Top 5 books I read this summer

Hey guys, today I thought I’d list up my favorite books that I read this summer. I didn’t read as much this summer as I did last year, but it was a wonder that I even read at all. I finally got out of my reading slump thanks to this summer so lets jump right into the five books that made this possible for me.

Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia

eliza and her monstersGoodreads summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

If you guys thought I would stop talking about this novel, I don’t think I ever will. It has newly become my favorite book of all time and obviously it would be my favorite summer read aswell. Every second of this was enjoyable and if you guys haven’t yet, I posted a book review of it right here.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella Ashley Poston

Goodreads Summary: Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Geekerella is a close second behind Eliza and Her Monsters, because I really like the fandom aspect to this novel. I liked Ashley Postons twist on the Cinderella story. My favorite thing about this novel was the ExcelsiCon, and how there was a cosplay ball in place of the original ball in Cinderella.

What to say next by Julie Buxbaum

what to say next Julie BuxbaumGoodreads Summary: Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

I love this book for so many reasons, which I listed here in my book review, but, basically, I love this book for its writing, its complex characters and everything in general. I liked how it was such a short and sweet book.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath CrowleyWords in deep blue

Goodreads Summary: Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

I loved this book so much as well, thinking about it makes me very happy, although all in all it actually is a kinda depressing book, but I liked it a lot.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

one of us is lyingGoodreads Summary:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

One of Us is Lying was literally phenomenal. I loved every second of it, loved every twist and every turn and the reveal at the end. Boy, it was so awesome.

That’s all for my top 5 books I read this summer. Of course, there are more, because I enjoyed nearly every book I read this summer, but these were my top 5. 😍 😍

 

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

eliza and her monstersTitle: Eliza and Her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Genre: YA, Contemporary (bet you didn’t see that coming)

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I have officially dubbed this as my favorite book of all time. I love this book so much, it’s crazy. Going into it, I knew that I was going to love it. It gave me such Fangirl and Geekerella vibes and those are also some of my favorite books, but this one just topped those.

Going into it, I automatically liked the fandom aspect. I loved that she had her own creation and I loved reading a character that was so passion driven and completely in love with her own story. Eliza is such a fleshed-out character and honestly so relatable.

The best part about this story is how realistic it is. And the amazing writing. And the characters. But by realistic I mean how they met. It didn’t have a fanfiction-y meeting where he was reading her comic on his phone and she saw it and they met eyes, no. Wallace was being bullied because the jocks saw him writing his fanfiction for Elizas comic, and Eliza stood up for him and then they both got bullied and it was completely awkward and amazing. I really love this book.

Now for me, I really like it, in general, when books have extra content. For example, if there’s IMing or chatting or little pictures. This book had all of it. I love the premise that she has her own web comic, because I’ve never read a book at all where there’s a web comic involved and the best part is that you actually get to see drawings from the comic. You’re reading two things at once. Now, when I was reading Rainbow Rowells Fangirl I skipped the Carry On parts, because they didn’t interest me as much. I cannot say the same for this book. I read everything from Monstrous Sea and I would totally also be a fan of that comic.

At first, I wanted to savor this book by only allowing myself to read 100 pages of the book per day, it worked for the first day, because I read the first 100 pages at night, but the next day I woke up and immediately in the morning I read the next 100 and I gave up on the whole ‘savoring’ thing and finished the book. It was that good, it was so unputdownable.

Usually, with books that I give 5 stars, I can say a few things that bothered me a little, or something like that. I have nothing. Nothing about this book bothers me. The writing is astonishing, the characters are realistic and all have their own problems (definitely not cookie cutters), the plot of the book is incredible and it deserves so many plus points for having bonus content.

