Around the World in YA Tag

http___www.pixteller.com_pdata_t_l-227712Thank you to Analee @ Book Snacks for tagging me for the Around the World in YA Book Tag. Check out her post for the tag and her blog. They’re really cool!

The Around the World in YA Book Tag was originally created by Becca @ Becca and Books. The rules are simple: List a country, and then show which favourite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

I think this post is supposed to be YA books, but I expanded it to all books I’ve read. I tried to come up with as many countries as I could. All book descriptions in this post are courtesy of Goodreads.


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In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


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A wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

Malaya, 1893 Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt Chinese family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives a proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, ghost marriages are often meant to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a comfortable home for the rest of her days, but at what cost?

As she reluctantly considers the offer, Li Lan is unwillingly drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities and vengeful spirits. There Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.


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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


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A diffident catering company owner, Max Rosen, learns of the existence of a coded research document authored by her late scientist father. This research is linked to health pills that were unearthed from the site of the Indus Valley Civilization in ancient India. The pills were once the mainstay of German pharmaceutical giant Berliner that Max’s grandfather worked for. And these pills were used in horrific Nazi era medical experiments.

When Max learns that the pills and the disturbing secret they hold may be the reason why her father may not have committed suicide as she has always believed, she embarks upon a whirlwind adventure to decode her father’s research and find his killers.

In a thrilling ride that takes her and Julian McIntosh, a history professor, across the world, she must keep her wits about her or face dire consequences at the hands of Berliner and other unknown forces, who will stop at nothing to keep the research from coming out. Even as she struggles with her feelings for Julian, Max must brace herself for startling discoveries— her father’s research may well reveal a frightening truth connecting Berliner, her grandfather, and perchance, all mankind. And the shocking reality about her father’s death is one she may never be able to face.

Colossus is a lightning paced, intelligent suspense drama, blending fact with fiction, thus making it frighteningly plausible. Iyer takes the reader on an electrifying journey through history and exotic locales from ancient India to Berlin in the Nazi era, weaving in present day Chicago, London and Pakistan. A scrumptious blend of thrills, twists, surprises, humor and a dollop of romance, Colossus will remain with the reader long after it has been read and put away.


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Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem’s past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of internet pornography websites including but not exclusively www.videoshd.xxx, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.


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Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.


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After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.


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Little Bee, a young Nigerian refugee, has just been released from the British immigration detention center where she has been held under horrific conditions for the past two years, after narrowly escaping a traumatic fate in her homeland of Nigeria. Alone in a foreign country, without a family member, friend, or pound to call her own, she seeks out the only English person she knows. Sarah is a posh young mother and magazine editor with whom Little Bee shares a dark and tumultuous past.

They first met on a beach in Nigeria, where Sarah was vacationing with her husband, Andrew, in an effort to save their marriage after an affair, and their brief encounter has haunted each woman for two years. Now together, they face a disturbing past and an uncertain future with the help of Sarah’s four-year-old son, Charlie, who refuses to take off his Batman costume. A sense of humor and an unflinching moral compass allow each woman, and the reader, to believe that even in the face of unspeakable odds, humanity can prevail.


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When federal judge Grace Silva’s teenage son Lane Franklin is taken hostage, Grace knows the only man who can help her is Joe Faroe, the very same man Grace spent a passionate weekend with 16 years ago before she helped send him to jail. Lane is being held prisoner in All Saints School, a private Catholic high school in Mexico, by drug lord Hector Rivas Osuna, the “Butcher of Tijuana,” who is demanding the return of money “stolen” from him by his former business associate and Grace’s ex-husband, Ted Franklin. The problem is that Grace has not heard from Ted in more than three weeks, and time is running out for Lane. With no other options available, Grace contacts Joe, a former kidnap specialist, hoping he can be persuaded to forget their past differences and rescue Lane before it is too late.


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Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of

Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.


