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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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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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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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Weekly Reading Recap

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Currently reading: Wildcard

Finished reading: Brightly Burning361057723667298832333296

Reviewed: War outside

What I’m hoping to get to next week: For a Muse of FireLittle Green to read

36105772 to review.

Books read it 2018: 118

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 37

Contemporary: 61

Fantasy: 32

Sci-Fi: 9

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 with sensory memories. I kept it pretty generic and included books I have very strong memories of, whether it’s reading them or convincing others to read them.

10. me since you big Me Since You – Laura Wiess. I connected so much with this main character. I physically hurt while reading her journey. Constricted chest, tight throat, clenched fists.

9. Tempests and Slaughter Anything Tamora Pierce. This one’s an author instead of a book but Tamora Pierce is the first author both my mom and I read and loved. There’s great memories of having mini books clubs with Tamora Pierce and my mom.

8. Dangerous Art of Blending in The Dangerous Art of Blending In – Angelo Surmelis. My body’s physical reaction to this book is what makes it so memorable to me. It hurt to read. The more things that went wrong for the main character, the more my chest hurt.

7. bittersweet big Bittersweet – Sarah Ockler. There was so much baking going on in this book that just seeing the cover on my shelves makes me carve something sweet.

6. Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen – Val Emmich. This one isn’t out yet but there’s such a strong association with the musical, and it put a smile on my face every time there was a lyric from the musical.

5. Say You'll Remember Me Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarry. I had an ARC of this one and chose to read it at Christmas time. Christmas Eve is usually spent together but quietly so sipping hot chocolate while curled up in a comfy chair is very vivid.

4. summer mermaids The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler. The main thing I associate with this one is having read it outside, for so long that I got a sunburn.

3. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. There is no way I will ever forget where I was when I was reading this book. I was in bed, sitting up with my back against my pillows, reading before going to bed. Bed didn’t happen because I was so pulled into this story, and because I was so connected with it, I was having physical reactions to it. My chest hurt so bad it was hard to breathe, I was sobbing so much I could barely see the words and I actually woke my mom with my crying.

2. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. This memory is actually tied more to another person. It did take me a while to pick up this series but I loved it and kept trying to convince my mom, sisters, aunt, and cousins they had to try it. They gave in after I showed them the first preview for the movie. And they all loved the books.

1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Looking back now that I know how much I love this series, it’s hard for me to believe I put off reading it for so long. I bought my first Harry Potter book the same week the 4th movie hit theatres. There was a marathon of the first three movies and my roommate convinced me to watch them. We went to the theatre the next day to see the 4th and hit the bookstore on the way home.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Saw Ant-man and the Wasp. So funny!

Currently reading: 32333296

Finished reading: 12813630Very Large Expanse of the SeaGrim LoveliesWar outside

Reviewed: Nothing. I failed.

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 3667298836105772 to read

War outside to review

Books read it 2018: 114

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 36

Contemporary: 59

Fantasy: 31

Sci-Fi: 8

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 5

Misc: 1

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