Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

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This week we’re sharing books that will help you get out of a reading slump. When I’m in a reading slump I want to read fun books that are quick and easy to read. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

 

Confessions of Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella- I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books. They are so much fun to read and they always make me smile. I would suggest any of her books but I find that this series is so funny because Becky is such a hilarious character.

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This series is such a fun and cute series to read. The books are very light hearted and they are perfect for reading when you are in a slump.

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Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by  Lewis Carroll- A classic may seem like a strange choice but this is another fun book that is really quick to read. I love the world that Carroll has created it is a world where nothing makes sense and I think that is part of its charm.

Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– Despite being over 500 pages I would still recommend this for getting out of a slump. I love the characters in this book and it is very fun. Many people would pick Harry Potter and this is a similar sort of thing.

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass– Even though this is a dystopian it is more focused on the romance elements and it isn’t a complicated read. I love reading about Maxon and America and this is perfect for getting out of a slump.

What books did you put on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

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This week’s topic is books that we didn’t like as much as we thought we were going to. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we didn’t like them but they weren’t as good as we were expecting them to be.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken- I really enjoyed Passenger and I was expecting a lot from the conclusion. However, I didn’t like this as much as I thought I was going to and I didn’t think that it was as good as Passenger.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik- I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I was expecting to really like it. I really did not like this book, it took me ages to get into it and I seriously considered DNF’ing it.

When We Collided

When We Collided by Emery Lord– When this book came out so many people were raving about it. I was expecting this to be an amazing story that dealt with mental health and whilst it does deal with mental health it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I felt that this book focused too much on the romance rather than mental health which is what I was expecting it to focus on.

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein– This is another book that a lot of people really love but for me, it just wasn’t good as I was expecting. I found this book to be very difficult to get into and I didn’t like the first POV.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky– This is such a popular book but I really did not like it. I couldn’t get into this book and despite being quite short I really struggled to finish it.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- I really enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s books and whilst this wasn’t bad it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I found the plot to be really repetitive and slow.

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon– I enjoyed Everything Everything but I found that I didn’t enjoy this book as much. I really liked the plot but I wasn’t a fan of the romance. It felt unrealistic and I think it took away from the main issue of the book.

Landline

Landline by Rainbow RowellFangirl and Carry On are two of my favourite books so I was expecting to love this but I really did not like this. I really struggled to finish this and it is one of the few books that I have given one star to.

Glass Sword

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I really enjoyed Red Queen and I was expecting the sequel to be even better but it fell a bit flat for me. I found this book to be a lot slower and I found it very confusing as so many new characters were being introduced.

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The Girl on the Train by Paule Hawkins- So many people compare this to Gone Girl but I think that Gone Girl is so much better. This was much slower and it didn’t hook me like Gone Girl did.

What books did you put on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Review

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 

I received a copy via Net Galley.

Plot Outline 

Natasha’s family is being deported and sent back to Jamacia. She believes in science and facts and doesn’t believe in fate. Daniel’s parents have high expectations of him and he can’t be the poet that he wants to be. They meet on Natasha’s last day in America but can anything happen between them when Natasha is leaving?

My Opinion 

I knew going into this that there was going to be some major insta-love as the book takes place over the space of a day so I was prepared for it. However, I found this relationship really unrealistic. At the start, Natasha doesn’t believe in love at first sight and seems to have a realistic view on life which I really liked to see. I really didn’t like how quickly she fell for Daniel as it isn’t realistic and it didn’t match what her character was like. I think as I have gotten older I am more harsh with YA contemporaries. When I was younger I would have really loved this type of story but now I am looking for stories that feel more realistic rather than just being a cute romance. I liked how the author wrapped up the story, though. I was really worried that she was going to try and make them have a long distance relationship but she didn’t and I felt that the way things ended between them was realistic. I liked that there was a diverse range of characters in this book and I think that the main topic is really important. I do feel that the romance took over though and I would have liked to have read more about Natasha’s family and the situation that they were in. I am excited to see what Nicola does in the future as I have read both of her books now and I am interested what she will do next.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk Review

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We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk 

I received a copy via Net Galley.

Plot Outline 

Liv and Adam go on a romantic holiday and Liv is expecting Adam to propose to her. Instead of a proposal, they end up deciding to take a break from one another. No one can understand why they’ve decided to do this but Adam and Liv are very stubborn and they don’t want to talk about their problems.

My Opinion 

This was a fun quick read. It’s not my favourite book from the author but it was still an enjoyable read. When I first heard the plot for this book I really liked the idea and I also really liked the Friends reference. However,  I felt that there was something lacking from this book. I never really understood why Adam didn’t propose and when they decided to go on a break it seemed a bit realistic. The characters felt really immature and I think that if they had been adults and just talked about their problems things could have been solved a lot quicker. This book is told from both Adam’s and Liv’s perspectives and I understand why the author chose to do this but I found the constant switching to be really confusing. Unfortunately, I didn’t really connect to the relationship so I wasn’t really rooting for them to get back together. I just wanted them to talk about their problems rather than ignoring them and hoping that everything would turn out ok.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

Plot Outline 

Maddy has a rare condition that means that she is allergic to everything. This means that she can never leave her house. The only contact she has is with her mum and her nurse Carla. She takes all of her classes online. Everything changes when Olly moves in next door.

My Opinion 

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the idea was really unique and different from anything else that I have read. I really liked the relationship between Maddy and Olly.Although it did happen quite quickly I felt that the awkwardness of a first relationship was captured really. This book also has documents and emails as well as normal text which made the book a bit more interesting to read. I liked the way it was written as it felt as if we were reading Maddy’s diary which made it easier to relate to her. The book had really short chapters and it was a really quick read. I was surprised by the direction that the story took. I was really not expecting that ending and I think the ending really let this book down. Whilst the ending was shocking I found it unrealistic and I’m surprised that her mum was able to get away with it. For a first novel, I thought that this was really good and I can’t wait to read more from Nicola in the future.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 

Plot Outline 

Isla has had a crush on Josh for years and when they bump into each other over the summer there is hope that they can have a relationship. However, just like any couple, they run into problems.

My Opinion 

This is the last book in the Anna and the French Kiss series and I think it is probably my least favourite out of the three. I did still enjoy this one and I gave it 4 stars. I liked Isla and Josh’s relationship, however, I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary drama. I really enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous books. I wish we could have seen more of them though as I really like the friendships between them. I really enjoy this series because all the books are such fun reads. They are the perfect summer reads and the relationships are really cute. My favourite was definitely the first one but they are all really good.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong Review

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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong 

Plot Outline 

Chloe can see ghosts. Which means that she gets sent to a home for ‘troubled teens’. However, the home is not exactly what it seems and Chloe has to find out what the secrets are.

My Opinion 

This was not my favourite book from Kelley. It took me a really long time to get into. This book was clearly setting up the story for the rest of the trilogy. It spent a long time introducing the characters and the plot. The majority of the action happened in the last 50 pages and the book ends on a cliffhanger ready for the next book. We discover that all of the characters have a power and I am really looking forward to see what happens in the next book. We discover something major about Derek in this book and whilst I was surprised I really shouldn’t have been. It had been hinted quite a lot throughout the book I also thought that it wasn’t particularly original as I’ve seen it many times before. I think that there is going to be a love triangle which I am not sure how I feel about that. I find love triangles quite tedious. I will be reading the next book as I am interested to see how the story progresses.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo