Saturday, January 31, 2015

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (ReRead/Re-Reviewing) :)

Hey Everyone!!

So this marks the last day of #ReadTheDUFF Read-a-long!


I am currently in Florida, enjoying a much needed vacation with my amazing boyfriend at Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I still wanted to share with you guys once again, a book that is very special and close to my heart!


So this is the first time I've ever done this, but for the first time ever I, The Romance Bookie, will be RE-Reviewing a book!!!  Wow, I can't believe I'm doing this!

But when you feel so passionate about a story, and it's been years and years since you've reviewed it, why not?!

Anyway, I reviewed Kody Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF back in 2011 (HERE is that review), shortly after it first was released, and it was one of my very very first reviews! No joke!

One of the reasons, why I'm Re-Reviewing The DUFF, is because back in 2011, The DUFF did not get a proper review on it's own.  It was put together with a bunch of other books, because during that week I went through this obsessive reading binge where I read like SEVEN books in SEVEN days! I know crazy right?

Anyway, finally for the first time ever, I'm going to give The DUFF it's very own review.  Something it deserved to get a long time ago...

So here goes...


From Goodreads:



Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. 
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Thoughts:

So like I said back in 2011, and what I thought to myself as I reread it again in 2011 and then AGAIN in 2012, and possibly 2013, is that I LOVE this book!  It is seriously on my life of all-time favorite books ever!!

But now, that I have read in 2015 again, I get add something that wasn't true before...I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!

Which btw, I SAW A FEW WEEKS AGO!!! Yes, me, The Romance Bookie, because of my "connections" (ooh, that's exciting to say!) got to see The DUFF movie way early, over a month before it actually hits theaters!!

Because I've been a supporter of Kody's since pretty much the very beginning, I was chosen as one of the lucky bloggers to help promote The DUFF movie!!  Trust me, when I say, I started screaming at work with excitement when I got that email!!

I will of course, take this job very seriously, and hope to do an amazing job of helping!!

OMG, Fangirling!!!!!  I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT TO SEE IT!!!


Okay, I'm okay now.

Anyway...

So yes, it might be an understatement to say that I love this book.

Now to the reason why I love this book...

The message.

The reason this book caught my eye, all those years ago in Barnes and Noble, was because of the title.  The DUFF?

Well, not exactly,  it was the words hidden within that four letter shortening that caught my eyes...

The
Designated
Ugly
Fat
Friend

That is what "DUFF" stands for.  I hadn't even read what the story was about, but my first thought all those years ago, when I read that was...

That's me.

I am the DUFF.

No joke.

Reading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger helped me realize a lot of things.  For one, having great friends is very important, when you find them.

And for two, always follow your heart.

And finally, what I really meant by how much I love the message of this book, is that no matter how pretty or skinny, or how many guys ask us out, every girl has most likely felt like the DUFF in their group of friends.  They may not have been able to put a name to it, but after reading The DUFF, I just knew that was the perfect description, while morbid, and sad, still the most perfect way to explain how all teenage girls have felt in their life.

Seriously!

Anyway, overall rating...


Kody wrote a book that every teenage girl should read.  Any girl that has had self-esteem issues, felt like she didn't fit into her friends' group, READ THIS BOOK!!!!

It holds so many answers!!

Anyway, you'll be seeing a lot more posts for the upcoming release of The DUFF movie, starring Mae Whitman, as Bianca, and Robbie Amell as Wesley.  So freaking excited!!! :)


Also don't forget to join us on February 2nd, for the Twitter chat with KODY KEPLINGER, herself, where everyone gets the opportunity to ask her any questions they may have!!  You do not want to miss this!! I'm trying to be there, but I'll be in Florida that week on vacation enjoying Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I'm going to try to join in for a bit! :) It's going to be at 8 pm (EST) and 5pm (PCT)!




The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) by Christina Lauren (ARC)

***WARNING*** ADULT CONTENT INVOLVING INAPPROPRIATE SUBJECTS FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!!***

Yay!! Got another book in before I leave tomorrow for my vacation!!!

I received Beautiful Beloved in the mail yesterday and knew I just had to devour it instantly, and so that was exactly what I did this morning when I woke at 5:40 am wide awake, too hyped up and ready to go.

The Beautiful Bastard series is hands down my favorite adult series! It's got everything I like to find in a book.  Great characters.  Great stories.  Hysterical humor.  Just so much awesomeness!

Christina and Lauren (yes, it is two authors who write this book!) wrote yet another genius novella in this series!  We get to go back into the lives of Sara and Max, the two main characters from Beautiful Stranger!

I read Beautiful Stranger (the second in the series) back in mid 2013, which was when readers were first introduced to Sara and Max.  I was so excited to be back reading another one of Christina Lauren's books, that I just devoured that one!

With Beautiful Beloved the same thing happened!!

