Waiting on Wednesday: The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released! (click the cover to head over to goodreads!)

the perfectionistsThe Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

HarperCollins
Expected October 7, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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I’m all about mystery books, especially murder mysteries! Sara Shepard’s latest book, The Perfectionists, seems like it will be the book to fill the mystery story void that has occurred on my bookshelves as of late. The premise sounds quite interesting, with these five girls who plan out the perfect murder – with no intent to act on their plans – as a joke, or just a way to get their hateful feelings out. Then the murder happens, and they have to find out who did it. If this book is anything at all like the Pretty Little Liars series, I’m prepared for anything and everything that could possible happen. I can’t wait to read this edge-of-your-seat story!

P.S. I’m loving the typography on the cover!

Are you looking forward to reading The Perfectionists? Have you read any of Sara Shepard’s other work? How do you feel about mystery books? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Underrated YA Books

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about underrated books and/or authors, and I decided to narrow mine down to books in the YA genre.  This list is composed of nine books that I feel not enough people have read, or ones that I loved that not a lot of people talk about or have heard of! I am also including my favourite quote from each book.  So, in no particular order… (click the image to go to goodreads!)

sisters in sanitySisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

That’s all we can do, Brit. Take steps. Take enough of them and suddenly, you’re somewhere.

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She even takes the goings-on of fictitious characters personally.

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Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.

As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of selfpity and pain.

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The DUFF: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.

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 Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

For three long years, all I’ve wanted to know was what happened to you. Now… I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.

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Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

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The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

What is this power the dead have over the ones they leave behind? It’s strange and beautiful and frightening, this deathless love that human beings continue to feel for the ones they’ve lost.

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Funny how we can’t hold onto time, even when it’s strapped to our wrists.

So tell me: What books or authors do you think are underrated? Are there any of these books that you think you might add to your TBR? Have you read any of these books already? I WANT TO KNOW!

HIATUS IS OVER!!!! An update on my life for the past five months + Single Sentence Reviews of all the books I’ve read in that time!

I’m baaaaaaack!!!!

I’m so sorry that I disappeared without a trace, but I am so thankful to all of you lovely people who stuck around with me on twitter and tumblr, and who will pick right up where they left off with me! <3 I love you guys! But my life has definitely not been the same without blogging and the wonderful friends I’ve made through blogosphere. I’m so excited to be back online!

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Anyway, you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to for the last five months! Well, mostly school stuff. Second term was a lot busier than first term, and I had a lot more meetings and training sessions to attend to prepare me to be a Frosh Week leader for September! I successfully completed my first year of university, and discovered where my passions lie. I will be pursuing an English Major degree with a minor in math. These are the two subjects that I want to teach when I become a teacher.

I also just had my first ever student teaching placement, and it was in a full day kindergarten class for two weeks.  It was so much fun, and the little kiddies were so adorable!!! It was an eye opening experience, and I learned a lot. I’m glad that I got placed with such a young group, because it is basically the complete opposite end of the age spectrum of who I want to teach – which is high schoolers.

I also signed the lease on a house with four of my friends that I made at school this year, and I can’t wait to move in and live independently next year. I mean, I was in residence this year, which is independent, but it is no where near as much responsibility as living in your own house where you need to cook and clean for yourself.

Now, let us move on to talk about all of the books I’ve read in that time!

Natalie’s Single Sentence Reviews

OK. OK. They’re not all single sentences… but they’re short.

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

This book was the perfect blend of creepy and alternate universes.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This one wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it was still an okay read.
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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 I really enjoyed how Veronica Roth ended off the Divergent Trilogy with Allegiant, despite what a lot of others have said about this book.
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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This was one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while, and I loved the twist at the end!  I also fell in love with the entire Garrett family, and would love to have them as my own next door neighbours! I can’t wait to read What I Thought Was True!!!
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss did not let me down after I heard all of my blogging buddies raving about it! I need to find myself a St. Clair. *swoons*
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Smart GIrls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

I absolutely adored the main character Gigi, and was able to relate to her and to her relationships with her two best friends.
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Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

I didn’t find this book as hilarious as I know loads of other people have, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read for me.
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The Fault in Our Stars

Let’s just say that when you get to the end of TFiOS you won’t want to be reading it in a classroom full of students… the tears will still come even if you will them to stop.
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Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

