#Rainbowthon Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

Monday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 80
Books: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Tuesday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 237
Books: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Lola and the Boy Next Door

Wednesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 161
Books: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Thursday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 173
Books: Lola and the Boy Next Door, The DUFF

Friday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 30
Books: The DUFF

Saturday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 60
Books: The DUFF

Sunday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 318
Books: The DUFF, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Wrap-Up

Total number of books finished: 3.5
Total number of pages read: 1059

This was my most successful read-a-thon so far and I really enjoyed it. I read two great books, re-read one book and read one okay book. I didn’t manage to read my complete TBR, but I’m pretty happy with what I managed to read while working full-time. My reviews for the read books will be up this week 🙂
I love read-a-thons and I may have gotten obsessed with them, since I’m participating in almost everyone available 😀

#Rainbowthon // Read-A-Thons

By now you may all know that I have become a huge fan of read-a-thons. Although I am not very succesful to stick to my read-a-thon TBR and I have never completed all the challenges that I set myself, I still love to make these lists for the read-a-thons and to search for the perfect books to read.

Next week (June 15 – 21) the #Rainbowthon starts. It is hosted by a lot of lovely ladies that you can find over on twitter @carpethislibrum. The challenge for this read-a-thon is quite simple: choose six books with all of the different colors of the rainbow (or also read six books with only one color) and then read these books. The colors for this have to be on the spine and here is my TBR for it:

#Rainbowthon1. Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This is a book I have been highly anticipating since before it came out. I have seen ARC’s of this everywhere and how much love and praise it got and I wanted to read this book so much! It’s also the pick for June’s bookclub over at instagram @wethebookdragons and I’m glad that I can finally get to this book.

2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I have re-read Anna and the French Kiss in April and I devoured it in one night and it is finally time to continue with this companion trilogy. I am one of those who still haven’t read this book and I heard that Cricket is just way too adorable and I cannot wait to meet him.

3. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
I have read this book back in 2012 and I remember that I highly enjoyed it. Now that the movie is out (which doesn’t have too much in common with the book, I hear) I really want to re-read this book and then I may get to Keplinger’s other books.

4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This sounds like such a cute contemporary and I heard a lot of great things about this book, so I hope I love it as much as everyone else.

5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
This is a trilogy that my sister bought and read about two years ago and I asked her if I could borrow these books. This trilogy has been on my shelf for almost a year, untouched. As it is the beginning of summer this is the perfect opportunity to start this trilogy!

6. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
I was highly anticipating this book and I’m so glad I got it in my Owlcrate. There’s some magical realism, I think, and if it’s even a tiny bit comparable to The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, then I’m already sold on it.

You may have noticed that these books are all contemporary YA (except for Magonia, which is contemporary with a dash of magical realism). This wasn’t intentional, but as I picked the books I liked to read all of them and also read them now! Contemporary YA is one of my favorite genres to read and I think summer is the best time to read these books. I am excited for this read-a-thon and I’m going to update you at the end of the week!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Ugly People Beautiful Hearts by Marlen Komar // Reviews

This is a collection of poems about love, loss, happiness and sadness.

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is in no way biased.

ugly-people-beautiful-hearts-m.komarGenre: Poetry, Romance, YA

Publisher: self-published

Publication Date: March 11, 2015

96 pages, e-book

series: –

Synopsis: Goodreads

I don’t read a lot of poetry. Not because I don’t like it but because I just never get around to it. There are novels where poetry is included and I love reading it and getting more out of the story.

This book consists only of poems that tell sad stories and happy stories and stories about loss and love and heartache and wonder. I was intrigued when I first read the title of this book. It just sounds so beautiful and I wanted to know whether there was more to it or not. There definitely is.

The writing itself is intricate, poetic and simply wonderful. Even if you cannot relate to any of the themes that the author touches upon, reading it only for the writing is worth it.

I couldn’t relate to all of the poems, but I thought they were beautiful nonetheless. Those I definitely could relate to were even more amazing! One of my favorite poems is the following:

The Things You Have Yet to See

Be the type of person, without limits. Stand on your rooftop with fingers outstretched toward blue and know, God, if you were just an inch taller you’d touch hands with the sky.

Give all your love away at once, as if you have nothing to lose. You don’t. Your heart never stays empty long. Love is always returned tenfold.

Be the type of person that looks up at the blue sky painted with night and 2 a.m. light and read your dreams clearly in the riddle of stars. See the promise that, experience will wear you down till you’re left tired. But you’ll always be better for it.

Let the sun kiss you with his eyes closed, your laugh taking the shape of his name.

Become the type. Become all of this. Become all of this and let yourself realize: there’s so much more than how you’ve been letting yourself live. There’s another way.

There’s so much more.

Other poems in this collection I also really enjoyed:

Trading Secrets with the Breeze
Things You Learn the Hard Way
A List of Prayers
Seeking: A Reader of Maps
When the Credits Roll
The Golden Hour
Hours Gone
Have Courage, My Love
A List of, Essentially, Loves
Why We Live in KitchensBruises.

If you are unsure whether poetry is something for you or not, definitely try reading some modern poetry and this collection of beautiful poems is definitely worth reading!

Thank you very much Marlen for giving me the opportunity to read your poems! I will definitely venture out more into the world of poetry.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer // Reviews

Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital and doesn’t know how she got there. Her best friends and her boyfriend are dead and she is the only survivor of a mysterious accident.

the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-m.hodkinGenre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, YA

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

452 pages, paperback

series: #1 in the Mara Dyer trilogy

Synopsis: Goodreads

Wow, what?!
This trilogy was hyped everywhere and as soon as the third and last book came out, I knew I had to get these books because I was so intrigued by this unreliable main character.

I was really fascinated with the mystery surrounding Mara’s accident. But as Mara didn’t know what had happened that night, I as the reader didn’t know as well, but that was okay as I could see quite a range of different Maras in this book.

Mara has just lost her best friend in an accident where she was the lone survivor and she can’t really cope with it. She is diagnosed with PTSD and practically gets her family to agree to move somewhere else in the hope that life will get easier. Of course it doesn’t. Mara has hallucinations and there are situations that seem questionable and at the end of these scenes I couldn’t believe that this or that didn’t really happen. It felt trippy to be in Mara’s mind.

I don’t know what to think of Mara and Noah’s relationship. It was somewhat cheesy, which would have been okay, if it weren’t for Noah’s possessiveness of Mara belonging to him. That made me uncomfortable, but I hope that the relationship will get somewhat better in the following books.

The writing was so good! As I already said, I really enjoyed being in Mara’s head and I liked being mislead. I thought I could differentiate between what really happened and what happened only in Mara’s head because I already knew that Mara was an unreliable narrator, but the author did a fantastic job and I was constantly asking myself whether I could trust this or not.

Also this ending. Oh my, I really need to read the sequel soon. I thought that the last quarter of the book was going crazy with things that happened and things that happened to Mara and in her head, but the ending left me sitting with my mouth open; I just couldn’t believe that the story could get more twisted than it already was, but it did and I cannot wait to see how this story is going to develop.

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#TBRTakedown Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

Monday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 10
Books: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Tuesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 56
Books: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Wednesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 30
Books: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Thursday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 247
Books: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, If Jack Had

Friday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 84
Books: If Jack Had

Saturday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 18
Books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Sunday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 134
Books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Wrap-Up

Total number of books finished: 2
Total number of pages read: 579

As the last time I participated in a read-a-thon, I didn’t manage to read all of the books that I planned on reading in my TBR for the week (see the books here).

My reviews for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne and for If Jack Had by Steve Rappaport can be found here and here.

I was just lazy and tired and there was a lot going on at work. But I still managed to read a bit and that I am happy about. I will definitely read the rest of the books I put on my TBR this month and let you know what I thought of each of the books.