Top Ten Thursday #56

Hi everyone!☺️

For a lot of people, summertime means camp time, and this includes myself. I don’t really enjoy overnight camp, but I work at a local day camp with 6-7 year old girls and I love it! So, for this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I have decided to list some books with a camp feel. They either take place at camp or include traditional camp activities such as camping outdoors and fishing.

So let’s get camping!⛺️


1. Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.

This book is about a group of old camp friends who attend a reunion and then find themselves back in their camper years. It definitely had an interesting concept, but it wasn’t my favourite. It was still enjoyable, though!👌


2. Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

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.

This isn’t about actual camp, but it follows a girl who spends her summer in the wilderness after her mom, who is a famous opera singer, loses her singing voice. I’d definitely recommend it for its amazing morals!💜


3. Camp Disaster by Frieda Wishinsky

Charlotte Summers is sure that summer camp is going to be a disaster. And she’s right. But it’s not as disastrous for her as it is for her counselor, Abby. Abby has no control over the girls in her charge. The control is held by the cabin’s mean girl. Charlotte realizes that she could tip the balance of power and unseat the bully, but does she have the courage to go for it?

Honestly, I disliked this book, but since it fit with the theme, I decided to include it anyway because that’s the kind of person I am.😂


4. Positively by Courtney Sheinmel

Since the day Emerson Pressman and her mother were diagnosed as HIV positive, nothing has been the same. When her mother dies of AIDS, Emmy has to go live with the father and stepmother she barely knows, and she feels more alone than ever. Now she has to take pills by herself, and there is no one left who understands what it’s like to be afraid every time she has a cold. But when her father decides to send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive children, Emmy begins to realize that she’s not alone after all, and that sometimes, opening up to other people can make all the difference in the world.

This is an extra special book about camp- it’s all about a girl who was diagnosed as HIV positive who attends a camp just for kids with HIV. It’s moving, heartwarming, and amazing. I’d highly recommend it!💘


5. Camp Confidential Series by Melissa J. Morgan

Summer camp is often a highlight of a young person’s life. The drama of being away from home, making new friends, and even having some friendly feuds is captured in this tween series. The girls in Camp Lakeview’s bunk 3C draw readers into their inner circle and bring them along on the twists, secrets, and challenges of their lives.
 This is an addicting middle grade series with a multitude of different books on different topics, all taking place (or with the general theme of) at camp. I haven’t read any books from this series for a while, but I do remember really liking it!😃

6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

FOUR VERY DIFFERENT FRIENDS. ONE PAIR OF MAGICAL PANTS. AND A SUMMER APART …

We, the Sisterhood, hereby instate the following rules to govern the use of the Traveling Pants:

1. You must never wash the Pants.

2. You must never double-cuff the Pants. It’s tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.

3. You must never say the word “phat” while wearing the Pants. You must also never think “I am fat” while wearing the Pants.

4. You must never let a boy take off the Pants (although you may take them off yourself in his presence).

5. You must not pick your nose while wearing the Pants. You may, however, scratch casually at your nostril while really kind of picking.

6. Upon our reunion, you must follow the proper procedures for documenting your time in the Pants.

7. You must write to your Sisters throughout the summer, no matter how much fun you are having without them.

8. You must pass the Pants along to your Sister according to the specifications set down by the Sisterhood. Failures to comply will result in a sever spanking upon our reunion.

9. You must not wear the Pants with a tucked-in shirt and belt. See rule #2.

10. Remember: Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

It’s been quite a while since I read and devoured this book (maybe I should reread it, then?), but I do remember that one of the characters attends an overnight camp during the summer.


7. Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Camp Rules! by Nancy E. Krulik

Katie is so excited for her two-week stay at sleepaway camp! Friends, activities, Color War, s’mores . . . and wild animals???? But Katie can’t go anywhere without the magic wind following her—even to camp! Have twice the summer fun with twice the switcheroos in Katie Kazoo’s newest Super Special!
 There was a time when I used to be obsessed with this series. I was maybe around 8 or 9 years old at the time, but when I went to overnight camp at age 12, I reread this book to get more of a sense of what it would be like. This book is great for any reader considering going to overnight camp- it has such a realistic portrayal of it.⛺️

8. Baby-Sitters’ Summer Vacation by Ann M. Martin

This summer, the Baby-sitters and a whole bunch of the kids they sit for are going to Camp Mohawk! With the girls as counselors-in-training, and the kids as campers, it’ll be just like baby-sitting–in the woods!

The Baby-sitters soon discover that camp isn’t just nature walks and making lanyards. Dawn gets lost in the wilderness overnight. Kristy learns how to use mascara, and Mary Anne gets caught sneaking over to the boys’ side of the camp. Stacey spends the two weeks with poison ivy. . .and Claudia falls in LUV with a boy CIT.

This is one summer vacation the Baby-sitters will never forget!

Oh yes- I was addicted to this series as well! This book is also great for those first-time overnight campers, as it also has a pretty good portrayal of camp.❤️


9. Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

A hilarious and heartfelt series about the particular magic of summer camp—a place where reinvention is possible and friends are like family—from a sparkling debut talent.

Finally, it’s summer! Stephanie—aka Slimey—has been counting the days until she can return to her favorite place in the entire world, Camp Rolling Hills. And this year she’s especially happy to be back—she’ll have eight blissful weeks away from home, where life has been decidedly rocky.
New kid Bobby, on the other hand, is pretty sure he’s in for the worst summer of his life. He does not understand his weirdo cabinmates, the group singing, and the unfortunate nicknames (including his: Smelly). But he does understand Slimey, and the two soon fall in crush. This summer might not be so bad after all!
But then a fight sets off an epic, campwide, girls-versus-boys prank war. Bunks are raided! Boxer shorts are stolen! And it’s up to Slimey and Smelly to keep the peace.

I haven’t read this middle grade camp series, but I have heard some fabulous things about it and I’m sure it’s great for prospective campers!😊


10. Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespearean theatre under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive businessman and philanthropist, Inge F. Yancey IV.

By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed, signed, and mailed to a post office box in an obscure Appalachian town.

Had any of these girls tried to follow the directions in the brochure and visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.

Camp So-and-So is on my TBR and I’m super excited to read it! It looks interestingly unique- if any of you have read it, please let me know how it was!🙈


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Have you ever been to summer camp? Did you enjoy it? What are some other books you’ve read that focus on summer camp? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

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Top Ten Thursday #55🇨🇦

Hi everyone!😃

Happy (belated) Canada Day! This one was especially special because it was Canada’s 150th birthday! For those of you who are Canadian, I hope you all had a great day and did something super fun with your friends and families to celebrate the occasion.🎊

Anyway, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, I wanted to list some great YA books written by Canadian authors for you to check out. These books are often overlooked, but they are all truly amazing in their own ways and should definitely be read by many more people.

So let’s get on with it, eh?😉


1. Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers

When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her conselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

Though not the most perfect story, Courtney Summers is still a fabulous author who touches on quite serious topics with the hearts of teens in mind. Cracked up to Be is absolutely worth a read!


2. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith

Set in 1980s Newfoundland, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe is the story of a 14-year-old girl who runs away to the city and is taken in by a street musician who lives with an eclectic cast of characters: a pot smoking dishwasher with culinary dreams; a drag queen with a tragic past; a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost.

This book isn’t out until September, but it was too good not to include in this list. I loved the quirky, relatable character of Bun and her story!


3. 10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac

Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

A wonderful novel about diversity and family ties, 10 Things I Can See from Here is written by an author who is from the heart of Vancouver. Isn’t that awesome?


4. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Contestant Five, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Five’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Five thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

Told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Contestant Five’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

There are honestly so many great things about this book, but I still saw some flaws in it. Anyway, focusing on the positives, 5 to 1 was very diverse and unique with some unforgettable characters. Plus, it takes place in the future, which was super cool!💜


5. Ink by Amanda Sun

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

This book only deserved three stars from me, but there are so many fabulous elements to it that will appeal to those who prefer paranormal contemporaries. Still, can’t overlook a Canadian author!😃


6. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Life ahead: Proceed with caution.

Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.

The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.

When Jacob joins their ranks, he seems so normal and confident. Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they’re forced to collaborate on a unique school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears.

Until a hidden truth threatens to derail everything.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so awesome and it has to be discovered by a ton more readers!!💞


7. All the Feels by Danika Stone

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

This little piece of fluff will satisfy fangirls from all over the world- and plus, Danika Stone is from Alberta!


8. Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

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.

This novel was very unique and it felt REAL. The main character, Ingrid, was wonderful to read about, and so was her journey.💫


9. The Best Mistake Mystery by Sylvia McNicoll

Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes.

Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious, but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building.

To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name.

Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends.

I was given the opportunity to read and review both this book and its sequel, The Artsy Mistake Mystery, through Netgalley. Despite them being middle grade novels, they are simply awesome and deserve lots more attention!


10. Safe as Houses by Eric Walters

The date is October 15, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston, is a typical grade 8 girl. She has a secret crush on a boy in her class and she thinks Elvis Presley is “dreamy.” Elizabeth also has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie’s not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Elizabeth’s job is to walk Suzie and David home after school and then stay at their house with them until their mother gets home from work. David resents Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old for a babysitter, and he goes out of his way to make life miserable for her.

On this particular evening, however, Elizabeth has more than a badly behaved boy to contend with. It is on this October night that Hurricane Hazel roars down on Toronto, bringing torrential rains that cause extensive flooding. David and Suzie’s house is on Raymore Drive, a street that will be practically wiped out by the floodwaters.

David and Suzie’s parents are unable to reach the house, which means the children’s safety on this most deadly of nights is Elizabeth’s responsibility. She finds herself increasingly isolated. They are surrounded by rising water. The electricity goes out. The phone goes dead. Still, Elizabeth is sure they will be safe as long as they remain in the house.

But are Elizabeth and the children really as “safe as houses”? Before this terrifying night is over, Elizabeth and David will have to learn to communicate and cooperate if they are to save their own lives and Suzie’s. Their survival in the midst of one of Canada’s worst disasters will depend upon their resourcefulness, maturity and courage.

I read this for school about a year and a half ago, and it was a great piece of historical fiction that I would for sure recommend.☺️


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite books by Canadian authors? Any you’d recommend? If you’re Canadian, how was your Canada Day and what did you do? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #54

Hi everyone!😊

Before we get to this week’s topic for Top Ten Thursday, today is my birthday! I can’t wait to experience lots of new things and make many new memories this year, and I’m hoping to have this blog grow as much as I do.🎉🎉

Anyway, since it is the start of summer, I’ve decided to make this week’s topic be about the best books to read during this season of fun. I also wrote a similar post to this last year, but I have read many fluffy books since then that I want to share with you all!!

Let’s get started!❤️❤️


1. Lying out Loud by Kody Keplinger🙊

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with — secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand — a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

This book, as well as all of Kody Keplinger’s other books, is quite fun and light. I would definitely recommend Lying out Loud for awesome character development and a plot that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!


2. One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton🇮🇹

It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

Though this book did revolve around a girl who grieved over her father, it takes place in Italy and otherwise is a very light read.☺️


3. Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney👑

Scandal, secrets, and heartbreak abound in this juicy, modern girl-meets-prince story—perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith. “Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry? A divine romantic comedy” (Brightly.com).

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

This book has all the juiciness to be an amazing summer read! It wasn’t really a favourite of mine, but I can still see its appeal to others.


4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon💑

A New York Times bestseller

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

If you have dimples, then the reading of this book is going to make them go crazy as you smile so much!😃


5. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate🎧

A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

It’s funny, diverse, and it has awesome characters and messages. What more could you possibly WANT?!😉


6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli💁

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Becky Albertalli’s books are both fabulously fluffy and they will make you smile like crazy! That obviously makes for great summery reads!💜


7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman🇫🇷

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 first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Feeling wanderlust? Then Gayle Forman’s Just One Day is going to sweep you off your feet and bring you to France and back!💞🙈


8. The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts📖

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

This book is such a perfect one for the summertime, especially for book bloggers as they will get to relate to protagonist Viv, who is also a book blogger! Such fluff!💙


9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han☀️

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.

Pretty much any Jenny Han book would work, but this series is super adorable, heartfelt, and awesome for a nice day relaxing on the beach.⭐️


10. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman🌊

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

This book seriously has it all. I command you all to pick it up and use it to experience the glory of summer reading!👌


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

Au revoir!💜

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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!💜