Book Review | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ☀️

Hello my bookish friends!

I hope you are all having a magical week so far. It’s Wednesday so we are halfway to the weekend and I cannot wait to jump into bed and catch up on some sleep, wake up and have a nice slow breakfast. I love starting my mornings slow and steady. It really helps me to ease into the day and be ready for a whole lotta adventures… some of those adventures of the literary kind. This week we’ll be gushing about the ultra endearing and heartbreaking The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. ☀️ It took me a bit to find the words to describe how much I adore this book and how I came to read it at this moment in time when I needed it the most.

The Sun is Also a Star gives us the cool, science/math fangirl Natasha and dreamy and poetic Daniel. They meet accidentally (or do they) the same day that Natasha and her family are getting deported and have a whirlwind day discovering for themselves if things happen for a reason, if logic plays a role in people’s lives, and if it’s possible to fall in love with someone in one day. 💖

Friends, I’m not a big love at first sight type of person. Usually when I read those tropes in books, I kind of roll my eyes and take it with a grain of salt. Somehow Nicola Yoon made a believer out of me and I was flipping through pages totally wrapped in a tale as old as time. In between Natasha and Daniel’s chapters we get insights into the lives of people around them which add critical perspective at the situation and shows how intricately connected we all are. Yoon also gives us little pieces of science stories and historical facts that also add depth and make us understand where these characters come from and how their lives are shaped.

That’s all I want to say for now friends. This book is being made into a movie! I can’t wait to grab a bucket of popcorn and a cherry coke and see Natasha and Daniel on the big screen.📽️🍿

What books made you believe in love again? 💕

Until next time friends.

Read something wonderful and stay curious.

xo, Gisela


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💕Lit Chicks February Read | Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Hi Bookish Babes!

I hope you are having a fantastic and magical Friday! Today Carla and I are excited to share a new Lit Chicks video!

This month we read Fight or Flight by Samantha Young and oh my goodness friends… this book is steamy. From the first couple of chapters, we get a whole lotta sexiness from one badass interior designer and a rugged Scottish CFO. If you can handle the steam, this book is for you! 🔥🔥🔥

Make sure you join us every month for a new romance read. If you have any suggestions please send them our way! You can comment on our video or message us directly via our Instagram @litchickvlog. 💕

Enjoy!

xoxo


A Month of Bookish Love | Me Before You

Happy Tuesday once again bookish friends!

Valentine’s Day has come and passed but that doesn’t mean that we have to take love and smoosh it into a dark corner. Although if you are going through a breakup, that is perfectly acceptable for the time being. This week I’m bringing you another book that made me believe in love. It is the heartbreaking Me Before You that made me cry all the tears.😭

Me Before You tell the story of an unlikely couple who meet under very unusual circumstances. We have Louisa Clark who is one of the cutest, bubbliest, good-hearted heroines I have ever read. Usually, people assume that that means the character lacks depth, but Louisa is so much more. She offers so much to the world and has a very special brave heart. She is also intensely hilarious and I love a person that can laugh at themselves. Then we have Will whom because of an accident that left me paralyzed is bitter about everything and lost hope in his case.

As the story progresses and Louisa and Will get to know each other in a way that even regular couples don’t know each other sometimes. Because of the nature of his situation Will is at the mercy of Louis and other people taking care of him and it leaves both him and Louisa in very vulnerable positions. But oh, my friends, this vulnerability is where the magic happens. Being vulnerable allows us to get to the heart of things and see the gritty stuff we usually don’t let others see. It helps us to grow close, move past trauma, and realize we aren’t alone in our situations.

The way Louisa and Will’s relationship unravel can be open to interpretation and opinion, but to me, this book is beautiful in all it’s heartbreak. Both Louisa and Will learn from each other that life is so much more than what we see in front of us and that it can be worth living despite our past experiences. Yes, there may be an end to something that you have that was full of life and love and there will be many endings in our lives. But endings always lead to new beginnings, as cheesy as that sounds. But it’s cheesy because it’s true.

Okay now I’m crying.

Live boldly friends. xoxo, Gisela

A Month of Bookish Love| A Court of Thorns and Roses

Happy Tuesday Bookish Babes!

I hope you are all enjoying this month of love so far. I have another book I adore and this one is of fantastical proportions. ✨

I came to claim the one I love.”

With words as those I can’t help but swoon. But those words are uttered not by a rogue prince charming, but by a human girl out of her element who must go against all odds to save her beloved and a people who despise her.

Fairy tale retellings are among my top favorite stories to read. Even more so when you get a bad ass protagonist like Feyre who must complete herculean efforts among those that are strong, agile, and cunning… Fae. A Court of Thorns and Roses (a.k.a. ACOTAR) is a mixture of a Beauty and Beast retelling with the Scottish Ballad “The Queen of the Fairies.” If you know those, you may think you know what will happen in the story, but OH-Ho! You do not my friend. Sarah J. Maas makes this story as twisty as the deadly beautiful Fae realm itself.

ACOTAR made me swoon and gasp plenty of times throughout the book. It is romantic but sometimes books helps us deal with real life situations more clearly by setting them in a fantastical setting. In ACOTAR I learned what love is… and isn’t. It shows how far the human spirit is willing to go for the ones we love. How much we are willing to sacrifice. That when love demands more of us, we give it, freely despite the cost.

But it’s not just a traditional romance. There are also other types of love shown. The familial love that binds us in complicated and tangled ways. Feyre both loves and resents her family for the things that they’ve allowed her to do. The love of a country that has been taken over by evil, that forces Tamlin’s hand to do the unthinkable in order to save the Fae land he loves. Love underlines all their actions in thorny (see what I did there?) and intricate ways.

Full Disclaimer: ACOTAR is the first of a trilogy and the second book happens to be my favorite, but this is where it all starts. I strongly recommend you read this series because it’s just SO GOOD. But I do adore this book and its brave depiction of the ultimate sacrifices we make when we love, hard. ♥️

Be back next week with another Bookish Love Pick! Have a Happy Valentine’s Week!

xoxo, Gisela

Book Review| The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Happy Friday Bookish Babes! Welcome back to another book review!

This week I am reviewing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and oh my goodness, friends, I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest. I cried many times throughout the book, but the last fourth of the book I was just crying the WHOLE TIME. I only had that fourth of the book left and so as soon as I got off work, I raced home, ate dinner like Beast from Beauty and the Beast and dove in. I didn’t even take off my makeup or get comfy. I sat on the floor and finished the book with my mascara running down my face. But, please do not let that scare you. We never want to be sad, but sometimes it’s good to release emotion and also good to read and learn about something so devastating that we have no choice but to rage and act.

The Great Believers has two narratives. One narrative takes place in 1980’s Chicago during the Aids Crisis where we meet our protagonist, Yale Tishman. The other  takes place in the present day, 2015 in Paris and follows Fiona, who is trying to find her estranged daughter. Yale is a young gay man living during this time and his friends are dying from this disease that hardly anyone knows anything about. They have to grapple with a homophobic society and government that didn’t put any effort, didn’t do ANYTHING into helping out these people that were not getting the proper treatment or care. Fiona ties into this because the story starts off with her older brother, Nico dying, and Yale, being one his friends, attends the memorial which sets the story off. Years later in the present day Fiona is trying to search for her daughter and still dealing with the aftermath of losing so many loved ones during the AIDS crisis.

Again, this is not a light read but Rebecca Makkai’s writing weaves such beauty into such a heartbreaking and moving story. I know OF the AIDS crisis but honestly, that’s not something they teach in a history class in high school (shameful) so I don’t know that much about that time. Reading this book I learned how terrifying it was being a part of the community and being outcast if you got the disease. How even loving someone was terrifying because you couldn’t give your whole self to the person in fear of this monstrous sickness stalking the country. I wanted to crawl into the story and give Yale a hug so many times. I cried with rage at the horrible things people would say to him and his friends.

Don’t let the smile fool you… I cried hysterically for days.

The book also brings up the thought of, well, how do you move on after such a tragic time? How do you continue to live and keep the memory of loved ones alive, especially when there were those who completely disregarded them. Family members who shunned their sons because they were gay. Jobs that forced people to stay quiet about their lives as to not disturb clients. Fiona wonders, how do you interact with people knowing that somehow we have a hand in the downfall of a generation. There are many things that happen throughout the book, and maybe at first they might not make sense. Or you might not think “What does this art or this old lady or WWI have to do with Yale and Fiona?” Friends, I promise you it all comes full circle in beautiful and tragic ways. We realize that grief, time, and love are not linear. Please read this. But have tissues at the ready.

Stay curious, Gisela

A Month of Bookish Love | My Oxford Year

Hello Bookish Babes! I hope everyone is having a beautiful February so far!

Although February is notoriously known as the month of love, or Valentine’s or whatever, not everyone has a special someone. Which is completely okay! But why not spend this month with a true love that will never leave you? Yes, obviously I’m talking about books *nervous laughs.*

This month I’ve decided to share with you four books that I turn to often and that I absolutely adore. It was really hard to choose just four (But also, some of my favorites are out on loan to a couple of friends. I’m generous, what can I say). At the end of the month, I’ll list all the other romance books I adore so that you have plenty to chose from!


First on the list is My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan and friends… this book is lovely. We find Ella Duran a Rhodes Scholar traveling to Oxford to study for a semester. There she humorously bumps into some local guy but later finds out that he will be her literature professor. Sometimes those corny meet-cutes don’t work, but this one works. Of course professor, Jamie Davenport is a swoony intellectual and I couldn’t help falling in love with him from the get-go. Whoever says love, at first sight, doesn’t exist obviously hasn’t fallen in love with a fictional character.

Ella and Jamie’s fling turns into something more, as they exchange absolutely hilarious witty banter at each other, heartbreaking secrets are revealed, and life throws all the lemons at them. Fair warning, I sobbed at least a few times reading this book and when I finished it I was a wreck, but in the best way possible. My Oxford Year made me believe not only in the power of love between two people but between family and friends. There is a cast of characters that Ella meets during her time at Oxford and they are so endearing that I wanted to put them in my pocket and keep them forever. Ella herself is also a character. She stands up for what she believes in, doesn’t take shit, and we see her grow into an even more remarkable person. She begins to love Jamie, but that doesn’t change who she fundamentally is. I LOVE that.

Anyone who needs a bit of adventure, romance, and maybe shed a tear or two… My Oxford Year is for you.

The last thing I’ll share is a poem that Jamie writes for Ella who claims to only want a fling, but it ends up being one of the most romantic parts in the book. I still turn it it every so often when I need a bit of Ella and Jamie magic.

Hot Chocolate

Will you let your bindings

Bind?

Blindly for eternity?

Or will you snip the

Rotted lines,

‘Fore they be snipped for you?

Be back next week with another bookish love. Don’t mind me… just got a leak in my eye.

Lit Chicks January Read | One Day In December by Josie Silver 💕

Hi Friends!

And Happy New Year! Welcome to a whole new year full of romance and love and Lit Chicks videos! (Whoop Whoop!) Carla and I are beyond excited for all the romance books we are going to read this year and to share them with you. We have our own ever-growing Romance TBR list but if you have ANY suggestions please send them our way!

For the month of January, our heart was set on reading One Day in December by Josie Silver and oh my goodness… tears, and heartbreak, and happiness, and everything all around! We adore this book so much and we hope that you did too.

Enjoy Friends!

xoxo