April Wrap Up | 2017


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The Upside of Unrequited – 5/5 stars – I really loved this book, see my review for my full spoiler free thoughts!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – RE-READ – In anticipation for the last book, I re-read TATBILB and PS I STILL LOVE YOU. However, I finished the sequel in May. This is my all-time favorite book, it means a lot to me. This was my fifth read.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up 

Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec – I read this for Dewey’s 24 Hr readathon, I loved it! If you’re a cat lover, this is the perfect graphic novel for you! 5/5 stars

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Note to Self by Connor Franta – Thanks to Connor, this is the first book to EVER make me cry. Now I’m cracked and will cry at anything. Yes, I never cried at a book…i’m surprised too. Review to come because this book meant the world to me and it was so impactful. 5/5 stars 

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What was your favorite book of the month?

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Five Things Friday #2


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TGIF, everyone! I’m very, very thankful that it is finally Friday. My week consisted of reading for the most part, so sorry I have been absent with posting on here and YouTube!

If you missed it, I am going to be doing these every Friday. They are just recapping the top five things that happened throughout the week. Feel free to share with me in the comments your favorite from the week.

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1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram…I have been updating my progress on reading the finale of my favorite book trilogy. It came out this week on May 2nd and I’ve been an emotional wreck. I finished just last night and I cried for a solid twenty minutes. SOBBING. These books and characters mean the world to me, I’ve never felt this before with any other book. I’m so thankful for Jenny Han for writing Lara Jean and Peter’s love story.  I’m sad it’s over, but it was a great finale.

2. Cookies!!

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Lara Jean always makes me want to bake, it’s inevitable that I will bake something while reading any of the books. But, Twitter was also having a conversation gooey vs crunchy? and I was in need of making chocolate chip cookies by that point! Thankfully, I got my cookie fix and baked some – from the box- this week! Then, I hoarded them in my room in a cookie tin because whenever I bake them…my family devours and I never get any! So, I read, I sobbed and I ate my feelings in chocolate chip cookies… DON’T JUDGE ME.

3. SWEET CREATURE BY HARRY STYLES

So many great music keeps releasing week after week! Harry Styles dropped his next song from his new album coming this month. The song is titled, Sweet Creature and I’m a fan of it! I’ve always been a fan of One Direction and I’m really liking the music the boys are producing as solo artists.

4. Mother’s Day plans ARE Booked!

I decided to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day, and I had to tell her in advance because it’s an event. Now that I think about it, this post will probably make you hungry.. I’M SORRY!! But, I found that in my area a little farther out there is a town that has little shops and happens to do wine tastings. My initial idea was a wine tasting until I found a perfect one! It entails wine tasting with CUPCAKES. Dream come true? I think so!

I love Mother’s Day because my mom is one of my best friends, we’re very close. We always say, we’re like Lorelai and Rory from Gilmore Girls. So, Mother’s Day should be fun! I’ll update on my Instagram story so follow me! @pucksandpaperbacks.

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5. This made my week.

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My teacher from high school, one of my favorites…She retired in January. She’s such a sweet woman and I adore her! I came home from work the other day after a awful day and it instantly made my mood better! The card is a Victorian doll-house and she wrote, “I was saving this card for someone special -you!” I love her! It was so nice recieving that, it meant a lot!


That was my week, how was yours?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Wrap Up


If you didn’t see my post, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday, April 29th. This readathon encourages you to read for 24-hours and started at 8 am EST for me. I had a really fun time reading for 24 hours and I really needed this because I had only read two books this month. I also vlogged my reading, click here to watch!

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram, you saw my updates! So, here’s my wrap- up of the books I read for #readathon.


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I didn’t follow my TBR as much as I planned. I started and finished CAT vs Human, a graphic novel. I devoured it! If you’re a cat lover/crazy cat lady you’ll appreciate this book a lot and relate to it like I did. I love my cats and I was laughing out loud at the comics! 5 stars.

Page count: 152 pages (according to Goodreads)


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Like all readathons, I needed fuel so I went over to Starbucks and got a Venti Iced Hazelnut Latte and got into my next read.

Next, I picked up HOW THEY MET AND OTHER STORIES by David Levithan. I read two stories and I enjoyed them. However, I just wasn’t feeling short stories and so I put it down.

