Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

29 June 2015

Seeing as this was my junior year, which means SAT's and AP Tests and Mock AP test finals and projects and worrying about college. And that means I didn't get much reading time so this weeks prompt is actually really hard for me. But here are the top books I've read so far this year.

1. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. I finished this book on Sunday, and I'm still having major feels because of it It's such an amazing novel! It's essentially about a picture perfect girl, with the perfect high school life, who has OCD and is in fact someone entirely different than who she comes across as. She discovers a way to be who she wants to be through words and help from amazing people and the stories that they shared with her. Here is my book review

2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. My English teacher had us read this book during our last couple weeks, and while other students groaned and complained I was so happy to have a reading break among the craziness of my day. I fell in love with this book and devoured it. It broke my heart, shattered my soul, but it's one of those books that are with shedding tears over. Its so achingly amazing!

3.Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M Lee. This is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while. It captured my attention and I couldn't put it down. It's amazing and definitely worth reading :) Here is my review.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read this book for the first time this year for class, and I fell in love with every aspect of it. I love the many layers of symbolism, the crazy plot, the characters, everything really.

5. Liar by Justine Larbalestier. Omg. Many people told me that this book was good but it never really sparked my interest, but once I finally picked it up I couldn't put it down. It was amazing, filled with twists and turns and surprises that will leave you breathless and in awe. I love the whole unreliable narrator thing and this book is a great example of that! Review Here

6. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist. Okay one thing first, he commented on the picture I posted of my review and I totally fangirled! Moving on, its such a great book. It's funny and real. It gives you insight not only into Josh's life but into your own. It's a great book!! I was so lucky to receive a copy of this book from the publisher!! Review Here

7. A Magic Dark and Bright  by Jenny Adams Periodic. It was an amazing fantasy read! It was dark and creepy in the best way. The romance was on point, but most importantly the plot was amazing! It wasn't something that keep you on your toes so much as kept you reading page after page, like the way you eat chips. Book review here

8. Suspicion by Alexandra Monir. This books was great. I loved the twisty parts and the overall storyline. There were parts of the book I didn't really like, and parts I found a lot of fault in, but overall it was a nice read. It captured my attention and had me rooting for the characters. Review here

9. A Little Something Different  by Sandy Hall. Okay so the only reason this is so low on the list is because I haven't finished reading it yet. I'm about three quarters of the way done it's literally amazing! I love this book so much! It's so cute and just funny and amazing! I can't put it down!

10. Paper Towns by John Green. Because I love John Green and because this book, like all his books, is so heartbreakingly beautiful.

Book Talk: Every Last word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Release Date: June 16, 2015
Book: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Number of pages: 368
Series: No
Source: Netgalley ( I received this in exchange for an HONEST review)

The Basics:If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling. Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

My Musings:

I have an anxiety disorder. That means I get really nervous in random situations and it means I end up having panic attacks. My mind is generally not a happy place to be. That's true for mops people. We worry, we think too much, we live in dangerous thoughts sometimes. That's why this book fought my attention.  "If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling". Aside from the pretty book cover the summary is so intriguing and, at least for me created a relationship with Sam from the get go. Right off the bat I was excited to read this book and was so happy to get my hands on a copy of it.

Plot wise this books was incredible. At times it was very much character driven, but there were a couple twists that were just bankers. There one at the end that pretty much shattered my soul. This story line is incredible. It had me laughing, and crying, and smiling, and wanting to give the characters hug. Essentially it makes you feel everything a book is supposed to make you feel. This is honestly one of the best books I've read in a while. The plot is very well developed and everything fits together nicely, so to speak. It's realistic and very well written. I love the idea of having a poetry corner and I really wish my school had one. I wish we had a place to escape reality with other people who cared about one another completely and totally. Writing for me is such a cathartic and fun experience that I couldn't help but love the whole premise of words helping someone heal and become who they wanted to be. The story line moves pretty fast and it's such an amazing ride. I honestly couldn't put it down. I'm pretty sure I've even annoyed my family with my refusal to do anything but read.

