Ten of the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read | TTT 9/10/18

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  That Artsy Girl. This week’s topic is all about the longest books you’ve read. This seems like a really intriguing topic to me as, while a few titles come to mind, I’m usually deterred by longer novels as I’m scared that they will drag on longer than necessary.

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  1. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (513 pages). Like many fellow fans, I saved every page of the book.
  2. What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli (448 pages). My most recent read from this list, despite worrying it would drag on, I actually found the book to be rather action packed.
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (481 pages). A little slow but still a sweet book…? I can’t help but feel that the book’s hype skews my opinion slightly.

  4. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (530 pages). I’ll take any opportunity I get to praise this book (it really is that good 😉). Trust me when I say the 530 pages fly by.
  5. Blink and You Die (Ruby Redfort #6) by Lauren Child (560pages). Both the longest book on my list and the longest book in the Ruby Redfort series, I was enthralled in Blink and You Die until the last page.
  1. Mummun by Jesse Andrews (407 pages). The length took its toll on this novel’s pace and it ended up a little slow & boring.
  2. Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale (416 pages). While it’s definitely not my favourite novel in the Geek Girl series (certainly still a cute book though), it does hold the title of the longest (not actually sure if this is a good thing…😂).
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (464 pages). Definitely slow-paced which I feel somewhat suits its holiday read appeal.
  4. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (416 pages). An emotional rollercoaster of a book, the last 150pages were by far my most enjoyable.
  5. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (544 pages). I never actually realised how long this book is (I guessed it was around 400 pages) which probably says something about how thoroughly enthralled I was in it.

What are the longest books that you’ve read (do they beat my 560 pages?)? Do you have any of these books on your TBR? Leave a link to your TTT and I’ll make sure to stop by. 

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Review of What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Meet Ben and Arthur. Ben is a battered dreamer who’s shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. Arthur is new to New York and struggling to fit in. After an memorable meet-cute in a New York post office, the boys lose touch only be be brought back together via a ‘missed connection’ advert. Is it fate? It looks like it. But after a series of disastrous first dates, Ben and Arthur may have to accept the universe should’ve minded its business.

Release date: October 9 2018

Price: $16.99

My rating: 4.5/5

My thoughts

Characters- Ben, a Puerto Rican New Yorker, and Arthur, a Jewish boy from Georgia, were both adorable protagonists and their individual romantic and platonic relationships were complex and refreshing. Each character was built from numerous unique character points that really set them and their story apart from other ya teen romance novels that I’ve read. Ben, for example, was  writing a novel and stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend, while Hudson was an intern for his mother’s law firm and an obsessive Broadway (specifically Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen) fan.

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Plot- Despite featuring the cliched boy-meets-boy trope extensively, the novel still felt new and unique. Admittedly, I was a little worried about the length of the novel and feared that it would end up dragging. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised, and found that each of the 400+ pages was not only necessary to the stories’ development, but was fulfilling and undoubtedly enjoyable.

Point of view- My least favourite aspect of the novel would have to be the point of view, which alternated between Ben and Arthur’s perspectives. Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 2 POV novels previously, I just found this one confusing.

Overall, What If It’s Us was a sweet young adult romance novel filled with loveable characters and a fun, action packed plot. 

*I received an eArc of this novel in return for an honest review.*

 

The Best Book to Movie & TV Conversions of 2017-18-19

These past few years have brought a superfluity of amazing book to movie conversions. Here are a few of my favourites, as well as some that I am dying to see.

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  1. Everything Everything. A great book & sweet movie.
  2. Wonder. How can you not fall in love with Augie, Wonder’s adorable protagonist? The book transitioned well into a movie.
  3. Ready Player One. This is the first on the list where I actually liked the movie more than the book. Directed by Steven Spielberg, I loved how the movie really brought the story to life.
  4. Love Simon. Amazing book complemented by a deservingly amazing movie. I watched the movie twice in the space of 24hrs I loved it so much.
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV show). While I liked (but didn’t love) the movie of A Series of Unfortunate Events, I am a die hard fan of the Netflix TV show.
  6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I haven’t actually read the book, but the movie was cute in a teen movie kind of way.

