Posts Categorized: Features

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

April 18, 2017 Features 10

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about certain things that make you instantly want to read a book. Like you see in a review or a book synopsis that this book is about a certain thing or set at a certain place, and you pick up the book right away based on that alone. This was an interesting topic with a lot of possibilities to talk about. I hope you guys enjoy my list and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

1. No love triangle

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not it has one based on the synopsis alone, but typically other reviews help me discover if it has one or not. A lack of a love triangle is definitely an automatic plus for me right off the bat.

2. Female friendship

I love all types of friendship, but I’m instantly drawn towards books that have positive female friendships. There’s a lot of books out there that have girls fighting or hating other girls, so it’s always so nice to see ones that have wonderful relationships that aren’t like that.

3. Summer/beach

I always think a book is great if it takes place on a beach during the summer. To me, it just screams that it’s probably going to be a light and cute book. Sometimes the books turn out to be a lot deeper, but I still enjoy the majority of them. I’m mostly thinking of Sarah Dessen books with this one, but I like others as well!

4. Brother’s best friend

I’ve found that this trope pretty much always work for me. I’ve found it more in NA or adult romances, but there are a few decent YA books that touch on it as well, I just can’t think of any at the moment. This just always works out extremely well for me.

5. Coming of age/contemporary

This is very very broad and not all of these books typically work for me, but I’m more likely to read a book if it’s about growing up or just contemporary in general. I think these books are much easier to relate to on a personal level. Some of my all time favorite books fit in this category. I feel like I’m always going to be reading these types of books.

6. Friends to lovers

I’m a fan of platonic friendships for sure, but I’m also a major sucker for friends to lovers. I think there’s something special about a couple having a history together before they ultimately get together. It seems as if all the decent relationships out there are initially built on friendship, which is probably why I love these books so much. The books aren’t always perfect and there are a few that I haven’t been able to finish, but they are still mostly fun and interesting.

7. Sports

I love sports, specifically baseball, basketball, and football, but I love reading about any of them. I think it’s always great when the heroine does some sport, but I’m also a sucker for a love interest who plays a sport as well. As long as it includes somebody doing a sport, I’ll probably pick it up. Miranda Kenneally books are the first ones that come to mind with this one.

8. Music

Though I recently read a book about a band that didn’t work for me, a lot of these do. I’ll always enjoy books that have teens in a band or all over the world touring or something along those lines. I feel like the ones that I’ve enjoy recently have been more NA or Adult though, like Idol and Managed by Kristen Callihan.

9. Hate to love

I thought that The Hating Game was absolutely awesome. Another one that I really enjoyed was Act Like It by Lucy Parker. Sometimes these don’t always work, but when it’s done right, I find that I truly enjoy it. It does seem like it works better for me with NA and Adult romance instead of YA for whatever reason.

10. College

I can be picky with these at times, but there are a lot of these that I like since this is where I am in life right now. Of course I love YA, but books that take place at colleges are fitting to me right now. Though some of them rightfully get criticized for awful behavior like slut shaming or general douchebag behavior from the love interests, there’s also plenty of decent stories out there.

So there’s my list. I hope you enjoyed discovering what some of my favorite things are when I’m deciding what books to read next. This was a fun list to make and I enjoyed doing it. I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with since it’s a pretty broad category. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week.

Divider

Pop Culture Recommendations

April 13, 2017 Features 4

I haven’t been reading all that much because I’ve been distracted by so many other pop culture related things here recently. I wanted to share with you guys the podcasts and TV shows that I’ve been obsessed with. I highly recommend all of these, and want to talk in more detail about them.

Podcasts:
S-Town

Image result for s-town
So this is a podcast that is already receiving tremendous hype and it hasn’t really been out that long yet. I’m not going to lie, I have conflicted feelings about it, but I can’t deny the fact that it’s seriously addicting. I started listening to it and then wasn’t able to stop. Seven hours later and I was finished. It wasn’t the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. Since it’s labeled as being a true crime podcast, I was expecting something completely different. It was obviously pretty good since I spent the majority of my day listening to it. You definitely get wrapped up into these people and their lives. You just need to go into it knowing that it isn’t anything like Serial.

