10 Months Later . . .

LET'S TALK. . .

Wow, It feels so strange to be typing away as I am now (or if you happen to be reading this: as I had typed). I’m not too sure why I stopped but I think it happens to most of the bloggers in this community, or maybe it’s something i’ve been noticing as of recent across various platforms: lack of creativity. And this isn’t me reflecting on other’s creativity or their individual content, this is more of what i’ve read and come across -something I can relate to in general.

If i’m going to be general, I may as well put out that yes, I might’ve fallen out of reading. My passion for reading became something of an internalized pressure that I had implemented through my constant fear that if I didn’t post I’d get in some kind of Literary-Web-Police. So most of my reading became more and more of a struggle to push through … and in all honesty I avoided reading for leisure because I feared that if I did, I wouldn’t want to any longer. Irrational yet relatable at the time, I found anxiety to be the only active part of myself because i’m the type of person to take too much on their shoulders and struggle to bear the weight of one -and in this case, school and theatre came first.

My writing and reading halted. I’ve been in this constant state of stuck where i’ve missed the community so much, the only thing I would do would be me scrolling through my Twitter and Instagram feed and scroll on -no interaction … nothing.  

I think as of recent -meaning the social unrest that has plagued our country due to human right issues and my complete dislike of the political state- i’ve become more involved with these thoughts for helping spread diversity. Not only has this helped me as an individual, but it has helped me in my Journalism class. 

Random fact: I am indeed a Journalist! You can check out my school’s e-paper here: The Bolt Live As a Journalist, I make it my usual goal to help those without a voice by either writing those articles or pitching them during meetings. 

This has also helped my essay prompts in IB English, where most of my theses have included the topic of Feminism and anti-feminist thoughts perceived through the writing in assigned literary works such as: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata. But in light of my absence, I do have to say that I have found a new passion in books through a diverse and feminist perspective. This mainly derives from my our last required book by previously mentioned Kawabata -omg that book was so effing good. 

Anyways, let me get to the point: I’ve changed. I’m seventeen now and my perspective of a load of different things from political to literary have narrowed and I know where I want to be. I know what I like to read and what I want to show all of you. I’ve been blogging for so long, I’ve lost sight of my original plans for my platform. My passion of reading may have indeed taken a hard blow, but it’s back. 

I recently picked up The Vegetarian by Han Kang -which was a possibility for my Extended Essay, but I’m still kind of stuck- and wow am I freaking out and falling in love again. Kang’s writing is different and the story is terrifying yet intricate in its own, unfolding way. 

**The Vegetarian is also not YA, and I definitely recommend everyone to read it. However I find it my responsibility to include the mention of trigger warnings. 

As of now, Endlessly Reading will not be the same. Boorish reviews and the constant book features will cease and include lifestyle elements, I mean it’s only fitting since my tagline: You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Novel basically spits ‘lifestyle + books’. I have so many actual plans for my blog, I can’t wait to share them with you all. And a sincere thank you to all who’ve followed, it means so much that you’ve stuck around. 

And a special thank you to the Black Sheep squad (Tika, Shelly, Joey, Aila and Jamie): You’ve always had a way of making me feel apart of the community, even when I wasn’t there. A literary home of sorts. 

What have you been reading? ANDREW

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Waiting On Wednesday #9 // Timekeeper + Carve the Mark

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine where we share upcoming releases that we are excited about! Hey everyone, I’m back to share two upcoming YA stories that are sure to be a MAJOR hit, and something I will surely love and cherish!

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Publishing Date: January 17th, 2017

SUMMARY: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

 

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Publishing Date: November 1st, 2016

SUMMARY: Two o’clock was missing. 
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

Why I’m Waiting… 

Although Veronica Roth’s newest isn’t due till the start of the new year, I remember the day I heard about it and that was at YALLWest’s debut, last year. I was super excited and I remembered knowing so vaguely about this but I couldn’t be more excited. I loved Roth’s Divergent trilogy and i’m a bit of a black sheep … I actually really liked the ending. It was a heartbreaking closing and made me feel all the feels. But Carve the Mark sounds really interesting and fresh in the Sci-fi genre. And in my opinion, it sounds faintly like Romeo & Juliet catapulted into a Game of Thrones-esque Star Wars world!

Tara Sim’s debut, Timekeeper, sounds even better than the last each time Tara posts something on Twitter about Timekeeper, I just get so excited. My excitement and feelings toward this book can only be fully encompassed through gif form:

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And I mean talk about both of these covers! MUCH cover love to these upcoming titles!

Have you heard of these two upcoming novels? What are you waiting on this week?

ANDREW

 

Blog Series: The Sound of Us – Body Positivity, It’s Important

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Yesterday, Eli from The Silver Words shared 5 great quotes from Body-Positive novels! And you can look out for Kate’s post tomorrow on PubHub!

I was really excited that Entangled Teen had emailed me, wanting me to participate in this blog series because personally, I find that body types in most YA novels are primarily thin, which is fine, but also creates a difficult tether for the readers to relate to. It’s unrealistic for every primary YA character to be thin, because it just isn’t in any way realistic. But I have come across characters that I have loved and hold dearly to my heart.

Those two characters are Bianca from The D.U.F.F by Kody Keplinger and Willowdean from Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. There’s a fierce-sassiness to them that I really enjoyed. But their personal struggles and acceptance of themselves was really enlightening. But the big thing was that they had, were their happy endings. And although I haven’t read The Sound of Us yet, Kiki, the main character says that she is, “too fat to be thin and too thin to be fat” which really struck me. It’s characters like Kiki who really strike that notch in readers.

But where am I getting at in this Body Positive post, because I’m just as unsure. Maybe it’s because i’m not as body confident as I should be, or the fact that when I do find that body confidence there’s always a way for me to brush it away. And it’s important for me -whether the characters be male or female- to find these characters with realistic body types. The array of body types that walk past me everyday, the body type that I have, and the personalities and inner struggles that these characters have within themselves.

It’s important -just as important as seeing more Diverse reads- for their to be more characters like Bianca, Willowdean and Kiki. We need more characters who will learn/try to accept themselves, their bodies, their imperfections just like teens are doing now. But this isn’t a post where i’m desperately seeking for these types of books/characters because these characters would need to be passionately written, with the intent of helping teens find their voice. 

THE SOUND OF US 500x700Without further ado, here’s a little more about the The Sound of Us!

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.

Author Bio: Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her music playlist reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

Goodreads : Amazon : Barnes & Noble : iBooks : Kobo

The awesome team over at Entangled Teen are hosting two giveaways!

The first giveaway includes entering for the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Enter for a chance to win here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

The second giveaway is a pretty awesome Dubsmash contest where you have the chance of winning a copy of The Sound of Us, a box of Nutty Bars and DVD of High School Musical!

Here are more details: 

How to enter the Dubsmash Contest? Create a dubsmash video on the Dubsmash app, the Musical.ly app, or upload it to your YouTube Channel of any song from Camp Rock, High School Musical, or Pitch Perfect. Email in your video to publicity@entangledpublishing.com between May 30, 2016 and June 29, 2016 @ 11: 59 pm EDT for the first, mandatory entry into the contest, and then add one of several other ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below to increase your odds of winning! While we welcome all videos, only US residents are able to win the Grand Prize.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are some of your favorite books that feature themes of body positivity?

ANDREW

Woah, I Went To Yallwest!

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If you could gather an abundance of young adult readers, bloggers, vloggers and writers, throw in a confetti of literary booths, from publishers to a monthly book subscription box business, to literary apparel, you would find yourself at the second annual young adult book festival, Yallwest, at Santa Monica High School. Sister to the original festival Yallfest, in Charleston, North Carolina, Yallwest held over 113 authors including New York Times Bestsellers along with locally acclaimed authors, as well as notable Hollywood directors and creators.

On Friday, Yallwest held a Fierce Friday event at the Santa Monica Public Library, as a preview to the actual festival that started the next morning. Fortunately, I was able to attend this event and got to meet the very sweet Rainbow Rowell. A highlight from her long line –which was definitely worth the wait- was that she had started a story, that she wanted us, her readers, to continue. She started with the sentence, ‘A girl tripped over a unicycle’ and by the time I had reached that point in line, the story had found its way to the Emerald City! After getting my copy of Fangirl signed, I left the event because I didn’t need anything else signed, but I passed by a few authors and they were really nice to stop and smile at me! 

Learning something from going to Yallwest last year was that prepping for the event was a good idea, if not good but needed. First off I figured I would not bring over a hundred books –like I mistakenly did last year- but instead 4, excluding my copy of Fangirl that Rainbow Rowell signed at the preview night, which included: The Divergent Trilogy and Everything, Everything. My schedule for the second festival day included attending two signings, snagging multiple free arcs, and a few panels.

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This is me and this is excitement.

Also, last Yallwest, I made the mistake of forgetting my coveted copies of The Divergent Trilogy. I felt like such a noob, so I had Veronica sign my Yallwest T-shirt instead but this year I didn’t forget! And it was such a pleasure meeting the author I aspire to be one day, like I was literally shaking and nervous and all the feels were rushing through me. It was great. 

I was so caught up with obsessively sticking  to my schedule, strict with time and trying to slide things in last minute that my aunt and I completely brushed over the fact to eat. We had water and shared a bag of Dorritos. This is something I do not recommend because I am quite sure I was on the verge of passing out, but I’m pretty sure it was all the excitement that kept me upright. But it was all worth it and once i got back to my hotel, I gathered everything on my hotel bed and stared at all six of my new tote bags, filled with bookish goodies and the six arcs I acquired. 

Waking up feeling successful, I was excited about volunteering on Sunday. I got there around an hour early, again, and made sure that I stuck to my schedule for the first half of the day before I was scheduled to volunteer. This day was more focused on attending panels and getting at least one more arc that I was uber excited for, enough to make me begin flailing at the sight of! This Savage Song by Victoria  Schwab was being given away at 2:00 pm, and I made sure to focus my schedule around this, I even made a few friends in line!

Another fact I learned was that you have got to learn to practically teleport from place to place. And seeing that Santa Monica High School is pretty big, I made sure to hustle from place to place, panel to panel, giveaway to giveaway and signing to signing.

Something really awesome was being featured on Epic Reads Snapchat story, filmed by the fabulous book shimmy queen, Margot Wood, which she had told me would be seen by over five-thousand other book lovers like me. I felt pretty cool, not going to lie.

I also attended the ZOMG! Authors As Fans panel, moderated by authors: Margaret Stohl with Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Soman Chainani, Danielle Paige, Neill Shusterman and Melissa De La Cruz. Here they discussed all their favorite fandoms and personal experiences through these fandoms. I especially favorited Victoria Aveyard’s story on how she broke both her arms for Pokemon cards. You honestly had to be there, and listen to Victoria tell the story. It’s great.

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Yes you should check out Two Summers!

After I had accomplished my goal of acquiring a copy of This Savage Song, I headed over to the volunteer Green Room, checked in, got my badge and rushed over to the signing area, my backpack heavy with five books weighing me down. I took a paddle board with an authors name, who seemed familiar. Aimee Friedman was kind enough to carry a conversation with my awkward-self and I was happy to continue it back. Her newest novel, Two Summers, published this past Tuesday and I am excited to read it. The second author I helped during their signing hour was Pseudonymous Bosch, and the third author I helped was Danielle Paige. She was also very kind and I loved helping, running after all of her bookmarks blowing away in the wind, holding down umbrellas for the fans and checking in with each author.

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The very awesome Evelyn Skye!

A few other authors that made my passed weekend all the more special were Evelyn Skye, author of the forthcoming The Crown’s Game -who is unbelievably awesome and sweet, she’s just cool and I’m starting the book soon-, Simon Curtis, author of the forthcoming Boy Robot -who i was actually able to meet on Sunday, and Riveted Lit was giving away bound manuscripts, which he signed-, and a few of the amazing 2016 debuting authors: Jessica Cluess, Tara Sim, Traci Chee, and Audrey Coulthurst. 

Yallwest was honestly so very awesome. I just want to thank every reader who wasn’t afraid to talk to me as we all waited in signing lines and giveaway lines, because I’m actually hella awkward but you all opened me up! Shout out to seeing Jess from Princessica of Books, Alexandra from Twirling Pages, and Jessica from Jesy Elyse; It was really great see you all, but I wish I wasn’t so awkward, so that I could’ve talked to you guys and taken a selfie like -ugh- i’m weird. 

And a big thank you and shout out to all the authors and Yallwest volunteers, like wow you guys are all freaking amazing! Can’t wait to see you all next year!

ANDREW

 

Hiatus Over!

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I’m back from a hiatus I never warned anybody about! Sorry about my month a half absence,  I was in my school’s production of Damn Yankees. I would have been able to post during my six weeks of rehearsals but I wasn’t home at all. I was literally almost always at the theatre.

Besides my whole almost month-and-a-half-ish absence from my blog and reading, I just picked up two new YA novels coming out this month. I picked up Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke and I guess my nearest Barnes & Noble decided to shelve copies of The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle early. I just started reading The Great American Whatever yesterday and I’m really enjoying it so far. 

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I also decided to delete all the picture from the blogs Instagram – @endlessly_reading – because I really didn’t like the pictures I was posting. Me being a perfectionist and all, I felt my pictures could have better quality so as of now the only picture is of the one I posted above. 

Hopefully everyone had a great Easter -or a nice, sunny Sunday !

What are you currently reading? Have you read either of these two books yet?

ANDREW

Top Ten Tuesday #1 // books and songs

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookishin which bloggers compile a list of 10 answers from the topic of the week!

This weeks topic is all about books and music. I have a list of my Top Ten songs i’d like to see turned into books!

  1. New Romantics by Taylor Swift  I am a Swifty, so it is only natural that I do include a song from her into my Top 10. Basically, every song from Taylor is a story waiting to be written and this particular song just screams an exciting, summer contemporary with a great romance. Something exciting is, Sandy Hall’s third novel Been Here All Along was based off a fan made video of Taylor’s You Belong With Me.
  2. Lay Me Down by Sam Smith – Sam Smith is an amazing artist and in my opinion the story would revolve around the beginning of the ending of a relationship. 
  3. Glory and Gore by Lorde – To me this song would really pair well with a dark dystopian novel, particularly with multiple POV’s. 
  4. Control by Halsey – This song really gives off the super power vibes and the inability to control that power. 
  5. Someone New by Banks – Banks is just a great artist and this would be a story revolving around a girl, right after a break-up thinking about the perfect guy when he’s literally standing right in front of her.
  6. Not Today by Twenty ∅ne Pil∅ts – After hearing all about the hype over this band, I couldn’t help but start and listen in. And one I did, I couldn’t help but become obsessed. This song especially would be a great theme song for a book: an angsty contemporary. 
  7. Wild by Troye Sivan – This would be a perfect type of contemporary with the story revolving around the course of 24 hours.
  8. Powerful by Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding – Gosh, I really love listening to this song and it would be a really cool sci-fi story featuring two powerful siblings.
  9. Pillowtalk by Zayn – I’m not a fan of One Direction at all, but I decided to take a look at what Zayn sang since leaving. This song is actually pretty good, surprisingly. Story wise, i’m not so sure but I think it’d pair well with a story set in the perspective of the boyfriend in a relationship. They are seniors in high school and don’t know what to expect afterward. 
  10. Here by Alessia Cara –  Okay, this is a definitely a song I would pair with a Perks of Being a Wallflower-esque story. 

I hope you found my choices interesting and hopefully you found a few new songs or artists to listen to! 

What songs would you like to see become Young Adult novels? 

ANDREW

Waiting on Wednesday #8 // American Girls

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine where we share upcoming releases that we are excited about!

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Title: American Girls

Author: Alison Umminger

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publishing Date: June 7th, 2016

Summary: She was looking for a place to land.
Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card an runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

In Anna’s singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn’t, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.

Why I’m Waiting… 

I don’t remember where or how I came across this upcoming novel but when I did, my eyes lit and I swear the bookish gods bestowed a heavenly light upon me. There’s the feminist aspect to the super angst storyline all set in L.A., I mean come on this book was written for me to read. Honestly I’m all in for stories set in L.A. with angsty stories and a MC that is seeming to look like a fresh voice to be remembered in the bookish community. Honestly, I am willing to do just about anything to get my hands on this. 

Also, this cover is just really nice to. The color scheme and angst just screams. I don’t know if it’s just me that is obsessed with angsty stories, or if this is even an angst story? 

What are you waiting on this week? 

ANDREW

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // Review

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 Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Auhor: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Romance, Contemporary

Source: Hardback copy, bought from BN.com

Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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REVIEW:

Honestly, I don’t really know how to write a review for this book. Of course i’d love to share with everyone about how much I loved Becky Albertalli’s writing and the main character but I’m just stuck trying to find the right words to properly convey what a wonderful novel this was. Well, without further ado, I’ll try to write this review and just a preliminary caution to over-rambling and ‘feels’. 

Becky Albertalli was truly able to fully encompass the male perspective with the inner monologues from Simon and the dialogue between the characters. Simon was just such a three dimensional character that I was fully able to put myself into the story and with Becky’s writing that read like journal entries and inner thoughts, it was all very easy to see the story flow in my head. And the story did not lack in anything. There was not a time when the story felt there was something missing. It was like looking over a complete puzzle, everything was in place. 

tumblr_inline_n37rhpojgf1sv5nsiSimon Spier, the sixteen year old main character, was just so perfect. I mean I might be biased because of how much I loved the book but my god, I have not ever been so invested in a book or character. In the story, Simon loves to listen to Elliot Smith and has a lovely obsession with Oreo’s that I have since not been able to not listen to Elliot Smith on repeat. I may have also been scrambling around my house since finishing, looking for a pack of Oreo’s to eat. But besides what I loved about him, Simon was just so real and I don’t know why. There’s just something about Becky’s writing that makes Simon so real. I can’t describe it but maybe you can understand if you’ve read the book. 

Something we don’t usually see in YA often is family life, which was presented naturally and positively. It was cool to see how active the students were with school life, like Simon was apart of his school’s musical, Oliver!. Being a theatre kid myself, I really enjoyed this and was really surprised to see how realistic it paralleled my drama department. 

On the ‘feels’ and rambly part, I couldn’t help but swoon and laugh at every email between Simon and ‘Blue’. I love that they met online and figured they went to the same school but wanted to remain anonymous. And I thought I had an idea on who ‘Blue’ was but was surprised to find I was wrong and oh how I loved they way they finally met. I loved that it was a mystery and my heart was shipping the two. Also when ‘Blue’ took Simon to the grocery story during lunch at the end *insert a billion heart eye emoji’s*

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda lived up to all it’s hype and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I will now push this awesome novel on everyone who hasn’t read it because I want everyone to read about Simon and his struggles, his awkward and quirkyness. I want people to enjoy the mystery and the romance and the entire reality the story has.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli definitely deserved all the stars from me! 

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Have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? What were your thoughts?

ANDREW

Let’s Talk … Book Boyfriends

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A few days ago, in the middle of the night when the insomnia kicked in, i realized that i have never seen any BOY book blogger or book lover ever have anything to say on the matter. But seeing that every reader, whether male or female, has strange and unique connections with the awesome fictional characters. So what is the problem of having a crush on a female or male character? The fear of being ostracized, the fear of being called gay or outed? Or is it just too extreme for you? What is it? 

As concerned as I am, all of this coming from me is hypocritical. I’ve never stated that i’ve had a book ‘girlfriend’ or book ‘bookfriend’. But I do have to admit that I have had crushes on fictional characters both female and male. And most recently, Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has definitely given me all the feels and has had me swooning over two particular characters. 

I also have to mention how diverse this novel was. Simon is Gay and Abby is Black -these are only a few

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Simon, the angsty protagonist in Albertalli’s debut, is my book boyfriend. I think it has to do more with the fact that I could relate to him a lot, that I began to swoon. But the relationship I have with Simon is so obsessive that I have become him. I can’t stop listening to Elliot Smith or eating Oreos. We just get each other. 

Abby, Simon’s new best friend, is just the kindest girl next door. I just could not not be in love with Abby. She’s just Abby and someone good to have around. She’s there for you, ready to stick up for you and just a damn good best friend. Who wouldn’t want an Abby as their best friend or girlfriend?

But back to the whole situation, I’d like to find reasons why guys just have never posted about it. And if you have, that’s just great. I just feel that this is strange to see this be a girl-dominated thing. Which is not bad at all, I just thought the idea of a guy not having a book girl/boyfriend was weird. 

Let me ask another question to guys who wouldn’t post a book ‘boyfriend’: Does this somehow take away from your masculinity? 

ANDREW

 

Waiting On Wednesday #7 / All The Feels

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine where we share upcoming releases that we are excited about!

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Title: All the Feel 

Author: Danika Stone

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Publishing Date: June 7th, 2016

Summary:

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

Why I’m Waiting… 

Swoon Reads is a favorite publisher of mine and i am especially excited about this new title because it is all about the feels! Another favorite of mine is reading books set during the college years. Liv also seems like she’s going to be a new favorite of mine, and by the sounds of it, a character that will be completely relatable. Too bad this is a summer book because I can’t wait to get my hands on it. On the bright side, since it is a summer book, I’ll be able to devour it in hopefully one sitting.

ANDREW