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Bookish Apps & Recaps!

Holy Afternoon my lovelies!

Ok so a quick recap before I plunge into today’s lunch break post (but for real that’s what this is :/). I must apologize yet again (i’m very sorry for this on-going trend) that I’ve been MIA in posting up reviews. I’m starting a new full-time job next week, so I’ve been busy getting ready for that new epic journey on top of finishing things up with my current job. The emotions have been ALL OVER the place right now and I’ve barley had time to pick up my current reads!! I’ve basically been reading the same stories for the past three weeks with barley any progress and it has nothing to do with the storylines and everything to do with my lack of free time. :( So, I’m hoping by the end of next week to be fully settled into the swing of things and back posting up some lovely (or not-so-lovely) reads with you all!

Phew that’s over with! Now on to my lunchtime topic: Some of my favorite Bookish Apps!

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MY FAVORITE BOOKISH APPS 

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve found myself glued to my cell phone ever since I got an iPhone during my senior year of college (yes, I did say COLLEGE). Having in-hand and instant (for the most part) access to my email, Twitter, Facebook and my new favorite social media obsession Instagram was amazing! Not only could I perform better at my internship, but I could distract myself when needed and feel “plugged-in” to what was happening in the world and my social circles 24/7.

When I decided to start blogging about one of my loves, I naturally started snooping to see what apps could help me not only blog better, but also fuel my bookish obsession! And while I’m always on the look out for new apps (post your recommendations below please!!) to help me out, these are a few that I’ve really fallen in love with!

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Banned Books Week 2014!

Hello everyone!

Banned Books Week started off yesterday and runs through Saturday, September 27. A lot of libraries, bookstores and schools will be hosting events throughout the week in support. I’m super excited to share this event with you and would love your thoughts on this subject after reading my post!

So what exactly is Banned Books Week?

The ALA states that the week “reminds American about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose” (Cho, “Affirm…”).

Censorship is something I’m strongly against. As an avid reader and writer, it’s hard to imagine being denied creative works. Growing up in America, I’ve always heard the phrase “freedom of speech” being used constantly. But as the ALA shows, even America is at fault when it comes to censorship and it happens more than we think. From news articles to summer reading lists, creative and journalistic works pass through multiple gatekeepers before reaching their intended audiences. It’s during this process  that censorship happens.

Events like Banned Books Week allows us to bring awareness to the everyday censorship taking place in libraries, schools and towns. I definitely encourage you all to find an event close to you and attend or at least celebrate a favorite banned book of yours! I’m leaving some of mine below :)

Before I do share my list, I want to write a quick side note about my stance on censorship. I do understand that some books are not appropriate for all ages. That’s why books are marked with an age category on the back. I’m not supporting teachers letting 8-year-olds read books intended for 14+, but I am against teachers banning Captain Underpants or The Diary of Ann Frank because of their own biases or moral compass. Books are not only to be enjoyed, but also to educate and bring awareness to different cultures, time periods, and situations. That is why it is my sincerest hopes that libraries, book stores and schools continue and begin to allow all books to be available for every kid, student, and adult to read.

Now onto some of my favorite banned books!

 

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

6. And of course the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. ;)

Let me know your thoughts on censorship below. I value everyone’s opinion and would love to hear your view points. Have a favorite Banned Book? Let me know below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Later BookNerds ;)

Xo,

NicoleLynn

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Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl Cover Reveal!

Good Morning my lovlies!

As I’ve mentioned I’m still catching up after handling some family emergencies. I’m hoping to have some reviews up later this week, if not early next. My TBR has definitely piled up after not being able to read for a few weeks. I’m hoping to tackle that this week. Thanks for being so patient! On the other hand, I have another cover reveal to share with you today. I’m so thankful to be able to be a part of this reveal as well!

The cover reveal today is for the second book of Melissa Pearl’s Songbird novels. I’ve read the first book Fever and really enjoyed it! You can seem my thoughts on book 1 here. :) Now on to the steamy cover!!!

Bulletproof (Songbird #2) by Melissa Pearl

Release Date: November 20, 2014

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BULLETPROOF: 

Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof. But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men for the rest of the year. But then she meets Sean Tate.

Sean Tate has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness — her.

Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face to face with her demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two lovers discover something… they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

Ooo doesn’t that sound drama-filled?! Bring It On!! :) I’m really loving my exploration of the New Adult genre and can’t wait to dive into this novel. I really connected with Pearl’s writing while reading Fever and can’t wait to read more from her. What’s great about this “series” is that the novels all seem to be standalone, but also contain an overall theme of music/the arts connecting them. I recently saw a comment on GoodReads from Pearl that she mapped out 10 novels for this Songbird collection. My first thought was “TEN BOOKS?!?! holy freaking cow that’s amazing!! How does she do it?!” and my second thought was “I really hope she holds true to that, because I want more!” I’m very much an addict when it comes to storylines based around music or dance or a combination of the arts. (Why yes, yes I have seen every Step Up movie and why yes I know their storylines aren’t really that good after the first movie, but yest I’m addicted. So go ahead and judge! lol :p) So basically, I’m going to be scheduling out when the next Songbird novel comes out for a while and couldn’t be happier! My addiction thanks you Melissa Pearl :)

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Bulletproof (A Songbird Novel)

You can preorder the book at these sites: AMAZON: http://ow.ly/BAn2y
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iTUNES: http://ow.ly/BAnhV
B&N: http://ow.ly/BAngX
KOBO: http://ow.ly/BAnjK

Thanks again to Melissa Pearl and Mark My Words Book Publicity for letting me be apart of this cover reveal! Let me know your thoughts on this latest book of the series! Yey or Ney on the cover? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

P.S. I heard that Fever has a new epilogue! You can find out more or purchase Fever at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For more on the series you can also sign up for the Newsletter!

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout Cover Reveal!

Good Morning!

I apologize for being dormant the past couple of weeks. I’ve had some family emergencies that I’ve bee dealing with, so I’ve had to the put the blogging on the back burner. However, I’ll hopefully be picking things up again soon. In the meantime, here’s something to brighten up my day and hopefully yours as well ;).

I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to share with you all the cover of book 1 in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new paranormal New Adult trilogy releasing in December!!

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at this beauty of a cover for Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

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Just look at that cover!! The color! The underwater image! ah, it’s just so beautiful :) I’m definitely a fan of this cover choice. What are your thoughts on the design? Will it make your top covers for 2014 list? How do you think it compares to Armentrout’s other series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinion on this!

WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Thanks for stopping by guys! I hope you enjoyed learning about this great new trilogy! Book 1 is available for pre-order if you’re interested. Just click on the Amazon link above to be directed to the right page. Thanks again to InkSlingerPR and Jennifer L. Armentrout for letting me be apart of this awesome reveal!

Have a great week everyone!

Later BookNerds!

As Always,

xo,

NicoleLynn

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Author Guest Post: The Legacy Trilogy by Melissa Delport – Music Playlist + More

Good Morning BookNerds!

I’m super grateful to be a part of the The Legacy Blog Tour and to introduce to you all, Melissa Delport. Melissa was kind enough to stop by and share her music playlist for The Legacy! I hope you enjoy reading (and listening!) to all the songs she listed! Here’s a quick intro to what The Legacy is all about first:

 

Now I’ll turn it over to Melissa!

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Which Wednesday #2: Thrift or Used?

Good Afternoon BookNerds!

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Which Wednesday: Thrift or Used?

It’s week two for Which Wednesday! This week’s topic is about Thrift Stores vs. Used Books stores for finding some great reads. Let me know which is your favorite or better yet link up letting me know what side you stand on!

The Thrift Store

As a lover of a great sale and finding a “Diamond in the Rough” via a great price, I often find myself roaming thrift stores for some quirky knick-knacks, vintage clothing and of course a great new read! The bookshelves in each store are where I spend most of my time. I stare down every spine, browse a few back covers and pile a bunch into my arms! Who can resist the $.50 pricing? My inner shopping-diva book-obsessed monster comes out and I’m not ashamed ;)

The Used Book Store

A little more up-scale compared to the everyday thrift store, the used book store contains more than just a few bookshelves of my obsession. I get a whole store dedicated to books at a cheaper price. But more than that, I get a larger selection of vintage book and older editions. I also have a bit of a hobby of collecting vintage books, so entering a Used Book store can definitely help satisfy that activity of mine J

My Decision?

