Waiting on Wednesday (May 13)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff and Tessa Gratton, which has an expected publication date of October 1, 2015.

The follow-up to the acclaimed novel The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.

In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor.

In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert’s curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn’t know how to love.

In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea.

Three new stories—complete with commentary on the creative process—from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers.

Curious?

I absolutely loved The Curiosities, since it was an interactive learning experience of sorts – while the stories were captivating, getting a glimpse into these lovely ladies’ writing processes also helped me with my own writing. It’s such a neat way to write a book, so I’m ridiculously excited that there’s a follow-up!

What books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten authors I really want to meet.” I haven’t actually met any authors, so my list is way longer than 10 names… so here are a few on my list, in no particular order.

1. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series helped get me hooked on reading, so I’d naturally love to meet the woman whose words helped shape my childhood. More than that, though, these books have helped me form long, lasting friendships, and for that I’ll always be thankful.

2. Rainbow Rowell
I feel like all of my reviews of her books include the sentence, “I just really want Rainbow to be my best friend.” And it’s true. So what better way to accomplish this than meeting her in real life?

3. Maureen Johnson
I’ve been following her on Twitter for ages and think she’s absolutely hilarious. I feel like we’d get up to shenanigans, stare at random strangers a lot, and eat a bunch of watermelon. Sounds like the perfect day, right?

4. Sarah J. Maas
I unashamedly fangirl over all of her books, especially The Assassin’s Blade and (most recently) A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’d love to see her and Susan Dennard give a talk since their friendship is too cute.

5. Neil Gaiman
I’d absolutely love to see what goes on inside his head, since all of his stories are incredibly imaginative and enchanting – both the ones for children and for adults.

6. Lemony Snicket / Daniel Handler
One of my favourite childhood series was A Series of Unfortunate Events, and after re-reading it a couple of summers ago, I found it every bit as wonderful – especially now that I understand all the dark humour. His writing style is just so fantastic, and these books are a huge part of why I’m an avid reader today.

7. Maggie Stiefvater
The emotional rollercoaster that The Raven Cycle has taken me on means that I need to sit down with Maggie and discuss all those beautiful characters. And Camaros. And find out where I can befriend a Gansey or Ronan in real life.

8. Stephanie Perkins
I’ve reread Anna and the French Kiss a million times, and Isla and the Happily Ever After led to some serious reflection and tears on my part. Anna is the book that got me into reading contemporary romance, partially because it could have been the story of my life (aside from the Paris part) and partially because of Etienne.

9. George R.R. Martin
I’m always so impressed that he can keep so many different plot-lines and characters straight. Plus, I’d love to try to convince him to tell me all about Winds of Winter, since I’ve been impatiently waiting on it for a while.

10. Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is one of my all-time favourite books, and I’ve been known to chat for hours about the tents and how beautiful my mental image of the Cirque des Reves is. The meeting may or may not involve pestering her to make another book in that world, too.

Which authors do you desperately want to meet? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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Waiting on Wednesday (May 6)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, which has an expected release date of August 25, 2015.

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

I’ve only read one of Jennifer Nielsen’s books (The False Prince), but I really enjoyed it. I love historical fiction, so I’m really excited to see her exploration of the Berlin Wall – I haven’t seen any YA/MG fiction set during that time!

What books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Books I’m (Probably) Never Going To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books I’m never going to read.” This was a pretty difficult topic, since I tend to be open-minded when it comes to reading, but here are ten that probably won’t make it onto my to-read list.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey series
Technically, I did try reading the first book… but I didn’t make it very far. Erotica isn’t my cup of tea, and the relationship was (in my opinion) more abusive than anything.

2. Pretty Little Liars series
The fact that there are a million books is daunting in and of itself, but considering I was able to stop watching the tv show after 2 seasons and limited answers, I think I can survive without reading this series.

3. & 4. The Bane Chronicles & Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
I read one of the stories in The Bane Chronicles a little while back, and found it to be inconsequential filler; it didn’t really add anything to the series, and the writing was awkward. Since I did enjoy The Infernal Devices series and the first three Mortal Instruments books, I think that I’ll skip these ones – that way, I can say I ended the series on a fairly good note (as long as I pretend that books 4+5 never happened).

5. ALL the other Shadowhunter series
Two was enough. City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls were incredibly painful for me to get through, so I think it’s time for me to move on from the Shadowhunter world.

6. The One and The Heir
The Selection wasn’t anything special, and I didn’t really have strong feelings either way on it. The Elite, though, was an absolute mess: I disliked pretty much every character, and the love triangle was suffocating. If I’m ever feeling masochistic, I may give the rest of the books a read… but that isn’t looking too likely.

7. Anything by Lauren Kate
I didn’t enjoy the Fallen series, and after giving Teardrop a try, I found that her writing just isn’t for me. It’s too much relationship drama, not enough actual plot that the synopsis hints at.

8. Anything by James Frey
There’s been so much drama surrounding him/his works, making them appeal to me much less (if at all).

9. Hush Hush series
Angel books and I tend not to get along, unless they’re of the Angelfall variety. I’ve heard less than stellar things about this series, most of which mentioned an unhealthy relationship, so I feel like reading these books wouldn’t be the best use of my time.

10. The Jewel
I feel really bad about this one, since the cover is absolutely beautiful… but I’ve heard it described as Eve meets The Selection, which isn’t exactly a favourable comparison in my mind.

Which books are you planning to steer clear of? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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Top Ten Books With Strong Female Friendships

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books that feature characters who ___,” so I chose characters that have strong female friendships. I love seeing these kinds of relationships, since it seems like all too often the best friend is only there when it’s convenient for the protagonist’s development… or, you know, the only meaningful relationship that can be focused on is a romantic one.

1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Paige and her BFFs Tessa, Kayleigh and Morgan are the definition of a wonderfully caring group of friends. They’re always there for each other, and immediately put aside any jealousy/bickering to support one another. Bonus points for the fact that the group expanded to include a few guys, and there was no cattiness/drama/change in group dynamics.

2. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
While I wasn’t a fan of the way that Reagan treated girls who weren’t Lilah, the relationship between these two girls was so sweet. They’re fiercely loyal and protective of one another, and the relationship is filled with mutual love, support, and respect, regardless of the differences in celebrity status.

3. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
This is honestly the first book I think of when I think “strong female friendships,” even though it’s been ages since I’ve read it. I loved how despite the distance between them, the girls were still able to make time for one another and put effort into maintaining their close relationships.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena and Nehemia are both strong and independent, which is really refreshing since there isn’t a “dominant” force in their relationship. They have absolute trust in one another, and complete each other in a way – their friendship is a sort of comfort or escape, in that they can just be themselves, without all of the pressure of their respective roles.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
While Iko may be a cyborg, her friendship with Cinder is one of the high points of the story for me. Iko goes above and beyond to support Cinder in whatever way possible (and vice versa), and the two perfectly balance each other out.

6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I feel like the Ladies of 300 Fox Way need a special shoutout in this. While I always admired their closeness, it wasn’t until Blue Lily, Lily Blue that I fully understood just how much these women needed and relied on one another.

7. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami and Angela seem like an unlikely pair, but they’re fiercely protective of each other and stay close even when two cute guys are introduced into the picture. Even better, their duo expands to include another lovely female friend, Holly. These girls are there for one another through the good times and the bad, and are willing to listen to each other’s problems without passing judgement.

8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou and Zuzana’s friendship was one of my favourite parts of this series. Even though Karou’s the one with powers, Zuze is still a present, important part of her life, and I absolutely loved how she was willing to do anything to help Karou – even if it’s just as small as making her laugh. These girls truly love one another, and their fierce loyalty was so nice to see.

9. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Gigi, Bea and Neerja have a rock-solid friendship. Their relationship is filled with unconditional love and support, while also pushing each other to drift outside of their comfort zones. Even when they’re pursuing other interests, these girls still make time for each other.

10. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Emi and Charlotte have a wonderful friendship: 100% support, without any judgement. I loved how their friendship didn’t falter once Ava stepped into the picture; instead, both Emi and Charlotte formed a solid relationship with Ava, even with the hints of something more that could happen between her and Emi.

What are some of your favourite books with strong female friendships? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Bookish Problems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten book-related problems that I have.” It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and this looks like such a fun topic!

1. Finding time to read. 
I’m currently taking 5 biology courses and their associated laboratory components, which means that I’m at school from 9:30-5:30 on weekdays. On top of that, I’m the Marketing & Communications Director for a student-run group on campus, I visit elementary school classrooms with Let’s Talk Science to run fun biology experiments, and I’m on the Lab and Design Team for the University of Waterloo’s iGEM team (which I am incredibly excited about!). All of this has left me with very little time to blog, let alone read – if I can sneak in a few chapters over breakfast, I consider it to be a good day.

2. Deciding what to read next
I probably spend more time staring at my bookshelves to pick out my next read than I spend actually reading…

3. Buying matching covers/editions
In a perfect world, all of my books would be of the same type and same edition. Unfortunately, I’m really impatient, and insist on pre-ordering everything, so my series are a mix of hardcovers and paperbacks.

4. Saying “no” to pretty-looking books – especially when I already own another edition
I recently tried convincing my mother that a good 21st birthday present would be the new Bloomsbury editions of Harry Potter, since I love their covers. She said no, since I already have a perfectly good, original hardcover set… so I’m just going to have to buy them myself. And the illustrated editions, once those come out.

5. Binge-reading a series, only to find out that the next book is released a lot later than I originally thought
Here’s looking at you, Winter.

6. When none of my friends understand why I’m crying over a fictional character
The worst was when I was reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue and had to show them the scene I was crying over. IT WAS REALLY SWEET, OKAY.

7. Getting a new book in a series, but forgetting what happened in the previous books
Thank goodness for The Recaptains, and Wikipedia. (I usually would do a reread, but if I tried that once Winds of Winter comes out, you guys would never hear from me again).

8. When I borrow an ebook from the library, and it expires before I have a chance to finish it
This always happens with new releases, since I have the hardest time reading multiple books at once… which means I have to go back on the incredibly long holds list.

9. Getting interrupted in the middle of a good scene
Especially if it’s to ask what I’m reading.

10. Deciding how to organize my bookshelf
Alphabetical? By colour? Do I give myself a favourites shelf? Such a hard decision! My bookshelf is the only part of my room that needs to look perfect. Now, if only it had infinite space…

What are your biggest book-related problems? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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If You Like… CLASSICS


If You LikeWelcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

I’ve been reading a lot of classics lately, so I thought that this week I’d recommend some classics that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Although this novel is a lot different from what I expected it to be (I thought it would be a romantic love story- it’s not!) I still really enjoyed. It’s basically like reading a soap opera because it’s so dramatic and ridiculous. It’s really well written and you can’t help but love to hate the characters. It’s a pretty quick read as well, which is great if you’re in any sort of time crunch.

Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’m in the middle of rereading this novel for the second time right now, and I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. Yes, Holden Caulfield can get a bit irritating at times (everything is just so PHONY to him) but I think that deep down we can all relate to him at least a little. It’s also really interesting to read it knowing how it ends because it definitely puts a different perspective on his entire situation. For anyone who has ever felt lonely, misunderstood, or just frustrated with the world, I think you’ll definitely find a connection with poor Holden!

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

I haven’t actually finished reading this one entirely yet- I’m reading it with my AP English class right now and I’m currently about half way through it- but I am absolutely adoring it thus far so I thought I’d recommend it anyways. Pip is a spectacular narrator because he’s so easy to relate to. The characters in this novel seem to leap right off the page and Dickens’ writing is brilliantly witty. If the second half of the novel is as good as the first, this book is one fantastic read!

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What classics would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY (Nut Free Nerd)

P.S. Can you tell that I’m in love with the Penguin English Library collection? ❤

Waiting on Wednesday (January 14)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius, which has an expected publication date of May 12, 2015.

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Doesn’t this just sound absolutely adorable? And it has the cutest cover ever — if I hadn’t already liked the synopsis, falling in love with the cover definitely would have sold me on this one.

What books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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if you like… LONG BOOKS

If You Like... graphicWelcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve posted here on The In-Between Place! As per usual, school, work, and life in general have consumed so much of my time, but now I’m back and ready to blog! Since I was gone for such a LONG time, I thought that this week I would recommend some LONGER books. (See what I did there? :))

I always feel like winter is the perfect time to curl up with a nice tome and spend a while reading. So in the event that you’re looking for a longer book to read this season (or any time of year, really) here are three books that have over 500 pages!

the goldfinch coverThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

At 771 pages long, this colossal novel tells the story of Theo, a boy whose life is perhaps destined to be intertwined with the intriguing painting, “The Goldfinch”. You follow Theo from a young age in New York City all the way to his life as an adult caught up in a tangled mess of mistakes and desires. Haunting and utterly captivating, The Goldfinch will change the way you look at this simple yet meaningful painting- and maybe even art as a form of expression.

a prayer for owen meany coverA Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

With a total of 640 pages, this novel tells the story of Owen Meany, a boy who accidentally kills the mother of his best friend in a Little League baseball game. Their relationship is forever changed, even in ways that don’t come to light until it is too late. Set in small-town America in the 1950s and filled with questions of friendship, religion, politics, and life in general, A Prayer for Owen Meany is certain to make you think.

all the light we cannot see coverAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Ringing in at 544 pages, this novel tells the tragic and heart-wrenching story of two young people attempting to survive on opposite sides of World War II. Marie Laure, a blind French girl, faces the every day challenge of piecing the world together in her mind. Werner, a German orphan, struggles morally as he works for the Nazis on the radios that he has adored since he was a child. All the Light We Cannot See is sure to strike a chord in readers as these two beautifully written stories collide and intertwine.

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What long books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Waiting on Wednesday (December 31)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, which has an expected publication date of March 31, 2015.

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics, The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

Before I had even finished reading the absolute perfection that is Open Road Summer, Emery Lord had found herself on my “would-happily-read-her-grocery-lists list.” I love her focus on strong friendships (something YA needs more of!), and I can’t wait to see what swoonworthy boys I’ll be introduced to next!

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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