Sunday, December 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #248 & 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:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon

I got the audio of this one to read for our Book Tasting in January!

Small haul this week because I was out of town! I kind of had a busy weekend! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 12/11/17: No Post
Tuesday 12/12/17: Top 10 Books of 2017! 
Wednesday 12/13/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Friday 12/15/17: Book Blogger Hop: Which book would you like Santa to bring you this year? 
 Saturday 12/16/17:  No Post

Me On Instagram

My work family gave me a very awesome frame to put a photo from graduation in along with a very sweet card. It actually made me cry :( 

 So this finally happened. And I really mean FINALLY. I started my Masters 3 years ago and ran into more trouble than should be neccessary. But I finally finished and I am extremely happy. 

One class down. Waiting on the last grade for my last class. It should be a crime to make us wait like this! 

I was able to get the day off from Toddler Time this past Tuesday! We had a special guest reader! 

What went on at your blog this week?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Book BLogger Hop: Which book would you like Santa to bring you this year?

 Which book would you like Santa to bring you this year? 

Well, since you asked, I'm sure you have time LMAO

To Kill a KingdomDown and AcrossDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)
 Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Sea WitchThunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)
1. To Kill a Kingdom
2. Down and Across
3. Daughter of a Siren Queen
4. Batman: Nightwalker
5. Sea Witch
6. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

What about you?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

e-ARC, 320 pages
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Published by: Disney Hyperion 
Read from: December 9-12, 2017
Source: Netgalley
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, YA 

     Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
     As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.


     When I first heard of this book I wasn't in too much of a hurry to read it. Not too many people were talking about it so it wasn't high on my TBR. But then I ended up reading the first couple pages... and then I kept reading and reading. 
"I needed the camera to be gone yesterday. Being sixteen was excruciating enough on its own without having to worry about avoiding cameramen who could preserve every awkward moment..'"
     Dylan is the sister of the beautiful "Miss Mississippi," Dusty, who has also landed a "Prince in Disguise," a reality TV show and a husband. Dylan is to be Dusty's maid-of-honor, so they fly to Scotland.... Where Dylan's world is filmed for the entire world to see. She's not excited about being there, but there is one thing that's keeping her happy: Jaime. 
"Ronan seemed nice, but he was probably insane. You don't marry someone you just met. Did they not have Frozen in Scotland?'"
     As such a huge fan of contemps, I can honestly say that this was utterly fantastic. I was hooked. It had everything that I love about contemps, from the swoons, to the laughs, to getting mad at the characters and their stubborness. And it was an added bonus that it was a holiday read too! It was in a very cold setting, but it will make you feel warm! (Yeah that was cheesy, but it's true! lmfao)
"When Ronan rold me he was bringing home a girl called Dusty," she continued, "I thought, Dead God, is it Cinderella?" Her laugh sounded like ice cubes tumbling into a glass. No one else joined in.'"
     I also loved the characters! The main characters and all the supporting characters were what made the story for me. I liked even the smallest characters and those that weren't introduced until a good portion of the book was over. Everyone had such an important role and I loved reading about everyone. 
"I was going to be Dusty's dumb sister. The comic relief. The stupid American. Ugh. I didn't need any help looking like an idiot. Clearly, I couldn manage that perfectly on my own.'"
     I know I like a book based on how much I have highlighted. In this one, there were times when I had alsmost entire pages highlighted! Strohm haad so many great quotes and I wanted to remember them ALL. Granted most of them just made me laugh so hard I had tears leaking down my face, but I still wanted to remember them all. 
"Unless I was mistake, the trim of his navy pajamas matched the tartan of his bathrobe. He was more coordinated for sleep than I usually was for a school day.'"
     Then there was the romance. Ok, it's RARE that I tell my husband about something that one character did and even he says, "What kind of teen is he? He made ME swoon." lmao That's how I KNOW it was super sweet! And I also loved how it just got swoonier and swoonier. By the end of the book I was literally smiling ear to ear! 
"My oldest memory of Dusty's oldest friend was watching her eat a crayon in our living room. If this was the future of medicine, I feared for the human race.'"
     Being honest, there wasn't anything that I didn't like about this book. From the very beginning I liked it, and I'm sure that everyone else will too! 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WoW: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Save the Date

     Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
     The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
     There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
     There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
     Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
     Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Expected Publication: June 5, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Why I'm Waiting: After just having had my own wedding this year, I can honestly say that all the things listed in the synopsis can happen lol I'm intersted in how the wedding comes together in the end. Also, Morgan Matson is the QUEEN of Realistic Fiction/ Contemps, so everyone should be excited! And of course, this cover is so fun! It gives it the perfect summer read vibe! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Wwill you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017!

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 Favorite Books of 2017! 

