It’s My Birthday And I’m Ready To Par-teeeeeeey!

Yay! I am officially a 20-year-old!!!!

I am not going to lie in the slightest; I am going to miss being a teenager so much! I think of all the fun, crazy, wild, magical times I’ve had over the past 20 years and a giant smile crosses my face. At the same time, I am so ready to embrace this next chapter in my life! I am ready to finish up college, get a real job, move out, pay my own bills…okay maybe not that last part but you get what I mean. I am sure there are going to be even more fun, crazy, wild, magical times ahead for me but I will be experiencing them as a legit adult! As in someone who can actually do adult-ish stuff like boss people around and you know other adult-ish stuff that I cannot for the life of me think of right now. Crazy, I know, but also sort of kick-butt!

Now it wouldn’t be a true par-teeeeeey without cupcakes & presents. Since I ate all of the cupcakes, we’ll just have to stick to presents!

Here’s what is going to go down: I am going to list a few of my all-time favorite series that feature women that I aspire to be like now that I’m sort of grown up (key words: sort of)! These leading ladies are all hilarious, quirky, and embrace their adult lives with maybe not so much grace but a whole lot of independence and awesomely fantastic experiences! And after I’m done listing my favorite series, you will pick two books (they can be from the same series or from two different series) that you would love to own, hug, pet, squeeze, and possibly read. Once you’ve picked your two favorites you are going to fill out the form below to be entered to win. Yay for presents!

The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund

Secret Society Girl

Under The Rose

Rites of Spring (Break)

Tap & Gown

Amy, the main character in this series, kicks some major butt. She is funny, independent, confident, a fiercely loyal friend, one to never back down from a fight or allow herself to be insulted. She is just SO FREAKING AWESOME! I’ve read the entire series a handful of times and I never tire of her and everything that she goes through!

The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty

Sloppy Firsts

Second Helpings

Charmed Thirds

Fourth Comings

Perfect Fifths

I haven’t finished this series yet but I can tell you right now, Jessica Darling is one remarkable person who not only makes me feel like some of the crazy thoughts running through my head maybe aren’t that crazy but she also makes me laugh so very hard!

The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot

Size 12 Is Not Fat

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

Big Boned

Size 12 and Ready to Rock

I started this little gem of a series this past year and holy wow! Heather Wells is confused, working on the confidence part, struggling to put her life together but through all of that she is so incredibly snarky and hilarious!

Here are the nitty-gritty details about the giveaway:

-The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

-The giveaway ends at the end of the day on 12/5

-Sharing is not required but it would be oh so appreciated :)

Thank you all so much for joining in on my birthday celebration!

Secret Society Girl Pure Epicness!!!

     

It is absolutely, positively no secret around here that I ADORE, LOVE, and WANT TO MARRY The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund (Don’t believe me? Check out my review!). Let’s be serious here people, the main character is hilarious, full of girl power, and I basically want to be her when I grow up; The college aspect of it makes me want to go back to high school, rock my ACT’s like a champ and attend an elite college; and then there is Poe/Jamie…and Malcom…and Brandon…and George Prescott <3 <3 <3 Oh all of those boys own a piece of my heart.

So saying I love this series, is clearly the understatement of the century but proclaiming my unyielding love and somewhat creepy addiction to this series is not why I brought you all here today. No, the reason I made this post is much more epic than that!!!!

Diana totally came up with these EPIC, AWESOME, and AMAZING bonus scenes for the series, posted them on her website for crazy fans such as myself, and I just found out about it earlier this week!!!! So now you know why I have been a bit absent from the blog lately. I mean, with something as exciting as this, I just couldn’t tear myself away!

**Warning: If you have not read the series yet, then these links below may be spoilers for you! Read at your own risk because honestly, once you read these, four more books (Secret Society Girl, Under The Rose, Rites of Spring Break, and Tap & Gown) will need to be in your possession**

First we have Poe In D.C. I love that this is right after the end of Secret Society Girl. Things leave off on a good note for Amy but we have little to no idea how things will be for her fellow digger, Jamie/Poe. Hearing his thoughts on Amy were not all that pleasant but they were oh-so-amusing!

