Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 2016 Book Wrap-Up

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and it is that time of the month again where I post my monthly wrap-ups. Now comparing last month to this month, there is definitely a difference on the quantity of books I have read. The total books I've read in the month of June are 7 books. 7 BOOKS?! Like what?! I don't think I've ever read that many books in a month, and it feels pretty good to have read this amount. This is because I have been spending a lot of time in school, and I haven't had the opportunity to read for pleasure (well I technically have), but I always had something else to do for school and that got in the way of reading for me. Anyways, onto the books I have read this month.

The first book I stared in May but finished this month was How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. If you want to see my full thoughts on this book, I have a full review up on this blog so make sure to check it out. I thought this book was entertaining and enjoyable for a road-trip themed summer read, but it didn't blow me away as much as other books have. There are also some elements in this book that I really enjoyed, like the friendships that were made within the book. However, it just wasn't the best novel I've ever read but it was still good nonetheless. I rated this a 3.5/5.

The second book I again started in May but finished this month was Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer. Once again for my full thoughts on this book, I have a full review on this blog so please check it out. And for the remainder of all the books (with the exception of one) I already have full reviews on them on this blog. I thought this book was different from a typical summer read. I loved how there was the sic-fi element of time travel and that's something you don't normally see in a contemporary. So, that was a unique twist to this type of story. I also enjoyed the romantic and friendship aspect to this book. But my only issue, was that there to much of the romance and not enough friendship between the four main characters (for why read my full review). But overall, it was a different kind of summer read that I really enjoyed. I rated this a 4/5.

The third book I fully finished in June was Pretenders by Lisi Harrison. She is the author of the Clique series, which I have heard some mixed reviews on. But I still wanted to give her a chance by reading some of her work, and I thought this would be a good book to start with. I originally started reading this book because I was reading another book (that I also finished this month) that had more heavy content involved. So by reading this, I wanted to balance out the heavy with light content. Anyways, I thought this book was a very quick and quirky read that kept me entertained all the way through. My biggest complaint with this book was the characters. They were way to self-absorbed and immature for my liking, despite them being freshmen in high school. Besides that, I still enjoyed the book enough to read the second one and that's exactly what I did. I rated this book a 4/5.

The fourth book I read this month was License to Spill also by Lisi Harrison. This is second and final book to the Pretenders duology. Like I previously mentioned I enjoyed the last book so much that I decided to get my hands on a copy of this book right away and I am very glad I did. I enjoyed this book a lot better than the first one. There were more things that happened in the book and more character development. I still disliked the characters for the selfishness, and immaturity. And lastly, I didn't enjoy the ending. I felt like it didn't give the series the proper closure it needed. But it was still a very quick and entertaining read. I also rated it a 4/5.

The fifth book I read in June was Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This was the book I was reading along with Pretenders, and it was the only book I read this month that dealt with heavier subjects. Plus this is the only book that I don't have a full review. This is because, I didn't have enough thoughts about this book to write a whole review on it. But I will mention, that this wasn't a bad book and I expected to really enjoy it, but I just didn't. I also had a really hard time getting into it, and because of the controversial content it was difficult to read at times. But I got through it and managed to read it all in good time. I recommend this book if you want a different kind of love story that's intense and deep. I ended up rating this book a 3/5.

The sixth book I read this month was The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine. I have read previous books by her, so when I heard that this book came out I was so excited to get my hands on a copy and devour it. And I am very glad I did (do both of those things, and I didn't literally devour the book but you get my point). All of her books were amazing and this one is no exception. I love them all equally so I can't decide which one is my favourite. Anyways, this was an amazing summer contemporary that just made me get all the feels. I mostly enjoyed the slow romantic development between the two main characters and the positive family dynamics within the two characters as well. It was just an amazing read. I rated this a full 5/5.

And the final book I managed to squeeze in during this last week was Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt. I have read books before by this author and they are usually hit and miss for me. And this one was a bit of a miss, because my main dislike for this book was the main character. She was very over-the-top, dramatic (at times) and naive. But the minor characters and the concept of reality T.V is what made the book interesting for me. Anyways it was very fast paced, and entertaining despite my dislike for the lead character. I gave this book a 3/5.

