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September 29, 2016

#CoHoStrikesAgain! It Ends With Us By: Colleen Hoover Review

Short Review Summary: 
CoHo put my heart in a blender, but I love it. 

Oh, the feels! It Ends With Us has all of the feels that I have come to expect from a Colleen Hoover novel. Except, dare I say it...this one has MORE feels! I know that sounds impossible, but it's true. 
#CoHoStrikesAgain!

I was invested in Lily's story from page one of this book. As always with Hoover, the writing is just so darn addictive. I really love Lily's character and I have to say I think she is the best female character that CoHo has written. I haven't read ALL of her books, but I've read a decent amount and that's my opinion so far.  Even though I've rated all of her books five stars (isn't that nuts?), I've always had the tiniest issue with her female characters. I usually find them a little plain and frankly, they are doormats. So I was glad to see that Lily had some spunk and more personality. 
#BestFemaleCharacter

I also really love the ending to It Ends With Us. I think the whole story is wrapped up flawlessly. Which due to the subject (at times it might be a bit graphic for some) matter, I think that would be difficult to do. Let's admit it most of Colleen's books are a cheesefest, which I love if done well, but this one has a grittier MC and a darker subject matter. To me, it proves that this author has a lot of talent and there's more to her than just her addictive writing style. 
#Flawless

Overall I think It Ends With Us is a damn near perfect book. It comes across in the pages how deeply personal this story is and some parts of it might be a bit difficult to read for some people. This is a very moving, emotional story, and it shredded my heart for sure. 
#EmotionalStory

I recommend It Ends With Us for anyone that loves to read emotional new adult books. For CoHo fans that haven't read it yet, STOP what you're doing and go read it IMMEDIATELY. 
#YesNOW!


September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday- A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) By: Roshani Chokshi

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Breaking the Spine. The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on! 

My pick for this week is A Crown of Wishes By: Roshani Chokshi. I absolutely LOVED The Star-Touched Queen and I can't wait for this one. Gauri!!! I don't think anything else needs to be said here. 

Expected Publication Date: March 28, 2017 

I know I don't need to say it, but my word that is a gorgeous cover! I definitely can't wait for this one, how about you? Did you enjoy the first book? What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

 I noticed that Jill, our WoW meme host, hasn't posted in a few weeks. Does anyone know if she's okay and if she will be back? 



September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books I NEED To Read This Fall!!!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at The Broke and the Bookish.  The topic this week is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR! 

I have so many books that I need to read and a lot of these actually haven't been on there that long. My backlist TBR is a ginormous monster, but these are the main ones that I really NEED/WANT to read this Fall. Here's hoping that it happens because I am horrible at sticking to my TBR's. I always get distracted by other books and I can be a bit of a mood reader. 

*Click on the covers to view on Goodreads* 

1. The Dead House By: Dawn Kurtagich 

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it so I really need to get to it already! Plus it's a perfect read for October! 


2. And the Trees Crept In By: Dawn Kurtagich 

I also need to read this one by Dawn Kurtagich. This one sounds really good as well. I'm seriously hoping that I love both of her books. 


3. The Graveyard Apartment By: Mariko Koike

I requested this one from NetGalley and I can't wait to read it. It sounds pretty spooky.


4. My Best Friend's Exorcism By: Grady Hendrix 

I just bought this one at my library's books sale! I've been dying to read it and this is the perfect time of year. 


5. The Daemoniac By: Kat Ross 

I also requested this one from NetGalley and I'm super excited for this one. 


6. Dead Man's Curve By: Alex Van Tol 

Here's another one that I requested from NetGalley that I can't wait to read!! 


7. The Many By: Nathan Field 

I also, requested this one from NetGalley (I know I have a problem) and it sounds so GREAT. 


8. Safe With Me By: K.L. Slater 

Yet another I requested from NetGalley that I can't wait to read. Do you see a trend in what kind of books I'm wanting to read at the moment? LOL!


9. The Sleepwalker By: Chris Bohjalian 

NetGalley... :P Why do they have so many books on there that sound so darn good? I can't wait to start this one too. 


10. A Drop of Night By: Stefan Bachmann 

I've been wanting to read this one for a while and I borrowed it from my bestie. I really hope I'll like it! 


*BONUS*

Books two and three of the Mara Dyer series. 

I'm currently reading the first one and if I like it enough then I will definitely want to binge the rest of the series. 


So as you can see I have a ton of Horror, Thriller, and Mysteries that I want to read this fall. Most of these I want to be finished with by the end of October. I don't know if I will make it though because I have a few review copies to read that aren't horror/mystery/thriller and I need to be working on my Insane Genre Challenge as well. I don't know how I will complete everything, but I'm going to try! What books are on your TBR this Fall? 



September 26, 2016

Music Monday-Andrew McMahon

Music Monday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Always Me. The idea behind it is to share one or two songs that you have been enjoying lately. 

This week is Andrew McMahon week! I have a pick each from Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness! So I feel pretty stupid because I just found out that all of these bands I love are Andrew McMahon. I know, I know... how could I not realize? I'm an idiot (Not really, I just listen to music I like and rarely pay attention to details about the artists.) and gosh this guy is SO talented! Once I found out though I could totally hear it, but all three bands do a have a little bit different sound so I'm going to pretend that it's reasonable that I had no idea. So here is my favorite song from each! 

