YA Contemporary/Romance Mental Illness: 100 Days of Cake

Argh, firstly, I just want to say a huge sorry for not posting in ages! But I’m going to try and make it up to you, by posting more regularly! (yay)

Ok, so recently I’ve read a load of contemporary romance novels, and after a few, I realised that the only books I’ve actually really been reading are YA novels that have mental illnesses in it. I didn’t do it on purpose or anything, it just sorta happened.

I guess that reading it really helps me get into the book, because I can relate to a lot of it, and generally if you can relate to something, you’re going to want to keep finding more and more about it, and I guess that’s what’s been happening!

So today I’m going to be listing my the first in my Top 5 YA Contemporary/Romance Books With Mental Illnesses (apologies for the very long title)


26959141This is number 1: (although they’re not really in any particular order…)

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

I just finished reading this one day ago, and the whole way through the book, I kept saying to myself… ‘omg I so relate to that!’ and I really appreciated the entire book. It was really well written, it had amazing characters, and I laughed and cried a fair amount of times through out the book. I know that I first got stuck into it when I was at the gym – in fact, it was on my birthday (fun fact) – and I couldn’t contain a laugh or two, and a know for sure that I gasped out loud in a few parts, but luckily the gym was quite empty, and the radio was on, so hopefully no one heard me!

Anyway, the book was really good, but I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It is one of those books where you sort of get to make up the ending yourself, because it just leaves you hanging (no other spoilers xx).


Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for. (Goodreads summary)


I rated 100 Days of Cake 4 out of 5 stars!

Currently reading:

Everyone We’ve Been by Sara Everett

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Book Bloggers

I am absolutely obsessed with book blogs, and all things bookish! So here are my Top 5 favourite book bloggers, in no particular order.

Also, just a little side note, I probably will not be able to narrow it down to five, so you will most likely see a very similar post later on, with more and different bloggers.


1. ABookUtopia

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Sasha Alsberg is famous in the book world for BookTubing. She has a blog also, but her main priority in the book world is her YouTube Channel. I love watching her book reviews, book unboxings and especially her bookshelf tours!

Sasha currently has 248,678 subscribers on her channel and counting.

She also loves Scotland, Sarah J Maas’ works, Cassandra Clare’s works, Game Of Thrones and Outlander.


2. LovingDemBooks

913152b22bsquareGrace is the author of the blog LovingDemBooks, and also has her own YouTube channel, with 19,759 subscribers and counting.

Grace not only loves books, but she loves beauty, fashion, make up, organic foods, sports and hiking!

She is so energetic and funny, it really brightens my day when I read her blog posts and watch her YouTube videos.

 

 


3. thepageturnerblogger

thepageturnerblogger is actually one of my close friends. She writes reviews, top 5s and loads more! I especially love her top 5 favourite book covers post because they are all gorgeous covers, and seeing them all together is really nice.

We sometimes collab and work together on blog posts so if you read one of our posts and then read the other person’s post, you may see some similarities!

I really like the name of your blog, thepageturnerblogger 🙂


4. The Book Nerd

The Book Nerd is also one of my close friends! She posts loads of reveiws, Top 3 lists, authors and loads more. I especially loved her review of The Jewel. Go check out her post here! And also her post and review of City Of Bones, I especially liked that one!

I also really love the name of her blog!


5. Lekeisha the Booknerd

Lekeisha the Booknerd posts regularly and I love her reviews. I can really relate to some or most of these reviews, which makes me like the posts even more.

Plus, Lekeisha has book giveaways, which is always a great thing 🙂


Well that’s about it, go check out these bloggers, follow/subscribe, anything really! I guarantee that once you start reading their posts or watching their videos, you will be hooked!

Currently (still) reading:

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

Best Covers of 2015

So… this post is a little late, considering it is already the 10th of January, but I couldn’t help looking back at all the books I read last year, and thinking about all those beautiful covers.

Oh and sorry I haven’t posted in a while! Thanks for bearing with me, since my brain still isn’t fully functioning due to lack of business and constant reading…

I also don’t know which one is my favourites, but here are a few that I really liked:


1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

If you regularly read my blog posts, you should well know how much I love The Selection books and the covers! I can’t decide on my favourite cover, all though I really love the colour of The Selection. It is such a gorgeous blue. Click here for a my first ever post, as well as the review of the first book.


3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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The Jewel has a similar cover style to Kiera Cass’s books, also with an extravagant and beautiful dress!

The dress matches the description in the book so well, and as I was reading the book, I had to keep flipping from the page I was on, to the front cover, and back and forth.

 


4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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These covers are so fairytale-like that even though they are not as obviously beautiful like The Selection, they do have beautiful qualities, and all together, the series looks incredible. My favourite cover would have to be Winter though, especially since it captures my attention the most, from the glowing around the apple. Click here for a very short review of the series, as well as some of my other favourite series.


5. Defy by Sara B. Larson

Although I have only read the first book in this series, I am reading the second book, Ignite, I found that individually, these books are nice, but all together, they are outstanding! Click here for a short review of Defy.


6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Also known as The Juliette Chronicles, Shatter Me, and the rest of the series have magnificent and detailed covers. I must say though, Ignite Me is my favourite, as I love Spring and flowers. But all together… these covers are incredible. Click here for a very short review of The Juliette Chronicles, as well as more of my favourite series.


7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Ok, so once again, I have only read the first book, These Broken Stars, and I have the other two books very high on my TBR list. I love the dresses on both the first and third books, but I think I would have to say that These Broken Stars is my favourite cover out of all of them.


8. Slated by Teri Terry

I don’t actually know whether these covers are creepy or pretty, but I am just going to say that it’s somewhere in between. Fractured is my favourite out of these, but they are all such creative covers, it was hard to pick. Click here for a very short review of the series, as well as some of my other favourite series.


9. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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The dress is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the font that they used, especially on the letter R.

This cover is also so creative, bringing the words into the picture as well, as Kestrel, the main character is holding the letter R.

 


10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Looking at these covers, makes me realise that I cannot wait for the ninth of February, when Glass Sword will finally be released! Once I have re-read Red Queen, and read Glass Sword, I will be posting a spoiler-free review, so stay tuned. I do think that I like Red Queen’s cover more, but maybe that is partly because I own Red Queen, and have it in person, whereas for Glass Sword, I have only seen images.

Currently re-reading:

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom