Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #265 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:
The Museum of Us

From the Library: 
Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 04/17/18: Top 10 Novels in Verse!
Wednesday 04/18/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Thursday 04/19/2018:  Stay Sweet by Sibohan Vivian
Friday 04/20/18: Book Blogger Hop: How do you organize your books?
 Saturday 04/21/18: No Post. 

Me on Instagram:

A friend sent this to me saying she saw it and thought of me. And of course I wewnt to go find it. 
And you know what happened next right? I took it home lol And to make it better, its a "light" ice cream! It has caramel and graham cracker pieces. Now I want to try them all lol

What went on at your blog this week?!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: How do you organize books?

How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it? 

I NORMALLY do it by release date, but at the same time, I am a mood reader, so really it just works most of the time. I change it when I have to. It's been working, but I do get behind at times. But let's be real.... Who doesn't? 

What about you all? 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

ARC, 356 pages
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Read from: April 13-18, 2018
Source: TxLA
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, Summer Lovin, Feminism, Stand-alones, YA 

    A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.
     Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…


     I was SO set on getting this book in my hands. It had everything I knew I would love about a book. In some ways it worked, and other ways it didn't. But overall, I was certainly glad this was my first Siobhan Vivian book.
"And, as it is with most disappoinments, the promise of ice cream makes things a little bit better."
pg. 95

    Sand Lake in the summer for Amelia has been the same for the last four years: Hang out with her best friend Cate while they work at the famous ice cream stand, Meade Creamery. The stand has been opened every summer for years, run by local girls that serve Molly's homemade ice cream. But then Molly passes away and Amelia and the girls fear that the stand may be in trouble. Even more so when Molly's grandnephew comes with ideas that don't quite match the traditions that come with Meade Creamery.

"Look for green lights, not stop signs, remember?"
pg. 177

    I know for a fact that I'm a character driven reader. I love to be inside the heads of the characters and find out what they're thinking and what they know. This made this book a bit difficult for me because it was written in third person point of view. I never realized it even bothered me. But that didn’t matter much. What bothered me most about the characters was mainly just what bothered me about the MC. I kept waiting on Amelia to gain some nerve and stand up to everyone. It took her a bit to long for her to finally decide she wanted to finally become a boss. And Cate and Grady didn’t really knock my socks off either. They treated Amelia terrible and by the end I was totally frustrated with them.
"If the ship is going to sink, you'll regret not being on it with us."
pg. 219
    Fortunately, everything else in this book was BOSS. I LOVED the plot. I’m not one for historical fiction, but this was one that had a love story/ feminist story mixed in and I was ALL FOR IT. Throwing the mix of the past really made the story engrossing. Towards the end I didn’t want to put it down because I was so interested in what happened with the characters after the war.
"Though life may not always be easy, it still can be plenty sweet."
pg. 238
    And then there was the romance.  At first I wasn’t sold with it, but towards the end when I saw that he was growing up and he wasn’t as scatterbrained as I was thinking he was, he warmed up to me. The little instances that led up to them being together was really cute as well. Until things went up in smoke.
"The war changes people. [...] But I think the war is changing me , too. I'm not sure I can go back."
pg. 297
    This book is the perfect summer read! I wish I had been able to read this while I sat on the beach! It’s light, airy, flirty, and fun. Meade Creamery has left a mark in this book, but also on me.
Overall, I give this
Real rating was 3.5 but I rounded up.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!


     Robin of Locksley is dead. 
     When news comes that he's fallen in battle at the King's side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flaunt the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.
     Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancĂ©. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.
     When Marian dons Robin's green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.
     But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero...
     Robin Hood.

Expected Publication:  March 19, 2019
Published by:  HarperTeen

Why I'm Waiting: I'm sure this will be on EVERYONE'S WoW this week since the cover was just revealed. But first of all, the cover is BEAUTIFUL. And I am always here for a gender swapped re-telling of anything. ESPECIALLY Robin Hood. I can't wait to see how this one turns out! 

What are you waiting on this week? 
Will you be waiting on this with me? 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TTT: Freebie: Top 10 Novels in Verse!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Novels in Verse! 

In honor of National Poetry Month, I want to give some of the novels in verse I've read and actually liked some credit. I'm not one who usually likes them, so when I find one I do like or one that I might like, I like to hold them close. 

Those I Read: 
The Poet XSolo
Girls Like MeRebound
For Every OneLong Way Down
Ronit & Jamil

Those I Haven't Read Yet: 
The You I've Never KnownBlood Water Paint
People Kill People