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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: August 24, 2010

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 398

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

-Finnick Odair


Synopsis:

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay—no matter what the personal cost.

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

Hello, bookworms! Can you believe that we are already halfway (more than halfway) to 2021? Also, Harry Potter’s birthday!

Anyway, for 2021, I only managed to read 23 books so far. I am taking it nice and slow. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself this year, so that’s that.

I would cut my intro short since there are a lot of questions for this tag. Let’s just get into it!

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Book Recommendation for Fans of You’ve Got Mail

Hello, fellow bookworms. As you have read from the title of my post, I am here to recommend you some books, but not just any books. These are books that would sate your movie hangover if you have marathoned You’ve Got Mail a million times.

If you clicked this blog post and don’t know what movie I am talking about, it’s the 1998 films starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. But if you still don’t know, and haven’t watched it yet, you have to watch it, like right now!

You’ve Got Mail is one of my all-time favorite RomCom movies. Not only that, but it also enlightens me as to what type of romance I want to consume in terms of books. After rewatching the movie tons of time, I suddenly have the urge to read something with a similar plot to sate my movie hangover.

As a result, I scoured the internet for book recommendations with the same plot or trope. Let me tell you, some of those books turn out as a flop. So my book recommendations today are all the books that I have read. I will let you know what aspect of the story reminds me of You’ve Got Mail in the book, and how much I enjoyed them.

In addition to that, I also added a couple of recommendations on the last part of this blog dedicated to those who simply love the mysterious pen pal trope even if they are not similar to You’ve Got Mail.

So without further ado, let’s get into the recommendations.

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April & May 2021 Wrap-up & Book Haul

Hello! Happy Pride month. I still can’t believe that it’s already June, already halfway through 2021.

Another month means another wrap-up. And since I haven’t posted any wrap-up for April, I decided to combine my April and May wrap-up.

I fell into a slump towards the end of April and for the whole month of May. So I only have 4 books to share for this wrap-up. I also have some exciting books to share with you that I have hauled in April and last month. So without further ado, let’s get into the wrap-up!

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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌘🌑

Publisher: Saga Press

Published: July 16, 2019

Format: e-Book

Pages: 209

Synopsis:

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌖🌑

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: April 04, 2017

Format: e-Book

Pages: 337

Synopsis:

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

Publisher: Tordotcom

Published: January 12, 2021

Format: e-Book

Pages: 174

Synopsis:

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

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When in doubt: Try a Chapter!

One of every bookworm’s problems is hauling books that we didn’t know if we would actually like or not. In the past year, I have read books that do not live up to the synopsis or how the books are pitched.

So to avoid disappointment, I decided to do the Try a Chapter trend that’s been quite popular in the book community for some time.

The books that I have chosen for this blog are mostly the books that I have been eyeing for quite some time. I have found a very cheap set of these books secondhand, but I cannot buy it all. Also, I wanted to make sure that it will be worth my money.

Without further ado, let’s get into the books and my thoughts about the first chapter!

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March 2021 Wrap-up & Book Haul

Hello fellow bookworms!

Happy April! I have a good reading month in March even though I only managed to finished 4 books. On the bright side, I finally read my most anticipated book of 2020.

In addition to that, I will also be sharing a very exciting book haul. It’s a series that I have contemplated for a long time if I will read or not. But I feel like I am ready to get into this series now. So I am excited to share that book with you!

I’ll quit blabbering, and let’s get into the wrap-up and the book haul!

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