Book: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Review: For me this was a difficult one to rate. If I could rate the first half of the book it would be 2 stars, but the second would be a 4, so I’m going with 3, perfectly in the middle. The first half I didn’t enjoy but as someone who doesn’t particularly like to give up on books I continued with it and it did get better. The first 200 pages didn’t really have anything going on and I did not really like the protagonist (Andie) at all, it was Clark who made it better. I like that this book involved books itself and for me that was just an interesting thing. The cover matches an aspect of what goes on in the book perfectly as well and although ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is something I do believe in, I just liked that little touch. Normally I’m conflicted with romance/contemporary books. Sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes I just find it a little cringey but I am trying to go through with this a bit more and keep trying them out and I’ll admit this was a cross between alright and cringe. I have read 2 other books by Morgan Matson, so I do enjoy her writing but this book I didn’t feel was as good as the others. I really enjoyed in this the mixture of normal writing and texts being involved, except I think the use of emoji’s as part of the plot or an aspect of one of the characters was a bit annoying and I didn’t enjoy that at all. I also think a few of the characters were annoyingly too stereotypical of teenage girls. It wasn’t good and certainly from what I’ve experienced in school and life in general, it didn’t seem realistic in the slightest. Overall, this book was only decent because of the second half, and I’m not too sure if I recommend this or not, but if you do like Morgan Matson, I recommend giving this a go.
Book: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Review: This is a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy or not. I do like the occasional contemporary romance book but I’m quite picky with them but I genuinely did enjoy this. The characters to me are very different, from previous books I’ve read, the characters seem to be too rich or they’re in these glamorous lifestyles and it was genuinely interesting to read something with characters that have a darker past. Both Echo and Noah were different and I think that’s what made me enjoy this. The story itself was good, it didn’t necessarily focus on the love at first, it focused on the personal lives of both Echo and Noah and the backstories of the characters and why they are the way they are was slowly given to us, it wasn’t handed to us in one big chapter or anything, their past was slowly filtered to us. The book has two points of view, Echo and Noah and it switches between the two and you can tell a difference in the focalisation, meaning both Echo and Noah had their own little ways of writing which made Katie McGarry’s writing style something I found very interesting and fun. This is the first book in a series but I feel as if it can also be treated as a standalone novel, but I think because I did enjoy it and to me it felt very short because I got so engrossed in it, I will continue on with the series as and when I can get my hands on copies of the books. However for me it wasn’t a 5 star book and honestly I cannot put my finger specifically on what made it not 5 stars. As much as I enjoyed it, it just didn’t have a specific wow-factor for me which is why it is only 4 stars but I enjoyed it enough to want to keep it in my book collection and maybe even continue on with the series at some point.
There’s always been this physical book vs eBook debate from the moment eBooks became a thing, and it is something I have wanted to express my opinion on for a while.
Firstly, I want to mention that I read both physical and eBooks semi-regularly (school has been making it harder for me to find time to read. Ugh) so have had a variety of experiences with both.
My thoughts on physical books. Well, I own a lot and they’re all beautiful to look at with a variety of sizes (height and width), fonts and formatting (paperback or hardcover) and I have definitely developed a preference. I love hardcover books a lot and generally I have more luck with the fonts with hardcover, but paperbacks are so much cheaper and more easy to store because they are smaller, yet there are inconsistencies with font sizes. I don’t have the best eyes ever, I do wear glasses but I also do find myself getting eye strain if I read a book with small font for too long, I much prefer slightly larger fonts, which is something a lot of books don’t have. I love being able to look at them and I love the smell and feel of a book, but also they can sometimes be a bit difficult to take around. I don’t particularly like carrying around a physical book for multiple reasons:
- I am scared it’ll get damaged. I am someone who looks after my books and as much as I’m not too fussed about the spine, I do not want the front cover or back cover or any of the pages bent up from being carried around.
- If I finish a book, I’m stuck. I don’t have anything else because I would have only brought that book with me. Whereas with a Kindle, I have so many books to pick and choose from.
Now, my thoughts on eBooks. Generally they can be cheaper and there is a wide variety of eBooks available for free. The text size can be however you want it and 5 physical books weighs a lot more than 5 eBooks. They’re so much easier to carry around. If I’m going to be travelling, I can just stick my Kindle Paperwhite in my bag and away I go, I have a case to protect it so I don’t have to worry about damage and I have a whole load of books readily available to me and it barely weighs anything. It’s fantastic.
Overall though, if I am staying at home, I much prefer to read physical books if I can help it, the only time I won’t when at home is because I struggle with the sizing. If I am out however, I much prefer eBooks because they are so much easier to carry around. Price wise, I’m not too fussed, you can get both eBooks and physical books for fairly cheap depending on where you get them. In general, there shouldn’t really be this debate of ones better than the other and I’ve also seen people be so mean to people who specifically only read eBooks. There shouldn’t be such a divide because at the end of the day, you’re still all getting to enjoy a beautiful piece of writing. I would love to know other peoples thoughts on this however, so please let me know by writing a comment!
Reading slump. That thing no reader wants to go through but does occasionally find themselves experiencing. With me, this happens after I’ve had to take a break from reading because I’ve not had time (because of school) and it happens so much during the exam period. My exams start mid-June and pretty much any spare moment from school and revision is spent either eating, sleeping or spending time with my family or boyfriend. I’ve not had time to read and for me it is awful.
This year I got through 3 Carrie Fisher books really quickly and after that, my reading drifted. I read 1 book with my boyfriend and another book on my own (Star Wars: Bloodlines) and after that, nothing. I don’t even know what sorta book I’m in the mood for! I can’t even really remember what I usually do to get out of a slump, but I feel like what I need is a new-release or a new want to read a certain book that I own, but that epiphany of what to read hasn’t happened yet… Ugh.
I think this reading slump will fix itself once all of my exams are done, as I would have left school and would have had a bit more relaxing time. But any relaxing time, I’ve found myself drifting further towards video games instead of books. Currently, if I want to relax, I’ll either watch YouTube or play on my 3DS or PS Vita. And although I want to do these things, I do feel a little bit guilty that I’m not reading… I really can’t think of anything to do, so I guess this post is a little bit of me asking for help.
Does anyone know ways to cure a reading slump? I will try anything after exams (end of June). Thank you guys in advance!