Hello! I hope you all are having a great week. I cannot believe that another month has gone by. I am almost done with my semester, it doesn’t seem like it has gone that fast. I had an okay reading month, but I’m glad I got around to reading these books this month.
Let me know in the comments on how you’re reading month went and if you have any goals for reading either next month or in the summer!
**If you have read any of these books, or want to give me a recommendation on what to read next, let me know in the comments or contact me via email or social media!**
Number of Books Read: 3
Types of Books:
3 Young Adult Fiction
Pages Read: Approx. 1,078
The books I read were:
I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville
Rating: 3 stars
I received this book as an arc. I thought it was okay, nothing special or anything. It was a quick, cute romance about a boy who’s discovering his sexuality, and finds someone who he likes. If you want to know more of my thoughts, here’s my review!
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 3 stars
I felt as though this wasn’t the strongest book in the series. Nothing really happened at all. We got some answers but it’s never explained in more detail of what it means or what’s going to happen next. I will probably continue with the series but this was mostly a filler book, I guess.
What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
Rating: 2.5 stars
I didn’t go into this expecting much but it was kind of weird because it felt like an average romance story but not at the same time. I definitely felt that it didn’t flow together as it should have. If you want to know more of my thoughts, I have a review posted!
Recent books I have bought/received:
The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
Shatter Me (Hardcover) by Tahereh Mafi
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Hello! I’m excited to share with you all with exciting news! I’ve officially been blogging for an entire year! I’m so thankful for everyone who has visited my blog. I also truly appreciate all of my followers who stick with me while I grow and improve within this blog!
To celebrate I wanted to ask all of you to comment with questions for a Q&A for my blog post next Tuesday. You can send me any questions book-related or personal, it doesn’t matter to me. Also, let me know if you want me to create a video of me answering these questions or make a written blog post!
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Rating: 2.5 stars
“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”
I didn’t go into this book with hardly any expectations and it’s probably a good thing because I don’t think it would have lived up them if they were higher. I think it was enjoyable in some parts but other times it was just meh.
The diversity in the book was a nice touch with ADHD, different ethnics like Puerto Rican, and sexuality. I just wished that the characters themselves were diverse because the main characters were very similar to the fact that I forgot whose perspective I was reading. The side characters were also very similar, they had the same kind of energy and the way they talked was almost the same to me.
It also seemed like there wasn’t really a plot because after they found each other after their first encounter. It was essentially Ben and Arthur have multiple dates and side characters hangout of with them and then summer ends. There wasn’t really anything special about the plot in the book.
“We all talk a big game like the universe is actually setting us up for something epic, and then everything ends. If we were all just a little more realistic, we wouldn’t keep losing people.”
Ben and Arthur are described to be very different people but when they are interacting they are very similar and it’s not in a good way. I had to occasionally check to see whose perspective I was reading. Their relationship was realistic in the beginning especially on the first couple of dates; it was awkward but it’s how you would expect going on a date with someone you don’t know. As it progressed they didn’t have any chemistry but they acted like they have been together for a longer time than they had. I do like how the authors made it show that both of the characters were flawed in their own ways, and they accepted each other. It was nice to see them knowing they have flaws, and sometimes people can get insecure about them but in this book, they didn’t make it so it consumed them.
I will say the ending was realistic. It was a plausible decision for both of them and considering they were both 17 or 18, it makes sense that they couldn’t stay in one place for the sake of the other one. I also liked how it didn’t mean that they weren’t going to see each other again, but I’m still glad they stayed in touch though.
The friends of either Ben or Arthur were okay. Dylan was kind of annoying, his energy didn’t seem realistic to me, and I think during the problems/fights he had with Ben, he didn’t understand him fully and brushed it off. Arthur’s friends felt like they didn’t seem like they were friends with him for as long as they said they have been.
Overall, this was book was okay. The characters felt underdeveloped because they were all very similar. I did enjoy different parts throughout the book, mostly through reading Arthur and Ben’s relationship because it was cute when they got past the awkward parts of the beginning of their relationship.
“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”
Hello! I hope you all have been having a great week. I have decided to do a harder challenge for myself, and test how well I really know my books. I wanted to do this challenge not only test myself but also make a video for it. I found it hard to make it as a post because a transcript of what was happening seemed boring and awkward to write a play by play.
So, I decided to create a video with my boyfriend, Eric helping me do this challenge. I also have been feeling as though my blog posts haven’t grasped my sense of personality the way I want others to view me. I think it gets hidden within my writing style so I felt that doing a video would bring out my personality more but also be able to do this challenge and make it so it’s not boring as just a blog post.
I want to make myself clear if the video quality isn’t very good because this is my first attempt to make a video with my camera. I have taken pictures for my blog with it but never video, so setting up audio, editing, and such have been very new with me but I still wanted to allow myself to learn.
I also had an issue while filming; I lost some footage, and I cannot figure out why so the last half of the video will be of us wearing different clothing and different lighting because I wanted to finish the challenge for you guys.
**This sort of challenge is not my own, I have watched many videos of other people doing the First Sentence Challenge. Please let me know what you think and comment below if you want to see more videos!**
With that long ramble, I hope you enjoy this video:
Prompt: The morning started with a frantic shout and a very heavy thump.
The morning started with a frantic shout and a very heavy thump. Alex shot awake and the loud noise coming from afar. He looked on the side of the bed where Bash had been sleeping, he wasn’t there. Alex sighed and pulled the covers off of him so he could get up. He stretched out his body and rubbed his eyes. He went into the bathroom and after sighed once again before walking down the stairs.
“What are you–” Alex began talking. He stopped after he saw the counter.
“Morning, love. I must’ve been a bit noisy this morning, but I’m not very experienced with cooking,” Bash admitted. Alex skimmed the counter, it was a mess of flour all over, and batter smeared in different areas over the counter. The ingredients Bash used were not put away, but scattered all over. He watched as Bash brought him a big stack of pancakes on a plate.
“What is this?” Alex asked. “You got up early to make me breakfast?” It was the first time that Bash ever cooked for him. It was Alex who usually cooked for either of them, Bash likes to help him though. “You must want something,” He looked at him skeptically.
Bash laughed and said, “No, not today. I figured I should do something nice for you. You already do a lot of things for me, I thought I’d return the favor.” Alex sat down with the plate of pancakes in front of him. He grabbed the maple syrup and poured it all over them, and began eating. Bash went to go sit next to him, watching him eat.
“For your first attempt, these are pretty good,” Alex admitted. He gave a forkful to Bash’s mouth and he accepted it. “You should do it more often. Cook for me, I mean.” Alex smiled, and so did Bash.
“I love you,” Bash said. He put his hands underneath his chin to watch Alex eat some more. Occasionally, Alex would feed him some more, but Bash was content on how happy Alex was that he just let him eat.
Hello! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a while now, and here it is! I’m going to be talking about books that you might like based on books you might have read.
Also a little note: I decided to get rid of the Book Haul tab, but the previous book hauls will be underneath the Monthly Wrap-up tab. From now on I will include and books I have obtained in recent months, and in the future in the Wrap-up posts.
**If you have any other recommendations or any others you would like to add, please leave a comment!!**
If you like this: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Summary: A year after 9/11, Shirin is still enduring the backlash the tragic event has caused because she’s Muslim. She keeps to herself and hangs out with her brother until she meets Ocean, a boy who goes to her school and changes her perspective about people.
Then you’ll like: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.
These books talk about the horrific event of 9/11 and how others have had to deal with the result and hatred towards those of Muslim culture. The messages throughout both of these novels send a positive message regardless of the negativity.
If you like this: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.
Then you’ll like: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Summary: Jason Dessen is out celebrating one night, and all of a sudden he’s kidnapped. He then realizes that he can travel through alternate parallels through this box. He must find a way to make it to his real universe in order to go back to his original life.
Although these books are different the concept of reliving the same day and switching through universes, I think, is very similar. So if you enjoyed Neverworld Wake, you will probably enjoy Dark Matter. Even the reading experiences for me were quite similar, having me guess and kept me on the edge of my seat.
If you like this: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Summary: Aristotle is upset about his life and his outlook is quite unusual. He meets Dante at the public pool and instantly become friends. Together they discover themselves and the important things about life.
Then you’ll like: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Summary: Tanner moves to Utah and is nearly graduated from high school. His friend Autumn convinces him to join a seminar where he must write a book in four months. He’s unsure in the beginning but when he meets Sebastian, he changes his mind and starts coming back out the closet.
These two novels are similar because they question who they want to be but also find love along the way. Both of these are very cute and fun to read.
If you like this: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Summary: A poem collection about love, loss, feminity, abuse, and other heavy topics.
Then you’ll like: Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare
Summary: A poem collection about ruined friendships, good and evil, and self-exploration.
These collections are similar but also focus on different things. I find it hard to explain poetry novels because I think it’s better to go in with very little knowledge. If you want more poetry if you’ve read Milk and Honey, you won’t regret picking up Water Runs Red.
If you like this: Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Summary: After his parents die, Harry must live with his terrible relatives. One day, a man named Hagrid came to tell him he’s a wizard and will attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and learn magic and spells.
Then you’ll like: The Novice by Taran Matharu
Summary: Fletcher, a blacksmith apprentice discovers he can summon demons. After his realization, he attends Adept Military Academy to learn how to summon demons but also train to fight against orcs. He gets caught in some dangers leading him to rely on Ignatius, his demon.
When I read the Novice it reminded me of Harry Potter because of the training inside the academy but also Pokemon because with the summoning. The premises are different but they do have some similarities that might be appealing if you have read the Harry Potter series.