Month: July 2016

July 2016 Book Haul

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I didn’t get too carried away this month, but I’m very excited about my selection. Now, this may be my last book haul for a while because I have a huge stack of books to get through, and to be honest, I’m starting to get intimidated by my looming TBR (to-be-read) pile.

Here we go!

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

This one is another Peter Pan retelling, so I obviously had to get my hands on it. It follows a girl named Gwen, who has been told all her life by her crazy mother about a magical place, but perhaps, her mother isn’t so crazy after all. When Gwen and her friend are kidnapped away to Neverland, she tries to hang on to her memories, but she has to choose who to trust. The pirate or the fairytale hero? Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Well, the first thing I’d like to say is if you like these characters, the more power to you. I’m not trying to insult anyone with my list. These are just my opinions. Additionally, my explanations for these opinions might not be as full as you would like. I really don’t want to spoil books for people.

Without further ado, let’s get on to this possibly-controversy-causing list!

Josie from Embraced by Love by Suzanne Brockmann

Embraced by Love

She was the main character of this story, so it really dragged the entire book down for me. She was so self-centered and didn’t put any effort into the relationships that she had. Since the book was primarily a romance novel, I just did not think that Josie deserved the person that she was with, and therefore, the entire book fell flat for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

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Wanderlost

Not all those who wander are lost… but she might be.

So, I have big news, everyone. I gave this book five stars. This is the first book that has gotten that rating from me in over a year, so this is a huge deal.

I wouldn’t say I typically read young adult contemporaries, but I was completely in the mood for this one. It just hit the spot, and this book is just straight up fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

My bookish wishlist—like many other book lovers out there—grows all the time. I’m always discovering books that I want to read from family, friends, book blogs, and simply by chance wandering through the bookstore. I expect that my to-be-read pile will never diminish, and that’s completely alright by me.

Now, on to my list!

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses

The Irresistable Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

This one sounds like an adult romance with a twist. A woman is tasked with carrying out her grandmother’s dying wish of delivering her last letter to a former lover. While the task seems simple enough, she discovers secrets about her grandmother and finds out that one day isn’t long enough to complete the job. When she almost drowns in the bay and is rescued by a local carpenter, she becomes a small town celebrity. Just maybe, she’ll be pulled into a simpler life. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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Nerve

I’m sure many people are now aware that the movie is coming out later this month, and for the most part, that is why I read this book. Judging by what I’ve seen from the trailer, there is essentially nothing being translated from book to movie. I cannot believe I’m about to say this, but that’s pretty okay with me. The movie looks like it takes everything to the next level in terms of intensity and excitement, and regardless of how I feel about the book, I am greatly looking forward to the film. If you are just interested in this book because of the movie trailer, I would not recommend reading it.

And that’s not to say this is a bad book. It’s not. Read the rest of this entry »

Musical Mondays: July 11, 2016

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Musical Mondays

How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages
  2. Include the instructions in your post
  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:
    • Remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • You’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past wee
    • You feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their YouTube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)
  5. Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week
  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

…Hey, guys. It’s been awhile since I’ve been active at all, let alone done a Top 5 Wednesday post. I suppose I’ve decided that I’m only going to do the ones that really, really interest me—mostly, because otherwise I feel guilty. We’re blogging here. There’s nothing to feel guilty about. If I miss one every now and then, it’s completely okay. I blog because I enjoy it, to look back on my opinions, and to connect with other book lovers out there.

For this topic, my viewpoint on it is from the angle of books that were recommended to me that I wasn’t quite sure about until I read them. That’s the slant that I’m going to take for this topic because I wouldn’t say that any books are strictly outside of my comfort zone. I tend to read a little bit of everything nowadays, so for this topic, it will probably be from before I opened my horizons to all of the various genres out there. Read the rest of this entry »