October 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

I had high hopes for this month, but I ended up feeling so slumpy. Nothing sounded good and I had no motivation to actually read. On the other hand, I did catch up on some graphic novel series and ended up doing some rereads so I read more than it felt like I did.

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Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 12
Books currently reading:
3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of October = 319
Books added to TBR = 14
Books read/deleted from TBR = 8
Total on TBR now = 325

How did your reading go this month?

DREAM CAST: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Last May, Netflix optioned three Sarah Dessen books which was very exciting news in my opinion. The three books were This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, and Once and For All. I’m not sure where they are in the process of actually becoming movies, but the other night I couldn’t sleep and started creating a cast for my personal favorite Dessen book, The Truth About Forever.

Dream Cast

Auli’i Cravalho as Macy
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What I’ve Seen Her In: Moana, Rise, All Together Now

I think Auli’i is incredibly talented and I think this is a great opportunity to add some color to one of Dessen’s books.

Charlie Gillespie as Wes

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Julie and the Phantoms

Charlie doesn’t look exactly how I always pictured Wes, but after watching him in Julie and the Phantoms, I think he’d bring a really good energy to the character and I think he’d be great opposite Auli’i.

Jordan Fisher as Jason Talbot

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Teen Beach Movie, Grease Live!, To All the Boys, Work It

I love this as a bit of a role reversal for Jordan. He’s typically played these “good guy” characters and Jason is still kind of that…but also he’s not the good guy of this story.

Madeleine Arthur as Kristy

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What I’ve Seen Her In: To All the Boys

I thought Madeleine was AMAZING in both To All the Boys movies–honestly, she was the best and most natural in my opinion. I would love to see her in such a dynamic role as Kristy.

Britt Robertson as Monica

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Dan in Real Life, Tomorrowland

This was actually a really hard role for me to cast. Honestly, I think the best person for this role would be Aubrey Plaza, but she’s probably too old at this point. Despite that, I think Britt Robertson could be really good as well.

Trevor Larcom as Bert

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Fresh Off the Boat

Trevor is absolutely Bert. If you’ve seen him in any episode of Fresh Off the Boat, I think you’d agree. He’s overly serious while simultaneously hilarious. He and Charlie probably don’t look quite enough alike to be brothers…but I’m willing to make that sacrifice.

Minnie Driver as Delia

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Speechless

I think Minnie Driver is such a great actress and she would totally be able to bring to life Delia’s chaotic energy.

Christina Chang as Deborah Queen

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What I’ve Seen Her In: The Good Doctor

She seems like this really tough type of lady and I could perfectly picture her as Macy’s mom.

Timothy Olyphant as Macy’s Dad

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What I’ve Seen Him In: I Am Number Four, The Office, The Good Place

This was another tough casting decision. Macy’s mom was really easy for me, so I knew I wanted to find a white actor to be her dad. I felt like he needed to be a bit rough around the edges, but also someone fit as he’s a runner. But then he also needed to seem really kind and a good contrast to Deborah.

Shay Mitchell as Caroline

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Pretty Little Liars

I feel really confident with Shay as Caroline. As I reread the book, I could really picture her in this role. She’s emotional and compassionate, but also has a hidden layer of strength.

Nelson Franklin as Wally

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Office, Abby’s

Wally isn’t actually in the book much and I think he could have a slightly bigger role in a movie. I think Nelson could portray the perfect combo of nerdy and sweet.

Madelaine Petsch and Bethany Antonia as the Library Girls

What I’ve Seen Them In: Riverdale and Get Even respectively

The two library girls are interchangeable to me, but I feel like both of these actresses would be great in portraying a stuck up smart girl.

What do you guys think of my cast list?

27 Best Book Deals for 7/2/20: The Bromance Book Club, And Then There Were None, select Sarah Dessen books, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason

Less than $2

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Less than $3

Courting Darkness by Robin LeFevers

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Code Girls (Young Readers Edition) by Liza Mundy

Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin


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TTT | People I’d like to Freaky Friday with

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

I feel like this list is pretty similar to last week’s list, because if I switch places with these people, then I can go where they go!

Alina from the Grishaverse – I just want to trade places with her so I can make all the better decisions that she should have made.

Hermione Granger – MY DREAM. If I was Hermione, I would have been sorted into Ravenclaw and I would still get a time turner and be able to apparate and all those coo things.

Rachel Chu from Crazy Rich Asians – She gets to eat all that yummy food and she’s marrying into an exorbitant amount of money? Yes, please.

Macy from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – As I’ve said before, Wes was my first true bookish crush. I feel like Macy and I are already somewhat similar so it would be a natural switch. And I think it’d be a blast to work at Wish Catering.

Any of the ladies in Blue’s house from The Raven Cycle – What a family! What a house! They just seem really close and like it would be a fun place to live.

Anyone on the Invictus crew – Time travel! Heists!

Sophronia from The Finishing School series – I love her group of girlfriends and they learn so many cool things!

Abigail Rook from the Jackaby series – This one would probably be scariest, but also very exciting. Just trying to get around Jackaby’s house sounds like an adventure.

Richard Mayhew from Neverwhere – London Below is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit. Hanging with Door and the Marquis is just a bonus.

Bailey from the Night Circus – I WOULD RUN AWAY TO THIS CIRCUS TOO, BAILEY.

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TTT | I WILL go down with this ship

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Favorite Couples In Books

1) Iseult and Aeduan from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

I just finished Bloodwitch and I love these two together! They will find each other no matter what. I believe it.

2) Cress and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

These two are so sweet together! I love every scene that involves them in the series.

3) Macy and Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Wes was probably my first big bookish crush. I love their dynamic at Wish Catering and their entire truth game.

4) Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

These two are so low-key, but there’s also so much underlying tension–so good.

5) Lupin and Tonks from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

RIP

6) Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

This is an ultimate Romeo and Juliet type relationship. They’re up against so much opposition, but their love is so pure.

7) Khalila and Dario from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine

Even though these two aren’t the “main” couple of the series, I still love their relationship. I love that Dario is so protective of Khalila and she lets him even though everyone knows, she doesn’t need protecting.

8) Amy and Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Cute couple on a road trip! Such a good slow burn romance.

9) Bailey and Porter from Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I don’t really know why I loved this book so much, but I did. Bailey and Porter have a great hate-to-love type thing going, but actually they just like each other the whole time.

10) Kitty and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

Okay, so I know this couple doesn’t actually exist, but just listen. Lara Jean clearly does not deserve John Ambrose even though he is literally the most perfect boy ever. She would obviously be upset if Kitty started dating him, but Kitty wouldn’t care. She would appreciate John Ambrose’s perfectness and John Ambrose would appreciate Kitty’s spunk. Plz Jenny Han let this be a thing.

Who are some of your favorite bookish couples? Do you disagree with any of my picks?

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”Perfect” Girl Realizes That Being Perfect is Boring (The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen)

The Truth About ForeverMacy is fine, just fine. That’s what she’s been telling everyone since her dad died. While this doesn’t always feel true, Macy wants everyone around her to believe it and her boyfriend Jason makes things a little bit easier. Jason is perfect. He’s organized, smart, and most of all he makes Macy feel normal–not like that girl whose dad died. But Jason is going to “Brain Camp” and Macy knows that she has a long summer ahead of her until she meets the Wish Catering crew. They take Macy in and make her feel normal even if she’s not always perfect.

This is my absolute favorite Sarah Dessen book of all time. I feel like I relate to Macy in a lot of ways. There have been times in the past when I’ve disagreed with some of the choices that Dessen’s protagonists are making, but I really feel like I get Macy. Her decisions make sense to me. Deep down she’s just a really good girl who is genuinely trying to help others around her–especially her mother. She’s realistically flawed and most of all, she’s someone who you can cheer for.

I love the cast of secondary characters in this book and the relationships that they have with each other. The Wish crew is absolutely perfect in every way. Delia, Kristy, Monica, Bert, and Wes have a really fun dynamic and I love that Delia has taken a “mother” role with all of them. Every scene where Wish is working a job is fun to read. Disasters are happening all over the place, but it never feels overwhelmingly chaotic–the reader knows that things are going to work out.

Macy’s family has a really interesting dynamic as well. I like Caroline a lot as a character because I feel like she’s really brave. By renovating the beach house, she’s doing something that the other members of the family don’t have the courage to do. She’s noticed that the family has splintered a bit since her father died and the beach house is her way of bringing the family back together and saving those relationships. I also like that she’s forgiving. It’s not in her to hold grudges.

Wes and Macy’s relationship is just a friendship for most of the book, which I liked. I liked that they really go to know each other well by playing truth before anything remotely romantic happened between them. Wes was definitely my first hardcore book crush. His sculptures sound amazing and I’d really like to see a picture of them or something. Like a lot of Dessen’s other romantic leads, he’s a really good guy. I always appreciate that our main character ends up with a good guy and I like that Wes had a slightly troubled past, but realized he wasn’t heading down the right path and got on the right one.

Overall, this book makes a great beach read while also having depth. Dessen is really good at exploring relationships and this book is no exception. I really only have one critique that holds true for her other books as well. I feel like teenage drinking is handled really casually. Characters are always going to parties and drinking beer–even the “good” characters. I wish Dessen didn’t portray that as so normal because I actually don’t think underage drinking is a good thing. That’s really the only problem I have though. Go read her books!

Overall Rating: 5
Language: Moderate
Violence: None
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Mild

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books for Introverts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books Every X Should Read

I’m going to fill in the blank with “YA Introvert”. This also applies to those who are not traditionally classified as YA but enjoy reading it nonetheless. Not all of these books necessarily feature introverted characters, but they all feature people who are trying to come out of their shells.

  1. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  7. Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
  8. Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
  9. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  10. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating Thanksgiving with Fictional Families

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with

This is a fun topic! You’ll find that I use the term “family” in more of an abstract sense for some of these.

1) The Weasley family. Okay, so technically they wouldn’t even be celebrating this holiday, but can you imagine what Thanksgiving dinner would be like with this rowdy bunch? Such fun.
2) The Avery family (from Fangirl). Okay, really I just want to hang out with Cath and Levi (and maybe Wren). Their dad seems pretty cool too.
3) With Le Cirque des Reves (from The Night Circus). Not technically a family, but they might as well be. This would be the most magical Thanksgiving ever.
4) The Folchart family (from Inkheart). Obviously in this scenario Meggie and I are best friends and do everything together so of course we’d be having Thanksgiving together (with Dustfinger in attendance of course).
5) The Bennet family (from Pride and Prejudice). Another family that wouldn’t actually be celebrating Thanksgiving, but would be fun to dine with nonetheless.
6) The Garrett family (from My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To). So much chaos, but also so much family and fun.
7) The royal family (from The Selection–or more precisely–The Heir). You just know you’re going to be eating some good food if you eat with these guys. As good as the main courses would be, I’d probably just go for the desserts.
8) Wish Catering (from The Truth About Forever). Everyone in this crew is so quirky but also really fun. I would LOVE to spend an evening with these folks!
9) The Covey family (from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). You know they’re going to have some fun Korean dishes, but most of all–KITTY. Easily the best character in the book. Also, I’m sure Lara Jean will have made some yummy baked goods for dessert. Yum.
10) The Chatham family (from Saint Anything). I know, so typical of me to have two Sarah Dessen entries on my list. I can’t help it! The Chathams would be so fun and it would be awesome to just spend the night listening to some blue grass music.