second most inspirational song on the album. I will admit that the “hey, hey, hey, hey” part reminds me of What Dreams Are Made Of (The song with Hilary & purple lights above!) #NotComplaining.
Rebel Hearts:
Let me just say that I love all the “heart” references! There are at least three and I freaking love it so so so so so so so much.
We’ve got those rebel hearts.
And here is my third most inspirational song. Such a shame they’re only on the deluxe version, I know! “Amber! How did you not buy the deluxe version?” It’s only available at Target and I bought mine online!
I suppose this is it for my blog post. Moral of this post?
GO LISTEN TO BREATHE IN. BREATHE OUT. AND THEN BUY IT AND THEN FLAIL WITH ME ABOUT IT.
Spotify Web Link
LISTEN TO IT. AND THEN TWEET ME. AND YOU WILL BE MY FAVORITE PERSON EVER.

Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#38)

Wondrous Covers Wednesday  is a  weekly feature I created which showcases three book covers that I love that share themes or common attributes.
It’s no lie that I love the sky (generally) and covers with the majority of the sky are among my favorites. All three of the covers below use different colors of the sky to get across the mood.
~One~
All We Have Is Now
All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
~My Thoughts~
The colors in this are so pretty, They just give me a sense of hope for the characters despite them having an asteroid set to crash into earth.
I love sunset colors. The stars in the background are such a nice touch. I love the silhouette, it’s very simple. I like the bridge. 
~Two~
We Are The Ants
We Are The Ants by Shaun Hutchinson
~My Thoughts~
Like All We Have Is Now, We Are The Ants features a simple silhouette at the bottom, which I really love. The colors in this one are very pretty, I love the different shades of blue and green over it. I just love all the designs going on in the sky, they make it very mesmerizing.
~Three~
Life In Outer Space
Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil
~My Thoughts~
This isn’t my favorite cover in the world, but it definitely fit my theme.  I’m very curious about the bottom of this cover. It seems menacing and not very hopeful. In contrast, the 3D esque title font gives me a hopeful vibe.

What do you think of these covers? What is your favorite? Do you know of any similar covers to these?

ARC Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

Anything Could HappenTitle: Anything Could Happen
Author: Will Walton
Published: May 26th, 2015 (Push/Scholastic)
Pages: 288
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Family, Romance
Format: E-ARC
Source: Edelweiss VIA Scholastic
Rating: Four Stars
Goodreads Summary:
When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained.

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.

Cover Thoughts: This is just one of the nicest covers ever for it’s simplicity. I love the font, the photograph, and the sparkler.
First Line: Let me tell you about the first time I knew for sure I was in love with Matt Gooby.
~Review~
Anything Could Happen is a sweet, short story about life, family and being true to yourself. It takes place over one winter break Tretch has where he discovers he’s in love with his straight best friend named Matt.
I’ll stop right there, that right there is the reason I was dying for this book. an unrequited romance, you say? Why yes, yes indeed. My heart about burst with excitement. Of course, because I could relate to this real and somewhat painful emotion of wanting the one that doesn’t want you. There were moments when I had to just set the book aside because the feelings Tretch felt hit so close to home for me.
Tretch’s voice came alive to me quickly. I loved the way that he spoke, even if it was a little juvenile at times. He came across as a real character whose thoughts were his own. I liked seeing him explain his feelings, his worries and his happiness. 
I found Tretch so easy to relate to because he tries to do the best by his friend. He helps him out with the girl he likes, he goes on his date and he supports him. All the while he’s silently suffering because his best friend doesn’t love him. 
There is a specific thing I loved about Tretch and Matt’s relationships and that was how he didn’t place Matt on a pedestal. He knew Matt had his faults and could be careless. This was really nice to read about because he didn’t have on rose tinted glasses with him.
In a story of unrequited romance, what more could complete it than an unrequited romance aimed towards Tretch. Yes, this happened. My feelings about it are very mixed because I feel it could have been done without, but I do like how it ended up. I enjoyed seeing Tretch grow throughout the novel and see how his life changed. I liked the small town setting of Anything Could Happen, it made it very easy to see why Tretch kept his sexuality a secret from his family and Matt, despite Matt having two gay dads himself. 
Besides the multiple unrequited love instances, there was a big emphasis on family. Tretch loves his parents, his brother and loves spending time with them. I loved this about him. I loved how much of a part of his life, his parents actually were. Not only were his own parents active in the story, but so were his grandparents, which I thought was really interesting. I rarely see grandparents in a story with as much impact as they had in Tretch’s life.
Other things I liked were the music references in Anything Could Happen. The title was taken from Ellie Goulding’s song “Anything Cold Happen” which plays a big part in the book and I loved it. Music was important to Tretch because he could dance to it and dance was important to him because he just loved doing it and he broke free. Along with dancing, Tretch liked reading as well which as a reader, I, of course, loved. In regards to a book Tretch read, I was really excited to see that he believed characters in The Great Gatsby were gay. I hadn’t thought of this before, but it gave me something to really think about when I re-read The Great Gatsby.
Admist the things I loved about Anything Could Happen, there were things I didn’t like. I felt a few situations were resolved extremely quickly and didn’t feel authentic at all. At the end of Anything Could Happen I was somewhat unsatisfied because of questions I still had. I think this works in favor for it though. The song “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding plays a part throughout the title and like it says anything could happen. The future of Tretch’s life is unknown but he has more to learn and more opportunities.
~Final Thoughts~
Anything Could Happen was the unrequited romance I’ve wanted for a while but never got to read about before. The family dynamics were strong. The characters were mostly well thought out and developed. There were a few weird instances that made me wonder why certain things were thrown in when they didn’t really mesh together. Overall, Anything Could Happen is one of my favorite light reads of the year and a great book about self discovery.
~Memorable Quotes~
I believe things are going to get better for me, even though sometimes it’s hard to.

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