Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren Review

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Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren follows Evie and Carter, two agents in Hollywood who meet at a Halloween party and hit it off. However, their connection grows strained when their two agencies merge. When they find out they are competing for the same job, Evie and Carter struggle to figure out their feelings for each other.

I picked up this book by Christina Lauren for several reasons. I’ve been trying to branch out into adult books and I’ve heard that books by Christina Lauren serve as a great starting point. Additionally, I enjoyed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and saw this book recommended if you enjoyed that book. Finally, this book as appeared as a Kindle Daily Deal, so I couldn’t pass it up. While I did overall enjoy this book, it is not my favorite adult romance. However, I would still recommend it to the right reader.

My favorite aspect of Dating You/Hating You was how large of a role the work of the two main characters played into the story. I found the business side of this book was really well explained. As someone not extremely familiar with the agent world, this really helped since it was a major driving force of the story. I appreciated how both of the main characters were really dedicated to their jobs and did not just give up working for their position despite their feelings for the other person.

Another aspect that I enjoyed in this book was the relationship. I can verify that this book is a great recommendation for readers of The Hating Game. The characters have a similar back and forth banter that many readers will enjoy. Additionally, both characters are fleshed out and likable which makes you want to root for them in their relationship.

That being said, there were a few aspects of the novel that were just a little average for me. The plot of this story isn’t new and I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did The Hating Game which I read shortly before reading this novel. The ending of this book is a little far-fetched, kind of the Hollywood ending in the movies that these agents in the book would be familiar with. While it is a fun and easy to read story, it is also somewhat forgettable.

Overall, Dating You/Hating You is a fun adult romance, but nothing new or different that it stands out to me. I give this book three out of five stars.

 

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Thrift Store Book Haul #7

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Amidst dashing around to stores Christmas shopping, I managed to sneak in a few trips to my favorite local thrift stores to find some deals on books that you just can’t find in stores. I picked up some great books for my future classroom as well as a few books for myself that are definitely out of my comfort zone. Here’s what I found:

  • Who is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards

This is a great non-fiction books for my future students! Jane Goodall and how she works with animals is very popular among young readers!

  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dog Heroes by Mary Pope Osbourne and Natalie Pope Boyce
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osbourne and Natalie Pope Boyce

I love the non-fiction companions to Magic Tree House books! These are also great non-fiction books for my future classroom library.

  • Rumor Has It by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens

I LOVED the books printed under Candy Apple Books (see my rank some of my favorites here) and I am happy that I found a new one to add to my collection!

  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly! by Lucille Colandro

I couldn’t remember if I already had this book or not, but for such a cheap price, I thought I would take the chance of having two copies!

  • Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not by Suzy Becker

This book looks like it would appeal to readers of Diary of Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, so I had to pick it up!

  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

The Falling Kingdoms series is definitely something that I normally wouldn’t pick up, but the copies were in such great condition for such a cheap price that I thought I would take a risk on them!

  • A View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg 

I’ve heard of this book before, but am not 100% sure of what it is about–I guess I’ll find out when I read it!

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I ran out and purchased The Unexpected Everything this summer (check out my review here) and loved it! When I found a brand new copy at a local thrift store, my jaw dropped! Since it is in such nice condition, I might give it to a friend or save it for a giveaway (if I do one in the future).

  • Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

I saw that this book was written by the author of Artemis Fowl. I’ve never read that series, but know it was pretty popular, so I picked this up since copy I found was in perfect condition. 

 

What good deals have you gotten on books recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is ten facts about me! So, here are some facts that you may not know about me:

1.) I have a fraternal twin sister.

The other half of my Gravatar!

Her name is Breanna and she runs a beauty and lifestyle blog, The Queen Bre. I’m older by seven minutes. Also, I’m left handed and she’s right handed.

2.) I’m only 4’11”!

My shortness combined with my baby face means a lot of people think I’m only 12 or 13 when I’m actually almost 22!

3.) I have a dog named Bolt.

Showing off his Mardi Gras spirit

I named my dog after the Disney movie of the same name starring Miley Cyrus and John Travolta. In the movie, Bolt has a lightning bolt on his side, but my Bolt has a heart on his side. Bolt doesn’t act like the Bolt in the movie though, he acts more like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

4.) I am a Christian. 

5.) My current favorite Disney princess is Tiana. When I was younger, my favorites were Ariel and Jasmine. 

When I went to Disney World for my 18th birthday, I made sure I was the first person in line to see Tiana. I swear I was more excited than the children!

6.) At my college, I am the Chaplain of my sorority and the Fall President of one of the education honoraries. 

7.) I am not a fan of roller coasters.

