Biggest Disappointments of 2016 So Far!

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Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’ll be talking about some of the biggest disappointments for me so far in 2016. What I mean by disappointments is that I had really high expectations for a book and ended up not liking it. I gave these books a 3 star rating or lower btw. I hope you guys will find this blog post interesting haha.

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, like before I restarted, you would know how much I dislike this book. I am definitely in the minority on this one but honestly I just really really didn’t like this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I was not impressed. I had a lot of problems with this book but my main one was Eleanor. I found her such a selfish and stupid character.I read Eleanor and Park I think around March. I really wanted to love it since it was so hyped up in the book community, but I just couldn’t… I gave this book a 2/5 stars. Very big disappointment for me 😦

 

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This book was just weird for me. I didn’t really go into this book with expectations because I did hear mixed reviews for it so I wasn’t too disappointed. The plot and the characters were all very dull and boring. I don’t think Sophie did a good job writing about Audrey’s anxiety either. I don’t have much else to say about this book really. I gave it a 2.5/5 stars.

 

  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han. This is the only book by Jenny Han that I didn’t like (I’ve read the TATBILB series and the Summer I turned Pretty series) and I think it was because it was co-authored by another person who’s name I really don’t care to remember. The plot was really stupid in my opinion, the characters were all dumb and childish and they had no depth. I hadn’t heard much about this series but all I heard were pretty good things. There are more books in this series but I have no interest in reading more. I gave this one a 2.5/5 stars

 

  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I did not hate this book by any means, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. This book is really short which I don’t think was a good thing, after finishing it I felt like there was more that should have been included. This was one of Spark’s first novels I think and I could tell, the writing was a lot different than say the writing in The Longest Ride or See Me. I think his writing has definitely improved since this novel was published. I did really like the story line, but the characters kind of fell flat for me. I watched the movie for the first time as soon as I was done reading and loved it! I gave this book a 3/5 stars, not my favorite Nicholas Sparks book for sure. This was a disappointment for me because I was expecting to love it, but like I said I had a few issues with it.

 

  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Helig. I read this book the month it came out this year for a read a long on bookstagram. The plot was kind of confusing most of the time and I did not like the main character (I can’t even remember her name, how pathetic is that??) I don’t know if I was just not in the mood for a time travel book or I didn’t pay enough attention to details, but I didn’t like this book. And I’m not the only one, it only has a 3.7/5 stars on Goodreads. I might re-read this book to see if it was just me not paying attention that made the plot confusing of if it was just the writing soon. I gave this one a 3/5 stars.

 

  • Between The Lines by Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult. I kind of found this book strange. Definitely different. The way the whole fantasy world inside the book worked was weird. Almost every character in the book was annoying and the writing style was not my taste. I think the whole concept of a girl getting trapped inside her favorite book is pretty cool, but the story that she got pulled into was not for me. I gave this book a 2.5/5 stars or 3/5 I don’t remember.

 

So those were the books I felt were disappointing reads or really my Bottom 6 books of the year so far. I’m really sorry if your favorite book was on this list, it’s just my opinion!

Thanks for reading!

Top Books of 2016 So Far!

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Hey guys welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be all about my top 6 favorite books of 2016 so far! It was super hard to narrow it down to just 6, but I managed! All of these books are either 5 star reads or 4.5 or 4.75 🙂 Btw these are in no particular order of which I like the most, I just typed them in at random.

  • Matched by Ally Condie. This was actually a re-read for me and I’m so happy I decided to re-read it! Before i read it again I noticed how many people in the book community hated it. I first read Matched a couple of years ago so I wanted to find out if I changed my mind about it, but it turned out I loved it just as much! Matched is about a girl named Cassia who lives in a utopian society that controls everything, from what you eat to who you marry, from your job to the day you die. Cassia has reached the point where the people in charge must Match her up with her perfect match. But two boys show up on her card instead of one and she must figure out why. I would highly recommend this book! 5/5 stars from me ❤

 

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. You guys have no idea how hesitant I was going into this. It was so so hyped up in the book community that I was afraid of not liking it because of the hype. But I ended up really really liking it! I enjoyed all of the characters and fount the plot really intriguing. The 5th Wave is about a girl named Cassie who’s world is turned upside down when aliens invade Earth. When the 4th wave hit she had nowhere to go, so now she’s out in the woods. The 4th wave was when the Others began to physically appear as humans. She doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Then she meets Evan who cares for her and helps her find her brother. Would definitely recommend this for any sci fi lover! 4.5/5 stars!

