Keep It Fresh Award

(Credit goes to Jax)

Hi everyone!☺️

The fabulous Jax @ Life of a Simple Reader has tagged me in the Keep it Fresh Award. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Jax! Her blog is the best, so be sure to check it out!💜

So let’s get started!


The Rules:

1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.

2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.

3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.

4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!

5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!

6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.

7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!


Part A:

1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

 

Eleanor & Park was pretty sweet! It gave me all the feels. Literally ALL OF THEM.💞

2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

Since I haven’t read Love & Gelato yet (WHY?! OMG), I would definitely go out and buy it just to take it with me on vacation. It looks adorable!☺️

3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

For years, I NEVER thought I would enjoy THG. But last year, I was curious about it, so I couldn’t resist picking it up. To say the least, I was astonished.👌

4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

The mystery in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was super juicy, and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of mysterious, thrilling books.💞

5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

I liked this book, but everything was so bland!😟

6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

5 to 1 had two separate POVs- one in paragraphs, and one in verse. The concept was super unique too- press on its cover to read my review and find out all about it!☺️

7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

Everything about The Haters, including its title, left me feeling sour and disgusted.🙅

8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

I’d say that Stones on a Grave, along with all of the other books in the Secrets series, are too underrated and deserve much more love! The series follows the perspectives of 7 different teen girls whose orphanage burns down, so they are all forced to find lives elsewhere, as well as where they’d come from and who their ancestors were. Not to mention that it’s historical fiction, so good news for the YA historical fiction lover!😌

9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin was the last cliché book I read. It was so predictable with a storyline that is so overused that I could barely even enjoy it. It is still a good book for readers just starting out in contemporary, though.

10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

Though this book made me feel a whirlwind of emotions, I was in shambles of tears by the end of it. No book has EVER made me cry as much as this one did!😭😭

11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)

I can’t think of a specific book for this one, but I hate any character that is stuck-up and doesn’t learn from their mistakes by the end of the book. Just my personal two-cents.🙈

12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humour with every book.

Although this was technically a book about death, Jesse Andrews made it sooo funny! It was too bad that I disliked his sophomore novel.😟


Part B: Create your own!

Starfruit: Name a book that is your star (or one that simply features characters going to the stars).⭐️

This isn’t such a creative one, but if you wish upon a star, the book that will come to my mind is As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. It was a fantastic read that I only finished a couple days ago, but one that I know I will remember for a long time. Review to come!💜💫

And I just realized that this was supposed to be my favourite fruit. I haven’t even tried starfruit. Oops!🙊


Part C: Smoothie!

Dragonfruit+tomatoes+lime (EW!!)

It’s been a long while since I finished The Truth Commission, but I remember it being unique, underrated, and funny, all at the same time!😄 (Not that being underrated is good…)


I nominate…

1. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

2. Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

3. Daniela @ My Name is Daniela

4. Ashley & Sabrina @ 5171 Miles Book Blog

5. Dessie @ Samodiva Reads

Feel free to skip out on this if you’re not up to participating, but I would love to see your answers! It was a lot of fun to write and I hope you guys have fun with it, too.💞


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What would be your choices? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Between the Lines Review

Title: Between the Lines

Author: Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, fantasy, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

I have been meaning to read a Jodi Picoult book for the longest time. My Sister’s Keeper has been on my TBR since the dawn of time (literally), but I have not gone around to reading it. When I found Between the Lines at the library, I snatched it right off the shelf- not just because I was dying to check out Picoult’s work, but because the storyline was so intriguing!

Boy, this book did not disappoint one bit! Other than the fact that it didn’t wow me enough to deserve full stars, I have absolutely no complaints about it. Most of the characters were great, and the plot was executed flawlessly!

To briefly synopsize, Between the Lines is about a girl named Delilah. Her favourite book is a special fairy tale book, which is especially special to her because when she turns to a certain page, the characters come to life, which provides good support for her as she doesn’t have many friends in reality. Could she use the book as an escape, or will the characters use her as an escape from their own life?

I felt as if I could relate immensely to the protagonist, Delilah. Just like me, she is a reading machine, but unlike me, she just focuses on one special story. I also appreciated there being a shy protagonist being introduced for once, and I really enjoyed leaping into her relatable thoughts during her POV.

I also loved Oliver, who is the prince that leaps out of the storybook and into Delilah’s life. He was so adventurous, and I adore that in male characters! Since I am not too adventurous and neither is Delilah, I would totally ship them together. Or him with me. Or… I don’t even know, really. XD

Although Between the Lines was a bit slow in the beginning before Oliver and Delilah’s storylines overlapped, once it sped up, I began to devour it. It was simply awesome being able to watch as a book character literally jumped into the world of her ultimate favourite book!

One thing that was extra special about this book was that we actually got to leap into the storybook that Delilah loved with all her heart. Accompanied by full-colour images, the story gives a good background as to where Oliver is coming from and what types of events pique Delilah’s interests. Though not totally necessary, it is for sure what makes this book stand out in the crowd.

All in all, my time reading Between the Lines was amazing. I loved getting to know Delilah and Oliver and exploring their world, and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Off the Page! If you simply love reading and often find yourself wanting to submerge into the worlds of your favourite characters, then this novel is for you. This book will seriously make you feel like you’re in there, following all the events with the awesome characters. 

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*4.25 Stars*

 

The Amateurs Review

Title: The Amateurs

Author: Sara Shepard

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, thriller, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

I need some answers about my sister. Help…

Five years ago, high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without any answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why.

So when eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier sees a desperate post on the Case Not Closed message board, she knows it’s time to change that. Helena’s high-profile disappearance is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, she agrees to spend spring break in Connecticut working on the case with Maddy Wright, her best friend from Case Not Closed. However, the moment she steps off the train, things start to go wrong. Maddy’s nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin, doesn’t seem to want any help after all. Plus, Seneca has a secret of her own, one that could derail the investigation if she’s not careful.

Alongside Brett, another super-user from the site, they slowly begin to unravel the secrets Helena kept in the weeks before her disappearance. But the killer is watching…and determined to make sure the case stays cold.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

I am always a fan of a good mystery book. I love feeling gripped to the read and having the ability to guess the culprits of all of the mysteries. The Amateurs is a book that I’d been hearing some pretty great things about, so after finding it at my library, I decided to give it a try.

I really enjoyed The Amateurs in a four-star rating kind of way. Though I couldn’t necessarily bond with the characters, I fell in love with the riveting storyline and found it very hard to put down.

I think that it’s best to go into this book blind, but for the briefest of brief synopsizes, this book follows four teens in their quest to find out the mystery about another teen girl who had gone missing five years before. That’s all I’m going to get into here, and plus I would say that is all that’s necessary to know about the story before diving in.

This book had four main characters, but I did not find myself able to pinpoint any of their traits. All of them were quite dull, which I did not like, but I still really appreciated the team-working skills they all possessed as well as their determination to solve the mystery.

What I enjoyed the most about The Amateurs was once again, the gripping, fascinating plot. I’ve said it once, but I will say it again- this book is seriously unputdownable. Cliché to say about a book, maybe, but it’s 100% true! The mystery always kept me on my toes guessing, and once it was solved, I could not believe it!

All in all, I enjoyed The Amateurs a lot. I loved the mystery and the writing style, although the four protagonists were quite bland. For those avid young adult readers looking for a gripping, thrilling read that will take you through a roller coaster of events, Sara Shepard’s book is the one for you!

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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!💜

10 Things I Can See from Here Review

Title: 10 Things I Can See from Here

Author: Carrie Mac

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging/Goodreads

Since I have been wanting to read many more diverse books lately, 10 Things I Can See from Here completely fit the bill for what I was looking for. I’m not quite sure if its culture portrayals are diverse, but the main character is lesbian and suffers from a severe anxiety disorder. As I love to get different viewpoints of life while reading books, I got very excited when I found this on a shelf at my local library.

This story turned out to be everything I was expecting it to be, but I wouldn’t say that it knocked my socks off. I loved the relatable protagonist, the writing style, and the storyline!

Basically, 10 Things I Can See from Here is about a girl named Maeve. She suffers from an anxiety disorder, and even though she is often told to think positively, it is very hard for her to do. Since her mom is going to Haiti for a few months, Maeve is sent to her dad in Vancouver to start a whole new life. As you would expect, this gives her a lot of anxiety, but as she meets many new people including a girl named Salix whom she develops feelings for, is Vancouver really so bad after all?

I must say that I really enjoyed exploring the character of Maeve and her world. I found that I could relate to her at times in her thoughts- I too sometimes get really anxious and riled up about things. I often want everything to be in place and all events confirmed, and I was glad to see that another book character felt the same way. As I said before, she was really anxiety-ridden, but I don’t know enough about anxiety disorders in order to be able to tell you if the representation was accurate. For the most part, it seemed pretty realistic to me- but ultimately, I’m no doctor.

