Thursday, January 12, 2017

2016 End of Year Survey-- Always late with this!!

So, I'm doing Jamie's end of year book survey again because I like it.  I know it's super late, and I'm sure everyone is beyond done with Best-Of 2016 posts, but I still want to share my faves!

NUMBER OF RE-READS: 1 (I'm not a good re-reader)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee-- My Kind Of Book W/ A Romance I Could Live Without

The Thousandth Floor

It's Manhattan, 2118.  We follow 5 teens living in a thousand story building where the higher the floor, the better the life.

Avery- lives in the Penthouse, floor 1,000.  She's been genetically engineered to be "perfect"-- but money can't buy you love, especially when you're in love with your adopted brother.

Leda-  lives in an upper floor and is best friends with Avery.  She had to go to rehab after a broken heart put her drug problem out-of-control.  Now that he's resurfaced, she's determined to figure out why he bailed in the first place.

Rylin- Lives of floor 32 and is struggling to make ends meet for her and her sister.  When Cord, a guy from Avery's circle asks her to clean his house, she finds more than a job.

Eris- moves from 985 to 103 after a paternity scandal rocks her family.

Watt- Floor 240.  Hacker hired by Leda to track her crush, but also sees a chance to get in with the upper floor crowd.

We follow them for the next 2 months, and then someone falls from the roof of this two and a half mile high building.

I didn't know what I was going to get with this book.  I kept hearing that this was sort of a Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars mash-up, and I can see where the comparisons come from-- but I think those comparisons are selling this a little bit short.  This book has teenage drama and multiple POV's, but it also has a really cool futuristic world and more substance than those 2 series.

I was hooked right away with wanting to know ALL about The Tower and these people that live there.  I found it interesting as hell how this huge building was basically a contained city all on it's own.  So, the setting was a big plus.

The minus was Avery's story.  Everything was going fine, but then there was this incest story thrown in and I was like "hold up".  Avery is in love with her adopted brother Atlas, who ran away to see the world and has barely been in touch.  Now he's back, and her feelings are stronger than ever.  I'll give her this- she does try to fight her feelings, but once I realized that this storyline wasn't going away, I was a little creeped out.  Sure, they're not BLOOD RELATED, but Avery doesn't really have memories of before Atlas came to live with them.  They were raised brother and sister-- and that's hard for me to get on-board with.

Aside from that, I was super addicted to this cool book.  I love books about teens navigating the social side of life-- and this one covers a lot of issues.  Boyfriends, poverty, friendships, obsessions, commitment issues, drug addiction, etc.

The best part of this book??  It's the first in a series!!!  I hope book 2 brings MORE world building.  I want to know everything about this Tower, the technology, and the stuff leading up to it's creation.  I hope the icky relationship goes away-- I kind of don't think it will, but I can still hope, right??  I hope that new characters are introduced, because we lost a big part of this book!!

OVERALL: I had a lot of fun reading this book.  It wasn't perfect- there's an incest thing that I really wasn't a fan of- but it was entertaining as hell.  I would definitely recommend to people who like YA-- because books like this are the heart of YA.

Date Published: 8/20/2016
How I got this book: Library
Publisher: Harper

Add it to your To-Read List!!

This Book Contains:

  • NYC in 2118
  • A 2.5 mile high skyscraper
  • Glamorous and not-so-glamorous lifestyles
  • A lesbian relationship
  • A sister-adopted brother relationship
  • A super-computer named Nadia
  • Tons of technology
  • A Chuck Bass-type
  • Drama
  • Drinking/Drug use

My Rating: 4/5

Character: Leda
Book: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

  • Because maybe if Leda reads about Desmond, she'll see some of herself in him and see how far she's fallen.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-- 2016 Releases I Meant To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (January 10th) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)

  • Every year I have books I was DYING to read and for some reason or other just didn't get to.  Part of the problem is that I'm a slower reader than most of my bookish friends.  The other part??  Well, I'm an insane mood-reader.  I have a VERY hard time reading on a schedule or forcing myself to read things that I'm not in the mood for.  THESE poor books didn't get read due to a combination of time and moods :(

1.  A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody- I completely love a Groundhog's Day story.  I mean, Before I Fall is one of my all-time faves.
2.  Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch- Damage Done super messed with my head and I really wanted to see what else this author would come up with.  BUT-- I didn't get to it.  Hopefully I will in 2017!!
3.  Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu- Oh jeez, this is an auto-buy author for me and I need to get to reading!
4.  All in Pieces by Suzanne Young- It came out late fall, so that's why I didn't get to it yet-- I totally will soon though!
5.  Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate- This sounds like such a "me" book & I'm using my Christmas gift card to buy it.

6. Once Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer- This is set in the 80's and I own it, so I DEFINITELY have to read it.
7.  For This Life Only by Stacey Kade- I love Stacey Kade so much!!  Have you read The Ghost and the Goth series?  I loved the cuteness/awesomeness of that series.
8.  The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker- I need to get to this because there really aren't enough YA books about the dark side of relationships.
9.  Girl Against Universe by Paula Stokes- I never read a Paula Stokes book, and I wanted 2016 to be the year I did!!  I've heard nothing but GOOD about this book, so hopefully I'll find time in 2017.
10.  Replica by Lauren Oliver- Clearly I'm a failure as a book person.  I've had this for over 6 months and it's still unread :(

Which 2016 books are you bummed that you didn't find time to read?  Which of these books should go to the TOP of my 2017 TBR?

