Saturday, April 30, 2016

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016!

Total Number of Posts: 1590
(This does not include those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers396
Total Number of Pageviews: 111, 019

Books Reviewed: 9
Movies Reviewed: 0

Books Read and Reviewed:
  • In Real Life by Jessica Love (4 Stars
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (5 Stars)
  • What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae (4 Stars)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating (4 stars)
  • Asa by Jay Crownover (5 Stars
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (3 Stars)
  • The Way Back to You by Mindi Scott Michelle Andreani (4 Stars) 
  • Wonder Woman at Superhero High by Lisa Yee (4 Stars
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (5 Stars)

  • #170:  Featuring titles like The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
  • #171: Featuring titles like The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • #172: Featuring some of my TLA haul! If you want to see ALL of it, comment and let me know! 

Fun Stuff:

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

ARC, 519 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Texas Library Association (TLA)
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Animal Lovers, Chick-lit, Drama, Womance, YA

     Andie had it all planned out.
     When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
     Important internship? Check.
     Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
     Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
     And where’s the fun in that?


     When I heard Morgan Matson had another book coming out, I knew I had to read it. After reading her last couple books, I've always said that Matson was the Queen of YA Realistic Fiction, And with this book she solidified it in my mind!
"This would be outside with no air conditioning and I had a feeling it would involve dealing with a lot of crap, both literal and figurative."
     Andi's summer was not going the way she had planned it. It started with her father getting it trouble and everything went downhill after that. But then, after the summer started going on, Andi sees that she really enjoyed "the unexpected."
"...that everyone, no matter what they might want to think, has things they don't want to talk about."
pg. 195
     The main thing I loved about this book was the emojis. I know that's stupid and I know it my date the book later on, but still, I loved that they were there. It was a perfect way to mix technology and Andi's world. I also felt like it would be the perfect way to entice those of the technology age tto read some if they were reluctant readers. It was a very cute idea Matson.
"The idea that you could rethink the thing you'd always thought you wanted and change your plan- it was almost a revolutionary concept. That you could choose what would make you happy, not successful. It was the opposite if everything I had believed to be true."
pg. 303
     Secondly, I LOVED all the details. Matson has a way of writing to make it seem as if you were there with them. She tells you what the food they're eating smells like and what it tastes like, and other little details about what the characters are doing. I admit, sometimes in 500+ page contemporary romance books I feel like too much fluff is a bad thing, but in this one that was not the case. I didn't even realize that there was so much fluff. It just seemed to flow and I loved it. 
"Just because the summer's over doesn't mean _______ have to be."
pg. 368
     I also LOVED Clark. He was so cute and adorable and his profession? OMG Let me love you! I've never read a book where the character held that kind of job, Especially around that age. I thought that was kind of cool. And then I loved his awkwardness and romantic nature. He was so cute and I loved him. And then put the two of them together and I just fell in love with the story. The romance was very cute and I loved seeing it.
"You have to try."
pg. 462
     Last but certainly not least, I really enjoyed seeing the womance and their group of friends. They all were so close and Matson made them and their friendship seem so real. Everything they did and everyhing they laughed about was something that reminded me of my friends. I had half a mind to take their adventures to use with my friends. Also, going along with the other characters, it was pretty nice to see some of Matson's old characters and The Orchard included in this book! I was glad to see them and even more glad to see they were doing ok. This summery book will definitely make you want to re-read it as soon as you turn the last page! 
Overall, I give this

Friday, April 29, 2016

Follow Friday: Three Favorite Heroines!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

3 favorite heroines, books they're in, and why you love them. 
          I tried to move away from the tried and true answers, but one still snuck in there..... 

1. Scarlet from the Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: She's bad ass and doesn't take any ish from people. I especially love her because she's spunky and difficult and reminds me so much of me lol ( I also thought about Iko, but wasn't sure if supporting characters counted......)

2. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Obvs this was going to be one. I love how she's so smart and can do ANYTHING. Plus, let's be honest I want her to teach me archery lmao 

3. Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I love how smart, cunning, and brave she is. She gave up a lot to help her family and then a lot more later on for her "friends" 

What heroines do you love?!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Waiting on Thursday?!: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

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!

This week's WoW will be today because of the super cool Wonder Woman blog tour post I had yesterday!

The Museum of Heartbreak

     In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.
     Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.
     Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
     Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
     But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.
Published by: Simon Pulse
Expected Publication: June 7, 2016

Why I'm Waiting:  This is such a unique and interesting concept. And I absolutely love the cover! And ust the synopsis has me thinking of a Beyond the Book for this one! I can't wait to read it! 

Will you be waiting on this one with me?
What were you waiting on yesterday?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blog Tour: Review & Special Post for: Wonder Woman at Superhero High by Lisa Yee

Hardcover, 237 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
DC Superhero Girls, #1
Source: Publisher
For fans of: Girl Power, Action,  LOL, Superheroes, Diversity, MG

     This groundbreaking new middle grade series follows DC Comics' most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains . . . as high schoolers. At Super Hero High, the galaxy's most powerful teens nurture their powers and master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero.


     When I first got the e-mail asking if I could be a part of the blog tour for this, I accidentally sent my reply without even saying yes. That's how excited I was for this. I felt like this would be perfect for me. If you didn't know, my nickname in high school was Wonder Woman and to this day I still collect things with her on it or artifacts from her! 
"A few might have even lacked much of a conscience. But no one was without an opinion."

     Wonder Woman is off to high school for the first time in her life. And she couldn't be more excited! But unfortunately someone isn't as happy as she is that she's there! Wonder Woman must find out who it is before its too late! 
"Mother, I love and admire you. But when I grow up I want to be just like me."
pg. 11
     This book was filled with so many recognizable characters! From Wonder Woman to Cheetah, to Steve Trevor, so many people I remember from her comics. Add on to those that have their own (Harley Quinn and more!) and I fell super hard for this book! I loved getting a glimpse of some of my favorites as teens. I thought it was a really interesting idea and can't wait to read the rest of the series!
"The Three POWS! Super-POWer! Brain-POW-er! Will-POWer!"
pg. 33
     I loved the design of the book. Even the pages are just pretty. And then there's the cover. How can it get better than that? This book has a pretty outside and has the content to match! The only thing I didn't care for was the repetition. Wonder Woman took everything so literal, and it was just kind of weird to me that the author never showed her loosening up and finally enjoying herself. It would have been nice to see a little more growth in Wonder Woman. But the main thing I love about this series is the laugh out loud situations. This book is seriously hilarious because of Wonder Woman!
"A young superhero's life can be divided into four categories. [...] School, social life, sports, sleep. Pick three.[...] Which one are you going to do without?"
pg. 156
      In short, this is a great read for middle grade students that love suerheroes. Bonus points if it's a girl looking for some Girl Power in her superhero books! Since finishing I have since given it to my little sister who is loving it so far!
Overall, I give this


See! I told you I was obsessed with her. Believe it or not, this is only a REALLY small portion of what I own of her! I have more actual comics at my mom's house and even more blankets and toys, and coffee mugs and more. My little sister (whom I'm giving this book to now!) is my enabler. She buys me everything Wonder Woman because she knows I'll love it! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it! 

Also, I once did a post of how my nickname of Wonder Woman and how it originated! You can find it HERE. There's also information about another book on that page that I absolutely adored! 

And last but not least, I CANNOT forget to mention that there is a new YA Wonder Woman book coming out in 2017!!!! And to make it better, it's by Leigh Bardugo, an amazing author! I can't wait to get my hands on it too! 

Any of you have nicknames? 
Any of you have random collections?
Who's your favorite superhero?
Which DC chick do you hope to see in this series by Lisa Yee? 

Lisa Yee 
Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agreed to split any prize they might win.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TTT: Top 10 Bookworm Delights!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Bookworm Delights! 

1. Hearing the spine crack when I open a new hardcover: Obvs I don't neccessarily mean a HUGE crack, but I love the noise it makes when I open one. It always gives me that giddy smile. Especially if it's a book I haven't read or have been anticipating for a long time! 

2. Being in the wild and seeing someone with a book. Extra points for them if it's something I've read and loved too: I love finding those books lovers who are just like me and can read anywhere. And if I see they're reading something I've read and loved, they're automatically my friend. They don't know it, but they are lol 

3. Finding quotes that I know will stick with me forever: I LOVE that feeling. I have a huge collection of composition books in all colors where I have written down hundreds of quotes from all the books I've read. I've spent many an afternoon flipping through those notebooks just looking at the quotes I've loved. 

4. Reading while it's raining outside and the blinds are open: For whatever reason I'm a HUGE fan of thunderstorms. I love to read a book while they're outside raging. 

5. Finally holding a book that I've been anticipating for a long time: The next one I'll get this feeling with will be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I've been waiting over a year for this book (I was lucky enough to read the first one early) and I have been dying for this sequel! 

6. Unlimited reading time: I love my fiance to death, I really do. But when I'm in the middle of a super great read and I am sucked into it, I sometimes hate that I have to get up and cook or do laundry or something. I love when I can lay on the couch and just read the day away. 

7. When the cover image is in the book or the title is in the book: Well unless it's corny.... But I do like seeing them nevertheless.

8. Relating books to real life things that I do: Hence my Beyond the Book posts! I love making things relate to the books I read. It makes fiction seem so much closer to real life lol 

9. Closing a book that I loved: I really love when I'm able to do a happy sigh at the end of a book I've loved. Bonus points if I've stayed up all night just to finish it! 

10. Beautiful covers on books that I've loved: I know this is stupid, but I hate when books have these gorgeous covers and I have to DNF them. I buy a lot of books based on the cover (I know this is bad... So sue me.) and when the inside isn't as good it sort of ticks me off lol But when both the cover and the content are on point, it automatically becomes a book that I start to book push to EVERYONE. 

Can y'all relate to any of these? 

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

ARC, 384 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Around the World ARC tours
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Adventure, Summer Loving, Chick-lit, Road Trips, YA

     In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend—charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way.
     Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.
     Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.
     Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.
     As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they're barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.
     With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her...and to each other.


     I'm not normally a road trip in a book sort of girl, but this one was a lot more fun than I thought it might be! Maybe it was the fact that it also included a hard-hitting emotional contemp that made me love this one. Whatever the case may be, I really fell for this one.
     Ashlyn has passed away, but she left two people that loved her very much on Earth, Cloudy and Kyle. And the sad part is, they're not even as close as they used to be. But then they find out that Ashlyn has left more on Earth than they originally thought. She was an Oregon donor and her family has gotten in touch with the recipients. This is all the information they need for them to hop on the road together and find their way to what they've been missing lately.
"You can't stop doing things you love just because the outside world is telling you different."
pg. 56
     The main part about this book that I loved was the road trip. It's really weird because I'm not normally a fan of them. With  the character spending so much time on the road or in a car, them doing the same things get repetitive and that gets boring. But when there's so much going on and each stop has a different meaning within it, I fell in love.
"I suspect that friendship plus distance has a way of magnifying the things that should stay hidden."
pg. 150
     I also loved the characters. For a while I was mad at Cloudy. She seemed to be trying to dictate to everyone what they should do, but she never looked at herself and her own unhappiness and it killed me to see her not taking care of herself. And then there was Kyle. He seemed to be the one with the better head on his shoulders to me, but then again, he had his issues too. It was nice to see them finally start finding peace in one way or another. 
"Just because she isn't here now doesn't change the fact that she was."
pg. 331
     *MINOR SPOILER PARAGRAPH* The hard hitting emotional part that this book focuses on is organ donors. This topic has shown up quite a few times lately and with each of them, I find myself falling for the topic more and more. The only thing that bothers me about it, is the discreetness in it. This topic is a big deal and can be very emotional for both sides of the fence. But I'm finding that with every one that I've read (including this one), the adults or people around them seem to act like it's ok that they're doing this. I get it. It's a plot device to help focus on what they think is important for the story. But still, if you're going to make it realistic fiction, make it realistic. I won't go into the ending of this one to avoid spoilers, but at the same time, I just didn't feel it being real.
     This book was full of surprises, but they were all good.There's so much about this book that I didn't like but the authors helped to change my mind. And that's what I loved most. Expect the unexpected with this one.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My First Time at TLA!