This American Life

Related image
This podcast has been around for forever. I started listening to it probably about two or three years ago. I used to just casually listen to episodes every now and then. I’ve started loving it more and more as I listen to it on a regular basis. With every episode, I feel like I’m learning so much about humans and unique stories. A lot of these stories should be adapted into a movie or a book. I highly recommend listening to this if you just love stories.

TV Shows:
13 Reasons Why

Image result for 13 reasons why
This is a show that basically everyone has been talking about for the last couple of weeks now. I really enjoyed reading the book back in middle school, so I was happy that someone finally adapted it. It was ridiculous hard to watch at times, but it was pretty good as a whole. Not going to lie, I think the kid who played Clay wasn’t a very good actor. But Katherine, who played Hannah, is absolutely amazing. Anyway, this is one of those extremely emotional heavy shows that you need to mentally prepare yourself for. I wasn’t able to binge it just because I could only take so many episodes of it at once before I needed to switch to something happier. I recommend it especially if you were a fan of the book or just want to see what all the current hype is about!

Riverdale

Image result for riverdale
This is a fabulous show! It took me a little while to start watching it, but I’m happy that I did and that I’m all caught up now. I’ve always been a fan of teen dramas and this one doesn’t disappoint. It has pretty much everything that I want in a show: friendship, relationships, diversity, and it also just so happens to have a mystery on top of all that other stuff. I recommend it if you’re looking for a show that’s kind of like Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill, but with an added murder mystery twist.

The Missing

Image result for the missing
I’d never heard of this show before. I just randomly came across it last week. Xfinity has this thing for a whole week every year where you can watch premium shows on demand for free. This is on Starz, so I figured I’d better take advantage of it while I can. Wow, this show was INTENSE. Clearly I’m not a huge fan of uplifting shows. It revolves around a little boy who went missing eight years ago. His dad has dedicated his entire life to finding him and has just now found a big clue that might be enough to open the case back up. With help from a retired detective, he gets closer to finding out the truth about his son. This is a great show and I recommend that more people watch it, but it’s definitely depressing as hell.

Big Little Lies

Image result for big little lies
I finished this book then immediately began watching the show. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t totally blown away by the book. It was okay, but not my favorite by any means. I found the twist to be pretty disappointing. Anyway, the show is actually rather awesome. I thought the casting couldn’t have been more perfect. Nicole Kidman absolutely blows me away with her performance of Celeste. All eight episodes of the show are beautifully well done. I also loved the music so much. I don’t think that there should be a second season of the show, but I still really enjoyed watching it.

Life in Pieces

Image result for life in pieces
Now that I’ve gotten all of these depressing shows out of the way, here’s the only one on my list that is a full blown comedy. This show is so freaking funny. They recently put the entire first season on Netflix and it’s been fun catching up on a lot of the episodes that I missed. I didn’t think I’d like it when it first aired, so then I started watching sporadic reruns once the first season was over. I love how unique the format is. Each episode has four different stories that follow various family members throughout. It’s a clever show that never fails to put me in a good mood.

There’s some other shows that I’ve been randomly watching since I finished all of these other shows, but I think these recommendations are enough for now. I’m always up for TV show or podcast recommendations if you have any!

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to Meet

March 27, 2017 Features 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about authors that you REALLY want to meet or authors that you’ve already met. I’ve only met two popular authors, so there’s no way I could make this about authors that I have already met. Anyway, this topic is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to share my picks! I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for this topic.

1. Sarah Dessen

It’s no secret that she’s been my all time favorite author since middle school. I’ve read all of her books (besides the one that hasn’t been released yet) and can never get enough of her words. Not to mention the fact that she just seems like such a cool human being in general. I love her so much! It would be a dream come true to finally get the chance to meet her. Thankfully, my brother lives in North Carolina now so hopefully I can visit one of her events if it’s a local one.

2. Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of absolute favorite authors. She also is so witty and hilarious in her books and on Twitter. I would totally freak out if I ever met her!

3. Kasie West

She’s another one of my favorite authors. You can probably sense a theme already, these authors all write mostly contemporary. I’m just such a huge fan of all of her works, especially P.S. I Like You. Kasie West can do no wrong in my opinion.

4. Becky Albertalli

I love Becky! Though she’s only written two books so far, she’s an amazing author who I adore. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my all time favorite books, and I push it on people all of the time. The Upside of Unrequited hasn’t been released yet, but get it on your radar if you haven’t picked it up yet because it’s SO amazing. She’s also another one of those authors who just seems like such a humble and wonderful human being.

5. Heather Demetrios

I’ve only read her contemporary novels, but both of those are two of my all time favorites. Heather is just an absolutely incredible author. Everything that she writes is so compelling, unique, and beautiful. I love everything about I’ll Meet You There and Something Real. I can’t wait for Bad Romance to come out! I would just love to tell her how powerful and one of a kind her books are.

6. Rainbow Rowell

So you should know by now just how awesome Rainbow and her books are. I haven’t read Carry On yet, but it’s still on my list. Anyway, her books and the characters that she creates somehow stick with you long after you close her books. She also seems like such a fun person to meet and talk to!

7. Stephanie Perkins

Who doesn’t like Stephanie Perkins? Though it seems like its be forever since she’s released a book (the anthology doesn’t totally count) she’s still one of my favorites. She’s also so much fun to talk to on Twitter. She seems like such a chill and down to earth person. I would love to meet her one of these days.

8. David Levithan

Every Day was one of the most unique and compelling books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I also really loved his book The Lover’s Dictionary. David has such a brilliant mind, and you know that whatever he writes is going to be something completely different from the last book that he wrote. It would be so great to have the chance to meet him.

9. Jennifer L. Armentrout

Image result for jennifer l armentrout

Even though we’re actually from the same state, I’ve never gotten the chance to meet her. It sucks, but it seems like she doesn’t have many events in West Virginia since she goes to so many awesome places like Las Vegas. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to meet her sooner rather than later!

10. Adam Silvera

Seriously though, Adam seems like the coolest guy ever. Even though both of his books (and it looks the third one will be too) are depressing as hell, he always seems so friendly on Twitter and in pictures that I’ve seen of him with fans at book signings. I also respect him so much for being vocal and honest about his personal struggles with depression. I’d be thrilled if I ever got to go to one of his events!

I could honestly keep going and going with my list of authors that I would love to meet. I think I’m going to stop there though, so I don’t bore you guys with all of my ramblings. Hope you liked my picks! I hope you guys have a great rest of the week.

Divider

Cover Reveal: The Hot Shot

March 17, 2017 Features 0

the hot shot release date

 

TheHotShot Amazon-2

 

 

 

TheHotShot Amazon-2First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

 

ADD TO GOODREADS

 

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00005]

 

 

 

KCauthor

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

Divider

The Hot One Release Day Launch

February 27, 2017 Features 0

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot new standalone second chance romance…

THE HOT ONE!

Want a slow burn, sexy-as-sin second chance romance filled with wit, humor and so much heart? Dive in, and get ready to swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

 

TheHotOne - Now Available

A sexy, feel-good romance that makes you feel good all over, THE HOT ONE is a hot, second chance standalone romance and the story of confident, charming and cocky attorney Tyler Nichols who is determined to win back his college sweetheart when he runs into her in NYC eight years later. He’ll do anything to win her heart… including stripping naked for her at her office. Can she move on from the hurt and give love a brand new chance? Find out in this sexy, fun, and sizzling romance full of heart, charm and heat! Told in dual POV, THE HOT ONE is being called over-the-top hot and utterly addictive. Grab your copy of THE HOT ONE and get ready to laugh, swoon, and fan yourself from the heat!

The Hot One is love, laugh-out-loud humor, and lust all wrapped up in the perfect package…PURE PLEASURE!!!” ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

 

THE HOT ONE - Available Now banner

“Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

 

THE HOT ONE - cover

 

A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I’m that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He’s the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not . . .? I’ve tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I’m cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

Amazon Kindle ** Amazon Paperback ** iBooks ** B&N ** Kobo ** GooglePlay

EXCERPT:

Technically, I didn’t drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.

The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.

Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.

The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.

Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.

With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.

And then Carly did that thing little kids do.

She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.

“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.

“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.

She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”

“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”

“Can you really juggle five balls?”

I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”

I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.

Just kidding.

You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.

Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.

“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.

Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.

The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”

With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.

Game on.

Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one, two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.

Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”

I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.

And I saw a vision from my past.

A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.

Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.

Jesus Christ.

It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.

 

THE HOT ONE - RDL teaser 3

 

Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books

 

THE HOT ONE - RDL teaser 1

 

Add it to Goodreads here!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32884586-the-hot-one

 

THE HOT ONE - RDL teaser 2

 

✮✮✮ Celebrate the release of The HOT ONE! Enter to win everything you need to heat up your nights and your days, featuring the Hot Prize Package ($550 value): Red Hot Coach Hobo Handbag ($450), $50 Gift Card to the Restaurant of your choice, $50 Gift Card to Victoria’s Secret to heat things up between the sheets! ✮✮✮

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

 

Author pic - Lauren BlakelyAbout Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she’ll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

Website ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Newsletter ** Goodreads

InkSlinger PR Blogger Banner

Divider

2017 Love-a-Thon: Sweethearts Candy Messages

February 18, 2017 Features 0

Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in the Love-a-Thon for the second year in the row. This is a prompt that I’ve never done before, so I’m happy to try it out.

● LOVE WINS: A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did

Olly and Maddy from Everything, Everything.

● I DO: A character you’d marry

Four from Divergent and Jonah from Jellicoe Road.

● DREAM BIG: A character whose dreams you want to come true

Starr from The Hate U Give.

● CRAZY 4 U: A character you’re crazy about

Joe from The Sky is Everywhere.

● TRUE LOVE: Your ultimate OTP

Dexter and Remy from This Lullaby.

● TE AMO: A language you’d want to be wooed in

Spanish or French.

● BFF: A character you want to be your best friend

Willowdean from Dumplin.

● WINK WINK: A character you’d want to wink at you

Daemon from the Lux series.

● SWEET TALK: A character who knows how to sweet talk/flirt

Razor from Walk the Edge.

● BEST DAY: A moment from a book you wish happened to you or your IRL best day

In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when they go to the supermarket together.

● OOH LA LA: A character you want to slow dance with

Tucker from The Goal.

● LOVE YOU: The character that gets your undying love

Taylor from Jellicoe Road.

So my list was fun to make! I thought this was a creative prompt. I look forward to seeing what other people were able to come up with.

Divider

2017 Love-a-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

February 18, 2017 Features 2

Hey guys! As you guys know, the Love-a-Thon is happening right now. Up next is one of my favorite challenges, book spine poetry. This was so much to do last year and I’m happy to do it again.

The Museum of Heartbreak /

Every Exquisite Thing /

You Know Me Well

When We Collided /

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You /

P.S. I Like You

Whisper to Me /

Just Listen /

Shuffle Repeat

So here are my answers for the love spine poetry challenge! It was fun to do as usual. I hope that you guys had a good time doing it as well. I look forward to seeing what you came up with.

Divider

2017 Love-a-Thon: Mad Libs

February 18, 2017 Features 2

https://box1078.bluehost.com:2096/cpsess3944317745/horde/imp/view.php?actionID=view_attach&id=2&muid=%7B5%7DINBOX2067&view_token=JA8HapqIMjkYzv-pyRpgENv&uniq=1487391636768

Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in my second Love-a-Thon. The first mini-challenge that we have is to make mad libs but it’s fairy tale edition. I felt like this was a lot of fun to do. I’ve decided to include the code here just so you have the same key that was used right in front of you in case you forget.

1.    LOCATION
2.    CHARACTER (example: assassin)
3.    TYPE OF STORE
4.    BODY PART (plural)
5.    ITEM
6.    ROYALTY (any title you can think of)
7.    REPEAT ITEM FROM #5.
8.    ACTIVE VERB (example: running)
9.    ANOTHER LOCATION
10.    AN EMOTION
11.    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
12.    PIECE OF FOOD
13.    NUMBER
14.    TYPE OF HOUSE
15.    VOICE ADJECTIVE
16.    DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing)
17.    ROOM IN A HOUSE
18.    OBJECTS
19.    DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT
20.     INFINITIVE VERB, activity
21.    REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11
22.    A JOB

Once upon a time, in a far away (1) forest, there lived a smart (2) dragon. She lived alone in a (3) tree stump, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful (4) arms, and she was known for her shiny red (5) earrings, the only thing she had left of its parents.

