Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #125

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Nothing Left To Burn 
Series: None 
Author: Heather Ezell 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Publisher: Razorbill 
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.
Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.

Find Nothing Left to Burn online! 

Why I'm waiting on Nothing Left to Burn this Wednesday:  While I haven't heard much about this novel, I'm incredibly excited to read it!  Having grown up and lived in California for most of my life, I'm not a stranger to the wildfires that happen frequently there.  I'm excited to read about the fires in this one and to see what role they'll play in the novel!

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?  How do you feel about reading about natural disasters in novels?  I'm really looking forward to see the role they play in this novel and how the characters deal with that threat!  Let me know what you're waiting for down below! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...
Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals!

1. Read 75 Books!  Last year I ended up reading 76 books, 16 more than I planned to read!  It was an awesome accomplishment and I'm hoping I can read at least 75 books this year.  I know it's going to be a little more difficult because it's my last year of college and I'm busy with graduating and getting ready to enter *adult life* (eep).  

2. Read More Adult Books!  I mostly read YA books with the occasional romance thrown in but I really want to start reading more adult books, especially adult fantasy novels!  I read a few in 2017 that were really good and I think reading more will help with my own writing and introduce me to some exciting stories!

3.  Read Classics!  I've been wanting to read more classics for a long time and just . . . haven't.  A few years ago I bought Pride and Prejudice and Withering Heights so I think I'll start with those ones first!  If you have any suggestions for classics to read, leave some in the comments below!

4.  Take Notes While Reading!  I have a bad habit of just reading without taking notes or writing down my reactions to certain events in the books which makes it very difficult to write reviews, especially if I wait a while to write them (which happens often).

5. Write Reviews Promptly!  Another bad habit.  I tend to read a bunch of books quickly and not write the review right away -- rather than write them while the story is fresh in my mind, I'll wait until the day before I planned to do the review to write it.  

6.  Read Lord of Shadows!  Okay, so I started reading this book around when it first came out and I was struggling to remember everything that went down in the first book so I put it down.  But I'd really like to finish it before the third books comes out so I have to get on that!  

7.  Read Tower of Dawn!  Okay, I've been hardcore putting off reading this one.  I've heard fantastic things about it but I just . . . haven't wanted to read it.  I may still be slightly bitter about it taking place of the final book.  Also, I don't really like Chaol.  Oh well.  I have to read it soon since I don't want to go into the last book not having read all the others.

These are all my reading goals and resolutions for 2018!  I don't have 10 of them but I think 7 is more than enough to keep track of.  I hope these goals will make me a better reader and a better blogger!  What are some of your reading resolutions? 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Roomies

Before I write this review, I just wanted to say: I'm back!  I took an unexpected hiatus (again -- whoops) to spend more time with family and deal with some personal things.  I haven't had much time to read or write anything but -- finally -- things have begun to slow down and fall into place which means I'm back!  I'm excited to start posting and reading again. 

Title: Roomies 
Series: None 
Author: Christina Lauren 
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher: Gallery Books 
Publication Date: December 5, 2017 
Source: Bought 

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Find Roomies online!
Christina Lauren books tend to be hit or miss for me.  For the most part, I've enjoyed them and I'm happy to say that Roomies is another one of their books I really liked!  While it was a little slow to start for me, I thought the premise was fun and interesting -- it certainly led to a lot of entertaining and swoon-worthy tension and situations between the main characters, Holland and Calvin!

I've come to the conclusion that my favorite romance stories to read are hate-to-love stories and marriages of convenience.  In Roomies, Holland and Calvin make a deal to get married in order for Calvin to pursue his dream as a musician on Broadway.  They go pretty quickly from strangers to husband and wife in order to ensure Calvin's ability to be in the Broadway show.  I loved seeing them quickly and genuinely grow to know and like each other throughout this process -- it was so sweet seeing how they gradually learned to trust and care for each other.  Even better was when they started to realize that their friendship was quickly turning into something more.  Talk about swoon!  

Despite the familiar premise of a marriage of convenience, the overall plot was made exciting and new with the inclusion of the Broadway aspect.  I was really interested reading about the show and Calvin's passion for music.  Hearing the way Holland described Calvin's music made me wish I could hear it for myself!  It's clear he's immensely talented and he quickly becomes popular because of his talent.  The added element of Holland and Calvin having to deal with him becoming basically a celebrity was also a really interesting and fun element to read about in this story!  My only real problem with the plot was a few chapters toward the end when it felt like Holland was kinda . . . making problems that didn't necessarily need to be there.  I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much but her lack of communication began to frustrate me.  

This is the sort of story that just made me all sorts of happy.  It was full of so much sweetness, swoon-worthy scenes, and intense tension between the two main characters!  I couldn't resist falling for Calvin and Holland and I hope Christina Lauren's next novel is full of all the magic this one was!  

“Do you have cats?” I blink. “Cats?” “I’m allergic.” “Oh.” I frown. This is really where his brain goes first? Mine went straight to bare skin and sex sounds. “No cats.” 

Four Teapots

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read in 2017!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I Read in 2017!



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak || Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


Undecided by Julianna Keyes || What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios || Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen || An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

What were some of your favorite reads of 2017?  Do we share any of the same ones?  I'm really excited to see what new favorites 2018 brings!  Let me know what books you enjoyed this year in the comments below!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Back from Hiatus + Update!

You guys!!  This past month and a half has been insane!  I've been so busy and haven't had any extra time to read (or blog).  I've missed guy guys so much!!  It's been strange not to be posting on this blog of commenting on and visiting other blogs.  But I've had to put school work, family, my own well-being, and NaNoWriMo at the fore front and I've gotten a lot done!

Last month, I made the goal to do and win NaNoWriMo! I was really excited to compete but knew it would be extra challenging with it being my last year of college.  I had never won before so I was pretty nervous about it.  But this year . . . I DID IT!  I won NaNoWriMo!!  The last day I wrote 10,000 words in order to read 50,000 so I'm super proud of myself!  I'm still working on story and it's been going well so far (although much slower than in November).  

Since finishing NaNoWriMo, I've been basically drowning in school work and finals.  There were some interesting projects I had to do and I've been barely surviving on caffeine trying to finish it all.  I have one more final to do and then I will be officially all done and on break for a few weeks!  I'm so looking forward to spending the next month or so just reading and spending time with family and friends!

So, that's a bit of an update on what has been going on with me!  I'm really happy to be back on the blog and can't wait to catch up with everyone and visit your blogs!  I hope you all have had a good November/December!  

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