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

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The Disney Book Tag!

One of my favorite booktubers Kat (from Katytastic) created this tag a couple months ago and I felt that I had to do it! I hope you enjoy the tag! Also, comment down below your favorite Disney movie, I personally liked Sleeping Beauty best :). Fun fact: When I was little I used to scream “DON’T TOUCH THE NEEDLE” at Aurora when I watched Sleeping Beauty.

btw I’m listening to Disney music while writing this 🙂


The Little Mermaid…A character who is out of their element a “fish out of water”

America from The Selection fits this description perfectly, she comes from a poor family and a difficult lifestyle and then suddenly she’s living in a castle and she has to learn how to act properly and cope with this complete change of setting.


Cinderella… A character who goes through a major transformation

For this I choose Virginia from The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things she starts off with little confidence and to be completely honest she hates herself but in the end she has a new found confidence and respect for herself and who she is.


Snow White… A book with an eclectic cast of characters

The cast from Will Grayson, Will Grayson is certainly eclectic they’re are so many different personalities in this book. The authors of this book really bring together so many different characters and they make it work excellently!


Sleeping Beauty… A book that put you to sleep

I found New Moon by Stephanie Meyer to be especially boring, young Madison loved the Twilight series. But, I always thought New Moon was just the worst book of the series the majority of it is just Bella moping around waiting for Edward.


The Lion King… A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Okay, Harry Potter totally fits this description he had his parents killed in front of him as a baby and he was forced to live with his aunt and uncle and their terrible son. I’m really surprised he didn’t have an emotional breakdown tbh.


Beauty and the Beast… A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

I personally found Harry Potter an the Goblet of Fire to be HUGE I started reading the series in fifth grade so at the time a 700 page book seemed massive but I loved it so much it’s my favorite book in the series.


Aladdin… A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worse

For this I’m choosing Gatsby from The Great Gatsby all he wanted was Daisy back and he got her back, but not in the way he wanted.


Mulan… A character who pretends to be someone or something that they’re not 

Okay, so for this I choose Maven from Red Queen if you’ve read the book you know exactly what the fuck if talking about ugh he is such a jerk, but I’m not going to spoil what happened so you’ll just have to read the book to know why.


Toy Story… A book with characters you wish could come to life

For this I choose the characters from Fangirl because all the characters are so nice and funny and Levi is absolutely amazing.


The Princess and the Frog… A character who fell in love with someone unexpected

For this I choose Ben and Lacey from Paper Towns they’re so unexpected but they end up working well together and being really cute.


So, that is the Disney book tag! If, you’ve seen the original you can tell I changed the last one. The original tag included the new Disney Descendants t.v show/book because it was a promotion for them done by Kat and some other booktubers but I felt uncomfortable promoting something to you guys that I didn’t know a whole lot about. Here’s a link to the original one by Kat if you would like to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWr3eIqBHqI

I hope you enjoyed this tag! Talk to you guys soon!

XOXO,

Madison

btw I think I’m going to start posting regularly on Sundays & Wensdays

My Favorite Disney Song;

When Will My Life Begin– Tangled 

“And so I’ll read a book or maybe two or three
I’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I’ll play guitar and knit, and cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin?”

Best Books for Autumn!

Autumn officially started which mean falling leaves, cinnamon tea, and of course the pumpkin spice latte. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons I love the chilly days, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet  and snuggling up with a good book and a lovely cup of tea. So, today I thought I’d recommend a couple great books for fall that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is a great author and Fangirl is one of my favorite books by her. Fangirl is cute and funny and the main character is incredibly relatable to me and all my other fangirls out there. This book will suck you in and give you all the fall time feels.


Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

I loved this book so much it’s a great fantasy novel and Liv the main character is a great narrator.  I immediately got sucked into this book and I loved the mystery aspect of it. It’s also pretty great because Liv moves to London with her family and meets some cute mysterious British boys.


A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book was so cute and I loved how the author used several different perspectives to describe their love story. It was a sweet read for fall and the fact that they were both starting college gave it even more of an autumn feel.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

You’ve probably already heard a lot about this book but I loved it so very much! It started off a little bit slow but it soon picked up and I was sucked in. I loved the politics that were included in this story and the plot twist at the end was AH-MAZE-ING! Also, this cover is beautiful!


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

As you guys know Sarah Dessen is one of my absolute favorite authors so of course I loved this book. I found it to be really sweet and I loved the other characters in it. This books talks about family and life and it changed my perspective on things a bit.


So, I hope you enjoyed my autumn reading recomendations! Comment down below if you have any more! Also, my friend Bethany just started a blog so you should go check her out! (www.simplybethanysite.worpress.com)

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

xoxo,

Madison ❤

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: February 26th, 2013

Genres: YA,  Romance

Rating: 4.8/5

Summary:

Eleanor has always felt a little bit weird with her crazy red hair, weird sense of style, and messed up family she was an outsider. Park has always felt plain with his normal clothes, comic book collection, and cliche American family. When Eleanor sits next to him on the bus everything changes.They find each other irresistible and undeniably amazing. They understand that love is fleeting but they wan’t more than anything for it to work. As they begin to get closer complications arise as Eleanor’s abusive stepfather and society’s norms try to push them apart. 

Review:

I knew this book was going to be good when I heard the author’s name was Rainbow. I absolutely loved this book I heard so many good things and this book exceeded my expectations. Rainbow Rowell is an AMAZING author who can switch between POV like a ninja. Park love Eleanor for her flaws which made me love Park even more. This book showed a love that was unimaginable and heart breaking. I felt like I was there with them feeling this emotional roller coaster they were riding together. The only reason that this book didn’t 5/5 was because the ending was lame I understand that “happy endings” are cliche but I felt that Eleanor and Park deserved the cheesiest most lovey-dovey ending ever and it made me sad that they didn’t get that. This book enchanted me and made me feel all the feels.

Here are some quotes I liked;

““I don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.”

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Ok so I know this review was random but I told you I was feeling the feels.

So you have to read the book to truly, honesty, deeply understand.

XOXO,

Madison

Here’s a song I felt fit the book;

Half a Heart– One Direction

“And being here without you is like I’m waking up to
Only half a blue sky
Kinda there but not quite
I’m walking around with just one shoe
I’m half a heart without you
I’m half a man at best,
With half an arrow in my chest
I miss everything we do,
I’m half a heart without you”

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

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Author: Kody Keplinger

Published: September 7th, 2010

Genre: YA

Rating: 3.8

Summary:

Bianca had always been the “black sheep” in her group of friends she doesn’t like big parties or gossiping about new trends. So when she’s in a small teen club drinking a cherry coke she is surprised to hear from Wesley Rush that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). After this Bianca begins to question every thought she’s ever had about herself. As her parent’s marriage crumbles and her dad begins drinking again Bianca takes solace in the one man who started it all, Wesley Rush. As Bianca and Wesley begin to grow closer through their “enemies-with-benefits” relationship she begins to realize that Wesley is a person with his own problems and he’s not just the womanizer he’s rumored to be.

Review:

Bianca reminds me of that one friend that every one has she’s witty, interesting, and always cynical. I liked this book’s message but I felt it was predictable. In the end she ended up falling in love with Wesley and I really wanted her to figure out she didn’t need a man to define herself. I had higher expectations for this book but I felt it had a pretty good ending and an interesting plot. Bianca was exposed for who she really was which helped her realize what she wanted to be. I found her funny and forgiving and I think the author portrayed her well. Kody Keplinger humanized a character by exposing the human tendency to want to be loved and to ignore the pain around us. She exposed every girl’s inner insecurities and told everyone that they don’t matter.

“Calling Vikki a slut or a whore was just like calling someone the DUFF. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off of an inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point. So, maybe, every girl felt like the DUFF, too?”

This book made me realize sometimes I feel like a DUFF and that’s okay.

XOXO,

Madison

I thought this song fit the book;

Bastille– Flaws

“When all of your flaws and all of my flaws
Are laid out one by one
The wonderful part of the mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone
All of your flaws and all of my flaws
They lie there hand in hand
Ones we’ve inherited, ones that we learned
They pass from man to man
There’s a hole in my soul
I can’t fill it, I can’t fill it
There’s a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?
You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up; let’s finish what we’ve started
Dig them up, so nothing’s left untouched”

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

Title: In Deep

Author: Terra Elan McVoy

Genre: YA

Rating: 2.8

Summary:

Eat. Breathe.Swim.

Brynn cares about nothing else as she trains to win. Ever since her father died Brynn focused on leaving her past behind her.  Once she gets in the water she forgets about her distant mother, lack of real friends, and mediocre grades. To Brynn swimming is an escape and a way to finally leave her past behind. As Brynn begins to see her goals, her life changes and Brynn is left wondering if swimming is her escape or the thing that is stopping her from living.

Review:

This book was a big disappointment for me. I felt like the author was pushing the plot on me and adding unnecessary aspects to try to make it better. I felt that it was difficult to connect to the characters and the plot. Brynn had many emotional issues and I felt that the book never really resolved them. Brynn was a stereotypical character and she was easily predictable. She hated the world and the author never really showed more than one side to her. The author forced this plot and the character was not able to grow because of it. This story was a hot mess, it tried to include every stereotypical aspect of any YA novel:

  • A Love Triangle
  • Dysfunctional Best Friends
  • Bad Grades
  • Cheating on a Boyfriend
  • A Hot College Guy
  • Moral Issues
  • Sleeping with Your Friends BF
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Annoying Step Dads
  • A Dead Father
  • Poverty
  • Gambling Problems
  • And a Distant Mother Doesn’t Understand

In the end I was done with this book and I was like;

XOXO,

Madison

I felt this song fit the story;

Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird

And I won’t ever change
And though my love is rare
And though my love is true
I’m like a bird
I’ll only fly away
I don’t know where my soul is (soul is)
I don’t know where my home is
And I need for you to know
Your faith in me brings me to tears
Even after all these years
And it pains me so much to tell
That you don’t know me that well”

Birthday Book Haul!

Hi guys! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! So, my birthday just recently came up and I thought I would show you guys all the mystical magical books I was given! This is my FIRST book haul so I am SUPER excited for you guys to see the books I got!

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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

So I know I’m a little late on reading some of these… You’re probably thinking “MADISON THAT’S ABOUT TO BE A MOVIE!” or “Gosh, Madison that is already a movie.”  So, yes I’m late but i’m thinking about doing a giveaway to make up for it so let me know if you’d like me to do that down below. I’m sorry I’ve been missing but I have a ton of great review coming up soon! If you’d like to see what I’ve been reading you can check out my Goodreads page!

XOXO,

Madison

Here is a song I have been loving;

Sara Bareilles – Winter Song

“This is my winter song to you.
The storm is coming soon,
it rolls in from the sea

My voice; a beacon in the night.
My words will be your light,
to carry you to me.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love
They say that things just cannot grow
beneath the winter snow,
or so I have been told.

They say were buried far,
just like a distant star
I simply cannot hold.”