This book was refreshingly real–the characters, the plot, and all the emotions.  I devoured this book over one night and one morning. I quite enjoyed how the story was told in chunks by the two MCs because it really allowed me to understand their feelings. All in all this was a really good book, it just lacked the WOW factor for me.
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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

This one was a DNF for me. I got about 80 pages in and it was just so repetitive and whiny. I was rather upset because I ADORED A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

I literally have no words to even begin to explain how amazingly wonderful this book is. If you take my word, and only my word for just one book, this is the one you should take it for.
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The second instalment in Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, this book was just as fantastic – perhaps even more so – as the first!
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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This book was your classic “good girl” meets “bad boy” book and it was enjoyable but nothing special.
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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

If you want a book that will make you laugh until you cry, and also give you a new perspective on serious issues like depression, this book full of short stories with hilarious illustrations is for you!
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Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This book grabs ahold of your heart and doesn’t let you go until you finish the very last page.
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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Something about this book didn’t sit quite right with me, and I think it was the writing that was somewhat colloquial at all of the wrong times.
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Anatomy Lesson by Matt Spadafora

(This book is going to get a little bit longer of a review than the other ones.) (Also my review of this book is not biased in any way.) Anatomy Lesson is a book of short stories written by my good friend Matt Spadafora. He took a “Making a Book” class in his last year of university and successfully wrote and published this book! The interesting concept is that each of these short stories revolve around a memory about a part of his body. Some of them are hilarious, some are revolting, and some of them hurt your heart. Also another major selling point about this book is that I’m mentioned ;)
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You can purchase Matt’s book online from Amazon, and you can read more of Matt’s writing on his blog, Mathew John Writes.

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles

This one is a very quick read, but will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, and you’ll never know what to think about everything!
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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I can’t get over how amazing this book was!!! I fell in love with the characters and the story and I literally have no bad things to say about this! And the cover is super cute too :)
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I didn’t love this book as much as the first TMI book, City of Bones, but I still liked it! I’m excited to read the rest of this series, and City of Glass is coming up soon in my TBR pile.
4.5 hearts

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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Creepy, weird book that didn’t seem well thought out, and left too many questions unanswered for my liking.
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Every Day by David Levithan

The concept of this book is very interesting, but lacked slightly in execution. The writing was beautiful, but the story itself felt repetitive and drawn out.
3 hearts

The Program by Suzanne Young

I literally could not put this book down. The characters and the superbly unique plot had me captivated from the very first page.
5 hearts

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Phenomenal writing and exquisite characters and development = TEARS. In a word? Flawless
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Well, there you have it. A complete list of short review of all of the books I’ve read in the time since I let blogged (minus finishing a couple of series that I want to write about in separate posts.) Thank you for sticking with me and welcoming me back into the blogosphere with open arms!!! I’m so happy to be back :)

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a rewind, which means that I get to go back and choose any other previous TTT topic and use it. And since I’m getting pretty sick of this awful cold and windy winter, I figured I would use this opportunity to  warm up my blog with some summer reads on my TBR! So, in no particular order… (click the image to go to goodreads!)

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Golden by Jessi Kirby

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Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

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All I Need by Susan Colasanti

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

So tell me: Are you looking forward to the warm weather as much as I am? What books do you want to read once it warms up? What topic did you choose for your TTT rewind today? I WANT TO KNOW!

Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want to Trade Places With

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about the characters – for whatever reason – that you would never ever in a million years trade places with. Monica and I decided to spilt this one up this week, and we each chose 5 characters we would never trade places with! So, in no particular order…