1. Konstantine By: Something Corporate 

Lyrics: 

This is to a girl who got into my head
With all these pretty things she did
Hey Baby, You know that you keep me up in bed
It's to a girl who got into my head
With all the fucked up things I did
Hey maybe baby, you could keep me up in bed
My Konstantine


2. Bruised By: Jack's Mannequin 

Lyrics: 

Hours pass, and she still counts the minutes
That I am not there, I swear I didn't mean
For it to feel like this 
Like every inch of me is bruised, bruised


3. Fire Escape By: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 

Lyrics: 

You're number one
You're the reason I'm still
Up at dawn
Just to see your face
We'll be going strong 
With the vampires, baby
We belong, we belong awake

Swinging from the fire escape


That's it for this Music Monday! What do you think of these songs? Did you know they are all Andrew McMahon? Has that ever happen to you with bands and you just didn't realize? What have you been listening to lately? Have a great Monday and rest of the week! 


September 25, 2016

Weekly Updates & Recommendations (9/19/16-9/25/16)

Well I don't know what happened, but this week either went by fast or I didn't really do a lot. I took care of my family, read some books, went to the pool a couple of times, worked on my blog, listened to some music, and watched some stuff. It was a very chill week honestly, other than the migraine from hell I had one night. My favorite part of the week though was on Friday when I went to my local library's book sale!!! I'll do a book haul below of course. 

Currently: 

Reading: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams By: Stephen King and Pretty Wicked By: Kelly Charron. 

(Click the covers to view on Goodreads) 


Watching: I'm still watching Castle. I also watched the first two episodes of AHS recently. What do you all think of the new season? I think I've been up, down, and all over the place with it so far. I liked it at first and then the second episode I didn't. So we'll see I guess. 



Listening To: Can't Stop the Feeling By: Justin Timberlake. I have to admit that I was pretty meh about this one at first, but then it grew on me some more. Also, I think this is the first JT song that I have liked in quite a while. 


AngelErin's A+ Cover of the Week 

(Click on the cover to view on Goodreads) 


AngelErin's Book Pick of the Week: My review is coming soon! 

(Click the cover to view on Goodreads) 

For my recommendations this week I decided to recommend a website/app. Why just one rec this week you may ask? Because this one app is all that you need!! Libib is a website/app that you can use to catalog your books, music, movies, and video games. I use it religiously to keep track of my books! I haven't expanded into my DVD collection just yet, but it's been a huge lifesaver as far as books go. I have over 1,300 books (DON'T JUDGE ME!) and when I go out book shopping sometimes I forget if I own a book already or not.  I think we've all bought a book before that we already owned. Or maybe my memory is just that bad lol. Either way, now while I'm at the bookstore I can just pull out my phone, open the Libib app, and search my library on there! There's many ways you can add books to the app. There's a barcode scan, you can enter the ISBN #, or you can manually add it in. There's also  a ton of other fun features to help you catalog that you can play around with. 

(Click the photo to view the website) 


For the record, I was not asked in any way to promote or share this website/app. I just really freaking love it!! I highly recommend it to anyone with a crazy book collection like me. 

This week I also have a book haul to include!! As I mentioned before, I went to a library book sale. My library has them twice a year and I love to go and get goodies for SUPER CHEAP. I got a pretty eclectic selection I think and a few of them are middle grades that my sons will read also. So here's my haul from the book sale on Friday! 


Okay so that was my week! I can't complain. Things are going pretty well for the most part over here and that's fantastic. How was your week guys?!!? I hope it was wonderful! 


September 24, 2016

Playlist Book Tag

I haven't done a tag in AGES! I'm so excited to be doing this tag. I've wanted to do it ever since I saw it over at The Left-Handed Book Lover! I love books AND music so this is perfect. The tag was originally started by Little Red Reader on YouTube. 

How to play: Put your music on shuffle and pick a book for each song that comes on. I'm assuming you can pick as many songs as you want, but I just did five. 

*Click on covers to view on Goodreads.*

1. Californication By: Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Lyrics: 

Space may be the final frontier
But it's made in a Hollywood basement
Cobain can you hear the spheres
Singing songs off station to station
And Alderaan's not far away
It's Californication 

Even though I haven't read this book yet, the "Cobain" part in the song made me think of this one. 


2. Landslide By: Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics: 

I took my love, took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
'Till the landslide brought me down 

This song makes me think of life changes and growing older which instantly made me think of grumpy, old Ove. 


3. Forever Young By Alphaville

Lyrics: 

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever, and ever

Lestat wants to live forever, but what about Louis?? This one couldn't go together any more perfectly in my opinion! 


4. I'll Make Love To You By: Boyz To Men 

Lyrics: 

I'll make love to you
Like you want me to
And I'll hold you tight
Baby all through the night
I'll make love to you
When you want me to 
And I will not let go
Till you tell me to

I always crack up at how the men in this book can go all night (if you get my drift, and I think you do) and I don't care if they are vampires. It still doesn't make sense to me and it's funny, even though I LOVE the series. So a song all about making love and making love all night made me think of this one. 


5. Chandelier By: Sia 

Lyrics: 

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink

Throw 'em back, till I lose count 

Here's looking at you, Jack. My favorite fictional alcoholic. 


So that's it for the Playlist Book Tag! What do you think of the books I picked for the songs? Would you choose other books instead, if so which ones?! Also, as always I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Also, I don't know why this is in a white box, but I can't figure out how to fix it. So OH WELL. Gah.