ReRead and Review Pledge

Let’s be honest, the second half of the year was a major bust with me when it came to reading and reviewing books. I majorly sucked at it. Actually I kind of just gave up even trying which isn’t fair to the authors I love to support, the books I have read and loved, and my awesome readers. In the new year I have been trying to be better about reading and reviewing (I already have a couple of reviews for spring releases already written) but I still want to and need to go back to a few gems I read in 2015-2017 that I never reviewed.

Over the weekend I noticed that Alexa of Alexa Loves Books had a post called Read of Die ’18. In the post she mentions how it is similar to The Picky Pledge that she does with Hannah of So Obsessed With. It got me thinking about my own kind of pledge that I should make to myself and my readers, and that lead me to this post, my ReRead and Review Pledge.

What is a ReRead and Review Pledge? It is my promise to you that I will reread and review 7 books I have read over the last 3ish years that I was such a slacker on. What are those 7 books? Well since you asked:

 

Coming Up for Air– Miranda Kenneally
Read: June 21-23, 2017, I did read it as a BETA reader so this will technically be my 3rd read.
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
Read: May 1-3, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas
Read: September 5-12, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

Letters to the Lost/More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer
Read: March 24, 2017/July 23, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars for both books

 

 

 

When We Collided – Emery Lord
Read: April 7-11, 2015, this was read as a draft so I could be blurbed for the ARC.
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

The Lies About Truth – Courtney Stevens
Read: July 23 – 25, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

There are countless more books I could add to this list, but I’m starting small and starting with these 7.

If you have any books you would like to pledge to reread and review, share so in the comments. Or feel free to create your own blog post.

Wish me luck!

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New to You (2): Lauren Reviews All in Pieces by Suzanne Young {+ a giveaway}

Welcome to New to You!

This idea came along last year when I was supporting Lauren Miller’s newest book All Things New and I asked Kelsey to read and review Parallel, a book I have read more than once. I didn’t really get it going until December when I offered people the chance to sign up to read and review a book that has been a favorite of mine that they have never read. I got a great response and I’m happy to tell you (minus January) you will see a New to You post twice a month.

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First up is Lauren from Bookmark Lit. She came to me with the book she wanted to read because I have been talking about it for years. 🙂 So without further ado, here’s Lauren’ thoughts on All in Pieces by Suzanne Young. (Make sure you check out the giveaway at the end!)

New to You (2): Lauren Reviews All in Pieces by Suzanne Young {+ a giveaway}All in Pieces by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse
on November 8th 2016
Amazon, Goodreads

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

I’m already a huge fan of Suzanne Young’s books, but for some reason I kept putting this one off… even with Andi’s frequent recommendation. I jumped at the chance to read this for her blog because I knew that I’d finally have to do it – no excuses! I think the biggest thing that was deterring me is that I don’t really do heavier contemporaries. I like fluffy romance and don’t spend a lot of time being sad during books anymore. Well, clearly something worked with this book because I sat down and finished it in one sitting on a Sunday morning.

The premise of the story is that Savannah assaults her ex-boyfriend when he insults her younger brother. She spends most of her time taking care of Evan, going to her new school to deal with her anger management issues, and hanging out with her best friends. Her ex, Patrick, is still after her, looking for an apology, when she starts spending time with someone else from her class. Cameron is gorgeous and sweet and I totally fell in love with him. Savannah starts to open up again and soften her hard exterior. I loved her friendship with Retha and Retha’s boyfriend, Travis, even if it wasn’t necessarily the healthiest. There was a decent amount of girl-hate and judgement, plus dealing with their problems through violence, but I still felt myself drawn to them and understanding where some of their anger came from. Savannah was not a perfect character by any means. She was stubborn and unwavering in her support of her brother, even if it wasn’t always what was best for his future. I always appreciated where she was coming from even if I wanted to shake some sense into her almost every single chapter.

I don’t want to spoil too much about what happens, plot-wise, but I will say that everything comes to a head later in the story and it broke my heart. It’s a really hard story, but it’s one worth telling. I adored the last few chapters of the book and am really happy to note that it was relatively drama-free (at least romance-wise), which I love. I learned that I should absolutely never sleep on a Suzanne Young book, even if it doesn’t seem like a ~me~ book. The only reason this doesn’t get a full five stars from me is because of the frequent frustration with Savannah and the way some problems were handled, even though the constant fighting did make me smile way more than something like that should have! The moral of this story is to always listen to Andi when she yells at you to read a book, especially if the book is by one of your favorite authors and you have no excuses!

