Thursday, March 23, 2017

Most 'me' Book Characters Ever

Today, I'm making a list of the most 'me' or relatable book characters. Not much to really explain here, so we'll dive straight in.

1. Hermione Granger

I adore Hermione and I think she is one of the best characters to relate to.We are both massive book worms and have a desire for knowledge. Hermione really tries her hardest and I like to think I do too (most of the time). She's also just so sarcastic and blunt which is so me.

2. Molly Peskin-Suso
Molly from The Upside of Unrequited reminds me so much of me. I, too, am a serial crush-er. I also know what it feels like to feel like every one around you is in relationships. I love her inner monologue, she just really reminds me of me. She has her fair share of awkward moments, as do I. She's one of my favourite characters.

3. Simon Lewis

Because he's a huge nerd and so am I. He is also very sarcastic, like me. I think he's hilarious and definitely the highlight of the Mortal Instruments series.

4. Tessa Gray

Even if I think she can be a bit pretentious sometimes (same), I still think I can relate a lot to Tessa. Tessa adores books and learning and so do I. She's very selfless which I can't relate on but I can definitely relate on the book loving.

5. Cath

Cath from Fangirl is someone I think we can all relate to. Obviously, she is a fangirl and that on it's own makes her very relatable.  I understand Cath and her love for Simon Snow because I feel that. I also understand her wanting to interact with as little people as she can because same.

There you go, some characters that I relate to on a personal level. I'd love to hear who you relate to!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

3 Stars

"We come together. Now we come apart."
I'm going to get the not so great part out of the way first because I have a lot of lovely things to say about this book. My not so great point is, I don't really understand the point of the book. Actually, I get the point, I think the point is two people on the outside coming together. But, I really don't get the ending. It was sad, definitely sad but I don't really understand it. It felt rushed to me because everything happened so fast and nothing was explained. And I need to know what happens. I was left more than a little confused.

I thought Nicu and Jess were lovely characters with a lot of depth. I thought it was really interesting to read that inner monologue of Nicu and it felt very realistic. I think the verse format gave Jess and Nicu a lot of shape. It told of their relevant thoughts and made everything more important and relevant to the story rather than the regular way of storytelling. It was much more condensed and therefore a lot richer.

I think it was such a wonderful story of two outsiders building a friendship under unlikely circumstances. Both such troubled teens and both so different. I think that's absolutely wonderful. I love a good unlikely friendship story. Jess really cares for Nicu and you could really tell throughout the book. Jess has a good heart.

It was quite confronting to read though. Seeing the way the other kids treated Nicu, it was shocking. I've grown up in a place where that doesn't really happen. I go to a school with kids from Afghanistan and Iran and Singapore and all sorts of places. For me, it's never been anything but a normal thing and no one has ever treated the international students any differently. But, obviously it happens and it's really sad to me that it does happen. It gave me something to think about.

I was really excited to finally be reading something from Sarah Crossan because I've heard a lot of good things. She did not disappoint and neither did Brian Conaghan. A book unlike others and something definitely worth checking out.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

4 stars

“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting. The way he looked at you? He wasn't distracted. He was consumed.”  

9627755Awh, I love this so much. I reread this in anticipation for the pending arrival of my copies of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. I've been waiting a good year or so for these babies so you have to understand my excitement at finally having ordered them. Anyway, I adore this.

It is so cute, I can't find anyway to be mad at it because it is so bloody cute. Also, hello? It's set in Paris which makes it the most romantic book I've ever read. I can't get over the literal sweetness, I am always down for a fluffy read like this. But then again, it kind of ripped my heart out for a while. Which was not cool.

I thought Isla was a pretty relatable character, to me at least. I like her, have an autistic friend and people give me a lot of shit for it but I don't understand why he can't have friends like everyone else. I liked that this was represented in the book. Kurt reminds me a lot of my friend and it kind of hurt a little to see him being treated like he was in the book but I love that Isla understands. Isla, also, has a tendency to run her mouth off and subconsciously ruin things. But, I get that, it made her more relatable to me because I've been in similar situations, not as severe yet but I understand it.

Josh is an absolute babe, even when he kind of screwed things up or said things so mushy that they made even me cringe. Artistic people just make me swoon always, never have I ever been in anyway artistic but it's characters like these that make me with I could draw more than a stick figure. I also find it incredibly attractive when he draws Isla, before I die a boy better draw me. Please form a single file line, fellas. He was just super sweet and concerned about Isla. He was just trying to do what he thought was best for her the whole time, it was lovely.

I am beyond thrilled to start reading the rest of the trilogy and it'll be interesting to compare books. I've heard Anna and Lola were even better than this but honestly, I don't know if I'm prepared for that amount of fluff. So, you'd better stay tuned for those reviews to come.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

3 Stars

"Part of me wanted to fling myself on the bed and hold him. Part of me wanted to fling myself on the bed and pummel him."

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

30335388I have a few issues with this book. Which is a definite shame since I wanted to love it. The cover is gorgeous, it sounded great. It just wasn't so great in execution.

Firstly, I don't suffer from anxiety or anything but I'm at least 95 percent sure that Petula's anxiety wasn't well written at all. It was like it was written to add quirks and things for readers to find 'relatable'. I don't know, it seemed strange and very exaggerated to me. I don't think the author intended for Petula to be presented this way and in the acknowledgements she talks about the research she did in writing the book so, I think the author had her heart in the right place. I just hope she can learn from it.

It described itself as a love story for cynics which totally appealed to me, I'm a huge cynic in real life. Not so much when it comes to reading but that's different. But, nevertheless, I thought this was perfect but I didn't really get a whole lot of it. It didn't feel to me like the romance was the big theme here. Which is strange because it was a big part of the book but it I just wasn't really feeling it.

I think the idea for the plot was lovely. I loved how the kids all united to help each other get better but again, I didn't quite like the way it was done. I felt like the book was perhaps a bit short and therefore rushed. So we didn't get much on the other characters and for me it almost defeated the purpose.

I'd have liked Petula's impulsiveness to have been touched on more but instead it was all her 'quirks' because they were cuter and easier to like. It seemed to be pushed to the side. Which seems funny to me because I thought the book was supposed to be about those sorts of issues.

I loved the cats. They were probably my favourite characters. It made me want more cats, they really stole the show and I loved their book inspired names. I'm totally going to give my next pet a book inspired name.

Anyway, I think the book was good in theory. I don't think any harm was intended so I am hoping the author will improve. It was a quick read and it had it's cute moments and a big theme was friendship so that was nice. I'm pretty undecided on this. I've given it a meh rating because I really can't make up my mind.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Infinite Moment Of Us by Lauren Myracle

3 Stars

“It's what you feel, and guess what? Feelings are like three-year-olds. They're not rational. They're just there.”

17290266Ugh, this book. I feel like I have a lot to say about. I probably don't but I feel like it. First, I just finished it 10 minutes ago and I have that weird feeling in my stomach where I feel like crying. I don't know why I feel like crying really, well I mean I do, it's a very raw book but, I can read death scenes without feeling anything. Also, when I first got this book a few years ago, I won't lie, I wanted it because the cover is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

I'm going to start of with the thing that we all secretly want to talk about. Sex. There was sex in the book, yes, yes, yes. Now, this is cool, this is fine. It's about 18 year olds and love so there's probably sex but I feel like I need to discuss this because it was very much in detail. I don't mind a sex scene, they're usually well done and subtle enough that you don't know every detail but you still know it happened. Not to say this wasn't well done, I'm more talking about it for the benefit of anyone who want's to read The Infinite Moment Of Us because it's so detailed and it made me a little uncomfortable to read but in another way I was glad it was so thorough because I liked to know that sex isn't always perfect and that it hurt and it was kind of awkward. Too many times in books, sex is displayed (I mostly mean when girls lose their v-card) as perfect and wonderful but they don't talk about some of the pain or awkwardness. Anyway, my biggest point in mentioning this is so if you aren't comfortable reading about sex then this might not be the book for you. Although, if you want my opinion, I liked how straight forward it was.

I feel like that was a long talk about sex but moving swiftly on, I really like the book. It is so raw and I love raw. Also, Wren and Charlie have their issues because they're 18 and it won't be perfect. I like that this book exhibits that. It was a bit sudden and I, perhaps, would have liked more build up. Maybe a slower burn but it's whatever really, I don't particularly mind. Wren is such a sweet soul and reminds me of me, I over react over literally everything. Just like her. Charlie is really lovely too. I loved Tessa, why can't we all have a Tessa in our lives? She is such a gorgeous friend. I love her. She really wants the best for Wren and that is so precious and I love to see such lovely friendships in books.

I like it, it's a nice read. It's got the right amount of fluff (although, let's be real, there can never be too much fluff) it's got a little bit of drama. The end is fricking lovely. Possibly a little bit cringe worthy. What is there not to like? I couldn't tell you.

Also, take this masterpiece of a review I wrote when I was 14.

So sweet, so cute, so adorable, so much awkward sex scenes. If it weren't for how awkward the sex scene was I would love it I'd probably be giving it more stars.

I felt as though it was a bit too in depth. People have sex, we know, it just seemed like that was so much of the book.

I also feel that Charlie and Wrens relationship started too soon in the book and was too easy, it seemed like a dream come true. It wasn't exactly realistic, I would've enjoyed it more if the relationship was more realistic.

I think it was a very cute story, awkward but cute. I did like it, not as much as I had wanted to like it but I did like it

Ahh, look at me go. My precious lack of correct grammar and my extensive vocabulary. Oh, how my feelings have changed.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5 stars

“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”  

1885I may have lost count of all the rereads I've done so far this month so I wouldn't be able to tell you what number this is, although the months dwindling to a close. As I write this, it is the 23/9/16 which I understand this will actually go up in February of 2017 but I have so many reviews to post, it's insane. Anyway, when I first read this, I was 12 and it was on recommendation from my English teacher who I had so much respect for, I would've sold her my soul. I lost a tiny bit of respect as she became my history teacher but anyway, she told me I'd probably enjoy it because I loved Heidi. The first time I read this was an absolute blur so of course, I had to reread it. It turns out, I retained very little of it.

It's kind of pointless to do a review on Pride and Prejudice but honestly, it's more of a discussion and I like to discuss each book I read. It's good to be able to come back and say 'oh, that's what I thought of that'. It makes for easy reference for myself and somewhat interesting content. So, I guess I'm 'reviewing' Pride and Prejudice.

As far as classics go, this is one of my favourites. Jane Austen is one of my favourite classic authors. I don't always like classics though, for example, I absolutely hated Wurthering Heights and could barely finish it. I love Jane Austen's writing style though, the characters are more three dimensional than some characters tend to be in classics. Elizabeth has a lot of personality and she's fun to read.

I love that Elizabeth stands her ground, especially towards the end. She is a great representative of the early strong literary women. Marrying was not a priority for herself and she knew she didn't want to marry for the sake of money, which is great. I think Elizabeth is a great character.

Mr Darcy is just gorgeous, especially once he proposes and we really get to see him more as a character. That's the one shame with classics, I find, we never get to know a huge amount of the love interest and we don't get all that we get in romance type novels now. This is obviously because romantic relationships are much different now than they were when a lot of classics were published but it is a shame nonetheless.

I give it a five stars because I really like it and think it's probably the most likable as far as classics go. It's one of my personal favourites and I know it's a favourite upon many.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Things I'm Grateful For

Today I'm feeling really grateful for a lot of things so I thought it would be nice to write about all the things I'm grateful for. This'll probably be split into a few posts because there's so many things I could list. I hope this inspires you to look into what you're feeling grateful for and write your own post (or posts).

1. My Parents
I have two beautiful, loving parents who I wouldn't exchange for the world. They're always so supportive of me and what I want to do. They allow me to live the lifestyle I want to live and they are my best friends.

2. My Kitty Cat
Louis is the most annoying cat I've had the pleasure of meeting. I have no problem saying out of all four cats I've had in my life, he is the most annoying. But, I adore him. He's like my little baby and he always knows how to cheer me up. I wish I could give him the world.

3. The Beatles
Because I really love their music and it gives me goosebumps which I haven't really experienced before. They inspire me and they give me a certain escape. They have a song for every emotion I'm feeling and I'm really glad that they are a thing.

4. Books
Obviously, this had to be one. I love books and I love the way there's a book for everyone. I love that they help educate me and give me somewhere else to go. They've opened up so many worlds to me and given me a lot of opportunities so far.

5. The Opportunity To Have An Education
I complain about school 90% of the time but deep down, I'm so grateful for it. I know there's a lot of people who would die to have the opportunity to go to school like I do. I tend to think a lot of people take it for granted but I aim to make the most of it because I am really lucky.

6. Socks
I love socks. My feet are perpetually cold so socks are one of my favourite things. They're so cosy and lovely. I have countless pairs of fluffy socks and I still feel like I need more. They're a simple thing but they're really nice to have.

7. The Opportunity To Have A Musical Education
I'm really grateful that the schools I have gone to have had awesome opportunities for musical studies. I really doubt I'd have gotten into it without those opportunities. The city I live in is notorious for it's music programs and I know living where I do I have so many more opportunities.

Andddddd, that's all for this time. I think it's really important just to let yourself appreciate even the littlest things every now and then. Even if it is just your favourite pair of socks or the tea you drink of a morning or a favourite song. Remember what's good and what matters.