Review: My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga

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Synopsis: This book is about a suicidal 16 year old physics nerd named Aysel. After her father’s violent crime took her small town by storm, she has no friends left, and classmates who whisper behind her back. When she doesn’t have the courage to commit suicide alone, she finds a website for exactly that, she meets a suicide partner named Roman but they start to become close. Eventually she starts to question whether she wants to go through with it, or convince Roman to live so they can continue to be together and see where it goes.

First off I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because there was something that I didn’t really like but overall it was still a good book. Something the author did really well was handling depression and giving the characters good backstories. Also going into how both their families are affected by these backstories, and how they all deal with things in different ways. I liked that Aysel and Roman didn’t instantly fall in love at first sight, they had an interesting ‘I dont want to get too attached’ kind of dynamic for the majority of the book. The physics aspect of the book also made it better, because there is something so pleasing about listening to someone talk about a passion of theirs. I believe when you can clearly tell a character is passionate they become more 3D.

“I think his potential energy is guarding him against the pain of his world, saying, smile, it will be over soon, and Wrap yourself up and you wont feel so much. Maybe even in death, his energy will live on.”

The way the ending bothered me first, was that it was really predictable, second I found it to be a bit rushed. So even though the ending wasn’t very satisfying to me, it did make me happy that she had more than just a boy as a reason to get better, it was also her family and her future in physics. Overall there was definitely a relevant message, and it portrayed mental illness in a very realistically way, not glamorizing it (which sadly does happen sometimes). If it sounds like something you would like then I definitely would recommend it.

Romance books on my tbr

As much as I’m not the biggest fan of Valentines day (probably because I’m forever alone). I still like to read a good romance occasionally, so in the theme of valentines day here are some romance books I want to get to.
The upside of unrequited

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This one I have heard tons about so I already know I’m going to relate to it. Ive also heard its quite diverse which is always a plus. See in Goodreads
Everything leads to you by Nina laCour

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This one I want to read the most out of all of them because I have never read a LGBT romance book, and I’m also exited to see how the film industry is woven in. See in Goodreads
To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

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I know I’m a bit late for this one but better late than never right? And maybe if I really like this one Ill read the other two afterwords. See in Goodreads
A princess in theory by Alyssa Cole

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This one is being published February 27/ 2018 but I have seen someones review of it and it sounded like something I would like. See in goodreads

Feel free to tell me how these books are if you have read them 🙂

The Newbie Tag

I just started blogging and found this tag at Hammock of books so naturally I’m exited to do it for myself as well.

1.Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog as an outlet to talk about books. This way I can fan girl about books to people who understand what I am talking about, and stop bothering my family haha.

2.What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I’m not really sure but I’m hoping to find what it is along the way.

3.What are you most excited about with your new blog?

I’m exited to connect with people through my blog, because the community seems super supportive and I really want to be a part of that.

4.Why do you love reading?

It gives me an escape from my own mediocre life and lets me explore a new, different world.

5.What book or series got you into reading?

Harry potter hands down got me into reading.

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6.What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

I would ask how they come up with such creative ideas in the first place, because I admire that.

7.What challenges do you think starting a blog will be hardest to overcome?

For me comparing myself to other people is the biggest thing I will need to overcome, because I do it unconsciously, or out of habit.

8.When did you start reading?

As a kid I wasn’t that into reading, but some time in the past few years as a teenager I really got into it.

9.Where do you read?

Anywhere really, but I mostly read at home or school.

10.What kinds of books do you like to read?

I will read any book that interests me, I try not to stick to a single genre.

That was it for the tag, if you are also new you can do it too if you want. Thank you!

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Review: The book thief by Markus Zusak

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The book thief is a historical fiction that takes place in Nazi Germany, and it is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. With the help of her accordion playing foster father she learns how to read and write, and soon after starts stealing books. Later her family hides a Jewish man in the basement who changes Liesel’s life.

“It was the book she wanted. The whistler. She wouldn’t tolerate having it given to her by a lonely, pathetic old woman. Stealing it, on the other hand, seemed a little more acceptable. Stealing it, in a sick kind of sense, was like earning it.”

This was such a beautiful and heart wrenching story I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. My favorite thing was how it was narrated by death, to me that made it more unique, and was also perfect to show just how many deaths that did happen in that time period. The writing was really able to be descriptive and captivating being written in that perspective, “Who was there to soothe him as life’s rug was snatched from under his sleeping feet? No one. There was only me.”

I know what you might be thinking by this point, why would i read something so sad? I can assure you its not all sad, of course there is sweet moments with new friends and Liesel discovering her passion for books. They show just as much of the good as the bad in their lives and its a good balance. Another thing they did well was having well developed characters that I truly cared about and understood. Lastly the ending was incredibly powerful, probably because I cared so much about the characters, and all I can tell you is it made me ugly cry … a lot.

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So yes I loved it, and I would recommend this to anyone, especially to someone who likes history, or just loves a book that can bring them to tears.

Review: Turtles all the way down by John Green

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“All my life, Id been unable to think straight, unable to even finish having a thought because my thoughts came not in lines but in knotted loops curling in upon themselves, in sinking quicksand, in light-swallowing wormholes.”

 I thought this book was crazy good, its a YA book about sixteen year old Aza Holmes who reconnects with an old friend after his billionaire father becomes a fugitive, with a hundred-thousand-dollar reward to find him. The thing that makes the book stand out is that we can see Aza’s journey with her ocd throughout the whole book. The portrayal of her ocd was based on the authors own experience and he does an amazing job of describing it.

 I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it took my emotions on a roller coaster ride and made me feel connected to the characters. Another thing I loved was the thought spirals that are happening inside Aza’s head, its like you could feel the thoughts getting stronger and stronger, and they really make you start to get lost in thought as well.

The ending wasn’t the typical YA happy ending you normally get, but I liked that, it made it feel raw and un-romanticized. All in all i would highly recommend this to anyone who likes emotional or mental health books. Whether your a fan of the young adult genre or not its so unique that I think anyone would enjoy it.