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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bookish Digest: May 2015

Hello lovelies! Welcome to Bookish Digest - something we'll be putting together at the end of every month to highlight our recent favorite reads and recap any posts you may have missed. We also include an About My Life and Things I'm Looking Forward To section in an effort for you to get to know us better. Don't forget to tell us in the comments some things that happened to you over the past month so we can get to know you guys better too!

So . . . you may have noticed our new look. And if you didn't, hum . . . what? Bookish is now Bookish Lifestyle! After a rather detailed discussion, Evie and Andrea decided to expand Bookish. People don't just read books, right? They have a variety of other interests, correct? So why were we only focusing on books?! To find out more about this change - and to enter our giveaway - check out Evie's post: Bookish Evolution


Updates for 2015 TBR Pile Challenge:

    Evie



    Series:
    Stand Alone
    Genre:
    Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
    Website:Nicola Yoon 

    Goodreads
    Review:
    To be posted soon
    This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

    My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

    But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

    Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

    Book Reviews

    Author/Book Promotion
    Charmed by Michelle Krys {Playlist + Giveaway}

    About My Life in May
    We updated the blog design and broadened the spectrum of the blog, so that's something exciting!

    Got hooked on a TV showOrange is the New Black. It's pretty good, you should watch it.

    Things I'm Looking Forward to in June
    I can tell you what I'm not looking forward to - the heat in our apartment. It gets ridiculously hot here, on the top floor. UGH.

    Well, I am looking forward to one thing - posting more lifestyle, beauty and fashion reviews, and maybe even sharing some personal stories :)


    Andrea



    Series:
    Scarlet #2
    Genre:
    Young Adult, Retelling, Realistic Fiction, Romance
    Website:A.C. Gaughen 

    Goodreads
    Review:
    To Be Posted August 2
    Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

    Reviews
    Never Will I Ever (Probably) {Top Ten Tuesday}
    Authors I Really Want to Meet {Top Ten Tuesday}

    Choosing My Next Read {Feature & Follow}
    Organization {Feature & Follow}
    Writing Reviews {Feature & Follow}
     TBR Books {Feature & Follow}

    Introductions & Library Love {BEA Armchair}
    Visual Expressions & Social Media {BEA Armchair}
    Character Chatter & Blogging Q&A {BEA Armchair}
    Book to Movie Adaptations {BEA Armchair}

    Author/Book Promotion
    Onyx Webb by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton {Interview + Excerpt}
    A Fox's Love by Brandon Varnell  {Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway}
    Echo by Lorena Glass {Excerpt + Giveaway}
     Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack {Interview}
    Litographs x Throne of Glass Launch  {Giveaway}

    About My Life in May
    Cavs won the Eastern finals! All in CLE, baby! Cavaliers swept the series against the Hawks 4-0 and we are off to the NBA Championship!

    Had a bit of an off month, reading wise. I don't know what it is, but there was like two weeks straight where I just didn't read anything. I guess I gave my mind a break and just focused on those things I neglected during my hot streak.

    All my regular season shows had season finales. Don't get me wrong, I love my TV shows, but something about them ending and the following abundance of free time just makes me smile. Of course, now I have the summer series, but there's not nearly as many. 

    Things I'm Looking Forward to in June
    Cavs winning the NBA Championship. Oh it's going to be an intense couple of weeks, my friends. Get ready for a barrage of tweets if you follow me on Twitter  :)

    Hopefully regular spring / summer weather and none of this 80 one day and 50 the next nonsense. Get your shit together, Ohio!

    Elizabeth



    Series:
    Stand Alone
    Genre:
    Young Adult, Romance
    Website:Cathleen Davitt Bell 

    Goodreads
    Review:
    Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

    Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?

    About My Life in May
    I got put on midnights...  This messed up my entire system.  Reading was slowed and reviews were impossible.  I'm finally just starting to pull out of this back into a workable schedule.

    I went to my first ball game and drive-in of the season!  I know this doesn't sound all that exciting but these are the two things I love in the summer. Well, I mean beyond the sun and warmth.

    Things I'm Looking Forward to in June
    Starting plan out Mermaid and Myth month!!!  I know it isn't until August but there is so much to do!!  It's my favourite month filled with reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways and MORE!!

    Summer trips and visits.  The season for seeing everyone has started.  I'm looking forward to just being out and about :)

    Jessica



    Series:
    Standalone
    Genre:
    Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
    Website:Lauren Gibaldi 

    Goodreads
    Review:
    To be Posted June 9 on Stuck In Books
    A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

    Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

    But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

    And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

    Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

    In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

    Reviews

    About My Life in May
    I finished my first year of college! It's so weird. A year ago at this time I was just gearing up to graduate high school, no idea how college would go or anything. And now I have two whole semesters under my belt. And I have some free time in between semesters now to chill out and BREATHE. (And plan for next semester, but let's not think about that right this second.)

    RT! Last month, when I put this down as something to happen in May, I did NOT think I'd actually do it. I wanted to more than anything, but it just was not working out. The only reason it was in the post was because I was too sad to admit defeat yet. AND THEN THINGS ACTUALLY DID WORK OUT AND I DID GO TO RT AND I HAD THE VERY BEST TIME. I got to see my dear friend Val (@StuckInBooks), and I got to see Mary (@knoxdiver) who is so lovely, and I got to meet Katie (@PolishedPage) who is one of the coolest people. I got to see Jennifer L. Armentrout and Victoria Scott. I got to meet Tiffany King. And there were SO MANY more people I got to see and hang out with, but listing them all would take a very long time. (Though, seriously, shout out to Gretchen McNeil for giving me her map during the Giant Book Fair because I was so lost.) It was a super fun experience, and I'm so glad things panned out! Now I'm just sitting here with all the books and wondering when I get to see my bookish friends again. Heh.

    The Voice finale! I was so into this season. Only the second time that's happened to me, but this season... Sawyer Fredericks, y'all. I was all in for that kid. I may or may not have cried a happy tear or two when he won. (HIS PARENTS WERE THERE AND HE WAS HUGGING THEM AND SINGING AND IT WAS SUCH A HAPPY MOMENT, OKAY)

    Also, the finale to the first season of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. You know, in the beginning I was kind of bored with this series. I gave it a shot, though, because I enjoy this type of show, especially since it has that catchy little song ("Lizzie Borden took an axe...."). I'm a sucker for catchy little songs. (I'm not going to quote the one for Freddy Kruger, but know that I want to.) But anyway--Lizzie Borden. I wasn't entirely taken in the beginning of the season, but by the time the end came I was really into it. Even though literally every one of my favorite characters keeps dying. Le sigh. But for real, I so hope it gets picked up for another season!

    Things I'm Looking Forward to in June
    Bookish Lifestyle! I lovelovelove the evolution happening here, and I'm so excited to be a part of it! Also, the new design.... I just want to keep staring at it. All day every day.

    Reading ALL OF THE BOOKS. My TBR for June is looking gorgeous. Both with books I already have and books that are releasing. Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams is coming out! (My Molly McAdams addiction can finally be appeased!) Scorched by JLA! My favorite book of this month releases on the 16th, too! (For real, it's so great and you should read it because the characters are adorable and awkward and the story is fun and it's about a night of saying yes... I. Love. It. Cutest couple award goes to the main characters of that book. THEY GET AN AWARD.)

    Netflix with Brother 3. This isn't completely new to June, but it's going happen MORE now, since school's ending for him in a few days. (He's finishing up his junior year of high school. My little brother that's actually bigger than me. Sigh.) He and I watch Netflix every Saturday night (unless I'm away at something like, ahem, RT), and also Sundays if he has the Monday after off. We watch horror movies mostly, since I'm super into them and my brother likes trying to find good ones. But we also watch some shows, too--Total Drama (because nostalgia) and Family Guy, and probably more now that we'll have time. So that'll be nice.

     
    Most Popular Review
    Jessica loved Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams, calling it a novella that is "so worth reading . . . painful and downright heartbreaking, but this is a story that needed to happen." Click on the cover above to read her full review!

    Most Popular Non-Review
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    Tell us - what went on in your month?! What were some of your favorite books this month? Favorite posts from either your blog or others? What are some new (or old) and noteworthy things we should know about? Be sure to leave a link!

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