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Super Mini-Reviews of YA Books

I figured I couldn’t continue this blog much more without giving some update on the books I read while I was on a hiatus. Of course, I don’t remember everything so here are the ones I remember. Some of these have become favorites of mine and may be referenced from here on out. Here are some mini-reviews of my “mehs” and “yays.”

Meh 😕

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

WindfallRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Goodness, I haven’t thought about this book in awhile. Let’s just say I am very, how should I say this, conflicted about this one. It was just something. Perhaps it was the script format or my love for Harry Potter, but this one was a mega disappointment for me. I may try to write a whole other post on this one day if I can collect enough thoughts about it. Then again, do I really want to revisit this sore thumb?

Windfall: All I remember was this book was about the lottery. I don’t even remember the characters names. However, I do remember that the main girl was super annoying and unattached.  I wouldn’t say it was terrible, but obviously nothing memorable for me.

Always and Forever Lara Jean: I truly did enjoy the 1st book of this series. However, with each one I feel like Lara Jean becomes more unbearably childish than the last. Peter definitely is the savior of this book. As cringe-worthy as some of the moments can get, I would still recommend this book as a great guilty-please read!

Red Queen: I struggled to get through the beginning of this book. I was able to read a chunk of it until something absolutely stupid happened and I was annoyed and put the book down. I haven’t picked it back up and don’t have any plans to. I remember how this book was super hyped when it initially released way back when, but it really didn’t meet my expectations.


YAY! 😍

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)





Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows: MY GOODNESS, CASSANDRA CLARE HAS DONE IT AGAIN. While I enjoyed TMI, they were never really my favorite. Then I read TID, and those were super good. I’m not sure if I like Infernal Devices or these books more, but I am sure I will make my decision once the new book comes out (tangent: originally Queen of Air and Darkness was supposed to come out in 2019 and I almost had a heart attack but she recently released a new schedule and now it comes out next year!!!). The characters in these books are an absolute pleasure to read. Not only was  Julian and Emma’s relationship fun to read, but the other siblings also had great story lines. I’m also very intrigued by what’s going on with Clary in these books. And needless to say, but the end of Lord of Shadows ripped my heart out and shredded it to pieces. I need the next book now!!

Court of Wings and Ruin: Another favorite series of mine! While I think the 2nd book is still my favorite, this was definitely did not disappoint. As for Sarah J. Maas books, the ACOTAR series is far superior to the Throne of Glass series (which I believe I have given up on) in my opinion. I love all the back and forth between each court and the fight scenes were thrilling. If you haven’t read this series yet, I HIGHLY recommend you pick it up!

Trials of Apollo: Its been a very long time since I’ve read this and haven’t gotten the chance to read the 2nd book yet. However, I do remember loving it–how could I not…it’s a Rick Riordan book! I have been on a journey of my own with his books and haven’t be disappointed yet. I would probably read his grocery list if he published it. While this book was a bit different from his others since it was from a God’s perspective, I still had the same humor and great plot as the others. Plus I got to learn even more Greek mythology! And, not going to lie, I didn’t exactly mind Percy Jackson’s appearance 😉.


Well there’s that! I realize these aren’t exactly reviews rather than mini rants, but in my defense for some of these books its been awhile! Stay tuned for more posts!


Out of Touch with the Book World

During my year and a half hiatus from this blog, I was a bit out of touch with the book world in general. Don’t get me wrong, I was still reading books, just not as many as I would’ve liked. However, since I wasn’t blogging or on wordpress, I wasn’t in the loop when it came to bookish news.

Every once in awhile I would do a search on Goodreads to update myself on some new books or look up new book-to-movie news. However, I definitely missed out on a ton of new book releases. I remember going to Barnes and Noble and not recognizing a single book in the New Releases section!

So I’m still in the process of updating my TBR and figuring out upcoming releases to be excited for. Any suggestions? Are there any upcoming books you are dying to read? Book-to-movie adaptations you can’t wait to see? Let me know!


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Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Published On: October 10. 2017

Genre: Contemporary

5         Turtles All the Way Down

I have never experienced the feeling of reading a new John Green book. I read all of his other books years after they were published. After his success with TFIOS, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever experience the feeling of a new John Green book. But here we are. All these years of waiting–worth it.

This book exceeded all of my expectations. I thought TATWD would mimic his other novels–boy/girl meets another girl/boy, tragic life situations, young love, etc. And while there were some similarities, the overall tone of the book different from his others– rightly so due to the nature of the book.  For someone who wrote about teen cancer and death, I didn’t think I could read another book of his that was sadder and darker but TATWD is just that. It may not be the heartbreaking romance novels, but it pulls on your heartstrings in a way other books can’t.

Aza Holmes, a 16 year old from Indianapolis, suffers from crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. She fears the microbes living in her body and has the constant need to change the bandaid on her finger. Aza finds herself in what she calls “thought spirals” where the intrusive thoughts about microbes, C. diff, and her overall existence took over her mind. Daisy, her spunky friend, doesn’t quite understand Aza’s fears but supports and love her nonetheless. And then there’s Davis, the boy across the river who happens to be the son of the missing fugitive billionaire.

After reading the premise, I thought that the search for Davis’ father would be the main plot. However, much to my liking, Turtles All the Way Down did not turn into a classic Nancy Drew story and instead focused almost solely on Aza inner turmoil. This book’s focus on mental health was refreshing. It didn’t offer a superficial ending where she was “healed” because it doesn’t work that way in the real world. There are good days and bad days, and even after years of counselling you can still have those bad days. It showcased Aza’s inner monologue as her logic fought with the intrusive thoughts her anxiety threw at her. Without spoiling, there is an instance where we read this inner battle for 2-3 pages until she finally succumbs to the thoughts. The amount of emotion and effect Green was able to pack into those pages was raw and beautiful.

Instead, TATWD focused on Aza and her relationships, which to me was the most heartwarming part of the story. Her friendship with Daisy was so realistic. They loved and cared for each other fiercely but they had conflicts. Daisy would get frustrated with Aza’s anxiety but at the end of the day was always there for her. And then there is her relationship with Davis which is unlike any other romantic pairing I have read in YA fiction. They understand each other on deep level and have very enlightening conversations but (spoiler) it doesn’t work out. Neither can give with the other needs at that moment. It’s a story of first love that is different from any other. I highlighted this quote because it really captures the essence of their relationship:

‘You remember your first love because they show you, prove to you, that you can love and be loved, that nothing in this world is deserved except for love, that love is both how you become a person, and why.” 

That is just one of many beautifully written lines you will find in Turtles All the Way Down. Sure, it may not have an epic romance per say or an exciting mystery. However, this book packs a powerful punch with its realism. Ava’s struggles are present in many people in the world today. Struggling or not, I believe everyone can find a piece of this book to relate to or find comfort in. It’s just that good.




It’s been awhile.

My last post on Find Me at the Library was over a year ago. Life got busy. Blogging didn’t bring me the same joy it did when I began. Instead, it felt like a chore.

However, it is October 11th and I just finished John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. The first thing I wanted to do after I put the book down was write about it. So I’m back! At this point, I’m not sure how consistent I will be. Maybe I will get back into blogging on a schedule or maybe it will just be sporadic. All I know is that at this moment I want to write about some books.

Stay tuned 🙂