There were so many small things in this book that helped make me fall in love with it. Like the poems. Caroline Poems made me cry. And I loved being able to find pieces of me in every single one of the poems in the book. I loved the descriptions. I loved how Sydney writes her poems on fast food wrappers. I love how the poetry corner is decorated. I love Shrink Sue. Okay now I'm just fingerling lol

The characters were impeccable. They were so beautiful and flawed and realistic and heartbreaking and just so awesome that I couldn't help but love them. I love Caroline and Sam and AJ and every one in the Poets corner. I loved how it was so easy to hate but understand the "mean girls". They sucked as people but you couldn't help but understand them and understand why Sam didn't want to leave the "crazy eights" or so they were called. One thing that stood out for me, that was extremely important, was how the author made sure to make all the characters real people. They had different sides to them, they had their own voices, they were unique. Sam is more than just her OCD. She's a person and the author never treated her different because of it. Sam has OCD but the author created such a rich, and awesome character that 1)made me feel like we could have been friends, Sam and I and 2) stressed the fact that Sam was more than her mental disorder. AJ is so cute and so dreamy. I love him! Caroline *sigh* I love the girl. The characters are likeable and have you constantly rooting for them. None of them are perfect they have their flaws, they've made mistakes, they all have something and that's what makes them real and likable.

Romance is something that I do like to read about. But I think that it was awesome how romance wasn't the driving point of the entire novel. It was a strong supporting part but it wasn't driving the plot car or was it riding shotgun. It was in the backseat. This helped the characters shine through as well as support the message of the novel.  But I will say that the romance was cute and slow paced and realistic and did I say cute? I loved it and I totally ship Sam and AJ.

People deserve to be around people whole care about them. Life is always going to pushing things in your way, making things hell for you sometimes and you need to learn to be you, and you need to find people who accept you. You need to take care of yourself, and be loud, and take up space, instead of making yourself small for people who don't really care. This book has had an incredible impact on me and I can't even express how much I love this book. So read it!!!!

My Rating:

Inside my Smash Book

26 June 2015

So a few years ago I decided to by a smash book and it's been a pretty good investment. I'm a giant pack rat and I tend to keep things because of sentimental value or because they were part of something important. That means I have a lot of shit and no where to put it. With this I get to use old receipts, tickets, random pictures. I've also learned to use a lot of things as decorations that I normally wouldn't. Like unused spoons or the coffee holder things. Some pages are just random, and filled with things that don't make sense but it works. I definitely love having a smash book and I think it's a great thing to have before going on vacation or just having it handy throughout the year.I have two smash books right now. I have mini one (the one with quotes) and a bigger one.

I just thought I would share some of my favorite pages as well as some of the things I use to scrapbook with. I'm not entirely sure why but I find this whole process to be comforting and fun. I like creating spreads, or just smashing things in because I can. So by the time you read this I will be on vacation adding random shit to more pages. So I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into my scrapbook and I'm sorry for using "so"  so many times in this post.

Waiting on Wednesday #6

24 June 2015

Release Date:October 6, 2015
Book: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Number of Pages: 384
The Basics: Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl. Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters

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Why do I want to read it?

Well I LOVE Fangirl, I LOVE fanfiction. I LOVE Harry Potter. This book sounds like an awesome mix. I just can't believe this book is even real and I can't wait to read this. I didn't even know that this book was a thing but i'm so glad I was just chillin on Barnes and Noble. com. I'm so excited. I know i'm going to love it because it's Rainbow Rowell, but I'm even more psyched because of the fact that this is Cath's fan fiction, come to life. I think this is just amazing. Here is my Fangirl Book review, if you haven't read it yet, you should ASAP

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

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Motivational Monday #6

22 June 2015

"Give into love or live in fear. No other path. No other way. No day but today". I watched Rent the other day. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. It's on netflix. Its amazing. And if you like Rent you'll like The Normal Heart, it's heartbreaking, but so good.

