The Starless Sea- Playlist

Hello everyone! Today is a bit of a different post, but it’s one that I have been wanting to make for a really long time. I’m someone who loves making playlists for different moods, seasons, etc., but I never made one for a book. I thought it would so much fun to make a playlist with songs that remind me of a specific book, and for that, I chose The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

The Starless Sea

 

It’s such an atmospheric book, and I wanted to find the perfect whimsical music to go along with it while you read it (or any other book with beautiful prose).

I also chose a specific order to put all of the songs in to make some sense with the story, but overall these songs all go so well with it in my opinion.

 

Here is the link to the Spotify playlist I made, if you want to listen to all of these songs.

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I know that this post is very different from my usual content, but I thought it would be really fun! Let me know what you think of it.

Would you guys be interested in seeing more of these? If so, which book(s) should I do next?

Jessica

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

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

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.

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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

24 Hour Read-a-thon to Ease My Mind

Hello loves! If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I hosted a 24-hour read-a-thon this past Monday as a way to distract us all from the current crisis. As I’m writing this, it is Sunday night, and I am preparing for a long night of reading.

My TBR for the day:

Docile by K.M. Szpara- 20% in

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins- 46% in

And I Darken by Kiersten White- 0% in

As you can see, my plans aren’t too ambitious, and I’ve already started two of the books. I don’t plan on fully finishing Docile, but I would like to get at least to the 40% mark.

I want to definitely finish Hearts, String, and Other Breakable Things because it’s the shortest of the three and I’m already halfway through it!

And I Darken is the only one I have on audio, so I’m hoping I can get a really decent amount of that one done, if not fully finish it.

I will be back after I start reading to update you all on my progress!

Midnight to 1 a.m.

I started off with the e-book of “Hearts, Strings, & Other Breakable Things” at midnight. I was exhausted so I didn’t want to stay up too late (and ruin my sleeping schedule completely).

I was able to get to about 60% before heading off to bed, though!

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

I woke up around 8:30, and then I started reading from 9 (still reading the same book). At 10, I stopped so I could get out of bed and get my day started.

I worked out from about 10 to 11, and the entire time I did that, I listened to “And I Darken” on audio. I got about 11% into it!

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11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At 11, I always eat my breakfast, and while I was doing this today, I listened to my audiobook a little bit, too.

I was able to get just a few more minutes in, nothing significant!

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A little after 12, my dad and sister wanted to go for a hike, so I decided to join them! I listened to a bit more of the audiobook, but mostly I was just taking in the outdoors for a bit.

After this, we went grocery shopping for a couple of necessities.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

When we got back, I locked myself in my room to finish my e-book! I managed to get a good amount done (around 85%).

I also made myself a little lunch, and around 4 in the afternoon, I facetimed Olivia from StoriesForCoffee! We chatted about school, our social distancing plans, as well as some other things. This was also the same time that I held a little reading sprint on Twitter, so we read together over the chat for a little bit!

I ate dinner around 5:30, and then I caught up on sending some emails.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

brownies

I decided to also make brownies because I had been craving them.

In this time, I managed to listen to my audiobook more concretely, coming to a total of 4.5 hours.

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

I watched the movie “Singin in the Rain” because I am trying to watch more movies this year, and you guys were able to pick the movies I watched on Instagram (so be sure to follow me on there).

11 p.m. to 12 a.m.

To finish off this read-a-thon, I read a little bit of Docile while playing some music in the background. It was a nice way to end the day, but I didn’t get through this book as much as I had hoped for!

The Final Stats:

  • Docile: I only read one chapter of this oops.
  • Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things: completed
  • And I Darken: 32%

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Overall, I’m very happy with how I did with this read-a-thon. I have been finding it hard to read recently, especially for longer periods of time, but this allowed me to get so much more reading in than I normally would!

I hope you guys enjoyed, and be sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter in case if I do more of these soon :)

Jessica

Signed Book Collection: Updated

A few years back, I uploaded a post where I showed you all my signed book collection. Since then, my collection has at least tripled in size. This is not something I am making to brag, but I just love seeing what books others get signed because it shows that the books are important to them or have more meaning to them.

So, here’s my collection!

signed books

First up, I have books that I got at signings. These were mainly from Bookcon over the last couple of years, but also from individual signings that I attended. I am so grateful to have been able to meet these authors, it was truly such an honor.

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: This is my baby and I love it with my whole heart.
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: I only got WTFOH signed in person, and I asked Elizabeth to sign a sticker for me to put inside of my copy of TPX.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: Meeting Jenny Han was like a dream come true. It was an amazing experience and she was so sweet.
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Still regret not buying all 3 books to have her sign, but I had to save space since I was traveling to and from Bookcon!
  • A Work in Progress by Connor Franta: My friend and I waited from like 5 a.m. for this signing in high school and it was such a memorable experience!
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callendar

signed books

Next up are the books that I purchased or received already signed! I have not met any of these authors, unfortunately, but I am still so grateful to own these books.

  • Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley: I actually won this book from Zack himself in a Twitter giveaway! He is so nice and I really loved this book!
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: This is another one of my all-time favorite books; definitely a prized possession of mine.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I got the physical copy for Christmas and IT WAS SIGNED!
  • Bright we Burn by Kiersten White
  • Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  • Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
  • Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover: Fun fact- both of my CoHo books are signed to “Ashley” because I won them in a Twitter giveaway and they were signed to the user!

signed books

Finally, we have my poetry collections. Some are from poets I’ve met, others were sent to me/purchased signed! As you can see, the majority of them are by Amanda Lovelace because I have attended multiple of her signings in the past!

  • Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (x’s 3): I have the hardcover, the paperback, and the self-published version
  • Temporary Storms by McKayla Debonis: She is a really good friend of mine now but this was her first collection!!
  • Bright Minds, Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia
  • What We Buried by Caitlyn Siehl: I desperately need to do a re-read of this book because it was so beautiful! I had the chance to meet Caitlyn and she was the nicest human ever.
  • Morning Air, Morning Light by Regan Smith
  • The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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There we have it: all of my signed books! Again, I am truly so thankful that I have been able to acquire so many of these, and I cherish them every single day.

What is your favorite signed book you have, or what is one you are dying to own?

Jessica