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Final Thoughts: The Scorpio Races

So obviously this time my posts were much less…. varied I would say. I was especially proud of my posts for Gone Girl because I felt like I wrote some good posts. This time around… I don’t know. It went kind of quickly. I just blinked and five posts were finished. But I’d say that these are all way way better than the very first one I did on The Monstromologist. That one was a monstrosity (pun not intended). (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Appreciation

While I know that I talked about the somewhat off characterization of Puck and Sean (and how almost every other minor character was difficult to remember), I still have to say that I really liked their personalities. So this is a post to commemorate my appreciation for the great qualities of some of my favorite characters. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Romance Fangirling

I admit that I didn’t really ship this. I didn’t. I mentioned earlier in my review that I didn’t really believe all of their romantic interactions. Their chemistry wasn’t as fierce as a lot of couples at all (I actually thought they lacked it). I thought they were a little awkward.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think they were cute. I fangirled so much over some of the sentences in the book that it’s embarrassing. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: The End – Cliche or Not?

When I was reading this book, I was hoping and praying that it wouldn’t end with Puck and Sean both winning in some twist of luck. That’s not realistic because there really isn’t any fathomable way that both would be able to win. There aren’t two first place prizes in a race.

*This will have spoilers! (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Foils

There are a lot of contrasting characters in this book. Off the top of my head I can already think of two. There’s Gabe and Finn as one pair and Mutt Malvern and Sean as the other. I’m pretty sure it was done on purpose because their personalities were the complete opposites of each other. (more…)

[ARC Review] At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

At the Water's Edge

Author: Sara Gruen

Series: None

Publication Date: March 31st, 2015

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction, Romance

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. (more…)

#ReadingYourLibrary Weekly Update: Books To Suggest To My Library

Reading My Library Challenge

Yeah I know this is going up the same day that I’m signing up but I wanted to write this post okay?

As I’d stated in my sign-up post, I had started The Archived and Cabinet of Curiosities. I’d already begun reading some of them before I signed up, but I started them in April, so it’s not like I’m cheating too much.

I’m really liking Cabinet of Curiosities so far. It was a mini-blind book date thing I did with my school book club. I’m not a huge fan of the writing style but I’m really intrigued by the plot. As for The Archived, well, I finished it earlier this morning. And freaking fangirl squeals over Wesley Ayers because he’s my new literary crush. Review won’t be going up until much later, but as of now, the rating is going to be somewhere along 3.5-4 stars. I also think I’m going to be reading The Scorpio Trials next. I’ve read about three chapters but I haven’t really gotten much further.

UPDATE: COMPLETE

Okay now on to part two of this post!

I could suggest so many different books for my library to get. So. Many. I’m of the opinion that the teen section of my library is tiny because they fit all of the books onto like two shelves. If I end up writing the other post for this challenge, you’ll get to see what I mean, but believe me when I say that it’s puny. Like part of the reason I’m probably never going to get around to reading some of the books on my tbr is because I can’t get it from the library and I don’t have the money to buy every book I want to read. So yeah, me suggesting books is going to make me sound really selfish because I’d be telling them to buy books that I want to read. I swear I’m not this bad in person!

I think part of the problem is that I’ve become so immersed into the online YA community (in terms of reading blogs) that I know what books are big in the community. There’s just no parallel of the popularity online and in my town. The library here is more likely to want to purchase books that they know will be checked out rather than take a gamble on some book that nobody has ever heard of.

In no particular order……

Any of Emery Lord’s novels – I’m so intrigued by her books. There are so many reviews praising her novels but I just can’t read it because I can’t find it here!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – This one would be a suggestion to my school library. I don’t know if the public library has it but my school library doesn’t. And that in itself is a crime because this book is so good.

Victoria Schwab’s adult novels – Like VICIOUS and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. School library again. Okay I realize that they probably wouldn’t buy these because high schoolers don’t usually read adult books but I think that these books could be read by teenagers. And they’re fabulous and amazing.

While we’re talking about Victoria Schwab….

The public library should also get a copy of The Archived. To be honest, the library probably used to have this book because I distinctly remember seeing this cover displayed on the shelf. I’m guessing that nobody checked it out, and as a result, the book was yanked from the shelves. It’s a really good book so it’s a shame that they don’t have it.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger – They made a movie adaptation and the public library doesn’t have it. Really. In this case, the school library wins because they actually have a copy (that’s almost always checked out grrr).

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson – Besides the fact that I’ve been angsting over not having this book in my hands since a year ago, I honestly think this book has a really interesting synopsis. So why not?

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Another one where the book had high reviews. And the library has Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere.

Shadows by Paula Weston – I desperately want to read this book. I love the cover and the synopsis. I have this really good gut feeling about the book. But again, like every other book on this list, the library doesn’t have it.

I could probably go on and on about the things that my library lacks (most notably, popular books that I want to read). But at the end of the day, I still really like my library.

What books do you want to suggest to your library?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added to the TBR

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


As I’ve talked about before in previous Top Ten Tuesdays, a huge problem that many bibliophiles face is the ever-expanding TBR list.

I’d say that about 50% of the stuff I do on the internet is directly related to books in some way. About 5% of it is probably spent on Goodreads, constantly browsing through the “Related Books” and “Recommended Books” section of the site. As a result, the books on my TBR grow exponentially greater than the books I actually finish reading do. I try to fix the problem by annually purging the list of titles that I know I’ll never finish, but it doesn’t actually help.

So I just looked at my Goodreads shelves and found the 10 books that I’ve added the most recently that I can realistically see myself reading sometime in the future. Of course that’s just wistful thinking because god knows when I’ll actually have time to read 600+ books. (more…)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


I’m going to slightly twist the prompt because I’m still in highschool. Instead, I’m going to make it include the most memorable and important books and authors from my elementary school years. These are going to be the books that shaped me as a reader. These books are what made me really begin to realize what genres I liked to read.

Clearly, some of these books aren’t going to be appropriate for a teenager to read but that’s okay. I still look back on some of them with fond memories.
Below, I have included the books that were most important to me. I could name so many other authors and books that I enjoyed reading. There’s Jerry Spinelli, Andrew Clements, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Junie B. Jones, just to name a few. But none of them really made me who I am as a reader today as much as these books did.
Also, this post is a monster. It’s gigantic and filled with my nostalgic childhood stories. Approach with caution. (more…)