BOOK REVIEW: REBEL BELLE BY RACHEL HAWKINS



Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more




Contains spoilers!


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IN MY MAILBOX - 29/07/2014


Gosh, I'm certainly a lucky girl! I've met some amazing people this year and I was very fortunate enough to have one of them be the very kind and generous Dennis. He's done it again. He's made me a very happy girl and sent me some more books. Can  you believe it? I had no idea! I was actually awaiting a parcel today for something completely different. I've actually enrolled into University to do a degree in English Literature and as I'm studying from home so I can work full time, I got my parcel and saw that I actually had two. I thought 'surely I don't need TWO boxes full of text books....Nope. I saw on the side of one box it said Amazon and I was so confused. I ran into my room with excitement and ripped open the box. I had a real treat for me in there. 10 books. TEN. I'm not even kidding, I have a tiny bookshelf. I'm saving up to move out so I'm currently living at home in a tiny box of a room, that means that the bookshelf is tiny too. It's literally jam packed so I have no room for them (bookworm problems) so it looks like I'll be stacking them on my table for the time being. Anyway, let's sausage roll and get on with seeing some glorious books! 

*squee!*



come see...

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NEWS: 50 SHADES OF GREY TRAILER IS RELEASED


Prepare yourself - that movie's coming!

Whether you've read it or not, enjoyed it or hated it, it's still a trailer we're all going to watch. We were all wondering how they'd pull off a story like this for the big screen and we were very curious to get a small insight into what kind of movie it's going to be. Well, we don't have to wait anymore. We got a trailer today and we thought you all (or maybe only some) would be interested to see what it's like.

Of course you all know what 50 Shades is about so we don't need to explain,  if you don't know... where have you been for the last few years? 50 Shades of Grey is the fastest selling paperback of all time and sold over 100 million copies worldwide as well as being translated into 52 languages. Impressive! (I'm still shocked that it overtook Harry Potter for the fastest selling book! That's quite an achievement, E.L James!)

So anyway, after waiting and getting a teaser from Beyonce's Instagram herself, here it is. It's a full length global trailer which shows the actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fully immersed in their roles as Ana and Christian, we see the chemistry, some memorable moments, Christian's smoldering look and that room...

Enjoy!





So there you have it. Do you think they cast the right people? I did hear that the movie will be slightly more on the 'romantic' side so that's one change that'll be interesting to see when it comes out next year, as well as how they're going to give us those scenes without it being too much like a porno. 


And now I know why Beyonce did share the teaser the other day. The song? A new version of 'Crazy In Love'. Now that I'm interested in hearing. I loved it in this trailer.


50 Shades of Grey will be in cinema's on Valentines Day 2015.

GoodReads: 50 Shades of Grey  by E.L James
Wikipedia: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James (for those of you who don't want to read it)






What did you think? Will you be seeing 50 Shades when it comes out?  Let us know in our comments or on Twitter.

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BOOK REVIEW: BURN FOR BURN BY JENNY HAN AND SIOBHAN VIVIAN



Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. 

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. 

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. 

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?



Spoilers ahead!


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S.C. STEPHENS TO RELEASE "THOUGHTFUL" IN FEBRUARY 2015!

Mornin'!!! ♥

The Universe has heard our pleas.

No, really. The Universe must have heard our pleas. There is just no other explanation for everything falling into place so perfectly.

Mere hours after we had a long discussion about the possible release date for "Thoughtful", the long-anticipated retelling of the bestselling "Thoughtless", a stunning debut that rocked the world of New Adult literature to its core (pun absolutely intended!), the official announcement has finally happened:

S.C. Stephens's "Thoughtful", Kellan Kyle's point of view of the events that take place in "Thoughtless" is due to be released in February, 2015!


(And no, this is not the official cover. We just like to mess around in Photoshop.)

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TOP 10 21ST CENTURY READS THAT TACKLE SERIOUS TOPICS

Where classic literature is concerned, the one irrefutable argument you'll hear time and time again in its defense is that it's their messages, the effortless way in which they tackle serious topics that makes them timeless and ubiquitous. If you think back, you're sure to remember at least one person (if only your Lit teacher) who swears by the classics and simultaneously swears off modern literature for this very reason. Once upon a time, they claim, authors meditated on the most poignant issues that we as humanity face and didn't shy away from difficult (oftentimes controversial) topics of everyday life. Nowadays, the entirety of literature has been reduced to a non-philosophical kind of absurdity, to vulgarity and pointlessness.

Or has it?

Here at The Honest Bookclub, we try to keep up with the current releases. Most of the books we read and review are 21st century reads. And we beg to differ.

So for this top 10 Monday, we have chosen to showcase ten modern-day reads that tackle serious topics well. In our personal and only somewhat biased opinion, these ten reads contain messages equally as powerful as many of the classics, and handle serious topics just as expertly.

As always, beware of spoilers. In revealing the subjects these books tackle, we have been forced - in some instances, that is - to reveal what isn't readily transparent when starting some of those books for the first time (but that which only becomes apparent over time).

And as usual, the list is in no particular order. We like to consider all ten a kind of modern-day classics in their own right.

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BOOK REVIEW: 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES BY MAUREEN JOHNSON



Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.


Just a warning, there's spoilers ahead

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IN MY MAILBOX: JULY 19TH

This "In My Mailbox" post is a lie.

No, really. I feel like I should have fashioned a picture, Magritte-style, of this post which says "Ceci n'est pas un In My Mailbox post".

The reason that this post is a lie is mainly this: none of the books I am about to showcase, with the exception of one, are:
a) recent;
b) gifts;
b) truly mine.

I'll elaborate on that in a moment. But firstly, behold the glory!



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9 THINGS THAT MAKE BOOK LOVERS SMILE


It's a cruel world. There's so many bad things happening in the world at the moment and that's why we need our books to help us escape. The simple things in a novel that makes us smile is something we all need, switching on the news every day is enough to depress us. Even when we don't have the time to read and we're walking around town, trying to find the nearest bookshop, there are other things that make us happy.


We decided to compile a list of things that make us readers happy, what brightens our day that's related to books and improves our mood.


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TOP 10 CHARACTERS WE DISLIKE

First and foremost, allow us to apologize for bringing you our Top 10 Monday post a tad late (or almost late, depending on where you live). If there's anything we've learned from our beloved book characters, it's to take responsibility for our actions, so we'll refrain from blaming it on bad timing/weather/lighting/mood/conditions. We're at fault! Sorry, all!

You....


We all have those characters that we hate. We're reading a book and that name pops up, the name we don't want to see and when we do, we can't help but roll our eyes and groan. Them again... Sometimes they make the story exciting, dramatic... or just incredibly frustrating. It might be that they're a villain who are disrupting your favorite character's life or it might be that they just really annoy you, you just can't help but hate them. 

We decided to make up a list of those characters that we love to hate and share them with you this Monday. We don't want to upset anyone who actually likes any of these (I'm sure some of you will strongly disagree with one or two) but this is all highly subjective. This isn't going to be anything against any author or the novel in its entirety, it's only the characters actions or thoughts that made us put them into our top 10.

Proceed with caution, however! We found it to be virtually impossible to create a list of this variety without heavily spoiling the book, the characters' journeys throughout it, and sometimes the entire series the character is from. So we suggest skimming the titles before deciding which of the characters from our list you'd like an explanation for. Once again, our list is a joint one rather than an individual. The top 1 choice is a mutually agreed-upon one, while the following were our individual picks, all meshed together.

And as always, we are sticking to our honest policy so there may be some bad language and possible bashing of beloved characters. Tread carefully...


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BOOK REVIEW: EASY BY TAMMARA WEBBER



Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn't easy...


He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior...

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he'd worked so hard to overcome, and the future she'd put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth - and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy



Possible spoilers and bad langauge

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2014!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2014

July 14th 2014 - July 21st 2014

July is here, the summer break and holiday season is upon us and yet another Booktube-A-Thon is just around the corner.

What is a Booktube-A-Thon, you ask?

