#RainbowBlogChallenge: Day 5 – Feeling Blue.

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It’s the fifth day of the Rainbow Blog Challenge and today’s prompt is Feeling Blue. I’ll be listing my favourite books that feature mental health issues. Today’s topic has made me realise I haven’t read a lot of books with this topic. I’m not going to put these in any order though because that’s always too hard and it takes way too long.

I’m sorry this post will be a bit rushed and I can’t get into why I liked the books but I just don’t have time today. I’m really sorry! I wish I had more time to devote to this post because this is an important topic but I’m really busy today.

I also chose to pick YA books with mental health for this post.

nrm_1414507197-gayle-forman-i-was-here-bigI Was Here by Gayle Forman.

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This one makes me cry every time I read it.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
I read this a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I’ll be reviewing this soon.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I wasn’t the biggest fan of this, mostly because I didn’t like Cadance but I think it should be here.

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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When We Collided by Emery Lord

I really need to read more books with mental illness. I think I’ve read more than this but I just can’t think of them right now. I know Bella was depressed at the start of New Moon but I didn’t include it in this. I probably should have.

If you have some recommendations of books you’ve read and loved with mental illness let me know in the comments. I always love getting book recommendations.

I love that more books are focusing on mental health because it definitely needs to be talked about more. Having a mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed about. I think the more knowledge people have the more they can understand, accept and help the people in their lives that have a mental illness.

Again, these aren’t in any order. I think they’re important and even if I didn’t like a character I did like the book.

Tomorrow’s prompt is “Royalty” – Favourite royal characters // How books and reading have empowered you. Be sure to come back and see which one I choose to talk about.

Also, Elle from Elle.Biblio is holding an international giveaway on her blog for this challenge. You can click the link here to see what you need to do to enter! Good luck if you do.

If you are taking part in the Rainbow Blog Challenge leave a link in the comments to your post so I can check it out.

– Aimee.

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Monthly Recommendations #2: 1 Year Celebration.

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Monthly Recommendations was created by Trina at Between Chapters and Kayla at Kayla Rayne. You can join the Goodreads group here.

This month is a celebration of one year (but this is only my second time participating) and I’ll be sharing one book from the past 12 topics. If that makes any sense. Instead of sharing photos of each book I’ll link them all back to Goodreads.

1. An underrated book.
Spark by Rachael Craw.

2. A book set in school.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

3. A creepy book.
 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.

4. A trilogy.
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

5. A book you think others should read ASAP.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

6. A fantasy book.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

7. A book with little to no romance.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight.

8. A standalone.
When We Collided by Emery Lord.

9. Your favourite survival story.
The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

10. Favourite book friendship.
Harry, Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

11. A book set outside the U.S.
In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker.

12. A book with your favourite empowering female character.
Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White.

So that’s another month of Monthly Recommendations. I think next month is somethings to do with sci-fi books and I haven’t read a lot of those so it should be interesting. Sorry I didn’t really share my reasons behind picking the books but I’m just too lazy for that today.

Aimee.

June Wrap Up & July TBR.

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I’m a little late sharing my June wrap up but better late than never I guess. I left one book out of my wrap up photo because I forgot it.

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Desolation by Demon Road by Derek Landy – ★★★★/5
The Last Pearl by Leah Fleming – ★★★★/5
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – ★★★★/5
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★/5
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass – ★★★★/5
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★/5
Fellside by M.R. Carey – ★★★★/5
The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle – ★★★/5
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – ★★★★/5
When We Collided by Emery Lord – ★★★/5
The Heir by Kiera Cass – ★★★★/5

I had a pretty good reading month and I only had two three star books which is a first.

My TBR is a little crazy at the moment and I’ve lost track of which books I should read when (release dates) so I’ve made a TBR jar, well it’s my Olaf money tin but whatever. Hopefully it will help me get through the pile of review books I have to read and some of the unread books I have on my shelves.

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So far this month I’ve read two of the books on this pile and I’m 80 pages into the third.

