July Recap – 2015 Edition

Good Day! I’m going to start doing something I did over two years ago when I first started my blog and that is… a collective post of all the posts of the month! Yay!

And now here is what happened in my blog in the month of July.

And that’s what happened here in the month of July! Did you read any good books last month? Please let me know. I’m always willing to add more books to my endless TBR!

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#REREADS 2015 APRIL TO JULY RECAP

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My last recap was for March and we are now in August and I have not re-read a single thing. *hides in shame*

I was doing so well and then… I stopped. I didn’t necessarily stop on my own accord. First, I was preparing for the move, then I moved, and after that came the whole settling down after the move. I’ve been in my new place for two months and I’m still not completely settled.

I have been listening to the Amy and Rogers Epic Detour audiobook which is amazing by the way. So, I have been “re-reading” in the last 4 months, I just haven’t finished a single book.

Hopefully my August recap will be much less empty than this (although it can’t get any worse when you’re at zero book reread right?).

What have you been re-reading this past month?

Book Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

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Goodreads Summary:

You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

Review:

Guys, I really wanted to like this. I really did. But it fell short for me and I DNF’ed it halfway through.

The beginning wasn’t bad. I was actually starting to like it. Lulu was a bit endearing and you sympathized. You were rooting for her. Then entered her friends and I was just like ehhhhhh. And then there was Mason. I wanted to like him. I did. But I couldn’t. Something didn’t click for me. It fell short. I made myself continue to read it because I said to myself “It begins slow, It’s going to get better just you see, Come on Veronica you’re being too harsh!” But none of that helped.

The whole moonshine thing also made me want to smack Lulu in the head. I was like, “Come ON! WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING! STOP IT!”

Overall, the story wasn’t for me. Maybe others have enjoyed it and I’m glad for them, but for me the story didn’t click. The characters were just characters and I couldn’t come to care for them.

Sigh.

Does anyone agree or disagree with me? Please let me know in the comments below!

Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish)

Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book for free does not sway my opinion.

Uppercase Box Review – July 2015 Edition

Hello all!

Today I will be reviewing one of many book subscriptions that exist today, the Uppercase Box. Before I even subscribed to this box I researched several boxes and decided that UPB was the best fit for me.

There are three different types of subscriptions boxes at Uppercase Box. There is the Book Exclusive at $17, the Expert Plan at $23, and the Personalized recommendation at $29 (all prices are in US dollars). You also have to add $6 for shipping. I paid a total of $29 for the Expert Pick Plan. Click here to go to the FAQ page at Uppercase Box if you want more detailed information.

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I decided to get the Expert Plan to fully try out what Uppercase Box has to offer. This is what I received for the month of July.

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The box as shown above came with the following:

  • The book of the month: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Signed bookplate from Sophie Kinsella
  • Book-Inspired coffee sleeve
  • Out of Print Clothing Library Socks
  • Exclusive set of 3 Paper Towns bookmarks designed by Risa Rodil

I say this is a pretty good value for everything that you receive in the box. You get a book, merch, and all sorts of goodies. I’m pretty happy with this month’s box.

I’ll be keeping my subscription for another month and I will report back then.

Are you currently subscribed to a Book Box or thinking of subscribing to one? Let me know! I’m all for discovering new boxes.

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.

 Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

1. Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

3. Never, Sometimes, Always by Adi Alsaid

4. Compulsion by Martina Boone

5. Jesse’s Girl by  Miranda Keneally

6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

7. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

I have a mixture of ARC’s, trades, and new releases. What are some books that recently came into your possession?

Book Review: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

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Goodreads Summary:

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

Review:

Gosh. I love politics. When I was approached by Penguin and asked if I would like to read The Wrong Side of Right I said, HECK YES!

When I was young, I dreamt of being a senator. I wanted to be a part of the law-making process of my country. I actually ended up taking a different route in college, but this book made me reminisce and want to be a part of that world again.

Kate’s world is turned upside down when she comes home to find out that one of the candidates running for president is her father. Kate handles it with so much grace that I wish I was Kate in day-to-day life. She makes mistakes like any 17-year-old girl would, yet she owns up to them. I’m proud of the way she handles her new life. With much more grace than I probably would if I were in her shoes.

There is just something to this story that just works, it clicks.

  • We have romance, sort-of, but not really. The story isn’t about the romance.
  • We have a dysfunctional family, but not your average one.
  • We have great friendships that experience some bumps in the road.
  • We explore what loyalty really means, and what being a family is all about.

But that’s not all, Throne throws all of that into the middle of a presidential campaign. I wish I was the one who came up with that idea. Truly amazing. I also geeked out a lot throughout the entire novel. I studied Communication in school, and reading the tactics and strategies the campaign used to gain ground in the polls made me giddy with excitement. Gosh, I am such a nerd.

It took me four months to read TWSoR, but it was worth it. I wasn’t always in the mood for contemporaries (I have been in a fantasy mood for the past couple months), but I pushed through and in the end I have no idea why it took me so long to finish it. I devoured the last third in no time.

If you are a fan of Ally Carter or Sarah Dessen, I recommend you pick up this book. It’s a great read and I don’t know why the hype around this book is not at it’s all time high.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Disclaimer: Edited on July 22nd for grammar and clarification.

Disclaimer: Thank you Penguin Young Readers for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book for free does not sway my opinion.

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.

   This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. I know some of the books on my list will surprise you while others you will think But Veronica they’re so old and they don’t really have hype around them? Oh my dear friends they once did, which is why they are on this list. Alright, let the judging begin!

1. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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2. The Wrath and Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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8. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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10. Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark

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Surprised to see any of these books on my list? Tell me are they worth reading? I own #1, 2, 5, & 9 so I know I will be reading those, but I don’t know about the rest… Let’s talk!