Bookish Birthday Wish List!

Hey guys!

Whenever my birthday comes around, I always try to convince myself that this time, I won’t just ask for books – I’ll think of something else to ask for so I don’t add to my already huge physical TBR, but every single year, my wish list is always full of books. I just can’t help it; I’m a bookworm!

Here are the books I’m wishing for this birthday:

Save the Date

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

I love the novels I’ve already read by Morgan Matson, and this one sounds as if it’ll be just as wonderful as them! I’ve wanted to read it since I heard about it, so this is one I’m definitely wishing for.

(On a side note: I recently wrote a review for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, which you can check out here!)

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

This novel isn’t being released for a few months yet, but the special edition is available to pre-order on Waterstones, and I so need it! I love the Shadowhunter world, and I’d love to have this special edition of the book.

The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book comes out at the end of October, but it’s another one I want to pre-order. I love The Lux series (more specifically, I love Daemon), and I’ve reread it so many times! I can’t wait for this book to be published!

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

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The movie adaptation of this novel came out a couple of days ago, and as soon as I started watching it, I instantly realised that I need to read the novel. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny is a series that I love rereading, so I know I’ll enjoy this book, too.

(P.S: I absolutely loved the film; the story was so cute and touching, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to!)

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie?!

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | Mini Book Review

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Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: May 17th, 2018

My Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it’s not simply a matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other.

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I like contemporaries that have cute romances and deal with real issues, and Starry Eyes was one of those contemporaries. This novel saw our characters go through difficult experiences (such as the loss of a parent, family struggles, and suicide), but it wasn’t a heavy read; it didn’t go very in-depth, but there was enough detail that I felt these issues were appropriately addressed. It also faced other small issues that still have a big effect on life, like falling out with friends and such.

Zorie, our main character, plans out every detail of her life, and I particularly liked how the novel touched upon how planning everything affected her life, and lightly explored what had led to her feeling like the only way to live was to plan everything out.

‘There’s comfort in knowing that when your plans fall apart, you can survive. That the worst thing imaginable can happen, but you can get through it.’

If a cute romance and real-life issues aren’t enough to make you add this book to your TBR, I’ll say this: diversity! This novel has diverse characters, which was so wonderful to see. Representation is essential, and I’m so glad this book had some.

And I have to mention the cover of this book! I own two of Jenn Bennett’s books, and they’re both so pretty. I’m so happy that the story lived up to its lovely cover!

Overall, this book was a cute read that had a unique twist for me, because I haven’t really read any books that include camping before (I hate camping myself, but it was interesting the journey they went on in this book – it reminded me a little bit of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour which I read beforehand), and it felt like a great contemporary to read during the summer.

If this book sounds like one for you, you can get it from Amazon here!

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Topic Awareness:

  • Death (and suicide – not descriptive)

August TBR!

Hey guys!

As you may have noticed, I haven’t really been active on here consistently in a while. Life’s been keeping me busy, but I’m determined to make time for my blog! I haven’t read as much either, and I’m really behind on my Goodreads challenge – but it’s summer, so I’m hoping to catch up a bit.

Here are the books I’m hoping to read this month:

Since You've Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is a wonderful author, and I love the two contemporaries I’ve read by her! I decided to buy this one after reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (you can read my review of that book here!), so I have high hopes for this one.

The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I bought this book a month or two ago, and I’m hoping to get round to it soon! I think it’s going to be an emotional read, but I think the message it’ll convey is an important one.

Talon (Talon, #1)

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I was bought this book years ago, and I started it and I was hooked. I was only a few chapters away from finishing it when for some reason, I put it down and never reached the end. But I’ve decided now is the time to delve back into it – I read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and really liked it, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this book!

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And that’s my August TBR! I’m such a mood reader now that planning what I’m going to read is normally a futile attempt, but I’m going to try and stick to these!

I’m hoping I actually manage three, as well – I seem to start so many novels, get close to the end, and then put them down and forget about them. I have so many unfinished reads it’s ridiculous!

Personal Update!

Last month was Camp Nanowrimo, and I decided to take part! I’ve had a couple of goes at Nanowrimo before, but have always faced the end of the month with a very little amount of words written, and hopes completely depleted of ever writing a novel.

However, not this time! I’m so happy to say that I finally did it: I completed Camp Nanowrimo and hit my word goal!

Winner 2018

I ended up writing just over fifty-thousand words in thirty days, which is the most I’ve written for a single project ever. Now comes the editing part, and trying to fix all of the plot holes I know are lurking around everywhere – but I’m giving myself a break for a few days!

Have you read any of the books on my August TBR? Did you take part in Camp Nanowrimo this year?

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson | Book Review

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 4th May, 2010

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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This novel had been sitting on my shelf for years unread, because whenever I picked it up, I never seemed to be in the mood for it. I’d pretty much given up on the idea of ever actually reading it – it was just going to be one of those books that I couldn’t get rid of but would never end up reading.

A few weeks ago though, I found myself in the mood for a contemporary, and saw this book sitting on my shelf and decided I’d give it another go. I’ve so desperately wanted to find myself hooked in it ever time I’ve tried to read it, because Second Chance Summer by this author is so wonderful, and I wanted this novel to be as great as that one.

And I’m so happy to say that after all these years, I loved it.

‘The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.’

I really enjoyed reading about our main character, Amy, and the emotional journey detour she ends up taking with Roger. There’s a lot of learning and healing that takes place, and as a reader I feel like there’s a lot that can be taken from this novel. It explores grief and how differently it affects people, and looks at other hard-hitting subjects, too.

