Life Update

Fellow book lovers… hello! It’s Emily, finally writing a blog post after four months! I’m so happy to say I’m finally inspired to write, read, and share my love of books again with all of you. The past four months have been crazy to say the least: I graduated high school, have been getting ready to attend Michigan State University in the fall, and spending time at my cottage in northern Michigan. Though I’ve had fun focusing on other things then blogging, it’s safe to say I’ve missed it soooo much. It’s just not the same reading books and not being able to share my thoughts and feelings with other book lovers! I’ll be writing another blog post to post tomorrow about all I’ve read since I’ve been gone (I’ve read some pretty awesome books!). Lastly, I’m so sorry to have left you hanging for the past four months but I promise it won’t happen again.

Stay Book Smart,
Emily

12 Days of Bookmas Day 1: Tis The Season Book Tag

It’s almost Christmas! Which means for the next 12 days I will be doing the 12 Days of Bookmas with new Christmas/winter themed post each day until Christmas. For the first post, I will be doing the Tis the Season Book Tag because who doesn’t love a good book tag?

  1. Do you have a favorite winter read?
    Harry Potter is definitely my favorite winter read (surprise, surprise), because of the beautiful Hogwarts scenery and the amazing winter scenes. Imagine being in Hogsmeade drinking a hot butterbeer on Christmas Eve… *sighs.* Other than Harry Potter, my second favorite winter read is Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson because it’s Christmassy, cute, and funny.
  2. Find a book with blue on the cover!Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 5.53.52 PM
    My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, not only has blue on the cover, but also the most adorable Christmas design ever. I have a weakness for cute covers and this UK paperback does not disappoint! Read more

Everything, Everything REVIEW

Fall… the season of changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and new book releases. One of the biggest releases of the season is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. When I heard about this book in May, I pre-ordered straight away so I could read it the day it came out! And so I did…

Have you ever heard of severe combined immunodeficiency? SCID? Bubble boy disease? Well, if you didn’t Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 7.52.32 PMknow, this disease, most commonly known as SCID, is a primary immune deficiency. In normal people terms, this means if you have SCID, you’re basically allergic to everything and the slightest contact with the outside world could result in death. Our main character in Everything, Everything, 18-year-old Maddie, has SCID. She hasn’t left her house since she was a baby and is being treated full-time by her nurse Carla and her mother who is a doctor. Her days are exactly the same: wake-up, take vitals, eat breakfast, take vitals, read, take vitals, read more, take vitals, eat dinner, take vitals… you get the point. Maddie’s life is changeless, until a new family moves in next door. A new family containing a boy who just happens to be swoon worthy. With super ninja-like techniques (looking through the window), Maddie learns cute boy’s name is Olly, he only wears black, and he’s obsessed with all things climbing and tumbling. Since Maddie doesn’t have any contact with the outside world and is sick of being lonely, she decides she’s going to find a way to get to know this boy… without leaving her house. After watching (stalking?) Olly for days, Maddie finally gets a message from Olly: his e-mail address written on his window. After lots of messaging two things are clear: Olly likes Maddie and Maddie likes Olly. But with Maddie homebound for the rest of her life, can they ever really be together?

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The Girl on the Train Review

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a psychological thriller centered around the life of Rachel Watson. Rachel is an alcoholic who is grieving her divorce with her exhusband Tom. Since she takes the 8:04 to work every day, she becomes familiar with the houses she passes, so familiar that she creates a storyline in her head of a seemingly perfect couple in the house by her exhusband’s, who she names Jess and Jason. Read more

I’ll Give You the Sun Review

I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a contemporary YA book about a pair of twins, Noah and Jude. Noah and Jude have always been super close but multiple life changing events and lies have torn them apart. The book is written in a dual-perspective, changing every other chapter. Noah’s story is told when he is 13 and Jude’s when she is 16. At 13, Noah is artistic and in love with his new neighbor, Brian, and Jude is wearing red lipstick and high heels. Read more

Hopeless Review

Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover,  is the story of a 17 year old girl name Sky. Sky isn’t at all like your normal teenager. She is completely secluded from technology (she doesn’t even know what lol means) and she’s been home schooled for as long as she can remember from her adopted mom, Karen. She has a promiscuous reputation that only is more exaggerated by being best friends with her next door neighbor Six.

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