Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t been tagged by anyone, I just found this Book Tag online and thought it would be fun to do it. It was!

The Rapid Fire Book Tag was originally created by Girl Reading on her YouTube channel.

E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical Book!

Paperback or Hardback?

I find the Paperbacks more pratical for my little wrists that dislocate so easily, but I don’t mind Hardbacks either.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-Store! However, there’s a pandemic going so do your shopping online and be safe.

Trilogies or Series? 

Series! I’m the type of person that when something is good I get attached to it, so the more the merrier!

Heroes or Villains?

I do like a bad boy…

A book you want everyone to read?

Since I’m about 14 (I do get the irony of this btw) I always tell people to read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Recommend an underrated book?

I don’t even know what is a underrated book these days, first one that comes to my mind is Every Day by David Levithan.

The last book you finished?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

The Last Book You Bought?

How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black and Illustrated by Rovina Cai

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Slice of cake…

Used Books: Yes or No?

I tend to buy a lot of my classics second hand, I also like when friends give me their spare copies.

Top Three Favorite Genres

Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Contemporary and Horror.

Borrow or Buy?

BUY!!!!

Characters or Plot?

For the book to be amazing it needs both!

Long or Short Books?

Depends on the story. Some are just perfect short for example Contemporary YA but Fantasy I do like a big boi!

Long or Short Chapters?

Short, because I like to read by chapters as sometimes I’m really tired but the chapter never ends and I do hate stop reading in the middle of one.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Chloe Seager’s books always make me laugh! Cry is actually much easier to do because I literally cry at everything, and I mean everything!

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional!

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. Especially before the pandemic, when I was commuting to work, so handy. However, I’m very picky when it comes to narrators. My favourite was The Confession by Jessie Burton and Narrated by Hayley Atwell (obvs!)

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes…not all the time but some covers are a bit bad!

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Depends on the type of book. Contemporary and Romance books straight to movie. Fantasy are always best when made into TV Adaptations (of course that also depends on who is producing it too).

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Pretty Little Liars (I’m Sorry!)

Series or Standalones?

Some stories are made to be short and some need various books. When I get attached to the characters I do like to read about them for as longs as I can!

I really missed doing one of these. I’m not tagging anyone in particular. if you come across this and want to do it…go ahead. Have some fun.

If there’s any tags you would like to see me doing, just tag me away!

Be Safe, wash your hands and wear a mask!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour: The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis from Goodreads

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

Review

From the moment I read those first pages I knew that I was in for a beautiful heartbreaking journey.

After meeting Miranda during the HQ Summer Showcase, I knew I had to read The Day We Meet Again. The way she described her book to me, hitting all the things I love and hope for in a romance, there was no way I would let this one escape my bookshelves.

It only took me a few pages to get me totally engrossed in the book, I just couldn’t put it down. I absolutely adored every moment of this journey full of love, missed chances, mistakes, serendipity and self discovery, which Dickinson took me.

Getting to know Phoebe and Sam as they got to know each other, and more importantly as they got to discover themselves through their journeys, was for sure an experience. I do love a romance that makes you stop and re-think your life.

Are you really doing what makes you happy? That’s the question that The Day We Meet Again has left me with…as is never too late to just truly do what feels right to you (even when no one else believes you can do it!).

However, the biggest feeling I was left with was of wanderlust, sometimes I do wonder if I could do what Phoebe did and just leave everything behind and travel for 1 year. Even more so when you just met the love of your life? To have to say goodbye before saying I love you, that’s not an easy thing to do. Could you do it?

Not only we fall in love with Phoebe and Sam, but also the people who surround them. They both have some of the best friends anyone could ask for and is just wonderful to see a range of different types of friendships being portrayed. Plus every single person they both meet along their journey, no matter how small of a character or not they are, every single one of them is so well written.

Then comes the setting! It’s set in England, Scotland, France and Italy. Every place described so well and so realistic that you truly believe that your there ‘Marking the moment’ with Phoebe.

I have to say that the Film & TV Graduate in me would love to see this one make into the big screen because I think it would be a beautiful love story set in the most stunning places, and who doesn’t love those films? I know I do.