Want to read/see

  1. Crazy Rich Asians. One that I am intrigued to watch & read.
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Estimated release 2019). I’m not too sure what the story is about but I’ve heard a lot about it.

Have you read any of these books or seen any of the movies? Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? What’s your favourite boom to movie/TV conversion?

 

My Birthday, 100 Followers & My Thoughts on the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2

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As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to come onto WordPress last month and find this message waiting for me :). (The current tally is now sitting around 114).

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A special thank you to everyone for being a part of the journey, especially Literary Dust, A Haven for Book Lovers and A Bookish Tara for being some of my first followers, as well as Molly @ Molly’s Madness who I believe was the 100th follower.

In other news…

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It was my birthday last week! Among other gifts, I received a Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 which I am now throughly enjoying; it’s light-weight, has a simple yet effective interface, is easy on the eyes and has a non glare screen that feels great to the touch. Plus, perhaps most importantly, it is waterproof so I can read in the bath, by the pool or at the beach with no dramas. The first book I read on it was Sunny Side Up by Holly Smale (the 4.5th book in the Geek Girl Series) and have, since then, read Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and started reading Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Let’s chat :). 

 

 

The 2018 Inky Awards Shortlist Has Been Announced & Voting is Now Open!

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The Inside a Dog Inky Awards , which are run by The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria, are the only young adult novel awards in Australia that are judged and voted on solely by teenagers. A few weeks back, I posted to share my excitement at seeing some of my favourite ya books make the longest. Now, the shortlist has been announced and I am still as excited as ever!

Since the longlist announcement in March, the books have been slimmed down from these 20 books:

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To these top 10:

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(Note: the ‘Gold Inky Awards’ focus on books Australian authors, while the ‘Silver Inky Awards’ are for international authors).

My thoughts on the shortlist:

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian was one of my favourite reads of last year so I am hyped to see it make the cut.

I’m disappointed that The Lonliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James wasn’t chosen- it’s an amazing book that is completely underrated.

I adored The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and think it is well deserving of all its hype.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was an okay read for me. While its message is important, the writing style and slow start downgraded my rating to a 3.5 out of 5.

Release, In Dark Spaces and Take Three Girls are all novels that I’m interested in reading, especially Release by Patrick Ness, which I own a copy of.

Follow the link to find out more about the Inky Awards for 2018 and to vote.  Voting is now open (for teen readers) and closes on 16th September. Winners will be announced by The State Library of Victoria on 2nd October.

Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Were you disappointed to see a favourite book not make the cut?

 

My Favourite Reads of June & July

June was a great month of reading for me and July was… well, slow, to say the least. Nonetheless, some great books have made their way onto my book log over the past two months, including some of my most anticipated ya books (think Meet Cute and One of Us is Lying) and some timeless classics (think To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye).

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Review of Forever Geek by Holly Smale

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“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

These were the words that first captivated readers worldwide after Geek Girl’s initial release in early 2013. These words would lead fans on a four-year long journey of anticipation, hope and heartbreak, before the series finale, Forever Geek, was released last year. Refreshing, action-packed and heartbreaking, the highly anticipated end to the Geek Girl saga brings new life to Harriet Manners, the series’ heroine, while still providing all of the laughs, fun and awkwardness that readers first fell in love with.

Plot

The story, which follows the same tried and true Geek Girl formula as the past books, once again sees Harriet jetting across the globe. This time, to the sunny east coast of Australia with her eccentric Grandmother, Bunty, and best friend, Natalie. While her friends and family soak up the sunshine, Harriet is forced to contemplate the question of whether she will see Australian supermodel ex-boyfriend, Nick, and, more importantly, whether she wants to.

Thoughts

On the surface, the book is a quick, easy read and, for the most part, it is. However, Forever Geek is also, in some regards, the Geek Girl book where we see Harriet at her most serious. Faced with numerous family, friendship and romantic changes, Harriet provides the basis for a number of inspiring underlying themes which are hide beneath the story’s humorous exterior.

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Altogether, Forever Geek, provides the perfect conclusion to the 6 book Geek Girl saga. Filled with wit and charm, the book takes readers on a heart-warming journey that is every bit as humorous as it is heartbreaking. An absolute must read that’s perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Morgan Matson and Nicola Yoon. 5 stars!