Trying to take a cute picture after getting soaked on water rides

Recently, I went to Cedar Point. Even though it is the roller coaster capital of the world, I only rode three roller coasters (and one was in kiddie land!). I absolutely refuse to ride anything that goes upside down. To see more about my trip to Cedar Point, check out this post on my sister’s blog!

8.) My favorite place to go on vacation is Disney World or the beach.

At the Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head. I’m on the left and Breanna is on the right.

When I went to Disney for my 18th birthday, I even got to eat in Cinderella’s Castle on my actual birthday. I felt like a princess! My favorite beach would have to be the Outer Banks because it is really laid back, but there is also so much to do.

9.) I collect three things: key chains, postcards, and rubber ducks. 

Every time I go on vacation or anywhere special on a day trip, I try to get a key chain and postcard. When I went to the Outer Banks, I found a key chain, postcard, and rubber duck from Duck Donuts.

10.)My favorite sport is hockey.

Even thought I was a cheerleader for football and basketball, hockey holds a special place in my heart. I was so excited when my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, won the Stanley Cup! I was also lucky enough to score tickets to the draft a few years ago.

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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Day 7 of Blogentine’s Day.

Taylor Swift is the queen of love and break-up songs, so I thought the Taylor Swift book tag would be the perfect addition to Blogentine’s Day! Here are my answers to the Taylor Swift Book tag:

  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with

I remember reading Divergent in one day and being so excited for the release of Insurgent. By the time Allegiant came out, I pre-ordered the book, but became too preoccupied to read it. When the trailer for the movie came out and knowing there was a major spoiler, I decided to read the book before I heard the spoiler. I read Allegiant in one day and very few books have made me so mad. Check out my review here.

  • Red: Pick a book with a red cover

Even though Allegiant has a red cover, I first thought of Catching Fire when reading over this tag. I love Catching Fire because my favorite Hunger Games character, Finnick, was introduced in this book.

  • The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic

Whenever I think of myself reading as I child, I for some reason think of this book.

  • Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love

The Fifth Wave does have a love triangle, but one of the love interests definitely fits the forbidden category. The Fifth Wave isn’t my favorite book with forbidden love, but with the recent movie buzz, it is the first one that came to my mind.

  • Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for

 

No book, not even Allegiant which I read a long time after it came out, was spoiled for me. Usually, I’m the one who accidentally spoils a book or movie for someone else.

  • Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book that goes through extensive character development

Princess Mia goes from an awkward high school student to a leader of a country. Over the entire Princess Diaries, you get to see Mia become more confident and take control of her life.

  • You Belong with Me: Pick your most anticipated book release

I’m still anticipating this release! I love all of her books and I’m sure this one will be no exception.

  • Forever and Always: Pick your favorite book couple

I can’t choose one! I love Annabel Greene and Owen Armstrong from Just Listen because I feel like they compliment each other very well and bring out the best in each other. Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next door are also one of my favorites because I love how they accept each other’s quirks and always support each other.

  • Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

I actually lost this book for a little while and I was so sad because I kept wanting to reread it. I actually bought a new copy (and found my old one). I’d still be scared to lend it out in case I would lose my other copy again!

What Taylor Swift song describes your favorite book?

Blogentine’s Day

From February 1-14, I will be doing Blogentine’s Day where I will have a new blog post every day until Valentine’s Day! Every post will be centered on Valentine’s Day, love, or loving books.

Happy Blogentine’s Day!

–Brittany

 

#ThrowbackThursday: All I Want for Christmas Is You

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Where I review a children’s book

Even though it has been a few weeks since Christmas, a lot of Christmas merchandise (including books!) is still on sale. I’ve seen Christmas books at Michael’s and BAM! Books for up to 50% off! One book to look out for on your next shopping trip should be All I Want for Christmas for You, a new children’s book by Mariah Carey.

All I Want For Christmas is You (written by Mariah Carey, illustrated by Colleen Madden) takes the lyrics from Mariah Carey’s hit Christmas song and adds a cute story that will appeal to both boys and girls. The story revolves around a young girl who resembles Mariah Carey who wishes to get a dog for Christmas.

If you’re listening to the song and reading this book a lot around Christmas time, it will be easy for children to pick up the words and read along. The illustrations are adorable and you can pick up new details every time you read it, such as the little Mariah making a dog out of snow and pine cones when everyone else is making a snowman. This is a book that suits multiple readings without getting bored. Another plus is that every illustration features a diverse cast.

If you love this song, Mariah Carey, or are looking for a cute Christmas book for your children, All I Want for Christmas is You is the perfect book and deserves five out of five stars.

What other songs would make good picture books?