Booktube-A-Thon is a yearly readathon taking place in July, organized and hosted by the Booktube community and open for everyone's participation.

But what is a readathon?

A readathon is an event that takes place over a pre-determined period of time where a community of people band together and attempt to read as much as possible and/or dedicate the majority of their free time to reading in the alloted timeframe. Readathons commonly range between a day and a week in duration (though sometimes they can last much longer than that). Unlike a read-a-long, the readathon isn't centered around the same reading material. You don't have to be reading the same books as everyone else. In fact, you can read anything you like. The readathon connects readers not through a choice of book, but through a time frame in which all readers participating in it will be reading as much as possible - and all at (virtually) the same time. Think of it as a knitathon - you don't have to be knitting the same thing as everyone else, you're just doing it at the same time as everyone else. (Was knitathon a bad parallel? Am I the only one who knows about knitathons? Moving on.)

Why Booktube-A-Thon?

Readathons have different names, depending on when they take place or who is hosting them. Booktube-A-Thon is hosted by the Booktube community. The Booktube community is a "book-related section" of Youtube, where videos and entire channels are dedicated exclusively to books and reading. To have the Booktubers organize a readathon essentially means that, apart from connecting with the hosts on social media, you'll also be able to watch daily videos on Youtube dedicated to this readathon, where various Booktubers will encourage you to read on, to stay motivated and to participate in various giveaways and challenges along the way.


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BOOK REVIEW: THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY BY JENNY HANN

 The Summer I Turned Pretty on Goodreads

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.



This is the quintessential summer read, in all the best possible ways!

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J.K. ROWLING WRITES SHORT STORY ABOUT HARRY POTTER: THE ADULT YEARS

We always knew it wasn't over!

Earlier today, J.K. Rowling has published a new short story (in the form of an article, written by our not-so-beloved Rita Skeeter) which takes place in the Potterverse! What's more, Rowling's Skeeter's article, following the Dumbledore's Army as they reunite at the finale of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, takes place in this very moment, making it our first true glimpse into the goings-on in the Wizarding World at the present day since the epilogue of "Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows"! Today, Skeeter has taken up her Quick Quotes Quill and taken to stalking reporting about our favorite Wizarding army, their "next generation", as well as some of the well-known figures in the Wizarding World, such as the famous Bulgarian seeker Victor Krum and the WWN favorite Celestina Warbeck.


The whole article can be found at Pottermore, where it was originally published, and which brought on the spectacular crash of the site, the likes of which some of us remember from the early-Pottermore and Pottermore-beta days. (No, really. The site was down for a couple of hours following the publication of the article.) By far more enduring, but not at all impervious to the news, is Twitter, where Harry Potter, as well as the hashtag #HarryPotterIsBack, is currently trending.


We, of course, always knew it wasn't over. But it's pointless denying what a bout of nostalgia this unexpected insight into the world of Harry Potter has brought on. Nor do we deny the power of "All was well", which for years we have regarded as our final farewell. But a true Potterhead always wonders what shenanigans the non-Muggles are up to these days. And this time, for once, our curiosity was well-rewarded.


Of course it is happening inside our heads. But why on earth should that mean that it isn't real?




What was your reaction to our renewed glimpse into the Wizarding World? We're in equal parts nostalgic and thrilled, and eager to share our impressions with anyone who was as touched by this article as we were. Leave a comment below or visit our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook if you're also in need of some fandom love.
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TOP 10 BOOK SIBLINGS



They love and support one another through thick and thin. They put themselves in harm's way for one another without a moment's hesitation. They offer encouragement and support when needed, and they give stern lectures when required. They make great teams, and their love is unwavering through it all.

They are the book siblings.

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IN MY MAILBOX: JULY 7TH

Your eyes aren't deceiving you; it's another bookhaul!

I've been thinking it over, and I've come to the conclusion that my good friend Dennis is responsible for about a fourth of my entire bookshelf. I'm in equal parts alarmed, humbled and profoundly grateful to him for this, in ways I still haven't quite found the words to express (though some interesting phrases have been coined - like thankyouest, the superlative of "thank you"; it's not an adjective, but we're not nitpicky over here... most of the time).

