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What I Want to Read in 2018

As I said in my 2018 Blogging and Reading Goals post, I’m not setting an official number of books I want to read. My theme for the year is read more of what makes me happy. That being said, if I don’t read these things in 2018, I will be VERY disappointed with myself. This list includes books/themes/authors that I have been wanting to read FOREVER.

Books & Series

  1. Magnus Chase and the Apollo series by Rick Riordan: I love me some mythology books, and I desperately need to catch up on these series!
  2. The Raven Boys: I am ashamed to say I have never read Maggie Stiefvater. I hear people gush about these books and I am pretty sure I will love them as well. I even have the 1st book sitting on my shelf!
  3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Again, another book I have on my shelf. I have actually started this book, but put it down due to new releases. I love the premise of this book and just want to finish it.

 

Authors

  1. Kasie West: I can’t help it–I’m a hopeless romantic. I always enjoy a fun contemporary romance, but somehow I have yet to venture in Kasie West. This must change in 2018!
  2. V.E. Schwab: I have heard raving reviews about all of her books, but have yet to read any of them! I have This Savage Song and would love to get caught up on the series this coming year!

 

Themes/Topics

  1. More Mental Health Books: This is becoming one of my favorite topics to read about in YA. I read Turtles All the Way Down this year and loved that it gave some light to a very serious issue. I have read some other mental health books in the past, but I would love to read more on anxiety/depression as well as some more underrepresented disorders.
  2. Single Characters!!: Aforementioned, I love myself a good romance. However, I would also love a book where that’s not even in the picture. I just want me some good friendship bonds, ESPECIALLY some between guys and girls (because you can be a friend with someone of the opposite gender and NOT love each other).
  3. Books w/book-loving characters: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell will forever be one of the bookish loves of my life. I want some more awkward characters and I want some more characters that love to fangirl about books!
  4. College Adventures: Something I don’t see much in YA is college age students. I think it would still be of interest to older teens, and I think a college campus could turn into a great setting for an exciting story.

 

Well those are some of the things I want to read this year! As for the topics/themes, I am still looking for books to match the requirements, so if you have any suggestions let me know down below!

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Update + Things I Have Missed…

It’s sort of sad how unfamiliar sitting at my computer and typing a post feels. I haven’t done this in over a month. Honestly, time flies by, and I am very happy to be back. Between life, studying, and holiday activities,  time has been limited. Christmas is in 3 days! After the holiday, things we will go back to normal and I will be back on track.

Since I have been gone for quite some time, I figured I would do a little update on what has been going on lately. (I went MIA after November 9th, that’s why some of these announcements/reactions are a bit late!)

  • I READ WINTER AND FINISHED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES 😥 Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely  loved the ending with all my heart, but I am still sad this wonderful series has ended. Don’t worry, I have a ton to say about this book, so I will start my review after Christmas!
  • I saw MOCKINGJAY PART 2 and I absolutely loved it. Again, another one of my beloved series (in this case a movie series) has come to an end! This too has a review coming up.
  • I watched the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME. IT WAS SO SAD GUYS! 😥
  • I was going to watch the FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM trailer, but decided that I wanted to read the story first (I know, I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet!)
  • I got completely behind on DOCTOR WHO, but am totally prepared to catch up this Christmas break.
  • I saw the preview for STARS ABOVE and realized that I still had some more time in Marissa Meyer’s world.
    • I then saw that one of the Lunar short stories was called “Something Old, Something New” and got extremely excited!
  • I decided that I am done with the DIVERGENT movies, because all of these Allegiant promos looks horrific.
  • THE 100 released the trailer for season 3, and it looks pretty awesome.
  • I reread FANGIRL because I couldn’t read a new book during finals week.
  • I binge watched JANE THE VIRGIN on Netflix during the first few days of break.

Yeah, so there is a recap of everything I would have been posting about had I not taken a break from blogging. I will say that I am feeling more inspired to blog and seem to be getting out of my horrible reading slump. Having all of this free time and the new years coming up will probably push me to blog more. You know the saying, “new year, new me,” and I am very excited to be back!

 

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Rainbow Rowell New Book!

Some of you may have heard that Rainbow Rowell is writing a new story and it will be her first fantasy. She also revealed on her twitter account that the title of it would be Carry On. Now automatically, everyone who is a fan of Rowell’s book Fangirl knows what this is. Yep, that’s right! Rainbow Rowell is writing us Carry On, Simon about Simon Snow and his companion Baz.

For those of you who don’t know, the main character Cath in Fangirl writes fanfiction about her favorite series Simon Snow. In the book, Simon Snow is the equivalent of Harry Potter, even though Harry Potter exists too. Throughout the book, we see small clips from her hugely famous fanfiction about Simon and Baz.

Rowell said that after she wrote Fangirl, she was very interested in the characters and the story of Simon Snow. She said Carry On will not be a book about Cath or an author writing the story, but it will just be her take on it. This is a spinoff of Fangirl, but from what I have heard you don’t have to read one or another to understand it.

I’m excited for this even though I didn’t really care for the small clips throughout Fangirl. However, I think that was because I didn’t want to be drawn away from my favorite characters. I will definitely be giving this book a chance, and I am really looking forward to how Rainbow Rowell writes fantasy books.

Carry On will be out in October of 2015.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors to Me in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a bookish category and you have to try and pick your top 10 books. Check out their website at http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

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This week the category was New-to-Me authors that I read in 2014. This easier compared to the last two weeks. let’s get started!

1. Rainbow Rowell: 2014 has brought many beautiful authors that I absolutely adore. I read Fangirl and Eleanor&Park this year and absolutely loves them. Fangirl became one of my new favorite books, and I actually just reread it the other day (not ashamed). I really want to read her two other books Attachments and Landline, and will definitely read all of her book to come

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Fangirl                                                                                           Eleanor & Park

2. Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss was introduced to me this year and it was one of the best contemporary trilogys I have read before.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

3. E. Lockhart: I read We Were Liars over the summer and it was beautifully and poetically written. I love Lockhart’s writing style and I would love to read her other works one day.

We Were Liars

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Now this one may seem a little off, but I read the Great gatsby this year, and it’s my favorite classic book (at least so far). I love the characters and all the symbolism and themes threaded throughout the novel.

The Great Gatsby

5. Laurie Halse Anderson: Another great book I read this year was Speak, and I was very shocked by the story. Laurie has many other deep, serious topics in her other books and those are high on my TBR list.

Speak

6. Marissa Meyer: Technically I read CInder like a week before 2014, but I’m still going to count it. I read Scarlet right after the new year and waited a month for Cress to come out and besides Harry Potter, the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite fantasty series.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

7. Gayle Forman: This lady definitely surprised me. The summarys of her book sounded okay, but I was never very interested. However, after reading If I stay, I knew her books were much better than they were depicted to be.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

8. Jane Austen: I am reading Pride and Prejudice right now, and I just really love the story.

Pride and Prejudice

9. Jenny Han: I was always very skeptical of Jenny Han, because I wasn’t intrigued by the Summer I Turned Pretty books at all, but To the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a nice, refreshing contemporary book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

10. J.D. Salinger: I also read Catcher in the Rye this year and it was surprisngly much better than I expected it to be. Holden Caufield is the funniest character in the world.

The Catcher in the Rye

This list is made of many different authors, but these are just a few that I remember thorougly enjoying their books. There were many more but these are the stand-outs. Tomorrow it will officially be 15 days until Christmas, so let the Christmas posting begin! I am super excited and got some pretty fun stuff planned. Also witht the end of December comes the “Best of 2014” and the “What to read in 2015” posts, so those will come later on! What are some of your favorite new authors this year?

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Fangirl

Meet Cath, the world’s number one Simon Snow fan, as she starts the newest horror in her life. College. She wouldn’t be as nervous if her twin sister, Wren, hadn’t told her that she didn’t want to share a dorm with her. Now Cath, who is already worrying enough, has to deal with rooming with someone who isn’t her sister. And as if college wasn’t enough, she also has to work on her on-going fanfiction “Carry on, Simon,” which is pretty much her life’s work. Throw in a confusing love life, a teacher that just doesn’t understand, and a boat load of worrying and anxiety, Cath doesn’t know how she’ll even make it through the first semester.

Fangirl is an amazing, relatable coming-of age story that fills you with happiness. Rainbow Rowell does an amazing job at writing characters that are so easy to understand and relate to. Her writing is very witty and you will laugh so many times while reading this book.

If you haven’t read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell yet, I suggest you go to your library/bookstore/anywhere, pick it up and start reading it. Also don’t read any more of this review, because I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you.
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After reading Fangirl, I can definitely say that this is on my list of favorite books. I read this book in one sitting, I was so hooked from just the first few pages. I loved how it wasn’t some normal college story where outrageous things happened, but rather an ordinary story about a slightly unordinary girl.

Cath was absolutely the most relatable character I have ever read. Just how she obsessed over books and movies just like me made me love her from the very beginning. Not only her, but all the characters were very interesting and intriguing. I loved Raegan and her sassiness and Levi and his quirkiness.

Now, before I went into this book, I figured that Simon Snow just represented Harry Potter. As I read on, I was sure I was right. However there was this one line, where Levi actually says ‘Harry Potter’. That part confused me, because then I didn’t know if Harry Potter existed in their world or if it was just Simon Snow.

The only other thing that I didn’t particularly care for, was all the excerpts to the fanfiction. I felt like there were a lot of these, and after a while, I got tired of reading them. I didn’t know Simon and Baz as characters that well, so I didn’t care much about what happened to them.

Some of my favorite parts of the books were…

  • The scene where Reagan asks Cath about the protein bars. I was laughing so much.
  • When Cath read Levi’s book to him-it was adorable and it showed that you could love books even you can’t read them well.
  • The twins names were explained- Cather and Wren= Catherine. I thought that was hilarious when I read it.
  • The ending where Wren and Cath got the last book in the Simon Snow series. I thought it was an amazing ending to an amazing book.

Well those are some of my thoughts on Fangirl, and I give it 4.5 stars. I hope you guys enjoyed this book as much as I did, and keep watching for more posts!