Series: Once Upon a Con, #1
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This is a spoiler-free review.
I have a problem. I don’t have enough time to really sit through and read a book. I might have time once a week or two weeks to read, and that means I forget a lot that has happened in the story. To combat this, I decided to summarize every chapter of the book I’m reading, and share it with you guys too! This way, if I do forget what I’ve read, I can look back on my notes. Also, it ensures that I’m actually paying attention to what I’m reading. If the book is in a series and the next book hasn’t come out yet, I can look back on these posts to refresh my memory on what happened so I don’t have to reread the whole series again. And you guys can look back on these posts to refresh your memory too! Everyone wins.
Anyway, I thought I’d try this new idea with a shorter book, a.k.a. a graphic novel to see if it’s a sustainable idea. I don’t tend to buy graphic novels since they’re so expensive, but I decided to splurge and buy Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell since she was visiting where I live and I already own most of her YA books.
Before we jump into this, just keep in mind that this idea is a work in progress so the next few posts in this series will look rough before they get better!
Also, SPOILER WARNING, obviously.
Also also, this extended summary thing is NOT my review. That will be a separate post.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the back-to-school spirit right now. Everywhere I turn I see school supplies and backpacks. Online, there are so many back-to-school deals. On YouTube, people who look like they’ve graduated years ago give young students advice. It got me thinking, what could I contribute to the back-to-school frenzy? I’d have crappy school advice, but I do know YA books! Why not recommend some good YA books that are set at school?
Whether you’re already in school, about to go, or done with school and want to reminisce about your past as a student, here are some YA books with school settings!
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I should bring it back again. Basically, the premise is to find the covers of books you don’t know anything about and try and guess the blurb solely based on the cover. It’s literally “judging a book by its cover.” I’ve done this before in the past, so if you want to check out my first two attempts click here and here).
The “official” rules of first impressions is that I take a bunch of books that I have no idea what they’re about, look at their cover, and try and judge what the story is about. Then I’ll read the blurb and figure out how close I was to the actual story. I chose only standalones or the first books of series to avoid any spoilers when I reveal the actual blurb.
Let’s get started!
I was just scrolling through my YouTube feed to find a video so I had an excuse to procrastinate, when I came across this book challenge. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve watched a BookTube video, so I was intrigued. After watching Keeping Tabs (the creator) take a stab at her own challenge, I wanted to give it a shot!
Granted, I recently got rid of 60+ books from my shelf so this might be a bit more difficult.
1. Time yourself trying to find each prompt on your shelf
2. Try and beat the time of the person who challenged you.
3. Don’t forget to tag your challenger and the original creator.
4. Have fun!
I decided that rather than time myself and cause my stress levels to go off the charts, I would just try and find each prompt on my shelf. Each prompt that I find a book for will count as a point. The max amount of points is 20 (since there’s 20 prompts). Plus, me just telling the time it took me to find all these books would not be that exciting.
It occurs to me now that this challenge is probably more enjoyable in video form, but alas, I am not a BookTuber. I apologize in advanced.
I don’t know about you, but I’m currently on a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before high right now. After watching the movie, Peter and Lara Jean are all I can think about.
(I probably won’t stop fangirling about them for a while. Just a warning. Speaking of fangirling about Noah and Lana, I read this Buzzfeed article about them and I honestly can’t handle how cute they are together. Just when you don’t think they could get any cuter they hit you with something like this.)
Anyway, I wanted to suggest some books for those who are looking for some cute book relationships after watching/reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Girl (or guy), I get it. I can’t handle the adorable-ness either.
Some of these book/series are mega popular and you’ve probably already read them, but I hope you find some gems in here that you haven’t tried out.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix blew up when it first came out. Everyone is buzzing about it, and not having Netflix access at the moment, I was devastated that I couldn’t join in on all the conversation and fangirling everyone was doing.
Recently, my friend invited me over to her house and we watched the movie together, and let me tell you, the movie is GLORIOUS. It was so cute that I wanted to combust with gooey happiness.
I was so in love that I decided to dedicate a whole post about how much I love this movie. That being said, there are major spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book and plan on doing so, I highly suggest you skip on reading this and come back later.
Just a warning: There is a lot of shouting and fangirling in this post. Not sorry about it.
“I suppose in matters of the heart, there’s no predicting how a person will or won’t behave.”
Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary, YA, romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5)
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)