8 Beach Reads I’m Planning On Reading This Summer

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Hi guys! So, summer has started, and you all know what that means….beach reads! The following list I compiled to share some of the beach reads I’m planning on reading this summer.


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Have you read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? What are some of the beach reads you’re planning on reading this summer?

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12 Struggles Only Bookworms Will Understand

Hi guys! I was feeling like a discussion-y/list type post today, so I decided to create a list of some of the struggles only bookworms will understand. I hope you find this post somewhat amusing. 🙂

Alrighty, let’s get to the listing!


  1. Crying over a book in public. Or happy-dancing. Or ecstatic laughing. Or any display of extreme emotion, honestly.

2. When you tell your friends that you’re looking forward to going “shopping” that afternoon, and they respond by saying, “Oooh! Can we join you?” Only to have you tell them that by shopping, you meant a 3-hour trip to Barnes & Noble. Alone. #awkward


3. The constant struggles of bookshelf organization. Should you color-coordinate or alphabetize? Group by series or by release date? The possibilities are endless.


4. Seeing someone reading a book in public and trying to get a glimpse of the title while trying to act as non-stalkerish as possible. Because having a stranger leaning over your shoulder and watching your every move is totally not creepy.


5. Attempting to walk by a bookstore without purchasing a minimum of 3 books. Haha, not gonna happen.

 


6. That annoyed feeling you get when all your friends want to go out and watch a movie but you can’t because you haven’t read the book yet. #sorrynotsorry


7. Finding a comfortable reading position is a never-ending struggle.


8. That moment when someone wants to borrow your flawless hardcover signed edition of one of your favorite books. It’s not that you don’t want them to read it, it’s just….have you ever heard of the library? ‘Cause that’s how you can dog-ear pages and spill gatorade on the pages without getting your head ripped off by me.


9. When you’re OBVIOUSLY extremely engrossed in your current read…..and then someone rudely interrupts you.


10. The struggle of trying to walk and read at the same time. Trust me, guys, it’s harder than it looks. This kind of stuff takes some serious skill.


11. People thinking you’re an obsessive weirdo because you refuse to leave the house without a novel. Or five. First-world problems, guys. 😉


12. People expecting you to carry on with your life after finishing a really good book. It’s like loosing a best friend! Sure, you might see each other again, but it won’t ever be quite the same.


Which of these struggles can you relate to? What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear what you have to say below! 🙂

3 Reasons Why I Love The Perks of Being a Wallflower (And You Should Too)

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Earlier today, it crossed my mind that it had been exactly a year ago since I first read my favorite book of all time. I know I say this about a lot of books, but most of these novels come and go. There’s always one book that I keep coming back to. One book that gives me goosebumps whenever the mere title of it is mentioned. One book that I have quotes from written down on dozens of sticky notes that I put in my binder so whenever I open it up it gives me a smile. This book, my friends, is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

You’ve probably read it before. Or at least heard of it. Perks is one of the most popular and well-known YA books of all time, and it’s no wonder why so many people fell in love with it after its release. So, to celebrate the fact that I read my all-time favorite book exactly a year ago, I decided to write a post highlighting the top 3 reasons I first fell in love with this beautiful novel.


The Long-Lasting Effect

It deals with some heavy topics such as life, love, friendship, acceptance, and growing up in a very light-hearted and matter-of-fact way so that you’re not overwhelmed, just touched. I’m not saying this isn’t a sad book – because trust me, you’ll be sobbing bucketfuls. What I’m saying is that while it does manage to take some really important issues into account, the effect it will have on you is ultimately very uplifting and inspiring.

It’s So Relatable

This is another reason Perks made such a lasting impression on me – how insanely relatable Charlie’s voice was for me. Throughout the entire novel, I literally wanted to shout out, “Oh my gosh, SAME!” Charlie and I have so much in common – we’re both an introvert, or “wallflower;” we both appreciate the small things in life; we both have fierce passions we wouldn’t give up for the world; we both are extremely observant and insightful – the list goes on and on. Although I’ve never (thankfully) had to go through any of the traumatic experiences Charlie went through, I still connected and related to him on so many levels.

The Writing

In my opinion, an incredible writing style is by far the most important thing when it comes to a good book. Stephen Chbosky’s novel is one of the most beautifully-written books I’ve ever read, and it contains some of my favorite quotes. The writing style is very simplistic and matter-of-fact, but it still flows wonderfully. This prose captures Charlie’s unique personality in a way that makes you empathize, understand, and relate to him. The following is one of my all-time favorite quotes from Perks:

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

Beautiful, isn’t it? And so darn relatable.


Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think of it? Can you think of any books that are somewhat similar to Perks that you would recommend to me? 

Top 10 Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Nearly Enough

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Considering the fact that I’m still a relatively new blogger (7 months-ish), there’s obviously going to be a LOT of books that I’ve loved that I haven’t talked about yet. This week’s TTT topic is a fun one: your top 10 favorite books that you don’t talk about nearly enough. I may have talked about these books at some point in the past 7 months, but this doesn’t even come close to doing justice to my love for these amazing books.

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Volition by Lily Paradis // More Than This by Patrick Ness // Wonder by R.J. Palacio // Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli // Just Listen by Sarah Dessen // Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher // Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine // I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore // Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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So, there you have it! My top 10 (er….9) books that I would recommend without hesitation but don’t talk about nearly enough! Have you guys read any of the books on this list? What did you think? What titles did you include in your TTT post this week?

5 Books To Read If You Liked Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Hi guys! I did a similar post to this one way back in September and was planning to post it as a weekly/monthly feature, but, as you can see…..I didn’t. So, here I am, 6 months later and testing it out again! Yay!

Basically, the purpose of this feature is to showcase a very popular book that I’ve read and loved, and then provide a list highlighting my favorite books that are similar! This week, I decided to showcase the book Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you haven’t read this yet, I really suggest that you do so! Don’t get fooled by the cheesy title – trust me, it’s a super cute, funny novel and a perfect comfort read.

So, ON TO THE POST!

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This book, guys. THIS BOOK. I know it has some mixed reviews and everything, but I LOVED it. I seriously don’t talk about it nearly enough. One of my friends recommended it to me a while ago and my expectations for it weren’t too high because we normally have very different tastes in books, but I have to say she was right about this one. Sure, there were some cheesy lines and plenty of character flaws, but I think that was what made this book so much more enjoyable.

 

 

1627267.jpgAudrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

SO MANY PEOPLE have read Emmy & Oliver and adored it. And yet, for some reason, basically nobody has read this amazing book. I really liked Emmy & Oliver, but the feeling didn’t get much past really liked. This book, however, I LOVED. The writing is flawless and had me laughing out loud more than once, and I wanted to be best friends with everyone in the adorable cast of characters. Seriously, guys. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh so hard you start crying (true story), this is most definitely the book for you.

 

 

20801166.jpgA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I read this book a couple years ago, but the cuteness overload this book contained is still fresh in my mind. The concept in A Little Something Different is about as unique as it gets: a love story told in 14 alternating viewpoints. And not the viewpoints you would generally expect with a YA novel; some of the most unique POVs include a squirrel, a bench, and the local Starbucks barista. Which probably sounds really, really weird, but trust me – Sandy Hall makes it work. I can’t say I remember much about this book because I read it right when it was released, but I do remember it being one of the most adorable contemporaries I’ve ever encountered.

 

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I honestly could have put any of Morgan Matson’s books in this category, but I think Second Chance Summer is by far the best. It definitely deals with some deeper themes and I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a beach read because of the emotional topics it presents, but there were also definitely some swoon-worthy moments involved. Plus, it does have one of my all-time favorite romance tropes: second chances/childhood friends turned lovers.

 

 

 

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This is another one of those super underrated contemporaries that I absolutely adored. This is the only book I’ve read by Jessi Kirby, but I will definitely be getting my hands on another one soon. Lovely writing style, adorable hate-to-love romance, a road trip….seriously, what’s not to love?

 

 

 

 

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Have you guys read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? What other books would you add to this list?

Top 8 Fantasy Novels I Need To Read

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I’m pretty new to the YA fantasy genre, but one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more fantasy books, so I’m hoping publishing this post will give me the extra push I need to do so!

Because I’m such a newbie to the fantasy genre, I would love if all you fantasy experts could give me some sorely needed recommendations, and to offer your opinions on the books I’ve listed.

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Finikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Fallen by Lauren Kate

As you can see, I certainly have some catching up to do! Tell me: what fantasy novel is NOT on this list that I absolutely need to read? Which book on this list should I read first?

 

Top 5 Book Boyfriends of 2015

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Alright, guys, here it comes. That obligatory post at the beginning of each year that covers the obligatory subject. YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING.

So, anyway, this is the time where I will swoon, squeal, flail, and fangirl over each of the fictional men that have managed captured my heart during the span of the year. The men that have endured all the way through the end of the year, defeating many possible competitors. And, mind you, this is no easy task. I read a total of about 100 books this year, almost all of which contain swoon-worthy love interests, and I’ve managed to narrow my list down to 5.

Also, note that most of these books didn’t come out in 2015, but I’m just now reading them because I need to catch up on my reading. WE CAN’T ALL READ 300 BOOKS A YEAR, CAN WE NOW?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to comment down below so we can fangirl together!

Alright, in no particular order, here are my top 7 book boyfriends of 2015:

Ben from Paper Towns by John Green

Aw, Ben. I waited so long to read this book (PLEASE DON’T KILL ME JOHN GREEN FANGIRLS), thinking for some reason that it would be one of those slow, boring contemporaries. But boy, I was wrong. This book managed to make me laugh, cry, and feel all the fangirl-ish feelings we’ve all felt before, but have no way of explaining. And, Ben, you were the absolute best part. Your weirdness, sarcastic sense of humor, and open-mindedness captured me from the first chapter. I SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO NEVER DOUBT JOHN GREEN AGAIN. EVER. 

Peter Pan from Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

To be honest, I kinda already had a crush on you from watching the movie, but this book definitely took it to the next level. All the characters were amazingly well-formed, but especially you and Tiger Lily. You were just so funny and confident and relatable and real, and you will always hold a special place in my heart.

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James from Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

EEK I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. If you’re in the mood for a read that will cause a ridiculous smile to spread across your face and make you laugh out loud, this is the book for you. The characters were my favorite part of the book- especially you, James. You were so awkward and nerdy and weird and passionate and adorable and hilarious and…..well you get the idea. Basically, you’re exactly the kind of guy I would fall head-over-heels in love with. Seriously.

Finch from All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I might be slightly biased on this one considering the fact that it’s one of my favorite books of all time, but I just loved you to death. You’re extremely weird and unpredictable, and super nerdy and adorable as well. (Haha- sensing a theme here?) Meeting you was a super amazing and inspiring experience, and I loved getting to know you, even if it was just through reading 400 pages of goodness. ONLY 400 PAGES. 

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

AHHHH! LEEEEEVI! There is seriously no way to describe my attraction to you, so therefore I will resort to gifs.

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Oh, Levi.

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SO! Sorry for the slightly overdue post (I was planning to do it in early December, but oh well), but I knew I couldn’t NOT do a post on this! Who are your top book boyfriends?