Book Shout Out

I will be the first to admit that I really have been slacking off on my reading. It is sad, really. But! I have two books that I have recently read (or at least in the last two months… oops) that I figured it was time to give them a shout out!

 

Sarah Dessen has been one of my favorite author for years now, and her most recent book, “Once and for All” was just as good as all her others, if not better! Maybe I am a little biased because there was a New Jersey reference, even if it was not the happiest (I forgive you Sarah) it still was something we can all relate to in someway.  Good Reads rates this with a 3.8/5 but if you ask me, it should be a 5/5. 32078787

Next up, if  you have not read every Nicholas Sparks book, are you even living?! I finally got around to reading “Two by Two,” and just like every other story, it had me feeling every emotion possible. I laughed. I cried. I loved characters, and I hated character. But in the end, I was sad that I reached the final page, and now I anxiously await to see whether or not this too will become a big motion picture, just like so many of my other favorites. Good Read ranks this a 3.9/5, so hey, at least my two books were graded consistently.

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Have you been reading anything good? What should I check out next? While I have a never-ending growing pile of books, I just need to keep adding!

Colleen Hoover’s Magic

As soon as I submitted my final assignment, I celebrated by taking a shot at my forever growing pile of books that I have been wanting to read. My first two picks were by the author I have been raving about a lot, Colleen Hoover! I picked up “Maybe Not” and “Finding Cinderella,” both short novellas that I was able to knock out pretty quickly… maybe quicker than I should admit.

After reading “Maybe Someday” and LOVING it. I knew I had to pick up “Maybe Not” 23587984which takes place before the story of “Maybe Someday” picks up. It was interesting to see the dynamics of Warren and Bridgette, and actually made their relationship in the other book make a heck of a lot more sense. I ended up really liking them after reading this one, and it seems like a lot of other people did too. “Maybe Not” ranks a 4.15/5 on Good Reads, and I think I can honestly say that it is a fair grade to give it.

Next up, “Finding Cinderella” was too short in my opinion! I wanted more. I need more. And – after researching, I see that it is kind of a part of the “Hopeless” series, which I 18593175have not read yet, so standby on that one as I add them to my list! But, the story here is something that I think every girl wishes they could have, or at least I do. Then again, I am a hopeless romantic (maybe I should pick up the “Hopeless” books sooner). This book received a 4.3/5 on Good Reads, which really convinces me that Colleen Hoover really does not write a bad book at all.

Have you read any good books lately? I need more suggestions as I power through my own pile of books!

Hittin’ the Books

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This crazy thing called life keeps getting in my way of writing. Between school, interning, and life in general I have not really had time to do much. But, I started and finished a book this weekend, which allows me to give you a new suggestion to add to your list!

During the month of February, I was really slacking when it came to reading, honestly I slacked through March too. I had jumped on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” bandwagon when the second movie came out, and it took me longer than I should admit to read all the books after. But, I did it, and they were good… so I would totally suggest them – although they are definitely not for everyone.

My latest, and probably favorite book though, is “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover. After reading “It Ends With Us” and falling in LOVE with it, I decided to try some of her other books, and so far, I have not been disappointed!24445517

Maybe it was because I felt like I could relate to the book, or maybe it is because I just really love things that associate with music, but Hoover once again hit me in the feels with her writing. Also, a neat thing about this book is it has its own soundtrack! If you read the book, you will see what I mean, it is pretty cool.

With a Goodreads rating of 4.34/5, I would say there is a really good chance you will fall in love with this story as much as I did. Young love is a great topic especially when music is involved, trust me. While I did not sob through this one like I did with “It Ends With Us,” there were some tears shed, but in a good way. It seems like Hoover knows exactly how to make her audience feel what the characters feel, and honestly, it is a magical experience.

No, I have not yet picked up the followup book, “Maybe Not” yet… but I will probably be adding it to my collection shortly so be on the lookout for that! And while you are at it, pick up this one yourself and give it a shot, or if you have any other suggestions, let me know!

 

Book Review: “I’m From Nowhere”

Crossing off another one from that list I made on New Years! This book was one I bought simply based off what the cover looked like, and I personally think it was a good pick!

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A California girl who gets shipped off to a school on the East coast, discovers more about herself during a term than she knew her whole life. Family, friends, boys, it pretty much covers the whole deal. Suzanne Myers keeps the story light,  but also allows you to connect with the characters. According to goodreads, it ranks 3.41 out of 5, and if you are into cute little romance stories, I suggest you give this one a shot.

