February TBR

Feb tbr

You guys have no idea how long I have wanted to write a TBR blog post. It’s literally been years.

In order to reach my 100 Books in 2016 goal, I need to read at least 8 books a book. Yikes. So here are the eight books I would like to read in February and why!

1) LumberJanes Vol. 1: Behold the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, Maarta Laiho

In November I read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and I fell in love. The artwork was beautiful and fun, the story made me laugh and get teary-eyed, and I thought to myself “Rebekah, you need to read more graphic novels by Noelle Stevenson” So this is me reading more graphic novels by Noelle Stevenson. I have pretty high hopes.

2) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book stood out to me in a bookstore and the next morning my YouTube subscriptions and email were flooding with Passenger reviews. The general rule? “YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK IT IS AMAZING” Plus everything about it is freaking gorgeous.

3) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve read this book before and it’s actually the first book I knowingly read from Harper Collins Publishing and it lead me to a spiraling addiction to said company. I was so excited for this book that I literally read it in less than two days and it gave me serious trust issues. But Glass Sword, the second installment in this series, is coming out February 9th, and its time to re-read.

4) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Read previous reason. Enough said. *squeal!!!!*

5) I was Here by Gayle Forman

One of my favorite books of all time is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while now, I’m craving some Gayle Forman, and it seems like a lovely rainy day read.

6) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Louis Robert Stevenson

I cannot tell you how many times this title or reference from this book has come up in normal/random conversation. I always smile, laugh, and nod my head but it would be so nice to actually understand what they are talking about. Honestly, I don’t even know what this book is about.

7) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book has also been blowing up my feed. It is described as

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.”

Two of my fave books put together? Uh… yes please. Plus I always enjoy a good book about dying.

8) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I read this book back in December and I love, love, love, loved it. I loved it so much that I don’t think I caught everything lol. So I’m going to end February by reading this book and reading the second book starting March. So excited.

Those are my February TBRs! What are you reading this month?

Alright you crazy animals, I’m outta here.

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The Leibster Award Nomination

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I’m trying to hold in my giggles as much as I can, but then again I’m typing this and you can’t tell whether I’m laughing or not, so there’s that lol. Dang it! I just laughed in a blog post! ugh! haha. Okay, onto the title of this post.

The Liebster blogging award is a way for blogger to connect with bloggers and to help get each other exposure! I love the concept, but honestly was extremely shocked to find that I was nominated. You guys! This little blog and all six of you have been nominated for a blogging award! haha, but seriously, it’s flattering and I’m thankful for y’all. So thank you.

Another fun fact, nobody know the origin of the Liebster Award. So I’m not actually sure how all that plays out, but I’m going to go with it.

How it Works: A blogger nominates up to 10 bloggers who have less the 3,000 followers, creates a post announcing the nominations, and asks 10 questions to the nominated bloggers. If these blogger choose to accept, then they create their own post accepting the nomination, links back to the first blogger, answers the 10 questions, then nominates a new set of blogger with a new set of questions. This award keeps getting passed on so that readers can discover new blogs.

Pretty cool, right?

I was nominated by What Liezel Reads and here are the questions she gave me!

1. What was the very first book you have read?

This is a very hard question because my family is a strong believer in reading to the youngsters. So I have no idea. But the first book I read that catapulted me into the bookworm life was Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. I absolutely hated reading until my sixth grade teacher shoved it down my throat. I own her everything.

2. If you were to have 3 superpowers, what would they be?

None. I actually love being an ordinary girl with frizzy hairy and acne. I like feeling real. Buuuuuuut, if I could make pizza and new books appear anytime I wanted then I wouldn’t be  too upset.

3. Who are your fictional crushes? 😀

Nico Di Angelo (Percy Jackson Series) because he will always be my one true fictional love even though lovers of the series know whats the problem with this one haha. I can dream! Kaz (Six of Crows) prefect bad boy and deliciously cute. And finally Prince Maxon (The Selection Series) because OH MY GOSH YES.

4. Who are your top 3 favorite authors?

Roald Dahl, Lauraine Snelling, and Patrick Ness.

The fourth one because I’m a rebel is John Green.

I’m also not unique lol

5. What’s your favorite book genre?

YA all the way

6. Have you been scolded by anyone because of reading too much?

Umm… yes, actually. But I  comforted myself with buying more books. So I guess win for me?

