Top Ten Tuesday-What Makes Me want to Read a Book.

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where Jana posts a topic, and the book blogging community comes together, and posts out lists. There is also the option of doing our own thing.  This week our topic is-Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer). I wasn’t really feeling that topic, so I went back to the archives and found this topic. I thought it would be fun to look at the elements that draw me to pick up a book. 

1- Music

2- Nerdy Characters

3- Fandom

4- The book is a contemporary title

5- Found Family 

6- Queer characters 

7- Video Games or Gaming 

8- A sweet romance 

9- An Interesting Synopsis

10- Having an interesting cover

It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours and Net Galley for the ARC.

About the Book & Links

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publishing date: May 31st, 2022

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Synopsis:

A contemporary young adult romance about moving on, finding your place, and recovering after life falls apart.

Gymnast Caroline Kepler has three state balance beam titles, a new trick even most elites can’t do, and chronic, undeniable back pain. While she might never be an Olympian, she has dreams of leveling up to elite, making Nationals, and competing in college. But when one epic face-plant changes all that and Caroline’s back pain goes from chronic to career-ending, her dreams are shattered and her life is flipped upside down.

Enter Alex Zavala, a three-sport athlete who’s both incredibly cute and incredibly off-limits. He offers to give Caroline a crash course in all the sports she’s missed, and she has an offer for him in return: For every sport Alex teaches her, she’ll play matchmaker for him. Deal done, Caroline “dates” new sports with Alex for the rest of the summer, which is loads more fun than wallowing in despair. Just as Caroline starts to see herself as more than her past athletic successes, she picks up something she didn’t bargain for: a big fat crush on Alex. Turns out life was way easier when it was just layout-fulls and beam burns….

Review

Rating -4 stars

Characters

Characters are one of the main reasons I read books, and It’s All In How You Fall was no different. I loved the characters because they were passionate, and they went after what they wanted. Caroline and Alex, the main characters in the novel, were so sweet, and they both really cared for each other. The supporting cast in the story was also a lot of fun to read about, and they added fun elements to the story. 

Plot

I’m not much of a sports person, but the story of It’s All In How You Fall was a lot of fun. I loved exploring the different sports with Caroline and Alex and seeing both of them grow over the course of the story. There was also the added element of musicals and musical theater, which I loved because I’m a theater fan as well. There was also a sweet story of friendship. which I loved between Caroline and her gymnastics teammates. 

Writing

This was my second book by Sarah Henning, and I just loved the writing. Sarah Henning has a style that I love in YA where there are some light-hearted scenes, along with some heavier scenes. The lighthearted scenes were fun because you could tell that the characters were enjoying themselves, and they were just having a blast. This book also had some heavier scenes, and heartwarming ones where you learned about the characters, and saw their journey. 

Romance 

This was a bit of a romance, and I loved the slow build. Caroline and Alex were so sweet, and you could tell that both of them had feelings for each other, The end of the story where they got together was so cute, and I couldn’t help but cheer for the two of them. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for 

I loved this book, and I had a fantastic time reading it. Everything about the book was great. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a YA novel, a YA romance, or if you’ve read another book by Sarah Henning. 

Favorite Quotes

I blaze through all the suggested summer reading for sophomores at Northland (Lord of the Flies, Into the Wild, and a bunch of other work by dead white guys.)- Caroline.

Dad, it’s been weeks and I’m still four-ten. -Caroline
Live a little. Enjoy a trans fat. Consider it reentry into the world of normal people.-Nat.

I’m not as smooth as fictional Angelica Schuyler or probably a fictional nobody, but I step onto the sidewalk leading to Balan’s front door with a huge grin on my face. -Caroline

Also, you’re going to have up your game up, Zavala

Boys are allowed to love musicals, Caroline, and I love just as much as gramps and Dad, too. 

I love that song. I’ve seen the movie version more times than should be allowed. 

