The Time I Learnt Math From Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

June 26, 2014

The latest book that rocked my world is Infinity + One by Amy Harmon. Infinity + One first came under my radar when Colleen Hoover started raving about it on Facebook (she probably did on Twitter too, but a lot of stuff gets lost in my feed under the continuous barrage of tweets). I've never read any of Amy's works before, but now, you can be sure I will be checking them out!

Infinity + One is the story of Bonnie Rae and Finn Clyde (Bonnie & Clyde, get it?), and how they come to terms with their own lives after one extraordinary event which brings them together. Bonnie is a country star (the singing type) who simply gives up on day on tour and attempts committing suicide. But before she can, Finn, who in all probability should not be there or even have been able to see her, stops her from jumping. Finn himself is not all that fine with life in general. A couple of years out of jail, he is jobless, for all means and purposes homeless, and down in the dumps when he gets a call to join a casino in Vegas, which is where he's headed when he spots Bonnie. Determined to take some time away from the hustle and bustle of her tightly controlled life, Bonnie invites herself along on Finn's trip. And so begins their journey across the country, where they meet extraordinary people, deal with their respective problems and find that maybe, just maybe, Bonnie and Clyde are meant to be. 

Books For A Cause: A Win-Win For All

June 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, as I was chatting away on Twitter, I saw this tweet from Heather @ Turning Pages about something that sounded interesting - Books for A Cause. So I went and checked out the official page for the program, and honestly, it sounds like something both fun and beneficial. You know how sometimes you have multiple copies of a book and dont know what to do with it? Or way too much swag to fit your bedroom and your mum's telling you to make some space in your room already? Yeah, Heather's got a solution for all that. But that's not all. There's more, guys!

So today we have Heather, the brains behind Books For A Cause stopping by to tell about this awesome thing she's thought up that's going to be a huge help to loads of people very soon! Read on :)

HEATHER ON BOOKS FOR A CAUSE


Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am one half of the duo that makes up the blog, Turning Pages. Before I get started, I really want to thank Fahima for allowing me to spread the word about Books for a Cause here on her blog!

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a few fellow bloggers on twitter about starting up some type of fundraiser, involving reading/books, to raise funds for cancer research. I recently lost my Aunt after a long battle with Cancer - read my full story on her blog - and I am is very passionate about raising money and spreading the word for this great cause.

After contacting Stand Up 2 Cancer, they have offered their help and support. Additionally, a fundraising page as well. 100% of the proceeds raised during this fundraiser will be donated to their foundation, directly.

In addition to monetary donations, I am organizing an auction all bookish things related (mid-late July time frame) But I NEED your help too! Spread the world, donate books/swag or anything else to auction off. Your ideas too, would be great!

Of course, I am not doing this alone. Tonya at Lily Bloom Books is graciously helping me with all the “behind the scenes action” as well helping me get organized for the upcoming auction to help support Books for a Cause.

I am so excited to launch the auction and am so thankful for all of the authors and bloggers who have already contributed items! Please stay tuned and continue to help spread the word about Books for a Cause!

You can contact me directly at hsheffield2011(at)gmail(dot)com or Tonya at lilybloombooks(at)hotmail(dot)com if you are able to donate items to the auction. You can also donate directly on the fundraising page by going to the website. In addition, you can contact one of us with ideas for other ways make this fundraiser a success.

A hashtag has been crated - #BooksForACause to help spread the word.

Please tweet, share on Facebook and/or on your blog sidebar (using image above).

The goal is raise $2,000. Help us get there and Stand Up 2 Cancer!

Sincerely,

Heather

What do YOU think about Books for A Cause? Isn't it a wonderful idea? Do you have any ideas to add that'll help out in this endeavour? We'd love to hear from you!
Do read Heather's story (it's beautiful), and don't forget to spread the word!

Against Against YA: No One Should Be Embarrassed About What They Read

June 6, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
I dont know how many of you know about this, since it's still pretty recent (and this is surprising, because God knows I'm usually the last person to know about things), but the Slate published an article titled Against YA: Adults should be embarrassed to read children's books.

I am usually a peaceable person, but never has an article annoyed me as much the aforementioned one. 

I believe that everybody is entitled to their own opinion on a subject. That is what you think, that is the way you see the world, so really, I dont have a problem with that. If the author has a problem with adults reading YA books, that's fine. Go right ahead. It's a free world, people. 

For those of you who do not know what I'm talking about (or are too busy/lazy to read the entire article :D), the bottomline of the article is this: 'At the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old', and while acknowledging that everyone should just read whatever they like, what the author feels is that adults who read YA should be embarrassed about themselves and they are 'missing something'.

Like I said, that's your opinion. I dont care. But I do take offense when you tell me what to think and do and to feel ashamed about my choices. Which is why I'm going to give (what I hope will be) a constructive rebuttal to the article (Ha! Right. Who am I kidding? This is a rant, people. Be warned).

Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

June 3, 2014

Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
"This is the book I've been waiting for all year. Thank you, Cammie McGovern", is what I thought just as I slowly turned the last page on Say What You Will, a few lingering tears still on my cheeks.