Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Things that will make me instantly NOT want to read a book!

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 Things that will make me instantly NOT want to read a book!

 1. Historical Fiction: I'm sorry, but I just don't get excited when I see stuff that says "Historical Fiction." Even if it has an extra element or so. But I can admit, I might hesitate on saying no IF there IS an added element to it. 

2. Sci-Fi: Don't get me wrong, I will read most things classified as sci-fi, but I will NOT make it priority. The last one I read and LOVED was The Lunar Chronicles. 

3. Ugly cover: Again, I know this is shallow, but I always worry that it will have a terrible inside like the cover. But then, there's the off chance that there is an amazing story under the ugly cover, like with the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles.

4. Over do it on drugs/ alcohol: Look I know there are teens who do it. And I normally don't mind it. But when that's all they do, or that's all they think about or something, I just can't do it. It's more of a personal thing for me and I don't like reading about it. 

5. Great opener, boring middle, great ending: But most times I don't make it to the great ending because I'm so impatient. If Im not intrigued the entire way through, I probably won't finish the book. 

6. Bad characterization: Since I read so many contemps, I really rely on character development. If I can't connect with the characters, there's not much I can relate to.

7. Bad world-building: If I'm reading a fantasy and the world building isn't done in a way I like, I will more than likely quit reading it. As an author, you have liberty to make your own world. Take advantage of that. 

8. Telling not showing: SHOW me what you're trying to say. Make it seem as if I have a movie playing inside my head. By telling me there's  no flow to your words. 

9.  Confusion: I hate when I can't really understand what's going on in a book. In the event that I can't understand, I can't really promise that I will keep reading. I normally quit no matter where I am in the story. (I may also try the audiobook version, but I can't make promises ton finish.) 

10. Fluff: I am a huge fan of pretty language and great world building and more, but when it takes a page and a half to describe someone saying "I love you," then it seems excessive. And excessive I can't do. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boats, Planes, and Trains #7: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

So one of my biggest reasons to name my blog Take Me Away was because I have never been many places other than where I've physically lived. To compensate I read many different books so I could visit them in the "literary sense." And now that I've read so many of them, I'm here to talk about my favorite ones. The best part about this... It can range from any genre! As long as I can envision it (or look it up on Google lol) I can see myself "visiting" there! 

Alex, Approximately

     I haven't done one of these in a LONG TIME, but I don't remember another setting touching me and making me WISH I was there quite like this one. I wish I could transport myself to Cornado Cove and stay there. Being from Galveston, Texas, I know a little bit about what it''s like to live next to a beach, and this book made me miss everything about being home. 

If you don't want spoilers on the setting, stop here! 
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     I loved the Yield to Surfers sign. I thought it was an adorable idea and I found it hilarious. It gives a definite sense of the respect that surfers have in that town. Also, I think it's pretty cool that people actually took it as law lol 

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     I also loved seeing the boardwalk and the surf shop. I imagined that it looked sort of like this, but with lots more people. Murdoch's is in Galveston where I'm from! 

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     Then there's the actual Pleasure Pier. This looks more like the  Boardwalk they had. With the games and the churros (we have funnel cakes, but both are a WIN.) 

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And then of course, there's the food trucks on the beach. I definitely had this in mind. The umbrellas for shade and the food trucks on the side. But in my head I saw the sun being more shiny and the beach being a little closer. 

So there you have it! A few pieces of my favorite parts of the setting! 
What were your favorite parts of the setting in Alex, Approximately?
Any of the things I mentioned here?

Thank you Bennett for taking me to "California" even though I've technically never been! It was really interesting to see what it might look like through the eyes of your characters!

See the other states I've visited here: 

Alabama    Alaska     Arizona   Arkansas     California     Colorado     Connecticut     Delaware     Florida     Georgia     Hawaii     Idaho     Illinois     Indiana     Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana     Maine     Maryland     Massachusetts     Michigan     Mississippi     Missouri     Montana     Nebraska     Nevada     New Hampshire     New Jersey     New Mexico     New York     North Carolina     North Dakota     Ohio     Oklahoma     Oregon     Pennsylvania     Rhode Island     South Carolina     South Dakota     Tennessee     Texas     Utah     Vermont     Virginia     Washington     West Virginia     Wisconsin     Wyoming

Road Trip #1-

If you choose to join in, let me know! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #219 & 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.


This year was a bit different than the last time I went because this yeaar I got to attend sesssions! I'm so grateful that my branch paid for me to go and learn some new things that I can learn and take with me after graduation! (And hopefully after a promotion lmao) 
While I wasn't in sessions tho, I was able to snag some really awesome stuff! Here's what I got that I'll be reading before I let it loose to my teens! (In other words, the ones I'm most excited about!!!) 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 04/12/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Thursday 04/13/2017:  TxLa 2017: Owning your Profession
Friday 04/14/17: Follow Friday: Favorite TV Shows! 

Me on Instagram

A teen I met at TxLA last year. I LOVE her and her family. She loves reading and she's the sweetest, smart girl I know! She is also SO mature. Seeing her again this weekend reminded me why I want to become a librarian. To put that smile we both have on another teen's face when I hand them books or give them recommendations. 

Last year I sneaked and took a picture of Nicola Yoon at BEA. This year I took a picture wth her without having to sneak lol And also I met Heather Demetrios and was able to fangirl about how excited I am for Bad Romance and how much I loved everything else she wrote. 

This was my first time meeting Renee Ahdieh... And let me just tell you, I was NOT prepared for how gorgeous she was in person. I knew she was pretty from pictures, but she really is beautiful! And the awesome book she was signing is pretty beautiful too! Also she was amazed that we lined up at 10 something to get into her line for 12:30!

And lastly, there is Marie Lu! She was super cool and so awesome to meet. She also was amazed that we ran through the floor and jumped in her line as soon as they were open!

What went on at your blog or Instagram this week?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

e-ARC, 321 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: April 11-April 20, 2017 
Source: Edelweiss 
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, Chick-lit, DEAR< Diversity, Hot Literary Guys, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones, YA

     The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
     Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
     Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
     And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


     After her first book, The Anatomical Shape of my Heart, I was more than ready to read this one. I was so hoping that it would be as good as the first, and it definitely met all my expectations. I can definitely say this is one of the cutest books I've read all year. 

"If you don't pay attention to things, they wander off. I learned my lesson."
     Bailey moves across the United States to live with her father. Her father just so happens to live in the same place as her online crush named Alex. She doesn't want to tell him that she's there so she lets him think that she's still on the other side of the US. But then she meets a guy, Porter. He annoys her. Until he doesn't. And then she finds out just who Alex is......
"Maybe Walt Whitman was right. We all really do contradict oursevles and contain multitudes. How do we even figure out who we really are?"
     First I wanna talk about the setting. Y'all my mind's eye made Coranado Cove SO BEAUTIFUL. With me being from Galveston, Texas (yes I know it does not compare. SO. WHAT. LMAO) I could clearly put together the way it might look. I've never been to Califronia, but from this book I can imagine the salt smell in the air and the surfers out surfing early in the morning or when there is a storm coming. It really made me feel as if I was there.

"...he's giving you looks that say I'd like to surf your waves."
     Then there's the characters. I LOVED Bailey. Her awkwardness reminded me so much of me. I wanted nothing more than to hug her after all she'd been through and what was still happening to her. And then there was Portter. OMG. He was the cutest, swooniest dude ever. I love when there's a boy who can admit how much they like a girl. And Porter did just that. Definitely made him an A+ in my book. I also loved their romance. I swear, the way they interact with each other and they way they flirted and just everything about them was wonderful. I loved them togetther, but I just wish that they had kept the secret of who Alex was from us. Especially since it isn't "really" revealed until the VERY end of the book. But even still, such a great story.

"Lock some locks. Who says that? What a dork. He's broken my brain."
     I really loved this book and I can't wait to see what else Jenn Bennett writes. At this point, I'd read just her margin notes or something. I'm sure they're just as entertaining.
Overall, I give this

Friday, April 21, 2017

Follow Friday: Favorite Tv shows!!!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

what are some of your favorite tv shows? 
I LOVE cop shows!

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What TV shows do you like?