Alex, Approximately Review

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Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Number of Pages: 388

Summary: The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. Continue reading

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love Review

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Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Number of Pages: 336

Summary: Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Fangirl

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: Septemeber 10th, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Number of Pages: 445

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
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Around the World in Eighty Days+Tea

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My tbr list is getting quite ridiculous at this point. This time, instead of a review (since I haven’t finished reading this novel-guilty of all charges), I will be telling a little story. For old times sake, as a child we always have a classic story that we know by heart. For me, the novel was Around the World in Eighty Days. I heard the abbreviated version from my mom in a local library. If memory serves me correctly, she read a translated version to me too, in Mandarin. Even in another language, the action was incredibly captivating.

7 or 8 year old me, on the edge of my seat (or a tiny stool) keen to listen to the next crazy situation. My lovely mom willing to sit on a tiny stool too to read to me :). Is the train going to fall off the bridge? Will Phileas be captured by the police? They did not back it back time! My dramatic sighs that were too loud for the library could be heard clearly. Or with the time difference, they did make it back in time? Anyhow, only pleasant memories are entailed with the adventures around the world.  Continue reading

Music Playlist+Summer Reading List

Hello everybody,

Recently I have fallen in love with an artist. John Mayer is a true gift. He has amazing talent and his lyrics are to a great extent something that I respect. So I’ve created a playlist to go along with all of these summer reads. They’re peaceful to accompany your nice reading time alone :). Yep, that’s pretty much it for catching up. On to the annual summer reading list, except this time with books I’m planning to read myself. If you’re still reading this, I applaud you.

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The Last Leaves Falling

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Title: The Last Leaves Falling

Author: Sarah Benwell

Release Date: May 5th 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 368

Summary: And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . .

Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.

As always, all images are not mine, and credit goes to all the artists on Tumblr or the sources the images were taken from. Also, everybody go and download the mobile app for Teaming with Books now on Android!

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Lady Midnight

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Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of Pages: 668

Summary: In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
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