Waiting on Wednesday: The Natural History of Us

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing unreleased books. This week, I’m showing:

The Natural History of Us (The Fine Art of Pretending, #2)

The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris

To be published April 5 2016

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

I read Rachel Harris’ The Fine Art of Pretending earlier this year and I enjoyed it! I’m excited for this second book in the duology.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is a Halloween freebie, something I’m not too great at. I don’t really read too many scary books and I’m really bad at remembering Halloween. All of a sudden it’s the day before and I don’t have a costume or candy and it’s always been stressful. Anyway, today I decided to talk about some of my favorite paranormal stories! None of them are too scary, but they can be some Halloween fun while waiting for the Trick-or-Treaters.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)     Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)     Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)     The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)     Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)     Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)     Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)       Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

  1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – Witches with a funny twist. This series is one of my favorites.
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – This is all about ghosts and it really had me on edge.
  3. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement Moore – One of my favorite underrated books. It’s also about ghosts but in the deep south of Texas.
  4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard – Zombies. In the 18th century.
  5. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz – This is a fun children’s book about Disney villains. Not the scariest, but some fun childhood fun.
  6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer – Queen Levana might be one of the scariest villains in YA right now and this is her tale.
  7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire – Everyone knows the Wicked Witch of the West and this is her story. Equally as twisted as Fairest. 
  8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – I love this atmospheric book and all the witches.
  9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Want more Wizard of Oz? This is a different take on the whole story.
  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – You’ve probably seen this one before, but I love the way it uses images to tell a fascinating story.

What are your favorite Halloween reads? Have a happy Halloween!

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The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester Review

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire

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

Published Ebury 2015

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir

Format: Kindle ebook

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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…

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998It’s no secret that I LOVE Dan and Phil. I literally wrote a post about them earlier this year. They have been a big part of my life and it’s a miracle I haven’t bought everything from their fan shop. I eagerly await the day that I can meet them. Anyway, I’m going to stop now before I go full on fangirl mode for them. But I preordered this book when it was announced and the release of this made my top 3 events of this past week.

This book reminds me so much of Dan and Phil. While I already knew a lot of it from watching their videos multiple times, there was still new information, new pictures, and new stories from both of their lives. I loved how they talked about their younger lives and then their time on YouTube, all the way up until now. Dan and Phil’s story of how they met is in here, as well as how they started working together and living together. Their friendship truly inspires me. As well as their work on YouTube, which is documented here perfectly. I liked their takes on the community that they have established, as well as the genuine thankfulness and humility they have towards everything that has happened. Dan’s note in the conclusion might have made me teary-eyed. But don’t worry, even if you aren’t a massive fan of Dan and Phil, I think you will still enjoy this. It’s a good look into both of their lives and exploring what it is like to be a YouTuber. They do a great job of exploring themselves and their ‘brands’ in this book. They wanted it to be a memoir of everything that they have built online, and they were successful in that.

The one major complaint I have for this book is the formatting. I got this book on Kindle so I could have it right when it released, but the formatting was really off. There were some pages that I couldn’t read because they showed up so small on the page and I missed some things because of that. I might go get the physical book later, but it was disappointing to have that happen. Because of that, I would suggest buying a physical copy of this. It’s probably really beautiful in person too.

I also think that this was really well written. Dan and Phil are not the most eloquent people, but they make good authors. They know how to transfer their style on YouTube into text, incorporating everything that you love about them. It makes the book really fun and dives even deeper in what they have done online. It’s not great literature, but it works for what they are doing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It made me love them even more (if that’s possible) and I am proud to be fans of them. You can see their hard work and motivation throughout this entire book, as well as all of their fun quirks they embrace. The only thing that makes me take off a star is the formatting on the Kindle version.

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Interview with Lara from The Paperback Palace: Late Night With Katherine

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Late Night with Katherine is a weekly Friday night feature where I host some people involved with the book community and interview them!

Today, I am featuring Lara from The Paperback Palace. Lara is a young adult book blogger who writes reviews and discussions and more. I have the usual five questions, so let’s get started:

1. What is your favorite book you’ve read of 2015 so far?

Oh gosh, just one? I’m not sure if I can do that… Can we call it a tie between Dangerous Girls and every single Sarah J. Maas book I read this year (ACOTAR, Heir of Fire and currently reading Queen of Shadows).

Dangerous Girls A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

2. What is your favorite book cover?

It’s not a book I particularly enjoyed, but the cover for Shatter Me is gorgeous!!! Also another awesome cover is Red Queen (and that’s a book that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed the cover)

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

3. Have you had any cool author interactions to share?

Ooooh! I only have one because not many authors come to New Zealand *wipes away tear*, but at the end of last year I went to a panel that had Laini Taylor and Elizabeth Knox on it. Laini Taylor was just amazing and there wasn’t anything super special about the whole interaction (the only interaction we actually had was when she signed my book and I got a photo with her), but it was still one of the most exciting things for me and I cried afterwards because I was so emotional…. whoops! Sarah J. Maas is planning on coming to New Zealand too, so hopefully I get to see her when she does!!

4. What is the last book you purchased or received?

I just won Demon Road by Derek Landy in a give away from Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time, but the last book I bought (well my Mum actually bought it for me) was The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes!

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

5. What books are you looking forward to in 2016?

Definitely the next book in the Throne of Glass series (ugghh the wait will kill me), but other than that I don’t really know what else is actually coming out next year?! I really must look into that….

Thanks so much Lara! Make sure to check out her blog, Paperback Palace.

If you are interested in participating in this feature, you can sign up here.

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler Review

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Published HarperCollins 2014

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir

Format: Kindle ebook

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We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy — someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn’t ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she’s not available for movie night.

Luckily, we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haiku from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.” Yes Please is a chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998Amy Poehler is probably the queen of comedy in our day. She’s funny, witty, and very classy for someone involved in the Hollywood business. Personally, the only work that I have seen from her is all of Parks and Recreation and Inside Out. Not exactly a whole lot compared to everything she’s done, but enough for me to admire her as an actress and a person. But, this book just didn’t pull it off for me.

Amy Poehler’s life is interesting, and while I think that she could write her own memoir, in some ways, I felt like this book was too early. It was a lot of reflecting on her life during her years trying to get started in comedy and working on Saturday Night Live. But sometimes, it almost felt like she was trying too hard to make it beautiful. That didn’t really work all the time. I loved some of the chapters – the one about working on SNL after 9/11, the chapter about her two sons, her inside look into award shows, her tribute to her Parks and Rec cast. All very good. The rest, I either don’t remember or didn’t enjoy. None of it made me really connect with her as a person, but it just made me kind of annoyed with her. Not really the idea for a memoir.

Maybe because of the way this was told, I didn’t really understand all of it as someone who hasn’t had too much experience with Amy Poehler outside of Joy and Leslie Knope. But it jumped around to many different time periods in her life, going from her early childhood to her years in Chicago to Saturday Night Live. I really prefer things in chronological order and I think it would have helped in this case. Also, there were some random parts that I didn’t understand why they were included. It was a very strange book because it was written at a weird time and that made it not work as a memoir.

Overall, I wasn’t a big fan of this book. It was okay, but for a memoir, it didn’t make me fall in love with Amy Poehler, rush to get more of her work, or even really take some of her advice. I did like parts of it, and some things worked on the motivational side, but it just didn’t really work out in the end.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Flawed

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing books that are upcoming releases! This week, I picked:

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

To be published March 24 2016

The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent in this thoughtful and thrilling novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule. And now faces life-changing repercussions.

She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.

The Scarlet Letter? Divergent? I am all up for this combination.

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