Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 So Far

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Happy Tuesday! It’s the last Tuesday of June which is nuts! Hope everyone has been having an amazing summer so far.

As we close out the month of June we are taking some time to look back at what we have read this year. There’s been some great books and some bummers, but really…it’s been a great reading year over at Midwestern Book Nerd. Lots of very enjoyable books which MIGHT make it tricky to keep it at 10, but we will try our best. Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

Here are our top 10 books of 2017 so far.

Arika

A Court of Wings and Ruins by Sarah J. Maas | Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Emily

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | The Union by S Usher Evans | Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson | Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

QUESTION: What are some of the best books that you have read this year? Any crazy exciting ones in the future?

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Who is joining us for #mdwstreadalong as we reread Harry Potter? Let us know if you are joining us and where you are at! Isn’t it fun to be back in our favorite world again?

Words We Read

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Isn’t it funny how books can touch us in the deepest and most meaningful way!? Obviously there is a reason that authors do what they do, and it’s just so fascinating that they can take ordinary words and put them into the context that makes us feel emotions, that makes us cry. We are always in awe of the talent levels of authors. Even the authors that are more “mediocre” have more talent than we could ever dream. It’s amazing what authors do, and we are in awe of your work (whether it’s a book for us or not).

Book quotes are some of our favorite things, ones that we tend to forget to share. They remind of the story we read, of the journey we are on in our lives, and the feelings that we have had (or are having) in our lives. These are the quotes that we write down wherever we can, that we put up all over the internet, that we share with so many people because they are on a journey too…and maybe these words can help.

So today, and randomly throughout the months, we will be sharing some words that we have read that have hit us. For our first post we have a very special theme for you.

For the 20th birthday of the Harry Potter books, we have decided to pick a book from the Harry Potter series to share with you! If you are among the mass of Harry Potter nerds (just like us) then you know that it is SO hard to pick a quote. JK Rowling just has such a way with words, and we could probably pick multiple quotes from each book. But here are some of the quotes that have stuck with us…

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

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ANNOUNCEMENT! There is more than one reason that we are sharing Harry Potter quotes today. Not only are we celebrating 20 years of the series that drove us further into reading, but we are also planning on…A HARRY POTTER REREAD!

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That’s right! Starting this Monday (June 26th) we will be opening up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (for the first time in AGES) so that we can once again get lost in that world. Let us know if you want to join us (comment or email) and we can set something more formal up. But that means you should probably be looking for more Harry Potter on the blog in the future.

NOTE: We will be using the hashtag #mdwstreadalong on twitter and instagram if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing. We are pretty pumped for this.

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite Harry Potter quotes?

Words I Needed to Hear (8)

This is something I have started doing randomly on my blog, finding quotes that kind of hit me and sharing because I think someone else may need it it. More information and past posts can be found here.

Wow. It’s been awhile since I have really dug into this feature. Life had gotten pretty busy and honestly..this is the first week in awhile that I have no big plans and can finally relax and recover. I am hoping to really dive back into this feature, because I think it has a lot of value including being a bit therapeutic for myself as I discuss just why these particular words have hit me.

Today, we get a little background before I share what I stumbled upon. Years ago, many many years ago, I was pretty crushed by someone I had thought was a friend. I won’t give names, I won’t give a lot of details (because years later I still worry that people would judge me and my reactions and what I did because of it). To sum it up vaguely…this person worked pretty hard to earn my trust. We became fairly good friends (I had thought) even though many people shook their head. Even though deep down in my gut I was not sold on it and not 100% comfortable. Well this person worked hard to earn this trust and then took advantage of a particularly weak moment, a not so fabulous moment on my part. And then…they never said a word about it. I actually found out from a different friend of mine at the time, and I was hurt. Oh I was so hurt. I honestly can’t even describe how I felt without really getting into the nitty gritty. Betrayal. I think that’s the most accurate word. I couldn’t trust this person. I started feeling like I couldn’t really trust anyone. Eventually I gathered up the courage to confront this person (confrontation is not my thing) and they denied everything and told me everyone else was lying to me to make a dramatic situation out of nothing. So yes, ties have been cut with this person and I have never looked back. Am I bitter and angry today? Not really. I mean it sucked, but I have moved on and forgiven that person as best as I can.

However, I realize that this situation has started playing in my mind a lot lately. The warning signs I should have seen, how I should have acted before it became an issue, etc. My mind is kind of going crazy and it’s definitely changing how I view my relationships now. And the sad thing is, there is NO similar situation right now. I trust myself, especially after all of that. I trust the people I am around, and it has taken awhile to even get that trust going. So why? Why is this suddenly playing in my mind over and over again? It’s silly, but now I think I have never fully gotten over the emotions and the hurt. I may have forgiven all parties involved. I may have said I moved on and would be perfectly civil and polite if we were to run into each other, but the feelings have really rocked me (and this was YEARS ago).

