Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going? I’m back and hitting you up with a book review! I’m just about done with my September books to review, then on to October!

My Lame Synopsis: From the very successful Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, we get Leah’s own story. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I couldn’t help but compare Leah on The Offbeat with Becky Albertalli’s previous book, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I even reread Simon after reading Leah’s story and I can say with confidence that Simon is the better book. The storytelling felt like it was lazily done in  Leah On The Offbeat. The story was nice, but nothing special, very generic.

None of the characters were particular outstanding. As much as I could relate with Leah, she was too self-deprecating and insecure. Sure, it’s fairly realistic for one to have inner dialogue of self doubt and to have a negative thoughts. But I felt Leah took it too far to the point it was triggering for me. It’s already very hard to be positive and to give yourself self love, but Leah could have had some more character growth in that regard. Or at the very least, by the end of the book Leah could have started trying to be nicer to herself.

I wish there was more of a journey with Leah’s sexuality. I have yet to come across a book with bisexuality representation that really captures the struggle like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid did.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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November Wrap Up ~2019

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I have no doctor appointments today so I’ll mainly focusing on my to do list like writing my November wrap up! I finished 17 books in November! 😀 I’m definitely clapping myself on the back for that!! Crazy that in a month the decade will come to a close!

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



Illuminae by Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I’m definitely glad that I reread Illuminae reading the physical book along side the audiobook! I absolutely loved it! Who needs TV when you can read the audiobook with the physical book and get such an experience! Goodreads

5 Stars


The Shining by Stephen King

I finally did it! I finished The Shining! I felt it was very slow with a few intense scenes that left me at the edge of my seat. I so loved Danny, he was definitely the best part of the book. I didn’t like Wendy very much and I’m starting to see a trend in his female characters. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

That’s right, two Jay Kristoff novels last month! I can’t believe (still) that this series is done. What a final book! I loved it. I know there’s been some mix reviews, but that can be said for the previous two books, so *shrug*.  Goodreads

5 Stars


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I’m killing it with my rereads! Now if only I can start killing my physical TBR, haha. I think I said this for my reread of The Hunger Games, but I’m enjoying the series way more this time around then the first. I think it’s because I have matured and have a more firm grasp of lost, grief, etc. Goodreads

4 Stars


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Wow, what a crazy story. Of course, I only hear that’s there a movie adaption after I finished the book, but hey, I can can still watch it! There were a few things that I could relate to with my chronic illness. For example, the experience of not knowing what’s wrong with you and taking forever to get answers. Goodreads

4 Stars


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

So I picked this up again because a BookTuber I like was also rereading it and my library so happened to have it. I had a lot of fun re-experiencing the characters that I love so much, especially now that I have read Leah On The Offbeat. Goodreads

5 Stars


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Wow! Why haven’t I read this sooner? I loved this! Since I read it as audiobook I really want to now read it physically so I can annotate it! So beautiful and magical! What can I say I’m a romantic at heart. Goodreads

5 Stars


Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I recently finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne so I have to try to not confuse that Josh with this Josh. I really related to Hazel, I loved how weird she was. Josh and Hazel were both cute and even more adorable together. There were two narrator’s and I didn’t love the voice the male narrator decided to use for Hazel. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


Misery by Stephen King

Another Stephen King under my belt! I actually really enjoyed this one! There were a lot of intense moments, more than The Shining. An actual good female character. She was a real creep. I did struggle with the audiobook because of my brain fog and the writing style, I got lost a few times. Goodreads

4 Stars


To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

Another reread! I had so much fun listening to the audiobook! I think I appreciate Lara Jean’s choice’s more now that I have seen the movie and fell in love Peter. I didn’t like him much at all from the book when I first read it. Goodreads

4 Stars


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

What a great book about grief! One was a great, lovable grump who just couldn’t say no when his neighbours needed his help. Goodreads

5 Stars


Sadie by Courtney Summers

Amazing! Damn, this was heartbreaking. The whole book was just so intense. Goodreads

5 Stars


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

So, I know that I said when I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown that I won’t continue the series, but I saw the audiobook sitting on my library app, available. I thought there had to be a reason why people loved the series so much. I proceeded to download the book and started listening. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Goodreads

4 Stars


Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I actually already reviewed this! I also had the opportunity to interview the author! Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Interview and Book Review

5 Stars


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I have now completed the series for the second time! I hated the ending when I first read Mockingjay. But I actually loved it this time around. Peta is definitely a totally different character to me and means so much to me now. Goodreads

4 Stars


 

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

I unfortunately really did not like this. I didn’t like it to the point I was considering DNF’ing it. I only continued because it’s a f/f romance. There were way too many unnecessary plot points in such a short points of time. One of the main character’s felt they were there only to drive the plot. She didn’t feel like a real character and I disliked her the most. Goodreads

2.5 Stars


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I’m kind of meh about this book. I wasn’t terribly excited for this because I heard people comparing it to Six of Crows and I didn’t want that. I’m relieved that I didn’t feel like it was that similar. It was only when I thought about it did I see similarities. It didn’t take away from my experience of the book. I liked that it was set in the real world with real world places. It kind of reminded me of the movie National Treasure with Nicolas Cage. Goodreads

3.5 Stars


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday ~ 11/27/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done one of these in a while so I thought it would be fun to do it now!

Now to get to WWW Wednesday! I love these questions because I always want to know what everyone is reading! I would really love for you to answer these questions in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On a World of Words, with the rules being to answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

I feel like I’ve been reading Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi for way too long. Two thirds of the book I had a hard time getting into it because plot relied on stereotypes to create friction between the characters. I know it’s YA, but that’s not enough for me, for one character to hate another. I’m also listening to Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins as a reread! I’ve had so much fun reread this series! I only have a couple of hours left!


2. What did you recently finish reading?

So in the time that I had started Tell Me How You Really Feel, I finished two audiobooks! The first was Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I was so surprised that I liked this and how much I liked it! For the first book, Red Rising, I borderline hated that book. Golden Son was really good! I’m surprised! Then I immediately picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! Wow, what a beautiful, magical book! I already want to reread it!


3. What you think you’ll read next?

I think it’s about time I picked up The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I’ve been telling a coworker I will, but I didn’t expect Tell Me How You Really Feel would take this long. I think it’s time I find out what all the hype is about.

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Pictures are from my bookstagram account and Goodreads!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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November TBR ~2019

Good Hello, friends! Now this isn’t really a full TBR, but mostly a list of books I have on loan from the library. I’m thinking I’m going to mood read physical books because there’s new releases like Get A Life, Chloe Brown that I want to read. Happy book birthday by the way! In case you missed it, I posted October Wrap Up ~2019 yesterday! It was late and I’m sorry about that. For some reason I completely forgot to post it. Oops! Anyways!!



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I finally reread Illuminae physically with the audiobook! I’m been wanting to do for a year or so. Pretty much when I started hearing amazing things about the audiobook. I actually have already finished this! Goodreads


The Shining by Stephen King

I’m so close to finishing The Shining! I’m hoping to finish it today, but if not, tomorrow for sure! I just have 80 pages left! I am enjoying it but the tension isn’t there like with Pet Sematary. Far too many times I’ve fallen asleep with the book in my hand. Goodreads


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Another book that I started in October and I’m so close to finishing it! I was hoping to finish it during the weekend, but oh well! I am loving this final book! I have teared up, however, I haven’t sobbed I think I have passed the scene that made everyone cry. But I pretty much expected it to happen. We still have the final 75 pages left to make me cry so we’ll see! Goodreads


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Of course I have continued my reread of The Hunger Games series! So far, I think the first book is my favourite action wise, but book 2 is my favourite for characters. Oh, and I finished this over the weekend. Goodreads


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Ever since I’ve heard about this book. I’ve been interested in reading her story. I’m just about to finish the audiobook, probably after writing up this TBR actually. I learned a lot and hit me in ways I didn’t expect. I just finished Brain on Fire before posting! Goodreads


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Another book that I wanted to reread. I don’t have a lot of time left on the audiobook on my loan so I might not be able to read it this month. But after I finish Brain on Fire, I plan on trying! Goodreads


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Again, a book’s loan that might expire before I get to it, but that’s okay. I don’t always get to every book on my TBR anyway! I thought it was about time with Morgenstern finally releasing another book after years of releasing this one! Goodreads


Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I had a lot of fun reading my first Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners, so I’m thinking of trying other books by them! Goodreads


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I really thought I was never going to pick this one up. And yet, here I am. I have it on loan and I hear Booksandlala from Booktube is also reading it this month! We’ve just have to see if we like it or not! Goodreads


Misery by Stephen King

Yup! That’s right! I’m continuing to read Stephen King past October! Why the heck not, right?! I’ve heard such great things about Misery and being multiple of people’s favourite book that I thought it would be a good choice. Goodreads


A Man Called One by Fredrik Backman

I have absolutely no idea what’s this is about I just know it’s popular! I knew at some point, but I can’t remember now. Let’s see if I like it! Goodreads


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Anyone a fan of Drag Race? HHIIIEEE! I’ve practically been watching nothing else recently. 😀

My Lame Synopsis: A kid named Moss has PTSD after watching his dad get shot and killed by police. This is a story about Moss finding himself. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was so good! Mark Oshiro did an amazing job creating a story with multiple layers such as, police brutality, race, school funding, grief, power of authority, community, and mental health. It was lovely to read a story like Anger Is A Gift that has such diversity. Not just that but characters with intersectionality with different race, religion, sexuality, gender and different type of families. When I finished the book, I felt privileged to have read it, which doesn’t happen very often.

