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text 2016-08-01 09:45
July Wrap-Up
Ozma of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

in July I read four books (including a re-read). It's not that much if you compare to the amount of books I usually read but all of them were really great. I went to camp for 10 days so I could not read that much and then I have to admit that Pokemon Go did not help with the reading...  I hope August will be better, there are so many books I want to read right now!


I'm also almost done with A Game of Thrones, if I manage to follow my schedule, I'll be done on Thursday.



What I read:

- Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (3/5)

- Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone the illustrated edition by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay (4/5) (Review)

- City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (3/5) (Review)

- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (4/5) (Review)


What I watched:



I finally decided to watch Gilmore Girls from the beginning. I have already seen the show, but I've never really followed it like from season 1. I just finished the first season yesterday and I really adore it so far. Lauren Graham is one of my favourite actress, she is so funny. The series is funny and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.


I hope you had a great reading month!


Thanks for reading,



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review 2016-07-27 17:04
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

It was my second Morgan Matson book (the first one I read was Since You've Been Gone). And I have to admit I prefer Since You've Been Gone. Don't get me wrong, this one was fantastic as well, but not such a light read.


Amy's character is not really complex and is easy to understand. Amy is a typical teenage girl who is experiencing some tough things. This book tells her journey (across the USA) but also her journey to find herself back. We get to know her better and we finally discover what she is hidding and why she is so scared of driving.

Roger is not as developed as Amy. He goes onto the journey as well and has a quest of its own.


Though the book, we discover what Amy and Roger will find, which is not exactly what they were looking for.


I enjoyed this book a lot. It was perfect for the summer and I just wanted one thing: to get in the car and drive. The concept of road trip is kind of different to us in Europe (or at least in small european countries like mine). First of all you have to be 18 to drive. Then  cars are expensive. People my age take the bus, few of them have their own cars. And the longest journey I could do while staying in my country will be of more or less 3 hours. That's why it's even more appealing to me. It's something I've always dreamed of. While I was reading I had Google Map open and I was checking the states Amy and Roger were crossing (because yes, I know where California is but when it's question of Utah, Connecticut or Tennessee I'm a bit lost). It seems wonderful and I had fun discovering stuff about the USA through this book!


I really recommend reading this book if you love contemporary and if you're searching for a fun read for the summer (well, not everything is fun, some parts were quite emotional)

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text 2016-06-02 04:26
What I'm Reading In June
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Impulse - Ellen Hopkins
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
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review 2016-02-17 16:33
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

When I picked this book up I had high expectations as it came highly recommended and while I largely enjoyed it (I love road-trip stories), I did have a few problems with it.


Our protagonist, Amy Curry, is moving with her mother and brother to Connecticut. She’s been given the responsibility to get their car from their current home in California to their new home. It sounds simple enough, but given that Amy’s father recently died in a car accident (which the reader doesn’t find out the details of until the end of the book) she’s reluctant to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the good looking guy from across the street who offers to drive her to Connecticut at the request of her mother. Amy knows Roger a little, but this trip will be the first time they’ve gotten properly acquainted with each other. Straight away it seemed odd that Amy’s mother had organised for her to go on a trip with a virtual stranger. All the more inappropriate that someone she barely knew would be driving when she was so vulnerable.


Amy’s mother has mapped out the route that her and Roger will take to Connecticut, booking the hotels they’ll stay in and the towns they’ll visit, but they both want a bit of spontaneity, so abandon this plan and decide to make their own decision about which route they’ll take.


The narrative was interspersed with notes and photos Amy had taken on the trip and recorded in a travel diary her mother had given her. I loved this unique edition to the narrative.


Although this was essentially a road-trip story that utilised music and travel, it was underscored by more serious themes, such as death and the somewhat illusive search for acceptance. Amy was understandably traumatised by the death of her father and much of the story was centred on her trying to come to terms with it. By subsequence of her grief Amy was quite reserved and while I understood this, it made it hard for me to connect with her. Her actions gave more of an insight into her than her words, which meant that I felt my understanding of her was quite limited. She was either generally passive or rendered passive by her grief because her reactions didn’t always make sense to me, like when a girl she’d only met ditched all her clothes and gave her new ones. This incident didn’t bother Amy at all and she didn’t find it an infringement of her boundaries.


Roger was a nice enough character, although he did spend the majority of the book obsessing over his ex. This got a bit boring, but is what you come to expect when reading YA.


Apparently there was an attraction between Amy and Roger, but there didn’t appear to be any chemistry between them. The attraction was mostly told rather than shown which made it hard for me to invest in the will-they-won’t-they theme. The characters themselves weren’t very diverse in general and were one of the weaker points for me.


What saved the book was the road trip and of course the music in the form of mixes that accompanied every leg of their trip. I loved being on the open road with Amy and Roger and considered these moments the best of the book.

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text 2016-02-12 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

I love road trip stories so much, they make me feel like I'm getting away from everything and even though there's been a bit too much showing rather than telling, overall I've quite enjoyed it.

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