12 Days of Bookmas Day 1: Tis The Season Book Tag

It’s almost Christmas! Which means for the next 12 days I will be doing the 12 Days of Bookmas with new Christmas/winter themed post each day until Christmas. For the first post, I will be doing the Tis the Season Book Tag because who doesn’t love a good book tag?

  1. Do you have a favorite winter read?
    Harry Potter is definitely my favorite winter read (surprise, surprise), because of the beautiful Hogwarts scenery and the amazing winter scenes. Imagine being in Hogsmeade drinking a hot butterbeer on Christmas Eve… *sighs.* Other than Harry Potter, my second favorite winter read is Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson because it’s Christmassy, cute, and funny.
  2. Find a book with blue on the cover!Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 5.53.52 PM
    My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, not only has blue on the cover, but also the most adorable Christmas design ever. I have a weakness for cute covers and this UK paperback does not disappoint! Read more

Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2016: TOP 5 THURSDAY

Top 5 Thursday is a new series of posts I will be starting on my blog. Every Thursday I’ll have a list of five bookish related things to share with you all! I hope you enjoy this series and feel free to join if you would like. 🙂

This Thursday’s topic is Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2016. Believe it or not, this year is coming to an end meaning we all have to rush to finish up the books we wanted to read at the beginning of 2015! Here is my list:Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.07.41 PM

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: I always hear about how amazing The Mortal Instruments series is, but I have never even thought about reading it (I know, I know, you’re all gasping in shock). But I am a book blogger/reviewer so I feel I absolutely need to read this series so I can finally join in on the discussion! This series is also becoming a TV show called The Shadowhunters in early 2016 so I need to read at least the first book before then! Read more

Update: October 2015

Fellow readers, long time no blog!

I haven’t posted for a month and a half *gasps* because of several reasons. First, school started. And it’s not a normal school year for me, this is my senior year of high school meaning there is SO much going on. AP classes with a bunch of work, while keeping up with tennis, and also reading of course! Second, college applications. I have been writing tons of essays and making sure my applications are perfect, which is very time consuming. Luckily, I’m coming to the end of the college application process and will be all done before I know it. So far I have been accepted into Michigan State University which I’m super excited about! Lastly, and the most tragic, I got into a deep reading slump. Reading slumps are the absolute WORST, but fortunately I got out of mine a few weeks ago with a few tips and tricks I will be posting very soon!

Usually I post tips to you guys, but this time I’m going to ask for some of your advice. How do you handle reading when you’re busy? Do you keep it a main priority? Also, as you can tell, I’ve been struggling with keeping my blog up this past month, any tips to keep myself motivated?

I’m planning to start blogging weekly again, or maybe more! I’ve missed the book blogging community loads and I’m so glad to be back. Thank you for reading!

Happy reading,

Emily:)

 

Everything, Everything REVIEW

Fall… the season of changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and new book releases. One of the biggest releases of the season is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. When I heard about this book in May, I pre-ordered straight away so I could read it the day it came out! And so I did…

Have you ever heard of severe combined immunodeficiency? SCID? Bubble boy disease? Well, if you didn’t Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 7.52.32 PMknow, this disease, most commonly known as SCID, is a primary immune deficiency. In normal people terms, this means if you have SCID, you’re basically allergic to everything and the slightest contact with the outside world could result in death. Our main character in Everything, Everything, 18-year-old Maddie, has SCID. She hasn’t left her house since she was a baby and is being treated full-time by her nurse Carla and her mother who is a doctor. Her days are exactly the same: wake-up, take vitals, eat breakfast, take vitals, read, take vitals, read more, take vitals, eat dinner, take vitals… you get the point. Maddie’s life is changeless, until a new family moves in next door. A new family containing a boy who just happens to be swoon worthy. With super ninja-like techniques (looking through the window), Maddie learns cute boy’s name is Olly, he only wears black, and he’s obsessed with all things climbing and tumbling. Since Maddie doesn’t have any contact with the outside world and is sick of being lonely, she decides she’s going to find a way to get to know this boy… without leaving her house. After watching (stalking?) Olly for days, Maddie finally gets a message from Olly: his e-mail address written on his window. After lots of messaging two things are clear: Olly likes Maddie and Maddie likes Olly. But with Maddie homebound for the rest of her life, can they ever really be together?

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The Heir Review

After a month long hiatus (I’m sorry!!) I am back and ready for many new posts. This summer has been amazing for reading, lots of time for lounging around with a great book and great friends. I started and finished the Selection series in June and I loved it so much I drove to Target right away to pick up The Heir, the first book in Kiera Cass’s spin-off duology of the Selection books.

Important note: if you have not read The Selection and want to, then don’t read this post! The Heir’s premise spoils the rest of the series. Go out and read The Selection first:)Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 8.04.00 PM

I read The Heir in a way I’ve never read a book before. I read it aloud with my best friend Ellie
(peanutbutterandle), switching off reading every other chapter. It was super fun to be able to react to different scenes and dialogue at the exact same time! And Ellie read in hilarious voices that constantly had me cracking up. The only downside was my throat killed after finishing the book haha. Read more

Second Chance Summer Review

I finished Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson about half an hour ago, and in that time I have cried to both my mom and dad about it and called my best friend Victoria telling her she must borrow this book and read it immediately.
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Second Chance Summer is about a 17 year old girl named Taylor Edwards. Her whole life, Taylor has been running away (literally) from her problems instead of facing them, but when her and her family learn that her dad is battling a life threatening illness, Taylor can’t run away anymore. Because of the circumstances, the Edwards family decides to spend the upcoming summer together at their cottage in the Poconos. Most kids would be excited to go up to a cottage for the summer, but not Taylor. Having to go up to her family’s cottage means that Taylor has to confront the life she suddenly left behind five years prior, including her former best friend Lucy and first “boyfriend” Henry. When she arrives at her cottage she learns her past friends definitely have not forgotten her or her mistakes. And as her father is getting sicker, Taylor must try to patch up her relationships before time runs out.

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Meeting Sarah Dessen

Today I had the absolute pleasure of meeting NYT bestselling, young adult author Sarah Dessen! I was so extremely excited to meet her and am anticipating reading her new book Saint Anything. I’ve read Along for the Ride and I absolutely LOVE and reccomend it.

Meeting Sarah was so much fun, she was incredibly sweet and even told me she would check out my blog! Here are some pictures of our meeting:

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What are your favorite Sarah Dessen books? Have you read her new book Saint Anything? Look out for a new review soon!

Happy reading,
Emily

Special shoutout to my mom who waited an hour in line until I finished my tennis practice!! Ha ha:)

Favorite Book Quotes

I am an absolute quote lover. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed picking out my favorite quotes from books I have read. Reading A Game of Thrones, I’ve noticed a couple amazing quotes, so I decided to make a post today to tell you all about my favorite book quotes.

1. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” -Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an amazing book with amazing quotes, but this one stands out the most to me. I absolutely love the message of this quote which is that you if you truly love yourself then you will recieve love back.

2. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Of course the Harry Potter series is filled with genuis quotes but this one from the first book is one of my all time favorites. This is one of those quotes that just sticks in your mind! Read more

The Ultimate Book Tag

Today I am doing the Ultimate Book Tag! If you haven’t been tagged to do this tag yet, then I tag YOU. Here’s the questions…

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Sometimes, if I think about getting carsick while reading, then I’ll get car sick, but if I don’t think about it, then I won’t! So kind of?

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Ellen Hopkin’s because all her books are written in verse. I’ve only read Crank, but I absolutely flew through it! I really want to read more of her books soon.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I do love both the Twilight and HP series, but hands down the HP series is the absolute best.

  • Magic
  • Fred & George
  • Butter beer

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Book Haul 3/13/15

My recent book purchases:

1. Rebel Belle (In paperback!!)

I’ve been waiting to read Rebel Belle forever! First of all, the cover is absolutely adorable. I want to display it on my bookshelf forever and ever. But not only does it have a gorgeous cover, book bloggers have been raving about it ever since its release in April last year. From what I’ve heard, Rebel Belle is funny, sweet, and actionpacked. Rebel Belle definitely doesn’t seem like the typical chick book.

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