Blog Tour: By the Book By Amanda Sellet

Title: By the Book

Author: Amanda Sellet

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 paws

Goodreads Summary: As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.

“Be true to yourself and other people will see your worth.” 

By the Book is one of my favorite kind of books; a book about books! (How many times will I say book in this blog? Stay tuned to find out!) In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a book about books. I love reading about other readers like me who share the same passion and feelings towards books! Mary, the main character, is definitely a kindred spirit in that regard. Her love for books is so relatable, from being annoyed by interruptions in the middle of a crucial scene to staying in bed to read all day and only getting up for food. There are so many classic book references in this story that any read is sure to enjoy!

When I first read the description of this book, I was expecting a romance-heavy book but what I actually read went so far beyond that. The romance itself is really cute, it’s definitely predictable but I still enjoyed it. While this book centers around romantic relationships and trying to find a good respectable guy, it’s also so much of a friendship and family story which I wasn’t expecting. Mary really finds herself when she falls into a group of friends who accept her for who she is. They welcome her so openly to her new school and they represent a truly wholesome and supportive girl group. I discovered in the acknowledgements that the author grew up in a big family and this completely makes sense as she writes family dynamics so well. Mary has three sisters and a brother and it’s so interesting to see how they all interact with one another and the way family roles impact each character. 

By the Book is a tribute to readers and finding comfort in books. This was a really cute and fun read that reminded me of what exactly I love about books so much.

Thank you to Amanda Sellet, HMH Books and FFBC Tours for providing me with a copy of By the Book in exchange for an honest review!

To see other blog posts from this tour, click HERE!

Book Covers as Dogs!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy through these uncertain and difficult times. I know things have been challenging for everyone so I wanted to do a fun post that will hopefully brighten your day a bit!

There’s been a trend going around over on book twitter where people are creating outfits to match the cover of books which is a super cute idea! You can see my best attempt at getting out of my isolation uniform of leggings and a sweatshirt HERE. I thought I’d do my own take on this trend and match up YA book covers with dogs, because let’s be honest, what could be cuter?? So here they are, book covers as dogs!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo as a Border Collie

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han as a Wheaten Terrier (shoutout Jamie Fox Pickle, if you know, you know)

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson as a Nova Scotia Retriever

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater as a Boston Terrier

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo as a Labrador Retriever

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black as a Bernese Mountain Dog

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare as a Labradoodle

Vicious by V.E. Schwab as a Husky

Sadie by Courtney Summers as an Irish Setter

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo as a Golden Retriever

I hope you all enjoyed this!! I had so much fun making it and I hope it brings you a little happiness!

Book Tour: Malice by Pintip Dunn

Title: Malice

Author: Pintip Dunn

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 paws

Goodreads Description:

What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

“One step, one kindness, one moment at a time.”

Malice by Pintip Dunn follows Alice, our narrator, who attends a STEM school for geniuses like her older brother Archie and his best friend, Zeke. The reader soon discovers that Alice, who would rather be a photographer than any sort of science genius, is the key to saving the future of the human race. It all starts when she’s forced to tell a popular-yet-nerdy jock, Bandit, that she loves him.

This book has everything: mystery, time travel, action, science, romance, deceit and a brooding, arrogant boy with blue hair. I mean honestly, what more could you ask for? This book has a fast-moving, yet well-developed plot that sucked me in from the very beginning. I love the way that time travel was handled in the story! It wasn’t something I was expecting from the synopsis alone but I thought it was really well done. I don’t want to give away too much about this as it’s an important plot point throughout the timeline of the novel but I truly appreciated Dunn’s inclusion of time travel.

Each character is very dynamic and I loved that the true villain of the story remained a mystery for so much of the book as these morally gray characters kept me guessing as to who was the culprit. The mystery aspect was such an interesting layer to the book and the characterization played such an important role in that. We really get to see the characters shift and change as they react to the world and future changing with them. In addition to the characters I really enjoyed the writing style with it’s amazing descriptions as well as the world building. It was clear that a lot of forethought was put into making this book and creating the idea behind the future tragedy that would rock the world. My one wish is that the end was a bit more flushed-out. It felt rushed to me and like we didn’t reach an exact conclusion as a reader. This is a story that I feel could have used an epilogue to make it fully complete. Otherwise, this was an amazing read to start off on for February!

Thank you to Pintip Dunn, Entangled Publishing and FFBC Tours for sending me a copy of Malice in exchange for an honest review!

To see other reviews from this book tour, click HERE

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

**SPOILER FREE**

Title: Every Other Weekend

Author: Abigail Johnson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 paws

Trigger warning: sexual assault

Can life begin again…every other weekend?
Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.
Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for.
Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed. -Courtesy of Goodreads

“It doesn’t matter because of you. Two weekends a month. It’s not a bad trade-off.”

