April TBR 2017!


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I’m hoping to get to most of these books this month. April is the big month for new releases, as well as May! Here are the books I plan to read this month.


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April 4th – This book comes out today as I’m posting it. I was sent this from Quirk Books to review. I have read about 40 pages of it, but March was a crazy reading month as I hosted a readathon and I abandoned this book. However, I plan to read it and review it this month.


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I was sent this gorgeous book from Penguin Random House Canada and I’m excited to dive in! I don’t know too much about it but it is a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel. Historical Fiction is a genre I haven’t read much of and so I’m excited to see what I think of this!


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April 11 –  EEK!! I’m so excited for this book. I read Simon for review before it came out and ever since it has become of my favorite books. Thanks to my friend Anna @ Unquenchable Reads, she sent me her ARC of this book so I could read it early. We’ve been borrowing books, it’s fun! Thank you, thank you to her. Go check her out b/c she’s fab. Anyway, I’m just so excited for a new Becky book.


Of course I’m doing a re-read of TATBILB & PS I Still Love You this month because OMG!! THE LAST BOOK COMES OUT MAY 2ND IDK IF I’M READY??!?! But, I just realized this so…


These are the books I want to read this month. What book is on your TBR for April?

 

March Wrap Up! 2017


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I read six books this month! I found two of my  new favorite books this month. Let’s get to the books…

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I was sent You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner to review from Penguin Random House. Thank you so much to them for sending me this book, I really enjoyed it!

Book Review: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

 


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I loved this book so, so much. It’s one of my new favorites, I devoured it and I really loved the story and characters.

I have a full Goodreads review up for it.

5 out of 5 stars.

 

 


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This was the first book I read for Read O Rama, a readathon I co-hosted this month. I loved this book SO much! It’s another favorite book I acquired. It had me laughing so much and I page flagged it, a ton!

I have a Goodreads review up of this book.

5 out of 5 stars.  

 


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My second book for Read o Rama. It was for the challenge Start a Series/MC with your first initial. I probably will continue this series, I thought this book was decent. But, it really felt like a cringey fanfiction to say the least.

was sent this book for the Backstage Pass Series Box Set from Entangled Teen via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinions on the book in any way.

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3.5 out of 5 stars. 

 


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This was my last read for Read O Rama. It was okay, I didn’t like that the ending didn’t give me any closure, it should have been longing in my opinion. It does handle a serious topic, so trigger warning for sexual assault. I liked learning about Irish culture, too.

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3 out of 5 stars. 

 

 


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Last, I read Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging for the watchalong I did for the Book Happiness Project. I thought this was cute and it’s definitely geared for middle grade. I loved Georgia’s sassiness and Angus’ mischief! I really liked the writing style and the layout. Not sure if I will continue the series, but it was a cute read.

3 out of 5 stars.  

 


 I read a total of six books this month! April TBR to be coming. I’ve been unactive on this blog this month and been focusing on Booktube! Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning the blog. But, it may be scarce for posting!

What was your favorite read this month?

Book Review: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner


Title: You’re Welcome, Universe 
Author:  Whitney Gardner
Hardback: 297 pages
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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I was sent this book from the publisher, Knopf in exchange for an honest review.  This does not change my opinion of the book in any way.


Julia is a lover of art, street art to be specific. When she gets caught for the graffiti mural that she creates to hide a slur written about her bestfriend, Jordyn  on the wall behind the school, she is expelled when Jordyn rats her out. Julia is panicked and upset because she has to change schools and her mother’s will not be happy. This changes Julia’s life for the best, and she learns a lot of lessons along the way.  

 

I really admire  the representation in this novel especially on deaf culture. This is a topic I have never read about in YA fiction, having not picked up any books with deaf main characters. I have only read about blind main characters (Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom). Julia teaches us what it’s like to be in her shoes by seeing her daily routine when moving from a deaf school to a hearie school. It is a drastic change for her, she has to get an interpreter, Casey. We see her frustration as she tries to keep up with lip reading and trying to get others to understand her. As the reader, you get frustrated along with Julia when students and teachers just do not know what she’s trying to tell them. This is not an own voices book, but it definitely reads like one.

Julia is a deaf teenager with two deaf mothers, Ma and Mee. Mee is Julia’s biological mother who is Indian leading to Julia being an Indian character. Like I mentioned, I really admire the representation in this story, there is so much of it and it is fantastic. However, I really do wish that we had more emphasis on Julia’s Indian culture because we see so much of her deaf culture, her Indian culture is overlooked.  

“I don’t want Muslim hands touching my food. Or the children’s”. She turns and wraps he arms around the boy in the passenger seat, who looks as confused as I do. Some things I wish I didn’t lip-read. Just because I’m brown doesn’t mean I’m muslim” (59)

Whitney Gardner writes Julia as a normal teenager despite her disability. She works at McDonald’s as a fryer, we go with her to her shifts as she puts in the fries, takes them out, fries again, and puts them in their bags. I really loved this, I’m a sucker for characters that have jobs especially teenagers because it adds to the Realistic Fiction aspect. 

Julia learns a lot of life lessons in this story, a main topic is friendship and finding out who your true friends really are. As well as keep doing what you love, no matter what gets in the way. Julia struggles with maintaining a friendship with her friend, Jordyn, who has a cochlear implant. Jordyn is busy chasing after a boy they work with, Donovan, who Julia also has a crush on.  Jordyn could care less about Julia, at that given time and is just rude. Jordyn is really a fake friend to Julia. 

If you were a fan of the book, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom you will love You’re Welcome, Universe. Parker from NIISYF and Julia would be the best of friends, they have similar personalities and they do not want anyone’s pity because of their disability. I really loved that about NIISYF and I really enjoyed having another character like her in Julia. Another thing NIISYF does is put less emphasis on romance, which Gardner did with You’re Welcome, Universe. Julia develops a crush on Donovan but it doesn’t escalate to be the center of the story.

If you aren’t convinced to pick up this book already, here is another reason. The author, Whitney Gardner is also the illustrator and the illustrations are spectacular!! Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see while reading You’re Welcome, Universe and the illustrations match up with the story! Gardner really captures Julia’s art to the fullest in this novel.

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Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book and I would like to thank Knopf again for sending me a copy of this to review! Go pick up your copy now, you won’t regret this read!


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YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE is an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Pick for the Winter/Spring 2017 season.

 

 

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith – Book Review


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Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author:  Jennifer E. Smith
Hardback: 404 pages
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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TIGHT KNIT SWEATERS

This is What Happy Looks Like follows Ellie and Graham when they meet through an accidental email. Graham accidently sends an email to Ellie, writing to his pig walker for his pig, Wilbur. They start up an long lived conversation and the story continues…..

I really think I had high expectations for this book having it be about an email anon relationship, however it was super short and I wished we got to see their relationship through emails progress instead of “3 months later”. I didn’t feel the email aspect per say and I really wanted the book to be centered around finding out who Graham was rather than how quickly we were introduced to him.

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Quickly, we find out that Graham is a famous movie star on set for a movie he’s filming. Hung up on Ellie, he asks his director if they could move set to Hunley, Maine (WHERE ELLIE LIVES!! NOT CREEPY AT ALL???). They say yes, it’s a small town blah blah blah. So, Graham sets out to meet Ellie and oh, he does.

The way I feel about this book is a lot similar to my feelings toward The Geography of You and Me. I felt like Ellie was a lot like Lucy, where she got mad at Graham for her own personal reasons and just tried to push him out of her life without any explanation. Then, she went back to him?

I guess the book fell short for me because of my own personal preferences especially how the chapters aren’t split in dual POV and the chapters telling you which character we’ll be reading from. Jennifer E Smith writes in third person which really throws me off and I was very confused to which character we were reading from, having their names helped but I did feel confused and just wished I had the first person.

However, I really enjoyed Graham toward the end of the book and I feel I knew his personality better the last 20 pages !?! I wanted more of Graham’s wit and sweet side throughout the whole story.

Last, I did enjoy the way family is introduced between the two characters, a lot like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight where Hadley and Oliver both have family storylines that aren’t the best, but are meaningful to the story and characters.

I really did find myself dragging through the book, I almost DNFed at page 340 because I was so done with it. But, the ending really helped me and I just wish the book was more like that!

I recommend this for a summer read, I read it in the Winter but I still liked the Fourth of July scenes and the hot summer days!

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February Wrap Up 2017


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I read three books in February, compared to January where I read 8 books. However, it was a busy month for me! I completed three of the challenges for Emojiathon, too.


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By Your Side by Kasie West 

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it definitely met my expectations. I loved this book so much and everything it had to offer as well as our love interest, Dax 😉

I do have a full spoiler free review on this book if you’re interested in my thoughts a little more.

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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom 

This was another one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint. I really loved this despite some little flaws I had with it. It was a great book about a girl who struggles with bipolar disorder and trying to hide it.

I have a more in depth review, if you’re interested in my thoughts.

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I have a lot of feelings on this book. I gave it a 3 star because I didn’t feel that it was a strong book and the character, Ellie really made me angry at the things she did to her love interest, Graham.

The book is set to be about Ellie and Graham’s anon email relationship and we only get a couple chapters of their emails and then 3 MONTHS LATER they meet each other. I really wanted more emails to build up the personalities of the characters to get to know them.

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Book Theme Songs #2


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I have done a Top 5 Wednesday last year titled, Book Theme Songs and I recently did a Books & Songs on my YouTube channel. So, I thought I would bring it here too so everyone can be introduced to new songs!

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I Lived by OneRepublic

Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises, you built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad
The only way you can know is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer but take the pain
Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

 

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Science & Faith by The Script

Tried to break love to a science
In an act of pure defiance
I broke her heart
There’s a pull up on her theories
There’s a watch her growing weary
I broke her heart.
Having heavy conversations
About the furthest constellations of our souls
We’re just trying to find some meaning
In the things that we believe in
But we got some ways to go
Of all of the things that she’s ever said
She goes and says something that just knocks me dead.
You won’t find faith or hope down a telescope
You won’t find heart and soul in the stars
You can break everything down to chemicals
But you can’t explain a love like ours
Ooh, it’s the way we feel, yeah this is real
Ooh, it’s the way we feel, yeah this is real
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Broken Home by 5 Seconds of Summer

They would yell, they would scream, they were fighting it out
She would hope, she would pray, she was waiting it out
Holding on to a dream
While she watches these walls fall down
Sharp words like knives, they were cutting her down
Shattered glass like the past, it’s a memory now
Holding on to a dream
While she watches these walls fall down
Hey mom, hey dad
When did this end?
Where did you lose your happiness?
I’m here alone inside of this broken home
Who’s right, who’s wrong
Who really cares?
The fault, the blame, the pain’s still there
I’m here alone inside of this broken home, this broken home

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Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding

This book is actually inspired by this song!! The MC in the book discovers the song and he became obsessed and jams to it and it’s great.

 

 

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Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran

[Taylor Swift]
All I knew this morning when I woke
Is I know something now, know something now I didn’t before.
And all I’ve seen since eighteen hours ago
Is green eyes and freckles and your smile
In the back of my mind making me feel like

[Taylor Swift]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now

[Both]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

[Both]
‘Cause all I know is we said, “Hello.”
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
Everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday is everything has changed

 

2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge + TBR !


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I was asked if I would be interested in representing my Hogwarts house, Hufflepuff  in a reading challenge and just how could I pass up that opportunity?

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To find out more about the 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge and how to sign-up, click here.

THE GUIDELINES

Books must be released prior to 2017

(this challenge isn’t for new releases)

That’s it!

Set your reading goal

Pick the books you want to read

READ!

MY GOAL & TBR:

I am going to set my goal to 12 books. It’s safe and I know I’ll be able to make it. This isn’t a “set” TBR but it’s a potential list of backlist reads I want to get to/need to review.

With that being said, I’ll be reviewing more and more on here! Woohoo! If you missed my 2017 challenges post, click here to see the other challenges I’m participating in!


If you’re participating in the Backlist let me know and we can cheer each other on! GO HUFFLEPUFF!!

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