Halloweenie TBR|| 2021.

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Happy October! It’s my favorite month of the year! I love all things Halloween, Fall, and Spooky. It’s also my favorite time of year because I get to come up with a fun Halloween themed list of books that I want to read throughout the month of October! I do this every year whether I get around to reading them or not. I always go a bit ambitious when I make it, so I always have at least 10 books (some years more) on my list. I’m not sure how it will go this year as it seems this year I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do. My TBR may change up a little bit since I’m a mood reader and I might throw in some audiobooks that go along with the season as well. We shall see! Here are the books I added to my Halloweenie TBR this year! 🎃👻💀

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Wytches by Scott Snyder
Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer (ARC)
Scream All Night
by Derek Milman
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (ARC)
Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu (ARC)

I am really excited about my Halloweenie TBR this year. I think I have a good mix of books that will be spooky and fun to read. Wytches is a graphic novel, so I am really stoked about that. I like trying to find at least one graphic novel to fit into my Halloweenie TBR each year, because it’s cool to see creepy fun illustrations too. I also included a few ARCs that I was sent on Netgalley to review and they seem to fit well in my TBRl. I do own a hardcover copy of When Villains Rise, but it was sent to me on Netgalley last year and I didn’t get the chance to read and review it before the year ended, so I finally want to read it and get my review up. It’s the final book in the Market of Monsters trilogy, which so far I absolutely LOVE.

Have you read any of the books on my October TBR? What do you plan to read in October?

I bought some new bookmarks this year to use for while reading my books throughout the month that are perfect for Fall and Halloween. 😀 I also have a ton from previous years too, so I am all set on a spooky TBR and bookmarks to go with it! ❤

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Wrap Up|| September.
Book Haul|| September.

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Wrap Up|| September.

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It’s OCTOBERRRRRR. 🎃 The weather might actually be cooling down a little bit for Florida, that’s exciting! 😛 September was a pretty good month for me as far as things happening in my life. I got a raise at work, working on lowering our mortgage payment, stuff like that. I still feel sad a lot though. I still try to distract my thoughts with reading, TV shows (a lot of Halloween Baking Championship and other competition shows), and video games (still going strong with Stardew Valley lol). But other things in my life are seeming to be really good right now, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

As far as reading goes, it was another month where I didn’t read as much as I wanted or hoped to. I read two books and listened to two audiobooks. That’s okay, but of course I hoped for more. I did complete my Goodreads challenge though! Now I don’t have to worry about if I am going to complete my challenge before the year ends. I was kind of nervous about that a few months ago since I haven’t been reading that much this year. I have three months of no pressure reading now. 😛

Anyway, let’s get to my September wrap up. You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in September.

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of September.

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – 4 out of 5 stars
After the Fire by Will Hill – 4 out of 5 stars

One Last Stop was really good and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t what i expected either, but that’s probably because I saw it was a Casey McQuiston book and immediately decided I needed to read it and not read what it was about. 😛 The ending was kind of lame though, but the rest of it was so good! I’ve been wanting to read After the Fire for a few years now and I finally did! It was really good; shocking and sad. It was another book where I wasn’t really happy with the way it ended though. With that being said, I definitely recommend checking both of these books out if you haven’t!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio version throughout the month of September.

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender – 5 out of 5 stars
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – 2 out of 5 stars

Felix Ever After was EVERYTHING. Emotional rollercoaster. I laugh. I cried. It made me so happy. It made me so angry. I loved it so much and I am glad that I finally read it. Highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t! The Maidens was a big disappointment to me. I found a lot of it to be boring. I wasn’t that surprised or shocked by most of the things that happened.

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

This weekend I am going to catch up with your posts and work on finishing up my Halloweenie TBR post that will probably go up on Monday! 😀 I’m pretty happy with the books that I chose to read this month. Also this weekend, I might check out this new bookstore that opened up here and maybe hit up the farmer’s market since it opened back up again last month. Do you have any weekend plans?

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul|| September.

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The last two or three months I’ve been doing a combined wrap up and book haul, but I decided to do it separate this month because I actually bought more books than I have been the last few months. I felt my September book haul needed its own post, haha. I don’t have too much to say and will save it for my wrap up, so I am going to just jump right into my haul.

You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I still need to update it since earlier this year was the last time I did…one day lol. I know I keep saying it, but I swear it’ll happen. 😛 But anyway, here are the books that I got in September.

Print Books:

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Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga
Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
What About Will by Ellen Hopkins
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
Wytches by Scott Snyder

I’m surprised I bought five books this month since I haven’t been buying too many print books this year. I’ve been a lot pickier these days because there are lots of times where I don’t end up reading them right away. I’m sooo guilty of that lol. Probably why WAY MORE than half of the books on my shelves right now are unread. Time Will Tell is a Barry Lyga book and I always buy his books because I LOVED his I Hunt Killers series so much. I haven’t read all of his other books yet (told you I buy books that sit on my shelves for a long time :P), but I like to have them all for when that time comes that I finally want to read, haha. What About Will sounded really good, so I wanted that. I have a love/hate for Ellen Hopkins though. Some books are hits and some are misses for me. Hopefully this is a hit, because I’m pretty sure her last one was a miss. I bought Thirteens, Hide and Seeker, and Wytches for my Halloween themed TBR for October. I plan to post my Halloweenie TBR soon, so you’ll see these on the list along with a bunch more. 🙂


E-Books:

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Go the Distance by Jen Calonita
Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley

I really want to read all of these Disney retellings, so I had to get Go the Distance, Part of Your World, and Reflections when I saw them on sale this month. I own most of the series in e-book, but a couple of the books in the series I have physical copies. Eventually I’ll get around to reading them. 😛 I can’t wait to read them! Love, Comment, Subscribe was free with Amazon Prime First Reads. It sounded good, so I decided to pick that one as my free book.

What new books did you get in September? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I plan to do some blog hopping this week since it has been a little bit since I last did that. I am super stoked to catch up with your posts and probably fill my forever long TBR with more book recommendations from you! Feel free to link me to any posts you want me to check out in case I miss them when I go blog hopping. I’ll have my September wrap up posted soon soon (possibly tomorrow) and like I mentioned above, my Halloweenie TBR will be coming soon too. 👻

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul & Wrap Up|| August.

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Happy September! That means I can start decorating for Halloween, right? 🎃 So close to my favorite spooky month! I am hoping to make a trip to Target this weekend in the hopes that they have their Halloween decor out. I NEED more! Target always has some really great holiday decor, so hopefully I find some new things I like for this year. I have a couple ideas of what I am looking for and I am hoping they have it. August was a busy month for me. I was finishing up my photography class (which I loved) and then I was able to go visit my family for a weekend. I spent lots of time playing Stardew Valley because once again, this game is addicting. And I got back into diamond painting again. I’m off and on with it. I’ll be really obsessed and do it ALL THE TIME and then I won’t do it for a long, long time until I pick it up again haha. I’ve also been working and got extended at my job to the end of November, which is great.

As you can see from the title of this blog post, I decided to once again combine my book haul and wrap up post together because they are both pretty small for August as well. As you’ve probably seen in the past, I usually do them in separate posts. I will first start with my August book haul and then get into my wrap up after that! I didn’t get many books this month. I believe it was only just six books. Three print books and three e-books. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I haven’t updated that page since early February though (I really need to find some time to do this. I’m slacking, sigh.), so an update for that is coming soon. But anyway, here are the books that I got in August.

Books I Bought:

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Fresh by Margot Wood (print)
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (print)
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman (print)

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The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (e-book)
The Children’s Block by Otto Kraus (e-book)
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (e-book)

Fresh and In the Wild Light were two of my August pre-orders and I am really looking forward to reading them; especially Jeff Zentner’s new book. I always love his books, so I’m excited! I buy pretty much all of Alice Osemen’s books, so I decided to buy I Was Born for This since I didn’t have it yet and I want to read all her books before the year ends. The last three are e-books. I’ve been wanting these e-books to go on sale and I was stoked to see them on sale in July! 🙂 I am so stoked to read them. The Trials of Morrigan Crow looks and sounds good, so I had to get it when I saw it on sale. I read a couple chapters of The Children’s Block and hopefully will get back into it soon. I ended up not being in the mood for it, so I put it down for now. But so far what I read I liked. Might include The Year of the Witching in my spooky TBR for October.


And now for my wrap up! You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in August.

Books I Read:

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Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams (audiobook) (5 out of 5 stars)
Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre (e-book) (4 out of 5 stars)
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (audiobook) (3 out of 5 stars)

Once again I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I was able to finish two books that I started in July and one other. Isn’t It Bromantic? was AMAZING! ❤ I loved it so much. I am so stoked we were finally able to get the Russian’s story and it was so gooood. Some Kind of Wonderland was really good and I had fun reading it. I loved all the Alice in Wonderland references and spin on it. I’ll link my review at the end of this post, so you can check it out for more about it. I’ve been seeing Arsenic and Adobo around, so I decided to give it a chance since my library had the audiobook available. It was good, but I didn’t love it. It kept my attention and at times was quite interesting, but I guessed who the killer was pretty fast and wasn’t that surprised. It was neat that they give some recipes from the book at the end!

That’s all for my August wrap up and book haul! 🙂 Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts or book haul posts, so I can check them out. I did some blog hopping yesterday and was able to finally catch up with some of your posts. ❤ If you think I missed any important blog posts, send me a link and I’ll make sure to go look at it. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Some Kind of Wonderland.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Review|| Some Kind of Wonderland.

Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Sometimes we all need an escape down a rabbit hole. Since her parents’ divorce, Allyson’s only source of comfort and refuge has been within the pages of Alice in Wonderland, which her father used to read to her every night. Now a quiet and shy teenager, she auditions for her school’s production of the story, despite having no previous acting experience. But no one knows Alice like she does—she’s memorized every word—and she believes that getting the part is the only way her father will return for her. Instead, she is enlisted as an assistant to the stage manager, and she runs afoul of the drama queen cast in the role she desires. Shuffling between a full deck of actors, a fidgety time-obsessed director, and an over-caffeinated costume crew, can Allyson navigate the bizarre world of high school theater? And how will her mother feel when she finds out it’s that story? As fiction merges with fact and her present reality uncovers past memories, what curious things will Allyson discover—and how much will she grow—along the journey through her own kind of Wonderland?


I received a copy of Some Kind of Wonderland from the author in exchange for an honest review. It was released in June of this year, so it is out in the world now!

I am a pretty big Alice in Wonderland fan, so I was excited to get the chance to read Some Kind of Wonderland and I ended up really enjoying the story! One of my favorite things about it was that a lot of the characters in the book had character traits of those in the Alice in Wonderland story. It was fun identifying them and I thought that was a cool touch to the story. I liked Allyson, but there were times where I felt like she acted more like a younger kid than a 15-16 year old. Maybe her love for Alice in Wonderland and that it connected her so much to her father that when he left it kept her mind. It didn’t take away from the story though and I still really liked it. She actually grew throughout the story, so that was a plus.

It was a lot deeper than I originally thought it was going to be too and because of that there were so many sad moments that had me tearing up a little and definitely some laughable moments too. It switched between present day and childhood memories that Allyson was having as she struggled with her parents divorce. Overall, I really liked Some Kind of Wonderland. It was a lot different than I thought it was going to be but in a good way! I really loved all the Alice in Wonderland references and quotes. I definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you love Alice in Wonderland too!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul & Wrap Up|| July.

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Book Haul & Wrap Up|| July.

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I usually do my book hauls and wrap ups separately, but I decided to combine them for July because both are pretty small for my July post. Honestly, the last thing I was really thinking about was books in July. I was busy with work, then my photography class (which is still going until the middle of August), and I got REALLY obsessed with Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch (I still am). My time and my mind were elsewhere and has been for the last few months; especially in July. Because of that, I wasn’t really around on the blogosphere much at all either. I think I blog hopped once, which is sad because I love reading your posts. I just have other things going on right now. It’s not that I don’t want to be here, because I DO! My mind has just been elsewhere and I don’t really know how to explain that. 😦 I’ll be catching up with your posts at some point soon though.

I want to talk about my photography class really quick though. I’ve been having a lot of fun in the class and I am glad I got out of my comfort zone to take part in it. I like learning about about photography and different compositions. It’s also fun getting assignments to take pictures and then sharing them with the class. We even got to go one day as a class out walking around downtown taking pictures. Friendly environment and people too, so that really helps with my social anxiety and not being too freaked out as I usually am. I’ll have to do a post about my experience and share the pictures that I’ve been taking for my assignments. I may even want to do this again, we shall see!

Anyway, let’s talk books now! I will first start with my July book haul and then get into my wrap up after that! I didn’t get many books this month. I think I only got six books, actually. One physical book, two e-books, and then three ARCs from Netgalley. I am super stoked for them all! I especially can’t wait to read the Netgalley ones, so I can finally get some reviews up on my blog again.

Books I Bought

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The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass (print)
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (e-book)
Elatose by Darcie Little Badger (e-book)

Netgalley

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Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (09/28/2021)
Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu (10/19/2021)
Gilded by Marissa Meyer (11/02/2021)


And now for my wrap up! So, I didn’t actually get to finish any books on my own in July. What I mean by that is the books that I did read were audiobooks instead of books that I read myself. I was actually bummed out that I didn’t get to finish any of the books I started to read on my own before the month ended. It’s hard to read when you can’t focus. I’m happy I was able to at least listen to some audiobooks though. Below are the two audiobooks that I was able to listen to.

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Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa (5 out of 5 stars)
Sunkissed by Kasie West (4 out of 5 stars)

I absolutely LOVED Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun! It’s probably my favorite book of the year so far and I HIGHLY recommend everyone checking it out. 🙂 It had me laughing and also crying. Sunkissed was a lot of fun and I really related to the main character a lot, actually. I always feel like I’m stuck, doing the same things, because I’m scared to get out there and do other things that are not in my comfort zone. Sometimes not really knowing what I want or who I really am. I really related to that.


I started a couple books in July that I didn’t get the chance to finish reading, so I am really hoping that I do in August. These are the books that I started, but haven’t had the chance to finish yet.

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Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre (e-book)
Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams (audiobook)

So far I like Some Kind of Wonderland and I am excited to finish it (I’m halfway through it now), so I can get my review up on my blog for it. I’m making it priority in August. July was just one big reading slump for me, so I didn’t get the chance to finish reading it. I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Isn’t It Bromantic? and it’s good. I was hoping to finish it before the audiobook got returned to the library, but that didn’t end up happening. I had to put the audiobook back on hold UGHH. I also put the e-book on hold too just in case that gets to me faster than the audiobook. I’m a little over halfway through it and I’m sad I didn’t get to finish it before it got returned.

That’s all for my July wrap up and book haul! I have to get back to work. I will hopefully catch up with your posts this week. 🙂 Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts or book haul posts, so I can check them out. Or link me to any posts you think I should check out ASAP! ❤

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| June.

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2021 is really halfway over? 🤯 June was not one of my best reading months. I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would and all the books that I did read only were only three stars to me. Three stars means I liked them, but I wasn’t blown away or amazed by them. I’ve also been in a pretty bad blogging slump the last couple months as you can see that in May and now June I only posted book hauls and wrap ups. 😦 I’m kind of in this place where I don’t feel inspired (I don’t know if this is the word I really want to use, but I can’t think of another at the moment) and I think I’ve also been kind of unhappy with life in general or maybe not life, but myself. I also feel more anxiety than usual lately and I don’t even know why. I don’t know. *shrug*

I’ve been busy with work, which is nice. I’ve been getting more steady work and I even got my work contract extended for another three months. With that extension comes more stress, anxiety, and obstacles though. I don’t feel like going into why, but it is what it is. I may be busier during July and part of August because I signed up for a photography class that goes for six weeks. Another thing that gives me anxiety (as you can see, I’m just a big ball of anxiety :P), because it’s so out of my comfort zone. BUT I love taking pictures and I want to learn to get better at it, so I signed up anyway. Maybe I need to get out of my comfort zone sometimes, I don’t know. I’ve been hooked on Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch, so that started to take up a lot of my downtime. It’s been giving me something to do during my blogging and reading slumps. I can sit for hours straight playing and I have been almost every single day for the last week. It’s bringing me joy even if the game can be frustrating at times haha.

