Why I’ve Been A Bit MIA Lately

What?! I haven’t felt like reading much or blogging lately. It is not like I have got stuck in a slow read or am suffering from wonderful book withdrawal. I have been blogging for almost a year now and I have not taken a break since I have begun. I had so many books to read and review, I just crashed!

Throughout blogging for almost an entire year, I have learned some things. For example, don’t request more books than you can read. I had a great deal of trouble with that one. There were so many books available to me and I wanted to read every single one! Also, waiting until the last minute to create and organize a blog post is not a very good idea. I’m a bit of a procrastinator and this is something I definitely need to work on.

Therefore, I won’t be taking a hiatus just yet. I have a few books and posts I need to handle before that happens. I do promise to work harder on getting my posts up and running. Christmas is coming soon and I hope to take a break then so I may spend some time with my family and friends before the New Year kicks in!

I love blogging, but I am learning that it is a hobby and it is good to take breaks every now and again. I would like to thank all my readers for following and contributing to this blog! This blog would not be what it is today if it wasn’t for you!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Soldier by Julie Kagawa

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Soldier

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A fighter dedicated to saving humankind from dragons in strictest secrecy.

That was what Garret Xavier Sebastian thought he was part of as a soldier of the Order of St. George. What he learned from a fiery dragon hatchling twisted all he believed in and set him on a collision course with certain death-but not without a chance to put things right.

Betrayed and on the run again, Ember and rogue dragon Riley discover an unthinkable truth about Talon and St. George. They’ll need Garret’s skills and insider knowledge of the Order to negotiate an impossible deal-and if they fail, there will be no way to stop all-out war.

I’m not going to lie, I am pretty excited about this one! I wasn’t a huge fan of Rogue, but I am interested to see where this book takes the story. I would really like to see more of Garret’s side of the story and I would really enjoy the romance progressing! I don’t like to be kept waiting!

Review: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

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Title: Young Widows Club

Author: Alexandra Coutts

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Synopsis from Goodreads:

First came love, then came marriage, and then…

For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher!

Tamsen’s, Tam, world is torn apart the morning she finds her husband, Noah, of six weeks dead. After a run in with the law, Tam must return to high school and graduate, move back into her father’s house, and start attending a support group for young widows. Although Tam dislikes her new support group, she is surrounded by people she can relate to.  Meanwhile, Noah’s band has found someone to take his place. Through everything, Tam might have found someone who can make her happy again and maybe, just maybe, she can start to heal.

While some might think that Tam handled the loss of her husband immaturely, I believe that she reacted quite appropriately. Her husband just DIED. Everything else in her life is going to be put on hold. I imagine when the person you planned to spend the rest of your life with dies, you will need some time to reevaluate your life. Nevertheless, Tam did progress. It took her some time, but she did move forward.

I love when one of my most anticipated books of the year does not disappointment my expectations. Young Widows Club provides the reader with a perspective that is not common, but very real. I was married at a very young age, a few months after I turned eighteen, thus I connected with Tam very easily. However, my husband is alive and healthy (thank you Lord) and I cannot fathom undergoing the situation that Tam went through. Young Widows Club is very close to my heart because it made me realize how very lucky (extra lucky) I am. The fact that you could lose someone in the blink of an eye is extremely scary. This book is a reminder to never take your days with your loved ones for granted.

5 out of 5 stars


 

Meet The Author

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Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year full time on Martha’s Vineyard.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and her website.

Waiting on Wednesday: Cure For The Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Cure For The Common Universe

Author: Christian McKay Heidicker

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . .

Ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named
Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta
seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

Jaxon’s first date. Ever.

In rehab, he can’t blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He
can’t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has
just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life
skills. And he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn
how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.

If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens
in treatment, confront his mother’s absence, and maybe admit that it’s
more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.

Prepare to be cured.

Ahhhh! I can’t wait to read this one! I’m such a huge fan of video games and I haven’t really read a book with a character(s) interested in video games. I’m so ecstatic for something new and refreshing! And besides, who could resist that cover?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. Shall we?

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1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”

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2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”

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3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

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4. Winger by Andrew Smith

“Joey told me nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was, that things expand and contract- like breathing, but you could never fill your lungs up with the same air twice.”

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5. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

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6. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

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7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

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8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”

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9. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

“There’s always another storm. It’s the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.”

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10. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

“You are on the inside. Deep in your muscles. That’s you. The body is the extension of you. Only give someone your fingers, your skin, and toes if they deserve to touch your soul.”

What are some of your favorite quotes?