WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda: I’m currently about to start reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. The newest book in the series recently came out so I’m re-reading the first two before I start on the third.

Antonia: I’m reading Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda: I just finished Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, so expect a review on that soon.

Antonia: I recently read Towering by Alex Flinn. She’s one of my favorites and I just had to buy Towering when it came out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda: Depending on how into Clockwork Prince I get I’ll read Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare next. But I might let myself get distracted with either The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey or The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Antonia: I’ll probably read Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts, another new book I’ve picked up.

What have you been reading?

-Amanda and Antonia.

Call Me Irresistible – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Summary:
Lucy Jorik’s the daughter of a former U.S. President…
Meg Koranda’s the offspring of legends…
One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible- Ted Beaudine- the favorite son of Wynette, Texas…
The other is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.
Meg knows breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, but no one else agrees. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg’s the most hated woman in town-and stuck there with a dead car, and empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, without her famous parents watching her back, Meg believes she can survive by her own wits. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? She’ll lose her heart to Mr. Irresistible?
Not likely. Not likely at all.

Review:
I recently went to the bookstore after getting my first paycheck from my new job. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my auto buy authors and I saw that she had a new book out, The Great Escape. I thought it sounded really good, then I realized it was a sequel of sorts. So I found the first, Call Me Irresistible, where I proceeded to call my dad and make him look at my bookshelves to see if I already owned it. When we decided that I didn’t own it I just had to buy it, I just couldn’t not. So here I am, after spending my entire shift at work finishing this book, this is what I thought of Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Call Me Irresistible.
I spent most of my time laughing while reading this book. I love books that can make me crack up and look like a maniac if I’m reading in public and this was definitely one of those. The story line kept me interested, the characters were hilarious, and there were some parts that I didn’t expect.
I love books that can make me laugh, which is the main reason I read Phillip’s books. This was a typical love story, I knew who was going to fall in love in the first chapter. There were parts that I didn’t expect, which was a pleasant surprise. Generally, lovey romancey novels like this are completely predictable. So I absolutely loved the fact that there were parts I didn’t guess. Something else I liked about this book is that it took place in small town Texas, so I kind of got a glimpse at what life down there is like. Yes, I know it’s a fiction story. But I don’t live somewhere that’s even remotely like Texas. It was a perspective I enjoyed.
My favorite part to talk about, the characters. Meg Koranda was someone I’d probably be friends with in real life. She’s funny, obnoxious, honest, stubborn, and a lot like my group of friends. Meg was put through a ridiculous amount of completely unnecessary bullshit while she was in Wynette, Texas. She handled herself better than I would have. She has almost too much pride which sometimes made things more complicated for her. I found Meg to be a very admirable female lead. Next comes Wynette’s beloved Ted, who Meg’s best friend Lucy left at the altar. Ted was a really hard character for me to figure out. One page I’d think I had him down, but then he’d go do something crazy and prove me wrong. It took me a while before I started to actually like Ted. He was kind of an asshole at Meg towards the beginning of the book. But he started being nicer, funnier, and sarcastic and I fell for him right along with Meg. Everyone else that lived in town aren’t important enough to be mentioned individually. But I would like to add that I thought they treated Meg very unfairly when she first came to Wynette, but I’m glad they eventually let their grudges go and let her be happy with Ted. The townspeople definitely added more hilarity to the story.
I’d recommend this book to anyone that likes a good romance novel or a book that will make you laugh. This is absolutely both of those things.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Before Blogging Favorites


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks Top Ten is favorite books before I became a blogger. These are my Top Ten favorites. There in no particular order. Let me know what you think.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – Looking for Alaska has been my favorite book for almost four years now. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. You’ll actually be getting a review on this book in the near future.

2. The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen – I can’t even explain in words how much I love this book. The Ugly Duckling is the book that pulled me into the reading obsessed world. It was suspenseful and full of action which I’ve come to expect from Johansen. Reading this gave me a thrill that never went away.

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – I’m putting this on my list of favorites because when I finally decided to read this series I immediately fell in love. I don’t usually read fantasy type books but this book sucked me in so quickly. I didn’t out it down until I was finished.

4. Identical by Ellen Hopkins – The first time I read this book I was a mess by the time I finished. This book shocked me, made me think. I couldn’t put it down. I love everything about this book. You should too.

5. The Next Always by Nora Roberts – The Inn Boonsboro books are a fantastic read. The first is my favorite because, basically, Claire. I fell in love with Claire and her three boys and her bookstore very quickly. Read this book now.

6. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey – I’ve read this book a few times and it’s on my favorites list because the truth of this story blew me away. The powerfulness of this man’s struggles really got to me.

7. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich – I love the Stephanie Plum series because they’re enjoyable and seriously funny books. Eight’s my favorite because lots of things happen with my favorite characters. Along with the new characters that are introduced and the crazy things Stephanie gets herself into.

8. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn – This book was shown to me by my brother which, if you knew him, you’d know that he doesn’t belong in the same sentence as the word book. I didn’t know what to expect from a book my brother recommended but I gave it a shot. I’ve read many of Alex Flinn’s books and this is by far my favorite out of all of them.

