New Year, New Books!

This post will serve as a few things,

A: an update on my book club now that the seasons have passed…

B: a list of the new books I am excited to dive in for the new year!

But FIRST, may I say I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and may 2o17 be a positive step forward for us all! ❤ 

Below are the pictures of my Autumn book club choices and a small review of each. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed most of them, high ratings all around!

Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your fancy!

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  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

An interesting perspective on life from a girl who is stuck permanently inside due to a life threatening illness… until of course, she’s not… do I even need to mention the brooding bad boy? 😉 Still with a unique voice and twist in the end, I give this an 8.5/10Image result

  • A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis

A fascinating look at institutional life in the 19th century- the setting of a dark plot that pushes the main character to look deep into herself for courage and strength. 9/10

  • My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

Image result for my lady jane Such a creative and fun concept to mix fantasy and fairy tales with loosely based historical events to the point that it’s created something new!? IDK just give it a chance- it has so many references tucked away that will make you smile along the journey   9/10

  • Flawed– Cecelia AhemImage result for flawed

Another sci-fi dystopian that I expected to fall flat based on the synopsis but it hooked me pretty quickly. Seriously, I stayed up until 2 in the morning just to finish this book . It was surprisingly a little more graphic (violence) than I expected or preferred… but it kept me thinking about questions of what’s really right and wrong for DAYS but *spoiler alert* the ending was just cruel to readers when the sequel is still a few months away. 8.5/10

  • Night Circus– Erin MorgensternImage result for night circus

SO MAGICAL and gorgeously written. The plot is a little slow at times but it’s worth it to see the protags relationship bloom. There’s not much I can say to explain this premise, you just need to immerse yourself in this world and let your imagination take over. 8/10

  • Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer

Image resultI love when I can get hooked in a series and I ate this one up within a year but I’ll just settle with reviewing the first one. I got ahead of myself at times because I thought I was smart enough to see through the story lines but I can honestly say, the series kept me on my toes.

 

 

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  • Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
  • Mosquitoland – David Arnold

I am going to review these two together because I actually never finished them… It’s not that it was bad writing- they both have that quirky vibe that I Really wanted to like but I just couldn’t get into them and it actually ended up feeling more like a chore to read them. So I decided not to be too hard on myself and take a break from them. IMO, both had similar issues. The characters were not likable and the plots were a little too unrealistic for my tastes. I give both a 6.5/10 but hey, I don’t want to turn off anyone who is interested in giving them a try. If you do, let me know if the endings are worth giving them another chance!

And now, my “one person book club” picks for the next few months are: 

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This year, I’m looking to continue to push my genre boundaries and I always enjoy a good comedic autobio 🙂

  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  • We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
  • Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  • Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
  • One More Thing – B.J. Novak

I look forward to reading and reviewing these books, hopefully to spread the word and get people reading more!! Comment if you have read any of these yet and what you would rate them! Much love in 2017! #newyear

x emily.

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Autumn Book Club

It may look like I haven’t posted in a couple months but that’s only because every time I go to post this idea I always get stuck on how or where to start. I have always wanted to start a book club but never knew how one goes about it. So I thought ya know what, I’m just gonna do what I want… I don’t really have a substantial following anyway so it doesn’t really matter what I do. 🙂

I’ve decided that I will feature my picks for reading this season and then update with my thoughts and reactions after I complete them. Hopefully my fellow bloggers and readers who find their way to my page will also share their thoughts if they recognize the titles.

Without further ado!

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  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
  • Mosquitoland – David Arnold
  • A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis
  • My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
  • Flawed– Cecelia Ahem
  • Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern
  • Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer

This season I’ve tended to lean toward YA’s that are a little less traditional and don’t present the typical boy/girl formula (there are a few that cross more into other genres). Some of them are new releases and some are ones that I’ve had in my bookshelf for a while and been meaning to read SO if you’re looking for something a little different, give them a try and let me know if you’re loving them as much as I am!!

x emily.