Please Pick Me Blog Tour / Poetry Review

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week so far!

Today I am exciting to be taking part in a blog tour for Please Pick Me by Reina Regina with Caffeine Book Tours! Thank you so much to Shealea for allowing me to take part!

Goodreads Synopsis

In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It’s got a heart it wants to give away.

These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about

the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,
the desperation of hoping they’ll fight harder when they waver,
the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and
the tenderness we feel when we’re sending love out to others

—all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.

This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it’s okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.

I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.

My Review

This poetry collection had me from the foreword. Reading those words from the author made me feel so connected to the poems before I even read them because I understood where the words were coming from. I knew I would be able to relate, and I did.

I really loved the longer poems in this collection. They were full of metaphors and vivid imagery, and I felt like the outside world didn’t exist when I was reading this. Some of my favorites are “date a boy who draws,” “sepsis,” and “care instructions.”

The parts that I couldn’t necessarily relate to in a literal sense, I still felt deeply connected to. I think that really shows that the author has a way with words!

Unfortunately, a few of the shorter poems didn’t resonate with me as much and they felt a bit more cliche.

That one fault aside, this was exactly the poetry collection I needed. It hit home in ways I never knew a book could, and it felt like some part that I’ve kept hidden inside me was finally able to come out.

if you are saying
“don’t ask me to choose
between you and her”
and you are notsaying
“I will choose you
no matter what”
then isit not quite clear
what your answer will be?

{ logically, not me}

Reina Regina

Also, the illustrations in this were so so beautiful. They really completed the collection.

Overall, this is a story for people who want to be chosen. About people who feel like they give so much love but do not get it in return. It’s for the people who just want to feel special and seen and appreciated. It was raw, honest, and beautifully written.

This short book is perfect for anyone looking to read a quick poetry collection that’s emotional and will hit you hard!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Do you read poetry? What are some of your favorite collections?

Don’t forget to check out this book if you’re interested in purchasing it—It’s out now!

5 Star Predictions for 2021 (#5)

Hello! This is my fifth installment of 5 star predictions! I’m almost done with reading the books from the last batch, but I thought I would do a post with my predictions for the new year!

This is also another way to get myself to read books I’ve been putting off reading, so I’m going to try to get to these early on in 2021. This is how I’m holing myself accountable. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Boarding school horror story. What else is more me than this? I’ve also seen some pretty good reviews of this, so I’m really looking forward to reading it! I have an audiobook courtesy of Libro.fm, so I think this is going to be a great book to dive into soon!

Anxious People by Fredrik Bachman

I have had multiple books by Bachman on my TBR over the years, but I’ve never picked one up yet. I have heard phenomenal things about the author, and I’m expecting the book to be very poignant and beautifully written. All I know is that it is about a robber who holds a group of people hostage at an apartment open house! It sounds super intriguing, and I’m curious to know how the story will unfold!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

My sister got me this book for my birthday last month, and it has taken a lot of willpower not to have started it right away. I held myself back because I was still working through quite a few other books, and I don’t think I’ll have time to get through it this month either. BUT, that means it is a perfect read to start the new year off with, and I think that is exactly what I’m going to do! In case you don’t know, this is a story about a girl who makes a bargain with the devil to live forever in exchange for being forgotten by everyone she meets. Until she meets someone who remembers her…

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I love a good YA mystery. And this is a Sherlock Holmes spinoff about the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time, and it’s imperative that I get to it in 2021. I want to even finish the whole series, though I’m not sure when that will happen!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

This is a book about a mysterious illness that causes people to fall asleep and not wake up. I don’t know much else besides that, but I have heard some very good things about it. I think it will be a strange and atmospheric novel, if the cover is any judge. My lovely friend Olivia gifted it to me, and I can not wait to pick it up!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? I would love to hear any opinions on them you have!

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!

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard / Review

Many of you know that I am not a huge fantasy reader. I tend to stick to contemporaries anywhere from romances to thrillers to literary fiction.

However, I do enjoy a fantasy every now and then to break up my reading. I first heard of An Unkindness of Magicians a couple of years ago from Merphy Napier, who is a booktuber I really like! She mentioned that it was an adult standalone fantasy, and that peaked my interest for sure.

I’ve had it on my TBR for a while now, so I’m so happy that I finally got to it!

Goodreads Synopsis

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.

Review

The Good:
  • The magic- I really enjoyed the magic system in this book. It was a lot darker than I had expected, but that made me love it even more. It was just really intricate in the way that it worked, especially once one of the twists was revealed.
  • Plot- As I mentioned, this book was a lot darker than I originally thought it would be, but it was oh so good. I really like any books with magical competitions, and this reminded me a bit of The Night Circus. I liked that there were a lot of hidden agendas for everything, and each chapter gave us a little bit more. And that ending? It absolutely destroyed me. Take that as you will.
  • The writing- I also liked the writing style of this book. It was easy to follow, but filled with very beautiful prose. There were quite a few quotes that really stood out to me from it, which is part of how I judge a book’s writing.

“Magic, at its heart, starts with sacrifice. You have to give up something to get something, and because magic is big, with all that it allows you access to, what you give up has to be big. It has to be meaningful.”

The Bad:
  • Character- I felt like the characters were lacking complexity for me. I love character driven novels, but this one was not the best at making me connect to the cast. There are a lot of characters introduced in the beginning, and I felt like they did not distinguish themselves enough. I got a bit lost and actually started the audiobook over when I was 3 chapters in because of that. However, once you got to know who each person was, I started to enjoy the story more.
  • Action- This was a slower moving story, which is something I tend to prefer. With this one, though, I wish that some of the challenges were described with more detail. I feel like they really could have been fleshed out to be more intense and action-packed. Those scenes were really underwhelming for me, which is unfortunate because I really liked the magic system and would have wanted to see more of it.
Overall:

This was a really solid, enjoyable read. I would definitely pick up more from this author in the future, and I’m really happy I read this one!

Rating: 4 stars

I would love to know if you’ve read this one and what your thoughts were! I don’t see nearly enough people talking about this book (or the author in general).

I’m also in need of more recs similar to this one, so if you have any, send them may way!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon.

My Favorite Debut Books

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing day. Today I want to talk about debut books. It always amazes me when I read a phenomenal book and find out that it is an author’s debut work. I thought that it would be fun to share a few of those that really stand out to me!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang wrote the first draft of this book when she was 19. That is 2 years younger than I am, and I have never even completed a manuscript. This book is packed with so much history and culture, but told in an interesting and entertaining way. I was so invested in the story, and that is all due to R.F. Kuang’s writing style. I absolutely can not wait to get to the rest of the trilogy! If you have read or are planning to read this, I also highly recommend checking out Tiffany’s blog post that details the history that this book is based on because she did an excellent job breaking everything down.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This book blew me away. It was written so well, and it told such a unique story. It was definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and it sticks in my mind for that reason. It has been raved about by many people over the last few months, so I’m sure you’ve already heard how amazing it is. If you haven’t yet read it, you need to!

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2020. I have been raving about it for months now, and it is honestly one of my favorite YA novels ever. I actually read it during a time when I thought I was no longer interested in YA books, but this one proved me wrong. Even if I don’t relate to YA the same way I used to, this book reminded me that the genre has so much to offer and I am not done with it yet (and I probably never will be)!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This book is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. I don’t even have the words to describe the writing, other than saying that it was beautiful. I don’t know why, but I love sad books, and this one really brought it all. I truly hope that one day my writing can parallel Kate Russell’s in some way because I loved everything about it.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is one of the cutest books ever. It was fun and entertaining, but it also had great characters and good writing. I wrote a review for this book back in January, which you can check out if you want to know more about my thoughts. I have an ARC of Emma Lord’s next release, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you all!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Rory Power is one of my all-time favorite authors, and it is all because of this book. Her writing and storytelling is UNMATCHED. I admire her so much as an author, and I am in awe of everything she does. I definitely want to read more dark YA books because I haven’t picked up that many. This one made me much more interested in the genre.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

As a huge poetry fan, reading a book in verse was so intriguing to me. I’ve read a couple of others before this one, but The Poet X was the first one that I really loved. There was so much packed into this story, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Of course, this book needs to be put on this list. When I read Angie’s first novel, I was completely moved by it. Her words are so powerful and pack a punch, and it is still astonishing to me that this was her first published novel. Her second book is just as great, and I am going to be reading anything and everything she puts out for sure!

These are just a handful of the amazing debut novels I’ve read. I would love to know what some of your favorites are, so please share them in the comments!

I Turned 21?! A Birthday Reflection.

On Sunday, I turned 21.

In the days leading up to my birthday, I always like to reflect on the past year of my life. My good friend Angela asked me to share my goal setting process for my birthday, so I talked a bit about it on my Instagram already, but I wanted to share it here as well!

I always start by journaling about where I’m at currently, what I did/didn’t do over the last year, and just my thoughts in general. This really helps me to reflect and check in with myself. I journal on a fairly regular basis, and I highly recommend giving it a try!

Twenty was a weird age. More than half of it was spent trying to survive a pandemic, and the other half was pretty uneventful. I felt pretty isolated for a majority of it, and I felt like I didn’t accomplish much. I also feel like I shut myself in a bit, and I turned down a lot of experiences that I wish I had taken up.

Those are some of the things I wrote about in my journal. Then, using my journal as a guide, I created a page in Notion with my intentions for the year ahead.

Here are my affirmations/intentions:

  1. I have a positive attitude and enjoy the simple moments.
  2. I free myself of expectations and I am more creative.
  3. I make new connections and I am more adventurous.

I don’t really set “goals” in the traditional sense on my birthday because I create quarterly goals instead every year. But, I do like to create somewhat of a “to-do list” instead. Here is what that looks like for the next 12 months!

I will…

  • finish writing a book
  • give myself more breaks & stress less about school
  • start a new hobby or reinvest in an old one
  • travel somewhere new (city, state, country? whatever’s possible)
  • take a fun class (yoga? pottery? photography?)
  • start a book club with friends
  • eat more vegetables and learn to cook 5 new meals
  • start a new long-term creative project (podcast? poetry collection? e-book?)
  • pay off a big chunk of student loans
  • make 5 new friends!

That is all in terms of how I look back on my years as well as how I think about the future! It’s really strange to me that I’m already 21. I feel like I’m still in high school sometimes, if I’m being honest.

But I’m really excited about this next year of my life, and I’m pretty optimistic about it.

Do you have any planning systems surrounding your birthday?

Recently Acquired NetGalley ARCs

For those that are unfamiliar with it, NetGalley is a site where book reviewers can request ARCs in e-book or audiobook format. I have been working hard recently to keep my feedback ratio above 75%, so I haven’t requested too many new books this year. I have, however, acquired a few over the last 6 months or so, and I thought it would be fun to share them!

Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham: This first book is one that I have been super interested in reading! If you don’t know, Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars books, which I’ve never read, but I loved the show. This book is a mystery that involves social media superstars, and I am super intrigued by it! I’ve seen quite a few good reviews of it, too, which makes me even more excited to read it!

Release date: January 5th, 2021

You Have a Match by Emma Lord: About a year ago, I read and reviewed Tweet Cute by Emma Lord and I thought it was amazing. I have been anticipating a new release by her for many months now, and I’m so excited to have an early copy of this book! This is a book about a girl who finds out she has a sister through a DNA testing service! If it’s anything like her last book, I know that this one will be very fun and full of action.

Release date: January 5th, 2021

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein: This one initially attracted me because of the cover—it’s so beautiful! All I know about it is that it takes place at a boarding school, and that is one of my favorite settings for contemporary novels! I’ve seen VERY mixed reviews of it, though, so I’m a bit worried going into it.

Release date: April 27th, 2021

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales: Sophie Gonzales wrote Only Mostly Devastated which released early this year. It’s one that I’ve heard good things about but haven’t read myself yet. I’m really excited about it, though!

Release date: March 9th, 2021

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: Rachel is a popular YA author who is now making her debut in the adult world (if I’m correct), and I could not be more excited! This is about two radio hosts who give relationship advice live on the air. The twist? They are enemies in real life! I have only read one book by Rachel, but it was such a good surprise. It’s definitely up there as one of my favorite reads of the year, so I’m really excited about this one.

Release date: January 26th, 2021

What 2021 releases are you looking forward to? Have you gotten any exciting ARCs recently? Tell me about them in the comments!

A Guide to Jenn Bennett’s Books!

Today is the release of Jenn Bennett’s newest contemporary novel, Chasing Lucky! The release was originally scheduled for May, but got pushed back due to Covid. BUT, because of that, I did share my review with all of you quite early!

I wanted to make sure I put this one back on your radar now that it’s officially released, and I thought what better way than to make a whole guide for Jenn Bennett’s books?!

You guys know I’m a fan of all of her books, and since I’ve read quite a few of them now, I feel qualified to share this post! If you would like me to do more like this (for other authors or genres), let me know!

Where to start

Alex, Approximately: This is my personal favorite of Jenn Bennett’s, and it’s where I started with her stories! I think it’s a great way to get into her work because it’s a You’ve Got Mail retelling, so if you’re familiar with that one, this may be perfect for you. Also, it’s one of her more popular ones, so that also might make it easier to find!

  • Film references
  • Secret identities
  • Museums

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart: This is Jenn Bennett’s first standalone contemporary, so for that it’s also a great place to start if you are looking to read in publication order! Before this book, she also wrote some paranormal fantasy romances, but I haven’t read any of her earlier work, so I can’t speak for it! This is actually the most recent book of hers I’ve read, and I think it holds up well! You can definitely see improvement in her later novels, but I think this was a fantastic read that is a great example of what she has to offer!

  • Art
  • Anatomy
  • schizophrenia representation (though I can’t speak to its accuracy)

If you want a magical adventure…

The Lady Rogue: This is the only fantasy by her I’ve read, but I absolutely adored it! I’ve also written a review for this one, if you want more in-depth thoughts. Basically, it is a fun and adorable adventure story! You will get all of the witty banter and cute romance scenes that Jenn Bennett is known for but in a historical/fantasy-ish setting (there are a few fantasy elements)! This one ended up surprising me a lot and it is definitely a must-read for me!

  • Treasure hunt
  • Rescue mission
  • Slight magical twist?

If you want a cozy and warm story…

Serious Moonlight: This is the perfect book to pick up during the fall and winter seasons. I mean, just look at the cover! This one follows two characters as they go on an adventure to figure out the reason for a mystery man’s meetings at the hotel they work at. It was just such a fun and cozy book.

  • Hotel mystery
  • Seattle
  • Homeschooled main character!

If you want enemies to lovers…

Starry Eyes: This is the perfect summer read (for all of my southern hemisphere friends), but it’s also just a cute book to read all year round—especially if you want to revisit the summer! I also know that tons of people love the enemies to lovers trope (and this one is childhood friends to enemies to lovers, what could be better?)! And, I have a review for this one, too!

  • Camping trip gone wrong
  • Overthinking and over-planning main character
  • Lots of witty banter

If you want summer vibes…

Chasing Lucky: Finally, we have a super fun summery read! This is Jenn’s latest release, like I mentioned, and it comes out TODAY! I really enjoyed it for its small town vibes, lots of summer activities, and fun plot line.

  • Small town
  • Childhood best friends (to enemies? to lovers?)
  • Family owned bookstore

Have you read any of Jenn Bennett’s books? Which one is your favorite? Are you going to pick up a new one now?

Thought Collective #5- How I Feel About Social Media

It’s not secret that I have been trying to spend more time away from my phone for the last few months. I even wrote a whole post about going off the grid (sort of) for a week, and that experiment was really eye opening for me.

Since then, I have really been paying attention to the way I use social media and how much of my time I spend on it.

Before I get into the darker side of the internet, I want to acknowledge some of the good that is has brought me! Social media is a wonderful tool, one that I am so grateful for.

Because of it, I…

  • found a community of like-minded readers
  • made amazing friendships
  • discovered new passions
  • became informed on topics that I otherwise would not have ever heard of

I would not take back any of these things that social media has given me.

However, I think it’s also equally as important to talk about the bad, too. We all know that social media affects us tremendously. It has been the cause of anxiety and depression for me, given me FOMO, triggered unhealthy perceptions of my body, and overall just helps me waste time.

I think that what I’ve realized about social media is that you need to remember that it is a tool. You are supposed to be in control of it, not the other way around.

I am much more conscious of how I use social media now. I use it for interaction with friends and fellow readers. I use it to share parts of my day that I think others will be interested in. I use it to stay informed and to inform others. I use it for inspiration. And that’s it.

I don’t use it for mindless entertainment the way I used to. I don’t use it to compare myself to others. I don’t use it to follow petty drama.

And I have truly seen a huge improvement in my mood.

I thought that I would share some things that I did that really helped me break my social media addiction of mindless scrolling.

  1. Don’t be afraid to unfollow: I know that it may seem harsh to unfollow someone, but I think if you are not benefitting from their content, you don’t enjoy their content, or you’re just not interested in it, you should not feel guilty for unfollowing. You are allowed to curate your space for yourself! I regularly go through my following lists on various social media sites and unfollow accounts that don’t align with my values. When I do scroll through my feeds, I only see content that I am genuinely interested in!
  2. Set limits: When I first began shortening my time online, I found it super helpful to implement the downtime feature on my iPhone. From 9:30 pm to 8:00 am, I set a control that blocked all of my apps! I no longer use it now, but I conditioned myself not to go on my phone for the first hour after waking up, and I try to get off of it at least 30 minutes before I go to bed. There are other ways to set limits, too. You can allow yourself to go on social media for one hour a day. Or you can delete the apps on your phone and only check it on your desktop. Or you can schedule specific times throughout your day that you will check it. Figure out what works best for you!
  3. Decide what you want to use and figure out your why: Having a ‘why’ for spending less time on social media is really effective. What can you accomplish in the 5 hours that you don’t spend on your phone? Maybe you can pick up a new hobby. Maybe you can improve a skill or learn something new. Maybe you can use that time for self care or to spend time with your family! You don’t realize just how much time you are spending on social media if you don’t pay active attention to it. It also helps to know which apps you actually want to use. For instance, I spend much more time on Instagram than Twitter now, and I deleted TikTok entirely a few months ago. I only use Snapchat for sending videos/photos to friends, but I otherwise don’t go on it. Again, decide what works for you!

How do you feel about social media? It’s definitely one of those things that’s in the gray area. It’s neither good nor bad. Again, I think it all depends on how you use it!

I hope this post was helpful, though, and that you took something away from it! I would love to know what you think.

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?