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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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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Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
on February 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
4 Stars

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

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When I started hearing all the buzz about I’ll Meet You There from fellow contemporary lovers I knew I had to read it. Soon. So I bumped it right up to the top of my enormous get caught up reading pile. I’m so happy I did.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrois is a gritty story from the start. It has a small town, nothing to lose feel. I grew up in a very small town so I know that feeling all too well. There’s lots of drinking and sex and really, lots of unhappiness. But I promise the story is worth it.

The characters are what pulled me in and kept me turning pages. Skyler is a smart girl. She can’t get out of town fast enough. I really liked her. I think she was easy to relate to. My one tiny problem with her was how she lost her head completely when she started having feelings for Josh. I’m not sure why she felt like her life was so one or the other. Things worked out in the end, though.

Josh was a pretty great character. He was so real. Seeing him through Skyler’s eyes and then reading his small chapters really gives you a lot of insight. Skyler and Josh still had a long road ahead of them when the book ended. I rated the book 4 stars instead of 5 because everything didn’t seem completely resolved to me.

I’ll Meet You There isn’t just a romance. It’s about finding out who you are and learning to be okay with where you came from. I’m really anxious to read more by Heather Demetrois now.

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Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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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 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. KingWildlife by Fiona Wood#Scandal by Sarah Ockler100 Sideways Miles by Andrew SmithMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

1. Glory O’ Brien and history of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King is one of my favorite authors ever! I’m planning to read this one soon. I’m pretty ashamed of myself for being behind on her books. I also haven’t read Reality Boy yet. Eek!

2. Wildlife by Fiona Wood
I just love the sound of this one.

3. #Scandal by Sarah Ockler
Sarah Ockler is one of my favorite contemp authors so there’s no doubt I’ll be reading this at some point.

4. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
I read Winger last year and that made me want to devour everything by Andrew Smith asap…it just didn’t happen.

5. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
I loooooved the first book so much but I only liked the second one. I think that’s made my desire to read this one a little less than it should be.

Half Bad by Sally GreenThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuCompulsion by Martina BooneEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCourDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

6. Half Bad by Sally Green
I heard so much buzz about this one and I love witch books. Hopefully I can get to it soon!

7. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
This was pitched with a comparison to FNL…so I must read it.

8. Compulsion by Martina Boone
Charleston, SC is one of my favorite places! I’ll definitely be reading this in 2015.

9. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
I love, love, love Nina LaCour!

10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Don’t stone me for not finishing this series yet!