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

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Books I Brought to College!

Hey loves! School has been back in session for a week now, and I am so overwhelmed by the work. Luckily, whenever I need to wind down and relax, I can pick up a book and escape for a bit.

Last year I had you guys choose which books I brought with me to college, so this year I thought I’d do the same! Here are all of the books I took with me- the ones you guys voted on, plus a couple of extras!

Also, if you want to be part of polls like this in the future, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram :)

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First up, I asked y’all to vote on my sci-fi and fantasy ARCs. I picked a few that I was the most interested in reading at that moment, and unsurprisingly, you guys chose Furyborn. I was a little disappointed only because I wanted Lady’s Guide to win and Furyborn is so big and heavy. But, I brought it anyway!IMG_7113

This was a close race the entire time, but in the end, A Heart in a Body in the World won! This poll I had no preference for, so the results would have been fine no matter what book won. I have heard really amazing things about this book, though, so I’m very thrilled to read it (eventually).

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This one was a tie, but I decided I would let myself be the tiebreaker, and in that moment, I was feeling I Was Born for This more than Jenn Bennett’s book. There is no reason for that decision, I chose at random.

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Next, I asked for a couple more contemporaries. These are all ones that have been on my shelf for about the same amount of time, so I wanted to start working through them. When We Collided has such a pretty cover and it feels like a good quality paperback- this is such a random fact but I love paperbacks so I wanted this to be known. I have also heard good things about this one, so hopefully, I will enjoy it.

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I genuinely thought You would win for this one (or that at least there would be some competition), but If We Were Villains won by a lot, as you can see. I’m currently in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which I heard is really similar to this one. I’m really liking the literary fiction genre, so if they actually are similar, I can see myself giving both of them high ratings.

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I accidentally put The Perfect Mother in two polls, so just ignore that. But, it won for this one, so I brought it with me. This is a book of the month book I got probably a year ago and I honestly don’t really remember what it’s about anymore. But, I do want to read more thrillers, especially in the fall months.

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This is another where the result did not surprise me in the slightest. This is another big book though, so taking it to school with me was not the best idea as I have very limited space, but I really need to read this series ASAP. I have heard such amazing things, and again, it’s perfect for the spooky season.

Current Reads:

These are the books that I started before going back to school but had not finished. I obviously brought them with me so I can finish them!

The Secret History: Mentioned this earlier. I’m really enjoying it but it’s a pretty long book and I haven’t been prioritizing it much.

The Lady Rogue: I have already finished this one and I have a whole review up for it that you can check out!

The Starless Sea: This is an ARC that I need to read before it comes out-  it’s also one of my most anticipated releases so I need to get on it! I just started it recently and it is phenomenal already!

Others:

I also brought these two for the zodiac-a-thon (which I completely failed by the way).

Truly, Madly, Deadly: I technically read this one before, but it was pre-book community days and I don’t remember much. I might not have even finished it, so I want to!

Wild Beauty: Beautiful cover, really interesting synopsis. What more could I want?

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Thank you so much to all who voted on the books :)

Also, let me know which ones I should prioritize because I can not decide which of these to read first!

See you soon!

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett Review!

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Hey loves! Hope you had a great week :) I just moved into my dorm room a couple of days ago, and I’m finally starting to settle in and get into a routine. Classes start tomorrow so I’m freaking out a little bit. BUT, I’m really happy with how my room came out this year, and I love my building much more than last year.

 

 

Anyways, today I have a very exciting review for you all- it’s for The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett which comes out TOMORROW, and you all need to get your hands on it.

If you’re new here, you wouldn’t know that Jenn Bennett is one of my all-time favorite contemporary authors- she wrote Alex, Approximately, Starry Eyes, and more. Now, she has won my heart over in other genres as well (and may just be my favorite author of all-time).

The Lady Rogue is a historical paranormal novel, which I don’t read much of, but I definitely want to in the future cause I love spooky shit. This also read like any other contemporary which was nice- it wasn’t difficult to get into or understand at all.

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Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads:
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

My Review:

Trigger Warnings: Death, faked suicide, murder, grief, and possibly more

First and foremost, let’s talk about the characters. Jenn Bennett gives all of her characters unique and interesting quirks. For example, in Alex, Approximately, Bailey had an obsession with films. In Serious Moonlight, the main character was fascinated by mystery novels.

Here, both main characters have their own identifiers. Main character Theodora “Theo” Fox loves to read all about different myths and stories about “haunted” items. She believes that her mother was cursed, causing her unfortunate death. Since then, she has been looking for proof that curses, ghosts, etc. exist.

Huck, the love interest and sidekick to Theo on her journey, has a habit of mixing up or changing different proverbs and sayings. This is better understood when reading the book.

Aside from their quirks, the characters all feel so real. They are relatable, funny, and interesting. The dialogue between them feels like it came straight from real people’s conversations. I know that many books have realistic characters, but Jenn Bennett does it best in my opinion.

Also, the romance was incredible. I loved reading every line about Huck and Theo’s relationship as it kept fluctuating with its ups and downs. They are absolutely adorable, and I love them.

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As far as the plot, it was SO INTERESTING. I was engaged the entire time and very stressed about what was going to happen to my precious babies (Yes, these characters are my children; I love them now).

Each chapter ends with you wanting to know more, so you’re guaranteed to pick the book up again (or not even put it down at all). It was a fairly quick read; it was easy to understand and get through. When I read the first 100 pages, I hadn’t even realized I had gotten that far!

Overall:

I gave this book 5/5 stars because I loved it so so much. I definitely recommend checking this one out tomorrow (and Jenn Bennett’s other books if you haven’t)!

Also, thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy- I appreciate it so so much!*

*All opinions are my own

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Thanks so much for reading. If you enjoyed this review, please let me know! Also, let me know if you’ve read any of Jenn Bennett’s books before :)

See you next week!

jessica

How I’m Going to Stay Organized this School Year

Hey, loves! I’m back with another school-related post. If you’re new here, you probably don’t know how much I love organization, but… it’s a lot.

Like, I have seven different planners, hundreds of pens, a notebook system, etc. It’s bad.

Now, I don’t actually use all seven planners at once, but I like having them to play around with and figure out what I like best. I’ve finally set a system that works for me in terms of organization for school (and my life in general).

I wanted to show you what that looks like today because it’s the only thing that currently keeps me sane. I think everyone (student or not), needs a good planner system that works for them. That being said, this might not work for you, but some of it can. So pick and choose what you think you can incorporate into your own life, or feel free to disagree with all of my ways of doing things and continue on with what’s working for you! It’s nothing personal and everyone knows themselves and their lives best.

*Prepare yourself for a long and detailed post because I can talk about this for hours.

For taking notes:

This year, I am trying out a new system of note-taking at school. I’ve tried many different methods for this in the past, and I decided to combine the things that have worked before into one this September.

In class, I will be taking notes in a composition notebook. The majority of my classes do not allow us to use our laptops, so I am not able to type notes. I actually prefer handwriting my original notes anyways, so this is fine by me. But, I like my notes to be very neat.

During class, the professor talks really fast, so you don’t get to make your notes look pretty and they’re usually a mess by the end of each lecture. I found myself getting frustrated by this because I need my notes to be very organized. I color code, underline, etc.

Post-class, I am going to transfer my notes into a 5-subject notebook- one subject for each of my classes (I’m actually taking 6 classes this semester but one of them will not require much notetaking, so I got a separate notebook for it). These will be the nice notes that I take my time on, and I can refer to these during class or when doing homework. The information will be clear and easy to find. I know that for most people this is a lot of work, and there’s no point to it, but I learn by writing information down, so as I’m doing this, I’m also studying. I can kill two birds with one stone. I use my notes to study. I make study guides and flashcards with them, so these are vital to me.

Finally, I just downloaded the OneNote application to my laptop. I’m not too familiar with it yet, but I’ve been playing around with it and all of the features it has so that I can use it to its fullest potential. I am loving it so much.

I always, always make study guides for tests. It’s the best way for me to study. I take the information from my notes and type up only the information that I need to know for the exam. It’s definitely WAY more concise than my notes, so I can read through it a couple of times throughout the day to get in the information for the exam without being overwhelmed by pages and pages of detailed notes.

Again, this probably seems very tedious to others, but this helps me out a lot. OneNote also allows my notes to be customizable- you can draw on them, insert diagrams, pictures, etc. which I think will make the process even more enjoyable.

Hopefully this all makes some sort of sense to you! If it’s confusing, feel free to ask any questions down below!

For planning my day-to-day school life:

In college, your classes are all at different times; you might have one class at 10 am and the next one might not be until 2:15. Because of this, I needed a different planner than the one I used in high school where all of my classes took place at the same time every day.

Last year, I bought a Day Designer planner that was small but still gave me the functionality I was looking for. I bought the same one this year because I think it’s perfect for college students.

You get a page for each day that is split into two columns- one is a schedule, and the other is a to-do list.

On the side with a schedule (from 6am to 8pm), I write down what times I have classes, work, club meetings, plans with friends, etc. On the opposite side, I write down my homework and things I need to get done for the day. This includes chores like laundry, cleaning my desk, etc. I also sometimes put in sticky notes with shopping lists or other things I need to remember for the day.

As for the monthly layouts, I use those for keeping track of big assignments- project due dates, exams, finals, etc. I also include big events such as move-in day, winter break, etc. This way I can plan my day-to-day life accordingly.

This planner is probably my favorite that I’ve ever used, so I highly recommend it (this is not sponsored btw).

For planning my day-to-day creative life:

I got a ban.do planner back in January because I’ve always loved how they looked. I wanted to give it a try myself because I have 0 self-control. I really, really like it, but it doesn’t really work for my life right now. However, I do still have a few months of it left because it is dated, so I want to get use out of them.

So, I’ve been using it mainly to keep track of my creative projects- whether that’s writing a blog post, filming a video, working on my manuscript, editing my poetry collection, etc. Every day I want to make sure that I focus on at least one creative project. My entire life can not revolve around school (even though it often looks like it does). This is a good way for me to also stay on track with everything. I need to make sure I dedicate time to taking pictures for blog posts so that I can get the post up on time, for example.

After the year is over (maybe even earlier than that), I want to switch this all over to my bullet journal (which I will talk about next).

For big-picture planning:

I’ve used a bullet journal on and off for a few years now. I found that it never worked for me because I spent way too much time on making it look pretty that it lost its functionality. I had to make daily spreads weeks in advance in order to have them ready for the actual day I needed it for. That is not very practical, especially as a college student who already has so many other things going on in her life.

For the past couple of months, I started using the bujo style for tracking my reading, blogging, and videos. Even more recently, I made monthly spreads just for scheduling what posts were going up when. This was super helpful. I also realized that I liked being creative in my bujo, but that I don’t need every page to be super intricate.

Instead, I make my monthly spreads really pretty and creative but then stick to simple spreads for everything else.

Here is a list of pages that I include:

Monthly

  • month overview- plan blog posts and videos
  • goals and to-do’s
  • budget tracker
  • TBRs (for read-a-thons and just for me)
  • Wrap-ups

General

  • video/blog notes
  • video/blog ideas
  • upcoming ARCs
  • morning/night routines (per season)

Again, as I mentioned, I will eventually include daily spreads for my creative life after I use up my ban.do planner.

So really, I am only using 2 planners- one for school life, one for creative life. I like keeping these two separate and I think I always will, so this system will most likely be around for a few years at least.

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Anyways, I hope this post was helpful to some of you- if it was, please let me know so that I can continue to do posts of this kind! Again, if you have any questions about the system (it’s a lot, I know), just leave those down below!

Thank you so much for reading. See you next week.

jessica

Interview with Author Abbie Emmons! // Blog Tour

Hey, loves! Welcome or welcome back to my blog :) Today I have a really exciting post because I haven’t done one of these in quite a long time- it’s an interview with Abbie Emmons, author of 100 Days of Sunlight.

I was so lucky to be able to be part of this blog tour and to get to interview Abbie. She is a YouTuber, blogger, and now, an author! I have been following her journey for a couple years now, so it was definitely exciting to receive an early copy of her book (Also, how gorgeous is that cover?).

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Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

Now, the interview:

First, where did the idea for this book come from and when did you start drafting/writing it? Is it based off of real experiences/people/etc?

One day I was thinking about my own lifestyle and how much I use my sense of sight for everything I do: blogging, writing, making videos, reading, everything — and then I thought how different all that would be if, for some reason, I suddenly went blind. I pondered this thought for a few hours, and then suddenly the idea struck me: blogger girl loses her eyesight, meets a boy with no legs (unbeknownst to her) and he helps her overcome her struggles. That was all I had at the start, but it was enough to totally steal my heart and make me want to write the book IMMEDIATELY. 

How long was the writing process with this novel and was it difficult to write?

100 Days of Sunlight still holds the record for the fastest writing process I’ve ever had. I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo 2017 and finished the whole thing in 27 days. I felt super inspired while writing it and only took one day off throughout the whole writing process. It was truly a pleasure to write, from start to finish!

How has being on Youtube impacted your writing life, either in a positive or negative way?

It has definitely impacted my writing life in many positive ways! I love being able to connect with the writing community and share the struggles and triumphs of being a writer and author. I also love creating something every single week and putting it out there, getting feedback and building relationships with fellow writers. The only downside is that it does consume a lot of my time, which means I have to fight a little harder for my writing time. But it’s so worth it. 

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What would you say is your main character, Tessa’s, biggest strength in terms of personality?

I would say that her greatest strength is her empathy. Like me, Tessa is a very loyal and caring person and feels very deeply about everything. After the accident that renders her blind, she feels super frustrated and bitter towards her circumstances but eventually awakens to the realization that she still has a full life and many ways to experience the beauty in the world. I think this world needs more empathetic people, and I hope Tessa’s journey inspires my readers to awaken to their own truths. 

When did you first realize you want to become an author?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve always loved stories and found them so magical, and as soon as I learned how to write, I was crafting stories of my own. However, it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I decided writing would be my career. I explored and learned a lot about myself in my teenage years, but the passion I kept coming back to was always the same: writing. 

I know this is a difficult question to answer, but what is your favorite book of all time?

This is SUCH a hard question, but if I had to choose I would say To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is such an incredible novel for so many reasons, and it is hands-down the most impressive work of fiction I’ve ever read.

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Can you describe the editing process for this book? Has the story changed dramatically from draft number one to now? If yes, in what ways?

The story hasn’t changed much since the first draft. In fact, I recently made a video explaining my editing process and comparing my first draft to my final draft if you’re interested in seeing a behind-the-scenes look! But because I outline so intensively before I sit down to write the first draft, I work out most of the story issues in advance and don’t have to edit much beyond wording and pacing in draft 2.

What has been the biggest challenge of the self-publishing process so far?

The whole self-publishing process is a challenge and a big learning curve. It’s something that you really can’t expect yourself to be great at the first time around. One of the things I’ve found most challenging is the back-and-forth formatting adjustments and making sure everything is flawless in the actual book files. It’s easy enough to update an ebook file, but print is forever! It’s been a little nerve-wracking to think about, but at this point, I feel confident that I have done my best. 

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Thank you Abbie, for taking the time to answer all of these questions. It was such a pleasure to chat with her today, and I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you want to check out 100 Days of Sunlight, you can buy it on Amazon or add it on Goodreads.

Thanks for reading :) See you next week!

jessica

Goals For The Rest of The Year // 2019

Hey, loves!

We are over half-way through 2019, which I am still trying to process. But, I realized I haven’t been focusing on my goals as much as I wanted to. In fact, my goals have changed completely.

So, I thought that today would be a good day to set new goals for myself that I can actually try to achieve before the year ends. I want to make sure I end this year feeling good about the things I accomplished, so hopefully hitting these goals will help me do that!

Read 100 books

I am at 82 books read this year at this very moment! That is the most that I’ve ever read in a year and I still have 4 1/2 months to go. I am definitely aiming for 100 now, even though my original goal was 52. Audiobooks have been my best friend, and honestly, that’s the only reason I was able to read so many. Nonetheless, this is an exciting moment in my reading life :)

Finish my poetry manuscript

I wrote a lot of poetry during the school year, so I thought that once the summer came I would write even more. But, I didn’t. I think I wrote a total of 2 poems all season long. My manuscript is well over 1/2 way done, so I just need another 50 or so poems to finish. I want to get this draft done, so I can either start edits or work on another collection I have planned.

Run at least twice a week

I started going on runs at home and I love it so much. I moved to a new house a few weeks ago, so the new route possibilities I have are endless and the views are phenomenal. It has been making me feel so good, so I want to continue this for the rest of the year, especially when school starts.

Get my Netgalley feedback ratio to 85%

I am a horrible person and I constantly request ARCs even when I have a ton of unread ones. My ratio is currently at 71%, so I only have to read and review a few more to get to 85. I think it will be manageable as long as I don’t request any others.

Not purchase any more books until 2020

At the beginning of the year, I put myself on a book buying ban for all of 2019… but that didn’t work too well. I allowed myself leeway of up to 5 books, but I ended up buying quite a few more than that. It is definitely still under the amount that I bought last year by a TON, so at least I can say that. So, my new goal now is to just not buy any books until the year is over. I have close to 100 unread books, so I have plenty to choose from, and I really don’t need any more right now.

Continue posting once a week on the blog for the rest of the year

I have been really consistent with my posting on the blog this entire year. I have posted every Tuesday (with the exception of a two-week hiatus) since January. For a little bit, I was even posting twice a week. I would love to finish out the year strong on the blog and continue posting every single week. In September I am going to be changing my posting day (most likely to Mondays) because of my class schedule next semester, but either way, I will stay consistent.

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Those are all of my goals! I really think I can accomplish most, if not all, of these goals before 2020 hits us. What are some goals you still hope to accomplish in these next few months? Let me know in the comments :)

jessica

Booktube Drama Tag !

Hey, loves! Happy Tuesday :)

Today I thought I would do this tag that Boston created! She actually tagged me to do it but I haven’t been able to sit down and film it, so I thought I would bring it to book bloggers instead!

If you are an active Twitter user, as I am, you would know that there is always tons of drama in the book community on there. I wouldn’t even call most of it drama… just people blowing trivial topics up. Boston’s tag is meant to be lighthearted and poke fun at some of the ridiculous arguments that have started!

Definitely be sure to check out her video for some background info on all of the drama!

Let’s get into the questions :)

Dick Soap Gate- Your favorite smutty book

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas: I haven’t read many smutty books, but I’m slowly getting more into them! This one was good, I really enjoyed it. It is also definitely one of the smuttiest books I’ve read.*

*But I don’t have much to compare it to, for reference

Incest Shipping- Your favorite sibling duo

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: The first one that came to mind was Scarlet and 51meBqxPwcL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Donatella from the Caraval series. I recently finished this one, so it’s on my mind. I loved the relationship these sisters have. They are very protective of each other but also know how to lay low and give each other space if needed. I think they are a great duo!

Handbook for Mortals Drama- An overhyped book

51j9XTR5oZL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Sorry, but this book is just way too overhyped. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But it wasn’t anything special by any means. I didn’t even want to read it initially, but because it gained so much popularity, I decided to pick it up. I had expected to love it so much, but the hype definitely made it fall flat for me.

JKR Drama- A character that makes questionable choices

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby makes incredibly questionable The Great Gatsbychoices. I mean, he bought a house across a lake just so that he could sort of coax Daisy, his love from years ago (who is now MARRIED), back to him. Strange, odd man.

Marie Kondo- If you could only keep one book, what would it be?

Image result for the night circusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I thought about this question recently for a collab youtube video I was a part of. I chose this book for a few reasons- it’s long so you can read and re-read it forever and always find new parts that you didn’t pay much attention to. Also, the writing is so beautiful and it’s an inspiration for my own writing, so I would definitely want to keep it around. Also, it’s fantasy, and since I mainly write contemporary, I would want a break from it at times.

Tomi Adayemi vs Nora Roberts- Two books with similar titles

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman:

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These are just the first ones to pop into my head but there are THOUSANDS of examples.

Booktube Group Photo- A full-cast audiobook you love

91ZkXtpaFxLDaisy Jones and the Six by TJR: I will use any opportunity to promote this book. IT IS AMAZING. Please read it. Listen to the audiobook. And then read it physically. Then read it one more time (if you want to be as crazy as me).

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun writing it and thinking up these answers :) If you would like to do this tag, then I tag you! If you do it, please leave a link in the comments so I can check it out, too.

jessica

August TBR

Hey, loves. The last month of summer is upon us. I am so confused as to how that happened but I’m also so excited to get back to school already, so it’s very bittersweet.

I read so many books in July, so I am not stressing myself out too much when it comes to reading this month. There are two read-a-thons that I do want to participate in, though. Both are month long, so I have plenty of time, and I am definitely going to be stacking up on challenges between the two.

N.E.W.T.S:

I sat for my O.W.L.S back in April, I believe, so I am ready to take my N.E.W.T.S now! I was a journalist/writer, which means I have to get an A in two subjects, and an E in one subject. That is only 4 books in total, which is completely doable.

E in history of Magic
– A- read a fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
– E- read a book with a map: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

A in Muggle Studies
– Cover that includes an actual photo element: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

A in any other subject (herbology)
– Listen to an audiobook: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Disney-a-thon:

This is a new month-long read-a-thon where you get to pick a team and then complete the team challenges. I have chosen to be part of team Tangled because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Let’s look at the challenges.

Rapunzel- Read a book with glowing reviews: Fix her Up by Tessa Bailey

Flynn Rider- Read a dark/mysterious book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Snuggly Duckling Crew- Read a book with a dreamy cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Mother Gothel- Read a book with a power-hungry character (must be out of your comfort zone): The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
*I’m not sure if this one entirely fits, but the father is a treasure hunter and he seems scary (and it’s historical fiction so definitely out of my comfort zone)

Maximus- Read the group book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Special Ability: we can travel the map as we please

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In all, this is only seven books that I need to read, which is something I have been doing each month. I am stressed because I’m a mood reader, but hopefully, I can convince myself to read all of these!

Are you participating in any read-a-thons? Let me know in the comments!

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Life Update + Current Reads

Hello loves, it’s been a while. I was doing a really good job of posting twice a week on here for the past two months, but I finally wore myself out. I needed a bit of a break because I was feeling super slumpy about the blog. I had no motivation or inspiration, so I needed to step back for a little while before I started posting again.

I recently moved into a new house and while it’s been an overall good experience, it’s also extremely exhausting. On top of that, this week is the reading rush, so I’m trying to get a lot of reading done, which leaves no time for anything else.

I am hoping to get back into the rhythm of things, but I will be going back to posting one day a week, rather than two.

That’s all as far as my update goes, so let’s talk about what I’m currently reading!

It is day two of the reading rush when this post goes up, but it is day one as I am writing it.

So far, I have started the audiobook of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m about 20% in. I am hoping to get over 50% by the end of the night. I am also reading The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. I am not stressed about not finishing a book today because my hope is that I will finish both of these tomorrow, which will put me on track.

Aside from reading rush books, I’m also in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It is on hold this week but I will pick it right back up as soon as this read-a-thon is over. I am hoping to finish it soon, but it’s been taking me so long already, who knows how much longer it’ll take.

Finally, I am reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, which is also currently on hold. I may try to finish it this week in place of another book to complete a challenge, but I’m not sure if that will happen yet.

My reading this month has been going really great- I read mainly 4 and 5 star books, so hopefully, that trend will continue!

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Thanks for reading! Let me know what books you are currently reading, and if you’re participating in the reading rush. See you soon!

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I’m Participating in Camp NaNo?!

Hey, loves! We are one week into July on the day that I’m writing this and… I decided to join Camp NaNo.

This was a very last-minute decision for me (clearly, as we’re already a week into the month), but I really wanted to make some serious progress on my novel. I’m not expecting to finish it. In fact, I’m not even expecting to make it 1/2 way through.

I am working mainly on a novel I started back in November for NaNo. I am currently at 21.5k words after reworking my outline and deleting some scenes that no longer fit. My goal is to hit 30k words on this WIP.

I think this will be totally manageable, as it’s less than 9,000 words total.

In addition to this, I am also working on outlining a second novel that I just recently got the idea for. I am hoping to get it outlined by the end of the summer so that I can start writing it for this coming NaNo. Once I’m back at school, I will have less time for planning, so I want to get as much of it done now.

The story is a YA contemporary, but since a lot of the plot is currently being reconstructed, I won’t say too much just yet. Here is a little snippet, though:

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I’m hoping to do some writing vlogs, too, so definitely check out my Youtube if you are interested in those!

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Are you participating in Camp NaNo? Let me know what you’re working on in the comments below :)

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