Thursday, April 20, 2017

#ReadaDessen Tour & Giveaway-- Someone Like You


The countdown to Sarah Dessen's new book Once and For All is ON!!  To celebrate, Penguin Teen is running the #ReadaDessen tour featuring the complete backlist of Ms. Dessen's awesome books!!  Today I'm talking about Someone Like You-- which is a book I reread for the first time since probably 2002.

Note: I was provided a copy of Someone Like You by Penguin Teen as a #PRHPartner to read and spotlight this book.


Goodreads Synopsis:

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.







You know what I discovered while rereading this??  I really freaking missed Sarah Dessen's stories.  If I were to choose one author to emulate their writing-- I think it would be her.  She has this way of making me sink into a setting and a character's life that feels like---- I don't know how to describe it, but I guess it's sort of like home.  Just comfortable and easy.

There were things about Someone Like You that I wished were a little different.  She kept going back to the phrase "someone like me" when referring to Halley, but I didn't think it was really resolved WHO Halley was by the end of the book.  I knew who she was in relation to Scarlett or her mother or Macon, but I didn't know who she was when it came to just her.

Also, who is Cameron and what is his deal?  He's introduced, but then he's just kind of always there??

What I love about SD is the family factor.  She has the best way of writing conflict between parents and teens that feel real.  The parents are present, they aren't conveniently absent so the character can do what they want.  But they're FRUSTRATING.  Kind of like how real parents are to real teens.  The parents make mistakes (and a lot of them are going through a lot of their own life stuff too), they are over-protective, or nosey, and unwilling to let go.  I love seeing that stuff in a book because most of us have gone through it.

Teen pregnancy: I usually don't read books about it because I've read many that just don't handle the subject well.  I thought this was done here to PERFECTION.  Sure, Scarlett pissed me off at times (especially during Halley's indecision about losing her virginity), but overall I thought her situation felt accurate and like my own best friend was going through it.

Reading about Scarlett and Halley's friendship made me wish I had a Scarlett in my life.  Not that I don't have friends that I love-- but their friendship was somehow something more.  It was like sisters, and since I'm an only child, I can only imagine what that's like.

OVERALL: YES to the way this book made me feel.  It was like I was reading about MY best friends and I was sitting there with them.  I love how Sarah Dessen's books feel like home to me-- her writing is just easy and vivid.  I thought this book did teen pregnancy perfectly, and the friendship and family factors were also a big plus.  For a book published in 1998, I thought it held up well.

Add it to your To-Read List!!



My Rating: 5/5









Character: Halley Cooke
Book: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

  • Deep down, I think Halley is a romantic.  I think she would love to read about Lara Jean's crushes and boy expectations.  She would also probably relate to Lara Jean's hot tub freak out and her sometimes questionable choice in dudes.





THAT SUMMER
April 17 – Great Imaginations
April 17 – Nicole’s Novel Reads
April 19 –  Peace Love Books
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
April 17 – Picture Books to YA
April 20 – Don’t Fold the Page
April 20 – Pink Polka Dot Books
  • Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Sarah Dessen’s books in paperback (ARV: $132.00).


  •  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 17, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Discussion-- Do You Ever Read Too Many Books At Once??




I read THIS post from Kristy Chronicles-- and it got me thinking about my book starting habits.  I really liked her list, so I decided to make one of my own.

Admittedly, I start a lot of books before I've finished the book I'm currently reading-- and I do it for a number of reasons:


1.  Because the book I'm reading is BLAH.

  • So, basically I do this because I'm going the DNF the book I'm currently reading, but I'm not ready to ADMIT to myself that I'm going to DNF it.  I'll start a new book and TELL myself that I'm going to go back to that other book-- and then I don't.


2.  I promised that I was going to read X book by X date.

  • If you're a book blogger, then you know.  We get books and we're supposed to read/review them by the release date (or a week or 2 after).  Also, we sign up for blog tours and have other personal deadlines we like to make for ourselves to finish and review books.


3.  I just like variety because-- MOOD READER.

  • Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read my current book.  But that doesn't mean what #1 on this list means.  It's not that I'm trying to stealthily DNF, it's that just at THIS exact moment, the fluffy contemporary is not doing it for my dark mood.  But then I read a darker book for a few hours and I'm all refreshed to go back to that fluffiness.


4.  It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing things.

  • When I read 3 (or 5) books all at once, I feel like I'm somehow reading faster than I am??  No, I'm totally not, but I just feel that way because books are getting opened instead of sitting on shelves.


