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

amy and rogers epic detour ttt summer of firsts and lasts ttt

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 Books to Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday

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

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about the top ten books that make you swoon. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to ten books, so be warned: These are without a doubt ten swoonworthy books, but they might not be the ten swooniest books out there!!! So, in no particular order… (click the titles to lead you to goodreads!)

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
Paris, boarding school, boy with an English accent. What more could you want?

Shatter Me & Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
Shower scene and Chapter 62… Need I say more?

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Levi is super adorable, and is so great to Cath.

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Jace Garrett. The boy of my dreams. Why can’t I have a super hot, loving, amazing boy next door?!

Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry
Hot boy with tattoos. Mmmmmmm.

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
Meeting and falling in love at the airport while waiting for a delayed flight? YES PLEASE! Don’t forget – British boy!!!

The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
Wes – the tortured artist. Another bonus: NO INSTALOVE IN SIGHT!

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
Dimitri <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 ASFWEIFJWLGLVNLWEWFWLEIJF. yup.

The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
OK, who doesn’t want some Michael lovin’?

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The classic swoonworthy male: Mr. Darcy.

So, what are you favourite swoonworthy books? Any you want to recommend? Are you fans of any of the books I have chosen? I WANT TO KNOW!

Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes

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 our bookish and/or non-bookish resolutions for the year, but seeing as I already posted that, I’m going to pick my own topic for this week. And I choose to do my top ten favourite quotes! So, in no particular order….

Anna and the French Kiss quote

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

fangirl quote

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

wild awake quote

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

So tell me: What are some of your favourite book quotes? Are any of them the same as mine? I WANT TO KNOW!

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

2013 end of year book survey

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!

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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 Books of 2013 (so far)

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about the top books you have read so far in 2013! So, in no particular order…

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (my review)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (my review)

best of 2013 so far 2Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (my review)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (my review)

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (my review)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (my review)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (my review)

Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

9780142401729_ThatSummer_CV.inddTitle/Author: That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Publisher/Year: Viking Juvenile on January 1, 1996
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, Lock and Key, This Lullaby
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

My Thoughts copy

Okay, I think I need to start by saying That Summer is the second book by Sarah Dessen that I have read (the first was The Truth About Forever) and I really wanted to love it but I just didn’t. I adored The Truth About Forever, and so I decided that I wanted to read all of Sarah’s other books. One of my twitter followers suggested that I read the rest of her books in the order they were published, and I had been warned about That Summer and that Sarah has greatly improved in her story telling since then. I can say with confidence based on how much I loved The Truth About Forever that this statement is true.

Now, like I said, this is Sarah Dessen’s first book, and it definitely does not live up to her reputation of being such an amazing YA author. BUT, I didn’t hate it. It was good, just not great. The book focuses on Haven, a girl who is just a little awkwardly tall and is having to deal with a lot of changes in her family – her sister’s marriage, and her father’s marriage to a new woman. Haven has always been jealous of her perfect sister who used to go through boyfriends like there’s no tomorrow! But Haven never forgot the one boyfriend she thought was perfect, and she never forgave her sister for breaking up with him. When he comes back into the picture, things begin to change, and Haven realizes people aren’t always what they seem.

That Summer has a lot of internal dialogue, and a very loose plot. Really, not much at all happened, and I was kind of bored when I was reading the story. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters, and that was a major problem for me. I can appreciate the fact that by the end of the book Haven had realized some important things about life, and has changed for the better.

