Letterbox Love #30

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

Finally cut down my income of books! (Event books don’t count, right?!)     

Bought:

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

Double Cross by Malorie Blackman

 Won:

Love Is a Number by Lee Monroe

Thanks to Michelle from Much Loved Books and Hachette!

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What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Waiting on Wednesday #39

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

All That's Missing

Arlo’s grandfather travels in time. Not literally — he just mixes up the past with the present. Arlo holds on as best he can, fixing himself cornflakes for dinner and paying back the owner of the corner store for the sausages Poppo eats without remembering to pay. But how long before someone finds out that Arlo is taking care of the grandfather he lives with instead of the other way around? When Poppo lands in the hospital and a social worker comes to take charge, Arlo’s fear of foster care sends him alone across three hundred miles. Armed with a name and a town, Arlo finds his only other family member — the grandmother he doesn’t remember ever meeting. But just finding her isn’t enough to make them a family. Unfailingly honest and touched with a dash of magical realism, Sarah Sullivan’s evocative debut novel delves into a family mystery and unearths universal truths about home, trust, friendship, and strength — all the things a boy needs.

All That’s Missing just sounds really adorable. I already feel sorry for Arlo and want to know more about his grandfather, and thats just from reading the blurb!   

Due to be released by Candlewick Press in October 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Letterbox Love #29

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

This week has been so hectic for me but I’ve managed to squeeze in buying a few books…     

Bought:

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Flyaway by Lucy Christopher

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma

Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Ebooks:

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Thanks very much to Algonquin Books and Netgalley.

Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

Yay! Thanks Random House and Netgalley for this, I will sneak it in my reading list soon!

Library:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

 Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5)       If You Could Be Mine

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Readathon: David Levithan

So if any of you watched my Letterbox Love #28 vlog, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve decided to have a readathon of sorts. There isn’t any particular time or week. I plan to read as many of his titles as possible before his event on the 2nd October (5 weeks from today). I thought I would just spotlight his books here, since many people didn’t realise exactly how many he had written.

          Ten Things I Hate about You    The Perfect Score

Ten Things I Hate About You– I’ve seen the film but haven’t read the book, and had no idea it was written by him! Apparently only 170 pages, this sounds as though it pretty much matches the film. The Perfect Score– this is another novelization about seniors who plan to steal the answers to the SAT exam. I haven’t seen the film but it sounds really cute.

          Boy Meets Boy      The Realm of Possibility

Boy Meets Boy– I have already read this and adored it. I received a copy of the reprint last week so will be rereading this title! The Realm of Possibility– This title tells the story of 20 different voices in the same school. I think it would be awesome to see all the different perspectives.

           Are We There Yet?       Marly's Ghost

Are We There Yet?– Also reprinted by Harper Collins and arrived in my mailbox last week. Marly’s Ghost– a retelling of the Dickens tale, this is about loss and love.

           Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist       Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist– I received this title last week from Rebekah, and its so short! I will try and get my hands on the film too at some point. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List– This and the above title are both written with Rachel Cohn. This is next on my want list as it sounds like it could be emotional; it involves the drama after Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend.

          Wide Awake       Love Is the Higher Law

Wide Awake– A gay Jewish man as US president? Sounds interesting to me! Love is the Higher Law– The lives of three teens are altered by 9/11. I can’t believe I have not read this yet. I need it my hands, like now. 

          Dash & Lily's Book of Dares          Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares– Also written with Rachel Cohn, I got this from the library last week. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but it sounds like a cute concept. Will Grayson, Will Grayson– Written with John Green, this is bound to be awesome. I bought this earlier this year and STILL haven’t read it!

            Every You, Every Me            The Lover's Dictionary

Every You, Every Me– A teen being stalked by photos? Eek! The Lover’s Dictionary– Although this doesn’t really sound like my type of book, quite a few people have raved about it, so I may just have to check it out for curiosities sake.

            Invisibility              Every Day

Invisibility– Again, I bought a copy of this a little while ago but still haven’t read it. The first couple of pages were awesome, but unfortunately other books took priority. Every Day– I received a copy of this and read it for Bout of Books. I adored it all apart from the ending (check out my review here).

Two Boys Kissing

Finally, his latest title, Two Boys Kissing. I plan to buy this very soon, and from what I have heard so far it is an awesome and emotional read.

I hope I’ve enlightened you to David’s backlist of titles. I currently own 6 of these titles (as well as one from the library). If anyone has any of the above titles I am missing and no longer want it or am willing to swap it, please let me know! I’d be very grateful 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday #38

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

What We Hide

Americans Jenny and her brother Tom are off to England. Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at Illington Hall, which the students call Ill Hall. This is Jenny’s chance to finally be special and stand out, so when she arrives she tells everybody a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has secrets. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke pretend they don’t. Brenda won’t tell what happened with the school doctor. Percy won’t tell about his famous dad. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself.

The blurb for What We Hide sounds quite sinister. What did happen with the school doctor? O..O A long wait for this title, but hopefully it will be worth it!   

Due to be released by Wendy Lamb Books in April 2014.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Readathon: Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap-Up

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Bout of Books 8.0 was my first Bout of Books, and I’m so glad I took part. 

Book List

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Goals

I plan to read three books

While I didn’t manage to read all the books on my goal pile, I did finish two of them. I have started Diary of a Mall Girl and have also read Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. 

I want to participate in at least one Twitter chat

I took part in the Twitter chat on Saturday.

Complete two challengers

I completed the Bookish Bucket list and the TBR list (both in my Update post)

Write two reviews

My review of Every Day is already up and a review of The Screaming Staircase is going up on Thursday!

Comment on as many Bout of Books posts as possible and make some new friends! 

While I did speak to some new people during the Twitter chat I’m not sure I made any friends as such. I have been trying to comment on blogs overall but haven’t really seen that many Bout of Books posts in my blogroll. 

Overall I count my Bout of Books progress as a success! I’d only read about 3 books in a month prior to the readathon, so to get through that many in a week makes me really happy. It has definitely put me in the mood to read again, which is a priceless reward.

Did you manage to meet all your goals? 

Letterbox Love #28

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

I hope everyone has had an awesome week. This week I created an impromptu readathon and went to the library!    

 Received for Review:

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (x2)

Are We There Yet? by David Levithan (x2)

Thanks very much to Harper Collins for sending me these beautiful reprints. I’ve got duplicates as well which I will probably get signed and give away soon. 

Every Day by David Levithan

Thanks to Egmont for another copy of this! Will go in my giveaway pile.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan

BAHHHH MORE THAN THIS! I am so excited for this title. Huge huge thanks to Walker for these lovelies. 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Thanks to Indigo for this new vampire novel! Gorgeous cover.

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Bought:

After Iris by Natasha Farrant

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

Gifted:

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Thanks very much to Rebekah from Reflections of a Bookworm!

Library:

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

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What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Readathon: Bout of Books 8.0 Update

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Bout of Books 8.0 started on Monday. I did a lot of reading on the first day, but not as much since. I’m also going to use this to record any challenges.  

Monday

Number of pages read: 373 (technically I started this Sunday night, but I’m going to count them all)

Books: Every Day by David Levithan

Challenges: Bookish Bucket List

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Tuesday

Number of pages read: 110

Books: Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja (60 pages)

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle (50 pages)

Challenges: None

Wednesday

Number of pages read: 62

Books: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Challenges: TBR List Challenge

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Thursday

Number of pages read: 80

Books: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Challenges: None

Friday

Number of pages read: 96

Books: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Challenges: None

Saturday

Number of pages read: 86

Books: Time Between Us

Challenges: None

Sunday

Number of pages read:

Books: Time Between Us

Challenges:

Waiting on Wednesday #37

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days

It’s the summer before freshman year in high school and Nina decides to follow what someone said at her middle-school graduation: “Be unnoticed, but be remarkable.” Her best friend Jorie is focusing on boys, clothes, and popularity, her lawyer parents are diving into a new case, and this is the first summer without her beloved Grandma, so she’s is feeling a little lost. She hatches a plan: every day, all summer, she’ll do one anonymous kind thing for someone at home or in her neighborhood. Her goal? To bring her family and her beloved community together again.

I adore the concept of random acts of kindness, and The Summer I Saved the World… in 65 Days looks like a really cute contemporary.   

Due to be released by Wendy Lamb Books in April 2014.

 What are you looking forward to this week?  Please share your WoW in the comments!

Letterbox Love #27

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

Happy weekend! I tried to be good, and then I discovered a website of half price books and it all went downhill from there….    

 Received for Review:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Winter Knights by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Clash of the Sky Galleons by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Thanks to Random House! Time Between Us is a duplicate copy but I’m sure it will find a home somewhere. The other three are the first in the Edge Chronicles, and the new covers are amazing!

Red Rock by Kate Kelly

Amber by Julie Sykes

Yet more amazing Curious Fox titles! Their catalogue just keeps getting more and more exciting. 

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Bought:

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Truly Madly Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Skinny by Donna Cooner

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What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you!