Page count: 50


The most impactful read of the readathon for me was my last book, NOTE TO SELF by Connor Franta. For those who know me, I have never cried at a book. I’m just not a book crier, I say.  After reading this book, I’ve finally cried at a book and it hurt so bad. I started the tears by the fifth page and was sobbing by the 160th page. This book really hit home for me on so many levels and I really want to thank Connor for writing this book, it meant a lot to me.

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I finished NOTE TO SELF at 4:23 AM.

page count: 308 


TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 510 PAGES

I think #readathon was very successful for me, I even surpassed my Goodreads challenge!!  And I found two books that I never knew I needed in my life until now.

If you participated in the readathon, how did you do??

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Five Things Friday #1


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Happy Friday, TGIF everyone! I am going to start a new series on my blog, Five Things Friday. I saw weekly recaps going around on blogs recently and I wanted to join in. I spotted Sydney’s Shelves doing Five Things Friday last Friday and it looks perfect! I love Sydney and her blog so go follow her if you haven’t!

Here is my first Five Things Friday! I’m just recapping five things that happened this week! Feel free to tell me something in the comments about your week!

1. GirlBoss on Netflix

After watching 13 Reasons Why, I didn’t have any other Netflix shows to watch. I logged on sometime this week and I found Girlboss, if you’ve heard of the book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, this is the TV version of the book. I really want to pick up the book now that I’ve been watching the show. IT’S SO GOOD I’M ADDICTED.  If you’ve read the book let me know if it’s worth reading!

2. Spring weather is finally here???

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It might be too good to be true but the past few days have been in the high 70 and 80 degrees fahrenheit. Saturday alone is going to be 87 degrees!! Spring is my favorite season and I’m glad it finally feels like it. However, it feels more like summer haha! Also, I’m technically on “summer break” now because I finished all my exams however grades aren’t final/official until May 10th.

3. NEW FALL OUT BOY MUSIC & A TOUR??

Fall Out Boy, one of my favorite bands I grew up with came out with a new song and released a date for a new album plus tour dates just yesterday. The song is titled Young and Menace. The song has a techno/EDM kind of vibe sort of like when they came back from their hiatus and put out Light Em’ Up, it’s a different FOB vibe than I’m used to. I have mixed feelings, I will always love Fall out Boy dearly but I miss the Infinity on High type of music! I preordered the CD so fast and I bought a tank top NO SHAME.

4. Okay.. All Time Low just released a new song TWO HOURS AGO.

Another one of my favorite bands, All Time Low has been releasing songs in anticipation for their upcoming album, Last Young Renegade.  I really like their new sound now that they are with the label, Fueled by Ramen. So many songs are getting released, my fangirl self cannot handle it!!!

5. My Recent Kindle Purchases

I’ve been participating in #DiversityBingo2017, a diverse bingo board created on Twitter by a group of book bloggers. I haven’t officially announced besides my posts about it on Twitter. I’ve been looking at new Contemporary books to read for the board and I found three that I really want to read so I purchased them, they were all low prices. So, if you want them go grab them! Click here for the board and more information. I’ll be posting about my progress & want to read list, soon!

Here are the books I purchased and what spot they fit. The titles are linked with the Amazon link.


Those are my five favorite things from the week! This was fun and I will continue next Friday! One of my resolutions was to be more positive and I think this will really help.

I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour readathon this weekend, so I’m excited to have a reading filled weekend!

What was your favorite from the week?

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR!


Dewey’s 24-hour readathon is happening on Saturday, April 29th! I have participated in the 24-hour readathon before, but it was just casual reading. This time I have a TBR in place and I hope to finish a book! Essentially, you try to read as many books as you can in 24-hours!  I really need this readathon because I only read one book this month and I’m in the middle of finishing my re-read of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han in anticipation for the final book coming out May 2nd! Happy reading to all that are participating!

Here is my potential TBR.

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  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I was told to read this in one sitting because then I’ll get a better outcome and feelings toward the book. So, this is a maybe! 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This is a short book, it’s less than 200 pages and I’ve been meaning to give it a re-read. I read this book in my freshman year of high school which was 2008/09. So, it’s been a while! I want a refresher on this one. However, it deals with a heavy topic so I may not finish it in one sitting.
  • Cat vs Human – This is a graphic novel of cat comics (aka me in a graphic novel) so I figured it would be quick to read!
  • How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan: This is a short book and I’ve been meaning to get around to it! It’s just a bunch of love stories compiled!

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Five Underrated Contemporary Books To Read This Spring!


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Spring is here! Here in Philadelphia, I’m still waiting for spring to fully arrive! It’s peaking but not quite here yet. Spring is the season for Contemporaries…the weather is getting nice and everyone just wants to read a cute Contemporary romance. My primary genre to read is Contemporary and so I am going to recommend you all some Contemporaries to read this spring season!


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Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall is a summer romance that also deals with other serious topics. Jane, a Doctor Who lover and fanfiction writer, gets a summer job babysitting the little girls down the street from her. She meets Teo, the girl’s brother who is lifeguarding. Teo is also on a mission to find his birth father.

Teo is Puerto Rican and his mother has been hiding his father from him. A road trip ensues in this book. I just love it! It will definitely get you ready for summer.


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This book is so underrated and I had the pleasure of reading it in January. I loved it so much and I devoured it. Jessie is starting at a new school after her dad unexpectedly gets re-married and she is forced to move from Chicago to Los Angeles.

When Jessie starts at this new school, she receives a message from SN (Somebody Nobody) a student at her new school and they help Jessie through her first semester at school. Jessie loves Young Adult books and she ends up working in a bookstore. This is a great bookish read and will keep you guessing until the end! ~ my review ~


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This is one of my favorite Kasie West books.  Lily is passionate about her music and writing songs in a journal that she won’t let anyone read. She also likes to sew when she isn’t tending to her little brothers every need or helping her family out. (I really liked that Lily had multiple hobbies other than her music). She writes song lyrics on her science desk and the next day, someone has continued. This starts an anonymous pen pal for Lily. I loved this book especially the dysfunctional family aspect.


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Dreamology is a fun, magical realism-esque read! Alice has been dreaming of this boy, Max since she was young. One day, she walks into her Psychology class and Max is there, sitting in a seat. Alice thinks she’s going crazy, but she and Max end up becoming friends and trying to fix the void between dreams and reality. As well as trying to figure out why they are in each other’s dreams. See my review !


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If you want another road trip-like book, In Real Life by Jessica Love is a great one. Hannah and Nick have been online friends for 4 years. They have video chatted, texted, and talked on the phone. They have the best friendship anyone could ask for.

But, trying to meet each other IRL has been rough. They tried once before but that didn’t work out due to Hannah’s strict parents.

Hannah decides to surprise Nick on a whim during spring break to see his hand perform at House of Blues in Vegas. Hannah learns some secrets that Nick has been hiding from her.

If you have an internet friend, this book will be very relatable! It’s a very cute read and takes you around Las Vegas for the night!  There is also diversity in this book, Hannah is Korean and her best friend, Lo is Mexican.


I hope these books got you in the Spring mood!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Books!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I have a post dedicated to LGBTQIA+ Recs, if you want more than five.


 

 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

This is an #ownvoices YA novel about a transgender girl, Amanda who moves to a new town after an incident at her old school. Amanda does struggle throughout this book, but it’s a nice romance and great friend group!

TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE by Kenneth Logan –

This is so underrated. I read it because Becky Albertalli recommended this on Twitter. I fell in love with the story. It’s about a boy who is finding his sexuality and trying to come to terms with it. It’s an LGBTQIA+ version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. He writes letters to his family and friends telling them about his day and his sexuality. They are taken and sent out. Pick this up if you haven’t, it’s really great! Also, if you’re a hockey fan – there’s hockey talk!

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin

THIS BOOK. It’s my favorite LGBTQIA+ book and it needs more people to read it!! This is about Riley and they are gender fluid. We learn what it’s like to live in Riley’s life and their thoughts as well as other people’s perception of them. Riley’s life changes when they start a blog, much like Tumblr and it blows up in the LGBTQIA+ community. There is also mention and knowledge of other LGBTQIA+ aspects. This is definitely very educational and such a good read. Please, please go read this. (This book is not own voices).

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall 

This book is a male retelling of the song, We Belong Together by Taylor Swift. We follow Kyle and Gideon who have been best friends and neighbors since they were 5 years old. Kyle is bisexual and has come out to his closest friends and his family. But, he’s about to tell his girlfriend, Ruby. Kyle also deals with a learning disability in this novel. Gideon is exploring his sexuality and developing feelings for Kyle. This is one of my favorite LGBTQIA+ love stories!

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Simon has yet to come out to his family and he has been emailing with Blue, a boy he met on Tumblr who goes to his school. This is the cutest and one of my top LGBTQIA+ recs! We go through Simon and Blue’s emails as well as Simon’s life with his crazy family and caring friends. It’s so cute and I suggest to pick it up if you haven’t!