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There’s always a chance the past will come back. Always a chance for secrets to reveal themselves…

Claire Monroe thinks she has it handled. She’s moved back to her home town, bought a house and has been commissioned by The King Edward Hotel in Toronto to paint three original works. She never imagined that at the conclusion of her meeting she would see Austin McKinley, love of her life and world-renowned rocker, walk into the lobby. Letting him go six years ago so he could fulfill his rock star dreams was the hardest thing she ever had to do. Seeing him now involves a revelation she isn’t prepared to face.

All Austin sees in the lobby of his hotel is the woman responsible for sending him into a tailspin. His destructive behavior had been the result of a broken heart and a shattered dream that didn’t include his music. For six years he’s kept up the façade for his band. Yellow Scarlet hit the big time, and he couldn’t just up and leave. But he has finally reached his limit. The band is taking a badly needed break to regroup and rest. Seeing Claire is unexpected, and the realization that he still loves her grates at his every nerve.

Austin will fall in love again and will quickly find out that they have a bond that can never be severed.

Their love is young, it is real and it is irrevocable.


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And just for fun, I’m adding some books from my part of the United States of America: Washington State. 🙂

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?

Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


Now it’s your turn:

Claire @ Art and Soul

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Skylee @ The Night Girl

and anyone else that wants to be tagged!

TMI Book Tag

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Thank you to Laura @ LaLa’s Blog for tagging me for the TMI Book Tag. You can check out her post for this tag by clicking here.

And now for some much needed TMI…


1)What character has a fashion sense that you like?

Well, when I was younger, I always wanted to be able to pull off that whole surfer girl look. I’m probably a little too old for that now. But I can’t think of a better character who portrays that than Kate from Bright Side.

2)Who is your book boyfriend or fictional crush?

I feel like I was just crushing on a new one recently and I can’t remember now who it is. 🙁 Honestly, it probably changes just about every other book I read. Since I just finished November 9, I’ll say it’s Ben because…

“You can’t leave yet. I’m not finished falling in love with you.”

3)Ever loved a character and then started hating them?

Hmm….I can’t think of one. Usually it’s the other way around. Usually I hate them and then end up loving them. Because if I started out loving them, usually something traumatic happens in their life that makes me question them. Hopefully, they turn themselves back around before the end.

4)What’s the biggest or longest book on your shelf?

Whichever book in the A Song of Fire and Ice Series is the longest. I was too lazy to look up the page numbers for each book. I also have the Outlander Series but I haven’t read any of those books yet. The length has actually had me putting it off. Such a commitment, I tell you!

5)What’s the heaviest book on your shelf?

Figuratively or literally? Honestly, it’s probably one of my college text books. You know, one of the books I thought I might need to reference in the future but haven’t touched since I graduated…too long ago to admit to.

6)Do you have any book posters?

No. And I don’t think my husband would enjoy looking at them plastered to our walls anyway.

7)Do you have any book themed jewelry?

No, but I have a couple of coffee mugs. Because they are totally equal, right? 😉

8)Book OTP?

I now feel my age. Excuse me while I Google OTP.

Ahh, one true pairing. All of them!

9)Favorite book series?

Seriously? Only one? Ugh. I’m going with Nine Minutes. It’s the first one that came to mind. It’s a NA psychological thriller.

10)Favorite book to movie soundtrack.

I don’t really have one of these.

11)A book you wish would continue because you miss it.

November 9. I want more.

12)Favorite standalone.

13)When did you start reading books?

I don’t know. First or second grade? I don’t think I’ve stopped since I started.

14)Which Hogwarts House are you in?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you…

15)Quality you look for in a book?

The ability to make me feel something.

16)Favorite book quote?

I have a whole list of favorite quotes coming up for Top Ten Tuesday this next week so I don’t want to give away too many of them, but here is a new favorite. It’s from November 9 and it’s one I believe in.

“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

17)Favorite author?

I don’t have just one, I have many. Some of my favorites:

Karen White

Colleen Hoover

Ginger Scott

Amy Harmon

Kristan Higgins

Jessica Park

and whole bunch more I can’t think of right now due to a sinus headache that won’t go away. Ugh.

18)Favorite book cover?

I don’t think I really have one but for the sake of the question I’ll go with Rebel. Eye candy. It’s that plain and simple…and a whole lot embarrassing.

19)Action or romance?

Romance.

20)Why did you start blogging?

Because some friends told me I should.

21)Where do you go when a sad moment happens?

Odd question. I don’t think I really go anywhere. I just deal with it in my head.

22)How long do you need to finish a book?

Depends on the book. Sometimes, I can finish a book in an evening. Others take a week.

23)How long is your mourning period?

I think it depends on what I’m mourning. If it’s a book, until I find the next book I fall in love with. If it’s a person, it’s probably forever. It doesn’t matter if the person is dead or alive. There’s something I’ll always miss about them when they’re no longer in my life.

24)Least favorite book?

**TIME OUT**

Wait! How many questions is this thing? Oh, I get why it’s called “TMI” now.

**TIME IN**

25)Turn-on on a character?

Tattoos. Which is weird because my husband doesn’t have any and I can’t picture him with any.

26)Turn-off?

Alpha males that take a drastic personality change and become wimpy, mushy crybabies when they fall in love.

27)Name a scary book.

Okay, so one of my best friends told me about this book. She said it was amazing and then she told me what it was about. I guess it’s about social media and corruption. The way she talked about it scared the crap out of me. I was going to read it, but I think she talked me of it.

28)The last book that made you cry?

I ugly cried soooo hard in this book. My husband thought I was losing it. Seriously. He even asked why I kept reading it. It was such a beautiful book.

29)The last book you have 5 stars?

30)Any favorite book titles?

Infinity + One

Ugly Love

Flat-Out Love

31)The last book you read.

32)Book you’re currently reading?

I just set More than Enough down right before I started on this tag. I haven’t picked anything else up yet So, for once, I can say I’m not currently reading anything. That might be a first.

33)Last book adaptation you watched?

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34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?

Kate and Gus from Bright Side together. I want to be their third BFF.

35)An author you always wanted to talk to?

Colleen Hoover

36)Favorite book snack?

Cookies

37)What book world would you like to live in?

I think I want to live in Colleen Hoover’s book world. Any of them.

38)What book world would you not like to live in?

Anything BRWT (before running water and toilets).

39)The last time you smelled a bok?

I don’t smell books.

40)Weird insults used in books?

Uh…can’t think of any.

41)Favorite romance in a book.

Whatever romance I’m currently reading.

42)Do you write?

Are you reading this?

But really, I don’t write stories.

43)Favorite magical item?

Human imaginations.

44)Your quiddtich position?

Spectator

45)Name a song you connect to a book.

Photograph by Ed Sheeran and More Than Enough.

46)What is your favorite book related pick-up line?

I’d like to end your Age of Innocence.

47)Have you ever used that?

Heck no. I just found it on the internet.

48)Favorite book fandom?

I think I’m too old for this question.

49)How many books do you own?

More than I’m willing to admit to.

50)Who do you tag?

Wow. I feel kind of guilty tagging anyone for this since it’s so long. But hey, the fun must continue and you can feel free to ignore it if you want.

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and After Thoughts

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

The Candid Cover

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A big thank you to Jesse @ Books at Dawn for tagging me for the Bath and Body Works Tag. I have to be honest. I don’t use many of their products. I just use their mini hand sanitizers. I love all their smells, but my skin is just too sensitive for their products. 🙁

Now, onto the tag!


Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection 
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Bright Side by Kim Holden was perfect in my mind. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think about my life and what I should be striving for each day. I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anyone.


Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

 

There are so many contemporary romances I could have picked for this one, but I went with On The Fence by Kasie West. I love all of her books. They are sweet coming of age romances that can only make you smile.


Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

 

I just found author Ginger Scott this year. I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of her books before. They’re amazing. I love the emotions she is able to portray in her characters. Wild Reckless is my favorite. I absolutely loved it.


Warm Vanilla – A chaacter and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

 

Sustained by Emma Chase made me feel happy the entire time I read it. Jake was the bad boy lawyer that never planned on falling in love…until he met Chelsea and her six orphaned nieces and nephews.


Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

 

One of my favorite couples comes from Ginger Scott’s You and Everything After. Cass Owens has MS. She’s not about to let it ruin her college experience. Tyson Preeter may be confined to a wheel chair, but he has no problems lining up the ladies. When these two sarcastic characters fall in love, you can’t help fall with them.


Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

 

It has “beach” in the title — does that count? There is a beach, but the majority of the book doesn’t take place on it.  But I love the way Karen White mixes mystery, family, romance and history all into one book. The Beach Trees is the first book I read by Karen White and it’s still my favorite book of hers.


I Heart Cake (and Books) – your favorite book

 

Oh, the favorite book question! Ugh! I don’t have one favorite book. I think I have a favorite book per year. (The Beach Trees was my favorite the year I read it.) This year, it’s Bright Side. It’s the book that impacted me the most.


Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

 

The last Christmas / winter book I read was A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak. It was cute and fun!


Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting

 

My choice for this one isn’t an unusual or appealing setting. It’s a very real and actually kind of ugly setting. But it is a setting I find interesting.The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is set in war torn France during World War II. It was such a good book.


Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

 

Before I explain this one, I have to ask — Did anyone else sing “shine bright like a diamond” when they saw the picture of dazzling diamonds? Or am I the only one? Lol.

I love the beautiful simplicity of Amy Harmon’s Infinity + One cover. The detail on the guitar is very pretty and the font of the title is pretty but almost edgy. And not only is the cover beautiful, so is the writing.


And now for the tags:

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

No pressures to complete the tag, if you have already done it or don’t want to. 😉

WWW Wednesday: November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran’s Day and welcome to 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 started Colleen Hoover’s highly anticipated November 9  yesterday. I’m loving it so far!

I started reading Kim Holden’s All of It last week. I had to put it down at about 30% in. I like it, but I was in the mood for something different. The same thing happened with Thoughtful. I plan on finishing those two, but it will be after few other books that I need to finish.


Recently finished:

I had a very slow (for me) reading week last week. I didn’t get near as much reading done as I normally do. Life has been busier and I’ve been in kind of a book funk. Rebel by Elle Casey totally got me out of that funk. I should have a review up by Monday for it. If you’re interested in reading it, it’s FREE in e-book version right now!


Reading Next:

Yes, this is still on my reading next list. I didn’t get a chance to start it last week. I will have to read ASAP. It’s going to have to return to the library in a couple of weeks.

I also plan on reading More Than Enough by Jay McLean very soon.


What are you reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To / Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch. I’m going to give you 5 of each instead of picking one of those options this week.


Five Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To:

1.Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

 

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

 


Five Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch:

1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

 

2. Paper Towns by John Green

 

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

 

4. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

 

5. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I would like to thank Laura over at LaLa’s Blog for tagging me in for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, you totally should! It’s a really fun blog filled with great reviews. You can find her post for this tag here.

This tag was originally created by TheBookArcher and you can watch the original tag below.

Now, I have to admit this isn’t the first time I’ve done this tag. I did it a while back and you can find my original post here. I thought it would be fun to do it again and see if my answers had changed at all. So, here I go!

1. A popular book that you didn’t like.

To be honest, I didn’t completely dislike this book. I actually loved the first 2/3 of the book. It just lost me at this point. I didn’t like the direction it took and I didn’t go on to read the next two books in the series.

2. A book or series everyone seems to hate, but you love.

Readers seem to either love or hate Stephenie Meyer’s Twililght Saga. I loved it.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person that you didn’t want to end up with, or an O.T.P. (One True Pairing) that you didn’t like.

The book was good, but I didn’t like Ruby’s relationship with Michael. It just seemed wrong to me. Plus, Michael’s girlfriend/ex-girlfriend made it even weirder.

4. A popular book genre that you barely reach for.

Horror! I never reach for horror. I don’t like to be scared and I don’t like bad dreams!

5. A popular or beloved book character that you do not like.

Oh, America. I liked you in The Selection but I couldn’t stand you in The Elite.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just go with Kiera Cass.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

It’s not so much a trope as it is a certain kind of character. I am tired of seeing strong men become complete wimps in romance novels. One minute, they’re an alpha male. The next, they’re the most sensitive man on the planet. I think done correctly, alpha men can be sensitive in a romance novel. (Jill Shalvis and Elizabeth Reyes are masters at creating men like this!) It’s when their personality completely changes that it bugs me.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

My best friend loves Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. Me, I’m just not interested in this kind of story.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie.” but what book or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

It’s been a long time since I read the book, but I just watched this movie last night. I thought it was a really good adaptation.


So those are my unpopular opinions. What are yours? Feel free to tell me in the comments or consider yourself tagged!

WWW Wednesday: November 3, 2015

Welcome to 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:

Last night, I started reading Kim Holden’s All of It. I’ve wanted to read it since I finished her books Bright Side and Gus.


Recently finished:

 

I read The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig last weekend. It was a really great historical mystery spanning three generations of the same family. You can find my review of The Forgotten Room here.

After that, I read an ARC of J.C. Valentine’s upcoming release S.O.B. It was a fun erotic sports romance. It’s releasing November 10th. You can read my review that posted today here.

Finally, I just finished Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase last night. I hadn’t read the first book in the series, but that didn’t matter. It was funny, cute and just a great light romance. I should have a review up for it this Friday.


Reading Next:

My hold request for Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On came in yesterday. I hope to start reading it in the next couple of days. I’m so excited!


What are you reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel. Authors on my list who have a book scheduled to come out will have the picture of that book under their name. Authors who have yet to announce their next novel will have the picture of their debut novel.


1. Catherine Doyle

2. Victoria Aveyard

3. Elizabeth Little

4. Laura McHugh

5. Laura Lane McNeal

6. Suzanna McKenna Link

7. Kaisa Clark

8. Lexa Hillyer

9. Ann Jacobus

10. Jessica A. Briones


Are any of these authors on your list? What other authors would you add?

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, do it! It’s amazing.

I know I’ve done this one before, but it’s always fun to state random facts about myself and keep the award nominations going.


The Rules:

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

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I played high school basketball and fastpitch.
  2.  I used to have a pager. Finding a payphone and carrying change to call people back was so 1997.
  3. I have pictures of the people I love up all around my house. I love looking at the memories.
  4. People complain about the rain in Seattle. I don’t really mind it. It means I can wear sweatshirts.
  5. I didn’t have a Halloween costume this year. I showed up at a friend’s party and when they asked what I was I said, “Mom of the year. Because there is no award for that.”
  6. I’ve seen Pentatonix four times in concert. I would have seen them a fifth time this past August if I hadn’t been leaving for vacation the next day.
  7. I tap danced from 5 to 17 years old.

If you’ve already received this award or don’t feel like doing this, feel free to ignore my tag.

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Amy @ Book Enthrall

Aneta @ Aneta Quinn

Bea @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat

Claire @ Art and Soul

Courtney @ Abibliophobic Tendencies

Hayley @ rathertoofondofbooks

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Lucía @ Making Days Better

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Megan @ Little Blog of Books

Michelle @ Mishi Reads

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stefanie @ yourdaughtersbookshelf

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Soundtrack Saturday: The Air He Breathes

Welcome to my second Soundtrack Saturday! I had so much fun coming up with a mini playlist last week that I thought I would do it again. This week, I’m going to spotlight the book The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. You can find my review here.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy (I refuse to use P. Diddy, Diddy or whatever. He was Puffy back then!) would be a good choice for this one.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

Every Breath You Take by The Police was the first song that came to mind when I thought of Tanner. I know, the first song I chose is a remake of this one. They’re the same but different and it works.

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

I don’t think I could have found a more perfect song for Tristan and Elizabeth’s relationship than A Great Big World’s Hold Each Other.

A song that fits the ending of the book:

Savage Garden’s I Knew I Loved You is a song that I think fits kind of the whole vibe of the book, especially the ending.


And that’s a wrap. Happy Halloween!