Books, Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Books Before I Started Watching Booktube

This week’s Top Five Wednesday theme focuses on books that you’ve picked up before joining any online book community. While I’ve been getting a lot of recommendations from my fellow book bloggers, A TON of the books that I’ve picked up since 2015 have been a result of watching BookTube videos. BookTube really inspired to amp my reading game and helped bring on a whole new level of fangirling for me: give me Youtube videos about books any day! That being said, today I’ll be talking about books that I read and loved (still love) before watching BookTube.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– I think it was (and still is) impossible to walk into a Barnes and Noble without seeing The Fault in Our Stars. I didn’t need BookTube to tell me how much I would love TFIOS, not to mention how many times I’ve reread it. I still sob every reread! I actually read all of John Green’s books before watching Booktube and I’m most definitely anticipating Turtles All the Way Down.

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper I remember picking up The Cupcake Queen at a Scholastic Book Fair in middle school. I think The Cupcake Queen will always be one of my all-time favorite books because it’s one of the most memorable books I read growing up, plus it has cupcakes in the title—how could I not love it?

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard– I don’t remember when I read Sara Shepard’s The Heiresses, but I do feel disappointed that this series didn’t continue after the first book.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman– I remember eating up If I Stay up while sitting outside on a really nice spring day. My neighbors were most likely looking into my backyard, wondering why I was sitting on my deck sobbing my eyes out. If I Stay is one of the saddest books that I’ve ever read and one of the few books and book-to-movie adaptations that have made me hysterically cry.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell– I read E&P during my sophomore year of high school and I remember wanting more of Rainbow Rowell’s writing (I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t pick up Fangirl until a year later). I have the B&N exclusive edition of E&P with its gorgeous fan art and I had Rainbow Rowell sign it at Book Con in June (mini PSA that Rainbow Rowell is the nicest person you could ever meet).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

Book Reviews, Books

Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Summary: College sweethearts, Lauren and Ryan’s marriage comes to the breaking point, as they realize they no longer love each other. Divorce? An open marriage? In hope that they’ll reconnect and fall in love again, Lauren and Ryan decide to taAfter-I-Do-335x520.jpgke a year off. One year apart, no contact, and anything goes. As Lauren spends more time with her family and friends, she comes to realize that everyone has their own ideas of marriage, including herself. Can she continue a life with Ryan with or without lust and love, or have a life where Ryan isn’t even in the picture?

My Rating: 3.75/ 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

After I Do is the second Taylor Jenkins Reid novel that I’ve read. Like One True Loves, it took me less than two days to finish After I Do. One True Loves and After I Do are similar is that they deal with broken marriages. In One True Loves, the main protagonist must decide if she is going to continue her marriage with her husband, Jesse, who she thought was dead after being lost at sea for three years, or marry the man who she met will trying to move on with her life after Jesse. In After I Do, we follow Lauren and Ryan’s year apart, as Lauren tries to figure out how to fix her marriage. Similar to that of One True Loves, we flash back to the beginning of Lauren and Ryan’s relationship right and how they came to their breaking point. I appreciated how we knew the base of their relationship from the start, instead of it being scattered throughout the story.

After I Do is separated into four parts, and in my opinion, the title of the parts had no sense of togetherness. We from “Where does the good go?” to “November Rain” to “Most of the Time” and lastly, “Nothing Compares 2 U”. The first and last title suit what happens in their respective part, but the second and third parts don’t really describe how Lauren is feeling. Yes, Lauren is depressed (as expected), but there is more to her life: she’s helping her sister open a bakery, she’s working with Mila, she goes running with Thumper, she spends time with David, etc. As much as Lauren spends time with her friends and family and has new experiences, examples including preparing to be an aunt and welcoming in another family member as well as taking up hiking, I didn’t really get a sense of the “self-discovery” that the book’s summary promotes. The only discovering (in this case, snooping) she really does is finding the drafts in Ryan’s email account. Additionally, I hated the repetition of Lauren saying that she was fine. Obviously, she wasn’t- her marriage is on the brink, what would you expect in a book focused on fixing a broken marriage?- and I didn’t think telling herself she was fine really helped anything. Mila, Rachel, and Charlie could almost always tell that she wasn’t that fine.

My favorite characters in the novel weren’t Ryan or Lauren; rather it was Lauren’s family. Her grandmother was hilarious, I loved her Mom’s enthusiasm over doing whatever she can to make her children happy, Rachel was a great role model for Lauren (showing that you didn’t need a partner or marriage to be happy in life), and Charlie was pretty funny himself. I loved seeing Lauren spending time with Rachel, especially when it came to her baking. From the moment we see Rachel in her kitchen, I figured that having a bakery would be incorporated somewhere in the novel. I thought that Lauren and Rachel would open it together, helping Lauren create a somewhat “new life” for herself. And how could I forget Thumper?? He was another favorite; I would stayed married for that dog!

Overall, while I enjoyed After I Do’s unique storyline and its loving cast of characters with their own story arcs (I think I enjoyed Rachel and Charlie’s more than Lauren’s, oops), it wasn’t my favorite. I thought we would see Lauren really embrace a life without Ryan, similar to that of One True Loves. In my opinion, it sort’ve made sense that her and Ryan weren’t getting along too well: they were the only people they’ve dated since they were nineteen years old! Yes, there are plenty of high school and college sweethearts that spend their lives together, but I think Lauren and Ryan had some different ideas about living life. I also hated that it took them a year of separation to realize that they didn’t have to every little thing together. You don’t like baseball? Then you don’t have to come to a Dodgers game with me. Don’t like Ethiopian food? Tell me and we don’t have to it together!

I find that Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are perfectly light beach reads! I’m not sure when I will, but I think my next TJR book will be Forever, Interrupted. Have you read any Taylor Jenkins Reid books or After I Do? Share in the comments!

Books

I Read 200 Books

From January 2015 to August 11, 2017, I read 200 books! Pre-2015 and pre-Goodreads, I kept track of what I read by crossing books off a physical to-be-read list and making notes on my iPhone. Now, Goodreads does a fantastic job of not only managing my TBR, but all of the books I’ve read. My main 2017 reading goal and my challenge on Goodreads was to read 58 books. While that seems like an odd number, I set my challenge to 58 books because that would mean that I had read 200 books within three years. I read 72 books in 2015 and 70 in 2016.

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To be honest, I was nervous that I wouldn’t hit my reading goal because of college, as I only read four to five books a month during this past spring semester. I know this isn’t bad and that no one should feel pressured to read, but for me, I missed reading. Yes, I was obviously still reading books, but by the time my schedule was over for the day and I had finished doing homework, I was so tired that I was lucky to get through ten pages without feeling the need to fall asleep. During the week of finals, while I spent most of my time writing final papers and preparing for exams, I was holding books left and right through my library system, and I knew A Court of Wings and Ruin would be waiting for me at home on move-out day. That being said, it’s no surprise that I’ve read 10+ books a month since coming home and that I’ve already accomplished my reading goal! I’m so excited to keep reading this year!

Listed below are some breakdowns and charts of what made up my 200 books. When it came to doing books by genre, I tried to get as specific as I could without using ten different genre categories—I plan on getting more specific in my 2017 breakdown at the end of the year.

2015 Favorite Books: Fangirl, Carry On, and Attachments all by Rainbow Rowell, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling, Cinder and Cress both by Marissa Meyer, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Champion by Marie Lu, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, The Assassin’s Blade, and Queen of Shadows all by Sarah J. Maas, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

2016 Favorites: Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom both my Leigh Bardugo, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea both by Ruta Sepetys

200 BOOKS BY GENRE

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AGE CATEGORY

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BORROWED FROM THE LIBRARY OR PURCHASED & ARCS?  

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How are you doing with your 2017 reading goals? Let me know in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Summary: Emma Blair has accomplished most of her high school dreams before she’s thirty years old: left small-town Massachusetts for school in California with her high school sweetheart, Jesse, travels the world for her work, and married the love of her life. Emma’s life is everything she’s ever wanted until tragedy strikes on her first-year wedding anniversary: while on assignment, Jesse’s helicopter goes missing over the Pacific, and he’s gone forever. Despite what the seventeen-year old version of herself would have wanted, Emma goes back home to try to put life back together again. When she runs into an old friend, Sam, Emma finds herself falling in love all again. Being engaged to Sam feels great, until the unbelievable happens: Jesse is found alive.

My Rating: 4.25/ 5 Stars

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**Warning: There are spoilers below for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s One True Loves**

My Thoughts:

One True Loves is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and I first heard about the book from Kristin of SuperSpaceChick. Being a fan of adult contemporary books, I was more than interested in One True Loves when I heard its out of the ordinary plot.

My favorite aspect of One True Loves was the way in which Taylor Jenkins Reid separated the story into parts. I liked how we had a section dedicated to Jesse and Emma’s love story, followed by Emma and Sam’s life together up to their engagement, with later parts obviously focused on Emma figuring out life post-Jesse’s return. I think my favorite section was Emma and Jesse’s love story, as I really enjoyed seeing Emma as a teenager and it was interesting to see how opposed she was to her parent’s dream of her running the bookstore with Marie. Another one of my favorite parts of the novel was seeing Emma grow to love reading and the bookstore.

Speaking of Blair Books, I loved Emma’s family and their love for the bookstore. I may or may not have enjoyed spending time with the Blairs a bit more than the focus on Emma’s romance dilemma (way to miss some the “point” of the story, Fangirl). I really liked Emma’s parents and seeing Emma build a stronger relationship with Marie, and I enjoyed how Emma was able to rebuild her life back in Acton. As much as I want to see the world, I’m definitely one to appreciate a homey lifestyle and the little things in life, so it was really cool to see Emma love her new life back home (Sam was also a very nice touch).

While I thought Jesse and Emma’s life together was adorable and dream worthy, I loved her relationship with Sam a bit more because of the comfort he provided for her. I also thought the way they met was so funny, as Emma mistakes Sam for an employee in the music store instead of a fellow customer. Obviously their relationship is just as serious and real as Emma’s relationship with Jesse, however, I loved the more casualness of her and Sam’s life: living near their hometown and working there, agreeing to marry each other while holding a burger and milkshake in their hands (#goals), etc. While the outcome of the book wouldn’t have affected my opinion too much, I was rooting for Emma to stay with Sam. I definitely agreed with Marie’s belief that Emma was a different person when she was with Jesse, and even though she loves him, their relationship just wouldn’t be the same. Plus Sam’s tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches sound too good to pass up.

I’m looking forward to picking up Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other novels soon! Have you read One True Loves? Let me know in the comments!

 

Books, Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

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For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about what fitness routines I would love to adopt from characters. The topic has made me realize that many of my favorite characters aren’t too into fitness, so I had to be just a bit inventive for this T5W.

Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- How was Peeta so physically fit to perform during training and the games? He lifted bags of flour at his family’s bakery! If doing Peeta’s fitness routine means that I get to work at a bakery, sign me up! Katniss would enjoy my banana bread, and hopefully Katniss would get Gale to eat it and he would love it and he would want to marry me and we would have a happily ever after better than any dystopian society could imagine.

Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Starr is very committed to playing basketball, and I wish I could have just some of her skills. Between my height and lack of basketball playing skills, I tend to not mix too well with the sport. img_4427.jpg

Spencer from the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard– In the books, Spencer plays field hockey, and being a field hockey player myself, I could possibly develop a fitness routine that revolves around the sport (and yes, this is evidence that I have read EVERY single book in the Pretty Little Liars book series, but I couldn’t get past the first season of the show).

Jule from Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart– It’s pretty impressive that Jule finds time to work out in between traveling from place to place. Her dedication to her fitness routine is something that I need during the summer (what can I say, my bed can be just too controlling in the mornings). I’m going to have a review of E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud closer to release date (September 5th) this fall. funkohps

 

Oliver Wood from Harry Potter– Quidditch as my main form of exercise? Yes please! Oliver’s routine is probably a bit intense, but I’ll do whatever it takes to make me closer to being a Hogwarts student.

Being an athletic person myself, I’d love to read some more books that feature characters who play sports or who are into fitness. Let me know about some books about sports/fitness that come into your mind in the comments!

