Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Extraordinary Book Titles (from my TBR)

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve actually taken the time to sit down and pull this up- especially on a Tuesday. But the last couple months have been especially rough. So, here I am making an effort and I’m hoping it’s just the beginning of some more consistent posting around here. *fingers crossed*

This meme, for those of you who aren’t aware, was created over at The Broke and the Bookish and they’ve since passed the torch over to That Artsy Reader Girl and she comes up with a topic each week. If you guys would like to join, do it! It doesn’t even have to be 10, you can make it whatever number suits your needs or desires!

**All links below for book titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads page!



 

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

1. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

4. Again but Better by Christine Riccio

5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

6. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

7. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

8. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

9. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

10. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine



What’re some of your favorite book titles? comment below and let me know!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult

Josh, Hazel, and the Chamber of Secrets

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Going to do both a full review for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and a mini-review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ! (I’ve still got to come back and write another review for White Hot Kiss and Sanctuary/ Containment , so I’ll be back at least a couple more times this week!


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Read: 10/4/19

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Guys, I don’t read as much contemporary as I would like, but when I come across one that calls out to me, I always give it a go. This was one I just had a really good feeling about, and thanks to the positive things my BBF Ashley had to say about it, I grabbed it from the library as soon as I could. I’m so glad I did. This played out in my head like a movie and I legitimately can picture everything in my head as if I actually watched it. It’s insane, but that’s how realistic this book was.

I started and finished this book in the same day (not quite one sitting because I had to stop to make dinner and stuff) because I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know how things ended. I had to know what happened with the characters.

Hazel was the absolute best MC ever. She’s a 3rd grade teacher with a flair for all things quirky. Think Ms. Frizzle meets Luna Lovegood and you’ve got Hazel. She was so true to herself after having watched her mother do the same as an equally quirky woman and I admired that greatly. Watching her as she interacted with others and just the way she held herself overall, I absolutely adored her. Not only was she strong and independent, she was a warm, caring, thoughtful person who also had her faults and wasn’t afraid to address them.

And then we have Josh. I loved Josh so much and watching his character develop was amazing. He really came out of his shell when he started hanging out with Hazel and I loved how he came back into her life. I loved watching their dynamic change as Hazel wormed her way into his life. Her friend Emily said that Hazel has a habit of latching onto people until they love her and watching that in action with Josh was awesome.

Both Josh and Hazel had great relationships with their parents and getting to witness that was really cool because that doesn’t happen in too many books. Her mother was a nurturing, caring, and quite quirky woman, and she took such good care of Hazel through everything and was so good at listening to her daughter and respecting her daughter’s opinion when she shared it. And Josh’s parents were traditional Korean parents and getting to see some of their culture and traditions was awesome as well.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I’m so glad that I read it. If you guys are looking for a great, funny rom-comy book, but one that does things just a little differently, check this book out. Give it a shot, because it’s a fantastic read.



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Read: 10/2/19-10/7/19

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Ughhh. I do love this book and the whole concept of the Chamber of Secrets legend was super interesting as well- I mean, a secret chamber hidden in the school for more than 1000 years? How cool would it be to find that? As always with the first couple books especially, I think Harry, and the series itself, is still a little juvenile and more whimsical than intense. But, that sense of nostalgia hits so hard with them. My sister read the first 3 books to me before the 4th was released, we went to the midnight book release starting with the 4th and that’s when I got my own copy and read the rest on my own.

With this book, I honestly feel so bad for Ginny. Poor girl writes in a diary like any 11 year old girl would and all hell breaks loose. I loved getting to meet Dobby and really start learning even more about wizard culture.

Definitely not my favorite of the books, but I love it all the same.



-Laurenxx

Contemporary, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #15: Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Why hello, my lovely readers! 😀

It’s Tuesday, and this topic is one very near and dear to me. Maybe that’s because rainy days don’t happen here very often. But this year we’ve had quite a few (which I LOVE) and it’s given me much more time to think about what I consider to fit in this category.

These meme lives on at: That Artsy Reader Girl

For me, it’s either a cute, fluffy contemporary reads, or they’re fantasy/ sci-fi reads that you can really get lost in. Nostalgia also plays a key role.



1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

10. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray



Any of the same books on your list? What’ve you got that I don’t? Let me know! Send me links to your TTT’s too!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

TTT #14 (Places Mentioned in Books I’d LOVE to Visit)

It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! For those of you who haven’t checked out this meme yet or haven’t seen it around, it started over at The Broke and the Bookish and then moved on over to That Artsy Reader Girl !



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1. Prague from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I’m a sucker for anything set in old European cities. I just adore the history that’s taken place in Europe, it’s so much more in-depth than what we’ve got in the US. I love the old buildings and the history behind all the cities being built.


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2. Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Ever since I was little, this was just one of those places that stood out to me and seemed like such an awesome place to at least visit.


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3. Irish Countryside from Love & Luck

I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland, but after reading that book it just made me fall even more in love with it. I want that road trip.


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4. HOGWARTS from Harry Potter

I mean… duh. But ever since I was little and started reading the books, I just adored the idea of visiting this huge castle full of magic in the wilds of Scotland.


