Movie Casting | The Darkest Minds (by Alexandra Bracken)

asIt was announced yesterday that Amandla Stenberg has been cast as 16-year-old Ruby Daly – the female protagonist in The Darkest Minds trilogy. Best known as Rue in The Hunger Games, Amandla has been gaining quite the collection of YA roles! She is set to play Maddy in ‘Everyting, Everything’ (based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon; Check out my review here), as well as the lead character in the movie adaptation of A.C Thomas’ ‘The Hate U Give’*, a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Both movies are due out within the next 12-18 months.

Want more information on The Darkest Minds? Check out my review here! I’ll be doing a re-read later this year (or early 2017, depends on my availability) and continuing on with ‘Never Fade’ & ‘In The Afterlight’ (books 2 & 3). TDM is a 5 out of 5 star rating on Buzz On Books!

** The Hate U Give by A.C Thomas is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and is due for release in June.

TBR | Managing your TBR list

All book lovers know that the struggle of the TBR list can be very difficult. It seems to be a never-ending list that grows faster than you can knock things off of it. I have seen a few difference creative ways that people use to help them decide which books they read next but I am curious to see how my readers decide.

Here are some questions I have for you:

Do you only put books on your TBR list that you own? Or do you have a different way to categorize the books that you own vs. the books that you are interested in reading

How do you choose which book you read next?

How long is your TBR list?

How/what tools do you use to keep track of your TBR list?

What do you do with the books that have been on your TBR list for a long time? Do you treat them differently if they have been on there for a month vs. a year?

Have you ever knocked books off of your list without reading them? Why? – BE HONEST!

I am guilty of having two different TBR lists – the one on goodreads that often contains books I will never get around to reading and my book shelves which contain books that I have fully intended on reading at one point and still haven’t.

Are you successfully managing your TBR? How do you do it?

Welcome Back!

After an extremely long, and unexpected hiatus for both Aurora and myself, we’re back!

As Aurora explained back in October, she and her husband were expecting a baby boy! And just as she made her announcement, I actually left my old job and started a brand-spanking new one – which unfortunately caused a massive decline in my reading, and my ability to review anything. I went from reading 101 books in 2015 (and I think about 30 of those before April 1st) to at 18 currently – Most of which have been graphic novels.

Adulting is hard guys, lets be honest. Aurora and I have chatted and we’re committed to keeping this blog going. We love being able to interact with you, our readers, and talk about the books we’re so passionate about.

If you’ll stick with us for just a bit longer, we promise that we’ll get things back on track and buzzing about books!

xo
Aurora & Autumn

Taste of Tuesday | Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling and earned the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chen are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess.…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.


 

So here’s another title where I haven’t read the original book in the series. I do currently have it sitting on my Kobo to be read, because it sounds extremely interesting. Libba Bray is a very popular author, and its exciting to see that she has the second book coming out in The Diviners series. This sounds like the perfect read to end the summer with! A bit of history to send you back to school.
What are you excited to read this week?

Taste of Tuesday | Upcoming

Doing something a bit different this week, and trying to see what you guys are most excited about! August is a bit of a dry month this year with new releases, with only 2 YA books grabbing my attention (That being said, I think I currently have enough reading material to last me a lifetime lol).

On my list this month, there’s ‘Crystal Kingdom’ (Aug 4) and ‘Another Day’ (Aug 25). Here are two quick blurbs about them:

Crystal Kingdom
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she’s the Kanin people’s only hope.

Bryn Aven-unjustly charged with murder and treason-is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

Another Day
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

What are you guys most excited for this month? Hit the comments below and let us know 🙂

What’s Next #2

What's Next? Hosted by IceyBooks  What’s Next is a Meme hosted by Iceybooks where we let our readers and friends choose which books we are going to read next.

I have done something similar to this before but I thought it would be cool to link this to another blog to share in the joy. Check them out Here

So .. Here are my choices.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Saint Anything by Sarah DessenSaint Anything

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of PassageSam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty… no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust… and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

Alright guys! Those are the choices for this week’s What’s Next! Let me know which book you want to hear about and I will post about it ASAP! 

Happy Reading!