Top 5 Wednesday: Books I want to Re-Read

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Books I want to Re-Read. I have always been a big re-reader of books I love. I’ve decided to list some of my favorite books that I have only read once and am in desperate need to revisit.

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1. The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star). I started this series shortly before the last book came out and could not believe that I waited so long! It’s beautifully written, brutal, thought-provoking, suspenseful, action-packed, twisty, surprising…I could go on and on.

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2. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. A very different kind of serial killer story. Very character-driven and suspenseful. Every time I see someone new reading/reviewing it I want to re-read it.

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3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I have great love for Rainbow Rowell books and I gave this one a really high rating, but I have only ever read it once. I think I definitely need to remedy that.

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4. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’ve heard from people that this isn’t as good the second time around since you know the ending, but I still want to give it a try and see if there are clues I missed the first time around. Plus, it was just really good and I want to read it again.

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5. Defending Jacob by William Landay. I read this long before I started blogging, when I was just getting back into reading again, and gave it 5 stars on Good Reads (if you follow me now, you know that never happens anymore). I’d like to see if it’s as good as I thought it was back then.

What books do you want to re-read?

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Bath and Body Works Tag

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September is a crappy month for my blog. I’ve decided to just accept it. I actually have written two reviews, but they’re both for ARCs that can’t be posted yet. To keep the blog from being completely unpublished, I thought it was time for another tag. I saw this over on Inspired by the Page and thought it looked fun. Enjoy.

1. Pure Paradise: A book that was simply perfection.

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If you’ve followed my blog at all you know that I’m generally a pretty harsh rater and I haven’t really found book perfection yet. The book that probably comes closest – and is probably the most often mentioned on lists like this – is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I gave it 5 stars before I started book blogging and it’s one of my favorites of all time.

2. Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel that you really enjoyed.

If You Only Knew

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. This could be any Kristan Higgins book, honestly, but I’m going to go with her most recent.

3. Fresh Strawberries: A book you really enjoyed that came out this year.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I didn’t expect much from this book, but I ended up really, really enjoying it. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t checked it out yet.

4. Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I was smiling the majority of the time as I read this.

5. Paris Amour: A couple you majorly ship together.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. They’re perfect together.

6. Dancing Waters: A book that takes place on a beach/perfect beach read.

Truly, Madly, Greekly

Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot. The beautiful setting in this book made me really, really want to go to Greece.

7. I  Cake Books: Favorite book/character.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

We should all know this answer by now, too: The Raven Boys and Blue. I love them so, so much.

8. Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter.

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Georgie decides to stay home and work as her family goes home to Omaha to see family for Christmas.

9. Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting.

Fairytale Beginnings

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin. It’s set in a castle.

10. Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s).

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Love the cover, not as impressed with the book.

Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to participate!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Cool Jobs

This week’s Top Ten Top Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ . I’m filling in the blank with: Characters Who Have Cool Jobs.

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1. Sophie from Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. She works in dessert development at a grocery chain.

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2. Georgie from Landline by Rainbow Rowell. She’s a sitcom writer and is developing her own show.

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)

3, 4, 5, 6. All the women from the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. They run a wedding event business – One is a wedding planner, one is a photographer, one is a florist, and one is a baker.

The Perfect Match (Blue Heron #2)

7. Honor from The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. She runs a vineyard.

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8. Posey from Until There was You by Kristan Higgins. She own an architectural salvaging company.

The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)

9. Martin Rilke from The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock. He’s a journalist.

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10. Beth from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. She writes movie reviews for the newspaper.

What books do you think features characters with cool jobs?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014 (Overall, By A Particular Genre, 2014 Releases).

I decided to go with all of my highest rated reviewed books. It’s interesting to me that looking back, some of the ones that I rated so high aren’t necessarily my favorite books of the year. I still love them, obviously, but my usual rating system (a star rating averaged from Plot, Characters, Readability, and Enjoyability) skews more towards best written, rather than most enjoyed. I’m doing a top 12 since these are all the books I’ve read so far this year that got above a 4 Star rating. Still no books this year got 5 stars from me.

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1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 4.5 Stars

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer. 4.44 Stars

The Last Letter from Your Lover

3. The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes. 4.375 Stars

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan 4.375 Stars

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

5. Criminal by Karin Slaughter. 4.375 Stars

Me Before You

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 4.375 Stars

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

7. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. 4.25 Stars

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi 4.25 Stars

Illusions of Fate

9. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White. 4.125 Stars

One Plus One

10. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 4.125 Stars

Dangerous Girls

11. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. 4.125 Stars

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

12. The Dead will Tell by Linda Castillo. 4.125 Stars

What are your top books of the year? Agree or Disagree with any of my choices?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

One Plus One

1. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

Landline

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

Cop Town

3. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

The Scorpio Races

4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Fever

5. The Fever by Megan Abbott

All the Truth That's in Me

6. All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

The Last Letter from Your Lover

7. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Defending Jacob

9. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Gone Girl

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What are some of your favorite character driven novels?

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Part of me just wants to write, I LOVE RAINBOW ROWELL, and let it be the end of the review. I don’t really think it’s even possible for her to write something I don’t like. Even the idea of a magic time-warping phone being a major plot point.

Landline has all the things I’ve come to expect from Rowell – witty dialogue, great characterization, and lots of emotion. What’s different in Landline as compared to her other novels, is that instead of watching the main characters fall in love, our main character, Georgie, has already fallen in love – and gotten married, and had kids. It could be the post script to any of her other love stories. When the happily-ever-after may be a little light on the happy.

When the idea for a sitcom that Georgie and her long time writing partner, Seth, have been working on forever is given a possible green light, she has to skip her vacation to Neal’s mother’s house in Omaha for Christmas. She expects Neal to reschedule the trip (because he’s always been the one in the relationship to sacrifice things), but instead he decides to take the girls and go without her. Her mother is convinced that Neal has left Georgie for good and invites her over. While Georgie insists her marriage isn’t over, she begins to worry that it’s heading in that direction – that it’s been actively heading in that direction for awhile. With Georgie’s cell phone always dead and Neal never answering his, Georgie uses the old landline phone from her childhood bedroom to call Omaha. Except the Neal she reaches is Neal from the past, specifically Neal the week before he proposed. Georgie begins to wonder if she is messing with fate, if she should save Neal from herself, if she could save her marriage before it starts, or if she’s going insane.

I wasn’t really sure what to think of the magic phone when I first read the synopsis. I’m still not even sure how I really feel about the magic phone. But, the magic phone is really not the story. The story is Georgie coming to terms with her faults and knowing that while there are some things she’s never going to change, there are some things she can work on. For Neal. Which is really all he’s ever asked of her.

I really loved the characters in this book. They all have the witty banter ability that I love. Her kooky mother and her teenage sister are both supportive and funny. Her kids are cute – and weird – and full of personality. And Neal. Neal is sweet and loving and wonderful in a way that only Rainbow Rowell can write. (I’m pretty sure I would marry ANY of Rowell’s leading men. Maybe the next book can be about a magic pen that writes them into existence.) The only character I didn’t completely love was Seth. Seth reminded me a little of Nick in Fangirl – using Georgie because his writing was better with her. However, unlike Nick and Cather, Seth actually cares about Georgie. They’re still best friends, even after all these years, even though he’s always been a point of contention between Georgie and Neal.

Overall, I really enjoyed Landline. I love Rowell’s writing and the way she seamlessly flows between past and present to tell Neal and Georgie’s story. I love that it’s a different take on “love being enough” for making a relationship work or last. And I just love Rainbow Rowell. She has such a distinct style and it just makes me feel happy reading it – even when it sometimes is making me sad. I would recommend Landline to fans of Rowell, marriage, contemporary lit, and a little bit of magic.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 4
Characters: 4.5
Readability: 5
Enjoyability: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: The Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

1. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo. THIS IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!

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2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Out July 8, 2014

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

3. The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo. Out July 8, 2014.

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

4. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead. Out July 29, 2014.

Opposition (Lux, #5)

5. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout. Out August 5, 2014 (*Insert excited squealing here*)

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

6. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins. Out August 15, 2014.

Rebel (Reboot, #2)

7. Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera. Published 5/13/14.

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

8. Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins. Published 4/29/14. (I know! I still haven’t read it yet!)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

9. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige. Published 4/1/14.
Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3)
10. Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells. Published 3/11/14.
What are you reading this summer?