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Thanks Lauren for signing up for New to You! I’m so happy you loved it. Fills my heart with joy!

Here’s my review of All in Pieces.

Have any of you read All in Pieces?

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What I’m…(2)

Today’s edition of What I’m… really didn’t go the way I planned. I didn’t do a Twitter poll and ask what people wanted to know about. I was going to but something happened and instead I decided I would share. This edition is What I’m…WATCHING.

Okay so I’m a *little* late to the party. In all fairness I have seen a bunch of episodes over the years (mostly important Pam and Jim ones) but I have never actually sat down and watched the show from beginning to end. So I have begun my 9 season journey and even through the lack of sleep I’m loving every minute of it.

Since I am only on season 3 (my next episode is Safety Training) I know I don’t know all the characters that are to be involved with the show. But I do know some enough that  will now give you my take on a few of these characters:

  1. Michael Scott: A Human Resources Manager’s worst nightmare. Seriously, I am an HR Manager and hearing the things that comes out of his mouth makes me cringe. How he hasn’t been fired and sued is beyond me. But with that said as I viewer, he KILLS ME!
  2. Jim Halpert: Hands-down my FAVORITE character. His facial expressions and looks to the camera are so epic and spot on. Plus how can you not love that face?!?!
  3. Pam Beesly: Duh, she’s Jim’s other half. And I love how the character has evolved some just over the few seasons I have seen.
  4. Stanley Hudson: Could be my second favorite character. He’s responses, or non responses, to Michael and his antics are the BEST. He makes me laugh just sitting at his desk.
  5. Ryan Howard: In the words of Jim, ‘I liked you better as the temp.’. He’s really a whiny baby a lot of the time.
  6. Andy Bernard: Definitely not someone I’m currently liking. He’s really over the top and annoying. I am told he gets better though and he is played by Ed Helms so…
  7. Dwight Shrute: There really are no words to describe Dwight. His character speaks for himself. Really…NO WORDS.

I will say this semi-binge watch has been a lot of fun and I’m loving getting to know all of these characters.

And truth, Jim and Pam are OTP:

Have you seen The Office? What episodes are your favorite?

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It’s a Celebration {giveaway}

5 years is a long time to do anything. I mean you are typically only in high school for 4 years. College is roughly 4 (although my school was 5). People sometimes don’t even last a year at a job. But for 5 years I have nurtured my little corner of the internet and have made Andi’s ABCs what it is today, my place to share my love of all things books, clothes and more recently handmade cards.

Happy 5 year Blogiversary to me!

In the 5 years I have been doing this (I have been doing it longer, but I was co-blogging at Galley Smith when I started), Andi’s ABCs has had a lot of ups and downs and has gone through changes. My very first post basically showed I knew nothing about the journey I was in for. I had no pictures, no banner, well no anything really. It was just words. How silly of me.

Over the 5 years the blog went through some changes.

I had three different banner design/looks. The 1st two were of my own creation, but last year when I hit year 4 I decided I was going to have someone make something for me so I hired the amazing Rachel of Hello, Chelly and she wowed me with her design that captured exactly what I wanted. She captured everything I wanted Andi’s ABCs to feel like with an awesome banner and design. I can’t thank her enough. Not to mention she is one of my favorite people I don’t get to see enough *stupid distance*.

I had some features come and go. There has been The ABCs, Book a Date, and Parallel Time Loop (to name a few). I’ve done blog tours, had guest posts, and got to interview some of my favorite authors and people (Perkins, Kenneally, Akins, Young). I’ve gotten to post on Simon Teen’s blog, Riveted Lit not once but twice (All in Pieces, Alex, Approximately) and I would LOVE to do it again. And I have gotten to moderate signings for Sarah J. Maas (2 times, once co-moderating on a freaking stage in an auditorium with Sarah from What Sarah Read), introduce AC Gaughen and Emery Lord, and moderate a signing for Tiffany Schmidt and AC Gaughen. Not to mention run a panel at Boston Teen Author Fest with Sarah. I have also been lucky enough to go to BEA  (2014, 2015) BookCon once, and ALA Midwinter when it was held in Boston. I have also been able to host the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge in 2017 and again in 2018 (SIGN-UP!).

Over 5 years I have also read some really fantastic books. You all know that Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite. I’m not very subtle about that [shrugs]. But I have also found some other books that are just fantastic. My new blog feature, New to You, is going to showcase some of these, but here is just a sampling (click on the cover for the review):

Over 5 years I probably have close to 50-100 books that hold a special place in my heart and have become some sort of favorite. But for the sake of time These are just a sample. Who knows, maybe one day I will do a post of my top 100 books. 🙂

I have also been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite authors. Some I have spent time with at signings, others just sitting at a bar having drinks. Some I even consider friends which I never would have expected when I started. I can’t list them all but some of the highlights have been Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Maas, Sarah Ockler, Tiffany Schmidt, Emery Lord, AC Gaughen, Jodi Meadows, Rainbow Rowell, Morgan Matson, and of course the one and only Stephanie Perkins. There have been plenty of others in between like Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyers, Lauren Oliver. Honestly I could go on and on. But just know what a privelege it has been to meet every author I have had the chance to.

Truly though the best part of this 5 year journey has been becoming friends with some of you. Whether you are a fellow blogger, a reader that I have connected with on Twitter, or someone I have became actual friends with, I couldn’t have done any of this without you. Getting to meet some of you and talk to you either on Twitter or over text has made these last 5 years amazing.

      

And because all of you are the reason this blog exists it’s time for me to say thank you with a giveaway.

This giveaway is for an Amazon Fire 7, 7″ display Tablet with Alexa and surprises picked out by me. The giveaway will run from 1/11/18 to 1/25/18 at 11:59PM EST. It is US ONLY. I love you my international readers but shipping is just too much. Giveaway accounts will be disqualified so please don’t enter if you are just a bot looking for free stuff.

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Make sure you stick with Andi’s ABCs this year. There will be a boat load of giveaway over the year for my new feature New to You with all of these books as a possible prize at different times:

There will also be giveaways for the monthly topic posts for the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge so sign-up for that. Other new features will include My Favorite Things, What I’m…, and a yet to be announced idea I plan to do with Gail from Ticket to Anywhere.I am alos heading to ApollyCon in DC in March where I will see many of you fab people and get to finally meet Suzanne Young. And I hope to go to ALA in New Orleans and hang with some of my Fantasy Football girls. It’s gonna be a good year and I hope you follow around.

Now if you stuck around to read this whole post and not just jump to the giveaway, I will leave you with this:

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What I’m…(1)

With a new year I try to come up with something new I can share with all of my ABCers. I started to think about what I like to know about people and what I talk to people about. When I’m with my book friends the questions is always, ‘What are you reading?’. When I’m shopping with friends it’s, ‘What are you buying?’. When I’m going out for dinner/drinks it’s, ‘What are you going to wear?’. All of those things brought me to a new post idea…What I’m….

What I’m… will randomly post every now and then. I will take to Twitter and run a poll asking what people would like me to talk about for that week’s post. The options will be reading, eating, wearing, watching, buying, etc. After the poll closes I’ll write a post about what people want to know most. It’s that simple, and I hope something that interests you.

Since this is the first one, I’m keeping it easy and I’m going to share What I’m…READING:

  1.  Irresistible You – Kate Meader: I first read Kate Meader when I found her Hot in Chicago firefighter series. As a fan of Chicago Fire I was really excited for it and have read the first 2 books. When I saw Meader had a hockey series I was quick to add this to my list of books for my TBTBSanta to get. I admit this one was a little slow to start, but it has picked up and I’m enjoying the story. I have about 34% left to go.
  2. Starry Eyes – Jenn Bennett: I have been looking forward to this book since I saw it existed. As a massive fan for Jenn Bennett’s books (please check out Alex, Approximately!) I was thrilled when this showed up on my Kindle thanks to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for approval. I’m not very far in, but there has already been a washi tape shout out and I REALLY want to know what happened between the two main characters when it all seemed so promising.

So there you have it, my first What I’m… post. If yo uhave any ideas for things I could write about please let me know. And look for polls on Twitter.

Now tell me, what are you reading?

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