 

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Summary: If there’s one man Natasha “Tash” Zelenka loves in this world, it’s Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, author of her favorite book, Anna Karenina. When Tash and her best friend Jack’s web series, Unhappy Families, which is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, gets a shoutout from a famous vlogger, they go viral. With a Golden Tuba nomination, Tash has the opportunity to meet Thom Causer, a fellow vlogger with some flirty vibes, and start something in-real-life, but how can she explain to him that she’s romantic asexual?

My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I flew through Tash Hearts Tolstoy in less than two days and I’m still sad that it’s over; for me, this novel more than made the hype. One of the many reasons why that Tash Hearts Tolstoy has been floating around the book blogging world since its release in June 2017 is its diversity regarding sexual orientation. While Tash Hearts Tolstoy includes both heterosexuality and homosexuality, it stands out for having an asexual main character. Before reading the novel, I had never read a book with an asexual character, let alone an ace main character. In my opinion, Kathryn Ormsbee did a fantastic job of explaining what it meant for Tash to be asexual and how Tash continues to struggle explaining to the people in her life what it means to be romantic asexual.

The big cast of characters in Tash Hearts Tolstoy was both a like and dislike for me. I loved almost all of the characters set in the story, but I often had trouble keeping track of all of the people involved in Unhappy Families and how Tash came about meeting them (for example, I didn’t really remember that she had met Jay and Serena at arts school). However, I was super thankful for the Unhappy Families cast and crew list at the beginning of the novel to help keep track. Speaking of Unhappy Families, I absolutely loved how this web series was a main component of the novel. Being a blogger and making videos in school myself, I loved seeing the filming process, and I loved even more how a piece of literature inspired the show!

One of my favorite aspects of Tash Hearts Tolstoy was Tash’s relationships with Jack, Paul, and her family. Jack reminded me a lot of Sam Puckett from iCarly (Teen Nick is one of my favorite TV channels after all), and Paul was my favorite character in the book (I figured by the hundred page mark, especially during the Ping-Pong table scene, that his relationship with Tash was definitely something more). Like Paul and Jack, I wasn’t sold on Thom either and knew Tash’s meeting him wouldn’t go exactly smooth. When it came to the Zelenka family, I was in love! We also got to see diversity in Tash’s family life, with her dad’s family being from the Czech Republic and her mom missing life in New Zealand with her family. There was bit more diversity in the Zelenka fam as well: Tash and her mom are Buddhists (unrelated to their religion, but they’re also both vegetarians!), and while being Buddhist, Tash and her sister, Klaudie, still attend church with their dad. It made me sad when Klaudie decides to leave Unhappy Families in the beginning of the novel, but I didn’t really buy the excuse that Klaudie was expected to go a bit wild the summer before her freshmen year of college (yes, this opinion is coming from the girl who spends as much time as she can near her bookshelves before she goes back to school). However, I was happy that Klaudie and Tash resolve their issues before she goes to school and the family can return to somewhat normalness. I’m glad Klaudie’s absence didn’t come from a jealously over Tash’s relationship Paul and Jack (so happy to have a read with little predictability!). Overall, the Zelenkas had a very close family dynamic that I love seeing in young-adult novels, and I could have seen myself reacting the same way Klaudie and Tash did to their parents’ news.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy is filled with friendship, family life, diversity, and web series shenanigans that will more than satisfy any YA book lover’s heart, especially those who are looking for the book about fandoms and the Internet.

Have you read or are planning to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!

Book Tag, Books

Wonder Woman Book Tag


I saw Wonder Woman in theatres back in June and I’m absolutely obsessed with anything Wonder Woman (who isn’t?) ever since. I’m so excited to see Justice League when it comes out later this year, but I’m even more excited for Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first book in the DC Icons series, to come out on August 29th. In anticipation for Wonder Woman: Warbringer, today I’ll be doing the Wonder Woman Book tag. This tag was created by Amber of Amber’s Books and More over on Booktube.

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book characterCelaena Sardothein from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. When I think of badass female characters, Caleana automatically comes to my mind.


Fantasy Island: A Book Setting you want to escape toWarcross by Marie Lu. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Warcross back in June and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE CAN PICK UP THIS BOOK AND WE CAN ALL FANGIRL OVER IT! I just want to jump into Warcross and play this virtual reality game!

