Cute Summer Reads

Raise your hand if you thought you’d find a summer love/fling/bae this summer! I know I’m definitely raising my hand (Bethany you know you are too). Now keep your hand raised if this did not happen! *Me and a million other girls keep our hands raised* Every year I tell myself I will find a summer romance for the ages. Full of cute dates and hand holding and all of those cute YA Romance worthy moments. But, a summer romance has not yet graced my presence. They are unrealistic but we all need our summer fling fix and while you may not have a real one my coping method is always to read a book about a cute summer fling (or a book with romancey summer flingy feelings) that has some awesome characters to live through. So, here are my recommendations for some books that will give you those cute summer flingy feelings; (oh and i’m gonna rate them on the “flirty scale” with cute kiss emojis 1 kiss=”OMG THAT WAS SO CUTE”  5 kisses=”How can I live with this much adorable/swoon-worthy romance!?”


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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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I just recently read this book a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved it. You’ll have to read a full description on Goodreads but the book is set in a cute beach town and is very adorable <3.

“You couldn’t just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn’t like a light switch, easy to turn on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out.” — Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride 


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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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I read this during the winter and I feel absolutely in love this was sooooooo great!!!

“It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, This Is What Happy Looks Like


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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

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I know I post a lot about Sarah Dessen in these kinds of challenges but she is the master of YA romance! I love this book because while it does have some very cute romancey moments I think it also talks about friendship and self-esteem and I love that. It also talks about when the romance doesn’t always work out and I think that’s great too.

“for once, you believed in yourself. you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.”
― Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon


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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider 

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I read this book last summer and I enjoyed it so much. The relationship was so cute and absolutely darling and at points it reminded me of those weird indie romance movies but I loved it. Especially because the book trailer was done by this film maker I love so much so you should totally check it out also I think the trailer gives you sooo many feels; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDwuE16oC5w

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”
― Robyn Schneider, Extraordinary Means


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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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JUST READ IT THERE ARE ICE CREAM CONES ON THE COVER! Seriously though this book is very summery and very good.

“He looked right at me as he gave me a half smile. “You’re the brightest thing in the room”, he said. He lifted his hand from my waist, and slowly, carefully brushed a stray lock of hair from my cheek. “You shine””.― Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone


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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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This book involves travel, cute British boys, and a little bit of mystery. What’s not to love?

“I like you because you were mad. And you’re pretty. And pretty sane for a mad person.”
― Maureen Johnson, 13 Little Blue Envelopes


I hope you enjoyed that! Have a great summer with or without a summer fling.

xoxo,

Madison

Instead of a song I am linking my favorite short film. It’s by Yulin Kuang and it’s full of Harry Potter references and all of the feels and it is aptly named I Ship It

My Thoughts On Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and “fitting in”

So, in my last post I talked about how I just recently finished up Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. But, what I didn’t mention is that was the THIRD time I read that book and if you know my reading habits well you know that I almost never re-read. So, Stargirl is an outlier for me just and she was an outlier herself as a character. Because I love this book so much I just thought I’d have a little chat about it with you guys online and we can really just explore the ideas and concepts of this book that I find so endearing. The thing that keeps drawing me back to this book is of course, Stargirl. She is enlightening, amazing, and so overwhelmingly positive and kind it makes my heart shine.

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

While this book has it’s flaws Stargirl is what makes it all better for me Stargirl is the kind of girl I want to be. And, because of my undying love for her I probably do not see her flaws so please do not make me aware of them. I think what astounds me most about her is her incredible sense of self and never-ending care she has for others. She sings students happy birthday on their birthday and she makes cards for strangers who shes never met.What I really love about her is that she is a person who cares for others with no ulterior motive.

The main idea that Jerry Spinelli tries to confront in this book is conformity the idea of “fitting in.” I’m sure we all know about this idea of “fitting in” especially those of us in high school like myself. The thing is it’s tough to be different and truly be yourself when we live in a world where there’s so much pressure to be like everyone else. Especially during our teenage years when we have so much to deal with and the majority of the time fitting in is so much easier than standing out. This book shows both sides of this perspective by having Leo’s perspective who always tries to fit in and stay with the crowd and having Stargirl who is just so beautifully brave and loves being exactly who she is. The author shows these contrasts well and really shows the idea that being yourself is absolutely beautiful but its not easy. I guess I can’t really explain all of my thoughts on this book in writing. But, what I really wanted to say was that this book really shows that if you be yourself other people can truly see the beauty that shines within you and while everyone may not like it you will love yourself. This book is a beautiful read and I highly suggest you read it.

Sorry for the general craziness of this post.

till next time…

xoxo,

Madison

-comment down below if you want to talk about life, love, and infinitely more-

also here’s some of some quotes about the beautiful girl stargirl ❤

“You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.”

“The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then – maybe – the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.”

“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

A feeling melancholy…

Hey guys. So, I’d just thought I’d update you all and let you know that I am expanding my blog!!!