Monica’s Choices!
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  1. Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series): I mean, as cool as it would be to realize you were “the chosen one” and all that, would you REALLY want to be? I mean sure it’d be fun being someone like Ron or Neville who helped out and got credit for being awesome but being Harry himself? No thanks, that would mean taking on even more responsibility than I already have PLUS you’d have to deal with the pressure of having to kill one of the most powerful, dangerous and scary people in the world.
  2. Bella Swan (Twilight Series): Honestly, maybe I just didn’t like her that much in general, but as gorgeous as Rob Pattinson is, would you really want someone around who basically stalked you and was addicted to your blood? Added to that you have a younger werewolf with some serious angst also pining for you.  Sorry, I know both of them are incredibly attractive but I’d probably get annoyed with them for a) stalking me and b) obnoxiously warning me about another guy.
  3. Gemma Doyle (Great and Terrible Beauty): First off, her family life is just going downhill (that’s all I’m saying, no spoilers from me!) and she gets shipped off to a boarding school.  She may be able to transport to other realms but what if you get stuck there? What if your friends get stuck there and blame you? I’d rather stay with two feet in the real world and just live in London.
  4. Simon (City of Bones Series): Again, it’s really hard to say why I wouldn’t trade places with him without giving away anything to people who haven’t read it, but it’s pretty obvious he’s in love with his best friend. And she doesn’t reciprocate, which frankly, sucks.  That alone would make me not want to trade places with him, though I’d probably hang out with him.
  5. Nick Carroway (The Great Gatsby): At first you’d want to trade places with him then you realize that being him would actually be the worst.  His cousin Daisy, and his ‘friend’ who he just met use him as a go between to get together and then Daisy’s husband also reveals that he’s cheating to Nick.  The guy keeps so many secrets and has to play it cool, something I definitely couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do.

Natalie’s Choices
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  1. Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games Trilogy): Okay okay, I know she’s a kickass heroine and all that great stuff, but personally? I wouldn’t be able to handle all of that pressure! She’s started a revolution that she didn’t even mean to start, she’s got two very gorgeous boys pining after her but can’t bring her self to choose which one she wants to be with, and OH YEAH! She gets plucked out of her life into an arena to fight TO THE DEATH not once, but twice! Mmhmmm, I think I’m good where I am right now thank you very much.
  2. Georgina Nicolson (Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging): Basically, this girl is hilarious. Unfortunately, her hilarity does not make up for how super awkward her life is! I wouldn’t be able to handle some/most of the things that happen to this girl. Nor do I look good in a beret!
  3. Juliette (Shatter Me): I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Juliette’s touch kills people. I would go insane if I had to grow up in the absence of human touch, and not being able to hold and hug the people you love would be torture.
  4. Angie Chapman (Pretty Girl-13): Angie goes missing, shows up on her doorstep three years later, and can’t remember anything about the time she was gone, nor remember that she was actually missing. Aside from missing three years of my life from my memory, I wouldn’t really be a fan of getting kidnapped either. And I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, but as Angie’s memories begin to resurface, we learn that some pretty awful things happened to her when she was kidnapped. I would not ever want to experience what she did.
  5. Meggie (Inkheart): Meggie has the ability to enter the worlds of the books she reads, as well as read characters out of them by reading aloud from them. Sounds pretty great, right??! WRONG! She has no control over this power, and what if she was reading a really scary book or something?? I mean, this whole post evidences that there are some characters and worlds that we would never want to enter. So, although Meggie’s gift has it’s merits, it is also a curse. No thanks!

So tell me: What characters would you never trade places with? Why? Are there any people that you would LOVE to trade places with?? WE WANT TO KNOW!

Top Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is all about things on our reading wish list – the things that you want writers to write more of, if you could make them do it! So, in no particular order…

1) A Timeturner!!!

Okay, so this isn’t exactly something that I want authors to write more of, it’s just something that I want that would greatly improve my reading life!! I mean, come on. Who hasn’t dreamed of having a timeturner like Hermione Granger so that you could go back and have more time in your day?? A timeturner would be great because its usefulness would not end with more reading time. NO SIR! You could go back and do something you might have forgotten to do earlier but had a deadline, or you could use it for its intended purpose and take a few extra classes at school! ;)

2) Country Boys

I can’t get enough of Tucker from the Unearthly series, and I just love country boys! Probably because I don’t know any myself and dream of the day that I will and that we’ll fall in love and he’ll sing me country songs and drive me around in his pickup truck and…. well, you get the point. And don’t go recommending me The Vincent Boys, because ooooooh no, I was not a big fan of Beau the “country boy” from that one.

3) Time Travel

Okay, so maybe this one does kind of fit in with my first point about a timeturner. I think that time travel stories are great, if they’re written well. I don’t know what appeals to me so much about them, but I just love them!