Final Thoughts

This is definitely not Sarah’s best work, but I will continue to read her books as I know she grows so much as an author and her writing vastly improves! If you have never read Sarah Dessen before, I would not recommend that you start with this particular book.Favourite Quote

But maybe that isn’t so bad. You can’t love anyone that way more than once in a lifetime. It’s too hard and it hurts too much when it ends. The first boy is ialways the hardest to get over, Haven. It’s just the way the world works.Talk to me

Have you read That Summer? How did it compare to other Sarah Dessen books you have read? If you haven’t read Sarah Dessen before, do you think you will ever give her a try? Let me know! I want to hear from you :)

Friday Flashback: May 31, 2013 – June 13, 2013

friday flashback

Friday Flashback is a post where I essentially just re-hash the events of my week (or two weeks in this particular case), bookish and otherwise. I hope you enjoy!

what i read

These past two weeks I read That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! The first two books are beach-y, summery types of books because I was at a cottage last weekend, and I felt that fit the atmosphere. The Secret Ingredient was an eARC from NetGalley and I read and reviewed, and Shadow and Bone was read because I’m going to the Fierce Reads tour next week and I’m meeting Leigh Bardugo!

As for books that I picked up this week, I have a few different sources. I checked out a used book store close to my house, and I picked up four books there for only 3 dollars each! Hardcover copies of Nineteen Minutes by Jody Picoult, Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, and Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin, as well as a paperpack copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I received an ARC of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith from Harper Teen this past week as well (even though it’s been out for a little bit :P) From NetGalley I received eARCs of Burning by Elana K. Arnold, Parasite by Mira Grant, and Skin by Donna Jo Napoli. I also bought The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

what i did

The weekend before last I went one of my friend’s cottage with about 10 other friends for four days! We had a great time hanging around the beach, and hanging in the house too (it was rainy for two of the days). Also, my friends and I are very musical people, so there were about 4 guitars down there and everyone was playing music and signing along and it was great!

After getting home on Monday night, I got sick :( I had a pretty bad cold, so I had to call into work sick for two of my shifts. I was feeling a little better by Friday, so I ended up going out with Lara, Emily, Stephanie and Vikki to see the movie The Internship. We all loved it and thought it was HILARIOUS!

Monday brought one of the most exciting things I’ve done in a while, and that was have a Harry Potter (half) Movie Marathon!!! WE watched the first 4 movies (hence the half-marathon) and it took us from 10 in the morning until 10 at night, with lunch and dinner breaks thrown in there. What made it so awesome is that the four of us that had the marathon are all HP fanatics, so the event was complete with a bunch of Harry Potter food, butterbeer, wands, and Hogwarts house decorations!485611_4465016117217_61546441_n

Tuesday I had a hair appointment and got more blonde highlights put in my hair. I have a bad habit of changing my hair colour, and I always seem to come back to blonde, so I’ve decided that I am going to go blonde and stay blonde for a while!!! (Plus blonde was my natural hair colour as a kid, so it’s what I’m used to.) I can’t wait until I’m fully blonde again! Later on the day I tutored a few kids in math and science, and then at night my cousin Lara came over to watch Pretty Little Liars with me, because it was the premiere episode of season 4! As always, PLL was exciting, and had tons of plot twists!

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what i heard

The beginning of this week I was listening to Mykonos by the Fleet Foxes on repeat practically every waking moment because I am trying to learn to play it by ear on the piano. My progress on that task so far has been good!

BUT, on Tuesday I found out that I was going to go to the Taylor Swift concert TOMORROW for FREE, and so my playlist automatically switched over to Taylor Swift because that’s what I do the week before I go to a concert!!! And I had to cram my week of non-stop listening to the artist into 3 days!

what i posted

My ARC review of Dare You To by Katie McGarry.

A Twenty Boy Summer inspired manicure.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

My intro post for the Summer of Stand Alones challenge.

A Shadow and Bone inspired manicure.

My review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This on is up a full month after I finished the book because I just couldn’t think of the WORDS.

My ARC review of The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis.

My top ten beach reads TBR list.

Waiting on Wednesday: Contaminated by Em Garner.

So tell me, did you do anything exciting this week? What did you read? What did you listen to? Anything on the internet this week that I should check out??? I’m all ears :)

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

turth about foreverTitle/Author: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group Inc. on May 11, 2004
Genre: YA Romance/Contemporary
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: This Lullaby, Just Listen, and so many more!
How I Got This Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: A long, hot summer…

That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry? Continue reading