Book Round Up 2017 I

I´m honestly such a fangirl. I love being totally submerged into fictional characters, their stories and their universe. I consider fictional universes to be one of my safe and happy places. Books were my gateway drug and the first way I entered any fictional universe. I used to read so much from such a young age on! But as I got older things got in the way and I haven´t read as much as I wanted for ages. This year I´ve set myself a goal of 20 books though and am quite determined to read at least that much. So here are all the books I read during the first quarter of 2017.

How To Love by Katie Cotugno

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 
After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Goodreads
This was such a gripping read but not in the I-have-to-finish-it-in-one-night kind of way. It was so intense and emotional and I was super invested in Reena´s story that it was a joy to read this book every night. I loved the change between both timelines a lot, it´s what really gripped me to the story. We as the readers only get just enough information in each chapter to want to read on. Reina acts, thinks and speaks a lot older than she actually is and she´s very ambitious, eager to leave her hometown. She also keeps her emotions to herself which is why I identified with her so much. It´s not about the exact things she goes through but rather this feeling of hopefulness and eagerness, the feeling of adventure and then also the feeling of losing it all, being hopeless and alone and fighting your way out of this rabbit hole again and again. It´s something many people can relate to.

I loved seeing Reena´s journey, how she went from being a naive, shy teenager to an outspoken, confident adult. She grew a lot and in her finding her way through tough phases I found a bit of hopefulness myself.
Rating: 5/5


Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief.Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.                               - Goodreads
This is a story about two broken teenagers finding each other and their own way in life. As someone who is struggling with mental health I found it great to read about the character´s battles and how they overcame them. Especially Libby was so close to my heart as she also struggles with anxiety. But then again I could also understand Jack so much as we switch between both of their sides constantly. It´s obviously a love story too but I didn´t find it too cheesy. It took me a bit until I was fully emerged in the story (although already the first page is really intriguing). The characters are written very endearingly and like they are real people. I really liked that the story was told from both of their views as that gave the illusion of an all-knowing narrator without actually having one. It also made me feel like I knew both characters like they were my best friends.

Libby and Jack are really and odd pairing as nobody in school would actually see them together but underneath the surface they´re both incredibly strong and actually share a lot of traits which I think is why they work so well together. They can just understand what the other is going through. I loved seeing how both of them stood up to and conquered their problems in their own way. It was so good seeing them become even stronger together.
Rating: 4/5


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt's case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…                                                           - Goodreads
You can already read the full review of the film Fantastic Beasts on my blog. I just love this story so much! When I saw how beautiful the cover art for the book was I knew I had to have it. Santa was so nice to gift it to me! From my time in (amateur) musical theatre I´m quite used to reading scripts and screenplays are not that much different. I can see why people might have difficulties here though. I loved visualizing the film scenes while reading the whole story again. I´ve found the screenplay to be very elaborate and J.K. Rowling included a lot of details which made it feel almost like a novel. Overall, this is definitely more something extra for fans of the film or the universe. Personally, I really loved it though!
Rating: 5/5

As you can tell from this tiny round up I´m not really getting there so far with my reading challenge. I do hope this will change when the weather is super nice and warm outside so that I can force myself to read in a park where there is no obvious distractions coming from my laptop. I´m also thinking of my switching up my genres a bit. Maybe going back to a bit more thriller-y stuff or even possibly non-fiction books will keep me more engaged. With romantic stories it just takes me a while to get into them... In the end, we will have to see though.

What has been the best book you´ve read in 2017 so far? Do you have any suggestions for books for me?


2 comments

  1. I really fancy Holding Up The Universe. I've been trying to read more too, I used to love reading then just stopped when I went to uni, although my goal is only 12 for the year! You may enjoy The Little Cafe Shop of Kabul. It was a really sweet read :)

    Teri xx
    http://acupoft.co.uk

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  2. Holding up the universe has to be one of my favourite books! There's not many people I know who have read it so it's nice to find someone who has and ejoyed it too. You might also enjoy The One Memory Of Flora Banks and also Wonder.
    Zara xx

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