Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books that Then Made me Hungry!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books that Then Made me Hungry!

Saint AnythingDear Martin

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: If you didn't go out and buy pizza, garlic knots and french fries after reading this, I need to know your secret. I don't think I made it a week before I went and had to order some lol 

2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone: I worked at Olive Garden at a point in time and we had chicken cacciatore. I loved it then, and when it is mentioned in this book, I kept thinking about it. And now I'm thinking of it again lol 

I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France, #1)Once and for All

3. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski: This one wasn't my favorite read, but the food mentioned in it was definitely something that twas right up my alley. Especially the waffle thing. OMG that sounded amazing. 

4. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen: Man look, all those weddings, how could I NOT want wedding cake after reading this?! lol 

Alex, ApproximatelyHeartless
5. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: I remember wanting all the churros EVER because of her walk down the boardwalk lol 

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I even made Cath's lemon tarts! You KNOW this made me hungry lol 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)The Names They Gave Us

7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: All the cookies ever. Because how could I not want to eat them all?!

8. The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord: I still need to try that cookie recipe! But I am definitely going to one day! 

The Hate U GiveWhen Dimple Met Rishi

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: One of my favorite snacks was mentioned in this one! (Graham crackers with peanut butter!) Ironically, I was actually eating some when I got to that part in the book lol 

10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: First she made me thirsty with the iced coffee and then she made me hungry with all the amazing restaurants they went to! 

What About you???

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

ARC, 208 pages 
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Published by: Crown Books for Young Readers
Read from: October 15, 2017
Source:  TxLA 
For fans of: Contemporary, Family, Diversity, Own Voices, Realistic Fiction, Tear-Jerker, YA

     Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
     Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
     Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
     Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.


     I started and deleted my review for this no less than SIX TIMES. I just have no idea what to say about it besides the fact that I was blown away. I had so many expectations and they were all met with the unflinchingly real truth. 
     Justyce is a model student person who is helping out his girlfriend when things go bad. It shakes him and opens his eyes to a world he tried to look the other way against. He begins writing to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an experiment, to see how he might have handled the situations that they face today. Things that Jus never expected to happen KEEP happening and he has no idea what to do and what is the right way to react.
     Someone point me in the direction of where to go to request that this is required reading in schools,because it's definitely something that needs to be read by everyone. The emotions are real, the reactions (by all parties) are real, but most of all, the characters felt real. So many of the things that went through Jus' head went through mine once upon a time. So many of the things that happened to him actually happened to me as well. THIS is why Own Voices are important. No, I'm not a black teen boy, but many of the things that he faced, I did too. These stories deserve to be told so that teens like Justyce can see that there are others like them.
    I know I loved this book by the way it made me feel. I found myself so into it that I didn't' even notice that my husband had sat next to me and was talking to me. I also found myself talking out loud to Jus like he could hear me. I knew it was about as useful as yelling at a horror movie, but that just made me realize how into this book I was. I sat down and shut out the world and read this in a single afternoon. I ended up having cereal for dinner because of it, but I don't regret it at all.
     Nic Stone has so much talent for a debut author. I didn't want to put this book down. I wasn't sure if it was the fact that I wanted to know what happened to Jus or if Stone's words just hooked me, but whatever it was, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. 
     I'm so thankful to Stone for writing this book. I'm happy that teens will get to read this book and love it just like I did. From her obsessive writing style to her realness in writing, I can't wait to see what else it is that Stone brings to the world! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #239 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From the Library: 
Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

From publishers: 

The RavenousIf There's No Tomorrow

Thank you Harlequin Teen for the ARC's! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 10/10/17: Top 10 Books with Fall Covers/Themes! 
Wednesday 10/11/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
Friday 10/13/17: Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Thriller Authors
 Saturday 10/14/17:  No Post (I had a bit of blogger burn-out this past week. I was exhausted from working and school and I just didn't feel like blogging or reading. I will be better next week! Promise!) 

Me on Instagram

We did a Fall Apple Harvest storytime theme this past week and we made caramel apples for the craft. There was one girl who loves Disney princesses who kept saying "No caramel Mommy, ITS A POISON APPLE." Can we guess which Disney princess is her favorite lmaooooo 

This was me when I finished making my paper plate, paper bowl, and tulle hat for the craft.... I just couldn't NOT take a picture after making it lolol 

The bottom one is really blurred because it has the face of my babies. I'm not supposed to use pics of them on my personal IG so that's all I could do. 

What went on at your blog?
What exciting books/bookish things did you get? 
Tell me in the comments! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Thriller Author(s)!!!

Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

I don't read much YA horror for some reason, but I read a TON of thrillers, so here's my 2 favorite authors from that genre! 
Little MonstersThe Darkest Corners
Never Missing, Never FoundDamage Done

There's only been two authors who I can honestly say made me guess wrong. And it's only been in one book by each of them. (Little Monsters by Kara Thomas and Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch) And that's what makes me love them. I LOVE when an author can make me trip over myself trying to figure out things and when they can accomplish that, it makes reading it 100x's better! 

What about you?
Leave your answer in the comments! 

*This will now take the place of Follow Friday from awhile ago on my blog! * 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Blast: The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

     No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

What do you get when you mix:
A Southern Gothic mystery....
3 different POV's...
A mystery.... 

Gives you this book! 
If you like these types of things, you're in luck! This one released on 10/10! Grab it right before Halloween and enjoy this suspenseful mystery! 

 Available now where ever books are sold!

Here are some other great books to read this Halloween: 

The RavenousThere's Someone Inside Your HouseStillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)Black Bird of the Gallows