Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn Book Tag

The Autumn Book Tag
Part of our monthly non-review-yet-still book-related-type-post
Book tag originally by: Dani on Books



1) What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

I love autumn for many reasons. I love starting school because it's almost as if I have a new perspective and I'm motivated to be a better student and person. I love the weather and how cool, yet sunny it still is. I absolutely adore the seasonal drinks in autumn, like apple cider. I love Halloween and how much fun it is to see virtually everyone walking around with a smile on their face and a piece of candy in their hand.

2) What book on your shelves reminds you of going back to school/your school days?

I would have to choose The Mother Daughter Book Club by: Heather Vogel Frederick because it involves fresh starts, new friendships, and new schools. 

The Mother-Daughter Book Club (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #1)

3) Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.
For this I would choose Walden by: Henry David Thoreau. It has leaves on it and traditionally fall colors of red, brown, and yellow.


4) What is your favourite horror/Halloween story?
I'm not sure if this counts because it's a movie, but I LOVE It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

5) What is your favourite horror film?
I honestly don't like horror that much, so I guess I can't really answer this.

6) Which book release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
I'm SUPER excited for the newest Rick Riordan book House of Hades, which, according to Goodreads, is published on October 8th! 
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
7) Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
I'm not really sure of many movies that are being released in a month or so, so I'll choose one I saw listed as premiering September 27 which is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. I really liked the first one, so I'm excited to see what this will be like!

8) Show three books that you are hoping to read this season.
An Abundance of Katherines
Pride and PrejudiceThis would be a "finish," as I am about halfway through.
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)
So that's the end of the tag! Wishing you all a *SPECTACULAR* autumn season, and I hope you read plenty of books!

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Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012

After reading Freefall and loving it, Live Through This immediately went on my TBR list.  As soon as this came out, I went out and bought a copy of the book, and read it, loving it just as much as I loved Freefall.  Live Through This is a quick read, and it keeps you engaged in the story the entire time.  The book contains the perfect mix of lighter and darker elements, and the issues in the book are covered so well.  I love this book so much that I have read it several times since its release.


Coley is an amazing character.  She's hiding a huge secret from everyone around her because she just wants to have a normal life.  She wants to have fun on dance team, and date Reece.  She is strong, despite the fact that she sometimes feels broken by the abuse she is receiving.  She is ashamed because of this abuse, and the book does a good job showcasing her feelings.  She's a character that you can immediately root for and sympathize with.

Coley's family is woven into the story well.  Coley, her brother, and her mom lived with a man named Patrick who was physically abusive until they left him.  Coley was too young then to actually remember him.  Her mom remarried a man named Tony, and had triplets with him - Zach, Jacob, and Emma.  In the story, you can tell that Tony cares about Coley and her brother Bryan, though they aren't his children.  Coley's half-siblings are good characters as well.  I wasn't a fan of Bryan at all, for spoilery reasons that I'm not going to explain here.  If you read the book, you'll understand what I'm talking about.

The other secondary characters are well-developed and interwoven into Coley's story.  Reece is Coley's crush.  He's a sweet guy who plays the sax in band.  The relationship between Reece and Coley is well done, slow, and realistic.  They make a good couple.  Alejandra is Coley's former best friend.  There is a rift between the two for reasons that are unclear at first.  Near the end, there is a great scene with just Coley and Alejandra that is emotional and well written.

If you like contemporary YA, read this book.


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