What I’ve Read In June (So Far…)

June has been a fantastic reading month for me so far, mostly because it’s summer, which means lots of time to read! I was thinking about doing a full June wrap up post, but that would be SO long, so here we are today with what I’ve read so far. Because I’ve read a good amount of books, I will not have a synopsis on the books, but if you click on the titles it will take you to its GoodReads page where you can read the full synopsis. 🙂

1. The Distance Between Us by Kassie WestScreen Shot 2015-06-16 at 4.21.29 PM

The Distance Between Us is a fun and quick YA contemporary. After reading a heavy sci-fi book, The Distance Between Us was a great choice that I got through in 2 days. I really want to check out more of Kassie West’s books after reading this one! I gave The Distance Between Us 4/5 stars. (That might be a little bit generous). Read more

Finding Audrey Review

Finding Audrey is the first Sophie Kinsella book that I’ve read and is also her first young-adult novel. Finding Audrey was released just yesterday and I basically read it in one sitting!Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 4.06.00 PM

Finding Audrey is about Audrey, a 14 year old girl who, after a traumatic event, has social anxiety disorder (S.A.D.), generalized anxiety disorder (G.A.D.), and depression. Audrey doesn’t go to school anymore and only leaves her house to visit her therapist Dr. Sarah. Even when Audrey is at home, she wears dark sunglasses so she doesn’t have to make eye contact. When Aud’s gaming obsessed brother Frank brings his friend Linus over, Audrey immediately freaks out. Linus is interested in Audrey, not for her illness, but for her. With the help of Linus, Dr. Sarah, and her family, Audrey finds herself slowly overcoming her anxiety, step-by-step.

As soon as I heard what this book was about, I was drawn to it because of the topic. Initially I was worried that her anxiety and depression would be romantisized and seem “fun” like how many books, movies, and celebrities have portrayed it, but Kinsella didn’t let me down, her descriptions of the anxiety was extremely accurate and realistic. I feel like this book would be really helpful for friends and family of people going through issues like Audrey’s and also very helpful for people with more extreme or mild anxiety.

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Saint Anything Review

As some of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet Sarah Dessen at a Saint Anything signing! After finally getting out of a 2 month long reading slump, I’ve been reading like crazy and just finished Saint Anything.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s newest young adult contemporary, revolving around Sydney, a junior in Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 5.58.18 PMhigh school. Sydney has also felt invisible because of her older brother Peyton. Peyton was always a troublemaker, but as he and Sydney got older, his choices got worse and worse. After a night out drinking with friends, Peyton was driving home and hit and paralyzed a young boy. Because of the accident, Peyton get’s sent to jail, which causes Sydney to switch from the luxurious Perkins Day, to the much more conservative Jackson High. At her new school Sydney meets Layla and her crazy group of friends, including her brother Mac. Layla immediately takes her in and Sydney feels like she is finally being seen, and not as the girl who’s brother is in prison, but the real Sydney.

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Top 5 Wednesday: My Favorite Books of the Year So Far

Hello everyone! Today I will be doing my first T5W! Top 5 Wednesday was started by gingerreadslainey on Youtube. Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is your favorite books of the year so far. I’m not going to be giving any synopses of these books because this post would be WAY too long if I did, but if you are interested in knowing the storylines, you can click on the titles and it will take you to the GoodReads page:) Here are my favorite books of the year so far:

 

1. The Martian by Andy WeirScreen Shot 2015-06-01 at 7.21.36 PM

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to any of you since my latest post was basically me just talking about how awesome this book is, but yes The Martian by Andy Weir is my absolute favorite book of the year so far. Everything about this book down to the teeny tiny details was incredible and I can’t recommend it enough! Here’s a link to my review if you are interested in learning more.

 

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The Martian Review

The Martian is science-fiction writer Andy Weir’s debut novel. The novel starts out with astronaut Mark Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 7.21.36 PMWatney accidently being left on Mars after an emergency evacuation of his crew Ares 3. You’re probably thinking how could someone ever be “accidently” left on Mars? Well, there was a hugeee dust storm on sol 6 (sols are basically Mars days) and the crew had to leave their shelter to walk to the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) to end their mission early, so they can all get back to Earth safely. On the crew’s way to the MAV, Mark got struck by a flying object and was thrown so far that the crew for sure knew he was dead. Fortunately, Mark survived the freak accident but unfortunately, he’s stuck on Mars… alone… with limited supplies… and absolutely no one knows. Read more