The Day We Meet Again is perfect for fans of Eat Pray Love and Love, Rosie and is out now!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ for sending me a paperback copy of The Day We Meet Again in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Synopsis by Goodreads

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

Mini-Review

You have no idea how much I wanted to be back to the City of Sin since reading Ace of Shades last year! The fact that I’m once again part of the blog tour, it’s kind of exciting!

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is the sequel to Ace of Shades and the second instalment of The Shadow Game Series. The story is starts pretty much almost after the events that unfolded at the end of Ace of Shades.

It’s not common for many readers to prefer the second book to the first, but in this case I pretty much was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end! Oh My Dumbledore! That ending! What a way to leave us hanging! I need that 3rd book like right about now.

In this second instalment of The Shadow Game Series things get much darker, magical and legendary! I felt that in King of Fools, Amanda has finally found the right pace for the story. The action and suspense go hand in hand, and at no point I felt that things were slow/boring, which was something of a problem at the beginning of Ace of Shades for me.

The world building once again is fantastic, and it really gives you a sense of where you are. Foody really has a talent for making us feel immersed in the world of the City of Sin. I feel by the time the 3rd book comes around, I will know my way around New Reynes.

Once again, if you love a Las Vegas inspired fantasy world, with mystery, gangs and magic – that gets darker as it goes along – then The Shadow Game series should definitely be your next read.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of King of Fools in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Beauty of the Wolf by Wray Delaney

Goodreads Synopsis

In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…

A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Mini-Review

The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney, is not only a darker retelling of the Beauty and The Beast fairytale but also is quite more mature than the classic. (Way more mature if you get what I mean!)

But there is so much more in this retelling by Wray Delaney, than a gorgeous cover and it’s darkness. There is also a gender swap, which makes the boy the beautiful one in this story, leaving the girl to be the beast.

Beauty and The Beast is one of my favourite fairtytales, so when I saw this book with it’s gorgeous cover, I knew I had to give it a go. Being set in the Elizabethan era was one of the things I loved about the book, alongside it’s fantastic world building.

However, I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy the style in which the story was written. At times made it harder to follow along and with the different points of views of the different characters, you really don’t want something that makes it harder to quickly place yourself in the story.

Nonetheless, this wasn’t a strong enough reason to put me off the book and shouldn’t be for you either. On the contrary, I still felt that was a nice quick read, with a beautiful magical setting and interesting story.

If you love fairytales retelling with a darker, sinister and mature style The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney should definitely be on your TBR list.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍.5

The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney hardcover and kindle versions are out now and you can get it on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories  for sending me a hardback copy of The Beauty of The Wolf in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan – Review

Synopsis from Goodreads

Charlie hopes that the school ski trip will be the escape from his unhappy home life he so desperately needs. But there is something wrong with the remote ski village of Kaldgellan.

Something is out there, something ancient and evil, among the pines and the deep untracked drifts, watching and waiting. And when the storms blow in, Charlie and his schoolmates wake to find the resort deserted.

Cut off from the rest of the world far below, as night falls the few left alive on the snowbound mountain will wish they were somewhere, anywhere else.

Only ski guide Hanna seems to know of Kaldgellan’s long-buried secrets, but whether Charlie can trust her is another question…

Review

Gosh I don’t even know where to start…VAMPIRES ARE BACK! YAAAAAS!

Apologies for my excitement, but I absolutely love vampires and Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is exactly what I have been waiting for. As soon as I got my hands on this book I devoured it in an instant, that’s how good it was.

As much as I love sparkly vampires and journal writer vampires who fall in love with humans, nothing beats blood lust vampires who only see red!

Initially, I was worried that the different points of view from different characters will put me off a bit, but the more I read the more I realised that with all that goes on is a perfect way to tell the story.

Especially because it still gives you a clear idea of who the main characters. Charlie and Hannah, which I really loved and Tara who you would love to hate. Or would love to have died like 3 seconds into the book #NotEvenSorry

This is my second book from Stripes Red Eye series and once again I’m not disappointed. It’s quite nice to be able to read a terrifying gory YA book and Whiteout delivers it from the moment people go missing and all the way to the end.

But there is much more than gory and blood going on. There is a bit of romance and, as most YA books, there is also teens dealing with a terrifying situation probably better than most adults! Not all of them, but there is always some good smart eggs and Whiteout has Charlie and Hannah.

Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is a brilliant bloodsucking gory debut and if you love vampires as much as me, then this book is what you need in your life right now!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is out today and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Stripes for sending me a paperback copy of Whiteout in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye

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Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill.
Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

Mini-Review

I’m a big fan of Charles Dickens, so when offered the chance to review Miss Marley which is set in Dickens A Christmas Carol I just couldn’t say no.

The idea of picking up a character from a beloved classic such as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and write their story, it can only be done by someone with some guts. This is the kind of thing that can go very wrong, but in this case it went the complete opposite way.

The way that Vanessa Lafaye decided to tell Jacob Marley’s story through the eyes of her own character – his sister Clara Belle Marley – was a stroke of genius. This decision is what gave Lafaye the freedom she needed to explore their story, while still being truthful to Dickens creation.

I had no idea until after I finished reading, that the author Vanessa Lafaye has unfortunately passed away before finishing writing Miss Marley. Her good friend and writing partner Rebecca Mascull whom shared the same love for Dickens as Lafaye, took upon the task of finishing the book for her. While reading the novella, I really couldn’t pin point where Lafaye voice ended and Rebecca Mascull began.

As Mascull said in the Afterword, it was like Vanessa’s voice flowed through her while she was writing…and that’s the feeling I got from reading.

Miss Marley is a quick and delightful read for all Dickens and Vanessa Lafaye fans. The perfect gift for classic book lovers at Christmas.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye is available for pre-order on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a ARC of Miss Marley in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

30 Books in my TBR

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As per suggestion of the lovely Ash at For The Love of Books, today’s post is 30 books that I have on my never ending TBR.

I have literally picked them at random. I’m not gonna lie here, I do have a pretty big TBR that just keeps growing. Who doesn’t right?

I have resigned myself that the way I’m going to leave this world is by an avalanche of books. It’s gonna happen one day, just hope that is later rather than soon.

Here we go… 30 books on my TBR.

  1. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood – 2018
  2. Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker – 2017
  3. Charisma by Jeanne Ryan – 2015
  4. The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson – 2017
  5. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – 2017
  6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman – 2016
  7. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sarah Barnard – 2017
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 2016
  9. Margot & Me by Juno Dawson – 2017
  10. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – 2018
  11. The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew – 2018
  12. The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – 2017
  13. Satellite by Nick Lake – 2017
  14. My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton – 2018
  15. Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester – 2017
  16. Release by Patrick Ness – 2017
  17. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – 2016
  18. The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman – 2017
  19. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 2017
  20. Ascension by Victor Dixen – 2018
  21. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – 2017
  22. You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance – 2018
  23. The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse – 2018
  24. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – 2015
  25. The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson – 2018
  26. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 2018
  27. The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner – 2018
  28. Killer T by Robert Muchamore – 2018
  29. A Gorda (The Fat Woman) by Isabela Figueiredo – 2016
  30. O Fim da Inocência (The End of Innocence) by Francisco Salgueiro – 2010

 

There is a good mix of books on that TBR. They are all books that I currently own a physical copy or ARC by the way. I’m hoping to come around to read them soon.

Have you read any of the books on the list? Any favourites? Any that I should totally put on the top of my TBR? Let me know in the comments.

Birthday Countdown: 6 DAYS TO GO!

*Fangirlsince1988 xxx

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Summer Reads

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Summer is just around the corner! So get your swimsuits ready, put some shades on and grab some reading suggestions, because today’s T5W is all about our Favourite Summer reads.

When the weather starts to get warmer, I tend to prefer lighter reads (around the 300 pages instead of 400+). Mostly, because I don’t do well with heat. Yes! I know, I’m Portuguese and can’t handle the heat.

Anyway, I do tend to get quite ill and fatigued with the heat (very prone to heat strokes) so I find it harder to concentrate on a heavy book. Also when on holiday, I can’t stay longer than 10 min out of the water so a lighter book makes it easier for me to feel like I achieved something during those breaks. I’m telling you, next big thing should be waterproof books.

Hope you enjoy some of my Favourite Summer Reads, even though some haven’t actually been read during the Summer.

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

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Yes I know, this book reaches the 400 pages, but still was such an amazing read. Even though I haven’t read it over the Summer, I feel that this book is such a perfect Summer read. It is just a feelgood, body positive story and the perfect book to compliment your beach body! Because all bodies are beach bodies!

