The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown

Published: January 2, 2012

Rating: 5/5

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a story that follows a girl named Hadely and her trip to her father’s wedding with a woman she has never met. We then meet Oliver who is also traveling and we are swept on their journey together.

I had never read a Jennifer E Smith book and I wish I had sooner because oh my gosh this book was so cute and I loved it! It takes me a while to get into the mood to read contemporaries, and when the urge hit me again I decided to take it and just dive on into this book. I just felt the story was so beautiful, and it really was just a nice story with great writing, and lovely characters.

I honestly found myself really feeling connected to Hadley. I’m not in her situation or have experienced it, but I felt some of the things she felt before. It was great getting to read about a character who was flawed, and wasn’t afraid to feel certain emotions she probably shouldn’t have felt. I also loved that she learned from that, and grew as a person. She developed into someone more mature young lady. She was selfish at first, and learned later to accept what was going on and move forward on a better footing with her father and step-mother. She also never lost sight of that even after all she felt towards her father, he was still her father and she loved him. I think that part really connected with me, since I am very close with my father.

Oliver during the plane ride was a ball of fun. He was witty, adorable, as well as deep. He had his personal issues with his life, but he made sure to put Hadley at ease with her fear of small spaces and flying. He was also one of those people who really knew how to enjoy life, even when it gets crappy. I also loved his importance to Hadley’s development, it really added to the story.

Overall I just fell in love with the entire story, as well as the characters. I actually have started This is What Happy Looks Like. So far compared to this one, I’m enjoying Love at First Sight more, but we’ll see what happens as I continue reading it. Highly reccomend to those who are trying to get into more contemporary, as well as romance lovers everywhere. So cute and brings such a good message.

Let me know if you’ve read it or any other Jennifer E Smith books in the comments below, and also your thoughts on them!

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Weekend Reads 2/26

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So I don’t have many reading plans this weekend in terms of reading since I have to get ahead on homework, as well as finish what I have due this week so I’ll be doing a lot of homework for a while. Plus I have work, as well as something going on Saturday night so I’m only planning on reading “This is What Happy Looks Like” by Jennifer E Smith. It’s a contemporary about a girl and a boy who exchange emails when the guy accidentally sends her an email. She doesn’t know he’s a superstar and he ends up filming in her town. I just finished The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by the same author and I loved it so I’m excited to try this book out! I’m already 40 pages in.

If I end up having time to read more this weekend I’ll post about it in another blog post on Monday.

Let me know in the comments what you planning on reading this weekend, and what you thought of this book if you’ve read it!

A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

Publisher: Walker Books

Published: September 27, 2011

Rating: 5/5

A Monster Calls follows a boy named Conor and the monster who shows up at midnight, who wants something Conor isn’t willing to give. The truth.

Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I hardly cry in books, like maybe 6 times total, but I was sobbing at the end of this book. I was reading this on ebook on my phone, and I was hovered over the phone just crying hysterically to the point that my mom came into my room. This was my first Patrick Ness book and I am completely hooked on his writing, and if this is how amazing he writes all his books, I know I’ll love the rest of his work.

This book just lets you know, its okay to feel selfish but also feel selfless in terms of loss and illnesses. Conor is just an amazing character, and you really get inside his head and feel his pain throughout the whole novel. You hear his anger, his sadness, and his isolation, which just hits you deep in your soul. I loved the overall message of this book: that it is okay to feel the way you do in situations like this, and to try and hold onto the people that mean the most to you.

The stories that the monster told, were excellent. And in a way the main point of each story was ironic. And while throughout the book, you felt it was a monster, you really didn’t think of it as one in the end. It doesn’t give you a hint for what is happening at the end, and it builds up suspense for the future, and it delivers something powerful.

And the truth that Conor had to tell, I think that was the point that I started crying in this book. Even to this day I can’t think of this scene without tearing up, or even the point in the story afterwards.

I highly recommend reading it, you won’t be the same after, and it’ll stay with you for a long time. I just read this book last week, and it’s still with me and I know it will be for many many months.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book, and your thoughts on it. I really want to know about them, especially for this book. Also let me know what Patrick Ness book I should read next!

By the way: this is turning into a movie! Just read about it online!

 

The Kiss of Deception

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Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Published: July 8th, 2014

Rating: 5/5

For those that haven’t heard about this, it’s about a girl named Lia who is a princess in a kingdom engaged to be married. And she runs away from the engagement and to a small town. And following her is an assassin, and the prince.

I absolutely loved this book! I started it Sunday night and got to page 20, then finished it Tuesday night, I just kept reading and reading! This book just rebuilt my love for fantasy! Mary just had amazing writing, and her book just sucked me in and would not let me go.

I just love Lia as a person, she had amazing qualities about her. She has an amazing personality, she also is really relatable for me personally. I love that she is so passionate about wanting to be loved for who she is, and wanting to get married for love, rather than for her position. I love her urge for free will, it was very real, and something that everyone can relate to. She is also such a witty, sassy, and classy, and I just felt she was so different that it really worked for her. It also made her unique to me.

We read this book through four points of views, but we mainly read from Lia, The Prince, and The Assassin. I loved hearing through the different POV, and it really added to the story. I love the romance aspect and I just…I got so attached to that part of the story. It was also hard to pick because you just love the characters so much.

And let me just say…the plot twist screwed me over so badly! Not in a bad way, but in an amazing way. I was so shocked I had to take a second to just…take it in!

The story just took a turn I didn’t expect and I really enjoyed it!

This book also made me cry, which was something I didn’t expect to happen! But man that moment, was just powerful and really made me love Lia even more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am already over 100 pages into the sequel. The magical elements of this novel and the world were some of the best parts of the book besides the characters. I highly recommend reading this book. Even if you don’t fancy fantasy, you’ll really like this book!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book, and whether or not you’ve read the sequel. So far it’s really good! I’ll be posting my thoughts on it once I’m finished with it, which might be tomorrow….

Book Outlet Haul

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I had told myself that I wasn’t going to get books for a while, but then Book Outlet had a sale on their website for 15% off everything and of course I caved. If you’re not aware, Book Outlet is an online website that sells books for cheap. I’ll leave a link to the website down below! I like going on there because they have a lot of books on there that I’ve never heard of or haven’t seen at my local stores very much, so I get new and interesting titles to choose from. I highly recommend that you check this site out!

So now lets get started with the haul!

The first book is Hit by Lorie Ann Grover. This book follows a girl named Sarah who got a full ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls and meets her teacher Mr Haddings. She becomes attracted to him and uses poetry to express her feelings for him. And he is on his way to end any kind of attraction that is going on, and while driving he feels a thud on his car and finds Sarah on the ground bleeding. So basically it follows a car accident between a student and a teacher. This will be my first Lorie Ann Grover book and I’m excited to see where it goes!

The next book is The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow. This seems to be about a guy who is diagnosed with Leukemia and meets Amber. I don’t know much about it other than that, but I am really am excited to try it out!

Next is Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank. I haven’t heard anything about this. But I know it’s about two girls who share a hospital room and have illnesses, and this book is told in verse. It’s basically about them becoming friends and coming to terms with their illnesses. I’m nervous about it but I am also excited to read this.

The fourth book is This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith. I am excited to read this, because it’s about a teenage movie star who sends an  email to a girl and they become email friends. And he arranges a meetup when his new movie is located near where she lives. I’m hoping to like it, and I still need to read her other books so I’ll be starting that soon!

Fifth book is The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe and this is the second book in the Earth & Sky series. I haven’t read the first one yet so I didn’t read the summary for this one so I can’t tell you what it’s about because spoilers.

The last book is The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder. It’s about a girl named Cam, who is constantly in-an-out of the hospital and moves to Promise, Maine. She is given a letter with a list of things to do before she dies.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books, and tell me how you liked or didn’t like them!

