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2016 Love-a-Thon: An Invitation to Tea

February 21, 2016 Features 7


This is the final challenge in this years Love-a-Thon. It makes me sad that it’s almost over, but I’m still excited to share my results for this one. The challenge is to choose a fictional character, blogger, and author who you’d like to have tea with and why. I hope you enjoy my answers!

Menu: I don’t know that much about tea flavors honestly. So I think that someone else at the party should select it. Or it could just be an Earl Grey flavor and some others as well. Of course Green Tea would be an option.

For food there would be lots of scones. Including: lemon, cherry, orange cranberry, orange poppy seed, and some others.


Cucumber, chicken salad, and maybe a ham sandwich thrown in there for good measure.


My girl Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries:

Obviously I wouldn’t be having tea with the fabulous Anne Hathaway, I believe the fictional Mia is much more awkward than Anne portrayed her to be. Anyway, I chose Mia because she’s far from being a classy person who casually sips tea, but she’s still fun. She’s also learned a lot about manners and how to behave as she’s gotten older. The only adult book from The Princess Diaries proves that Mia hasn’t lost her wit and sarcasm. My point is, the girl knows how to have a good time and I’d love to hangout with her and drink tea.


I cheated here and chose two bloggers instead of one.

Kristin from Super Space Chick

I chose Kristin because I love her blog and we’d have tons to talk (and fangirl) about. We could talk about Hamilton, comics, fashion, and books of course. Plus I saw in her bio that she loves tea so it just makes sense haha!

Lauren from Bookmark Lit

Lauren is one of my closest blogger friends. We always seem to have something to talk about, specifically football and books. I just feel like it’d be awesome to hangout with her. I’d definitely want her at this cool tea party!


Stephanie Perkins

I feel like I don’t even need to explain why I’d want to have tea with Stephanie. She’s just such an amazing writer, but more than that, she seems like such a down to Earth person. Besides, she knows everything about the future that each of her characters will have. I’d totally pester her about it, but we’d also talk about other stuff too like Making of a Murderer and books.

I had so much fun with this challenge. What about you guys? Who would be at your tea party?


2016 Love-a-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

February 21, 2016 Features 3


So I’m really excited about this mini challenge! It was honestly so much fun to make book spine poetry. If you don’t know what it is, it’s pretty self explanatory. You just take your book spines and do your best to make some poetry out of them! I doubt I’m cut out to be a poet, but I still tried my best.

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This is Not a Test / Find You in the Dark / Not If I See You First

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The Geography of You and Me / This Raging Light / Every Last Promise / Along for the Ride

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This is What Happy Looks Like / Whatever Life Throws at You / Every Last Word / Play On

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The Wrong Side of Right / Finding Mr. Brightside / Famous Last Words

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Searching for Beautiful / Like it Never Happened / The Sky is Everywhere / What Happens Next


2016 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

February 20, 2016 Features 8


Hey guys! I know that most people posted answers to the Love-a-Thon questionnaire at midnight, but I totally forgot about it so mine is a little late. Anyway, this was really fun to fill out and I love reading how everyone else responded to the questions!

What’s your name?


Where in the world are you blogging from?

Over in the United States. Specifically, Huntington, West Virginia.

How did you get into blogging in the first place?

I loved blogging about general stuff because writing is my favorite. Then I became more aware of the community from Goodreads, and decided to start a blog dedicated to books.

How did you come up with your blog name?

It actually used to be my Twitter name when I was younger and I couldn’t think of anything more creative, so I just rolled with it.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

Young Adult, specifically contemporary and romance. I’m also a big fan of New Adult books. I’m trying to read more YA fantasy and historical though!

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

Top Ten Tuesday, blog tours, giveaways, and other random features. I hope to add more this year!

Best blogging experience so far?

Just getting to interact and talk about books with so many awesome people! I hope that I’ll get the chance to attend more author events and conferences in the future.

Favorite thing about the blogging community?

How supportive and loving people are. It’s just great to be surrounded by a community that is so accepting and fascinating.

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

Every Exquisite Thing, The Winner’s Kiss, P.S. I Like You, When We Collided, and The Unexpected Everything.

Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

Throne of Glass, Twenty Boy Summer, Under The Pained Sky, The Fixer, and All The Bright Places

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

Audrey, Wait! By Robin Benway.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Taylor from Jellicoe Road, Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Anna from Anna and the French Kiss, and many more!

Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door and countless more.

Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)

Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road, Four from Divergent, Katniss Everdeen obviously, Mare Barrow & Cal from Red Queen.

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

Watching baseball, basketball, and football. Listening to music, and some other stuff!

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Clothes and shoes. Especially when big sales are going on!

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I’m still hoping for Looking for Alaska to be made into a movie! Also any Sarah Dessen book because I think it’s so sad that only ONE of her books (well technically two but it was smashed into one movie) was adapted.

What would your dream library look like?

Just like Belle’s from Beauty & the Beast. I really can’t think a more creative or beautiful library than hers! Except maybe my bookshelves would be a little more colorful but it’s the same idea.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten OTPs

February 9, 2016 Features 7


As you probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week focuses on a theme that we use to write our awesome bookish lists. For this week, the theme is all about Valentine’s Day! Naturally, I decided to write mine about some of my all time favorite OTP’s. I didn’t have time to make graphics for all of them, so there’s several at the end that are just going to go without them. Hope you enjoy it!

Corey & Sid

I’m STILL not over this book. Corey is just the ultimate supportive book boyfriend. I love how honest and straightforward he was to Sid about his feelings for her. There needs to be more high school boys like him in this world.

Maddie & Olly

Another book that I’m still not over and that I find it a little painful to talk about because I love it so much.

Tay & Jonah

Did you guys HONESTLY think I’d leave the ultimate OTP off this list? Not a chance.

Ryder & Jemma

This is one of my more recent reads, but I still found this couple to be adorable. I’m trying to include couples/books that I haven’t raved about endlessly on my previous lists, so I felt like they made a great addition to it.

Julia & Jason

It might have taken Julia a fairly long time to come around to Jason, but I still loved him throughout the entire book. You know the scene where he played The Beatles on his guitar? Well, I’m STILL swooning over it.

Patrick & Chloe

I debated over which name to call the MC in this book. I didn’t feel like including the trademark symbol that’s in her given name, Bonnie. So I just stuck with the name she preferred. Anyway, I feel like this doesn’t need any further explanation. If you’ve read this book, you know why this is so OTP.

Those are all the graphics I made but here are the ones that I wanted to include as well:


Jason & Annie in Whatever Life Throws at You


Nastya & Josh in The Sea of Tranquility


Skylar & Josh in I’ll Meet You There


Gia & Hayden in The Fill-In Boyfriend

So that’s about it for my list this week! Be sure to share your lists with me in the comments. I hope you all have a great rest of the week! 🙂


Guest of the Month Club: MC From Blame It On The Books

January 31, 2016 Features 1

For those of you that may not be familiar about Guest of the Month, it’s a monthly feature hosted by Emily Reads Everything. We get paired up with a different partner each month and the guests talk about whatever the theme is. You can read more about it on Emily’s blog! This month, we get to hear from MC from Blame It On The Books. It’s been so much fun getting to know her! I’ll let MC take it from here.

There are SO MANY books that I want to read in 2016. There are going to be so many amazing 2016 releases, and I also have some great backlist titles sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I tend to be really bad at sticking to a plan, so who knows if I will get to these books in 2016 or if I will get distracted by other pretty books (the probability of distraction is pretty high). But here are the books (in no particular order) that I really hope to get to this year….

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


I have been itching to read this book for so long, and I had the pleasure of seeing Adam speak at ALAMW and I got a signed copy! I have plans to read this with a book club I am part of in March and I can’t wait!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Ideally, I want to read this entire series in 2016. I’m so excited to read it and see why everyone loves Jodi Meadows so much.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


I read book one of this series, *The Name of the Wind*, at the beginning of 2015, and I LOVED it. I find myself thinking about that world all the time. I can’t wait to dive into *The Wise Man’s Fear* and visit these characters again, even though it’s quite a beast of a book.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


I have no idea why I haven’t continued on with this series yet, because I loved *Daughter of Smoke and Bone*. I hope that I can manage to complete the trilogy in 2016.

Winter by Marissa Meyer


No, I still haven’t read this yet. I know, it’s horrible of me. I really need to buckle down and get this series finished so I can know how it ends!

What do you want to read in 2016? Thanks for having me, Rachel! It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books Recently Added to My TBR List

January 19, 2016 Features 5


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is where we share lists based on a new theme each week. For this week, the theme is ten books that I’ve recently added to my TBR list. I found this a fun list to make for sure!  Instead of reflecting on why I chose each of these books to add to my TBR list, I’m just going to show you the covers since that’s a much quicker process. I’m excited to see what you guys came up with for this.

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So I realize that a lot of these are older books instead of being upcoming books that I’m anticipating. However, I feel like a lot of lists that I’ve been posting lately have been focusing more on those books. Besides, I also have a separate shelf dedicated to 2016 releases so this one focuses more on backlist books that I missed/forgot to add to my Goodreads shelf. Anyway, that’s all for this weeks list. I hope that you enjoyed it. Be sure to share your lists with me in the comments! 🙂


January New Release Giveaway Hop

January 14, 2016 Features, Giveaways 77


Hey guys! I’m excited to be apart of this January new release giveaway hop hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! For this giveaway, you get to take your pick of any book that is released this month. However, the book of your choosing must be $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. If you win the giveaway and you live in the US, you may choose an Amazon book since it will get there to you much faster. You can even choose a ebook if you prefer. It’s completely up to you, but you can only pick one of the options I’ve listed!

There are tons of January releases to choose from, including all the awesome ones listed in the giveaway hop graphic that Shannon made! So ultimately, you get to tell me what you want, but here are some other options just in case you haven’t heard of them or forgot that they were being released this month.

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So there you have it, some other options that will hopefully help you decide which one you want if you win! Thank you guys for reading and I hope that you look at the other blogs that are involved in this hop as well! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To

January 12, 2016 Features 8


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s all about sharing lists that focus on a different theme each week. For this week, the theme is top 2015 releases that you meant to read but just didn’t get to. It turns out that there are tons of 2015 releases that I really wanted to read but just didn’t get around to picking it up for whatever reason. Without further ado, here’s my list for this TTT. Hope you enjoy!

1. Mosquitoland


I really wanted to read this, but I didn’t get around to it because there were honestly so many other books that I wanted to get to first. However, I’m planning on getting this one in 2016 as soon as I can!

2. Tiny Pretty Things


The main reason why I didn’t read this was because it made me super nervous honestly. I don’t read all that many books that focus on ballet, but I’ve always absolutely loved them, I’m just pretty selective about which ones that I read. Anyway, this one seems extremely intense so I’m putting it off because of that.

3. The Royal We


This book is TOTALLY my type of book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet, but I’ll definitely get my hands on a copy sooner rather than later.

4. Under a Painted Sky


I’ve never been a big historical fiction fan at all. I have to say though, this cover instantly drew me in. The plot also sounds really intriguing and I plan on reading this one soon!

5. All the Bright Places


I’m not going to lie you guys, I’ve had this book on my Kindle since this summer. I think I’m putting off reading it because this is another book that made nervous to read. All of the hype has just really overwhelmed me and I’m scared that I won’t love it as much as everyone else has!

6. Last Year’s Mistake


I just bought this book the other day, but I heard about this book awhile ago and have been dying to read it ever since. On another note, for some reason I just really love this cover.

7. Trouble is a Friend of Mine


This is another book that I kind of shoved aside in favor for other books. I have this one listed as a possibility for a lot of the challenges that I’m participating in, so that serves as a little extra motivation to finally read it.

8. How to be Brave


I’ll be talking more about how I landed this book in my monthly recap, but let’s just say that I can’t wait to read it.

9. The Revenge Playbook


I’m all over books that have something to do with sports, specifically football. So yeah, this book sounds fabulous to me.

10. Not If I See You First


I was a little hesitant to read this at first, but the reviews I’ve read are mainly positive so I’ve decided to try it out.

So I could keep going with this list but I think I’m just going to stop at ten. What about you guys? What are some 2015 books you really wanted to read but didn’t get around to? Share your lists with me! I hope you guys have a great rest of the week. Hopefully I’ll see you back here next week! 🙂


Before Goodbye Book Blitz

January 8, 2016 Features 0

Before Goodbye
Mimi Cross
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: January 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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The sheet music perches on the black metal stand, a stack of white flags begging for surrender. But I will not. The music itself looks like a war zone: Pencil strikes are everywhere, the pages filled with casualties—discarded fingerings, interpretive markings. Added, then savagely crossed out. I am trying desperately to get the changes right, Cal’s changes.

The upcoming concert is my inspiration to get up in the morning. Making these changes is my homage to Cal, my connection to him.

But the Brooklyn gig . . . that show was for us. I need to cancel, yet can’t make the call.

There are so many people I can’t seem to call, my friends in the city—some who knew Cal. A few have called me, but I’m not sure that it matters. They all seem a lifetime away.

Besides the addition and blackened subtraction of musical direction, there are comments written in my music: maybe I’m just a crazy person with this boy in my head.

Cal Woods is not the only guy on my mind.

When Mr. Close finally showed today, he acted like he didn’t know why David and I were there. He probably just didn’t want to punish David for something everyone wanted to do, and he didn’t want to punish me because he doesn’t even know who I am. Half the time in PE I’m like a ghost. Or maybe Close knew I didn’t deserve a detention. Yes, I served a volleyball at the back of Dee’s head, but it couldn’t have hit her that hard, I can’t spike for shit. Of course the volleyball incident was right after I went off on her for telling me not to call Laurel. That was a big deal—to me, but not to her. So neither of these things should have sent her crying to Close. I think she was just pissed at me because of that guy she was talking to earlier.

I haven’t been able to go into the cafeteria for lunch since the accident—too many people, too many eyes on me. Hardly anyone at school knew Cal, but the fact that I was in the car with someone who died in an accident on Chapel Hill Road means that now everybody knows me.

So I’ve been going to the library with my lunch, when I remember to bring it, but I didn’t quite make it today. I couldn’t. Couldn’t stop crying.
Laurel heard I was having a meltdown in the girls’ room and came looking for me. We’d just taken seats outside on the stone wall surrounding the patio when Dee appeared at the far end.

“Dee.” Her name was a small noise escaping my lips, a sound not at all like Laurel’s secret sharing whisper-hiss, but more like choking. Dee was the last person I needed to see.

Laurel waved a hand dismissively. “Don’t worry about her. You’re all pale. I’m going to get you some food.”

I nodded, then glanced back at Dee. But she’d already turned away, calling to a tall boy with dark hair standing at the edge of the woods that border the closest playing field.

Even with everything I was feeling, as the boy approached the patio, I was struck by his looks—he had that kind of face. Plus, he seemed familiar for some reason. But it wasn’t his face or the odd feeling of familiarity that got my attention. He was carrying a guitar case.

I watched him, watched Dee bum a cigarette. But when she started using it to gesticulate, jabbing it angrily in his direction as she spoke, he appeared to stop listening. His eyes flitted from face to face—Till they landed on mine.

One summer the Ridgeways took me to Montana, to a dude ranch called Triangle X where we rode horses all day. Out West the sky is somehow higher and wider, bluer.

Even from where I sat on the wall, I could see the boy’s blue eyes. They reminded me so much of that sky . . . I couldn’t look away.

Dee followed his gaze and shot me a cyanide smile, then tugged on his arm. But even as they were walking away, the dark-haired boy’s eyes held mine, his head swiveling to keep the connection. There was a slow-motion feel to everything as my head turned, too—

But then Laurel returned, plopping down on the wall, and time snapped back to its normal tempo. A minute later, I’d forgotten all about the boy. But maybe Dee hadn’t. She’s with Laurel now, but who knows. Maybe she had a thing with this guy.

I picture her jabbing her cigarette in his direction. Obviously, she knows him well.

So, right, I bet that’s what it is. Not the volleyball, the boy. Then again, Dee would find a way to hate me no matter what. No one has ever really hated me before, except . . . That night, the night David insisted on talking about. Wasn’t what happened just another kind of hate?

My left hand travels automatically up and down the fretboard, fingertips splayed like spider legs, running scales again and again. The fingers of my right hand dutifully hop from string to string— but these exercises don’t absorb me, not fully, not now.

Closing my eyes, I concentrate harder. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, be stiller than still. Classical musicians must not move, must not let our bodies express. The music expresses. We are merely the vehicles for the composers. For Saint Cecilia, for the Muses. Maybe, even, for God.

I do not play an instrument; I am the instrument. I serve.

My fingers move up and down the fretboard, skip, skip, skip across the strings . . .

Silently, a window in my attention span slides open. At first I notice nothing, too busy playing . . . But then a dark intruder—a recent memory—slips over the sill like vapor.

Author Bio:

Mimi Cross was born in Toronto, Canada. She received a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College. She has been a performer, a music educator, and a yoga instructor. During the course of her musical career, she’s shared the bill with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sting. She resides in New Jersey.

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BUILT Release Week Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

January 5, 2016 Features 0

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for BUILT by Jay Crownover. BUILT is a Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 1st full-length novel in The Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her New York Times bestselling Marked Men Series. This amazing book is out now so grab your copy today! And be sure to check out the awesome sweepstakes! Info and links below!


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About BUILT:

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn’t matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn’t return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.


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He took a step closer to me and put his finger under my chin so that I had no choice but to look at that darkening green gaze. “You know what is a big deal?”

Without thinking I put my wet hand on the center of his chest and watched as my handprint covered the place where his heart was thudding heavy and strong. He felt so vital and real, like everything I had had my hands on before him was just make-believe.

“What?” My voice came out more of a whisper than anything else.

“We hung out, I bought you dinner, we talked about our families and shit. We shared. This was a date, Sayer. Maybe not the best first date ever but it was still a date, so you know what that means.”

I did? I was still trying to get my head around the fact that it really had been kind of a date when his head lowered toward mine and my lips tickled as his beard got close enough to brush against them.

“It means we went on a date, so now you should absolutely put your hands on my dick…a lot. My gentlemanly tendencies only reach so far and with you they have about reached the end of the line.”

I gulped a little. “Oh.” That sounded like so many different kinds of dangerous and delicious. I had never asked him to be a gentleman, and frankly one of the reasons I was so attracted to him was because he seemed so rugged and untamed by the conventions I was used to and bored to death by.

“Yeah, oh…which I fully intend to make you say over and over again while I’m as deep inside of you as I can get.”

When his mouth settled over mine, it was an entirely different mess I was suddenly worried about. There was going to be no cleaning up the wreckage that was going to be left of my heart and body when this man was done with me and that felt entirely like a great big deal even though I was helpless to stop it. It was one mess I intended to embrace and not apologize for even if that went against everything I had ingrained deep down within the very core of me.

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Jay Crownover - author picAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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