Top 10 Reactions & Thoughts I Have While Reading

top 10 thoughts reactionsBooks exist to make you FEEL something or LEARN something or just to be entertained. In a perfect world, you get all three in one. A lot of the time I find myself whispering things in my head about the book/characters/author/plot while I read. Most commonly I think “goddammit I wish I could write a book like this,” but a lot of the time I think the following things:

while readingomg what evenemma stone animated GIF Normally this is a very excited kind of “omg what is even happening?” because I have no other ways to phrase my excitement and wonderment about how it’s possible for a book to be this good. Sometimes I just want to squeal and run around with the book. (Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke proved to be a great book for me, in this regard.) There are a lot of instances where I find myself so in awe of the book that I can’t even form a real-sounding sentence in my head about it. Of course, this can also be used negatively: like what the fuck is happening, I am very confused/stupid.

what could happenshocked animated GIF I have this thought a LOT. I am always wondering how authors are able to write what they do. I’ve met the characters and explored their world a little bit – now what is actually going to happen in this book?? I love when I read fantasy or sci-fi books and genuinely don’t have the brain power to predict what the plot will be like. I hardly ever think about this when I’m reading contemporary romance, because I can almost always predict that. Otherwise I’m just constantly wondering HOW the author is going to write a book and create events and just be a an author. Jennifer L. Armentrout, how did you ever come up with the idea to make DEMONS and GARGOYLES the main characters in White Hot Kiss? You crazy girl.

how going to endcommunity animated GIF Another big (somewhat similar) question is wondering how the book is going to end. Sometimes I just can’t possibly fathom what the character is going to do. Books like this are awesome because you can eagerly await the end without thinking you’ve somehow figured it out. One major book like this for me recently was One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington. Is she going to kill herself? Is she going to live both lives? What about the boy??? HELPPP

get it together you guysadventure time animated GIF I mean this is obvious, right? The main characters OBVIOUSLY love each other and need to get down to business but as usual they’re taking their sweet time arriving at the destination. Some of that can be GREAT slow burn style, but some of it can be frustrating because it’s soooo obvious and unnecessary. I loved the slow burn in Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, but found Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins kind of annoying at times. (Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the book – I just didn’t see ANY redeeming qualities to Max and didn’t get what Lola was waiting for.)why still readingmodern family animated GIF I haven’t read a lot of bad books this year. And I almost never DNF books. (It’s happened once.) So I do occasionally find myself wondering why I am still reading a particular book when I am not enjoying it at all. Sometimes I really wish I had the will-power to stop reading books I don’t like, but it’s a particular skill I haven’t developed yet. The closest I’ve ever come to stopping with a book was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Snoozefest.

saw that comingarrested development animated GIF Yes, this happens a LOT when I read contemporary romances. It’s pretty obvious that the two main characters are going to end up together, they’re going to have the same issues with their friend(s) to get through in the meantime, and some other major miscommunication is going to happen. (Pretty standard in Rules of Summer/Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin) I call these the “typical YA” books. Doesn’t stop me from reading them, though! #YOLO

upon finishingtime travel brbparks and recreation animated GIF Finishing the first book in a series can be a difficult thing, because then (most likely) there’s the DREADED wait until the next book. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT? There’s not necessarily a major cliffhanger or anything, but there’s something about the book’s characters and world that you just want to stay in forever. You never want the book to end. I felt this way with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Those characters were my favorites and I just wanted to stay wrapped up in their world forever. Gimme book two, dammit!

eye rollparks and recreation animated GIF This could be great and could be awful. Sometimes I’m so shocked by an ending that I just sit there with my mouth gaping open, regardless of the reason being good or bad. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was definitely one of those for me. Like most people, I didn’t enjoy the ending, but I thought it was fitting. Really how else could that book have ended? Didn’t stop me from sitting there like an idiot wondering if I ever wanted to get married.

thats itdepressed animated GIF Yeah, this reaction sucks. WHY did you end it that way dear author? I need more, more, more. This is usually my thought when I read a book with a cliffhanger that shouldn’t have been one. I’ve come to expect major cliffhanger endings from Sara Shepard, but the ending of The Perfectionists definitely took the cake. It was more abrupt than anything and of course left me wanting the sequel immediately. On the flipside, I felt like all of the action was building and building… then suddenly came to a screeching halt with the ending. I also wanted more from Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. The ending didn’t impress me half as much as the ending from The Husband’s Secret. Sigh.

hugs booklizzie mcguire animated GIF FAVORITE REACTION. I’ve been known to sit on the couch clutching the book to my chest and smiling like an asshole for way too long. This reaction, folks, is indeed what dreams are made of. The book made you so happy and ended in the best way. The warm and fuzzies will last a very long time. I find that I am usually somewhat displeased with book endings, but Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler is the first one that comes to mind when I think of a solid ending. It left an appropriate amount of things open ended while answering the main things I’d wonder about.

Do you share any of these thoughts while reading?
How do you normally react when you finish a book?

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10 Reasons I Prefer YA to Adult Books

Today’s top 10 list consists of the 10 reasons I prefer young adult books to adult books. Please keep in mind, as the title suggest that these are just the reasons that I prefer young adult. You may like adult books better for the opposite reason, and that’s fine, but these are just my thoughts on the topic. I read an infuriating article that shamed adults for reading YA, and then another article that does the exact opposite, so I thought I would weigh in on the topic!
been not goingDisney Future animated GIFThis is probably the biggest reason I enjoy young adult compared to adult books. I would rather read a books that relate to my experiences so far in my life rather than what could happen in the future. There are plenty of young adult books that have characters who experience A LOT more than I have, but at least we have some major life experiences in common. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be a divorcee or a widower or even a mother; it’s not easy for me to read books about milestones I haven’t gotten to yet.. or may never get to. At least with a young adult book (no matter what genre, for the most part) I have been through the basic stages of growing up.
flow styleFangirl Girl animated GIFPeople against YA will argue that it’s not as literary as adult books, which I don’t agree with for a lot of reasons, but I just think the writing is different. Young adult books can be well-written, poorly written, unpredictable, predictable, literary, cliche, suspenseful, boring, mature, immature — just like adult books can. There is just something about the young adult voice that authors use that really works for me. Most adult books I encounter, especially the ones deemed “literary” and “classic” have been difficult to read, and I generally consider myself to be a pretty smart person. I can handle complex books and stories, but I just prefer the way they’re written in young adult. They’re not trying too hard.character ageDid We Just Become Best Friends Skins animated GIFI love reading about characters that I could imagine being friends with. So many books I’ve read recently have the BEST characters and groups of friends. Beyond that, I have already dealt with the intricacies of being a young adult in high school or college. I can look back on my experiences and relate to the ones in the book. I remember how hard friendships could be in high school or maintaining them in college. I remember drama with spending more time with my boyfriend than my friends. I remember it all and I feel like I could give mounds of advice on the topic. Reading books with teen characters makes me simultaneously want to pat them on the head and say “it gets better” while jumping in the pages with them and remembering my life at that point in time.
favorite authorsBexblr Fangirl animated GIFEvery single person out there could name at least 1-5 authors that they consider favorites. You’ll automatically buy their books no matter what, you’ve followed their career and new releases as long as you can remember, and you can’t imagine NOT reading a book by them. The vast majority of these authors for me are young adult authors and really don’t write books outside of that group. As long as they’re putting books out, I’ll be reading them! Continue reading

Top 10 Books that Hooked Me on the Genre

I’ve always been a reader and have enjoyed reading books of essentially any genre. There are, of course, genres or topics that I generally don’t read as much (historical fiction and non-fiction) – but really any topic is fair game for me! I’m a mood reader and I tend to read clusters of books within a certain genre, one after another, until I get “bored” with it for the time being and move on to the next general topic. Lately I’ve been on a contemporary binge, so I’ve switched over into some paranormal/parallel universe/time travel books over the coming weeks.

Here’s a list of the ten books that got me hooked on a certain genre or topic. [You can assume that all of these fall under the Young Adult umbrella, too!]

contemporaryThe books that really got me started into my tried-and-true favorite genre, Contemporary YA (normally Romance) were those by Sarah Dessen. She’s definitely still an auto-buy author for me. I’m so excited she a new book coming out within the next year! I read more of these books than any other genre by a long shot. I’m hoping to change that up sometime in the near future though. The next book I’ll be reading is Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore. I checked it out from the library and will be including it in Swoony September, once I finish with my ARCs. Continue reading

Cover Love

As everyone knows by now, I love book covers. Pretty ones with gorgeous typography, scenery, colors, and overall design are my favorites. I made a Goodreads shelf called “Cover Love” for this reason! I’m a firm believer in judging a book by its cover; the cover should successfully convey the book’s story and grab the reader’s attention. If covers didn’t matter, they wouldn’t have such unique designs! Without further ado, here’s a compilation of all 64 covers currently on my Cover Love shelf (in no particular order)!

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Top 10: My Favorite Places to Read

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Today I bring you a Friday edition of one of my bookish lists. Today’s “Friday Favorites” includes not a list of book recommendations, but a list of my favorite places to read and why. How does it compare to your favorite places to read?

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couchI enjoy reading on the couch, but only when my boyfriend is playing video games next to me. I can never get comfortable on the couch in general, but I don’t mind as long as I have someone beside me. It makes me feel like we’re spending time together even though we’re working on different things.coffee shop…or anywhere there’s coffee for that matter! I have been searching everywhere near me for a cute, local coffee stop to spend time in. It just doesn’t seem like there are a lot left. The closest one is about 15 minutes away from my new apartment so I think I’ll have to start up with that soon. I love being able to sip an expensive, fancy coffee and relax.

getting readyI initially didn’t enjoy audiobooks that much because my first experiences involved some crappy narrators. Now that I’ve learned to sample the book before buying it, I can get a feel for the performance I’ll be listening to. Audiobooks are amazing because they allow you to read when you normally wouldn’t be able to. I put them on while I’m in the shower and then getting ready for work. I need to work on getting a new speaker for the bathroom though, because it can be a little hard to hear.

gymI wish I could say that I did this one often. Since I moved home from college, moved into an apartment in one town, and am now moving to one in a different time, it’s been hard to go to the gym. I’m NOT an athletic or fitness-oriented person, but I have gone to the gym in the past. My new apartment complex has a gym inside it, so I’m really hoping to get going there. I like reading while on the elliptical or treadmill – this is where a Kind comes in handy!

beachHold your shock, but I don’t actually like the beach. I hate being sweaty and sandy and covered in sunscreen and the fact that you don’t normally shower before going and the cold water — the list goes on. However, when I am forced go to the beach, you’ll find me under the shade of an umbrella reading a book. Continue reading

Labor Day: Books You Can Read in a Day

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Happy Labor Day! In honor of a holiday where you don’t have to work (and that’s pretty much the actual reason for the holiday), I wanted to give you a new recommendation list. On days like these where I would normally be working, I like to curl up with a good book and crank through it. Here are my recommendations for books that you could read within one day. Perfect for today’s day off! (Shout out to my boyfriend for coming up with this idea when I was trying to come up with a post related to this weird holiday)

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