Waiting on Wednesday (#36): Landline by Rainbow Rowell

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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landlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Publishing by: St. Martin’s Press on July 8th 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Pages: 320

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

OH MY GOSH I’M BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS!!! I LOVED Fangirl (hopefully by the time this is posted I will have read more of hers), her writing style is so fantastic! I love how easy it is to fall in love with her characters and the world she creates! She’s such a fantastic writer and I’m so excited for this! I’ve had my eye on it since before it had a cover!

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Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
First Published by: Dutton Adult on April 14th 2011
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult
Pages: 323 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased- Paperback

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My Rating: 3 stars

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?

my thoughts 2

I was so beyond excited to get my hands on this book and sadly I was a little disappointed. I absolutely adored Fangirl, one of my all-time favorite books. So I had very high expectations not only just reading Fangirl, but hearing amazing things about her other books from other readers. I really liked the ending, but everything leading up was a disappointment.

Obviously I still liked the book. It was just the pacing and the life that Lincoln-the technician reading over the 2 girls’ conversations- lead. Being a 28 year old, still living at home with his momma, no future plans for a wife, anything. This was my biggest setback while reading. It got to one point that I just wanted to put it down. Thankfully that I hosted a read along to this book and had to follow the schedule (but we won’t mention I fell behind). ;)

As I’ve said, the ending was my favorite thing. I did enjoy Beth and Jennifer’s conversations- they were very entertaining. But having no actual personal communication between the two, I had a hard time connecting with them, well all characters really. But then again, I am only 20 and they are in their late 20’s and a LOT happens in that time period that I haven’t experienced yet, so that could be a reason as to why I couldn’t connect.

I am however really looking forward to Landline, her newest adult coming out fairly soon. The plot and overall summary sounds a lot more interesting than what this book explained. So I have faith, as well as her other YA- Eleanor and Park.

favorite quotes

“Why should every pregnant woman be expected to read the same book? Or any book? Being pregnant isn’t that complicated. What to Expect When You’re Expecting shouldn’t be a book. It should be a Post-it: ‘Take your vitamins. Don’t drink vodka. Get used to empire waistlines.”– page 175

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“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”– Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

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Challenges This Belongs To:

summer of 50 challenge

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin: The whole concept of this trilogy is mind blowing. You don’t know if Mara is just crazy or if what’s going on is really what’s happening. Things are very crazy in this trilogy! Definitely one of my all time favorites!

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go/Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: This is such an interesting take for a dystopian world in which women are basically eradicated (well at least that’s how it seems). Everyone can hear each others’ thoughts.. Yes, that includes bugs and animals as well!

3. Control by Lydia Kang: I really like this dystopian take on the science world! I found this story and the world so interesting! I had a lot of fun reading it. It wasn’t my favorite though, but I HIGHLY enjoyed it very much!

4. White Hot Kiss/Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Do I need to explain myself?! :) JLA is definitely a auto-buy author and my 2nd all time favorite author, so it was bound to happen that one of her books would be on this list! White Hot Kiss is definitely on this! Seriously.. GARGOYLES!!!!

5. These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I love this Titanic/star-crossed lovers feel and the sci-fi aspect! I ABSOLUTELY love this book VERY much! Definitely a must read! The story has so many unexpectable plot twists!

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6. Angelfall/Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee: I have never come across this kind of angel story so far… Usually angels have “good” stories… Think again. This one is extremely creepy and somewhat scary! I LOVED IT!

7. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken: I LOVE this trilogy so much! The whole concept on this dystopian world! :D (Sense a trend? .. Dystopian is my 2nd favorite genre) I love the colors that these kids are “assigned” to and what they are capable of doing.. It’s interesting.

8. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth: I’ve only read Divergent.. But oh well. Maybe because I recently saw the movie that I’m still obsessing over this world.. Who knows, but this is definitely on it! People being split into factions based on their personality.. It’s an interesting world!

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Quite honestly I was running out of ideas for this week’s so these last 2 are just kind of added. :) But I loved Fangirl, I have never come across a contemporary yet that deals with girls/guys that are just like us! Yes, that sounds stupid. But I mean like actual fangirls!! :)

10. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger: I just loved this story… I don’t really know how to explain my feelings for this book. I read this quite a while back (sometime last year) and even now in April, I can remember everything that happened. Those that have read this, probably know what I’m talking about. I absolutely loved this story!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

2. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

3. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

4. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

5. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

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6. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

9. Web of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #3) by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.

