Stacking the Shelves (43) + January Recap

I said I’ll cut back on buying, right? Uhm, can we start that some other time? I couldn’t resist because Fully Booked had a sale!


Gifted

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

When I read about Marina’s story and how she died at a young age full of potential, I got sad. But I got sadder when I read one of her essays and how it was poignant yet hopeful. This book has been on my wishlist ever since that moment last year. My friend and I exchanged gifts AKA exchanged books and this was my wishlist. I’m so excited yet a wee bit afraid to read it because I know there will be FEELS AND TEARS.


Bought

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

After loving Noggin by John Corey Whaley, I immediately bought his debut novel Where Things Come Back. Sadly, I still haven’t read it because I fail.

I also bought a paperback of The Dream Thieves because the ARC that I was reading had missing pages!!! Yes, I was enraged and so sad at midnight on a Sunday because I couldn’t continue reading! I went to the nearest bookstore the next day and thank God there’s a copy! I would have cried, really, if I wasn’t able to read it the next day. I was on the juicy parts and then BAH.




When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach


I promised myself I’ll buy my own hardcover copy of When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) because I absolutely love it. But I never did until I discovered back in January 1 that it’s gonna be out of print! So I bought one immediately and it arrived this week! Tom x Lily 4EVA


*signed* The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
*signed* The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I couldn’t go to any of Michelle Hodkin’s signings here in the Philippines so I was grateful that I was still able to get signed copies. Thank you so much, Fully Booked!


This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

I’ve been eyeing this ever since reading the raves on this YA graphic novel. But what ultimately made me break the bank was Emma Roberts reading it and loving it. Emma Roberts is my favorite Emma and she has great taste in books and I’m trying to have an Emma Roberts Book Club with myself. #wevegotourselvesaSULA #ifyoudidntgetthereferenceyourenotawildchild


Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

After loving and bawling last year with There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos, I knew I had to read her award-winning debut novel.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Jean wanted me to read this so of course I will. He keeps my reading selections varied AKA not all YA.


Trouble by Non Pratt

I’ve wanted to read this because ALL THE RAVES, MAN. I’ve been scouring for a copy and I chanced upon one at Fully Booked and TADA! It only cemented that I HAVE to read it because I read an excerpt from Love Hurts (review soon!) and it’s just my kind of read. SO EXCITED!


Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

Lastly, SUBMARINE movie tie-in edition! I love love love the film adaptation directed by Richard Ayoade (hats off to you, sir). I never thought I could idolize Richard Ayoade even more after I busted my gut with The IT Crowd but apparently, he’s also a deft director and just !!! I can’t wait to see Craig Roberts in more movies too. Damn fine comic chops and his deadpan delivery, yes! Anyway, looking forward to reading this too just to see where one of my favorite coming-of-age films was adapted from.

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Recap

This 2015, I feel like doing monthly recaps on what happened in the blog. This will be posted on the last day of the month, along with my Stacking the Shelves post for that month as well. Sooooo, what happened here at Oops! I Read A Book Again this January?


I ended up reviewing seven titles only (BOO, I was aiming for at least 10) and these are Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (finally), Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Winger by Andrew Smith, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

I also thought of possible theme songs for The Fault in Our Stars, Only A Kiss, and Noggin.

I helped share the covers for Black Iris by Leah Raeder, Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen and All Played Out by Cora Carmack.

Because I’m obsessed with David Levithan and The Lover’s Dictionary, I actually compile the companion tweets by @loversdiction. Dictionary entries from H, I, and J are up!

The blog tours I organized for Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno, Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao, and Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno happened. I also invited you all to help Nikki Godwin announce the release of her newest novel Breaking Saint Jude.

I celebrated Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin’s release!

I featured Cities by Carla de Guzman with an excerpt and Carla’s playlist, as well as Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno with an excerpt.

Lastly, I announced my newest blog feature, Under the Radar Friday!
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Introducing Under the Radar Friday!

Today, I’m introducing this blog feature I’ve been cooking up for the past month or so. Finally!

Do you have those books that you ABSOLUTELY LOVE but the world doesn’t even know exist? Do you have those books you think are unjustly unpopular but are so great that you pimp them out every chance you get? Do you think some novels are just so under the radar? Now, here’s your chance to share them to the world! Introducing… UNDER THE RADAR FRIDAY!!!11


Inspired by Dahlia Adler’s #UnderTheRadarYA hashtag on Twitter, Under the Radar Friday is the newest weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again. Every Friday, I’ll be featuring a bookish person (a blogger, an author, a publicist, anyone!) who will share five books they think are under the radar. It could be young adult, new adult, or adult books. They could also choose a theme or a genre (e.g. contemporary YA romances, YA time travel, best friend romances, 24-hour YA novels, etc) but that’s completely optional.

Be ready to add even more books to your TBR and let the recommendations and squeeing begin! I am so excited to get this feature started and I already have a few bookish people lined up. Of course, I want YOU to be a part of it too. Do you want to share your favorite novels that need more loving? Do you want yet another avenue to pimp them out? Then fill up this form so I can contact you and we can start talking and doing some wonderful stuff and all that! *jazz hands*

Feel free to use the hashtag #UnderTheRadarFriday so we can discuss and chat. Come back next Friday for the first ever Under the Radar Friday!

P.S. Thank you to Sab for the banner!

Cover Reveal: Maybe Me by Amber Hart

We’re so excited to reveal the cover for MAYBE ME by Amber Hart! Maybe Me releases this fall from Kensington Teen!


maybe me-2


About MAYBE ME:

A sliver of a second is all it takes.

Maria Reyes knows what it means to come from nothing. Escaping Cuba, the States have given Maria new dreams. Like graduating high school. Going to college. Making something of herself. Forgetting a past that always seems to creep up on her family. But mostly, staying out of trouble. Which is why falling for Hale is out of the question.

An unguarded moment, a simple mistake.

Hale Watson is a flash of a second away from being locked up for good. With a rap sheet longer than the list of homes he comes from, Hale has one more shot at making things right. Graduate senior year. Don’t mess up. Don’t get caught. That’s the plan. Until he meets Maria.

And everything changes.

Add MAYBE ME to Goodreads here! You can also preorder it below (more retailers coming soon)!



MAYBE ME is the third book in the Before & After series, but it can be read as a standalone! You can find out more about BEFORE YOU and AFTER US here!

About Amber Hart

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of the Before & After series (BEFORE YOU; AFTER US; MAYBE ME), and the Until You Find Me series (UNTIL YOU FIND ME; CAPTURED BY YOU). Rep’d by Beth Miller of Writers House.

We Were Evergreen – Eighteen Lyrics

on day one, I was looking through my pockets for the keys
on day two, there I found them hanging quietly from the door
you said I should be used to situations like these
but I know it’s a sign that I’m not ready for this all

this naked wall is a drag, is a drag
it’s wearing me out like a name on a tag

on day three, you were standing in the doorway with a smile
on day four, there I lost you as you were running down the hall
I said I just want to be alone for a while
but you know it’s all because I always move too slow

these years have gone, in the sun, in the shade
I’m eighteen today, what a mess I have made

*I personally transcribed it from the CD booklet

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments

Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Orion
Date of Publication: February 2, 2012

By day, two young women spend their hours emailing each other, discussing every aspect of their lives. By night, Lincoln, a lonely IT guy, spends his hours reading every exchange. Soon Lincoln is drawn into their lives, and finds himself falling for one of them. Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For the record, I love that I bought the UK edition a long time ago, even before Rainbow Rowell went big. It is SO pretty. Now, for my review! More like my thoughts, actually.

I read Attachments right after finishing Eleanor & Park, as I felt like binging on some sweet contemporary romance and Rainbow Rowell dishes that in spades if E&P is evidence. Compared to E&P, I think I related more to Attachments. Oh god, I’m getting old. Having mentioned in my E&P review that I didn’t have a teenage love to look back on, Attachments was more my stride especially that I’m part of the working class now. The office gossip, the office best friend (who I’ve been friends with for almost eight years now but I only realized that she’s my BFF when we’re already working together), those goddamn people from the other department and OH, the tech guy. I personally have been afraid of our tech guy being a tattletale because of ~certain~ reasons. Haha! Anyway, the only point I’m trying to come across is that Attachments IS MY JAM.

I ADORED the characters in Attachments. Yes, capital adored. Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges were gold. I was chuckling A LOT while reading because Beth and Jennifer’s humor is my kind of humor. I love them so much. Here’s an excerpt from one of their conversations.

“Oh, I love period dramas, especially period dramas starring Colin Firth. I’m like Bridget Jones if she were actually fat.”
“Oh… Colin Firth. He should only do period dramas. And period dramas should only star Colin Firth. (One-star upgrade for Colin Firth. Two stars for Colin Firth in a waistcoat.)”
“Keep typing his name, even his name is handsome.”

See? My mom kept on looking at me while I was reading because I was in my own world busting my gut.

Lincoln was so cute and adorable. Sure, he’s shy and yes, he’s a geek, but he’s so kind and nice. And he’s currently clueless on what to do with his life. He’s even living with his mom. His struggles were universal. A job he doesn’t want but pays well, moral and ethics issues versus being happy and entertained (granted, he’s hurting no one), finding love and purpose, not knowing what to do, all quarterlife crisis issues. With that, I absolutely related to Lincoln even though I’m younger than him. The unknown future is just so unknown and that’s a bit scary.

