Make It Happen Monday 6.30.2014

So I think I did fairly well on my list for this last week, though some of the goals changed part way through.

1. Catch up on at least three shows
2. Finish Fever 1793
3. No fast food this week

4. Finish Gorgeous
5. Get a good start on my transferring process
6. Learn the lyrics to my VBS songs
7.  Start Longbourn

I caught up on Downton Abbey, New Girl, and Teen Wolf. Even though that’s a new season, so I’m only caught up until…tonight. But it counts!

I actually somehow managed to eat vegetarian this week without noticing, save for a couple of ham wraps and one pepperoni frozen pizza. Then as a good job reward, I had two chicken strip sandwiches for lunch on Friday. This week, I’m definitely going to keep it up, as I feel better and have already lost weight. What the what?!

I’ve decided to put down the two books in my queue as I just wasn’t feeling excited about them. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to read next, and I’m looking at Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve been excited about this book for a while because I really love books that involve lists. The Life List is a women’s lit book with the same concept – When a woman’s mother dies, she suddenly has to mark off everything from the life list she made as a kid to get her inheritance. It’s really good and I highly recommend it. After that, I’ll be reading the book I got for my giveaway so I can review and send it to one of y’all!

I have a good start on my VBS songs and I still need to start transferring, but I have to meet up with Sis for that. Here’s what I want to do this week:

1. Finish and review Since You’ve Been Gone
2. Totally finish memorizing VBS songs
3. Finish covering my VBS walls
4. Start the transfer process
5. Finish Defensive Driving
6. No fast food this week

What are y’all looking to get done this week? Did you have a productive week?

Book Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Info: Middle Lit, 272 pages, took two weeks to read

Synopsis: It’s late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn’t get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family’s coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie’s concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family’s small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie’s struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.

Why I Chose This Book: It combines two of my favorite things in plots: Historical fiction and rapidly spreading disease. Plus, since it was based on true events, it’s like when your mom hid healthy stuff in good tasting stuff. History with my fun! Plus, I thought its small size would make it a quick read.

What I Liked: I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was good, the plot was compelling, and it was easy to follow without being too simple. I loved the characters and was killed when things started to go badly. I cheered for Mattie when she showed her strength and resolution to her goals. I just really loved it.

What I Didn’t Like: By the end, one character had been so romanticized I didn’t know how to imagine said character in my mind. Maybe that was just me, but eh. I didn’t care for it. One tiny complaint, though. Hardly made an impact.

Rating and Recommendation: Four stars. I really liked it, and I recommend it to anyone that is looking for a quick and compelling read without sacrificing quality.

Favorite Things Friday 6.27.2014

Hey y’all! This is going to be a short post because I am EXHAUSTED. While I haven’t been super productive this week, I feel like I’ve been running constantly. Maybe because this was one hot and humid week down in Tejas. Who knows? One thing I’m sure of though? My first favorite things is…

1. The Weekend! 

Ahh, the two days each week where I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. I mean, I am going to be somewhere and do things. But I don’t have to do so. Ja feel? I can’t believe I just said that. Please don’t unfollow me. It won’t happen again, I promise!

2. My New Desk

I’ve been rambling about this thing to anyone that will listen to me, but I mean come on! Look at this beauty!

I can’t stop thinking about it! Ahh!

3. Cardigans

I know I said that it’s been crazy hot, and it has. But I’m a girl that loves her layers and my cardigans have been getting a workout lately. Yeah, I come home and through them into my laundry basket after wiping sweat from my forehead, but they’re so comfy and they make me feel so put together! Oh, cardigans. Never stop being adorable.

4. Headbands

They just look super cute with my new haircut, and I haven’t worn them in too long. Today was my favorite – ivory with grey text and a bow. How adorbs is that? Totes adorbs.

That’s all for this week! Thanks for visiting my blog and make sure to tune in tomorrow for my review of Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson!

xoxo
Rachel

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends + Giveaway Suggestions

(Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful women that run the Broke and the Bookish.)

Few things polarize audiences like book covers. There are trends some of us love and others hate, and very few align. Just in looking for some trends to flesh out my list, girls in pretty dresses was on every single list. Cheese and crackers! But seeing as how I feel fairly strongly about it, number one is…

1. Girls in Pretty Dresses. 

I know, I know. This is pretty over done by now, but there are a few I really really love and some that really play with the trend and make it new.

The Selection Series. I love love LOVE these covers! Every time I wanted to read something new, I looked at the first book and wanted to grab it, but knew there were other books that I needed to mark off my list. But once I succumbed to the power of the cover, I read the entire series in less than 8 hours, y’all. READ THESE BOOKS.

The Luxe Series. OMG I love these books and covers. I just got the third one (You’re the best Mom!) and I can’t wait to get to its place in my queue. I’ve always loved stories of elite society, especially when set in New York AND in the past. What’s not to love?! But aside from that, the story lines are amazing. They have the complexity of Gossip Girl with everything overlapping and love dodecahedrons and fashion and misunderstandings and money and just omg I could talk about these forever. All adoration aside, these are great. I told just one of the many plot lines to my boyfriend when he asked for a story, and he said it was awesome and that I should turn it into a book. I couldn’t take credit, so I had to tell him I didn’t come up with it. Disappointment.

The American Heiress.  I cannot wait to read this book! So gorgeous and it’s supposed to tell a story that sounds quite like Cora’s from Downton Abbey – they even have the same first name!

A Mad, Wicked Folly. Aughhh I love yellow right now, even more so when paired with blue, so this is doubly perfect. I like that the dress isn’t the main focus, but it’s still eye-catching.

Paper Valentine. A book that half does the trend, and also the silhouette and artsy doodles.

