February Update||2016 Read My Books Challenge.

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Hi!

I’ve been taking part in Maren’s (The Worn Bookmark) read my books challenge over on her blog, where I read the books that I already own versus only new books. I made a TBR jar of all the books I own (NOT including books I bought and will buy in 2016). My goal is to read 30 of my already owned books from that TBR jar.

# Books read in February: 1
# Books read year to date: 3/30

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Winger by Andrew Smith

This month I was only able to read one book for reading my books challenge. I’m glad I was able to at least finish one rather than none. You can check out my thoughts on Winger over here. Also, I just posted my February recap of all the books I read in the month of February today and you can check that out over here.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypurplesig

Recap||February.

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Hi!

Happy Leap Day! February actually flew by pretty quickly and I am sure that has a lot to do with the fact that it was such a busy month for me. I had so much going on and a big thing was preparing for my California trip! I know you all are probably tired of hearing about that though, haha. So how about I just get right into the recap.

You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (aka not audio) throughout the month of February.

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seven ways we lie by riley redgate – REVIEW. – 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book wasn’t the greatest and I felt it was so hard to really connect with the characters. I found it to be pretty boring as well. It’s told in multiple point of views and it was just way too hard to keep track of them all. Feel free to check out my review for more!

november 9 by colleen hoover – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I really enjoyed this one. I loved the characters, especially Ben. I liked that it switched POVs between Fallon and Ben. I loved the romance and there was a pretty big twist at the end that I didn’t expect. It was a fun read and at times heartbreaking. Colleen Hoover will do that to you though. Feel free to check out my review for more!

winger by andrew smith – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Winger was hilarious and full of surprises. It was happy and it was sad. It was fun and shocking. It was a really great book. I highly recommend this to everyone. It was so hard coming up with my thoughts and feelings on this one and it still is now. Feel free to check out my review for more!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions of throughout the month of February.

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the nest by kenneth oppel – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Strange. Weird. Creepy. I didn’t like bees and wasps before and now I really don’t like them, lol. It was a bit weird and didn’t blow me away, but it was still pretty good.

maybe someday by colleen hoover – REVIEW. – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
HOLY MOLY, THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING! It was hands down my favorite book that I read this month and probably so far this year. Colleen Hoover writes amazing books and this was nothing short of amazing. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the little surprises, I loved the romance, I love that music was incorporated into it in a big way. It was so great. Feel free to check out my review for more!

another day by david levithan – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Another Day was basically Every Day, but told in Rhiannon’s point of view. I personally wasn’t a Rhiannon fan, so I didn’t enjoy Another Day as much ad I did Every Day. If you didn’t like Rhiannon, you really don’t even have to read this book before the next book in the series comes out.

the heir by kiera cass – 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Boring. Boring. Boring. The Selection all over again only worse. WAAAAY worse, because I actually liked the Selection. The stars are really just for Maxon, because I still loved him just as much as I loved him in The Selection, lol. The MC was just so whiny and annoying. She was almost as bad as her mother America and you all know how much I hated her.

fairest by marissa meyer – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
It shouldn’t be any surprise to you guys that I am not on the hype train for the Lunar Chronicles. I personally don’t think it’s as amazing as everyone says it is. Fairest was pretty good at the start, but then it started to go downhill for me. That happened with the other books too though. Cinder was sooo good, but I have no idea what happened with Scarlet and Cress. Those books were just so boring. Same deal with Fairest. It was a tad bit better than Scarlet and Cress though. It was nice getting Levana’s side of the story, which was an interesting one.

Have you read any of these books? If not, do you think you will? Let me know and link me to your wrap up posts. I would love to check them out!

That’s all for my recap. I’m not entirely sure what I will be reading in March, because I’ll be in California for almost a week in March and not sure how much down time I will have to read. I was also sent a couple ARCs and I have a book to finish. Other than that, I’ll probably stick to my TBR jar so I can get some books read for my 2016 read my books challenge. I’ll have a couple book haul posts up in the next couple of days. 🙂

I hope you have an amazing day!

ashleygreen

 

Friday Finds #43.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Jenn at Books And A Beat*All linked to Goodreads*


HI 🙂

Pretty happy that it’s Friday! It’s also the last Friday that I will be in Florida. Next Friday I’ll be on my way to California for six days! As far as books go, I haven’t found too many books to add to my TBR, but I did find a few. You can see more of my TBR list over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend! Here are the books that I added to my TBR recently…

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
26 Kisses by Anna Michaels
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
False Hearts by Laura Lam
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda

They all sound really interesting and I am loving the covers for all of these books! I need to read faster, so I can get my hands on all of these books. 😛

Have you added any new books to your TBR this week? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts!

