Top Ten Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post. I used to do them religiously but then just sort of stopped. Yesterday, I noticed the topic, Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year), and I really liked the idea of bringing some old favorites to light. Since I had a post for yesterday I figured I would confuse you all and post a TTT on Wednesday because why not.

 

2019

Girls with Sharp Sticks || Review

2018

Brooklynaire

2017

Tower of Dawn

2016

A Court of Mist and Fury || Review

2015

I’ll Meet You There || Review

2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe || Review

2013

Parallel || Review

2012

What Happens Next || Review

2011

Froi of the Exiles || Review

2010

Anna and the French Kiss || Review

 

That was harder than I thought for some years. I didn’t expect to feel so torn about some.

*TTT hosted by That Artsy Reader  Girl

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New to You (13): Michelle Reviews Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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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Next up for New to You is Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Books. Michelle and I have always shared a love for a certain kind of book. It goes back to 2014 when we met in line for a signing of Tease by Amanda Maciel at BEA. When she signed up and wanted to read Breathe, Annie, Breathe, I knew it would be a good fit for her. Let’s see what Michelle had to say about it.

New to You (13): Michelle Reviews Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyBreathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published: April 7, 2015
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four-stars

From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a contemporary YA you won't forget.

The finish line is only the beginning.…

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms...and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

 

When I spied this book in Andi’s New To You options, I knew I had to choose it.  It’s been sitting on my shelf since one of my first BEAs and I’ve been meaning to read a book in the Hundred Oaks series since forevs.

I feel like this may have been the perfect book for me to start with because the subject-matter is a lot more serious and lot less romancey– although, the romance is DEFINITELY there.  I was really surprised how much I enjoyed reading about running, considering whenever I have to run in real life all I can think about is the intense pain all over my body, but I liked seeing how Annie progressed.

We follow Annie’s training schedule in the 6 months leading up to her first marathon.  Annie isn’t a runner, so having only 6 months to train to run a full marathon (26.something miles) is tough stuff.  I loved reading about her training and learning things about running that I never knew (like eating fish is good for your knees and weird things about Vaseline).  I actually loved being in her head, which I usually do not like.  When you run, you have A LOT of time to think and for the most part, I liked Annie’s thoughts.

Annie is running the marathon in honor of her boyfriend who passed away before he could run in one.  It gets complicated when her trainer’s brother enters the picture and gives her all kinds of crushworthy-feels.  I could see why she didn’t feel great about getting with a guy who is involved with something that connects to her boyfriend’s memory.  It was awkward as all hell.

The thing about Jeremiah (the brother) is that he’s an adrenaline junkie, constantly seeking the next high, putting himself in all kinds of unnecessary danger.  I felt like Annie was right to be wary– how could she go through another accidental death of a love interest???

What I liked about the Jeremiah situation: He sounded hot as hell.  Boys that don’t have fear are hot– they just are.  I liked their chemistry together, and I liked that hooking up wasn’t the biggest deal in the world to this author.  I thought Jeremiah might have been the most patient college kid on the planet and I respected that.

What I was MEH about the Jeremiah situation: I didn’t care for Jeremiah using Annie as a way to get his new high.  What’s going to happen when that newness wears off??  It will wear off Jeremiah, I promise you.  Also, why was every guy in love with this Annie chick??  She seemed like an everyday girl, I didn’t think she needed to be HOTTEST GIRL EVER for me to believe Jeremiah would be interested in her.

I will definitely be reading more Miranda Kenneally books!!  I really enjoyed the flow of this book. reading about marathon training, going to college, and awesome families.  Thanks to Andi for getting me to read this backlist book that I should’ve read years ago!!

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Thanks Michelle for signing up for New to You! I knew Annie would be a good fit for you!

My Breathe, Annie, Breathe review.

Have you read any books by Miranda Kenneally? If so which ones?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Valentine’s Day Freebie: Favorite Couples

Valentine’s Day is Sunday so today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Valentine’s Day freebie. Since V-Day is typically geared towards couples (yes I know the push for Galentine’s Day) I decided for today’s TTT I would do my favorite book couples. To be honest it was hard to narrow it down to this guys but I’m happy with my final picks.

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What Happens Next || The Program || The Score || Fangirl || My Life Next Door || Divergent || Jellicoe Road || Breathe, Annie, Breathe || I’ll Meet You There || Anna and the French Kiss

Who are your favorite book couples?

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Tags created be me.

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Challenge Updates: March Check-In

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Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Re-Read Challenge

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My March reads:

 

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Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Date Reread: March 16, 2015 – March 18, 2015
Type: Audio

This was my 3rd time reading this book, 4th if you count my BETA read. It was just as good this time around and on audio. The narrator really got the right vibe for Annie and her story. And I fell in love with Jeremiah all over again. So happy I picked this one.

Original review found HERE.

 

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Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Date Reread: March 24, 2015 – March 26, 2015
Type: Audio

It has been a LONG time since I read this book so with the new companion story about Tim (The Boy Most Likely To) coming out soon I requested this from the library. It is so nice to be reaquinated with the Garretts again and to swoon all over Jase some more. Just as good as I remembered.

Original review found HERE.

