Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: Review

Um…let’s just dive right in because I’m SO READY!!!

Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Dutton, a Penguin group
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 323, Hardcover
Received Copy: Personal Library

Synopsis: (via Goodreads)

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say . . . ?

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Last February, right before Lent started, I had come up with an idea of what I could “give up for Lent”. Definitely not a strict Catholic, but man am I a product of that guilt–I always need to give something up. Anyway, I decided to give up: buying books. It was TORTUROUS! Well it was probably beneficial but not really because I need all the books.

At the time right before Lent I saw this book buzzing on my Twitter timeline…a book called Eleanor & Park. Apparently it’s good. I mean, it was on everyone’s must read list. So one of my twitter buds tweets, “Hey I’m meeting Rainbow Rowell at a book signing, let me know if you want a copy of E&P signed!” So I’m like wellllll obviously I need it and if I buy it now it won’t go against Lent, win-win. Long story short, my world was rocked by Rainbow Rowell. It was such a beautiful story. So that’s how I met Rainbow’s beloved works. I read fanfiction (guilty I know) so I was so eager to gobble up Fangirl, which I did–which I loved, but I my collection was missing one piece: Attachments.

I purchased this book not too long after I devoured Eleanor & Park but guess what? THAT WAS LAST YEAR! WHAT THE HECK HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH THIS SPECTACULAR BOOK JUST SITTING ON MY SHELF?! WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS?!

Well Ms. Rainbow was at ALAMW this year which is right next door to me in Philly and I went! I had gotten my copies ready for her to sign but before I saw her I needed to read Attachments. I wanted to. I wanted to be the dutiful fan who can say “I’ve read all your books!” Squee!!

Sorry, I needed to share that, now onto the book & my thoughts…

Things I Liked:
-The concept: chapters alternate in emails between coworkers, Jennifer and Beth who work as writers for The Courier newspaper, and Lincoln’s storyline. It’s a great mix! Now usually I’m completely against different points of view, but this really worked because they never crossed paths. Lincoln seldom interacts with the characters, so you don’t get the info repeated.
-the emails: COMPLETELY relatable! As a girl who has conversed with a friend/coworker like that I got on the same level as Beth and Jennifer.
-the plot: I’m a sucker for fate, signs, meant to be, serendipities…basically because I yearn for it in my real life! Not a practical idea but if this happened in my real life I’d definitely write about it because I’d want to share it with everyone
-the characters: (I’m saving Lincoln for later) each other the characters brought something so relatable to the table; it felt like reading my own life, I cannot even begin to tell you! The mother, Lincoln’s sister and friends, his life and the decisions–all of it felt like I was reading my life….as a male character that Rainbow Rowell was writing haha
-the genre: I’m not sure if this is young adult? New Adult?…probably teeters on both but, I’d LOVE to read more books like this. Not afraid of adult language but not used excessively. Some intimate moments–which the perv in me wished there was just a little more making out, LOL, yet I was still completely satisfied with what I read.  The age of the characters? I’m close to Beth/Lincoln/Jennifer’s ages so again definitely relatable.  I love reading about the teens in high school or college, but I would love to read more of whatever this genre is!
Lincoln. What’s there to say except, he’s me. I loved him. His intentions. His decisions. He was cute. Adorable but also handsome. A character you read about and daydream about why he doesn’t exist in real life! His life is basically where I am. Every day. Thinking I need to do something with my life, date, love, better job, meet people. Replace his D&D playing with my reading and we’re the same!

Things I Didn’t Like:
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….exactly. Wait no. I do know what I don’t like about it…NO SEQUEL! Oh god, what I wouldn’t do to just…sigh, I don’t know? Rainbow has a way with words and making these characters you fall in love with just so, I mean she could write about them reading the phone book and I’d be grateful! I mean you probably couldn’t make a sequel, I guess Rainbow could write the next chapter of his life but I mean, probably would need a new idea…watching re-runs of Seinfeld instead of Quantum Leap? Rainbow, make it happen!

