Friday Reads | The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

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This week has brought a mixture of good and bad things. Focusing on the positives, I found out yesterday I got a Distinction grade for my first year of college! I won’t lie, I was completely shocked, but I’m really happy that my hard work (and procrastination haha) paid off.

I also had an awesome delivery yesterday,  – but you might be surprised to find that it wasn’t books, actually. It’s possible I’m working on starting a little bookish business…but I’m not going to share any more details just yet!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane

I’m loving this book at the moment! I’m close to the end, so my review should be up sometime next week!

According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.

Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There’s her cabinmate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar.

But amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover’s earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.

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Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

I published my review of this book a few days ago! Though I had a few issues with it, I did enjoy it!

When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

And that’s it for today’s post! What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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August Reading Update

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So far, August has been a pretty slow reading month for me. I’m feeling sort of stuck on my current read, which I’ll talk about in a little bit, because right now I have exciting news to sort of share!

I can’t say exactly what I’m up to because there’s still a chance of it not happening, but I will say this: it involves books and candles (which is a rather obvious hint, if you ask me)!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

I’m sort of at a standstill with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying this series and the book itself is good! My issue is I went straight from reading the second novel to this one, and to be quite frank, I need a little bit of a break from fantasy.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (The Original Screenplay) by J. K. Rowling

I’m also currently reading this screenplay! It’s no secret that I haven’t read the Harry Potter series (don’t judge me, I will eventually, I’m sure!), so I’m pretty behind on the wizarding world. But after watching the movie of Fantastic Beasts with my friends last week and loving the plot behind it, I decided to read this! I haven’t really had a chance to get into it, but I’m hoping to have some time tomorrow to just read!

What I’m hoping to read next:

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

I’m really fancying a contemporary at the moment, but I’m sticking with my two current reads until I’ve finished them!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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August TBR!

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I bought a lot of books last month, so I really need to use this month to catch up with my physical TBR (because it’s sort of out of control). And since I’m off on summer holidays at the moment, it’s the perfect time to get some reading done!

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

Hello Me, It’s You edited by Hannah Todd

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.

This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realising she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.

I love the idea of this book! I’m sure it’s going to be an emotional read, but it sounds like a truly wonderful novel. I’m really looking forward to delving into this one as soon as I’ve finished my current read.

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

I used to read books by this author when I was younger, so when I saw this novel was being published, I immediately wanted to read it. It just so happened that at YALC I managed to snag a proof copy of this book, so I’m hoping to read it soon!

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she’d kept an eye on her sister, if only she’d sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only… 
Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula’s ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.
But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.

I’ve read a book by Nielsen before (We Are All Made of Molecules) and really enjoyed it, and thought Optimists sounded like something I’d enjoy! This is another book I picked up at YALC (along with matching Pessimist and Optimist badges), and I’m excited to read it.

What are you planning on reading this August?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Books I’m Taking To YALC!

I’m going to YALC this weekend and I’m so excited! I thought I’d share with you guys the books I’m taking (though most of them are featured on my July Book-Haul post)!

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A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

My Review

This series is amazing. I’m currently reading the third book, and I love it! A Gathering of Shadows is my favourite book in the series, and I’m feeling like it could be the best fantasy I’ve read this year. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to see the author and get it signed!

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

My Review

This book is truly wonderful – it gives an honest insight into the mind of someone who has OCD AND is packed to the brim with feminism, so what’s not to love? I can’t recommend this book enough, because it really is brilliant.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’m so intrigued by this books synopsis! I got it on my iPhone originally, but I can’t read on my phone (which I really should’ve thought of before downloading it, but oh well), so I bought the book! I’m excited to read this one soon, and I hope I can meet the author!

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If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

My Review

This novel was such a sweet read! I really enjoyed it, and with it being the first ARC I’ve been sent, I’m so excited to hopefully meet the author. The books layout is rather unique as well, with sections of script and quotes intermingling with standard prose, which really added to the reading experience in a great way!

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I love this novel! It’s such a clever, amazing book and words can’t fully describe how I feel about it, so I’ll just say that I have all of the feels. It would be amazing to meet this author, but the signing clashes with V. E. Schwab’s, and I don’t know how long it’ll take with queuing, so I think I might have to make a tough choice about who I go and see.

And that’s all the books I’m taking! I’ve got to say, I’m so proud of myself – I initially decided to take fourteen books, but quickly changed my mind after the weight of the books, and the completely realistic notion there are books for sale and I’m something of a book hoarder.

Have you read any of these books? Have you ever been to, or are you going to, YALC?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Book Harmony | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I recently rediscovered the wonders of listening to music whilst reading, and realised I haven’t done a book and music pairing in such a long time! I’m hoping to write more posts including music in the coming weeks, especially Book Harmonys. Anyway, on with today’s post!

I read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare when it published earlier this year, and I loved it. In my review, I all but swoon over it, and I’ve paired it with a song I love!

Kiss & Tell by You Me At Six

This song reminds me of Kieran and Mark’s relationship, and it’s one hell of a good song. I loved Kieran being so involved in LoS (and you might wonder how many ships I can include this dude in? The answer is a lot.), and I feel like we really see him evolve as a character. He’s still something of an enigma to us, but that’s half of the fun. Mark is just a sweetheart (and a bit like with Kieran, there are quite a few ships including him, too)!

What song would you pair with this book?

Thanks!

– Emma

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July Book-Haul!

I’m going to YALC this month and I’m so excited! I’ve already planned my schedule out, and have resigned myself to the fact that I’m going to have to take a cabin bag on wheels so my back doesn’t break from carrying all of the books. I just know that I won’t be able to refrain from buying books whilst I’m there haha!

Here are some books I ordered to take with me to YALC:

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A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light by V. E Schwab

I really enjoyed the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, so I definitely wanted to carry on with the series. I then found out that the author is going to be at YALC (eek!) and couldn’t help but buy the rest of the books to take with me!

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How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, and I loved it! Am I Normal Yet? was such a touching novel, and it was full to the brim with feminism, so I’m looking forward to that aspect being in this book, too!

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve heard a lot about this author recently, and I’m hoping this book holds up to all the good things I’ve heard about it! I’m intrigued by the synopsis, and I can’t wait to see where the plots goes.

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Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Um, I seriously wish I’d looked up reviews of this book before buying it because I’m having some issues with what I’ve read about it now. I can’t really say why or what, because I haven’t read the book myself and don’t want to spread anything in case it isn’t correct, but there seems to be a lack of understanding as to what sexism is when it comes to this novel.

Have you read any of these books?

Thanks!

– Emma

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July Reading Update & New Blog

I’m sad to say I think I’m in dangerous reading-slump territory at the moment. I have more free time on my hands, but I seem to be reading less and less as the days go on. I’m hoping that with YALC coming up I’ll be able to shake this slump off and start reading properly again though!

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This book is really important! I’m just struggling to read it because it feels so close to home, if that makes sense, but I’m really excited because it’s full to the brim of feminism, and I’m hoping when I go to YALC I’ll meet Holly Bourne!

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I finished reading this book a couple of weeks back, and I recently posted my review, which you can check out here. I really enjoyed this book, and just ordered the second book to read! I’m also hoping to see Schwab at YALC too!

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How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne or Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin

I have so many books on my TBR at the moment. I’m thinking I’ll either read the next book in Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club series, or Virginia Bergin’s new novel. But who knows, it could be a different book entirely!

On to the second part of my post!

If you’ve been a reader of The Book Crunch for a while now, you’ll know that I’m rather prone to making new blogs all the time. The Book Crunch is actually the only blog I’ve ever really stuck with though (this blog is my baby haha), but I have some exciting news!

My friends and I are starting a blog together! I’m not going to share any links yet because it’s still a work in progress, but I’m so excited about it! The new blog is all about feminism, and will likely feature posts about the strive for equality, not just in terms of sexism.

I’ll be posting more details about it soon!

Have you read any of these books?

Thanks!

– Emma

Read On!