A new favorite picture I took a couple weeks ago.


Anyway, enough of all that. I am here to share my June wrap up with you! Like I said, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to and the quality wasn’t that great either. There’s a couple unpopular opinions here, I think.You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in June.

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of June.

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When I Was You by Minka Kent – 3 out of 5 stars
The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent – 3 out of 5 stars

I liked both When I Was You and The Memory Watcher, but they didn’t blow me away and honestly they were so predictable. I wasn’t really that shocked, so I was bummed about that. I will say that The Memory Watcher was a lot better than When I Was You though. There was one thing toward the end that did actually surprise me in The Memory Watcher. I like reading psychological thrillers, but it’s rare that I am ever surprised or shocked by them lol. I almost always guess what is going on early on and I’m almost always correct. So, I wasn’t really surprised I gave them both three stars.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of June.

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 out of 5 stars
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 3 out of 5 stars

Malibu Rising and People We Meet on Vacation have both seemed really hyped and I had high expectations going into them both. I loved Daisy Jones and I really liked Beach read, so I was bummed I didn’t enjoy these as much as I hoped I would. I don’t have a lot to say about neither one of them, but I did like them and at times they were fun to read. There were times where I was a bit bored as well. Overall, they just didn’t blow me away and my high expectations were let down.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of June, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza
Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre

I started both of these books in June, but I didn’t get the chance to finish them before the month ended. I’m listening to the audiobook of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun and so far I love it so much. I haven’t had the chance to really listen to it this past week or so though because I’m doing new things at work that don’t give me an opportunity to listen all day like other things I do at work can. I’m halfway through it though, so hoping I finish it this month. I might listen while I play Stardew Valley sometime lol. Some Kind of Wonderland so far is pretty good and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. If you couldn’t tell by the cover, it’s kind of like an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I’m not too far into it yet, but hoping to finish it soon and get a review up for it.

What books did you read in June? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I am hoping that July will overall be a better month. I’ll catch up with you guys soon if I haven’t already. I did some blog hopping yesterday. I was able to read and comment quite a few posts, so I was happy about that. Feel free to link me to anything you want me to check out in case I missed anything!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul|| June.

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Another month where I was bad with posting on my blog, sigh. I’m in a pretty bad blogging slump right now, honestly. I also think I’m in a reading slump too, but more about that in my wrap up. Today, I am here to share my June book haul, so I am going to just jump right into it. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I haven’t updated that page since early February though (I really need to find some time to do this), so an update for that is coming soon. Here are the books that I got in June…

Print Books:

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Girls with Rebel Souls by Suzanne Young
Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell

I always buy Nicola Yoon’s books, so I was excited to get Instructions for Dancing and I love how pretty the cover is. I was able to get Be Dazzled (I love the cover so much), Girls with Rebel Souls, and Straight On Till Morning on sale on Prime Day! I am really excited about all of them, especially Girls with Rebel Souls. It’s book three of the Girls with Sharp Sticks series that I have really enjoyed so far.


Books from Authors/Publishers:

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Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre

Tara reached out to me and asked if I would read and review her new book Some Kind of Wonderland. Of course I said yes, because I’ve read her other books in the past and have really liked them. I also love Alice in Wonderland, so I am always excited about a retelling. Hoping to have it read and reviewed in July. I read the first couple chapters and so far I like it.


E-Books:

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Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims

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Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis
The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry
The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms

And last but not least, my e-book haul! I got so many good books on sale and also a few of them for free with the Amazon First Reads program. I am really looking forward to reading all of these, especially Stay Gold since I’ve been wanting to read it for SO LONG now and I finally caught it on sale.

What new books did you get in June? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I am hoping to do some blog hopping this week. I know I am a bit behind with that this month as well. 😦 I’ll catch up though; I always do even if it takes me a little bit. So, you’ll see me around blog hopping at some point this week when I get some time. 🙂 I’ll have my June wrap up soon, although it’s a bit of a disappointment with how much I read and I think everything was three stars. Hopefully July is a better month with staying on top of reading/commenting your posts and doing more posts of my own. Fingers crossed!

I will leave you with a couple pictures of one of my cats (Leaf) playing on my bookshelf. 😛

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| May.

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I hope you had a great May! As for me, it was a bit of a busier month as I mentioned in my book haul post a couple days ago. Work has been a little busier and the husband and I have been doing a lot more walks almost every day in the hopes to try to get healthier and in better shape. Any downtime was spent catching up on TV shows and of course reading! I was definitely a little (okay a lot) missing in the blogosphere. Hoping June will be a better month and I can get back into the swing of blogging. I have two ARCs that I need to read, so hopefully I can get some reviews posted here. We shall see!

Below are a couple pictures from one of the walking trails that the husband and I have been walking a lot. We were able to see so many different birds and little creatures, like bunnies and otters! I really want to do a big picture post or a bunch of smaller ones since I haven’t done one in a while and I have SO MANY pictures to share, especially from all the walks we have been going on this last few weeks. You may see these photos again when I do the nature walk post/s. 🙂 You should follow my personal Instagram account if you want to see more or what I am usually up to when I’m not blogging or posting pictures about books! Personal IG: heyyitsashley (two “y” in “hey”).

As for reading, it was another month where I read and listened to a lot of books! This has put me so far ahead in my Goodreads challenge (I think 17 books ahead), which I am so happy about. Toward the end of the year is when I start feeling burned out and then the holidays, and I don’t read as much, so I am glad I am really far ahead. I enjoyed most of the books that I read this month, but I am a little bummed I didn’t read some of the newer releases that I bought. That seems to be a problem for me though haha. I buy books and then they sit on my shelf and I read books from Kindle Unlimited or the library. I’m horrible when it comes that. 😛 Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in May.

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of May.

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The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars
Flirt by Lucy Lennox – 4 out of 5 stars
Facing West by Lucy Lennox – 5 out of 5 stars
Felix and the Prince by Lucy Lennox – 3 out of 5 stars
Wilde Fire by Lucy Lennox – 4 out of 5 stars

I finally finished reading The Mask Falling! I started it back in March, but I wasn’t really in the mood to read it yet, so it took me quite a while to finish it. I am so happy I did, because it was so amazing! So many surprises and one that left me almost dead. Now the impatient long wait for book five…ugh. I love the Bone Season series so much so far. I’ve been flying through the Forever Wilde series. I read two books out of order, but then decided to go back and read the rest of the series. I still have four more books to read from the series, but I may take a little break before finishing it. I still have a couple ARCs I really should get to reading instead lol. So far though, I am really enjoying the Forever Wilde series. I don’t really read books like this often, but maybe I should since I seem to fly through them.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of May.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – 5 out of 5 stars (reread)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – 5 out of 5 stars (reread)
Summer Frost by Blake Crouch – 4 out of 5 stars
Ark by Veronica Roth – 2 out of 5 stars
Layla by Colleen Hoover – 3 out of 5 stars
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry – 4 out of 5 stars

I mentioned that I was rereading the first two Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children’s books, so I can finally finish the series this year. I listened to the audiobooks for those and it was fun rereading it that way and I definitely forgot so much that happened, so I am glad I listened to them. Hoping to start book three this month. I listened to the audiobooks of the first two Forward Collection stories. They were quick since they are short stories. I don’t know if I’ll read the rest of them, but I wanted to read Summer Frost and Ark, because I like Blake Crouch and Veronica Roth. I really enjoyed Summer Frost, it was pretty creepy! I didn’t really care much for Ark though. I decided to listen to Layla since I have a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and and with Kindle Unlimited, they had the audiobook of Layla. I enjoyed it, but I really didn’t like the ending that much. I thought it could be cooler and spookier, but oh well. It was still pretty interesting and different for Colleen Hoover. I’ve been wanting to read Forget Me Not for a while, so I decided to check the audiobook out from my library. It was actually pretty sad, but I really liked the story.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of May, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

I am currently reading Burn Baby Burn. It was May TBR jar pick. Since I got sucked into reading some of the Forever Wilde series mentioned above, I didn’t give much time to this one. Hoping to finish it in June though. I’m about a quarter into it and it’s okay so far. Not really a whole lot happening, so I am hoping that it starts picking up soon. Speaking of May TBR jar pick…I think I might skip this challenge altogether, because I didn’t read my April pick yet and I didn’t get through my May one throughout the month. So I think I might just ditch this challenge and read whatever I want and in the mood for instead.

What books did you read in May? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I think that’s all I have for this post. I did some blog hopping yesterday, which was nice. If I missed any posts that you think I should check out, PLEASE feel free to link me to them, so I can go read and comment them. ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| May.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| May.

Hey!

I was horrible with posting on my blog in May and I feel so sad about that! It was a busy month for me with work (since I ended up getting extended) and some other random things in my life happening. I really want to get back into things here, but I need to figure out a good balance between life and blog. I did read a lot though and I’ll have my wrap up in the next day or two as soon as I get some more time to work on that post. For today though, I bring you my May book haul! You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I haven’t updated that page since early February though (I really need to find some time to do this), so an update for that is coming soon. Here are the books that I got in May…

Print Books:

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Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

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Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman

Another month where I ended up getting quite a few books. I’ve been being a little more picky with the physical books that I buy lately, because I’m trying to be cautious with the way that I spend money right now. I’ve been getting more e-books or borrowing from my library. BUT I had to have all of these books, so I couldn’t help myself and treated myself to some books again this month. I saw Listen to Your Heart at a discount bookstore and decided to get it because I’ve liked Kasie West’s books in the past and it was only $2.99 I believe. Luck of the Titanic and Lost in the Never Woods both sounded really good, so I had to have those. I’ve read almost all of Becky Albertalli’s books, so I decided to get her new one, Kate in Waiting. It also sounds really good to me, so I’m excited for it. Hopefully I like it, because sometimes her books are hit or miss for me. I needed Pumpkin to complete my Dumplin’ series and you guys, the rainbow spine is amazing (see picture below). And of course the new volume of Heartstopper was a MUST. I love the graphic novels so much. I plan to reread the first three this month, so I can read volume four.

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E-Books:

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Cursed Objects by J.W. Ocker
A Wicked and Beautiful Garden by Katie McGarry
A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker

I did keep my e-book buying to a smaller number again this month. I wasn’t really looking too hard for e-book deals. I couldn’t pass up a new Katie McGarry book or a new K.A. Tucker book. I am really excited about reading both of them. Cursed Objects sounds really cool, so I wanted to get it to read in October as part of my spooky TBR when it comes time to make that. It’s true stories about cursed objects around the world. I’ve been wanting to read 10 Blind Dates for a while now and I saw that it’s perfect for a Christmas themed TBR in December. Thinking ahead for those holiday themed TBRs later in the year. 😛

What new books did you get in May? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

May wrap up coming soon and I will definitely do some blog hopping as well, because it’s been a little bit since I’ve last done that and I want to catch up with you! 🙂 Hoping to have time to blog hope this weekend (or maybe do a little bit at a time after work) since I have meetings at work all week, so not a lot of downtime as I did before when work was slow. And with that, I will leave you with a picture of my bookshelves from early May. I was able to move books to a smaller shelf to make room for new books! It’s definitely not as neat as pictured below anymore haha. I need to rearrange books to fit all my new books that I got this month, so they are kind of just all over the place. 😛

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| April.

Hey!

April was a pretty good month overall! I was able to get my first COVID vaccination! I’m getting my second one Thursday. I was able to see my family for my younger sister’s birthday and one of my best friends/cousin was able to come stay at my house for a few days. I got back into diamond painting again in April, so that took a good amount of my time but it also allowed me to listen to more audiobooks. I also started to catch up on TV shows I’ve been wanting to watch. I mentioned in my last post that my job ended, BUT they decided to renew me at the last minute so I am still working! 😀

As far as reading goes, I actually did pretty good in April! I managed to read/listen to TEN books! The only not so good that happened in April was that I did not read my April TBR jar pick for the month (UGHHHH), but I think as long as I read it before the end of the year I’m going to count it. 😛 I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but I did read and listen to a bunch of books this month! You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in April…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of April.

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Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye – 5 out of 5 stars
Hudson’s Luck by Lucy Lennox – 4 out of 5 stars

Chaos on CatNet was so much fun to read! It’s the sequel to Catfishing on CatNet. Feel free to check out my review (linked above) to see more of what I thought about it. I’ve been wanting to read Date Me, Bryson Keller for like a year now and finally decided to read in. I flew through it because it was SO GOOD and hard to put down. I loved it so much, which as you can see, I gave it five stars! Hudson’s Luck was a random book I decided to read because it sounded interesting and I really liked it. It was cute and I flew through it.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of April.

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles – 2 out of 5 stars – Review
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa – 5 out of 5 stars
One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus – 4 out of 5 stars

I had high hopes for Where Dreams Descend, but sadly I was very disappointed. You can check out my review (linked above) for more about that. I finally got around to reading Night of the Dragon! Of course I loved it so much. It had been a LONG time since I cried my eyes out while reading a book, but holy crap did Night of the Dragon make me cry SO MUCH. I finished the audiobook in the car on the way to visit my family, so you can confirm with the husband on how much I cried haha. 😛 I also finally read One of Us Is Next. It was really good and I liked it a lot, but I do think the first book was a little better. I still had fun reading it and it kept me guessing.

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – 3 out of 5 stars
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dad – 4 out of 5 stars
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – 2 out of 5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – 3 out of 5 stars

I liked The Cousins, but I felt like something was missing from it. I wasn’t that shocked by anything and some of it was a bit boring to me. Spoiler Alert was SO CUTE! I really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t really a fan of the fanfic stuff. Everything else about the book was cute and fun though. I was really looking forward to Every Heart a Doorway, but honestly I’m just like “WTF” did I read? It was weird, kind of boring, and I still don’t understand it. *shrug* And because April seems like the month of finally reading books that I’ve been wanting to….I finally read The Kiss Quotient! I know it was REALLY hyped when it came out. As for me, I liked it, but I think it was a little too much for me in sometimes and I think maybe listening to the audiobook wasn’t the best route for this one lol. I’m glad I finally read it though.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of April, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I was really hoping to finish The Mask Falling by the end of April, but sadly I didn’t get the chance to since I was reading other books as well. DEFINITELY in May though. I am currently halfway through it and really enjoying it. It’s just really slow to start, because there’s so much information and things happening. I really love this series though, so I’m okay with reading it slow and taking it all in. I don’t want to miss a single thing! I am also listening to the audiobook of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’ve read the first two books in this series back in 2014. I really liked the first two books a lot and I want to FINALLY finish the series this year. It’s been so long since I’ve read the first two books, so I decided to listen to those two on audiobook before starting the rest of the series.

What books did you read in April? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I did some blog hopping last night and hoping to do some more this week too. Feel free to link me to anything I should check out in case I missed it. 🙂 I still need to reply to comments and I will do that today. Hopefully once I get caught up on things I missed in the blogosphere, I can get back into the swing of things around here again. 🙂 ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Do Book Covers Affect Whether I read a Book?

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| April.

Hey!

I know I haven’t done a blog post in a couple weeks and I am so sorry for that! Life happened, so I haven’t really had the chance to be on here. Today I have my April book haul to share with you though! 😀 You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I haven’t updated that page since early February though, so an update for that is coming soon. Here are the books that I got this month…

Print Books:

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Where the Road Leads Us by Robin Reul
Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Bunny by Mona Awad
Schizo by Nic Sheff
Journals by Kurt Cobain

I didn’t have a chance to take pictures of my own books that I bought, so I used the cover pictures off Goodreads. I haven’t done a Book Outlet in like two years, so I finally decided to do it because I really wanted to Journals. I’ve been wanting to read it for so long now and it was only $8 there versus $22 had I bought it on Amazon. I decided to add some more books to my order, because why not? 😛 I got all of these books on Book Outlet aside from Where the Road Leads Us. That was a pre-order of mine, because I loved Robin’s other book My Kind of Crazy so much. I have an ARC of Girls with Razor Hearts, but I wanted the hardcover copy because I am really enjoying the book series so far. I still need to buy the third book though, so hopefully I’ll do that soon!

I own pretty much every Morgan Matson book, but haven’t read a single one yet haha. I probably shouldn’t have gotten Save the Date because of that, but whatever *shrug*. She wrote a book series under the name “Katie Finn” that I absolutely LOVED so much when I read it years ago, so that is why I always buy her books in the hopes that one day I will finally read them. 😛 I really loved Katie McGarry’s “Thunder Road” series, so I always buy her books. I still need to read all her other books and hopefully soon since I own them all. I guess it’s kind of like the Morgan Matson situation haha. Schzio has been on my wishlist for the longest time now and Bunny sounded good. I meant to read Bunny last year (or could have been early this year) when I checked it out at my library and never did, so maybe now that I own it I finally will.


E-Books:

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Malorie by Josh Malerman
Love Always, Wild by A.M. Johnson
The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda

I really liked Bird Box and I am excited to read the sequel Malorie! I had a discount on Amazon and was able to get it for $4.99! Love Always, Wild sounded interesting to me, so I got that one and The Next Wife I was able to get for free with Amazon First Reads. I tried to stay away from many e-books this month since I always get so many and just never really get around to reading them, sigh. I am sure a lot of bookish people can relate to that though. It’s easy to buy them and forget them because you don’t see them. Although, I see the books on my bookshelves every single day and yet I get books from my library still LOL. #bookishproblems haha 😛

What new books did you get in April? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I should have my April wrap up on Monday. I’m still working on it and hope to maybe finish one more book today to add to it, we shall see! I plan to blog hop and catch up on replying to comments then too. I got busy with things at work, so I didn’t have much down time over the last couple of weeks. Time I did have to myself I spent it reading or just relaxing with some of my favorite TV shows. The contract for my job ends today, so I am sadly out of work again after today and I’ll have more down time until I can find another job. So, hopefully that means I’ll be around on the blog more soon. Feel free to link me to any of your posts you think I should check out! I’ll make sure to make those priority when I go blog hopping next week. ❤

In case you missed it;
Do Book Covers Affect Whether I read a Book?
Mini Review|| Chaos on CatNet.
Bookstagram 2020|| Part two.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Do Book Covers Affect Whether I Read a Book?

Hey!

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. Check out their blog for all the weekly prompts. This week’s prompt is “does the cover of a book affect whether you are more willing to read it?”

I would have to say yes on whether I am more willing to read a book because of the book cover. If a book cover jumps out at me, then I am usually more willing to read the book description to see if it would be something that I may like or be interested in. I know there’s that saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but more times than not I will check out a book if the cover draws me in. I am probably missing out on so many amazing books by doing this, but I am so guilty of it. There are some exceptions to this though, like if someone recommends a book to me, if it’s a favorite author of mine, or I see a book getting a lot of hype; then I’ll check those out. I am a sucker for a pretty book cover, so nine out of ten times I will choose that prettier one. That sounds so bad, I know. But I am who I am. 😛 And with all of that being said, I am going to share three books where I loved the book cover and I decided to read it, but it ended up not being that great. And three books where I didn’t really like the cover, but I ended up loving the story.

I loved these book covers, but the story wasn’t as great as the book cover:

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijamp

I wasn’t a fan of these book covers, but the story inside was so great and got five stars:

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Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade
The Book of Essie by Meghan/ MacLean Weir

Does the book cover affect whether you are more willing to read it? Feel free to link me to your Book Blogger Hop post if you participated this week, so I can check it out.

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| Chaos on CatNet.
Bookstagram 2020|| Part Two.
Bookstagram 2020|| Part One.

I hope you have a great day!

Mini Review|| Chaos on CatNet.

Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: In this follow-up to the award-winning near future YA thriller Catfishing on CatNet, It takes an AI to catch an AI…When a mysterious entity starts hacking into social networks and chat rooms to instigate paranoia and violence in the real world, it’s up to Steph and her new friend, Nell, to find a way to stop it—with the help of their benevolent AI friend, CheshireCat.


I received an ARC of Chaos on CatNet from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on April 27, 2021.

Chaos on CatNet is the sequel to Catfishing on CatNet, which I enjoyed so much! As for the sequel, I thought it was SO good. I had so much fun reading it as I did with book one. In book one I really loved all the friendships and I was happy to see them continue in book two with some new characters and friendships introduced. It was fast-paced and so many different things happening. It kept me guessing and even a little spooky vibe to it because I feel like it could be something that could happen today or in the near future with all those hackers out there! I don’t want to go into too many details in this review, because I don’t want to spoil the first book or anything that happens in this one either. If you like near future sci-fi, then I highly recommend checking out the first book and of course this one!

In case you missed it;
Bookstagram 2020|| Part Two.
Bookstagram 2020|| Part One.
TTT|| Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.

I hope you have a great day!

Bookstagram 2020|| Part Two.

Hey!

I’ve had a bookstagram for quite a few years now. It’s “sociallyawkwardbookworm” if you’re interested! There were some years where I was REALLY active and posting almost daily. Then I started to become less active and only posting maybe once a week or once a month. I wanted to be more active in 2020, but that ended up not happening. And even now in this new year I’ve only posted twice! For this blog post though, I thought it would be fun to post all the pictures that I uploaded to my bookstagram account in 2020! I had a total of 21 posts, but some of those posts contained more than one picture. Looking through my pictures kind of makes me want to get back into bookstagram, but honestly, bookstagram can be a lot of work! Coming up with cool photo ideas, sticking to themes, finding cool props, and writing captions (which I think is SO HARD sometimes). I’ve also been buying books less than I was before, so not having brand new books to showcase plays a part in that as well. Sigh. I am including the captions that I posted with them. I’ll put a link at the end of this post with part one, but for today here is part two!

April 12, 2020.

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Caption: happy easter, friends! 🐰🐣📖

August 17, 2020.

Caption: i haven’t updated my bookstagram since april 😭 it’s been a weird and crazy year because of everything happening in the world. i’ve also been struggling really bad with anxiety and depression this year, so my reading and blogging has taken a big hit along with it to where i’m only reading one or two books a month instead of 5+ like normally. i’m so ready for things to be “normal” again. i’m halfway through “beach read” though and it’s actually pretty good. what are you currently reading? ♡

August 27, 2020.

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Caption: “who am i then? tell me that first, and then, if i like being that person, i’ll come up: if not, i’ll stay down here till i’m somebody else” ♡ // currently reading “alice’s adventures in wonderland” again ♡

September 20, 2020.

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Caption: living for my new blood spatter bookmark from @thebookables! it gives me hella dexter vibes and i’m so here for it. it also goes perfect with the book that i’m currently reading. 🖤

October 2, 2020.

Caption: happy october! i posted my halloween themed TBR on my blog today (link in my info or sociallyawkwardbookworm.com)! i love this bookmark i am currently using from @rusticpages! 🖤🎃 do you have any plans to read spooky books this month?

October 22, 2020.

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Caption: i’ve been trying to read more spooky/halloween vibe books this month and using cute halloween bookmarks to go with them. 🎃🖤 // excited to start this graphic novel next!

October 26, 2020.

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Caption: updated picture of my bookshelves. ♡ // we redid my book room over the weekend with new paint color on the walls (goodbye green) and new flooring (goodbye carpet). pretty excited with how it turned out!

October 29, 2020.

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Caption: i posted my october book haul over on my blog today! you can check it out with the link in my bio or by going to sociallyawkwardbookworm.com // what books did you get in october? 👩🏻‍💻📚🖤

December 7, 2020.

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Caption: just finished the cardan short stories and they were so good! 🖤

Again I struggled with finding a theme that I really wanted to stick to, so my pictures were just totally random. For the second half of the year, it looks like October was my best month for posting. I had so much fun posting all my bookstagram pictures from 2020 and I hope you liked them. 🙂 Maybe I’ll do it post again on my blog for this year if I start posting more over there. We shall see!

I am hoping to do some blog hopping on Sunday and catch up with you and reply to comments. 🙂 I hope you have a great day week. ❤

In case you missed it;
Bookstagram 2020|| Part One.
TTT|| Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.
Will I Ever Get Tired of Blogging?

I hope you a great day!

Bookstagram 2020|| Part One.

Hey!

I’ve had a bookstagram for quite a few years now. It’s “sociallyawkwardbookworm” if you’re interested! There were some years where I was REALLY active and posting almost daily. Then I started to become less active and only posting maybe once a week or once a month. I wanted to be more active in 2020, but that ended up not happening. And even now in this new year I’ve only posted twice so far! For this blog post though, I thought it would be fun to post all the pictures that I uploaded to my bookstagram account in 2020. I had a total of 21 posts (would have been fitting if it was 20 :P), but some of those posts contained more than one picture. Looking through my pictures kind of makes me want to get back into bookstagram, but honestly, it can be a lot of work! Coming up with cool photo ideas, sticking to themes, finding cool props, and writing captions (which I think is SO HARD sometimes). I’ve also been buying books less than I was before, so not having brand new books to show off plays a part in that as well. Sigh. I’m posting this in two different parts because I have 20+ pictures to share. I am including the captions that I posted with them. Here is part one!

February 10, 2020.

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Caption: thank you @fiercereads for sending me these spring arcs! i can’t wait to read and review them.✨

February 28, 2020.

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Caption: rearranged my bookcases a little bit after unhauling 50+ books. the left two bookcases are paperbacks & arcs. the next two are hardcovers. the last one the hardcovers continue and it also has my harry potter books at the top. the bottom shelf is unopened funko pops and the shelf above that is just miscellaneous books. the baby yoda (the child) picture is a painting that i did in an art class, but it’s only sitting there for now. i’ll eventually be hanging it on my wall. the very top of all my shelves are some of my favorite unopened funko pops. i’m still unsure if i’m going to display my opened funko pops on my shelves (there’s a lot) or find a new place for them. i don’t really want my bookshelves to look too cluttered, lol. • tag me in your shelfie pictures, so i can check them out! 📖🖤

March 4, 2020.

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Caption: i am so bad with sticking to monthly TBR lists, but i decided to make one for march anyway. 😛 here are some of the books on my march TBR. i am currently reading “starry eyes” right now and i like it so far. you can see more about these books and a couple others not pictured over on my blog. *link in my info/bio* 📖 what books are on your TBR for this month? have you read any of the ones i’m hoping to read? 🖤

March 11, 2020.

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Caption: i was going through some of my old stuff and completely forgot i had this really cute harry potter necklace. 🤓⚡️• are you a fan of bookish jewelry?

March 12, 2020.

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Caption: yesterday i posted in my insta-stories about a container of buttons i found and this was one of the many. i review books on my blog “socially awkward bookworm”, which you can find linked in my info/bio. i’ve had my blog since 2015! • do you review books? if so, on what platform/s? 📖

March 14, 2020.

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Caption: i just started “wild at heart” this morning and i am stoked to see what happens next! 🖤 i really liked “the simple wild” and i’m happy to catch up with these characters again. • what are you currently reading? 📖

March 17, 2020.

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Caption: happy st. patrick’s day! 🍀📖 • i don’t have many green books, haha.

March 19, 2020.

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Caption: anyone else excited for animal crossing: new horizons tomorrow? i bought this really cute bullet journal (amazon) and stickers (etsy), so i can keep track of my island (items, villagers, events, etc.). 🏝 goodbye to my real life and hello to my animal crossing fictional life. i am pretty confident that it will take over my life for quite a while and i am sooooo ready for it. ✌🏼 hopefully it doesn’t cut into my reading too much though. it’s already been a weird year with my reading (i’m reading less than usual 😭).

March 23, 2020.

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Caption: i’m in such a bad reading slump (& animal crossing is taking over my life). thinking of trying a non-fiction book in the hopes it gets me out of this slump! i saw this one and thought it sounded really interesting, so i had to have it. i love books about psychology too. • what are some of your favorite non-fiction books? 📖

March 31, 2020.

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Caption: happy release day to this beauty! i cannot wait to read it. 💜

April 6, 2020.

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Caption: i’m thinking i may finally read “the bromance book club”. what are you currently reading? 📖

April 9, 2020.

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Caption: here are two july arcs that i received this week. i am super stoked to read them both! 📖 any july releases you’re looking forward to?

After going through my pictures, it looks like March was my best month for posting in 2020. It went downhill after my April pictures. I also couldn’t really stick to a theme. I kept trying a bunch of things to see what would stick for me. I will have part two of my bookstagram 2020 pictures posted later in the week. 🙂 But speaking of bookstagram, one of my favorite bloggers Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books posted all about her first year experience on bookstagram and you should totally check that out! Click here to see her post! 🙂

In case you missed it;
TTT|| Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.
Will I Ever Get Tired of Blogging?
Mini Review|| Where Dreams Descend.

I hope you have a great day!

TTT|| Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean.


Hey!

I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday. I am shocked, because it’s usually months between my next one haha. 😛 I thought the topic for this week sounded fun though and I couldn’t pass it up! I decided to sort my Goodreads “read” shelf by rating and that is how I determined which books I will gladly throw into the ocean. The books on my list today are ones that I gave one star or two stars. They are books that I found mostly boring and that I couldn’t connect with the story or the characters. They are books that didn’t grab (or hold) my attention as much as I had hoped they would. Most of these I had such high hopes for and was so let down. Here are the books that I would gladly throw into the ocean…

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
With Malice by Eileen Cook
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

What books would you gladly throw into the ocean? Any books on my list that we have different opinions about? Feel free to link me to your post, so I can check it out!

I feel like I’m on a roll with blogging this first week of April. I’ve already had three (this one makes the third) posts this month and I actually have two more to go up before the week ends! Although, I am considering saving them for next week, so I have something to post then. Hmm. I wish all weeks were as good as this one has been with posting lol. If you read my previous post (linked below), I talked about struggling to come up with new things to post about. So, this first week of April has been good. I hope you had a great weekend and Easter if you celebrated! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Will I Ever Get Tired of Blogging?
Mini Review|| Where Dreams Descend.
Wrap Up|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

Will I Ever Get Tired of Blogging?

Hey!

I have been trying to think of new blogging content to post on my blog and have been drawing blanks. I even stayed up until almost 5am one night just researching and looking for ideas! The search is still on-going, but I did stumble upon a weekly meme that looked fun and I wanted to try on on my blog. It’s called “Book Blogger Hop“. The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. Check out their blog for all the weekly prompts. This week’s prompt as you can see in the subject of my post is “do you think you will ever get tired of blogging?”

It is actually fitting that I started participating in this meme and the topic question is if I think I’ll ever get tired of blogging. This has been something I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last 2.5 years. I first started this blog in January 2015. That was SIX years ago! My first blog post was January 17, 2015! You can check that out here. It was a little bit of an intro post about what I wanted for my blog and what I was going to post about. The main focus was of course on books. I also wanted to post about music and pictures that I take. I think I stuck to that quite a bit over the years with the main focus and majority of my content being book related. When I first made that post, I didn’t really believe this blog would become anything. Because I tried many, many times to blog in the past about other things and I’ve always just quit shortly after. It’s hard to believe that I am still here after six years!

I’ve experienced so many new things because of this blog. I met so many cool people and friends as well! Friends I still have today since day one! I was able to travel to California because of this blog, I was able to go to BookCon in NYC, and meet some of my blogger friends there. I discovered SO MANY new books and built a pretty big book collection because of this blog. I’ve been able to connect with book publishers and meet some of my favorite authors too! Having my blog opened my eyes to so many new things and experiences, which I am SO happy about. Today I almost have 2000 followers, which to me is pretty huge considering I really didn’t think I would have many when I first started or that I would still even be here today. I am so grateful for everything that has happened because I decided to try blogging one more time.

As of right now, I don’t think I would ever get tired of blogging. I actually really love blogging! BUT…there have been quite a few times over the last 2.5 years where I thought about quitting. I’ve even started to blog a lot less than I used to. I wouldn’t say I’ve thought about quitting because I am tired of it though. It’s just most of the time lately I’ve been feeling so uninspired and trying to figure out new content to post has been really difficult. If I knew the kind of posts I wanted to make, I would probably be blogging almost daily. My struggle over the last couple years has been content. I feel like I am always posting the same things over and over again. I’m tired of posting the same things again and again, so it makes me believe that maybe you are tired of seeing the same type of posts again and again. If I had a some fresh ideas of what to post, I really would be around here SO MUCH again. I actually do miss being here more.

I think I need to challenge myself a little more to figure out what I want to do or where else I want to take my blog. As I first mentioned at the start of this post, I stayed up so late researching and trying to figure out new ideas for posts. I am hoping to continue to do that and hopefully get a spark of inspiration again! I really don’t think I will ever get tired of blogging. I love writing about books or things that interest me. I love sharing the pictures that I take and the adventures I go on. By the way, I need to do that more! I love reading your posts and connecting with you. I love the blogosphere so much. I think I will always be here in some way, shape, or form. You’re stuck with me! 😛 I do get tired of not knowing what to post though and that can be so frustrating. That’s what makes me want to quit some days or makes me not be around as much as I used to. I have been in a MAJOR blogging slump for at least two years. I want out of my blogging slump. I just need to figure out how to get out and that’s the hard part, sigh.

With that being said, please feel free to let me know what you want to see from me. Any post ideas? Bookshelf tour? Bookmark collection? Funko Pop collection? Q&A? It doesn’t even have to be book related, whatever you want to see or what you want me to talk about. 🙂 Do you think you would ever get tired of blogging? If you participated in Book Blogger Hop this week link me to your post so I can check it out!

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| Where Dreams Descend.
Wrap Up|| March.
Book Haul|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

Mini Review|| Where Dreams Descend.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost. The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told. The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide.


I received an ARC of Where Dreams Descend from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published in August 2020.

Where Dreams Descend sounded so promising and the book cover is so beautiful! It ended up not being something that I enjoyed like I hoped I would. I am so sad about that, because I wanted to love it so much. I was immediately drawn in by the book description. It was a very slow start to the story and it took so long for things to actually happen that were exciting and would hold my attention. It wasn’t really until toward the end of the book that I was interested in what was happening. Because of the slow start and the lack of grabbing my attention, I wasn’t really invested in the characters. There were some things I really liked, like the magic. It just wasn’t enough for me to really fall in love with it. I thought the book was just okay. I can see why there have been a lot of people that really enjoyed this story though. Sadly, I wasn’t one of those people that did. I would still recommend checking it out. This was just one of those cases where it wasn’t for me.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| March.
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #89.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| March.

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Happy April! Is it really April already? March was overall a good month but I had a few distractions, because of that I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would. I had such a great reading month in February, so I was bummed about March. Luckily I am still ahead on my Goodreads challenge by five books since I read so much in February. It’s nice being ahead and not feeling so bad during the months where you don’t read a lot. Anyway, onto my March wrap up! You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in March…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of March.

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Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda – 4 out of 5 stars

I love Joe Kenda so much. I watch his show Homicide Hunter ALL the time. Killer Triggers is the second book of his that I read and I really enjoyed it a lot. He talks about some of the murder cases he worked on and what triggered a person to commit murder in those cases. It was so good and I really enjoyed this book. I hope he writes more books, because I always love reading (or seeing) what he has to say. I’ve been watching his new series on Discovery+ and it’s great. I think I have just a couple episodes left.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of March.

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – 5 out of 5 stars
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – 4 out of 5 stars

I finally decided to get back into The Dark Artifices series and listen to Queen of Air and Darkness. I listened to the other books in the series last year I believe. I loved it so much! It’s honestly crazy loving books by Cassandra Clare again, honestly. After The Mortal Instruments series going SO downhill for me (the last two books in that series were not good in my opinion) it made me want to get away from the Shadowhunter world forever. I decided to try again and I’ve been really loving The Dark Artifices series. Queen of Air and Darkness was so good and I had a lot of fun reading it. I left happy being back in that world again and wanting more of it! Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit was my March TBR pick. I’ve had it on my TBR since it was released in 2016! I am glad I finally picked it up, because I ended up liking it so much. I loved the friendship, the growth of the main characters (and other characters in the book), and the family aspect of it. I really enjoyed the story so much.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of March, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

I didn’t get a chance to finish The Mask Falling or Where Dreams Descend before the month ended. I am hoping to finish them in April though! I’m about 30% into The Mask Falling and so far I really like it. I’ve just been so slow at reading it because I haven’t been in the mood for it. I don’t want to force myself to read it if I’m not in the mood for it. I love this series SOOO much, so I don’t want to end up forcing myself to read it and not like it as much as I would if I were in the mood for it. If that makes sense? So I’ve just been reading it here and there in between other books. Where Dreams Descend is okay so far, but I am not loving it. I’m about 68% into it. It’s really slow with things happening, which I don’t like. I want something exciting to happen already, sigh. I’ll have a review of this one as soon as I finish it.

What books did you read in March? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

You guys, I am so close to 2000 followers on my blog, which is insane! I never thought my blog would ever see more than ten followers, honestly. It’s really motivating me to want to be more active again. I really need to figure out a good schedule where I can blog more and be around more. That was one of my goals for this year and so far I haven’t been doing very great at it. I’ll come up with something soon. I think I may put together a giveaway soon, because I didn’t do one yet this year. I am hoping to catch up on your blog posts and reply to comments between today and tomorrow too. ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #89.
TTT|| Books On My Spring TBR.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| March.

Hey!

I can’t believe it’s the last day of March already! This year has been flying by. Today, I am here to share my March book haul with you. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I haven’t updated that page since early February though, so an update for that is coming soon. Here are the books that I got this month…

Print Books:

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Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer
Have You Seen This Person? by LJ Roberts

I didn’t have a chance to take pictures of my own books, so that’s why you’re seeing the cover pictures instead. I always preorder all of Mary H.K. Choi’s books, so of course I had to do the same with Yolk. And same goes for Leigh Bardugo! I’m a little disappointed in the book cover for Rule of Wolves though. I thought it would be glossy and shiny like King of Scars, but it’s not. I really love the Market of Monsters series, so I had to buy a copy of the third book, When Villains Rise. I can’t wait to read it soon! I decided to buy Have You Seen This Person? because I love true crime and I don’t read enough of it. I’m always watching TV shows/documentaries and listening to podcasts, so I want to get more into reading true crime too and this one sounds interesting.


E-Books:

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Connected by Rori K. Pierce
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda
Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

Another month of being super picky with the e-books that I buy, which honestly is a good thing. I already have so many I still need to read. 😛 Connected sounded like something I would like. I read Frankly in Love and really enjoyed it, so I figured I would give Super Fake Love Song a try too. Incendiary has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while, so I was happy to finally see it on sale. Killer Triggers, because JOE KENDA! I already read it and really liked it. Lies We Bury was my Amazon Prime First Reads choice for the month. I picked it because it sounded interesting. I’m stoked to read these books, aside from Killer Triggers since I already read it.

What new books did you get in March? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I should have my March wrap up in the next day or two. And I plan to blog hop this week, so I am excited to check out your blog posts. 🙂 Feel free to link me to any that you think I should check out! ❤

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #89.
TTT|| Books On My Spring TBR.

I hope you have a great day!

Friday Finds #89.

These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelf recently. My Goodreads TBR shelf are books that I don’t own them or they are new books that have not been released yet, but they are books that I really want to read one day!


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The last time I did a post like this was back in August 2020, yikes! 😛 I’ve added so many new books to my TBR since then and today I am going to share six of those books with you! I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked the titles to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR too. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Where the Road Leads Us by Robin Reui
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Goodreads Description: Sometimes the best path is the unexpected one. Jack is on the verge for leaving for college, but before he does, he wants to track down his estranged brother, Alex and find some closure in the wake of their father’s death. Meanwhile, Hallie has just found out some upsetting news about a friend in Oregon, and she has a small window to go see him before it’s too late. Jack and Hallie are practically strangers. They shared a class together years ago and haven’t seen each other since, though they have more in common than they’d ever imagine. And when fate puts them into the same rideshare to the bus terminal, it kicks off an unconventional and hilarious adventure that may lead them to their own true selves…and maybe to each other.


