Waiting on Wednesday: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Here’s this week’s Waiting on Wednesday!

Finding Audrey 

By Sophie Kinsella (aka my girl)

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Here’s the Summary from Goodreads

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

I think a ton of people will be able to relate to this novel, even I really struggle with anxiety. Plus, it’s by Sophie Kinsella!

Release Date: June 9th 2015


Week In Review: 4-19-4-26

Hey guys! Here is what I posted this Week:

Monday: Outfits Inspired by Books: The Outsiders

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Novels

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Thursday: My review was supposed to be posted on Thursday, but it ended up being postponed until Sunday.

Friday: Links of the Week

Sunday: Review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Coming up this week:

Monday: Outfits Inspired by Books: Twenty Boy Summer

Tuesday: Top Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday!

Thursday: Review of The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Friday: Links of the Week & April Favorites

I should also have a book haul posted sometime this week of the books I got in the months of March and April!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fantasy/Sci Fi Books

One of my favorite genres! I hope you all enjoy!

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry PotterUh, what is any top fantasy list without Harry Potter?! I grew up with this series and I could gush about it all day. I don’t really think I need to say a lot about the plot, but if you haven’t read the books you NEED to. The movies are awesome, but the real Harry Potter experience is the books. I remember staying up wayyyyyy past my bedtime just to finish them and playing quiddich with my friends. I could go on but I’ll save you the sappy stories! It’s a series I’m not ashamed to keep rereading over and over again!

2. Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfallRight from the start Angelfall sends you for an action packed ride, you probably won’t be able to put it down. It features an awesome heroine named Penryn. The characters are real and of course filled with wit. It’s dystopian so it’s plot is pretty interesting (and filled with so many plot twists) and the angels featured in it seemed pretty realistic. AND THE EMOTIONAL TENSION UGH. It grew on me slowly, like falling in love (wow that was sappy please ignore me). The imagery can sometimes be a little gruesome, but not in like an overbearing way. PLUS, it’s a series!

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

daughter of smoke and boneI remember reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and thinking that the writing was just breathtaking! The way that Taylor created this whole word through her words so beautifully blew me away, it’s pretty talented and I would give anything to be able to write like that! She made the setting of Prague so magical, I mean, I have never been to Prague, but now I kinda want to go. The imagery just makes it come to life. Just marvelous! That opening line also: “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

4. Beastly by Alex Flinn

beastlyIf you are into romances that will make you sob (did you mean Ashley?) look no further! I love re-written fairy tales like this, it kinda reminds me of the show Once Upon a Time, which I’m obsessed with. I didn’t actually expect to like it as much as I did, but I’m glad that I picked it up one day at the library. It’s fantasy fused with a little bit of realism with a dash of humor. I can’t say that the movie is good only because I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard mixed things about it.

5. Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm

brothers grimmI have a super thick copy of some of the Brothers Grimm fairytales that I pick up every once in a while when I’m feeling magical. They are pretty messed up at times, but I think they are heck of a lot more interesting than the Disney versions. Aside from the popular stories, The Brothers Grimm wrote a variety of other stories you have probably never heard of!

6. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

flowers for algernonI find myself going back to this short little tale whenever I need a good cry. I felt a vast array of emotions when reading Flowers for Algernon. It looks at mental disability, perseverance, love, and humanity. In the end, it made me really think about how fortunate I am to have what I have. The diary entries really help you understand Charlie’s level of intelligence at that point in time. As Charlie becomes more and more intelligent after the experiment, the attitudes towards him change, it’s pretty eye opening when it comes to attitudes toward people with mental disabilities.

7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

lord of the ringsThe Lord of the Rings is a genuine fantastical masterpiece! A top ten fantasy list is incomplete without it. It’s original and creative, plus the movies are the bomb. Frodo’s act of self-sacrafice is incredible and Gandalf’s’ magical lore draws you in. I have yet to see a fantasy novel come even remotely close to what The Lord of the Rings has.

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

ugliesWesterfield creates this world that just intrigues you and lures you in for the long haul! I think it kinda plays on today’s perceptions of beauty, an interesting notion. The narrative voice is phenomenal and it flows right with the plot. There are some parts that are downright hilarious and some parts that are pretty terrifying. Even though this world is different, Westerfield strategically parallels it  to our own world. Tally’s character is believable in my opinion, she talks and acts like a typical sixteen year old. She holds together this intriguing narrative.

9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

chronicles of narniaI remember watching The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and then thinking “oh yeah, there are books, maybe I should read those.” My Dad and I really got into them, and they hold a special place in my heart. Both children and adults can find pleasure in this series. The magic will never fade. They hold a deeper meaning that we begin to understand as we get older. I will always quote C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia!

10. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

parable of the sowerParable of the Sower is a groundbreaking dystopian novel. It features a strong African American heroine, Lauren, facing change and adaption in her struggle to survive. It focuses on the bonds of a community and her belief “God is Change” is what brings her community together. This apocalyptic world is terrifyingly realistic. Butler warns against the destruction of the environment, as this ultimately leads to the demise of the society in Parable of the Sower.

Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Sorry it’s late!


“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”

Author: Robin Sloane

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Summary (Goodreads)

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

My Thoughts

I picked this up from the library at my university after hearing only good things about it, and I can see why! It was a fun, quick read that is sure to please! Coming back from class and between classes I was bound to be holding this book trying to get in one more chapter before having to put it away!

It’s one of my favorite types of books…books about books (also combined with adventure)! Each character brings something new and adds something to the mystery of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. I’m wishing that Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore actually existed! I thought it was interesting how they combined the physical paper pages off books with the technology we rely on today, even if it is too contemporary. It’s witty and charming, and I honestly wish there were more books out there like it. It also kinda makes me want to work at Google…

My Rating: 5 Stars 

Links of the Week: 4/24

Hey everyone! Here’s another look at what I’ve found surfing the interwebs!

  1. Getting a new home? Looking for accents? Are you just bored? Here’s the psychology of color!
  2. For when you are in a rainy mood
  3. Looking to cheer up your friend? Here are 20 ways to brighten a person’s day!
  4. 12 great books and the perfect mood to read them in?! I’ll have to watch my moods…
  5. Hey, if you are trying to spruce up your writing, Here a 32 beautiful English words.
  6. Calling my fellow history buffs! Here are 40 rare and important archaeological finds!
  7. Well I’m now thoroughly confused, let’s see if you can understand the pixar theory.
  8. Okay I have 2 cats so anything to help me keep the litterbox area clean is much appreciated!
  9. Looking to get strong feet? Here are some exercises to help yah out!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

XO Ashley

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Here’s another Waiting on Wednesday!

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Here’s the Goodreads Summary:

What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

If you know me, you know how much I adore Patrick Ness, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this one. It sounds so original and no doubt probably hilarious!

Release Day: August 27th 2015