One Paris Summer - Symptoms Include Possibly Staying Up Till 3 AM Reading & Regretting It the Next Day {ARC Review}

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
One Paris Summer Review
If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins then you should most definitely read this book. There's a lot in common between the two novels, but not so much you're gonna get constant bouts of Déjà vu.

Synopsis & Details:

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's read more... about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

Title: One Paris Summer
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Series: Standalone
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Source: I received an ARC from Blink for review consideration.

Fabulous things about One Paris Summer
  • One Paris Summer was impossibly cute and preposterously adorable.
  • I was a bit hesitant when it came to Mathieu (such a cute frenchie name *swoons*) however he quickly won me over. 
  • Also while reading this book I managed to pick up some French. (ex: je t'aime)
  • The description of Paris were fabulous and now I seriously wanna go there even more.
  • Sophie's life love is piano, and after reading One Paris Summer I have half the mind to give to a go myself. (basically the descriptions are phenomenal)
  • Doose food descriptions though, now I'm extremely hungry for Parisian pastries. 

This book also handled family matters very well,

I feel like it realistically displayed how someone who felt abandoned by a parent would react to seeing them again.

I stayed up till 3 in the morning right before a Monday reading this book, and that means I really enjoyed it. (obviously)

I definitely regretted it one Monday morning though...

The language barrier was also interesting, I found it to be a great addition to the story. (also it totally sucks a ton when people are talking in a different language and you know their talking about you but you can't understand what they're saying)

The secondary characters were amazing,

for example Etienne (Mathieu's lil stepbro) is one of my favorite characters. (also that name??? St. Clair much?)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

What would be your dream destination? Have you read One Paris Summer? If you have than isn't the ship the dreamiest?
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Giving It A Go - Comment Challenge July + August

Friday, June 17, 2016
Comment Challenge July 2016

I stumbled upon this challenge through The Emerald City Book Review and I though why not give it a go? It sounds really interesting and I love interacting with others in blogging world, and discovering new blogs.

So what is this challenge thing? The name basically says it all, you sign up, and then you are paired up with someone, and depending on your choice you either have to comment 5-10 or 11-20 (I chose 5-10) times on their blog, and they well do the same. If you choose you can also extend the challenge to social media. The lovely hosts are Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. For more information or to sign up check out this post

Are you participating in this challenge? Are you planning too? Do you have horrible spelling like me? (I discovered today I can't spell praticipating or challange)
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Why Having A Mobile Friendly Template Is Of The Utmost Importance For The Benefit Of Your Blog & It's Readers

Monday, June 13, 2016
Why Your Blog Should be Mobile Friendly

A large amount of traffic these days is coming from mobile devices as we use them more (and also get more and more permanently attached to them)

Sites that aren't mobile friendly are a pain in the arse to read on phones/tablets/ipods etc.

You have to zoom in to read the text, and often then it's still too small to read comfortably. Then there's the navigation bars *sigh* those are particularly difficult to use...  Basically what I'm try to saying is when your site isn't mobile friendly your readers on mobile devices have to go the extra mile to read your posts, and making it harder for your readers to read your content will not help your build your follower counts.

Another reason you should consider is that when your blog isn't mobile friendly it will hurt your SEO, 

on mobile devices your site will be moved down in Google search results. Mobile friendly sites are given a slight advantage in search result rankings in this case.

I personally believe having a mobile friendly site is a must have. 

Some options for mobile friendliness include, having two different sites (Ex: desktop site - and a separate mobile site - ) a responsive design (Ex: play around with the window size to see the magic in action) or a blogger mobile template (Ex: There's probably (most definitely) more options out there but these are the ones I know of.

So first off let's talk about the whole two different sites methods. 

I've mostly seen large store chains using this option. Apparently it used to be popular but has since gone out of style (does the internet have fashion trends? According to me it apparently does) 

The second one, a responsive design is currently the most popular. 

For this one there is only one design which can be resized depending on the size of the devices screen. Most website templates and web designers utilize this method.

This last one only works if you use Blogger. (I think Wordpress might have something similar but I'm not quite sure on that)

Some how Blogger can detect when your on a mobile device, and when you are it switches you over to a mobile template. You can access the mobile template on a desktop by adding ?m=1 to the end of a blogger blog url. (this only works if the blog has the mobile template feature activated)

To activate or change your blogger mobile template go to Blogger > Template > Click on the gear below the picture showing the mobile view.

Now it gives us two options, if yours doesn't already have Yes selected, pick yes. Then click on the little dropbox selector under Choose mobile template.

These are the options
  • Default: this a simple default mobile template (the only thing that changes from blog to blog is the header other than that the design remains EXACTLY the same)
  • Simple, Dynamic Views, Picture Window, Awesome Inc, Watermark, Ethereal, Travel: these are the mobile counterparts of their desktop templates.
  • Custom: this template changes based on changes made to your web templates. (and personally the one I'd recommend) 

My first recommendation would be a responsive design, however not everyone has the skills to code one, or can't afford or doesn't want to buy one.

If your looking for a responsive design but your not up to dishing out a ton of cash on a custom theme, you should look into buying a premade theme. These Paper Hearts has a couple gorgeous Blogger ones and Nosegraze has a ton of beautiful Wordpress themes. (Make sure you check that the theme is responsive as not all of them are)

My second recommendation (for blogger only) would be the custom mobile template, this one changes depending on the features of the desktop design.

All other mobile templates don't change at all, beside the header, all the sites who choose the one you did will look exactly the same. You want your blog to standout. And if on mobile devices your website looks nearly identical to a lot of others, then your not really standing out are you?

One last thing I'd like to mention is: I see a lot of people who have responsive themes and yet they still have a Blogger mobile template activated. 

If you have a custom/premade theme on your blog check your site on a mobile device and see if your still using a mobile template, then check to see if your is theme responsive.

If it is, the next step is to disable the mobile template and check on a mobile device if your template is functioning correctly. If it is and you like it, your job is done, if it isn't just re-enable the blogger mobile template.

Don't under estimate your mobile template as having a good and unique one can be extremely helpful to your blog and it's readers.

In one of my future posts I'll be talking about how to customize your Blogger mobile template.

Do you you think having a good mobile site is a necessity? Also I definitely used mobile way to many times...
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One True Loves - A Love Triangle That Doesn't Cause "Wants To Throw Book Out Window" Syndrome {ARC Review}

Monday, June 6, 2016
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the first book of Taylor Reid's I've read and I am in lovvve. One True Loves is a absolutely gorgeous masterpiece. It's just so unspeakably beautiful. (I know I'm gushing but I can't help it) The characters are amazing, and the plot is even better.

Synopsis & Details:

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA Today—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the read more... fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Title: One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Series: Standalone
Genres: RomanceContemporary, Adult
Source: I received an ARC from Washington Square Press for review consideration.

Emma Blair, our main girl marries her high school sweet heart, Jesse, and they are completely and utterly in love. 

Then on their first anniversary Jesse is on helicopter that crashes, he is never found and is pronounced dead.

After this shocking news, Emma filled with grief, leaves the life she built with Jesse in California and returns to her home town, Acton, Massachusetts.

There years afterwards she runs into an old high school friend, Sam. They fall in love and get engaged. 

Then weeks before their wedding Emma's long lost love returns miraculously, as a result she is forced to choose between her fiancé and her husband. (okay I just made this book sound like a cheesy, cliche romance book. . . but believe me it's so much moorre zhen zhat)

I shipped the MC, Emma with both Sam and Jesse if that's even f**king possible????

The romance between both of the shirps (ships) in this book were beautifully written and absolutely adorable. I shipped everyone so hard and my brain was so exasperatingly confused.

I believe this is the first time I've even encountered a book that handles love in such a fashion.

That was by far my favorite thing about this book, Emma is in such a unique position.
How This Book Slays
  • The MC's Family owns a bookstore #goals
  • Cattttssss
  • Beautiful Writing (it's gorgeous believe meeee)
  • Two amazing swoony love interests (seriously I would gladly take one of them off her hands)
  • Unique format to the book (it's divided into different sections)
  • Pretty Cover! #coversnobforlife
  • Unique story idea (at least I've never seen anything like it)

How This Book Was Nay
  • The story did drag a bit in the middle for me.
  • Emma's indecision was a tad annoying at times
  • Also the need to One True Loves spoiler [fuck Jesse again as a goodbye after deciding she wanted to be with Sam] was not necessary...

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Do you like the new review format I think this is the one! Also this is the first adult book I've reviewed on this site! Cheers! (that's me give you an imaginary toast) So do you plan on reading One True Loves? And if you already have how'd you find the sorta love triangle thingie?
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