Conference Logo

     As most of you know, I'm in school for liibrary science and I'm from Texas! Well this past weekend, I was able to attend a huge event in Texas called the Texas Library Association Conference! I was told to attend for extra points for my class, but trust me when I tell you I was going to attend anyways as a blogger lol 
     This was my first book conference I've attended by myself (normally I have my mom with me) and the day before I was really anxious. Then to spike that up, I was worried about the weather because the day before I was at the conference, Houston had ended up flooding. It was such a crazy, scary scene. The firs day I attended I was able to grab at bunch of books (that I won't post because I don't want people to think anything...) that I KNEW I would love. Then the next two days were all about making sure I could get only exactly what I wanted and then meet some of the area bloggers! I ran into only 4 of them :( I wish I could have met all of you! But out of 4 of  them that I met, they were all so nice! And I have funny stories on how I met them all. In case you all hadn't noticed, I'm one of the most unobservant people on the planet lol  
     Top left is, a super cool librarian and blogger who I actually recognized from her reading Star wars tattoo lol Top right is @Ladybuggirl724 from Twitter! She asked me about Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything and I just answered her and posted about it on Instagram. A few minutes later she commented and said "Omg I was one of those people who asked." That was pretty cool lol Bottom left is @Kris10MFAF from Twitter! Me and her had randomly talked about TLA and the Lunar Chronicles a bunch of times before! She recognized me in line for Heartless! Huge coincidence that we ended up in another line for Marissa Meyer! And last but definitely not least, bottom right is  @Lena1xoxo from Twitter. Her story was the most hilarious. We were in a signing line and she was right behind me. I was scrolling through Instagram and she had JUST posted a picture. I was saw it and looked over and then looked again and asked "Lena?" She turned to look at me and I showed her the picture that she had just posted and we both laughed for a long time. It was the most perfect friend meet cute ever lol I love meeting other bloggers because they're always so sweet and nice! Hopefully we can continue to hang out! 
     As for the authors I met, there were so many great ones! Since I volunteered some of the time I didn't get to meet everyone that I wanted, so here's those that I did get to meet! Top left is David Levithan and Alex Gino! Both I was SO EXCITED to meet! They were impressed that I book pushed George to my mom and even more so when I said it was one of my favorite diverse reads from last year! Top right was Marissa Meyer! It was so fun to finally meet her again. I was finally able to get my Scarlet ARC signed and I got my ARC of Heartless! I could have fainted, but yet all I did was fangirl! The middle left is Adam Silvera! Funniest moment was when I met him waitng on his signing line! I ranted to him about breaking my heart with More Happy Than Not and then I hugged him for such a great book lol Middle right was Emery Lord! I put in a post a long time ago that one day I would love to meet her and I finally did! I got to volunteer in her signing which was awesome because the next day she reemembered who I was and in passing said Hello. That may not seem like much, but to us, authors are rockstars so I was 100% flattered lol The bottom right was Samantha Mabury. She gave out copies of A Fierce and Subltle poison that I've been trying to convince Houston Public Library to get, so she even though she ran out of books, she gave me her display copy! And then there was Goldy Moldavsky. I was volunteering for her as well and I had my ARC I wanted her to sign. But then there was a librarian who had just missed the signing and was upset about not being able to get one. I gave her my ARC and then Goldy gave me her display copy so it worked out for everyone! 

     As for my epic adventure to get Heartless, I had to strategize the night before how I would do this. I came up with a plan with my fiance on how to make it work. I would get there an hour before the exhibit floor opened and then just wait. Then I would make a bee line to the author area through my favorite publishers and then go straight to make a line for Marissa Meyer, Oddly enough, several people had the same idea lol We started forming her line at 9:15...... and her signing was at 11! Luckily we were all nice and said we could take turns going to look around and grab things while the other stood in line! I was able to be #7 in line and I got to snag my most anticipated read of 2016!!!!!!

     TLA was really great and hopefully I'll be able to go when it's in San Antonio next year! (I'll be getting married in April 2017 so yeahhhh) I had so much fun! BEA in Chicago next month will be my next big book event and I can't wait to see what kind of fun that BEA brings! 
     I was also happy to give myself some tips after TLA for BEA. One, always bring a dolly suitcase and get it checked. Your body will thank you. And two, Chuck Taylor's, no matter how nice they are, do not count as comfortable shoes. There is no sole and your feet will be pounding later that day. And lastly, pack a lunch or something because otherwise you will be stuck eating the same sandwich days at a time if there is nothing else around and you don't want to leave the exhibits yet lol 

Here are the books I received that I was most excited about! 
(Add on to that Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch... It's missing from the picture because the fiance had already started reading it -__- lol) 

See anything you like?
Which book would you have wished for at TLA?