 

Link for Book Outlet: bookoutlet.com

My Go-To Authors

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I know there are many many authors that publish books, and I am interested in reading as many as I can. But these five authors are ones that I just have to buy their book, even multiple copies of their books! These are in no particular order.

The first author on my list is Sarah J Maas. I know I just got into her over the summer, but she quickly rose up on my list of all time favorite authors. She is now on my Top 5 favorite authors of all time list. I just love her work, her writing is beautiful, the storylines rich, and I always get sucked right in and not let go until the end! I highly highly recommend reading any of her books, you will not be disappointed!

The next author is actually two authors, but under one name. Christina Lauren is made up of two authors, Christina, and Lauren. They are two of my favorite romance authors ever! Whenever I pick up a book by them, I always know it’s going to be good and I am never let down. If you are ever in the mood for a steamy romance series, check out their Beautiful series as well as their Wild Seasons series.

Another favorite author is Lisa Schroeder, and I actually have been following her the longest out of these five authors. She published her book I Heart You You Haunt Me and I fell in love with her work. Whenever a new book by her comes out I always make sure to pick it up and read it. I love her writing, her stories, and her ability to move me to tears. She has books in verse as well as not in verse. And I love each one of them!

JD Robb is another long time author I’ve followed, just a year behind Lisa actually. I got into her books in 2009 and have been hooked ever since. She has a long standing series called the in Death series that she writes as JD Robb, as well as her romance books under Nora Roberts. One day I will be getting into her romance, but I will be entertaining myself with her romantic suspense books for now!

The last author is Holly Black. I also just recently got into her work, but already I have almost all her books and have dived into them! She writes amazing book series, as well as stand-alones! I always adore her very fantasy like books, and I never fail to fall in love with the plot, the characters and the writing of the books. I highly suggest reading Darkest Part of the Forest and Coldest Girl in Coldtown, if you are thinking of getting into her work! You won’t be sorry!

You can find all these authors on Goodreads, and as mentioned above, I highly suggest checking them out and giving their books a try. I am so glad that I did, I haven’t regretted any of it since! Let me know in the comments if you have or haven’t read any of their books, as well as what you have read by them! I also want to know your auto-buy authors, so let me know down below!

Contemporary Kick

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So as of late, I’ve been on a huge contemporary kick. Which never happens. Ever! Normally I tend to stay in Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. But I noticed I’ve read a few contemporary books recently and I really really enjoyed them.

I haven’t read one recently but I’ve been more interested in picking them up to read, as well as enjoying them more than I normally do.

But I also realized it has to do with the type of contemporary books I’ve been picking up. I have been pickier with the young adult romances I get. I try to make sure it isn’t all one plot line. I’ve been mixing in a lot of social situation type contemporary books, rather than all romance.

I am all for embracing this phase, since I have a lot of contemporary books that I have been meaning to pick up as well as many on my shelves that are begging to be read! I need to embrace this before it goes away!

Let me know your favorite contemporary books, as well as authors! Maybe I have the book and this will be the kick that I need to finally start reading them. Let me know down in the comments.

My Happy Place

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I know we all have places either in our home or outside where we feel most happy. Mine happens to be Barnes and Nobles. Not surprising since I am a proud bookaddict!

But I am that person who can come to Barnes and Nobles and be lost in there for hours. I make weekly trips there, sometimes more than once a week. I might not buy anything but I love being around all the books and maybe getting ideas for books I want to read in the future.

This weekend I actually made a trip there and stayed for over an hour!

My routine when I go is to check out the magazines. I always check them because sometimes my favorite actors and actresses make appearances on the covers and I don’t even know it. But I check those out and see what’s new, and maybe reread a magazine or two that interest me.

Then I check the new releases shelf in front of the magazine section. I like to see what came out, and then I’ll check the small tables set up, because they tend to have new releases as well, or even have sales like Buy 1, Get 1 free sales.

I’ll then start making my way back. The first section after the new releases is the fiction section so I’ll check those out and make my way slowly. I collect books that were turned into movies that my favorite actors/actresses were in so I’ll check those authors out and see if they have the book I’m looking for. I also check favorite authors and see what they have shelved there. I’m still working on expanding my comfort zone for certain authors and genres in fiction, so I’ll look at authors that I’m interested in branching out into (I’ll be doing a post about that sometime soon).

Once I’m done with Fiction & Literature, I’ll make my way to the teen section and see what’s new as well as what is shelved, so maybe I’ll find a book that I’ve been looking into reading, as well as books by authors I enjoy reading.

I tend to stay longer in the Action/ Adventure & Fantasy section of Young Adults, because those are my favorite types of books to read. Then I’ll make my way to romance and see what is there for me to check out. I’m slowly making my way into New Adult and Adult Romance so I like to explore this section a lot and see what types of books are there.

The next section is one that I spend barely any time in and that is Mystery, and not because I don’t like Mystery books. I really enjoy them, but I am so consumed with J D Robb mysteries that I don’t have time to check out other mystery authors very much, but I hope to fix that this year. I check out the manga section for a bit, as well as the Science Fiction/Fantasy section then make my way to the toys and collectibles area, where they also have the humor and the movie books. I spend way too much time there but I enjoy looking at a lot of the books there.

Lastly I’ll make my way to the bargain section and every once in a while I’ll hit up the movies area, when I have more money to spend because books usually take up all my money when I make my way to B&N.

Let me know in the comments what bookstores you go to, and if you consider them your happy place too! I really only have Barnes and Nobles near me to shop at for books unless I go to used bookstores which there are a bunch in my county. I’ll be doing a post about my favorites in the near future. Anyways, let me know in the comments, I would really like to hear from you all!

Ebooks

I know I just made an audio books post but I felt like adding this on here.

I know many people prefer reading physical books over ebooks, or vice-versa. But I thought I’d share my thoughts on using ebooks.

I actually really like reading books on ebook, and if I get an ebook off Kindle Unlimited or Scribd, and I really enjoyed the book I go out and buy the book in physical form. It really helps me when I read something I’m not too sure I’ll like. And off most websites or apps, ebooks are pretty cheap or free, so it helps me save money and shelf space in my bedroom.

There are also books that are part of a longer series like Vampire Academy or the Morganville Vampire series that I just don’t have much room for, but I really want to try and read them so I just get the ebooks.

I download the apps onto my phone and I really like taking them places. I really tend to use them at places like Disneyland or maybe even when I am taking a longer drive somewhere like Big Bear and take my motion sickness pills. Reading ebooks to those places helps me take up less space, as well as keep my books nice and safe. I just don’t like taking my books with me when I go visit Disneyland (which is weird that I take them there anyways, but hey the lines get long at times and it gives me something to do!) or other places.

I am currently reading Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige on my Kindle app.

Do you use ebooks at all? Or do you prefer to use physical books? Where do you take your ebooks if you do, and what devices do you use? Let me know in the comments!

Audio Books

So I don’t know how many people use audio books, but I just got started using them. And I really enjoy listening to them. I didn’t think that I would like it but I was proven wrong in that respect. I have only listened to one book on audio book so far but I have downloaded a few on Scribd, my app that I decided to use.

I got White Cat by Holly Black, which was narrated by Jesse Eisenberg, which honestly made me really enjoy it much more than I probably would have.

But I really am getting into this type of reading, and it really is great when you have stuff to do but are able to use headphones. I use it during my art classes when we are working on projects, which gives us time to listen to music to get us in the mood. I try to listen to my audio books during those, also during car rides; which helps me not get carsick. I also do it while I’m cleaning the house, so that I can use my hands but can listen to books!

It really helps me lower my TBR, so I’m excited to get more and hear how they sound!

I am currently listening to A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin and I have the next two books saved to my Scribd library. I think the only downside of Scribd is that you only get one credit per month and so if you don’t have a book to read in your library after you listen to your current one, you’re kind of stuck. I also don’t know how to add credits once you use up the one you’re given. But I’ll be trying to figure it out hopefully.

Let me know if you like listening to books on audio, and how you like it or not like it in the comments.