Road Trip Mini-Challenge: April 2016 #readathon

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Currently reading: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Write a short postcard to a friend (or to another of the book’s characters who wasn’t invited on your cross country odyssey) telling them what’s up with you and your new fictional BFF.


Find the perfect road trip song for you and your traveling companion to rock out to as you burn through the miles, and tell us why it’s such a great fit for this character.

Write a short postcard to a friend (or to another of the book’s characters who wasn’t invited on your cross country odyssey) telling them what’s up with you and your new fictional BFF.

Dear Bobolink,

My swan, you are missing such a journey! Truman is a trip of course! Always speaking of you, of course. We have just stopped at Savannah. Oh, how grand! The balls that Truman gets us into! We’ve seen Clark, Frank, and even Slim! Oh, how we wish you were here.



Find the perfect road trip song for you and your traveling companion to rock out to as you burn through the miles, and tell us why it’s such a great fit for this character.

I can’t help but want to rock out to Saint Motel’s Just my type. You can find the video Saint Motel–Just my type music video. The book I am reading is about author Truman Capote and his “Swans”, particularly Babe “Bobolink” Paley. I chose this song because after Truman’s relationship with Jack D. ended, he slept with any man. Even an air conditioner repairman that his Swans didn’t like. Basically, as the lyrics state “You are just my type. You have a pulse and are breathing,” that were the only late requirements for Truman.

What are your responses? Let me know in the comments.

Good luck and happy reading!


Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Opening Meme

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading in Northern NJ, but Paris sounds more fun.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Not sure. I haven’t exactly picked a stack of books. It’s more as I go along. I think I am going to read After Alice by Gregory Maguire. I’m excited about that.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Corn puffs! I love these corn puffs I get that is fluffy, yet crunchy popcorn like pieces with rice in it. So yummy. I already finished a bag yesterday.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am twenty-seven years old living in Northern NJ. I am currently an occasional book blogger, although after this Readathon, I am going to try to be active more. I am the owner of Flourishing Crafter, a handmade paper goods shop. You can shop and browse at or on etsy at

I love to read YA contemporaries, YA romance, and Historical Fiction, particularly those of strong women. One of my favorites is still Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain about the first woman who studied butterflies in the seventeenth century.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This will be my second or third one. I definitely will try to read more, participate throughout, and not get so distracted by life–just for one day.

If you answered any of these questions, feel free to post your link in the comments section!

Good luck today and happy reading!


Something to Look Forward to

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week; and, even better weekend. A new week is on the horizon.  It’s going to be a somewhat slow week here at indie reader girl0329. From Monday to Wednesday I will be on a mini vacation. Look for posts starting on Thursday.

This week be on the look out for a review of Second Star by Alyssa B Sheinmel; a TBR Thursday post; and a mini review duo of Just One Night (Just One Day 2.5) by Gayle Forman and Oedipus the King by Sophocles.


Have a good week and see you on Thursday!

It’s Thursday, You Know What That Means…TBR Thursday


TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah  every Thursday where you pick a book on your TBR shelf three months or older.

This week I am choosing Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer. This book has been on my bookcase for years. I am going to say since I graduated college, I believe, so at least three years. I don’t think High School. I’m not really sure. But, a long time. I have a print in my old room that I keep forgetting to move to my new room that has a quote from the book that made me buy the book.

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world and build heavy walls.”

How beautiful is that? So, that is the book I chose. It’s been telling me to read it. I just have had other books to read. You know how it is. But, this meme is prompting me to read it. So, there you have it.  What will YOU read this week?

Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by.

And the Greek Chorus Returns: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Book Review



Two Boys Kissing

By: David Levithan

Released: August 27, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 208 Pages

Genre: Young Adult-GLBT

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: Purchased


The Greek Chorus has returned in the form of long passed away Gay men with AIDs watching over a couple that has been together for over a year, a pair of exes who want to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for kissing, a new couple, and a single boy who feels he doesn’t fit in in the world. 

Two Boys Kissing is perhaps David Levithan at his best stylistically. The writing was beautiful from the beginning to end. I loved the narration he chose. I don’t think he could have done it any other way. It was engaging, entertaining, and completely heartfelt. He talks about the AIDs crisis in such a honest way, but it never took away from all the other boys. The boys, the boys were great. Every single one of them. You felt for them. Could understand them as much as you could. There was such a rawness and tenderness with each one.

I really liked this one by Levithan, but, truthfully it was not one of my favorites. I loved the writing style which is perhaps one of my favorites of his. Although it only works in this book. This book was relatively short and I expected to read it in a day, but it didn’t hold my attention well enough. I found myself not truly wanting to pick it up. When I did, I enjoyed it. Mostly the writing style. The topic was great, but I unfortunately couldn’t relate to it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. It wasn’t that big of a deal if you see I still gave it four stars, but it did stop me at five stars. I was able to get into it more towards the end, but I think maybe because I just liked the thoughts of the chorus and wanted to finish this.

I would still highly recommend this book. I think the writing style/technique used was perhaps the best I’ve seen in a long time. It kept me interested; and, it was something unique enough that worked. The individual stories were interesting, especially the exes. They were my favorite. There were some good quotes to be had, especially at the end. It’s a book not to missed, I think.


I’m going old school…TBR Thursday



TBR Thursday is a meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah where every Thursday you choose a book to read on your TBR shelf that is at least 3 months or older. This week I am going way back when and giving Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a forth go around.


A forth go around, I hear you say. Yes, for the fourth time I am going to try to read this treasured novel. Why? For two reasons. One, I joined a new book club that meets this Tuesday to discuss the book. I am looking forward to go. It is at Bryant Park in NYC. Hopefully it should be nice. They read only classics, so I am excited to join and be a part of it. Plus, they gave me the book. FOR FREE!! I may have to return it. I don’t know. Didn’t bother to ask. I think I should have. Now, reason two. The Invisible Woman movie. The end of the novel is now spoiled for me. But, that is why I want to read it, for that last sentence. It is so beautiful. And, the fact that it wasn’t the original ending. I haven’t ever been able to get past page 100, but this time I am older, wiser, and reading a different edition. So, we shall see. Expect a review, hopefully, next week.

What book are YOU choosing on your TBR shelf?

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

A meme! A meme! TBR Thursday (1)


I think I’ve found one of my memes. Sponsored by Sarah at Words with Sarah, TBR Thursday is where you pick a book three months or older from your TBR shelf and, wait for it, READ IT this week/weekend. I will also be making this as one of my reviews. Kill two birds with one stone kind of thing. I like this idea of tackling my big shelf of things to read. Especially the books that have been there for a long time.  Now for the good stuff. The book I chose. Cover reveal!


I have had this book since last September. While looking through my list of what books to read for this meme, this book once again caught my attention. If you haven’t read anything by David Levithan, I suggest you do. ASAP. It doesn’t have to be this book. I hear Boy Meets Boy is good, but Every Day is incredible. Just. In.Cred.I.Ble. Do you see how I spelled that word? It’s not even proper that’s how good it was. All his short stories collections are good, too. He’s just good. Better than good. READ HIM!!!

Now, back to BEA posts.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

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