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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Book Review: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far from the Tree“A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family,including—Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fear are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.”    — Summary from Goodreads


Far From the Tree is a book that I put on my Christmas wishlist on a whim.  After glancing over the summary and seeing the ratings and beautiful cover, I decided to add it to my TBR. When I picked it up, I wasn’t expecting to stay up all night until I finished it. I wasn’t expecting to become so attached to the characters as the story went on. Most of all, I wasn’t expecting to read such a beautifully written, tear-jerking YA novel based on family.

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it again: there are few young adult books that realistically represent and ultimately focus on family. It seems like in most contemporary novels, the family is the side plot or ignored altogether. Not in Far From the Tree.  Robin Benway constructs a beautiful scenario to showcase three–albeit different–realistic families. She was able to incorporate several real-life occurrences–teen pregnancy, alcoholism, divorce, adoption–and fold them into a story where they didn’t feel cliche but genuine.

The three main characters–Grace, Maya, and Joaquin–all have hardships they have had to deal with in their life. When Grace puts her own baby up for adoption, she learns that she has two biological siblings, so she begins to reach out to them. The reader gets to see the relationship between these siblings grow from the awkward initial conversations to the vulnerable and open cry-sessions. Watching these bonds form is my favorite aspect of the book; at one point Joaquin stands up for his Grace, and it is one of the sweetest scenes I have ever read.

The topic of adoption is also handled very well by Benway in Far From the Tree. We get to see Grace’s perspective after giving up Peach as well as her determination to find her birth mother. On the other side, we see Maya and Joaquin’s frustration and anger toward their biological mother for giving them up in the first place. Adoption has had a different impact on all three of the kids. Maya feels like she doesn’t belong in her own family while Joaquin is having trouble accepting that a family can love him after he spent his life in foster care.

Overall, this was an absolutely fantastic read. I finished it at the end of 2017, and it easily became of my favorites of the year if not one of my new favorite contemporaries ever. I adore the focus on the family. While each character has their own side story that may include romance, the relationships that are focused on are the ones within families. Far From the Tree will make you laugh and cry (and then cry some more). Even after some thought, I don’t think there is any flaw in this book or anything that I would want to change. It is perfect the way it is.


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My Fascination with Fiction (Books,TV Shows, Movies, etc.)

EDIT: This post (along with a few others) were supposed to be published throughout last week because I pre-wrote  and scheduled them, but silly me didn’t hit the save/confirm button when setting the date. So sorry for the unintentional absence.

Since I can remember, I have always been entranced with stories whether they were books or movies or even TV shows. I love all of these mediums because they each offer something different.  Continue reading “My Fascination with Fiction (Books,TV Shows, Movies, etc.)”


New Year, New TBR: Cleaning My Goodreads Account (VERY OVERDUE!)

New Years is famous for inspiring people with a fresh start. You know the saying–“new year, new me.” People invest in gym memberships, pledge to eat better, decide they will clean the house each day. This time of year is full of wrapping up “mistakes” and giving yourself a fresh, new start. For me, it’s my goodreads

I’ll admit it–I’m terrible at using Goodreads. I love the concept, don’t get me wrong. I have spent many hours on the website, clicking book after book trying to find something to read. Over time, though, my TBR shelf got a little out of control. I was getting too click-happy when it came to that “want-to-read” button. I stopped using the feature because my shelf was full of books I had no interest in reading anymore. In honor of the new year, I performed the daunting task and deleted many books.

My taste in YA books have gradually changed and my tbr shelf no longer reflected that. It was interesting to see what old me wanted to read. Some of the books I deleted I had completely lost interest in. Others I think I would somewhat enjoy now, but I rather prioritize things I know I have a chance of loving. I even got a chance to go through and “order” them based off priority. Here are the top five books on my TBR:

So here’s my new years resolution–I want to start using goodreads properly! I want to get in the habit of logging my books when I read them so at the end of the year I am not stuck counting on my fingers. I want my TBR shelf to be an accurate representation of what I want to read.


My Blogging and Reading Resolutions for the New Year

Its that time of year of again! As 2017 comes to a close, I am reflecting on my blogging and reading from the past year and setting goals for the new year. 2017 was not a great blogging year for me. I took a break from this blog for a year or so but decided to pick it back up in October after I was dying to share my thoughts about Turtles All the Way Down. 2017 was a pretty “meh” year for reading as well. I’m not completely sure how many books I read, but I think it was in the 16-17 range. There were some pretty large books however (looking at you Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows).

For 2018, I don’t want to set huge and unrealistic goals. Looking ahead, I know I will be very busy and don’t want this blog or reading to become another task I feel I need to check off my list. So here are my vague goals and rules I am setting for 2018 to ensure that I remain happy.

    1. Don’t put pressure on blogging: Over Christmas break, I have a ton of time to come up with posts and may post once a day or every other day. This just cannot happen in everyday life. I want to keep up with this blog, but I will only do it if it is fun and not another chore. If this means I only post once a week or even every two weeks, that’s fine by me. Some weeks I may post 3 times. I’m sure consistency isn’t the best for views, but I blog so I can have fun in a wonderful community

    2. Speaking of views, I don’t want to obsess over my stats. While I do believe its good to check to see if people like the content, I am not going to worry about them. Of course, I do want more people so I can branch out more in this blogging community, but I don’t want views to be the deciding factor of if my post was “successful” or “good.”

    3. Finally, I would like to work on my graphics more. I have been making new images on canva, and I like them, but I would still like to improve.


My overarching reading goal is simple: read more.

I have so many great books that I want to experience, but they are just collecting dust on my shelf. I don’t read as much because I don’t feel like I have time, but I need to make time. A big reading habit of mine is finishing a book very quickly (within a day or two). That’s impossible to do when you you have other responsibilities. I want to get in the habit of reading, even if its just 20 minutes at a time. I would like to start reading more before I go to bed because its a great way to wind down. Reading is such a peaceful escape for me that brings me joy, and I need to prioritize it in my life.

That being said, I don’t want to overwhelm myself. As for reading goals, I am not going to set big numbers. I am going to start out small–say 10 (because I know I should reach that)–and then work my way up. Plus, I want to get in the habit of actually logging my books onto goodreads because I have no clue what I read this year🤣.

So that’s it for my reading and blogging goals. What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comment section!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

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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.

June 7: Reasons You Love _____

This week’s topic really caught my eye, since it was so open-ended. There are so many things I love it was hard to choose! I ended up selecting “book-to-movie adaptations” because I have so much to say about them.

1. the anticipation

This may sound strange, but I actually love the anticipation that comes while waiting for a new book or movie to release. I love counting down the days or seeing how close I am to reading or watching something I am excited for!

2. Extremely Accurate Screenplays

One of the best things for me when it comes to movie adaptations is when the author writes the screenplay. When you are sitting in the theater and you hear the exact same lines you read, it is just a really neat experience.

3. Similarities

While watching a book-to-movie adaptation, it is always fun to spot the similarities. Movies could go in any direction, so it is cool to see you favorite scene or character included.

4. Differences

Differences–the thing that sparks the most arguments about book to movie adaptations. Sometimes the movie will take a different path than the book, and sometimes it can lead to something great or something awful. I always enjoy seeing how the movie has a unique story to itself, because it is impossible to dully translate a book to a movie.

5. Gives Characters a Face

I am extremely bad at picturing characters while I am reading, so seeing other’s interpretations of the character is always helpful. There are times were if I see pictures or a trailer of the movie, I will imagine the characters that way. Also, I love when characters I pictured look exactly how I thought they would. For example, Daniel Radcliffe does not play Harry Potter–he truly is Harry Potter to me!! 😀

6. Helps Visualize the Setting

This is for books that have specific settings of places I haven’t been. When reading The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t picture Amsterdam the best. But after watching the movie, I now know what the Anne Frank House and the restaurant looked like in the book,

7. The Hype 

Seeing one of your beloved books getting the attention it deserves is a great feeling. When a book is announced to become a movie, while there are some that will just watch the movie, many will also read the book. In the end they all are enjoying the same story you love.

8. Picking Up Small Details

Sometimes, the movie producers throw in small Easter eggs for us readers. To someone hasn’t read the book, they wouldn’t notice these details. However, when we see them,  we get completely giddy.

I personally love movies that are really accurate and adapt the book as best as possible. These adaptations can be a total hit or complete flop (looking at you Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, etc.) Here are some of my absolute favorite recent book to movie adaptations.

Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1) Paper Towns

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

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Empire of Storms Cover + Synopsis




Ok, so for those of you who have kept up with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, you probably know that we recently got a cover release and goodreads summary! If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I LOVE IT! It is definitely one of the better covers of the series (although I think Queen of Shadows is still my favorite). Normally, when I see fire on a fantasy cover, it looks super cheesy and unneccessary, but this time it actually makes sense!

This cover isn’t the only thing I’m excited for, because there is also a summary!

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

The worst thing about Sarah J. Maas books is how I read them so fast, and then I have to wait a whole year to get the next one :(. I have no idea how I am going to wait for September 7th. There are so many things to be excited for in this book!

EDIT: I just realized that this is the second to last book, and after this one there is only one more o:


Spring Books: Pastel Edition

I don’t know about you guys, but I am really glad that Spring is finally here! This is one of my favorite seasons because everything comes back to life- the trees are blooming, the birds are chirping, and my flowers are starting to pop up! Another I love about spring is the pastel colors that come with it. Seriously I could get lost in the Easter decoration aisle forever, because all of the colors are beautiful!

In honor of springtime and Easter tomorrow, I decided I would compile a list of books based on the pastel them. Most of these are contemporary, since you don’t see too many hard fantasy books with pastel yellow and purple on them. Maybe one of this will spark your interest, and your next book will match the season!

(Summaries and Descriptions are from either author’s website or goodreads)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and KeyWhat happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you’re going when you can’t even claim where you’ve been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. It’s the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even—and especially—when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. As Ruby learns, there’s a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself.


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Meant to Be by Laura Morrill

Meant to Be

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window)  when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts  . . .  from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


Rebel belle Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Mosquitoland After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


It’s about a girl named Cath who is obessed with the best-selling Simon Snow series. She’s a hardcore fan, and has a fanfiction that thousands of people read. Cath is like many of us, socially awkward book nerds, so follow her on her journey through her first year of college, twin troubles, and the boy in her room named Levi.


There is a handful of these that I haven’t read myself, so I may be picking up one of these pastel beauties in the future!










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Soundtrack To My Life Book Tag

My span of internet-less days is over! What better way to get back into blogging than a fun book tag. I found this particular one over at The Books Out Loud and self-tagged myself, because it looked to fun to pass up!

Opening Credits: favorite childhood book:

I absolutely adored the Junie B. Jones series! There was even a point where I bought the whole series of books and I read them all the time. Everywhere I went, I had one ready to read!

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I was in a bit of a slump there for a while, so I reread Fangirl. That book always makes me happy, and just puts me into this positive mood to read.

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

I remembered I had to read The Mysterious Benedict Society once, and I fell in love with it! It was one of the first books that I read that was on the larger size, and was the first step into some older fiction. It was also very interesting and unique.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

Honestly, there are so many authors that I will read whatever book they put out. Just to name a few, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Veronica Roth.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

Divergent has some pretty good action sequences, that all in all are very dramatic and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

An Abundance of Katherines…honestly I have no idea how many times I have tried to start this book. I have only gotten 30 pages in each time, and I really doubt I will ever finish it.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

I think that Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a great book for people to read, because of its message. It deals with some dark stuff, and I feel that everyone could benefit from a trip through the mind of a hurting person.

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Have you read TFIOS? If so, you totally understand.

Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

  1. Harry Potter (duh)
  2. Percy Jackson
  3. Hunger Games

Honestly I could go one, but here are the basic answers.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

I honestly do not even remember. Like at all.

Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

Contemporary-wise, I will never get tired of rereading Fangirl. Fantasy-wise (of course Harry Potter, but I want a different answer) I would have to say The Darkest Minds series. I can pick one of those up any given day and be completely sucked into the story.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at nearly 900 pages. I am not even ashamed of how fast I read this beast.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS. This series was soooo good…until Blood of Olympus! Percy Jackson books are some of my favorite, so the fact that I wish it had ended differently even makes me sad. At least the Trials of Apollo will be out soon 🙂

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue:

I know that for many, Harry Potter’s epilogue is either one you love or hate. I just so happen to be one of those who love the ending. I love the glimpse of the second generation and just the happiness of it all. All was well.

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag!



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I’m on a Rereading Kick?!?

So this past week, I have focused a ton of my time into reading. This put blogging on the back burner temporarily for a few days, but I got to say, it was great being in a mood where all I wanted was to read! The strange part is, I have been reading rereads, one series in particular. I haven’t read these books in forever, and with the tv show on, I wanted to read them so I can gauge the accuracy. Have you guessed the series yet?? That’s right, it’s the…


Believe me, I am in more shock then you. You are probably thinking to yourself, The Mortal Instruments? You never even talk about those books Bri! That’s where I am confused as well. I’m one of those people who didn’t gush over The Mortal Instruments, and preferred The Infernal Devices much more. I didn’t exactly hate them by any means, they just weren’t my ~thing~.

So why have I been reading these again? Two reasons. First, I went to the store and Passenger and Bookishly Ever After weren’t there. Second? There is this part of me that absolutely can not watch adaptations without having read the book first. Seriously, I can’t do it. For some reason, I just love comparing and catching differences. (TANGENT: For example, I watched the first 3 episodes of Recovery Road on freeform app, and afterward figured out it is A BOOK. Now it is on my library list XD) So, when Shadowhunters premiered last week, I figured I would be fine since I had technically already read the books. Then I found myself looking something up online, and then in the book. Before I knew it, I have read 4 books in 5 days.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire is still my favorite, due to the fact that Jem and Tessa are present. So after rereading (most) of this series, has my opinion changed? Not really. They still aren’t the best, but they are definitely fun and cheesy. Which is what I am expecting from the show, nothing though-provoking, but just a fun adaptation. Yeah it may not be the best series or tv show, but you got to admit, it is pretty entertaining.