First Lines Fridays: September 21st

First Lines Fridays: September 21st

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 using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. 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:

The stench of the restaurant’s speciality walloped my senses as soon as I entered.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading “First Lines Fridays: September 21st”

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Review: Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet

Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 24, 2018
Pages: 
368
Publisher:
 Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 

 

 

I read this book a couple weeks ago just before the Labor Day holiday here in U.S and let me just say that it was the perfect sort of end of summer read. True to its name, this is a sweet (and sometimes sticky) contemporary that melted my heart—get it, ice cream puns?

Essentially, Meade Creamery was founded back in the 1940s when Molly Meade started making ice cream to keep her and her girlfriends busy while their boyfriends and family members were off to war.

Now decades later, the ice cream stand is a town staple and the sisterhood is alive, with it being run by the “Meade Creamery” girls, aka the most coveted summer job ever, while old Molly Meade—who’s somewhat of a recluse— makes her special recipe ice cream in the nearby farmhouse.

This is Amelia’s summer, she’s worked there the past three summers with her best friend Cate, and this year she’s “Head Girl.”

All of this gets thrown into chaos when Molly Mead unexpectedly passes away before Amelia can even open for the summer. To make it more complicated, she’s given the stand to her grandnephew Grady, who has some changes in mind.

The premise for this was super sweet. I loved the idea of this old-school creamery where the girls where these bubblegum pink polos and have a sort of “code.” It’s that experience of friendship and freedom we all wanted at our summer jobs as teenagers.

Amelia is a total Type A, which I relate to, and really is holding onto this summer to avoid the change approaching her with college in the fall.

This creates a lot of conflict between her and Grady, Molly’s grandnephew who’s a business student in college. Grady is trying to be calculating to impress his father and wants to change a lot of what is sentimental to Amelia.

I enjoyed the interactions between these two, because as much as Amelia is Type A and not happy with his changes, she’s not super confrontational, she really gets pushed by her best friend Cate a lot (who doesn’t always have the best or honest intentions).

But then you start to see the layers pulled back on Grady and Amelia and his relationship starts to change, which causes her relationship with the fellow creamery girls to change as well.

It’s really the perfect recipe of a sweet contemporary with just the right amount of depth.

You can find Stay Sweet on Amazon and the author at siobhanvivian.com.

Let me know what you think of Stay Sweet in the comments!

I Suck at Blogging (Keep Accidently Going on Hiatus)

I Suck at Blogging (Keep Accidently Going on Hiatus)

Hi everyone, I suck at this. About a month ago I said I was back from my fairly (almost eight month) long haitus, and then I blogged a couple times before going MIA again.

I really am trying to be better (aka figuring out a way to balance work, gym, writing, reading, blogging, etc) and I would love any tips that you guys have for managing a blog along with everything else in life.

Attempt two, here we go! I look forward to your tips in the comments!

First Lines Fridays: August 31st

First Lines Fridays: August 31st

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 using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. 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:

I should’ve negotiated better.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading “First Lines Fridays: August 31st”

Top 5 Wednesday: Class Reading List

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 back to school themed and it’s picking a reading list, the twist is you can theme it however you want. Mine chose is essential YA reads. Since it’s so late that I’m posting (& writing, oops) this, I’m gonna keep it short and sweet listing the books below! Let me know your top five in the comments!

 

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday: Class Reading List”