“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” - Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

If you guys are long time readers of my blog then you know that I'm a big fan of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. You also know that I have a deep love for Adrian Ivashkov. Ah. Adrian.
I read the Vampire Academy series FOREVER ago and when I found out there was going to be a spin of series I jumped on it. Well, I jumped on it once the first book was out in paperback. I really liked the first book and wanted to read the second but waited until it too was released in paperback. For some reason when I got it though I didn't read it at first. Silly me.
When I finally did read it I was in love. Because I took 10 years to read it books 3-5 were out so I went crazy and bought them all on my kindle and read them one after the other. I couldn't wait for the last book to come out but didn't want to pay for the hardback and at that time the kindle book was more than a paperback so I waited.
It finally released in paperback and I snatched it up and then it sat on my shelf. I didn't want the series to end. This is a world that I've lived in for a while with these books and I wasn't ready for it to be over. But a couple weeks ago I looked at it and I just really wanted to find out what was going to happen. So I read it.
It's hard for me to review books that aren't the first book in a series - let alone the last book - so I'm not really going to give you any details.
What I will say is that I loved it. If you have read Vampire Academy or Bloodlines and haven't read the Ruby Circle yet don't be like me and wait forever.
Adrian and Sydney are so ship worthy it's sickening. I love them so much.
So much happens in this installment that it's crazy but so so good.
If you have read the series please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.
Obviously I definitely recommend!!

Buy The Ruby Circle Here:
Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start But Haven't:

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
8.Across The Universe by Beth Revis
7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
6. Rebel Bell by Rachel Hawkins
5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
3. The Point by Jay Crownover
2. A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
1. Harry Potter...by J.K. Rolling

Friday, June 16, 2017

OITNB: Heathers Perspective

Hello friends, so as you know yesterday I shared my take on season 5 of Orange Is The New Black. Today my friend Heather, who you know from her DUFF story on Wednesday, has shared her thoughts. Enjoy!! Along with most of the planet I spent my weekend bingeing season 5 of Orange is the New Black and let me tell ya it was a weekend well spent. Okay so I must say that the last 2 seasons weren't exactly stellar in my opinion and I did struggle a bit to get through the last one but I still found myself wanting more. As the release date got closer and the previews started dropping the more excited I got. Now I've been reading a lot of people's thoughts about the new season and all I can think is did they watch the same show that I did because I thought it was brilliant. It finally got back to the same level of excitement and darkness as the first 2. It picked right up with Daya holding the gun on the guard and it didn't stop until it was over. I literally was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The acting was on point and the characters made us fall for them all over again. It was a constant rollercoaster of emotions that lasted the entire season. I both laughed and cried so hard in almost every episode and all my favorites were in it. There were a couple breakout scenes for me that made me feel these girls pain and love for Poussey so deeply that I seriously had to take breaks in the episodes in order to get through them. That's how good it was in my opinion. The character that really got to me the most and I felt was the real star of this season was by far Taystee, that girl took me to places I wasn't ready for and she left me screaming for more. So I completely disagree completely with all the negative Nancy's out there who say that this show has lost it's spark. I think it is the best season yet and Netflix did a great job with it. The only regret I have is bingeing the entire season in 3 days because now I'm crying about having to wait a year to find out what happens to my girls.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

OITNB: My Thoughts

I'm sure many of you know that I am a big fan of Orange Is The New Black. I've done that tag and I've mentioned it a few times on my blog. So as a huge fan I'm sure it's no surprise that I was counting down the hours until this fantastic show began streaming on Netflix.
I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and while my sweet son still slept I binged the hell out of it.
I ended up finishing it completely in the span of three days. The only reasons it took me three whole days to finish are because I do have a son and it's not exactly Paw Patrol material we're working with here, and also because I needed a break between some of the episodes.
I posted on my personal Facebook that I was watching it and mentioned something about Taystee and a good friend of mine commented that she had finished the season and hated it. She proceeded to write a few more paragraphs on how the show has gone downhill and basically thinks it sucks now. She did say a few scenes were good and the acting for some was great but those were about the nicest things she had to say. Well that had me worried! I was only 3 or 4 episodes in at the time so I thought to myself, "Self? Does this mean that these first few episodes have been good and the rest suck?"
Uh. No.
At least not in my opinion.
I'm going to be totally honest with you guys, I did not like season 4. It took me probably a month to actually finish it because I just wasn't as addicted as I usually am. I will say the last couple of episodes got me hooked and I was upset when it was over. But as an overall season I didn't like it.
I was excited for this season because I wanted to see how they were going to pick up from season 4 and I wanted to see all of the characters I love so much. The previews were bad ass too soooo that kind of helped in my excitement.
I think season was the best season since the first 2. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the stinkin screen. It was incredible.
The acting guys. The freaking acting. Danielle Brooks who plays Taystee deserves every award that's ever been created and future awards that don't exist yet. She was phenomenal. She had me in TEARS!! Her performance was absolutely stunning. If I ever got the chance to meet her I'd just want to hug her and tell her she's the best ever. Like ever.
The other actresses did a fantastic job as well but I think Taystee really was the hit this season and really captured all of us.
In conclusion I have to say again that I loved it. If you haven't checked it out yet you should because...wow. So so good.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm A DUFF: Heather

It's been a hot minute since I have shared someones DUFF story but I'm so happy to be bringing it back today. My friend Heather will be telling you her story and I have to tell you I think she did such a beautiful job writing it and I'm so proud of her for being so fearless and opening up to us.
Thank you Heather!!

My name is Heather and I'm a DUFF!!
I've always made friends really easily. I was never the shy girl. I love to talk, dance, and help out anywhere I could. I was a part of so many groups in school, but I never fit into one particular group of people. I fit into all of them in some way so as awesome as that might sound, it's actually quite lonely. I had so many friends but soon realized I was always going to be that girl that they associated with for whatever need they had for me at that moment, like the backup friend in case something better fell through. I was never really the popular one by society standards. I mean I liked to read and was good at school and followed the rules: the good girl that did what she was supposed to.
I was the plain girl next door, the one that is always there for you, but you never really pay attention to. I've always felt like I was pretty, but never beautiful. I've never been skinny a day in my life and I'm barely 5'2" with mousy light brown hair so not really model material you know, and people sometimes made fun of me and called me "Hefty Heather" like it was a compliment. I tried to ignore it but deep down it hurt so bad and no matter how little I ate and how active I was I could never lose enough weight.
This battle followed me well into early adulthood and I often stumbled over my style to find what I could wear that was flattering and what I shouldn't wear. I realized I should always play up my eyes and smile because they are my best features and that glitter is always a girls best friend. I also learned that I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis which is the reason why I have such a hard time losing weight, along with that comes infertility and gull bladder issues along with a ton of food allergies as well as depression and sever anxiety. I also had to have a cancerous tumor removed and undergo radiation therapy. So in a nutshell the weight is the least of my concern. It wasn't until after I started dating my husband and ending up in a treatment facility after a suicide attempt that I was able through a lot of therapy and self reflection and having the most supportive husband, friends and family a girl could ever hope for. I finally got to a place in my life where I can actually say that I love the person that I am.
I will also learn to love the many versions of this person that will evolve as my life goes on. I have learned that it's okay to not be perfect according to some stupid stereotype that society makes us think we have to fit. Yes I still have my days where I look in the mirror and am like "oh girl today is not your day" but on those days I make myself put on my favorite heels and dress and put on the makeup and do my hair because my momma always told me that no matter what, "You get up, dress up, show up and never give up." I am proud of the woman that I have become because I have had to fight her so much in order to become her. I can finally accept it as a fact when my husband calls me beautiful instead of dismiss it as him just being nice. I know that it is okay to stand out because I have a super power that no one else has. I am ME and no one else can ever have that power.
Guess what, you all have an equally amazing super power too, the power of being YOU and don't ever let anyone take that power away!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Book Blogger Memory Tag

I saw this tag on the Book Nuts blog and thought it was a fun tag and I wanted to be a follower and participate. If you want to check out the tag click HERE
I tag Just Another Bookish Blog and Mornings and Epilogues

1. Name a book written by an author named Michael.
Fern Michaels...does that count?
2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

3. Name a book about a character called George.
4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
Jennifer E. Smith
I love her and was able to interview her a couple of years ago. Check it out HERE

5. Name a book set in Austrailia.
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover <3

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
There's an edition of The Outsiders that has a knife on the cover so I'm going to choose that one since I LOVE that book.

8. Name a book with the word "one" in the title.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline...which I still haven't read.

9. Name a book with an eponymous title.
Does Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List count?

10. Name a book turned into a movie.
The Princess Diaries.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Why Do They Do This To Us?!

The other day I was catching up on a favorite television show of mine and do you know what happened? One of the main characters died.
Yep. Died. Dead. Bye bye.
After I finished crying and going through the other stages of television character loss grief I got thinking about how angry it makes when they kill off main characters.
You know what I hate even more than killing them off? Almost killing them, letting them live, and then uh oh yep killing them.
It drives me nuts!!
In this particular show this character had an issue with another person. They almost killed her and she lived. Then she gets in a car accident. And lives. Then she's in the hospital and bam outta nowhere she's gone. Not only did I hate that they killed her off but I hated the way that they did it. You know why they killed her off though? Because she didn't want to be on the show anymore.
I recently read that the girl who plays Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time is leaving the show as well as half the cast. She said that she was ready to move on and it ticked me off.
Listen this is how I feel, if you're going to sign up for a show then you need to commit to it. It's not fair to make us fall in love with you and then leave because you're ready to move on. If you're not interested in a long commitment then don't audition for television shows.
I sometimes wonder if these actors that we love realize the impact that they have on us. Week by week, episode by episode, we fall deeper in love with these characters. They become real to us and we look up to them.
The other thing is if you REALLY don't want to be on the show anymore I think they should agree to be a series regular or even a guest. Letting them kill off their character is way to final and it's not fair to the viewers.
I know this is a little bit different than something I'd normally write but I really needed to vent. If you want to leave me a comment and give me your opinion I would love it!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Life in Books Tag

I saw this tag over at Dreamland Book Blog and I loved it!! If you would like to check out Beatrice's tag click ----> Dreamland Book Blog

1. Find a book for each of your initials.
K: Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen. Never read. Probably won't.
J: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. It has been a hot minute since I've read this book but I do remember really liking it!!
P: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Oh yes I love that one.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
I've told you all before that I don't really have a designated "bookshelf" It's disgusting, I know. I have books in a small "bookshelf" above my window, under tables and basically anywhere else I can fit them. But I did count and the book that is 27 in is Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country?
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. We had to read this one in middle school so I absolutely can not tell you what it was about but I did like it.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
Anna & The French Kiss. Because Paris. Duh.

