Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reflect Thursday: Shining Books of Waiting on Wednesday [13]

Do you ever feel after a day like Waiting on Wednesday your list of TBR grows significantly? I wanted to mention a few titles that really caught my eye this week on the blogosphere after browsing the wonderful Waiting on Wednesday lists!

1. Trouble Is A Friend of Mine By Stephanie Tromly
Expected Release: August 4th 2015

Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digbys friend wasn't that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.

Her first day not in school (because she cut) in her new hometown that will soon be her old hometown (because she's getting out of Dodge as fast as she can) Zoe meets Digby. Or rather, Digby decides he's going to meet Zoe and get her to help him find missing teenager. Zoe isn't sure how, but Digby—the odd and brilliant and somehow…attractive?—Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures. Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football player dressed like the Hulk, had a throw-down with a possible cult, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown (which might be worth making her permanent hometown after all.)

A mystery where catching the crook isn't the only hook, a romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a story about friendship where they aren't even sure they like each other—Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a YA debut you won’t soon forget.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)


This WoW discovery was awesome! After reading the synopsis all I could think about was how unconventional for a story. It could just very well be me thinking that this story sounds really unique and quirky but that's okay ;) I can't wait to get my hands on this one - good thing it's released next week!

What books did you discover after WOW? Create a post and leave a link in your description for me to check out! 
& Much thanks to those who helped bring these books to my attention!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [14]: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys By A LOT of Cool People

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys By 
Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April, Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters
Expected Release Date: August 18th 2015

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror 

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.


I need it NOW! I can't wait to read all these shorts. I want a read that will scare me and have me thinking all night long! I love when a bunch of authors collaborate on such a big piece of writing - how can you go wrong! I know I'm not the only one awaiting this epic book ;P 


Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts & Talks [13]: Reading From the Opposite Gender's POV...Yay or Nay?

This is a meme hosted HERE that asks us to present something we've learned or thought about after we finished reading a book to anyone out there - sparking a conversation amongst us!

What I Read to Spark the feels:

I am currently reading through The Intern's Handbook and I've got to say it's really fascinating to read such an in-depth male outlook! As a girl, I think it was just natural to gravitate towards a female POV when reading or selecting a book but as I grow up and my genre and book interests change, I'm starting to see that I'm learning to love the male POV! This may be because it's somewhat of a foreign mind? The things guys pay attention too or observe is interesting to read about! Especially in a character like John Lago (the protagonist of The Intern's Handbook - think Mr. Smith from Mr&Mrs Smith meets closeted dork ;P). I'm going to keep the search on for more books in the male POV. I have not come across a male POV book where I didn't enjoy it! I'd like to hear some recommendations you guys have for me too so leave them in the comments below!

Do you enjoy reading from opposite gender POV? Add a link to your response OR just leave a comment below on this week's Tuesday Thoughts&Talks!

If you want to participate in the Tuesday Thoughts & Talks, just grab the banner, post your own Tues.T&T on your blog & then leave a comment down below with a link to your post!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Monday, July 27, 2015

Excerpt Tour! The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy

It's so exciting to be apart of this awesome Blog Tour for The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy! A couple of week's back I remember seeing this captivating cover across the booksphere on YOUR book blogs - highlighted as an anticipated read of 2015 and my interest was definitely piqued! I'm glad to be the first stop on the excerpt tour so on with it we go!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Musings [14]: More Books & My Odd Week

Two birds one stone - I stumbled upon The Sunday Post Meme hosted by the lovely Caffinated Book Reviewer & the Stacking The Shelves meme hosted by the awesome Tynga's Reviews! It is quite similar to what I'm doing here with my Sunday musings - recapping the week in book blogging universe as well as letting you guys know about what books I bought or received.

This was a weird week for me guys! I had a taste of what I'm going to title book blogger blah. I just wasn't feeling up to my posts this week! Along with that my stack of current reads was barely touched. I don't want to feel like I failed you amazing people who take your time to check out this blog of mine but this week was just an odd week. I hope to have things back in check by next week. I'm going to take today to rest and just get my head back on track. The month of August is almost here and it's a REALLY big month for me - preparations for my final year of university, my cousins wedding, and some other family related things. There will be better posts I promise! Thanks for sticking around to this point of my tangent...love you guys! Here's a picture of me and my nephew - he makes me smile and laugh and feel all happy! Have a great week my loves!

