Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful Book Buys!

I don't know about you guys, but I just can't resist a beautiful cover. Literally. I'll see a beautiful book, whether it be in real life or online, a thought comes to be, fervent as the night sky, it screams: I need it. And then I can't let it go. I think about the book, night and day. I check multiple online book stores, trying to find the best deal for it (aka the cheapest price because, lets be real, mama ain't got dough). I spend days, weeks, obsessing over this book, almost buying it, and then I slap myself and say No, Karla! You don't need any more books! Your unread pile is already big enough! And snap myself out of it.

Does it last for long? Absolutely not. Days later, I give into the temptation and say Screw it! and I buy the book. And you know what? I don't regret. Not one bit. (Okay, maybe some of them I regret after some time has passed, but that's just a little bit.) The feeling you get when you buy a brand new book that's just so beautiful you can't stand it is just ... marvelous! And holding it? I get chills.

Everyone once in a while I like to take out my beautifully beautiful books (yes, I used the adjective twice differently, that's how beautiful they are) and I just stare at them. I gaze down at them like they're my own children. Even though I didn't write them, I do own them and therefore, to me, they are my children.

These books that I bought have all been books that I've obsessed over for weeks and eventually had to give in and buy for myself. Sometimes I even treat myself and just buy myself a beautiful book (aren't I so sweet to myself?) 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I also wanted to show off their *gorgeous* spines! They look so gorgeous on my bookshelves! /swoons?
Are you swooning right now like I am? Sighs. Just looking at these books are making me go all gaga again! And yes, just to clarify, I do read the books synopsis and see if I will enjoy it before I buy it. I don't want to spend my hard earned money on a book that I think I will not enjoy (but lets be honest - even if the book sounded mediocre to me, I'd be persuaded to by it because of the cover).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: The Summer I Turned Pretty #1
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Add it: Goodreads
Page Count: 276 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On a Deserted Island

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is ten characters I would want with me on a deserted island.

Okay, I'm not going to lie, the minute I read what was this week's topic, I started grinning like an idiot. My smile went from ear to ear and I was swooning so hard. So. Hard. YA books are filled with beautiful men I'd love to be stuck on a remote island with! Do you understand the perfect scenario we're in here? Me, alone with my favorite character - yes please and thank you! Now, I had narrow it down to ten and let me tell you, that was not easy at all. But these men, I would gladly be stuck on a deserted island with any day!

(These are in no particular order. Just thought I should clear that up.)

1. Liam Stewart (The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken)
I don't even need to think about my darlin' Liam Stewart. Any list that involves my favorite male characters, he's automatically the first one on my mind. Plus, I think Liam would be a great person to be stuck in a deserted island with! Because not only would be try is best to get both of us off the island, he would be a great comfort to me if I was panicking like crazy. (Which, let me honest, would totally happen. I mean, it's a deserted island!)

2. Finnick Odair (Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins)
I was debating between Finnick and Gale and in the end I chose Finnick, because I absolutely love Finnick! Not to mention he knows how to catch fish and how to live in the tropics (per se), and like Liam, he would be a great comfort, also a hilarious counterpart with his witty quips.

3. Leo Valdez (The Lost Hero by Rich Riordan)
Leo is probably one of my favorite choice out of my whole ten! Seriously, how great would Leo be if I was trapped with him? He has the power to create fire, so instant warmth! Not to mention he can create something out of anything, and he's always carrying about inventions with him (*cough*House of Hades*cough*). Also, Leo is hilarious! I would be laughing the whole time with him, even though I don't think he'll find me of much help.

4. Mal Oretsev (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)
My baby Mal, I would be gladly stranded with him anywhere. He wouldn't even fuss, he'd know exactly what to do! The calm in the storm, he'd get us out of there in a flash! Not to mention, he's not too bad to look at *winks*

5. Harry Potter (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Are you even questioning this? I mean, hello, magic! No, he can't just summon food out of thin air (damn magical rules), but he could go god knows what with that wand of his. (Oh get your mind out of the gutter!)

6. Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin)
I'm not even going to lie, Noah would be next to completely useless if we were stuck on a deserted island, but his good looks, and his calming nature? And his beautiful personality and smile? Yes, please.

7. Perry and Roar (Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi)
I literally could not choose between the two, so I went for both. Where one faults, the other makes up, personality wise. There's no doubt either one of them can keep me both safe and alive, but for company? I would literally want either one. Where Roar is the jokester (is that a word?), very humorous and light hearted, Perry is passionate (well, so is Roar, Karla ...). Seriously, how do you choose?! How! They're both so damn perfect.

8. Ronan Lynch (The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater)
This is kind of a spoiler and it also isn't a spoiler? It won't ruin the series for you at all, but I just want to leave this warning here! -- Ronan can pull things out of dreams. Like literally. I would use this to my advantage! Though, to be honest, Ronan is so dangerous, I would be too scared to go near him ... Hm, I wonder if I thought this through?

9. Trevor (Pivot Point by Kasie West)
Have you read Pivot Point? Have you? If you did, then you'd know why I chose Trevor. Light of my life Trevor. And if you haven't read Pivot Point? What are you waiting for? GO READ IT.

10. Captain Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)
I know without a doubt that Thorne would infuriate me, but he would also make me laugh and make me feel better about our terrible situation. Plus, he has the title caption, so I'm pretty sure he would have some life skills, right!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Genre/AgeGroup: Young Adult, Contemporary
Add it: Goodreads
Source: Bought
Page Count: 275 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can't see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it's up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs-without Bailey

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Karla Recommends: Contemporary | #1

So, the other day, I had just finished a book that I absolutely enjoyed and I wanted to do a couple of talk about the book with my bookish friends, but I knew no one that has read it so, as one does, I basically pushed the book in their faces (not literally) and yelled at them to read it :-) like friends do.

But then I realized that these book, as much as I love them, aren't as popular as they should be. They deserve to be adored! Idolized! (Going a little crazy with the words there Karla, please calm down). So I decided: Hey! Why not recommend these book to other book lovers on the internet? And so came: Karla Recommends!

This post, as I cleverly titled "Karla Recommends" is a new segment (thats such a weird word to use?) on my blog where I recommend five or so of my favorite books that I absolutely love! (And think that you will, too!)

For my first Karla Recommends post, I'm going to recommend five contemporary books that I've read and adored throughout my life. I had so much picking these books out for you! I have so many other books I want to recommend (seriously, a butt load!) but I have to settle for these, for now.

I first read Megan Meade Guide to the McGowan Boys when I was about 12 and I absolutely loved it! It's a light and humorous read about a girl finding herself in a boys world and it's definitely hilarious! Megan is a great character whose strength really comes out in the end! And to be honest, watching all the boys and their mayhem, and their cuteness (*wink*) is the best part! 

This hilarious and heart warming book definitely became one of my faves of my 2014 reads! Cricket's eclectic point of view was wonderful to read from and his journey to realizing that hey, maybe life doesn't really suck was such a joy to read. 

45 Pounds is a beautiful book about body image and how we see ourselves. This book is very light, but it also really makes you think and it makes you feel and I was feeling all the feels! It's a great book for girls dealing with body issues and a great book, well, just in general. 

I was expecting a light read from The Book of Broken Hearts, but I've learned my lesson that Sarah Ockler is no light read! While it doesn't deal deeply with harsh topics, TBOBH does touch on Alzheimer's, that Jude's (our main character) father has. The book also has a big focus on family and making your own choices, and it was beautiful.

Probably my favorite Jennifer E. Smith book by far! (Though I have yet to read The Geography of You and Me, so the verdicts not out just yet.) This is What Happy Looks Like follows and actor and a "small town girl" who meet via email and fall in love and damn it I love Graham (the actor) and Ellie (the "small town girl") so much it physically hurts. Their stories, both together and separately, are so great and trust me, once you get into the book, you won't want to stop reading until you're done.

I also posted a Karla Recommends video on my channel, if you want to check that out!

Do you guys like my recommendations? Do you have any recommendations of your own? Please leave me a comment and let me know! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Blogging and Reading Confessions

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is your (or, well, mine) blogging and/or reading confessions.

I haven't been very active on my blog and I'm so sorry for that. I guess this post will basically both be a TTT post and a explanatory reason why I'm not posting much. Killing two birds with one stone!

1. Reviews, believe it or not, are hard to write.

This is terrible, for someone who has made this blog to write reviews. I am a person of few words, unfortunately, and when I like a book, I won't have an extensive list reasons why I enjoyed it. But then again, I feel like I'm putting too much pressure on myself when it comes to writing these book reviews. People don't care if you use fancy words to dictate how you feel about a book, do they? If they can read your review and understand what you are trying to say, then isn't that all that matters? I need to remind myself of this.

2. Blogging has been a lonely venture.

I thought, that when I started blogging, I would find some other small blogs like myself and make a blogging buddy, like all the big bloggers do. But it's been almost a year and I didn't expect to have a huge audience, but I hoped to at least make a friend through this venture. Then again, this is also my fault, since I haven't really sought out other small bloggers as well, though not for my lack of trying. Maybe this next year that will change?

3. Original posts, not being review posts, are difficult to come up with.

About 85 percent of my posts are all book reviews because I don't know what else to post, shamefully. But I have been meaning to fix this, just I've been too scared to try. I'm not a great writer and I was hoping this blog would help me, which it partially did.. 

4. Staying neutral in reviews, especially negative ones, are hard for me.

I have posted negative reviews before, where I completely lash out at the book about how much I hated it. Since then, I have regretted my decision and have been trying to be more compliant in these reviews. If I do ever write a book review for a book I didn't like, I will try (I keep using the word try) not to be cruel.

5. I get jealous.

I see other blogs updating once or twice a week with original posts and it makes me ashamed of myself, because I'm not posting as much as I should, and I'm not coming up with original and hilarious content that shows off my wit and charm to my readers (more like to random people who stumble upon my blog).

6. I don't have an extensive vocabulary

This sort of goes with reason #1, when I write a review or even a post (or, hell, even on my booktube videos), I can't come up with other words besides "great" when I want to say this book is, well, great. I always revert to one word because my mind is stuck on that one word and I can't think of other words and this just frustrates me. Like, a lot.

7. I like to stay in my comfort zone when it comes to reading and posting reviews.

I like to read most genres, but I stick to contemporary mostly because they are easy to read and, to be honest, for personal reasons. I don't like to read adult books, high fantasy books, or even classics, because they seem hard for me to grasp and when I can't understand, I feel stupid. Too stupid. Then I'd start to hate myself because, if other people can read this book without any trouble and understand it completely, why can't I?

8. Reviews all start to become the same.

I like to read books with the same area of genre and plot, like in reason #7. I also like to review said books. But when I write one contemporary review for one book, and then other review for another contemporary, I feel like I'm repeating what I had already previously said.

9. I don't think I'm that interesting.

There, I said it. I don't think I'm interesting here or on my booktube channel. I feel bland and square and as much as I am trying (damn it, there's that word again!) to make myself different and noticeable, it's a great deal of effort and sometimes I'm not even sure it's worth it.

10. I hate book-to-movie adaptations.

I really, really do.


I started this post with the intent to be personal, but I got really personal, I really surprised myself. I hope this becomes a waking call to me to improve my blog and make my blogging journey a little better.