Booking Through Thursday: Most Beautiful…

What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever read?

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Bookish Temptations: 2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Elena’s Picks: First Encounters…(part 1)

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First encounters, first impressions… Once I finish a book, I often find myself thinking about how far the two main characters have gone, since their first meeting. It’s very interesting to see how their story developed, since the first moment they laid eyes on each other. As good ol’ Jane Austen teaches us, first impressions are often wrong…and indeed in some novels the two characters get on the wrong foot at the beginning. Some first encounters are awkward, one of the characters embarrasses himself/herself , sometimes they start off by completely despising one another. In other first encounters sparks fly from the very start, desire and passion immediately overtake the soon to be couple…Here are some first encounters  I love, considering how the story between the characters developed throughout the novels and sequels…

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Shout Out: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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That’s what HE said…(3)

That’s what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break, where you post a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine….

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Elena’s Picks: Unforgettable Fictional Couples (part 2)

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A few months ago, I shared with you in this post some of my favorite fictional couples, those couples I can’t stop thinking about. And today I want to talk about some other fictional couples that have captured me completely.

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Book Boyfriend I’d Most Like To…(the sweethearts)

Normally on Sunday mornings I post a topic from 18 and Over, but sadly the host has decided to put that feature on hiatus for a while.

So for now on Sunday’s I’ll share some of my favorite book boyfriends in a different way…this week…the sweethearts…

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Elena’s Book Crushes: Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard and Holder from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Today I start a series of posts where I talk about my favorite fictional crushes. You know those male characters you can’t stop thinking about, that make you swoon with their words and weak at the knees? Yes, those ones 😉

Today I’ll talk about two of my most favorites: Gabriel Emerson from the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard and Dean Holder from Hopeless and Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

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Elena and Tamie review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

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The synopsis:

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs

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Tamie and Elena Discuss: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (pages 343-406)

Today’s discussion is the last for Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. The ending chapters of the book are both intense and beautiful. They left me with a sense of hope for survivors of abuse.

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