Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Another season...another group of killer books to look forward to!

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1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I think this one is self-explanatory.
2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber- This is a Lili book if I've ever seen one.
3. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven- Although I haven't read Niven's debut yet, I am so excited to be on the huge blog tour for this one!

4. The Goal by Elle Kennedy- I am so ready for the last book in this series! That cover is something to look at for sure. ;)
5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles- Bounty hunting in YA? What? Yes please!

6. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike- I have read everything Pike has written since her Wings series and I plan on staying true to that!
7. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon- Yoon's debut rocked my world and I am so psyched for the movie adaptation of it, so I have high expectations for her sophomore novel.
8. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera- It's Adam! I don't think I really need to say anything else.

9. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter- Russian fairytale retellings? SIGN ME THE HECK UP! Plus, it helps that I've encountered the author in office and she's amazingly kind.
10. Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas- Thomas's debut flew under the radar, but was one of my favorite books ever. I can't wait to read her sophomore novel!

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Are you as excited to read any of these as I am? Leave your TTT posts below so I can add more books to my TBR! As always, every comment is appreciated. <3

Stacking the Shelves #119

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This has been a great week for me because I got the rest of my trades in and a few surprises!

For Review From Publicist (Thank you!)
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

From Bloomsbury for Review (Thank you!)
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders 

Gifted From Friend (Thank you!)
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

 Trades (Thank you everyone!)
 Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosammund Hodge
The Reader by Traci Chee
Captive Prince by CS Pacat
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

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Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Comment below with them!

I need YOUR help with my Honors Thesis!!!!



Hello, everyone!

If you've followed me for a while, you may have noticed that here and there I've been dropping hints about my Honors Thesis for Pace University. At my college, every Honors student is required to complete a thesis in order to graduate with honors. As an English major, I had two options: I could write a creative piece or do a research paper on a topic of my choosing. I chose the research paper because, yikes, I am no writer.

And what is that topic, you may ask?

Public Perception of Young Adult Literature

I'm not going to say anymore on the topic as I do not want to influence responses. I will say that all opinions are welcome, and I'm sure that this is something we all have an opinion about!

So, how can you help with my thesis? That's simple...answer a survey! A large portion of my actual thesis will be the analysis of survey results because my thesis is dealing with public perception, after all.

A few things I'd like to make clear before I give you the link:
  • This is an anonymous survey. I never once ask for your name, income, or any other very personal details aside from your gender and age. I will know you by nothing more than a respondent number, and if I quote you directly in my thesis it will go something like, "Respondent 74 believes..."
  • The first step of the survey is to indicate your age to take you to a proper consent form. Because this survey is for the general public, including minors, I had to create consent forms for adults and minors because it has the potential to be published and is required by the IRB board. After agreeing to the form, the survey's second part will build a simple profile of you (gender, age, industry, education level) and then the final part is all about reading habits and opinions about reading habits.
  • As of now, I DO NOT plan on publishing my thesis. This is for personal reasons, though we never know what the future holds.
  • This survey is for the general public. If you know anyone who has thoughts about young adult literature, be they good or bad, please take the link and share it with them! I am using my blog purely as a launching point. In fact, I'd love as many non-blogger responses as I can get to keep things as relevant to the general public as possible. 
  • As I am predicting most respondents to be above the age of 18, if you are a parent or guardian of a minor, please consider also giving them permission to take the survey as they are the "traditional" age range of young adult literature!
  • The survey is about 20 questions long and should take no more than 10 minutes.
  • ALL OPINIONS ARE WELCOME! This is a judgment free zone because, to be honest, I want the brutal truth. That's what will make my thesis most interesting and the results less skewed. 
Alright, I think that's everything. If you have any questions, please comment or tweet me or shoot an email to lf88358p@pace.edu.

An advance thank you for taking the time out of your day to help me with this exploration. I think it's going to be really interesting!

Throwing it Back with Music

While in London, there was a night where my fellow American friends and I took it upon ourselves to introduce our new European friends to all the music that made our childhood's so amazing. It was interesting just because a lot of music didn't make it across the bomb when we were freaking out about it in nostalgia. I mean, Sk8er Boi, anyone?!

Recently, while reminiscing with those friends, we started talking about this topic (and the craziness that later ensued that night) again. The nostalgia is real. So real, in fact, that I made a small compilation of some of these songs because I couldn't resist. Part of the reason we miss them is because the bands just aren't around anymore, you know? We don't really miss those that are still killin' the game. haha

Anyone else having major flash backs right now? Anyone else cringing while they look at all the outfits in these videos?


1. Just The Girl by The Click Five
I was just the girl they were looking for, obviously.

2. Fireflies by Owl City
I loved this song for being so weird, then I saw him live at a Z100 concert and he creeped me out after that.

3. Girl Next Door by Saving Jane
Guys. This is the original "You Belong With Me" and Taylor Swift totally took some inspo from this masterpiece.

4. Lips of an Angel by Hinder
We were all such rebels for loving this band and having no idea what this song was about, and then we started freaking out when Kellan Lutz was in one of their music videos because Twilight.

5. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
Doesn't this still apply today though?

6. Shake It by Metro Station 
Let's be real, we loved it because it was Miley Cyrus's and Mitchell Musso's older brothers and Hannah Montana was amazing and their hair was terrible.

7. Who Let The Dogs Out by The Baha Men
All I can remember is vacationing in the Bahamas and my sister asking every gift shop why they didn't carry this CD.

8. Collide - Howie Day
Remember, even the best fall down sometimes.

9. The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup
We couldn't understand a single world and loved every minute of it. Is this song about ketchup? I actually just learned this title when I was googling "je ja hebe jebe" trying to figure out what it was. I have no idea how that worked, tbh.

10. Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days
Not gonna lie, this song is still in my iTunes.

11. Stacey's Mom by Fountains of Wayne
Do I really need to say anything about this one? It couldn't not be on this list.

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Sorry not sorry that I had way too much fun putting together this post because I had nothing else to do. I am just taking a serious stroll down memory lane right now, people! What are some of your favorite musical throwbacks?

Stacking the Shelves #118

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This has been a crazy two weeks and I am all over it. I recently did a major shelf purge, thus inspiring me to do a few trades to complete some series on my shelves that were previously incomplete. Lots and lots and lots of books.

Gifted From a Friend
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

From Penguin Random House as Part of Blog Tour
The Twits by Roald Dahl 
 
Bought with a Gift Card from B&N
My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
PS I Like You by Kasie West

Traded on #BooksForTrade (Thank you, everyone!)
PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat
Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Bought for School
To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf
To be honest, I am not looking forward to reading this one. 

 
Taken from Work
Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis

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I've hadded a lot to my shelves this week. Have you read any of these? I have LOVED some, I look forward to loving others, and in the case of Virginia Woolf, I see myself slogging through it ever so slowly. But that's what school reading is for anyway? Ack

The Intern Diaries: A Bad Case of the Fangirls


After my first internship at a literary agency, I put together a free-flowing post about what I learned and my audience really enjoyed it! Well, now that I am on what is technically internship #8, I want to do the same thing as I go, but share it with my readers since I'm quickly discovering that many of you aspire to do the same thing that I am doing now! This post series is sporadic whenever I think something is relatively interesting!

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HELLLOOOOOOO! It's been a while since I've done one of these. Almost a year, actually. I ended this series saying my goodbye to Penguin back in December 2015. Since I've studied abroad in the Spring, I didn't even start working again until this summer. Now that things have finally calmed down, I thought it was time to re-introduce this series. Also because someone recently asked about it, and it's an awesome feeling to know someone wants to read your posts.

Anywho, one of the hardest part of interning, I've noticed, is holding in a bad case of the fangirls. Authors are people, too, and when they're visiting the office they expect a level of professionalism to go with it. That's fine and all, but inside I'm just squeeing in excitement. I'm sure that as a full-time salaried employee you're reaction is different because you communicate with your authors on a consistent basis, but for a general reader who happens to find herself in a publishing house, this is a crazy fun opportunity that makes you just want to freak out in excitement.

Growing up I perceived authors as untouchable. It took entering the blogging community, interacting with authors on social media, and even realizing a New York Times bestseller lives in my hometown to realize they're everyday people. It's hard to reconcile that with the fact that these everyday people write stories that blow my mind, entertain me to no end, and, in some instances, change my life. With this in mind, it's natural to want to fangirl. Hardcore. Even if you can't. 


I've learned to just fangirl on the inside and have normal conversations with authors as I get to know them.

There are times, however, where it's hard to hold it in because I wasn't expecting the author to come. One of the publicist's can attest to my shock when my mouth dropped as I watched Victoria Schwab wander by my office one random day. To everyone else it was just another day in the office.

And though that sounds really crazy to me in the moment because I was so excited, it's something to look forward to. Being able to create a professional partnership/friendship where you can tell your authors how much you enjoyed their books without squeeing like a child because it becomes routine. 

I remember telling one of my older bosses just how excited I was to be acknowledged in two books, to which she said it's an amazing feeling even when you become acknowledged in many. I went on to say I keep every book I am acknowledged in, to which she responded she could never do that because she'd have no room on her shelves. 


It's a sobering thought.

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Now that this meme is resurrected from the dead, do you have any thoughts on what you'd like to see talked about here? Thoughts and questions are always welcome!

Waiting on Wednesday #79

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is...
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Reading Level: New Adult
Publisher: Indie
She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

Why I Am Waiting 

I binged the previous 3 books in this series while I was sick and home from work this summer. New adult romance is my guilty pleasure--the type of books I go to when I want to read but don't have the mental capacity to delve into an extreme fantasy world. Elle Kennedy is an amazing source of entertainment, feels, and sporty love interests that are deeper than they seem. While I think this is going to be my least favorite of the four books in this series because I think this whole kid plot-line is a little out there and Sabrina is a teensy bit stereotypical, I am so excited to dive into this one and get to know our final member of the off-campus crew!

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Are you equally as excited for this book as me? Is there another book you are even more excited about? Please share your thoughts with me below!