Sorry I gushed all over this post. I’m really hoping this book is released all over in paperback because now she’s got the fans and this book is so underrated! I personally think it’s her best. I mean all three books touch a different audience but, I don’t know, this just radiates–I guess that could just be my personal preference though.

Overall rating: own it! Kindle or for your physical bookshelf, you’re not going to be disappointed! YOU NEED THIS!

xx Linz

PS…..here’s a pic of book club and I grabbing a photo at the signing (the sweetest)!

Not A Drop to Drink: Review

So excited to post about this book!

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Not a Drop to Drink

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Pages: 320, Hardcover
Received Copy: Kindle deal; personal library

Folks, it’s been a while since I’ve read a dystopian book. I guess because I’ve been reading simplistic drama filled YA novels I forgot how awesome an alternate universe can be! If you have not checked out this book, make sure you put it in your “Must Read” list.

This story is about a water shortage in the world and Lynn, a country girl raised on her mother’s survival skills is left to defend her pond, one of the few major water sources close by ready for the taking.

Synopsis:
(via Goodreads description)

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

Things I liked:
-Lynn is bad ass! She’s kinda adorable without knowing it because she was raised “in the wild” I guess you could call it so she doesn’t know the simplest things. Example: she had never heard music in her life until halfway through the book. But she’s a great female lead–strong willed, rough around the edges but a heroine for sure!
-Not your average story. This is such an interesting subject to write about because it’s plausible. It could potentially happen one day, whether it’ll be in my lifetime or the next, water shortage could happen and how does one survive? You kind of have to go back to the stone ages to remember. While there were modern tones to the setting, there were tasks that seem so mundane it’d feel like ancient times if you couldn’t turn on the faucet to get a stream of water.
-A story that’s not a series. I’ve also been reading series when it comes to dystopian and it’s refreshing to see a book start and then come to an end. Even if more gets added, I won’t mind but it’s nice to see a full story and not read something that needs to be drawn out.
-Her mother. Having a strong female figure was great to see! The mom was a compelling character who had to do what was best for herself and her child–selfless, an endearing thing to read.
-Third Person! It’s been a while since I had read a book that wasn’t alternating POV or first person, so this was refreshing.

Things I didn’t like:
-I didn’t really have any issues with the book. It does touch on some abuse of women, although some is never clearly shown just heavily implied. That’s always a difficult thing for me to read because I get fueled by the hatred I have for that act alone. I feel like under the circumstances where basically these people end up living like it’s the Wild, Wild West again, it seemed a realistic thing. It’s plausible that an egotistical set of men would think they’re owed the world and were able to take advantage of anything and anyONE.

I’d definitely check this book out! It started out a little slow for me but again, it’s been a while since read this style: the alternate universe. But the further I read, the more into it I became! You’re in the dark just as much as our girl Lynn is but you learn and become as sharp as her character. The thought of having no water makes you think. Could you survive? I sure as heck know I wouldn’t last very long. I’d miss my carbs and my meat that comes in a package instead of hunting. Let’s not forget my thoughts on guns, I’d like never be able to survive, HAHA! I guess I shouldn’t be laughing when the zombie apocalypse or water drought comes 😦 What’s also awesome that it’s Mindy McGinnis‘ debut novel as a YA author!! What an excellent way to break out into publishing and I’m very excited to see what she comes out with next!

Overall rating: own it! Kindle or for your physical bookshelf, you’re not going to be disappointed!

xx Linz

Top Ten Tuesday: On My Reading Wishlist *spoilers*

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It’s that time of the week where I have fun making a top ten list, courtesy of The Broke & the Bookish.

For January 21: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)

Now, I have to dig deep because I’ve read a lot (well not as much as I’d like to) and need to narrow down what would be the absolute bestest for my reading wishlist according to ME! 😀 PLEASE NOTE!!!!! SPOILERS WILL BE MENTIONED!!! Seriously, no joke, if you haven’t read the following: One Day, Just One Day, Just One Year, Eleanor & Park, Requiem (Delirium series), Gone Girl, Destroy Me (Shatter Me series), Anna and the French Kiss, Fracture Me (Shatter Me series), and/or Delirium (Delirium series) look away now!!! 


This is pretty much my favorite book ever. Anna and St. Clair, they’re just *hearts floating all around*….sighhhhhh. Anyway, I guess the fact that they’re still in the companion books to Anna, aka Lola and the Boy Next Door and should be in the HIGHLY anticipated Isla and the Happily Ever After (well I’m anxiously waiting for it at least) it’s nice to see the characters make little guest appearances. I would love nothing more than to just read more of them–read how they ended up finishing their senior year and had more “couple” time. They finally get together after all the angst and drama and they’re only together for like 10 pages….sad face for sure.

Let me say this, this book is my SECOND FAVORITE (right behind Anna) but this book is COMPLETELY FRUSTRATING! As well as the follow-up, which also made my list. Now for Just One Day, you have this girl, Allyson, a straight-laced chick on a trip to Europe who on a whim, the summer before she starts her first year at college, decides she’ll see where fate takes her with a handsome stranger whom can take her to Paris…for just one day. Now already you’re hooked–after reading the craziness and beautifulness of their one day, it goes to hell the next morning where him and her have separated! This chaos is created for Allyson’s life next several months, reeling from the aftermath, trying to find herself. And she does! She goes through this fantastic transformation and follows through and finally, FINALLY, SHE GETS THERE! She  finds him again back in Europe…by a miracle of miracles decides he’s moved on so she doesn’t talk to him….but then right at the end, RIGHT AT THE END she changes her mind to find him & knocks on his door!! And what happens next…..THE BOOK ENDS, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS! I was so devastated that my character had turned over a new leaf, blossomed into this girl to woman and then you don’t get to read anymore. It just ….sad, but then…you got hopeful because, HELLO NEXT BOOK FROM STRANGERS POV!!….. *shall we?*

Hello book I had most anticipated last year! So you get the book and think to yourself, “Okay, okay, we know what happened to Willem and Allyson at the end…what happens next?! Do we get more of what happened next!!!??” Well folks……..we didn’t. Now the hardest thing about this book is right after it was released I met Gayle at a book event. So nice, very sweet and very honest. She explained how she loves setting up the story. She puts everything in place just so and then when you think you know what happens next, she cuts you off because she wants you as the reader to create what should/will happen next for the characters. While I do think this is a great idea, this book was here to rescue me from WHAT HAPPENS WITH WILLEM AND ALLYSON and that was kind of shattered. It was just….sad that she couldn’t give more. I kept reading and thinking, NO NO NOOOOO I need to know! And never got it.

To me this story is just so heartbreakingly good. It’s honest. It doesn’t sugarcoat. And it’s real because guess what? It does not follow your dreams in a book ending: no happily ever after. And that hurts. While some stories I finish and think, “Nice, they get to spend the rest of their lives together–it all worked out” or something along those lines but this was a strong female character who made a decision to get herself out of a situation and she did it for herself. Which is totally fine. I loved that–but you broke poor Park’s heart, Eleanor. And you broke mine too, as the reader that is. While teen romance always seems like fate when you read it, these characters just had a certain magic to them and I wanted their crappy lives to turn around and get a happily ever after. But nope….and it’s tough because you only get a little but your heart still aches.

delirium1Delirium is a really decent series, until you get to the second half of book two, Pandemonium and then you think, “um where is this going?” Delirium was a pretty cool idea about making falling in love outlawed. Love makes you do crazy things, it gives you passion–sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s bad. I like this little alternate universe but the way this book ended? It could’ve ended in a two book series. No need for three. Or even just the one and leave everyone with a cliffhanger, but the series just ends up going downhill after this book which was kind of disappointing because I think Lauren Oliver had a great idea, she just didn’t follow through very well.

Req1The last in the Delirium series and definitely the worst of them. A love triangle that was COMPLETELY unnecessary–I felt like this was some weird bandwagon YA authors decided to all write and then this became an actual thing. But you developed this story that’s now coming to a head and you end it. Right when there was SOOOO much potential to dig deeper into this new craziness that occurs in this universe! Characters come back, fighting is all around–all hell breaks lose and then it ends. Just like that. More could’ve been put into this story to save this series and that was disappointing.

