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Review: Something Like Normal

Hello and happy Friday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a review for my latest read, Something Like Normal, which is the first full-length novel that I’ve read in I don’t even know how long. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was enjoyable for the most part.
Happy reading! 😉


Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness, War
Pages: 224
Publication Date: June 2012
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Are there any other books that you’ve read about soldiers with PTSD that you would recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 🙂

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Review: Drama

Good evening and happy Friday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
Today I’m back with a new book review (finally). This is the first book that I’ve been able to get myself through in almost a month, which is the most frustrating thing ever! I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a terrible slump before. I had fun with this graphic novel though!!
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Contemporary
Pages: 238
Publication Date: September 2012
My Rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
PLACES, EVERYONE!
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!


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Have you read Drama? Have you read any of this author’s other books?
What are your favourite graphic novels?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope to see you again very soon!! ❤

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Posted in Book Tags

My Blog’s Name in Books Tag

Good evening, everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a really fun tag using books from your Goodreads TBR to spell out the name of your blog. I have a massive TBR on Goodreads with over 800 books, so I don’t think I’ll have a hard time completing this challenge! Hope you enjoy!! 🙂


This awesome tag was originally created by Fictionophile!

Here are the rules:
1.  Spell out your blog’s name. 
2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. You cannot add to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR!
3. Have fun!

Anyone is welcome to use the graphic as long as they link back to their page: Fictionophile

Without further ado, here is my blog’s name in book titles: Continue reading “My Blog’s Name in Books Tag”

Posted in Reviews

Review: Go Ask Alice

Good morning!! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I am sharing a review for a well-known, but in my opinion, very disappointing story, Go Ask Alice.
Happy reading!! 😉


Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (as “Anonymous”)
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mental Illness
Pages: 213
Publication Date: 
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.
Read her diary.
Enter her world.
You will never forget her.


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Have you read Go Ask Alice?
Did you know that it’s entirely fictional?
Were you able to connect with Alice?
Have you read any of Beatrice Sparks’ other novels?
I’d love to talk about it in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time!! 🙂

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Posted in Reviews

Review: Tap Out

Hello, hello! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a review of one of my latest reads, Tap Out, which is a dark and gritty, though very short contemporary book.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Tap Out by Sean Rodman
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 123
Publication Date: April 2015
My Rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Darwin’s father went to prison for assault, his mom decided it was time to move him from his inner-city school to the elite Norfolk Academy. It was supposed to be a brand-new start for him. But old instincts die hard, and Dar is used to fighting for everything. Convinced by a new friend to take part in an illegal fight club, Dar starts competing in no-holds-barred matches between students. He quickly rises to become the best in the ring. When one match goes too far and a student is almost killed, Dar faces a choice. Everyone tells him he’s a fighter, but he needs to decide for himself–who is he, and what is he fighting for?


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Have you read Tap Out? Have you read any of the other books by this author?
Is it on your TBR?
Let me know in the comments down below!! 🙂

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Review: 10 Blind Dates

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! 🙂
This afternoon I have a review for my latest read, 10 Blind Dates, which is a fun and festive YA rom-com that I really enjoyed!
Happy reading! ❤


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?


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Have you read 10 Blind Dates?
What were your thoughts? Which date was your favourite to read about?
Have you read any of Ashley Elston’s other books? 
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!

As always, thank you all so very much for joining me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Until next time! 😉

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Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #11: The Spectacular Now

Hello and happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you’re all doing well and having a great day so far! 😀
This morning, I am sharing a handful of quotes from Tim Tharp’s YA novel, The Spectacular Now.
Happy reading! ❤


It’s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There’s this sense of being super-alive. You’re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don’t know about. Unlike them, you’re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what’s going to happen.

The idea comes to me that we’re all grass blades on the same lawn. We’ve grown up together, shoulder to shoulder, under the same sun, drinking the same rain. But you know what happens to grass blades – somebody cuts them down just when they reach their prime.

Besides, it doesn’t matter if it’s real. It never does with dreams. They aren’t anything anyway but lifesavers to cling to so you don’t drown. Life is an ocean, and most everyone’s hanging on to some kind of dream to keep afloat.


I read The Spectacular Now a few years ago, after I had already seen and really enjoyed the movie. The book was enjoyable and I really like Sutter’s character, but I felt that it was too slow at times and the ending was disappointing. I did however, find some little gems of quotes like the ones above.
I especially love the first quote. There was one day a few months ago when I got to school early in the morning and I was walking around campus. It was so quiet and practically empty, and the air was fresh and crisp, and I just felt so alive. It was a spectacular (no pun intended), magical sensation, and it immediately mad me think of this quote. I love it when those types of things happen. ❤

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Posted in Reviews

Review: Turtles All the Way Down

Good evening and happy Sunday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. ❤
Today I’m back with a review of my second John Green novel, Turtles All the Way Down. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed by this one and found it to be a very mediocre book. (I also really don’t care about tuatara!) I was especially let down because I enjoyed TFIOS so much when I read it five years ago. 
Happy reading! 😉


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 286
Publication Date: October 2017
My Rating: 2.5 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
n his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
 


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Have you read this book? 
Did you enjoy the plot? Did you like the Star Wars references? 
What’s your favourite John Green book?
Let me know in the comments down below! 

Thanks so much for hanging with me today!
I hope to see you again soon!

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Review: Hush, Hush

Good morning, my lovely readers!! I hope you’re all remaining safe and healthy. 
Today I’m bringing you a review of Hush, Hush, which I was strongly encouraged to read by many friends on Bookstagram. I didn’t love the book but it was addictive and entertaining – the perfect distraction during these times. 🙂
Hope you enjoy!! ❤


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Pages: 391
Publication Date: October 2009
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


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Have you read Hush, Hush?
What did you think of Patch?
Is it worth continuing on with the series?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!! 

Thank you so much for hanging with me today.
See you again soon!! ❤

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!! ❤
This afternoon I’m back with a review of one of my favourite books ever, The Unbecoming of Mar Dyer. I reread this for the third time last week (as if I don’t have a about fifty other books that I should be reading right now) and I had the absolute time of my life. This story never fails to blow me away.
I hope you enjoy! 😀


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Pages: 456
Publication Date: September 2011
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read May 2015, April 2017, April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.


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Have you read this trilogy?
What did you think of it? Who was your favourite character?
I would love to discuss it in the comments down below! ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading. Until next time!! 🙂

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