March 2016 Wrap Up

Total Books: 14
Average Rating:

WHAT?! I thought last month’s 9 books was insane. I can’t believe I read 14 books this month. My goodreads goal for 2016 was 25 books and with the books I read in March, I’ve already reached that goal.

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson ~
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ~
  • Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino ~
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover ~
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover ~ 
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn ~ 
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell ~ 
  • Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (re-read) ~ 
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han ~ 
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WWW Wednesday – March 30

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

the summer i turned pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

It’s cute so far. I really love Jenny Han’s writing so I’m excited to finally read this trilogy.

What did you recently finish reading?

finding cinderella

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

To be honest this short little novella killed me.


 

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever — ruined — unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

This was a nice, fast read and all… but something that I would’ve enjoyed more back when I was in middle school. One of those cases where the movie is better.


 

kindred spirits

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

I’m so glad I was able to actually get a copy of this! Rainbow Rowell is one of those authors that I will buy anything she writes. This little novella that she wrote for World Book Day was so cute and I definitely wish it was a full-length novel!


 

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Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

This was a re-read… which I am definitely glad I read again. I remembered exactly 0% of this book. Like I was starting to wonder if I ever read it in the first place back when it was first released.

What do you think you’ll read next?

its not summer without you

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

I’ll most likely be reading this next unless the library gets my ILL copy of one of Renee Carlino’s books in.

Leave a comment letting me know what you’re reading this week!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – March 29

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

  1. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
  3. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  4. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
  5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  6. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  7. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (it was a re-read though does that count?)
  8. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
  9. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  10. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Did you give 5 stars to any of these books?

WWW Wednesday – March 23

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

finding cinderella

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

What did you recently finish reading?

maybe notMaybe Not by Colleen Hoover

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


hopelessHopeless by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.


losing hopeLosing Hope by Colleen Hoover

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I just don’t know! Obviously there’s a pattern here involving Colleen Hoover but I think I only have 2 (?) more of her books to read and I’m not ready for that yet so…

Leave a comment letting me know what you’re reading this week!

Musing Mondays – 3/21/2016

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Musing Mondays is hosted Books And A Beat, where a certain question is asked every week. This week’s question: Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?

My answer: It’s not often that I watch the adaptation before reading the book but here are some examples:

  • City of Bones – I can’t remember if I watched the movie first or if I read the book first? But I know that I like the movie and the tv show much better than I liked the book. I even read the book twice just to see if maybe I was in a reading slump the first time around but nope. It’s just not for me.
  • Game of Thrones – The book is good yeah. But possibly just a bit too much high fantasy for me to read.
  • The Last Song – After this I realized that Nicholas Sparks books just are not my thing. The movies? Absolutely amazing. The books? Nahh..
  • The Walking Dead – I tried getting through the first graphic novel and just couldn’t. It seemed too different to the show and I very much love the show so it was too weird seeing my favorite characters in such a different way.

 

WWW Wednesday – March 16

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

maybe not

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

What did you recently finish reading?

 

ugly love

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


 

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It really depends on how I feel about Maybe Not. I was incredibly upset with Maybe Someday so if I hate Maybe Not then I’ll probably draw a title out of my tbr jar. If I like it, I’ll most likely read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.

What are you reading this week?

 

Review – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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maybe someday.jpgTitle: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Originally Published: March 18, 2014

Format: Paperback

Pages: 367

Rating: ★★☆ (2/5 stars)

Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

This is such a disappointing read. Especially since I’ve been devouring CoHo novels this past month. It was just filled with terrible irony and was honestly a bit offensive.

First off, I couldn’t stand the characters. Sydney was just one big pity party and always blaming everyone else for everything that went wrong. Ridge never seemed to think twice about his actions until karma came back around and hit him.

I couldn’t care less about the romance in this book. I had zero desire to see these two together. The entire story starts out with Sydney finding out that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she keeps saying how she will “never be that girl that some guy cheats on his girlfriend with”. AND YET that is the ENTIRE FREAKING STORYLINE. Ridge has a girlfriend and Sydney ends up being THAT GIRL anyways. The whole thing seemed like a way to excuse cheating – like ‘maybe cheating is okay sometimes you know when you realllyyyy love that person’. Sorry but no. No no no. Neither of these characters should have let it go on until Ridge ended his relationship with his girlfriend.

Even after his relationship ended – not by his choice btw – it didn’t seem like they should be together. Their relationship felt too fueled by how forbidden it was for them to be together in the first place. Plus, Ridge is deaf and Sydney didn’t bother to even try to learn sign language until months later. Like probably half a year after they met each other. That doesn’t feel like love to me.

And then the bits of offensiveness that very nearly made me give up on this book halfway through. 1. Sydney compared kissing a girl in high school as disgusting and “one of her flaws” and 2. the over usage of the word “transvestite” in derogatory context. If this was written 10 years ago, I may have forgiven that since I haven’t seen anything like this in her other books so far. But this was written in 2014 – just 2 years ago. This is definitely going to make me wary going into other CoHo books.

I’m still going to be reading the novella that goes with this since it’s about Warren and Bridgette – the only couple in this book that I actually liked.