Reading and School

I’ve been in school for two weeks now and my reading has been slumping…so much. Of course, I expected it to a least a little bit. During summers, I can read around a book a day with all my free time. School takes up eight hours a day, plus all the homework and the exhaustion at the end of it all. This makes reading very hard to do at the end of a crazily busy day.

I started the school year by reading Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans, a book I had looked forward to for a while and one of my most anticipated new reads of this year. However, I just wasn’t getting into it, something I attributed to school. However, after buying a huge box full of books from Book Outlet, one of my friends convinced me to pick up Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill. This book I am having the opposite experience. Even though I am still tired, I want to read this book. It’s more light hearted and fun, something I need after a day at school.

This being said, I think I am going to become more of a mood reader – and even more than that, a more contemporary reader. It just has the ability to capture me and my thoughts more than an action book typically would. That doesn’t mean I am not going to read any more action books, because I still love them. It just means that reading something cute and fluffy is what I am in the mood for right now – meaning that’s what I’ll be reading.

I am hoping to finish a book per week during the school year. That means less reviews on here, but I am hoping for more discussion posts to fill that problem. Either way, I do really want to keep this blog active.

So, how do you manage reading and school? Do you find it easier to have a schedule or read based on your mood?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read But Haven’t Bought Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish, featuring ten books that I want to read bu haven’t bought yet. I don’t typically buy very many books anyway, but these are just a few of the books that I would be willing to spend money on!

Confessions of a HaterBurned (Burned, #1)The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Future of UsIf I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Between Shades of GrayGone GirlThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)Want to Go Private?

  1. Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane – I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out and the cover is really pretty.
  2. Burned by Ellen Hopkins – I recently read Rumble and I loved Ellen Hopkins writing!
  3. The Diviners by Libba Bray – I have seen this book around so much, plus it looks like it would be a great fit for my shelves.
  4. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – Thirteen Reasons Why is an amazing book and the concept for this one is very unique. 
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – So much hype! Especially with the movie.
  6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys – I love historical fiction and this one has great reviews.
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I don’t know too much about it, but it’s going to be a movie.
  8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – Another book with so much hype!
  9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – Jenny Han is a super cute contemporary writer, so I’m interested to pick up her first series.
  10. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman – A really interesting contemporary concept.

Those are the books I would buy. What would you buy?

Just One Night by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)

Just One Night by Gayle Forman (Just One Day #2.5)

Published Viking Children 2014

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Kindle ebook

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I was really excited about this novella because the first two books end on the same cliffhanger. We finally got to see what happened after Willem and Allyson met again!

There were some really great developments in the night after they meet. They both catch up, talk about what they had been doing since the day, and went to watch Willem’s second show at the play. One thing that I really loved was how they are both coming to the US! That made me really happy.

While I liked this novella (which was actually told from third person POV), I didn’t like the direction it took. In the first two books, I had some problems with the romance feeling too insta-lovey and it just continued with this novella. There is a lot of physical romance stuff happening in this novella, where I would have liked more emotional. And it took place over just one night – which isn’t really a ton of time.

Overall, I liked having this look at what happened. While I didn’t like what happened, I think it followed both of their stories well.

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Weekly Recap: August 18 2014

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Welcome to a new feature on my blog! It’s called Sitting on a Mountain and it’s just going to be a weekly recap. Some of it will be personal, some of it will be bookish related. I really enjoy these posts on other blogs, so I decided to bring it over here.

Personal:

This was my first week of school, which was super busy! It looks like it is going to be a really tiring and stressful year. However, I did have a really good time at a friend’s party on Saturday night, so it was good to let loose a little bit.

Books I Read:

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Currently Reading:

Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles, #2)

Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

Coming Up Next:

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This Week:

On Monday, I reviewed Breakfast Served Anytime.

On Tuesday, I talked about books I have been told I must read.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Rumble.

On Thursday, I reviewed Obsidian.

On Friday, I reviewed Just One Year.

On Saturday, I reviewed Isla and the Happily Ever After.

How was your week?

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

Published Dutton 2014

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Format: Hardback

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

e9da6-coollogo_com-9181998I loved the first two books in this series, so I picked this one up on release day and read it in the very same day! However, it just didn’t impress me like the first two.

This book just didn’t leave me with the same uplifting, happy feeling that I was left with after reading the first two.

Isla was an okay character. She didn’t leave me with as much as Anna and Lola did. Most of Isla’s problem is that she doesn’t understand who she is, which is okay. But other than Josh, she had no personality. That was really frustrating. Yes, the book is about romance, but in order to have that, there also have to be two amazing characters that come together. Isla lacked a spark to her that made her character feel more human. Seriously, if you asked me to describe Isla, I would have nothing for you. Confused, maybe. She never really seemed shy, more like that was just her initial character trope. Isla never acted shy, especially around Josh.

I have always liked Josh since Anna, so I was really happy he had an entire book for him. There just wasn’t enough of him. In Anna, St. Clair had problems and so did Cricket in Lola. Josh had a little bit of problems with his parents’ political career, but it turns out that was just something Isla had assumed about him the entire time. Josh just served to be the love interest, something that I really can’t stand. There wasn’t insta-love in this book, as seen through the development of the crush, but there were never any reasons for them to like each other. I was waiting for something and got nothing. It just made their relationship not very believable.

My final major problem was the lack of setting. In the first two books, Paris and San Francisco were portrayed so beautifully. There was none of that happening in Paris or New York City or Barcelona, all cities with their very own spunk.

I did enjoy parts of this book though – there were scenes that I really liked. This book is more adult than the first two books, which are just cute romances. Isla and Josh have a much quicker and intense romance than the other books, so they do have more physical, intimate moments. I’m normally okay with it, but it made the point that Isla wasn’t shy and defined their lack of reasoning behind the relationship even more. I liked the slow buildup with the first two, but by page sixty, stuff was already happening for the two characters.

They both had some really great scenes, but it just didn’t live up to the Stephanie Perkins glow for me. I still enjoyed it as a quick read, but it was my least favorite of the series. My ranking is still Lola, Anna, and then Isla.

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Have you read Isla and the Happily Ever After? What did you think? How much does the setting reflect on books you’ve read?

Just One Year by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)

Just One Year by Gayle Forman (Just One Day #2)

Published Dutton Children 2013

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Kindle ebook from the library

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began….

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I loved Just One Day – you can check out my review here! Anyway, I was really pumped to pick this one up, even if it was just for Gayle Forman’s beautiful writing! But I was a little disappointed in this one.

I’m not a huge Willem fan, and I’m still not a huge fan of him. He was nice to understand, especially his thing for accidents and the problems with his parents. However, I didn’t really connect with him like I connected with Allyson in the first book. His search for ‘Lulu’ was not as strong as Allyson trying to find Willem. He made some attempts by going to Mexico when she went and trying to find the tour company, but neither of his attempts really worked. Willem just seemed different. There were so many scenes that I didn’t really find necessary either. I enjoyed how he lived in India for a while with his mom, but it just seemed kind of weird for the rest of the story. However – I did like how his trip to Mexico influenced the rest of the story!

My one problem with this duology is that I am still not buying the Willem/Allyson romance. Just because someone dramatically changes your life doesn’t mean you have to be in love with them. They both had an instant connection, so it feels a little like insta-love, but I don’t want it to be! So, I’m kind of ignoring that…The romance just isn’t my favorite though. With Allyson, she had a lot of coming of age stuff in her story but Willem didn’t.

Gayle Forman still writes beautifully. I loved the themes of accidents and letting life take you, but also taking control of it sometimes. It was still a really great story.

Overall, I thought this book was okay. I had some problems with Willem, but the overall concept and themes of this book were great.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #1)

Published Entangled Teen 2011

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Format: Kindle ebook

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I had heard so much hype around this book and I was super excited to read it. It was exactly what I was looking for – a really fun read. It did not disappoint!

This is a paranormal romance very similar to Twilight, except with aliens not vampires. There are even some plot points that seem to be taken directly from Twilight (like how Daemon saves her from a truck/Edward does the same). However, it doesn’t really take away from the book. There were so many similarities, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the rest of the series goes. The alien concept was really unique and I liked how it was explained. There weren’t any paranormal plot holes. They also had a defined enemy – unlike Twilight – that I appreciated. The Luxen are against the Arum, therefore setting up a future plot for the rest of the books in this series.

Katy is a really fun character. I loved all of her banter with Daemon, but I still really want them to be a couple! I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops throughout the series. Katy is also a book blogger, something I found really unique. I liked how dedicated she was to her blog and it was just something fun about her character. Daemon is a little annoying at first, but he gets better over time. I liked how he was always trying to protect his sister, Dee. There was a really good family relationship in this book, even with Katy and her mom.

This book isn’t going to be a huge life changing series for me, but it’s tons of fun. It serves it’s purpose. Katy and Daemon were so funny and there were multiple times when I laughed out loud in this book. It was really fast paced and entertaining; I read it in one day. The alien stuff was also really captivating and kept me reading.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! There were some similarities to Twilight, but it was just a fun read!

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