Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness (& TWO giveaways!)


I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Friends Forever Tour, which is hosted by the wonderful ladies behind Fiction Fare and the Swoony Boys Podcast. They wanted to celebrate this wonderful bookish community we are all part of, and I just HAD to participate. I was actually featured the other day on Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads’ blog for an interview and she’s even giving away one of my favorite books – Mosquitoland!! Make sure you go check it out and enter to win!

My topic for this tour was R.A.K. – Random Acts of Kindness. I love this idea, always have. Giving/supporting/loving people just because. I did a few things under this theme this week. Let’s see:

This past Monday was my second teen book club at the library, and we read…you guessed it – MOSQUITOLAND! I wrote about it on Thursday, but one of my favorite parts of the evening was when I got to give each of my teens a signed bookmark from David Arnold. They LOVED this. One of them was flipping through my copy of the book and got really excited when she saw it was signed. The look on her (and my other teens’) face when I got to give them something signed was priceless and wonderful and plastered a big smile on my own face. I’m so glad David was kind enough to do this for me and my teens. Check out this picture of me and them with their bookmarks!

Mosquitoland Book Club

If you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I did a giveaway for three copies of Adam Silvera’s incredible debut More Happy Than Not this week. I loved that book and I ADORE Adam, so I wanted to help spread the love of MHTN. I didn’t ask for people to follow me to enter – I really just wanted to support MHTN. I announced the three winners on Twitter this morning. 🙂

And now, I’ve got something for YOU. I will have two winners – one will win a Kindle copy of More Happy Than Not and the other will win up to $10 on The Book Depository. Click the graphic below to be taken to Rafflecopter to enter! The giveaway is open internationally (as long as TBD delivers to you) until October 18.

Giveaway Enter

We’ve also got an AMAZING tour-wide giveaway happening. There will be 3 winners. We are giving away $75, $50, and $25 gift cards to the winner’s choice of book retailer. How freaking awesome is that? Click the graphic below to be taken to the tour-wide giveaway!

Giveaway Enter

Check out the other two people who are posting today!

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Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraAuthor:  Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Soho Teen

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

293 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

More Happy Than Not was one of my most-anticipated reads for the year, and I was not disappointed at all. It’s hard to review this one simply because it is one of those books you must read to experience. The synopsis doesn’t give much away, except this: The Leteo Institute has developed a procedure to alter and remove certain memories, and when Aaron (whose friends aren’t that great, whose mother is overworked and hardly ever there, whose brother is distant, and whose father committed suicide) meets Thomas and can think of no one but him, he decides to turn to Leteo to “straighten himself out” because being gay isn’t welcome where he lives. That’s not even half of the book though, but I honestly can’t tell you anything else without spoiling it or giving something away.

I can talk about Adam’s writing though, which is honest, heart-wrenching, sad, hopeful, and wonderful. Aaron’s voice is so well-done. Chapters can move from gut-wrenchingly sad to laugh-out-loud funny within a page, and it never once felt disjointed or stilted. I will say it was hard to connect with Aaron at first, mostly because he’s not really sure who he is, but I definitely wanted to keep reading. It’s practically impossible to not want to reach into the book and hug him, to want to be his best friend, to tell him to keep going, keep trying, keep living. He’s a brilliant character.

Remember how I said you can’t really talk about this book without giving anything away? Well, it’s true, because there are many twists and turns and surprises throughout this whole book. I never once knew what was going to happen next and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see. My heart was broken and put back together and broken again. I cried and laughed and cried some more. This book is a rollercoaster in the best sense of the word.

More Happy Than Not is a book of self-discovery and acceptance. It’s about being okay with who you are and not caring what anyone else thinks of it. It’s also about heartbreak and pain and hope. A few quotes I especially liked:

“Sometimes you just have to push ahead to find what you’re looking for.” (Page 136)

“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you get through the messier tunnels of growing up…” (Page 270)

The bottom line: There’s no way to summarize this book or how wonderful it is without simply saying, “Go read it.”

