Sadie // Heartbreaking, Intense But So So Important

Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Contemporary // Mystery // YA
Goodreads rating: 4.42
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

Trigger warnings: hints of rape/child molestation, murder, mild violence

This book broke me. It’s gritty, real and oh so heartbreaking. I was thorn between not wanting to put it down and wanting to take a breather because oh my goodness.

Sadie is not a happy story, but it’s an important one. It’s not just the story of Sadie and Mattie, it’s the story of all the girls in the world who end up dead or missing simply because they’re girls. Throughout the entire book I just wanted to cry, because even though the story of Sadie and Mattie is fictional, it’s so so real.

Sadie is told through two perspectives: the first one being the podcast by West McCray, the second one by Sadie herself. McCray’s podcast takes place after Sadie’s story as he tries to figure out what happened. Even though we follow Sadie herself, we still don’t have all the puzzle pieces, so even though we sometimes know more than McCray does, it’s not much and you still find yourself wondering what happened. This way of storytelling kept me on my toes and immersed in the story.

But as I said before, it was also very hard to read. Sadie has gone through a lot of hardship, and the only thing that’s keeping her going after her sister’s murder is wanting to take down her sister’s killer. This isn’t just a revenge story, this is a story of a girl who wants to make sure no other kid has to go through what she did, of wanting to make sure that a monster is put away. She doesn’t even care what happens to herself, and that is so heartbreaking to read.

But most of all, she lives for her sister. She is overcome with guilt and grief and even though as a reader I’ve never met Mattie, it’s so easy to feel what Sadie feels by the way it’s written. One of my favourite quotes to describe Sadie is from West McCray (this is NOT a spoiler. He speaks in the past tense because she’s missing):

‘If I’ve learned anything about Sadie Hunter, it was that she was almost a secondary player in her own life. She lived for Mattie, lived to love, care for and protect her little sister, with every breath.’

Even though a lot of the characters we only meet for a little while, some even only through McCray’s podcast, they all felt like real people to me which doesn’t happen that often with supporting and minor characters.

I honestly can’t do Sadie justice with my review or properly put my feelings towards this book into words. All I can do is tell you to read this important story (but do be careful if this material can be triggering for you).

Sadie is raw, real, heartbreaking and incredibly well-written. I couldn’t recommend it enough and I can’t wait to read more by Summers. I know Sadie will stay with me for a long time.

Sadie comes out on September 4th.

Have you read Sadie, or are you planning to? Do you know any similar books (YA please because I can’t handle adult books with these themes) that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // You Want Me To Pick One For Every Question??

It’s that time of the year again: time to freak out over the fact that we’re already halfway through the year (*insert Jake Peralta ‘WHAT’ gif*) and about the books we’ve read so far. Thank you Olivia @ Purely Olivia for tagging me!

1. Best book you’ve read so far this year

This is a tie between Starfish and Anger is a Gift. Both were incredible for different reasons, though both had great writing and are very important.Starfish has the best anxiety rep I’ve ever seen, a biracial Asian (half Japanese, half white) MC, explores what it means to be biracial and talks about racism. 

Anger is a Gift is about police brutality and will hit you in the gut, but at the same time it has so many lighter moments between families, friends and the main ship. The entire main cast is black or brown, the main character is gay and he has so many LGBTQIAP+ friends. Even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!

You can find my Starfish review here, and my Anger is a Gift review here

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far this year

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead was a great conclusion to the trilogy. I loved every second of it and I love that while everything is resolved, it felt like there’s so much more to tell, thus leaving it open for more books (please uncle Rick I’m not ready to let my kids go yet)

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Seriously, it’s time for me to once again beg the publishing industry to please stop. Just for a little bit. I can’t keep up.

Some new releases that I want to read and thankfully have on my shelves are The Brightsiders (which I’m reading right now actually!*), Children of Blood and Bone and A Thousand Perfect Notes.

