You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour/David Levithan (Book Review)

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Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Page Count
: 250

I got this book because I won it at a giveaway (my FIRST giveaway win!) from Aila who is blogging at One Way or an Author AND Happy Indulgence. She’s currently on hiatus, but I still cannot thank her enough for hosting the giveaway and letting me choose this amazing book! THANK YOU!

I don’t know if you remember, but a while back there was this TTT topic of author duos you wish were real, and I totally called for a Levithan-LaCour-pairing AND IT HAPPENED! Not because I said it, since they were already working on You Know Me Well by then, but I didn’t know that … so, I like to pretend my wishful thinking made it come true! I just knew that combined, they would make a beautiful LGBT+ novel and I was right! It would have been the perfect read for Pride month, but you should celebrate pride all year round, so I am not that disappointed I didn’t get to it in June.

This is not a book about teens coming out (although there may or may not be a character in the story who still needs to come to terms with his sexuality), but rather it is about finding that one person you feel comfortable with. Where you are not afraid to be yourself around and who you are ready to be there for and share everything with – a true friend. Kate and Mark have been in school with each other for years but they weren’t among the same group of people, until one fateful night brings them together. I definitely don’t believe in insta-love, but I do think that insta-friendship can be real.

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Sometimes you just click with a person and that’s what happened here and it’s 100% platonic and there is no indication of romancing between Kate and Mark whatsoever, which is just perfect (and the way it should be since they both aren’t into the other gender). They were comfortable with their sexuality and so were their surroundings. I am not saying that they didn’t have to face problems in their life because of it at some point, but I was so happy to see them in an accepting environment, that simply took it all as a given.

As much as it was about friendship, it was also about changing relationships, heartbreak, wrong expectations, fear of the future and the fact that everyone needs to figure out their path all by themselves at some point in their life. I loved that, because I could relate to so much of it. But first and foremost, I adored how good it made me feel. I was on the verge of crying and it wasn’t because it made me sad, but because it was so precious.

Lastly, I remain of the opinion that Levithan does his best work when he is having a co-author to par with and I am glad this one worked out so well. It all took place during the course of a week, but I didn’t even need 24 hours to finish it, which means it was way too short for me. I could read about the adventures of Mark and Kate forever!

Fazit: 5/5 rainbows! Light, beautiful and really fun! Perfect (but not only) for Pride month!

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Have you read You Know Me Well? What do you think? Do you want to read it?

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 2 (Again)

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As I’ve mentioned, I’ve done the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge before, but Fadwa @WordWonders tagged me to do it again and since it’s so much fun, I am really happy about it!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

It’s Valentine’s Day! How do I spend such a special occasion? How about sleeping in until noon, watching TV shows and spending an infinite time on the interwebs. However, I feel like I should honour the day at least somehow. So, here’s a lovey-dovey quote!

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Now, I Tag Thee:

*If you don’t want to do this or have already done it, feel free to ignore the tag!*

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos That Should Write Books Together

As you all know by now, I mostly participate in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together” and while it’s definitely a topic that took some serious thinking, it’s a fantastic idea. I doubt that I’ll get to 10 but here we go!

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1. Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs

Can anybody else imagine the awesomeness of those two creating a story together? I think everyone of us picked them for their list. Whenever I see interviews with them, videos from their YouTube channel or their comments on social media -I just love them so much together and I think they could create something really special and unique. (Also, on a completely unrelated note, they make me believe in true love … just wanted to throw that in there. Has anyone seen their wedding pictures? Gorgeous!!!)

2. Nicholas Sparks & Cecelia Ahern

Do you want full blown romance with a touch of magic sprinkled on top every now and then? Because I think that’s exactly what those two could accomplish together (and maybe Cecelia could get Sparks to break out of his admittedly very well working but nonetheless repetitive theme).

3. Sarah J. Maas & Victoria Aveyard

I don’t know about you, but I think those two could create one heck of an amazing world with characters that you have to watch all the time, because you never know what’s really up with them.

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4. Rainbow Rowell & John Green

This would be the ultimate teen/YA book and we would all drown in all the feels we would feel! I can see it clearly ahead of me! Also, they talked about Firefly and I love that show.

5. Rachel Matson & E. Lockhart

I think that both of these authors are really good at depicting buddy-stories in their books and somehow I would like to see how they would work together. Maybe each one of them could write a certain POV of a character and it would just keep switching between the two? In my head they’d create an amazing friendship story.

6. David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Putting this duo on the list is a little bit like cheating, because they have already written 3 books together – BUT I WANT MORE!

7. David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Those two have actually announced their collaboration sometime soon and I am super excited. They are both very important authors in the LGBTQIA community and I think whatever the result of their work together will be, is going to be amazing.

I think that’s all I can come up with. Who are some authors you would like to see working together? Share links to your list below if you like!

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (Movie Review)

A month or so ago I wrote about the trailer release of Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about the movie itself. There are not really any Spoilers in the review itself, but as always, I can’t promise the same for the comments!

naomiNaomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. The “No Kiss List” (a list of guys neither of them is allowed to hook up with) has been their insurance against a Naomi and Ely break-up for all their lives. Yet everything changes when Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend.

So let’s start with the basics:

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Length: 89  minutes
Cast: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fodé, Matthew Daddario, Monique Coleman, Ryan Ward, Danny Flaherty, …
Director: Kristin Hanggi

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am just going to say it again: I have read the book of the same title written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, but it’s been a while. I mostly remember a ton of emojis that replaced words and that confused me sometimes, but other than that I am not sure I could give the most accurate account of what happens in the book. However, I will try and mention things that were different if I noticed them.

So, now to the real review. I LOVED IT! I even liked it a whole lot more than the book. While the different POVs weren’t as balanced and more focused on Naomi, it just all felt right. I very much liked the casting (and not just because Matthew Daddario is absolutely swoon-worthy). While Naomi was never my favourite character, Victoria Justice really showed her development and there couldn’t have been a better Ely than Pierson Fodé. Bruce 2 was adorable and Ryan Ward looked exactly like the Bruce 2 in my head. I forgot everything about the Robins, and even though I would have liked to see them more, they were a great addition as well. The rest of the people from the apartment complex were just hilarious as well.

As any story written by Levithan and Cohn, it was a sort of love letter to New York City, showing off its quirks and awesomeness. The music was great and for real hardcore fans like me, take a closer look at the T-shirt of the drummer from Gabe’s band – he wears a “Where is Fluffy?”-shirt from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I wasn’t sure they’d connect the stories like they did in the books, but I almost shrieked when I saw it.

I think I hugged my pillow during the entire movie and really felt with the characters when their relationship seemed doomed. I don’t know why exactly, but it just touched me a whole lot more than it did in the book. It portrayed the complexity of friendships and that change is inevitable. Yet, it managed not to be heavy at all. If I could change one thing, I would want it to be longer. It would mean more time for the Naomi-Gabe-story to develop and maybe more glimpses at the adorable awkwardness of the Robins.

Fazit: I loved it! And while it may be short, it’s definitely sweet and worth a watch.

Have you read or watched Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List as well? What were your thoughts?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

It’s time for the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish” but I am going to change that up a little. Mostly, when I like a series, I am going to read it all in a sitting if the books are available, so that would make for a really short list of mine. To add some books to the list, I am going to put in series that I have started but WON’T finish as well. That should add up to ten … hopefully.

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(Again I just want to clarify that this is not a ranking!)

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

6676603This is actually a series I intend to finish. I have only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief so far and I really liked it. Somehow I had troubles finding the sequels with the same cover and then I forgot about the books, but someday I want to continue with the series.

2. The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

Also a series I want to finish! I have read Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue, which means I am only missing the final part of the series, Emerald Green. I have the first two books with the movie covers (not the ones shown below), so I want the last one to fit as well. I have no idea when it will come out but yeah … someday, one day …

3. Every Day by David Levithan

I read Every Day, but not Another Day and I don’t think I will read it. It’s just the first book from a different POV and quite frankly one I am not interested in. Every Day was such a unique book, but the story really just started by the end in my opinion and so I would have preferred it a thousand times more to get an actual sequel rather than a re-telling of what’s already happened. So, this is probably not going to happen …

4. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

I actually read 6 books of the original Gossip Girl series as well as the first book of Gossip Girl the Carlyles but I just always liked the show more than the books. The characters were over the top (yes even more so than in the show – Chuck didn’t have a dog called monkey, but an actual monkey!!!)

5. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

I don’t know if this series is actually finished but I bought a book box with the first 4 volumes in the series, but I don’t think I ever even finished reading the second book. It just really wasn’t my thing …

6. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Speaking of the Pretty Little Liars series just instantly made me think of the Lying Game. I know for a fact that this book series isn’t finished yet but the TV show was canceled. I loved that show so much and now I just don’t feel like reading it any longer, especially because it’s actually very different from what happened on TV.

7. The Ingo Series by Helen Dunmore

I actually would have loved to finish reading the series, but I am still too mad at the publishers to do that. I started reading those books when I was still pretty young and didn’t buy every book in English, but instead read the German translations. I have the first two books of the series on my bookshelf and they look great and I was so excited for the next book … but it never came. They rebranded the whole series, published it again under a completely different title and with obviously very different covers. I wanted to know what happened next in the books, but not so desperately as to buy a completely different set of them that didn’t match my very pretty hardcovers!

8. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

I think I have about book 1-6 or something like that, but I lost interest as I went along. There are a lot of people who love this series and I get it, but I watched the movie first and it was very different and maybe that had something to do with me not enjoying the books as much.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I’ve read book 1-4, but I never finished the 5th book. I guess I would like to know the fate of some characters, but it takes forever until the next books come out. I am just not sure I’ll still be interested in the whole thing by the time they are finally released. A feeling tells me I probably won’t be.

Well, 9 is better than nothing! What do you think? What are some series you have yet to finish or don’t intend to finish at all?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Buddy Stories 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten books you would put on your syllabus if you thought a literature class and I chose the friendship theme, so thanks for enrolling to Buddy Stories 101. Class is about to start!

(Whenever I do these lists, I am never sure if the ranking is actually from 1 to 10 or just numbered to give an overview. I have a hard time picking favourites, so see it as more of way to count rather than rate. The books I picked all have great friendships and some of them even evolve or are sprinkled with a bit of romance. I tried to avoid the romantic parts mostly, but then I thought that being best friends with your partner is pretty amazing, so who cares?)

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)NOTHING and I mean absolutely NOTHING is more powerful than a parabatai bond. It’s so much more than just friendship, it is even more than family or romantic love. It’s everything really. While I did enjoy Alec’s and Jace’s bond from TMI, I was even more fascinated with Will and Jem. Bring Tessa Gray into the mix and you’ve got ultimate friendship goals for me! So, the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare it is!

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This is one of my favourite books portraying female friendship. Emily and Sloane are just complete opposites of each other and that makes them work so well together. I’m so happy this book wasn’t just about romance! Also, it wasn’t just a fun read, but really funny as well!

3. How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle & Mlynowski

23629114Three girls on a road trip? There is no way it’s not going to be great. They all have their own problems, but they can only get through it with each other. Sometimes they may explode and fight, but in the end, they are happy to have each other and I am happy to have read about their friendship.

4. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

23230I’ve talked about Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List a lot and while I do find the characters a bit annoying sometimes, they also have something special with each other. Their friendship changes a lot over the course of the book and is quite different in the end to what it was when you started reading. When one person develops romantic feelings, I think it is necessary to address this and deal with it instead of throwing the friendship away altogether.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

893136This is a sad book. There is no way around that, but it’s a book that’s really dear to my heart. Liesel and Rudi already have a really special relationship, but I am even more a fan of Liesel and Max. Some wanted them to end up together, but that’s not the point at all. Their bond over books is amazing and I am so glad that they had each other.

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

12700353Greg can call Earl his co-worker a gazillion more times, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are best friends and awesome together. ‘Nough said!

7. Love, Rosie/Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

20706297Over how many years does this book span? A lifetime pretty much and while Rosie’s and Alex’ relationship certainly has it’s ups and downs their friendship survived somehow. This may be more on the romantic side than I’d like to admit, but they were friends first and that ever since they were really little. It has to count for something!

8. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

23153016Bianca has her best friends Casey and Jessica and they are a good group of friends, but not the one I want to focus on. Only with Wesley Bianca can be herself and they have a sort of friends with benefits thing going on, even though Bianca would probably never admit to being friends with Wes. Still, I think they never were as open and trusting with anyone than they were with each other. Being able to be yourself, that’s what I think is important in a friendship.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18741152I like all the friendships in this book (and the sequels as well). Anna and Etienne are great, Etienne and Josh, the whole gang pretty much is just amazeballs. I would have loved to go to school with this group!!!

10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

2836Jess and Leslie are pretty much inseparable. They create their own fantasy world and really just have the best of times. But I think that Jess’ friendship with Leslie opened his world to so much more than just that. This book is really tragic in so many ways, but I don’t think Jess ever regretted befriending Leslie.

 

 

I hope you’ve learned something and take away some good stories from this class 😉 As always, click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are some of you favourite literary friendships?

Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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I am back with a challenge once again! I got tagged by Erika and Miedjel @PartnersInBooks to do the Book Cover Guessing Challenge. I have to say this honestly looks like a ton of fun, but you’re probably wondering how it works. Well,  you pick a few books (typically well known) that you know little or nothing about and guess what they are about based on their cover and title alone. Then, you compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you did. I don’t think there’s a certain number you have to do, so I’m just going to do as many as I like.

Don’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom

Don't Ever ChangeMe:  So, I say this is about a teenager who’s close to graduation High School and who has to figure out her (?) life. The future is scary, but in the end she (?) realises she just has to be herself to be happy in life.

Goodreads:

“Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.
Soon Eva’s life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they’ve even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer’s blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.
Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, Don’t Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.”

Okay, so, not really what I said but also not completely off. How was I supposed to know it was about her wanting to write fiction??

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian

Like It Never HappenedMe: A guy and a girl have a fling with each other but no one can know about it. One of them is probably pretty popular and maybe even in a relationship. The other one totally isn’t with the popular crowd at all. It’s just that they felt a real connection with each other, but to protect their status at school, save face, or whatever else they pretend “like it never happened”.

Goodreads:

“When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.
Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.”

Okay, I am terrible at this and that even though I am always going for the most obvious thing the book could be about. But I also have to say that I don’t really get the Goodreads blurb. Why is it called Like It Never Happened?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Me: I’m guessing this has nothing to do with the 2007 movie of the same title starring Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. (Brilliant movie btw!) It’s a sci-fi story with a couple who’s love transcends across the universe. It is so strong that they will fight to get to each other even if they need to get across the entire galaxy and defy their families who are probably very Romeo & Juliet like against it.

Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

There is love – yay! Other than that – this does so not look like a murder mystery book to me! So much intrigue and killing … the space is a harsh place.

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Between the NotesMe: I stared at this for a long time, because I clearly suck at this game and wanted to come up with something good. (The cover is definitely gorgeous!) So, “Between the Notes” caught me off-guard for a while but then I saw the piano keys in the window and I was like – AHA!! Also, the house looks special and like it doesn’t exactly fit in with the big city backdrop. And then there’s the couple at the bottom.
I don’t know … a girl takes piano lessons at this old lady’s house and falls in love with her grandson. No idea …

Goodreads:

“When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.”

I got the piano right! Do I get points for that?  … there are no points but still.

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

The Night We Said YesMe: Teenage Marriage? Nah … people getting simultaneously asked out to prom? Don’t think so … This is really hard. I wonder what they said yes to and I can’t come up with anything good. Also, they say yes on a certain night …
Maybe they were planning a stupid prank, all agreed to do it (hence said yes) and it totally backfired. Now they have to deal with the repercussions of their doings.

Goodreads:

“Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.”

I’d totally read that and I guess I at least got a bit of that story right (not really …).

Ugh, 5 books has to be enough. How did I do? I think I pretty much flunked this challenge. I don’t want to be the only one to be terrible at this though, so I am nominating the following people for the challenge:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

Last week I started to do Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors, which means authors where I don’t even need to know what their book is about, I’ll buy it either way. So, here we go again!

So, last time I mentioned that I have a 3-strike-rule when it comes to authors. After liking a book, I give them 2 more books to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. I usually exclude series, but sometimes I make exceptions. After that I just buy every book that I see (granted I have money). FYI: The following authors are only numbered so that you can see that they are 10, not to show any sort of ranking to be honest.

1. John Green

I don’t own all his books, but I definitely want to. (Only missing Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow) I have yet to come  across a book by him that I did not enjoy.

2. Tahereh Mafi

I’ve “only” read her Shatter Me series but I fell in love with her style of writing. It has something poetic and unusual – absolutely an auto-buy!

3. Stephanie Perkins

If she continues to write books like the one from the Anna and the French Kiss series, there is no way I am not buying them!

4. Nicholas Sparks

This one is a bit tricky. I am not actively seeking out Sparks books, but I do enjoy them. Mostly I end up buying them when one of them is being adapted for a movie and I want to read it before the release.

5. Cassandra Clare

I am utterly and completely immersed in the Shadowhunter world. I will read anything she publishes and am happy that she continues to tell stories from this universe.

6. E. Lockhart

I’ve read three stand-alones by her and was not disappointed. We Were Liars is still my favourite, but I could easily imagine reading more from her.

7. Rainbow Rowell

What is there to say? I like her books and I’m going to read more of them.

8. David Levithan

I like both, the books he writes alone as well as his collaborations. If you are especially interested in LGBT-themed books, he’s your man!

9. Ernest Cline

He’s published 2 books, I’ve read both and enjoyed them a lot. I want more!

10. Morgan Matson

Her books are just the perfect books for the summer time! I still haven’t read everything she’s published but I can absolutely recommend Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! They are brilliant!

So, that’s all for today! What are your thoughts? Did some of my authors make it on your list as well? Who are some of the people you can’t resist buying books from?

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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Summertime Madness Book Tag

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Seen as the heat wave is still going on, it’s a perfect fit that Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Summertime Madness Book Tag. I SO CANNOT DEAL WITH THE HEAT! Let’s not waste any time and dive right into it!

1. SHOW A BOOK WITH A SUMMERY COVER!

My Life Next DoorI thought about picking We Were Liars (or really any other of the new covers of E. Lockhart‘s books) but then decided otherwise, because I couldn’t get the image of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick out of my head! That one has a nice amount of sunshine to me!

 

2. PICK ONE FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A SUMMER VACATION!

7741325Heat = not my friend! So, I’m totally cheating and choosing Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan) which takes place in New York during winter/Christmas time. Haven’t been to New York anyway and I’d really like to see it. And if that doesn’t count … Narnia? Neverland? Wonderland? I’m really up for anything magical!

3. YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO ON A FLIGHT TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION. BUT YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK THAT LASTS FOR THE WHOLE FLIGHT, WHAT NOVEL(LA) DO YOU CHOOSE?

20820994Unless I’m going to another continent, the flights I take usually only last 1-2 hours. So, since I don’t want my hand luggage to be super heavy, I tend to take books with me that aren’t that big. Also, it preferably should be a book from my TBR pile. This is so hard, but just because I wanted to read this book for a while now and I think the cover sort of fits the theme, I’m gonna go with I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

4. YOU HAVE A CASE OF SUMMERTIME SADNESS WHAT HAPPY BOOK DO YOU PICK UP TO SHINE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Any book of Stephanie Perkins will do! (I like Anna most, Isla second and Lola third, but that’s really only details!) They all just give me this fuzzy-happy feeling inside and I love them!

5. YOU’RE SITTING AT THE BEACH ALL ALONE … WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD BE YOUR BEACH BABE?

nicksThis is so much harder than I thought … Nick Sorrentino from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. There is the slight awkwardness that he’s a werewolf, but he’s also a major flirt, super funny and sweet. I’d definitely like to spend some time with him. (Also, I’m not blind. He’s seriously easy on the eyes!)

6. TO MATCH YOUR ICE CREAM YOU WANT AN ICY COOL SIDEKICK! WHICH FICTIONAL SIDE KICK DO YOU PICK?

margoAgain, Cristina beat me to a really good answer: Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. I love the guy and who wouldn’t want him by their side? But, I also want to be a little bit creative. My default choice is: Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green. So yeah, she may be a little selfish sometimes, but that would be one heck of a summer filled with adventure. I bet she could get me out of my shell (and into a lot of trouble)!

7. SHARE THE SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS! WHO DO YOU TAG?

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