Three Months

3 Months

brittanymariereads is three months old!

The past three months have been such a learning experience. At times it has been a struggle trying to balance everything that comes with blogging.  I want to be able to give you guys new content as often as possible but not at the sake of reading. Reading is what I love and why I blog, so I am working on better managing my time. So bear with me until I get a better handle on things. As always I appreciate you guys and all of your support!

Thank You

Below are the blog stats for the third month of brittanymariereads.

In parenthesis are the total stats for brittanymariereads.

  • 6 books reviewed (31 total)
  • 14 posts (73 total)
  • 140 comments (389 total)
  • 111 Followers (477 total)
  • 479 likes (1418 total)
  • 511 visitors (1443 total)
  • 1,192 views (3,412 total)

Say What You Will

Say What You WillSay What You Will

Written By: Cammie McGovern

Published By: Harper Teen

Read: August 6, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


I picked up Say What You Will when I was feeling really sick and just wanted an easy read. I hadn’t heard a lot about the book, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I have seen it compared to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I honestly hate this comparison, the only thing that they have in common is that it has kids with medical issues. I thought this was very different from the Fault in Our Stars but it was still a good book.

Say What You Will primarily focuses on Amy and Matthew. Amy has Cerebral Palsy and is about to be a senior in high school. Her entire life she has had an aid that follows her around school each day. In an attempt to make new friends and prepare herself for college she decides that she wants to have peer aids. Her controlling mother takes over the project and after reviewing many applications and doing several interviews she picks five peer aids to assist Amy through the school year. Matthew is one of those aids. Matthew has O.C.D. that has been progressively getting worse over the past couple of years. He has not admitted to himself or others that he is sick or has a problem.

As the story progresses so does the relationship between Amy and Matthew. They both find it easier to deal with their own illnesses if they focus on helping the other. They become close friends and then they both begin to hope for more. It was definitely an unconventional love story. (And for many more reasons than their illnesses.)

Say What You Will was a very easy read. I flew through it and finished it in just a couple of hours. The character were so unique, totally different from the normal YA characters we always see. The author did a good job of portraying the supporting characters as well. The story was different from the average love story. There were times were I even felt uncomfortable, but I think that it added to the whole experience. This isn’t one of the great love stories of our time, and it isn’t going to go down in history as a great piece of literature but it is good. It was cute and fun and totally different from anything else that I am currently reading. It was a refreshing read and I do recommend it as long as you go into knowing not to expect greatness.

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: A Step Toward Falling

July Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-UpI swear that I say this every month, but where did the time go? It is already August and summer is slowly slipping away.

July was a pretty uneventful month. Work was pretty slow this past month with the exception of a crazy day or two. My personal life was a little more interesting. The Fourth of July was a blast. You can’t go wrong with good food and amazing friends. We had a few family birthdays this month as well so there seemed to be a BBQ every weekend. I am really trying to enjoy the summer before it’s gone!

My favorite part of this month was getting assigned my sister for the secret sister project that is hosted by the ladies over at On The Same Page. I will do a full post about the project later in August so keep an eye out for it. It is an amazing group of ladies and I highly recommend getting involved when the next round starts in February 2016.

The amount of reading that I did in July is laughable. I am on a reading kick right now though, so August should be packed full of reviews. I am also part way through four separate books right now so those should all be finished soon. I have not written reviews for all of the books I read in July yet, and one is scheduled to be posted closer to its release date. If I have written a review for the book you can click on the image to read the review.

prodigy   champion  Drowning is Inevitable  The Color Purple  Pure Insanity A Study in Scarlet The SIgn of the Four water for elephants

If you are interested in purchasing any of the titles that I read in July click on the title below.

Prodigy

Champion

Drowning Is Inevitable

The Color Purple

New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity

A Study in Scarlet

The Sign of Four

Water for Elephants

How was your July? What books did you read? What books are on your August TBR list? 

Two Months

2 Months

brittanymariereads is two months old!

I have now been blogging for two months! Every day is more amazing than the last. The blogging community is by far the most welcoming group of people that I have come across. Never before have I been surrounded by so many like minded people. I feel so lucky to have met so many people who share my love of reading! You all inspire me with your passion for what you do. You push me to want to continue doing what I love and love what I am doing.

Thank You

Below are the blog stats for the second month of brittanymariereads.

In parenthesis are the total stats for brittanymariereads. 

  • 7 books reviewed (25 total)
  • 29 posts (59 total)
  • 159 comments (249 total)
  • 173 followers (366 total)
  • 534 likes (939 total)
  • 520 visitors (932 total)
  • 1,301 views (2220 total)

Life was crazy this month and I didn’t make reading and the blog as much of a priority as I would have liked to. But life happens and that’s okay. I will continue doing what I love and bringing you guys new posts as often as I can. As always, let me know if you have any suggestions for brittanymariereads. Feel free to comment or contact me directly at brittanymariereads@gmail.com!