January Reading Wrap-Up

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This year, I started off the year strong with not only reading more books a month than I usually do, but also reading a lot of books that I really enjoyed. Here are the books that I read during January:

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Eleanor & Park

  • Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt (★ ★ ★)

Bookish Boyfriends

  • Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins (★ ★ ★)

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (★ ★ ★)

Every Last Word

  • Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson (★ ★ ★)

Life Just Got Real

  • Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Love, Life, and the List

  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (★ ★ ★)

An Enchantment of Ravens

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (★ ★ ★)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

  • Be Mine by Sabrina James (★ ★ ★)

Be Mine

Re-reads:

  • My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison (★ ★ ★)

My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother, #1)

 

 

What was the best book that you read during January?

#ThrowbackThursday: My Favorite High School/College Back-to-School Books

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve discussed my favorite elementary back-to-school books and my favorite middle school back-to-school books. This week, I’m discussing my favorite high school and college back-to-school books. High school and college back-to-school books involve new classes, new friends, and new relationships. Here are some of my old and new favorite high school and college books (any book with a review will be linked to the title):

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West follows Lily, a high school student stuck in chemistry class. When Lily scribbles song lyrics on a desk and someone responds, she starts a secret pen pal relationship. Kasie West’s books always remind me of my favorite high school movies and I recommend this book for anyone looking for a lighthearted and fun read.

  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen

In Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Annabel returns to school in the fall after a breakup with her best friend earlier that year and an event that changed her life forever. Just Listen is a well-written book with a memorable story and characters. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a deep young adult novel with a powerful message.

  • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan

What is high school without Friday night football? In Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Jordan is the starting quarterback for her high school football team and determined to play football in college. However, when a new (and very cute) quarterback joins the team, her plans are derailed. This is one of my favorite books in Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series so far because Jordan’s voice and high school experience is so authentic. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a young adult books that mixes sports and romance.

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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On this list, Fangirl is the only book that takes place in college. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowelll follows Cath as she starts her freshman year of college and finishes her fanfiction novel before the release of the last book in her favorite series. Fangirl is a fun book that also deals with serious themes and topics. I recommend this book to any fangirl or person starting college!

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin follows Zona Lowell, an American teenager whose life is uprooted when her father moves her to Greece for her sophomore year of high school. In Greece, Zona connects with her mother’s family that she’s never met. Sophomore Year is Greek to Me is the perfect book if you’re looking for a high school book that focuses on another college and emphasizes family over a relationship!

 

What is your favorite high school back-to-school book?

July Reading Wrap-Up

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July always seems to be a great reading month for me and this July was no exception! This July I read eighteen books and finally pushed ahead to be ahead of schedule for my yearly reading goal. Here are the books that I read during July (any books with reviews will be linked to the title):

  • Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin (★ ★ ★ ★)

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

Milk and Honey

  • By Your Side by Kasie West (★ ★ ★ ★)

By Your Side

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  • L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (★ ★ ★)

L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1)

  • The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (★ ★)

The Summer After You and Me

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

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

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Geekerella

  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (★ ★ ★ ★)

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

  • Wires and Nerve, Volume One by Marissa Meyer (★ ★ ★ ★)

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (★ ★ ★)

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (★ ★ ★)

Eliza and Her Monsters

  • The Heir by Kiera Cass (★ ★ ★ ★)

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

  • The Crown by Kiera Cass (★ ★)

The Crown by Kiera Cass

  • My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak (★ ★)

My Life with the Walter Boys

Re-reads:

The Truth About Forever

  • How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (★ ★ ★)

How My Summer Went Up in Flames

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Fangirl

My True Love Gave to Me Review

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My True Love Gave to Me gave me twelve holiday stories, but I am only giving it a few stars.

My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of 12 winter romance stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. Overall, I feel like most of the stories were average, but cute holiday stories that are perfect to read by the fireplace.

Out of the collection, I had a few favorites. I thought Midnight by Rainbow Rowell was the perfect opening. I thought the story was cute, well-written, and the perfect length. I also really enjoyed It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins because the characters jumped off the page. By the end of the story, I loved the characters so much, I wish I had a whole novel to read about them! Some of my other favorites were Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White and Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter. In both stories, I loved how the families played a large role.

