February 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Reread Forever

I'm a reader...but I'm also a rereader. I love to reread my favorites and, really, any of the books I own (I wouldn't keep them if I didn't like them well enough to reread). But these are twelve of the books I probably could reread forever.


2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

3. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

4. Heist Society by Ally Carter

5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

6. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

7. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

8. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

9. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

10. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

11. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

12. This Side of Home by Renee Watson

What books did you list this week?

February 25, 2018

Rewind & Review #104

~Stuff has happened? Nothing that exciting, tbh.
~OH. Except I saw Black Panther, which was excellent. Shuri is my fave.

Books I Received for Review
Final Draft by Riley Redgate (from Abrams via NetGalley)

Books I Read
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (reread)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (4 stars)
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (reread)
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (3 stars)
River Secrets by Shannon Hale (reread)
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (2 stars)
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (3 stars)
Forest Born by Shannon Hale (reread)
Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl (3 stars)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (3.5 stars)
Renegades by Marissa Meyer (4 stars)

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February 24, 2018

Books I Recommend the Most

I live to recommend books. (I've been told it's my calling in life.) I wish I kept better track of what I recommend, but this post is going to showcase the titles I'm pretty sure I recommend a lot. I also have a whole giant Google doc of recommendations that I send people when they ask for general suggestions, so I can't speak to how many of those titles they focus in on. But all of the books I'm about to list are in that Google doc.

1. Heist Society trilogy by Ally Carter


3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

4. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

5. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

6. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

7. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

8. The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

9. The Winner's Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski


11. Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

12. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Do you know which books you recommend the most?

February 23, 2018

Review: More Than We Can Tell

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Grade: B
Release date: March 6, 2018
An ARC was provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Can I tell y'all a secret? I'm drawn to books where one of the main characters shares my name. Unless the book is so far outside of my usual genres, I will read it. That was the case with More Than We Can Tell. Plus, I wanted to get to know Rev better after Letters to the LostI connected better with Emma and Rev than I did with Juliet and Declan. They never felt too angsty. Emma especially felt fleshed out, like a real person and not just a two-dimensional book character. I also really enjoyed Rev's family (I'd liked them in LttL, too). 
MTWCT dealt with some tough topics - cyberbullying, past abuse, etc., but those things never overwhelmed me. However, I felt the narrative moved too fast. MTWCT is a long book (for contemporary) - not that I'm complaining - but it takes place only over about a week (I think). There was so much happening (Emma getting cyberbullied, Rev's new foster brother, Rev's dad emailing him, Emma's parents' drama, Emma and Rev bonding...), and it was a bit overwhelming since the timeline wasn't stretched a little further. I could feel the attraction between Rev and Emma, but since they interacted, became such close friends, and started kissing so quickly, it was a little hard for me to buy into them as a couple. I wanted to, though! They just needed a little more time.
Some foul language. Plenty of trigger warnings for references to past abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) that Rev and his foster brother, Matthew, went through.

The Verdict: Overall, I liked More Than We Can Tell better than Letters to the Lost.

Will I be adding this book to my library?: Not sure.

February 22, 2018

School Subject Books

Sometimes I think about title trends more than I should. One that is only a tiny trend is books whose titles contain a school subject (or something related to a school subject). So that's what drove this blog post of book recommendations. Of course, the books' content usually does not pertain to the school subject referenced in their titles. But it's still a fun way to find some new books!

(All book covers link to their Goodreads pages.)








(Also Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne, which releases next year.)





What books would you choose for these categories and other school subject title themes?