This is a Shatter Me series novella and …..it’s ….well I don’t know how to put it in words…unfair? Novellas are interesting and can be great things but this novella did nothing but annoy/anger me as a reader. You have Juliette, the main character who’s POV is used in the series, but when you read the novella you decide to get a taste of Warner’s piece of mind, his POV. After reading a number of chapters about a character I only had a certain view of, I now get this WHOLE new perspective of how he feels. Now my feelings for this storyline have completely turned around because of this short read. And frankly, that’s annoying because I wanted to feel what I felt as a reader. Now swayed and get a different feel because now I know more backstory to a troubled character and realize maybe there could be hope for the bad guy. Who does that? This was an unwise decision to post this before the series was finished but I feel like publishing companies have this in mind that this new information/novella is a money maker (which it is) so therefore, capitalize on it. 😦

fracture1See my comments up above regarding novellas. While this novella was from a different love interest’s POV, this was such a wasted novella. I learned nothing about the characters and no real development happened. A tiny bit happened, but I could’ve lived without reading this and just kept myself bouncing on my toes until Ignite Me comes out.

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This book was such a page turner!! It’s a great read and it pulls you in–mystery on the wife, who’s a potential killer, who had intent to do it, why it happened and then BAM! The ending fails so hard. While it’s sorta been a while since I read it, I do remember thinking I could handle the ending and just be done with it, but the more I thought about it, the more I was sad it was lacking compared to the pace of the rest of the book. Never mind I was furious at the character’s decisions–more importantly Nick’s, his behavior and what he decided to do would be changed and he’d get the payback Amy had deserved for being a psycho.

OD1This book was given as a twitter rec to me ages ago! I had heard it was going to become a movie and was stoked because it’s a great story that spans through a good chunk of two friend’s lives together and apart. Sadly I was disappointed when they cast that guy from Across the Universe and NOT Andrew Garfield who was TOTALLY Dexter–I pictured him the WHOLE time while reading. No real face for Emma but probably Mireille Enos, AMC’s The Killing’s lead detective, could probably have pulled her off in the film version; but alas neither were picked. The story takes this friendship that fumbled at first, wasn’t even anything really, mutual friends had made them hang out, to a few years later they become closer, to a few more years pass and careers change–partners differ but the friendship keeps getting closer and closer until FINALLY these kids get their acts together and realize THEY’VE BEEN IN LOVE THE WHOLE TIME! Duh….c’mon now. Well things get to the next year: engagement, business is great, they’re SOOOO in love, and it’s really happening for them! They’ve taken so long and are now getting it right and moving in together, starting a life they always secretly wanted. And then….a bicycle/car crash. The ending just basically destroys the reader and it’s utterly heartbreaking. I would have this ending changed in a second for sure! A happily ever after with lots of babies and happy moments!

I know I put lengthy explanations and MAJOR spoilers but I’m sure most of you have read them already and have various opinions. I’d love to know what your wishlist would entail!! Did any of you agree with me?

Until next time…
xx Linz

 

Fault Line: Review (book club pick)

Where to even begin with this one….okay here goes:

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Fault Line
Author: C. Desir
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 226, Hardcover
Received Copy: friend loan

For January’s book club pick we chose Fault Line by C. Desir. Now going into reading this I already knew what to expect. I had read a blog post late last year that was tweeted out and decided to read up on it. Fault Line’s subject matter is a stressful topic to tackle, to talk about, think about, and let alone WRITE about it but sometimes that can be cathartic.

The story is told through Ben’s eyes, soon to be & then becomes boyfriend to Ani, the new girl in town who’s pretty spunky and down to earth. Not afraid to be herself and speak her mind. Until a few months into the relationship something goes down at a party: Ani was there and Ben was not. What happens at the party is different but definitely along the lines of last year’s upsetting national headlines Steubenville rape case, while luckily social media wasn’t an added factor in this story, the amount of guys, the acts…you know where I’m going with this; it’s similar.

The book does a pretty good job of attempting the realistic: the shutdown of both the boyfriend and girlfriend’s lives–they change, they’re closed off, they act out, they don’t tell others and try to deal with the burden and trauma on their own terms. Every person acts differently and it was sad to see Ani’s character go into a downward spiral and to read how she made herself feel, to prove right others expectations from this one tragic night.

Things I liked:
-the realistic approach and not making it all sunshine and rainbows, it’s dark, and while it could seem unrealistic, I’ve read a bunch of posts on sites like XO, Jane where women have recounted their stories and a bunch acted out exactly how Ani did.
-the voice of Ben; really interesting to see through the prescriptive of someone who didn’t witness it, wasn’t around for it but just the before and aftermath.
-the fact that this is not your average YA novel…this might actually be more New Adult, but don’t quote me on that

Things I didn’t like:
-It was a little too short, or rather the ending fell flat. It would’ve been nice to see where things happened to go a little later on with the characters or a little more of Ben’s discussion when he goes to Ani’s house right before the book ends
-Obviously: the subject matter. It gets me too enraged. It gets my blood boiling when this stuff actually happens in real life–not just a made up story but girls and guys who suffer this every day.
-In the beginning of the story the dialogue sometimes felt a little cheesy but did get a bit better the rest of the way through

Overall rating: if you’re going to read this book, borrow it from a friend or library loan it–it’s a decent book but it’s a rough read you might not want to leave on your shelf.

xxLinz

Top Ten Tuesday: TTT Debuts I’m Excited For


January 14: Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For via  The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on anticipated debut authors in 2014. Usually I heavily rely on others for recs, I’m not the best at keeping up to date on who’s fresh & upcoming into the book world but I can tell you that I do try. That being said,  for this TTT, I’m listing mainly authors whom I’ve never read so to me they’re kind of like debut authors–in my own way!


Trouble by Non Pratt | Goodreads

A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.
I’ve been seeing this mentioned on my Twitter timeline and it looks so interesting! She actually IS a debuting author and this is one of my top anticipated novels I’m ready for.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Goodreads

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
Apparently 90% of who I follow on Twitter cannot stop raving about this book! While E. Lockhart has previously released, this one is a close second to my top, Trouble pick.


Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet | Goodreads

Has the narrative flair of Gillian Flynn and Adam Ross, the scruffy appeal of Donald Ray Pollock, and the addictiveness of Breaking Bad.
I found this reviewed by a fellow Goodreads friend, she gives awesome reviews–glad I just randomly followed her one day (similar interest reads) and I was so intrigued! I love all of the aforementioned in the book’s description that I know I won’t be disappointed!


The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson | Goodreads

Moving from town to town and finally having the chance to settle down will it work out? But now that Hayley Kincaid’s dad’s PTSD due to tours in Iraq could come back; does she have a shot at normal or will trouble brew?
Again this is a recent release, just a few days ago, and hearing great things! I’m always looking for the angst and hope of a good comeback. Again, not a debut title, but still really looking forward to it.


How to Love by Katie Cotugno | Goodreads

Reena has loved Sawyer since forever but he’s never noticed until one day he does. After a whirlwind romance, Sawyer disappears only only to come back into Reena’s life, but is it too late? To fall in love not once, but twice?
This has been sitting on my shelf for forever! But I believe Katie will be on a book tour in a few months around my area so I need to get crackin’ on reading this!


Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill | Goodreads

Think The Cutting Edge meets The Parent Trap. When the Sloane Jacobs’ switch will it be a success or skating on thin ice?
I might’ve just bought this book the other day–same as Impossible Knife Memory, it’s a recent release and of course with that gorgeous cover how could I not get my hands on it!? This description sounds like a fun ride & as a kid I used to ice skate so I’m excited to bring back memories.


Trust Me, I’m Lying | Goodreads

Julep Dupree is a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at a swanky Chicago private school. When she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel.
By the cover reveal, I was already hooked never mind the description–count me in!


Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | Goodreads

Breakups are hard and after Reagan’s recent one, she’ll need a little girl time with her best friend, country-singer superstar who just so happens to be going on a summer tour. Reagan is in for the summer of her life but what will it have in stored for her?
By the time I probably get around to reading this it *will* be summer time and I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be the perfect read.


