"What do you want to be?" "Happy," she says with a smile. - Colleen Hoover

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Liebster Award Nomination

Alright so I go on my blog today and notice that I have a comment on one of my posts - I LOVE when you guys leave me comments by the way - so I go to check it and it's from a girl named Caroline telling me that she nominated me for the Liebster Award. At first I was like whoa girl are you scamming me? Her comment was super nice so I decided to look it up and to my surprise it's a real thing. I'm so unbelievably grateful to you Caroline for nominating me. If you'd like to check out her blog - which I just did and it's awesome - then click HERE

Here's how this thing works...

1. Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

2. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

3. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

4. Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

5. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

Okay so this next part is me answering the questions that Caroline asked. Here we go!!

1. What is your favorite book that has a blue spine?
Oooh ooh The Fault in Our Stars by John Green :)

2. How do you react to people interrupting your reading time?
Not well. Hehe.
Actually it depends on who is interrupting me and if they have a good reason. If it's to ask me what book I'm reading then be prepared to have a book hurled at your head.

3. Favorite bookish quote?
"A room without books is like a body without a soul." -Marcus Tullius Cicero

4. Do you own any bookish items that is not a book, bookmark, e-reader, light, etc. (eg, poster, mug, book sculpture" Harry Potter items, etc...)
As a matter of fact I'm currently wearing a necklace that says, "Maybe okay will be our always." Which is from TFIOS in case you missed that ;)

5. What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn for sure. One because I love the name. Two because it's still warm but later in the day is hoodie weather which is my fav.

6. What is your opinion on readers (kindle, for example) ?
I actually have a kindle and I love it. I go back and forth between physical books and my kindle but lately I've been only reading my kindle.

7. One place and time you would love to be at right now.
I'm pretty content where I'm at right now :)
I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant right now and I just got nominated for this award so I'm pretty happy!!

8. Go to your shelf, close your eyes, spin around, and pick a book at total random. What is it? What's your story about?
Well you see I would love to BUT I'm not at home at the moment. The only book around me currently is Splintered by A.G. Howard and from what I know it's about a girl who is Alice (from Alice in Wonderlands) great great great granddaughter.

9. Pink or blue?
Pink of course.

10. Is the glass half empty or half full?
It's half full of course.

I don't know a ton of book bloggers - I'm a bad blogger. Bad, bad, bad. So this won't be easy.

I Nominate:
Caroline (Yes I'm renominating her but the rules said I could so don't you judge me.)
Rachel at Beauty & The Bookshelf
Michelle at Michelle's Minions
Eva at All Books Considered
Max, Tessa, and Cassia at Crazy For YA
Maggie at Just A Couple More Pages
Claire at Book Blog Bird
Emma at Emma Likes Books
Kaylee at One Well Read Chick
Rosy at The Review Diaries

My Questions

1. If you could be best friends with any book character who would it be and why?
2. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
3. Favorite snack while reading.
4. Who's your book boyfriend?
5. What's your favorite book series?
6. Name the first 3 authors that come to your mind when I ask who your favorites are.
7. What's your favorite book?
8. Dogs or cats?
9. Physical book or e-readers?
10. What's your favorite song?

My Answers
1. I recently mentioned Becky Bloomwood in a tag so I have to go with her. She's so funny and we both love to shop.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars
3. Animal Crackers
4. Adrian Ivashkov
5. The Rosemary Beach series and The Marked Men series
6. Abbi Glines, Jay Crownover, John Green
7. The Fault in Our Stars
8. Dogs
9. Both
10. Tiny Dancer by Elton John

Top Ten Tuesday: May 26, 2015

Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

10. Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

I read this book on a trip one time and simply loved it. I thought it was a light fun read and I couldn't put it down. When I'm at the beach I want to read a book that's lighthearted and if you feel the same then this book should be in your beach bag this summer.

9. Losing It OR Faking It by Cora Carmack
Losing It is the first book I read by the genius that Cora is and I loved it. As soon as I could get my greedy hands on Faking It I did and I loved it even more. Yeah I didn't think it was possible but it happened.

8. Wake by Amanda Hocking
I know I said earlier that I enjoy light books at the beach and this book is exactly light BUT it's about sirens and that makes me happy. This is a great summer read!

7. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Keeping on the "not so light train" I'm going to go with The Lucky One because it's my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. Sometimes you want something a little more romantic and intense and if that is the case for you then here's your book.

6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
This book takes place at a beach house in the summer...I mean do I need to explain why I chose this?

5. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
I freaking love this book. I read it a couple of years ago and a few months back I bought all the books so I could reread them. This book made me laugh and feel all sorts of happy. It's about mermaids and it's fun so hellur, perfect beach read.

4. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
If you know me then you know I'm a massive Sophie Kinsella fan. I've loved her since the first time I read Can You Keep a Secret. All of her books would make excellent beach reads but I think this one would especially because Becky Bloomwood is hysterical.

3. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is one of the queens of YA contemporary so of course she needs to be on here. I don't feel like I need to say more. :)

2. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book is all sorts of adorable and light so it's perfect for a day at the beach!

1. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
Yeah I know, you aren't surprised that I included this book. I'd like to try and be more original for you but COME ON!! This book is not only wonderful it's also a part of the Rosemary BEACH series. You want a book for the beach you read a book that has beach in the title.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

So as I was looking up BookTube videos today I found this tag called the Unpopular Opinions book tag. I thought that it seemed like a fun so I had to do it.
If you'd like to watch the original video click
I hope you enjoy my unpopular opinions :)

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn't like.

I remember when Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry came out and everyone was crazy about it. I'm a huge fan of Heather from Bookables (On YouTube) and she raved about it so of course I picked it up. If I'm being honest I really didn't enjoy it at all.
Anther book that everyone loved that I didn't like is Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. People love this book and I just don't get it. I adored Anna, really enjoyed Lola and wanted to smack Isla.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

I don't think people really hate the Chemical Gardens trilogy but I've seen a lot of reviews on the last 2 books and how people didn't like them and I loved them.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don't like.

Isla and Josh from Isla and The Happily Ever After. Didn't like them at all together.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

I know books about angels aren't really a genre in itself but I hardly ever pick up a book about them. For some reason they get on my nerves and I end up really disliking the book.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

I really hate using the same character/book over and over but I have to go with Isla again. I really couldn't stand her.

6. A popular author that you can't seem to get into.

A while back everyone was loving Lauren Oliver and the Delirium trilogy. I read the first book and eventually someday I'll read the second but I'm not as obsessed as most people. I also can't seem to get into Rick Yancey, Katie McGarry, Taherah Mafi, or Sarah J Maas.

7. A popular book trope that you're tired of seeing. (examples "lost princess", corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I'm going to go with love triangles but I have to say that I don't always hate them. Sometimes I'm like ew I hate that other guy or I hate how the author makes our female character sway between the boys. But sometimes a love triangle adds to the book and I dig it.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

I have no interest in reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey or the one that comes after it. I also don't have a strong desire in reading Throne of Glass--I don't know what the series is called. I've picked it up so I've been willing to read it to see what the hype was about but I didn't read past the first page.

The saying goes "The book is always better than the movie", but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, hands down. I thought the book was great but the movie was magical and it touched me in so many ways. Ah. I love that movie so much. No doubt that that's the best book to movie adaptation I've ever seen. (Close second is TFIOS of course.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: May 19, 2015

This weeks T10T is "YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC" soooo I picked Favorite Book Quotes
There will probably be more than one TFIOS quote, don't pretend you're surprised ;)
Enjoy!! :)

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

9. "We accept the love we think we deserve."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

8. “Look after my heart - I've left it with you.”
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

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."
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

6. "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices."
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

4. “Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. "Fairytales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

2. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

1. "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(I love this one so much that I have it tattooed to my shoulder.)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Library Lovers Book Tag

1. How often do you visit you local library?
Honestly it really depends. I go on kicks where I go about every week and then other times I don't go for months. I moved a few months back and only recently got my library card so I haven't gone a lot only because I'm not used to this library yet.

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?
Again it really depends. Sometimes I have a set list going into the library and I only get those books - if they are available. Other times I go in there and they have so many that I want to read that I just start grabbing.

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I think we had to get one in Kindergarten. I believe our class went to the library on a field trip and got one then.

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?
I kind of answered this earlier. Sometimes I go in knowing which book I want and other times I just go to see what they have.

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?
I used to check out dvds and cds from my library back home. Now I have Netflix and like I said I'm not used to this library yet so no I haven't rented anything other than books.

6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)
Primarily YA but occasionally I will pick up an adult book - ex. if Nicholas Sparks or Sophie Kinsella have a new release.

7. What is your favorite part of using your local library?
I just love the feel of them. I love going to them and seeing all of the books and knowing that I can bring any book I want home and I don't have to pay $20 to read it. I always feel like Belle in Beauty and The Beast the first time she sees the Beasts library. It's just fun. Simple pleasures in life my friends.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: May 12, 2015

Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

10. Stephenie Meyer
I would want to meet Stephenie because I want to yell at her. Why? Well because MIDNIGHT SUN IS STILL NOT OUT. Ugh. Whatever Steph.

9. Nicholas Sparks
He's the first author I ever became obsessed with so of course I'd like to meet him.

8. Heidi McLaughlin
I got a chance to interview Heidi McLaughlin and she as super nice so I think meeting her would be really cool. Plus she created Harrison so I must meet her.

7. Colleen Hoover
She's a goddess. Need I say more?

6. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would like to meet her for two reasons
1) To thank her for writing the Lux series
2) To hopefully get a chance to meet Pepe Toth who is the cover model playing Daemon

5. Jamie McGuire
Travis Maddox and his brothers are some of my absolute favorite fellas and I love Jamie's writing. Meeting her would be so freaking cool.

4. Sophie Kinsella
Just like with Nicholas Sparks, Sophie Kinsella is one of the first authors I remember being obsessed with. It would be just silly to not include her on this list.

3. Jay Crownover
We all know how I feel about The Marked Men series. Jay is also the first author that I ever interviewed so meeting her would be a dream come true.

2. John Green
The Fault in Our Stars changed my life, I need to meet John Green and thank him for that.

1. Abbi Glines
I'm sure you're all highly surprised that Abbi Glines is my number one on here. No? I. Love. Her. I love The Rosemary Beach series. I love the Existence series. I love every book I've ever read by her. She's my hero so I'd love to meet her.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Disney Book Tag

The oh so wonderful Kat from Katytastic created this tag and I feel that I have to do it.
Not only do I love books and tags but I'm also a HUGE Disney fan.
If you want to check out Kat's video click the link below
Kat's Video

I hope you enjoy the tag!!

1. The Little Mermaid - a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Blair from the Rosemary Beach series starts off way out of her element. She's not a rich pain in the ass like a lot of the people in Rosemary and she doesn't exactly fit in at first. But of course eventually everything is just fine.

2. Cinderella - a character who goes through a major transformation
I know it's probably a repetitive answer but Tris from Divergent. She goes through so much throughout the series and really develops into an incredibly strong character.

3. Snow White - a book with an eclectic cast of characters
I'm choosing the Marked Men series because you can't get more eclectic than that group in my opinion. The boys all have tattoos in common but other than that all the characters are so different. The couples are all totally different also which makes for a very fun read.

4. Sleeping Beauty - a book that put you to sleep
To be honest The Hobbit put me to sleep. It's not that the writing isn't good it's just that he explains so much and gives so many details that it starts to get reeeeeally slow and that equals nap time for me.

5. The Lion King - a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Violet from The Coincidence books by Jessica Sorenson had something horribly traumatic happen to her during her childhood.

6. Beauty and the Beast - A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
I was really intimidated by City of Heavenly Fire because that book is massive but I ended up really loving it.

7. Aladdin - a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Hmm...I'm going to choose Tate from Ugly Love. I wouldn't say it's her "wish" to get Miles but she does want him. The thing is he's a bit more tortured than she even realized so for a nice chunk of that book her wish that came true kinda sucked.

8. Mulan - a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
So technically Dank from the Existence series by Abbi Glines pretends to be someone he's not. He pretends to be a normal human which he in fact is not. Bum bum BUM.

9. Toy Story - a book with characters you wish would come to life
This one is so hard!! There are so many characters that I would love to come to life, it's hard to just choose one book. If you would have asked me this 4 years ago I would've picked Twilight. However...now...I think I'd like to meet the characters from either The Marked Men series or The Bloodline series. I know I know, two totally different books but I can't choose.

10. Disney Descendants - your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Sebastian from the Mortal Instruments. I know he's horrible but I just find him fascinating.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kelley York Interview

Recently I reviewed the book Modern Monsters by this lady on the left and I really enjoyed it - in case you couldn't tell by my review.
As soon as I posted my review Kelley tweeted about it and made my day so of course I had to push my luck and try for an interview.
Well luck is with me because she's awesome and agreed to answer my questions.
Before we start the interview I want to thank you Kelley so much for taking the time to do this with me. It means so much and I'm so beyond excited. :)


1. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Well...writing! But it's definitely a love-hate relationship. I also love getting letters from fans telling me that something I wrote had an impact on them. Whether they loved it or hated it, it's an emotional response and that feels pretty awesome to be capable of having that effect on people.

2. If you could co-write a book who would you want to write with and what genre would the book be?
I'm actually working on my first collaboration as we speak! It's with Nyrae Dawn, who is one of my oldest author friends and a brilliant writer. As for the genre, definitely NA, which this book will be.

3. Out of all the books you've written do you have a favorite?
I feel like this is asking me who my favorite child is...but if I have to be honest, SUICIDE WATCH remains the closest to my heart. However there's another book I'm working on right now that may surpass it.

4. I've never read a book like Modern Monsters, what made you want to write this story?
I've read a number of YA and NA books about rape, all of them really good. But I hadn't yet seen one from the perspective of the suspect, especially when that person was innocent. I wanted to show how rape effects not just the person who was raped, but everyone around them. The way families and friends feel, the guilt they harbor...and from the perspective of someone wrongfully accused. Rape is a problem in many countries, including the US, but false rape accusations are also unsettlingly common.

5. I really enjoyed all of the characters but Autumn was probably my favorite, who was your favorite character to write?
I'm right there with you: Autumn. I wanted a girl who was tough but feminine, someone who takes care of her loved ones. She's a little wise beyond her years, but she isn't perfect. The scene where she and Vic meet is easily one of my favorites in the book.

6. I don't want to give spoilers but did you always know who raped Callie or did you decide while writing?
Sometimes characters surprise me with twists as I'm writing...but in the case of MODERN MONSTERS, I had the ending planned out from page one. 

7. Do you think that you'll ever do a sequel to Modern Monsters?
I feel Victor's story wraps up well and there isn't anything worthwhile to get out of him for a sequel. If I were to continue for any of them, it might be to tell more of Callie's story, because the process of her healing will be an important journey in her life.

8. Do you relate to any of the characters in your books?
I mentioned earlier how SUICIDE WATCH is closest to my heart, and that's because Vince is a character that carries a lot of me in him, in the sense that I've struggled with anxiety and depression all my life. Writing him was remarkably therapeutic.

9. What can we look forward to reading from you next?
There are several things in the works, it's just a matter of what gets finished first. I have the previously mentioned collab with Nyrae Dawn, another book I'm working on for Entangled, and two other stories in addition to that. I'm also working on a short-story for an anthology. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to announce the title or anything for it yet, but all proceeds for the anthology will be going to charity, so I'm really excited for it.

10. If Modern Monsters had a theme song what would it be?
This is very tricky. MM is the only book I've written where I've had a hard time picking out a good, solid play-list... I will say one of my favorite Vic and Autumn songs is "Dark Blue" by Jack's Mannequin.

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