From Goodreads:



The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the Beautiful characters...plus one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger , finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

My Thoughts:

Like I said, great continuation story from Sara and Max's POV!  It's great to know they are doing well after having had the baby, which I believe they had in the previous one, when they were featured as side characters.  I've read them all, but it's hard to keep them all straight!

Anyway, loved it!  It was funny, sensitive, yet kinky at the same time!  Sara and Max have a great relationship, I just love the way they are with each other.  Going from loving and caring and sensitive one minute, to loving, caring, yet kinky and rough the next.

Like I said, it's an adult book...with Sex.

Overall rating:



Anyway, if you haven't tried this series yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!  Their humor is my cup of tea definitely!  Love it!!

Beautiful Beloved comes out next Tuesday February 2nd!  So preorder or copy now on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for 99 cents!!! :)  It is available in ebook form only though, so be aware of that, however, it is short so it shouldn't be too difficult to read it on the computer or some other e-book compatible device! :)

Thanks everyone!! I'm off tomorrow morning for 10 days, so I don't know if I'll be posting anything new except the one schedule post I have for that time.  So talk to you all when I get back! :)

The Romance Bookie :)




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kody Keplinger Twitter Chat!! Plus #ReadTheDUFF!

Hey Everyone!!!!

So we're getting closer!!! In fact, one week close!!!!


That's right! This coming Monday, February 2nd, all of you can join us in welcoming and interviewing Kody Keplinger herself!! The actual author of The DUFF, which has been made into a movie, and being released next month in theaters worldwide on February 20th, will be answering YOUR questions!!

The twitter chat will be at 8pm (EST), which means 5pm (PCT).  I will actually for once BE IN ON THE EAST COAST, because I am going on a much deserved vacation to Florida to go to Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with my boyfriend, so I am going to try my absolute best to join in on this awesome event!!  I can't, unfortunately, make any promises though, so I have decided that a day or so before the chat, I am going to try my best to tweet Kody a few of my questions, and if you want even some of yours!

In order for me to tweet her yours, in case you don't have time, write a comment below, giving me your Twitter handle, and what question you would like to tweet at Kody!

Remember to put your Twitter handle, so I can tag you in the tweet, and Kody will hopefully respond using it too!

Of course, we want you to join in, so if you can find the time tweet Kody yourself, using her handle @Kody_Keplinger and hash tagging post #DUFFChat!!!  She is so excited to hear from all of you!!! :)

How exciting is this!! A twitter chat with one of my absolute favorite authors, plus my vacation with my amazing boyfriend!! This could not be a better week coming up!!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  Talk to you all soon!

My re-review for The DUFF will be up this Friday! :)  So keep your eyes open for that! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hey Everyone!

So the semester has officially started, so I'm back at work and school!  Reading time has unfortunately been cut down again a bit, but it's okay, I'm still attempting to make as much time as possible for reading this year!  Book three for 2015 is done (Review for book #2 is coming soon!)!


This time around, I read a book, I've had sitting on my shelf for almost a year, and have been wanting to read since I finished one of this author's novels last year, around this time.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

From Goodreads:


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

"Touching and utterly real." —  Publisher's Weekly 


My Thoughts:

Wow.  Rainbow Rowell has once again impressed me with her words.

I reviewed Eleanor and Park exactly one year and one day ago.  It was right after I had gotten back from Florida with my boyfriend.  Which is funny, because we are actually going back next week again for our ten day vacation!!!!

Anyway, just like Eleanor and Park, I absolutely truly enjoyed reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Rowell has this way of writing so realistically, with so much power behind her words, that I, as a reader, found myself holding on to every single word I was devouring.

Cath, while at times extremely frustrating, turned out to be someone I found myself in.  I was very similar to Cath my first year of college.  I was a hermit.  I preferred to stay in my room.  Not hang out with people.  And my head was always in a book (Cath's is always in her laptop, writing her story).

Another thing I could really relate to was how Cath kept her authorship of Carry On a secret from the outside world.  No one but her sister, father, and later Levi know that she writes it.  Tens of thousands of people read each and every single one of her fan-fiction chapters of her take on a famous childhood story, yet no one knows it is a lonely freshman girl writing in her dorm room, lonely.  Even her sister won't talk to her!

When I first started The Romance Bookie, back in 2010, NO ONE but my mom knew I had a blog.  I was honestly embarrassed.  My friends already found it annoying how much I talked about the books I read, so I just didn't want to have to explain myself, on why I had started something I truly enjoyed doing, but no one understood.

It wasn't until almost two years later, that I sort of mentioned it to a friend, off handedly, and she was super impressed!  In fact, she brought up in one of friends' group events, and all my friends were super interested in what I was doing!

That was when I realized there was absolutely nothing to be ashamed about, when I was doing something I enjoyed.  No one could take that away from me! The Romance Bookie is mine, I created her, and she is a huge part of my life!

And that is what Carry On, is to Cath.

I loved it!

Levi, Cath's roommates ex-boyfriend was a great character too!  I loved his secret when it came out, because it made me realize and appreciate my love for books even more, because some people just don't get that luxury!

Overall rating:

I loved this book.  It had a great story, interesting characters, and so many great details that I found myself constantly wanting to get back to reading, when sadly I wasn't allowed to, due to work or homework.  My only problem I have is I would have loved a little more from the ending, but that's only because I wanted Cath to reach her goal.  But that's okay, because in a way she did.  She achieved what in the end was the right thing for her to do.

Can't wait to see what's next from Rainbow Rowell!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#ReadTheDUFF!!!!!!

Hey Everyone!!

I am so unbelievably excited to be sharing this news with you!! I am so sorry, it's a little late, but a new semester started this week, so I'm getting back into the swing of things, learning to juggle my new school schedule, a new campus, and work!

But anyway, I'm here to announce...

#ReadTheDUFF!!!!!!!!!!!


What is that? You may be asking?  

Well, some of you may have heard about a book called The DUFF, by Kody Keplinger.  What some of you may also know is that The DUFF, has been made into a movie, and that it is hitting theaters next month on February 20th!!!  I'm very happy to say, I got to see it last week, and absolutely loved it!!  It was soon funny!!!  My review will be going up on February 20th, so be ready for that!!

Anyway, in the mean time we have some very exciting events coming up!!

Along with a few other fabulous bloggers, we are hoping to get a bunch of people to either read for the first time, or RERead The DUFF, to get ready for the movie next month!!!


I will admit, I cheated, and reread it already this year, because since I read it for the first time in 2011, I've enjoyed starting my year off by reading Kody Keplinger's debut novel ever since in the beginning of a new year!!



The Read-a-Long officially started on January 13th, so yes, I'm a little bit behind on announcing again...once again, very sorry about that.  But better late than never, right?!! :)

Anyway, along with the read-a-long, we need your help!  We want you guys to tweet, Facebook, Tumbler, etc.  about The DUFF!  We want people to see this movie! I can tell you right now, I will 100% vouch for it, and say that it is hilarious, and everyone should go and see it!!!

Along with the read-a-long, we've got Kody Keplinger joining us on February 2nd at 8pm EST., which is 5pm, PST, and answering all the questions you may have about The DUFF!!!!

How awesome is that??!!!


Kody is seriously so awesome!!

We are using the hashtag #ReadTheDUFF, for the read-a-long, and #DUFFChat, on February 2nd, for all of your questions, where you can tag @Kody_Keplinger, to get Kody to answer any questions you may have regarding The DUFF!!

How awesome is that??!!

I'm so freaking excited!!!! I can't even tell you, how excited I am to be a part of it!! I've been annoying my mom and boyfriend about how I am a part of this!! :)

Anyway, so yes, READ The DUFF!!! I've been saying it for years, because it's true!!  I'm serious! This book changed my view on friendships, when I had just gotten out of high school.  I actually really wish I had had this book in high school, because it would have helped me so much!!

So get reading!!  

:)

You can also win a copy of The DUFF at GOODREADS!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton

***WARNING!!! THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS!!! 18 and up!!!***


Hey Everyone!! :)

First review of 2015!!

And it's a good one!


Last Call (#4.5 in the Cocktail Series) by Alice Clayton, one of my favorite authors, due to her amazing humor!

From Goodreads:


From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” (The Book Vixen) novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.




My Thoughts:

So I know, I know, I haven't had the privilege of reading the other books in this series, besides Wallbanger, which I read back in March of 2013, but since this one featured the same main characters as that first book, which made me laugh out loud throughout the entire thing, I knew I just had to read it when it was mailed to me by Gallery Books.  (Which by the way, THANK YOU GALLERY!!!).

So anyway, LOVED IT!!  I loved getting back into Simon and Caroline's world.  They are just the cutest couple ever!!  I love their chemistry!

I REALLY want to read the others now!!! SO BADLY!! I mean, I've been wanting to read them since they first came out, but now after having read Last Call, I REALLY want to even more!!!!!!


What is great about this book, is how it's not overly too much on the sex part.  I mean, yes there is sex, but an intense amount like in Fifty Shades.  There is just that perfect amount, to keep you on your toes, and yet still make you stir in your seat ;).

Like I said, an ADULT BOOK!!!!

Overall rating:

I really really like this series!!! So much!! And I haven't even read the ones in between, I know, probably not the best thing to say, because I'm promoting books I haven't even read yet, but I just can't help knowing that I would love the rest of this series!  Such great characters, she has this great sarcastic humor in her writing that I love.  She's also a fabulous and hilarious person in real life.  I got to talk and interview her last year at an event, which was a ton of fun! We bonded over our love for Robert Pattinson, and his role as Edward :).

