This is Fridaaaay! #FridayReads

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve (I’ve) all been waiting on: I’m reading

 

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Spoopy Book October

Maybe-TBR.

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Before I get into what I want to read/might read, I just want to say thank you for your patience. Real life is hard, so thank you for sticking with me through it all. Things haven’t gotten back to normal yet, but they’re close enough.

Aside from my Spookathon TBR (coming later), I’m hoping to get to a few ‘spooky’, ‘paranormal’, ‘magical’ books this month.

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Future Favorites Fri- Monday?

aka the time I could see ‘THE FUTURE’

 

I can see the future

 

I saw booksandlala doing this and thought I’d jump on that bandwagon. Th little list is for me to guess which books I’m most likely to rate 5 stars after reading.

Here’s hoping they don’t disappoint…

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

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Let’s face it, when have I ever hated a Silvera book? WHEN?! Also, I’ve spoken about this book so many times I don’t think I need to add the synopsis again, right?

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

Again, when haven’t I loved an Albertalli?

 

 

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

 

Look at that gorgeous cover. Just…look…at…it. The subject matter seems hard but so important and I want it to be everything it promises to be: beautiful and painful.

 

 

 

 

Black Mirror Vol 1 by Charlie Brooker

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From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.

 

This TV show is haunting and I fricken love it! Here’s hoping this lives up to the hype.

 

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

The subject matter is powerful, and those usually resonate with me. All the reviews have been raving as well so…


 

 

Have you read any of these? Did you love/hate them?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday

The world is burning and there’s no stopping it.

 

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So, today, we’re going to have a few moments for books that make you feel good. It was really hard to narrow this down to five. Should I have done ten?

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This isn’t some great work of literary fiction. You won’t walk away having learned something about yourself or the world.It’s not a diverse slice of YA. What you get, is a warm feeling in the center of your stomach and a lightened heart.

 

 

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Predictable? Possible? Lighthearted coming into your own story? Definitely. Problematic? Yes. But we have a black main character, who is experiencing that mushy first love and everything about this makes me happy.

 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

(Fangirl by extension)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Honestly, if all this book had was a shit chosen one storyline, it’d still be adorable. Because Rainbow does adorable pretty well and Simon is the most adorable chosen one that’s ever been. But then there’s the hate-to-love trope that all fluff pieces must have, and it’s done so well. Simon and Baz, when they finally give in, are just too cute!

 

 

 

All things Becky Albertalli

 

No explanation needed really, because if I were to get into it we’d all have mouths full of cavities.

 

 

Superfail by Max Brunner

Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.

Another one of those shit chosen one storylines. There’s action, yes, but more than anything this book leaves you wanting nothing more than to hug our ‘superheroes’.

 


Rec me your favorite fluffy reads?

 

Dee ^_^