What are you planning on reading in July?

Aimee.

Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord.

Title – When We Collided
Author – Emery Lord
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 344 pages
Publication Date – April 7th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s
ISBN – 9781408870082
My Rating – ★★★/5

Jonah has lived in the same small town all his life and only one thing has changed – his dad died six months ago. While he’s still reeling from his dad’s death, Jonah and his two older siblings have had to step into take care of the family.

Then he meets Vivi, the new girl in town. She’s in love with life. Vivi is a hurricane of unfiltered thoughts and feelings. But she manages to help Jonah’s family and changes his life.

I received a copy of When We Collided from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but this one sounded good when I read the synopsis.

I’m going to admit that I thought it was obvious what was going on with Vivi very early in the book. I don’t know if it was because I’ve read a few books with mental illness in them Clr2N4nUsAASwswlately or the “signs” were there but for me, it was obvious. I don’t think mental illness gets talked about enough and there are too many people that suffer in silence where there is so much help out there.

I’m a very introverted person and just reading Vivi’s highs were a little too much for me. I
don’t know how someone can handle going from that kind of high to such lows so fast. It must be horrible. I didn’t have anything against Vivi, but being an introverted person it was just a lot.  I’m not sure if Vivi realised what was going on, the highs, lows and anger.. But Jonah clearly didn’t notice until it was too late.

Things have been tough in Jonah’s family since his dad died. What I don’t understand is why they (the older siblings) didn’t actually try to help their mother, not just pretend like everything was normal like she’ll wake up one day and just go back to the person she was… Obviously it was more than just grief. Depression isn’t a dirty word, it needs to be talked about. Just because you can’t see that a person is suffering doesn’t mean they aren’t and it’s “all in their head” and they just need to “suck it up.” Saying those things to people with depression or mental illness doesn’t help and it just makes things so much worse. No one should be ashamed to talk about depression and mental illness.

I liked that Vivi and Jonah’s relationship didn’t feel forced, even though Vivi was determined to “have him.” Vivi definitely helped Jonah and his family. But I think Vivi, through a horrible accident, manages to save herself too. She’d been through a horrible time back home and avoided the subject for months, which didn’t help. I was glad that it wasn’t boy meets girl, finds out girl is going through something and through the power of his love he saves her. Ugh, no. The end of this felt real and wasn’t a fairy tale ending. I liked that it felt honest and was the right thing for both Vivi and Jonah, even if he didn’t think so.

I really liked When We Collided and I’ll definitely be looking out for Emery’s next book.

*Thank you Allen and Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

Have you read When We Collided? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [June 29th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  Cl_unU8VAAAOrUB
I started this yesterday and am a little over 100 pages in. I’m not liking all the drugs but I knew it had a lot of them when I read the synopsis. I didn’t want to judge it on the character’s drug use so I decided to give it a try.

Finn is trying to help his sister, Faith, go to college and to do that he’s planning on selling this blue drug that takes you back to your memories and you can bring something back from them. But, he doesn’t know where it is…

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. This blue drug is really weird and I’m not sure I described what it does in a way that people will understand.

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I finally read The Heir!! This book has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I did plan to read it when I had a copy of The Crown and I’m glad I did. I won’t have to wait too long to find out what happens to America.

I know there were mixed reviews on Eadlyn when this came out last year and I can tell why she would have annoyed some people. She did annoy me in places but I think this Selection has taught her that no everything is about her and that not everyone likes her. I also think Ahren helped with that too, even though he does love her.

I will be reviewing this in the next few weeks and I am hoping I pull The Crown out of my TBR jar soon. I have my pick for who Eadlyn should choose and I really want to know who she picks and if she manages to grow up a little as well. Clr2N4nUsAASwsw

I was sent a copy of When We Collided from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. It’s taken me so long to get to this but I’ve finally read it.

I’ll be reviewing it soon so I don’t really want to go into it here too much. This is about a boy and a girl, yes cheesy, but they meet each other when they’re both going though some difficult times in their lives. Jonah has lost his father and had been helping his older siblings to keep the family running. Vivi has secrets she’s not ready to talk about, even to her mother. But Vivi manages to help Jonah and his family even though she can’t help herself. Not until she realises she actually needs help.

Like I said, I’ll be reviewing this soon. I did like When We Collided but it was a little too much for me in places. Or Vivi was, her rambling and chaotic thinking. I know it’s not her fault though. ClbYjmXVEAAQGIf

Annnd I’ve finally read The 5th Wave too. This book has also been sitting on my shelf for a year. I actually got it the same day I got The Heir…

Anyway, I really liked The 5th Wave. I’m going to review this at the end of this week. I think. If you don’t know what this is about yet the people that are still alive are in the 5th wave of an alien invasion. Except the aliens haven’t actually left their mothership or communicated in any way… At least, that’s how it looks on the outside. Cassie is with her father and brother but when Sammy is taken away she promises to find him. Now, she’s on her own and determined to keep her promise to her brother.

I think I gave this four stars on Goodreads but I can’t remember. I’m looking forward to The Infinte Sea when I get to it.

Reading Next – CmEqj-gVAAEVPT4
Technically I’ve started this but I’m focusing more on Tripping Back Blue that I haven’t got that far in yet. I think I’ll pick it up properly today.

I was sent a copy of this from the author to review. I think there’s a battle between angels going on, I’m not 100% sure yet, but Sophia (the main character) has a huge role in this up coming war and now both sides want to use her. That’s about as much as I know.

I hate this photo but it’s the only one I could get in this crappy winter light. It’s so dark and I don’t have a camera or fancy lighting to use, just my phone, so there will be some crappy photos until winter is over.

What are you currently reading?

– Aimee.

April 2016 Book Haul.

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At the start of April I decided not to buy many books this month because my March book haul was a little crazy. I was successful, I only bought three books and there rest were sent to me. It was so hard not buying the books I wanted but I am kind of proud of myself. 1

The first book I got this month was sent to me from Penguin Random House for me to review. It even came wrapped in this ribbon.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, which is called The City, which is why I haven’t read this yet. I got The City the other week from the library and have started it but I’m not that far in yet so I can’t really say much about it.

It is over 500 pages which I think is putting me off a little. I just finished reading a 700+ page book and wanted a break from big fantasy books but oh well. I’ll get there.

The next book I got this month was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. This 2is an advanced copy of The Moonlight Dreamers and it doesn’t come out until July so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date.

Siobhan Curham co-wrote (I’m not sure what the right term is) or was the ghost writer of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I read that last year and liked it but not enough to read the sequel. I think the ending to Girl Online was fine with out a sequel.

Anyway, The Moonlight Dreamers sounded like something I’d enjoy. This isn’t the final cover, the actual cover is really pretty. Although I do like this one too.

I bought The Wicked will Rise in a clearance sale. I borrowed a copy from my local library 3last year and read it after Dorothy Must Die but never got around to getting a copy of it until now.

With the third book in the series coming out I decided it was about time I got myself a copy.

I can’t remember much about The Wicked Will Rise so I don’t know if I should re-read the first two books before I read the next one or because I can remember the main parts I can just read Yellow Brick War. That what I did with Glass Sword, I should have re-read Red Queen but I didn’t and I picked it up eventually. I’m not sure yet.

The next book was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand for me to review4. I am really excited to read Yellow Brick War this month.

I haven’t decided when I’ll read it because I’m taking part in a Book Bingo over on Instagram (my first time so I’m getting excited for it) and I have to pick a book from a cup so it’s all random. But I will be reading it some time this month because it’s on my board.

I love the cover of this book. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far. The Wicked Will Rise was kind of boring. I love the hardback editions. They have this awesome thing under the dust jacket but my copies are paperbacks.5

These are the last books I bought in April. There was a buy one get one half price on YA books so I couldn’t really pass that up. Although next time I should really look into the books a bit more before I buy them.

I don’t have a problem with the Dorothy Must Die Stories. Other than I wish it was the same size as the other books. I haven’t read any of these novellas so I was excited when I saw this in the sale.

I didn’t know Pathfinder is a spin-off from another series by Angie Sage. I don’t know if I can read it or not because I haven’t read her other series. It only cost $3.50 so it’s not a big loss if I have to pass it on. 6

HarperCollins sent me Desolation to review. It’s the sequel to Demon Road by Derek Landy which I read and reviewed last year.

I thought Demon Road was going to be like Supernatural and it kind of was but not really. It did take me a few chapters to get into but once I did I really liked it.

I haven’t read this yet and it’s on my Book Bingo to read this month. I just have to finish reading The City before I can pick out my first book to read. I am looking forward to Desolation though.

My next book was sent to me to review from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve never read a book 7by Jennifer E. Smith before but I keep seeing this online so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’m not too sure what this is about. I think it’s like a treasure hunt of places this couple goes on to see if they want to stay together or not. I might have that completely wrong but it sounds familiar.

I actually forgot to put this on my Book Bingo board so I hope I can squeeze it in somewhere.

Maybe I’ll read it as well as The City because I’m not getting into that as fast as I’d hoped. We’ll see.

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I received the next two books from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

When I saw The Winner’s Kiss was available to review I requested a copy without really thinking about it. I have the other two books in the trilogy but haven’t read them. But I do like to marathon a trilogy or series so I’ll be reading and reviewing all three books this month. I love this cover of The Winner’s Kiss. That green is gorgeous!

I’ve never read a book of Emery Lord’s before and don’t know much about her but I liked the sound of this so I requested a copy to review. Hopefully I’ll like it.

9HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me The Orphan Queen to review. I’ve heard really good things about this and the sequel came out recently so I hope to read it soon.

This is another one that I’ve completely forgotten what it’s about. I do like going into books blind sometimes though so I might not look at the synopsis before I read it. I don’t know though. Sometimes it backfires on me and I end up not liking the book.

Fingers crossed it won’t happen this time. I have seen this a lot on Bookstagram and a lot of people I follow liked it. Oh, random fact, The Orphan Queen is the 100th book I’ve got this year. Only four months in and I have too many books.

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Awaken was sent to my by the author to review. I’m not sure if it’s about a siren or a mermaid or a combination of both but it sounded interesting and I love the cover. My photo doesn’t really do it justice.

I really suck. I can read a synopsis and love the sound of the book and then completely forget what the books about when it turns up. I know I could just go onto Goodreads and read all of them again but to be honest I can’t be bothered and I have other things to do after this.

But this book is on Goodreads if you want to look it up.

The last book I received this month was in a promotion type thing for Kelloggs and 11Penguin Random House. If you bought two Kelloggs products and sent photos of your receipts in you could choose a book from the ones available. I was stuck wanting The Jungle Book and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Obviously in the end I chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I’ve never read the original stories but I have watched the movie so many times I’ve lost count.

It’s a little smaller than I expected, just over 150 pages so it shouldn’t take me too long to read whenever I get around to it.

I really hate this photo but didn’t have time to take another.

The last thing bookish I got this moth was a bookmark from ConfessionsByCourt on Esty. CgstnmjUkAAOJqKLast month I became a rep for her store and got some awesome bookmarks to promote her store but when I saw this I had to buy it.

I think Courtney has her store on ‘holiday’ at the moment so she can catch up on orders but if you want to buy anything when she opens it up again you can use my discount code to get 15% off – AimeeReads15.

She has some really cute magnetic bookmarks as well as some other wooden ones. Plus, Harry Potte, Supernatural and Star Wars ones. This one is a Stormtrooper/Alice one and I love it.

So, that’s my wrap up for another month. I’ll hopefully be reading some of these soon. My next post will be my April Wrap Up and May TBR if you want to check it out.

– Aimee.