Monday, August 24, 2015

Books i read this summer

Hello Readers! 

I've decided to change things a bit on this blog; along with posting makeup reviews, I want to start including posts about books, and soon, some fashion as well.

So for the first post that's not about makeup, I'm going to go through all the books I've read this summer! : )
May - June

I'm starting with May, because my school semester ended right in the middle of May, so technically that is when summer started for me.

The first book I read in May actually was the first in a series, and I did start it in March, but because of school, it took me a while to finish it, and that was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. This is a YA science-fiction novel, set in a dystopian society and is about a 17-year old girl named Amy who decides to become frozen along with her parents and put onto a spaceship called Godspeed, which will take 300 years to get to the new planet, however things don't go has planned and Amy wakes up about 50 years too soon and has to figure out this new society aboard this ship and solve the mystery behind all these secrets that are being kept. I really enjoyed this here 
book, I really liked Amy as a character and the romance suggested is very subtle and doesn't appear as much until later on in the books. I really liked
all the other characters as well, and the plot was very well written. For a more in-depth review, go

The next two books I read were the last two in the Across the Universe triology, and they were  A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. Since they are part of the series, I don't want to spoil anything but if you want to, you can read my review for the second book here and the third book here, but just be warned, although the reviews don't contain spoilers, the plots mentioned in the synopsis are technically spoilers. : ) 

**Content warning for this series as it does contain sexual assault and mentions of past rape**

I gave Across the Universe a 4 out of 5 stars, A Million Suns a 4.3 out of 5 stars, and Shades of Earth 4 out of 5 stars.
And the last book I read in June was Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. Since Across the Universe was incredibly emotional for given its a series and I seriously get invested in characters and their lives that I hate it when a series ends, I wanted to read a summer-y, contemporary read and sadly, Here is my review for it on goodreads.
this did not do that for me. This is about a high school graduate who goes on a small road trip with her ex-boyfriend. It sounded fun, cheesy and cute but the characters ended up being very dull, immature, self-absorbed, and there was way too much slut shaming in this book. I really can't say much else about it, since I read it two months ago and really did not like it.

I gave Two-Way Street 1 out of 5 stars.

The first book I read in July was Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I was really looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint. This is about a not-so-openly gay teenage boy who communicates with a fellow student via email, but he does not know this person's real identity, nor does the boy, who is called Blue, know that he is talking to Simon. Simon's emails with Blue are then found by a bully and Simon is then blackmailed. This book is not as serious as you may think, but is the cute, contemporary read I've been wanting all along, though I think it would be really fun to read around Autumn/Winter time, as that is when the novel is sort of set. 

My goodreads review here 

I gave Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

The last book I read in July, I actually started it before Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but was having difficulty at first so I put it down, read the other one first in about two days, and then picked this one up again and I'm so glad I did! The Martian by Andy Weir is about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and the whole book is told from his logs that he enters himself, along with the perspective of the people of NASA on Earth. This book is filled with some science stuff that I didn't understand and was why I was having trouble at the beginning, but the character, Mark Watney, was so incredibly funny that it made reading it much more enjoyable. For my review about my thoughts on this book, go here

I gave The Martian 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The last book I read this summer was Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. This is about a recently graduated high school student who, because of her brother, as an internship with a production company and helps design movie sets. She lives in Hollywood/L.A, and upon finding a letter of a recently deceased film star, she ends up on search for answers and this novel deals with heartbreak, love, friendship and little bit of mystery. I was honestly a bit disappointing with this novel. The characters seemed a bit flat to me, and there wasn't really any noticeable character development, in a positive way anyway. Not to spoil anything, but a certain character I loved instantly actually developed a bit odd and I ended up not really liking them at the end. It was really the plot that kept me going because I wanted to know all the answers and so that why I gave Everything Leads to You 3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads review here

Currently Reading  
I am currently reading a contemporary novel that I had hoped to include in this post, but school started today, and I had been working the past three days, so I didn't get much reading done. That book is Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and I'm really enjoying it so far! : )

And that is all I read this summer! I read a total of 7 books this summer, which I'm really happy about! Let me know in the comments what you read this summer! : ) 

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