Looking back at it, I guess in elementary school I was really interested in worlds unlike my own and young characters with agency. Characters who could do things. Things that I dreamed that I could do when I was 18 and an adult. So whether it was Harry Potter, Anne, Sammy Keyes, or Matilda, I think I gravitated towards books that kids did things.
I guess middle school is when I had my sexual awakening. I definitely was obsessed with kissing and experimenting and being cooler than I thought I was. Back then it seemed embarrasing to ask questions...so I looked for answers in books. I remember looking to these books for advice on how to guide life.
I used GG and The Clique as guidebooks for popularity. I used the snogging scale in Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging...for reasons! I wished I was as cool as Edie on navigating the murky waters of crushes. And for Troy...my friend told me in middle school because it was kind of dirty, because of *whispers* s...e...x (it was the only book in our school library that I found that had sex in it though and historical sex is better than no sex at all, amirite?)
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.
Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
So I know that I've been M.I.A. on the blog lately and I wanted to ease back into it by updating you on my reading adventures by filling you in what I just finish, am reading, and one book that's on my tbr.
So I recentally finished Jellicoe Road and Snow Like Ashes. They couldn't be more different from each other but I love them both and highly recommend them. Both of them are absolutely brilliant and I'm in love!!!
A Mad, Wicked Folly is a bit of a slow start, but I still have high hopes. It's just one of those books that I feel like I should love... I'm just waiting to start to fall in love.
I've heard so much praise, but even without it, I'd still want to read this. Hello, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
Life has been crazy lately. I've been in the weirdest of moods lately. Mostly it's been book related and it unraveled from there.
I've been in such a reading slump as of late. I can't remember the last time a book really resonated with me, that profoundly struck me. Don't get me wrong, I've read books that I generally liked and was pleased with, but something that really resonated with me? I can't honestly remember.
To be honest, that's why I read. In pursuit of that feeling. That feeling in which I get a book and it gets me. I guess I felt kind of lost without the feeling. I did read books that I like, but more often than not I was reading books that I didn't like, which only perpetuated the problem.
Then the new year started and I decided to start anew. I didn't find the book that gave me all the feels immediately, but then I read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. I loved it and it was exactly what I need at the right time. Since then I've been feeling so inspired and I'm hoping that this mood will continue. I've already started catching up on my GR challenge and I'm so glad.
That's what all what's been going on with me – bookish wise. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, so bare with me. What's up with you?
Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.
But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?
Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.
Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
Have you ever had so much to say but didn't know what to say, at the same time? This is what it feels like writing this post. I've written and rewritten, so many times. So many different versions, all true, but it just felt...wrong.
I've decided the best way to tell this story is from the very beginning. Wow, who would've thought the best way to tell a story is from the start?
I've been blogging for over three, almost four, years. I've made so many friends, via this blog, twitter and tumblr, but I've always been envious of the friendships and connections that were being created around me. I had people I could book talk with, but I wanted more than that too.
I just didn't know how to go about it. Especially, as time went by. I feel like I started blogging, really outgoing (and basically naive), stumbling and figuring things out for myself. Then as I started learning about the dos and don'ts of the communities and becoming aware of a lot of drama that kept happening, I decided to reign it in. I don't really think it was a conscience decision but I didn't want to step on anyone's toes or get sucked into the drama. I kept my small circle of friends and rarely ventured outside of that safe circle.
Then in the fall of last year, my friend Z, reached out into the wild on tumblr, asking if the bookish community on tumblr wanted to basically be bookish pen pals. It felt like the stars were aligning. Maybe this was the chance I had been looking for.
I've always wanted a pen pal (I feel like it's an lost art), plus I could get a chance to befriend someone who was a complete stranger, someone that I probably had nothing in common with except for our love of books.
For the couple of months, I've been pen palling my friend Zara, or Z, as I like to call her. It's just so cool. It started out me writing to this stranger who lived across the pond, just asking and answering questions about books, making lists and just talking. Now I've made this friend.
It's been such a lovely and generally awesome experience that I'd share it with y'all. The online bookish community is just so cool and although it has its ups and downs, it's filled with amazing people.
I thought I'd introduce you to Z, with five fast facts!
1. Z stands for Zara.
2. Z lives abroad in the UK (not too far from where I studied abroad)