5. Pick a book that's your favorite color.
The Selection by Kierra Cass. That minty blue green color. I live for it.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I remember the day that I got Twilight in the mail. It was the very first book I ever ordered from Amazon and I was so stinkin excited. I'll never forget that feeling or the feeling I had while reading it.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I really liked the book Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken but it took me a while. Probably because it was so big and daunting.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Most of them. :P

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Colleen Hoover Book Tag

I don't know how I didn't find this sooner but I am so glad I finally did!! If you want to check out the original tag made by Marta check out her blog Marta's Bookshelf by clicking HERE!!

Lets get on with it shall we?

1. Maybe Someday
If you had to make the soundtrack for a book, which book would you choose and which songs would you choose?Well my friends my blog is a Book Lovers Playlist because I love books and music so much and I include a playlist in almost every review that I write. I'm going to link my reviews for Colleen Hoover books and you'll find the playlists at the bottom!! :)

2. Slammed
I dare you to make a four verse poem describing your favorite book right now.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I love Auburn,
And Owen too.

Wow guys, I out did myself.

3. Ugly Love
"Love isn't always pretty, Tate." A book that can break your heart and fix it at the same time.

Um, literally every Colleen Hoover book I've read. :)
If I had to choose I would say It Ends With Us. The emotions that I felt while reading that book were intense. I remember staying up late to finish it after my son went to sleep and I just cried and cried. That woman is so darn good at the writing thing.

4. Losing Hope 
A book that you would like to read in another characters POV.

I know it would be horribly heartbreaking but I'd like to see Augustus' POV from The Fault in Our Stars. The love he has for Hazel is beautiful and I'd really love to read how he felt.

5. Confess
Lets judge a book by it's title...lets confess. What is a book that no one expects you to like but you actually love?

Hmm...I'm not sure there really is a book that people wouldn't expect me to like. I'm stumped.

6. Warren (Maybe Someday)
Most main characters have a best friend that can either be either very charming, or really annoying. Who is your favorite secondary character? And who is the one you dislike the most?

I've said it before, Adrian Ivashkov is one of my favorite secondary characters ever!! Him and Sydney are absolutely why I picked up the Bloodlines series.
One of my least favorites is Kate from Fifty Shades of Grey. My gosh she's annoying.

7. Miles (Ugly Love)
Very often we find characters with a very troubled, dark and traumatic past that doesn't let them move on. Which characters past would you like to erase to make them feel better?

Without a doubt I would change Rule's past in Rule by Jay Crownover. He has dealt with a lot and I feel so deep for him whenever I read that book. Actually just talking about it now makes me want to read it.

8. November 9
Name a book you perfectly remember the day you read it.

Actually November 9. I was sent the book for review on my kindle and my son - who was just a few months old at the time - was asleep. It was gloomy outside and I decided to start it and couldn't put it down. I will always remember when I read that book because I laughed, cried, smiled, got angry, and all the other feels that are so good.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The TBR Book Tag

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
That's easy! I do not.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
Oh print definitely.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I usually get a craving for a book or genre. Sometimes when I watch a BookTube video it makes me more excited to read a book.

4. A Book That's Been On Your TBR List The Longest 
There are so many guys it's actually sad. I've had Bewitching by Alex Flynn for a looong time so let's go with that one.

5. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

5. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover
Hehe The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. Echo echo.

6. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading
I've had Alice in Zombieland on my kindle for what seems like an eternity. I wouldn't say I never plan on reading it but I'm not seeing it in my future any time soon.

7. An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For
The Boys South of The Mason Dixon series that Abbi Glines is writing. I think the first one came out this week.

8. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You 
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

9. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You
I don't really have a lot of friends who read so most recommendations come from BookTube. I'm going to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses. That one I'd actually like to read soon.

10. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read
I recently started the final book in the Bloodlines series. I've had it since like last year but I've been putting it off because I love the series so much. However I've decided it is time.

11. How many books are on your TBR shelf?
Let's not discuss this.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Almost Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin Cover Reveal

Alright guys, here's the cover reveal for The Almost Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin!!

Isn't it adorable?! Ahh I love it so much!!
Okay here's a little bit more for ya...

About The Book:
Nobody likes Devon James, including Devon James. And why should they? He had it all and took it for granted -- money, girls, popularity and a future with endless possibility. Now he's just a washed up has-been. Or so everyone thinks. No one knows the real reason the handsome soccer star quit the team and dumped the hottest girl in school, but they're not about to forgive him for it either. That's why he's perfect for Samantha Connors.

