Diversity Spotlight Thursday – 25th August

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This is a new meme that was created by Bookshelves and Paperbacks. I thought this meme was really awesome. The main point is to share books that are diverse and also from diverse authors. I myself don’t read many diverse books but I am trying to read more! So please if you did this meme comment so I can see what you recommend! All you have to do for this meme is share a book for each of the three categories! For the full announcement please check out Aimal’s

All you have to do for this meme is share a book for each of the three categories! For the full announcement please check out Aimal’s Announcement post.

Let’s get started!

Don’t worry, there isn’t any more information on the books here than on the back of them or on the goodreads synopsis. So there is hopefully no spoilers.

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

I really enjoyed this book and it was the first book I had ever read that was about homosexual couples. This book’s two main characters are Mark and Kate. They go to the same school but don’t really know each other until one night during Pride Week in San Fransisco. Mark is in love with his best friend Mark, who may or may not feel the same way and Kate has just run away from meeting a girl she has been in love with from afar!

I absolutely loved the message this book had and how fast paced it was! I have a full review on my blog, you can find it here.

 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (You could really put the whole series here).
I will be starting this book sometime this week or next as it’s on my TBR for the #ReadThemAllThon so I’m including it now before I read it.
I have watched the TV show on Netflix so I know that there is a gay romance in this book and I absolutely loved it in the TV show!
I really don’t think this book needs an explanation as it’s so popular!
I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time and that want defiantly increased after I watched the TV show. Let me know if the TV show is actually like the book because I don’t really know anyone that has watched it and read the books but I heard the Movie was nothing like the book?

Let me know if the TV show is actually like the book because I don’t really know anyone that has watched it and read the books but I heard the Movie was nothing like the book?

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First of all, can we look at this cover! It’s gorgeous!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
According to Goodreads this book is set to release November 1st
This is what I get from what I have read of the synopsis on Goodreads.
It’s based on a girl named Natasha who is a very factual based person and doesn’t believe in fate and destiny until she meets this boy in New York city and falls in love. The catch is she is 12 hours away from her family and herself being deported to Jamaica. Daniel has also never been a dreamer until he meets Natasha and now believes that fate has something in store for them.
This book sounds so interesting and I have never read a book that involves anyone being deported. So this will hopefully be an interesting and eye-opening read.

You can expect to see another post like this next Thursday as I think I will defiantly continue this meme! Let me know if you have read any of these books and let me know what you thought!

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#ReadThemAllThon Day 11 12:30pm UPDATE

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Latest Update: Day 11 – 12:30pm

Books Read:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Challenges/Gyms Completed:

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Point Scoring Challenge:

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Starting point balance: 10CP

Read 1,108 pages total: +110CP

3 Book/Badges completed: +60CP

3 Reviews completed: +60CP

150CP evolve: +50CP

Total (as of Day 11 – 12:30PM): 290CP

 

Links to reviews:

Updated Trainer Card:

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mystery
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Pages: Actual story: 352, Whole book (including interview with author and preview of Hollow City): 382
Publishers: Quirk
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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I was really skeptical about this books and this was actually my second attempt at reading it. The first time was for the BookTube-A-Thon and I choose it but I wasn’t in the mood for it but I couldn’t find anything else for that challenge that I owned, so I picked it up. After about a chapter in I closed the book and started another. I just couldn’t get into it.

So Attempt 2. I finished the book and I loved it!

Writing:
I loved the writing style. I love books that when reading you can easily visualise the place they are talking about and that was the case for this book. It was a book that I couldn’t put down until I was literally falling asleep at 3 in the morning… I also loved the addition of the pictures. It added to the effect of the book and I thought it made it a little creepier, which I loved. This isn’t a scary book, just putting that out there, at first, I thought that’s what it was meant to be. However, it’s no scarier than any other fantasy novel I have read.

Plot:
I really enjoyed the plot. It was interesting and always kept you guessing, there was only one little bit at the end that I guessed before it happened, but if you paid close attention to the story in the middle then you would guess it just like I did. I think that’s how it was meant to be. The plot was like nothing I have ever read before. The book also ended on kind of a cliffhanger, I guess you could call it. It defiantly leaves you wanting to read the second book to find out what’s going to happen (I’ve already ordered them online, even though I told myself to stop buying books, my bad!)

Characters:
I really adored all the characters in this book.
Jacob is the protagonist and narrator and was a really interesting character and I loved how he reacted to things and his kind of witty sarcasm at times, even if he was only thinking it.
Even though we didn’t see much of Abraham Portman (Jacob’s grandfather), I still really enjoyed him. I liked how he left the clues for Jacob which is the reason he ended up on this crazy adventure!
Jacob’s Father, Franklin, I still don’t know how I feel about him, he is an interesting character and has a back story, but because of how the book ended I don’t really know.
Emma was also an interesting character, her backstory was intriguing and I loved learning about it in the book. I liked that when she first meets Jacob at first, she was cautious and doubtful and then we see her as a strong and caring character, I like that character development and seeing people put their shields down as they get to know another character.
Millard, I liked that even though he had the power that he did he didn’t abuse it and was actually kinda strict and sensible at times.
I liked some of the other children as well, but I can’t go into much detail without spoiling things about them which I feel like you need to read first hand in the book to get the magic of it all.

Overall:
I did really enjoy this book and that why I gave it 5 stars! I can’t wait to get my hands on the other two books when they come in the mail! Defiantly a book worth reading if you like fantasy reads.