I recommend this book to everybody who hasn’t read it yet and for them to enjoy the beauty of it. 😍 😍

🛍 August Book Haul 🛍

This month I didn’t buy very many books, but I did pick up a few and I thought I’d list them up. Plus, I am insanely proud of myself, I’m reading more than I’m buying and my tbr pile is just shrinking and shrinking.

eliza and her monstersEliza and Her Monsters

Goodreads Summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I bought this book after eyeing it for over a month and I decided to get it because I’ve heard great things. And all the great things about this novel are absolutely justified, my review is going up on Monday.

Every Last Wordevery last word cover

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I have been eyeing this book for over a year, it’s crazy. It has been put out and put back into my amazon cart, and when it was a very cheap price I decided to just go for it. I am so excited to finally own this novel, and I can’t wait to get to it.

That is it for my August Book Haul, I know that it was extremely short and I do intend on picking up more books next month, but I’m really proud of myself for buying so little books.

🙊 Top Ten Popular YA Books I Haven’t Read (Yet) 🙊

Hey guys, today I thought that it would be fun if I listed up popular ya books I haven’t read (yet), because although I do a lot of reading, I haven’t read everything. So let’s get right into it.

Twilight

Twilight series

*insert gasping of legit everyone here* It seems to me that literally everyone and their mother has read this book series, but I haven’t. I was way to young when the book series started came out, and although the movies came out later and were more of a hit, I’ve only ever seen the first one and I don’t know if I won’t read twilight, but a lot of people either really hate it and even the ones who love it, love it for nostalgic reasons and admit that it isnt that great of a read so, we’ll see if I’ll even ever watch the movies.

Divergent

divergent insurgent alleigantI was extremely turned off by this series after being spoiled for what happens in the last book, so although I really wanted to read it, that put me off so hard. Again, everyone has read this series, and I yet again haven’t even seen the movies, but it does sound like something I’ll potentially like, but I don’t know yet.

The Hunger Games

the-hunger-games-books-1-3.jpg*insert another wave of gasps here* Yes, I have not read the Hunger Games series, although it is literally a series that everyone has read. I’m not too interested in it at all to be honest, I’ve amazingly seen the movies, but only because I had to catch up on them, because for Christmas my class wanted to see the last movie Mockingjay Part 2 in cinemas and I haven’t watched any of the other movies, so I had to marathon them. Unpopular opinion: I do not like the movies. I liked the first one, the other ones felt too long. Especially Mockingjay Part 2 because the books are so thin, alright and both Mocking Jay parts were 2 and a half hours long, which adds up to 5 hours. How can you make 5 hours of cinematic content for a book that’s 390 pages long?

The Book Thief

the boook thiefThis is a book which I actually really want to get to. Again, everyone I know has read this book (shocker) and they think it’s really good and are always amazed when I say I haven’t read it yet. I haven’t seen the movie for this either (double shocker) and I do not intend to until I’ve read the book.

Maze Runner

the maze runnerLet’s get down to this quick, haven’t read any of the books, haven’t seen any of the movies, which is really shocking because they have Dylan O’Brien in them, but I do intend on seeing them.

Selection

the selectionThis is a series that I’m not intending to read any time soon, but people say it’s great for when you’re in a reading slump so I’m all sorts of ready to read it when I am in a reading slump because I do fall into reading slumps a lot. I only intend on reading the first three books, only because I haven’t seen any good reviews on the following novels in the series.

V.E. Schwab/Victoria Schwab books

this savage song.pngThis is surprising to me aswell, because I’m really interested in all the series that she’s put out and I can very easily marathon them. Everyone says she’s the perfect author if you’re only getting into adult books, because she’s somehow between ya and adult but I’m still a teenager so I’ll take my time. I want to get to them soon, but they’re super expensive.

The Raven Cycle

TheRavenCycleThis is a book series I’m hoping to get to before the year ends, because I even own the first book. Everyone says it’s this super well-woven story so I’m excited to see what I’ll think of it and it sounds nothing like any book I’ve read before so I’m still super excited.

Vampire Academy

vampire academyAh yes, the series that never made me want to read it because of the covers, which is super unfortunate. Everyone says this series is great, and I do want to get to it, but I also want to own a lot of the books I read so I am internally fighting with myself on that. Besides, I would get it on kindle if I actually enjoyed reading ebooks. I’m not that big of a fan of ebooks to be honest, they make my eyes hurt.

Shatter Me

shatter me seriesLast, but not least, a series which I completely own for well over a year now and have never gotten around to. Legit, even my mother has read my copies of the book, but I haven’t ever read a dystopian series yet so I’m scared to see what I’ll think of it.

So yeah, these are the popular ya books I haven’t read (yet) and maybe intend on reading them at some point. I really want to make another post like this in a year or something to see how many books of these books I’ve read at that point, if I’ve changed my mind on any of them or if I’ve finally seen the Twilight movies.

 

🏷 Book Courtship Tag🏷

Hey guys, and welcome back to another installment of Tag Tuesday which I found over here, so let’s get right into it.

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover

uprooted naomi novik This book also sounds really interesting and everything, but i specifically bought this edition of it for the cover even though my local book store only had the UK edition.

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary

When I first got into reading, I picked up Fangirl super early on and it sounded really cute and I wasn’t in any sort of reading community so no average rating or booktubers recommendations could influence my thoughts on the book, and I knew I could relate to it because at the time I was about to start my freshman year of High school while Cath was starting her freshman year of College so it was really relatable.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

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The one thing that will truly always stick with me about Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is the writing style. The way she set up the intricate world of Furthermore was amazing and I never wanted to stop reading for even a second.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series

My friend gifted me Obsidian for Christmas in 2015 and I got around to reading it in summer 2016 and I really really enjoyed it so I ended up marathoning the entire series within two weeks.

Phase 5 – Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long

ACOWAR.jpg I loved this series so much and I hate that it’s over so I took longer for reading it, but then I knew i had to finish it sometime and I wanted to look at fanart, so I stayed up until past 2am to finish this book.

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book that you could not stop thinking about

After reading Geekerella, I thought about it for so long and kept recommending it to my friends and could not stop thinking about it. Everything about that book was amazing and I truly loved every second of it.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

milk and honey

I don’t even own this book, but I saw everyone hyping it up everywhere and when I saw it in my local bookstore I picked it up and I was so shook by the weird softness to it. Like it actually feels like a mix of milk and honey.

Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book which you would recommend to your friends and family

Harry Potter is a book I want everyone to read and then I want everyone to see the movie so we can talk about the book and movie differences and Harry Potter in general I’m very Harry Potter crazy, I’m actual Harry Potter trash.

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban.gif It should come as no surprise that I am talking about Harry Potter, because I want to reread the entire series very soon but I can’t without feeling guilty about not reading my other books so I’m gonna focus on those first, but I will be rereading the first book on my first day back to school this year to feel less anxious.

 

So, that is it for another installement of Tag Tuesday, where I post tags every other Tuesday and I really hope you guys enjoyed it aswell.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

night circusTitle: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Doubleday

Release Date: September 13th, 2011

Rating: ⭐️ ½

Goodreads Summary: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night…

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

If you’re only here for the good things that I’m gonna say about this book, I’ll start now, because there aren’t that many.

I understand why so many people can like this book, I just did not. I did think that the writing in this book was amazing and sometimes the descriptions of what was happening was breathtaking, because the writing was so beautiful.

I also really enjoyed the circus element to this book, because not a lot of books even have characters that go to the circus, much less be based around one. I adored the evolution of the circus, and I would have loved to be able to go there too, and thanks to the amazing writing it was almost like I was there.

That’s all that I thought was good in the story. Moving on to what really bothered me.

Going into this book, you need to know it’s a slower read. You have to prepare yourself for the fact that it’s a slower read, because usually in fantasy I’d say the books are prone to be faster paced than other genres, and this one wasn’t. I knew before I started reading it that it was going to be a slower read so I had time to mentally prepare myself for the slowness of the novel, but it was still much slower than I expected it to be and it got to the point where it actually put me into a reading slump. I read the majority of this book in one day because I’d been putting it off for a week and everytime I thought about reading it, I just did not want to and decided I had to finish it at some point and I was so happy when I did because I could finally start reading other books. This hasn’t happened to me in a while, and not with a lot of books, with this book, while I was reading it, I came so close to putting it down to read any other book because it bored the living crap out of me.

This book is divided into five parts, and part one was horrible. You get introduced to all the characters. At once. And sometimes they didn’t even say the name. You meet the characters, way too sudden and too short, and you get confused because they kept changing the date in the book, it was a lot. What bothered me the most is that for a while, Marco was called ‘the boy’ or ‘boy’ and, well his name may or may not be Alexander I don’t know, it always said ‘the man in the gray suit’, although it said before that his name was Alexander. I am okay with authors writing, ‘oh yeah the man said that’, before you find out their actual name, but when you find out their actual name, just call him Alexander.

One thing that the book is basically based on, is the love story between Marco and Celia. I’m pretty sure they don’t even meet until halfway through the book and the love was the most instalove that I have ever read. And quite frankly, I have read a lot of instalove. The love felt wrong, like you just opened to the end of a contemporary book and the characters are already in love, this is basically that. You get to read this book from both of their point of views, so it could have easily built up the attraction between the two of them much more, but not really no.

I was so happy when I finally finished the book and that’s not like me. I partially hate finishing books, because I really grew to love the characters I’m reading about and want them all to be happy and see what they’re doing. With this book, I was basically falling asleep by the end of it and I was so glad that it was over, I’m reading a book that I’ve been highly anticipating, and that I actually wanted to save up for when I’m in a reading slump, to prevent a future reading slump.

Before the spoilers where I rage about the ending of the book, which was highly anticlimactic, I wouldn’t recommend this book to everybody. I would recommend it for people that are able to deal with a slower read that goes on for so many pages, it may say it’s only 400 pages long but honestly its 3468965 pages long when you’re reading it. And also circus lovers, they talk about the circus a lot so you’d be able to find joy in that.

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The ending, was terrible. I hate it when authors aren’t prepared to let their characters die. It sucks. Just have the balls already. Cassandra Clare is another one of those authors who isn’t prepared to kill her characters, I think it’s highly cowardly. In this book, it is constantly stressed how Marco and Celia are in this game that is much bigger than them and it needs a winner and it just exists and at the end, one of them must die to be the stronger one. That didn’t happen. It should have. I’m sorry I didn’t like how they both got somehow out of this game but that’s not real life. I mean I hope no one is betting people against one another to the death, but you are dealt a certain destiny in a way and sometimes it’s really unfair. This book would have been great if Celia or Marco died, because it would have shown how you’re not always in control and life’s not easy. It would have been great to see them mourning one another or being upset or trying to end the game indefinitely. In this case I would have found it better if one of them died.

Plus, they tell a great deal about this huge game, where is the game. They’re like ‘yeah the circus is gonna be the place where it all goes down.’ It really hardly is. It was so anticlimactic.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

tell me three thingsTitle: Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

Julie Buxbaum can do no foul.

I have now read both of her ya books and they are both amazing. Although I liked What to say next a bit more than this book, it was still highly enjoyable. I liked how in this book it isn’t only about the death of Jessies mother it’s also about her first love with a certain somebody/nobody. I thought it was really nice to have the two of aspects of this book really balance each other out so it isn’t only a sad book.

The only thing that bothered me was at the beginning her writing style took me a while to get into, although I loved it in What to say next. It was just a bit different, but after a while I got back into it.

I love how this book has emailing in it and also a lot of text messaging. I personally love it when books include social media and the font turns different.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone because everything about this book is good and also, if you enjoyed Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, you will definitely love this book.