Top 10: New Releases of 2018

One of the exciting parts of every new year (for me at least) is looking through all the great new books being released that year. And let me just tell you, 2018 is going to be a year of amazing books! So many amazing books, in fact, that there was no way I could narrow it down to my usual top 5. It would’ve been an impossible task, trust me. With that said, check out my picks for top 10 new releases of 2018!

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Top 5: Best Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again! Time to choose my absolute favorite books of 2017. It’s always a difficult task, and so many amazing books came out this past year that it was hard to narrow down. There were so many stand out books–and so many more I know I haven’t been able to get to yet–so picking just five was a real challenge. But, there are always a few that stand out above the rest. My five favorites this year all feature beautiful prose, excellent storytelling, and characters that will grab you by the heart and stay with you.

So here are my top 5 books of 2017. I hope you’ll love them just as much as I did.

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Love, Simon Movie Teaser

As you may have guessed based on my previous book reviews of her books, The Upside of Unrequited and Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I kind of love Becky Albertalli. And Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is being turned into a movie!

The first teaser for the film was released recently in honor of Halloween–since a pivotal scene takes place at a Halloween party–and it looks pretty freaking awesome! Check it out:

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Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited

Book: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA / fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

What it’s about: Molly has had 26 unrequited crushes. Of course, it would be hard for them to be requited when she’s barely even spoken to any of them. Then Molly meets Will, the beautifully tousled hipster, who her twin sister Cassie thinks is perfect for her. And he seems perfect…but then why can’t Molly stop thinking about her geeky coworker, Reid? Make that 28 unrequited crushes.

Molly isn’t the only one with a crush, though. Cassie’s never had a shortage of girls around, but she might actually be falling for Mina. As Cassie grows closer to Mina and Molly’s moms plan their wedding, Molly struggles with feeling left behind. Does growing up and falling in love inevitably mean growing apart? Love is definitely in the air, but if Molly can’t even face rejection how is she ever going to find love? Maybe it’ll take putting herself out there, and facing a little heartbreak, to figure it out.

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Top 5: Most Anticipated Books of 2017

A new year, a new collection of books to add to your TBR list which is really getting too long and you should probably do something about that, okay? Or is that just me? Either way there are tons of exciting new releases coming out this year. Here are five books coming out in 2017 that I am eagerly awaiting.

 

  1. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Griffin always expected his ex-boyfriend Theo to be his future (even if they’re broken up now, and Theo’s moved on to Jackson), but when Theo dies in a tragic drowning accident Griffin doesn’t know where to turn. He’s deep in despair, his OCD is getting worse, and to make matters even more complicated Jackson seems to be the only person to really understand his grief. No one but Griffin can save himself, though, and it will take confronting his past for Griffin to find some way to move forward.

I fell in love with Adam Silvera’s writing last year when I read his debut novel More Happy Than Not. Even though I’ve only read one of his books, he has become one of those authors (and I don’t have many) where I will pre-order anything he writes. That’s how much I loved More Happy Than Not. It was poignant, the characters were honest, and the story was equal parts touching and heartbreaking (with just a dash of near-future sci-fi, which I always love). I’m very excited to see what he’s done with this next novel, and I have high hopes that History is All You Left Me will be just as incredible.

Release date: January 17, 2017

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Thoughts on Opening Lines

Epic Opening Lines

 

  1. “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  2. “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.” – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,  Becky Albertalli
  3. First the colors.Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.  ***A small fact*** You are going to die.” – The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  4. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  5. “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion.” – The Martian, Andy Weir
  6. “I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”  – Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
  7. “The circus arrives without warning.” – The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  8. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
  9. “‘Somebody bloody famous,’ said the hoarse voice on the end of the line, ‘better’ve died, Strike.'” – The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
  10. “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.” – Code Name Verity, Elizabeth E. Wein

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Top 5: Books of 2015

So many new books come out every year it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I can’t even keep up with all the books I want to read that came out years ago, so it is definitely a losing battle– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to read anything and everything I can! I’m sure I was only able to read a fraction of the great books that came out in the past year, but since I only have 24 hours in the day, here are my favorite five (that I read) of 2015.

1.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

There is plenty in life that Aaron Soto would like to forget– like how his father killed himself or how his own suicide attempt nearly tore his family apart, but Aaron is determined to try to find happiness again. And it seems like he just might be able to do it, but when his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a few weeks Aaron begins spending all of his time with the new guy, Thomas, who seems to understand Aaron in a way no one else ever has. The only problem? Thomas isn’t gay. And neither is Aaron– or, at least, that’s what he always thought, but his new, confusing feelings for Thomas must mean something. Even if Aaron doesn’t know what to think of his feelings, he knows that he doesn’t want them, and fortunately for him there might just be a way to forget about them altogether– but it may come with a price, because if Aaron forgets about his feelings he may also lose himself in the process.

More Happy Than Not is a fantastic near-future YA novel about relationships and learning to accept who you are, but it’s also about how our experiences and memories shape who we are. It’s gritty and heart-wrenching and real. Definitely a must-read.

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Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Book: Simon Vs. The Homo Spaiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA

Rating: 5/5

What it’s about: High school is hard for anybody, but when you’re a closeted gay kid being blackmailed by the grade’s most loveable nerd it gets even harder. Suddenly Simon Spier has to juggle play practice and homework with being Martin’s wingman or risk being outed to the whole universe before he’s even told his family and friends he’s gay. The one highlight in all of this blackmail are Simon’s emails with the mysterious and very private “Blue” who is maybe, sort of, possibly becoming Simon’s boyfriend even though they don’t know each other’s real names.

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