Bookish Matchmaking: Books for People who Loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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My latest idea is to do a little spout of ‘bookish matchmaking’. Quite simply, I plan on taking a series of popular, well known novels and then providing some perhaps less known book suggestions for people looking for comparable stories. The books may be similar in theme, characters/voice, plot, genre or just overall ~vibe~.

Today’s matchmaking centres around an incredibly popular book (& recent movie), Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. Quite honestly (no pun intended) one of my favourite books of all time. A big statement, sure, but the book really was just that good. Sweet, sad, a little funny and just so memorable; I would recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of Wonder.

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Another memorable book, this one looks at mental illness, a topic that I was impressed to see in middle grade fiction when I read it a few years ago. Beautifully written & with a voice that echoes that of Wonder, this book is more than worthy of its place on my list.

Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper. Probably the most popular book on this list (in terms of ratings, at least), Out of My Mind was one of the most eye opening books of my childhood. While some of the slang/colloquialism is a little unrealistic/out of date, the story has a good message.

 A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater. A lovely novel about a boy with a stutter, I was astounded to see that this book only had 52 reviews on Goodreads. I loved the characters and the twist at the end was completely unexpected.

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson. I had never read a book about a child with OCD before and this one was an enjoyable first. Despite being quite simple and somewhat childish, I found this book to be suitably original.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? 

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My 2 Year Blogiversary! + Free Hugs & Little Known Facts About Me 😊

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Has it really been 2 years?! I almost couldn’t believe it when I logged on a few days ago to find this message in my notifications feed. Admittedly, I wasn’t  blogging regularly for most of last year. However, I’m still pretty proud of myself for sticking at it for this long!

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I’ve always found it a little disheartening to see book bloggers who have been posting for mere months reaching hundreds of followers while I’ve been around for years (well 2, but still 😉)  and haven’t  even managed to crack 100 (I just need 1 more follower…1 more!). If there’s one thing that blogging has taught me, however, is to not compare myself to others; everyone is on their own journey and their progress can’t be put against mine.

But enough with the sappy stuff. To celebrate this small miracle, here are some little known facts about me!

  1. A competition with my friends was how I originally got into blogging. We were making educational blogs in class & I suggested a little friendship rivalry to see who could create the best hobby blog. After a little thought, A Happy Little Bookworm was  born. (And yes, I did win the competition 😉)
  2. My all time favourite author is Roald Dahl. Really, who doesn’t love Roald Dahl? I’ve read almost all his books (excluding Going Solo & his adult novels) and The Witches, BFG, Matilda & Esio Trot are some of my favourites.
  3. My hair is currently dip dyed purple. Slightly random, I know, but I’m honestly just super hyped to have my hair purple. It’s been my favourite colour forever & this is the 2nd time I’ve dyed the ends purple. stack_of_books
  4. I have approximately 100 books on the bookshelf in my room. Even after clearing out a few of my unwanted childhood books, I still have at least 100 books in my room and many, many more in a bookshelf in the living room.
  5. My favourite non-fiction book is Speeches That Changed The World. I received this book as a debating prize and have loved it ever since. With speeches by everyone from Karl Marx to Martin Luther King Jr., it’s a book I know I’ll treasure for years to come.
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Virtual ghost hugs!

I’m so, so happy to have reached the 2 year mark on A Happy Little Bookworm and am so grateful to everyone that has been a part of this journey. Free hugs for everyone! 😊

WWW Wednesday- 23/05/18

These past few weeks have been pretty hectic for me, however, thankfully, my reading hasn’t fallen too far behind & I’m still a couple of books ahead of my Goodreads challenge schedule.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The three questions are: What have you recently finished reading? What are you currently reading? What are you planning to read next?
1. Recently finished reading?

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The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Diven. This book helped me tick off two categories for my Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge as it was translated from French & I managed to read it in a day. It was enjoyable, if a little random & confusing at times.

I also finished Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble (the 2nd in the Ally’s World series) by Karen McCombie which was a nice filler read while I found something more engaging to pick up.

 

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One Perfect Pirouette by Sherryl Clark. This book has been on my physical TBR for a very long time. To be honest, I’m not really sure why I picked it in the first place as I’m not usually a fan of sport focused books. It’s well written and relatable at times, although the number of rhetorical questions is getting quite annoying.

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3. Planning to read next?

I’m planning on picking up either Mun Mun or The Haters, both of which are by Jesse Andrews, next and after that, Illuminae (Amie Kaufman), Literally (Lucy Keating) or I Have No Secrets (Penny Jolson).

What are your answers to the three Ws? Feel free to leave the link to your WWW below and I’ll be sure to check it out. Happy Wednesday. 🙂

The Cake Book Tag

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I have been so, so, so busy lately, even now, I am guiltily taking a break from my work to post this.  Luckily my reading hasn’t been falling too far behind, I managed to start & finish The Library of Unrequited Love just this morning and while not a book, I did finally get around to watching the movie of Me & Earl & the Dying Girl. But more on my recent reads on Wednesday, for now I thought it would be fun to do a quick book tag. This one comes from Marianna’s Corner.

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1.Chocolate Cake (A Dark Book You Absolutely Love)

 I’m not too sure about this topic as I wouldn’t say I read too many ‘dark’ books. Possibly Miss Peregrine’s or The Lovely Bones, although I wouldn’t say that I love the latter as much as I am deeply disturbed by it.

2.Vanilla Cake (A Light Read)

Recently I finished Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist which was a light, cute read that still had enough substance to keep me engaged. A great holiday novel.

3.Red Velvet (A Book That Gave You Mixed Emotions)

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff. This book was just so anticlimactic, I was expecting a huge revelation or at least something interesting but in the end I felt that the story really had no purpose. It wasn’t terrible, just sort of ‘meh’.

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4.Cheesecake (A Book You Would Recommend to Anyone)

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian or Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, both of which are AMAZING books- you should all read them :). In terms of a series, Ruby Redfort or Geek Girl.

5.Coffee Cake (A Book You Started But Never Finished)

806 by Cynthia Weil, an interesting concept that wasn’t executed to the standard that I was hoping for resulted in me DNFing this book.

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6.Carrot Cake (A Book With Great Writing)

Either Sister Heart by Sally Morgan, Moonrise by Sarah Crossan and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. All of these are written in verse which probably says something about my reading preferences.

7.Tiramisu (A Book That Left You Wanting More)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue, I loved this book so much and somehow, despite the fact this it was quite long, I was still left wanting more. I’m hoping to read The Lady’s Guide as soon as possible.

Favourite Books of April & May So Far

April was a great month of reading for me, I certainly didn’t read a lot, but the books that I did read were all great. May has started out much the same and already I have a few books lined up that I can’t wait to start 😊.

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What books did you read last month? Have you read any of these books? 

Popular YA Stories to Share- Which are Your Favourites?

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When I found this list of favourite stories to share I was intrigued to see how many of them I had read (it turns out that I’ve only read 6 of them). While my second thought was that I could read of of the other 19 books as part of a challenge, there are some books there that I don’t imagine myself wanting to read. Here are the 6 that I’ve read & the others that are on my TBR.

Read:

  1. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This was, of course, a great read. Almost everyone has read it but that doesn’t stop it from being amazing.
  2. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Another amazing read that I would highly recommend.
  3. TFIOS, John Green ⭐️⭐️⭐️. EVERYONE has read this book. I liked it at the time but thinking back over it now, it seems a little cliche.
  4. I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai ⭐️⭐️⭐️. Certainly inspirational, however there was a lot about religion & history that didn’t interest me as much.
  5. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. An interesting read, a little slow at the start but overall pretty good.
  6. Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Slightly cliched but still cute.

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Want to read:

  1. One, Sarah Crossan. I read Moonrise by Sarah Crossan and absolutely loved it. This seems like a great read too.
  2. Orangeboy, Patrick Lawrence. I don’t know a whole lot about this one but it looks interesting nonetheless.
  3. The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time, Marx Haddon. I have this one on my bookshelf and am hoping to get to it soon.
  4. Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys. I haven’t actually heard of this book but it sounds really good.
  5. A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness. Patrick Ness’ books can be a bit on-off for me, I liked More Than This so might give this one a go.
  6. The Arrival, Shaun Tan. Apparently this book has no words, only illustrations, which, to me, sounds like reason enough to test it out.
  7. The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson. This seems like a really important book and definitely one to add some variety to my reading list.

Overall, I feel like most of these books are either the novels that everyone knows about and everyone seems to like or the classics that your English teacher forces you to read. Despite this, there are still some interesting books on the list, and I’m excited to test out a few of them.

Top Ten Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early| TTT 01/05/18

Top Ten Tuesday was hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish but has recently moved to That Artsy Girl. This week’s topic is all about the books that you’d do Anything to get early. Anything. I’m super excited for this list as I have a fair few new releases on my TBR and haven’t ad the opportunity to discuss them in depth yet.

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  1. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee. Oh my, I absolutely cannot wait to read the next instalment in the Guide Series. Felicity was one of my favourite parts of the first book so a whole story about her seems too good to be true!
  2. 35396511.jpgWhat If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli. I read History is All You Left Me earlier this year and thought it was super sweet. This book is getting a lot of hype so I can’t wait to see how good it really is.
  3. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. When Dimple Met Rishi was adorable  so I can’t wait to read more of Sandhya’s work.
  4. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. A YA psychological thriller is always a very welcome addition to my reading pile and this one seems especially intriguing (it’s giving me serious People Like Us vibes).
  5. The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Don’t even get me started on how much I love Amanda Lovelace’s work, I read both of the other books at the start of this year and would do almost anything to get my hands on a copy of this next book.
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    Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. 
    From the author of Love and Gelato, this one seems like a super cute read.
  7. If Only by Jennifer Gilmore. This book seems fresh and original, plus, the blurb reminds me of a book that my friend and I started writing last year so it’ll be interesting to see how that works out.
  8. Freak ‘N’ Gorgeous by Sebastian J. Plata. A fun sounding story about a town where the gorgeous suddenly become the hideous and vice versa
  9. This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender. I don’t know too much about this book, however the synopsis and title sounded fun so Ithought it was worth adding.
  10. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker. While I’m a little worried this is just going to be a bad copy of Gentlemen’s/Lady’s Guide, it does sound interesting in its own right.

What books would you do anything to get early? Do you have any of these books on your TBR? Leave a link to your TTT and I’ll make sure to stop by. 

806 by Cynthia Weil- Review

cover123467-medium.pngSibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer with a group of female fans. Enough said.

The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him.

With the help of a broken-down, “borrowed” Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other…even if they don’t see it that way.


My Rating: 1 Star

My Thoughts 

I went into 806 really looking forward to an interesting read, I was expecting an easy,  humorous and interesting story that I could zoom through. Unfortunately, none of my predictions were correct and I was forced to DNF this book not long after the 50 page mark. My reasons for disliking this book are confusing and unclear, however, I will attempt to condense them into a few main points.

  1. Narration. My first main complaint with this book is the narration; it felt slow and clunky, everything was described in more detail than I cared for & the narrator annoyed my straight away. I found KT (abbreviated from Katie), the narrator, rude and disrespectful towards authoritative figures, particularly her mother, as seen in the first few pages of the book. This set the book up for failure from the start.
  2. Characters. Every character I came across in my (admittedly rather short) encounter with this book felt stereotyped and cliched, I could neither relate, nor feel emotions towards, any of the characters.
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  4. Writing. Argh… the writing. Without coming across as rude or disrespectful towards the author, who obviously put a lot of effort into this book, I want to say that this book could have honestly benefited from some heavy duty editing; it was simplistic in the most boring sense of the word, and the language used did nothing to keep me engaged.
  5. Road Trip Storyline. This experience has taught me that I’m not a huge fan of either character based novels or road trip stories, especially when they are poorly written. This evaluation leads me to doubt my feelings towards this story. Could it be that my relationship with the book requires more of a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ approach? In my heavily biased opinion, no.

Have you read 806 by Cynthia Weil? What did you think of it? What are your thoughts on road trip novels? 

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Books With Covers That I Love

Everyone knows that you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but what happens when you do? Today I’m delving into the world of beautiful cover art to try and find the best book covers out there, both from books that I have and haven’t read.

  1. Autoboyography, Christina Lauren. I have been desperate to read this book ever since I caught a glimpse of the gorgeous cover. Hopefully the story ends up being as good as the cover.
  2. The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe. I’ve seen this one around my local library and am waiting for the perfect moment to pick it up, especially as I can feel that it’s going to be a sad read.
  3. Who’s That Girl, Blair Thornburgh. The cover of this book is just so pretty. Admitedly, I don’t know much about the story but as soon as I saw the art, I knew I had to add it to my TBR.
  4. As I Descended, Robin Talley. The picture I have of the cover is a little weird as it’s actually the audiobook artwork. I’m not sure how the physical copy stacks up, but if it’s anything like this one, I’m sure it’s amazing.
  5. Everywhere You Want to Be, Christina June. Everything about this cover screams READ ME. I saw this Little Red Riding Hood retelling on Netgalley and requested it immediately.
  1. Undercover Princess, Connie Glynn. This cover is giving me serious Disney Princess vibes (I keep thinking of The Princess and the Frog for some reason???) and I’m totally okay with that. I honestly just want to buy this book so that I can look at the cover all day (& read it, of course 😉).
  2.  Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Jaye Robin Brown. I have to admit, this cover almost didn’t make the cut, but there’s something enticing about the (seemingly) random cover (& title) and so, the book was added to the list.
  3. A Taxonomy of Love, Rachael Allen. A funky cover that makes me intrigued to read the story.
  4. Geekerella, Ashley Poston. I read this book earlier this year & found it super duper adorable. Thanks to Netgalley, I found out this morning that they’re bringing out a new cover for Geekerella and now I’m torn between which one is better, the old or the new…
  5. Dreamology, Lucy Keating. A lovely cover for a lovely book. I can’t wait to read Lucy Keating’s other novel, Literally as soon as I can get my hands on it :).

