What If It’s Us

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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.” 

If You Like This Book, Then You’ll Like…

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!!**


81dZd9aMhjLIf 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.

915XZDoqAQLThen 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.


91TZV+xgSsLIf 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.

27833670Then 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.


71Ha8X7iAjLIf 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.

28919058.jpgThen 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.


milkIf you like this: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Summary: A poem collection about love, loss, feminity, abuse, and other heavy topics.

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_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.


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookIf 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.

SummonerNoviceThen 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.

Do I Have That Book Tag

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

I have the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi so any of those

2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

It’s not very clear, but We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

Yes, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

I have Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

After searching, the first one I found was New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

I might, I don’t have access to check this book for confirmation but I believe that Clockwork Princess is a Mass Market Paperback

7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

I don’t own books that have the pen name but I do own books of the authors that have used pen names before, like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

I do. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

This might be cheating but Throne of Glass has a map on two pages, but it’s just a connecting map

10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

The Six of Crows duology is turning into a TV show, but it’s not currently out

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)

I do, I have one called Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

The only one I can think of is Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

13. Do you have a poetry book?

I have multiple. The first one I saw was Love Her Wild by Atticus

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

Yes. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I believe I don’t. I have multiple authors beginning with N but not my last initial.

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

I don’t think so. I just unhauled a book that did though

17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, this one took a long time to find because there were a lot of books below or above this amount

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

Yes. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

It’s a manga called Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

I do. I have My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

March Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello! I hope your week is starting off well.

This month was fairly busy, but I feel satisfied with how many books I read because school work started to build up, then some other things came up, and then spring break. But I had a fairly decent reading month.

**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: 

1 Poetry

2 New Adult

Pages Read: Approx. 1026


The books I read were:

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Rating: 4 ­stars

This is something I didn’t know I needed. I don’t really read poetry, and I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. The writing was so beautiful, beyond belief; I’m amazed. I also didn’t connect with it for a good majority, but I still enjoyed it because it was a memoir written in poems. You must read it.

 

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 4 stars

This book was so good. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of it all. It was executed so wonderfully, and I was not disappointed by any means. I received this as an ARC copy for NetGalley, and have a full review posted, so if you would like to know more, it’s under the Review tab!

 

 

33519394The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Rating: 3 stars

I heard about this book a while ago and decided to buy it. I was on my trip to Chicago and decided to read it, and I actually buddy read this with my boyfriend as well. Our thoughts are fairly similar to this book, there were fairly many grammatical errors while reading this which was distracting, and the dialogue between the characters was unrealistic and awkward, almost forced. However, the relationship build up between the two characters were really cute. This book was just okay. 

 

Red, White, and Royal Blue

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Rating: 4 stars

I want to give a thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

I went into this book with hardly any knowledge about this other than the fact that it has m/m romance and contains politics. I was not let down by any means, this book is fantastic. I will admit that it starts off fairly slow, but once Alex and Henry are introduced as more enemies to lovers and develop their relationship, it definitely picks up.

This book is so diverse. It has a lot of elements that fit so well into it, and nothing feels like it could have been explained more. Alex is biracial; Mexican and white. He’s also bisexual, and it was interesting to me that his history of discovering what his sexuality is, it was never exactly categorized until he met Henry, it was more of “it is what it is” and he just went with it. Alex is also the first son and his sister, June is also biracial and the first daughter. Henry is a prince, and totally gay, and it was nice to hear about that he was proud of it in his own way without anyone in his family knowing. Nora is Alex and June’s best friend who is also bisexual. And Bea, Henry’s sister, she’s known to be a former cocaine addict. All of these things are big issues, especially in the political system, but the way it was written and conveyed all throughout the novel was amazing.

I really liked the way the politics worked throughout the book. I don’t read many books dealing with politics, and this one was well written. When they were bringing up these issues, all they wanted to do was cover up from the media until became too much of a burden on their shoulders to not be open about it, especially Alex and Henry’s feelings towards each other. It shed light on what a general life is like most in America being a president and what evolves around that but also what life looks like for a prince as well. The reality they had to face when they found of Henry was gay, it had positive and negative backlash from the media and society, but it was dealt with such love and everything that it didn’t matter. 

The relationship between Alex and Henry was beautiful because they managed to communicate so well with each other long distance, and the emails they sent made my heart melt. The references to history were refreshing because I normally read books about characters talking about pop culture. It was nice how it relates to their situations and how they felt about each other but it was also teaching each other different parts of history that they haven’t learned about.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were some parts, mostly in the beginning that were slow and made me questioned if I liked it. I think this book was very well written and by the end, I had so many emotions about these characters, and the things that happened throughout the book and towards the end made me desperately want Alex and Henry together. Many books don’t make me have a lot of emotions towards either the characters or the story, but this one definitely did.

Hamilton Book Tag

Hello! I hope you all have had a very nice week. In this post, I will be doing the Hamilton Book Tag!

I know I’m very late at the game for posting this sort of book tag, however, in honor of doing this, I am actually seeing Hamilton for the first time at the end of March, and I am so excited.

I developed my love for Hamilton in my first semester of my freshman year of college. My roommate was very into theater and I overheard it while she was listening to her playlist of musicals, and instantly fell in love.

I don’t have much money especially to travel and then see Hamilton, so I wasn’t expecting to see it. My lovely boyfriend, Eric bought me the tickets so we can travel and go see the show as my Christmas present. He planned it all out around my spring break and so he could take off work and so I wouldn’t have to miss school.

***The links connected to the title of the song are not mine, I took them off Youtube in order for you all to listen to the songs throughout this book tag! ***

So with that little note, let’s get into the book tag!


1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

This is a tricky one, the one that is calling me more to is the Shadowhunter world. It’s our real world but has different aspects of magic and powers, and it doesn’t seem too bad.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea because for how much she’s been through, she’s still incredibly tough. You see her grow in the book and how she views the world and her story is definitely one to be heard.

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

I would say, Evelyn Hugo, because she has gone through a lot in her life but she doesn’t let it get her down and she kept going on; especially at the beginning of her career.

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warning spoilers!]

I really loved Dobby from Harry Potter so it would be nice if he was alive. Also, Evelyn Hugo, because I feel like she would be a very insightful woman to learn from, besides the story she told within the novel.

5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warning spoilers!]

Not many books that I’ve read had a heartbreaking ending, but there is one couple that I’ve thought about when I read the question. No doubt, The Fault in our Stars couple, Augustus and Hazel Grace. I understand why John Green wrote the book the way he did, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. When Augustus died, it broke my heart, and I cannot imagine what Hazel Grace was thinking when it happened because oh my god.

6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

I can’t really come up with a sassy villain. I can think of some but I don’t think they’re sassy though. So, I will put this question on hold, but if any of you come up with something for this question, let me know!

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warning spoilers!]

The one that I immediately thought about was We Were Liars. I didn’t really like the book in the beginning but when I discovered essentially everything that had happened wasn’t real, I was caught off guard. Like, enough to rate a little higher than I was thinking I would have.

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned 

I marathoned The Mortal Instruments in just a week. I wanted to end my last summer before college by finishing that series because I wanted to get to it during the summer but never got around to it because of other books. I also didn’t know when I was going to get to it during college, so I was determined to read the series, and I’m so glad that I did.

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs 

As this should be quite obvious, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. This has more POVs than expected, it is told in mostly Wavy’s perspective but the reader sees other points from her grandmother, cousin, a judge, a teacher, and Kellen, and there a probably a few more as well.

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

I can totally see how the Mortal Instruments will be remembered because it still is a very talked about series. Although, I don’t think Harry Potter hype will ever stop.

UK Cover Vs. US Cover

emberI really like both of these covers. The US version shows more of the landscape and details on their city. The UK version is just more of character relationship. I think the tie with the UK looks better because there isn’t anything extra besides the characters. I feel like the US cover, you get a little lost, as it goes further down.

 

images.1This one is hard to decide because they both fit the book well. I think I like the US cover just because I think it gives off a stronger feeling within the book.

 

 

 

893991_369427116499830_2059007535_oThese two covers are practically the same except for the color change. I think I like the UK cover more because the white adds a separation to the colors. I also think that it shows more boldness and strength within it.

 

 

spusukThis one is also hard to decide because one cover is realistic and the other one is just like a cutesy cover. I’m kinda leaning towards the UK cover just because I feel like it fits the story better and it is more directed towards that it’s about traveling.

