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Good, Bad, and Ugly Books

Hi! I'm Rebecca, a teenager who loves reading and reviewing books! I have had this blog for over two years, and it's been an amazing journey. GBU Books has grown from a Tumblr blog to a Facebook page to an actual website with over 1,850 followers. I'm always expanding GBU Books, so please look at the links above for other versions of my website. Besides reviewing, I have a couple of weekly segments, which you can read about in the tabs above. So check out the website, ask questions, and don't forget to click the follow button! Note: Any pictures I post are not mine unless I say otherwise. Thanks to Nicole for the background and header!

Rebecca's bookshelf: read

The Running Dream
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
An Abundance of Katherines
Across the Universe
Liar & Spy
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
Before I Fall
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Johnny Tremain
Animal Farm
Blue Moon
Someone Like You
The Scorch Trials
Looking for Alaska
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
The Fault in Our Stars
The Maze Runner

Rebecca's favorite books »

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Rebecca has read 1 book toward her goal of 54 books.
1 of 54 (1%)
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Jul 24 '14

That mixed feeling when you’re reading a hardcover that you love and using the front jacket flap as a bookmark, but you pass the halfway point and sadly switch to the back flap instead.

Jul 23 '14


The beautiful, ever-changing #WeNeedDiverseBooks display at University Book Store in Seattle, courtesy of Mel B.

"Not only have we had families purchase off the wall but teachers and schools that have brought kids in to choose books as a reward for their hard work over the school year." 

Thanks so much for supporting #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Mel!

Jul 23 '14

I’m addicted to Landline right now

Jul 21 '14


the 7th harry potter book was released july 21st 2007 that is exactly 7 years ago today

today’s the day to make a horcrux y’all

Jul 21 '14


Give a new meaning to being hooked on books!

DIY Book Earrings.

Customize the cover with you or your friend’s favorite series (Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, etc.) and fill the pages!

Jul 20 '14

remybluindie said:
Whenever I get insomnia I do a couple of things; count backwards from 700, read, or listen to calming music, (Try Explore on 8tracks!) I’m sorry that your insomnia is causing you such a problem! D:

It’s ridiculous because I’ve had it since I was 9 and it’ll sometimes go away for 2 months or so but it always comes back and I’m literally at the end of my rope with it :/ But thank you so much for the advice and for caring, it means a lot :) :) <3

Jul 20 '14

My insomnia and anxiety are really bad right now and I’m running out of time to fix it before school which was my goal until my therapist had to go out of town unexpectedly D: At least while I’m up at night I’ve been getting some reading done. Maybe my brain just knows it’s a read-a-thon time and it doesn’t think the reading I do during the day is adequate enough (if any of you have sleeping tips i’ll love you forever if you give them to me)

Jul 20 '14



Between Shades of Gray is ripping my heart out oh my god and i’m only 3/4 of the way done oh my god. It’s really good though, it’s making me think. 

Ripping out in a good way? I’ve heard of Between Shades of Grey…is it worth looking into or is it one of those ‘depressed for a week because of these darn book characters’ things?

Yes. Haha! I finished it this morning and it is such a good book, one of those unforgettable novels.  Definitely worth looking into :)

Other replies:

nonotthestate said: If you like her than you have to read out of the easy. It’s even better.

I will definitely put that on my TBR list, hard to imagine something better after this! :)

ringthealarum said: It broke me. After the last page, I just can’t help but stare blankly. Either way, happy reading! :)

Pretty much yeah. It was amazing, I’m so glad I picked it up. 

Jul 19 '14

Between Shades of Gray is ripping my heart out oh my god and i’m only 3/4 of the way done oh my god. It’s really good though, it’s making me think. 

Jul 19 '14


Orwell Redesigned

Here is some older work again to show everyone! I redesigned the covers for George Orwell’s classic dystopian novels ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’. The idea was to create them in an abstract and conceptual manner, with no reference to existing or noticeable imagery. The themes of each novel were visualised with abstraction. Custom Typography was created with the themes and context in mind, Animal Farm with a Russian, angular aesthetic and 1984 with a Steampunk, Noir feel.