Thursday, February 27, 2014

March TBR

Okay...trying something new.  I normally don't plan out what I'm going to read during each month, because I usually like being surprised.  However, this month I have a LOT to read, and I know I have to read it, for certain book clubs and what not.  So here you are - my March TBR - or what I know of it right now.  Hopefully there will be more than this! :)


  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  • Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the plan.  I'm currently over half-way through Great Expectations and will be finishing it this month.  IT IS AMAZING YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT ASAP OKAY.
I'm in the middle of my Delirium trilogy read-a-thon that I do every year, around the time that one of her new books comes out.  Delirium and the rest came out around the beginning of March every time so it's always when I read them.
Panic, because I cannot wait a SINGLE SECOND LONGER to read it.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it's the next pick for book club.  (Btw, if anyone's in the San Diego area, join us at the 4S Ranch library the last Tuesday of every month for book club...it is awesome!  Join us at 4:30.  I'll do another post on all the details at the beginning of the week!)
Fangirl, because it came in at the library and I've been waiting so long to finally read Rowell's fabulous-sounding books.

There might be one more, if I can squeeze all these in.  Hopefully I'll get it all done.  HOPEFULLY.

Anyway.  What are YOU reading in March? :)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wise Wednesday: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison


Stand-Alone
2/5 stars

I'm pretty sad about this book.  Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison.  She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother.  But this book...it lacked so much.  I don't even remember it that well.  It wasn't like I hated it....it was just boring.  It lacked character development and story development, too.

Giovanna, the MC, was just...ugh.  Nope.  She's the one thing I really remember about the book - she made me mad.  She made the worst decisions and was so dramatic and just could not see past her own nose.  This bothered me so much because, while I like realistic believably flawed characters, Giovanna was just....stupid.

The rest is kind of a blur.  Her boyfriend seemed to be attempting to get her back the whole time, and she wanted him back but, like, I just don't understand.  IT WAS SO POINTLESS. Haha!

I also remember, although I don't know the reason, that I felt like the end was preachy and there was an obvious moral to the story, which always irks me.  But I've blocked it from my mind because I just don't care that much.

In the end...be wise.  Read Janette's other books.  Start with My Fair Godmother, and then My Unfair Godmother.  Those will make you laugh until you're blue in the face and also become totally attached to the lovable characters that deserve your attention and love.  Just don't read this book.  Really.  (If you want a book like this one, I suggest 

Summary -
Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse's apparent defection triggers Giovanna's rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she's turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the ex-boyfriend she dreams of winning back.
In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.