New 5 Star Predictions! (#3)

I recently did a post where I went over the results of my previous 5-star predictions!

Now that I have read all of the books on my previous lists, I thought it was time to make a new one. I also think I know my tastes better now than I did in the past, so hopefully these will be more accurate!

Let’s just get to my five predictions!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

I read and ADORED Wilder Girls, Rory’s debut, and her next release is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. My amazing friend Liv, who you may know as Stories for Coffee, gifted me her ARC of the book, and I am actually planning on starting it very soon.

If it is anything like her first book, I have no doubt in my mind that I will love it!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows for the very first time this month! I loved it so, so much, and I totally understand what all of the hype is for. I already placed a hold for this one on Libby, and I am not-so-patiently waiting for it to come in!!

I think that especially now that I care for the characters so much, I will enjoy the story even more than the last one. Plus, all of Leigh’s books get progressively better, so I have high expectations!

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is one that I have heard nothing but good things about. I got it really recently because the owner of a local independent bookstore recommended it a couple of times to me.

She said that the twist at the end of this is really good, and that completely sold me! A good twist can bump a 3-star book up to a 5-star one in my opinion, if it is done well and catches me off guard!

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

I bought this one at the same time as the previous one on the recommendation of the bookstore owner. I asked her for recommendations of psychological books that have a good twist. She said this one is excellent, and from the reviews I’ve read, everyone seems to agree.

All I know is that it is about a murder, and I am here for it!!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Finally, we have a gorgeous book that I have been dying to read. This one is also about a murder, but I’m mostly interested in it for the secrets and mysteries of a family. I heard that the way the story is told combined with the writing style is excellent. I love books with beautiful, unique prose, so that is what I am counting on in this one!

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Please tell me what your thoughts were if you’ve read any of these books! I am aiming for at least 3/5 correct- meaning that I give three of them 5 stars. I am going to try to get to these soon so that the next predictions update will come sooner than the last one!

Do you think I made the right predictions?

Jessica

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Hello and welcome to another post!

Today I am happy to announce that I was nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award by Evelyn Reads! Thank you so much :)

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you & link back to their blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate 11 more people & give them 11 new questions

What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

This is such a fun question, but it was so hard to answer! I think I would love to read a prequel to The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I think it would be so fun to read about the very beginning of the Starless Sea, from a different perspective (even though the history does get talked about a bit).

What makes you want to read a book?

I’m going to answer this from the perspective of going into a bookstore or library without knowing what I want to buy. Initially, I’m drawn to a book by its cover. Then, I check out the author- if it’s someone I’ve heard of or read before, I’m more likely to pick it up (assuming I enjoyed their previous work).

Next, the description and genre are obviously important to me. I look for tropes and characteristics I like, which I wrote a blog post about. If a book has one of these things, I’m almost guaranteed to read it at some point!

A book you can’t stop raving about?

Any book by Jenn Bennett, Daisy Jones and the Six, and The Starless Sea.

Which fictional character do you most admire?

Oo, this is another really great question. For this one, I’m going to have to go with Emoni from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. She is a single teenage mom raising her daughter almost while still in high school who also finds a way to go after her passions. It’s incredible!

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What’s your favorite lesser-known, or talked about, book?

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I feel like no one talks about this book, even though Starfish by the same author was really hyped for a while. Personally, I enjoyed Summer Bird Blue even more, and I think more people should read it!

Who is the most under-rated author you have read?

Jenn Bennett doesn’t get the credit she deserves, PERIOD. But some others include Tamara Ireland Stone and Zack Smedley!

What books lived up to the hype? Which didn’t?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Illuminae, and The Diviners definitely lived up to the hype.

Unfortunately, some that didn’t work for me were Emergency Contact, The Cruel Prince, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. These books weren’t bad, just not as good as I was expecting.

What is one book that helped you through rough times?

There are so, so many, but definitely Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and the To All the Boys trilogy by Jenny Han!

Book outside of your comfort zone that surprised you or changed your perspective?

This one was hard to find an answer for, but I decided on Beloved by Toni Morrison. I read this one for an English class last semester, and the writing style was so incredible to me. This is a historical fiction novel about slavery. The story was so eye-opening, and it really broadened my horizons. I definitely hope to read more by Morrison soon.

