I know lots of people love Sarah Dessen’s work but I have never been one of them. Her books always seemed really boring to me (with the exception of the one book about the girl working in a cafe, I don’t remember the title but I know I loved it). In retrospect though, I blame my dislike of Dessen on the fact that I was too young to really appreciate her work.
This book, on the hand, was really great to read. I found it comforting and entertaining. The story begins with Sydney who is at a trial where her brother is arrested. Sydney has always felt invisible in her brother’s shadow and now that her brother is in prison, things are no different. Needing some change in her life, Sydney changes school and meets Mac and Layla who become her new family.
I really related to Sydney’s character which was the main reason why I liked this book so much. It felt like catching up with an old friend. This was a quick easy read and I will definitely have to go find the rest of Sarah Dessen’s books (especially the cafe one-is it called something to do with desserts? I feel like it is). I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels.
I don’t always read contemporary romance but when I do, I go for authors that I’ve already read before. Here are seven of my favourite contemporary romance authors.
Nora Roberts- I feel like most of the world is obsessed with Nora Roberts and rightfully so. Her characters are real and her writing feels soothing. I’ve yet to find a Nora Roberts book that I didn’t enjoy.
Lisa Kleypas- Like Nora Roberts, reading Lisa Kleypas books soothes me. I think it’s because I’ve read them all so often that rereading them feels like coming home to an old friend.
Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan writes contemporary YA romance as Richelle Morgan. Her Trouble series is one of my all-time favourite YA contemporary books. It still breaks my heart that the series is over. The books were SOO good.
Jennifer Gracen- Another automatic go-to author is Jennifer Gracen. Her characters usually have some sort of darkness or issue holding them back but it just makes me love them more.
Holly Martin- Holly Martin’s books are light and lovely and they make me want to curl up in bed with a snack and read read read. LOVE THEM!
Joanne Macgregor- I haven’t read that many YA contemporary romances by Joanne Macgregor (just Scarred which I really enjoyed!) but I love her writing and how real her characters are. She’s recently released a contemporary retelling of The Little Mermaid called Hushed.
Kody Keplinger- I loved loved LOVED The Duff book and the movie. I haven’t read anything else by Kody Keplinger but it’s fine. I trust her writing. Also, I kinda threw myself at her books when I found them on sale at the bookstore (there was only one copy of each left and I didn’t want anyone else to get them).
What are some of your favourite contemporary books and authors? What authors do you buy even if you don’t know much about their books? I’d love to know below.
When you’re a bookworm, it’s difficult to keep up with all the great books out there. I spent a large portion of my teen years unable to access books because a) they were expensive and b) my parents had no time to take me to the library. Also, I automatically hated any series that was popular but had no vampires. Like why did they even exist? Here are a few popular series I still haven’t read:
The Chronicles of Narnia: This one upsets me because I really loved the movies. At 21, I still haven’t read any of the books.
Percy Jackson’s Series: I don’t even know what this series is called *throws self on floor and cries hysterically* These movies were also pretty good.
The Infernal Devices: I stopped reading The Mortal Instruments after the way book 3 ended beautifully and this meant that I never read any of the spin-offs. However I do own The Infernal Devices in eBook format and I have a signed copy of Lady Midnight. I also have an untouched and unread copy of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Just call me The Book Hoarder.
Bloodlines: I own several of the books in this series but I haven’t read it. I’m scared it’s not going to be as good as Vampire Academy and so I just don’t want to read it. But I have it. Just in case I want to read it.
House of Night: I did not like this series and will not read it. I know it isn’t as popular now and it was when it first came out but omg I hate it. I tried reading the first book and the experience just felt painful.
What popular books or series haven’t you read yet? Have you read any of the series I mentioned? What did you think of it? Let me know below.
My birthday is coming up soon (and by soon I mean two months but whatever) so I thought it would be a great idea to share a list of bookish gift ideas. Even if my birthday wasn’t coming up, a gift guide for bookworms is always a good idea in my opinion. So here we go:
A Kindle (or another newer Kindle if the bookworm already has one)- For those who don’t mind eBooks, Kindles are beyond amazing. You can store tons of your favourite books and read them on the go. I would gladly sacrifice my firstborn for one. (Kids just get in the way of your reading anyway).
Book vouchers- I’ve never been gifted with a book voucher and this makes me sad. But if you give the bookworm in your life a book voucher, know that they will appreciate it immensely. It’s like you bought them a book but you let them choose the book (which is also another idea).
A book- Okay this one is obvious but still a goodie. If you’re not sure what books they already have, go with treasured boxset. Like the pretty Harry Potter ones with the matching spines. Swoon.
Bookmarks- Some bookworms really like bookmarks. Personally I always lose mine but I appreciate them nonetheless. Exclusive Books and Bargain Books have some really great bookmarks.
Cash (so that they can buy books)- nuff said.
What gift suggestions do you have for a bookworm? What’s the one gift you always wanted? I’d love to know below.
Last weekend was the SPCA booksale and since I’m now a working adult, I decided to treat myself (because I totally never treated myself before I got a job). This is my book haul:
And of course, no SPCA booksale haul is complete without a Bargain Books haul. I also visited two bookstores with regular priced books just so I could tell the books that I had a job but I still wouldn’t be buying them because they were expensive AF. I know, I have issues.
Bargain Books was having an Autumn sale but I only bought these two books… Because I already owned all the other books that were on sale. Think I might have to stop visiting Bargain Books so often.
What books did you buy most recently? And more importantly, do you own a print copy of ACOWAR? Let me know below.
Claire is convinced that she’s cursed. She’s lost her parents at a young age as well as had three engagements broken off in horrible ways. So when Alex comes to her with a proposal she agrees if only to save face. What Claire doesn’t know is that her most recent broken engagement was caused by Alex himself. This was a well-written read that I couldn’t put down. I was fascinated by the fact that Alex knew that he was wrong but didn’t seem to want to do anything about it anyway. I especially enjoyed Claire’s family and would love to read more about them. Alex and Claire have a very obvious chemistry which made this such a delightful book.