Well that is finally it for my monthly wrap-up, and I hope you all enjoyed. So this month was a pretty good reading month for me considering I read a ton of books and most of them were pretty great. I am very happy that I get the summer off to read all the books I can, and I'm glad I can share my thoughts on this blog with you all. Until my next post good bye for now.

Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance, academic (college), new-adult)

Published: July 6th 2010 (previously published June 20th 2006 as Reality Chick)

Pages: 304

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis (from book)

She thinks she has nothing to hide...

Ally has everything under control. She's about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcasted to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most. 
     As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she's not sure if she can trust anyone--not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn't always capture her good side.  


This book was a very quick and entertaining read that I liked but didn't love. I have read books by Lauren Barnholdt before, and for me I have a hit and miss relationship with them. So as a result, I have loved some of her books (like a lot), but there are others where they are very flawed and I just don't enjoy them as much. The number one thing I didn't like about this book was the main character. She was just annoying and naive, and it made me enjoy the book less. The concept about reality TV was interesting, plus the other supporting characters were decent and that's what kept me reading (honestly). Overall, it was just an okay read for me, it wasn't the best book by her but I would still recommend it if you want something light and quick to read. 

My number one problem with this book was the main character, Ally. I didn't like her at all. I found her to be extremely annoying, over-the-top dramatic, and clueless. Now that I think about it, I find that all of Lauren's characters tend to be like this, and I wish that they weren't all the same. But instead there be a variation within all of them. Anyways with this book in particular, I thought Ally was very naive about certain situations. Multiple times throughout the book, I thought "Ally, OMG how did you not know that!?" It was ridiculous thinking how many times I thought that exact sentence. *sighs* *shakes head*  But despite my dislike towards the character, I personally thought the tone and style of how Ally was portrayed to be mostly realistic for the demographic (which in this case is teenagers). I say this because, I sometimes find myself acting this way (like Ally) and in the end I learn from it, similar to Ally in the book, and the same goes for other teenagers. 

My other issue with this book is the ending. It is not that big of an problem in Watch Me, but in her other books they just end. There are never proper resolutions and so with that, it just leaves me very confused and not satisfied like an ending is supposed to do. 

I don't have other main thoughts on this book, so that is it for this review. I know this review was more so disliking the book than loving it, but sometimes my reviews are going to be like that. There not always going to be the most positive reviews but it's important for me to share my thoughts on books. Anyways, one thing good I will say about this book, is that I like the writing style. I enjoy Lauren's books mostly because of the style of writing. The style is always quick and easy to read. But it is also realistic that teens can relate to. This is why my rating is slightly higher than it normally would be if I didn't enjoy a book as much. So that is it, and until my next post goodbye for now. 



Monday, June 27, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and I'm currently reading Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt. As per usual I was in the mood for something quick and entertaining. I have read Lauren's other books and I (sort of) have a love-dislike relationship with them. Sometimes I love her books then other times I don't. Anyways, this is one of the books that I enjoy so far. It is still flawed like all books are but for me, it's an decent read. Just because I say that it doesn't mean that this is one of my favourite books by her. In fact, there are books (by Lauren) that are better than this one. Despite everything I just said, I still find this book to be very amusing; from the concept and to the characters.

The overall synopsis is pretty straight forward, as it is about a girl named Ally who is just starting her freshman year of college, and she gets the opportunity to be on a reality show for the first semester of the year. But she soon realizes that being on a reality show (broadcasted to all of America) is harder than it seems, and she must face the consequences of it all. Like her long distance boyfriend, her developing feelings for one of her roommates, and the struggles of having a normal college life now that she's pretty much a celebrity.

I am more than halfway done this book so I'm pretty sure I'll finish this by tomorrow. I will explain more of my thoughts on the full review I'll for sure be posting by the end of this week. So, that is it for this post and until my next one, goodbye for now.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance

Published: May 10th 2016

Pages: 352

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer--the last before her boyfriend heads off to college--unforgettable. What she doesn't count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged farther and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counsellor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You'll never walk. You'll never surf. You'll never sow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan's life is changed forever--now he's paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he's back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he's up for the job. 

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments. 
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love. 


When I heard that Robin Constantine was coming out with another book, I was so excited; I jumped at the chance to buy it. So, as you can tell from that statement, I read her two previous books and they were both amazing. There were so many elements to this book that I really enjoyed, and all of these elements are in her other books as well. The elements are: the romantic and character development with the two main characters, and the family dynamics. This book was a fluffy, light-hearted and quick read that I genuinely enjoyed. I recommend this book to all of you if you want something quick, light, and cutesy for the summer time.

The first thing I want to mention is the slow romantic development between the two main protagonists. I loved how the romance slowly progressed throughout the book, and it wasn't all "insta-lovey" but it grew as it continued. I love it when contemporaries have this because that's pretty much the realistic approach to relationships, and it grows with time as you get to know one another. So it's like you become friends first before you start dating and that's exactly what happened in this particular book. Lately I have read books where to me, the romance felt too fast. That's why I say that's it has been refreshing to read these kinds of book with relationship development.

 I also loved the character development between each of the characters as they grew with each individual chapter. Cassidy was going through a heartbreak after recently breaking up with her boyfriend. While Bryan was struggling with his accident that left him wheelchair bound the year before. So both characters have to go through a series of adjustments in order move on and have the best summer of their lives. For me, I didn't necessarily emotionally connect with Bryan, as I have never been in his situation and I don't know anyone who is going through the same thing. But he was the stronger character out of two protagonists. With Cassidy, she came across as trying to run away from her problems, but as the book progressed I believed that she was slowly moving on from her boyfriend (and falling for Bryan as a result). Also, I want to add that the minor characters in this book  were great as well and I really enjoyed them as friends and family.

Speaking of family, I want to address the family dynamics with Cassidy's and Bryan's families. I thought it was refreshing to see that the relationship with the two separate families being a positive one. This is true especially with Cassidy's family. They were all so kind to one another despite that her dad married someone else and she has a half-brother. I loved how Cassidy makes the effort to spend time with Hunter, and she is also treats Leslie well, plus Cassidy and her dad have a good relationship. With Bryan's family, my thoughts are the same. They were good to one another as they genuinely cared for Bryan and loved him for who he has become. To me, it's just refreshing to see a positive family dynamic as you don't really get to see that in some (or most) contemporaries.

So those are all of my thoughts on this book, I hoped you like it. I very much enjoyed this book as it was a entertaining, feel-good, lighthearted, fluffy, summer-romance. I recommend this book as a quick summer read that has pretty much everything I just mentioned.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Books I Have Read So Far This Year (1)

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and this blog post is going to be a little different. It is something that I have never done here before. And since it is almost the end of June (and it marks half of 2016 gone), I thought that now would be the perfect time to do it. So without further ado, let's get into analyzing.

Now I am not entirely sure on how you do this correctly. But I am going to try my best and see how this works. So I looked on my Goodreads account and it tells me how many books I read; plus some details on the longest book I read and my most popular shelves. How many total pages I read and the publication year of the books I have read.

To start off my analysis, I have read a total of 21 books (so far). I rated a total of 7 books 5 stars10 books, 4 stars, and 4 books 3 stars. Meanwhile the longest book I read this year thus far was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell with a total of 522 pages. As for my top shelves, here is the full chart:

As you can see, my young-adult shelf is the most popular. My from the library shelf comes second and the shelves that are tied for third are my own and cute romance shelves and so on and so forth. 

The total pages I have read with the combinations of all the books I have read are: 7,096. That's not too bad so far, but I definitely want to read more books to get the page count higher.  

In terms of publication year, most books I have read were published from 2006-2016. While others are classics that were published in the 18-1900's and/or 1950's and 60's. Based off of this, I don't really read enough classics, so I feel like I should read more of them to give them a chance. It's just that I never found most of them interesting which has caused me to not enjoy them so much. For example Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was not very enjoyable as it was very bland and dull. However, this year is the year that I read more classics that are (hopefully) to my liking. 

I believe I covered all of my analysis that I needed too and I hope you enjoyed this post. It is for sure something different from what I normally do, but I wanted to change it up and try something new. I hope I did good considering it was my first time trying this kind of thing. That is it for this post and until my next one, goodbye for now. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and as you can pretty much tell from the title I am currently reading a summer contemporary called The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine. Now I previously have read other books by this author and they were both amazing. So I thought that now would be a good opportunity to read her next one. I am less than halfway done and I have to say that it is a really good book so far. From the characters, to the romance, it is all well developed.

The main synopsis is about a girl named Cassidy and a boy named Bryan, and they both have different issues that they must overcome. Cassidy and her boyfriend just broke up, so she goes to spend the summer with her dad at his bed-and-breakfast in order to get over her boyfriend. But she never expected to fall for a boy in a wheelchair. Meanwhile Bryan is wheelchair bound from an accident that happened the year before and is now working as a camp counsellor not expecting for fall for anyone, but he does. So it's all romance and self-discovery with these two during the summer months.

Anyways I think this book is amazing so far, and I recommend it to you all as a light summer read with a little bit of depth in the storyline. I will have more of my thoughts on this book in the full review to come. But speaking of reviews, I am still finishing  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. So once I am done with that book, I will be giving you guys a full review on that one as well. It's just a very difficult read to get through (even though I can't put it down), but I will finish it sometime soon.

So that is it for this post, and until my next one good bye everyone.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

License to Spill by Lisi Harrison

Genre: young-adult, realistic fiction

Published: June 24th 2014

Pages: 256

Publisher: Poppy


Three girls, two guys, five secret journals. 

The five most popular students in Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries. 

When our parents were growing up they were encouraged to make mistakes. That's how they learned. But us? Our mistakes go viral. There is no delete button on the internet. What kind of future do we have if we can't escape our embarrassing pasts? I must come off as quite the hypocrite; complaining about our overexposed lives in a book of secret journals I have leaked. But these pages hold proof of how this pressure holds the "best" of until the heat's turned down keep reading. 


So my initial thoughts on this book are pretty much the same as the first book Pretenders. However, I will say that I enjoyed this book slightly better than the first. Reason being is because, the character development was more balanced, there was a lot more drama that went on, and there were some more funny and quirky elements that I loved. The one thing I didn't enjoy too much was the ending, I believe it did not give a proper closure to the series and it made me want to read more (except the series is over and there will be no more, so why end off on a cliffhanger?) The synopsis is very vague so based off that, it is best to go into this book not knowing a lot about it and discover it for yourselves. 

All five main characters were still the same as they were in the first book (immature, self-absorbed and naive). However, I do understand that they are freshmen and with that in mind I say that they still have a lot of learning and growing up to do. So I don't feel too bad for slightly disliking them. But I still have my least favourites and that would be Vanessa and Lily. Vanessa was your typical 'overachiever' and I can't say why because of spoilers but, she was the most naive out of all the main characters. Some of the things she did to achieve what she wanted just really pissed me off like when she falsely accused Lily for doing something ridiculous (again can't say what and why--spoilers). Speaking of Lily, she was another least favourite. To be honest, I didn't really like reading any of her entries (or Vanessa's for that matter), they just didn't intrigue me like the rest of them. 

The last thing I want to talk about is the ending. I was disappointed because it ended so abruptly with a cliffhanger. Since it is the end of a duology, I didn't think there needed to be a cliffhanger; instead it just made me want to read more of the series. I wish there was a third book, because I think there should be one in order to give the series the proper closure it really needs. 

So, those are all my thoughts on this book, I hope you guys like it. Even though this book has some flaws, it was still an entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. This was a also a quick, and funny read I recommend. Until my next post, goodbye for now. 



Friday, June 17, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I am currently reading another book. This time it's License to Spill by Lisi Harrison. This is the second and last book to the Pretenders duology. As soon as I finished Pretenders, I had to get the second book and read it. Even though I didn't like the characters in the first book, I thought that I would give this one a chance. I am more than halfway done, and I plan to finish it tomorrow and hopefully have my full book review up by then.

Now I can't fully explain the synopsis of the book because of spoilers but also because there is no full description, and it is best going into this book not knowing too much about it. But I will say (if it doesn't spoil a lot of the book) that it takes places where the first one left off. And they still continue to write in their journals about their life in freshmen year.

I will say that this book is slightly better than the first one, but not by much. I still don't like the characters as they are still immature and selfish. But then I realize that they all have a lot of growing up and learning to do. I say this because they appear to be very naive about certain situations that go on. However, it is a good book that I will recommend for it's funny moments and if you want a quick book to read.

So that is it on my thoughts, and I will post a full review once I'm done. Until my next post, goodbye for now.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, realistic-fiction

Published: October 1st 2013

Pages: 304

Publisher: Poppy

Synopsis (book jacket)

The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide--secrets they wrote in their journals. now one of their won is exposing their private entries to reveal what makes them all PRETENDERS.

These journals are 100% real and 100% unedited. I should know many of them are mine. My picture is on page eighteen of Noble High's 2012-2013 Phoenix yearbook. I'm one of the PHOENIX FIVE. You nominated me. You thought I was one of the most outstanding students in our freshman class. You were wrong. Still, I accepted my award. I acted special. But I couldn't help wondering what it would be like if it was for real, if I was actually outstanding. What do outstanding people think about? What do they eat for breakfast? Do they worry? Is life easier when you're born with exceptional talent, brains, looks, drive, athleticism, or money? I needed to know. So I stole all five of our journals. I'm doing this because I'm tired and I know you are too. The success bar is too high, and pretending has become the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, reality T.V is scripted, body parts get upgraded like software and even professional athletes are cheating. The things we believe aren't real. Everyone is a pretender. 
The proof is in these pages. 


I initially picked up this book to read because I wanted something that was more lighthearted while I was reading another book that involves more heavier topics. I needed to balance things out a little bit.  I also wanted read some of Lisi Harrison's work, as she wrote the Clique series, and I thought this would be a good book to start with. I flew through this book very quickly, by reading most of it in one sitting. Overall, it was an entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through, as I was wondering what was going on within each journal entry. I was mostly disappointed with characters and how there wasn't much character development with some of them. I found that I knew more about one character and not too much on another. I wished that the character development was more balanced. Based on the synopsis, it doesn't really give you too much about the plot, so it is best if you go into this book not knowing a lot about it.  

The cool thing about this book, was that it was entirely written through journal entries. I thought that it was a different take on a book. This concept made me fly through it because the entries were fairly short so it made it easier for me to do jus that. There were also some funny parts to this book that I thought made this book much more interesting. 

The five main characters in this story are all freshmen in high school so the level of maturity with them was fairly low. I thought all of them were to immature for my liking and they were incredibly self-absorbed. I couldn't emotionally connect with any of the characters and I felt like I was looking down on them as they go about their lives. I don't have a favourite character as they were too childish and (like I said) self-absorbed. My least favourite out of all of them was Lily. I didn't like how she was acting all creepy and weird towards Duffy. Like it's fine to have a crush on someone theres no harm in that. But when you go to the extent of stalking and taking their possessions as your own, that's when it becomes a problem. I was really creeped out when I had to read her entries and she talked about Duffy (like eww). Anyways, another thing that I was disappointed about with the characters, was the lack of development between them all. Like I previously mentioned, I knew more about certain characters then others and I wished that there was a balance between them. I don't really have other thoughts on any of the other ones because my main opinions are exactly the same as I just mentioned. 

I do have to mention (again) that this was a funny and quirky book that entertained me from start to finish. And I cannot wait to read the second book soon (like very soon). I'm just excited to find out what happens next to all the characters (despite my slight dislike for all of them). Anyways, based off my thoughts on this book I recommend it if you want a lighthearted, funny, and quick read. 



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here. And I mentioned in my last blog post that I was reading two books. These books are Pretenders by Lisi Harrison, and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

 The first book I will talk about is Pretenders by Lisi Harrison. I initially picked this book up to read because I wanted a book that was little more on the lighter side, in terms of its depth. Which this book does have some heavy content but it's nothing too dark, its mostly light-hearted. I say this because the next book I'm currently reading does involve some heavier subjects so I kind of needed another book to balance things out a little bit. Anyways, on to my actual thoughts. This book is amazing so far. I am more than halfway done with the book, and I flew through most of it in one sitting (that's how good it is). I will for sure finish this book tomorrow so I could do a full review on it.

The main synopsis is about 5 different teenagers who are all freshman in high school and one of their assignments is too write in journals about all their thoughts and feelings throughout the year. They all come from various backgrounds and have different circumstances that they must overcome during the first two months of the school year.
Anyways, that is all I will be sharing with you guys, in concerns to the synopsis because the book doesn't really tell you too much on what it's about. So its best to go into this book not knowing a lot about the plot.

 The second book I'm currently reading is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book because it  involves incest between the brother and sister. We all know that incest is wrong and it is a criminal offence, but to them that doesn't matter (I will explain more of my thoughts on that in my full book review).

The main plot of this book is that, they always felt more like friends than brother/sister because they have to care for their younger siblings when their mother is not able to 'cause she's an alcoholic. They always had this connection towards one another and one day it all come crashing down. And that's basically all you need to know for the synopsis, because it's the best way to describe it without spoiling too much of the book.

I honestly do not know what to think of this book just yet in terms of its content. But my initial thoughts on the whole book are that: it's not too bad. I'm having a hard time getting into it despite the fact that I'm halfway in right now. I'm not really connecting with the characters that much either. I kind of expected to go into this book really liking it. But now that I'm reading it, I'm not sure if I do. Once I gather my thoughts, there will definitely be a review up on this blog.

So, that is all of the books I'm currently reading at the moment. There will be full book reviews once I'm done reading these books. Until my next post goodbye for now.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New York Times By The Book Tag (3)

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here, and in this blog I am going to be doing the New York Times By The Book Tag. The tag was originally created by Marie Berg, and the questions are based off of a column from the NY Times. I was not tagged by anyone in particular, but I wanted to to do this tag. So without further ado, let's get into it.


1. What book is on your nightstand right now? 

I actually have two books on the go right now. The books I'm currently reading are Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma and Pretenders by Lisi Harrison. I am less than halfway done Forbidden and it's not too bad. I hear that it is controversial because it does involve incest between the two main characters, but it's not bad so far. I haven't started reading Pretenders yet, but I am going to once I finish this tag. 

2. What was the last truly great book that you read? 

I have read so many books that I've found great, and amazing but I can't think of one off the top of my head at the moment. 

3. If you could meet any writer--dead or alive-- who would it be? And what would you want them to know? 

I would probably have to choose Morgan Matson. I would want her to know that I am a huge fan of her work and that she is a wonderful person. 

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves? 

I don't really have a lot of books that are surprising. But if I had to choose some books on my shelf, they would probably be some of the classics that I had to read for school. Some of these classics are Klee Wyck by Emily Carr, or Obason by Joy Kogawa. I say these books because they are classics that I am not necessarily interested in reading and they just seem random with all my other books on my shelf. 

5. How do you organize your personal library? 

I just organize them with nothing really in mind, just whichever book looks good. But I will say I now organize them according to which books I haven't read yet versus the books I have. So basically, I have my TBR books together on one part of my shelf, then I have my read books together in another sections. But there all on the same shelf. I hope that make sense. 

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven't gotten around to it yet? Anything you feel embarrassed to have never read? 

I have always wanted to read some of Virginia Woolf's novels, and Jane Austen books. But with the books on my shelf, I have wanted to read Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I bought it maybe two/three years ago now but I haven't gotten the chance to read it yet. I want to read it soon for sure. Books that I feel embarssed that I haven't read yet, are definitely the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series. Please don't hate me! 

7. Disappointed, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down and didn't finish? 

The books that I felt I were supposed to like were Twilight and New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. They are the first two books in the Twilight Saga, and after the second one I stopped reading them 'cause I didn't like them very much. And I don't remember any books that I put down and never finished. 

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?  

I love any contemporary coming-of-age stories with some romance. But I also love any supernatural horror stories as well. I tend to stay away from any dystopian books, just because I get bored with them easily and it was a genre that I never enjoyed reading, 

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? 

I have no idea. Nothing really pops in my head. 

10. What do you plan to read next? 

After my two books, I don't have anything specific in mind but I would like to read something that is a little more light hearted. 

So that is it for my tag, I hope you guys enjoyed reading it. I love doing these tags because you guys get to know more about me, and there also fun to write. Anyways, until my next post goodbye for now. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Genre: young adult, contemporary, science fiction (time travel), romance

Published: June 2nd 2015

Pages: 352

Publisher: HarperTeen


Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they'd stay friends. 

After: Now two years later, their bond has faded, along with those memories. 

Then: That is, until their fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen--the summer everything changed. 

Now: The girls must re-create the past in order to return to the present. As they love through their second chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels. and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again. 

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever. 


I thought that this book was such a good read. I say this because it was a typical summer read but it was mixed with some elements that you would not normally see in a regular contemporary, which I loved. But I was slightly disappointed with the fact that it was not really friendship orientated, but it was more so focused on the romance aspect with the four friends. In that sense it was kind of misleading, because in the synopsis it talks about building their friendship back up, meanwhile when you read the book, it talks more about the romances. This is why my rating is not a full 5/5 stars. Nonetheless, I recommend this book if you guys want something that is different from a typical summer contemporary, (that involves time travel), friendship, and romance. 

All of the main characters in this book were good to read about as well. They were all so different and that's what made them interesting. However, I did like some more than others. Tali was one character that I didn't like too much in the beginning. But the more I read about her, the more my perspective on her grew and she became one of my favourite characters. Luce was my least favourite in terms of personality but yet she was the one I could relate to the most out of everyone, in terms of her family problems (which I have gone through similar issues).  Joy and Zoe were also good characters but they didn't really stick out to me as much as the other girls. I loved how each of the characters had their own issues to overcome with Tali and her father, Luce and her family, and Zoe with coming to terms with her sexuality. But with Joy, it is never expressed clearly on what her issues are but it all comes out towards the end. 

 *Spoiler Alert* One of the friends passes away from some unknown cause (I believe it was cancer, but it is not clearly stated). And in the end they are all coping with their loss and I believe this brings the three friends closer together which brings back the friendship aspect in the book. However, like I previously mentioned, I was a bit disappointed that it focused more on the romances, rather than on their friendship (even though that's what the book is supposed to be about).  There was some mention of their friendship and the possibilities of wanting to reconcile with one another, but nothing was actually done to make it possible. 

What I loved most about this book was that, this was not a typical summer contemporary. But with the fact that it involved time travel, I thought this was an interesting twist on a summer read that I would never see in any other contemporary. This book definitely has some depth, but for the most part it is a light hearted read that I strongly recommend. 



Thursday, June 2, 2016

Currently Reading

Hello everyone it's Nicole Henderson here and I am back again currently reading another summer contemporary called Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer. After finishing How My Summer Went Up In Flames, I was in the mood for another summer read. I am more than halfway through and I am proud to say that this book is amazing. There are mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I personally think that this is a very enjoyable contemporary. The concept of this book is very original as it is about summer camp and time travel. Time travel is not something that I would ever expect to read about in a contemporary. But it is an interesting twist to the typical contemporary.