As for the plot, it did have its ups and downs. The story started off being a bit slow, but as it picked up by about the halfway point of the book, I found myself appreciating and enjoying it so much more. Even when the plot was at its climax, I still sometimes found myself just staring at the page out of boredom, but this was a very rare happening. The events were still rather interesting and gripping!

Overall, 10 Things I Can See from Here definitely left me in need of more. Would I like more of Maeve? YES! Would I like to read more from Carrie Mac? DOUBLE YES! This story is a great one to read if you are in search of diversity, family ties, and a good F&F romance that we don’t see nearly enough of. I’m sure you’ll devour this novel!

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ARC Review: Romancing the Throne

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Title: Romancing the Throne

Author: Nadine Jolie Courtney

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Scandal, secrets, and heartbreak abound in this juicy, modern girl-meets-prince story—perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith.

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.

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

How I Found Out About It: Indigo ARC newsletter

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Once I saw the synopsis of this book, I was sold. I love light, fun, modern stories about royalty and family ties, so I had a feeling I’d love Romancing the Throne. 

I did really enjoy certain aspects of it, but overall, with all of its aspects tied together, this book just wasn’t a favourite of mine. It was for sure fluffy and cute, but there were still major flaws that I couldn’t really overlook.

To synopsize, this story follows a teen girl named Charlotte, who is competing with her sister Libby for the throne of Britain. The sisters are finally at the same school, so outgoing, frivolous Charlotte decides to introduce shy, reserved Libby to her social circle. With that comes a handsome prince named Edward, who is the throne’s heir. Suddenly, the sisters find themselves fighting over both the throne- and the prince.

When I read books, the universal rule for me is that if I dislike a protagonist, then the book loses major points from me. This book was the perfect example of that. Charlotte was not a favourite main character of mine whatsoever, as she complained on almost every single page of the book and I found her to be rather stuck-up and insensitive. Basically, she was the polar opposite of me, and I prefer reading stories about characters I can actually relate to. For instance, if this book followed shy, sweet Libby instead, I would have enjoyed it that much more.

This was a romance story, but I really disliked that part of it. Here we’ve got a love triangle between the sisters and Prince Edward, and it was so darn annoying! Edward wasn’t that cute, and he wasn’t that memorable, and I did not see sparks fly between him and either of the sisters. I do have to say that I loved Charlotte and Libby’s relationship and how they always stuck up for each other, though! (#SISTERGOALS!)

One thing that I DID immensely enjoy about Romancing the Throne was its plot and royalty premise. When one hears the word “royalty,” they often tend to think of the medieval times and monarchs with their horses, crowns, and thrones. Or, sometimes they even think of fairy tales! I really liked that in this book, all of those stereotypes regarding royalty were smashed, showing us that monarchs are normal people. This book also stayed true to modern times with many mentions of social media and texting, which is something that many contemporaries seem to miss.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Romancing the Throne for those wanting a sweet, fluffy book focusing on sisterhood and royalty, but don’t mind an annoying love triangle. I know this book will put you in a good mood, just like it did for me!☺️

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

Full House Book Tag

Hi everyone!😄

I wasn’t tagged for this, but since I have been starting to really enjoy watching the TV show Full House on Netflix, I decided to take a google search and see if there was a book tag for Full House, and low and behold, there was! It was created by Rose @ stuckinfiction, whose blog I just found and it’s amazing! Be sure to check her out!💞

So let’s get started, shall we? You got it, dude!😉


1. Danny Tanner: A book that needs to be cleaned up because there are loose ends and plot holes.

Danny is the father of the three young daughters in the show, and to simply put it, he’s a neat freak. He prefers everything to be spotless and all tidied up.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich was interesting at times, but it still had quite a few plot holes and loose ends to be cleaned up.


2. Joey Gladstone: A book that made you laugh.

^That basically sums up Joey and his happy-go-lucky, funny personality, by the way!😂

Even though Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book about death, Jesse Andrews makes it very funny and light for readers without sugarcoating the reality of the events going on. It’s definitely a must read!


3. Jesse Katsopolis: A book that has a great cover.

Jesse is Danny Tanner’s brother-in-law and the girls’ uncle, who goes on to marry a news anchor named Rebecca Donaldson, who will be shown later in this post. Together they have twin baby boys. He is super cool, likes Elvis Presley, and rides on a motorcycle.

Since Jesse is, ahem, very good-looking, the book I chose that can also be described that way is The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. It’s also beautiful on the inside!👌👌


4. D.J. Tanner: A book or character that has taught you a lot.

D.J. Tanner is wise, helpful, and she is the eldest sister out of all the three Tanner girls. Though at times she wants nothing to do with her sisters, she always has her watchful eye out for them and is always willing to give them advice if and when they need it.

Looking for Alaska is a book that honestly changed my life and many of the things I believe. It has so many amazing pieces of advice embedded into it, and it is one of the best books I’ve ever gotten my hands on.💞


5. Stephanie Tanner: A book you can’t stop talking about.

Stephanie is the talkative, sassy middle child of the Tanner family. She looks up to DJ especially to be a role model for her future.

Ever since I read the awesome Anna and the French Kiss in February 2016, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it!😂


6. Michelle Tanner: A book or character that you quote a lot.

I do not have a pick for this question, but Michelle is personally my favourite Full House character, as she is the adorable, witty youngest child of the Tanner family. She has many different catchphrases, such as the one in the GIF.💞


7. Rebecca Donaldson: A book or character that you relate to the most.

Rebecca Donaldson is a news reporter on Wake Up, San Francisco, that is, until she marries Jesse Katsopolis and has her twin boys.

I felt like I could relate to Penny from Girl Online a ton!💞


8. Steve Hale: A book you ate up (couldn’t put down).

In later seasons, Steve Hale is DJ’s boyfriend, who is a couple years older than her. As you can probably tell, he is a big foodie!🍎

I basically ate up Dreamology by Lucy Keating. It was too good- I couldn’t put it down!


9. Alex and Nicky Katsopolis: A book that needs a sequel.

Alex and Nicky Katsopolis are Jesse and Becky’s twin sons. They are so adorable!💙

I definitely think that Carry On by Rainbow Rowell deserves a sequel- I want more!


10. Kimmy Gibbler: A book or character you’ve grown to love.

Kimmy is DJ’s rebellious, carefree best friend. I am not the biggest fan of her character, but that’s just me.

I totally grew to love The Goblin King in Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones!😄


So tell me, have you seen Full House? Do you like it? Who is your favourite character? Have you read any of these books? Opinions? Let me know in the comments brlow.

Au revoir!💜

Lucky Jonah Review

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Title: Lucky Jonah

Author: Richard Scrimger

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, magical realism, LGBTQ+, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: School library

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

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At my school’s library, when I was looking for something interesting to read, the cover and synopsis of Lucky Jonah reeled me in. It sounded quite a bit like the premise of Every Day by David Levithan, a story I really, really adored.

Just as I’d expected, I devoured it. Although it is technically a middle grade book, I was still able to find beauty in it that would benefit tweens, teens, and adults alike.

For a quick summary, Lucky Jonah is about a boy in eighth grade named Jonah. He is quite insecure with himself, so when he gets his hands on a disposable camera, he finds that whenever he snaps a picture with it, he gets to turn into someone else for a short period of time. Will this help him leave his life that is full of insecurities?

In spite of the lack of confidence that Jonah had, I still really liked him. I found him to be very strong and perceptive, and he always made the very best of each person’s shoes that he was in. I felt very sorry for him that he was bullied and ignored- he didn’t deserve it at all with his kindness and intelligence.

Just like I did in the similar book Every Day, I also loved the premise of this one and thought that it was executed stunningly, once again. I think that I may just have a fetish for magical realism books- they are so fun to read, and I love still being able to delve into the contemporary genre and still read about magic without having to read a fantasy book, most of which I often dislike. Jonah’s journey in this book was super amusing to follow!

There were also some pretty great morals in this story, if I do say so myself. Lucky Jonah teaches its readers to be proud of who they are, and that it’s totally okay to be different from everybody else. In this book, Jonah was questioning his sexuality, and in addition to the bullying, this left him very unsure and insecure with himself, but by the last page, he learned to be true to himself and to respect that he is who he is, and that he couldn’t change that.

In conclusion, Lucky Jonah was a gorgeous novel. It’s also so underrated, and more people definitely need to learn about it, pick it up, and devour it! In my opinion, anyone over the age of twelve could benefit a ton from reading this touching book. Its protagonist is great, its plot is captivating, and its morals are perfection. Could you ask for a better book?

Book Personality Challenge

Hi everyone!☺️

I have no outstanding tags to do this week, so when I saw the Book Personality Challenge on Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads‘ blog, it looked quite fun, so I decided to take it on anyway. Be sure to check out her awesome blog!💞

For this challenge, you must find out your MBTI personality type out of the sixteen and and tell your readers how you would be like as a book character.

I took the test a while ago at this link, and I was told that I was an ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging). Another more literal name for the ISTJ is the Logistician, and here is a brief description of the personality type:

The ISTJ personality type is thought to be the most abundant, making up around 13% of the population. Their defining characteristics of integrity, practical logic and tireless dedication to duty make ISTJs a vital core to many families, as well as organizations that uphold traditions, rules and standards, such as law offices, regulatory bodies and military. People with the ISTJ personality type enjoy taking responsibility for their actions, and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience.

Yep, sounds a lot like me!💁

So let’s get on with the tag!😉


What is your personality like?

I like to describe myself as a hard worker who is studious, dedicated, and responsible. I get good marks and if I am interested in a subject, I can completely immerse myself into it (ahem, books and French!😂). I tend to think more concretely than critically, which means that when making decisions, I rely more on facts than on intuition, but my way of thinking still allows me as well as all other ISTJs to be successful. I am a bit shy, but once I have bonded with someone and become able to trust them, I can open up to them and be a *tiny bit* silly. It does take a bit of time for me to develop trust in someone, but overall, I am pretty easy-going (for the most part) and I try to be a friend to all.💘

If you were a character in a book, what would be some of your strengths and flaws?

Strengths:
  • Puts effort into work and gets good outcomes out of it
  • Is honest and really dislikes dishonesty
  • Is calm, patient and can handle sticky situations
  • Can be trusted to get the job done
Weaknesses:
  • Can sometimes be stubborn
  • Not very eager to take risks
  • Can sometimes be a bit too honest
*Note that not all of these apply to me, just to the ISTJ in general*

Do any authors share your personality type?

I haven’t read books from either of these authors, but I found Sigmund Freud, Thomas Hobbes, along with some others that I’ve never heard of. If you know of any young adult authors that are ISTJs, then please let me know!

What fictional characters share your personality type?

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I’m happy to see that Hermione shares my ISTJ traits, but I have not checked out any of these other fictional works.🙈

If you were a character in a book, what job would you have?

Some of the careers that are best and the most popular with ISTJs include lawyers, judges, police officers, military workers, and detectives.

Hmm. I’ll choose to be a lawyer.🙈

What personality type would complete your OTP?

It says on 16 Personalities that the best partner for an ISTJ would be any type of personality that includes the letters E (extroverted), S (observant), and P (prospective). This means that the ESTP (the entrepreneur) or the ESFP (the entertainer) would be my best bet.

Who are some fictional characters that would complete your OTP?

Some entrepreneurs:

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Some entertainers:

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I choose Jack Dawson!💗


So tell me, what is your personality type? Have you done this tag (if so, please link me to it in the comments- I’d love to see your answers!)? Do you agree with any of my answers?

Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Cracked Up to Be Review

Title: Cracked Up to Be

Author: Courtney Summers

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: School

Last semester in English class, Cracked Up to Be was one of the options of books to read for a culminating project. As much as I wanted to read it, I ended up picking Paper Valentine instead, but I still knew that I would pick up this book sometime. I love stories about high schoolers, so I predicted that this would be a winner.

In some ways, this book was a winner, but for others? Not so much. I really enjoyed my time reading this story, but there were some things that I wish were explored more or improved.

This book follows a girl named Parker who is a senior in high school. She is just about to graduate, but the happy straight-A student and cheerleader she used to be has gone AWOL and has been replaced by a depressed, moody girl who fails her classes and starts drinking. The people who care about her are all very worried and want her to feel more at ease, but she refuses any help offered to her. But what no one knows is that Parker has a secret- she may be the one who is to be blamed for a tragedy.

As you’d expect from reading the synopsis, Parker was quite whiny and complained a lot. The fact that she refused any help that came her way bothered me a bit, and I really wanted to shake her at times. As Parker slowly became more and more tolerant, I loved the development she went through in re-becoming the gregarious girl she used to be, even if she wasn’t fully restored yet.

This is for sure a character-oriented book. The way I know this is because the plot isn’t too developed, and the whole storyline revolves around Parker and her development. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but I would have loved to see some more memorable events.

Despite the plot being somewhat bland, I was still kept on the edge of my seat, dying to know what happened to Parker as well as more about her circumstances. Isn’t it interesting how a book with a dull plot can still hook you in?

Also, I have one more tiny, super nit-picky complaint- there was an animal death in this story. I absolutely hate those, they’re so sad, and honestly, they are worse to deal with in literature for me than human deaths. Animal lovers, just be warned!

All in all, Cracked Up to Be is a story that I’d definitely recommend to high schoolers. It teaches readers to follow their footsteps wisely because you could never know where they may take you, and I appreciated that message. If you enjoy contemporaries, then this book is cracked up to be a good one!😉

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