Playlist

My Shot-Hamilton 

Helpless-Hamilton

Never Neverland-Peter Pan

Agony- Into the Woods

About the Author & Links

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach PostKansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. 

Sarah is the author of SEA WITCH, which was a 2018 Indies Introduce and Indie’s Next selection. Its follow up, SEA WITCH RISING, came out in 2019. THROW LIKE A GIRL, about a down-spiraling softball player who is recruited to play quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team, was her first YA contemporary novel and came out in January 2020. THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU, the first book in her fantasy trilogy—a feminist tale inspired by The Princess Bride—came out in July 2020. Its sequel, THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU, came out on July 6, 2021.

Other upcoming projects include THE KING WILL KILL YOU, available August 2, 2022 and will be the conclusion to her Kingdoms of Sand & Sky Trilogy inspired by The Princess Bride. Also scheduled for summer 2022 is IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU FALL, available May 31, 2022, which takes place in the same fictional universe as THROW LIKE A GIRL. Slated for summer 2023 is OUT OF OUR LEAGUE, a YA anthology of contemporary short stories about girls in sports.

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Check out the Blog rest of the blog and Instagram tour

July 18th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Book View – Review & Mood Board
The someday librarian – Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall

July 19th
Lost in Neverland – Review
The Candid Cover – Review & Favorite Quotes
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

July 20th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Pages & Plots – Review
The Clever Reader – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall
Little Corner Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 21st
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Sophie Reads YA – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

July 22nd
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
I’m All Booked Up – 15 Reactions While Reading It’s All In How You Fall

Forthenovellovers – Review

July 23rd
bookloversbookreviews – Promotional Post
Pagies of Novels – Review, Playlist & Favorite Quotes

July 24th
Whispering Stories – Interview
pluvioreads – Review & Playlist
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
laura’s bookish corner – Review

July 18th
lifewithprinceman – Review & Graphic
autismreading_mom – Review
thebookviewblog – Blogger’s Choice
thesomedaylibrarian – Blogger’s Choice

July 19th
hoardingbooks.herdingcats – Review & Favorite Quotes
candidcover – Blogger’s Choice
jenjenrevies – Blogger’s Choice

July 20th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice
littlecornerreads – Blogger’s Choice

July 21st
belle.bookcorner – Review & Favorite Quotes
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

July 22nd
fangirlpixiebooks – Promotional Post
wraithreads – Review, Tik Tok
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
imallbookedupya – Blogger’s Choice

July 23rd
katiereads23 – Review
pluvioreads – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
paiges_of_novels – Blogger’s Choice

July 24th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
cozybooktraveller – Top 5 Reasons to Read It’s All In How You Fall
bookbriefs – Blogger’s Choice
booksandpops4000 – Blogger’s Choice

Top Ten (Nine) Tuesday- A Bookish DND party!

Welcome back! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme is based on our love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a topic, and we readers will write our list based on the topic. There is also the option to come up with your own topic. This week is a freebie, so I made a bookish DND party. I inspired the topic by my love for DND, and the bonus for a book challenge I do every month. All the information comes from the DND Player’s book.

The Good Alignments 

Levi from Fangirl as a Lawful Good Paladin (LG) creatures can be counted on to do the right thing as expected by society. Gold dragons and paladins are typically lawful good.

Levi is a Lawful good because he will help people, and he always does the right thing. I feel that Levi would make a good Paladin for the party, because he would help people by healing them.

Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy as a Neutral Good as Dea Sorcerer (NG) folk do the best they can to help others according to their needs. Many celestials are neutral good.

I was debating on who to put here. I feel that Tash is perfect for this because she does what she can to help others, but she can be a bit selfish. Tash would be a sorcerer because they use spells, and I feel like Tash would prefer spells over an attack type role.

Jane from One Last Stop as Chaotic Good red dragon fighter (CG) creatures act as their conscience directs, with little regard for what others expect. Copper dragons and unicorns are typically chaotic good.

This was another slot where I wasn’t sure who to put here. I put Jane here because she has little regard for what others expect of her. Jane would have fun playing a red dragon, I believe, so I put her as a fighter for the party.

