What’s going on?

Wow.

That’s all I have to say about these past two weeks. I apologize to everyone who has commented, liked, or linked me to an award (esp. those, I appreciate that SO much and THANK YOU so  much…I am sorry I haven’t had a chance to fill out the questions & all that). I haven’t responded to anyone, because I have just signed on for the first time since last weekend!  So, I wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on (life, book wise, the works) this way you can see how much I really love blogging (and connecting!) with all of you.

BOOKS:
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  1. I finished “Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.  Honestly, I meant to write a review for this one right when I was done…then the craziness started. Which usually is okay, if a book is good enough I can remember enough to write a pretty legit review. Instead, I kind of forgot everything that I wanted to say. WHICH IS HORRIBLE, cause I LOVE Huntley Fitzpatrick & I was so excited to revisit some of my favorite character. I just remember thinking that this book was too long & could have been wrapped up a hundred pages ago. I wasn’t as invested in Tim’s story & as much as I liked him, I just didn’t care all that much what happened to him. SO sad. Maybe next time, Fitzpatrick.
  2. I bought Dumplin !!!!!!  I am SO excited to read this & I am making it a TOP priority. I have heard FANTASTIC things about this book and I hope it doesn’t disappoint!
  3.  I am currently reading, The Fixer (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) and so far I like it. I mean, I am only on chapter 2…but it has me interested!

Movies/ Netflixin’
One thing to know about me, I am a HUGE movie fan ( also I binge watch Netflix like no other). I spend most weekends over at my boyfriends place and we are constantly watching movies. This weekend was more of a throwback (he surprised me with two of my FAVORITE movies from when I was younger) and we continued watching a series we’ve  been working on.

  1. It Takes Two (Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen): Anyone a HUGE fan of these two back in the day?? When I was younger I was obsessed with these twins  (owned every single movie and cried to my mom about not being a twin ….I was six, okay??). Anyways, this movie is kind of like the Parent Trap, except they aren’t long lost twins. It was such a throwback to my childhood and I was instantly happy.
  2. The Parent Trap: Of course after watching It Takes Two, the bf pulled out this movie. A classic feel good movie, before Lohan decided to go insane.
  3. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: I’m from around Philly & I am a HUGE fan of comedy, so I finally gave this show a try. Honestly, I am judging myself for  not starting it sooner. It’s so ridiculous and random, but I am in love. We’re on the fifth season ( well I am…the bf has seen every episode but is kind enough to watch it with me while I ask a million and one questions about the characters) and I am in tears by the end of each episode. Freaking great, man.

LIFE:
1. So, I think I told you all before how I got a new job. That’s basically why I haven’t been blogging that much. I go into work early morning  and I don’t get home until around 7:30 pm. I am exhausted by the end of it and I just haven’t wanted to take out the computer. I love my job, don’t get me wrong, it’s just so much to memorize. I handle so much and the owner of the company is the one who is training me. Basically I feel so much pressure to just do everything right, that I end up making so many mistakes. Which is fine, it’s my first week and I am going to make mistakes, but I don’t want to make them in front of the OWNER. Thank goodness she is so nice, I mean she loves her company & doesn’t tolerate TOO many mistakes, but she’s always showing me how I can learn from them. Basically, I have never loved weekends as much as I do now.

2. I saw Amy Schumer & Aziz Ansari (plus a bunch of other amazing comedians) the other weekend. We ended up having to sit on the hard ground for seven hours, but I hardly even noticed. I am obsessed with Amy & she delivered such a brilliant show. The bf & I were cracking up the entire time, at one point I think I even saw tears in his eyes…

SO anyways, the point is that I am trying really hard to blog and live my life at the same time. So I thank all readers who are sticking with me and not hating me for ignoring comments (which I am getting back to tonight!!) . I just love this blog and I love connecting with readers who are like me…so I’m hoping everyone just sticks with me as I try to navigate adulthood!

