Tuesday, June 30, 2015

30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 6




Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 

Day 6: A Book That Makes You Sad 


Oh boy, this book. Let me preface this by telling you that I went on Goodreads a few minutes ago to get the link for the synopsis and I somehow got sucked into reading the quotes, and man was that a bad idea. I just spent the last ten minutes sobbing over the beautiful words. If just reading a couple quotes can do that to me then I imagine you can figure out why I chose this book for today's topic. I think a better phrasing would be that this book made me emotional because the amount of feelings I experienced was astronomical! Making Faces by Amy Harmon is one of the most BEAUTIFUL stories I have ever read. It is a book that tackles some very very hard topics such as terminal disability (in this case, MS), abusive relationships, war and PTSD, faith and religion, inner/outer beauty, disfigurement, and death, to name a few. But it is done so in the most gorgeous and inspiring way. I loved both Ambrose and Fern as characters and as a couple but Bailey stole the show for me. He never let his disability define him, nor did he feel pity for himself. I couldn't help but feel so inspired as I read about this amazing and beautiful human and his struggles. This novel also re-affirmed my belief that inner beauty is the most important part of any human being. We are often so caught up in seeing what is on the outside and judging others that we don't take the time to truly KNOW them and we might be missing out on some of the most INCREDIBLE people we may ever encounter. I know my words will never even come close to reflecting how much this book has impacted me but as I sat here typing this I cried the whole time. This book gave me the gift of FEELING and I will forever hold on to it. 

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“True beauty, the kind that doesn't fade or wash off, takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip the makes the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would otherwise never exist. And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can't see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can't contain it.” 

-Amy Harmon, Making Faces

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Monday, June 29, 2015

30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 5




Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 


 Day 5: A Book That Makes You Happy


There are literally hundreds of books that make me happy because reading in and of itself brings me so much joy. BUT seeing as I had to narrow it down to just ONE (who thought up this madness??!), I figured I would go with the first book I could think of that made me smile the whole way through and still makes me smile just thinking about it. That book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE this book! From the second I opened it up I knew it would be magical. I loved Cath as a character because in some ways I saw a lot of me in her, even though I didn't suffer from the same social anxieties she did, she was so easy to relate to. I loved that Rainbow was able to depict College life as so much more than just drugs, parties, and drinking. I loved that she wrote fan-fiction based on a book series that resembled Harry Potter, it brought back a lot of nostalgia! AND I LOVED Levi! OMG I could read thousands of pages just about him. Every time he made an appearance I just couldn't help but grin from ear to ear! I want a Levi in my life even if I have to settle for being just friends because I think he would make everyone's life a little brighter! Even though this book does deal with darker issues such as abandonment and mental illness, it does so in a lighthearted and approachable way. Everything Rainbow writes is GOLD and this was no exception! <3

P.S. I am DYING for Carry On to come out on October 6th!!! I need it like yesterday! 

Let me know some books that make you happy! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 4




Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 

Day 4: Favorite Book Of Your Favorite Series


This might come as a bit of a shock to you. Heck, it is even a bit shocking for me! When I was first reading this series I always regarded Prisoner of Azkaban as my favorite of the lot and this remained so for many years after. A couple months ago I decided to re-read the series and I absolutely fell in LOVE with The Chamber of Secrets! It was as if I was reading it and experiencing it for the first time ever! I guess in the past few years I had gotten used to the movie adaptation and I did not realize how much stuff happens in the book! It was amazing and I can't wait to re-read it again! I only have made my way up to the 4th book in my latest re-read so it can change again but as of now this is my favorite! <3 

What's your favorite Harry Potter book and why?! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Haul: Mostly Bargain Books!

Hey everyone! I thought I'd share a couple of books I have picked up this month! I haven't really bought a lot of books compared to other months and actually the majority of them have been bargained priced, so I don't feel guilty! :)

Me and my co-worker/friend decided to do a little book shopping on our day off a week or two back and I scored 5 books and 2 bookmarks from that trip! The first stop we made was a second hand local bookstore that a lot of people here have been telling me about for months. Confession time: I don't really EVER shop at used bookstores. I like my books to be in mint condition and sadly most used books end up being a little beat up. :( But I decided to give this place a shot since so many people love it. To tell you the truth I was a bit disappointed. Not only WERE the majority of the books in bad conditions but they were so EXPENSIVE for being used! I went looking in the YA and MG section first and almost all paperbacks were $8 and hardbacks $14. I get that this IS cheaper than buying them at say B&N but I could get all those books for the same price or cheaper on Amazon or Bookoutlet so I couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a copy I wasn't going to be happy with.

I did manage to snag two books and a bookmark there though, so it wasn't all bad!

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The first book I managed to snag was the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket! I bought the first one, The Bad Beginning, from Bookoutlet earlier this year for like $2.99 but I hadn't been able to find the second one anywhere for less than $10. I found a copy in PERFECT condition (minus a stupid sticker) for $6.50! I was so excited about this find! I know at this rate it will take me forever to get all the books in the series but I must stay strong! 

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The second book I found was Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella! I had to dig through about 15 copies of this before I found one in perfect condition but this one was only $1.99! I actually got the edition with the white cover, which I must say I much prefer. I am ashamed to say I have never read a Sophie Kinsella book but I DID watch the movie adaptation of this one before I knew it was a series and really loved it! Can't wait to give this a read! 

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After leaving the second hand bookstore we headed to B&N. I had decided I only wanted to look in the bargain section because I didn't have much money to spend and wanted to get a few books not just one. I managed to find THREE bargain books, all for about $5 each! The best part is they were all books I had really been wanting to read. 

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The first book I spotted as soon as I got to the bargain section was this BEAUTY, You by Caroline Kepnes. I heard about this book over on Lindsey Rey's Booktube channel and instantly wanted to read it. Okay, no, I lie. I debated on this one for a while but simply because I am the biggest chicken you will ever meet and I get so easily freaked out. This book is not only from the perspective of a stalker which is a big fear of mine but it is also told in second person, making you feel as if he really is stalking you, the reader. I will have to put my fears aside and give it a read cause Lindsey made it sound so amazing! 

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The second book I found at B&N was The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski. I have heard many good things about this series and even though I am not 100% sure about the premise for the book I am excited to go into it pretty blind. also, I don't know what it is but I LOVE this cover! I find myself just staring at it whenever I see it!

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Easy by Tammara Webber is another New Adult book that I have heard AMAZING things about. I don't know all the details about it, nor do I want to but it sounds like an amazing story about love, relationships, and healing. Need to read this one SOON! 

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The last book I hauled this month was Zodiac by Romina Russell. I actually ordered this one off of Amazon one day when my boyfriend was placing an order. Hehe, sneaky! :D I am super excited about this one as well. I think the concept of using the astrological signs is so unique and creative and I can't wait to see what she does with it. Plus I have been craving a good Sci-fi story! 

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These are the two ADORABLE bookmarks I got this month! I am a bit obsessed with bookmarks and have quite a bit. I might make a post in the future, solely dedicated to them...hmmm maybe a series...anyways, the mustache one I got at B&N for about $4 dollars and I had been wanting it for quite a bit so I decided to treat myself. The Dr. Seuss one I got at the second hand shop for 50 cents! I am a big fan of his books and I thought not only was it cute but it had a great quote on it!

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Okay, that's all for this month's haul! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what books you picked up this month! I'm off to watch some Booktube videos but I will leave you with this Jessie J song because I was listening to her all her songs while writing this post! Gosh I love her! :)














30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 3




Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 

Day 3: Your Favorite Series


Is this a cop-out? Maybe...BUT it is true! Harry Potter has always been and will forever be my favorite book series of all time! I consider myself so lucky to have grown up WITH the books. It wasn't just about reading them. It was about the release parties, the midnight premiers for the movies, the dressing up, going on MuggleNet and reading the crazy theories about the upcoming books, signing up for websites where you could take "actual" classes like you would at Hogwarts. It was about throwing a Harry Potter themed party with your friends and playing Scene It while making Butter Beer and eating Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and "Cauldron Cakes." It was about being proud of what House you were sorted into (Hufflepuff!) and representing it with every possible merchandise possible. It was about LIVING the book. Harry Potter will always hold a magical feeling that no other book series will ever be able to replace. 

Let me know if Harry Potter meant a lot to you as well or any other series you consider a favorite! 



Friday, June 26, 2015

The BFF Book Tag



Hey guys! Today I thought I'd do a really fun tag that was created by Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner! All of you should go check out and follow her blog because she is awesome and has great posts! :) Also, as much as I would love to take credit for the gorgeous banner, I did borrow it from Chantal's blog. It was created and designed by her talented boyfriend, James Fenney. So if you do the tag and decide to use it please make sure to mention it! :)

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1. Setting the Example: A pair/group of book bff's that you love 


My Choice: Harry, Ron, and Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Must I really give a reasoning behind this one??? They are just the perfect trio! I loved all three so much right from book one and continued to do so throughout the rest of the series. They really WERE willing to do anything for one another and that is something that is rare nowadays. 

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2. Childhood Bestie: Which book character would you have liked to grow up with?


My Choice: Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I really wish this was a real life possibility! I loved Cath as a character and I could relate to her on so many levels. I think we would have had so much fun growing up together and I think our friendship would have lasted long into adulthood! 

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3. Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?


My Choice: Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This one was really hard to choose because I am actually not a very competitive person at all, especially among friends. So I decided to instead go with someone I would be "frenemies" with because I would find myself being annoyed by things they did even though I loved them. One person I automatically thought of was Gansey! I know that I would love him and being around him, as well as listening to him talk BUT at the same time I know that a lot of the things he did would irritate me like crazy! 

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4. Fashion Guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you'd want to raid or would you want to go on a shopping spree with?


My Choice: Alyssa from Slintered by A.G. Howard

If you know me you'll know that I don't really have a distinct style, I mean I can dress-up from time to time but it's not anything that screams JUDITH! What I loved about Alyssa's style is that it was all her own. It was funky and whimsical and she rocked it! I would love to go on a shopping spree with her and try on all sorts of new things! I always admire people who manage to have unique and fun wardrobes. <3

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5. The Bad Influence: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (go skinny dipping with, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with, etc.)


My Choice: Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This one was probably the easiest question to answer! The second I saw this question I knew it would have to be Rose. Actually to be honest I would probably do anything Rose decided to do! I have only read the first three books of the series but she is still one of my all time favorite characters EVER. I love her sass and humor and also her loyalty and sense of duty. She would not only show me a good time but probably be able to get us out of it just as easy. :) 

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6. Blood Brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want)


My Choice: Kenji from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This guy is simply HILARIOUS! He is a big part of why I love this series so much. But better yet he was a great friend and confidant to Juliette and I loved their relationship. It illustrated a beautiful friendship between people of the opposite sex that did NOT lead to more! I want my own Kenji! 

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7. Mother Hen: Which character would you want to be by your side when you're having a bad day to cheer you up? 


My Choice: Christa from This Weakness For You by Wendy Sparrow

If you've read my review of this book then you know that Christa is one of my favorite heroines ever! She cracks me up so much and even though she has a disability she is such a strong character. I think not only would she make me laugh on a hard day but she would also give me the strength I need to get through it! <3

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8. The Counselor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?


My Choice: Mayor Marsha from The Fools Gold Series by Susan Mallery

Okay, if anyone has read this series they know that Mayor Marsha is pretty old...like 70+ years old...so why did I pick her? She literally knows EVERYTHING! You can't keep a secret from her and she has ways of setting people up without them even figuring it out! SO, why not confide in someone who is going to find out your secret ANYWAYS? Also, she has set up so many amazing couples that why wouldn't I go to her for relationship advice??!!

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9. More Than Friends: Who would be your book bf/gf? (If you like both genders you can choose one of each, but only one choice per gender!)


My Choice: Lord Maccon from Soulless by Gail Carriger

OMG OMG OMG!!! What can I say sabot my love for Lord Maccon that is coherent enough fo this post?? hdfjhsdfugsfs! Yup, that about sums it up. In all seriousness, I fell for this man from the tine he was introduced! I don't know what it was but there was something so alluring and SEXY about him that literally had me fanning myself at times. I think it was partially thanks to his banter and the fact that he was a werewolf! I just love how he is a gentleman mixed in with some animal instinct. ;) 

BTW this is who I was picturing as him the whole time: 


My other GORGEOUS werewolf love from Lost Girl! Now, don't go telling me how he resembles nothing about Lord Maccon! SHH! Let me enjoy my book (and show) boyfriend! <3 

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10. Tag Some Book Buddies! 

