Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Panic! at the Disco | Book Tag

Hey guys! Today I decided to do the Panic! at the Disco book tag which I found at CurlyHairBibliophile.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews // So I don't know if this one counts but I'm going to make it count! I really love the movie edition cover for this way better than the original.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // SIMON, YOU ARE THE BEST.

Placebo Junkies // Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, I just didn't understand everything that I had read.

Hogwarts // Okay, how can I not choose Hogwarts for this answer?!? Of course I want to live there!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // I read this book on a road trip once and it's funny because I remember it exactly! I sat in the back of the car and ended up reading the whole book.

Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // She's just so awesome and kick-ass.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Read the book and you'll know why.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman // A love story that literally takes place in another country? How can it not be my favorite?!

172 Hours on the Moon by Johann Harstad // This book freaked me out so much, yet I'm constantly recommending it to people.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins // THAT BATTLE AT THE CAPITOL THOUGH.


H O W   W O U L D   Y O U   A N S W E R   T H E S E   Q U E S T I O N S ?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging

I love this week's topic! I think it's really interesting to look back on my shelves and see what novels I've literally had for the longest time that I still haven't read. 

Here we go!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver // I got this one for Christmas so many years ago. I remember getting it and thinking that it was huge so I kind of stuck it back far into my shelf and it's been there ever since.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks // This is one of my all time favorite movies, especially because I love Miley Cyrus. I never read the book though!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson // I was given this one as a gift too but I guess I never got around to it.

The Dead & the Gone and This World We Live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer // I remember reading the first book in this series in middle school and I absolutely loved it. This was probably the first dystopian novel that I read. I bought the sequels but never actually read them.

Sorry guys, turns out I only have 5!

What books have you had since before blogging that you still haven't read?

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Memory Book by Lara Avery | Review

27415405Title: The Memory Book
Author: Lara Avery
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Edition: earc
They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.
Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.
So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.
Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it's not the life she planned.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 I had pretty high hopes after reading and enjoying A Million Miles Away which was Lara Avery's last YA novel. However, I found this one to fall a little bit short.

I really liked the whole concept. I haven't really read any memory loss novels, so it was very interesting to get into the head of someone who was honestly losing her memory. That has to be so heartbreaking to know that it's happening but also there's nothing that can be done about it. 

I also really liked Sammie. I couldn't help but like her, not only because of what she was going through, but because of what kind of person she is. Somehow, she even managed to have humor while writing to her future self who couldn't remember anything. 

Sammie had dreams of going to college and was honestly so headstrong. Because of that, I could relate to her. I just had my senior year of high school so I honestly know what it's like to work so hard for so long. All you really want is for all of your hard work to pay off.

Sammie was a nerd. So yes, I can relate to her even more, as can pretty much every other book lover.

Stuart was so amazing and the romance was pretty interesting. He basically has dreams of being a writer, so yet again, he's like going to be the #1 crush for everyone who reads this book. Plus, Sammie had a crush on him for years and Stuart didn't even know it, so it was great to see that kind of all unravel through Avery's writing.

Despite the fact that I liked all of that, there were some things that kind of pushed me away from utterly loving this book. For instance, there was a love triangle. I used to be a fan of love triangles, and honestly I still am sometimes, but I only really think that love triangles are okay in series. That way the characters are way more developed so it makes more sense for them to kind of have difficulties choosing who they want to be with. But in a normal novel? I'm not the biggest fan. 

So, there were obviously way more likes than dislikes, which is why I'm giving this novel 3 stars. I'll probably still check out Lara Avery's next novel.