SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – December Edition

It’s the end of the year! And it’s a new round of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! This month we’ve changed things up a bit: I challenged River to read a book I gifted her for a series that I know she completely adores and just hasn’t gotten to yet. I am still reading a pick from her this month that she has in fact read (and wants everyone, yes YOU to read!).

Sam’s Pick for River:


Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor.

I have been nagging River to read this since it released. NOW SHE IS DOING IT!

River’s Pick for Sam:


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

So our official review for this one was insanely positive and you know what? I’m thrilled to read this as the synopsis has me completely intrigued. Pretty sure this is going to be a favourite, but you never know.

What are some must read books you need to get to in December? Let us know in the comments! Also join our reading challenge!


SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – November Edition

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! (Seriously, best name for a feature ever, good job River!) It’s NOVEMBER! Two months left of this year, can you believe it? I’m struggling to, but holy moly we are towards the end of this year and I’m currently drowning in test and assignment overload until December, then exams and then A BREAK. I want that break so badly.

Anywho, this month River and I are back to challenging each other. We may do a theme month in December (who knows, we could get lazy and be like OMG READ THIS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR ALL CAPS). You never know with us! So here’s what’s been issued for reading this month…

Sam’s Pick for River:


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Hello, River? Why haven’t you read this? (I tease.)

River’s Pick for Sam:


Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

So according to my super awesome wonderful adorable amazing co-blogger — this is a Sam book. It has all the elements of a Sam-should-be-in-love-with-this-book. I hope River is right about this one! Needless to say, I am super excited to be reading this.

What are some must read books you need to get to in November? Let us know in the comments!

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – October Edition

For this month’s SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! River and I put the selection in Melissa Goirgio (author of the Silver Moon Saga, WHICH YOU SHOULD GO READ) hands. She challenged us to read…


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Can I say how thrilled I am by her choice? I know for me personally, I’ve been wanting to read this book since she recommended it to me last year. It looks like everything I would love in a contemporary story (and y’all know how much I love my contemporary!). I look forward to seeing River’s thoughts on this one as well. Check back with us at the end of October when we reveal what we thought of Melissa’s selection. 🙂

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – August Edition

Well, August is on its way, and for me its going to be a busy month of birthday, wedding, visitors and all that goodness. However, I don’t care! Because I will still find time to read, and River and I declared August to be Holly Black-fest! That’s right, this month’s SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! is all Holly Black books. Who knows though, maybe there will be a joint reading of The Iron Trial as well just to keep within the theme!

Here’s our selections!

Sam’s Pick for River:


Doll Bones by Holly Black

I absolutely loved this book when I read it last year, and it’s got a good level of creepy and thoughtful mixed in. Although I know River isn’t huge on middle grade, I know how much she adores Holly Black’s writing, and I think she will enjoy this book a fair bit (or at least, I HOPE so!)

River’s Pick for Sam:


Th Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

So for whatever stupid reason, I’ve had this book on my shelf since it released (it was gifted to me by Kiki). I adore Holly Black and she wrote one of my favourite series ever (Modern Faerie Tales) so how I haven’t read this yet is beyond me. Thankfully, River gave me a book bitch slap so this is the choice she made for me and she is the best because of it. THE BEST.

And there you have our picks for August. Who knows, this month could see us reading all the Holly Black we haven’t tackled yet. Exact our full report on these two books at the end of the month. If you’ve read either of these, let us know in the comments as we’d love to know what you thought of them!


Well, July is right around the corner, so it’s time to share with you all the next round of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! River and I have been craving dystopian and contemporary reads since it’s summer now, and we thought we’d give each other a bit of what each of us were craving.

Sam’s Pick for River:


In the After by Demitria Lunetta

So River has a fear of zombies, and I’m the ass who is making her read a zombie book. This isn’t an ordinary zombie book though! It’s got a surprising amount of tension and emotion. Plus Amy is actually a fantastic protagonist and her relationship with Baby is really something special. Hopefully, River won’t have nightmares from this one after she reads and if she likes it will read In the End with me. 😀

River’s Pick for Sam:


Golden by Jessi Kirby

I know on good authority that this is a favourite of River’s. River also knows how much I love a good contemporary novel. I’ve had a copy of Golden since it released last May, but I have yet to read it (although funny enough I read Kirby’s other two books). I’m pretty sure once I open this book I won’t be able to stop reading it! Cannot wait!

There you have it for this edition of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! Look forward to our thoughts on these books at the end of the month!

SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! – June Edition Reviewed

So originally I titled this feature “Book Swap,” and then River came up with a better name purely by accident that I like more. So now this feature is called “SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS!” where in River and I select one book that we want each other to read and then we give you some “high level thoughts” so to speak on the selection we gave each other. I think River won this round, as wasn’t as fond of the book I picked for her as I was of the one she picked for me. So let’s get onto this, shall we?

Sam’s Pick for River:


River’s Thoughts: My co-blogger Sam made me read this for our new feature where we tell each other to sit down, shut up and READ THIS. (Yes, we love each other).

Now, last year I LOOOOOOOVED Halpern’s The F-it List. Loved it. So I was really excited for this one and it just was a little flat for me. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot of books where the MC is depressed and tries to kill themselves, or get placed in therapy/ an institution and in those books the characters had really rich, deep, really, scary, sad problems. A few months ago I read an excellent book about a girl who cuts getting put into the hospital. Another amazing book about a depressed teen plotting her suicide and then following through with it blew me away earlier this month. So I guess in comparison this one just fell short. And Halpern’s sassy, witty writing wasn’t quite there yet with this book. So yeah, it was a good, fast read, but there are much better books out there dealing with issues that seemed a lot more real than the ones in this book. I’m not saying that Anna’s problems weren’t real, but they didn’t seem as serious, at least not serious enough for her to end up where she did.

River’s Pick for Sam:


Sam’s Thoughts: So my co-blogger and I have a crazy love for pretty-ugly people. It’s just a thing that any time we read a contemporary novel that has pretty rich kids being shitty we get oddly excited and they end up being perfect page turners for us. I can’t entirely describe to you WHY this is, just know that it is a thing we love. River bought me Dangerous Girls for Christmas and I had been waiting for an opportune moment because she said once I started reading, I wouldn’t be able to stop.

… and boy was she right. Dangerous Girls is messed up, but it’s got all these fantastic twists and turns and it’s a book that only gives you small threads at a time. You spend a lot of the novel putting pieces together and Haas does any amazing job of making you believe Anna throughout the story, even though you know there’s something a bit off. There’s always a looming feeling like nothing seems or feels right in this book, but you keep turning the pages because you have to know if your own theories you’re deducing are, in fact, correct. It’s a fun ride and I completely recommend this to anyone who likes reading a novel that feels like a whirlwind. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel Dangerous Boys, though I’m curious as to where Haas will go with the next book.

There you have it! Our first round of SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! has happened. Let us know if you want to read these books above or if you have read them, what you thought of them. Tune in because we’ll be sharing our July Picks for SDSURT (what a terrible acronym), as well as our fave books we read in June.


So River and I decided that June was a free-for-all month (well for River, as she’s stated she’s going to read what she feels like between now and when she moves, I’m waffling back and forth between a schedule and being like, to hell with it). But we decided to do a monthly no pressure feature called “Book Swap!” where we pick a book for each other that is in our backlogs and we go “READ IT!” at each other. At the end of the month, we’ll tell you how it went. This is a low pressure feature, so if we decided to DNF or bail, it’s totes allowed, no judgement and all that candy corn jazz. We even have special Goodreads shelves for crazy silly things like this and I love that River always plays along with my silly. Her shelf is totally “did-it-for-the-sammy” and mine for her is “river-made-me-do-it.” We have all the love for each other!

On with the book selections! So here’s what I selected for River…


Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

So I was in love with The F-it List last year, so much so that I beg/screamed/flailed/demanded that River read it, and she did (because I am a brat). I read this book earlier in the year and it was a quick read with the same signature sarcastic humor that Halpern’s heroines have. Hopefully River enjoys it (if not, she can give me crap and be like SAMMERS YOU STINK!)

And River’s pick for me…

17623143Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

This should be no surprise as this was the Christmas gift I got from my co-blogger and I am a jerk who hasn’t read it yet. It’s also one of River’s favourite books from last year! Plus she said I will probably get completely sucked in and then read it in a day. Those are seriously my favourite kind of books. Also this seems to have pretty-ugly-people which, if you notice on this blog, is something River and I lovelovelove. We can’t help it, we like reading about shitty people doing shitty things. It’s our thing, what can I say?

Have you read any of these? Think they are good picks/bad picks/omg why aren’t you guys reading The Fault in Our Stars right now picks? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll let you know what WE think at the end of the month.