Anyways, for me summer is a blur of late nights, netflix, books, and unfortunately this summer i've added college apps and summer assignments. FUN! *she said sarcasm dripping from her voice onto honey coated shards of glass*. So in my life as a studious student and lazy bum i've realized that I haven't done too much living. Like I have maybe a handful of decent stories to tell my grandkids about. I want to just be open and be able to love my life, myself, and the people I surround myself with.At the end of the day I don't think anyone could ask for more than that. And right now I have to change my attitude from one of fear to one of love and happiness. I don't mean to sound like a hallmark card or anything, but I feel like because of my anxious persona I focus on the negatives of life, of people, of myself. I prepare for the worst and never expect the best. I need to change that because living in a constant state of nerves, fear, and negativity is poisonous and will ultimately stop me from living my life, from taking the steps necessary to make sure I take myself down a road I want to go down. That being said, i'm not going to abandon all my fear, after all a little bit is healthy, safe even. What I need to focus on is letting people in, letting myself be more open, and learn to love where i'm at. After All you're only 17 once.

 I like to make plans. I schedule my day out so that I make sure I get done what needs to get done.That's not the worse way to live but I need to get my head out of dreams of yesterday and visions of tomorrow and focus on what I have right in front of me. I think a lot of people are like that. Forgetting that this moment in time exists. Some are too focused an what the future will bring, or what you can procrastinate and make a future problem. Others look backwards so much they are constantly running into things and falling on their ass. I seem to share both of these problems. Rent tought me that happiness isn't found in what your life is, what it's made up of, so much as what you do with it. So you might not have much, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun, make memories, or be happy, just like being rich doesn't guarantee those things. But if you use what you have, enjoy it and just do you, and love you, then you are solid. So yeah. This today we all should try to live in today, be open, and work toward happiness by loving ourselves, our lives, and the people who we're close too.And if you're not happy where you're at in life you  need to actively be working to change that, and If you're not happy around certain people, then maybe it's time for some feelings talks or even some goodbyes. I guess what I want to say is that we need to stop living in the shadows because fear taught us to be afraid of the light.

Stay Gold,

Book Talk: A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic

21 June 2015

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Book: A Magic Dark and Bright
Author: Jenny Adams Perinocvic
Series: Yes
Source: Netgalley ( I received this in exchange for an honest review)
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The Basics:Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her. But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed 

My Musings:

Can we just say that this cover is absolutely beautiful! I mean come on! Plus the summary is definitely eye catching. I have to say the book wasn't exactly what I expected but I rather enjoyed it. By the time I got around to reading this book I had forgotten why I had picked it up. So I started this book completely unbiased. I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Okay lets talk plot. It was a pretty good storyline. It was inventive and original. There were a couple of twists and turns throughout the book that added to the complex story line. I will say that there's a few parts you can see coming. While sometimes predictable, the main bulk of the storyline was still really good. I loved the fantasy element that was mixed into the novel. For a while this storyline reads almost like a contemporary novel, it isn't until it progresses that you can see this magical element begin to grow. I think this adds to the drama of it all.Because there is an element of cheesiness in the novel, I do feel like it cheapens some of the magic components of the novel. But only slightly. It's still readable, but it is notably there. But overall I really liked the plot. I loved how the place added to the story. I mean come on the place is CALLED ASYLUM. I loved the creepy factor and the whole ancient family history thing. I thought that it was really cool how everything was connected and helped feed the plot.

Okay now for characters.So I mentioned there was a cheesy factor. It stems from the characters. While I really like them. I love Charlie and Amelia and Leah. They were really solid characters. I wanted to know more about Charlie because without more of a backstory or just more details, he lacks some depth. He comes off as just a good guy with a darkish past. I feel like there's more to Charlie and I look forward to reading the next few books to see where his character arc takes him. Amelia is pretty awesome. Her character was very well developed my only complaint is that there were instances where she came off damsel in distress-y to me and dramatic. Which is why some of the parts of the novel were a bit cheesy for me. Now Leah for me was by far my favorite character. She was this sassy, funny person that I would love to be friends with. She had her moments where she felt a little cheesy and unreal but her character for the most part was pretty awesome;. Now for Ransom. I don't really have much to say about this guy other than creepy. Very creepy from the get-go.

