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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Love Stories

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends! In order to celebrate Vday on the blog, I thought I would share a few of my favorite love stories...or rather books that contain a romance that I love, or a pair that I ship.

The Under The Never Sky trilogy is a recent read and a new favorite series. Aria and Perry are one of the best love stories that I've ever lived. They made my heart swell up..ahh I just love them!

Just One Day & Just One Year (also Just One Night) tells one of the most suspenseful love stories that I've ever read. A love story filled with the characters also learning to love themselves makes this romance well-rounded and very wholesome. I love Willem and Allyson's story. (My review of Just One Day & Just One Year)

Kestrel and Arin's story is beautiful..and heartbreaking at the same time. This is one couple that I'm desperately awaiting to know how they end up. I'm shipping Kestrel & Arin SO HARD. 

The Bronze Horseman is an epic love story. Tatiana and Alexander face no easy feats in the world they live in set in Russia during WWII. They're love story gave me SO MANY feels. I'm anxiously awaiting my continuation of the series to see what happens in Tatiana and Alexander's love story.

This series contains a few love stories, but I think Froi and Quintana's love story was my favorite one. They are two unique people that find each other and I believe made each other stronger and better people. They're love is a journey but one that I think has a definite beauty.

This book broke my heart and put it back together again. I'm going to be very opaque here about what happens because I don't want to spoil anything. I'm all for Will and Tessa. Will is one of my book boyfriends, forever. This series has one of the best endings that I've ever read.

What are some of your favorite love stories?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ten Little Bookish Things That Make Me Happy.

I recently heard someone talking of some little things that make them happy. When I started to think about what little things that made me happy, I found a lot of them had to do with books. So I thought I'd share Ten Little Things That Make Me Happy (Bookish Edition).

Finishing A Book
To me, this is one of the best things ever. but can also be sad if I didn't want to book to end. For the most part, when I finish a book, I feel full, and happy. Like I just went on a beautiful adventure or a wonderful vacation.

Adding A Book To My Goodreads Shelves
There's nothing like discovering a new book and adding it to your shelves, whether to remember it for later or to start reading it.

Talking About Books
Talking about books literally makes my day. Especially when I connect with someone who had the same feelings/thoughts or is excited for the same book I am. 

Book Mail
Book mail is literally the best. It makes my entire week when I get a book in the mail! 

Walking Into A Bookstore
All the possibilities of new books that I could take home with me, or just look at and read a page or two! 

Someone Asking Me If I Have Any Book Recs
This is always a little scary for me..what if I recommend something they don't like? But I still love recommending, and especially being asked specifically to recommend a book, because I get to talk about the books I love.

Finding A New Ship that Ends Up Together
Nothing like finding a new couple that I want to end up together in the end so badly, and then they DO get together. One of the best feelings ever when I know my new fictional friends will end up with a happy ending of love. 

Buying A Book
I love buying books, either for myself or for other people. I love supporting something that I love. And especially love supporting the authors that write such amazing stories that I get the pleasure of enjoying.

Going To The Library
Walking into a place full of free books for the taking is a dream. I absolutely love going to the library. I can browse and peruse and pick out any book I want to take home with me, without paying a dime. I also love being surrounded by books, so I LOVE visiting the library and sitting in a comfy chair there to read a chapter or two. 

Starting A Book
Starting a new book is like starting a new adventure. Getting to know new characters and new worlds is something that doesn't happen everyday, but happens with every book. It makes me so happy to be beginning a new adventurous journey each time I crack open a book.

BONUS: The First Kiss
I couldn't forget this in the list!! When my new ship first kisses is often the best part of the book for me!

What Are Some Bookish Little Things That Make You Happy?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review | I'll Meet You There

Title: I'll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publication: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Got an ARC at ALAMW
Series: No

Rating: 4.5 - 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylark can taste the freedom - that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she's ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What bring Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise - a quirky motel off California's dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper. (from Goodreads)

Review:  This book cut my heart up and glued it back together again, just like one of Skylar's collages.  There is so much to love about this book that I don't know where to start. I heard a lot of love for this one around the blogging community and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to jump onto that train (haha - see what I did there?) or not, but I'm so glad that I tried this book out and I have most definitely jumped onto the train. 

Having grown up in a very small town, similar to Creek View (in fact my parent's house was and still is right in front of/bordering the trailer park). I saw a lot of characters described throughout the book, and also the feel of the town. The driving an hour to get to a bigger shopping area, the only store in town has high prices, but it's the closest thing when you need something, the lack of availability for jobs. I even spent a year cleaning rooms at the local motel (which only had three rooms and was the only motel around). This book hit home for me and I dealt with the same feelings that Skylar had when I graduated high school years ago. I couldn't wait to get out either, and I did the moment I could. 

This is one of the most realistic contemporaries that I have ever read. I think this aspect of realness begins with the characters. I related to Skylar on a whole different level and maybe even more than I've ever related to a character. I'll spare you the personal bits on why, but I found Skylar's character to be completely realistic and a great example of a modern age independent, tough, and strong willed girl that's just trying to have a better life for herself. And Josh, I've known a few military people, and I think his character was so accurate and painfully real. 

This story is a beautiful one and one I would recommend to just about anyone and everyone. I have this urge to start sharing this book with so many people, starting with my amazing friend in the Airfare that's stationed down in Texas. I think about her and miss her all the time. She's a hero of mine. 

This book was a roller coaster to read, but one that I could find myself going on again. There were a few tears shed, but such a lovely story of love, loss and life. I think this one is going to be sticking with me for a long time. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? 

Friday, February 6, 2015

14 Days of Fictional Swooning Blog Hop!

I'm super, super excited to be participating in this blog hop hosted by all the lovely ladies at Fic Fare & Swoony Boys Podcast. There are over 20 blogs participating! And, of course, there are giveaway! There is a big giveaway for the whole hop as well as each blog hosting their own giveaways each day! For more info check out this post at Fic Fare or this post at Swoony Boys Podcast

I'm one of the hosts for day 6 and I'm doing a giveaway for a book involving a fictional boy that caught me off guard. At the end of this post, there will be a list of all the blogs participating in the hop as well as rafflecopters for my giveaway and the group giveaway. 

Let's talk about a fictional boy that caught me off guard. When I thought about who caught me off guard, the answer came easy... The boy that caught me off guard was Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy. For those of you that have read the first book, Warner is a villain and not someone who anyone would really like, but as the series goes on Warner is definitely a boy that caught me off guard. What I didn't realize was that his level of depth was much stronger and deeper than I thought. This is what caught me most off guard about Warner. 

Who is a fictional boy that caught you off guard?

Now for the giveaways!

Giveaway One - I'm giving away a paperback copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This will be international as long as The Book Depository ships to you. If you win and are in the US I will buy the book and ship it to you. If you are Internationally located, I will buy the book from The Book Depository and ship it to you through them. 

A few things to get out of the way before you enter:
You must be 13 or older to participate (if you are 18 and younger, parental permission is required in order to enter). 
If you say you did what was required for the rafflecopter entry, but didn't actually do it, your entry will be disqualified.
I'm not responsible for items that are lost or damaged in shipping.
Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
Email and mailing addresses will not be used for any reason other than to contact and mail the winner their prize.

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Giveaway Two - This giveaway includes a $20 Amazon giftcard, a book cover bracelet and Valentine-y themed swag.

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