Month: June 2016

Inside & Out Book Tag

Posted June 30, 2016 by Ashley in Book Tag / 0 Comments



I was tagged in this week’s book tag by Lindsey at Bring My Books. Lindsey found the tag on Books Biscuits and Me and she credits  I Have To Read That, and the original creator is MathomBooks on YouTube. I’m excited to share this one because everyone is so different when it comes to choosing their next book and I find it interesting to see everyone else’s responses. Here are mine…


I-2Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss).

I think the back cover or the flap are the only real ways an author is going to pull me in. I really dislike it when there isn’t a description anywhere on the book, I tend to not buy if I can’t read the description.




New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback,
or hardcover?

Okay, truth time. I don’t always have time to sit down and read a new book. When this happens I buy the audio book and if I love it, then I typically purchase in paperback, unless it’s not out in paperback. I do have a rule with series though, all the                                          books in the series have to be in the same format.


I-9Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

Nope. Absolutely not. Somewhere along the line someone told me writing in a book, folding pages and breaking the spine are all very disrespectful to books and it’s always stuck with me. If I feel like I need to take notes I have a book journal I use.



In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath



DDoes it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding ona book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I’m not sure why this would matter to anyone. It certainly doesn’t matter to me in the slightest. I do like to know who I’m reading just so I can discuss and recommend. I always feel like an ass when I mispronounce or can’t remember the author!


Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Guilty. I don’t do it often but when I get to a really good part and I’m chewing on my nails, I will occasionally peek on the next page to see if I can spot key words to clue me in on what’s happening.


Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Oh, outrageous without a doubt! To be fair though, I only have one bookshelf that is way overloaded so there isn’t much I can do to keep them organized. But I do have hopes of getting another bookshelf soon!



Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I have always been a book cover judger! I can not help it. The cover is usually the first thing to draw me to a book, then I read the back cover or the flap and I make my decision accordingly. I have a hard time believing people do not do this.


TTake it outside to read, or stay in?

Ugh. I tend to stay indoors because I hate bugs. If I read in my backyard the mosquitos will carry me away. I have a nice space in my back yard with a patio, Adirondack chairs and a huge umbrella but by the time I light all the citronella candles, spray myself down with bug spray and crank the umbrella out I’m over it and the bug bites! I don’t dislike reading outdoors, maybe I haven’t found the right place to really enjoy it.

If you’re reading this please feel free to play along, and let me know if you post your own Inside Out Book Tag!



Top Ten Tuesday My Favorite Book Covers

Posted June 28, 2016 by Ashley in Top Ten Tuesdays / 3 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week was a freebie so I decided to post 10 of my all time favorite book covers. Here they are.


FLYAWAY Miss Peregrine


The Rose Garden Alice Penguin Classic

Lost Lake Thing About Jellyfish










The House Girl  Uprooted

The Selection The Elite

The One The Heir The Crown

Since I love the covers of this entire series I had to have them on my list!

Lets be honest here, I am one of those people who judges a book by its cover, can you blame me with covers like these?


Not If I See You First

Posted June 22, 2016 by Ashley in Book Review, Contemporary, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Not If I See You FirstNot If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
on December 1st 2015
Pages: 310
Published by Poppy Goodreads

The Rules:
Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you're just getting in my way or bothering me.
Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.
When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react—shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened—both with Scott, and her dad—the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.


I think it’s important to note that I would not have picked up this book had it not arrived in my Uppercase Box. I am one of those people who judge a book by its cover and though this one looks cool, it’s not what I normally gravitate too. There is also the fact that this is a contemporary and I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian and fantasy lately. BUT do not be discouraged, I loved this book! Fun side note, the braille on the front of the book is not the title of the book (as I thought), it’s a key message from the book!

Parker is not strange to tragedy. When she was 7, she was in a car accident that took her vision as well as her mother’s life and at the beginning of the book, her father passes away too. Parker is tough though, she doesn’t let anything or anyone hold her back. I love how real she is, she acts tough and in control but she really isn’t at all. She has gone through so much already and has somehow managed to keep it together (when you get to the part about the gold stars…OMG!). Parker’s defenses begin to break down when her eighth grade boyfriend Scott starts going to her school. Scott broke the rules and Parker’s heart, with everything going on in her life Parker breaks down.  GAH! The friendships in this book are phenomenal, the kinds I wish were real but have never been able to find. Parker’s friends are amazing and they help her recover from her meltdown.

I’ve been trying to update Goodreads more as I’m reading so I can go back and see what I posted, I’m not doing a good job…here are the 3 I posted for this book. Looking back I think they’re funny (and so accurate!).

01/14 marked as: currently-reading
01/14 page 50 15.0% “Parker is entirely too young to have so much tragedy in her life. But I love who she is and how honest she is. Reminds me of Dumplin in ways.”
01/14 page 101 31.0% “Crying…Scott! Ugh how damn sweet was that!?”

..then my final update:

“I love Parker and Scott so much. I’m not gonna lie, I was grinning like an idiot at the end!”


I truly feel that this book is underrated, Parker is one of the most unique main characters I’ve met (and fallen in love with) in a long time.


Have you read Not If I See You First? If so, let’s chat!



Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far

Posted June 21, 2016 by Ashley in Top Ten Tuesdays / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is  a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is “Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year”. I have read exactly 10 books that have come out this year or will be coming out this year so I’m going to use them! Here they are in order of release date, the stars are my ratings.



Freya is dreading her upcoming birthday when she’ll officially have to take up her duties as a Valkyrie. She doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her—legends including her mother and sisters. And she certainly doesn’t want anything to do with humans!

Freya thinks humans are cruel, hate-filled creatures, but as she observes their world, she begins to wonder what it would be like to make friends with the girls or laugh with the boys she sees. And what would it be like to live without the fear that she could cause someone’s death with a single touch?

Then when she’s sent on her first mission, she reaps the soul of a fallen soldier with unfinished business…business that sends her on an epic quest to the mortal world. Will Freya find the true meaning of being a human, or will she finally accept the legend she is destined to become?




PassengerIn one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.



When We Collided

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.







The Raven King

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.








Don't You Cry

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.





Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.




The Forgetting

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.



Shelby Holmes


Meet spunky sleuth Shelby and her sports-loving sidekick Watson as they take on a dog-napper in this fresh twist on Sherlock Holmes.
Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen—always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. Easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.



 Mighty OddsWhen a sweet nerd, an artsy cartoonist, a social outcast, and the most popular girl in school  involved in a mysterious bus accident, this seemingly random group of kids starts to notice some very strange abilities they did not have before. Artsy Martina can change her eye color. Nerdy Nick can teleport . . . four inches to the left. Outcast Farshad develops super strength, but only in his thumbs. And Cookie, the It Girl of school’s most popular clique, has suddenly developed the ability to read minds . . . when those minds are thinking about directions. They are oddly mighty—especially together.

This group—who would never hang out under normal circumstances—must now combine all of their strengths to figure out what happened during the bus accident. With alternating narratives from each of the heroes, including illustrated pieces from Martina.



Littlest Bigfoot

Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.

But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.

Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have faith in themselves—above all else.


Have you read any of these titles? If so, lets chat!