WWW Wednesday: September 30, 2015

Welcome to my second WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

 

I’m starting an ARC of The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen today. I can’t wait! I’ve been looking forward to reading this one since I finished The Shameless Hour a couple of weeks ago. The Fifteenth Minute is book number 5 in The Ivy Years Series but can be read as a standalone. It’s a New Adult book, so for mature eyes only. If you’re interested, you can read my reviews for Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) and The Shameless Hour by clicking on the book titles.

I’m also reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz with my seven-year-old daughter at night. It’s slow going because we only read one chapter a night. We’re about 75% through it now. I’m enjoying it. It’s been fun since we watched the Disney Descendants movie prior to reading it.


Recently finished:

  

I finished If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins last night. Before that, I read my pick for reading next from last week, A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson.  I haven’t written reviews yet, so they probably won’t post until next week. I read Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings before those two. You can read my review here.


Reading Next:

 

As soon as I’m done with The Fifteenth Hour, I’ll be staring the sequel to Me Before You, After You. I’m doing a buddy read with my favorite Goodreads group. After that, I’ll be picking Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale back up. I read 18 pages before I had to return it to the library. A friend recently lent it to me, so I need to get crackin’ on it.


What are you currently reading? What’s next on your list?

One Lovely Blog Award

Once again, I’m thanking the lovely Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you still haven’t check out her blog, do it now! She gives amazing reviews.

RULES:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.


  1. I played fastpitch (softball) and basketball for my high school. I wasn’t the best player, but I was good enough to make the team!
  2. I have a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Management. Before I became a professional mom, I was the Nutrition Services Operations Manager for a local school district.
  3. I love peanut butter. I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day in Kindergarten. It’s even better when mixed with chocolate. Yum!
  4. My husband likes to tease me about the TV shows I watch but then he becomes addicted to them, too. Think Awkward, The Mindy Project, New Girl. He never did like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, though.
  5. Speaking of The Mindy Project, my best friend swears that if we never got married and had kids we would be Mindy. Well, I would be Mindy and she would be my funny, cool friend. Interesting how she made me be the slightly crazy one, right?
  6. I’ve been to the following concerts: The New Edition Reunion Tour, Britney Spears (twice), Pentatonix (four times), Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, New Kids on the Block (with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men), Guttermouth, Pennywise, The Dixie Chicks, Lilith Fair and three KUBE 93 Summer Jams with assorted artists.
  7. The summer after my Senior year of high school, my best friend and I watched the movie Dirty Dancing almost every day. We actually went to see the musical when it came to Seattle this fall. We spent the entire time before and at intermission in our seats on Facebook quoting the movie back and forth. We thought we were pretty funny. I don’t think anyone else probably did. But, hey, “I carried a watermelon.” 

So, those are some facts about me. Next, it’s your turn!

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Alyssa @ Alyssa is Reading

Ally @ I Wuv Books

Analee @ Book Snacks

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords

Brittany @ brittanymariereads

Erika & Miedjel @ Partners in Books

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Maria @ Marwhal Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Heart-Shaped Hack

Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate & Ian #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Synopsis:

Ex-lawyer Kate Watts is worried her struggling food pantry won’t make it through the winter. When a large donation from an unknown benefactor is delivered, Kate is shocked and thankful. She makes it her mission to find out who her anonymous donor is.

When Kate finally catches Ian, she can’t believe he’s a hacker. Kate doesn’t want anything to do with the seedy things Ian does, but she can’t help wanting to know more about him. The more she gets to know him, the more Kate likes him. But as Kate and Ian get closer, so do Ian’s enemies.


My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Heart-Shaped Hack is the first book I’ve read by Tracey Garvis Graves but it definitely won’t be the last. There was so many cool things about this book.

I’ve never read a book about hacking before. I don’t know much about the subject other than what I occasionally catch on the news. Heart-Shaped Hack was filled with information I didn’t know before. I felt like I was learning along with getting a great romance.

As for that great romance, it was so much fun! I loved the way Kate and Ian met. Their bickering was cute and funny. Ian made me laugh so many times. He was hilarious! I totally get why Kate couldn’t stay away.

The only tiny complaint I have is it was pretty predictable. Even though I adored Ian and Kate’s love story, I could see where it was headed the entire time. I would have liked a little surprise.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like Author Colleen Hoover’s Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author. I know it’s probably going to be a popular choice, but I’m going with Ten Books To Read If You Like Author Colleen Hoover’s Books.

I love the way Colleen Hoover’s books make me feel. Every time I read one of her books, my heart is broken and put back together in the most amazing ways. The books/authors I’ve chosen on this list all do the same thing. I feel blessed to have found all of these authors and their beautiful books.

I’ve included the book blurb for each book from Goodreads, in case anyone is interested in knowing what each book is about.


 1. Falling Into You (Falling #1) by Jasinda Wilder

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and

the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

 2. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

 3. Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras

He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.

 4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

 5. Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

 6. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

 7. Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren Layne

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

 8. Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

 9. More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

 10. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


Are there any other books/authors you would add to this list?

Juniors

 Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:

High school junior Lea Lane recently moved to Hawaii with her actress mom. She hasn’t really made many friends on the island other than her childhood friend, Danny.

When her mom’s rich friends, Eddie and Melanie West invite Lea and her mom to move into their guest house. Lea’s not excited. Moving means living on her popular classmates’ property. She’s embarrassed to be accepting charity for Whitney and Will’s parents. Lea doesn’t want to be known at her posh private school as a charity case.

To her surprise, Lea finds herself becoming friends with Whitney and maybe something more with Will. She’s also experiencing more in life than ever before. But her friendship with the West kids may be changing Lea in a way she never wanted. Lea will have to decide if being friends with the West kids is worth losing the respect of the two people she cares the most about.


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


I loved how Juniors started off. It was a creative start but something I could imagine happening in real life. Lea was a normal teenage girl trying to figure things out. I liked her the dynamic between her and Danny. It was a cute friendship. I also loved the nod to the Hawaiian culture and scenery.

Somewhere in the middle of the story, it lost me a bit. Lea got very immature and it was hard for me to read. A lot of it was very realistic but it still drove me nuts — especially her “relationship” with Will. I hated how she treated her mom, too. I was frustrated with the story and kind of wanted it to hurry up and end.

Then, right before the very end, the story picked up and went in the direction I was hoping it would the entire time. I wish it would have happened earlier. I would have liked more interaction between Danny and Lea. I would have loved for the entire book to have more Danny in it. He was the cute and funny part of it all.

Juniors wasn’t my favorite book by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The Descendants has that spot. I still think Juniors had a good message for teenagers, though. I would suggest it to young adults going through high school. It’s an excellent representation of what trying to fit in could be.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I was recently nominated by the lovely Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard  for an interesting award called the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I appreciate her taking the time to nominate A Novel Glimpse. It’s always nice to feel the love from fellow bloggers. If you haven’t already, check out her blog. It’s amazing! Thanks, Giselle! 🙂

RULES:

1. Display the award on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
5. Write seven interesting things about you.


20150807_164814[1]1. I’ve lived in Washington state all but 2-1/2 years of my life when I went to college at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Of all those years in Washington, I’ve lived within a 12 mile radius. What can I say, I love the Pacific Northwest. And being sandwiched between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma is really cool.

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2. I love 80’s music. It always puts me in a happy mood. I used to make my friends play the game (I made up) 80’s music trivia with me. They would name random 80’s songs and make me tell them who sang them. I always won. 😉

3. I went to junior high and high school with my husband and knew of him but never really talked to him. In fact, my best friend dated his best friend for 3 years and we maybe all hung out two or three times in a large group. It wasn’t until after college that I “met” him. It’s made it a little awkward for our best friends that dated all those years ago. 20150418_103107

4. I never played soccer growing up but I always wished I did. Now, I’m getting to live playing soccer through my daughter. Don’t worry, no pressure on her.

CUATRO5. I tap danced for from Kindergarten to my Junior year of high school. I wasn’t amazing but I was pretty good, if I do say so myself. I had some rockin’ dance costumes. Fishnets when fishnets weren’t cool.

6. I hate doing dishes. I even have a dishwasher and I hate putting the clean dishes away. I feel like I do dishes every day. I’m so over it. Laundry is almost as bad. Ah, the joys of being an adult.

7. If I had to go back in time and do everything over, I would make (almost) all of the same choices. I would still make the ones that hurt or broke my heart because it’s all lead me to where I am today. I love my life.


I nominate:

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Page @ Page by Paige

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Blindness

 Blindness by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: February 23, 2014

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Charlie Hudson’s childhood was anything but easy. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she started to figure out who she was. Then, her father died suddenly and she was alone. Everything Charlie thought she knew about herself was gone.

It wasn’t until Charlie met up and coming lawyer, Trevor, that she could move on. Trevor was everything Charlie needed: stable, dependable, safe…perfect. Charlie knew her life with Trevor would be perfect.

Charlie’s perfect life is threatened when she meets ex-motocross star turned math tutor, Cody. Recovering from a motorcycle injury, Cody is anything but perfect. For some reason, Charlie can’t help but be drawn to him. She makes the conscious decision to avoid Cody and her attraction to him. Charlie knows she belongs with Trevor.

Nothing is ever that easy for Charlie, though; and luck is not on her side. Suddenly, Charlie finds herself face to face with Cody in a situation she never expected. Will she be able to stay away from the one person that “gets” her?


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Blindness is one of those tough books to rate and review. It’s going to be hard to explain without giving too much away, but I’ll try.

I love Ginger Scott’s writing. I’m always pulled into her stories. They’re often filled with tough topics and intense situations. Ms. Scott knows how to take those tough situations and make them very relatable to the reader.

In Blindness, Ms. Scott thrusts us into the world of a young woman who thinks she knows what love is. Charlie knows she feels safe and happy with Trevor. She loves him. Charlie also knows she feels a connection to Cody. He’s exactly the opposite of what Charlie’s looking for, but she can’t help be drawn to him when he understands things Trevor doesn’t. It puts Charlie in a position of having to make tough choices about what she needs and wants in her life.

It’s Charlie’s decisions throughout the story that made me question what my rating of Blindness would be. I hated her actions. Everything she did bothered me. She made me feel uncomfortable and angry. It was frustrating because Ms. Scott’s writing was so good that I could empathize with Charlie even though I didn’t like what was going on. How do you rate a book with a main character like that?

Well, I slept on it. I went to my daughter’s soccer games and kept the book in the back of my mind. Then, when I got home, I acknowledged that I don’t have to like everything that goes on in a book for it to be worthy of a high rating. Because when it comes down to it, Blindness made me do something I want all books to do. It made me think and it made me feel. It made me examine my own thoughts on love and relationships. I may not have fallen in love with Charlie, but not all books can be rainbows and unicorns, right?

Would I recommend Blindness? The answer is yes. Readers have to be willing to maybe be uncomfortable at times, but in the end it will pay off. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with a Ginger Scott book.