The best reads of September

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As I did last month, I will award three prizes to books with the categories “the most original”, “the most addictive” and “the most surprising”

The most original

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This book was really interesting, because of the world it is set in. It is very extreme and it is intriguing to see how people would act in a world so different from our own.

The most addictive (and most surprising)

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I read this book in a really short time and every time I put it away I just had to continue. I just couldn’t sleep until I finished this book. I did not know what book to award the most surprising category to, so I choose this book again. Simply because I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.

What is your most original, addictive and surprising read last month?

A short review of Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★★★review-header18692431

This is the story of Madeline, a girl who hasn’t been outside in 17 years. She is sick, she has SCID, which means that if she would go outside, it would probably mean she would die. But then one day a new family moves in to the house next to her, and she falls in love with Olly, the boy from next door.

When I read the blurb I was immediately captivated. I once wrote a short story about a young girl that has never been outside, and then she finds a door and sneaks out and becomes friends with the animals in the forest. I don’t think I even have the story anymore, but the book reminded me about it. Which also reminded me about how bad my writing was. Anyway, here are five things I loved about Everything, Everything.

  1. Diversity

I love that the book has diverse characters. There are only four main characters, Olly, Madeline, her mom and her nurse, and three out of these four characters are not white. Madeline is Asian/Afro-American, her mother is Asian(?) and her nurse is Mexican.

  1. Opposites

I love that Madeline and Olly are opposites in many things. Madeline hasn’t been outside in 17 years, while Olly is as comfortable as you can imagine outside. He climbs, runs, jumps around like it is the most natural thing in the world. Madeline is white, Olly is black (in clothing not in skin tone). And their skin tones are reversed. Madeline has a great relationship with her mom, Olly a horrible one with his dad.

  1. Notes and drawings

I always love to read a book that has notes and drawings in it, it makes you more involved in reading the book. The book reviews were awesome! Madeline writes super short reviews that contain the lesson she learned from it, and during the book the lessons change. She learns. Spoiler alert: living is not just being alive.

  1. Struggle

Of course this book is about love, and I think you could almost call it insta love, but it is also about so much more. The book is about growing up, about abuse, about depression, about loneliness, about betrayal, about disease, about living.

  1. Psych things

There is this certain thing in the book, that I won’t tell you about, that really sparked my interest as a psych student. You’ll have to figure out what it is for yourself, if you read the book. It has something to do with the awesome plot twist!

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

WWW Wednesday: Week 38 2016

This is a meme I just discovered about fifteen minutes ago. But I love doing Top Ten Tuesdays, and I love doing weekly things, so I thought why not? WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on A World of Words. It consists of three questions:

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am reading The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner. I am only 48 pages in and I  really like it so far. The story is about a girl who wants to hike the Appalachian Trail (which is 3500 km long) with her friend, but when her friends cancels, she decides to do it alone.

2156I am also reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, for the Austentations book club. I am a little over 1/4th in, but I am progressing slowly. I had to start over after reading two chapters because I was distracted all the time. I am listening to the audiobook while reading the ebook, so it doesn’t go 4588very fast.

Normally I don’t read 3 books at the same time, but the last book I am reading I put on a pause. The book is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I have read this book so many times that I can just jump in at any page I want and understand completely what is happening.

What I recently finished reading

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, 18692431and I finished it in one night. You fly through it and I loved it. It is about a girl with a very severe condition, she is practically allergic to everything and hasn’t been outside for 17 years. But then she gets new neighbors with a very handsome son (you can probably predict where this ends).

7664334What I will read next

I think I will read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. As you might have noticed, I am having a very
contemporary week. Lots of contemporary books! I don’t read contemporary a lot but for some reason I really feel like reading contemporary
(also it is often very easy and quick to read.

What are you reading?

 

Library Book Haul

I went to the library. Not such a good idea when you promised yourself to finish Persuasion by the end of the week and have lots of homework to do. But I did it anyway. I planned only to get one, maybe two, books, but I just couldn’t leave these pretty books there!

The four books I got are:

  • The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner 23846040

The story sounds really cool and cute. The beginning of the blurb almost made me put it back on the shelves but the rest made up for it.

“McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.”

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I did not every recognize this book, in Dutch the title is (direct translation) “All You Hold Dear” and the cover is really different too. But when I started reading the blurb, I immediately recognized it. I have had this book on my goodreads tbr ever since it came out and I am really looking forward to reading it. Also, there’s a movie coming out soon!18692431

“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.”

  • Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

I already have my doubts about this book, because of the whole “dead boyfriend”-thing but I will give it a go anyway. I really like the organ donation theme. 17571215

“When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.”

  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson7664334

I read this book like five years ago and I don’t remember much about it. But I’ve been dying to read another Morgan Matson book and I have heard so much about this book lately that I thought, why not read it again? Fun fact: in Dutch, Roger is called Jake.

“Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”

Do you go to the library often? And do you also have the same problem that when you do you come home with a big pile of books?