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Top 5 Wednesday – 24th August

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So this is my first Top 5 Wednesday and the first meme I’m participating in. This Meme is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes and the prompts for each week can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is Book You Want to Read Before the End of the Year. Some of these will be finishing series’s rather than just a single book.


  1. Finish Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. I have read Anna and the French Kiss but I want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I really enjoyed the first book and loved the writing style!
  2. Finish the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I have read The Raven Boys but I am yet to read The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King. I really loved The Raven Boys, it was so different from anything I have ever read!
  3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I will be starting this book probably tonight or tomorrow! I have heard so many good things about this book and the style of the book is very intriguing and I find it interesting that it’s not just paragraph after paragraph, they included other methods within the book.
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  4. Nevernight by  Jay Kristoff! Another book I have heard tonnes about! I find the concept of the book so intriguing and interesting and I haven’t heard of anything similar to it. There probably is, but I haven’t heard about it.
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  5. Lastly, I want to read the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. So far only A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows have been released and A Conjuring of Light is meant to be out in 2017.  I love fantasy books and a book about a magician who can skip between worlds. Sounds awesome to me!

Comment if you do this meme so I can check it out!

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The Bookish Book Lover Tag

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I wasn’t tagged but I saw this tag on thegirlwhoreadtoomuch and I really enjoyed the questions, so I had to do it myself! This tag was created by shantellemaryh.

Rules:

  • Use the Banner
  • Answer the Questions
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your bookish friends

What books are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, I will finish this book by today as I only have one chapter left. I am also reading Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

What’s the last book you finished?

I finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This book was okay, I have a full review here.

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Favourite book you read this year?

Ther is no way I can choose just one, so I narrowed it down to 4 books. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

What genre have you  read most this year?

Fantasy is probably my most read this year so far!

What genre have you read least this year?

I have only read 1 dystopian, 1  Historical Fiction and 1 History/recollection this year

What genre do you want to read more of?

I want to try and read more Dystopian and more Historical Fiction. I am participating in a dystopian reading challenge. It’s not going well, only read 1 book haha. I also really enjoy reading Historical Fictions and I want to read more of them. Also, I want to read more contemporary’s, I only got into them this year. The photos are from my TBR in these genres.

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I have read 31 books and my goal is 50 books.

What’s the last book you bought?

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

Next I want to buy Lole and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, I recently read Anna and the French Kiss and now I want to read book 2. I also want to get my hands on a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas as it’s be on my TBR list for a while now and I want to read it soon.

How many books did you check out last library visit?

I haven’t been to a library in over 6 months as they barely ever have anything I am interested in.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

What’s a series you would recommend to anyone?

Well, obviously Harry Potter but that’s an obvious answer. So instead I am going to recommend Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

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Who’s an author you hope will write more?

Well, I’m choosing Richelle Mead, even though The Glittering Court was recently released. I haven’t read it yet but I want to and I still want more from Mead. Midnight Jewel is the next book in The Glittering Court series and is set to release in 2017.

A few books your heart adores?

The books below are my favourite books or favourite series.

  • The Trylle Trilogy (Switched, Torn and Ascend) by Amanda Hocking
  • The Kanin Chronicles (Frostfire, Ice Kissed and Crystal Kingdom) by Amanda Hocking
  • Vampire Academy series (Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrafice) by Richelle Mead
  • Bloodlines series (Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle) by Richelle Mead
  • Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath
  • Harry Potter series (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows) by J.K. Rowling

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

None at the moment.

What books are on your wishlist?

For a full list look at my goodreads to-read shelf.
These are some of them

I Tag:

Anyone who reads this!

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#Readthemallthon Week 1 UPDATE

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Latest Update: Day 7 – 1:30pm

Books Read:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Challenges/Gyms Completed:

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Point Scoring Challenge:

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Starting point balance: 10CP

Read 739 pages: +73CP

2 Book/Badges completed: +40CP

2 Reviews completed: +40CP

150CP evolve: +50CP

Total (as of Day 7 – 1:30PM): 213CP

Links to reviews:

Updated Trainer Card:

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult
Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Pages:
359
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Rating:
3 and a half star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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This review will be spoiler free!
Overall I enjoyed this book. It didn’t amaze me like I thought it would but I think that because I have seen so many fabulous reviews and I had high expectations because of that. Don’t get me wrong it was a beautiful story but it wasn’t my favourite.


Writing:
I did really like the writing style! It was a very smooth and quick read for me. I loved that the chapters were so short but it still got a lot of information across in those short paragraphs. I don’t quite understand what the point of the mini stories and why it couldn’t be just one story and have one chapter count rather than restarting it 3 times. I didn’t understand that, but not a big deal.

Plot:
I enjoyed the plot too. The coming of age, trying to find yourself story was interesting and I liked that it was a male protagonist rather than female as I feel that I don’t read many books with a male as the main. So that was interesting. The plot had a few twists and turns and I really enjoyed that as it added a bit of action to the book, which is what I like in any book. I also liked how the book ended, it showed a journey that I usually wouldn’t think about as I’m not in that situation, nor do I know anyone who was. So it was defiantly a bit of an eye-opener for some of the things that were discussed.

Characters:
I really enjoyed the characters. I liked that Aristotle and Dante were nearly opposites. The contrast was really nice to see. I also really liked the parents of both Aristotle and Dante. They were fun, interesting and loving characters. I also liked the back stories and that both Aristotle Mum and Dad were fighting their own internal wars.

Overall:
I did enjoy the story but it wasn’t as amazing as I was expecting. It was a beautiful book, though!

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