Beautiful Blogger Award

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Hi everyone! We’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by the amazing Kathy @ The Novelty of Life.

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Review: Eleanor and Park

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Book Review15745753Title: Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: none

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: January 1st, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Discussion: Popular Books I Have Yet to Read

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Discussion

I have a really bad habit of reading popular books several months to years after their release, after much of the hype has died down and all of my bookish friends have read it and moved on.  I’m constantly reminded of this when I visit a book’s Goodreads page and find that all of my friends posted reviews a few…years ago.

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Sunday Stumper #31: Halloween Books

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Sunday Stumper #30: Supernatural Themes

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Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us (brewingupbooks@gmail.com) for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

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Review: Second Chance Summer

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Book Review11071466Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Series: none

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: May 8th, 2012

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

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Discussion: Love Triangles

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Discussion

Love triangles aren’t exactly a new invention – they were present in the works of Shakespeare and Austen, so why all the hype recently?  I was first introduced to love triangles in seventh grade while reading The Hunger Games series, and I fell in love with the “nifty, sophisticated creations” that I initially perceived them to be.  The novelty quickly wore off, however, and five years later I absolutely can’t stand love triangles – I visibly cringe at the first sighting of one.  So what’s changed?

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