Top Ten Tuesday|Turn Ons

 

Hey everyone! I’m back for a minute or two after yet another hiatus. I definitely can’t promise that I’ll ever have a solid schedule. It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful bloggers @ The Broke And The Bookish. Go check them out for more information about this weekly meme and so much more! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


Ten Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book:

  1. The Summary!

If it has a fantastic summary, that really sells it for me. The summary is everything!!

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2. The Cover!

I am someone who is likely to judge a book by its cover. If it has a beautiful, interesting or eye-catching cover, I’m likely to give it a try!

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3. The Length!

If it’s a longer book, there’s a higher chance I’ll read it. Short books are definitely not my style.

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4. The Writing Style!

I’m not too picky about the writing style. The only style I won’t read is verse. That’s definitely not my thing.

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5. The Author!

If it’s an author I know/have read, I will most likely give it a read. Especially if it’s part of a series!

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That’s a wrap! I could only think of five specific book “turn ons” What persuades you to pick up a book? Let me know!

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

None Of The Above| Book Review

Hey everyone! I apologize for being so inactive lately. I’ll try to get into a solid schedule but there’s no guarantees. Yesterday I finished an incredible book called None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio.


“Love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

None of the Above

Genre: Young Adult

# of pages: 352

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Author: I.W. Gregorio

Release Date: April 7th, 2015


Summary:

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?


None of The Above is an incredible book! It’s the first book I’ve read that has an intersex main character. The author did a brilliant job with detail. Each character seemed so real. Kristen has had a crappy life but her friends are really what keeps her grounded. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a huge secret like that leaked. Not only is there a unique view on sexuality, there’s love, betrayal, forgiveness and so much more. I loved this book so much. It’s definitely worth the read. I wish there was a sequel. There’s some things that definitely feel unfinished. I.W. Gregorio definitely needs to write more books!

“The biggest difference between boy and girls is how people treat them” 


That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~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 😀

Book Review|To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving break was all of last week for me. Now it’s over and back to school. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend if you celebrate. Even if you don’t, I hope you had a great weekend! Today I am going to be doing a book review. I am reviewing  To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.


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Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Author: Jenny Han

Jenny Han

# of Pages: 369

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Published: April 15th, 2014

My Rating: 4/5 stars ****


Summary Provided By Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My Thoughts:

I have heard only good about this book. I enjoyed it greatly. The imagery was fantastic. It really helped me picture who the characters really are. Jenny Han is an amazing writer. She knows how to draw you in. There are some parts that make me question the main character. That’s why it’s not a five star rating. If you enjoy a good contemporary novel full of love, drama and secrets, this is for you!


That’s a wrap! Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Please keep them spoiler free as always. Stay tuned for a review of the sequel once I can get my hands on it!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesdays: Valentine’s Day!

Hey everyone!! I’m so sorry that I’ve been MIA lately. I have finally got my internet issue sorted so hopefully I’ll be posting more soon. It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by the wonderful people @ The Broke and the Bookish. You seriously need to check them out. This week is a Valentine’s Day Freebie! I’ve decided to do Ten Romantic Quotes in no particular order.


Ten Romantic Book Quotes:

1)The Fault in Our Stars-Hazel

2) Fangirl-Wren

3)The Fault in Our Stars-John Green

4)Harry Potter-Sirius Black (Not very romantic XD)

5)The Hunger Games-Peeta

6)Twilight-Edward (Never read this book!)

7)Paper Towns-Quentin

8) Paper Towns-John Green

9)The Hunger Games

10) Eleanor and Park (Never read this book)


I admit that most of these quotes were more adorable then romantic.

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

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (4) The Final Day

Hey everyone! It’s day #3 of the 3 days 3 quotes Challenge. I’d like to thank whoever nominated me for this challenge. I’m sure I’ll be nominated again, so this won’t be the last time you see this challenge.


Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you

2. Post for a quote for  3 consecutive days (1 quote a day)

3. Nominate 3 bloggers every day (I have done this challenge 4 times. You can participate if you wish to)


The last quote is another pretty powerful one that makes you think. It’s from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

What are your thoughts on this quote? Let me know!


That’s all for my fourth time doing the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge! I love this challenge so much so I wouldn’t mind if I get tagged again 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

3 days 3 Quotes Challenge (4) Day #2

Hello everyone! It’s Day #2 of my forth time doing the 3 days 3 quotes challenge. Thank you to however nominated me quite a while ago! Without further ado, here we go!


Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post 3 consecutive days (1 quote a day)
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers a day (I have done this four times; I nominate anyone that wants to participate!)

    Today’s quote is from a book I actually haven’t read yet. It’s a pretty powerful quote if you ask me. The quote is from the book Dumplin’ by Julie Murphey.


That’s all for day number two of the 3 days 3 quotes challenge.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the final day!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

3 days 3 Quotes Challenge (4) Day #1

Hi everyone! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done this challenge!! I am so sorry that I don’t remember and couldn’t find who nominated me for this. If you remember nominating me, please comment below! Thank you whoever you are 🙂


Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post 3 quotes for 3 consecutive days (1 quote a day)
  3. Nominate  3 bloggers a day (I have done this 4 times now- please participate if you want to)

Today’s quote is of course from a Harry Potter book. This quote is specifically from Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.

I absolutely love this quote!! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know that this is a very important quote 🙂

That’s all for day #1 of the 3 days 3 quotes challenge. Stay tuned for day #2!

Thanks for reading!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Writing 101 Day #7 (Late): Hook Em With a Quote!

Hey everyone! Writing 101 ended on October 2nd but I’m still slowly but surely trying to get through all of the assignments still. If you’re unfamiliar with this course, check out the link here. Today’s objective is to use a quote to start off your post.

“It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -J.K. Rowling

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I chose a J.K. Rowling quote since I recently finished the first Harry Potter book.

To me, this quote means that what you do, shows who you are as a person more then what you can do.

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Being nice to someone overpowers being able to do 3 backflips

Not hanging out with the wrong crowd is better then being able to shoot a basket from the half court line.

Blogging honestly is better then being able to post 5-6 posts a day that aren’t even true.

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This may seem a bit cheesy but it’s all true. J.K. Rowling couldn’t have said it any better. People will pay attention more to what you choose to do than what you did in the talent show or at the competition.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more Writing 101!

~Makayla the Bookworm ❤

Blog/Life Update as of October 6th, 2015

Hello! Have you missed me? I haven’t been posting much but I’ve been pretty busy with family, books, friends, school… The list goes on and on. I’m not going to make excuses. I’m just here to tell you what’s been going on, some goals, and more!

– Tomorrow (Wednesday) Is the last day of school this week for me. 4 day weekend baby! I will definitely be trying to post but I’ll be busy.

– In exactly a month it’ll be someone’s birthday *Wink*

– I am going to be trying to make new about pages for all the new events I’ve started to participate in.

-Wednesday’s will be busy now! Pretty soon, I will be participating in a weekly event called WWW Wednesday. Stay on the look out for more info!

-I’m pretty far in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. I will be doing a review ASAP.

-I will be continuing to try to catch up on Writing 101 but 99% of Blogging 201 seems to be changing things around physically and with the settings so you probably won’t see too many written posts about that.

-Go check out my most recent Writing 101 post and vote for what kind of post I should do next. It will be open for a limited amount of time so get there fast!

That’s all for now! Just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on 🙂

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

*I won’t be doing Top Ten Tuesday’s today because I honestly have no ideas for the prompt.*

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