I’ll be having a book haul post and birthday haul post coming soon! My birthday is next week, but I got a lot of early birthday gifts! I will also have my February recap coming as well. I want to get all of these posts done and up on the blog before I leave to California next week, so be on the look out for those!

I hope you have a great Friday! 🙂

ashleypurplesig

Thoughts||Winger.

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Winger by Andrew Smith
4 out of 5 stars.

“Nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was, that things expand and contract- like breathing, but you could never fill your lungs up with the same air twice.”

Goodreads Description: Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.


I was finally able to get around to finishing Winger and OMG! First off, it took me a bit to finish it, because a lot of the time I just wasn’t in the mood for this kind of book. It wasn’t because I didn’t like it. I loved Winger so much. With my failed attempt at an Andrew Smith book (Grasshopper Jungle – it was a DNF for me), I still wanted to give Winger a chance. I was little bit nervous about that, but I am so glad I read it though.

I am not entirely sure how to go about writing a review or my thoughts on this book. So once again, this may be all over the place. Ryan Dean has made it to my favorite characters list. He’s 14 years old and in eleventh grade. He is such a funny kid and pretty perverted too, lol. I was laughing out loud so much. I love that his drawings and comics were included in the book. For a 14 year old, he was pretty tough. He refused to back down from anyone.

There were lots of times that I really felt bad for him. I know it couldn’t have been easy to be the only 14 year old in eleventh grade. He had a good group of friends for the most part though. The ending was a complete shocker and I honestly did not see it coming at all. I still think about it a lot today. Overall, I really enjoyed Winger a lot. I think this book is important for everyone to read, to be honest. I am not exactly thrilled about how this review came out, but I really have no idea how to put into words what I felt about this book. So much emotion and love for it though. I can’t wait to pick up the second book.

“The same words that make the horrible things come also tell the quieter things about love. I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with  my mouth.”

Have you read Winger? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you will?

I am off to work! I hope you have a great day! 🙂

ashleyteal

WWW Wednesday #23.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi 🙂

It’s been a pretty good reading month for me so far. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of books, which is nice compared to the end of 2015. Here is what my reading looks like in the last week or so.

Currently Reading:

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Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt
The Heir by Kiera Cass

I am currently reading Blonde Eskimo, which so far I like it. I’m about 80 pages into it. It’s cool learning about Alaskan traditions and culture. Not too much is happening yet, but I have a feeling it’ll be getting really interesting soon. I really liked the Selection series (except America; hated her so much). I decided to start The Heir and it’s soooo boring. The main character is just as annoying her mother America was. It’s deja vu of the Selection only worse!


Recently Finished:

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Winger by Andrew Smith
Another Day by David Levithan
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

I loved Winger so much and I will be having my review up for that one tomorrow. Another Day was okay. I wasn’t a fan of Riannon in Every Day, so that’s why I didn’t love this book that much. It’s basically Every Day, but told from Riannon’s point of view. I loved Every Day though. Maybe Someday was so amazing! You can check out my review over here.


Reading Next:

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

I’m not entirely sure what I am going to read next. I read the first two chapters of Glass Sword, so I may pick that one back up. I haven’t been in the mood for it and I also don’t want it to end and have to wait another year for the next book. So I’ve been putting it off, lol. The Novl sent me a couple ARCs, so I want to read those as well and they will be released in the first week of April. I think they may be my next two reads.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts!

I hope you have a great Wednesday! 🙂

ashleygreen

Tag||Burn, Rewrite, Reread.

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Hi! 🙂

I am super behind on all things with my blog and I apologize for that. Its been one crazy month for me. So much going on! I know I’ve mentioned a few times already about the craziness of getting prepared to go on vacation to California next Friday. It’s actually a lot crazier than it probably should be, but that’s because I never really been on vacation like this before and I am so unprepared. Anyway, I will actually be having a few posts coming your way ASAP! Book haul, a wrap up, and a review on Winger. I have tons of tags to catch up on as well and will hopefully be getting to those soonish! Thanks so much for sticking around though even with me being a little bit MIA this month. Hopefully in March I can get back into the swing of things.

Today I have a tag post for you guys though! I was tagged by the awesome Jesse from Books At Dawn to do the burn, rewrite, reread tag.

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five)

Round One:

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Burn: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine. I love R.L. Stine books and this one was good, but it wasn’t better than the others in this round.

Rewrite: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I would definitely rewrite Siege and Storm so fast if I had the chance. It was so boring and a whole lot of nothing going on.

Reread: Six Earlier Days by David Levithan. I really enjoyed reading this novella and seeing more of A’s days.


Round Two:

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Burn: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I read this book in middle school I believe and it was good at the time I read it, but I honestly don’t really remember much of the book.

Rewrite: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Chamber of Secrets was pretty good, but it could have been better. Like completely rewriting Hermione out of the series. SORRY. I just really do not like her.

Reread: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I loved this book so much. I loved the characters and the stories. One of my favorite reads last year.


Round Three:

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Burn: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. This book was just horrible. If I could burn it more than once I totally would.

Rewrite: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. Ahhhh, I loved this book so much and I guess there could be a couple things that happened that I would have liked to change. Honestly though, this book was so good.

Reread: Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I love the Razlorland series so much. It’s one of my favorite series and I would love to reread them all again.

The reread and rewrite for this round was actually the hardest one out of the three rounds. I loved both of these books so much.


I seen this floating around quite a bit, so I am going to tag everyone to do this tag. It was a lot of fun to do, so do it! I would love to see your answers, so please feel free to share your posts with me.

I hope you have an awesome Monday! Hopefully I’ll have my Winger review up in a couple days. I am actually having a difficult time writing it. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know how to put it all down into words.

ashleypurplesig

Thoughts||Maybe Someday.

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
5 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Goodreads Description: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.


Colleen Hoover has my heart and she refuses to give it back. I am officially adding her to my favorite authors list, because HOLY MOLY was Maybe Someday beyond perfect! I don’t even know how to go about this review, so it may be all over the place. That’s exactly how this book made me feel though. My feelings and my thoughts were all over the place. I laughed, I got angry, I cried, I was happy, I was sad. CoHo really knows how to make you feel every emotion when you read her books.

I loved all the friendships in this book, especially Ridge and Sydney’s. It soon develops into romantic feelings, but they just couldn’t be together and that was so frustrating. I was like NOOOO YOU  NEED TO BE TOGETHER RIGHT NOW!! Ridge really struggled hard with his feelings for Sydney and his girlfriend Maggie. It was the saddest thing ever to see him struggling with that. It couldn’t have been easy. I loved Ridge so much though. I want a Ridge 😛

I liked Sydney and she went through so much, but I thought she was a pretty strong character even at some of her weakest moments. She also struggled with her feelings for Ridge as well. It was just all over the place and sad and frustrating and Colleen Hoover shattered my heart quite a few times LOL. I really liked the other characters in the book as well. Warren was so hilarious and definitely one of my favorite characters in the book. I’m excited about there being a novella about him!

Maybe Someday has a soundtrack/playlist that accompanies the book. I thought that was so awesome. Ridge and Sydney write music together and it’s so cool to be able to actually hear the songs that they work on together. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the singer’s voice for the songs, but it was still so cool to be able to hear the songs come together.

Overall, I really enjoyed Maybe Someday so much! I actually loved this book more than November 9! It was just so good and so full of emotion. I loved the music aspect of it all, the characters, and the way everything came together. CoHo has done it again!

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. People try to bottle up their emotions, as if it’s somehow wrong to have natural reactions to life.”

**Sorry this is kind of all over the place and probably not the greatest review, lol. I honestly just have no idea what to say other than I aboslutly loved this book and would recommend it to the world.**

Have you read Maybe Someday? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you will?

I hope you have an awesome day! 🙂

ashleybrown

Thoughts||November 9.

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover
4 out of 5 stars.

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

Goodreads Description: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


I have this new obsession with Colleen Hoover and her books now. November 9 was such great book. I love the entire idea of Ben and Fallon meeting one day a year and having no communication in between. It was an interesting concept and I think it all played out well in the way that Colleen wrote this book. I also liked that it switched between the POV of Ben and Fallon. It was nice to get both sides and I fell in love with Ben instantly and wanted to see more of him! 😛

Fallon toward the beginning bugged me a bit, but she started to slowly grow on me. Another thing that bothered me was Colleen’s choice of words. Like throwing “instalove” and “TBR” into the book was a bit strange to me. It’s great seeing those things around the blogosphere and social media, but I didn’t think it was good for a book. One of my friend’s that read it pointed out that Colleen was trying to gear it more for bloggers, which I think is true. There were a couple times where I guessed what was going to happen, but other than these things it was a great book.

