It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 9/30/19

September is almost over and Halloween is right around the corner. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for the cooler temperatures!!

This week I’m reading a book that I started yesterday, a highly anticipated sequel, and a book that I’ve had sitting around for a few months.

What are you reading?

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Twice in a Blue Moon- Christina Lauren

43822778As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.

Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.

But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she’s been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?

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Find Me- André Aciman

44581535In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.

No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three-quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award-winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.

In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.

Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.

Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.

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Going Off Script- Jen Wilde

39071056. sy475 A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.

Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/26/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit 

1. Caraval- Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

2. High Court of Faerie- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

3. Aritas- Furyborn by Claire Legrand

4. Wonderland- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

5. Orléans- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

6. The Continent- The Continent by Keira Drake

7. Lanos- Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

8. Alcatraz 2.0- #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

9. The Home for Peculiar Children- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

10. Somewhere in Northern Italy- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Which places made your list?

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Top Ten of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we reminisce about all the great books we’ve read along the way. We are going to give you a look at our top reads of the year.

What are your favorites of 2018?

Stacy’s Top 10(ish)

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These are in no order but these are my top ten of the year!

Books that almost made the list:

Noir- Christopher Moore

The Wicker King- K. Ancrum

Bring Me Their Hearts- Sara Wolf

Ace of Shades- Amanda Foody

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik- David Arnold

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Mid-Year Top Ten

July is upon us and the first half of the year flew by. I’m going to give you my top ten reads from January-June in no kind of order.

Enjoy!!

1. The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

2. The Wicked King by Holly Black

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

4. Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson

5. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

6. The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons

7. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

8. Noir by Christopher Moore

9. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

10. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Which books are in your top ten?

Happy Reading!!

Call Me By Your Name- André Aciman

“He was staring at me. This, I think, is the first time I dared myself to stare back at him. Usually, I’d cast a glance and then look away — look away because I didn’t want to swim in the lovely, clear pool of his eyes unless I’d been invited to — and I never waited long enough to know whether I was even wanted there; look away because I was too scared to stare anyone back; look away because I didn’t want to give anything away; look away because I couldn’t acknowledge how much he mattered.”

This was such a beautiful book. I wasn’t really sure where this was going to lead and it was magical. There were times where this shattered my heart, overfilled it with joy and left me with a feeling of pure sadness. The way it ended had me screaming at it all while I was at work. And yes, I did get a few stares but I think people knew what I was going through.

Elio and Oliver were two characters who you instantly bond with. While being in their cheering squad, I also wanted to tell Elio that your first everything never turns out the way you want it to, but I think he handles things exceptionally well for his age. But still, the endearment that they shared was soul touchingly charming.

I really wanted something more for Oliver and Elio that kept them together. But I know that if we all got what we wanted then this wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. It was perfectly paced and left us with a wanting that was fulfilled when Oliver came back to the Villa twenty years down the road.

What bothered me a bit was the obsession that Elio had when it came to Oliver. It was borderline psychotic at times. But it makes me think when I was his age and was crushing/dating, someone. We’ve all been there. We wouldn’t want to admit it but we’ve had similar situations in our lives and we may have handled them differently. Elio took things to an entire new cringe-worthy level.

This was an intoxicating read and I hope the film holds the same effect on me. Between the gorgeous scenery, the deep fondness, and the family, I think they both will be instant classics. Ones that I will be talking about for years to come.

*I have officially seen the film twice this weekend and I’m obsessed with the story of Elio and Oliver. The book and the film as a combination makes their story more meaningful. Everyone needs to go out to see this film and fall in love all over again.*

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