Top Ten Tuesday: Books If You Like Sarah Dessen

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is to suggest books based on a popular author/genre/book. I chose Sarah Dessen because many people love her type of writing and she is one of the pillars of the YA community, especially the YA contemporary genre. I think most of these books are comparable to her style, but no one can beat Dessen 🙂 The main themes I was comparing here were romance, quirky main characters, great friendships, and some fun side activity.

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1)     Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)     Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)     Meant to Be     Love and Other Perishable Items    The Distance Between Us

Shrinking Violet     Fangirl     This Song Will Save Your Life

  1. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  4. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
  5. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  6. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
  7. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  8. Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Any additions to this list? What is your favorite Sarah Dessen novel and why?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, featuring unreleased books that we are highly anticipating! This week, I’m very excited to talk about:

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

To be published Ebury October 8 2015

Hello reader,

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil’s teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan’s a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas…

I love Dan and Phil and I have actually already pre-ordered this book. I’ve read a couple books by YouTubers and haven’t been too impressed so far, but I think that they put so much work into this to come up with something new. We only have a little bit more of a wait for this!

What books are you excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is my fall TBR. I don’t really have that many plans for what I am going to read this fall, but here’s a general idea of some books that I am hoping to get to soon:

The Affinities     Magonia (Magonia, #1)     Under the Dusty Moon

The Rest of Us Just Live Here     Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)     Never Always Sometimes     The Cage (The Cage, #1)

Tiny Pretty Things     Kissing in America      This Lullaby

  1. The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson
  2. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  3. Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland
  4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  5. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  6. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  7. The Cage by Megan Shepard
  8. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  9. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
  10. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

What books are on your fall TBR?

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#FridayReads – September 18

Friday Reads is a weekly feature to keep y’all up to date with my reading progress! This week, my reading has been pretty disheveled. I think I’m in a reading slump because nothing will keep my attention. So here’s the four books I’m in the middle of right now:

Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy, #4) I have been waiting for this book FOREVER. This is my first priority right now and I’m enjoying it so far.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents I am currently reading this book for class right now. It’s okay, but nothing like what I expected.

The Geography of You and Me I started this book before and put it down. It just isn’t grabbing my attention right away, but most romances are like that. I promise I’ll finish this though (hopefully before it goes back to the library)!

The Gates of Rutherford This is the ARC that I am making my way through. I like the writing style, although it is a little slow.

What are you reading right now?

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The Program by Suzanne Young Review

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program by Suzanne Young (The Program #1)

Published Simon Pulse 2013

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Format: Kindle ebook

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998This was one of those amazing books that only comes around once in a while that pulls me in from the first line and doesn’t let me go until the last page. And even then, I haven’t really been let go because I need the sequel. Thankfully, the sequel for this book is already out.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I have always been a fan of dystopia, even though the market got saturated with them a while ago. However, I will still try them and see if I can find a hidden gem I missed years ago. This is one of them.

First, the world. It’s not too far in the future, but suicide has gotten so bad that nearly 1 in 3 teens are committing suicide. The US comes up with the Program in order to combat all these deaths, but it’s a problematic situation. When they return from the Program, all their memories are gone and they are never the person they were before. I found this world to be very realistic in a scary way, exactly what dystopians are supposed to be. Mental problems are tied to personality in the brain (or at least, that’s what I’ve heard) and some of our worst memories transform who we are. This book pulled up a major moral issue and I still have no idea what I would do. But I love the point that the Program made. (Also, don’t worry – it’s not turning suicide into a ‘disease.’ The problem they have is that people feel so saddened by these deaths that they themselves become depressed and it is a never ending cycle.)

Sloane is a great main character. She’s not a Mary Sue and she doesn’t get everything right. Sloane makes lots of bad decisions, but also some good ones. Her conflicts felt real and I connected with her on an emotional level. I also loved her relationship with her friends, but especially her boyfriend, James. I liked seeing a couple that started before the book began and how that affected everything.

The writing is the main thing I have to commend. I love how Young wove together flashbacks and the present. She covered harsh issues and dark scenes. The characters were great and fleshed out. The action was fast paced, but also not too fast that I didn’t know what was happening.

Overall, I loved this book. It’s one of my favorite dystopians and I’ll be reading the sequel very soon.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Love That Split the World

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each week, bloggers feature an unreleased book! This week, I wanted to show y’all:

The Love That Split the World

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry 

To be published January 26 2016

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

I have only seen AMAZING reviews for this and I love the cover. It sounds really cool, so I’m pumped!

What are you waiting on?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name My Kids After

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week was a freebie theme, so I decided to go with a topic from a while ago. I’ll be sharing some characters that I’d name my children after! These are just a few names that I love.

AtlantiaPeaches (Peaches, #1)Open Road Summer

HamletBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

  1. Rio from Atlantia by Ally Condie – I love this name because it reminds me of the ocean and it sounds peaceful.
  2. Murphy from Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson – This is a very tough sounding name, but it still has some Southern influence.
  3. Lilah from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – Another pretty, light Southern name.
  4. Ophelia from Hamlet by William Shakespeare – I would feel kind of bad because of Ophelia’s tragic ending, but I think this name is so beautiful.
  5. Ethan from Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – I think this a popular name, but I’ve never met an Ethan. I really like his character too.
  6. Harper from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – For most of the same reasons as Murphy.
  7. Tarver from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I think this is a good sounding boy’s name and not very traditional.
  8. Kaidan from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – This name has lots of different ways that it could be taken. The character isn’t the best though.
  9. Tessa from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – This sounds very traditional while still being modern.
  10. Percy from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Of course. This is pretty much locked down already. (Imagine all the kids of the next generation named Percy!)

What names would you take from fictional characters for your kids? I love names, so this was fun for me!

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