Which book covers do you love? Let’s chat in the comments section 😊.

 

Liebster Award 2.0

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A huge thank you to Dania from Bookish Thoughts for not only nominating me for this award, but for waiting for more than a month for me to post my answers! If you haven’t seen her blog already, make sure to go check it out asap :).

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  • Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by the nominees.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing

 The Questions:

  1. Can you read when there’s noise, or does it have to be absolute silence? Almost always absolute silence. I can occasionally read in slightly loud public places (i.e the bus), however I certainly prefer to be completely alone with my thoughts.
  2. What book did you wish ended differently, and how would it end if it’s up to you? [Possible spoiler alert]. The book that sticks out in my mind as one that has a bad ending is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. The ending for this novel is certainly controversial and although many a year has passed since I read it, I still wish the story had a different ending, specifically surrounding the relationship between the protagonist & her mother. To be honest, I really just wanted to see a full on fight 😂.
  3. Ebooks or physical books? Physical books ❤️😍. Ebooks are definitely convenient and lighter to lug around, however they lack that bookish feel that physical books have. Also, ebooks make my eyes hurt after a while 😂👓.
  4. Describe your ideal reading spot. While my bed is my favourite reading spot that actually exists, my ideal fantastical reading spot would be a hammock on a beach 🌴🌊💧😌.

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  1. If you had to kill off a favourite character from a book to save another favourite character, who would they be and why? It hurts to say it, but I think I would have to kill off Clancy Crew (from the book series, Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child) in order to save Ruby Redfort, the stories’ main protagonist. I’m sorry Clancy! 😰😭. It would be a good plot twist though.
  2. How many books are on your bookshelves, and how many of them haven’t you read yet? *Goes to count books*. Comes back 2 hours later 😉. I have 100 (105 including library books) in (& around) the bookshelf in my room and more books than I care to count in the bookshelf in my living room.
  3. If you can only pick one book to describe you as a person, what would you pick? Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I feel like I go on and on (an on) about this book but it really is just that good. Harriet Manners is like a fantastical reincarnation of my soul 😉.
  4. What time of the day do you usually write your blog posts? Usually in the mid to late arfternoon around the time when I’m about to be eating dinner and doing my homework. I occasionally right my blog posts in the morning if that’s when inspiration strikes :).
  5. Whose superpower/abilities would you like to have? If I was going to become a superhero I would want to be Scarlet Witch so I guess I’ll just take all of the superpowers that she has!
  6. List three of your non-canon OTPs. I’m not entirely sure what non-canon means… Is it referring to ‘ships that weren’t created by the author of the novel? If so then my list would be:
    1. Sam & Hayden from Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff. Even though it was clearly the wrong idea, I spent the entirety of this novel wanting there to be romance between these two. Well there wasn’t, and I was sorely disappointed.
    2. Agatha & Sophie from School for Good & Evil by Soman Chanaini. I read this book too long ago to remember whether there was anything romantic between these two. I’m fairly sure it was just my imagination though.
    3. Ruby Redfort & Clancy Crew from the Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child. They would be such a cute couple ❤️😍.
  7. What was one unexpected good thing that happened to you from blogging? So many good & unexpected things have happened to me thanks to blogging, meeting all of you lovely people just for starters! 🙂

Another huge thank you to Dania for nominating me for this award, I really enjoyed answering your questions. As for my nominees… Anyone who follows a Happy Little Bookworm is automatically nominated ;). If you do end up doing this tag, feel free to use the questions I answered, the questions I made up in my last Liebtser award post or to make up whatever questions you want :). Just make sure to link back so that I can check out your post!

Happy reading :).