Alas, the (6) Duchess of the country became jealous and wanted to own these (7) earrings. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into an unknown forest to find a place to hide. After (8) hopping around for hours, hungry and tired, it stumbled upon a (9) pond. An old lady appeared, offering it shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at it with (10) pity and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my (11) tuba back. Here is magical (12) bread, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have (13) three days to return before the stalk withers.”

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge (14) cabin. She walked to the door and knocked. A (15) obnoxious voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a (15) squeaking sound when it opened and revealed a large (17) bathroom filled with golden (18) eggs.  She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, the dragon moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore (19) a sweater.

“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left (20) to love so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the (21) tuba, I will help you.”

In keeping its promise, the beast and the dragon worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as (22) a lawyer in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at it.

“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

Divider

2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

February 18, 2017 Features 0

https://box1078.bluehost.com:2096/cpsess3944317745/horde/imp/view.php?actionID=view_attach&id=2&muid=%7B5%7DINBOX2067&view_token=JA8HapqIMjkYzv-pyRpgENv&uniq=1487391636768

An Introduction to You and Your Blog

1.    What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?

Hey, I’m Rachel. I’m from Huntington, West Virginia.

2.    Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?

I’ve loved reading since I was a little kid. I can’t even remember a time I wasn’t obsessed with books. I was even that weird kid that actually liked taking the AR tests that you had to take each time you read a book in elementary school.

3.    How did you get involved in the online book community?

Well, I really liked blogging and writing in general. Then one day I realized that I wanted to read more books and write about what I was reading. So after reading some other book blogs out there, I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

4.    How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?

I chose blogging out of just wanting a space where I could talk about books. Like I said, I had a major love of writing from the start and writing about books in particular seemed to make sense because I loved them so much. I made this my Twitter name in like eighth grade because I thought I was so cool and clever. It became my blog name because I honestly couldn’t think of anything else.

5.    What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

I love finding people who love the same books that you do and getting to just fangirl over these books as much as possible is an awesome feeling.

6.    What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

Mostly just reviews and lists. I’m pretty boring for the most part, but I’m hoping to expand that to other more creative posts in the near future.

7.    What book genres do you talk about most?

Young Adult and Romance, both mostly Contemporary.

Favorites

1.    Favorite food? Beverage?

Reese cups and Dr. Pepper.

2.    Favorite color?

Pink.

3.    Favorite things to do apart from reading?

Writing, watching football, baseball, and basketball, and listening to music.

4.    Favorite tv shows?

I watch WAY too much TV. It’s a problem. I love Shameless, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Grey’s Anatomy, This is Us, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and the list goes on and on really!

5.    Favorite movies?

The Princess Bride, Pitch Perfect, Almost Famous, Silver Linings Playbook, and Moonlight. There’s so many more but I can’t think of any at the moment.

6.    Favorite musical artists?

Taylor Swift, One Direction, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Chance the Rapper, Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Bob Dylan.

Book Talk

1.    Favorite childhood books?

I loved Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House books, Charlotte’s Web, and The Babysitter’s Club.

2.    Favorite books read in the last five years?

Fangirl, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Jellicoe Road, Anna and the French Kiss, Eleanor and Park, and so many more!

3.    Favorite genres?

Contemporary and romance YA and also adult romance.

4.    Underrated book, series or author you love?

I feel like a lot of people know who she is, but I absolutely adore Dahlia Adler.

5.    A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell would be awesome. So would Every Day by David Levithan.

6.    Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

Olly from Everything, Everything. Taylor from Jellicoe Road. Simon’s family from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

7.    Books you want to read in 2017?

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, and Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios.

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Slow-Burn TV Romances

February 14, 2017 Features 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about romance types/tropes in TV, books, or movies. I chose to talk about my favorite slow-burn romances from TV. I thought this was an awesome topic, and I’m excited to show off some of my favorite TV couples that I don’t get to talk about nearly enough. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this topic.