Who is an auto-buy author for you?

Erin Morgenstern, Rory Power, Angie Thomas, and Jenn Bennett!

Favorite hobby outside of reading?

I love to run and work out, bake, and write!

My Tags & Questions:

I am not going to nominate 11 people because I never have enough people to tag, but here are my nominees:

Sophie | Kelly | Kim |

  1. What is your next 5-star prediction?
  2. Do you prefer stand-alones or series?
  3. Who is an author you want to give a second try to?
  4. Most disappointing read this year?
  5. Where do you typically read?
  6. Are you a morning or night reader?
  7. Favorite reading drinks/snacks?
  8. How long have you been blogging?
  9. What is a book you wish you could read for the first time again?
  10. What author would you love to meet?
  11. What is your favorite friendship or friend group from a book?

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Tags are so much fun to do! I hope you enjoyed reading this one :)

Are any of your answers similar to mine? Let me know down in the comments.

Jessica

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett Review

I read one of my most anticipated releases and I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you all. I probably mention Jenn Bennett or one of her books in every other blog post at this point, but I just truly love her books and her writing style.

I was sent an ARC of her newest release, Chasing Lucky, by Simon and Schuster and I was so ecstatic! All I knew going into it was that it involved photography, a small town, childhood best friends to lovers, and a bad boy. I was already sold.

Chasing Lucky Jenn Bennett

Goodreads Synopsis: Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

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My Review:

So to start off, the beginning of this book was a little shaky for me- I felt like the relationship between the main character, Josie, and the love interest, Lucky, was a little strange and rushed. It felt awkward because they hadn’t seen each other since they were 12, and they avoided speaking to each other for an entire school year. However, they run into each other at a part at the beginning of summer, and they act like they were never apart. Which, sure, it could happen, but their relationship left off in a bad place when Josie moved away, and they both changed a lot in the time since they last saw each other. I feel like the progression of them rebuilding their relationship should have been a little slower.

But, I pushed through because I wasn’t ready to give up hope on this one, and it worked in my favor. After about 60 or so pages, I was able to get into the story, especially because I was really invested in each of the characters individually. Josie was a little stubborn and didn’t know how to communicate very well, which led to lots of frustrating events in the book, but they all served a purpose.

Josie grew up in an unstable home where she constantly moved around, and her and her mom did not have good communication. It makes sense that Josie would not be good at expressing herself to others, especially someone she hadn’t seen in so long. Plus, the character development is really present, so you can see how she improves over time.

Lucky was very different from Josie, but he was such an interesting and dynamic character. He is portrayed as the town’s “bad boy,” but the reality is far from that. He cares about people and his passions so deeply. I really enjoyed him and his background story because it showed his personality so well. He was definitely a great character.

 

Also, the small-town setting was one I enjoyed a lot. Plus, Josie’s family owns a bookstore, which is something I always love reading about (duh, I’m a reader! Bookshops are my favorite place).

As far as the actual plot, I thought it was a really good one. Some of the smaller things were a bit predictable for me, but there were many twists that I did not see coming. It was a fast-paced story, and I was able to read the majority of it in two days because I couldn’t put it down!

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Here’s an aesthetic I made

It’s not my favorite of Jenn’s, but it did keep me hooked the entire time. I’m happy with the way this book ended, and I’m glad to say that it was another great read by Jenn Bennett.

The release date for this one was rescheduled from next month to November due to covid-19. However, if you are interested in reading it, you can preorder it now, and mark it as “to-read” on Goodreads so you won’t forget about it!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Have you read any of Jenn Bennett’s books before? Which was your favorite? Be sure to leave a comment letting me know in the comments :)

Jessica

Productive Quarantine Day in My Life

I planned out all of my blog posts for the whole year at the beginning of January, and today was supposed to be a post about studying for finals. However, because of the current situation, most finals are being taken online, being modified, etc. so I felt like that post was not as necessary.

Instead, I thought I would share what a productive weekday looks like for me while self-isolating. I haven’t really discussed the COVID-19 crisis on here much because I did talk about it on Instagram and Twitter, but I do want to say this: I hope you are all doing okay, and I hope you are as healthy and safe as possible.

This time is difficult for all of us, so all of my days definitely do not look like the one I am going to show you- but that’s ok!! Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t working out, accomplishing a million things a day, or are sleeping in late. That is normal, that is important. Also, remember to practice self-care!!

Anyways, let’s just take a glimpse at my life (while still at school) during the quarantine.

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7:30 a.m.

In order to have some schedule in my life, I’ve been setting my alarm for 7:30 every morning. If I’m being honest, most days I hit snooze a couple of times, but on average I’ll wake up around 8.

One thing I started doing in March is reading in the mornings, so I try to read for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how I’m feeling. The remaining time is spent scrolling through my phone (which is a bad habit I’m trying to quit).

9 a.m.

At 9, I finally get out of bed and get dressed. I also make my bed, brush my hair, brush my teeth, etc.

9:30 a.m.

Then, once I am all ready, I workout for an hour to an hour and a half. I like getting my workouts done before I eat because I feel better that way, and getting my workout done in the morning is nice because I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Plus, it’s a great way to get one thing checked off of my to-do list and get my body moving. I’ve been alternating between doing HIIT workouts, strength training, yoga, and recently some online kickboxing videos! Plus, I try to go for a run or hike a couple of times a week!

When I’m done, I move onto my skincare routine (or shower if I didn’t the night before), and I usually change my t-shirt so that I’m not wearing my sweaty one.

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11 a.m.

It’s finally breakfast time! I have been loving oatmeal for breakfast lately (as seen on my Instagram stories), but I also love a good waffle, banana pancake, or some eggs! Breakfast is super important for me because it’s what needs to fuel me for at least the next 4 hours.

If you follow me on Instagram, I typically post my breakfast at least a few times a week. Definitely check me out on there if you are interested!

11:30 a.m.

Now, it’s time to get some actual work done! Roughly around 11:30, after eating my breakfast, I finally start working on my to-do list for the day. As I’m still in school, this usually consists of writing papers, doing some assignments for classes, taking notes, or attending Zoom meetings.

I actually have a decent amount of work to do for school- possibly even more than I did when I was actually on campus. So, I spend a few hours each day doing that work.

2 p.m.

At two, I give myself a break to eat some lunch, check my phone, watch some youtube videos, go outside, or whatever I want! I think breaks are necessary during the day, or else you’ll lose focus or get tired, so this is another important part of my day.

3 p.m.

From 3 to 4, I give myself another hour to do work because I’m usually not done by 2. This last hour is usually just me going over what work I have left to do for the week, making a new to-do list for the next day, and editing any assignments/essays I did earlier in the day.

4 p.m.

By four, I try to finish all of my work for the day. Sometimes, yes, I am doing work past this time, but I’ve been trying to do this less and less frequently so that I have some me-time every day.

So, from 4-6, I allow myself to do anything I want. I usually hang out with my sister for a bit, go on my laptop, work on blog posts, scroll through Instagram.

This part is obviously what differs the most each day. Sometimes I go for a hike, sometimes I bake something, or I’ll paint for a little bit.

Really, it’s the time of day where I am free to do anything!

6 p.m.

6 is usually when I’ll eat dinner, and I’ll also play Uno or a board game with my family. We also watch movies some nights, or I’ll watch a movie on my own after dinner!

quarantine day in life

9 p.m.

Now is the time where I wind down. I typically shower, brush my teeth, change into pjs, and I’ll often pick up a book for a little bit. I also try to meditate at least a few times a week, so this is when I’ll do that!

11:30 p.m.

This is the time I am trying to go to bed by, but usually I spend a lot of time on my phone or laptop before actually falling asleep (another bad habit I’m trying to break).

And that’s the end of my day!

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How does your routine look compared to mine? This is constantly changing and evolving as I find different things to do each day, but I think that having some routine and structure is really helpful for me, so I do follow this as closely as possible!

Thanks for reading and chat soon :)

Jessica

Series I Need to Finish

One of my goals this year (though it’s one I haven’t talked about much), is finishing as many series that I’ve started as possible. I tend to start series and then either read them all in a matter of days, or I read the first book and never pick up the rest.

I currently have 8 series in progress*, which is a little stressful because I don’t know when I’ll ever get to them…hahaha…it’s fine.

*ps- there are other series I’ve started, but I’m not interested in continuing them.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I am actually finishing this series up soon- I am on the third book right now, and I am waiting for my hold of the final book (The King of Crows) to come in from the library! I had the first book on my TBR for a really long time, but I finally got to it in February, and I’ve been making my way through ever since.

I really love it, and I’m so happy that I have almost completed it, though I’ll be sad to leave the world behind soon.

The Conquerer’s Saga by Kiersten White

So this next one is another that I am currently in the process of finishing. If I’m being honest, I didn’t love the first book, And I Darken, that much, but I received an ARC of the third book a while back, and I would love to at least give it a chance before donating it. I have the second book on Audible, so I will probably get to it later this month or next month!

Empirium by Claire Legrand

I was surprised by how much I loved the first book in this trilogy- Furyborn. This was another that I had an ARC of, but I don’t own the rest of the series, so I need to wait to get them from my library!

I might even purchase them if I end up liking the second one!

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is another one that I’m close to finishing- I just have the last book left to read! It’s the longest one, though, so I know I need to have a lot of time to read it. Currently, I have too many other reads to get to, but once I have the time, I am excited to sit down and read it!

I really loved the first two books in this series, and I really want to know how it ends. But, I think there are more books coming out in this series, so I’m probably just going to be behind for a really long time (oops). I’m not sure when that is happening, or if it actually is, but I’m not opposed to it at all honestly!

All for the Game by Nora Sakavic

This is one that I have no idea when I’ll continue, but before I do, I want to re-read the first book. It was just an okay read for me, but everyone who’s read the entire series says that it gets better. I am optimistic about the rest of the books, and maybe it’ll even become a new favorite!

The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I really loved Illuminae, but, for some reason, I just kept putting the rest of the books off. I know that I want to read it physically because of the intricate designs of all of the pages, so I’m just waiting until I can buy them. It was an amazing read, especially as someone who does not often read sci-fi.

The problem is that I’m on a book buying ban, so unless if I can find a copy of the next two books somewhere cheap, I probably won’t be getting to these for a while!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is one that I kept on the list, but I’m not sure if I even have any interest in continuing anymore. I read the first three books, but then more kept coming out and I had forgotten about them. I think there is now a 6th book coming out (or maybe it’s already out, I don’t know).

I personally just don’t like when a series is over four books, so this one is going to take a lot from me to get to them. I also feel like the series is just being dragged out longer than it needs to be now, and I have heard many people say they didn’t really enjoy the newer books as much.

Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

I read the first book in like 2016, and I remember the ending left off of on a cliffhanger so I wanted to get to the next one ASAP. That just somehow never happened (oops). I think I’m going to try to get to it next month, though. I am excited to see what happens!

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Please let me know that I’m not alone in having so many unfinished series! What are some that you need to get to?

Jessica

Journal With Me #6

Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve done an art journaling post. I don’t usually journal anymore (aside from the spreads in my bujo), so I never make these posts. But, I was recently inspired to do a spread for the movie “La La Land” because I had just re-watched it!

It is one of my favorite movies, so I figured a page in my journal is necessary.

So, here is that page :)

I started off with my blank journal and some screenshots I printed out of the movie.

After I cut and arranged them in a way that I liked, I glued them down and outlined the entire thing in black. I wasn’t really pleased with how this came out, so I added some hints of gold along the border as well.

Overall, I’m not super satisfied with this, but it’s okay. I tried to make the most of it!

Then, I wrote out one of my favorite quotes from the movie on the left-hand side in gold and added another quote on the top right. To top it off, I added a piece of washi tape, and that was it!

This was one of my simplest pages, but I am happy with how it came out.

Here is the final outcome :)

La La Land Journal

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Do you art journal at all? I think it’s very therapeutic, and it’s something I want to get back into doing.

If you follow any art journal accounts (on Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress, anywhere!), please share them in the comments! I am looking for all the inspiration!

Jessica

April TBR 2020

Welcome to my April TBR, or more accurately, me trying to figure out how many books I can read while on quarantine.

Picking a TBR at the beginning of every month has almost become like a sport to me now that I actually stick to the list. I love deciding which books I’m going to read each month because I feel like I’m in control, rather than my inconsistent moods.

This month, I’m going to be participating in the O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon! I participated last year, and figured that if I could do it while I was extremely busy at school, I could definitely do it again this year, now that I’m home!

