Favorite Movies

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I love movies so much and there’s so many different types of movies that I enjoy so I thought I’d do a post discussing my favorite movies, separating them into different categories.

Teen Movies

 

Love Simon.

So not only is this my favorite romcom, it’s also my favorite movie. Literally everything is perfect about this movie from the acting to the soundtrack. I’ve watched it over 35 times and I never grow tired of it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Before Love Simon came along, this was my favorite movie. I relate to Charlie so much and I just love the whole vibe of it. There’s a perfect mix of humor and seriousness.  Also I love Emma Watson and she’s pretty much my favorite actress so how can I not love it?

Ten Things I Hate About You

This is such a top notch romcom. Heath Ledger is the perfect love interest and everything about it just so great. There’s the perfect combination of cringe and cuteness. Also that poem gets me every time

 

Animated Movies

 

Brother Bear

Brother Bear is probably the movie I’ve cried the most to. This story is so heartbreaking and beautiful and I love it so much. No one really ever talks about it which makes me sad because it’s my favorite Disney movie!! If you’re in the mood for a heartwarming yet heartbreaking movie, then I highly recommend Brother Bear

Moana

This is such a great Disney princess movie!! The soundtrack is on point( I mean I wouldn’t expect anything less from Lin Manuel Miranda) and Moana is such a badass character. I also love the fact that there’s no love interest and the main focus is saving her island. Plus the actor who plays her Auli’i Cravalho is fucking amazing  and I cant wait to see what she does next.

Beauty And The Beast

Belle is my favorite Disney Princess( i mean how can the bookworm not be my favorite) and I really love the story of this one. Plus the soundtrack is great. I also really love the live action ( maybe even a little bit more than the animated version). It’s definitely my favorite fairy tale.

Musicals

 

High School Musical

I am 100% serious when I say this trilogy is one of my favorite movie. All of the songs are bops okay? This was my childhood and  I just love it a lot. Yes it’s hella cringey and repetitive but  how can you beat classics like Gotta Go My Own Way and Stick To The Status Quo? My favorite is 2, then 1 and finally 3.

The Fiddler on The Roof.

I’m not exactly sure what it is about this three-hour movie about a Jewish man and his five daughters in the early 20th century that I love so much but there’s something about it that gets me every time. I really like the story and the songs are all really great and it’s just a really fun movie. My favorite scene is the one in the graveyard.

Sound Of Music.

I honestly can’t remember the first time I watched this movie but it’s such a engrained part of my memory that I feel like I’ve known it forever. I love the Von Trapp family and Maria so much and it’s one of those movies that I know I’ll watch until I die. Also Captain Von Trapp ripping the nazi flag is such a mood.

 

The Holy Trinity

 

So my sister and my dad have these three movies that we’ve watched so many times that we pretty much know all the lines by now.They’re not the best movies ever but they’re our movies.

Big Fish

This is probably one of the most unique movies I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s such a fun watch and really different. Plus Ewan Mcgregor is in it and he’s the best so it has to be good right?

Hearts and Souls

This is a really  sweet and heartwarming movie. It’s very simple but I guess that I’ve watched it so many times that it just has begun to feel like home.  There’s this one scene that whenever I think about it, I get really sad. Also this movie introduced me to the song Walk Like A Man which is such a bop.

Groundhog Day

This movie is really hilarious and I know it’s a little silly but I just really love it. Bill Muray is hilarious and it’s just a really great and amausing film. Plus I’ve been to the town where this movie is filmed which was rlly cool.

What Are You Favorite Movies?

 

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The Spy With The Red Balloon By Katherine Locke Book Review

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Goodreads Summary: In a nuclear arms race, you’d use anything for an edge. Even magic.

Ilse and Wolf Klein bear many secrets. Genius Ilse is unsure if her parents will ever accept her love of physics. Her brother Wolf strives for a quiet life, though he worries that there’s no place in the world for people like him. But their deepest secret lies within their blood: with it, they can work magic.

Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program. It’s a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic.

When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse’s help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse’s laboratory, the secret letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out?

