Update: Semi-Hiatus (June 2nd – 13th)

Hello everyone! As you have probably noticed this week my posts weren’t scheduled and were often times getting posted pretty late in the day. I haven’t been commenting and interacting with everyone as much as I would have liked to. I’ve been under a lot of stress with school coming to a close and finals week fast approaching, but I know that’s not an excuse for going MIA or not posting quality content without letting you know beforehand. Truth is, I haven’t had much time to read anything for pleasure or even schedule weekly meme posts. I’m working my way through Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand for my World class, but unfortunately other than that reading has had to be put on the back burner.

I’ve decided that the best thing for me is to go on a semi-hiatus from blogging. When I say semi-hiatus I mean that I may be active, just not as much as usual. I hate it when I can’t be a part of the wonderful book blogging community – it’s really hard for me to stay away from all of you! ❤ That being said, I’m not going to be committing to any posts for my last two weeks of school: June 2nd – June 13th. These last two weeks I can already tell are going to be grueling, stressful and oh so tiring.

I’ll probably be acting a lot like this these last two weeks:

June 16th – June 24th I have finals, but really only 3 of those days will I be taking tests and the rest of the time I’ll be home, so I’ll definitely back on June 14th! And then it’s SUMMER!

The blog will be back in full swing in two weeks, but I hope for now you guys will be happy with a few less posts in the meantime. I’ll of course have the rest of my usual posts up for this week, but there will unfortunately be no review today, hence this post in it’s place.

Going on hiatus for the first time is kind of scaring me and making me sad. I know that I’m going to miss blogging and talking with you wonderful people while I’m away, but for some reason school is more important?! I do hope that I’ll be able to squeeze in a little time to my schedule to write some posts, maybe even a review. Fingers crossed that I can!

Meanwhile…

xo, emily

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Before I Blogged (#4) – Black City

Before I Blogged is a weekly feature inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner in which I share a book that I read and loved before I started blogging!

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR

Release Date: November 13, 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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WWW Wednesday (#3)

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading in which we share 3 things: what we’re currently reading, what we’ve recently finished reading, and what we are thinking about reading next!

What I’m Currently Reading:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – I’m reading this one for extra credit for my global class and I’ve heard amazing things about it. Would you guys like a review when I’m finished with it? I know it’s not YA, but I’ve heard this is a book everyone must read.

What I’ve Recently Finished Reading:

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – LOVED this one! Review here.

What I’m Thinking About Reading Next:

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon – I’ve heard pretty mixed things about this but I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Also the author is only 18?! That’s crazy and an amazing accomplishment so I’m really excited to check this one out!

SO, WHAT ARE YOUR WWW’S THIS WEEK? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

xo,

Emily

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

This week was a freebie and with summer fast approaching (where I’m from it’s already really warm!) I jumped at the chance to talk about summery books! All my picks I consider to be “beach” or “poolside” reads that I think are a must to pack in your bag when you’re headed to the beach!

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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Pages: 449

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Contemporary

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

There was not a thing that I didn’t love about Since You’ve Been Gone! I’d heard wonderful things about it around the time of its release from fellow bloggers and decided that I needed to read this book and I needed to read it NOW. I was originally planning to save this one for a vacation or after my summer officially started, but boy am I happy I didn’t wait! Since You’ve Been Gone would have to be my favorite contemporary set in the summer (I can’t say favorite contemporary of the year because I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before equally).

I had so much fun reading this book! Not only did I totally relate to Emily (I mean, not only do we share the same name, but I’m a lot like her – I don’t do things that are out of my comfort zone, ever) but I loved getting to go on her adventures in order to complete Sloane’s crazy list. That brings me to another thing I loved about this book: LISTS. Guys, I love lists. Sometimes I’ll even write things on lists that I’ve already completed just to cross them off! Since You’ve Been Gone was full of them. Sloane’s lists were my favorite. I loved the friendship Sloane and Emily had in that they could communicate with each other through lists and totally understand what the other meant. That’s a solid friendship right there. Then there were the playlists! As I’ve said before on the blog I’m not a music person, but I really loved the addition of the playlists into the book. Not only are they awesome musical recommendations that I plan on listening to, but they really add to the development of Emily and Frank’s relationship.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a really relationship-driven story. Not really romantic relationships but friendships. I LOVED that. Friendship books are too few in the YA genre. There was the perfect balance of friendship and romance. Seeing Emily make new friends in the absence of the one person she really considered a friend was perfect.

The ending of the book was just as good as the rest of it! I was satisfied and it brought a smile to my face. Overall, Since You’ve Been Gone was a fantastic book about independence, relationships, and the fact that friends can come from unexpected places.