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | Goodreads

Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.
This was a great Kindle deal the other day and a prior *almost-so-close* book club pick so I knew that I had to get the deal when I had the chance! Ripped from the headlines definitely grabs my attention and I’m always ready for a good thriller!


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion | Goodreads

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
If it’s about love, I’m usually a sucker for it. While thinking and hoping true love is real, in books it’s the best kind. Another stroke of luck on a Kindle deal so I can’t wait to start this as well…perhaps for Valentine’s Day??

What are some of your highly anticipated picks for 2014? I’d love to hear them, especially since like 95% of my list consists of non-debuting authors, haha, but again, I’ll be a first time reader for them all so it’s like a debut….for my book shelf!

xx Linz

Top Ten Tuesday: TTT Book Goals/Resolutions for 2014

So, nothing like starting off the new year with a new tradition. Apparently the book blogging world (thanks to The Broke & the Bookish) have a weekly Top Ten Tuesday where fellow bloggers list their top picks via the prompt given.

For January 7th, 2014: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 (bookish, not bookish or a blend)
So let’s get to it…   I’ve decided to make five bookish goals and five non-bookish goals, the bookish goals first:

Probably my most obvious of the goals is my Goodreads 2014 challenge which is to complete 50 book titles. In 2012 I read 26 books (? i think) and decided that was like…HUGE! I hadn’t really started falling in love with reading until college and I broke out into the midst of Harry Potter–those movies got me hooked! After that, some historical and random school books here and there, thus leading me to a random day at Barnes & Noble where they would not stop talking about Breaking Dawn coming out in a few weeks! “PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!” they shouted over the loud speaker, where I then sat at a cafe table thinking “Um sorry, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel are the only universes I want to know about where a human falls for a vampire, mmmkay?” Well joke’s on me because I bought into it–which was kind of a blessing. I immersed myself into reading fanfiction which then lead me to the discovery of fic authors twitters which lead me to OOH you like Twilight and Harry Potter, check out Hunger Games, which then made me go crazy into the book-loving community! So it all worked out. Those little words on pages can get you places, so don’t ignore them!

As I was saying, the past few years I keep progressing my goal, 26 books, turned into 50 books for 2013–my original goal was 35, so I’m hoping that setting the goal for what I actually was able to read this year I can surpass it yet again!

Explore some different genres. I stick to too much YA. Not that this is a problem but, I probably should branch out. Or at least read YA novels but read more that are paranormal or dystopian because I predictably read a lot of “Janey’s-in-high-school-and-Rachel-is-a-mean-girl” “George-likes-Kelly-but-she’s-the-cool-girl-who-will-inevitably-fall-for-his-geeky-side”-kind of books. Stepping outside of the box can really be exciting and who knows what kind of new authors/genres I’ll grow to love just like my high school drama classics?!

BLOG MORE! Obviously I started this on a whim and I have a personal blog that gets neglected, but I really feel like sometimes when you blog you can make other connections. You can create friendships, you build certain skills. As I’m discovering, while growing up practically during a rapid technology revolution, blogging is so freaking foreign to me! What happened to the Myspace days where like layouts were so easy to manipulate? Now I have to find new avenues to create things and realize that without step-by-step processes on YouTube, I kinda suck. Which is terrible because in my family I’m like the QUEEN of all things technological!! I cannot be dethroned!

Creating new ideas to post, see if maybe I can branch out into getting ARCs and reviewing them instead of just pulling them off my personal library shelves and posting. I mean, who doesn’t want to read something before everyone else gets to? DUH! ME! I DO! So I would love to put more effort into that. Anddddd duh-duh-duhhhhh it includes this post: Top Ten Tuesday! I guess I’m on my way already!

Book events galore! I was so excited to meet some really awesome authors last year: Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Elizabeth Wein, Gayle Forman, Leila Sales! All so wonderful and fun to meet! It’s nice to just do something local and I’m extremely lucky I live in an area where I can have access to meet them. The book club that I joined also helps make it possible (psst, they’re the coolest) and they’ve helped me branch out and look for authors who have appearances close by. Even if we can’t all see them, I’m ready to go out and be a fangirl all by myself.

