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 😀

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 😀

 

The Bookish Book Lover Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s Sunday and it’s time for another book tag! I saw this one on Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Check out her blog for all things bookish and more 🙂 The tag was created by Shantelle @ Shantellemaryh. A special thanks to her for creating this awesome tag!


Rules:

  • Answer the questions!
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  • Answer the questions!

 

 

 

 


What Books Are You Currently Reading?

I haven’t been reading much but I am almost done/done with Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


What’s The Last Book You Finished?

Project (Un)Popular (Project (Un)Popular, #1)

This was a tween book and was pretty decent.


Favorite Book You’ve Read This Year

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson are a couple of favorites so far.


What Genre Have You Read Most This Year?

Young Adult Contemporary!

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What Genre Have You Read Least This Year?

I haven’t read Non-Fiction and Sci-Fi at all this year; just to name a few.

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What Genre Do You Want To Read More Of

Fantasy


How Many Books Have You Read This Year, And What’s Your Goal?

I’ve definitely read more than my Goodreads Goal says. I haven’t updated it in forever and now I’m so far behind, it’s not even worth it.

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What’s the last book you’ve bought?

I honestly don’t remember XD


What book are you saving up to buy next?

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I would love the Harry Potter boxed set and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


How many books did you check out last library visit?

4-5 books

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What’s A Book You Can’t Wait To Read?

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To Kill A Mockingbird. I haven’t read it yet and am going to in school finally!


What’s A Series You’d Recommend To Everyone?

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The Hunger Games series and The Harry Potter series

Who’s An Author You’re Hoping Writes More?

I’m going to steal Cris’ answer and say Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing and hope she writes more.


A Few Books Your Heart Adores

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What Books Are On Your Wish List?

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I nominate EVERYONE who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀





Top Ten Tuesday: Setting

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This wonderful meme is hosted by the people @ The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out for all things bookish!! This week’s topic is pretty open. It is:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

I have decided to do Top Ten Books set in the United States. These are most likely books I’ve already raved about so I won’t be making any comments.

Ten Books Set in The United States

  1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth-Set in a futuristic Chicago, Illinois 


2.Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell-Set in Omaha, Nebraska between 1986-1987


3.I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson-Set in fictional Lost Cove, California 


4.Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-Set in present day Nebraska


5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Set in Indianapolis, Indiana


6. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton-Set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma


7.Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy-Set in Texas


8. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson-Set in California


9.Paper Towns by John Green-Set in Orlando,Florida


10. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg-Set in Boulder, Colorado


That’s a wrap! What books have you read that are set in the United States? Let me know!

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Review|The Porcupine of Truth

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Now you can hopefully relax! Today I am going to be doing a book review. As you can tell by the title, I am going to be reviewing The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg. This is the second book by the author. You can find the first book’s review here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Porcupine of Truth

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 336
Genre: LGBTQ, Adventure
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

* “A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” — Booklist, starred review


* “Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” — School Library Journal, starred review


“Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger


My Thoughts:

This was an amazing book! It’s the first time I’ve seen a straight boy and a lesbian be friends anywhere. This book is about Carson finding out about his grandpa’s past. At the beginning of the story, Carson meets Aisha. He falls in love with her at first but then learns that she’s a lesbian. Carson and Aisha become extremely close. His dad is an extreme alcoholic who is dying. Carson decides that he needs to find his grandfather and reunite him with his dad before he dies. Aisha and Carson travel across the country to find his grandfather following clues from people they don’t even know. To find out if they find his grandfather and more, read the book 🙂 I rated this 4.5/5 stars because there is some breaking and entering. I don’t think it was the best choice that could’ve been made. I hope more authors can put  diverse friendships like this in YA.


That’s a wrap! This is a great book. I definitely recommend it. Do you want to read this book after this review? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is hosted by the bookworms @ The Broke and the Bookish. You should definitely check them out! This week’s theme is a FREEBIE! Since it hasn’t been done yet for this meme, I will be doing ten LGBTQ books I’ve read.  Without further ado, here we go!


TEN LGBTQ Books I’ve Read:

  1. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

The main character is a boy who goes back into the closet when he starts a all boys boarding school.


2. The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

One of the books I have to review. One of the main characters, a boy, has an alcoholic dad. The other is a lesbian. They go on an exciting adventure to find the grandpa of the boy. Will they find him? Read the book to find out!


3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The main character is a boy named Simon whose secretly gay. He has an adorable email relationship with a boy named Blue. All Simon knows is that Blue goes to his school.


4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

The main characters are twins. One is in love with a biker. The other is gay and in love with the new neighbor. Something happens that makes the twins not talk to each other and avoid all contact. Do they make up and become close again? Read the book to find out!


5. Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

A book about a person who changes bodies every day. They live a different life everyday but are always in love with the same girl.


I could only think of five. I feel like I’ve read more LGBTQ books than that! Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#23)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means we are halfway through the week! It also means it’s time for WW Wednesday! This meme is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. You definitely need to check her blog out! 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?


Recently Read:

This was a great and short read!

This was an amazing and touching book. I’ll give you my full thoughts in the review I’ll do ASAP.


Currently Reading:

The second book by Bill Konigsberg. I just started it and it’s pretty good so far! I’ll do a review on it as soon as I finish.



Going To Read:


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books or do they look interesting? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