February 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone!☺️

Here is my book haul for this month! I unfortunately once again did not get to read as much as I’d hoped to, which is partially because of math homework😫 . But hey, I do have the March break coming up, so that’s when I hope to get a lot of reading in as well as blog posts!

So let’s get started!

Borrowed from my school or public library:

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Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

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Received from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review:

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So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books did you haul this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Ouran Host Club Book Tag

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Hi everyone!😄

B @ icebreaker694 has tagged me to take part in her very own Ouran Host Club book tag. Thank you so much!💞 And for those of you who don’t follow her, she is absolutely awesome, so I’d 100% recommend that you do so now!

I had never heard of the Ouran Host Club before I was tagged- I am not a fan of anime, but I still really liked the super fun questions!

First things first, the rules:

Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you!
  2. ALWAYS PINGBACK TO CREATOR (icebreaker694) she wants to see your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below! (You don’t have to watch the show to answer them.)
  4. Tag 8+ 3 bloggers!

So let’s get started, shall we?😎

Les Questions:

Theme Song: A misleading character.

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Many of the girls seem super nice at the start of Winning… but then their bad sides start lashing out as they cause a lot of drama.

Haruhi: A character every other character loves.

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Cress is such a sweet character which everyone else in The Lunar Chronicles can’t help but love, even if they seem to be against her.💞

Tamaki: A character who started a movement.

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Malala is not really a character, but she did start up quite the movement in feminism, that’s for sure!😉

Kyoya: A character with parental issues.

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I think most YA characters have family problems of some sort, but Samantha in particular from My Life Next Door had a lot of problems with her parents.

Kaoru & Hikaru: Brotherly love.

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I couldn’t think of a book with solely brotherly love, just sisterly love or brother-sister love, so I turned to Big Hero 6. I just loved Hiro and Tadashi’s brotherly relationship!❤️

Mori: A character who is scary on the outside, but a bundle of fluff on the inside.

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The Goblin King from Wintersong definitely does seem scary upon first glance, but once I got to know him, he turned out to have a very wise soul, although a troubled one, if you may.

Honey: A character who likes to eat.

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Just THINKING about this book makes me hungry for a cookie, haha! Lara Jean absolutely adored baking treats, and of course eating them too!🍪

Renge: A tag-along character.

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I think you know what I’m going to say: TOTO!💜 🐩

Nekozawa: A character who likes the dark side.

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Ezra from The Beginning of Everything seemed to have quite a lot of theories about life and its dark side.

I tag…

  1. Mari @ ADDAMOO
  2. Meg & Leah @ Twin Reads
  3. Kim @ By Hook or By Book

You guys have no obligations at all to participate if you don’t feel like it, but I’d really appreciate seeing your answers!❤️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Any characters you (dis)agree about? What characters would you choose for these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

A List of Cages Review

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Title: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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I’ve been reading way too many mediocre books lately, and that has been breaking my heart. It could be that I’m never in the mood for those books, or that the books themselves have too many flaws. But A List of Cages was not one of these books- it was purely amazing! I honestly wish that every boring, mediocre book I’ve been picking up lately was as fantastic as this one!

For a quick synopsis, this book revolves around the dual POVs of Adam and Julian. Adam becomes an aide for his high school’s psychologist and couldn’t be any happier. When he is asked to find his old foster brother and reading buddy Julian, his life shines even brighter. But Julian’s life, however, has a dark side… one that Adam might not be able to help him with without risking everything.

The characters in this story were absolutely fabulous, and I’ve finally found a couple that are worth actually remembering for a change! They were both going through so much in the the book, but I loved the way they fought through everything and made it back to each other for support. I simply just loved both Adam and Julian, and I have made an extra special spot in my heart for them to stay in❤️ .

I really loved how important the aspect of friendship was in this story. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the two boys reuniting and bonding, I don’t know where the story would have gone. I could definitely see that Robin Roe was trying to let us all know how friendships are very beneficial to having a good life. Now, it seems like many people take their friends for granted, teasing them for ‘fun’ and turning their back on them for silly reasons, but A List of Cages was an amazing role model of what friendships are actually supposed to look like- people who support each other and have a good time together, no matter what comes their way.

Oh, and may I mention how much DIVERSITY this book had? Yet another point from me! Adam suffered from ADHD and Julian from dyslexia, and I think that anyone looking for an accurate representation of these should definitely turn to this book.

Overall, no one deserves to miss a book as beautiful as A List of Cages. From the amazing, three-dimensional characters to the lyrical writing style, there is something special in this book for everyone. So, if anyone is simply looking for an unforgettable, diverse YA friendship story, then this book belongs by your side.

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ARC Review: Summerlypse

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Title: Summerlypse

Author: Gerardo Delgadillo

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn’t help, especially when he meets the club’s beautiful DJ, Alex.

In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father’s back.

Colton’s not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.

Source: Thanks so much to Whole Enchilada Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Summerlypse was such a cute story to get me in the mood for summertime, but unfortunately, summer is still five months away!😟

I was out of physical books to read, so I turned to Netgalley to give me something cute and fun to read. Out of heaps of books, Summerlypse and its adorable cover and synopsis drew me in, immediately making me want to read more. And boy, am I glad I did!

For a brief synopsis, this book revolves around a teen boy named Colton. After experiencing quite a bit of heartbreak, he decides to join his friends to go to Mexico for summer vacation. At the club there, he meets a girl named Alex whom he instantly bonds with. She is deaf and has had a tough upbringing, so she asks Colton to help her win a mixing contest to impress her dad, who wants nothing to do with her. But is Colton really over his heartbreak, and will he have what it takes to help Alex win?

I absolutely adored Colton and his super warm heart. He was so loving and kind and always knew the right thing to do, even if he had to risk a lot to do it. I could tell that ethics were very important to him, with respect being a big one of his values. Also, he and Alex were just soooo adorable together, despite the bit of a love triangle that went on. But despite any other love interests that Colton may have had, Alex and Colton will always be one of my ships!❤️

And finally, a book with both family values AND diversity! I applaud the author’s ability to have successfully incorporated both, as I just love when stories include these! Alex wanted to show her cold father that she did have the ability to succeed, despite her nasty upbringing, AND despite the fact that she was deaf, and I really liked how things turned out!

All in all, Summerlypse had great characters, values, and a pretty neat premise. I know I will definitely be wanting to read more from Gerardo Delgadillo in the future! For those who are looking for a book taking place in hot Mexico with lots of awesome goodies packed into it, this book is for you- whether it is a sunny, warm day, or a snowy, freezing day!

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*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Blogging Advice Tag

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(Photo credits go to Lena)

Hi everyone!😄

Lena @ bookfandom1001 has once again tagged me in one of her creations, and this time, it’s the Blogging Advice Tag. Thanks so much, Lena, and you all must check out her fabulous blog if you haven’t yet!❤️

So, onto les questions!😉

How do you make time to blog?

I basically prioritize it, haha!😂 I don’t write posts during the week as that is when I read and have homework, but over the weekend I usually like to schedule all of the upcoming week’s blog posts. On weekends, I tend to put blogging before reading- I don’t want to let you guys down!

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Do you regret blogging?

Umm, is this even a question? Do you think you’d have this on your screen right now if I regretted blogging? Well, to be fair, there are some times when I’m simply just reluctant to blog, but do I regret this new hobby? Not at all!

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What are the best things about blogging?

I have a whole post full of these reasons (which you can view here, but FYI, my formatting is horrendous), but I just love getting my bookish opinions out there to a bunch of fellow readers who can actually understand my feelings for books, and I also simply adore the caring community!💞

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What are the worst things about blogging?

Two things: time constraints and pressure. I have been feeling the need to get something up on the blog every day, and I feel terrible whenever I miss a day. I know that it’s good to take breaks sometimes, especially when you’re busy with more important things, but this blog is super important to me, and I hate when there are day gaps between my posts!😟

What social media do you recommend creating before starting your blog?

I pretty much created my blog on a whim- I didn’t have any social media created solely for it yet until after I established myself in the community. But if you’re creating a book blog, I do suggest you make a Goodreads account. Comparing books with someone on Goodreads is something I almost always do to make sure I will enjoy following them, and if there is no Goodreads account linked… how will I know their tastes? I don’t have time to go digging around!🙅

What do you do if you need help with your ideas for future posts?

Surprisingly, I haven’t had a shortage of ideas for future posts yet (excluding Top Ten Thursday- my brain is running low on topics!😞 ). This is because I read a lot of books so many of my posts are reviews, and I have also been getting tagged in many different awards and tags.

What is your best post?

I’ll let you guys be the judge of that!😉 What do you think?

What is your worst post? 

Probably one of my first reviews… ugh, I cringe just thinking about them!

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How long have you been blogging for? 

I’ve been blogging for about 10 1/2 months now, and there are literally ZERO signs of me stopping!😊

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How long will you blog for?

I have no idea right now, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to for a very long time.☺️

I tag…

  1. Breanna @ Recommends Book
  2. Maddie @ Stories and Spoons
  3. Nicole @ A Myriad of Books

If you guys are not up to participating, it’s totally okay with me! I’d still really like to see your answers, though!💞

So tell me, how do you prioritize your time to be able to blog as much as you do? Do you cringe at your first posts? What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging? Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #40

Hi everyone!😄

In honour of my school’s semi-formal happening tonight, I have decided to centre this week’s Top Ten Thursday post around books with lots of action and/or drama- I’m sure there will be a lot of those tonight. So, without further ado, let’s party!🎊

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Carve the Mark was full of action, although a bit too much for my liking, but it was fine since I enjoyed the rest of the elements of the book.☺️

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For a contemporary book, This Adventure Ends did boast quite a bit of action and drama! In this case, it didn’t really work out for me, but I can still totally see how it could for others.😄

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Ooh, such spicy drama in this one! It’s not out yet, but I’d totally recommend that you pick it up once it releases on March 28th!

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Winning is basically the queen of all high school drama books, with a feud going on between many girls wanting to be homecoming queen. Though I didn’t really enjoy there being 4 or 5 POVs, those who prefer that will be on the very edge of their seats while reading this book!

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The first book of the Maze Runner series was full of action and fast-moving events, but just to warn you all, it all went downhill in the next two books.😟

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Nerve will have you sitting on the edge of your seat for sure! I don’t read many thrillers and this one was only okay for me, but just to tell you, its action was captivating!

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Ahhh, this was such an amazing series!❤️ I actually really enjoyed the action in this book- it was absolutely relevant to the story and JUST. SO. COOL.

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Okay, I have to admit, Rebel Belle and its two sequels were all kind of strange. The action and drama in them were still quite entertaining, though.☺️

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Ah, how could I forget my dear friend The Selection? I LOOOOVVVVEEEEDDDD the drama in this one, and Maxon made me swoon!💞

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Last but not least, Follow Me Back was full of super juicy drama and a mystery that kept me guessing. Once it comes out in June, look out for my bubbly review that will force you to want to go right to your bookstore and read this beauty!❤️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books did you think involved a lot of drama and action? Do you have any recommendations for future Top ten Thursday posts (I’m running out of ideas!😟) ? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

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Title: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Wow, oh wow. What a beauty.

I had heard many bloggers rave about this book as well as Saenz’s previous work, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so when I got the chance to get my hands on an early copy of this book, my grabby fingers hopped right to it!😉

For a brief synopsis, The Inexplicable Logic of my Life revolves around Salvador, who was sure he knew his place in the world. That was, until a few rather catastrophic events happen. Through thinking and reflecting over these events, Sal realizes that he actually has no clue who he really is, and thus strives to find himself.

I just wanted to point out that this is NOT a happy book. At all, actually. The characters go through many different hardships and fight many battles, but reading this is still definitely worth it to see how they turn out at the end.

I found the characters to be very relatable and well thought out, especially our protagonist, Salvador. He was quite a curious, intuitive guy, and he seemed to have the guts to tell whenever something was wrong, whether it be about himself or something else. I would absolutely say that because of his warm heart and wise ways, Sal is the type of character who could give out the best advice to someone in need. He also went through quite a lot of character development, and I was very happy with who he became by the end of the story!

I also really adored his best friend, Sam. The struggles she had to go through were just as terrible, if not worse, than Sal’s, but she still stayed strong and fought through all the grief. Honestly, I don’t really see the two of them getting together as a romantic couple, but they were definitely great as friends!

The writing style in this book was downright beautiful! Metaphors, personification, and even MORE was included in this book to reel readers in, and I myself absolutely felt super engaged while reading.

Overall, this story was a beautiful one- cover, writing and character wise. I can’t wait to pick up Saenz’s first book, as well as anything else he writes in the future! I just wish that this book could’ve been a bit happier and shorter, so this is why I am deducting one star. So, in short, if you’re looking for a beautiful coming-of-age story but don’t mind some mature, darker themes and a long length, then definitely check this book out once it hits shelves on March 7th!☺️

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*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

 

ARC Review: You’re Welcome, Universe

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Title: You’re Welcome, Universe

Author: Whitney Gardner

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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I first came across You’re Welcome, Universe on Netgalley. As much as I wanted to request it, it was only for American readers, so I didn’t want to risk being declined. Luckily, when the ARC newsletter from Indigo came in featuring this book, I couldn’t help but request it, expecting an artsy, fun, diverse read. And for the most part, that’s what I got!

This book revolves around a girl named Julia, who is an avid graffiti artist. Someone had painted an offensive piece of graffiti about her best friend on the walls of her school, so she decides to fix it with her own graffiti mural. And, of course, she is caught and expelled from her school and forced to go mainstream. There, she is the only deaf student, and thus doesn’t fit in too well. She uses art as an escapism to all her troubles, and paints graffiti murals all around town. But it turns out that Julia isn’t the only graffiti artist- there’s another, and they want to compete.

I found Julia to be a very strong character who was never afraid to stand up for what she believed in. She knew that there were risks involved in painting over the slurs, but she didn’t expect to be expelled, but I still believe that despite what happened, she stayed strong with no regrets of the decision she made. Sure, getting expelled is never good, but doing the right thing absolutely is-punishment or no punishment. 

