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September 2016

Which Cover Wednesday 37

Hello, lovely people! It’s Which Cover Wednesday again! Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. Feel free to give your opinion of these covers as well! And this week’s covers are…

1.  After the End by Amy Plum (English and Turkish)

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In this case, I like the first one better than the second cover. I guess it has more to do with the positioning of the models, cover art, title, as well as the overall colour of the book. The first cover makes it look much more bleaker with the grey tones, while even though the other is in a desert setting, it kind of looks a bit brighter…

2. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Anne Brashares

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Second cover all the way! While the first cover is iconic, the second cover captures the friendship between these girls! I also really like the sunlight captured in the background. It hints that the book is a happy, light read, which it is (overall). 😉

3. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

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I think I like the first cover in this case, mainly because of the typography involved with the title. It’s simple and yet pulls so much of the plot into that one thing! Not the second cover’s pretty as well; it just uses more cover art than the first cover to give the same effect, which is why I prefer the first cover! 😉

4. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

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First cover forever! Compared to the second one, it just seems much more fun, with these two friends jumping around. There’s also a bit more going on with the background and I like where the title is placed on the first cover.

That’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! What did you think of this week’s covers? Were there some you liked? If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day! 🙂

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Friendly Favourites!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hi, everybody! Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic wasn’t the easiest, as it asks us to name our favourite books in a category! I know, the horror! *shudders* Instead of going on about books that I love forever and ever in categories like fantasy or contemporary, I’ve decided to focus on a certain category I’ve been reading lately: the fandom friendly books. I really like this category and haven’t been really disappointed by the books I’ve read so far. Here are just some of the  books I’ve read and liked:

1. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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2. All the Feels by Danika Stone

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3. The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle

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4. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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5. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

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6. The Improbable Theory of Amy and Zak by Brian Katcher

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7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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8. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw

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9. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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10. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

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So that’s it for my Top Ten! Any books that match yours? Do you know any fandom friendly books that weren’t mentioned in this list? If so, then please share these comments in the section below. Thanks for reading!

– Sumaya

Review: The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle

My rating: purple4

(4.25 stars)

Hello, everybody! I’m back again with another review! I feel as if I’ve been on a Contemporary YA role this whole summer, but I’m going to go with it, since I’ve been reading such amazing books! 😉 Today’s review is on The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle. It’s about a girl named Kiki who is at opera camp for the summer in order to obtain a full scholarship to Krause University. The competition is intense and Kiki finds out just how passionate she is about singing to stay.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for these kinds of books; ones that are about the entertainment biz and how people try to achieve success within them. Maybe it’s because of the passion of the characters or how creative they can be, but I just love reading about them! It also helped that Kiki knew a lot about TV and had a  pop culture reference every few pages. In fact, they had a whole TV series called Project Earth that I wish were real! I actually googled it to see if it were real, and it wasn’t, which almost made me wish that the author wasn’t as good at doing her job (because I was really convinced of the show’s legitimacy). That really made the book something to read, for me at least!

Then there was the main character, Kiki. I think I loved her right from the first page! As a person who was trying to get out of a mini reading slump after P.S. I Like You (thanks a lot, Kasie West 😉 ), this was the book that made it possible. Other than having a really awesome meet-cute and plot altogether, the book shows how Kiki develops into a strong character who isn’t infallible, but is still really admirable. She has such high integrity that I can’t help but applaud her, even when she knows she’s in the wrong and beating herself up about it. The book also had a bunch of great side characters that were funny, real and complex enough for me to believe them. It’s just a pet peeve of mine when side characters are relegated into stereotypical roles. I’m not saying that they have to have fully fleshed out stories; it just would be nice if they weren’t didn’t have a single role that defines them. But I’m glad Julie Hammerle avoided it! In fact, I think the author has done a great job with character development and how the characters interacted with each other. I look forward to reading her next book! 🙂 The only reason I gave it 4.25 stars instead of 5 stars was because I was able to put it down; that’s all! 😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle. If you have any comments, questions, or even recommendations on what I should read after this book (if you know books that are similar to this one), feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 36

Hey there, fellow bloggers and wonderful readers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! 😁 Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. And you can join in on the fun too, by expressing your opinions on the covers below. Here are this week’s beautiful covers 😉 : 

1.  My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows

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In this case, I’d pick the first one handsdown! It’s not that the second one doesn’t look like a lot of effort has been put into it. It’s just that the first cover has pretty typography taking up most of the cover, leaving it sophisticated and funny at the same time. The second one is just straight up comic, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just makes the cover look more MG than YA…

2. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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First cover forever! I think that it depicts the themes of the novel much more than the second cover just by having a motorcycle. There’s also the amazing typography that I can’t help but admire! 😉

3. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

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Again with the first cover! While the second cover is seriously cute,it’s not totally accurate with the storyline. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love has more of a relation to the ComicCon scene since that’s where so much realization happens.  Plus, the model looks adorablely sad and makes me want to hug him! 

4. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (English and French)

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While I love the first cover is pretty, it’s the second one that’s captured my heart! Maybe it’s because the model is actually using the app. It could also be because of the sandy background ( I like beaches). Maybe it’s the fact that though there’s a model, we don’t get to see her face, which I like. It allows us to imagine the main character as we see fit. Overall, just love it more than the first! 😁

That’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers that you really liked? If there are any other alternate covers of these books you have seen and liked, feel free to let me know! Oh, and if you have any thoughts or questions about this week’s Which Cover Wednesday, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading! 