5.  My mom brings me a library book.

  • I make lists of backlist books I want to read and I give them to my mom.  Since she's a regular library goer, she picks up books for me along her way, and it's really worked out great.  But when she shows up with a book, I feel like I should do my best to read it in the 2 week allotment that the library gives.  It's worked out really well because I've read SO many older books that had slipped through the cracks.


6.  Format problems.


  • Sometimes I'm reading a book on my Kindle and it needs charged and I'm about to go somewhere-- and OMG, I am not going without some sort of book.  So, I grab a physical copy of something to start.  OR sometimes the opposite happens.  Sometimes I'm going somewhere where I feel that reading an eReader would be better-- say it's going to be darkish??  Or I don't have a ton of room in my bag and my Paperwhite would fit better?



Throughout all these reasons, sometimes I just end up being overwhelmed by the amount of books I've started and haven't finished.  When that happens, I go into this weird panic mode where I feel like I can't start ANYTHING until I finish what I have going on.  But then I get sad because that means a new book being started is so far away.




So, the struggle of a multi-book reader is real!!


Let's Talk:

Do you read many books at once?  Do you ever use it to super-secretly DNF?  Does multi-book reading work out good for you, or do you go to the bad place sometimes where you get overwhelmed (like me)?  Or are you just an Organized Oliver and can keep them all straight?  

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Alone in Paris Guest Post-- Ashley Earley's 10 Obsessions & GIVEAWAY


Alone in Paris

Publisher: CreatSpace
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Breathe, Taylor. 

 Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

Breathe.
 She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe. 

 Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.



  • Since I love to obsess over things (see my OBSESSIONS posts), I decided to ask Ashley what her 10 biggest obsessions are.  As it turns out-- she's a big Shadowhunters fan!!  And it's nice to find someone else who is morbidly fascinated with True Crime.
  • Without further ado, here are:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC: ALONE IN PARIS by Ashley Earley


Alone in Paris

Publisher: CreatSpace
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Breathe, Taylor. 

 Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

Breathe. 

 She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe. 

 Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.

Hello Ashley! We are super excited to welcome you to the FFBC.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My 5 Phases of Book Blogging



I've been blogging for 5 years now and, well, I've been through a lot of different feelings about blogging.  Today I'm sharing with you the 5 major phases I've been through (let's be honest, if I was counting mini-phases, there would probably be about 20 of these).  I hope you don't judge me-- I'm a competitive person and can't help being envious sometimes!

Phases of Book Blogging




UNAWARE



  • I'm just going to make a blog so I can keep all my reviews together-- you never know, Goodreads might go away and then what??  I'll just keep them all here so I can read through them if I want to.










REALIZATION



  • Oh, so this is how it is.  Other people read blogs???  Like, someone might actually read my reviews and thoughts and stuff?



  • And look at those pretty blogs!!  They get like 50 comments per post!!  And they have all the newest books before they come out.  How is that possible??  I need to get to work!



  • Should I start a blog related Twitter?  YES!!  And what's this BOOKSTAGRAM thing??  I want to do that too!!  And I should probably post once a day.  That's what all the blog advice posts say!








ENVY, JUST STRAIGHT UP ENVY



  • I'm doing all the things, and nothing is happening!!  How come [insert popular blog name] just started their blog and BOOM, 3,000 followers?  What am I doing wrong?  Why doesn't anybody like me?



  • Look at all those ARCs.  How will I ever be able to get those?







EXHAUSTION



  • I can't keep up with [insert popular blog name here].  I can't post everyday, I can't post 5 x's a week even!!  I'm sooooo tired.

  • My eyes hurt from staring at Twitter.  I shouldn't be on social media this much!







HAPPINESS/ACCEPTANCE



  • You know what, I'm just going to do my thang, and do what I can when I can, and be happy.  I'm NOT going to be competitive (even though I'm a super competitive person), I'm not going to be jealous-- I'm just going to blog and visit blogs and accept where I'm at in this crazy blogging world.  I'm going to be HAPPY!





I feel like it's inevitable that you'll go through phases if you blog long enough.  These were mine.  But I truly feel like after 5 years, I've finally gotten to a place where I'm happy.  I'm happy with the amount of interaction I have with book peeps.  I'll always think I can do better, but I'm in this place where I think what I've got going on is acceptable for me.  I'm never going to be one of those MEGA big successful blogs-- and I'm okay with that.  I'm me :)



Let's Talk:

What phases of blogging have you been through?

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