Sam Connors always follows the fules. But when her father forces her to leave Boston to finish her senior year of high school at a posh prep school in Ireland she has no choice bu to rebel. And bad boy Devon James is just the guy to help her break all the rules.

Sam is determined to get her life back and return to Boston by any means necessary. her plan is crazy, but she's convinced it will work--almost. A Fun, Fast, YA Romance Read Perfect for fans of Gossip Girl, 13 Reasons Why, and Pretty Little Liars.
(Note: Suggested reading age 16+ for mature language and content.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

1. Which book - most recently - did you not finish?
Hmm...I actually can't think of the last book I didn't finish. Oh wait no, I started to read A Torch Against the Night but I ended up putting it down. Not because it wasn't good because duh of course it was, but because I really want to enjoy it.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
Probably Twilight. I still love it so much and I've been thinking about rereading it again soon.

3. Which book do you love to hate?
I don't know if there's a book I actually love to hate. I love to hate certain characters in books but I either don't like a book or do.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
I don't know if I could be so cruel.

5. Which book have you read the most?
I believe that I've read Twilight 5 or 6 times. I've also read TFIOS 3 times.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
Uh anything I've read and didn't like.

7. Which book could you not live without?
I'm not sure there is a book that I couldn't live without, that's a tad dramatic don't you think? TFIOS!! ;)

8. Which book made you the angriest?
I got really mad when I read November 9 because of something one character does do another. I'm not going to tell you though just in case you haven't read it. If you haven't though come on guys, what are you doing with your life?

9. Which book made you cry the most?
Pretty much every Colleen Hoover book that I've read. And obviously TFIOS.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?
I'm not a huge fan of one of the covers for the Outsiders. The one with the boys on the cover and they're kinda faded and floating heads. I love the new cover though for the anniversary edition!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Blogger Test Tag

1. What are your top three book pet peeves?
Cover changes, love triangles, dog eared pages. That hurts me.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot?

I like sitting on the end of my couch with the book on the arm. It just feels so nice and comfy :)

3. Tell us three book confessions?
I have an addiction to buying Nicholas Sparks books, I don't organize my bookshelf like most people, I like to read most before I go to bed.

4. When was the last time you cried at a book?
I think it was It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Actually wait no I did cry in November 9 too.

5. How many books are on your bedside table?
On top? 3. Underneath...like 6.

6. What is your favorite snack to read while eating?

7. Name three books you'd recommend to everyone.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, annnnnd Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick.

8. Write how much books mean to you in 3 words.
I love them.

9. What's your biggest reading secret?
I don't think I really have a reading secret, i'm pretty open with you guys.

I tag: Mornings & Epilogues and Just Another Bookish Blog

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Since it is now May I and we are into Spring now I figured it was the perfect time to do this tag. I hope you guys like it!!

1. The struggle of getting started
A book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size
I read Cinder FOREVER ago and I never continued on with the series. It's not that the books are horribly long but it seems like there's so many. I've read series with more books but for some reason I just find it daunting.

2. Cleaning out the closet
A book/book series that you want to unhaul
I honestly can't think of any books that I don't want anymore. That would be like giving away a part of me and I just can't do that.

3. Opening windows and letting the fresh air in
A book that was refreshing
My darling Ella Maise and her writing is refreshing so obviously by default that means her books are refreshing. Seriously when I read her I just feel so light and happy. It's lovely.

4. Washing out sheet stains
A book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in
I'm going to say Allegiant and that's all I'm going to say.

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks
A book in a series that you didn't feel was necessary

I can't really say that I've ever read a book in a series that I didn't think was necessary. I mean things happen that change the story or affect it somehow...so it's kinda necessary.

6. Polishing the doorknobs
A book that had a clean finish
I loved the ending of the Twilight Saga. I don't know if you would call it clean but it was beautiful and that's the same thing to me. ;)

7. Reaching to dust the fan
A book that tried to hard to relay a certain message

Since it's getting a LOT of mixed feelings I'm going to say 13 Reasons Why. I don't think that it "tried to hard" but it sure did push things. 

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of Spring cleaning
A book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through?
The Mortal Instruments Series. I mean I love it but those books are so darn big!!

9. Looking forward to next Spring
Tag 4 people that you want to do this tag

Just Another Bookish Blog
Mornings & Epilogues
Books & Stars
The Hardcover Lover

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Another Something Different...

Last week I shared with you guys a super cool car renting site and this week I have something else a little different for you. I was contacted by a woman named Carly who works for Loot Crate. In case you don't know what Loot Crate is it's a subscription box service that was established in 2012. They provide boxes of geek and gaming related merchandise which is pretty stinkin cool.
She told me that they're always looking for new ideas and wanted to reach out to fans about creating their own "Dream Crate." I thought it sounded like a lot of fun so I told her that of course I'd participate by creating my own Dream Crate. If you like my picks be sure to let me know and let me know what you would do for your very own Dream Crate. :)

My Theme: Walking Dead Boyfriends
What can I say, I'm a romantic and I love my book boyfriends so why not Walking Dead ;)
For starters we need a shirt that expresses our love for the one and only Daryl Dixon and I'm pretty sure this is the best one for the job.

Who doesn't love Pop Figures? Do you love Glenn? This girl does!! I would love this.

Now I know he isn't everyones favorite, I for one hate him for everything he has done. However..he's fine as hell.
I have this button and it's awesome. Everyone should have this.
Alright I know Hershel is old but he is a good looking silver fox and I love him.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield

When I was approached by Atria to review this book I had to say yes. See I'm an avid watcher of the show Army Wives so as soon as I read that this book was about a guy in the Army there was pretty much no way I was not accepting this book for review.
Purple Hearts follows Luke and Cassie and is told in dual POV. My fav. We all know this by now.
Luke has a troubled past - he was addicted to some seriously heavy drugs and got himself involved with some reeeeally sucky dudes - but he has now joined the Army to prove to his brother and dad that he's changed. Unfortunately the sucky dude that I just mentioned is now threatening Luke and his family. He wants money and he wants it now, problem is he doesn't have it.
Cassie is a singer in a band who has recently lost her main job and is now working at a bar and focusing on her music. Here comes the unfortunate part for her; she gets diagnosed with diabetes. Now she has medical bills and prescriptions on top of her student loans and she can't afford it.
One night while she's working her childhood friend Frankie comes into the bar with his Army friends, Luke included. The two meet and there's instant attraction but then things fizzle pretty quickly once Cassie makes it clear that she doesn't agree with the Army.
After realizing she can't pay for anything Cassie goes to her friend Frankie to ask him to marry her. Why? Because if they are married the Army will give them $2,000 a month and she'll receive the full medical benefits. Frankie gently declines her offer because he has a girlfriend and well...most girls aren't going to be alright with that. Luke however overhears and since he's also in need of extra cash he agrees to marry her.
Luke ends up getting injured overseas and has to return home to his loving wife and things aren't all rainbows and butterflies.
That's all I'm giving you. :P
What I liked about this book is the writing. I thought Tess did a beautiful job writing this story and I absolutely 100% LOVED the concept. I also really liked Luke most of the time and Cassie too. Frankie and Nora - Cassie's best friend and band mate - were probably my favorite characters.
Here's where I had a problem. Like I said, I wanted to read this book because I love Army Wives. For some reason I had it in my head that this book was going to be like watching Roxy and Trevor's love story and that's silly because it's nothing like it. So really my problem is my fault.
I really did like it though and it was an easy read. If you're looking for a good contemporary that is a little deeper than the norm then I definitely recommend Purple Hearts.

Buy Purple Hearts Here:
Barnes & Noble

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beauty & The Beast Book Tag

Oh. My. Gosh.
Guys, it's a Beauty and The Beast book tag!! Heck. Yes!!
As soon as I saw this I did a little happy dance. I hope you guys love this as much as I do.
Have you guys watched the new movie yet? My mom, son, best friend and I went to see it the other day and I totally cried. Like a lot.

Thank the person who tagged you. Which was no one. Call me Ponyboy.
Mention the Creator---Kirsty and the Cat Read
Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
Tag as many people as you like: Just Another Bookish Blog Mornings and Epilogues Books & Stars

1. Tale As Old As Time

A popular theme, trope, or setting that you will never get tired of reading.It seems that I will never get tired of the good girl bad boy stories. I'm a sucker for them apparently.

2. Belle
A book that you bought for its beautiful cover that's just as beautiful on the inside too.Actually I loved the cover for Beastly and obviously I loved the story...since you know it was a retelling of a story I love.

3. Beast
A book you didn't expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
When I read Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick a couple of months ago I knew I would like it but I didn't expect to LOVE it as much as I do.

4. Gaston
A book everyone loves but you don't.
I tried reading The Book Thief forever ago but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I just wasn't in the right place at the time I started it but I couldn't finish it. Don't hate me Book Thief lovers.

5. Lefou
A loyal sidekick that you can't help but love more than their counterpart.
I don't know if he'd be considered a sidekick but Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines is my love.

6. Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth
A book that helped you through a difficult time or really taught you something.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. No doubt.

7. Something There
A book or series that you weren't into at first but picked up towards the end.
I remember when I first started reading The Mortal Instruments and I liked the first but I didn't love it. I decided to keep reading and ended up loving the series.

8. Be Our Guest
A fictional character that you'd love to have over for dinner
Oh wow, seriously? Just one? I'm going to go with Rose from Vampire Academy because she eats a lot of junk and that sounds like a good time. :P

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Little Something Different

Good afternoon fellow book lovers and pop culture enthusiasts, I have a little something different to talk to you about today.
The other day I was approached by a woman named Emma who is the Community Coordinator for Turo, which is a car sharing company from San Francisco. (Like where the Full House family live.) If you go to their site right now you can rent the Wagon Queen Family Truckster that's modeled after the National Lampoon Vacation movies!!
Emma asked me to share a post about cars from pop culture that I would like to drive and I thought it sounded like so much fun. I'm going to share my picks below but I'd love to hear what you all think too so please leave some comments!!
If you want to check out the site click HERE
 Here we go!!