So what words have really hit me today? What words have given me a reminder that I am more than this and that this does not define my life and my current relationships?

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I am not going to let this situation take over my life. I am not going to give this awful memory the power to make it so that I don’t try, so that I don’t trust, and so that I don’t move forward and create deeper friendships. I will not let this take over my life as it’s threatening to do. If anything this situation made me stronger. It made me stand up for myself instead of letting myself get walked all over, which is typical of me. It made me take control of a situation and end those relationships that were clearly toxic. It made me value those I could trust so much more. I hate that I had to go through this to come to these realizations, but I am so glad that I can bring some positives out of this.

I can’t imagine I am the only one in the world that needs these words today. Whatever your situation, whatever memories are haunting you…just remember that they don’t define your future. Use them, learn from them, grow from them. We are all so much stronger than we know.

What are some words that have really hit you lately?

emily

Top Ten Tuesday: We’ve Been Meaning to Read That…

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Welcome back for another Top Ten Tuesday! We got to admit, our Tuesdays just are not the same without making a list of 10 books or bookish things (yes, Emily was a little sad to miss out last week but at the same time it was necessary…). On this particular Tuesday, the 3rd of June (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?) we are listing 10 series that we have been meaning to start but just haven’t gotten around to yet. These can be books we have owned for forever, books that have been our lists forever, etc. So, here are some series that we have been meaning to dive in to but just haven’t yet (due to not owning them, not having all the books in the series, the book series not being completely finished, or because we have book ADD).

Emily:

Red Rising (Red Rising series) by Pierce Brown | Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles) by Melina Marchetta | Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms series) by Morgan Rhodes | Spells & Sorcery (Lexie Carrigan series) by S. Usher Evans | Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone series) by Julie Eshbaugh | A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird series) by Claudia Gray | The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer series) by Michelle Hodkin | The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game series) by Evelyn Skye | Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone series) by Laini Taylor | Incarnate (Newsoul series) by Jodi Meadows

Arika:

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen | The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski | A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab | A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica CluessTrial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini | Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce | Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine | The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye | Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova | Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

QUESTION: Which series should we prioritize? And what are some series that you have been meaning to read but just haven’t yet?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’ve Recently Added

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Happy First Tuesday of June!! Can you believe we are finally in those summer months!? We hope you all have some awesome summer plans, even if they are as simple as relaxing with a book (something more people really need to do).

This week for Top Ten Tuesday we are talking about books we recently added to our TBRs. The actual prompt asks for a particular genre, but in actuality…we are mood readers, and this moodiness seems to transfer into when we add books to our list. We add books of ANY genre whenever they seem to sound good. Sometimes we go through particular genres, but most the time it’s at random and whatever we hear may be good. So instead of focusing on 1 genre, we are just picking what’s new on our lists (note, there may be genre trends. This is unintentional).

So…here are some books we have recently added to our TBR!

Arika:

The Fairytale’s Daughter by Carolyn Swanson | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Vicious by V.E. Schwab | Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland | Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg | 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Emily:

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen | We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter | The Address by Fiona Davis | Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate | Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller | With Malice by Eileen Cook | Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski | Cage of Deciet by Jennifer Anne Davis | A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck | House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

QUESTION: What books have you recently added to your TBR?

Let’s Talk About…Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

32470611Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

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Initial reactions upon finishing:

HOLY. CRAP. The two words I uttered over and over again as I sat and stared at a finished book. This book was a page turner and had me constantly on the edge of my seat. It had a little bit of everything – action, intrigue, romance, humor, TERRIFYING MOMENTS! I finished this in a matter of a few days, which is a huge feat when I am in the middle of dealing with so much work stuff. So what was it that worked for me?

  • Characters I could relate to. I do not have agoraphobia as Tessa does, and I am not a famous celebrity like Eric. I am, however, a human being…one that deals with my own forms of anxiety and insecurities. Both Tessa and Eric have some anxiety, insecurities, and a lot of self-doubt. Though our reasons are different for these feelings I found that a lot of their story really hit home in some areas for me. I think we can all relate to holing up in social media sometimes, because we can be someone that we aren’t. I understood why both Tessa and Eric took solace in it, found relief in talking to each other on there. This is a situation that so many of us understand. On top of that they were both pretty funny and I really enjoyed their online banter. They were strong characters who were doing their best to move past their fears. This is a strength that really grew throughout the book as various situations came up. I loved that you could see them grow up and become more than they were before.
  • A reminder of internet safety. I think this book really had me thinking about my interactions on the internet and how genuine they are. Also had me thinking about how much I reveal about myself. There are so many people on the internet…so many. And each person is a different type of person, which is both good and bad. Though I think I have mostly run into the good I can honestly never be sure. There is so much unknown. There are so many good things. I have met a lot of awesome people online and have fallen into a lot of positive and welcoming communities here, but I also never know when I might fall into something bad. Be safe on the internet everyone. Be smart. Be safe.
  • Page turning thriller. This book really did have a bit of everything. It tackled some tough issues, like various phobias and mental illnesses. It showed characters opening themselves up to something that seemed scary and coming out with friends on the other side. This book had a romance that started to blossom and had you aching in your chest. There were plot twists and turns that I had either forgotten about or just didn’t pay attention to. This book got super creepy and I found myself unable to put it down. There were so many questions that I just needed answers for. I honestly could not get enough of this book.

