Book Review | SIMON VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Hello, bibliophiles!

I have a book review here today of, as the title suggest, Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, one of my favorite contemporary romances this year.


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Title: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli
Pages: 303
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA, Contemporary romance, LGBTQ+


“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier was being blackmailed when he forgot to log out out of his email on his school library’s computer. Simon is not so afraid about everyone knowing he’s gay but what worries him most is what that would cause to his connection with the mysteriously cute boy he’s been emailing with: Blue.
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
I loved this book. I loved Simon. First of all, I immediately connected with Simon and clicked with the writing style. Becky writes like how I think and talk, really. It made it so easy for me to relate to Simon. Moreover, Simon’s personality was just so similar to my best friend and that made Simon very real to me, it was like my best friend was telling me his story. The writing style was funny and witty, I loved the casual writing style of Becky that made the book so easy to read and I flew through it in a day! A plus for the writing style.
The characters were all so cute. We had Simon and his group of friends, their silliness and their drama. We went through the roller coaster, ups and downs of their friendship, I felt like I was also in their squad. Honestly, it was like this book was written about me or someone close to me, as Simon and I are the same age, I could relate to a lot of the things that he went through. Also, Simon’s family was so cute and quirky at times. There are of course times that are prolematic. But, overall, they were very supportive and just awesome!
“It feels like we’re the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Wonder Woman and a gay dementor. It doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.”
And then, of course, Blue, who Simon had been emailing secretly with for a while. Blue and Simon go to the same school but they don’t know each other’s real identity yet. Again, relatable. Said best friend at the top and I are pen pal for a long while before we got to meet too!
“The closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal is probably you.”
However, the only problem I have with the book was that I wasn’t exactly convinced of Simon and Blue’s deep connection via emailing. It actually came as a surprise when the emails got more and more flirtatious but it was still good as it caused all the jittery butterflies exploded inside me.
On top of all that, there was the quest of guessing who Blue was. I didn’t guess he was who he was at all! Though I am glad it was him, they were perfect together. I mean the revealing part got me rolling all over my bed for minutes to calm myself down. I just can’tttttttt. They are so cute together omg.
Overall, I gave this book a 4.5/5 star.
It was honestly the cutest LGBTQ book I’ve ever read yet. I can’t find a reason why anyone wouldn’t love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Would I recommend it? Heck yes!
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

Thank you so much for reading! What did you think of this book? Did you love it? I would love to know your feelings and thoughts!

Happy Reading (Signing off),
Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

Monthly Wrap-up | February 2016 wrap-up

Hi, friends!

February has come and gone, this year is travelling at the speed of light! At the beginning of this year, I set a reading challenge for myself, which is to read 80 books. Looking at the result of these two months combined, I’m starting to feel like my goal is a bit too ambitious.

Anyways, let’s get to wrap-up!

Book haul

I have been on a book buying ban from the middle of February because guilttttt! But the first half of February I acquired two books and they are *drums roll*

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  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by  Sarah.J.Maas

Wrap-up

Looking on the bright side, I read 7 books this month, which is quiet an improvement.

The books are:

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  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – 4/5 stars
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars
  • The Truth by Jeffry.W. Johnston – 3/5 stars
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas – 4/5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 4.5/5 stars
  • Me before You by Jojo Moyes – 5/5 stars
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – 3/5 stars

Blog posts

Looking on the not bright side, I posted very little in February. I posted only four posts and all of them are book reviews:


And that’s all I have for this wrap-up. I hope you enjoyed it. How many books did you read this month? Did you get any new books? Feel free to comment down below! 😀

I wish March will be great for you!

Love and Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

2015 RECAP – THE SPINES BREAKER

We can all agree that 2015 flies by faster than the speed of light and ME here just can’t catch up and shit just gets out of control.

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BUT  despite all the rushing and spinning back and forth, this year was a very special year for me- FOR ME 2015 is a year of self-discovery. I’m more mature and grown up but at the same time, I’ve broken a million rules and the child side of me is getting out of hand 😉 Overall, it was a beautiful year, it passed by in a blink of the eye but the memories were countless and priceless.

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And here’s to wrap up 2015 and pack it safe in my drawer 😉


Books

First, ofc is books. I’ve just entered the YA community in the middle of 2014 therefore I don’t have last year to compare my reading experience to.

According to our trusty ole GoodReads,

  • I have read 69 books this year (I think this doesn’t count the rereads?) which is 25,446 pages with the average length, 369 pages.
  • The shortest book I’ve read this year was Animal Farm (102 pages) and the longest book I’ve read goes to Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (870 pages)
  • My Average Rating is 4.1 stars.

 


 

  • My favourites are: *drums rolllllll*

  

    • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Mass
    • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Mass
    • Since You’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson
    • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    • The Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer – I’m 2/3 into Winter and I am ready to give it 5 stars 😀
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – I was halfway in when Winter came in the way, but I loved everything I’ve read so far 😀


 


 


Blog

I created this blog in 2014 but I’ve never posted a thing. My bookblog journey began in June 2015 and to start this book blog is the best decision I’ve ever made.

I just got an email from WordPress about my blog annual report you can see (here).

  • In the matter of six months, I’ve posted 102 post. Not bad for the first year 😉
  • My most popular day is Tuesday (22% of views) and my most popular hour is 3:00 pm (10% of views).
  • This blog was viewed about 3,200 times (THANK YOU SO MUCH)

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  • The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 65 views. The most popular post that day was November Wrap-up.
  • My secret admirers 😉 are mostly from the United States, followed by UK and then the Philippines ❤

 


 

(Big big shout-out to these ladies! You are the bestest <3)


 

And that’s the end of this wrap-up. It’s kinda sad that 2015 has come to a close but nevertheless here’s to the new amazing year!

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Happy New Year, my friends!

Love and Best Wishes,

Kimsiang @ The SpinesBreaker