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!

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?

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?

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!

November 2020 Wrap Up

November was a good month. I somehow managed to read more books than I have since July, and I enjoyed pretty much all of them! I am back on a big reading kick, which is a really nice feeling.

In total, I read 11 books this month! Let’s take a look at what they were.

5 Stars

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: The first book I read in November was also one of the best I read. It is a breathtaking story about twin sisters who run away from their small town to a big city and eventually split up. They are both “passing” as white, but one marries a darker skinned Black man, while the other pretends to be white. The story was so brilliantly weaved together, and I was so drawn in the entire time I was reading it. It truly left me speechless.
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I was not expecting to actually get to this book this month, but once I started it, I finished it in a matter of hours. It is a story about a girl who decides to run across the world after experiencing an incredibly traumatic event a year ago. I was in awe of this story, and it was just so inspiring.
  • Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman: I have been a long time fan of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books (Summer Bird Blue is one of my all-time favorites), so I was so happy to find this audiobook on Scribd. There is something so lyrical and beautiful about her writing, and this story was no different. It is about a girl who wants to be a trapeze artist, but her parents won’t allow it (despite owning their own circus). She runs away and joins a rivaling traveling circus instead. I ate this story up.

4 Stars

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: This was a multi-generational story about a family in Korea. It was really well written, and I feel like I learned so much about Korean and Japanese history by reading it. I did get a little lost at some points because there were a lot of characters to keep up with, but overall it was a phenomenal read.
  • Shit, Actually by Lindy West: I picked this book up on a whim from Libro.fm, and I was not at all expecting to love it as much as I did. I think I was just reading a lot of heavy books, and this provided me some relief from that. It’s basically just a commentary on popular films, and even though I haven’t even read half of them, hearing the author talk about them was so fun. It was wildly entertaining and made me laugh out loud a few times.
  • An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard: I wrote a review for this book, so I’m going to link it if you are interested in reading! I really enjoyed it, though, especially as someone who is not big on fantasy!

3 Stars

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: I am very interested in the idea of minimalism as a whole, and have recently been trying to live a simpler digital life as well. This book was good, but as someone who has been watching a lot of documentaries, Youtube videos, and listening to podcasts about this topic, it felt very basic. A lot of the Youtube videos and podcasts referred to this book, so I thought it would be more groundbreaking than it was.
  • Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This was an enjoyable read. I have been putting this one off for a while, so I am glad that I finally got around to reading it. It’s a story about the murder of a young girl, and it was DARK and quite morbid. I didn’t really love the ending of it, which is what knocked it down a bit for me, but it was a good read!
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd: This was an interesting story that deals with mental illness in an interesting way. I was interested enough to continue reading it, but it felt a little off to me. I think it needed to be refined and edited a bit more in order for the story to flow better.

2.5 Stars

  • The House by Christina Lauren: The concept for this book was great- a house that’s alive? It was basically a romance version of Monster House. Except, the romance was bad, in my opinion, which is the most shocking part considering Christina Lauren are known for their romance books now! I just wish the overall execution of this were a bit better.

2 Stars

  • Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: This is a book about a trans boy who goes to live with his aunt for the summer, and a girl who recently lost her sister. Unfortunately, the representation in this book is not done very well at all, according to own voice reviewers, and there were many parts of this story that did not sit well with me.

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

October Wrap Up 2020

Before we start the post, I want to acknowledge that today is election day, and I know that this day is stressful. Please take care of yourself. I hope that this post can provide some distraction from the events of the day.


Another month has gone by, just like that. And we are slowly coming to the end of 2020 (thank god, right?).

In terms of reading, this has been another one of those slower months for me. I read 7 books, which is one more than last month, and I read some really good books! So, let’s take a look at them :)

5 stars

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: My first read of spooky season was definitely a successful one! This book was so eerie and it reminded me a lot of The Yellow Wallpaper and The Fall of the House of Usher. If you like gothic literature, this is definitely the book for you!

4.5 stars

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: This book was PHENOMENAL! I really enjoyed this, and I have a whole review up on the blog, so I won’t go into detail now. But it was a really great read, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out!
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: I am completely in awe of the fact that R.F. Kuang wrote a book this complex when she was 19?!?! That is phenomenal. This was a really great read, though it was a longer book, but I am so looking forward to picking up the next one!

3.5 stars

  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman: This was an enjoyable read! I found the story really interesting, but I was hoping for some more character development. It was a creepy book for sure, and I am definitely going to check out the next book.

2 stars

  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: Some of you who have been following me for a while know how much To Kill a Mockingbird means to me. It is no longer one of my favorite books, but it still holds a special place in my life. I have been putting off the sequel to it for many years, mainly because my junior year English teacher told me I should wait until I’m a little older. I finally read it, and I understand why he wanted me to wait. I also wish he had just told me not to read it at all. It was a really disappointing read for me. It did not have the same impact that TKAM had at all, and it left me angry at the characters. I really wanted more from it, and I’m sad at how the story played out in it.
  • Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer: This was a whole 600+ pages of nothing. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting from this, but I really didn’t end up enjoying it. I was bored throughout most of it because it felt like I was just re-reading Twilight, but it was much slower. When I first started it, I really considered DNF’ing the book, but I got myself to power through solely because I had preordered it, and I felt like it would have been a waste of my money if I didn’t finish it.

1 star

  • Instructions for a Funeral by David Means: This was a short story collection that I was actually looking forward to reading, but it was really disappointing. The stories felt so disjointed, and I could not see the point to any of them. The author seemed to be going for those “slice of life” type of stories, but the actual writing did not work at all for me.

That’s all for my wrap up! I read some really good books and a couple of not so good books, but overall I’m happy with my reading! How many books did you read this month?

September Wrap Up 2020

Happy October! We are officially in ~spooky~ season and I could not be more excited about it.

Today I am here to share all of my reads from the last month with you! There are 7 books on this list, which is lower than my average for the second month in a row…but it doesn’t bother me at all! I have not been focusing on reading, so the fact that I read SEVEN whole books? Still incredible.

Just another reminder that it doesn’t matter how many books you read in a week, month, or year!

Let’s jump into the books now!

5 Stars

The Switch by Beth O’Leary: I wrote a whole review for this book, so check that out if you’re interested in my full thoughts! This was such a fun and entertaining story, though, and it made me super happy. I’d highly recommend it.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: This book is a complete opposite from the last one, but it was equally as amazing. I had no idea what turn this story would take, and it completely took me by surprise. It was absolutely thrilling.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: I watched the movie Just Mercy a few months back, and I had the book on hold on Libby since. I finally got the book in September, and it was as incredible as I expected it to be. It is a non-fiction story about a lawyer that discusses mass incarceration, wrongful accusations, the death penalty, racism, and more. I learned so much and I think everyone would benefit from reading it.

4 Stars

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: This might be a shocker to a lot of you, but I actually didn’t give this book 5 stars. I think part of it was the hype. I was anticipating what was going to happen, and it ended up not being as overwhelming as I expected. Also, (and I may be in the minority here) I think it could have been about 200 pages shorter. But it was still an emotional and touching read!

All the Woods She Watches Over by Emily McCosh: This was a super fascinating short story collection! Emily is an authortuber and I saw that she was sending out ARCs of her book, so I requested one. It was very different from what I normally read (it was heavily sci-fi based), but I found it to be really interesting.

3 Stars

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: This was a decent read. I think if you’re looking for a YA mystery, you’ll get that with this one! Personally, it just wasn’t as good as many other thrillers I’ve read (*cough* read Truly Devious *cough*), but I enjoyed it. I really liked the addition of some mixed media in it, and it was a fast read.

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene: My last read of the month, and not my favorite, unfortunately. This was just too predictable for me, which is not something I want in a thriller. I want it to shock me, and this didn’t do that. But the characters & their backstories were really interesting, so I kept reading. It was just okay for me.

What did you think of my reads this month? How many of them have you read?

What was your favorite book you read in September?

August Wrap Up 2020

The biggest lesson I learned in August is that just because I am capable of reading 10+ books every month, that doesn’t mean I have to.

I have consistently been reading quite a lot of books each month, mainly because I had a lot more time this year with, you know, the pandemic happening. But I was starting to feel burned out, and I wasn’t enjoying my time reading. It felt more like a task to check off my to-do list every day instead of a hobby I enjoy.

In August, I only read 6 books, which is a GREAT amount of books to read. That was something I reminded myself of this month. Even if I had read less than that, I still would have been really happy with the number. The number of books you read each month does not make you more or less of a reader.

Anyway, let’s take a look at what I read and my thoughts!

5 stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: This is my only 5 star book of the month but it is very well deserved! After reading this book, I realized that I definitely care more about the story, characters, and world of the Grisha trilogy and this duology opposed to the Six of Crows duology. Don’t get me wrong, the latter is really good, but it just doesn’t give me the same joy that Nikolai, Zoya, Nina, Genya, Tamar, Tolya, and the others do!

4.5 stars

The Black Madonna of Derby by Joanna Czechowska: I’ve already talked about this in a review post I published at the beginning of the month, but I really enjoyed this! It was one of the first times that I related to a character’s ethnicity in a book because I’ve never looked out for a book with Polish main characters before!

4 stars

Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott: Last month, I read Little Women and absolutely loved it! This month, I read the 2nd of four books, and it was also a really great read! I definitely preferred the first book (or the first half, if you have an edition that combines both), which is why I gave this one a bit of a lower rating. However, it was definitely a heartwarming story, and I love these characters so much!

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington: Sleep is so so important to me, and when I listened to a podcast episode of Sakara life with Arianna Huffington where she talked about her story with sleep and hustle culture, I knew I wanted to read her book! This is a nonfiction book that really dives into the importance of sleep. It is packed with so much scientific information, as well as anecdotes from celebrities that show what lack of sleep can lead to. The one thing I wish this book did more of was talk about how to get better sleep and how to create a good sleep routine. However, I still really enjoyed learning more about the topic, and I think it is worth the read, especially if you are someone who consistently gets under 8 hours of sleep.

2 stars

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab: Okay, so I know I talked about this series before, and I gave it some high praise. But…the more I read this one, the more disinterested I was. I really did not care at all about any of the characters, so I kept zoning out of the story. I think I tried to give in to the hype when I read the first two books, but I realized that I actually didn’t like them as much as I thought. It’s not that the books are bad, I just don’t think they are for me. I really love Schwab’s writing, though, and I think that her other books may suit my tastes better. It’s unfortunate, but I had to be honest with myself!

1 star

Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon: I finished this one on the very last day of the month, and unfortunately it was my least favorite of all. The writing felt very juvenile, the characters were not well-developed, the story was just a repetitive cycle, and the ending was incredibly rushed. I don’t want to go on about it for too long, but I just really didn’t like it. Luckily, I finished it in just about 4 hours, so it was a really quick read. Otherwise I would have DNF’d it.

How many books did you read in August? Have you read any of the ones I talked about? Let me know!