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Event: The Rules of You and Me by Shana Morris

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The Rules of You and Me by Shana NorrisRelease Date: June 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:Hannah Cohen has always lived her life by a set of carefully constructed rules to maintain the image of perfection. But now, the rules aren't helping control the chaos that is quickly taking over.

Opting out of spending the summer in Paris with her mom, Hannah instead heads to the mountains of North Carolina to stay with her aunt. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a barrier between Hannah and the rest of the world, a safe haven where her secrets can be forgotten.

When Hannah crosses paths with Jude Westmore, a guy who hangs a different shirt from the tree in his front yard every day, she finds herself breaking out of the comfort of her rules and doing things she had never dared before. As the summer passes, Hannah and Jude grow closer and make up their own rules for dealing with life.

But when the secret Hannah has tried to …

Review: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

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Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan CrandallExpected Publication: July 2, 2013
Format: E-ARC provided by Edelweiss
Publisher: Galley Books
Rating: 5/5

Summary via GoodreadsThe summer of 1963 begins like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, Mamie, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three, but is convinced that her mother will keep her promise to take Starla and her daddy to Nashville, where her mother hopes to become a famous singer—and that one day her family will be whole and perfect.

When Starla is grounded on the Fourth of July, she sneaks out to see the parade. After getting caught, Starla’s fear that Mamie will make good on her threats and send her to reform school cause her to panic and run away from home. Once out in the country, Starla is offered a ride by a black woman, Eula, who is traveling with a white…

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond.
Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, Paperback etc?
A: Well to be honest I like them all, although I like them for different reasons.
Hardback: Because they look pretty on my bookshelf.
E-books: Although I said I would never get a E-reader I LOVE my Kindle! These things can be dangerous to my book buying habit.Honestly how many of us can get little trigger happy? It makes it so easy to just click and buy a book.
Paperback: If I just HAVE to have a physical copy of a book this is the cheapest way to go. Plus in my opinion it’s the easiest. They are light and easy to carry, just throw it in your bag and go.
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WoW [34]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:
Perfect Ruin [The Internment Chronicles #1] by Lauren DeStefanoExpected Publication: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR

Summary via Goodreads...On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder…

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read so Far in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic…Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013While most are new books… two are old ones that I just read this year.





That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Review: The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

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The Summer Girls by Mary Alice MonroeExpected Publication: June 25, 2013
Format: E-ARC provided via Edelweiss
Publisher: Galley Books
Rating: 4/5

Summary via GoodreadsThree sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author. Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness.

My ThoughtsResentment, secrets and family is just some of the themes that run through this wonderful story of The Muir family. Three very different sisters are summoned by their grandmother to spend the summer with her and each other before she sells the beloved family …

Review: Girls Like Us: Carloe King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon by Shelia Weller

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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation
By Shelia Weller
Published: April 14, 2009
Format: Purchased copy
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary via GoodreadsA groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon -- charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time.

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation -- female version -- but in a bracingly spec…

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond.

Q: Share your favorite literary quote.
A: Wow how can I pick from so many?? If I have to choose…here’s my favorite literary quote…I love this quote because it’s one that can speak too many of us. I feel like sometimes we don’t always feel like we deserve good things in life, for whatever reason. Sometimes people settle for the now and don’t want to wait for real thing. I believe in never settling, we all deserve the best!

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WoW [33]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s WoW feature is:

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren MyracleExpected Publication: August 20, 2013Publisher: Amulet Books
Summary via Goodreads...For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after h…

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic…My Summer TBR ListThese are books I currently have in my possession that I hope *fingers crossed* I will have read before the end of summer.



That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?
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Review: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

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Island Girls by Nancy ThayerPublished: June 18, 2013
Format: ARC provided by publisher
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Rating: 4/5

Summary via GoodreadsCharming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages—that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trus…

Review: The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

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The Widow Waltz by Sally KoslowPublished: June 13, 2013
Format: Finished copy via publisher
Publisher: Viking
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary via GoodreadsGeorgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.

As the family attorney scours emptied bank accounts, Georgia must not only look for a way to support her family, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be, just as her daughters—now ensconced back at home with secrets of their own—have to accept that they may not be returning to their lives in Paris and at Stanford subsidized by the Bank of Mom…

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond.
Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.
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Wow [32]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-ReadyExpected Publication: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary via Goodreads...Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of sa…

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic…Summer ReadsI thought I would honor some of favorite authors whom I view as my go to for awesome summer reads. Plus two books by my [new to me] favorite author Joshilyn Jackson.








That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Review: Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin

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Reality Ends Here by Alison GaylinPublished: June 10, 2013
Format: E-Arc provided byNetGalley
Publisher: Pocket Star
Rating: 3/5

Summary via GoodreadsWith a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and stepdad who are too strict, Estella Blanchard is a typical teenage girl-except that her daily struggles are plotlines on the reality show, Seven Is Heaven, which relentlessly documents her life as the older half-sister of sextuplets. Estella's an Oscar-worthy actress at hiding her true feelings from the camera.

However, she can't outrun the spotlight when she receives a Christmas present from her biological father...who died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances. Blamed for this "sick prank," Estella is placed in an unorthodox support group for troubled child stars-including a twenty-three-year-old has-been, a backstabbing drama queen, and a super-cute (but very off-limits) boy bander. And, as weird as the group is, when a creepy papa…

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond.
Q: Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why?
A: I haven’t actually broken up with any series. I tend not to read many too begin with. I have to really want to read the first book because I feel a series is so much of a commitment. However sometimes the series is so good you can’t help but to be drawn in.
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WoW [31]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:
Hereafter [Shadowlands #2] by Kate BrianExpected Publication: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Summary via Goodreads...Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She's also made friends with a local clique--including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.

But Rory's world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn't what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory's every move is more terrif…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books ft. Travel

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic…Traveling!











That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?