The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag- 2018 Edition

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I did this tag last year (albeit a little late) and I enjoyed it, so I thought I’d bring it back. It’s been going around the blogosphere and BookTube a lot recently. Here are my answers with book images going  to Goodreads.

Best Book Read So Far in 2018

This one is so hard for me because I’ve read some crackers this year. However, it has to be A Thousand Perfect Notes.

A Thousand Perfect NotesBest Sequel

Leah On The Offbeat wasn’t so much a sequel as a companion, but I had to mention it.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

New 2018 Release You Have Not Read Yet

There’s been so many. I really need to get on it…

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Most Anticipated Read of 2018 That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

#Murdertrending

I’m intrigued by this one. It seems to be going down well!

Biggest Disappointment

My Husband’s Lies

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book. I think I expected it to be something it wasn’t. The writing was good, but the plot wasn’t for me.

Biggest Surprise

Turtles All the Way Down

I expected to hate this book, but I didn’t! I’m not the biggest fan of John Green, but the representation of anxiety impressed me.

Favourite New To Me Author

When Dimple Met Rishi

I really enjoyed Sandhya’s writing!

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t have fictional crushes often. How sad!

Book That Made You Cry

They Both Die at the End

The tears! Aw, this book broke my heart.

Book That Made You Happy

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel! 🙂 It was so touching!

Most Beautiful Book You Bought

The Surface Breaks

This book looks even more beautiful in the flesh! 🙂

Books You Have to Read in the Rest of 2018

There are SO many. I’ll link my Summer TBR…

If you’ve posted a Mid Year Freak Out post, please leave me a link so I can see what your reading year has been like so far!

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Leah On The Offbeat (Creekwood #2)

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
The Upside Of Unrequited

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, especially after loving Simon so much. I did approach it with some trepidation though. As I often do when I hype books so much. Pffft, why do I do it? That said, this book was not a disappointment to me at all. I really enjoyed it and thought it was an awesome addition to Simon’s world. I had some moments when I actually laughed out loud. Although Simon features, this is definitely Leah’s story and I was totally okay with that.

Leah On The Offbeat explores Leah’s feelings towards one of her friends. Like Simon in the previous book, Leah hasn’t yet come out. She’s bisexual and doesn’t feel ready to tell this to the world. She’s not as brave as Simon was. The characters are now in their senior year of high school and thinking about moving on to college, making some important decisions for the future.

I loved Leah in her own story. I thought she was funny and completely true to herself. I loved her sarcasm and how she was quite moody. She was blunt about her own weight and discussed how many people equate skinny to pretty even if they don’t intend to.

Leah, Simon and their group of friends are so fun to follow. They are such an easy group of friends to root for. I love how Becky Albertalli’s books deal with real issues but essentially they are books that uplift you and give your some joy despite the doom and gloom that real life can bring sometimes.

You don’t need to have read Simon to read this book, but it’ll enhance your experience if you do!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Whereas it didn’t quite match my beloved Simon, it was still a decent read that I quickly devoured!

This Week In Books #110

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Wildflowers Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2) My Husband’s Lies

NOWThe WildflowersHarriet Evans– I’m almost finished this book which I’m reading for the Talking About feature that I do with my sister, Beth.

THEN Leah On The OffbeatBecky Albertalli– Loved this book! Not quite a 5 star read for me though. My review will follow in a week or so!

NEXTMy Husband’s LiesCaroline England– I am looking forward to this thriller.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #193

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

I am SO excited to read this book which I’m going to read before my other books that I’m ‘meant’ to be reading. It’s Becky Albertalli! It seems silly not to…

I Was Born For This

I didn’t like Alice’s debut as much as her second novel, but her second novel gave me high hopes for this one!

The Surface Breaks

This picture does not give the stunning cover justice It is seriously one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a while. I am so excited to read Louise’s reimagining of The Little Mermaid. 

Seven Days of You

I meant to read this book last year but never got around to it, due to some less favourable reviews. I want to give it a chance though.

What did you add to your shelves this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to your posts!

Ten Books I Would Slay A Dragon To Get Early

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books we’d love to get our hands on early. As ever, the book images go to Goodreads if you want to learn more about the books!

Some of this books have been released now, but I would’ve slain a dragon for!

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m way too excited about this book. I loved the Shatter Me books and I’m intrigued to see where it goes.

Save The Date- Morgan Matson

Save the Date

I adore Morgan Matson’s books so I’m excited about this one!

Leah On The Offbeat- Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

need this book in my life. I would slay a dragon.

A Girl Like That- Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

I read disturbing and go ‘Ooh, I want to read that!’ What does that say about me!?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone- Rachel Lynn Solomon

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I think this book is going to be incredibly sad, but I think it’ll be fabulous.

People Like Us- Dana Mele

People Like Us

An eagerly anticipated read for me!

Love Songs & Other Lies- Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies

I need to have plenty of contemporary in my reading horizon because I find them so easy to read alongside my busy teaching career.

The Astonishing Color of After- Emily X.R Pan

The Astonishing Color of After

really want this book. It sounds so unique!

More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

I enjoyed Letters To The Lost so I’m excited to read more.

And She Was- Jessica Verdi

And She Was

This book looks incredible. I want. I want!

Tell me about the books you’d slay a dragon for to read them early! 🙂 Leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Love, Simon Review

This week I made sure I made time to go and see Love, Simon at the cinema. If you haven’t been around my blog much then you won’t know how much I absolutely adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s easily one of my favourite books of the last few years and one I always highly recommend. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I went to see the film. All too often, my favourite books are ruined. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case with Love, Simon. I found it utterly charming, funny and heart-breaking at the same time! Love, Simon is the first major film to have a gay teen as a lead and I LOVE that!

If you haven’t read the book yet (READ IT!) then a quick summary of the story is that 17 year old Simon is hiding a big secret from his family and friends. Simon is gay, but totally not ready to come out to his friends and family. Simon reads an anonymous post from someone calling himself ‘Blue’ on a social media site. Blue is also struggling with hiding his true feelings. Simon and Blue strike up an email correspondence. They become closer and closer. Simon really wants to know who Blue is. A peer at school named Martin stumbles across Simon’s emails to Blue and threatens to ‘out’ him if he doesn’t help him get the girl he wants. Unfortunately, Martin eventually reveals Simon’s emails to the whole school which results in Blue hiding away. He’s not ready for the world to know.

My beloved Simon Spier (I love that character so much!) is played by Nick Robinson. He is so well cast as Simon. He’s exactly as I pictured Simon when I was reading the book. I loved how Nick didn’t play Simon as a cliched gay character. He was a normal guy. I appreciated that. It’s definitely the vibe I got from Simon when reading the book. I absolutely adored Simon’s parents. Their moments with Simon once he had come out were very poignant and made me tear up a little! I thought Katherine Langford was brilliant before she was cast as Leah, one of Simon’s best friends and this film just solidified my adoration. I thought she was fabulous and I’ll definitely be following her career with interest. Overall, I thought this film had a really strong cast. I especially enjoyed the teachers. If only I could be that honest with some of the kids in my class!

I’m really pleased that this adaptation seems to be going down well with so many viewers. I think it’s so important to see a film like this available. It’s inspiring so many to be happy with who they are and that is NEVER a bad thing in my opinion. Okay, it may not be the most ground-breaking film ever, but I definitely think it has a place!

Have you seen this film? What did you make of it? Let me know!

Ten Books That I Could Re-Read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that we could re-read. As I was thinking of this list, I found it funny how many are children’s books/middle grade stories. It just shows how awesome they really are!

Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I could cheat and totally use the 7 books for this list and only think of 3 more! I absolutely adored this series and I’ll always have a place in my heart for it!

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I could reread this book every year and not get bored. I’m reading it for the kid-lit feature that I do with my sister, Beth, this month and I’m super excited.

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

always read this book to my class. It’s another annual read!

The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

I have reread this book several times and I’m sure I will again.

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

Likewise with the other Roald Dahl books, I’m sure I’ll read this again sometime soon.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Love this classic. I can imagine I’ll read it again (and again!)

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

A gorgeous book.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I’ve read this more than once that’s for sure.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

Adorable book. I still love it!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I haven’t reread it yet, but I know I will.

How about you? What can you re-read over and over again? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!