I just realized I started the last two paragraphs with "okay" and was about to start this one with "okay". I need a better transition word. Time for the romance part. Cheesy but cute. It was slow and not rushed which I appreciate, but some scenes for me were cheesy, but were easy to forgive because Amelia and Charlie are just so cute.  Because the plot of the book is so awesome, I really like how the author made the romance take a backseat. I think the romance adds to the plot and I liked that it wasn't overdone or forced into the spotlight.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I think its nice, creepy, but awesome summer read. I definitely recommend it!!

My Rating:

Coffee for this book: A comforting cappuccino 

Dear Matt Murdock,

20 June 2015

Maybe it's the fact that it's midnight.

 Maybe it's the fact that I just rewatched Daredevil. Maybe it's the moody, sad music I'm listening to. Maybe it's just me. But I've been thinking a lot about how everyone has different sides to them. Some ugly, some beautiful, some annoying, some vaguely racist, some naive, and some dark. You struggled to find the good in the things you did because the law told you it wasn't good. You struggled to see yourself as hero because it was hard to see the good in a pretty much grey world. What you did was a felony. Evil some might say. But knowing the full story, I know better, I know that despite your bloody fists, your broken body, the devils inside you, that you are good. I know that because of who you fight for. I know that things get messy and nothing is ever really black and white, but just because you live in a messy world doesn't mean your a mess. I'm not saying you're perfect, what I'm saying is you a good person.

I'm at a point in my life where I have to figure shit out. I have to know things about who I am and who it is I want to become. I have to choose which side of me to act on. But the things it's so hard to figure that out when one minute I'm the angsty, angry teen, the next a full fledged adult (maybe I'm being a little dramatic). One minute I'm fine then next I'm freaking out about all the tomorrows to come. But what i've figured out in these couple weeks of summer is that just because I'm unsure about things, about who I am, the road I'm going to take, my hair, my everything, that doesn't make me a mess. It makes me a person. Not unlike you. I mean you tried to avoid becoming this badass vigilante for such a long time. You fought to ignore the cries of your beloved city until you couldn't. And you discovered this new side of you. A side you probably repressed. A side you were afraid to ever explore. Now you're battling with morality, your morality. Because sometimes you let the devil out and you wonder if that makes you a devil or a hero. It's a fuzzy line not gonna lie, but I don't think you are bad. I think It takes more than some questionable moral decisions to make someone bad. I mean we all make some sketchy choices at one point or another.

I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this but I think what I'm trying to say is that I want to be a good person. And I'm worried about tomorrow. And I know you don't have everything figured out, I mean no one ever really does, you know, but you know yourself. I want that. You might not know where you fit, but you know who you are. You are Matt Murdock. You are an avocado at law. You are a badass, masked, vigilante.

Most people know what it's like to pretend. Pretend to be happy, pretend to be okay, pretend to be someone else. But you're on a whole different level of pretending. You legit have this whole other life filled with danger and chaos and hurt. I'm not trying to romanticize that life either because like Claire said martyrs always end up alone and bloody. But you chose this because you love Hell's Kitchen.You fall and get back up again, so determined to do what needs to be done to help the people you love and the city that you call home. I love that quote, the one you and your dad have, "It's not how you hit the mat, but how you get up".

I feel like right now for me, this quote is just perfect.  I feel like everything is happening too fast. Too many punches are being dealt out and I just can't block them all. Which means I find myself on my ass a lot. Maybe it's because I feel like my SAT score needs work. Maybe it's because I have course work I'm working on now. Maybe it's my "raging" teenage hormones. Maybe its some of the people around me. It's probably all of the above. I'm working on staying up. On just holding my ground. I need to remember that I have to get up and move on and just deal with life instead of holding pity parties for myself. I think thats something most people have to work on. It's human nature to be selfish and thus want to feel bad for ourselves. That's why we need to learn a thing or two from you, from Foggy, from Karen, from Ben, from Claire. We get up and fight some more. You have slightly bigger demons than me but you know the SAT is one giant monster.

