Love, Simon Movie Review *Spoiler-Free*

Last Thursday, I was invited by HCCFRENZY to see an early screening in Montreal. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie don’t worry, this review will be very broad and will not spoil you in any way.

The minute I watched the first trailer, I instantly knew that this movie was going to be amazing. I had even guessed that it would become my new favorite, beating The Perks of Being a Wallflower which has been my favorite for five years. While Perks will always be a close second, I can safely say that Love, Simon is my new favorite movie. I laughed, I cried, I laughed while crying . This movie was a roller coaster of emotions and I can’t wait to see it theatres again in March and then I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again and again.

I’ve seen people complain that it looks like a overdone typical romcom and sure maybe it’s filled with cliches but you know what? This isn’t your typical romcom. Never before has a huge production company released a teen romcom about a gay protagonist. This movie is monumental and it’s going to change the game. I truly believe that this movie will be the first in a long line of amazing LGBTQ+ movies of all genres that don’t use the bury your gays trope, but that give them the happy ending that straight people have gotten time and time again. Queer people deserve their happily ever after as well. Towards the end of the movie when things start to get really romantic, it kind of just hit me : I’ve never seen a movie like this before, I’ve never seen a movie where queer people get their happy endings and I just started to cry. This movie means so much to me which is why I love it so much. Yes the characters are amazing, the acting is phenomenal and it’s also a brilliant movie cinematographically but this movie is so fucking important and I can’t wait to see it take the world by force.

I know a lot of people who love the book are worried about how faithful the movie is but I don’t think you need to worry. Yes there are some changes and yes there are some things that were left out but movies and book are two different mediums that need to be treated differently. A lot of people don’t understand that and it leads to them being unnecessarily bitter about things that the movie didn’t have but the book didn’t. There are so many scenes that “they should have included” but if you just keep piling it up, the movie would be so long and while I’m sure tons of book nerds would love that it’s just not realistic. Yes it is different from the book but it stays true to the heart of the book and I think that in the end it’s all that matters. You still have the same dorky Simon with friends and parents who love him more than anything and while there was been some minor changes these changes make the movie work better. I wouldn’t change anything.

Now that I have finished my little rant and rave, I’m just going to do a little list of all the things I love

  • The soundtrack: I can’t wait for the whole soundtrack to be released because damn was it good. Music is so important to movies and Love, Simon really utilized it well
  • MY CHILD SIMON SPIER: I love Simon Spier so much. He’s such a precious cinnamon roll and he’s so wonderful. Also Nick Robinson did a fantastic job of portraying him.
  • The humour: The Movie was so funny!! There were so many moments that had me laughing hysterically and the humour was just so on point
  • Simon’s room: Damn whoever designed Simon’s room is amazing because it was so wonderful. It really reflects Simons wonderful nerdy personality. I can’t wait for the DVD to come out so there can be some frame by frame analysis because I’m there’s a bunch of cool things that I haven’t noticed.
  • ITS SO SAD: okay so I cry at like everything so take what I say with a grain of salt BUT I CRIED SO MUCH. It was so tragic and I just wanted to give Simon a huge hug because he didn’t deserve any of the bad things that happened to him.

BLUE: it was really interesting watching the movie knowing who Blue was but id be curious to know people will react to the Blue reveal if they haven’t read the book. Blue and Simon are the ultimate OTP and they’re so godamn cute together and JUST AGHHH. I was squealing so much. Also I love how they kept the fact that Blue is Jewish. We need more movie characters that are Jewish.

So there’s my “review” ( more like rave) of Love, Simon. Read the book if you haven’t, it’s just as beautiful as the movie. Support this movie. Give it the love it deserves.

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Like Water by Rebecca Podos Book Review

Goodreads Summary:A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Like Water is a tragically beautiful story about family, love and identity that is guaranteed to make you feel a multitude of emotions.

There are many things I love about this book but one of them is the fact that it’s not a story like we typically get in Young Adult literature. Savannah Espinoza isn’t like most Young Adult characters who are graduating from high school In so many books college after high school is just a given but Savannah doesn’t have that privilege and must stay behind in her home town in order to help take care of her father who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. While she is frustrated that she must stay in a town she had always hoped to escape, and this frustration is a key plot point, i think that’s it’s important to have characters like Savannah. Characters whose future doesn’t always go according to plan, character who must choose between themselves and others. The future isn’t always simple and I loved how Like Water showed us that.

Identity plays such an important part in this book. Savanna is Mexican and throughout the book, she speaks Spanish with both her parents and one thing that I found interesting was that they didn’t provide a translation. While this may be frustrating for some readers, none of these conversations were key plot points and I think that this would mean a lot for teens who do speak Spanish and rarely see their identity represented. We also have Savanna trying to figure out her sexuality as the novel progresses and it was nice to see a character who isn’t 100% sure about their sexuality and an another important plot point for many teens.

Savanna’s relationship with Leigh is very complicated and yet another part of the story that is very realistic. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of Leigh and found her to be kind of spoiled and bratty but she really grew as a character. While I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of her decisions, I understand why she made them. The thing that I loved the most about Like Water was that it was true to life, life and people messy and complicated but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful. We need books that don’t romanticize everything and yet still manage to show the beauty that surrounds us. We need more books like Like Water.

Mania by Fall Out Boy Album Review

So I have like ten book reviews but Fall Out Boy’s new album came out yesterday and it’s wonderful so I’d thought I’d do a little mini review of each song along with my favourite lyric and a ranking from my least favourite to my favourite. Some of these songs I’ve only heard like twice while others I’ve heard many many more times so even though some of these songs may be low on my ranking doesn’t mean I won’t eventually grow to love them.

10.Champion: I really liked this song when I first listened to it but now I’m just kind of bored to it. Its an okay song but I think it’s definitely my least favorite of all of them. I do love the chorus though and find it to be really inspiring but the rest just left me unimpressed

Favourite Lyric: “if I can live through this, I could do anything.”

9. Heaven’s Gate: This one is really slow and not it a good way. It kind of just bores me to be honest and I do like some of the lyrics but it just doesn’t captivate me as much as the other songs.

Favourite Lyric: “you’re the one habit I just can’t kick”

8.Church: I really like this song, I just found it’s a little repetitive and none of the lyrics really speak to me. I do like the rhythm but the rest is a little lacklustre. I couldn’t even pick a lyric that I liked, and the only reason I picked the one below because I like the way it was sung.

Favourite Lyric: “My sanctuary,you’re holy to me.”

7. Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea: This one of the more upbeat songs and it’s great. It’s one of those songs that makes you want to go start a revolution or at least do something wild. As an added bonus the title is so original and I’d love to know the meaning behind it.

Favourite Lyric: “the only thing that’s stopping me is me” and ” some princes don’t become kings.”

6. Bishop’s knife trick: I’m still not sure how I feel about this song, I do like it a lot though and I think that it’ll definitely grow on me the more I listen to it. I love the calmer aspects of the the song and I think that a lot of the lyrics are really beautiful. The stronger aspects of the song is definitely the chorus and the rest is just kind of meh.

Favourite Lyric: “the flows of the city below lead us back to the places we never should have left.”

5. Sunshine Riptide: I haven’t listened to this song many times but I do like it a lot. It’s a little weird but it also has a really nice beat. I also love the title and I think that there’s some really nice imagery associated with the title. I think that there’s other people singing in the song too which I didn’t really like that much.

Favourite Lyric: “cause I’m stuck in the sunshine riptide. Dancing all alone in the morning light.”

4. Wilson Expensive Mistakes: I listened to this song for the first time with the music video along with it and it kind of distracted me and was just really weird so I really didn’t like the song at first. But once I just listened to it by itself, I found that I actually really liked it. I love the rhythm and it’s super catchy. I love the chorus so much.

Favourite Lyric: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour.”

3.Young and Menace: If I’m not mistaken I’m pretty sure this was the first single that was released off of this album and the minute I listened to it, I knew that this album was going to be great. I love the mood of this song and the buildup to when they start screaming “young and a menace.” is phenomenal. The music video is weird af but I wouldn’t expect anything less from fall out boy

Favourite lyric:“woke up on the wrong side of reality and there’s a that’s just madness coursing right through me”

2.Hold me Tight or Don’t: I’m not really sure why but this song always gets me really emotional and it’s just super relatable for some reason. ” this isn’t how our story ends” is such a wonderful Lyric and I love the way he sings it and I think it really encompasses the song really well. While it makes me kind of emotional it also makes me want to dance and it’s just such a bop. I didn’t like it that much first but I’ve grown to love it.

Favourite Lyric: ” this isn’t how our story ends.”

1. Last of the Real Ones: This my favourite one hands down no doubt about it and probably my top five favourite fall out boy songs. There’s just something so wonderful about the wrong that makes me so happy and pumped. The melody is brilliant as well as the lyrics and it’s one of the few songs that I never skip when it comes on shuffle. Also the piano at the beginning is on point.

Favourite Lyric:” cause you’re the last of a dying breed, Write your name in the wet concrete, I wonder if your therapist knows everything about me.”

What did you think of the album? What were your favourite and least favourite song?

You’ll Miss When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon Book Review

Goodreads Summary

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review

My Rating: 4/5 stars.

My Thoughts:

I always try to start my reviews with one specific thing about the book that particularly struck me but with You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone there’s so many things that struck me I can’t even begin to pick just ONE. THERES JEWISH CHARACTERS AND ITS ABOUT HUNTINGTON DISEASE AND THERE’S COMPLICATED FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND UNLIKEABLE CHARACTERS THAT YOU STILL LOVE. If you can’t tell, I thought this book was amazing. I love books that allow me to learn about new things. Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know anything about Huntington’s disease so this book helped shed some light on the subject. Since You’ve Been Gone is a heart wrenching novel about sisters, family and religion that is sure to make you feel a multitude of emotions. One of the type of books I’ve been looking for lately is novels containing Jewish protagonists and while I’m not a practising Jew, it was still nonetheless nice to see characters that are Jewish like I am.

The most interesting part of this story was definitely the relationship between Adina and Tovah who are twin sisters. Their relationship was very complex and while reading it I felt so conflicted because at times both Asian and Tovah did some horrible things to each other and even though they were so mean to each other I couldn’t help but root for them. I could definitely relate to how irrational they were being at times because my sister and I have our fair share of irrational fights. I think the best type of books are the one where you recognize that the characters are being super unreasonable while also completely getting where they’re coming from.

While I love both of the sisters, I think Adina was my favorite though I definitely related to a Tovah more. Adina was such a complex character and I like really hated her for a lot of the book but I also loved her?? Some of her anger and meanness was really misplaced but other parts made her really feel for her. Many of her feelings and thoughts had me close to tears and all in all the way her character development happened throughout the novel was so well done. I just really want to applaud the author for not only Alina’s character but all of her characters. They were all really well done, and i just loved the family dynamics not only between Adina and Tovah but also with their parents. One thing that I would have appreciated is a little bit more insight into some minor outside charters but other than the characters were definitely the highlight of the novel.

Nice Try,Jane Sinner Blog Tour (Review+ Q&A)

Goodreads Summary:

The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

While many people are fond of us Canadians, I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that are set in Canada and written by a Canadian author. There’s no point in denying the fact that we live in an American centric society which explains why the majority of contemporary books we read are set in the United States. When I found out that Nice Try, Jane Sinner was not only written by a Canadian author but also set in Canada I was over the moon. Add to a mix a blurb written by the one and only Becky Albertalli and a really interesting premise I knew that I would be in a for a real treat.

While this book deals with some pretty serious topics like mental illness and religion it’s still a really funny and quirky read that I guarantee will have you laughing out loud. This book has such an interesting premise and it isnt quite like anything I’ve ever read.I don’t know how Lianne Oelke came up with this premise because a reality tv show similiar to Big Brother starring community college kids who are fighting to win an used car is such a unique plot and not something that I’d ever think of writing about. I loved seeing the reality show, House of Orange, play out and read about all the weird challenges they had to go through. I also really enjoyed the interractions between the contestants to be really interesting. I’m still not sure how I feel about the sort of love interest Robby but I did like his character though some of his actions were definitely questionable.

I really liked the way the author discussed mental illness and portrayed Jane’s depression. This is not a book about depression but merely features a character who has it and the book does show how this has affected her. I really liked how we got a nice balance of topics, that while we did some insight into Jane’s mental illness, there were also other plot points. It was nice to have a book with a character that has a mental illness but doesn’t merely focus on that. While books with a plot that revolves around the character’s mental illness are great, I really appreciat the approach Nice Try,Jane Sinner took and I hope to find other books like this in the future.

One small critique that I have is that I found that the book could have focused a little more on characters such as Jane’s best friend ,Bonnie, and her sister, Carol. I really liked what we saw of  Bonnie  and thought it was interesting how  Jane’s upbringing made her react negatively when Bonnie came out as negatively but Jane eventually realized that that was wrong. I love character’s who are inherently flawed but gradually unlearn their prejudices. I would’ve liked to see more of Bonnie’s relationship with Jane. Carol was also an interesting character and just a little more page time with Jane would’ve been a nice addition.

Q: How has being Canadian affected your writing and the general publishing process?

A: Long before I knew I’d be published, I knew I wanted the story I was telling to be set in Calgary (where I grew up). I’m proud to be Canadian, and I think we have something unique to offer YA literature. Now, more than ever, teens from all over the world need stories about diversity, tolerance, freedom, and hope. I was asked on two separate occasions if I’d consider changing the setting to the States, but I held my ground. Growing up, most of the contemporary YA I read was set in America. While I was still able to relate to the characters, I strongly believe that Canadians deserve to see themselves and all their toques and loonies and cities shown on the page. I’m happy to be living where I am now (Vancouver, BC), although at times it can feel like I’m removed from publishing life. Today, in fact, is my first day in New York City, and later this week I’ll meet my agent for the first time! I’m happy to bring a little bit of Canada to the publishing world, and as I explore New York, I’ll be wearing my biggest, reddest, maple-leafiest toque.

The Year That Has Passed and The Year That is to Come 2017 Edition

So 2017 hasn’t been the best year for me personally but let’s just forget about that for a moment and focus on the good things because there were some!!

2017:

Graduation+Prom: I graduated from high school!!! Though it’s been over six months I’m still in shock and it’s still not completely registering that I will never go back to high school ever again. While it’s mostly a good riddance type of feeling, there are times that I kind of miss it but never for too long because damn high school sucked. I also went to prom which is something that I never thought that I’d do but I did and it was pretty fun!! I’m really glad I went.

Started college: so Quebec is dumb and weird and instead of having grade 12 they have this two year program called CEGEP that is more specific than high school and sort of a preparation for university. TBH I’m kind of disappointed in the whole experience but it is a nice change from high school and I hope that it’ll start to get better. There are some sub parts of CEGEP that have been enjoyable.

  • Got published in a literary magazine: I submitted one of my short stories into my college’s literary magazine and it got accepted!! It felt so weird to see my name in print

Took a public speaking class: I know, I know a public speaking class sounds like the worst type of class possible but it was actually really fun!! I mean I did cry during my first speech but I actually improved a lot. There was a mini little competition and I was chosen as the top nine which was exciting. I also met some really dope people ( shoutout to Sirima- the coolest Doctor Who nerd I know. If you’re reading this: you’re the best!!) The anxiety never really went away while speaking but it did help me feel more confident.

Finished another rounds of edits for my novel: I edited my novel yet another time and it’s really starting to shape up. I also got some beta readers and it’s really helped me get some perspective. There’s still a lot to be done but I’m really starting to like what I have so far.

2018

Potentially finish editing my novel and start to think about querying: I’m not putting any pressure on myself but I’d like to really start to think about querying it in the next few years.

Be more diligent with review writing: I’m always super behind writing reviews for the arcs I get so I’m going to try to be more diligent when it comes to writing reviews and making sure I don’t leave the writing too long after I’ve read it because it’s much more difficult to read it then.

Turning 18: I’m going to turn 18 on January 8th which is pretty exciting. I’m officially an adult( it sure doesn’t feel like it)

How was your year and what are your plans for 2018?

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

I can’t believe 2017 is already over, it seems like only yesterday that it was starting. 2017 was a pretty good year book wise and I read some really amazing books.

1. Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I can’t believe this book took me so long to get to because damn this book was amazing. It was adorable and beautiful and completely perfect. I am so excited for Love Simon and can’t wait to read her other books.

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

While this one wasn’t quite as good as More Happy Than Not it was still beautiful and heartbreaking. Are you really reading a Silvera novel if your heart doesn’t get ripped apart? He really captured grief and mental illness beautifully and it was such a raw read. Review

3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

This was the most intense book I read in 2017. It had me at the edge of my seat and kept me guessing until the very end. The characters were so interesting and the way the author built the suspense was really done and the entire plot and conflict between the characters was so petty I loved it. I’m not sure if I should watch the tv show tho, I’m scared that it will ruin the way I view the book.

4. Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski

This book was so wonderful and fluffy and had great platonic and romantic relationships. Also all the nerdy references made it a 100x better. Review

5.How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

This was such a beautiful book that had the perfect balance between fluff and serious topics. I loved the bi rep and all the characters were so precious. All the relationships were very nuanced and it was one of those books that caused you to have a roller coaster of emotions Review

6. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

This was the perfect summer read but it’s also great for any time of the year. The setting was wonderful, the family dynamics really interested and the love interest totally swoon-worthy. Also the diversity was so seamlessly integrated

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

There seems to be a reoccurring theme with my favorites of the year because yet again a cute fluffy read. Aghhhh this book was adorable and I’m still not over how cute it was. This book is beautiful inside and out. There wasn’t a single moment that wasn’t cute. This book NEEDS to be a movie, it would be amazing. Review

8.Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormbsee

This book means so much to me, it’s the first book I’ve read with ace rep and it was just so nice to see that type of representation. The world needs a hundred books like this. Not only was the ace rep great but also the general premise was really interesting and I really liked the idea of a book focusing around a web series. I’m still in disbelief that this book exists and I hope that this book will help teenagers.

9.Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Everything about the book was wonderful- the romance, the friendships and the family dynamics. It was the perfect contemporary and I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did but I loved it so much. It’s one of the rare books that contained the perfect balance of platonic and romantic relationships. Review

10. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I never thought that I’d put a John Green on a favorites list after my phase when I was like 13 but he really surprised me. He’s really grown as an author and this book was so good and had amazing mental health representation. I’m really impressed and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with.

What were your favorite books of 2017?

End of Year Book Survey

So the perpetualpageturner creates this end of year survey every year so I thought this would be a great way to talk about 2017 in terms of books

Number Of Books You Read: 112

Number of Re-Reads: 2

Genre You Read The Most From: I don’t know honestly- probably contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

I loved a lot of books but probably Simon Vs The Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Internet Famous by Danika Stone

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriatey- damn that book was unexpectedly good.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t really push anyone to read anything because I know there’s no point expect for my sister- I recommended her a bunch of books and she read them. Like When Dimple Met Rishi—she really liked that book

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I didn’t really read any series this year expect for the Red Rising trilogy: I read that and it was so great. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did but it was such an interesting read

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Anne Marie Mclemore- Wild Beauty was phenomenal

 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 The Goldfinch wasn’t quite like anything I’ve read. It was a little hard to read but very good overall.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Definitely Big Littles Lies

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda: I’ll probably reread it before I watch the movie

 10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

 Gideon from Foolish Hearts- man that boy is a catch

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

 I mean I reread my favorite book of all time so if don’t say The Book Thief who am I?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

 Probably The Book of Negroes

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

I know I’ve used this book so many times but Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda- it was just so god damn good

 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Idk honestly- nothing really sticks out

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 Longest: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Shortest: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Duke of Bannerman Prep

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

BLUE AND SIMON(as you can tell I am obsessed)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 I really loved the friendship between Meg and Linus.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

 History is All You Left Me

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 The Street Sweeper

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

 I don’t really get fictional book crushes

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

 Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Timekeeper by Tara Sim

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Brooding YA Hero— so hilarious!!

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

 I really can’t think of anything honestly. It’s funny because I am the most emotional person ever but books don’t make me cry

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Wrong Side of Right- really didn’t expect to like it but it was soooo good!!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 How to Make a Wish.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

 Sleeping Giants- that book was so weird and I’m still not sure what I read.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Cruelty- that book was horrible and I can’t believe something like that can get published

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

 Don’t have a favorite but I love Mariam’s blog and Avery’s

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I have trouble choosing but I like the review I wrote for Tash Hearts Tolstoy

 

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

 I like this post about the representation that would mean the most to me.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

 I can’t really think of anything

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Hmm again I really can’t think of anything

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Not reading as much because of college

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My The Cruelty Review

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them lol.

 9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I found this bookstore near my college that does these monthly Book talk sessions!!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Did the goodreads challenge and completed my goal of reading 100 books!!!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

 All of them but hmmm I really want to finish the Chaos Walking Trilogy and the Raven Boys series

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

 I think the Becky albertalli and Adam silvers is coming out next year so if so then that one!!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I honestly can’t think of anything on the top of my head. My knowledge of 2018 releases aren’t that extensive.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Again I really can’t think of anything.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

 I want to try to like maybe reach 400 followers by the end of 2018?? Idk a girl can dream

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Emergency Contact is rlly good!!!!

What about you? Did you do an end of year of book survey? What would be some of your answers if you did?

Reading Diverse Books in 2017

Okay so this time last year I wrote a post about reading diversely. I talked about how in 2016 I read 113 books but only 25 of those were diverse which was about 25% and how I wanted to up the amount of diverse books I read in 2017. Let’s see how 2017 was for reading diversely!!

Okay so in 2017 I’ve read 108 books as of yet and out of those books I read 44 diverse books! That’s 41 percent of the books I’ve read which is definitely better than last year. I can definitely improve the amount of diverse books but this year I made a conscious effort to read more diversely and I really thought about each and every book that I read in terms of representation. I read some really great books and I hope to continue to find more diverse books in 2018. Now I’ll talk about my top five favorite diverse books of 2017.

Damn this book was beautiful and just everything I could ever dream for in a novel and it was so nice to get on the page ace rep. I hope there will be many more books with characters on the asexual spectrum in the coming years because this was amazing and I want more books like it.

THIS BOOOK!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it took me this long to read it but I’m so glad I did because it is the cutest thing ever. I love simon so much and just everything about this book is perfect. I can’t wait for the movie to come out, I watch the trailer like everyday it’s going to be amazing

2017 seems to be the year where I just read cute books because damn this was adorable!! Like I knew the moment I saw this cover that it would be great and I am so glad I was right. It was wonderful and Dimple and Rishi are total relationship goals

Surprise surprise another cute one!! I read this book at the beginning of the year and don’t remember much about it but I do remember it being adorable as fuck and loving the friendship and romance.

I know I know I’m just as surprised as you are. I never thought that 17 year old Hannah would put a John Green novel on any favorites list but damn this was fucking amazing. The depiction of Asa’s mental illness was phenomenal and very relatable and I just loved everything about this book. I think he’s really growing as a writer and I can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.

Did you read a lot of diverse books in 2017? What were your favorites?

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz Book Review

Goodreads Review:

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

My rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

I’m still unsure on how I feel about this book. On one hand the concept was really interesting and there were parts of the story that really captivated but on the other hand there was something missing- I’m just not exactly sure what.

One thing that I really liked about this book was the gothic mood it had as well as this Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling vibe which is a story that I love( though I’ll admit my only knowledge comes from the Barbie movie- don’t judge.) The vibe was definitely my part of the book, one thing that I also found interesting was how ambiguous the setting/ time period was. It was really unclear as to when and where the book took place and while I would have liked just a little more world building, I also found that it added to the atmosphere of the story.

I think one of the reasons why my feelings are so mixed is because I didn’t find that we got enough insight in the main character’s, Peggy, personality. All of these horrible things were happening to her and the people around her but I could barely bring myself to care. Characters are the most important of a story, at least in my opinion. They are what make or break a story and they’re the reason that you like a book. Obviously an intriguing plot is important to the experience of reading but if we know nothing about the character’s what’s the point? Admittedly it is kind of hard for her to have a personality when she’s being basically controlled but i would’ve liked some inkling of a passion or something like that. I wanted to desperately care about what was going on but I couldn’t because I didn’t feel much more Penny.

I also found that the story ended a little too neatly, the ending felt almost anti-climatic and it was disappointing. I think this book could’ve profited from a least a hundred more pages to really flesh out the characters and emotions and also make the ending not so abrupt. It had the potential to be a great book but there was just too many things that fell flat for me to readily enjoy it.