March 30, 2018

Find Your Next Read: The Sun is Also a Star Read-A-Likes

Welcome to my old feature brought back as I try to establish a routine for my blog. One Friday a month I will be featuring a list of read-a-likes for a specific book, or a list of great reads for a specific genre. I do a lot of book recommendations for my job and for class so I figured it was time I share them with you. Happy Reading!

For those that want another young adult romance novel that takes place in a single day…

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

You don’t want to receive a call from Death-Cast because that means you’re going to die sometime in the next 24 hours. Mateo and Rufus received that call on the same day. They start as strangers that meet through the app Last Friend and become so much more. Read this book to see how they spend their last day.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

What she thought was the worst thing, may turn out to be the best thing. Hadley misses her flight to London for her father’s second wedding, but then she meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British and is sitting in her row on the plane. They have a very long plan ride to get to know each other, but life will soon tear them apart.

Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

"One train ride. Two Strangers." Noah is a hopeless romantic and Amy doesn’t believe in true love. When their train breaks down due to a snowstorm, they end up on a quest to arrive at their destinations on time, but get much more than they bargained for.

If you want even more star-crossed love stories from a variety of genres, then try…

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Historical Fiction)

Two completely different teens come together on their bus ride to school. Eleanor and Park share a connection through music and comics. What starts as a budding friendship turns into much more. Eleanor and Park is set in the 1980s.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Fantasy)

Kestrel is the general’s daughter of a vast empire who wants to control her own fate. Arin is a slave with secrets of his own. They aren’t meant to fall in love, but they do. The Winner’s Curse is filled with political intrigue, romance, and war strategies.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Dystopian)

In an alternate United States love has been deemed a dangerous disease, and once you turn 18 you have to get the Cure. Lena thought the Cure would make life perfect, and then she meets Alex. In a world where love is forbidden, will they take the chance on love?

Another well-written novel from the same author…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maddy has a disease that makes it impossible for her to leave her house. Olly is the cute boy that just moved in next door. Their friendship blossoms and Maddy must decide if she wants to take a risk on what seams to be impossible, real love.

March 21, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

It consists on answering these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I'm Currently Reading

It's spring break from grad school for me so even though I am still working on a lot of homework, I decided to read a book for fun this week! I am reading Obsidio for fun and listening to Feed for class.


What I Recently Finished Reading

Nothing since my last post. :(

What I Plan to Read Next

Scythe is for my young adult class and Vision is for my comics class. I look forward to reading both of them!

What are you currently reading?

March 9, 2018

Five on Friday: Book Nerd Problems

This Friday I feel like sharing a few book nerd problems I have been having lately. Can you relate?

1. When you just finished reading a pretty good book but can't seem to remember a single freaking thing about it. (This makes it very hard when you want to write a review about the book or discuss it in class.)

2. When your puppy decides to nibble on the book you are reading. (He doesn't normally cause any real damage, but one time he did rip off a corner of a book jacket. Good thing he is adorable.)

3. When you are not in the mood to read any of the books you have... and you have a lot.

4. When you really want to a buy a new book that just came out but you also already asked for it for your birthday.

5. When you realize that you accidentally left your favorite bookmark in a library book you returned weeks ago... and it wasn't a book from your home library so it is long gone.

March 5, 2018

Mini Reviews: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, Renegades, & Endangered

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
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A dark and intense read, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is not for the faint of heart. As a young girl, Minnow is brought along with her family to live in a cult. As she grows older she starts questioning the ways of their leader and suffers extreme punishments for her curiosity, leading her to flee. Once she escapes, her community burns to the ground, their leader is found dead, and Minnow finds herself in prison. Minnow is an interesting main character who struggles with figuring out who she really is while telling readers her story of how she became in prison, what happened while she was growing up in the cult, and the death of their leader. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a well written but disturbing novel that brings something new to the genre.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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I have loved everything Marissa Meyer has written, and Renegades is no exception. Nova, also known as Nightmare, is seeking revenge against the Renegades. Adrian, also known as Sketch, is a Renegade seeking justice. When their lives collide things get interesting. Filled with an abundance of interesting superheroes and villains that prove life is not always so black and white, Renegades also offers a whole lot of fun action scenes and surprises. This book is perfect for both the avid superhero fan and the average fan.

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
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Endangered will make you smile, cringe, and cry. It's both uplifting and heartbreaking, and I loved it. Endangered is a great choice for readers who enjoy cute animals and/or an intense page-turning survival story. For whatever reason, I was hesitant to read this book, but I'm really glad that I was forced to read it for class. I was blown away. It opens readers' eyes to the hard life and strength of the people living in the Congo while also showing that the lives of the adorable endangered Bonobo monkeys are precious as well.

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