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Reading Queue: September

The Reading QueueHiya!

Well, I think summer is officially over in Manchester! The weather seems to be saying, “Yeah it’s September now…it’s time to get chilly!”

Looking back at the past month, I’m actually pretty surprised that I read four books in August! I must say that I couldn’t have done it without audiobooks! I listen when I have to wash bottles (which I do often) and since we don’t have a car, I do a lot of walking around town so audiobooks continue to prove themselves very useful!August Books

  • Defy by Sarah B. Larson
  • Ignite by Sarah B. Larson
  • 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

We have finally begun unpacking our books (two months after the move!), so my plans for September are exciting as I’m re-discovering the unread books I brought with us to the U.K.

Reading QueueThe following books are on my Reading Queue for September:

  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louis Rennison (print)
  • On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison (print)
  • Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison (print)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (e-book)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (arc print)
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (print)
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs (audiobook)
  • A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (audiobook)

I want to know what’s on your Reading Queue! You can comment on this post, or join us on Instagram! If you’re interested in joining, just use the hashtag #readingqueue with a photo of the books you are planning to read! And don’t forget to update us throughout the month!

 

 

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Reading Queue: October

the-reading-queueHi!

Yes, it is actually October!

I feel like September just blew by me this time around! School is in full swing and the weather has been turning crisp and cool!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story , where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I love visiting the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

My October Reading Queue:

I have eight books on the queue this month, which is pretty presumptuous of me, but I like to keep my eyes set high! haha

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (e-galley)

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley (audiobook)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

City of Orphans by AviCity of Orphans by Avi (print)

Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin DionneNotes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne (print)

Shatter My by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (print)

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

How I did Last Month

I was pretty proud of myself for September since I was able to finish four out of the six planned books! And by the looks of it I apparently I went on a little bit of a fantasy binge this past month! I just love fantasy so much!

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (audio)

BitterKingdomThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (audio)

The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (audio)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (e-galley)

Not too shabby! What tasty treats are you planning to read during the month of October? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I gobble up first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beachy Reads

Hi there!

It’s officially the first week of summer! And I made it through the last days of school with my students with minimal crying! Yay!

I absolutely love summer reading. I get to lounge around the house, or coffee shops  just doing what I want…reading!

So, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) I  am shopping my own book shelves for summery, Beachy Reads. All the books listed below are those that I own, haven’t read yet and seem like they’d make for nice relaxing summer reading. So here they are!

Lock&KeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah DessenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen

TheTurthAboutForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toerings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen TracyThe Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracey

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

(on my Kindle)Of Posiedon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

Don’t these all look like cool, relaxing summer reads? Have you read any of them? Which of these should I add to my July Reading Queue?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Featuring Travel

Hi there!

It’s Tuesday! And tomorrow is my last day at my school with my awesome students….but I promised myself I wouldn’t cry today (I’m moving to South Carolina in July), so let’s just get on with the list!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday  (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is focused on books that feature travel. Although I haven’t done a ton of it, I love traveling and exploring new places. I hope to do much, much more traveling in the future! But for now, due to a lack of traveling funds, I bring you books that feature travel. Some of these books feature travel for pleasure and some for necessity, but it’s all travel!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (YA)

Love at first sight on a plane on the way to London.

Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns by John Green (YA)

Road trip with friends to find another friend.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (YA)

Traveling through distant lands to assemble the team who will take back the kingdom of Lumatere.

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis (MG)

Operation Pedro Pan children traveling from Cuba to the U.S.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman PhilbrickThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (MG)

A boy searching for his brother travels across a Civil War torn United States.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (MG)

The true story of Salva’s travels one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

TempestTempest by Julie Cross (YA)

Time travel!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (YA)

A girl’s scavenger hunt across Europe.

Woods Runner by Gary PaulsenWoods Runner by Gary Paulsen (MG)

A boy searches across states for his kidnapped parents during the American Revolution.

Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey CouloumbisThe Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis (MG)

Two orphaned sisters set out into the Wild West and soon find themselves as outlaws.

