Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Blast & $50 Giveaway: Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager


Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

Excerpt: I took a drink of water, and it dribbled down my chin. Lovely—I was sure all the girls at the country club drooled openly. Brendon walked over to my side of the court and asked if he could have some of my water because he had finished his sports drink. I never share drinks since I saw a story on the news about how meningitis was spread through stuff like that, but I handed him the bottle. I was surprised he’d want to drink after me, but maybe he was a step away from dehydrating, and it was between sharing my spit or death. “Wanna quit?” he asked. I nodded and went to change. There was only one other girl in the locker room as I washed up and pulled my hair up. I went out to meet Brendon, and he asked if I wanted to get some frozen yogurt. I started to answer when the girl in the locker room came out behind me. “Hey, stranger. Haven’t seen you around lately,” she said, putting her hand on Brendon’s arm. “Hey, Cassie,” he said. “What have you been up to?” she asked. I’ve seen dogs chase the mail carrier with more dignity. Brendon shrugged and said he had been busy. He introduced me, and her eyes darted over to me just long enough to size me up. I hated girls who acted like having another female in the room was competition. “Well, give me a call sometime,” she said, walking away. What was her problem? She didn’t know whether or not we were dating. It was like it didn’t matter if I was his girlfriend or not because I wasn’t “good enough.” 
 
Praise for Dating the It Guy:
“Dating the It Guy is an entertaining story that is as absorbing as it is hilarious.” Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite “A satisfying YA romance that is really about growing up and learning how to deal with life.” Writing Pearls book review blog “There is so much to love about this book. Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how teens think and speak, and she understands why Emme would feel overwhelmed by everything about Brendon - his looks, his popularity, his feelings for her, his exes, his family.” Vox libris: the voice of books book review blog  


Author Krysten Lyndsay Hager
Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy. Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Best Sellers award. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Blanc View, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
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Top Ten Tuesday #108 - Best Books I've Read So Far in 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Best Books I've Read So Far in 2017

I've only read 29 books so far this year so some of these are 4 star reads.


1. A Conjuring Of Light by VE Schwab - I just finished this and already have my review up. I love these books sooo much! 
2. & 3. ACOMAF & ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas - I didn't love ACOTAR but ACOMAF and ACOWAR were 4 & 5 star reads. 


4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I don't usually read romance but I do really enjoy historical fiction. Nevertheless, I loved this book! 
5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - Illuminae was amazing and Gemina was just as good or better. I'm impatiently awaiting Obsidio! 
6. The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins - I actually had a ton of issues with this one but I still enjoyed parts of it. 

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling - I wish this was an actual novel and not a screenplay, but how could I not still love it? 
8. The Falconer by Elizabeth May - I actually had a hard time getting into this at first but once I did, I was hooked and ended up loving it. I'm currently waiting on the second book to start! 
9. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - I think I expected more from this but still really enjoyed it. 


10. A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden - I'm only halfway through this one but it deserves to be on this list. It's full of Norse mythology, blood and death, and monsters! So far, so good! 

How about you? What are your top favorite books so far this year? 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Sunday Post #66 - Summer Days

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things you received, share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead, and more.

It's been a pretty normal week around here.
It rains some days. It's hot as heck on others. Humidity levels are horrible. We've been taking dips in the pool on hot days.


The garden is starting to suffer from the heat and the excess rain. It's about time to just let it go until autumn. It's so hard to grow anything during the summer here in Florida. I did have two of my sunflowers bloom, though! :) 

NEW TO MY SHELVES

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Keymaster Press!

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Need to Start Soon!
Book Blast & $100 GC Giveaway
Book Review: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab


I also updated my Book to Movie Adaptations list

RECENTLY FINISHED

CURRENTLY READING

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
I'm about 10 hours into this 45 flippin' hour audiobook! Hopefully I can finish before it's due back. I do have a few long commutes this week at least. 

CURRENTLY WATCHING
Nothing! (Well, Moana like 8 times)
I put myself on a binge ban until I knock out some titles on my COYER list!

How has your week been? Read anything amazing?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

READ IT FIRST: Book to Movie Adaptations (July 2017 +)


It's time to update my master list of adaptations!
I love keeping up with these because I do prefer to read the book first and this really helps me stay up to date on what is coming out in the future so I can squeeze it onto my TBR.

I'm really slacking this year and have a lot of catching up to do but that just means I have to put off watching the movie until I get around to the book.


AUGUST


The Gunslinger
(The Dark Tower #1)

by Stephen King
(NEED TO READ)
releases: August 4, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


The Glass Castle 
by Jeannette Walls
(READ)
releases: August 11, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

SEPTEMBER


It
by Stephen King
(CURRENTLY READING)
releases: September 8, 2017

(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

OCTOBER


Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick
(READ)
releases: October 20, 2017


The Snowman
by Jo Nesbo
(NEED TO READ)
releases: October 20, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

NOVEMBER


Murder On the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
(NEED TO READ)
releases: November 10, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
(READ)
releases: November 17, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

DECEMBER


[Ferdinand]
The Story of Ferdinand
by Munroe Leaf
(READ)

releases: December 15, 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg
(READ)
releases: December 20, 2017



2017 TBA/EXACT DATE UNKNOWN


How to Talk to Girls at Parties
by Neil Gaiman
(NEED TO READ)
releases: 2017
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Fallen
by Lauren Kate
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2017 (US)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

I feel like we've been waiting years for this one and yet there still aren't any updates for when this will come to the US. The author has released dates (in 2016) for other countries on her website.


2018

FEBRUARY



The Death Cure
(The Maze Runner #3)
by James Dashner
(READ)
releases: February 9, 2018


[Peter Rabbit]
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
(READ)
releases: February 9, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

MARCH


Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews (ex-CIA)
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 2, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Jennifer Lawrence


A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
(READ)
releases: March 9, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 16, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)



[Anubis]
The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights
by Bruce Zeck
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 28, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)



Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
(READ)

release date: March 30, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

AUGUST


The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
(NEED TO READ)
releases: August 10, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

SEPTEMBER


The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken
(NEED TO READ)
releases: September 14, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


OCTOBER


The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
(READ)
releases: October 19, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
Yes, another one.


The Girl In The Spider's Web
by Stieg Larsson & David Lagercrantz
(NEED TO READ)
releases: October 19, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

NOVEMBER


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss
(READ)
releases: November 9, 2017


[Part 2]
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
(READ)
releases: November 16, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

2018 TBA 


The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Johnny Depp



The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
(NEED TO READ)
releases: 2018 TBA
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018 (Pre-Production)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


[Guernsey]
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018 (in production)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


[The Postcard Killings]
The Postcard Killers
by James Patterson & Liza Marklund
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Break My Heart 1,000 Times
by Daniel Waters
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)



Ophelia
by Lisa M. Klein
(NEED TO READ)

(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Naomi Watts, Daisy Ridley, Tom Felton


2019


Wicked
by Gregory Maguire
(NEED TO READ)
releases: December 20, 2019
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)



OPTIONED/TO BE ANOUNCED
I will update these as more information becomes available.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(NEED TO READ)

(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Amandla Stenberg

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
(READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

[Chaos Walking]
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


[Ashes in the Snow]
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
(NEED TO READ)

(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
(The Chronicles of Narnia #4)
(READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwarts
(READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
I'm not sure if this will be a movie or a television series.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(NEED to REREAD)
In development
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
TV show 


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
(READ)
in development
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

Starring Maisie Williams

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
(READ) in development
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
Johnny Depp cast as the father


The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
(READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

TV Series

All the Bright Places by Jennifer  Niven
(NEED TO READ)

(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Elle Fanning



I will be adding to and editing this list throughout the rest of the year so if you know of any other upcoming adaptations, let me know in the comments and I'll add it!