9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter will forever be a favorite of mine. That’s it. End of story.

10. Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – I have read so many books by her and I love them all but this is my favorite. It’s hilarious, heart breaking and suspenseful all at the same time.

Love them like I do, read them all.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Recommend Most


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we talk about our top ten. This weeks topic is our Top Ten books that we would recommend most. This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I recommend this book not only because it’s my favorite book, but because it’s thought provoking, interesting, slightly mysterious, and will have you laughing as well as crying and maybe even on the same page.

2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – These are on my list because they’re the no sleep, no eating, skip work and school, forget to pick your kids up kind of good. They have a great female lead character and a relatively unique story line.

3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich – This series has nineteen books out with twenty coming out sometime this year, but they don’t have to be read in order. These should be read because you’ll laugh to the point of tears at the situations the main character gets herself into. They’re great books to read if you’re in the mood for a funny book.

4. Burned by Ellen Hopkins – Hopkins writes about things that most people won’t talk about. She writes about serious issues in fictional story lines. These books make you thing about so many things but you can’t help but keep reading.

5. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I recommend these to anyone that enjoys books with a strong female lead. These two books were amazing. I couldn’t put them down until I was finished reading.

6. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks – This is another one of my favorites and I’m recommending it because of that. I enjoyed this book very much, to the point where I’ve read it several times. And all I’m saying is that you should do the same.

7. Any of the books written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Her romance novels are so easy to get lost in. They’re usually all around fun and enjoyable books. Lots of laughs and some great story lines.

8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I’m slightly obsessed with John Green. The Fault in our Stars is my second favorite book. And I suggest it because even my third time reading it I laughed and I cried and I thought about things I never considered thinking about before reading this.

9. Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson – I have read most of this series and have decided to re-read them. The four main characters are very strong women. I love these because throughout the books I feel like I gain such a strong bond with these ladies, even though they’re not actually real people.

10. The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn – I recommend this series because the first book just sucks you in then each book after you get to learn about the other siblings. With each next book you get to hear the stories of one more sibling until there aren’t any left and they’re all happily married. I just love these books, and that means you should too.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Autobuy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten authors I’d put on my auto-buy list.” I had a little bit of a hard time with this. There’s three or four that I would buy without even reading what it’s about. So I really had to think about this, with all the authors I read here’s my end result:

1) John Green – He’s my all time favorite author. If you haven’t read any of his books I suggest Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars. They’re two of my favorite books. He’s also written Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He’s definitely on my autobuy list for the sole reason that while reading a book written by him I laugh, I cry, I get angry, I feel everything that the main character feels and that’s amazing to me.

2) Jason Myers – I own all of the books he’s written. Exit Here, The Mission, Dead End, and Run the Game. Jason Myers is on my autobuy list because once I pick up one of his books, I can’t put it down until the book ends.

3) Ellen Hopkins – Have you ever read anything by Ellen Hopkins? If yes, then I don’t even need to explain why she’s on this list. If not, I suggest you do this immediately. Identical is my favorite with Burned as a close second. Her books are unique in almost every way. How they’re written, what they’re about. She writes about the struggles that actual people go through and makes it known that there’s help out there.

4) Richelle Mead – I’m putting Richelle Mead on this list because she’s another favorite of mine. I was hooked from when I first read Vampire Academy, then she came out with Bloodlines and I was just as easily hooked. Her story is original and her characters are amazing. She’s another author you should look into reading if you haven’t already.

5) Nicholas Sparks – I have a weakness for really sappy romance novels, so Nicholas Sparks obviously has to be included in this. His books are always so cute and funny. His book, The Rescue is on my list of favorites. Although it wouldn’t be at the top of my list to buy his new book I would definitely make sure I bought it eventually.

6) Susan Elizabeth Phillips – By far my favorite romance author. When I read a book by her I’m giggling throughout most of the book. Though her books generally have a predictable story line (girl meets boy, falls in love, he doesn’t want her, she gets in some dangerous situation, he realizes he loves her, they live happily ever after) I still consider her one of my favorites.

7) Nora Roberts – She’s written a crazy amount of books. I definitely haven’t read all of them, but everyone that I have read has been an amazing read. Nora Robert’s is a phenomenal writer and she’s on this list because I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t absolutely love.

8) Janet Evanovich – Mostly known for her books The Stephanie Plum Series, Janet Evanovich is another favorite. She’s written a few other series’ as well as a few stand alone novels. I’ve read almost every single one of her books. Her books are part of the reason I love reading so much, along with the next author on this list.

9) Iris Johanson – Her book The Ugly Duckling is the book that made me want to read. I will always read Iris Johanson for this reason. Although, I can admit I’ve been slacking on reading her books, I’m going to try to catch up on all those that I haven’t read yet. And eventually I’ll own all her books and add to the ten or eleven I already own.

10) James Patterson – Whether I’m reading any of his young adult books, like The Maximum Ride series, or one of his adult mystery novels like, The Woman’s Murder Club series, I’m hooked. James Patterson is a wonderful writer and I’d buy his book without reading what it’s about just because I already know I’m going to love it.

These authors are all among my favorites, part of the reason they’re even on this list.
Who’s on your list?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.