Friday, October 24, 2014

Just Like Other Things That End

There are beginnings and there are endings. As much as I don't want to say goodbye to any thing that has been part of my life for so long, I know that sometimes some things are just meant to end. Books4Juliet was my first blog that opened so many doors for me--doors that led me to the big world of the "Bookworms". This world, also known as the Reading Community are consists of cool, amazing authors, awesome bloggers and passionate readers--who gave me the privilege of being a part of this growing and passionate community. When I first started my blog, all I ever wanted was to find good books, read more, and share my thoughts to maybe a few people who are patient and nice enough to stay a few minutes to hop and visit my blog. But I didn't expect that there would be hundreds of fellow readers and bloggers and authors too, that actually give time to read my blog, comment, and even ask for my reviews. More than anything, reading and blogging gave more than I could have asked for--FRIENDS. People who understand what it is to be a bookworm. People who truly cares about what you read and what you don't want to read. People who are generous enough to lend you a book, even buy you one or two hardbacks because you are you and they love you and they want you to enjoy the books that they enjoy and cherish. People who grows (and continuously growing) to be more than book-friends, but "real" friends who are always there to listen, running for you and embracing you with open arms whenever you need a hug (even if the hugs are from across the miles). Just send them a "pm", or a shout-out, or a tag... they're there. That means something. Actually, that means A LOT.

Thank you for everything. Saying "thank you" isn't enough to tell you how much I am grateful that you welcomed me. My life isn't the same as when I started blogging. My life has been fuller ever since. So, thank you. Thank you to my friends over at Starbooks especially to "my girls" (you know who you are). I will always thank God for this wonderful experience. 

But... (there is always this)

To say goodbye to Books4Juliet is not a goodbye to reading or blogging. God knows I tried hard to keep the blog but I just couldn't maintain it anymore. I will truly miss the blog features, the blog hops, the meme's, but I need to just stop. What I need right now is a simple, quiet place where I can still write my thoughts without the pressure of keeping up with other blogs, meet schedules and expectations. I need some place where I can say what I think about a book, but not really having the need to "review" it. Just like a journal or a diary. Simple. Honest. Just the thing I need right now. 

As I've said, this isn't a goodbye. It's actually saying hello to a new one... 

There are endings, but there are always new beginnings... :)

Kindest Wishes, 

April @Books4Juliet 

You can now find me at Books4Juliet's Diary :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Never-Ending Booknotes: First Days (Ghost Bird #2) by C.L. Stone

My Never-Ending Booknotes features my favorite lines/dialogue/quotes from the books I already finished or currently reading. It's a once a week post so if you want to share your favorite quotes, please feel free to share it with me/us on the comments or you may write your own post in your blog.

From the GHOST BIRD Series by C.L. Stone, here's FIRST DAYS (book 2):

Gabriel ignored him. "What would someone have to do to get detention in this class?"
Ms. Johnson still looked confused. "I suppose if someone started cussing in class, but..."
"G*dd*mn-sh*t-m*th*rf*ck*r," Gabriel spat out. He pressed his index finger to his chin and looked apologetic. "Oh wait, is it one detention for each one or can it just count as a group?"
The class roared with laughter. I pressed my hands to my face, smothering a giggle of my own. What was he doing?
Ms. Johnson's lips twisted into an almost smirk. "If you wanted a detention that badly, you could have just asked me after class."
"Oh," Gabriel said. "Then sorry. I'll ask you after class."

Summary | Add to TBR

Sang Sorenson used to be the invisible girl in class. As a new student to Ashley Waters High School, Sang hopes that her new friends will be the change she’s been craving and will make fitting in a breeze.

But Academy students aren’t there to take it easy. The high school is overcrowded and rife with violence. When fights begin, Sang will uncover the true reason the boys traded in their private school life for a public one.

This year, Sang will no longer be invisible. This year, Sang is a target.

The principal and vice principal are hot to take Sang down, and her own mother is determined to entrap Sang forever in her belief that the safest place to be is in the shadows. Despite this, Nathan, Luke, Kota, North, Silas, Victor, and Gabriel will discover Sang’s unyielding loyalty.

And they will sorely need it.

First book in the series is Introductions. You can read the summary here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Never-Ending Booknotes: BULLY (Fall Away, #1) by Penelope Douglas

My Never-Ending Booknotes features my favorite lines/dialogue/quotes from the books I already finished or currently reading. It's a once a week post so if you want to share your favorite quotes, please feel free to share it with me/us on the comments or you may write your own post in your blog.

. . . . 
Here's my Never-Ending Booknote for today, from one of my new favorites, BULLY by Penelope Douglas.

"You are my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. 
I loved all those things, and I loved you. 
But now? You're a fucking drought. 
I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, 
but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars."

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My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.

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P.S. It's been so long since my last post. I never thought I'd still be here and writing. I want to thank my bookish and Starbooks friend LIS of THE READER LINES for her continuous post of NEBN even though I've been gone for a year or so... I constantly receive updates on her blogs and I always smile whenever I see her NEBN posts. She doesn't know it yet, but knowing that she still post something (on my behalf) is a reminder that I may still have a spot in the blogging community, and that I can always go back. THANK YOU LIS for being an awesomesauce friend and fellow blogger/reviewer. I owe you a lot already!