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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han + Video Representation

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Published: April 15th, 2014

Genre: YA

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Whenever Lara Jean falls in love she always writes her crush a letter and puts it in an old hat box that belonged to her mother. Lara had been doing this for years it was her way of getting over her feelings and moving on. When her older sister goes to college, Lara’s dad decides to start fresh and donate some things to Goodwill. Lara begins to realize that her dad sent her letters out as more boys from her past begin popping up in her life again. As more crushes from her past reappear Lara’s love life gets increasingly complicated. Her neighbor Josh and her old friend Peter begin to confuse Lara’s emotions and make her wish that the letters in the box should have never been sent.

Review:

I loved this book! It was witty and smart and it had just the right amount of romance to draw me in. Lara is an interesting character who makes you understand her situation. After reading Elanor & Park and 13 Reasons Why I really needed a light and entertaining read and this book delivered. I loved how the author portrayed Lara as a character she fell in love but she wasn’t stupid and I feel like I would really want to be her friend. Lara Jean made me laugh and me want to get my own Peter Kavinsky.  Here are some super cute quotes I liked ❤ ;

“You only like guys you don’t have a chance with, because you’re scared.”

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

“If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”

Literary Video Adaptation:

So, when I was hanging out on YouTube I found this super cool literary adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Yulin Kuang. I’ll include it down below but definitely check it out it’s so cool.

XOXO,

Madison ❤

Here’s a song I felt fit the book;

Lenka- The Show

“I’m just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don’t know where to go I can’t do it alone I’ve tried
And I don’t know why
Slow it down
Make it stop
Or else my heart is going to pop
‘Cause it’s too much
Yeah, it’s a lot
To be something I’m not
I’m a fool
Out of love
‘Cause I just can’t get enough”

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”

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.”

16 Books for my 16th

Today I turned 16!!!!

So I thought I would share 16 of my favorite books/series with you guys.

So, here are my top sixteen. Enjoy!giphy

P.S  these are in no particular order

1.) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

2.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

3.) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series by Ann Brashares

4.) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

5.) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

6.) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

7.) The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer

8.)Marked by P.C Cast

9.) Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

10.) The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

11.) The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison

12.)Fallen by Lauren Kate

13.) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

14.) The Airhead series by Meg Cabot

15.)The Winnie Years (Series) by Lauren Myracle

16.) The Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald

XOXO,

Madison

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

*TRIGGER WARNING- THIS BOOK DOES DEAL WITH SUICIDE*

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Author: Jay Asher

Published: October 18th, 2007

Genre: YA

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

One day Clay Jensen walks home to find a mysterious box on his front porch. So, like any other teenager he opens the box and inside he finds thirteen tapes. Clay finds out these tapes have recorded the final words of Hannah Baker, a girl who Clay had a crush on for years and who had committed suicide two weeks ago. Clay decides to click play and he begins to unravel the story of why Hannah Baker decided life was no longer worth living.

Review:

I absolutely loved this book. This book talks about suicide in a truthful honest manner. It discusses the little things that we don’t want to think about. Jay Asher exposes humanity and shows the true fragility of a human soul. This book made me think about how all of our experiences shape us as a person.

“No one know for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.”

Hannah Baker was so hopeless, so tragic, so utter truthful that it just broke my heart. Clay heard her pain and all he wanted to was pause but he kept going because he loved her.

“A lot of you cared, just not enough”

This book was amazing, enlightening, and completely utterly breathtaking.

I thought this song fit the book:

Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark

“Love of mine, some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark

If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the “No”‘s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark”  

XOXO,

Madison

The 61 Book Challenge!!!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t uploaded in a while my wi-fi has been on the fritz! Anyway, a couple of days ago I came up with this 61 Book Challenge. I’ll attach it below but basically I made a list of 61 books that I have heard AMAZING things about! I’m going to read them all by the end of 2015! Check it out! (Remember there are only 52 weeks in a year so get reading!)

The 61 Book Challenge

Here is a song to get you pumped!!!

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rivals
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger”

Happy Holidays,

Madison ❤

P.S Sorry for all the exclamation points I am just so excited!