November Wrap Up and December TBR

Sooo I’m back with another wrap up and tbr! I managed to read a fair amount in November which is great! If you want to know what I thought of the books I read check it out below! 🙂

So far this month I have managed to read:

  • Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (reread)
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird for school so hopefully I can finish that soon and read at least one book for the holiday booktubeathon!

What have you guys read this month?

Keep on reading…

Jordan 🙂

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hey everybody! I haven’t been posting as much on this blog because I’ve been working super hard to post weekly on my booktube. But here is a review I wrote a while ago! Hope you like! Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments!

Ever think about the simple joys you get to experience everyday in life? The warm sun on your skin, freshly cut grass, or even your favourite meal? What if those joys suddenly became your biggest fears. This is the reality for a teenager named Maddy. She has a rare disease known as SCID; an immune deficiency that requires infants to be isolated from birth.

Spending all your life only being allowed to talk to your mom and your house nurse seems like torture for any teenager, however Maddy believes that everything she needs is lying in her house and in the worlds of a good book. That all starts to change when Olly moves in next door.

Maddy and Olly start sending messages back and forth until Maddy doesn’t want to do anything else. She begins to realize that maybe she has been missing out on some major things in life. But what will her mother say?

I didn’t know what to expect when starting this book but in the end it wasn’t my favourite. The plot, although easy to fall into, was a bit ridiculous. It was too “insta-lovey” for my liking. Knowing that most young adult contemporaries jazz up a romance I was expecting it to be a bit over the top but not to the extent that it was. It was like one of those bad romance movies where you are just rolling your eyes the whole time at how unrealistic it is. The plot itself at times was also hard to believe but believable at the same time. Maddy would do something that was completely crazy for a girl in her position to do but for a regular teenage it makes perfect sense. I think that the idea was good but considering she can’t leave the house, there is only so much that can happen without seeming repetitive or unnecessary.

Pictures and diagrams were placed throughout the book, which added a very interesting and interactive aspect to the story. It was nice to see the medical reports for Maddy and to have a deeper understanding as to what SCID really is and why it is affecting her life so intensely.

Although I didn’t enjoy Maddy as a character as much as I would have liked, I do think that they way she respond to her environment was very well done. I constantly had to remind myself that even stepping one foot outside was a huge deal to her, therefore her doing something over the top crazy was just astonishing!

Olly was a very cute love interest that was very caring for Maddy, always making sure she was doing okay but at the same time didn’t treat her any differently because of her illness. His humour made the story lighthearted at the most crucial times.

Finally, I did enjoy the mystery and twist that was added to the end. This book wasn’t developed to my liking plot-wise, but it still have me captivated. I have a fun time trying to figure out what was going to happen and what was really going on.

If I have to rate this book, after much consideration I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Some may love it and class it as one of their favourites, where others might not be able to push through it. I think the best way to see if it’s something you will enjoy is to just give it a chance. I did, and even though it wasn’t one of my favourites, in the end, I am still happy I got to experience this story and everything it had to offer.

Keep on reading,

Jordan 🙂

If I have to rate this book, after much consideration I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Some may love it and class it as one of their favourites, where others might not be able to push through it. I think the best way to see if it’s something you will enjoy is to just give it a chance. I did, and even though it wasn’t one of my favourites, in the end, I am still happy I got to experience this story and everything it had to offer.

Fandom News: Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer

The first Mockingjay Part 2 trailer dropped yesterday and people were very excited! I haven’t watched it yet but I have seen many gifs and although it doesn’t look like they show a lot it does build some nice excitement. It just seems like the movie is so far away.

Anyways, here’s the trailer!

Hopefully this movie is better than the last one, cause I felt the last one mostly pointless filler.

Keep on reading…

Jordan 🙂

Author Spotlight: Alice Sebold

Every time I’m scheduled to do one of these posts I never do. So although it’s a week late her is an author spotlight!

I was thinking about who would be interesting to do when I looked up and saw my book for school, The Lovely Bones, just lying on my bed mocking me for not finishing my conclusion on my essay. Then I remembered Alice Sebolds powerful story about how she became an author in the first place.

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Alice Sebold was walking home one night through the university campus when she was attacked and brutally raped. The police told her that she was “lucky” because the last girl that was attacked in this same area was killed. After the incident she became depressed, dropped out of school and started turning to drugs to rid her of the pain.

Eventually she decided she wanted to write a story about someone being put into a similar situation like her so she wrote her debut novel Lucky based off of the saying that police officer said to her long ago.

She now is a #1 National Bestseller and her book Lovely Bones has from what I hear an amazing movie adaptation.

I am so moved by how strong she was to overcome something as horrific as what she suffered through. Many people would not bounce back from something like this.

If you have any interest in reading any of Sebolds work check out the links below!

Goodreads  Amazon  Wikipedia

Keep on reading…

Jordan 🙂

Quote of the Week

I am reading The Last Olympian [Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5] right now and I am really enjoying this series. I guess I should thank Jordan for shoving The Lightening Thief down my throat. So thank you Jordan. In the spirit of that I thought that I should share a quote with you from the first book in this series, because the mixture of the beautiful and prophetical language and Percy’s sassiness made for a delightful read! Also nobody can say that they honestly find Greek Mythology boring!

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”

           – Rick Riordan, The Lightening Thief [Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book One]

I find this quote to be one of the most beautifully written in the book, and then the great thing is that it contrasts with something like this:

“I’d love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.

The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!”

          – Rick Riordan, The Lightening Thief [Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book One]

It is books these that I find the most enjoyable. It shows that the writer is not trying to impress you with being profound throughout the entirety of the book, but at the same time it shows that the writer builds characters that are so multi-dimensional they practically leap off the page. This book series has brought me back to my childhood in many ways. It reminds me of Harry Potter in many senses, but at the same time it brings its own uniqueness to the table. I am now even thinking of reading The Heroes of Olympus series!

Let me know what your thoughts are on Percy Jackson, and don’t you dare even bring up the movies!

– Hannah