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book to Movies I Still Need to Watch

I think one of my 2017 Goals is going to be to watch more movies.  

I've been slacking when it comes to movies for at least 5 or so years.  If I don't see a movie at the theater, there's a really good chance that I'll never ever see the movie.  I know there's RedBox and other renting options, but that just seems like too much work for me-- plus, there's the whole remembering to return it,  and ughhh I'm super bad at that.  Sometimes a movie I've been meaning to watch will come on Netflix, but when I turn that on I'm in TV MODE and have a hard time switching my mind over to MOVIES.  Basically, I suck.  And that sucks because SO many of my fave books (and books I haven't read yet, but want to) have been made into movies-- and I missed them all!!

So here are some I'd like to catch up on-- and I need your input on what I should push to the front of the line!

If I Stay
  • Don't hate me, but I didn't LOVE the book.  I know-- I'm a robot w/ no heart.  But that doesn't mean I don't really really want to see this movie!
The 5th Wave
  • I haven't read this series, but I like the premise.  Not sure if the movie was good or not, since I didn't hear much about it, but I'm interested!
Vampire Academy
  • I'll probably never read this series-- because vampires.  BUT I've heard good things about the movie.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • I have issues.  How have I not watched this yet??  I mean, it features PITTSBURGH-- which is where I live!!  Also, Emma Watson!!  I need to watch this, like yesterday.
Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
  • I didn't love this book, but think it has potential to be a cool movie... maybe??
Paper Towns
  • One of the 2 John Green books I haven't read yet, but I will read the book & I really want to see this movie.

  • Ugh really really didn't like this book.  The thing is, when I found out the changes they made for the movie, I thought it sounded SO MUCH BETTER.  I'm really hoping it is!
The Host
  • Another book I'll probably never read, but I still feel like I need to see the movie.
It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • This is going to be a hard one because of the author's death and this being kind of a personal story for him.... I didn't even know it was a movie until a few months ago!!
Warm Bodies
  • I have the book, but I can only do zombie books/movie/TV every so often or I get too freaked out, so I haven't read it yet.  I know this one isn't the "typical" type of zombie, but still...
Jessica Darling's It List
  • Haven't read the book yet, but desperately want to find time for it.  I think it sounds adorably cute and I'd love to see little Jessica on the screen.
The Book Thief
  • Don't hate--- I haven't read this either!!!  I feel like this was a book a lot of people read for school and I missed that boat by about 8 years.
A Monster Calls
  • Just came out but want to see!!!!

Coming Soon-ish

I'm semi-excited about these movies being made:

13 Reasons Why
  • Is this coming to Netflix or not???
Before I Fall
  • EEK!!! I'm so nervous that this won't live up to the perfection of the book!!
Ready Player One
  • This is a Steven Spielberg movie, so you know it's going to be good.
Why We Broke Up
  • Hailee Steinfeld is attached because-- duh.
Looking For Alaska
  • I'm not sure WHEN this is happening, and I know John Green movies are getting old, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • I don't know when this is happening either, but Channing Tatum is attached somehow-- and OMG I'm so scared they'll fuck it up.  Some books are too good for Hollywood to mess with.
All the Bright Places
  • Elle Fanning is starring.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Another Hailee Steinfeld attachment.  Can we get a few new YA leads maybe??  I'm sick of Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning, Shailene Woodley, etc.

I want to hear from you guys-- which movies are awesome??  Which are worth skipping?  Which ones do you still need to see?  What upcoming releases are you excited about?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 2017 YA Debuts I'm Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (January 3rd) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten 2017 YA Debuts I'm Excited For

  • I had really good luck with Debuts in 2016-- I basically spent the first half of the year obsessed with them.  So this year I have high hopes!!  Here are the ones that have caught my eye so far:

1.  One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus- Someone gets killed in detention!!  I mean, it's like The Breakfast Club, but with a killer!!

2.  After the Fall by Kate Hart- I love a complicated relationships book-- and THE COVER!

3.  The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato- I love that this book has a little bit of a supernatural/psychic element to it.

4.  Antisocial by Jillian Blake- I'm kind of a sucker for the "cautionary tale".

5.  The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy- The atmosphere of this book sounds amazing.  I'm super curious about it because it supposedly has a lot of literary references in it :)

6.  The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin- The cover is adorable-- and it's about a girl in community college.  I don't know if it's the actual fall semester or the summer after HS, but still: COLLEGE!!

7.  Grit by Gillian French- This book is SO "me".  It's about the "town slut"/reputations, a missing/possibly dead girl, secrets, mysteries-- basically everything I love.

8.  The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles- Another fantasy!!  WOOO!!  See how adventurous I'm getting- hahaha.  But this is one I've been wanting to read for almost a full year now.

9.  Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart- Doesn't this just sound fun??  AND it's a book about the guy being in love/obsessed with the girl and her being like MEH.  I love that!!

10.  A List of Cages by Robin Roe- SO EXCITED TO READ THIS!!  It sounds totally emotional and meaningful and just so many feelings!!

What 2017 Debuts are you excited to read??

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