4) Parents that are present/not single parent

A lot of YA novels have families where the parents are split up and one of them is very absent in the MC’s life, or families where one of the parents is dead and the MC has to deal with that grief. I don’t see what is so bad about maybe writing a book where the MC’s family and parents are both present!!! Even if they are split up, it would be nice for them both to play a role in the story. I also think that stories with alternative families would be a good read. For example, a story where the MC has two moms or two dads. It’s not something you usually read.

5) Books that take place in college/university

YA books seems to be stuck in high school, and I think that there been to be more books that take place in first or second year college/university! I am in my first year of university, and I definitely still consider myself a “young adult” and probably will for the next few years. Someone write me more books like Fangirl!!!

Well, that’s it for this time – I only have 5!

So tell me: What are things are on your reading wishlist? Do you know of any books that feature any of the topic I mentioned above that I’m looking for?? I WANT TO KNOW!

Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

the promise of amazingTitle/Author: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher/Year: Balzer + Bray on December 31, 2013
Rating:  ★½
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: None yet
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks HarperCollins!
Summary From Goodreads: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

My Thoughts copy

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine was not as amazing as the title leads you to believe. Sadly, there wasn’t much amazing in there for me at all.  Wren Caswell was a likeable character, but she wasn’t anything special. She was too typical for me. You know, the indecisive, average at everything, middle of her class (socially and academically) kind of girl. Wren works at her family’s Banquet hall, and while working one night, she saves a hottie teen boy from chocking to death on a cocktail weenie. And then BAM! Instalove hits you right in the face.

We learn that this boy Wren saved is Grayson Barrett, a bad boy who wants to change his ways… maybe? He manages to land a job working for Wren’s family’s business to, you guessed it, be closer to Wren and spend more time with her! Told from dual point of view, this is where the book took a turn for the worst. From this point onward – and even a little bit before – all we ever got to read about was the internal banter of Wren and Grayson each wondering if the other one liked them (which they obviously did) and what they should do about it.

We also got to read about Grayson and all of his past term-paper-pimp antics, and his band of miscreant friends and all of the trouble that they like to get into. Which to me, just didn’t seem realistic. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ve never heard of a group of young teenagers doing things like that before. But even Grayson alone didn’t do it for me. He just didn’t seem like a good person, even though he was trying to change.

Final Thoughts

All in all, The Promise of Amazing started out kind of okay. I’ve got to admit, the moment that Wren saves Grayson from choking was kind of cute. But after that it all went downhill for me. I found the characters underdeveloped and unrealistic, and therefore I couldn’t connect with any of them. And I also found the plot (/lack of a real plot other than their internal bantering?) mind-numbingly boring. But, it has a really cute cover!

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Second opinions

Diane said The Promise of Amazing “had so much potential but lost its steam.”

Amber said it was “bland.”

Debby said “It wasn’t a completely terrible read.”

Talk to me

Have you read The Promise of Amazing? What were your thoughts on it? Do you like the cover? If you haven’t read it, do you still think you might, or is it a no-go? LET ME KNOW! :)

2014 New Year’s Resolutions

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Well, it’s that time of year again, friends. The time that we all reflect on our past year and how it didn’t go how we had planned, and that we realize it never goes as we had planned. And then, after we have thought long and hard about 2013, we decide that we are going to make some serious changes in 2014. We are going to follow through with out plans! WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN! At least, this is how the year always starts out for me. I’m all gung-ho about my resolutions, and I stick with them too! For about a week or two… and then it’s back to square one. But this  year I’m feeling good. I feel like 2014 is going to be a good year for me, I don’t know why. It’s just sort of a gut feeling. So, I’ve made some resolutions that I plan on keeping, and I feel that with support from my family, friends, and all of you that I can keep them! Without further ado, my resolutions for 2014 are….. *drumroll*

be healthier

Oh yes, I’m starting off with the most cliche New Year’s Resolution in the book. I think I’ve made this resolution every year for the past 5 years at least. But this year is different. This year, I am not going at it alone. Me and my friends from school have decided to sit down and make a schedule of when we can all hit the gym this coming term. We are going to motivate each other to go, and when we can’t go together, I’m going to make sure to try and do something fun in my dorm room, like Blogilates!