This book had me hooked from the beginning, and as the story continued to build I found myself more and more involved in it’s plot. I would think I would predict one thing and then it would turn out to be wrong and I would get comfortable. I learned the hard way that getting comfortable is so wrong…so very wrong. I was reminded that ANYTHING can happen, even if you only have a few pages left in the book. BECAUSE OH MY GOSH THAT ENDING YOU GUYS!

This book comes out on June 6th, 2017. Make sure you get your hands on this thriller right away.

emily

Top Ten Tuesday: The Rest of 2017…

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It’s almost that time…IT’S ALMOST SUMMER TIME! Ok, well for those that are already on summer break…jealous. Many of us still have time left (come on Friday)! As we get past Memorial Day weekend we realize that it’s time. Time for summer reading, sunshine, beaches, pools, and any other summer activity that we can think of. It also means that we are about half way though the year. So many amazing books have already come out this year. So many books that have made us smile, squeal, cry, and sometimes throw them in the corner because we are a bit upset (only to pick them up and read on). But wait…it’s only the end of May. We still have MONTHS of 2017 releases to be excited for.

So what books are we here at Midwestern Book Nerd excited for?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (out 9/5/17)| The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (out 9/26/17) | That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston (out 10/3/17) | The Color Project by Sierra Abrams (out 7/18/17) | Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (out 6/13/17)  | Warcross by Marie Lu (out 9/12/17) | Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (out 8/29/17) | Before She Ignites by Jodie Meadows (out 9/12/17) | Into the Bright Unkown by Rae Carson (out 10/10/17) | Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao (out 10/10/17) | Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman (out 11/7/17) | One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (out 9/19/17)

QUESTION: What are some books you are looking forward to for the rest of this year that we should add to our lists?

To listen or not to listen

Before diving in to this post that has been on my mind for FOREVER I just wanted to apologize for being so absent lately! End of the school year stress + regular life stress + being gone for a bit in California (WHOO!) caused me to read less and blog less. I am so ready to jump back on here though and get this whole schedule thing down (one day…).

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Lately I have really taken to audiobooks. I have about a half hour drive to work each day, which adds up to at least an hour a day in the car. Though I love my music and love singing along in my car I just wasn’t feeling it for a bit. I gave podcasts a try and felt pretty “meh” towards them. I started to feel like I couldn’t fully unwind after a day of work and relax to them.

And then one day I decided to go on Overdrive. And…THEY HAD A BOOK I WANTED TO LISTEN TO!

I was shocked. Typically it takes me forever to find something because I can be so picky, but there it was. I instantly downloaded it, and found myself relaxing and enjoying my drive again.

Audiobooks can be tricky. There are so many amazing things about them, but also so many possibilities of them not working out for you. Some pros and cons that I have noticed….

Audiobook Pros:

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  • You can listen to a book no matter what you are doing! Driving, working out, cleaning the house…super easy to continue to make progress on a book while being productive.
  • It can make your workouts seems like a breeze. Seriously, my workouts felt like way less work because of the audiobook I was listening to.
  • It helps you tackle those reading goals. Looking at you Goodreads. I am super far ahead on my goal this year and it’s because of my combination of physical books and audiobooks.
  • Some books are just meant to be listened to. I have found that I maybe was ok reading the book, but the addition of a narrator just adds so much more. If you want to listen to a book that fits this you should definitely listen to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Audiobook Cons:

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  • If you don’t pay for an audible subscription (because some of us can’t afford it) then sometime it’s difficult to get what you want.
  • LOOOOONNNG waiting periods on Overdrive. I swear I have been on the waitlist for one particular audiobook for months and there was only 1 person ahead of me.
  • Narrators can make or break a book. Obviously some narrators are fantastic, but there are also those that have voices that just kind of lull me to sleep or make me uninterested in the topic.
  • Some books were meant to be read. I truly think that some books need to be read by the reader and not listened to.

As of right now I am riding that audiobook high. I have been able to reread books and get lost in new worlds, all while driving my car. I also have found that nonfiction really clicks with me more when I can listen to someone reading it instead of reading it myself. Will this high last? Oh I hope so. But with summer coming I will have more time to read physical books, so I can keep my book count for the year going strong.

QUESTION: What are your feelings on audiobooks?

