July Wrap-Up (2015)

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Happy Friday, readers! Is it really the end of another month already? This summer really feels like it’s flying by. Anyone else feeling the same way? Regardless, it’s time for another monthly reading wrap-up! It was a pretty decent reading month for me as I completed six books, a step up from the last couple months. Hopefully I can keep this streak alive through August.

Before I get into my thoughts on all of the books I read, I need to give a quick shout-out to a couple people you may know. A very Happy Birthday to The Boy Who Lived and to the lovely woman who created him and his world. Let’s raise our Butterbeer glasses in their names, shall we? And maybe watch an HP movie. I have no words to express how much Harry and Jo mean to me, and I doubt this blog would exist without them. Cheers! Now, let’s talk about the books I read in July!

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Review: “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 278
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mental Illness
Published: March 19, 2009

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Quick Synopsis: “Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls. “Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another. I am that girl. I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit. Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery. (Goodreads)

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#YANeedsMore

Hi again – Happy Friday! Hope you’re all having a splendid start to your weekends.

Earlier today I was scrolling through my Twitter feed (as one does, too often), and I saw some people retweeting posts from the #YANeedsMore tag. This is an old tag that’s really just been ongoing for awhile now but surges back in popularity every now and then. I then began scrolling through the tag, having fun reading the opinions of other YA fans while simultaneously agreeing with every single one of them. In case you’re not sure what the #YANeedsMore tag is, let me quickly explain. It’s mostly self-explanatory, listing off all of the things that the YA genre seems to be lacking.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

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Hey again! It’s come to my attention that I haven’t done a T5W for the past three weeks! Oops. Let’s just ignore that. I guess I wasn’t into the topics, but this week is a good one, so I’m excited to get back to it. Today, I’ll be talking about my top 5 side characters that I think deserve their own series. Surprisingly, except for two of my picks, this was actually sort of difficult. But I think the picks I finally decided on are pretty good. T5W was created by Booktuber gingerreadslainey, and you can see the list of topics here. Now let’s do this!

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hey, guys! Hope you’re all having a good start to your week. Today I’m here with a tag that I’ve seen going around. The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag was created by booktuber TheBookArcher.  It was uploaded a few months ago, but it has exploded over the last week-ish, so I thought I would add my contribution. The tag is exactly what it sounds like; unpopular opinions regarding books.

Before we jump in, I’d like to add this little disclaimer: My intention with this tag aren’t to bash books you may like or insinuate that you are stupid for liking them. Different people have different tastes, and that’s okay. This is all in good fun, folks!

Okay ready? Let’s jump in, shall we?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Happy Tuesday, all! This week I wanted to start doing a new list called Top 10 Tuesday. Similar to Top 5 Wednesday, each week there is a topic for which I’ll post corresponding books for. The only difference is that it’s a 10 book list instead of 5, and the topics will be different. Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to participate as well, a full list of July topics can be found here. As you can tell from the title of this post, this week’s topic is “Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read.” This wasn’t difficult for me since I have plenty of options to choose from! Some of these I may never read and have no interest in reading, while others I just haven’t gotten around to yet. One last note: I’m not going to give any descriptions as I assume you’ve all probably heard about these numerous times. I will give Goodreads links just in case though. Now here are my top 10:

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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 409
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology
Published: October 18, 2011

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Quick Synopsis: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. (Goodreads)

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