Top Ten Thursday #49

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I wanted to talk about some books I’ve read that are outside of my comfort zone, as well as some on my TBR. This post will be split into two halves according to whether or not I’ve read them.

I REALLY want to try to read some more books outside of my comfort zone, most of which include fantasy books. I guess that this post is a vow for me to keep trying with these books, haha!

So let’s get on with it, shall we?😄

Books I’ve Read Outside of my Comfort Zone


When I saw Wintersong on the Indigo ARC newsletter, its cover instantly drew me in. Despite its genre, I knew I needed it in my life. And low and behold, I loved it!💞


I picked this one up on impulse at my school’s library to try out a new kind of book, but unfortunately, I didn’t love The Scorpion Rules. Review to come!


The Raven Boys is a very hyped book. Even though I am not normally comfortable with high fantasy, I still wanted to check it out to see what others were loving. To be honest, it was not my favourite. (Don’t kill me now!)😧


Hunger is probably the longest book I’ve read, but it was still pretty captivating, if I do say so myself.☺️


I had no interest in Harry Potter for literally the longest time, but I was blown away when I gave in and tried it out! I still have to read all the books in the series after Prisoner of Azkaban, though.🙊

Books I Want to *Try* Outside of my Comfort Zone


My Sister’s Keeper is a contemporary novel, but it looks a bit mature and emotionally triggering. I still plan on giving it a go, though… someday.😂


This book has over 800 FREAKING PAGES. As much as I want to dive back into The Lunar Chronicles, this book’s length is killing me!😫


Uprooted looks interesting, but A) it is a fantasy novel, and B) it is speculated to have some mature themes. I guess I’ll wait until I read some more YA fantasy before diving in.


I’ll be taking a risk with reading Hush, Hush- I am very far from being the biggest fan of paranormal books. This book does look interesting enough for me to give it a try, though!


Last but not least, readers either love or hate The 5th Wave. There’s no in-between, so I’m afraid of falling into the latter!

So tell me, what books have you read that are outside of your comfort zone? Any on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Opinions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #48

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I have decided to talk about books with more than one POV. To me, they can be awesome at times, or they can be super annoying, all depending on the book and how they are written. So, I will be dividing this post into two: 5 multiple perspective books that worked beautifully, and another 5 that didn’t really work in my eyes.

So let’s get on with it!💘

Multiple POVs I Appreciated😄



In The Art of Being Normal, David and Leo have such unique voices and personalities, and I was always able to tell whose POV was whose while reading.👌



I didn’t love this book, but it is co-written by famous authors John Green and David Levithan, each writing the POV of their own Will Grayson. The two Will Graysons were basically polar opposites, from their fonts to their actions!



The Sun is Also a Star follows the dual perspectives of protagonists Daniel and Natasha, both with very different personalities and backgrounds. It worked very well and I never found myself confused.☺️



Jennifer Niven is the literal QUEEN at writing books with dual perspectives. I adored both of these reads and I could easily tell the POVs apart as well!


Tiny Pretty Things follows three ballerinas, all coming from very different places in terms of ethnicities, experiences, and personalities. I’d definitely recommend this book for its in-depth characters!💘

Multiple POVs I Didn’t Like So Much🙅


The multiple POVs in these books were literally SO mind-boggling, especially in the last two! It became super difficult for me to tell who was who whenever I read a paragraph of a page.😟



I was only expecting there to be one POV in Winning, but there turned out to be so many that I couldn’t even keep up!



For me, it is often fantasies or sci-fis with multiple perspectives that irk me, and The Enemy Within was a good example of that. There were 4 different POVs and I got so puzzled!😧


Okay, there were 8 POVs in this book, and I could only really relate to 25% of them. So…… yeah. That should explain things well.💁


I was completely fine with the ending of the Divergent series (unpopular opinion😌 ), but why were there so many confusing POVs in Allegiant?

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? And if so, what did you think of their multiple POVs? What books do you (dis)like with multiple POVs? Are you a fan of them in general? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #47

Hi everyone!☺️

Spring is finally upon us!🎉🎉 (Well, at least it is for us Canadian folks, haha!) What was hopefully our last snowfall hit us last week, and I’m hoping that the snow will stay away until at least November or December of this year.

Anyway, to celebrate spring’s official arrival (a little late, but still…😶 ), I decided that for this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I would showcase some book covers that scream “SPRING” from the top of their lungs!😂

So let’s spring into it!😉



Millie Bird is a seven-year-old girl who always wears red wellington boots to match her red, curly hair. But one day, Millie’s mum leaves her alone beneath the Ginormous Women’s underwear rack in a department store, and doesn’t come back.

Agatha Pantha is an eighty-two-year-old woman who hasn’t left her home since her husband died. Instead, she fills the silence by yelling at passers-by, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven years old and once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife’s skin. He sits in a nursing home, knowing that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.

Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie’s mum. Along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.

The rainboots are a definite giveaway to this being a springy book!😉



Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Just something about this cover… maybe it’s the grass, the sky, or the tractor… really reminds me of spring!🍀



On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what she doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined, in On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor.

The cover of On the Road to Find Out says it all! From the running to the clothes the girl is wearing, it is quite easy to tell that this book screams, “SPRING!”



Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

This cover is beautiful. Just like the gorgeous season of spring.💞



For Tilly White, ballet is her only escape from life, from her grief over her mother’s and brother’s deaths, and from her abusive stepfather, Fletcher. Late one evening as she leaves the studio, someone throws her into a van. But before they can carry out their plan, a mysterious boy rescues her… and steals her necklace?

Desperate to reclaim the last item she has of her family, Tilly chases her rescuer into the sewers where she discovers a secret society of ninjas. Through training with them, she learns to have real faith, which she’ll need when the job gets all too personal. The ninjas investigate a local mob boss to find Tilly’s best friend caught up in the mess. Fletcher might be involved, too! Her only allies are these ninjas she barely knows. Tilly will need to rely on her faith and her colleagues to save her friend.

YASSSS to that city landscape!!😍



Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

This cover is definitely pretty summery, too, but I think the colour green is what makes it seem like spring.



For the first time ever, a young adult novel about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, the author who brought us ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery — Maud to her friends — has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy — her dreams of being a writer are much more important.

But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future — and her happiness forever.

Just take one look at this cover, and I don’t know about you, but I for sure see “spring” written all over it!



The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Spring? Spring.👌



From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I think it’s just that pretty green colour that makes this book seem like a good one for spring.💚



The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

The flower and bird on this cover say it all!☺️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite spring reads? How about some other books whose covers scream spring? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #46

Hi everyone!😄

2017 is THE YEAR for diverse books. Every week, so many of them are released into stores and libraries, and avid readers like us flock out to buy them; to dive into a different way of living. Unfortunately, there are many diverse reads on my TBR that I haven’t gotten to yet (but I am DYING to!😫). So, I’ve decided to centre this week’s Top Ten Thursday all about those books.

So let’s get started, shall we?😉



Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I must get my hands on this one ASAP! Everyone has been raving about it, and I feel like I’ve been missing out! I just know that it will move and change me.💜



Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

I am a huge fan of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology, so I was bouncing up and down when I heard that she decided to extend the series! Can May 2nd come any sooner?😫



From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

Things I Should Have Known seems like such a sweet novel. I can’t wait to devour it!☺️



“It’s not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring.”

Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes “Nes” Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she’s transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother’s relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school’s reigning belle and the principal.

Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she’s learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white.

Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes’s yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.

I know that Rebels Like Us is going to be such an important read. Plus, LOOK AT THAT STUNNING COVER!!😍



The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

The premise of this book looks so interesting- I hope it is pulled off correctly!🙏



After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is one I’ve heard some great things about. It’s been released for quite a while now, and I hope to get my hands on it soon!😄



Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer andher senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

Oooh! Life in Egypt?! I’ve always wondered about Egypt and what it’s all about! Whenever I hear “Egypt,” I think about the Pyramids of Giza and hieroglyphics, so I hope that this book defies that stereotype.👌



Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that—every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother’s stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment.
The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie—a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family’s love songs and tragedies.
Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort—and maybe even freedom—as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before.

In a way, this reminds me of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but I know it will definitely be different. I’ve heard such fantastic things about The Bone Sparrow and I’m so excited to pick it up!😄



Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

This looks like an inspiring, coming-of-age LGBTQ story, and I am exuberant to dive in!😄



Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

Last but not least, I can already tell that Love and First Sight will end up as a 4 or 5 star read. I can feel it!💜 I can’t wait to read it!

So tell me, have you read any of these books? (If so, I am SOOO jealous!!😫) If so, what did you think about them? Do they portray diversity well? Are any of them on your TBR? What other diverse stories are you dying to read? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #45

Hi everyone!☺️

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, then you probably know that contemporary is my #1 favourite genre, no doubt. I mention a contemporary book or author in *almost* every one of my posts, haha! But today, I wanted to focus more on other genres I don’t read as much, such as dystopian, fantasy, historical fiction, and sci-fi, so I will be centring this week’s Top Ten Thursday around my favourite authors NOT from the YA contemporary genre.

So let’s-a-go!☺️



I really enjoyed Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy along with her new release Carve the Mark. When’s the second book in her new series coming out? I’m hungry for it!😛



Since S. Jae-Jones is a brand new author, I have only read her beautiful debut Wintersong, but I really hope to read some more of that lyrical prose. No, scratch hope. I’m desperately aching to!😫



Claudia Gray’s Firebird series, in my eyes, was a definite winner. I am aware that she has more books (yay!), so I have my fingers crossed that I’ll get to them sometime!💞



Haha, there is no way I could have written this post without mentioning the amazing Marissa Meyer and her gorgeous Lunar Chronicles books. I am STILL intimidated by Winter and thus have not gotten around to it, and I am also still waiting to read Heartless, but I am positive that they will both earn a special spot in my heart.💜



Panic is NOT my favourite Lauren Oliver book whatsoever, but it was just the first one I found in my photos, haha! Anyway, I do have pretty mixed opinions towards Oliver’s books, but I absolutely loved her Delirium series!






Admittedly, I have only read the first three Harry Potter books, but hopefully that will change into a larger number soon. I absolutely love J.K. Rowling’s writing and imagination!👌



By now, you guys should all know about my love for Kiera Cass’s books and The Selection, but if not, I will scream it out loud and right into your ear: I LOVE THE SELECTION!❤️



As far as YA historical fiction authors go, I haven’t read multiple books from very many of them, but Kathy Kacer impresses me every time with her amazing stories. I even met her when she visited my school, too, so that’s a bonus!💞



Ugh, I haven’t read a Kit Pearson book in such a long time! It’s bothering me now. Maybe I should go out and find one before I go crazy!😂

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Do you like any of these authors, too? Who are some of your favourite authors from outside your preferred genre? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

*All author images and book covers are from Goodreads or Google- they do not belong to me under any circumstance.*

Top Ten Thursday #44

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I wanted to list some books that have strong family aspects.

In many of the YA (and middle grade) books I read, the protagonist experiences some family issues- whether it be with missing, deceased, or divorced parents, absent family members, and more, so in this post, I will be recommending some books with just sweet family fluff.💜

So let’s get on with it, shall we?



It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.

Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.

With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.




To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

This fluffy book about sisterly relationships will for sure leave you wanting more!👭



Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she’s a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she’s anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free.

The main character, Teva, has many clones in this book who are basically like sisters to her. This was a pretty cool read which I’d totally recommend!👍



Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Belly has close relationships with both family members and friends in this book- it’s a real gem.💙



From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Second Chance Summer had me laughing, smiling, as well as COMPLETELY BAWLING by the end- if you pick this one up, please be warned to feel the most feels you have ever felt from a book!



The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Just READ this beautiful book, OKAY?! Enough said! *throws you the book*



A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

I didn’t give this book the highest of high ratings, but the family ties were still absolutely stunning to see.💞



From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

“Touching and utterly real.” —  Publisher’s Weekly

Fangirl was about a whole bunch of different things, once of which was the sisterly bond between Cath and Wren. It wasn’t the greatest at first, but it definitely shaped up by the end of the story.💘



Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.

F&P level: T

Diary of a Wimpy Kid protagonist Greg, I have to say, doesn’t appreciate his family nearly as much as he should, but the ways his family bonds and spends time together is still great!👌



Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.

Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.

Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.

When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.

Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here . . . and why the music really stopped.

Despite the fact that Ingrid’s mom is gone, she still looks up to her as a role model and knows to still try to impress her in her actions.

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite reads centring around family ties? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #43

Hi everyone!😄

As a book blogger, you have probably used or even just heard of Netgalley. If not, then it is a website that you can use to request FREE e-ARCs in exchange for honest reviews, and I’ve gotten to read some great books from it!

But once in a while, you get that traumatic denial email. The email that makes you question yourself as a blogger and ask, “What did I do wrong?” (Chances are, you did nothing wrong. The book has probably already been requested by too many readers or the publisher can’t send it to your region because of publishing rights.)

Anyway, today I wanted to admit some of the books that I have been declined for on the site. Many of them were the result of me not knowing what I was doing when I first started on the site and requesting all the books my heart wanted. (DON’T do that, by the way. Just don’t.) Here’s a shoutout to the amazing Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for inspiring me to write up this post!

So let’s get started!



The Memory Book by Lara Avery was one of the first requests I ever made on Netgalley, but it was declined almost right away. Luckily, though, I was able to get my hands on it once it came out and I loved it!💜



I as well got my hands on The Museum of Heartbreak after it was released, and let me tell you, it was a snoozefest! It was so boring and cliché, which was too bad since it had so much potential to become a favourite!



I have not gotten to read With Malice yet, and I don’t know if I ever will. There have been mixed reviews about it, and I don’t really know which side to trust.😁



I actually have The Art of Being Normal on deck as one of my next reads, but I was quite upset after being declined for it on Netgalley. Still, it looks like a very diverse, coming-of-age novel. I can’t wait to dive in!



During my days of having an unfinished Netgalley profile, I requested Freedom’s Just Another Word (from a small publisher, by the way) only to be declined. I can’t find this book anywhere, which sucks because it really looked like a good one!



Looking back now, I’m not too sure if I would have enjoyed Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles, anyway. Reading its synopsis now, it just looks kind of boring, to be honest.



Now THIS ONE was a denial that I was quite upset about. I was so pumped to travel to Paris with the characters in this book and spend an awesome summer with them, but unfortunately, the denial email then dawned on me. If I find it anywhere, I will definitely be grabbing it.😉



I was also quite disappointed to get denied for The Kindness Club by Courtney Sheinmel. It seemed so cute and I have loved Sheinmel’s books in the past- they all boast such great lessons and are light, fun reads!



Not the most unique-seeming book I have ever come across, but I was still a bit sad upon denial for A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. And its mixed reviews make me a bit hesitant to read it if I ever do get the chance to.😕



Speed of Life is yet another book with such an interesting premise, but it once again has a ton of mixed reviews.😧

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books have you gotten declined for on Netgalley? Have you been approved or denied for any of these in particular? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #42

Hi everyone!😄

As you all know, I absolutely love contemporaries, especially the kind with romance- I just love swooning over characters and being able to relate to them! But do you know what my favourite kind of contemporary book is? The kind including travelling!

I honestly don’t travel much myself, so I feel lucky when I get to read about characters who do and escape into their world for a little bit. So, for this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I’ve decided to give you guys a list of a bunch of awesome contemporaries including travel!

As always, press the book covers to find my reviews for them (if I’ve written any).

So let’s travel on with it!😉



The Destination: All over the world on a cruise!

It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.

Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.

With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.



The Destination: Mexico!

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.



The Destination: Paris!

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.



The Destination: Edinburgh, Scotland, and NYC!

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.



The Destination: Hawaii!

Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.

As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.



The Destination: Chicago!

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?



The Destination: All over the world on a tour!

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.



The Destination: Hawaii! (again)

Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love… It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit-attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever. Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still… Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence. With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out-Dorothy, by her parents, and Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call-he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences? When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?



The Destination: France!

ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .

ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .

When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.

In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can’t hide from anywhere. In the end, it may just be the truth she needs the most.

From New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.



The Destination: All over the U.S.A. on a road trip!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I really enjoyed all of these books and would absolutely recommend them to any avid travellers, or anyone simply experiencing wanderlust like me.😊

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Do you like to travel? If so, where have you been? What are some of your favourite books including travel? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #41

Hi everyone!☺️

If you know me, then you know that I don’t watch a lot of movies. As you guys already know, I read a lot, but movies are not of particularly huge interest to me. But in this post, I want to try to fix that as I list ten existing book-to-movie adaptations I would like to watch sometime.

So let’s get started!



No. I have not seen this movie, okay? And yes, I know I should, but SO MANY BOOKS!😂



The book for The Perks of Being a Wallflower was SO SO SO good, but I just don’t know if the movie will be as amazing! That’s why I’m kind of scared to see it, haha😜 .



The Princess Diaries is such an adorable book series– I love it with all my heart. I really hope to be able to see the movies soon!😊



Ahh, Flipped, one of my first YA reads. (Well, it was borderline MG, but shh!) I only recently found out that it had its own movie and I hope to watch it very soon!😄



This beautiful book’s movie is probably just as beautiful, but unfortunately, I just need to find the time to watch it!



The premise of The Giver was super cool, and to see it in movie form would be even cooler!



I’ve heard that the movie of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is not so good, but it never hurts to try, right?😉



The movie for If I Stay has rather mixed reviews, and though for that reason I am a bit wary of watching it, it probably will still happen… Someday.



Now for this trio! Everyone seems to have both read all these books and seen all these movies… except me. I mean, yeah, I’ve read the books (I adored them, actually), but I have never seen any of their respective films!🙊



Now this may be counted as cheating as the Wonder movie isn’t technically out yet… but I was literally jumping up and down when I heard that this fabulous book had a movie coming out. This is definitely one that I’ll be rushing to see!

So tell me, have you read any of these books or seen any of these movies? Opinions? What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation? Least favourite? 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!🎊



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.☺️



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.😄



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!



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!



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.😟



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!



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.



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.☺️



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



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!💜