Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

There’s some great releases that I’m anticipating for the summer and the rest of 2017. I’m very excited! These aren’t even half of them! What book are you most anticipating for the rest of 2017? 


 

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally •  July 4th 2017

Lucky in Love by Kasie West   •  July 25th 2017

Internet Famous by Danika Stone •  June 6th 2017

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard  •  June 6th 2017

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum   • July 11th 2017

 

The (Best) Worst Case Scenario by Sandy Hall  • August 27th 2017

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin   • August 29th 2017

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! 

Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland •  Sept. 5th 2017

She, Myself and I by Emma Young  •  September 5th 2017


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Top Ten Tuesday: Summery Book Recs & On My Summer TBR.


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

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.

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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!


 

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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!


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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West NO SPOILERS!


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Title: By Your Side
Author:  Kasie West
Paperback: 352 pages
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Romance, Young Adult
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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!?!
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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.
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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!
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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!!!

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If you’re going to comment a spoiler, please put spoiler before writing! I don’t want anyone to get spoiled. Okay?

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What did you think of By Your Side or are you now more excited to read it??

 

Ten Least Favorite Young Adult Books of 2016


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

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors I’ve Read in 2016!


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

* click the titles to go to Goodreads.


 


All these authors are new to me, and I’m glad that I read them this year. Some are debut authors and I can’t wait to read more of their work!

Who was your favorite new-to-me author this year?

The Booksgiving Book Tag


Happy Thanksgiving! SophiesSeries on YouTube created this awesome book tag just in time for Thanksgiving! I love it so much and I just have to do it! Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments.

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The Wrangler/Savior: What character would be most likely to chase after a turkey and what character would be most likely to save it?  I’m going with two characters from Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, Enoch would chase after the turkey, and Olive would want to save it. Image result for thanksgiving gifs

The Drama King/Queen: What book character would be most likely to start an argument at the table?   Celeste from the Selection Series, this is just her personality and she would make everyone angry during dinner by saying something rude.

The Space Cadet: What character would accidentally set the oven on fire? Clark from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, I could definitely see him going off to his office or something and forgetting that he put something in the oven! 

The Loner: What character would most likely be a loner on Thanksgiving? (because, let’s face it, no one wants them there). – Martin from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because he’s just not the best person and everyone probably hates him.

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The Perfectionist: What character would be too preoccupied making sure that everything at the event is absolutely PERFECT? Lara Jean and Margot from TATBILB! They are both always organized and making sure everything is the best it can be. Their Christmas party was perfect, I’m sure they’d even pull out the piano again and make thanksgiving themed cupcakes!

The Embarrassment: Which fictional character has a littleee too much (AKA a LOT) of the holiday spiced apple cocktail? James from True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan. James tends to drink a lot, so much that he ends up saying things he shouldn’t.

What book are you least thankful for this year? I’m not least thankful for any book because I’m thankful for books.

What book are you MOST thankful for? I am thankful for many books, especially the books I’ve read this year. But, I’m really thankful to Jenny Han for writing my favorite soon to be series, To all the boys I’ve loved before, it means so much to me. 

Name one random thing that you’re thankful for 🙂 I’m thankful for my cats because they always make me happy when I need it the most. 

5 Books to Read If You Like Gilmore Girls


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I recently posted a Gilmore Girls 2.0 Book Tag, and I was thinking of some books that are relatable to the show? It inspired this post, here are five books that you should read (if you haven’t) if you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls! Also, you should just read them anyway. I also posted a video on my channel with this topic and these books.


 

Image result for never have i ever katie heaney1. Never Have I Ever My Life (So Far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney –

This is a memoir by Katie Heaney about her love life starting all the way at preschool/kindergarten. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai definitely gets her share of weird dates. Kirk, Rune…Katie and Lorelai could definitely relate to weird dates! Katie goes on a date with a guy who replaces “Buckets!” for curse words. It’s bad and hilarious.

 


Image result for amy and roger's epic detour cover2. Rory + Lorelai’s Road Trip  – Amy and Roger road trip from California to Connecticut (Stars Hollow is in CT!!) and take a detour on the way. They go into hotels with fake names, they get Dairy Queen and even go up to Roger’s college. Remember that episode when they go on a random road trip and go to Harvard? The Gilmore girls are roadtrippers!

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Image result for attachments rainbow rowell cover4. Lorelai’s Witty Sense of Humor – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect book for a GG lover. The setting is an office of a newspaper so RORY and the two characters, Beth and Jennifer remind me so much of Lorelai in the humor sense and they are trying to get their lives on track!

 

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5Image result for why we broke up. Breakups – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is about Min and Ed’s break-up and Min is putting all of Ed’s things in a box. This is so relatable to Rory’s breakup with Dean, especially that she puts a box together of Dean’s belongings or anything that reminds her of him.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it!

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE REVIVAL. WHO IS READY?? 

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