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ABC Book Challenge |A|

Hi, bookworms! We saw this challenge on a few different blogs and thought it looked like a fun, regular post that we could add to our ever going list of weekly posts. So here’s how it works –  each week we’re going to post a letter of the alphabet (starting with A obviously) and we’re going to list our most memorable books and books still hanging out on our TBR list associated with the corresponding letter.

This week’s post we’re going to start with the letter – A.

Most Memorable Books

Amanda:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – One of my all-time favorite series and all of the books work for the letter A. I reviewed the whole series, you can find my review for this first book here.

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle – I read this incredible series around Christmas time and I still think about them all the time. It was such a detailed and well thought out story.

Antonia:

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – This is one of my favorites of his (that’s a lie, they’re pretty much all tied). It’s so funny and quirky and I just love Colin so much.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – One of my all-time favorite series, with such a bittersweet ending. This is the first book that ever made me cry hysterically.

Books Still On My TBR 

Amanda:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – The third book in this series came out recently, so I’m planning to reread the whole series.

Antonia:

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is part of The Covenant series which I’ve been wanting to finish reading for a few years now.

These are our picks for the letter A! What books with the letter A are most memorable for you? Which ones haven’t managed to get from your TBR list to your ‘read’ pile?

Thanks for reading!

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Beach/Pool Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week is top ten books to read by the pool/ at the beach OR it can also serve as your summer TBR. I’m going to be doing a combination of both because I’ve recently gone a little book crazy and ordered some new books so my TBR list grew by about thirty books (whoops). It’s also the perfect time of year for some of my favorite beach/pool reads so I’m going to list the books that are on my TBR that I would consider to be beach reads for me. Here is my list, in the order of my excitement to read them.

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1. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser – This is one of the books that is on its way to me after my recent buying spree. The description of this book sounds super interesting. One of those books you have to read in one sitting.
2. The Summer Children by Dot Hutchison – This thriller is one I’ve been waiting for it to come out for what feels like forever. I’m super excited to read this. I love a good thriller on the beach, getting lost in the sound of the waves and the excitement of the story.
3. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins – I read this book years ago. But I don’t know where it went. So I bought it again and it should be arriving sometime this week. I love anything written by Ellen Hopkins so when I saw this during the book sale (where I went buying crazy) I had to get it. I got a few other books by her as well.
4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for almost six months. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Every time I read the back I think, “wow this sounds good, why haven’t I read this yet?” So hopefully I’ll read it while I’m lounging around my aunt’s pool this summer.
5. A Voyage of Founders by Bella Forrest – This is season eight of the Shade of Vampire series. I don’t know what it is about these books, but I just can’t put them down. I’m waiting to read this one by the pool or at the beach, but in reality, I could read it anywhere at any time.
6. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld – Afterworlds will be a reread for me. You can check out my review for this book here. I loved this book, but when I first read it I had gotten it from the library. So I recently bought it at the book sale I keep mentioning. So I’m excited to reread it because I remember how much I liked it.
7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – This is another reread as well as another library find. I bought this on my Kindle before my husband and I moved (drove) across the country. I didn’t end up reading it while we were in the car, but I do want to read it soon.
8. Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts – Another buy from the book sale. I know I’ve read this trilogy, but I don’t remember what it was about. I could have made this list of beach/pool reads out of JUST Nora Robert’s books so I thought I’d include one that I already own that I know I’m going to read soon(ish).
9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – I bought this book (and the second) on my Kindle, again before moving across the country. I didn’t end up reading it, but it’s still high on my list.
10. Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich – I wouldn’t be Amanda if I didn’t include this on my beach/pool reads list. I can read any of Evanovich’s books by the water. They’re the perfect beach reads, lighthearted and funny. It doesn’t matter which book in the series you pick, they will all have you smiling and laughing to yourself.

This is my top ten for this week! What’s yours?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Summary:
Believing is dangerous. Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it’s really happening-her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she’s living in New York City, where she’s welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means books tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won’t leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending…all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love-with another writer.
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie’s not alone in her new calling-she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that…believing is dangerous.

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Review:
So yesterday I made my first trip to my new local library since I moved her three months ago. I’ve been reading all the new books I’ve bought and rereading all the books I brought with me and I finally finished everything on my book shelf. So it was the perfect time for an adventure to the library. I’m glad I did because I picked up three new books which will all be reviewed here in the near future.
The first book I got was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. He’s an author I’ve read quite a bit of and I’ve liked everything I’ve read by him. When I read the description I was very intrigued. A book about a teenage girl successfully writing and publishing a book, who wouldn’t love that? And when I learned that we would get to read about our main character while also reading the story she wrote, I knew I had to read it.
I loved following Darcy as she came up into the publishing world. As someone who would love to be a successful published author one day, she was really awesome to read about. I loved learning more about the publishing world. Reading about Darcy’s struggle to make her editor happy by changing different parts of her story was really interesting to me because I know what the struggle of writing and not being happy with parts and rewriting. I liked Darcy. She was very unsure of herself for a lot of this book, while she knew what she wanted, she didn’t seem to have much confidence in herself. She was always second guessing herself, always wondering if her book was really that good, if she’s made the right choices. While I understand being eighteen and unsure of what to do with my life, I feel like she should have had more faith in herself, after all, she’s in the process of getting a book published at the age of eighteen. That’s pretty impressive. I loved all of the friends Darcy made once she moved to New York City. Imogen was definitely my favorite. I loved their blossoming relationship, but again, if Darcy would have been a little more confident the couple would have avoided more than one major blowout. But to be fair, every relationship has ups and downs, it wouldn’t be realistic if they didn’t fight a little bit. The rest of Darcy’s friends were awesome, they added a bit of hilarity to the story. I loved them all. I think I loved Darcy’s younger sister the most. At fourteen she’s a firecracker. She always has something witty to say and she’s Darcy’s biggest supporter. I loved how close these two were. Their love for one another was very clear and I really enjoyed their relationship.
Now, Darcy’s story was told in alternating chapters and I can’t decide which story I liked better. I loved being able to read the finished story as Darcy learned what she needed to change and how she was going to do that. Her story about Lizzie was fascinating, and very unique. I don’t know where to start. The story was gripping, every chapter change I almost just skipped to the next one to find out what happened next in Lizzie’s life. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. But I loved Lizzie’s story just as much as Darcy’s.
I really enjoyed this book. It took me less than a day to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down. Scott Westerfeld has outdone himself yet again. I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read. So go buy it, or get it from the library like I did.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.