 

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This is the third M. M. book I ever read and I have to say it’s my favorite! I actually have a full book review of this book up on my blog if you’d like to read more about my thoughts (it does contain spoilers). TUE is about a girl named Andie who has her whole summer planned out: she plans on leaving after school ends to go to a summer internship program. But when a scandal breaks out about her father the Senator, her internship is rejected. Now she must spend the whole summer with a dad who she almost never see’s. Andie finds a summer job walking dogs and ends up meeting a guy named Clarke. This was such a great contemporary book perfect for summer! I loved the family aspects of this book as well! 5/5 stars from me and would recommend!

 

  • Saint Everything by Sarah Dessen. Oh look, another contemporary! You either really love Sarah Dessen or really hate her. I personally love her. This book is so so so good! It’s by far my favorite book that I’ve read by her. I think the reason why I love it so much is because of the characters. All of them were very well developed and I just really like them.I also have a full book review of this one on my blog as well. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who’s brother is in jail for hitting someone with a car. Sydney has always been the one to hide behind her fearless brother’s shadow. Sydney is now at a new school with people who have no idea who her brother is and what he did. Sydney meets Layla, and her brother Mac. Their family helps Sydney go through the things going on with Payton (Sydney’s brother) and at home. 4.75/5 stars! Only reason it wasn’t a 5 star read is because Sydney’s mom really made me mad haha.

 

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. If you read my book review for this book that I did a couple of days ago, you’d know how much I’m absolutely in love with it. It just had to make the cut for this list! I’m not going to write a summary for this book because I feel like everyone knows what it’s about or has read it already lol. I gave this book a very solid 5/5 stars!

 

  • See Me by Nicholas Sparks. I really really liked the plot of this book a lot. I haven’t really read anything like it. It’s kind of a thriller/mystery but it’s also romance which Nicholas Sparks is known for. The book is about a man named Colin who goes back to college and meets a woman named Maria when she’s stranded on the side of the road. Colin has a history of violence and making bad decisions but he’s trying to change that. Colin and Maria develop a relationship over the course of the book. But then Maria starts getting these strange threats from someone and secrets from Maria’s past gets unraveled. This book was so different from Sparks’s other books and I really enjoyed it! I’ve heard some pretty bad reviews for this but everyone has their own opinion ❤ I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars!

 

Okay guys those were my top 6 books of 2016 so far! Let me know in the comments if any of your favorite books made this list! Also tomorrow I will be doing a “Top Disappointments of 2016 So Far” so be on the lookout for that!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Birthday Book Haul

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So the month of July was in fact my birthday month, so I acquired many more books than usual which is perfectly fine by me! All of these books were given to me by family because I literally have no money left (I spent actual money that other relatives gave me on clothes). But the problem is that my five shelf bookshelf is jam-packed with books already, and I need a space to fit 14 more books!! Bookworm problems I’m telling you… So anyway let’s talk about the books I got for my birthday!

Btw none of these books were actually purchased on my birthday lol.

The first set of books I got was the Harry Potter series! It’a not the original editions though, it’s the new paperback ones where the spines create a picture of Hogwarts. I actually really like the covers for this edition, possibly even more than the original covers. But anyway, my mom ordered the box set for me early July (my b-day was July 22nd) because I wanted to have it before my dad picked me up the 19th to go and stay where he lives for two weeks. I’m so happy I got these!

The next set of books (yes I got another boxset) was a present from my dad, he gave it to me as soon as I walked into his front door haha. And it was the Percy Jackson series! I hinted about this series to him about a month ago and when he realized that I didn’t have it and wanted it for my birthday he got it! I read this series around this time last year and loved them! I’m actually thinking of re-reading this series in a couple months! I don’t have the original copies of this series either but I really don’t care honestly 🙂

The next book I got was actually a complete surprise! And that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I went into detail about how my dad surprised me with this in my August TBR so if you want to read about that you can check it out ❤

The last book I got was pretty random but I’m happy I got it anyway, it’s called “Did I mention I Love You?” by Estelle Maskame. I picked this book up at Target when my grandma took me to get some things for my birthday (I also got a pair of denim shorts and a bathing suit top from that trip). I was probably just like standing in the YA book section at Target for around 20 minutes because I wanted to find a book that I was going to read, and also I didn’t want to ask for a book that was like $18. I ended up finding this one for $8! I don’t really know much about this, I just know it’s a contemporary haha.

So that was all for my Birthday/July Book Haul! Thank you so much for reading! And oh I almost forgot to let you guys know that I think I’ll be blogging everyday now! At least until school starts up! Ok guys I’ll see you next time ❤

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Book Review

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UGH I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!

So that was my little freakout over this book because really, it was amazing. Such a huge improvement from the first book in the series in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The Sorcerer’s Stone but I absolutely LOVED The Chamber of Secrets. There’s really not going to be a non spoiler section in this review because really, is there anyone out there who is later than me?? Cause I’m pretty dang late to this party.

GoodReads Synopsis:

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

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I have so many feels from this book I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start with Dobby because why not? Honestly Dobby kind of got on my nerves in the beginning because he was trying to stop Harry from going back to Hogwarts and it really annoyed me even though it’s not really his fault. Idk. I felt really bad for him though because of the terrible owners he had… AKA THE FREAKING MALFOY’S. But anyway. I loved how at the end Harry saved Dobby by sneaking Mr. Malfoy’s sock in that diary, I thought it was pretty clever of Harry.

I think I have an unhealthy relationship with Ron Weasley. Like I’m obsessed with him. I love him so much he’s just so cute and adorable and omg ughhh. Btw I totally ship Ron and Hermione so much like I don’t really understand the people who ship Harry and Hermione?? Like what? Like every time Draco Malfoy said something bad about her Ron was always the one to stand up for her and I thought it was the cutest thing ever!!

Now let’s get into the actual plot of this book because otherwise I’ll just go on about Ron… Okay so I thought the plot in the sequel was so good, it kept me on the edge of my seat every single page. I honestly gasped out loud in so many instances because of little plot twists ( for example Tom Riddle turning out to be Lord Voldermort?? Literally had no clue. And also when I found out that Ginny Weasley was captured. Had no idea that was coming either.)

Let’s go into Tom Riddle a little though. WTF? Why didn’t I see that plot twist?! Was anyone else just like completely baffled the first time they read this book? I didn’t exactly trust that diary of his and his 16 year old self but I had no idea that he would be Lord Voldemort. Also, I want to briefly mention the whole Heir of Slytherin thing. I didn’t ever think it was Draco and I didn’t really think it was Harry even though he did speak Parseltounge (I think that’s what it’s called) I knew there had to be a reason Harry could speak it and I was right. Apparently Voldemort transferred that power to Harry when he tried to kill him when he was a baby because HE was the  Heir of Slytherin…

Literally so many different things happened in this book I almost couldn’t keep up! It was like every chapter Harry was finding another clue about the chamber of secrets. It was pretty cool how everything tied in together though.

Can we just talk about how much of a piece of shit “Professor” Lockhart was?! Just for a moment. Literally at 4:00 in the morning I was just staring at the book after reading anything that came out of his mouth like “what the f**k” He’s just such a terrible character I don’t even have words. I’m so glad he got what he deserved in the end, complete memory loss 🙂

As always Draco Malfoy was also a little piece of shit in this book. Omg guys I read this one line that Draco said to Harry during Quidditch : something like “Practicing to be in the ballet?” because Harry had to spin to avoid one of the balls I think and I swear if I was Harry I would’be made this awesome ass comeback : “Practicing to be a douche just like your father Malfoy?” You guys don’t even know how proud I was of that comeback that randomly popped into my head…

I really really like the plot, characters (most of them) and writing in this book, I thought they were on point. Overall I gave Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 5/5 stars! I’m currently 100+ pages into the third book The Prisoner of Azkaban and although I don’t think I’ll love it as much as book two, I’m sure I’ll still enjoy it. Thank you so much for reading this review and I’ll see you next time! ❤

 

August 2016 TBR

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Hey guys! I’m really sorry I’ve been MIA for the past month, I went on vacation towards the middle of July and forgot my computer at home so I couldn’t blog anything, but even if I did have my laptop I don’t think I would have been uploading only because the whole time I was spending time with my dad who I don’t see very often. But I’m back and I really want to try and get back into blogging every few days!

So today I’m sharing with you guys my August TBR! It’s quite ambitious considering the past four months I’ve had (I’ve only read 4-5 books each month and they were pretty small books…) but this month all I want is to complete the Harry Potter Series. Yes guys I am finally reading this series and I am absolutely loving it! So basically before I left for vacation in July I finished the first Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I really liked it, I thought it was a great start to the series.

So the day I’m writing this is August 4th and I’ve already read one book and that’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! I literally LOVED this book but I’ll go into all of that in my wrap up. So now I’m 100 pages into The Prisoner of Azkaban and it’s pretty good so far. That leaves me five more books to read this month.

But wait! I almost forgot! I HAVE HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. Why not just add that to my TBR? It might happen, you never know. But idk if I’ll get to it because book four-seven are MASSIVE. But we’ll see what happens.

So the little story behind how The Cursed Child came into my possession is pretty nice actually. So the day it came out, July 31st, my dad woke me up at 7 am because that’s when he comes home from work, and he talked for me a bit. So naturally at this time I was done with the second Harry Potter book and really wanted to get my hands on the newest story (even though I haven’t finished the series I still wanted it asap) and so I casually brought up the book and I joked and was like “you should have bought it for me this morning” and he literally went “I did, it’s on your pillow” girl I whipped my head around so fast and guess what? IT WASN’T THERE. I was literally furious at my dad because he played me but he was just sitting there laughing his butt off. But it’s all good because the next morning he woke me up again at 7:00 am and gave it to me and I was so so happy.

Also I’m considering posting a book review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets so be on the lookout for that! Thank you so much for reading and I’ll hopefully see you next time! Bye guys 🙂 ❤

Saint Anything Spoiler Free Book Review

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I might be posting book reviews of every book I read this month?? Maybe. IDK. But today I’ll be talking about Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. This entire review will be spoiler free so if you haven’t read this lovely book yet, you can still read on. Since this is a spoiler free review, I’ll only be talking about three main things: the plot, the writing, and the characters:-)

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a prison sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

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PLOT:

I absolutely loved the plot of this book, far more than any other book by Sarah Dessen I’ve read! It dealt with some pretty tough things and was really hard to read at times. If you’re debating whether or not to pick up this book because you don’t want a fluffy, lighthearted contemporary book that Sarah Dessen is sometimes known for, pick this one up!! It’s really different from those summery contemporaries that center around the romance and that has insta-love. The whole point of this story is to show a young girl who has to deal with lot of new changes in her life because her brother is in prison! While they’re is a romance in this book, it is not in any way insta-love or the main point of the story. This book has so many family aspects in it and I just love that about it!

WRITING:

The writing was fabulous (it’s by the one and only Sarah Dessen of course) and very very easy to read! While the chapters are on the longer side, I rarely noticed because I was always always focused on the story and basically drinking it all up! I seriously finished this book in two days, it was that good!! I never want Sarah Dessen to stop writing!!

CHARACTERS:

I really enjoyed the main character Sydney as a narrator. I could really relate to her personality. I thought she was such a good friend to Jenn that one night and was always such a great person around the Chathams.

Sydney’s best friend Layla had such a bubbly personality, she really reminded me of Dee from The Lux Series! I would absolutely love to be best friends with her! She’s very stubborn, opinionated, and her obsession with french fries had me laughing at her through out the book.

Mac is Layla’s brother and is Sydney’s love interest. He is so adorable and sweet and I just love him so much. He has such a big heart for his family and friends. His back story is actually really inspiring (if you’ve read it you know what I mean) He’s also really protective of Layla and Sydney even if you don’t read a lot about it.

Sydney’s mom was one of those characters that you just don’t really like, honestly. I had a lot of problems with her but I won’t say anything more because of spoilers!

OVERALL:

Overall I gave this book a 4.75/5 stars! The reason I didn’t give it a 5/5 stars was because of some of the characters and their actions etc. Saint Anything was the fourth book that I’ve read by Sarah Dessen and by far my favorite!

Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next blog post! Byeee ❤

 

The Unexpected Everything Book Review

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So I’m just going to start off saying that this is the third book that I’ve read by Morgan Matson and probably my favorite! (the two others I’ve read were Since You’ve Been Gone and Second Chance Summer) This. Book. OMG. I loved it so so so much!! There was obviously a very big amount of character development with our main character Andie (which was great because I couldn’t stand her in the first 100 pages) and I really think Morgan Matson did a great job with it!

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

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I don’t really want to go into a lot of my thoughts about Andie and also her dad in the first 100 pages because I honestly hated both of them. Like a lot. But I’ll briefly cover it and say that I thought Andie was a brat who didn’t know what the hell love was and I thought her dad was a selfish widower who didn’t know how to continue being a father after his wife died. Okay. Might be a little harsh but it’s true. But the great thing is is that both of these characters changed! And I didn’t have to wait until the very end for them to be different (I probably wouldn’t have continued reading the book if that were the case, I just hated them that much). I grew to really love Congressman Walker’s character, I felt like he kind of decided to face reality and be there for his daughter (after, what, five years?).

I thought that every side character some how played a big part in the story and I thought that was amazing because that’s how I know that a book is character driven. Which leads me to my next thought: I really didn’t mind at all that this book didn’t have a clear plot. Like, there wasn’t really a climax or falling action (although there was a resolution) and I was completely fine with it. It was a nice change, I can’t remember the last time I read a character driven book. Obviously I wouldn’t have liked the fact that it was character driven if I didn’t like the characters but I loved them! My favorite character would have to be Toby though, just because I can relate to her the most. I’ve heard from some people that they thought Toby was really annoying?? What? I didn’t find her annoying at all.

As always, the writing style was on point, it was really engaging and easy to read! 🌞

And really quickly I just want to mention how much I laughed through out this book! I was really not expecting to literally laugh out loud while reading!

SPOILERS!

I seriously have so many favorite moments from this book! One that I can think of off hand is the famous scavenger hunt! Oh my gosh, I adored this scene. It was just super fun and chill and my heart was racing through out the whole thing. Can we just talk about the fact that Andie’s dad tagged along?! He helped Andie and Toby to get some of the items (like when he stole that sampling spoon from an ice cream shop haha I died!! And also when he walked into the diner and persuaded the lady to give him a menu) I was seriously devastated that Palmer declared it a tie between Andie + Toby and Clark + Tom. I really wanted Andie and Toby to win!!

A pretty major thing that happened towards the last 150 pages is the whole Bri and Wyatt thing. Yeah. That. I don’t even really want to speak of it because ughh. I felt sooooo bad for Toby, the ways she found out and everything. I just think it was wrong of Bri to just flat out lie to Toby’s face for weeks and it was wrong of Andie for agreeing to keep it all a secret so Toby would never find out. I feel like friends just wouldn’t do that to each other. The fact that Bri and Wyatt literally broke up afterwords.. I don’t even have words rn.

The last 70 pages were probably my favorite parts of the whole book. I loved how Morgan Matson wrapped up almost everything and the way everything played out and such. There was so much going on, so much discovery. The cutest scene of the book for me was when Andie literally jumped into Clark’s arms at that bookstore where he had a book signing. So. Adorable. I can’t, they’re just too freaking cute. Also how her “question” was about Karl and Marjorie. That whole story that they made up together… 🙂

One thing I kind of didn’t like was the fact that the whole Toby and Bri situation was left open ended. I get that Toby had to discover who she was without her and stuff, but it just made me really sad… I think it’s terrible that things will never be the same again because of a boy. Like a boy got between their friendship. But then again, I know it wasn’t all about Wyatt, some other stuff was said etc etc…

I could seriously talk about The Unexpected Everything for hours but I already have over 1000 words (!!!) so I should probably start wrapping things up! Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you next time with a new blog post! Byee ❤