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Monthly Archives: December 2013

It has been one wonderfully crazy year for me. Let’s take a look back, month by month. 


At this time, making a book blog was high on my New Year’s Resolution, but it would still be a few more months before In Italics was born.

There were so many great books that released in January, but one stood out above the rest.


The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Honarable Mentions

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis/ The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd


 Some of my favorite books of the year came out in February.

  Mind Games by Kiersten White


Honorable Mentions

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys/ Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi/Pivot Point by Kasie West 


I am cheating a bit here, but I can’t think of a book that released in March, so instead I am choosing a book that I read in March. 

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller



Another slow month, but there were still some great books that came out. 

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)


Honarable MentionThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith


Narrowing down my favorite May book was pretty tough.

Reboot by Amy Tintera


Honorable MentionsThe Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston/ Dare You To by Katie McGarry/ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 


This was the month that I started to really consider making a book blog. I was selected to be an Ambuzzador on Random Buzzers, and that was the push I needed to finally make a book blog.

The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton 


Honorable MentionSiege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo 


And finally In Italics is born! After years and years of wondering if I should start my book blog, I finally did. Although, truth be told, I didn’t actually publish my first post for another month. 

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West 

The Distance Between Us


August 10th: My review and giveaway of The Lost Sun goes live. Much anxiety and excitement follow. I am going to cheat again and put down a series that I read in August, but was released previously. 

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black 



It felt like ALL the books came out in September. 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


Honorable Mentions: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater/ All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill,/Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis/Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller 


 I finally started to talk and chat with other bloggers and figured out the addiction that is Twitter. 

How to Love by Katie Cotugno


Honorable MentionsPremeditated by Josin L. McQuein/Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano 


I published my first review from an ARC I had acquired myself. 

The F-It List by Julie Halpern


Honorable MentionsCrash Into You by Katie McGarry/World After by Susan Ee 


Duh, duh, duh, duuuuhhhhh. It’s the last month of the year. I am so grateful to all of the wonderful people I have met and talked books with. So, instead of featuring some of my favorite releases, I will share with y’all some of the blogs I constantly read.

The Novel Hermit by the lovely and font-obssessed Cee

Andi’s ABCs by the very stylish Andi

The Daily Prophecy by the magical Mel

Little Book Star by fellow teen Leigh

Lit Up Review by not one, but four teens, Willa, Erin, Meredith, and Emily

Books and Cake by the witty Lillian

Tea Between Books by the humorous Sandra 

Chapteriosity by the friendly Kezia 

Really, there are so many more blogs, but I think that is plenty to get started. I will get a blog roll up next year!

 What about you guys? What were your highlights or favorite books of the year?


All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill

Pages: 368  Yesterdays 

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Date Published: September 3, 2013 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

“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. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.


All Our Yesterdays has done the unthinkable. It made me like a time travel book. If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s about time you did. (Yes, you can expect more bad time travel puns to follow.)

After hearing Cee rave about this book, I grabbed a copy from my library. By the first chapter I was hooked. I couldn’t wait another minute. I had to know what happened next.

I started to piece together elements before the characters, which created some nice dramatic irony that added to the suspense of the book. The pace doesn’t really let up once you are introduced to both narrators, Marina and Em.

This book has action, romance, character development, and much more. It’s logic made somewhat sense to me, though it would take me a second to understand most of it. I wish we got more of a back story from Em and Finn’s past travels and more of a look at the world as it is in the future. But, other than those qualms, there wasn’t much more I could ask for.

Marina’s perspective would kind of drag in the beginning, which would make me long for Em’s narration. Marina is a different character to like at first, but she grows and evolves and it is really great to read.

On to Finn. Him and Em are my new favorite couple to ship. They were cute while facing down danger. I was rooting for those two the whole time. 

All Our Yesterdays has clocked in as my favorite time travel book. 

P.S. May I suggest to that the title to this book get changed to All Hour Yesterdays? 


Hey! Today is my stop on the What’s In the Snow Scavenger Hunt hosted by Cal and Jessica. I have Christine Amsden, author of the Cassie Scot series among other books.

What book do you always find yourself reading during the holiday season? 

CA- How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And since I have kids the right age, I don’t even have to invent an excuse! Honestly, the story makes me cry every year, and it makes me long for a Christmas like the one in the hearts of the Whos. cassie scot

Where is your favorite place to read in the winter?

CA- In bed under a lot of blankets. Or in a hot bath. I listen to almost all of my books on audio because I’m visually impaired, so anyplace I can get cozy works great. I don’t even have to have my arms free (or dry). I sometimes listen with headphones on while my kids watch cartoons in the family room. We have an old-fashioned wood burning fireplace there that we actually use. (It’s going right now, as a matter of fact.) 

What are the books on your winter To Be Read list? 

CA- Skin Game by Jim Butcher is at the top of my list, assuming the rumors are right and it’s coming in January. My husband and I usually read his stuff together, so he’s one of the few authors whose books I grab as soon as they come out. As to the rest, I don’t tend to build up much of a TBR list because I read whatever just went live on the library for the blind’s website. Depending upon popularity, these books may be available to me a few months or a couple of years after publication. I am hopeful that the newest Fever novel by Karen Marie Moning will be available soon. And I grab anything by Linda Howard, Catherine Anderson, or Julia Quinn without bothering to read the blurb. In the meantime, I’ve been rereading the Ender series (after watching the movie) and I think that will keep me busy until the New Year! 

If you could only choose one book to buy in 2014, what would it be? 

CA- Skin Game by Jim Butcher. I really am in love with Harry Dresden. (Don’t tell my husband, he might not read it to me! 🙂 ) 

How do you get ready for the holidays? 

CA- I make sure to book a hotel. We don’t have any family within four hours of where we live, so we’re on the road every year. As a result, our house isn’t the most festive one you’ll find. Oh, we have a tree and a few knick-knacks I’ve accumulated over the years, but we don’t go all out like some people do. This year, I’ve decided to have a Winter Solstice Celebration at our house before we leave to take part in someone else’s Christmas. This is a new experiment for me, an attempt to help my family create traditions of our own. If it works out, I might have a better answer to this question next year! 

We all know books make lovely gifts. Which book (or books) would you love to give to your family and friends? 

CA- My family and friends have such diverse tastes, I just want to give them whatever it is they like to read! These are rarely the books I like to read. My father likes dry political commentary (that I don’t usually agree with) or history, my mom likes Sandra Brown and James Patterson. My sister-in-law likes Iris Johansen and Lynsay Sands (who isn’t bad, actually, if you like historical romance). At Christmastime, I want to make my family and friends happy, which isn’t usually a matter of finding common reading ground. 🙂 


CA- Thank you so much for having me here. I hope everyone is enjoying the season. Happy NewYear!

Christine Amsden 

Thanks so much for stopping by, Christine!

You can visit her website here and say hi on Twitter over here.


Time for the clue! (If you are confused about what I am talking about just check out Jessica’s or Cal’s explanation here or here. Basically, each clue is like a clue to a crossword puzzle that you need to earn extra entries into the giveaway.) 

Clue #12: What do most animals do during the winter?

Now it’s your turn! Have you been following the scavenger hunt? Want to answer some of the interview questions yourself? I would love to read your comments!







Welcome to Day 8 of the 16 Blogging Days of Winter Challenge. Today is all about finding objects that represent books. I have two to share with you today, but feel free to comment with any of your own ideas. 

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I think sunglasses really represent My Life Next Door because it is certainly a summer read. Reading that book always make me feel like I am relaxing out on a sunny beach, no matter where I am when I’m reading it. For This Lullaby, the iPod really represents the book because music plays a huge role in the characters’ daily lives. 

What do you think of my representations? What are some other objects you think represent books? Let me know!


Today, I want to know if you take notes while reading. WP_20131227_003

I mean any kind of note-taking. Do you make comments in the margins, or highlight quotes, or write notes on a separate sheet of paper?

I normally don’t write notes, but lately I have been to make reviewing easier.

Do you make any kind of notes when reading a book? Why or why not? Let me know!

If you are interested in other “how do you read” questions, check out here where I ask if you reread books and here where I want to know if you use bookmarks.  


Today’s topic is all about your favorite book family or friendship.


I bring you: Alex and Becca from The F-It List by Julie Halpern. (Clicking on the link will bring you to my review of the book.)

When Becca is diagnosed with cancer, she and Alex start crossing items off Becca’s F- It List one after the other. The items on the list are entertaining, but combined with the fact that Becca and Alex are hilarious together makes the friendship one of the funniest and most honest that I have ever read. 

What is your favorite book family/friendship? Let me know!


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.

Yesterdays  Eleanor  dark  whitespace

 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill/Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell/Into the Dark by Bree Despain/White Space by Ilsa J. Bick   

I want to say thank you to Octavia over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. for being my Bookish Christmas partner. She gifted me a copy of Eleanor & Park and is so super sweet. 

What books did you get this week? Let me know!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day and celebrating with your friends and family no matter the occasion. 

Want to tell me how your day is? What did you give/get for Christmas? Let me know!


The third day of Blogging Days of Winter, you may be asking yourself. What happened to the first two? Well, simply put: I forgot! Everyone knows the holidays are crazy times, and I got swept up in all the excitement.

‘Tis no matter! Let us just move on with this wonderfully delightful challenge hosted by Andi and Amanda.


I did the best I could with this photo, so don’t judge.

Today I bring you a picture of the book I am currently reading. I have only just started All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril, but I enjoy it so far. 

What book or books are you currently reading? Have you read All Our Yesterdays? How is your holiday break? Let me know!

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