So, as mentioned earlier some of these books feature a fun, lighthearted travel while others are travel for more serious reasons, but all of the above books are great reads! Have you read any of these? Are there some travel books that I absolutely must read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

Hi there everyone!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday! Every week the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish post a theme to create our lists by.  This week the theme is qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book. I have a few that will guarantee I pick up your book. Chances are that if I pick up a book with some of these qualities I’m going to enjoy it! (I’ve done extensive “research” on this topic…)

Entwined by Heather Dixon The Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Selection by Kiera Cass

1. Girls In Pretty Gowns.

I just LOVE pretty gowns and want to wear them. I also generally enjoy books with this type of cover.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

2. Romance Included.

Not romance novels, but novels with some romance in them. Le sigh…

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. Fairy Tales.

Yes. I will most likely pick up the book if its a retold fairy tale. Fairy tales are just so classic and I love the magic of them.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Smile by Raina Telegmier  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Female Main Characters.

I just have a hard time connecting to male main characters so it’s always a tough sell for me.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5. England.

If your book is set in the UK in some way…historical, contemporary, fantasy whatever. I want it. I am 100% Anglophile.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

6. Boarding Schools.

I have always loved boarding school books. Boarding schools just seem so fun without your parents watching you all the time!

Austenland by Shannon Hale prada and prejudice Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

7. Jane Austen Related.

If your book relates to Jane Austen because it’s a retelling or something similar then I’m probably going to pick it up.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins The Parting by Beverly Lewis

8. Amish People.

I’m just so intrigued by their community and culture! I want to read about them!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Husband Appeal.

If you’re book has qualities that both my husband and I will like, then the chances that I’ll pick up your book increase greatly. I’m not sure what those qualities are though…murder (judging by the three books above)?!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Audiobooks Narrated with a British Accent.

Yup. I’m 100% Anglophile.

So there you have it.  The qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book…all laid out in front of you.  Some one should write one book to rule them all….one that fits all of my favorite things! haha

What book qualities always entice you to read?  Thanks for visiting!

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Top Ten Tuesday: April New Releases

Hi there and welcome back!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday meme.  To find out more about it click here.

My theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is April New Releases.  Each month brings us brand new books to drool over and each month I highlight ten of the ones I find particularly interesting. So, since we’re so close to the start of April, let’s get started with ten new books for April.

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFeverDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (April 2) YA

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (April 2) YA

Light: A Gone Novel by Michael GrantLight: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant (April 2) YA

The Key and the Flame by Claire M. CatererThe Key and the Flame by Claire M. Caterer (April 2) MG

Rump by Liesl ShurtliffRump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff  (April 9) MG

Strangelets by Michelle GagnonStrangelets by Michelle Gagnon (April 9) YA

Game by Barry LygaGame: The Sequel to I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (April 16) YA

Taken by Erin BowmanTaken by Erin Bowman (April 16) YA

The Elite by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera Cass (April 23) YA

The Program by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young (April 30) YA

I love seeing what new treats are out there for me to read and I think I’m most excited for The Elite since I read the first book, The Selection, last year and really enjoyed it. Which April new releases are you anticipating the most?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books of My Spring 2013 TBR List

Hi there!

Today I’m making a planning list for my Spring Reading List. Some people do Spring Cleaning, but not me. I do Spring Reading! Yes I do!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. I love creating my lists based on the themes they post and this week’s list is all about books on our Spring TBR List.

So, what tasty little treats am I hoping to devour this spring? Well, let’s take a look! Some are new releases and some are much older but that’s ok! I want to read them all!

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Rebar

The Fire Horse Girl by Victoria SchwabThe Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane NickersonStrands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Temptation by Karen Ann HopkinsTemptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Starglass by Pheobe NorthStarglass by Pheobe North

Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I’m really hoping I can get to read at least half of these books! I say half, because inevitably I know I won’t get to them all. Have you read any of them already? Which should I focus on first?

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Waiting on Wednesday: This is What Happy Looks Like

Happy Wednesday everyone!

It’s time for Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m super excited about the upcoming release of Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel This is What Happy Looks Like!

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithWhen teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

I feel in love with Jennifer E. Smith when I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which was released last year. I honestly had no idea she had another book coming out, so I was really surprised when I came across This Is What Happy Looks Like on goodreads! It sounds really cute and right up my alley! What girl hasn’t dreamed of randomly meeting the cute celebrity and falling in love?! Also, I think this cover is one of my favorites!

Well, we have until April 2 before we can enjoy this book, so we have to wait a little longer!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ohhh La-La My Favorite Romances

Hiya!

Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme is Top Ten Favorite Romances.

So, let’s talk romantic books (not romance novels…because that’s just not my thing)! I absolutely love romance in books, in fact any book I am going to LOVE has to have a bit of romance. It’s just a fact of my reading life! ROMANCE! GIVE ME ROMANCE!

I will not be listing my obvious choices, such as Pride & Prejudice, North & South, Northanger Abbey or Bridget Jones’ Diary because those romances all go without saying!

So, let’s start with some of my favorite Young Adult romances.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Okay, so let’s move on to some non-YA romances that I love! (Note these are NOT YA and some are not recommended (by me at least) for teens).

Redeeming Love by Francine RiversRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA BelmondA Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond

Austenland by Shannon HaleAustenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Imaginary Men at Anjali BanerjeeImaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg CabotSize 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

So there you have it! All of the books listed below are great romances and sometimes you just need a great romance in your life!

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A Healthy Fear of Mayonnaise: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Well, hello there!

Are you in the mood for a quick contemporary YA romance?  Well, I have just the book for you! You should look into The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (TSPoLaFS from now on) by Jennifer E. Smith.

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithAlthough, I also enjoy other genres, I always welcome a good contemporary romance – especially one that’s Young Adult. Now, obviously there are other themes at play, like family relationships, but yes the romance is at the helm of this story. Duh!

First let me start by saying, that although there is “instalove” in this story, it’s not the “I’m gonna die without you” kind.  I guess the better term would be “instacrush”.  The other aspects of their lives take precedence over this potential chemistry, and the chemistry isn’t actually realized until the real life issues are dealt with in a healthy way.  Plus, even if it is instalove, I don’t really care.  I know its fiction, so it makes for a wonderful story and a fabulous escape from reality for a little while.

Also, the love interest is British.  Need I say more?!?! :D

I must say that I’m pretty sure Jennifer E. Smith wrote me into the main character of Hadley.  Hadley is American —me too. Not too impressive you say?  Well, how about this:   Hadley is afraid of mayonnaise — me too!  Wait. What? Afraid of mayonnaise?! Yes.  I love that Smith threw this in here as one of Hadley’s main fears.  I hate mayonnaise, but it’s not a strong dislike type of hate, it’s an “OMG! Get it away from me!” fear driven hate.  After years of people looking strangely at me when I explain this phobia, I thought I was the only one.  But I’m vindicated and I’m not alone! (Hadley also is afraid of the dentist and spiders…hello! Me too!)  Hadley also mentions at one point that someone told her she has “no filter”.  I may or may not have been told that many times in my life….

Speaking of Hadley, she’s a pretty lifelike character.  She has been deeply hurt by her father leaving her and her mother behind.  This is pain that Hadley never really dealt with in a healthy way.  So far, all she’s done is ignore the strong emotional reaction she has to missing her family and the life they lived before her father left. I think the ultimate decision that Hadley makes will lead her on a more open and less bitter path in life.

Hadley’s father.  Hmmm… Well, I both completely disagree with him and sympathize with him.  I will say that although I think Hadley’s father ultimately made the right choice in ending his marriage before things got horrible,  unlike another character (no spoilers here!),  I don’t agree with his explanation that love excuses his behavior and actions.  What he did to Hadley and her mother is inexcusable, but I think the most important thing is that he still loves his daughter and wants to have a relationship with her, despite the painful past.

The second I saw this cover and read the summary I knew it would be a book I’d really enjoy and TSPoLaFS did not disappoint!  It was a very quick and enthralling read; I finished it in a little over one day.  Lovers of romance, middle grades and up, will find this a  fun and very enjoyable read!

Check out the book trailer here.

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Poppy (January 2, 2012)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 256 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight