The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2015

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their awesomeness. These books are dear to me! Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s Best Books of 2015! 🙂

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Brimming with the brightest of hopes and the darkest of heartaches, All the Bright Places is a memorable tale of love, loss, and the beauty of being alive.” (Full review here.)

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“An effervescent and uplifting coming of age story, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a spectacular book that fills your heart with the warm glow of infinite bliss.” (Full review here.)

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

“An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.” (Full review here.)

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

“Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.” (Full review here.)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Sparkling with the glamour of timeless magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a phenomenal first book in a new series that everyone is sure to love!” (Full review here.)

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

“Gleaming with heartfelt moments and the brightest of possibilities, The Night We Said Yes is a remarkable debut novel that beautifully captures the core of love, friendship, and second chances in a magical and unforgettable way.” (Full review here.)

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

“Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.” (Full review here.)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Brimming with optimism and profound clarity, Every Last Word is a remarkable novel that you need to add to your TBR pile!” (Full review here.)

*All book covers from Goodreads

How about you, fellow bookworms? What are your best books for this year? Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

Blog Tour: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith [Excerpt + Giveaway!]

Hi guys! Thanks for dropping by! For the Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between  PH blog tour, I’m happy to share with you an excerpt from the lovely book! Hope you like it! 🙂

EXCERPT

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“Aidan raises an eyebrow. “That’d better not be a list of reasons why we should break up. . .”

“It’s not,” she says as she hands it over to him, watching as he scans the page with a bemused expression. “I just figured maybe we could use a plan.”

“And this is it?”

She nods. “This is it.”

“Okay,” he says, taking a deep breath. “Then I guess we should get going.”

Together, they start to walk in the direction of the car, but halfway there, Clare stops short, suddenly and unaccountably nervous, her heart drumming hard in her chest. She looks over at Aidan with slightly panicked eyes. “This is kind of crazy, isn’t it?”

“What?” he asks.

“That we leave tomorrow,” she says, her voice rising a little. “That after all this time, we only have twelve hours left. I mean. . . we’re finally here, you know? At the end of the road.”

“Or,” he reminds her, “the beginning.”

Clare doesn’t say anything, she wants desperately to believe him, but standing here on the edge of something so big, it seems impossible.

“Trust me,” Aidan says, reaching for her hand. “A lot can happen in twelve hours.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 256

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

 

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

We’re giving away an ARC of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between!

Open to PH residents only.

Please click on the Rafflecopter link below:

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*For the complete schedule of the blog tour, please head over to Pinoy Book Tours

 

ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 256

Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, The NOVL!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

One of the things I love about reading a Jennifer E. Smith book is getting this hopeful, magical feeling inside me every time. This year, the remarkable author gives readers another YA contemporary rich in thought and emotions that will surely leave a lasting impression in their hearts.

Wrapped in a sincere and nostalgic undertone, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a story is about love and the difficult decisions we make in life. It follows Clare and Aidan, a couple on their last night before leaving for college. Both are contemplating whether they should break up or keep their relationship intact. Clare and Aidan go on a trip to memory lane—back to where their love story began—hoping to find something that will help resolve their dilemma. Now who wouldn’t be keen on reading a story as unique as this?

Raw and realistic, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a well-conceptualized novel that fascinated me. The idea of revisiting your past in a span of twelve hours was indeed refreshing and exciting. I’m consistently on the lookout for books with ingenious and attention-grabbing concepts. I’m happy to say that Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between falls under the classifications I mentioned. The story makes you realize a lot of things! Oh, and the feels are so spot on! They punch holes in your heart one moving scene after the other. Mind you, most of my sticky notes have “Awwww”, “Oh my heart!” and “The feels!” written on them.

The characters are genuine and easy to associate with. Clare and Aidan’s relationship is a delight to behold! I enjoyed visiting their past with them and seeing their relationship unfold. I also liked Scotty and Stella! They are downright cute and entertaining! I wish there would be a book about them. 🙂

As always, Jennifer E. Smith writes beautiful and authentic stories that readers don’t want to end. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is definitely one of them! I will always look forward to reading Jennifer E. Smith’s books!

Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.

 

Rating:

4.5/5 stars

 

Event Recap: Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price in Manila!

I’m sure lots of Filipino bookworms’ hearts exploded with happiness when National Book Store announced that authors Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price are coming to the Philippines. And one of those hearts was mine! 🙂

Fast forward to September 21, 2014—Book Signing in Manila!

We had a Q & A with Jen and Lissa who are both friendly and full of wisdom. I enjoyed listening to them talk about writing and their books! Their thoughtful answers are truly great motivation for me to do my best every time I write.

*You may listen to the audio recording of the Q & A here.

Meeting Jen was a dream come true! Some of you might know that I’m a huge contemporary YA fan and Jennifer E. Smith is one of my super favorite authors in that genre. I’ve always wished to meet her in person someday and I didn’t expect that someday would come sooner than I thought! 🙂 While I haven’t read any of Lissa Price’s books yet, it was still a great pleasure to meet her. She’s a wonderful conversationalist who gave very helpful writing advice.

Furthermore, seeing my fellow book bloggers made the day even better. As always, we talked about our latest reads and upcoming books. I’ll never get tired of sharing bookish thoughts with my blogger friends! Our energies, when it comes to books, become one huge ball of effervescence. We’re truly a gleeful bunch of bookworms!

September 21 was indeed a HAPPY day from START to END. 🙂

Thank you so much to the brilliant National Book Store for bringing Jen and Lissa to the Philippines! You guys are extraordinary. Love you loads! ❤ Can’t wait for the next bookish event!

Pictures from the sigining: 

Book display

Book display

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The glorious Powerbooks author “throne” 😀

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Lissa Price and Jennifer E. Smith

With Lissa

With the lovely Lissa Price!

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With Jennifer E. Smith, one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met! I’ll be a fangirl of Jen and her books forever! 🙂

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Jen taking a picture of “Wilbur”, the Piggy siopao that Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again gave her.

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PH Book Bloggers with Lissa and Jen

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My signed copy of Starters!

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My signed copies of Jennifer E. Smith’s books!

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To Jesselle,

Write often.

Write a lot.

Write the best you can.

Hope to read your books one day!

<3,

Jen =)

This message is absolutely what happy looks like for an aspiring writer like me. 🙂

Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price’s message to Filipino fans: 

 

Did you attend Jen and Lissa’s book signing? Share your experience on the comment section below!

Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price PH Book Signing Tour!

Poster - Jennifer E Smith and Lissa Price

What: Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price Book Signing Tour

When: September 19, 6 pm
Where: The Northwing Atrium, SM Cebu

When: September 20, 2 pm
Where: Level 1 Atrium, SM Aura Premier

When: September 21, 2 pm – 4 pm (200 slots only)
Where: Manila International Book Fair, SMX Convention Center

 

Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price Book Signing Tour
Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the book signings?
September 19, 6:00 pm, at The Northwing Atrium, SM Cebu
September 20, 2:00 pm, at the Level 1 Atrium, SM Aura Premier

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 am on September 19 at The Northwing Atrium, SM Cebu and 10:00 am on September 20 at the Level 1 Atrium, SM Aura Premier. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

 

Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price Book Signing
Manila International Book Fair
Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the book signing at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)?
The MIBF signing will be on Sunday, September 21, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the National Book Store booth. For more information on the MIBF, you can go to www.manilabookfair.com.

Do I need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF?
Yes, you will still need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF.

When will the registration be?
Registration for the book signing at the Manila International Book Fair opens at 10:00 am on September 21 in the National Book Store booth. Only the first 200 registrants will be given a signing slot. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed?
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks. However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

 

PRICE LIST OF BOOKS

Jennifer E. Smith Titles
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Trade Paperback – P365)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Hardcover – P729)
This is What Happy Looks Like (Trade Paperback – P399)
This is What Happy Looks Like (Hardcover – P729)
The Geography of You and Me (Trade Paperback – P399)
The Geography of You and Me (Hardcover – P699)

Lissa Price Titles
Starters (Trade Paperback – P349)
Enders (Trade Paperback – P495)
Enders (Hardcover – P625)

Visit National Book Store’s Facebook page for more details on the book signing tour.

 

I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE BOOK SIGNING TOUR! *MEGA FLAILS* 🙂 I hope to see you guys at one of the events!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks LikeTitle: This Is What Happy Looks Like

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 404

Source: Bought from Fully Booked

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

 

 

Synopsis:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

*Book details from Barnes & Noble 

My review: 

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith was one of the books I looked forward to in 2013, but I never got a chance to read it because of work duties. Now that I’ve got free time, of course, I grabbed the opportunity to read it. This is the third Jennifer E. Smith book I read. Although I found the book lengthy, it didn’t matter to me because I was smitten from the first page until the last.

This Is What Happy Looks Like is an eye-opener, exhibiting happiness in a way that one doesn’t normally perceive it to be. The kind of happiness expressed in the story comes from within, and is something that material things cannot epitomize. Through its exceptional and poignant prose, the novel could be a soul-stirring journey for readers as it provides them with a deeper and meaningful sense of what happiness is really like.

What I admire in This Is What Happy Looks Like is the complex backstory of characters Ellie and Graham. It makes their personas organic and convincing. Ellie and Graham’s skin-deep flaws paint readers a picture of who they are within. That picture is definitely a strong foundation of each character’s frame, helping readers understand Ellie and Graham down to their core. Jennifer E. Smith is undeniably a champion when it comes to well-developed imperfect characters. The romance in the novel is really earnest and sweet. It’s not insta-love since Ellie and Graham have communicated with each other prior to meeting in person. Their email exchange is so adorable and I loved how it was the beginning of what will become something special—offline.

Jennifer E. Smith’s writing combines rich imagery and strong emotional punch. The author’s dynamic descriptions never fail to project clear mental pictures of scenes that make readers feel involved in the story. Should you be looking for contemporary YA with a unique storyline, depth, and authenticity, you’ll never go wrong with a book by Jennifer E. Smith. Reflecting the truths of teenage life, her stories are oftentimes a phenomenal reading experience as they fill the mind with wisdom that is worth keeping in life.

Shining with hope and bright promises, This Is What Happy Looks Like is a realistic and endearing novel that will carve a smile to anyone’s heart.

Rating:

4/5 stars

Blog Tour: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith [Review]

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Title: The Geography of You and Me

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: April 15, 2013

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 352

Source: Signed ARC gifted by the author (Thank you, Jennifer!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Book Depository / Fully Booked National Book Store 

Synopsis:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads 

My review: 

Most people spend time looking for love, when all the while, it is everywhere. Love exists in all corners of the world, in the most unusual setting ever imagined, and yes, even in the absence of light. A beautiful serendipity—this is the kind of magic that Jennifer E. Smith’s newest young adult novel brings.

Poignant and captivating, The Geography of You and Me gives chance encounters and long distance relationships a deeper and meaningful essence. Moreover, The Geography of You and Me presents a compelling and realistic story of a blossoming relationship between the main characters, Lucy and Owen. However, just as Lucy and Owen develop feelings for each other, both characters move toward separate ways shortly after they met. Owen and his father set off to the West in pursuit of a better life. On the other hand, Lucy travels with her parents to Europe. Even with distance and time difference between them, Lucy and Owen manage to preserve the spark they shared on that dark September day.

The romance in this book is wonderfully developed. It’s not insta-love, which I liked very much! Heartwarming, bittersweet, and natural, Lucy and Owen’s romance is so far my favorite. I felt the suppressed emotions and Lucy and Owen’s intense longing for each other through their thoughts, emails, and most of all, the postcards. I believe the postcards became the symbol of Lucy and Owen’s connection. Because of this story, I appreciated postcards more and its power to convey strong emotions through images and short messages. As Lucy and Owen go on with life miles away from each other, they both explore new things and learn more about themselves. Not only that, they get to resolve the issues they’re going through with their respective families. But still, there’s an indiscernible gravity that pulls Lucy and Owen back to where their story began.

The Geography of You and Me rendered me speechless after reading it. Brimming with hope, heartfelt promises, and limitless possibilities, the ending truly moved me. The way Lucy and Owen saw each other again was a priceless moment! It certainly projects indescribable and hopeful feelings.

I’m forever in love with Jennifer E. Smith’s effortless and expressive prose. Her words, in all their sparkling glory, flow with emotions that tug at your heartstrings—earnest, personal, and very much real. Jennifer Smith also makes simple words lovely and vibrant, which I believe explains why her writing style never fails to amaze me.

The Geography of You and Me proves that love travels distances. It always finds a way back to you no matter where you are in this world. You just have to trust your heart and the one you love.

 

Rating:

5/5 stars