Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.).


1. Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

The main character, Cath, is a huge fan of Simon Snow series. She writes fan fiction stories about Simon and his world.

Fangirl


2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Margaret Lea is a biographer who grew up in her father’s bookshop. She is asked to write the biography of a famous British novelist.

The Thirteenth Tale


3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist whose expose has caused him legal problems.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is compiling a collection of stories about the help in her 1962 Mississippi town .

The Help


5. Mud Vein
 by Tarryn Fisher

Senna Richards is a reclusive novelist that awakens to find herself trapped in a secluded house.

Mud Vein


6. Slammed 
by Colleen Hoover

Laken falls for her new neighbor, Will Cooper, who writes slam poetry.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)


7. The Time Travellers Wife 
by Audrey Niffeneger

Librarian and time traveller Henry DeTamble falls for artist Claire Abshire. Their love story flows across time.

The Time Traveler's Wife


8. Dream of You 
by Kate Perry

Novelist Lola Carlisle falls for sports radio host Sam “Touchdown” Taylor.

Dream of You (Laurel Heights, #5)


9.
 Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Novelist Liz Sutton gets a second chance at love with Ethan Hendrix.

Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2)


10. The House on Tradd Street 
by Karen White

Real estate agent Melanie Middleton can see ghosts. Her writer friend Jack Trenholm helps her discover the mysteries behind the ghosts.

The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)

What is your favorite book about a book nerd? Tell me in the comments!

Nine Minutes

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Publication Date: July 19, 2014

Synopsis:

One day and one decision changed Ginny Lemon’s life forever. On May 15, 1975, the fifteen-year-old was abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, FL by a motorcycle gang member. From that day on, Ginny’s life depends on the goodwill of Satan’s Army leader, Grizz.

Grizz may be the frightening gang leader, but he has a soft spot for Ginny. She’s his obsession and he’s dedicated to keeping her as safe and happy as a captive can be.

Ginny is forced to trust in Grizz and try to adjust to life in the motorcycle gang. As time goes by, Ginny wonders if she will ever be able to get out alive or if she’ll be a prisoner forever.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh. My. Goodness. My mind is blown. BLOWN! I am honestly struggling with what to even write about Nine Minutes.

Nine Minutes was amazing. I loved it…but I hated it! The entire premise was so messed up. Everything that happened in this book was so disturbing! But the writing was so good. The surprises I didn’t see coming were amazing. The cliffhanger was awesome. I must have reread the last few chapters two or three times just to wrap my head around it.

So while I hated everything that was happening to poor Ginny, I couldn’t help but love this book. It’s going on my list of best books I’ve read so far in 2015. I highly suggest to READ. IT. NOW. Seriously. I would warn, however; Nine Minutes is filled with violence, sexual situations, and anything else you could think of happening in a motorcycle gang story. Think of a Sons of Anarchy type story.

If you’re interested in reading it, as of now Nine Minutes is $1.99 on Kindle and the second book in the series is releasing this Thursday, July 23, 2015!

Other books in this series:
Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ, etc.). Below (in no particular order) is my list of books celebrating diversity or diverse characters.


1. The Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen

Corey Callahan is beginning her freshman year of college in a wheel chair. It’s not how she planned it. Corey was supposed to be on the varsity hockey team. Now, she’s learning how to navigate the Harkens campus in her wheel chair. Luckily, she has her hot and injured neighbor, Adam Hartley, to help her. Too bad he already has a girlfriend.

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson is not the only Will Grayson–or so he discovers one night in Chicago. After meeting, their lives begin to overlap in ways they never thought possible. It all leads up to a hugely fabulous high school musical.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


3. 
 Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

High school senior Celeste Watkins is different than her classmates. She’s smarter than them. She talks differently than them. She’s also horrible at letting people in and making friends. Then, she meets quirky college student Justin Milano. He’s exactly what Celeste needs to break out of her shell.

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)


4. Home is Where You Are
by Tessa Marie

Anna’s a privileged high school student. Dean’s a homeless kid. Neither of them expected to fall in love. Can Anna’s love help Dean survive his tough life?

Home is Where You Are


5. Lola and the Boy Next Door 
by Stephanie Perkins

Funky designer wannabe Lola Nolan has the perfect life. Hot rocker boyfriend? Check. Cool gay dads? Check. Awesome best friend? Check. Then the boy she crushed on years ago moves back in next door and throws everything all out of whack.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)


6. 
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Bree Prescott is running from the horrors of her past. She’s hoping the lakeside town of Pelion will help her heal. What she finds in Pelion, is Archer Hale. She can’t help be drawn to Archer — and his silent demons. Can they help heal each other?

Archer's Voice


7. Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

She’s a weird red head. He’s half-Korean. They couldn’t stand out more in their Midwestern town if they tried.

Eleanor & Park


8. OC Me 
by Kristin Albright

After Amy’s aunt is in a tragic accident, Amy becomes obsessed with irrational fears. She tries to hide them from her friends and family. This becomes even harder when she falls for James. When Amy finds out she has OCD, she must learn to admit the truth to herself and those closest to her.

