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 😀

 

 

 

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 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 😀

 

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 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 😀

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 😀

 

 

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.

Credit to the creator on the fan art/Pinterest


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 😀