So yes, definitely check it out! It came out yesterday so it is available now, in all book retailers!  Amazon and Barnes and Noble both have it! :)

I hope everyone has a great day and a rest of your week! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Challenges!!

Hey Everyone!

Mandy & Erin here!

We're so excited to announce our 2015 Challenges that we will be participating in today!! It's going to be an exciting year, so these will make it even better!

For Mandy:

So first off, time to decide HOW MANY book I want to read at least by the end of 2015???!!!  Well, let's see...to be honest the only reason I was actually to complete my goal of 50 last year, was because I had reread ALL of the Princess Diaries books, which was like 13 or 14 books in a couple of weeks! So for 2015, because I won't, most likely, be rereading them AGAIN, except maybe #10, for when the new one comes out in June (EEEEE!!!!!!), I have decided to lower that goal a tad this year.  I know, I know, but to be fair, if I feel I am doing very well, I can always raise that goal later! But I know 2015 is going to be another intense, yet exciting year, because I will hopefully be transferring to University this year!!!  I know, it's about time, right? It's only been SIX years in community college! Dang it, for always needing at least two jobs to survive!!  But it's alright, it's been well worth it, and plus it nice to have at least a little bit of my own money :).

Anyway, so for 2015 my goal, for right now, is to read at least 35 books.  I know, I know, it's pretty low, but I don't want it to be a competition, plus I don't need the pressure in my life.  Reading is fun, and a pleasurable time for me, so I want to keep it that way! :)

For my second challenge, I'm participating in the 2015 Ebook Challenge!  Unfortunately, it's not being hosted by the same person as last year, but someone new has decided to take on the challenge! :)  So Here is the Link:

My Little Hearts Melody 2015 Ebook Challenge!


My goal for 2015 is to read 10 Ebooks! Since my main focus will be reading my most anticipated and getting books off of my TBR shelf, I don't want to make too high of a goal, but I think 10 will both be acceptable, yet still challenging, but also fun along the way! :)

Next! Okay, this one looks super exciting!!

I found it when googling 2015 Reading Challenges :).

So PopSugar is hosting the ultimate Reading challenge! A checklist of books to be read!!

I will cross a few of them off, because they just won't be possible, or I'm not interested in reading them, but for the most part I want to do most of these!!

So here is the Check List:

1.  A Book with more than 500 Pages
2. A Classic Romance  *
3.  A Book that Became a Movie
4. A Book published in 2015
5. A Book with a Number in the Title
6. A Book written by someone under the age of 30
7. A book with nonhuman characters
8. A Funny book
9. A book by a female author
10. A mystery or thriller
11. A book with a one-word title
12. A book of short stories
13. A book set in a different country
14. A nonfiction book  *
15. A popular author's first book
16. A book from an author you love, but haven't read yet
17. A book a friend recommended
18.  A Pulitzer Winning Book *
19. A book based on a true story  *
20.  A book on the bottom of your TBR pile
21. A book your mom loves
22. A book that scares you
23. A book more than a 100 years old  *
24. A book based entirely on its cover
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't *
26. A memoir  *
27. A book you can finish in a day
28. A book with antonyms in the title
29. A book set somewhere you've wanted to visit
30. A book that came out the year you were born
31. A book with bad reviews
32. A trilogy
33. A book from your childhood
34. A book with a love triangle
35. A book set in the future
36. A book set in high school
37. A book with a color in the title
38. A book that made you cry
39.  A book with magic
40. A graphic novel
41. A book by an author you've never read before
42. A book you own but have never read
43. A book that takes place in your hometown  *
44. A book that was originally written in a different language
45. A book set during Christmas
46. A book written by an author with your initials (MR)
47.  A play *
48. A Banned book
49.  A book based or turned into a TV show
50. A book you started but never finished

Seems fun right! :)

*these are ones I won't be reading


And last,  My Readers Block is once again hosting the Mount TBR Reading Challenge, which I am super excited to participate in once again!


My goal is to reach the first level: Peak's Level, which is too read at least 12 books on my TBR shelf!

Here is a list of some the books on my shelf currently:

1.  Allie Finkle: Moving Day: Meg Cabot
2.  Fan Girl: Rainbow Rowell
3.  Dear Bully: Anthology
4.  Silence: Becca Fitzpatrick
5. Finale: "
6.  Sinner: Maggie Stiefvater
7.  Linger: "
8.  Forever: "
9.  Love the One You're With: Emily Giffin
10.  Heart of the Matter: "
11.  The One & Only: "
12.  Baby Proof:"
13.  Divergent: Veronica Roth
14.  Honey, Baby, Sweetheart: Deb Caletti
15.  Harbinger: Sara Etienne Wilson
16.  Ruthless: Sara Shepard
17.  Two Truths and a Lie: "
18.  Spells: Aprilynne Pike
19.  Illusions: "
20.  After: Amy Efaw
21.  Bewitching: Alex Flinn
22.  Beautiful Darkness: Margaret Stool and Kami Garcia
23.  Lone Wolf: Jodi Piccoult
24.  Between the Lines: "
25.  The Darkest Joy: Marata Eros
26.  A Terrible Love: "
27.  Not Exactly a Love Story: Audrey Couloumbis
28.  Conversations with a Fat Girl: Liza Palmer
29.  The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
30.  Take Me There: Susane Colasanti
31.  Torment: Lauren Kate
32.  A Lion Among Men: Gregory Maguire
33.  Son of a Witch: "
34.  Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister: "
35.  Getting Over Mr. Right: Chrissie Manby
36.  The Redhead Revealed: Alice Clayton
37.  The Redhead Plays her Hand: "
38.  Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver
39.  Panic: "
40.  White Trash Beautiful: Teresa Mummert
41.  White Trash Damaged: "
42.  Busy Bodies: Anthology
43.  Unremembered: Jessica Brody
44.  The Karma Club: "
45.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor
46.  Torn: Monica Murphy
47.  Far Far Away: Tom McNeal
48.  Flirting in Italian: Lauren Henderson
49.  Rich Boys: Jenny O'Connell
50.  Local Girls: "
51.  Fire with Fire: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
52.  Tangled: Emma Chase
53.  Twisted: "
54.  The Siren: Tiffany Reisz
55.  The Runaway Wife: Rowan Coleman
56.  Secrets of my Hollywood Life: Jen Calonita
57.  Searching for Someday: Jennifer Probst
58.  Sabrina: Deborah Chiel
59.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Ransom Riggs
60.  The Reluctant Assassin: Eoin Colfer
61.  Loving Cara: Kristen Proby
62.  Deceptive Innocence: Kyra Davis
63.  Just One Night: "
64.  Simple Perfection: Abbi Glines
65.  The Way Home: Cindy Gerard
66.  Paper Town: John Green
67.  Catalyst: Laurie Halse Anderson
68.  The Bad Beginning: Lemony Snicker
69.  Born Wicked: Jessica Spotswood
70.  The Carrie Diaries: Candace Bushnell
71.  Speechless: Hannah Harrington
72.  The Bridesmaid: Hailey Abbot
73.  Nicola and the Viscount: Meg Cabot
74  The Submissive: Tara Sue Me
75.  The Casual Vacancy: JK Rowling
76.  The Luxe: Anna Godbersen
77.  Legend: Marie Lu
78.  The Story of Us; Deb Caletti
79.  The Nature of Jade: "
80.  Extraordinary: The True Story of My Fairygodparent, Who Almost Killed me, and Certainly Never Made me a Princess: Adam Selzer
81.  Priceless: Nicole Richie
82.  Prom Nights From Hell: Anthology
83.  Ruby Red: Kirsten Holt
84.  The Marriage Merger: Jennifer Probst
85.  This Girl: Colleen Hoover
86.  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Louise Rennison
87.  Dancing in my Nuddy Pants: "
88.  Away Laughing, on a fast Camel: "
89.  Seeing Cinderella: Jenny Lundquist
90.  Elsewhere: Gabrielle Zevin
91.  Two Way Street: Lauren Barnholdt
92.  The Romance Readers Book Club: Julie L Cannon
93.  Swapping Lives: Jane Green
94. Girlfriend Material: Melissa Kantor
95.  Before I Die: Jenny Downham
96.  Fury:  Elizabeth Miles
97.  Carter Finally Gets It: Brent Crawford
98.  The Sky Is Everywhere: Jandy Nelson
99.  Bottled Up: Jaye Murray
100.  Nightlight: The Harvard Lampoon
101.  It's Not Summer Without You: Jenny Han
102.  Searching for Perfect: Jennifer Probst
103.  Skinny Dipping: Melissa de la Cruz
104.  The Marriage Bargain: Jennifer Probst
105.  Bet Me: Jennifer Cruisie
106.  The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns: Chris Colfer
107.  Afterparty:  Ann Redisch Stampler
108. Change of Heart: Jude Deveraux
109.  Illusion: JS Cooper
110.  I Belong to You: Lisa Renee Jones
111. A Family for Maddie: Sara Luck
112.  Three to Get Deadly: Janet Evanovich
113.  Four to Score: "
114.  High Five: "
115.  Hot Six: "
116.  Ten Big Ones: "
117.  Eleven on Top: "
118. Twelve Sharp: "
119.  Lean Mean Thirteen: "
120.  Fearless Fourteen: "
121.  Finger Lickin' Fifteen: "
122.  Sizzling Sixteen: "
123.  Smokin' Seventeen: "
124.  Plum Lucky: "
125.  Plum Lovin': "
126.  Plum Spooky: "
127.  Wicked Appetite: "
128.  My Life in Pink and Green:  Lisa Greenwald
129.  Twenties Girl: Sophie Kinsella
130.  Can you Keep a Secret: "
131.  Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: "
132.  Shopaholic Ties the Knot: "
133.  Shopaholic and baby: "
134.  Shopaholic and Sister: "
135.  Mini Shopaholic: "
136.  Reign or Shine: Michelle Rowen
137.  Reign Check: Michelle Rowen
138.  Generation Dead: Daniel Waters
139.  The Secret Language of Girls: Frances O'Roark Dowell
140.  The Perfect Boy: Hailey Abbot
141.  Timeless: Alexandra Monir
142.  When Irish Guys are Smiling: Suzanne Supplee
143.  The Mother-Daughter Book Club: Heather Vogel Frederick
144.  I'd Tell You I love you but then I'd Have to Kill You: Ally Carter
145.  Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy: "
146. Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover: "
147.  Only the Good Spy Young: "
148. Homeport: Nora Roberts
149.  Paper Covers Rock: Jenny Hubbard
150.  Bras and Broomsticks: Sarah Mlynowski
151.  Chasing Brooklyn: Lisa Schroeder
152.  Bled Dry: Erin McCarthy
153.  Kissing Annabel: Steven Herrick
154.  Far From Home: Lisa Schroeder
155.  The Giver: Lois Lowry
156.  Sushi for Beginners: Marian Keyes
157.  Wifey: Judy Blume
158.  Eternal Hunger: Lauren Wright
159.  Dead Until Dark: Charlaine Harris
160.  Adored: Tilly Bagshawe
161.  The Sweetest Thing: Jill Shalvis
162.  A Hint of Wicked: Jennifer Haymore
163.  Three Weeks with My Brother: Nicholas Sparks



