Friday, January 31, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Bibliotherapy!

What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you've used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend?

I use bibliotherapy all the time. I always read when I get upset. Sometimes I can stop my spiraling when my mind is constantly busy, so I always grab a book. As far as what books do I recommend? That's up to the person. However, I will say for me, if it moves too slow my mind tends to wander.

What about you?
Do you have any ideas?
Let me know in the comments! 


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

e-ARC, 368 pages           
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Published by: Wednesday Books
Read from: January 25-28, 2020
Stand-alone
Source: Publisher and Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher & Edelweiss in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW: N/A
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Social Media, Friendships, Sparkly Covers, Realistic Fiction, YA


     A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.
     Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
     Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
     All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
     As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I would need to get my contemp loving hands on this book! And I knew I would love it. And of course I did. And listen, this was one of the cutest books I've read in a long time. 
"But you could come down to Penn and visit me," she offers brightly. The idea would be tempting if I didn't have this Great Expectations essay and a whole slew of other great expectations to deal with."
1%
     The class clown and the valedictorian meet in a Twitter war for the ages over a grilled cheese sandwich. One feels like the other stole a sacred recipe and the other feels they they did no such thing, and they're duking it out on Twitter. In doing so, they find out so much more about the other and themselves.... And their parents. 
"But sometimes even shouting into a void feels better than just staring into it."
6%
     I LOVED this. I'm a sucker for a good rom-com, so this was right up my alley. And it most definitely was. There were times it made me literally laugh out loud. I snorted at a couple of the lines and got strange looks from co-workers. That's just how much I laughed. After finishing this, I went to find the author on Twitter, and you'll be happy to know, Lord is just as hilarious on Twitter as these two were.
"You know, for someone named Pepper, you're pretty salty about losing."
38%
     The romance in this one was ok, but I wish there was more of it. I mean since I shipped them the entire book. But we don't get the romance until the end. I know the point of this book is a Twitter war where they're going at it, but still. If there's anyone that can honestly say they shipped someone other than those two, I want to know what book they read because I somehow missed it lol 
"I feel like you've kind of been hiding because of it.  'Pepperoni, I'm the loudest person in our class. [...] Yeah. I think that's a version of hiding, sometimes."
58%
     The only thing I didn't care for was her Mom. I don't like saying this about Moms, but her was a JERK. This entire situation was SUPER PETTY. And you listened to your kids for everything else, but not for when she's telling you something important. It was such a stupid grudge and I really wanted to shake her and say "GROW UP" when it was revealed. I was hoping it was like they were related or something lol 
"It's weird how you can have no idea how far you've come until suddenly you can't find the way back."
86%
     I can't be the only one who was reminded of the Popeyes vs Chickfila war. I can't help but wonder if that's where this idea stemmed from? It seems like the weirdest thing to write a book over, but it actually worked. Like really worked. I can't wait to see what pop culture topic she'll write her next book on! 
"I think maybe you both need to understand that you're good at different things, and stop beating yourselves up about what you think you're not good at."
91%
     This was such a cute read that I just could not put down. I have been taking 5 and sometimes longer days to finish a 300 page book lately, but this one I blew through. It was an easy read, that was filled with humor, great characters, and amazing dessert recipe ideas. (Also, I need to find a way I can make the Monster Cake but Keto style lol) I hope everyone who reads this book loves it as much as I do. 
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WoW: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson



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!

Grown


     Korey Fields is dead.
     When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn't how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.
     Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.
     Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?
     All signs point to Enchanted.
     Award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery that exposes horrific secrets hiding in the limelight and the power of a young woman’s voice.

Expected Publication: September 15, 2020
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Why I'm Waiting:You mean besides the fact that this is a Tiffany D. Jackson book? Or that this cover is gorgeous? Well the synopsis sounds amazing. And I still haven't recovered from Monday's Not Coming, so this will be a good way to cope I think lol 

What about you? 
What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?
Let me know in the comments! 


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TTT: Book Cover Freebie!: Covers that remind me of what their cover color represents!

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 Book Cover Freebie!: 
Covers that remind me of what their majority cover color represents! 


I know that sounds like a mouthful, but you'll get what I mean! The part in the color explanation is what reminded me of those covers! 

Red, the color of blood and fire, is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, vigor, willpower, rage, anger, danger, malice, wrath, stress, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination.

One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)Girl, Unframed



Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness. The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.
You Say It FirstNow That I've Found You


The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Quartet, #3)The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2)


Yellow, the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness, has conflicting associations. On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit. 

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)Golden Arm


Green, the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street. The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance. 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Black is associated with power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil, and aggression, authority, rebellion, and sophistication. Black is required for all other colors to have depth and variation of hue.
All the Pretty Things


What about you?
Can you think of any other cover that might fit? 
Is this what you thought each color represented?
Let me know in the comments! 

All color explanations are found on https://www.bourncreative.com/


Monday, January 27, 2020

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

E-Audio, 09:09:21
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Release Date:  September 24, 2020
Published by: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read from: January 20-26, 2020
Stand-alone
Source: Library 
TW: Violence, Drug Use, Drinking, Racial microaggressions
For fans of: Contemporary, POC MC, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she’s in therapy. She can’t count the number of times she’s been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her “weird” outfits, and been told she’s not “really” black. Also, she’s spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there’s that, too.
     Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat—and it’s telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself?
     Life may be a never-ending hamster wheel of agony, but Morgan finds her crew of fellow outcasts, blasts music like there’s no tomorrow, discovers what being black means to her, and finally puts her mental health first. She decides that, no matter what, she will always be intense, ridiculous, passionate, and sometimes hilarious. After all, darkness doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Darkness is just real.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I don't feel that this book was FOR me, but I also kinda do. I wanted to DNF this, but I also couldn't stop listening because I knew how important it was to the African American community. I really hope this gets into the hands of those who need it. 
     Morgan is a 17 year old African American girl who's been having a hard time. She's tired of being teased for being the only Black person at sleepovers, being told she's not really Black, and a host of other things. She uses this time to find all the ways she can stay afloat.
     I can't believe I finished this one. I'm not a huge fan of drugs and alcohol in YA books because my uncle was on drugs most of my life. There was even a point in my life where he got my cousin taken away because of this. And to this day, reading this always triggers me. I think that's why I didn't run to this one. I think had I been reading this and not listening, I wouldn't have finished it. But because I I was able to speed it up and get past those scenes, I ended up finishing it. 
     The reason I finished this anyway is the mental health theme. In the Black community, mental health is something like a stigma. And most of our people don't even believe it's true. Parker clearly portrayed this in her story. I got a bit teary-eyed while reading this because I could relate. It hurt to listen, but it was still so real. 
     Morgan was also a big part of why I didn't stop reading this. I related to her so hard. In elementary I went to a Catholic school where I was the one of two Black people in my class. And then in high school I was in a relationship with someone outside my race. I was influenced by them, wearing Famous, and slip on Vans, and letting them do my make up with the wrong shades. I got told more than once I wasn't "really" Black. I felt for Morgan and wanted to show she was not alone. 
     As for the plot, I think this is why I didn't really care for this. It had too much going on at once. It seemed like there was nothing happening, and then, a bunch of things happen, and then nothing, and then a whole bunch of things at once again. I just wished she had spread some of the events out some. 
     This book wasn't something I was supposed to like, but I guess times are changing because I did. It wasn't my favorite, but it still had some good enough points that I had to make sure I didn't miss it. 
Overall, I give this


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #357 & 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:
Investigators

Thank you First Second

Wardens of EternityFractured Tide

Thank you Blink! 