Anyways Matt, I don't think this is going to be my last letter to you, I'm pretty sure you and I are going to be venting buddies, deep thought sharing people, or something like that. So thanks. Thanks for showing to me that life is going to shove some shit in my way, I'm going to get lost, I'm going to end up losing matches, I'm going to feel alone, but none of that matters as long as I remember that I can get over my obstacles, I can use a map, I can get up from the mat ten times stronger and all the wiser, and that being alone isn't the end of the world but that if i'm lonely I have every right to ask for help, to reach out. I have different sides of me. I choose to be good like you choose to be a hero. Our bad sides don't make us devils, they make us human. So thanks for that Murdock.


Top Ten Tuesday Books In My Summer TBR

16 June 2015

1. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I've heard so many good things and the hype for the second book is insane. I see it everywhere. I really want to like this book!

2. The Retribution of Mara Dyer Michelle Hodkins. I've been so busy with school and life in general that I haven't been able to read this book. I'm honestly so excited to finally be able to read this!

3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I bought this a while back but once again school and books for review got in the way of this book. This books is just too cute not to read!

4. Neverland by Shari Arnold. I got this for review on netgalley and I'm so excited to read this!

5. Antigone by Sophocles. I have to read this book for my Lit class this year, but i've heard that the main character has got some major sass.

6.  The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. Again i've heard so many good things about this book. Plus it seems totally badass

7. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Again this book is for lit, but it seems really interesting. While I'm not so excited about the copious note taking that i'll have to do, i'm excited to read this book!.

8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Safe to say I was obsessed with the show and now I just need to read the book.

9. Red Queen Victoria Aveyard. This book just plain seems awesome!

10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I read the first book in this series and for some reason unbeknownst to me I haven't picked up the second book yet.

Style Saturday: But First Coffee

13 June 2015

It's all so crazy. I'm on summer break, getting ready with college apps, trying to figure out how to get a super awesome kick ass score for the SAT and the ACT, and trying to finish up my edits for my NANOWRIMO story. Yet all I seem to do is take pictures, read, and watch netflix. I'm not really sure how it works but someone told me that my mind wants to go 1000 miles per hour and my body just wants to chill and do nothing. Thus I am at war. With my tired body winning almost all of the time. Hence why this post is going up at 12:30. I went to bed at 3 and woke up only at 11. Go figure. I guess you could say i'm a little bit of a mess at the moment. A mess who very much needs her coffee in order to function right now. So guys tell me how are you guys spending summer?

Honestly I love this outfit. It's comfortable and breezy enough for a summer day. Even though it hasn't gotten to hot yet. Seeing as I'm mostly tired right now and the weight of expectations weighing me down, when I found this shirt, I thought it was perfect! I've been searching for a good pair of high wasted shorts and honestly I wish I had bought another pair, and this are awesome. I'm still searching for holy grail high waisted shorts.

Shirt: Gift-Similar Zazzle , Similar Look Human
Shorts: Forever 21
Fedora: Crossroads- Similar Nordstrom 

Mixtape Monday #1

08 June 2015

So last year I did a lot of mixtape Mondays and I missed making playlists so I decided to bring it back. I figured since Summer Vacation is already here for a lot of people and on the way for other I thought it would be a fun idea to make a summer playlist and a few summer things to do. Sometimes it's important to set goals and do things that require more than just netflix and your bed, although there is plenty of time for that. So without further ado...

  1. Spa at home day with friends or by yourself. School can be crazy busy and make life increasingly complicated so why not pamper yourself? You could go buy some face masks, hair treatments, pedicure/manicure kits (which also make great presents), and some junk food. 
  2. Go stargazing. I've ALWAYS wanted to do this but I have never had the time nor had anyone go with. Hopefully I can convince friends or even siblings to do this with me. 
  3. Try DIY projects. I usually start DIYing more into summer. Here are some things I want to try this year
  4. Movie Marathon. Because why not? I never have time to see movies that come out during the school year so summer is my catching up time. Plus who doesn't love popcorn.
  5. Go for a hike. I spend most of my time being unhealthy so a hike would be good for me. lol
Now for the summer playlist!

Book Talk: Love and Profanity by Nick Healy

07 June 2015

Release Date: March 1, 2015
Book: Love and Profanity
Author: Various, the books was put together by Nick Healy
Number of Pages:232
Series: No
The Basics:Here are more than forty short, brilliant, and unforgettable true stories from writers famous and on-the-rise. Here is the intensity of daily life. Here are transformative moments arising from the mundane. Here are strange and surprising tales that tap into universal truths. Here are teenagers in full splendor and horror. Here they are, bursting with love and profanity. 
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My Musings:

So this book. You got to admit the cover looks super rad, with the tongue and the piercing. The title is really cool plus the fact that these are short stories from writers about their life. I thought for sure that this was going to a fast, amazing read that I would get to fangirl about. I was wrong.

Maybe this is me. Maybe the book itself is really good but I just can't see it. I wanted so much to love it and be a fan. I tried to look for hidden meanings and symbolism to try and make the mundane seam amazing. and not at all boring. I felt like a lot of the stories were just too bland for me. A lot of them were really short with no real meaning or anything I could take away other than "bro that's awkward" or "What? Than's it?". I'm used to short stories having plots and all of these stories had simple plots, like getting nauseous easily, having sex for the first time. That's not to say they were bad, they just didn't capture my attention and if they did get they let me down a little bit.

There were some cute "love" stories here and there that I really like. But to be honest I feel like if I wanted to know what a first date was like, or how much someone liked someone else I could talk to my friends about it. For me this was all too mundane and I didn't really see the so called "transformative moments" in every story. But I think that to the right person at the right time, this could be an amazing book to read, but it just wasn't it for me.

There were a couple stories that I really liked. Like the one about a girl walking to her dads house. I didn't really get all of it, but I liked it. I also liked the one about the guy who didn't drink. There were cool not mundane stories in here it's just that most of them are about day to day life and for me, a person who reads to experience life in a different not boring way, this book wasn't for me. I wanted desperately to see the profound meanings behind the stories but I just couldn't see them. That's not to say they weren't well written, I just didn't always like the subject matter, or the simplicity of it all.

The over writing structure of the stories was good. The way they were put together were good. The only thing for me was the subject matter. I felt like it was lacking some depth but mostly I just didn't find some of the stories intriguing.

My Rating:

Coffee for this book: Cappuccino. That espresso will help you keep reading.

Top Ten Books I Would Want To Be Made Into Movies

02 June 2015

Okay I LOVE this TTT! I'm super excited for this list but I got to tell you it was hard to come up with. It has to be a book that you love so much you need a show, or a movie, and the book series itself. Like there has to be a strong level of devotion for this to work. So without further ado here is my top ten!

10. The List by Siobhan Vivian. I think this book is such great social commentary. I love everything about this book and I think it's a message that should transcend books and movies. We can judge people as much as we want, but our opinions are baseless unless we know them, which we almost never do. I think that this book as a movie would be a great emotional movie and I would totally watch it.

9. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan. So this guy, Crash, stopped Burn from bombing the school and so he's all famous and wrote a book. Crash talked about a movie about him coming out. I thought it would be so cool to see that come true. Like actually have a movie about him just like he said in the books you know?

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (Review Here). I would love to see the world that this author created on the big screen. I want to see how cyborgs work, how it all works. I have my imagination and that's enough but it would be cool to see my minds picture projected onto a screen. I feel like its just such a cool retelling with an amazing world.

7. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Sumna. This books is so creepy and good and crazy and dark and twisty, I LOVE IT! half of me wants this to be a movie so I can have more people to talk to about that twist. It's a crazy a story filled with mystery and it would make a killer thriller.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel. THIS BOOK IS JUST SO GOOD I CAN'T EVEN DEAL. It's just one of those stories you just love. I love the characters and I honestly think Cath and I would make awesome friends. I even wrote a Harry Potter Fanfic once! lol I think this is a story that should be shared and I love reading it but having it as a movie would just add another way for me to revisit this story.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I love this series so much and it would be awesome to see all the action sequences played out, as well as the actual places up on a screen. It's such an amazing story and it would be great to see it played out. Plus I love the characters.

4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. This would be an action-y, crazy, movie. Kasta is such a kickass, strong, women who can fight her own battles and is smart. She is awesome and I would love to see a movie or show where the main character is a badass woman who is capable, strong, and isn't some damsel in distress. Yes there is romance, and I ship her and Po hardcore, but it's not all there is to this book. There's so much more. Plus Po accepts Kasta and her cold, detached, badass nature, which helps me ship them even harder lol. I would love to see Fire, and Bitterblue as films too obviously but if I talked about all of them It would take up so much space. If you have not read this series, finish this post then run to the closest library or bookstore and get this series. It is amazing!

3. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I think this would make a better T.V show than a movie but I still love the idea of seeing this on the big screen. A story about a girl who can find dead bodies, and tries to catch a serial killer, all while trying to figure out her own life and feelings for her best friend.I think this would be super cool. Like a crime show but with a paranormal twist.

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This series is amazing! Creepy and incing all at once. Like I'm pretty sure I would die if I was in this book, but I love reading about the characters and their lives. It's a story about zombies (unconsecrated) and a broken society. It follows first one group then their kids. It's super interesting and crazy. The romance is on point, it's not the most important thing, but it does play a role.

1. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins. I mean come on. This series is amazing!!! It's got mystery, a cool/creepy factor, romance, paranormal stuff, and awesome, badass characters. Mara is such a great person and I just love her so much and I wish I could give her a hug, actually I wish I could give everyone in this book a hug, well the good guys anyway. I have to say Noah Shaw *swoon* is my favorite. He is just so badass but kind, tough but sweet. You just gotta love him.

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Motivational Monday #5

01 June 2015

So I am not dead. But i'm very sorry that I've not been posting. I blame school and testing. But now that summer's started I will be posting on schedule :) Okay but enough about me.

So this is probably the nostalgia talking, but I picked this quote because this summer is the last summer I have to just be, next year i'll be picking out a bean bag for my dorm in college and  I will be figuring out my classes and I would have said goodbye to my favorite teachers and my friends. It's more than a little scary. But with all the day dreaming about the future comes the nostalgic, sometimes tear filled glimpses into the past. This includes me cleaning out papers and binders and folders from high school and middle school. Yes I am a pack rat. And I found little notes and quotes and random little writings. I kept them. Mostly because it's nice to remember the stupid things we talked about, or the stupid boys we all liked, and the not stupid quotes that I still love. And maybe I realize that they aren't that stupid. These tiny things made me happy. These tiny things made me remember when my friend and I went to yogurtland without parent permission and ran all the way back to her apartment only to find my mom waiting for me... It made me remember about how my friends and I would sit in a circle and talk about our lives. About how we would fangirl about TVD, Once Upon a Time, Reign, etc. About how we've been sitting at the same bench for three years. And how we have one more year filled with more tiny memories that will stay with me like the post its I found in my freshman year binder.

I guess what i'm trying to say is that life moves fast and you have to look back sometimes and remember the good stuff, the happy stuff, and sometimes (most of the time) you have to notice the small things because they tend to be the more important things. I mean do you think i'm going to remember what I got on my chapter ten test in AP U.S History, Probably not. But I'll probably still remember how my friend drew me a starbucks frap with my name spelled very, very wrong, because I complained about how starbucks people can never spelled my name right. Yet  at the time my grade mattered infinitely more than the post it. So enjoy the small things, the things you might not find important at the time, the things that make you smile during the day. Because when it's all said and done those are the thing you remember and want to remember.
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