Top 5 Wednesday – Character Fitness Routines I Want

Happy Hump Day – it’s Top 5 Wednesday! As a reminder, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly roundup of cool/fun bookish things that is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on TomesΒ on YouTube. You can visit the Goodreads groupΒ for topics (and such, as Sam always says). Anywho! This week was fun! As a runner, I’m always thinking about the fitness routines I wish I had time for – it seems like many book characters have all the time in the world. Wouldn’t that be nice? So anyway, this was fun for me! And because it was so fun, I included a brief explanation of my choices. πŸ™‚Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – Book Recs for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday!Β Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post.Β Regular topics are back! This week was fun, because it was pretty open-ended. I chose to make a list of book recommendations for people who don’t normally read YA, and I’m excited about it, because YA is my jam. I’ll include a brief explanation of who I think each particular book would be good for. I’m so excited! Here we go!Read More »

(Belated) ARC Review – Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews (I’ll be importing all of my Fangirlish and Booknista review links in the coming week), you’ll know that I love Sarah Dessen. She was the author who first turned me on to reading contemporary YA, to reading about young love, and to then writing about those things. Her books defined my high school career, and I’ve read every single one. So you can probably guess how excited I was to hear that she had a NEW contemporary YA coming out this summer, AND that she was going to be at BookCon! I thought she might be done after Saint Anything. There was something about that book that was personal and heart-wrenching, and I thought she might cap her career with it.

I’m very glad she didn’t.

Once and For All is billed to be about a girl who works for her mother, a famed area wedding planner. Louna is organized and strong and ready to be in college. Her high school graduation is one of the first things that happens in the book. But she is resistant to love – she’s only ever seen bad examples of it. Her parents split when she was very young. Her mother’s business partner has never stayed with one person for long. And then there was her own first love…

Okay, I’m about to start crying.

Here’s what the blurbs don’t tell you. This book isn’t about wedding planning. This isn’t really about weddings at all, and it’s not even about Ambrose (the love interest, because every Sarah Dessen book has a love interest). It’s about Louna’s healing process. It’s about Louna’s growth. It’s about Louna moving on. I want to spoil this so badly because I was wrecked when I found out what happened, but I won’t until later in this review (and I’ll warn y’all before I do).

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Top 10 Tuesday – Books that Capture High School

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday!Β Top ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post.Β Since the regular topics are on hiatus until August, I’ve been going through the backlist and choosing some old topics to feature each week – this week, it’s books that capture high school.Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday!Β Top ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post.Β Since the regular topics are on hiatus until August, I’ve been going through the backlist and choosing some old topics to feature each week – this week, it’s books I wish I could read again for the first time.Read More »