It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/20/14 #IMWAYR


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

I can honestly say this week was a FANTASTIC seven days of reading!

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)


Stage Dive Series, Book #1: Lick by Kylie Scott
Contemporary New Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This week’s NA read was Lick, and while the title is a bit lackluster, the book is well written and has a great storyline. I mean who wouldn’t be able to stop reading a book from cover to cover –  in two sittings – about a college student slash barista who wakes up in Vegas after celebrating her 21st birthday only to realize she got married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet. I would read the rest of the series for sure. Fun read!

reality boy

Reality Boy by A.S. King
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
I am a huge A.S. King fan and this book does not disappoint. It is about a seventeen year old boy whose family was on a reality TV show when he was five. You know, one of those shows where a fake nanny comes to save the family? Needless to say this particular family puts the “dys” in “dysfunctional” times infinity. Gerald is a character who you will want to root for despite all of his issues. Really hard to read in some spots but such a sweet coming of age story.

life is so good

Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
When George Dawson learned to read he was 98 years old. This is his story of how he started picking cotton at age four and all of his adventures through his time on earth. Such a fantastic story about working hard, family and perseverance. Fascinating look at America during the twentieth century. This book was one of my Random Reads for January, which you can learn more about here.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Release Date – May 13,2014
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book will be extremely popular when it comes out and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins the Printz Award. I was really excited when I got approved to read the ARC on Net Galley and read it that night. All of it. In one sitting. This story centers around a very privileged and wealthy family that summers on their own island and four best friends. It’s about true love, an accident and a very, very big secret. I’ve never read something like this before and found it to be beautifully written and the ending will stick with me for a really long time.

this song will save your life

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is definitely a book where the cover sold me. I didn’t really know much about it when I requested it from the library, and I am happy to say that I absolutely loved it! This book, like the other YA books I read this week is about a teenager who is misunderstood, and is trying to fit in while surviving high school. I loved all the music references in the book and everything else about it. Great read!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

bombrosie projectcity of ashes hollow city

Not sure I will get to all of these titles with this week being the start of a new semester, but we’ll see how it goes. I feel like I am in a reading groove right now and don’t want to stop! Have a great week!

Happy Reading!

January Random Reads: Life is So Good and Why We Broke Up

random reads

Random Reads was started by Readers pick a random book or two from their Goodreads TBR list using and then read it sometime during the month they were picked.

January’s Random Picks:

life is so good why we broke up

Can I just tell you how excited I was when I stumbled upon this meme? I weeded my Goodreads TBR pile over break, but it still has almost 100 books on it. I love the fact that the books are randomly picked for me too. This adds a little more fun to my reading routine and will expose me to some great books. I mean, once upon a time there was a reason I put these on my list in the first place, right?

Life Is So Good (#16 on my TBR list) by George Dawson and Why We Broke Up (#33 on my TBR list) by Daniel Handler have been on TBR list for three years. While one is about a man who learned to read at the age of 96 and the other a Printz honor book about a break up, I am pretty excited that these two vastly different books will be read sometime this month.

Happy Reading, everyone!