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September 2, 2016

August Wrap Up

Over here at YA Bookmark we've been struggling with our reading for the better part of the year. Both of us have had to lower our Goodreads goal to help with the pressure, that said, August wasn't the worst reading month we've had and we're hoping September just gets better. Below are the books we managed to read in August.

Ordinary PeopleScarlett Epstein Hates It HereP.S. I Like You
It Ends with UsRelicGirl Against the Universe
Ordinary People by Judith Guest- 3/5 stars
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw- 2/5 stars
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West- 3/5 stars
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- 5/5 stars
Relic by Gretchen McNeil- 1/5 stars
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes- 4/5 stars

Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academymilk and honeyBut Like Maybe? #1 (But Like Maybe?: 1)
Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)RelicThe GrownupThe Sun Is Also a Star
Gotham Academy Vol. 1 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl- 3/5 stars
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- 5/5 stars
But Like Maybe? #1 by Arianna Margulis and Dru Radovich- 2/5 stars
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie- 5/5 stars
Relic by Gretchen McNeil- 2/5 stars
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn- 5/5 stars
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon- 4/5 stars

What books did you get to in August?

August 15, 2016

#ReadThemAllThon SIgn Up + TBR


Alright! If you haven't seen me around in the past month it's probably because I spend most of my free time out catching Pokemon. I've been on more walks this past month than I probably have in my entire life (hatching eggs is no joke). I've also probably seen more of my area than I have in the time I've been living here. So really, playing Pokemon has improved my life.

Since I've been spewing my love for Pokemon Go everywhere, Jacquelyn sent me the information for #readthemallthon as soon as she came across it. You see? That's why she's my perfect co-blogger! Disclaimer: I may or may not have screamed when I read all the details. This is the perfect readathon for those of us who were basically training along side Ash Ketchum for most of our childhood. You can go here for all the info because Aentee explains it so much better than I ever could.


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I'm going to keep it pretty classic here and go with Charmander. I picked him EVERY. TIME. as my starter so it only seems fitting.


This is a very ambitious TBR but since we have three weeks to complete all 8 challenges I think I can make it work. Choosing these books was extremely easy since they're all books I've been looking forward to reading for a long time.

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabah Tahir: I have the sequel to this one and I just need to get the first book over with. Everyone has been raving about it lately!

446 pages, +44CP
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: The moment I read "A Book That Might Make You Cry" I knew this was the book I would be picking up. I've heard it's nearly impossible to close this book with a dry eye. I'm not a huge crier so we'll see!

468 pages, +46CP
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: Katytastic alone has given this book all the hype. She's read it a billion times, give or take, since the release last year and since I've read every other Rainbow Rowell book out there, I think it's time...

522 pages, +52CP
Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh: This book is actually just a bunch of short stories all centered around diversity, edited by the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books. How perfect is that?

225 pages, +22CP
When We Collided by Emery Lord: Emery is one of my queens of contemporary. The romance in The Start of Me and You? AMAZING. I have high hopes for an epic romance in When We Collided.

352 pages, +35CP
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: This was actually the book club book of the month earlier this year...or maybe last year? As you can tell, I didn't end up reading it, but with the release of the third and final book in the series I've found myself reaching towards it lately. I think it's time I actually power through it.

489 pages, +48CP
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I don't think I have to say much. It has a gorgeous red cover, it's a beauty and the beast retelling and I've heard all about that steamy romance.

416 pages, +41CP
Angelfall by Susan Ee: As with the rest of these books, this one has been on my shelf for way too long. Everyone is always talking about how action packed this series is and I want to find out for myself. Plus I do love a good angel book.

326 pages, +32CP

If I complete all the books I will have 590CP! I don't know if I'll be able to read everything, but I'll be sure to update my progress on here, twitter and Instagram!

Are you joining in? I want to see all your TBRs!

July 31, 2016

ARC August 2016: What We Will Be Reading
Hello! It's been a long time since we've posted, much less posted a TBR of some sort, but after ALA I need some help working through all of my arcs. This is where ARC August comes into play. The girls over at Read.Sleep.Repeat host this amazing event every year so that we can finally make a dent in that pile of arcs staring at us from the corner of our room. So here is what our TBRs look like for ARC August!


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Gap Life by John Coy
Kiss Cam by Kiara London
Write This Down by Claudia Mills
The Mighty Dynamo by Kieran Crowley
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup

This is more than either one of us has been reading lately but we hope to make August an amazing reading month. What will you be reading in August?

