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Fangirl
Red Hill
Broken Wings
Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run
The F- It List
Angel Eyes
The Fault in Our Stars
After Her
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Boy Who Could See Demons: A Novel
Speak
Hopeless
Forever, Interrupted
The Never List
Doll Bones
The Rockin' Chair
When Mockingbirds Sing
Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Guidebook for Parents and Teachers
NOS4A2
The Silver Star


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If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book, from start to finish, on a three and a half hour flight. What a moving, intense, emotional roller coaster of a read!

Well formed characters, great writing, amazing story, and well, lots of awesomeness.

I’ll be heading into #2 as soon as I can get a copy into my greedy little hands. Oh, and can’t wait for the movie…off to watch the trailer now that I’ve finally read the book! 

Currently reading!

I was just approved for an advance copy of Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist. I think this a more-than-worthy image to encapsulate the moment!

I was just approved for an advance copy of Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist. I think this a more-than-worthy image to encapsulate the moment!

joehillsthrills:

Revealed today via IGN, the U.S. theatrical poster.

thebooker:

As promised, here is my feels-themed giveaway! The books/series above all have one thing in common - they made me feel something. That doesn’t necessarily mean I cried but they definitely inspired some kind of emotional response in my robot-like self. They’re also some of my favourite books. Hopefully there’s a decent enough selection for you to choose from.

5 people will be sent a book of their choice from the selection above if they’re randomly selected as winners.

Please read the following:

  • To enter, like and/or reblog this post
  • You may reblog the post as many times as you like but don’t annoy your followers too much with it
  • I would prefer if you were following me, since this giveaway is a ‘thank you’ to my followers
  • This giveaway is international, as I am purchasing books via Book Depository and they have free delivery for the majority of the world. Double check that your country is included here
  • Your inbox MUST be open. I won’t be contacting anyone via fan mail
  • Winners may also choose a sequel to the books pictured above if it’s part of a series
  • Winners may choose which edition of the book they want, so long as it is paperback and under $15 (AU). The only exception is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is over $20 and hardback. I’ll only be buying this for one person (if they want it) so I have enough for the other books, sorry! I just love it so much and want to be able to share it with at least one person, even if it’s expensive
  • One of the books, Alexander Altmann A01567 is only available as a prize for Australians, as it is unavailable on Book Depository. If Aussies would like this book, I will order it for you from Bookworld
  • If you’re not sure which book you’d like, I’d be happy to tell you more about them and help you pick one that suits your tastes
  • No giveaway blogs
  • If you’re uncomfortable giving me your address, don’t be. I won’t be saving it or giving it out elsewhere or anything
  • The giveaway ends August 1st 12PM AEST
  • Winners will be selected using a random number generator and have 48 hours to get back to me. I’m quite lenient on that but I would prefer if people replied ASAP so I can be organised
  • If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me

Good luck and happy reading, word shakers!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Fiction, Coming of Age
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
Format: egalley via Netgalley.com 

Synopsis 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 

My review:

Thank you Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

This book was perfect for the days I chose to read it. It is light, fun, and sweet. Hadley’s parents are divorced and she’s headed across the world to her father’s wedding. She meets Oliver in the airport after missing her flight by four minutes. Oliver is witty, caring, and British causing Hadley to forget all about her worries and stresses as she and Oliver get to know each other over a very long flight over seas. 

Once at their destination, they are separated and Hadley is sure she’ll never see Oliver again, but things at her father’s wedding don’t go exactly as she’s expected. Not only does she find a way to possibly see Oliver again, but she also starts to realize that maybe her father and his new wife do have a place in her life. 

A coming of age tale that will bring readers nostalgia, humor, and all-too-close-to-home understanding. 

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.

The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel

Title: The Awakening of Miss Prim
Author:  Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July 8, 2014 
Format:Egalley from Netgalley.com 

Synopsis

My rating: 1 of 5 stars 

My review:

Thank you Atria Books via Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

Note: Did not finish this book – stopped around 53%

Well, this book just wasn’t for me. I tried, but I wasn’t able to get to a point where I really cared about the plot, the characters; anything.

It felt, at first, like The Sound of Music or The King and I, but I quickly learned it didn’t have the same charm. The premise is a good one and it seems to be winning many over, but I felt like it was rigid and boring. The characters were all quite annoying and lacking in depth. All of them. By the halfway point I hadn’t met a single character that I liked, more or less cared about. When it became clear to me that reading the book was more of a chore than an enjoyment, I decided it was time to be done.

*I almost wonder if anything was lost in translation since this was originally published in Spanish (I believe that was the first published language).

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.

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