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

Monday Motivation: Love Letters To The Dead

The quote this week is from Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters To The Dead. I honestly haven’t read this yet so the quote is really intriguing me, also the cover is absolutely beautiful. I love the sunset image it has going on. Let me know what you need motivation for this week  in the comments!

“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

First Lines Fridays: June 16th

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:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her. 

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Review: Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi 
Author: Sandhya Menon
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
 Simon Pulse

This book has been everywhere and on every list lately. It was one of my most anticipated of the year actually. Dimple is ready to start college, but first she really wants to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers. Her parents on the other hand, are more focused on finding her the “Ideal Indian Husband.”

Rishi is a hopeless romantic who has wholeheartedly agreed with is parents to an arranged marriage. And when he finds out his future wife—Dimple—is going to be attending a summer program a short while away, he thinks why not? Problem is, Dimple has no clue who he is, and their introduction is anything both smooth—cue iced coffee throwing.

I adored this story. It was full of smiles, laughs, and truly precious moments. It is also a uniquely diverse young adult read, with Indian characters in my opinion being all too often absent from the story.  Continue reading