I Should Have Read That Book Tag / Blogtober Day 19

Hello, I’m back with another tag today! I found this one over at Paperfury, and I really liked it. I wasn’t tagged, but I decided I would answer these questions for you anyways!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND IS ALWAYS TELLING YOU TO READ

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I can’t even tell you how many times people have told me to read Six of Crows. I plan on it, I swear. Now that I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, I can finally read this one. I’m just waiting until I have time to read it- aka probably not until January. I have some other higher priority books right now, so once I am free of those commitments, I will tackle this one.

A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

Beholding Bee

Choose any of 70+ books on my TBR. But seriously, I have a bad habit of buying books knowing that I won’t get to them for at least a month. Probably more than that. If I had to go with just one for this, it’ll be Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. I bought this one with my first every purchase from BookOutlet, and let me just say- I went a little book crazy. I added a lot of books to my cart that I had never heard of, simply because they only cost a dollar or two. I have curbed my impulsive spending since then, but this book has not yet made its way off of my TBR and into my read pile. One day.

A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU’VE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING YET

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I read Illuminae in like 2017, but I haven’t continued the series since then. I really, really enjoyed it, but I don’t own the rest of the series. That’s pretty much my only reason for not continuing. I don’t want to borrow the e-book or audiobook from my library because of the format of the book, and I’m away at school most of the year, so I can’t borrow the physical copy. Maybe one summer I’ll find time to get it from the library!

A CLASSIC YOU’VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I actually just wrote a post about some of the classics I want to read. I’m trying to get better at reading classics, but I don’t pick them up that often because they usually require more time to read. Even shorter classics take more time than regular books because of the style of the writing. I just prefer to read them slower to actually absorb the information!

A POPULAR BOOK THAT IT SEEMS EVERYONE BUT YOU HAS READ

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. This one just came out, but it seems like everyone has already read it. This is a thriller inspired by the book The Turn of the Screw. I honestly have no idea what either of them is about, but I’m okay with that. I just know that most people loved this one and think it’s Ruth Ware’s best book.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

Carrie by Stephen King is the first one I thought of. I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven’t found time to pick up the book. I think I’ve been a little worried about picking up King again because I didn’t like “It.” I do think I will enjoy some of his other novels, though, and Carrie’s a shorter one, so it’s manageable. Again, this is not a high priority of mine, but I will hopefully read it eventually.

A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

the devouring gray

The Devouring Gray. This book is beautiful, so it’s no surprise that everyone has been photographing it. I think I will absolutely love it, so I definitely want to read it eventually. I’ve been eyeing this one ever since it came out. I’ve been very bad at staying on top of new releases, though because of my long list of backlist titles to read.

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That is it for this tag! These are just a few of the many books that I should have read by now but haven’t. This was a lot of fun, so I tag everyone to do it if you want to!

Be sure to leave a comment telling me what books you haven’t read yet but really should have.

Jessica

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Almost Home by Madisen Kuhn- Review / Blogtober Day 18

I was recently sent an ARC of Madisen Kuhn’s newest poetry collection, Almost Home. The book came out at the beginning of the month, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested in it!

I have read both of Madisen’s previous collections, so I was already familiar with her poetry, and I was very excited about this book.

In Almost Home, Madisen takes us on a journey through a home. At each location, we explore a different part of her life, and get to look deeper into her mind. This concept was so cool. I really loved the theme of a house; it was very unique.

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The writing itself was beautiful. Madisen knows exactly how to pull you in and keep you close. You feel like you are following her life through her eyes, like you have lived through It yourself.

I found myself relating to so many of the poems, even if the events she was describing are not ones I have gone through. The feelings they evoke are some we can all connect with. The imagery in each poem was beautiful. It made you feel like you were walking through a forest, strolling through a city, and laying in a field of grass, depending on the poem you were reading.

I honestly wish I could emulate her style in my own poetry because I love the way she can cause all of your senses to stir.

Her writing has also really improved since her first collection. You can see how much she’s grown as a writer and has found her voice.

Overall this was a pretty solid collection.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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If you’ve read this one, please feel free to share your thoughts with me! I would love to hear them :)

Jessica

Currently Reading / Blogtober Day 13

Hello! Today is a chilly day, so I’m snuggled up in a warm blanket, I made myself some tea, and I’m about to start reading a book. Sundays are the perfect day for this type of activity.

I thought I would tell you all about what I’m reading and what my thoughts are so far. I’m really proud of myself because I’m actually sticking to a TBR for once. It’s incredible. I am currently in the middle of 4 (technically 5, but I put one on hold for now) books, and it’s stressing me out just a little bit, so I thought I would tell you what they are! Maybe this will get me to read them faster (hahahahaha please send help).

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin:

This is an e-ARC I got a little while ago, but I wasn’t able to read it before the publication date. I am now trying to buddy read it, but it’s been a bit difficult to get into. That being said, I’m still only a few pages in, so I can’t really give my thoughts on this one yet. The e-ARC is also formatted a bit awkwardly, so that’s putting me off from it, too. I’m hoping to pick it back up over the next few days and get a little deeper into it!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert:

This is another e-ARC, but luckily I’m enjoying this one a lot more! I think it has actually helped me get out of a slump I was in for a few days. I’m almost done with this one now, so I think it’ll be around 4 stars for me! It’s a cute romance and it’s a quick read. I might even finish it by tonight if I have some time. It comes out next month, so I recommend checking it out if you like romances!

 

Disconnected, Volume 2 edited by Michelle Halket:

This is an anthology of poetry and short stories by a ton of different poets that I love! Basically, one person writes a poem, and another writes a story inspired by the poem, and so on! I love the concept so much. I have only read a couple of the stories so far, but I’m loving them! This book is already out, so make sure to pick up a copy if you’re interested!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

I also have an ARC of this one (oops I didn’t realize these were all ARCs), but I’m actually listening to the audiobook of it. The physical copy was a bit intimidating, and it just happened that I got the audiobook from my library a few days ago. I really love the story! I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick it up, and I will most likely be continuing on with the series at some point!

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Those are all of the books I’m currently reading! I’ve had a pretty good reading month so far, especially compared to last month’s. Let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read them.

Bye!

Jessica

Grisha Trilogy Spoiler-Free Review / Blogtober Day 10

Review

I finally read the Grisha trilogy. I know, it took me long enough!

Everyone and their mother has read this trilogy, along with Six of Crows. It was about time I read it and gave my own review. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone because I avoided spoilers myself for so long, so I decided I would do this as a bulleted review of things I liked and disliked in each one!

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Shadow and Bone: Rating- 4.5 stars

  • It had me hooked from the beginning!
  • I really liked Alina, and I grew very protective of her, especially in the beginning when she was much weaker and didn’t fully understand her powers.
  • The pace was good and there was plenty of action.
  • The characters were done really well, and I liked the way they were all written (even if I didn’t like all of their personalities).
  • The ending definitely left me wanting more; I was so happy that the story wasn’t over yet.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm: Rating- 3 stars

  • This was my least favorite of the trilogy; it definitely suffered from middle book syndrome. It wasn’t terrible, it just had a lot missing.
  • I think it was still an important book because it helped with character growth.
  • BUT, it was unnecessarily long- a lot of the action from the first book was gone.
  • This book was basically just about Alina’s love triangle/square/pentagon(?).
  • I didn’t like any of Alina’s love interests in this one, honestly.
  • The ending was really good though, and it left off on a great cliffhanger again.

Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising: 5 stars

  • This one was my favorite.
  • There was so much of the action that was missing in the previous book.
  • At the same time, it still had so much character development.
  • Alina is a character I’m still very protective of, and I have grown to love her so much, despite her flaws.
  • Actually, all of the characters had flaws, but that’s what made them so interesting.
  • I don’t understand why everyone hates Mal so much, he’s so sweet and willing to risk everything for Alina.
  • Nikolai is my favorite though. The Darkling is the worst sorry.
  • The ending was so satisfying, and I’m definitely excited to go back to this world with Six of Crows!

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I’m extremely happy that I finally managed to pick up this series. Everyone told me it was really bad compared to Six of Crows, but I actually really enjoyed this trilogy! If Six of Crows is better than this, then I know it will be an instant 5-star read. I am very excited for the tv series that is in the works for this world, too. Have you read this series? What were your thoughts?

Jessica

The Sunshine Blogger Award / Blogtober Day 9

Tag

Hey, loves! I was recently tagged to do the Sunshine Blogger Award by Sofi from A Book. A Thought. and I thought it looked like so much fun (yes, I was tagged months ago. I’m late to everything, just ignore it.)! Thank you so much to her for tagging me, I’m honored!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions asked
  • Nominate 11 more blogs and give them new questions

The Questions:

What was the last book you strongly disliked?

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey. I gave it one star because I did not enjoy it at all. There were so many issues I had with it. You can check out my rant review on Goodreads here.

How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

Again, you can find my rating system on Goodreads. I scale the books I read from 1-5 stars. I do not rate DNFs, and I do not rate (most) books I have to read for school. Here’s a basic rundown:

  • 1 Star- I really didn’t like this book and I would never recommend it to anyone. I had a really hard time finishing it, probably came very close to DNF’ing it.
  • 2 Stars- This book had potential but there were many things that made me dislike it. Usually, I liked one element of it, but not enough to enjoy the whole book (i.e. just the plot, characters, etc.)
  • 3 Stars- I enjoyed this book- It was well written and was solid structure-wise, just not one of my favorites! Probably wouldn’t read it again.
  • 4 Stars- This book is great. Nearly perfect and I would recommend it to many. I loved it so much, and it’s definitely well written. Might consider re-reading!
  • 5 Stars- Wow, I love this book. I probably finished it quickly because I couldn’t put it down. Flawless and perfect in my opinion. Absolute favorite book and can read it over and over forever.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I actually only really like plain pizza! Occasionally, I’ll get a white pizza with broccoli or a ziti pizza, but that’s as crazy as I’ll get.

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Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?

I definitely prefer a boring plot with amazing characters. Characters always make or break a book for me. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the action in the story either. I need to be able to relate to or connect with the characters in some way in order to enjoy the plot. I also don’t need a book to be plot-heavy as long as the characters are great.

However, by great characters, I don’t mean that they have to be morally good. I love villains. I love morally grey characters. They just have to be fully developed and be done well!

How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I honestly couldn’t tell you because I’ve started and stopped a few books that I still plan on reading. If we’re going by Goodreads, it’s three. But this is subject to change at any minute. As far as favorite, I don’t feel like I’m far enough into most of them to be able to decide that just yet. I’d have to say The Secret History as of now, but that’s because I have read the farthest in this one!

What was the last book review you posted?

It was a review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and I’m kinda really proud of it, so you should check it out ;)

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Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

I don’t have a preference between YA, NA, and adult. I enjoy all of them equally. I do tend to read mainly YA, but I have definitely branched out to more adult and NA books in the past year. However, I don’t tend to gravitate towards MG. I’ve read a few MG books in the past year or so, but again, I need to be able to relate to the characters in a book, and as I’m past the suggested age for MG books, I do not really relate to them anymore.

Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read ACOTAR but never continued the series. I’ve just heard many problematic things about her and her books. I also don’t plan on reading anything else by Rainbow Rowell because of the racism in Eleanor and Park (which is the only book of hers I’ve read). Basically, whenever an author is problematic, I write them off from my TBR list.

What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

I think any and all marginalized rep is important. There are still many minority groups that are not getting the recognition that they need and deserve in books. Race is obviously one that needs more representation, as well as sexual orientation and chronic and mental illness.

Do you listen to music while reading?

I technically can, but I usually don’t. If I’m in a really noisy environment where I can’t hear my own thoughts, I might put in headphones and listen to acoustic music. But when I’m just at home, I don’t.

Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

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If I answered this a few months ago, I would have said book twitter- I spent more of my time on there and have made most of my friendships because of it. I thought Instagram was nice for my creative side and for building an audience, I never really used it for creating friendships and actually meeting people. But I’ve been spending a lot more time on Instagram in the past few weeks, and it’s definitely growing on me. I’ve actually found that I spend less time scrolling on Twitter and more time on Instagram, especially recently!

You should definitely follow me on both Instagram and Twitter, though! I post a ton of updates on each platform :)

My Questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. Do you write in (annotate) your books?
  3. What’s your favorite tv show?
  4. What’s the last book you rated five stars?
  5. What genres do you read the most of?
  6. Do you buy books based on covers? If so, what do you look for in a cover?
  7. What are your favorite books tropes?
  8. How do you organize your shelves?
  9. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  10. What fictional world would you want to travel to the most?
  11. How many books do you own that you haven’t read yet?

 

I Tag…

Kerri // Nikki // Amanda // Kristin // Chloe // Holly // Tiffany // Avhlee

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Thanks for reading, and again thank you to Sofi for the tag! I had so much fun doing this.

Were your answers similar or very different to mine? Let me know!

Jessica

I Read 5 Books With Anxiety and OCD Rep / Blogtober Day 8

I’m always looking for books that I feel represent my anxiety and OCD in the most authentic, realistic way possible. Some of my favorite books are Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone because I could truly see myself in the characters they portrayed. It’s so hard to find books that make me feel this way, though.

This summer, I set myself a challenge of reading books with these two representations to potentially find a new favorite read. I asked for recommendations on Twitter, and I chose five books that I was the most interested in. I documented my thoughts along the way, and I was pleasantly surprised as well (mostly).

Here are my thoughts on those five books:

the rest of us just live here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness:

This was the first book that I read, and unfortunately, I started off at a not-so-great point. I gave this book 3 stars. It was just extremely average to me. I was actually even a bit confused during some points of the story, especially in the beginning, which also hindered my enjoyment.

Nothing stuck out, and the OCD representation was lacking for me. It just didn’t feel like the best representation, but I can only speak from my experience with the MI. One thing that I really appreciated was its diversity in the characters.

Rating: 3 stars

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Final Draft by Riley Redgate:

Things definitely went up after that first read, though. I was initially really scared to read this book. I have wanted to read it ever since it came out because, duh, it’s a book about writing. I’m a reader, but I’m also a writer, so getting to combine those two? Incredible. But, my expectations were set really high, so I was worried that I would be disappointed.

Luckily, I wasn’t. I loved the writing style of this book. It was done really well, and I found myself underlining so many quotes that I enjoyed. The cast of characters is also so diverse. The main character, Laila, is pansexual, biracial, and plus-size, and she also deals with anxiety. I loved the representation of MI in this one. It hit very close to home, and I related to Laila in so many other ways, too.

What I really loved is that Laila has many flaws. She is not a perfect character by any means. She goes through many changes from beginning to end of the book as she struggles with her writing. I appreciate the way her character was done. It didn’t sugarcoat anything. But, this is definitely not a book for everyone, especially if you don’t like character-driven books.

TW: death, depression, anxiety

Rating: 5 stars

you asked for perfect

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman:

The next book I read was another really incredible one. I have never related to a book more in my life. I have been an ambitious person my entire life. I have always dreamed of my future college & career over boys & cool experiences like most of my friends.

But the pressure students face is insane. It can be extremely draining and stressful. I cried during this book because it got me thinking about my own high school experience & how much I hated it because of the expectations my school placed on its students. I was so unhappy for 4 years because I felt like I was suffocating the entire time.

The anxiety that Ariel struggles with as a student is SO RELATABLE. That feeling where “you think you constantly need to be doing work and if you’re not then you’re a failure” is very true.

I do wish this book had been a little longer so that some of the scenes could have been a bit more fleshed out. But it was so beautiful & very true to my competitive high school experience.

Rating: 5 stars

eliza and her monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia:

This book I’m still a little torn on. The anxiety representation was amazing. Again, it felt super realistic, and that is the main factor I look for in MI representation. However, it took me a really long time to get into. I have never been as big into fandoms as Eliza is, so the entire time I found myself struggling to connect to that aspect. And it’s the entire plot of the story.

But, I did really like the characters and I think this was a super unique story. Also, it has illustrations inside which just added so much life to story for me.

Rating: 4 stars

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Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu:

The final book was actually suggested to me by EmmmaBooks. I’m sure you all know Emma on Youtube. She is one of my favorite booktubers ever. I trust her opinions and recommendations for books with MI representation, so when I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it.

I had actually never heard of it prior to this, so I went in completely blind.

There was so much representation in this one. It follows five different characters who suffer from different MI and are all taken to a camp for a “wilderness treatment experience” over the summer. This book gave me representation for OCD and anxiety, as well as depression, narcissistic personality disorder, anorexia, and dissociation.

While I can only speak to the OCD and anxiety, the rep was so realistic. I could truly feel the pain and emotions that all 5 of these teens were going through. It doesn’t sugar coat mental illness; it tells it how it is.

It also doesn’t have an unrealistic “everything gets better and they all live happily ever after” ending. I really appreciate the way this book handles the subject matter, and I’m so happy I got to experience it and these characters.

TW: the above mentioned MIs, panic attacks, suicide/self harm, and possibly more.

Rating: 4 stars

I’d say in order from my favorite book to least favorite, this is how it’d go:

  1. You asked for Perfect
  2. Final Draft
  3. Four Weeks, Five People
  4. Eliza and Her Monsters
  5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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That is all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found some new books to add to your TBR. If you have any recommendations for other books with mental illness representation, please leave them in the comments below.

See you tomorrow!

Jessica

Happy Blogtober + Mini Wrap-Up / Blogtober Day 1

Discussions

It’s officially spooky season, though, let’s be real- it’s been spooky season for weeks for me now! I love the fall time (maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday season), so I’m really excited to be participating in Blogtober this year! It just seems fitting.

I’ve never done Blogtober before, but last Christmas I was successful with Blogmas and posted 25 posts! Hopefully, I can do the same this month (but with 31 posts!).

That’s right! I will be posting every day of October (or at least, I plan to). Life happens sometimes, but I have planned ahead and gotten many posts prepared for the month. So here’s to hoping I can do it!

I’m also going to be using a couple of the prompts that Hâf posted on her page, but most of the posts will be ones that I have decided to do on my own! If you need some Blogtober inspiration, definitely check out her post :)

Today I just wanted to let you know what you can expect from me this month, and just let you know how last month went for me reading-wise.

What to Expect:

  • Reviews
  • Tags
  • Recommendations
  • Discussion Posts
  • Advice
  • Poetry

I want to make my content as varied as possible this month. I hope that you guys can all find some posts that you enjoy, but don’t feel obligated to like every single one of them- they might not all be relevant to you!

I really do hope you enjoy the content I put out though, and I’m excited to see the feedback. All of those posts are ones I’ve done in the past, but I’m not good at mixing up the content, so I feel like I have many similar posts in a row.

September Wrap-up:

I read a whopping two books this month. That’s right. I was only successful in reading two books. I’m definitely disappointed in myself, but school kept me very busy. For the first two weeks of the month, I was also just trying to fall into a routine of some kind, and once I did that I was able to read a bit more. However, I still only finished two books.

The first one was The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I absolutely loved that book, and I’m happy to that I was able to read the ARC before publication date (something I’m guilty of not doing pretty frequently). I wrote a whole review of it that went up a couple of weeks ago, so check it out here if you’re interested in hearing more in-depth thoughts.

The second book was Almost Home by Madisen Kuhn. This is her third poetry collection. I absolutely loved the first two, so when I received this in the mail, I was incredibly grateful. This was such a beautiful collection, and I think Madisen grows so much as a writer with each new poem. There were so many poems I could relate to and ones that just really pulled at my heart. I highly recommend it.

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That is all, for today (but I’ll see you tomorrow and the next day and the next day…)! Let me know if you’re doing Blogtober in the comments :)

Jessica

Books to Read Before the Year Ends

I can’t believe there are only a few months left in the year. 2019 went by faster than any year for me so far (except, I probably say that every year).

Anyways, there are still quite a few books I want to get to before the year is over, so I thought I would talk about those with you all today. I’m not going to go in-depth on them, I’m simply going to write the title cause there are a lot.

Also, this does not include the books on my October TBR because that post is going up in just a couple of days!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

When We Collided by Emery Lord

The House by Christina Lauren

I was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

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There are 12 books on this list, which means I would only have to read 6 a month (November and December). So, that honestly might be manageable.

Alright, wish me luck, and let me know which of these you’ve read, if any! See you soon :)

jessica

The Starless Sea ARC Review

My most anticipated release of the year, ladies and gentleman… was just as incredible as I had hoped it’d be.

I got this book at Bookcon- which was at the very beginning of summer. We are now in September, so I definitely put this book off for quite some time. But I was scared, ok? The Night Circus is a book I had “read” for the first time prior to even being part of the book community. I was younger and didn’t look at books the same way I do now. I don’t even know if I fully finished it that first time. I read it again this June. And I fell in love. It is now one of my all-time favorite books. I didn’t know if another book could ever top it for me (but The Starless Sea is definitely very close now).

I waited in line for hours at Bookcon just to snag a ticket for the ARC, and I waited in another line again to actually get the book and get it signed (!!!)*.

I finally read The Starless Sea (I decided it was about time), and let me just tell you- it was everything I needed.

*I’m still in shock that I stood next to Erin Morgenstern and barely even said a word to her cause I was nervous, but at least I got my book signed.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life. 

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My Review:

I just want to preface this by saying that this review is going to be pretty vague because the story is hard to describe without giving too much away, and I genuinely believe you should go in without knowing too much.

Let’s get on to it!

Writing Style:

I have never been more in love with a writing style than I am with Erin Morgenstern’s. It is so beautiful. It is poetic. It is everything I want my own writing to be like. I am a huge fan of flowery writing- pretty description, details, metaphors, etc. Give it all to me. It makes my heart skip a beat. I know, I’m a nerd. But seriously, it’s so good. Trust me.

I know not everyone likes this poetic, descriptive type of writing, but Erin knows how to balance this with a fast-paced plot, so the story doesn’t feel like it’s dragging on at all the way some books with similar writing tend to do.

It is also very similar to The Night Circus in terms of writing, which I am so appreciative of. I was worried that the style that I loved so much in that book was going to change for her new release (I mean, they are almost a decade apart; people change). But it felt like I had come home when I read the first page of this book. The writing was so familiar and inviting.

Characters:

Everyone who knows me and my reading tastes knows that I am a huge character-driven person. If I don’t like the characters (and I don’t mean that they’re bad people- I love a good villain; I mean that they are boring and have no development), I won’t like the story.

Erin’s characters are so far from underdeveloped. They’re all extremely complex, many of them have tons and tons of layers, and a few are morally grey (probably my favorite type of character). This story has a great diverse cast, and none of the people are really who they seem to be. You don’t know who to trust, who is telling you the truth, and who each person truly is.

I felt so connected to them and invested in their lives that I even cried a few times throughout the book. The friendships and connections that are made left me so emotional.

The cast is also diverse and we get LGBTQ+ rep!

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Plot:

Okay, here is where it gets really tricky to review this book: this is going to be vague but will give you just enough info to know whether this is a story for you.

The story has one main plot- it follows a guy (Zachary Ezra Rawlins) who is in college after he finds a book in his school’s library that has a story about him in it.

In between the “main story” there are also chapters of short stories (which are important to the plot). Those short stories were so interesting and written just as beautifully as the main one.

The way the story comes together to form one overarching plot is insane. It is so strategic and well thought out. You’re able to start putting together some of the pieces about halfway through, and it just all comes full circle in the end- but in a way I never expected.

It is elegant. It is quite honestly a masterpiece. I could only dream of writing a book this intricate and well done. It’s atmospheric, and it takes you on a journey through different worlds and times. It made me believe in magic all over again. You feel like you’re in a warm, adventurous dream the entire time you’re reading this.

Overall:

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This was without a doubt a five star read to me. I think anything Erin comes out with will always be a five-star book to me. It is not often that I come across books that make me feel the way this book did. Quite honestly, the only other book to ever make me feel this way is The Night Circus. If that intrigues you, definitely pick this one up! It comes out November 5th :)

I can’t wait for everyone to be able to experience it!

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Have you read The Night Circus? Are you anticipating the release of The Starless Sea? Leave a comment letting me know!

jessica

Classics I Want to Read

Not everyone likes to read classics. Some find them boring, hard to read, etc. However, I think they are super important to literature, so I try to pick them up every once in a while. There are quite a few I hope to read during my lifetime, but here are five that I am most interested in right now.

1984 by George Orwell

This is the only classic on this list that I currently own- it’s a terrifying dystopian story that takes place in a future where you are not allowed to have your own thoughts. It is a scary world to think about, but the scariest part is that it is not entirely impossible. I have heard really amazing things about this one, and since I own it, I really have no excuse not to read it soon.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Hundreds of tv shows and movies reference this book over and over, and I never understand them. It follows four sisters and the conflicts they go through during the civil war in New England. Also, a movie is coming out at the end of this year, and I refuse to watch it until I read the book. But that probably won’t be for a while.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I’m sure you all know the story of Frankenstein, at least in basic terms. Frankenstein’s monster is a popular icon in our society. I want to read the actual story because I love gothic literature and this definitely falls under that. Plus, we are officially entering spooky season, so maybe I’ll find time to squeeze this one in.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I love the tv show that was adapted from this book. It is so good. And how cool is it that we are alive at the same time as the author of a modern classic. Atwood’s second book in this series has actually just come out as well, so I am excited to read the first one and then see where the second one takes us.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Last (but most certainly not least) is a book my friend read and adored. It is such an important story, and I absolutely need to read it. I also want to watch the movie (which I will probably do regardless of if I read the book first or not). I know I will absolutely love this book, though I have heard it deals with a lot of violence, so be aware of that going in.

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Do you like reading classics? What are some of your favorites (so that I can add them to my list!)?

jessica