While the circumstances of Beth and Lincoln’s romance, while quirky, were definitely eyebrow-raising, you’ll instantly forget the icky feeling because you’ll just be bating your breath for Beth and Lincoln to finally meet. The great thing about Attachments is that it didn’t gloss over Lincoln’s stalker tendencies and instead, it discussed it. Lincoln hated that he’s reading people’s emails and conversations but he couldn’t really stop because don’t you know it, he’s falling for the funny girl.

Aside from the romance, Attachments also spent a great deal of focus on each of our characters, showing us the trials and tribulations they faced and their imminent growth. You just want them all to be happy. But the BEST thing about their growth is that it isn’t spurred by another person. They didn’t try to be the best person they could be for some other person but it was for themselves. Sure, it might not be a self-realization, especially in Lincoln’s part as he’s helped by his sister and his friends, but he was the one who decided to CHANGE. The characters came to terms to whatever they need to work on or whatever they have to do by themselves. And I love that.

To end my review, here’s a quote that I feel is apt for Attachments  as well. The whole time I was reading, I knew I was having fun and I knew that it’s a wonderful read. I remember my immediate reaction after reading was “Aaaaaaaaaawwww <3" because it was so cute and fun and relatable. Thank you, Rainbow Rowell, for another sweet contemporary novel! Let us all chase our happiness.

“There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.”

About Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books.
Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).
Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl).
But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

We Were Evergreen – Eggs Lyrics

if I had a tail to chase around
I could go for days and days
I would never cease to run amok
until I got stuck in a phrase

if I found a finger in a can
I would drink it anyway
sprout a hundred nails and twenty hands
to scratch you off and fly away

it’s such a waste, it’s such a waste
it’s such a waste and I can’t make up for this

stammer oh I stumble through the words
tethering about my mind
if I could find a way out of the woods
right into that frying pan

crack your eyes open in a stew
make it sweeter than a pill
pour a litle sugar in the wound
and mix it all up once again

it’s such a waste, it’s such a waste
it’s such a waste and I can’t make up for this

*I personally transcribed it from the CD booklet

We Were Evergreen – Cargo Cult Lyrics

ready or not
we are coming back, yeah we’re over
we can tell you ’bout what you need
you can look it up when you’re older
when you’re older

well you’re in luck
cause we got the love that you’re after
you just have to doubt what you see
we can talk it out if we have to
if we have to

get in on the cargo cult
we’re never enough, we’re never enough
get in on the cargo cult
we’re never enough, we’re never enough
they descended from the air
titanium love, titanium love
idols in a carbon wear
to carry us all, to carry us all

put us on top
and we’ll come to life, we’re revivers
we were always wearing the crown
you can take it as a reminder, a reminder

like it or not
we have got the lies that you ordered
and there’s plenty left to go round
you can figure it out when you’re older, when you’re older

*I personally transcribed it from the CD booklet

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger (Winger, #1)

Title: Winger (Winger #1)
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Date of Publication: May 14, 2013

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sab and every person on this planet have been raving about this book for the longest time and it took me more than a year to finally read it. Why, Dianne, why don’t you listen to everybody?

Reading WINGER was a blast. Ryan Dean West has such a fantastic and unique voice. He has a hypersexualized brain and every female is hot for him. Sure, it’s crass and immature but good lord, I love immature and crass humor. My mind is such a gutter and Ryan Dean West never misses with his quips. Plus, WINGER was so fun to read as it read like Ryan Dean’s diary as he chronicles his junior year at Pacific Northwest. He even draws comic strips, graphs, pie charts and everything. Although he’s smart, his graphs aren’t nerdy but they’re actually mostly about hot girl meters, what his brain is thinking, and all sorts of nonsensical things.

Ryan Dean’s smart, probably too smart, as he’s the only fourteen year-old junior in his boarding school for the rich. And these kids are hella rich. They fly to their homes every Friday noon and get back to school Sunday afternoon. THAT rich. While I’m sure this kind of set-up actually exists, it was so baffling for me. But it didn’t really matter because BOARDING. SCHOOL. I love YA novels set in boarding schools. The freedom, living together in dorms, and of course, ALL THE SHENANIGANS. I, myself, lived in a dorm inside school grounds for my whole high school life and it was very fun, to say the least. We’ve been in trouble, we got spooked, we never followed curfew, and yeah, we were heathens. Ack, I suddenly miss high school. Anyway, not only is WINGER set in a boarding school, Ryan Dean West is in Opportunity Hall, where all the kids on probation and always-in-detention kids stay.