I am finishing this up on my phone and can't really look up blogs right now, I tag ALL of you!!! 
I will come back sometime this week and tag a couple of specific people but everyone is welcomed to do it! If you do, let me know so I can go read all of YOUR fun responses! 





















30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 2




Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 

Day 2: A Book That You've Read More Than 3 Times


Let me start off by saying that I have read over 20 of Susan's books and most of those at least twice! She is one of my all time favorite authors and definitely my favorite romance author by far! BUT Only Yours has to be my number one favorite book by her! I have read this book 4 times so far...well read twice and listened to on audiobook twice. This one just tugs at my heart strings in all the right ways. I loved both of the main characters so much and thought they balanced each other out so WELL! Montana had so much passion for what she did and for helping others and her need to find a calling resonated with me a lot. Simon had so much depth to him and I thought that it was great to read about a hero who was scarred and not just on his body but also his face. I also loved HIS passion for his work with burn victims and for his patients. The side story with Kalinda was also amazing and made me tear up on multiple occasions! I recommend this book times a million! Well heck I recommend ANY of her books! 

I am patiently waiting for Kiss Me, the 17th book in the Fools Gold Series to come out on June 30th!!! Then I will be unavailable for a couple hours while I binge read it...yes, please! 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 1




Day 1: The Best Book You Read This Year

Hey Guys! Since I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to writing and posting, I decided that a 30 day challenge such as this one may be a great way to keep me posting consistently. BUT if I somehow miss a day or post it late I am not stressing out about it. Blogging is something I enjoy but it is NOT a chore so I don't want to treat it as one. I hope you all understand! :) I came across this challenge thanks to Chantal over at CK's Reading Corner. Go check out her blog btw because she is awesome! She came across it on Aya's blog Books Wide Open, another lovely blogger whom you should check out! We aren't really sure where it originated from or who created it but if you do happen to know PLEASE let me know so we can give the person credit! 


It's only Day 1 and already I am having a very difficult time choosing! I have so many books I LOVE that picking only one for these challenges is going to be torture...for this one I decided to take out any books that were re-reads and solely focus on new reads. Even though I have several AMAZING reads this year so far, I decided to go with Unhinged by A.G. Howard! Now let me point out that I DID also read Splintered, which is the first book in the series. I also thought this one was amazing, hence why I continued to the sequel. BUT multiply how much I loved Splintered by a million and you get Unhinged! I was simply ENTHRALLED by this book from start to finish! It had me freaking out and biting my nails because it was literally full of action, one thing after another!!! It is so creepy and magical and weird in the BEST possible way! And there has yet to be a love triangle that I am okay with but but but guys this one just works for me! I am so torn between the characters because all of them have so much depth! This book can be summed up as PURE DELECTABLE MAGICAL AWESOMENESS!!! 

I have to confess that I haven't read the third book, Ensnared, because I LOVE this series SO much! How does that make sense, you ask? I can't bear to part with this series and I am waiting for the perfect day when I will dedicate all day to DEVOURING it! Also, can we just talk about the covers? They are spectacular!!! <3 <3 <3 




Review: Love In Touch by Lucy May Lennox

Tittle: Love In Touch
Author: Lucy May Lennox
Series: N/A
Pages: 252
Format: E-Book
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

"Kassie has felt adrift ever since her dad died when she was in college. Now 24 and living in Seattle, she gets interested in learning sign language through her roommate, a sign language interpreter. One day at a Deaf community event, she sees a young man sitting off by himself. Kassie feels compelled to try signing to him–the fact that he’s strikingly handsome doesn’t hurt.

Jake has been deaf and blind since birth. His disability has cut him off from the world, but beneath his isolated exterior, is a smart, sweet guy with a dry sense of humor. Despite the odds, he’s highly educated, but at 26, he’s gotten stuck in a rut, with few friends and no clear career plans. Until a sweet-smelling girl introduces herself to him unexpectedly, and opens up a whole new world to him.