And there was a really sweet romance aspect, as well. It made my heart fill up with feels throughout the book!

There were really cute additions to the normal prose which I liked – travel journal entries and playlists feature at the end of each chapter, and different photos and receipts are dotted throughout the book as well. It just added to the reading experience in a positive way.

‘We can’t know what’s going to happen. We can just try to figure it out as we go along.’

There are some books that tear your heart apart, but slowly put it back together again, until you feel more complete upon finishing it than you did before beginning it. This is one of those books. It had me laughing, it had me shedding a few tears, it had me feeling everything – and it was just wonderful.

I found it very inspiring. It’s about how you can’t predict what’s going to happen in your life, but you have to keep going because things work out in the end; don’t let yourself get stuck in the past!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is the perfect contemporary read for the summer, and you can get it from Amazon here! I’m so ready to take a trip across America after reading this book haha!

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Topic Awareness:

  • Death
  • Addiction (Drug)

Book & Bake | Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies!

 

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Hey guys!

I’m currently facing my last week of college ever, and instead of focusing on the ever important question of what the heck am I going to do with my life?!, I’ve been baking. A lot.

I’m actually baking more than I am reading at the moment, and so I thought if I can’t blog about books, I can try and blog about what I’ve been baking instead. But then I thought: why not meld the two? My blog is called The Book Crunch after all, so here is the first post in a new segment I’m calling Book & Bake!

In these posts, I’m going to be pairing a book with what I’ve baked. The bake will either be decorated to match the book, or I’ll just be recommending a novel I’ve read and enjoyed!

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I stumbled across these cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies on Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is full to the brim of other delicious treats to make, so you should definitely check it out!

The first thing I have to explain is that my cookies ended up not being red velvet, because someone kind of forgot to check if she had red food colouring or not before starting. I did try and substitute the red for pink, but it had no effect, so basically they’re just chocolate cookies. But they’re filled with cream cheese frosting goodness, and that makes up for my complete failure on the red velvet side of things.

Here are some of the cookies:

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(Sorry for the bad photo!)

The recipe was really easy to follow, and except for a few mishaps with the cream cheese filling oozing out of a few cookies, I think they actually turned out okay! I think if I were to make them again, I’d probably use a bit more cream cheese in the filling, and maybe include chocolate chips, because chocolate in cookies is wonderful. And, of course, make sure I have red food colouring!

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The book I chose for this weeks Book & Bake was originally picked because I thought the red and white of the cookies would match the cover, but the cookies didn’t quite turn out to plan. Oh well!

The book I’m recommending is…

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light – until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable…and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King’s men, she’s taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her – and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she’s spent her whole life withholding.

 

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This year hasn’t been great so far on the reading front for me, but as soon as I picked this book up, I was hooked. I read it in just over three days, which is the fastest I’ve read a book all year. It’s a pretty cliched story, but sometimes cliches are exactly what you’re in the mood for! My review of this one will be up soon!

Have you read Frostblood?! What type of cookies are your favourite?!

Thanks!

– Emma

Read On!

June Anticipated Releases!

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Hey guys!

All year I’ve been completely out of the loop when it comes to new YA book releases, meaning I’ve been missing out on some awesome reads! So I’ve decided in order to make myself more aware, I’m going to go through Goodreads at the beginning of every month and see what’s being released. I’ll then make a post and talk about which books I’m most looking forward to!

I feel like this is only going to result in my TBR pile growing even more excessive, but oh well! Here are the releases I’m most anticipating this month:

Save the Date

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I heard about this book a few months ago, and since then I’ve been waiting for it’s release! It sounds like a book I’ll really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

(Side note: I read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson a while back, and I remember absolutely loving it. It broke my heart, but it was a wonderful novel and I can’t recommend it enough!)

The Art of French Kissing

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

This book sounds like it’s going to be a sweet contemporary, perfect for reading in the garden on a sunny day! And whilst eating yummy snacks, of course.

Fat Girl on a Plane

 Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I think this novel sounds really promising – it’s supposed to be about body positivity and loving yourself, and I’m all for that. I’ve seen mixed reviews, but I’m hoping for the best!

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I love books that take place over the summer months, so I was instantly drawn to this because of the name. I’m looking forward to reading a book told from four sisters POVs!

What are some of your anticipated reads for this month?!

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May Wrap-Up!

Hey guys!

May has been a busy month for me – I’ve had a bunch of assignment deadlines for college and exams, and I’ve just completely let stress overtake me. I’m currently nine books behind my Goodreads schedule, and I’m thinking I might not complete my challenge this year if I don’t get my read on!

 

Books I’ve Read…

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty #1) by Rosamund Hodge

My feelings on this book are very much mixed! I’ll be posting my review soon, so watch out for it!

Goodreads synopsis:

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Teardrop (Teardrop, #1)

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

I finished this book a couple of days ago, and I enjoyed it! I still need to write a review for this one!

Goodreads synopsis:

Never, ever cry… 

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?

Posts…

April Wrap-Up!

Remix by Non Pratt | Book Review

May Book Haul!

My Fave YA Books About Mental Health!

Hay Festival 2018!

This month hasn’t been great on the reading front (actually, this year hasn’t been great for reading at all, but oh well), but I’ve blogged more than I have been recently, which I’m happy about!

What books have you read this month?!

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