From The Past Week:



Happening This Week:

MONDAY - EXCERPT BLOG TOUR: THE CREEPING BY ALEXANDRA SIROWY!
Make sure to come on by Monday and read the thrilling excerpt of The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy - it had me making major grabby hands for the book! The Tour is full of awesome and The BloggityBLOG is so happy to be apart of it!

Let me know in the comments if The Creeping is a book you want to check out! Want to know a little more about the book? Check out my earlier post on it HERE!

NEW Books added to my shelf this week:

     
The first is The Secrets of Attraction By the Robin Constantine! I liked The Promise of Amazing so I've got some high hopes for this one ;P Also the cover is verrrry pretty! That font choice is on point! The second new addition is an ARC of It's A Wonderful Death By the awesome Sarah J. Schmitt! Very huge THANKS to Lauren over at Skyhorse Publishing for the copy! ;)

BOOKstagram #JulyBookChallenge:
  
     
Day 20: Favourite Genre/ Day 21: Thinnest Book You Own
      
     
Day 22: Thickest Book You Own/Day 23: Favourite Romance

     
Day 24: TBR Shelf/Day 25: Books You Want to Reread

That's it for now lovelies♥ Let me know how your week went in the comments below ;)

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING &SUNDAY!
-SHERRY

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Reflect Thursday: Shining Books of Waiting on Wednesday [12]

Do you ever feel after a day like Waiting on Wednesday your list of TBR grows significantly? I wanted to mention a few titles that really caught my eye this week on the blogosphere after browsing the wonderful Waiting on Wednesday lists!

1. Brown-Eyed Girl By Lisa Kleypas
Expected Release: August 11th 2015

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love--at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year--a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything--including her well-guarded heart--will she find out what matters most.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

I absolutely LOVE Lisa Kleypas' writing so this book is kind of on top of my TBR pile! (The pile is an absolute chaotic mess right now, it may have fallen over and spilled over EVERYWHERE!) Sugar Daddy which is the first book of Lisa's Travises Series is a favourite of mine. Lisa's writing makes any contemporary romance of hers an instant buy for me!

What books did you discover after WOW? Create a post and leave a link in your description for me to check out! 
& Much thanks to those who helped bring these books to my attention!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [13]: Weird Girl and What's His Name By Meagan Brothers

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
Weird Girl and What's His Name By Meagan Brothers
Expected Release Date: October 13th 2015

In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. Meagan Brother’s piercing prose in this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world. 
Ages 14–up.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Some heavy themes here and a depth that I can't wait to dive into! This is a book I hope lives up to all the hype. The friendship sounds so intricate and delicate at the same time I wonder how it's all going to end! Anyone else feel that way too?

Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts & Talks [12]: Where DOES the Sidewalk End? It DOESN'T

This is a meme hosted HERE that asks us to present something we've learned or thought about after we finished reading a book to anyone out there - sparking a conversation amongst us!

What I Read to Spark the feels:
Where the Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein

The book up for discussion this week is one of my favourites! I grew up loving the writing of the great Shel Silverstein. Even more I loved all his illustrations! It was incredible to me how one person could create such a world with poetry. And to think, these were written and drawn over 30 years ago! What makes his work so timeless? That is the root of this Tuesday. I think Shel Silverstein's body of work remains relevant to this day because of how outrageous and wild his content is! There is never anything 'wrong' or 'right' about his writings. It's all imagination and that I guess, never expires. I could read a poem of his today and feel the same about it in 10 years, albeit I'll have more experience to apply to it. There is a whimsical quality to his work that you can't help but transport yourself to a different mindset. When you're there anything goes! Do you know what I mean? It's become what you expect out of a Shel Silverstein book/poem - dark, twisty, unrealistic, and totally emotionally cut!

Add a link to your response OR just leave a comment below on this week's Tuesday Thoughts&Talks!

If you want to participate in the Tuesday Thoughts & Talks, just grab the banner, post your own Tues.T&T on your blog & then leave a comment down below with a link to your post!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Musings [13]: My Week in Pictures & New Books

Two birds one stone - I stumbled upon The Sunday Post Meme hosted by the lovely Caffinated Book Reviewer & the Stacking The Shelves meme hosted by the awesome Tynga's Reviews! It is quite similar to what I'm doing here with my Sunday musings - recapping the week in book blogging universe as well as letting you guys know about what books I bought or received.

The BloggityBLOG this week played host to the book It's A Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt. And no I was not sponsored in anyway to do postings or what not for it - I genuinely am so excited for its release in the Fall! The book made me think a lot about the ole' question, would you turn back time to correct the past mistakes you've made knowing that your entire life presently would be altered? It's a crazy concept that is always fun to think about! Hop over to my Tuesday post if you want to talk more about this topic ;P In other my life news, I spent the latter part of my week away in Waterloo with some of my best friends. Sort of having our annual summer hang out. It's hard to keep in daily contact with these people because we're miles away from each other and we lead very different and chaotic life styles! It 'twas a blast to see these people again and a good humbling reminder that distance is but a number! An accomplishment for the week was getting my Korean Food craving satisfied! I took my momma out to one of my favourite Korean restaurants, Owl of Minerva. Seriously, any readers out there in the Toronto area you've got to check this place out if you like Korean food! The best pork bone soup out there!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Review: GREY By E.L. James

Title: GREY
Author: E L James
Published Date: June 18th 2015

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.


Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.  

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

I can't believe it's finally here and I've read it and I loved it. Now I want the next one. *GRABBY HANDS* I guess this is the Grey fever that had me ploughing through the first three? Grey is what I expected it to be and more. Overall this story seemed to bring Christian Grey into a more human light. For those who hated the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, I don't think you'll find anything here that'll change your mind. For those who loved the series like I, you'll be satisfied ;) It is all about Christian Grey, what more did we want?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Reflect Thursday [11]: Shining Books of Waiting on Wednesday

Do you ever feel after a day like Waiting on Wednesday your list of TBR grows significantly? I wanted to mention a few titles that really caught my eye this week on the blogosphere after browsing the wonderful Waiting on Wednesday lists!

1. The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) By Huntley Fitzpatrick
Expected Release: August 18th 2015

Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house


Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.


For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. 


Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Alright, so I haven't read My Life Next Door yet but I just know I'm going to love it! The covers are beautiful and the characters seem to have depth! The reviews I've read online about the author and the first book have all been positive so this was an indirect recommendation from you internet!! ;)

2. A Sudden Light By Garth Stein
Expected Release: August 28th 2015

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

This is not in the realm of my usual reads but the storyline surrounding this Riddell House was too interesting to pass! I love the historic atmosphere the author seems to have here that goes into a sort of paranormal aspect. I really wonder how the story is resolved!

What books did you discover after WOW? Create a post and leave a link in your description for me to check out! 
& Much thanks to those who helped bring these books to my attention!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [12]: It's A Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
It's A Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt
Expected Release Date: October 6th 2015

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Okay, so all the characters here seem like they all have very distinct and interesting personalities! I'm super excited for this release in early October! It's a modern twist on a somewhat used idea. Can you really go back and change your past for a better future? Such a cliché of a question but SUCH a good question till this day regardless! The synopsis really hints at a great read! Who else is excited about this one?

Want to talk about the book with me and the lovely blogging community? Hope over to my Tuesday Thoughts&Talks post about It's A Wonderful Death! 
Click on the pic below!


Would you change your life RIGHT NOW for a chance to correct a past mistake? Let me know in the comments below!
Link your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY HOSTILE TAKEOVER !

Tuesday Thoughts & Talks [11]: It's A Wonderful Death...?

This is a meme hosted HERE that asks us to present something we've learned or thought about after we finished reading a book to anyone out there - sparking a conversation amongst us!

What I Read to Spark the feels:
It's A Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt

This week's Tuesday Thoughts & Talks is going to be based off of my Waiting On Wednesday pick going up on the blog tomorrow. It had such an interesting synopsis that got me thinking about the mistakes and regrets we might have in life. Without giving too much away, this book presents an ultimatum to a girl who is essentially stuck in a sort of purgatory: either wait for your soul on Earth to expire or relive three months of your life in hopes of making better choices that lead to a different outcome. What drew me into this book was the idea of righting the wrongs we might have made in our lives. Is it something we should do? (This weeks topic is very hypothetical - unless someone has actually created a time machine in which case please let me know ASAP) It would be ideal to write the wrongs we make but I think the more important long-term solution to the 'wrongs' we make is to accept that they are wrong doings and learn/move on from them. Clearly that is easier said than done but what I mean by it is that we shouldn't focus on correcting something in the past because it's in the past already. We should focus on what is happening in the now and the the future. I don't know how this topic is resolved in It's A Wonderful Death but I think it'll be interesting to read from a character's POV where we aren't the ones to make the hard decisions. There is the chance to push the character to extremes and really hit home a great message for readers!

Would you try to correct your wrongs of the past or try to move on from them?
Add a link to your response OR just leave a comment below on this week's Tuesday Thoughts&Talks!

If you want to participate in the Tuesday Thoughts & Talks, just grab the banner, post your own Tues.T&T on your blog & then leave a comment down below with a link to your post!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Musings [12]: New Books & New Drawings!

Two birds one stone - I stumbled upon The Sunday Post Meme hosted by the lovely Caffinated Book Reviewer & the Stacking The Shelves meme hosted by the awesome Tynga's Reviews! It is quite similar to what I'm doing here with my Sunday musings - recapping the week in book blogging universe as well as letting you guys know about what books I bought or received.

I rate this week 3/5 stars - it kind of flew by without me but I did get to do some drawing which makes up for all of it! It definitely was NOT a productive reading week. I've been in a minor reading schlump these last two weeks but I've got some exciting books that I can't wait to share with you guys soon so I hope that propels me back to reading! As I mentioned, I got to squeeze in some time for drawing this week and it was so much fun! It is hard to dedicate anytime during the summer to drawing with work and trying to put out quality content onto the BloggityBLOG. I tried to practice some portrait drawing this week with a variety of charcoal sticks and powders. I referenced the amazing photographer Maarten Schröder's photo Twan. I asked him if I could use the image as reference and all but DIED when he replied back saying I could with a compliment on my artwork. Here is the finished piece:

Male Head Portrait Study
16"x20"
Charcoal on Bond Paper
(Click HERE to see some of my other art)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Playing To Win By Jaci Burton

Title: Playing To Win (Play-by-Play #4)
Author: Jaci Burton
Published Date: September 4th 2012

Someone’s going to have to let down their guard… 

Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot. 


When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Again we are faced with a hard hitting sports superstar. This time around though he might be a little too badass for his career. Cole Riley is in major need of an image rebranding. With the entire league aware of his horrible image and bad publicity, he got lucky when he got drafted this football season to any team. The offer is conditional however, clean up your act and do it fast or you can say goodbye to playing football forever. He didn't expect the consultant he was sent to help him re-invent himself would be hot - let alone have such a sassy and blunt attitude.

This series by Jaci Burton is awesome partly because of the characters she brings to life have depth and partly because we know what we're going to get. From book to book in the series, we get some what of the same type of characters (i.e. athlete, hard working woman, hard headed, softy) but they all still make for a simple and easy read. I wouldn't say these are ground breaking contemporary romances; more so casual reads. The story is told from duo-perspectives, Cole Riley's and Savannah Brooks. I noticed that there were points in the book where it wasn't so clear that the narrator perspectives switched - a little confusing but hardly a turn off from reading the book.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Reflect Thursday [10]: Shining Books of Waiting on Wednesday

Do you ever feel after a day like Waiting on Wednesday your list of TBR grows significantly? I wanted to mention a few titles that really caught my eye this week on the blogosphere after browsing the wonderful Waiting on Wednesday lists!

1. The Small Backs of Children By Lidia Yuknavitch
Expected Release: July 7th 2015 (ALREADY RELEASED)
A masterful literary talent explores the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art

With the flash of a camera, one girl’s life is shattered, and a host of others altered forever. . . 

In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own. 

As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide? 

A fierce, provocative, and deeply affecting novel of both ideas and action that blends the tight construction of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending with the emotional power of Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children is a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)


There seems like there is a lot of healing and self learning that will go on with the characters in this novel and that is what I'm looking forward to with it! I have a feeling it will be a very heavy hearted read!

2. A Thousand Nights By E.K. Johnston
Expected Release: October 6th 2015

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)


I'm just putting it out there, this synopsis has the potential to be a really good movie adaptation! There is a very surreal/mysterious aspect to the story presented here that would make for amazing scenes visually on screen! Getting back to the book, the synopsis illustrates with words a very fantastical and magical world with characters to match! I don't read fantasy but this one might have the right combo of love, setting and magic!

What books did you discover after WOW? Create a post and leave a link in your description for me to check out! 
& Much thanks to those who helped bring these books to my attention!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [11]: Bennington Girls Are Easy By Charlotte Silver

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel By Charlotte Silver
Expected Release Date: July 14th 2015

Charlotte Silver dazzles with a ruefully funny coming-of-age novel that follows two recent Bennington grads who are determined to make it in the Big Apple.

Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its saucy reputation for attracting free spirits. There, acres outnumber students, the faculty is composed of fading hippie and clothing is largely optional. Or, as J. D. Salinger put it in Franny and Zooey: a Bennington-type “looked like she’d spent the whole train ride in the john, sculpting or painting or something, or as though she had a leotard on under her dress.”

Cassandra Puffin and Sylvie Furst met in high school but cement what they ardently believe will be everlasting friendship on Bennington’s idyllic Vermont campus. Graduation sees Sylvie moving to New York City, where, later on their twenties, Cassandra joins her. These early, delirious years are spent decorating their Fort Greene apartment with flea market gems, dating “artists”, and trying to figure out what they’re doing with their lives.

The girls are acutely and caustically observant of the unique rhythms of the city but tone deaf to their own imperfections, which eventually drives a wedge between them. Equal parts heartfelt and hilarious, Bennington Girls Are Easy is a novel about female friendships—how with one word from a confidante can lift you up or tear you down—and how difficult it is to balance someone else’s devastatingly funny lapses in judgment with your own professional and personal missteps.

(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

Despite having a questionable rating on Goodreads, I'm really looking forward to this book because it's got the old historical atmosphere/tradition that is grounded by the modern day working friendship of two girls who become adults. It's a reversal of some sorts; usually it's the setting that takes precedence.

Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!

AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts & Talks [10]: Ethnicity & Nationality

This is a meme hosted HERE that asks us to present something we've learned or thought about after we finished reading a book to anyone out there - sparking a conversation amongst us!

What I Read to Spark the feels:
Stealing Buddha's Dinner By Bich Minh Nguyen

This weeks Tuesday Thoughts&Talks topic is...ethnicity! More specifically how do you FEEL about your ethnicity? I'm going to try to explain how I feel about my culture and ethnicity as I see it and by NO means is it the 'right' way of thinking about ethnicity, it is just my opinion. Sometimes it is an iffy topic for people to discuss. What can/can't you say about a race or culture you don't personally know? It will forever be an on-going debate in society but I think we're at a place in the 21st century that it's becoming more acceptable to TALK about topics like these.

I think it took me a while to understand the difference between ethnicity and nationality. To this day I often get it mixed up. I've encountered quite a few people who are quite offended when others get ethnicity and nationality mixed up but to them I say, we're only human we make mistakes sometimes. It's important however that we educate ourselves on the differences of these two. My ethnicity? Asian. My nationality? Canadian. I hope I got that right. My parents were born and raised for half their lives overseas in Vietnam, China, and for a little bit Hong Kong. I am technically first generation Canadian in my family. Growing up in a place like Toronto, which is known for its multiculturalism, I saw no real segregation or difference between all the various ethnicities. At home however, I knew from talking with my friends and observing over the years their lives, that my parents were definitely raised differently and therefore projected a very different parenting style on my siblings and I. Their traditional ceremonies and their set ways about approaching certain situations were drastically different from the North American lifestyle that was unfolding in Canada and what I was starting to lean towards following as I grew up. I think it is hard for first generation kids from immigrant parents to fully feel they 'fit' in. On one hand we have a family that will raise you a certain way and in-still a certain way of life for you from birth. On the other hand, the life you try to find for yourself as you grow up and explore the world in which you were placed, asks you to abandon what you know (your parents schools of thought). How does one choose between keeping their family's traditions and values versus finding your own 'life' for yourself? I don't have an answer for this but it is a constant thought I have from time to time that was brought to my attention after reading Stealing Buddha's Dinner. I recommend this read to anyone looking to explore that first generation POV!

Welp, I think I seemed to have rambled on a little this Tuesday Thoughts & Talks! What is your take on the topic this week?

Add a link to your response OR just leave a comment below on this week's Tuesday Thoughts&Talks about ethnicity!

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AS ALWAYS,
HAPPY READING!
-SHERRY

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Musings [11]: New Books & Canada Day Antics!

Two birds one stone - I stumbled upon The Sunday Post Meme hosted by the lovely Caffinated Book Reviewer & the Stacking The Shelves meme hosted by the awesome Tynga's Reviews! It is quite similar to what I'm doing here with my Sunday musings - recapping the week in book blogging universe as well as letting you guys know about what books I bought or received.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!