December Wrap-up (Read, Reviewed, Written, Received, Read-a-thon)

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I’m wrapping up December early because I will be enjoying a little holiday break, which I stated in my last post. In this post, I will basically show all the books I read, all the books I reviewed, all the posts I wrote, and all the books I bought or received. I’ll still be reading a couple of books so the list for books I read this month won’t be complete. I’ll just update that soon.

P.S. Click on the banner for the ongoing GIVEAWAY~

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Happy Holidays~ (+ Blogging Break)

Let It SnowWell the title says it all. 😛

It’s officially Christmas in my country. I’ll probably be stuffing my face with food, chatting with my family, or reading. I’ve been reading Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle for 3 years now. So that’s my annual Christmas book. It’s a compilation of 3 Christmas romance short stories. It’s interesting that some characters of each story is connected to some characters of the other stories so they’re all somehow still related while having their own stories. Am I making any sense? Anyway, my favorite story is Maureen Johnson’s story.

I was supposed to post 12 reviews this month for Duos December, but I only did 8, and I’m feeling lazy to do the rest. Tee hee. I just want to enjoy the holidays by eating eating, reading, and eating. I’m not sure if I’ll post anything until next year. I’ll play it by feel~ Although I will have wrap-up posts for tomorrow and the next day maybe.

I’ll still probably be replying to comments though. Or tweeting. Or posting pictures on Instagram. I’ll still be around. Just not around to write reviews or posts. I plan to fix my blog’s design too. And I BADLY need to update my goodreads and amazon reviews. 😛

One last thing. My Duos December giveaway will still be ongoing. I’ll announce the winner next year when I start blogging again.

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And that will probably be my last big giveaway for a while. I’ll be limiting my giveaways to a couple of Indie books. I plan to resurrect Bookish Benefaction too. I’ve accumulated a couple of books I’d like to give away to make space for my closet. So if you want to receive an e-mail about the books you can request, just sign up. It’s in one of the pages up there ⇑

That’s all. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting this blog, and I hope to see you all next year too. Happy holidays. Gain some weight. Indulge. Enjoy. ‘Til next year.

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Book Review: Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, Viola in Reel Life.

P.S. I felt that this book was better than the first, and I think it’s quite a conundrum whether the first book should be read to be able to read this one. Although maybe it is possible to read this one without reading the first.

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Title: Viola in the Spotlight
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Viola #2
Format: Hardbound
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

I am in the midst of a conundrum.
Viola is finally where she belongs—back home in Brooklyn, where there are no khakis or sherbet-colored sweaters and people actually think her yellow flats are cool. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever!
But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola’s roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder—is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone’s world, Viola realizes it’s not where she belongs that matters—it’s who she’s with that really counts.
In this heartwarming follow-up to bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s teen debut, Viola in Reel Life, Viola just may be ready to get out from behind her trusty video camera and take the starring role in her own life.

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Book Review: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

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Title: Viola in Reel Life
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Viola #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

I’m marooned.
Abandoned.
Left to rot in boarding school . . .
There are four reasons why Viola Chesterton knows she’ll never survive her first year at Prefect Academy:
Her parents have heartlessly dropped her there against her will
She has to leave behind her Best Friend Forever And Always, Andrew
. . . and replace him with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there
“There” is South Bend, Indiana—Sherbet-Colored Sweater Capital of the World and about as far away from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as you can get
At least she has her video camera and her dreams of being a filmmaker to keep her busy. But boarding school, and her roommates, and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life. But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

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Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. There will be SPOILERS in this book. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

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recommendedTitle: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.
Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally she can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a whole new one, and Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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favoriteTitle: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Would you follow the directions?
Would you travel around the world?
Would you open the envelopes one by one?

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

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Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, If I Stay.

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favoriteTitle: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Series: If I Stay #2
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.
Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

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Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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recommendedTitle: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publication Date: April 2, 2009
Publisher: Speak
Series: If I Stay #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and the forthcoming Just One Year. 
On a day that started like any other,
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

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[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans

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Title: North Pole Reform School
Author: Jaimie Admans
Date of Publication: November 6, 2013
Genre: YA rom-com, fantasy

Purchase link: Amazon

Acquisition: Oops! I Read Again Tours

Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.
A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.

Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.

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Book Review: Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, The Carrie Diaries.

One more note: I did not like this book very much so the review’s not going to be pretty. I don’t write a lot of negative reviews, but there are just some books that make me do so.

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Title: Summer and the City
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Carrie Diaries #2
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Summer and the City brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow”—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

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