7. What’s your favorite book series?

Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Chaos Walking series, The Selection series, and The Giver series. All of them are bae. That’s right- Danish Poop.

8. Name just one book that made you cry.

The Fault in Our Stars. (Remember when I said I wasn’t unique? Well don’t forget it)

9. What’s your favorite food?

Pizza and Dumpling. Yum.

10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

To be completely honest the 2010 version of Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly. I will not apologize for my heathenish ways!

That was more fun and a lot harder than I thought it was going to be! But I’m glad that I did it.

In the spirit of not leaving anybody out and hiding the fact that I don’t read many blogs yet- I NOMINATE EVERYBODY.

You’re welcome, you are now included in our little club. Enjoy.

But seriously, if you have a favorite blogger (book blogger or not) let me know, and put a link in the comment if you take this challenge.

All right you crazy animals. I’m outta here.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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Lost. Love. Here. Listen. Found.

Emmy & Oliver were supposed to be best friends forever; they were partners-in-crime, neighbors, and classmates. Then all at once Oliver is gone, stolen after school by his dad. Emmy’s 8-year-old life becomes a life of questions unanswered and tear stained pillow cases. She grows up under the shadow of something she doesn’t understand and her parents’ squeezing fear of losing her as well.

10 years later Oliver comes home. Emmy remembers every laugh, every promise, and every secret whispered between their second grade ears, but Emmy is now a flicker of a memory to Oliver. The man who ripped Emmy’s life apart is the man who is Oliver’s hero. Oliver has to figure out his heart and separate the truth from the lies.

This is the story of two people trying to see if they can find each other again.

What I Loved

I was surprised by this book. It was on sale for $1.99 as an eBook, so I thought “Why the heck not?” This isn’t the story I thought it was going to be. It is a coming-of-age story, or learning to let go, figuring out who you are without your friends and family.

I liked how there was literally nothing special about Emmy- no special skills or talents or powers. Just a small town girl wondering how to carry on.

Okay, Okay last thing. I am that person who has a vivid memory of every friendship I have ever had and I feel I disappear is most people’s memories. I could understand Emmy’s pain when she realized that Oliver didn’t remember her, it was a bonding moment for me. Okay, that is all.

Why I Recommend

This book is an easy, fast-paced read. It is calm, but it’s not light.

Benway carries Emmy’s relationships so that we care about every character, and none go untouched. Benway doesn’t only show how Emmy’s life is reeling from that day, but Oliver’s mom and her own parents. You get a glimpse of the love that parents have for their children and the ripping pain of one being taken away. It’s special because the teens reading this book get a new perspective of the reasons why their parents do what they do. Most kid-directed content shines a bad light on parents, it’s refreshing to read a book that peeks into their love.

Favorite Quotes

“Sometimes I think that all superstitions-crossing your fingers, not stepping on cracks, shrines like the one in Oliver’s room- come from wanting something too much.”

“An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking.”

“That’s when I first learned about true frustration, that wrenching ache when the thing that matters most to you barely makes a ripple in other people’s lives.”

“The world continues to spin even when we want it to stop, I thought, especially then.”

“There wasn’t anything to say. Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to fill the cracks in your heart.”

“Well, that’s growing up, isn’t it?” my dad said. “You don’t always have to know. And things aren’t always fair. You just have to keep moving forward. A step in one direction.”

Bookshelf or Borrowing?

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Not only is this book gorgeous, but it is a story I want to read and re-read. I want to pass it on to my friends and have everyone read it, but know that there is a space on my shelf for it to come home… like Oliver.

Too far? Probably.

The Fun Stuff

Goodreads

Author Website

An Introduction

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Every blog needs an introduction right?!

The only thing is that I suck at introductions… like really bad. If introductions are the window into the next ten years of a project than I am so sorry, you might want to turn around now. Like, run.

I’m Rebekah. I’ve been a book worm since 6th grade when I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I’ve never really turned back. Three months ago I moved to New York City from a small farm town in Northern California. One of my modes of coping is reading.

I also live in Brooklyn and have a 34 minute subway ride to and from work everyday which is prime reading time.

My goal for 2016 is to read 100 books. I guess I better get started!

So… Are you going to join me?