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Top Ten Tuesday (21): Favorite Book Beginnings and Endings


The topic this week is Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books. This one was super awesome to explore. I have so many favorite books, and even more favorite quotes, so looking for book beginnings/endings that I loved was a blast! Finding them was easy... narrowing them down, on the other hand, was quite difficult.

So without further ado, here are ten (ahem... actually, more like twelve... I really did try!) beginnings and endings that I love to bits:

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Top Ten Tuesday (20): Words/Topics That Make Me Less Likely to Pick Up a Book


Previously, in April, one of our lists focused on words/topics that make us pick up a book. This week, the topic is Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Not Pick Up a Book. Sometimes books have themes that I would normally pass by, but for some reason - recommendations, curiosity, etc - I might give them a try anyway. That's why I tweaked the topic a little bit. Instead of just content that makes me completely dismiss a book, I've included stuff that make it less likely that I'll read it. If that makes sense.

Some words/topics that will almost always make me pass over something include:
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Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond



Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond! Today I'm going to share some information with you about this romantic, summer read. Be sure to check out the other tour stops by clicking the banner above or going here. Also, don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway below!

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Top Ten Tuesday (19): Authors I Think Deserve More Recognition


This week's topic is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I was having some difficulty finding my ten this week. I'm sure some authors I mention will be authors you guys are all, "What are you talking about? They're super popular!" Who knows. But some of these authors are JUST THAT GOOD that everyone should know and love them! So before I over-think this, I've decided I'm going to share authors that I love, but I don't hear talked about nearly enough in this big ol' world.

Here goes nothing!
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Wings by Elizabeth Richards


Today we are super excited to share the cover to Wings, the third and final book in author's Elizabeth Richards' Black City series!


Check out this beauty! 

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Top Ten Tuesday (18): Best/Worst Book to Movie Adaptations


This week's topic is Top Ten Best/Worst Book to Movie Adaptations. This topic is one of my "issue" topics. For some reason, I can get really upset when I find a book that I love is being turned into a film. At times, I find I really had nothing to worry about. The film people took the book and made something great, entertaining, endearing, what have you. Then there are those times where the movie just... well, I'd just rather not speak of it. It will only make me upset.

Some films I've left off this list, but only so I could include a couple different things. I would love to do another list like this in the future, though! There are so many film/book adaptations I'd like to talk about. Though some might disagree with my opinions, here are what I've decided are the best and worst book to film adaptations that I've seen... including one that was surprising:
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Guest Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Format: E-book, 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: 14 June 2011
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.



So. I literally just finished this book not 20 minutes ago. I absolutely cannot wait any longer than that to tell all of you guys about this book.  This book.... oh, man, this book. I don't want to say that I loved it. It just sounds so hollow in the face of what this book just did to me. To say that it touched me feels like an understatement. To say that this book has just changed my life... would I think be a little too much. It has, however, changed the way I see things. The way I want to see things.

I can't even create a review in the normal vein of things, where I talk about the characters and their flaws and  virtues and say what I like and don't like about them. To do so would completely spoil everything. I can't even write their names. I think it is safe to say that every character in this book is absolutely real. They are real, live people who just happen to not exist. Whether they are likable or hateable is completely beside the point.

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Litza's Birthday Giveaway of Awesome!


Greetings everyone! Today is my birthday! Woo hoo! To celebrate, I thought I'd do a fun giveaway centered around one of my favorite books, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I've been collecting items for this giveaway for a while now, so I'm really excited to finally share it all with you!

Now, I will be honest... I ran into a few problems. I was going to gather the finishing touches for this giveaway so I could have an awesome photo of everything you could win, but then the car broke down and I wasn't able to get them. Stupid cars. BUT! Since I wasn't able to grab my last remaining items in time for the giveaway launch, I thought I'd make it a little game and add them periodically throughout the month. Basically, I'll share each new piece to the giveaway by announcing it via Twitter or something, then adding it to the giveaway post. Maybe I'll even add an extra entry into the Rafflecopter, just for stopping by to see the new item(s).

So what can you win? Well...
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Top Ten Tuesday (17): Most Intimidating Books


This week's topic, Top Ten Most Intimidating Books, is one that really made me come to terms with why I haven't started certain books. Some of these books I've purchased, but they're sitting on my shelves, getting looked over again and again. Others are ones I've been keeping my eyes on, but I can't seem to bring myself to buy/borrow it. Some intimidate me by their sheer mass, others have content that make me squeamish.
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June Blog Wrap-Up

Hey you guys! Does anyone else always say it, "Heeeey you guuuuyyyysss!" in their heads? I can't be the only one. Cyber cookie for those who know the movie! *ahem* Moving on. It's me, Naomi! It is finally my turn to do a monthly wrap-up thingy (we're working on a better name...more on that later this week)! We're trying something a little new with how we present our wrap-up, and I'm not ashamed to say that we're borrowing some ideas from Refracted Light, so go ahead and send some blog love their way. They have a really snappy-looking blog, and it is our life's ambition to someday follow in their footsteps. Or something. I really don't know what I'm talking about right now.

There are a few other things we've got in the works. Melissa is mustering up something quite exciting for this week! It's going to be so awesome! I hope everyone gets a chance to see it! I've also got a little something rattling around my head, to which I've already alluded, and it's going to be the very first thing that is all me baby! I'm so jazzed! Well, Melissa will be a part of it too, but we'll just leave that bit for now so I can revel in my illustrious glory! Mwahahaha!

A bit much perhaps? Yeah... Well! Onward to our brand-new-looking Monthy Wrap-Up Thingy!


Reviews Done


Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
The Elite by Keira Cass
Poison by Molly Cochran

Book Blasts/Tours


15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
Disneylanders by Kate Abbot
IXEOS Trilogy by Jennings Wright

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