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Summer Recap + Giveaway

September 17, 2013 Katie A Giveaway 0 Comments


View from my breakfast on the beach, July 2013.

What a crazy summer!

Yet, it was the best summer of my life.

JUNE: Mostly worked, but started reading my growing stack of books for the summer. Lots of time at the pool, with friends and family and relaxing. It was weird not to have any homework, but I quickly settled into my summer routine and looked forward to the next month. Life kept me busy, work kept me busy but whatever was thrown at me was handled quickly. I made some rough choices in terms of friendships, but they needed to be made.

JULY: Best month ever. July was the month I finally had my girl here. It was the best week of my life. I’m not just saying that. Having her here with me for a week solidified everything – we fell in love, we made future plans and I have never been happier in my life. We got to take a vacation together and just enjoy each other. Even before she left, we had made plans for our next visit. I read as much as I could, and the stack of books kept growing. I got my drivers permit in July, super exciting!

AUGUST: Back to work, back to school. What a whirlwind month. With an emergency dental appointment or two that ended up working out just fine, settling into a new school routine and balancing work – it was hectic. I also realized in the midst of all this chaos that I really did miss blogging and started to really make the effort to blog at least a couple times a month. I went book shopping quite a bit despite being in a reading slump and found two books to pull me out of it.

SEPTEMBER: Summer is pretty much over. I’ve had my first exam since returning to school for the fall semester, made winter and spring vacation plans with my girlfriend and have struggled to get into a routine so I’m not exhausted anymore. I’m looking forward to reading some more books once I’m fully settled and planning/celebrating my birthday next month.

With summer over – I’ll call it my summer of books – there were books everywhere. I quickly ran out of room for all of the books I bought this summer and I’m constantly rearranging them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This summer also meant the relaunch of my blog and I thought to celebrate what a great summer I had I’d do my first giveaway… Are you ready?

One lucky winner (US only this time, but the next will be international!) will receive CITY OF BONES and CITY OF ASHES in paperback!

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I hope everyone had a great summer! What was your favorite part of the summer? What was your favorite book (or books) that you read?


Review: Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

September 15, 2013 Katie A Reviews 1 Comment


Rating: ★★★★
Read: September 2013

First of all, a big THANK YOU to NetGalley for this ARC. I’m so excited to have a chance to read and review this book.

When I settled in to read WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, I had no idea that the story would touch me as much as it did. It was a very pleasant surprise, and the story was so beautiful and touching that even hours after finishing it, I’m STILL thinking about it.

Callie has returned home after being taken by her mothers years ago and now has to face the challenge of living a life she isn’t familiar with. She’s used to being on the run and the life she and her mother had. Settling in to a family and a new life isn’t easy.

I love that the story doesn’t cover that up. So many books and movies show someone coming home after years of being gone and immediately adjusting. Life isn’t like that. It’s not an overnight change or adjustment. I’ve been there – many times growing up. It isn’t easy, it isn’t fun (there are fun moments) and it’s hard as hell.

The characters in the story are fresh and vibrant – jumping off of the page with enough detail and personality to make you feel as if you’re right there with them. The family dynamic of the story is what truly touched me. I felt like I was a part of the big Greek family – a family who welcome Callie home with open arms.

On a personal level – I could relate to Callie and the relationship she has with her mother. I know what it’s like to be all too familiar with a life that is taken from you, and then you’re shoved into adjusting to an entirely new life. I knew how frustrated, unsure and wary she felt.

I know on a personal level how hard it is to adjust to a new life. I’ve been there. It was hard. It was stressful. It was an adjustment full of tears, fights and pain – but I made it – just like Callie did. We both had to make some hard choices – but in the end we both knew what was right for us.

This is a story that will always remain close to my heart and one I’m already looking forward to telling friends about.