My own Summer Read-o-Thon : the end!

Posted by on August 3, 2013 2:00 am in Book talk | 2 comments


You may or may not remember how, mid-july, I challenged myself to my own read-o-thon, where I planned on reading mainly YA contemporary novels from my shelves. Well, it went MUCH better than expected and I did a bunch of reading! Good reading, too, with very little disappointments! So here is the list of what I read for the past two weeks before leaving for Paris, with a few thoughts – no worries, the full reviews are coming soon!

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith : Super cute, and lovely! Perfect summer romance read!

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith : This one isn’t for everyone, but I related to it in a weird way. My favorite of the past few weeks, and a strong contender for my best of 2013 list!

Golden by Jessi Kirby : Hey! I reviewed this one already!

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna : Super cute. I love giant talking pandas.

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald : My biggest disappointment. I wanted to love it so much, because I have enjoyed Abby McDonald’s previous novels. Sigh.

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson : Ha, this was so fun to visit Italy. Magnificent setting, fun story!

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle : Much more depth than I expected! Liked this one!

and started but not finished yet :

How my Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski : Fun so far!

Also managed to do some audio reading!


Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate : It was fun, but a bit different from what I expected. Ended up kind of “meh” about it, but I liked the narrators.

and started but not finished yet :

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan : fun so far! I’m halfway through, and it took a much more magical turn than I expected though!

Have you read any YA contemporary novels worth recommending recently?

Au revoir et à bientôt : leaving for France!

Posted by on August 2, 2013 6:00 am in other | 8 comments

This is it you guys!

Tonight, we are boarding on a plane and, if we do make it alive to other side (I have no faith in planes!), we’ll be landing in France where we will be spending the next three weeks!

Mainly we’ll be in beautiful Paris;


but we’ll also be celebrating our tenth anniversary (already!!?! woah!) in Mont-Saint-Michel as well as a couple nights in Marseille. Everything looks gorgeous and exciting and I am not sure what I am looking forward to the most! (not the plane, for sure!) This is my dream vacation and I plan on enjoying every minute of it!

My camera is packed and ready to go, as is my ereader; I have planned plenty of posts for my absence, as well as a couple of guest posts (it’s not too late if you want to join! I should be having internet in the apartment we’ll stay in, so just contact me!) I have a new hot pink suitcase to carry my things and I packed as much shoes as I was allowed too!

So, let’s go shall we? And I promise to update you as much as I can with pictures on Instagram, and more pictures on the blog when I come back!

See you all soon!


– xox-

Cover of the Day – 9

Posted by on August 1, 2013 3:00 pm in Features | 2 comments

cover of the day

“Cover of the Day” is a feature celebrating the gorgeousness of book covers! It occurs first semi-regularly on the Curio’s Facebook pageand is then being recapped once in a while on the blog!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence I want to read all of these books, and they just happen to all have gorgeous covers! I also have a clear favorite this week, which is The Museum of Intangible Things: the cover, the title, the synopsis, it’s all amazing! Can you believe we have to wait until 2014 to read it? Ah, the wait!

What do you guys think?

the returned

the arrivals


the museum of intangible things

The Returned by Jason Mott / The Arrivals by Melissa Marr / Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill / The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Waiting on Wednesday – 23

Posted by on July 31, 2013 2:02 am in Book talk | 4 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Ohmygod-ohmygod-ohmygod!!! When I learned last week that Susan Beth Pfeffer was releasing a new book in her Last Survivors series I was so, so, SO excited! And All Our Yesterdays has a greatly intriguing premise!

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the shade of the moon

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (August 13, 2013)


It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

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all our yesterdays

All our Yesterdays  by  Cristin Terrill (September 3, 2013)

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

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What are you waiting on this week?