Let’s chat! What books are in your life? Any Netflix shows that you would recommend ? Anyone else having a hard time balancing life & adulthood? I could use some pointers.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Wow. That’s all I have to say about this week so far. I can’t believe this post is so late, but some pretty great things have been happening. For instance, I have been FREAKING out over not having a job this entire summer. Basically, I just kept seeing all my friends who graduated doing some great things & here I was still applying places. I had an interview about a couple weeks back & I fell in LOVE with the company.Well, it turns out that the company also fell in love with me and I got the job! Woo! I start Monday and I am both excited & incredibly nervous. On top of that, I decided to go ahead and adopt a rabbit. She’s a Flemish Giant & she lives up to her breed, she’s huge! We aren’t getting along amazingly well yet, but I have high hopes for us. Anyways, so these two things have kept me pretty occupied so far this week & I finally had a second to sit down to blog.  ( At this point I feel like you are all used to my rants about life…)

So, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted over at Breaking the Spine and each week we highlight some amazing books that have yet to come out! This week it’s all about….

The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig
Feb. 16th, 2016

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

I love the cover, very simple but it managed to grab my attention. I haven’t heard much about this book ( I was scrolling through 2016 releases on Goodreads & came across it) but I am really excited about it. It had me thinking how far we will go for family & what we are willing to risk (even ourselves!)  I’m a little skeptical about the romance part ( sometimes I feel like they just throw in a romance because that’s what readers expect) but I think this is going to be a good one!

What do you think? What are you excited about? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Hi all! I hope you guys had a amazing Labor Day weekend!  Now that we are back, it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and Bookish and this week the topic is :
Ten Series I haven’t Finished Yet
So here we go!

  1. Hourglass series, Myra McEntire: I loved the first book in this series, but once the narrators switched I just never finished the rest of them. It’s on my list though to finish!
  2. The Lynburn Legacy, Sarah Rees Brennan: I read the first one in this series awhile ago and I just kinda forget what happens. I need to reread the first, but there have just been so many other books I’ve wanted to read first!
  3. Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard: I have NO idea why I haven’t finished this series yet….I loved it! I guess I just never had a chance to pick up the next book in the library and it slipped my mind! I need to pick these back up!
  4. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas: Okay before you start judging me…I LOVED this series. I just never read the third one (no money..means waiting for the library to get it in …which means it takes FOREVER) but I just need to finish that one before moving on to Queen of Shadows. I love this book & the series, just need to get that third one!!
  5. The Selection, Kiera Cass: I’m not sure I will finish this…but I already read the first & second. I just wasn’t THAT in love with it…but I heard it gets better!
  6. The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer: NEED to finish this!! I just keep forgetting about this series, which is ridiculous cause the first one was really good!
  7. Legend, Marie Lu: Really. I’m judging myself for not finishing this one, no worries guys.
  8. The Grisha, Leigh Bardugo: I need to finish the last book. Mal just really got me mad and I think I just stopped after that!
  9. The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken : Such a great series! Just have to reread the last book so I can really remember what is going on!

    After finishing my list I’m realizing how many amazing series I totally forgot about. I guess my list of books to read is growing….What did you all think? Let’s chat!

Review: Everything, Everything

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REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
306 pages. Released Sept.1st
rating: 3.5ish stars
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(Like the picture of Kota? What a cutie)

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Okay, so I just got this book this morning (thursday morning) and finished it within five hours. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing considering the rating that I gave it..
Things I liked:
If there was one thing I can say that I loved about this book, it was the illustrations. Each chapter has a drawing of something that pertains to the life of the main character Maddy. For instance, there was a cell phone drawing of her text messages or a picture of the inside of her heart. It really made me feel connected to Maddy on a deeper level, like I was inside her brain. I think without those illustrations I probably wouldn’t have felt so close to her. You saw all these hopes and dreams, which were realistic given that she has never set foot outside.
I also thought that the relationship within the book was cute. Just cute. I wasn’t swooning over it, I didn’t jump up and down every time they interacted, but I did see the appeal in it. Maddy has never had a boyfriend (or even a friend) before & it the interactions that she and with Olly were filled with this childlike wonder (mixed with some major bottled up  teenage hormones).
I won’t say too much about the ending, but the one thing I DID like was how you understood where Maddy was coming from. You could feel right along side with her and it didn’t feel forced or fake. Honestly, I almost shed a few tears for her.
Things I didn’t like so much:  
Okay, so this is where I am going to get real with you. I think i’ve mentioned this book before in a few posts. I was excited. So excited in fact that I went out and actually bought myself a hardcover edition of this book. Which honestly, it really means a lot that I did that considering I am broke as joke & have been only buying on my Kindle ( cheap books in an instant, sometimes you can’t say no to that). Which is why I am so disappointed that after reading this book I just went, “really?” NOT the reaction I was looking for.So I’m going to break it down as to why I wasn’t such a fan:
The basis of this book was about this girls disease that prevented her from going out of the house. SO INTERESTING, right?! Honestly, I just felt like that was a little downgraded in comparison to this relationship with Olly. I wanted to delve deeper into this disease, it was such a great basis for a book…instead it was just this side conflict. Instead it felt like her Mother was the biggest set back, not the actual disease. SO much potential guys.
I don’t do the whole instalove thing, I really don’t. I love the relationships that blossom from hate or disinterest or friendship, then near the end move into feelings/love. We didn’t exactly get instalove, it was close enough and I didn’t really get the connection. I could see them being friends, but not once did I feel that build up or chemistry that would make them THE love story. In fact Maddy kind of reminded me of this little kid in love, willing to risk everything *which is usually a good thing*, but here this girl was REALLY not thinking sometimes and it was like…really. You’re going to do that, all that, for a boy across the street that you’ve known 3.5 seconds. How bout just doing it FOR YOURSELF. Which honestly they tried to make it seem like she was risking a lot for herself near the end, but honestly it all led back to Olly. Which I just wasn’t feeling. Therefore I just wasn’t feeling Maddys intentions or story.
Also, the ending just didn’t do it for me. I felt like I was reading this entire book that really had no direction and then there were just so many questions at the end.  I really wanted to know just so much MORE. Maybe I just had high expectations for this book & I just had a different picture on what was going to happen.
That doesn’t mean this was a bad book, I didn’t regret reading it at all. It was a quick read, a little sad, a little heartwarming, and a cute romance. However, is it a new favorite? Sadly, no. It will go back on my shelves and maybe one day when it’s raining I will pull it back out.

Have YOU read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat!
BTW– I’m headed out of town this weekend *very excited to see my best friend, she moved away and I have missed her terribly. Plus she gets to hang out with the boyfriend & I am super excited for them to also become friends, because let’s face it…it has to happen* So I won’t be posting any reviews until Monday, enjoy your time off!!

What’s Coming Up!

Wow. Let me just tell you…I have been BUSY. I mean I knew that life was going to start picking back up, but I had hoped I would have some time to read. Thankfully today was a slow day & I had a chance to head over to the library & my local bookstore! I wanted to share what I got so that you would all know what reviews to expect soon!

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Purchased:
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:
I think I have mentioned before how excited I was for this book. It just came out yesterday and I made sure to grab it! Usually I purchase books on my kindle, but honestly I miss having a solid book in my hands. Plus, I think my bookshelves need some new friends and it’s been forever since I splurged and bought a hardcover. I hope this book lives up to the hype!

From the library:
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I read her book My Life Next Door (this is supposed to be a sort of sequel) and I really loved it. I have heard some negative things about this book and honestly I am a little worried. I ended up finding it at my local library and I figured I would give it a chance.I hope I can fall in love with these characters just like I did with Huntley’s last ones!
My Heart and other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga : So normally I tend not to drift towards books like this, but I found some pretty decent reviews on it & I thought, why not!
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I have been following this one blog for what seems like FOREVER (seriously, she actually inspired me to want to make a blog) and I always trust her recommendations. She just posted a review about The Fixer recently & it had me wanting to pick it up. The best thing is that my library had it as soon as I walked in on a display case, SCORE!!

