FEBRUARY WRAP-UP 2016

First week of March is almost over but here’s my February Wrap-Up. 

  • I started this blog, which I think is the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my idle life.
  • I read a total of 6 books this month.
  • I haven’t acquired any books this month. Here’s an actual representation why…images (2)
  • I attended my first prom. (Okay, that wasn’t bookish. Just wanna share. *awkward laugh*)
  • I’ve already written 8 posts (including this) for the first month of my blog!

BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY


How They Met, and Other Stories -David Levithan  ★★★✩✩

When I first read the first story, I didn’t expect it to be about gay relationships (although there are also some straight relationships stories). I am already fond of reading stories about gay relationships so this just made me more pumped to finish it. I love how David Levithan did a good job with this collection of short stories. They are all about different kinds of love and different kinds of relationships which I think anyone can relate to nonetheless. I giggled a lot while reading this book, but there were also parts that I cringed. I think this is an awesome book that people should spend time reading it. Read full review here.

Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen  ★★★★★

I have watched the book adaptation movie long before I read it. The film was utterly cute! I’m glad I watched it first because it made it easier for me to visualize the scenes from the book. I’m still quite amused with myself because I read the book in just one-sitting and at school! Guys, that hardly happens. It was so cute that I just can’t put it down. I love it! It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. I swear it was so much more than a middle-grade book. I recommend it to anyone who just wants to smile regardless if you’re a teenager or an adult. Read full review here.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto -Mitch Albom  ★★★★★

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Mr. Mitch Albom so I decided to pick up this book. This is my first of his. And I have to say, this is one helluva book! I love EVERYTHING about it. The concept, the elegance in his writing, the different POVs, the pace, its relation to music and of course, the characters! This is the kind of book that you wish you’ve written it and make you say,“I want to write like that.” I was intrigued the moment I read the first few sentences. I knew from that moment, this book is going to be special. And it is. It is more than that, it is magical. Read full review here.

How To Love – Katie Cotugno ★★✩✩✩

I don’t know what to say about this book. I don’t like it but i don’t hate it either. I never felt connected with the story but it was I still enjoy reading through it. The cover is just totally gorgeous and the title is one that will make you want to read it so  I’m quite disappointed with how the story turned out. Read full review here.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker  ★★✩✩✩

This novel is explicitly beautifully written in an evocative way although I can’t really say I enjoyed it as much as I think I would. I had a hard time rating this book but it all comes down to how I didn’t like the story no matter how beautifully worded this book is. Read full review here.

The Swap -Megan Shull  ★★★★★

I’m a sucker for cute and quick contemporary reads. I must say I completely underestimated this book. Reading the summary made me thought, “Body-swapping? Ugh. Corny.” And, I was totally wrong.  Another misleading summary but instead of being disappointed, I was all AWWWWWW!! This was an insightful, humorous, and heartwarming book. This is such a nice and sweet novel that I wouldn’t mind re-reading. Really loved it!  Read full review here.

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REVIEW: THE SWAP BY MEGAN SHULL

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Title: The Swap (Standalone)

Author: Megan Shull

Publication Date: Published August 26th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy

No. of pages: 400 pages

Date read: February 28-29, 2016

My rating: 4.8/★★★★★

 

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“YOU BE ME…AND I’LL BE YOU.”

ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

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REVIEW: THE AGE OF MIRACLES BY KAREN THOMPSON WALKER

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Title: The Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publication Date: Published June 26th 2012 by Random House

Genres: YA, Dystopia

No. of pages: 294 pages

Date read: February 26-27, 2016

My rating★★✩✩✩

 

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On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

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