The Struggle of Finding Time to Read

This year, I'll be a senior.  And that means just one more year of high school!  But being a senior also means an inevitable load of stress.  With some tough courses, extracurriculars, and of course those infamous college applications to fill out, finding the time to read seems like a more challenging task than ever before.  I mean, Rachel is living proof that one can actually survive senior year, but she's kind of a super-human.  (Isn't she?)

A Round-up of Chicklit Mini Reviews

Author: Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly #1
Genre: Chick Lit
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Source: Purchased via iBooks

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

APCB Adds #4

I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: Been Here All Along

Author: Sandy Hall
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance/LGBTQ+
Page Length: 240 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via publisher
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Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

Happily Ever Afters and Why I Like Them

A common critique I see for concluding books in series is that the final book is too picture perfect, too happy, and thus too unrealistic. I used to voice concerns about this in books too. I'll admit that I shaved off rating stars because of the sickeningly sweet happily ever after I found too common and too unappealing in books.

Review: A Week of Mondays

Today I'm excited to join the Thank God It's Monday blog tour! Many thanks to Mary and Macmillan for setting up this tour.

Author: Jessica Brody
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 464 Pages
Publication Date: August 2,  2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world's worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it's Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.