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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) turns 10 this week and although I’ve only been book blogging for a few years I have been following the book blogging community and I’ve been reading everyone’s TTT posts for years longer. There was two options given for this week’s topic but I decided to just go with ‘Books That I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read’ since it’s probably the main reason why us book bloggers all started off blogging, to shout about our love for books.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
Emotional historical that begins in 1930s Brazil and is about two girls with a deep complex friendship growing up and trying to make a music career for themselves
Beautiful writing

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The Diviners by Libba Bray
So atmospheric, set in 1920s New York era
Teens with supernatural powers

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Solanin by Inio Asano
A manga/graphic novel about a woman in her 20s who is questioning what she wants to do with her life
Very relatable

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Tackles important topics like slut shaming and its effects
Has one of the funniest main characters I’ve read about

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Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
Refreshing YA fantasy
Interesting character arcs that thread together very well

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Like a Narnia retelling that focuses on the effects of being forced to go back to the real world
Talks about a character with depression

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Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
A fun new adult/adult urban fantasy series
Great characters and character banter

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A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Historical set in 1920s England
Has summer parties and focuses on sister relationship

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
About a group of teen pageant girls who crash land of a deserted island
Satire book that talks about the judgements and expectations on teen girls

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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Set in historical France and is about a group of outcasts who help save innocent people from the guillotine
Found family

What are some books you’ve loved that you wish more people would read?

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Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

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Author: Laura Steven
Genre: YA Contemporary

Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.

Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?

 

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

This book had such a strange story but I enjoyed reading it so I’m finding it a bit hard to review it. The story is about Caro who feels that no one in school is interested in her so she buys some tablets online that make people become attracted to her. Yes, it’s very strange especially because it’s not just her classmates that become attracted to her but also her teachers which was uncomfortable to read.

I liked the writing of this book, it was so witty and full of humour. Sometimes it’s hard to find books that have exactly the kind of humour you’d find funny because everyone has different types of humour but this book and the other books I’ve read by the same author (The Exact Opposite of Okay) have my kind of humour.

I liked how into science and physics Caro is and I thought that was interesting to read especially the things that Caro talked about in this book, like the matching hypothesis and black holes. I didn’t like Caro herself that much, I felt her opinions and thoughts flipped around a lot and I could never really pin down what she wanted. I do think that a lot of teenagers would relate to Caro’s feelings. I didn’t agree morally with Caro using the tablets and I’m glad that it was called out and recognised.

I liked the friendship in the book and I loved how integral that was to the story, I loved the talk of friendships changing and becoming different as time goes on.

Overall I think this is a hard book to rate simply because there were some very strange elements to this story and I didn’t like Caro and what she was doing but at the same time I loved the writing and the humour of the book and I was intrigued by the story.

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My Summer 2020 TBR

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic is: Books on My Summer 2020 TBR. I really enjoy making seasonal TBR lists even though most times I don’t get around to all the books I’ve planned which was why I was surprised to see that I did complete nearly all of the books on my Spring TBR list so hopefully I can keep that up for the summer.

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Jade City by Fonda Lee
Slay by Brittney Morris
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Reborn Yesterday by Tessa Bailey
Lost Talismans and a Tequila (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7) by Annette Marie
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

What books are you planning on reading this summer?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Summery Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes. I already did a post recommending some summer books last year that you can find here so I decided instead to do a post showing some summery book covers.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood
Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

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Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Orange Vol 2 by Ichigo Takano
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

What are some book covers that feel summery to you?

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May Wrap Up 2020

What I Read in May:

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Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel Collection) by Helen Scheuerer – 4 STARS

As a fan of The Oremere Chronicle I enjoyed reading more about the characters back stories and I think this is a great collection for fans of the series. If you haven’t read The Oremere Chronicles yet I’d recommend starting with Heart of Mist (book 1) first. Dawn of Mist doesn’t provide much new information but I still enjoyed it a lot because of the characters.

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven – 3 STARS

I enjoyed the writing style of this book and witty humour but I did find the story to be strange. I loved the focus on friendship in this book and I liked the in depth talks about science and physics but I disliked Caro (the main character). I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – 2 STARS

I was looking forward to this book but I was disappointed by it. I thought it would be an intriguing and exciting sci-fi but instead the story felt very boring. It didn’t even feel like a story, it felt like I was reading an article full of information on terraforming. The characters felt very impersonal, as if they didn’t have their own personalities.

 

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Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker book 1) by Pippa DaCosta – 3 STARS

I really liked the Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta so I really wanted to try something else by the same author and the blurb of this sounded fantastic and like something I’d love but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem was that I felt very disconnected from the story and characters for the first half of the book, I don’t know why. I felt like there was something missing and I wasn’t clicking with the story and I debated if I should just gave up on it but then at around the halfway point I started to feel more attached to the characters and the story and I loved the different turns the story took and I felt so hooked by the story. I’m glad I stuck with this book and I’m excited about the next in the series.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn – 4 STARS

Dangerous Remedy captured my interest from the very first page as we are introduced to a group of characters who are trying to break someone out of a prison. I loved the characters in this book and the found family aspect of the story. I thought the overall plot was very intriguing and full of twists and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – 4 STARS

This book is about a group of competing teen pageant girls who crash land on an island and have to fend for themselves. This story was very bizarre but I really enjoyed it. Beauty Queens is a satire filled book about teen girls and the views and judgements of teen girls, I loved how it explored such important topics that centre around teen girls and I liked how it did this in such an interesting unique way by using satire to do it. I enjoyed it so much and found it such a refreshing and interesting book.

 

Book Posts I Did In May:

Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing #1

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth Book Review

Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Interesting Opening Lines

 

I watched a tv show called Outer Banks in May and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a surprise since I hadn’t heard much about it but my sister loved it so she recommended it to me and I’m glad I watched it, I loved the friendship in it. It’s about a group of teens who end up going on a hunt for some hidden gold, it’s an exciting story.

What did you read or watch in May?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Interesting Opening Lines

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Opening Lines. I went with the opening lines that I thought were interesting and different.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Today is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve been locked up for 264 days.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

When Red wins, she stands alone.

The Exact Opposite of Okay (Izzy O’Neill book 1) by Laura Steven

Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax.

A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O’Neill book 2) by Laura Steven

The thing about sex scandals is that you never quite get used to your grandmother having seen you naked.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles book 1) by Marissa Meyer

The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’m going to die tomorrow morning.

Do you find these lines interesting?
What are some opening lines you like?