Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On Your Shelf For Too Long

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet 

The books I’m putting here are on my shelf or TBR since before I started BOOK BLOGGING… because I’ve been blogging for too long to be able to pull it off completely.


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The Summer Before Forever (Melissa Chambers)

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Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it. 

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something — something he knows will change how she feels about him — and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…


Hey guys! This was yet another book I read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as a buddy read, and you can check out her take on this book here.

Finally! Finally!!! I absolutely loved this one. Lately ARCs have been hit or miss, majorly, so I was so happy that this book made me laugh and swoon and tear up a bit, and not want to throw my phone to the wall. This book was so cute!!!!

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I loved the writing style :D, it was my favorite kind! Dual POV with first person narration!!! Also, the writing is light and fun, even when dealing with serious subjects. Another detail that I thought was super smart and well done, was how the chapters were numbered. Because Landon suffer from dyscalculia, his chapters are numbered differently. Cool, right?!

I loved how typical (yet atypical) the two main characters were. Chloe was a regular shy girl, who was gorgeous and hot, but because she wasn’t that outgoing, she didn’t get asked out or hadn’t dated at all. The great thing about her was how strong she was. Chloe went through something really bad, but she was strong enough to move forward, and to talk to the right people and learn how to trust again. I loved how she took Jenna’s list in stride and slowly came out of her shell without losing herself. Serious question: where can I get myself a Landon? Because that dude was seriously awesome! I loved that he wasn’t just a jock, but that he had all this depth to him. Perfect! I really liked how his learning disability was integral to the plot, and it showed how it can affect everything in someone’s life.

At first I was a bit worried about Jenna, Chloe’s BFF, because she was so out there, but she managed to be the best friend that Chloe needed all along, and she also managed to have a very sibling-like relationship with Landon, which was super cool. I now what to know more about her.

The romance was pretty great, even though their feelings for one another started out super fast, they still felt genuine, and I really liked how slowly their romance evolved, especially because Chloe needed for things to move slowly, and Landon understood and more than respected that.

Apart from their romance, the family aspect to this book was super relevant too. Chloe and Landon both deal with a new family dynamic, and I appreciated how organic those relationships felt.

Overall, I really really loved this teen romance, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

The Proverbial Mr. Universe (Maria La Serra)

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Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered,
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.

When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind — until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.

Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine — until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, make sure you check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

So… this was yet another book that just wasn’t for me… at all. My main problem with this book was the writing style. Although the book is told in both perspectives – Nick and Olivia’s – the book is written in the third person, and the style was just plain weird to me. It’s an attempt at an omnicious narrator, that somehow fails. Although we get the POVs from both main characters, I felt like I ended the book without really knowing either of them. It just didn’t work for me at all.

Speaking of the characters then. Hmmmmm…. So, Olivia was just weird for me, and I didn’t exactly see that much personality in her. She was judgmental and hypocritical and overall just weak and not that good of a person. And is it bad if I call her a little dumb? I felt she was a little bit dumb to be honest. Also, her family wasn’t exactly the best.

Nick, well, Nick was a slightly better character than Olivia, that’s for sure. But he suffered from one of the worst cases of instalove ever, because not that things went fast or anything, but before he even talked to Olivia, Nick mostly knew she was meant for him.

The plot was weird, and it had a lot of timeline inconsistencies. The conflicts and resolutions came and went way too quickly, which lessened the importance of a lot of things. Multiple topics were also brought up and discarded right away. Also, this book was kind of boring.

The romance wasn’t to my liking either, and it seemed to have some element of magical realism of some shit like it, because there was talk of soul mates and that kind of stuff.

But to be 100% honest, what really really bothered me to no end was how the author used “your” repeatedly when she meant “you’re”. I mean… come on! They’re not the same thing!!!

I really can’t recommend this one, because I couldn’t connect to it at all. I feel like this kind of story telling might appeal to a lot of people though, so you guys might enjoy it.

Olympics Book Tag

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Hey guys! Today I’m doing The Olympics Book Tag, because I’ve been due to do a tag, right? Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much luckily tagged me for this one – THANK YOU CÁTIA! And this tag was created by Valerie @Little Dutch Bookshop.


Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic gymnastics are all about grace and beauty, especially on beam and floor, but if you only flex your toes for just a second on any other event, such as bars or vault, it can lead to a deduction that can cost you your golden medal. That’s why I want to know:

What is a beautifully written book?

So many books are beautifully written, but I need to say Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because this book was beyond AMAZING! I loved all the little nuances written and woven into the story, and it’s just beautiful to me.


Athletics

Athletics is all about speed. In most events the fastest person wins, but in other events your speed is also an important part of your chance you win that gold medal. So you can really say that speed is key. That is why I want to know: 

What is a fast paced book?

Smut by Karina Halle is super fast paced. Also hilarious. Also very very good. READ IT!


Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball reminds me so much of summer! I mean, you can only play it on the beach, it is fun to do with friends. It makes you forgive all of the sand for getting into places you don’t actually want sand. That’s why I want to know:

What is a perfect book for summer?

I wish more people would listen to me and read Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind, because this book is hilarious and a total summer read (though I read it in plain winter, with lots of rain and cold).


Diving 

Divers is all about getting into that water without making a splash, but it is also about strength and, when performed by two divers, about synchronicity. But all in all the fact that they dive that far into the water, knowing that when they mess up, it hurts is very respectable. That’s why I want to know:

What is a book you read without knowing anything about it before you started.

