Book Traveling Thursday (#40)|First Love

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This weekly meme is hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Go check them out! To find out more information, future themes and more, go visit the meme’s Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is:

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Choose a book that deals with first love.

The book I have chosen for this theme is Holding Up The Universe By Jennifer Niven. I recently finished this book and will review it ASAP. For now, I’ll say one word: incredible. Stay tuned for more!


Original Cover/Cover From My Country (US):

Holding Up the UniverseThis cover is so simple yet beautiful!


Favorite Cover(s):

Most of the covers are a variation of the original. They’re all my favorites.

Čitav svet na leđimaSerbian

This cover is so colorful and unique. It really stands out.


Least Favorite(s):

None!


That’s  a wrap! The covers for the book this week were mainly the same. What do you think of the cover? Have you read this book? Let me know your spoiler free opinions!

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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Top 5 Wednesday (#4)|Book Trends

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This weekly meme is hosted by gingerreadslainey and Sam @ Thoughts On Tomes. Both of these wonderful ladies have video book blogs. Go check them out! To find out more information, future topics and more, go visit the meme’s Goodreads group here. This week’s post will have examples of the topic.

February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of
— What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

I’m particularly tired of seeing random people on book covers. It wouldn’t be as much of a problem if the people actually looked like the main character(s). That’s only in a perfect world. Here are some examples:

Paper Towns

De Hongerspelen (De Hongerspelen, #1)(The Hunger Games)

Bajo la misma estrella

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The Fault In Our Stars)

 

Do wszystkich chłopców, których kochałam (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)(To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Oddam ci słońce(I’ll Give You The Sun)


That’s a wrap! What are some book trends you’re tired of? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more T5Ws!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Library Book Haul (#10)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I blogged. I recently went to the library and decided to do another Library Book Haul. It’s the 10th one! You guys have really been enjoying these book hauls 😀 This book haul consists of three YA books and three YT (Young Teen) books. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven would’ve been part of this haul but I started and almost finished it. A review will hopefully be coming your way soon!


Library Book Haul:

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*All Covers Are Linked To Goodreads*

1. If I Ever Get Out Of Here By Eric Gansworth (YA)

If I Ever Get Out of Here

Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home — will he still be his friend?


2. None Of The Above By I.W. Gregorio (YA)

None of the Above

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?


3. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) By Maggie Stiefvater (YA)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

(I recently read the first book and fell in love. The review will be up ASAP)

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.


4. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas (YT)

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi. 


5. Nothing But Trouble By Jacqueline Davies (YT)

Nothing but Trouble

Odawahaka has always been too small for Maggie’s big scientific ideas. Between her stuck-in-a-rut mom, her grumpy grandpop, and the lifetime supply of sludgy soda in the fridge, it’s hard for Maggie to imagine a change.

But when Lena moves in with her creative spirit and outrageous perspective, middle school takes off with a bang. Someone starts pulling the kind of pranks that send their rule-loving new principal into an uproar—complete with purple puffs of smoke, parachuting mice, and a scavenger hunt that leads to secret passageways. Suddenly the same-old football games, election for class president, and embarrassing stories feel almost exciting. And for the first time in her life, Maggie begins to wonder if there might be more to Odawahaka than she ever saw coming!


6. Every Single Second By Tricia Springstubb (YT)

Every Single Second

A single second. That’s all it takes to turn a world upside down.

Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her.

Tricia Springstubb’s extraordinary novel is about the shifting bonds of friendship and the unconditional love of family, the impact of class and racial divides on a neighborhood and a city, and a girl awakening to awareness of a world bigger and more complex than she’d ever imagined.


That’s a wrap! What books seem appealing to you? Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Traveling Thursday (#39)|Fictional

Hey everyone! It’s time for Book Traveling Thursday! This meme is hosted by the wonderful Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! Go check their blogs out for bookish posts. To find out more information, future themes and more, go visit the meme’s Goodreads group here! This week’s theme is:

Here’s to different worlds… Choose a book set in a fictional world.

This theme actually made me smile. I only read fiction so this is literally every book I’ve read. I have decided to do Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. This is one of the many reviews I need to do eventually. Let’s get started!


Original Cover/Cover From My Country (US):

Side Effects May Vary


There isn’t very many covers for this book. My favorite cover is the original one. It’s very simple yet eye-catching.


Least Favorite Cover:

Amore e altri effetti collateraliItalian

I just had to single Italy out this week. The cover has a random person on it which is one of my book pet peeves. This was the only cover that was different from the original.


That’s a wrap! I apologize for the lack of covers this week. What book would you have chosen for this theme? Let me know!

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top 5 Wednesday (#3)|Polarizing Books

 

Hey everyone! It’s time for Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know whether or not you’re enjoying this weekly meme! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by gingerreadslainey and Sam @ Thoughts On Tomes. Both of these lovely ladies have video blogs on YouTube. It’s definitely worth checking out! To find out more information, future topics and more, go visit the meme’s Goodreads group here. This week’s topic is:

These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.


Top 5 Polarizing Books:

1. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

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With this series, either you’re a Potterhead or not. To me, there’s no “partial fans”


2. The Fault In Our Stars By John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Either you’re against the “romanticized and repetitive cancer theme” or you’re in love with Hazel and Gus’s tear jerking romance.


3. Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Some think the story is boring. Others get drawn into the adventure. To me, there’s no in between.


4. Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

Fans of the Impossible Life

Some are drawn into the crazy friendship. Others are thrown off by the inappropriate and strange themes. My recent review/rant will tell you where I stand on this.


5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I’m cheating the topic a bit by putting this book. I actually haven’t read it. Twilight came to mind anyway when I read this week’s topic. It’s definitely a book that you either deeply hate or a few enjoy. There’s no in between!


That’s a wrap! Do you agree with my picks? What books would be/are on your list?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more T5W!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday|Underrated

Hey everyone! It’s time to find out what underrated books I’ve read in the past! That’s the topic for Top Ten Tuesday today. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish! Go check them out for book reviews, Top Ten Tuesday’s information and so much more! This week’s topic is specifically:

Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you’ve read recently)

I’m going to do underrated books that I’ve read both recently and in the past.


Ten Underrated Books:

  1. Laura Line by Crystal Allen

    The Laura Line

Rated on Goodreads: 3.91/5 stars

What I’d Rate It: 4.1/5 stars

Not a huge difference but it’s still underrated in my opinion.


2. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary

Goodreads Rating: 3.45/5 stars

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


3. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Never Always Sometimes

Goodreads Rating: 3.35/5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars at least


4. Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Goodreads Rating:4.08/5 stars

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


5. Openly Straight (#1) By Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)

Goodreads Rating: 3.97/5 stars

My Rating: 4.45/5 stars


6. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5 stars

My Rating: 4.20/5 stars

Not a huge difference but still a jump in rating


7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Goodreads Rating: 3.85/5 stars

My Rating: 4.45/5 stars


8. Highly Illogical Behavior By John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars

My Rating: 4.55/5 stars


That’s a wrap! I was hoping to find ten books but I only managed to find eight. If these books look interesting, click on the book cover. It’ll take you straight to the book’s Goodreads page. What are some underrated books you’ve read? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Fans Of The Impossible Life Review/Rant

Hey everyone! I finished Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa a couple of days ago. Now it’s time for me to review/rant about it for you! Let me know your thoughts about this book!


“They rolled up the maps of their bodies until they were two continents of interlocking roads and rivers and dreams, and she thought, ‘This is how I will learn to live again’.”  

Fans of the Impossible Life

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary(?)

My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Published: September 8th, 2015


Summary:

Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.

Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.

Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.


“I know what you mean”, she said. “Families can seem so normal and boring from the inside that you don’t know you’re different until someone else makes you feel different.”

Fans Of The Impossible Life is a pretty good book! It has three friends who are pretty close. This book has great adventures and characters.  This review focuses a lot on the flaws.That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. You definitely should at least try it out. I just decided to focus on the negative for this review.  I’m surprised that it has a 3.73/5 stars on Goodreads. People have some serious issues with it. I guess I do too.


The Issues With The Book:

  1. Three Different POVs

One of the reviewers on Goodreads brought up a good point about the POV. The book is told from three points of views. Sebby, Mira and Jeremy. Mira and Jeremy’s POVs made me feel pretty connected to the character. I agreed with the reviewer that Sebby’s point of view was “Jarring”. It was kind of confusing and strange to read.

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2. Misleading Synopsis

People are having issues with the synopsis. It claims that the book is about “a bisexual love triangle.” Sadly, that’s not at all what you find within the pages. It does address relatable and real life issues but no bisexual love triangle. I personally didn’t have an issue with it. The synopsis shouldn’t have misleading lines to get the reader to read it.

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3. Not Much Romance

If you’re looking for an adorable/steamy romance, you’re not getting that here. Like many reviewers on Goodreads said, there’s not much romance. What is there is “unhealthy” and “skewed” Nothing like the usual Young Adult Contemporary novels.

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4. Serious Issues That Were Shown As “Okay”

Hopefully this isn’t too much of a spoiler section. There’s a strange and inappropriate student-teacher relationship. A character who frequently steals and turns to drugs. Underaged drinking.  Forced sexual moments while either drunk or on drugs. It’s not okay. These are all serious issues that shouldn’t be messed with. An inappropriate relationship is wrong. Stealing and drug use is/can be illegal. Forcing someone to do sexual things is terrible and totally inappropriate. This was a major issue in the book.

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All of these complaints and issues make it seem like I hated this book. I actually enjoyed it a lot. Reading the reviews and thinking about the plot made me realize the flaws in this book. I still recommend reading it. It’s a great story about three friends and their adventures both in and out of school. There’s just some parts that are uncalled for, misleading and/or incorrect.

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That’s a wrap! Thanks for letting me rant a bit about this book. Reading through the reviews on Goodreads made me realize some huge issues with this book. What did you think about this book? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews/rants

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Celebrating The Little Things Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another amazing tag! I’ve seen this on a couple of blogs. I was browsing through the tags  on My Tiny Obsessions blog and found this. A huge shout out to her for her amazing book posts and blog 😀


Celebrating The Little Things Tag:

1. Who Was Your Very First Follower (if you can find out) Tag Them And Give Them A Shout Out!

Digga3k was my very first follower. They unfortunately don’t have or never had a blog. A shout out to them anyway!

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2. What was the last milestone you reached?

I literally just reached 300 followers a few days ago. I’ve already gained five more followers since then. Thank you guys so much!

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3. What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

My very first post was an introduction to my blog. It’s pretty terrible but here it is:First Post


4. Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower was Mugilian Raju @ Narotic Words. Thank you so much!

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5. What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

My last post was 300 Followers!! The first person to like it was Emma @ Book Geeking. Thank you for the like!

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6. How many months have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging for 19 months or 1 year and 7 months!


7. Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

I’m not really sure who considers me a friend but I talk to quite a few people. A couple of them being Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles Blog and Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Go check out their fantastic blogs! You guys are amazing 😀

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8. Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last meme I did was Book Traveling Thursday and it was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Kudos to her for creating such a fantastic meme!

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9.Have you any social media related to your blog? 

Not really. Just a Google+ page with very few followers. I should really get something for my blog!

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Last but not least …. Just give thanks to all your followers

Thank you guys so much! I can honestly say it enough. You guys have no idea how much you’ve changed my life. You’ve made this blog possible. Without you, this blog wouldn’t have come as far as it has. I love how close the blogging  community feels. It’s so accepting and kind. I love you guys 😀

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I’m not going to tag anyone specific. Actually, I tag EVERYONE! You can do this tag if you enjoy it. It’s definitely a fun one. As always, no pressure to do it.


That’s a wrap! I loved doing this tag. It’s really showed me how far my little blog and I have come. What are some little things you celebrate? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

300 Followers!!

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that I reached 300 followers! Thank you guys so much! When I first started this blog, I honestly thought it was going to be a flop. Now there’s 300 or so people following me. Thank you to those who comment on my posts. I love hearing your thoughts and opinions about whatever I’m talking about. Now that I’ve reached this milestone, What would you like to see me do? Comment your suggestions!

I keep being repetitive with my thank yous but it’s cause the blogging community means so much to me. Thank you 😀

Thanks for reading and let me know what you’d like to see me do!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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My Most Anticipated 2017 Releases

Hey everyone! I couldn’t think of anything to do for the Top Ten Tuesday topic for this week. I have decided to share with you, books I’m looking forward to this year. This list will definitely grow as the year goes on. These are all by authors that I love. Are you looking forward to these releases as well? Let me know!


1) Always And Forever, Laura Jean by Jenny Han

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The conclusion to the three book series To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


2) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Becky’s second novel!!

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


3) History Is All You Left Me By Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

Adam’s second novel!!

Release Date: January 17th 2017 (In One Week!)

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life. 


4) Honestly Ben By Bill Konigsberg

Honestly Ben (Openly Straight, #2)

The sequel to Openly Straight!

Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Ben Carver is back to normal. He’s working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He’s even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.

Except . . .

There’s Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There’s his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there’s Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else . . . and maybe the real normal that Ben needs


5) Panda-monium By Stuart Gibbs

Panda-monium (FunJungle, #4)

The fourth book in the Fun Jungle series for Young Teens.

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when the zoo’s newest addition goes missing—before she even arrives!

FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet—Li Ping—a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. But when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.


That’s a wrap! These are five books that I’m looking forward to reading so far this year. What books are you looking forward to? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book posts!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