Tag: Unique Blogger Award // Why I Read, Blog, Plus my Favorite Book

Hey guys!! so way way back in August, Celine nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award, which I’m super honored by. Thanks Celine (y’all, go check out her blog if you haven’t already)!!! Well, I’ve been meaning to write the post for a bit, but have been sort of skipping it and it got further and further down in my drafts folder until I nearly completely forgot about it, but now it’s Thursday night at midnight and my post is due to go up in seven hours and I have nothing written (and no ideas) and so I found this award and i’m writing it!!

Anyways, that was a super long and probably unnecessary introduction, so straight to the award!

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The NOPE Book Tag

i’m normally not this on top of tags (i mean, i was only tagged in this one, about, 15 days ago!)  and i skipped a bunch of the ones i was supposed to do to get to this one, but it just seemed super fun, and i haven’t done anything like this in a while, so i figured it was worth moving up in the cue.  The Nope Book Tag (shoutout to the absolutely incredible HOLLY @ Nutfree Nerd for tagging me!) probably appeals to me so much because it’s basically exactly what it sounds– you talk about all of your negative book opinions. And since i’m stuck in a pit of self loathing and hatred, being a little bit negative may be exactly what i need. so get ready folks.

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End of the Year Extravaganza Part III // T5W Characters on the Naughty List

We’re in the final stretch until Christmas Day!!

If you’ve missed the first couple editions of EYE (end of year extravaganza) (idk why I’m suddenly trying to be cool and come up with acronyms) (I just used two three parenthesis in a row help me) you can catch up on them here:

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The Liebster Award #2 // Answering Tough Questions

A few months ago, I did this exact award, but because it’s all about answering people’s questions and telling fun facts about yourself, I decided to do it again!!

This time, I was nominated by the lovely Shayna, who posts tons of great works of writing over on her blog Hail Angelic Creation.  If you enjoy reading poetry or short stories, you should totally go check her blog out!

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The New Disney Princess Tag

I got tagged in the Disney Princess Tag by Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words!!!! I love Disney, and princesses, and so I could not be more excited to do this and get to relive all of my childhood memories.  Thank you so much to Tavleen for tagging me, it means a lot!!!!!

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  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White

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This book (like the movie) started it all

Favorite Debut Book From an Author

I’m going with Girl out of Water for this one because I adore Laura Silverman and I feel like she deserves it SO MUCH especially because she’s been such a wonderful online presence throughout all of the shit that’s been going down in our country over the past few months (and probably earlier but I just started following her).  Also, Girl Out of Water is amazing and although she hasn’t published anything more yet, I know it’s going to be the start of something great.

Cinderella

A diamond in the rough

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem

hmmmm this one is really hard… I have a tendency to have very high expectations for all books and they always meet them… I’m going to go with Smugglers and Scones, because I got this book from the author and I knew it was indie, so I wasn’t expecting a ton, but it was SO FREAKIN CUTE I fell in love with the characters and story instantly.

Aurora

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Sleeping beauty

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

This is so easy because I JUST DNFed IT BECAUSE I COULDN’T ANYMORE.  Not The Only Sky was filled with quirky cool characters but the plot made me want to dieeeee and I nearly completely stopped reading because it made me so extraordinarily bored, so I’m glad I set it aside.

Ariel

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Under the sea

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

what? That’s the description that they’re using for Ariel?? They could have done so much better TBH but oh well we’ll roll with it and go with…. In the Heart of the Sea!!  This was nonfiction but a really good story at the same time, and so I would recommend.

Belle

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Beauty and the beast

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

ahhhhhhhh it’s time for me to FANGIRL ASDFGHJKL I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!! Strange the Dreamer was just so so so so so so so so sos sos so sososososoosoooo good!!!! Lazlo Strange was GREAT and the most adorable creature that I’ve ever met, not to mention the fact that he’s a total book lover, and I have such a big fictional crush on him.  Like SO BIG.  AAAAAHHHH (also I love the fact that he’s 20 instead of the usual fantasy 15, because it makes me feel way better about being in love with him)

Jasmine

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The thief and the princess

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

I’m not going to say much about The Bone Witch, because there are possible spoilers, but I didn’t see this at all? Like why was it a thing? No.  Just no.

Pocahontas

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The real life princess

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Anna Kendrick is basically my idol.  She is so incredible and her acting is great and I love all of her movies, and reading her nonfiction memoir just amplified that.  She’s great. Just great.  plus the book was super funny, which is always a bonus.

Mulan

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The princess that saved her country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

LOLA!! I just read that book and she was the most badass gang member that I’ve ever met (oops I don’t mean met).  I loved how she totally just overrode all these giant men to get her way, and became one of the most respected women in her whole neighborhood.  Not only was she strong, but she stood up to a lot of men who were used to being in charge, so in her particular situation it made her strength even more important.

Tiana

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The princess with the coolest and  most diverse crew

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

I have to go with THUG on this one because I’m reading it right now and it is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.  I cannot rave enough about amazing the characters are in this book, how real they are, and what an important message this shares with everyone.  It should be on all schools required reading lists.

Rapunzel

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Let your longggg hair down

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

Hmmmm….. *heads over to goodreads to check*

I think the longest ASOIAF book was A Storm of Swords at 973 pages!

Merida

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I determine my own fate

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

The Clan of the Cave Bear.  I hear that later in the series there might be some romance, but as far as this first book goes, Ayla doesn’t need any men to survive, she’s badass and can take over the world without them, just like Merida.

Anna/Elsa

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A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

I actually don’t have one for this, surprisingly.  I feel like most books where I know the seasons are always summertime, or there’s just no description of seasons at all that I register.

Moana

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How far I’ll go

A Character That Goes on a Journey

Literally every dystopian/fantasy/YA book ever?? I suppose if I have to narrow it down I’ll go with The Bone Witch, since I haven’t mentioned that yet I don’t think (although tbh I could be wrong, I have a VERY short term memory)… EDIT: I DID ALREADY MENTION THIS OMG OOPS I’M SO DUMB

Tags

I’m going to tag some of my new followers/people I’ve interacted with recently that I think deserve to be mentioned!!

The Girl with Ironwings

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Ravishing Tales

Two Book Thieves

Writing Penguin Blog

Share your links once you write the post because I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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Top 5 Wednesday: My (Not so) Perfect Summer Reads

(first, the title was not a reference to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, it just sort of happened and I realized the potential confusion too late to bother changing it)

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I thought that this week’s theme was perfect, since I was debating doing a very similar post anyways, and it’s always fun to link up with the T5W crew and see what they’re blogging about!! I took a fairly basic approach to deciding which books would be in my top 5 summer reads– I browsed my physical bookshelf, Kindle bookshelf, and then Goodreads (just in case) and wrote down the books which I liked best!

Note that I normally define “summer read” as a light, fluffy book that you would be willing to take to the beach, after I wrote this list I feel the need to revise this working definition to make more sense to what I actually wrote.  All of the books below are ones that I think most teen –> adult females will generally enjoy (or men/anything in between who enjoy romance, family issues, and drama with minimal action sequences).  However, I couldn’t resist putting in books that are not quintessentially “easy” to read.  I take on big issues people, and a couple of my books might make you vaguely sad.  Still, you’ll fly through them because they’re amazing, and so in that respect they’re great books to push you through summer.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)1. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

I know, I know, this book is a tomb so it’s not the best to take with you.  But I recommend getting it on your Kindle or other eReader, because it’s such a fun book to read.  It follows the life of Mary Boleyn, and it’s super romancey and royal and I adore it.  Mary is super relatable in a weird, 1500s type of way, and plus it gives you some pretty decent insight into the time period, especially if you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about anything.  You can read my full review here if you are interested.

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2. Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman

This is probably the most traditional summer read on my entire list.  When I wrote my original review, I actually wrote “a perfect summer read” so clearly it needed to be on this list.  Not only does it take place IN THE SUMMER but it has the cutest relationship you’ll ever see, an incredible family dynamic, and a light, enjoyable style of writing.  It also just came out this month, so you’ll be totally on top of the trend.  and Silverman is an amazing person just based on her Twitter, so it’s worth it to support her. (Read Review)

 

Not My Daughter3. Not My Daughter, by Barbara Delinsky

When I picked up this book from the library book sale rack last summer, my mom rolled her eyes, sighed, and told me I better not “get any ideas”.  It’s about high school girls who get pregnant all at the same time, and the way they sort of deal with it and all of the drama that follows.  It’s the type of book that although it’s about a sort of serious matter, it still has some light takes to the drama which will keep you happy and wanting more.  I don’t want to say anymore because I’m nervous of spoilers, but I can tell you that it’s worth the read if you’re looking for a light (but not cliche) read.

 

4. Gone Girl, by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

And this is where I really lose the whole summer read theme.  Gone Girl is a book about a WOMAN who disappears and her husband is accused of murdering her.  It’s told from the guy’s perspective first, then her’s, and I think it’s really neat the way it’s done, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.  For thriller lovers, this is a must read (and even a repeat read) that will guarantee to have the days of summer tick by wayyyyyy faster than you would want them to.  I love Gillian Flynn, and she didn’t disappoint with this book.

 

 

Image result for nineteen minutes5. 19 Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

For the final punch in the stomach, I choose a book about a school shooting, because what better time to read it than when you’re not in school, right? but seriously I had to choose it because despite it being thick and about a serious topic, it’s a wonderful, can’t put down read.  Picoult is so so so good at taking on real world problems, and it comes through in this book.  Plus, it has great family relationship and dating relationship drama, which I personally can never get enough of.

 

So, that’s all for today!! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of these nominations and not just rolled your eyes at me.  I’m super excited for summer to start, and this list and thinking back to what I read last summer has me unable to focus in Stats right now, but that’s okay… (I hope)

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What books are on your summer read list? Do you have any books that you read every summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, are they totally terrible choices? Make sure you link your #T5W! 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Great Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I wrote this entire post and then somehow it got deleted (Tysm school wifi) so let’s see how this rewrite goes.

I was so excited when I saw this T5W category, because I think it’s a fun way to look at books and, although I don’t play video games much, I love the bookish ones (Nintendo DS Golden Compass was my shit in elementary school) and so there should be more of them, clearly.

1. The 39 Clues, by Rick Riordan (and others)

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I think this would be one of the most fun games ever, because you would have to figure out the clues on your own to move forward, and beat the other teams to the big prize.  Mysteries and puzzles are severely underrepresented in the video game industry, so I’m trying to remedy this.

2. 11/22/63, by Stephen King

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Time Travel / Action with a little bit of romance?  You could easily make a game where you have to save JKF from being assassinated to win. And, based on the cannon, it would take a pretty long time.

3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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This would be an awesome RPG create your own character adventure. Imagine if you had stats for this guy, and you get more or less depending on the district, and you distribute them how you want, and then you go into an arena and fight irl people with your internet characyers. Ahhh the beauty of it all.

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

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Admittedly, I haven’t read this one, but I watched the movie (I know, I know, THE HORROR) and I would love to play a game where you go to the academy and battle your teammates to be the best, highest ranked military child machine in the history of military child machines.

5. Matched, by Allie Condie

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Once again, I’m thinking of a game where you create a character and RP with them. I think Matched was a really cool idea for a “world” and it would be fun to be in that universe for a little while. Also it would be a crazy cool computer algorithm if it could genuinely predict your next move (can you tell I’m a math nerd?)

Okay guys I know this post was quick but I didn’t have much time for the rewrite, because of April break and camp NaNo combined 😬 love you all and I’ll try to make it up to you soon!!!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Current Books that Will Become Classics

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

This week, the topic is “Future Classics”, aka books that you think will eventually become classics.  When I read the topic, I didn’t have any that came to mind, but I found the topic interesting and unique so I decided that I would start writing and see where it takes me! (WARNING: I went to giphy for 1 gif, just 1, and now suddenly my post is full of them)

1. Harry Potter, by The Queen of Literature

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I think this one is pretty obvious, after all, it’s pretty much already a classic.  Everyone knows it, it’s such a powerful read, and so years down the road I’m sure it will still be remembered as a staple piece for entire generations.  I don’t think you could write a list about classics without including this one.

2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

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This book was so so so so so good, words cannot even describe it.  The way it was written was impressive, and it was an extremely powerful story.  When I first read it 5 years ago, barely anyone had heard about it, but I think it is already becoming more and more popular, on its way to becoming a classic.  For me, one of the qualifications of a “classic” besides just be a powerful story is that it has to be well written, and this novel certainly fell in that category.

3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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I mean, who could resist immortalizing this book for all future generations?  It was comical, addressed a VERY real issue, and told a gripping story all at the same time.  This is one of the few books that I would be willing to read twice, and so for that reason it’s on the list.  Plus, nothing can beat that ending.

4. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

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I wasn’t sure which Hosseini book to put on this list but I ended up with this one because it’s more popular, and I read it first, so we’re going with it.  Not sure if this is cheating because it’s basically already a classic, but it was written in the last 50 years so I figure it hasn’t officially been hailed as the classic it deserves to be quite yet.

 

5. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

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This last one was hard because I wasn’t sure whether to do this, Night Circus, or Shanghai Girls.  But, my love of “meaningful” writing prevailed, as it did earlier on the list, and I ended up going with Water for Elephants, a book which I read in 1 week even though I normally take about 3.  So go me!  and also go Gruen you’re amazing!  PS although I haven’t seen it I heard the movie is terrible so if you’ve only watched that don’t judge.

I’m so glad I participated in this because it made me realize how many books I love, and how excited I am to have kids of my own who I will be able to give these to read, just like my mom did for me (oops I’m 17, I’m getting wayyyyy ahead of myself).

Anyways, what books do you think will be classics? Share your T5W links, or comment below!

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Blogger Recognition Award Acceptance

Yay!! This is my 3rd award received in about 2 months, and I couldn’t be more excited!!! It’s such an honor to be recognized by so many different people.  This particular award was given to me by Kristen @ The Brunette Bookworm Blog, which is an especially large honor, because she is one of my all time favorite book bloggers, so thank you so so so much!

