Me & Milo the Great // Book Review

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Title: Me & Milo the Great

Author: Michelle Schlicher

Release date: September 14

Buy: amazon // other websites here

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My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I’m not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I’ll finally get past it.

Maybe it just takes time—and a little bit of magic.

This was an advanced copy received by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

When Michelle contacted me to review this book, I got very excited because the summary was very mysterious and it instantly got me wondering about it.

I definitely don’t regret accepting this book because this was a pretty good read!

First of all, I loved Michelle’s writing. It was simple, easy to understand and it was able to transmit the exact feelings the author intended us to feel through these characters. She wrote a very relatable character to many people: she deals with anxiety and she has lived through a very traumatic event that has changed her life ever since.

The book is written in Holiday’s pov and it changes between the present day and the past. I’m not really a fan of books that constantly change between the past and present, I find it very distracting and not very motivating, especially when I’m getting invested in the “present” and I know that the next chapter will be about the “past”. This happened a bit with this book. This was pretty much the only serious complaint about the book.

I really enjoyed the small bits of Holiday’s life and how she talks about how hard it is to do some things, such as go out or talk to people, it made her and her illness very realistic. I also loved the way Holiday narrates her life. The little tiny things that transports us to her head and her thoughts was probably my favourite thing in the entire book. It really made me feel everything she was feeling and experience everything she was experiencing. I hope you understand what I’m trying to explain here. Again, Michelle’s writing was A+ for me because I really love this type of writing. Here’s a simple yet good example I really liked:

It’s raining today, a gentle rain that’s cool when it lands on my skin. I don’t mind. I’m holding an umbrella, walking to the park. It’s Tuesday.

The other character, Milo, was introduced early in the book and I instantly liked him.  I love their interactions and their storyline.The anxiety in the book was – in my opinion – really well portrayed since everyone who has it knows how hard it is to live with it every single day. This book showed us just that. Sometimes reading about it made me feel a bit queasy since I struggle with anxiety myself and I tend to avoid these topics when my anxiety is through the roof. But I definitely don’t regret it because it was very well done.

I’ve been out of my apartment more in the past few weeks than I have in the previous few years combined. (…) But I’m not completely confortable with the way my new life is going. The more I venture out, the more people I meet, the more exposed I feel, the more things are asked of me that I’m not sure I can handle.

Overall, I really liked the book. It was very emotional, the plot of the book didn’t disappoint, I really liked the characters and the writing was really good. Michelle really writes beautifully!

I definitely recommend this book to everyone! It comes out September 14!!!!! Add it to your tbr here.

Thank you Michelle for sending me your book! 🙂


About the author: MICHELLE SCHLICHER is the author of the novels The Blue Jay, Gracie’s Song and Come This Way. She lives outside of Des Moines with her husband, two children, two fluffy dogs and a cat that followed her home to become a prince. You can follow her on Instagram @michelleschlicher. // website

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 // TBR

It’s BookTube-A-Thon time!!! The best reading time of the year, although a bit stressful. I participated in BookTube-A-Thon two years ago but without a TBR or an actual plan. I just read what I wanted and I believe I didn’t even finish one challenge – I just wanted to read at the same time as other people and participate in the conversations and reading sprints on twitter.

This year, I’m going to try something new. I will set up my TBR, but I’m such a mood reader that I don’t think I will stick to it. Either way, I’ll try.

“What a second, Raquel… what is BookTube-A-Thon?” Well, thank you for asking my friend! It’s a week long event (July 24th-July 30th) where people get together (virtually) to reaaaaaad all week, non-stop. There are challenges, fun videos and Instagram pictures, as well as contests and giveaways! It’s pretty exciting if you like to binge-read. Not so exciting if you have too much anxiety like me. BUT I will definitely slow things down a bit and read as I go,without putting too much pressure on me since this is supposed to be fun! If you want to find out more about it, watch the official video here.

This year, we have 7 great challenges (watch the video here):

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover;
  2. Read a hyped book;
  3. Finish a book in one day;
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you;
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors;
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover;
  7. Read 7 books.

