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The Taylor Swift Tag

Creator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaFRgPdxK3A

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

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For this I have to chose the Infernal Devices Trilogy. While I still have yet to read the third book, I was in love with Clockwork Angel, but not as pleased with Clockwork Prince. 
2. Red – pick a book with a RED cover.

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3. The Best Day – pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

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I used to LOVE these books!
4. Love Story – pick a book with forbidden love.

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5. I Knew You Were Trouble – pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

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6. Innocent (written b/c of Kanye West!) – pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

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I couldn’t think of any that someone ruined the ending for, so I picked one that I saw the movie before the book, which ruined the ending.
7. Everything Has Changed – pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

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8. You Belong With Me – pick your most anticipated book release.

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9. Forever and Always – pick your favorite book couple.

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I don’t have one specific favorite couple, but I adore Frank and Hazel!
10. Come Back, Be Here – pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

This applies to any of my pretty classics!

 

Hope you liked it!

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(The Secret Language of Girls #3) The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away

The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away

Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 8/27/2013

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In the conclusion to the bestselling Secret Language of Girls trilogy, Marylin and Kate find that boys can be just as complicated as friendship.Marylin knows that, as a middle school cheerleader, she has certain obligations. She has to smile as she walks down the hall, be friends with the right people, and keep her manicure in tip-top shape. But Marylin is surprised to learn there are also rules about whom she’s allowed to like—and Benjamin, the student body president, is deemed unnacceptable. But maybe there is a way to convince the cheerleaders that her interest in Benjamin is for their own good—maybe she’ll pretend that she’s using him to get new cheerleading uniforms!

Kate, of course, finds this ludicrous. She is going to like whom she likes, thank you very much. And she just so happens to be spending more time than ever with Matthew Holler. But even a girl who marches to the beat of her own guitar strings can play the wrong notes—and are she and Matthew even playing the same song? She’s just not sure. So when Matthew tells Kate that the school’s Audio Lab needs funding from the student government, she decides to do what she can to help him get it.

But there isn’t enough money to go around, and it soon becomes clear that only one of the two girls can get her way. Ultimately, though, is it even her way? Or are both girls pushing for something they never really wanted in the first place?

My Thoughts:

I think this book was absolutely adorable! It really explored friendship and the difference between healthy friendships and unhealthy friendships. From the first book in the trilogy to the third book in the trilogy, the readers are extremely connected to the characters. The author did a great job conveying the emotions that Marylin and Kate were experiencing. I did, however, wish that there was more of an interaction between Marylin and Kate (Marylin’s previous best friend), as well as Marylin and Rhetta (Marylin’s new best friend). This was generally a cute read, of which I would recommend to 6th grade and up.

The book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17063685-the-sound-of-your-voice-only-really-far-away?ac=1

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel (Women in the Arts)

Author: Ann Gaines

Publisher: Chelsea House Publications

Release Date: 1 January 2004

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Amazon Synopsis: 

As the world struggled to recover from World War I, it was Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who decided what the woman of the twentieth century would look like. Her designs, showing the motley influences of soldiers, cabaret singers, and nuns, liberated women from the ruffles and flounces of the Gilded Age. They popularized arms, ankles, low waists, clean lines, and costume jewelry; through Chanel’s innovations, every woman, regardless of her income, could create a personal style. Although her own origins were humble, Chanel’s name has become synonymous with elegance and good taste.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

– Explores the contributions of women in the science and arts, whose paths allowed them to break gender barriers. – Lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia. – Presents inspiring portraits of achievement.

My Thoughts:

      Coco Chanel was a very interesting book. Gaines was extremely talented at providing all of the information in a thorough yet engaging manner. The layout of the information was fantastic! Instead of beginning with Chanel’s birth and carrying through to her death as one might expect, the author began with an event that happened later in Chanel’s life and then transitioned into her childhood and continued from that point. This was an attention-grabber and I completely loved that the author did this. Once I was finished reading the book, I had no questions about Coco Chanel because Gaines covered it all. 

      One thing that bugged me about the book were the boxes of quick information below the pictures. The pictures themselves were lovely. Correct me if I am wrong but the point of the boxes beneath pictures were to provide new information, or facts that may fit with the picture and not necessarily into the paragraphs themselves. In this book, however, the author did occasionally give new information, but she mainly either restated something that I had previously read or took the exact sentence out of the paragraph. This irked me because I wanted to learn more about Chanel, not have old information reinforced to me the same way. Something else that slightly irritated me was that Gaines brought in other people as sources, but did not necessarily explain who they were. This left me questioning who they were and why the author would quote them.

     Generally, I would recommend this to ages 12 and up. Be aware that the author does mention a sensitive topic in one sentence of the book. This is a children’s book, so I can tell you that if I did read this when I was 12 I would not have recognized most of the things I mentioned in paragraph two. So bear that in mind if you take a peek through this book that it is geared towards a younger crowd. Overall, I found the book to be a pleasant read and I do not regret reading it, so definitely check it out if it appeals to you!  

The book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/176358.Coco_Chanel

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Winter White (Belles #2)

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Author: Jen Calonita

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 10/29/2013

Rating:

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**Warning: There are spoilers for Belles in the Goodreads synopsis (but not in the review portion of the post)**

 

Goodreads synopsis:

Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story, and while Izzie and Mira have each put on a happy public face, someone is leaking their true feelings to the press. It seems as if the world is watching their every move, but at least the girls have each other.

With cotillion season right around the corner, however, Izzie and Mira have barely had time to process their newfound sisterhood. Mira has dreamed of making her debut in a gorgeous white gown forever–now if only she had an escort… Izzie, meanwhile, is still struggling to find her place in Emerald Cove, which seems ever more impossible with EC mean girls, young and old, trying to keep her down. As cotillion preparations heat up, there are dance steps to learn, manners to perfect… and secret initiations to complete?

It’s time for the gowns to go on and the gloves to come off.

My Thoughts:

This book was a cute read! I found from reading both Belles and Winter White that Jen Calonita has a gift for capturing emotions and I felt extremely connected to all of the characters. Often times, I will read a book and the author will have the characters say outdated things, especially when the author is an adult writing from a teenage or child’s perspective. For example, when teenage characters say things that teenagers don’t typically say anymore. For me, this definitely takes away from the connection between the reader and the characters. Calonita, however, voiced the main characters’ opinions, thoughts, and feelings almost perfectly. There were several things that irked me about Winter White though. The story was very similar to Belles, almost too similar for my liking. Also, I noticed the author contradicting herself and stated things repetitively throughout the book also.

Overall, I really admired this book and would recommend it to ages 14 and up.

The book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13455465-winter-white

-Kathy