Epic Reads Book Tag

Epic Reads Book Tag

I saw someone post this tag and I thought it would be something fun to complete. So here we go!

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters for tea who would you invite and what would you serve?

I would invite Charlotte Brontë and her character Jane Eyre. I would serve Earl Grey  tea, sandwiches (including cucumber sandwiches), and macarons. I might sneak some Indian food in there as well; I think they would enjoy the spices. 

2. What would you love a prequel for and what would be the main storyline?25442488

I would want a prequel to Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I would want it to be all about the Dragon, his past, and maybe even a little sneak peak into his thoughts on Agnieszka while she is living with him.

 

 

 

 

3. Which two characters not from the same book would make a great book couple?

Hermione from the Harry Potter series and Clark from Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything.


4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, what would you say?

I don’t even think I could get one sentence out. Hmm…I might say, “my life, my world, my thoughts, my opinions, all changed due to your words.”

5. What book made you a reader and why?

My mom, who was an avid reader herself, gifted me two books when I was in my tweens: Jane Eyre and Little Women. After reading those books, I became obsessed with reading, because I love escapism, and more importantly I loved the depiction of female empowerment that was ingrained in the female characters of both books.

6. If your bookshelf caught on fire which book would you save?

I would probably save one of my books from my The Winner’s Curse trilogy. Who am I kidding?! I would save this entire collection.the winner's trilogy haul

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in?

Ummm…none. Are you crazy?!

 

 

 

 


8. What is your most epic read of all time?

Although, I love Jane Eyre, my most epic read is currently tied between The Night Circus and Uprooted. I am a sucker for stories that encompass magic, enchantment, strong/witty female characters, compassion, and a passionate couple.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for joining me! 

I tag anyone who would love to complete this tag. And if you do this tag, please feel free to comment below with your link. I would love to check out your answers and pictures/.gifs that you add.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

TOP TEN TUESDAY

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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ARC Review: The Unexepected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Title: The Unexpected Everything
By:   Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 528 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Summary

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


My Rants and Raves of The Unexpected Everything

First off, if you love Morgan Matson’s past books, you will definitely add The Unexpected Everything to your favorites list. Matson once again creates a contemporary world rattled with familial problems, tested friendships, swoony and smart boys, and summer plans gone awry. The main character, Andie, is not the most likable character, but her development throughout the novel shows great maturity. A lot of characters consume this book, making the story a bit confusing and overpowering with drama, but overall each character brings their own spin and flair to the story, and they all help shape Andie’s unforgettable summer.

Andie is the daughter of a widowed congressman; she is organized, ambitious, and always has a plan. She has her summer internship set up and she’s single, so no one can get in the way of her goals. However, after her dad is caught in the middle of an investigated scandal, Andie’s plans get put on the back burner and she has to learn to “go with the flow.” Even though Andie is very high-strung, I love that she takes initiative to make the most of her summer instead of wallowing in self-pity.

Throughout the novel, Andie does not have the best communication skills when it comes to talking to her father and her friends, and this always seems to lead to more problems. When communication problems go astray in the book, frustration is ensued.  The lack of communication is a huge conflict that is stretched throughout the novel, and it is not just Andie dealing with it. Even one of her friends, who is obsessed with emojis, starts to feel the pressure of how communication is a key factor in making friendships and relationships work. Luckily, Andie meets Clark who is shy, but also has an innate gift of bringing people together through storytelling. 

In regards to my absolute favorite “rave” of The Unexpected Everything, I can definitely admit that Clark is by far my favorite character in the book. First off, his “geeky” shirts are “punny” and fantastic. And not to give too much away about him, but I love that he is going through a George R.R. Martin writing phase. Clark is smart, awkward, funny, and so adorable (those dimples!!!). He is definitely the perfect person to balance Andie’s strict, planned out life.

Additionally, my fellow Matson book-lovers, characters from Since You’ve Been Gone make small cameos in The Unexpected Everything…it’s brief but some of our favorite characters are there and it’s blissful and wonderful (EEEEeee!!!)! 

Overall, The Unexpected Everything is 528 pages of frustration AND adoration. It definitely has its great moments: Clark, Bertie’s shenanigans, and a big group scavenger hunt, to name a few.  This book is unquestionably the perfect read to start off your summer with. So prepare yourself for some teenage angst, leaked secrets, fluffy dogs, and a story about an unanticipated summer filled with humorous surprises.

4 star rating

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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NOTE:         Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book for an honest review. All statements and opinions are mine.