* Can you tell I started this post a while ago dsbjh4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

What’s even being published. I have no idea. Oh wait! I’ll steal Olivia’s answer because I too am excited for What If It’s Us5. Biggest disappointment

Hahahahhaa Snowsisters bye

Seriously I was so excited to get approved for this ARC I was all ‘THIS BOOK IS QUEER I’M QUEER THANK YOU NETGALLEY’ and then this was a transphobic mess :) You can read my review here

6. Biggest surprise

Definitely Flight Season. I didn’t really have high expectations – I thought it’d be a fun, fluffy contemporary but I got so much more than that. I got a beautiful story about overcoming grief, accepting death, friendship and criticism on the American immigration system. You can read my review here

I also didn’t expect to love Alex, Approximately as much as I do. I thought it would be a fun read with one of my favourite tropes, enemies to lovers, but I didn’t expect a story about living with trauma as well. Also: the love interest is half-Hawaiian and the MC’s best friend is black. Read my review here

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Akemi Dawn Bowman, Mark Oshiro and Alice Oseman. I know I was supposed to pick one but dmnbgs I can’t choose ok

8. Newest fictional crush

Uhhh does it count if I say Abby Suso? ‘Cause Abby is definitely not new to me but boy I love her so much* and I DID read Leah on the Offbeat this year sooo

* This has nothing to do with my crush on Alexandra Shipp nope nothing at all9. Newest favorite character

WHY ARE THESE QUESTIONS SO HARD I LOVE SO MANY OF THEM

Like there’s Kiko from Starfish, Moss from Anger is a Gift, all the kids in I Was Born For This, Levi and Enne from Ace of Shades, the kids in Flight Season… I was introduced to too many great characters this year okay?

10. Book that made you cry

Have I,, mentioned Anger is a Gift yet,,, because,,, I read THE WORST scene on the bus and I just,,, closed my Kindle app on my phone, stared in front of me and pretended that had just not happened and everything was FINE because I was not going to cry on the bus

Everything was not fine

Also Starfish because I related a lot to Kiko. I didn’t really cry because of her anxiety, but I did relate to the abuse she faced and in some cases that hit me hard.

Oh boy I also shed tears while reading Flight Season and of course during All American Boys as well. Basically I cried a lot this year??11. Book that made you happy

Thankfully a lot of books also made me happy! Leah on the Offbeat immediately comes to mind, but also Geek Girl #3-5 and Cinderella Boy. Leah does have some issues (which I’ll talk about in my review which I’ll hopefully write some day??) but overal it just made really happy and I finished it with a big smile on my face. The Geek Girl series is just always a delight to read. Even though the secondhand embarrassment is bad it always manages to cheer me up. And oh boy Cinderella Boy?? Such a cute queer Cinderella retelling (genderfluid gay MC!). I loved seeing all these queer kids fighting for their rights and getting their happy endings.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptations you’ve seen this year

Even if Love, Simon hadn’t been the only adaptation I had seen (so far!! We’re so close to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!!) it would be my favourite anyway. I just have no words to describe how much this movie means to me but just thinking about it makes me tear up I love it so much. I actually loved it even more the second time around, which I didn’t think was possible

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Probably my Starfish review! It took me a while to get around to it because some of the topics Starfish touches are a bit of a difficult topic for me, but I’m so proud I managed to talk about it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) so far this year

Uh this is a good one lol. I haven’t bought or gotten any special editions or anything, which I usually use for these kind of questions. I’m very tempted to go with Starfish again, because I knew I needed a physical copy of it and it has such a gorgeous cover?15. What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

Again, all of them lol. Though to be honest I should probably read some of the books that have been left unread for years now…

all the unread books that have been on my shelf for 3+ years

Would you look at that – I finished writing this in August. I’m pretty sure I once got this tag up waaay past the mid-year point. This post really reminded me of how many great books I’ve read this year?? Sure, there have been some not so great reads, but over all I’ve loved so many books? Thank you 20gayteen

How has 2018 been so far for you reading-wise? What has been your best and worst reads? Can you relate to any of my answers? Let me know in the comments!

5 Books That I Need To Be Turned Into Anime

Us bookworms have a love/hate relationship with adaptations – obviously we want our favourite books on the small/big screen, but if it’s not done right… All hell breaks loose. But do we learn from those disastrous adaptations? Do we become cautious?

Nope we dream of more adaptations! Or at least I do. I spend waaaay too many hours thinking about books that would make great movies, tv shows, video games, musicals and as I will talk about in this post: anime. I might do a second part at some point in the future, but here are five books/series that I would love to see turned into anime.

