Stacking the Shelves [24]

 Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I was doing pretty good on my book buying ban, but not so much this week. I pre-ordered three novels and bought a couple Kindle ebooks that were on sale. I borrowed two audiobooks and two ebooks from the library, and I got several Netgalley eARCs, one of which is for Sunday Street Team.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.indd The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Isle of the Lost Summer of Sloane Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross

 

Netgalley:

The Girl I Used to Be 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Unexpected Everything Beta Test You and Me, Always

 

Borrowed:

My Heart and Other Black Holes The First Time She Drowned I Woke Up Dead at the Mall Just One Day

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

May 2016 Readathons

I plan on participating in Read Your Book Shelf A Thon (May 1-8 #RYBSAT), Book Buddy A Thon (May 7-13 #bookbuddyathon), and also Bout of Books 16 (May 9-15 #boutofbooks). Below are my tentative TBR books for each readathon. Because the Book Buddy A Thon & Bout of Books 16 dates mostly overlap, I’m keeping almost the same TBR for both. Here are the quick and dirty (tehe) rules of each readathon:

  1. RYBSAT: Pick a spot on your book shelf & read from there forward
  2. Book Buddy A Thon: Pick a buddy & then read books that meet these challenges
    1) Buddy read a book
    2) Buddy’s favorite color
    3) First initial of buddy’s name
    4) Choose 3 books & let your buddy pick one
    5) Any book
  3. Bout of Books 16: A week long readathon, usually from 12:01 AM on a Monday through 11:59 PM on a Sunday in whatever time zone you’re in. It’s low pressure, meaning you’re only asked to push yourself to read more than you normally would during any given week.

 

Read Your Book Shelf A Thon TBR:

The Boy Most Likely To Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold How We Fall

 

Book Buddy A Thon TBR:

Pushing the Limits The Wrong Side of Right Love Story How To Love The Unexpected Everything

 

Bout of Books 16 TBR:

Pushing the Limits The Wrong Side of Right Love Story How To Love The Unexpected EverythingHearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross

 

Are you participating in any of these readathons? If so, which ones?

Audiobook Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Series: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: April 9, 2013
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

 

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

 

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I listened to this audiobook on a road trip to visit my family. The narrator was fantastic, and instantly drew me into the story. I’d give this audiobook, and story in general, 5 out of 5 stars.

 

The description gave no indication that this was set in the late 80s, so I was a bit surprised by that when I first started listening. But I really did enjoy the story right off the bat. I was trying decide between audiobooks to listen to on my trip, and this one was recommended to me. I’m so glad I listened to it. I thought Aristotle, or Ari as he’s most often known as, was a fascinating main character, and I really love Dante’s character. I’d looked this story up on Goodreads before listening, so I kind of already knew what was going to happen based on the genres it was listed under.

 

I was a bit surprised by how long it took to get to the point I expected the book to go to though. What I wanted to happen didn’t happen until nearly the end. But at least the buildup/anticipation was entertaining enough. There were happy parts, sad parts, kind of crazy intense parts, etc.

 

Ari’s “girl friends” from school were pretty annoying. I just wanted more Dante, and less of them. Towards the end of the audiobook, I cried some, because it got kind of emotional. Ari’s parents were okay,  especially towards the last quarter or so of the book. But I thought Dante’s parents were the ones who shined through; they were the kind of parents most kids probably dream about.

 

Before I listened to the audiobook, I saw that there was going to be a sequel coming out sometime in the future, which makes me super happy. I’m so ready to see what happens next in Ari and Dante’s story. I didn’t get nearly enough of them in those 7+ hours. Obviously, because I was driving, I didn’t keep track of my favorite lines, but there were some really good ones!

 

Final note: A fantastic audiobook, with an equally amazing narrator. I’d highly recommend this book to diversity lovers, to anyone who likes books set in the not too distant past.

 

5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday [37]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. Because there are so many books coming out on May 3rd that I really want to read, I did two picks for this week’s, and last week’s, Waiting on Wednesday posts. With that said, here are my picks that I can’t wait for.

 

Shuffle, Repeat

Title: Shuffle, Repeat
Author: Jen Klein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
 
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.


Why I Chose This Book:

This book sounds like a really cute contemporary romance, which is my favorite genre. The cover is simple, but draws your eyes to it. It’s gotten a couple great reviews so far from bloggers I trust, and I love all the authors this book mentions in its summary, so that’s a good sign. So excited for this book!

 

The Crown

Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Kiera Cass’s bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. Now the end of the journey is here, in a wonderfully romantic series finale that will sweep you off your feet.

Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

The Selection series has sold more than 3 million copies and captured the hearts of fans around the world. This swoon-worthy final installment is the happily ever after they’ve all been waiting for.


Why I Chose This Book:

I don’t really like Eadlyn very much, but I’m excited for the conclusion to this series…to see who she picks. This series was great. I really liked America’s story a lot more than Eadlyn’s though. Maybe this book will be a little better than The Heir.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookworm Delights. There’s really a ton that I could list, because I love reading, love being a bookworm. But I don’t want this list to go on forever, so here are ten that popped into my head right away.

 

1. Getting book mail  Whether it’s books you bought, or books you won, or books/ARCs a publisher sends you. All book mail is THE best mail.

