Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

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!


     Alexandria Prep is hacked in this exhilarating whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud—Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
     Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
     But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 
     Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 
     Sometimes we share too much.

Published by: Delacorte Press
Expected Publication: January 3, 2017

Why I'm waiting: If this isn't relevant to the world today, I don't know what is! Especially dealing with teens. Sometimes they do put too much information on-line. Hopefully with this book they will start being more conscience of what they post. 

What do you think of this new book?
Will you be waiting on this too? 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Guide with the Top 10 Things to Consider When Gifting Books!

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:
A Guide with the Top 10 Things to Consider When Gifting Books!

A small twist on today's topic, but I couldn't really come up with anything I wanted to really do, so I thought of this!

1. Think of what their favorite reading format is.: Hardcover, Paperback, E-books, or even audio!

2. If a series, consider what format they might already have.: My hubby bought me the HC of Isla but I had to paperback copies of Anna and Lola. I still have it, but I took it to my mom's house so I wouldn't have to look at it mismatched on my shelf lol 

3. Consider what they might already have: Especially if they read a lot. I once got a book that had come out the year before and I had read and loved it and had two copies of it already. I had to give it away! 

4. Consider what they like: My mom bought me the paperback of Scarlet because it has my blog in it. She knows I have the HC and the e-book and the ARC copy, but she also knows that's my favorite series and she knows I wouldn't mind having another copy! 

5. Consider what they don't like: In other words, don't buy something you think you'd like UNLESS y'all have the same reading tastes. (Disclaimer.... Amber and Cassi could buy me anything and I think I'd read it because they said so ha!) For example, I don't like most historical fiction, so please don't go there for me. Unless it's something like Wolf by Wolf and is alternate history, it's probably not for me. Ask my friends, I normally give them away lol 

6. Swag of their favorite things are normally good!: Some people don't collect swag, and that's ok, but most do and getting something for their favorite reads would be pretty cool. 

7. Find out what they already read: Maybe they check out a lot of things from the library or they're a blogger and they don't like re-reads. They might want their shelf space, so buying them something they've already read might not be the best thing. 

8. Find out what book store is their favorite: I know this seems stupid, but sometimes it can be a big deal to some. (Read that as ME lol) I'm a member at Barnes and Noble and getting me a gift card to there could be awesome. I don't pay for shipping and it comes in 2 days and it leave me more money on the gift card! I love it! If I get one to Amazon, I'd still pay for shipping, it'd be regular shipping, and I would have to use my entire gift card for it. 

9. Some books that reflect you (the gift giver) but still would be something they like is THE BEST:  I loved George and kept talking about it. It wasn't something my mom would normally read, but i could tell she was interested in it. I bought it for her and she read it in a day. I don't think she would have ever read it had I not bought it for her. 

10. Graphic Novels DO count as books: I have been begging my mom to buy me LumberJanes for a long time (I don't like her spending "big" money on me at Christmas) and she always says "Those are comic books. Don't you want a real book?" I keep having to tell her that those count and I really want to read them lol 

Now that I'm re-reading this, it seems like this is a Gift Giving Guide when buying for me! lmao But really, the best thing to do (when dealing with a blogger/vlogger) is to ask them specifics. My mom always tells me to go get it or she'll just give me a gift card lol

What would be things to consider when buying for you?!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Beyond the Book featuring: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This bookish feature is an original by me! I had the epiphany for this the other day when I was writing out my 15 bookish confessions. (See #7) A lot of times I like to go "beyond the book" and do something that will connect me with the book and characters a little more. It will pop up on Mondays! Be on the look out for which books caught my eye and made me go beyond just reading it! 


"Setting the towels aside, she picked through the curled, sugared lemon peels laid out on parchment and arranged them like rose blossoms on the tarts, settling each strip into the still-warm center. The aromas of sweet citrus and buttery, flaky crust curled beneath her nose.
She stepped back to admire her work."

     So y'all knew it was only a matter of time before I did a Beyond the Book on a Marissa Meyer book. I wanted to make sure that when I did it, it was just as perfect as she was. And with Heartless featuring all the desserts, I figured this would be the best book and would be best done during Thanksgiving! So, I connected Heartless and my family's Thanksgiving celebration! 
     Normally my mom does about 5 large lemon meringue pies, but this year I had been BEGGING her to make some tarts instead because DUH I just read Heartless and was craving them. But my mom said nope, you're making them and Thanksgiving would be the perfect time. 

     So, here's my adventure of making Cath's Lemon Tarts <3

1. First I made the inside of the tarts. This took the longest. We had to use a double broiler and sugar and milk at just the right temp. We started at 8 am! It looks like this because we were making the middle part right then.

