T5W #25: Slumping It? Here’s 5 Books to Get You Out of That Funk!

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118368Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on TomesTopics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump.

Personally, when I’m in a reading funk, YA contemporary (the fluffier the better) is what I usually pick up to try and get out if it. That’s obviously because it’s usually the easiest and quickest genre to get through. Finishing the book gives that sense of accomplishment and momentum to keep reading…

So if you’re like me, pick up a book from the shallow end of the book pool and get out of that reading slump.


#Famous by Jilly Gagnon

#famousIn this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

Such a cute little book that highlights the perils of twit- *ahem* flit fuame. But seriously though, I’m about halfway through it and it’s so cute how relatable it’s trying to be. I picked it up because I was in a slump and it’s definitely got me reading again. It really helps that the book is short because I’m flying through it. I’m hoping this momentum will carry me in to the next (hopefully more intense) book.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Agh Jenny Han gives me all the feels. Guys if you’re looking for a fun YA contemporary and haven’t read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I suggest you go to a bookstore STAT! Its fun and cute and I’ve read this book about a bazillion times and it never fails to life me out of a slump. 😉

By Your Side by Kasie West

30256248When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I’ve read one other book by this author (The Fill-In Boyfriend) and I’ve noticed her books are always such fun, light reads so if your looking for fun and light Kassie West is the author for you.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

11065441Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say …?

Rainbow Rowell just does YA contemporary like no one else. This book wasn’t anything serious but it just gives feeling in your chest. I don’t even have words… I just cannot recommend this book enough gah!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Growing up an only child I really related to this book/main character so I’m kinda biased to the book. Besides that though I think this is a fun book, it balances light and serious really well. If you’re looking for a ya contemporary romance with a splash of seriousness, then I definitely recommend this one. It flies by really fast.


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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Yep, I’m actually doing this]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Romance, Drama, History
Pages: 180
First Published: 1925

Rating: tricky but I think I’ll go for:

★★★★☆

190px-thegreatgatsby_1925jacketTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

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There is probably nothing I can say about The Great Gatsby that I bet you haven’t already heard, so why I am I doing this discussion? I don’t know… But! It’s my blog so I can whatever the bloodydamn (😉😉😉) I want. *moving on (lol)*

I picked up this book for the first time ever because I couldn’t excuse the fact that while Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite movies of all time, I had never read a page of this book. It was about time. While a bunch of people have analyzed this books structure, writing and historical significance I’m basically just going to fangirl and flail around. Where some ok most people see a book about American history, I see a tragic love story.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be timeless. I don’t know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. The Great Gatsby is such an easy to enjoy. Well at least for me it was because I picked it up for the simple pleasure of reading it. The story is captivating, mostly because like Nick Carraway we spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the mystery of Gatsby.

Obviously the very idea of a man like Gatsby is very romantic but digging deep it’s really kinda sad that this man was so stuck in the past. He built this perfect fantasy of Daisy in his mind and in all their years apart it just kept building into something that didn’t resemble Daisy at all.  And we all know you can’t possibly compete with someone’s perfect fantasy of you.

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― The Great Gatsby

In the beautiful words of John Green:

“You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

I’m not American so obviously all the symbolism and historical stuff just flew over my head but overall I loved the surface story. Aside from the hints of racism which – I guess – was normal 90+ years ago, the book was interesting enough. I’m sucker for tragic love stories so of course I fell in love with one of the best in the history of literature.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” – The Great Gatsby.

P.S. Don’t be mad at me for “not taking the book seriously” but enough people do that already. I wanted to talk about this like it was any other book because that’s just what it is in the end.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review old sport!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 417
Released: 5th May 2015
Publisher: Viking

My Rating:

★★★☆☆

Peyton, Sydnwp-1481631420611.pngey’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

REVIEW

This is my first ever Sarah Dessen book like it seemed to be for everyone too. It’s probably the most hyped of her books so I figured this was the best one to use to get acquainted with the author. I’ll break down my review into pros and cons because it’s easier to gather my thoughts that way:

The Good

  • Great Writing: Saint Anything had solid writing but I wasn’t expecting anything less from such an experienced author.
  • Very Relatable Protagonist: I loved the fact that I could see a little bit of myself in Sydney. It made reading this very satisfying.
  • Wholesome Side Characters: Each character was really well developed and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It captured teenage voice realistically in my opinion.
  • Friendship is a huge theme in this book and it isn’t overshadowed by the boy and girl romantic relationships. I really appreciate a good girl on girl friendship done right.

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