I am SO excited to read all of these & to let you all know what I think! I’ve also been listening to Hozier nonstop recently, for example right now its blasting as I write this post…anyone else a fan? I got SO sick of Take Me to Church, but a friend of mine recommended listening to the entire album. Obviously that friend will now be getting a huge thank you from me, I am in love.

What do you all think? Any books on here that you’ve read? Any recommendations for the future? Let’s chat!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we show off some awesome new upcoming releases that we just can’t wait to read!  This week I’m talking about…


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Release date: Jan 5th, 2016

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this book & everyone seems to think it’s the next big thing! So, I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I love the fantasy elements & I hear it has one bad ass friendship! Two of my favorite things! I’ve kind of been in a reading funk, where I feel like I’m reading the same things over & over….but this seems like the kind of book that will pull me out of it.

What book are YOU excited for? Let me know! Does this seem like something you would read?

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at  The Broke and Bookish , I tried my first one last week & I really enjoyed it! So this week its all about:

Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Mostly while writing my list I realized that a lot of times it had to do with the writing/the book rather than the character. I found myself thinking back to books that I just HAD to put down, mostly because the book in general wasn’t amazing. It takes a lot for me to set a book down and I tend to forget about the characters once I leave the book. So this week it was a little tough to pick characters, but I managed to grab 5 that I knew I just didn’t click with.

  1. Molly from 99 Days : There are so many mixed reviews about the main character in 99 days. Honestly, I just never clicked with her & I ended up extremely disliking her. Her motivations, her actions, and her story were just extremely selfish to me & honestly I didn’t once feel bad for her. You screw up, you take the consequences, and then you redeem yourself..YOU DON”T just go ahead & screw up again & expect everyone to love you. That’s just  not how it goes, sorry hun.
  2. Anna from Sweet EvilListen, I wanted to like this book…really I did. In some aspects I enjoyed it, but I just never really got the main character. I liked her when she was trying to kick butt & save her friends…but when it came to boys her mind went mushy. I just couldn’t connect with her and felt a lot of times that she was being way too immature.
  3. Alice “Ali” Bell from The White Rabbit Chronicles: All I’m going to say is this; please punch me if I EVER talk about a guy like she talks about Cole. Seriously. I give full permission.
  4. Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever AfterThis pains me so much to have one of Stephanie Perkins characters on this list…but sadly, Isla just did not do it for me. I couldn’t understand how she expected Josh to give himself so freely to her when they had barely known each other. *not sure if this is a spoiler so just don’t read it if you don’t want to be sort of spoiled* Then when he said he needed time, she basically told him he was the worst type of human. I felt like a lot of her interactions & thoughts were extremely immature, for once I wasn’t hoping the girl got the guy. UGH that kills me. It really does, Stephanie Perkins you’re still my favorite though.
  5. Gia from Fill-in Boyfriend: I knew immediately that I wouldn’t get along with the main charter, when I read the first chapter & put the book down. I still have not picked it back up and all because of the main characters thoughts. She drove me insane. She was selfish, nasty, vain, and EXTREMELY immature. I guess there’s a pattern in this list, huh?

So, there’s this weeks Top Ten. It was hard, but I found five characters that I just didn’t love.  What did you all think? Any characters that YOU just didn’t feel that connection with? Any similarities in our lists? I would love to chat about it!

p.s- Love the new banner? I am SO excited. My best friend from college was a PR major & she is AMAZING at creating stuff like this. She went ahead & made that banner for me, I am so lucky to have such supportive friends. If you’re wondering why the dog is in the banner, well that’s cause my blog is named after my own pup! I have a Bernese Mountain dog whose name is Kota, but for a nickname I call her “Kota B. Bear”. When thinking up a name for this blog, I wanted to somehow incorporate everything that I loved into one name…so there we go! That’s how the name “Kota B. Books” came about & I am just so happy with it!