London: A Hyped book that let you down – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Steve Trevor: A Book that has a beautiful Cover and a Great Story (i.e. great personality)Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I wrote a four paragraph review about all of my post-Salt to the Sea feelings on Goodreads right after reading it last year, and I still think back on this beautiful and heart-breaking story focused on lost history.

Lasso of Truth: A Book you hatedNemesis by Brendan Reich. Unfortunately, Nemesis did not live up to the hype for me, and the plot was very different than I expected to be.  While I appreciate its Lord of the Flies vibes, this YA novel felt more middle grade to me and I just couldn’t connect to the story and characters.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I still cry every reread, don’t worry.

Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate– Holland from the V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. Holland is one of those villains that you can’t do anything but feel sorry for. He was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LTBT+ representationHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about)

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

Courtney from buried in a bookshelf

Dani from Perspective of a Writer

Alaina from An Infinite Book World

Books, Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Second Book is Best


Today’s Top Five Wednesday is focused on series where the second book was the best. I actually had a really hard time coming up with books for today–when it comes to some of my favorite series, trilogies especially, the second book is typically my “least favorite”. Due to my struggle, I decided to change up the prompt today. The first three books I discuss will follow today’s topic, but the last two books I talk about will be a author’s second published book that I enjoyed more than their debut novel.

Second Book in A Series:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– I didn’t think I could love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but nevertheless, Crooked Kingdom stole my heart. I am so satisfied with this duology’s finale, and it’s still a book that I find myself thinking about. The plot was perfectly executed, the OTPs are the best, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THE PHYSICAL BOOK IS?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Even though the Illuminae Files series isn’t finished yet, I enjoyed Gemina even more than Illuminae. I loved seeing this story and world expand, not to mention the amazing illustrations by Marie Lu. Gemina’s cover was also just as cool Illuminae, once again winning the award for best naked hardback.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight is my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m in serious need of a reread, but I loved how Crown of Midnight really started to set the stage for the rest of the series, plus there’s SO MUCH Chaol in this one! Unpopular opinion here, but what can I say, Chaol is my fav. I’m so happy I was able to get my copy of CoM signed by Sarah at Book Con  this year.

Author’s Second Published Novel:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera- I was really impressed with Adam Silvera’s More Happy than Not, but History is All You Left Me has earned a spot as my favorite Silvera book (maybe They Both Die at the End will change things??). HIAYLM, not unlike More Happy Than Not, has such an interesting storyline, as Griffin tries to come to terms with his ex-boyfriend’s death alongside his ex-boyfriend’s current boyfriend.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun deserves all the hype and more and is hands-down one of the most beautiful, if not the most, beautiful book that I’ve ever read. I enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere, but I’ll Give You the Sun stole my Jandy Nelson heart.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

Book Tag

Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2

The lovely Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic nominated me last week for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Even though I was previously nominated and already did the tag, I thought I would answer Alex’s questions and tag a blogger with my own questions

the rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • list the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blogsunshinebloggeraward.jpg

Alex’s Questions:

1.If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be? Professional book reader (there’s health benefits, right?).

2.What’s the most important thing for you in a book review? Making sure to incorporate my favorite elements of the book. I love looking back on my reviews and seeing what I really enjoyed in a book.

3.Which author would you love to meet and why? Ruta Sepetys. She’s my favorite historical fiction author, and I consider Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray as two of my all-time favorite books. I’d love to have her sign my books and talk about her experience traveling for research.

4.Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget? Reading Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl during story time in kindergarten, aka what started it all.

5.If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of? Seeing the 1980 U.S men’s Olympic hockey team win gold in the games– Miracle is one of my favorite movies.

6. How would your perfect day look like? A sunny day perfect for the beach, going to the beach with a really great book in hand and my family for company, coming home to relax with a Parks and Recreation marathon and plenty of comfort food. Add some book mail in there, and that’s a perfect day to me!

7.Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night? Both. I feel so good about myself when I get up a bit early and start getting things done! However, I do get this strange motivation to do work around nine o’clock at night (for example, I’m writing this post at 10:30 at night).

8.Pc or mac? Mac

9.If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the part? My mind is absolutely blanking right now! To be honest, I get quite nervous when some of my favorite books get tv or film adaptations ( I still have no idea how Throne of Glass is going to translate into a TV show). But I must say, I am so excited To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before come to the big screen!

10. Which talent would you like to have? Singing. 

11.If you had three wishes, which ones would that be? I’m going to make my wishes fun and nerdish!

-Be able to go to San Diego Comic Con, all expenses paid

-Get a display case for my Funko Pop figures that would guarantee their safety (I think my Harry Potter’s glasses have broken off more as a result of falling off my book shelf than they have in the books).

-Go on an unlimited shopping spree in Barnes and Noble

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written this year?
  2. What’s you most anticipated fall 2017 release?
  3. What’s your current favorite song of the summer?
  4. Movies or TV shows?
  5. What’s your favorite snack and drink to have while reading?
  6. What hyped book have you not read yet?
  7. A book that you’ve loved and deserves ALL the hype?
  8. Sunshine or rain?
  9. If you could go to one convention, all expenses paid, what convention would it be?
  10. What was the best book that you read in July?
  11. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I tag:

Caitstiel from Caitstiel’s Book World 

 

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, the companion novel to My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, is a collection of short stories that take place in my favorite season, summer. The anthology is edited by Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and the fall 2017 release There’s Someone Inside Your House. Summer Days and Summer Nights includes twelve short stories from Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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Being a fan of My True Love Gave to Me, I knew that I would love Summer Days and Summer Nights, and I was correct! The cover is just as cute as My True Love Gave to Me, and I love how the lake is still our main setting on the cover along with the addition of the twelve couples from the book. There were only three out of the twelve stories that I wasn’t a huge fan of—Cassandra Clare’s “Brand New Attraction”, Lev Grossman’s “The Map of Perfect Tiny Things”, and Libba Bray’s “Last Stand at the Cinegore”, mainly because I didn’t really enjoy the more fantastical/magical elements set in each story. However, I did enjoy “Brand New Attraction” for its circus setting, along with liking “Last Stand at the Cinegore” for taking place at a horror-themed movie theatre. Below, I’ll be recapping my favorite stories in the anthology.

“Sick Pleasure” by Francesca Lia Block– “Sick Pleasure” stood out to me mainly because all of the charcters in the story either go by nicknames or named after the letter of the alphabet!

“Souvenirs” by Tim Federle– “Souvenirs” features two gay interests who work at an amusement park. The last day of summer is not only the last day of work for the two, but also their pre-designated break-up day.

“Love is the Last Resort” by Jon Skovron– I enjoyed “Love is the Last Resort” for its setting—a resort- and its cast of characters. There’s a pool boy, basketball, a lovesick poet, a rich heiress, a maze, and more!

“Good Luck and Farewell” by Brandy Colbert– I enjoyed “Good Luck and Farewell” for its focus on family, but the romance and pizza also made the story for me.

“Inertia” by Veronica Roth– I enjoyed “Inertia” for its futuristic elements, flashbacks, and heartfelt-ness.

“The End of Love” by Nina LaCour– I started reading Nina LaCour’s work this year, and I’ve really enjoyed her writing,  “The End of Love” being no exception. Like her novels We Are Okay and Everything Leads to You, her short story features lesbian love interests and unlike those two novels, geometry class and a camp site.

“Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail” by Leigh Bardugo– When I first started reading “Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail”, I first thought that this would having fantastical elements. If you know anything about Leigh Bardugo, you won’t be surprised when I told you that I found myself wrong! However, I loved this story about lake monsters and Dairy Queen.

“A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong” by Jennifer E. Smith– Jennifer E. Smith had all of the elements for a summer contemporary story- summer camp, arcade games, and love. I really enjoyed this story for its cuteness and diversity.

“In Ninety Minutes, Turn North”  by Stephanie Perkins– My favorite story in the anthology, “In Ninety Minutes, Turn North” follows the same charcters from Stephanie Perkin’s story in My True Love Gave to Me. I absolutely loved being reunited with Marigold and North and seeing them in a summery landscape (even if Marigold didn’t enjoy it as much).

Have you read Summer Days and Summer Nights? Share your thoughts in the comments!