 

 

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I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My March fantasy reads:

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Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Date Reread: March 2, 2015 – March 4, 2015
Type: Audio

I took a chance on this one. It was the first time I listened to an audio without reading the book first. I wasn’t sold on the story sadly. I loved the narrators and the characters, but the story and the setting just weren’t for me.

A review will be posted at some point, but I will say I’m happy I tried it.

 

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Title: The Heart of Betrayal
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Date Reread: March 5, 2015 – March 12, 2015
Type: Paperback ARC

I put off reading this because no book with heart AND betrayal in the title can go anywhere good. And you know what, I was partly right. Although this book was EXCELLENT, the end KILLED me and made me want book 3 like now.

Review to come.

 

 

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Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Date Reread: March 4, 2015 – March 14, 2015
Type: Audio/Kindle

I started this one on audio while reading Heart of Betrayal and had to stop because I was confusing them. After stopping I switched to the Kindle version. It was a great start to the series. I’m excited to see where the story goes in the next two books.

Review to come.

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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Date Reread: March 19, 2015 – March 22, 2015
Type: Hardcover

This was the first book selected for me for my Spring TBR list and I was happy it was. A little light on the romance, but a great story that I really enjoyed. Loved the characters and the setting, and the story, although I would personally be happy in my real life if Spring destroyed Winter. I can’t wait for the next book to find out just what happens next.

Review to come.

 

Apparently in March I made up for no fantasy reads in February.Not sure what April will have in store for me.

So there you have it, but March check-in. How did you do on your challenges so far?

March Post Wrap-up

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Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally + a Giveaway {CLOSED}

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Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally + a Giveaway {CLOSED}Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published: April 7, 2015
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five-stars

From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a contemporary YA you won't forget.

The finish line is only the beginning.…

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms...and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


First and foremost I will state of the bat that I was lucky enough to read a very, very early draft version of this book that was sent to me by the author. I say this because I want it clear that the opinion I have on this book was not swayed by any shape or form by the opportunity to be a BETA reader. These thoughts are my thoughts and my thoughts alone.

With that out of the way I can tell you that Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the MOST FANTASTIC book that Miranda Kenneally has ever written. It had emotion and a beautiful story and fantastic writing. It had all the things I have come to expect from a Kenneally book but on a level that was different from her other books. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is definitely a heavier subject since it deals with death and guilt and being left behind, but Kenneally hit it out of the park with this one and showed the depth of her writing.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the story of, you guessed it, Annie. Annie is training to run a marathon to honor her boyfriend who unexpectedly died. Filled with anger and sadness and guilt, Annie decides to honor Kyle’s memory and to do the thing he dreamed of doing and never did, run all 26 miles. With the help of some familiar faces (see the first books in the Hundred Oaks series) Annie begins training and trying to start a life that doesn’t involve Kyle. What Annie didn’t expect though was the attraction she feels to her trainer’s younger brother Jeremiah. And as Annie and Jere get closer Annie has to make a decision just where she wants her life to actually go.

This book is really hard to put into words to show how really good it is. What I can say is that it was really poignant. My heart just broke for Annie. Here she was this 17-year-old girl that had her whole life to look forward to. She was going to college and was going to make something of herself. And the rug was pulled right under her when her boyfriend died. Sure she was still going to go to college and have a career, but Kyle was supposed to be by her side for all of it and then he was just gone. I can’t imagine what that would be like at my age never mind for a 17-year-old that thinks her boyfriend is the be all and end-all of her life. Even feeling so lost Annie did the one thing she could think of and that was to run because that was what Kyle liked to do and had dreamed of running a full marathon. Actually, the running was what I really admired about Annie because it ended up symbolizing two things. It symbolized her love for Kyle and it symbolized her having enough guts to keep on going even when the wind was knocked out of her. And in a weird way, it was Kyle telling her it was okay to move on in the direction of college and life. And he brought her to Jeremiah who changed her in a way she never saw coming.

Ah, Jeremiah Brown. What do I even say about him??!! I loved him for the brief time we saw him in Things I Can’t Forget so I was over the moon when I found out he was the “hot Kenneally boy” (that is a technical term!) in Breathe, Annie, Breathe. And trust me when I say hot he was. But he was also really sweet and patient and caring. He was pretty much a typical boy with his competitiveness and his need for a rush, but he also took thought when it came to other people’s fears and worry for him. And he was the PERFECT counterpart for Annie. She was terrified of losing someone else she loves so she held back, especially after learning about his love of extreme sports and danger. But Jere was also able to teach Annie a lot more about herself through his love of the rush. Basically, they had major chemistry and that is all I’m going to say about that.

Simply put, Breathe, Annie, Breathe was phenomenal. I’ve now read it twice and it got even better the second time which was hard to do. Kenneally put her heart and soul into this book and wrote a winner. It was one of those books that I just laughed and cried and smiled and sniffled over. It was 100% Miranda Kenneally and it was 100% awesome. Can’t wait for her next masterpiece.

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About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

 

And because this book is so awesome here is your chance to win a copy for yourself or a BN gift card for $50. Just click on the picture below to enter! US/Canada ONLY. Ends July 29, 2014.

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*Jere pin created by me and Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes.

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