Top 5 Wednesdays: Books To Get You Out of A Reading Slump

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Welcome! To a Top 5 Wednesday. I hope to do these, too. Just to get me in the mood to blog again. Words, words, words, we need a lot of words that are understandable and clear to the majority of the human race.

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Now my friends, I am not a noob when it comes to reading slumps. I faced a lot of it while doing big projects. The feeling goes: I’m halfway through a good book, and then suddenly the workload comes pouring in. I end up disregarding the book’s existence for days. When I get back to it, the slump hits me in the face.

But, during my lay low days, I ended up discovering books that can cure the slump. After the long months of hitting rock bottom just to get things passed, I have discovered the what kind of books to pick to get me back into a reading mojo. And here are some of them:

5. If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

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Re: Read a short book. 

Honestly, this book is too cute to not recommend. It’s a short book, and it’s honestly just cute and fluffy. Dogs + food descriptions + hot guy + family ties + body love.

If The Dress Fits can be like a palette cleanser if you want to feel a lot of feels real easy and quick.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Re: Read a book that will keep you on your toes

Sure, people say that this can either put you in a slump even more, but I say that it gives you back that hunger for books. We Were Liars kept me on the edge of my seat because it has been a really long while since I last read a book in one sitting. I stayed up until 2 am just to finish this book. I kept my guard up for this book and it still got me in the end.

Be warned, but also have a fun time in reading it. Just keep your guard up.

3. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Re: Read a fluffy book.

What I meant by fluffy is that you should pick something so sweet that it will give you cavities. That will wake you up. Perfect example is Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Not only will you score some bonus points for checking out if it really lives up to its name (it does, friend), but you also get OREOS.

OREOS are what I call the cast of this book. Everyone is giving me cavities for being the best cast ever, especially Blue. (Not you, Martin. No oreos for you.)

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Re: Read something out of your comfort zone

Science fiction is not exactly the genre that I would normally reach out to when I am in the mood to read. I do not read it at all times, and majority of my books are still mostly contemporary. But I have to give it to Illuminae for breaking a slump. I guess if we don’t usually read books outside our comfort zone, it gives us that push to get out there and finish it. The action, the intensity, and the interesting format made me stick to the world.

Granted, this one took me weeks to get through. But I ended up reading continuously after. Plus, this book is huge. I don’t know if I have read something else that is so gloriously long.

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Re: Read your favorite book.

Do I even have to explain this one when it honestly speaks for itself? My love for this book echoes to the beyond. When I am in a reading slump, this book is the first book that I pick up. It gives me comfort, and it reminds me of how great books can be. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is the best thing for me to read whenever I feel like I don’t know what happens next (basically me when I read something that left me lying around for days.)

But this one must serve as a last resort. Reading slumps are basically inner demons. There is more than one way to conquer it. Think of this as the Excalibur, or the lucky token. You only take it out if there’s no way out.


So what books do you guys read when you’re in a reading slump? I would like to know more about it. 🙂

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Book Review: Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book Review

Before Reading:

Circa not blogging yet, Becky Albertalli’s book was the most anticipated book of April 2015. As much as I wanted to read her book, I was not able to buy it till January 2016. So when I finally had my free time last April, I picked it up and never looked back.

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19547856Title: Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Date Published: 7th of April 2015

Series: None

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Paperback, bought from Fully Booked

Rating: 4.27/5 on Goodreads

Buy it on: Amazon

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

While Reading:

I have to include this bit. While I was reading the book, I shamelessly live-tweeted Becky Albertalli. I was so giddy while I was reading it, plus I had these thoughts where I need to know what Simon looks like. Becky, the oh-so supportive fangirl that she is, was so generous and kind enough to answer my queries. It was a first for me, but I have no shame. Simon is love. Simon is life.

After Reading:

Basically, I gobbled this book in a day. I had a personal read-a-thon and this was the second book that I finished. And it was just the right one. Hands down to Becky Albertalli. She is definitely the queen of fluff. I cannot stress how much I need a Simon Spier in my life right now. I was smiling like an idiot. I was actually spoiled for this book because I searched for fanart, and it was caused by my own carelessness. Just remember not to Google fanart if you still don’t know who Blue is. But even after those events, I still ended up loving every single bit of this book.

Final Thoughts

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is like the Oreo version of a young adult novel. It’s the sweetest thing that you will ever read. Once you have read it, you will always look for it and want it. The aftertaste is equally sweet that it will give you a fluffy feeling because of the satisfying ending. It was the perfect helping of Oreo that you need.

In all that is good in the world, Simon Spier is the cherry on top. He is an admirable male lead who is generally a good guy with a big heart for his family and friends. He finds himself when he meets Blue, and the book is all about Simon’s journey to finally come out. On a scale of 1 to supportive, Simon is off the charts. Just by reading the book, you would have to wonder why anyone would want to antagonize Simon’s life. (looking at you Martin)

You can expect a lot of sweet moments. Basically, Simon’s life is in this huge pool of hug-worthy personas, mainly: Blue, his family, and his friends.

Blue is another whole bag of unicorns and rainbows. His identity is very intriguing, considering the fact that Simon goes all giddy for him. The truth about Blue’s identity will keep you at the edge of your seat.You can say that Blue will steal some scenes of the book, but I can assure you that Simon’s voice is powerful enough to remind you that he is still the main character.

And of course this review is not complete without mentioning the great family aspect involved. Simon has the most loving parents and siblings, especially since they support Simon in what he does. Same with his friends, who I would have to say seem to have a world of their own. In my world, I would love Leah to have a book of her own.

I highly recommend that you read this book if you are down in the dumps, and if you need something to lift your spirits up. It is very easy to fall in love with Becky Albertalli’s writing, because it just so darn fluffy. Not only does it speak to young adults, but it also gets in your heart very quickly. It also gives an important lesson that your family and friends are a good support system. This book has a solid place on the male leads corner. Simon is basically a king next to Charlie. Just pick up this book already if you haven’t yet. Solid 5 stars all the way.

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Becky Albertalli is the epitome of awesomeness. No words can describe her greatness is writing fiction, and she is as sweet as an Oreo.

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA is her first novel.

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