Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores | Rapid Review

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
Release Date: September 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary

Goodreads | Author Website

Rating: ★★★★★

Customer: I read a book in the sixties. I don’t remember the author, or the title. But it was green, and it made me laugh. Do you know which one I mean?”

I adored this book. I flew through it (30 mins maybe?) and tabbed so many amazing quotes! If you’re looking to laugh a bunch pick up this book! As a person who works in customer service, and understands the struggles that comes with see customers every day, I adored this book. Even if you don’t have a customer service background you’ll devour this book. The quotes are hilarious, confusing and wonderful. It’ll also bump up your reading numbers for that Goodreads goal in no time at all. I can’t wait to get my hands on Jen’s other books!

#Top10Tuesday // Book Related Problems

toptentuesdayTop 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re writing our the top 10 book related problems HERE WE GO!

  1. Too Many Books, Too Little Time (aka the never ending TBR — I LOVE having a lot of books to read, and having my options open. At the same time, it makes me sad because I never really get to read all of these books I would like to.
  2. YA Shame — This is something that doesn’t worry me too much, but I hate being shamed for being an adult who enjoys reading YA. I try not to let the haters get me down, but I still get annoyed by it and consider it a problem.
  3. Reading In Public – I plan to read a whole blog post about this in the future. Public reading makes me frustrated and nervous for various reasons.
  4. Constant e-book vs. physical book war in my head – Whenever I read a bunch of e-books, I miss holding physical books. When I read a bunch of physical books, I start hating lugging them around. It’s a constant (annoying) cycle.
  5. Not having enough IRL reader friends – I do have reader friends in real life, but not a lot of them. That’s what  I love most about the online book community.
  6. Loving a book nobody has read – I’d rather hate a book in solitude than love one. I will try to get everyone to read a book I love if I can.
  7. Not making progress on to do lists/being productive because MUST READ – There are days where all I do is read, and if it’s a weekend and I actually have the time, I might do that all day (like I did Sunday).
  8. Planning things around read-a-thons, new releases & when you have to make library runs – I honestly will pick dinner plans on a different night if I can in order to accommodate for read-a-thons, new releases that I just HAVE TO READ or making library runs. It’s shameful, and a serious problem, but it’s real.
  9. Struggling between reading a book too slow and too fast – If it’s too slow I feel like I’m in a reading slump. If it’s too fast, I don’t feel like I’m savoring and enjoying the book. There is no perfect pace for me.
  10. Checking out more library books than I can possibly read before they’re due – I walk through a library. I pick about 12 books, forgetting I already have 7 checked out at home. This is a regular occurrence. It’s one thing to want to read a lot of books, it’s another to have the ability to, but not being able to read fast enough.

#5books7days & #ProjectTBR Read-A-Thons TBR

From Feb. 16-22 two read-a-thons are running. #5books7days is hosted by LotteLikesBooks over on Instagram. The #ProjectTBR read-a-thon is hosted by Benjamin of Tomes over on YouTube.

I’m participating in both read-a-thons, hoping to read 5 books during the week in the various categories of the #ProjectTBR has outlined. Those categories are as follows:

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  • Read a book under 250 pages: Weird things Customers Say in Bookstores
  • Read a book over 500 pages: Crash and Burn
  • Green on a cover: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Underhyped Book: We Should Hang out Sometime
  • A sequel you’ve been meaning to read: City of Glass

Books that take place in your area | Top 5 Wednesday

118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme create by Ginger Reads Lainey. Join the Goodreads group and become part of the Top 5 Wednesday family.

This week we are listing our top books that take place in our area (you decide what you want defined as your area). I’m going to split this list between the two states in the U.S. I have lived in: my current location, Ohio & my home state of California. HERE WE GO.

5. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (California)

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (California)

3. Y: The Last Man 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (Ohio)

2. Y: The Last Man 5-9 by Brian K. Vaughn (California)

1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Ohio)

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books | Top 10 Tuesday

toptentuesdayTop 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re writing about the top 10 things we like and/or dislike when it comes to romances in books. I’m choosing to write about both things I like and dislike (for a list of 5 for each). HERE WE GO!

LIKE:
A journey. I like when you can see the relationship, the love, form. The journey is one of my favorite parts to actually read about.

DISLIKE:
Insta-love. Really thought, Instalove is the worst. We all hate it. Sometimes it’s done… okay. Usually, not.

LIKE:
Realistic love. I don’t want things that I can’t dream about, that aren’t attainable because they don’t seem quite as romantic to me. I like to read about things that might actually happen. Sure, he could actually build you your dream house, but will he? I don’t know, doesn’t seem likely to me. I want the stuff I can’t actually dream about.

DISLIKE:
Creepy actions disguised as love. He kept tabs on you all those years waiting for the right time to tell you he’s the one for you. He watches you sleep. I’m sorry. Creepy is not sexy. It’s not okay. It’s not working for me.

LIKE:
Kindness. There has been this trend where love interest start off hating eachother. I’m not a fan of that. I like cute little flirtations, smiles, kindness. Things that make the butterflies in my stomach flap their wings just a little bit faster.

DISLIKE:
Love, just to have love in a story/to sell books. When the romance in a book doesn’t further the story or plot, I get annoyed fast.

LIKE:
Unique,  I-want-that acts of love. This goes back to the wanting realistic romance/things I can dream about. While those acts of love that are over-the-top are annoying, the ones done right (a story or gift that has a special meaning to their past, etc.) just make me swoon.

DISLIKE:
Gross/over-the-top descriptions. I can’t do it. Just don’t describe your sloppy kisses to me. Thanks.

LIKE:
Overcoming the odds. I like when people fight for love. It makes me happy.

DISLIKE:
When it feels TOO easy. Love isn’t easy. We all know that. I like when we see people jump over those hurdles. HATE when it’s too easy, because once again, it looses the realistic factor that I’m looking for.

Book Review | Golden

Golden by Jessi Kirby
Release date: May 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Goodreads | Author Website

Rating: ★★★★★

“One often meets her destiny on the road she takes to avoid it.”

Golden was the first book I read in 2015, and it was a perfect way to start my reading year.

Our protagonist, Parker, is a young woman many of us can relate to. A – dare I say – “golden” child. This small-town valedictorian, Standford-bound, Scholarship-contender life has always been in a constant, forward moving path. A goal stacked in front of another goal with little concern for what she really wanted out of life, for the fun or the excitement. Parker is a hard worker, she doesn’t take risks and she does what she’s supposed to do. Until one day, she doesn’t.

One day Parker finds the journal of Juliette, a former golden girl with a bright future ahead of her who  tragically died nearly a decade prior. When Parker doesn’t do what she’s supposed to, and tears open the journal she is faced with the reality that things are not always what the appear to be and that risks are sometimes worth it.

This book has multiple moving parts that held my interest for the entire story. For one, Juliana’s journal was very compelling and my favorite part of the story. Second, Parker’s scholarship and speech and how her goals for herself shifted in the course of the book made for a quick and interesting read. Finally, though equally compelling was Parker’s relationships as they shifted and progressed with various people in this story including her best friend, her mom and her crush.

Parker’s story is one we don’t see often, but she is a character that you relate to. The journey she went through is unique, but her end point is one we can all hope to find. This story is heartbreaking but wonderful, hopeful and a coming-of-age/finding-yourself story like no other. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

If you’ve read Golden, or any other novel by Jessi Kirby (or find them to be on your TBR) let me know what you think about it down in the comments below!

Futuristic Books | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme create by Ginger Reads Lainey. Join the Goodreads group and become part of the Top 5 Wednesday family.

IMG_83985. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lowry paints a wonderful picture of the true definition of dystopian.

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The world Dashner creates is clearly futurist as can be seen by the technology, powers & state of the environment. More about this world becomes clear in the sequel books.

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Bracken’s tragic and dark dystopian is a scary future we don’t want to come to pass.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Clearly the future we are scared will come to pass, and wonderful and truly dystopian future. Hmm I’m seeing a dystopian trend here. #sorrynotsorry

1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Stated to be set in the future with one of the best, most intricate worlds I’ve read to date. Shannon makes this future sound fun, wonderfully crazy and a place you want to be as well as a place to fear and run from. Gosh, that’s talent.