A Vintage Affair

A Vintage Affair. I haven’t read this yet, but it obeys the pretty dress rule without using the girl. I love it!

2. Rainbow Rowell

While not a trend, Rainbow Rowell and my next author have the BEST COVERS! They are so perfect!

          

Perfect, amirite?

3. Jennifer E. Smith

Another author that gets awesome doodle covers! Look at these beauties! I’m a sucker for coordinating covers.

  

Her other books have great covers as well, but these are my favorite.

4. Doodles/Illustrations

Aside from Rainbow and Jennifer, these are some of my favorite covers in this trend.

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5. Simple/Minimalistic

I’m a sucker for a good basic cover. Aside from The Fault in Our Stars, here are a few gorgeously simple book covers.

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6. Typography

I don’t know if it’s because my mother is a printer or my sister instilled a love of fonts in my soul, but I love these book covers and I really hope this trend is here to stay.

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7. Flowers/Books

I love this trend! I see it mostly in Women’s Lit, but it’s so lovely and approachable. The first book in this category, The Language of Flowers, is what really made me start to love it. Now when I see a similar cover, it almost doesn’t matter what the book is about! I need it!

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8. Bright or Contrasting Colors

I love bright colors!! A lot of books I’ve shown so far have them, but here are a couple more!

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9. Light/Stars/Lanterns/Fireflies

I will never get enough of these. They are my favorite things in the world and I need more at every moment in my life. To have them in book covers is even better!

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10. Crafty/Maps

If a cover makes me feel like I can make it myself or inspires me to craft, I want to see it on the daily.

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Those are the trends I love! What do you love and hate about current book covers? Do we agree or disagree on any?

GIVEAWAY SUGGESTIONS!

I want to host a giveaway here on Booky Bunny, so I want y’all to pick any of these books and I will order them on Saturday so I can read, review, and send one to my awesome readers! If the book has yet to be released, it will be a while before I can host the giveaway, so keep that in mind. Comment here or on facebook so I can get started!

Book Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Info: YA, Kindle, 43 pages, took 20 minutes to read

Synopsis: After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

Why I Chose This Book: I loved Just One Day and loathed Just One Year for the lack of closure. Though it was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. This duology is simply gorgeous. GORGEOUS. I cannot recommend it enough. Anyone who has ever talked about books with me knows how upset I was at Just One Year. I felt betrayed by Gayle Forman, I felt like she gave up on her readers and didn’t care about the journey we went on with Allyson and Willem. WE DESERVED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. And she has finally given it to us.

What I Liked: EVERYTHING. I liked having the closure I have needed since I turned the last page of Just One Day. I liked reuniting with these characters as they reunited with each other. I liked remembering all the tiny things Allyson promises to remember (being stained, the watch, Yael and Bram, every heartbreaking step towards each other, augh my heart). I liked every second of reading this novella.

What I Didn’t Like: That it wasn’t it’s own book, telling me every perfect detail of their lives. I never want to leave these two.

Rating and Recommendation: Five stars. Everyone should read this, especially if you love travel, chance, deeper meanings to everything, and love.

Final Thoughts: I have none because I’m too busy crying.

Make It Happen Monday 6.23.2014

Welcome to a new week! This week is a little odd for me because my mom is gone to Nebraska with the high school’s theatre troupe. Some of the ITS members qualified for nationals, so they all get to go have the time of their lives. It’s an awesome experience I wish I could relive, but today is all about getting things done, not remembering them! So without further ado, here’s what I want to make happen:

1. Catch up on at least three shows
2. Finish Fever 1793
3. No fast food this week
4. Finish Gorgeous
5. Get a good start on my transferring process
6. Learn the lyrics to my VBS songs
7.  Start Longbourn

That’s what I need to get done! What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have you already started marking things off?

xoxo

Rachel

Favorite Things Friday 6.20.2014

Hey y’all! This has been a very busy week, so this might be a short post. I need some rest. Here we go!

1. Geocaching

My sister introduced me to something I never thought I would enjoy – geocaching. I am not an outdoorsy girl. Just thinking of hikes makes me itchy. I’m super allergic to insect bites and stings, I sunburn in less than ten minutes, and grass makes my legs break out in red splotches. I’m a wreck when it comes to the outernet. But Sis and I went on a ‘park and go’ in town and it was so fun! I wasn’t super comfy because I was still in my work clothes (dark jeans, two layers on top, and a day’s worth of staying on my feet) in the hot and humid air. But worth it! I can’t wait for us to go again. It’s an awesome thing for us to bond over.

2. High School Story

This is a free app I started playing this week and it is fun, y’all. It’s to help those struggling, whether it be with bullying, eating disorders, or anger problems. It’s a great game aside from that though – quests and challenges, building your school, etc. My only complaint is that ‘bells’ (the make stuff happen now currency) run out FAST. You start with 500, but rushing things eats them up quickly. It’s really fun though! It’s entertaining to see the nods to popular culture the writers add in – one of the nerd characters wants to host a Lightning Bug Convention, and runs off devastated when he finds out it’s been cancelled!

3. Getting Organized

As y’all know, I completely cleaned out my desk and got my blog system (mostly) in place. I still have a bit to do, but just walking into my very messy room and knowing there is at least one area I don’t have to mess with is amazing. I’m going to fix the rest of my room tomorrow when my feet aren’t killing me and I have some semblance of energy. Yay productivity!

4. Fresh Flowers

I know, I know. I talk about flowers a lot. But I really love them and they just make life feel better! I got some purple waxflowers for a buck a stem on Wednesday and put them in a jar on my desk. Now when I look at them, I can’t help but smile!

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That’s all for this week! What are your favorite things?