Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7th, 2015 by HarperAudio
Length: 6 hours & 45 minutes
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Genres: young adult // LGBT+ // contemporary
This has so many realistic aspects! The characters were so real. It was such an adorable read and quite a suspenseful mystery for a contemporary! OMG, seriously… I LIKED IT SO MUCH. 5 scales, all the way.
Recommended if you like:
- real characters, real high school drama done so well
- an identity mystery that keeps you guessing!
- a fantastic main character
- flirting at cuteness (and sometimes awkwardness) level 9000
Continue reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // An Adorable Contemporary Mystery (of Love)
Author: Madeline Miller
Published: September 20th, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: young adult // LGBT // historical fiction > Greek mythology
A beautifully written perspective on the love between Achilles and Patroclus in the old Greek tales. If you know anything about the Iliad or at least seen the movie Troy, you’ll know the story of Achilles. Many people are required to learn about him in high school. But a good friend of his usually seems put off more to the side except for his effect near the end. Well, welcome to a different perception of that strong relationship here in this book! I’m surprised the story from this POV hasn’t been done, so far, what with the beautiful relationship. Continue reading The Song of Achilles // A Beautiful Take on an Old Tale
I am most definitely a member of Goodreads, since only recently, and I am upset with myself for never joining earlier! That place is super helpful with keeping track of the books you read and want to read, discovering new books to read, and how you feel about all those books. And the community! I’m still new, so I haven’t really met many people, but from what I can see, you can find a ton of people who have similar interests (especially in books) and opinions (especially about books). Just…Aralyn…come on. Shame on you, for waiting so long.
Another nifty part of that place is the annual reading challenge! Never knew it existed until I was looking at book blogs last month. So now I am working on my goal of 80 books this year! It started as 150…then I realized I had a late start, probably couldn’t manage that, especially with senior year of college starting this August… So I brought it down to 100! And then I still thought about college and how it’ll be different this time because hello, capstone…now it’s 80. Let’s see if I can manage that. Thus, we are now to the reason for this post: since I started book blogging late this year, there are some books I’ve read that I haven’t discussed and probably won’t discuss all of them on here. So I wanted to bring an update of my progress as of today, and share the books I loved and the ones that were a little disappointing… Continue reading Goodreads Reading Challenge Update
I hope you’re having a wonderful year so far (filled with books). I missed out on reading in January and half of February due to being overseas and no access to English YA novels (had some gay novels). That was tough. Once I returned I started looking at all I missed out on, series that I can finally complete, etc. I think I devoured more books in these past 3 months than I ever have in a 3 month span!
So, considering that sometimes I do read more than I can review and/or sometimes I read something that I just don’t have a ton to say about, I thought I could do MINI reviews sometimes. Helps to consolidate things. This MINI review contains 4 books (I think that’ll be the max for every MINI): Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Hero by Perry Moore, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, and Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Each image leads to Goodreads details.
Continue reading MINI Reviews #1 // Some LGBT+ YA Novels
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: Sept. 29th, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Genre: young adult // fantasy > magic
I saw the hype for this book everywhere, even before I got back from Japan. I looked up the synopsis and was really wary about having SIX main characters… I don’t usually get along well with books like that because it’s hard to do it right sometimes (with the possibility it’ll just get confusing as hell). So I recently picked it up and finished it just yesterday; I actually really enjoyed it! I liked that the characters were all distinctive and the heist was fun.
But first, let me share the synopsis with you: Continue reading Six of Crows // A Deadly Heist in the World Of Grisha
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Books
Genres: young adult // LGBT+ // urban fantasy > magic, witches
Half Bad synopsis and other information. Also includes synopses for Half Wild and Half Lost.
About 3 months ago, I returned from a year in Japan (woo!) for study abroad. And I came back seeing all of the novels I’ve missed out on, that I was behind on, and I just couldn’t wait to start devouring again! And in my quest to see if there were many male/male YA novels, I came across Half Bad. I saw that the final book was on its way the next month, so I began reading…
And it was quite a ride. Continue reading The Half Bad Trilogy // A Gritty World & Unique Magic