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Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell

You give away nice like it doesn't cost you anything.”
Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 481. Perspective: Third. Location: Nebraska.
This story is about Cath in her first year of college but she feels alone when her very opposite twin sister refused to share a dorm room. Cath is forced out of her comfort zone since she would much rather write fan fiction and get lost in a fantasy world than party with her sister or roommate. For a complete summary, you can go here.
So, this book is very interesting because the story within this story (the fan fiction Cath is writing) was later turned into its own novel, Carry On, which I actually read before this. I am very glad that I read it in that order because Fangirl gives away some important twists in Carry On that I appreciated being surprised by. 
Compared to the other Rainbow Rowell books that I have read, this is better than Carry On, but not as good as Eleanor and Park. But I loved this book and couldn’t do anything else until I finished…

Let It Snow | John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

“Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.”
Genre: Young Adult Romance. Number of Pages: 352. Perspective: First. Location: North Carolina.

This book was three separate young adult love stories written by three different authors, but they are all loosely connected. It all takes place in a small town after a blizzard on Christmas Eve.  For a complete summary, you can go here.
Without paying attention to who wrote each of the three parts, I ended up liking the first story the best (written by Maureen Johnson) and the second story the next best (written by John Green). Which is funny because those were the two authors that I already knew, and I have enjoyed their other books. The last story was my least favorite. I really just didn’t like the main character or the message the story sent. The other two stories were a lot more exciting and cute. All three of the stories relied on adventure, friendship, romance, and Christmas miracles. 
The short story format and light-hea…

Best Book of 2017!

Throughout the year, I have been awarding books with my Best Book Award if they receive a five-star rating from me. In order to receive a five-star rating, it needs to be an incredible book that leaves me with nothing bad to say. I have read many outstanding books this year, but a few have stuck in my head and really made a lasting impression. It was hard to pick my favorite book of the year, but here is the winner and a few that almost made the cut. Please comment with your favorite book of 2017! 

Best Book of 2017
All The Missing Girls | Megan Miranda There is nothing more dangerous, nothing more powerful, nothing more necessary and essential for survival than the lies we tell ourselves.”
Genre: Mystery Thriller. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: First. Location: Cooley Ridge, North Carolina.
This book follows Nic, a woman who returns to her hometown to help her aging dad with dementia. Going back opens old wounds and mysteries, especially once a second girl goes missing, ten years after …

BookRoo Book Subscription Box Review

I was generously given a free sample of the monthly book subscription BookRoo! (In exchange for an honest review).

It was so exciting to receive a box in the mail full of surprise books—who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail?! Each book came individually wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper. They were picked out by the Bookroo team to be some of the best books for the age range you select (but unique enough that you won’t already have them in your collections!) To learn more about how they choose books, go here.

The Books:
I received two children’s hardcover picture books in this box:
The Very Fluffy Papillon | A.N. Kang
This is an adorable story about a cat who is so fluffy that he floats away. His owner desperately tries to weigh him down by dressing him in ridiculous outfits. Since he's a cat, he really hates that. One day he sees a bird and floats away after it. This book is filled with simple, but cute images of the very expressive kitty. I think children will laugh aloud at…

What Light | Jay Asher

“It's your heart. No one else gets a say in that."
Genre: Young Adult Romance. Number of Pages: 251. Perspective: First. Location: Oregon/California.
Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm in Oregon and then spend Christmas time in California selling the trees. She shuts herself off to love for the month long trips to California, but can’t help it when she meets a guy who buys Christmas trees for families in need. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Well, this is definitely not what I was expecting from the author of one of the most controversial books (and shows), Thirteen Reasons Why. It was definitely a lot lighter and more of a romance than a suspense. Maybe Asher thought he needed to tone it down a bit? I’m not sure, but it certainly was on the opposite end of the spectrum.
It was a well written and enjoyable story. It was perfect for Christmas time. I actually haven’t read a Christmas themed book in a while, so it was a nice change of pace. I have also been into reall…

Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ng

What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.”
Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 304. Perspective: Third. Location: Ohio.
This book follows a Chinese-American family in the 1970s after their middle child is found dead in a lake.For a complete summary, you can go here.
To be honest, I am doing this review many months after reading this book. I had to digest it a little bit before reviewing it, and then it just got put on the back burner. So I apologize that my review of this book won’t be as specific as most of my reviews.
What I remember most about this book is the way it handled issues that minority and biracial people go through on a daily basis. It was very interesting to get a new perspective on Chinese-American families.
I also remember feeling devastated reading this book. The whole book is sad and, in the end, the characters don’t get the finality that we get as readers. I remember feeling completely sympathetic to these characters. Take some deep breaths before diving in…

What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty

But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums.”
Genre: Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 466. Perspective: Third. Location: Australia.
One day Alice faints during her workout and forgets the last ten years of her life. She has to reconcile what she envisioned for her 39-year-old self and what she has actually become. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have loved all of Moriarty’s books so far, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. It was very different from her other books; it did have some mystery to it, but it was not a true mystery like her other books. It was nice to see a different format—this was one of her earlier books, so it makes sense that it diverges from her most successful books.I liked it, but it was my least favorite of all of her books. However, like her other books, it does cover deep subjects, but always with a lighter and more humorous feel than most contemporary fiction.
The first half of the book was slow, but the second hal…

In a Dark, Dark Wood | Ruth Ware

I always thought that being self-sufficient was a strength, but now I realize it’s a kind of weakness, too.”
Genre: Thriller/Mystery. Number of Pages: 352. Perspective: First. Location: England.
This book is about Nora, a solitary writer who gets invited to a long-lost friend’s bachelorette party in a remote cabin. She is forced to face the events of her past that she has run away from for the last ten years. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I was drawn to this book because it reminds me of my favorite story as a child:
In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house. And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room. And in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark chest. And in the dark, dark chest there was a dark, dark shelf. And on the dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box. And in the dark, dark box there was… A GHOST!
The story does take place in a house in a dark wood, but it does not have to do with anything in a dark box, unless you are talking about metaphorical g…