June 13, 2016

The Museum of Heartbreak Blog Tour: Top 10 With Meg Leder + Giveaway

Title: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 256

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.
Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.
Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

10 fictional characters you would invite to a dinner party:

1. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. My favorite character from my favorite book. I would want to sit right next to Anne because she would be full of stories.

2. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t read this book until I was in graduate school, and I was stunned by how incredible it was. I feel like Elizabeth Bennett and would be good friends.

3. Eleanor from Eleanor and Park. I want to know what she said on the postcard!

4. Park from Eleanor and Park. I want Park and Eleanor to be together again!

5. Owen Meany from A Prayer for Owen Meany. I read this book in high school and it slayed me—it’s so hilarious and heartbreaking, and Owen is one of a kind. I’m sure he’d be shouty at dinner, but so be it.

6. Yuri from Learning to Swear in America. I got a chance to read an early copy of this gem, and fell head over heels for Yuri. He’s delightful and can charm the dinner guests with lots of cool physics trivia.

7. Walt Whitman. Sure, this is kind of cheating, as he was real, but I adore Walt Whitman and think he’d be great at keeping the conversation going if anyone was feeling awkward.

8. Emily Dickinson. Also a cheat, but I feel like Emily would be the perfect companion for anyone who was feeling a little more introverted. She’d be a good listener.

9. Clark from The Unexpected Everything. A dreamy nerd writer? Yes please.

10. Parker, the main character from my work in progress. I’m still getting to know her and I need her to talk to me more about her fears and dreams so I can finish this manuscript!

About Meg Leder:

A former bookseller and teacher, Meg Leder currently works as a book editor in New York City. Her role models are Harriet the Spy and Anne Shirley. She is the coauthor of The Happy Book, and spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her on Twitter at @MegLeder.

3 Finished Copies of THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK (US Only)

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June 8, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

RunTitle: Run
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Pages: 288

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.
Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.
Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.
So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.

I've read almost every book Kody Keplinger has released and I've devoured all of them. I'm happy to say that Run was no different in that aspect. That said, my one suggestion before picking up this book would be to put aside everything you think you know about Kody Keplinger's writing. Run is very different from her previous stories, in the best way possible. It deals with more serious issues including disability, drug use, and family struggles, but it also deals with things like friendship, first love, self discovery. You are bound to relate in some way to these characters and what they're going through. This is a raw story with very real characters.

The way Run is written in alternating points of view makes it easy to piece together the story of Agnes and Bo. You get the whole picture, but in small doses. Agnes' perspective is from the past, while Bo is telling the story in the present. I loved the way the stories came together, but the one thing that didn't work for me was that I had a hard time distinguishing their voices. They were way too similar and I had to keep checking whose perspective I was actually reading. If their voices had been a little easier to differentiate I think the story would have had an even bigger impact.

While the characters may be young at 16 and 17, this story will appeal to people of all ages. The feeling I got while I was reading it was the same feeling I got when I was younger and I read Because of Winn-Dixie. It gave me a nostalgic feeling to that summer in 5th grade. I would recommend this one as a great summer read. It's a quick book to get through, but it's filled with feeling and love. It's an important story that needs to be shared with others and I thank Kody Keplinger for writing it so beautifully. 

About Kody Keplinger:

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small town western Kentucky, where she began her writing career after penning the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The DUFF, at age seventeen.The DUFF, now a major motion picture, was chosen as an YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Kody has since written other books for both young adult and middle grade readers. When she isn't writing, Kody is posting about fashion and body positivity on her Instagram, chatting about her favorite TV shows on Twitter, or making videos for her YouTube account. Kody is also the co-founder of Disability in KidLit and a teacher at the Gotham Writers Workshops in NYC.
Kody is active on social media, so feel free to reach out to her on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube.

3 Finished Copies of RUN (US Only)

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June 2, 2016

I Get It Now: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Story time. I bought The Raven boys when it first came out in 2012. Actually, the story starts way before that. I was fangirling for this book before it was even released. I remember there was a preview that had been featured somewhere, it was like the first 30 pages? Well, I was obsessed! I tweeted and fangirled right there with the rest of the book community months in anticipation of the book. So when the book was actually released I ran off to the store (my aunt had told me she would buy me some books) and ripped it off the shelves and brought it back home with me. You would think the logical thing to do is read it, and to that I say, you are correct. But that's not what I did at all. A year later I attempted my first read of it. It didn't go so well, and then several times after that I attempted to read through it and nothing. This time I was so determined but I didn't go into it with any expectations. I picked it up one day and JUST READ.

