Thursday, December 12, 2019

Blog Tour: Hearts, String, and Other Breakable Things


Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
Jacqueline Firkins
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there's Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there's Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone's heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn't hers.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday!


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

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Free Skate!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Free Skate!
Me skating on my aunt's pond back in the day. 

This week, we are left up to our own devices, and I wanted to do something that involved winter. While perusing my books, I saw, that I had quite a few, which featured ice skating in some capacity, and therefore, thought it would make a great topic for this week. All books are YA EXCEPT the last two, but I loved them both so much, and had to include them. I will admit, many of these books center around hockey, but there are a few, OK two, which focus on figure skating, and actually, made me want to find more YA books with figure skating characters.

Monday, December 9, 2019

One Old, One New: The Unlikely Romance Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. Today, I am sharing two books that feature unlikely romances. One, between a have and a have-not, the other between a base ball player and a base ball hating Francophile.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Five Star Friday: November 2019



On the first Friday of each month, I will share my five-star reads from the previous month. Fingers crossed, I have lots of books to tell you about.

November was another great month! I read a total of 33 books and FOUR earned 5-stars!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday!


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

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Tis the Season

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Tis the Season!

Now that we have celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the States, we can commence with the Christmas Season! I don't tend to read a ton of holiday books, so please excuse the overlap. I do however plan to read more. For now, I am sharing some wonderful and heartwarming YA books, which are set during the holiday season.

Monday, December 2, 2019

One Old, One New: Arizona Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. Today, I am sharing two books that are not only both set in Arizona, but feature characters dealing with health issues.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday!


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

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Family Ties

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Family Ties!


This week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the US, and one of the reasons I appreciate this holiday is because it's not about gifts, but rather, it's about spending time with our loved ones. Because of this, I chose to feature books with a family focus. The stories featured wonderful siblings and present parents. They are all books I have recently read, adored, and featured families I wish I could join.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Discussion: What Took You So Long?


This Week’s Topic:
What Took You So Long?


I was scrolling through my feed on Twitter, and I saw this post about the movie Love, Rosie. I laughed and nodded my head as I read the comments, because that book was such an immense roller coaster ride, and I had no trouble relating to what other people were saying.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Crying Laughing - Lance Rubin


Crying Laughing
Lance Rubin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
The author of Denton Little's Deathdate gives us a tragicomic story of bad dates, bad news, bad performances, and one girl's determination to find the funny in high school.

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious.

It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration.

Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he's even . . . flirting?

Just when Winnie's ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he's been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad's still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie's prepared to be his straight man if that's what he wants. But is it what he needs?

Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie's struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Blog Tour: A Constellation of Roses - Miranda Asebedo


A Constellation of Roses
Miranda Asebedo
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.

Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.

Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.

With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Now & Then

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Now & Then!


This week I was tasked with reflecting on my reading life and how it has changed. I am comparing how I read now to how I read when I first started pleasure reading again back in 2013. I really have adopted quite a few changes, and it was interesting an interesting topic to ponder.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday! (But on Monday)


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

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

NO! It's not Wednesday, yet. (Sorry folks!) I have a blog tour on Wednesday this week, and you know I love doing these posts, so I just moved it. Sorry if you were confused.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Blog Tour: When the Stars Lead to You - Ronni Davis


When the Stars Lead to You
Ronni Davis
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher Booklink
Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Discussion: The Old and the New


This Week’s Topic: The Old and the New


Every year, I pledge that I am going to read more shelf and backlist books, and every year, I read predominately new releases. Well, this year, I got serious about it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday!


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

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Retellings

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Recent Retellings!


Hey, guess what? This is not the actual topic, but I have been reading a bunch of retellings lately, and many have been really, really good. I am going to tell you a little secret. I had not read the original version of many of these retellings, but I love being able to figure out which elements the author kept and which elements they added. So, I sort of cheat. As if I was in high school, I read the Cliff's Notes, and from there, I evaluate. The following is a list of some retellings I have recently read and enjoyed. Do you see any favorites on my list?