This year I’m extremely excited because I’ll be attending the Midwinter ALA and then in the spring I  get to do Power Reader day for BEA! Guys, B-E-A!! I AM GOING TO GET ALL THE BOOKS!! I don’t care who’s at BEA, but I will gladly see whomever! And ALA has one of my new favorite authors: RAINBOW ROWELL! HOLLER!!! So 2014 should be very exciting! (sorry about the exclamation points, but like…GAHH!!! *needed*)

Hmm…this last one is a toughy because I’m running out of book goals. Ah! I’ve found one!
I’d probably like to 1. ….now guys, don’t judge, but….I should go and get a library card. *hangs head in shame* I know. Believe me, I know. But here’s the thing. I have a bit of an OCD thing….books I love have to be hardcover. If a cover changed it’s format I’ll probably need another new book. If I read it on Kindle and fell in love, I’ll probably need to own it, etc… But for the books I just say, “eh, you were okay”? I’d like to not waste my money. I should invest in *not investing* (it makes sense!) on books that I’m not excited to read. I’d like to save money.

Another thing that could be really cool at a library is volunteering. I still have no idea what I’d like to do in life, but reading has given me a good outlet. Believe me I’d rather not be drug addicted or in major debt or having a kid…things I’m not ready for and do some reading. While it’s not always wise to keep your nose in a book because you can miss out on good stuff around you, you can educate yourself–and that’s super important. So maybe going to the library I could see some kids who want to learn to read or elderly whom want to hear stories, whichever, maybe the library would know how to help me out in that department.

Now onto the big non-bookish goals of 2014…

Ugh. Life. Where do we begin by trying to pick the pieces a part on what I’d love to change? Well for starters, my actual self is the best place to begin.

I don’t know what happened but one day my brain decided to play a trick on me. It said, “No matter what you do, you will not come close to others around you: in looks, in intelligence, in your career, etc” Sucky brain, right? Well it’s time I try to stop that. 1. It’s not healthy. 2. It does nothing but keep me down and feel god, awful depressed. 3. I can’t help but project myself to others and they think of my behavior just like my mind does. Basically this isn’t fun for anyone. I’d like to take deep breaths and say “I can do it”…cheezy but possibly helpful?

Still focusing on goals to better myself, the next is fairly easy: more running! Now I have a slight medical issue right now where I needed minor surgery but I feel like after I figure this thing out, I want to break out my newly received gym membership and go to town!

Last year I got myself to use the Couch 2 5K app on my smartphone and I actually got up to where I could run, albeit not the fastest, but could run a 5K! Took me like 2.5 months of consistent getting out onto a track and just getting lost in my footsteps. In the end I ran three in two months! I’d like to run more and work myself up to a 10K or something longer.

Next move for myself is my…..appetite. It’s bad. Like really bad. On New Year’s Eve I was told to calculate my Starbucks habit. Oh god. Not a good idea! DON’T EVER DO IT! Well I did it. And not only am I burning a hole through my bank account (sorry Starbucks, you deliciously overpriced caffeinated drinks) I’m probably burning a hole through my stomach lining. I need to cut down. I need to cut so much from my diet, not just from a “look better, feel better” point of view, but I’ve got some rough diseases in my family history and it’d be nice if I could stop them before they hit me hard and I can’t do much about it. Less sugar, less carbs, less…well definitely sugar and carbs but also trying to see a nutritionist. This can help better my knowledge on what healthier choices I should opt for when eating and going about my day. Instead of the ole, “Hi, can I have an everything bagel toasted with butter annndddddd aaaaaa grande vanilla spice latte?”…. BUT SERIOUSLY STARBUCKS WHEN WILL YOU BRING IT BACK BECAUSE THAT WILL BE MY MONTHLY TREAT! OH PLEASE OH PLEASE!

