Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons!!! || Eternal. Screaming.

About the Book-

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

My Review-

OH MY WORD. I have been waiting to read this book before I knew what it was. I’ve been excited for this book ever since I started following Abbiee’s blog and instagram, and it’s finally out!!! I’m SO excited, and it’s an AMAZING BOOK. (If you haven’t seen the post I did for her blog tour, including a guest post from Abbie herself you can find it here)

I had all the intentions to write a twitter live-reaction thread while doing it buuuut it was too good and I finished it before I remembered. #oops. I ended up going back and writing down my thoughts though, so if you want to read initial reactions: it’s here

People always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, THE COVER IS GORGEOUS AND EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD AND IT ALSO MAKES SENSE IN THE BOOK AND CAN I JUST HUG IT. (There’s 100 Days of Sunlight merch out and it’s THE BEST THING EVER (if anyone is thinking about buying me something . . . .😉))

Fangirling aside, I really enjoyed this book! Although it was written on the simplistic side and it was kiiiiiiinda cheesy, it was SO sweet and it was so similar to my life right now. It also definitely made me cry (who’d’ve thunk).

My favorite part about this book was how it was divided up into the different senses and the different focus each section was on. Tessa and Weston are absolutely adorable and are the sweetest. Weston’s relationship with his friend Rudy, as well as Tessa’s relationship with her blogging friends (!!!!!) are also the sweetest and was really nice to see (as opposed to a lot of other YA contemps which are only focused on the MCs and no one else).

My only issue with the book is that I’m not certain of what age demographic this is meant for? On one hand, I’m inclined to say that it’s for a younger audience, because of the simplified love story and the cliche-ness of it all, but also there was a bit of language used. I personally didn’t mind it, but I know that younger (more judgmental) me would have been appalled at it. Readers of all ages will loVe this story, but I’m just,,not certain exactly if that’s an issue for anyone else.

Overall? I’m SO HYPED ABOUT THIS book and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve already begun rereading it and I’m super excited. This is my summer of reading contemps that make me cry and 100 DOS is no exception.

Check out my blog tour post for 100 Days of Sunlight here!

My Rating-

4/5

Things liked-

  • It’s so swEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEt!
  • and it made me cry loL
  • Tessa and Weston are the cutest and remind me of my own story
  • That cover is goRgeous??!

Things disliked-

  • kiiiinda simplistic and also there was some language

 

 

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A Productive Day in the Life as an Author || Blog Tour: 100 Days of Sunlight||Guest Post from Abbie Emmons and GIVEAWAY!! || *insert eternal screaming*

Hey guys!! Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve personally waited to be making for YEARS: it’s my part in the blog tour for Abbie Emmons’ NEW BOOK, 100 Days of Sunlight!!! I’ve been following Abbie for about 4 years now: she is so inspirational as a blogger/indie author/self-employer (and she has a KILLER Instagram page, check it out if you haven’t already!!), and I’ve been WAITING for her to publish her book for SO LONG. I’m SO EXCITED because that day is finally here, and I’m super honored to be a part of her blog tour!

So today, as part of the blog tour, we have a guest post from Abbie, with a Productive Day in the Life as an Author! Take it away, Abbie!


A Productive Day in the Life as an Author, by Abbie Emmons

I’ve always been obsessed with productivity. Even when I was a little kid, I loved making task lists (though you couldn’t have called them “tasks” back then, haha) and to this day I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my output and make the most of my time.

Now that I’m a published author (!!!) there are even more demands on my attention – so many problems to solve and not enough time to solve them. Needless to say, I’ve had to be more diligent than ever when it comes to managing my time.

Before we go any further, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Hanne for inviting me to guest post on her lovely blog today! We’re going to talk about time management – what a productive day in my author life looks like. Let’s go!

Morning

Let’s begin at the beginning of the day. Mornings are essential because they are the time I feel the freshest and most energetic. Making sure my day gets off on the right foot is critical to staying happy and creative throughout the afternoon and evening. A bad morning usually leads to a bad day – but a good morning can lead to a wonderful day.

When I first wake up – regardless of what season of life I’m in and what projects I’m currently working on – I never miss my morning routine of tea and journaling.

I love to journal because it’s a great way to get all your feelings, hopes, and worries out of your head and onto the page. I tend to bottle up emotions too much, or pile on more work so I don’t stop and think about what’s bothering me – but journaling has helped me to quietly address emotional issues without stressing over them. It also helps me sort out problems with my goals or habits by self-reflecting objectively.

After showering and eating a healthy breakfast, I sit down to begin my work for the day (with another cuppa, of course). Many of you might already know that I’m obsessed with calendar blocking. (I usually calendar block my day the night before, so we’ll get to that at the end of this post.) The morning block of my calendar is always reserved for the most time-sensitive tasks (ie: anything that will matter tomorrow if I don’t get it done today). This might include editing a video for my YouTube channel, sending books off to someone, doing an interview, creating a promotion, or anything in between!

I work on stuff like this from 8:00 to 12:30, then I pause and take a half hour break for lunch.

Afternoon

Afternoon tasks are important, but not as time-sensitive (ie: anything that will matter next week if I don’t get it done this week). Afternoons are sometimes difficult for me to push through, as I start to lose focus around hour 7 of working. That’s part of the reason why I like to make my afternoon tasks not quite as important as my morning tasks. The pressure isn’t as intense, and if I don’t accomplish everything on my list, it’s okay because there’s always tomorrow!

My last work-related task for the day is usually answering emails and DMs. I do this after everything else because I’m an introvert. (Ha!) Interacting with people (even via email) takes quite a bit of energy, so I don’t like to spend a lot of my “battery life” on that first thing in the morning. After all, it doesn’t require my most creative energy, so I’ve found that late afternoon is a good time to get this done.

Around 4:30 p.m., I usually break for yoga. It’s nice to move my body after sitting in front of a computer all day, plus it’s a good way to refresh for my evening tasks.

Evening

As you might have guessed, evening tasks are the least urgent. They are still important to me, but for the distant future. For example, I might work on outlining or editing a future novel, or brainstorming a new idea for my YouTube channel or blogpost.

This is also the time of day when I turn my phone to airplane mode and “disconnect” from the world. Because I work from home, there’s no getting away from my work – but disconnecting from the internet in this free time is paramount to my mental health. Before I get off the computer completely, I’ll calendar block my tomorrow and make my next task list. I’ll prioritize my tasks in the same way I did everything today.

After dinner comes my night routine, which consists of stretching, reading, and spending time with my family. I stay off electronic devices (unless a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes and I simply MUST WRITE) because we all know that glowing blue light makes it harder to fall asleep. I try to get to bed by 10:30, but sometimes I break my own rules. (Hey, I’m young, I should enjoy that extra 30 minutes of reading a book. ha. ha.)

So there it is! In a nutshell, that’s what my average productive day looks like as an author.

Comment below and tell me: do you use calendar blocking? What is your favorite way to prioritize your tasks? Do you have a morning/night routine? Let’s talk all things productivity in the comments!

Thank you again to Hanne for having me on her blog today!

rock on,

Abbie


Giveaway!

I’m delighted to be giving away 3 (!!!!) e-copies of 100 Days of Sunlight!! Enter the giveaway here!

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And that’s it! Are you as excited for 100 Days of Sunlight as I am?? Did you enter the giveaway yet? Let me know in comments!

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College Advice We Wish We’d Known feat. Abby from Story Eyed || Collab

Hey everyone! Today I have a super special and exciting post: my first official collab!! I’m doing a collab with Abby from Story Eyed. We’re both going into our sophomore year of college, so we decided to put some thoughts of what we’ve learned now that we’ve survived a year of college.

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Hi, friends! I’m Abigail Lennah, and I blog over at Story-Eyed. I’m a rising civil engineering sophomore who enjoys writing poetry for theater performances, riding Lime scooters, and playing Red Flags with friends. It’s so exciting to do this collab with Hanne, as both of us are rising sophomores at our respective universities. Today, we’re showering some advice and experiences garnered with the first year under our belts.

Hanne and I have different schooling backgrounds which transformed into the transition period between high school and college. I went to a Montessori school in kindergarten, through the public education system, and now attend a private Jesuit university, whereas Hanne was homeschooled throughout the first thirteen years and attends a public university. We brainstormed a bunch of questions. Hanne’s answers are on my blog, so go on out and read them once you finish this post!