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I was able to get through it this time. I feel like it was the perfect time to read The Raven Boys because I ended up loving it (like I knew I would). I fell in love with the story. It's so strange, it has an almost dreamlike quality to it. The writing is fantastic and it created these images in my head, while I was reading, that took me places. I also didn't expect the story to be so uncomfortably creepy at times. There were moments when I was looking around my room making sure nothing else was lingering in the dark. I'm going to give this book huge props for being the first in an EXTREMELY long time to actually surprise me. I was shocked at this particular scene. There was no way for me to have guessed what happened and that's really a first in years. I was so shocked that I ran to Twitter and asked around to talk to someone that had already read The Raven Boys. I just needed to discuss the craziness with someone and that someone happened to be Sashana from @SheFierce1 on twitter.

The boys. Oh, the boys. I'm not sure who I love most, but I would probably say Ronan. He's complicated and special in his own way. There's just something about him that gives off this rude, I-couldn't-care-less attitude, but deep down he's probably the most caring out of all of them. It was also refreshing to see the inner workings of their friendships. They're all so unique and different that it just works. They're so close and several times during the story Blue emphasizes how in sync they are with each other. They understand each other without words, through looks and gestures. 

So I just want to say I GET IT NOW. I understand why everyone loses it over this series (or at least over this first book). I need to read the second one right now. Ronan is on the cover and that's all I need to know at the moment. Nothing else really matters. 

May 25, 2016

Spark Blog Tour: Top Ten with Holly Schindler + Giveaway

SparkTitle: Spark
Author: Holly Schindler
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Magical Realism
Source: Publisher
Pages: 304

The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but i
t’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

Top Ten Reasons You Decided to Become an Author:

In many ways, I don’t feel like I decided to become an author—I feel like I always was an author. But here are my top 10 reasons why I think that is: 

1. Love of literature / reading – I was always an avid reader, starting with the new Little Golden Book I had to have every time I went grocery shopping with my mom. I think writing and reading just have to go hand-in- hand…and it often seems like natural progression for a reader to pick up their own pen. 

2. Love of creativity – I’ve just always gravitated toward the arts. Love visual art—I’m in the midst of wrapping my brain around digital art so that I can move toward doing my own illustrations. And I’m a giant music junkie—I play piano and guitar, and taught music lessons while drafting my earliest manuscripts. 

3. Love of words – This goes along with my love of literature and reading, but I love the power of words. I love the music they create when strung together a certain way. There’s definitely a rhythm to the written word. 

4. Love of having a voice – I was a really shy kid, and in some ways, I feel as though writing was kind of an early attempt to get my voice out there, but really, there’s something about storytelling that just FITS. 

5. Love of storytelling – This echoes #4, I know, but it’s true. There’s something about the craft of storytelling that feels like an integral part of me. 

6. Love of being able to be in someone else’s head – Fiction allows you to explore another person’s thoughts. You don’t often get that in other forms of entertainment—in a movie or on TV, you’re primarily watching characters navigate through a series of problems, but you rarely ever get inside them, hear their thoughts, experience their emotions. I love that fiction allows us all to literally walk in someone else’s shoes. 

7. Love of being able to connect with people – There’s a definite connection you feel as a reader to certain fictional characters. At times, we’ve all slowed down as we neared the end of a book we’ve been enjoying, because we don’t want to let that character go. I love being able to create characters that speak to readers in that way—that become friends of sorts. 

8. Love of being able to create a world – Even in realistic contemporary work, you have to do a bit of worldbuilding…but why stop there? As a fiction writer, you get to go to worlds that are completely of your own making…or travel back in time… 

9. Love of exploring scenarios I’ve never lived through – In realistic fiction, you get to daydream a bit, imagine what it’s like to be an athlete, to be a musician on the stage… 

10. Love the feeling of completion—There’s something almost euphoric about finishing an enormous job—like wrapping up a novel. It feels a little like it must crossing the finish line of a marathon. 

About Holly Schindler:

I’m a hybrid author of critically acclaimed traditionally published and Amazon bestselling independently published works for readers of all ages. My previous YAs (A BLUE SO DARK, PLAYING HURT, and FERAL) have received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, won silver and gold medals from ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, been featured on Booklist’s First Novels for Youth, School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA,” and been selected as a PW Pick. 

Going hybrid means that I’ve been able to explore all sorts of new avenues—short fiction, sequels, I’m even going to be branching out into doing some illustrative work. Throughout 2016, I’m releasing one short story a month in the Forever Finley Short Story Cycle. The cycle begins with “Come December”: 

Also, in honor of SPARK’s release, I’m holding a sale on PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to my YA romance, PLAYING HURT. For a limited time, PLAY IT AGAIN is $.99: 

3 Finished Copies of SPARK (US Only)