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

Top 5 Wednesday – Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre

Once again apologies for not posting this on a Wednesday. Has been really hard to catch up on my blog posts with no laptop.

This week’s topic is about Hidden Gems in your favourite Genre. However, I don’t really have a favourite genre. Its YA considered a genre? Because those are my favourite types of books.

So I guess I’m gonna let you know about my Top 5 YA hidden gems.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Synopsis: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Goodreads Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

A Cidade dos Deuses Selvagens (City of the Beasts) Series by Isabel Allende

Goodreads Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) Series by C.C. Hunter

Goodreads Synopsis: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Synopsis: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

I realise now that all of them have a touch of fantasy. So maybe YA Fantasy is my favourite genre.

Of this top 5 my absolute favourite book is actually The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I adore that book and forever annoyed at Peter Jackson for ruining it with his film.

Have you read any of the books in this list? What’s your favourite genre?

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You Disliked But Love To Discuss

Hello there! So this post is a few days late because my laptop crashed. It’s a bit of a nightmare as it happened before I scheduled my posts on WordPress, so basically have to re-type it all by heart using the mobile app. If there is any typos, I blame the tiny keyboard on my phone and my chubby fingers.

This week it’s all about those books that you disliked or were just kinda meh, but for some reason they have lot of discussion points to go on about.

This is a hard one for me as normally if I don’t like a book I just can’t be bothered to talk about them. So this week my top 5 will be more like top 2, but since there is more than one book in each of the series, technically I hit the numbers.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

I can already hear you guys shouting ‘blasphemy’ at your screens. I must confess I haven’t gone further than the first few chapters of The Fellowship of The Ring. Why? Because is boring.

However, the reason why I love to discuss these books is also the reason why I found them so boring. Those first few chapters are full of bloody descriptions of the whole of The Shire, I just couldn’t get past that. But that is exactly why the films are so visual stunning, because the books are so descriptive.

Basically means what makes the book so boring for me, it’s also what makes the films so good.

Maybe one day I will give it another go.

Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James

Do I really need to explain this one?

I have been fascinated with Erotica writing for quite a young age. I may have wrote somethings myself in one of my lockable diaries. Let’s just say I loved it before it was even cool.

Then it comes this disgrace of a book that not only makes Erotica look weird but also really misses the mark on what BDSM is.

Also the writing is so appalling. If a foreigner like me can spot your grammar mistakes you are definitely doing something wrong.

I just can’t even with this one.

I must confess my hypocrisy though. I have watched the films, not because of plot but because I think Jamie Dornan it’s a God and I can’t resist him in a film! #SorryNotSorry

So what do you think of my T5W T2W this week? What’s the books you hated but still love to talk about?

May your readings be ever in your favour!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Forgettable Books

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On Wednesdays what do we wear? Pink…books!

Don’t mind crazy me! Today is another instalment of Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is Forgettable Books. This is about all the books that wether we once loved them or hated them, we simply can’t remember.

So here are my Top 5 forgettable books!

THE HUNT SERIES BY ANDREW FUKUDA

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What I remember: I remember that I read the first two books. I remember that is about vampires. I remember that I liked it. I don’t remember anything else.

Goodreads Synopsis: Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES BY KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL

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What I remember: Magic? And that was meh. Only read the first one, and also the film flopped.

Goodreads Synopsis: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

ERAGON SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI

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What I remember: I read up to Brisingr and I know there were Dragons! I know I really liked it but then just forgot that more books came out. The film was a bit of a flop too.

Goodreads Synopsis: Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .

BRAVE NEW WORLD BY ALDOUS HUXLEY

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What I remember: It’s in the Future and that I had to read it for English class in school back in Portugal. I can’t remember if I enjoyed it or not.

Goodreads Synopsis: Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

BEOWULF BY ANONYMOUS

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What I remember: NOTHING! Literally nothing at all! I read it about three times too! #Fail

Goodreads Synopsis: The earliest extant poem in a modern European language, “Beowulf” is an epic that reflects a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood, victory, and death.

 

What do you think of my Top 5 Forgettable Books? Have you read any of them? If so, do you still remember what the plot was about, and its characters? 

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Top 5 Wednesday and come back again next week.

Happy ‘Unforgettable’ Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx