I have an exciting announcement! This January, I will be a host for the Mental Health Book Bingo with a group of lovely people! I can not wait, and I am so honored to be a part.
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a bingo board that has a prompt on each box, and the goal is to read 5 books during the month of January (to make a line- diagonally, vertically, horizontally, etc). They each feature representation of different mental illnesses, or are related to it.
Make sure to follow the twitter to keep up with updates and participate in various chats and sprints with us! Also, use the hashtag #mhbb to post your own updates!
I am going to be a bit of a rebel when it comes to my TBR. I actually won’t be following the typical bingo line because 2019 is a no-buy year for me, so I had to choose books that I own or have accessible to me- this means whatever I can get on the Libby app or from kindle.
Also, I chose more than 5 books because I’m a mood reader, and need some options!
However, I do plan on reading 5-6 books, so I will still be doing my part :)
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (Depression Rep)
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (YA w/ MI)
When We Collided by Emery Lord (Free space)
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (PTSD rep)
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (2018 Release)
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman* (Anxiety Rep)
Group Read- Not Chosen Yet
I really encourage all of you to participate, even if you only read one book! It’s so important to read about all types of diversity, and this is a fun way to do it. Also, make sure to stay up to date by following the Twitter, where a lot of fun things will be happening :)
I am doing a 24 hour read-a-thon tomorrow with my friend Amanda, and I am so excited! I plan on doing a few of these while I’m on winter break because I’ll have a lot of time, and it’ll be nice to get more reading in.
I have so many books I want to get to, so this will be helping me out a lot! Let’s just jump into the TBR.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
This is my current read, and I really want to finish it ASAP! It’s not my favorite read right now, but I’m enjoying it enough to keep reading. I’ve had this on my TBR for far too long though, so I really want to finish it.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I have the audiobook for this one, and It’s about 8 hours long. Since I listen to them at 2.5 speed, it’ll take less than 4 hours, so I definitely think I can do this! I’ve been meaning to read this for the longest time, too. Everything, Everything was okay, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things for this one!
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I finally got the e-book on the Libby app, but I only have about 7 days left to read it, so I definitely want to get to it ASAP. The movie just came out on Netflix, and I’ve been using all of my self-control to not watch it yet. It’s been rough, but if I finish it soon, then I can finally watch it!
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
If I manage to finish the other 3 (highly unlikely), then I want to continue this one! I only read about 1 or 2 chapters of it, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I probably won’t get to it, but just in case, it’s on the list!
If you’ve read any of the books below, leave a comment letting me know what you’re thoughts were! See you tomorrow :)
Happy Tuesday! I finished my last final today, and I’m finally back at home! I will have so much more time for reading/writing/blogging for the next 5 weeks, and I’m so happy about that.
Today I want to talk about some of my favorite book covers because I am all about aesthetic. I am very particular about book covers, and I definitely have a style that I prefer over others.
Here are some of my five favorites (although there are so many more- i will definitely do a part 2!).
This first cover is one that I do not own unfortunately, but I am absolutely obsessed with. It’s pretty simple, but the vibe I get from it is so nice. It is so aesthetically pleasing, and I am just obsessed with it, okay?
I thought this cover was absolutely gorgeous the day I got it, and I am still obsessed with it! In person it is really shiny and reflective, which adds even more to it! The U.K. cover is also so amazing, and so are the other books in the trilogy. The little details all come together so nicely, and the font of the title fits so well.
THIS BOOK IS SO GORGEOUS!!! In person, the entire thing is glittery and so pretty! I am so in love with it. It’s literally the tiniest book ever but just so so stunning. Unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine writing wise, but the cover makes up for that a little bit.
Okay, can we talk about this cover? How beautiful is this?? This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and I think the cover definitely added so much to this story. It fits so, so well with the book. I think it captures the beautiful writing of this story so well.
This cover was just revealed today and I’m already in love with it! The design is so sleek yet I feel like it captures the books essence perfectly (even though I have not read it yet). It just seems really fitting, and I am in love with it! I am going to buy a copy ASAP, and you all should, too :)
What are some of your favorite book covers? Be sure to let me know in the comments :)
I recently did a post where I talked about my reading goals for the year, but I wanted to include some of my “life-related” goals, too!
I am a super goal-oriented person, so setting to-do lists and making bucket lists is my absolute favorite thing ever. So, here are the things I hope I accomplish this year :)
I am the absolute worst at saving money. I made myself the goal of saving 1k in my bank account between September and December, but that just didn’t happen. I work a job at school which means I get paid minimum wage, and I can only work a certain number of hours a week. But, I plan on getting a job over summer break outside of school again so that I can save more money, and I’m just going to be more conscious about it in general.
Finish my poetry manuscript
I’ve had a name and theme idea for a poetry collection for months, and I eventually want to publish it. So, this year I want to work on drafting together all of the poems, organizing, editing, and then finalizing the details of it so that I can eventually send them off to a publisher or self-publish it!
Finish the first draft of my novel
I don’t plan on publishing an actual novel for a while, I want my debut as a novelist to be something I truly love. However, I want to finish the first draft of my current WIP, even though I know it will never be published. It’s great practice though, and would make me so happy!
End my second semester with straight As
I have been working really hard this year so far so earn the grades I have, and I want to keep this streak up next semester! School is my number one priority right now, and I want to do well.
Get a summer job/internship
Like I said earlier, I want to get a job over the summer to save up some extra $$. It really doesn’t matter where it is at this point, I just want to find something!
Hit 1k followers on here
I am so proud of this little blog I started when I was a little sophomore. It’s been through a lot of ups, downs, and changes, but I love where I am today. Numbers are not something I focus on heavily, but it would be nice to reach this number!
Hit 500 followers on my poetry instagram
Alongside the last goal, I also want to hit 500 followers on my poetry account because poetry is something I want to take more seriously this year. The reason for setting this number is just because it will hold me more accountable when it comes to posting. I want to make sure I consistently post on the account.
Go on a road trip with friends
I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip with my friends, but we’ve never been able to actually do it. It would be so much fun, and hopefully I get to do it in the future!
Let me know what your goals are in the comments below :) See you tomorrow!
Hello everyone! If you read my last post, you know that I missed 2 blogmas days, so I’m making up for them today! One more post will go up a little later today :)
I saw this tag that Kelly did, and I really wanted to do it, too! Check out her post here :)
1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✅
I have like 12 ARCs right now on Netgalley that I have not read and reviewed yet (oops). Plus I have some physical ARCs that I’ve won so I don’t technically need to review them, but I have not read them yet. I am dedicating the beginning of 2019 to finishing as many as I can, though. The guilt is killing me.
2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌
I have a 65% right now, which is not great, but it’s above 65! I used to have a much higher rating, but then I requested and got approved for a bunch of ARCs and I’m OVERWHELMED. I’m working on it, I promise.
3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✅
I’ve definitely done this, but I also know I will never post those reviews now. It’s too late and I don’t even remember which books they are.
4. Folded down the page of a book ✅
Yes, I dog-ear pages all the time. It doesn’t bother me at all, haha.
5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌
My cousin dropped one of my books into the ocean one time, but I never spilled anything on them.
6. DNF a book this year ✅
Yes, I think I DNF’d two this year, and I can’t even remember what they were.
7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌
I buy a lot of books solely for their covers, but I still plan on reading them!
8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅
Oh, definitely! I am a huge procrastinator.
9. Skim read a book ✅
I did this for school all the time.
10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌
I set my goal to one book this year, so that I could focus on quality over quantity, so I did obviously reach that. For the past 2 years that I have been seriously using goodreads, I also reached both of my goals.
11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌
I don’t think I’ve ever not returned a book, but I’ve definitely had people not return books to me.
12. Broke a book buying ban ✅
Oh, 100%. I do this all the time, it’s so bad. But 2019 is the year of no book buying!
13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✅
This goes along with #3. I usually say I will do a review, then start it, but completely forget to finish. By the time I remember, it’s too late because the book is no longer fresh in my mind.
14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅
Yes, I love to annotate my books and I do this all the time. I just love to record my thoughts and be able to look back on them :)
15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌
I’m pretty good about doing this, I don’t think I’ve forgotten to add a book unless if it was something I read before using goodreads.
16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌
Nope, I also return the books to their owners!
17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✅
Yes, I hate letting people borrow my books unless if I absolutely trust them. I’ve had multiple people not return books to me, so I am very careful about this.
18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌
No, I am very careful with other people’s books, but I don’t borrow a lot of books from other people to begin with.
19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌
I never really take the jacket off of books, I usually leave it on.
20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅
I can’t remember a specific incidence but I’m sure this has happened at least once.
Total Score: 11/20
I tag everyone who wants to do this! It was a lot of fun :)
So many amazing books came out this year, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to that many of them. I’m going to give you a guys a list of five that hopefully I can get to in 2019!
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
I love John Green. I’ve talked about so many of his books before, and I’m sure you all know how I feel by now. Obviously I want to pick up Hank’s debut novel, too! I’m positive it’s going to be just as amazing, and possibly a new favorite of mine as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I am so excited about it.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I purchased this book recently because everyone has been talking about it, and it sounds right up my alley. The synopsis is so interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And apparently the ending will make me WEEP which is what I need right now. I plan on reading it early in 2019.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
This book is a romance that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I have been in a romance mood recently, and so I hope to get to this early in 2019. Everyone loves Christina Lauren books (if you don’t know, it’s two co-authors), and I own another one of their books but haven’t gotten around to it yet either. I’m terrible and my TBR pile is huge, sorry.
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker
This is a poetry collection by Alice Walker that not many people have talked about. I am a huge fan of poetry though, and I would absolutely love to read this ASAP. Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (which I have not read but also really want to), and everyone who’s read it loves that book. I feel like her poetry would just be so beautiful.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
I haven’t read a lot of YA mysteries/thrillers but I really want to give them a chance. Something has drawn me to this book since I first heard of it, and I really want to read it. Again, I’ve heard many good things, and I just feel like I’ll really like it.
Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and which one I should get to ASAP! See you tomorrow :)
I feel like Christmas cozy time is perfect for cute, fluffy contemporaries. I know many people like to read fantasy at this time, but I’m more of a Hallmark movie type of girl.
Today I’m going to give you guys five contemporary recommendations (they’re not related to Christmas) that I feel would be great for this time of year!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is the PERFECT winter read. It involves baking, love triangles, and super cute family relationships. What more could you want in a book? I’m sure almost all of you have already read this, or at least watched the movie, but I still feel like it’s a great re-read at this time of year.
Looking For Alaska by John Green
This next one just screams winter time to me. I just read this book a few months ago, but it was the first one that came to mind for me when writing out this list. If you haven’t read it- you should. It’s not the most life-changing or best written story ever, but for some reason I just felt so connected to it, and I really liked it. Also, I just love John Green (unpopular opinion, I know).
Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone
This book is all about friendship, and I think it’s so important. Tamara Ireland Stone is such an incredible author. I just love all of the work she puts out. This one just made me feel so warm and happy- I highly recommend it.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Another fluffy, cozy read that I fell in love with when I read it. I didn’t like We Are Okay by Nina which was a little disappointing for me because of how much I loved this one. Just pick it up, okay?
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Jenn Bennett has become one of my favorite authors of the year. In 2018 I read 3 of her 5 books (two of which were ARCs), and I fell in love every single time. I can not recommend her enough. This book is about camping and being outdoors, and the winter/fall time is when I relate to nature the most for some reason. If you don’t pick up any other books on this list, at least check this one out!
I hope you guys end up picking one of these up this holiday season! They really are great reads :)
I recently read Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman and I think it’s safe to say it is in my top 3 favorite books of the year. It was just so. good.
I haven’t done a book review in a pretty long time, so I thought this was way overdue.
Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.
Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.
This book is just simply beautiful. There’s really no other way to describe it.
I felt so connected to Rumi and I wanted to just give her a hug and tell her that everything was going to be okay. Akemi’s writing is honestly a masterpiece. She knows how to hit you in all the right places, and I definitely cried from this one.
It’s a character driven story, so if you’re looking for action and excitement, you’re not going to get that here. Character driven novels are my favorite though because you truly connect and understand all of the people in the story. They are the books that most often make me feel something. That’s exactly how I felt with Rumi. She taught me so much about love and grief and just being a better person. I want to be her friend.
It delves really deep into grief and dealing with loss in such a raw way. I felt like I was reading poetry, not prose, because the writing was just so lyrical. It flowed so nicely, and each chapter connected really well.
Aside from Rumi, all of the other characters were so well written. Each one was so unique and important to the story. I really fell in love with all of them, and they are each so dear to me. You watched as they struggled, too because they wanted to help Rumi but didn’t know how, and it was almost painful. I don’t have too much experience with death, but Rumi helped me to understand grief much better.
Also, it has such great representation- Throughout the novel (on top of dealing with the death of her sister), Rumi is also discovering her sexuality, and she ultimately identifies as aro/ace.
The whole story was heartbreaking but so beautifully done, and nothing comes close to this one to me.
I don’t think I will ever forget this book. I loved the story so much, and I’m going to hold it very close to my heart.
5/5 stars (duh!)
Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read this book or not! I would love to hear your thoughts :)
And if you haven’t, you should definitely pick it up!
***This post is going up late and I actually finished 2 of the books I talk about, but I’ll give reviews of them in a wrap-up
I didn’t post a TBR this month, mainly because I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo, and wasn’t sure how much time I would have for reading- but I’m actually managing pretty well.
But if I’m being honest, I sort of hate TBRs. I just never really stick to them, and I hate feeling like I’m forced to read certain books.
With that being said, though, I actually do plan out what books I’m going to read next in my mind. I like to have some structure in my life (even if it’s just me faking it till I make it).
Anyways, I thought I would share what books I’m currently reading with you, as well as what I plan on reading next- which is totally subject to change!!!
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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
I’m currently buddy reading this with my lovely friend, Kimberly. We both agreed that it had a bit of a slow start to it, but if you push through, it gets really interesting. There are definitely a few things that I don’t really love about it, but I’ll probably post an in-depth review of it once I’m done (or I’ll talk more about it in a wrap-up).
It’s a mystery/thriller that I honestly don’t even know how to explain because so much is going on and I feel like I wouldn’t do it justice, but definitely check it out and give it a shot!
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I picked this up on my last trip to Barnes and Noble because I heard it was being turned into a movie/tv show (I can’t remember which) and I wanted to read it before then! It’s been on my TBR for so long, and now is the perfect time to read it.
It’s another mystery/thriller- there’s a tend here- but I’m not really familiar with the plot. I’m only on chapter 2, so I can’t really say much about it, but I wanted to read it after hearing multiple Booktubers talk about it and how much they loved it!
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Oh, look- another mystery/thriller. I had been waiting for this audiobook on the Libby app for so long. The hold line was SO. LONG. But finally, it’s my turn to borrow it!
This is a pretty recent release that I’ve heard so many people talk about. It follows a woman with agoraphobia (which is something I really like to read about) who watches her neighbors through her window. One day she sees something she’s not supposed to, and a ton of secrets get revealed.
I’m really loving this so far! The audiobook is great, and it’s a good way for me to distinguish it from the other two thrillers I’m reading.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
I’m reading this for one of my classes, and like almost all required reading, I’m not really enjoying it. I never would have picked this up on my own. It’s just one of those classics that I find really boring, personally.
