Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

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Summer is approaching and with temperatures soaring back up within reason, it’s time for everyone to start getting their summer reading lists together! Personally, my fav things to read during the summer are warm, insightful contemporaries that just make me feel good on the inside. SO. HERE ARE THREE great contemporaries that I’ve read and I think would make A+ summer reads.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  • YA Retelling of You’ve Got Mail
  • Online friends who’ve never met but bonded over classic movies
  • Summer romances
  • Surfing
  • Family

I’ve read and loved everything I’ve ever read by Jenn Bennett so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving this book. Bennett has a knack for writing swoony, shippy romances that’ll make your heart feel mushy inside.

2. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

  • Sibling relationships
  • New relationships
  • Family secrets
  • New friendships

The Whole Thing Together is Brashares at her best. Nobody can write a summer contemporary novel like Brashares does and this time she explores family bonds. You will probably cry at some point as you read the book. The book also explores some race and religion issues!

3. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

  • YA Retelling of Pretty in Pink
  • Girl has to work at her family’s grocery store over the summer
  • Re-kindling friendships
  • Coming of Age

The Education of Margot Sanchez is such a warm, summery read about a girl who has a lot of learning to do. Margot Sanchez has a reputation to maintain but at what cost? As she re-kindles friendships and meets new people, she begins to rediscover herself and what it means to be Margot Sanchez. Rivera crafts such a compelling coming of age story and I cannot wait to read what else she has in store.

**note that none of the images used in the collages are mine, all were found using Pinterest**

Fresh Batch (April 23rd – 29th)

Fresh Batch (April 23rd – 29th)

Posted by on 04/22/2017 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

North of Happy Adi Alsaid Publication date: April 25th 2017by Harlequin Teen

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New from critically acclaimed author of LET’S GET LOST and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES. In the wake of his brother’s untimely death, a teen chef runs away from home to find his true path in life.

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take…

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

Posted by on 04/20/2017 • 0 Comments

HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I am sharing a fun interview with the delightful Erin Gough! RAISE A GLASS TO (freeedoooommm) to ERIN GOUGH!

1. If you could be any color in the world, what color would you be? 

Green. It’s the colour of nature, not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West. Kermit is green, too, and that frog can dance.

2. Who does Delilah consider to be a person who has everything put together?

Rosa Barea, definitely. From a distance, Rosa seems smart, talented and sure of herself. Of course, when Del gets to know her better, she realises that she’s not as together as she seems.

3. What song would Delilah think…

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Posted by on 04/19/2017 • 11 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Little, Brown to bring you a fabulous giveaway for Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Alert: THIS BOOK IS SET IN SPACE. <– important fact because all books set in space are always on my tbr since I’ve kind of been obsessed with space since I was a bb8 and wanted to do that astronaut as a career thing (now I am a lit major so that didn’t technically work out.)

About the Book About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a…

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Posted by on 04/17/2017 • 3 Comments

About 5 years ago, The Fault in Our Stars made a HUGE splash in the YA reading community. Lots of people fell head over heels for it and some of us weren’t impressed at all. Regardless,The Fault in Our Stars went on to be adapted into a movie and was set as the standard to which all other YA books would be compared to. SO. Books. If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you should read and support these wonderful, diverse books and find a new fav! Or if you just want good diverse books to read, DO THAT TOO.

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Written by a POC author. Features wittiest banter, discussions of mental illness, etc.

2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Star-crossed lovers….

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Posted by on 04/15/2017 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Missing Kelley Armstrong Publication date: April 18th 2017by Crown Books for Young Readers

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The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too….

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Posted by on 04/11/2017 • 4 Comments

Always wanted to read a book but the idea of touching one makes you want to cry? It’s okay! I GOT YOUR BACK. I will teach you how to read a book in 6 quick steps.

1. Break into your roommate’s room and look around for a book.

If you don’t have a roommate or your roommate isn’t a reader, move into a place with a roommate who reads.

2. Grab a book at random. Since you’re not much of a reader, you probably don’t have a preference.

The next step will be key to deciding whether or not you and the book are MEANT TO BE.

3. Sniff it.

This is perhaps the most important step in the process because it will help you determine whether or not the book…

Fresh Batch (April 9th – 15th)

Fresh Batch (April 9th – 15th)

Posted by on 04/08/2017 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Upside of Unrequited Becky Albertalli Publication date: April 11th 2017by Balzer & Bray

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win…