Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you’re staying warm with a good book. It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Reading with Finn: Naptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba

Reading with Finn: Naptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica ShybaNaptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba
on February 3, 2015
Genres: Picture Books
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
5 Stars

It all started when a loving mother posted a few pictures of her son, Beau, and their new puppy, Theo, napping together on her popular blog Momma’s Gone City. But these pictures were so “unbearably adorable” (The Daily Mail) and “utterly charming” (The Huffington Post) that it quickly became much, much more. By faithfully recording and sharing what Good Morning America calls “the most mesmerizing naps ever caught on camera,” Jessica Shyba and her family captured the hearts of people all over the world, and these beautiful images of friendship and trust have become an international viral sensation.

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I’ve followed the Theo and Beau Instagram account for some time now, so when I had the opportunity to get an early copy of their picture book I jumped on it. I’m sure you’re familiar with Theo and Beau, too? An adorable toddler and an adorable puppy take naps together. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

What Mom Likes:

The book is short and every page has an picture from Theo and Beau’s naps. It’s a simple but gorgeous little picture book.

What Finn Likes:

Finn pretty much likes everything. The whole reading experience revolves around Finn pointing to Theo and Beau on every page and asking ‘This?’. He loves the picture with Theo yawning the most.

I’m so happy to have Naptime with Theo and Beau in Finn’s little library. It’s such a cute, fun read.

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Ten Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club (if I Had a Book Club)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Ten Books I’d Love to Read with my Book Club (if I Had a Book Club)

I talked about hypothetical book club picks back in 2012 too, but I think I can always add to this topic.

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1. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

2. The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo

3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4. Anna, Lola & Isla by Stephenie Perkins

5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

6. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia HandThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
5 Stars

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

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I had no doubt that The Last Time We Say Goodbye was going to be incredible. Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series is one of my favorites. This new book was quite the departure from her supernatural series, since this one is straight up contemporary. It’s just as gorgeously written.

I won’t beat around the bush, this book is heartbreaking. Just when you think it can’t break your heart any more it does. Somehow I never found it depressing, though. The story is a sad tale of suicide and the blame and questions that are left afterward. I think it was a very honest look at grief and family dynamics after a death.

Lex was just a really great main character. She had done something that she felt was unforgivable. She’s shut everyone out and basically going through the motions, but she was utterly likable. My heart broke with hers so many times. I loved going on the journey to self forgiveness with her.

I’ve made it pretty clear that The Last Time We Say Goodbye is sad, right? Because it is, but please don’t shy away because of that! I honestly had no idea how the book was going to end but I can think of a more perfect ending. It was uplifting and hopeful but not in a tidy, fake way. I’m so happy how things ended for all the characters.

Cynthia Hand was already on my auto-read list but The Last Time We Say Goodbye just solidified that. It’s an incredible book. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Waiting on Wednesday: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

 

May 19, 2015

Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She’s volunteering in the medical tent. She’s like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them…

 

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This book sounds like a dream come true for me. I looooooooove all things 60’s, rock and roll, and YA books. So OMG am I excited! I already got a copy from Edelweiss. I can’t wait to start it. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your week was fantastic. It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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