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Stacking the Shelves #76

Hi everyone! I hope you all have been having a great month :) I'm currently reading four different books, and I have less than 100 pages left in each, so I'm hoping to finish them all by next week. The following are the books I received this week:

For Review (via Edelweiss): 

Lady Bridget's Diary (Cavendish, #1)

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale: I tend to really enjoy historical romance, and this book sounds like it has the potential to be hilarious! :) I think I originally saw this featured on The Eater of Books, and I'm so excited to give it a try.

For Review:

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: I'm participating in the blog tour for this one and both the cover and storyline are awesome! It has an amazing blurb from Jennifer E. Smith, too. 


After You (Me Before You, #2)

After You by Jojo Moyes: Me Before You destroyed me, so I have mixed feelings about reading this one, but I still want to see what will happen. Thank you, Lili! :)


The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)Happily Ever After (The Selection, #0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6)

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan: The Percy Jackson series is one that played a big role in inspiring my love of reading. I remember binge-reading the Percy Jackson series over the course of a week in middle school, and I'll read pretty much anything Rick Riordan writes now.

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: While I unfortunately thought that The Selection series went downhill as it went on, I'm still excited to get a peek at the various other characters' stories. This book is the size of a full length Selection novel, too!

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking the Shelves! :)

Map to the Stars by Jen Malone Book Review

Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style.

The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.
Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.

Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.
But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger Book Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendSeventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Harper Teen Winter 2016 Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! I was so excited when I received the email about this tour from Hannah @ The Irish Banana. There's so many amazing titles releasing from Harper in 2016 and I'm dying to read pretty much all of them ;) For my stop, I'm spotlighting....

Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners is coming to America! The internationally bestselling Geek Girl series takes on the Big Apple in this third hilarious, high-fashion adventure.

When Harriet's dad gets a job in New York City, Harriet is beyond excited to move to the land of skyscrapers, museums, and taxicabs—especially since she'll get to see her dreamy supermodel boyfriend, Nick. Except . . . when her parents said New York, they meant a tiny, boring town two hours from the city by train. Diving back into modeling should be just the right distraction. But can a geek girl stand out in the fashion capital of America?

"A cheeky, fabulous, fun read" (ALA Booklist), Holly Smale's Geek Girl series is perfect for fans of Mag Cabot's Princess Diaries series and Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series.

Amazon l Barnes & Noble l The Book Depository l Books a Million
Holly is the Number One bestselling, multi-award winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. 

She fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale. 

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie. 

Why I'm Excited:
While I have yet to read Geek Girl, I've had it on my TBR ever since it first released in the UK and I began seeing the amazing reviews for it. This series just sounds so quirky and fun! I'm definitely planning to binge read this entire series sometime soon :)

The Giveaways:
I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting warm inside just thinking about all of the great books that are releasing this winter. For this tour, there's two amazing giveaways. Here they are:

#1 HarperTeen Winter 2016 Catalog Prize Pack of 40+ Books
All YA titles in the Winter 2016 catalog with the exception of The Siren by Kiera Cass, Yellow Brick Road by Danielle Paige and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 

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#2 5 Finished Copies from the HarperTeen Fall Catalog
The books are The Lies About Truth, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Dreamland, Dumplin', and Da Vinci's Tiger.
How to enter:
Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Winter 2016 Tour (a total of 45). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying

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First & Then by Emma Mills Book Review

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself. 

Stacking the Shelves #75

Hi everyone! :) The following are the books I've received in the past few weeks. I hope you're all having a great October! Here are the books:


For Review:

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: My brother bought this for me and it's one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Maybe because of this, I'm hesitant to start it. (I have so many expectations! :) I definitely intend on reading it by the end of this year, though. Thank you Brendon! 

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell: I've heard pretty mixed things about Mechanica, but I love Cinderella so I'm looking forward to reading this retelling.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: I'm currently obsessed with The Mindy Project and Mindy Kaling is such an hilarious, awesome person. I'm so excited to read her newest novel! 

Breakaway by Kat Spears: The tagline is what initially intrigued me and having heard great things about Sway, I'm so excited to read this one! 

Bliss by Shay Mitchell & Michaela Blaney: This one was unsolicited but after reading the synopsis, I'm definitely planning to give it a try. The three different settings of the novel (Hollywood, Thailand, & London) along with the fact that it seems to be a coming-of-age story caught my attention. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the above two titles! :)

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking the Shelves!

Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle Book Review

In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.
Lights, camera, love!
After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.
Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding Book Review

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.

Books to Movies: Pros Despite the Cons

Those of us who read a lot probably all think that the book is better than the movie. While there are some rare cases where the movie is actually pretty decent or sticks close enough to the book to still represent the same message, surely we can agree that for the most part the book is best. At least, that is my opinion as a bookworm.

I just recently remembered that I need to ask my mom to try and grab me a copy of The Maze Runner from our local library (I'm rereading it for a literature club that I lead and I needed a copy) and I recalled that the last time I had looked (to get my brother a copy), there had been at least three copies available. As I remembered all of this, a thought occurred to me- that this is actually one of the benefits of the book-to-movie trend.

You see, generally there are several copies of each book in these dystopian trilogies due to the high demand before the movies are released. Everyone wants to find out what the newest blockbuster is about! This means more copies at the library, yes, but also that people who might not normally read or read a certain genre are picking up a book or series to dive into.

I'm sure there are still the people who don't enjoy reading as much, for whatever reason it might be, and who are more than happy to just watch the movie. While the movie probably won't be as good as the book, they'll still get to enjoy the characters and the plot. Hopefully the movie still conveys what the author was trying to in the book, because that's really what's most important right?

Sharing an experience or lesson through a good storyline.

I think so at least. It's just a bonus to see some of your favorite characters brought to life on screen and their adventures played out with action-packed scenes and cool effects.

We can moan about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief or City of Bones, but what counts is that these characters' stories are being shared. Whether the trailer catches someone's eye and they go to watch it in the theater, or it inspires them to pick up a copy of the book from their local library, they're hearing about the characters and what drives them to do what they've done or will do. The story and the moral behind it spreads, which enables more and more people to enjoy it. :)

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.

Stacking The Shelves #74

Hi everyone! This is my first book haul since starting college, so it doesn't include packages shipped to my house as I won't be back until winter break. However, I received some e-books for review along with some purchased and gifted titles. I've also been to several signings recently, but the books purchased there will be included with their respective signing recaps (which will be posted throughout the month). I hope all of you have been having a great month! :) Here are the books I've received:

For Review via Edelweiss:

A Study in CharlotteDreamologyReign of ShadowsAssassin's Heart  Burning GlassSword and VerseThe Great HuntThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: I love how punny this title is, lol ;) The descendants of Watson and Holmes teaming up to clear their name is such an awesome idea. I feel like you can never go wrong with Sherlock either.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating: The idea of *literally* meeting the guy of your dreams is amazing and I'm so curious to see how this story is going to play out.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan: Reign of Shadows is one of my current reads and it's so good! Sophie Jordan never fails to impress, and I'll definitely be preordering a copy of this one.

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers: This book sounds so crazy-in a good way. The comparison of "Romeo & Juliet to The Godfather" completely sold me on Assassin's Heart.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie: This premise just sounds incredible. If you haven't already, you should definitely go read the summary for Burning Glass. The idea of a girl in a fantasy-set world who feels what the people around her do seems like it has the potential to tell an amazing story. I was a bit worried about a possible love triangle based on the synopsis, but after reading Rachel's initial review it doesn't seem like it'll be too bad.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan: There's something about a love interest who's a prince, lol. Harper has so many incredible-sounding fantasy novels coming out in 2016 and Sword and Verse seems no different!

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins: I still have to finish the Sweet trilogy, but I really enjoyed Sweet Evil. It also sounds like The Great Hunt is going to feature a hate-to-love romance, too, which is one of my favorite tropes! 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: Defiance and Deception were both great reads and although I have yet to finish that series, I'm so excited to give this one a try! I've always loved fairytales, and with Snow White being my childhood favorite, I have high hopes for The Shadow Queen. (That cover is seriously stunning, too.)

Part 2 to Come :) What did you receive this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking the Shelves!

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy Signing Recap

Hi everyone! This signing recap is mostly going to be a photo one, since I unfortunately missed seeing Julie speak (I had tutoring that night so I arrived 25 minutes late to the event). However, the actual signing and the decorations for the launch were so amazing! This was my first signing since moving to Texas for college and it was such a great one :) Here are some pics from the event:

This event was held at the Irving Public Library and they and Julie did such an amazing job decorating for this event! You can't tell as much in this photo, but so many people came wearing red.

Me failing at doing the Dumplin' pose, lol. A really nice volunteer offered to take this photo! :)

Candy Bar & Cupcake Tables

The lovely Julie signing books :)

Me posing with Julie while getting Dumplin' signed

Swag and my signed book from the event :)

Thank you so much to the South Irving Library and Julie Murphy for putting on such an amazing event! I'm so excited to start reading Dumplin'.

A Note & Giveaway

Hi everyone! As you may or may not have noticed, there haven’t been any posts on The Book Belles for the past month or so. With starting college, I was really debating what to do blogging-wise. Blogging has been such a huge part of my life the past 3+ years, and therefore is something I definitely didn’t want to give up. However, I was worried school would take up too much of my time, and that I wouldn’t be able to commit to blogging. After talking to both blogging friends and cobloggers, I decided to put the blog on hiatus for a month and work on catching up on reviews and posts during that period. I’m so excited to be back and several posts are scheduled for October! If you’re a participant in the contemporary scavenger hunt, a huge giveaway and review link-up for the past few months will be going up at the end of the month, too. Thank you so much to everyone who's still visited The Book Belles through the hiatus and I'm really looking forward to the years of blogging to come :)

I also haven't hosted a giveaway in a while, so I'm giving away the winner's choice of an October YA release! :) Here are some of the books you could pick from if you win:

DreamstriderRomancing the Dark in the City of LightIce Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)Happily Ever After (The Selection, #0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6)  The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)The White Rose (The Lone City, #2)Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2)Velvet Undercover

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