Treat Yo Shelf & Giveaway: June Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

June Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of June.

What did I read?

It was another slow reading month for me. Sorry, guys.

What books did I buy? 

I was on a “Book Buying Ban” this month, but I did purchase one book, Autofocus, because I wanted the awesome swag that came with the pre-order. 

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What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  • Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi from HarperCollins/HarperTeen (Hardcover & e-ARC)
  • We Own the Night by Ashley Poston from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (e-ARC)

What books did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers?

  • The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker (ARC)
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (signed Hardcopy)

June’s Uppercase Box

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GiftLit Box

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June’s BOOM!BOX from Espionage Cosmetics

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Bookish Swag I bought or received from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

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I bought NovellyYours’ Unbirthday candle and it smells freakin’ amazing!!! NovellyYours is an Etsy account created by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide, and her book inspired soy candles are fantastic.

June Favorites

  • Being part of my niece’s wedding and reading a Neil Gaiman poem during the ceremony.
  • Bringing back my favorite Summer drink: Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino
  • Participating in the Irish Banana’s blog tour for Autofocus. I had so much fun taking pictures themed around my review for the book. Plus, I adored the book. 

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • My book buying ban wasn’t too successful, since I bought one book. But hey, it’s the little steps, right? HAHAHA!
  • Sarah J. Maas and Emery Lord are coming to Joseph Beth Booksellers on September 15, 2016 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Check out the event details HERE!
  • Decatur Book Festival author line-up is now live! Check out their site HERE
  • YallFest author line-up is live! Check out the list HERE!
  • I have three bookish giveaways posted on my Twitter account. See information and rules below:

BOOKISH GIVEAWAYS

Retweet and Follow to win (US only). Click on the picture to link to each Twitter post giveaway:

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #1 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #2 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

GIVEAWAY #3 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

This contest is supposed to end July 1, but I will be extending the contest for my blog followers. Enter to win PRESS BACK tattoos inspired by Kristen Simmons’ Metaltown.

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How did you treat your shelves in June? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Reading!

 

W…W…W…Wednesday: 06/29/2016

W…W…W…Wednesday

W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

ARC Review: We Own the Night by Ashley Poston

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Title: We Own the Night
By: Ashley Poston
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher:Bloomsbury Spark/ Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

About We Own the Night:

“Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she’s in love with Micah or anything. Cause she’s not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

LINKS: Goodreads | Kindle: Amazon | Nook: B&N 


MY RANTS AND RAVES OF WE OWN THE NIGHT

WOW! WOW! WOW! We Own the Night is the perfect summery read. It is definitely an attention-grabbing and fast-paced novel (I read it in less than 5 hours, maybe 4), with heart-pounding moments, and a main character worth rooting for. From the first page, we are introduced to a young radio deejay named NiteOwl, who is going through the many motions of crushes, teenage life dilemmas, and graduating high school. NiteOwl turns out to be the main character, Ingrid North, a small town Nebraska native who adores music, is on the mends with her three best friends, and at the same time she has to care for her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. 

I really loved Ingrid as a character. Even though she is cautious, she can also be fearless, and definitely sarcastic and snarky. She has spent months not hanging out or communicating with her friends, because she has been taking care of her grandmother, and to top off her senior year, she has a major crush on her childhood friend, best friend in fact, Micah. But it turns out Micah is in love with someone else, and that’s when hearts start crumbling in this story.

But Ingrid does not let her heartache outweigh her strength to make it through summer. Ingrid hosts her own Saturday midnight radio show, and this outlet allows her to be her true self, which is a smart, spunky, sassy, and determined young woman. I, in turn, loved how gritty and brave Ingrid truly is, especially when she is communicating with one of her notable callers, who she has dubbed “Dark and Brooding.” Ahhh…their banter is sexy, wildly angsty, and romantic all at the same time. *swoons* These two characters bounce off each other so well, that you will be praying for a chance for them to meet in real life.

Ingrid not only exchanges “laugh out loud” banter with strangers on the radio, but she also exchanges sarcastic comments and hilarious repartee with her best friends and her own grandmother. This banter is often used as a comedic relief in all the craziness and sadness that Ingrid and her friends have to face. Additionally, I loved that throughout the book we not only get fun banter, but there is the awesome littering of The Princess Bride and The Office references, just to name a few popular culture allusions. 

This whole story is a mesh of fighting bullies, experiencing both heartbreak and/or heart-pounding confessions of love, and truly understanding the good and the bad moments that life throws at people.  We Own the Night is an all-around, feel good story sprinkled with love and infinite snapshots of a female protagonist enduring change. Friendships are tested. Punches are thrown. Relationships blossom. Gumballs are spilled. Dreams are dared. Life lessons are learned. And in the end, we get a truly remarkable book about maturing, falling in love, adventuring out of your comfort zone, and accepting the contingent events of life.  

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Spark/ Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.