Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

To read my thoughts on these books, click here!

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying this more than I thought I would.

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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 Book Blurb

Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she’ll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her — until she needs that strength the most.

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 Book Blurb

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own

Basically ALL the Harry Potter Merchandise

I absolutely love all the Harry Potter items that Pottery Barn carries.  Unfortunately, it is very pricey.  Here is a link if you want to check it out for yourself.

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The Quidditch candle is my favorite!

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This gray bedding is so pretty, and I love the Mirror of Erised on the wall.

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This bedding is pretty too! Love the owl night stand and the snitch bean bag.

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I seriously want all the bean bags and that Fawkes the Phoenix lamp? YES PLEASE!

 

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I have a couple HP Funko Pops but I want so many more!!!!

 

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These new LEGO sets are AMAZING!!!!

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

To read my thoughts on these books, click here!

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying this more than I thought I would.

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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 Book Blurb

Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she’ll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her — until she needs that strength the most.

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 Book Blurb

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

Weekend Wrap Up #62

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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Season 4 of Outlander started last weekend.  Claire and Jamie are in America before the Revolutionary War.

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This was an eye opening and touching documentary about Joe Garner who for 30 days lives off of Craigslist.  He gets rides, meals, and a place to stay in exchange for volunteer work or companionship on a long drive.  Like Joe, I was so surprised at the generosity and trust of the strangers that helped him.

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying this more than I thought I would.

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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I think Matthew Quick is becoming one of my favorite authors.  This book was my third book by Quick and I loved it. Bartholomew is 40 years old when his mom dies.  He has spent his whole life with her and now doesn’t know what to do.  His father isn’t in the picture and he has no friends.  This was a beautiful book about friendship and neighbors coming together to help him find purpose in his life.  In therapy, he meets brother and sister, Max and Elizabeth, who also have no one.  They decide to go to Canada to search for Bartholomew’s dad.  There are some sweet and humorous situations that will restore your faith in humanity. Oh, did I mention that most of the story is told through Bartholomew’s letters to Richard Gere? If you like heart warming and quirky, read this book.

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I wanted to read this book because the main character, Elle, has to go live in Tokyo. My son is currently studying for a year in Tokyo so I felt like I was experiencing what he is experiencing through Elle’s eyes.  In fact, I was impressed with how accurate this book was with Japanese culture.  I would read something about a custom in Japan, and then ask my son if it was accurate and he would say yes.  There were some great sights and attractions mentioned through out the book that I would Google to see the images of.  I even wrote some down as possibilities to visit when I go over in March to see my son. The romance and ending is a bit predictable but not cheesy predictable just realistic predictable.  In fact, I hope there is another book because I would love to know what happens next in the life of Elle and her family.

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It is on my bucket list to go to Ireland someday so when I saw this book I snatched it up at my library.  If you read and liked this author’s first book, Love & Gelato, then I think you will like this one.  The main character, Addie is best friends with Lina who is the main character in Love & Gelato.  Lina is mentioned through out the book and even makes a brief appearance which is nice.  Addie and her brothers go to Ireland for her aunt’s wedding.  Addie’s heart has been broken by one of her brother’s (Ian) best friends so there is some family tension.  As a way to heal, Addie and her brother tour Ireland via a Guidebook For The Broken Hearted.  At each, tourist stop, Addie must do something to help her heal.  I loved these parts of the book the most.  In addition, Ian has been keeping a big secret from Addie and his family.  This is what leads to the road trip through Ireland.  Ian’s big secret, and the reason Addie is heart broken are slowly revealed through out the book which kept me turning the pages.  I think I enjoyed this book better than Love & Gelato. The themes were deeper and the telling of the story more engaging.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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I checked this out from my local Library!

Book Blurb

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.

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I was approved for this on NetGalley.

Book Blurb

Hero Dogs is the incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America’s foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina.

Ana and Hunter were failed service dogs. Recon was left for dead on the train tracks. Cody was returned to the shelter seven times before he turned two. To most, these dogs were unadoptable. Unsalvageable. Irredeemable. To retired gym teacher and grandma Wilma Melville, they were the heroes America needed.

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I bought this at a Thrift shop.  I loved the cover.

Book Blurb

Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery’s owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery’s opening party, she badmouths Carrie’s homemade dog biscuits, insisting she’ll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn’t do it before she’s collared for murder.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

This weeks prompt is…

 Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes?  

My answer…

I don’t but they look fun.  I did win one once from Uppercase.  I won a book, some ear rings, and other cool bookish stuff.

Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Combining Neil Gaiman’s extraordinary words with Chris Riddell’s deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. 

Neil Gaiman once said that ‘the world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before’. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.

Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. A creative call to arms, the book will champion freedom of ideas, making art in the face of adversity and choosing to be bold. It will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.

This book published in September but I just discovered it and Can’t Wait to Read It!

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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To see what I thought of these books, click here.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Reading this book from my local library.

Book Blurb

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

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Reading this on my Kindle.

In the Land of the Rising Sun, where high culture meets high kitsch, and fashion and technology are at the forefront of the First World’s future, the foreign-born teen elite attend ICS-the International Collegiate School of Tokyo. Their accents are fluid. Their homes are ridiculously posh. Their sports games often involve a (private) plane trip to another country. They miss school because of jet lag and visa issues. When they get in trouble, they seek diplomatic immunity.

Enter foster-kid-out-of-water Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him.

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This is an audio book I am listening to on my commute to work.

Book Blurb

A funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Back List Books I Want to Read

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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To see what I thought of these books, click here.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Reading this book from my local library.

Book Blurb

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

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Reading this on my Kindle.

In the Land of the Rising Sun, where high culture meets high kitsch, and fashion and technology are at the forefront of the First World’s future, the foreign-born teen elite attend ICS-the International Collegiate School of Tokyo. Their accents are fluid. Their homes are ridiculously posh. Their sports games often involve a (private) plane trip to another country. They miss school because of jet lag and visa issues. When they get in trouble, they seek diplomatic immunity.

Enter foster-kid-out-of-water Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him.

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This is an audio book I am listening to on my commute to work.

Book Blurb

A funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Weekend Wrap Up #61

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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I didn’t realize this was a thriller type movie until I saw a feature on a Sunday morning show about the popularity of scary movies.  So, I watched this movie a couple nights before Halloween.  It was bizarre, but super creepy!

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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It is my dream to live over seas so I was excited to get this book from NetGalley.  It is about Sean, a broadcast journalist from Canada, that moves his family to London to take on a new job.  I have been to London a couple of times so I was surprised to hear about his troubles dealing with land lords and public officials.  Londoners have always been so accommodating in my experience.  It was interesting to read how Sean had to find a flat, a school for his 7 year old daughter, and navigate himself around the city.  Many of his job assignments took him to other parts of Europe as well.  There are some humorous situations and scary situations due to his job as a journalist.  I felt like the story ended very abruptly and would have liked to keep reading more.

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This was the sequel to Viscous which was the first Schwab book I had ever read.  The main characters, Victor and Eli, are EOs (ExtraOrdinary) which basically means they have special powers.  Victor’s power is that he can’t stay dead and Eli’s power is that he can heal people as well as himself.  In the last book the friends become enemies and Eli believes Victor to be dead after killing him.  But of course Victor isn’t dead but is being hunted by EON (ExtraOrdinaryNeutralizers) basically and agency to kill EOs.  I didn’t really feel there was a point to this book except to sell more books.  Nothing new really happens with the characters except in the last chapter.  However, if you were a fan of the first book then you will most likely enjoy this one too.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

I grabbed this audio book off of Hoopla. I have read a couple other books by this author and enjoyed them.  I needed an audio book for my commute to work so I borrowed this one.

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Book Blurb

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

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I received this book from NetGalley which I am super excited for.  My son is studying in Tokyo for a year so I look forward to reading about this character moving there and going to school as well. 

Book Blurb

Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him. Um, yes, please! Elle jets off first class from Washington D.C. to Tokyo, which seems like a dream come true. Until she meets her enigmatic father, her way-too-fab aunt, and her hyper-critical grandmother, who seems to wish Elle didn’t exist. In an effort to please her new family, Elle falls in with the Ex-Brats, a troupe of uber-cool international kids who spend money like it’s air. But when she starts to crush on a boy named Ryuu, who’s frozen out by the Brats and despised by her new family, her already tenuous living situation just might implode.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA

This weeks prompt is…

 Do you do collaborations with brands or other bloggers? Which collaboration was your favorite and why?  

My answer…

Every August, my blogger friend, LA LA in the LIBRARY and I do a DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE.  It is a lot of fun with Instagram challenges, Book Tag questions, and giveaways.  Check out our posts from this year here!

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