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Most Anticipated Releases // Second Half of 2018

I didn’t really know what to post about today, but I have an Excel sheet for my most anticipated 2018 releases which I was scrolling through this morning, and thought I’d tell you about some of the books that haven’t come out yet, but that I can’t wait to read. There are 11 books on this list of which I’ve only preordered 4 so far. So there are definitely books on here that I’m more excited for than I am for others and there might even be one or two books that I’m not entirely sure I’ll actually end up reading at some point but I’ll explain more about that once I get to those books.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS – COLLEEN HOOVER // JULY 17TH

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This is one of the books that I’m not actually sure I’ll ever read. I put it on my most anticipated list because I’ve really enjoyed some of Colleen Hoover’s earlier works and hope that this one might be able to keep up with those. But I really, really disliked her last release “Without Merit” which was incredibly problematic. So I’m probably gonna wait for some other people to read it first and if there are reviews that are just as bad as those of WM, I’m going to give up on Hoover’s books.

CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER – SARAH J. MAAS // AUGUST 7TH
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(Preordered) Overall, I really enjoyed the first two books in the DC Icons series and really hope this one will keep up with them and might even be as good as Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING – CHRISTINA LAUREN // SEPTEMBER 4TH
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I finally read “Roomies” by Christina Lauren last month and really, really enjoyed it. The synopsis of this book definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy as well, so I can’t wait to read it.

ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI – KERRI MANISCALCO // SEPTEMBER 18TH
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This the second book I’m not entirely sure I’ll actually read. I read “Stalking Jack the Ripper” earlier this year and “only” gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. But I really like the concept of this series, so if I enjoy “Hunting Prince Dracula” more than I enjoyed the first book, I’ll definitely still try to get myself a copy of it this year. If not, I might wait till next year until I can get my hands on a cheaper copy or even a used one.

BROKEN THINGS – LAUREN OLIVER // OCTOBER 2ND
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I really enjoyed “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver back when I read it last year and the synopsis of this one sounds very interesting which is why I put it on my list.

WHAT IF IT’S US – BECKY ALBERTALLI, ADAM SILVERA // OCTOBER 9TH
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(Preordered) I absolutely loved all of Becky Albertalli’s books and also really enjoyed Adam Silvera’s novels which is why I absolutely can’t wait for “What If It’s Us” and hope it’s going to be amazing.

BRIDGE OF CLAY – MARKUS ZUSAK // OCTOBER 9TH
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(Preordered) I actually preordered a signed hardcover of “Bridge of Clay” and just really hope the copy I’ll receive will actually be signed and that the bookstore doesn’t somehow mess it up. But I just love Zusak’s writing and can’t wait to finally read this book!

ODD ONE OUT – NIC STONE // OCTOBER 9TH
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I read Nic Stone’s debut novel “Dear Martin” earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so I’m very interested in reading “Odd One Out”.

KINGDOM OF ASH – SARAH J. MAAS // OCTOBER 30TH
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(Preordered) I really enjoyed the TOG series so far and can’t wait to finally be able to read the last book. The only problem is that I still haven’t read “Tower of Dawn” which I definitely have to change this summer and that I’ll have to find a good synopsis of the first five books because I don’t really remember that much about what has happened so far.

DANGEROUS EXES – RACHEL VAN DYKEN // NOVEMBER 6TH
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I was sent an ARC of the first book in this series (Dirty Exes) earlier this year and really loved it which is why I’m probably going to check out its sequel as well.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD – J.K. ROWLING // NOVEMBER 16TH
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I’ve watched the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie a couple of times before I finally read the screenplay this morning. I wasn’t really sure if reading the screenplay after I’d already watched the movie would be something I’d also want to do for the second movie, but I actually really enjoyed the book and even though it was basically just the same as the movie, I noticed many details in it that I hadn’t noticed in the movie which I really liked.

What are some of your most anticipated releases of the second half of 2018? And which of them have you already preordered? 🙂

 

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Reviews

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Synopsis

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My Review

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today.
And the truth is, you never really know.“

If I had to briefly describe this book in a single sentence, I’d describe it as Mean Girls meets something that’ll make you thoroughly think about how you’ve been treating the people around you. But I’m talking about the original Mean Girls movie here, and not about that horrible second part they produced a couple of years later, because “Before I Fall” was truly a great and inspiring book.

“Before I Fall” tells the story of Samantha Kingston who is in a fatal car accident with her friends. But instead of dying she suddenly wakes up in the morning, on the day of the accident, and can relive that day once again. This happens several times over the course of the book and she has the chance to change some of the things that happened to try to make them right again. Sam herself is your typical “mean girl” you know from high school chick flicks but probably also from real life (though I can’t judge that since I grew up in Germany). Over here we have a different school system and the whole popular crowd that “rules” the school thing is nothing I’ve ever heard about over here. However, even I remember a time in-between seventh and ninth grade when I had my group of friends in my class and there were people we were sometimes making fun of and that we excluded from our group. Back then we thought it was funny whilst today most of us, including me, are not proud of how we treated them. But while you’re acting that way you don’t actually realize that you might be hurting someone with your actions and just think that they’ll forget about it as fast as you do which they don’t. Instead your actions might leave deeper wounds than you can imagine; wounds that might never fully heal again. “Before I Fall” is trying to show what those actions can do to victims of bullying and how oblivious the offenders are to the impact of their actions.

From my younger sister, I know that even at my old school, bullying has become a bit of a normal thing again. Kids these days are losing respect for not only adults but also for people their age. Back when I was in 8th grade, we read “13 Reasons Why” which is also dealing with bullying and the consequences it can have. I remember that it actually made some people think about things they’ve done in their life and led them to trying to make things right again before it might’ve been too late. I think “Before I Fall” is a book that could provoke the same feelings in some people and would also be a good book to read and talk about in schools. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be gripping enough to also be interesting to younger readers that might have to read it for school. Reliving the same day over and over again to me sounded like a plot line that could fast become repetitive and boring; but Lauren Oliver managed to change things up in such ways that every single day was interesting in its own way. She changed things that I just didn’t expect her to change at all which even made me laugh out loud a couple of times even though the chapters each ended with the same horrible event happening; it was just always a little different from how it was in the previous chapter. The book also shows the reader how complex the web of problems is which Sam and her friends have spun with their actions without even realizing it. Every time I thought I’d finally understood someone’s story, and knew what Sam had to change to make things right, I was immediately proven wrong again. Most of the times things aren’t just made good again with a simple apology. “Before I Fall” shows you this in a very gripping and moving way. It’s a very realistic book which is especially shown by the ending of it which indeed makes one gulp and be silent for a couple of minutes.

All in all, “Before I Fall” is a great book that shines a light on a very important topic. It’ll make you think about how you’ve treated the people you’ve encountered in your life and reading it may be an eye-opening experience for some people. Lauren Oliver has a great writing style and “Before I Fall” is a book you can easily read in less than a day which also makes this book perfect for younger audiences. 4.5 out of 5 stars for this book!

Have you already read “Before I Fall” and did you like it? 🙂