I loved that Miles and Tate were in this book! I loved Ugly Love so much and it was interesting how Miles, Tate, and Ian played a part. I was like “OMG” when I read the part with Miles and Tate and it all clicking with Ian. It was fun! There was also a pretty big twist and I never expected it. OMG was it insane! Overall, this book was pretty crazy, but mostly in the best way. It had me laughing and crying so much. I really loved it and I am a hardcore CoHo fan now. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

“Loving someone means accepting all the things and people that person loves, too.”

Have you read November 9? If so, what did you think? Let me know!

Sorry that I have been a little MIA this month. I have so much going on and things to figure out. I’m going to be going to California in three weeks and I have so much to do to prepare for it. I am reading all of your blog posts though, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and comment as much as I would like. Hopefully after this trip things will get back to normal for me and blogging!

I hope you have an amazing Monday!

ashleypurplesig

Friday Finds #42.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm*All linked to Goodreads*


Hi! Happy Friday! 🙂

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. Still just focusing on the books that I already own. I’ve even been really good about not buying many books too! I’m pretty proud of that. 😛 I didn’t add all of these books to my TBR this week, but they are from end of January until now. You can see more of my TBR list over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend! Onto the books…

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The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

All of these sound like really interesting books. The only book that I really heard anything about was Max, but these others sound really good too. Hopefully I can get through a lot of the books I already own and get to buy some new ones like these! Some of these are 2016 releases that haven’t been released yet.

Have you added any new books to your TBR this week? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts!

Here are some of my recent blogs posts if you want to check those out! I am off to work and then hellooooo weekend!

WWW Wednesday #22. – Books I am currently reading, recently finished, and reading next.
Thoughts||Seven Ways We Lie. – My thoughts on the eARC Seven Ways We Lie that I read for review.
Random||Bookish Pictures. – Book themed pictures I’ve taken over the last couple  of weeks.

I hope you have an awesome Friday!

ashleygreen

WWW Wednesday #22.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

I am so glad that this month I have actually been doing some reading! I can’t necessarily say my reading slump is completely gone, but it’s starting to slowly go away. I’m not reading as much or as fast as I would like, but I am just glad I am actually reading and I have a lot of hopefully awesome books to read this month. Here is what my reading has been like for the last week or so…

Currently Reading:

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I am currently reading November 9 and so far I like it. I’m not too far into it, but I am already falling in love with Ben, lol. 😛 I am excited to be reading this book, because I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’m also obsessed CoHo now and she hasn’t disappointed me yet! You can check out my thoughts on Ugly Love and Confess; both linked to my posts.

Recently Finished:

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Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Seven Ways We Lie. It was so hard to connect with the characters, because there were so many POVs. You can check out my thoughts on that one that I posted recently over here. I listened to the audiobook of The Nest and it was so strange. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, to be honest. It didn’t blow me away, but it wasn’t bad. It was interesting and weird. I’ve always hated bugs, especially bees and wasps…this book just made me even more terrified, lol.

Reading Next:

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Cruel Crown
Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard

I plan to finish the last novella in Cruel Crown and then dive into Glass Sword! I have been dying for the release of Glass Sword and I am so stoked to read it! 😀 Red Queen was one of my favorite reads in 2015. You can check out my thoughts on Red Queen over here. I just got my copy yesterday in the mail and I told the boyfriend that I had been waiting a year for it and then I actually hugged and pet my book, lol. The boyfriend told me I was weird.

What are you currently reading? Recently Finished? Reading Next? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts!

I hope you have an amazing day! 🙂

ashleypurplesig

Thoughts||eARC||Seven Ways We Lie.

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Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
2 out of 5 stars.

“We are always moving forward. We are hurtling through our lives. We are never standing still.”

Goodreads Description: Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.


I was given an opportunity by the publisher Amulet Books via NetGalley to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Seven Ways We Lie is told in seven different points of view.  I have a love/dislike for multiple points of view in books. If done right, it can be amazing. For Seven Ways We Lie though, it was a little hard to really connect with all the different characters and POVs. A lot of the characters sounded really familiar and sometimes I had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to remember who’s POV I was in the middle of. I think that it could have been done so much better.