 

 

 

The TBR Book Tag

I was tagged for this meme by the lovely Bree over at In Love & Words all the way back at the start of June. Make sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already 😊.

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How do you keep track on your TBR list? Goodreads! Like many people in the blogging sphere, I rely quite heavily on Goodreads to keep track of my TBR (in terms of books that I don’t own but want to). For books I do own, I just look at my bookshelf.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book? For books I own, definitely print as I have at least 50 novels in my bookshelf currently waiting to be read and no unread eBooks (well, really no eBooks full stop).

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? The problem is that I often read books that aren’t on my TBR but that I find randomly in my local library. When I do pick an unread book from my bookshelf, my decision will usually be based solely off my mood, or the kind of book I feel like reading at that time.

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A book that has been on your TBR the longest. Heidi or What Katy Did. I’ve had these books for around 5 years (it could be longer honestly) and still haven’t gotten to reading them yet.

A book that you recently added to your TBR list? The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth was recently added to the list of books that I don’t own but still want to read. It’s supposed to be great book & I’ve heard really good things about it.

A book on you TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover. 

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

In terms of my physical TBR, maybe Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sarah Pennypacker. I didn’t enjoy this book when I started reading it early last year & despite planning (at the time) to pick it up later, I am starting to think that I never will.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for. 

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A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

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A book on your TBR everyone recommends you.

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The Illuminae series has been recommended to me numerous times.

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

Any of the 3 books pictured above (but especially A Lady’s Guide!).

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

To read: 333

Read: 129

What books do you have on your TBR? How do you keep track of the books you want to read?

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Read Because of Blogs

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Top 5 Tuesday is run by Bionic Book Worm. The topic for this week (books I read because of blogs/youtube) seemed fun so I decided to skip TTT to try my hand at this meme instead.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston. A wildly popular novel, I was excited to read Geekerella early this year after seeing numerous posts about it for months. It was super cute, so the hype is almost justified.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I read & enjoyed this book when I read it a few months back. While the revelation wan’t all that surprising to me, I still thought it was a fun read.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel to be released. Definitely one of the cutest books I’ve read this year.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Another super cute book that has amassed quite the following over the years. I haven’t seen the film yet but desperately want to.

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. A sweet, predictable teen romance that I liked but didn’t absolutely love.

What books have you been encouraged to read through blogging? Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Do you think that they were worth the hype?

A Happy

Discussion Post: The Pros & Cons of NetGalley

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Free books! Who doesn’t want them? Well… Sometimes me. NetGalley is certainly an amazing service; it supports authors, informs readers of upcoming releases & provides free books in return for honest reviews, however, there’s always another side to every story and for me, sometimes NetGalley is just too inviting (anyone else press the ‘request’ button too frequently?). Here are my thoughts on the service.

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Pros:

  1. Free (new release) books! Who can refuse free books, least of all, books that haven’t even been released yet? The concept of free books in return for reviews was something that astounded me when I was first introduced to it. 2 years later, and the novelty has anything but worn off.
  2. Support for authors. Supporting authors (especially self publishing or lesser known authors) is something that I’m sure we care about here in the book blogging world.
  3. Information on new releases. Probably my favourite thing about NetGalley is being able to stay on top of the new books coming out. Without this tool, I don’t know where I would be.

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Cons:

  1. Requesting too many books. There have been so (so, so, so) many times where I’ve requested 10+ books expecting to get approved for maybe 3 but have ended up getting 90% of them. While this on its own isn’t necessarily an issue, when combined with the point below, it’s a real killer.
  2. Stressful deadlines. A number of timesI’ve been approved for books 2 weeks before the archive date. For me, a self confessed stress bunny, it’s too much to handle.
  3. Reading eBooks. I’ve never really liked reading eBooks, but have recently found that I’ve been forcing myself to read electronic books just to keep up with eArcs.
  4. Unknown quality of book. There is a huge number of highly successful well known authors on NetGalley, plus many great undiscovered writers. However, like any book, there’s a chance of it not living up to your expectations. Unfortunately, I’ve recently gone through a patch of bad eArcs where I was forced to DNF 3 books 😭.

What is your opinion of NetGalley? Have you read any bad eArcs? How do you deal with Arc deadlines? Let’s discuss! 😊

A Happy