Top Ten Thursday #53

Hi everyone!😄

Magical realism is one of my favourite book genres. Along with my love of the contemporary genre, I adore being able to experience some magic within it as well. So this week, I decided to incorporate that into my Top Ten Thursday!

So let’s get on with the magic, shall we?😉


1. As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

This post was actually inspired by this Netgalley ARC that I recently read. It is all about a small town where everyone gets to make a wish on their 18th birthday, and it was the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Since it comes out in January, you guys won’t be seeing my review for it on here until December, but once I write the full review, it’ll be on my Goodreads for you to check out!☺️

2. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

This book is all about a girl who loves a specific fairy tale book, so the characters come to life and reel her into their story. It’s absolutely perfect for the reader who wishes to join their favourite book characters in on their journeys!👌

3. Lucky Jonah by Richard Scrimger

What if you could escape your life with just one click?

Bullied by his brother and living in the shadow of his athletic best friend, Jonah is crippled by self-loathing and insecurity. Then a mysterious stranger hands him a disposable camera with the power to transport him into someone else’s body—and someone else’s life. But with a limited number of shots and trouble mounting click by click, will this unhappy boy find a new life? Or will the secret he’s been keeping follow him wherever he goes? Richard Scrimger’s Lucky Jonah is a hilarious take on a Freaky Friday-esque switcheroo with a major identity crisis.

This story is severely underrated. It is pretty much a middle grade version of Every Day by David Levithan, which I will mention later on in this post, but it’s about a boy named Jonah who changes identities whenever he snaps a picture. It was a fabulous story about finding your identity and your passions.❤️

4. Literally by Lucy Keating

A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

I enjoyed Lucy Keating’s Dreamology a lot more, but Literally follows a girl whose life is literally being written for her! Although I didn’t think the execution was the best, I’d still recommend it for a fluffy, refreshing read.🍭

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

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Before I Fall was a pretty good book all about a girl who relives the day she dies 7 times. It teaches readers to always think before making decisions, and I’d definitely recommend it!

6. Every Day by David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

OMG, I adored this one! It is all about A, who switches bodies every day, hence the title. The concept and the execution is A+!

7. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Here’s another one of my favourite books, Dreamology! It follows a girl who dreams about a special guy and he ends up turning up in real life, and it’s amazing!

8. Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

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.

Ahhh, what a fun read! Two Summers is about a girl who spends her summer in two different dimensions. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but I’d totally recommend that you pick up the book if you are into summery, light reads.☺️

9. The Autumn Falls series by Bella Thorne

New friends, new enemies . . . can a magical journal change Autumn’s crazy life?

With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way,  is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?

Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.

Books written by celebrities like Bella Thorne are often controversially viewed, but if you trust my opinion, this series was amazingly written. In every book, there is something brand new and magical! In the first book, protagonist Autumn gets a journal that grants all her wishes, a map that can take her anywhere in the second, and lastly, a locket that can help her time travel.💜

10. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present.

Lastly, I’m not too sure if this book classifies as magical realism, but The Future of Us was an astonishing novel about two teens in 1996 who find themselves on Facebook in the current days. They were forced to rethink all of their decisions and weigh everything that is special to them.


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite magical realism reads? Any you’d like to recommend (I 100% appreciate recommendations!)? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #52

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I have decided to cover some characters who adore books, just like I (and you guys!) do.

I adore when books follow a bookish protagonist- I’m all for relatable characters, and characters who love books meet *at least almost* all of that criteria.

So let’s get on with it!😉


1. Delilah from Between the Lines 

In particular, Delilah is obsessed with one fairy tale book that always gives her joy. Between the Lines is worth a read if you ever dream of jumping into the worlds of your favourite book characters!☺️

2. Libby from Romancing the Throne

She’s shy, she’s calm, she’s reserved, and she’s bookish!😉

3. Phoebe from Bookishly Ever After

The title says it all!💘

4. Vivian from The Replacement Crush

I mean, Vivian is a book blogger! This automatically makes her an awesome bookworm!💁

5. Katie from Waiting for Dusk

Reading books made Katie able to travel back in time, which was super cool!

6. Emma from The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Emma would be a great bookish character for middle grade readers and teens alike to relate to.☺️

7. Nanette from Every Exquisite Thing

In this book, Nanette befriends an author of a book that moves and changes her, and it is literally an amazing sight.💞😍

8. Madeline from Everything, Everything

Since Madeline has been at home for her whole life, her way to take up free time is to pick up book after book after book. I wish that could be me!😂💞🙈

9. Cath from Fangirl

I don’t really know if this can count, but Cath is in love with fanfiction. Well, they may not be literal books, but they certainly do count as fiction!✌️

10. Jessica from Because of Mr. Terupt

Aww, I really want to revisit this series! Jessica was such a relatable bookworm of a character. I think she’d be an amazing friend for Emma from The Mother-Daughter Book Club!♥️


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Who are some of your favourite bookish protagonists? What is your opinion about them? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #51

Hi everyone!💗

Since Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, I figured, why not make a Top Ten Thursday post about bookish gifts for moms?

My mom does not really read much fiction- she is more of an artistic, athletic type, which is the polar opposite of me, haha! Anyway, here’s a shoutout to her, because I know she reads almost every one of my blog posts. Hi, Mom! I love you so much!😘

So let’s get started!☺️


So, what would I buy my mom for Mother’s Day if she were the bookish type?

1. Bookish Mug

Since my mom and many others enjoy drinking coffee as well as other drinks, I would consider buying her a bookish mug. This one below that I found is especially cute- definitely a true statement for many!😉

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2. Popular Adult Books

This one goes without saying- buy your book lover of a mom a book they’ve been dying to read from the adult genre! Of course, if they prefer YA or something else, then you could buy them a book from that genre. For those out of the loop about today’s most popular adult reads, then The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Room by Emma Donoghue are two I’ve heard some amazing things about!

3. Adult Colouring Books

There are many awesome colouring books to buy for your mom for mother’s day, bookish or not. I personally own two- one from The Selection series and another more generic one. Anything goes- it’s for sure a great stress reliever!

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4. eReader

If you’re feeling EXTRA generous, then you can go all out and buy your mother her very own eBook reader! Whether it be a Kindle, a Nook, a Kobo, or even a tablet like an iPad with way more functions, there are many pros and cons to all of these brands. I myself have an iPad mini to read digital books on, which are mainly ARCs, but I’ve heard that all of these brands are great!

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5. Bookish T-Shirts

If your mom REALLY fangirls and swoons over fictional characters and worlds and would be happy to show it off, I would say to buy her a T-shirt regarding to the fandom she is in. Not every bookish fandom has T-shirts just yet, but I’ve heard that you can find many custom ones, which is even more heartfelt!💜

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6. Bookish Pins or Badges

If your mom is an avid reader plus an avid jacket wearer, then why not combine the two and buy her some bookish pins or badges? For this example, I’ll be using Harry Potter again- there are some really cute pins out there for moms in any of the different houses!

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7. Tickets to Book-to-Movie Adaptations

What better way for both of you to spend a day together than hanging out at the movies, watching an adaptation of a book you both really love? There aren’t many that are in theatres at the current moment, but many others such as Everything, Everything will be out very soon!

Or, spending time at home watching an adaptation on Netflix or on DVD is also perfectly fine!💗

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8. Bookish Socks

If your mom likes her feet to be comfortable while reading, then special reading socks would be a great option for her. You’ll be surprised at the variety that is offered!

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9. Fairy Lights for her Bookshelf

These are literally THE MOST GORGEOUS THINGS, especially when placed on bookshelves! Where I live, they only cost $15 at Indigo, and your mom will be so thankful!❤️

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10. Gift Cards

Last but not least, you can always just buy her a bookish gift card to your local bookstore or Amazon. They are always appreciated gifts and your mom will be able to choose whatever book or piece of bookish merchandise she’d like!😉

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So tell me, do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Is your mom an avid reader? If so, what does she read and what do you plan on getting her? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

Top Ten Thursday #50

Hi everyone!☺️

As inspired by last week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, I wanted to centre this week’s Top Ten Thursday around things that turn me off from reading certain books. These either prevent me from trying the book altogether, or they irk me and keep me from enjoying books while reading them.

