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Monthly Recap: October ’15

My Life

Birthday month officially came to a close on the 17th, the day of my sister’s birthday. It all went well, pretty much, birthday-wise. Other than that, the month’s been pretty uneventful really. I had interviews at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and Burlington Coat Factory. I was told I’d be called if either wanted to move forward with the interview process. Burlington’s declined me! And I’m waiting to see about Michael’s next week so… not sure where this will go. That would mostly be for seasonal. I’m going to check up on other applications too this week.
Oh my gosh guys, it’s Halloween. On Thursday night I went with my cousin and her three year old downtown where the stores were doing a trick or treating event. ¬†It was fun to see all the little kids in costumes and stuff. It really makes me wish I’d taken advantage of those last couple years I could have trick or treated. Haha. I think I stopped when I was around 11? I could have gone up to at least 13.
Speaking of trick or treating, I finally revealed my picture on Twitter! ūüėÄ Yay, I’m real. Haha.

Stats

WordPress Followers: 179
BlogLovin’ Followers: 121
# of Views/Visitors: 3,302/2,345
# of Blog Posts: 13
# of Reviews: 2
# of Likes: 27
# of Comments:  71-ish
Most Viewed Post: Interview with Leah Thomas (51 views)
Most Viewed Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman (1,254 views)

Book Stats

Books Read:

Faking Normal  What We Saw  How To Be Brave

Books Started:

 Bliss  Underneath Everything  The Distance Between Us

Books For Review: 

Physical:
Things I Can’t Explain by Mitchell Kreigman
Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
e-ARC:
How To Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
Thank you, St. Martin’s and Melissa. ‚̧
Books Given: 

Shatter Me  The Knife of Never Letting Go  Don't Look Back  Snow Like Ashes  The Burning Sky  Far From You  Romancing The Dark in the City of LightThis Ordinary Life

Birthday month is fun. ‚̧¬†
Thank you Shannon, Val, Secret Sister, Kayla and Kaitlin! <33333
Books Traded: 
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray
My Gemma Doyle trilogy is finally finished, which means, I can binge read them all.

 

~Favorite Book Read~

I liked them all pretty well, I think What We Saw would be my favorite just because of how current it is (given the plot and inspiration and everything). Faking Normal was great too. And of course I’m on the blog tour for How To Be Brave and I reaaly liked it too.

~What I Posted~

Features:
Monthly Recap: September
Looking Forward To: October
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#44) – Watercolor Covers
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#45) – Purple Covers
Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#46) – Star-ish Covers
Reviews:
Romancing The Dark in The City of Light by Ann Jacobus (Four Stars)
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Five Stars)
Memes:
The Book Genie stopped by for a visit for Top Ten Tuesday
Other Posts:
I interviewed Jennifer Walkup (author of This Ordinary Life) for the Sunday Street Team.
I did another Have You Seen This? post.
I shared a slight birthday post along with my Weekly Recap.
I did another Weekly Recap
I shared Sourcebook’s Fire This Is Where It Ends giveaway.

 

~*~Favorite Post~*~

My review for Because You’ll Never Meet Me. <333 I adored that book so, so, so much.¬†

 

New Music

Spotify URL


~Songs That Represented Me and My Month~

Hello by Adele

 

~Favorite Albums~

Marianas Trench Astoria

~Albums I wish had gotten a bit more play from me~

Demi Lovato Confident

I wish I liked this album more than I did since I love Demi. ūüė¶

~Fantastic Videos~
Pretty Little Liars New York Comic Con 2015 
Vanessa Carlton “Operator” music video
Hello by Adele
Blue Neighborhood Trilogy by Troye Sivan (Three links there)

 

~Book Related Movie News~
Simon Vs. has been acquired by Fox 2000.
The Royal We was optioned.
Selena Gomez is going to be producing a 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher Netflix series!

~*~Surprise!~*~
Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer came out with a gender-bent Twilight called Love and Death.
Beach House came out with ANOTHER full studio album called Thank Your Lucky Stars and you can bet I thanked my lucky stars!
Gilmore Girls is going to be getting four 90 minute episodes on Netflix!
There were a ton of albums confirmed (or just realized) to¬†come out this/next year, here are the ones I’m most excited about:
P!ATD Death of A Bachelor / Hailee Steinfeld Haiz¬†/ Alessia Cara Know-it-all¬†/ Grimes Art Angels / David Bowie Blackstar / We The Kings Strange Love / Scouting For Girls Still Thinking About You / A Great Big World When The Morning Comes¬†/ Troye Sivan Blue Neighborhood /¬†The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It /¬†Cage The Elephant Tell Me I’m Pretty

~*~Interesting Articles~*~

Coheed and Cambria Interview 
8 Romantic Fall Movies

 

~What I’ve Been Watching~
I finished Friday Night Lights finally.
I started Buffy The Vampire Slayer and I’m in the middle of the second season.