Next there is Banned From The Tomb. This scene comes from the beginning-ish part of the second book, Under The Rose. Again I love that this is from Poe’s perspective and we are able to see his real-and-not-so-nice-but-also-blossoming feelings toward Amy!

Then there is the My Phi Beta Kappa Valentine. This one is very different because it is told from Lydia’s P.O.V.!!! Lydia is such a fun character throughout the entire series and she is such a great friend to Amy. I always wondered why Lydia did what she did in the second book and this one gives us a little insight into that.

Now there is Poe At The Gates. This scene comes after a really hard/sad part in book two. As sad as this scene makes me I still am a bit excited that it shows more of the feelings that Poe may or may not have towards Amy.

Next there is A New Confession which is a bonus snippet from book three, Rites of Spring (Break). This one is from a character I really, really, really don’t like. She is sneaky, conniving, and if I am being totally honest a bit of a b-word. However, I loved seeing her evil master-mind at work. Knowing how all of her terrible plans are played out in the real book makes this scene so entertaining!

And last but certainly not least we have my favorite scene, Powerless. This one is of course from Poe/Jamie’s point of view and I love every single sentence of it. So all those feelings you saw blooming in the far, deep background of all those other scenes, well they are quite evident in this one….Can I just say swoon <3

So I hope you all enjoyed this little post! If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I STRONGLY suggest that you do it immediately. It is one of my favorites and I just know you will love it too!

My End Of Summer Blues…

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are changing colors, I am spending hundreds on books (not the fun kind of books either), Starbucks is on my good side again (three cheers for pumpkin spice!!!), school has started (three boo’s for school!!!), and most of all it is the time to say goodbye to summer (how about a hundred boo’s for end of summer!!!). Don’t get me wrong, I love fall especially considering that 90% of my closet supports the cooler weather,hello cute sweaters and boots, but nothing compares to those lazy summer days spent by the pool or lying on the beach reading some of my favorite summery books.

So in honor of those warm summer days, I decided I would list off a few of my favorite summer reads. Some are new favorites and some are older favorites but in the end they are ALL fantastic. If you have any great summer recommendations that will help to brighten my first few weeks of fall and ultimately prolong my summer just a bit more, please let me know in the comments section!

Easy by Tammara Webber

Holy freaking cannoli I just adore this book like no other. The chemistry between these two is hot enough (but not in a dirty way, I promise) to warm up any chilly fall day.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The sweet, adorable, charming romance in this book is positively PERFECT for summer time…and fall time…and well any time!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

There’s a beach, there’s a family, there’s a romance, and there are quite a few tears but this book was a top read from my summer of 2012!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Summer days are not complete without a road trip and no book does it better than this one!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This book, oh goodness, this book. My love for this book comes so easily much like my love for summer.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

This is such a funny, relatable, and incredibly enjoyable book. Even though I read it last winter, it is perfect for a pool-side re-read.

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Jennifer’s books are full of romantic tension and characters that are so freaking loveable. This is my favorite book by her and I try to re-read it every summer!

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

The title has summer in it so OF COURSE it is a great summer read. But honestly I read this two winters ago and I still thought it was positively brilliant.

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

I read this book Every. Single. Spring/Summer. Kati and I agree on very little but this is one of them. It’s easily our favorite series and we just love starting our summer off right with these books.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie’s writing is so incredibly delightful. Every page of this book is made of awesome and since summer is made of awesome, it’s a solid match!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Since I am me and Sarah is Sarah, and you know since Sarah writes what Sarah writes and I generally fan-girl over anything that Sarah writes, then there was 100% chance at least one of her books would make my list. This one just shouts IT IS SUMMER. READ ME NOW!

