July 25, 2014

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

I'm going to keep this brief.  Love it because is was just cute and sweet and adorable and nice and good and cute (yes I said it twice).  I haven't read a book in a long time that was just a sweet nice little love story.  Yes there was more to it than that especially with Ellie's background, but over-all that's what it was - a nice sweet romance.  I loved it for that reason alone.  Ellie and Graham were great characters.  They were realistic, believable and perfect for the story.  Of course there was a few times I wanted to shake both of them, but they they are teenagers, so I allowed them to be that way and didn't hold it against them.  

As for the pacing of the story and romance.  I felt it worked.  The beginning with all their emailing allowed me to buy into their feelings more because they had that build up time.  And once Graham comes to Maine that all felt ok for me too.  I mean he was only scheduled to be there for so long, so it had a reason for the pacing!

The ending was great too.  I won't give anything away, but I did like it :)

Final thought - if you are in the mood for just a simple little nice story check it out!

July 23, 2014

I Made a TBR Jar

I have more books than I know what to do with.  But with all those books I still have problems finding something to read.  Mostly because I'm indecisive, so I can't decide.  On a previous post I asked people to help me find a new book to read. One poster suggested I make a TBR Jar.  I had heard about them and seen them on Pinterest, so I said YES! and made one.

If you don't know what it is a brief explanation: You put all the books you have in your TBR pile (I only did ones I owned of course but both paper and ebook copies!) on little slips of paper and the put them in a jar of some sort.  When you don't know what to read, you pick a slip and read that book!

First I got some colored card-stock so it would be fun to look at.

Then I just sat down and got to work.  I did have one issue.  I'm in the middle of reading the Percy Jackson series, but I can't read them all at once.  And I plan on reading The Lost Hero books too.  So for each of those books I just wrote "Next Percy Book" on the slip, so I know to take the next one.

Once done the jar now sits on my shelf along with a pen and more paper, so I can add books as I buy them.  Yes I'm that person who buys books but doesn't read them right away!

Will I do this for every book I read?? No - just when I can't decide.  I figure if I've already read a book I pull out I'll just draw again!

We'll see how it works, but it was fun to do!!

July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Today we are looking at what characters we'd like on a deserted island with us

1.  Any of the main teen characters from Rot & Ruin by Jon Maberry.  They are tough and smart and fighters!

2.  Tris from Divergent because she'd keep us fighting to survive if I wanted to give up.

3.  Katness from Hunger Games - Same reason as Tris BUT I would have to boot Katniss if she got whiney like she did in book 3.  

4.  The main character from A Bad Case of Voodoo by Jeff Strand because he would keep me laughing! 

5.  Ponyboy from The Outsiders because I could talk books and reading with him.  Plus he'd made sure I noticed the sunsets.  

6.  Sam from Shiver.  I never finished the series, but I liked him a lot.  I think he would just be nice to have around.

7.  Miranda from the MG book When You Reach Me.  I don't know why.  I like her.  I like the book.

8.  Harper Price from Rebel Belle.  LOVE that girl, and I'd love to see what Katniss, her and Tris would think of each other.  

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.  Would make for an interesting time!

July 20, 2014

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume - Ebook Only 1.99

I have to share this.  I grew up reading Judy Blume (didn't a lot of us!?).  My favorite book by her is Tiger Eyes.  I loved it growing up, and I loved it when I reread it just a bit ago.  Well right now the ebook version is only 1.99! So if you've been thinking about reading this book, now would be the time.

Here's links to it.

Barnes and Noble for Nook version
Amazon for Kindle version
My local indie bookstore for the Kobo version

About the book

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels. 

Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?

To share as well - a movie was recently made based on the book.  It was directed by her son, so we can trust it's accuracy :)