What my good friend Dennis is also responsible for is this edition of "In My Mailbox". (THANKYOUEST, Dennis!!!)


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BOOK REVIEW: THE ONE BY KIERA CASS




THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!


SPOILERS AHEAD!

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NEW BOOK ALERT: CONFESS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Colleen Hoover fans, have we got some butterflying amazing news to share with you today!

We've been thoroughly spoiled by Ms. Hoover this year. We've gotten "Maybe Someday" in February, and now "Ugly Love" is just around the corner, with its release date in early August. 

And there's more still. The first of Colleen Hoover's 2015 novels has been announced awhile back. With its title being "November Nine", its expected publication date has been - you guessed it - November the 9th. But if you were worried about an agonizing wait between August, 2014 and November, 2015 for your next Colleen fix, fear not.

The (chronologically) first of Colleen Hoover's 2015 novels has been announced!

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IN MY MAILBOX: JULY 5TH


Oh my god. Some people are just too amazing! When I heard that I was going to get some books from my Amazon wishlist, I was so incredibly excited. The lovely Dennis has been incredibly kind and sent me a big box full of goodies. I'm incredibly overwhelmed by his generosity! I was literally saying 'OMFG. OMG. OMFG. OMG. OMG' the whole time while going through the box, but how can you not? Can you actually believe it? Look at them all, there's so many! I don't know how they're going to fit in my tiny, cramped bookshelf. Anyway, after so much waiting and frustration from the delivery, it finally got here. I actually got that box and expected a lot smaller parcel, and when I opened it, the amount of books I'd received really surprised me! Wow, and it's such a variety of stories.


Look at these beauts! I'm a very lucky girl. I received the following (with GoodReads links so you can look them up)


Sigh..I'm such a lucky girl!


The Night Circus I've been meaning to read for so long! I've heard so many great things about this one and I know it's won a few awards. I finally own it! I don't know a lot about it but I love reading books that I don't know a lot about. Next we have 13 Little Blue Envelopes, a girly book that I've heard some good things about. I love cheesy stories and I love books that cheer me up so I'll be looking forward to reading this one. We also have Easy which I think everyone but me has read. It's a very popular contemporary romance book which has a lot of high praise on booktube, GoodReads and other blogging websites. I can finally know what the big fuss is all about.


Burn For Burn I've seen in bookshops and I've never got round to buying it, the reviews on GoodReads are good for this one. It's supposed to be a contemporary book with some interesting and realistic characters (just going by the tags!) so that'll be great to read. Some people have also listed the girls in this book as 'kick-ass heroines', and we all love a strong female lead! If I Stay is also another book that everyone has read but me. It's from the author of Just One Day and it's supposed to be a tearjerker. If I Stay is also going to be a movie that comes out quite soon so I better get reading before that comes out in cinema's. Origin is a book that I took out the library last year and never got round to reading it and had to give it back. It's nice to finally own this book, I've wanted to read Origin for a long time!


The Darkest Minds I've been looking for in my local bookshop and they never have it! It's a very popular book online aswell as on booktube, although sometimes books that are hyped up aren't always as amazing as everyone says but I can see for myself when I get into this one. Rebel Belle is another popular one with booktube, it's a story with a kick-ass heroine and a bit of romance, it'll be great to read for the summer. It's also one of very few hardback books that I have - it looks lush! (Well, they all do!). The Murder Complex is very new out, I saw this one being advertised on Twitter and it looked so good. It's something different from what I usually read so I can't wait for that! It also has such an interesting and cool cover. It's hardback and the front of the book feels quite rough. 


So many books, so little time! I'm so thankful to Dennis for sending me these incredible books, I'm so excited to get started on these, if only I can read them all at the same time. Beautiful covers, amazing stories and inspiring characters. 




Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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NEW BOOK ALERT: THE BODY ELECTRIC BY BETH REVIS

Beth Revis to write standalone sci-fi novel titled "The Body Electric"!

Have you heard the news yet? After a little over a year, Beth Revis, the author of the "Across the Universe" trilogy has announced what she has in store for us next. Her next release will be a standalone sci-fi novel, titled "The Body Electric"! It's not often that we get supernatural standalones of any kind in today's world of series and trilogies. But that's not the only unique aspect of "The Body Electric" that will have us eagerly awaiting its release. In her newsletter, the author has enumerated four other fun facts about the novel (the first of which appeals to us the most, as non-American bloggers who don't come across too many YA/NA which takes place anywhere outside of the USA):

1. It does not take place in America.
2. Ella Shepherd's name comes from the title of [Beth's] favorite Philip K. Dick (and her father's name is Philip in homage to him).
3. Amy and Elder are not in this book, but if you look closely, you'll see some hints of their story.
4. Jack was named after Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who.

And the synopsis is as follows:


Blade Runner meets Total Recall in this exciting new sci fi adventure!

Ella Shepherd can slip into other people’s minds. Using technology invented by her parents, Ella has the ability to experience–and influence–the memories of others. She’s used this ability to help ensure the safety of the world from a dangerous terrorist group, but not all is as it seems… because someone’s been inside Ella’s head, too.



No release date has been given, nor has the official cover been revealed. You may, however, find the Goodreads page for the book [here] and add it to your TBR. And if everything goes to plan, "The Body Electric" should be released - both as an e-book and in print - before the end of the year!

Find out more by following Beth Revis on Twitter, by visiting her website or finding her on Facebook.






Are you as excited about this announcement as we are? Have you read "Across the Universe" or any of Beth's other books, or do you plan on making "The Body Electric" your first? (As it's a standalone, we'd hardly blame you!) Discuss with us in the comments below, or visit us on Twitter and use our handle @HonestBookclub to discuss with us.
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BOOK REVIEW: GEEK GIRL: MODEL MISFIT BY HOLLY SMALE



"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.


What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.



With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.



Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.



Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?




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IN MY MAILBOX: JULY 2ND

Who has the best booksister in the world? I have the best booksister in the world! Eek! It doesn't bode well when a book blogger is at a loss for words, but that's pretty much what I am at this very moment.

When she bought herself the book-themed tote bag last month (see the picture on our Instagram), Natalie got me one, as well. Hers says "Read More Books". Mine says "Book Nerd". Both are equally true and equally appropriate. Because nothing beats book merchandise, and this book merchandise is just too amazing.


Speaking of book merchandise, how incredible are these buttons/badges? There are four, in case you can't tell, and they say "I love books", "Read", "To read or not to read - never a question", and "Future author" (which will be such a source of motivation when NaNoWriMo comes around).

And then there's the Colleen Hoover merch! Colleen Hoover, who we ever so slightly worship. Whose signing Natalie went to last year. And whose merch will now grace my New Adult shelf, right next to her books (of which there are many). My excitement levels are through the roof right now.


And finally, the book. The book I have shamefully not read yet, but which I need to get to, both as a Harry Potter fan, and as a former fanfiction writer. I'm woefully behind where Rainbow Rowell is concerned. And I've always known I'd want "Fangirl" to be my first book and my initiation into the world of Rainbow Rowell. And now I've gotten my chance! Natalie has been recommending this book to me for a good, long while, and now she's sent me the means of reading it as well! It's such a beautiful book, guys. I'm getting started on it the second I finish one of the two I'm currently reading (I'm entirely too scatterbrained to juggle three books simultaneously, though I am tempted to give it a try just now). "Fangirl" awaits!!!


Whew. It was incredibly hard to fangirl (pun intended!) about this gift in an articulate manner. (Blogging's hard, y'all!) My initial reaction involved caps lock, lots of exclamation points and a whole bunch of "I can't even"s. This had to be more subdued.

Having said that, A MASSIVE, MASSIVE THANK YOU TO MY ONE-AND-ONLY BOOKSISTER WHO NEVER CEASES TO INSPIRE AND AMAZE ME! You're the best blog-partner anyone could ever have. 

- Lexie
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