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January Wrap Up

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I can’t believe January is already over! It’s been a fast and cold month, at least by Texas standards. I thought I would start doing a monthly wrap up at the end the month just to show what I’ve read, bought, received and what not when it came to books and other things in my life.   Books Read Time between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone *We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp *Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg *Must read…pure excellence! Approved Arcs Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg Say What You Will by Cammi McGovern Purchased The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han    Most Played [I see it was a country kind of month]

Review: Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand

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Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand Published: May 30, 2003 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Format: Purchased Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died. Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passi

WoW [61]

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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. The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder Expected Publication: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Point Synopsis... Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in. Why I Can’t Wait…. Oh I love how this one sounds! Sounds cute, has it secrets and football…sign me up! What are you waiting on? Please link me up to yours. I’d love to see your picks! 

Cover Reveal: Taking Chances by Ariadne Wayne

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Taking Chances by Ariadne Wayne Genre: Contemporary Romance Expected Publication: 3/30/2014 Lauren and Mark Burrows lost their parents in a car accident one night. Despite their father being the drunk driver, both struggle with the urge to turn to drink; Lauren most of all. When all they have is each other, Lauren feels lost when Mark falls in love with Cassie Warren and moves out.  Ethan Stone has been alone since his divorce. His ex-wife took him for everything, and he has felt empty for a long time. He's not looking for love, but Lauren brings him back to life. The question is whether she can fight her demons for the man she loves, and if Ethan can handle the wild ride that is life with Lauren. EXCERPT Ethan leaned over to kiss her. “I’m looking forward to going to bed too. If I’m invited.” She laughed, slapping his arm. “Are you kidding? After all that fuss at the door, you had better bring your A game tonight, Mister.” “I don’t know abou

Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp Published: December 14, 2010 Format: purchased Challenge: 2014 TBR Reading Challenge Publisher: Knopf BYR Rating: 5/5 Synopsis SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever

Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone Published: October 9, 2012 Format: Purchased Publisher: Hyperion Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time. My Thoughts I honestly didn’t know if I would “get” this story. I mean it’s a time travelling tale of two people who fall in love. I’ve read and s

WoW [60]

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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. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams Expected Publication: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Putnam Adult Synopsis... Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history. Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the neces

Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

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Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott Expected Publication: January 28, 2014 Format: via NetGalley Publisher: Harlequin Teen Challenges: 2014 NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Life. Death. And...Love? Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with. But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her. Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and m

Cover Reveal: Ringer by C.J. Duggan

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Ringer by C.J. Duggan (Summer #3.5) Publication date: April 2nd 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Synopsis “They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.” Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy. Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor. After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday. It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women. Until Miranda Henry. The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overs

Review: Scars of Sweet Paradise- The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols

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Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols Published: February 15, 2000 Format: Bought Publisher: Picador Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legacy Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's musicianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted. My Thoughts For those of you who don’t know me I’m a HUGE music fan. I think of myself as an old soul though. I love and adore music from t

Book Blitz: The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom

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The Art of Letting Go [Uni Files #1] by Anna Bloom Publication date: September 25th 2013 Genres: New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads  / Buy Amazon Synopsis: One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it? When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action. Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up. As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep. With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Li

Wow [59]

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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.   We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt Expected Publication: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Synopsis... Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart. When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something

Weekend with my loves...music, football and of course books!

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In an effort to keep up with my resolutions for a better stress free year I did some major cleaning this weekend. In between football games I managed to get some things done. I started off with the music. I mean you can’t really clean or do anything really without music right? I keep it old school with my music. While I have tons of cds, and music downloads my favorite method is still LPs.  Why? Mainly because my favorite kind of music is anything from the 60’s-70’s and the only way you hear it in my opinion, is through a turntable.  So once I got my tunes together I started off with brutal task of paring down my books. I know I know it was heartbreaking! I try to force myself to do this at least twice a year. While I would love to keep all my books it is quite impossible to do, I don’t have that much space I already have four bookcases in my bedroom. Luckily this time around it wasn’t so hard to do; I had a lot of double copies and books that I honestly didn’t want. So while this

Mini Review: Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen

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Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen Published: December 3, 2013 Format: free Kindle read Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 4/5 Synopsis From the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.  My Thoughts Who knew a 38 page short story could be so good! The story of Kate and her interaction with her neighbor left me curious and very intrigued. I love his story of lost love and how he knows Kate’s husband, and how I felt there was more to that story. It was if he knew some family secrets or

Review: And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard Released: January 28, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Format: via NetGalley Challenges: 2014 NetGalley/Edelweiss Rating: 3/5 Synopsis When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self. This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow. My Thoughts I must admit I feel very torn by this book. One part of me really enjoyed it while the other part felt like it fell short. I was so excited to read th

WoW [58]

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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.   The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe Expected Publication: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Knopf Synopsis... A fiercely beautiful debut blazing with emotion: a major first novel about friendships made in youth and how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or sustain. Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further-and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, b

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Bookish Goals

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This year I vow to make some changes for the better. That means in my life, my health and also my blog. So here’s my Top Ten Bookish Goals for this year. For more be sure to check out the fab ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish . *Have fun! This will be my 2 nd full year of my blog and I will be more relaxed this year. I’ve always been an anxiety driven person but this year I just want this blog to be fun, not to worry about deadlines or feeling like I have to read and do everything. I’m going back to simple things. *Quality over quantity. I know it’s easy to click and request all this new fab books on NetGalley and Edelweiss but I must admit I got overwhelmed last year. This time around I’m focusing on just books I REALLY want to read. If I only read 20 books fine, I rather read a small about of great books that a tons of sucky ones. *Interact more. I’ll be responding more to comments and on other bloggers blog. I read a ton of blogs but just don’t comment. I love

Review: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

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Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler Published: December 31, 2013 Format: Copy via Publisher Publisher: Simon Pulse Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.  And it may be more than Emma can handle. Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an inten

New Year...New Blogging Goals

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A New Year and a fresh new start! I can’t believe I’ve survived another year of blogging. I’ve read some awesome and [not] so awesome books the past year, like everything else it’s all in trial and error. This New Year I vow to read 60 books. Although I read 82 last year this year I want to focus more on quality than quantity. It’s not about how many I read but my main focus is to only read books I truly think will bring something to my life in whatever way possible. I’m going to be more devoted to my blog and maybe I’ll even start writing again. I want to be more active with those that follow and take the time to stop by. Plus I will have more contests throughout the year. All in all I just want everyone to have a better year. Make goals no matter big or small and live life to the fullest. Enjoy whatever makes you happy and just be the best you that you can be.