Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

Shadow Scale by Rachel HartmanThings We Know by Heart by Jessi KirbyRuin and Rising by Leigh BardugoThe Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia HandThe Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

2. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

4. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

5. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Saint Anything by Sarah DessenThree Day Summer by Sarvenaz TashTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee11/22/63 by Stephen KingThe Wrath and the Dawn Renee Ahdieh

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

7. Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Summer Spectacular Giveaway

Obviously I don’t have nearly as much time to read and blog these days, but that doesn’t mean that the nice surprise ARCs and books stopped showing up. I can’t keep up with them! I actually just donated around 150 books to a local library and they are starting to pile up again! I thought I’d share the love and clean off some shelves all at once this time. These are up for grabs:

Weightless by Sarah BannanGalgorithm by Aaron KaroThe Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew CrowThe Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy WunderShadowlands by Kaye Brian

Weightless by Sarah Bannan (paperback) I ended up with 2 copies of this. It sounds great!
Galgorithm by Aaron Karo (ARC)
The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow (ARC)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (hardcover)
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (ARC)
Shadowlands by Kate Brian (ARC)

Details:

There will be 3 winners! Winner 1 will get 3 books of their choice, winner 2 will get 2 books of their choice, and winner 3 will get the last book.
Open to US only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.

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Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Hi 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 Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren GibaldiThe Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
3 Stars

A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

pireviewThe Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gabaldi has a lot of great things going for it. It takes place over the course of two nights, one in the past and one in the present. Everybody love books set during one night or day, right? How could not?! There’s so much possibility and magic. The Night We Said Yes had all of those things and even some good angst thrown in.

Ella was a good main character. She was easy to relate to and just and all around nice person. I liked Matt but I feel like he could’ve been developed a bit more. His story felt a little flimsy to me. Meg and Jake were excellent minor characters. Although, they almost stole the spotlight at times.

The Night We Said Yes was a fun contemporary read. I think I read it at the perfect time, right at the start of Summer. That just seemed fitting. I looked forward to reading it in the evenings after my son went to sleep. That’s really all I ask for these days.

Overall, The Night We Said Yes was an enjoyable and quick read. Definitely add it to your Summer TBR!

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

My Ten Favorite TTT Topics

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

This week’s topic is: My Ten Favorite TTT Topics

1. TBR Topics
The 10 Books on My Spring/Summer/Fall etc are always fun.

2. My Top Ten Literary BFF’s!
I want to be BFF’s with so many awesome YA characters!

3. Top Ten Books I’d Give a Theme Song To
I put so much work into this one!

4. Confessions of a Book Blogger
This was such a fun and refreshing topic!

5. Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds or Settings
Oh how I love a vivid world.

6. Anticipating Topics
I love talking about and discovering new books and debuts from an upcoming year.

7. Top Ten Character Names I Love
I love names so much…and I’m in the market for baby names again.

8. Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Have At My Thanksgiving Feast
It was so much fun to imagine this Thanksgiving dinner.

9. Top Ten Books For People Who Like__________
There’s been a few of these recommendation topics and I always enjoy them.

10. Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With
This one was fun as well!

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Hello 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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Audiobook Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Audiobook Review: Saint Anything by Sarah DessenSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
on May 5, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
5 Stars

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

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Sarah Dessen has never disappointed me. I decided to listen to Saint Anything on audio so I could fit it in faster and I’m so happy I did. I looked forward to listening to it every chance I got. Taylor Meskimen did a fantastic job capturing Sydney.

Saint Anything wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be but I loved every second of it. Sydney was a wonderful character. It was so great to see her find her new group of friends and watch her blossom. I really wish she would have spoken up more but everything works out in the end.

I adored Layla! I’m adding her to my favorite best friends list right now. She was so outgoing and kind. She really made everyone around her shine. Mac was also a great character. He was dreamy! The romance didn’t play as big of a roll as I was expecting but that just left more room for Sydney to grow.

The book is also filled with many infuriating characters. Sydney’s mother made me want to scream on more that one occasion. Ames was a utter creep! He made my skin crawl. I wanted Sydney to stand up for herself so bad. I’m happy with how everything worked out in the end. But I do think Sydney could’ve spoken up a bit more.

Saint Anything was a beautiful story about finding your place in the world. Sarah Dessen always writes quiet and gorgeous books. This one is no exception.

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen