My Kindle case matches my current paperback read. It makes me not want to finish the tagged book so I can keep carrying them around together. 😂
Starting a new book today. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Starting a new book today. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Something in English for a change! : ) It‘s a little weird to read in my native language sometimes, because I forget how much faster I can read. Bought this on a whim last week, and it‘s a cute, quick read. The author does a great job capturing the narrator‘s voice - she reminded me a lot of my best friend in college. This is a sequel, and I haven‘t read the first one. It can be read alone, but beware there are definitely spoilers!
I didn't set out with a #PrideMonth theme in mind, yet that's where books have taken me. It's been yrs since I read Simon vs... but I've watched the movie Love, Simon about 5 times in the past 2 weeks, so I couldn't help picturing/hearing the movie cast in my head while reading this book. I love this world & Albertalli's style though I don't know how "true to character" the relationship developments are. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ya #teachersoflitsy #summerreading
This book was a disappointment for me. While I sometimes liked Leah‘s badass attitude, I felt that she was just outright rude most of the time and that Albertalli manipulated the characters from Simon in order to fit into the boxes for this book. I had no buy in for Leah/Abby after Abby/Nick.
I‘ve been slacking on actual reading because it‘s spring and life is crazy 🤦🏻♀️ but at least I‘m sort of enjoying audiobooks lately! I am really loving Leah and the other characters in this book.
And in other news, I present the proof why I don‘t have time to sit down with a physical book; even park visits end in chaos.
This was a quick read. There was some parts that made me laugh. I liked some of the characters but not all.I felt like there was no development to it. Everything happened quick and fast and really unrealistic to it. Leah was just a little annoying and so unsure about everything that was going on in her life. I could go on and on about this book but gave it
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I didn‘t love this one nearly as much as I loved Love, Simon. It may be what I feel was an excessive use of the F word (don‘t get me wrong, I do my fair share of cussing, but never that much and especially not when I was in high school.) Overall, it was still a good read and kept me entertained. #booked2019 #featuresamusician
Omg I loved this book so much!! It was my first time reading a Becky Albertalli book so I didn't know what to expect going in but it was just so funny and relatable. I knew I was in love with this book from the first page. This definitely makes me want to check out some of her other books.
I loved this even more on the reread! In addition to identifying with the #BiRep, the #PlusSizeMC, and Leah‘s economic situation, this time, I found a better appreciation for the overall structure, noticed more details about the supporting characters, and I took more time to contemplate the relationships between Leah and Abby, and her mother, and her other friends. It was a great reread. I will definitely revisit this coming of age story!
Sadly, this was just an ok read for me. I was expecting more but Leah sorta worked my nerves....actually, most of the cast did.
⭐️⭐️💫 🎧 2019.02.13
I feel like I‘ve made the reading transition from the slew of middle readers to YA books. One of these days I might actually get back to reading grown up books😄.This is in the “Love, Simon” series, with the same characters, but told from Simon‘s friend, Leah‘s point of view during senior year. Leah is prickly, socially awkward, and honestly less easy to like immediately.Funny prom dinner reservation scene. I enjoyed this one.
When you've had a rough week, it is amazing what unexpected, just because, love from a new friend can do! So thankful for @Kayla.Adriena and for Litsy for connecting us! Not because of the gifts, but because she's an awesome person! Stay warm friend and I hope your birthday present finds you well! 😘
I won't finish my current read tonight, so I might as well post my January stats. I'm super happy with the reduction to La TBR. Yay, smaller numbers!
This is the first month in about ten years where I read mostly Americans. That's largely because I plan to read zero Americans in February and I wanted to squeeze in some highly anticipated stuff before then. I didn't get to everything I was keen on, but the books'll still be there in March.
Been obsessed recently with this free color-by-number app- it's called Happy Color 😍
I have mixed feelings about this book...
What I liked: I LOVE Leah and Simon of course. There were some super hilarious and iconic scenes 😂, and it's narrated by Barb! (Aka Shannon Purser)
What I didn't like: a little bit too much swearing and the drama was pretty exhausting by the end
#audiobooks #audiocoloring #ya #lgbt
One time, a friend and I talked YA over cupcakes. "I love Rainbow Rowell because it's like she writes my life," she said. "I mean, it's not my life, but it IS. I don't know how she does it."
That's how I feel about Becky Albertalli.
Leah's life isn't mine, any more than Simon's was, but in all the ways that counts it absolutely IS. I mean, wow. The emotions in play, the characters' reactions, the sensory details... she nails it all. 4.5 stars.
A sort-of sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with this one focusing on Leah. As with all of Albertalli‘s YA novels, there‘s lots of diversity in this one, and while that‘s good, I sort of feel like I did with The Upside of Unrequited — that she almost tries too hard to pack too much of it in there. Leah‘s character is very unlikeable at times, but she‘s also pretty realistic as a moody, dramatic teenager.
Somewhere between pick & so-so.
"The way she's looking at me makes me lose my breath."
I loved getting to see the same characters and setting from the Simon Vs. book from Leah's perspective. Leah's story was definitely relatable to me as someone who was closeted in high school and Becky has such a talent for writing easy going narratives with believable characters.
Books Read in 2018
I was actually excepting so much more from this book. It was a fun easy read but I honestly could not stand Leah! I thought she was so whiny and mean that at points I just wanted to stop. But there were some redeeming qualities the supporting characters were great and the story moved moderately fast but overall I wouldn‘t read this again.
I loved this sequel! Leah is such an interesting character that I think a lot of readers can relate to. As someone who is bisexual, I appreciated the portrayal of a bisexual teen who is still in the closet and trying to navigate all the issues that come with that. I think readers who loved Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will also enjoy this book.
I just realized that I didn‘t post my reading recap for November so here it is. Pretty poor showing since I only read 2 books last month but at least they were both great books! It‘s a good thing I‘ve already completed my 2018 reading challenge because this year has worn my motivation down.
As much as I enjoyed "Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" and "What If It's Us" this one just fell short for me and I felt like Leah could have been more well rounded as a character if she mixed up her adjectives a bit more. Not everything needs to be described with a f*** word. My favorite part was the prom dinner mix-up. Definetly laughed out loud during that scene. Won't post a spoiler but that goof up was simply amazing.
Want to read — or hear us talk — about a cool, confident, creative, body posi high schooler... who also happens to have a few big secrets? It could only have happened in 2018, and it DID in Becky Albertalli‘s Leah on the Offbeat. In this episode of my podcast (part 3 of New Reads November!) we talk racism, labels, and the LGBTQ+ spectrum — plus all the times we fought with our moms in dressing rooms. click the link in my bio to listen!
Just finished this audiobook and man, it is hard to rate. The beginning is pretty slow and through the first two-thirds Leah is kind of irritating. I know she‘s a high schooler, but still. The ending was predictable, but so sweet nonetheless. Shannon Purser as the narrator was a fantastic choice.