Muddle.

That’s the problem with lies. They aren’t solid. They melt, and seep, and leak into the truth. And sooner or later, everything’s just a muddle.

~Broken Things by: Lauren Oliver

TTT: Favorite Tropes

Thanks to the lovely That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting!

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First Line Friday.

It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.

~Delirium by: Lauren Oliver

Currently:

In my bag:
Broken Things by: Lauren Oliver
Dear John by: Nicholas Sparks
Lord of Shadows by: Cassandra Clare

In my headphones:
Spartan Gold by: Clive Cussler
The Two Towers by: J.R.R. Tolkien

In my playlist:
Just Found Heaven by: Daughtry
Ashes by: Celine Dion
All That Matters by: Christina Perri
Clementine by: Bobby Darin
After All These Years by: Journey
Body Language by: Queen

Marathoning:
Criminal Minds

Vampire Diaries
The Bold Type
Amazing Race
The Code

Author Love!

This last week I attend the ULA Conference for us library folks and it was so much fun! It’s always nice to be surrounded by fellow readers, isn’t it? We were fortunate enough to listen to the FANTASTIC Shannon Hale speak. Fun fact: I met her several years ago at a signing for Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (she is hilarious, witty, and someone I want to be best friends with). It reminded me how much I love meeting my favorite authors! Listening to them speak about about their writing process, their inspiration, their quirks, and best of all what they are reading these days (I could sit there for DAYS).

I’m so happy to have a plethora of author events in Utah (however, I still have a number of bucket list authors I would love to listen to). Everyone should look up events in your area because they are seriously a BLAST. Here’s a snippet of my favorite events, which normally make my obsession with certain authors that much greater! (See: Shannon Hale; Lauren Oliver; Cassie Clare).

Also bonus points for any authors that write a special inscription along with their personalizations/signatures. It makes me love my book even more! So show your favorite authors some love and get out there and attend some events! You might also discover some new favorites (I’ve been to several tours with multiple authors that I wasn’t familiar with and walked away with a hefty TBR list [Dan Wells; Brodie Ashton; Debra Driza]).

Happy Reading!!

Pictured above: Kami Garcia; Shannon Hale; Margaret Stohl; James Dashner; Lauren Oliver; Cassandra Clare; Elana Johnson; Marie Lu; Ally Condie

Book Club: Before I Fall

This month, we read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. If you haven’t read this, I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the first books to make me SOB by the end, not to mention it also introduced me to the lovely Lauren Oliver. She is one of my all time favorites (see: Delirium Trilogy & Panic). Which fun fact: They just announced Panic is becoming a mini-series on Amazon…OBVIOUSLY I’m thrilled. But back to the book at hand. This is Groundhog Day meets Thirteen Reasons Why, in all the best ways. I can’t actually remember if I originally read this before Thirteen, or after, but I adored both of them. They have a way of making you acutely aware of your actions and how they effect others.

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this just as much as I did when I read it years ago. The first three or four days I could feel the frustration with Sam, and felt the helplessness as her day keeps repeating. The last two days are still my favorite. They are beautifully written and never fail to bring tears to my eyes (I promise I know what’s going to happen….but my heart gets the better of me!). Lauren writes the story in a way that you can feel for all of the characters. And she is constantly addressing the reader, making you realize that there are so many pieces in motion, and it’s so easy to become that person we hate. I also thought the intricate way the events changed due to simple variations was done SO WELL.

Read this. Love it. Bring tissues. And then tell me what you thought, because I can’t have enough love for this book!

Maybe you can afford to wait.

Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.

But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.

Currently:

In my bag:
Dear John by: Nicholas Sparks
Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver
Lord of Shadows by: Cassandra Clare

In my headphones:
Spartan Gold by: Clive Cussler
The Firm by: John Grisham

In my playlist:
Angel with a Shotgun by: The Cab
Just found Heaven by: Daughtry
Unknown (To You) by: Jacob Banks
This is Gospel by: Panic! At the Disco
Where We Come Alive by: Ruelle
Warriors by: Imagine Dragons
Speechless by: Dan + Shay
Ten by: Yellowcard

Marathoning:
Criminal Minds
The Village
PLL: The Perfectionists
Cloak & Dagger
Grey’s Anatomy
Jane the Virgin
The Good Wife

Post-Vacation Blues.

After an impromptu trip to Hawaii, I am back at work and wondering how I can possibly claw myself out of this reading slump I somehow find myself stuck in. Reading is always better on a beach, isn’t it? Well, I took a handy Nicholas Sparks book (because they never fail me), and I’m binge-reading book club (Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver), and I’m thoroughly enjoying them both (fingers crossed my rut will be over!!). However, I could live on the beach for AGES…this Utah weather hasn’t quite warmed up enough for my liking. And to top it all off, I now have the ultimate post-vacation blues…it was Hawaii after all.

So if you have any ultimate anti-reading-slump favorites please send them my way, because this has been never ending for me! Also…don’t you hate when you’re in a slump and Goodreads is constantly reminding you how behind you are on your reading goals?! Negative point of the Reading Challenge. Maybe I need to get rid of it so I stop feeling so inadequate! (Has anyone tried this??)

Also Kauai Highlights: The Kountry Kitchen has the BEST coconut syrup. I now live for Puka Dogs. Wishes under waterfalls are the only way to go. I now have the urge to learn how to surf. The four hour time difference did WONDERS on my night-owl habits…is this life before 8 am?! Embrace the rain…and the humidity…and the imminent curls that surely follow.

Too soon to go back? I could get used to island life in a HURRY. Eagerly awaiting my next adventure!