Let me know how your Halloween is and/or what you’ve been up to this past month!
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ARC Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (#1) (Spoiler, I LOVED it)

Because You'll Never Meet MeTitle: Because You’ll Never Meet Me (#1)
Author: Leah Thomas
Published: June 2nd, 2015 (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Pages: 344
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Rating: Five stars
Goodreads Summary:
In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz‚Äôs weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times‚ÄĒas Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

Purchase Barnes and Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
Cover Thoughts:¬†The cover is really simple and I like that. I love the Utility/Telephone pole shown in the cover because it kind of represents¬†one of the boy’s conditions and just gives me that “letter’ vibe shown in the book.
First Line: Dear Fellow Hermit, My name is Oliver, but most people who meet me end up calling me Ollie.
~Review~
*Cue heaving sobs*
I’m. Not. Crying.
Oh my gosh, guys, I LOVED Because You’ll Never Meet Me. It is a book I’ve been dying to read for several months now, at least since January when it made one of my top ten most anticipated debuts of the year. I remember waiting and waiting and waiting for it to finally show up on Netgalley for request and when I all but lost hope, there it was. I then immediately requested it. It is really such a unique story with a very distinctive writing voice. Leah Thomas is pretty flawless and I will read every single Young Adult book she puts out.
I loved everything about this, the letters, the characters, the mystery, the emotion.
How would you feel to become close friends with someone that you could never meet? It’s not easy, let me tell you. I’m in that situation right now and that’s one of the reasons I was so excited to read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, I wanted to relate to characters in a similar situation and I did. It’s a painful experience and Ollie and Moritz felt the same way, repeating in several of their letters “you’ll never meet me”. This contains one of the strongest, most honest friendships I’ve ever encountered in all of fiction. I loved how the characters would be honest with each other when they ticked them off. They weren’t afraid to offend the other one.
Okay, so Because You’ll Never Meet Me revolves around the two characters, Oliver (Aka Ollie) and Moritz. Not only are our leading characters separated by twisted circumstances, they’re also separated by distance. Ollie is allergic to electricity and lives in a cabin in the woods away from everything in the United States. Moritz has a pacemaker due to his heart and lives in Germany. Do you see why they could never meet now? Meeting each other would kill either one or both of the boys.
In the beginning, it was hard to get a good grasp on because the characters were quite wordy and I am‚Ķ.well, quite not. However, after a few chapters, I was all into the story. I loved how the boys didn’t spill everything about their lives right away. Ollie was definitely an open book seriously giving his life story and Moritz was quiet about his life. The fantastic thing about Because You’ll Never Meet Me is that it’s told all in letters, which I adore in fiction AND there are alternate viewpoints. It was lovely.
I could relate to Moritz wanting to sort of distance himself from Ollie, It was hard to watch because I just wanted Moritz to let down his barriers fast, but I love how realistically it played out. Moritz isn’t the type to just go and spill everything about his life and feelings.
I could relate to them wishing they could help one another, I could relate to how it felt when Moritz didn’t write Ollie for a while and I could relate to how much it sucked not being able to meet each other. I fell in love with Ollie and Moritz. I could just really relate to this book if you couldn’t tell. I highlighted a ton of Because You’ll Never Meet Me in my eARC. Paragraphs and pages, really.
I favored Ollie at the start of Because You’ll Never Meet Me since he was just so positive, charismatic and lovable and it’s like, how could you not love him? I loved him so much. As the story got deeper though, I craved Moritz side as he was cynical and pessimistic and of course I can relate to that.
