WWW Wednesday (#33)

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This wonderful meme is currently hosted by @Sam. Go check out this writer’s blog! To participate, 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:

The After-Room (The Apothecary, #3)

This was a beautiful conclusion to The Apothecary series!!

More Happy Than Not

This was an amazing book!! I’ll have to review this and Finding Audrey now. I’m getting behind!


Currently Reading:

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

This is Tween book but it sounded pretty interesting. I am only a few pages in but am enjoying it.


Going To Read:

The Great American WhateverStella by Starlight

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


That’s a wrap! What did you read this week? Link your WWW or let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday| Back To School

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 lists and books 🙂 This week’s topic is:

:Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I’m going to do required reading for contemporary fans.


Ten Required Books For Contemporary Fans: (NO ORDER)

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
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A book about two teens with very different lives. It’s a must read about a classic teenage romance.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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A book about two cancer patients who fall in love. It’s a must read about a unique love story.


3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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A book about a girl with mental issues and a gamer boy who fall in love. A must read about a fantastic love story.


4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

A book about a Starbucks worker and a fanfiction writer. A must read about adorable love.


5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

A  book about a girl who is torn between two very different boys. A must read about a shocking love triangle.


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

I'll Give You the Sun

A book about two twins who fall in love with very unique people. A must read about a broken relationship.


7. Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

A book about a next door neighbor and a girl with a rare disease. A must read about sneaky communication.


8. Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A book about a boy and his mystery email lover. A must read about an email relationship.


9. Everyday by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

A book about an unnamed person who’s in love with one person no matter what. A must read about a  mind bending relationship.


10. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

A book about a girl who can’t decide who she loves. A must read about an undecided romance.


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Library Book Haul (#7)

Hey everyone!  It’s Monday  and it’s time for another Library Book Haul! I apologize for not blogging for 4-5 days. Life got very busy and I didn’t have the energy or time to blog. Back to the book haul. This haul contains two Young Adult books and two Tween books. Let’s get started!


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  1. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight

This is a book set in the Great Depression era. It sounds interesting and centers around a girl named Stella. She has to deal with living in the segregated south. There will not be a review since this is a Tween book.


2. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever

A 2016 release that is centered around a boy named Quinn whose life is turned upside down. I have been wanting to read it for a bit and it has lots of twists and turns. Stay tuned for a review since it is a YA book!


3. Project Un Popular by Kristen Tracy

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

A 2016 summer release that is centered around two characters: Perry and Venus. They are in middle school and yearbook photographers. I thought it sounded interesting and it sounds like it has quite a bit of drama. There won’t be a review since it is Tween.


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

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

A book written by two wonderful authors. It centers around two boys both named Will Grayson. I have enjoyed at least one book by both John Green and David Levithan. That’s why I believe I will enjoy this book. See if I do in my review 🙂


That’s a wrap!! Any thoughts about these books? Let me know!

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Traveling Thursday (#24) 2016 Favorite

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday and that means it’s almost the weekend. I hope you guys have had a great week so far. It also means that it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This meme is hosted by  Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. To find out more information, future themes and more, go to the meme’s Goodreads group here! This week’s theme is:

We’re halfway through 2016. Choose your favorite book of the year so far.

This is a tough one! I’ve mentioned quite a few of my favorites already. I have so many favorites… For this theme I have decided to do I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is a book that I’ve definitely raved about a lot. Without further ado, here we go!


Original Cover/Cover From My Country (US):

I'll Give You the Sun

Favorite Cover(s):

Eu Dou-te o SolPortuguese

Te daría el solSpanish

Te daría el solSlovak

Daću ti sunceSerbian

My favorite out of these was the Portuguese one. It’s so beautiful. I love how there are different colored raindrops instead of rays.

Least Favorite Cover(s):

Oddam ci słońcePolish

ARC Ik geef je de zonDutch

Jag ger dig solenSwedish

These are all my least favorites. The Polish one has too much writing and shouldn’t have a random person on it. The Dutch one is plain and boring. The Swedish one has some things that have to do with the book but it still doesn’t make much sense.


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

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Book Traveling Thursday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you guys are having a great week 🙂 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people @ The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already. This week’s theme is pretty simple:

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Since I don’t always read new releases, it’ll be older releases.

Ten New Releases (2016 and before)

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Released in September 2015)

Great book full of love, longing and a major plot twist!


2. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Published March of 2010)

The Sky Is Everywhere

This was an amazing book about grief, a love triangle and family.


3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (Released September of 2014)

I'll Give You the Sun

The second book by Jandy Nelson. A great book about twins who both fall in love with very different people. Something happens that tears them apart. Read the book to find out if they become close again.


4. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Released in May of 2013)

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)

This is a great book about a boy who goes back into the closet when he goes to a all boys boarding school. Find out if his secret comes out.


5. Rules for Stealing the Stars by Corey Ann Haydu (Released in September of 2015)

Rules for Stealing Stars

A great book about a little sister who is always shunned by her sisters. When her troubled and alcoholic mom finally snaps and yells at Silly, she finally gets to see what her big sisters are up to.


6. Space Case by Stuart Gibbs (Released in September of 2014)

A book about a boy who lives on the moon. The book follows his crazy adventures and what he encounters.


7. Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs (Released in April of 2016)

This is the sequel to Space Case. The crazy adventures continue in this great book 🙂


8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Released in February of 2013)

A book about a classic teen relationship. The girl has a abusive stepfather and the boy has grown up in a rich family. It’s definitely a must read.


9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Released in September of 2013)

A love story between a cute Starbucks employee and a shy fanfiction writer. Another must read by Rainbow Rowell.


10. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Edgar (Released in March of 2016)

Hour of the Bees

A book about a girl who makes a journey through a dessert to help her grandpa who she’s never met. Oh, and her grandpa has dementia so he frequently has episodes.


That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them. 

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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 😀

 

Book Review| I’ll Give You The Sun

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means the first day of my summer vacation. If you’re on vacation, welcome to paradise! If you’re not, hang in there! Today I am going to be doing another book review. As you can guess by the title, I am going to be reviewing I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I finished this a while ago but was too busy to do a review. At least I’m doing it now!  Without further a do, let’s get going!


Title: I’ll Give You The Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

# of pages: 371

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ

My Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.16/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars


Summary From Amazon:

 

“A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, fully alive novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing―often all at once.”


Critic Reviews (Credit is Given):

“Dazzling.” “The New York Times Book Review” 


“Have you ever wanted to put a book in all of your friends’ hands? This is that kind of book . . . Heartbreakingly honest.” “San Francisco Chronicle”


“This book is about many things: grief, sexuality, creativity, bravery, identity, guilt. But mostly it’s about love. Be prepared with more tissues than you needed for “The Fault in Our Stars,” a chunky notebook to scribble down all the quotes and a handful of witty responses when people ask why you’re chuckling to yourself in the corner. Because this book will make you realise how beautiful words can be.” “The Guardian” 


“This book is many things at once, all of them engrossing. It’s a book where teenagers think in almost indulgently poetic language while still sounding genuinely adolescent. It’s two separate but equally intoxicating love stories. . . . Most of all, it’s the mystery of what happened to tear Noah and Jude apart, and what if anything can bring them back together again.” NPR’s Guide to 2014’s Great Reads.



My Thoughts:

This book was amazing!! It kept me turning the pages once I got into it. There were parts of the book that were confusing or not very exciting. As the book progressed though, it really sucked me in. Noah is so amazing. He’s so creative and artistic. Noah is gay and follows in love with the boy next door. Jude is amazing as well. She’s not as artistic as Noah and doesn’t feel as loved by their mom. Jude falls in love as well.  When something major happens, Noah and Jude are torn apart. They go their separate ways and don’t talk anymore. You have to read the book to find out if they become close again. Overall, I loved this book. The writing just flowed and the characters were so well described, it felt like I knew them. I felt what they felt. Saw what they saw. It may not be for everyone but I enjoyed it for the most part.

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That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think about it? No spoilers of course 🙂 If you haven’t read it, do you want to now? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