Favourite Character Names Thought Up By The Amazing John Green

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Character Names. This could be as broad as you like, so I wanted to narrow it down a bit and explore the world of John Green novels and the amazing characters he brings into the world of literature…

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Paper Towns

Margo Roth Spiegelman

Quentin Jacobson

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A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle (in Let It Snow)

The Duke

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan)

Tiny Cooper

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The Fault In Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster

Augustus Waters

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Looking for Alaska

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The Colonel

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Turtles All The Way Down

Noah Pickett

Aza Holmes

That’s all for today, I’d love to know if you have any favourite character names from John Green books, or any YA novels, names always seem a lot more exciting and exotic in this particular genre! Feel free to link up down below so I can check out your favourite book characters!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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About The Book

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Review

*Please be aware of minor spoilers*

Genre: Young Adult

Setting: Creekwood High School, Atlanta

Predictable? There were hints throughout the book as to how it might end and who the mysterious Blue might be, but it was a nice surprise when I did find out.

Plot Pace? Quite fast paced, really quick and easy to read with short chapters and plenty going on all the time. I like the way every other chapter or so was an email conversation between Simon and Blue. It broke the story up a bit and allowed us an insight into their online relationship.

Favourite Character and why? Simon was obviously such a lovable character, but I also loved Abby’s character, and Nora as well. Their personalities were well written and developed into really relatable characters.

Least Favourite Character and why? I know he apologised in the end, but Marty was my least favourite personality wise, he was a bit of a dick (excuse my language!)

Did you guess the story? I knew what was going to happen, I knew we would end up finding out who Blue was in the end, and that they would meet and everything would be happily ever after, but there were a few unexpected twists at the end which was a nice touch, and of course the actual revelation of who Blue was ended up being a nice surprise.

Favourite part of the book? I found myself smiling ridiculously and making little squealing noises when Simon and Blue eventually ended up and meeting and going out together (especially in the supermarket!). It made me so incredibly happy, it’s been a while since a book has done that!

Least favourite part of the book? When Marty posted about Simon and outed him to the entire school, that was possibly the worst thing he could have done, and it made me feel awful for Simon, and for Blue as well. Their relationship was happily anonymous until this…

Well written? Absolutely!

Emotional? Definitely, I did manage to avoid the tears, but only just, but my mouth was aching from smiling so hard in the end!

Gripping? It was an easy book to read, I wouldn’t necessarily say it was gripping like a thriller novel, but the short chapters and the way it was written made it flow well and read easily enough for me to fly through it.

Overall, this book was one of the top YA novels I’ve read in a while, Albertalli definitely understands how to write to make you feel all fuzzy and warm on the inside, as well as bringing every character to life in a unique way. I would highly recommend to every YA lover who hasn’t already read this book (there’s probably not many of you left now!)

My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):

> Amazon

> The Book Depository

Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

 

Here Comes The Sunshine… Lots of Yellow Books To Brighten Your Day

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books With [Favourite Colour] On The Cover/In The Title. Despite a lot of my belongings being pink, my favourite colour is yellow, the happiest of colours, and very apt for the glorious weather we’ve been having here in the UK. To celebrate this wonderful colour and the beginning of what looks to be a lovely summer, here is my ode to the colour yellow, through a list of great books…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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Alice and the Fly by James Rice

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This was actually quite difficult, it turns out yellow isn’t a very prominently used colour on books covers (I think we should change that, it’s a very eye catching colour!), so I did have to turn to come books that I’ve been dying to read but haven’t got round to doing so yet. I’d love to know what you think of the books on my list, and please feel free to link your lists down below so I can have a nosey at your favourite coloured books!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Monthly Book Roundup for April

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Hello fellow bookworms! Oh dear, this is a tad late isn’t it…?! It’s been an incredibly hectic month, especially with university (I finish in less than a week??!!!), but since finishing The Silkworm, I have been wanting to read more and more, and plan to get a lot of reading done when I’ve handed my final project in next Thursday! I’m starting to (slowly) catch up with my reading challenge, I’m getting there…

What books have I read this month?

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (3 stars)

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5 stars)

*I managed to read more than one book this month!!*

What am I currently reading?

