Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a fantastic blog series hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This seemed like a fun topic to jump back in on the TTT bandwagon.



1. Diana Gabaldon. Aka, Herself. I'm a huge fan of the Outlander series and love her writing. I think I'd probably be rendered mute if I met her though.


2. Sarah Dessen. There are so many things I love about Dessen. She writes amazing books with amazing characters and plots, she is fantastic at creating places that you can just perfectly visualize, she drops in things from her previous books, like a band or a character at a coffee shop, so perfectly it doesn't feel forced, and she is so incredibly friendly, modest, and supportive of other people on social media. And she seems like the kind of person where you just know she's being genuine and not putting on an act.


3. John Green. My introduction to Green was when my friend Andea forced me to read TFIOS. I still owe her for that. Green creates some amazing characters, seriously Hazel Grace is fantastic. Plus I love how much he loves my favorite city.


4. Jen Lancaster. I don't just want to meet Lancaster, I want her to take me under her wing and be one of her besties. I love her sense of humor, her sarcastic wit (we have that in common), and the way she tells a story. Plus I love that she's an animal rescuer as well, that's definitely the key to my heart.


5. Emery Lord. Lord is another author that I have some friends to thank for introducing me to. She's also another one that is so incredible friendly, down to Earth, and supportive on social media. Plus when the Start of Me and You came out she sent people who preordered some swag and mine came with the nicest note based on the email I'd sent her. Anyone who takes the time to really read your email and personalize their response in the midst of a book coming out is extra amazing.


6. JK Rowling. Does this one really need an explanation? Her mind created Harry Potter, enough said.


7. Stephanie Perkins. Yet another author who seems so down to Earth, so supportive of others, and just genuinely nice. Plus she created Anna, Lola, and Isla and I'd really love to thank her for this is person.

8, 9, 10. I'm cheating a little here. Melissa Landers, Jessica Love, and Kelsey Macke are friends of mine, who at this point I only know through the wonderful thing that is the internet. Even though I've never had the chance to sit across a table from them I genuinely consider them my friends. However, I also consider them amazing authors and I'd love the chance to sit down with them and discuss the characters and places they've created.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Book Review: The Royal We


From Goodreads"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next." 

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Spanning nearly a decade, The Royal We is a richly imagined, emotionally compelling novel that examines, with warmth and wit, what truly happens after your prince has come.
 


My Thoughts: So first things first, I'm a royalty/royal-history nerd. Always have been, way before Kate sashayed down that infamous runway. I've read numerous books and tons of articles about various royals and periods of royal history, I even took a British history class in college because my royal love leads easily into a love for England and all things British. I woke up crazy early to watch Diana's funeral and praised the world for DVR as I recorded Will and Kate's wedding. All this to say that it's not surprising that I read this book, though I wasn't entirely sure how it would go when I started it.

I needn't have worried; this book is fantastic. It is obviously inspired by Will and Kate but there are enough differences and areas where this story branches off that it easily kept me entertained. Actually, that's an understatement. I adored this book. I could not put it down, and when I did manage to set it down (darn work) I was thinking about Bex and Nick and all the other characters. The authors paint such vivid settings and have such detailed, interesting characters that everything just comes to life. I finished this a week ago and honestly these characters are still in my head. That's a great sign. I seriously recommend this. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Review - Faking It by Leah Marie Brown

From GoodreadsHaven't you ever told a little lie in the name of love?

Vivia Grant couldn’t be happier. She has her dream job and is about to marry her dream man. Does it really matter that she’s led him to believe she’s a virgin? After all, being in love makes every experience feel like the first time anyway! But an unexpected encounter with an ex-lover is about to expose her embarrassing lie…

When Vivia’s fiancĂ© discovers the truth, he ends their engagement—via text—and uses his connections to get her fired. Unemployed and heartbroken, Vivia begins planning her new future—as a homeless spinster. But her best friend has a better idea. They’ll skip the Ben & Jerry’s binge and go on Vivia’s honeymoon instead. Two weeks cycling through Provence and Tuscany, with Luc de Caumont, a sexy French bike guide. Too bad Vivia’s not a big fan of biking. And she’s abysmal at languages. Will she fib her way through the adventure, or finally learn to love herself—and Luc—flaws and all?
 


My Thoughts: This was a very cute book. Vivia had to grow on me a bit, but once she did I really liked her. However I liked her bff, Fanny, from the get go. I think everyone needs a Fanny in their life.

Honestly, there were a few parts of this story that were very far-fetched but overall it works very well and has good flow. It's a very fun, lovely read and I think it would be perfect for a beach or pool side read this summer. Also, I adore this cover.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a review however all opinions are my own. 

Hello Again

Well hello, again. Long time no see. I've decided that life has slowed down enough around here and I've finally got the inclination to blog again, so I'm resurrecting the ole blog. My plan is for this to be all things bookish, so let's get reading, shall we?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A to Z Book Survey

 
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Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created this A to Z book survey and I just had to do it. I love these things!
Author you’ve read the most books from:

Diana Gabaldon/JK Rowling - tie

Best Sequel Ever:

Second Helpings – Megan McCafferty

Currently Reading:

Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon

Drink of Choice While Reading:

tea

E-reader or Physical Book?

both – I love both but physical books will always be my favorite

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Wes – The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

Hidden Gem Book:

Sammy’s Hill – Kristen Gore

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Reading Harry Potter for the first time

Just Finished:

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’ll read anything

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Fiery Cross – Diana Gabaldon (1443 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (all the feels!)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2 big, 2 small

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Eat Pray Love

Preferred Place To Read:

The couch

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Reading Regret:

Not starting Harry Potter when book 1 came out

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I can’t think of any….

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pride and Prejudice, Outlander

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Isaac Marion/Warm Bodies/R

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The sequel to Warm Bodies and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Worst Bookish Habit:

Reading too many books at once

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

IT Stephen King

Your latest book purchase:

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The New Hunger – Isaac Marion

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TTT–Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read

I’m participating in the Top Ten Tuesday posts at The Broke and the Bookish. Books are good. Lists are good. So this should be good (I hope)!

Today’s theme: Favorite book covers of books I’ve read. I tend to like a simple cover the best but color definitely draws me in. I know a lot of people don’t like the cover of The Fault in Our Stars but I love it, it just works.

 

Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner   Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

The Fault in Our Stars  An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)

A Shot of Sultry (Sultry Springs, #2) Beauty Queens

Matilda Notes from a Small Island

 The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making  Eclipse (Twilight, #3)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TTT Books Dealing with Tough Subjects

I’m participating in the Top Ten Tuesday posts at The Broke and the Bookish. Books are good. Lists are good. So this should be good (I hope)!

This week’s topic is a little difficult for me as I tend to shy away from books that bring up touchy subjects. I realize that’s probably a bad thing but reading is my escape from the touchy subjects of real life so I do tend toward happier subjects. That said, I’ll do my best!

The Fault in Our Stars You knew this was going to be here, right? 

A Child Called "It" Eat, Pray, Love 

The Help The Awakening

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