OMG This Song Book Tag

I was tagged by Kayla for this tag.

MY JAM:
A SONG YOU MUST LISTEN TO EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, NO MATTER HOW OLD OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE LISTENED TO IT / A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

I have quite a few songs I never get tired of and always have to listen to.  I’ll just go with a couple.

Issues Stingray Affliction  and Fall Out Boy Sugar We’re Going Down.

A book would probably be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

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THROWBACK:
A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE / A BOOK THAT ALSO REMINDS YOU OF THIS TIME (OR JUST SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T LIKE AS MUCH IF YOU PICKED IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW)

Maybe not the cringiest time in my life, but definitely a person I don’t like to think about. I still like this song and book, but they do make me remember that time of my life more than I would like.

The song would be Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

The book is probably Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule.  I really didn’t read much during this time period, but I do remember reading this one then.

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REPLAY:
A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW / A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

Not a super recent song, but one I still listen to constantly (and the video linked is mine from a concert a few months ago).

With Confidence Dinner Bell

A recent favorite book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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GETS ME:
THIS SONG IS ME / THIS BOOK IS ME IN BOOK FORM

I can’t really think of a song that is me.  It all depends on the day. But if I think of one, I’ll come back and edit this.

A book would probably be The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.  Not completely me, but I noticed a lot of things that I related to with Molly.

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WUT:
WEIRD BUT I LIKE IT? – A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON

I have a few songs, but I’ll go with Morningwood Sugarbaby.

For my book, I’m going with Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers.

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LET’S GO:
BEST PUMP UP SONG (FOR WORKOUTS OR JUST LIFE) – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU

For a song, I’m going with Harlem by New Politics.

A book that inspired me was Pushing The Boundaries by Stacey Trombley.

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CHILL:
FAVORITE CHILL, RELAXING SONG / A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH AND READ ON A RAINY DAY

Really any song by this band, but I’ll go with this one since there’s a video. This Wild Life History.

For a book, I tend to like more emotional books on rainy days.  So probably Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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ADDICTING:
GUILTY PLEASURE SONG – ONE THAT’S CATCHY AND ADDICTING BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE / GUILTY PLEASURE/TRASHY/FAST/LIGHT READ

This might be the hardest one for me.  For a song, I’ll go with NOFX Linoleum.  It’s one of my favorite songs.

For books, I love Entangled Teen books.  They’re sweet and fluffy. So any will work, but I’ll go with one I’ve read recently.  The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley.

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I still don’t know anyone well, so I’m just going to tag the most recent bloggers I’ve received e-mails from.  It’s totally cool if you don’t want to participate.

Twin Tales

Treestand Book Reviews

The Orangutan Librarian

Bentley Book Bastion

 

Review of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

 

My thoughts:

The hype around Adam Silvera is well deserved.  I was crying within the first 35 pages of this book.  Adam’s writing style flows and he has such a way with words.  I really felt that I knew each character and exactly how they were feeling.  Be prepared with tissues.  This is a really emotional read.   I definitely related with Griffin and his compulsions.  Not as bad, but I count everything and have a thing for odd numbers (his is even numbers).

Because the book has been out for awhile now, there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said before.  So I’m just going to share a few quotes to show you how amazing this writing/book is.

“Is it weird to envy him for that, for witnessing something I would never want to see with my own eyes?  I have all this history with you, Theo,  but he has pieces of your puzzle that would destroy me if I ever had to put them together, and yet I still want them.”

“Even if I only got to spend that first drive to the planetarium with Theo, he broke me in a way everyone should be lucky to be cracked open at least once.  I had the privilege of being destroyed by him until we found a better, real me inside of the person I was pretending to be.  I hope I make him proud.”

“I should’ve guessed.  In the second month of the year, he was here with you.  In the second-to-last month of the year, he’s here with me.  I will never wrap my head around how a single moment can keep throwing our lives around.  I feel like a rock being skipped through the ocean-pain, relief, pain again, relief again, eventually destined to sink.”

 

Honestly, I can just keep going.  The writing is just that good.  If you haven’t read this one yet, you can add it to goodreads here.

History Is All You Left Me was released January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen.

Guest Author Post with Kat Colmer The Third Kiss

I recently read The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer and really enjoyed it.  You can find my review here.

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I was lucky to hear from both Kat and Entangled Teen to do this guest post.  This is my first one, so please forgive me if I do something wrong. 🙂

From Kat Colmer:

Thanks for having me over on Confessions of a YA Reader to share a little about my debut paranormal romance The Third Kiss. As the title suggests, there’s some kissing in this book. One kiss—which happens to be our hero Jonas’s third kiss—is very significant, as it sets into motion a series of events that put Jonas’s best friend and neighbor Cora in grave danger. This kiss is one of those unintended, spur of the moment kisses that happen when tensions run high and emotions bubble over.

Here’s an excerpt leading up to the kiss. Picture a gazebo at the bottom of Jonas’s garden. It’s late evening and Jonas has just interrupted Cora post-date with another guy. I love the tug-o-war banter between Jonas and Cora in this scene. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

Jonas snorted. “The guy has a backyard designed to charm girls out of their underwear.”

Did he seriously just say that? When he himself went off with— Unbelievable! I grabbed the rough wood of the gazebo railing so I didn’t lash out with more than my words.

“And you’d know all about that, now, wouldn’t you?”

His jaw clenched even as a wince tightened the line of his lips. “I don’t like him.”

“You don’t know him.”

“Neither do you.” He widened his stance and crossed his arms. “A few online chats don’t exactly mean much when it comes to getting to know someone.”

My fingernails dug into the railing, the wood biting into my skin. “Nice. So all our conversations while I was in Manhattan were meaningless, too, were they?”

“That’s different.” Jonas scowled under his balaclava of shadows. “We have history, a friendship. You hardly knew him before you left and haven’t seen the guy in over a year.”

He took a half step closer. “Ever heard of taking things slower?”

Breathe. Deep and steady, in and out. “Do you hear yourself? You telling me to take things slower?”

His hand twitched, like a gunfighter about to draw. “We’re talking about you, not me.”

“No, let’s talk about you. And how you need to butt out of my life.” Letting go of the safety of the railing, I took a step toward him. “I don’t go around judging how you change

girlfriends more often than your social media updates so where do you get off telling me how fast or slow I should go?”

Jonas stilled. “I’m just trying to stop you from making a mistake.”

My jaw dropped. “What, with your track record? You’re the master of the meaningless hookup. You do not get to lecture me on making mistakes.”

Eyes locked on mine, his pulse punched out a frantic rhythm against the side of his throat. “A mistake for some isn’t necessarily one for others.”

Of all the patronizing— “Are you listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth or has all the bullshit clogged up your ears?” I pressed my clenched hands against

my sides, fighting the urge to grab his headphones and show him exactly what I thought of his double standard.

“The guy is a player, Cora.”

I scoffed. “Not every guy operates the way you do.”

Jonas flinched but didn’t say anything.

“And even if he is, maybe that’s all I’m after.” I wasn’t, but it felt good to bait him.

His eyes narrowed, two glistening slits. “That’s not you.”

I edged closer still, my frame vibrating with anger. “How do you know? Maybe that night a year ago gave me a taste for short and uncomplicated.”

I felt more than saw something in him shift. Then a flash of lightning ripped the shadows from his face, leaving his expression exposed.

Shit.

The light disappeared. And with it the space between us.

His lips came down on mine. Hard. Near desperate. My eyes slid shut, pushing all other senses wide open: the slide of his tongue, hot breath on my too-tight skin. The scent of him surrounded me, all freshly cut grass and licorice.

 

Kat Colmer Bio:

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

Kat Colmer Author

 

The Third Kiss summary:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

 

The Third Kiss links:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled Publishing

 

 

Blogger Aesthetics Award/Tag

I was nominated by Bella Blogs Because Books over the weekend and I’m just getting around to this today.

 

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips (included in the tag):

 

 

I still don’t know anyone well enough to tag, but if you want to do this, just put your link in the comments below so I can check it out.

Review of digital arc The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

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Summary from Goodreads:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Third Kiss.  It was definitely a sweet romance, but there was so much more to it.  I absolutely loved the curse and demons.  There was way more action than in a typical romance which kept the pace really well throughout the book.  Some of my favorite parts took place in the demons’ home.

I ended up really liking Jonas even though he was so anti love and I tend to be a bit of a romantic.  Cora was the perfect female character for me.  Smart and a badass.  Beth and Leo were also great and I’m hoping we get more from both of them in the next book.  I’m hoping we get more from the professor, too.  I feel like there is more to him than we found out in this book.

I gave The Third Kiss 4 stars on goodreads.

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I’ll be hosting an guest post with Kat Colmer here on Friday.

I received a copy of this book from Kat through Netgalley for review.

The Third Kiss was released August 7, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.  It features an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to.

My choice this week is one of my most anticipated fall releases. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis.  I loved The Female of the Species, so this one has been on my radar since I finished that book earlier this year.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

This Darkness Mine will be released October 10th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books.

Add it to your Goodreads here.

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I am currently reading The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer.

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I recently finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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The next book I’ll be reading is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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Leave me the link to yours in the comments or just let me know your answers.