Book Haul

August 2015 Book Haul~

Book haul time!!!! This month I bought 14 books. Thankfully this is down by half from how many books I bought last month. My budget can’t sustain constant book buying. Neither can the way I keep my TBR. I had to move my TBR from my nightstand to an actual shelf and it take up the whole thing T-T.

Because of said shelf thing, I’m officially on a book buying ban for the month of September aside from Zeros by Scott Westerfeld most probably.


Target!

I had time to kill one day before going to a wine tasting so I went to target. My bad! I just meant to get some cosmetics but stupidly I wondered over to the book section. Not only did I impulse by a cute little book light. I also bought 3 books (thank goodness it was only 3 books tbh)

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  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – Goodreads
  • Fangirl Collector’s Edition by Rainbow Rowell – Goodreads
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – Goodreads
Bookoutlet!!

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I also bought 11 books from Bookoutlet. But I didn’t realize I had two versions of A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn. I  liked a different cover they had better so I added it to my cart and forgot to delete the one I had already added. So the other edition is going to half priced books and therefore isn’t featured here. /my bad.

  • A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn – Goodreads
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn (I hate this cover but I wanted the book and it was $2) – Goodreads
  • Diva by Alex Flinn – Goodreads
  • Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn – Goodreads
  • Withering tights by Louise Rennison – Goodreads
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow – Goodreads
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow – Goodreads
  • Towering by Alex Flinn – Goodreads
  • The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison – Goodreads
  • Cloaked by Alex Flinn – Goodreads

In case you couldn’t tell I have a thing for Alex Flinn and when I saw almost all of her books on BookOutlet I couldn’t resist. Especially since most of them were in the 50% off thing that happened mid August. Also I just ordered A Midsummer Tights Dream from BookOutlet because how can I have the first and the third in the series and not the second. It’s still technically August so I’m good.


Do you have an August Book Haul? Post a link in the comments and I’ll go check it out! 

fun fact friday

Fun Fact Friday [3]

Welcome to the newest series on my blog! Fun Fact Friday!! I want to give my wonderful followers a chance to know me better (and for me to know you better) so welcome!!!

fun fact friday

This new series will occur every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!!


This week’s Fun Fact: I love music almost as much as I love reading/writing.

Legitimately music is the only thing asides from books/writing that I’ve consistently loved. I always have to have some kind of music around me. Even when I’m reading. Just like with books, I’ll listen to just about any genre and I’ll give anything a try. I most stick to pop punk, kpop (Korean pop), classic rock, top 40, and country but I rappers I love and R&B artists and folk singers. Even Celtic music.

If I didn’t love writing just a smidgen more, I’m sure I would have found a way for my career to revolve around music. Probably not playing an instrument or anything because I’m awful at playing consistently (/flashbacks to days in band) but maybe DJing or something low level in production.

Some of my favorite artists include: Rascal Flatts, All Time Low, SHINee, B.A.P., Mayday Parade, Gaelic Storm, Poison, Luke Bryan, Kim Feel, Bangtan Sonyeodan (BTS), Miranda Lambert, Cute is What We Aim For, and many, many others.

I actually have over 90GB of music on my computer last time I checked. Which is way more than I can possibly listen to all the time but I love always having unknown music to pour over. I go through genre phases with music the same way I go through genre phases with books which I think just proves how much I love it. I never stop just switch to something a little different. The same cannot be said of me for my other interests like video games.


How into music are you? Did you ever consider a career in it? What are some of your favorite artists/genres?

memoir

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Length: 222 pages, Hardcover
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 5 Folded Pages

Blurb:
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Review:
I love Mindy Kaling. I’ve wanted to be her best friend since I watched the first episode of Mindy. This book only supports my need to be her best friend.

Kaling is witty and hilarious but also vulnerable in this short book of her rise to writing for The Office. Some parts had me actually laughing out loud. I also really wished I had someone next to me to share some of the funnier bits with.

One aspect I absolutely loved about the book, is that Kaling knows mostly young girls will be reading it. She didn’t try imparting advice though and actually advised against any advice she might give. She also talking about being a normal sized to chubby sized woman in the entertainment industry and how happy she is to just be herself.

I don’t usually read memoirs and I’m glad I chose Mindy Kaling’s for my PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. Not only was it funny, but inspiring. She has a similar dream to mine as well. I hope to write novels and she wanted to write for TV. She achieved her dream and it gives me hope to achieve mine!

new adult, romance

Book Review: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Length: 474, Kindle book
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

Warning: Not for ye youngins under the ripe age of 18.
Trigger: Allusion to rape

Blurb:
Only fools fall in love…

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston University, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

Review:
This book had a lot of ups and downs for me. Some parts I absolutely loved. It was snappy and edgy. Other parts dragged and had me wondering when the book would end. Thankfully the ups were more frequent and longer lasting than the downs.