Jake is more intelligent, more genuine than anyone she has met before, and for the first time Kassie starts to feel like her life has some direction. But as their friendship deepens into something more, the difficulty in communicating with each other only grows, and it seems like everyone they know thinks their relationship won’t work. How can they come to a deeper understanding of each other, and find a future together?" ~Goodreads

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love this book and consider it to be one of my all time favorite books. I wish that every single person would read this book and love it as much as I do BUT I am aware this might not be everyone's cup of tea. One of the saddest things for me is when people go into a book expecting one thing only to be disappointed because it turned out to be different. SO before I tell you why this book is amazing, I want to tell you what this book is NOT:


  • This book is not "action" packed. There are no car chases or explosions.
  • This book is not drama filled. Even though this book is technically a New Adult, it does not have all the typical drama and angst that a lot do. Of course, there are moments of tension but nothing over the top, in my opinion. 
  • This book is not fast paced. Rather it is a slow burning fire of warmth. I have read this book 4 times and each time I have read it in one sitting so it is not a slow read by any means, but go in expecting to savor the loveliness of everyday interactions. 


Okay, enough of that. Let's move on to why I LOVE this book!!

Ah, what can I say? I have thought about writing this review so many times but lack coherent words to express my feelings about this book. SO I figured I would just babble on in the hopes that you might get something out of it. 

Kassie meets Jake at a Deafblind meet-up that she attends with her roommate. Although she is not very proficient in Sign-Language she attempt to communicate with Jake by tracing the letters on his palm. This first meeting goes poorly as both of them have trouble communicating since Jake, having been born Deafblind is also not very proficient in Sign-Language. His Intervener (a person who works one-on-one with someone who is deafblind) informs her that he actually communicates using the Deafblind Manual Alphabet. After that meeting, Kassie goes home and practices the alphabet and ends up using it during the next meeting. The communication is still slow but not stagnant. Jake ends up getting her e-mail and they begin to message each other frequently and begin to form a relationship. The rest of the story illustrates their relationship, the struggles they face in regards to family, friends and themselves, and the love and joy they bring into each-others lives. 

The first thing that drew me into this story was the fact that Jake was Deafblind. I had read a few books with a deaf main character and one or two with one who was blind but having a main character who was both opened up my eyes to a whole new world. This book gave a voice and face to a group who doesn't often get to be in the spotlight. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting anyone who is Deafblind so I can't vouch for how authentic the portrayal is, but it felt very genuine. The author, Lucy, didn't try to romanticize it or to downplay it. We saw the struggles and hardships Jake faced but she also made Jake a strong character who didn't sit around wishing he was someone else. He realized his weaknesses and worked on them and on becoming even stronger and more self-sufficient. I loved that Kassie at times was doubtful about how a relationship between them would work because it made it more realistic. I also loved that she wanted to help him become more self-sufficient. She acknowledged his limitations but wasn't willing to not push him to strive for more. 

This book was so abundant with love and understanding. I am so used to books now a days being filled with unrequited love, or the bad boy-good girl trope, or any of the other million dramatic and often exaggerated struggles that couples face in New Adult and contemporary books that it was SO refreshing to see a couple who's primary struggle was a real life disability. I thought their relationship was so sweet and I loved their time together. Everything from Kassie teaching Jake to cook to their interactions at the meetups. I appreciated the intimacy of their conversations. It wasn't about expressions or spoken words but about communicating through touch and feeling. Jake always pointed out that you could tell a lot about a person through their hands and it made me appreciate the subtleties of communication. Even though I have now read this book  4 times I get filled with such joy and warmth when I even think about this story and these characters. Lucy could write a book of their day to day lives and I would read it in a heartbeat. It is one of those rare books that focuses on the characters without much frill and jazz, yet it sucks you in and enchants you. 