💛 Geek Girl 💛

Geek Girl would be SUCH a cute and funny shoujo?? Harriet would on one hand be the PERFECT shoujo protagonist as she’s clumsy and can be so oblivious about what’s going on around her, but on the other hand she’d be so refreshing because she is so so flawed but she realises it and grows so much throughout the books. Also cute friendships!! Cute romances!! The most adorable family!! Travelling around the world and shenanigans!! Modelling gone wrong!! Where is my Geek Girl anime I made myself want it so badly now 

💛 The Chaos Walking Trilogy 💛

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE BADASS OPENINGS AND MELANCHOLIC ENDINGS BECAUSE I CAN. Especially the ending of season 2 a.k.a. The Ask and the Answer with (select the following text to read the spoiler) Todd and Viola being separated it would be so beautiful yet the ANGST. And you know those terrifying anime villain expressions, with the eyes bulging and the creepy grin (bonus points if they laugh out loud too) I could so imagine mayor Prentiss like that in an anime. The plot and themes are just perfect for an anime – it would work so well. Oh no I just thought of Manchee in anime style rip there goes my heart and soul.

Oh boy this post was not a good idea now I got ANOTHER anime I badly want and will I get it?? Most likely not

💛 Percy Jackson 💛

Okay so the movies failed TERRIBLY like they probably just read the blurbs, thought ‘that sounds cool’ and went with that and now I’m left with a huge hole in my chest that needs to be filled with a good Percy Jackson adaptation and an anime?? Would be GREAT. A western cartoon would be too (like if done by the same team as Avatar). The creatures, magic and all that jazz would cost a lot of money in live action stuff to make it look good, but animated?? That would look SO good. Plus the humour would just work so well – imagine those expressions!!

💛 The Lunar Chronicles 💛

Marissa Meyer’s worldbuilding would look STUNNING in an anime, imagine the music, Thorne is basically an anime character already and just,, it works so well?? That’s all I have to say?? Because it’s been too long since I’ve read this series rip*

* I want to reread SO MANY BOOKS so badly but 1) I have plenty of unread books to read and 2) reading slump rip

💛 Harry Potter 💛

Listen, I love the movies, but I would love a tv show or an anime that follows the books more closely, includes scenes that weren’t that important to the plot and thus left out, develops the characters and relationships better… A tv show would be AMAZING but an anime would be fun too. I just want both to be honest. Can you imagine Draco being turned into a ferret, anime-style?? Iconic. Harry Potter is filled with so many unique characters that are perfect for anime and all the magic would look incredible.

What do you think of my choices? Do you agree with them? Which books would you love to see turned into anime? Let me know in the comments!

Summery Contemporary Mini Reviews // The Summer I Turned Pretty, Alex, Approximately and The Museum of Heartbreak

Last month I read a few summery contemporaries that were up for free on Riveted and since I can’t write full reviews for any of them why not review them all in one post?

Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Contemporary //  YA
Series: Summer #1
Goodreads rating: 3.95
My rating: ⭐⭐

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

To be honest if this hadn’t been free on Riveted I wouldn’t have picked it up. I love Jenny Han, but the blurb never appealed to me and it turns out my intuition was right. I’m honestly surprised that this is written by Jenny Han, because I absolutely love To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but The Summer I Turned Pretty is nothing like that. Not much happens in this book, the characters are flat, Belly is whiny and annoying and the writing is just not that good? I know there are mixed feelings about this book out there, but personally I wouldn’t recommend anyone who hasn’t read TATBILB to read this, because it could seriously turn them off. There are more important topics discussed in this book, but it’s barely there and kind of felt like an after thought. I rated it two stars because it WAS a quick read. Don’t get me started on the romance though. I don’t see the appeal of one of the love interests at all and the endgame romance just didn’t feel built up to me? It didn’t come out of nowhere, but that’s mostly because it was predictable not because it was well written.

Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: Contemporary //  YA
Goodreads rating: 4.01
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

I ABSOLUTELY loved this one. I gave it four stars because I was missing something (not sure what? Sometimes that just happens) but oh my goodness I flew through it and it was so much better than I expected. It has some of my favourite tropes, including characters not realising who the other is, enemies to lovers, great banter and silly adventures. It’s adorable and fun, yet also meaningful as both Bailey and Porter have to deal with their own trauma. Bailey tends to avoid pretty much everything that’s difficult and that was SO relatable. I loved seeing this in a main character.

And the fact that she and Porter worked at this really weird museum? SOLD. What I didn’t know about this book before going in is that Porter is half-Hawaiian and Bailey’s new best friend (who’s amazing and I loved their friendship) is black. Bailey also has a great relationship with her dad so what more do you want??* Despite my four star rating this is definitely a new favourite. Maybe soon I’ll realise that this is more of a five star read? Who knows I change my ratings all the time lol #reliableblogger

* Honestly I should be asking myself this considering I gave this four stars but as I finished it that just felt right??

Author: Meg Leder
Genre: Contemporary //  YA
Goodreads rating: 3.7
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

My rating is probably more a 2.5 than three stars to be honest. I really loved the premise of this one. Each chapter starts with an item Penelope has curated in her museum of heartbreak: it comes with an illustration and a very short description (title, number of the item and how she’s gotten it, if I remember correctly). I love it when books have formatting like this, but the story itself… I wasn’t very impressed with. It had a lot of potential as Penelope gets into an unhealthy relationship, but the thing is it never really gets addressed how unhealthy and toxic it was? In the end she’s just like ‘I guess I never really liked him that much’ instead of addressing all the red flags that you should definitely avoid in a relationship. This could’ve been such a powerful story, but now I’m afraid it does a little bit more harm than good.

I was also really annoyed with the way Audrey treated Penelope. She wasn’t a bad friend per se, but her new friend Cherisse treated Penelope horribly and she never stood up for Penelope. Even after doing something really horrible to her at the end, Audrey is all ‘I want to be friends with you both I hope you understand’ and Penelope accepts that. In my eyes this just isn’t a healthy friendship and shows readers that you should just put up with everything

Other than that, it just felt a bit flat and underdeveloped to me and I honestly couldn’t tell you what really the point was? I did like the new friends Penelope made and it was a fun and cute read most of the time. If the book had addressed the toxic relationships in Penelope’s life it would’ve already been a lot better.

Phew, I’m glad I got those out of the way. I’m surprised at how long my review for The Museum of Heartbreak turned out because I really thought I had forgotten most of it lmao

Also I love how I reviewed books I read in July before pretty much all the ones I read in June adsgjh (help me)

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What’s your favourite summer read? Let me know in the comments!

Fawkes // Bored and Confused??

Author: Nadine Brandes
Genre: Fantasy // Historical // Retelling //  YA
Goodreads rating: 3.84
My rating: ⭐

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

I’ve started to make aesthetics for my reviews but I had no clue what to include for this one? Masks? London? I don’t know because barely anything happened.

I really don’t have that much to say about this book. I was honestly very bored and started to skimread early on, because I just wanted it to be over with. Just being bored with it just didn’t feel like a good reason to DNF it, considering it’s an ARC but oh my god if it hadn’t been.

I wasn’t impressed with the writing style at all, or with Thomas, as he’s very dull and whiny. There are quite a few characters in this book, but barely any of them stood out. By the end of it I had no idea who was who, nor did I care what happened to them. I was just very disattached from everything that was happening.

Also I have NO clue how the ‘magic’ works. They can control colours?? But I have no idea what that means or how it works? Nor do I know much about the world? It did help knowing a lil bit of the actual history, as the entire book is basically a religious allegory. Basically this war is between Catholics and Protestants, but in the world of Fawkes it’s not very clear WHY there’s a war. Just basing this on real history isn’t enough, I mean I had no clue who Guy Fawkes was so I had to look that up. Your readers shouldn’t do your work for you.

And uggggh you’d think a plot to kill the king would be exciting to read about, but they mostly just talked and talked and talked and

Basically I was bored and confused throughout most of this book. The only interesting character was the girl Thomas is in love with. I forgot her name. Does make you wonder how interesting she really was dsfjb No she really was, but since it’s told from Thomas’ pov and the writing was just so dull it made her less interesting as well. What I’m saying is, she had potential and I much rather would’ve read from her pov. Being black and a girl, she has to hide her skin colour because of the abusive family that has taken her in, but she’s determined to make a life for herself as an artist and fights back against racism. MUCH more interesting than whiny Thomas.

Fawkes is out today! Don’t let my negative review stop you from picking this up if it sounds like your cup of tea. This one just wasn’t for me, but maybe you’ll fall in love with it!

Have you read Fawkes? Or are you planning on it? What’s the last retelling you read? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Blogger Insider Tag // Did I Just Expose Myself As The Bad Blogger I Am

Thank you May @ Forever and Everly for tagging me like,,, a year ago*,,, Go check out their blog if you haven’t yet, it’s absolutely lovely (and so is she!!)

* y’all there were tags from 2015!!! on my to do list. I deleted them lol. I have no motivation to do them, the people who tagged me have forgotten by now and if I haven’t done them by now, three years later, I’m never gonna do them and that list was getting STRESSFUL

Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On the couch in the living room, at the diner table, in my bed or at my desk. My desk was unavaibale for a long time due to the mess I made lol. During the schoolyear I just drop everything at my desk and desk chair until it’s lost its entire purpose and I can’t use it. Until the end of the term and I clean everything, only to have the entire cycle repeated ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

This depends on so many factors. Generally negative reviews come easier to me, so I write those a lot faster than reviews for books I absolutely loved, but sometimes the negative ones are really hard to write as well, especially if the book was problematic (like Snowsisters). Honestly I have no clue how long it takes me, as I don’t really keep an eye on the clock. I just wrote a review for Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour though and I was surprised by how quickly that went.

When did you start your book blog?

2014! I’ve seen some things

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Uggghhh the pressure and the stress, but that probably comes with every kind of blog? Especially if like me you have anxiety, are super insecure and set high standards for yourself

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

All the lovely people in this community! I know it’s not without drama and some horrible people, but I feel like that’s mostly on Twitter? Or maybe I’ve just been lucky so far. I’ve met so many lovely people through blogging and made great friends though, and that’s definitely the best thing ❤

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Hmmm probably the post in which I talk about all my current writing projects and ideas! Writing them down and making aesthetics for them made me more excited for them, and all of your lovely reactions really motivated me ❤

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I don’t knowwww like this changes all the time?? Like generally reviews can be a bit stressful as I feel like I have to write them ASAP before my goldfish brain forgets everything, but once I actually sit down and start writing I really like writing them? But I also like lists like LGBTQIAP+ Books I Want To See Turned Into Movies, talking about my writing, silly reaction posts like the one I did for Hogwarts Mystery… Seriously it changes all the time and really depends on my mood!

When do you typically write?

Whenever I feel like it lol

Seriously, it really just depends on my mood? Sometimes I don’t have any energy, motivation or inspiration until like 10 PM and then start writing like this:

I don’t write any posts during the middle of the night though! I need sleep

Do you review every book you read?

Nope! I used to when I first started blogging but that stressed me out and I would stop reading any new books until I caught up on all my reviews, which meant I sometimes didn’t read for a long time even though I wanted to. This mindset put a lot of pressure on me, so now I just see what happens. If I want to review something, I’ll definitely try, but if I never end up reviewing it that’s okay too. Sometimes I just can’t find the words to explain why I loved a book so much, so that’s also a reason why I might not review something.

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? cuddled with your fur baby?

With a cup of tea or a glass of water, sometimes with a snack*, most likely listening to music. If it’s an ARC I have my phone next to me so I can take a look at my notes and the stuff I marked. Unfortunately I don’t have a fur baby :(

Though let’s be real if I did I wouldn’t get any work done lol

* Great now I want a snack

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

This really depends on my mood?? Sometimes I review almost immediately, sometimes a month later (and sometimes I don’t remember anything so I just give up lol). I do try to review books as soon as possible if I want (or need to) to review it, but I really try not to pressure myself

How often do you post?

I don’t know? 😂 I used to post three times a week plus a weekly wrap up, that changed to two posts a week for a while, then it changed to ‘whenever I have time and feel like it’ and now that it’s summer vacation I’m not sure yet how often I’ll post? I’ll try to post twice at the least but I don’t want to pressure and stress myself too much as I really need some rest. As much as I love blogging, it does recquire quite a bit of energy

Some of these answers make me sound like such a bad blogger lmao #exposed I remember when I had it all together

Bert is past me, ashamed of what I’ve become. Ernie is current me not caring ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Because I’m lazy I won’t tag anyone in specific. If you want to do this tag consider yourself tagged!

What are the worst and best things about (book) blogging for you? Do you have a fur baby? Let me know in the comments!

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour // Not Really That Epic?

Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Contemporary //  YA
Goodreads rating: 4.03
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
When I saw that Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was up for free on Riveted (this was last month) I immediately started to read it, as I loved The Unexpected Everything and Since You’ve Been Gone. Unfortunately this one fell a bit short for me.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was just a little bit too long for me, while not much happened. Or at least it felt that way to me. Of course everything they go through is important for Amy to overcome her grief and for her and Roger’s relationship to develop, but at times I wondered if certain events were really necessary to the plot. But most of all I really missed the things I fell in love with while reading Matson’s other novels: family and friendship. It does make sense plotwise why Amy’s family isn’t in this much, except for flashbacks, but I still wish we could’ve seen more of them. I felt incredibly detached to Amy’s family and while I’m a very emotional person, her having lost her father didn’t really make me feel anything. The book also ended before Amy’s mom could play a bigger part, which was disappointing (even though I did find the book too long) and left me with a lot of questions.

And then there’s the lack of friendship. Okay, so Amy and Roger start out as friends and that was great! I loved them! But I still really missed the friendship element that I loved so much in The Unexpected Everything and Since You’ve Been Gone. Amy does have a best friend, but she has moved away before the book begins and barely plays a part. Plus there’s some conflict there, as Amy has ignored her for quite some time now due to her grief. We never see this resolved which just felt weird to me. During the trip Amy does make some friends, but we never see them again.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was both too long and too short at the same time. Too short because there’s just too much missing, too much left hardly touched upon or resolved, whereas the actual book was just a bit too long for me. I’m glad that this wasn’t my first Matson book, as I probably would’ve been hesitant to pick up her other books and missed out badly.

That said, it was a fun read – I mean road trip! I’m a sucker for road trips. Seeing Amy overcome her grief and trauma was also great. There’s a lot of potential for this to have been a great read, but it just fell a bit short.

Have you read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour? What’s your favourite Matson book? How do you feel about road trips in books? Let me know in the comments!

LGBTQIAP+ Books I Want To See Turned Into Movies Part II

A little while ago I talked about LGBTQIAP+ books I want to see adapted, but there was no way I could fit all of them in one post, so here’s part two! One day there will be a part III, but there’s no way I’m getting that up before Pride ends. So for now, here are six more LGBTQIAP+ books I want to see on the big screen!

Leah on the Offbeat

Now that Love, Simon is out, I want to see a movie about two bi girls falling in love okay? Also while I did like Katherine as Leah, I really want them to recast her with a fat actress. Fat bi girls deserve rep too.

Magnus Chase Trilogy


Just noticed that the center image is cut off adfjsbg I’m too lazy to make a new one

Obviously not made by the same people behind the Percy Jackson movies* The Magnus Chase books would make such a fun movie franchise. Can you imagine the Nine Worlds on the big screen? Also a pansexual main character and brown genderfluid love interest – yes please. Plus a huge focus on friendship! One of the things I love about this trilogy is that Magnus truly is a healer, and that’s how he solves conflicts – he’s not the best fighter, but his love for his friends keeps him going. And let’s not forget the other rep among the main cast, like a Muslim Valkyrie and a black dwarf.

* Wait what movies am I talking about are there movies??

Six of Crows Duology

Though a tv show would also be lots of fun?? I don’t know, as long as it’s done well. Whether it’s two movies or a tv show, I do hope they make it a lot more obvious that Nina is bi, because I learned that she was by reading it on the internet, because apparently Bardugho said so?? Did I miss that in the books?? If you’re not familiar with Six of Crows it has a black bi boy and a white boy fall in love (I don’t think Wylan ever showed interest in girls? But I don’t want to just label him). It’s a great slowburn, but all the relationships in this duology are great. Plus heists!! Heist movies/tv shows are GREAT. Who doesn’t want that

Timekeeper

This one is SO underrated. I mean a sequel came out but no one is even talking about this? That includes me though because I haven’t read the sequel yet hahaha I’m a terrible fan. BUT THIS BOOK. It’s absolutely beautiful and so unique? The main character is gay and has PTSD (such great PTSD rep!!) and he falls in love with the spirit of a clock tower. There’s also a biracial girl trying to make it in a men’s world. In this world they are dependent on clocks (like the Big Ben, not a regular clock in your living room), if a clock breaks, the entire town will be stuck in time, with no way of getting out. Mechanics like the MC and the girl have to make sure that doesn’t happen. I did all that from memory so I hope that makes sense. The romance is adorable and, spoiler before I get attacked: they get their happy ending*

* The sequel better not ruin that asdgbj

I Was Born For This

I just finished this the other day and I have no words?? I Was Born For This blew me away and I definitely get all the hype for Alice Oseman. I’m not sure a movie could do this book justice, as it would miss the incredible, thoughtful writing, but it would be a great movie nonetheless. Plus that rep!! The two main characters are a Muslim girl and a trans gay boy with anxiety. There’s great rep among the supporting cast as well plus it’s a great take on fame and how it affects celebrities. This would just be an incredible movie??

The Upside of Unrequited

The main character of The Upside isn’t queer herself, but she has two moms (one of them black) and a twin who’s a lesbian, dating a pan Korean girl. Same sex marriage has just been legalised so the movie would start with that and show how everyone outside is celebrating. Her moms decide to get married as soon as possible, so the MC is busy with their wedding, as she’s taken it upon herself to plan everything. Ending a movie with a big gay wedding is the best kind of ending to be honest. While the book doesn’t show much of her twin and her girlfriend, because it’s told from the MC’s pov, the movie could show us more of their relationship. Plus the MC is fat and has anxiety – so it’s just a fun, happy movie with lots of great rep and important messages! A.k.a. the perfect feel good movie

I need these movies ASAP okay?? THE WORLD NEEDS THESE MOVIES ASAP. Please let Love, Simon have been the first step to getting more LGBTQIAP+ YA books adapted

Have you read any of these? Which LGBTQIAP+ books would you like to see adapted? Let me know in the comments!

The Pride Tag! // In Which I Shower Becky Albertali With Love

Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created the Pride Tag, a super fun cute tag based on the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it’s Pride, what better time than to do this tag? Thank you again Mel for tagging me in the comments! And don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t yet

Red – Life – name an author who gives you life

Lately it’s definitely been Becky Albertali, which of course has to do with Love, Simon and Leah on the Offbeat coming out, but I’ve just been filled with so much love for this woman??

Orange – Healing – pick a book that helped you through a rough time

The first time I read Simon vs I didn’t know I was bi yet (had been repressing the hell out of it! Fun!) so the second time I read it when I had come out? SUCH a different experience and it helped me so much?? I could definitely use this one for yellow as well (then again I can use all of the books in this post for yellow except Anger is a Gift) but it’s healed me so much?? I can’t even describe it to be honest, but Love, Simon has had the same effect on me.

Yellow – Sunlight – pick a book that makes you happy

I could go with so many books for this question – most of the books I’ve chosen for this tag would fit this question, but I’ve decided to go with The Upside of Unrequited. While the protagonist herself isn’t queer, she has two moms who are planning their wedding (same sex marriage has just been legalised and everyone is just celebrating and it’s so wonderful?) and her twin sister is a lesbian who ends up dating a pansexual Korean girl. The book ends with a big gay wedding – what better way to end a book?

Green – Nature – what tropes, buzzwords, etc., are you naturally drawn to when choosing a book?

💛 If it’s queer you most likely got me
💛 Though I’m drawn to any kind of diversity tbh
💛 Writers and bookworms as characters!
💛 Boarding schools
💛 Friendship!!!
💛 Magic
💛 Road trips
💛 This is really hard because there’s so much??
💛 Enemies to lovers!
💛 Banter
💛 Cute animals that don’t die!! *looking at a certain author who traumatised me which I’ll never get over* I mean I literally bought The Unexpected Everything on a whim because there was a pug on the cover dskgj*
💛 There are so many more but I can’t think of any others?? Oh well this is too long anyway

* Don’t be fooled the pug is barely there :( There are lots of cute dogs in general though and I loved the book so it was worth it but the pug

Blue – Peace/Harmony – what is your ultimate OTP?

I wouldn’t call Leah and Abby my ‘ultimate’* OTP, but I do love them and shipped them a lot during Leah on the Offbeat – definitely an OTP!

* What even IS an ultimate OTP like I can’t have only one I love so many ships and it really depends on whether I’ve just (re)read a book because at some point I’ll slowly start to forget about it and obsess over the next ship?? Like half the time I even forget pretty much all of my ships because I’m a goldfish and if I don’t see them?? I forget they exist

Violet – Spirit – pick a book that speaks to you on a personal level

Definitely Queens of Geek! This was one of the first books I truly felt represented in multiple ways: both the bi rep and the anxiety rep was so so on point. Like Charlie never realising that she had crushes on female celebrities, just thinking she admired them a lot?? SAME.

Brown – POC LGBT Pride – pick a book featuring queer characters of color

Are you all getting tired of me yelling about Anger is a Gift yet because listen I still barely see it around so SOMEONE has to yell about it all the time and that someone is me because I love this book to pieces and it’s so important yet also so underrated *sobs* Please read Anger is a Gift all of the main characters are either brown or black and Moss’ friend group is very queer (even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!)

I tag whoever wants to do this!

Have you read any of these? Which books would you use for your answers? Let me know in the comments!

LGBTQIAP+ Comics You Should Read Part II

I’m back with more comic recommendations! With this being the last week of Pride it doesn’t mean that I won’t ever do a part III of course, I’ll definitely share more at some point in the future! Anyway, let’s dive in

Giant Days

I discovered Giant Days when I caught up on all the Lumberjanes issues that were out back then and was looking for a replacement. According to some forum (I think?) Giant Days was similar to Lumberjanes and as it sounded interesting I went to check it out. And lo and behold, I was hooked. Giant Days is very much its own story of course, but it is a little bit like a more mature Lumberjanes.Giant Days is about three best friends trying to get through college together and while it’s pretty realistic, it also has some more fantasy-like elements, thus why I see the similarities with Lumberjanes. While dealing with some serious topics, it’s fun, silly and absolutely hilarious. I don’t laugh out loud quickly when reading comics, but Giant Days? I’ve laughed out loud multiple times. Daisy is biracial (her grandmother is black) and throughout the comics she realises she likes girls (I don’t remember her labeling herself?) and eventually she gets into a relationship with a girl. It’s… not the best relationship, but the comic never pretends it is. It’s just a very realistic take on a bad relationship. If you like Lumberjanes, I definitely recommend Giant Days.

The Backstagers

*chants* Queer theater boys queer theater boys queer theater boys! Another one that really reminds me of Lumberjanes, although this is about the backstage crew of a school theater club. Like the Lumberjanes’ camp, backstage isn’t a regular one as it’s a magical place with lots of secrets to uncover. I love how The Backstagers not only showcases great friendships between boys, but also breaks down stereotypes and toxic masculinity. Plus a cute slow burn between two of the boys and Beckett (on the left) is trans. There are only two volumes so it’s a very short read (though a Valentine’s Day special came out so maybe there’s more coming?) but so so worth it. Again, if you love Lumberjanes, definitely recommend this one.

Patsy Walker

I’ve only read the first volume of this but I’m already in love?? It’s just very queer without making a big deal about it and I love it. Also the story itself is just fun and cute? Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat starts a temp agency for people with superpowers which in itself is already a unique and fun concept, but the entire vibe of the comic is just?? So fun?? The art work is cute and colourful and while there are villains to fight there isn’t really any angst. Also the humour really reminds me of Squirrel Girl, which is a plus. There are multiple queer characters (my fave being Ian Soo, who’s bisexual) who just get to exist, be happy, have fun adventures and friends* and ahhh I’m so sad this got cancelled even though I haven’t finished it yet.

* I don’t know about any romantic relationships as I’m not that far yet but I think they do also get into healthy relationships?

Zodiac Starforce

I’ve actually talked about this one before!  Zodiac Starforce is a magical girls comic, in which the girls powers are based on the zodiac signs. Apart from multiple POC the main cast also consists of two queer girls who fall in love with each other. Apart from that once again a great friendship is at the center of this one. These girls are not just fighting to save the world, but also to protect each other. It’s a fun read, though it also explores the darker side of being a magical girl.

Hi-Fi Fight Club

Okay so there aren’t that many issues out for this one yet so I can’t really say that much about plot and characters, but the main character has a crush on a really pretty girl and it’s super relatable because SAME. She’s such a mess around her ajbshg The main character works at a record store, but it turns out that her co-workers are sort of superheroes, minus the super powers and have started a fight club. Oh and it takes place in the 90s! So far it’s really fun and cute and I can’t wait to see where this goes

That’s it for now, but as I said Pride being almost over doesn’t mean the end for this series.

Have you read any of these? Any LGBTQIAP+ comics you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!