So let’s get started!


1. Intimidating Lengths

For this, I’m talking books that are over 500 pages long. I like to read books in one or two, possibly even three sittings, and books with over 500 pages just take me much longer to read, especially if they’re eBooks. I just approved a publicist’s request to read and review an eBook that is 743 PAGES LONG, and UGH! There is no way I’ll be reading that anytime soon, so sorry mate!😕😂

*FYI, I was completely unaware of the book’s length when I requested it!*

2. Unmemorable, Bland Characters

This has been happening a lot lately in my reads- the main characters are often written without personalities, and thus I’m not able to remember them easily and pinpoint their good and not-so-good traits in my reviews. I just wish that authors thought their characters out more thoroughly, that’s all I want!

3. Protagonists with Family Issues

This is getting to be such an annoying thing in my books, especially with contemporaries! The main character is always missing a parent or sibling, having divorced parents or parents who drink, and other problems of sorts. When will I just be able to read about a big (or normal-sized) happy family?

4. Bad Reviews

If I am about to pick up a book and see a bunch of negative reviews from friends and other trusted reviewers on Goodreads, it is likely that I’ll decide not to read it. I’ve been reading enough mediocre books lately as it stands, and there is no reason to add more to the mix.😁

5. Paranormal Themes

This is more of a personal preference, but I prefer not to read stories with paranormal themes (I’m talking angels, demons, dragons, ghosts, and all the like). I know that many people love this genre, but after trying it several times, I don’t think it’s my thing at all.🙅

6. Love Triangles

UGH! So freaking annoying! I hate it when characters go back and forth between two love interests- it is ultimately more common in books than in reality! I think that many other people are in the same boat as I am- STOP WITH THIS TROPE!

7. Animal Deaths😭

Luckily, most contemporaries seem to shy away from this, but I can’t stand it when animals are killed off in books. I can *sometimes* handle human deaths in books, but animal deaths completely wreck me. As you may (or may not) know, I am an animal lover at heart, and my heart can’t take the loss of animals!😭

8. Books About Sports

Again, this is another personal preference, but sports are not my jam, and neither are books about them. I started the book Catching Jordan, which is about a girl who plays football, but I could barely get past page 30 because I was already so bored of all the sports talk. I am completely fine with books about swimming, gymnastics, skating, dancing, and sometimes even sports like volleyball and tennis, but extremely competitive team sports like basketball, football, and soccer are just NOT my thing, both in real life and in books.

9. Unrealistic Contemporaries

Honestly, contemporaries are the genre they are for a reason, and if they aren’t realistic, then it defeats the whole purpose of what they are supposed to be. For example, if a girl and a boy move too fast together after only meeting a few days before, then that really irks me!😁

10. Unappealing Covers

Of course I know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if a book’s cover looks like THIS…:

…then I will have questions.😂

*I did not like this book when I read it, by the way!😂*

So tell me, what are some of your pet peeves and/or turnoffs in books? Do you (dis)agree with any of mine? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

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

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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!💞

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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!

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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!)😧

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

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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

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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.😂

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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!😫

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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.

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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!

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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😄

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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.👌

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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!

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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.☺️

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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!

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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🙅

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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.😟

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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!

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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!😧

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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.💁

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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!😉


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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!😉

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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!🍀

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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!”

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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.💞

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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!!😍

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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.

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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!

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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.👌

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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.💚

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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?😉


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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.💜

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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?😫

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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!☺️

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“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!!😍

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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!🙏

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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!😄

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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.👌

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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!😄

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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!😄

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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!☺️


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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!😛

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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!😫

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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!💞

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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.💜

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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!

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TAHEREH MAFI IS LITERALLY THE BEST AND I NEED A CHANCE TO HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL FURTHERMORE IN MY HANDS!!💞 😫

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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!👌

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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!❤️

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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!💞

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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?

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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.

THIS BOOK WAS SOOO SWEET ASDFGHJKL!!💜

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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!👭

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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!👍

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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.💙

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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!

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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*

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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.💞

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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.💘

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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 Funbrain.com, 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!👌

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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.

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

Now
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.

Then
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.

Now
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!💜