I have a hard time expressing how much this book means to me (as is probably evident by this review) because it touched me in a place deep in my heart and my soul. It made me cherish the blessings I have been given and it made me strive to live my life to my full abilities. I had been trying to teach myself some sign-language and braille as well but after reading this book I realized I also wanted to learn the Deafblind manual alphabet because that would open doors to communicating with a whole new group of people. Communication is a big thing for me. It is the reason why I love learning languages and why I want to become an Interpreter. Communication bridges gaps between people of all cultures, religions, sexual orientation and all walks of life. And what a wonderful gift Lucy gave me by providing me with a whole new means of achieving communication that I wasn't even aware of before. I did teach myself the Deafblind manual alphabet after reading Love In Touch and even though I am far from being fast or proficient in it, I keep practicing. 

Here is a picture illustrating the basics of the Deafblind Manual Alphabet for anyone out there interested in learning! 


Overall, this book is a lovely illustrator of so much of what is beautiful and important in life. I hope that if my inadequate review sparks your interest in reading this book that you will get even a 1/4 of what I did out of it. Thank you, Lucy. <3

Let me know what books have changed your views on life or have opened your eyes to new experiences! 






 

Friday, June 12, 2015

I Spy On My Little Shelf (#1)

So I wanted a way to share with you guys the books on my shelves, both read and unread. I thought about the "On My Shelf" Tag but I didn't want to deal with numbers and keeping track of which I did show before and so on so I figured I would just start at the top of my shelves and show you a couple every week and then just keep going in that order. I'll share a picture and talk a little about either what I thought about it or why I picked it up. I'm excited!!!

NOTE: My shelf for the most part is organized in alphabetical order. I have however accumulated a few books since said organization that are sitting on the shelf and are not in any order.

This week's books are:

Tittle: After
Author: Anna Todd
Series: After (#1)
Pages: 582
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

I first heard about this book on April's Booktube channel and was intrigued. From what I have heard it is supposed to be somewhat of a Harry Styles fan-fiction. Now, I am not really a fan of One Direction. I do enjoy some of their songs but not enough to really care about reading a Harry fan-fic. So why did I pick this up? I really loved April's review of it and she made me want to give it a chance and it sounds like there is a lot more to it. I haven't read it yet and am not sure when I will pick it up since it seems it will be a bit on the darker side, but I am looking forward to it!

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Tittle: The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Series: N/A
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Spiritual

A couple years back I went over to a friend's house and she shoved two Mitch Albom books in my hand as soon as I told her I had never read any of his works. Those two were: The Five People You Meet In Heaven and For One More Day. I was instantly in love with his writing and his story telling abilities. I recently picked this one up and once more I was floored by the beauty of his words and the effect they had on me. The thing is I don't hold the same religious views that he writes about but he has this amazing ability to pull me in and make me feel and believe every word he says. NOTE: I also own The First Phone Call From Heaven but I haven't read this one yet since I want to keep at least one of his books on hand for when I need it! I will continue to read all his books!

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Tittle: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World (#1)
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Time Travel

From the moment I read the synopsis for this one I knew that I wanted to read it as some point! Come on, Time Travel, "the fabrics of reality," secrets, and lies?? Yes, Please! I picked up both this one and the sequel, Altered, from Bookoutlet a couple months back and can't wait to dive right it!


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Tittle: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Series: Little Women (#1)
Pages: 528
Format: Leather Bound
Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction

I have heard AMAZING things about this book from EVERYONE! It is many people's favorite classic and I am ashamed to say that I have never read it! :( I do however own TWO copies...I bought the first one on Bookoutlet because it was like 3 dollars when they were having a big sale BUT then I saw this gorgeous Leather Bound edition at Barnes & Noble and just had to have it! It is gorgeous and I did start reading the first few chapters and really enjoyed the writing style but at the time I wasn't in the mood for something so long since I was in a slump. I do have to pick this one up soon to see if I love it as much as everyone else!

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Tittle: Enclave
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland (#1)
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia

This just sounds like a great fast-paced series! I think the only thing that has kept me from starting it already is that some people classify it as Horror and if anyone knows me they know I am the biggest chicken ever! I don't think it will be too bad, I just need to suck it up and read the series! I really have no excuse considering I also own, Outpost and Horde, the last two books in the series. Let me know if you have read this one and on a scale of 1 to 10 how scary it is??!

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Tittle: The One And Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: Patricia Castelao
Series: N/A
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book! From the cover to the illustrations, from the writing to the message. I read this book and cried several times I must admit. I am a huge lover of animals and to see the conditions Ivan and the other animals were in, broke my heart. I loved the relationship they all had thought and I loved seeing things from their eyes. Sometimes we forget that they feel just as much as we do. I LOVED the ending! I would recommend everyone to pick this book up and read it with your child. If you like me don't have kids then just read it for yourself. It will open your eyes and teach you a thing or two.

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Well, that's it for this go around! I hope you enjoy this new segment on the blog! Let me know your thoughts on any of these books and if I should pick any of these up RIGHT away.









Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Hello, I Love You



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating! 


Tittle: Hello, I Love You
Author: Katie M. Stout
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary

"A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process." ~Goodreads

Now I am cheating a bit with this one because it came out yesterday, June 9th. BUT to MY defense seeing as I don't have it AND I may not be able to get my hands on it for a while, I think it is fair for me to say I am anxiously waiting for it. Right? Right!

Now, the second I heard the synopsis for this book I was super stocked! It sounds like a K-Drama in book version! Some of you may not know but I went through a period a couple years back where I was all about Korea. I only watched Korean TV shows, only listened to K-Pop, taught myself a good bit of Korean AND even took a trip there! Not to mention I was in love with like EVERY K-Pop idol! (Although T.O.P. will forever hold a special place in my heart!) So how can I resist a book about a girl who goes to Korea and falls in love with a K-Pop idol??? HOW???!! The answer is I cannot. Hopefully I will be able to make some magic happen and pick up this book quite soon. 

In the meantime, I leave you with this beauty:



Hope you enjoyed my fangirling! 

Let me know below what books you are looking forward to! <3










Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: This Weakness For You by Wendy Sparrow

Tittle: This Weakness For You
Author: Wendy Sparrow
Series: Taming The Pack (#2)
Pages: 343
Format: E-Book
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

She's exactly what he wants to sink his teeth into...

Jordan Hill is his pack's Alpha. The Big Bad Wolf. And after his last breakup, he's opting to be the lone wolf, too. But then his rival's little sister—a human, of all creatures—comes to his door. And suddenly, what should be a tasty little snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine...

Christa Hansen is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Besides, in the unforgiving, shadowed world of shifters, there is no room for weakness. And falling for her family's enemy won't just be her downfall... it will be his, too ~Goodreads

WARNING: This review may be excessively long and full of gushing and at times may not make much sense because I seem to not know how to put into words my love for it. You have been warned...

PLOT

This is one of the first books ever that I picked up that featured werewolves as prominent characters. I had read a few books, such as Twilight, that had werewolves in it but not any where the focus was on them. I can safely say that as of now werewolves are my favorite paranormal beings to read about and I attribute that to how much I LOVED this book!

To start off, I absolutely loved how Wendy portrayed werewolves, or Lycans, as they are most often referred to in the book. They weren't portrayed as monsters or beings with no control. They were humans who carried the Lycan gene and even thought they did have abilities such as an amazing sense of smell they were like you and me in many ways. I loved the pack dynamics as well. They were a family. A group who took care of each other and were willing to go above and beyond for those around them. I loved their acceptance of Christa and their reassurance that she was no less because of her "weaknesses."

Let me tell you, even though this book can be said to be a romance it is jam packed with action! There is so much going on between the potential of poachers attacking and the mystery of the attack on Travis's pack. The mystery of it all had me at the edge of my seat. Even though I expected something big to happen I did not expect the events to unfold as they did and was pretty anxious and creeped out in a couple parts.  (NOTE: It wasn't necessarily scary in a horror/monster way but more so in a suspenseful /serial killer way. IF that makes any sense at all!) During the last few pages where everything is playing out  I was definitely holding my breath until it was over because I wanted everything to go according to plan. The ending definitely did not disappoint and  it was incredible to see everyone come together for a common goal. Everyone was so selfless and willing to fight for what was right and to do so with pride.

CHARACTERS

Christa: Oh boy, I can say SO much about Christa! Probably one of my all time favorite characters EVER! Christa is our main character and she happens to have Multiple Sclerosis. Can we talk about how amazing it is for Wendy to create a character who has MS, she created a heroine and a voice for many who often don't get to shine in books. Wendy also didn't try to romanticize her illness or try to make it seem like it was no big deal like so many pieces of literature do. Often times you have a main character who has a disability that is mentioned but never explored. Throughout the book we see the effects of MS on Christa. We see how weak she can get, her excessive need to sleep and rest, her difficulty with even driving sometimes. The second time she encounters Jordan we even see her collapse. I appreciated the realness Wendy brought to the character. We didn't simply forget that Christa has MS because in her everyday life it was impossible for her to forget or ignore it herself.

But by NO means was Christa consumed by her illness. Christa is such a strong and intelligent heroine. Even though she understood the limitations of her illness she didn't let it define her or dictate her actions. She is also one of the most HILARIOUS characters ever! These are just some of my favorite lines from her:

"She'd smell things on Vanessa's behalf and tell Dane it was good and done--things had been smelled"

"It's because I ate the last three marshmallows. How the hell was I to know that marshmallows are sacred? There should have been a sign. 'Keep out, Christa, if you value your life.'"

"Does this place have a cellar?" "Yes," he said slowly, drawing it out. "Why?" Because his wife was in it. It was occupied."

"Well, I wasn't going to hand him measurements and a map to accomplish it if that's what you're worried about. I didn't look for that long." 

"He's going to give me a complex," Christa said. "He just Stares at my face like I'm an alien race and if he takes his eyes off me, I'll mutate and suck out his eyeballs."

Christa was such a determined character as well. When Jordan tries to dissuade her from wanting to pursue a relationship with him she goes off on him and lets him know basically that even though he can make his choice to not be with her it is also HER choice whether she wants to pursue the relationship or not.

"Okay, you go be an adult--and I guess that makes me a child, even though I graduated from college magna cum laude three years ago, so thank you for that. You choose to do whatever you want to...but as stupid and outrageous as it is, I felt something for you from the first moment--from when you walked in that hospital room with those balloons. I keep trying to figure out what the hell forever smells like because that's what my brain keeps smelling whenever I'm around you. So maybe you're my scent match too--maybe it's not just a Lycan thing. Maybe you're the only person I'll be compatible with for the rest of my life, but you've got a glorious pity party going, and I'm just going to leave you to that, because along with treating me like a child, you think you know what'll make me happy better than I would, and I guess I don't deserve the chance to choose." 

Christa is an all around great character. She is someone who I saw myself in, someone I could relate to and look up to. She is someone I would love to be best friends with and someone I could learn a lot from. I loved her bravery and strength. Also, her determination. She was not only willing to think outside the box but she had the intelligence to execute smart plans. If it wasn't for her I don't think the events could have turned out the way they did. OKAY, OKAY...I will stop gushing about Christa and move on!

Jordan: Jordan was a great main character as well! He was sexy and tough and kick-ass and just the right amount of Alpha. Even though he was the Alpha of his pack and he commanded authority and respect he still turned into a big teddy bear when it came to Christa. I loved seeing his struggle with giving up power and changing his mentality for Christa. It was very real because often times when we are alone for a long time we forget how to give up that piece of ourselves to another. I loved how he worried about Christa and her health but at the same acknowledged her strength and determination. He never saw her as someone weak or as a burden he would have to care for. I also loved the fact that in the end he could admit he was wrong and give credit where credit was due. Something hard for most people to do but something even harder for an Alpha.

Dane & Vanessa: These two are a hoot! Dane is Christa's brother and Vanessa is his wife who also happens to be Lycan. They are so crazy about each other but also always arguing and they make such a good duo. The first book in this series, Past My Defenses, is the story of this lovely pair. You can definitely enjoy this story without reading the first one but if you want more hilarity then pick up that one as well!

OVERALL

There is not much more I can say that would sum up my love for this book and it's characters. The romance was sweet and funny and the action was intense and nail-biting. I have already re-read this book twice and I know that I will be re-reading it for years to come. If you want a fun, hilarious, sweet, action-packed and intelligent read then definitely pick this one up! Also, follow Wendy on twitter! She is amazing and uber sweet!

NOTE: Although this is a romance there is no explicit sex scenes. So if that makes you uncomfortable or usually makes you steer clear from romance books then pick this one up because sex is not a focus of this novel by any means.