Leave Me

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In Gayle Forman’s debut adult novel, Leave Me, we meet Maribeth Klein, a woman who is so busy working as an editor at a magazine  and taking care of her family  that she doesn’t even realize it when she’s having a heart attack. After her heart attack, she thinks maybe it won’t be so bad. It’s her family’s turn to take care of her but this doesn’t turn out to be the case. So sick and tired of it all, Maribeth beth packs a bag and runs away. She doesn’t even know where she’s going when she gets to the train station but she finds her self in Pittsburg.

I loved Maribeth from the first sentence of the first paragraph on the very first page of the book. I realize that she’s suppose to be a flawed character and not everyone is going to like her straight off. I realize a lot of the women who read this book aren’t going to like her at all. It’s going to be hard for them to understand how a woman could leave her family, her children behind and run away.

Honestly, Maribeth is probably the fictional character that i’ve related to the most since I read Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Yeah, I know that’s an odd comparison but let me explain. I am a full time college student and I work on average I work 20 hours a week. When I started reading this book, it was November. I work retail, so it super busy at my store and everyday that I wasn’t in class, I was at work. I wanted to run away so badly. Believe me, I thought about it too several times.

I guess this was maybe a bit of an eye opener for me too? I see myself being very much like Maribeth when I’m older. In a way, she’s always what i’ve aspired to be. A career woman, living in New York with a family. I don’t have kids but work and school is basically like having two jobs. I learned from Maribeth that I need to always make sure that I stop and make time to take care of myself.

I really loved the plot progression. I loved how witty the writing is. I loved how all the characters served a purpose and were well developed. the thing I appreciate the most was that it ended in a good spot. Meaning, the story wasn’t dragged out longer than it needed to be. Which, if you’ve read any of my posts or other book reviews, you know that stories being dragged out longer than they need to be is my biggest pet peeve, well in books it is anyways.

There was a line in this book that spoke to me on so many levels “Yes, she was in motherfucking crisis!”.  I laughed out loud so hard when I read this line. I just love it so much. I even took a picture of the page in the book and circled this line and added it to my snapchat story. I feel like this is going to be playing in my head several times once I start classes again in April. Another one I loved was one where it said something about the kids being “fuck ups in training”.

I got to meet Gayle when she went on book tour for this book! This was actually my second img_8217time to meet her and hear her speak. The first time I met her, I was rushed through the line because it was a book fest and there was a billion people in line and she had to leave early to catch her flight. I love listening to her speak. She’s witty and the message she has always speaks to me and sticks with me. I’m really happy that I got to actually talk to her for more than two second this time and take a picture with her. She’s super sweet and was surprised to see that I had a copy of Sisters in Sanity with me. We both agreed that it doesn’t get enough love.

Something funny I want to include that’s kind of related to the book but not really. So I was really stressed out at work one day and I was telling someone I work with the plot of this book and she goes “So like Harry Potter?”. I love this girl but she has selective hearing, so i’m pretty sure the only thing she heard me say was “The book I’m reading” and zoned out when I was describing the plot. I’m not sure if I find this funny because i’m a book nerd or because this girl is crazy but I still thought i’d share it.

I’ve now read 5 out of 7 of Gayle’s books and I’ve yet to meet one that I didn’t like. I gave Leave Me, 4/5 stars. I really liked Maribeth and once I had time to read this book, I couldn’t put it down.

Much Love,

Kait

Leave Me

Most Owned Authors

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Hey Guys! For today’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different and give you a look at my bookshelves! So, i’m, going to share with you the top ten authors I own the most books from!

Isn’t my book shelf beautiful(to the left)? I absolutely love it. From all my beautiful books to my WWE figures proudly displayed on top, it’s my favorite thing in my bedroom, if not even in my whole house. I mean, just look at it in all it’s beauty! I have no shame in admitting that sometimes I just stare at it.

 

10.) J.K Rolling

Who doesn’t have at least one Harry Potter book on their shelf? I have four of them! I plan to buy the rest of the series as I read them. Fun Fact: I didn’t start reading Harry Potter books until I was eighteen. And I’m on the fourth book, so no spoilers.

9.) Joanna Philbin

I read the daughter’s books as they came out. The very first one, I read in 2010 and it’s been a story that’s stuck with me. I still think about Lizzie and her modeling adventures.I have the four books in the Daughter’s series.

8.) Gayle Foreman

I read If I Stay before the movie came out a few summers ago BUT it had been on my list of books i’d been needing to read forever. I read it in one sitting, finishing it at two in the morning and then I went and found my e-reader that I never use and bought the sequel and finished it the next day. I was lucky enough to meet Gayle at Teen Book Con the same year I met Ally Carter. She was key note speaker and her speech was amazing. I have four of Gayle’s books.

  • Sisters in Sanity
  • If I Stay
  • Just One Day
  • Just One Year

7.) Jenny Han

CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND TALK ABOUT THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT LAURA JEAN. I’m excited, can’t you tell? I really love that character. I have four of Jenny’s books.

6.) John Green

Who doesn’t own or read at least one John Green book? He’s like the most known YA author around these days. I have 5 of John’s books

  • Looking for Alaska
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Paper Towns
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Will Greyson, wil greyson (Co-written with David Levithan)

5.) Ally Carter

I started reading Ally Carter when I was in middle school. Those were some of the first books I was really excited about reading. I’m excited to pick the series back up, hopefully sometime soon. I was lucky enough to meet Ally at Teen Book Con 2015 and it was a fan girl moment. I have seven of Ally’s books.

  • The Heist Society
  • The Gallager Girl Series
    • If I Told You I Love You, The I’d Have to Kill You
    • Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy
    • Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover
    • Only the Good Spy Young 
    • Out of Sight Out of Mind
    • United We Spy

4.) Emily Giffin

I discovered Emily Giffin last summer when Where We Belong  was recommended to me on Goodreads. I’d actually already had Something Borrowed because it was my mom’s. I decided to give it a read before I bought Where We Belong. I loved it and ended up reading all of her novels by the end of 2015.  I have all of Emily’s novels, seven in total, that are out and I am dying for her newest book that comes out at the end of June, First Comes Love.

3.) Lauren Conrad

I have almost all of Lauren Conrad’s books! I read them thorught high school as they were coming out. I got to meet her my sophomore year in high school when she went on a book tour for The Fame Game. I’ve been meaning to pick up her newest book Celebrate since it came out this past march. I have eight in total.

  • The L.A Candy Series
    • L.A Candy
    • Sweet Little Lies
    • Sugar and Spice
  • The Fame Game Series
    • The Fame Game
    • Starstruck
    • Infamous
  • Style 
  • Beauty

2.) Sarah Dessen

I love Sarah Dessen’s books almost as much as I love Lisi Harrison’s. It’s funny how she comes in as my second most owned author. I started reading her books at the end of my junior year and high school. I love her books. Heck, I drove four hours to meet her last spring when Saint Anything came out. I have all of Sarah Dessen’s Novels, there are twelve in total, plus a short story.

  • That Summer
  • Someone Like You
  • Keeping the Moon
  • Dreamland
  • This Lullaby 
  • The Truth About Forever 
  • Just Listen
  • Lock & Key
  • Along for the Ride
  • Infinity (Short Story)
  • What Happened to Goodbye
  • The Moon and More
  • Saint Anything

1.) Lisi Harrison

It’s funny how she comes in at my most owned author because she’s my favorite author. I started reading Lisi’s book in 2009 the summer between my seventh and eight grade years of middle school. I got to meet her in 2010 and it’s still one of the happiest days of my life. I can’t fully express how much I love this woman. I own all of the books that Lisi has written. That’t 32 books. So i’m not going to list those out like I did with all of the other books but I will list out the series.

