WEEKEND READS

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.





Like most people, my mood is constantly changing.
I believe that trying to find a book to read is just like trying to figure out what TV show you're going to binge watch next. Sometimes we feel like crying, being scared, or falling in love.
During the weekends, I usually like to choose my next read by finding something easy going. It's usually a celebrity memoir or a coming-of-age story, and sometimes a romantic story. I like to keep my reading light on the weekends because I usually have so many other things going on.
If you're like me, then you are in luck - I've come up with a simply list for easy going reads you can enjoy this weekend! I've read all of these books this year, some of them are older and some are new - but each of them are perfect for the weekend!
Enjoy!

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

"The truth is, it's hard to get people to like you, but it's even harder to keep people liking you."


Goodreads Summary // In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate too. And those who've never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.


If you're a fan of Mindy Kaling, then you are bound to love everything about her second book. Mindy has this awesome way of being so honest, hilarious, and inspirational all at the same time - and all of that shines in this book! There is a little something for everyone to enjoy - from Mindy's dating life, career, and friendships. All of it is from the heart and truly inspired me. I remember why I aspire to be as great of a writer as Mindy.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

"Love is scary: it changes, it can go away. That's the part of the risk. I don't want to be scared anymore."



Goodreads Summary // To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


This is the first book in a duo-logy and it's full of everything we love about Jenny Han's writing! It's fun, cute, and romantic. Oh, the romance in this story! While I was reading this I was brought back to my high school days of having a crush, and falling in love. I related a lot to Lara Jean - I think she has a little bit of all of us in her, especially as a teenager. A sweet story filled with love, family drama, and a lot of growing up.


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

"Life is a gift. Don't forget to live it."



Goodreads Summary // My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black - black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.


This is one of my favorite books that I've read this year. It was a great story, and the book is beautiful inside and out - Nicola Yoon's husband was the illustrator and there are a lot of cute drawings inside! There is a lot of meaning behind this story - that you can relate to as a parent or as a teenager, because you can see a part of yourself in this family. I wish there were another 50 pages to really explore the ending more, but it wasn't bad. This story has a special place in my heart, and if you read it I'm sure you'll feel the same.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

"There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you, and then when it does, that's when you feel like shit."


Goodreads Summary // Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia - cue extreme adolescent awkwardness - but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.


This story is one of the best coming-of-age stories, in my opinion, right after Perks of Being a Wallflower. You know what makes this story so real? There is no romance, Greg and Rachel don't magically fall in love just because she's sick and he's being forced to hang out with her. Greg has a lot of issues, and Rachel is exactly what he needs in his life. It's just a great story about love without any of the romance - but real love we all have for others, such as our family and friends. A lot of people didn't enjoy the book as much as the movie - which I agree the movie was fantastic.. but I loved them both. The book has a certain kind of humor that some people don't find funny - it was hilarious to me though! A truly touching story.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

"I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they "want to do" and start asking them what they don't want to do."



Goodreads Summary // In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy's charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.



I love Amy Poehler, and Leslie Knope will always have a special place in my heart. This book is hilarious, just like Amy, and surprisingly relatable. The way Amy talks about everything she has gone through - from raising her children, trying to write her book, and going through a divorce - you can find at least one thing to relate to in her book. I personally related to her raising her kids, and all her attempts at trying to write her book. If you love Amy then this book will make you love her more - you're left feeling like you honestly know her better.

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What will you be reading this weekend?


xxo


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