I’ve been in a very weird mood and I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to this year. I’m not even calling it a reading slump because I want to read but I can’t bring myself to finish a book or read it enough to fully get into it. However, this past weekend I started a book by R.S. Grey and I read it so fast as I enjoyed it so much!! It finally got me into reading fast, but I’m still afraid of going back to the way I’ve been this past year. Thus, I decided to include a lot of other R.S. Grey in my TBR and that will consolidate my “getting-back-into-finishing-books” mood. I probably won’t finish these 7 book in a week because I don’t read that fast and c’mon, I don’t have that many expectations for myself! With that being said, my TBR for those challenges are:

  1. The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic or Vicious by V.E. Schwab or Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3. The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey or The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey
  6. The Graces by Laure Eve
  7. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

The R.S. Grey books can be switched up between them and don’t have to necessarily be in that order, because they all have a person on the cover, I can finish them in a day and I will probably read them all outdoors, by the pool.

Anyway, this isn’t a definite TBR because, like I said, I’m a mood reader and that’s what I feel like reading now, but I’m not sure if I’ll feel like reading them during BookTube-A-Thon. Nonetheless, I will update you on what I’ll read on my twitter and then I’ll hopefully write a wrap-up post.

Are you participating in BookTube-A-Thon this year? Do you have a TBR? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TBR post/video/Instagram post. 

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contemporary tbr

Hello friends!
Today I’m going to talk to you about contemporary books!!! 😍 I looooove me some cute, fluffy reads – they just make me feel good. I can devour most of these books in less than 24 hours so I always love to have TONS of contemporary books on my TBR.
Since I haven’t been reading much, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of books, so I decided to make a list of contemporary books that I need to read asap! And if I get to read at least 5 of these this summer, I might do a blog post about fantasy (or maybe I’ll write a blog post about it, just in case 😏). This list also includes a few next contemporary releases that I’m super excited about!

There are way more contemporary books I want to read but these are my must-read! Without any further ado, here are the beautiful contemporary books I need to read asap:

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen; Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett; Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith; The Animal Under the Fur by E.J Mellow

By Your Side by Kasie West; P.S. I Like You by Kasie West; The Hating Game by Sally Thorne; One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid;

Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything and Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett; Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Those are A LOT OF BOOKS! I really wanted to read most of these this summer, but there are a lot of fantasy books waiting for me on my shelf (EMPIRE OF STORMS!!!!!!). I shall keep you updated on my progress!

Do you have any contemporary books that you’re dying to read? Let me know in the comments!

 

happy new year and all the other happies I missed // an update

It’s May, which means this is my first post in 2017 *hides in shame*. Well, happy new year, Valentine’s Day and all the other holidays and special days we had since January! I also turned twenty two years old in March so happy birthday to me.
I haven’t written anything here and to be honest, I miss it. I haven’t read much either (nothing, actually). I also didn’t feel like posting much because I wanted to stay away from the internet for a bit and focus on university.
I finally felt courageous enough to dig up this blog and clean the dust that has been accumulating due to my absent months. The problem is: as I mentioned, I haven’t read much. Scratch that – I have been reading, but I haven’t finished a book in months. What to do now? How am I supposed to blog now? Well, I decided to post more often but about many different things that can be posted and don’t require me finishing a book. My posts will still mostly be book related, but I want to talk about other things that I’m interested and invested in. Not because I feel like that’s going to boost my blog (I don’t really care about that and to be honest I don’t think it will), but because I NEED to have something that will make me feel accomplished and satisfied. Somehow this blog and books give me a feeling of goodness and calmness that I need 😁(cue eye roll from less sensitive people that don’t understand how important someone’s mental health is).
ANYWAY, that’s pretty much all I wanted to say in this post. Don’t call this a comeback BUT I’ll try to write more often and keep you updated on things I am interested in at the moment! 💖

november wrap-up & december tbr

I’ve immersed in my own bad thoughts and feelings when I should be working, so I decided to take a quick break and write a blog post. That way I can distract myself while I write.

Today I bring you my November wrap-up (lol) and December tbr. Hopefully I can be productive with my reading and maybe read the books I’m choosing.

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I only finished one book in November, even though I tried reading other books –  I just wasn’t in the mood for them. The book I finished was YOU by Caroline Kepnes and oh my! This book is so creepy and yet, I found myself understanding Joe’s thoughts and actions, until I finally came to my senses and understood what the author was doing. It was sort of like Stockholm syndrome, because you couldn’t help but like Joe and rationalise his actions. That’s why this book is so good, well written and addictive! I definitely am interest in reading Hidden Bodies by the same author (maybe not right now, though. I’m still recovering from the first book).

This month I want to try to read more, but I don’t know if I’ll have the time because I have a lot to do for university. However, I decided to make a tbr of the books I want to read and even if I won’t be able to complete/follow it, at least I have an idea of what genres and type of books I want to read.

I know this post is a bit late since it’s already December 17, but oh well… Here are the books I want to try to read this month:

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is my current read and I’m almost done with it. Saint Anything by the same author is one of my favourite books ever so I decided to slowly read more of her books. I don’t know if I should have started with this one though. Even though I’m enjoying it, it’s not a favourite. I also heard that Saint Anything was very different from her other novels so that might be why I’m not enjoying as much. But hopefully that will change – I still have some pages left.

The Graces by Laure Eve – I started this book while I was reading YOU by Caroline Kepnes and now I feel like I need to finish it because I was actually enjoying it. It wasn’t blowing my mind, but still. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – I mainly want to read this book because of the movie that is coming out in 2017, although I was always curious to read a book by this author. No better time than this one, I guess.

My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins – I don’t plan on reading every story in this book, just a few to get me in the Holiday spirit. I wanted to read it last Christmas but I wasn’t able to.

And that’s it! Like I said, I’m not sure I’ll even read these books, but I just wanted to write what I’ve been feeling like reading this month. That way I can also distract myself from university during the holidays (even though I still have two essays to write. Yikes).

What books do you plan on reading this December?

I am back // reading, japan and more

Hello friends! I’m back (hopefully)!! 😺 (and blogger has emojis now, a lot has changed)
In 2017 I want to regularly update this blog. Since I sometimes am busy with university and other real life things, I’m left with almost no time to read or to actually finish a book, so this blog tends to be sort of abandoned. BUT during the next year, I plan on writing more here and not only about books (that way it is constantly updated) but also about university, life, tv, movies and other general things. Nevertheless, this blog will always be mainly about books. I hope that’s okay with you, guys.

Anyway, now that we got that out of the way, I believe I have to update you on what I’ve been doing during these past 4 months. I did not read much – that’s pretty obvious. Since I finished Queen of Shadows, I was left in a major book slump and I have only managed to finish one book… ONE BOOK!!! What is happening to me? Wait… It gets worse: It took me 2 months to read that book. In my defence, I can’t pick up other books while I’m already reading one, so that’s also a reason why there aren’t more books on my 4 month wrap-up.

During these months, I did a lot of new things: I spent my last month of summer break reading Queen of Shadows (it killed me), getting a tan (which has already faded) and spent a week with my dear friends, which was amazing – we had so much fun!!
In September, I went to JAPAN for a week on a exchange program organised by the Japanese Government!!! Yes, Japan – I still can’t believe I was there.

 

After that, I started my master’s degree in International Relations and I’m currently struggling to write my essays, but that’s a story for another time!

Annnnd that’s basically it! I want to read new books so badly, so hopefully I’ll get some reading done this winter break (even though I have to read a lot for university).

Here’s a list of things I loved during these past 4 months:

Movies:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them;
  • Lost in Translation (made me miss Japan so much!);
  • Spirited Away;
  • Boys and Girls (gotta love those 2000s movies);
  • Friends With Benefits (I love Mila Kunis, I’ve been watching all her things)

TV Shows:

  • Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life (I never thought I would get new episodes, ever. I couldn’t be more grateful)
  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (I finished it, I’m still heartbroken)
  • Reign (finally caught up on it)
  • That 70’s Show (I’m determined to finish it soon)

Music:
(I’ve been going back to artists I used to love but haven’t listened to for a long time)

  • Purity Ring (I seriously love this band so much)
  • Gabrielle Aplin
  • The Kooks – Junk of the Heart Album (mainly the song: Rosie)
  • Sia – The Greatest (single)
  • Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (I KNOW, I couldn’t stop listening to this song ever since I heard it again in my friend’s car).

I hope you’re all well and I’ll see you SOON.

waiting on wednesday: empire of storms by sarah j. maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: September 6th
Goodreads // BookDepository // Amazon

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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As you all probably know, Sarah J. Maas is my queen and I love love love the Throne of Glass series (since it’s my favourite series of all times). I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT. AHHH. (clearly).

Which book are you desperately waiting for?