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Average Rating: 4 stars

Number of total pages read: 883

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 7/40 books

*Yes, I lowered my Goodreads Challenge because I am a weak human being*

Books I plan to read in May:

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

*I’m so excited to finally read Eleanor Oliphant, I’m taking her on holiday with me and plan to whizz through it, I’ve heard great things about this book!*

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy May and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Words Frequently Seen in Thriller/Mystery Books

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Words Frequently Seen in [chosen genre] Books. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a top ten post, but I’m currently sat next to may bookcase and procrastinating my work (two weeks from the deadline…) and felt the inspiration hit me! I’ve just finished a massive crime novel which took me over a month to read(!), and I’m having a bit of break from reading them, but they are still among my favourite genres to read, so lets discuss them today! Here are some words I see frequently pop up in the titles of crime/thriller/mystery books…

Secret

The Darkest Secret falls under ‘dark’ and ‘secret’, a double whammy!

Lost/Missing

All The Missing Girls is another one that fits in two categories…!

 

Lie/Liars/Lying

 

Killing/Kills/Murder

 Dark/Black

 

Sister/Daughter/Woman/Girl

That’s all for today, and my sincere apologies if you start spotting these words in every crime, thriller, or mystery you pick up! Despite the fact that these books seem to use cliche genre titles, there are some on this list which are incredible reads, and I can highly recommend many of them as fast paced, up-all-night books! Feel free to link your lists in the comments, I’d love to know what genre you’ve chosen and see if any of your words pop up on my bookshelf!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Books I Enjoyed, But Won’t Be Reading Again

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Books You Enjoyed But Won’t Be Re-Reading. I missed last weeks Top Ten post because of the piles of uni work I had over Easter, but I have been blessed with a spare moment to start writing and I’m excited to explore this prompt, so let’s get into it!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I really enjoyed this book, but the shock factor would be non-existent reading it a second time!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I absolutely love the Shadowhunter series, but both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows are hence books which I don’t see myself reading again (good thing my memory is quite good so I remember the story well enough for book #3)

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games got me into dystopian fiction, and while I loved the story, I don’t think I’d be able to cope with the confusion of what was going on all over again!

Paper Towns by John Green

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This is probably the only John Green book I’ve read that I don’t plan on re-reading, only because, while I absolutely loved it, it wasn’t my favourite out of all of them.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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I whizzed through this the first time round, the premise was so exciting, but it took a lot to wrap your head around the main idea, and the ending seemed a bit separate to the rest of the story…

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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This was such an incredible book, but it was so long, and there were some complex ideas and theories to wrap your head around, I think I’ll leave it be for now!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This book was so good, the story was gripping and had such an amazing premise, but some of the photographs are a bit too scary for my liking (I’ll admit I had some nightmares!)

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

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This was a cracking book, but the surprise ending has been revealed and I’m not sure it would be quite as exciting to read a second time…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Another thriller book where I know the ending so it wouldn’t be as exciting reading it for a second time!

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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I loved Twilight… when I was a teenager! I’m not sure I’d be able to read them as an adult without cringing at the romance or anything really!

That’s it for today’s post! Are any of these books on your list today? Feel free to leave a link to your post below so I can check it out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Monthly Book Roundup for March

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Hello fellow bookworms! This month has been another terrible reading month for me, only finishing two books that had previously started in February! I’m going into April with a positive attitude though, with hope I can pick up some books which are easier going or quicker reads which will help me back on track with my Goodreads challenge!

What books have I read this month?

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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

What am I currently reading?

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 

Average Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of total pages read: 675 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 5/50 books

Books I plan to read in April:

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

…So basically the books I said I was going to read this month but never got round to doing so! I will be upping my game, I only have 6 weeks left of uni work which is absolutely crazy but I will make as much time as possible for reading around my very busy schedule, and then get moving when I’m completely finished!

Posts from March

I don’t usually include this in my Monthly Roundup posts, but I thought I made add a little extra, so here are the posts which have appeared on my blog in March…

Literary Quotes I Live By 

Books That Surprised Me

Books on my Spring TBR

Books Set In Other Countries

So all Top Ten Tuesday posts, but that is all I have time to write at the moment because they are quick and easy for me to put together! Come the summer, I am planning to bring more posts your way so keep your eyes peeled…

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy April and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