Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • My day, my week, my month, my entire life was made when I got an actual physical ARC of Serious Moonlight! Infinite thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster, who is clearly the best. ❤

Blog hopping:

  • Jenna shared a beginner’s guide to book blogging! If you’re looking to get started and you’re not really sure what to do, this is a great introductory post!
  • Aurora talked about her favorite tropes along with some recommendations!
  • Kelly made a list of her favorite fluffy YA contemporaries! (I was so happy to see that two of my favorites made the list!)
  • Raya reviewed Tangled Like Us and made some great points that I didn’t mention in my review!
  • Vicky amazed me with her list of 80+ romance recommendations!!

Song of the week:

I can’t stop listening to Billie Eilish.

Book review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • GoodreadsTBD
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Borrowed

From Golden Globe Award–nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his online creative coalition hitRECord, and in collaboration with the artist Wirrow, comes Volume 3 in the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories series.

To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord.org community as RegularJOE, directs thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, he culls, edits, and curates the massive numbers of contributions into a finely tuned collection.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 3 once again brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size.

Sometimes I just like to look through my library’s graphic novel section to see what I can find. I did it a few weeks ago and ended up checking out a ton of graphic novels, plus this tiny little book. I’m not sure that I’d necessarily call it a graphic novel since it doesn’t tell any kind of cohesive story, but it was a cute little book of short poems and tiny stories.

Many of them were relatable, many of them were quirky, and some of them hit me pretty hard emotionally. I’d say, for each one being no more than a sentence or two, that it’s pretty impressive.

For some reason, my library only has the third volume of this collection. I’m hoping, though, to somehow find the other two. ❤


Have you read any of the Tiny Books of Tiny StoriesLet’s talk in the comments!


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Tag: Power Couples Book Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day! I didn’t really know what kind of Valentine’s-themed post to do today, so I was really excited to see that The Orangutan Librarian had tagged me in this one!


A couple that share big passions and goals

Lucas + Daisy from Anything You Can Do

At first, their passion is arguing and their goal is to one-up each other, but as the book progresses, Lucas and Daisy realize that they actually have similar passions and goals for their lives.

A couple that love and respect each other

Connor + Rose from Kiss the Sky

Connor and Rose might have a lot of arguments, they might banter and tease each other and say some pretty mean things… but they love and respect each other so much. They’re one of my favorite couples.

A couple that is stronger together than apart

Marko + Alana from Saga

Marko and Alana go through a lot throughout Saga, but one thing they always learn is that they can do anything as long as they’re together.

A couple that wholly support each other

Michael + Stella from The Kiss Quotient

One thing I can say about Michael and Stella is that they never try to change each other. Both of them just accept and support each other and it’s just the best thing.

A couple that is genuinely cute together

Monty + Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Clearly the answer to this question is me and my boyfriend… just kidding. (Not really.) But in all seriousness, I’d have to go with Monty and Percy! They’re so cute together and I love them so much.


I’m tagging…

Anybody who’s feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, but in particular, some romance fans: SahiJamsuLeslieDemetraRaya


Who are your favorite couples? Have you read any of these books? Do you want me to tag you in things? Let’s talk in the comments!

ABC Book Challenge ✰ Q

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter Q and surprisingly, I actually have books for this letter! 😀


✰ MEMORABLE (FOUR- AND FIVE-STAR) BOOKS STARTING WITH Q ✰


✰ BOOKS ON MY TBR STARTING WITH Q ✰


Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

Blog tour: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsB&N
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Source: ARC via FFBT and Netgalley

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

It’s been a long time since I last did a blog tour and I’m so happy to be back at it again for one of my most anticipated YA releases of the year! I’ve followed Laura on Twitter for a while and I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first read the synopsis. And that cover only made me want to read it more!

Now, I might be years out of high school, but I related to Ariel so much. I mean, everything in high school being a breeze until you hit your senior year and suddenly you’re dying? My exact experience. We didn’t have AP classes (we did dual credit instead) and I waited until college to cry over calculus, but my goodness. Ariel’s experience with calculus was basically the same as my experience with college-level physics. And the whole thing about shutting yourself off from your friends so that they can’t see how much you’re struggling? ME. I was always the friend who had everything together academically, so it took a lot for me to admit that I just was not understanding that class. Again, this is me relating so much to a fictional teenager.

If I, a 28-year-old woman, can relate to this book, clearly teenagers within its target demographic will too. It’s just so well done, from the writing to the diversity to the teenagers who actually speak and act like teenagers. I’m so impressed and I can’t wait to read more from Silverman.

#ps19: a book that’s published in 2019


About the Author

 

My debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.

I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!


Follow the Tour!


International Giveaway!

Prize: Win a copy of YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman (INT)
Disclaimer: INT as long as Bookdepository ships to the country of the winner.
Start Date: February 11, 2019
End Date: February 24, 2019

Enter using the rafflecopter here!


Have you read You Asked For Perfect? Are you looking forward to it? What’s the most recent book you read that dealt with either mental health or school stress? Let’s talk in the comments!

Tag: The Playlist Shuffle Tag

I’m always keeping an eye out for fun tags, and when I saw this one on Beth’s blog, I decided I had to do it. I wasn’t tagged or anything, but when has that ever stopped me? Since I’ve been listening to my entire music library on shuffle all day, I figured it was as good a time as any to finally do this one.


Rules:

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating!)
  • Tag 10 others to do it as well

1. “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift

2. “Sleeping In” by The Postal Service

3. “Soldier in the Army” by Steel Train

4. “Control” by Halsey

5. “Me Against the World” by Simple Plan

Well, this is a throwback to high school.

6. “Pink Lemonade” by The Wombats

7. “Tricky” by Fitz & The Tantrums

I didn’t even know that I owned this song and I don’t even know if I’ve ever listened to it?? It doesn’t even sound familiar??

8. “March to the Sea” by twenty one pilots

9. “Holy Ground” by Taylor Swift

10. “Anti-D” by The Wombats

11. “Rough Draft” by Yellowcard

12. “Anybody Have a Map?” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack

13. “Sex” by The 1975

14. “There! Right There!” from the Legally Blonde soundtrack

15. “Memory” by Sugarcult


That’s the tag! I’m not going to tag anybody else, but please feel free to put your music on shuffle and share the first fifteen songs that play for you! Do you love any of these songs? Let’s talk in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite couples

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so of course today’s theme is favorite couples. I ship everybody and everything, so here we go.


Penny + Sam from Emergency Contact

You could maybe say that I have a soft spot for couples who fall in love via text messages. Penny and Sam were the cutest and I loved them so much.


Zorie + Lennon from Starry Eyes

Is it really my Top Ten Tuesday post if it doesn’t have at least one Jenn Bennett book on it? Another thing I have a soft spot for is the very specific trope of friends-to-enemies-to-lovers.


Arthur + Ben from What If It’s Us

Arthur is a ball of sunshine and Ben is snarky and I love it when characters balance each other out like that. They were perfect together.


Lucy + Joshua from The Hating Game

Just as it’s not a real Top Ten Tuesday post of mine without Jenn Bennett, it’s also not a Top Ten Tuesday post of mine without The Hating Game. Lucy and Joshua are the best, okay? The best.


Daisy + Lucas from Anything You Can Do

Anything You Can Do is the first book I ever read by R.S. Grey. This is still one of the best enemies-to-lovers romances I’ve ever read. Daisy and Lucas were so perfect for each other. ❤


Bailey + Porter from Alex, Approximately

So we’ve established that I have a soft spot for texting and enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. I also have a soft spot for online friends who fall in love IRL. ❤


Simon + Blue from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Is there anyone alive who doesn’t ship Simon and Blue? I mean, seriously. They’re the cutest.


Ronan + Adam from The Raven Cycle

I’m not sure I’ve ever shipped any couple harder than Ronan and Adam. I love their relationship so much.


Cress + Thorne from Cress

Of all the Lunar Chronicles couples, Cress and Thorne are my favorite. I don’t even know what it is about them, but I love them so much.


Simon + Baz from Carry On

They were roommates! ROOMMATES! Another thing I have a soft spot for. Their relationship was perfect and I can’t wait for Wayward Son.


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Who are your favorite literary couples? Let’s talk in the comments!