Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Reading Tag

This tag was created by this YouTuber, and although I wasn't tagged at all, I think this tag is so much fun!  I love summer, especially for a great beach read!  And I definitely have some fantastic beach reads listed below! :)

1) It's morning and a hint of sunshine is in the sky. What book has had a great start for you?

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

This book had an amazing start to it!  In fact, I didn’t put the book down until I got to page 100 (and even then it was only for dinner).  I have been wanting to read another Jennifer Echols book since I read and review Forget You, and so for the BookTube-A-Thon, I picked this book up first and finished it in one day!  I loved it (especially the beginning though)!  It starts off with the main characters getting into a bit of trouble with the police for being in a forbidden area.  I just love how it drops you off in the middle of the action, and I couldn’t put this book down until I figured out more of what was going on, who the characters are, and the setting!  I will definitely be reviewing this book soon!

2) You go outside with a good book in hand. What book do you choose?

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

This is the perfect book to take to the beach or just outside to sit and soak up the sun!  I thought that this book was a fun, light easy read that was perfect for summer, and I think I ended up reading the entire thing after a couple afternoons outdoors on my back deck.  I read this book for the BookTube-A-Thon, a couple weeks ago in July, and I really enjoyed it!  Some moments in the plot were a bit unbelievable and you kinda just had to go with it, but overall, it was just fun and cute and light, and I even laughed out loud a couple of times!  A full review will be coming shortly!

3) You decide to fetch an ice-cream to cool down. Name a chilled out/cool read.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

For a chilled out read, I chose Jenny Lawson’s memoir.  I hauled this book back in June because it was said to be similar to Tina Fey’s Bossypants (which I LOVED!) and decided to read it this summer!  Now, I read it while reading many other books, but anytime I wanted a book to laugh out loud during or didn’t want anything too intense, I grabbed this book.  It was so funny and definitely had a Tina Fey-ish feel to it but was unique at the same time.  This is a great book to read if you want to laugh and take a break from intense trilogies and series!  A more in-depth review will be coming soon!

4) The sun gets trapped behind a cloud. How annoying. What book has annoyed you recently?

The Last Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

So this book did kinda annoy me from the beginning.  I read the first book in this duo, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and was able to overlook some of the more unrealistic moments in the story so that I could enjoy the travel and adventures that the main character went on.  However, this second book had a plotline that was needed to elongate the story of the “last blue envelope” thus introducing a new character; this new character made things a bit drawn out and seem a bit too unbelievable, and I couldn’t quite get passed it to fully enjoy the story.  I plan on reviewing these 2 books together soon!

5) It's later in the day and the sun has moved. Time to re-locate. What book has moved you?

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I just love Nicholas Sparks’s books!  And this one was no exception!  In fact, this may be one of my favorite novels by him (aside from The Notebook).  I feel that this book really moved me because of the plot line and how the story was told.  This book revolves around a young woman who moves to a new town to escape her past.  The book (once about halfway in) jumps back and forth between the young woman’s point of view and the point of view from someone in her past.  I feel that this really allows the reader to take in the full story through the switching viewpoints, making the story really come to life.  By being so into the story, you can really learn a lot about the situation as it does reflect real issues.  A review will be posted shortly sharing more of my thoughts.

6) The day is almost over and it's been fantastic 'til the end. What book has amazed you to the finish?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

OMG this book!  If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have noticed that I started reading this book during a power outage after a big storm.  I believe our power was out for a couple of days, and I couldn’t put this book down during that period of time!  I was pretty bummed (like anyone would be) that the power was out, but I was so sucked into this story in no time that when the power did come back on, I just kept reading and finished the book!  I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end!  It was AMAZING!  I wanted to test out Lauren Oliver’s writing style before picking up her Delirium trilogy, so I chose this stand-alone novel.  This is easily one of my favorite books of all time, and I can’t wait to read her other novels!  I thought that this story was so unique and interesting while being funny and suspense all at the same time!  I can’t say enough wonderful things about this novel, and I think it might be my favorite of the summer!

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