Tuesday, August 30, 2016

If I Taught A YA Lit Course || Top Ten Tuesday


Hey guys! Today the theme is back to school related, so I decided to do a list of books I'd make students read if I were to teach a young adult literature course! There's not exactly ten books, but there are ten topics and books I'd want people to read based on those topics.

Classic Contemporaries

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Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom // Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas // Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

LGBT+

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio // Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

The Future of Earth

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After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco // Feed by M.T. Anderson // Gone by Michael Grant

Poetic Novels/Novels That Are Written Beautifully

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Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons // Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Video Games & The Digital World

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Armada by Ernest Cline // Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Historical Novels

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Graphic Novels

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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang // Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Humor (because laughter is the best medicine)

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray // Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Horror/Thrillers

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad // Gated by Amy Christine Parker // Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

What if the government controlled your life?

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Matched by Ally Condie // Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

What books would you let students read if you taught a YA lit class?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Review

15507958Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
Release Date: January 5, 2012
Edition: eBook
Publisher: Viking

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Trainer knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and other joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them  knows they're going to change the other for all time. 


I originally picked up a copy of Me Before You because I had seen the movie trailer and it looked absolutely amazing. On top of that, just about everyone was raving about how awesome of a book it was. I don't usually read adult books either, so this book was out of the range of what I'm used to. However, it completely opened me up to something new and I can't wait to read more adult novels in the future.

The novel follows a girl named Louisa Clark who was recently fired from her job. She ends up getting a new job tending to Will Trainer who went through a serious accident in the past which has led him to becoming someone that he never thought he'd be. As the days grow on, the two of them grow seriously closer.

I absolutely loved Louisa Clark. She was always so strong and was always loving life. To be honest, it was kind of inspiring. She made me want to live life the way that I want to live it because life only comes around once. Will Trainer was just as great of a character. He was extremely lovable and I felt terrible for everything that he was going through.

I know for sure that I can't wait to get my hands on After Me and I also can't wait for the movie to come out on DVD because I actually haven't seen it yet!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Meet Yasmine! | Blogger Interviews

Hey guys! Today as part of my blogger interview series I have Yasmine from Swissbookworm! 

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Meet Yasmine: 
My name is Yasmine and I'm a 19 year old Swiss girl who loves reading as much as breathing. My blog helps me to share my reviews with others and I participate in occasional memes and I hope to find a lot of new people to share my interests with.

1. What got you into reading in the first place?
As a child I was totally hooked on a book series called Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I read them so many times that I knew everything by heart. I started to reach out to other books and since then I never stopped. I think the reason I fell in love with reading at a very young age was that I could escape to another world and read about other people's problems, drama and love lifes that weren't mine.

2. To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?
Such a mean question. As if I only had one favourite book. I'll probably have to say an alltime favourite would be the Harry Potter series and although I loved every single one of them I'm going to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Many people have asked me why this one was my favourite (because I haven't met a lot of people who share this opinion) and I always have to give them the same answer: I don't know. Except, that it's probably the one book in the series that affected me the most emotionally. 

3. What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016?
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare because I absolutely love her work. Then I'm really excited about The Fever Code by James Dashner - another prequel to the Maze Runner series. And last but not least The Last Star by Rick Yancey the last part in the 5th Wave trilogy.

4. What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year?
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It's such a great book and John Green's wisdom astounds me everytime.

5. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Harry Potter! (My first answer to any question will probably always be Harry Potter, that's why I'm also going to mention Divergent which I loved)

6. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
Hmmm.. Maybe something liked 'The extraordinary normal life of a white girl' 

7. Who's your favorite author?
Besides J.K. Rowling Anthony Horowitz, whose books I've loved since I've been a young teenager. And then follows Rainbow Rowell. But honestly there are so many great authors I love and own every single book of, so I can only say that these three would be the absolute top three of approximately 20 favourite authors.

8. What's your favorite couple that you ship? (YES, they can be from different books, or even a TV character with a book character!)
Although it's called OTP as in ONE true pairing I've got tons of them. I adore Clarke and Bellamy from The Hundred series by Kass Morgan (and the TV series). I love Jem and Tessa/Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and honestly there are so many more that I can't think of any right now. Tell me a series and I'll tell you a couple that I ship. 

9. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
Again, I've got so many (and to little free time). I binge-watched Teen Wolf a few times now already (yes, at least 3 seasons in 2 days) and I'm really looking forward to binge-watching Shadowhunters when the first season's over. Also, I loved the series Charmed and have managed to watch all 9 seasons in under a month. As in favourite movie I'll go again with Harry Potter and I'm always down for a marathon if you bring the popcorn.

10. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch tv series on my laptop, go to the cinema with friends or go to pubs & bars. I'm also into dancing and I've got up to 18 hours of Ballett & Flamenco training a week, which brings my freetime to a minimum.

Check out Yasmine's Links:

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions, Yasmine! Stop by next week for another interview!

Friday, August 26, 2016

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | Review

25897757Title: The Mayqueen Murders
Author: Sarah Jude
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

Stay on the roads. Don't enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan's Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton's family has lived for centuries. It's an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn't care-she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. the two girl share everything with each other-or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.





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

I was extremely looking forward to reading The May Queen Murders, but for some reason I didn't enjoy it all that much. The story follows a girl named Ivy who lives in a town that has been haunted by murders in the past right after a young girl was named the May Queen. Years later, the town decides to host the May Day celebration again and this time, Ivy's closest friend Heather is crowned only for her to disappear soon after.

Let me start this review off by saying that some scenes in this novel were extremely macabre. They were very graphic and violet at times with what happened to the different animals and people, so you definitely have to be able to bear reading that stuff in order to get through this book.

What I liked:
  • The town. There was just something so interesting about the small town that Ivy lived in. It was completely different than any other town that I've read about. They were very old school and were judged by other towns nearby because of how different they all were.
  • The town's history. The town itself had gone through so much darkness in the past. I loved learning more about it throughout the novel.
  • Rook. I don't know why, but he was honestly my favorite character. I liked him even more than the main protagonist. 
  • The scariness level. This book got so dark and I honestly loved that.
What I didn't like:
  • The prologue. I still don't understand why there was one, to be honest. Even though it was one of my favorite parts of the book, I feel like it didn't need to have one.
  • The pacing. I felt like things happened pretty slow at times, which was a little bothersome. I actually found myself skimming a bit at the parts where nothing was really happening. 
  • The explosion at the end. Okay, so there wasn't a literal explosion, but I felt like so much suddenly happened at the end! 
I think that if you like thrillers with a twist that are extremely macabre then this is a book for you!


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.

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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.



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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!

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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.

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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?