There were a few stories that weren’t my favorites. At first, I thought The Lady and the Fox by Holly Black was interesting. However, it fell flat at the end for me when it seemed to many ideas were thrown in at the last minute. I also didn’t care for Krampuslauf by Holly Black because I thought there was so much focus on setting up for the party than the actual party itself. The Girl who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor felt like an odd addition to me, especially at the end of the book. Since it barely related to the holidays, I felt like it should be placed earlier within the book.

Even though there were several stories that I really enjoyed, it seemed like the stories I thought we okay or didn’t really like were actually some of the longer stories. This something made reading the book slightly drag. However, I still think this a great book to read around the holidays and I would definitely read my favorites around Christmas again. I give My True Love Gave to Me three stars.

What was your favorite story in My True Love Gave to Me?

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with School Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten books with X setting. With summer coming to a close and school right around the corner, I thought I’d make my list about books that predominantly take place in a school setting. Any books that I have reviewed will be linked on the book’s title. Here’s my list:

1.) Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

In Jessica Darling’s It List, Jessica receives a list instructing her how to become popular from her older sister, however nothing goes exactly as planned. Jessica Darling’s It List is a great middle grade book that had me laughing out loud! I also think this book has a great message for middle schoolers.

2.) Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)

In this Junie B. Jones book, Junie B. starts kindergarten and is forced to ride a bus to school. Since it’s Junie B., she tries to find crazy ways to get out of riding the bus. This Junie B. Jones book is a classic! I remember loving this book as a child and I also definitely think that this is one of the better books in this series.

3.) The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)

In The Best School Year Ever,  the students are given an assignment–think of compliments for a fellow classmate, even the Herdmans, who are practically the town’s outlaws. This series is definitely one of my favorites. Even though reading about the Herdmans’ situation makes me feel sad as an adult, I loved reading about the outrageous antics they did whenever I was younger.

4.) Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

In Wonder, Auggie has a facial deformity that prevented him from attending school. This year, he attends school for the first time and will touch everyone that he meets. Wonder is such a heartfelt book with a great message! I think it would be a great book for any young student to read before heading off to school.

5.) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

In Fangirl, Cath is a shy, fanfiction writing college student who has a hard time adjusting to her new college life. Her sister transforms into a party girl, her father becomes increasingly depressed, and she struggles to impress her writing teacher and boys. Very few books I read feature college characters, so I loved reading about someone my own age!

6.) Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice

In Prom and Prejudice, scholarship student Lizzie Bennet has no interest in prom, but she will do anything to help her best friend secure Charles Bingley as a prom date even if it means hanging around Will Darcy. Prom and Prejudice is a very faithful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, so definitely check it out if your a fan of Jane Austen’s novel.

7.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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

In Anna and the French Kiss, Anna’s father forces her to attend a school in Paris. There she meets Etienne St. Clair, a gorgeous boy… who also has a girlfriend. I loved reading the description of Paris in this book–it made me want to study abroad! Even though this book gets a little too dramatic, it is so fun that I couldn’t put it down.

8.) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

In The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Frankie undergoes an ugly duckling transformation that catches the eyes of the popular crowd. However, Frankie is far more interested in infiltrating a secret male society at her school. This book portrays how men and women are treated differently in the same situation very well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a girl-powered, feminist read.

9.) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean’s fake love letters are accidentally mailed. In a turn of events, Lara Jean finds herself pretending to be the girlfriend of one of the boys. This book didn’t go in the direction that I hoped it would, but it was still a fun and light read. One of the best aspects of this book is that Lara Jean acts realistically for her age.

10.) Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

Teen Idol

In Teen Idol, famous movie star Luke Striker goes undercover at a midwestern high school to study for his new role. Advice columnist for the school newspaper and “good girl” Jenny Greenley is recruited to keep his identity under wraps. This book is a quick and easy read filled with Meg Cabot’s fun humor. This book is just like your favorite teen movie!

 

What are some of your favorite school featured in books?