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Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves

You know the old adage–don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would be lying (and I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me) if I said that I have never based my reading choices off of a cover. A cover can produce an immediate negative or positive judgement–it goes both way. There have been times where I won’t even look into a book because its cover is just horrendous. I have probably missed some great stories because of this, but it is really hard to control.

A cover is the first thing you see that is associated with the story in most cases. Just like there have been times I have not bought a book because of the cover, there have also been times where the cover absolutely drew me in. When a cover catches my eye, I will read the description, and if the book sounds good I will buy it. So of course, the cover does play a big part in getting a reader to read a particular book! Here are some of my all-time favorite YA book covers–some of them are just beautiful covers in a series and others attracted me to read the book in the first place!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos that You Would Love to See

This was a bit harder for me, so I wasn’t thinking realistically. I choose concepts authors are good at in their books and paired them with authors and their concepts. I kept a list of just a couple of authors so it was easier, so that’s why there are many of the same authors on here (most with very popular books)

  1. John Green and Gayle Forman: This book would break my heart into a billion pieces.
  2. Morgan Matson and Rainbow Rowell: Cuteness Overload, am I right?
  3. Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas: These two are the queens of world building.
  4. Marissa Meyer and Rick Riordan: They both deal with recreations…it would be perfect.
  5. Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth: These two could build a great dystopian.
  6. J.K. Rowling and John Green: Magical heart-break
  7. Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman: Best contemporary ever.
  8. Rainbow Rowell and John Green: PLEASE

I could only think of 8 duos. I promise next week’s TTT will be much better.

 

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New Stephanie Perkins Anthology!

Some of you may know that this past fall, Stephanie Perkins released her first anthology, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Christmas Stories.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

The other day, she came out and said that there will be another anthology like this but set in the summer months! It is projected to be out in Summer 2016 and already has a title! Summer Days & Summer Nights will consist of many of our favorite authors just like last time and their own short romance stories. Here is the list of authors that will be writing a story for this book.

  • Leigh Bardugo- author of the Grisha trilogy Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
  • Francesa Lia Block- author of Witzee Bat
  • Libba Bray- author of the Diviners   The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
  • Cassandra Clare- author of The Mortal instruments and Infernal Devices   Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
  • Brandy Colbert- author of Pointe
  • Tim Federle- author of Tequila Mockingbird and Gone with the GinEverything Leads to You
  • Lev Grossman- author of The Magicians trilogy  Divergent (Divergent, #1)
  • Nina LaCour- author of Everything Leads to You
  • Veronica Roth- author of the Divergent trilogy
  • Jon Skovron- author of Misfit
  • Jennifer E. Smith- author of Statistical Possibility of Love at First Sight
  • Stephanie Perkins– author of Anna and the French Kiss

 

 

This is a very interesting group. I’m not really familiar with half of these authors but I do know Leigh Bardugo, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Nina LaCour, VERONICA ROTH, Jennifer E. Smith, and of course Stephanie Perkins. I think this will be a fun book with cute contemporary reads in it. It will defintiely be great when you just want a good summer romance, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

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Contemporary Authors You Have to Read

A post that should’ve been out last week:

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to do a few contemporary and romance posts. This orginally started off as being contemporary books you must read, but I recognized a trend of authors on my list and changed it. Now I have many books from most of these authors, and if I haven’t, I have seen many great things surrounding their books. This isn’t ranked in any specific order.

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If you read any sort of ya contemporary book, and you haven’t heard of Rainbow Rowell, I’m convinced you live under a rock. You see Eleanor & Park everywhere, and I talk about Fangirl quite a bit on here. I have a sample of Attachments on my kindle and I loved it, so I will be buying that soon! Her latest book is Landline, and I beleive it came out this past summer. I think many people would agree with me and say that Rainbow Rowell is a must read contemporary author. Her new book is called Carry On and for those of you who have read Fangirl, you guessed right. She decided to write her own version of Simon and Baz’s story. For  more information on her new book, check out this post!

 

 

 

 

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You can not truly read the Best of YA contemporary without reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the msot part, people I have talked to really like this book. It is very predictable, but it is the perfect romance book to read after reading a really emotional book. Lola and Isla are both very good as well, but Anna is my favorite with Lola at a close second. Also, I really love the covers of these book, and I think that are much better now that they are changed. If you haven’t given these books a try yet, definitely do so!  I actually had this blog when Isla and the Happily Ever After, so here is my review!

 

 

 

 

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This is another woman that write absoluely amazing contmeporary books. If I Stay isn’t a complete romance and deals with other topics, however there is a ton of Romance in it and it’s sequel Where She Went. I absolutely adored the first book and it is definitely a favorite, so much that I even did a review on the movie that came out last August. I read Just One Day awhile ago, and it is a very romantic book that takes part in Paris, which makes it so much better. She also just came out with I Was Here which is a more emotional book that features very dark topics. There is also some romance thrown in that book as well.

 

 

 

Jenny Han

PicMonkey Collage jhI constantly hear people talk about The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy all the time. However, I actually haven’t read it myself. I’m not sure when or if I will just because there are so many other books to read. But I can say that Jenny Han is a great writer, because I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it was amazing. Probably my favorite contemporary I last year besides Fangirl. I wrote a whole review on it, and I actually have a post coming up about it soon (: If you are looking for a contemporary author to read, Jenny Han is defintiely someone to turn to.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer E. Smith

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This is actually the only author on this list that I haven’t read. Apparently they are like super great and just pure romance and happiness. I unfortunately have yet to expeirence this romance and happiness, because I have no idea why I haven’t read a Jennifer E. Smith book. If I made a list of authors I am surprised I haven’t read, she would be on it. Mainly because I love the striking look of her covers. Seriously, how can you avoid these in the store!

 

 

 

 John Green

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If you have a list of contemporary authors, you can’t forget John Green. I feel I don’t need to do much explaining for this one. Obviously, The Fault in Our Stars is a big read, but don’t forget his other books as well. I’ve read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, and they were both wonderful. Yes, John Green can make you very sad, but the romances in his books are some of the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Countdown Surprise!

Many of you know that I have been talking about My True Love Gave to Me for awhile now. I wanted to read it back when it came out, but then I decided to wait until Christmas. The other day I noticed how I had been reading book had barely put any reviews out at all! So I decided, I will read one story from My True Love Gave to Me each day on the 12 days of Christmas. Not only that, but I will also post some sort of review or thoughts on that particular story! I think this will be a very fun way to countdown to Christmas, and I will still have additional Christmas posts as well.

Here is the order of the stories:

December 14: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

December 15: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

December 16: Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena

December 17: Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

December 18: It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

December 19: Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

December 20: Krampuslauf by Holly Black

December 21: What have you done, Sophia Roth? by Gayle Forman

December 22: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Mrya McEntire

December 23: Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

December 24: Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

December 25: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

This is going to be super fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors to Me in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a bookish category and you have to try and pick your top 10 books. Check out their website at http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

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This week the category was New-to-Me authors that I read in 2014. This easier compared to the last two weeks. let’s get started!

1. Rainbow Rowell: 2014 has brought many beautiful authors that I absolutely adore. I read Fangirl and Eleanor&Park this year and absolutely loves them. Fangirl became one of my new favorite books, and I actually just reread it the other day (not ashamed). I really want to read her two other books Attachments and Landline, and will definitely read all of her book to come

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Fangirl                                                                                           Eleanor & Park

2. Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss was introduced to me this year and it was one of the best contemporary trilogys I have read before.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

3. E. Lockhart: I read We Were Liars over the summer and it was beautifully and poetically written. I love Lockhart’s writing style and I would love to read her other works one day.

We Were Liars

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Now this one may seem a little off, but I read the Great gatsby this year, and it’s my favorite classic book (at least so far). I love the characters and all the symbolism and themes threaded throughout the novel.

The Great Gatsby

5. Laurie Halse Anderson: Another great book I read this year was Speak, and I was very shocked by the story. Laurie has many other deep, serious topics in her other books and those are high on my TBR list.

Speak

6. Marissa Meyer: Technically I read CInder like a week before 2014, but I’m still going to count it. I read Scarlet right after the new year and waited a month for Cress to come out and besides Harry Potter, the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite fantasty series.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

7. Gayle Forman: This lady definitely surprised me. The summarys of her book sounded okay, but I was never very interested. However, after reading If I stay, I knew her books were much better than they were depicted to be.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

8. Jane Austen: I am reading Pride and Prejudice right now, and I just really love the story.

Pride and Prejudice

9. Jenny Han: I was always very skeptical of Jenny Han, because I wasn’t intrigued by the Summer I Turned Pretty books at all, but To the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a nice, refreshing contemporary book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

10. J.D. Salinger: I also read Catcher in the Rye this year and it was surprisngly much better than I expected it to be. Holden Caufield is the funniest character in the world.

The Catcher in the Rye

This list is made of many different authors, but these are just a few that I remember thorougly enjoying their books. There were many more but these are the stand-outs. Tomorrow it will officially be 15 days until Christmas, so let the Christmas posting begin! I am super excited and got some pretty fun stuff planned. Also witht the end of December comes the “Best of 2014” and the “What to read in 2015” posts, so those will come later on! What are some of your favorite new authors this year?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They create all kinds of super awesome list ideas that we all get to participate in. Check out their website: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

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Okay, so I’m going to divide this into winter-themed books and then just normal books I want to read during the winter season.

Winter-Themed Books

1. Let it Snow by John Green: This is a combination of short stories that I am really excited to read. Around the Christmas season, it is easy to read cute Christmas stories, so I am super excited to read this one!

2. My True Love Gave to Me by pretty much everyone: Alright so you may have seen me going on and on about this book a little book ago. Someone, I have been able to restrain myself from reading it, so now I can read it during December! I am beyond stoked fr this book, and there are so many amazing authors I can’t wait to read from.

3. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: I haven’t looked much into this book, but I bought it when it was on sale a while ago. Since then, I have heard great things about this Christmas-y read, and I am now really ready to start reading this one!

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4. Throne of Glass: This is the next book I am reading!

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: On my list of series I want to read!

6. Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Been waiting for last one to marathon series soon!

 

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee: Not sure what this series is about, but I want to find out.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Picked this up the other day and loving it so far!

9. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: This was a gift given to me, and I have been waiting to read it some time.
That’s all I could think of right now! I’m sure more books will pop up later.

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Top Books I am Anticipating this Fall!

As many of you may know, Fall started just a couple days ago, and in honor of the new season, I decided to make a list of my most anticipated books of Fall! Now, this list won’t contain summaries, because those will be on the new release and tbr posts, but I will explain why I am looking forward to them. Let’s get started!

Blood of Olympus:

You probably know this already, but I am a huge Percy Jackson fan. I have been waiting for this book for a year now, and I am so excited. Blood of Olympus is the. last. Percy. Jackson. book. ever. Even though I am super sad it is the last story, I also have this little feeling of excitement in me. I can’t wait to read it and see how the series wraps up. It is one of my all time favorites.

My True Love Gave to Me:

I don’t think I have mentioned this on here yet, but the next book I can’t wait for is My True Love Gave to Me. It is a short story collection and it follows the 12 days of Christmas. You are probably thinking, Oh that’s not that big of deal, but just wait. So, each story is written by a different author, so you’d think it was maybe one or two big authors, and then some minor ones right? THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THIS BOOK. This book includes stories from RAINBOW ROWELL, STEPHANIE PERKINS, GAYLE FORMAN; ALLY CARTER, JENNY HAN, HOLLY BLACK, LAINI TAYLOR, AND DAVID LEVITHAN. Is that not the most beautiful list of authors in one book! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Young Elites

I honestly don’t know much about this book, except that it is by Marie Lu and this group of people who have these mysterious gifts, and they call themselves the young elites. I mean that sounds amazing and I don’t even know much about it.

Oh and sorry this wasn’t posted earlier, I know two of these books are out already, and the post didn’t go through the first time. Sorry ):

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has been crushing on Josh since freshman year. She watched his relationship with his friends and ex-girlfriend, saw him at his high and at his low. Little did she know that Josh had paid attention to her too. Now the beginning of senior year in the city of love, and Josh’s old girlfriend in the past, the two will grow closer athan they would have ever thought. However, they will learn, that Happily Ever After, sometimes only exists in fairy tales.

I read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door and fell in love with the characters. I loved all their little quirks and details about them. The romance between Anna and St. Clair and Lola and Cricket were the best to read. Stephanie Perkins writing is perfect for when you just finished a sad book. It picks you up because it is cute and romantic. This book for me was a little different. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it, but it is definitely my least favorite of the three.

First off, I didn’t immediately love the main characters at the beginning. In fact, Isla got a little annoying to me at parts of the book. I also didn’t care for the whole “Oh, I loved you since the first time I saw you.” It was fine that Isla had been crushing on Josh for years, but I didn’t care for the part where Josh said that he was flustered around her in freshman year because he liked her too. If that was really the case he would have tried to see if Kurt was really Isla’s boyfriend.

Speaking of Kurt, he was amazing. He was probably my favorite new character, and I felt like he was more ignored as a side character than past side characters. He had a passion for maps that was adorable, and I loved how that was included. It makes a character feel more real if they have strange hobbies.

After getting to know the characters more, we finally get on with the plot of the story. I thought the plot was lacking and it could have been much better in my opinion. One of their conflicts was when Isla broke up with Josh, and it could’ve been solved if they would have just TALKED. I mean in the end they finally did but it took like 1 or 2 months which was way too long. I was just happy that Hattie sent that book to Josh, or they may have never talked.

Now with all that, this book did have some amazing parts. I loved the description of Josh’s art, because it was the only thing we saw about the real Josh. We knew it was his passion by the way he talked about it. Also the “treehouse” was an amazing setting, and I wish that would have been used more. Isla and Josh were a pretty cute couple, and there were definitely moments that make you feel all happy inside. Especially the ending where all the old characters came together. I think that whole scene confirmed to me that I didn’t care for the main characters, because at the point I didn’t care if Josh and Isla were getting back together I was just repeatedly chanting in my mind Anna St. Clair Lola Cricket.

With all that being said, I give this book a 3.8, because it was good book, but after reading Stephanie Perkins other books and knowing what she can write, this one was kind of a letdown. So what did you guys think of this book? What book of the three is your favorite? What was your favorite moment? Please let me know!