I would probably say getting a life is definitely on my list. Sometimes it’s good to forget the online world. In the end, social media can be amazing but it can also be the worst thing for you. I’ve officially dropped Facebook, something I do not regret. Instagram and Twitter are probably the two that just take over my life. Why should I care about putting up a thousand hashtags so my pics get liked? Why do I want to figure out who unfollowed me on Twitter? I don’t. And I shouldn’t. It messes with my brain, and half the time, while I love all of you, I don’t know you. A few I have actually met, but…here’s the thing. My Twitter timeline is NOT the same as it was in 2009 when I joined. I’ve made several twitter handles and dropped them as well. I had an account (that was linked to so much) and had almost 90K in tweets! Like….what was so important that I needed to share with the world? I don’t want creepers to find me, so I keep personal stuff to a minimum. I didn’t become famous (psst I’d need a lot more tweets). I didn’t have some life altering event that needed play by plays. So, I guess I’d like to tone it down on the social media. Especially since half the people I loved before don’t make time for me, we stopped liking the same things, and people whom I thought I had cool connections with just became another level of high school drama where it hurt to look at the times because I was ignored and left out. Not worth it.

And finally….sorry sorry, I’m a chatty Kathy, I won’t get this in depth next week…lol

Changing my status: out of the house/new job/possible dating:
These things all majorly suck in my life right now. Still at home (barely saving), miserable at my work, and have been boyfriend-less since the dawn of time. I’d LOVEEEE to tackle some of these! Any of these! I’d probably say the most important is a job. When you graduate college and become that adult you always thought in your head was the coolest, but guess what: it’s really not, then believe me when I say, that time should be spent not wanting to pull your hair out. You want to grow, learn, meet people, continue your ethics. I can’t really say that. I’ve learned some tough lessons, but I want to be happy, or at least semi, semi-happy when the alarm goes off every morning. Not dreading my time until 5pm when I can peace out.

Okayyyyy that’s it! My first Top Ten Tuesday is complete! Success?! um…hopefully?

xx Linz

The Girl Who’s Pushing the Limits (haha, so punny)

thank you, thank you ❤

I did it! Woot–finished my SECOND book of the year…ALREADY! Yes, happy accomplishment there. Not only did I finish but AGAIN I’m on my A-game to post yet once more!

Guys I try, I really really do. And remember, I still don’t have a basic format so I need more time to play with the WordPress goodies so I can make the site look even cooler…or just cool, yes, just cool.

Now…onto the reveal of my latest read:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 391, Paperback copy
Received Copy: Personal Library
**Note that this book have dual POVs**

I might have done this backwards. Last year I had gotten an ARC of Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) from my friend and was told this was a companion series and I would be okay not having read the first book. Which I was–companion books are cool like that. You need one to make you fall in love and then get so excited when the original characters make appearances throughout the rest of the series! (like my most favoritest Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!) While browsing through B&N the other day nothing was throwing itself off the shelves at me. I wanted something I knew I would enjoy instead of venturing into the unknown, and there we have my purchased copy of Pushing the Limits.

Synopsis:
(courtesy of the back book cover)

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth.
But when Noach Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

I ended up really enjoying this book, definitely had some catching up to do because, again, I had started with book 2 instead of book 1 of the Pushing the Limits series. Granted reading fanfiction is not the same as a published book–HAHAHA wait, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to fall into that one. What I’m trying to explain is that usually any time I read a multi-POV anything, it’s usually from my guilty pleasure of fanfiction. I tend to hate it because a lot of the time these authors repeat everything and I don’t like repetitive writing: plain and simple. But McGarry did a nice job of transitioning from Echo/Noah’s POV.

Another thing that can be a pet peeve of mine is a tragic past for characters. Sometimes it’s nice to just read about the boys and girls trying to fit into the YA-verse, they don’t need to have tragic histories to make them stand out, but again Katie McGarry did a nice job to add the weaving the drama into the high school universe. Noah is a babe. For sure, without a doubt a guy I wish had walked around the halls of my high school but sadly did not. There were definitely some parts in the story where I raged because parents and the social  services system in the US are the worst and I became so frustrated haha! Also I’m a person who gets in too deep with a story, so my emotions were flying everywhere.

Overall rating: Worth the buy (4 out of 5 book stars)
You’ll read it and swoon and need to read the rest of the Pushing the Limits-universe!

Until next time, keep reading!

xxLinz