April Wrapup + May TBR


Read:

  1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan *review*

TBR:

  1. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard
  2. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman
  3. Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christoher Mannino
  4. Fire (Graceling #2) – Kristin Cashore
  5. September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt
  6. Oleah Chronicles: Justice – Michelle Johnson
  7. Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson
  8. The Wakening – E.B. Dillion

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Intimidating TBR


TBR.

To Be Read.

The intimidating pile of unread books.

Books, books, and huh. More books.

Now. The problem of having “too many books” isn’t really a big problem. Why would it be a big deal to have a variety to choose from? Hmmmm.

I am currently 7 books behind on my Goodreads goal, but I have about 200 books on my shelves that I’d love to read. How does this happen? I am going to blame my busy life and the school year coming to a close, but I also have a difficult time deciding on a book. The thing with me is that I impulsively start books even if I don’t want to just because I feel obligated to read them because I’ve read the first few in the series.

Shocking, but true. Why would you choose to read something you don’t want to, Aubrey? Idk man.

My TBR pile is extremely large, and it is my goal to read as many of the books on my shelves as I can this year. I’ve read 24 books this year, and I’m pretty proud of that, but I’m still behind on my Goodreads goal. *cough 7 books.* I find that I struggle with having a large TBR pile because I feel overwhelmed and obligated to read and finish books. Problem? Yes and no.

I think my plan for attacking my pile of unread books is to just read them in the order on my shelves. I have all of my books in a beautiful rainbow *with some overflow on the top* and I always look at them and am proud of the books I’ve read. So, I think it would be good for me to read them as they appear on my shelves.

I also think that I should finish the *way too* many series I’ve started. I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books. I know. I know. I’m reading them this summer. Pinky promise. I’ve not finished the Giver Quartet. I haven’t finished Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy, Twilight, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hundred, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Rebel Belle, The Wrath and the Dawn, Outlander, The Raven Cycle. The list literally just goes on and on and on and on. I think that I NEED to finish some of these series in order to feel better about myself and have some closure.

I have no idea how I’m going to read all my books, but my goal is to have all the books on my shelves read before I leave for college. I have one and a half full years.

I CAN DO IT.

Take down the intimidating TBR pile!

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This Week in Books #4


Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

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THEN: I just finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson for my Young Adult Literature class, and I really enjoyed it! I had heard mixed reviews about this book, but I think that there is a time for everything. The time was just right for this one, I think. I don’t really know what I loved about this book, but I think it was just the correct time for me. I needed a fluffy contemporary book, and it was just perfect timing.

NOW: I’m currently 20ish pages into Fire, and I’m really liking it so far. I read Graceling a very long time ago, and I’m struggling with remembering some of the details that link the two together. I am really excited to get into reading this book, and can’t wait to see what happens next.

NEXT: The book that I plan on reading next is The Wakening. I got this book for review a while ago (oops) and I’m excited to read it! It sounds pretty interesting, and unlike anything I’ve read before.

What are you currently reading?

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Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan


Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Release Date: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 310

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

will grayson, meet will grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.


4 out of 5 stars

Again with not knowing why I like a book so much, but still loving it! I think it is just John Green’s writing style, because I really enjoyed this book. This is the first thing that I’ve read from David Levithan, and I really enjoy his writing style as well.

There were quite a few moments in this book where I was hoping for things to happen, and being sad when other things happened. I experienced quite a few emotions throughout the course of this book. I loved the aspect of there being two people with very different lives that have the same name and are connected in a really random way. I can honestly say I was not expecting what happened to actually happen.

(will grayson is the emo and somewhat sketchy one.)

(Will Grayson is the one who is best friends with Tiny and Jane.)

Will Grayson and will grayson meet in the unlikely place of a porn store because will was meeting a boy there, and Will was waiting there after getting ditched for a concert. The two are both extremely uncomfortable in this store, and both feel out of place. The cashier says the name Will Grayson, and both of them look (obviously) and become unlikely friends. The story really takes off from here.

Both the Wills have been seen throughout the beginning of the book and their separate stories were told so you knew a little about them, but the whole story just starts making sense and getting put together perfectly when the boys first meet.

The relationships in this book were just so…. real. I felt connected to them in a way that I haven’t felt connected to any characters in quite awhile (other than Lady Midnight because….. duh). will grayson was broken throughout the book, but ended up being less broken in the end. Will Grayson finds a new purpose for life, and it was really nice to see that.

Now. This is definitely not my favorite book that I’ve ever read, but I still really liked it. I highly suggest reading something from John Green. If you haven’t, get out from under that rock that you’re living under, and pick one of his books up!

March Wrapup + April TBR


Read:

  1. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1) – Christopher Mannino *review*
  2. A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah *review*
  3. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L. M. Montgomery *review*
  4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  5. Looking for Alaska – John Green *review*

TBR:

  1. The Travelers – Chris Pavone
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard
  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

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This Week in Books #3


Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

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THEN: Looking for Alaska *review* is the book that I just finished. I read it for my young adult literature class, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and I loved reading something from John Green again. Alaska was very mysterious and it was fun to read about some mischievous teenagers. I loved all the pranks that they pulled; they were super fun to read about.

NOW: The Travelers is the book that I’m currently reading. I got this for review from NetGalley, and I am really not liking it. I will hopefully have a review up soon, but I just really don’t like it! It’s boring, and not what I was expecting. Like at all.

NEXT: Glass Sword is still in this position. I should have started this a while ago because I’m reading it for book club, but busyness and school have taken over all my free time lately, so it’s taken a back seat. I am still really looking forward to reading this book. I really enjoyed the first one of the series and can’t wait to see where the characters go next!

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Looking for Alaska – John Green


Looking for Alaska – John Green

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Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Release Date: December 28, 2006

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 221

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.


 

4 out of 5 stars

I had no idea what I was expecting when I started this, but it wasn’t what I got from it. And I am completely fine with that. I really enjoyed this book because it was unique and something different from what I normally read. I love John Green’s writing style, and it was nice to read something written by him again.

Alaska was a really cool, and very unique to say the least. She was a very interesting character to read about because she had a touch of rebellion and it was nice to read about her pranks. Alaska was a very free spirited person and very mysterious. Miles ends up going to the Culver Creek Boarding School to follow in his father’s footsteps and meets Alaska who becomes his first crush. Miles wanted to find his Great Perhaps, and Alaska helped him towards that.

The cast of characters was really real. I feel like this was more of what college would be like rather than a high school, but what happened to them felt real. Alaska’s mom died, and she felt guilty about it; this made her relatable because she was vulnerable. Miles wanted an adventure, and Alaska and Colonel showed that to him. He finally understood what having friends was like.

I really liked this book, but I don’t really have an exact reason why! I did like the characters and the writing style, but the plot and story weren’t something completely different. I think it’s the fact that the characters were fun to read about. I really liked reading about their pranks, as well. The story progressed, but didn’t go anywhere too crazy. One of my favorite scenes was with the speaker near the end when they were doing Alaska’s prank. I literally laughed out loud whilst reading that part.

I highly recommend this book just to experience it. John Green is great, and I really loved jumping into one of his stories again!

What are your thoughts on this book?

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