Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions, Goals, and Plans for 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This meme was originally created at The Broke and the Bookish because they're particularly fond of lists. I am too so that's why I am participating this week.

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals/Plans for 2018

1. Complete a family read. I want my family to read the same book and get together to talk about it. I think it would be a lot of fun, but I know that I will have to do a lot of convincing to make it happen.

2. Attend Books Signings. This year I'm planning on going to 3 book signings - Roanoke Author Event (April), Book Bonanza (July), and Renaissance Author Event (October).  I'm so excited! I'll get to meet and hang out with some of my favorite authors, catch up with my reader friends and make some new ones!

3. Meet Jessica Park! Finally. 

4. Hang out with my book friends!  I've made a lot of friends and made connections because of books. I can't wait to spend time with them this year at book clubs and signings. 

5. Go see Forever My Girl! In 2013, I started off the year by reading Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin, and I fell in love with this story of first love and second chances. I'm so excited that Heidi's book was made into a movie. Forever My Girl and the rest of this series has been a TOP RECOMMENDATION for years! 

6. Go on a reader or writer retreat. A weekend of just reading or writing, I'm ready to sign up!

7. Track the amount of money I spend on books. I did this for a few months last year and it curbed the number of books added to my TBR pile and added a few dollars to my wallet.

8. Donate books - to my library, to classrooms, to non-profits, and to Little Free Libraries.

8. Reading Goals: read 100 books and review at least half of them. Read books from my shelves/books that I've owned prior to 2018. 

9. Finish the ABC Reading Challenge I started in November 2017. I still have about two-thirds of the alphabet to go.

10. Finally finish Pride and Prejudice.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS by Kami Garcia - Excerpt Reveal

   

From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS releases on February 6, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

   


BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.
Her heart has to break before it can open.
When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. 
Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
He has to let someone in before it’s too late.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.



Read an Excerpt: 

“Ever feel like you’re screwed no matter what you do?” Owen’s question comes out of nowhere.
All the time. Part of me wants to say it out loud. “Once in a while.” “Any advice?” He gives me a half smile.
I don’t know this guy, but he seems nice—and unhappy. I can relate.
He’s waiting for me to respond. I shrug. “Sometimes life only gives you two options. Bad or worse. So you go with bad.”
“Makes sense.” He studies me like he’s taking inventory, checking off boxes on a mental list. The competitor in me wonders how I’m scoring. What if I’m giving him advice about his girlfriend, possibly a delightful friend of April’s?
The faint sound of laughter from the party floats through the air.
“Why did you come to Black Water?” Owen asks. “I’m guessing itwasn’t for the social scene.”
I tap on my brace. “I tore my PCL, the ligament that runs behind my knee. My doctor said I’ll need a lot of physical therapy to get my knee back in shape, and I only have four months to do it.”
“What happens in four months?”
“I’m a soccer player. I need to get back on the field in March, when the season starts.”
“What if you need more time to recover?” It sounds like he actually cares about the answer.
“If I work hard enough, it will heal by then.” I hope.
Losing my spot at UNC isn’t an option. I practiced soccer drills with Dad every day after school and on weekends—and it paid off. I’m not letting Reed destroy my dreams.
“Don’t they have physical therapists where you’re from?” he asks.
“In Washington, DC? Sure.”
“You left Washington, DC, to come here? Why?” Owen is smart and nosy. Not the best combination when I’m trying to keep certain parts of my life private. But he does have an amazing smile.
“Why not?” I counter.
“How about because Washington, DC, is a major city with museums and concerts and the subway, and Black Water is . . . Black Water.”
“In DC, we call it the Metro, not the subway.”
He smiles at me again. “In Black Water we don’t call it anything, because we don’t have one.”
“That’s the point. There are no distractions here.”
“How did you hurt your knee?”
I didn’t.
“I fell down a flight of stairs.” It’s the truth, but for some reason leaving out the details makes me feel like I’m trapped in a room that’s too small and could get smaller any minute. “I’m a klutz when I’m not on the soccer field.”
“That sucks. I’m sorry.” Owen looks me in the eye and says it, like he really means it.
“It could be worse.” But with my scholarship hanging in the balance, it doesn’t feel that way.
“It still sucks.”
Why am I letting Owen ask me so many questions? I’ve known him for fifteen minutes. The incident with Reed taught me how easy it is to misjudge someone. I thought he was the kind of athlete who would never resort to doping and cheating.
I’ve always relied on my gut instincts about people—the little voice in the back of my head. But I don’t trust it anymore.
Owen cocks his head to the side and grins. “So do you still want to know if I have a girlfriend?”
Heat crawls up the back of my neck. “I never asked you that.”
“When I got off the phone, you asked if I was fighting with mygirlfriend.”
“I was making conversation, not fishing.” Okay, I sort of was. “I’m not hunting for a boyfriend if that’s what you think.”
“Your cousins made that pretty clear.”
I’m going to strangle those two. “What did they say?” So I know how much salt to dump in their breakfast tomorrow.
Owen leans back against the bales. “I saw them coming out of the locker room after the game and I mentioned that we met, and they said you don’t date.”
The Twins are dead.
They made it sound like I’m joining a convent after graduation. The heat spreads from my neck to my cheeks. I should ditch Owen and go back to the party before this conversation gets more embarrassing.
But I want to stay.
The last three weeks have been full of lies and accusations, surgery and doctors’ appointments, threats and depressing calls from an ex who won’t stop calling me and a best friend who never wants to speak to me again. My conversation with Owen makes me feel normal. It’s one of the few I’ve had in weeks that didn’t revolve around my injury or Reed.
I want it to last a little longer.
I also don’t want Owen thinking I’m convent-bound. “For the record, I do date. I’m just not interested in dating right now. There’s a difference.”
Owen holds up his hands in surrender. “I’m just telling you what I heard. Is that the reason you’re back here instead of hanging out at the party?”
“No. I’m just antisocial.”
His eyes flicker to my mouth. “I don’t believe that.”
I pull my hair back in a ponytail and secure it with the elastic around my wrist. Anything to keep from making eye contact with him. “You don’t even know me.”
Owen leans forward and rests his elbows on his knees. His arm grazes mine and he looks over at me. “Not yet.”


Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

About Kami Garcia: Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her other works include THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS and the YA contemporary novels THE LOVELY RECKLESS and the forthcoming BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS (February 2018). Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com.    


       

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Books Read in 2017

I forgot to share this at the end of 2017, but it's never too late. Here is a recap of all of the books that I read in 2017. I listened to quite a few audiobooks and reread some of my favorites.

In 2018, one of my goals is to read more books from my own shelves (this is a goal I have every year). 


And now for the breakdown:


The date listed is when I finished the book.
*Library Book
**Borrowed from a friend
***reread
+ e-book
# Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

January
1: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
2: Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
5: Aftermath by Clara Kensie
9: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino #
12: Dear Life by Meghan Quinn #
17: Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin #
24: Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels +
27: In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (audiobook) *
30: The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

February
2: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
4: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
6: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
7: Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson +
12: Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla
19: Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy +
21: Tracing the Stars by Amanda Richardson +
23: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park #
23: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (audiobook)*
26: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

March
2: The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin
6: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson #
8: Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher +
11: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw 
21: Riot by Jamie Shaw
28: Chaos by Jamie Shaw
30: Don't Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray +

April
2: Forever by Monica Murphy #
5: Ends Here by M. Robinson +
10: Twist by Kylie Scott #
13: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood #
15: Havoc by Jamie Shaw 
22: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson ***
25: Rebel by Elle Casey +

May 
4: It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley
5: More Than This by Jay McLean (audiobook)
6: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane ***
10: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson
14: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
19: Grand Slam by Heidi McLaughlin
23: Dirty by Kylie Scott (audiobook) ***
24: The Line by Amie Knight 
25: Come Closer by Brenda Rothert +
30:  Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn

June 
3: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
8: Blue by Lisa Glass (audiobook) ***
8: My Best Friend's Ex by Meghan Quinn #1: 
12: I'm Not in the Band by Amber Garza #
16: Take Me On by Katie McGarry (audiobook) ***
19: The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young #
25: The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers #

July
1: The Crown by Kiera Cass
3: Falling for Forever by Melissa Chambers #
6: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker #
10: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June
13: Trust by Kylie Scott +
18: Wrecked by JB Salsbury #
18: City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (audiobook)
21: 16 Ways to Break a Heart by Lauren Strasnick #
21: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (audiobook) *
16 Ways to Break a Heart by Lauren Strasnick ***
In a Daze Work by Siobhan Gallagher
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

