Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten 2016 releases so far! Most of the books I’ve read this year have been previous releases, so this list was somewhat tricky for me.

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Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

I read this book in early June and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in reading books about mental illness.

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I really loved the story. It involves drugs, gangs and drama. Not my usual sort of read, but I’m glad that I read it!

This Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I had been anticipating this book for a while now. Marieke is an old friend of mine and I was so ever so proud of her after reading this book.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Even though this isn’t my favourite read by Emery Lord, I really enjoy her writing style, so it earns itself a place on my list!

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

I have loved Cecelia’s adult books, so was excited to see what her YA book brought. I have to admit to being very impressed! I didn’t think I would be.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I preferred this book to Alice’s debut novel. I was really impressed by this story!

When I Was Invisible- Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible

Again, not my favourite from the author, but it’s still a fantastic piece of women’s fiction!

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I always enjoy reading about the characters in a Katie McGarry story! This book was no exception.

You Know Me Well- Nina LaCour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well

I thought this was cute and easy to read. Just what you need sometimes!

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Again, not my favourite Morgan Matson book ever, but still a good contemporary YA release for 2016!

As you can see, a lot of my favourites haven’t been 2016 releases. Nevertheless, these 10 books have been decent reads! What are your favourite 2016 releases so far? Feel free to leave a link to your post!

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You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to St Martin’s Press

Previously reviewed by Nina LaCour
The Disechantments
Everything Leads To You

Previously reviewed by David Levithan
Boy Meets Boy
Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Two Boys Kissing
Marly’s Ghost
Every Day
Another Day

Synopsis:

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Thoughts:

 I have enjoyed reading books from both authors, as you can see above, so when I heard they were co-writing this book, I was very excited to read it. I thought You Know Me Well was an easy to read, cute book which didn’t take me long to tear through. The reason why I haven’t rated it any higher was because I thought some of the friendships didn’t feel authentic enough.

You Know Me Well tells stories from both Kate and Mark’s point of view. I really enjoy dual narration and thought it worked particularly well with this story. It follows their stories of relationships. It also follows their friendship. Kate and Mark met one night, even though they’d be sitting next to each other for a while at school. Kate and Mark instantly got on which felt a little unbelievable, but it was definitely something I could get past. I felt particularly touched by Mark and Ryan’s storyline.

I thought You Know Me Well was a refreshing story. There wasn’t any angst about the characters coming out (even though I don’t mind reading about this!) They were already out and comfortable within themselves. It was lovely to read about LGBT characters that were just having normal teenager struggles with relationships.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A wonderful story of love and heartache!

This Week In Books #35

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!

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

You Know Me Well The Unexpected Everything Sophie

You Know Me Well Nina LaCour and David Levithan– I’ve just started this book which seems like it’s going to be my sort of thing all about first love.

The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson– I enjoyed this cute contemporary read even though I don’t think it’s Morgan’s best!

SophieJennie Sargam– I don’t know a lot about this book, so I’m excited to go into it not having expectations. The plain and simple cover really appealed to me.

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

Stacking The Shelves #140

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!

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

NetGalley:

You Know Me Well

I really like Nina LaCour and David Levithan’s writing, so I was pleased to be approved for this book! I hope to read it soon.

With Malice

I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of this book. It centres around a girl who wakes up in hospital and can’t remember the last six weeks of her life.

Bought:

The Unexpected Everything

I adore Morgan Matson’s writing and I love contemporary YA. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this book as soon as I can!

When I Was Invisible

Dorothy Koomson is one of my favourite auto buy authors. I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book before I bought it. Dorothy’s books are always deep and meaningful. They take you on an adventure. I’m looking forward this one too!

What did you add to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by at some point!

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!

Everything Leads To You

Everything Leads to You

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Disenchantments

Synopsis:

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Thoughts:

Everything Leads To You is an incredibly cute read, but for some reason I didn’t rate it as highly as most of my book blogging friends have!

The story centres around Emi, who is a young girl who is driven in her career. She’s currently doing an internship working on sets for movies. Emi is a little unlucky in love. She keeps going back to Morgan, her ex girlfriend who keeps hurting her then taking her back. Emi is determined to stay away from Morgan and she keeps being drawn back to her. Emi and her best friend Charlotte find a letter at a famous movie legend’s house. It leads Emi to Ava, a girl connected to the movie legend. Emi finds herself connecting with Ava and starts wondering whether Ava is exactly what she needs! The movie aspect was interesting especially with the introduction of the mysterious letter. I enjoy reading contemporary books that deviate from the normal contemporary topics.

One of my favourite things about this book were the relationships. I adored Emi and Charlotte’s friendship. Charlotte was there for her all the time and extremely protective over her friend. I also thought Emi and Ava were adorable. The romance is never too much, it’s just there simmering in the background. I know… a slow paced romance in YA… fancy that! I thought that was much more believable considering that Emi was struggling after a break up with a girl she clearly adored.

Nina LaCour’s writing is incredibly easy to read, she sets the scene/atmosphere so beautifully and writes about female relationships without making a big statement that she’s writing about lesbians. I absolutely adored that!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This book would certainly suit those that fancy a contemporary read but don’t like too much romance!

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten quotes from books we’ve read in the past year or so!

Here are my quotes! (Book title goes to Goodreads!)

“It’s amazing how much one person can change the world, even if they don’t know they’re doing it.”- Jenn Marie Thorne from The Wrong Side Of Right

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”- Colleen Hoover from Ugly Love.

“The best things aren’t perfectly constructed. They aren’t illusions. they aren’t larger than life. They are life.”- Nina LaCour from Everything Leads To You.

“Promise was like a precious stone, she told me: hypnotising, but after a while the weight of it could sink you.”- Meg Haston from Paperweight.

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”- Neil Gaiman from The Ocean At The End Of The Lane.

“Sing your way home at the close of the day. Sing your way home; drive the shadows away. Smile every mile, for whenever you roam it will brighten your road, It will lighten your load If you sing your way home.”- Carys Bray from A Song For Issy Bradley.

“Knowing the truth is not always a kindness.”- Rosamund Hodge from Cruel Beauty.

“Being single is not a death sentence.”- Philip Siegel from The Break Up Artist.

Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!