Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies

Hi everyone. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) is a Valentine’s Day freebie. I decided to feature my ten favorite romance movies.

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One Day

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I remember renting this from Redbox over winter break during my freshman year of college. I was so fascinated by the idea of the movie going over the day two friends met over the period of 20 years.

Listen To Your Heart

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This was a random indie movie I decided to watch on Netflix. It’s now one of my favorite romance dramas. The female main character is deaf and not portrayed by a deaf actress, which should be noted. I felt the movie did a good job. It is on the sadder side though, so beware.

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

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This was a movie that I heard a lot about over the years. I eventually found it on sale, possibly and gave it a watch. Let me just say “Wow”. I love this movie. It’s really insightful and it’s a deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl characterization.

Garden State

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This is similar to the above, I never really thought about it until I bought it. Then I fell in love with it. It also made me listen to The Shins due to a scene in the movie. The soundtrack is also very A +.

Definitely Maybe

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I bought this without really knowing anything about it and fell in love with the way it was told. The father in the movie tells his daughter the story of how he and her mom met.

A Walk To Remember

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This is my first and favorite Nicholas Sparks-turned-movie I saw. I love Mandy Moore in it.

Dirty Dancing

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This is a classic which doesn’t need explaining. I like the look at different classes it had but it would’ve been more amazing had it some POC and expanded on the overall difference in economic classes.

Dear John

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This is my second favorite Nicholas Sparks movie. I’m not a huge fan of Amanda Seyfried, but I liked her in this movie.

Things I Hate About You

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This is another classic which doesn’t need explaining.

Warm Bodies

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I remembered being really interested in this movie which actually came out on Valentine’s Day around seven years ago. I loved the music and the plot in it.


I have a list of romance movies I should watch, as I surprisingly haven’t seen too many. What are some of your favorite romance movies? Happy Valentine’s Day.


All Of The 2016 Books I Meant To Read

Hey guys. I know, I know, “Two Top Ten Tuesdays in a row!”. I’m working on a year long streak of them.  You can find out more about Top Ten Tuesday here.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)“. This is basically my kind of topic. Again.

I went through an absolutely ridiculous reading slump last year. I call it, the lost year. Let’s not talk about it anymore, it’s too painful.

How about I get to the books now? As usual, I have more than ten! I decided to pick sixteen in honor of 2016. And you’ve probably seen me mention all of these lovely, amazing, fantastic looking books before.

  1. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
  2. Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot
  3. Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King
  4. Wrecked by Maria Padian
  5. Beast by Brie Spangler
  6. Into White by Randi Pink
  7. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  8. Whisper To Me by Nick Lake
  9. The Memory of Light by Francesco X. Stork
  10. Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
  11. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  12. Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
  13. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
  14. Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi
  15. Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
  16. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

I have almost every single one of these books, so there’s no reason for me to not have read them. Absolutely NO reason. Minus work, home, slumps and sleep. No reason at all, guys.

Would you like to know which books I own? I’ll just tell you the ones I don’t have in one format or another: Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, Rani Patel In Full Effect, and Into White.

I feel really connected to Still Life With Tornado, Girl In Pieces, Whisper To Me and The Memory of Light even though I haven’t read them. I feel like when I do read them, I’ll love them.


Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? What are some books you meant to read last year but didn’t?


Where Have I Been?

It’s no lie that I spent much of last year being, well, absent from my blog. A lot of things just kept coming up, I got a job and I just couldn’t balance both of them. I meant to post a lot of times, but by the time I got around to needing my post to be up (around midnight), I’d be too tired to finish it. I meant to do monthly recaps and a yearly review, but knowing how much time I spend on those, I just couldn’t. It was too daunting to even try. I’ve wanted to post reviews, but with my already being a procrastinator, nothing in my life made it easy to do that.

It’s made me so sad to see my blog almost slowly die and with it, my actual contribution to the blogging community. I’m hoping this year will be better, but I don’t know. I’m still shaken by events that have happened last year along with the results of the election.

I’m going to try to post regularly, one of my goals for the year is to post at least three times a week. So far, I’ve been handling that okay. I hope it continues too.

I guess this is just a post to kind of share why I wasn’t around last year. I want this whole…blogging slump to end. Maybe if I put it in writing, it will actually happen.


Top Eleven Debuts I Cannot Wait For

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It feels like it has been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is done by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. They post a new list every week for people to participate in.  I couldn’t pass this one up because I love any chance to talk about the books I’m excited for.

~*~Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For~*~

~One~

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

I’m going to be hopefully reading this book this week. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and it is so, sadly,

timely.

~Two~

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It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Suglura 

I love all the diversity this book has in it, so I’m hoping when it’s published that it is pretty good.

~Three~

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Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin 

I love the format this is going to take with two types of narrative going on, including a play which fascinates me so much.

~Four~

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

This is another timely book dealing with #BlackLivesMatter. I love that the main character, Justyce is going to be writing letters to Martin Luther King. I love when characters write letters so this should be interesting.

~Five~

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

I am really interested in this dealing with arranged marriage and it’s going to be done with such care. It’s told in two point of views too, which I love in romance novels.

~Six~

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You and Me and The End of The World by Amy McCellan 

I fell in love at…actually, I’ll just share the Goodreads summary.

Debut author Amy McClellan’s You and Me and the End of the World is a YA novel pitched as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist meets Eleanor and Park . In the book, the fates and hearts of two teen outsiders collide when they meet cute in the dark at a party to end all parties.

So much to love. I loved Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and I love seeing love interests meet. I’m hoping this takes place over one night because, yes, that’s my weakness. I’m actually not sure if this book is happening or not, but one can hope.

~Seven~

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The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera 

I’m super excited to read about this Latinx book as I haven’t read very many books with Latinx. Not to mention it also deals with privilege and it sounds so lovely.

~Eight~

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After The Fall by Kate Hart 

After The Fall deals with sexual assault and reputation. I’ve been wanting to read this since I discovered it last year when it was due to come out.

~Nine~ 

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The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

I love that The Gallery of Unfinished Girls has a lot of creativity with painting.

~Ten

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I love everything about the summary here with Fabiola having to experience the United States essentially on her own. I’m interested in seeing what she thinks and what she deals with.

~Bonus~

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Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco 

Speak of Me As I Am is about grief and two teenagers connecting and a play. I really like plays in books though I rarely read books with them in it. I like how the main characters are going to connect with their common grief.


So that is it for my eleven debuts. I could have thrown in a few more, but I wanted to narrow it down. What books are you looking forward to? Have you read any of these?


Bout of Books 18

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Hi everyone. I am making my link-up post for the Bout of Books 18 read-a-thon. If you’re not familiar with Bout of Books, this is the description:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ve done Bout of Books a couple times and I think my best reading track was done the first time around. I’m going to make my goal at only four books plus finishing the current book I’m reading.

I have two days off of work this week along with Sunday, so I’m hoping that will help quite a bit. 🙂 I read three books in the period of two days last month, granted, I was without the time-sucker known as the internet. Still, that’s good progress!

Now, as for the books I want to read? Well, let’s see.

I want to finish American Girls, I’m about 76/286 pages into it.

I’d also love to read these four:

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Yep, I’m ready to get my heart repeatedly snatched out and broken with every book.

So, I received Allegedly from @KainesCat on Twitter.

The Hate U Give is an eARC I can’t wait to get into it.

History Is All You Left Me and a List of Cages are two ARCS from BEA.

It’s quite amazing I hadn’t read HIAYLM because that was one of my top-priority books, after Holding Up The Universe, which I still have yet to finish. Oops.

Anyway, wish me luck! Let me know if you’re signing up and what your goals are. I’d love to hear them.


Sixteen Stunning Covers of 2016

Hey everyone. I know, I’ve been gone literally forever. It has just been one bad year, really. I’m sure no one’s surprised anymore at this point.

Anyway, it’s been a long time since I’ve done Wondrous Covers Wednesdays and last year I decided to do a post on my favorite covers of 2015. This year, I’m going to do the same thing.

I’m picking sixteen of my favorite covers of the year.

Cover Lovin’ here we come:

~*~When The Moon Was Ours / The Love That Split The World~*~

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These are two stunning looking magical-realism books.

~*~Shiny Broken Pieces / Signs of You~*~

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I love the elegant yet sinister look of Shiny Broken Pieces. The fonts on both of them really stand out to me. I love the sunset.

~*~Ripple/Cuckoo/The Memory of Light~*~

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I love how all three of the cover characters are portrayed. All of these books deal with serious issues so I just love how the characters look.

~*~The Serpent King~*~

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Silhouettes are my love here.

 

~*~The Sun Is Also A Star / This Adventure Ends~*~

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I love al. the shades of blue in This Adventure Ends. The textures for both books is very nice and I love how brought the colors are in TSIAAS.

~*~The Girl Who Drank The Moon / The Star-Touched Queen~*~the_girl_who_drank_the_moon The Star-Touched Queen

Both of these covers are so gorgeous and magical looking.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon is completely gorgeous. It kind of reminds me of Mulan really. The scene where she flies down the, er, lanterns? Yes.

~*~Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies/American Girls~*~

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I really love the animation of both covers. Little Black Dresses, Little Black Lies gives me a light-hearted feel. It looks really glamorous and so New York City-ish. American Girls gives me a gritty sort of feel with the girls’ posture, the font and the t-shirt style. It takes place in LA so it does make sense. I love the chill vibe of this cover.

~*~You Were Here~*~

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One Day More – Featuring Nowhere Near You (#2) by Leah Thomas

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Hi guys. Welcome back to my long ago created feature One Day More where I discuss a book I’ve read which won’t be out for a while. I created this feature for the rare times I do read a book so far out that a review isn’t very timely to do.

This week I’m featuring Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas. Nowhere Near You is the sequel to Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

You may have seen my tweets regarding this book. To say I love it is an understatement, I loved this book before I even read this book.

This was my book from the moment I heard about this book. Let me quote a previous post:

This is it. This is the book I am dying dying dying to read.

If you haven’t heard me rave about BYNMM around Twitter or on here, you may read my review for Because You’ll Never Meet Me here.

As usual, I’ll share the summary for Because You’ll Never Meet Me as well as Nowhere Near You. If you have not read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, you probably shouldn’t be reading this post, though it’s not very spoilery.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me:

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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’s 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—as 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.

Now for the sequel summary:

Nowhere Near YouFollowing up her acclaimed debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods–no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity–and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can’t escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they’ve made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?


Oh my gosh, what am I even supposed to say about this book?

I have been dying for Nowhere Near You since about literally ten minutes after I finished Because You’ll Never Meet Me, which was my book of the year.

After I requested and received a copy of Nowhere Near You from Bloomsbury, I immediately started reading it. From the first page I was sold again and brought right back into Ollie and Moritz’s world.

Highlights:

First Page:

From the first page, Ollie compares himself to Alexander Hamilton and I realize nothing has ever been more true.

It may have sent me off laughing manically because “Oh my gosh, that is so TRUE” and because I am obsessed with both Hamilton and Ollie. Especially Ollie though given he is a natural storyteller and gives a lot of detail.

The Letters:

I was worried about how the letters would go after not reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me and just jumping into Nowhere Near You. I’m so happy to say that from the first page, I fell right back into Ollie and Morit’z’s minds, hearing their voices perfectly. There were so many heartbreaking and heartwarming passages in the book that blew me away.

The Boys Relationship:

My boys. My loves. My LOVES. I love these guys. What I adored most in Because You’ll Never Meet Me was how amazing Ollie and Moritz’s friendship was. Their friendship only grew stronger in Nowhere Near You. I loved seeing how they reacted to each other after first discovering them. It was great to see how well they understand the other even when things weren’t really said. Their relationship was just totally friendship goals.

New Characters!:

I loved reading about three new characters who were all like Ollie and Moritz with having been in the same circumstances. I really loved one character’s backstory with Moritz. It was hard to grasp some of these characters characteristics, but I think they really cemented the speculative fiction genre. I would love to read more about these characters sometime.

All The Feels:

And I do mean all of them. Well, let’s just say sadness, joy and fear. Just writing this post makes me emotional and want to re-read the two books.

This book was just a rollercoaster of emotion. Like Because You’ll Never Meet Me, there was something I wasn’t expecting that happened and let me just say “Oh my gosh, you did not!”

But they did, guys. Leah DID in fact do a thing. It was scary.

I am still in recovery. It’s okay, I think I’ll live though.


If you loved Because You’ll Never Meet Me, you definitely need to pick up Nowhere Near You in February because it is just as amazing. Nowhere Near You comes out on February 7th.

You can pre-order it at Barnes and Noble, Book Depository or Amazon.


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