Sunday Swoons

Sunday Swoons

by Skylar Finn!
If you don’t know what Sunday Swoons is, it’s a weekly feature where Skylar @ Life of a Random and I (and anyone who links up) chat about all things swoon worthy every spectacular Sunday!
Rules:
1. You’re welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!
2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.
3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic– Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic– Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)
4. Your posts don’t have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It’s nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book’s synopsis, cover, and other information.)
5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).
This week’s topic is: Creepy Couples
I’m keeping it short today and just listing my favorite couples from creepy, horror, thriller, and ghostly books. 

Anna and Cas

They have to be my all time favorite (not like I’ve read that many in this genre that involve romance…) “creepy couple.” Their romance is just so unique and heartbreaking and just adorable. Of course it’s a bit creepy too but they are both so strange and creepy that it works together!

I loved them just as much, In book one as in book two!

I feel like there were times when they both felt like this:

Violet and River

Ahhh Violet and River! There are no words for how much I love this book, Violet, River and their romance. It could very well rival Anna and Cas. They are so tastefully quirky and sweet. I’ve never read a romance quite like theirs. I loved every min. of it!

The romance of the second book was pretty painful for me (and the last part of BtDatDBS) but I was still happy with the book overall and everything else about it.


Callie and That one Kid

I didn’t like Callie and Oh-golly-gee-I-don’t-remember-his-name as much as Viole/River and Anna/Cas, but the love triangle was handled pretty darn well. Also, they were a cute couple. They supported each other and were really there for eachother when it counted.

(By the way I am talking about the second guy introduced, the one from her school. The one that was kinda preppy, not sketchy.)

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Sunday Swoons

Sunday Swoons

by Skylar!

If you don’t know what Sunday Swoons is, it’s a weekly feature where Skylar @ Life of a Random and I (and anyone who links up) chat about all things swoon worthy every spectacular Sunday!

Rules:
1. You’re welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic– Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic– Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don’t have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It’s nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book’s synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).

This week’s topic is: The Everybody Loves Me Syndrome

You’d think I was going to talk about love triangles with a topic name like that right? Well I’m going to be funky and tackle this one from a different angle. I’ve mentioned this before in previous Sunday Swoons posts but it is something that has always really bothered me so here we are talking about it again.

I’m talking about that classic best friend (typically a girl) that both goes for all the guys, and gets all the guys (or girls, I said guys because I have seen it most frequently with a girl friend hunting guys). They are fabulous and they know it, They flaunt it, they own it, they work it.

That’s all fine and good. I think it is GREAT that they have that confidence! However, sometimes it goes to their head a bit and they get cocky. The worst thing is when they decide that it is impossible for someone to not be interested in them let alone interested in someone else or their best friend. 
How do you guys feel about these confident besties? Are some of them too full of it? Does their ego get in the way sometimes? What characters have you recently read that sound like this? Do you write characters like this?

Next week’s topic: HELP! We need you guys to help us come up with some ideas! Pretty please with a cherry on top?

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Sunday Swoons!

Sunday Swoons!

by Skylar

If you don’t know what Sunday Swoons is, it’s a weekly feature where Skylar @ Life of a Random and I (and anyone who links up) chat about all things swoon worthy every spectacular Sunday!

Rules:
1. You’re welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic– Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic– Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don’t have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It’s nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book’s synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).

This week’s topic is: Diversity in Relationships

I got really excited when Skylar came up with the idea to talk about race in relationships, and then it sparked a different idea for me. What about religion in relationships? (We decided on just Diversity so that people could come at it from any angle they’d like.) That’s always been something I hear a lot about because I am a Roman Catholic Christian and grow up in a family that is (almost all) super religious. and same with my community. A big “rule” or part of that is that you are supposed marry and date people of the same religion as you.

I understand why. There are lots of good reasons. It makes it so that you can support each other on a faith and spiritual basis, you don’t have as many religion or spiritual belief conflicts, if you have kids together you won’t have arguments about their religious upbringing, ect. However, I have never ever “discounted” a guy because of his religion. (sorry family) By that I mean that I don’t really care what a guys religion is. It’s nice if we share the same religion, but as long as he respects my beliefs and we can calmly work out any religion based differences I don’t mind him not sharing all my religious beliefs.

So now that we have talked about me, let’s connect this to literature. I don’t read super religious literature most of the time, but still, religion never really comes up. I’m ok with this, but I think it is interesting that when that message is pushed so hard in reality that it never seems to come up in our most popular novels.

Also, I’ve never read a book where the culture or race of the two people in the couple has played a significant role, clashed, or even been brought up. That’s not a bad thing per say, but I feel like we need more diversity in our modern and popular literature. It is a real and prominent issue in life today and it doesn’t get very much recognition in books today (at least the ones I read).

What do you guys think about mixing religions, races and cultures in real life relationships? What diverse relationships have you read and what have you thought about them? Do you feel like we need to address differences in literary relationships and have our characters work out intense and deep differences/disagreements?

Next week’s topic is based on: Couples we’ve Created

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Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

I haven’t had time recently to get, let alone read new books. So I haven’t really racked up the books in the past few weeks of my absence, however, I have a super-duper awesomesauce older sister and she sent me a bunch of her old books! Here they are, and don’t forget to share your haul and link up with Tynga @ Tynga’s Reveiws  !

The End of Mr. Y : All of these books are a bit outside my usual, but I’m excited to try them! Mystery has always interested me so despite the chunky size of this one.
Her Fearful Symmetry: This one seems like it could end up being really weird in either a bad or a good way, so we shall see!

The 100-Year-Old-Man: This is a huge step outside my comfort zone, almost more than any of the others, but I thought I should give it a try and hope that it surprises me.

The Book of Tomorrow: I picked this one mostly because it sounded like buckets of fun.
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: I’m typically not into non-fiction or biographies but I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn so I thought I’d give it a try. 

Thanks again sissy!

What did you guys add to your shelves? 

Quotation Nation

Quotation Nation

Stray Imaginations
created by Catherine 

My bestie Catherine over at Stray Imaginations  just started this totally awesomesauce link up so naturally I’m joining in! I can’t promise that I’ll get one of these posts up every time, but I will try my best to participate as much as possible!

I don’t know if you know this about me but I collect quotes. I love them to pieces and I put them on everything I can find and I bring them up all the time and I memorize them and love them and am always looking for more of them. So of course I am uncontrollably excited about this feature! Let’s get this party started!

Guidelines:
1) Feel free to get creative! Share a passage from a book, a verse of a song, or even one of those artistic quotes abundant on Pinterest.
2) If you do a Quotation Nation post of your own, please link back to me (and don’t forget to add you link to the widget below!)
3) Have fun! (Cheesy, I know, but what’s a good list with only two rules?)

Quotes:

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Sunday Swoons

Sunday Swoons

by Skylar Finn

We love having you guys involved! If you don’t know what this feature is about here is the deal, Sunday Swoons is an original feature hosted by myself  and the spectacular Skylar Finn from Life of A Random. Every Sunday we bust out a different swoon worthy topic and discuss it, swoon about it, and chat it up!

Rules:
1. You’re welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic– Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic– Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don’t have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It’s nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book’s synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).

This Week’s Topic Is: Sassy Spoofs

You have the option to make a spooftastic new title for a book (We aren’t trying to steal your idea Cait. Your Honest YAs are awesome and we love them! Ya’ll should check them out!) and/or re-write the first sentence of the blurb. (write a first sentence that is as sarcastic as it gets, or brutally honest, or horribly humorous, or whatever you want.) Have fun with it!

(I only had time to do covers for two sorry!)

(The Redemption of Mara Dyer by 
Michelle Hodkin)
Life and Death, Love and War, Yin and Yang, these things all go together, but at what price?

(Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott)

Emma is angry and her mother is dead, but the love of a hot bad boy might just make being angry ok, because love and misery and physical attraction solves all problems.
Insanity Games
(White Space by Ilsa Bick)
In the Insanity Games, anything goes. Will you survive your worst fears, or will the people you thought you knew take you down first? Can you survive the insanity of humanity?
Survivor In Space
(These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) 
For this season of Survivor, two unsuspecting participants will “accidentally” get dumped out into space, left to love, hate, and survivor all on their own. It’s Martians vs Man this season.
The Hungry Hungry House
(Amity by Micol Ostow)
Amity is one hungry, hungry house. It’s been quite a few years since her last all you can eat buffet, and she is starving, and oh so glad you could join her for one meal you won’t ever forget. She finds you to be utterly delicious, mind, body and soul. CRUNCH!
I had been trying to do romance books but two of them aren’t because I got off track. (Oops!)

There you have it folks! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Sorry it has been so chaotic and late these few weeks, I’m still working everything out so bear with me! One of these days I’ll get a schedule figured out. 

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Sunday Swoons

Sunday Swoons

Skylar Finn’s creation
We love having you guys involved! If you don’t know what this feature is about here is the deal, Sunday Swoons is an original feature hosted by myself  and the spectacular Skylar Finn from Life of A Random. Every Sunday we bust out a different swoon worthy topic and discuss it, swoon about it, and chat it up!
Rules:
1. You’re welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!
2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.
3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic– Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic– Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)
4. Your posts don’t have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It’s nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book’s synopsis, cover, and other information.)
5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).
This Week’s Topic Is: Dancing in Love
For The Friend-zoned (but sexy) 

Now I’m not very far into it (read that as Briana is only a few pages in and doesn’t know what she’s talking about), but I understand what the friend-zone looks like. So Althea and Oliver’s song is: Crave You by Flight Facilities 
For the Sob Worthy Romances (I’d say more but spoilers)

This one is a heart breaker of a book so I picked a heart breaker of a song. Well, if you aren’t looking at it in a certain way it’s not a huge heart breaker but still. The Civil Wars’s song, Sacred Heart.

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For Lovers of Bad Boys

It’s not a perfect fit word for word, but Devil’s Backbone by the Civil wars certainly works for Anna and Kai from the Sweet Trilogy. And all those other good girl falls for bad boy romances out there. 
For All the Guys That Love Mean Girls
I loved Celaena, I really did. But even her biggest fan’s have to admit she could be cruel and that she was pretty vain and arrogant. So She’s so Mean by Matchbox Twenty works for her and her triangle, as well as the other rare occasions where the girl was not sugar, spice and everything nice. 
Another One for all Those Good Girls and Bad Boys
Pushing the Limits is a classic, good girl falls for bad boy who maybe isn’t so bad, I enjoyed it all the same. There are a lot of books like this, so again this book is just one example that fits Lana Del Ray’s Diet Mountain Dew.
Add your own song and literary romance combinations! Link up and share your thoughts in the comments below! Oh, and don’t forget to check out Skylar’s post!

P.S. If you saw the tweet where I mentioned lady jams, this is what I was referencing…
Can you guess the movie?

Briana is sorry that she complains about all her homework on twitter all the time, but it is a lot and she doesn’t like that there is so much. She’s trying not to complain so much. She is also sorry that all her little blog minions have been so neglected lately and blames it furiously on those teachers that are giving her all that nasty homework. When she isn’t doing homework or blogging her fingers off, she has been playing tennis with her mother and watching her latest Netflix obsession, Arrow. 

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