– Sumaya

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

My rating: pink5

(4.5 stars)

Hey, lovely people! I just read the cutest book the other day and cannot wait to talk about it with you guys… It’s P.S. I Like You by Kasie West! This book was just pure cotton candy! It’s about a girl named Lily who gets bored in Chemistry one day only to doodle a song lyric on the corner of her desk. The next day, someone else responds with the next verses of the song and they start to send letters back and forth to each other through that desk. When I first heard about the book, I thought that it was really sweet and put it on my Goodreads TBR pile right away. I was so excited to read it that I was worried I overhyped the book for myself. Luckily, I was wrong and it was just as good as I imagined. 😉

Kasie West’s writing style is just so addictive to read. You can’t help but love how she depicts characters like Lily and her family. And it’s nice to see more involvement from that side of her life, you know? Maybe it’s because the last book I read, there was barely any mention of the protagonist’s parents… or any other parents for that matter… :S But anyways, her family may have been loud and overbearing to her at times, but they were also lively and there for her at other times. I also like the pacing of the novel; it didn’t drag anything out for too long a period of time… Kasie West masterfully buried the lead about what was going on, merely hinting it so that piqued my interest. While I could see how the entire novel would play out, I wanted to know more about the characters (and not only during the course of the novel, but even when referring to the timeline before it) and their relationships with others.

I thought that the whole old-school letter exchange was just lovely! There’s something about written information letting someone’s personality shine. There was also an anonymous factor that lets Lily and her Chemistry pen pal feel at ease in having an outlet to share information with. I felt as if it was such a contrast to how they normally act around people that it was refreshing to read. I think I looked forward to their letters even more than they did! 😛The only problem I had with the book was that I felt as if it ended too early. I wanted to hear more about Lily and her songwriting competition!

So that’s all I have to say about P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. Have you read it? And did you like it as well? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Shows Coming Soon

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hi, everyone! Another Tuesday means another TTT! Since last week was all about school, this week’s topic is a bit different; mainly in that it’s TV related! While September can mean the start of a new school year, it also means that hiatuses for most shows are coming to a close. My Top Ten Tuesday for this week is dedicated to the shows I’m excited to see this fall! And here they are:

1. Supergirl (CW)

2. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW)

3. The Flash (CW)

4. The Mindy Project (Hulu)

5. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

6. The Middle (ABC)

7. Superstore (NBC)

8. Jane the Virgin (CW)

9. Arrow (CW)

10. Black-ish (ABC)

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Are any of these shows on your list? What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall (or year in general)? For any comments, questions or TTT shares, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone! 😁

– Sumaya

Review: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

My rating: black4

Hello again, fellow bloggers! I’ve just read a really great book that I want to share with you all and it’s called Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies. It’s about a girl named Harper who becomes a summer intern for a teen magazine, only it’s not entirely on her own merit. Finding her personal experiences as boring and lacking the edge required for the application of summer intern, Harper uses the dating stories of her best friend, Kristina, and claims it as her own. Since she claims to be so experienced in dating, the magazine assigns her to be the dating blogger and teach people how to approach potential partners and all that… Something she has no experience in. Now, she has to figure out how to pass as a dating blogger before she gets caught.

So the story begins with our protagonist trying to compensate for something she doesn’t have- romantic experience. And the way she does this is so hilarious and delightful to read about. It’s like she’s following her dating advice at the same time as giving it, almost like a test subject. Harper herself is entertaining to read as a main character. A bit self-justifying, but that’s okay, since it’s offset by her immense guilt of lying to become an intern. She had a funny way of looking at the world and some serious writing chops, courtesy of the author! Even though she had no prior expertise in dating, I couldn’t wait to see what Harper would write, and I knew what she was going to write about. If that isn’t entertaining, I don’t know what is… As Harper starts to finally get used to New York and embracing a more confident side to her, she starts to succeed and it’s great to see! The only problem is that she gets a teensy (or a lot) overboard with pleasing people.

As for the plot, it was great! It was predictable in some ways, like the ending, but really engaging in others. Like when she’s exploring New York and learning funny concepts about the Upper East Side, like people giving their dogs bark mitzvahs… I also really liked how well Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies paired up with Gossip Girl, a show that was frequently mentioned by Harper and Kristina. In fact, I feel as if there are plenty of parallels between the show and the novel, so anyone who is a Gossip Girl fan would probably love reading this book! The only thing I didn’t like about the plot is the ending… not in its predictableness, but in the fact that it could have been expanded on a bit more. I felt as if a lot of the conclusion was oversimplified to enable a certain ending. Maybe if there were more pages in the book- not a lot but just under 10 pages- then the ending might have been as spectacular as the rest of the story.  😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler. If you love The Devil Wears Prada or Gossip Girl, then this book is for you! Anyone who has a comment or question is more than welcome to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

 

The Book Sacrifice Tag

Hey, everyone! It’s time for another tag! Shocking, I know! 😛 But I’m glad that I’m actually doing these tags instead of falling behind on them! 😉 Thank you, Cassiopeia’s Moon for tagging me! I hope I do you proud! Well, here goes nothing:

An overhyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I think I’ve talked about this book about a million times as something I thought was overhyped. I just don’t get what the fuss is about… especially with a protagonist like Mare…

A sequel 

Situation: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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I thought that the House of Night series went downhill from here…

A classic

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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I remember in 10th grade when my teacher was raving about this book but I just couldn’t be bothered with Holden Caulfield’s views…

A least favourite book 

Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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The idea of it just didn’t make sense to me, which is really sad since I loved the Vampire Academy series as well as the Bloodlines series.

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Anyone who wants to do this tag! 😀

Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

 

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