[review] more realistic than expected THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON

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I liked The Unexpected Everything much more than I had expected (Ha! get what I did there? No? Just me? Okay.) It was very fluid and even though it was long it flew by. It is easily one of my new favorite contemporaries (not that I’ve read a whole lot of them).

 

  • The actual writing is really interesting. I love that it isn’t just dialogue and description, but includes texts and excerpts from a book inside of the book.
    • It is much more realistic than most contemporary books due to the imperfections and mistakes of the characters and their decisions (realistically unrealistic).
      • I love all of the reasoning behind why Andie (or anyone) keeps things to themselves. All of her fear and vulnerability make the story even better (and more frustrating)
      • Andie and Clark aren’t a cheesy relationship.
      • The characters all have ups and downs just like in real life and it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending JUST LIKE IN LIFE.
    • All of the things that would normally annoy me and make me not like the story (Topher, etc.) make it more real somehow and give the story a sense of second chances (Second Chance Summer anyone?).

 

  • Characters! (of course. Why would I ever not mention characters?)
    • Toby is a really funny character and balances out some of the other characters. I love her obsession with emojis (again FUNNY).
    • Clark!!! I LOVE him. From his look to the fanboy inside, he is so awkdorable (awkward and adorable). I WANT TO SAY SO MUCH MORE, but no spoilers here, SO SQUEAL WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS ABOUT CLARK, PLEASE!
    • Tom. Is it weird that Tom ended up being one of the better characters for me? I just liked that he seemed to be caught in the middle of everything, but was still not taking sides (besides Palmer’s) and was just an overall good guy. PLUS A FANBOY, so…

QUOTES:

“It wasn’t a spark, or a shiver, or anything I’d heard described in cheesy love songs. It was more like when someone touches you on a spot near where you’re ticklish, that kind of heightened awareness. Like I’d never known there were so many nerve endings in my fingers.” (159)

“Galaxies don’t start perfect. They start crazy disorganized, and they change over time.” (455)

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LET’S SQUEAL TOGETHER! Did you enjoy it? What did you like? CLARK. Let me know below!:)

Love, Aubrey

MAGNUS CHASE mad libs

 

 

Here is another previous Blogging Extravaganza idea:

Mad Libs
The rules: Pick a scene or passage or whatever from a book, take out names and nouns and adjectives and verbs and all that fun stuff, and create a Mad Lib. Then fill it out and please don’t die laughing. (And be sure to leave a blank version for others to fill out, too!)

I took the first few paragraphs from Magnus Chase The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan page 3. First, a blank one so you can fill it out:

Yeah, I know. You [GROUP OF PEOPLE] are [NOUN] to [VERB] about how I [VERB] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [ADJECTIVE], [YOUR NAME]! Can I [VERB] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [VERB] off any [NOUN]. Don’t [VERB] into the [NOUN] or [VERB] [NOUN] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADJECTIVE] [VERB] to see [NOUN] hacking one another to pieces, [NOUN] flying up [NOUN] [NOUN THAT IS PART OF LAST NOUN], and [NOUN] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [VERB] about [NOUN] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m [AMOUNT OF TIME] old. This is the [NOUN] of how my life went [ADVERB] after I got myself [ADJECTIVE].

Here is the one I filled out:

Yeah, I know. You [FLOCK] are [CUPCAKE] to [SPREAD] about how I [BLEACH] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [KNOWLEDGEABLE], [AUBREY]! Can I [BOW] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [PARTICIPATE] off any [DAISY]. Don’t [BROADCAST] into the [TOILET] or [COPY] [BIRTH] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADORABLE] [CROUCH] to see [GIRAFFES] hacking one another to pieces, [TURTLES] flying up [GUITAR] [STRINGS], and [BROTHERS] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [DIVE] about [PURPLE] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [AUBREY]. I’m [1 MILLENNIA] old. This is the [BRICK] of how my life went [ANGRILY] after I got myself [CLUMSY].

 

So there you go! I challenge you to grab the book closest to you, open to the first page, and do the same thing. Ready, set, go! Leave in the comments your versions of the mad lib or what you would have put in the blanks instead.

Love, Aubrey

[Top Ten Tuesday] bookish websites, apps, etc.

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish… blah blah blah… you know the drill.

