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7/22/2018

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review #118





The Bookish Island's Book Review:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell





Are there spoilers?
No.

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Title: Fangirl 

Author: Rainbow Rowell

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Pages: 438

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Published: 2013

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Date Read: July 8, 2018

Rating: ★★★★☆





A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love
CATH IS A SIMON SNOW FAN. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan... But for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath that she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...and she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? 




The Rating:






My Review:

I enjoyed reading Landlines by Rainbow Rowell and since a lot of people talk such good things about Fangirl I knew I would like that too. And now that I have read it I am happy to report I that I do like Fangirl. Not as much as thought I would but still.

I can't remember much about the book because a lot of things have been going on in my personal life lately but I do remember liking the part where Cath describes how she feels her heartstrings tugging in her stomach. I appreciated that because I feel it in my gut too. Especially when I watch a romantic movie or a sad scene or when I read a good book and the main couple isn't doing so well.

I didn't think much about Cath and Levis relationship. Except that they were realistic and sweet together. I couldn't help but root for them. I liked that Cath read to him and he would believe everything she told him. That he wasn't bothered by Cath fanfictions and actually liked listening to her stories.

Now I can happily read Carry On.


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7/20/2018

Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint | Book Review #117





The Bookish Island's Book Review:

Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint





Are there spoilers?
No.
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me from the publishing company through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 


Title: Broken Dolls 

Author: Sarah Flint

Series: DC Charlotte Stafford #4

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Pages: ?

Publisher: Aria

Published: August 7, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction

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Date Read: June 28, 2018

Rating: ★★★



The all NEW heart-stopping, un-put-downable serial killer thriller from the bestselling author of Mummy's Favourite. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons.

A baby lies abandoned amongst the rubbish; her tiny face as white as alabaster, her body as stiff as a miniature doll. A young prostitute lies beaten, her figure lying like a mannequin on the frozen concrete, her blood spilt, her life ebbing away. 
As DC 'Charlie' Stafford and her boss DI Hunter struggle to identify the victim from the violator their hunt brings them to the crack houses of Lambeth, littered with damaged people, their lives scarred by tragedy and violence, most broken beyond repair. As further lives hang in the balance Charlie must empower the weak to speak out against those who seek to cause harm. 
But can a broken doll ever truly be mended; or will the wounds of the past, fashion the events of the future?








The Rating:







My Review:

While I haven't read the other books in this series I can honestly say that this book was something else. It started strong which is always a good sign for what's ahead. And the ending really made me question what I thought was happening in the story. I thought I understood what was happening but when I read the ending I had to rethink everything. 

So Broken Dolls is an exciting thriller with good twists and turns. That left me in deep thought about what just happened at the end of the book. 




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7/17/2018

Top Ten Tuesday #8 | Favorite Novellas/Short Stories



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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


July 17
Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

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My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins


In this case I've only read two short story collections and this is my fvorite one. As for
Novellas. I've read The Little Prince and A Chrismas Carol which I liked but wouldn't say they were my favorites. 
So for this Top Ten Tuesday it's just one.








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7/15/2018

Stacking the Shelves #15




Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!




Update:

Since the last Stacking The Shelves I've read a few books. 
In June I read the following books: 




Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris



She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia

Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint



Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
(the Through the Looking-Glass part)

Shug by Jenny Han



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland



Out, Out, Away From Here by Rachel Woodworth & Sang Miao

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton



Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton

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Book Mail:


Since last time I got one of the books I had won on Goodreads. And I found The Shinning.







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7/13/2018

Shug by Jenny Han | Book Review #116





The Bookish Island's Book Review:

Shug by Jenny Han





Are there spoilers?
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Title: Shug

Author: Jenny Han 

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Pages: 248

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2006

Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Contemporary

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Date Read: July 6, 2018

Rating: ★★★★★




SHUG is clever and brave and true (on the inside, anyway). And she's about to become your new best friend.
Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through. Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today?







The Rating:







My Review:

This story had everything. From problems at home to boy problems to school problems.
And right in the middle was Annemarie. A 12-year-old who had just begun junior high. She came across puberty, and first crushes, and the knowledge that her parents might not be as close as they once were. And with her big sister not being around as much, and her two close friends both having their own stuff to deal with, she gets to go through most of that on her own.

Annemarie was brilliant in every way. Smart, sassy, and didn't let the boys mess with her. Which only made me wish I had a friend like her when I was that age.

I cried. Like I cried, cried. It wasn't pretty either. But I also fell in love with this book.

It was such a sweet and easy to read book that was a perfect in-between to read after having been reading a few strong Mystery/Thrillers. I loved that it was a quick read and that it had such a good story. Making me think about another book that made me feel that way. Flipped. And like Flipped, This has to be a movie. Because that would be so cooooool!




Also, this book and Flipped should totally be BFFs.
See my review of
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen









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7/12/2018

The Secret of the Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton | Book Review #115





The Bookish Island's Book Review:

The Secret of the Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton




Are there spoilers?
No.
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Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me by the publishing company (Nobrow) in exchange for an honest review.


Title: The Secret of the Black Rock

Author: Joe Todd-Stanton

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Pages: 40

Publisher: Flying Eye Books

Published: 2017

Genre: Picture Books, Children's, Fantasy
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Date Read: July 5, 2018

Rating: ★★★★★




This surreal modern folk-tale tells the story of an adventurous young girl who must protect a peaceful living creature.
Erin is fascinated by the stories of Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! But are the tales really true? One day Erin sneaks on board her mother’s fishing boat to find out…





The Rating:









My Review:

The Secret of the Black Rock is a beautiful story that grabbed my attention and took my heart for a ride.

I was truly taken by this book and its magnificent illustrations. I cried and smiled and felt I had -no! I must read this book again sometime soon.




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7/10/2018

Top Ten Tuesday #7 | Best Reads of 2018 (So Far!)


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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


July 10
Best Reads of 2018 (So Far!)

I wanted to do something like this on Instagram and on here as an official post but since most of the boos I read are either books I got through Netgalley or books I borrowed from my friends but had to give them back I couldn't take a good photo with all of the books together. But I'm glad I could do it in this Top Ten format so -yay! 
This time it ended up being a Top Eleven Tuesday. 
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I finally got my hands on and read The Ghost and the Goth which I've wanted to read since 2015. And I wasn't disappointed. And Killer Instinct was crazy good.





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I finally read books by Becky Albertalli and I was glad I did. These two did not fail me at all.





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And We Stay is so far my favorite of the YA of the year but Shug is up there too.


And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Shug by Jenny Han


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This year I have read more Mystery/Thrillers. Ones I've read thanks to Nobrow and the others I have accumulated since last year.


Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris

She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia


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Nobrow bestowed upon me these two beautiful books and as all the previous ones, I have fallen in love again. This time with these two different but beautiful books


Out, Out, Away From Here by Rachel Woodworth & Sang Miao

The Secret of the Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton


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This year I've already read more Adult Romance novels. My favorites being these two below.


The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

 Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland






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