Bookish Thoughts

Busy Bee Type of Week (1)

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Hello! I know I’ve hardly posted anything this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. This week I’ve been reading two books, The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder, and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I’m halfway through TMfIT and only a little over a third into COM. My  commute to work is about an hour each way so I’ve been listening to the COM audiobook and when I have time to physically read, I go with the other one. I need to finish it soon as it will be featured in the second week of March in Contemporary Conversations.

One of the reasons I haven’t been posting a lot of reviews is because I am getting ready for #ContempConvos and reading books that will be featured there. I keep changing the books I will read for the re-read week, but it’s all good.

I’ve decided to join Anjie and do bookish talks on Sunday’s as well. Click on the picture and check out her blog and see what she has been up to!

Books I’ve been reading:

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What have you been up to this past week?

 

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Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag

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Thank you to The Brooke and The Bookish for creating this wonderful meme!

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Open Road Summer is the perfect beach read because it has that wonderful summer feeling. This book will only enhance your beach experience.

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You might start to see a trend, and that trend is that most of the books on my list are books you will experience happy gushy feelings over. Someday Maybe is not light, but it makes you feel all the feels. It’s sweet at times, it is heart-wrenching at other times. Overall, perfection.
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When I go to the beach, I laze around for a while. I don’t automatically go in. I like to have an umbrella, break out the chips and drink, and read for a while first. This book is slow to start, but perfect for the beach because it will help you kill time in the morning before the beach scene intensifies. Or if you like to get in the water first, well then it’s the perfect book to kill time while you wait for everyone to leave at sundown.
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This book makes me feel all the feels. Racing Savannah has a strong female character, a hot cowboy, and horse racing. It just makes me happy okay. READ IT!
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Another book that makes you feel all the feels. This is one of my babies. I’ll cradle it and hold it. It’s the perfect companion at the beach.

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This book might not be the best beach read because it will make you cry rivers, but I honestly think it would be a perfect beach read. A must in your beach bag.

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The reason I am putting this in my beach bag/beach read is because… well Isaiah is hot. The beach is hot. If someone sees me blushing or getting a little hot no one will know it’s because of the book. They’ll just assume it’s because I’m at the beach. Muahahaha.6936382

Adorable. Cute. Loveable. Need I say more? No, I don’t think I do. READ IT!

amy-and-rogers-Epic-DetourThis is a book I think will be enchanted if read at the beach. It just has that summer lazy vibe. (Warning: lots and lots of feels and not all happy and gushy.)11071466This last book is a book that makes a lot of people cry. It’s bittersweet like chocolate. It’s good, we want it, but oh man does it hurt too. I’m all for reading emotional books at the beach because if you decide to face down, people will think you are taking a nap or tanning. No need to explain that you are a puddle of feels.

What are some of your must have in beach bag recommendations?

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Alternate Reality Giveaway: THE WINNERS

Alternate Reality Giveaway

 

You guys!!! It’s OVER! *throws confetti*

I really liked doing this giveaway for you guys and it was even better cause I got to do it with Kayla over at The Thousand Lives (Don’t get used to my mushy stuff Kayla. It happens only once a year. lol). Now, onto what you guys really want to know… Who won?!

Grand Prize Winner

Makaela

Runner Up Winner

Devon Kotch

Both winners have been contacted and must write back within 48 hours or someone else gets the goodies! Thank you everybody for participating by reading our posts and commenting on them. Next time, we’ll open it internationally so keep your eyes glued out for that one.

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Book Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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I was given a ARC of Crash Into You by Katie McGarry through NetGalley from Harlequin Teen in exchange of a honest review

Goodreads Summary:

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

My Initial Thoughts:

I had read Pushing The Limits about a year ago and I know that I loved it. My expectations coming into this novel weren’t high because I had forgotten a lot of information and why I had loved this author’s writing so much. After Crash Into You, I quickly remembered why I love Ms. McGarry and why I didn’t hesitate to request this ARC a while ago.

Review:

I am going to start this review by gushing. I LOVED this book. I ab-so-lu-te-ly loved it. Ask Anjie, Ask Kayla, heck go on my twitter and see what I tweeted Ms. McGarry.

One of the reasons why I love this novel so much is the car talk. I love cars, so when you give me a well written book with a to-die for male protagonist and cars?! I’m speechless. If this were my tumblr I would insert here a gif saying that I ship myself with it all.

On a more serious note, I do want to mention one of the reasons why I loved this novel so much is because it is very well written. The story just sucks you in and it almost becomes your reality. In the moment you are reading the novel, you are experiencing what Isaiah and Rachel are feeling. You are in the driver’s seat, and it is one heck of a ride!

The characterization in the novel is fantastic. I feel like I will run out of adjectives soon, but I can’t stop gushing over this novel. I do want to say that this novel may not be a “everyone will automatically love” type of novel. Not everyone is into cars (like myself), and if you haven’t read Pushing The Limits, it might be a little hard to understand what’s going on and why characters act the way they do.

The pacing of the novel was perfect right up until the end where I did feel like it hiccuped a little. Knowing that the next novel is through abut a certain character (I wish I could say but I don’t want to spoil anyone), it makes sense why the end is how it is.

Overall, I find no fault in this novel and I can’t wait for future books written by Ms.McGarry.

Rating: 5/5

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Book Giveaway!

Hello guys!

It is time for a book giveaway! I’ve been looking at my read and unread bookshelves, and I decided to give away three books. Each book is from a category, a book I hated that everybody loved, a book I had fun reading, and a book I’ve never read and will never read.

The three books are:

  1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (I hated it)
  2. What If… Everyone Knew Your Name by Liz Ruckdeschel & Sara James (I had fun reading this)
  3. Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti (Never Read)

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All of the books are paperback and in brand new condition. The giveaway will be open for two weeks. You can enter through rafflecopter by clicking this link:
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 

I’m sorry international folks. I don’t have the cash to send this many books abroad. I’m sorry. 😦

The giveaway will be open TWO WEEKS.

Have fun and Good luck!

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Book Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

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Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

When I first saw this book the title through me off. Epic Fail? What type of book title is that?! I am very glad I decided to take a chance on it and read it anyways.

At first, it seemed to be your run-of-the-mill cliché and fluffy young adult book. You have Elise who moves to Los Angeles and starts going to a private prep school where the majority of the student body consists of Hollywood brats (or at least that’s how Elise sees them). Then we meet Derek who will be her love interest. A very interesting character with some pride and a bit of prejudice thrown. Hope you caught what I just did. 😉

Someone said in their review of the book that this book was a gobbler. A gobbler is a fun book you can read in one sitting, and it was just that!

I was so pleased with this sort of cliche, fun, lovey-dovey book. It’s hard to find these type of books nowadays. A good amount of YA books appear to be gobblers but are not. They are like the gobbler’s dumb and boring cousin.

Anyways, if you want something fun to read, pick up Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. You won’t be disappointed!