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Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
Release Date: March 23, 2021

Goodreads Description: When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers. It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town. Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods. 


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Fresh by Margot Wood
Release Date: August 3, 2021

Goodreads Description: Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer—from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed. But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear reader), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process . . . Well, maybe. 


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The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Goodreads Description: Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short. It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life. And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes. With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.


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If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Goodreads Description: Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?


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You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
Release Date: November 30, 2021

Goodreads Description: Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say . . . . . until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse. It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something. Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on them. Have you added any new books to your TBR recently? Or have you read any of the ones that I added to mine? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

In case you missed it;
TTT|| Books On My Spring TBR.
Wrap Up|| February.
Book Haul|| February.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

TTT|| Books On My Spring TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books On My Spring 2021 TBR.


Hey!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday list! I thought I would participate this week, because while I am super bad at sticking to TBRs, I do have some priority books that I want to get to as soon as possible! I’ve been trying to get to those first before anything else and these are the ones that I have left on my priority list. I am calling this my Spring TBR since I am prioritizing these books and plan (maybe hope is a better word :P) to read them within the next few months. If you’ve been reading my blog this year, then you’d know that this year I am trying to focus more on older books that I’ve had on my shelf for a while and the ARCs I never got around to reading last year. So, that is where most of this Spring TBR is coming from. Five books on this list are ARCs, two are from my old TBR jar (each month I am trying to read one book that I pick from my old TBR jar), and the others are books that I’ve really wanted to read and series I’ve wanted to finish. So, without further ado, here is my Spring TBR!

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The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jay Robin Brown (March TBR jar pick)
Chaos on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (ARC)
When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer (ARC)
Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann (ARC)

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Where Dreams Descend by Janelle Angeles (ARC)
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (ARC)
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (April TBR jar pick)

What books are on your Spring TBR? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Feel free to link me to your post, so I can check it out! 🙂

I am going to do some blog hopping this week to catch up with you and reply to comments. I haven’t really been around too much since I am going through this reading slump. I’ve also been addicted to watching baking competition shows on Discovery+ ever since getting into this reading slump. So, I spend a lot of my time doing that when I get off work. I am hoping to get out of this slump soon…..fingers crossed! I had such a great reading month in February, so I am bummed that the first half of March isn’t going so well for me with that! Hopefully the second half of the month will be better. We shall see!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| February.
Book Haul|| February.
Mini Review|| What Big Teeth.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| February.

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It’s March already!? And….it’s my birthday today! 🙂 Time seems to be flying by so far this year. As for February goes though, I had a really good reading month! I read a few books myself and listened to quite a few audiobooks. In February I was working my way through my Netgalley shelf and was able to knock three books off there and I only have three left to read. A lot of them were books where the release date had already passed, so it was nice to finally get those older ones read and reviewed. I did end DNF one of them though, so there’s no review for that one. I have two more older ones to read and then my last one is a release for April. I am hoping to get those last few books cleared from Netgalley between now and the end of April. Another cool thing is I am actually six books ahead on my Goodreads challenge! I think most of last year I was forever behind on my challenge each month. It feels good to actually be ahead and by so much! Helps to be less stressed about that goal.

Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in February…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of February.

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You Say It First by Katie Cotugno – 4 out of 5 stars
The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 4 out of 5 stars

I really like Katie Cotugno’s books, so I am glad I finally read You Sat It First. It was sad and cute all at the same time. I loved the characters and friendships. The Dawn Chorus was a really great bridge into the fourth book in The Bone Season series. I loved it so much and I am really looking forward to reading the fourth book this month. I’ve been wanting to read Emmy & Oliver for YEARS….like five or six years? The year it was released it was actually my most anticipated book! I pulled it from my TBR jar as my February TBR jar pick and I am so happy that I did. I really enjoyed reading it. I completely forgot what it was about and didn’t read the book description before actually starting it, so it was mostly a surprise for me. A good surprise! It had some pretty sad moments, but overall it was such a great story!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of February.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars
Admission by Julie Buxbaum – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo – 2 out of 5 stars – Review
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – 5 out of 5 starsPast Review
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer – 5 out of 5 stars

The Song Rising (The Bone Season series) and Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters series) were both rereads for me. I wanted to reread them, so I could continue with the both series. It was so great getting back into them and I am excited about reading the new books in both series. Only Ashes Remains is the second book in the Market of Monsters series and it did not disappoint. It’s a dark and twisted series and it’s so fun to read! Hoping to read the last book this month and get my review up for that. It’s one of the books on my Netgalley shelf that I’m trying to clear off. And speaking of clearing my Netgalley shelf, I finally got around to checking out Admissions and What Big Teeth. I liked Admissions, but it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. I still recommend checking it out though. I was really disappointed with What Big Teeth, sadly. I had really high hopes for it, but it ended up not being for me. 😦 Feel free to check out my reviews linked above for more about them!


DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of February, but ended up not being for me so I stopped.

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

Surrender Your Sons was the ARC that I ended up DNF. I think I read about 30% of it, but I just couldn’t finish it. I think that a lot of people would like reading it, but it just wasn’t for me. It was a really difficult topic to read about and I found myself struggling to read it because of that. I didn’t stop because it was a bad book or anything like that, it was just too hard for me to read and it wasn’t exactly what I expected it was going to be. I would still recommend checking it out, I think it’s a really important topic.

What books did you read in February? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| February.

Hey!

Happy March! 🙂 I am here to share my February book haul today. It’s actually a pretty small haul this time. I think I am getting a little more pickier with what I buy these days. Not that that’s a bad thing though, considering I have like 700+ unread books lol. YIKES! I’m working on reading them. One day, one day. 😛 Anyway, shall I get into February book haul? You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books:

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The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell

I went to a used bookstore in my area and left with The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, which I have been wanting to read for a while now! I also got Have You Seen Luis Velez? from that same bookstore that trip as well. I read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde years ago and loved it, so I am excited to check out more of her books. My birthday is on Wednesday (March 3) and my younger sister bought me Unbirthday. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling and I love Alice in Wonderland, so I am excited about it! I’ve been really wanting to check out all of the books in the books in this A Twisted Tale series.


E-Books:

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The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn
So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim
Deity by Matt Wesolowski
The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

Small e-book haul this month. There were a ton that I did want to get, but I tried to limit myself as much as possible. The Wedding Game was free with Amazon First Reads. I mentioned wanting to check out all of the books in the A Twisted Tale series and I saw that So This Is Love was on sale, so I got that. I really loved Elizabeth Lim’s series The Blood of Stars (Spin the Dawn), so I am excited to see her take on Cinderella! I’ve been wanting to read the Six Stories series for a while now and I keep buying all of the books when I see them on sale LOL, so that’s why I got Deity. Maybe I’ll finally start it this year? And same goes for The Conference of the Birds. I read the first two books in the Miss Peregrine’s series years ago and I enjoyed them so much, but for whatever reason I never continued with it! I always buy all the e-books when I catch them on sale, because I want to finally finish this series eventually and maybe that will finally be this year. I’ll definitely have to reread the first two books though lol. I started the series in e-book format, so I just continue to buy them in that format.

What new books did you get in February? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!


Earlier in the post I mentioned my ridiculous amount of unread books and how I was working on reading them. Well, I decided to redo my TBR jar. It took me FOREVER to finish it because I had to cut and fold 700+ little pieces of paper haha. I’m glad I went with printing, because writing 700+ books, plus cutting & folding would have killed me. 😛 Future books I’ll have to write in, but if I stay on top doing that monthly, then it won’t be so bad!

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I am pretty bad with TBR jars, but if anything, it’s a nice little decoration for my bookshelf. I am really hoping to use it as much as possible though. I am hoping that it helps me get to my older books that have been sitting on my bookshelves/Kindle for so long now. So far, I’ve been doing pretty good with choosing one book a month like I have for one of my 2021 reading goals. We’ll see what happens the rest of the year though. 😛

I should have my February wrap up in the next day or two. And I plan to blog hop this week, so I am excited to check out your blog posts. 🙂 Feel free to link me to any that you think I should check out! ❤

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| What Big Teeth.
2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.
Review|| Admission.

I hope you have a great day!