Connecting with the characters was pretty hard for me. There wasn’t one that I genuinely really liked. Each character is struggling through their own problem throughout the book while the entire school is also speculating who is involved in the student-teacher affair. There is so much going on and the author literally threw almost every single high school stereotype into one book. Even with so much going on, it was pretty boring a lot of the time.

I guess I expected something completely different when I read the description of this book. It seemed really promising, but I don’t think that it was executed as well as it could have been. Maybe a few less POVs would have given more time for each character and more time to really connect with them. The whole teacher-student scandal thing was basically all of the students trying to guess who was involved and there really wasn’t much a of teacher-student scandal really happening in the pages. It happened, but it wasn’t something actively going on.

I was confused by the entire thing, to be honest. There were some okay parts and it did leave me wanting to continue to the end. It seemed interesting and I can see why a lot of people really like this book and will like this book. This was a book that just wasn’t for me. If you are interested in this book, it will be released on March 8th! Just because it wasn’t a book for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be for you! 🙂 I am glad I was given the chance to read it though, so thank you again to Amulet Books and Netgalley!

Have you read Seven Ways We Lie? Will you be putting it on your TBR? Let me know!

I hope you have an awesome Monday! 🙂

ashleypurplesig

 

Random||Bookish Pictures.

 

Hi 🙂

I don’t have a Friday Finds post for today, because sadly I haven’t really been adding any new books to my TBR. I’ve been trying to stay away from that, so I can focus on the books I already own. I do want to share pictures with you today though! 🙂 For those of you following me on Instagram, you may have seen these already.

The last picture post I did (which you can find over here), I was sharing some of the pictures that I took throughout the month of January for an Instagram monthly bookish themed photo a day challenge. Here is the second half of the January pictures I took and also a few of the ones for February, because I decided to do it again this month! You can follow me on Instagram if you want to see more! 😀 HEYYITSASHLEY <–IG Username. My personal Instagram account has slowly been turning into a bookstagram account haha.

Day 14: Inspirational Book (Dumplin’)
Day 15: Currently reading (Winger)
Day 16: Favorite fictional world (Harry Potter)

I loved Dumplin’ so much and there were quite a few things that hit close to home for me. At the time I was currently reading Winger and I am actually still reading it, lol. Slowly getting through it, but its good so far. I read the Harry Potter series for the first time last year and I fell in love with the world.

Day 17: Colorful covers (Top right corner)
Day 18: Emotional book (The Knife of Never Letting Go)
Day 19: Relatable character (Cath & Levi from Fangirl)

For the colorful book covers I chose to use The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise, The Sword of Summer, A Tangle of Knots, and Everything, Everything. I love those book covers so much. Emotional book was without a doubt The Knife of Never Letting Go. That book had me a complete mess throughout the entire book. I decided to go with Cath and Levi from Fangirl for Relatable characters. I also got these cute bookmarks of them.

Day 20: Incomplete series (Shatter Me series, I only own two of them)
Day 21: Surprising book (Modern Romance)
Day 22: Book & music (November 9)

I am dying to read the Shatter Me series, but so far I only have the first two books in the series. I chose Modern Romance for the surprising book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but it was great. November 9 and my iPod is pictured. Can’t wait to pick that one up soon!

Day 23: Book & handwriting (Personalized signed copy of Shattered Blue)
Day 24: One word title (Left picture)
Day 25: Novellas (Bottom right corner)

Lauren the author of Shattered Blue signed my copy of book so I decided to use that as much book & handwriting topic. I have so many one word title books, but I decided to feature Passenger, Dumplin’, Mockingjay, Reawakend, Zeroes, and Tandem. For the novellas, I don’t own a lot of physical books of novellas, but I do have Fairest, Cruel Crown, and some of the Dorothy Must Die novellas. I’ll probably be grabbing the second novella book coming out soon with the other Dorothy Must Die novellas.

Day 26: Recently purchased (Blonde Eskimo)
Day 27: Book & bookmarks (Winger)
Day 28: Ditch that jacket (Top right corner)

I am so excited to read Blonde Eskimo and I’ll be able to get my copy signed when I meet Kristen in March when I go to California! I featured that one for my recently purchased topic. I have so many bookmarks, haha. They are all circled around Winger and I think I even forgot to include some, lol. For ditch the jacket I used Carry On, Dorothy Must Die, All the Bright Places, Catching Fire, and Passenger.