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5. Point Zero in Paris from Anna and the French Kiss

I actually went to Paris the year before I read this book and I’m so sad I hadn’t read it before because we were probably feet from this and I didn’t get to go see it.


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6. Caraval from… Caraval

Who wouldn’t want to go visit such an amazing place like this?! Once again, I love all the magical factors and how Caraval came to be and I just feel like it would be incredible to actually see in person.


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7. Barcelona from Isla and the Happily Ever After

One of my absolute favorite parts of the book was when Isla and Josh spent the weekend in Barcelona. The way everything was described was amazing, and once again, all the history in this city.


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8. The Night Court  from A  Court of Mist and Fury

Honestly, nighttime has always been my favorite, there’s something oddly calm about the night and I love it. Plus I LOVE the stars.


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9. Tuscany from Love & Gelato

Aghh. Once again, I loved when we visited Italy but I didn’t get to stop in a lot of places like this. We mainly hit a few big cities (Rome, Verona, Venice) but I would have absolutely loved to see ones like this.


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10.The Shire from Lord of the Rings

I mean, a whole race of people who love gardening and eating and smoking? Count me in. Seriously though, how gorgeous is that?!



Any places on your list? Any others you’d love to visit?

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#21)

Look at me posting this when I need to be. I’m changing it up a bit and not posting the synopsis, because frankly it takes way too long and I don’t feel the need to continue doing so. :p

But anyways, for those who don’t know what it is, the basis is pretty simple:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!


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1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Verdict:

This actually sounds really freaking cool and I always love starting new fantasy series! KEEPING this one!


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2. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Verdict:

Oh man. This just moved up my TBR list because this sounds absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to read this now. It sounds right up my alley and, it’s got a sarcastic MC with what sounds like very interesting narrative. I’m in. KEEPING!


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3. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Verdict:

I’ll give this a shot at some point. KEEPING!


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4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Verdict:

Ehh… not really something that sounds up my alley at the moment. I don’t know if I’d pick this one up and with so many others littering  my shelves…. REMOVING.


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5. First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Verdict:

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and I’ve just been completely and utterly failing. KEEPING because I own multiple copies and really just have no reason not to.


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6. Halo by Frankie Rose

Verdict:

With the glowing reviews this has received and the premise that sounds FANTASTIC, how can I not want to read it? KEEPING!


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7. Relentless by Karen Lynch

Verdict:

Keeping. Absolutely 100% keeping, I know how much some of my friends love this book and I’ve got it on my Kindle now so I definitely need to read it soon! KEEPING.


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8. Party Girl by Rachel Hollis

Verdict:

I think I’m going to try this one out, actually. I think I may enjoy it, if not for a good change of pace. KEEPING!


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9. Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone ***** trigger warning *****

Verdict:

*****This is a very, very heavily trigger warning book. I know some friends who had some pretty serious reactions to what goes on through the book, so don’t take that TW lightly if you’re sensitive to sexual-assault because this book goes HEAVILY into that.*****

I am willing to read this at some point, when I know I can fully take it. KEEPING.


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10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Verdict:

Once again, this book has phenomenal reviews and I’m definitely interested to check it out! KEEPING!


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 9/1 ***

Definitely not my best week. xD But, that’s okay, I was reminded of some I wanted to read quite some time ago, and got rid of one that just isn’t my thing anymore.

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Question, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

TTT #13: TBR Books I Need Help Deciding On

Hello, dearies! Hope your morning/afternoon/ evening is going well! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means… Top Ten Tuesday time!

For those of you who haven’t come across this yet, it started at The Broke and the Bookish and they handed the torch off to That Artsy Reader Girl and she’s been absolutely fantastic.

Not sure if any of you are like me and have some books that are just sort of… chilling on your TBR list but that you haven’t bit the bullet on to either read or remove them. So, if any of you have read these, let me know what you think! 🙂



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1. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


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2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding


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3. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon


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4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


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5. Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Predergast


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6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzi Lee


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7. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


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8. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


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9. Crazy House by James Patterson


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10. Generation One by Pittacus Lore



Anything you see on here that you’ve read? Any on your TBR as well? Let me know down there in the comments! 🙂

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Young Adult

Country Girl, Shake It For Me

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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Read: 1/9/19-1/13/19

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My first review for this book was sorely inadequate. This book was far far better than I had possibly anticipated when I requested it and was granted the copy via NetGalley. So, thank you, NetGalley, for allowing me the chance to read this book.

First off, I’m not usually a contemporary reader. When I do read contemporary, I’m usually fairly selective and don’t tend to venture too far from authors I’m comfortable with, so this was a first for me by this author and I’d never really read something that goes this far into the music industry and I loved it. Maybe it’s because I’m a country music fan and have been since I was little, so I understood the references and everything, but I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes stuff for that world.

I adore Clay and Annie both for their own reasons. They both had a very troubled past, Annie haunted by the very industry she’s trying to find her place in, and Clay in ways more personal and close to home.

Towards the beginning and a few times throughout I found myself annoyed by Clay’s antics but over the course of the book as Annie got to know him more and as his other sides came out and he grew into who he was by the end, I absolutely loved him.

The chemistry between them was palpable and I definitely enjoyed watching this story, their story, develop and take shape over the fateful summer. I cannot wait for this to release and to see how other people enjoyed this one.

-Laurenxx