Friday Finds #124 – March 17th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art Of Being Normal – by Lisa Williamson

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Title: The Art Of Being Normal
Author: Lisa Williamson
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
First published: January 1st 2015
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Finished reading: August 24th 2016
Pages: 357
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“It’s like I know the real me is in there somewhere, but for the moment I’m trapped in this weird body that I recognise less and less every day.”

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I’ve had countless bloggers recommending this book to me ever since it was published, and somehow I have managed to ignore it until now. I kind of want to kick myself, because this is without doubt one of the best glbt/transgender YA contemporary books I’ve read to this date. The Art Of Being Normal is simply brilliant. The prose is excellent, packed with quotable lines and I literally flew through the pages. I loved the two main characters and the whole glbt/transgender angle made the story into something special. In fact, I don’t think I have read many books with a transgender main character… The character development is really well done and it all felt realistic and not too cheesy. I also loved the ending and the abandoned pool scenes… Basically a whole lot of love! If you enjoy reading YA contemporary/realistic fiction books and haven’t tried reading this little gem by Lisa Williamson yet, I highly suggest keeping this one in mind. You won’t regret it.

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Being a teenager and attending high school is never easy, but for David and Leo it somehow is all extra challenging. Both are outsiders and both have their own secrets… David longs to be a girl, and the people at his high school bully him for his feminine behavior. He never actually told anyone he wants to be a girl though, but things are tough. Leo had problems at his previous school and had to switch to David’s high school instead. Nobody actually knows why and there are a lot of rumors going around, but none of them are close to the truth… When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. Things are about to get a whole lot more complicated…

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It’s hard to talk about The Art Of Being Normal without turning into a blabbering, fangirling mess. I can definitely understand why so many people seem to love this book and keep recommending it everywhere, because it deserves that praise. This book is well written, has an interesting plot and characters and feels real. On top of that, it talks about the issues transgender teenagers might face without pushing that important subject into the background. If you like the genre, make sure to add The Art Of Being Normal to your wishlist if you haven’t already.

WWW Wednesdays #103 – August 10th

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started my previous TBR jar pick Secret Letters by Leah Scheier a few days ago, but I’m really struggling to get into the story. I’m not sure if it’s because of the prose or the main character, but I cannot seem to manage to convince me to continue it. Maybe after I finish my last pending Netgalley ARC: All Fall Down by Tom Bale? That one is turning out to be yet another brilliant thriller! I’ve also finally FINALLY picked up my copy of A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I’m hoping I will be able to make a dent into this monster during my 15 hours on a plane this Sunday…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished since last WWW is The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. It was a fast read and I LOVED the comic/geeky references, but the many high school cliches and the fact that the main character was ashamed of liking comics and seemed to prefer being popular ruined the story slightly for me.
* I then gave in and read Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It was quite an entertaining read and brought back a lot of nostalgic memories, but it wasn’t as good as the first seven books. The fact that it’s a script makes it less pleasant to read as well…
* The Girl From The Sea by Shalini Boland is yet another psychological thriller to add to my list of favorites. SO good! It’s well written and the fact that the main character has amnesia and therefore is an unreliable narrator is a refreshing twist. Recommended!
* The last book I finished is The Last Girl by Joe Hart, which unfortunately didn’t turn out to be as good as I thought it would be. It’s not a bad read and the synopsis sounds interesting, but I felt it was missing that little something that would turn it into something special. In fact, it all sounded all too similar to the typical dystopian story with a strong female character… I did really appreciate this story has almost no romance and NO love triangle. Definitely a miracle when it comes to the YA dystopian genre.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I can’t wait to finally start Red Rising by Pierce Brown! If I like the first book I will probably read both sequels as well… I also want to read Vicious by V.E. Schwab (and This Savage Song as well, but I have decided to read this one first). The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is also high on my list. A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas is my newest TBR jar pick, which is really convenient since I wanted to read it soon anyway. I will probably reread ACOTAR first though…

WWW Wednesdays #102 – August 3rd

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m actually close to finishing The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (probably be somewhere later today). I love the geeky/comic references, but the high school cliches and the fact that the main character is ashamed of liking comics is kind of ruining the story for me. I’ve also started The Girl From The Sea by Shalini Boland, a Netgalley ARC I’m really excited about. But I will most likely read Harry Potter And The Cursed Child first… Because I simply can’t resist a new Harry Potter story.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished was When We Collided by Emery Lord, which turned out to be a really entertaining contemporary romance with an interesting twist. Vivi and Jonah are so adorable together!
* I also finished the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman. These three cozy mystery stories turned out to be entertaining and fast-paced; perfect for those who enjoy the genre.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably read my last pending Netgalley ARC first: The Last Girl by Joe Hart. I also want to read both The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson and The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon, depending on which genre I’m in the mood for. And Secret Letters by Leah Scheier is still my newest TBR jar pick…