There are a ton of classics that I really enjoy, but this is just not one of them. It’s honestly pretty hard to follow with all of the different characters, and the storyline is a bit confusing. It’s not the worst book I’ve read, but it’s been hard to get through since I’m analyzing it for academic purposes.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I read Summer Bird Blue by Akemi and absolutely adored it! It is definitely a character driven novel, not a plot based one (just letting you guys know), but I love that. I am a sucker for good characters and that is one of the main things I look for in a book.
I can’t wait to dive into this one because I have a feeling I will love it even more!
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
This has been on my TBR since before its publication. I follow Alice on so many platforms and she is just the sweetest human ever.
I finally got my hands on a copy of this book, so I want to read it ASAP! The cover is stunning, and the plot just gives me some warm vibes.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I know for a fact that I will be picking this up soon because I am actually going to buddy read it with Taryn from Taryn and Her Books! This has been on my TBR ever since I read Caraval (which was so so long ago now) because I know people compared the two.
I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I can’t resist circus stories! Besides, this book is just so gorgeous.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you want to see more like this in the future :)
Happy Halloween! Tomorrow officially marks the end of spooky season. How did that go by so quickly?? As sad as I am about this time of the year being over, I can now look forward to my birthday (which is in about 2 weeks!!). Also, NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow, so I will have a very stressful month.
But, this also means that another month is over. And of course, it’s time for another wrap-up.
I haven’t done a monthly wrap-up in the LONGEST time because I haven’t been reading as much in a month as I would have liked to. But, I read 8 books this month (which is my longest in a while), so I knew it was time to do one again.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
I was literally so happy when I got approved for an ARC of this book. Jenn Bennett is one of my all time favorite authors (as of this year). I have read 3 of her books now, and I just bought a fourth. She just writes such amazing characters and her storylines are all so unique. I really fall in love with her writing time and time again. When this one comes out, please check it out! It is so worth it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I had an e-book of this for a while now and I finally got around to it. This was such a good book and I highly recommend checking it out. It deals with grief/loss but in such a powerful way. It is definitely more of a character driven story (which I personally love), so I fell in love with each and every person. I loved the writing in this, and I immediately purchased Akemi’s previous release, Starfish, after reading this one.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Best American Poetry 2018 by Dana Gioia
This next book is a collection of poetry I received from Netgalley. I didn’t really find myself connecting with the poems, and I felt as though there should have been a few popular contemporary/modern poets included. 2018 was a big year for poetry, and I just feel like these poems did not do the year justice personally.
Rating: 3/5 stars
All the Things We Lost by Kayla Tirrell
If I’m being honest, I can’t even remember what this book is about. I just know I really, really didn’t enjoy it. It was another book I received on Netgalley. I had high hopes for it because I loved the cover and when I read the description I thought I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by it.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Girls Write Now (Anthology)
This is an anthology of stories written by young women which I requested a while back. It was a wonderful read and many of the stories were so powerful. I am so happy that a book was created solely by women and features such diverse voices. I highly recommend checking it out.
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a book I was assigned to read in my Children’s Literature class this semester. It was actually an interesting read (although definitely written for a child). Some people read this as kids, but I never did, so it was fun to pick it up.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is another book I read for school, but one that I actually didn’t really enjoy much at all. I know it’s a classic, but I found it so pointless. I never really cared for the movie as a child either, so clearly it’s just not for me.
Rating: 2/5 stars
A Poet’s Notebook by Stewart Henderson
I wasn’t even sure if I should include this one because I DNF’d it. But, I figured I would just put this at the bottom of the list and let you decide. The book is supposed to be about the poet’s process and where he found inspiration for all of the poems. However, I found the stories to be very dull and I couldn’t get through them after reading the first one. I did read the poems at the end of each chapter, but I skipped through the actual prose.
Let me know what you think about these books if you’ve read any! What books did you read this month?