Summer Reading List (You Tell Me)

Well, helllooooooo there.

I know it’s been a while. Like, a long, long while. Alas, college will do that to a girl. But now that summer is here, I’m excited to get back to blogging! And reviewing!

But what to read, what to read? During the semester, I have so little time to read (besides 7oo pounds of pre-1900s literature, of course), and so it’s easy to get really behind the current trends. That’s why I’m asking for help.

Tell me what books I should have on my summer reading list! What’s your favorite book of the year? What new releases are you most excited about? What books should I be pumped for? Let me know; I’ll love you forever!

Thanks, and hopefully I’ll be back with an actual blog post soon enough!

A Party in the Pages

It’s New Year’s Day! That means new resolutions, new starts, and new opportunities. And New Year’s Eve means champagne and watching the huge ball drop in NY, and maybe a little partying. So, if you’re looking for the fun from last night to continue in the comfort of your own bed, then there’s plenty of books out there that will keep the festivities rolling. Here’s my top five choices (in no particular order).

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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What party list would be legitimate without The Great Gatsby? It reminds me of that T-shirt: “Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because a Gatsby party don’t stop until at least two people are dead and everyone is disillusioned with the Jazz Age as a whole.” The truth. But in the meantime, a glass of gin, a thick blanket, and this book can’t hurt…can it?

2. Party Princess (The Princess Diaries VII) by Meg Cabot

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Otherwise known as one of the most awkward party scenes that I’ve had the good fortune of reading, because Mia’s nerves are just so painfully tangible, and you sympathize with her so much, and gah. But still–a party!

3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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This is one of my favorite Austen novels because it’s so fun, quirky, and charming. The protagonist, Catherine, is naive and gullible enough to create chaos, but sweet and innocent enough so that you can’t really blame her, can you? Anyways, like most of Austen’s novels, there’s always a ball or two involved, with lush descriptions of ball gowns and dances that will make you wish you lived in the 18th century (well, until you realize that things back then really sucked for anyone who wasn’t a white, land-owning male.)

4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

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Each and every one of these books is as fun and lively as a proper party should be, but ignoring that there’s also plenty of actual gigs and concerts and dancing in the books–and in a couple of the books Georgia and her crew will actually teach you some moves. (HOOOORRRRRRNNNN)

5. Dollface by Renee Rosen

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Another novel set in the 1920s, Dollface is a indulgent historical novel that features lots of jazz, and lots of bourbon. Follow in the footsteps of Vera Abramowitz as she enjoys the new, exciting life that she’s wedged herself into. Exciting, and dangerous. Because both of the men hooked on her are mobsters. Rival ones, too, and with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre looming on the horizon, nobody is safe.

It’s raining in my city right now, and even though it’s mid-afternoon I’m feeling very lazy and lethargic, so I think the best plan of action will be to make myself some hot chocolate, sneak a cookie upstairs and get reading one of these. A good start to the new year? Heck, yeah!

What are your favorite ‘party’ books? What do you think of my choices? What are your New Year’s goals? Let me know in the comments! 

Winter Wishes (To Be Read List)

My Winter To Be Read List 🙂

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Whoah. Dude, it feels like just last week that I was creating my Fall TBR list, and now it’s already time for the winter one? That’s crazy! But with December right around the weekend, I have to face the fact that fall has slipped through my fingers. My favorite season! Gone! Luckily winter is my second favorite season, but I still feel the need to point out that this isn’t a race, time. You can sit back and chill occasionally, you know?

Anyways, before creating my new TBR list, I went back and counted how many of my fall books I actually managed to get my hands on. And I did not do so well. Like, I did not read many of them at all. At all. I’m so disappointed that I won’t even tell you how many I read. *singing softly: one is the loneliest number…* Although, if I’m being honest, most of the times my TBR list fades away into random book choosing, unless I have reason to reaaaaally buy the book (example: I’ve read and loved other books from the author, the plot has me shivering with anticipation). That said, I’m not sure why I bother creating TBR lists since I never follow them…but I do like making them! And maybe this winter will be different. With that said: My Winter Wishes.

