Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2) by Jessica Park

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2) by Jessica Park!

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.
This is one of my all-time favorite series!!  I absolutely loved Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt.  When I read that Jessica Park was writing Celeste's story, I almost cried because I am so in love with these characters.  Flat-Out Celeste is scheduled for release within the next two weeks and I CANNOT WAIT!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ten Books About Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

1.  I absolutely love the platonic friendship between Thatcher and Fiona in The Blue Bistro.  My favorite book of hers and the BEST beach read!!

2.  Even though Firefly Lane is super sad, it really is about friendship and a pretty amazing friendship, at that!

3.  I loved The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and it involves a super strong friendship and redemption.

4.  Even though the House of Night series jumped the shark after the sixth or seventh book, what drew me to the series in the first place was the friendship between Zoey and the other members of her circle, especially Damian and Stevie Rae.

5.  Jennifer Crusie's books almost always have awesome friendships in them and Bet Me is my favorite.

6.  The friendships in The Secret History may be a bit . . . unusual . . . but I always loved how close the group was, even in the end.  

7.  No better (more intimate?) friendship than The Raven Boys!  

8.  You know you have a good friend when, like in The Liar Society, they try to find your killer, even at their own peril!

9.  Things I Can't Forget addresses a question we all have faced:  what do you do when you friend does something that you fundamentally disagree with -- do you shun them or help them?

10.  In Left Drowning, no one needs friends more than Blythe.  And, boy, does she get a whole family of them!

Friday, May 16, 2014


I was tagged by Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss to answer some fun questions!   Thanks Megan!!
Check out the end of the post to see who I’VE TAGGED!

What are your top 3 book hates?
  1. Like Nereyda, the OOPS! pregnancy is a BIG turn-off for me!  So predictable and never good.  Almost always a DNF for me.
  2. World-building -- it's just not for me.
  3. Lack of communication / break-ups because of a simple misunderstanding in which neither character just emits a simple truth!  I can't stand (and it is so common lately, especially in NA) when half of a book is devoted to the love interests in turmoil because of a communication breakdown and/or simple misunderstanding.  So frustrating -- TALK IT OUT!!
Describe your perfect reading spot:

I know this was asked in a Feature and Follow Friday.  My post is here.  Essentially, I love reading outside, on the beach with a view, or under a blanket by the fire, depending on the weather.  I have a great chair by one of our stoves and I read there every morning before work!

Tell us three book confessions:
  1. I never read print books anymore.  EVER. I am a kindle addict and I seriously have no use for print books.
  2. I've never read anything by John Green.  I own three of his books but I can't bring myself to read them.
  3. I am terrible at reviewing books -- I love reading and I love reading reviews of books I've read but I have such a hard time writing meaningful reviews.  If I love a book, it's really hard for me to communicate why I loved it.  It's much easier to tear a bad book apart and write a negative review, but who wants to do that all the time?
When was the last time you cried while reading?

I am definitely not a big crier while reading!  I think I have only cried twice while reading -- the last time was the ending of The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher.  The only other time was while reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, which I didn't even enjoy that much but it was such a sad and depressing ending.

How many books are on your bedside?

A big fat ZERO.  Just my kindle!

What is your favorite snack while reading?

I don't love to snack while reading, honestly.  I usually am drinking sparkling water but I don't really snack while reading.

Name three books you would recommend to anyone?

That is so difficult since everyone I know really has certain genres that they love but I would say:
  1. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher.  This series has no equal for me although Mud Vein was absolutely incredible and indescribable.   
  2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  I thought no book could top The Secret History but The Goldfinch did it.  I recommended this to everyone from my law partner to my mother in law and to my brother, and they all loved it!
  3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris.  I have read and/or listened to all of his books and they are all phenomenal but this one is probably my favorite.  So funny and so true regarding family.
Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase:

This is so sad but I seriously have so few print books anymore.  I will update this with a picture of the ones I do have (almost all Linda Howard) when I get home.

Write how much books mean to you in three words:

Can't. Stop. Reading.

What is your biggest reading secret?

No one in my real life knows I have a book blog (even if I am so bad at updating it!)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman!

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.
This is one of my favorite series and I am so excited for one tiny glimpse into Willem and Allyson finally coming together!  Just One Night is scheduled for release on May 29, 2014, and you can pre-order HERE for just $0.99!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

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