Sunshine Book Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Book Orbit. Thank you so much, darlin. I appreciate it ❤

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Questions
1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love talking about books with other people that share the same interest as me. It makes me feel like alone. I also love blogging because I’ve discovered a lot of new books. I’ve also met a lot of amazing fellow book lovers! ❤

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have! Well.. She’s a booktuber, but I’ve gone to Canada to visit Nat at Pickleheartsbooks on youtube! She’s also come visited me in the United States! She’s one of my best book friends. We’ve been friends for roughly 5ish years now. She’s lovely. Go check out her channel! ❤

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Teen Wolf, New Girl, and Young & Hungry

4. What is your biggest fear?

Spiders and Death :/

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have two doggies ❤ Their names are Macey and Noddle. They’re amazing :3

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Lol… well… I’ve only read 8 so far. In my defense though, I was in a massive reading slump for quite some time so honestly, I’m kind of proud of myself!

7. Tea or coffee?

It really depends on my mood. I tend to drink coffee more in the summer and tea more in the winter for some reason. Just the thought of hot tea doesn’t sound good even though coffee is also hot XD

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Outside in a swinging chair, listening to the birds and/or nature.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say an 8. I haven’t been too productive but I have read a lot today! 😀

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

I’m not sure. I’m not huge into history and stuff but maybe back to when the great depression happened? I find it amazing that so many people suffered but they made it through. It really inspires me, honestly.

11. Favorite quote?

Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger. -The Need Series by Carrie Jones

I tag the following:
Meggan @ Between the Pages
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Georgia @ Georgia’s Bookish Thoughts
Tiana @ The Book Raven
Darnell @ Darnellouis
Winged Cynic @ Cynic on Wings
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd 
Kathy @ Books and Munches
Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Questions:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie genre and/or movie?
3. If money wasn’t a problem, where in the world would you most love to travel?
4. Outside of book blogging, do you have another job?
5. What’s your favorite animal(s)?
6. What is your favorite post to make on your blog?
7. What are some books you are currently waiting to get your hands on?
8. Are there any movies you’re excited to see?
9. What is your preferred way to travel? ex., car, plane, train, bus, walk
10. Would you rather read by the pool or next to a fireplace, why?
11. What makes you happy?

Book Review: Love and Gelato

20180531_144414.jpgSeries: Book 1 in a duology
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 389
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

 

Favorite Quote

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. ‘You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room’”

Thoughts

This book was freaking adorable. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t know who my favorite would be. Howard was beyond adorable. He was such a fantastic father. He was so sweet and so kind. I also loved the voice of the main character, Lina. She was fun and sassy. She was just a fun character to read about. She reminded me a little bit about myself.

I thought the writing was rich and captivating. It made me feel like I was actually in Italy. It felt like I was there experiencing everything Lina was. I felt like I was traveling without actually leaving my seat. I think that what really makes a book feel magical… when it can take you come place new for awhile.

Although I adored this book, I did have a few problems with it. I enjoyed the mystery of the story but I thought it was a little too predicable. I felt like I was running around in circles with Lina even though I knew how the story was going to end.

And although Lina was in Italy and didn’t understand Italian, it bothered me a little bit that the characters were sometimes talking in Italian, and the book never explained what they were saying. I wanted to know but I didn’t want to put my book down every few minutes just to google phrases.

Overall, I thought it was a fun read. It has a little bit of heavy matter involved but it didn’t take away from the cute fluffy feels I felt while I was reading about Lina’s story. It was the perfect summer book and I’m so happy I started my June TBR with it! 🙂

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

elizaSeries: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 385
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”  

Thoughts

I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed, but I didn’t love it like most people I know. I thought it was a well done story. It was nice seeing anxiety portrayed in the book but not being the sole focus of the story if that makes sense. I like that Eliza had anxiety but the story wasn’t about that. The story was about her and her webcomic and beginning new friendships. I loved that.

I could really relate to Eliza and her anxiety. There was a point when she felt like she was suffocating when being surrounded by a group of people. I felt that. I’m that way. I hate being surrounded by lots of people. All I can think about is wanting to escape. At first I thought Eliza was just this obnoxious, angry teenage girl, but the more I think about it, I wonder if a part of her anger is because she’s stressed out and anxious. I know I can get annoyed really easily when I’m anxious.

I love how the parents were portrayed in the story. They don’t understand Eliza and her internet friends. They don’t understand why she spends so much time on the internet. I think a lot of people can relate to that because the majority of our parents didn’t grow up with smart phones or the internet. Eliza describe her internet friends in the perfect way and I was like “YAS GIRL, YASS! I FEEL YOU!”. I’ve meet some of the best friends through the internet and booktube.

I loved how accurately the parents were displayed in the story. It made me thankful to have parents that told me to follow my dream and pursue anything that makes me happy. It didn’t matter if I made a ton of money or not, just as long as I was doing what I enjoyed. I know a lot of kids don’t have that. Parents expect them to get a good paying job by being a doctor or engineer.

It was also an interesting topic covered in the story about being a creator with fans and the relationship between the two. It’s amazing how you can start something for yourself, something you enjoy and have it become popular and the more people that like it, the more people that want you…. no, expect you to start creating it for them. It’s like all of a sudden you’re not creating something for yourself to enjoy, you’re creating it for other people.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book is that it took me a little bit to get into the story. I had a hard time connecting with the characters because they’re quiet and reserved. I did end up enjoying them in the end though after I got to them. I also loved the writing and storyline. I thought it was a unique concept to write about. I highly recommend it!

Book Review: Made You Up


17661416Series: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

 Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“The rest of the year, I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money and getting fat and opening gifts. Indulging.
But when Christmas finally comes, and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach, and you’re lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world. It doesn’t matter if everything isn’t actually good. It’s the one time of the year when pretending is enough.” 

Thoughts

One thing I’m struggling about this book is it really a good representation of Schizophrenia? I have no idea because I’ve never dealt with it nor know anyone that is. However, I will say that I think it’s awesome that the author wrote a book about it. The world is filled with all kinds of different people. We all have our struggles. We all have a history. We all have stories that deserve to be told.

I struggled a little bit on what to rate this book. There was some mystery to it that I enjoyed. I liked the characters, but I also didn’t see myself connecting with any of them. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn’t think anything really fun and interested happened in the story.

At first I was a little put off by our main character, Alex. I thought she was kind of mean. She had a problem with name calling people and that bothered me. Eventually she started to grow on me. I also really enjoyed Miles. Miles is such a complex character and he made my heart smile. There were also fun side characters that I wish we could have gotten to know more of.

Over, I thought it was a neat story. It kept me engaged. It was also hard to put the book down. I think the things that bugged me most about this book were some of the events that took place and the ending. I thought the ending was perfect but then it kept going. I didn’t like that.

 

Sunday Spotlight [1]

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Spotlight Sunday is a book  meme the basic idea is that you share any book you want to put in the spotlight! Created by Closet Readers and Baliesussman@ Nerdinnewyork.

 Formal Rules

Because us bloggish people love rules

  1.  Make a post about a book you think deserves the spotlight for the week linking back to Closet Readers and Nerdinnewyork
  2. Share the post on the Goodreads group.

Not a rule but it would be great if you used the #SpotlightSunday to share the meme that way we can find you… Thanks!


BruiserFirst Line:

“If he touches her, I swear I’m going to rip out his guts with my bare hands and send them to his next of kin for lunch.”

Synopsis: 

Tennyson is not surprised, really, when his family begins to fall apart, or when his twin sister, Brontë, starts dating the misunderstood bully, Brewster (or The Bruiser, as the entire high school calls him). Tennyson is determined to get to the bottom of The Bruiser’s reputation, even if it means gearing up for a fight. Brontë, on the other hand, thinks there’s something special underneath that tough exterior. And she’s right…but neither she nor Tennyson is prepared for the truth of what lies below the surface. Told through Tennyson, Brontë, and Bruiser’s points of view, this dark, twisting novel explores friendship, family, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.

Goodreads / Amazon

I absolutely loved this novel. I don’t remember too much of what happened because I read it back in 2011, but I remember it was one of my favorite books that year. This is one of those rare books that moved me in ways no other book has. It was powerful and deep and beautiful. I loved the message it had and the ending was a total shocker. (: