Fab Five Friday- Books I Need to Read in 2015

Fab Five Friday- Books I Need to Read in 2015

I kind of stole Lindsey’s idea for this Fab Five Friday. I hope she doesn’t care! I’m already planning out my reading schedule for 2015. My Goodreads goal is to read 100 books and so I’d better get on it! Here are five books I plan to read this year:

1. The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne: I really enjoy Hester’s books and have quite a few on my to-read list. This one about a girl who finds out her boyfriend is a prince has the perfect plot for a fun, chick lit novel!

2. Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel: This is one of the best Christian authors that I have recently discovered. This book is about a celebrity biographer who starts digging into a Hollywood marriage and discovers a complicated and bittersweet story. I’m eager to read more from this author.

3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: Alice loses ten years of her memory and has to discover how she went from happily married and pregnant to a divorcing mother of three. I have read books with a similar premise, but Moriarty always does something special with her books. I have read The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret and was beyond engrossed with both of them.

4. Crossed by Ally Condle: I loved Matched, but haven’t had time to read the sequel yet, even though the first book ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. 2015 better be the year that I keep going in the series. This is a great dystopian series about a girl who has to choose between the guy society chose for her and the guy who society has rejected.

5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I spent 2014 reading my first two books by Rainbow Rowell- Attachments and Fangirl. She’s a wonderful author with very unique, quirky characters. This story is about a husband and wife whose marriage is falling apart. Georgie, the wife, discovers a way to communicate with her husband of the past.

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Lily Rules- Throwback Thursday

Lily Rules- Throwback Thursday

As a young pre-teen Christian girl, I loved the Lily series by Nancy Rue! Lily was an adorable redheaded Christian pre-teen, who deals with the struggles of growing up. There are fourteen books featuring Lily. I loved her extremely spunky personality and how she dove into everything she did with a full spirit.

In the first book, Here’s Lily, Lily becomes obsessed with becoming a model and has to recognize the true definition of beauty. In Lily Robbins, M.D., she decides she wants to be a doctor. In Lily and the Creep, Lily learns how to deal with a teasing bully. In Lily’s Ultimate Party, Lily and her friends have to reconcile their friendship. I remember Ask Lily being one of my favorite books! In this one, Lily has an advice column at her school. So fun! Lily the Rebel teaches Lily to fight for the right things. Lily becomes obsessed with being an actress in Lights, Action, Lily. She becomes class president in Lily Rules! In Rough and Rugged Lily, she decides to become an outdoorswoman. Lily Speaks is about Lily earning a chance to compete in a schoolwide speech contest. Horse Crazy Lily is pretty self-explanatory. In Lily’s Church Camp Adventure, Lily is excited to go to church camp with her friends, but the troubles begin when she isn’t in a cabin with any of her friends. When Lily’s in London, she immerses herself in all things English. In the last book, Lily’s Passport to Paris, Lily has grown up quite a lot and tries to help a French boy.

If you’re interested in checking out the Lily series, start with book one (above)!

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Happy Book Birthday! 1/20/15

Even though January is a HUGE book birthday month, today we’re only celebrating one.

Congratulations, Tom Isbell, on your debut trilogy, The Prey!

 

Image and description obtained from Goodreads
Image and description obtained from Goodreads

 

A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method.

After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the “good of the Republic,” by a government eager to use twins in their dark research.

In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

 

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Man Crush Monday – Levi

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Hey, y’all! It is time for Man Crush Monday, the day when the internets are abuzz with girls plastering pics of their heartthrobs on Instagram and Twitter. Only here at ChickLitChickadees, we do things a little differently. Rather than post half naked photos of famous celebrities who are DBags in real life, we give a shout out to our favorite male literary characters.

 

Y’all already know what a big fan I am of Rainbow Rowell, and this week’s ManCrushMonday may be my favorite male character that she has created!

 

Levi is, quite simply, the bestest.

 

He is quirky and cute in an unconventional-prematurely-receding-hairline-kind-of-way.

 

A total gentleman, he would walk Cath back to her room from the library every night.

 

He pushes Cath to try new things, but is completely understanding when she’s not ready to step outside of her comfort zone every time.

 

He’s also patient. I don’t know many guys who would put up with Cath’s idiosyncrasies like he does.

 

He’s willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice if Cath needs him (like to rescue her drunk sister).

 

He’s not perfect, as evidenced by his learning disability, cowardice in admitting his feelings, and for the whole kitchen kissing debacle.

 

Still, this imperfection makes him more likeable. He’s real life.

 

He is totally into farming/sustainable homesteading. In this respect, he is a total nerd, which makes him a winner in my book.

 

He drives a truck.

 

Honestly, what’s there NOT to like about Levi?! I love, love, LOVE him, and he could very well be the best book boyfriend EVER!

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Fangirl Review

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This was our latest book club pick, and I finally downloaded the story and settled in to read at the eleventh hour. I don’t know why I waited so long, because this book was seriously MAGICAL!

First off, the MC, Cath, is my favorite of heroines. Why? She is so REAL! I am sick of these too cool for school, smart ass teenagers who are perfect and awesome. Cath is weird. Seriously. From her social anxiety to her braniac tendencies to her fondness for cardigan sweaters. But that’s why she’s so likeable- she’s just like us, the reader. She’s relatable. Finally, a character who is “real life.”

Honestly, all of the characters were like that. I didn’t feel like this was a stereotypical cast for a YA novel. I enjoyed reading Wren’s struggle with opening up and letting her mother in. Her journey of acting out, being wild, and living the party girl life was exactly how I’d imagined her behaving once she reached college.

Reagan, Cath’s roommate, was the perfect friend. Seriously. I could not have picked a better character to be the one the break down Cath’s walls in the beginning of the school year. Thinking about it, I don’t think any other type of character COULD have impacted Cath at that point. Her snark and sarcasm did more good than fawning or fretting ever would.

Nick was great. I can’t write too much about him without spoilers (and y’all know how I feel about spoilers!), but let me tell you that the way his story intertwines with Cath was so masterful and well done. I loved how he was used as an instrument of Cath’s growth. Gosh. RR is so brilliant.

And Dad! I LOVE Cath and Wren’s dad! This loving, manic father is such a rock for Cath, even though most of the time, SHE is taking care of HIM. His mental health struggles, some of which Cath inherited, were honestly portrayed. I am so glad RR was realistic in how she wrote him, and how he managed his issues.

And then there’s Levi. Which brings me to the second reason why this book was fan-freaking-tastic: the romance. Y’all, the love story parts of this book are masterful. Nothing was cheesey. Nothing was overdone. Again, RR does “real life” well. And the PACING!!! Ohmyword, you guys, the pacing of the various romantic threads of the story was SUPERB! It felt natural and right, given Cath’s anxiety in social situations, let alone boy/girl interactions.

Her first boyfriend was what Wren referred to as an “end table.” There was no emotion involved, and no connection- at least not in a romantic sense. One of my favorite lines was when Cath said, “end tables end.”

Then there’s Nick, her writing partner/crush. Look back in my status history, and you will find multiple quotes about him that literally made me howl with laughter. (Forserious- my coworkers were giving me funny looks.)They exchanged words and flirtatious banter as they wrote together in his notebook in the library stacks where he worked. I won’t discuss their relationship any further (I hate, despise, abominate, and abhor spoilers!), but TRUST ME! He is HUGE in Cath’s personal development, on so many levels. PM or email me if you want to chat more on the subject!

And Levi. Oh, Levi. With the receding hairline and the perpetual smiles and the big ass truck. I love him. He shows up on the scene as Reagan’s boyfriend, and is always in their room studying. He’s one hell of a guy- always outgoing, kind, and helpful. He’s a keeper. Soon enough, Cath will realize that, too.

Finally, there’s the fan fiction. I’ll admit, before reading this book, I’ve only ever HEARD of fan fic, and that in a very vague way. I had never read it before, or given it much thought. Fandoms aren’t something I was overly familiar with. And then BAM! I land right smack in the middle of this giant world I previously didn’t even know existed.

Simon’s story seemed like a cross between Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments series, so it felt natural to read snippets of the actual story (referred to as “cannon”), and then the fan fic pieces that Cath creates. I found myself caring about these characters, who are not only fictional, but super fictional! They are characters in a story within a story! How absurd is that?! But I couldn’t help it! And Cath, the character, truly is an intelligent, creative, evocative writer.

From someone who primarily reads Fantasy (about 70%), historical fiction (20%), and the occasional trashy romance novel (not even 10%), this contemporary YA novel was a surprising hit! I can’t gush enough about this book, it was that good! For those of you who are on the fence about reading FANGIRL, allow me to rudely push you off of it and into the pages of this witty, hilarious, and insightful contemporary story.

 

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