Summer Series Release Day Blitz Giveaway!

Jan
26
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So, if you have followed the blog at all, you know what a HUGE fan I am of C.J. Duggan.  You can click on the titles and find reviews of The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, and That One Summer.  So I am super excited to participate in this release day blitz and giveaway!

Title: Summer Series Boxed Set

Series: Summer 1-3

Author: C.J. Dugg

Genre: New Adult (NA) 

Digital Release Date: November 7, 2014

Paperback Release: January 26, 2015 

 

 

Contains THREE full length Summer Series Novels. 

THE BOYS OF SUMMER

After first shift disasters, rude wealthy tourists, and a taunting ex boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come from working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer, and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love, and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

AN ENDLESS SUMMER

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

 

 

THAT ONE SUMMER

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.


 

Buy Links 

Amazon   |   itunes


The ‘Summer Series’

Book 1: The Boys of Summer

The Boys of Summer   |   itunesBook 2.5: Stan (Novella)

Amazon   |   itunes

Book 2: An Endless Summer

Amazon   |   itunes

Book 2.5: Max (Novella)

Max – PreOrder

itunes 

Book 3: That One Summer

Amazon   |   itunes

Book 3.5: Ringer (Novella)

Amazon   |   itunes 

Book 4: Forever Summer

Forever Summer (December 2015)
 
The ‘Paradise Series’
Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)

Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)


 

 

 

Author Bio

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).



C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

Author Links

WEBSITE |   FACEBOOK   |   TWITTER   |   GOODREADS

 

 

 

 

 





Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson
Series: Meet Your Match #2
Also by this author: Prejudice Meets Pride
on 12/15/14
four-stars

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

Title: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

 

Series: Meet Your Match #2

 

Author: Rachael Anderson

 

Other Books by the Author: 

The Reluctant BacheloretteTwist of Fate,

Prejudice Meets Pride

 

Release: 12/15/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

 Source: Personal Library

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LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

ABOUT RACHAEL ANDERSON

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USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 

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 GIVEAWAY

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WHAT I THOUGHT

I fell in love with Noah in Prejudice Meets Pride.  He was this dad who had just really had a rough go of it.

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Top Ten

 

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Qualifier*** These didn’t necessarily come out in 2014, I READ them in 2014!

#16THINGSITHOUGHTWERETRUE

 

#16 things i though were true

I had this one for a while and kept putting off reading it. Finally I picked it up one day and read it.  WOW! What a great story! So many issues and things happening all at once in this story… I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one!

THROUGH TO YOU

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The bad boy and the really good girl? He hooks her by telling her he likes her sparkle, the piece of tinsel in her pony tail.  Um, yes, I’ll take one please.

THE PROMISE OF AMAZING

 

The Promise of Amazing

You know how every year there is that totally sweet lovable romance that you just adore? This one was great for me.  Fun, cute, and an easy read!

MAYBE ONE DAY

Maybe One Day

 

Oh wow.  This book. I don’t even really know what to say other than that.  Oh wow.

 

BREATHE, ANNIE BREATHE

 

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Oh Miranda! Back to Hundred Oaks.  I love this series and I love the sparks of humor and romance in Miranda’s books. Plus, I hate to run, so I totally sympathized with Annie! After breaking my foot this fall, I could feel the motivation to run though!

 

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

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I think one of the things I loved best about this book was connecting with the whole sister thing.  I have two girls and I love the dynamics between them.  Seeing the sister bonds in this book was amazing.  I also loved how amazing the family connection was in this book. Plus it was such a sweet love story, and there is a sequel coming out! I can’t wait to read that one!

 

TAKE A BOW

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Do you ever finish a book and think, why in the world am I just reading this book NOW? Yep, this one! When I finished Better Off Friends this year, I started looking at what else Elizabeth Eulberg had written.  Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Prom & Prejudice, and The Lonely Hearts Club.  I realized I had Take a Bow in with my e-books.  So I pulled it out and read it immediately and fell in love with it.  I then requested Revenge, Prom, and The Lonely Hearts from my library. And loved all of them.  I could have put any of them here, but chose Take a Bow because I have a think about music books.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

 

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Yes, I am one of about five people who hadn’t read this book.  And I read it this year in anticipation of seeing the movie.

No. I have yet to see the movie. Yes, I have seen all the most recent Disney movies and have been put on notice we are going to see the newest Annie movie over Christmas Break.  I also have a preferred seat at the gymnastics gym I attend where most of my time (and money goes) so that tells you what my life is like!) but I digress. Okay, I will admit that this one blew me out of the water.  When your husband keeps looking at you and saying, what is a matter and you just hold up the book? You know you have a winner.  And then oh my, the ending???

ONE PLUS ONE

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So, I had not read a Jojo Moyes book.  I know, what was wrong with me? But I have now read two! and I have one on my e-reader and another on my shelf ready to go.  People Me Before You was an amazing work and I just, wow.  But this one had me in stitches! I cracked up so hard! I was laughing out loud.  I don’t read a lot of ‘adult’ literature these days, but I have put Moyes on a spot on my shelf so that should tell you something.

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

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So I kind of fell in love with Stephanie Perkins with Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola kind of cemented that love. Isla? Yeah, that just made a firm believer of me.  You can check out my gushing here if you so desire, but know that my review is a love fest.  We go back to Paris. We go to New York.  We get to dip our toes in the long, loooong awaited Stephanie Perkins novel.  And it was well worth the wait.

four-stars





Prejudice Meets Pride Review

Dec
15
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Prejudice Meets Pride ReviewPrejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
Also by this author: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined
on 4/28/14
four-stars
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

 

WHAT I THOUGHT

So this book really caught my attention! So much so that I jumped ALL OVER a tour starting tomorrow that is the sequel to this one!!!!

Emma is playing the amazing big sister and is taking on her brothers children. And in the process she meets this really amazing guy, but see, she isn’t really willing to just give into him and let him help with anything, or ever admit she needs help, even when she does.

This was such a sweet, romantic tale and I found myself falling into Emma and Kevin’s story and so excited for the upcoming stories in the series! And I love a good rolling romantic comedy. This one totally fit the bill! What a great story!

four-stars





Review: Anna and the French Kiss And Top Ten TuesdayAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series:
Also by this author: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd on 2013-12-16
Genres: Europe, Love & Romance, People & Places, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Goodreads
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

 

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

WHAT I THOUGHT

This ranks as one of my all time favorite books.

It is such a sweet romance. Anna has no desire to go to boarding school in Paris (and seriously WHAT is wrong with her???) but her parents make her go for her senior year after they come into some money.

But in Paris Anna finds time to visit movie theaters and watch old movies, tour the city, and just soak in the culture. Maybe it isn’t as bad as she thought it would be.

Plus, there is Etienne St. Clair. Anna is sort of dating a guy back home, which is okay cause Etienne is dating someone too. But that doesn’t help the way she feels about Etienne.

This book was a quick read for me and one that I have recently re-read in light of Isla and the Happily Ever After coming out.  I had forgotten how much I loved Anna and Etienne until I re-read the story. Anna is fun and typical American and Etienne is pretty typical French, yet they just seem to work… except for those pesky relationships that they are in, and the fact that they both feel friendship towards each other.

Stephanie Perkins takes you to Paris and makes you happy to be there. Really!

 

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Top Ten

 

Top Thirteen Books I’m Looking 

 

Forward to in 2015

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So many good books to choose from!!!

I Was Here — Gayle Foreman

 

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Another one I have seen some reviews floating around about. Makes me excited to read it!

Saint Anything

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Sarah Dessen, do I really need to talk about all the amazing things that she has written? Seriously? She is pretty much the queen of YA! And this book just sounds AH-MAZ-ING! I can’t wait for this one!!!!!

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

 

 

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Sarah Ockler, author of Twenty Boy Summer, The Book of Broken Hearts, and #scandal! And any book about mermaids (even if they aren’t really mermaids) works for me!

The Start of Me and You

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This one sounds so romantic! Connecting to the person that has your deceased boyfriends organs? Oh my!

Love, Lucy

 

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Traveling through Europe and especially Italy is on my list of things to do, so I will say that this book calls to me!

 

Making Pretty

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This one intrigues me!

 

We Can Work it Out

 

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I am on such an author kick this year! I have read Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and the book that this one is the follow up too, The Lonely Hearts Club. So, as you can tell, I am such a fan of Elizabeth Eulberg! I ADORED The Lonely Hearts Club so I can’t wait to see what has happened with the characters!

 

Emmy & Oliver

 

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I love the story behind this one… a child is kidnapped and comes back.  Can you just pick up where you left off?

The Fill-In Boyfriend

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Kassie West wrote On the Fence, Pivot Point, and The Distance Between Us. Yeah, all books that I have devoured and really enjoyed.  I love this kind of story!

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)

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This one was written by the same author as The Reece Malcom List and Ink is Thicker than Water both of which I really enjoyed! So I am excited to read this one!