I seriously hurt for both boys. My heart broke. Ollie lived in the cabin with his mother and that was almost the only contact he really had. Besides his mother though, he had contact with Liz, a childhood friend and Auburn-Stache, his doctor. Auburn Stache is the one that got Moritz and Ollie writing letters in the first place. As Ollie and Liz get older, those two begin drifting apart, with Ollie being stranded and Liz going to high school, it’s not surprising it happened. It was so sad to read about though. Ollie also dealt with his mom being over-protective and always wanting to leave her.
Moritz lived with his parents who he’s not really close to. In addition, Moritz doesn’t really have any friends at all, he’s actually bullied at school. I loved how realistic this book was despite some of it’s ‘unrealisticness’. Ollie and Moritz dealt with home and school and friends or¬†lack thereof. They had their happy days and their dark days and rough spots¬†between them.
I found myself being unable to turn away from this book aside to make a Goodreads Status about what it was doing to my emotions. I was so drawn into this story. At one point in the story, something happens to a character and I totally freaked out about it. I was so confused and worried and oh my gosh, guys, scared. It was hard to see Ollie and Moritz struggle with their limitations, Ollie never being able to watch a simple thing like a movie, Moritz being isolated because of his own condition.
Of course, while Ollie and Moritz get to know each other and deal with their daily life, we learn more and more of sinister doings. These sinister doings definitely freaked me out and threw me and I was really shocked at them.
~Final Thoughts~
Overall, I adored this book like no other and it shot sky high to the top of my favorite releases for this year. I loved the friendship between Ollie and Moritz and the darkness that it had. The only thing I have to say is that there were several Daredevil references which I did not understand.
I know some people have issues with this book dealing with the genre which is completely understandable. I however, thought the genre fit and while I don’t think it’s a straight “it’s this genre” or “it’s that genre,” I don’t think it matters. I thought there were all kinds of hints that there was more going on to the story than what we were shown. Some of the events are a bit out there, but I can’t say I was surprised by them. That’s not a negative thing either. I love, love, love, love, love this book.
The great thing about Because You’ll Never Meet Me? There will be a sequel. I found this out minutes after finishing BYNMM and I could not be more excited for it.
~Memorable Quotes~
  • Sometimes friends in crappy situations can be unfriendly and crappy themselves.
  • Maybe we’ve never met and never will, but I think I’ve made it clear that I want to be your friend.
  • Anyway, maybe the reason people avoid you is because the emotions your brain sends out when you click are kind of… negative emotions?
  • Let me tell you a wondrous story. For once, let me be the shining one. It is springtime. Birds are noisiest now. I can almost see the shape of the sky.
  • Secondly, you are correct. We will not be meeting. This has little to do with your deafening personality. I am electric. Exposure to me would floor you.
  • Even if you are powerless, your words are not.
  • The noisier someone is, the more I can see. Perhaps you could help me see something that I have never seen before. Perhaps I could see the world with your optimism? But I will never meet you.
  • You think that Liz would lose her soul if she lost her eyes? She could look like anything, so long as she was being Liz. I mean, come on Moritz. What you look like isn’t who you are. If Liz wouldn’t be soulless without eyes, neither are you.
  • When someone tells you for the first time in your existence that you are heroic, it is difficult to remain sensible.
  • Maybe I could climb out of dark places, if someone pulled me out. It can’t be you, Moritz, because you’ll never meet me. And maybe it can’t be Liz, either, but it used to be.
Do I Recommend? YES
Would I Purchase? YES.
Who Do I Recommend It To?
  • Fans of science fiction, comic books, speculative fiction
  • Amazing¬†friendships
  • Darker contemporary
  • Stories told in unique ways
~Other Relevant Bookish Posts~
I Interviewed Leah Thomas here! There are spoilers for the sequel, so don’t read the last question and the spoilers are labeled.

