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.

I recently finished:

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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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Book Review | Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publishers: Soul Mate Publishing

Publication Date: 30th November, 2016

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Disclaimer: Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I’m feeling so conflicted about this novel. Did I enjoy it? To my surprise, yes! I didn’t expect the novel to face the heavy topics that it did, so it wasn’t the fluffy romance I initially thought it would be (which is a good thing!). But though I enjoyed it, I still had a few big issues with it.

As the story progresses, readers quickly become aware of Brie’s mental illness, and it kind of shocked me. We’re warned in the synopsis that it isn’t appropriate for younger readers, but I think a specific trigger warning would have been more appropriate due to this books nature – there was a lot of heavy topics in this novel that affect people of all ages. I really wish books were published with trigger warnings, but that’s a fight for another day.

Our characters were an interesting bunch. When we’re first introduced to main character Jake, I didn’t like him. He seemed like someone that purely judges a persons worth by the way they look, and a few remarks he made about girls made me cringe (I found myself cringing quite a lot). It seemed like he was interested in every pretty girl he walked past.

However, without giving away any spoilers, about halfway through the book we see a change in Jake. The way his character developed throughout the novel was really positive to see, and I’m glad he stopped acting like such a douche. (Not to say he didn’t still have his worse moments, though.)

‘Jake gazed into her eyes and smiled with the short pause, then leaned down to whisper the next words in her ear as it was announced from the stage,

“We – are Sublime Karma.”‘

Brie is our other main character, and I’m not entirely sure what to think about her. I don’t know a lot about self-harm, so I honestly can’t comment on how accurately it has been portrayed in this novel. With the anxiety side to it, I could relate a little bit – we see her zone out a lot, and although sometimes I found it a bit too out of place, I could appreciate what the author was trying to do – concentration issues are a very common thing when it comes to anxiety.

In the book we’re also introduced to Brie’s brother (who I didn’t really like), and her mom. I would’ve liked to have seen her mother involved a bit more, but I also feel like her lack of presence was a clever thing to do – it really made it obvious to me the type of relationship Brie and her mother shared.

This is the type of book I’d sort of expect to see on Wattpad – which isn’t a bad thing at all (I used to be quite addicted to Wattpad stories a few years back). It’s almost like a guilty pleasure read – you know it’s not the best story in the world, and perhaps the characters aren’t the best either, but you sort of can’t help but like it.

 

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I had two main issues with this book: the detail and the grammar. I felt like there wasn’t really enough description in some places, which often led to me being confused. And I found quite a lot of mistakes in a grammatical aspect – commas repeatedly in the wrong place, and just a few other things.

I found the last two pages very cute (what can I say? I guess I am a sucker for romance after all). Though I did have issues with this book, I undeniably enjoyed it, and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to read Sublime Karma! It’s not something I’d usually go looking for, and it’s made me realise that branching out of my comfort zone isn’t a bad idea!

Topic Awareness:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Abuse
  • Death
  • Suicide

Thanks!

– Emma

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Friday Reads | Sublime Karma

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Friday Reads is the new name of my Reading Update posts! I’m trying to organise my blog by adding/renaming segments, and setting up a personal schedule to keep to, so you can expect to see a few more changes coming to my posts!

Anyway, let’s get on with today’s post.

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Sublime Karma

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

The author of this novel was kind enough to send me a review copy of this book, which arrived yesterday! I’m struggling with it a little bit, as it’s different to the contemporaries I usually go for, but it seems to be getting better the more I read! I’m intrigued to see where the story is going!

I recently finished:

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

ACOL was the perfect ending to a perfect series (okay, not entirely perfect, but what is perfect anyway? Flaws are a part of life)! The ending made me all emotional, but I’m okay with that (I’m not okay with some of the fates of certain characters, but I’ll manage haha). My review will hopefully be up some time this weekend, so keep an eye out for it!

Have you read any of these novels, or are they on your TBR?

Thanks!

– Emma

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I Own More TBR Than Read Books

Today I’m bringing you guys a brand new segment on the blog called Bookworm’s Confess, because I figured it was about time to tell you guys all of my bookish secrets. And I’m hoping I’ll be able to coax a few bookish secrets out of you guys, too!

 

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Today’s secret is one of my own, and it’s not something I’m particularly proud of.

There was a time that my personal library consisted of a much smaller collection of books, my TBR was sort of under control, and Goodreads was really a necessity to find new books to read and purchase.

That was years ago. Now, that small collection of books has grown and expanded, and I’m the proud owner of a hoard of books. But my secret isn’t that I kind of have an addiction to buying books. My secret (which you already know if you’ve read this posts title) is that the majority of the books I own are unread.

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Yeah, you read that right. I know it sounds terrible, but it’s the truth: I buy books faster than I read them, and it’s something I’m sort of ashamed to say. But there, it’s off my chest! Now, time to explain:

A lot of the books I own I have read. For a while I had a pretty similar amount of read and unread books – read books always making up the majority of my mini hoard. That is, until the last couple of months.

With all these new 2017 releases being irresistible, the scales have tipped in the unread piles favour, and I’ve found myself to be in a rather sticky situation: I’m surrounded by unread books, and I keep adding more to the list.

On the one hand, having so many unread books is great. I always have reading material at my fingertips – and a variety of books to choose from, at that. On the other, it’s a bit overwhelming to have so many books waiting to be read  And I can’t really afford to go buying new releases (though of course I still do, haha), which is hard because the awesome bloggers I follow are always raving about books that sound great!

Some of you are probably wondering why I don’t go on a book buying ban, or give away some of the books I’m not really that interested in reading anymore. And they’re great questions, for sure – but my issue is:

  1. I don’t have the will to stick to a ban. I’ve tried before, and I failed miserably.
  2. MY BOOKS ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO GIVE AWAY ARE YOU JOKING?!

Haha! So it seems I’m stuck with this terrible ratio of read to unread books at the moment. I seriously need to get my read on!

But there you have it! My secret is out! If you’d be interested in perhaps talking about your own bookish confessions on my blog, you can either leave a comment, or contact me by:

Email: emmajanebug@gmail.com

Instagram: @thebookcrunch

Twitter: @thebookcrunch

Thanks!

– Emma

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Wednesday Recs | Rainbow Rowell

 

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I love every book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell – no matter the genre, her books always have this undeniable sense of realism, and it’s a truly wonderful thing. How she expresses emotions through her writing is so honest, and I adore it.

I originally thought about recommending just one of her books, but I couldn’t decide which one, and figured because they’re all so great, I’d recommend them all (well, the ones I’ve read anyway)!

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Amazon | Goodreads

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Fangirl

Fangirl

Amazon | Goodreads

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Carry On

Carry On

Amazon | Goodreads

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

These three books are truly amazing, and I really loved every single one. Eleanor & Park was such an honest novel, Fangirl is the perfect contemporary, and Carry On has one of the cutest love stories in YA fiction.

If you haven’t read a book by Rainbow Rowell yet, I can’t recommend these novels enough!

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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