Throwback Challenge TBR

The genres that I typically like are fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary. For this challenge I have chosen a variety of the genres I love. All of these are previous reads that I Love.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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This series is my all time favorite and has been since I read it when I was 19. Sarah J Maas creates an amazing fantasy world that you never want to leave. Each book in this series is so unbelievably amazing that you can read each in one sitting!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This is the second one in the ACOTAR series and my all time favorite of the three in the series. I even have a tattoo on my arm that I drew based on this book.

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You: West, Kasie: 9781338160680: Amazon.com: Books

I have never really been into contemporary novels, but I always heard good things about Kasie west. This is the book that made me realize that some contemporary books can be amazing!

4. When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Amazon.com: When It's Real (9780373212521): Watt, Erin: Books

I loved this contemporary novel because it is so similar to all of the fan fiction that I used to read. Definitely one of the top contemporaries of the ones I’ve read!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

I read the Hunger Games before the Movie came out and I was so intrigued by the unique concept. Suzanne Collins definitely has a way with words and sucks every reader in.

6. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Amazon.com: Eliza and Her Monsters (9780062290137): Zappia ...

This is another contemporary that I was super sure about reading, but once I started it I could not out it down! It is such a cute read.

7. Warcross by Marie Lu

Amazon.com: Warcross (9780399547966): Lu, Marie: Books

Warcross is such an out of this world read. I would say the closest thing to this book is Ready Player One, but I think Warcross is way better in my opinion. 10/10 recommend to anyone who loves science fiction and virtual reality!

I will update with my progress on this challenge!!

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To Be Honest

To Be Honest

Author: Maggie Ann Martin

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom’s diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Happy release day to Maggie Ann Martin!

Body shaming is a serious topic and I am so glad that an author addressed this! This was a cute and honest read, with a great message: If you like how you look, screw everyone else!

I loved the topics that are addressed because not many authors I have come across have plus size characters or address eating disorders (just my opinion). Not only does it address plus size girls, but also being a nerd in high school. Man can I tell you I related! I wasn’t necessarily amazing when it came to school, but I was definitely a nerd (book nerd). The author shows you how, just because you are nerdy, there is always someone out there for you. You really see what body shaming can do to a person, for both her and her mother, and I thought it really added depth to the novel.

The character development wasn’t super apparent because the characters were pretty stagnant, just growing their relationship. I love that she showed two different perspectives on how body shaming can effect a person. One being Savannah, who is very comfortable with who she is. Then there is her mother who went through a show, Shake the Weight (like Biggest Loser), because her husband left her and she feels it was because of her weight.

Overall, this wasn’t one of my top books of the year, but I still enjoyed reading it. It was a super sweet and cute read. I would suggest it to anyone looking for a nice contemporary read that addresses some real life topics.

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Alex, Approximately 

Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and really enjoyed it and wanted a read similar to it and found this book in the search. This is one of those super easy and fun reads that could help you get out of a reading slump if you want. I started and finished this book on my two flight today and really enjoyed it!

I really enjoy when authors can incorporate things such as texting and messaging so well into novels. One thing I hate is when it is hard to distinguish the difference between messages and real life and the author did an awesome job on letting you know. It really shows people where we have come over the years, being able to making friends over apps who share your hobbies, without ever knowing who they truly are.

I really liked the growth that the author showed in the characters from beginning to end. One thing that I didn’t like was that the author gave away the mystery by revealing who Alex would be in the book description. I mean I still guessed it in this book and P.S. I Like You, but I still enjoy to be questioning it until the very end. So, I would say that was the biggest downfall in the whole book. Otherwise it was such a fun read!

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I will honestly come out an say this, I read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I did not want to feel guilty for seeing the movie, so I decided that it was finally time to read the book. It was such a different pace compared to the books that I usually read and I actually genuinely enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli really trances you into being emerged into the world that she has created. I feel that the idea of anonymously emailing someone is a subject that is so present into todays society. I mean people are constantly talking to people from different places with todays social media and anyone could get into a situation like Simon with someone close or far away.