So, I will be expanding my blog and I will now be posting about fashion and just general life dilemmas too. Don’t worry though I will still be posting book reviews too. So I am starting out this new expansion with my first “life” piece which will be starting right… now!


mel·an·chol·y

a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

So, this is how I’ve been feeling lately… a weird sadness with no cause that just makes me feel icky. That’s what I’ve been calling it, this sticky icky feeling that drags me down into sadness and discontent. But, here’s the thing I’m a really happy person I have great friends, awesome parents and generally great life but I’ve just been feeling this sadness. I’m not depressed or anything but it’s just weird I’m feeling this disconnect between me and life. Another blogger that I admire posted about this and it made me feel less alone so I thought I’d share about it too. I don’t know how to explain this feeling except with the word melancholy.

So, here I am writing about this sticky icky feeling so that maybe you guys will feel less sticky and icky. Ever since I’ve been feeling this way I’ve been looking for someway to describe it to finally make it real. So, I searched and looked for old lost words that may define this for me but then I realized I knew the word all along, melancholy. It happened in English class our teacher asked us to come up with words that also described sadness and my friend suggested the word melancholy. I realized I’ve heard the word and used it before but I never knew exactly what it meant so I looked it up. I read the definition and then I saw as an example “she was feeling a little melancholy” and I realized that’s me that’s the icky feeling that’s been following me around. Melancholy. Suddenly I felt a little bit of relief and a little bit less melancholy. So, I finally just realized it’s okay if I’m not happy all the time that’s just a part of life. My government teacher once said Americans have a strange obsession with happiness. This obsession of being happy is making me believe feeling anything besides happiness is wrong and it’s not. I guess now I can admit I feel more than happiness and that’s a good thing because I am feeling something.

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”
― C. JoyBell C.

xoxo,

Madison ❤

If you feel depressed or suicidal please search for help and talk to an adult or visit http://www.nami.org/. It does get better.


My Song Suggestion:

Fleetwood Mac– Landslide

“Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too”

The Liebster Award!!!

So, a couple of days ago I found out I was nominated for the Liebster Award by The Mind of a Book Nerd and I basically threw my phone across the room and started screaming. And then I was like, “Wait whats the Liebster award?” So I did some digging on Google and found out the Liebster Award is basically this super fabulous award bloggers give to other bloggers who have blog that they like. I am so very excited for this and I would just like to say thank you to The Mind of a Book Nerd for making my day and you guys should definitely check her blog out. Okay let’s get down to business… TO DEFEAT THE HUNS!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. My favorite author is either Lauren Myracle or Sara Dessen
  2. I play tennis at my high school
  3. I read Divergent over a year ago and still haven’t seen the movie
  4. I have super curly hair and I LOVE it
  5. I am a Directioner
  6. I am a sophomore in high school
  7. I love cheering for other people
  8. I read Catching Fire in three hours
  9. I procrastinate ALL THE TIME
  10. I’ve been knitting the same scarf for over four years
  11. I laughed when I saw West Side Story

Questions:

What place do you want to go that you read about in a book? I would like to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. But, I think I’d rather go there after Voldemort is gone. 😛

What is your favorite genre? My favorite genre is YA I especially love “coming of age” books.

Have you always liked to read, or is it something you just started to like randomly one day? When I was younger I liked reading I just didn’t read as much as I do now. When I was in fifth grade I started reading a lot more when I began to get into books like Twilight and Harry Potter.

What is your favorite book that got turned into a movie? I really liked the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I thought it really portrayed the book well.

What is your favorite snack to eat while reading? I really like to eat apples or grapes something that’s sweet and easily snackable. 🙂

What was the worst book you’ve ever read? I don’t think I really have had a book that I didn’t like that much but I wasn’t a big fan of In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy.

Do you use the same bookmark every time you read a book, or do you just grab the closest thing and use it has a marker? I literally will use everything as a bookmark I’ve used receipts, hair ties, and even wrappers from snacks.

Is there a certain book or series that you have read over and over and over again? I’ve read the Judy Moody series so many times, I always read it when I’m upset and need a good pick me up.

What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? I think the longest book I’ve ever read was a book from the Harry Potter series or a book from the Twilight series.

Favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is history, I like to think I’m leaning about one long story filled with true events.

If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be? I would be best friends with Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, she is just so much fun.

My Nominations:

I could find any blogs to nominate that were under 200 followers and that weren’t already nominated. So, I nominate all of you guys with blogs who would like to do this! Comment down below if you do this challenge!

My Questions for You:

  1. If you could date any character from a novel who would you date?
  2. If you could perform any spell from Harry Potter which spell would you do?
  3. If you were Bella from Twilight would you date Edward or kill him?
  4. What is your favorite book to read during the summer?
  5. Who is your favorite author?
  6. Have you ever read a book and not finished it? If yes which book and why?
  7. If you could magically get rid of cancer who would you save Hazel or Augustus?
  8. What is your favorite song to listen to while reading?
  9. If you could take two characters from two different stories and introduce them to each other which characters would you pick?
  10. Elsa or Ana?
  11. What is your favorite scent?

Okay! That was a ton of fun! Thanks for the nomination from The Mind of a Book Nerd!

XOXO,

Madison ❤