2. While we were waiting on that to be made, we rolled a lot of lemons and made them really squishy and then used the juicer to get that much lemon juice out of it. (You can also use the little containers of juice that they sell, it's up to you!) We also threw the tart shells in the oven to make them a little brown.

3. Then we took the filling off the heat and started adding it to the tart shells.  

4. They were already looking good enough to eat, but we had one more step: THE MERINGUE! We made that out of sugar and egg whites and topped the lemon tarts with it. 

5. Next came the oven to brown the meringue a little and make it a little hard.


They were done and ready to eat! My entire family enjoyed them and I already want to make some more! (I normally like mine a little more brown, but my aunt complained last year I made them too dark lmao) 

(For the real recipe, go here: Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie. Just be sure to replace the PIE shell with TART shells)

So if you're like me and craving desserts after you read Heartless, take initiative and MAKE SOME! 

Have you ever had such a connection with a book that you had to go beyond just reading it? 
Join me on Mondays with Beyond the Book! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #199 & 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.

HeartlessFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Fire in You (Wait for You, #6)

(For whatever reason y copy of Fire in You came early and let me tell you, I am so surprised I have not yet read it! This is one of my favorite series and I'm sad it's almost coming to an end!)

Borrowed from the Library:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last DaysMs. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday 11/21/16: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Tuesday 11/22/16: Top 10 Bookish Things I'm Thankful for! 
Wednesday 11/23/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Killing Kate by Alex Lake
Thursday 11/24/2016: Happy Thanksgiving from Take Me Away! 
Friday 11/25/16: Follow Friday: Bookish Things I'm Thankful for! 
Saturday 11/05/16: Class Act- Module 13: Religion and Religious Issues!

Me on Instagram @take_me_awayyy:

This past week I was able to watch and participate in my first story time! I can't believe this is almost my responsibility! I'm already looking at picture books I want to use for my first one! 
This one was food themed for Thanksgiving, so we did songs and dances about food and then we made pies! 
(Funny side note, my mom thought it was a pizza lmao)

And this happened because the day before Thanksgiving I was at my mom's house. There was a storm that knocked out all the power and it just so happened I needed to charge my Nook and my phone. So because I couldn't do anything about it, I got out my pleasure reading and read some Ms. Marvel on the porch until the power came back on and I had to cook. Can't say I was disappointed in any of that tho! 

Hope y'all had a great week! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Class Act: Module 13- Religion and Religious Issues!

As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books!  One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews or features of what we have read! 


Does my Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Published by: Orchard Books
Book Summary:     
       When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth...
     Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.
     Can she handle the taunts of "towel head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

     This one was kind of hard to come up with a topic over, expecially since I only really know indepth about my own religion. So, for this one, I decided to give some awesome books recs!

DevotedPurityThis Side of Salvation

     The books shown here are awesome gems that I found and read or realized I wanted to read during this module. It ranges from Amish living to Quaker living to being sex concise in today's society as a teen. Having them all hit different subjects is what made me want to rec these. They were all written without having to force it and the religion in the book just flowed. This is what I loved most about them. I plan to read all of these soon, and you should too. Don't let the subject scare you off!  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Follow Friday: What I'm Thankful for!

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!

WHAT Are you mOst thankful for (in the blogging world)?
     This one is EASY!!! 
I'm thankful for authors who are absolutely amazing and always manage to stay humble! 

And most of all I'm thankful for wonderful blogger friends who make this so enjoyable! (#BEA16 I miss you!!!) 

What about you?!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Take Me Away!

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     Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! If not, I hope you still have an amazing day! Take this time to spend with your loved ones and remind them how important they are to you. Spend today counting your blessings to remind yourself what you're thankful for. And if at all you ever have any doubts, I'M THANKFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Killing Kate by Alex Lake

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!

Killing Kate

     A serial killer is stalking your home town.
     He has a type: all his victims look the same.
     And they all look like you.
     Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.
     It could, of course, be a simple coincidence.
     Or maybe not.
     She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer?
     Or is the truth something far more sinister?

Published by: Harper
Expected Publication: January 31, 2017

Why I'm waiting: I love thrillers and this one sounds right up my alley. And I can't wait for this one because I really want to know what their "type" is. And let's be honest, this situation would be one that is pretty scary. I can't see anything creeping me out more than looking like a chick that some disgusting person is going after. 

What do you think of this new book?
Will you be waiting on this too? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top 10 Bookish Things I'm Thankful For!

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 Bookish Things I'm Thankful For! 

1. All my bookish friends and family: There is no better feeling than having friends and family members who can fangirl over the same things I do. For instance, me and my mom have been reading the same things since Harry Potter and I can't be more grateful that she loves the written word just as much as me! 

2. I'm thankful for all the books: This is probably a stupid one, but I can't leave it out. I'm so thankful that in this dreadful time I have somewhere less dreadful to escape to. Unless of course, I'm reading a dystopian, but that's beside the point lol 

3. I'm thankful for my job: I can honestly say I am able to go to work and NOT hate my job. I have been there only two weeks and I'm already thinking about retiring with them! lol 

4. I'm thankful for the library: Ok 3 & 4 may be one in the same, but still not lol I have 3 (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT... 3!) different library cards and I can truthfully say I am actively using all 3 of them. I have 2 in the town I live in and 1 from the place where I'm from! I love all three libraries as well!

5. I'm thankful for publishers: I got some of the BEST bookmail today and I'm so thankful for it. I'm ready to binge read it as soon as I get out of school for the semester! (ICYMI: I got Wintersong for a Blog Tour and HOLY COW I HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY ANTICIPATING THAT BOOK!)

6. I'm thankful for bookish conferences: I went to two amazing ones this past year and I'm thankful I could go to them both. Not only did I get to do some new things (like eat Chicago Deep Dish!) but I also got some good books and met some even better bookish friends! (Hey Amber! Hey Jess! Hey Cassi! Miss y'all!)

7. I'm thankful for my favorite authors: You all are amazing and I know I could never write as good as you all, so I'm so gratefful that you all have written these ridiculously amazing worlds for me to lose myself in. 

8. I'm thankful for diverse books: Because I'm NOT the "default" and quite honestly I don't want to be. I'm so thankful to finally have SOME books that look like me.  

9. I'm thankful for expanding my reading horizons and being surprised by finding something that I love: I think this one is most important because I have rarely done this, but each time I've been pleasantly surprised by books I never thought I'd like. The most recent are for my adult class, The Martain (Adult Sci-Fi) and Moon Called (Adult Fantasy)!

10. I'm thankful for beautiful covers: This may sound dumb, but these are the reasons why I grab books and add them to my TBR. Many times I don't even read the synopsis if the cover is pretty enough. (*ahem*Flame in the Mist *ahem*) 

What bookish thing are you thankful for?
Did you find any of them on this list too?!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

ARC, 449 pages
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Read from: October 6-November 18, 2016
Source: Texas Library Association
For fans of: Re-tellings, Romance, Fantasy, YA 

     Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
     At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
     Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


     I have waited a long time to read this book. As my most anticipated book this year, I've been waiting to get to it for a very long time. So glad it didn't disappoint me. I was really happy with this one. 
"Romance. Passion. Love.'"
pg. 69
     Cath was loved in her home town. She seemed to be one of the most desired and then there was her extra-ordinary baking skills. But the frivolous baking meant nothing for someone meant for royalty. Cath is the "favorite" to have won the King's heart, but one night she meets someone she'd much rather love instead, Jest. What is a girl to do?
"Fascinating, isn't it, how often heroic and foolish turn out to be one and the same.'"
pg. 92
     Ok, let's start with the romance. Although I knew what this was called and I knew where this was going, I was still completely devastated. I wanted things to be so different for them.. Being honest I wanted something so different for Cath. I thought she was amazing and I was really rooting for her to live her dream. But hoping for these things made the ending so much harder to bear. I hated everyone in that book for what they did to her. 
"Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to.'"
pg. 257
     As for the rest of the characters, I didn't like any of them. Well, that's not true. I DID like them in the beginning. But at the end, there was absolutely no one that I liked. TO be honest, I can see why she was acting that way. I would have too. She had no support system and that's enough to drive anyone crazy. 
"She couldn't stand the idea of crushing her friend's dreams, not when she was still so new to dreaming.'"
pg. 264
     A for the rest of the book, I loved it. However,  there was a lull in the middle that I think could have been avoided if the book was a bit shorter. It wasn't boring, just seemed like it was nothing happening. But even with only "stuff and nonsense" Marissa Meyer made it interesting. I can say tha the lull in the middle was for the explosive ending. 
"Cling to your belief in your own innocence.'"
pg. 276
     I'm not personally a huge fan of Alice and Wonderland, but this one was written by my favorite author so I had to give it a try. Hopefully this will help me be more open to other Wonderland things no matter who wrote it. (i.e. the Alice in Zombieland series....) 
"They all think you're a villain.'"
pg. 346
     This book was so well written it still had me rooting for a different outcome. I really enjoyed reading this and wish I was getting a sequel that showed her after her wrath. I don't normally find myself rooting for villains, but this one definitely made me want to believe that things would change for her. Even still, I can see me remembering Cath for a long time to come. 
Overall, I give this