Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Well, this was a hard one because I'm the slowest reader in the world these days (or I have way too many distractions) and I've only read 29 books this year. Just. 29. And my Goodreads goal is 80, wOAH, okay, I need to step up the pace a LOT. I still ended up liking most of the books I read this year, so that's always a plus, but off the top of my head I wonder if I can even come up with many favorites...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): Contemporary, RomanceLGBTQIA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date:  April 7, 2015
Date Read:  June 22, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Reading Habits Tag

I figured since you all know next to nothing about me, why don't I share my reading habits with you? Nobody tagged me but then that's my case for all the tags so let's just storm on ahead. If you've done the tag already then you can leave a link to that post in the comments because I'd love to check out your answers!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date:  May 5, 2015
Date Read:  June 11, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Okay, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this and I have to say, I'm torn between 3 stars and 4 stars. The last 40% of the book is no doubt a full "heLL YEAH" out of 5 but the first 60% was so slowly paced and devoid of action that I was on the verge of DNF-ing this and moving on. Luckily, I didn't and there was one single reason for this...it was a picture that someone shared from Sarah J. Maas' Pinterest...and it was...captivating...

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
2015 has already been a year of so much diversity and there is even more greatness to come so I'll tell you my most anticipated upcoming releases that I'm already clearing space up for on my shelves. I couldn't come up with 10 off the top of my head so there's only 8~

1. Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Released on September 29th 2015 and I'M STILL CROSSING MY FINGERS THAT NIKOLAI WILL SOMEHOW SHOW UP. Also, just look at that cover *_* All of Leigh Bardugo's books have perfect covers.

2. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer - Released on November 10th 2015 and that's so far away but this book is supposed to be 800+ pages so I guess it's warranted.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - Released on October 6th 2015 and this is Drarry fanfiction and nobody can convince me otherwise.

4. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu - Released on October 13th 2015 and although I wasn't that impressed with the first book, the epilogue gave me so much hype!

5. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent - Released today on June 9th 2015 so go get yourself a copy because even though the blurb sounds cheesily like a lot of other books, a lot of bloggers are impressed by the worldbuilding of this story!

6. A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1) by Morgan Rhodes - Released on June 23rd 2015 and I really want to read this because of the urban fantasy taking place in TORONTO. Not New York or Chicago or [insert any American city ever] but TORONTO, CANADA aka where I spent most of my childhood in.

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - Released on August 27th 2015 and this book is going to mind-blowing, I just know it.

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera - Released on June 2nd 2015 so this is cheating but for some reason my local bookstore still doesn't have this book that everyone hails as phenomenal.

That's all I have and it's surprisingly few. I guess I'm just not as aware of any other releases as much so please let me know of any other books you're excited for that's not on here!

Also, October is going to be a crazy release month and I've always wondered why publishers do this, releasing so many books near to each other, because wouldn't people be too preoccupied to get yet another new release? Instead, if it was released in an obscure spaced away time like "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" in  August, then wouldn't it better for the book's popularity? Yeah, I clearly don't understand much about publishing/marketing strategies ha.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Title: A Little Something Different 
Author: Sandy Hall
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date:  August 26, 2014
Date Read:  May 29, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....