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This is in no particular order, just selected from when the pictures were uploaded to my blog. :)

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1. Rainbow Rowell– I’ve only read Fangirl so far by her. But, I do plan on reading Attachments and Eleanor and Park as well as Landline when it comes out in 2014. :)

2. Tahereh Mafi– Okay, I love her… This series is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve never been so torn between two guys before.. Wow..

3. Wendy Higgins– I just love the Sweet Evil series for so many reasons.. My biggest reason is Kaidan.. <3

4. Ransom Riggs– I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! I’m so excited for Hollow City!

5. Susan Ee– I don’t think I’ve read any or many angel books before, but I LOVE what Susan Ee has done with these angels!

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6. L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances so much! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I definitely had a lot of tears while reading this!

7. Alexandra Bracken– This series…. Wow. LOVE it.

8. Kiera Cass– I’ve only read The Selection so far, but I did really enjoy it and I’m super excited to read The Elite and The One when it comes out.

9. Cassandra Clare– I can’t believe I waited this long to start The Mortal Instruments and that I have STILL yet to read The Infernal Devices… What is wrong with me!?

10. Jennifer L. Armentrout– Wow… I’ve only read Obsidian so far in the Lux series. I own all 4 including her contemporary, Wait For You. She’s definitely a favorite author of mine for sure.

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Published by: St. Martin’s Press on September 10th 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 433
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Cath and Wren are twin sisters that are about to start their freshman year of college. Simon Snow is something they’ve grown up with (like how everyone has grown up with Harry Potter.. excluding me). They both have read the books, re-read the books, and seen the movies a billion times. They read and write fanfiction. But, as they’ve started college, they’ve started to drift apart. Wren has started drifting apart from Simon Snow, but Cath can’t seem to let go but doesn’t have any intentions of doing so any time soon. Once they move into their dorms, Wren has made it clear to Cath that she doesn’t want them to be roommates. Without the company of her sister, Cath feels completely alone. She has always done everything with her sister. Now she is forced to move on with her life. But can she? Will she sacrifice loosing Simon Snow?

my thoughts 2Okay, wow. This book was amazing.. This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I’m super impressed with it. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2013. I loved the fact that I could relate to the story so much!

Okay, I have to admit this… I have never read Harry Potter in my life. Don’t hurt me… When I was younger I watched the first movie and wasn’t a big fan. All I remember were the massive spiders and it freaked me out. Since then I’ve never felt that I wanted to read Harry Potter. I don’t know if I ever will. Okay, getting off track.

I can not begin to tell you how much I could relate to this book! I found myself so much like Cath in some aspects. When we are introduced to all these characters– Reagan, Levi, Wren, their dad, and others I would keep finding things that were similar in my life. I love when I can connect this much with the story and the characters. I felt that Cath and Levi’s relationship is very similar to the one I have with my boyfriend. Levi is a farm-raised country boy… Well, so is my boyfriend. Cath is very kept to herself and loves books (Simon Snow in particular) as well as bit of a nerd. Well, so am I. She gets all nervous around Levi. I did the same thing with my boyfriend.. And the list goes on.

I felt that I was living the book as I was reading it. It was that realistic.

If you haven’t picked up this book, I HIGHLY recommend you pick it up.

favorite quotes“Internet friends don’t count.”

“Why not?”

Reagan shrugged disdainfully.

“And I don’t have a weird thing with Simon Snow,” Cath said. “I’m just really active in the fandom.”

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“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

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“Reagan was sitting up at Cath’s desk when Cath woke up.
“Are you awake?”
“Have you been watching me sleep?”
“Yes, Bella. Are you awake?”
“No.”

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“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read’.

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1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi– Oh my gosh… Hurry up February!!!

2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge– Okay, a Beauty and The Beast re-telling!? Do I need any further explanation!?

3. White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout… Enough said.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell– This book doesn’t come out til July, but she’s one of the biggest authors in YA today.. Am I wrong? :)

5. Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan– I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book!

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6. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– LOVED the first book! Super excited for the second! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

7. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass– Still haven’t read The Elite, but I love this series! :)

8. After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum– I own her first book in the Die for Me series, but just haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet, but it sounds amazing!

9. Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers– I’ve already talked about this book in a W.O.W post. :)

10. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare– Guys… I’m TERRIFIED for this book! All of Cassandra Clare’s tweets are freaking me out!!! :(