Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (12) + Tune In Tuesday (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Would Save From A Natural Disaster
1. Harry Potter Series by J.k. Rowling
I would never be able to part with these books! I've had them since 3rd/4th grade (and you can tell it too). These would probably be one of the first things that I would grab.

2. All My Ellen Hopkins Books
I love her books and I have a few of them signed so I would be able to part with these either.

3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This was one of the first books that really got me back into reading in high school; because in middle school I didn't have a good selection so I kind of slacked off but this book brought me back in. Also Wes is in the number one spot on my fictional character crush list!!

4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
I read this book in high school and I loved it! It quickly became one of my favorite books and now all I need to do is read Lord of the Rings 1-3.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book is probably my favorite "classic" book! I absolutely adore it and I would not be able to leave this book behind.

6. The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
This is one of my favorite book series from when I was in middle school and I have read them over and over so many times!

7. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
This book was a recent purchase and I didn't expect to love it as much as I did but now I could not possibly bear to leave it behind. Plus it's signed!!!

8. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
This series is one of my favorites and I absolutely love it.

9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
This book quickly became one of my favorites in a very short amount of time, so I wouldn't be able to leave it behind either. Plus, need I say anything other than: Cricket!! <3

10. Any Other Signed Book on My Book Shelf
I have a couple of other signed books on my book shelf that I definitely would not be able to part with, so I would be grabbing those as well.

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Tighten Up by The Black Keys

Boston by Augustana

Ain't No Reason by Brett Dennen

Happy Tuesday! Oh and I have 50 Followers!! Yay!
<3 Shannon

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February TBR 2012

Books Read in January 2012:
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
-Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
-The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

Books Going to be Read in February 2012:
-Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
-The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
-Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
-Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
-The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

<3 Shannon

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

  • Reading Level: Young Adult 
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile 
  • ISBN-10: 052542381 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423487
  • Received From: I bought it.

From Goodreads:
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

My Thoughts:
This books seems to be so great because, to me, the characters are phenomenal! They all really come together and make this book truly wonderful.

Lola is a really flawed/human character. She makes mistakes, is a little bit of a compulsive liar, and is a little selfish as well but she doesn't do it with any malicious intent. I really LOVE Cricket! He is one of the most unique love interests that I have read in YA, this far. His character is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the male love interests. It seems that in most books that you pick up, you will probably find a loner/mysterious/moody/brooding love interest and I'm getting kind of tired of it. Cricket is sweet, the boy next door, and realistic. He wins you over with his charm and how genuinely nice his character is. I cannot say enough good things things about his character!

I wish Calliope's character would have been in the book a little more. I found her character to be very fascinating. I also found Calliope and Cricket's relationship very interesting as well. I would have loved to have been able to learn a little more about their dynamic and how they interacted with each other. However, I didn't really get Calliope and Max as the "villains/antagonist" at all. I didn't hate or wish harm to either of them and their reactions seemed very normal to me.

Usually in books there seems to be a lack of good best friends and parents who are actually aware of what their children are doing but, not in this book. Lola's best friend is great and very loyal to her as well. Lola's parents are also very aware of what she is doing most of the time. When they didn't approve of her boyfriend, Max, they made her bring him over for brunch every Sunday and she had to check-in whenever she was out with him. So you cannot say that Lola's parent's weren't a part of her life because they grounded her quite a lot for disobeying the rules.

I absolutely LOVE this book! It is amazing and I recommend it to just about anyone! It has moved up to my second favorite Contemporary book on my list. Cricked is, also, definitely on my fictional character crush list as well! SA-WOON! ;) Oh, Anna and St. Clair are also characters in this book, so that is definitely a plus! I have nothing but praise for this book and I'm giving it 5 Quills! So go out to your nearest book store and buy it!!

<3 Shannon

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From Goodreads:
Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. but when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. 

And Billy's nowhere to be found. 

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way. 
It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes. 
Especially if it means everything changes.

This book is going to be published in March and I cannot wait to read it! I'm lucky enough to be receiving it as a part of the Debut Author Challenge ARC tour, and I am so very excited. This sounds like it is going to be an interesting read; so I would keep my eye out for it!

<3 Shannon