Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sundays with Sam - The Sunday Post

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where I can share my wrap up of the past week, as well as plans for the current week.

My Week in Review

Not too much to report. The dog has been reunited with my sister (and she feels so good). I am kind of jealous of my daughter, because she is practically in the path of totality. But when I asked, she hadn't even procured a pair of viewing glasses! I probably will not get to catch any of the solar eclipse, because one of the higher ups (who is actually really awesome) is visiting our site, and he scheduled a meeting with us beginning at 2pm. I guess he did not consider this astronomical event when he was doing the scheduling. I hope everyone gets a chance to see it, though, because it's sort of a once in a lifetime event.

On the Blog:
I don't normally talk about Stacking My Shelves, but I was really excited about some of the ARC approvals I got this week. A few of these were my Can't Wait Wednesday picks, and I am so excited to get the opportunity to read and review them.



What I Read Last Week

I had a decent reading week. I read some paranormals, knocked out my blog tour books, and even read a few challenge books. My two favorite books were both romances (surprise, surprise!), but Nothing was a really close. The book was really fun and adorable. It's on the younger end of YA, and is a book about nothing in particular. I thought the author did an incredible job. I really thought this was written by a teen, and there were definite Seinfeld moments in there.

What I Am Currently Reading

I loved Wonder so much, and when I saw the novella, which is from the POV of the "villain", I grabbed it. Bonus: it will count for one of my reading challenges. I am listening to Pipe Dreams, which is part of the Brooklyn Bruisers series, and I am loving it. Sarina Bowen has yet to disappoint me, and hockey romance!

What I Plan to Read

I have no patience, so I am reading Lucas right away. I adore the Cold Fury books, and jumped up and down when I got this ARC.  I am reading Ink, because it has a non-western setting, which is the mini-challenge this month for the Diverse Reads challenge.

How was your week?
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Discussion: Teen Wolf - Isn't It Bromantic?

One of my favorite TV shows is back, and it's sort of bittersweet for me. I am happy to be back in Beacon Hills, but I am sad, because this is the final season. ðŸ˜­ Let's share some special Scott and Stiles moments together:

This is a show that just kept getting better and better every year. Considering it was based on a silly movie, it was incredible to see it grow into such a stupendous show. There are so many things I adore about this show, the action, the monsters, the mystery, the humor, the romance, but most of all I love the friendships. One friendship which I found to be so special was the friendship between Scott and Stiles. They had a really special connection, and that is totally #FriendshipGoals if you ask me. So, today I want to talk about:


As a female, I have first hand experience with female friendships, but I will never be part of a bromance. Because I will never experience this type of relationship for myself, I find them interesting. In the past, society has always show male friendship in a particular way, but we are starting to see more and more really close male friendships where is ok for men to show their sensitive side. They talk to each other and discuss meaningful things. They can bring their problems to each other, and they listen to each other. They offer comfort and support to each other, and it's quite a beautiful thing. I love seeing strong bromances on TV and I also adore them in books. I was trying to think of some good book bromances, and I came up with this list.


What are your thoughts on bromances?
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: How to Disappear - Sharon Huss Roat

How to Disappear
Sharon Huss Roat
Series: n/a
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.
This book was such a wonderful surprise! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, but I also found myself relating to so many of the things Vicky did and felt. Roat did such an incredible job telling this tale, marrying social media and social anxiety to produce a pretty special coming-of-age type story.

Things I Liked
  • The positive use of social media: In my heart, I know there are a lot of pros to social media. It just seems as though all the negative uses are getting most of our attention. Therefore, I was elated to see Instagram used in such a positive and awesome way in this book. I hope people will read this, and be inspired to do some good via social media. 
  • Vicky: I so easily related to Vicky. My anxiety is not quite as severe as her's, but I understood her. I was very proud of each step she took, because I understood how difficult it was for her to accomplish each task, which seem so mundane to most. Vicky was by no means cured over the course of this book, but she definitely experienced a lot of growth, and it was a beautiful thing to see. 
  • Lipton❣️: Gosh! If you googled the term "sweet little cinnamon roll", you would find Lipton referenced somewhere in the entry. This boy was so sweet, adorable, and genuine. I loved his persistence when "courting" Vicky, and also found him to have a big beautiful heart. I melted multiple times due to him, and commend Roat on crafting such an amazing book boyfriend. 
  • Vicky's Tribe: It was so difficult watching Vicky struggle with her isolation and loneliness. Therefore, I was so delighted when she finally found her tribe, or maybe they found her. Either way, she ended up with a great circle of friends, who were super supportive and really saw her. They didn't just see her though, they liked what they saw. 
I only have praise for this lovely story of a girl, who while trying to escape herself, she finds herself.   