This one was tough as both offer a great outlet to feed my book-obsessed addiction. I think as of now, my favorite would have to be the thrift store. Here’s why: As much as I love entering a whole store full of books, the used book store also has its draw backs for me—one being the pricing. Each used book store is different, but most pricing is by individual book and not by an encompassing price (like $.50 for all paperbacks). Sometimes the pricing is fair, especially if it’s a vintage book or a book I’m not sure I’ll see anywhere else. Other times it’s a bit higher to me because I know I can find it at a thrift store (or maybe even Book Depository new) for cheaper. I guess it also depends on my mood for the day and if the store is in an area where I’m visiting. I enjoyed visiting the used book stores in London and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris which carried used books as well. Ultimately, the saving-money sale-loving diva in me loves getting the great find in the thrift store more! Another drawback I sometimes find at a Used Bookstore is the atmosphere. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve shopped in thrift stores a lot more and for a longer period in my life, but I feel more comfortable in the thrift store environment. I don’t have any qualms about searching through the stacks and piling up my arms. On the other hand, I find myself treading more carefully in the used bookstore. Being gentler with the books around me and not being as adventurous in shifting through the stacks. I also hold back on the amount of purchases I make, unless of course my parents are there to generously feed my addiction ;) So in the end thrift stores are my favorite go-to for cheaper book shopping. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also frequent the local Used Bookstore near me. I try and make it over there when I can ;)

Let me know your thoughts! Are you a thrift-store book hunter or do you prowl in the used bookstores? Tell me your favorite in the comments below or take up your side of the debate in a post of your own! Don’t forget to add to the linky below!

 

Later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read…

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey BookNerds!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books that I’m not sure I want to read. You’re probably thinking that NOT WANTING to read a book is sacrilegious and I used to think so. But as my TBR pile continues to grow, I have to draw the line somewhere. So some of these books are on a “not right now” vibe for me and others are “I don’t know If I even want to go there” vibe. Some of these might surprise you and I’m sure some of you will be shaking your heads at me, but this is just how I feel ;)  Without further adieu…

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1. The Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar

I’ve actually read through half of this series, but when I went back to reread the books in order to finish the series I found myself no longer interested in the plot lines. I have to blame this mainly on my LOVE & OBSESSION of the TV series. I know it’s horrible of me to love the show more than the books, but I’ve just fallen in love with the show’s plot line and don’t wish to continue on with the book series now. My main love of the show is Chuck & Blair’s relationship, which doesn’t really make an appearance at all in the books. I just felt unsatisfied when I tried to reread them again. Maybe one day, I’ll go back and try to tackle them again.

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I know a bunch of you are going to yell at me on this one. I read The Hunger Games and just thought that it was alright (you can read my review here). Mainly after finishing the first novel, I just felt like the story was complete. As I mentioned in my review, I didn’t feel like there was a strong “love triangle” that had to be resolved or that any type of “pre-revolution” was presented strongly for me to move forward in the trilogy. Basically it seemed the like the story ended in book 1 and didn’t really need the companions. I do have to say that others have said that books 2 and 3 are better, but I just don’t know. I’m not sure I’m totally convinced to move forward in this trilogy.

3. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

I used to be very into fantasy as a genre. I read Eragon a while ago and I remember enjoying it, but I don’t remember much of the plot. I also remember that it took me forever to read through. At this point I’m not sure if it’d be worth it to continue in the series. I’d most likely have to reread book 1 before launching into book 2 and I don’t think I have the time commitment or full interest into doing that right now. This might be a non-returner or at-a-much-later-dater.

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4. Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow 

I read The Secret Diamond Sisters (Book 1) not too long ago and didn’t really enjoy it. I though the characters were lacking a bit and I wasn’t really sure of the plot line (see my review here). This has me a bit hesitant to move forward onto book 2. I want to give the series the benefit of the doubt that it will get better, but I’m not sure if I’ve truly convinced myself just yet.

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Series by Stieg Larsson

So there’s been a bunch of hype over this series. I haven’t read any of the books, nor seen any of the movie adaptations. I think the main reason I’m not sure I want to jump into this trilogy is because of lack of interest. I’ve had it on my radar for a while, but nothing has me really wanting to read it. Book one’s description makes it sound like the story has a lot of action which usually draws me in since I like fast-paced novels. However there is something holding me back each time. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m distracted by other stories or if it’s because I’m just not as interested in it as I thought I would be.  It could also be a timing thing, since I have a bunch of novels on my radar and just not enough time to read them all.

6. The Vampire Diaries Series by L. J. Smith

These books are on this list for the same reason the Gossip Girl books are–I don’t want to mess with the plot lines. I LOVE the TV Show and have been enjoying the plot lines that the writers have chosen to move forward with. Although, I haven’t read any of the books based on the show, I’m still wary about picking them up. Usually, I read the books first and then watch the movie/TV show. However, this time I watched the show first. I’ve heard there are discrepancies between the books and show (much like Gossip Girl) and this is keeping me at a distance. I’m nervous about seeing the characters I love in a different light or ending up with different characters or what have you. So for now, I’m sticking with the show until I’m okay to see a different version.

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7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Okay, this book is basically only on this list because of the time it will take me to read it. 870 pages is A LOT! I’m thinking maybe one day when I retire from book-blogging (or maybe from real life :p) I’ll pick it up and journey into that world. I know a lot of people are recommending it, but currently it’s on my “not right now” vibe/list. BUT would it totally be horrible if I watched the show any way? Ugh I’m like I should probably read the book first, but I’ve just have like no time to dedicate to that beast of a book. Any suggestions?

8. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

I actually read Austenland because I saw a preview for the movie and I usually always read the book first. Plus, I’m also a huge Jane Austin / Austin re-telling fan. I will read most anything relating to her works. I just really enjoy the storylines. Not every re-telling or Austin-inspired novel is that great, but I give most of them a try. With Austenland, I wasn’t overly excited with the plot. I enjoyed the novel, but it ended up being just okay. This leaves me hesitant to move forward in the series (which I had no idea Hale was making Austenland into). I’m just not sure if I will enjoy this next installment or if it will be worth even getting into. Any other Austen fans have thoughts on this??

9. Another Nicholas Sparks Novel

Okay, this one I’m sure will also get some yelling at the screen for. I’ve only read one Nicholas Sparks novel (The Lucky One) and I wasn’t overly impressed by it. The story was alright, but it seemed like it was written for the movies and it was a bit predictable (see my review here). I think I’ve seen too many of his movies to really enjoy his novels. They all seem to end up the same way or tell the same story in some fashion. Maybe I need to try one more before I make the decision to stop reading Sparks completely, but I just haven’t been motivated to do so yet.

 

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Okay, before you yell, here me out. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I loved reading the books all through my childhood and attended a few release parties as well. Harry Potter is amazing. I grew up with these characters and the HP world. I’m just very hesitant to continue on with something I’ve already come to terms with has ended. The series to me has finished with book 7 and I’m not sure if I want to see it open up again. So this has me wary to read this short story. I’m not sure if I should or not. Thoughts?

 

Thanks for reading my post today! What books do you think I need to reconsider and try out? Any of these books make it onto your list? Leave your thoughts below in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say!

See you later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn 

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Anna and the French Kiss Book Review

Good Morning BookNerds!

So, the wonderful writers at Andi’s ABCs, The Perpetual Page Turner, Cuddlebuggery, A Bookish Sinister Kid and Paper Riot are hosting an Isla Is Coming / Stephanie Perkins read along and series of events! I signed up once I found out, but I’ve definitely been behind! I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss (for the FIRST Time!!) last Friday and the read along is already onto Lola and the Book Next Door. So basically I’m playing catch-up as fast as I can ;) Here’s my review and experience with Anna. Hope you enjoy!!

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The Review

It’s Anna’s senior year and she’s definitely looking forward to it. That is until, her father decides to ship her off to Paris, France for the year. To any other teenager that might seem like the perfect adventure away from home, but all Anna can focus on is what she’s leaving behind: her perfect job at the movie theater, her best-friend Bridgette, her little brother Seany and the boy she just recently kissed: Toph. This is the worst possible time to move away.

Then she meets Étienne St. Clair–smart, charming, and beautiful Étienne. He seems to distract her from all her homesick woes. The only catch? He’s got a serious girlfriend. So can Anna stay away or will the City of Light make her wishes come true?

Oh the Feels in this novel! It was absolutely adorable and I couldn’t put it down! I have no idea why I waited so long to jump on the Stephanie Perkins train. She’s got awesomeness going on.

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