Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes (Take 4) | Day 3

I was tagged by Raya for another round of 3 Days, 3 Quotes! I always love sharing my favorite quotes, so I’m really excited to do this tag again!


If you’re interested, you can see the previous quotes I’ve shared here:

Take 1: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 2: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 3: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 4: Day 1 | Day 2


I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera


Since this is my fourth time doing this tag, I’m not going to nominate anyone, but if you’d like to share some quotes, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can see your choices! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2018

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! It seems like the time has finally come to choose my top ten books of 2018 out of the 200+ books I’ve read this year. This is a little bit of an intimidating challenge, but I’m going to do my best. These ten books are in no particular order.

You might notice that all of these are fiction! I might do a top non-fiction list on another day. 🙂


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

my review

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…



The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

my review

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. 


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

my review

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

my review

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

my review

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

my review

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love. 


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

my review

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is? 


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

my review

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

my review

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

my review

Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.

Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.

The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.


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! What were your top books of 2018? Have you read any of these? Let’s talk in the comments!

Monthly Favorites: October 2018

Normally when I do my monthly favorites post, I include my favorite YA and adult books of the month. There’s typically a third category, too, depending on what I’ve read that month. Sometimes it’s “favorite NA” or “favorite non-fiction,” but in October, I didn’t really read anything other than YA. (And the things I read other than YA were… not great.) So, here you have it, my top YA book of October!

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
[my review]


What were your favorites from October?
Have you read What If It’s Us? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments!

Weekly Update

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

  • Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit
  • Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
  • Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  • Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
  • Review: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

0 things this week:

  • I’ve still got nothing. There is both a lot and nothing going on in my life right now.

Blog hopping:

Weekly playlist:

You may or may not know that twenty one pilots is one of my favorite bands! I saw them in Brooklyn with one of my friends a couple years ago and they were so good!! In honor of the Bandito tour starting this week, here’s Trench in its entirety. I can’t even believe that I’m going to see them again in June. ❤ ❤

Book review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Source: Purchased

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

It means it’s seven thirty on a Saturday night, and I’m four stops away from the first act of my love story.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been screaming about this book for the last… year, maybe? As soon as it was announced, I knew I would love it. I was even more convinced when I read the synopsis and saw the cover. It showed up at my house and I immediately locked myself in my bedroom and started reading. I wish I could’ve just read straight through, but ugh, work. 🙄

I don’t even know where to start because I just loved this book so much.

  • I loved Arthur. I want him to be my best friend and go to musicals with me.
  • I loved Ben. I want him to be my other best friend and go to Lorde concerts with me.
  • I loved Arthur and Ben together. They were so cute. SO CUTE. I am almost crying right now thinking about how much I love them.

There were so many things that happened in this book that I related to.

  • “Who is he? Name. Address. Social security number. Twitter and Instagram handles.” ACTUALLY ME WHEN MY FRIEND MEETS SOMEONE, OKAY? ACTUALLY ME. (Also my friends when I’m hanging out with someone new.)
  • “Just write a post that describes the moment, like, Hey, we met at the post office and made out inside a mailbox, so on and so forth.” ALSO ACTUALLY ME WITH THE EXAGGERATIONS, I CAN’T HANDLE IT.
  • ARTHUR’S DAD’S POP CULTURE REFERENCES!! MY SO-CALLED LIFE! THE BREAKFAST CLUB! ACTUALLY ME!!!
  • He flings his arms around me before I can say hello, and now he’s just standing here hugging me like a cobra. THE MOST ME SENTENCE I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE, THIS IS ME IN ONE LINE

Honestly, I have 29 quotes flagged in this book and I could keep going, but I’m going to stop now. Well, almost. Can I also say that I really want to read Ben’s book? I need it in my life. Can Becky and Adam publish that next, please??

Anyway, in summary:
Five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Five hearts ❤❤❤❤❤
Five sobbing emojis 😭😭😭😭😭

I loved this book so much.

#mm18: new or old

Have you read What If It’s Us?
What am I supposed to do with my life now that I’ve finally read it?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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Weekly Update

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

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • I was only gone for not even three full days and somehow I am behind on everything in my life. I don’t know how that works, but it’s fine.
  • The only exciting thing that’s happened to me since my last update was GOING TO TENNESSEE AND MEETING DANIEL. You can see his side of the story here. ❤

Blog hopping:

Weekly playlist:

I had heard this song before but I listened to it again this week and I was like half a second from sobbing and I had to pause it for a second to compose myself. What has happened to me?!?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about those books that we would love to get early (and might do anything to get). I’ve actually had to revise this list a couple times since I’ve received some ARCs that I never thought I would get!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee! I loved The Gentleman’s Guide and cannot wait for its follow-up. Felicity was a great character and I’m so excited to read about her adventures.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Big F, Maggie’s debut. It was an amazing book and I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for her sophomore novel.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Becky Albertalli fangirl, but the cover of this book has actually slayed me. I want to frame it and put it on my wall.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer! I don’t know how I ever got lucky enough to get an ARC of Renegades but it was one of the highlights of my blogging life in 2017. I have to know what happens next!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab! I actually got an ARC of A Darker Shade of Magic back in the day and I’ve been a big fan of Schwab’s ever since. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for Vengeful, so I am open to just about anything to shorten the wait!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab! Yep, it’s another Schwab book. I follow her on Twitter and every sentence she shares from a new book makes me want to read it even more. Who even knows how long we’ll have to wait for this book. I need it now!

I’ve been meaning to read more Kasie West since I’ve really enjoyed what little I’ve read from her so far, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Still, Listen To Your Heart has an adorable cover and I love the vibe of her books.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson! I haven’t yet read all of Morgan Matson’s work, but what I have read, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. I’m thinking it’s pretty doubtful that I’d ever be approved for an ARC of a book this hyped, but hey, I can dream.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka! I was over on Twitter one day and there was a thread where debut authors could talk about their books. The way that these authors were talking about this book made me hop over to Edelweiss and immediately request it. I never have any luck on Edelweiss so I’m just over here waiting for this book to finally come out.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne! I loved The Hating Game and Sally Thorne quickly became one of my must-buy authors. Twitter’s about to show up for the third time on this short list… Honestly, Sally has been killing me with her vague tweets about this book! It sounds so amazing! Please, save me from my misery and give me this book asap.


Books that originally appeared on this list that I actually got advance copies of are: The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie, Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff.