Weekly Quote

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
-Mark Twain


2016 Release Dates

Beneath you will find a list of books that are to-be-released in 2016! I made this list so my lovely readers could learn about an pre-order some awesome books if you choose to do so. Enjoy!


The Siren by Kiera Cass

“Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?”


The Fever Code by James Dashner

“…the novel will explore the creation of the Maze, and how the Gladers all got there. After all, Thomas, Teresa and their fellow Glade-dwellers didn’t choose to jump into that freight elevator and forget their pasts. Or did they?”


The Crown by Kiera Cass

“Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.”


Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

“Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.”


Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

“In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?”

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

“The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.”

Every Last Word: Review

Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stoneimgres-1

Release Date: June 16, 2015

My Rating: 10/10

Notes:  This is the best book I have read since I picked up the Percy Jackson series four years ago.


“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.”

Finding Yourself

I have so much empathy for Samantha. She struggles with OCD, has terrible friends, and hides behind popularity during the school year. Then she meets Caroline.

Caroline guides Sam to Poet’s Corner (something I personally wish existed at my school). Sam uses this safe haven to express herself through her writing. She meets a boy named AJ, and as she starts to get to know him more, she spends more time near him in Poet’s Corner. Her other friends begin to question where she is going all the time, and they get really upset. Sam soon realizes that she doesn’t need to deal with them anymore, and with the help of Caroline, musters the courage to tell them how she feels. Sam turns into a strong young woman. She is a beautifully written character.

Being able to relate to this book certainly made it a more interesting read. The juicy pages of Every Last Word were almost addictive, I was hungry for more when it was over and done. I would definitely recommend this book all readers, especially if you are dealing with peer pressure in school. It will show you that you can overcome anything that life throws at you.

Reading Corner Essentials

Okay, all of us readers know the struggle of finding the right place to settle down with a book. The living room is too noisy, your bed too uncomfortable to sit in, and the bonus room had terrible lighting. Fuss no more, my friends. This post will reveal the essentials for your perfect reading corner.

1.  Finding a Space131872

My reading corner is towards the back of my room. Nobody usually comes upstairs, so it is a nice quiet area. I would find a quiet space in your home that would fit some things such as a chair and a bookshelf. Once you have found the right spot, go ahead and start adding things from the rest of this list.

2.  Comfy Chair

The reading chair that I have is foldable, a little on the cheaper side. If that isn’t your style, you could use a bean bag, rocking chair, recliner, or whatever else suits you. Make sure it is comfy, though. Finding a chair is fairly easy; check Target or an online site such as Amazon.

3.  Book Storage

I have a bookshelf in my reading corner. It makes the space feel much more cozy, instead of a wide open space. If you don’t have a bookshelf, I would definitely recommend getting one. Especially if you are an avid reader and book lover, like myself.

4.  Small Table

Who doesn’t eat snacks or drink hot chocolate while reading? You have to have a table to hold these things unless you want them spilled all over your books… and I would cry if that unfortunate event were to take course.

5.  Reading Light

You need a reading light! Please, don’t strain your eyes trying to read in bad lighting. That gives you a headache. And then you have to stop reading.

A lamp will do well for this purpose. You don’t need extravagant photo-shoot lights, and holding a flashlight can be very frustrating. Desk lamps and floor lamps work nicely.

6.  Have Pillows/Blankets

Here you are, reading this amazing book that you haven’t put down in hours. Then suddenly, your dad turns the air conditioning all the way up. You’re shivering, but can’t put the book down! What do you do?

First of all, this should have never even been a problem. If you had followed this list for creating a perfect reading corner, you would know that you should always have a blanket nearby. Keep a blanket on your chair, behind your bookshelf, or under your table in case of emergencies. Also, keep a pillow close if you need something to lean on or rest your head.

7.  Decorate

Put up posters, paintings, or add some flowers to your new reading corner! When it gets too cold for flowers to grow, I bring in my lava lamp. Rugs make a good addition, or you could make a bookmark jar. Decorations are entirely up to you!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading, and that you plan to make your own reading corner!

Until next time,


Say Hello To Chloe!

Chloe was the inspiration for Monkey Read, Monkey Do, so I only think it is fair that I introduce you to her! She is kind, caring, and not afraid to speak up! She has lots of confidence in herself, and brags a little too often. She’s a pretty spunky monkey, if I do say so myself! Below are a few more things about Chloe.DSC_0644

Favorite book: Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite food: Bananas

Favorite place to go: The library

If you have any questions about Chloe, feel free to leave a comment!


Hi! I have always had a love for books, and I just recently developed an interest in blogging. I have created this blog to express my feelings for books through reviews, book suggestions, and more! I hope you enjoy my blog!