The Rules…

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How I Started…

I feel like my story is kind of different than a lot of other people.  I had never even heard of book blogging (I didn’t even know a blogging community existed) but I DID know that whenever I needed to write an analysis of a book for school, I would be able to find a blog or website that gave me those extra pieces of information that I missed and made my reports AMAZING.  It just so happened that I had just written a literary analysis for In the Heart of the Sea, I was bored, and I wanted to be one of those people who were googled for school assignments.  Idk why, don’t ask.  So I made a blog, livelovereads.  Then I found the blogging community, and decided that I hated that blog, so I deleted it and made readandwritethroughthenight.  Well, that was too long and that also kind of sucked, and I stopped posting for a month.  So I stockpiled posts, deleted everything, and made Write Through the Night, which is the blog you see today!

2 Pieces of Advice…

Yay I love giving advice!! My number one thing would be to make sure that you interact with other bloggers by commenting and following a lot of people.  Like their posts, leave nice messages, and don’t be afraid to get involved in collabs and stuff.  I found one of my all time favorite blogs, Call me Ash (formerly Teenella) through a huge blogger secret santa thing, and I met Shania through a group collab.  I love both these girls, and would never have met them if I had been too afraid to ask to join in!  Everyone is so nice, so reach out!!

Number 2– social media. You’ve probably heard this a lot but I cannot overstate the importance of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Bloglovin’ and other social media sites.  If you are a book blogger, get yourself listed on all of the book blogger listings, and you will get A TON more review requests, which helps your blog overall.  I personally use Bloglovin’ only occasionally, but people are really successful with it.  Twitter is my #1, and I get the most traffic through that.  Plus, you meet other bloggers who might not be WordPress (or blogspot if you use that) but have incredible blogs.  Even though it takes up some degree of time, it’s worth it.

Nominations…

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Syc

Rose

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Make sure if you accept this award you comment with the link to your post, because I would love to read them!!

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The Book Cover Guessing Game

Hey guys!! This post is inspired by one of my favorite book blogs out there, The Bookworm Girls 123!  About a month ago they did a post where they posted covers to popular books which they know nothing about, and then tried to describe what they thought of it solely based on the cover.  This is actually a tag, but since I wasn’t officially tagged I’m not going to tag anyone else.  I loved their post and the idea, and so I decided to try it here anyways!

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The first one is Red Queen (and series) by Victoria Aveyard.  I’ve seen a lot of people give these books high reviews, but I haven’t actually bothered to read deeper and see what the book is all about.  Based on who I’ve seen review it, I would say that it’s likely dystopian of some sort, and a YA/teen novel.  Because of that, I’m going to say that the book is about a Queen who murders the King, and then becomes the ruler of the kingdom.  After that, she just kind of goes crazy, and it turns into a Game of Thrones meets the Boleyn era Europe type thing.  The cover says that “Power is a Dangerous Game” so I figure that many people try to maneuver their way into the throne, but this Red Queen is insane and so she just murders everyone who threatens her.  Plus (as it looks YA) there’s a legitimate love interest, and eventually that will melt her icy heart.  Or she kills him because, ya know, plot twist!

Okay, now here’s the Goodreads summary (oh wait first, I just saw that the last one is Kings Cage, so I bet she doesn’t kill her love interest, she just married then imprisons him lol): This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.  The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.  That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.  Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.  But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Well basically all I got right is that the main character would battle “against her own heart”, so solid 20% there 😉 I’ll give myself one more try because this was pretty fun.

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This is weird because this book is on my TBR, but I have no clue what it’s about.  I’ve just heard that it’s a really powerful read and went from there.  Based on the little top right sticky note (“The story of a boy called Finch and a girl named Violet”) I’m going to say that there are two kids, probably in middle school, and they both have a really hard time in school, they get bullied, and basically hate life.  Then, they meet each other.  Once they meet, the world is changed forever.  The two form a secret club where they refer to each other only in code names: Finch and Violet, of course.  They become the best of friends and together lend their strength to overcome the terrible bullies that have been ruining their lives for the past 4 years.  Or something like that.  Oh, and they fall in love.

The real truth (according to Goodreads): The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.  Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!  Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.  Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.  When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.  This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

ooh this sounds better than I thought it would! I basically got the romance thing right I think, and the fact that Finch seems to be kind of outcast at school.  Plus, they might really form a secret club, even if those are their real names and they’re also high school students.  I’d go with 80% on this one, for missing the major themes but hitting on the in between.

That’s all for today!!!  That tag wa so fun and I’m really glad that I decided to participate in it!!

What were your first impressions of these books?  How off base was I really?  Are either of these on your TBR, and should they be on mine?

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