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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…

Gossip Girl by Cecily von ZiegesarCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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.

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle MadowThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonThe Awakening by L. J. Smith

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.

Outlander by Diana GabaldonMidnight in Austenland by Shannon HaleNicholas Sparks

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.

 

Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup10. Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final by J. K. Rowling

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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Image by: Meg at CuddleBuggery 

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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Which Wednesday #1: Paper or Plastic

Hey everyone,

Welcome to my new Feature: Which Wednesday. Here I’ll be posing two options and then choosing one at the end. You can write your own post with your choice and add it to the link up below or you simply state your choice in the comments below!

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Which Wednesday: Paper or Plastic?

It’s the age old question these days: a real book or an e-reader. Both have their advantages and both have some draw backs. Which one do you prefer?

Paper (A Physical Book)

I’ve been reading books since I was a child exploring the library shelves like an archaeologist on a new dig or a hiker through an undisturbed path. Everything was a new sight to behold and each new story was an adventure filled with memories. It was the feel of the pages against my fingers and the smell of the faded paper mixed with the library’s own scent that followed me throughout each story. These are the physical things that stayed with me through each leap into a new book and every time I stepped into a bookstore or library. These are the memories I conjured up: the physical. These feeling and scents were like a drug. Any book lover knows what I’m talking about. It’s why we crave a physical copy of a book every now and then even if our e-readers are full of options.

Plastic (E-Readers/E-Books)

The e-reader introduced a whole new world of reading and functionality. Not only could I take 20-30 books with me anywhere I went with such ease, but I could also afford/easily convince myself to buy 20-30 more books than I normally would. The books weren’t taking up space, so I could say “yes” to that extra purchase. The e-readers brought instant-gratification. One click and the book’s there. Right in my grasp for reading. No trip to the bookstore or 5-6 business days. It’s right there. And I gobbled each one up. It definitely helped when I was reading a series that was already out. I just hit “buy now” for book 2 and so on. Plus, I could pack it away for trips  and have multiple reading options. My Kindle became another avenue to fuel my obsession.

My Decision:

So which one do I love? It’s hard a question. If this was posed to me 3 years ago, I wouldn’t hesitate to say a physical book was my favorite. Back then I abhorred the idea of an e-reader. It was sacrilegious to me. I even wrote a whole article about it for my Journalism II class. But then, my parents got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas. I was hesitant about it. Would I really use it? I couldn’t just discard it. I mean, my parents paid a lot of money for it. So I tried it out. Only downloading the free classics, I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I was more drawn to the free 3 months of Amazon Prime and the seven seasons of Buffy now available at my fingertips. I don’t know when I exactly began reading more from it. It must have been a gradual thing, but a year later I was hitting more Insta-click “buy now” buttons than I thought I would. The $2.99 prices drew me in and I caved.

But thinking about it now and really shifting through my feelings, I can honestly say that the physical book is still my favorite. Maybe it goes back to those memories of the physical feel and scent of books or maybe it’s because I didn’t fully grow-up in a technology-focused generation. I was definitely exposed to a lot of technology growing up, but even now I still cling to owning the physical CD over iTunes. I just like knowing that I have it. That isn’t to say that I don’t own a TON of e-books or enjoying reading from my Kindle Fire. I just know deep down, that I wouldn’t really miss my e-reader if I didn’t have it anymore. With physical books; however, I think I’d form protests to save them. Plus there’s also the fact that I’ve purchased physical copies of books I already own on my e-reader. That has to say something about me, right?

Maybe I’m just obsessed with owning physical books. Who really knows? All I can say, is that when it comes down to paper or plastic: I’m choosing paper. :)

So what do you choose? Leave your thoughts below or join the Linky! I can’t wait to see what you all think! 

 

See you later booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

 

 

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Turning It All Around.

Hey everyone!

Lately I’ve been having a rough time of it emotionally. Things lately just haven’t been going my way. But, I’m determined to take some cues from a few a favorite places (IndieChicks, Emma Approved, GetGutsy) and turn my mood and life around. 

This blog has been a creative outlet of mine and I’m hoping to reinvigorate my passion for it. I kept using a lot of excuses like having no time or being distracted by “life.” And while I admit that life is still distracting me, I can’t let it interfere as often as it has in the past. This blog is important to me and it has taken me up until now to realize how much I’m proud of this blog. I know it has A LOT more things to accomplish and I have to dedicate A LOT more time to it in order to see it grow, but for now I really love my blog. I never though that I’d have authors reaching out for reviews or being allowed to participate in some awesome blog tours. These are all dreams that I didn’t know I could achieve with my “wallflower” blog. But I did achieve them. Now I just have to ME 2cling to that and bring it with me during those late nights or early morning when I’m screaming “Just five more minutes, Mom!” I seriously have to kick my ass into action. 

But I don’t want to do this all just for me. I want to do it for the readers I have and for my future readers. You guys are my audience. You guys are the ones who make writing this blog more than just a hobby for me. I want to share my love of reading, of the books I come in contact with to everyone who happens to stop by. Being able to bond over Jennifer L. Armentrout, Brigid Kemmener, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, etc. is what I LIVE for. Like literally. LOL. I’m obsessed with reading and being able to share this with others who actually GET IT, is amazing! So I’m turning it around for that feeling; for your love of reading; for the ability to share our passions and obsessions together. So bring on the book memes and book feels and everything book-related in between! 

I’m ready to read. I’m ready to write. I’m ready to get personal :) 

I hope you’re ready to join me :)

See you later booknerds! 

xo,

NicoleLynn 

 

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Seven Weeks to Forever Blog Tour: Review and Q&A!

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited to be a part of the Seven Weeks to Forever Blog Tour. When I read the summary of this story, I just knew I had to read it! I’m also very thankful to be given the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour as well as to have Jennifer Farwell join me here to answer a few questions!

Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell

*I was provided a free copy of Seven Weeks to Forever in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

The Review

Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell follows Cassidy, a newly high-school graduate spending the summer in LA before going to college at Harvard in the fall. Well, at least that’s what her Aunt & Uncle think she’s doing. In reality, Cassidy is a second-timer sent back to “The Before” in order to help someone so that she can return to “The Life-After.” Riley, her assignment, is a nineteen-year-old boy Cassidy finally finds with seven weeks left to save him. Cassidy has to get his life back on track in order to save him from dying too young and for her to return to the “Life-After.” She just never realized that would entail having to date him. Cassidy hasn’t dated anyone since the love of her first life caused her death the last time she turned eighteen.

On top of that, Cassidy also has a run in with her ex-best-friend, Selena Jensen. Selena hasn’t forgotten their past and is protective of Riley. Plus, Cassidy has to also deal with her Aunt & Uncle once they find out that she isn’t going to Harvard in the fall. They have no idea that Cassidy isn’t a normal college-bound girl.

But the biggest obstacle Cassidy faces is the fact that she’s falling for Riley and is now faced with a choice: give Riley the life he’s meant for and leave when it’s time or give up eternity for the true love she’s never had, knowing Riley will die the same way she did in her first life and that her entire existence could end at any time.

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London Falling by Chanel Cleeton Book Review

Hey everyone!

Man I’ve been a way from blogging for a while. These past two weeks have been a bit crazy for me. I’ve been job hunting and interviewing, so I’ve been a bit stressed with “real world” stuff. But finally, I’ve found some time to get back to this beautiful hobby of mine ;) Hopefully, I’ll fall back into a groove again.

Today I’m sharing some thoughts on the second book of Chanel Cleeton’s International School series. The novel just released on July 7th!! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to these two characters and was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the novel!

**I was provided a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by any outside factors.**

Also, a bit of a pre-warning if you haven’t read the first book: I See London. Although this novel could be read as a stand alone, it’s a lot better if you read it in order and I might let some spoilers from the first book out during this review.

The Review

Maggie’s back at the International School in London. This place has become her home away from home, where she finally feels like she can be herself. She has two amazing new friends and is loving her major. But this year isn’t like last year. Last year, she was finding her groove and dancing around her attraction for Samir, the sexy and out-of-her league junior. And after one hot night giving into temptation right before summer break, Maggie can’t forget about him. Now she’s back at school where Samir is close enough to touch. But Maggie also remembers the London Falling by Chanel Cleetondrama and heartbreak; the two different worlds they live in; and oh yeah that Smair still has a Lebanese girlfriend. But as much as she wants to stay away, it’s getting harder and harder to resist.

Samir is finishing up his last year of university in London before he has to return to Lebanon and follow in his father’s footsteps. He can’t afford to fall for someone like Maggie–who is so far removed from his world. But he can’t seem to keep his hands off her. Even knowing that when his senior year is up he won’t be able to keep her, Samir can’t help but keep wanting Maggie. As time ticks down, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences of their relationship and find a future together.

I really enjoyed I See London, Cleeton’s first book in the series. I loved watching the push and pull of Maggie and Samir’s attraction throughout the novel. I also liked seeing Maggie’s progression as a character being faced with new experiences during her first year of university. Maggie had a lot of growing up to do and in New Adult fashion she was definitely learning.

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