My Summer TBR

The first official day of summer was this week so I decided to put together my summer reading list! During the summer I’m a real contemporary reader, but there are some series out there I’m dying to read or finish so they snuck on here as well. Let me know what you plan on reading this summer in the comments!

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

I’ve said this a billion times but Sarah Dessen is the contemporary queen, and I love me a good contemporary in the summer. Plus this ones about weddings, which I love. One of my best friends actually just got engaged and so I have my first “friend wedding” in the next year or so!

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley’s books just scream summer. This book is a companion to My Life Next Door, focusing on a different but known couple of characters. 

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

These books are supposed to be so good and have been sitting on my shelf too long. And it’s a finished series and only two, which is exactly what I’m looking for right now. I have so many started series where I’m just waiting for the next book. 

The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

I started this series last summer but only had the first book at the time. I’m hoping to do a reread, knowing nothing besides it was great and ended on a cliffhanger, and then read the last two. 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I love Emery’s contemporaries, I’ve read all of them besides this one–her newest. This book takes place at camp, which is all I need in a summer book. And I believe there’s a cute crush as well as some spiritual undertones. 

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

This is your typical “average” girl and popular bad-boy story. The reviews are iffy, but it’s a contemporary and has been on my shelves forever. 

The Conspiracy of Us series by Maggie Hall

I love this series and feel it doesn’t get enough attention. It’s like a teen Jason Bourne/Indiana Jones, something you’d see on the CW. But the third and final book comes out in July so I’m doing a series reread. 

The Raven Cyle by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m so behind the bandwagon on this series.  I currently have the last two books but not the first so I’m gonna have to work that out. 

There are some new releases coming out that I’ll probably read as well, and a festival that I plan on attending in September that has some authors I want to read first so we’ll see. 


Review: C.J. Redwine’s The Shadow Queen

Title: The Shadow Queen
Series: Ravenspire
Author: C.J. Redwine
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Balzer + Bray

As some of you might know from my reading history as well as a previous post I did—’Retellings I Want to Read’—I love retellings, so I was really excited about picking up The Shadow Queen. It’s actually been on my radar since it came out, I just never really thought to order it till I saw it on sale.

Snow White isn’t my favorite princess/movie even though the storyline is interesting. I just feel like the OG Disney-version of the character lacks. She is so meek and doesn’t really do much—and her voice gets on my nerves. So I was really hopeful that with this book I could get a version of the character that I actually liked.

The storyline differs a bit in some key parts, but I actually liked it. There isn’t too much to the original tale, and the changes made it a lot more interesting and offered some background and depth.

First, Lorelai—AKA Snow White—has a brother in this tale. The whole relationship between the two is really sweet, they fled together when their step-mother killed their father and took control of the kingdom. But really, they’re best friends and she’s super protective of him and I love good sibling relationships. He’s also funny and charming which plays off her a bit tougher exterior well. Continue reading

First Lines Fridays: June 23rd

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? I’m kind of using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next or at least soon. Follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

One month from today,
I’ll wake up to a team of
makeup artists—
buzzing outside my door. 

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This or That Thursday: Challenge #95

Every week the Bookmark Chronicles poses a bookish question. If you want to check out the challenge click the link.

THIS WEEK IS: How long has it been since you last bought a book?

I bought some books eleven days ago. It was a big haul too, a total of nineteen books. BookOutlet is just addictive.

I normally limit myself to one haul per month or every other month from BookOutlet, never usually that large either. I don’t really get my books anywhere else unless it’s like a new release then I’ll order it on Amazon. 

I’m trying to chill on the book buying because I have a lot of unread ones left on my shelf. 


Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

It’s that time of the year again! No one tagged me to do this but here we are anyway.

This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire and Ely @ Ely Jayne. It’s where we look back at (and freak out over) the books we’ve read during the past six months.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far?

A Court of Wings and Ruin was my most anticipated book for the year and it lived up to the hype, definitely my favorite book so far this year. Everything hit the climax and was resolved and just so much happened, I still can’t even with this series and book.

Best Sequel You’ve Read This Year?

Repeating myself here but ACOWAR.

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To?

Avenged by Amy Tintera was really anticipated for me because I loved the first book. I finished it and was just ready to continue. But it’s been out a month now and…

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

The Ends of The World, which is the third and final book in The Conspiracy of Us series, is probably my most anticipated for the rest of the year. I can’t remember much from the first two books besides I enjoyed them, so it looks like a reread will be happening. Continue reading

Life & Blogging Update: Post-Grad Job & Scheduling

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been a little absent lately. I have been posting on here (maybe not as many posts), but I haven’t been doing a great job of reading y’alls wonderful blogs that I love so much. I’m hoping that I can get back into the routine of it now though. Essentially these past like two to three weeks have been crazy, but good news!

I’ve gotten and started my first like post-grad, real-adult, full-time job. I’m working on an internal communications team at a large company and am contract so I’ll only for sure be there a year. But it’s a start! And it keeps me in Boston, which I love. 

Definitely gonna have to adjust to the new schedule (for the next couple weekends I’m still doing my part-time hostessing job as well) and figure out how to continue blogging and reading all your blogs. 


Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikable” Protagonists

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five favorite “unlikable” protagonists! I had a bit of trouble with this so it is a bit short, let me know what are your faves are in the comments.


1. America Singer from The Selection Series

Everyone really hates on America. I personally am frustrated by her a lot but still really love her. Maxon is the obvious choice but like let the girl take her time to choose I guess.

2. Warner from The Shatter Me Series

This applies to like the first book and a half. Warner is absolutely heinous at the beginning of this series. Everything he does just seems so cruel and truly makes you hate him.  Continue reading

Books Released This Week: June 19-25 2017

Here is an update on some of the releases this week. All of these descriptions are from Goodreads. I haven’t heard much about the books on this list out there but they all sound great.

Dramatically Ever After (Ever After #2) by Isabel Bandeira
Published June 20, 2017 by Spencer Hill Press 

Senior year is not shaping up to be the picture perfect movie Em Katsaros had imagined. Her super hot leading man is five thousand miles away. Her dad just got laid off. And Em can kiss her first-pick university goodbye if she doesn’t snag a scholarship.To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech competition and manages to cinch a spot in the US Youth Change Council national round. She gets to spend a week in Boston and her prayers might be answered if she can kick butt and win one of the national scholarships.

Everything seems to be going by the script until she finds out Kris Lambert–senior class president, stuck-up jerk, and her nemesis–is going, too. Cue the dramatic music. In Boston, Kris is different. Nice. Cute, even. But she knows his game way too well–be nice to your opponents and then throw them under the bus on your way to victory. Instead of becoming his next victim, Em decides to turn the tables by putting her acting and flirting skills to work. Unfortunately, as they get close to the final competition and judging, reality and acting start to blur. Continue reading