OC Me

9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

College student Sydney has an amazing life–then everything comes crashing down when she learns her boyfriend is cheating on her. Having no one else to turn to, she befriends her neighbor, Ridge. Ridge is cute and talented. Sidney loves listening to him play music on his balcony. Ridge’s just as captivated with Sidney as she is with him. There’s something about her that he can’t shake.

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)


10. Dinner with Buddha
by Ronald Merullo

Otto Ringling goes on a road trip with his Mongolian monk brother-in-law, Rinpoche. Otto hopes to find a new meaning for his life, while Rinpoche searches for the next place to serve.

Dinner with Buddha

What are books you have read that celebrate diversity or diverse characters? Leave them in the comments below.

ARC Review: Him

HimHim by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were best friends. They may have only seen each other every summer at hockey camp, but their friendship lasted for years–until their very last night at camp when Wes made the biggest mistake of his life by manipulating his best friend. Wes has no one to thank but himself for ruining their friendship.

Jamie never understood what happened with Wes. One day they were best friends, the next Wes was just…gone. Well, things might have gotten a little weird that last night at camp, but it was no big deal.

Four years later, Wes and Jamie run into each other at the college hockey national championship. Wes wants to apologize. Jamie wants answers. Neither really gets what they want.

HIM1

Weeks later, Jamie is shocked when Wes shows up to help coach at their old summer camp. This time, Wes is going to be completely honest with Jamie. Wes’ big reveal is going to cause Jamie to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As you can probably tell from my reviews of The Deal and The Mistake, I love Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. Prior to beginning A Novel Glimpse, I read and loved the first two books in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series. So, when I was presented with the chance to read an ARC of their first collaboration together, Him, I was super excited.

I knew going in this was a M/M romance. It’s the first one I’ve ever read. I was curious to see how it was going to go and if I would like it. I knew two men falling for each other wasn’t going to bother me…I just wasn’t so sure about that other “stuff.”

I loved Wes. There was just something about him. I can see why people (and Jamie) were drawn to him. I have to admit, though; I was worried about him the entire book. His feelings were so strong and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out for him in the end.

I loved Jamie, too. His outlook and openness were amazing. His family was amazing. There were a few times he had me worrying about what his actions were going to do to Wes’, but I felt like his story was a really important one to tell.

Jamie and Wes together? Their friendly banter with each other was funny. It was pretty adorable to see two extremely masculine hockey players falling for each other. As for that other “stuffI didn’t find it to be a big deal. Most of it wasn’t anything I hadn’t read in M/F romances.

Overall, I really liked the story. It was a cute best friends turned lovers romance. I think it’s great that two amazing writers are writing stories that anyone could identify with.

Thank you to Nina Bocci and Sarina Bowen for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of Him.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s feature is The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies). This fun list might give you a hint at some of my upcoming reviews.

1. Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Kiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17)

2. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)

3. I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

I Want You to Want Me (Rock Star Romance, #2)

4. The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

The Mistake I Made

5. Ugly Cry: An Anthology by AE Woodward, Brenda Rothert, Erika Ashby, JM LaRocca, Kathryn Perez, M.E. Carter, Missy Johnson, Stacey Grice, Murphy Rae

Ugly Cry: An Anthology

6. All of It by Kim Holden

All of It

7. Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Run You Down

8. A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1)

9. Remember When by T. Torrest

Remember When (Remember Trilogy, #1)

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

 What’s the last book that came into your possession? Feel free to leave the name and author in the comment section!

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve seen several friendly bloggers take part and it looked like so much fun that I decided to join in! This week’s list is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Below is my list.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been able to talk myself into it. I’ve checked it out from the library a couple of different times. I even checked out the movie version from the library and never watched it.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

I want to read this book. Really, I do. Both my sister, mother and several friends have told me it’s great. It’s another one I’ve checked out a couple of times from the library but then ran out of time to read it before I had to return in. I will read it — some time.

3. The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is another one I do want to read. I love Kristin Hannah’s books. I just haven’t been in the right mood for this one, I guess. Friends have told me it’s really good but emotional.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

I know it’s going to be good. I’ve enjoyed all the other books I’ve read by Ms. Oliver. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Okay, I feel super guilty about this one. My mom so lovingly gave me a paperback copy for my birthday a couple years ago. I haven’t read it yet. I want to, but the first time I opened the cover I noticed how small the print it. I don’t know why that made me put it down, but it did. I promise I’m going to read it.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca

Several people have told me I wouId love this book. It just doesn’t pop in my mind when I’m thinking of what to read next.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I know, I know. It’s a travesty. Everyone I know that’s read it loves it. At this point, I’m a little intimidated by the length of the series. I would want to read it all at once and it would take forever. I’m just not up to the commitment at this point. I will read it at some point.

8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

My college roommate read it years ago and raved about it. I bought it on my Kindle a few years ago. It’s sitting there waiting.

9. Room by Emma Donoghue

Room

I don’t know. Since I’ve had a child, there are some books I’m just not sure if I can read. This is one of those. I know it’s good, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read it until my child is grown.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowery

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds good and I was planning on reading it before the movie came out. I guess I just never got to it.

