I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages. I guess you could say I was taking a little bit of a break. These past few months have been quite busy and the next few months will be busy as well but I’m going to try my best to read as much as I can. I was also in a reading slump which didn’t help much with my motivation but I’m starting to gain it back!
Although it may be Fall in many other places in the world, it is spring where I am and because of that, I decided that it would be a good idea to share with you three books I’m going to read this spring as well as recommend two books that remind me of spring. For me, spring is one of those beautiful and blissful months, I feel love and romance in the air as well as something blooming like flowers. Contemporaries are a perfect fit for spring reads because they are filled with romance, highlight the blooming of something new and are usually beautifully written. Many of the books I’m going to mention today are contemporaries for this very reason.
what i want to read this spring:
I want to read so many adorable, romance contemporaries this spring because they always fill me with so much happiness and positivity. There is just something so satisfying about the wistful and heart fluttering feeling after you finish a contemporary. Here are three books I want to read this spring:
The Unexpected Everything | Morgan Matson
This has to be one of the most hyped novels of 2016! I've heard so many good things about it and I love Morgan Matson! I can't wait to read this novel this Spring!
Tell Us Something True | Dana Reinhardt
I recently got this book and the story line seems like such a good contemporary. I have positive feelings towards this book and I'm sure it will be a good Spring read.
Love and Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
This cover literally screams spring! I absolutely love it and based on the blurb this is going to be one adorable contemporary read!
Have you read these books? What do you want to read this month?
my two spring read recommendations
I have so many spring recommendations and it would take me an eternity to list all of my recommendations. Here are two recommendations for a good spring read:
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han
There is no way I would have skipped this novel because this novel literally screams spring. It’s adorable and fills my heart with joy. I love the storyline and the characters are so relatable. It is the perfect spring read!
My Life Next Door | Huntley Fitzpatrick
This romantic contemporary also reminds me of the romance filled atmosphere that spring brings. This story is a whirlwind of an adventure. I love reading about the romance between the two characters and there is just something about this contemporary that makes it one of my favourites.
These are some of my favourite spring reads and some books I’m planning to read this month! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Title: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure, Romance
Today, I decided to spice up my normal reviews by giving you a mini review of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, whilst telling you two of the destinations I would love to go to if I had a chance to time-travel. One of the main features about this book is the unique time-travelling elements they have incorporated into the novel. I’ll begin with my mini-review! 🙂
The Girl From Everywhere was a really enjoyable and light read. I loved the story line because Heilig takes the overused time travelling plot and puts it into a new light. I love how the main character time travels to Hawaii because Hawaii is such a tropical and beautiful place. Furthermore, Heilig writing makes you want to turn the page over and over again.
However what disappointed me in this novel was that I thought there were too many elements. I didn’t think the romance was developed very well as there were too many issues and complications happening at the same time. It was hard for me to follow the love triangle which wasn’t really much of a love triangle. Nevertheless, Heidi Heilig’s character development of Nix was really well done. I thought Nix’s personality and morals really transformed from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait for the next book because I’ll definitely be following Nix’s story. Hopefully, in the next novel the relationship development will improve!
the two time-travel destinations i want to visit
If you didn’t guess already a lot of the book revolves around the concept of time travel. I’ve always wanted to time travel- go back in time and fast forward to the future. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have the chance to time travel. Here are the two destinations I would love to visit if I had the ability to time travel!
Late 1800s London
A weird choice you may say but I would love to visit the London in the late 1800s. Maybe it’s because I love The Infernal Devices so much but I’ve always thought this time period would be so much fun to visit. Imagine being thrown into this new world where everyone wore suits or nice dresses, the Big Ben overlooking the whole entire town and the cities with bustling people. It probably wasn’t this majestical in reality but I can dream. I’ve always been a city girl and 1800s London is a mix of contemporary with vintage. The perfect match. This would definitely be one of my first destinations. (PS: I also get to see Will Herondale and who wouldn’t want that 🙂 )
My Younger Days…
I know I’m still young and I probably can’t really talk with much experience but something I’ve learnt very recently is to take in the moment because when you are older and you look back on it, you regret the days you didn’t relish the memories and moments. I would love to go back in time and to experience some of the best days, weeks, months and years of my life but at the same time I want to be able to know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t want time to fly and that’s why lately I’ve been trying to take up lots of new opportunities and experiences because you never know where they are going to lead you!
I hope you guys loved this post! Tell me if you have read Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere! Did you like it? Where would you travel to if you had the ability to time travel?
Winter has struck here, where I live and it has been frigid cold every day. I’m hoping every day that I won’t catch a cold and every day consists of warm blankets and toasty heaters. However, another important thing that warms me up on a winter day is a good book. I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. (Blame it on Gossip Girl) This means that my TBR list is piling and piling with books. Today I decided to show you some of the many books on my TBR:
Contemporaries are vital to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside because the romance in them fills my heart with joy. I’ve been craving contemporaries for a very long time and I can’t wait to fall in love with the characters in these books!
I need to find a good series ASAP because I’ve been in a mini reading slump for ages. I miss jumping into exciting new worlds and having my heart wrenched from various plot twists. Which series do you think I should read next?
The Raven Cycle Series | Maggie Stiefvater
The hype around this series is unreal and it has been all I've ever heard this year! I have to read it!
The Lunar Chronicles | Marissa Meyer
I still haven't finished this! I am determined to finish it by the end of the year!
Grisha Trilogy | Leigh Bardough
Another very hyped up series! I hope it lives up to my expectations, which are extremely high!
A Darker Shade of Magic | V.E. Schwab
A book about magic and parallel universes. It sounds so unique and different!
I don’t just have contemporaries and series on my TBR I also have other stand-alones and upcoming releases that have been sitting on my TBR for ages!
Love That Split the World | Emily Henry
I've heard both negative and positive reviews! I want to read this and decide myself whether this is a yay or nay!
Dreamology | Lucy Keating
Another gorgeous cover! Doesn't the title just sound intriguing?
Unrivaled | Alyson Noel
A suspense novel set in Hollywood, sounds just like something I'll love.
The Beauty of Darkness | Mary E. Pearson
#TEAMRAFE ALL THE WAY! Words cannot express how excited I am to read this novel!
So that is my tbr!!! Hopefully, I’ll get around to some of these books soon! Collecting and reading the synopses of all these novels have just gotten me so so excited to read them!
When people say that time goes by quickly, I would definitely agree with them. I can’t believe it’s already April! APRIL! Times flies! I am back with another Teaser Tuesdays and it will be the first one this month. (Confession: I didn’t do one last week! Sorry! 🙂 ) I am so excited to share with you the book I am currently reading.
currently reading: flawed by cecelia ahern
I recently got this sent to me by Harper Collins and I was extremely elated to find out that it was signed by the author. (I honestly feel so special, I never have signed books!) If you’re thinking, “Cecelia Ahern sounds awfully familliar,” it’s because she wrote Love, Rosie! Flawed is her first young-adult novel and I am loving it so much!
She really did a good job with the whole young adult dystopian thing. Flawed is set a dystopian world, in which every immoral act is criticised and results in being branded as Flawed. Those who are Flawed are looked down upon in this society. Celestine has lived her whole life as the perfect model: she has fallen in love, gets straight As, never commited anything wrong and has a perfect family. However, one day her life goes crashing after second-guessing the government’s system and now she must faced the world as she is about to be branded, Flawed.
I love it so far and I can’t wait to put up the review! Also, I just wanted to add that my blog will be a bit jam packed this week! I have a lifestyle post coming up, which I hope you guys might enjoy and I also have a book review and interview for When We Collided up tomorrow!
“When you hear something, it can never be unheard. I know deep down, that this evening I have learned something that can never be unlearned,”
– Cecelia Ahern, Flawed
Yes, it is another one of my top five posts and today I have my top five contemporaries that I absolutely adore! By the way, these aren’t in order because I can never decide which ones are my favorite! What is your favorite contemporary? Comment below!
1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
By far this has been my favorite contemporary since I first read it ages ago when I was in my first-stages of becoming a bookie. I love how this novel explores themes that are so hard to find in not just contemporaries but any young-adult book. I loved how it is set in a retro America and I love how realistic the novel is. It doesn’t sugar coat our society, our people and love. Even though the ending is *cough* tragic *cough* I love how it isn’t your typical “happily ever after” story!
2. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
More like the cutest novel on this universe, I absolutely loved this book. It had everything needed for a perfect contemporary- a cute boy, a city of love and a relatable main-character. The writing is perfect and it leaves you aching for an amazing love story like Anna’s and Isla’s and Lola’s. I love how at the end of each of her novels it ends in a cute and satisfying way! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND ME A ST. CLAIR?????
3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This book is one of my most loved books on my shelf! It is filled to the brim with your typical teenage drama and is told by a girl, who was relatable in ways that is different to your normal relatable girl. I really don’t know what it is about this novel that stands out. However, I absolutely love how page-turning this book is! Every scene is tension film it keeps you wanting more and more. It is a really different contemporary romance that gets you sucked into a love story that everyone will enjoy reading!
4. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Similar to the way To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before left me feeling, I love finishing a good book that leaves you warm on the inside. Saint Anything definitely did that for me. The romance was really cute but not over the top cute and the main character was not cliche. She had a lot of depth to her that is not often found in contemporary romances. She had her problems and I loved watching her grow into a person that was a better her.
5. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Similar to Eleanor and Park, it is a more realistic and truthful contemporary that really explores the dark side to a teenager’s mind. I love how it is a cross between Eleanor and Park and The Fault In Our Stars. However, it is still vastly different and unique to the two novels. I loved the themes this novel explores and it really made me feel feelings that I never usually feel. I cried so much by the end and I highly recommend it!
These are my top five contemporaries! What are some of yours?
I am back to school, so that means I won’t be posting as frequently as I did for the past three weeks but you’ll definitely be seeing me around! Today, I decided to do 5 books which made me cry…a lot. This won’t be in order because I have pretty much lost tracked on the amount of books that made me cry; don’t judge I’m a sensitive person 🙂
1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you didn’t cry for this book, I can’t even consider you human. I cried so much for this book that I was a serious mess. At the end, everything about this book made me cry and it was the epilogue, especially, that made me just burst into a bomb of tears. My favorite books tend to be the ones where I really connect with the characters and the ones which make me an emotional wreck by the end of that and The Infernal Devices definitely did that for me.
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The memory of finishing this book was painted vividly in my mind. The tears just couldn’t stop. If you have read this book you would know that the ending is awfully sad and just the thought of the ending was too much so the tears kept coming. Contemporaries which end without a happily ever ending are my weak spot and most of the time I end up crying but this one was one of the worst cases. 🙂
3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riodan
This was no surprise but I definitely cried at the end of this book. I was lucky enough to grow up with this series and so the fact that this amazing series had ended was unbearable. Percy and Annabeth were my like my best friends and when I finished the last book- Blood of Olympus, I cried so much. It was really the end and for me it felt like an end of an era.
4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Like Eleanor and Park, I cried so so much. I was using up all the tissues, this book has a major plot twist (if you know what I mean) and it just got to me. I was crying so much it was crazy. Every little thing about the book got to me and the adventure the main character takes at the end of the book was too much to bear.
5. Champion by Marie Lu
If you ready 5 Stages of A Book Hangover post you would know how much this book affected me. The ending was horrible and the way the main character was left broken really broke my heart. I was balling hysterically. I never thought such a cheesy plot ending would affect me so much but the way I felt like I really knew the characters really made me cry even more.