*Oh, by the way. I say Winter Wishes because I want to read them this winter. But most of these books are not new, because I’m behind with the times, guys. If you have your eye on any books that are actually coming out this winter, tell me about them! Please.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Ugh. Don’t judge me. I know. I know. Everyone and their grandma’s incredibly smart Yorkshire Terrier have read this book by now. And if you asked me why I haven’t, then I’d reply like this: because blksdl;gkfsldg. Gah, I mean, I love the Mortal Instruments series. Or, at least, I really liked the books while I was reading them. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve read them that too many details have slipped out of my mind, and so before I read the final installment I need to read all of them again. And I just keep putting it off, and off, and off, and NO MORE. It stops this winter! There is no book series that cannot be conquered via a freezing, drizzly weekend stuck at home with nothing but hot chocolate and blankets. That is my motto, and I’m sticking to it.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book seems like it would be a gorgeous read. Like, I can already tell that the prose will be meaningful and beautiful and thoughtful. Well, technically I really don’t know what it will be like, but every time I walk by this book in a store, I think to myself I bet that book is really good and then I just keep walking and I never, ever even pick it up. So, hopefully that changes this winter.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Because I read American Gods over the summer, and it was superb. Just excellent. It’s now on my favorite’s shelf, and I’m in that state of mind right now where I wish I wasn’t thousands of miles from home right now, because I miss my bookshelves. (You know, along with my family and friends…you’re important too, guys!) I’ve had the intense craving to read American Gods, the Book Thief, and the complete Harry Potter series over the past week, but I don’t have a library card in England yet, and I refuse to buy the books again knowing that they’re all waiting for me at home, and so I’m just slowly withering away. Luckily, I do happen to have a copy of Stardust with me over here, so since I can’t read American Gods, I might as well read a different work of Gaiman’s.

4. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden

I came across this book while idly browsing through the up-and-comings on Barnes and Noble’s online website, and it was the only one out of a dozen or so that got me thinking I wish this was out right now. Here’s a quote from the summary: “But one day, her youngest cousin makes a discovery: a wardrobe, filled with all the mirrors missing from the big house. And through the mirrors, a different world – one in which you can find not what you most wish for, but perhaps what you most need.” I don’t know what it is, exactly, that’s got me so anxious to read this book. It’s just a feeling. In any case, it goes on sale December 9th, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to see if it really is as great as I think it will be.

5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I already know all the spoilers for this book, and that does not stop me from wanting to read it. In fact, it’s probably the reason why I want to read it. Because if it weren’t for the twist ending than I probably wouldn’t have been compelled to read it in the first place. But now. Oh, now…now I want to see how the author sets this thing up like she does. Plus, the rave reviews don’t hurt. I’d tell you more about the book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so you’ll have just to read it right alongside with me.

So, those are the books that I’m in the mood for right now. What are your winter wishes? Tell me about them in the comments below!

 

 

Vacation in Volumes

So, if you’ve seen a couple of my past blog posts, you’ll know that I am currently on vacation. My family and I are taking a two-week sojourn in the beautiful state of Michigan, traveling from one city to the next with exhausting velocity. Today we took an eight mile kayaking trip on a river whose name I’m too lazy to spell, and now I’m chilling in the hotel room for a moment before grabbing a cup of coffee. Anyways, since we’ve been traveling from place to place so much, I’ve had a lot of time to read. And knowing that I’d have a lot of time to read, I brought a fair amount of books (not counting those on my iPad). I always bring books in different genres to fit my possible moods. This post is kind of like a book haul post, but just vacation-y themed, since I already bought most of these books and have been just waiting for a time to read them!

1. More Than This by Patrick Ness (The Dystopian) 

I got a free copy of this from a library contest about a year ago, but somehow never got around to reading it. I finished it the other day, though, and it was a lot more interesting than I honestly thought it would be. I was a little bit confused to as where it was going first, but before long I was fully hooked.

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2.Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (The Fantasy) 

I got this book from Barnes and Nobles a while ago, but it became hidden on my shelf over the months, and I just never got to it. I’ve started it on this trip, and so far, am liking what I’m seeing. Only about a hundred pages in, though, (and this book is massive), so I can’t judge yet. I think this one has the prettiest cover of all the ones I brought, though, so even though you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it didn’t hurt when I picked it out.

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3. So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams (The Science Fiction with Humor) 

This is the fourth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I just had to bring at least one of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books. So Long won by luck of the draw. And by draw I mean I was running late and picked up the first one I saw and crammed it into my book bag. I also brought the guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so I could read up on some fun facts!

4. Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler (The Romance) 

See my past review for what I thought about this one. It was not good things. Not good things. But…an easy read for a vacation.

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5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Classic) 

This was one of my dad’s favorites, and it looks adventure-y, which I thought was good for an adventure-y vacation. Hopefully I’ll get to read this one soon, maybe while on the way to Mackinac Island. Then I would just smile with satisfaction every time I compared the two islands because I’m that kind of person.

6. Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer (Another Fantasy, but with a very different feel) 

I love Artemis Fowl, and every time I go somewhere I cannot resist bringing at least one book that I’ve read at least ten times. It’s like how some people bring their favorite pillows or their most worn-in stuffed animals. I always need at least one book that is like an old friend to me, and this book was that one.

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I’m also reading a few books like Gone with the Wind and Anna Karenina on my iPad, but those ones above are the only physical books I brought. I’ll probably have read them all by the time I finish the week out, and so if you have any suggestions, I’m stopping by a bookstore soon and would love to have them! Also, what are your favorite books to bring on vacation? Do you usually prefer a certain genre over another while on the go? Let me know in the comments! As always, thanks for stopping by!