March 2021 Wrap Up

We are already a quarter of the way through 2021! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t! Somehow despite March being one of my lowest months of the year so far (in terms of health & productivity), I managed to read more than the last two months! I guess I just escaped into books much more than I realized.

It was an okay reading month for me. I read a decent amount of really great books, and then a few “meh” books, too.

Let’s dive in!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have wanted to read this book since it first came out a couple of years ago, but I let it sit on my shelf for far too long. I don’t know why I didn’t get to this one sooner! I fell in love with the writing style—it’s witty, fast-paced, and just so intriguing. Book number two is already on my TBR and I am really looking forward to reading it!

You by Caroline Kepnes — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Can you believe I still haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of this yet? I was waiting until after I read the book because I already owned it. I knew if I didn’t read it first, I never would. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite read. It’s another case of a book being very hyped up for me that hinders my enjoyment a bit.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I decided to pick this one up since the Netflix show just came out (& I didn’t want this to turn into another You situation where I let it sit for years). I personally enjoyed the show more than the book in this instance. I feel like the book gives away too much to the point where I was guessing a lot of the plot. I prefer to be really surprised by the mystery/thrillers I read! It was still enjoyable, and I’m probably going to read more from Sarah Pinborough in the future!

House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apparently I hit a bit of an “average three” block this month. I know everyone absolutely loves this book. I wanted so badly to love it, too. However, I didn’t find myself craving to read it. It was very slow moving to me, and I just didn’t think I was the right audience for this book! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very cute and fun read, it just didn’t hit me the way it hit others and that’s okay!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I read quite a bit of mysteries and thrillers this month, totally unintentionally, but I’m enjoying it! I’m really trying to work through the unread physical books I have because I’m going to be studying abroad in the fall and will only have my kindle and phone with me. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable read! The ending shocked me completely. I also really enjoyed learning about the secrets each of the characters was hiding. It was very well done!

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a story about two sisters who disappear one day, and three years later, only one of them returns! It was such an eerie read. And it was surprisingly gruesome!? I was not expecting the ending at all, but I really liked it.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE!! I had the e-ARC of this book for months now, and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick it up. It was a total page turner. I don’t read as many YA books as I used to, but this one is definitely on my list of favorites now!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You all know how much I adore Daisy Jones & The Six at this point, so I won’t say anymore, but I was beyond excited to read TJR’s newest release! I am so grateful to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC. This was a really good read! It wasn’t quite up to the Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo level for me, but it was still phenomenal! It gave me all of the best summer vibes, and I played Miley Cyrus’ song Malibu on repeat while reading this one! I’m excited for it to hit shelves so I can grab a copy for my bookshelves soon!

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — ⭐️⭐️

I don’t want to spend too long talking about this one because I simply did not enjoy it. The writing was really beautiful, but aside from that, it did not have much going for it in my opinion. I was confused at times, bored at others, and disgusted for the majority of the book because the “romance” of the book is really just creepy, obsessive behavior that I am not okay with.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I ended the month with a really quick read. I finished it in just two days! I listened to it on audio, and I think that contributed partly to my low rating. I just didn’t enjoy reading from the perspective of a high school mean girl. The main character was just too unlikeable for me (& not in a good way, cause I can enjoy an unlikeable character from time to time). I’m planning on watching the movie soon, which I think the story would translate better as. I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read it!

What was your reading month like? Did you find any new favorites? Chat with me in the comments!

Mini Book Reviews !

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

This is such a haunting novel. It follows a white family as they begin their vacation at an Airbnb, when suddenly the owners of the house show up—an elderly Black couple. The book is about family, trust, and humanity, in a way.

I went into this novel pretty blind, knowing only that it was gaining a lot of momentum in the book community.

The beginning is wonderfully done and had sucked me in immediately. The world opens up slowly, and the plot unravels piece by piece. It is truly chilling. It is a dark and atmospheric book, but the thrilling elements to it added another dimension. But more than that, it is uncanny. It felt familiar in a strange way, almost like déjà vu. I had goosebumps at times because I didn’t know what was going to happen next.

The book also has very timely discussions surrounding race and class, which alone are worth reading the book for.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

This book was such a treat! I had no expectations going into it, I was just on the lookout for some new historical fiction books to read. I am so glad I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this (in audiobook format, thank you Netgalley).

This dual timeline novel was so atmospheric. The trick to these stories is that both plotlines need to be interesting—and they were! I adored reading about Nella & Eliza as much as Caroline.

It reminded me a bit of The Witches of New York by Ami McKay. Not only do we have a hidden, women-run shop in both stories, we also have the arrival of a newcomer who asks for a job! If you enjoyed McKay’s book, this one will be right up your alley. The plot similarities end there, though because Penner’s novel was very unique; I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before.

I was definitely at the edge of my seat as the novel began to unfold. The storytelling was wonderful, and Penner will be on my radar for sure!

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book absolutely broke me. Like, I sobbed. A lot. But it was so beautifully written, everyone needs to read it.

This book made me feel so many emotions: anger, frustration, sadness, and love. It brings to light so many important issues surrounding child abuse and neglect, and as someone who is working in this industry right now, it breaks my heart.

It’s definitely really hard to read at times, so be aware (many trigger warnings in this one as well—child abuse, slut shaming, homophobia, death, murder, PTSD, and more).

I read it in a matter of days because of how fast-paced it was, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I’ve already placed holds on Allegedly and Grown, also by Jackson, because I need to read even more by her!

I loved these books, but I’d love to know what your thoughts were if you read them! Did you feel the same way as me?

Spring 2021 TBR

I am proud to say that I completed my Winter TBR, which is something that in the past I was not always great at. I think seasonal TBRs with only a few books on them are key to my success! The Spring starts in a couple of weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather. I think covid-19 really turned me into an outdoorsy person, so I miss spending time in the sun. This season, I chose a few books that I really want to get to, but also ones that I keep putting off for different reasons.

Without further ado, let me share my next TBR list with you!

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

I got this book towards the end of 2020, and it’s one that I keep staring at on my bookshelf. But it’s a really long read, and that terrifies me a little bit, which is why I’ve been putting it off. I think putting it on this list will really force me to pick it up as soon as possible!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

This is another one that I am looking forward to reading, and I have an ARC of it, too! It comes out today actually, but I wasn’t able to get to it last month like I had hoped. I want to give it the attention that it deserves, and possibly even share a review if I enjoy it.

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

I also have an ARC of this book that comes out in April! I want to read it sometime before it is released, which is another reason why I am adding it to this list. It has one of the most gorgeous covers ever, and it is being published by one of my favorite imprints- Wednesday Books! They’ve published tons of cute YA contemporaries that I’ve loved, so I have high hopes for this one.

Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

This is nonfiction book that tells the history of Black American history, written by 90 authors. I know that this is going to be a phenomenal and informative read. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and I have the audiobook, which I’m probably going to pick up next!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Another book that I’ve heard only rave reviews for. I’m adding it to this TBR because I am on hold to get it from Libby right now, so I know that I will need to get to it once I have it!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

February 2021 Wrap Up

I’m happy to say I had another really amazing reading month! I read 8 books, which is the same as last month. This month was another one where I focused on audiobooks, so I really want to prioritize physical reads in March. But I’m happy with all of the books I did read!

A Promised Land by Barack Obama— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed reading Barack Obama’s memoir! It was really long, and I do think it could have been edited down a little bit, but overall it was very informative. I was only 8 years old when Obama first went into office, so I didn’t know much about his early career. It was nice to get to learn about all that he’s done, and I will definitely be picking up volume two when it is out!

The Listening Path by Julia Cameron— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My first two reads of the month were nonfiction, which is pretty surprising! This one was all about listening—whether to yourself or to the world around you. There were a couple of concepts I liked, but a lot of it just felt repetitive and didn’t really align with me. If you want to learn more about listening to yourself, I think it’s a worthwhile read.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow this was a phenomenal read. It was so eerie and almost uncanny. The plot of this thriller unraveled very slowly, but in the best way possible. It was so interesting to listen to this, I felt like I was there with all of the characters. I honestly had goosebumps the majority of the time. Definitely one of my favorites of the month!

Kelroy by Rebecca Rush— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a book I read for school. Honestly it’s already a blur in my mind, so I don’t think it’s worth talking about too much. If you want to read an underrated 19th century novel written by a novel, maybe this one will be for you!

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was so surprised by this book in the best way possible! I honestly did not know anything about it before going in. It caught my eye on Netgalley one day, which is how I was able to listen to it. It was phenomenal!!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the second book of a family romance trilogy (though you can read them in any order or as stand-alones), and I loved it as much as the first! Talia Hibbert writes really amazing characters, and this book is no exception. I really loved the different topics this book touched on, from toxic masculinity and anxiety rep to an independent bisexual woman! It all just came together so well. I can’t wait to read about Eve Brown next!

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book has been on my radar for a really long time, so I’m really happy that I finally picked it up. I read it in a matter of days, but it was so difficult to put down. I would have finished even faster if I didn’t have other responsibilities! If you don’t know what this book is about, I think that’s the best way to go into it. It’s a YA mystery that will leave you heartbroken, but the writing was beautiful.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It took me over 2 weeks and 2 tries to read this book. Classics always take me a while, but this one was especially difficult for me to read, I’m not really sure why. It wasn’t horrible once I got into it, but I found it confusing because of how many characters there were. It was definitely a bit difficult to keep up with, but I might watch some sort of adaptation of it which I think will help me get everything straight.

I hope you found a new book to add to your TBR and that you had a good reading month, too! What was your favorite book of the month?

The Cake Flavored Book Tag, Yum!

A few months ago (we all know how bad I am at doing tags in a timely manner), I was tagged by Erin to do the cake flavored book tag! I love cake and I obviously love books, so this will be a fun tag to do…and it might make me a little hungry.

CHOCOLATE — a dark book that you loved

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: I wouldn’t say this is the darkest book I’ve read, but it definitely has some dark—and gruesome—elements to it. I adore Rory Power and her writing so much because of those elements, though. They are woven into the story in such a beautiful way. If you like Rory Power (or are interested in her books), I did an interview with her for my podcast last month that you can listen to here.

VANILLA —  favorite light read

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: This is one of the most recent YA contemporaries that I read and loved! It has a few more serious elements to it, but overall it was such a great, light-hearted, funny read. I will be adding all of Leah Johnson’s future books to my TBR!

RED VELVET — a book that gave you mixed emotions

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: I thought a 3 star read was the perfect choice for this prompt. This was a really good read that contained a lot of elements I love in books: mixed media, mystery, messy characters. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a favorite read. I’m still excited to read the rest of the series, though!

CHEESECAKE — a book that you’d recommend to everyone

Talking As Fast As You Can by Lauren Graham: I’m currently deep into a Gilmore Girls rewatch (something that I have playing in the background on my tv almost at all times), so this book came to mind. It’s a memoir by Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai in the show. This is just an overall great read. Lauren talks about the beginnings of her acting career, and it was really funny. I loved listening to the audiobook because it’s narrated by Lauren herself!

COFFEE — a book that you started but never finished.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: This doesn’t really count because it’s a book I just started earlier this month but put down to finish a different read. I still plan on reading it this month, I just wanted to prioritize the other book first! In fact I’m hoping to finish it this week!

CARROT — a book with great writing

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay: I just read this one last month and I’ve talked about it quite a few times on my various platforms. I adored this book, though, and I will continue to shout about it to the world. The book was so beautifully written, and I think more people need to know about it!

What’s your favorite type of cake? Mine’s definitely cheesecake!

January 2021 Wrap Up

The first month of the year is over, and so far 2021 has been going well. I’ve gotten a lot done & started a new semester of school!

Reading

I read 8 books this month, which is more than I was expecting to! My only real goal for the year is to slow down with reading and take my time with each book. So far that’s going really well! I’m also trying to prioritize the books I already own (and I can only read other books if they’re from the library).

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab– ⭐️⭐️⭐️

As my first read of the year, this was an enjoyable one! It’s definitely not my favorite Schwab read so far, but I still enjoyed it.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a book about a small secluded town where a stranger shows up one day, and children start disappearing at night. The townspeople believe that these kidnappings are caused by the stranger, but our main character, Lexi, believes he is innocent.

There were things I loved (the witches, the premise), and some things I didn’t like as much (the romance, the character development), but overall, it was good!

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth– ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I picked up this audiobook from Libro.fm because I was seeing it everywhere. I really enjoyed it, and now I want to pick up a physical copy so that I can see the illustrations in the book.

This book follows two different timelines. One is in the past at a boarding school where a couple of girls form a club inspired by a popular memoir. One day, two of the girls are killed by a swarm of yellow jackets, and then a few weeks later, another girl dies holding the memoir. The present timeline follows an author who wrote a book about the boarding school. The book is being turned into a movie, so we also learn about the two actresses playing the leading roles in the film.

