Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2016: TOP 5 THURSDAY

Top 5 Thursday is a new series of posts I will be starting on my blog. Every Thursday I’ll have a list of five bookish related things to share with you all! I hope you enjoy this series and feel free to join if you would like. ūüôā

This Thursday’s topic is Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2016. Believe it or not, this year is coming to an end meaning we all have to rush to finish up the books we wanted to read at the beginning of 2015! Here is my list:Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.07.41 PM

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare:¬†I always hear about how amazing¬†The Mortal Instruments series is, but I have never even thought about reading it (I know, I know, you’re all gasping in shock). But I am a book blogger/reviewer so I feel I absolutely need to read this series so I can finally join in on the discussion! This series is also becoming a TV show called The Shadowhunters in early 2016 so I need to read at least the first book before then! Read more

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

The reader’s worst nightmare… a reading slump. If you’re new to the book community, a reading slump Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 11.47.28 AMoccurs when you have absolutely no motivation to read. The length of reading slumps can vary¬†from a few days, to a couple weeks, or in the worst case, months. Unfortunately in September I got into a deep, dark reading slump, but because of that experience I have a whole bunch of tips to share with you about how to get out of them!

If you feel a reading slump approaching, stop reading your current book:

Many times, reading slumps are caused by reading books that you aren’t enjoying, so don’t force yourself to get through it. Put the book¬†down and maybe you’ll enjoy it more if you pick it up in a couple weeks when you’re back to your normal reading routine. For me, the book that I was reading when my latest reading slump started was Uprooted by Naomi Novik which I was super excited to read. Unfortunately I wasn’t enjoying it at all and only got 30 pages in before I started feeling super unmotivated. Instead of forcing myself to finish, I put it down in hopes that I’ll enjoy it more in the future. Read more

Update: October 2015

Fellow readers, long time no blog!

I haven’t posted for a month and a half *gasps* because of several reasons. First, school started. And it’s not a normal school year for me, this is my senior year of high school meaning there is SO much going on. AP classes with a bunch of work, while keeping up with tennis, and also reading of course! Second, college applications. I have been writing tons of essays and making sure my applications are perfect, which is¬†very time consuming. Luckily, I’m coming to the end of the college application process and will be all done before I know it. So far I have been accepted into Michigan State University which I’m super excited about! Lastly, and the most tragic, I got into a deep reading slump. Reading slumps are the absolute WORST, but fortunately I got out of mine a few weeks ago with a few tips and tricks I will be posting very soon!

Usually I post tips to you guys, but this time I’m going to ask for some of your advice. How do you handle reading when you’re busy? Do you keep it a main priority? Also, as you can tell, I’ve been struggling with keeping my blog up this past month, any tips to keep myself motivated?

I’m planning to start blogging weekly again, or maybe more! I’ve missed the book blogging community loads and I’m so glad to be back. Thank you for reading!

Happy reading,

Emily:)

 

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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Rebel Belle Review

Harper Price is the perfect Southern belle… She’s the President of her school, organizes all charity events, Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 9.20.33 PMand is soon to be the Homecoming Queen. Her pristine world gets flipped upside down during the supposed¬†best day of her life: the day of the homecoming dance. During Harper’s emergency bathroom trip (an emergency of the¬†lip gloss application sorts), Harper encounters the school janitor, Mr. Hall, DYING. FROM A STAB WOUND. WHAT?! It get’s even weirder when he kisses/breathes into Harper and then collapses to his death. All of a sudden her history teacher barges in with his intention being to kill Harper with a medieval sword. (Yes, this definitely escalated quickly). In the face of death Harper basically becomes a ninja and has super strength and kicks butt!! After the crazy bathroom run in she goes home and researches this stuff. Turns out she’s a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with super strength, speed, and amazing fighting skills. But, being a Paladin means she now has a new job, to protect whoever Mr. Hall died for and Dr. DuPont was trying to kill. Things get even crazier when she learns who she is charged to protect… David Stark. The David Stark who she has despised since kindergarten. The David Stark who is the only person standing in her way from being valedictorian. The David Stark who constantly writes hateful articles about her in the school paper. Basically Harper has to live to protect her least favorite person ever. Everything becomes even MORE complicated when Harper and David realize he can potentially destroy Earth…

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How To Read MORE

“How do you read so much?” “I want to read… but I don’t have any time!” “Do you just like read all day? How do you have time?” These are questions I get asked A LOT by friends, classmates, and coworkers. As someone who spends a lot of time reading but also a lot of time doing school work, working, and hanging out with friends and family, I thought I would share how I read and how you can read MORE.

1. Set a designated time everyday to readScreen Shot 2015-08-20 at 5.16.59 PM

After a long day of doing homework or working, there’s nothing better than knowing you already have a set time to read and unwind. For me, this time is around 9 o’clock at night. It gives me an hour or more to read before I have to go to bed. Having this kind of a routine will motivate you to read, even if you only end up reading 5 pages! Your set time could be 7 o’clock in the morning before you have to get ready for school or work, 5 o’clock in the afternoon, or whenever you know you won’t have any plans. You’ll notice that having time for yourself to just READ will increase how much you read. Read more

Birthday Book Haul!

Hello everyone! I am back and with a huuuuge birthday book haul. Whenever holidays come around I always buy a lot of books because it’s justified right? (maybe?) Since I have sooo many books that I have bought/received¬†I will not be giving a full synopsis of each, but if you click on the titles it will bring you to the GoodReads page where you can read the official synopsis.

On to the books…..

1.  The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard FlanaganScreen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.10.54 PM

I saw this book came out in paperback and I couldn’t resist buying it. Ever since reading countless reviews about how INCREDIBLE this book is I have been dying to read it! After reading Between Shades of Gray (one of my new ALL time favorite books) I have become obsessed with historical fiction and want all the historical fiction books in the world. All I know about this book is that it has to do with a Japanese POW camp and that’s all I need to want to jump right in. Read more

You Review

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 8.43.24 PMBoy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy is a crazy stalker. This is the premise of You, an adult psychological thriller by Caroline Kepnes.

When Guinevere Beck (Beck for short) walks into the bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, Joe is¬†immediately immersed in the world of Beck. After having a short conversation, Joe realizes he’s in love and needs more of her in any way he can. Finding Beck online is fairly easy (how many Guinevere Becks are there in NYC anyways?), her Twitter and Facebook are public and Google provides easy information, including Beck’s address. Joe watches and watches until he “coincidentally” runs into a very intoxicated Beck, starts up a conversation, and gets her phone number. Soon, Joe and Beck are talking, then hanging out, then more?¬†Joe won’t let go of his stalkerish ways and Beck may have a few issues of her own… Read more

The Heir Review

After a month long hiatus (I’m sorry!!) I am back and ready for many new posts. This summer has been amazing¬†for reading, lots of time for lounging around with a great book and great friends. I started and finished the Selection series in June and I loved it so much I drove to Target right away to pick up The Heir, the first book in Kiera Cass’s spin-off duology of the Selection books.

Important note: if you have not read The Selection and want to, then don’t read this post! The Heir’s premise spoils the rest of the series. Go out and read The Selection first:)Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 8.04.00 PM

I read The Heir in a way I’ve never read a book before. I read it aloud with my best friend Ellie
(peanutbutterandle), switching off reading every other chapter. It was super fun to be able to react to different scenes and dialogue at the exact same time! And Ellie read in hilarious voices that constantly had me cracking up. The only downside was my throat killed after finishing the book haha. Read more

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. ūüôā

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

Book Haul 4/14/15

I have a book buying problem… isn’t it obvious? I just can’t help myself when I walk into a bookstore and look through all the books. I swear the books are begging and begging me to buy them!! For example, today I went to Kroger’s with my mom and I walked out with 3 books. In today’s post, I will be sharing these new books with you:)

1. What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 6.47.26 PMA few months ago, I read a book by Huntley called My Life Next Door and I absolutely adored it! So when I saw this at the store, I couldn’t resist. What I Thought was True is about a girl named Gwen, who works her summers on a small island called Seashell Island (such a cute name). Then she discovers Cassidy, who is the biggest mistake in her life, is also working on the island that summer… so basically she freaks out and tries to avoid him. Since this is a YA contemporary book, I’m expecting a cutesy summer read, but also some deeper content in this book. I can’t wait to tell you all what I think!

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