Stephanie’s July Wrap-Up and August TBR

Okay, So, this month was awful for me. I feel like horrible about it but I read a pretty big book this month, so….it wasn’t so bad.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

So yeah, three books. But, THREE VERY GOOD books.

Anyway, I felt like I fell into a big slump last month, so this month I already feel the want to read growing. I put down a very ambitious 6 books on my TBR and here they are.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ( OUR AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone (already 50 pages in)
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of Life by Benjamin Arlire Saenz
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

So my favorite of this month was :
thone of glass coverThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. LOVED this book.

And I think my most anticipated for this month might be :
12000020Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez.  This book has had AMAZING reviews and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Recommendation Friday #11

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Hey everyone! Stephanie here with our eleveth week of recommendation Friday! This week’s recommendation is a book that’s been getting more and more popular lately and I’m so happy about that.

12600138Ready Player One by Earnest Cline!

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Okay so this book has been getting more and more popular and it makes me so happy because it’s just a great adventure book. It was blurbed as like a nerdy Willy Wonka for adults and it’s SO TRUE. Like it was made for all us nerdy people who love table top games, video games and just 80’s pop culture. And it was almost like you’re part of the adventure. I was finding myself as the protagonist rather than reading and knowing there was a protagonist, I was so immersed into this book it was a great adventure! I highly recommend this!

Recommendation Friday! #9

rec fridayHey guys! Another Friday has come and it’s my turn again to recommend a great read to you! I always love throwing a curve ball you’re way so this book is an adult novel. One I found a bit challenging to get into due to my love for YA but when I was done (I read it in about a week and a half) I was so happy I read it. It’s one of the few books that have brought me to tears.

12875258I highly recommend Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life – someone who will help her to heal and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

Okay, so this sounds like a very “heavy” book. But I’m not 100% sure how I got lead to it, but I’m so happy that I did. This book left me speechless and in the biggest book hangover ever. I just couldn’t pick up another book until I fully consumed and wrapped my head around this book. I didn’t think I’d ever get myself out of reading YA for a while because there’s just so much to read but, this book helped me understand Adult books are just as and can be even better than YA at times.

This book was so beautifully written. It was just…beautiful. There was so much complexity, so many issues were touched upon with this book that just were heart wrenching. It was such an emotional book without getting melodramatic. And it was just such an honest book about family, and loss, and missed opportunities, being who you were meant to be, following your own decisions, AIDS, coming-of-age. It just touched upon so much and it was so great.

June Elbus is one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s one of those characters that grows right in front of you and it’s amazing. I feel like I keep saying the same thing over and over again about this book but I honestly can’t give you anymore insight into it, because it left me speechless and if I couldn’t have any words right after reading it, how the hell am I going to have the words to describe why you should read it? But June Elbus and this book will always be a 5/5 for me.

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Recommendation Friday #2

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Hey everyone! Stephanie here for this week’s Recommendation Friday! And I’d love to recommend one of my absolute favorite books Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.
For those of you who don’t know Matthew Quick is also the author of Silver Linings Playbook. I have yet to read that book, but after reading Leonard Peacock, I’d have to say anything by Matthew Quick is probably an amazing read.


Summary:Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

I began reading this for the National Book Day Read-a-Thon. I picked up this book not knowing much about it, but I think that was for the best. This book pulled on my heart strings a bit with not only the topic of teen suicide but it kind of gave me a perspective on life. It was such a quick read which also just kind of upset me because I wanted more of Leonard. I wanted to see more of how he moved forward with his life.  Reading this book, I had a small pool of tears in my eyes constantly, but the thing I loved most about this book was that Quick wrote about a pretty dark and serious topic but didn’t make it feel awful or terrible or heavy. And I suppose I love this book because I’ve never really read a book where someone was so alone, someone was so…isolated. Leonard had absolutely no one, and I could relate because for the longest time I felt so alone as an adolescent and clearly growing up going through life experiences I made friends and such, but anyway…