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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

I had the urge to do a tag because they make me happy and I found this one that looked like fun. I hope you all find this tag as fun as I do and if you'd like to participate link your answers in the comments.
Enjoy!!

1. What was the last book you read?
Confess by Colleen Hoover.
2. Was it a good one?
Phenomenal. 
3. What made it good?
Uh, it was written by Colleen Hoover, duh.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Absolutely!!
5. How often do you read?
It depends. Sometimes I go through a book slump and don't read at all, sometimes I read a pretty good amount, and other times I can't stop reading.
6. Do you like to read?
No, not really my think. Geesh.
7. What was the last bad book you read?
Hmm...it's been a while, to be honest I can't even think of one.
8. What made you dislike it?
...
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
I would love to be a writer.
10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Oh yes, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
No I haven't but Tasha from Tashapolis on YouTube has made me interested in getting into it. Oh wait, isn't Fifty Shades fan fiction? I have read that.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
Nope but I think it could be fun.
13. What's your favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars of course.
14. What's your least favorite book?
I don't know if it's my least favorite book but I did not like Isla & The Happily Ever After.
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
I go through phases with that one too. Sometimes I like my kindle because it's easier to read in bed but I really love holding a physical book and seeing the progress I've made.
16. When did you learn to read?
I think I was pretty young but I can't give you an exact age.
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
No doubt, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. If you haven't read that book you should definitely check it out. It's so so good.
18. What is your favorite book series?
I still really love the Twilight saga but I also love the Shopaholic series.
19. Who is your favorite author?
Colleen Hoover.
20. What is your favorite genre?
Probably New Adult or anything Contemporary.
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Augustus Waters fo life.
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Isn't that the point of reading?
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Jay Crownover once said that she wouldn't write a direct sequel to her books because she didn't want to put her characters through any more and that really changed my perspective on sequels. Of course I'd like to read more about the characters that I love but I also don't want them to go through any more trouble.
24. Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
Hmm...I wish Divergent was a standalone.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
It really depends on the size of the book and how good it is, but usually not to long.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
I really like book to movie adaptations because I like to see the characters that I love come to life.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I did NOT like the Vampire Academy movie. Did not. Not any likeage happening during that movie. None. Nada.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower and TFIOS are my favorites.
29. Do you read newspapers?
Not really.
30. Do you read magazines?
I used to read them all the time but not so much anymore.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Magazines.
32. Do you read while in bed?
I have an 18 month old little boy so that's pretty much the only time I have the time to read.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
Haha I'm not sure if I've ever read while using the bathroom.
34. Do you read while in the car?
All the time. I read most of Confess in the car a few days ago.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
Isn't that the point of taking a bath>
36. Are you a fast reader?
Depends on if I really like the book.
37. Are you a slow reader?
Uh, depends on if I really like the book.
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Anywhere where I can get comfortable.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
Not if the book is really good.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Not at all.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My oh so lovely momma.
42. What book is next on your list to read?
I'd really like to read Abbi Gline's new book but I don't have it yet so I'm not sure.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I'm not sure actually.
44. Who is your favorite children's book author?
Does Judy Blume count?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
I think I'd have a lot of fun interviewing Sophie Kinsella or Cora Carmack.
46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Colleen Hoover.
47. What book have you reread the most?
I've read Twilight 5 times, The Fault in Our Stars 3 times and Rule...2 or 3 times.
48. Which books do you consider "classics"?
Old books.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Perks, TFIOS, The Outsiders.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
 I don't believe in banning books.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

I adore this book.
I love Lucy.
I do not at all hate Adam Connor.
Ella Maise is my spirit animal.
I read "To Love Jason Thorn" last year and adored it, so when I was sent this book I was the happiest little book nerd in all the lands.
I have actually had my greedy paws on this book for a while now but I've been holding it off for the right time.
Well the right time came my friends and once I finished it I almost went into a deep and serious book hangover. 
It was that good.
We meet Lucy in "To Love Jason Thorn" and grow to love her as Olives best friend but she's even better in this book!!
She's nursing a broken heart and since the boyfriend who took said heart moved away she's also homeless, so she moves in with the best friend and the bff's husband.
One day her and Olive decide to put a ladder up to the wall separating them from their new neighbor actor and super babe Adam Connor. After the peeping toms get down Olive makes Lucy promise that she'll never do it again. It's a promise Lucy somewhat keeps but not really because as soon as Olive and Jason go out of town she goes up the ladder to spy on her neighbor yet again. On one particular day Adams son falls into the pool and when Lucy notices that nobody is around to save him she jumps down and rescues the little boy. However when Adam comes out and sees a stranger with his son his instant thought is psycho stalker and he has her arrested.
Jason ends up going to talk to Adam and explains what happens and after Adam apologizes he ends up letting Lucy take care of his son who no longer has a nanny - since you know she wasn't around when he almost drowned and all.
Throughout the story we get to watch all the delicious tension between Lucy and Adam and it's so very good.
I really liked getting to see Jason and Olive again but I really loved Lucy, Adam and his son too.
This book made me laugh out loud in parts but it also gets a little crazy at the end which I did NOT expect and it was pretty awesome.
I loved this book and I most definitely recommend it. 
Ella Maise you are simply amazing.

