Reading wrap up / July 2017

From least favorite to my favorite read of the month

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON WRAP UP / 2017

My TBR

1. Read a book with a person on the cover

★★.5

YA/NA, Contemporary

This is the typical cliché YA romance. We follow Jessa, who has a secret crush on her brother’s best friend. One summer he notices her and falls in love with her. They suddenly start a secret romance but they have to hide their relationship from her abusive father and her brother. Kit (the love interest) gets redeployed to Irak and drama ensues. The characters are one dimensional and the story wasn’t very original. If you like a lot of drama you will like this but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

2. Read a hyped book

★★★★★

YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

This was an absolute heartbreaking but beautiful story. I fell in love with Adam Silvera’s writing style. His writing style feels authentic to the voice of a teenage boy. He writes beautifully about grief and captures exactly how a human being experiences grief. Grief is messy and Griffin shows you how difficult it is to deal with it. I loved Griffin because he felt realistic. He made a lot of mistakes and screwed up but that’s what humans do, we are not perfect. I loved the way Adam Silvera’s split the chapters up. There were chapters from the past when Griffin started a relationship with Theo and the present when Theo dies and you slowly discover how they ended up broken up and Griffin hanging out with Theo’s new boyfriend. This is a raw and beautiful book and I’ll be definitely reading other books from Adam in the future.

3. Finish a book in one day

★★★.5

YA, Fantasy, Novella

This novella is part of the Remnant Chronicles and sheds some light on an important historical backstory that is often talked about in the series. I really liked this novella, it didn’t wow me but I appreciate learning more about this complex world.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you

I was supposed to read this in the weekend when I came back from Greece but I left immediately for France afterwards so I only read 1/4 of this novella but I plan on continuing it because it was fascinating so far. I love getting some backstory on a villain.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors

★★★★.5

Poetry collection

Absolutely fell in love with her modern poetry. I might go more in depth in a separate review about the poems but I loved them and I will pick up more. The poems hit hard and I loved some more but overall this collection was a win.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover

★★★

Graphic Novel

I liked the “Stranger Things” vibe I got from this Graphic Novel but I wasn’t blown away by it. The art style stands out the most but the characters felt very unrealistic. These are supposedly 12 year olds but they acts like 18 year olds. I also find it odd that is a graphic novel about girls but the team that created this story consists of men. I don’t think I’ll continue this series honestly.

7. Read 7 books

Obviously did not read 7 book because I unexpectedly left for France right after Greece but I’ll try to read this in August. I am happy with having read 5 books even if I didn’t stick to my original TBR.

I hope your BookTube-A-Thon went well! Tell me in the comments your favorite book you read that week.

BOOKTUBE-A-THON / TBR 2017

The BookTube-A-Thon runs from the 24th of July till the 30th of July and is organised by Ariel Bissett on YouTube.

Here is my TBR according to the challenges.

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

  1.  Read a book with a person on the cover. 
  2.  Read a hyped book.
     OR

  3. Finish a book in one day. 
  4.  Read about a character that is very different from you.
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
       
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.
     OR

Please tell me down below what I should get to ASAP and your most anticipated read for the Booktubeathon! 

First Date / Book Tag

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo had an interesting concept going on but something was lacking for me. I think the characters were underwhelming. The only character I found interesting was The Darkling. I overall loved the story line so I hope that the main character (and Mal) get more developed in Siege and Storm.

2. The cheap first date –a book that turned out less than you expected

★★

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The problem here was the hype. We were getting only positive reviews from people that got ARCs and I hyped myself up for this book. The story and the setting were bland. The descriptions were not whimsical and I felt like the author only scratched the surface. The story nor the characters had any depth. Stephanie’s writing was too simple for this story. When I hear carnival , I expect a lush and poetic writing style that fits the setting which I didn’t get. The characters were so boring and one dimensional so ultimately this turned out to be less than I expected.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected

When I read the synopsis for The Kiss of Deception, I thought this was going to be a cliché fantasy story but oh boy I was wrong. The first book does contain some typical YA tropes (love triangle) but the next books get so complex and interesting, it kind of blows my mind. The politics are definitely the most developed and complex aspect of this series. If you enjoy romance with politic intrigue, I highly recommend this series.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside

★★

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a huge disappointing for me. The cover is absolutely stunning but Alexandra’s writing style was horrible for me. I felt like I couldn’t get through a sentence without falling a sleep. I have no idea why but her writing is heavy. The concept of this story sounded promising but ultimately fell flat for me. But what a nice cover!

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it

★★★★

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor.  Booktubers and bloggers kept saying “go into this book without knowing anything” and I did that and I agree. This book is so mysterious, you need to go into it blind. It such a delight to discover the world that Laini Taylor has created. I did the same for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I have never been disappointed with her books.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast

★★★★★

The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I read this 620 page book in 2 days! I was studying for test, I decided to pick up this book and ended up finishing the day after. I was so engrossed with the story and the characters, I couldn’t stop reading. When I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about it.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I read this one after reading the whole Throne of Glass series in one go and I was so overwhelmed by that series that I never finished An Ember in the Ashes but I’ll pick it back up in the future.

 

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard

★★

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book was trying too hard to be a creepy, thriller YA book. I just couldn’t stand anyone in this story and the intrigue and suspense was lack luster.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you

★★★★★

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor did everything right for me.

  1. interesting and captivating characters
  2. forbidden love story
  3. magical and inventive world
  4. beautiful writing style

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason

I’ll never be embarrassed by what I read but a cringy covers were definitely the original covers for the Off Campus by Elle Kennedy. I waited to buy the new covers because I couldn’t read the books where you have half naked men on the cover. No thank you!