Loyalties and identities will be tested in this sweeping fantasy and a fast-paced thriller that bravely explores the tensions at the dawn of the nuclear age.

My Rating:5/5 Stars

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

So when I read The Girl With The Red Balloon earlier this year, I knew Locke was an author to watch out for. I’ve never read anything quite like her writing and she creates such an amazing world that you just want to spend the rest of your life in it. While I really really enjoyed her first book, it wasn’t quite a five-star read. When I saw that Edelweiss  had the companion novel to her wonderful first novel, I jumped at the chance to read it. Boy am I glad that I read it. It was phenomenal and I can’t wait to read any book Locke comes out with in the future.

Okay first off let me say that the two MCs are fucking awesome?!! They’re both queer Jewish siblings who kick ass and punch Nazis and holy shit they are the coolest characters I’ve encountered in a long time. I loved seeing how important they were to one another and seeing how they each  dealt differently with their magical abilities. Ilse being a genius was so wonderful and I loved seeing her work out scientific problems and she was just so fucking smart holy shit. Sometimes she honestly felt like a real historical character that I wanted he entire world to know about. Wolf on the other hand isn’t as scientifically orientated  but he’s still really smart. I loved reading all the scenes where he kicked some serious Nazi ass. Seriously this is how you write a good World War 2 novel involving Nazis. Please can we only let Jewish and other minorities affected by the atrocities write  books like this? Katherine Locke nailed this time period on the head and the fact that there were no “nice” Nazis made it all the more better.

Not only are the main characters amazing but the side characters are just as awesome. I loved all three of the girls that Ilse worked with. I really like reading about women being involved in important historical events because they always get excluded from the narrative. I also really liked how one of the girls was African-American. it’s so important to acknowledge how much they did and how horribly they were treated.

THis book was all in all perfect and Locke is amazing at writing speculative fiction.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I know I can always rely on her for to write amazing diverse characters

From Twinkle,With Love by Sandhya Menon Book Review

Goodreads Summary:Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

My Rating:4/5 Stars

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

My Thoughts

I read When Dimple Met Rishi last year and  fell in love with Sandyha’s beautiful writing and amazing characters so when I heard that she was coming out with a new book, I knew that I had to read. While I didn’t love  From Twinkle, With Love  wasn’t as amazing as I had expected it to be but I still really enjoyed it  and I’m glad that I read it.

While there was lots of things I loved about the book like the romance, the really interesting family dynamic and Twinkle’s passion for filmmaking, there was too much petty drama for me to truly care about the book as much as I would have liked to.  So much of the plot centered around immature and futile problems that could have been easily avoided if Twinkle had thought for more than one second about what she was doing. While we did see a shift in her perspective towards the end, it kind of came out of nowhere so while it was appreciated, it was a little underdeveloped. I know this sounds like I really hated the book but I didn’t at all!! One of the reasons why I kept my rating at a four stars is that though I may find Twinkle’s behavior infuriating that is how teens act and I can’t hold that against the book. I think that retrospection is extremely important when reading YA, especially as I grow further away from the intended audience. Teens dont always make the best decisions but that’s okay. They’re still growing, they’re still learning and the best way to learn is to make mistakes.

I found the family dyanmic to be really really interesting and while I loved what we got, I wished itcould have been developed a little bit more. I really loved the character of the grandmother and the mom.I also really appreciated the way poverty was addressed in the book. More YA books need characters who are poor so I really loved that Twinkle was below the poverty line.

The love interest in this was amazing oh my god!!! I loved Sahil so much and I really liked the way the author explored how he felt regarding his twin brother. He was so dory and wonderful and I’m really glad that Twinkle fell for him.It’s clear that Sandyha Menon is the master of swoon worthy romances. I cannot wait for her next book so I can fall in love with her amazing characters again.

 

The Summer of Jodi Perez (And The Best Burger In Los Angeles) By Amy Spalding Book Review.

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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

If you’re looking for a cute summer contemporary then look further because The Summer of Jodi Perez is the book for you. Amazing Main character? Check. Adorable love interest that you wish was your own? Check. Awesome  side characters that deserve their own book? Check. This book is everything you could possibly wish for in a contemporary so I highly recommend that you pick it up.

Books that contain sapphic characters are my raison d’etre. There are few key words that really get me excited about a book but if you tell me that your book features queer girls, I will pick it up and there’s a very high chance that I’ll love it. So I kind of knew that The Summer of Jodi Perez was going to be amazing but I’m glad my suspicions were confirmed.

I loved this book so much and I really cant think of a single thing that I didn’t like. It’s one of those books that you fly through and when you finish you just feel 1000x lighter. The romance was sooo swoonworthy and I loved seeing it play out.  Jodi and Abby were such couple goals my god. Something I really appreciated was that the drama that was inevitably going to occur didn’t have anything to do with their job because that was a route that easily could have been taken but I really appreciated the conflict that presented itself instead. I also really appreciated the fact that Abby was fat and seeing how it had a part in the story.  It was refreshing to not have a skinny Main character. YA really needs Mcs of all sizes.

I really loved the way that food played a role in the novel. Authors mentioning food in detail in books is my weak spot and I loved seeing Abby and Jax try to find the best burger in LA. Seeing their friendship evolve was wonderful. All the side characters that came  up were really great and I really liked seeing both Jodi and Abby parent’s. The conflict that occurred between Abby and her mom was really interesting.The only thing that I would’ve liked more development was Abby’s best friend. I liked what I saw but I would’ve liked to see more.

 

The Books/TV Shows/Movies That Helped Me Get Through My First Year of College

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So last week I finished my first year of college and I’m honestly still in shock that I got through it. It fees like just yesterday that I started. To be completely honest, the first year wasn’t the easiest but having books and tv shows to keep me company really helped it become manageable. A year ago I wrote a post about the books that got me through high school and I thought I’d do the same except I would expand it to other forms of media as well.

Books

1.Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

So it’s only been like five months since the new eyar started but I’ve read this book three times.  It’s just such a comforting book and it’s one that I’ll always come back to when I’m feeling down or am in a reading slump. I will never grow tired reading about Simon, Blue,Leah, Abby, Nick and all the wonderful people in the simonverse.

2. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Cute fluffy books is the perfect cure for school blues and Foolish Hearts is the epitome of a cute fluffy book.  I die just thinking about it: it’s so adorable and just everything a contemporary should aspire to be. Contemporaries are especially great to read during school time because they’re less draining and just pure fun.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I reread this in my first weeks of college and it helped me so much. There’s nothing quite like the comfort of your favorite book to make the homesickness go away.

4. Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Writing this blog has really kept me grounded when nothing else could and part of that is reviewing the wonderful books  that publishers send me. Nice Trey Jane Sinner was definitely my favorite of those books and I just had so much fun reading it and doing a blog tour for it!

5. Leah on The Offbeat By Becky Albertalli

I’m obsessed with all things becky albertalli related so of course I had to mention her latest book!! I read this book in like two hours from like ten to midnight and it was just the best experience ever. I laughed, I cried and I just love everything that she writes. She’s a true genius.

TV Show

1.Brooklyn Nine Nine

B99 is my favorite show of all time. It’s so funny and all the characters are amazing and I just love it with all of my heart.  Being able to watch an episode every week was a great start to my week. I was close to tears when I saw that it got canceled but I’m so glad that NBC picked it up. This is one of those shows that deserves like 10 seasons.

2. How I Met Your Mother.

This was the show that I obsessively watched in my first few weeks of college. It was a show that my sister got me into, so it really reminded me of her which was nice. I’m still hella pissed about the last episode because I feel like it just ruined the entire show for me but it’s still a show that I really really enjoy even though there are definitely some problematic aspects.

3. The Good Place

I discovered this show during my fall semester and it was so good holy shit. I never expected to love it as much as I do but it’s brilliant and I can’t wait for the third season.  It’s one of those that’s super unique and always keeps me on my toes. The humor is amazing and I relate to all the characters so much.

4. The Office

I never thought that I’d like The Office but I was looking for shows to watch and my sister’s boyfriend recommended this show and I decided to give it a chance. I watched the first 8 seasons in two weeks so I think it’s pretty safe to say that I liked it. Actually like is a pretty small word, I’d more say love.  It has become one of my favorite shows of all time and I just love it so much. Michael is the best character ever.

5. One Day At A Time

I remember when  I first watched the first season back in January of 2017 and I learnt that season 2 wouldn’t be coming out until a year from then, it felt so weird for me to think about where I’d be at that point. Well I finally watched the 2nd season this January and it was soooo good. This show is brilliant and I love the family dyamic and it’s just such a beautiful show. I really hope it gets more seasons

 

Movies( more like movie singular though)

Okay so I’m not that a huge fan of watching movies by myself because it’s something I prefer to do with family. so I didn’t watch that many movies alone this year but there has been one movie that I watched back in February and then in March and then I found a pirated version and since then I’ve watched it oh… about 30 times(yes I know I have a problem). And that movie is LOVE SIMON. This is my new favorite movie and I love it with all my heart and whenever I feel sad or just meh I watch it and no matter how many times I’ve watched it, it never fails to make my heart burst.

 

 

 

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli Book Review

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Going into Leah On The Offbeat I was a little wary. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Leah in Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda so I wasn’t sure how fun reading an entire book from her perspective would be. I had also been spoiled as to what the endgame was and I was cautious. It was one of my potential ships but I just wasn’t sure how Albertalli would handle it. I trusted her though because both of the books she’s written so far have been phenomenal so I went into it with an open mind. I’m really glad that I did because it was honestly amazing. I think I like it even more than Simon VS( yes it’s that good.)

First off while the reception to this book has been for the most part positive, I’ve seen some really disturbing reviews where they describe it being akin to fanfic and talking about how they much prefer the interactions between simon and his boyfriend than the actual couple that was being highlighted. That’s not okay. You may well as say that you just don’t like books with sapphic characters because that’s really what you’re implying. How is Leah ending up with a girl fanfiction??? You do know that are sapphic couples in real life right? They just don’t exist in fiction so I really fail to see how on earth Leah On The Offbeat is like fanfiction. Also your fetishization of mlm couples is showing and it’s disgusting. It’s really disheartening for people to fame over male gay couples and then completely disregard female ones. It’s disgusting and your queer phobia is showing.

Anyway side rant aside, I think that having a book entirely centered around Leah was the perfect way for me to really appreciate her as a character. In Simon Vs. I found her to be a little cold and just not that of an appealing character but reading from her perspective made me really understand who she was. Seeing her innermost thoughts and insecurities really helped me to understand the persona she put forward. Leah is the amazing fat bi Slytherin MC that we all deserve. I related to so much of the things she went through especially how she catastrophized everything and as an anxious person the way she blew everything out of proportion was very relatable.That scene where she was prom dress shopping was lowkey me last year. I’ve never felt more seen. I also really related to the way she approached her sexuality and honestly Leah is such an amazing character and honestly one of the most relatable characters that I’ve read in a long time.

Becky Albertalli honestly just has this amazing way of writing teen characters that feels so authentic. She understands teens so well and the way she crafts all of her characters is amazing. Her incorporation of diversity is also impeccable and you can really tell how much it matters to her. Since she’s an allocishet white women she hires sensitivity readers to make sure the rep is good and unproblematic. Shes just such a great example of an ally who’s aware of her privilege and never tries to overstep and it’s really amazing to see her write books with amazingly diverse characters.

I also really appreciated how even the side characters were well developed. Obviously since this is a sequel to Simon, we’ve already established side characters but I really loved how we got to see all the characters from the previous book. It was of course first and foremost a book about Leah but you had some really great moments with Simon, Blue, Abby, Nick, Garret and just all of the characters you loved in the previous book. I did feel as though the way that Nick was treated during the book wasn’t the best and I just wish there could have been more of a resolution in the end. Other than that, it was amazing and I loved seeing our favorite Creekwood students freaking out of over prom ( that American doll scene has me in tears it was so funny oh my god) and college. I’m really sad that Becky is never coming out with more books in the simonverse but I think that Leah was the perfect conclusion. I’m just sad that it’s over and we’ll never know more about these amazing characters. I’m going to miss Creekwood.

While I was wary about the endgame, I found myself loving it to bits. I am not a person that cries because of books which is kind of weird because I cry all the time but Leah had me in tears many time. Not really because it was sad but there are so few popular books featuring f/f couples so this book really meant a lot to me. Becky is one of the queens of contemporary and knows how to create the best chemistry and Leah was no exception. It was adorably cute and I’m so glad that that’s the direction that Becky decided to take with Leah’s love interest.

Update: I just saw a review written by the wonderful Marianne where she highlighted a scene that was problematic and hurtful. I am bi and to me it didn’t catch my eye as being problematic but that doesn’t mean other bi ppl won’t get hurt by it. I rlly recommend reading her review so you go into the book knowing what you’re getting into. I also lowered my rating from a five to a four point five to reflect this problematic scene.

Adult Books For Those Just Getting Into The Demographic.

Okay so I’ve always kind of read Adult and YA books interchangeably and have favourites from both demographic and I’ve never really had trouble getting into an adult book but I know there’s a lot of people who have trouble finding an adult book that they enjoy so I’d thought that I’d just recommend some adult books that are fun reads that may help you if you want to read more adult books.

1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

I love all of Picoult’s book but out of all of them I think Nineteen Minutes is the best one if you’re most used to reading YA. I think even some of the POVS are teens. Anyway it’s a very heartfelt book that will keep you captivated until the very end. This is the first book I read of hers and ever since I’ve fallen in love with particularly everything she writes.

2.Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

If you like contemporary YA novels then Sophie kinsella books are for you. Her shopaholic series are pretty good but sometimes the cringey aspects are a little too much while her standalone definitely curb back on the second hand embarrassment. They’re all hilarious and one of the few books that had me actually laughing hysterically but my favorite is probably Can You Keep A Secret. It’s just a tad bit more hilarious and amazing than the rest. But honestly if you pick up any of Sophie Kinsella’s Books you’re in for a wild treat.

3.The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

All of Hosseini’s books are absolute tear jerkers that are masterfully written. Kite Runner isn’t my favorite one of his( that honor goes to And The Mountains Echoed) but I think it’s the best one to read if you’re used to reading YA. Hosseini has a really beautiful but simple writing style which is amplified in the Kite Runner are part of the novel follows the Mc’s life as a child. His books discuss very difficult topics so I’d be wary of that. It’s really worth the read if you’re able to read them though!

4.The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill is another phenomenal writer that has a beautiful but simple writing style. The books he writes are absolutely phenomenal and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Book of Negroes is very difficult to read emotionally as it talks about slavery so there’s lots of tough and emotional scenes so again be wary of that. But the way Hill tells stories and creates characters is amazing and everyone needs to read The Book of Negroes. It really is worth the read.

5.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

I’ve read all of Albom’s books and have loved almost every single of them. He’s most well known for The Five People You Meet in Heaven but this one is my favorite. His books are all very quick reads that really pack an emotional books. This book in particular is so interesting and even though it’s been quite a while since I read it, i remember how enraptured I read while I flew through the book. His plots are always super unique and he just writes about things that you’d never really think of. They’re all super fun reads and I’d recommend all of his books but The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is where I’d recommend you start.

6. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

If you like thriller or horror type books then this book is for you. When I pieced up this book at the library, i only checked it out because I had heard some people talk about it but I wasn’t sure if I would even like it but damn this book blew me away. It’s so creepy and weird and just such an unique novel. To this day I haven’t read anything quite like it. If you’re ever in the mood to be disturbed then this book is definitely for you. You won’t be disappointed I promise!

7. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Can I really have a list about adult books without including Stephen King? For the longest time I refused to read anything by him because I’m not the hugest fan of horror but I finally caved and read 11/22/63 and I absolutely fell in love. Since then I’ve read a bunch of his books and am slowly making my way through the rest of his books which is going to take quite a long time because damn he has a lot of them. Even if you’re not a fan of horror, I really recommend 11/22/63 because it’s not a horror novel at all and it’s a time travel novel which follows this dude as he tries to stop the assassination of JFK. This book is absolutely phenomenal and even though it’s like 700 pages long, i flew through it because it’s amazing.

8. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.

This is honestly one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read but it’s weird in a great way. It’s one of those fools that you just really need to read to truly understand what it’s about. I wouldn’t even technically consider it an adult book because the entire book follows a child but that’s what goodreads classifies it as soo. Anyway I really recommend it, it’s weird, it’s emotional, it’s interesting and unique and I mean the title and cover include cake how can you not read it?

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

I honestly don’t know why I love this book so much but I just do. Time travel books are my favorite thing ever so I guess I’m just destined to love everything that contains time travel. I’m at this book at its core is basically a romance novel but it’s just such a beautiful and heartbreaking romance that I can’t help but to fall in love with it. No matter how many times I read it, I never lose interest and find myself,f time and time again astounded at how the plot develops. If you’ve watched the movie and weren’t a book fan, I’d recommend still reading the book because the book goes much more in depth and is just 100x more amazing.

10. The Martian By Andy Weir.

This book is hilarious!! I never thought that a book about a dude stuck on mars would interest me but it’s just so fun to read! There was quite a bit of scientific discussion but it was sprinkled with so much humid that I didn’t even mind. It’s honestly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The movie is just as amazing but I highly recommend reading the book if you haven’t already because the book just has a little bit more jokes.

What are some adult books that you love?

Nope Book Tag

So I realized that I haven’t done a book tag in awhile and I saw this tag on my feed and it seemed fun so I decided to do it! I mean who doesn’t like to talk about the books they don’t like?

NOPE. Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

Mockingjay. That book was just so disappointing and a horrible way to end an otherwise great series. It was confusing and fast paced in the worst way and it just ruined the entire Hunger Games trilogy for me.

NOPE. Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Martin from Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda. He’s literally the worst character ever and I hate him so much and he’s trash through and through.

Nope. Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Any ship with Draco. I mean yeah I love Draco with all my heart and he’s a fascinating character but pairing him with Harry or Hermione or basically anybody from Hogwarts is so weird and makes me really uncomfortable. He bullied them consistently throughout the school years, shipping him with anybody would be such a weird dynamic.

NOPE. Plot Twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and liked.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. That plot twist still has me reeling two years later. It was amazing and so well done. Kate Morton really knows how to craft an amazing story

NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.

Erotica or like pure romance novels. Yeah nah I’m good. It’s just really not my thing and not something I could see myself ever reading

NOPE. Book Format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I really don’t like hardbacks. I mean I do like them and they’re beautiful but they’re so much more expensive which is why I buy all my new books in paperback.

NOPE. Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles! They’re so frustrating and annoying and I hate them and it’s usually really obvious who the Mc will end up with.

NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

People don’t really recommend any books to me but anything by Sarah J Mass. I have 0 interest in any of her series and will never read anything she’s written. There are so many other books that I’d rather read.

NOPE. Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

“She let out a breath she didn’t know she had been holding.” WHAT?! HOW?! it’s just so annoying and cliche and every time I see it in a book I cringe. It’s so annoying.

NOPE. Love Interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

I honestly can’t think of anything right now. I’m usually a pretty big fan of all love interests.

NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed. a book that you just don’t like.

13 Reasons Why. This book is so problematic and I hate how everyone loves it and the TV show. It’s a horrible representation of mental illness and it just shouldn’t be a thing. Plus the author is trash so it’s just an overall shit show.

NOPE. Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Levanna from the Cinder series. God she’s the best villain ever but she’s terrifying.

NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you.

****’s from the Book Thief. I will never be over that death. It was so sad and like all of the deaths in that book were sad, but that was definitely the saddest.

NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I read one book by Francesca Zappia called Made You Up and hated it so even though I know her latest book is supposed to be good, I have no interest in anything she’s written.

Save The Date by Morgan Matson Book Review

Summary:Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. (less)

My rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review,

Morgan Matson is honestly the queen of contemporaries. I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour three years ago and that was probably my first real introduction to YA contemporary and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I’ve read all of her books except for one (Second Chance Summer) and they never fail to impress me. They’re a fun quick read which is guaranteed to leave you swooning.

I read someone’s review on Save The Date and they said that it reminded them of a movie and the minute I saw that I couldn’t stop thinking of this as a movie. I mean everyone knows that wedding movies are honestly the best and Save The Date is filled with the most hilarious shenanigans so can a movie of this please happen? It would seriously be epic.

As with any book by Morgan Matson, the characters were amazing! I especially loved all the different sibling dynamics we saw as Charlie interacted with all of the, throughout the book. They all had such interesting character traits and and were all very complex and I really liked seeing their personality and relationship develop. Though this book takes place over a very short period of time we learn a lot about them and they really grow and their point of views change a lot. It was really interesting see just how much they change and how much the wedding weekend affected them.

While I really liked Charlie’s( the main character) relationships with her siblings I just wished we would’ve gotten just a little bit more insight into other aspects of her life. While it’s very clear that her family is very important to her, I would’ve liked to seen just a little bit more surrounding her passion for journalism or her best friend so we got a more rounded perspective of her personality. At times I found her a little annoying because she was SO obsessed with her siblings and it just felt like a little much at times.

Despite this being a Morgan Matson book we don’t really have a clear romantic interest. I mean of course there is romantic elements which I absolutely adored but the focus was really family which I really appreciated. So few contemporaries focus on family so I really appreciated romance taking the back burner because it’s usually the other way around. I would’ve liked just a little bit more scenes with the potential love interest because what little scenes we did get were amazingly cute but all in all I’m really happy with the way Matson centered the Book.

Station Eleven By Emily Saint John Mendel

Summary:An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

My rating: 5/5 Stars

When this book first came out and everyone was obsessing over it, I looked at the summary and though it didn’t seem like a bad book, it just didn’t interest me that much. I didn’t think that a book about the apocalypse could possible be something that I’d be interested in.  I mean sure I love dystopian novels as much as the next person but postapocalyptic situations have never been my favorite take on that genreAnyway so I found this book at a charity store for a dollar and a couple of weeks later I picked it up on a whim and I fell in love. This book is amazing and it’s definitely one where you need to read it to really understand the hype. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend doing so even if the summary doesn’t necessarily drag you in. It’s a gem and definitely worth the read.

I’m not sure if I’m able to exactly pinpoint what it is that I love about this book. I think it’s the way Mendel develops the story and sets it up so you have parts that are set in the past before the plague hit and then you follow multiple people who exist in the wasteland after the disease has wiped out almost all of the earth’s population. It’s so weird and interesting to see the contrast between the two timelines and it makes for a very jarring experience. I also really loved the way that the setting was not a central focus of the novel and it was very much a character driven novel. I feel that oftentimes with books like these character development was sacrificed for a good plot but this book had amazing characters with a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Though many authors attempt to that, very few are good at it and I think that Mendel did a fantastic job of creating a balance between the two.

Honestly I think my favourite part of this book is how everything is connected somehow. You’re introduced to a lot of different storylines throughout the book and you don’t really understand how it’s all related at first but the more you read, the more it starts to click and everything starts to fit like a puzzle. Everything is connected in this really fascinating way that makes you look back at what you read and just be amazed at how Emily Saint John Mendel built all the storylines to connect. It was absolutely brilliant and it was so much to read.

This is just a small thing but I loved how it was partially set in Canada and the fact that the author is Canadian. As someone who lives in Canada I have a soft spot for anything Canadian related and I always love seeing Canadians authors become popular. It’s really nice to see because it always seem that the Americans get the spotlight.

Have You Read Station Eleven? Have You Ever Read a Book That You Didn’t Think You’d Enjoy But Ended Up Loving?