  • The Clique Series including The Summer Collection, The Cliquetionary, The Clique Prequel Charmed and Dangerous The Rise of the Pretty Committee and The graphic novel adaptation of The Clique.
  • The Alphas Series
  • The Monster High Series
  • The two books from out from the Pretenders Series

I hope you liked this! I’ve been brain storming on things I could post other than book reviews, just to change things up a bit! If you have any ideas on some posts I could do, please tell me!

Much Love,

Kait

 

Most Owned Authors

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read

My whole life i’ve loved reading and i’ve loved books. Hopefully one day i’ll have a daughter (a very, very, very, very long time from now) and I’ll get to pass that love of reading on to her. The other day I came a across an article on facebook similar to the one i’m writing now and i had heard of none of the books on that list but one (and it actually made my list too). So, I started thinking that there are some books that have had a special place in my heart and I would love to share with her at different stages of her life.

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech   IMG_6101

This is a picture book about a school where the principal loves school so much that they start having school on the weekends and at the night time- they have school all the time.

I have really fond memories of this book. I remember I was in kindergadren or first grade when this book came out and the first time I heard this story was when the school librarian read it aloud at story time. I really liked the story and my parents bought me the book at the school book fair. I have memories of reading this book with my dad. I would love to have memories like that with my future daughter.

Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

IMG_6100 Meet Molly is the first book out of six about Molly McIntire who is ten years old during World War 2.

I think about Molly and American Girl in general when I think about my childhood. She was my first (and still my favorite) American Girl. I received Molly for Christmas when I was seven years old. The book was a bit out of my reading level so my mom used to read them to me. I think she read most of the books to me but as I got older and became a better reader, I reread the books. I loved these stories and I loved Molly. Something I would love to do is when my daughter is about seven or eight, I would love to read her Meet Molly and then when we finish reading the story, pull out my Molly doll for her to play with.

The Clique by Lisi Harrison IMG_6097

I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was out of high school. So growing up, Lisi Harrison was my J.K Rolling,Octavian Country Day was my Hogwarts and The Clique series to me is what the Harry Potter series is to many.

The Clique series starts when Massie’s parents are telling her that the Lyons family is moving in to their guest house and that they have a daughter Massie’s age names Claire. While Massie’s family is wealthy and Massie wears all the designer brands, Claire’s family is not and she wears clothes from Old Navy and The Gap. Massie and her friends Alicia, Kristin and Dylan are the most popular girls in the seventh grade and Claire wants to be friends with them. However, Massie and her friends decide that they don’t like Claire and basically bully her.

The story is told in the point of view Massie and Claire alternating every other chapter. I want my daughter to read those books (or at least the first one) because they show that the mean girl is mean because she has issues herself and that being the popular girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I started this series the summer of 2009 when I was about to go in to eighth grade and finished the series when the last book came out February 2011.

This series was the book series that got me in to reading and loving books. Waiting for the new book in this series to come out was the first time I was excited for a book release. I got to meet Lisi Harrison in 2010, it was my first book signing and one of the happiest days of my life. I cried when I read the end of the series was coming. These books helped make me the reader I am today. I found a comfort in this story and it felt like Massie, Kristen, Dylan, Alicia and Claire were my friends at a time when I felt lonely. I hope my future daughter gets half as much out of these books as I did.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen IMG_6098

Her whole life, Sydney has lived in the shadow of her older bother Peyton. In the eyes of their parents, Peyton can do no wrong. Even when Peyton gets in to a drunk driving accident paralyzing a boy and he is sent to jail, their parents don’t see it as his fault. Sydney, who needs a fresh start and is desperately trying to escape her bother’s shadow, transfers from her private school to the public school where she meets Layla and Mac and for the first time in her life, she starts to feel visible.

This books was only recently released but it already means so much to me and is defiantly a book that I want my future daughter to read. I just connected with Sydney, the main character and I wanted her friend Layla to be my real life best friend. Also, I craved pizza, french fries and root bear dum dums while reading this book. I don’t know what to say about this book other than the story really hit home with me and that it’s really really good. This is one of Sarah Dessen’s best books and I hope by having my daughter read this book, it will turn her on to other Sarah Dessen books.

The Truth About Style by Stacy London IMG_6095

I want my future daughter to have Stacy London in her life because of the influence that Stacy has had on mine. Because of Stacy, for the first time in my life, I was able to look in the mirror and feel proud of my body.

The Truth about Style, Stacy tells her story about coming to accept her body and her struggles with eating disorders and psoriasis while telling the story of nine other women and their struggle with accepting their body. While I was reading this book, not only did I feel connected to Stacy, but I felt connected to these women whose stories were being told. This is one of those books that I feel every woman should read.

If You Have to Cry, Go Out Side by Kelly Cutrone IMG_6096

In this book, Kelly Cutrone shares her story of how she made it where she is today. She shares her wisdom that she learned from those experiences.

This is the book that was on the facebook article I previously mentioned and I think this is another one of those books that every woman should read. I read it for the first time in tenth grade and I read it a second time in May of this year. I was surprised to find how much of that book had really sunk in to my mind. It’s safe to say that Kelly Cutrone has influenced my life- I’m going in to fashion PR after watching her show, Kell On Earth. I love how she’s straight forward and basically doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. I want to be like her- actually working for her is my dream job. I love Kelly’s outlook on life and the advice she gives in this book apply to more than just the fashion industry.  She’s an amazing woman and a kick ass publisist and I hope to be like her one day.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin IMG_6099

On the Eve of her 30th Birthday, Rachel ends up sleeping with Dexter. No big deal, right? Actually very big deal- Dexter is engaged to another woman, Darcy, who is Rachel’s childhood best friend. But it doesn’t just stop there, Rachel and Dexter start to fall in love with each other and their one night stand turns in to a full on affair.

I will most likely gift this book to my daughter when she becomes engaged. I might even give her my copy of the book that was my mom’s. This is a great story, one of my favorite books and I think it’s a humorous and slightly ironic wedding/ pre-wedding gift. Plus, Rachel and Dex ❤

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Would you have your future daughter read any of them? Are there any books that you would add to this list? Tell me!

Much Love,

Kate

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read

Bargain Book Haul

 IMG_6056I went book shopping this past weekend at Barnes and Noble and for the first time, I went to a Half Price Books  to actually shop in and I made out with some killer deals and I thought that you as fellow book lovers would share my excitement! So think of this as a bonus post!

First, I went to Barnes and Nobel, where the bargain section has become one of my favorite places to buy books because their cheep and new.  I’ve made off with some brand new hardback books that are normally priced $30 for $6-$7.
IMG_6057I didn’t make off with a deal that sweet this time but, still a pretty awesome deal. I got The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. I typically prefer not to buy the movie adaptation cover but it was on sale for $5.98 normally $15. I know the regular retail price because the cashier tried to ring it up with that price. It’s not even that cheep on amazon! I’ve never read a book by Nicholas Sparks but I have seen a few of his book to movie adaptations and each one has ended with me crying like a baby. So just imagine what the book is going to do to me. I can’t wait to read it!

Next, I went to Half Price Books. I’ve been to half price books a few times before but I never really looked around. I have been missing out. Half price is a new favorite book store of mine, especially because today, I hit the jack pot.

IMG_6058In half price, this was the first book I specifically went looking for was Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I saw the movie for this such a long time a go and have been wanting to read the book ever since but what actually got me to pick it up was that I just finished reading Finding Audrey, Sophie’s YA debut and it was soooo goood (review coming soon). The best part? The book was $3.95! I was hoping to buy that book but I never imagined that I would get it for such a good price.

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So now that I had what I was looking for, I wondered around the store and in to the YA section, like I always do and I came across Bunheads by Sophie Flack. I’m not sure what it’s about, a ballerina I assume but it’s from the Poppy sub division of little brown publishing. I haven’t read a book from poppy that I haven’t liked. (and I’ve read a lot of them. All of Lisi Harrison’s Books, The Secrets of my Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita, The Daughters series by Joanna Philbin, Jennifer E. Smith is published under Poppy as are the Gossip Girl books… I think you get my point.) (Also, I swear this post is not sponsred by Poppy, I just really love their books.) It was a hardback book for $4.99 so I figured, what do I have to loose? Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t there a show on ABC Family a few years ago under the same name. I think the two may be connected but I have no idea.

So last but not least, I got a hard back copy of one of my favorite books Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.IMG_6060It was only 7.99 but that’s not even close to the best part. IT’S SIGNED.

IMG_6061I’M STILL FREAKING OUT! And to think I almost didn’t look at it. I walked by it and thought, it’s pretty but I don’t need two copies of this book. I still decided to pull it off the shelf and look at it. That was when I found it was signed and I still debated it because, I already have a copy of the book but then my dad pointed out, it’s only $8, so why not? I then told him he was my enabler and then went to the check out. I regret nothing.

Though, seriously read this book. It’s about Kirby, who on her eighteenth birthday decided to track down her birth mother, Marion, and she goes and shows up on at her New York apartment and the story is about them building some sort of a relationship and how their lives have changed since finding each other. I’ll go in to more details about the book and my opinions at the favorite reads of 2015 post Tina and I are planning for the end of the year but seriously, read this book.

Have you read any of these books? Do you like to shop for bargain books? Tell me all about it!

Much Love,

Kate

Bargain Book Haul

Love The One You’re With

IMG_5877Like my picture? I tired to go all artsy looking like on those book Instagram accounts. It looks kind of cool if you ask me.

Anyways, this week, i’m very excited about my post because I’m taking about a book by a favorite author of mine, Emily Giffin!

In Love the One You’re With,  Just one hundred days after Ellen had married the love of her life, Andy, she runs in to her exboyfriend, Leo, for the first time in eight years. The encounter is small, but Ellen can’t stop day dreaming about Leo and what night have happened if they hadn’t broken up. The interactions Ellen has with Leo are innocent, nothing really happens. She does not tell her husband about them. Ellen is trying to convince herself that it all means nothing, that she’s with Andy and he’s the one that she loves. But with Leo on the mind. Will she be able to?

Nothing really happens between Ellen and Leo. I felt like the whole time i was reading this novel, I was waiting for something to happen and that there was something lacking in the plot. I had a very difficult time getting in to this novel, a problem I typically don’t have with Emily Giffin’s novels.

I did love the questions that this novels asks, what happens when you can’t let go of the one who got away? and what is considered cheating in a relationship?

The very first thought that occurred to me on the very first page of the very first paragraph of this book is: I love how all her characters have such distinctive voices. I have read five of her seven (I own all seven and will be reading the other two very soon) novels and I am always impressed with the voice of her main characters.

Something I totally loved about this book, it that Emily Giffin totally predicted the Tiger Woods scandal. At one point, while her husband is watching golf, Ellen glances at the TV and wonders how Tiger Woods’ marriage is. This novel was published in 2008 and Tiger Woods admitted to cheating on his wife in December 2009.

Overall, I liked this book, I just didn’t love it. It was good writing and brought up good questions. I felt like at times the plot was dragging on and I just overall couldn’t get in to the story. I think I may have liked it better if it was a short story and not a novel.

I gave this novel a 3/5 stars on good reads because as i stated above, I liked this novel, I just didn’t love it. I don’t necessarily recommend this novel but I do very highly recommend that you check out some of Emily Giffin’s other novels. Something Borrowed and it’s sequel Something Blue were fabulous and Where We Belong is one of my favorite novels.

Much Love,

Kate

Love The One You’re With