Announcing Things!

Hola, bookworms!

Today I’m not going to write a book review, do a book tag, or even talk about Harry Potter’s excellent character growth. Nope, today I’m going to announce stuff (yay). This isn’t going to be a long blog post, since I don’t have a lot of time and because, quite frankly, announcing stuff is kind of boring. So fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy this extremely fast ride (filled with readathons and Simon vs. goodness)!

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon

Okay, this readathon is one of the reasons why I have so little time to write this post, namely, it starts in 2 hours. It turns out I’m pretty bad in announcing things, since I forgot this readathon was happening till ten minutes ago (despite the fact I found out about it and wrote the date in my planner days earlier). I’ve always wanted to participate in a readathon, and this one seemed like the perfect fit, it’s only 24 hours long and seemingly great for newbie’s like me (also, I’m really behind on my Goodreads challenge, so this is a good excuse to catch up). During this readathon I’d like to finish ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray, and maybe start ‘The Raven Boys’ or ‘Winter’ by Marissa Meyer. Anyways, I’m very excited to participate in this readathon and I hope you bookworms will read a long with me (I’m also going to be tweeting stuff during the entire thing, so if you’re interested in that, you can follow me @sophthebookworm).

Here is the link to the official readathon page:

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Spring break

It’s finally here, two glorious weeks of spring break! I’ve really been looking forward to it (duh), and I can’t wait to have more time to blog. So, in order to get myself to actually do stuff and not lie in bed all day, I’m going to try to write 7 blogposts in 14 days! (That must be achievable, right?). Wish me luck!

Meeting Becky Albertalli

Yup, you’ve read that right, I’m going to meet Becky Albertalli! For those who don’t know, she is the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, one of my favorite books of all time. She is coming to a local bookstore for a signing, and I think there is going to be an Oreo bake-off. I’ve never been to an author event-thingy before, and to be honest I’m kind of nervous. I’ll go with one of my friends who has also read the book (and loved it), and I’ll probably be writing a post about the entire thing, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Okay guys, that were all the announcements! I hope you enjoyed reading my first announcement post ever, but now I’ve really got to go, since the readathon is starting in 1 hour and I’ve got to post this quick (this also means there is no time for proof reading, so if you’ve found some horrendous grammar mistakes, you now know why).

Bye, Sophie

Simon vs. Fanfiction

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Hello bookworms,

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a pretty amazing blog, and it turned out they were hosting a contest: Who can create the best fanart? Everybody who entered will receive  a button, and yeah, I really need a button. I actually wanted to post this after the winners are announced, but I needed something to fill up the hole between a few scheduled posts, so here you go! (STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T PICKED UP THE BOOK YET, MY FANFIC CONTAINS SPOILERS)

I have retold the first part of chapter 32 from Bram’s POV (chapter 32 is the chapter where Simon discovers who Blue is, and meets him).

And I mean, spark wouldn’t to be the right word, it’s more like ten thousand fireworks lighting up the moon grey sky at once.

I am sitting in my room, eating Reese’s Pieces, frantically trying not to check my email. When I do, however, and see one unread message, my heart skips a beat. Not to mention the explosion that happens when I read it.

FROM: hourtohour.notetonote@gmail.com

TO bluegreen118@gmail.com

DATE: Jan 25 at 9:27 AM

SUBJECT: Us.

Our email exchange has kind of grinded to a halt the past few weeks, but now he suddenly says he likes me. Simon likes me.

He also said he wants to meet me at the carnival, but unlike the usual fear that washes over me when he says this, I feel perfectly and utterly calm,

next to all the excitement of Simon liking me, that is.

I spend a few moments staring at my computer screen grinning as if someone just told me I have won an unlimited life-time supply of Oreos, when a realization hits me.

The Carnival closes at nine. Almost too afraid to look I peek at my red alarm clock, 7:59. Crap.

I have fifty minutes to meet him, an hour at the most. That means an hour of anonymity, an hour before Simon knows who I am, but still I feel no fear. I start rushing to my car, I am always early, but now I have no time for that.

 

I shuffle and shove and pull and push, slowly choking in the big, hot, crowd. I am at the carnival searching for Simon, and I am scared he has gone home.

This is when the clock hits 8:27 and I see him.

And I mean, spark wouldn’t to be the right word, it’s more like ten thousand fireworks lighting up the moon grey sky at once.

He is standing on the metal platform leading to the Tilt-A-Whirl. I start to run, and the unbreakable barrier of people turns into water.

When I reach the Tilt-A-Whirl I don’t even need to push down the memory of deep-fried Oreos, Simon is taking up all the space already, anyway.

 

He is sitting in a pink and orange pod, leaning back against a plastic seat with his eyes closed. His mouth is pulled in a perfectly straight horizontal line.

I start to walk and I keep on walking, trying to outrace the nerves, shake them of and leave them in the past.

I slide in next to him. Simon. ‘Can I sit here?’ I ask, his eyes snap open.

He loosens his seatbelt and lets me in whilst he smiles at me. ‘I like your shirt’ I say, the nerves making my voice quiver.

‘Thanks’ he says. ‘It’s Elliot Smith.’ The operator reaches over us and pulls the guardrail down, locking us in. ‘I know’ I say.

Simon turns to me, slowly, and there is something in his eyes, and I don’t mean his contacts. He is still wearing his lenses and I spot a smudge of brown eyeliner on his left lid.

Simon is looking at me, questioningly searching, when he sees me.

There’s this pause. ‘It’s you’ he says. ‘I know I am late’ I say.

Then there’s this grinding noise and a jolt and a swell of music. Someone shrieks and then laughs, and the ride spins to life.

 

This was my first time attempting to write fanfiction, and it is actually pretty hard (if you would try to match the voice of a writer, it’s harder still).

Bye, Sophie

Have you read Simon vs.? And did you enjoy it?

Monthly Must: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Hello, bookworms

Welcome to the second edition of ‘Monthly Must’, where I recommend a book I love every first day of the month. For August I am going to recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a book I recently read (and loved so much I had to reread it the next day). I don’t really know how describe this book whilst making it sound as awesome as it is, and I don’t really like the blurb or the Goodreads description. But I will just put both in anyway and some praise. (To get a good feel of this book, you really have to read the first two chapters. They are quite amazing and explain good what is going on and give a hint at what is to come.)

The Blurb:

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of  complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal …

The Goodreads description:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Praise:

“Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.” Entertainment Weekly

“Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon’s awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel.” Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

“The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell’ Teen Vogue

“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”

I decided to buy this book for my trip to Malaysia after wanting it for quite a long time. In spite of the not-so-special cover and the title which I (even after reading the book) don’t get. What did get me exited were the amazing reviews on Goodreads, and the general prospect of the book.

All the characters, even the supporting ones you don’t know as much about, feel like they were walking around on earth one day and then accidentally fell into the book. Most of them are very likable and make you wish they are real, and the less obviously likable ones leave you with complicated feelings towards them, which is good. I think people their opinions of them will vary, what will start quite a few interesting conversations.

The plot is great, never slow, and you won’t be able to put the book down. The subplots are very good too.

In this book there is an email exchange between Simon and Blue. The emails are easily my favorite part of the book, they made me giggle, chuckle, snort and fall in love with Simon and Blue as they were falling in love with each other. Even though I guessed who Blue was quite early on in the story, it didn’t make it any less exiting or fun, and ‘The Big Reveal’ might be my favorite paragraph of all time.

This book is honestly the best book I have read in the romance genre. It is cute and fluffy and light and will leave you thinking about Simon and Blue long after it has ended.

There’s this pause. We’re still looking at each other. And there’s this feeling in my stomach like a coil pulled taut. “It’s you,” I say. 

You can buy this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Simon-vs-Homo-Sapiens-Agenda/dp/0062348671

Or here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-becky-albertalli/1119908802