Sunday, December 9, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #298 & 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.

From the Netgalley/ Edelweiss/ Publishers:

I don't know what I did to deserve this S&S, but THANK YOU! Also, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House. I hadn't heard of this last one until you all emailed it to me at work and I haven't been able to stop thinking about the synopsis ever since! Can't wait to read it!

29 DatesCorpse & Crown (Cadaver & Queen, #2)

Thank you to Inkyard Press for both of these reads! I started 29 Dates right away! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 12/04/18: Top Ten Cozy/Wintry Reads!
Wednesday 12/05/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Friday 12/07/18: Book Blogger Hop:  Same ol' same? Something fresh and new?
 Saturday 12/08/18: Book to Movie Review: Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Me on Instagram

After living in an apartment all my adult life, I finally put up me and my hub's tree... In our new home. I'm still in awe and shock. And I may or may not have cried when I put it up......

I got two presents in at work this past week! I got another monitor that has proven to be vey helpful with scheduling and things like that. And then I got in a tote from Penguin Classroom that I all but groveled for at NCTE. It was for a certain event that I didn't go to, but I was told to email someone the week after. I was so happy to get one and I thank them immensely for it. (I wanted it so bad because I'm a librarian, I'm a reader, AND my favorite animals are penguins! This tote is the TRUTH and I'm super happy that they were able to find an extra and send it on! Thank you Penguin! 

What about you?
What went on at your blog this week? 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book to Movie Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min. 
Release Date: December 7, 2018

Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. (From IMDb)


       I first fell in love with Dumplin when I read the book about 3 years ago. It was some of the easiest 5 stars I remember giving that year. And now with this movie, I'm sure it'll be more of the same. 
     Willowdean is a plus sized teen who actually happens to be the daughter of a former beauty queen. Willowdean signs up for a pageant just to spite her mom, as a form of protest. But when others also decide to join her, she finds this revolution is bigger than just her. 
     I thought I loved the book, but holy crap I loved this movie too. The acting was ON. POINT. Danielle McDonald was a perfect cast for Willowdean and Jennifer Aniston really did an awesome job as her mother, Rosie. But I have to say, my favorite character was Maddie Baillio, or Millie. I know this was about Willowdean, but everytime she was on camera my eyes went to her. I found myself laughing/ crying the most when she was in the scene. Everyone's acting in this movie was superb and they most certainly brought the book to the screen!
       Just like with a book, I know I liked a movie when I experience multiple emotions while watching it. And this was most certainly the case with this one. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and all of them within minutes of each other at some points. Even knowing how it would end, I found myself not being able to look away from the screen! It made me want to go back and read the book again. (And now seems like the perfect time since I need to read Puddin too!)
       And lastly, because she mentioned it on Twitter already.... Yes, Julie Murphy does have a cameo. And it is super cute. I combed the background of the entire movie and thought either I had missed her or she didn't have one. And well, there she was. All I'll say is what she said "Watch the entire movie." If you've watched it already and missed her, I paused it and took a picture lol I will send it to you if you tell me how to reach you! I had to save it to show my mom. (I book pushed Dumplin to her when it first came out. She works nights and ended up watching the movie before I did on Friday at midnight) She is no good with faces, but knows the names of the authors almost as much as me. 
       For anyone nervous about whether or not this did justice to the book, it most certainly did. A book that I loved, turned into a movie that I also loved. I can't say which one I enjoyed most. I don't think I've ever said that about a book to movie before. Definitely something I know for sure I'll be watching again..... And again. So happy for you Julie Murphy. They (and you of course) knocked this one out of the park. 
Overall, I give this

Have you watched it yet?
Do you plan on watching it?


Friday, December 7, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Same ol' same? Something fresh and new?

Do you tend to visit the same blogs each week but also try to look for new blogs?   

The short answer to this question: I like visiting all new blogs. I love getting different content and seeing what all you creative types come up with! 

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     The long winded answer: I actually owe Twitter for my blog surfing now. I am not really a fan of only being able to follow all blogs since I'm on Blogger, so I always ask for people to leave their links in my comments or send me their links on Twitter. I also seem to look for people who post them freely. It helped out my traffic ALOT, so I can only guess it does the same for others too. Especially when there's the feature where you can schedule it and it goes up by itself. 

So basically, when I say leave me your links (whether on Twitter or in my blog posts) leave them! I will go check them out! Probably not right away, but I will get to them eventually! 

What about you?!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

ARC, 323 pages
Release Date: November 27,2018
Published by: Disney- Hyperion
Read from: November 27-December 5, 2018
Source: TLA
For fans of: Foodies, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .
      Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
      Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
     Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
      Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.


       After my love for Prince in Disguise last year, I was so ready to read this one! I was hoping this one would be just the same but set in Paris. And although it was very cute, I think my expectations were expecting another Prince and not letting Love be its own story. 
"It was Dad who taught Henry to eat, and then to cook. Because you have to know how to eat before you can know how to cook."
pg. 3
     Henry's under alot of pressure from his mom. Rosie seems like the other head of household since her dad is gone. Both of them have taken solace in the kitchen. They go to a school in Paris run by a chef they both love. They struggle to stay on top of their grades for their academics, with their cooking with a professor who is terrible, and their feelings for each other. 
"Henry had never seen her hair down before. It tumbled almost to her waist, curling softly, like a Disney princess."
pg. 113
     Although this was cute, it wasn't my favorite. I could have used more swoons. It seems like they spent most of the book mad at each other or in competition when they were could have been kissing. I didn't need them to be together, but I just wanted more swooning or more dates that actually worked. When they finally did get to the swooning parts, it was only for the last 30 or so pages. It seemed like she was canoodling more with someone else. 
"Math is easy. Medium rare is hard."
pg. 153
     As for the characters, I really liked Henry but I didn't care for Henry. He was under a lot of pressure, but he didn't think that all his friends might be too and he kept blaming them for everything. It made me mad that he kept jumping to conclusions, but all people (no matter what age) do this. Especially when it comes to relationships. And because of this it made this book more realistic. 
"Potatoes are never a problem."
pg. 233
     Lastly, I hate that they changed the cover (and everyone else I've seen has been upset about this too, so why did they do it?!) because I thought the old one depicted this book more than the new one. I get that it may be more appealing than the cartoon-y one, but its just not as cute. Had they matched the cute in this one I would have been ok with the change. 
"Let's deal with the big issue first. Food is more important than love." "Food is love.."
pg. 278
     It wasn't Prince in Disguise, but it was really cute in its own way. It definitely made me hungry and craving all desserts, but it also made me crave Strohm's words. I can't wait to see what else she has in store.
Overall, I give this


The original cover looked like this

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WoW: Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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!

Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent, #3)

     It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novel 
     Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve. 
     Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past. 
       Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself.

Expected Publication: January 29, 2019
Published by: Avon

Why I'm Waiting: I loved this series from the very first book.  And just knowing who this one is about makes me even more excited to read it. I really hope Rosie can tame Devlin because he's always been my least favorite of the 3 brothers. Also, with her being a Ghost Hunter and all the myths that follow the de Vincent brothers, this seems like it's going to be a really fun book! 

What about you? 
Will you be waiting on this with me? 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top 10 Cozy/ Wintry Reads!

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 Cozy/ Wintry Reads!

To me, a cozy/wintery read is anything that makes the reader feel warm and fuzzy while they're reading it, anything that has a bit of a holiday spin on it, and anything with a winter setting! 

Together at MidnightTop Elf
Prince in DisguiseShiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
The Anatomical Shape of a HeartMy New Crush Gave to Me
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
I'll Meet You ThereThe Sun Is Also a Star

What about you?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Published by: Graphix
Read from: December 2, 2018
Source: Library
TW:  Addiction
For fans of: Graphic Novels, Memoirs, YA

    Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn't know his father's name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddo traces Krosoczka's search for his father, his difficult interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist.
      To date, nearly one million people have viewed Krosoczka's TED Talk about his experience. Artwork from his childhood and teen years will be incorporated into the original illustrations for the book.


     I'm not normally one to go for memoirs, but this one being a National Book Award finalist caught my eye. And although this is someone's memoir, I can see readers of fiction, non-fiction and those that like memoirs exclusively fans of this book.  
     Jarrett went through many changes as he grew up. Dealing with his mom's addiction, things were constantly changing, where he lived, who she brought home, etc. But the only things that remained constant all those years was his love of drawing and his grandparents. 
     As I read this I realized why I didn't always read memoirs..... They tug at your heart strings. And man this one is no different. Many of you don't know this, but I don't really like books about drug addictions because I had a family member who had a "monkey on his back," (what he called it) for a very long time. Almost all my childhood. It's normally hard for me to see teens struggling with their parent's addiction because it still gives me bad feelings of my own experience with my uncle. But this, although it was a bit hard to read, I liked that this story was more about Jarrett and how he felt vs only about her and her addiction. It opened my eyes to what a real memoir can do. 
     As for the art, I really loved it. As per usual with me and graphic novels, I had to go back and look at the art again after I finished reading the book because I found myself concentrating mostly on the words. And let me just say, going back to study the art more in-depth is a fabulous idea. Krosoczka has a real talent and I'm glad he's finally able to share it with the world. Also, throughout the book there is some of his original work from when he was growing up, and I think that's awesome. Seeing his progression was phenomenal. 
     I loved this powerful and moving memoir. Even the Author's Note had me a little misty eyed. It was so very sad, but so good. I hope more people read this and keep watching him. Krosoczka is one to watch! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #297 & 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.

From the Library:
Hey, Kiddo

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)Snow in Love

From Publishers/Netgalley/Edelweiss: 
The Raven's Tale
Teen Titans: Raven

And two adult titles I may or my not have startled my husband from all my shouting at my computer when I found out I got them 🤷‍♀️

From NCTE: 

These are the reads I kept for myself that I got from NCTE!
-Glimmer of Hope by March for Our Lives
-Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
-The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
-Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
-Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte 
-Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
-A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson
-Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
-Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena
-Lovely War by Julie Berry
-On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
-The Storm Crow by  Kalyn Josephson
-Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

I got alot more that I've added to my prize shelf at work, and so far they've loved them! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up: 

Monday 11/26/18: No Post. 
Tuesday 11/27/18: Top Ten Platonic Relationships in Books! 
Wednesday 11/28/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Friday 11/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Wishing for First Editions......

Me on Instagram: 

This photo was taken while I was on my way back from my holiday trip with my hubs. I posted this because I was wondering if anyone else can read and ride or if for some reason they can't. So far, the results are 50/50. Let me know if you guys can or not! I'm really interested in the results!