It was a spooky book full of twists and turns, and I really enjoyed it!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker– ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I feel like I’ve talked about this book so much already, but I really, really liked it! I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about reading a book about illness during a pandemic, but I’m actually very glad that I did. It was comforting in a way, and I could really relate to the characters.

The writing was beautiful, and I liked the pacing. We followed various characters through short chapters, so it felt like we were going scene to scene like a movie.

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale– ⭐️⭐️

Unfortunately, this next read was not so great. I honestly thought it was a contemporary novel, just based on the cover & synopsis. But in reality, it was masquerading as a fantasy. The main character drops out of high school to try and make it as a broadway star in New York City. When that doesn’t work, she follows the mom of the girl she is nannying to Montana to continue to work for them. One day, she enters a bookstore, gets a book, and then starts reading it. Suddenly, she gets transported to the book she’s reading.

The premise sounded okay, but the execution was so poor. The main character was so unlikeable. Actually, all of the characters in it were unlikeable. This book was just a mess in my opinion. It felt more like I was reading a middle grade novel than YA, but it didn’t make a lot of sense. The ending was the worst part—it was so random and not entirely explained.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston– ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The first time I read this classic was junior year of high school. When Libro.fm was offering the audiobook for free, I jumped on the chance to re-read it. I adored it even more on my second read than the first.

I also remember really enjoying the movie, so that is now on my list of things to re-watch soon!

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay– ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don’t know where to even begin with this book. It was such a wonderful reading experience. I really took my time with it, and I fell in love with Ami McKay’s writing. This book contains everything that I love—NYC, witchcraft, murder, friendship, a mysterious crow, and more. There is a bit of a mixed media element to the book, too, which made it really interesting.

What I enjoyed most was the way the story unfurled and came together. These seemingly unrelated chapters all slowly weaved into each other. It was quite honestly a masterpiece.

This was a book I picked up from the bookstore on a total whim, and it is one that I am so happy to have in my collection. The characters and the atmosphere just feel like home to me. It’s going to be a comfort read for sure.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King– ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I think I’ve just accepted the fact that King’s writing is not for me. This book started off okay, but then it seemed to drag on for longer than it needed to. I wasn’t particularly interested in the characters, so the plot just fell flat. It was also a little unrealistic for me. If it weren’t for the audiobook, I probably would have DNF’d. I don’t see myself reading anymore of his works in the future, either.

Laura by Leonora Sansay– ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don’t have much to say about this story. I read it for my English class, and it was a very short read! It was an interesting story, but not something I would read again.

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What were some of your best reads of the month? Did you find any new favorites?

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon / Review

You may not remember, but I read Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon a few months ago, and I absolutely adored it. I was so excited to get an early copy of her debut adult book, The Ex Talk!

Luckily, I loved it just as much.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

My Thoughts:

This was such a fun book because it took two common tropes—enemies to lovers + fake dating—but turned them upside down! In this case, it was actually an enemies to lovers + fake exes story, which isn’t something I’d ever read before.

It was fresh and funny, and I was so entertained the entire time by it.

The characters were each so witty and had their own distinct personalities, which is why I enjoyed the book so much. I think characters are the most important pieces to any type of story because it’s what makes the audience care about the rest of the elements (like plot, world, magic, etc.). And Rachel does a phenomenal job of creating realistic characters that are fun to read about!

I also really enjoyed the radio/podcasting element to this story! As a communication student, I’ve learned about the world of radio before, but this really brought it to life for me. I think a writer is great at what they do if they can make you interested in something you’ve never really care about before. For example, the directors, producers, and writers behind The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix made millions of people watch an entire show about the game of chess. It made me so excited by it that I even began teaching myself chess!

The Ex Talk did that for me with radio. I think the behind-the-scenes of it all was so fascinating, and it was useful to read about since I just started my own podcast as well!

Finally, the plot was great. There were some parts that I think could have been slowed down a little bit, but overall I had such a great time with this book.

If you are an adult romance fan, this is a great book to pick up! Even if you’re not much of an adult reader, I think this is a good book to help you get into the world of adult books because it’s light and not too hardcore.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

This book comes out on January 26th, so be sure to add it to your TBR if you’re interested or preorder it now!

Have you read this or any of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s other books?

Winter TBR 2021

Happy New Year! I can’t say what the new year will bring. None of us really can, can we? But I do know that I am going to take every opportunity that comes my way, and I want to embrace as many new experiences as I can.

This year, I’m going to set seasonal TBRs because I want to have more flexibility with my reading!

I’m only going to be picking 5 books for each season, too, even though I know I will read much more than that in total! I just want to have room to pick up anything else I want.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

I asked you all to vote on my Instagram for which book should be my first read of 2021, and the winner was The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab! I have had this on my TBR for about 2 years now, so I am excited to finally get to it!

This is V.E. Schwab’s debut book that follows a mysterious town where children begin disappearing from their beds. A new boy to town becomes a suspect, but he and the protagonist Lexi work together to find them. It sounds right up my alley.

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

This is one of my most recent purchases, and I am really excited to read this book. It’s about three women who describe themselves as witches, who work at a tea shop together. It’s a historical fantasy, which isn’t something I would normally gravitate towards, but 2021 is all about trying new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone! I also think I’m really going to like it, just based off of the reviews I’ve seen.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth

I have always been a horror fan (gothic lit was always my favorite subject in my english classes), but I never actually read all that much of it. I have been slowly working my way through more horror in 2020, but I want to continue that trend this year, too. It is a book that takes place at a boarding school in England. That’s all I know about it, but that’s all I want to know—I want to go into it without any expectations. It’s also one of my 5 star predictions for 2021, so fingers crossed!

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Another genre I want to read more of in 2021 is memoirs! Barack Obama’s book has been a very popular read since its release a couple of months ago, and I finally secured an audiobook of it. I’m excited because it’s narrated by him, so I just know it’ll be a great time.

I adored listening to Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, which was also narrated by her, so I really think this will be a 5 star read for me!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I really enjoy classic literature, but again, it’s a genre I don’t often pick up. I want to include at least one classic in all of my TBRs this month, but I hope I’ll read even more than that! Wuthering Heights has been on my radar for a really long time, and now that I finally own a copy of it, I need to pick it up!

If you’ve read any of these before, please feel free to share your thoughts on them! What are some books you’ll be reading this month or this quarter?

December Wrap Up 2020 + ANNOUNCEMENT!

Welcome to my final wrap up (and post) of 2020! What a year it’s been. It has definitely had its ups and its many, many downs, but I think we all learned a lot this year, and for that I’m really grateful. My outlook on life has changed a lot, and I think I’ve really learned that life is short and you have to take advantage of every opportunity given to you!

With that being said, I have decided to start a podcast! You can listen to the trailer now on Anchor.fm, and in a few days, it should be available on many more podcasting platforms (including Apple Podcasts and Spotify)!

If you want to hear me chat about reading, writing, and the creative podcast, definitely be sure to check it out.

I have also decided to go back to posting once a week on here in 2021 in order to increase the quality of my posts. I want to be happy with everything I share, and I don’t want to feel rushed or burnt out.

I hope this change will be a positive one for you all as well because you’ll be able to get more value out of my posts! I am excited for all that the new year will bring, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Now, let’s look at my reading for the month of December! I read 12 books, which I’m so happy about, and I enjoyed all of them—that’s pretty rare!

5 stars

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: This is a very well written and informative read! I think it’s a book that everyone should read.
  • Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace: We all know how much I love Amanda Lovelace! This collection is all about sisterhood, and as I have a younger sister, I related to it so much. It was beautiful as always.
  • Writers & Lovers by Lily King: This was one of my most anticipated reads, and I am so pleased that it was a good one. I love reading about other writers, so I knew this one would be a 5 star!
  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: I read my first book by Rachel Lynn Solomon this year & it is one of my favorite reads of 2020! I loved this one just as much, and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to be able to read it.
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: The Hill House show is one of my absolute favorites, and I have been wanting to read the book for a really long time. It surprised me a lot because it’s so different from the show, but I loved it in its own way! Shirley Jackson is an amazing writer.

4 stars

  • Please Pick Me by Reina Regina: This is a poetry collection I reviewed earlier this month, so be sure to check that out for my in-depth thoughts!
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni: I have been loving thrillers recently, and this one was really interesting! I may even continue the rest of the series because I enjoyed the story a lot.
  • Genius and Ink by Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf is a writer I want to explore a lot more in the new year! This was a great introduction to her work for those who are new to her because it is her reviews of other writers.
  • After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott: Another thriller that I really enjoyed! This one was a longer one, but it was full of action and twists. I highly recommend it!

3.5 stars

  • Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham: I really like reading about social media and influencers, so this was an enjoyable read! Some of it felt a little unrealistic, but I had a good time reading it.

3 stars

  • Essential Bukowski by Charles Bukowski: Charles Bukowski writes really…interesting poetry. There were a few good pieces, but a lot of it was very misogynistic, which I was not fond of. I know that he is considered a really good poet, but he is not someone I will probably read more of.
  • You Have a Match by Emma Lord: In December of last year, I read Emma Lord’s debut book Tweet Cute and absolutely adored it! I enjoyed You Have a Match, but unfortunately not as much as her first novel. It just felt a little too rushed because there was so much going on. It wasn’t bad, just not one of my favorites!

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know what your thoughts were!

And please share what your favorite reads of the year were, I’d love to know!

The Netflix Book Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good holiday season this year, given the circumstances.

Since I’ve been home from school, all I’ve been doing is catching up on movies and shows that have been on my Netflix list for ages, so I thought it was appropriate to do this tag now!

I’m not sure who the original creator is, but I saw it on Kristin’s blog a really long time ago (yes, that’s how long I save tags for), so check it out!

Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading

Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham: I will talk more about this book in my wrap up, but it was an enjoyable read! It’s also my last read of 2020!

Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: I’ve only read 2 other short stories and novels by Shirley Jackson, but I absolutely loved them. This one has been recommended to me quite a few times after I read The Haunting of Hill House! I also have the movie adaptation of this on my Netflix list, so I need to get on it ASAP!

Recently Added: The last book you bought

The Lord of the Rings box set by J.R.R. Tolkien: I have had this specific box set on my mind for years. I almost bought it so many times, but then I kept holding off. I finally decided to purchase it for myself as a Christmas gift, and I am so happy that I did. I’ve only read The Hobbit (2 years ago for a children’s literature class), but I really enjoyed it. That’s what inspired me to purchase this set!

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have read or have no interest in reading)

Read:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: This book has been super hyped this year, and for good reason! This is a beautiful historical fiction about two Black twins who split up and live very different lives—one passes as white, while the other escapes an abusive marriage.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: Everyone has heard of this book, and everyone has heard of how heartbreaking it is. I just had to include this one here!

Unread:

Circe by Madeline Miller: This book was one that I had on my TBR for a while, but the longer I thought about it, the less interested I was in it. I’m sure it is a really good book, like everyone says! But personally, I know I wouldn’t really enjoy it.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I feel like everyone is going to hate me for this one, but I just have no desire to read this series (or any of SJM’s other books). I tried ACOTAR and didn’t really like it, and I’m also not really a YA fantasy person—especially a series.

Comedies: A funny book

Shit, Actually by Lindy West: This was a really fun book where a woman gives commentary about various films. Her reading this was just so entertaining, and I highly recommend it if you like to watch movies!

Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king

Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: I have the worst book memory possible, so it’s hard for me to think of things like this right away, but I had The Cruel Prince lying next to me, so I thought of Cardan. Not only is he a legitimate king, but he is very dramatic, too.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

The Switch by Beth O’Leary: Illustrated novels are all the rage right now, but it was surprisingly difficult for me to choose a book for this! I decided to go with The Switch because I think the cover with the doors is absolutely adorable. Plus, it was a phenomenal read!

Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han: I absolutely must do a re-read of this series soon. It is definitely one of my favorite series of all time, but I have never re-read it!

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton: This is a book that needs to be read by everyone. It’s a story about a women who was raped who then accused the wrong man of the crime. He went to prison for years until it was finally proven that he was innocent. It made me sob, but it was so beautiful.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: For some reason, this was the first book to come to mind. It definitely has a lot of action (the whole series does), and I think it’s just a really fun read!

New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: This is probably going to be one of my first reads of 2021, and I am so excited! It has been out for a little while now, but I wanted to include it here!

This was such a fun tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I enjoyed writing them :)

I can’t believe I have just one more post going up in 2020. There are going to be some changes and new things coming in 2021 that I’m really excited to be sharing soon, so be on the lookout for that!

For now, I’ll see you on Thursday :)