 The Neutral Alignments

Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda as a Lawful Neutral Wizard. Lawful Neutral (LN) individuals act in accordance with law, tradition, or personal codes. Modrons and many wizards and monks are lawful neutral.

Here’s the thing, Simon started as a Lawful Good when I was making this post. I read what a Lawful Neutral was, and I feel that Simon was more of a neutral than a good. He acts based on the laws, tradition, and his own personal code. Also, he’s a wizard because I feel like Simon would love to play a wizard in the party.

Darcy from Perfect on  Paper as a Neutral Druid (N) is the alignment of those who prefer to steer clear of moral questions and don’t take sides, doing what seems best at the time. Druids are traditionally neutral, as are typical townsfolk.

I wasn’t sure who to put here either. I feel Darcy is a character who prefers to not have moral questions or debates, and she doesn’t like to take sides. Darcy would be a Druid because it’s the plant and animal healer.

Delilah from Delilah Green Doesn’t Care as a Chaotic Neutral Rouge / Bard (Multi Class) (CN) creatures follow their whims, holding their personal freedom above all else. Many rogues and bards are chaotic neutral.

When I was forming this post, I knew that I wanted Delilah as a chaotic alignment, and she ended up here. I wanted to put her as a multi-class rouge/bard because it suited Delilah’s personality.

The Evil Alignments 

Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a Lawful Evil Blue Dragon Ranger (LE) creatures methodically take what they want, within the limits of a code of tradition, loyalty, or order. Devils and blue dragons are typically lawful evil.

I was struggling with who to put here. I ended up going with Frollo even though I have never read the book yet, I based it on the Disney movie, and I feel like he fits Lawful Evil to a T. I went with a ranger class rather than a magic or spell user because I felt like Frollo would have fun attacking the enemies.

The Darkling from The Grisha Verse Neutral Evil Warlock (NE) is the alignment of those who do whatever they can get away with, without compassion or qualms. Yugoloths are typically neutral evil.

I read another post that said this alignment is one that appears as a friend first, and this his the Darkling perfectly. I made him a Warlock because he uses spells and has magic elements in the Grisha Verse.

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland as a Chaotic Evil Demon Barbarian (CE) creatures act with arbitrary violence, spurred by their greed, hatred, or bloodlust. Demons and red dragons are typically chaotic evil.

Is there any other choice for Chaotic Evil? I don’t think so. The Queen of Hearts is perfect for this alignment. I made her an evil demon barbarian because I feel like she would have so much fun with that.

Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Queer Novels

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme is born out of a love of lists, and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on the prompt. This week, our topic is Book Covers That Feel Like Summer (Submitted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm). I’m not a huge fan of cover-based topics, so I’m going to do my Top Ten Queer Novels. I meant to do this in June, and I never did. 

1- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

This is my favorite novel by Casey McQuiston. I reread it in June, and it’s just so cute. I love the characters in the story, and that they all care about each other. The story is a story that you don’t hear often. I’m not the biggest fan of Sci-Fi books, but I love the Sci-Fi elements of this story. The romance of this story is also so sweet. 

2- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

This was one of the first queer novels I’ve read, and it was a novel that I fell head over heels for, Ace is not a rep that you see a lot in books, but I love this book because of how different it is from other queer novels. I love Web series, in fact, I went through a phase a few years ago, where I watched a bunch of web series. The characters, the story, the rep, and the web series elements make this one of my favorite stories. 

3- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I’m sure that you were expecting this book if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I’m sure you knew this book was coming.. This is one of my favorite queer stories, and it was one of the first ones I’d read just before the movie came out, The story is sweet, and the characters are some of my favorites in all the queer stories I’ve read. 

4- Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate in Waiting is a newer release from Becky Albetalli, but I just love it. How the characters interact is one of my favorite elements of the story. That Musicals play a big element in the story is also one of my favorite things about this book. Once Upon A Mattress is a lesser-known classic musical, so I’m glad that it got some love in this book. Kate is a fantastic character, and she is one of my favorite queer characters. 

5- Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

I listened to the audiobook of this last month, and it was one of my favorite stories. I had some issues with a few of the elements, but the overall story, and the characters in the story I loved. The audiobook also came with an author’s note, which was a fantastic listen as well, as it gives you context for the time period.  

6- I Kissed Sahara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a novel that came out in May. I listened to the audiobook, and I just loved it, The story is very similar to Paper Towns by John Green, and it follows the same story elements for the first 50% of the book. The latter part of the book becomes its own story, and I just loved the book. 

7- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

I read this book the year it came out, and then I reread it last year. I love the sweetness of the story. Characters are one of my favorite things in books, and this book has so many fantastic characters. I knew little about Day of the Dead before reading this book, and I learned so much just from reading this book. 

8- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Is it cheating to put a book you’re reading now on a list like this? Maybe! I fell head over heels for this book, and I’m loving this book so much. The characters in the story are fantastic, Delilah is so sassy, and I love her personality so much. I love the story of Delilah having a crush on her sister’s friend. The romance and the banter between Delilah and Claire is so good, and I can’t wait to read more. 

9- Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie 

This is one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the characters and the story. 

10- Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales 

This book surprised me by how much I loved it. I loved Darcy as a character and I loved the story of Perfect on Paper.  

Top Ten Tuesday- Anticipated Releases for the Second half of the year

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday every week at @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt,, and we readers will make our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have an idea for the topic that week. This week, our topic is Anticipated Books for the second half of the year. I always love these topics. 

1- You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See

I talked about this a few weeks ago, but I can’t wait to read this. I love music, and I love when books have musical elements in them. 

2- Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese 

As a Shakespeare fan, this book sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes. 

3- The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride by Hay Li Thompson 

I added this to my TBR recently, but this book sounds so good! I think that Taylor sounds like a fantastic character, and I can’t wait to read her story. 

4- It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

I have seen little about this book. I was never in Marching Band, however; I was a choir kid, and a theater kid, but I want to read this because it has a music theme. I love any book that incorporates music into books, and this book is blurbed for fans of Kate In Waiting.  

5- Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds

I love books with Jewish characters, and this Rom-Com sounds so cute for the winter. I can’t wait to read about Shira and  Isaac, and also see where things go with Tyler in the story.  

6- Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake 

I’m currently reading Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, which is in first book in this duology? I’m not sure, but this book is very cute, and very sweet so far. I can’t wait to read this book because I enjoy Astrid as a character, and I can’t wait to see where her story goes. 

7- Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor

I love queer stories, and when you add an actor into the mix, I am even more on board with that. I can’t wait to read this and see where the story goes. 

8- We Are Never Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I read a book and listened to another book by Sophie Gonzales. I can’t wait to see what this book has in store, and how this book compares to her other books. 

9- Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

I’m a fan of Shakespeare, and I can’t wait to read this retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. 

10- Drizzle Dreams and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

This book follows four sisters and their father. I can’t wait to read this book, and see all the sisters in this novel come to life. The story seems to be for fans of Little Women, which is one of my favorite books. 

July TBR

Hi! with the new month, I want to read in July. 

Physical books

1- House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

This is a fantasy novel by one of my favorite authors. I love the world-building in this series and the writing of this book so far. I have not read Fantasy in months, and I’ve missed the genre, so I can’t that long of a break from the genre for more than a month or so I’ve learned. 

2- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

This queer romance has been getting a lot of buzz recently. I can’t wait to read it for myself and make my own opinion about it. The cover of this novel is so cute, and I love how the color is lavender, so I hope the novel is just as cute as the cover. 

3- It Only Happens in the Movie by Holly Bourne

I’m doing a reading game with a discord, and they picked this book for a poll pick. I’m excited to read it because I’ve had it for ages, and I want to finally read this book. This seems like a Rom-Com, and I want a summer Rom-Com right now, and I love the Rom-Com movies. 

4- The Trails of Apollo # 3 &#4

I’m in the middle of this series for Percy Jackson book club, and these are the books we are reading this month. This series is very good so far, and I love the characters and the story so far. Between the three series I’ve read, this one is my second favorite behind Percy Jackson. 

Ebooks

5- Eliza and Her Monsters

I am doing a buddy read of this with members of the discord I mentioned before. I already started it, and I am loving this reread. I am excited to continue and reread one of my favorite stories in the last few years. Eliza is a fantastic character, and I can relate to her in several ways. I wish that I had a way to display this book, so I might need to get a physical copy for my favorite shelf. 

6- Conventionally Yours

I needed a blue cover for the game I’m playing on a Discord. I forgot that I downloaded this on Prime Reading, and I can’t wait to read this. I love cons and fandom, so I can’t wait to read this story, and see how these characters are, and how the story is. I believe there is a dash of romance in the story, and I love romance in my stories. I can relate to characters who are a part of their fandoms, and I love seeing what others do for their fandom. 

7- In Deeper Waters

I have this book from a book swap. I’m enjoying the story so far, it’s not the style of book I would usually go far, but I am enjoying what I’ve read so far. The characters are fun, and the story is good so far.  I can’t wait to see if the characters end up together, and I’m enjoying their banter. 

Continue from June for Blog Tours

8- It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning

I have this blog tour in July, and I’m loving this story and the characters so far. I love Caroline and Alex as characters, and the sublet romance plot of this story so far. Caroline is a gymnast who had to stop due to back problems, and I love seeing dancers and gymnasts in books. 

9- Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann

This is a fun Middle-Grade novel about a girl with hearing loss, and a boy who is new to the country, trying to find the boy’s dog on a magical train. I wanted to read this because as someone who is also heard of hearing; I love seeing people who are also hard of hearing in books. The story is fun, and the characters are fantastic. 

10- Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

I signed up for this one because of the demi-sexual rep in the book. I was not expecting to find a story about two teens who are great characters, and who also have a great story. I love both Sasha and Daniel already, and I can’t wait to see where their story will go as I read the story. 

Audio Book

11- Epically Earnest by Molly Horan

I’ve never read The Importance of Being Earnest, but I saw this last year or earlier this year, and I can’t wait to check out the audiobook. This is a queer retelling, and if you know me, you know that I love a good book with queer characters in them.  

Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Summer TBR

 

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This is a weekly meme that was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each Week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make out a list based on that post. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for the weekly topic. This week, our topic is Books on my Summer TBR. I’m trying to find the balance between books for readathons and the monthly reading group I do, as well as ARCs and books I want to read. For this list, I’m not including ARC’s but they will be on my TBR post.

July

1- House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J.  Maas

This is my foray back into Fantasy and SJM after a break. 

2- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake 

Some queer rom-com for the summer vibes!!!

3- The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo # 3) by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson Book Club

4- The Tyrants Curse  (The Trials of Apollo # 4) by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson Book Club

5- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

A reread I’ve been wanting to do for a while. This time I’m reading it with people in a book Discord server. 

6- In Deeper Water by F.T. Lukens

This is for an event in the book discord I just talked about. 

7- Epically Earnest by Molly Horan  

This is a queer retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest, which I haven’t read, but I want to listen to this one. 

August

8- War Bringer by Leigh Bardugo

I put this  on TBR for August so I get it read. 

9- RR or Readathon book

10- RR or Readathon Book

Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno- Blog Tour- E-ARC Review

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond tour for Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno. Thank you to TBR & Beyond for the E-ARC.
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About The Book

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: June 28th, 2022

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Synopsis:

From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.

Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.

When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.

In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring.

Book Review

Rating- 4.5 stars

Characters

I really loved the characters in this book. Anna was a great main character, who was flawed, and had an interest in space. I love it when characters are interested in something I’ve always been interested in, but don’t know much about. Anna’s mom Miriam had a bookstore, and I loved seeing the books that she would recommend for people. Emmy and Beck were also fantastic characters that brought out the best in Anna as a character.  

