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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten Books to get you out of a reading slump.

Read a collection of short stories

10. because-you-love-to-hate-me Because I Love to Hate You – Various

9. twenty one proms 21 Proms – Various

8. love is hell Love is Hell – Various

Read something light

7. Save the Date Save the Date – Morgan Matson

6. Once and For All Once and For All – Sarah Dessen

5. boys i've loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Re-read a favourite

4. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

3. lion Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

2. percy Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

  1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling
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Book Review: What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us?

Release date: October 9th 2018

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

This was one of my most highly anticipated releases for all of 2018. Two of my favourite authors teaming up for a rom-com style book that sounded cute, but also potentially devastating because Adam Silvera is involved and he always make me cry. It was great to see so many pop culture references through the book, through it could get a little repetitive for someone who might not enjoy those things.

I liked both characters pretty equally. Both Arthur and Ben were interesting, had some side drama happening outside of their romance with each other, and I liked seeing the interactions with their friends. Their romance was cute but also had understandable obstacles in an ex-boyfriend, Arthur interning only for the summer, and more.

The whole time I was reading, and thoroughly enjoying this book, I was also nervous because who was going to win the ending. The queen of love and happiness Becky Albertalli or the king of heartbreak and tears Adam Silvera? I’m not telling. I know this is short but it’s so hard to describe without giving something away. Definitely a contender for favourite book of the year!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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I had family visiting so getting in reading time was more difficult. Lots of night reading.

Currently reading: 13138736

Finished reading: 5323390What If It's UsPicture Us in the Lightthis shattered world

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 2974909835180938 to read

What If It's Us to review

Books read it 2018: 130

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 37

Contemporary: 66

Fantasy: 36

Sci-Fi: 11

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 6

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten bookish sites.

10. Goodreads. I don’t know what I would do without this site now.

9. Storiarts. Love this site for bookish items.

8. Facebook. More specifically the Owlcrate Facebook group. So many new friends.

7. Bookriot. They always have bookish news and other stuff posted.

6. YA Book Blog Directory. Looking for a blog? It’s probably on here.

5. Kobo. Great for e-books but they’ve also started their own audio book member program.

4. Bookish. I’ve only recently discovered this one but it’s already very high on my list.

3. BookBub. They always have great deals on e-books.

2. HCC Frenzy. A tumblr with plenty of book content, run by HarperCollins Canada

  1. Epic Reads. So much YA from HarperCollins.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Felt like a long week. But I bought new books so that makes things better.

Currently reading: this shattered world

Finished reading: Beware that girlLady's GuideGive the Dark my LoveThese Broken Stars

What I’m hoping to get to next week: What If It's UsPicture Us in the Light to read

Lady's Guide to review

Books read it 2018: 126

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 37

Contemporary: 64

Fantasy: 34

Sci-Fi: 11

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 6

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’d mash together.

10. twilight big + vampire academy big Twilight by Stephanie Meyer with Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. The Cullen kids attend St Vlad.

9. simon homo sapiens + boys i've loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I think Simon and Lara Jean would be friends.

8. Raven boys big + darkest minds The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater with The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Two of my favourite groups of characters meeting.

7. obsidian + Zero Repeat Forever Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout with Zero Repeat Forever by GS Prendegast.

I will add more if I think of any through the day.

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July Wrap-Up/August TBR

This felt like a good, solid reading month. Lots of good reads, some decent reads. None that I overly disliked so I call that a win.

July Wrap-Up:

Zero Repeat Forever – GS Prendergast. 3.5/5 stars. I listened to this one of audio book and I enjoyed the narrators. It was a good story, slow in the middle, but I look forever to the next book.

 The Summer Wives – Beatriz Williams. 3.5/5 stars. Great summer read. A little out of my comfort zone but it sucked me in.

 Nyxia Unleashed – Scott Reintgen. Review. Even better than the first!

 Mirage – Somaiya Daud. 3.5/5 stars. Interesting concept, engaging characters, maybe a little predictable but that’s probably more because I read so much fantasy.

 Darius the Great is Not Okay – Adidb Khorrah. 4/5 stars. Very good read. I couldn’t put it down!

 Catching Stars – Cayla Kennan. 3/5 stars. Not one I likely would have picked up if it didn’t come in an Owlcrate box but it was enjoyable to read.

 The War Outside – Monica Hesse. Review. So good. A must read.

 Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd. 4/5 stars. I love Megan Shepherd’s writing and I love how dark her books get.

 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black. 3/5 stars. Solid book, I just couldn’t connect with it while I was reading. I think it’s one I could have really enjoyed a year or so ago when I was heavily into the paranormal.

 A Very Large Expanse of the Sea – Tahereh Mafi. 4.5/5 stars. A must read. So meaningful and relevant. Not one I will be forgetting. Ever.

 Stay Sweet – Siobhan Vivian. 3.5/5 stars. A cute, perfect for summer read.

 Shadow of the Fox – Julie Kagawa. 4/5 stars. This series has a whole lot of potential to became a fast favourite.

 Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe – Preston Norton. 4/5 stars. I am definitely a fan. This is the type of book I can see myself re-reading if I ever decide to re-read books.

 Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne. 3/5 stars. It was good but this was another one I had a harder time connecting with while reading.

 Wildcard – Marie Lu. 4.5/5 stars. So much action, moving the plot ahead, so not just a middle book!

 For a Muse of Fire – Heidi Heilig. 4/5 stars. I knew this would be good but it surprised me with how easily I was completely sucked in.

 Little Green – Tish Cohen. 4/5 stars. Another one outside my comfort zone but more like this and I can see this type of book becoming my comfort zone.

 Ayesha’s Gift – Martin Sixsmith. 3.5/5 stars. A non-fiction book!

August TBR:

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Going to the beach this weekend, so I might need a beach read.

Currently reading: These Broken Stars

Finished reading: Ayesha's GiftLittle GreenFor a Muse of FireWildcard

Reviewed: nothing, did a bookish facts/confessions post instead

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Lady's GuideGive the Dark my Love to read

Wildcard to review

Books read it 2018: 122

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 37

Contemporary: 63

Fantasy: 33

Sci-Fi: 10

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 5

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that lived up to the hype.

10. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead.

9. court of thrones and roses A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas.

8. Heart of Iron Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston.

7. Wildcard Wildcard – Marie Lu.

6. COB&B_JKT_100517.indd Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi.

5. all the bright places All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven.

4. three dark crowns Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake.

3. my lady jane My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows.

2. the-hate-u-give The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas.

1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling.

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Bookish Facts/Confessions

I meant to do a review this week but since I’m finding it hard to put my thoughts into words in ways that make sense, forcing it didn’t seem like the best idea. I’ve tabled that review for this week and instead am revealing some bookish facts and confessions about myself, my reading habits, etc. Some you might already know from Top Ten Tuesdays, other bookish posts, or maybe I told you in a message.

  • I read every day. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes before bed. My day doesn’t feel complete unless I’ve read at least a little.
  • I don’t picture faces/appearances of characters while I’m reading. I’ve just always had a hard time imagining them. The only times I come close is if they’re described as looking like an actor.
  • I have way too many journals dedicated to keeping my reading organized. And I still fail at that a lot.
  • I buy the next book in series before even starting the first one. Or the second one.
  • I have books on every shelf in the house. Even the ones that aren’t mine.
  • I would give up coffee before I would give up books.
  • Right now I have no idea how my bookshelves are organized but it makes sense to me.
  • Most of the moves I go to the theatres to see are based on books.
  • I would almost, always rather be reading:)

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