More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: Book Review

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Sometimes before I start reading a book I tend to predict what’s likely to happen based on the blurb (which can, I note, often be misleading). And after I’ve read the book and I’ve found that I was right I’m either happy or disappointed or maybe a mixture of both.

Before reading Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, I had quite a few ideas about what I thought would probably happen. If it were to take on a typical, hollywood-esque story line. And let me tell you, my silly little predictions were entirely wrong. Which I loved!

This book is one of those books that are hard to review because I can’t say anything that might give away the plot. Because boy are there some wonderful and surprising twists, and well, I don’t want to ruin that for anyone planning to read this book.

What I can say is that I liked this book a hell of a lot. I didn’t like it at first as much as I did about half-way through, because I guess for some reason it took me a little to settle into Silvera’s writing style and connect with the main character Aaron. Once you know the whole story, it totally made sense why things seemed a little off/fake in the story to begin with.

What’s great about More Happy Than Not is that it has a wonderful balance of humour and heartbreak. Which isn’t easy to do. It’s not every day that a book can make you smile and also make you feel like cry basically at the same time. I certainly felt a lot of mixed emotions when I reached the end. It was mind-blowing.

The characters are complex and wonderful, the whole Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-ness about it was just brilliant, and it was all together an incredibly well-plotted and clever novel that I will never forget. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

More like Top Ten Thursday, but hey. At least I’m getting in a blog post!

These 10 authors are favourites of mine (or have been in the past or I’ve just had to read all their books as in the case of Jane Austen for university). Some I put on the list cause I’ve read a load of their books, others I put on the list cause I’ve read every book they’ve had to offer so if they had published more books I would have read them 😛

1.John Marsden

Tomorrow When The War Began (Tomorrow #1)

The Dead of Night (Tomorrow #2)

A Killing Frost (Tomorrow #3)

Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow #4)

Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow #5)

The Night Is For Hunting (Tomorrow #6)

The Other Side of Dawn (Tomorrow #7)

While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles #1)

Incurable (The Ellie Chronicles #2)

Circle of Flight (The Ellie Chronicles #3)

So Much To Tell You

Letters From The Inside

Dear Miffy

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2.J.K Rowling 

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Cuckoo’s Calling (as Robert Galbraith)

3.David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy 

Every Day

The Lover’s Dictionary 

The Realm of Possibility

Love Is The Higher Law

Two Boys Kissing

How They Met and Other Stories

Every You, Every Me

Wil Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn)

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (with Rachel Cohn)

4.John Green

Paper Towns

Looking For Alaska

An Abundance of Katherines

The Fault in Our Stars

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan)

Let It Snow (with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle)

5.Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2)

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

More Than This 

A Monster’s Call

6.Rainbow Rowell

Attachments

Landline

Eleanor & Park

Fangirl

7. Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere

I’ll Give You The Sun 

8. Sarah Dessen 

Just Listen

This Lullaby

The Truth About Forever 

Along For The Ride

What Happened To Goodbye

Someone Like You

That Summer

9. Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Oryx and Crake

Alias Grace

Surfacing 

The Edible Woman

Bluebeard’s Egg

10. Jane Austen 

Pride and Prejudice

Persuasion 

Sense and Sensibility

Emma

Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

Reading slump/books I’ve been reading/mini review of The Night We Said Yes

Okay, so I’m in a bit of a reading slump currently. I’ve only managed to read two books in the last month since I returned from Vietnam, when usually I would have read at least five. Of course, there are a few reasons for this, such as starting my course at uni and being continuously distracted by a certain someone who makes me so incredibly happy that I feel like I am in fact living a wonderful story that is just simply better than all the other stories out there!

I have also been a bit slack with my blogging, such as with Top Ten Tuesday, Top  5 Wednesday and reviews, so apologies for that. It’s been a crazy time.

I am currently “reading” four books and by “currently” I mean that I’ve started them all and haven’t got further than 100 pages for each. Here they are:

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I started reading this for the Reading Challenge and the non-fiction category, but I’ve only managed to read the first section. Which I did find quite fascinating and weird, because I think that pretty much sums up Lena Dunham. Some specific parts were even quite disturbing. Unfortunately, I have to return this to the library in a couple of days as someone else has requested it so it’s unlikely I’ll read the rest or even re-borrow it. Not much of a loss, just one book category in the Reading Challenge I won’t be ticking off.

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Everyone here knows I love Watership Down and I’ve really enjoyed what I have read of this cute little sequel. The stories so far are more childlike, more like story-time stories, which I do like, but is probably also why my eyes haven’t been glued to the pages. I am going to finish this one though! It’s just more likely to be a book I read slowly.

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Will Walton’s Anything Could Happen is one of those books I’ve been looking forward to reading ever since I found out about it, but quite unfortunately it has so far disappointed me. There are quite a few reasons why this is: I don’t like Tretch’s name, there’s far too much love of Taylor Swift and Twilight, Matt is a doofus (though I guess cute enough) and the dialogue is just not convincing…everyone talks like they’re high and often about nothing very interesting. Okay, but in saying that (I really don’t like to be mean about books cause I know how much work goes into them) there have been some lovely words and sentences and I do believe the heartache Tretch is going through in his unrequited love with Matt. So, I am willing to give this book another try and see where it goes.

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I am so unbelievably excited to be reading this. I have nothing bad to say about it yet, I just unfortunately haven’t had the time to read much of it yet! But it definitely seems promising so far. Aaron is a great character and I’m interested to know what happens in his story. Of course, it really helps that this book has quite an awesome connection with one of my favourite movies Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! :).

And, as I probably won’t get around to writing a review on it alone, this is the other book that I read last month, with a little mini review:

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This was a rather cute little romance tale set around a group of four friends and this specific night where Ella met Matt, in which they all said ‘yes’. The book is entirely set on that one day, except half of it is looking back on the day and the other half in the present, if that makes sense eh. It was a nice, entertaining love story, with a fair bit of angst and drama, though I’m not entirely sure if some of it was convincing enough. Nothing specifically mind-blowing or life-changing, but definitely a little book one could read and enjoy when in need, and well, it has a couple of squeal-worthy moments any girl would enjoy.

Okay, that’s it from me for now. Actually have to study now. And then I’ll actually do some reading rather than just think about it :D.