It’s Ryan Dean’s first time in O Hall and he’s definitely scared being roomies with one of his rugby teammates, the ever popular alpha asshole Chas. Oh god, I love Chas. I can spy not-really-assholes a mile away and it was so obvious that Chas was ribbing Ryan Dean not to poke fun but to bond with him. But of course, it just came across as him tripping Ryan Dean. Ryan Dean gets into all sorts of hijinks with his O Hall-mates and rugby teammates, Chas, Joey, and Kevin, and it was so fun to read. It made me miss my guy friends because of all the dicking around and the posturing. I love the rugby team so much.

WINGER was a slice-of-life novel, with no real big conflict looming over everyone. Just, Ryan Dean navigating his junior year and trying to win his sixteen year-old batchmate and best friend, Annie. Yes, Ryan Dean is in the dreaded friend zone and it doesn’t help that he’s two years younger than every junior, and that Annie calls him adorable or a kid. We also get to read Ryan Dean’s interactions with his rugby teammates and his previous roommates in the regular dorm, JP and Seanie. Oh guys, I adore Seanie’s dark humor and deadpans. Gah, I gobbled that up.

But definitely, my favorite of it all is Joey Cosentino, Ryan Dean’s friend and the captain of the rugby team. Joey’s gay and he came out last year and everyone was just so cool. His teammates were cool and his roommate Kevin was cool. I love how Andrew Smith didn’t have a flamboyant gay character because masculinity and femininity are just social constructs. One can be a rugby player and be gay and it was just so wonderful that it’s presented like that. Anyway, I love Joey because he’s so sensible and reasonable and he’s kind of like Ryan Dean’s conscience. Ryan Dean and Joey easily became best of friends. They protected and covered for each other and just, their friendship! I especially love this quote, which made me laugh out loud.

“I timed it and everything. It was at least a minute and a half. That’s not kissing. You’re right. It’s making out. It’s practically having sex in public.”

I really like WINGER up until the end. I mean, I still adore it but at the end, something happened that I certainly did not expect. I felt cheated of my emotions, and that it was a cheap trick to pull that string right at the end. It’s a legitimate way to create conflict because honestly, nothing was happening. There were mini conflicts sure but like I said, it was a slice-of-life novel. There’s a sequel but I honestly could have done without it. I’d be glad to be back with the gang but it wouldn’t be the same.  I remember staring off into space while I was reading because I just felt so empty.

I’d recommend WINGER to everybody because it’s a great YA novel with such a defined voice. Like the blurb said, it was both hilarious and heartbreaking and isn’t that what we feel when we look back into high school?

P.S. Absolutely love the cover and how it fits Ryan Dean so much. Even the stitches and the bloody nose! And please, eternal props to Sam Bosma for all the illustrations because GOLD. 

About Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness—an Amazon “Best of the Year,” and an ALA Top 10 for 2014) and The Marbury Lens (A YALSA BFYA, and Starred reviews and Best of the Year in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist). He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness, is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.

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We Were Evergreen – Kilmore’s End Lyrics

there on the wall with your tired eyes
you look so lovely and
more than the rest I remember this
night out in kilmore’s end

one glass of wine and I fall into thy
colourbeds by the door
would you be so kind as to tell me why
we only ever talk

but we got time, we got all night
to talk about you and I

bearded and faded and wizened to death
wars will do that to you
when you’re as lonely as I am today
nothing can ever do

but we got time, we got all night
to talk about you and I
I’ve all the time that I want
for you and I now you’re gone

to the bottom, to the bottom at once
there’s no time

*I personally transcribed it from the CD booklet

Theme Song: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin

Title: Noggin
Author: John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: April 8, 2014

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

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Theme Song

Waking up five years after his head got chopped off and stored in a cryogenic freezer, all Travis Coates wanted was to continue living his life. However, his girlfriend Cate is actually engaged now and all he wants is to get her back. So I immediately thought of this song because while Travis’s girlfriend isn’t named Ramona, everything was so on point (check out the lyrics, although Cate’s fiance isn’t a slacker). I present to you… RAMONA by Velociraptor!


Ramona I told you
I can’t sit next to you in the cinema
When you’re texting other guys
And I thought I knew you
But baby you make me so blue, uuuu uuuh uuuh

My baby, used to be my baby
So sweet and my baby,
Used to be my baby, my baby!
I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
I-i-i-i still remember when –

Ramona I told you
I ain’t now scared of you
I won’t write, I won’t call
And I thought I knew you
But baby you make me so blue, uuuu uuuh uuuh

My baby, used to be my baby
So sweet and my baby
Used to be my baby, my baby!
I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
I-i-i-i still remember when she was my girl

My girl my girl
My girl and my girl
My girl my girl
My girl and my girl
My girl my girl
My girl and my girl

Ramona I told you!

I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
When I still remember when

I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
When I still remember when

My girl, my girl
My girl, my girl