TTT: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump! I’m feeling a reading slump coming on myself, so this prompt helped me brainstorm at just the right time. I’ve picked my top five at the moment because I’m struggling to think of more, so hop in the comments and help me out!

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis – Whenever I’m in a slump, i find that taking a step back and reading a childhood classic helps me recharge. Easier vocabulary and a well-loved storyline and world give the brain the rest it needs before diving back in and building new ones!

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – This book is one of my all-time favorites so I tend to turn to it a lot when I’m stressed or don’t feel like reading anything else. Aelin’s resilience always inspires me to better myself and work towards all the good things to come!

3. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Stables – I’m currently working through this series is absolutely amazing (and definitely geared towards adults)! When words get to be a little too much, I like to take a step back and read some graphic novels. The gorgeous images help fill in the world and give you some glorious eye candy ;).

4. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Although I love the entire Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit is the one that I reread the most. The shorter length and the action-packed story help me remember why I love reading so much when I’m struggling.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen – This book is what I read after strongly disliking a book (especially if it’s a generally popular one). Persuasion is my favorite classic (although Jane Eyre sometimes switches with it based on my mood) and there is something about misunderstanding leading to lost love that I absolutely adore. It’s also a reminder that other people’s opinions don’t mean that you have to change your own (which is something that I struggle with in everyday life)!

Comment below and tell me some of your favorite books to get out of reading slumps!

 

 

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

26795341Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published: June 7, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What started as beginning this book before bed and reading a few chapters quickly turned into devouring it in one sitting.

The adorable romance absolutely captivated me, and I loved the air of mystery to it as Simon tries to figure out who Blue is (and I’ll admit, it wasn’t all that obvious to me until a scene about halfway through). I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was so happy when they finally get together. I just wanted the book to keep going so I could see them grow and develop even more.

All of the drama throughout is typically high-schoolerish and was so refreshing because of how well done it was. I feel like a lot of YA often overdo the drama, but this added to the story without taking anything away. Going along with this, I could totally see myself in the situations described which contributed to the realism of the story.

Overall an absolutely wonderful story and quick read that I will be recommending to all of my YA-loving friends. Now, I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this year!

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Crooked Kingdom!

So I have been super busy with school and the first round of midterms, but I am finally able to take a pause today after my Saturday morning exam and begin Crooked Kingdom!
I absolutely loved Six of Crows (you can check out my review HERE) and can not wait to see where the story takes us.

I was fortunate enough to be able to order the books signed from Books of Wonder, and they came with a surprise sheet of tattoos inside! I had also previously signed up for a pre order bonus of a set of dice with game instructions, as well as a signed bookplate.

Let me just rave a little about how beautiful the books are without the dust jacket! I absolutely love the color red and the red cover and pages with the black writing is gorgeous. Also, the title crow imprint on the cover of both copies!

Hopefully I will be able to finish this book this weekend, if other work does not drag me back down! As soon as I finish, I will post a review.

Once again, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for bookish bracelets!

Thanks for reading!

Emily