Flashback Friday- May 5, 2017

Heya everybody! This is my second installment of Flashback Friday. In this feature, I revisit one of the books that I’ve read but might not have reviewed. It’s kinda like an appreciation post. This week, I’m going back to freshman year when I read The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.


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Favorite Quote: “If everything really does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.”

I think this book deserves a solid four stars. I was just looking at my shelf, as I do, and saw this book. It’s really pretty and a different story in general. I really wish that I remember more about it. Maybe it’s a book that I’ll reread eventually. Who knows?

This book was different because it didn’t follow the usual contemporary story arc. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love that story arc but it was nice to have a change. There are some of the same obvious moments in the book; it really isn’t unpredictable or anything like that. Unfortunately, I only remember the major plot points because it was awhile ago.

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I remember one of my friends that read this before me and said that I would really enjoy it. I wasn’t in a rush or anything to pick up this book but then my English class assigned it to read. I was pretty happy that this one was the one that was chosen because sometimes reading assignments can really suck. I read it pretty fast, prepared my presentation on it, and shelved it away.

-Rylan πŸ™‚


The Sun is Also a Star Review

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  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Pages: 348
  • Publishing Date: November 1, 2016
  • Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
  • My Rating:

The Sun is Also a Star was definitely a compulsive buy. But it’s okay that I bought it because I did read it right away. I’m really impressed with myself because usually I’ll buy a book that I’ve been wanting to read and then shelf it away for a long time. That didn’t happen this time!

The Sun is Also a Star follows Daniel and Natasha. Natasha and her family are in danger of being deported. Daniel, on the other hand, is an American Korean struggling with his family and identity. Nicola Yoon strikes again with diversity and a cute romance. I think she’s going to end up being one of my favorite authors as her work progresses.

The character development in this story is pretty extraordinary. I feel like each character Β changed, not for the other, but with the other. They became a little bit more like each other in their thoughts unintentionally. It really took a new form when you realize the message that starts to come across when the characters are “fully” developed. And I say that loosely.

No spoilers of course, but the end was so cute and satisfying. With any contemporary, I have the need to feel satisfied, not disappointed. This one worked to my advantage in that aspect. The novel was entirely character driven leading me to a better and happier contemporary reading experience.

-Rylan πŸ™‚



April Wrap-Up and May TBR


April Wrap-Up


  • Dry by Augusten Borroughs (β˜…β˜…β˜…1/2) – I listened to this on audiobook and I realized that I really love memoirs on audiobook. Especially if the author is narrating them!
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…1/2) – This book is so powerful and moving! Definitely something everyone should read!
  • Le Nouvel Houdini by Carol Gaab (β˜…β˜…β˜…) – I read this book for my French class. It’s a children’s book but it was really neat to read in a foreign language.
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)- I already know Nicola Yoon is going to be one of my favorite contemporary authors.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…) – Yet again another memoir on audiobook! I’m so thankful for my library app!
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…) – It was about time that I got around to reading this.

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  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I started this about a week ago and only have a couple of chapters left! So good!
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I started this in April and am about half way through. Hopefully I’ll finish it before ACOWAR
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I can’t express how excited I am……
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – Same with this book!!!
  • Caravel by Stephanie Garber – I got this for Easter and have yet to read it!! I’ve heard nothing but good things!

The Hate U Give Review

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  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Pages: 464
  • Publishing Date: February 28, 2017
  • Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
  • My Rating:

I’m so glad that I got to read this while everyone was raging about it. It’s deals with such an important aspect of our community right now that I got to truly understand (or at least more than before). Starr is dealing with the loss of one of her best friends, but the worst part is that she was there to witness it. Never mind that he was black and unarmed. Starr is now trying to find justice for what the white cop did to her friend.

I’m always looking for a strong female lead. I’m usually hooked if an empowered female is at the head. Especially a black woman. I’m white so I don’t experience some of the hardships that the minorities go through. I’ve never experienced that first-hand. The Hate U Give gives an insight to that nature. It allows the minorities to shine through, just as they should. Yes, racism is still a thing. Yes, blacks still struggle today. This novel is so important because all of that is brought to the limelight.

I was so taken aback by some of the scenes because I never really realized that this is actually what happens today. Sometimes I had to remind myself that I’m not reading a historical fiction novel or a textbook. This might be a fiction work but it means a lot in today’s world.

This is such an important novel with an important message. Angie Thomas really hit the nail on the head when she went into detail about what people deal with in this time and age. I could not have asked for a better work of art from an inspiring black woman. I wish we had more books like this. Minorities have already started to make their way in books and I say that we always need more. No matter what age, this book is an empowering novel that will become timeless to the hearts of many.

-Rylan πŸ™‚


All Time Favorite Quotes

Yes, I’ve been a little obsessed with quotes lately. Just look at my Instagram feed. There are many beloved quotes in my collection that I could probably just speak in quotes alone. It’s really hard to narrow it down because I have so many quotes that I can’t get out of my head. I’m sure this isn’t the last installment.

“Don’t go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” –Mark Twain

After I read Tom Sawyer, I went on a whole period of time where I lived on Mark Twain quotes. I think this one is my favorite.

“Worry and regret are both useless weights that provide no drag. They never did anything to slow down the planet for one goddamed second.” –Andrew Smith

I’m not even sure why I love this one so much. It’s just something that’s stuck with me for the past year or two. This is honestly one of the first quotes I thought of when I made this list.

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” –Stephen Chobosky

No, my favorite Perks of Being a Wallflower quote isn’t “We were infinite”. I’m different, deal with it.

“To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.” –Sarah J Maas

Me and every other person on the planet loves this quote. Or it at least seems that way. Can I just say, RHYS?

“Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up.” –Veronica Roth

This quote was posted on my bedroom wall for god knows how long. I feel a lot of fear. Why not live by this?

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” –Rainbow Rowell

Of course Fangirl made an appearance. Would it be a favorite quote post without it? Never.

“Maybe falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.” –Nicola Yoon

This is from The Sun Is Also a Star, a recent read. I don’t remember how I fell upon this quote. I don’t really remember exactly where it fits in the story but it’s one of those things that really speaks to you in and out of context.

“Libraries were full of ideas– perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”– Sarah J Maas

The Queen speaks the truth. This quote is featured in one of the Throne of Glass books and it’s spoke to me since I read it. Sarah J Maas deserves two quotes on this list.

-Rylan πŸ™‚


Blank Journal Ideas

I just got a couple of journal for my birthday and I was brainstorming all of the different ways to fill them. Since I can’t use every idea that I came up with (even though I would love to), I decided to share them all with you!

Art Journal

I’ve seen art journals everywhere! All you do is draw or collage different stuff that you think is interesting to look at. I’ve seen a lot of neat examples. It can be full of ideas that inspire you or a couple of pages dedicated to a project you’re working on.

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Bullet Journal

I love Bullet Journals. I have one of my own and it really helps me feel organized and on task. It’s totally customisable and easy to keep up with! You can visit the website to learn a bit more about it in more detail.

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Event Journal

I just started a journal dedicated to different events that I go to. Anytime I go to something that I had a lot of fun at or I have a specific meaningful memory, I take a ticket (receipt, etc) and tape it in. Then I’ll write a paragraph or two about it.

Dream Journal

This one is kinda self explanatory. Keep it at your bedside and write down your dreams as soon as you wake up. It helps to keep track of your true feelings and it can improve your chance of vivid dreaming (something I’ve always wanted to do).

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Feelings Journal

I honestly think everyone should have one of these. Anytime you have an overwhelming emotion, sit down and channel it all out into paper. It helps you calm down or feel less stressed. The best part is that you don’t have to make any of it make sense or flawless. Just let it out!

Memories Journal

This is sort of like an event journal except it doesn’t have to revolve around something that you would paste inside your journal. It’s strictly for writing.

Quote Journal

Every time you happen to fall on a quote in a song, book, or movie, pop out your journal and write it down. It can kind of turn into an inspiration journal where you can go through and read through it anytime you need a pick me up.

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Sentence-A-Day Journal

Some people don’t like having to commit to anything that requires a lot of time. This journal would be perfect because you only have to commit to a sentence a day. About anything.



A Man Called Ove Review

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  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Pages: 337
  • Publishing Date: July 15, 2014
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • My Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…(1/2)

β€œPeople said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.”

I skipped right over the hype. Everyone loved this book a couple years back and here I am reading it now. My next stop is to find the movie somewhere to watch. I’ve heard good things about that as well. A Man Called Ove centers around an old man, called Ove, who is really struggling in his last final years. It flashes between his life now and the way his life used to be.

I fell in love with Ove from the very first couple of pages. (Kinda spoiler but not really.) At the very beginning of the book he is buying an iPad and he just doesn’t understand technology. He ends up yelling at the sales clerk. This is where I knew that I just had to keep reading. The characters in this story are unlike some I’ve seen in the past. I could see the different ways that these characters carry themselves just like I had just passed them on the train. Because the story is set from Ove’s POV, you experience the characters in the same way that he would. You don’t realize how different an older person thinks and feels until you’ve been reading from YA and then switch to something like this. The author captures the older aspect of this book perfectly through the main character, Ove.

The plot of the book does start off slow and it’s never clear what the main character is trying to accomplish. I mean there are a few aspects that stick out in my mind but nothing over the top stuff that I would immediately identify as a plot. This book is more about the changing of a person from what they used to be to how they deal with that. It’s something a lot more than presenting a character to you and describing their day. It’s a process of change that’s unbelievable. I can’t believe this author put all of that into words.

I’m really looking forward to reading more by Bachman and watching the movie. I was truly touched by this story in an indescribable way. I recommend this to anyone looking for a whirlwind of emotions. I was all over the place during this one. I can’t wait to be touched like this by a book again.

-Rylan πŸ™‚