Plot

Sometime in Summer had a plot that was interesting, and kept me reading to see how the book was going to end. I loved the story, and I couldn’t wait to see where the story would go next. Anna has things in her life that trouble her, and it was interesting to see how she was going to figure out how she was going to go  about solving what she was dealing with. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was fantastic. I love how Katrina Leno used a style that was familiar to YA readers, and it still packed a punch. Sometime in Summer was filled with both light-hearted scenes. The light tone of the story enhanced these scenes because you could tell that the characters were having fun during these scenes. This novel also looked at some heavier topics, like finding new friends, and misunderstandings that occur when you’re a teenager. These more intense scenes had a dramatic tone, one where you could tell that the characters were learning from their mistakes, and they were growing for the better. The writing in this novel was fantastic, and I want to read more from this author. 

Friendship 

Sometime in Summer was more about friendships than it was about romance. The friendships in this novel were fantastic, and I loved seeing how the characters changed from the start of the book. We follow Anna after a falling out with one of her best friends, and not the spoil the end of the book, but the ending of the book for these two characters was so sweet, and I just loved it. While staying on the east coast with her mother for the summer, Anna meets Beck and Emmy, and the three of them also form a friendship bond. Mistakes were a common thread between the two friendship groups, but the end of the book brought both groups back together, and it was such a sweet ending to the story for me.   

Recommended for /Enjoyment 

I really enjoyed this story. For me, Sometime In Summer was a mixture of of the fun, and light-hearted vibes of summer, while also taking a hard look at the fact that teenagers can make mistakes, and have miscommunications just like adults can. I recommend this book to fans of the YA genre.  

What didn’t work  for me

Pace

The only reason why this was only a 4.5star read for me was the pace. Some the book was slow for me, and I wanted the story to move a bit.  I wanted some parts of the book to be discussed more, and then there are parts of the book that I thought could be discussed a little less. 

About the Author

Katrina Leno was born on the East Coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: Horrid, You Must Not Miss, Summer of Salt, Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Her seventh novel, Sometime in Summer, arrives June 28 2022. She thinks you are just lovely.

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In The Queue Where It Happens

 Hi! This is a post where I talk about other things that I enjoy, along with books. I have a large watch list of TV and movies, so these will be where I talk about what I’m watching, music I’m loving right now, games I enjoy playing, and the streams I enjoy watching. 

TV & Movies

TV and movies was one reason I wanted to write these posts again. I just finished Heartstopper on Netflix, and I can’t wait to get another season. Heartstopper was a show that just made me so happy. It might have helped that I was reading the comic on Webtoon while I was watching the show, but this show was just such a joy to watch. Up next, I want to finish The Mysterious Benedict Society. I am enjoying the show, but for me, the story is a kind of slow, and I want it to pick up the pace a bit. I saw Topgun Maverick a few weeks ago, and I just loved it. I wasn’t familiar with the story going on, but I had a fantastic time watching the movie. Next up on my movies to watch list is the second movie in the MCU. I’m a fan of the Marvel universe, but I want to see all the movies. I’ve watched the movies out of order, and I don’t know the stories of the new movies or TV shows.   

Music 

So I’ve really been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately, but as for music right now. I have two things I’m really loving. I was never really into Hello Dolly growing up, I’m not sure why, but it wasn’t something that I was familiar with. I love the 2017 New Cast Recording of Hello Dolly. I find it very fun, and a new take on the music, and the story, while still keeping most of the musical intact for fans of the musical from before. As some of you might know, I love Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and they made a musical. I love the musical because it’s fun, and it’s a great way for fans old and new to get into the musical. The music is fantastic, and the story hits all the elements of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief. 

Games

I know that I’ve talked about games in these posts in the past, but I’ve really been gaming a lot lately. My current favorite game is Stardew Valley. It’s a farming sim and played in an 8bit style. I love it because it has farming vibes, but you can also get married, have a family, and make friends with other people in the town. The story is sweet because you fix up your grandfather’s farm and get it working again, and it’s very much a way you can play any way you want. I have Mario Strikers: Battle League, and that’s pretty fun to play. It’s a soccer game with characters from the Mario Franchise, and they all have different abilities they can use. Fall Guys: Free for All came out for everyone the other day, and I’ve been having a blast playing that game.  If you’re a fan of the show Wipe Out, this is a game version of that show, where you and 60 other people, or however many are in your show, play together, and you race to qualify for the next race. While I’ll always play Animal Crossing and Mario Kart, those get put on the back burner from time to time. Fortnite is a fun Battle Royal game where you try to be number one. In the afternoon sometimes, I really enjoy playing Switch Sports. I played the Wii Sports, and I loved it, but I love the added rank system in the Switch Sports. The bonus is that Switch Sports also has clothing sets and other items, as well as emotes if you use their in-game character. If you would prefer to use your Mii to play, the mii can only wear the clothes the game gives you, and not the other things you can get in the game.  

Streams

I’ve been watching streams during the day to just hang out and offer some background noise while I work. I watch a lot of streamers, but I want to highlight a few streamers here. Faun (Jess) is a content creator that plays a lot of cozy games, and I love seeing their content. Jess also has a wonderful and welcoming community. If you’re interested- https://www.twitch.tv/FaunAndGames and their YouTube is- https://www.youtube.com/c/GoJess/featured. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. For those that also play games, what games are you playing right now?

Top Ten Tuesday Books I wish had an Epilogue

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will write our response based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have an idea about that topic. This week our topic books I wish had an epilogue. I love this topic a lot. I had a lot of fun coming up with my list for this week.  

1- All My Rage by Sabba Tahir

I read this earlier this year and joined a group for a discussion of the novel. We all loved the book, and we all said that we needed an epilogue, sequel, or a prequel.  We all loved the characters, especially Misbah, and we wanted to know more about what was going on with her before the story takes place.  For the epilogue, I would love to see more about how Sal and Noor are doing at college. I would love to see how Noor and Sal are doing and see how they’re enjoying college. 

2- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston 

This book was so cute, and I just loved it. I wanted to see more with Sophie, Wes, and the rest of the characters in this book. I loved this story, and I want to see what would happen if we got a sequel. We saw them in the companion novel, and I loved that, but I would love more to the holiday story, just to spend more time with the characters. 

3- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

This is a book I read last year. I would love to see a sequel that follows Marisol and Lucas. We follow their romance throughout the story and see them fall in love.  I would love to is an epilogue about how their lives are after the story ends, and what is going on with their story after the book ends. 

4- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s been several years since I’ve read this story, but I want to reread it at some point, maybe I’ll put it on my TBR for this fall.  I love this story, and I would want an epilogue about how Evelyn and Monique will continue their story.  This could be a few pages, or a chapter because I’m curious as to what would happen at the end of the story. 

5- Don’t Read the Comment by Eric Smith 

A lot of people don’t talk about this book. I loved this book when I read it last year. At the end of the story, I wanted to see what would happen between them. I just wanted more time with the characters so I would love to have a sequel for the two of them.  

6- This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

I don’t see many people talking about this book either. I loved it, and I wanted to see an epilogue between Izzy and her new friends.  They go through so much in the book, and I want to see what would happen in the epilogue. 

7- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

This book was so much fun, and it was so different from any other book I’ve read. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book in an Epilogue. 

8- Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

This story was so cute!!! I want to reread the series this year because it’s been a few years. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book. 

9- Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

I need to reread this book! Hopefully, in July or August, I can put this on my TBR again. I loved this book, and I want to see an epilogue about the two characters after the story ends.   

10- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappta

Eliza and her monsters is a favorite read of mine, and I want to see what would happen with the characters after we see them in the book.