ARCs I Own But Haven’t Read Yet

I’ll be the first to admit it- I am awful at reading ARCs before release day. Sometimes it’s not my fault because the publisher doesn’t approve/send it until just a few days before it’s published (not putting the blame on them either, it happens). But other times, I’m just not in the mood for a certain ARC, so I push it off until I don’t have the time to read it before it comes out.

However, I am so SO grateful for being given the opportunity to read and review early copies of some amazing books.

Today I thought I would share with you all which ARCs I own but haven’t read yet- some are very past pub date, but many were gifted to me by friends, so the publisher wasn’t expecting a review from me- I swear, I’m not a horrible blogger.

Netgalley:

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power: This one does not come out until July, so I have some time left to read it, and it is one that I am expecting to be a 4 or 5 star read. I am hoping to get to it in the next month!

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons: I actually just got approved for this one a few days ago. It is a debut novel from Abbie who actually has a Youtube channel! That is how I found this book, and I was so excited that she chose me to ARC read it!

The Night Before by Wendy Walker: This came out this month, but because I had 2 other books to read for May, I fell a little behind. I am hoping to finish it ASAP and get my review up!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: This is another one that comes out in July, so, again, I have time to read it! I don’t know much about it other than the fact that it’s a thriller.

Instructions for a Funeral by David Means: This is a short story collection, I believe, that came out in March. I am behind on this one because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. I feel awful about it, but hopefully I will get to it soon.

Surviving Myself by Dina Pestonji: I was in a strange nonfiction mood when I requested this one, but since then it has ended. That is why I have not gotten around to it yet.

Edelweiss:

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The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora: This also comes out in July, and it’s actually only the 2nd book I was approved for on Edelweiss. I have only requested a total of about 5 books on there because I’m not as familiar with it. However, I do want to get better at using it, and I plan to in the future.

Physical:

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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I got this at Bookcon last year, but I just never got around to reading it. I saw a few good reviews of it, so I do want to read it as soon as I get a chance.

The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain: This was sent to me by the publisher, but I had never read the first book, so I couldn’t read this one before the pub date. However, I just recently read the first book, so I will be reading this one soon!

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky: This was one of a few books that I won in a giveaway, so I did not prioritize it. I know that eventually, I will read it, but I just haven’t been in the mood yet.

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover: This book was sent to me by someone on Twitter, which was so nice! Eventually, I will read it, I’m just not sure when.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This book is high on my TBR right now, and I do want to get to it soon. I’m pretty sure it’s a YA mystery/thriller, but aside from that, I don’t know too much.

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman: This is another book I won in a giveaway (actually, the next few are all from the same giveaway).

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: The cover for this ARC is actually really cool and I’m obsessed with it, but I have to be in a specific mood to read fantasy.

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke: Again, fantasy is something I don’t pick up very often.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White: This book is actually the third in a series that I have not yet read, but I won it in a giveaway, so I will eventually read it. I’m just not sure when.

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett: This is one of the first ARCs that was sent to me, and because I was excited for the opportunity, I accepted it without really thinking about if I would want to read it. I do want to at some point, but for now it is being held off (can you tell I’m a hoarder).

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.: I Have not read the My Lady Jane, which is the first book in this series. You don’t have to read the first one in order to read the second,  but I want to follow publication order.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: I have not yet read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which is why I haven’t picked this one up yet.

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan: I won this in a giveaway by Ariel Bissett which was super cool. She had talked about one of his other books before which made me interested in this one. It’s a short book, but it’s just not a high priority right now.

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So that is it for my unread ARCs! How many unread ARCs do you have? Please leave a comment letting me know so I feel less alone! Anyways, see you next week!

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Red, White & Royal Blue – Review

Hello everyone! I was given the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. The book actually came out today, so make sure to grab your copy if it interests you (which I definitely think you should do!)

Goodreads Synopsis:
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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My Review:

Wow, this book is absolutely incredible. I did not know that I needed it until I was reading it. And I’m so glad I did.