August
1: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
3: Winter by Melissa Meyer
11: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas 
14: Paper Girls, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan *
16: Paper Girls, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan *
24: Stripped Bare by Heidi McLaughlin +
28: Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis (audiobook) *
31: Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

September
5: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
6: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
12: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
14: The Border by Steve Schafer
18: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
20: Logan by Jay McLean
24: Forever Our Boys by Heidi McLaughlin
28: In Pieces by Danielle Pearl
29: Starting Over by Ruthie Knox

October
2: Left Drowning by Jessica Park
3: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
5: Chase by Cassia Leo
5: Too Late by C. Hoover
10: Twist by Kylie Scott
11: Holding Onto Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
23: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (audiobook) *
29: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
30: Beautiful Mess by Lucy V. Morgan +
31: The Text Dare by Amy Sparling +

November 
1: How to Love by Katie Cotugno ***
5: Too Far to Care by Jen Luerssen
6: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds *
8: Saving It by Monica Murphy #
9: Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall (audiobook)
9: I'll Be Home For Christmas by Jen McLaughlin +
11: I Never by Laura Hopper #
13: The Tide Is High by Jen Luerrsen
15: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (audiobook)
18: The Siren by Kiera Cass
20: The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler #
25: The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski #
27: On the Line by Jen McLaughlin #
28: Darkness Matters by Jay McLean +
29: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (audiobook) *** 


December 
3: What She Didn't Know by Tammy Falkner +
7: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith ***
7: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur +
10: Spinning by Tillie Walden *
13: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
15: Girl Underwater by Claire Kells (audiobook) ***
24: Santa's Secret by Heidi McLaughlin +
29: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover 
31: Finally, Forever by Katie Kacvinsky ***

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Release: THE SPRING GIRLS by Anna Todd - Excerpt




The Spring Girls by Anna Todd 
A coming of age, new adult romance. 
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

the spring girls cover

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.
The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.
The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.
Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.
Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.
And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.
With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.
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Read an Excerpt:

Meet the Springs

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,”
Jo declared from her spot on the rug.

She sat at the feet of her oldest sister, Meg. Jo’s long brown
hair was unruly, as it always was. She was my strong girl. She
was the only one of my girls who didn’t hog the bathroom. Her
delicate fingers, the black polish on their nails chipped, picked
at the frayed edges of the Afghan rug under her folded legs.

The hand-woven black-and-red textile had once been bright and
beautiful, and I remembered when my husband had sent it to
our house back in Texas from his former post in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In my head, Denise’s scratchy voice reminds me to use
proper military lingo: my husband’s FOB in Kandahar. The biggest
forward operating base in Afghanistan, she would also necessarily
add. Denise was always on my case. Come to think of
it, she even had comments about the rug when I got it. She said
he could have sent it to the base and paid no fee.

None of that mattered to my girls. From the moment it arrived,
they loved that rug as much as I did. When I ripped open
the package from their dad, who had been living across the
world for the past eight months, the girls—particularly Jo—
were excited to own such a beautiful, culture-filled treasure
from the other side of the world. Meg loved that we now had
a lavish handcrafted object in our simple home. She was my
most materialistic daughter, but I always knew that if I tried
to teach her right, she would use her love of shiny things to do
something magical and worthwhile with her life. Amy was too
young to really care about the rug, and of course Beth knew
it was coming because her daddy knew that she was the only
Spring Girl who could be trusted to keep the secret. Plus, on
a more practical level, since Beth was basically homeschooled,
Frank knew she could watch out for it. Later, he explained to
me that he wanted to mail the package straight home so that
we could be treated with the rug as a surprise on our doorstep,
rather than as a pickup chore on the base. I’m not sure if I told
Denise that she would understand.

Of late, our beautiful rug wasn’t as beautiful anymore.
Dirty shoes and heavy bodies had worn it down, and the colors
blended into a mud brown that I tried my best to clean, but the
color just wouldn’t come back.

We loved it not one bit less.


TSG-AN2

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Meet Anna Todd:
Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.

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