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Top Ten Tuesday-Beach Bag Books 6/3/14

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This week The Broke and The Bookish are looking for beach reads! My beach bag will mostly likely not see a single grain of sand this summer because I will be too busy doing grass/patio/porch reading. Sand makes me twitchy. So, my lazy summer days reading will hopefully consist of the following books:

1. The One by Kiera Cass. Honestly, I do not even like this series. But I *must* know how it ends.

the one

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. True story: this book is too big for me to commit to right now! Have you seen it? It’s a monster. I will be reaching for this one when I have a few days off!

city of heavenly fire

3. After the End by Amy Plum. I plan to read this new post-apocalyptic suspense this summer. I have it at home now, so possibly sooner than later.

after the end

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I can’t wait for this new book to come out on July 8th.

landline

5. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The ultimate beach read! Look at the cover; they are on the beach!

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6. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I just started this series and I can already tell that these books will be my go-tos when I am struggling to choose a book. I suspect that Harry Dresden is dependable. I will be able to count on him to be entertaining.

fool moon

7. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. I can always count on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun, cute read. Perfect for summer.

chapel wars

8. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I almost didn’t add this to my TBR list because of ballet. Eh. But people keep raving about it and it’s a mystery/thriller. Also, I remembered that I have no interest in high school football but I still I LOVED Friday Night Lights, so Pointe gets a chance this summer! *NOTE* I accidentally forgot to bring a book to work for my dinner break so I grabbed this one off the shelf and read the first chapter. I definitely want to read this book now!

point

9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I have enjoyed Zevin’s YA books, but have never read any of her adult works. This one sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read or listen to it this summer.

storied life

10. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. I think I need a touching/moving/crying type summer book. From what I hear, this one will do the trick.

summer of letting go

What books are on your summer reading list?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

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Top Ten Tuesday-2014 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read 12/3/13

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and The Bookish have us looking ahead to 2014. At first I thought that there weren’t too many books coming soon that I am just dying to read, but upon closer examination of my lengthy TBR list, I managed to find a bunch! In chronological order, here are a few of the books I am excited about for 2014:

1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway. January 14. This is the sequel to Also Known As, a fun Gallagher Girls readalike.

going rogue

2. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. January 21. From the author of The Nightmare Affair (the sequel, The Nightmare Dilemma is also coming out in 2014 and I am excited about that as well!), comes a new science fiction series. For fans of Firefly? SOLD!

avalon

3. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. February 11. An unstoppable army of giant praying mantises? This sounds so weird. I can’t wait.

grasshopper jungle

4. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. February 18. This sequel to Mind Games will no doubt be awesome.

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5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. April 1. Oh. My. God. This is the book I am most excited about. An evil Dorothy? This is going to be one wicked Oz retelling!

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6. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. April 1. A new serial killer book! This one sounds Dexter-ish, with a female do-gooder killer.

dear killer

7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. April 15. I loved Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door and am eager for more from her.

what i thought

8. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. May 6. You can always rely on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun contemporary novel, and I am sure this one will be another winner!

chapel wars

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. May 13. A suspense novel from E. Lockhart? How exciting!

we were liars

10. Raging Star by Moira Young. May 13. I am very excited for the final book in the Dustlands Trilogy. So much drama in book 2!

raging star

So that’s 10. But I am also SO excited for these too:

cress lair of dreams dreams of gods and monsters

AND I NEED a new Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, a new Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French, a new Shades of London by Maureen Johnson, and a new Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

What did I forget?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

 

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt Review

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Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
March 26, 2013
Bloomsbury
320 pgs

After discovering that her boyfriend is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory swears off both Jeremy and technology. Hurt and humiliated, Mallory longs for a simpler life. When she discovers a list written by her grandmother in 1962, she knows that she has found her inspiration. Using The List as a guide, Mallory sets out the reinvent herself and her life by going vintage. Of course, the fallout over her break up isn’t the only challenge Mallory has to face. Her parents fight all the time, her grandmother has become strangely distant, and her younger sister and best friend constantly outshines her. Oh, and the potential new guy? Her ex’s cousin! Can The List fix all of these problems? Living a simple life turns out to be a lot more complicated than just swearing off computers and cell phones, but she perseveres on her journey with a little help from her family and friends.

One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that Mallory turns her betrayal and hurt into positive action. Her reactions, doubts, insecurities and triumphs are so real and normal. It is refreshing to take a journey with an ordinary character dealing with everyday issues. I love a good escape book as much as the next person, but sometimes it is easy to forget that in the real world dramas of all sizes are unfolding on social network sites and in schools and homes. Mallory kind of stumbles through issues on all of these fronts and she has a great cast of supporting characters along for the ride. This is a sweet and funny addition to the contemporary fiction genre. I definitely enjoyed this one!

Be sure to check out Lindsey Leavitt’s other books which include the Princess for Hire series and Sean Griswold’s Head.

This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan