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Third Quarter Book Reviews

Hi hello. Sorry I’ve been really absent with the book talk basically all year. The last time I wrote a book review post was back in January. Oops. But I have a good reason: I’ve barely read anything!

I’ve read eleven books since I last talked about them, which means I’m still six books behind on my reading goal. *Cries*

Today I will be reviewing seven of those eleven books. I’m excluding a poetry book I read and three books from a series I will be putting in a post all their own! So get hype for that.

But without further adieu, let’s talk books!

Third Quarter Book Reviews 2018 College with Caitlyn

Girls and Sex

If you’ve read any of my book review posts before, then you know I have this thing for books with IPV because I took a class about consent freshman year of college. So when I read the description of this book instantly thought it would be a great read, and I was right!

This book was a great insight into the culture surrounding sex and not just with college-aged girls. The author interviews girls in high schools, too! I had someone think it was weird that I was reading a book about sex, but the book is not about sex itself. It’s about how girls view sex and how it integrates with relationships with friends and partners and oneself. The author also talks about how sex is viewed in different cultures and how Americans may learn to make sex less taboo, in effect maybe making unsafe sex less common in the States.

It was a super interesting read and I totally recommend it.

Description from GoodReads:

With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. They’re also fearful about opening up a dialog. Not Orenstein. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of books like Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.

Details:

303 pages
⅘ stars

Atlantis

This was the first paper book I read while I was abroad, so it holds a dear place in my heart even though it was kind of awful.

I wanted to try and branch out the genres I typically read, so I thought an adventure book would be a great start! Especially since I’m obsessed with water and Atlantis. (Fun fact: I have the Kida necklace from the old Atlantis cartoon movie!)

Anyway, this book was super dry and boring. The only interesting parts were where they actually talked about Atlantis and that was like never. And the main male character just had to fall for the only other female character. Ugh. This book is not worth your time.

Description from GoodReads:

From an extraordinary discovery in a remote desert oasis to a desperate race against time in the ocean depths, a team of adventurers is about to find the truth behind the most baffling legend in history. The hunt is on for…ATLANTIS

Marine archaeologist Jack Howard has stumbled upon the keys to an ancient puzzle. With a crack team of scientific experts and ex-Special Forces commandos, he is heading for what he believes could be the greatest archaeological find of all time——the site of fabled Atlantis——while a ruthless adversary watches his every move and prepares to strike.

But neither of them could have imagined what awaits them in the murky depths. Not only a shocking truth about a lost world, but an explosive secret that could have devastating consequences today. Jack is determined to stop the legacy of Atlantis from falling into the wrong hands, whatever the cost. But first he must do battle to prevent a global catastrophe.

Details:

337 pages
⅖ stars

I Wished for You

I picked up this novel at some random thrift shop in Dublin that I wish I knew the name of but I guess not knowing makes it more romantic.

So this book is actually an Irish novel! And we all know how I feel about Ireland. *Insert every heart emoji ever here* I honestly didn’t know it was an Irish novel until I looked up the author after realizing a lot of the vocab used in the book was definitely not normal words I was used to hearing.

So this book is actually amazing and I relate to Grace. She’s obsessed with fashion and is super quirky and just says the funniest things and I love it so much. This book is a great read if you’re looking for something funny but also need hard-hitting truths about life and romance.

Description from GoodReads:

I Wished For You is the story of Grace who is at that age where there are six weddings a year and the question on everyone’s lips is: who’s next? She and her boyfriend Robbie seem the perfect fit, but when he unexpectedly goes down on bended knee, Grace freaks out. Cue the mother of all meltdowns.

On top of that, Grace’s passion for fashion is not exactly fulfilled by her job – dressing well-to-do ladies with way more money than style. Cue – in her addled state after the bended knee fiasco – losing it in work, with disastrous consequences.

Into Grace’s train-wreck of a life comes Verity – ex-Hollywood costume lady and vintage clothing queen. Verity is not called the Vintage Vixen for nothing: she has seen it all and done it all and her life makes Grace’s look about as exciting as Songs of Praise. Verity tells Grace that the secret of happiness is to discover her ‘heart wish’. If only Grace could work out what her heart’s greatest wish really is …

Details:

419 pages
⅘ stars

Ask the Passengers

And this is when I jumped straight back into my YA obsession.

So I’ve had this book on my TBR for I think a year know? I always love reading books where girls are too scared to share their real feelings with real people, so a girl sending love to passengers on airplanes? All about it.

I also think this book was super important for the LGBTQ community. It’s one of the only LGBTQ books I think I’ve ever read, but I loved it and would totally be open to reading more! This girl loves diversity.

Description from GoodReads:

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

Details:

304 pages
⅘ stars

Some Boys

Yet another book relating back to my obsession with my consent class.

This book is told alternating from Grace and Ian point of views. Ian being the best friend of the boy who allegedly raped Grace. The story was a little rushed and some plot points didn’t make the most sense, but the characters were really well written and the reality of all sides after a sexual assault was accurate.

The author did an amazing job depicted other people’s opinions towards Grace and how they were molded depending on how they felt about her assailant. Also, the ending was amazing and shows that not everyone is who they seem.

Description from GoodReads:

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But…Ian doesn’t. He’s funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

Details:

339 pages
⅘ stars

The Romantics

I’ll be honest, this book was not what I thought it was going to be. Like first off, it was told by love. Yes. The narrator is love. Which I found to be super childish, but I gave it a chance after I realized love was giving little nuggets of advice that yo girl really needed.

My love life is a mess y’all. Which you would know if you listened to my podcast. Just saying.

Back to this book: it has a cutesy light-hearted plot that isn’t all that bad. So if you need something cute to get your mind off things, or you need some advice from love, I’d recommend it.

Description from GoodReads:

Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot sauce–wielding “dream girl.” And the more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon, Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

Details:

336 pages
⅗ stars

The Carries Diaries

Anyone else watch the Carrie Diaries on Netflix or the CW? Anyone else pissed when they canceled it? Well fear not, you can get more of Carrie by reading the books!

I actually had no idea the tv series was a book series first! But I love it and I love that I watched the show first and then read the books because there are a lot of differences that would have pissed me off had it happened the other way. But honestly, they did the series a lot better than the books were written.

Like there is no internship in the books? And Carrie has a rude friend Layla? And don’t even get me started on Sebastian in the books. Like total douchebag. But you can bet I’m still going to read the second one so stay tuned for that!

Description from GoodReads:

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

Details:

389 pages
⅘ stars


And that’s a wrap on today’s book post. I’m going to try and catch up on my yearly reading challenge (wish me luck!) so these posts will be back! But I think they are going to be quarterly with a random series review here and there. How does that sound?

Which of these books would you want to read? And have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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