Books with no cover yet:

Paradise City by C.J. Duggan

I am a HUGE C.J. Duggan fan from the beginning.  (Check out a link here for my reviews of all her works.  This is super exciting as C.J. has just been signed by a publisher and this is not a self publisher! I’m so excited for my friend! And her books are AMAZING!!!!

Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Oh how I love Miranda! I eagerly await the releases of her books and Jesse’s girl is no exception! I love to see the characters from the other books show up, and I love the stories that she creates.  And Miranda herself? She is such a sweetheart!

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

This summer I kept putting off reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Yeah, not really sure why, cause it was AWESOME!!!!! So, I am so excited to read the follow-up book to that one!





Stan: Review & Book Blitz & GiveawayStan by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer Series #1.5
Also in this series: The Boys of Summer, That One Summer, Ringer
Also by this author: An Endless Summer, Ringer
on 10/26/14
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
five-stars
I had plans, big plans, but all that changed the night Bel Evans darkened my doorstep.

Stan Remington is the go-to man. What he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.

And when it comes to Onslow, for Stan, being an only child means a guilt-riddled sense of duty to help out at his parents’ caravan park every summer of his life: same old town, same old story.

Until Belinda Evans.

The wild and insipid doctor’s daughter who spends summer holidays with her family at Remington’s Caravan Park, but she’s not Stan’s problem; that is, until she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but responsible for Bel as well.

Just the two of them.

Under the one roof.

For one long, long weekend.

In a world built by mundane routine and small-town boredom, this summer promises to be anything but boring.

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LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

 

 

 

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WHAT I THOUGHT

This advanced copy showed up in my inbox on a rainy day.  Add in that I had been so excited to return to Onslow and catch up with my boys, I mean the Onslow boys, and I was happy to spend the morning curled up on the couch with my puppies (yes, puppies plural, we have added to the brood, again!) and my cat. Anyway, on to Stan.

So, Stan has always kind of been in the background.  All the other Onslow boys have such huge personalities, can we say Sean? And are just so adorably handsome, um, my FAVORITE Onslow boy Toby? Then there is moody Chris and playboy Ringer. So, I mean Stan has just been there kind of hanging in the background.  But, see, it turns out he’s not really a background kind of guy, at least not to Belinda or Bel. When Bel and Stan end up stuck together for a weekend, things kind of spark, in a really, really good way!

I had to remind myself that Stan was near the beginning of the series.  Currently there are 3 main novels out and one in-between novel out.  Stan steps us back to right after Toby and Tess have gotten together.  But it is a nice tie into the rest of the series.  And it is a novella, it is a quick easy read.  And even though it is part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Why read this one book when you can park yourself in Onslow and hang out with the Onslow boys?

AUTHOR INFO

CJ

C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful New Adult Romance Series.

Author Links:

 Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

 

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five-stars





Isla Review… Welcome Back! Update! Top 10 Books that stay with youIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss
Published by Penguin on 2014-08-14
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Goodreads
five-stars
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” —Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

WHAT I THOUGHT

Oh I have been waiting for this book for a really really long time! I was so excited to get my hands on this book!

See, I fell in love with Anna and Étienne in Anna and the French Kiss (Book #1).  Then I fell even more in love with everything in Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book #2). So, the day that Isla (and by the way it is pronounced Eye-la) and the Happily Ever After showed up in my mailbox? I did a happy dance all the way up the driveway, tore open the box and read like a fiend.  Ehhh… who needs to clean the house when there is a new exciting book to read????

If you look at the covers of the three books, you might get that they are set in three different places, as the scenery implies. However, only parts of Isla are set in New York, large chunks are back in Paris, at SOAP (appropriately named as to the amount of drama that happens!

The characters of Isla and Josh are amazing and so realistic.  I wish I could turn the dial way back and head back to high school to join their gang because I truly think they would be a blast to hang out with.  They always seem to be having so much fun.  There is one scene where they are all hanging out in a cafe in Paris… I so wanted to be there! But I digress!

The writing and the story are so amazing. Stephanie Perkins weaves an incredible an page turning tale that draws you in and makes you cheer for the the people in her book! I didn’t want the story to end. Ahhh! I can’t wait for the next Stephanie Perkins book!

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Hello!

The welcome back is for, well, me! I’ve been gone for way too long! Summer started and I had great plans to get on here, but when you are home with the kids, things just kind of snowball, and before you know it, the summer is GONE!