1. Luke and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls

Image result for luke and lorelai

Look, Luke and Lorelai are one of my all time favorite TV couples. They are second only behind Coach Taylor and Tami from Friday Night Lights. They are pretty much the sole reason why I wanted to talk about this trope. From the very first episode, it’s obvious that these two have some serious chemistry. They continue to fight it and remain just friends for four whole seasons before they finally have their first kiss. Even after that, they have a ton of obstacles that get in the way of things. Aside from all that, we can’t deny that they are meant to be and I love them so much.

2. Tara and Christian from Dance Academy

Image result for tara and christian dance academy

I’m a huge fan of Dance Academy and this couple is a major reason why. They also fit under the category of hate to love and then friends to lovers in a way. In the beginning, I had no clue that they were going to end up together. Although it took them awhile to get there, they eventually found their way and it was magical. I can’t wait to see how things end up for them in the movie that’s coming out here pretty soon!

3. Jim and Pam from The Office

Image result for jim and pam the office

There’s no way that I can talk about TV couples and not include these two. They fit into a ton of tropes over the years, specifically friends to lovers as well. It’s pretty obvious that they are going to end up together, but it gets delayed for such a long time due to the fact that she’s engaged in the beginning and everything. The chemistry is so electric, and it was such a relief when they finally got married.

4. Chandler and Monica from Friends

Image result for chandler and monica

I absolutely love Rachel and Ross together too so I wasn’t sure who I should include. I went with Monica and Chandler because even though the slow-burn and will they or won’t they thing doesn’t last as long, it’s still definitely up in the air in the earlier seasons. I just thought they were a stronger couple as a whole. I just love them both so much.

5. Peyton and Lucas from One Tree Hill

Image result for one tree hill peyton and lucas

Though they get together pretty early on, they have TOO many obstacles that get in the way. The whole love triangle between them and Brooke was a dark time for me. We always knew that these two were meant to be together, so all the other relationships that happened felt so pointless.

6. Ben and Leslie from Parks and Recreation

Image result for parks and recreation ben and leslie

The chemistry between them is so real from basically the moment that Ben shows up. However, there’s a lot of complications since he happens to be her boss and everything. They are still yet another cute couple that I adore. I have to admit that Andy and April are my favorite couple on the show, but these two were pretty great as well.

7. Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls

Image result for rory and jess gilmore girl

So I cheated and had to add two from Gilmore Girls. This wasn’t totally a slow-burn since the feelings were clear from the start, but they took a ridiculously long time to get Dean out of the picture. I’m honestly still pissed about how things didn’t go down between them in the revival, but I’m still holding out hope because I really believe that they make the perfect couple. Jess has really matured since his early days of being a bad boy, and Rory is honestly not all that mature so I think he would help her out. Wow, it’s weird how reversed the roles are right now.

8. Seth and Summer from The OC

Image result for seth and summer

How can you not adore these two? Ryan and Marissa were clearly hot messes, but these two always had it together for the most part. They were rather dysfunctional at times, but they still balanced each other out. Seth is seriously the most adorable fictional character in the whole world and I’m still not over the fact that he isn’t real. I love Seth and Summer and always will.

9. Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie

Image result for hart of dixie wade and zoe

It’s pretty obvious that I just really like Rachel Bilson. She was awesome in Hart of Dixie. I was a huge fan of her and Wade together from basically episode one. They were a major slow-burn due to the fact that Zoe had feelings for other people and whatever. I also thought the whole storyline where she was like engaged to someone else was ridiculous. But of course, Zoe and Wade found their way back to each other and it was beautiful.

10. Lydia and Stiles from Teen Wolf

Image result for teen wolf stiles and lydia

So I’m not even sure if this should be on here. I stopped watching Teen Wolf awhile ago, and last time I checked, Stiles and Lydia haven’t even kissed. They’ve both been with other people for most of the series, but I’m really hoping that they end up together. I find it so adorable how Stiles has had this crush on her for such a long time. I’m going to be depressed as hell if this doesn’t happen.

There’s my list of some of my favorite TV slow-burn romances. I could honestly keep on going because this was such a fun list to make, but I’ll spare you guys. I hope that everyone has an awesome Valentine’s Day! Make sure to share your list with me. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week!

Divider