What is something no one told you about going to college?
People say this in passing, but the weight of their words never settled until the first several months past: you grow so much in college. For the first eighteen years of your life, you’re swarmed by the comfort of the people, places, and environment. Then, college strikes, thrusting you into liminality where you’re forced to learn about your identity without familiarity surrounding you. It’s scary because you’re put outside of your comfort zone, but if you stand your ground and open to new opportunities, it will stretch your character in ways you never expected to grow.

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What has your biggest struggle been since starting college and how have you overcome it?
My biggest struggle is dedicating time to self-care. Engineering is a time-consuming major. Add in balancing five different external commitments, balancing a social life, and trying to get enough sleep calls in for a grand mixture of intimidating proportions. Any one of my friends could attest: yes, I’m out doing all the things. In some cases, I embody Hamilton’s ability of working non-stop. This contributes ramifications such as burnout and poor mental health. It’s not something I’ve overcome—the chart waxes and wanes—but I’m taking steps to try to make it easier on myself this year.

What was one thing you did outside of school while you were at college?
I overcommitted to engaging in different activities, from joining a sustainability leadership group advocating energy reduction education to weekly volunteering at local elementary schools! I spent lots of my time in engineering and writing clubs who helped construct my perceptions on both subjects, but the biggest club I’ve been apart of is the Filipino-American Student Union. Surprisingly, this wasn’t a club I entertained joining when first arriving on campus—I went to the first meeting due to mutual friends dragging me along. I didn’t realize how much I would love learning about my cultural identity until many event planning and Tuesday nights later! Now, I’m one of the festival coordinators for the upcoming school year.

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What do you do when you’re procrastinated until the last possible second? Do you give something up, and do one thing well? Do you do two things haphazardly? What goes through your head then?
I seldom procrastinate.(note from Hanne: cannot relate) Putting things off rattles my anxiety to high gear, but when procrastination does happen, it’s usually during group projects due the following day. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in groups with more subdued and calm personalities to balance my franticness. Sometimes, this means spending ten minutes during break laying on the floor listening to reggae. It may also mean listening to choral music at 2:30 in the morning. Usually the work gets balanced out well and we complete it with some hours of sleeping to spare but does become a panic fest for some time.

How has college caused you to readapt your schedule, in comparison to high school?
You have autonomy on how you spend your time. This can be a strange power to wield, especially if much of your time was dictated by an external force. There are over a thousand minutes in a day, and you get to decide what to do. If you want to watch a discounted movie Tuesday morning because your sole class got cancelled, go ahead! If you want to stay in over the weekend instead of going out, that’s fine too. It’s strange to wield what you do in your time, but you are your own self-advocate and dedicate your time however you want.

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As a STEM major, how do you balance & partake in activities outside your major?
I’m a civil engineering student who’s crazy about creating sustainable infrastructure in cities, especially moving forward when climate change and our contributions towards it is a big deal. Some of the activities I take part in—such as joining a women’s engineering club and a sustainability leadership program—reflect that. Yet, I’m also a writer, creator, and hot chocolate consumer, too! They’re important identities, and it’s important to give time to nurture them. I try to dedicate at least two hours to other non-STEM related activities, such as writing poetry for theater performances! It also helps give a breath of fresh air, especially when Newtons stress you out.

Time management is a big thing, and in college you’re given independent over what to do. How do you manage your time to have a balance of a healthy, social, & academic life?
The number one tip to balancing everything without falling apart is understanding how much time you have and what your abilities are. Is there truth about choosing only two from the triangle featuring school, social life, or sleep? To some degree. (For me, DEFINITELY sleep.) I’m still able to accomplish a lot because I try not to waste time, knowing the demands of my major. It also comes down to priorities. Sometimes, you can combine aspects together, like group studying, the ultimate combo of socializing and school. But you also need to fulfill your own needs, and if studying by yourself needs to happen, then let it happen. Be honest with what you can fulfill, and don’t take on too much.

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College can sometimes be a place to meet new people—discuss how you morphed into the new environment.
The people I met throughout college made the transition smoother than I perceived it. I spent the first several weeks entrapped in my dorm room, gorging on KIND bars and not talking to anyone. It was scary because one, it was a new environment, and two, my senior roommate already had a preestablished group, so I didn’t come in with a buddy. I felt a bit lonely, something which I didn’t shy away from mentioning to others. Spending time in the common room helped, though. It’s funny, because my interactions with my closest friends initiated with me being the enthusiastic outgoing one when the reality of our personalities is quite the opposite. The friends I made aren’t a coherent group, and sometimes, not being in a group is sometimes sad. You don’t have a connection or comradery to be nestled in a comforting bubble. Despite this, I still spend lots of time with them and they bring out the best parts, encouraging exploration, self-care, and a positive outlook on the future.


Go check out Abby’s blog and social media: you won’t regret it! Make sure you read my half of the post, with my answers! Are you in college right now? If you’ve been to college, what are some questions you wish had been answered? If you’re heading to college soon, what are some questions you have? Drop us a comment and we’ll try to get back to you!

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Book Review: Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl

About the Book-

FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn visits Nebraska to care for her ailing mother. She cant help but notice suspicious connections among a series of local fires, so she calls on her partner, Noah Hunter, to help find the arsonist. Together they unwittingly embark on a twisted path to a mad man who is determined his last heinous act will be Kaelys death.

My Review-

OOOOOH This series is G O O D!!! If you want to read my review of Book 1, Mind Games, you can find it here. It covers a lot of the points that I also cover in this one, such as the villain POV, the profiling, and minimal romance, which I all enjoyed.

While I don’t think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the first one, this one was similar enough that a few pages in, I remembered what happened. The plot twist that happened in this book wasn’t as dramatic as the one in the first, since it was almost alluded to in the main part of the story. However, the smaller twists in the story were SO GOOD: I was on a voice call with my friends while reading and I may or may not have SQUEALED when I got to it. It was GOOD.

The romance and family themes were slightly stronger in this book than the previous one, but it wasn’t enough that it really took away from the story. The main focus on the book was Kaley and the arsonist (and Noah, of course), and I realllly liked that!

It did feel like the story kind of wrapped up too quickly: I wasn’t too huge of a fan of that, but it sufficed. Overall, I wasn’t quite a fan of this book as much as I was of book 1, but I still really enjoyed it and will be looking forwards to book 3!

My Rating-

4/5

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag || I’m Somehow Doing Well but Still, HELP ME

Hey everybody! Today, we’re doing a fun book tag! I don’t think I’ve done one of these ever before, so I’m super excited to do it!

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(yes, yes, I know it’s not teCHNICALLY mid-year anymore, butttttt shhhh)

This year has honestly been pretty good for my reading can’t say the same for my blogging oops! I’m actually AHEAD on my Goodreads reading challenge???! Honestly I’m not sure how it happened either? I’ve also read several new favorites, which has also been very fun!

best book so far in 2019

I had about 6 favorites that I was deciding between, but I think one takes the cake! I heard about the book first on Twitter when it was first coming out, but I never got around to reading it until this year, and IT MADE ME SOB. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL and I loved it. Go read it if you haven’t yet.

best sequel so far in 2019

This book was my first Brigid Kemmerer book, and I LOVED IT. I actually read it before the first book (Letters to the Lost) and still think it’s actually better than the first in the duology! It also made me soB

new release that I haven’t read

…LITERALLY ALL OF THEM? but more specifically, this other Brigid Kemmerer book: my friend Hailey got it to me for my birthday, and I can’t wait to read it! It’ll be my first Kemmerer book since the Letters to the Lost duology, and I’m excited to step into a different Kemmerer world!

most anticipated release for the next half of 2019

I’M SO HYPED FOR THIS BOOK!!! I’ve been excited for Abbie to publish her book ever since I started following her ~2 years ago! The cover is GORGEOUS and I knOW I’m going to love it!!!

biggest disappointment

I had such high hopes for this book! The cover is so cute, and the premise is great, but the story,, really didn’t cut it for me. It was just..not great. (If you want to read a more comprehensive review check it out here)

biggest surprise

I read this book, not knowing exactly what it was going to entail, and the first part of the book I wasn’t really a fan of either, but then by the time I finished it, I was SOBBING and it’s on my favorite Christian fiction book list! It’s a WWII/contemporary split and it was SO well done!

favorite new author

…is it going to surprise anyone that it’s Brigid Kemmerer? …yeah so

book that made me cry

I’ve had at least 6 books that made me cry this year, but this one takes the cake (ha. Ha. HA. Cait are you proud of meeeeee). I SOBBED for at least 50 pages. Here’s my livetweet session while I was reading it. IT WAS BRUTAL.

book that made me happy

Another favorite from this year, which means it’s another that MADE ME SOB! This one was hopeful too! It was sweet and cute and soft and I loved itttttt. (Another under-rated book that I’m recommending to EVERYONE)

most beautiful book I bought or received

The Broken Prince is by my blogger friend Kara from Beautifully Broken, and I actually won the giveaway for her debut novel! The cover is SO GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to read it!

books I need to read by the end of the year

I mean. I couldn’t write this post without at least MENTIONING this series by Kate Emmons, can I? I’ve helped her launch the two previous books in this series, The Blood Race and Worlds Beneath, and this is the last book in the trilogy. I’M SO HYPED FOR THIS ONE, GUYS! SO SO SO EXCITEDDDDDDDDDD (btw, you have just enough time to catch up on the series before it comes out September 1st!)

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tell me a book you wish had a sequel? 👀 ok a lot of people ask me if #TheBoyWhoStealsHouses will get a sequel…and I wrote one 🤫 but will it ever see the light of day? I don’t k n o w. Publishing is a convoluted beast and your support determines a lot (ie sales, leaving reviews, etc.) I left my heart with Sam and the De Laineys and have not yet quite let go.⁣ ⁣ although tbh do we want me to have a chance to torture them more????⁣ ⁣ ——— ⁣ //// “We are the kings of nowhere. We only need us.”⁣ ——— ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ i dare say I suit a crown quite well by the way. and yes it will now appear in 90% of my photos because I have like only 3 props here.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #meettheauthor #bookstagram #shelfiesunday #sundayshelfie #bookblogger #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #bookshelfie #booksofig #booksbooksbooks #readersofig #coverlove

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I wanted to do a smaller bookstagrammer, but honestly, I think @paperfury (Cait) still wins out! I read A Thousand Perfect Notes (as aforementioned) and her Instagram game has been ON POINT recently!


And that’s it! What is your favorite book of 2019? Can you pick? How are you doing on your GoodReads challenge? Drop me a comment and let me know!

 

Blog Tour: The Old River Road by Hailey Rose

Hi everyone! Today, I have the honor of being a part of a blog tour for my sweet friend, Hailey Rose! I’ve been following her blog and Instagram for . . . about a year (?) now, and now I get to help re-release her book, The Old River Road!

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The Old River Road has officially been published for three years, and it’s being republished with Hailey’s official author name! Fun Fact: it was originally published under Hailey’s pen name, Ivy Rose! Not only is that part different, but there is brand new content inside too!

About the Book-

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When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was nearly perfect. For newlyweds in the great city of Chicago, the journey ahead was exciting and promising. When a frightening disease takes William in its grip, the young couple is forced to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great-grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

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About the Author-

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Hailey is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. Armed with a desire to make scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. Two of her novels have been independently published. As a chronic illness warrior, Hailey eagerly encourages others to find joy no matter what the circumstances. In her free time, she loves dancing, playing music, and enjoying various outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

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Although I haven’t actually read the book yet (oops), I’m looking forwards to grabbing a copy and reading it!

Have you “met” Hailey Rose yet? Or better yet, have you read her new book? What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy and check it out!

My HUGE Summer TBR 2019

Hey everyone! Today, we’re going to . . . SCREAM ABOUT ALL THE BOOKS I HAVEN’T READ YET!!!!* Aren’t we all exCITED!!

*okay but fr am I the only person who gets existential crises every couple months or so about the sheer volume of books I have to read before the world ends and how I literally don’t have time to read all the books in the world or

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If you saw my Summer Bucket List, you would have seen that I want to read 40 books this summer. Ambitious, yes, but I also have 56 days of break . . . which means I’ll have 16 days off! (hi yes am I slightly off my rocker? maybe) THIS’LL BE FINE I’M FINE

So what are these books, you might ask? WELL GOOD QUESTION. Today, I’ll be sharing them with you! I’ll be sharing books from 4 categories: YA fiction, Christian fiction, classics, and nonfiction.

YA Fiction

YA fiction is the genre that I’ve been getting more into recently, so I have a ton of books that are now on my TBR. I haven’t read most of the books that are /hyped/, so I’ll be trying to catch up on a lot of those!

  1. Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  2. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welsch
  3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  4. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusac
  6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  7. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  8. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  9. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  10. Out of the Easy by Ruth Sepetys
  11. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
  12. The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
  13. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  14. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  15. Harry Potter the the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Christian Fiction

I blog a lot in the Christian fiction community, so I’m always catching up on books to read, or hyped books coming out soon, and stuff like that, so here’s my list to read.

    1. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Ivy Klassen
    2. The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White
    3. The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White
    4. A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White
    5. The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
    6. The Line Between by Tosca Lee
    7. No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky
    8. A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
    9. Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl
    10. 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons (!!!!) (and yes, I know it’s not actually Christian fiction, but that’s where I can find room the put it ><)

 

Classics

  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (wish me luck, lads. he’s a big ‘un)
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (yes, I haven’t read it. *hides* don’t come for me)
  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Nonfiction

  1. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  3. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boon
  4. The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana
  5. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman

As you can see, I don’t have 40 books on this list yet, because I’m sure this list will grow and change as the summer goes on, so what are books on YOUR TBR this summer? Let me know and I might just add it to my TBR!

Book Review: Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

About the Book-

In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper: a rallying cry for hope, purpose . . . and rocks. Send me a rock for the person you lost, and I will build something life-giving. When the poem spreads farther than he ever intended, Robert Bliss’s humble words change the tide of a nation. Boxes of rocks inundate the tiny, coastal Maine town, and he sets his calloused hands to work, but the building halts when tragedy strikes.

Decades later, Annie Sawyer is summoned back to Ansel-by-the-Sea when she learns her Great-Uncle Robert, the man who became her refuge during the hardest summer of her youth, is now the one in need of help. What she didn’t anticipate was finding a wall of heavy boxes hiding in his home. Long-ago memories of stone ruins on a nearby island trigger her curiosity, igniting a fire in her anthropologist soul to uncover answers.

She joins forces with the handsome and mysterious harbor postman, and all her hopes of mending the decades-old chasm in her family seem to point back to the ruins. But with Robert failing fast, her search for answers battles against time, a foe as relentless as the ever-crashing waves upon the sea.

My Review-

THIS!!! WAS A SWEET STORY!!! It was such a sweet cross between a WWII story and a contemporary (ish) story, and everything wrapped together SO WELL!!!

Spoken from two points of view: one during/just after WWII, and one in 2001, the story covers the stories of Roy and Annie, as well as the rest of their family. Both of the timelines really came to life, and I enjoyed it so much! I also really enjoyed the setting: it was set on an island, small-town style, and it felt really nostalgic all around. And BOB. I loooooved him! He went through so much in his life, but he still held so much purpose and love towards those around him, and it was amaZing.

I was a little wary of starting this book, since this was a debut novel, which usually means it could go one of two ways: really well or really poorly. This one was one that went really well! IT MADE ME CRY, GUYS. The two storylines eventually melded into one: the story of one family, throughout the ages, and it MADE SENSE so much.

Unlike most Christian fiction, this story wasn’t just between a guy and a girl: there was also the story between siblings, community, family, and especially parents and their kids. Not only that, but the faith bits were so well done: they were just woven into the storyline, and it wasn’t a “I need to put this in because this is a Christian fiction book” type deal.

Overall, this was a beaUtiful book!  The writing style was beautiful: it was super poetic and smooth, but filled with emotion and thought. I loved the twist at the end that brought everything together: I love books that do that, and this one was done so well! If you haven’t read this book, or even heard of it, GO READ IT. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

My Rating-

9/10

Things Liked-

  • I LOVED the dynamic between Roy and Bob!
  • The setting was so well done: it was so sentimental and nostalgic!
  • Duo-timelines done SO well!
  • Not just love between a guy and a girl
  • IT MADE ME CRY!!
  • The writing style was beAUTifuL
  • Faith bits were well done
  • Bob himself needs his own point honestly like
  • I LOVED the twist at the end

Things Disliked-

  • I wasn’t really a fan of the present tense writing? It just threw me off