Showing posts with label loving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label loving. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

9 Must-Read Books with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings | Top Ten Tuesday





There are a lot books to choose from and so many to recommend, but today I'll shine some spotlight on the underrated gems I've encountered so far! 

I tried to mix it up and include both Adult and YA recs, there should be something for everybody!





THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James 
| Genre: YA / Time Travel
If you like time travel, internet humor, and epic love stories, you have to read this.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle
| Genre: YA / Contemporary
One of my favorite contemporaries of the year and so quirky and lovely that you just can't resist. If you like college settings, artsy characters, and music, this is a must-read

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida C√≥rdova 
| Genre: YA / Wizards and Witches
A matriarchy of badass Latina witches. That pretty much sells it, right? It doesn't come out til later this year, but it's already one of my absolute favorites.




THE OTHER CHILD by Charlotte Link 
| Genre: Adult / Crime
I love her books! I don't read crime mysteries often, but when I do, it's only Charlotte Link. This is one of my favorites that was translated in English, it freaked me the hell out.

LOVING by Katrin Bongard 
| Genre: YA / Romance
The cutest romance ever with a book blogging protagonist.

COULD IT BE MAGIC? by Melanie Rose 
| Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
This is one of my favorite books ever, about a woman that lives the lives of two different people by day and night respectively, after she gets struck by lightning.




THE DEVIL'S INTERN by Donna Hosie 
| Genre: YA /  Time Travel
The afterlife, fantastic girl friendships, time travel, and sass. A must-read.

LIFE'S THAT WAY: A Memoir by Jim Beaver 
| Genre: Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs
Gosh, this book. It's a nonfiction memoir in which a man tells about his last months with his dying wife in epistolary form. This is heartbreaking.

YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Barbara Wood 
| Genre: Adult / Paranormal
A super creepy, almost surrealist story about a romance from beyond the grave.


What are your favorite underrated reads?

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Books Out of My Comfort Zone That I Enjoyed






I'm really very weird when it comes to books out of my comfort zone. I like reading what I know and love, which is mainly bad vampire books, greek mythology retellings, and chick-lit.

But once in a while I try out new genres and happen to like them. So here are the books that opened my eyes for their respective genres.










 7. LIFE'S THAT WAY: A MEMOIR - Jim Beaver

This is a memoir about a man's wife dying of cancer. I usually don't read memoirs or anything involving loss and grief. I'm so glad I did. This is one of my favorite books now.

6. ANATOMY LESSON - Matt Spadafora

Again, not a fan of memoirs and non-fiction, and even less when they're short stories. But I truly enjoyed this one, a collection of a couple funny, and sometimes sad short stories centered around the human body.


 5. ME BEFORE YOU - Jojo Moyes

Usually you can chase me with romance novels. This one is about a woman becoming a carer for a quadriplegic misanthrope. This book broke my heart. Read it.

4. SECOND GLANCE - Jodi Picoult

I'm not a fan of crime thrillers. I really just read a few adult books these days. So glad I did because this woman is now one of my favorite authors and this book has become my favorite.


3. LOVING - Katrin Bongard

I don't read contemporary unless you put a gun to my head. At least that was my opinion before I encountered this wonderful Pride and Prejudice retelling about a book blogger. Wow.

2. THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY - David Levithan

This book is told in dictionary entries. It doesn't get more out of my comfort zone than this. I absolutely fell in love. Read this.



1. READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline

I never stop talking about this book, I know. It's just... I don't know anything about 80s pop culture, I'm super iffy about sci-fi, and then this one comes along and completely shatters my world. So. Good.




Did you enjoy some books out of your comfort zone?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

[Review] Loving - Katrin Bongard

In LOVING, book blogger Ella has to do a school project with the hottest boy in her year. It doesn't really help that her best friend Zoe is in love with the school womanizer Luca as well. 

A Book Blogger Portrayed Accurately, Hallelujah!

I love how smoothly and fittingly Bongard incorporates Ella's pastime blogging hobby. I've only ever read one novel starring a book blogger before and in that one, it didn't even play a role for the plot. It absolutely makes sense for Ella, the introverted book nerd, to do this and to prefer it to going to parties and going out in general.
It's so fun to find all the things that we are concerned with in the novel, even accompany her to a major book expo! She's a thoroughly well-developed and absolutely believable character and her being "one of us" makes it even twice as remarkable that Bongard pulled it off realistically. In general her characters don't really seem to act their age.

Especially Ella is very mature and down-to-earth and even the so-called teenage meltdowns she has regarding Luca don't even seem dramatic enough. High schoolers don't keep it together and are always quiet and collected like her. I would have loved more major drama that really gets ugly, because that's what high school is like. Luca and Ella seem like new adult characters in college to me. I recall that some people have even labelled this a New Adult novel. I don't really agree, it's set in high school and the language is comparable to Middle Grade, so it's somewhere inbetween and a mash-up of all three genres.

Problematic Character Development

During the course of the novel protagonist Ella goes through the typical ugly duckling transformation which ends in her being the object of desire for a lot guys. I'm not a fan of that. I know that in reality high school boys are that superficial and will start to notice girls the second they take off their glasses and dress a little more extravagant - however, does this really have to be the topic of a novel for teenagers? I would have loved this way more if Bongard left out the whole lasik surgery thing and the makeover and just made Luca fall in love with Ella for her personality. Maybe he does fall in love with her because of who she is, but he would have never been interested in her in the first place, had she not become a swan.

The way that Ella develops in the novel and completely turns her habits inside out (starting to do sports, makeover, extroversion) doesn't make her sympathetic and frankly, it doesn't give off a positive vibe for teenage readers her age. You don't have to live up to society's expectations to be happy and fall in love. That's exactly what the novel advertises for - change everything about you and the hottest boy in school will like you - yay.
To me, that's a very problematic view point. However, if we're not talking about deep matters and all, I can fairly say that I enjoyed this novel a lot. I read it really quickly because of the easy writing style and because I loved that Ella is a book blogger and talks about the little things we bloggers worry about a lot.

Rating:

★★


Overall: Do I Recommend?


LOVING is absolutely not what I expected and that's a good thing. It's a cute, quick, but probably easily forgettable read. It's nice if you're a blogger yourself and one of those books you can read over and over again when you're on a vacation. It's beachy somehow, it's light and it's entertaining. Well-deserved four stars and a recommendation to all you book bloggers out there.


Synopsis:
"Ella's not really into the party scene at her school; she'd rather read or blog about books. When her best friend Zoe starts crushing on Luca, the school Casanova, she can't understand it... until she gets to know him better and discovers that he's not just hot, he's also intelligent and sensitive. How could a person not fall for him?"

Have You Read A Novel Featuring A Book-Blogging Character Before?

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