The Hate U GiveLetters to the Lost
The Names They Gave UsWhen Dimple Met Rishi
Ramona BlueBad Romance
Aftercare InstructionsThis is How it Happened
Far from the TreeLong Way Down
Turtles All the Way Down

What were some of your favorite reads of 2017? 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #247 & 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 Edelweiss: 
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)


From Netgalley: 
Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1)

Look out for my Blog Tour Stop on December 28th! 
I can't wait to see what these Valkyrie are all about! 

From the Library:
The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

Another one I own where I had to result to the audio to listen to while I cook/clean/work/ do homework to actually read it. It's a sad situation, but at least I'll actually read it lol 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 12/05/17: Top 10 Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit! 
Wednesday 12/06/17: Waiting on Wednesday: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Thursday 12/07/2017:  No Post
Friday 12/08/17: Book Blogger Hop: Christmas Reads! 
 Saturday 12/09/17:  Love , Life, & the List by Kasie West

Me On Instagram

Walking in a winter Wonderland......
In Houston. This was the weirdest thing ever lolol 

Sometimes I feel like yuck. This day was not one of those days. 

My extremely talented co-worker decorated my cap for me and I am in awe. I cannot thank her enough!!! (Those books really open too!!!)

Season's Readings! I'm not sure what we're going to do for our new year, so I decided to just put my favorite reads on my Christmas stocking at work lol Any of these your favorites too?

What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

e-ARC, 384 pages
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen 
Read from: December 3-9, 2017
Companion, 1 of 3
Source: Edelweiss
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, YA 

     Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.
     Which is where the list comes in.
     Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.
     This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.


     I loved Kasie West's contemps since her very first one, so every time a new one is added, I automatically add it to my TBR. This one was no different. I added it to my TBR before I even really know what it was about. And while it wasn't my favorite of her books, I still realy enjoyed it. 
"Move your ooze along'"
     Abby has been painting all her life, so when the chance comes up to be in an art show, she can't let it pass her up, just because someone feels like she has no heart. So, she makes a list to show that she does. It has things that she needs to do to gain the experience. In completing these tasks, she finds out more about both herself and her art. 
"They don't make him feel anything.'"
     The only reason this wasn't my favorite, is because I was NOT a fan of the love interest. I really wanted it to end up a different way, but I saw it coming from earlier in the story. He was fine up until that one point, but after that I just couldn't say I liked him anymore. What he said just didn't feel like an excuse to me. As she said at one point, if it's something you really want, you'll do it. I know that's just me, but I really was hoping for a surprise at the end. 
""But seriously, he obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. But doesn't he? I wanted to say. You feel the same way. You're missing that piece when you look at me too. The piece that makes you feel something.'"
     But I did like the fact that Abby was an artist. I love seeing students getting close to senior year or during senior year that gives spotlight on other aspects of school. It reassures my students that there are other places to go, like technical schools, art schools, and other alternatives. I love the focus on art school in this one. 
"Uh... you're getting weird now. You want me to case hospitals? And by the way, gross."
     And of course, I loved West's writing style. I loved the summery feel (especially since where I stay we had some unexpected snow!) and the super snark that emannated from Abby and her grandpa. Their banter legit made me read every interaction between them twice lol They literally made this book for me. And the spa scene warmed my heart. I hope somehow her grandpa makes a small apperance in the next companion lol 
"Can't. Family BBQ at my dad's work. Can you call me with an emergency in about an hour? EHst kind of emergency? The best friend kind. I don't know. You'll think of something.'"
     Although this wasn't my favorite West, I still really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see who the next books include, I'm already guessing at who it could be. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Christmas Reads

 If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas themed romances as the holiday season starts?

Nope! I normally read 1 holiday themed book a year and for the last two years they've been middle grade novels. 

What about you???

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

From Twinkle, with Love

     Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
     When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
     Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
     Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Published by: Simon Pulse
Expected Publication: May 22, 2018

Why I'm Waiting:  I really loved When Dimple Met Rishi, it was one of my favorite contemps from this year, so I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us! I know she can write the swoons, so I obviously need more from her. Also this cover is gorgeous. There's no way you can see this cover and not think it belongs on your shelf! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Top Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

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 Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

Image result for hogwarts

Image result for ghost ship
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)
(Although that toenail thing terrifed me, I would still wanna see the Dead!) 

Image result for themyscira wonder womanWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Gatlon School for Vigilantes

Image result for dracula castleHunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)
Dracula's Castle from Hunting Prince Dracula

Image result for camp daybreakThe Names They Gave Us
Camp Daybreak from The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Image result for Want TaipeiWant (Want, #1)
Taipei from Want by Cindy Pon

 Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types

Image result for italyLove & Gelato
Italy from Love and Gelato

Image result for dark carnivalsCaraval (Caraval, #1)
Caraval from Caraval!

What bookish settings would you visit?