For my next book, I am still decided which one to start… it is either going to be “One Plus One” by JoJo Moyes or “Two By Two” by Nicholas Sparks. No, the number sequence was not planned, it was just a coincidence. But if I can find a Three x Three book… I might consider it.

2 Books, 1 Review

Remember that list I made of books I wanted to read? Well last week I apparently had a lot of free time, and was able to knock two of them off the list! I am happy to report that neither one of them were a disappointment either, but they were two totally different stories. I would definitely suggest for you to read either (or both!) of them and let me know what you think!

  1. “The Couple Next Door” – Shari Lapena 28815474

Okay, so this one was a totally crazy book to read. If you were a fan of “Gone Girl” or “Girl on a Train,” then you should pick this book up or put it on the top of your list of ones that need to be read. It is a really twisted story about a kidnapped child that really had me hooked until the end trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Fun fact about the author, Shari Lapena was previously a lawyer, and this was her debut suspense novel. Not too shabby if you ask me. Also, according to Good Reads, this is a 3.74 out of 5.

2. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover27362503

This book, might be one of my new favorites hands down. If you love books that make you laugh, cry, love, hate, and just want to keep reading even though you really should be sleeping or getting ready for work – PICK THIS ONE. This novel is a beautifully written story that opens a door into the world of domestic violence and it is something that I think everyone should read. Colleen Hoover uses her own personal experiences as inspiration making this even easier to relate to. When I finished the last page, I could have wished for more, but it ended in a such a way that it was perfectly said. Good Reads rating – 4.51 out of 5. Come on, surely you are curious about it now.

While I now have two crossed off my list, I have a habit of adding to the list every time I finish one making it pretty consistent at never ending. But! I have “I’m from Nowhere” by Suzanne Myers up next, so stay tuned for another review in the near future!

Lists of 2017

A new year leads to a lot of hopeful resolutions that may or may not be fulfilled. I can not tell you how many lists I have created over the last week, optimistic that just maybe one of them will be completed in 365 days.

During one of my many hours skimming through Pinterest, I stumbled upon this thing called “bullet-journaling” that kind of caught my attention. This new trend takes all your to-do lists, lists of books to read, workouts to try, and anything else you can think of and puts them into a cute, trendy journal. As one who loves to write, doodle, create lists, this seemed right up my alley! Maybe I will start one of these in the near-future, but for now, I started a “Books to Read 2017” list that I figured I would write up here.

Being only a week into the new year, I am pretty proud to say I already finished my first book on my list. It was “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, and I bet a lot of you probably read this one in middle or high school. Somehow I had missed that memo, and reading now made it even more worthwhile for me (I finished it in like three days). Seeing how much times have changed since the book was written is fascinating, and no wonder why so many people tend to really enjoy that book.

Anywho – while my reading list is definitely going to grow over the year, here is what I am starting January off with. Have you read any of these? Have any book suggestions that you think I should add? Be sure to write them in the comments below!

Books to Read:

  1. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  2. Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  4. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stein
  5. The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
  6. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  7. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Living in a Muggle World

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Even though the last book installment of the Harry Potter series came out nine years ago and the last movie came out five years ago, the magic is still running high. Growing up in the fandom, my life sometimes seems taken over by the world of Harry Potter. When the last movie premiered, I thought that was the end. My childhood would officially be declared over and the love I have for the characters would forever be a memory. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling has yet to disappoint me in keeping the magic alive.

In 2016 alone, us Potterheads have had a crazy year. Pottermore is still growing, the history behind what Rowling was thinking when writing the series is a daily discovering with her on Twitter, and we have had more than a couple books handed our way. This past summer also lead to the debut of “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,” the play written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Although it is only in Great Britain for viewing, the world was able to read along with the published script. Being sucked in to the magical world all these years later brings out the child in all of us. The ones who refuse to truly grow up. curesd-child.jpg

Our magic is not just over yet either. It was announced that another movie would be gracing the screens. “Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them” is expected to be released in November. The film based off the that book that Hagrid used to teach Care of Magical Creatures back in fourth installment of the HP series. While it is technically going to be it’s own trilogy, the film will be based in the same world as Harry Potter, and to me, that is close enough! Until then, I will casually wear my Gryffindor socks and continue to wait for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts… which seems to have gotten lost in the Owl Post somewhere. And do not be surprised if I write about this more often, because HP will forever be one of my favorite things to talk about.