Bought: 

From the Library: 
Cover image for Lifestyles of Gods and MonstersOne of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)
Shadowshaper Legacy (The Shadowshaper Cypher)


The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 01/21/19:  Top 10 TuesdayMost Recent Additions to my Bookshelf
Wednesday 01/22/20: Waiting on Wednesday:  Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Thursday 01/23/2020: No. Post.
Friday 01/24/20: Book Blogger Hop:  Strangers Talkin Books!
Saturday 01/25/19: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills



 Me on Instagram: 



This book was returned back to my library after being checked out in 1982! So wild (and so LATE!) 

What did you get this week? 
Anything that I did?
Find any books that you're interested in now? 
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

ARC, 323 pages           
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Published by: Henry Holt & Company
Read from: January 20-24, 2020
Companion Novel (Past Characters Mentioned)
Source: Publisher (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW: N/A
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Radio/Podcasts, Friendships, Sparkly Covers, YA


     When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.
     The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.
     The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval.
Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?
     With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I saw there was another book by Emma Mills coming out, I promptly added it to my TBR. Idk, maybe its because the last book by her I read was Famous in a Small Town and I LOVED that one, but this one just wasn't my favorite. 
"It's not our busines. Oaky. That's their business. 'When does someone else's business become your business?' 'It doesn't,' she had replied. 'Unless they choose to make it that way."
pg. 95
     Nina is coming up on her senior year, so she picks an elective that she thinks she may easily get away with: a radio broadcasting class. But, things start overwhelming her from the beginning. A friend whom she tried to get away from joins her group, the show's a mess, and there are rumors about the show that continue to spread. Paired with friendships and romances that Emma Mills brings to all her books. 
"...learning that people come in and out of your life, and that there are all kinds of levels od friendship, all different types. And maybe you'll make a friend, and you won't see them again, but it doesn't devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That's still valid, even if it wasn't built to last. It's not any less significant, you know?"
pg. 155
     The best thing about this book was the plot. It reminded me of another book I just read recently by Kasie West. I think with the addition of the special guests and showing some of the other groups, made it different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same story. And it was about two completely different things, but in both of them, the end result was the same: whether they'll be together or not at the end. 
"That would just make it even more about me and about making myself feel better. Maybe sometimes you just have to ride out the discomfort of your own guilt."
pg. 190-191
     However, I was not a fan of Nina. She seemed mean to everyone. And I know it was her awkwardness, but it still seemed rude. Towards the end I liked her a bit more because she didn't seem to act that way with everyone. Or maybe I just got used to her. Whatever the reason is, I think she was the reason I didn't really fall for this one. 
"Is doing a bad thing, for a good reason stil bad?" 'Sasha shrugged. 'Probably depends on the circumstances.' A smile. "Here's hoping not?'"
pg. 201
     This one wasn't my favorite, but I still love Emma Mills. I will continue to read whatever it is that she wants to put out. 
Overall, I give this


Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Strangers Talkin Books!

Do you talk to strangers about books? Especially when you see someone reading a book?

Yep. But I kind of HAVE to. I work at a library. People ask for readers advisories and if I've read XYZ or read anything by author ABC all the time. And for the most part, they're all strangers because I don't really keep track of people's faces and names. Unless they're regulars.

And also, I'm a blogger so for the most part ALL I do is talk to strangers about books.

Other than that, I don't really see strangers reading. I drive myself to work and I always read during my lunch hour in the break room. And when I'm off I'm at home or out and about running errands. Looking at it that way, I live a pretty boring life. But really, it's just like I like it. 

What about you?
Do you talk to strangers about books?
Any ways that match mine?
Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

WoW: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco



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!

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1)



     The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next blockbuster series, a dark, intoxicating tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a lush 19th century Italian backdrop.

     Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are strega - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
     Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn...

Published by: JIMMY Patterson
Expected Publication: September 15, 2020

Why I'm Waiting: At this point, I think its safe to say I will read ANYTHING Maniscalco writes. I don't care if it's her grocery list, if she is willing to share it with us, I will read it. And it just so happens that it also sounds amazing, with the 19th century Italian backdrop, the witches, the demon, the troubled romance! I NEEDS IT! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me? 
Have you heard of this? 
Do you LOVE this cover?
Let me know in the comments!