Day 29: Long title (Broken Hearts series)
Day 30: January book haul
Day 31: January wrap up (Bottom right corner)

For the long title topic I decided to go with the Broken Heart series, because the titles are pretty ridiculous (in a good way). Book one: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. Book two: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. You can check out my January book haul post over here and also my January wrap up post over here. The books on the shelf in my book haul picture are all the books I bought in January, oops! I didn’t finish Winger in January, but I still used it as part of the picture. I also listed it down below for my February book haul, because I am really hoping I finish it this month!

Day 1: February TBR (Left picture)
Day 2: Pink books (Bottom right corner)
Day 3: Books you want to reread (Top right corner)

You can check out my February TBR post over here. I was only able to show some of the books that I hope to read in February, because one I don’t have yet and the other is an e-book. It’s pictured on the left with the TARDIS and 12th Doctor. I don’t have very many pink books, but the ones I did have were The Princess Diaries, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, and Landline. For the books I want to reread I went with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Red Queen, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I Hunt Killers, Everything, Everything, and Dumplin’.

Day 4: Book boyfriend (Shattered Blue)
Day 5: Currently reading (Seven Ways We Lie)

I have so many book boyfriends, but one of my recent and favorites resides between the pages of the beautifully written Shattered Blue. I can’t say who it is though, because he’s part of a lot of crazy twists! Also, I love Dean Winchester so I included him in my picture. 😛 I am currently reading Seven Ways We Lie, but honestly, I’m so bored with it right now. I’m about 37% into it and just not feeling it right now. Hopefully I’ll have it finished by the end of the weekend.

That’s all for this post! Maybe sometime soon I’ll post another picture post with just other random pictures that I’ve taken; the non-bookish ones and some other bookish ones that weren’t apart of any of these challenges. 🙂

I hope you have a great Friday!

ashleypurplesig

 

Tag||Deserted Island.

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Hi!

I am so behind on tags! Hopefully I can get to them all soon! 🙂 They are always fun to do. For this post though, I was tagged by Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Deserted Island Book tag. I wouldn’t last one minute on a deserted island, so let’s hope that never happens!

Water — A book you simply cannot live without.

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SO MANY BOOKS! I am going to say Red Queen, because I absolutely loved that book so much. Also, Glass Sword is going to be released soon and it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Food— A book that is a close second on your favorites list.

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I actually prefer food over water. 😛 Can I forever choose the Jasper Dent series? This series made it to my favorites list last year. I also really like to eat and there are three books in the series, so it’s a win.

Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe.

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Okay, so this may be a weird answer because there are so many dangers in this series. I am going to say Percy Jackson and the Olympians though. Camp Half-Blood ALL THE WAY! I just feel like if I was at Camp Half-Blood I would feel really safe and at home.

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read.

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Hmm… I think I’ll go with The Giver, because it’s a really short read and it’s a lot of fun. I also think it’s a good story for all ages.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart.

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I have two for this one, because it’s hard to choose. Those being Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. So much love for these beautifully written books.

Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading.

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I always say the Hunger Games, because that series definitely jump started my love for reading again and it changed my whole outlook on other genres. I used to only stick to nonfiction and autobiographies. I also want to say that the Divergent series kept me wanting to keep reading after the Hunger Games. Those two series helped me find a new love for reading.

Tagging:

Kayla from Booked Solid
Maren from The Worn Bookmark
Shelbie from Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads
Josie from Josie’s Book Corner
Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books

And anyone else that would like to do this tag! I would love to see your answers, so link me to your posts if you decide to do it! 🙂 Feel free to ignore if you’re not interested, that’s okay too.

I hope you have an amazing day!

ashleygreen

 

 

January Update||2016 Read My Books Challenge.

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Hi!

I’ve been taking part in Maren’s (The Worn Bookmark) read my books challenge over on her blog, where I read the books that I already own versus only new books. I made a TBR jar of all the books I own (NOT including books I bought and will buy in 2016). My goal is to read 30 of my already owned books from that TBR jar.

# Books read in January: 2
# Books read year to date: 2/30

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Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

This month I mostly finished books that I had already started but never finished in 2015, which is why my number is only two, sadly. 😦 I didn’t want to count those previously unfinished books toward this count.

You can see more of my thoughts on these two books in my January recap post over here and feel free to check out my February TBR over here.

I hope you’re having a great Monday! 🙂

ashleypurplesig