Summer Lovin’ Day 5: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On


Let’s do book shimmies! We made it through the week-long part of the read-a-thon!!! Congratulate yourself and your new bookish friends on their progress so far. Did you get as much read as you wanted to so far? Have you changed your goals for the 24-hr marathon read?

Weeellll… I was able to finish 1 book! Yay! Not really, actually. I haven’t had a lot of time to read recently, with summer classes and doing driver’s ed, sadly.

Books I’ve finished:

House Rules by Chloe Neill

Books to read:

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa   The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

highly doubt I’ll finish either of these this week, since I’ll be busy all day Friday and Saturday. SO this readathon is a bit of a fail. Oh well!

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July! (If you’re in the US, of course.)

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Summer Lovin’ Day 4: Tears on My Pillow


It’s day 4 of the Summer Lovin’ Readathon, and today’s topic is…

Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry?

Well, shucks. I’m not reading anything right now since I just finished a book, BUT I’ll share with you a book that I finished about 2 days ago that became one of my top, all-time favorite books ever… LOSING HOPE by Colleen Hoover!!! Aaahhh I don’t know how to express how much I loved that book. I’ll be posting my review of it soon, so be on the lookout for that!

So. Which quote to choose? I have so many to choose from. I practically highlighted the entire book. Seriously. I think Losing Hope is the book that I highlighted the most quotes in. I probably highlighted over a hundred things. It’s just too heartfelt and poignant and deep and sad and happy, and all narrated by my favorite book boyfriend ever. The sizzlin’ hot, yummylicious, droolworthy Dean Holder. Ahem, where was I? Ah, yes, Dean Holder. This boy. If he were to appear in front of me right now, I would hand over my heart to him and say, “Here. Take it. It’s yours.” *strokes gorgeous his face, cries, and runs away*

But of course he’s NOT REAL, which is the greatest sin in the whole world.

I cried buckets at the end of Losing Hope. No tears on my pillow, but they were soaked in about 4 pieces of tissues. I can’t share which quotes that made me cry, since those would be spoilers, BUT I can share with you my favorite, non-spoilery ones!

I’m pretty sure it’s too soon to love her, but shit. She’s got to stop doing and saying these unexpected things that make me want to fast forward whatever’s going on between us. Because I want to kiss her and make love to her and marry her and make her have my babies and I want it all to happen tonight.
But then we’ll be out of firsts, and the firsts are the best part. Good thing I’m patient.

“I need to know for sure that you’re feeling every single thing that I’m feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.”

Being with her had me thinking about tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and next year and forever.

And my all-time favorite quote:

“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”

Other books that made me tear up/cry:

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover   Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry   Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green   Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs   The Book Thief by Markus Zusak   Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Summer Lovin’ Day 3: Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee

look at me i'm sandra dee It’s day 3 of the Summer Lovin’ Readathon! Woohoo! Today’s topic is about favorite fictional females/heroines, and what makes them so awesome. I have a whole bunch of favorite fictional heroines, but four of them really stand out to me: Katsa, Kate Daniels, Penryn, and Elisa.

  • Katsa (Graceling by Kristin Cashore): Katsa is probably my all-time favorite heroine. She’s tough, she’s kickass, and I just love her so much. She has a Grace that allows her to defeat any opponent, so she’s an incredible fighter. She fights for what she believes is right, and protects those she loves. She has gorgeous eyes, one blue and one green, that indicate her Grace. I love that Katsa knows what she wants. She’s firm and disciplined, and when she makes up her mind about something, she follows through. Her relationship with Po is just the best. They are so cute together, and it was so lovely to see them slowly fall in love with each other after journeying together for so long.

Favorite quote:

“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”

  • Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews): I love Kate. I like, love her so freaking much. If I were to have a girl crush anybody, it would be on Kate. Seriously, this woman rocks. She’s an insanely incredible sword fighter, and she’s also a powerful magic user. And the best thing about her? She’s insanely funny. I don’t know how many times I’ve laughed because of her, but it was a lot. She’s smart and witty and a badass, and can totally handle the Beast Lord on her own.

Favorite quote:

I gave him a smile. I was aiming for sweet, but he turned a shade paler and scooted a bit farther from me. Note to self: work more on sweet and less on psycho-killer.

  • Penryn (Angelfall by Susan Ee): Penryn’s a survivor. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world that was decimated by angels, and all she can do is try to survive one day at a time. And she has an incredible heart, because once her sister is kidnapped, Penryn stops at nothing to get her back, even aligning herself with an angel. She learns to fight and goes deep within enemy territory to save her sister.

Favorite quote:

“I’m not moping,” I whisper back.
“Of course you’re not. A girl like you, spending time with a warrior demigod like me. What’s to mope about? Leaving a wheelchair behind couldn’t possibly show up on the radar compared to that.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

  • Elisa (Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson): After leading her people to war against their enemies, and winning, Elisa becomes queen of her kingdom. She learns to be strong, tough, and unwavering. She’s loyal and full of heart, and she’s only 17. She has to learn to find a way to lead and rule her kingdom so it won’t fall apart, and she does so with confidence and the power of her Godstone. I love that she grows and matures so much from the first book, where she was scared and insecure. Now, she’s tougher, a fighter, and the ruler of her kingdom

Favorite quote:

“Given a choice between my life and yours, I will choose mine. Every time. Without hesitation.”

So there you have it! My favorite female characters. And Day 3 of the Readathon is finished!

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Summer Lovin’ Day 2: You’re the One That I Want


Day 2 of the Summer Lovin’ Readathon is about books that are on the top of my must-have summer reads list. I get to share with you all the books I’m dying to read this summer, as well as the books that I highly recommend reading.

books to read

So these are the books that I have on my readathon goal, and hopefully I’ll have time to read them this week. I’ve gotten farther on House Rules, but I’m not sure when I’ll finish. The Eternity Cure and The Moon and More are the ones I really want to read soon (they’re in my room right now just staring at me). Twisted Perfection and Forever Too Far are my extras; if I have time left during the readathon, I’ll be reading those.
House Rules by Chloe Neill   The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa   The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen   Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines   Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

And THESE are the books that I am so excited to be released this summer!

  • Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (releases July 30th 2013) The Kate Daniels series is one of my favorite series ever! It has the best characters who are tough and badass and so freaking hilarious. This series made me laugh so much while reading. So excited for more Kate and Curran!
  • Shooting Scars by Karina Halle (releases August 20th 2013) I read Sins & Needles 2 months ago (my review), and oh my god, it just blew my mind. It was crazy and intense, and it ended with a cliffhanger! So duh, I need to read Shooting Scars asap! (And just look at that back on the cover!)
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (releases August 27th 2013) Also a book that follows a cliffhanger! And it was a major cliffhanger. I’ve been dying to know what happens next, but Origin is just too far away! But I’m so excited that it has both the male and female leads’ POVs. Can’t wait to read from Daemon’s POV!
  • The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (releases August 27th 2013) The Fire and Thorns series is one of my absolute favorite fantasy series ever. The first book was really good, but the second, Crown of Embers, just completely solidified my love for the series. Elisa is just the most kickass heroine ever! But… HECTOR!!!! *cries*
  • Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan (releases August 29th 2013) This book. This. book. This is the book that I would give my first child for. The ending just broke my heart. *tears up* Sarah Rees Brennan, you are an evil person. Why did you write the most amazing book ever, but make the characters go through hell at the end? WHY??

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews   Shooting Scars by Karina Halle   origin by jennifer l. armentrout   The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson   Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

recommended books

If you have one week left to live, you cannot die without reading these books. I can’t recommend them enough. These are the books that are raw and powerful and leave you reeling for more. They steal pieces of your heart and you never want to get them back. They are my top of the top, favorite books of all time. So if you haven’t read any of these book, I highly recommend reading them this summer. Any one of these books is completely worth your time.

Slammed by Colleen HooverPoint of Retreat by Colleen HooverThis Girl by Colleen Hoover      The Book Thief by Markus Zusak   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green   sea of tranquility 1   Hopeless by Colleen HooverLosing Hope by Colleen Hoover   Divergent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth

And with that… Day 2 of the Summer Lovin’ Readathon is complete!


Summer Lovin’ Readathon! July 1st-7th


The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

So I have a bit of a late start on this readathon since it started yesterday, buuut… I just found this and thought it would be fun to participate in. It seems so exciting, and there are prizes to win! Yay! I’ll be posting both yesterday and today’s posts soon, so please be patient. This is such a last minute thing for me, but hopefully, I won’t be too stressed out about posts and will actually enjoy this readathon.

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