To me, this book was quite unique, so I want to point out a few things that made it this way. First, the fact that there was little romance. There was a tiny bit between Julia’s best friend Jordyn and another minor character, but it makes almost no impact on the plot. It was refreshing to read a contemporary book without a major romantic relationship for a change– there really don’t seem to be too many of those!

I also loved the fact that art was covered. Again, not too many YA books centre around art, or any hobby in general! I myself am not the biggest artist, but knowing that there are more books about specific hobbies opens up the world of books to many new potential readers!

Lastly, the diversity. As I said before, Julia was hard of hearing and thus had a lot of trouble navigating around her new school, and she also had two moms. These were absolutely great to see, and I’m so glad that more and more books are becoming diverse!

Overall, this book was excellent, but the one thing that irked me was that there was a mystery mentioned in the synopsis which wasn’t too clear in the book- am I missing something? Anyway, anyone who is on the lookout for a sweet read with little romance, great morals and characters, DIVERSITY, and a big splatter of graffiti should definitely read this one when it comes out on March 7th! Don’t thank me- thank the universe for letting this book be published.😉

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*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

Versatile Blogger Award 2.0

Hi everyone!☺️

A while ago, Miss Abigail nominated me for my second Versatile Blogger Award, but I’ve only been able to get to it now. Thanks so much Abigail, and I’m so sorry for the wait!❤️ You all MUST check out her fabulous blog- her graphics and posts are absolutely stunning!

So let’s get started, shall we?

The Rules:

  • Show the award on your blog & thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5 3 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees & let them know of your nomination

My Facts:

  1. I’ve never broken a bone. I usually tend to stay away from sports and activities that could pose this risk, and I am hoping that it will stay this way for the rest of my life.
  2.  I have had four pairs of glasses. I’ve had an eye prescription since I was six, and at first it was because I couldn’t see up close properly, but then my vision pretty much switched around and now I can see fine up close- now it’s just faraway I need to worry about.
  3. My school’s semi-formal is on Thursday! I’m so excited for a great night full of dancing, food, and most importantly, FRIENDS!❤️
  4. I wasn’t allowed a Snapchat account until this past September, but I was allowed Facebook at age 9. I personally think it should’ve been the other way around- on Snapchat, people can’t really ‘snoop’ you unless they add you and you reciprocate, but on Facebook, anyone can view your profile. Looking back now, I can’t even believe I was allowed a Facebook account at such a young age!
  5. I have a Bookstagram, but I rarely use it. Feel free to press here if you’re interested in the pictures I post around once per decade, but I just don’t have the patience to take a bunch of pictures of the same thing and choose the best one! That’s part of why I barely post on my personal account too, haha😂 .
  6. A couple years ago, my brother and I drew on my mirror with window writers, but I don’t have the heart to erase it. Thus, my mirror is full of rainbows, video game characters, and penguins!😂
  7. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to read as much because I now have math, meaning that I receive homework every night that takes centuries to do. It’s so annoying!😤

I Nominate…

  1. Nora @ Reading Experiences with Nora
  2. What the Cat Read
  3. Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks

You guys have no obligations at all to participate, but I would love to learn more about you and what you’re about!☺️

So tell me, do you agree with any of my facts? Disagree? Any that surprise you? Have you ever broken a bone? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Beginning of Everything Review

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Title: The Beginning of Everything

Author: Robyn Schneider

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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Learning that the protagonist (and author) of this book were Jewish like me, I had very high hopes for this story. Though it did seem a bit cliché, I love being able to read about a fellow Jew as I don’t get to very often. Unfortunately, though, I was sincerely let down.

The Beginning of Everything centres around Ezra, who believes that everyone has a tragedy lurking behind them. His tragedy was that he had gotten into a car accident which shattered his knee- as well as his whole life. His old friends turn their backs to him, so he finds himself regrouped with the misfits of his school. In this group he meets a girl named Cassidy with whom he quickly bonds. But will he be able to handle any other tragedy that comes his way?

Ezra as a character was okay, but I just feel like he didn’t stand out within the sea of all of the *many* contemporary characters I read about. He was very intuitive and tended to be very knowledgeable about life, though, which I did like. But when I look back at my experience with this book in a year, will I remember him? Hm. The odds are pretty slim.

Cassidy was also pretty unmemorable, even more so than Ezra. I felt bad for her regarding her circumstances, but there unfortunately weren’t many character traits of hers that I could pinpoint and retain for my writing of this review.

The plot, to say the least, was as cliché as most other contemporary plots I read about, if not more! I’m sure that if you’re an avid contemporary romance reader, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, haha😂 .

Overall, this book just blended in, whereas I like my books to stand out in the crowd. That was too bad- I expected much more from this story! Anyway, for those who don’t mind yet ANOTHER cliché romance book or are brand new fans of the genre, definitely feel free to dive in! But if not, then I’d recommend that you skip it. Trust me, you’re not missing out on too much.

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