Olivia and Brax, though not entirely believable characters, were consistent in how they acted and really enjoyed that. I couldn’t see them as people in real life but you don’t always need that in a book. Their romance was cute and fiery and had me smiling and crying. Legitimate tears rolling down the face kind of crying (try explaining that to the person sitting next to me on the Metra). Miles is good at touching emotions in her writing.

I know I said the book had ups and downs, what I really means is that the book had a down spot right in the middle where everything was perfect for Olivia and Brax and I thought the author should just end the book there or get one with what might break them apart. I just think that the small period of perfection she wrote on and on about could have been a little shorter so the pacing of the book was better and I probably would have given this book 5 folded pages.

I also really loved the side characters. Each had their own personality (even if a few seemed to ride a stereotype a little too close for comfort) and I enjoyed that Miles put thought into the side characters.

I’m excited to read the sequel and hope it’s just as good or better than this one!

2015 release, book releases

Top 5 September 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

It’s funny that I do this series because I didn’t read any of the books on it last month. I will eventually but they haven’t come to my library and I wasn’t into any of them enough to suffer buying a hardcover. That being said I might just suffer buying hardcover for a few of the books on this month’s list.

#5 The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

Expected Publication: September 15th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

A haunting, contemporary love story from the New York Timesbestselling author of Conversion

It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .

Thoughts:

This book’s summary has me completely hooked. I think I might even ask my library to buy it. Something I don’t typically do because my library is super tiny so I don’t like putting pressure on it. I think it’ll be great to read in October for good spooky fun.

#4 Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Expected Publication: September 15th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Thoughts:

I’ve had my eye on this since before I did my August top 5 releases. It looks so interesting and the reviews that have been everywhere the past few weeks only confirm me wanting it. I love what it’s about and what it represents. This is one of the few I might actually buy in hardcover.

#3 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Expected Publication: September 1st

Summary (Via Goodreads):

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Thoughts:

I’ve been seeing mixed reviews for this but it hasn’t stopped me from really wanting to read it. I think the premise is super intriguing and original. I probably won’t be buying it but I’m still looking forward to reading it soon and perhaps buying paperback whenever that may come out.

#2 Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Expected Publication: September 22nd

Summary (Via Goodreads):

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Thoughts:

While I’ve never actually read anything by Rae Carson, I’m super hyped for this book. It’s definitely unique and I’m excited to see how she portrays gold rush America. I haven’t seen my YA books set in this period and if done well this can be amazing.

#1 Zeros by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Expected Publication: September 29th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

Thoughts: 
To be honest, Scott Westerfeld is almost an automatic buy for me. I have to like the premise but I love everything he’s written. I’m hoping this is as good as the summary on Goodreads makes it out to be.

classic, romance

Audiobook Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Length: 16 hours and 38 minutes
Genre: romance, classic
Rating: 3.5 Folded Pages

Blurb (from Audible):
One of Jane Austen’s most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

Review:
Decidedly, Emma is my least favorite Jane Austen novel that I’ve read. It’s taken several tries to actually get through it (thank god for audiobooks tbh) and I finally have. I definitely like the book the more than any of the adaptations I’ve seen (2009 BBC Emma and Emma Approved) but I still find Emma completely unlikable.

For the most part, Emma annoys the ever living shit out of me. She’s bratty and conceited and can’t see the consequence of her actions before she acts. Frank Churchill also makes all these traits worse.

I did love seeing her character growth but she’s just less of those things. The only saving grace is Knightley who I honestly love as much if not almost more than Darcy. I love that he can see Emma’s flaws and loves her anyway.

Still I did enjoy listening to the book. I think the adaptations of the book present a much harsher Emma than the book does. I understand the need to get the point across about her character in not book form but still I see why I was turned off the book for so long.

As usual, Juliet Stevenson did an absolutely amazing job with the narration. I’m sad that the Naxos version of Pride and Prejudice isn’t narrated by Juliet Stevenson because she does such an excellent job.

www wednesday

WWW Wednesday #8 (8/26/15)

WWW Wednesday

Heyo! How is everyone? Can you believe August is almost over???

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was originally hosted on Should Be Reading. To do the meme answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

For once I’m only reading 3 books this week. One electronically, one I can only read at home because it’s so big, and one regular hardback book. Unusual right?

It’s still slow goings with The Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I’m almost half way through though so that’s good. It’s interesting just hard to read a lot of at once. I do about 10 pages a day.

I’ve finally started Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I feel like this series was all anyone could talk about for ages. I’ve had on my Kindle for a few years actually and I’ve just decided to get to it. So far I’m really enjoying it. I do wish something would happen already. I’m about halfway through and I feel like there needs to be more action.

I’ve also started Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. When I saw this book was by one of my favorite Youtubers I couldn’t not buy it. She taught me how to do basically everything I do with my hair. So far the book is cute. I’m about 2/3 in to it.

