March Recap: Books I Read

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday. Today I decided to share with you all the books I read in March. Some of you may be friends with me on Goodreads. If you do, you can see the books I’m currently reading, books I want to read, ETC. It is an awesome website!

The first book I read (well, finished. It was for school so I went through it slower.) was Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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I had been wanting to read this FOREVER, but I knew we were going to read it for school so I waited. If you’ve read it, you’ll know it was and amazing. I thought it was so interesting. Anne was, and still is, such an inspiration and I believe we all can relate to her in one way or another.

The second book I read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

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This past month I decided to reread the Harry Potter series, as I was a lot younger when I did read them! Of course, it was awesome. This is probably one of my favorites out of them all.

The third book I read was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.
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I think that the second book is really underrated. It’s SO GOOD! I totally forgot what happened so the whole time I was like, “OMG.”

The fourth book I read was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

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Now this one is my ABSOLUTE favorite HP Book! The story is just phenomenal. Oh, and did I mention I love Sirius Black? UGHHH!

The fifth and final book I read this month was Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Unknown-3.jpeg
After I read it I actually did my book report for school on it. This book was adorable! It was also super relatable, funny, and touching. The characters were great, too. It was the first time I had read a book by Sophie Kinsella, and I was impressed!

I apologize for 3/5 of them be Harry Potter! :/ I’m currently reading the second one but it’s taking me a little time because it is SO BIG and a little intimidating! I may do this every month, it was fun! Have a great day!

“In Real Life” by Jessica Love ~ Book Review

 

 Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great Saturday! I went to Barnes and Noble last Sunday and got three new books. The first one I read was “In Real Life” by Jessica Love. Here’s the summary (from the book, not written by me!) :

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

***Before I start my review on it, I’m just going to give a quick disclaimer that all of these are my opinions and I’m doing this review for fun. It is not sponsored by anyone. 🙂 ***

OK! So I initially came across this book on Goodreads and it looked really good. Lately I’ve been loving YA Fiction/Realistic Fiction, and this book takes place in present-day time, so I was really excited to buy it! Let me just say, this book had a LOT of potential. Maybe I expected too much, but I think I could’ve liked it more.

The beginning was good, the end was awesome, but the middle was really boring. Hannah, the main character, just goes back and forth from place to place. She just talked and talked and talked some more.

CHARACTERS: The characters were awesome. Hannah was really compelling. I got really into the book and when she made bad decisions I was thinking, “Come on, Hannah!” And I got really annoyed with her, haha. That is a sign of a good book, though – getting so into the characters and their decisions.

PLOT: One thing that bothered me about this book was that basically the ENTIRE book took place in one night (their one night in Las Vegas). I have never read a book that takes place in just one day. It was really strange for me, I’m not sure if I liked it all that much.

ENTERTAINMENT: This book was incredibly entertaining. I loved all the pop culture references and there were some funny parts too. There were also some really awkward parts which I loved because everyone has awkward moments, and it made the book seem even more realistic!

WRITING: I have never read a book by Jessica Love, I think this is her first novel actually. I was impressed, though. Even though the plot wasn’t great, the writing was, overall, pretty smooth and kept me intrigued.

DETAIL: I love books with good detail. This book had a lot of it but I really wish she had told more about Nick and Hannah’s relationship! I thought they were so cute together. She did talk a lot about it BUT I wanted more!

If you’re looking for books that are/that have:
~YA Fiction
~Realistic
~Romance
~Entertainment
~Drama

 you should read “In Real Life!”

Here are my stars for this book:

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I hope you all liked my first book review! I plan on doing more. Let me know what you thought of this book, if you read it! Oh and if you have any books that you want me to read and review, I would happily do that! Just leave a comment here or on Instagram.

Happy weekend!

Five Great Summer Reads


Summer is the best time for reading! Here are my summertime reads:

1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is a phenomenal actress, comedian, feminist, and inspiration for all women. Whoever she plays on-screen she always makes that character a lovable one. (example: Leslie Knope) This autobiography is one of the funniest. It’s filled with childhood stories as well as how she got to where she is today. This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good laugh!

2. Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrations by Carson Ellis    

I read wildwood a few months ago. It’s a big book (a bit more than 500 pages i believe), but it sure is a page turner!  basically it’s about a young girl named prue whose brother gets taken into the ‘Impassable Wilderness’ by a flock of crows. The story revolves around her in the ‘impassable wilderness,’ and it’s filled with fantasy creatures and people. I believe there is a second and third book as well, and I’d love to read those! The illustrations make the book come alive, though. Carson Ellis is an amazing illustrator and she’s done drawings for the book ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ (which is also a great read!) Ps, thank you to my aunt who purchased this book for me!

3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I read wild last year. I was drawn to the cover! LOL! I love that shoe. This book is about a women who wants to ‘escape’ her life after her mother dies. Unexperienced, she walks the 2,650 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail–alone. The story revolves around her going through tough times and documented adventures through the trail. You could read this book in less than a week. Every page leaves you wondering what will happen next! Oh, and the movie recently came out starring Reese Witherspoon whom I adore! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m sure it was great! Not as good as the book though! 😉

4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivin

This was the last book I read. let me tell you, it’s one of the best books I have ever read in my life! Jt’s definitely this years ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ Plus, a movie is coming out in 2017! It’s all about a depressed boy named Theodore (or as others call him ‘Finch’) who meets a girl named Violet who hasn’t been herself since her sister Eleanor died. They go wandering on adventures for school, and eventually start to fall in love. It’s a beautiful story, which Niven expresses  perfectly!

5. It by Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung–a worldwide fashion icon. In this book, she shares some of her fashion secrets and her personal style icons. She is definitely one of my  inspirations. When I first discovered her I was captivised by her hair (haha) and it inspired me to get a short haircut too! Any fashion-guru will enjoy this!

Have a great day! xoxo, Josie