Is there a hyped book that you haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!

Sincerely, Carter

Sincerely, Carter Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

Publication Date: April 29, 2015

Publisher: WGW Books

Synopsis:

Arizona Turner and Carter James have been best friends since 5th 4th grade.They tell each other everything. Arizona knows all about Carter’s sexual exploits and he knows all about her relationships. They would do anything for each other at the drop of a hat.

Over the years, everyone has always assumed they have slept together. How could a guy and a girl possible be just friends? The truth is they have always only been platonic best friends.  And they would never ever cross the line with each other.

Until one night they do. Then, Arizona and Carter are left trying to figure out if they are really just friends or something more.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love, love, love this book. I love it. Sincerely, Carter was everything I like a book to be. It was funny. It was sweet. It was hot. It brought out the all the “feels”. I adored Arizona and Carter’s relationship. I loved watching their relationship change and all their uncertainty. This book was just so much fun to me. I didn’t want to put it down. I wish I wasn’t finished reading it because I want more!  I am going to have to go through Whitney Gracia William’s back list and read more of her books.

Sincerely, Carter is a New Adult book and for mature readers only. There is sex and alcohol in the story.

Split Second

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) Split Second (Pivot Point #2)  by Kasie West

Publication Date: February 11, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis:

In Pivot Point, Addison Coleman was forced to choose between living with her mother in the Compound or her father in the normal world. After Searching for the best potential future, Addie chose to stay with her mom. She can’t believe she chose to stay because this future seriously sucks.

First, her boyfriend used her. Then, her best friend betrayed her. Now, she’s the object of the entire high school’s gossip. Things really couldn’t get any worse.  Luckily, Addie’s going to get a break from it all when she visits her dad for the winter break. She’s hoping everyone will have forgotten her relationship with Duke by the time she returns.

After just a couple of days in Dallas, Addie meets this guy, Trevor. He’s cute, but she can’t help but wonder why she’s so attracted to him. It’s almost like she’s met him before. Addie wants Trevor to like her, too, but it seems like he has something against her.

Back home, Leila can’t help herself and opens the letter Addie gave her before she wiped her memory. Leila needs to learn how to restore memories. She’s not sure how to do that, so she enlists the help of a guy named Connor.

As Addie starts to get to know Trevor, the normal and Compound world start to collide. Leila and Addie are doing everything to they can to get Addie’s memories back, but someone may not want that to happen.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Split Second was an awesome follow up to Pivot Point. It was the same, yet different. Instead of alternating between two potential futures like Pivot Point does, it alternates between Addie and Leila’s POV. When I started reading, I was wondering if I was going to like that. I didn’t really care for Leila in the first book. She didn’t seem like a very good friend by the end. Leila totally redeemed herself in Split Second. What she was willing to do for her best friend was awesome. I also liked seeing more of her relationship with her family. And I loved her interactions with Connor. He was a really great addition to this story.

Reading Addie’s one POV was so much easier in Split Second than it was reading two of them in Pivot Point. I got the Addie I liked in this one. Which was weird considering she picked the potential future I didn’t enjoy reading the first time. It was fun to see how she dealt with meeting Trevor again. I do wish I got a little more Trevor in this book, though. He was such a great character in the first book.

As for the storyline, Split Second was just as interesting as Pivot Point. It started right where Pivot Point left off and kept going. It was faster paced than the first book, but I think that was because you weren’t alternating between potential futures. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend reading it if you liked all or parts of Pivot Point.

Other books in the series:

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Bright Side

 Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)Bright Side by Kim Holden

Publication Date: July 4, 2014

Publisher: Do Epic, LLC.

Synopsis:

Kate Sedgwick is the epitome of optimism. Nothing seems to get this girl down. Which is a surprise coming from a such tough childhood. Her disposition is so sunny that she’s even earned the nickname “Bright Side” from her best friend, Gus.

Kate is about to fulfill one of her dreams. She’s leaving sunny California to go to college in cold Minnesota. It’s hard leaving her best friend, Gus, and everything she’s known, but Kate has no doubt it’s going to be amazing.

What Kate doesn’t count on is meeting Keller Banks. She’s having a really hard time not falling for him. It’s hard when he’s cute, funny and smart. Kate’s never felt this way before. She’s starting to rethink her no falling in love stance.

The closer Kate and Keller get to each other, the more each worries that the secrets their hiding may ruin everything they have with each other.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

EPIC. Kim Holden does epic.

Seriously. Bright Side is one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life. It was incredibly funny, smart and sweet. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much or cried so hard reading a book. I haven’t read a book this inspiring since I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes a couple of years ago. I’ve already purchased it’s sequel, Gus.

I’m not going to say anything more about the story. I think Bright Side is a book best read without knowing too much. What I will say is this:

READ THIS BOOK NOW! 

Oh, and grab a box of tissues while you’re at it. You’re probably going to need them.

Other books in this series:

Gus (Bright Side, #2)