Buy To Hate Adam Connor Here:
Amazon
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Listen to my playlist for To Hate Adam Connor on Spotify by clicking HERE

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: February 14, 2017


This weeks T10T is: All About Romance so I'm choosing my...
Top Ten Favorite Romantic Quotes

10. "You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real."
-Suzanne Collins Mockinjay


9. "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it."
-Nicholas Sparks A Walk To Remember


8. "Here's my heart Shaw. You have it in your hands and I promise you're the first and last person to ever touch it. You need to be careful with it because it's far more fragile than I ever thought and if you try and give it back I'm not taking it. I don't know enough about love to know for sure that's what this is between us, but I know for me that it's you and only you from here on out and I can only promise to be careful and not push you away again. Life without you in it is doable, but if I have a choice I want to do it with you by my side and I'm telling you I'm not running away from the work it takes to make that happen. Shaw I'm not scared of us anymore."
-Jay Crownover Rule


7. "There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then."
-Cassandra Clare City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments


6. "She was the rock in a world that was crumbling."
-Abbi Glines Fallen Too Far


5. "I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn't something about you at all. It was just you."
-Jamie McGuire Beautiful Disaster


4. "Look after my heart, I've left it with you."
-Stephenie Meyer Eclipse


3. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you though."
-Veronica Roth Divergent


2. "I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours."
-Nicholas Sparks The Notebook


1. "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
-John Green The Fault in Our Stars

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Kind of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

I have been having a pretty great reading year so far until the other day when I finished "To Hate Adam Connor" by Ella Maise. Why was it great until then? Well because I was stumped as to what to read next. So of course I pulled out my handy dandy kindle and browsed the Kindle store. Unfortunately nothing was coming up that was really grabbing me so I decided to start typing in authors that I like, to see if they had any books that I hadn't read yet. 
And then there it was.
My Kind of Forever.
Just sitting there guys like it had been waiting for me.
Yes, I fangirled. I screamed and after my mother's heart rate went back to normal and she could ask why in the heck I was bouncing and screeching I told her that I LOVE "The Beaumont Series" and that I had forgotten that this book was released!!
Obviously I one clicked that sucker and started it right then.
If you haven't read the other books in the series then I have to say...what on earth is wrong with you? My gosh I've gone on and on about how wonderful this series is. I have reviewed the other books in the series which you can check out below:
Forever My Girl
My Unexpected Forever
Finding My Forever
Finding My Way
I was also able to do an interview with the oh so lovely Heidi McLaughlin which you can check out by clicking HERE
If you haven't read the other books in the series then you probably shouldn't read this review. Unless you're a big fat spoiler like me and in that case proceed.
This is the 5th book in the series but it's more like the 2nd book to Liam and Josie's story which is why I was so excited. I'm not going to lie the 2nd book in the series is actually my favorite but it's because I really love Harrison. However I was very excited to see how all of these characters I love so dearly have been.
In this installment Liam is heading back to LA with the rest of the band because they miss their music and the band hasn't been getting as much recognition...or money...as they used to. Josie stays home with Noah so he can continue with sports and so she can wait for the arrival of the baby that Liam and her are adopting. While Liam is in LA Josie gets a book delivered to her that's an unauthorized biography about Liam with pages from Sam (the psycho ex manager/kind of girlfriend/total nut job) that don't exactly paint everyone in the best light.
I loved this book because it was so nice to see these amazing characters again and to see that they are all so happy. Unfortunately I did have some issues with this book. I know...I'm sad too. First of all Josie was constantly doubting herself throughout most of the book and at first I felt bad but then I just kind of got annoyed. I'm sure it would be extremely hard to be in her position but I felt bad for Liam because he kept having to defend himself and try and prove to her that he loved her. I felt like all the doubting should've been something she was over by now. The other thing that I didn't like was the fact that it didn't even feel like they were together for most of the book. Usually we see a couple progress throughout a book just to hit this monumentally bad moment and then they get over it and live happily ever after. This was more like bad bad bad oh it's good now and the book is also over, which made me sad.
With all of that being said I did like it more than I disliked it and I'm so glad I got to reconnect with these characters. I also read the Heidi plans on writing about the kids when they're adults and that got me all kinds of excited.
All in all I would recommend this book if you've read the others. And again if you haven't read the others then GO DO IT!!

Buy My Kind of Forever Here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Listen to my playlist for My Kind of Forever on Spotify by clicking HERE

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Not A Book "Blogger" Newbie Tag

Alright technically this tag wasn't created for book bloggers as it's originally called the "Not A BookTube Newbie Tag" but it looked like fun and what's the difference aside from making videos? I did take the liberty to change the questions so they were more appropriate for book bloggers.
You can watch the original tag done by Clever Fox HERE
Watch Heathers video (where I saw it...shock) HERE

1. How old is your blog?
She will be 4 years old on the 19th. :)

2. What are your favorite posts to do?
I LOVE doing tags!! They are so much fun, probably because I love answering questions. But I also really love doing book reviews and interviews too.

3. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wanted to become a blogger?
Do it!! I don't have millions of views on each post but I do get a pretty great amount and I love getting comments from people who take the time to check out my page. It's a lot of fun and I say if you want to then you should.

4. Since joining have you run into any unforseen challenges?
Um, hmm, I didn't realize that I'd find so many wonderful books and then...you know...not be able to afford all of them.

5. What is a favorite book/series you've read because of booktube/blogging?
The Fault in Our Stars. Sorry guys...it was inevitable.

6. Overall, what is your favorite aspect about blogging?
Talking to other bloggers and meeting awesome authors!!

7. Tag people!!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bookstore Book Tag


Good afternoon book lovers, today I decided to do this book tag that I saw on YouTube called "The Bookstore Book Tag" I thought it was appropriate because I recently took a visit to a beautiful bookstore and it was lovely. If you'd like to watch the original video by clicking HERE

1. The beginning of your trip you walk into a bookstore and you instantly feel happy: 
Name a book that has the perfect beginning
"Retreat" by Jay Crownover, which I read the month of January, started off so good that it sucked me right in.

2. That sad moment when they don't have the book you were looking for:
Name a book that made you bawl your eyes out
"It Ends With Us" by Colleen Hoover deeeefinitely made me cry.

3. That moment you're just looking around and find a random book that just speaks to you:
Name a hidden gem
I've mentioned it before but I remember when I bought the book "Rule" by Jay Crownover and when I was finished I couldn't stop fan girling and telling EVERYONE about it.

4. That moment you finally find the book that you were looking for:
Name a book that you've waited months and months for to be released
Literally every book by Colleen Hoover.

5. That moment you see a book with a gorgeous cover and you just have to have it:
Name a book you bought purely because of it's cover
I just bought the book "Dangerous Lies" by Becca Fitzpatrick because the cover drew me in completely.

6. That moment you have to pay a lot of money for your books but still feel very happy you finally have them:
Name a book that made you suffer, but you were still happy about it
I've talked about this one before too but "An Ember in The Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir oh my. When I finished it I was in a deep state of mourning for a while.

7. Walking out of the bookstore feeling super happy and excited:
Name a book with the perfect ending
I finished the book "To Hate Adam Connor" by Ella Maise today and I thought the ending was so wonderful, I couldn't stop smiling once I finished it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Author Spotlight: Jay Crownover

I've been trying to think of fun new posts I can do on my blog this year and that's how this whole "Author Spotlight" thing happened. I thought it would be fun to pick an author that I love at the moment, love always, think you should know about...whatever and do a post about them including links to their social media and links to reviews I've done on their books (if any) and interviews (if any)
For my first installment I chose Jay Crownover because she's amazing and she's also the very first author I've ever interviewed. I have a very special place in my heart for this lady because she's been so kind to me and she's just freaking cool.
I posted the interview I did with her way back in February of 2013 which you can check out by clicking HERE.
Jay also supported my "I'm A Duff"series and even participated, which you can check out HERE.
Goodreads Author Info:
Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New Yor Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired, Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

Jay's Social Media:
Goodreads
Official Website
Twitter
Facebook

I reviewed her new book Retreat a couple of weeks ago check it out HERE

Buy The Marked Men Series
Rule
Jet
Rome
Nash
Rowdy
Asa


Buy Welcome To The Point Series
Better When He's Bad
Better When He's Bold
Better When He's Brave


Buy The Saints of Denver Series
Leveled
Built
Charged

Riveted Releasing February 14, 2017
Salvaged Releasing June 20, 2017

Buy The Breaking Point Series

Honor

Buy The Getaway Series
Retreat