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  1. Goodreads: If you don’t know about goodreads by now, I am so sorry. Go make an account immediately and then friend me by clicking here.
  2. NetGalley: Basically eBook review copies for bloggers.
  3. Library Website: My library has a website catalog where I can log in and then put books on hold or order them. It saves me countless hours and then I can just go pick up my stack of specific library books I was wanting to read.
  4. Blogging for Books: Review copies for bloggers. Month review time limit. Can only have one at a time.
  5. BookLook Bloggers: Pretty much the same as Blogging for Books
  6. BookBub: Who doesn’t like free books? BookBub is a website that will show you every cheap or free ebook. It is specialized to what you like and I have actually found a few interesting ones on there.
  7. EasyBib: This is more of a school hack, but it cites a work cited FOR YOU!
  8. Amazon: Sometimes the best way to get book recommendations is to go to a book you have read and loved before and then go to the bottom where it says “others liked these books” or something like it and then continue until you find one you like. When I buy books I compare between Amazon, my local bookstores, Book Depository, Book Outlet, and sometimes Thrift Books or Better World Books.
  9. Twitter: If your following the right people, twitter can be super bookish.
  10. Blogs: I’m guessing that if you are here right now, you are into bookish blogs, but if not YOU SHOULD BE! WE ARE AWESOME*
*(and will one day rule the world)

Please share any websites you have found extremely bookishly amazing! Feel free to link your TTT below.

Love, Aubrey

[Top Ten Tuesday] when given money, one buys books

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Just so we are clear, I would want the full series of all of these, but only listed one because it is hard enough to narrow it down to just ten books as it is.

books i’ve read, but would love to own so i can read again and again

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

books i really want to read and think i will like enough to own

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

 

Love, Aubrey

Book Nook

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Books Read July 2016

SO, we have an issue… I may have possibly lied last month about finishing Magnus Chase because I preschedule posts so early in advance, but then I didn’t actually finish it until this month, so😦

  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan [review].
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson [review pending].

 

This summer I have read WAY less books than I thought I would, but I’m not that disappointed because I was practically still in school with the amount of homework I have had and I did so much with so many people. It has definitely been one of my favorite summers yet.

I am ready for some structure and a schedule, though. I start school on August 4, and it is coming up too quickly (I still have a lot more to do in terms of summer assignments for my AP classes).

 

I bought The Cursed Child today and I am SO EXCITED TO READ IT. I just have to finish ACOTAR and then I will most likely start.

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Who else got it today?

 

Let’s chat: Are you still in school? When do you start? What was the best book you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Aubrey

[Review] who knew the dead could be so sassy? THE SWORD OF SUMMER BY RICK RIORDAN

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Magnus’ life has always been different. He never knew his father, and his mother was killed by wolves a few years ago. Now he is homeless. One day, when his uncles and cousin come looking for him, he finds out he is the child of a Norse god and his life of hiding from the cops turns to one of fighting gods.

Rick Riordan never fails. Literally. Every book is beyond fantastic and I don’t understand how one person can have so many amazing brainchildren (maybe he is Athena?)

i liked...

  • Rick Riordan is a genius.
    • Every chapter title is so funny and entertaining just in itself.
    • I love learning all about mythology while not even realizing it. I seriously have learned so much while enjoying the sassy characters and epic quests.
    • His books are so much fun and are super easy to read since they are MG.
  • Romance wasn’t the focus. Even more than that, I am really glad the main character wasn’t even caught up in any of that. Seriously, why do so many authors think they need romance in their books. It doesn’t make anything better. Emily @ Loony Literate phrases this perfectly in this post.
  • Main character can’t make it through the second sentence alive, but IT WORKS.
  • The characters have great chemistry and work together really well in their nice little family.
    • Magnus: constant sass, sarcasm, and humor. Of course Riordan’s books always have extreme sass. I think that is one reason why I like them so so so much!
    • Blitzen & Hearth: so loving and caring for the whole team. Aww.
    • Sam: I like that a few aspects of her culture were put into it, but I really wish there would have been more and she wouldn’t have been such a stereotypical character (more on that below).
    • Jack: a very animate inanimate objects became one of the characters I was always looking forward to. (Oh, Jack. You are the best.)
  • I like that Annabeth is present at times, but doesn’t steal the show.

i didn't like...

  • Sam is a great character, but not super original. The whole “tough girl” character has been done so many times before, and I really wish there would have been more depth to her character.
  • The book seemed to have a similar plot to some of Riordan’s other books. Which all in all isn’t bad, but it was semi-predictable (which is common in MG).

Overall
It all connected very well and was super entertaining and funny. It had elements of other Riordan books, but stands in a category of its own.

4 stars

 

Love, Aubrey

[TTT] things books have made me want to do/ have taught me

Today’s TTT with The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. I came up with 11, but I couldn’t get rid of any of them.

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See the world. Experience different types of life.

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Go on crazy adventures

Experience life. Never stay in one place.

Let’s do some nevers, people… embrace the high school cliches,

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Go to a ball.

(basically any fairy tale)

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Study Abroad.

I have always wanted to study abroad (specifically in France, go figure), but this made me really want to go.

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Fly.

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… well also Peter Pan and crazy, but maybe paragliding or something???

Learn as much as you can (while saving the world and being a sass master).

Oh, Rick. You sass master, you.

Solve a mystery.

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Love unconditionally & save the world.

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We make our own choices (are not our parents) & those choices can change our lives.

Everyone matters and has potential for greatness.

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Forgiveness exists if a person puts forth effort to receive it.

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The grass is very green where you are.

Classifications never helped anyone and even though it always seems like life is better somewhere else, looks can be deceiving (get what I did there).

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Love, Aubrey

[Top Ten Tuesday] books set outside the U.S.

I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish (as always) for Top Ten Books Set Outside The U.S. It is so hard to find books that aren’t based in either the U.S., England, or Scotland. Please let me know of any books you know of that aren’t one of those three in the comments!:)

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This was actually really hard because there are SO many books that have at least partial settings in the U.S., but here is practically the only ten I could find that weren’t in fantasy realms (and even then…)

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling: London, Kentigern Gardens, Chelsea
  2. Doon, Destined for Doon, Shades of Doon: Scotland, magical Scotland realm
  3. The Kite Runner: Kabul, Afghanistan
  4. Macbeth: Scotland
  5. Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess: London, England, Whales
  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray: London, England
  7. Anna and the French Kiss: France
  8. A Tale of Two Cities: France, England
  9. The Night Circus: travels including (NY,) London, Paris(, Boston)
  10. Me Before You: U.K, Switzerland

 

And that’s it! What books have you read that take place outside of the U.S.? Feel free to leave your TTT in the comments!

Love, Aubrey

Related Post: Historical Settings I’d Love To See

ONE YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

why i started blogging and still love it (one year later)

Normal people just don’t get it. Sure there might be one or two people I know who may share the same enthusiasm I have for maybe one book, but when I start going on a rant about anything else their eyes get this glazed over look on them. I love to use really big words in front of people, especially adults because it is funny to see how they react. Generally teenagers and kids will ask what it means, but adults will nod their heads and pretend they know when it is very apparent they don’t, but who would want to admit that a 16 year old knows a word you don’t?

 

At the end of the day, if you don’t have anything to say was your life meaningful? One of my fears is oblivion. Not in the literal sense, but in the sense that I will die without ever making a difference. I feel that I have made a difference in some people, but I always am left wondering could I have done more? Which is a part of life.

 

I started blogging because I have passion. Specifically, I have a passion for books. I have something to say, and I wanted to say it. I wanted to say it to people who cared and maybe even had the same passion for books that I did. Words can inspire, create, motivate, and entertain. I wanted to be a crazy fangirl over all of the exciting things that were happening in these magical worlds that have become home. I wanted to talk to people that understand. I adore how words–how books can change the world. Not everyone has the same beliefs and feelings as me and that is the fun part. I have had discussions about many topics with people of all ages all around the world. I have made internet friends with people in Australia, France, England, the Philippines, and so many other places I would have never imagined.

 

The most important reason I blog is for myself. If you aren’t doing it for yourself, you won’t be doing it for long. I wanted an outlet for my creativity and craziness. I wanted to improve in writing and reading, and to become a part of this blogging community that I now love. I love being surrounded by other insane, nerdy, and amazing people.
I love getting away from my everyday life and just being able to write and write until it is out there. It has been such an amazing journey and I have grown and learned in more ways than I can count.

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Why did you start blogging? Do you still love it? Let me know below.

Love, Aubrey

ONE YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

ONE YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY in which i answer your most pressing questions

Somehow a year feels both like a long time and not because I know there is so much more to come. Thank you all so much for going on this wonderful journey with me. I have loved getting to know you all and I hope you have gotten to know me too. Without further ado, here are my answers to the questions that have been eating away at your soul (haha, maybe?)

