The Playlist Shuffle Tag🎵

Hi everyone!☺️

Today we’ll be taking a break from the books and talking about music! This is because the fabulous Avi and Vishwa @ Panic at the Bookstore have tagged me to partake in the Playlist Shuffle Tag. Thanks so much, guys!💜 Their blog is awesome, so be sure to check it out ASAP!


The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 3 others to do it as well.


Les Chansons:

1. Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas

I remember being a fan of this song when I was younger, haha! I also remember having a dance to this song at a dance camp a couple of summers ago.☺️

2. I Wanna Go by Britney Spears

Honestly, I don’t have much of an opinion about this song. I guess it’s alright, though I haven’t really listened to it in a while.

3. Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Aww, I loved this song! I still listen to it sometimes for its funky feel.✌️

4. Boyfriend by Justin Bieber

Yeah, I like both this song and Justin Bieber. I really like how he’s matured lately, so now I’ve been showing him and his music much more love.💘

5. One More Time by Daft Punk

This song is older than me, and honestly, I don’t love it. Daft Punk’s newer stuff is a lot better.👌

6. I’m in Love with a Monster by Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony is probably my favourite band right now. I’ve never disliked a song of theirs, and their songs are all so uplifting and happy! This one is from the movie Hotel Transylvania 2 (it’s very funny, by the way).

7. Body Work by Morgan Page feat. Tegan and Sara

I’ve gotten kind of sick of this song, but I do think it’s great for, well, body workouts.😂

8. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

I really like the beat of this song, but the lyrics? Not so much.🙅

9. Glowing by Nikki Williams

I literally haven’t listened to this song for SO LONG. I remember it wasn’t really a favourite of mine, though.

10. Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars

I remember being really obsessed with this song when it was popular- I really like Bruno Mars and his music!

11. Remix (I Like The) by New Kids on the Block

Honestly, I forgot that this song was even on my computer, haha! I guess it’s alright.😂

12. Live for the Night by Krewella

This is such a fun song to listen to if you want an instant mood booster!☺️

13. We Found Love by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

I really like this song and I’m so thankful that my local radio station still plays it sometimes!☺️

14. #thatPOWER by will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber

Oy, I remember listening to this song on repeat for hours (basically) when it was popular. Haha, I loved it so much!

15. Take Care by Drake feat. Rihanna

I don’t really like most of Drake’s music, and I don’t think that I was the one who downloaded this song. I’m guessing my mom did…?


I tag…

  1. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
  2. JM @ Book Freak Revelations
  3. Emma @ Among the Pages

As always, it’s completely fine if you guys don’t feel like participating in this, it is ultimately just for fun! I’d still like to see your tastes in music, though!☺️


As you can probably tell, most of these songs are from around the years 2011-2013. This is because I went crazy with downloading songs then, and I literally wanted almost everything I heard on the radio.😂 Now, I’ve limited my downloading and don’t download too many songs. So, I hope you enjoyed this “throwback” to 4-5 years ago!☺️

So tell me, do you listen to any of these songs or artists? Who/what are some of your favourites? What is the first song that comes on when you press “shuffle?” Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

*Just a heads up that some videos may include explicit or inappropriate content and/or swearing. Be sure to watch at your own risk!!*

ARC Review: Girl Out of Water

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Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 love

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Right when I saw the adorable cover and title of this book, I fell in love, and I just had to press ‘request.’ As I write this review in November, it is fall; about to be winter, and Girl Out of Water made me feel like I was transported right back into the awesome season of summer!

I would first like to recognize that the author, Laura Silverman, has been having some hardships lately, mainly on Twitter with racists and other people of sorts spreading out false rumours of this book. I personally don’t use Twitter very often, so I never got to see what exactly was going on, but Laura seems like an amazing person who does not deserve any of this, so I’d like to applaud her for staying strong and not letting the haters get to her!👏👏❤️

Anyway, on with the review. For a quick summary, Girl Out of Water revolves around Anise, who is used to living her life in Santa Cruz, surfing to her heart’s content. She has almost never left her state, and is completely fine with that, until her aunt gets into an accident, and Anise and her dad are forced to stay with cousins in Nebraska. With that, all of her exciting summer plans went down the drain, leaving her very disappointed. What’s worse, is that she is forced to stay in her mom’s old house where she’d grown up; her mom who ran off years ago and had only returned a couple times since. There, Anise meets and bonds with Lincoln, a skater with only one arm, and is thus distracted from her friends back in Santa Cruz, disappointing them. Will Anise be able to find the joys in Nebraska, or will it ultimately come down to wanting to go back home?

Anise was definitely flawed, but that’s a-OK with me! I still really liked her anyway. At first, she was a bit whiny and annoying over her reluctance to go to Nebraska, but I think it was definitely worth it for her to go, as it ended up completely changing her outlook of life. I feel like she was also able to find the fun in whatever she did; wherever she went, and I really enjoyed following her footsteps for that reason. Anise was also an awesome cousin- she cared so much about her aunt’s three kids and their needs!

My other favourite character was the awesome Lincoln. (Yes, Lincoln, as in Lincoln, Nebraska!😜) He had such an upbeat, infectious spirit, and he didn’t let the fact that he only had one arm get to him. In fact, I think it pushed him even harder to be the best he could be! Reading the book, I was always very eager to read about him, as he spruced up the storyline and made things super fun, especially with his adventurous, jubilant personality.

The ending of this story was also great, with things being wrapped up very nicely, without any hanging questions still left to be answered.

I am very surprised that this book is only Laura Silverman’s debut- it was absolutely astonishing, and I can only imagine how awesome any future works of hers will be!

All in all, I was very impressed by Girl Out of Water. I devoured it in two sittings- that’s how amazing it was! If you are a fan of light-hearted, summery books with fabulous characters, great morals, a strong emphasis on family, and wonderful writing, you can’t miss this gem of a book once it releases on May 1st!

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

ARC Review: Sucktown, Alaska

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Title: Sucktown, Alaska

Author: Craig Dirkes

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Looking for a great adventure, eighteen-year-old Eddie Ashford stumbles into a job as a reporter in tiny Bethel, Alaska, a place so remote that bush planes and dog sleds are the only ways in or out. When the job and the place, which sits on the flat and desolate tundra and not in the stunning mountains he’d imagined, turn out to be disappointments, Eddie thinks maybe it’s time to bail. But three things tie him there: 1) Taylor, a girl who might be a little too pretty and a little too smart for him; 2) Finn, a new friend who is an all-around good dude but also happens to be a small-time pot dealer; and 3) Eddie’s empty wallet, which means he can’t afford to transport himself and his possessions back to civilization. Despite every good-guy instinct inside him, Eddie flirts with trouble as he tries to find a way home.

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Sucktown, Alaska was a good story. I liked a lot about it, but that’s not to say that it didn’t  have its flaws, as well.

What attracted me to this book was probably the cover, as well as the setting. I had yet to read a book that takes place in Alaska, and I thought it would be super cool to learn about what it’s actually like there, rather than thinking about the snowy, igloo, parka, and husky stereotype every time the state is mentioned.

Basically, this book revolves around 18-year old Eddie, who has been kicked out of college and is looking for a job to fill his days with. Thus, he finds himself in a small town in Alaska as a reporter. But living and working in Alaska wasn’t everything he thought it would be- as he soon finds himself wanting out, and doing whatever’s possible to get himself back home.

I thought Eddie was an okay character, but nothing special. He seemed to be pretty discontent with his life, (which I totally understand considering his circumstances, by the way), but he just kept complaining non-stop and making decisions I couldn’t stand. I am usually one to put up with these types of characters, but I could just barely stand it this time. Eddie did develop quite a bit by the end of the story, I’ll give you that!👍

Taylor, the love interest, was pretty nice, though, and I found myself liking her a lot more than the protagonist. She seemed pretty open-minded and she often went with the flow, which I admire. I want to read some more about Taylor- a backstory or a novella about her would be great!

I did not really expect there to be so much profanity and mature themes when I requested this book- but low and behold, there was. This is just a warning for anyone who likes their books clean to maybe take a pass on this one!

All in all, I’d say that this book was just okay. I didn’t love love love it, but I absolutely didn’t hate it. I loved looking into what life is like in Alaska and meeting all the adorable  dogs, but I just could barely stand Eddie. So, if you’re looking for a book taking place in Alaska with a cool writing style and don’t mind some profanity and mature themes, be sure to check out Sucktown, Alaska!

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

Sunshine Blogger Award 12.0

Hi everyone!☺️

Yep, you guessed it! Here I am again, back with yet another Sunshine Blogger Award! This time it’s all thanks to the amazing Eliza @ Duskangelreads, so be sure to follow her blog! (It ROCKS, by the way!)💜


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 3 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Les Questions:

What fictional character would you choose to spend the day with in their world?

This seems like a question aimed to be answered with a character in a fantasy book, so I guess I’ll go with Harry Potter. I’m just really curious about Hogwarts!

Pick one book that you would choose to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you disliked it.

Nope, did not like this one AT ALL!🙅

What food would you like to try from a fictional world? e.g. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

I usually read contemporaries, and from the fantasies and dystopians that I DO read, I unfortunately don’t pay much attention to small details like the foods. So, I’ll just answer this question with a food I’d really love to try, and that is gelato! Yum!😛

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What colour book spines do you have the most of?

I am not with most of my books right now, but I’ll probably have to guess pink or blue.

What is your favourite book cover out of the books you own? Make sure you say which edition it is or add a photo as most books have multiple covers

Gorgeous!😍

What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

I’d love to have the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter!😍

Pretty sure I’ve used this question before, but what power/ability do you wish you could have?

I would absolutely LOVE to have the ability to fly, as well as the power to read minds (as long as no one can read my mind, haha!)

What is your favourite genre to read, even if you don’t read it the most?

Seriously? This question again? I’m not even going to answer it this time. Just click here and you’ll find out!😂

Do you listen to audiobooks? Or want to?

No, I don’t listen to audiobooks. I’d rather feel the book in my hands and actually see the words, and if I listened to an audiobook, I’d likely dose off and start daydreaming, honestly.

Where is your favourite place to read?

I love reading in my bed, or on a couch or armchair if I’m in the mood.

Are your book shelves full or have you still got room for more?

Oy, are they full alright! My dollhouse/bookshelf had gotten so full that it was almost about to tip over, so I had to take some books out of it and place them on my bedroom floor.

Yeah. I’m in need of an *actual* bookshelf.🙊

*Not my bookshelf, by the way.*

I nominate…

  1. Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm
  2. LILbooKlovers
  3. Bec @ Bec’s Books

As per usual, do not feel obligated to participate in this award, it’s ultimately just for fun! If you do decide to participate, though, I hope you enjoy answering my questions, which are below:


My Questions:

  1. Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?
  2. How many physical books do you own?
  3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?
  5. Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂
  6. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  7. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  8. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?
  10. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)
  11. Give a shoutout to 5 awesome bloggers, and spread the love like confetti!😊

So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Would you agree with any of my answers? What would your answers be to my or Eliza’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

ARC Review: Gold Rush

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Title: Gold Rush

Author: Jennifer Comeaux

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Source: Thanks so much to Weapenry Co-Op for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

When I was looking for books to read on Netgalley, Gold Rush caught my eye with its adorable cover and synopsis, so I decided to hit request. I haven’t read too much about skating, and it definitely interested me to in this book.

Even though I do have to say that this book is a tad cliché, I still enjoyed it. I absolutely loved the characters and the morals of this story!

For a brief synopsis, Gold Rush revolves around Liza, who is a competitive skater bound to compete in the Sochi Olympics. Her whole life revolves around skating with a need for lots and lots of practice if she is to be successful in any way. But then she meets a guy named Braden, and her whole life turns upside down. She finds herself falling for him in a way not necessarily possible for a skater at her level of competing. Will she be able to successfully keep track of both her skating and Braden?

I really liked both Liza and Braden, but for this review, I will be focusing a bit more on Liza because I have more to say about her. I adored her perseverance regarding her dreams about skating and her parents’ mystery, and I can’t believe how strong she was being under so much pressure all the time! I know I could never handle the commitment of being a competitive athlete, but I just loved how committed Liza was to her sport. Also, watching her grow so much by the end of the book was amazing!❤️

As for Braden, HE WAS SUCH A STUNNER OMG!! SUCH a sweet, caring guy, and he was adorable with Liza!😍

Now for the plot, as this story mostly focused on the characters, there honestly wasn’t too much of one. In spite of that, though, I do think this book ended quite well with all of its loose ends tied up in a neat little bow, but it was still a bit predictable. I’ve got to say, though, that despite trying skating last year and being *ridiculously bad* at it, this book made me feel like getting back on skates and trying again!

Overall, Gold Rush was a cute, fun read all about chasing your dreams, and I definitely enjoyed it. I’d recommend it to those in search of a sweet romance story with sports involved, because even though the concept is not the most original, I think you’ll still devour it for its morals.

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

Unique Blogger Award

Hi everyone!☺️

The awesome Ryann @ Ryann the Reader has nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Ryann, you’re the best!💞 For those who haven’t already seen it, her blog is full of fantastic reviews and tags, so be sure to go give it a peek!


The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 3 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions

Les Questions:

What is your favourite season of the year and why?

It changes all the time, but right now I’d probably have to say autumn. From the picture-perfect scenes, to new starts in school, to Halloween, and to the moderate weather, there is an endless list of things I adore about it!💜🍂

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Is there anything you used to do as a child that you wish you had continued? (ex: play an instrument, dance, play a sport)

I did karate as a child, but I don’t find myself wanting to continue it at this time. I also did swimming, and I wanted to keep doing it, but where I did it, there are now no classes appropriate for my age at my level, so I’d have to find someplace else. Also, I *reluctantly* did gymnastics for a very short time, and now as I look back, I wish I’d told 5-year old me to be brave and just do it- I now find myself wanting to “restart” gymnastics!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

Oh, I’ve received lots and lots of amazing advice, but I think the best piece of advice I’ve ever received was to simply be myself and not care about what others think about me.💞


Mes questions:

  1. Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂
  2. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)
  3. Share a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

I nominate…

  1. Christen @ Read By Chris
  2. Heather @ Book & Words
  3. Emma @ The Stacked Shelf

If you guys don’t feel like taking part in this award, it’s completely okay with me, but I love all your blogs and I would love to see your answers to my questions!


So tell me, how would you answer my or Ryann’s questions? Is there something you used to do as a child which you’d now like to continue? What is your favourite season and piece of advice? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

*Gifs are from Google, so I give credit to their creators. The tree picture is mine!*

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!💜

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review

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Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award
Sundance Grand Jury Prize

This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.
This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.
Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling “a touchstone for its generation” and “an instant classic.”

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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This may sound pretty cliché, but it is true that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is very different from your regular book about cancer and death.

I had been hearing so many good (and not-so-good) things about this book before I dove into its fine pages. You either loved it or hated it, with there being no in-betweens. I have to say that on the spectrum, I definitely fell closer to loving this little piece of fluff!

For a short summary, this book follows a high schooler named Greg. A few years ago, he went to Hebrew school and befriended a girl named Rachel. After a few years of them not having interacted, he finds out that she has developed leukemia, so his mom urges him to make her last days pleasant with his presence. So, with his best friend Earl tagging along, the two decide to support Rachel and do anything they can to make her last days worthwhile.

Greg was a character whom I was able to identify with on so many levels. He was brainy, witty, loyal, fun, hilariously sarcastic at times, and an overall easy-going guy. I understand his reluctance to spend time with Rachel at first- I know I’d probably feel that way too, but I’m really glad that he was able to give in afterwards. I know that being with Rachel changed him for the better, making him much prouder to be the person he was.

The plot of this book was pretty basic; just two boys spending time with Rachel at her house or in the hospital. Honestly, I was fine with that. I can always sacrifice an eventful plot for a nice, character-driven story, and this book was a great example of that. 

One other thing I found really refreshing about this story was how it lacked romance and simply focused more on the bonds with family and friends. Most stories like this, such as The Fault in Our Stars for example, incorporate romance, but I’m very glad that in this story, Greg and Rachel became no more than good friends.👌

The ending of this story was pretty predictable, but it still broke my heart in every way possible. Though cliché, maybe, it was still a great ending for this book.

All in all, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a heartwarming, sweet story, and it is definitely lighter than your typical book about death. I’d definitely recommend it for avid YA readers looking for something hilarious but deep, because I know you’ll devour this one!

Kdrewkthebookworm is now 1! + Q & A

Hi everyone!😊 First, here’s some blogiversary babbling for you all:

A year ago today, on April 10th, 2016, I hit the publish button on my very first post on Kdrewkthebookworm. (You can find it here, but just saying, cringe!😁)

Throughout these past 365 days, I have improved so much as a writer and a reader. I can now write coherent reviews rather than just summing up my initial thoughts in my earlier ones, I now have a much bigger vocabulary, and I now have acquired so many new tastes in books. When I first created this blog, I usually only read contemporary novels, but now I read so much more, ranging from romances to sci-fis to mysteries. 

I have also started receiving many physical and digital ARCs from Netgalley, Indigo, as well as independent authors. It just makes me so happy to have the privilege to be able to be one of the first to read specific books, and I hope to continue for a very long time!😃

I am also literally so impressed about how much of a reader base this blog has grown. In my first month of blogging, I had how many? Five? Ten? Twenty followers? Now I have over 500, which is a number that grows almost daily. I just love all you guys and I’m so thankful for all of you!❤️

It honestly feels like I have had this blog forever, but at the same time, it feels like it was just yesterday when I wrote my first post, if you get what I’m saying.😛

I know that this blog is pretty much all about books, but I wanted to take some time to allow you guys to get to know the girl behind all these bookish posts. This is why I will be hosting…

My first ever Q & A session!!!!🎉🎊

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So guys, I want you all to ask me questions! Any questions your heart desires! Just please keep in mind that I am a teen and that I as well have a big tween/teenage reader base, so please keep them clean, respectful, and nothing too personal. 

I will most likely have the answers post up on or near Monday the 24th. You guys will have until Friday the 21st to submit them so I can write the post that weekend.

Thanks so much guys! I love you all!😘 Here’s to many more years of blogging!❤️🎉

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Au revoir!💜

Ink Review

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Title: Ink

Author: Amanda Sun

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, paranormal, fantasy, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: By browsing through books at the library

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The Japanese culture has always fascinated me. I’m not a fan of anime, but many of the video games I played when I was younger were from Japanese companies, and I just love origami and kawaii. I also remember having a ‘pen-pal’ from Japan in second grade! So, it only made sense that I was so excited to finally read a young adult book with a setting in Japan!

Ink turned out to be a good book, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I still feel eager to continue on with the Paper Gods series, but I would not consider this book to be a favourite of mine.

For a brief synopsis, this book revolves around a girl named Katie, who has been reluctantly forced to move from Canada to Japan because of a family emergency. Being completely new, it is hard for her to get used to the customs and rules of the Japanese. At her new school, she meets a guy named Tomohiro, who draws dragons out of ink that move. But how did he gain these powers? And are there risks attached to them?

Our protagonist Katie was a whiner, to say the least. I understood where she was coming from with being sent to an unknown place on her own and not knowing anything about the culture, but if I’d been in her shoes, I would have tried to at least make the best of it. Come on, it’s Japan! Visiting Japan is on so many people’s bucket lists, so why be so ungrateful? Anyway, that’s my two-cents about her attitude, but I also found her to be pretty brave, developing tremendously by the story’s end. But overall, I just couldn’t relate to her.

The romance between Katie and Tomohiro was adorable, but Tomohiro was quite a bit of a mystery, and decoding his actions felt like solving a Rubik’s Cube (which I haven’t done…YET). I just wish I could have gotten some more of him, you know? Anyway, my guess is that that’s being left for the sequel.☺️

This book’s premise was interesting and it was executed very well, but it wasn’t the best of the best for me. As you probably already know, I don’t love books with paranormal themes, but I still adored learning about the Japanese mythology in this one.

All in all, Ink was a good story, but I think that those who are more into paranormal themes will enjoy it more. Its characters are not the best, but its plot is very interesting and the writing style is perfection!👌

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