The first car that came to mind when Emma wrote me was this beauty:

That is Cher's 1994 Jeep Wrangler from Clueless - in case you didn't recognize it you silly thing - and when I see it it makes me smile. Oh the fun I would have renting this car.

One Tree Hill is my favorite show in the whole world and Peyton's 1993 Mercury Comet is my dream. I want this car so freaking bad and to be able to rent it...I can't even imagine.
Brandon Walsh's 1965 Ford Mustang is my third choice because...well Brandon Walsh.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Confess The TV Show Review

When I first found out that they were turning Confess into a show I was excited because I love Colleen Hoover but I had never read the book so I didn't really know how excited I could get.
I was sent the book from Atria and loved it so freaking much I cried. Legit cried guys. So to say that I was excited about the show after I finished the book would be an understatement. I was counting down the days.
I'm not going to get into the plot of the show because I've already reviewed the book, which I linked below.
What I am going to do is tell you what I thought of the show. So lets get on with it.
First off the cast. Ryan Cooper as Owen is genius. My gosh that is an attractive fella. He was sexy even when he wasn't trying to be and that's exactly how I saw Owen while reading the book. Then we have Katie Leclerc as Auburn and I thought they did an excellent job with her as well. After watching the trailer for the show I knew that they couldn't have found two better people to portray our beloved Auburn and Owen. As for the rest of the cast I want to quickly say that they were amazing too. I really loved every actor for every part.
Alright here's where I'm going to suck. I really didn't like how much was changed from the book. I know it has to happen sometimes but some things I just thought were unnecessary. I also felt like it was very cheaply shot. If I would have watched the show without ever reading the book I would have thought it was good and I still would have liked it. But because I love the book so much I felt like it helped me love it more. I would still go out and buy it if there was a way but to me the book had so much more impact.
All in all though I'm very happy I got to see these characters that I love come to life and if you are a fan of Confess - or even if your not - you should check it out!!

Watch Confess on Go90 by clicking HERE
Read my review for Confess HERE
Check out my interview with Colleen Hoover HERE
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

I Never Book Tag

I saw this tag on YouTube, if you'd like to check out the video I saw by Hardback Hoarder click HERE

1. "I never read that!"
Name a book that you've never read, that everyone else has.
Anything by Sarah J. Mass.

2. "I never read anything so awesome!" 
Name your favorite book.
The Fault in Our Stars. Damn I've been doing so well not naming that book. 

3. "I never thought I would get through it." 
Name a book that you didn't like, but powered through it anyway.
Isla & The Happily Ever After. Ugh.

4. "I will never finish that!" 
Name a book or a series that you don't plan on finishing.
I will probably never finish the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz.

5. "I will never regret reading that." 
Name a book you read solely on a recommendation that you ended up really liking. 
I interviewed Tammara Webber YEARS ago and she recommended I read Colleen Hoover. Bless you Tammara.

6. " I would never do that!" 
Name a relatable book character who made choices you didn't agree with, or did things you would never do.
I recently read All Broke Down by Cora Carmack and I have to say I'm passionate but I don't think I'd handcuff myself to anything like Dylan did. 

7. "I never wanted to admit it." 
Name a book that you were embarrassed to say you read or were embarrassed to carry around with you. 
Fifty Shades hands down!!

8. "I never read anything so heartwarming." 
Name a book or a series that really touched your heart.
I remember when I read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and after I finished it I just cried. I felt like Colleen had touched my soul with that stinkin book.

9. "I never laughed so hard!" 
Name a book that made you laugh out loud.
Anything with the fabulous Becky Bloomwood. Gosh I love that woman.

10. "I never could have made it through childhood without it." 
Name a favorite childhood book or book series.
I absolutely loved The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series when I was younger.

Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane

As always I want to start this review by telling you fellow booknerds of mine that I was sent this book for my honest opinion. So that is what you shall get ;)
Beastly Lights follows Freya who is a struggling artist and is won in a poker game by bad boy musician Liam Henderson. Oh yeah, her brother is the one who bet her. Rude.
Freya has to leave her tiiiiiny apartment that's filled with...well...not much excpet a coffee maker that is duct taped together, and go live with Liam at his penthouse apartment as his maid.
Freya isn't happy about living with the studly rockstar so she pretty much does everything she can to make him fire her. She moves furniture where he doesn't want it, she makes a mess, she goes into his room without permission, and she paints a mural on his beautifully white wall. Despite all of this Liam has a soft spot for Freya and the two begin to form a friendship that so obviously is leading to more.
Here's where I get to be honest, I'm actually not sure how I felt about this book and I feel terrible saying that. I loved the story, I enjoy reading books about normal people who fall in love with actors or musicians. Shout out to To Love Jason Thorn and The Beaumont Series. I also really liked how protective Liam is and how unique Freya is. There were parts when I was reading that I realized I was smiling and while reading it I wanted to see what was going to happen. I also had moments where I really liked Liam and Freya as individuals and obviously as a couple. But most of the time I really didn't like either of them. Sometimes I thought Freya was to much. Who would paint a mural in someones house knowing they'd hate it and after knowing them for like 4 days? I also didn't like how temperamental Liam was. I thought that the characters had serious potential and sometimes it was right there but then I lost it again.
My favorite character in the book was actually Ryan who is Liams stylist. He is so funny and I really loved every scene he appeared in.
For the most part I'm glad I read this book because it was good, I just wish it was more.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bookmoji Challenge

Per usual I saw Heather from Bookables do this challenge and thought it looked fun so I decided to do it :)
If you'd like to watch Heathers video click HEREBasically what you do is pick an amount of emoji's you'd like, we're going with 10, and then match a book to that emoji. Seems simple enough. Lets get to it ;)


💋 Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I'm sure you can see why I chose that one. I mean it's a kiss emoji. French kiss. Get it?

👸 The Selection by Kiera Cass
The emoji is a princess, she's competing bachelor style for a prince. Hellur.

❤️️ Everything by Colleen Hoover
Because I love them.

☃ Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book takes place in winter and I chose a snowman because...well...you make snowmen in winter.

🎤 The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington
The book is about music and you use a microphone to sing your lovely songs into. It seemed appropriate.

🎬 To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise
Homies an actor.

🏬 Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
She puts her many things in bags.

🌟 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
It's a star...and I'm pathetic.

🌲 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Bella confronts Edward in the woods...where there are trees. My gosh I'm good at this game.

☀️ Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines
It's a beach, one would hope there is sun.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany

Before I start this review I want to say that I was sent this book for my honest opinion. I wanted to put that disclaimer out there because you guys are my friends and I'm always going to be honest with you. If I'm sent a book and I don't like it, I'm going to tell you. If I like it or love it then of course I'll tell you - and I'll be a bit more excited to share it with you.
When I read the plot I immediately was intrigued because I have NEVER read a book like this. To be honest I've never even heard of a book like this.
This book follows a girl who was raped but it's not that simple and that's what makes this book so necessary to read.
It Happens All The Time is told in dual perspectives so we not only get to hear Ambers side of the story but we also hear Tylers. Now before you say you don't want to hear his side because he shouldn't even be allowed to have one let me say something. When I first found out that it was in dual POV I thought that's crazy. Why would I care to hear his side? If he raped this girl then he doesn't deserve to have a voice.
Amber and Tyler are childhood friends. They meet at a party Ambers parents throw and Tyler is the new kid in town. Tyler's dad is plain and simple a huge ass and Amber struggles and battles an eating disorder. Through all of their hardships there is one constant and that is their friendship.
In their 20s now Amber is engaged to a man who is good for her but there's one small thing, Tyler is in love with her and always has been.
These moments happen throughout the book that will grip your heart and pull so hard it almost hurts. You feel for these characters and it makes your head spin in circles questioning everything.
Amy Hatvany did such a beautiful job writing this story and I'm so grateful that I was given the chance to read it.
When I went into this book I hated Tyler without even reading a single word written. It didn't take more than 30 pages for me to actually really love him and pray that I had read the synopsis wrong. I kept thinking there's no way that this amazing character could do such a disgusting and cowardly act.
This book is more than meets the eye and I think that it is not only a book that you should read it's a book that you must read.

Buy It Happens All The Time Here:
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Listen to my playlist for It Happens All The Time on Spotify by clicking HERE

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Can this woman write anything bad?
No seriously, is it possible?
You know how people say sometimes that they'd read a phone book if a certain author wrote it? Yeah that's how I feel about Colleen Hoover.
In the few years I've been reading her books she has no doubt become an automatic buy author and one of my favorites.
Before I get into the review I have to say that I am so stinkin' excited for the show to come out on the go90 app. Literally the moment it drops I'm going to be one of the happiest book lovers in the world. If you want to read more about the show then you can click the link HERE and it should answer any questions that you have.
Alright on with the review.
Can this woman write anything bad?
Did I say that already? :P
In typical Colleen fashion this book is told in dual POV which as you know is my favorite. Our two main characters are Owen and Auburn. Owen is a charismatic and unbelievably loveable artist and Auburn is a hair stylist who has recently moved to Texas. One day Auburn - who is looking to earn a little extra cash - walks past a place that is covered with confessions from anonymous people. On the door is a help wanted sign and as soon as she starts to investigate a little further Owen shows up and basically begs her to take the job. That night she helps Owen and after his show the two of them go out for drinks and have a serious moment on the dance floor. They make plans to get together the next day but life happens.
I don't really want to tell you to much more for two reasons. One because I don't want to give anything away. And two because I didn't really know much going into this and I'm so happy for that. Usually when I pick up a book I read the last couple of pages so I know how it ends. I also look up reviews and really know what I'm getting in to. When I pick up a Colleen Hoover book I don't want to know much about it. I know it's going to be amazing so why ruin it?
The characters as usual are incredible and Owen is obviously book boyfriend material. I always think that I found my favorite new couple when I read her books and that nobody will ever top them but then I read more of her characters.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

Buy Confess Here:
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Anything But Books Tag

One of my favorite people to watch on YouTube is Dana from The Book Hoarder. She's so sweet and relaxing to watch so if you haven't checked her out before and you also want to see her answers then click HERE

1. Name a cartoon that you love.
I used to love Arthur when I was a kid. I know that's probably a different route from what other people will say but my gosh I loved that show.

2. What is your favorite song right now?
Ed Sheerans new album. The album guys.

3. What could you do for hours that isn't reading?
Well in the summer I would say playing outside with my son. In the winter when he's sleeping I'd say watching a movie or tv series.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I don't know if this would really surprise anyone but I love to bake. It's calming and I love the way my house smells when I bake.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I have no idea how to answer this question. Unnecessarily specific? Uh.

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?
This tag is making me feel bad about myself :P I don't really know how to do anything unusual.

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.
I made some pictures with my son. Uh. I made cookies. :P

8. What is your most recent personal project?
I haven't really had the time to start a new personal project so I can't answer this one.

9. Tell us something that you think about often?
My favorite little fella.

10. Give us something that is your favorite.
Blue raspberry tootsie rolls.

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

We all have trouble buying books, am I right? I know that when I enter a book store I get overwhelmed with the delicious smell of books and delirious with the adventures that are just sitting there waiting for me. So I've come up with a reward system. Whenever I finish 3 books I'm allowed to buy a new one. Now some of you may think that this is still unfair because some of you negative Nancy's probably think I have unread books already on my shelf.
You know what I have to say to you? You're right but still I like my new system. This is a safe place here. No judgement. ;)
Anyway I had finished my 3 books so I went into a bookstore a few weeks ago and as I began searching for my next read I found this beauty. Yeah I'm not going to lie to you guys, I was attracted to the cover. Look at it!! It's stunning. You can't tell because this is a computer so you can't touch it BUT the raindrops actually stick out. Guys, they stick out!! How cool?!
After I finished admiring the cover I read the back and had to buy it. Like right then.
I have no idea why but once I got it home I wasn't interested in reading it any more. Book buyer problems.
The other day I saw it and that beautiful moment happened. You know what I'm talking about. That moment when you see a book and you have to read it. You need to know what's going to happen and see where the story is going to take you. So I picked it up and once I did...well...I couldn't put it down.
I am confident in saying - remember it's only February - that this book is one of my favorites of the year.
Yeah, I loved it that much.
The gist is that our main character witnessed something pretty horrific and she's been placed into the Witness Protection Program. Her name is now Stella and she lives in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. She's been taken from her boyfriend, a drug addict mother, and everything she's ever known. Her life in Thunder Basin is completely different from her life before which I guess is the point but it makes her pretty miserable. Life pretty much sucks for her until she meets the oh so attractive neighbor Chet who is now one of my favorite book boyfriends.
Stella's new "foster mom" and her don't get along at first because she is anti-"the man" and wants her new "mother" to know that she's not happy to be there.
I read a review on goodreads where the reviewer just tore into Stella and what a terrible character she is but I think they're wrong. Her whole world is taken from her, of course she's not exactly the sweetest for some of the book. Once she starts her new job as a car hop and spends more time with Chet she becomes someone I actually really liked.
Dangerous Lies was exactly what I was looking for. The tension between Chet and Stella was amazing and I loved watching their relationship form. I also really loved some of the supporting characters. Becca Fitzpatrick did an excellent job making us fall in love with -almost- every character. I say almost because the bad guys really were bad. The twists and turns in this book kept me on my toes and I was actually really upset when the book was over.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone!!

Buy Dangerous Lies Here:
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Twenty One Pilots Book Tag

I found this tag on BookTube and it was created by The BookTube Girl. If you want to check out her answers click HERE

1. Stressed Out
What is a popular book that you have wanted to read for a long time that everyone has been talking about?
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas fo sho. Everyone raves about this woman period and I actually own this book I just have been saving it for when I really want it.

2. Car Radio
Name a book that contained issues you felt you connected to on a personal level.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Our main character deals with a boyfriend who isn't really the best guy and the way Colleen wrote this story...I just really identified with it.

3. Ride
Name a book that you never wanted to end.
Recently it was Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have a review that I'll be posting soon, it was so so good.

4. Holding On To You
What is a book/series that you have loved since your childhood?
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson was one of my favorite books in middle school. I bought it a couple years back off ThriftBooks and I've been meaning to read it again but I'm scared I won't love it as much.

5. Tear In My Heart
Name a book that made you feel all the emotions.
Literally everything by the Queen Colleen Hoover.

6. Fairly Local
What is your personal favorite underground book/series?
I had to ask my brothers girlfriend what this question even meant because I'm almost 27 and not hip anymore. Wait I said hip, that doesn't help me at all does it? I still feel like Jay Crownover doesn't get the love she deserves so I'm going to choose The Marked Men series.

7. Ode To Sleep
Name a book that was full of twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat.
I hate to use the same book more than once in a tag but omg guys Dangerous Lies was so full of stuff and it was so stinkin good.

8. Goner
What is a book character that you fell in love with from the beginning?
Owen from Confess. Like he came on the page and I loved him.

9. Migraine
What is one book that gave you a headache to read?

10. We Don't Believe What's On TV
What is a book that you love that most people seem to hate?
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

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.

1. What was the last book you read?
Confess by Colleen Hoover.
2. Was it a good one?
3. What made it good?
Uh, it was written by Colleen Hoover, duh.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
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?
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.