Contemporary Summer Reads

 

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Summer is a wonderful time to be a bookworm, in my opinion. It’s long days filled with reading under the sun without a care in the world (well, if you’re still a student and don’t have a job, otherwise I’m sure you have lots of other things to care about).

When I picture summer, the first image that pops into my head is reading a nice contemporary book on the beach – and that’s exactly how I’m hoping to spend some of my summer days!

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

 

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I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about it earlier this year! Does it not sound like the ultimate bookworm love story haha?! I’m hoping to buy this one soon so I can read it over the summer.

If you’ve read it, what did you think?

Goodreads synopsis:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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I received this book last Christmas and I still haven’t read it! I feel like this contemporary is perfect for reading in the heat of summer, so I’m hoping I’ll get round to it soon! I read How To Love by Cotugno a few years back and remember feeling very conflicted over how I felt about it, but I have high hopes for this book!

Goodreads synopsis:

Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer–99 days–with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly’s heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe wouldn’t quit till he got me to come to this party, and I’m surprised to find I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me–and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It sounds like it’s going to be so emotional, and I can already imagine the many tears I’ll shed when I read it.

Goodreads synopsis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

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One of my bookish besties (the awesome Sophie from Mind of A Book Dragon) told me how awesome (yet heartbreaking) this book is, so of course I went and bought it as soon as I could. I’m hoping to read this book soon, though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cope with the feels!

Goodreads synopsis:

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

And those are a few of the books I’m hoping to read this summer!

Are any of these books on your summer TBR?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Bookish Quotes | June Edition

 

June has been a really good reading month for me, and I’ve come across some lovely quotes! I thought it might be quite nice to start a monthly post sharing my favourite quotes from the books I’ve read that month, so I figure I’d give it a go!

Here are some quotes that I liked this month!

 

 

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a beautiful, touching novel; I adore it, and I love this quote because it’s so true. There are so many quotes I could’ve picked from this novel, but I thought I’d share this one. I can’t recommend this book enough!

You can check out my review of this book here.

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I loved this novel! I originally picked it up because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked really good, but I completely wasn’t expecting the book to be as amazing as it was!

You can check out my review of Everything, Everything here!

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If Birds Fly Back is such a lovely novel! I enjoyed reading it so much, and I’m so appreciative that I got to read it before it comes out (which, dependent on where you are in the world, is from the 27th of this month!).

You can check out my review here!

Have you come across any quotes you like recently?

Thanks!

– Emma

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June Wish List

This months wish list is going to be short because of this very sad reason: I own too many books. Well, that’s not quite true – let me rephrase that: I own too many unread books.

It’s true. I’ve fallen a victim to addiction of the book variety, and I need some help. Or rather, I need to stay ignorant to all the new shiny releases that look amazing and try to draw me in with temptation.

So, I’m going on a mini-book buying ban: I’m limiting myself to buying only one book a month until I can get my physical TBR down to a more reasonable number.

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However, it wouldn’t be a wish list if it was made up of just one book. Here’s a few books I’m wishing for this month:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I’ve been anticipating this book for a few months now, and I’m so ready for it to be published later this month!

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Be True to Me

Be True To Me by Adele Griffin

I only recently came across this book, and I’m intrigued by the synopsis! This book releases today, and you can get it from Amazon here!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book sounds so emotional, and after seeing all of the great reviews of it, I had to add it to my wish list!

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

These are some of the books I’m wishing for this month! What books are you wanting to read this June?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Reading Update!

With only a few weeks of college left until the summer holidays, I’m already dreaming of days in the sun reading books (and I say this staring out the window as the rain pours down – good old British weather there haha).

And I’m happy to say I’m reading more than usual –  I feel like the slump I’ve had lingering over me for about a year now has finally lifted! I finished reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard yesterday, and I enjoyed it so much. My review will be up sometime this weekend, so watch for it!

I also have some other good (non-bookish) news: I finished my last exam today – yay! Now I have even more time on my hands to read books, and hopefully to blog, too.

Anyway, on with the reading update!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

 

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If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?

Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.

As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.

I got some awesome book-mail last week! I saw on Twitter that My Kinda Book had a few ARCs of If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak up for grabs, so I asked for one and I’m so happy I’ve received it. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to be reviewing this book before its release; I’ll hopefully be starting it later today!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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May Wrap-Up!

The month of May has gone in the blink of an eye, and I can’t believe we’re halfway into 2017 already.

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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

My Review | Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, and gave it four out of five stars! I did have a couple of issues with it, but overall it was a great YA contemporary.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My Review | Goodreads

The Queen that is Cassandra Clare released the second book in her most recent series, and it was amazing! I loved it, and I’m not sure how I’m going to cope until the third book is published in 2019 (which is literally years away; I could cry). However, I’m sure it’ll be more than worth the wait!

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Book Harmony | A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Quick Reading Update | May

I Want More Books | May Wish List

Why Being A Bookworm In Exam Season Sucks

Pinterest + Other Shenanigans!

Lord of Shadows Release Day!!

Fun Fact: My May Wish List post came true! I bought all three books that I was wishing for this month, and I finished reading one today (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – my review will be up some time next week). I’m so happy to have these books!

This month has been an interesting one for sure. I sat my first exam last week, and this time next week I’ll have no more exams for the year – whoop! I’ve still got a few college assignments to work on, but I feel much less stressed, and I’m reading more than usual, which is awesome! Maybe I’ll be able to bring my physical TBR down to less than a hundred books (I joke but help – my bookshelves are overflowing).

What have you read this month?

Thanks!

 – Emma

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Book Review | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Publishers: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 23rd May, 2017

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear-before it’s too late.

*Read this post at your own discretion: If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, there may be slight spoilers for it.*

I feel like I’ve been on an intense journey the past couple of days reading this book. I really liked it, and desperately didn’t want it to end, but I’m also relieved it did – the length of it was pretty much perfect (699 pages), though it’s easy to imagine if it had gone on for much longer I would have felt a bit overwhelmed.

I knew I was going to love this book before I read it, because it’s Cassandra Clare and I love her books, and I love the Shadowhunters franchise. This book had a lot to live up to when it came to my expectations, and it really didn’t disappoint.

‘He picked up the sketchbook, turning it so she could see his work – a gorgeous rendition of a stone bridge they’d passed, surrounded by the drooping boughs of oak trees.

“You could sketch me,” said Emma. She flung herself down onto her seat, leaning her head on her hand. “Draw me like one of your french girls.”‘

The writing was stunning, and I easily found myself lost within the story. However, I have to mention that it felt like something was missing. It was an amazing book, but I feel like this was a filler novel of sorts – a lot of stuff had to happen to get us to this point where the main story-line can play out, and though these events carried us through the book, nothing overly major happened.

I’m pretty good at guessing what things are going to happen in a book, so I’m not caught off guard most of the time. When there was something that I hadn’t anticipated, I wasn’t overly shocked though. There was none of that sudden burst of emotion where I’m like ‘OMG NO WAY’, which is a factor I’ve come to fear, but also happily expect from Cassie’s novels. However, that’s not to say I wasn’t surprised by this book: I was, and I was still desperate to know what happened next.

This series has a bunch of amazing characters. I really like our main group – Emma because name twins are cool and she’s a badass; Julian because he continuously fights for his family; Kieran and his strength; Mark with his kind heart, and Cristina for her bravery.

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There wasn’t just a focus on the main characters, though – we really got to know everyone. We uncovered a whole other side to all of the characters, and it was wonderfulI loved how Kit fit into the story (I mean he is a Herondale, so how couldn’t I love him?), and his blossoming friendship with Ty was completely ship-worthy, if you get my drift.

I thought it was awesome how diverse this novel was, too. I can honestly say I feel like Clare is one of the most realistic YA fantasy authors out there – there are characters from all different backgrounds and lifestyles, and it’s great to see so much representation. I was so happy that we explored Ty’s autism as well – I don’t have autism, but I could draw similarities between Ty and myself, and it was lovely how Kit was there for him.

I can’t actually figure out how many possible ships there are in this novel; everywhere I turn another possible OTP is blooming. (I have to quickly mention that we also encountered some characters from past Shadowhunter series, and I may have fangirled a lot slightly.)

‘“We get used to living one way, even if it’s a bad way or a hard one. When that’s gone, there’s a hole to fill. It’s in our nature to try to fill it with anxieties and fears. It can take time to fill it with good things instead.”’

I felt a bit disconnected from the ending. Not because of what happened, but because of what didn’t happen. It felt slightly lack-lustre to me, but feeling this way is definitely my own fault. I saw people hyping up the ending on Twitter, and I thought something else was going to take place which hit my heartstrings much harder (and bought tears to my eyes), but it didn’t, so what did didn’t effect me as much as it would’ve (though a certain character’s reaction made me cry a little, I’ll admit).

I wish I’d had the time to read this book in just a couple of sittings, because I think the time it takes to read a novel really effects how I think about it, and perhaps with less time to speculate I really could’ve focused on what actually happened (because there was a lot) instead of what I thought was going to happen.

There are many things I haven’t mentioned about this novel that are awesome, because my review would likely never end. This book has left me with so many questions, and I’m desperate to know the answers. I think Lady Midnight was perhaps the better book in terms of plot, but Lord of Shadows comes out on top when it comes to character depth, and sheer volume of events. I have a feeling the third and final novel of The Dark Artifices series is possibly going to be one of Cassie’s most dramatic works yet, and I can’t wait!

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence (with vivid descriptions)
  • Death (with vivid descriptions)
  • Romance / Mentions of sex

I can’t recommend this book enough! If you’ve read it, what did you think?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Pinterest + Other Shenanigans!

I’ve had Pinterest for a while now, and I’m pretty addicted to it. It’s like a haven for finding new things to experiment with, particularly when it comes to my bullet journal (which I’m planning to post about soon!).

Earlier this week I decided to start uploading my own photos to my Pinterest account, which I’m finding fun!

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You can check out my account here!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I’m hoping to read A Court of Wings and Ruin soon, I haven’t been able to start it yet because of exams and assignments coming up (I know if I start it I won’t be able to put it down or stop thinking about it).

Saying that, I’m technically reading Noteworthy by Riley Redgate at the moment, but I haven’t picked it up in a few days. Through no fault of it’s own though – I’m enjoying it a lot, I’m just busy!

In other news that isn’t related to books in the slightest, I’ve started a music blog! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that I’m notorious for starting blogs on a whim. But I”m actually studying music tech, and I’m thinking at the moment that I’d love to write about music as a career. If you’d like to check it out (and maybe give it a follow), I’d really appreciate it! You can check out Pop Punk Bliss here!

Thanks!

– Emma

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