Another thing: when I say be healthier I don’t just mean that I am going to try and go to the gym 6 out of 7 days a week. For me, that is unrealistic. I am going to try and keep up this resolution by going to the gym 3-4 times a week, by doing some Bloglilates when I can’t make it, and by generally eating healthier and living a healthier lifestyle. I think that this year I’ll be able to do it!!!

quote journal

This isn’t really a major resolution, but it is something I want to start. I recently bought a really cute Ryan Gosling notebook and need a use for it, and I think that it would be perfect for a quote journal! I mean, I try to keep notes on the books I am reading in a little moleskin notebook, and always try to use one page per book. So, writing quotes in there takes up space and so I am hesitant to do so. But with a spare notebook set aside just for quotes, I’m excited to start recording my faves!

get organized

This is a resolution that I really need to follow through with.  Time management has always been a bit of an issue for me, and I am determined to right myself this year. I bought myself a large desk calendar as per Octavia’s recommendation, and have already begun to fill in the dates. This year I plan on working extra hard to fit in blogging with my school work.  I know it’s possible, and it’s something I really want to do, I just didn’t work hard enough at it last term. I also am going to really focus on staying organized with my school work as well. This term went okay, but it didn’t go quite as well as I had planned. So, using this calendar I am going to make sure I have plenty of time to get all of my assignments done, do extra study work, and spend some time relaxing and blogging to have some fun.

read 60 books

Last year my goal was to read 50 books, and I read 55. This year my goal is to read 60 books, so wish me luck!!!

So, do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Have any tips for helping me succeed with mine? Leave me a comment below!

The Perpetual Page Turner’s 2013 End of Year Book Survey!

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BEST IN BOOKS 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary YA –I’m going to have to cheat here…. Fangirl by Rainbow RowellAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (my review), The Statistical Probability of Love and First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (my review), and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (my review)

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Delirium by Lauren Oliver (my review)

Paranormal — Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (my review)

Science Fiction — Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Fantasy — Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (my review)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (my review)

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

Hmmmm, definitely Cinder! So many people were raving about it and there was so much hype, which was the initial thing that scared me off. But then there was also the fact that I’m really not a big science fiction reader and that scared me too. I just didn’t think it was going to be something I would like. I WAS WRONG.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

I pushed Fangirl onto so many of my friends!

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Either Katie McGarry, or Stephanie Perkins

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  ADULT BOOKS SCARE ME.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. The mystery in that book kept me on the edge of my seat! (my review)

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably Fangirl!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I just love the cute typography on the cover of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! So cute!

love at first sight

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

I know I just read it, but Anna from Anna and the French Kiss.  I was able to just totally get inside her head and she was just so funny and relatable!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith. Just beautiful. (my review)

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. It taught me a lot about how to deal with grief when it comes around. (my review)

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen!!!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi:

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

I love this quote so much that my friend even made me a travel mug with this quote on it for my birthday this year!

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest– The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky at 213 pages!
Longest — The Host by Stephanie Meyer comes in at 619 pages! (my review)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The end of Insurgent!!! That was some major cliffhanger ending!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Favourite romantic relationship goes to Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss.

Favourite friendship is the trio from Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer: Gigi, Be a, and Neerja.

Favourite sibling relationship hands down goes to Carey and Janessa from If You Find Me. They were so perfect.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ok. This year I only read ONE BOOK from an author I’ve previously read before. SHOCKING, I know. Anywhooo, that book was The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Angelfall by Susan Ee (my review)

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Definitely contemporary YA! It’s my go to – tried and true.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Levi from Fangirl and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss!!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Shadow and Bone! I was able to picture everything so vividly, especially the beautiful Keftas everyone wears!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (my review) and Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (my review).  Both of these books made me laugh out loud a lot when I was reading them! Also I don’t know if I can count this because I’m not done it yet, but I will anyways because it’s more of a collection of little stories, but Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh is so fun and funny to read that when I do I’m actually crying from laughing so hard!!!!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Wow. Tears.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I read The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna in early 2013, and it is one that I think is overlooked too much. It was actually the first book I reviewed on my blog, and it was fantastic. Definitely underrated in my opinion! (my review)

BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE 2o13

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Well, since I’m new to the book blogging community in 2013, all of the book blogs I’ve discovered are new! However, some of my faves are The Perpetual Page Turner, Book Rock Betty, and Paperiot!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

I think I’d have to say that my favourite review from this year was for The Truth About Forever. It was my first Sarah Dessen book and I loved it and couldn’t hide that in my review!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Hmmm, I’d say the best discussion had on my blog this year was How Do You Decide What to Read Next?

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Jamie’s If We Were Having Coffee Post is just amazing.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

This year I went to my first book signing!!! I went with Yasmine from The Yasmine Public Library. It was such a great day. We took the train in to Toronto, went for Korean Barbecue for lunch, and then headed over to the Fierce Reads signing! Meeting Leigh Bardugo was amazing!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I’d say finally being approved for print ARCs from HarperCollins Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, and a few other publishers! It made me feel like I had finally done something right with my blog, and solidified that fact that people must like my blog after all :P

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post by comments this year (that wasn’t a meme) was To Rate or Not to Rate. I got a lot of very good suggestions from people about the pros and cons of rating, and a lot of rating tips.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wish that my review of Fire with Fire got a little more comment love! But, I posted it very close to the end of summer when everyone is really busy, so it was probably my fault.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

GOODREADS!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I actually met my goodreads goal for this year! I wasn’t very steep – only 50 books – but so far for this year I have read 55 books! YAY FOR ME!

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!!!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

HOW DO I CHOOSE?!?!? Well, I’ll just say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Who doesn’t love Rainbow Rowell?

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney. This sounds like it’s going to be super cute, quirky, and funny! I can’t wait!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Welllllll, I have this little issue with series…. and so I have a lot of middle books in series to read before I can get excited about series enders!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Get my blogging more under control and blog more! I plan on organizing my time better so I can fit in more blogging with school next year.

Top Ten Sequels I Desperately Need To Read – because I have a series-ous problem

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is supposed to be about the top ten sequels we are most anticipating.  However, as most of you know I have a problem.  A serious one. (*sidenote* I tried to be punny in my title…. series-ous… Meh) I start so many series/trilogies and I never finish them! Hence, my little alteration to this week’s post.  I bring you: The Top Five Sequels I Desperately Need To Read So That I Can Finish Some of the 12987129487129387 Series I Am Currently in the Middle Of.  So, in no particular order… (click the title to head over to the goodreads!)

First five

unravel me title

Shatter Me was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog, which tells you how long ago I read it. It was amazing! It is still one of my favourite books to this day, so who knows why I haven’t read the sequel yet?! ‘Cause I don’t!

seige and storm

Again, Shadow and Bone was another fantastic book that for some reason I have not yet read the sequel of!  A kick-ass heroine, a perfectly evil dude, and one of the most creative and freshest ideas for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in ages – what more could you ask for?! I’ve also heard about this other guy in Siege and Storm… I think his name is Sturmhond and people love him??? ;)

inkspell title

I read Inkheart back when I was in grade 5 or 6, and I remember being so captivated by that book.  I went out an bought Inkspell right when it came out… but it’s been just sitting on my shelf ever since.

hallowed title

Honestly, I have absolutely no clue why I’ve put off reading Hallowed for so long, and I bet Jamie will be upset that I still haven’t read it!!!!

pretties title

The Uglies series was another that I started back in elementary school, and for some reason abandoned!!

second five

devoted title

I’ve heard that Devoted and the third instalment of Elixer, True, both have just gone dramatically downhill.  However, I have a morbid desire to read them just to see how everything pans out, and because I adore Hilary Duff and all that she does :P

scarle title

I read Cinder early this summer and absolutely loved that book!  In all honestly, I didn’t really expect to, even though everyone was raving about it.  I ended up being pleasantly surprised by it, and now I really can’t wait to read Scarlet!

across title

AHHHHH I actually cannot stop raving about For Darkness Shows the Stars, and I have been waiting forever for Across a Star-Swept Sea to be released!! But, gimme some slack on this one because it did only come out on the 15th of October, which was relatively recently…

cassandra clare titles

Again, I have no excuses. I really just need to power through both of these series.

So tell me: Do you have the same problem as I do?? If you don’t and you’ve read some of these sequels, what did you think of them? Were the better or not as good as the debut book in the series?? I WANT TO KNOW!