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic

The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag

I was tagged by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the I Am More Happy Than Not Tag, which was adapted by Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome as a companion to Adam Silvera’s upcoming novel More Happy Than Not. Joey says there are no rules for the tag other than to “highlight ways you’ve been able to express happiness from the things—big and small—in your life.” Thanks for the tag, Joey! I’m super excited for More Happy Than Not, so this was a fun way to fill the time until publication!

Disclaimer: The image used in this tag was created by Lumi himself.

I am more happy than not when…

I sit down at the end of a long day with a cup of coffee and a good book.
I am driving down the road with the windows down and a song I love blaring through the speakers (most recent song obsessions: heavydirtysoul and Doubt by twenty one pilots)
Someone tells me they’ve read a book on my recommendation and LOVED it
I actually get to sleep in past 6 a.m.
A patron at the library is totally fine with me word-vomiting all over them while I give them recommendations
I Skype one of my best friends in Scotland for a chat because we’re always able to make each other laugh
I’m standing at the barrier surrounded by tons of strangers singing along at the top of my lungs with my favorite bands
My online job boss tells me I’m doing a great job and that she appreciates everything I do
I resurface after a few hours of being completely engrossed in a book

When I get restless and stressed and unhappy, I get more happy than not by taking a road trip, even if it’s only a few hours each way, taking a small road trip every few weeks helps settle me and my wanderlust. It makes me exceedingly happy to see new places, to meet new people, to be in the car by myself or with friends for hours just driving.

My family makes me more happy than not when we sit down for dinner and quote silly movies and joke about anything and everything.

Our new puppy and our crazy bird make me more happy than not when they cuddle up with me (definitely NOT at the same time).

Not going to lie (this might be silly), but getting mail (especially bookish mail) definitely makes me more happy than not. I love book mail or letters.

Whenever I’m at a book event surrounded by other bookish people, I’m way more happy than I usually am, and it just further confirms I should be working with books for the rest of my life.

I am more happy than not to help people with anything if I am able.

When I actually have time to paint or make art in one way or another, I am way more happy than I was before. Art is a release.

What makes you More Happy Than Not?

I’m tagging:

Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek
Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style
Jenny at The Books, The Art, and Me
Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads
Ashley at Dear World…
Alison at Hardcovers and Heroines
Eden at Blogging Between the Lines
Shannon at It Starts at Midnight

AND YOU! Tell me why you are more happy than not.

Waiting on Wednesday – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

More Happy Than NotPublisher: Soho Teen

Author: Adam Silvera

Release date: June 16, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Happiness shouldn’t be this hard

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

Why I’m excited: More Happy Than Not sounds heartfelt, sad, happy, heartbreaking, and wonderful. I’ve been seeing several authors I love talking about this one on Twitter, and I am really intrigued. I know it’s several months away, but I wanted to share so I can help build up the excitement for this one. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

What are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2015 Debut Novels

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

This is a hard post. Not because I don’t think I can come up with ten but because 2015 is going to be an amazing year for books and I already have so many books I’m looking forward to reading. I’ve somehow narrowed it down to 10, but you can see more books on my 2015 releases shelf on Goodreads that I’m looking forward to. That shelf grows pretty much every day.

In no particular order, the ten debut novels (titles linked to Goodreads as always) releasing in 2015 that I’m most anticipating are:

2015 Debuts 1— My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I just won an ARC of this from Stacee from Too Fond of Books and I AM SO EXCITED.
— Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I actually have an ARC of this one that I’m looking forward to digging into soon
— Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
— No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
— The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

2015 Debuts 2

— We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
– More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
— Shutter by Courtney Alameda
— Mosquitoland by David Arnold
— The Way We Bared Our Soul by Willa Strayhorn

What about you? What debut novels are you looking forward to in 2015? Let me know in the comments so I can load up my Goodreads shelf! 🙂