Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Picks

I am very lucky to be part of an awesome book club!!  We all have different reading preferences, which make our reading picks quite diverse!  We have learned that the best books for us are the ones that are empowering, thought provoking, and inspire great discussion.  Here are some books that would be great choices for any book club.  If you are not in a book club, you should definitely try to find one!

In no particular order…


1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

2. Slated by Teri Terry

3. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

5. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

6. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

7.  I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

8. Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

9.  Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

10. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey




This one isn’t YA, but I do own it and am dying to read it.  I’ve heard AMAZING things and I think it would be a perfect book club choice for a group that has a lot of married women!

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid












REVIEW: Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

 Title & Author: Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
 Series: N/A
 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 384 pages
 Release Date: January 27, 2014
 Genre: Contemporary
 Source: Provided by publisher (Thank you!)
  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Liza Palmer

 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

RomanceCon.  Every husband’s nightmare.  Who would want their wife to go to some conference with a bunch of way too good looking naked men?  Not me. Betty would want to go.  I know it.  Good thing she has a small baby to feed right now.  She wouldn’t be able to travel and stay at a hotel where hot British men are waiting to pounce. This book encourages women to strap on a pair and take down the world.  

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Top Ten Tuesday: Awesome Releases I Never Got To In 2014!

I know, I know… so many books, so little time.
Here are 10 books that were released in 2014 that I was DYING to read, yet somehow never read!
I also need to tell you that my computer is crashing.  (Yeah, as if all the disasters going on with house isn’t enough to piss me off!)  All my windows freeze and I can’t really make graphics or do much of anything right now, so I’m keeping it simple today.

In no particular order…

I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and LOVED it!  What an insanely unique book!  I Immediately got the second and then the third, but never got around to either of them!!

OMG, this series.  It is probably one the strangest series I’ve read… it starts off feeling like a contemporary with this super hot guy named Noah Shaw.  Oh man, just writing this and thinking about him makes me feel like a fool for not reading this yet!  It took FOREVER for the third book to come out, it finally did, and Gaby was awesome enough to give it to me as a gift and I STILL haven’t read it!  I could make up all the excuses, but excuses are for losers.

Alright.  The Mortal Instruments series kicks so much butt.  I read this shortly after The Hunger Games, so this is another series that pulled me into YA!  I was addicted to these books!  Once again though… it had been so long since the previous release that I fell out of that world and wanted to reread before starting it.  Also, with all the buzz surrounding the movie (that I didn’t think was well done) I’ve been a little turned off.

Oh geeze.  I’M OBSESSED WITH VAMPIRE ACADEMY – you didn’t know this??  What’s your problem?  Really, OBSESSED.  Anyway, I jumped right into Bloodlines because well, how could I not?  I don’t have the same love for it as I did VA, but well… ADRIAN.  How HOT is Adrian?!?  Regardless, I usually start reading these books before I even pry them out of the packing box, but I just didn’t this time.  :(

I’ve heard THE BEST things about this book from everyone.  My best friends go on and on about it.  Hannah got it for me for my birthday!  The moment I had it in my hands I planned to read it next, but then the baby came and things got crazy.  I MUST read it soon! (so should you!)

I legit feel like I need to put a bag over my head in order to post this one.  I won a contest that Kendare Blake held and got an ARC of this VERY, VERY EARLY!  I loved the Antigoddess and was so excited for this one… mostly excited for more of Odysseus’ sexiness!

Altered was really good… lots of hot guys… and an interesting plot that left me with a lot of unanswered questions!  I was counting down the days to this release, but then my B&N didn’t have it a couple of times when I attempted to buy it and I just gave up.  Weird, right?  I need to order it.

JLA!!!!  She is an auto-buy author for me, so when this was at ALA Midwinter I HAD TO HAVE IT and I did… but I haven’t read it!  Is it because there isn’t a sexy guy on the cover??  I guess that is what I expect from JLA and this cover doesn’t scream SWOON.  That sounds dumb, but really, I think that’s what holding me back.  Could also be the fact that I got Stone Cold Touch AND The Return shortly after!

My mom got me this one for my birthday.  I loved Pivot Point, Split Second, and The Distance Between Us so I knew I needed this book!  We even read it for book club– although this was the month Cole was born, so I wasn’t really reading, but again…. SHUT UP WITH THE EXCUSES, right? I’m really looking forward to it.  Have you read it?  Did you like it as much as her others?

I am such a tool.  I adored Something Strange and Deadly.  I even made a vine about it when I went to the cemetery used as the setting in the book!  I got this book at ALA Midwinter (I think?)… but I still need to buy the second book.  I seriously loved it the first one… that lamp post kiss… rawwwr!  I want more.  Like I said.  I. AM. A. TOOL.


Looking at this list…







Random Rantings: I’M BAAAACK!


Hey guys!!!

You may (or may not) have noticed, but I have been MIA from blogging for an ENTIRE MONTH!

It’s sad, but true.  I last posted on December 9th!

A lot has happened since then:


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