Book Blogger Insider Tag

Thanks to Birdie Bookworm for tagging me for the Book Blogger Insider Tag!


Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

Questions:

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Imagine a white bedroom filled with black office furniture. Below the black table desk there is a computer. On the top of the desk, a monitor and keyboard. The monitor is framed by a window in the background that look directly at the house across the street. This is where the magic normally happens. Otherwise, it’s downstairs on my laptop at the kitchen table.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I would say too long, but others would probably say too long.

3. When did you start your book blog?

June 1, 2015 was the day I pulled up my big girl panties and went for it.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Coming up with fresh sounding reviews.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I love the bookish community. I feel like we’re all “soul sisters/brothers”. We get the compulsion to read and desire to own everything bookish.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Last year, during Valentine’s week, I came up with love song themed posts. They were so much fun!

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Top Ten Tuesday posts are always fun to write, but my favorite are probably reviews where the book blew me away and I can’t wait to share it.

8. When do you typically write?

Usually, it’s during the day when my daughter is at school. Sometimes, it’s about 9pm when she’s gone to sleep.

9. Do you review every book you read?

Pretty much. Yes. I should just say yes.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I always have a huge water bottle next to me or a cup of hot water with lemon. Sometimes there is a little snack. Most of the time I have music playing.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to write them soon after finishing so I can remember everything I want to comment on.

12. How often do you post?

Usually Monday through Friday. Every once in a while there will be a post on the weekend.


I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsession
Krysti @ YA and Wine
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Before I begin my review, I must thank my fabulous blogger friend Kelly from Here’s to Happy Endings for sharing her ARC of The Sun Is Also a Star with me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to read this novel thanks to her generosity. 🙂

I am one of the few people who did not read Nicola Yoon’s début novel, Everything Everything. I’m ashamed to admit that because it got such rave reviews. It just wasn’t on my sexy romance reading radar at the time of its release. I’m really regretting that after having read The Sun Is Also a Star.

The Sun Is Also a Star is a brilliantly written book. No matter what I write, it won’t be enough to explain how important a book like it is in this day and age. The Sun Is Also a Star encompasses emotions so many people are feeling right now: anger, frustration, loss, fear, hope and love. Those emotions were worked into a plot that could easily be my story, your story, your friend or neighbor’s story. I can’t exactly say I could identify with it, but I could empathize with it — which is exactly what is needed in this day and age.

I was equally impressed with the set up of Natasha and Daniel’s relationship as I was with the message of this book. I loved the bouncing back and forth between their point of views, as well as the supporting character view points and facts included throughout the story. The little extras made their relationship feel even more special. I loved every minute of Natasha and Daniel’s time together and their ending left me feeling such a satisfying hope.

The Sun Is a Star is a book teens (and adults) should be reading this year. It’s a cute teenage love story that encompasses the issues of immigration, discrimination, race, family and truth.