May 23
5 Books You Might Enjoy if You Love ‘The Breakfast Club’

5 Books You Might Enjoy if You Love ‘The Breakfast Club’

Bookish Lists 1

This post was originally going to be “5 Books You Might Enjoy if You Love 80’s Teen Movies,” but that was just too broad and specific at the same time. For starters, I feel like I didn’t need to limit it to any particular decade. The angst and problems the teens face in the Breakfast Club are timeless, although the 80’s were pretty awesome in terms of movies (and music). Also, The Breakfast Club just has a certain vibe that not… Read more »

May 20
Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

4 Stars, Reviews 2

It Started with Goodbye is CUTE! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I love that its a modern take on the Cinderella fairy tale. However, I felt like it was lacking a bit in terms of depth. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful story that has a some awesome characters. WHO HAVE FUN HOBBIES. AND A CUTE SHIP. I just kept expecting there to be some greater level of meaning at some point, but there wasn’t. That’s okay, though…. Read more »

May 16
Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

5 Stars, Reviews 4

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour made me want to go on a road trip so much! This is the kind of road trip book I’ve been looking for! Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour started off a bit slow. Since the first few pages are kind of like an info dump, it took me longer to become invested in the story. Right from the start, it’s pretty clear that something tragic has happened to Amy, but the details are unclear. Soon though, we… Read more »

May 13
Review: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Review: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

4 Stars, Reviews 10

Hola! I found Before I Go to Sleep to be quite intriguing. I knew the experience would be different, with it being the first adult novel I’ve ever read. It definitely suits me recently turning 20 (woop woop). To put it in the simplest of terms, it was good. I won’t go as far as to say that it was amazing, but I definitely did enjoy myself. I guess that’s all that really matters, right? Alright, gotta do a little background… Read more »

May 09
Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

4 Stars, Reviews 6

I started reading By Your Side by Kasie West because I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick after reading Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and I desperately needed another dose of cuteness. By Your Side totally delivered, of course. This is only the second book I’ve read by Kasie West, the first being The Distance Between Us, and now I’m eager to read more of her books. Reading By Your Side immediately after reading Since You’ve Been Gone… Read more »

May 06
We’re Looking for Guest Writers and New Contributors!

We’re Looking for Guest Writers and New Contributors!

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As the title says, Strung out on Books is looking for some new voices: guest writers and new regular contributors. If you’ve kept up with us, you’ll know that we already have one new voice on the blog. That makes our writing team a total of three now, but we want even more perspectives! In March, we welcomed Leo to join Strung out on Books. Go check out his welcome post and his first review! We also published a post last… Read more »

May 02
Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

5 Stars, Reviews 3

Since You’ve Been Gone is SO FREAKING CUTE! Honestly, this book is a perfect summer read! This is the first book I’ve read by Morgan Matson, but I assure you I just ordered another one of her books on Amazon five seconds ago. (The Unexpected Everything, in case you’re curious.) Since You’ve Been Gone starts off with our main character, Emily, figuring out that her best friend, Sloane, has gone missing (thus the title), but finds a list of thirteen challenges that Sloane has… Read more »

Apr 29
Different Perspectives in Literature (Feat. Mini Reviews of Popular Books by Friends)

Different Perspectives in Literature (Feat. Mini Reviews of Popular Books by Friends)

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Why is reading so important? In my opinion, the importance of reading lies in the various perspectives readers are exposed to with every book they pick up. Authors and characters can come from any background and have any variety of experiences, and all the  important characters are those that teach you something or give you something to aspire to. As I mentioned in an earlier post that introduced our newest blogger, Leo, the different voices, or perspectives, in literature and in the discussion… Read more »

Apr 19
Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

4 Stars, Reviews 2

It took me several weeks months to read This Savage Song because of college and homework and it’s like 400 pages long, but FINALLY I finished this book and then realized that the sequel doesn’t get released until June. UGH. I need to know how the story continues! I NEED to know what happens to Kate and August! LIKE NOW. Anyway… please ignore my impatience. Yeah. I was WAY off. It is about music, but it’s about monsters who use music to eat people’s souls…. Read more »

Mar 21
How Reading (and Being an English Major) Creates Empathy and Understanding

How Reading (and Being an English Major) Creates Empathy and Understanding

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First, I’d like to address Diana Gabaldon’s tweet regarding English majors… By now, most people have heard of the “English degrees are useless” tweet that Diana Gaboldon posted a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t, here’s an article that sums it up pretty well. While there’s SO many things wrong with her tweet, especially the blatantly inaccurate notion that English majors are unsuccessful, the part that MOST sticks out to me is the fact that the girl, who asked for… Read more »