Weekly Recap

Hi everyone! I totally crashed today, like, sleeping wise, not car wise. I was up late last night doing who¬†knows what and then woke up for church this morning. For Sunday School, my class had to go to this coffee shop and I ordered a cappuccino and NEVER. AGAIN. Why’d no one tell me cappuccino’s aren’t sweet? WHY? I had to drink it so slow someone had to ask me “Do you not like your drink?” I was sad that I didn’t like it because I was so excited for it. Note to self, bring my own coffee next time. And buy some baked good instead. Lesson learn (for that place).
Okay so birthday month officially ended on the 18th as my sister turned 17 on the 17th. Would you believe that I just ‘now’ noticed she turned 17 on the 17th? My mind’s kind of blown right now. She had a party outside, cops were called, noises were violated, fun times. I hid upstairs the entire time. Except to eat, let’s be real.
I did a horrible job posting this week and I really need to kick that habit. I feel like this is just something I say every week and never actually do anything about. Sigh.
Besides all of that, I have a job interview at Michael’s Arts and Crafts on Tuesday so that’s exciting. It’s just for a temporary position but could¬†become permanent after the seasonal is done.
I DISCOVERED THE CUTEST LITTLE CAT OUTSIDE MY HOUSE. 
HERE IT IS.
Cat Cosette
I have given her a new name, Cosette. So now I have Eponine and Cosette. It’s funny because Eponine doesn’t like Cosette and I guess the same is true in Les Mis as well. Boom. ISN’T SHE CUTE? SHE’S SO CUTE. MY GOAL IS TO KEEP HER INSIDE IF SHE’S STILL HERE NEXT MONTH. No, I’m not stealing her…I’d never steal a cat…I’d just let her sleep outside. I may have already given lent her my cat’s cat bed outside.
She does apparently have a home though because she has a collar on it that has a bell so you can hear when she’s outside! And she’s not always on our porch so she does have another home. But you know, that’s whatever. Personally, I think she’d be way happier here! ūüėČ
~What did I post on my blog this past week?~
My Top Ten Book Wishes to The Genie
Wondrous Covers Wednesday featuring star like covers
And I shared the This Is Where It Ends giveaway that Sourcebooks is doing because I loved that book. So if you’d like to win this book, you can read my post to find out more about that. The giveaway also includes…chalk boards!
~Reading Progress~
I’m still making my way through Underneath Everything and I’m thinking about just holding off on it and reading How To Be Brave because…
I AM ON THE BLOG TOUR. ūüėÄ There will be an interview, review and giveaway. It’ll be a busy day. That won’t be until November 3rd though, so be on the look out for that.

 

Next week is pretty up in the air for me, I’m not sure what I’ll be posting. Also, I’m sooo sorry if I haven’t commented back on the comments you left for me, I’ll be working on those this week. ūüôā

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp Giveaway! (Don’t Miss This)

Hi everyone! I was invited by Sourcebooks Fire to help get the word out about This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp with a giveaway. Thank you, Sourcebooks!
You may have remember me mentioning last month that I read This Is Where It Ends and liked it a LOT. Due to this, I am so excited to share this giveaway with you today. I’ll be sharing my own review for this heartbreaking book in December, so look out for that too!

You can enter the giveaway here.

From Sourcebooks on their own This Is Where It Ends tumblr
Sourcebooks Fire is giving away advance copies of This Is Where It Ends along with chalk boards & chalk. We invite you to read This Is Where It Ends and use the chalkboards to express how this book made you feel. Feel free to use words – even a single word – or pictures. Was there a certain character that spoke to you? Were you left speechless and angry? We want to know – and SEE it on your board. Snap a photo and share here on the Tumblr site for the book, or any of your social networks. Please tag all posts with #thisiswhereitends #sourcebooksfire.

I love the idea of bringing chalkboards into this and giving readers the chance to share our feelings in that form! It’s perfect, especially given the lovely cover of the book!
This giveaway will run until November 1st so you still have nine more days to get your entries in. ūüôā

If you need more information about This Is Where It Ends, here you are!
This Is Where It Ends
Goodreads Summary:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits.

If you’re entering the giveaway, let me know why you’re interested in this book or i you’ve already read it, let me know what you think. ūüôā

Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#46)

WCW_GraphicOkay, so funny story. I was going to do a certain theme for this week and then figured out I’d already done that theme with the same books a couple months ago. Therefore, I will be doing a different theme, that I still really like a lot. As you might know,¬†I have a thing for stars on book covers. Or things resembling stars. Ergo, that is this week’s theme.
Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I share my cover love by showing off three covers with common themes or attributes. You can see past posts here.

~One~

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

~My Thoughts~

I feel this cover is a bit simple, which is nice, but maybe a little too simple? AKA, needs more stars. I don’t care for the author text color, but it does pop out, so that’s nice.¬†I really love what the title is implying with it being called “The Age of Miracles”. When I think of miracles, I think of the universe because it’s so amazing. And when I see it, it’s like anything is possible (stop laughing) in that whole wishing on shooting stars and 11:11 kind of way. ūüôā

~Two~

The Anatomy of Dreams

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin

~My Thoughts~

The Anatomy of Dreams is an adult fiction title.¬†I’m actually not sure what those things are on the cover, but we’re just going to roll with it. I love the color that is used, the teal is so pretty. I like how the title and author’s name are off-center.

~Three~

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes

~My Thoughts~

It’s so simple and pretty. Unlike The Age of Miracles, I really think the font and colors work better. Once again, I love the blue color, it’s gorgeous.

As always tell me what you think of these covers. My favorite one is probably An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes.

