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If you know me, you know that I love reading. I like to think that I have a wide range of interests when it comes to books, but more often than not, you can find me reading a YA contemporary or dystopian novel or some kind of thriller or suspense novel. I’ve shared many book reviews on the blog, but I wanted to mix it up a bit by doing a fun little book tag. I originally found this book tag on The Bibliophile Girl‘s blog, but I’m shaking things up a bit.
The official rules are to first spell out your blog’s name and then to find a book from your TBR that begins with each later. Not gonna lie, I hate that, so I’m changing it up a bit. I want to talk about books that I’ve read, love, and recommend, so I’m changing up the tag. Instead of finding books from my TBR that start with each letter, I’m going to share books that I’ve already read that start with each letter of my blog name because I’d rather talk about books I’ve read than books I haven’t experienced yet.
I’ve reviewed most of these books on my blog already, so I’m pulling some of the descriptions from previous book reviews. All of the books that I’ve reviewed are also linked, so you can check out more information about them, the authors, and my overall thoughts.
So here goes…
E – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park tells the story of an unlikely pair of high school students falling in love for the first time in 1986. Eleanor is the new girl at Park’s school (and on his bus), and their lives just sort of fell together when Park let Eleanor sit on the bus with him when none of the other kids would. Their friendship started when Park noticed Eleanor reading along with his comic books then Park decided to let Eleanor borrow a few comics to read on her own. Mind you, they hadn’t spoke two words to each other up to this point. Time together on the bus eventually led to time together outside of school because Eleanor was determined to spend as little time as possible in her broken home with her awful step-father, selfish mother and naive siblings.
I gave this adorable love story 4.5/5 stars.
N – Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Nantucket Blue tells the story of a girl named Cricket Thompson who is determined to have a perfect summer, complete with a Jay Logan summer romance. After her best friend, Jules Clayton, and her little brother, Zack Clayton, suffer a tragic loss, all Cricket wants to do is be there for her best friend in any way possible. When Cricket surprises Jules in Nantucket where her family vacations every summer, she’s surprised to find that things aren’t what they used to be with her best friend. In spite of their relationship being on the outs, Cricket is determined to make the most of her summer in Nantucket, and even she’s surprised by the events and secrets that begin to unfold.
This was a cute read that I read in just two days, and I gave it 4/5 stars.
D – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
When Libby Day was just seven-years-old, her mother and sister were killed in what became known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” Libby lost some fingers and toes, but she was able to successfully flee the scene and survive, later testifying that it was her brother that killed the family. Twenty-five years later, Libby’s brother, Ben, is still in jail. When a group called The Kill Club reaches out, they ask Libby if she’ll help them prove Ben’s innocence by revisiting the sites, people, and details of that night. Because the money she gained from being a survivor have depleted, she decides she’s willing to help – for a fee. Piece-by-piece, things start to come to light about that fateful night, and holy cow, it just keeps getting better from there. I loved this book and gave it 5/5 stars.
L – Longest Ride, The by Nicholas Sparks
The Longest Ride follows the lives of four people living two love stories several decades apart. The first couple is from the 1960’s – Ira and Ruth. You meet Ira after he gets into a fatal car crash after running off the side of the road in a snow storm. While he’s fighting for his life, he’s also envisioning his late wife, Ruth, sitting next to him. He’s reliving their life together one memory at a time.
The second couple is Sophia and Luke, and their love story has a few parallels to that of Ira and Ruth’s even though their story forms in the modern times. Sophia is a college senior from New Jersey living in North Carolina. She loves the arts and dreams of working for a big art museum in New York City. She’s in a sorority and super smart, but as a senior, she’s focused on getting out of college and starting the next chapter of her life. When her roommate, Marcia, convinces her to go to a bull riding event, she meets Luke, a professional bull rider, and their story just escalates from there.
I thought this book was super cute, and I enjoyed the movie adaptation as well. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars.
E – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything is about girl named Madeline who’s allergic to the world. She was born with a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, so she is unable to leave her house and has grown up in a world of isolation. When a moving truck comes next door, the boy next door, Olly, is determined to meet Madeline and get to know her. I don’t want to go into any more details, because I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s definitely a book worth reading. While I enjoyed the movie adaptation, the book was mounds better. Definitely read the book. I gave this book 4/5 stars.
S – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything tells the story of Sydney who has lived her life in the shadow of everyone in her family, namely her older brother, Peyton. She’s the do-gooder who always gets good grades, never misses curfew, doesn’t break the rules, and never draws too much attention to herself while Peyton is constantly getting into trouble, usually with the law. Sydney has spent a good portion of her life just going through the motions. She wants to be as little of a burden to her parents as possible, and by doing that, she kind of gets lost in her own identity. Instead of figuring out who she is, she’s trying to show her parents that she’s not her brother. After Peyton screws up big time and lands himself in jail, Sydney realizes she needs a change. She changes schools and ends up meeting the Chathams, who welcome her with open arms and who never view her as invisible.
I’ve been a fan of Sarah Dessen for years, so I was way too excited to get an advanced copy of this thanks to First Reads. I loved everything about this book and gave it 5/5/ stars.
S – Selection, The by Kiera Cass
The Selection brings you into a world where everyone is separated into different castes (8 total). Each caste has its own duties and specialties, and people within that caste can only perform those jobs. America Singer is a 5, and 5’s are known for the arts – musicians, painters, singers, etc. There aren’t many ways for you to deviate from the caste that you’re born into, but America is more than willing to go down a caste level to be with the love of her life, Aspen, who is a 6.
Prince Maxon has become of age to search for a wife, and so the Selection begins. Thirty-five girls are chosen at random from all eight castes to compete for Prince Maxon’s heart. For some, it’s a dream come true; for America, it’s a chance for her to earn some money for her family and eat a decent meal for once in her life. With her expectations low and her judgments at an all time high, America is surprised when she begins to get swept away by the life behind the palace doors that she thought she understood, but really didn’t. She starts to question the life that she originally set out for herself and starts dreaming of things that she never imagined.
I fell in love with this book so quickly. I read the original trilogy and, for the most part, I loved it. This first book was incredible, and I gave it 5/5 stars.
B – Becoming by Michelle Obama
Obviously this book tells the story of Michelle Obama’s life, and it’s incredible, amazing, fascinating, eye-opening, all of the above. I loved her before I read her book, but this book made me love her even more. She’s such an inspiring woman, and this was one of my favorite reads of 2019 (and I say that confidently, even though the year isn’t even over yet). I gave this book 5/5 stars (obviously).
L – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time tells the story of Jenna Metcalf whose mother dies in a tragic accident. Not sure how to deal with the loss and unconvinced that her mother is actually gone, Jenna pores over her mother’s old journals where she describes her time studying the grief of elephants. Jenna hopes that the journals will, not only bring her closer to her mother, but also give her answers in the wake of her loss. I’ve been a fan of Jodi Picoult for years, and Leaving Time was such an incredible read right when I needed it. I gave this book 5/5 stars.
I – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
As a fan of Mindy Kaling, I knew I was going to love this book. It seriously did not disappoint. Putting this book on this list makes me want to read it again, and honestly, I probably will. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is an equal parts comedy and heartfelt. I loved getting to learn more about Mindy Kaling and her upbringing and her journey to where she is now.
S – Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Series #2) by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet is a futuristic telling of Little Red Riding Hood. It follows a girl named Scarlet whose grandmother has gone missing. She goes on an unpredictable journey with a man named Wolf, a street who has information about her grandmother. Scarlet soon learns that there are several things about her grandmother that she doesn’t know about. Scarlet and Wolf are met with several unexpected encounters and difficulties on their mission to save Scarlet’s grandmother. Meanwhile, Cinder is set on escaping from the tower that Prince Kai (now Emperor Kai) has locked her in. When she and fellow fugitive, Thorne, are finally able to escape, they have a few misadventures of their own. When these two stories finally come together, minds are blown (at least mine was).
Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which is literally one of my favorite book series. Marissa Meyer is a genius, and I’m so blown away with all of the books I’ve read by her. I gave Scarlet 5/5 stars.
Sadie follows the story of Sadie who has had anything but an easy life growing up in a small town. She doesn’t know who her father is, and her mom disappears for long periods of time. Sadie was the mother-figure to her little sister, Mattie, so when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world is shook. She goes on a journey to find Mattie’s killer and put him to rest, but then she goes missing. Radio personality, West McCray, finds himself immersed in Sadie’s story, and uses his podcast to follow Sadie’s story and figure out what happened to her. This book had me hooked from start to finish, and I gave it 4.5/5 stars.
S – Sadie by Courtney Summers
What are some of your favorite books?