2. When one of your favorite authors has a new book being published  I love getting new books to read by my favorite authors. It always puts a smile on my face, and I wait impatiently for them to be published already so I can devour them.

3. The smell of books – Maybe I’m weird, but I love the smell of books.

4. Finding amazing book boyfriends – One of my favorite things. I have a running list of all my book boyfriends that I’m always adding to on Goodreads.

5. Buying bookish items – I’ve slacked on this, but I really want to buy more Funko Pops, mugs, pillows, etc. of bookish quotes, or that feature my favorite book characters.

6. Being around bookish people  I’m pretty shy in person at first, but I love finding other book people to squeal and fangirl over books with. Twitter has been amazing for that so far.

7. Readathons/reading challenges  I’m pretty new to readathons and reading challenges, but they’re soooo much fun! They help me read more/keep me accountable.

8. Book shelfies – I’m newer to book shelfies, but I love showing off my lovelies in beautiful pictures of them on their shelves. Speaking of shelves, I need to finish putting together the other shelves I bought so I can do more shelfies.

9. Talking with authors – I’m newer to talking to authors too, because I’ve always been a little intimidated before. But now I’ll tweet authors here and there, letting them know how much I love their book, etc. All the ones I’ve talked to so far are super nice.

10. Finding references for books/shows I love – This is so awesome! I love finding references for like Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, etc. It tells me the author has great tastes 😉

 

What are some of your bookworm delights? Do you have any of the same ones that I do?

ARC April: Week Three Update Post

Well the third week of ARC April is done, which means the month is nearly over with. I read one ARC this past week (four ARCs total so far). The review for my latest ARC (Genius: The Game) will go live on my blog on May 1st i.e. Sunday. I’m not sure I’ll be reading anymore ARCs this week. I have books I pre-ordered coming in tomorrow, and I want to read them really bad. We’ll see. Regardless, four ARCs for ARC April is better than none!

 

READ AND REVIEWED:

In Real Life by Jessica Love

  In Real Life

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider (Review to go live on 5/29 for Sunday Street Team)

 Summer of Sloane

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Review to go live on 5/1 for Sunday Street Team)

 Genius

 

NEED TO READ:

 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here Beyond the Red Blackhearts Whisper to Me Summer of Supernovas

 

What ARCs can you recommend after two weeks of ARC April? And what ARCs are you looking forward to reading in the next two weeks?

Stacking the Shelves [23]

 Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Okay, so I’m doing pretty good on my book buying ban overall. I did end up buying two Kindle ebooks because they were on sale, but that’s a lot less than I usually buy (see previous Stacking the Shelves posts). I borrowed two audiobooks from the library, got approved for two Netgalley eARCs, and finally won two books via blog giveaways. Did you notice all the twos? Weird, but awesome, coincidence.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

The Sin Eater’s Daughter The Serpent King

 

Netgalley:

Smash & Grab American Girls

 

Borrowed:

Through to You Under the Never Sky

 

Won:

The Way Back to You Consider

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [36]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. Because there are so many books coming out on May 3rd that I really want to read, I’m doing two picks each for this week’s, and next week’s, Waiting on Wednesday post. With that said, here are my picks that I can’t wait for.

 

The Unexpected Everything

Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


Why I Chose This Book:

I absolutely love Morgan Matson’s writing, so I’m super excited for a new book by her. The cover is adorable, and the summary makes me want to read this book ASAP! Can it be May 3rd already??

 

Suffer Love

Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.


Why I Chose This Book:

This sounds soooo good! I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while now, and I’m excited that it’ll be published soon. The cover is simple, but perfect.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle). This one was really hard. I know a lot of books have made me laugh/chuckle, but I’m drawing a blank other than a few books.

 

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging  Sloppy Firsts  My Life Next Door  To All the Boys I've Loved Before  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

1. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series  Georgia is hilarious. I haven’t read the entire series, but all the books I’ve read previously, I’ve loved.

2. Jessica Darling series  Another hilarious series. Jessica Darling is pretty cynical/sarcastic, and I love this darker sense of humor.

3. My Life Next Door – This book was amazing. George’s statements are what made me crack up the most. Kids say the darnest things!

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I listened to this audiobook on a road trip, and it made me laugh and swoon at parts. The interactions between Lara Jean and Kitty were pretty hilarious.

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – This book is utter perfection. It makes you squeal, laugh, and cry. I read it in one sitting because it was that good.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

ARC April: Week Two Update Post

Well the second week of ARC April is officially over with (by a few day, oops), which means the month, and this challenge, is over halfway done. I read one ARC this past week (three ARCs so far). The review for my latest ARC (The Girl Who Fell) is live on my blog. I added Summer of Supernovas towards the top of my TBR list for ARCs–someone gushed about it & made me want to read it ASAP.

 

READ AND REVIEWED:

In Real Life by Jessica Love

  In Real Life

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider (Review to go live on 5/29 for Sunday Street Team)

 Summer of Sloane

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

 

NEED TO READ:

 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here Beyond the Red Blackhearts Whisper to Me Summer of Supernovas

 

What ARCs can you recommend after two weeks of ARC April? And what ARCs are you looking forward to reading in the next two weeks?