This book follows the first son of the US (in a world where a woman becomes President after Obama) and the Prince of Wales. Alex and Henry start off as enemies but quickly turn to lovers, and watching their love–which needs to remain a secret–unfold was beautiful.

I really enjoyed getting to know both characters, as well as getting a look into their lives with the eyes of the whole world on them. I can’t even imagine being in that position. Alex is figuring things out, from his sexuality to his future career, while Henry is dealing with grief and hiding his true self from his family.

Aside from the main characters, this book features a whole group of diverse characters. Alex and June, his sister, are biracial (Mexican/white), Henry is Gay, Alex is bisexual, and there are many more examples of diversity throughout the book in other side characters. The friendships in this book made my heart swell with happiness. June and Nora are Alex’s closest friends (until Henry), and the support the three have for each other is immeasurable. Bea and Pez, Henry’s sister and best friend, are also such incredibly supportive people, and anyone would be lucky to have them.

My favorite of the side characters was probably June- she’s a writer and she’s such a good sister!!

The romance was steamy, and the connection Henry and Alex have is like no other.

My one issue with the book was some of the writing felt a little off. There were strange time jumps where the scene would change randomly, making it a little difficult to follow. I also didn’t like the point of view the book was told in. I much would have preferred the first person, because the third person omniscient felt a little awkward to me.

However, I loved the story so so much. It felt very realistic, and it made me feel hopeful for the future. Overall, it was a solid story, with such strong characters, a great plot, and lots of love- both romantic and platonic.

I gave this one a 4/5 stars!

Some trigger warnings to be aware of: the death of a parent, homophobia/racism, anxiety/depression/panic attacks, sexual assault.

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Are you planning on picking this one up? Let me know in the comments! Also, feel free to recommend similar books to this one if you know any, I would love to add some to my TBR!

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May TBR 2019 // YOU Choose My TBR

Happy Tuesday loves!

I hope you had a good week since we last talked. I finally finished my Spring semester, so I am home until the end of August! I am going to have so much time for my creative projects- writing, blogging, journaling, reading, etc., which is incredible. I have been neglecting all of those for the past few weeks as the end of the semester was nearing.

Anyways, today I have a TBR for May- that you guys chose! On Twitter, I asked you guys to give me a number from 1-90 (I have 90 unread books), and I picked 8 of them for my TBR! Now that I’m home, I definitely feel like I can read 10+ books each month, but I wanted to give myself some flexibility.

I tried to pick numbers from the beginning, middle, and end of the scale so that there was a good mix. Here are the books!

7- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I bought this one on Bookoutlet ages ago without really knowing what it was. However, I’ve heard really good things about Emery Lord, so I am really excited to get to this one. I really hope I enjoy it because I have another book by her on my shelves. If I like this one enough, maybe I will get to that one really soon, too!

15- Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Sheier

This book looks like it will be a quick contemporary read, which is what I’m always in the mood for. I know that it deals with depression and is more of a darker contemporary. Those are always very on target for me.

23- A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

I picked up two Nicholas Sparks books on a whim one time because I love all of the movies made after his books. They always make me cry, so I’m hoping his books can do the same! I have no idea what this one is about, but it looked interesting enough at the time for me.

If you’ve ever read any of his books, please let me know. I have not heard much about them at all.

33- I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet read this one, even though I had been talking about it since it came out last year. I really have no excuses, I’m just worried that it won’t live up to my expectations. I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman a few months back and really enjoyed it, so I know I will give this one AT LEAST 3 stars, which is good (but let’s be honest, it’ll probably be a 5 star).

53- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I have heard nothing but good things about this one, and I’m pretty sure it will be a quick read! I have had it on my TBR for a while now, so I’m really excited to get to it!

65- Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

I received an ARC of this one so so long ago and it’s already been out for ages, but I have not yet gotten to it. I am an awful book blogger, I know. It was hyped up for a little while on Booktube, but I haven’t read or watched any reviews of it recently.

88- Storyteller: 100 Poem Letters by Morgan Harper Nichols

I’ve been following Morgan on Instagram for a really long time now, but I have not heard of any of her published work before. I decided to look it up and found this one, so I bought it immediately. It should be a very quick read, but I am excited nonetheless!

90- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I was so happy that someone said this number because this book is already on my TBR for the month because it comes out a week from today! I have started it, and I can not wait to read the rest. Just in the first 2 chapters, this book has made my heart so happy! I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book goes.

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That is it! Thank you so much to those of you who tweeted me numbers! If you missed it, be sure to follow me on Twitter in case I do something like this again soon (and I might!) or do some other fun things!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you next week :)

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I Actually Like Movie Tie-In Covers? // Discussion

Hello loves! Hope you are having a great day/night/week!

Today I wanted to talk about a topic that I have discussed a little bit on Twitter, but never in much detail: movie tie-in covers.

A lot of people have an issue with them, but personally, I love them! I thought I would talk a little bit about why I like them and then share my favorites with you (plus some not-so-great ones at the end).

Okay, let’s start off with the big one- “they’re ugly.”

I completely disagree with this one. There are so many beautiful movie tie-in covers, and some are actually prettier than the original cover!

For example…

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From a promotional standpoint (wow the PR major in me is jumping out), it is a great tactic to get more people interested in a book. Someone may see the book on a shelf and remember that they watched the movie, and this could get them to read it! Or maybe they’ve seen the trailer for the movie, so they want to pick up the book first.

People buy book = money for publisher/author/everyone involved. Yay!

Also, if the book is one of your favorites, it is cool to own another edition of it. I love to collect different editions of my favorite books, so if it gets turned into a movie, I want to celebrate that somehow. This is just a personal opinion, though!

Now, I know that not all movie-tie in editions are pretty (there are some really bad ones), but there aren’t really any downsides to them.

You always have the option of buying the original cover (and the price for it usually goes down, which is always a bonus). You don’t lose anything, but others may gain something! No harm done.

Here are some examples where I prefer the original cover:

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What are your opinions on movie tie-in editions? Do you like them, hate them, or not have an opinion? Leave a comment down below, and let me know what your favorite (or least favorite) is!

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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio // Review

Hello loves! Today I am here with a review of Again, But Better by Christine Riccio! I’m sure many of you have heard of her, as she runs the biggest Booktube channel to exist! Her debut novel comes out on May 7th, so make sure you go check it out when it comes out!

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing me an ARC!

The Review

From the first page of this book, I knew I was going to love it. For me, this book’s rating really came down to how much I connected to Shane, the main character. 

Writing

First, let’s start off with the writing- It reads so much like Christine that you know it’s her right off the bat. It was a little eery how similar the quirks in the writing are to Christine’s personality in real life. Her voice is so strong and unique, and it really sets her apart.

There were a few points where the descriptions either lacked or felt forced, which tended to pull me out of the story unfortunately.

Christine also uses a variety of allusions to popular tv shows, books, songs, etc. in this book which made me feel super nostalgic. There were, at times, a few too many pop culture references that sort of distracted me from the story, though. A few of them definitely could have been cut out and the book would do just fine, but the majority of them made me smile.

Characters

As far as characters, I really loved them. They all felt so different and distinct. The cast was diverse, and they all felt so relatable. The dialogue between them was incredibly real. I truly felt like I was amongst my own group friends when reading this with the use of sarcasm, back and forth joking banter, etc. 

Shane is a character I could relate so much to with her clumsiness, socially awkward tendencies, and passion for writing. When I was reading this, I really saw myself for a variety of reasons, and I’ve never felt so understood in a book before. I fell in love with her character, and I wanted to continue to read about her life. She’s a blogger (what a coincidence), her parents have very high expectations for her (could this be more relatable?), and she travels abroad to London (the number one place to visit on my bucket list).

When the book was over, I was genuinely so sad to leave her and the rest of this cast.

Pilot was a little bland at first- your typical YA love interest. There were a few times where I really wanted to slap him/shake him/push him down some stairs, but by the end, I actually started to like him. He was just adorable, okay?

As far as the rest of the characters, I really did enjoy them all. I loved Babe and Atticus and Sahra. Chad I could do without, but his character was done really well, too.

The one part where this book fell really flat for me was Shane’s parents. Her dad is clearly very verbally abusive. He screamed at her in front of her friends, cursing frequently, and her mother barely said anything to her (or him) while this happened. I wish that they were developed a bit more, especially toward the end. I felt like it was a missed opportunity.

Plot

There is so much to say about the plot that I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll begin by saying that it was very well developed and had so many elements to it. It began as a very common contemporary novel, which is exactly what I expected. But then things changed completely.

The novel is broken up into two parts- 2011 and 2017.

The first half follows Shane as she goes to London for a semester to travel abroad. The book really tells the story of her finding her true passion but having to deal with the consequences of lying to her parents about it, falling in love, traveling for the first time, and making new friends/experiences. These are all things that I love seeing in a book, but seeing them together? The book was honestly made for me.

It definitely dragged on at a few times, and the story was beginning to get a bit boring.

The second half was the complete opposite of what you would expect, though. I did not see the plot twist coming at all; it completely caught me off guard. I’m not going to say much more because I don’t want to spoil it. This book was, however, again, but better.

I do want to mention, though, that there is cheating in this book- at first it’s only emotional, but eventually there is one kiss. While this did rub me the wrong way, and at times make me uncomfortable, it did not deter me completely. Proceed with caution on this one!

Again, there was also the toxicity of her parents, which personally made me a bit annoyed. No one stood up to them, Shane never fully handled the situation, and there was no real resolution with them at the end- the book wrapped up a bit too nicely.

Overall

Romance, travel, finding yourself, and a hint of magic- this book really has it all! There are obviously some flaws, and the book is not perfect, but it was enjoyable. High school me would absolutely love this book, and it is definitely worth checking out.

And as Christine’s debut novel, I think it lived up to its standards. She is only going to grow as a writer from here, and I can not wait to see what else she puts out into the world! She has so much potential. 

Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

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Are you planning on picking this one up when it’s out? Let me know in the comments down below! And if you’ve read it, what were your thoughts?

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TBR Alphabet Tag // I’m back !

Hello loves! It’s been two weeks since my last post. I took an unexpected hiatus because school was taking over my life and I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to a post.

But I’m back to regular posting, so you can expect a new post (at least) once a week!

I saw this tag over on Wonderland of Books, and I wanted to do it myself because it looks like a lot of fun :)

Rules

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

A B C

D E F

G H I

J K L

M N O

P Q R

S T U

V W X

Y Z

 

Total: 21/26

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This is a pretty good number, I think! I scrolled through my “Owned TBR” shelf on Goodreads for a good 45 minutes trying to find them all! Out of 91 books, I think this is a good number.

I tag all of you who want to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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April TBR

Wow, it’s already time for a new TBR post. March was such a short month for me- it completely flew by. I don’t know if that’s because February felt so long, which made this one short in comparison. Whatever it was, I’m glad we get a new month to start fresh in!

I am participating in the magical read-a-thon this month, which begins with the O.W.L. exams. If you haven’t heard of it, be sure to check out the channel Book Roasts which explains it all. Basically, it is a “muggle” version of the Wizard exams in Harry Potter.

I chose journalist/writer as my profession, so I only need to complete 3 exams. But being the overachiever I am, I’m going to be attempting to pass 9. I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but you have to aim high, right?

Also, I have 12 books on my TBR, so I’m just going to be putting a picture of the cover instead of going into detail about why I chose them like I usually do. It’s just way too many books, sorry!

Potions- sequel

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Charms- an adult book

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History of Magic- written at least 10 years ago

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Arithmancy- written by more than one author

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Astronomy- “star” in the title

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Defense Against the Dark Arts- title starts with an “R”

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Muggle Studies- contemporary

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Transfigurations- red on cover

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herbology- plant on cover

TBD- I want to give myself some free room with this one because I have so many books with plants on them. I’ll just see what I’m in the mood to read when the time comes!

Others: (buddy reads)

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So that is it for my TBR! It is super ambitious and I probably won’t read all of these, but at least this gives me some structure to my busy schedule. Let me know what books you’re reading this month in the comments!

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Lightspeed Planner Greatness Edition // First Impression

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

A few months back, I did a couple of posts featuring my Lightspeed Planner to show you guys how to stay organized for school and ace your exams!

Today, I wanted to reveal to you the new Lightspeed Planner- The Greatness Edition! The team was kind enough to send me a planner, so I wanted to do a review for you guys.

Physical Features

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First off- I am obsessed with the color. Rose gold? Beautiful.

I also really like the size of it- it’s pretty standard size; not too small, not too big. It has enough room for me to write down everything I need without being too clunky.

It also comes with three bookmarks to keep track of your monthly spreads, goals, or weekly layouts! That feature is definitely one that I take advantage of a lot!

Inside- Pages

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The planner starts with a few pages goal-setting layouts. These are things I refer back to throughout the year to keep track of all of my plans. You want to make sure you are staying on top of your goals and working towards achieving them! The planner makes it super simple with an easy to follow layout.

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The rest of the pages are monthly spreads and weekly spreads- my personal favorite! The monthly spread is a new feature that is not in the first edition of the lightspeed planner, and I think the update was a good one! You can keep track of all of your events for the month, as well as any specific assignments/exams/meetings (for school or work).

They are blank so you can fill them in yourself each month, which I love. If you use the planner for school, you don’t have to fill out a spread for the summer months, and then pick right back up for the next year without losing/wasting pages!

The weekly spreads are also blank, but these are more to track your priorities for each day. At the top of the page, you can list out your top 3 priorities for the day, as well as a time you want to get them all done by. This is similar to the last edition of the planner, but now there is room for more tasks. On one side you get a spot for each task that can also be used as a schedule. Then, there is a blank spot for notes. This can be used as a shopping list, reminders, or just notes about the tasks themselves!

This is super convenient for me. I plan on using this planner for school, so on the left side I will be writing out my classes each day, meetings, work schedule, etc. On the right side is where my homework will go for each class, and the top bar will be for my to-do list each day.

I am so excited to finally start using this planner! I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

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Overall, I am very pleased with the changes to this new planner. It feels as though it was made for me. I will be using this very, very frequently, and will probably buy more for future use! If you want to check out the planner and get one for yourself, be sure to check out the Lightspeed website.

See you soon!

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Author Interview- Caitlyn Siehl !

Hello everyone ! I am here with another interview today, this time w/ Caitlyn Siehl. She is a poet who I admire so, so much. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few months back, and she is so sweet.

More about Caitlyn: Caitlyn Siehl is a writer and editor from New Jersey who originally gained traction in the literary scene via her poetry blog, which was created in 2011. She is now the author of two bestselling poetry collections; What We Buried and Crybaby. Her fiction has been featured in Hooligan Magazine and is forthcoming in the anthology [Dis]Connected: Volume II. She has also worked as a Managing Editor of Persephone’s Daughters literary magazine, been co-editor of two poetry anthologies (Literary Sexts and Literary Sexts 2), and been a guest poetry judge at L’Éphémère Review.

Caitlyn is currently working on new fiction, several secret poetry projects, and expanding her book Crybaby for it’s re-release as a second edition. ​In her limited free time, she enjoys driving across the country to look at bigger, better trees and listening to D&D podcasts.

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Can you start by introducing yourself and what you do?

Well hi there! My name is Caitlyn Siehl and I’m a writer. I started out posting angsty poetry on Tumblr, and it grew into a huge passion for me. I’m branching out into prose as well, which is exciting for me.

At what age did you start writing poetry, and why did you start?

I started writing poetry when I was 17. I had just started my first year of college and I was feeling very lonely and isolated, so I decided to cry about it on the internet and, guess what? It worked! I met so many people who I’m still friends with today.

What has the publishing process been like for you? What was the hardest part?

I kind of got lucky my first time around. My blog really took off, and after my work had circulated around the internet, I was contacted by a small press and asked to publish a book with them. It was an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t change for anything. The hardest part was putting the poems in an order that actually told a story. Part of me wanted to just throw a bunch of poems on the paper, but I decided that I wanted them to fit into a larger narrative.

What was the best part?

All of it. Every second. Signing preorders, talking to people who loved it, seeing people get tattoos of my words. I loved all of it.

Are you working on any projects right now, and can you share anything about them with us?

I’m working on a second edition of my second book, “Crybaby,” as well as a secret joint poetry collection with a writer friend of mine. Keep it on the down low! :)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself with several poetry books under my belt, and at least one novel out in the world. I have so many projects that I hope come to fruition in the next 5 years.

Where does the inspiration come from? Are most of your poems based on real life or fiction?

The inspiration comes at random times. Sometimes I’ll hear a song or a line from a song and an entire experience that I forgot about will flood back into my head. And it’s definitely a mixture of both real life and fiction. Most of the time it’s easier to tell the truth by talking around it; fictionalizing certain parts so that it’s easier to talk about. Not always, but sometimes.

Who are some of your favorite poets?

Oof, too many to count! A few off the top of my head: Sandra Cisneros, Richard Siken, Margaret Atwood, Bob Hicok, Anne Carson, and Aracelis Girmay.

What are your goals (writing or life wise) for this year?

I’m keeping my goals rather small and attainable this year. I’m trying to put out two collections of poetry and I’m also trying to get my novel started.

Finally, what advice/tips do you have for people who are just starting out with poetry?

It’s hard but it’s worth it. Social media is its own beast and it can be really discouraging when you’re just starting out and trying to make a name for yourself. Be patient. Tell your truth. Take care of yourself. Remember why you started and don’t ever forget it. Keep going.

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Thank you so much Caitlyn! I’m honored that you agreed to do this interview, and I loved all of your answers :)

I have another interview lined up soon, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys, so be sure to come back in two weeks to check that one out!

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Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare // Review

On March 5th of this year, Jenna Clare came out with her debut self-published poetry collection, Water Runs Red. I have been following her online for many years, and seeing her work so hard on this book was inspiring. I knew I needed to get my hands on it immediately.

So, as soon as the paperback copy was out, I ordered it along w/ the e-book, and I devoured it as soon as it came in!

Synopsis:
This collection is a reflection of three friendships that Jenna experienced- two of which she no longer has, and one that is with her current best friend- told through poetry. In between, there are poems about asexuality, current world events, religion, self-image, and more. 

 

My Review:

I want to do this review in bullet point format (sort of stolen from Marie) because I can’t directly put my thoughts into categories for this one. I also don’t even know where to start with it- there’s so much that I love!

  • The writing is absolutely incredible- it’s so different from many modern poetry collections that I’ve read in that the writing feels like you’re reading a fantasy novel. I loved it.
  • The story is also very unique. I have never read a poetry collection about friendship before, but this is something that everyone can relate to, so I enjoyed that aspect.
  • Jenna designed the entire thing by herself. Can you believe that?? Each page must have taken her hours, and to do that all alone takes a lot of dedication.
    • The reason I love this book so much (and needed it in paperback edition) is because it so closely resembles what I want my own poetry collection to look like.
    • It reminds me a lot of Connor Franta’s books, just with poetry on every page instead of vignettes/short stories.
  • It was real. It was honest. You can tell that all of the words come from Jenna’s heart. She tells her truth and nothing more.
  • There were so many pop culture references that I loved. I definitely didn’t find them all, because they’re so subtle. But when you do notice them, you’re thinking, wow that was so clever. 
  • The whole book just screams “passion.” You can tell that Jenna was so dedicated to it, and she put everything into making this what it is. I truly admire that.

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Overall:

I loved this collection so much, and I think that many people can relate to it- I know I really did. If you like poetry (or graphic design), you should give this one a chance! It won’t disappoint.

Rating: 

5/5 stars

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Have any of you gotten this collection yet? Let me know in the comments! Also, leave me suggestions for more poetry collections for me to check out because I’m in desperate need of more! See you soon :)

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