August 10, 2014

An Update & Message for Old & New Followers

It's been so long since I opened up the old Blogger draft and I must say, I feel nostalgic. I have very important information to tell you.

If it's unclear, this blog is currently INACTIVE. Meaning:
-No review requests (please don't email me)
-No new posts (except this one)

So if you're here to get a review request or something of that nature, check out my new place of residence (blog-wise) Read.Sleep.Repeat. Thank you.

If you're reading this because you've been following me this whole time, HI! I've missed you, or well, whatever 15 followers I had. Some general updates about my life (this seems necessary):

-I still work at my local library
-I am still blogging (see above)
-I hit my one year blogoversary, that was nice.

I think that's it...

I'm not sure what the protocol here is. Anyway, hope you've all been happily reading and sharing the book love.

Shelly

February 28, 2014

An Impromptu Goodbye

This post is hard for me to write but it has to be done. I am taking a long (and maybe unending) hiatus from Readiculous Reads. The reason for this isn’t that I’ve lost the will to blog, it’s not. The reason is actually very exciting and even good. I am joining another blog as a co-blogger! I’ve thought about it long and hard but running a blog is a lot of work and co-blogging seems super fun and I am having so much fun just planning it. If you want to know the blog I’m moving to, that will be revealed later in the week. I want to thank all of you lovely followers for your support and enthusiasm when it comes to all thing ‘readiculous’. I might come back to Readiculous Reads sometime in the future but I’m not sure right now. I want to thank you all for being lovely and for being awesome. I love you all and I hope to see you guys on the new blog soon!

February 26, 2014

[Anna and the French Kiss Readathon] Favourite Quotes!

Anna Banner_FinalHello, everyone! It is DAY THREE of the Anna and the French Kiss Readathon hosted by Nara and I. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so here! Today, I think I’ll share some of my favourite (and swooniest) quotes from the book. I will provide some quotes and then little blurbs about why I love the quote. Let’s get started, shall we?

“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It's so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn't have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.”

The beginning of the book stars with Anna off to boarding school. Her rich father is sending her to boarding school in Paris (and she doesn’t want to go).

“French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”

This quote perfectly describes Etienne! This is what Anna thinks when she first meets him. He is adorable though (but more on that later)

“I'm sorry," he says.
"What? Why?"
"You're fixing everything I set down." He nods at my hands, which are readjusting the elephant. "It wasn't polite of me to come in and start touching your things."
"Oh, it's okay," I say quickly, letting go of the figurine. "You can touch anything of mine you want."
He freezes. A funny look runs across his face before I realize what I've said. I didn't mean it like that.
Not that that would be so bad.”

*giggles* This scene happens when Etienne enters Anna’s room for the first time and gaahhh it’s so cute! It makes me giggle/smile like a goofball every time I read it.

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

I know this quote is near the end of the novel but I had to include it! So.adorable.

And that’s it! Which quote was your favourite? Do all these quotes make you flail if you’ve read the book before? And look for a post later in the week prasing Etienne St.Clair in all his awesome glory because as Anna once said:

“Seriously, I don't know any American girl who can resist an English accent.”

February 25, 2014

[Discussion Post] Spoiler-induced Rage

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*warning: this post was written in a fiery rage (see gifs below) but the message still applies. Spoilers aren’t fun and they aren’t something I like.

I hate spoilers. I’m not saying they are bad, I just don’t care for them too much. I can tolerate them sometimes if there is a series I don’t plan on finishing (I’m looking at you Divergent) and I want to know the ending (that Allegiant ending was just shocking) but for the most part, I tend to avoid them.

Which is why I was VERY ANGRY when I happened to accidentally read a spoiler for the Under the Never Sky Series. I read book one and enjoyed it. I’m planning to read book two soon and I was actually looking forward to it but now, I’m not too sure. I was browsing my Twitter feed (as one does) when I saw a link to a  supposedly awesome fan art for Into the Still Blue (book 3). I clicked said link and the picture was nice. The caption however, was just ALL SPOILERY. I’m not saying what the caption was because it’s a spoiler about what happens in the last part of the book but I was just A BALL OF RAGE.tumblr_inline_mvfvgbNFMG1rrn0i2 Some spoiler tags would have been nice, that’s all. I feel like this person should have changed the caption or maybe written “inspired by Into the Still Blue” versus “here’s what happens in the last part of the book and I am now drawing it.” The other thing that really annoys me is the fact that the people who shared the link should have stated: “contains some spoilers” or something of the sort because I opened the image completely unaware. But that leads me to another point; what is a spoiler? To me, if it is the OUTCOME of a series (which it was in this case), THAT IS A DAMN SPOILER.
*turns into ranty Shelly* SERIOUSLY, NOT EVERYONE HAS READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS, YOU HAVE TO GIVE WARNING BEFORE YOU SAY SOMETHING THAT CAN POTENTIALLY RUIN SOMEONE ELSE’S READING EXPERIENCE. *deep breath*

What I’m trying to get at here is that spoilers aren’t fun and if you plan to use them, please please PLEASE put a warning. I don’t want this mess to happen to anyone else. tumblr_inline_muc7nkkmLW1qcq50q

February 24, 2014

[Anna and the French Kiss Readathon] It Begins!

Today is the first day of the Anna and the French Kiss readathon hosted by Nara and I! I'm very excited for this to start so get out your books and be prepared for some serious swooning! Get out your books and be prepared for some serious reading! I have another post prepared for Wednesday so keep reading until then. Track your progress using #SPreadathon on Twitter and I'll be able to follow along with you! The twitter chats are happening on:

Thursday, February 27th @ 8 PM EST 
Friday, February 28th @ 8 PM EST
Saturday, March 1st @ 8 PM EST
Sunday, March 2nd @ 8 PM EST

It's not too late to join, sign up below! And if you are participating, happy reading!

February 22, 2014

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Book Review

statistical probability Genre: YA Contemporary (Romance)
Release Date: January 2nd 2012
Series: Stand-alone
Source: Netgalley (Read Now)

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. (via goodreads)

My Thoughts: When I saw The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on Netgalley as ‘Read Now’ I jumped at the chance to get a copy of this lovely book and I am so glad I did. It was the cute romance I’ve been dying to read.

Hadley is on her way to her father’s wedding when she shows up to the airport four minutes late. Those four minutes change everything and she meets Oliver, a cute and absolutely adorable (if I say so myself) guy. The next 24 hours of Hadley’s life are a whirlwind. With the wedding, meeting Oliver and facing her family: Hadley’s life just got a whole lot more interesting.

The basic plot of this book spans 24 hours but there is plenty of flashbacks. I really liked how smoothly the story flew and how the flashbacks were incorporated, it made the story easier to follow along with. I loved everything about Hadley and Oliver’s time together: how they met, that encounter near the washrooms (no spoilers shhh) and the time they spent talking on the plane. It was just adorable and oh so cute. The romance and interaction between Hadley and Oliver was just adorable to read (aww look, I’m getting a smile on my face just writing this review).

While I usually dislike female protagonists, Hadley was a very relatable character. I could understand where her anger at her father came from and I loved to see how much she’s changed over the course of the book. I liked her personality and I was able to relate to her. I usually dislike gushing about love interests but I feel like it has to be done in this case. Oliver was just adorable and so sweet! He was so charismatic and I can totally see why Hadley was quick to like him.

Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was just adorable and a nice light read. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read more of Jennifer Smith’s upcoming novels! four stars

Have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it, is it on your TBR pile? Let me know!

February 21, 2014

Confession: Why My Blogging Fails

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Before you read on: this isn’t a post to make you guys feel bad for me or anything. This is just me ranting about why I sometimes annoy/disappoint myself and what I’m doing to change that. I understand if these posts aren’t your thing (they’re usually not mine either) but I just want to rant, blogging is for that.

(also, how nice is that new banner? At least I don’t totally fail)

Getting Books: I have way too many books. I know loads of people who have more books then me but the 20+ books I have that are unread really bother me. I keep buying and buying books because of sales signings and other stuff but NO MORE! I already restricted my requesting and now I’m going to take a step further and restrict my library books and the books I buy. A lot of new releases are coming out that I really want but I’ve decided that I should read what I already have. I know it’s going to be hard but I think that I can do it!

Commenting: You guys have NO IDEA how terrible I am at commenting. My Feedly gets so out of hand that I just end up clearing it and not commenting. And when I finally do get around to reading posts, I read the posts and just don’t comment. I am terrible at commenting but I read almost everything that my favourite bloggers write! I also take FOREVER to respond to comments on my own blog but I’m trying guys, I’m trying!

Making Decisions: I’ve noticed this recently but all my blogging decisions are so rash. Starting my blog? Only took half a second of thought. Changing my URL? I didn’t even plan, I just changed it. Ending my hiatus early? I got bored and decided to start blogging again. All my decisions are hasty and rash and that doesn’t work. So far, nothing terrible has happened but I know if I’m not careful, I’m going to screw up (it’s inevitable). That’s why I’m now keeping a blogging calendar (google docs saved my blogging life) and I’m trying my best to be diligent.

