Leah on the Offbeat Review ft. Unique Blogger Award

Summary: When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

 Leah on the Offbeat was on my TBR for quite awhile and all of the hype on bookstagram around its release date made me put it on hold from the library immediately! Not to mention my need for anything Simon-related after seeing and falling in love with Love, Simon back in March.

I read Leah on the Offbeat in less than two days because I didn’t want to part with Leah and the gang. It was fun being back in the Simonverse (I loved the nods to The Upside of Unrequited cast), as everyone prepares for prom and college. As typical per senior year, some drama ensues, but Becky Albertalli provides serious and great decision on race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Leah’s family isn’t as well-off as her friends are, and it felt quite real when Leah talked about money and how she was set to go to the college that offered her the most financial aid. I loved Leah’s mom, and unlike some YA parents, she really knew who her daughter was and did her best to help her. And even Wells/ Prince William wasn’t as bad as Leah makes him out to be.

As per usual of Becky Albertalli, I love all of the pop cultural references aka Harry Potter.  I loved Leah’s Slytherin jokes and it was so much fun to see Abby join in on the HP love with Abby and Simon as she reads the series for the first time. And Leah definitely has a fangirl worthy wardrobe, with her space dress and Hogwarts cardigan (even though her descriptions of Abby’s clothing had me wanting to go through her wardrobe!).

I was just disappointed that Leah doesn’t come out to Simon and her friends until the very end of the book. And yes, it’s quite a cute moment when it come across the Leah is indeed bisexual, but if there’s anyone that Leah could have had a conversation with about her sexuality and crush, it’s Simon. However, I understand that Leah didn’t need to come out to anyone if she didn’t want to, and there would have been some awkwardness with some of the crushes and relationships in the friend group. But I also never really felt chemistry between Leah and her crush so….

Overall, I enjoyed Leah on the Offbeat for reuniting us with the Simonverse and for its unique first person perspective. I’m looking forward to Becky and Adam Silvera’s What if It’s Us this fall!

Have you read Leah on the Offbeat? Share in the comments!

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Since Leah is a unique protagonist, I figured today would be the perfect time for me to do the Unique Blogger Award. I was nominated to answer the following questions by the lovely Rebecca of bookishlyrebecca.

What’s one movie you’d love to see adapted into a novel?

This is actually a pretty hard question for me because so many of the movies I love are based off books to begin with! I absolutely love the movie, New Year’s Eve, and I think it could make for a fun short story collection.

What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. This sounds super cheesey, but I love Christmas not just for the presents (your girl loves some Barnes and Noble gift cards), but more for the cozy and excited vibes of the season. Christmas movies, baking, reading with a mug of hot chocolate in comfy pajamas, good food, family, shopping, just the joy overall!

Who is your current favorite blogger or someone whose posts you always look forward to reading?

Lately, I’ve been really looking forward to Literary Sea’s content both on her blog and Instagram!

Traveling with Fictional Characters and My Favorite Things: The Liebster Award

I was nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Ally of allywritesthings. I love doing Q&A-type posts (maybe one day I’ll do one with questions directly from you guys!), so thanks for nominating me, Ally!

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How do you choose when to buy a paperback vs. a hardcover?

My choice comes down to a few factors for me, but I will say that I probably go for the paperback before hardcover, since paperbacks are typically less expensive than hardcovers. My paperback vs. hardcover factors include:

  1. If it’s a series, can I buy all books in the same format right now?
  2. Cover lust?? A lot of paperback books tend to take on a new cover design. There’s been some that I loved, like the paperback versions of the Grisha Verse trilogy, and some that I haven’t, like the paperback version of Warcross (where’s my Emika Chen-inspired rainbow??). But also, I need that Life After Legend story.

Weirdest book you’ve ever read?

The Girls by Emma Cline and I was not into it.

If you could travel anywhere with any character, where would you go and with who?

Reid from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. He’s one of my latest fictional boyfriends, and I think it would be fun to visit fandom-like places with him, like King’s Cross and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London.

Name the one book on your shelf that you’d most like to get signed by the author and why.

I’ve been fortunate to have quite a few of the books on my shelves signed, but I would love to have my copy of Attachments signed by Rainbow Rowell, because I’d be one book closer to have all of my Rainbow Rowell books signed (currently have 5 signed by her).

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Do you like musicals and if so, what’s your favorite?

I really enjoy musicals! My favorite is of course, Hamilton. I appreciate Hamilton in so many different ways. It was of the things that got me through the second half of senior year of high school- I couldn’t wait to listen to the album on the bus everyday, and one of my classmates and I really connected because of our love for the show. Hamilton also really got me into Broadway, and I’ve seen 5 shows, including Hamilton, since I first listened in 2016. If it weren’t for Hamilton, I’d say my favorite Broadway show is Waitress, which I’ve been listening to almost everyday since seeing the show in November.

Sorry for the rambliness, but I’m getting really into this question (don’t even get me started on The Greatest Showman). I sense a favorite musicals or musical-inspired posts coming soon!

How many books is too many books for a series?

I feel like this is subjective to every series, but maybe 10+??? I’m thinking back to Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars (yes, I’ve read every PLL book and yes, I loved them and yes, they are better than the TV show) and I couldn’t even tell you what happens in each of the sixteen of them.

Favorite flower (in the spirit of spring?)

Roses maybe? I love those boxed ones that always pop up on my Instagram feed. Apparently they last for a really long time??

If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what color would it be?

I love bright colors, but if I had to wear one color for the rest of my life, I’d go with blue. It’s perfect for any season, and hypothetically, wouldn’t I be able to have a variety of blues for clothes??

If you could have any pet from a book, what pet would it be?

Give me any dog, but I do have a special place in my heart for Dol from V.E. Schwab’s Vicious. Does Sydney also come with him??

Best book of 2018 so far?

I’ve read A LOT of books so far this year and A LOT of them have been so good, but I only have a few favorites. My favorite so far has been Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, but my mind also keeps returning to The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang and The Upside of Unrequited. And my Throne of Glass rereads keep popping up in my dreams lately (Chaol is always welcome). So maybe I have read a lot of favorites so far..

 

Current favorite song?

“Wild Heart” by Bleachers. Many thanks goes to Love, Simon for introducing me to Bleachers. I’ve been listening to their songs and the Love, Simon soundtrack everyday lately.

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What are some of your favorite things lately—songs, musicals, books? Any from the above? Share in the comments!

Mystery Blogger Award Round 3

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto of Okoto Enigmas Blog, and the purpose of the award is to honor bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging. Since this is my third go-around, I am not going to be tagging anyone today, but I really appreciate the lovely Ally of Ally Writes Things for nominating me! I’ve been friends with Ally since the beginning of my blogging days, and she provides awesome & unique book recommendations.the-mystery-blogger-award

3 Things About Me:

1. I am currently busy as ever at university. This is the second semester of my sophomore year of college, and it’s definitely been my busiest one yet. Between working three jobs, homework, and you know, going to class, my days are non-stop. But somehow I’ve been able to read 20+ books so far In 2018 and March isn’t even over yet??

2.Over my spring break, I finally tried an Acai bowl. My sister is obsessed with Playa Bowls, an Acai bowl chain that is taking over the NYC area and Jersey Shore, and she finally convinced me to try it out. I love fruit and I’m always on the lookout for healthier options (pizza being the exception), so I wasn’t too surprised to find out that I loved Playa. I had the tropical bowl, with Acai, granola, honey, coconut flakes, bananas, and pineapple.

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3.I cannot wait to go to the beach this summer! My need for the beach probably has something to do with my semester stress, but I am so excited to kick back on the sand with a good book .

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Ally’s Questions:

If you could change one thing about a book, what would it be?

I’m not sure if this question is posed toward a specific book, so I’m going to lean towards books overall. When it comes to physical books, I would love if they stayed open on their own when you multitask—for me, I’m talking about when I’m snacking & reading.

What’s a bookish turn-off — something that will make you not read a book?

Books with vampires. I never got into the whole vampire trend, and I never understood the Twilight hype when I read the first book.

If you could attend any bookish wedding, which would it be?

Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley. Hermione as the maid of honor, Ron as the best man, Neville as a groomsmen, Hagrid as the ring bearer, and maybe Luna as the oficiant??

What’s your favorite type of tea?

I basically live on green tea, right after water. I don’t mind hot green tea, but I prefer iced.

Who’s your favorite Disney princess?

Ariel. I know Belle is supposed to be the bookworm answer, but I loved watching The Little Mermaid and The Little Mermaid 2 on VHS growing up. My favorites also include Mulan and Rapunzel.

Mystery Blogger Award Round 2

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto of Okoto Enigmas Blog, and the purpose of the award is to honor bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging. Emme of Literary Lattes ever-so graciously nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. This is actually my second time doing the award, as I was previously nominated by Rebecca of mylifeasasportsfangirl, but I wanted to do it again after Emme’s nomination. Plus, Emme is inspiring me to write more in December, as she isparticipating in Blogmas!

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The Rules:

  • Put the logo/image of your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.

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3 Things about Haley of Fangirl Fury:

1.My favorite album of the year is a tie between Paramore’s After Laughter and Taylor Swift’s reputation. I’m so happy Paramore and Taylor came out with new music this year, and I can easily listen to both albums from beginning to end. Honestly, the only song I don’t absolutely love on After Laughter is “No Friends”, and my favorite songs off reputation include “New Year’s Day”, “I Did Something Bad”, and “…Ready For It?”

2. I love baking, especially during the holiday season. My go-to holiday treats are snickerdoodles and magic cookie bars. This year I’m going to make gingerbread for the first time, and I’m so excited to make them with my holiday-themed cookie cutters.

3.My favorite shoes to wear during the winter are Uggs! I’ve been obsessed with Uggs since I was younger and they’re still one of my favorite gifts to receive on Christmas. My favorite pair of Uggs are my Dakota Moccasins. If you have small feet like me (I’m anywhere from a US women’s size 5 to 7), buy your Uggs in kids’ sizes to save money! For most Uggs, you can’t even tell the difference between a kids’ shoe and an adult size.

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Emme’s Questions:

What is one of your New Years Resolutions (or goals for 2018)?

I don’t really have any resolutions for the new year right now, but one of my reading goals for 2018 is to continue, or start based on what I read in December, my Throne of Glass reread in anticipation for the final ToG book in 2018.

One thing you’ve learnt while blogging?

It’s really amazing to be involved in a community of people who have the same or similar interests. In this case, it’s books! I was (and still am) a really big Booktube viewer before creating my blog, but because I didn’t create my own bookish content, I felt that I wasn’t too involved in the community. Creating my own blog has allowed me to not only share my voice in the book community, but to also create friendships with some pretty awesome bloggers.

Do you have any book/fandom merchandise? If so, what?

I do! I have a ranger of book/fandom merchandise, including plenty of bookish totes, bookish pins, Funko Pops, mugs, a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Sixteen Candles card I received from Jenny Han at Book Con, a poster of the map from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series, t-shirts, and probably a few other things I am currently forgetting. The bookish merchandise I am most proud of is my lanyards from Book Con 2015 and Book Con 2017. I keep the majority of bookish pins on them and I display them on my bookshelves.

Pick two random books from your shelf. What are they? Would you mash the two together to create a separate novel?

I’m picking two books that are fairly close to each other on my shelf and are written by the same author: Cress and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Since both books are fairytale retellings, I could somehow see them working together. Maybe instead of just introducing the story of Rapunzel/Cress in Cress, Cath, based on the Queen of Hearts, from Heartless could also be introduced in Cress’s story. She could be Cress’s companion on the satellite!

How do you stay organized (with school/work/blogging, etc.)?

When balancing blogging with school and work, I am a huge believer in scheduling. I like to schedule my blog posts at least two weeks in advance, with all, if not the majority,  of the posts written and graphics and/or photos ready to go. During the school year, I take Fridays to go into WordPress and schedule my posts for the next week, and I tend to write most of my posts on the weekends. If I blog during the week, I make sure it’s after all of my schoolwork is done for the day.

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Since this is my second time doing the award, I am not going to be nominating anyone this go-around. Thanks again to Emme for nominating me! I had fun answering her questions, and be sure to check out Literary Lattes!

The Awesome Blogger Award

The lovely Ally from Ally Writes Things nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award. Ally and I have been friends since my early WordPress days, make sure you give her blog a visit! The Awesome Blogger Award was created by Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala to honor bloggers who “have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers.”

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  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include the reason behind the award
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate some awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Super strength, like Wonder Woman. That film still has me feeling very inspired, even if I don’t have superpowers!

What’s your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
The Princess Diaries, I always forget it that it’s technically a book-to-move adaptation. I also love The Hunger Games films and The Fault in Our Stars.

Describe your perfect reading room

A room with plenty of natural light and a comfy bed & blanket.

What were your favourite childhood books?

Junie B. Jones, Nancy Drew, The Baby-Sitters Club, and Main Street are among my al-time childhood favorites.

Are there any hobbies you wish you did? Or wish you had more time to do?

I wish that I could bake more at school. Thankfully, I’ll be home from school very soon and it’s the holiday season, aka the best baking season!

Do you do any sports?

Currently, I don’t play any sports on a team. In high school, I played field hockey and I still practice with my sister.

Do you have any pets? If yes, please show pictures!

I have two dogs!! They are my two favorite things in the world and I miss them so much while I’m at school. Below is a photo of one of my dogs with a shirt on, she surprisingly loves them!

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If you could study anything, what would it be?

I’m currently studying English and Communications as my majors, but if I had to study another subject, it would be sociology.

What’s your Harry Potter house?

Hufflepuff

Best book of 2017 so far?

Ahhhh this is such a hard question! I’m going to have it finalzed when I write my 2017 wrap-up posts, but right now I’m going to go with Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

I nominate:

Dani from Life of a Literary NerdLife of a Literary Nerd, Rebecca from mylifeasasportsfangirl , and Caitstiel from Caitstiel’s Book World.

My questions:

  1. If you could change one thing about Goodreads, what would it be?
  2. DC or Marvel?
  3. What’s your favorite Christmas or holiday song?
  4. Bookish candles or bookish artwork?
  5. Do you have a routine when it comes to writing blog posts?
  6. What’s your favorite book review that you’ve written?
  7. If you’re a Taylor Swift fan, what is your favorite Taylor Swift album?
  8. What’s your most anticipated book of 2018?
  9. What’s your dream vacation spot?
  10. If you could give one piece of advice to your past blogging self, what would it be?

Mystery Blogger Award

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The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto of Okoto Enigmas Blog ,and I was nominated by Rebecca of My Life as a Sports Fangirl.The purpose of the Mystery Blogger Award is to honor bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do so with love and passion. Many thanks goes to Rebecca for nominating me!

The Rules

  • Put the logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about Me

1.I don’t like coffee. Some people tell me that this will change as I truly “adult”, but I can’t get over coffee’s bitter taste, even when I get a flavored drink, and I find that it makes me more tired than awake. However, I’ve grown to really enjoy tea and hot chocolate will always be a favorite of mine.

2.Since Rebecca’s blog incorporates her love of sports, I thought I’d share a sports related fact about me: my favorite professional sports team is the New York Rangers. Since baseball season is coming to close (it’s at least over for me, since the Yankees aren’t in the World Series), my focus is back on hockey and NYR.

3.I’ve seen 3 Broadway shows in my life so far: Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hamilton. I plan on seeing more shows in the near-future, and I’m actually going to see Waitress next month!

Rebecca’s Questions

What’s your favorite season? Summer. As it starts getting colder where I live, the more and more I miss summer and its warm weather. I love summer for being able to go swimming, sitting by the pool, going to the beach, and of course, gobbling up as many contemporary reads as possible.

Do you have any Booktube or general Youtube channel recommendations? I probably have TOO many of each, but I’ll give you a few! Booktube-wise, I recommend Christine of polandbananasbooks, Kristin of SuperSpaceChick, and Paige of The Paige-Turner. I definitely don’t watch as much general Youtube as I do Booktube, but my favorite Youtuber has to be Zoë Sugg of Zoella and MoreZoella. I love watching Zoë’s vlogs and I especially recommend her Vlogmas.

Who is your favorite superhero? Wonder Woman. I have the featured Funko Pop below to prove so, AND I WILL READ WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER BY THE END OF 2017. I have a signed copy of the book at home, and I get a bit nervous about bringing my signed copies from home to college because I’m afraid they’ll get ruined in travel.
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Do you like to read classics? Why or why not? Yes and no. Classics are tough for me because most of the classics I’ve read have been required of my school coursework. I love reading, but I hate being forced to read a book that I may or may not have any interest in. I often have trouble connecting to the writing style of many classics, for example, I really didn’t like the writing in The Scarlet Letter and I couldn’t get through Jane Eyre. I’ve found that I enjoy classics from the late 19th century and the 20th century the most- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Crucible, and The Bell Jar are among my favorites.

What’s your least favorite book that you’ve read this year? Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock. I wasn’t a fan of the characters, the writing style, or the plot at all, and I found myself pushing this one to the side to pick up other books and I ended up forcing myself to finish.

I nominate:

Courtney from Buried in a Bookshelf

Raven and Beez from Raven & Beez  

Jade from Jade Writes Books 

If you’ve done the award already or you’re currently writing like you’re running out of time enough, no worries!

My Questions:

If you could revive any past TV show, what would it be?

Do you celebrate any holidays during the winter season?

What is or was your favorite subject in school?

If you had a soundtrack of your life, what would be three songs on the album? 

What books are you hoping to get to before the end of 2017?

The Versatile Blogger Award

Aren’t we in a bit of an awards season? While I’m not the biggest award show person, being that the only one that I’ve watched fully was the 2016 Tonys mostly (okay, completely) because of Hamilton, I am looking forward to this year’s Emmys mainly because of Master of None and Big Little Lies.

Speaking of awards, today I’ll be doing The Versatile Blogger Award. I was nominated by Ally from Ally Writes Things, and this award was created by Delphine from Delphine the Babbler. The Versatile Blogger Award lets you know a little bit more about your blogger.

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Get yourself a blogger who treats her books like how Rafiki treats newborn Simba.

Rules:

  • Give an air kiss and hug to your nominator and share their links with your followers
  • Nominate 10 bloggers that you admire and don’t forget to link
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them
  • Reveal 7 facts about yourself that hasn’t been acknowledged yet before

7 Things to Know about Haley:

1.I consider myself to be a pretty athletic person, even though I admit that I prefer to curl up in bed with a book over working out. My favorite sports include field hockey, swimming, and hockey, and I love playing softball and tennis with my family.

2.I have two dogs, both rescues, and they are two of my favorite things in the world. I miss them a lot when I’m at school, but I have tons of photos of them in my dorm.

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3.My favorite movie out of The Hunger Games film adaptations is Catching Fire, however, Catching Fire is my “least” favorite book in the series.

4.I have too many cardigans to count, but they are for sure the best things to wear in the fall and winter.

5.I used to be really into knitting when I was in middle school and a bit in high school. I enjoyed making scarfs the most, but my best accomplishment was my making a blanket with a crotched border.

6.Whenever I watch the Parks and Recreation episode, Ann and Chris, I cry at the end, when Ann says goodbye to Leslie (this is also a PSA to watch Parks and Recreation if you haven’t already).

7.My favorite gaming console is the Nintendo Gamecube. My siblings and I spent a lot of time this summer playing Mario Kart and Mario Superstar Baseball.

I’m not going to be nominating ten bloggers, but I will be nominating a few!

Em from Keystroke Blog

Judith from Chain Interaction

Sara from The Book Cycle