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads!

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Can you believe it!? We are finally looking towards the BEST. SEASON. EVER! That’s right…it’s nearly SUMMER! Obviously some people are not huge fans, and I realize that it can get incredibly hot and you just want to sit in a cold pool and be done with it, but you have to admit…it is the best time to pick up a book. This week for Top Ten Tuesday we are giving you some of our PERSONAL recommendations for summer reading. These are books you could take anywhere with you to dive into, the ones that just scream carefree summer days. They may also be the kickoff to a series that you should just binge over the next 3 months. Everyone interprets summer reading a bit differently, but here are some of our recommendations for some summer book fun for you!

Emily

Scarlet by AC Gaughen | I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosGeekerella by Ashley PostonThe Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons |The Black Mage book 1: First Year by Rachel E Carter | The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehMy Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia HandVengeance Road by Erin BowmanThe Princess Bride by William Goldman | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Arika

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | The Martian by Andy Weir | Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor | The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Legend by Marie Lu | With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge | A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

QUESTION: What books would you recommend for some summer reading?

Let’s Talk About…Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

32713479Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram’s son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.
When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram’s, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.
But Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight

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Reaction upon finishing:

WOW! This book was excellent. Can we just take a moment to be impressed with how contemporaries are KILLING IT with me this year. I typically am hit or miss, but I think this year I have read about as much contemporary as fantasy and have very similar success rates. This particular book was everything. It was cute, without being too cutesy. It was real, without being too real. It was gut wrenching, but not all the time. It was a little bit of everything rolled into one. I ate this book up in just a few short sittings because I simply couldn’t get enough. I was completely lost in the world of Finley and Oliver and the things they navigated each and every day. From the absurd to the 100% real, I was all in all the time. What was it that I liked in particular, you may ask?

  • Jane Austen retelling! Ok, I know that Mansfield Park isn’t everyone’s favorite. I mean, I tried to read it a few times and just couldn’t do it. It was one that I felt like I wasn’t in the mood for and would come back to later. Kate Watson takes that story and puts her own twist on it, making it enjoyable and memorable without taking away some of the things we love about Austen (because the SWOONS GUYS! THE SWOONS!). I really felt like this retelling did it justice and I even think I like it more than Mansfield Park. But I also wonder if I should give it a try once again.
  • Finley was amazing! She became almost and entirely new person by the end of the book. When we meet Finley she is shy, timid, but so grateful to be where she is at. She works hard to make sure that no one questions how thankful she is for all that the Bertrams have done for her. She has big dreams, but she starts off being scared of them. As you read on you really get to know why she is this way and your heart breaks for her. For so long she has hid from her past, for so long she has suffered from some form of PTSD from it all. But something changes in her, or someone helps her change (OOOOOOOOHHHHH). She finds ways to grow and find herself. I don’t want to give too much away because it is too good, but I grew so incredibly fond of her. She became so much more than what I had anticipated.
  • The love triangle makes sense. I have to give you that warning. I know some people (ME) dislike love triangles. I am flashing back to the whole Bella/Edward/Jacob thing and how horrible that ended up being. I was skeptical about the love triangle at first, but it made sense. It became something that I, as a reader, got so wrapped up in. I fell for it all and I didn’t know who to choose. It was stressful, it was heartbreaking, it was heartwarming (yes, somehow it was both), and it kept me going. Because these boys…oh these boys…they were fantastic. They brought so many good things out in Finley and helped her get to some amazing realizations about her life and OH GOSH I NEED TO STOP NOW!
  • This book had some real life issues and messages that I could not stop thinking about. Ok, I have to admit that some of the plot seemed a bit unreal to me. But I don’t run in a crowd of well off people so I kind of wrote it off because to me…it’s not that easy to meet and befriend a celebrity. Despite that there were some things that tugged at me. First, there was the issue with PTSD and abuse. For so many people this is a real life situation and it hurt my heart. It made me want to reach out, to make the hurt go away, and to help in whatever way I can. If you are in any sort of abusive relationship PLEASE…please don’t hesitate to talk to someone and report it. You deserve so much better!  It also made me remember that even in the darkest of situations you can come out stronger. Finley is an excellent, fictional example of that. I am not at all saying that we have to go through these situations in life to grow, but I am saying that even at your weakest it is possible to come out stronger. I really loved seeing that in this book.

BONUS: Oliver (all the heart eyes), betrayal (so much shock), theater, pop culture references, a companion novel set to come out next year!

This book comes out on May 16th, 2017 and I definitely think you need to give it a shot. It has humor, romance, heartache, and an ending that will have you feeling all kinds of emotions. If you are a Jane Austen lover I think you will definitely appreciate Kate Watson’s take on a classic.

I am so glad that I was able to read this and I honestly can’t wait for it to be out in the world. Get your copy ASAP!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite classic?

emily