Monday, March 30

Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey guys. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List. I can't wait to get my hands on these books, even though the reviews for some of them aren't completely positive. So do tell me how you felt about these books if you've read them. 

Quote That Book #1: Contemporary Conversations

Hey guys. Today marks the end of Contemporary Conversations. It was strange to read nothing but contemporaries this past month but I had so much fun participating in this event. To close down this event I decided to make a post out of my favorite quotes from the books I've read for this event. I hope you'll enjoy this. :)

Sunday, March 29

Kody Keplinger - The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

“Calling Vikki a slut or a whore was just like calling somebody the Duff. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off the inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point.” 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Friday, March 27

R. J. Palacio - Wonder

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”

You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Wednesday, March 25

(Don't) Judge A Book By Its Cover #3: YA Contemporary Edition

I love doing these posts and when I was thinking about what kind of posts to do for Contemporary Conversations it came to my mind that doing a (Don't) Judge A Book By Its Cover post might be a good idea. For today's post I chose three well known novels, and chose 4 cover changes to each. Have fun browsing through all the cover changes, some of them are really crazy so be prepared.

I write about all the covers but only rate the original one on a scale of one to three. A cover can get a point for each of these things:

  • connection to the story
  • beauty
  • originality

Monday, March 23

Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello dearies. Today's TTT topic is the top ten books from my childhood that I'd love to revisit. I can't wait to take a look back at the books I read when I was smaller. And I can't wait to see other people's old favorites.

My picks are in no particular order.  

Sunday, March 22

Burn, Rewrite or Re-read #1: Contemporary Romance

Burn, Rewrite or Re-Read is originally a tag but I decided I'll do various posts like this because I love these kind of things. I chose only Contemporary Romance books because I'm participating in Contemporary Conversations but I promise I'll be back with another genres very soon. So what is this thing? I chose a random contemporary romance list on Goodreads and will write out every second book I've read until I get to 15 because that's the amount I'm planning on talking about. I won't mix them or anything, just simply go in order, even if it kills me to choose between the books. Let's get started! :)

I used this list

Saturday, March 21

Reread Review #1: Anna and the French Kiss

“I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it.”

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Thursday, March 19

Rachel M. Wilson - Don't Touch

"The part of me that needs to touch is like a tiny bird I swallowed by mistake. It beats its wings against my throat, tickles my heart with its feathers, grips a rib with its claws. It tastes the inside of my skin with its little bird tongue." 

A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

Monday, March 16

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello lovelies. Have you heard about my 1st blogoversary giveaway? Go ahead and check it out here if you're interested in winning a book of your choice from The Book Depository. Anyhow, today's TTT topic is: top ten books on my spring TBR list. I have no idea what I want to read this spring but I'll try. I'll add the blurbs of the books because I want to make it easy for those who're interested in any of these books. Have fun browsing through my list. :)

My picks are in no particular order.  

Sunday, March 15

One Year Blogoversary + Giveaway!

Hello lovelies. Today, Reading Is Dreaming With Open Eyes turns 1 year old! I can't believe this is happening, last time I checked I still had half a year until the blogoversary. It seems so crazy. I mean I've never been know about my persistence so it feels so freaking amazing to me that I worked hard for something and still don't want to give up on it. This might sound dumb to you but after a while I get bored of everything I start so this is a HUGE thing to me. 

First let me thank all the awesome people who supported me and my blog, and then take a look back at my favorite posts. 

Saturday, March 14

Heather Demetrios - I'll Meet You There

“Why is it that some people in the world get to wake up in beautiful houses with fairly normal parents and enough food in the fridge while the rest of us have to get by on the scraps the universe throws at us? And we gobble them up, so grateful. What the hell are we grateful for?”

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Wednesday, March 11

Jessica Sorensen - The Resolution of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence #6)

“In the existence of our lives, there are many coincidences that bring people together, but there’s only one person that will own your heart forever.”

Things are well for Callie and Kayden. They’re still dealing with their past and the pain connected to it, but for the most part they’ve moved on. The biggest decision they have at the moment is what they want to do with their lives in the future.

Eventually, though, the past catches up with them and they’re left facing tough choices. But Callie and Kayden learn that as long as they have each other, they can make it through just about anything. And in the end, they discover what they really want out of life.

Tuesday, March 10

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Books About Mental Illness

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

By now you might know that I'm participating in Contemporary Conversations. This week it's time for us to read about the hard stuff, such as disabilities, mental illness, poverty. I really enjoy books about mental illness and have read some great ones so I thought I'll introduce you to some my favorite ones. Hope you'll enjoy. 

The books are in no particular order. 
Click on the covers for Goodreads page.

Sunday, March 8

The Contemporary Fiction Tag

You might know by now that I'm participating in Contemporary Conversations and I love being part of it so far. That's why I'm doing this and other contemporary themed posts later on. 

But first let me summarize what I read this week for CC. The theme was coming of ago novels and I enjoyed two from the three which is quite good, if you ask me. These books are: 

The Contemporary Fiction Tag was created back in 2012 by melissabooks, a booktuber. There are ten questions and to each I'll be choosing a contemporary read, easy huh? Hope you'll enjoy it. :)

Saturday, March 7

Kasie West - On the Fence

“Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment.”

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Friday, March 6

Alison Cherry - For Real

“Over and over, I tell myself that I’m strong and clever and that everything’s going to turn out okay. If I think it enough times, maybe I’ll actually start believing it. Maybe I can make it true.”

No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?

Thursday, March 5

Gayle Forman - I Was Here

“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny”

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Tuesday, March 3

My All Time Favorite Books From The Past 2 (and a quarter) Years (2013-14-15)

Hello lovely reader. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is my favorite books from the past two years. It was hard enough to only choose ten books from all the wonderful novels I've read so you can't expect me to put them in order, right? Right. Yet again I chose to include quotes because I think you guys find it more interesting than reading my random thoughts but do let me know if you think otherwise. Hope you'll enjoy.

Monday, March 2

Erica Crouch - Ignite (Ignite #1)

"Just? No deliberate deaths are just. There's more to life than what you've been doing and maybe one day you'll see that." 

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. 

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

Sunday, March 1

Contemporary Conversations

Contemporary Conversations

Hello guys! Today I heard about Contemporary Conversations, thanks to the lovely Mishma and I'm not too late to participate, yay! This event is all about contemporary novels, as you might have guessed from the name, and we'll discuss and read contemporary novels. The two hosts are Kayla @ The Thousand Lives and Veronica @ The Talking Bookworm.

Lately I haven't read many contemporaries and I miss them a lot. I love this genre so much because it's able to give me THE FEELS more than any other genre can. I didn't even know how much I'm in the mood for contemporaries until I've read about this awesome even and now I can't wait to get started.

Release Calendar #4: 2015 March

Hello sweeties. It's the first day of the new month which means that it's time for a release day calendar post. Despite this I'd like to start this post with something else. Do you guys know that feeling when you're eagerly anticipating a book and then the negative reviews start to come?  I HATE that feeling and it happened with me last month too. Now I'd like to ask you if you'd read any of the following (4) books and if yes, would you recommend it to me? I'm genuinely interested about these novels but don't like to waste my time on books I won't enjoy. So here are the titles:


Now the new releases...