WWW Wednesday #4 | April 26, 2017

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As you probably all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, so here we go

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I’m currently reading two, one I’ve been reading super slow on purpose because I don’t want it to end, and one I’ve been holding off because of heavy work load.

 

I am enjoying both Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Royally Screwed by Emma Chase so far. I like doing this, you know, reading two books at one time but of totally different genres. I usually do fantasy and new adult at the same time, it’s my fave combo!

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I just recently finished reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and I have a full non-spoiler review of it here in my blog! 🙂 It’s a good YA and I loved it! 🙂

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Well, this is a tough one. I’m probably getting into Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is my Rainbow Bookclub book of the month for April. I’m also looking at two of the e-arcs I’m provided with by their publishers: My Life as a Bench and Undeclared. Or I might finally be picking up Thirteen Reasons Why before I get into the show! Which do you recommend, guys? I’m kinda torn tbh! 🙂


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Book Talk: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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18692431-2My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Let me start off by saying that Everything,Everything is my most anticipated read for early 2016. Therefore when I got it this month, I didn’t wait too long and placed it in my TBR right away. 🙂 I want to say that it has been a roller coaster ride with this one. I started it with too high of an expectation definitely because of the hype surrounding it all over BookTube and Book Twitter and in the book blogging community. Everything, Everything was EVERYTHING and it had to be read ASAP!

When I started reading this, I was so engaged and so excited about all the possibilities – everything I could know about SCID, the characters, the plot twist, the is-she-gonna-die question that lingers in my head and just about everything! Even the first line in the very first chapter was very artistically crafted:

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…because of course she has read more than any of us has read, being trapped in her house for 18 full years with nothing to do but read! Ahh, Maddy’s books and her library are to-die for! Anyway, I just found this line to be a really good opening.

So the first quarter of the book, I was all in. When I was around the halfway mark, though, I felt like nothing really interesting was happening anymore. I tried pushing through because despite some of the bland scenes, there was something in me that has been invested to what will come out of this sort-of forbidden love between Olly and Maddy. I honestly thought of putting it down for a while, though, because I kinda got annoyed with how young love could be stupid sometimes. I mean, if you’ve read the book, there are just super stupid stuff Olly and Maddy are so willing to do for love. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the feeling, it’s just that I wanted Maddy to LIVE so bad and I want to protect her!

I was able to psych myself, though, and I placed myself in their shoes – young and in love and in a huge want (need!) to live life! It worked. And so did the rest of the book. The latter part definitely pulled everything nicely and compensated for what went haywire in the middle. The wrap up was so good, the ending was a gold mine for realizations on life.

Characters

Maddy and Olly are probably two of the characters that will stay with me a long time. They are so different yet so similar. There wasn’t much character development that I was looking for, but they have made closures about their life issues and they turned up generally good in the end.

Honestly, though, there are some points in this book that I wanted to stop them with whatever they’re doing and remind them that HEY, MADDY IS SICK! AND YOU CAN’T BE THIS RECKLESS!! I mean, I know it’s probably the age difference, I’m sorry! Haha. But then again, they’re 18! And speaking of age, I kinda also had a hard time reconciling the fact that they’re 18 already because their voices felt so much younger. I pictured Maddy to be 15-ish actually, because that’s what I “hear” from her. It’s not much of a big issue, though. Still loved them.

Overall

I loved Everything, Everything. It wasn’t perfect, but it made me laugh, definitely made me cry, touched my heart, touched my soul, and made me think about my life. I guess the best thing about it is that it will reach you – it will make you feel.

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Have you guys read Everything, Everything? How did you like it? Let’s talk in the comments below! Can’t wait! ❤

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My April 2017 TBR!

Since I’ve only read 3 books last month, I wanna make it up in the month of April and get back to my reading zone like I did in January! 🙂 Can I do it? Oh yesss. I definitely will push myself and read at least double of the number of books I read last month. That’s pretty ambitious, I know, considering my very hectic work schedule and some travels booked for this month, but I’m pushing it. 🙂 I’m at least 8 books behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge anyway, so might as well do all the work now 🙂

Without further ado, my friends, here are the books I hope to get into in the month of April!

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Definitely one of my most anticipated reads this month. I honestly didn’t feel like reading this one right away, but when I saw the trailer, OHMYGOD THAT TRAILER!!!, I was instantly hooked! I can’t wait to start reading Everything, Everything, and binge read its every page!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval is a very hyped book since its publication in January, and three months later, I still haven’t read it! Oh don’t get me wrong, I definitely was riding the hype – bought it the first chance I got after it was published. But then for some reason, other books got in the way and I didn’t feel like reading it right away. But now, I am not letting the month end without me getting into Caraval! I can’t wait any longer!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I was definitely planning to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by the QUEEN Sarah J. Maas, but only after I finished the Throne of Glass series, which is a long way to go since I am only in Crown of Midnight. However, do I really want to finish a long and huge series before I get into ACOTAR? I didn’t so, especially that ACOWAR, the third installment of this series, is coming up this May! I need to binge read this series soon!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I honestly did not expect Thirteen Reason Why to be in any of my TBR lists this year. I mean, this has been published in around 2007 (republished in 2011) and I just thought back then that I’m not really so interested with the concept. But lo and behold, look at where it is now! In my April 2017 TBR! I am honestly just including this one here because of all the hype the TV adaptation is getting. Everybody is just loving it, and I know I’ll be diving into it as well sooner or later. But first, the book needs to be read.

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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This is my current read as this post is being published. Early this year, I made a pact with myself that I will get into all the books published in 2016 that I missed, and Royally Screwed is one of them! I think it’s been a little while since I last read a legit NA novel, and I can’t wait to get back! Emma Chase, as usual, writes awesome as ever.

Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

31141489Another NA novel in my list is Undeclared by Julianna Keyes, which was something I got from NetGalley. The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book for review, and I’m liking the premise so far. Fact is, I didn’t know that this was part of a series/companion novels, hence I didn’t know that this was the second installment already. In any way, this could be read as a stand alone, so no worries I guess.

My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

34107779Lastly, My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell is another ARC provided by its publisher for an honest review. This has a very interesting premise, and I am honestly very intrigued by it. It follows its main character who have dies and was “resurrected” as a bench. It’s different from the usual YA books that I follow and I feel like this could be a breath of fresh air.


So that’s it, guys! Those are the 7 books I plan to read this April, and hopefully be able to finish! Share with me your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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Book Talk: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Writing this review right after I just closed the last page of the book and I am wanting for more. I mean, it couldn’t have ended with that, right? Please tell me it didn’t end with JUST that? I need more.

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7664334Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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