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Random Reads:

What is the longest book you’ve read so far?

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I think it was probably The Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages.

Favorite male character at the moment?

I am currently reading The Unexpected Everything, so probably Clark because CLARK!!! Gah. He is so adorable and cute and asjfkldsgh!

Favorite female character at the moment?

I still am super obsessed with Winter because she is so crazy and wonderful and somehow I relate hardcore.

Any bookish crushes? If yes, who?

Is this even a question? OF COURSE! I crush hard on practically all the book babes… Just to name a few: Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices), Aaron Warner (Shatter Me), Augustus Waters (TFIOS), Percy Jackson, Clark (The Unexpected Everything), Jonas (the Giver), Maxon Schreave (The Selection), Henry Crosby (Second Chance Summer), Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass), Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus), Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments), Tobias Eaton (Divergent), Jamie MacCrae (Doon).

Hardcover or Paperback?

Hardcover. I like how they match better and are easier to hold and take places without it getting messed up.

Short or long books?

This one is much harder because I like to go through books quickly, but I LOVE developed characters and plots and when a book is longer it has more of a chance to be beautifully developed. So, all in all, probably long books.

Top 5 favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, John Green.

 

Stephanie:

If you could only read one genre, which would it be?

Fantasy. I feel like it can actually be pretty diverse and then I wouldn’t explode as easily from the repetitiveness.

 

Eve L. (Evilous):

Do you find you read more in a certain season?

Probably summer because in theory I have more time (HA!). More likely I just don’t sleep in the summer.

 

Eve L. (Evilous): Current most anticipated release of 2017 so far? Cait @ Paper Fury: Is there a book you’re really really desperate to read but it’s not out yet?

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The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.

 

Cait @ Paper Fury:

Is there a fictional character you relate to a lot?

Probably a mix between Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices and Winter from… Winter. I’m not 100% sure why for each of these. I mean there is obviously the book thing with Tessa, and the crazy with Winter😉 haha.

What’s your favourite style of book cover art?

I like for it to be simple but very aesthetic. I don’t generally like it when there are awkward faces on it. I haven’t really thought much about this before… Hmm.

Aditi:

Fantasy or Contemporary

Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I like to jump between genres so I don’t get burnt out. I read a lot of Contemporary books in the summer, but don’t seem to as much during the school year. I’m not completely sure why.

Physical Books or E-books

PHYSICAL BOOKS!!! Every day every time. I like to actually be able to hold the book in my hand and to smell and pet and love it (only slightly joking). Also, real books don’t die.

 

Other

Random Reads:

Where do you want to travel to?

I think the better question would be where do I not want to travel to. I want to travel the world: France, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Germany, and so so many more.

Who is your role model?

My family, specifically my brother. Also, a few older teenagers who have taken me under their wings (Kaylee).

One thing on your bucket list?

There are so many ways I could swing this… The normal “skydiving” or “travel the world”. I’ve always wanted to do the squirrel suits (with proper training, of course). I really want to own a dress with pockets because I am missing out, and I want to watch a concert on a catwalk (the bridge thing above the audience or stage).

Esther:

If all animals could be pets, which one would you adopt?

This is a really cool one. I think it would be really cool to have a lion (as long as it is tame). Imagine playing fetch with a LION!!!

 

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza and ice cream all day every day.

 

Eve L. (Evilous) & Esther:

Any crazy phobias (I have a couple so seeing if I’m alone)? Do you have any phobias?

Well, spiders is the biggest. I’m also afraid of dying without ever making a real difference.

 

Esther:

Can you do any cool or weird tricks?

I can do the clover thing with my tongue.

What are some movies or TV shows that you love rewatching?

I actually don’t watch a ton of tv because I don’t have much time, and so I usually don’t rewatch shows. Currently I have been watching: The Flash, DC’s Legends of tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, Gotham, and AGT (see a trend?).

 

Aditi:

Cupcakes of Cheesecakes?

Cupcakes! I actually don’t like cheesecake (who thought of putting cheese in cake?).

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Thank you all so much for your questions!!! If I didn’t get to yours or if you have another one, please feel free to ask it below. ARE WE SIMILAR HUMANS? DO YOU AGREE? DISAGREE? Let’s get to know each other better!

Love, Aubrey