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

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 ;)

Enjoy!!

💋 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:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

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:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

I'm a Book Depository affiliate so if you'd like to buy Confess with FREE SHIPPING and put a little cha-ching in my pocket then click HERE

Check out my playlist for Confess on Spotify by clicking HERE

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
Enjoy!!


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.
Basketball.

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:
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Amazon

Listen to my playlist for Dangerous Lies on Spotify by clicking HERE