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Hey, loves! Happy July :)
Last month was not my best reading month, so I’m really hoping to make up for that this month. My TBR is a little ambitious, but I am determined to get as much reading done as I can. So, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt- I put this one on hold for a few months now, and I’m pretty sure it was on my TBR for June, but some other books came up and I didn’t get to it. I know I’m going to love it (I already do and I’m only one chapter in), but I haven’t been able to dedicate the time to it yet.
I am doing a little bit of a secret video for my Youtube channel, and there are 4 more books I have to read for that. I don’t want to give them away, but they are on the TBR!
Biannual Bibliothon: July 11th-19th
This month is also the last time that the biannual bibliothon will be running, so I want to participate. There are 9 challenges, but I will be aiming for 5. I combined a few of the challenges because I know there is no way I will be able to do all of them.
A Book Based on its Cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Free Choice/ Wild Card Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I know I’m currently reading it, but I probably won’t continue until the time of this read-a-thon)
A Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before/Read One of the Hosts’s 5-Star Reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Read a Book You Were Really Excited for, but Never Picked Up/Read a Predicted 5-Star Read: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The Reading Rush:
I will also be participating in the reading rush (formerly known as the booktube-a-thon), but my TBR for that will go up later in the month on my channel, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what’s on your TBR this month! I am always looking to add new books :)
I have been loving audiobooks for quite some time now, so I want to share my love of them with you guys through this tag! I just stumbled across it today on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check out her answers as well.
Have you always listened to audiobooks or when did you begin?
I have not always listened to audiobooks. I began around my junior year of high school, so about 2.5/3 years ago. I discovered the Overdrive app where I could listen to audiobooks from my library on my phone. I have been listening ever since, but have expanded my platforms- I’ve tried Audible, Scribd, etc., but my favorite is Libby.
What is your favorite audiobook?
The Woman in the Window: This is such a good thriller, and hearing the story rather than listening to it really added to my enjoyment. I think this one is perfect for audio listening.
Daisy Jones and the Six: Full cast, great story. Do I need to say more?
What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?
I listen at 2.5 speed, so if I lose focus for even a couple of seconds, I miss so much of the story. With audiobooks, you can multitask, but it can be easy to get distracted as well. Sometimes I have to rewind the audiobook because I missed a huge chunk of the chapter.
What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?
There was actually a study done that showed that there is no difference in the way you process the story when you either listen to a book or read it physically. However, your experience is different. An audiobook narrator can either make or break the story for you. Some people listen to a book and hate it, but when they physically read it, they like it a lot more. So the difference is really in the way you experience the story. Sometimes one format doesn’t click with you the way another would.
How and when do you listen?
I listen on my phone through the libby app, as I mentioned before. I listen pretty much whenever I have time- between classes, while cleaning/cooking, before bed, in the bath, etc.
What style/genre do you prefer?
Anything but fantasy. I love contemporary romances and thrillers the most, but I can not do audiobooks for fantasy novels. There is just too much to pay attention to, so I need to take my time and see the actual words on the page. Otherwise, it can get very confusing.
What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?
Talking as Fast as I Can: If you like Gilmore Girls, you will love this. It was funny, fast-paced, and really interesting.
Turtles All the Way Down: This is another one of those books where I am glad I listened to the audiobook. It really enhanced the experience for me. Very well done.
I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you like audiobooks, I suggest doing this tag yourself! I would love to see your answers :)
Hey loves! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? I am so proud of myself for all of the reading I’ve done so far (59 books!!) and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me.
Today I am doing the mid-year book freakout tag, and let me tell you, I really did freak out while picking my answers to these. It’s so hard to choose, ok?
- Daisy Jones and the Six: I read this book twice in one month and I am already planning another re-read, so I think that explains it all.
- Catching Fire: I haven’t read too many sequels this year, but my re-read of Catching Fire was probably my favorite. It brought back so many memories, and I love that feeling of nostalgia.
- I Wish You All the Best: This one came to mind first because I’ve been eyeing it for so long. I hope to pick it up before the year is over!
- The Unhoneymooners: Everyone has been raving about this one, and I love me a good romance.
- The Starless Sea: This was my most-wanted ARC at Bookcon, and I am so happy to say that I got it (I’m sorry I will take every chance to brag about that because I EARNED IT after getting up at 4am!!)