Synopsis from Goodreads: The latest teen novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others.

A heart-warming teen story from the unique voice of Laura Dockrill, about Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. Moving, memorable and hilarious.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I read We Were Liars a few years back over the Summer and I absolutely loved it. However, if you don’t want to be crying over your cocktails by the beach during your holiday (Totally didn’t happen to me! Nah…Who am I kidding? Yes it did!) maybe would be best to read it on a warm Summer evening (behind closed doors!).

Synopsis from Goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

Paper Towns by John Green

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I have to say that John Green books are usually the perfect size for a Summer read. I enjoyed Paper Towns in because it has the whole road trip adventure, that one can only dream (or read) about.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew..

Every Day by David Levithan

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I really loved this book when I read it a few Summers ago. The whole genderless concept for the main character is what initially attracted me to grab a copy. I read in one sitting because it was impossible to put down. I haven’t read Another Day or Someday yet. Maybe they can be my some of Summer reads for this year.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day

Riding The Magic Carpet by Tom Anderson

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I love Surf! I’m super bad at it (sorry Dad!), but I love it so much. So of course I couldn’t do a Summer reads list without adding a surf book into the mix. Ridding The Magic Carpet is a nonfiction book that takes you on Surfer’s Odyssey around the world. It’s going to make you want to travel, and is going to make you feel like the Summer is Endless! (Got it?)

Synopsis from Goodreads“The right-hand point at Jeffreys Bay is one of the surfing world’s most exciting finds, and from the age of twelve it had been my life’s purpose to surf there.” J-Bay, South Africa, has the fantasy, the almost mythical waves every surfer dreams of riding once in their lifetime. But Tom wouldn’t go until he was ready. He would seek out surf-spots from the virgin reef-breaks of the Outer Orkneys to the temple point-breaks of Indonesia, from the beautiful beaches of France to the wilds of Sri Lanka, on his quest to ride the waves of his dreams. Get on the road, get stoked, and get in the water.

These are my Top 5 Wednesday for this week.

Have you read any of my suggestions? Any that piqued your interest?

Let me know some of your Favourite Summer Reads in the comments bellow.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Jokesters

TOP 5 WEDNESDAYI’m back doing Top 5 Wednesday posts! In honour of April fool’s day, today is all about favourite jokesters, pranksters and overall funny characters.

It’s so hard to create character that can make you laugh out loud, but some amazing authors have done a tremendous job on getting some very funny characters out there.

So here are my top 5 favourite funny characters, the ones that I wish they were real, so I could hang out with them and laugh until my I have abs in my belly!

Lee Jordan, Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Okay, technically this is a three in one here, but how can you pick up just one from this funny trio? Yes, Fred and George were the prank masters, but who didn’t laugh form Lee Jordan’s commentary during Quidditch games? This three are such funny characters that will forever be stuck with me, as the whole series is.

Emma Nash from Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

I read this amazing book last year when it came out, and I instantly fell in love with Emma. This book is not only brilliant but I couldn’t stop laughing at how real Emma is. If you love contemporary YA, make sure to read this brilliant book. Also sequel coming out in July! Can’t wait to get back into Emma Nash’s world. (You can check my review of this amazing book here.)

Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Izzy O’Neill will have you laughing out loud from the moment you read that first page, and you won’t stop! I absolutely adore all these amazing female characters coming out of contemporary YA. They’re so realistic funny and so relatable. Also this book its an amazing feminist read, so if you still have one thing or two to learn on the subject, make sure to pick this one up.

Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I’m not a big fan of Cassandra Clare, I read the first three books so many times but I can’t get past the fourth because gets so dull and boring. However, Simon always cracked me up. I actually looked forward to his parts in the books because he is such an enjoyable funny character. So even though the books are not my favourite, Simon deserves to be mentioned.

Kitty Song from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I found this book quite enjoyable, but what really did it for me was Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty. The kid is amazingly funny and I so wanted a young sister like her! She was a breath of fresh air in between all the romance and drama. Can’t wait to see how she comes across in the film coming out in at some point this year. (Looks like Netflix bought the film rights back in March) I just hope they don’t mess her character up.

That’s all for today my lovelies!

Do you think I got some good funny characters on my Top 5? Who is your favourite jokester? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx