What I’m Reading Wednesday #1 // The Hate U Give, Carry On, and Starfish

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Greetings bookish friends! If any of you have noticed, I never did a September monthly recap post. This is because I disliked writing these kinds of posts and I want to change things up a bit. You know, add a little spice to that pumpkin! 😉 *October is spooky season and I’m obsessed*

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but I am trying to break that habit and get back to blogging. Olivia nominated me for the 7 Favorite Things Tag and I plan to post about it this weekend.

So without further ado, I present to you what I finished reading recently, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read sometime this month.

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Recent Reads

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.59 PMI really enjoyed this book and think it deserves all the hype! The plot was engaging and interesting. The best part about the book was by far the characters. Kiko was so complicated and in-depth and real. This is really refreshing because many YA books have characters that are simple and surface level, but this was not true for anyone in Starfish. Even Kiko’s mother, who is intentionally narcissistic and superficial had some complexity to her.

Overall, this is a beautiful tale of hardship, ambition, and imperfection. This book was very enjoyable to read and I was hooked the whole time. Highly recommended, and an easy 5-star rating!

Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.13.33 PMAlthough it didn’t enjoy The Sun Is Also a Star as much as I liked Everything, Everything, this book was not bad! It was very engaging and had decent pacing. I really enjoyed the smooth, flowy writing style. The only problem I had with it was the “cheese” factor. Although Daniel and Natalie’s relationship was cute, at times it was unrealistic and a little bit over the top. But the ending makes up for everything that was wrong with it; it was perfect!

Although there were some patchy plot holes in the middle of the book, both the beginning and the end were excellent.

Rating: 💖💖💖💖

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Current Reads

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.04 PMSo far, I am really enjoying this book!

Like any Rainbow Rowell novel, it is honest and romantic, but Carry On also has elements of a fantasy novel rather than a contemporary. This is really refreshing and unique because most fantasy novels are set in the dark ages, where there were no cellphones or advanced technologies. This sets Carry On apart and makes it more relatable in general.

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Future Reads

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.20 PMI just received a beautiful hardcover edition of this book and I am so excited to read it!

There is also a movie that came out recently and after I finish the book I plan on seeing it.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.40 PMI have been wanting to read this series for the longest time, but haven’t been able to find it.

I was lucky one-day scrolling through the shelves of my school library and found the first two installments, Cinder, and Scarlet. I have heard lots of great things about The Lunar Chronicles and can’t wait to finally be reading them.

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

From Goodreads

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Thank you so much for reading this post!

Have you read The Hate U Give or watched the movie? How about the Lunar Chronicles? Are you a bookworm too? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

🌸Katie K🌸

Cameras and Pens Challenge #1

Hello! If you didn’t know already, I will be participating in the Cameras and Pens Challenge hosted by Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Basically, every week or so, Carol will give those participating in the challenge a new prompt to write a story about/write a poem/take a picture of what you think the prompt means. I am on Team Strawberry!

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There is still one spot left on Team Pineapple and the sign ups are still open, if anyone is interested. (I totally recomend it, personally because I had such a fun time writing this short story!)

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I laboriously climb to the top of the steep plateau, where the land flattens out, far away to escape the harsh world that is reality and my one regret.

I like to come up here, hidden in the wilderness where nobody can see me. I feel better not to be seen, anyway.

Coming up here and watching the golden sun set, it’s like things are normal. It’s like pretending things are OK.

But they’re not.

All I want is for things to go back to the way the used to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s possible.

I thought I could stop it from happening.

I was wrong.

It was my sister.

Somebody was out to get her, and I knew it.

I wanted to be able to protect her, but I couldn’t, for my own safety. If I had gone after her, they would have come after me.

And then we both would have been in trouble.

My sister, Eliza was an intelligent scientist who made a ground-breaking discovery that could have saved millions of lives and could have transformed humanity’s outlook on modern medicine forever. I say could have because Eliza’s brilliant plan didn’t work out so well in the end.

People are greedy.

Too greedy.

Determined to make a couple extra dollars off of Eliza’s genius invention, they kidnapped her and stole the chemical formula to make the medicine and recreated it, adding in more in more chemicals to make it cheaper and easier to produce. Then they sold it to the general public.

Of course, everyone thought it was genius.

It was.

But it wasn’t theirs.

It was Eliza’s.

I owe you, Eliza. I am in your debt.

I know I will get in trouble for searching for you. They know that I am guilty of my mistake. I had the golden opportunity to save you and your genius brain before all of this started. I tried, dear Eliza, I really did. But it wasn’t enough.

I promise I will try harder this time, like you always did.

You taught me everything I know, big sis.

I don’t care anymore. Who would I be if I didn’t rush to your aid? The world needs you. I do, too.

If you are reading this, I am coming to help you, no matter the sonsequences.

I love you, Eliza.

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Thanks for reading this post. What did you guys think of my answer’s to Carol’s prompts? Are you signed up for CPC? You want Team Strawberry to win, right? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep on booking, 

-Katie K