Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, this week is all about Books On My Fall 2018 TBR! Normally I don’t do TBR’s, I find it stressful to plan to read certain books in a month and just read what comes naturally. But sometimes I have a few I want to read for certain reasons, like Howl’s Moving Castle on May Day. These are a few books I’m buying or are on my holds list at the library that I hope to read if they come in on time! Continue reading

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Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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Publication: July 3rd 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:  305 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, YA, Sci Fi
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Now I know that there are just some things so terrible you can’t cry about them, because if you start, you will never stop,” (James 191).

I saw this book on bookstagram and it peaked my interest with it’s beautiful cover and interesting title. Yes, it’s another title with “girl” in it; I don’t know if that’s a trend the publishing industry is ready to give up on any time soon. But I learned its science fiction, and since I hadn’t read a sci fi novel in a while and so much of the book already intrigued me I decided to check it out.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe follows Romy Silvers, sixteen-year-old Commander of The Infinity, a spaceship travelling to Earth II, a new habitable planet for the people of Earth. Originally Romy’s parents and the other astronauts aboard The Infinity were going to help establish the planet, but after a tragedy on the ship five years before Romy is the only one left. Except for emails with her therapist Molly on Earth, Romy is completely alone, that is until Molly informs her that another ship is coming. Commander J. Shoreditch on The Eternity, a sister ship to The Infinity, begins communicating with Romy via email and Romy has never been happier. Finally she is no longer alone in the universe, but as strange things start happening with her communication with J., Romy can’t help but wonder if being alone was the worst thing.

This book was amazing! It was incredibly creative, addicting, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was glued to this story, anxious to learn more about Romy, J., the astronauts. I chewed away at every tiny hint given and tried to figure out where the story was headed. And I was pleased that it shocked me. I usually end up predicting a lot of things in books (the curse of being an English major) and was happy that The Loneliest Girl in the Universe managed to throw in a few twists that really threw me!

Romy is a great character and James does an amazing job writing her anxiety and PTSD, it’s the first accurate depiction of anxiety I’ve ever read. I could really feel for Romy, her isolation and longing. She felt both like an ordinary teenager with ordinary teenage problems and someone so far away, literally when you’re light years away on a spaceship.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was a satisfying read, and I couldn’t put it down. James’ writes honestly and is a voice that more people in the YA genre should pay attention to. I look forward to reading more of her work.

 

Favourite Quotes

“I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten what other people feel like. When I dream, I dream in screens. A line of text, a voice in my ear. Nothing real,” (James 6).

“But some days it’s hard to remember the exciting parts. I get stuck in the memories. It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting,” (James 7).

“My life is a gambling chip thrown carelessly across the universe in the hope it’ll land somewhere my descendants can survive,” (James 10).

“I’ve got that half-real fear that creeps up on you in the middle of the night, making you think that there’s a monster in your room. The kind that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. But, unlike a monster, it doesn’t go away when I pull the duvet over my head,” (James 43).

“Love takes so much energy, and it just leads to pain,” (James 56).

“…time doesn’t really make any difference to pain. It never disappears,” (James 74).

Review: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

tpsPublication: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Pages:  270 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Psychological, Humour
My Rating: ⛤⛤.5

CONTENT WARNING: ANIMAL ABUSE

“I don’t know that we are ever really okay in life, but there are times when we feel closer to it – when we don’t remember what it feels like to suffer,” (Broder 41).

This book was a disappointment. I haven’t had a “don’t judge a book by its cover” moment in a long while so reading The Pisces was a good reminder of that. But can you really blame me? It was swimming around (HA) on bookstagram, and the vague knowledge I had of the book was that it was about a woman who falls in love with a merman. It sounded cool, and while that vague description isn’t wrong, the book has a lot more to it that doesn’t make it any more interesting. Continue reading

Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Happy Wednesday bookworms, it’s time for another Library Loot! It seems like my library holds just can’t stop, I keep getting more in, but luckily I’m keeping good track of them. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Have you ever read a book so good that you need to discuss it with someone else? Need to search for fan art, merchandise, fan fiction only to sadly find you can’t find anything, or that what you find is minuscule? Then this week’s theme is perfect for you because it’s all about Hidden Gems! Here are a few of my favourite books I wish I could fangirl over with more people! Continue reading

Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

nwwPublication: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages:  327 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological, Science Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“No one ever heeded a warning sign when it came,” (Pessl 5).

I fell in love with Marisha Pessl’s writing when I read her book Night Film. It was a strange and addicting read and I knew I had to keep her on my radar. And there she came on my bookstagram, through one account and then another. As soon as I saw that she had written a new book and her first for YA, I knew I had to read it and was lucky to get on the hold list at my library at just the right time. Continue reading

The Sunday Post

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Time for another round of The Sunday Post! Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week:

Personally:

Book Stuff:

  • Posted my first The Sunday Post after a long while.
  • Did another Top Ten Tuesdaythis week about my favourite shows/movies to binge-watch.
  • Got two new books from the library and talked about them in Library Loot!
  • Wrote my first Movie Alert! post on The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.
  • Got some cool socks from Out of Print Clothing (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!).
  • Wrote a new book review for The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle (thanks Tachyon Pub!).
  • Finished reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James and started The Mere Wife by Maria Dhavana Headley.

Review: The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Pages:  165 pages (PDF)
Source: ARC (Thanks Tachyon Publications!)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Tachyon Publications) in exchange for an honest review. 

“What good is their fear to us? Let them
rather fear each other, as they do every minute they live, let them fear the world they make. They’ve never feared Hell as they fear their own lives” (Beagle 92).

Let me start by saying that getting the chance to receive and review this book was an honour itself. I adore Peter S. Beagle, have since I watched and fell in love with the movie The Last Unicorn as a little kid and later the novel when I was older. It’s a story that has stayed with me and in many ways has made me who I am today. But enough about me, let’s get on to the book. Continue reading

Movie Alert!

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Movie Alert is a book meme hosted by me to show trailers for different book to movie/tv show adaptions. Feel free to use it, just make sure to credit my blog!

Hi bookworms, time for a new feature called Movie Alert!

I’m trying to keep this blog active and add fun stuff to it when I can. I just feel like I’m not posting enough! This is probably the longest I’ve posted on this book blog without giving up on it for a few months, and I want to make sure it isn’t getting dull, hence Movie Alert!

Movie Alert! is a new book meme that shows trailers from different book to movie/tv show adaptions. I can’t promise it to be a weekly feature, but anytime I find a trailer for a book adaption coming out that gets me excited I’m going to share it on here! Continue reading