Monday, 17 July 2017

Weekly Recap: 7/9 - 7/16


I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

I am currently in California and it is so hot. As my dad says "It's near the desert".

I have done a lot of reading but haven't had that much time to write blogposts.  I've been trying to work hard on my novel as well.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

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In Case You Missed It


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This Week I Watched







Next Week I'm Reading






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Upcoming Posts



Monday: Weekly Recap

Tuesday:  NONE

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh Book Review

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap






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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This is a spoiler free review.





Alex, Approximately
Written by Jenn Bennett
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Pages: 388
Source: Library
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 13 and up!


Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


Review:

I have heard nothing but positive things about this book and I finally found it sitting in my library and I picked it up really quickly. It had such a cute concept and I adored the movie references because I love movies and I recognized a ton of the ones that were referenced in this book. One thing I absolutely loved was the fact that there were movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Also, this is basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail which is set in California and includes surfers, food, fog, museums and movie references. I was so pleased with this book. It has just become a new favorite.

COVER

I love the cover even if it doesn't really represent the book too well. What they should have is something to do with movies but I think it still captures the summer vibe quite well.


WORLD-BUILDING

It's set in our world in modern day so there really isn't much world-building.

Then there are the characters.

BAILEY

I really loved Bailey. When Bailey was younger she experienced something that left her guarded and struggling with trust issues. She is wary to trust anyone outside of her family and she sometimes even is wary towards her own family members. Bailey starts acting like the 'Artful dodger' because she wishes to keep to the shadows and out of people's lives. Bailey really grows as both a person and a character throughout the novel. I really liked Bailey's sense of style as she tended to dress like a retro film star and she modeled her hair after Lana Turner. Throughout the book, Bailey learns to conquer her fears with help from her dad and Porter. Bailey was a very realistic character that I feel like girls can relate to.

PORTER
Porter is half white and half Polynesian and he is such a sweetheart though he doesn't start out that way. At first he seems annoying because of the way he treats Bailey but he ends up being kind and sweet. Porter also had an experience when he was younger shape who he is today and as Bailey uncovers it, he is able to move past it and not let it stop him from doing what he wants to do. I loved his devotion to his family, his cocky but charming and sweet attitude and his love of surfing. I really liked how Jenn Bennett makes Porter have his own story and we get to see more of him rather than having him just be there as a love interest.

FRIENDSHIP/FAMILY

While friendship and family is not the main focus of this book, it is still very prominant within the pages. At the very beginning of the book, Bailey is moving to be with her dad on the West Coast and we see a lot of her spending time with her dad which is great. He is such a good example of a single parent who is doing the best job of raising a teenage girl. He also has a girlfriend in the book and she spends a lot of time with them and I was happy to see them all get along well. We also get to see Porter interact with his family and Bailey gets to meet them which is very nice.

Friendship is also something that is strongly addressed. Because Bailey is very reserved at the beginning, she doesn't really want to make that many friends but she does end up making one and their friendship is very important.

PLOT

As I mentioned before, it is a retelling of You've Got Mail or The Shop Around the Corner. I have seen the latter of those two movies so I know where this is coming from and I have to say that it was done so well. If you don't know what I am talking about, then here is a brief summary. Bailey is messaging a film geek like herself on the internet. She discovers that he lives in the same West Coast town as her dad and they wish to meet up. The thing is, Bailey moves out there to be with her dad but she never tells Alex [the guy she is messaging] that she is coming out there so he has no idea. All the scenes had a point in the book and there wasn't anything that felt unnecessary. It's a wonderful YA story and I adored it immensely.
ROMANCE

The romance in this wasn't cringy or unrealistic like some YA books have. I thought the romance between Porter and Bailey was really well done. It had a little bit of hate-to-love feel at the beginning but he slowly broke down her defenses and soon she couldn't resist his charms. There were some great swoony moments but I loved the scenes when the two were talking and connecting. Those were so nice and refreshing for a YA romance. Their chemistry felt real as well and it was nice.

WRITING


The writing was really nice for a YA romance. I really enjoyed reading it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I highly recommend this book as it is semi diverse and it has everything that a cute contemporary needs. The characters are complex and the storyline is very unique. This book also showcases a healthy YA romance and healthy relationships between family members and friends. It is really good!

Quotes from the Book:

I am Mink. Hear me roar.” 

“We all really do contradict ourselves and contain multitudes. How do we even figure out who we really are?” 





My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Weekly Recap: 7/3 - 7/9


I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

Sorry this is so late. I've been busy with my whole preparing for my trip to California and an interview and a lot of stuff. I am currently writing this in California where it is very hot. I am visiting my grandparents as I do every year.

This past week has been kind of boring but I didn't have much time to blog. I am going to try and blog more from here on out but as I always say that, we'll see how it goes. I did read some which was good.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

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Library: 










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In Case You Missed It





This Week I Read
  
  




This Week I Watched



 





Next Week I'm Reading


 




Upcoming Reviews








Upcoming Posts



Monday: NONE

Tuesday:  Weekly Recap + Bookish News and Stuff

Wednesday: Alex, Approximately Book Review

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap






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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/25 - 7/2

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

This week was a good blogging week. I am proud of what content I posted on this blog! However, I didn't do much reading but I plan to have that change.

I added a writing goal section of this post so you can see what I am doing in the writing world.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:



Library:


Received for Review: 





In Case You Missed It


This Week I Read
  
  




This Week I Watched





Next Week I'm Reading







Upcoming Reviews






Writing Goals for the Week



Goal #1: Finish writing Part 2 of my King Arthur Legend Novel [I do have a Pinterest board]

Goal #2: Actually outline the entire novel 

Goal #3: Start planning my space novel 


Upcoming Posts



Monday: Geekerella Book Review

Tuesday:  Bookish News and Stuff #2

Wednesday: Wonder Woman Movie Review

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: NONE [Traveling]

Sunday: Weekly Recap






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JUNE '17 WRAP-UP



So, it's the end of the month and that means another wrap-up!

I only read four books this month because of the end of school and my trip to New York. Despite this, I am still ahead on my Goodreads goal.

This month I went to New York which I talked about in one of my weekly wrap-ups. I got to see Anastasia on Broadway which was the best! I also got to see Wonder Woman this month and it was amazing. I had low expectations because of how bad the rest of the DC movies have been but it turned out to be great.

Next month will be another busy month. I am going to California to see my grandparents for most of the month. I am also working on a Campnanowrimo novel and going to try to plan out another novel. I'll keep you updated.

Join my book club: here.

 Anyways...

Time to talk about the books I read this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS




The first physical book I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I actually read this book for school as I needed to pick a book that had a coming-of-age story within it. I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and people have said that it is really good but it has always been intimidating. I ended up really enjoying this book though it was slow for the first fourth. It's abut a girl named Celia and a boy named Marco who are apprentice's to magicians. They are put together to compete in a magical game and neither knows who their opponent is or how they win the game. It has so much magic and mystery and is a total thrill to read. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The second physical book I read was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.  I had heard very mixed things about this book and I wasn't really sure whether to start it or not. My sister ended up reading it a while back and said it was good. I had to check this out several times due to how slow I was with reading this. I ended up enjoying it a lot. I rated it 4 Crowns. 

The third physical book I read was The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud. This series is basically my favorite thing right now. The characters are hilarious and I love the whole concept. The books really remind me of Rick Riordan's style. I gave this 5 Crowns. 



AUDIOBOOKS READ

NONE


ARC'S READ



The only ARC I read was Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I have had this eArc for awhile but I took a long break from reading NetGalley ARCs because of school. I picked this one because I have been seeing a lot of reviews lately for this book and it seemed like such a cute story. I adored this book. It was very cute and I'll talk more about it in my review coming this week! I rated it 5 crowns. 


REVIEWS IN MARCH: 



MUSIC MONDAY:

NONE

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 

NONE

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY: 

NONE


WEEKLY WRAP-UP:


DISCUSSIONS/OTHER:






FAVORITE COVER OF THE MONTH:



NEW FICTIONAL BAE'S: 

Darien Freeman from Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Lockwood from The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud


TV SHOWS I WATCHED THIS MONTH:




MOVIES I WATCHED THIS MONTH:





CHALLENGE UPDATES:

2017 New Release Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. These Ruthless Deeds
4. It Started with Goodbye
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
7. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
8. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
9. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
10. By Your Side by Kasie West
11. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
12. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
13. Geekerella by Ashley Poston


NetGalley Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. These Ruthless Deeds
4. It Started with Goodbye
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Series Ender: 

None

Debut Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. It Started with Goodbye 
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Retellings Reading Challenge: 

1. Ash by Malinda Lo
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. Heartless by Melissa Meyer
4. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Beat the Backlist Challenge:

1. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston 
2. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
3. Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
6. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
7. Ash by Malinda Lo
8. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
11. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
12. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
13. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
14. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
15. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
16. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
17. City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
18. Little Black Dresses, Little Black Lies by Laura Stampler
19. Nemesis by Anna Banks
20. The 100 by Kass Morgan
21. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
22. HP and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
23. Joyride by Anna Banks
24. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
25. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
26. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
27. The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud


Flights of Fantasy Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
3. Ash by Malinda Lo
4. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
5. Wanted by Betsy Schow
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
7. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
9. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
10. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
11. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
12. Nemesis by Anna Banks
13. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
14. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
15. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
16. HP and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
17. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Diverse Reads 2017:

1. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3. Ash by Malinda Lo
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
6. Joyride by Anna Banks
7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston



WHAT BOOKS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:





NEW BLOG FINDS

NONE

SONGS ON REPEAT


Believer - Imagine Dragons

Anastasia Broadway Musical Album

To Be Human - Sia

Only Angel - Harry Styles

Empire of our own - RAIGN

Parlay - Pirates of the Caribbean

 BOOKS I WANT TO READ NEXT MONTH


 





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