This year, my chosen career is a wandmaker, which means I am required to read 5 books. My monthly TBRs recently have all been 5 books long, but because of the recent isolation we’re all in, I decided it was safe to add a couple more books to the list, so I have 8 for you guys this month!

I don’t know if I truly will read them all, but it doesn’t hurt to aim high!

Ancient Runes: Read a book w/ a heart on the cover or in the title

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett- This has been on my TBR for so long and Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors and I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read this yet. Moving on.

Arithmancy: Read something outside of your favorite genre

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti- This is the e-book that I picked from my TBR jar this month. It’s supposedly fantasy/fabulism, which is definitely not my favorite genre. I’m excited to see how I end up feeling about this one!

Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book with a creature w/ a beak on the cover

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I have this one on audio, and it is another that I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet! I am actually one of the few who didn’t hate Shadow and Bone, so I’m excited to read a book by Bardugo that is supposedly much better!

Charms: Read a book with a white cover

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Caninno and Ronald Cotton- This is sort of cheating because it’s more off-white/cream-colored, but I really want to get to this one this month, so I had to fit it in! It’s a non-fiction novel that I just recently purchased. I don’t read a lot of  non-fiction, but I want to start, so I can’t wait to read this!

Herbology: Read a book whose title starts with the letter “I”

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin- I have heard many mixed things about this one, but I personally feel like I’m going to love it- I may just be basing this off of the cover, but still.

Extras:

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett- This book comes out in May and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC! I want to read it and review it before it comes out, hence why I am hoping to read it now!

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen- On Twitter, I asked if anyone would be interested in a virtual book club, and I created a small group with a few people. We decided to read this book this month, which I am so happy about! I have heard really great things about it, so I’m hoping to love it!

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo- This is the pick for Tiffany and Alexandra’s book club this month! I definitely want to read it and participate for the first time, especially because I’ve been wanting to read a Maurene Goo book for the longest time!!

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That’s it for all of the books I’m hoping to read this month!

If you’ve read any, let me know what your thoughts were. What book do you want to read in April?

Jessica

March Wrap Up 2020

It’s been one strange month, to say the least- at the beginning of the month, I thought I wasn’t going to get any reading done at all, and suddenly I was sent home from university because of the coronavirus.

Now I have all the time in the world, and I’ve been able to do a decent amount of reading, compared to previous months. I am happy to say I read 11 books this month! Woohoo!

My reading was also all over the place this month. I had a few 5 stars, but I also had a 1 star read, which is pretty rare for me. It was just an interesting month overall.

Currently Reading:

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  • Docile by K.M. Szpara: I’m hoping to finish this one by the end of the day so I can count it as read in March! I will definitely be able to do it, so I will update the post when I finish :)
    • UPDATE: I DID finish it!! I gave it 3 stars. It was hard to rate because of the subject matter, but I think this is a good rating.

 

5 Stars

  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan: Not what I expected, but it was really good!
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson: I picked this up randomly because I saw it on Scribd and wanted to finish the series. It is now one of my favorite series of all time!
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

4 Stars

  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: My first Christina Lauren book turned out to be a success. I wrote a review for it, too.
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: This was SO. GOOD. I really enjoyed it!
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

3 Stars

  • And I Darken by Kiersten White: I have an ARC of the third book in this series, so I’m working my way towards it. It was alright, not a favorite of mine.
  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco: This book has a really complicated magic system that I did not fully understand for the majority of the book, and it took me a while to get into it. The ending was enjoyable, though!

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1 Star

  • Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins: I honestly don’t have much to say about this one other than I really did not like it.

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Those are all of the books I read this month! If you’ve read any, please let me know what your thoughts on them were in the comments.

I’m looking forward to my next month of reading, which you’ll read about in my next post :)

Jessica

Quarterly Favorites #1 / Jan-Mar 2020

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share the first installment of a new series on my blog- quarterly favorites. I’ve shared some favorites here in the past, but it’s something I haven’t done in a really long time.

I think it is a good way to incorporate more of my life on this blog, and I hope it allows you to get to know me more- and maybe you’ll find some of your own favorites, too!

As this is a quarterly favorites post, it is something I’m hoping to do every 3 months.

Books:

  • How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Movies/TV Shows:

  • The Circle: I haven’t watched or started really any new tv shows in a while, but I did binge this one and I LOVED it. It was super entertaining, and I am eagerly waiting for season 2.

As far as movies, I have been watching many because I am trying to watch all 100 movies on the American Film Institute’s “Best Movies of All Time” list! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Psycho
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Casablanca

Music:

  • To Die For by Sam Smith
  • Never Worn White by Katy Perry
  • What A Man Gotta Do by Jonas Brothers
  • I Love Me by Demi Lovato

Health/Fitness:

Other:

  • Notion for desktop- this productivity/task system is incredible
  • the Balance meditation app
  • Tik Tok whipped iced coffee- if you haven’t seen this trend, I recommend looking it up and trying it!

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That is all for my favorites of the last three months! If you also like any of these things, let me know in the comments so we can chat about them :)

Jessica

Five Star Predictions: The Results

In April of 2018 (almost 2 whole years ago), I wrote my first 5-star predictions post. Since then, I have uploaded a second one. I decided it was finally time to look back on those predictions, as I have now read all of the books, and see if I was right!

My reading tastes have changed a lot, so I’m actually very nervous to see how I did (and I honestly don’t think I did great at all).

Let’s start with the very first one I did.

My Predictions:

My Ratings:

✏️ Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 3 stars

  • Not off to a great start here. Unfortunately, this one fell a little flat for me. I think the hype around it made me want to love it so much, but it just didn’t do much for me. It was a really important book, and the movie was phenomenal, but as far as enjoyment, it was just okay.

✏️ From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan: 4 stars

  • Close, but not quite a 5 star read for me. I think the story was really beautiful, but I found myself skimming some of the long descriptions and getting a little bored throughout. The ending was PHENOMENAL, though, and I’m very happy I read it!

✏️ By Your Side by Kasie West: 3.5 stars

  • I am really not doing great here, oops. I enjoyed this one, and I know I’ll pick up more by Kasie West in the future, but it definitely wasn’t enough to give it a 5-star rating.

✏️ We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: 3 stars

  • I predicted I would enjoy this one because I loved the first two books in the trilogy. Unfortunately, this one ended up being my least favorite. The characters just felt very different to me in this book, and I couldn’t connect with them anymore.

✏️ Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: 5 stars

  • Finally!!! A 5 star!! Jenn Bennett is incredible and I’ve raved about this book enough. You all get it already.

✏️ Beholding Bee by Kimberly Fusco: 2 stars

  • This book was completely not what I expected it to be AT ALL. I just wasn’t the right audience for this book, and I felt very confused and thrown off by the whole thing. It really wasn’t my thing.

How Did I Do?

I only got 1/6 right from the first post… yikes. The books weren’t bad, just not god-tier level for me, unfortunately.

Maybe post number two will be better…

My Predictions:

My Ratings:

✏️ The Diviners by Libba Bray: 5 stars

  • This time we are starting off on the right foot! The Diviners was incredible and everything I needed! I’m happy to say this was an incredible read.

✏️ Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham: 3 stars

  • This one wasn’t a 5 for me, but it wasn’t a bad story. It just didn’t feel like anything special to me. I still love Lauren Graham so much, though!

✏️ A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: 4.5 stars

  • This one didn’t exactly get a 5 from me, but it was so close! I REALLY enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to finish the series.

✏️ If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio: 5 stars

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have another winner! This was a phenomenal book, and I’m just mad it took me so long to get to.

✏️ Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: 5 stars

  • And we’re ending it off with another 5-star read!! I loved Summer Bird Blue by Akemi, so I knew I would love anything else she wrote. I am excited to read her 2020 release, Harley in the Sky, very soon.

How Did I Do?

I obviously knew my tastes a little better this time around. I got 3/5 correct, which isn’t bad!

My total, though, is 4/11, which is embarrassing. I will say, however, that I read a majority of these books more recently, and my tastes have changed a lot over those 2 years, and I’ve become a much more critical reader.

I feel like now that I know what I like and don’t like, I would be better at predicting this.

let's chat

Do you want to see a new predictions post? I have so many books on my TBR that I think could be contenders for this!

What are some of your 5-star predictions?

Jessica