Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own the Most Books From

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
So this is being posted super late thanks to many things (work, stress, no time, and Blogger messing me up). But it's here! It's listed! I didn't list an author that only or mostly adult books listed (otherwise, I'd have a lot more authors and extending it beyond 10). I got a lot of these books from my local thrift store, yay for cheap books! This is NOT including ebooks because I'm just lazy, okay?.


  • Robin Jones Gunn - Christy Miller, Christy and Todd, Katie Weldon, Father Christmas, Sierra Jensen, Sisterchicks EDIT: This includes adult and counting books within the volumes, the total is 32.

  • Meg Cabot - All-American Girl, Awaken, Airhead, Princess Diaries 1, 3-6, 9-10
  • Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls, Heist Society
  • Jen Calonita - Belles, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Whispering Pines
  • Tamora Pierce - Protector of the Small, Song of the Lioness, Trickster's Choice, Battle Magic

  • Sarah Dessen - Along for the Ride, Dreamland, Just Listen, Keeping the Moon, Lock and Key, Someone Like You, That Summer, The Truth About Forever

  • Janette Rallison - How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend, All's Fair in Love, War, and High School, Just One Wish, My Fairy Fair Godmother

  • Rainbow Rowell - Fangirl, Landline, Attachments
  • Marissa Meyer - The Lunar Chronicles
  • Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

Who is the author you own the most books of? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rewind & Review: July 14 - July 27

Hosted by Shae Has Left the Room

I'm 18 years old today, an official adult, and that means I'm entering into a whole new world of responsibility, I guess.

Basically, I still choose to believe that everything will go on as it is instead of the complete doom that I'm dreading. Right? RIGHT?

Books I received:
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (Thank you, Emma!)

Books I read: 1...and DNFs

What I'm reading now/next:
  • Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (unfortunately, right now, I'm getting lost...away from it, ugh)

Past Blog Posts:
  • Top Ten Tuesday: TV Fandoms
  • Review: On the Fence by Kasie West
  • Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway!
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Want with Me on a Deserted Island
  • Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Upcoming Blog Posts: 
  • TBA - Due to indecision and craziness 

Bookish (and not-so-bookish) Happenings:
  • I was interviewed on Lit Up Review for their Teen Blogging feature this summer!
  • I'm finally getting into Emma Approved. KNIGHTLEY <3
  • Okay, I lied, I never went to B&N, but only because I forgot. Next time...hopefully. 
  • I made the most upsell of the month at my job and got employee of the week! 
  • The winner of my giveaway this past week is Marlene from Flyleaf Review
  • Like I said...I'M 18 YEARS OLD TODAY. Adult status, ya'll. Since we're celebrating my birthday during lunch, I won't be getting presents until later. Presents with the possibility of new books. We'll see!
Retro picture
After my birth with my two older siblings.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: a hardcover provided by the publisher for an honest review

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

It's official, folks. Rainbow Rowell is amazing. If you don't remember, I fangirled over her Fangirl. While I still haven't read Eleanor & Park, I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful finished copy from the publisher. Boy, I'm grateful. 

I used to read mostly all adult books (because I didn't know how great YA could be), but ever since blogging, I've barely read any adult novels. If I have, I'm sure it's been only rereads. Landline made me want to go scour for uncovered treasures again. Because this rocked. 

After doing another fingerling session over Rowell, the main question now is how did it rock? 

  1. Georgie. She is a completely flawed human being. She's a workaholic, has a reputation of siding with her coworker (and male and ONLY best friend) over her poor husband, and just makes poor choices. She's not portrayed as a young, perfectly put together writer and middle aged mother. She "lost" herself and as a result, her hair isn't too great and she's put on weight. Yet, while she's way older and in a completely different situation than I am, she's absolutely relatable. I had to remind myself that she was older (but in a good way, it wasn't like Rowell sounded too young). There was sympathy and I felt like we became friends, just like I did with Cath from Fangirl.
  2. Neal. I knew it. All fictional Neals are good. Exhibit A: Neal from Once Upon a Time. Exhibit B: Rowell's Neal. He may have a barrier around him (at least in flashbacks, oh glorious flashbacks), but he's adorable. I wanted to marry him. He's a geeky artist-turned-father. He's frustrated with Georgie and especially with Seth, but he's supportive.
  3. Flashbacks. Remember those flashbacks I talked about? Well, along with the time machine phone, we're also treated to Georgie's flashbacks. To me, they were crucial to the story. They helped us understand everyone's backgrounds and the evolving feelings, assisting in where our sympathies lie. 
  4. MAGICAL PHONE. I'm a sucker for time machine books. They're not always good, but I give props to an author for making a somewhat-trope into their own plot. Yes, I may screamed at Georgie once or twice to do a sensible thing she wasn't thinking about, but I enjoyed her journey in discovering it, using it, and deciding what to do. 
  5. Rainbow Rowell. I can't help it, I'm a total fangirl of her writing. She's one of the best third person narrative writers, in my opinion. 
I think Rowell's books are one of those love 'em or hate 'em books. Not everyone will be crazy for them, but she can definitely create a cult following. She manages to give the main characters—Georgie, Neal, and Seth—such LIFE, but still create so much personality for the supporting characters—like her sister and mother. 

Verdict: St. Martin's Press and Rainbow Rowell need all the celebratory food NOW.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Want With Me on a Deserted Island

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's topic is a typical scenario that I think everybody considers. How would I survive? How did it happen? What three things would I want with me? What books would I want with me? How long would I stay stranded? Or like this week's topic, who would I want with me? Looking at my list, most of them are from fantasy books. No surprise there.

The Survivors

Katniss from The Hunger Games

Caelana from Throne of Glass
I really wouldn't be scared at night with her by my side.

Katsa from Graceling
Or her.

Tarver from These Broken Stars
Not only is he great at survival, but he's also cute. Two-in-one!

The Cuties

Aelyx from Alienated
We can bond over being in a strange land.

Zach from United We Spy
Like with all of these, let's forget about their leading ladies existing. I love Cammie and all, but we'll be on a deserted island.

Levi from Fangirl

The Companions

Caitlin from Parallel
When I read Parallel, one of the biggest things that stood out to me was how great of a friend Caitlin was to Abby. She stuck by her side through all the craziness and all the theories. Perfect survivor companion.

Gabrielle from Perfect Scoundrels
Not only is she tough, but she's motivational and witty.

Paulina from Kiss of Deception
Another friend who's unwaveringly loyal and tries to stay positive despite rough circumstances.

Who would you want to be deserted with?

And don't forget about my GIVEAWAY happening this week! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway!

In ONE week, it'll be my birthday.

This is a biggie. I'll be 18 years old. A week after, I'll be spending time in Nicaragua. During the week I come back, I'll be SKYDIVING. A few days after that, I'll be moving into college in Tampa. A week after THAT, I'll be starting classes. TWO weeks after that, my brother is getting married and my little sister is turning 15 years old (driving permit age!). It's a lot of changes for this girl at once. Decisions and changes are probably my biggest kryptonite-like things in my life. But it's all happening. And I'll try to embrace it. Because apparently, I'll be an adult. 

I reblogged this on my Tumblr here.

Money decisions (I just bought my first laptop) might be a looming presence in my life right now, but since it is my birthday, I want to spread the love. As a college student, who knows if I'll ever be able to again. Hence, today's giveaway. 

THE PRIZE: Any $10 book from The Book Depository or Amazon (free shipping for both, no worries). OR two of the following books.

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (ARC)
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller (ARC)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Paperback)
Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore (ARC)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (ARC)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (ARC)
Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker (ARC w/bookmark)
Just One Year by Gayle Forman (Hardcover)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (SIGNED Hardcover)

THE RULES: Must follow me. (that sounds powerful, huh?) 

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Thanks for being in my life!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: an e-galley provided by the publisher for an honest review

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

A lot of authors try to be The Great One in fun, YA contemporaries. There are so many superb authors out there. I have my favorites, but I have come to a solid conclusion. Kasie West succeeds. When it comes to summery books, she's your woman. 

Others try. 
While this wouldn't be my favorite West novel, it still doesn't disappoint. The main character Charlie is  the only girl in her family of brothers and single father. She's sporty, one of the guys, and her connection as a narrator doesn't waver for me. Their lifelong friend and neighbor has felt like one of the brothers, but as to be expected, Charlie's and Braden's perspectives of each other changes as situations unfold. 

I have to admit that I'm a sucker for these kind of stories. The next-door neighbor romance, the tomboy, the girl with lots of brothers; it instantly appeals to me. These stories also have predictability, but when they're fun and written by Kasie West, it's completely fine with me. Call me bias, I don't care. 

Charlie starts becoming interested in hot Evan, a cardboard cutout character, after her new job and discovery of makeup. I see it in the way of Evan solely being in the story to move things along. His presence pushes Braden's feelings to come to play, to get Charlie a new outlook, and to push Charlie to feel okay with putting effort into her looks. He's basically a stepping stone in Charlie's life and while he didn't impress me as a character, he was necessary to the story. 

