Title: All We Ever Wanted Author: Emily Giffin Genres: Fiction; Contemporary; Adult Fiction
Source: NetGalley Publication Date: 26 June 2018 Date Read: 4 July 2018 First Line: It started out as a typical Saturday night. Favorite Line: But I cherished our filterless relationship and considered it the truest measure of a best friend, greater than pure affection. Who was the person you trusted enough to be your most transparent self with, in both good times and bad? AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publishers, Random House/Ballantine, in exchange for my honest review. This had no sway over my thoughts and opinions on the book and did not influence this review. Thank you to both for the opportunity to read and enjoy this novel!
I’m not gonna lie — I requested this book from NetGalley expecting a traditional easy, happy, romantic read that Emily Giffin is known for. Sure, I read the synopsis, but despite that I was still incredibly surprised when I finally got into the story. This was a tough book. Timely with the rise of the #MeToo Movement and all of the cases of sexual harassment and assault that cycle through the news.
But it was also a necessary book — for all those reasons. There were moments early on that I wanted to abandon this book because it was just so hard to read. But that was just the reason that I needed to read this book. •••Continue reading “All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin”→
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) Author: Sarah J. Maas Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Purchased Date Read: 26 June 2018 First Line: The first snow of winter had begun whipping through Velaris an hour earlier. Favorite Line:She had always been drawn to the untamed, wild things of the world. Runner-up Favorite Line: Cassian set me down at last. “What’d you get me for Solstice?”I smacked his arm. “A heaping pile of shut the hell up.” AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS
Man do I have a backlog of blogging to get to, you guys! This PhD thing is honestly no joke – something that shouldn’t surprise me 4 years in, and yet it still does. Thanks for holding tight while I try to figure out a way to organize my life in a way that allows me to enjoy both reading for school and reading for fun. Anyways, let’s get to the book, shall we?
Title: Caraval (Caraval #1) Author: Stephanie Garber Genres: Young Adult; Fantasy; Adventure;
Source: Birthday Present (Thanks, Dad!) Publication Date: 31 January 2017 Date Read: 30 September 2017 First Line: It took seven years to get the letter right. Favorite Line: Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed. Runner-Up Favorite Line: Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything. AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS
Be forewarned: I’m still completely undecided on this book. I wanted to love it, I really did. And I’m not sure if I didn’t like it either. I’m completely caught in the middle. There is just so much in this book that I really like, but there’s so much that I just have so many questions and thoughts and…
I think maybe that’s because words have never truly failed me, they have never let me down.
There are rules to be followed with words, but there’s always also room for creativity and imagination and play. There are endless ways, through careful thought and placement, to use them to create art and magic and inspiration. With words you can create order, create disorder, or create order out of disorder. We use words to record the moments that we want to remember and to remind ourselves of the lessons we’ve learned from moments we wish we could forget. We use words to make sense of things that seem so nonsensical, or confusing, or difficult, or challenging.
I have always prided myself on my writing because it is through words that I am best able to communicate my thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas, and desires. Continue reading “When Words Fail”→
I’ve recently returned to the US from a whirlwind last few weeks in Europe which saw: a visit from my parents, a trip to Spain for a conference, and a week of trying to soak up everything Italian before flying home. I didn’t have time to blog because I was too busy just living this crazy vita Italiana. But, that I’m home with some time on my hands to recap and reminisce before I fly off to another great adventure in a week. Enjoy! Continue reading “Questa Vita Italiana: Roma”→
Title: Select Author: Marit Weisenberg Genres: Young Adult, SciFi, Romance
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Free from NetGalley and CharlesBridge Teen Publication Date: 3 October 2017 Date Read: 6 April 2017 First Line: “Julia!” That startled me. Favorite Line: “Julia, don’t accept their story that you’re less. You’re more of everything. All the best parts.” AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This had no sway over my thoughts and opinions on the book and did not influence this review.
What an interesting take on the super-human genre! I was so excited when I got this book from NetGalley – I totally wasn’t expecting it, that’s for sure! The cover art is amazing, the premise was fascinating, and I pretty much devoured this book in two days. It had some issues, so it wasn’t perfect. But it was a good, easy read. Continue reading “Select by Marit Weisenberg”→
So, I’m back in Italy for round two of Courtney’s Great Italian Adventure. You’ll be please to know that things are going much (much) smoother this time around. In case you missed it, my last trip over here involved a lot of tears and a lifetime’s worth of doubt all packed into two short (but seemingly endless) months. Thankfully, that seems to be a thing of the past and that makes me quite glad I came back. It’s nice to be able to approach a country I love with, well, love – instead of trepidation and anxiety. It would have been so easy to say that my last trip was enough, that two months of research was all that I needed. And I did say that – a number of times – to anyone who was willing to listen. I tried to figure out a way to not have to come back. But, fast forward to the end of that trip, and I knew that I needed to give this city another chance. And I am so glad I did.
Title: If I Stay (If I Stay #1) Author: Gayle Forman Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Borrowed from the Library! Date Read: 5 March 2017 First Line: Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. Favorite Line: Life may take you down different roads. But each of you gets to decide which one to take. Runner-up Favorite Line: I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard. AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS
As I said in my initial Goodreads post: this book got me right in all the feels. I wasn’t prepared for it, honestly. I didn’t even really know what I was getting myself into with this book. I had just heard it was amazing and I was looking for a good, not-too-long audiobook for a drive I was heading out on. Well, that will teach me. But, it was an amazing book, with na equally amazing narrator for the audiobook.
Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Author: Jesse Andrews Genres: Young Adult, Humor, Contemporary
Source: Overdrive from the Library! Date Read: 21 April 2017 First Line: I have no idea how to write this stupid book. Favorite Line: When you convert a good book to a film, stupid things happen. Runner-up Favorite Line: I am the Thomas Edison of conversational stupidity. AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS
This book confused me. I wanted to love it as much as all the gushing reviews I read. I wanted to be as annoyed with it as all the displeased reviews I saw. But instead I found myself somewhere in the middle – I both loved and did not love Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I spent a lot of time laughing out loud (really) while reading this book over my daily coffee & croissant breakfast here in Italy. But at the same time, I don’t feel like I got all that much out of it. I guess Greg did warn us to put the book away right from the start….