 


THE BOOK GENIE IS HERE (Inside my mind, I mean)

Top Ten TuesdayTHIS IS LIKE THE BEST TOP TEN TUESDAY PROMPT EVER. Ever. Everrrrr. EVER. Okay, so anyway, you know the drill, Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come forth and create bookish lists for us to participate in and this is my FAVORITE. To see future TTTs’ and etc, go here.¬†

~10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me~

Genie - Aladdin

1. A new book by Lauren Miller and Joy N. Hensley asap would be fantastic, thanks!

Willy Wonka

2. Please give me the ability to read faster and by faster, I mean, I want to read an entire book in four hours, thank you!

The Start of Something New High School Musical

3. I WANT BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME TO JUST BE REAL IN GENERAL. Actually, can you just make super awesome move adaptions of all my favorite movies please?

Kurt Glee

4. I want to meet Leah Thomas because she’s the author of the above and I just like her!

Boy Meets World- Cory and Shawn

5. I would just really love to have all the ARCs I’m seeking from years past and this year and years to come until I die. That’d be marvelous.

Gilmore Girls

6. I wish I could be the beta reader for the Because You’ll Never Meet Me sequel¬†by Leah Thomas right now.

Les Miserables-I Dreamed A Dream

7. CAN I HAVE ALL THE BOOK SWAG PLEASE? Samplers, pins, bookmarks, oh my.

High School Musical 2 Sharpay

8. Okay so this isn’t really book related, but it kind of is. Can I be in charge of all the soundtracks for my favorite book movie adaptions which will all obviously become movies? I mean, we all already know how GREAT my book playlists are so let’s just carry that on over to the movie adaptions. They’re good stuff.

High school Musical 2 Zac Efron

9. BESTIES WITH ALL THE AUTHORS. Okay, so you can’t really WISH to be friends with people, but um, I just did. So yeah. You’ll be friends with me by FORCE (Becky Albertalli, Jennifer Niven, Nicola Yoon, Adam Silvera, Heidi Heilig, and basically everyone else who’s written/writing a YA Contemporary in the past two years).

Tangled Flynn

10. I want to live on the East coast because, duh.¬† This IS book related, it is, everyone lives there or will live there and hello, NYC which is where BEA will be in ’17 so yeah, we’ll just move me there.

The Little Mermaid

~Bonus~
I want to be able to re-read all my favorite books like it’s the first time I ever read them before. But this is only on command! So it’s not like every time I re-read a favorite¬†book, it’s like it’s brand new to me. Only when I want. HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE? HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE? IT’D BE FANTASTIC. WHY IS THIS NOT A THING? Besides the fact it would probably involve screwing with your brain or memory loss which isn’t good, but whatever! Just totally¬†ignore the fact that at least two of my wishes would involve mind control. It’d be worth it.

My Emotions


Wow, okay, so finding all these gifs and pictures was EXHAUSTING. It was ridiculous. I don’t know how Shannon does it every week. I would go insane. This is why my posts are never gifified. ūüôā TELL ME YOUR WISHES FOR THE GENIE.

Time For Purple Covers (WCW #45)

WCW_Graphic

Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I share my cover love by showing off three covers with common themes or attributes. You can see past posts here.
I was thinking earlier about how many super pretty purple covers that are published¬†this year and the past year. Specifically, fantasy YA purple covers. Due to my having a larger amount of covers than usual, I won’t be breaking them up to talk about individually.¬†
Persuasion Thief of LiesSchool for Unusual Girls
Passionaries The Girl At MidnightThe Diviners
Look how gorgeous those covers are. Purple covers are seriously some of my favorites. I love how Persuasion and Thief of Lies both have this glowing around the characters. I really like that Persuasion, Thief of Lies and A School For Usual Girls all have people on the cover and are all pretty different. Persuasion is one of my favorite couple covers. Thief of Lies just has a badass looking woman on it, which makes me dying to read it. And A School For Unusual Girls puts a magical spin on woods type covers.
The last two covers I chose feature objects rather than people on them. Okay, so Passionaries does have a person (but only if you look kind of hard!), The Diviners doesn’t really feature an object and there is a person’s eye, let’s just ignore that. Yes? Yes. Okay, I really love all three of these covers. Passionaries¬†was a new one I discovered today when looking. I love all the designs in it and the roses and dandelions. Girl At Midnight is a cover I’ve been well aware of as it was a pretty big release(?) I think. Like Passionaries, I really love the design that went into this cover. I love the font and the colors. Finally, The Diviners, I love space covers. A ton.¬†

¬†Okay, tell me what your favorite cover is and other purple (fantasy) covers that you like, that I probably missed. ūüôā

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