Top Ten Quick Reads To Devour On The Beach!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a summer freebie. I decided to go with some of my favourite quick reads which are perfect to read on the beach or in your garden/the park this summer!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Unboxed- Non Pratt

Unboxed

I’ve recently read this book and absolutely devoured it in one sitting. It’s a great story about friendship.

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

I adore this book. It’s a deeper read than the cover may suggest.

George- Alex Gino

George

Another fabulous quick read. Alex Gino’s voice is incredibly authentic!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

I love this story which is set on the coast. Alison Rattle is a terrific writer!

Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

I adore this fairy tale-easque read! It didn’t take me long to devour!

Golden- Jessi Kirby

Golden

I loved this book and I found it to be utterly quotable. It’s a beautiful story and the cover definitely gives me summer vibes.

One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton

One Italian Summer

So easy to read. It’s a little deeper than your average romance/contemporary read!

A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

I absolutely adored this very unique read!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

This book combines two of my favourite things, music and contemporary!

Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

I find Sarah Ockler’s books to be perfect beach/summer reads!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It would be perfect for summer reading! I think it’s awesome all year around…

What did you do for your summer freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by your post!

Top Ten Books Involving Music

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are is a books and music prompt. I found it quite tricky so I decided to look at books with a music/dance plot!

Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order…links go to Goodreads!)

This Song Will Save Your Life-Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

I was really impressed by this book which didn’t take me long to devour at all. It’s about the power of music which really resonated with me!

Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

I love this book! I was completely captivated by the story and I loved the musical element.

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

Emery Lord’s writing is amazing. I loved going on tour with Lilah and Reagan!

Remix-Non Pratt

Remix

This book centres around two friends at a festival. I really enjoy the way Non Pratt writes about teenagers. It’s very raw and real.

The Disenchantments- Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments

This book had a lovely mixture of music and art.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

You Don't Know Me

This is a cute YA read which involves music and friendships. An easy book to read!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I read this book early on in my blogging days. I loved reading about the main character, Harper’s road trip which involved a lot of music, although it was sad as Harper had lost her sister, June, so she was grieving.

A link to music, favourite danced based books-

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I include this book whenever I can because I think it’s just so beautifully written. I loved the dance element, but also that it was such a deeper, darker read than I had anticipated.

Dance of Shadows-Yelena Black

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)

I read this book quite early on in my blogging days and liked it a lot more than others seemed to. This prompt has totally reminded me to get back to the series to see how it progresses.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

The main character in this moving story is a dancer. I loved this book.

How have you tackled the prompt this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Tonight The Streets Are Ours

Tonight the Streets Are Ours

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Pan Macmillan

Previously reviewed by the same author:
This Song Will Save Your Life

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, so it was a no brainer really that I’d request and read her new book Tonight The Streets Are Ours. There’s something about Leila’s writing that is just incredibly easy to read. I devoured Tonight The Streets Are Ours. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s a good, engaging read which I think so many contemporary YA fans are going to absolutely lap up!

Tonight The Streets Are Ours totally looks like a love story, but don’t let that put you off if romance isn’t your thing, because this book is different. It may have a slice of romance, however to me, it was more about friendship, the way relationships can present themselves and finding yourself. It centres around Arden who always is there for her friends, picking up the pieces when they break and showing them how much she loves them. Being there for everyone and being a constant support was what Arden thought love was about. When she realises that many of her relationships are one sided she finds herself searching for answers online and comes across a blog ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’. Arden immediately connects with Peter, the writer. When Peter’s girlfriend finishes with him, Arden decides to go to New York with her friend Lindsay to try and track Peter down. Throughout a night of madness, Arden finds out that Peter isn’t as amazing as his blog makes him seem. She also learns a lot about herself…

As I mentioned, I really enjoyed this book, but it’s certainly not without its flaws. It is quite a dramatic read, with all sorts happening some of which aren’t overly believable, but it’s still entertaining.

The characters are interesting but I have to admit, I didn’t connect as well with Arden as much as I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not a character which made me want to throw the book across the other side of the room, but I thought she was incredibly irritating. She seemed so focused on how much she was a loyal friend. She really believed in herself- that’s fine, but I’m not so sure that her friends needed her as much as she believed that they needed her. I also didn’t find it believable that she would randomly go and track down a blogger that she didn’t know. A little creepy? I was also slightly concerned that Peter wasn’t freaked out by a stranger tracking him down.

Despite the fact that there are frustrating moments in this book, I wasn’t let down by it and I certainly read it quickly. I really enjoy Leila’s writing. I like that her books make me think. There are profound sentences within her books that make me nod along and appreciate the sentiment!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An easy to read contemporary that’s full of drama!

Top Ten Books I’d Give To Adult Readers Who Have Never Read Young Adult

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten books that we’d give to readers who have never read… a certain genre. I decided to pick Young Adult, as I believe Young Adult is so underestimated by those that don’t read it. I’ve focused on adults that want to read YA! I could’ve picked so many more books, but the books I have selected for this list are strong young adult reads which show that the genre has much more depth than you might expect.

In no particular order (Click on the book cover to go to the Goodreads page for the book!):

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Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman– I’d recommend this book because it deals with serious issues. It’s about prejudices and racism of all kinds. It’s incredibly well written and really packed an emotional punch with me.

TroubleNon Pratt– I absolutely adored this book. It wasn’t what I’d expected. I’d recommend it because it’s got complex characters and authentic teenage voices.

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The DrowningRachel Ward– This book was NOT what I expected. It is the first book that I’d read of Rachel Ward’s. I didn’t expect it to be so creepy, but it really was! I’d recommend it because it was so creepy and the supernatural element actually made me shudder!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales– Recommended because it’s a story about finding out who you are and accepting who you are. Deeper than I had anticipated.

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Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– Ooh, this book! It took me ages to process my thoughts on Dangerous Girls. It was a great book, I’d especially recommend it to those that love an unreliable narrator. This book totally messed with my mind.

The Name On Your WristHelen Hiorns– I found this book so readable! I was thinking about it days after I finished reading it. A very impressive debut from a talented, young author.

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Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell– Whilst I’m not as big a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s as others are, I thoroughly enjoyed Eleanor & Park. I thought it was an incredibly well written young adult read. I liked that Eleanor was such a different character compared to others in Young Adult fiction.

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I could rave about this book. I really could. Whilst I appreciate that it’s a book that you either love or hate, I think it would appeal to those that love a psychological thriller or mystery.

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Twenty Boy SummerSarah Ockler– It may look a light-hearted read, but it’s not. It’s more than that. It’s a story about loving and losing someone close to you.

The Sky is EverywhereJandy Nelson– This book is a beauty. A sad storyline but beautifully written and incredibly heart-warming.

So what did you pick this week? Feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books About Friendship

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books About Friendship. It’s been fun to look over books that I’ve read thinking about friendships.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s StoneJ.K Rowling– I feel like the whole Harry Potter series is full of good friendships. It’s a series that immediately came to mind when I thought about books about friendship. Harry, Ron and Hermione have a brilliant friendship. Then there are characters like Luna, Neville etc. that also are great friends. Friendship and love are key themes in the series.

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Wonder- R.J Palacio– I will always include this book in a Top Ten list whenever I can. I think it’s a gorgeous book. So well written and with a great message too. I think this is an important book to explore friendships. Not everyone is nice to those with differences and Wonder shows how wonderful (!) children and adults can be, but also how nasty some individuals are.

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Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein– I think this is an absolutely beautiful book! Verity and Maddie had such a great friendship. I think Elizabeth Wein writes about their friendship so wonderfully. The characters are really fleshed out and she makes your heart break for them.

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The HelpKathryn StockettThe Help is one of my favourite books of all time. There are some beautiful friendships involved in this story. I love how the characters were fighting together to try and make a difference and show people what life is really like for a black maid in th1 1960’s. There are some incredibly powerful and vivid scenes.

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The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– This is another series that has some powerful friendships. The one I like in particular is Katniss and Rue. I just with their friendship could’ve been for longer! Adorable.

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Twenty Boy SummerSarah Ockler– This book is a perfect Summer read. I really feel like the friendships are incredibly memorable.

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The BFGRoald Dahl– My reasons for picking this one is plain and simple. Sophie and the BFG have the cutest friendship.

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This Song Will Save Your LifeLeila Sales- This cute contemporary starts with Elise having no friends, but in time, finding some brilliant friends who help bring her out of her shell and find out what she loves.

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The Knife of Never Letting GoPatrick Ness– The friendship I love in this particular book is between man and dog. Aw.

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Pivot PointKasie West– I absolutely adore this book from Kasie West. I love the friendship between Addie and Laila. It felt real and very relatable.

What books did you or would you choose this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section below and I’ll stop by!

This Song Will Save Your Life

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Synopsis:

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Thoughts:

One of my biggest passions aside from reading is music, so when I read about the use of music in this book, I knew I had to have it. Once I started This Song Will Save Your Life, I realised it was about much more than music and high school. It’s about finding out who you are and learning to accept who you are.

This book centres around Elise Dembowski. I think we’ve all either known or been an Elise. She is unpopular and doesn’t have friends. She tries to put her finger on why she’s so disliked, so she spends time making herself ‘trendy’. She changes her appearance and catches up with all the latest celebrity gossip. This fails and so does a cry out for attention. When Elise is ready to give up, she discovers Vicky and Pippa and the party ‘Start’. Elise’s life begins to change as she finds friends, a hidden talent and acceptance.

I devoured This Song Will Save Your Life. It was so easy to read. The writing was beautiful. Elise’s voice really shone, and I felt like I was reading someone’s diary entry. I can understand why some readers believe she comes across as believing she’s better than anyone else, as Elise does seem to judge others, just like she’s judged. But for me, that made her more human. After all, don’t we all judge others at some point?

I think This Song Will Save Your Life is a powerful read. It encourages learning to accept yourself for who you are, which I believe is a very important message.

“Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Holly Black