Aug 15, 2017

Review | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: October 6, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

Thoughts: Carry On is based on the fan fiction from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, although you can read this without reading Fangirl first (like I did.) I wasn't expecting Carry On to be such a fun read, but it truly was. From hilarious characters and interactions, to such obvious similarities to HP, Carry On is definitely a book I truly loved.

Simon was a great character, and I loved him, along with all the other characters. At first, I kept comparing this story to HP but then I realized that it was kind of done this way on purpose, sort of a parody to all the books that have a "chosen one." Simon is a particularly terrible chosen one, constantly getting into terrible situations, and ultimately destroying things in his path (but what else could we expect?) He has an arch enemy, Baz, who he constantly needs to be fighting off, so when he doesn't show up for the first few weeks of school, Simon is weary of what this might mean.

If you're unaware, like I was, Carry On is also a LGBTQ read (highlight to read possible spoiler) → and we find out sort of early on that Baz has been hopelessly in love with Simon for years. This sort of creates a twist in the story, but it's still such a fun take on the story. Overall, I really enjoyed Carry On and it has become one of my favorites.

Aug 14, 2017

Unfinished Reads #4

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

I was extremely disappointed, I couldn’t even really read the book, sort of had to skim to the end. The writing was choppy and I had a hard time liking or connecting with the protagonist. While dealing with such a difficult topic, I found the author sort of rushed the ending and wrapped it up too nicely to feel realistic. Not what I was expecting; this book was not for me.


Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

I found this book to be dull, and really had a hard time concentrating on the story. I did not finish it because I was not able to connect with the MC. The character development wasn’t well executed, and felt no problem just DNF’ing this one. I am only giving this two stars because some of the secondary characters were a bit more interesting and the story had potential.


The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

All I could really think while reading this was, "What the hell is this about?!" and then about 20 pages in I realized I didn't want to waste my reading time this summer trying to make myself like something I didn't even understand. So I skimmed a few more pages, nothing caught my interest, and I decided not to continue.

Rating: DNF

Honeybee: Poems Short Prose by Naomi Shihab Nye

I was excited to read this book of poetry but it turned out to be a little boring; the poems didn't flow with one another and for the most part, I couldn't connect with them. I also skimmed through her short stories cause I found myself not caring.

Rating: DNF

Cathy's Book by by Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart, Cathy Brigg

I was intrigued at the beginning of the book, but around half-way I really lost interest. It was written in sort of a diary entry but there were some fantastical elements that weren't immediately explained. Either way, I found myself not connecting with the MC and really didn't want to know the secrets she was trying to uncover. After about 40% I decided to skim to the end, but I was okay leaving this one unfinished.

Rating: DNF

Aug 13, 2017

Sunday Post #3

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

These past few weeks have been a little bit quieter around here, since I haven't posted much of anything on here. I did read more though and that was great. My new job has me working afternoons so I'm able to wake up a little later and read in the mornings, so it's been really nice.

- When by Victoria Laurie 
- Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Books Read (two weeks-ish):
- Bang by Barry Lyga
- Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows
- French Milk by Lucy Knisley
- Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
- Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- Boys Over Flowers, Vol. 1 by Yoko Kamio

I had a great couple of reading weeks because I participated in the Booktubeathon and the Alphabethon, which did push me through a lot of books. I really enjoyed most of the books I picked up too, and am now only 2 books behind my Goodreads goals, so yay!

I haven't included my hauls to these posts but I see that most bloggers out there do, and I'm wondering if I should too? I normally upload an end of the month haul video on my YT channel, but I'm thinking that I might post a weekly haul for these posts. Would that be something you guys would wanna see too? I don't normally get too many books in one week, and my latest haul video (that I haven't uploaded yet) will be a collective one because I've accumulated only a couple books every few months (but they've added up now!)

Let me know your thoughts, and I would love to know what else I could incorporate into these posts to improve them. Maybe more images?

Aug 1, 2017

A Quick Update

I was doing really well for a couple weeks there and then the Booktubeathon happened over on YouTube and Instagram and Twitter, that I literally forgot to post anything here for a couple days. By the time I remembered it was already half way through the week and I was trying to read more for the readathon, so I decided to take a week off from blogging. Now the readathon is over and I decided to join a new one for this week. So I decided to pop over here really quick and say that I'll try to post a review or two this week, or something, but it's not likely.

I am really excited to be participating in these readathons, they've pumped me up to read more, and I was sort of going in and out of slumps for the past couple months there, and now I'm not. I posted my TBR for my current readathon (the Alphabethon) which just started today and goes until August 6th. I had a lot of fun choosing the books for this one, and am going to be reading books that have been on my shelves for years. Although to be honest, I am currently still reading one of the Booktubeathon books at the moment. But I am going to get to my new TBR soon!

Anyways, I'll be back to regular posting next week when I have more time to focus on my blog. I know that I could probably get a review out every day but I really have been using all my free time to read, and that has been really nice.

Happy reading :)