Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated by the fantastic Bibliophilewanderlust for this award, thank you so much!

The rules are as follows:
Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.

Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.

Create 7 questions for your nominees.

Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Bibliophile wanderlust questions:

  1. If you can change place/life with a character in a book who would it be? Hmm too hard to pick one. Maybe a female lead from a romance novel that leads a charming life? Oh maybe Becky from the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve always wanted to live in the UK 😜
  2. How many physical and digital books do you own? Estimating close to 500.
  3. What book do you want to make sure your children’s read (present or future)? Harry Potter series. I’ve already started reading some of it to my oldest daughter, but I want her to read them on her own as she gets older.
  4. Do you prefer reading indoors or outdoors? I mainly read indoors, but there’s something amazing about reading on a beach. It’s heavenly.
  5. What was the worst book you have read? I can’t even remember the name, but it was a freebie on Amazon and it didn’t even read like it had been edited. It was really bad.
  6. Do you have any reading habits? I’m always reading a book and listening to one at the same time. But I never start reading a new book until I finish the old one.
  7. Do you think you’ll ever stop reading and get rid of all your books? Gasp! Never. That would be awful.

My Questions:

  1. Favorite series?
  2. Most under appreciated book you’ve read?
  3. Favorite book that you’ve reviewed? Link?
  4. Favorite book cover?
  5. Do you ever borrow books from the library? If so, do you return them on time or late?
  6. Why did you start your blog?
  7. Do you have a favorite snack/drink while reading?

My nominees: (if you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to participate that’s ok!)

Capitolbooks

Storyscope
Shhiamreading
Journeyofangie
Eloraquence
Mrsreadsbooks
Lostinsweetwords
If you haven’t checked these blogs out, please do! Thanks again for the nomination.

50 followers!

I’m so excited to hit 50 followers. This has been such a fun experience and the book blogging community has been so amazing and supportive. I want to personally thank each and everyone of you who saw something in my blog that made you click follow. It truly means the world to me.

Let me know your favorite book blogs so I can check them out. I adore finding new  blogs to follow. 

Liebster Award


I was nominated by the lovely Nocturnal Book Club for this award. Thanks so much and if you aren’t already following this blog, you should be! If you don’t already know what this is, the Liebster Award is a fun way to promote and recognize new blogs with less than 200 followers.
The Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

The 11 questions for me to answer:


What are you currently reading? Since She Went Away by David Bell

How many books do you own? Oh gosh at least 500! Maybe more? 😳 I’m such a book hoarder. I have so many packed away and stored. Getting ready to build a new house and I’m dying to design a library so I can display all my beauties 😍

What do you plan to read next? The Story of Our Life by Shari Low

What are the two movies which you think did justice to their books? The Hunger Games, I loved the books, but the movies were fantastic too! Again, the Notebook was an awesome book. But Ryan Gosling as Noah 😍

If you absolutely had to, which one of your favorite characters would you kill? This is such a hard question and I’ve been thinking about it for awhile. But I think I finally figured it out. So Chelsea Cain writes this amazing series about a female serial killer named Gretchen Lowell and the cop trying to catch her Archie Sheridan. Their relationship is twisted and complicated and oh so intriguing. Several times while I was reading this series parts of me actually liked Gretchen a little?! What’s wrong with me, right?! 😂 so if I had to kill one of my favorite in a weird way characters, Gretchen Lowell it is!

What was the first book that you read that traumatized you? I don’t even remember exactly how old I was when I read this, but I think I was probably in middle school. My poor innocent mind was highly disturbed by the seriously messed up Dollanganger family in the Flowers in the Attic. Incest?! 😱

If you had to read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be? This is like asking who my favorite author is, or which one of my three kids is my favorite! So hard! I guess if I had to pick I would say Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. 

If you could live inside one book which one would it be? Again, tough question! I know this is the obvious answer, but seriously how can you not pick Harry Potter?!

Name the one person you would forgive for not returning your books? My sister. She’s one of the few I actually allow to borrow my books.

If you could make one book boyfriend come to life, who would it be? Man, these questions are killing me! Even though he’s way too young for me, teenage me would have been obsessed with Dean from Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless.