The plot is about these 4 former best friends who go to their camp reunion 2 years after their last summer (where they promised they would stay friends). But things change and they live their own separate lives. When they accidentally travel back in time to their last summer by using an old photo booth, they all must band together to recreate the past and get back to the present. But that doesn't stop them from finding summer romance and giving their    friendship a second chance.

Each of the friends have very different personalities but that's what makes them interesting to read about. I like some more than others but it's not like I want them eliminated from the story. Anyways, I love stories that are about friendship, romance (as you all know) and second chances. They literally have a do-over, and that gives them all another opportunity to reconcile their friendship. This is book is just a wonderful read so far and I recommend it to all for you. There will definitely be a book review about this book. So until my next post, goodbye for now.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance, travel (road trip)

Published: May 7th 2013

Pages: 302

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis (from book) 

Rosie's always been impulsive. She didn't mean to set her cheating ex-boyfriends car on fire. And she never thought her attempts could be considered stalking. So when she's served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she's heartbroken and furious. 
To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie's parents send her on a cross-country road trip with her responsible, reliable neighbour Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road--Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with passing mile. Because Rosie's spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new... 


So like I said in my previous blog, I have mentioned that I may not do a book review on this book because I didn't have a ton of opinions to write about. But then I was thinking about how I haven't blogged at all last year, so I thought I would make it up to you guys and write as many reviews as I can (including this one) before I go back to school. Anyways, I also still have some thoughts that I would like to share with you, so let's begin. 

I have had this book on my shelf for quite awhile, so I thought that now would be a good time to read it. Plus I was very much in the mood for yet another summer read. Overall, it was a quick and entertaining read that kept me on my toes throughout the whole journey and it was definitely a fast-paced read for sure because I only read this in 4 days. Even though it deals with heavy subjects like restraining orders and other legal issues, it was still a lighthearted summer read that I was able to be entertained by. Despite all that, it was one of those books that I only liked but didn't love. I had high expectations for this book to be good yet, I still kind of had a feeling that I wasn't going to enjoy this book as much as I thought I would have. This is probably because I just read The Unexpected Everything before and that book was amazing, and honestly nothing could top that book! And so my expectations were set high for that reason alone. 

The first main thing I want to discuss is the main character Rosie. For me personally, she was an okay character to read about. I couldn't connect with her on an emotional level but there were some parts where I felt sorry for her. But with that being said, the character development with her was great. It seemed to me like she "grew out" out of her old impulsive ways and she became this whole new person towards the end of the book. I also loved that she was able to speak her mind and get her point across to get what she wanted. I thought that was a cool quality about her. I also appreciated that Matty was a good friend to Rosie, but there were times where she would be incredibly selfish towards him and she didn't really care about it (this does change when she finally admits it, so it's all good), but it still upset me. 

Speaking of Matty, I do want to talk about their friendship and how much I loved it! You could clearly tell that Matty deeply cared for Rosie but in a kind of like sister/brother way and not at all romantic. And Rosie felt the same way towards Matty as well. To me, it's definitely refreshing to see that boys and girls can in fact be friends without having them develop feelings for each other. At one point in the book, both Rosie and Matty do talk about the possibility of pursuing a relationship but they say that they don't want to risk what they already have, so they leave it at that (sorry to those of you who haven't read the book). Anyways, I very much enjoyed reading about their friendship, and it was one of the best parts of the book. 

The last thing I want to mention is the romance (or should I say the subtle romance) between Logan and Rosie. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy the romance. This is because the romance was so slowly developed that it lead me to believe that there was going to be no romance at all. And then it just happens out of nowhere (LIKE WHAT?!). It really caught me by surprise; but it also confused me at the same time. But it was nice how it wasn't all 'insta-lovey' and that they actually got to know one another before anything happened, so I guess that was the definite advantage to their romance. 

With all that being said, it was still a fun and entertaining read. For me, it was still a good road trip book even though it wasn't the best one I've ever read. If you want a lighthearted, road trip and self-discovery type of read than I would definitely recommend this book to you.