If Books Were Apps

If Books Were Apps is an original idea brought to you by us with the help of a good friend, Justine, who can be found on Twitter and Ask.fm!

We will be collaborating with your favorite writer as we expand a simple post to a new idea for a book tag!

Justine: Because most of these books are filed in my to-read shelf, I did the impossible for this collab, which was to read its overview for me to compare them to the apps precisely. I never really read summaries as I’m one to trust my judgment on how a certain book cover makes me feel. For someone who appreciates good visuals and enjoys the #aesthetic of typography, reading the gist made up for this flaw of mine.

1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini as Snapchat

kind of a funny snapchat

K: It’s kind of a funny story that these two are perfect for each other.

N: I honestly think the planets aligned for this to happen. It is meant to be.

J: The silhouette of this novel reminds me of Snapchat’s cute little ghost, and its title is the perfect description of most of the Snap Stories I’ve been viewing lately!

2. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider as Spotify

extraordinary means spotify


N: When I first saw the book cover, Spotify was the first thing that came to mind.

J: Can I just say that I am so glad physical books and ebooks don’t have advertisements that ruin the moment? Because I reallyam.

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley as Twitter 

where things come back twitter

K: What Nikki and Justine said:

N: I think the pictures speak for themselves

J: This is the best comparison out of all the ones Kyra and Nikki have created, if I were to be completely honest.

4. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin as Tumblr

evolution of mara dyer tumblr

K: This might just be my favorite one.

N: A beautudl picute. A ebautful pifcuure. BEautyfl. Beautiful.

J: My sister Julliene was generous enough to narrate to me what this thriller trilogy’s all about, and I think I love it already as much as I love Tumblr!

5. Confess by Colleen Hoover and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray as Music

thousand pices  confess music

K: i have no words


J: I’ve had my eye on Claudia Gray’s novel for a while now—all because of its beautiful cover—and I finally got to purchase a physical copy over the weekend. Reading Kyra and Nikki’s review of ATPOY has given me a spectrum of emotions, reminding me of the vastness of my Music app!

6. The Elite by Kierra Cass as Buzzfeed

The_Elite_Cover  buzzfeed

K: Put the arrow upside down and that’s The Elite for you.

N: I wish the book was as interesting as the app. ZZzzZzzz.

J: If I’m not mistaken, Kyra and Nikki have sacrificed this book already (see: The Book Sacrifice tag), and I agree with them 100%. The Elite is only tantamount to Buzzfeed in terms of what’s on the outside. The only buzz the book will ever be is a major buzzkill, and I’m starting to believe that this novel lives by the saying: What you see is what you don’t get.

7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard as Nike Training Club+

red queen nike training club

K: Apparently, both the book and the app can make my heart pulse like a sledgehammer.

N: I am honestly at a loss for words.

J: This has got to be my favorite fitness app despite how intense the workouts are, reminding me of how physical some scenes of Red Queen are.

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart as Weather

we were liars weather

K: It took me a while to get this one, but look at the sun and the clouds  on the cover. It makes sense!!!

N: It’s surprising how these two go well together.

J: Despite the similarities these two hold on the outside, I’ve got to say that the book’s more predictable than the app. Damn Philippine climate.

9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews as Passbook

me earl and the dying girl passbook



J: I love how the colors of the book scream Passbook! Because of this I actually opened the app for the first time, and it’s more interesting than it has made me think—kind of like the novel compared to it.

10. Enders by Lissa Price as iBooks

enders ibooks

K: I wish this series was as fun as the iBooks app.

N: Am I the only one who’s obsessed with this book cover

J: Such a witty title for a sequel, really, and its shade of orange does remind me of iBooks

11. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell as Goodreads 

attachments goodreads

K: Coolbeans B)

N: Also very spot on.

J: The cover of this Rainbow Rowell novel is just as simple as Goodreads’ icon. I think that Attachments only has more to reveal, while Goodreads always has more to offer.

12. Paper Towns by John Greens  as Maps

paper towns  maps

K: Okay, we just had to do this one.

N: Ok, John Green. I liked this book.

J: As opposed to my love for this comparison, I don’t like JG as much as everyone else does, so I guess I have to pass on this one. But I heard that nobody dies here, so that’s quite an adventure to look forward to.

13. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas as Safari

throne of glass safari

K: Badass assassin and a badass internet search engine. I like it!

N: Wowowowwowoowow.

J: Not a fan of fantasy novels, but to be completely honest, I find this book cover alluring (hehehe see what I did there). Maybe this book could redeem my thoughts on fantasy, just like how Safari can compensate for my lack of knowledge at times.

14. Reboot by Amy Tintera as Compass

reboot compass

K: I read and didn’t care much for the book, but this comparison is so WOW

N: This is my favorite. It makes me want to read the book!

J: I love how edgy the black and red aesthetic makes this comparison!

15. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler as Youtube

why we broke up youtube

K: I really want to read this book, and I hope it’s as good as the app! 

N: I read this book way back and I am going to confess that I skipped most of it and jumped to the ending. Promise to give it another shot soon!

J: I adored this book even though it broke my heart in the end, and I think this is one of the few books that has helped me discover and create my own writing style. With Maira Kalman’s illustrations bringing Ed and Min’s memorabilia to life, the heart-wrenching novel proves to be just as visual as the app.

We’re tagging joysofbookworms99, forwardsandbookwords, and partnersinbooks to do this book tag! You may describe or give your feelings about the books and the apps, or you can simply do a short commentary like we did. Feel free to do this even though you aren’t tagged. The apps and books you use is in this tag are of your choice!

If you do this, don’t forget to mention us so we can see you take on our tag!

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