So that's it for this year for my reading goals!!

Now to Erin!!!


1.  Book Goal:

I honestly do not know how many books I read per year -- I wouldn't even be able to tell you approximately how many books I read in a year.  I know I read a lot, but I've never really kept track, so I'm not really sure what a good number to shoot for is???  Anyways, after a lot of thought, I'm going to start a little low and go with 30 books this year!  It might be too low -- or maybe not, maybe I'm overestimating myself -- but we'll see! :D  Either way, I'm super excited for all the book challenges for this new year and I can't wait to see what happens!!

2. The Classics Challenge

On top of the TBR Challenge, I also want to do a Classics Challenge this year.  This one is a super tough one for me.  I always want to read more classics, but I find that I end up bailing for a "Modern" book.

I'm going to make the rule that the Classics I read have to be something I haven't read before, so unfortunately, that means that lots of (but not all) Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte will probably be out :( But I'm also going to count the "American Classics" (Which not all people may count as classics, but I do :))  such as books by John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.

And now, my goal to read will be *drumroll*...TWO books! Okay, I know, I know it's ridiculously low number.  But to be honest, it's going to be a real challenge for me.  I mean, last year (2014), I read NO classics (because I already read Jane Eyre before, I don't count it.)  And honestly, besides Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters, I've rarely read classics outside of school (which is one reason that I really really miss English classes, but that's besides the point).  Anyways, it's a real shame I haven't read more classics and I want to change that! So two will be my number to shoot for, but hopefully, I'll be able to surpass it! :D

3.  The 2015 Contemporary Challenge!

Yay!! Another challenge! For the new year, I want to read more contemporary books! I've always been more of a fantasy geek, so I haven't read too many contemporary books.  Not that I have anything against them -- there are lots of fabulous contemporaries -- but I also find that I'm usually more attracted to books with fantastical elements in them.  However, I have been noticing that I'm reading more contemporary books as of late and been enjoying them more (I just tend to be really picky about them!)  Anyways, this year, I'd like to make my goal to read at least TEN contemporaries (but the more the merrier)!.


4.  2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge


HOLY MOLY!!! Aaah!!! Who let me buy all these books??? (Okay, I didn't buy everything on this list and some of them are from years past, but still...) I bought was too many books this year and my TBR pile has gone out of control! I'm actually a little bit worried at this point -- not to mention that my bookshelf space is getting seriously low.  So, naturally, my goal this year is to cut down on my TBR list!  And furthermore, I think I'll shoot for reading...25 books from this list! That might seem low from how many books I actually have on my TBR, but I know I'm going to be distracted by all the shiny new books coming out this year, so I'm hoping this will be a reasonable goal for me that I will be able to achieve! All right, here is the embarrassingly long list of TBRs!

1. Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
2. Promised by Caragh O'Brien
3. Prized by Caragh O'Brien
4.  The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O'Brien
5.  The Young Elites by Marie Lu
6.  A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
7.  Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
8.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
9.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
10.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
11. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
12.  Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
13.  The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
14.  Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson
15.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman
16.  Where She Went by Gayle Forman
17.  Never fade by Alexandra Bracken
18.  In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
19.  Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
20.  Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
21.  Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
22.  The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
23.  Pivot Point by Kasie West
24.  Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
25.  Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little
26.The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur
27.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano
28.  Fever by Lauren DeStefano
29.  Sever by Lauren DeStefano
30.  Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
31.  Yes Please by Amy Poehler
32.  Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
33.  Storm Siren by Mary Weber
34.  Pawn by Aimee Carter
35.  The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
36.  The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan
37.  The DUFF by Kody Kiplinger
38.  Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
30.  Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
31.  Loop by Karen Akins
32.  Compulsion by Martina Boone
33.  Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
34.  Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
35.  Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
36.  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
37.  The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
38.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
39.  In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
40.  Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
41.  Unforgotten by Jessica Brody
42.  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
43. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
44.  The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
45.  Waterfall by Lauren Kate
46.  Relic by Renee Collins
47.  Transparent by Natalie Whipple
48.  Trust Me I'm a Ninja by Natalie Whipple
49.  Cinders by Michelle Argyle
50.  Bonded by Michelle Argyle
51.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
52.  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
53.  The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
54.  The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
55.  Dangerous by Shannon Hale
56.  The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
57.  The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
58.  Rebel by Amy Tintera
59.  Everneath by Brodi Ashton
60.  Overture by Brodi Ashton
61.  Boundless by Cynthia Hand
62.  Infinite by Jodi Meadows
63.  The One by Kiera Cass
64.  The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
65.  The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
66.  Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
67.  Control by Lydia Kang
68.  Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
69.  Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
70.  Eve by Anna Carey
71.  Once by Anna Carey
72.  Rise by Anna Carey
73.  In the After by Demetria Lunette
74.  Starters by Lissa Price
75.  Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
76.  The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer
77.  Ironskin by Tina Connolly
78.  Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
79.  Proxy by Alex London
80.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
81.  The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
82.  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
83.  Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
84.  Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
85.  Once We Were by Kat Zhang
86.  Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang
87.  The Program by Suzanne Young
88.  The Treatment by Suzanne Young
89.  The Taking by Kimberly Derting
90.  After the End by Amy Plum
91.  The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
92.  Tiger Lily: Jodi Lynn Anderson
93.  Rebel Heart by Moira Young
94.  Raging Star: "
95.  Allegiant: Veronica Roth
96.  The Archived by Victoria Schwab
97.  The Unbound by "
98.  Vicious: "
99.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: Leslye Walton
100. Nil by Lynne Matson
101.  Winter spell by Claire LeGrand
102. Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter
103.  Asylum by Madeleine Roux



So that's our challenges for this year!!! What challenges are you participating in? :) Let us know in the comments! :)

Happy New Year!

Mandy & Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Our Most Anticipated Books for 2015!

Hey Everyone!!  Happy News Years!!

So Erin and I are very excited to share with you our most anticipated book releases of 2015!!!!

So here's my list!

1.  Royal Wedding: The Princess Diaries #VI by Meg Cabot

Set for release on June 2nd, 2015!

From Goodreads

Holy crap, I can't even tell you how freaking excited I am for this one!!! As some of you may know I am one of Meg Cabot biggest fans!!  Anything Meg Cabot, and I've read it and own it!  No joke! June 2nd, can't get here soon enough!



Release Date set for: May 19th, 2015!
From Goodreads

So yes, we get TWO Meg Cabot books within a month!!!! OMG I can't stop fan-girling over that news, and it was delivered several months ago!  I am really looking forward to meeting Mia's half sister!!

3.  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Release date set for: November 24th, 2015

There is no cover art available yet, but when it comes it, I can't wait to see what the publisher has produced for us next!  The past covers have been so beautiful! I just wish it was coming out sooner! It will have been very close to two years, since Cress came out, which is a huge gap!  But in exchange, we get...

4. Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Release date set for: January 27th, 2015

From Goodreads

Really can't wait for this one!!  It's going to be very interesting hearing some of Levana's story, because let's be honest, she is probably one of the most hated characters in a series right now!!

5. Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Release set for July 1st, 2015 (a day before my 24th birthday!!)

From Goodreads

It's Miranda Kenneally...enough said. But no seriously, can't wait for this one! I've truly enjoyed all of Miranda's books, and this one will just look absolutely lovely on my shelf next to her others! :)

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

From Goodreads

Sarah Dessen!! Always looking forward to her latest releases! I've read EVERYTHING by her!!  So this is 100% on the list, and will look beautiful in my Sarah Dessen collection!


Release Date set for sometime in September 2015

There is also no cover art for this one yet, but hopefully soon!!

Another series set inside the amazing world of Shadowhunters!! Of course, I'll be reading it!! I was so bummed when the last in the Mortal Instrument series came out this year!!  So this one should be amazing!

8.  Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Release date set for April 28th, 2015

Also no cover yet available, but it HAS to be very soon, if they want to keep the April release date!!!  

I am a huge fan of Kody's, so I am definitely looking forward to it!!  I also can not wait to see the movie adaptation of The DUFF! It looks like I'll possibly get an opportunity to see an early screening on January 8th, so I'm REALLY looking forward to that one!!!

9.  Beautiful Redemption (Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire

Release date set for: January 27th, 2015

From Goodreads

I am definitely looking forward to this one!  I really enjoyed the first one, so hearing about another Maddox Brother will be very exciting!

10.  Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren

Release Date set for April 14th, 2015

From Goodreads
Another Beautiful Bastard book?! OMG yes sign me up, right now, please!


Release Date set for September 1st, 2015


No cover yet, but I'm sure fairly soon!!

I have really enjoy Jennifer E. Smith's last three releases, so I'm sure this one will be no different! :)

12.  I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Release Date Set for January 27th, 2015


From Goodreads

And now to Erin's List!!

Hi Everyone, There are so so many amazing books that are coming out next year! There are so many books that I'm excited for and so I thought I'd share some of my most anticipated books for 2015!!!

1.  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5th, 2015)


Guys, I am so excited for this book! This is a brand new fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas that's coming out in May!!! It sounds absolutely amazing and based on Sarah J. Maas's other books, I know it's going to be epic!!! I've been hearing all about this book and I am super super jealous of everyone that's gotten an ARC of this book! Plus, that title! It's aaaaaaamazing!!!!

2. Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas (September 10th, 2015)

(No Cover or Title Yet)

Naturally, another highly anticipated book for 2015 is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series.  I read in an interview that this is going to be the darkest book yet and I am so excited to see what happens to Celaena and the others!!! It's coming out Fall 2015, but at least I've got A Court of Thorns and Roses to help hold me over until then!

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Fall 2015)

(No Cover yet)

I don't know if I've ever mentioned how much I love Susan Dennard! She's an amazing author and on top of it, she does so much for her readers and aspiring writers!! Seriously, check out her blog (http://susandennard.com/)! She's amazing! This is her new high fantasy series and it sounds so good!! I can't wait to read this one next fall!! (It's so far away!!!!!)

4.  Fairest by Marissa Meyer (January 27th, 2015)

From Goodreads
Can you believe that Marissa Meyer wrote another complete book for The Lunar Chronicles??!! Um, she's incredible, so yeah, kind of (seriously, I heard she wrote this in a week!!! Holy Cow!!).  Anyways, this book is going to tell the story of evil Queen Levana of when she was a teenager! I cannot be more excited! I mean, a whole nother book from Marissa Meyer!! It's gotta be good!

5.  Winter by Marissa Meyer (November 24th, 2015)

(No Cover Available just yet)

Aaah!! The final book in The Lunar Chronicles! I can't believe this series is coming to an end! But I am super super excited to read Winter.  I can't wait to meet the new characters and see what happens to Cinder and the gang.  And of course, since Marissa Meyer's amazingness knows no bounds, I know I'm going to be blown away!!!

6. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March 10th, 2015)

From Goodreads

Woo hoo!! A new high fantasy series from Jodi Meadows!! I've been hearing about this one constantly and I want to read it so bad!! I love the title of this book and I heard it's about vigilantes, magic, and princess determined to take back her throne!! Doesn't it sound amazing??!! Plus, I heard it was pitched as Batman meets Games of Thrones, so I'm sold!

7.  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (February 10th, 2015)

From Goodreads

Another book with the word "Queen" in it! Which is actually a sure way to catch my attention! Check out the cover for this!  It's beautiful! Yet another fantasy series I'm really excited for! As soon as I saw this, I know I wanted to read this! It's coming out this February, so not too long from now!!

8.  The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (July 7th, 2015)

From Goodreads

Yay!! The sequel to Kiss of Deception! Aaah, I am so excited to see where this is going!! Kiss of Deception left off at a pretty intense point, so I really really want to see what happens to Lia, Raffe, and Kaden!!!


9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (October 8th, 2015)

(No Cover Yet)

A new series based on the Grisha world! I can't wait to read this! There are going to be new characters, who sound awesome, and I have no idea what the story is going to be about, but nevertheless, I'm super excited!!!

10. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (March 3rd, 2015)

From Goodreads
The sequel to The Winner's Curse which is an awesome book!! The cover is incredibly pretty and so is the story -- plus, the title has such a great ring to it! I really am excited for this one! Aaah!! I can't wait to find out what happens with Kestrel and Arin.

11. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (April 28th, 2015)

From Goodreads
To be honest, I don't really know what this book is about, but I'm excited anyway.  I've been hearing great things about it and it sounds like it's a fantasy book, so that's pretty much enough for me! :)))

12.  Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (September 1st, 2015)

(No cover yet)

Vengeance Road is a YA Western!! Doesn't that sound so cool? I mean, I don't think I've ever heard of a YA western, so I'm really looking forward to this book! Erin Bowman has beautiful writing and is also the author of the Taken series, which I enjoyed very much!

Mandy & Erin @The Romance Bookie