I wish we knew more about Charlie's brothers. For the longest time, I couldn't remember who was who, except for possibly Gage. I would've liked to see their personalities come through a little more. The only thing we truly know is that they're incredibly sporty, include and love Charlie, and are protective. Here's the gray area: some bloggers have ranted about how sexist the brothers are. While I can see why they think that, as a girl who has a protective big brother and father, I see it as love. I'm all about WOMAN POWER! and not treating women as if they're naive, weak, or unequal. But they were being brothers. In my opinion and from what I can remember, I thought they were being sweet. Maybe if they had come across stronger to me I would have felt differently. But I saw it as innocent.

Just like with The Distance Between Us, I loved the interaction with the two lovebirds. I still believe that the greatest relationships are friend-based and that's what Charlie and Braden have.

"I already told you to stop reading me."
"I can read you because I know you better."
"In your dreams."
"Yes, you've been there, too."

It wasn't as if the whole book was perfect, there were annoyances and I nitpicked certain areas. I still wasn't disappointed though. It was fun. Summery. Cute. Romantic. Stable. Another Kasie West novel. 

Verdict: I only hate that I don't have another Kasie West book to binge immediately afterwards.

Quotes and other elements may change after publication.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Fandoms

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I don't have scientific proof, but I'm pretty sure that bookish people are the greatest fans. Not only do we create bookish fandoms (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or The Fault in Our Stars, anyone?) and follow them unfailingly on all social media fronts (mainly on Tumblr), but we also wave around our TV flags proudly. Except for my family members, I only follow bookish people on my Twitter (they're the only people that interest me, Facebook is for friends IRL and draaaaama). Because of that, my Twitter feed is about mostly about books, but the secondary slot goes to other forms of entertainment. Every week, I get tweets about The Bachelorette/The Bachelor, I see Tumblr photosets of Sherlock or Doctor Who, and when a movie comes out, there WILL be movie reviews, song lyrics, or thoughts posted. Bookish people make the best fandoms. We know how to be loyal. We know have to squeal. We know how to express and emote. We're used to it. And so, like we have our favorite books, we have our favorite TV shows.

When people tell me TV show fandoms aren't as big.
Or  that they don't like TV. 
That's why I love this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic. I love seeing new TV show/movie recommendations, but I also love seeing the TV side of my literary peeps. Doctor Who and Sherlock always seem to be the most popular (I think it's the "geek factor") and while I need to watch Sherlock sometime, neither of those are on my list. In no particular order, I list the top TV shows I like bombard my DVR with.

1. Blacklist. Actually, I lied. There's no particular order after THIS one. Blacklist is, hands down, my favorite TV show. It's creepy, suspenseful and DRAMATIC. It also has the fabulous James Snyder. And unlike other shows or even movies, I even had to close my eyes at some parts.

2. Ellen. The Ellen Degeneres Show might be a "talk show," but it's the one show that has made me laugh repeatedly and watch every episode even though I know only half of the guests they have on. Those Dennis Quaid secret camera segments? GOLD.

3. The Amazing Race. The show I watch with my dad and no matter how annoying the contestants are, I CARE and I'm hooked. I'm usually so tense in the second half of the season because I NEED the my decent people to make it.

4. Person of Interest. We actually just caught up last night to the season finale and I CAN'T EVEN.

5. The Big Bang Theory. I'm a TBBT newbie even though my siblings started watching a long time ago. It's a perfectly hilarious 30 minute break from life.

6. Elementary. Retelling of Sherlock with Watson as a girl. I feel like there's another show that may deserve this spot more. But I can't remember and I crave to catch up since we're SIX episodes behind so it deserves this #6 slot.

7. Once Upon a Time. It really shouldn't be on this list. I feel almost ashamed that it is because of everything it's done to me this past season. BUT IT IS. I can't help it.

8. Dance Moms. I'm a horrible human being especially since I read Something Real. It's addicting, okay?

9. So You Think You Can Dance or America's Got Talent. I felt like they should share a spot since they're both competition reality TV. SYTYCD has wonderful choreography and pleasant people. AGT has magic and hilarious auditions.

10. Downton Abbey. Oh, what you do to me, Downton. Characters have been scarred, have lied, kept secrets, DIED, and have completely crushed my soul. I keep going back for more.

While some of these don't necessarily have fandoms, they have me as a loyal watcher, whether I treat it as the best thing ever or as a guilty pleasure. So what are your TV fandoms?