Monday, March 30, 2020

One Old, One New: The Facing Your Fears Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. I originally thought I was just sticking two library books together, but when I was thinking about the talking points for my reviews, I realize both the main characters in these books had to face some of their biggest fears at some point in the stories. These were pivotal times for each character, and it was something that really hit me as I read these books.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Animal Crossing Gets Literary


Hello, friends! I hope you are all hanging in there during these times of self-isolation. Out here in Chicago, we've been pretty much shut down for almost two weeks now. As a home body, this time has definitely flown by for me! Especially due to the recent release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To celebrate the new game, I've recreated some of the most iconic outfits from YA books!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Come On, Get Happy

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Come On, Get Happy!

Bring on the puppy piles and unicorn kisses! I can't imagine there are many out there, who are not looking for a little lift right now. I won't lie, and say that I am "ok", because I'm not. It's tough times right now. Worrying about our loved ones, our health, our country, and our world. For most, their normal day-to-day has ceased to exist, and it's in times like this, that I appreciate the escape a book gives me. I have made no secret of the fact, that I often flee life via my books, and tend to read certain types of books in search of that exact thing.

This week, we were supposed to build a list around a certain genre, but I wanted to talk about books that make me happy. When I think about books that bring me joy, they are usually super cute and low drama. Then, there is my love for romance books. They always make me happy, because seeing someone find their HEA never fails to make my heart soar. I also adore seeing someone achieve something great, be it a small or big success. Because of that, I gravitate to sports books. I love having someone to root for and cheer on.

I honestly have a LOT of fun and happy books on my read shelf, but as always, I want to try and feature newer releases.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

One Old, One New: Chasing the Dream Edition

One Old, One New features two books - one old, one new, which are connected in some way. Today, I am sharing two books, which feature characters chasing their dream. In Unscripted, Zelda is attending a summer camp, where she hopes to hone her improv skills. While Maya is exploring her future as a musician in Jesse's Girl.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Spring TBR!

I am a HUGE fan of spring. It's a season of renewal and more moderate temperatures. It's also a season of a BILLION book releases. Seriously, look at the number of books coming out between March and June. I could never read them all, but I still want to. I have a pretty packed list of review books for those months, and I am very excited about many of them.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where we discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week’s Topic: Do You Enjoy Anthologies?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Getting Social

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Getting Social!

This week we were supposed to talk about authors we follow on social media, but to be honest, I don't really follow too many. Since I still wanted to sort of stick with the topic, I decided to feature some YA books in which social media plays a role. The YA target audience has always known life online, and because it is such an integral part of their lives, it should be a topic featured in YA books. Many of these focus on the community and online friendship, but also show the pros and cons of life online. As always, these are books I have read and enjoyed.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Five Star Friday: February 2020



On the first Friday of each month, I will celebrate my five-star reads from the previous month. Fingers crossed, I have lots of books to tell you about.

This month, I was able to get through 31 books, and had a whopping 5 five star reads. Not too shabby. Essentially, I had the same number of 5-star reads as I did DNFs. Maybe it's the universe's way of maintaining balance.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Standout Singles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Standout Singles!

This is one of those topics, which I thought would be simple, but it wasn't. Apparently, I do not read many books with single word titles. I have to say, I do admire authors, who are able to boil their book down to one word, and really have it fit. Maybe that's why I don't have too many single word titles on my read shelf. Because of that, I had to go back further than I normally do, but I was able to find some great books with succinct titles to share with you this week.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Discussion: Writing for All Ages


This Week’s Topic:
WRITING FOR ALL AGES

Since last year, I have been seeing more and more of my favorite YA authors crossing over into adult romance. It's been very exciting for me! But, my go-tos aren't just writing adult romance, many of them are writing for different age ranges, and I admire their ability to be successful for a myriad of age groups.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Blog Tour: The Opposite of Falling Apart - Micah Good


The Opposite of Falling Apart
Micah Good
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Wattpad
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
After losing his leg in a terrible car accident, Jonas Avery can’t wait to start over and go to college.

Brennan Davis would like nothing more than to stay home and go to school, so she can keep her anxiety in check.

When the two accidentally meet the summer before they move away, they’ll push each other to come to terms with what’s holding them back, even as they’re pulled closer to taking the biggest leap of all—falling in love.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: I Would Follow You

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

I Would Follow You!


Today's topic was actually pretty interesting. What characters would I follow on social media? That's a tough question. I would want to see posts from someone with a great sense of humor, because let's face, real life can be tough, and laughter really is the best medicine for that. I also like to see posts about things such as books, science, cute animals, and food.

Here are ten characters, who I think would create posts, which would entertain and interest me. As always, I tried to cull these characters from recent favorites.

Monday, February 24, 2020

#AmReading - #loveOzYA


Today I am featuring two books set in Australia and written by Australian authors. I am so excited, that we are getting gifted with more and more Australian YA books, because they are wonderful!