Every Other Weekend is an incredibly touching novel about family, love, friendship and striving for your dreams. I loved this book, the writing, the plot and the characters! We follow two teenagers as they are navigating their own family issues, which find them staying in the same apartment building every other weekend with one of their respective parents.

The main characters, Jolene and Adam, were captivating and relatable as they each try to find how they fit into their families that are falling apart in different ways. Jolene is an aspiring film maker who is a bit rough around the edges from watching her parents’ marriage break apart, resulting in an ugly battle between her mom and dad. Adam is a sweet and friendly boy mourning the loss of his oldest brother. His mom was unable to prevent her grief from coming between herself and her husband, and he has moved into the same apartment building as Jolene’s father. Jolene and Adam meet up every other weekend and go on their own adventures to try to escape their realities.

All I have to say is, I officially have a new book boyfriend! Everyone deserves their own Adam Moynihan. He truly loves Jolene for who she is and it’s just the cutest thing. She can be harsh and crass but he’s always so gentle and sweet to her. I found myself being so happy that each of them found one another and it was really interesting to read about Jolene slowly opening up to Adam over time.

Another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed was the multi-media component that was included. Text messages between Adam and Jolene were included for the time period between weekends and I feel like it made the relationship seem much more real. I feel like a lot of the story would have been lacking if we didn’t have that insight into the lives that they’re living whenever they’re not at the apartment.

Building off of that, I liked the alternating chapters and the formatting of the book with the contrast between the weekends where Adam and Jolene are together and the “in between” times when they’re apart. The weekends seem to be so great and kind of like their sanctuary while the “in between” times are messier and harder for each of them as they face real life. This really captured the whole essence of the book and the suggestion that Adam and Jolene were each other’s safe place.

This story truly and deeply explores what happens when someone else’s happiness matters more to you than your own and what you’re willing to give up for them, including your own happiness. I loved the relationship in this book that was both realistic and something that we should all hope for. I really enjoyed this book and I think that it explored a lot of interesting topics while also having the main things I enjoy in a YA novel!

Thank you to Abigail Johnson, Inkyard Press and FFBC Tours for sending me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review!

To see other reviews from this book tour, click HERE

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2019

September was a good month for me, yay!! I’m honestly so shocked because usually there’s a big dip in my reading when I go back to school but I read a whole 10 books this month! I had only planned on reading 5 so I managed to double that goal! And I even stuck to my TBR (I almost never do this so please be proud of me okay, thank you).

I read 3 physical books, 3 ebooks and 4 audiobooks.

Can’t wait to get into some spooky October reads!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to the woderful ladies, Nish and Ngoc, @NishandNgoc for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This was such a nice surprise and these two are so sweet! Their blog is amazing so make sure you check it out!!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

1. How do you like to organize your bookshelf?

I organize my shelf by genre and then by author with each genre! I would love to organize my shelves by color because I think it looks so pretty but I like having things alphabetical because it just feels more organized to me.

2. What was the last book you added to your TBR?

My most recent addition to my TBR is King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I’m currently reading Shadow and Bone which is my first ever Leigh Bardugo book and I’m hooked!!

3. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

Chocolate chip cookie dough!! But pumpkin is a big contender, especially this time of year

4. Do you prefer first or third person?

I feel like I go back and forth on this, but right now I’m liking third person more!

5. What was your last 5-star read?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! I’m in love with all of her books.

6.  What is your least favorite book trope?

Insta-love is definitely my least favorite. Just no.

7. Do you prefer physical books, e-books or audiobooks?

I like physical books the best but I find that e-books are sometimes more convenient for traveling and it’s so nice to be able to have so many books in one place!

8. What’s a genre you consider outside of your comfort zone?

I sometimes get a little afraid to read high fantasy because I’m worried that I might not understand it or fully grasp the plot and the world the author has created.

9. Are you a dog or a cat person?

I love all animals, but a quick scroll through my blog or bookstagram will quickly show you that I’m a really big dog person. I have two adorable pups who I love soooo much. I’ll be taking this as an opportunity show you all another adorable picture of them!

10. Where is your favorite place to read?

I love to read outside on the hammock when the weather is nice! If not, my bed is my go-to spot.

11. How does your star rating system work (if you use one?) 

My new questions:

  1. What is your favorite genre to read?
  2. Would you rather read a great plot with average characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What has been your favorite read of 2019?
  5. What was the last movie you watched, and did you like it?
  6. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
  7. How do you feel about audiobooks?
  8. What’s your dream job?
  9. Do you watch booktube/who are some of your favorite booktubers?
  10. Do you review books that you DNF?
  11. Would you rather read outside by the pool on a sunny day or inside curled up with blankets on a rainy day?

Here are my tags for some wonderful sunshines!!

Meeghan | Emer | Leelynn | Tasya | Clo | Yolanda | Kiera

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