We had a short summer, because of all the snow, the kids got out late in June and went back early (in Virginia we can’t go back until the day after Labor Day, but this year it was the earliest it can be!)

So, what did I do this summer?

Well, at the beginning of the summer we got to super cute bunnies! Harvey and Snowflake.  Harvey is the tan one and Snowflake is the gray one (we call her a dirty flake, yes, I know she looks nothing like a snowflake, but my 6 year old insisted that was her name, and she is STUBBORN, and really, it wasn’t worth arguing over!)

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We went bowling!

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We hung out with friends!

L & W BFF Adriane Karen Danni Joy

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We went to Busch Gardens and Water Country!

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My daughters spent a lot of time at the gym!

(my youngest daughter is on the pre-team for gymnastics and my oldest daughter is on the

competitive gymnastics team and all star cheer team)

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And we went to the beach!

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And I read. A lot.  I just didn’t post a lot.  

But I plan to make up for that!

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10 Books that Have Stuck with Me

 

So, I’m hoping to now flood you guys with all the goodness that I have read, because you see, the other night I had a little incident, see, I was walking down the stair… or attempting to anyway and sort of tripped.  Anyway when it was all said and done, I ended up with a broken foot and my foot in a boot for the next eight weeks. Lovely right?

So, anyway, one of my favorite teachers who taught me in 5th grade tagged me in a post on Facebook to list 10 books that have stuck with you.  I thought this would be a great get back into blogging post! So, here we go!

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great books of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. Then tag 10 friends and me so I can see your list.

1.  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

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2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host

7. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

if i lie

8. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

If I Stay  Where She Went

9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Couldn’t do it in just 10! 

11. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

12. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins

five-stars





The Fault in Our Stars: Review & Top Ten Books On My Summer TBRThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Penguin on 2012-01-10
Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Goodreads
five-stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

WHAT I THOUGHT

Okay, so the was one of those LONG, LONG, LONG over due to be read.  I mean it has been on my shelf for a while, but I kept putting it off because really, I knew what it was about and I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I mean there is something about cancer and dying that just strike a cord.  But when I saw the movie was coming out, I decided to read it.

HOLY COW. This one just totally bowled me over. Have you ever seen the Friends episode where Joey puts the books in the freezer? (You can click on the clip below!) Anyway, my point is that there are points where I considered it with this one, cause oh my I just didn’t want this book to go on the way I knew that it was going to continue.

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You know when your husband asks you what is wrong and then realizes you are just reading again and shakes his head and walks away that you get way emotional over a book.

So the good stuff about this one?

Oh my the characters.

Hazel and Augustus are incredible. Their relationship and the way they interact with each other and the people around them.  How could you not fall in love with them? Hazel has fought her disease for so long that it is just a part of her. She refers to her mom as her best friend, and really her only friend until her mom makes her go to the support group and she meets Augustus.

I also loved seeing how everyones life is changed by this one relationship. The web of friendship extends beyond these two people. They spiral out and make other friends, they are able to connect with other, to help other people, to meet others and to just live the way two teenage kids really shouldn’t have the opportunity or the need to live.

The writing was beautiful. I fell in love with the story. I fell in love with the characters. I was on the journey with them the whole way and felt everything that they did.

The bad stuff?

Really nothing.  Well, except the obvious. Cancer.  And what cancer means.

The one quote that really struck me from this book?

Mom sobbed something into Dad’s chest that I wish I hadn’t heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, “I won’t be a mom anymore.” It gutted me pretty badly.

This book gutted me pretty badly all the way around. I am both excited and nervous to see the movie. I have heard so many people say great things about it, but, I just don’t know if I’m willing to put myself through the wringer again. And you can’t put the movie in the freezer.

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books on my Summer to Be Read List

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So many to choose from! Here are my summer must reads!

On The Fence

 

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Another one I have seen some reviews floating around about. Makes me excited to read it!

I’ll Give You the Sun

 

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Whooo-hooo! This one looks SOOOO good!!!!!

Salt & Storm

 

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I don’t read a lot of this genre, but this one really caught my attention…

Nantucket Red

 

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The first one was so good! So excited to follow it up!

17 First Kisses

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This one wasn’t on my TBR list, but recently I have seen a couple of amazing reviews on

this one, so I have been very excited to read this one!

 

The One & Only

 

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I love Emily Giffin and can’t wait to read her latest!

 

Like No Other

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A semi-modern West Side Story? This one sounds amazing!

 

Just Like the Movies

 

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I loved Taste Test by Kelly Fiore! I can’t wait to dive into this one!

Falling Into Place

 

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This one just sounds so great!

Isla and the Happily Ever After

 

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So been waiting on this one!!!!!

 

 

 

five-stars





Meant to Be: Review & Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This YearMeant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Also by this author: Being Sloane Jacobs
Published by Random House LLC on 2012-11-13
Genres: Love & Romance, School & Education, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Goodreads
five-stars
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

WHAT I THOUGHT

Don’t you love going through your books and finding books that you have missed? This is one of those books that I LOVED but really really wanted to review! So, here you go…

RATING

5/5

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh my I’ve had so many good ones on my list to choose from this year, but here is my Top 10!

What I Thought Was True

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Geography of You And Me

 

The Geography of You and Me

The Promise of Amazing

 

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Split Second

 

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Better Off Friends

 

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

to all the boys i've loved before

Take Me On

 

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Catch a Falling Star

 

Catch a Falling Star

Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

 

My Life With the Walter Boys

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Honorable Mentions!

These are ones that I loved and just want to throw out a mention to!
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five-stars





Take Me On: Review & Top Ten Tuesday

Jun
03
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2014, new adult, review, Top Ten Tuesday
Take Me On: Review & Top Ten TuesdayTake Me On by Katie McGarry
Also by this author: Dare You To, Crash Into You, Pushing the Limits
on 2014-06-01
Pages: 304
Goodreads
five-stars
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help. West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her—fighting for her—is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future. Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

WHAT I THOUGHT

So I’ve reviewed all the books in the series (as of last night!) here are the links! Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, & Crash Into You.

I love how raw and honest these stories are.

West is so wide open and reckless and has a temper to match.  He feels responsible for the accident that put his sister in the hospital and is having trouble dealing wight the guilt of that and some other family issues. Hayley has some guilt of her own, and she has decided not to fight due to something that happened in the past.  Both of them together are perfect together, but it seems to take them a little while to figure that out.

Awww man, another winner by Katie McGarry. I just love her writing style, and I love the research and time that she puts into each of her books! The story was just so amazing and the characters so real and so fun.  During parts of the book, I fell like I could feel the emotion from the characters.

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books in my Beach Bag this Summer

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I have to admit to being super excited about going to the beach this summer! I have been thinking about what books I want to pack to take with me. Even though I’m not going until August, I mean it is almost summer!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe

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Oh my, I love, love LOVE Miranda Kenneally! I can’t wait for this one!

#scandal

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What screams a great beach read like a scandal of high school proportions? Yep, this one sounds juicy and I can picture myself on the beach with a book in hand.  (Don’t spoil it with the fact that I will be chasing kids at the beach, just don’t!)

No Place to Fall

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The synopsis on this one just sounds so good! I can’t wait to figure out what is going on with this one!

Some Like It Royal

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This looks like a perfect, fun, easy beach read! Light romance for the beach! Perfect!

Side Effects May Vary

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There are so many books about cancer this year.  But this one is a little different take on the subject and has

been on my TBR list for a few months! Can’t wait to read it!

The Summer I Found You 

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Pssst… It’s about summer, see? It says so in the title! It was MEANT to be read in the summer!!!!

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Another one I’ve been putting off reading! It sounds like such a sweet coming of age story!

The Art of Lainey

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A how to get a guy back kind of book! Sounds so great!

The Chance You Won’t Return

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Boys Like You

boys like youI love books about bands, music, etc, so this book is right up my alley!

five-stars





Pushing the Limits: Review

Jun
02
3 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2012, new adult, review
Pushing the Limits: ReviewPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Also in this series: Dare You To, Crash Into You
Also by this author: Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On
Published by Harlequin on 2013-05-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with

LINKS

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THE STORY

So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I actually read this one a while back, like January 2012 while back! But as I was going through to do my reviews, I realized that this one was missing from the series, and, honestly? Those kind of things bother me.  Plus, I loved this one so much, I wanted to add it back in! So, here you go!

The thing that I love the most about Katie McGarry is that her characters are SO FREAKING AMAZING! I can totally see these people really existing, they wander through the halls of schools, and they just jump off the pages of the books.  Noah and Echo were just amazing characters and I fell in love with them. They touched me so much and touched my emotions so much.

In retrospect, I love the road that this book started us on. I love that we got to get to know all the characters so much more that we meet in this book and following their stories.

I will admit, I am a crier, and yes, this one had me in tears a couple of times. I just love the story and the relationship that Noah and Echo develop. Ugh! This one is just crazy good!

RATING

5/5

five-stars





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