The characters were wonderful and a pleasure to read. I loved the relationship between Moss and his mom. The friend group might be my favourite friend group I have ever read (other than The Raven Boys and Blue). The romance between Javier and Moss was absolutely everything. I STAN. I just didn’t love how Moss’ friends were pushing marriage right after meeting Javier. It made the romance feel a little insta-lovey, however, when it was just the two of them it wasn’t like that at all. When they were alone, it felt so natural and just lovely to read. The characters really created a sense of community that I so appreciate experiencing.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Productivity Book Tag ~ 10/17/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I thought it would be fun to something different today with a book tag! I found this tag done by The Bibliophagist and looked like fun!


RULES:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning: A Book That is Completely Thought Out

 

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Throwback to my first ever Bookstagram picture! There’s a few that I thought of that fit well for this prompt, but I think Outlander is Queen. The series is currently 9 books long and all of them are at least over 500 pages, which started in the 90s. Diana Gabaldon has thought out these books so well with so much detail that I’m addicted.


Focus: A Book That Kept Your Undivided Attention

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I’ve read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo twice now and this book! Oh man, this book! I could have said a fantasy like Nevernight or The Final Empire, but I can’t read anything else when I read Evelyn Hugo where with those fantasies I can read other books at the same time.


Delegating: A Book That Should Have Been a Series

 

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So for this one, I’m kind of copping out because this just was released in the summer and can still turn into a series, but I want more!! Red, White & Royal Blue gave me life!


Small Goals: Name a Book Below 150 Pages That You Loved

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I think this is the best poetry collection I’ve read so far. I love Bone so much that when I wrote the review I was looking for quotes that almost led me to rereading the whole thing again.


Peak Hours: A Book/Series You Can Only Read At a Certain Time

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Hmm.. like peak hours of the day? I would have to say I read non-fiction earlier in the day because otherwise it’ll make me fall asleep if I read non-fiction close to bedtime. I decided to include the non-fiction that i just finished, The Inconvenient Indian.

 

 


Lists: A Book That You Finally Crossed Off Your TBR

 

Can I direct you to the last couple wraps I have done?? September Wrap Up ~2019 I pretty much only read back list TBR books in September. If you’ve  been following my reading updates, you would have seen that I’m using the Libby app to finally get to books that have been on my Goodreads TBR since I started my account in 2016!


Proactive: A Book That is/was Ahead of Its Times

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There is not enough disability rep in books. This is the first book that I have read that includes multiple of disabilities like chronic illness and the like. We need more though! Goodreads


Declutter: A Series You Wish You Could Unread

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Where do I begin? First series that comes to mind is Red Queen. I didn’t even finish the series. If I find the last book or however many I’ve missed on my library app then maybe I’ll finish out the series just to know what happened. But I might just read the spoilers and call it a day. My copies of the first three books are being unhauled. BYE!


Multitasking: Books That You Read At The Same Time

I often read more than one book at a time. For example, I’ve been reading The Fiery Cross for a couple months so pick any book that I’ve read during that time, haha. Like Anger is A Gift I took out from the library and remember switching between the two books to make sure I could return Anger is A Gift in time!


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Sure, maybe that’s a cop out, but I’m fine with that!!


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday ~ 10/09/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done a reading update in about a month, so I thought it would be fun to catch up with what I’ve been reading lately! I’m still reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, but I’ve mentioned so many times I didn’t think I needed to put it down currently reading again. I have made progress though! I’m now on page 680!

Now to get to WWW Wednesday! I love these questions because I always want to know what everyone is reading! I would really love for you to answer these questions in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On a World of Words, with the rules being to answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

Oh boy! I don’t know what I got myself into! I just started this week NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I’ve never read any of his work, or his dad’s either, Stephen King’s. But this month I plan to fix that! I do enjoy NOS4A2 so far. I like the concept and how Hill is creeping me out already! I’m listening to NOS4A2 by audiobook through the Libby app. The narrator has this perfect raspy voice for this book.

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2. What did you recently finish reading?

The last thing I finished was the last Sarah Dessen book I had on my Goodreads TBR, Saint Anything! I actually really loved Saint Anything, I enjoyed it more than Once and For All also by Sarah Dessen. Side note: I’ve been getting through these back lists items on my Goodreads TBR thanks to my library app and listening to audiobooks! Look out for a full review later!

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3. What you think you’ll read next?

The next audiobook I have loaned out from my library is The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. I do have the physical book so I might pick the book up also if I finish The Fiery Cross in time. This is definitely totally different from NOS4A2, but I’m hoping to read The Shining by Stephen King later in the month to go with the spooky theme of October. Whenever I do finally finish The Fiery Cross, the next physical book I plan to pick up will be none other than Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff!

Pictures are from my bookstagram account and Goodreads!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

Where to find me:

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