If you’ve made it this far in the post, thanks for being a supportive reader. *hugs*

Have you ever felt like you fail at blogging? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know!

February 20, 2014

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski: Book Review

dont even think about it Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: March 11th 20q4 (Random House)
Series: Stand-alone
Source: Netgalley (ARC)

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening. (via goodreads)

My Thoughts: What if you went in to get a seemingly simply flu shot but walked out to find that you are suddenly telepathic? Well that’s exactly what happened to the teenagers of Room 10B in BHS. They all went in to get their flu shots (except Adam because he’s always sick and Renee because of her crazy conspiracies) and came out being able to read minds! While the premise seems a little unusual, it was very interesting to read about.

The plot was simple and fun to read. I was laughing out loud and giggling so much, this book is just entertaining! It was a little unusual to read Don’t Even Think About It because of all the shifting POVs (boy are there a lot) but it’s easy to follow along and get used to.

There were A LOT of characters in this book but they all had their own distinct personalities and were interesting in their own way. I liked most of the main characters specifically Tess (a nice yet self-conscious girl) and Olive (a very shy girl). Some of the other characters annoyed me quite a bit but they definitely added to the story. The romance is hard to describe because this book revolves around 20+ students and there is tons of it! In general, the romance was cute in most cases and aggravating in some. The many different characters make it easy to enjoy the novel even if one part annoys you.

Overall, Don’t Even Think About It is an entertaining, fun and addictive novel. If you’re looking for something to read for pure fun and to keep you laughing, I highly recommend this one!three stars Have you read Don’t Even Think About It? Are you excited for it? Does it seem like something you’d enjoy? Let me know!

February 19, 2014

February Epic Recs

epic recsEpic Recs is a book club created by Judith and Amber. You basically pick a partner/get one assigned to you and then you each recommend a book to each other. I asked Annie at The Runaway Reader to be my partner and she happily said yes! I’m very excited because I think me and Annie have similar tastes (especially when it comes to cheesy contemporaries) so I’m very excited for this month.

         My Pick                           Annie’s Pick
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAmy and Roger's Epic Detour 

I recommended Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz because it is one of my favourite books of all time, it’s a contemporary (which Annie seems to love) and I think she’ll love it as much as I do. Annie recommended Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and I’m SO excited to read it because I am in need of some seriously cute contemporary novels. transparent divider Are you participating in Epic Recs? What are you reading? What do you think of my pick? Do you think I’ll enjoy Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour? Let me know!

February 18, 2014

[LGBT 2014 Challenge] Things I Want to See More of in YA LGBT Fiction

back01_zpsf0e86300This year, I’m participating in the LGBT challenge. This awesome challenge is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer.  I plan to read and review 5 books this year that contain main characters that are either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual. I have yet to read an LGBT book (my TBR pile is too big) but I am definitely going to participate in February’s challenge topic. The topic this month is Things I want to see more of in YA LGBT Fiction. I’m so excited for this topic, this is going to be fun! Without further ado, here are things I’d like to see more of in YA LGBT Fiction:

Less of a personality trait: Most LGBT books are about someone struggling to learn more about who they are or something along those lines. Sometimes, it seems that the character’s sexuality is a personal trait rather than a mere fact about the character. I want to see some fantasy LGBT books, for example (I am aware of Huntress by Malindo Lo, we need more books like it). Rather than having the character’s sexuality be the focus of the book, I want the character fighting zombies, vampires maybe even DRAGONS but I want their sexuality to not define them but just to be a mere fact.

Awkward characters: I find that a lot of LGBT characters are sometimes confused or maybe even curious about their feelings but the characters themselves are never very awkward. Why can’t a quirky teenage girl discover that her best friend is someone she has a crush on? Or maybe even the same thing can happen to a guy. I want to relate to these characters, not just read their story!

Cuteness: I find that a lot of LGBT stories have a grand message or some big moral message and there’s nothing wrong with that but I would like to see a cute story about an LGBT couple. Like Anna and the French Kiss but maybe more along the lines of  Andy and the French Kiss. How great would that story be?

In general, I think LGBT novels need to have more cute stories, characters we can relate to and LGBT characters whose sexuality is not a personality trait but rather just something about them. transparent divider What do you think about this topic? Is there anything I didn’t mention that you’d like to see in LGBT novels? Let me know!