Would you rather be Dumbledore or Voldemort and why? Dumbledore, duh! 😜

11 Facts About Me

  1. My dream job is to be a librarian. I just love everything about being in a library.
  2. I’ve been married six years and have three amazing and beautiful kids.
  3. Besides being obsessed with books, I also have a slightly unhealthy obsession/fascination with trashy reality TV. Real Housewives anyone?
  4. I hate cooking so much even though I’m not that bad at it, yet I cook most nights. Gotta feed the family!
  5. I have a desperate fear of rodents, especially mice and rats. Just typing it out made me actually shiver.
  6. Disneyland is my happy place. As soon I walk onto Main Street I feel like all my troubles are non existent.
  7. I’m a total homebody and have to psyche myself up to get motivated to leave my house. Which sucks since I always have someplace to be haha.
  8. I had an imaginary friend named Broccoli as a kid. Such a weirdo. My own kids find this hysterical.
  9. I was in dance from age 3-17 and did all types. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, etc. I was in a performing company that competed but when I turned 17 I had enough and just quit.
  10. I’m a night owl but all my kids are morning people. Thank god for coffee.
  11. I’m fiercely loyal to my close friends and family. There are very few who I call close friends though. I choose my real life friends very wisely.

My nominees for the Liebster Award (disclaimer, if you have already been nominated or just don’t want to participate no worries!)

11 Questions from me:

  1. What book do you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
  2. Ebook or actual book?
  3. If you had to part with one of your favorite books forever which one would it be?
  4. Favorite type of book to review?
  5. Favorite type of book to read purely for pleasure?
  6. If you had to pick your favorite author who? Why?
  7. Who is your dream author interview?
  8. What book are you most excited to see released this year?
  9. Favorite quote about reading/books?
  10. Link to your favorite post/review you’ve written?
  11. How did you pick your blog name?

Review of All the Missing Girls


     People have been recommending this book to me for awhile now, so naturally I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of All the Missing Girls. Thanks to Netgalley for the eARC!

Synopsis

Nicolette Farrell is still deeply haunted by the disappearance of her best friend,  Corinne. It’s been ten years since anyone has seen Corinne. Ten years that Nic has been tormented by guilt over her missing friend.

And now it’s all happening again.

There is another girl missing. Same town, too many similarities to Corinne’s disappearance to be unrelated. The same people are linked again, but this time the truth will be revealed.

Told entirely in reverse order, from day fifteen to day one, this novel asks the question; how far would you be willing to go to protect your loved ones?

Review

This is my first time reading one of Megan Miranda’s books and it’s safe to say that it won’t be my last. When I first heard that the story was backwards I was both intrigued and somewhat skeptical. I kept thinking, won’t that be really confusing? How can a book told this way make any kind of sense? Well rest assured, it works. It works better than I would’ve imagined. It kept me turning the pages as fast as possible and there were times that I was so intent in my reading a bomb could’ve went off and I may not have even noticed.

Nic was a character that I was rooting for the whole time. You could feel her pain and regret throughout and I so badly wanted her to find closure and be able to move on with her life. She is absolutely tortured at every turn by her painful past, yet you can feel how desperately she wants to move forward. Her relationships with everyone in her life are clouded with grief and sadness; Her father Patrick, her brother Daniel, her ex boyfriend Tyler, her old friend Bailey. Yet while I felt like I could relate to parts of this character, I also wanted to scream at her. She makes rash and dangerous decisions consistently, however there is something extremely raw and vulnerable about Nic that makes the reader want the best for her. To me, that is the mark of an excellent storyteller. To make the audience root for them even when they are frustrated by their choices.

Without spoiling the ending, I can safely say that I was satisfied. I always adore it when a writer wraps thing up with some kind of an epilogue or fast forward that ties things up and answers all those unanswered questions. Megan Miranda does not disappoint.

Overall rating is 4.5/5

All the Missing Girls is available on June 28 from Simon & Schuster.

 

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June TBR

Like many of you I’m quite sure, my TBR list is long and just keeps getting longer! I’ve narrowed my June TBR to six books but hopefully I can squeeze in a few more before July.

  • The Story of Our Life by Shari Low: Asks the question what would you do if you found out your husband had cheated? This question never fails to intrigue me. What would you do?
  • My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan: What if you found out your whole life may be a lie? What if you were forced to question everything you thought you knew? What if you couldn’t even trust your family?
  • Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger: Finley sees ghosts. Her grandmother Eloise, is a famous psychic. Together they get drawn into the disappearance of a missing girl.
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda: I’ve been dying to read this, I’ve had so many people tell me they think I will love it! Two girls disappear ten years apart. Told backwards, with promises of twists and turns the reader never sees coming.
  • Since She Went Away by David Bell: Jenna’s best friend, Celia disappears never to be seen again, right before they’re supposed to meet. As Jenna starts looking into her disappearance she discovers shocking secrets all the while dealing with her own guilt about Celia vanishing.
  • Friends Like Us by Sian O’Gorman: Best friends Melissa, Steph and Eilis struggle with their own issues while sticking together.

Anyone read any of these yet? Look for reviews of all these books very soon!