Hi everyone! I am literally SO inconsistent lately and currently, I am in the process of self-care. Every time I am at this stage, I gravitate toward my blog. So, get ready for more posts! Haha.
Currently reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – re-read for my YA Lit class I’m taking and for Seasonal Series. (click the link to see my spring TBR)
Currently next on my TBR: I have absolutely no clue. I’ve been in such a reading slump that I haven’t completed a novel since read-o-rama. But, I do have a review copy of a graphic novel I might pick up.
Currently listening to: 5SOS Complete playlist on Spotify because….I’M SEEING THEM TOMORROW! I haven’t seen them since 2016, it’s been too long.
Currently watching on YouTube: I haven’t watched Booktube in a bit. Possibly because I’m not reading a lot, so I’m not motivated. But, I just started watching Joey Kidney per my sister’s recommendation. He’s rad & I’m liking this podcast, too.
Currently watching on TV: I’ve been a Netflix watcher lately, I get in my watching phases where I binge watch anything. So, I just finished up the current season of Fuller House and I’m currently watching Everything Sucks! and I’m disappointed there’s not going to be another season 😦
Currently craving: SPRING WEATHER. Since it’s been 40ºF and I am soooo tired of it.
Currently wearing: PJs because it’s the morning and I can.
Currently recommending: Sister Cities by The Wonder Years, the album came out April 6th and I’m loving it.
Currently in the process of… writing a paper, yes I’m writing this post because I’m procrastinating.
Currently waiting for: TOMORROW when I go and see 5sos!
I’m going to be doing a Q&A post, so ask me some questions you’d like to have answered!
I had a pretty solid summer of reading and I wanted to showcase some of my favorite reads from the summer! Here are just a few of them.
HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake quickly became a favorite of mine when I devoured it toward the beginning of my summer, in May. We follow two girls, Grace and Eva who meet during the summer and romance ensues. I loved this story so much and I could relate to it a lot. Grace is a bisexual MC and the author herself is bisexual. This was the first book I read that featured a bisexual MC while I was discovering my sexuality. It was definitely a read that helped me to figure out who I am in terms of sexuality.
I was honored to have been sent THE BIG F by Maggie Ann Martin from Maggie herself! Maggie is one of my friends from Booktube and I adore her. I was so glad to have gotten a chance to pre-order her debut novel and read it early! See my review, I loved it!!
I was able to snag a copy of my most anticipated read of the year, TOP TEN by Katie Cotugno from Bookcon this year. I read it while on the beach and I devoured it! This is another book with a bisexual main character and the f/f romance was excellent & adorable. We meet Gabby and Ryan through flashbacks of their high school journey. Gabby was one of the most relatable characters I have read in a VERY long time. She struggles with social anxiety, as well as the author. Social anxiety is portayed PERFECTLY in this novel, as someone who has social anxiety I respected the representation so much. We also follow Ryan, who is a hockey player and the topic of concussions comes up. I love hockey, so that was just a plus for me!
A lot of great releases came out this summer. WHAT TO SAY NEXT by Julie Buxbaum was one of my favorite diverse reads that focuses on grief, depression and a character with Asperger’s. I loved reading from David’s perspective and Kit’s depression and grief was a great portrayal, I think it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while. I love Julie’s writing and I knew I’d adore this one!
I’ve been slacking on reading memoir’s lately, and they’re one of my favorite genre’s! I picked up BUFFERING: UNSHARED TALES OF A LIFE FULLY LOADED by Hannah Hart.Hannah is one of my biggest role models and I just adore the hell out of her! She’s so positive and hilarious. I didn’t know much about her life until this book and it just made me love her more. She’s come SOOO far, I’m proud!
My summer reading consisted of many gay books that I loved. QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde is a book I picked up on a whim because everyone kept recommending it and I’m there with them! This book was AMAZINGGGG. We follow Charlie and Taylor in dual POV during a convention. Charlie is a Chinese-American bisexual character who is a vlogger and Taylor is a girl with Autism and anxiety. I could relate to Taylor 100% because my anxiety gets in the way during conventions, too. I loooved the f/f romance that Charlie encounters!
Now that summer is over…IT’S TIME FOR AUTUMN!! My favorite season! I can’t wait.
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno • Oct. 3rd 2017 • I love Katie Cotugno’s novels and I know I will love this one, a lot. It follows a female MC who is an introvert and experiences anxiety. The love interest is a hockey player, this book is the book after my own heart!
Today’s topic:Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.
I did a Top 5 Wednesday post sharing my top five summer reads, so this is just a continuation & books I want to read this summer!
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – This book is perfect to read on the beach or if you’re on a long car-ride for summer vacation! I actually read this book on my summer vacation & on the beach.
We follow Amy and Roger’s road trip from California to Connecticut after Amy’s father dies, she’s afraid of driving. Roger helps out and they have a fun, music filled road trip!
This is one of my favorite Morgan Matson books!
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – This wasn’t a book that I was a fan of, but I know people that have loved it, so I’m recommending it anyway.
This book fits the summer theme perfectly because it’s set during the summer! Graham and Ellie meet through an accidental email and start an email relationship. Graham turns out to be famous movie star and asks to change the movie set to Ellie’s small town. There’s lots of ice cream and paparazzi involved in this book.
If you want a fluffy summer read, this is the one! See my review for more.
Girl out of Water by Lara Silverman –
I recently read this and posted a review, if you want to see more of my thoughts. But, this is about Anise who is a lover of surfing and spends her days on the beach with her friends in her home of Santa Cruz. But, her summer plans are changed when her Aunt Jackie gets in a car accident. Anise and her father have to go to Nebraska to help Aunt Jackie and her children. Anise learns to skateboard and she meets a boy named Lincoln along the way.
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – I don’t think this book is set during the summer, but it’s set in NYC and it’s a quick read. I think this would be perfect to read on the beach and it has summery colors.
We follow Natasha and Daniel’s romance during one full day of meeting on an important today for both of them. Natasha is being deported to Jamaica and Daniel is interviewing for Yale. I really enjoyed the set up and this is my favorite Nicola Yoon book!
Burn for Burn (#1) by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian –
I’ve only read this book but I want to finish the series! This a revenge trilogy following three girls who want to take revenge on certain people that have wronged them. It’s set on Jar Island which fits the summery vibe. But, it’s a good read for the beach!
Books on My Summer TBR:
I hope to read more summer books this summer because it seems like I haven’t read enough! What’s your favorite summer read?
Title:By Your Side Author: Kasie West Paperback: 352 pages Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Genre: Contemporary/Romance, Young Adult Rating:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
As all of Kasie West’s books, I devoured this one. However, I felt that the first hundred pages were very slow which were the library scenes. That disappointed me because I was really excited about the storyline of Autumn being stuck in a library over the weekend.
Yet again, West hits you with the feels. I felt so many feelings in this book and I couldn’t contain myself. Swoony feels, OMG WHY SHE IS DOING THIS WHAT feels, and last I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO CRY A RIVER. But, jokes on you because I didn’t. WHY DON’T I CRY AT BOOKS!?!
I love when books do this to me, I was so connected to all of the characters; Dax, Autumn and even Jeff. I was reading this until almost 3am one night because I really couldn’t stop reading it. Kasie West does that to me and I’m okay with it! Also, can I just mention how I hated her friend group? They were stuck up, just like Gia’s friends in THE FILL IN BOYFRIEND. Why would they leave her at the library if they already knew she was in there? Hm!
This is where I’ll bring up Dallin, Jeff’s friend…Gah! I hated him. So, so much. He was such a jerk and he didn’t even apologize to Autumn for his actions and words he said to her. Ugh, I was yelling at the book when Dallin would show up.
I really liked how this book was just like a roller coaster, it didn’t stay in one direction it had its twists and turns to the story. I really thought this was just going to be a story about a girl and boy who get stuck in a library for the whole story. They are stuck during a three day weekend without any connection to the outside world and have to really use their survival skills. Like, no phone connections and eating out of a vending machine with little cash.
The story really turns around to be something else and I really liked that it did because quite frankly, I would’ve been bored. The library scenes bored me and I’m sad. But, like I said the story turned around for me! I really love the direction the story went and I was on the edge of my seat (like on a rollercoaster, see the analogy?!)
I was also as torn between Jeff and Dax like Autumn was. I felt like I was Autumn throughout the story and I really had a connection to her. I’d be friends with her 🙂 I loved Dax, he reminded me of Jess from Gilmore Girls because he loves to read and he’s shy but super witty. NEW BOOK BAE ALERT!! And Jeff reminded me of Logan because he was very adventurous.Though, I made my decision with Jeff at the end. He was actually a sweet guy and I like what he did for Autumn in the end. So don’t worry, I’m totally #TeamDax!
Anyway, I highly recommend it was so good and probably my second favorite West book. I also want to point out that there is some mental health related in this book which I LOVED *claps all around* I am so glad that Kasie is bringing more diversity into her books. As well as implementing a character who is in the foster care system *claps again*. Foster care is SUCH an important topic that I feel is underrated *i’m passionate about* and I’m so glad Kasie choose to put this into By Your Side because it’s SOO NEEDED IN YA!!!
This gif explains my feelings in all:
If you’re going to comment a spoiler, please put spoiler before writing! I don’t want anyone to get spoiled. Okay?
What did you think of By Your Side or are you now more excited to read it??
Hi, everyone! I hope you all are having a great day and had a great holiday. I’m starting my Books of 2016 posts while I’m taking a week off of making videos on my Booktube channel since I did Vlogmas this month.
This reading year has been up and down for me. I have read some good books and some disappointing books. I’ve only given out a few 5 stars to the books I’ve read. Here are the books that I disliked this year. All the books listed I gave a rating of 2-3 stars on Goodreads.
DISCLAIMER: These are all of my honest thoughts and opinions on these books. If you enjoyed these books, I am so glad for you because I didn’t. Please be kind in the comments and respect my opinions. Thank you!
1. Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – I did not finish this book really because of Lily’s character which was only about a few chapters in. I couldn’t stand her and to be honest I think I want Dash & Lily to be by itself rather than a duo.
2.The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – 2016 was not the year of reading great sequels. Are sequels in duologies even good? I didn’t like this because Rosie was making me mad, I know she’s hormonal but how do you NOT want Don in the future of your lives?? Ugh.
3.The Haters by Jesse Andrews – I was very disappointed in this read. I was so excited to read another Jesse Andrew book because Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was so, so great! However, I went into this thinking road trip and they really only stopped at a few places. Also, the dirty jokes were TOO excessive.
4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – This book was a good book to pick up because it was diverse (POC, f/f relationship) and it was informative. If you were unaware, this book is about a school shooting in multiple pov’s of students during the time it’s happening. However, it fell flat for me and I know we couldn’t get too much character development or anything since it was set during a short period of time. I don’t have experience of witnessing a school shooting but I just felt it was predictable and did not have much of a surprise or shock factor.
5.The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – This book is set during the few days after 9/11 of a boy who meets a girl with wings on the streets of NYC after the first building as collapsed and so forth. I haven’t read a book set during 9.11 but I wanted to. I liked being able to read a character who has experienced 9.11 since I was so young, I don’t know too much. However, the romance tie-in was what threw me off and I just couldn’t get into it. I felt as such a serious topic, romance was the last thing we needed to be worrying about.
6.With Malice by Eileen Cook – I did enjoy this book very much. It was super thrilling and I devoured it. But, it’s on this list because I gave it a low rating due to the fact of the ending. I’m going to be brief about this because of spoilers. But, it just didn’t satisfy me and I wasn’t happy.
7.The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – I was sent this book from Macmillan to honestly review and I wasn’t a fan of it. It was pitched as a time travel contemporary and the time travel was more of wormholes to memories than time travel. I liked the overall message of grief and how you can be a different person when you’re grieving and I really liked the ending. Just fell flat for me, really.
8.Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – This was my first Western-like book that I have ever read. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like it was just a story with a beginning, middle and end that was all the author wanted to accomplish. I just wanted more to the story, really. I did like the overall Western vibes and #girlpower.
9.Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – Oh man.. I never say I disliked or hated a book but this is one I could NOT stand. I actually hated it so much. Which was sad because I never want to say that about a book. I didn’t like the world of the after life and I didn’t agree with the rules. Also, the main character was very whiny and so mean to her grandmother who she never knew!! She was so rude. Oh, I couldn’t stand her.
10. Never Never Part #3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – I was really excited for this because YAY!! last story! finally know what happens!!! THE ENDING MADE ME SOOOOO ANGRY. LIKE, WHY! I READ ALL OF THESE TO FIND OUT AND THAT’S ALL YOU GIVE ME. WHAT. Omg, this made me so angry…as you can see.
Okay, enough ranting for this post! Let me know your kind thoughts on any of these books! What was your most disappointing read of the year? xx