 

 

512-aldvAsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_8562359a3827cb627755ab53d9544339I really like the UK cover for this because I think it shows more of what the vision looks about the Paper Towns and the meaning behind it. While the US version is mostly related to the overall plot of the story, but I feel like the UK cover has more story behind it that captures me more.

Favorite First Sentences

Hello! I hope you all are having a great week! It’s starting to warm up here this week, and I’m so excited to not have to walk in the freezing cold. But anyway, today I wanted to share with you my Top Ten Favorite First Sentences! (They are in no particular order).

Let me know in the comments what your favorite first sentences are!


71Ha8X7iAjL“One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.” – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

41sw7rsmCrL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_“The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.” – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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“The world might be sunny-side up today.” – Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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“My mother always started the story by saying, ‘Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car,’ as though that explained why Wavy wasn’t normal.”  – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.” – To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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“The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on front street like a glittering needle threading the sky.” – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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“The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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“We always seemed to be moving, always for the better, always to make our lives better, whatever. I couldn’t keep up with the emotional whiplash.” – A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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“On the morning we are to leave for our Grand Tour of the Continent, I wake in bed beside Percy. For a disoriented moment, it’s unclear whether we’ve slept together or simply slept together.” – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The last book I read was an ARC of Again, But Better by Christine Riccio; I do have a review posted about it so, if you want to know more on my thoughts, go check that out.

2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading two books; one is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which is a reread for me. The other book is Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, another ARC review to be posted soon.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

I tried doing TBRs but I’m not that type of person. I’m a mood reader, so I just look for books that I haven’t read that sound good to me.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

After the two books I’m currently reading, I recently bought, The Butterfly Project. I’m very excited to read it.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do. If you want to know more about how I rate books, I have a post created all about that under the Bookish Posts tab.

6. Are you doing a 2019 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I have set it to 25 books. I’ve currently read 6 so far, which I think is pretty good for me since I’ve been in and out of reading slumps for a while.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

I do not, I usually just buy books on a whim every once in a while. I have before but I got a little overwhelmed by it.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m not entirely sure if I want to buy No Exit, I might just wait it out until the library has it or something.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I won’t share anything now, but I do have a post on my favorite literary quote underneath the Bookish Posts tab! I also have another quote relate post coming soon.

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Tahereh Mafi, Bryn Greenwood, and Marisha Pessl; as I was looking at authors, I realized that I’ve hardly read any of them twice. I’m thinking that I should dedicate a month to reading more books from authors I’ve enjoyed.

11. Have you joined any groups?

I have not, and I don’t know if I will plan to either. But we shall see.

February Monthly Wrap-Up – 2019

Hello! I cannot believe what a snowy month February has been. I did, however, read 4 books and started another one before the month had ended! My ratings have fluctuated a lot over this month, but I found another all-time favorite book, so I’m not complaining whatsoever. 

I also made a new schedule to get myself more committed to staying on top of things within this blog. I have decided to make a bookish post either a tag or special post every Tuesday! Also, I wanted to push myself to create some kind of art project every week as well, so look for that every Friday!!

**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: 4

Types of Books: 

1 Adult Thriller

3 Young adult Fiction

Pages Read: Approx. 1,364 pages 


The books I read were:

You by Caroline Kepnes

20821614Rating: 3.5 stars

I wasn’t totally into this book as I wished I had been but it wasn’t terrible. I thought some aspects of this novel were interesting and very graphic but that’s what the book needed. However, I felt this book was lacking in other areas. I did make a review on this book and compared it to the Tv show, so go check that out under the Review tab!

 

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

51Wx9AWeqzL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 4 stars

I originally read this novel in 2017 but I don’t remember much of what had happened throughout the book. I still kept my original rating from the first time I read it. It was very slow moving but the message behind it was really nice, however, it still didn’t make me feel anything. 

 

 

A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tareheh Mafi

81dZd9aMhjLRating: 5 stars

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It is very rare for a novel to make me cry and get emotional like I am just thinking about it; nor does a novel make me want to pick it up again right after I’ve just finished it. Tareheh Mafi has not let me down with this one, and she is one of my all-time favorite authors. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.

 

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

81kW7J18kvLRating: 2.5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley, hoping to like this book. Unfortunately, it fell flat, the writing style wasn’t for me, and I thought the overall execution of the story was messy. I have written a full review on this book if you’re interested click on the Book Review tab!