**I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.

Our hero, Lipton, plays Minecraft. I have not gamed in a while, but I always loved sim type games (like Animal Crossing). 
Do you like playing video or online games?
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: My New Crush Gave to Me - Shani Petroff

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for My New Crush Gave to Me!

My New Crush Gave to Me
Shani Petroff
Series: n/a
Release Date: Oct. 31 , 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Waited on by: Sam
Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Three reasons why I want to read this book:

  1. It's set during the holidays, and I love the holidays. Holidays have a certain amount of cheer associated with them, and I also love getting a peek at how others celebrate. 
  2. I love when there are elaborate plans to win someone's heart. When an MC plots in the name of  romance, it usually results in some fun hijinks, and I adore hijinks. 
  3. From the synopsis, it looks like a enemies to more sort of story, and I happen to like those type of stories. 

What are you waiting on?
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Recommendation for People who Like to Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is...

Book Recommendations 
for People who Like to Cry!

The other day, I did a post about sad books becoming sad movies, and I had been thinking about all the books which have made me cry. When I was younger, I had some sort of impenetrable heart. I never cried when reading, but once I became a mom, I went soft. This list contains some of the books, that have made me cry, and I am talking about sad tears, not happy tears (which happens too), and maybe they have, or will, make you cry too. **The majority of each of this books is not sad, but they contain some really tragic and sad parts. 

Second Chance Summer
Morgan Matson
Series: n/a
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

You know from the first chapter how this is going to end. You would think, that knowing this was not going to end well would give me time to prepare. That was not the case. I cried something fierce, and I cried a lot. There was snot and my eyes were practically swollen shut, but I still thought this was a beautiful story.

All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Series: n/a
Publisher: Knopf

Gosh darn it! There are tears in my eyes as I try to write about this book. I read this book back in 2014, and I still cry every time I think about it. I fell in love with the characters in this book, and the ending was very difficult, but again, this was a beautiful story. "I was alive. I burned brightly."

The Serpent King
Jeff Zentner
Series: n/a
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Zentner really knows how to deliver the feels. He brought me to my knees with that certain part of this book, and pretty much left me crying for most of  Goodbye Days. He makes me care so deeply about these characters, and then he delivers that tragic blow. I forgave Zentner for what he did in TSK, because it did contribute to moving the story forward.

If He Had Been with Me
Laura Nowlin
Series: n/a
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

This is another book, where you knew how it was going to end, but it still did not soften the blow. I bawled! It was tragic and sad and broke my heart. I think there was a small part of me, which believed that it would end differently, but it didn't and I was still crying days later.

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperCollins

You know Sam's ultimate fate from the beginning of this book. She keeps reliving the same day, over and over, every time with the same result. But, over the course of the book, she changes so much, and I just wanted a better ending for her.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Adele Griffin
Series: n/a
Publisher: Soho Teen

I am now starting to think that somber stories are Griffin's thing. This is a story of girl, who burned so brightly, that she just burnt out way before her time. Untimely deaths get me every time, but again, because I grew so attached to Addison, her death affected me that much more.

Love and Other Unknown Variables
Shannon Lee Alexander
Series: n/a
Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Young people with illnesses will alway break my heart, but when you get the whole story on this one, your heart will crack open. I openly sobbed during this one, and then full out bawled when I read Alexander's afterword. *wipes tears from eyes.*

The Memory Book
Lara Avery
Series: n/a
Publisher: Poppy

Another young person, who is ill, so sad. But wait! It's a terminal disease. Even sadder. But wait! It is a horrible, terrible disease, and she is recording her memories, because this horrible, terrible disease will rob her of everything eventually, including her memories. I cannot even express how moving this story was, and I am so verklempt right now.

Clockwork Princess
Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I was pretty much an emotional wreck during this book. There were these really beautifully sad moments that I experienced, and wow! Way to resolve a love triangle. I would never have wanted to be in Tessa's position, and here I am, crying again.

Marie Lu
Series: Legend, #3
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Seriously, the last part of this book abused me. I looked at my review, and it said that I "bit my nails, I gasped for breath, I sobbed, and I smiled." It was an emotional roller coaster, and quite a surprising choice Lu made at the very end. It was beautiful and meaningful, but still a little difficult to accept.


These are not YA books, but they left me a snotty mess.

Do you have a favorite ugly cry book?
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