The character development was so unique to me because I have never read a book that deals with something such as coming out. It really hits close to home because one of my best friends came out to a couple years ago. It is so surreal to see how he was probably experiencing high school around all of us friends who were in a totally different world. Simon was a stupendous main character and reminded me SOOOOOO much of friend, honestly it was crazy. There were literally so many parts of the book where I was like oh my gosh this was my friend in high school.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an eye opening read! I would highly recommend everyone to read this book!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

Spoiler free Summary:

Everyone I did it again, I fell down the contemporary hole! I have heard everyone on Instagram and booktube talking about this series forever, but as usual I put off reading it forever. I am going to BookCon this year and the author will be there, so I decided it was time to finally read the book. It was my second book during readathonbyzoe and I couldn’t put it down!

The book is centered around Lara Jean Covey, the main character, who has written a letter to each of the boys that she has loved and kept them in her hat box, never intending for them to ever go out. Then the inevitable happens and somehow the letters were mailed out. Suddenly she needs a reason to escape from what she wrote on the letter to her sisters recent ex-boyfriend. It is then that her and another boy who got a letter got an idea to fake date to make the respective people jealous. This story has love, heart break, and embarrassment. The perfect concoction for the average teenage life.

I think the author had such good character development, it really shows you how fast your feelings about  one person can change or develop. Another thing I really enjoyed is that she included things from the characters Korean background, especially considering there aren’t may books out there that feature Korean characters. I was pretty proud that I recognized a lot of things that were mentioned because one of my good friends is actually from South Korea. Jenny Han is a master of words and I am dying to meet her in person! I cannot wait to continue on in the story and see watch Lara Jean develop more.

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The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

Author: Laura Browning

Genre: Romance,

Goodreads Summary:

Becca Allred’s returning to Mountain Meadow with big plans. First, make her new bakery, The Secret Ingredient, a huge success. Second, steer clear of the complications that made her last job a pain in the butt. Third, manage to live her own life without family interference. Tough to do when you have too many older brothers keeping an eye on you. Even tougher when one of their best friends wants to put a lot more than his eyes all over you—but he thinks you’re back to be his business rival, not his bed partner.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Here I go again reading a contemporary novel. Once again I came across this book and thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I was actually amazed by how much I enjoyed this book! This book actually is somewhat based around baking, which is something that I have always said I would do if I hadn’t chose English instead.

The book is centered around Becca, the main character, who is has returned to her home town to have a fresh start and open up a bakery. Then comes in Eli, the new owner of the restaurant across the street, who has also recently returned to town with his young son. Becca and Eli have typical bantering at the beginning, but once Eli realizes he is being ridiculous they begin to start a romance. Bring in a an evil ex-wife, drama, and controlling older brothers and you have the perfect mixture for an awesome romance read.

I really enjoyed the whole concept and the beautiful execution of this book. I am starting to think that I actually do like contemporary novels, I guess I just had to find the one that fitted me. It was very evident that the author is passionate about baking, considering the amount of detail about baking that was included. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for a nice romance to cozy up with, don’t make any day plans you will be sucked in!

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When It’s Real

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Spoiler free Summary:

During christmas time I was reading about the suggested books by one of the publishing houses that I follow on Instagram. I came across this one and fell in love. I knew right away that I had to read it.

Have you ever read fanfiction? If you answered yes then you will totally get what I am about to say! Since I was 16 I have been very into fanfiction, particularly Mortal Instruments fanfiction. While reading all of them, you begin to notice somewhat of a them throughout all of them. They are usually going along with the story, having a pregnancy scandal, or have something to do with a band. I always love when the main male character was in a band and the normal girl main character fell in love with him. If you are like me then this is the book for you! I was finally able to live my favorite fanficition in novel form.

This book honestly had everything that I needed in life. I LOVE the plot line. This book has a sassy main character, bickering, love, and what we all need most: a happy ending. This was the perfect book for me to read after finishing a very long book, helping me not fall into a reading slump.

The main character (Oakley) is your typical star. When reading about him during multiple points in the book I just kept thinking of Justin Bieber. Especially when she mentioned his vogue cover in his underwear. Or I guess it could also be like Nick Jonas. He needs to fix his reputation and what better way than to get a normal down to earth girl to pretend to be his girlfriend for a year. It sounds like the perfect plan, but the thing with perfect plans is that they never quite end up going how you wish.

Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this novel is how she incorporated social media. I feel like it is such a large part of todays society, especially when you are talking about big celebrities. What amazed me is that she even made up twitter handles! They were quite wonderful and it really helped the imagination picture the twitter conversations that was happening between the two characters twitters.

I would definitely read this again, I loved it that much. Please do me a favor and go pick this book up ASAP!

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