Jun 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I've Read So Far In 2015

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This weeks topic: 

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Turtle BayBreaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)

Cross Me off Your List (Saturn, #2)Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)

Waiting For Prince HarryCity of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Definition of IcingConnectivity

That's my list for this week.  What books have you enjoyed so far this year?

Jun 24, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday ~ Soundless by Richelle Mead

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

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever... 

Release Date for Soundless is 
November 10, 2015

Let me know what books are you waiting on this week!

Jun 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics

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This weeks topic: Favorite Top Ten Topics

We decided to take a different route with this topic.  We looked up the posts that got the best response and decided that we would base our favorites list on the favorite topics of the people that visit us and read our blog.

10 - Books I've Read So Far This Year (2014)

9 - Books About Friendship

8 - Spring To Be Read List

7 - All Time Recent Favorites (Last 3 Years)

6 - Favorite Books of 2014

5 - Authors I Own The Most Books From

4 - Bookish People I Enjoy On Twitter

3 - Books I would Give to Someone Who Has Never Read...

2 - Bookish Bad Guys

1 - Books You May Like If You Also Like...

That's our list for this week!  What are the favorites on  your list?

Jun 18, 2015

Connectivity by Aven Ellis ~ Review


Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.  MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…

At First Sight
I am totally in love with this cover.  It is very fitting for the book and I just think it is beautiful in general.

Characters and Relationships
Aven is so great at creating characters that you love and William and MK are no exception.  I loved how you could see the big cultural differences as MK is from America and William from England. It was so fun to see their relationship grow throughout the book and how they loved all of their little quirky differences.  I will be honest, it has been a while since I have had a character stay with me for a long time like I have William. He was just fantastic.  I loved his proper demeanor and the fact that he was a powerful millionaire was always just like an extra perk to him, it wasn't something that he threw out there all the time. I actually believed William was British and could hear his accent in my head as he was speaking (this doesn't always happen for me with accents written in books). The side characters were added just at the right time and added excellent content to the book.  

Is This A Kissing Book?
One of the many things I love about Aven's writing is the fact that she knows how to bring on the heat and then close the bedroom door when it's time to let the couple have their moment together.  I'm not a fan of reading everything going on between the couple at that time and I appreciate finding an author that is willing to leave that to the imagination.

Don't Leave Me Hanging
No cliffhanger with this book.  I love having a nice wrapped up, stand alone book.

The Best Gems
  • The Binding Machine
  • Blog
  • Valentine's Day
  • Texting
  • Peppa Pig
  • London
  • Berkshire
  • "Most Appropriate"
  • Bossy American
The Sum Up
I have read 3 of Aven's books thus far and I have loved them all, but Connectivity is my favorite.  I think this is  because the characters and they locations were written so vividly and brilliantly. I felt like I was there and could see everything so clearly in my head which I sometimes struggle with while reading. I want to feel like I am there with the characters and experiencing what they are and this was very well done in Connectivity. Aven knows how to tell a sweet, fun, humorous story that will leave you wanting more.  This book will come highly recommended from me for anyone 18 and up.

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Jun 17, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

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

Never Always Sometimes

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love. 

Release Date for Never Always Sometimes is
August 4, 2015

What books are you excited for this week?

Jun 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On Our Summer TBR

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This weeks topic: 
Books On Our Summer TBR
I decided to break this up by all of our blog contributors (my family) let you know what we are each reading this Summer.  We all have a lot of series we are either wanting to read, finish or re-read.

Female ~ Age: 10
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Female ~ Age: 14
Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf, #1)Rough Waters (Drenaline Surf, #2)

Female ~ Age: Adult
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThis is What Happy Looks LikeThe Geography of You and Me

Male ~ Age:17 

Cross Me off Your List (Saturn, #2)
The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Elite (The Selection, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)The Heir (The Selection, #4)

Male ~ Age: Adult

Surfboard And Wave Clip Art
The English Spy (Gabriel Allon#15)14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)

That's our list for this week.  What books are you reading this summer?