What did you recently finish?

I’ve finished 4 books this week. Not bad. I wish it was more but I haven’t had as much time to read as I did in July it seems.

What do you plan on reading?

I’m hoping to read Divergent by Veronica Roth next. It’s another one of those hyped books I’ve never read. I haven’t seen the movie either and surprisingly I know nothing about it so we’ll see how it goes. I also want to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson and Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame.

romance

Novella Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Title: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Length: 176, Kindle book
Genre: Romance
Rating: 4.5 Folded Pages

Blurb:
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Review:
I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed things about CoHo books. Some absolutely love them and others just don’t. I wanted to decide for myself without investing much because honestly my TBR is getting way too big. So when I saw this novella by Hoover for free on Kindle I figured it wouldn’t hurt to grab it. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

Finding Cinderella was so engaging I had the hardest time forcing myself to stop reading. It was cute and heartbreaking. I was a little skeptical of whether or not the novella would be good. Some people can write novella’s and some people can’t it’s the same with short stories but Hoover pulled it off brilliantly.

I loved the characters. I definitely have known a few Daniel-esque guys and I enjoyed that Hoover writes believable characters and scenarios (for the most part lol). This novella makes me excited to pick up other CoHo books (from the library because I am officially on a book buying ban just fyi more info in my haul to come).

I don’t read a lot of novella’s simply because there aren’t many that I come across. I’m glad I somehow found my way to this one though. I see what everyone means when they say CoHo writes beautifully even if they don’t enjoy her books. Her writing is masterful and so easy to read that it’s hard to remember you are reading.

CoHo definitely has me wanting more so I can’t wait to order her books at my library.

contemporary, romance, young adult

Book Review: Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London

Title: Aimee and the Heartthrob
Author: Ophelia London
Publisher: Macmillian
Length: 260, Kindle Book
Genre: Romance, contemporary, young adult
Rating: 3.5 Folded Pages

Blurb:
He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister–and off-limits–but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested.Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts I really enjoyed and other parts had me rolling my eyes and skimming the pages until it got good again.

I really enjoyed the first 100 pages or so. It was cute and I enjoyed how true to character Aimee stayed. Even around Miles she tried her hardest not to let her old feelings resurface instead of succumbing to them like what happens in similar books.

However, I think this book switched from young adult to new adult and back. Sometimes it felt like they were early 20 year olds and not 16-17. I didn’t enjoy that. There’s a line there that shouldn’t be crossed sometimes and the parts that felt new adult were a bit too sexual.

I do think the romance was super cute. It was just the kind of swoony and cheesiness that I want and expect in YA romance contemporary novels. Even if it sometimes felt a little too mature for the ages of the characters.

I’ll probably pick up the rest of the books in this series just because I’m curious to see what happens to the other band members.

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The Blogger Recognition Award

A few days ago the super fabulous Bibliomad nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. I’m super excited and honored to receive this from her and you should all go check her out!!

Here are the few rules for the award:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How I got started:

I’ve tried writing several blogs over the years. I’ve started a writing blog on blogger, I had a korean pop culture blog, I had a fitness blog, and even just a tumblr to reblog fandom things. None of these blogs lasted nearly as long as this one has. They all flared up and died within a month. This blog, however, has been going strong since May 6, 2015. That’s a solid 3 and a half months and I think my love and passion for this blog grows everyday. Thank you to everyone in the community who has helped grow my love and passion for book blogging!!

Advice:

  • Blog about what you’re passionate about! I know this is as cliched and old advice as can be especially in the blogging community but after all those previous seen failed blogs above, I know for a fact it can’t be more true. All the blogs I tried to make before were about fleeting passions. I’ve always loved reading it’s something I’ve never stopped doing but with fitness or writing I have crazy spurts that last for a few weeks to a few months. That’s part of why I think book blogging has worked for me.
  • Try not compare your blog to other blogs! This is one I still struggle with. Sometimes I see an amazing blog who gets comments on every post and has tons of interaction with their followers and think that I’ll never reach that point. But they didn’t get there followers in a day or a week. It takes time. Also, the more unique you are the more likely you’ll gain your own true followers so comparing your blog to anyone else’s isn’t fair to you, your followers, or the other blogger.
  • Don’t blog yourself into a slump! Kind of like reading yourself into a slump, don’t blog yourself into one. If you post too much or try to force yourself to post too much you’ll end up hating the blog. Let posts come naturally. Or create a schedule you know won’t be hard for you to keep up with.

The blogs I nominate:

All these blogs have contributed to my love for the book blogging community and have helped me want to continue blogging even if they didn’t know it. They’re all amazing book blogs!!

Sorry if you’ve already been nominated!! Feel free to ignore this if you have. Thanks for reading!