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Playlist-Summertime 2014!

Hi everyone! This is not a book related post, but I still thought it would be fun to make a summer playlist! As usual, I will try to mix up the genres, so you’re not looking at the same type of songs. Hope you like it! I would love it you would email, tweet, or comment me any suggestions (would you prefer more songs in a certain genre, more songs in general, less songs, etc…)! All of my social media links are in the “Where Can You Find Me?” tab at the top of this page. Click on the links next to the songs or copy and paste the text to listen to them. For some reason, not all of the videos became links, so copying and pasting will probably be your best bet. Sorry about that! Also, I’m not sure if all of the songs will work on mobile devices; if they don’t you could always search them on YouTube and find a video with the song that does.

I Got a Car-George Strait     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m26zzjAdeNQ

Take Me Home, Country Roads-John Denver     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo

Here Comes the Sun-The Beatles     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5E_zXbmrlM

She’s Not You-Elvis Presley     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSXOBULrkIc

Surfin’ USA-The Beach Boys     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt2EClsO5CM

Blonde (Acoustic)-Bridgit Mendler     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAWoUu07JoI

How We Roll-Britt Nicole     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcAwlo6L1ws

Rhythm of Love-Plain White T’s     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muvpijiRnRc

Six Flute Concertos Op.10, Academy of Ancient Music-Vivaldi    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBtV1HR0xjk 

Mama Knows Best-Jessie J     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lH8NJyq2DQ

Moonlight on the Ganges-Ella Fitzgerald     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSlZ6PhKKLo

We Go Together-Grease     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArTeFelw3O8

Wake Me Up-Avicii Ft. Aloe Blacc     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uk2O5Gxd6g

 I Want Crazy-Hunter Hayes     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu0vyD7vyM4

Upside Down-Jack Johnson     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYbNkE80NMo

Think-Aretha Frankllin     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsL9UL9qbv8

Rules-Nat & Alex Wolff     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTYQEuw4KE

Be My Forever-Christina Perry ft. Ed Sheeran     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpj9vmVPsOo

Miracle Mile-Cold War Kids     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq3mLvnBcTo

Rude-Magic     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjqQfVY0yAc

Did you like this? Should I do more playlists? Did you see a genre that I didn’t use, but would like me too? Give me some feedback!

Have an awesome day! 🙂

-Kathy

***Also: huge shout out to my friend Sarah for her song suggestions. Her Tumblr: http://sca3vity.tumblr.com/ ***

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Surfacing (Swann’s Landing #1)

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Author: Shana Norris

Publisher: Shana Norris

Release Date: 11/15/11

Rating:

 three stars

*I received this book for review from Netgalley.*

Quote I Liked:

“‘Every finfolk can sing the Song. You just have to learn the melody.'”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.

But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.

Surfacing is the first book in the Swans Landing series.

My Thoughts:

      I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I loved the plot and the  pacing of the book. I adore mermaid books, so when I saw this on Netgalley I knew I had to request it! Surfacing was very engaging and got me hooked from the beginning. The author did a fantastic job with description. I could really picture the setting and the appearance of the characters. I definitely had trouble putting this down!

      I had a few issues with the characters, however- specifically the main character. Many times throughout the book I found myself getting angry with Mara. She tended to be selfish and could not figure out seemingly simple answers to problems she was facing. There were also a few details that really did not make sense to me. I saw a few grammatical errors, but they were not really noticeable unless you looked for them.

      Overall, I liked this book. I definitely had some qualms about giving it a mere three stars as opposed to four. However, the things I didn’t enjoy about this story were too large to overlook. I would recommend this book to age 16 or 17 and up. This would be a great beach read and I really want to read the next book in the series!

-Kathy

The book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20321706-surfacing

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The Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by A Book Paradise!

Here are the rules:

-Share 11 facts about yourself.

-Answer the 11 questions that were generated by the person who nominated you.

-Nominate nine blogs who have a follower count of less than 300 people-let them know via comment on their blogs that they were nominated.

-Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

*A Book Paradise has a few more details on her Liebster Award page, so check out the link above.*

 

11 Facts About Me:

1. I love to sing and I play piano as well!

2.  I will pretty much listen to any music.

3. I have an obsession with glittery things.

4. If I were at Hogwarts, I would be in Hufflepuff (where the cool people are).

5. I LOVE Harry Potter (see fact number 4).

6. I really want to travel the world.

7. I am pretty short at five foot two, which my friends love reminding me of.

8. My favorite Disney movie is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

9. I have a brown miniature poodle named Cinnamon.

10. I love stickers.

11. I enjoy writing!

 

Questions to answer:

1) Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because of my love of reading. I would always finish a book and want to talk about it with someone, so I decided to blog. Also, there are significantly less people who read today and I really wanted to help more people to read. I also wished to help those who do read to expand their horizons. I actually began blogging in a joint blog (called Pages in Paris) with a few of my friends. However, for a variety of reasons, we decided to retire that blog. I didn’t want to stop there because I loved blogging so I created a new one. The result: The Novelty of Life.

2) Which one of your favorite characters would you choose to be and why?

I would choose Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter because of her bravery, strength and magical powers (why not?).

3) What is your favorite post to write about?

I really love writing reviews. It might be a bit cliche for an answer, but I genuinely enjoy giving my thoughts on a book I read.

4) Do you have any bookish pet peeves?

I hate having to put a book down in the middle of a chapter.

5) When did you become an avid reader?

I have always loved reading. I can not remember a time when I did not love to read.

6) How do you organize your bookshelves?

Erm, the stack, cram, and shove method?

7) Do you write stories or books? If so, which authors influence your writing?

I do write stories and books in my free time. I suppose Ally Carter and Sarah Dessen influence my writing style, but it’s hard to say.

8) How many book boyfriends do you have?

Too many.

9) Which fictional character do you most relate to?

I haven’t read this book yet (although I probably will read it next), but I did see the movie. I would say Catherine from Northanger Abbey  by: Jane Austen.

10) What are some of your favourite TV shows and why?

I don’t really have any specific TV show I follow. I kind of just watch any that seem interesting when I’m scrolling through the guide.

11) If you could turn back time to one memory in your life, what memory would you choose and why?

Interesting question! I can’t really answer this though because I can’t choose one specific memory.

 

My questions:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

2. What book did you dislike that many people liked?

3. If someone were to ask you why it is important to read,what would you say?

4. What is your favorite reading spot?

5. When did you begin blogging?

6. If you could meet any author, who would you choose to meet?

7. Do you prefer ebooks or hard copies? Why?

8. What is your favorite book? Why?

9. What is your least favorite book? Why?

10. If you had to get rid of all of your books except for five, which five would you keep?

11. What is the reasoning behind your blog’s title?

 

I nominate:

1. Karolina and Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

2. Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books

3. Louise @ Seraphim Book Reviews

4. Ashly @ Book ‘n’ Go

5. Nicole @ My Book Filled Life

6. Emily @ Thoughts From Lulu

7. Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

8. Priyanka @ Priyanka Reads

9. Barbara Ann @ Sun Mountain Reviews

 

That’s all! I hope you have a marvelous day!

-Kathy

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Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

*This is a guest post by my friend Olivia-her links can be found below.*

 

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My most recent encounter with a contemporary novel didn’t exactly end well, making me a little hesitant to start this book. You can read my full rant about my dislike for contemporary novels in my review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Its quirky tale of friendship, betrayal, and love transcends all ages, races, and genders.
Seventeen-year-old Anna Oliphant is looking forward to her senior year of high school in Atlanta. When her famous father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris, Anna isn’t thrilled. As Anna quickly learns, it can be challenging to adapt to life in a different country, especially when there is a language barrier. As she struggles to adjust to her new life, she befriends Etienne St. Claire, one of the most popular students at the School of America in Paris, or SOAP for short. As the story progresses, Anna believes there is more than just friendship between them. The only thing standing in the way…his protective girlfriend.

Throughout the course of the book, Anna became one of my favorite female protagonists of all time, which is quite an accomplishment. Perkins has done an excellent job creating her eccentric, yet realistic character. Anna is extremely relatable, as she experiences an array of “teenage” emotions, ranging from love to hatred. She is confident and unafraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believes in. Most importantly, Anna refuses to abandon her friends when they need her most.

I also was fond of her crush and closest friend, Etienne St. Claire. It is impossible not to fall in love with him as the story progresses. Rather than the stereotypical athletic, popular guy that the majority of female protagonists fall in love with, Etienne is sweet and realistic. He is a constant form of support for Anna as she adjusts to her new life in Paris. As he struggles with several challenging family matters, Etienne grows closer to Anna, developing a strong bond.

One of the main factors that distinguishes Anna and the French Kiss from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the lack of a perfect “fairy-tale” romance. Anna’s love for Etienne develops over the course of several months, instead of a rash and instantaneous romance. As Cassandra Clare accurately states, “Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love.”

Overall, I tremendously enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others in a heartbeat. The cute, funny, and romantic nature of the book appeals to all audiences.

-Olivia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6767471-olivia-mccloskey

Tumblr: http://brewingupbooks.tumblr.com/

 

*Kathy’s sidenote: Do you want to read this book, but don’t have it? I am a moderator of a Goodreads group called the Page Turners. We recently started a program called Pass the Pages in which we send a book around the world. We have decided to begin with Anna and the French Kiss. If you’re interested, please follow the link. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1870094-round-one-anna-and-the-french-kiss *

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss?ac=1