So, funny thing… I requested Crystallum on Netgalley because I liked the cover and I was a bit into fantasy at that moment. So, I might not have read the blurb. Or any review of the book. So, until I read it, I was utterly convinced that this was some kind of fantastical/historical setting… not!


Equestrian

It’s all about the horses with this sport, they are as important as the athletes who ride them. It is amazing how much these animals can do! That’s why I want to know:

Who is your favorite bookish animal? (it can be a fantasy animal like a dragon)

My answer is still Clive from Wallbanger, because that cat is AWESOME!


Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics is all about flexibility. Gymnasts perform all kinds of contortionists moves, and that all while keeping their eye on a prop. And they are also able to include this prop in their, often graceful routines. It hurts my back looking at it, but I want to know:

Who do you find a very flexible writer?

I need to steal Cátia’s answer here, and say Rainbow Rowell, because it’s the only author I’ve read several genres from, and I loved all of those books.


I Tag:

YOU!!! Everyone!!!! Enjoy! 😉

The Art Of Being Normal (Lisa Williamson)

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Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…


I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time now, and I finally bought it earlier this year and finally – FINALLY!!! – I read it. This was my first read about transgender issues and I really loved it.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it surprised me right from the start by how young the two main characters are. David is 14 and Leo is 15, and for a moment I was afraid that the voices would be just a tad bit young for me, but nope, no problem at all there. Another thing I really liked was the setting – this book is UK based, and I just find the british way of writing amazing.

The book is told in dual POV, from David and Leo’s point of views, and although there’s no indication in the beginning of the chapters about to whom it belongs to, it is done in a clever way: each boy has a different font.

I really liked both characters, how their lives interconnect and how they help each other grow. I felt like David’s storyline had somehow more weight than Leo’s, at least at the end of the line, but  I really liked that we know what’s going on with David from the start, while Leo’s story takes a little bit longer to unravel. It does though, and it’s sad, amazing and complex.

I loved how David’s character puts us in his head and makes us know exactly how he feels about his body – it isn’t his, and he hates almost everything about it. I think this was important, because most people, and most of us readers, are not familiar with these feelings.

The character growth and progression is awesome for both boys, and the story is very much character based, though the plot is still well achieved. In the end though, I felt like some plot points weren’t completely wrapped, and while the last few scenes are important, I still didn’t quite like the way it was done.

I would highly recommend this contemporary, because it deals with such important issues, and it was kind of refreshing to read a contemporary that wasn’t about a romance.

So, tell me guys, have you read The Art of Being Normal? What did you think about it?

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Non-Fiction Book

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because we don’t always read fiction… choose your favorite non-fiction book“. I don’t read that much non-fiction, but the few I did read, I’ve used them, and others don’t have that many different covers. So, I’m choosing a book that I want to read in the near future, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe.


Original COver:

I love the original cover! This is the original US cover and I think it’s amazing.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                           

The Portuguese cover is similar to the US cover, so I love it. While I’m not the biggest fan of the Spanish cover…

Favorite COVER(s):

              

My favorite covers are the US edition, the Dutch one – i love the yellow, and the UK cover, which is the one I own, and it has grown on me.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                   

I really don’t like the Chinese and Spanish editions. They’re just not as cool as the other ones.

WWW Wednesday: August 17th 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m currently reading two books: The Proverbial Mr. Universe by Maria La Serra, and I’m still reading The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, though I’m almost done and loving it.


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This week I finished Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry, which was so much funnier than I was expecting, then I read Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy, which was kind of good, until it wasn’t…


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Next, I’ll probably read Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas and The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers, which are both coming out on the 22nd. And I really want to start The Hard Count by Ginger Scott.

Daring the Bad Boy (Monica Murphy)

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Truth or Dare was never this much fun… 

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself — gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.


Hey guys, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her review of this book here.

So, as you can see in my rating, I didn’t exactly loved this book, and to be honest, I was quite enjoying it until around 82%, and then it was just a big NO for me.

Let me start with the writing style, ok? I liked it. This story is told in dual POV, from Jake and Annie’s perspectives, and I did enjoy the back and forth of both POVs.

My biggest problem though was Annie. I honestly hate this, because I feel like I’m always hating on the girls in these romances, but I was prepared for 100% forgive Annie for her stupid decisions in the beginning and her stupid crush on Kyle, but she went from a sweet, and shy girl who loved to read, to someone who thought that other people’s opinions were more important than her own integrity. I do understand that she was 16 yo, but someone who thinks that her so called friends are talking shit behind her back, and she still does everything she can to impress them? NO!

I liked Jake. I thought he was a better rounded character than Annie, and his initial behaviour made sense because of his anger issues. He did have a case of super insta-love for Annie, but I’ll forgive him that.

The story and the romance between Annie and Jake was cute, for the most part, but then, as soon as they’re good and kind of happy, everything gets messed up, and I hated it. I hated it because Annie made a bunch of such weird choices. And then the people in Jake’s live have weird reactions and complete 180’s. Honestly, I was reading those last 18% and thinking “was this even written by the same person?“.

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Until that point the book was a solid 3.5/4 stars for me, but those events kind of ruined it for me, and after thinking about it a lot, I couldn’t give it more than 2.5. Bah, what a disappointment.