- The Library of Lost Things: This is a book I sadly did not get at Bookcon, but I will be buying it on release date for sure.
- The Tenth Girl: I’ve talked about this book so much, I need it in my hands like NOW.
- The Cruel Prince: Ok, I didn’t hate this one, but I also didn’t love it. Everyone hyped it up too much, and I think that ruined it a bit for me (still going to read Queen of Nothing, though, duh).
- The Thing About Jellyfish: I do not read middle grade, like, ever. But I picked this one up because I did a project for one of my English classes in the Fall semester where I had to create my own book club for children, and this one caught my eye. I really, really loved it.
- Taylore Jenkins Reid: I read Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo this year, which were both 5 star reads, so I definitely need to read more by TJR ASAP.
- Casey McQuiston: Debut author of Red, White, and Royal Blue which was INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t yet!!
- Kevin Day – Foxhole Court: He has a soft spot in my heart, ok?
- The whole group of friends – Red, White, and Royal Blue: I would die for them. There is nothing else to say.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: It was beautiful, it was sapphic, it was so well written.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama: It just made me feel so empowered and it really uplifted me. I love the Obama family so much.
- The Hate You Give: This movie came out in 2018, but I didn’t see it until this year because I suck. But it was just as good as I imagined it would be, and I am so happy that such an important book was brought to life on the big screen.
- Again, But Better: I’ve really been working on my reviews this year and trying to do more. This one was a good one, in my opinion, and you should go check it out ;)
- Wild Beauty: This cover is stunning
- With the Fire on High: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS NAKED BOOK? Stunning. (I’m in the process of reading this right now, but it’s probably going to be up there with Daisy Jones).
- The Lady Rogue: I was sent an ARC of this book (which I will forever be grateful for). If you didn’t know, Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite contemporary authors of all time. I will definitely read this before release date.
- Wilder Girls: This actually comes out very soon (in a few weeks), and I’m in the middle of it now. I love it so much already, so you all should add it to your TBRs.
- Grisha Trilogy and SOC duology: A tv show adaptation is coming out for both of these pretty soon, and I have actually not read either of them yet. I know, it’s hard to believe. I just felt like it was too late for me to read it because of how long I’ve read it, but I decided I still want to.
Thanks for reading this post! If you do this tag yourself, be sure to let me know so I can check it out :)
Hey loves! Today I am doing a post talking about some of the books that I recently added to my TBR because these are books I am excited to read but I either 1. won’t get to them anytime soon or 2. they’re not out yet. These are books I still want other people to know about, but there is no good way to mention them on the blog.
Let’s take a look at what they are!
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I got an ARC of this at Bookcon a few weeks ago and it sounds so interesting. It was blurbed by Stephen King, so obviously I have to read it. It’s a story about a teenage girl and her sexual relationship with her teacher. It is definitely going to be a hard read, but hopefully a good one.
Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
In all honesty, I don’t really know what this book is about. HOWEVER, my friend Boston (Boston Reads Books on Youtube) talked about it at Bookcon and said it was one of her favorite reads this year. I actually just won a giveaway for an annotated copy of this book from the author, so I hope to read it soon!
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Everyone knows Christina Lauren. This author duo has come out with some very popular romance books (which I have not read yet. It’s tragic, I know). All I know about this one is that it follows an actress who runs into her first love on set one day. This is right up my alley. I love reading books about Hollywood, so I really hope I love this one.
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
I’ve talked about this a lot over on Twitter, but I am absolutely dying to read this one. I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since I heard the synopsis. It follows a school that is supposed to have 10 students, but one of them goes missing. I will not say too much about this one as mystery/thrillers are best when you go in blind. Everyone should add this to their TBRs immediately, though.
By the Book by Amanda Sellet
I saw this book on Twitter a few days ago, and I honestly only added it because of the cover. It is gorgeous and has books on it, so of course I want to own it.
That is all for today’s post. Leave a comment letting me know what books you recently added to your TBR. I would love to add some new ones. Thanks for reading :)
Hey loves, Jess here. Today I am doing a review of a wonderful poetry collection that was sent to me fairly recently. It is Kara Petrovic’s “forget-me-not.”
Let’s start with the synopsis:
Kara Petrovic reflects on a single relationship in their life and invites the reader to follow along their journey: from falling at first sight, to seeing this person’s true colours reveal themselves before their very eyes. Petrovic paints the picture of pain and betrayal that comes with realizing one is being abused, or in a toxic relationship, and likewise the desperation we feel while we hold onto vehement denial.
Initial thoughts- First off, forget me not flowers are my absolute favorite, so I was intrigued from the cover and title alone. When the author reached out to me, I was excited to read it.
The poems- This was a collection filled with emotion- that much is true of almost all collections, but it is also the most vital part. If you can feel the emotions that the poet is feeling, you will be able to connect with the poems, even if you can’t personally relate.
The collection details the events and experiences that took place during the course of a romantic relationship, and I found that to be very unique. Many collections I’ve read do focus on love as a theme but do not tell a story the same way this one does. I really enjoyed the way the poems were organized, it worked very well.
In addition, the writing itself was beautiful. You can tell that a lot of thought went into each word, each line, and of course, each poem as a whole.
It also tackles some very important topics such as abuse, toxicity, and internalized homophobia, so I want to add those trigger warnings here.
However, I do wish it were a bit longer. I love a quick-to-read book, but this felt more like a chapbook than a full collection. It’s under 70 pages, and many of the poems go onto a second page but only with a couple lines, so there is a lot less than 70 poems in it.
Also, I only tabbed a few poems that I absolutely loved, and for a collection this short, I would have liked to love a few more than I did.
It was still a great read, and my overall rating is a
That is all for this review- If you enjoyed it, definitely let me know by leaving a comment! Also, recommend me some poetry collections down below as well :)
See you soon!
Hey, loves! Today I felt like doing a tag because I haven’t done one in a few months and they’re always fun. I am not sure who started this one because I’ve had the questions saved for months on the notes app, but didn’t save the post I saw it on by accident. I tried looking for it but wasn’t able to, unfortunately.
If you do know, please leave a comment and I will be sure to add that!
1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?
I think that the synopsis on the book itself is usually just enough or not enough. It is rarely “too much” because then it would reveal the entire book and no one would read it. I personally prefer when it’s not enough because I like to go into my books blind, so I don’t want to know more than a few lines describing it.
2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?
I am a paperback person. Always have been. However, I also love listening to audiobooks, but those I typically borrow from my library. Therefore, if I’m getting a new book, I would like it in paperback!
3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?
I definitely write in my books, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I do. I used to use a lot of colors- highlighters, rainbow pens, post-it flags, etc. More recently, I’ve stuck to black pen and the occassional yellow post-it note. I’ve always loved the look of a well-worn book. I do the same to many of my books.
4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?
I prefer to read books by female authors, especially if the main character is female, but I don’t really pay that much attention to who the author is when deciding on if I’m going to read a book or not.
5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
Sometimes when I’m reading a scene with a lot of action or dialogue, I skim read it because I want to know what’s going to happen next, but I always go back after the scene and re-read the sentences I skimmed. I never read the last page first, though.
6. Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
Organized shelves- Sometimes they can be a bit messy when I run out of space (I end up cramming books everywhere). They are currently organized by genre and then alphabetically by the author’s last name.
7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Yes, 100%. I think most people have done that.
8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?
I do both. It obviously depends on the weather, but also on my mood. Some days I don’t want to get dressed up to go outside, so I stay in. Sometimes I can’t stand to be inside anymore so I go out to a nice park. I like both equally, though.
That is all for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it- if you do, be sure to leave the link for me so I can check it out :) See you on Tuesday!
Hey loves! Happy Tuesday :)
Today I want to talk to you about the books I read in May.
May felt like such a long month- I mean, I was still in school at the beginning of it, but I’ve now been back home for over a month. I also went camping, spent time with friends, and, of course, got a lot of reading done!
I was able to read a total of 13 books. I have been aiming for 10+ each month of this year, so I am happy to say I reached that! This month was also filled with so many amazing reads, and I even found my favorite book of the year (so far). Let’s take a look at what I read!
These are my five-star books of the month, and they’re all audiobook reads. I was in the mood to re-read The Hunger Games trilogy (sorry that they’re out of order in the picture, please ignore that) since I haven’t read it since they first came out. I have also been watching all of the movies, and I forgot just how much I loved them.
An Anonymous Girl was a really good thriller. I haven’t read many thrillers recently, but I need to get to reading more soon.
Now, Daisy Jones and the Six. I have so much to say about this book, but also don’t want to say too much. It is currently my favorite book of the year. It is just that good. I also read it twice within the month, and I plan on re-reading it again next month. So, yeah. Just read it, please.
I also fit in a few poetry collections this month, and two from people I call friends. Shannon O’Connor and McKayla DeBonis are really talented writers, so I highly recommend checking out their work!
Red, White, and Royal Blue was an incredible read that I am so happy I was given an ARC of. It is an LGBTQ+ romance about the first family in the US and a prince from London. It was such a fun, quick read, but the characters were so well-developed and fleshed out.
Another book I read was The Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan which I also received an ARC of. I did rate this a 4 stars, although it’s more of a 3.5. Unfortunately, I will not be reading any more work from this author as she has proved to be a bit problematic on her Twitter.
This is another poetry collection I read, but unfortunately not one that I loved. I follow Morgan on Instagram and love the visual form of her poetry, but this collection was not what I thought it would be. Just an ok book.
This book was another ARC I received a while back, but I really, really didn’t enjoy this one. It was a short read though, so it only took me about an hour to read. The writing style was just not for me, but luckily it was my only low-rated book of the month!
Definitely leave me a comment down below letting me know what your thoughts on these books are if you’ve read them! If you haven’t tell me which ones you are looking forward to reading :)
Also, I recently started up my Youtube channel, so if you want more content from me, you can check it out by clicking here! See you on Thursday!
This past weekend, I had the honor of attending Bookcon for the second year in a row. This year I went by myself but met up with a ton of friends there, and it was an incredible experience.
I actually posted a Youtube video talking about it and shared some pictures, so if you want to check it out, click here! I decided that I wanted to start up a Youtube channel again because there are some posts that are difficult to do in written form, but video form will allow me to expand and grow my content. It would mean a lot if you checked it out!
This year’s haul is a bit bigger than last year’s, and the books are almost all ones I am anticipating.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: This is THE book I wanted to get at Bookcon and I would have been happy if this was the only book I got. I waited in line from 7:30 so that I would be able to grab one of the 200 tickets given out. I also got to meet Erin Morgenstern, which is incredibly cool!
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel: This is an ARC that I saw on Twitter a lot recently, and many people were hoping to get their hands on it, so when I saw it was being given out, I made sure to grab a copy. Stephen King blurbed it so honestly, that’s all I needed to know.
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender: I had not originally heard anything about this book, but Boston (boston reads books) told us about it, so we got in line for a copy! This is also a signed book because we got to meet the author which was really cool. Also, it has the YA snake on the cover, so that’s a win.
Sophia Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson: Before we got in line for the previous book, this one was being given out, so I grabbed a copy. The staff members pitched it to us and it sounded interesting enough.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: I ran into Jake (Jake Does Books) and Mika (Mika August) on my way out of the Starless Sea line and they told me they were running to a Brigid Kemmerer signing so I followed them over. We got to meet Brigid and get our books signed! It was so nice.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: I had autograph tickets for Elizabeth Acevedo on Sunday, so I went to that line and got a copy of With the Fire on High for her to sign, which is her latest release. I absolutely loved The Poet X, so it was really nice getting to talk to her.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: The 2nd signing I had was for Jenny Han, so I waited in line for her to sign these two books. I got the paperback editions since I already own the entire hardcover collection. These books have meant so much to me, so it was really nice getting to talk to Jenny!
That is it for my Bookcon 2019 haul! Were any of you there? Did you get anything good? Let me know down in the comments.
We are halfway through the year !!!
That is absolutely insane. 2019 has felt like one of the fastest years of my life, even though I have accomplished so much already.
Last month was really busy even though I have been off from school for quite some time now. It has been nice to spend time with friends and family, but now I need me-time!
Anyways, this TBR is a long one, so let’s take a look!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson- I started this at the end of the month, thinking that I would finish it before May was over. I haven’t. But I’m almost there!! I am loving it so much.
The Secret History by Donna Tart: I keep starting this and putting it down just because it’s intimidating but I WILL FINISH this month. I will use force on myself if I need to.
If you didn’t know, there is a month long read-a-thon that Myonna on Youtube hosts called The Bibliogames (previously the booktube games) and this month’s theme is sky high. The goal is to read as much as you can, and the team that has the most average pages read wins. I am on team villains, so there are some challenges set for us to read.
Group book: Vicious by V.E. Schwab- I am in the middle of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria, which I absolutely adore, so I can’t wait to read more from her.
Gym: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- This challenge is to read a format you don’t typically read, and this is a play. I never read plays, so I thought this would be a good choice. Also, I just got this one at the Strand, so I want to read it soon.
Lunch: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- The challenge is to read a book with a satisfying ending and I have no idea if this counts but I love Elizabeth and The Poet X meant so much to me, so I’m hoping this satisfies my need for her writing.
Mad Science: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett- I would probably need to use two hands to count how many times this book was on my TBR for the month. I really need to finally read this book because I have had it on my TBR for way too long.
Archery 101: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab- I personally think Lila is a badass main character, which is what this challenge is.
World Domination: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- I am buddy reading this book with someone on Twitter, and I am so excited. I have had this on my TBR for far too long, so I can’t wait to get to it.
This read-a-thon is one I heard about through Melanie, or Mel to the Any, who is a blogger and booktuber! Definitely be sure to check her out, she is incredible. Also, there is some overlap with books from the previous section because it would not be realistic for me to read 12+ books in a month since I’m also a mood reader and pick up books randomly.
Beachy Read: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons- This is a book written by a girl on Authortube! I was so excited to receive an ARC of it. It sounds so incredible, and I can’t wait to read it.
Sunrise Colors: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- Already talked about this one. My edition is a pretty pink.
Roadtrip/Travel: True Believer by Nicholas Sparks- I own two Sparks books just because I am a sucker for the movies, but I have not read either of them yet. All I know about this one is that a journalist/writer moves to a small town (?) and stuff happens. I think.
Set in Summer: The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman- I have an ARC of this book, but I won it in a giveaway and have not read it yet. I have heard so many good things about it though, so I am thrilled about it.
Food on the Cover: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- This is another one that I talked about already, but it’s all about cooking so there is lots of food on the cover.
Drink your favorite summer drink while reading: A Study in Charlotte- I will attempt to do that with this book, which I also already talked about.
It is also Pride Month, so I want to be sure I feature some books with LGBTQ+ rep! A few of the ones I already talked about have some rep in them, too, but these are some others I want to read this month.
Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore: I just recently purchased this and the cover is stunning. I know that this book features a bisexual character, and I have heard many great things.
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman: I loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, and this book has been on my TBR for a really long time. I really hope I love it.
What books are on your TBR this month? Let me know in the comments down below!
This post is long overdue, considering I got these books in February or March, but just never got around to writing this post. But, it’s finally here!
My school held an event where they were giving out wrapped books that were donated to them with a few words on them to describe what they are. I was able to grab a few, so I thought it would be fun to show you what I got!
I picked randomly. I didn’t even bother to read most of the descriptions, I sort of just went with what my gut told me.
The first book said, “Duality will not gift you friends” and when I opened it up, there were 2 Lizzie McGuire books. While it was initially a bit of a disappointing find, it actually made me smile. I haven’t watched Lizzie McGuire in so long, but it will be nice to relive the world through the books one day soon! After I read them, I also plan on donating these to a local school.
Next was a book that said, “Sometimes the past is better left unknown.” Inside was N is for Noose by Sue Grafton. This is part of a series that starts at A and goes all the way to Z, I believe. I have not read any of the rest of the series, and I’m not sure if it can be read as a standalone or not, but I will most likely be donating this to a library or thrift store.
So far, my luck wasn’t too good with the books I got, but I kept my hopes up.
This book had the words “a stranger owns her” on it, and the book underneath was Danger in the Shadows. This is a prequel to a series, but the synopsis sounds pretty good! I will definitely give it a try and see how I like it.
The final book I was able to get said, “Because every child has dreamed of running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” This last book was the greatest surprise because inside was a hardcover copy of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.
If you’ve been following me for a while on here, you would know that To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite book. I own multiple copies of it, but I only own one copy of Go Set a Watchman. I plan on collecting as many as I can, so it was great to find another edition of this one!
Overall, I am pleased with the books I got. Not all of them are what I would normally pick up for myself, but if I don’t enjoy them, I will donate them for someone else to :) Have you ever tried a blind date with a book? Let me know!