Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. 

Hello guys! I Hope all is well with you! I saw this book tag done by Emma from Emmmabooks from you tube and it was so interesting to me. The premise is basically your thoughts and feelings for the books you have read so far this year. So there’s a bunch of questions and then I just answer them. So enjoy!!

  • Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

Flame In The Mist By Renee Adieh. I thought it was a Mulan retelling and although there are similarities, the story comes into its own! I loved the metaphors. I also love Mariko’s strength and cleverness. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

  • Your favourite sequel of the year so far? 

I am going to be obvious here but I did only read this in March. It’s A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J Maas. I loved it so much! I still fan girl over this book just thinking about it!! Maas has such a talent for fantasy and world building that she makes you feel like you’re in Velaris. Also, Rhysand. I don’t need to say more…

  • A new release you haven’t read yet but want to? 

Following on from the previous question, A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas. This is the conclusion for this part of her series. I have had this book since the 2nd of May (release day) and I was super excited to get it but I haven’t picked it up to read.  There’s absolutely no reason for it but I do plan to finish it by the end of this month!

  • Your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I guess this could be because I’ve met him but my most anticipated is, They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. The concept is so cool and I love the idea of speculative stories. The idea that you get warned about your death is actually quite intriguing to me in this novel. So I’m really excited about it.

  • Biggest disappointment for the first half of the year?

I was really disappointed by Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I really thought I would like it but it just seemed a little over simplified for my taste and the book was a little too short considering the subject matters brought up in the book. This is obviously my own opinion. There are others out there that like this book. It just wasn’t for me.

  • Biggest surprise of the year so far? 

Both of Becky Albertalli’s books were such a huge surprise for me. I ended up loving both of them! They were funny, relatable, serious and thought provoking all at once! I cannot fault her!

  • Favourite ‘new to you’ or debut author?

Sarah J Maas is new to me this year and once I read it A Court Of Thorns And Roses, I was hooked! I am currently reading Throne Of Glass and loving it. She’s an amazing writer and I definitely recommend her.

  • New fictional crush?

Rhysand from A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series. I really can’t say why because I really do not want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the books. Going in blind is the best thing you can do when starting these books.

  • New favourite character?

Simon from Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. He’s so cute and sweet and sensitive and funny. I really would love to be friends with him! Cheesy I know but he’s actually great to read.

  • The book that made you cry?

I’m still here by Clelie Avit. It’s about a woman who ends up in a coma and a guy that happens upon her room in the hospital. This is a dual perspective story that is so heart wrenching. I finished this book crying and wanting so much more. This book is far too short!!

  • The book that made you happy?

Again I’ll mention Becky Albertalli’s books. Both The Upside Of Unrequited and Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. They made me so happy and they’re so funny! I really really recommend them. I can’t say this enough!

  • Book to film adaptation or program that you liked?

I don’t know if this counts as it is originally a comic but I love Riverdale. It’s just so bad that it’s good!! The story line is just so cool. There’s great fandom that comes with it too so you feel like you’re part of something.

  • Favourite review you have done so far this year? 

I like all the reviews I’ve actually been doing this year. It’s given me a chance to really focus on my reading and pay more attention to detail. Reviewing books is so much fun! The bookish community has also being so lovely and welcoming that I just feel like I belong.

  • Most beautiful book you bought or received this year?

The UK edition of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I mean all that blue and gold is just divine. It was a present from my fiancé for Easter. Love it.

  • Some books that you need to read by the end of this year?

This might be like it’s cheating  but I have so many to list here and I don’t think I have the space for it all. This is definitely what the book blog is here for though. I’ll keep it updated with all my reading progress and everything in between.

Hope you enjoyed the tag!!

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Book Review: The Upside Of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

This book I read before Simon Vs. The Homosepian Agenda. Although there were a couple of cameos from Simon, it didn’t take away from how great the book was. There is just so much I want to say about this book and I do not know where to begin! You guys know that although I read absolutely everything, I tend to veer towards Young Adult.

For people my age, Young Adult is not seen as a genre that is important. It is really important though. This book had so many relevant references to how families and people are today that it made for a very relatable read. Molly the main character is an anxiety sufferer. This does not define her character. The fact that she has two mums does not define her either. She is Jewish and a donor baby with her twin. These are mentioned but they’re not the focal point of the story.

You would not have had such stories like these 10 years ago, even 5 years ago! It just shows you how much books have been shaped by our society.

I love that this can reach millions of kids and that it is the norm. It is just such a cute easy read about growing up and finding love. I related to Molly on so many levels. The premise is that she’s had a total of 26 crushes in her lifetime (in all of her 17 years haha). I was like this growing up!! I used to have so many crushes (mainly famous guys) and I would romanticise them so much!

The one underlying theme that comes across to me is that you love and you learn. You grow up and you change. Also, that you can count on the ones that you care about you and you care about in return! I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely one of my favourite contemporaries. I will read anything Becky Albertalli brings out. She has a fan for life in me. Hope you enjoyed this review. 

Until next time…. 🙂

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Good reads): 

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Review:  I read this book after I read The Upside Of Unrequited. Everyone on booktube and bookstagram (yes, they really are a thing!) has been raving about how awesome this book is. I don’t usually jump on the bandwagon. Even if I do it’s always years and years down the line (Harry Potter being an obvious example). Anyway, I jumped on this Simon bandwagon, not only that, I was steering the thing! Haha. This book was so cute. Again, important too! 

Simon is this 17 year old boy that is gay and he has this blossoming friendship with a person he has never met. They email back and forth – these emails are ridiculously funny at times. The story goes on from there. I shall not give you any more information because you need to read it!!

 I usually do not become attached to a character. I did with Simon. I loved Simon. He is all that is pure and perfect with this world. Yes, obviously he is flawed but that’s what makes him great. I remember getting to a point where something was happening in the book that I didn’t like. So much so that I wanted to throw the book across the room! Haha. That’s how much love I had for Simon! Although, both of Albertalli’s books had a similar premise; they were also different at the same time. 

I wouldn’t mind if there was a sequel to this story. I would definitely love to see more adventures from Simon and his friends. Maybe even a story where both books meet! 

Simon Vs was a great read. So much so, it’s been turned into a film! I cannot wait until it airs! I highly recommend giving this a read if you want to smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes all at the same time haha. 

Until next time guys… 🙂

May Wrap Up and June TBR – I am back!!

Well hello every, how is everyone doing? Happy June!! Can you believe it’s June already? Where did the time go? So I am sure you have noticed that my blog has been a little quiet in the month of May.

I want to start by saying that obviously it was not my intention. I absolutely love writing and reviewing books and talking about all things bookish! I am an anxiety sufferer or what my doctor likes to call a ‘high functioning’ anxiety sufferer. It just means that I can get on with my day to day stuff. However, at the beginning of May, for me things seemed to get harder and harder to handle. The first thing I did was see a doctor who advised me to take some time off work and relax for a little. I cannot stress this enough, if you are suffering please do not suffer in silence.  If I had just spoken with someone maybe I wouldn’t have had the issues I had. I feel it is important to speak out about these things in order to help each other out.

Anyway, after my little break, normal service is resumed.  So in the month of May I finished one book from April and started and finished three others. So essentially I finished four books.  They were:

  • Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky ALbertalli
  • The Upside OF Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After – Jenny Colgan
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky

First of all, I absolutely adored both of Albertalli’s books. They were funny, relevant, relatable and life affirming. Although they were easy reads, they did have a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. She sets up worlds where everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of colour or orientation. If not, there is a lesson where it teaches you about tolerance. I think everyone should read them. I understand that YA aren’t to everyone’s tastes but sometimes books transcend their categories because they are that powerful! All in all, I just wanted to be friends with Molly (Upside) and Simon (Simon Vs.). I felt like I could relate to them on so many levels. Simon Vs. is actually been turned into a TV show which I am so excited about. I just hope they do the book justice.

I have a type of story that I love reading again and again regardless of how similar each story is. The story is about a girl who loves books so much, works in a library and/ or bookshop. I have read so many books like this and I never get tired of them. The Shop OF Happily Ever After is no exception. Regardless, I loved it!! I fell in love with Nina and afterwards Lennox, I loved how bookish she is and the scenery in this book was spectacular. It made me want to go and live in Scotland! Jenny Colgan is great at writing such cute and immersive stories. If you like books like this, I would also recommend The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris .

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky was a recommendation my friend gave me. I tried reading this in the middle of May and I felt Charlie – the main character – read a little too young for me so I just put it to the side and started reading Jenny Colgan’s book.  When I told my friend, she said to persevere and I will make more sense of it as I read on. Boy was she right. This book took my heart, ripped it in half and then stomped on it with Doc Martens repeatedly, so yeah thanks for the recommendation! Haha! It’s about a boy growing up and learning about life’s up and downs. The good thing about this book is that it is open to interpretation. I feel like if there were more people like Charlie in this world, it would be a happier more loving place.

So these are my books that I have read in the month of May. Now on to my June TBR (To Be Read) pile. This pile is an ambitious one because I am not the fastest reader and I can barely read three books a month let alone the four I have on this list!

TBR:

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (For the first time ever, I know! Shocking!)
  • Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Queen)
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas (I need to start this soon!!!)
  • Waking Lands by Callie Bates (Advanced Reader Copy – Thank you Hodder and Stoughton)

So this is my list and I hope to finish these in the month of June! I will also have spoiler free reviews of the books I finished in the month of May if you are interested in reading any of them.

So until next time, keep reading!!