Book Review|The Sky is Everywhere

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means it’s back to work. I hope everyone is out of school by now! Today I am doing another book review. Since school’s been out, I’ve been doing lots of reading. That means more book reviews for you! Today I am reviewing The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. You can check out my review of her second book here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson’s debut novel)

Author: Jandy Nelson

# of pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating:

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

“The author brilliantly navigates Lennie’s course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor… a gripping love triangle.”—Shelf Awareness”


“Nelson’s first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion.”—The Horn Book


“A story about love and loss… both heartfelt and literary.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Jandy Nelson’s story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss.”—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts


My Thoughts:

This book was a whirl wind of action and grief. Lennie’s sister Bailey passes away at only 19 years old during a rehearsal for a play. The Sky is Everywhere is set after she dies. The story is told through normal writing and writing on various places by Lennie. The grief intensifies throughout the story as Lennie learns more about what could’ve been for her sister. My only problem with this book was the love triangle. Lennie is torn between Bailey’s boyfriend and a new boy who just moved into town. This book has lots of romance, a bit of suspense, grief and adventure. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good reckless contemporary mixed in with loss and happiness.


That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t, did this review make you want to read it? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

My Favorite Fathers/Father Figures

Happy Father’s Day! I hope your showing your dad how much you love and appreciate him. If your dad has passed away, RIP to him. Stay strong. I’m sure this day is hard for you. Remember all the great times you guys had together. In honor of Father’s Day, I have decided to share with you my favorite fathers/father figures. Let me know if I missed any key ones. Without further ado, here we go! (These are in no order)


1) Mr. Weasley from the Harry Potter series

He is such a great father figure for Harry. Mr. Weasley is caring and always seems to look out for Harry.

credit to Makani

2) Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series

Yes there may be too many Harry Potter characters. All the characters mentioned impacted Harry in a big way. Sirius Black was his godfather who protects Harry and tells him about his parents.

credit to HitoFanart @ deviantart

3) Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series

I promise this is the last Harry Potter character. Dumbledore protected Harry, gave him advice and took him on a wild journey. Dumbledore was a major part of Harry’s life.

credit to Fanpop .com

4) Uncle Big in The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

He’s such a great character! Yes he is normally high. Yes he has been married several times. But he seems to want to listen to Lennie ramble on. He seems to care about her.

There was no fan art so here is a great quote!

5) Hazel’s Dad in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

He wasn’t in the story/movie much but he sure seemed to love and care about Hazel.

credit to Pinterest 😀

Most dads in YA fiction seem to be absent or not good dads. I could only think of 4 wonderful father figures and one dad. Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads and father figures!

Thanks for reading!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀


My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

Hey guys! It’s finally the weekend. For most, that means it’s time to have fun and relax. I’ve decided to do another tag. This time I am doing the My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag. @My Tiny Obsessions did this tag back in May. I was unofficially tagged and am excited to do the tag. Without further ado, here we go!

THE NEW YOU


1) What Book Have You Been Unable To Finish?

Don’t hate me for this but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I started the book and after a chapter or two, I put it down. I don’t know if I’ll ever start it again. It’s really not my type of book.


2) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Just Haven’t Had Time?

So many books! Too many to count.


3) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is a Sequel?

I hope I actually understand this question XD I’m going to say I FunnyTV by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein . I have yet to read the third book so I can’t read this one yet.


4) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Brand New?

Nothing that’s been released. I’m looking forward to Nicola Yoon’s new book The Sun Is Also a Star. It’s going to be released November 1st, 2o16.


5) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You Read A Book By The Same Author and Didn’t Enjoy It?

Nothing comes to mind.


6) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because You’re Just Not In The Mood For It?

That would have to be Four by Veronica Roth. I got the book for Christmas (I think) and have yet to read it. I’m not in the mood and am not sure if it will be good.


7) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Is Humungous.

This book probably isn’t very long and is not actually on my shelf. It’s The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This has been on my TBR since… now probably. It’s 584 pages, so longer than most books I’ve read.


8) What Book Have You Yet To Read Because It Was a Cover Buy That Turned Out To Have Bad Reviews?

I don’t actually own this book so it wasn’t a cover buy. The book is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’ve read the first two books in the Divergent series but stopped before this one. It’s a bit intimidating because I haven’t heard good things about it.


9) What Is The Most Intimidating Book In Your TBR Pile?

I actually don’t have a TBR pile right now. I need to run to the library to restock it. I don’t really have long term piles. I just have ones that last a week or so.


I have no idea how far this tag has gotten. Because of that, I am going to tag Everyone who wants to participate!


That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this tag.  It was really fun to do 🙂 Feel free to leave any future tag suggestions!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Friendly Discussion Friday (#2)

Hey everyone! TGIF 😀 Happy Friday. Since you guys seemed to enjoy the first FDF (here), I’ve decided to do another one. As you can guess, this meme is only about discussing opinions, current events and more. This week’s topic is:

Topic

Paperback or Hardcover Books? This topic is greatly talked about. Everyone has their own opinions of course. Hardcover books are sturdier and look incredible on the bookshelf. Paperback covers are easier to take places and easier to read.


What’s my opinion?

I personally enjoy hardcovers better. Yes, they are more expensive. The pros to me are:

  • They are sturdy
  • They look amazing on shelves 😀
  • I can’t rip or bend the cover(s) by accidently

Paperbacks do have their pros of course. I won’t deny a paperback and actually read those more than hardcover. If I had to choose one, I’d choose hardcover.


What’s Your Opinion?

Let me know in the comments!

Do You Choose Paperback or Hardcover?


 

Some Great Books In Both Hardcover and Paperback 


That’s a wrap! How can I improve in these discussion posts? Let me know any suggestions along with your opinion on this topic.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Friendly Discussion Fridays!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Traveling Thursday (#22) Debut

Hey everyone! It’s summer vacation for me. If you are still in school, it’s almost the weekend! It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme is hosted by the amazing   Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You definitely need to check their blogs out if you haven’t already. To find out more info, future themes and more, go to the Goodreads page here. This week’s theme is:

Every author has to start from somewhere. Choose your favorite debut novel.

I’ve already done some amazing debut novels! I have decided to do The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I actually have yet to read this book so I don’t know if it is my favorite yet. I love I’ll Give You The Sun also by Nelson so I’m sure her debut novel will be great!


Original/Cover From My Country (US):

The Sky Is Everywhere

Favorite Cover(s):

The Sky Is EverywhereEnglish

Niebo jest wszędziePolish

Nebo na dosahSlovak

Az ég a földig érHungarian

My favorite out of these is probably the English one. It’s so beautiful yet simple!

Least Favorite(s):

Himlen börjar härSwedish

De Hemel Begint Bij Je VoetenDutch

Himlen ved mine fødderDanish

Über mir der HimmelGerman

My least favorite out of these is the Swedish one. It’s overly cluttered and not fun to look at.


That’s a wrap! What are your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Book Traveling Thursdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review|Openly Straight

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday and that means it’s so close to the weekend! If you are still in school, I sure hope you’re getting a vacation soon! It’s time for another book review 🙂 Today I am reviewing Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Title: Openly Straight

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 320

Genre: LGBTQ

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Amazon Summary:

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.
This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

“Konigsberg’s lovely novel invites us to walk with Rafe through his season of assumed identity and his costly emergence into honesty. It’s beautiful. It’s a story of salvation.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW”


“Lambda Literary Award-winner Konigsberg has written an exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel about the labels people apply to us and that we, perversely, apply to ourselves. . . . Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years.” — BOOKLIST, starred review


“For a thought-provoking, creative, twenty-first-century take on the coming-out story, look no further.” — THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE


My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! This book definitely showed me the struggles of coming out and being “the gay kid” (no offense at all to anyone that is gay). At first I thought Rafe was a bit weird for “going back into the closet” as the story progressed, I realized he had made a smart choice. He was making friends, accepted, and he plays football with the jocks. All is well until he falls in love with his best friend Ben. Ben is straight supposeably. Let’s just say that quite a bit happens surrounding Rafe and Ben. Rafe’s friend Toby is gay so that and other things make Rafe want to confess to his peers. He stays in the closet for quite sometime. He confesses to his teacher who makes him write stories about being gay. Does Rafe come out again? Does Rafe and Ben’s relationship rise or fall? Read Openly Straight to find out! All I’m going to say is that I’m glad it’s the first book. That means there will probably be a sequel!!

(excited/freaking out face)


That’s a wrap! Kudos to those of you who stayed till the end. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read this book, did this review get you interested? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

The Desert Island Book Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s your lucky day. You get a WWW Wednesday and a book tag all in one day! This is a quick tag that I thought would be perfect to do today. I was unofficially tagged  by the wonderful My Tiny Obsessions. You definitely need to check out her book, music, travel and more filled blog if you haven’t already. Thank you! Without further ado, here we go!

Desert Island


Water: A Book You Can Simply Cannot Live Without.

That would have to be all my books obviously XD

Okay, I’ll answer this seriously. I would have to say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This book changed my life. It started my love for Harry Potter and made me realize I am a Weasley. Without it, I wouldn’t be a Potterhead 😀


Food: A Book That Is a Close Second On Your Favorites List.

That would have to be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book got me hooked on contemporary books. It also gave me another author to love and cherish 😀


Shelter: A Book That Makes You Feel At Home And Safe.

Anything fantasy, humor, adventure or contemporary!


Flare Gun: A Book You Would Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read.

I honestly don’t know. The Harry Potter series would probably be good since it’s a pretty simple read that draws you in.


Matchsticks: A Book That Warms Your Heart.

That would have to be Simon v.s. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Simon and Blue’s relationship warmed my heart throughout the whole book. They’re just so adorable 🙂


Compass: A Book That Directed You Towards Your Love of Reading.

That would have to be the first chapter book I ever read. That would be Junie B Jones Is Captain Field Day by Barbara Park. It really set off my love for reading.


I’m going to tag EVERYONE who wants to do this tag!


That’s a wrap! This was a short but sweet book tag.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

WWW Wednesday (#22)

Hey everyone! I apologize for missing last week’s WWW Wednesday post. I was extremely busy with finishing school. Now I won’t miss a single post unless I’m extremely busy for some reason. It’s Wednesday and that means it’s halfway through the week. A huge shout out to those of you who are still in school. Keep working hard and don’t stop till your last day. Don’t stress or exhaust yourself either.

Wednesday means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This awesome is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. Go check out her beautiful blog if you haven’t already 🙂 To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?

This will be a combination of this week and last week so get ready for lots of books!


Recently Read:

This was such a great book! You can find out more about the book and my thoughts here.

This was another great book! I am going to do a review ASAP but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Stay tuned for that!

This was such a great book! I had some doubts about it but it didn’t let me down. Since this is a Tween book, I will not be doing a review unless requested.
Oh my gosh, I loved this so much! It was such a beautiful story. This is another Tween book. Because of that, I will not be doing a review on it unless requested.

Currently Reading:

I just started this book today and am enjoying it so far. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!


Going To Read:

This will be a reread when I read it. I checked it out at the library not knowing I had already read it.


That’s a wrap! I did a lot of reading during these past two weeks. What have you been reading? Link your WWW or let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more WWW Wednesdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Library Book Haul (#3)

Hey everyone! It’s your lucky day! You get a Top Ten Tuesday and a Library Book Haul today 😀 I apologize for doing this late. This should’ve been on Sunday or yesterday at the latest. Without further ado, let’s see what books I picked up at the library last week!


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*All Book Titles are linked to their Goodreads page!*

  1. Ruby Reinvented by Ronni Arno

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Not really sure how this book will be. It has mixed reviews on Goodreads. The summary sounded pretty interesting. Since this is a Tween/Young Teen book, I won’t be doing a review unless requested. I will however, hopefully keep you posted in my WWW Wednesday posts.

2. The Sky is Everywhere By Jandy Nelson

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This is a different edition than what I have. This is Jandy Nelson’s debut novel! I am excited to read it since I enjoyed her second book I’ll Give You The Sun. I did a book review on that yesterday. You can find it here. This book was the book I chose for the Book Traveling Thursday theme this week. Stay tuned for that on Thursday 😀 I’ll be doing a book review on this as soon as I read it!


That’s a wrap! This Library Book Haul consisted of one YA book and one Tween book. Have you read/heard of either of these books? If so, let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another Library Book Haul

*There might not be a book haul next week since I might not be going to the library.*

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases

Hey everyone! I apologize for not blogging much in the last couple of weeks. I finished Middle School so that came with tests and celebration. It’s summer vacation so I will be more active and posting more frequently. It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already! This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

I’m just going to keep it simple and do Ten Anticipated Book Releases.


Ten Anticipated Book Releases for the 2nd Half: 

  1. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon- Release Date: November 1st, 2016

I am so excited for this book! Everything, Everything swept me off my feet. I’m excited to see what The Sun Is Also a Star has in store 🙂

2. Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein- Release Date: July 4th, 2016 

I have loved this series so much so I am excited to see what the Kidd family does next!

3. Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts-Release Date: October 31st, 2016 

I love this series! Rafe goes on some crazy adventures and causes so much trouble. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Middle School: Dog's Best Friend

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Release Date: July 31st, 2016

This is more of a script instead of a book. I’m still so excited to get my hands on it and see how it is!!


I could only think of five for this week!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm ❤