The Art of the Reread – The Books

Back in January I mentioned my love of rereading and some of the books I planned to reread this year. It has been 2 months since that post I have already reread 4 of the 7 books on that post.

Honestly I just can’t help myself. I get a book in my head, a book that I loved, and I can’t get it out of my system until I’ve read it again. And sometimes that doesn’t even work. I’ll Meet You There is an example. There are many times someone will say the name Josh and I immediately want to reread that gorgeous book. Truthfully, I just reread it and I want to do it again already (so if you haven’t read it, do it for me please!)

Since it is only March and I have read 4 of the 7 on my original list, I figured I should add a few more to go with the original 3 that are left:

Original 3

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The Sea of Tranquility: This is one of my favorite NAish books. The characters and the story break my heart but I love it all the same.

Something Like Normal: When ever I reread I’ll Meet You There I feel the need to read about Travis and Harper all over again. This Trish Doller book is one of my favorites.

What Happens Next: I still think this book is one of the most underrated books I have ever read. It is so great and it makes me sad that fewer and fewer people talk about it. Corey Livingston is the best!

Froi of the Exiles: Ah, the book that almost wasn’t. Probably my favorite books in the Lumatere Chronicles. When I reread this beast it will be on audio because the audio is fantastic.

The Program: I recently just did a post on why you should read this series. I finished The Adjustment not that long ago and I feel like I want to read all the books now. Stay tuned in the fall for when I plan to do a readalong.

What books do you think you will reread? Have you read any of these?

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Challenge Updates: February 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 February reads:

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Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Date Reread: February 18, 2015 – February 24, 2015
Type: Audio

This was my 3rd time reading this book. It gets more beautiful every time and more painful. Even know what to expect it still crushed my soul, but I love it so much. I can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner than last year.

Original review found HERE.

 

 

 

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Title: The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Date Reread: February 25, 2015 – February 27, 2015
Type: Audio

It had been a long time since I originally read The DUFF. I had purchased the eBook when it was at a low price and then decided to get the audio too and listen to that. I forgot how much I loved this story and the message to it. At first you think it is kind of a slap in the face but then you realize it is part of life and that EVERYONE is a DUFF at some point, or at least feels like one. One of my favorites from Keplinger.

There is no review for this book.

 

 

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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 February fantasy reads:

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This month I seem to be in a contemporary reading kind of mood so I haven’t read any fantasy books. The Heart of Betrayal and Snow Like Ashes may be up in March though. We’ll see.

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

February Post Wrap-Up

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay

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Title: The Sea of Tranquility [Amazon]
Author: Katja Millay[Twitter]
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Purchased/eBook
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

My Thoughts:
True story, The Sea of Tranquility was not on my radar. I’d seen the cover, heard small mutterings  here and there, but had simply passed it over. Luckily someone noticed certain books that I love and changed everything for me by saying one thing…you should read The Sea of Tranquility. That one phrase made me read this stunningly gorgeous book and I will now forever be grateful for that one simple nudge. Words can’t describe the feels I got reading this. There just isn’t enough to properly explain it.

The Sea of Tranquility is the heartbreaking story of a girl broken by tragedy. Before the tragedy she was a happy teenager with a happy family and a future in music. But that all changed the afternoon that she died and everything she knew was taken from her. Getting by the only way she knows how, she moves in with her aunt and hides. Hides in plain sight but under a mask she has created, a mask she has control of. And it works for her. Everyone sees her as she hoped and stays away. All but Josh Bennett. Because the one thing she never counted on was Josh seeing under the mask. Seeing her and being just as broken by his own set of tragedy. What starts out as uncomplicated companionship evolves into something neither saw coming. And if it falls apart they don’t know if there will be any pieces left to put back together.

I truly don’t know where to start. Do I start with the beauty of the writing? Do I start with the plot? Do I start with the characters? I guess I could start with any of those places. But the thing is my review wouldn’t do it any justice. I mean, how do you put perfection into words. It’s basically impossible. And yet The Sea of Tranquility was just that, perfection. Each and every part of this book; the laughter, the tears, the heartache and the love, all needed each other to make this story what it was. If the writing wasn’t as beautiful as it was I wouldn’t have loved the characters as much as I did. And if I didn’t love the characters I wouldn’t have been invested in their stories like I was. But I was invested. My heart shattered when theirs did. And I smiled when they smiled. And I hurt when they hurt. I was 100% invested and it was 100% worth it.

We all have that one book that you think, where have you been all my life? Why have I not read you until just now? Well The Sea of Tranquility is that book for me. I may have just met these characters but I’m so grateful that they will now forever be a part of me. So grateful that one person thought to say, hey, I bet she’ll like this one a lot and I should tell her to read it. Grateful that Katja Millay exists and shared this book journey with us. Because The Sea of Tranquility is just fantastic and I hope that I’m the one that is now saying to you, “you should read this. I think you’ll like it.”

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