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

This is my FAVORITE book for summer time. Heck, it is my favorite book for all-time but I just don’t think you can go wrong with this one!

In My Mailbox (35)

 

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

This is going to seem like one EPIC mailbox because well, it has been an EPIC couple of weeks! First I’ll start off with review books, then books I bought, and finally all my BEA books!

Review:

The Waxing Moon by J. Lloyd Morgan

Bought:

Major Crush by Jennifer Echols

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Forever Summer by Alyson Noel

Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Between Here And Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay (signed)

Blood Born by Jamie Manning (signed)

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (signed)

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund (signed)

Under The Rose by Diana Peterfreund (signed)

Rites of Spring Break by Diana Peterfreund (signed)

Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (signed)

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (signed)

Matched by Ally Condie (signed)

Won/Gifted:

Awesome music from Bianca! I have been listening to them on repeat!

Slammed by Colleen Hoover- Thanks Momo @ Books Over Boys & Colleen! I have been so excited for this book.

BEA:

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready (signed)

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (signed)

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (signed)

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (signed)

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (signed)

For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund (signed)

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout (signed)

Crewel by Gennifer Albin (signed)

The Dog Lived (And So Will I) by Teresa Rhyne (signed)

Croak by Gina Damico (signed)

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (signed)

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (signed)

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (signed)

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (signed)

Ferocity Summer by Alissa Grosso (signed)

Indelible by Lani Woodland (signed)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (signed)

The Curiosities: A Collection Of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff (signed)

Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett (signed)

Elemental by Emily White (signed)

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti (signed)

I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm And Has Chairs. The Unpublished E-mails by David Thorne (signed)

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry (signed)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (signed)

Gulliver Takes Manhattan by Justin Luke Zirilli

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Wrap Up List by Steven Arntson

Undead by Kirsty McKay

Son by Lois Lowry

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Kiss & Make Up by Katie D. Anderson

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Enticed by Jessica Shirvington

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

 The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

A Mutiny In Time by James Dashner

TGIF (43)

There once was an awesome blogger named Ginger and she decided to create a super fun feature where fellow bloggers would answer fabulous questions via blog posts every Friday. TGIF was born and we all have Miss Ginger at GReads! to thank for that! This week’s question is:

Book Series Finales:

Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favorite ending?

Woo! Ginger is making me think extra hard this week. After going through my Goodreads list, I noticed something: I have started like a million different series (not quite a million but still it’s A LOT!) and have finished hardly any of them. There are a number of reasons for this like the series started to suck, the books kept going on, and on, and on (I am looking at you House of Night series!)… or the series just isn’t finished yet! But regardless of the reason, I found that I have finished only a select few series and they are:

Secret Society Girl Series by Diana Peterfreund

I mention this series ALL the time on the blog. It is safe to say it is one of the BEST SERIES EVER!!!! The whole thing is amazing (especially book 3 which is really saying something since middle books are generally the most blahh), the characters get better, the plot changes up and surprises you, and the ending is just so sweet and perfect. It left me with that goofy little smile on my face that was present during the other 3 books as well.

How To Ruin Series by Simone Elkeles

This series was so full of awesome. It had the drama and steaminess that Simone is so well-known for but it also had a great sense of humor. I read the whole series straight through so it was great to see what little changes each character went through. The finale of this series left off at a pretty great spot; I wasn’t craving one last story and I wasn’t dying for it to be over, it was just perfect.

Endless Summer Series by Jennifer Echols

It is strange to see a two-book series but Jennifer is just cool like that! I sometimes think of Endless Summer as one whole book but it is in fact 2 books. This series helped proved my already crazy-big love for Jennifer. It was funny, sweet, and was perfect in that first-love type of way <3

Dream Catcher Series by Lisa McMann

This is actually my least favorite ending of the 4 series that I have listed. The first two books were fast-paced, extra interesting, and had a sense of urgency that the last book just didn’t have. It had things in the ending that needed to be said and were important to the story but at the same time something could have been done to make it a little more action (or mystery)-packed.

This week on Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands (3/30-4/6):

TGIF (42) Book Blogger Retreat

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disaster by Meredith Zeitlin

Tune In Tuesday (53)

TGIF (23)

There once was an awesome blogger named Ginger and she decided to create a super fun feature where fellow bloggers would answer fabulous questions via blog posts every Friday. TGIF was born and we all have Miss Ginger at GReads! to thank for that! This week’s question is:

Gateway Books:

Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

A Girl Named Willow Krimble by Giuseppe Bianco opened me up to Middle Grade books. This book was simply amazing and I probably would have never tried more MG books without it!

Released by Megan Duncan opened me up to demon-slaying books. Before this book I stayed far, far away from anything dealing with demonic, nasty creatures then I read this and fell in love <3

Faithful by Janet Fox opened me up to Y.A. Historical Fiction. This story is BEAUTIFUL! I have read quite a few history-inspired books since that one.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was the first ever Dystopian novel that I have ever read and I loved it to pieces. I have yet to read The Hunger Games, but trust me, it is on the list!

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund opened me up to more adult-ish reads. I have read that whole series and am working my way through the Jessica Darling series (which I believe is also considered adult-ish) and let me just tell you people, I’M OBSESSED! They are both so freaking hilarious!

The Host by Stephanie Meyer opened me up to more science-fiction inspired books. Before that I hated the thought of reading about anything like aliens but once I read that book and was completely sucked in, I can’t get enough of the sci-fi!

And since I am seriously lacking LOTS of sleep, that is all I can think! Feel free to comment and let me know what you think and I’ll be sure to check your blog out today!

This Week On Katelyn’s Blog (10/28-11/4):

TGIF (22)- Spooktacular Reads

Happy Halloween!!!- Random Music

Tune-In Tuesday (32)- “The soundtrack for a non-movie on my non-existent love life which in a movie is actually existent”

Just Contemporary: Why I Love Contemporary Guest Post

TGIF (13)

TGIF is a fun little feature hosted at GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’s question is:

Book Associations:

Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?

Oh my goodness gracious, this is such a fun question and probably one of the easiest ones I have ever had to answer! Seriously, you guys were probably getting a bit tired of my super long lists that are also known as my TGIF posts. Anyway, when people think of me and my blog, it’s safe to assume they think about Young Adult books but more specifically Contemporary Fiction. I LOVE reading mystery, paranormal romance, historical fiction, etc. BUT my heart truly lies with Contemporary books. They are just so full of awesomesauce!

When people think of particular authors, I hope with all of my heart they think of the few that I ramble about week after week. Most importantly there is Sarah Dessen. She is my writing rock star and I really don’t know what I’d do without her books. Other loves of mine that everyone should read at least one book by are Diana Peterfreund, Jennifer Echols, Melina Marchetta, and Simone Elkeles. The Secret Society Girl series, Forget You, Jellicoe Road, and the How to Ruin series are books that fill my heart with happiness. (Notice how I threw book recommendations in there? I am just a sneaky ninja like that!)

Now for the books in particular! The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and This Lullaby are my three favorite Sarah Dessen books so my smiling face should always come to mind when reading those! I would love to say Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta but my darling Ashley at Books From Bleh To Basically Amazing is the only person I picture when thinking of that book (Seriously, she will recommend that book to a ROCK, but at the end of the day she is still spreading the love for one of the best books ever written). For the people who know of my rocker girl-ish side (I REALLY love good music, if you didn’t know already!), I hope that books like Audrey, Wait! and Five Flavors of Dumb pop into your head when you think of Katelyn from Katelyn’s Blog!

Now let me know what you think! Did I guess what genres, authors, and books come to mind when you think of me?

This week on Katelyn’s Blog (8/19-8/26):

Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover by Amanda Leduc

A Potential Problem by Jennifer Groepl

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Alex Charles: The Evening Oak by Kim Reynolds