Book Haul|| April.

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Hey!

It’s almost the end of April already, how?? Today I am just going to jump right into my April 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 one for my physical books. I finally updated all lists earlier in April. All book titles below are linked to Goodreads.

Books I Bought:
*from bookstores, amazon, etc.*

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Jack of Hearts (and other parts) by L.C. Rosen

I’ve been really wanting to read Heartstopper, so I finally decided to order it on Book Depository. I ordered it in March, but it finally got to me earlier in April. I decided to hop on Amazon and order Solitaire, because at the end of Heartstopper the author mentions that the two characters in the book are also in Solitaire, so I had to have it. I am impatiently waiting for volume two. I got a UK version of Solitaire, because I liked that the color of it matched more with Heartstopper. The only downside is the size difference between the two. I couldn’t help buying Internment when I see it was only $8 on Amazon. I’ve been really wanting to read it, so I’m stoked! I decided to order Jack of Hearts, because it sounded so good and something I’d be into and I will hopefully be reading it really soon.


Books from Publishers:

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

The publisher reached out to me asking if I wanted to review Girls with Sharp Sticks, because they had seen that I added it to my Goodreads shelf, so I said yes! I was surprised when I received a finished copy. You can check out my review for this book over here. I gave it five stars.


E-Books:

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

I have a private wishlist on Amazon of all the books that I want, but are waiting for them to go on sale. I check it every day to see if any go on sale and quite a few of them went on sale this month, which was exciting. I got The Overdue Life of Amy Byler free with Amazon Prime First Reads. I also got The Murmur of Bees for free. I see Geekerella all the time on Amazon when I browse their books/e-books, but I just never decided to buy it. I decided to look it up on Goodreads and there’s a ton of great reviews about it, so I decided to finally buy it since it was only $1.99. I already own a physical copy of Aru Shah, but I couldn’t help buying an e-book version since it was only 99 cents. I seen The Library at Mount Char floating around a little after I started blogging and never got it. The e-book was on sale, so I decided to get it. It’ll be perfect to read about Halloween time later this year.

Random thought: Does anyone else buy a ton of e-books when they are on sale and then never read them? I feel like I do that way too much and my Kindle is full of books that I REALLY want to read, but just never do. I always end up checking out e-books from my library instead, UGHHHHH. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to this year, but maybe next year I will work on trying to get through a lot of my Kindle e-books, especially the older ones!

What books did you get in April? Have you read any of the books that I got? Feel free to link me to your book haul posts, so I can check them out.

I’ll have my April wrap up posted tomorrow or Wednesday. It’s mostly completed, but waiting to finish one of the current books I am reading so I can include it in my wrap up post. I should have it finished today, because I only have like 50 pages left in it.

In case you  missed it;
Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.
It finally happened!!
Friday Finds #79.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.

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Hey!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts, so I figured I would do a quick little picture update! 😛 I have a ton more pictures that I could post, but I am running out of storage space on the blog again (ugh). I may have to upgrade again or figure out some other way. Here are some of the things I’ve been doing and pictures I’ve taken over the last few weeks.

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We (sister, hubby, and I) went to Circle B Bar Reserve again, but this time we checked out the lake area and OMG it did not disappoint. I was able to get so many awesome pictures and see so much cool wildlife. There were a ton of different birds and alligators! Luckily we survived and didn’t get eaten by any alligators, haha. The area was huge and we didn’t walk the entire thing, so we may have to check it out again ASAP! Here are some of the pictures that I took there. I took a lot, so I had to really narrow it down for this post.

We even seen some wild boar/pigs, which was pretty awesome! There was like a whole family of them. I couldn’t really get great pictures because I didn’t want to scare them away and my camera wasn’t cooperating with me, but I did get these two pictures. We seen some armadillos too.

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These is one of my favorite pictures that I took at the nature park. It came out so great and I am pretty proud of it, haha. My main focus was the butterfly, so I didn’t even notice there was a bee on the flower next to it. So that was a cool surprise when I was going through my pictures and noticed it.

On April 9th, it was my younger sister’s birthday. She’s only a year younger than I am. Her birthday happened to fall on a Tuesday, so we went Moe’s for her birthday. Taco Tuesday 😛 ! Moe’s is always so good! We also baked her a cake for her birthday. It came out really awesome. I think we are really getting into this cake decorating, haha. Over the weekend of that week we decided to check out Dinosaur World. It was a good time, but not something to do more than one time. Haha. It was interesting though. Here are some pictures of the dinos. I took a bunch, but again, had to narrow it down a lot for this post.

Below are just some random pictures that I’ve taken throughout the last few weeks.

And of course my furbabies. Top two pictures are of my boys and the bottom two pictures are of my girls.

That’s all for this post. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my pictures. You can follow me on Instagram if you want to see more or as I post them. Username: heyyitsashley. I am currently battling a cold, UGH. I knew it was coming, because yesterday I had a stuffy nose, but I woke up today feeling like such crap. Hopefully this doesn’t last long, because my family is coming to visit this weekend and I don’t want to feel bad when they are here. Anyway, I better go start my work day now.

In case you missed it;
It finally happened!!
Friday Finds #79.
Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

It finally happened!!

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Hey!

Sooo….if you follow me on social media then you probably know what I’m talking about. If you do not follow me on social media…I finally got new bookshelves!! It has been a year since I’ve seen all my books on a shelf together. I packed my books up a year ago thinking we were moving and it didn’t happen. I got rid of my old bookshelves at that point too, because I knew I wanted new ones and there was no point in moving them with us. When we ended up not moving, I just never unpacked them because I had nowhere for them. We also knew that we would be eventually moving just not at that moment.

As you guys already know, we did finally move. We’ve been at the new house for two months now and this weekend I FINALLY got my new bookshelves. I am so stoked about having them. I spent all Saturday night (8pm-1am) unpacking my books and putting them on my shelves. On Sunday we went back to Ikea and got one more (a corner one) to finish. I spent the rest of the day/afternoon finishing putting all my books and stuff on them. It took me FOREVER because I wanted it just right. So want to see a picture?

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I am REALLY happy with the way that it all turned out. The only thing that will probably change is moving/swapping books around to different spots on the shelves. The majority of them I just put up there to get them off the floor. So they aren’t in any particular order or anything like that besides authors being together and series being together. The far left shelf (with my A W books on top) are all paperbacks & ARCs at the bottom of that shelf. The middle skinny shelf is some Funko Pops, some ARCs for this year, and miscellaneous paperbacks on the bottom two spots. The two bookshelves on the right of that smaller one are hardcover books. The last one has my Harry Potter books up top, a bunch of empty space (I NEED NEW BOOKS NOW :P) Some Funko Pops that I couldn’t fit on the top of my shelves and then the last spot being some miscellaneous books.

Throughout the day on Saturday & Sunday I was updating both of my Instagram accounts (heyyitsashley (personal) & foreverbookish_ (bookstagram) with the process of setting them up. I am so stoked that it’s finally done and I finally have my shelves. It looks really great in the room. I’m guilty of staring at them all day and at random times in the day coming into the room just to “check” on them HAHA. This room is also my office for work, so that’s cool haha. 😛

Anyway, I just wanted to do a little update about my new bookshelves since I am so happy about them. This last week has been pretty hard for me with the reading. I have so many books checked out from the library (UGH – I’m going to try to stay away from the library the next few months) and I’ve been trying to read them ASAP, but I’m now currently in the middle of three of them and I just can’t seem to get myself to read them because I don’t know which one to read first so I try to read them all and get overwhelmed/guilty for not reading others. WTF. It’s annoying, so I’ve just been in a reading slump this week. BUT I did just get the Daisy Jones & the Six audiobook from my library, so I am listening to that now while I work. I loved the book so much, so I had to check out the audiobook too.

I have to start my work day now, but I will hopefully catch up with your posts soon and reply to comments. I hope you had a great Easter or weekend if you don’t celebrate. 😀

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #79.
Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #79.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


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I am going to just jump right into this post and share some of the books that I recently added to my Goodreads TBR shelf. I have included five books in today’s post. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR list. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

gideonGideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Goodreads Description: Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton. The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.


TINFOILCROWNS Tinfoil Crowns by Erin Jones

Goodreads Description: Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. If she goes viral, maybe she can get out of her small casino town and the cramped apartment she shares with her brother and grandpa. But there’s one thing Fit’s fans don’t know about her: when Fit was three-years-old, her mother, suffering from postpartum psychosis, tried to kill her. Now Fit’s mother, River, has been released from prison. Fit is outraged that River is moving in with the family, and it’s not long before Fit’s video followers realize something’s up and uncover her tragic past. But Fit soon realizes that the only thing her audience loves more than tragedy is a heartwarming tale of a family reunion. Is faking a relationship with River the key to all Fit’s dreams coming true?


boyswallowsuniverse Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Goodreads Description: Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim—a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes—who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path—most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer. But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom—all before starting high school.


wickedfoxWicked Fox by Kat Cho

Goodreads Description: Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt. But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.  With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.


whiteroseWhite Rose by Kip Wilson

Goodreads Description: A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. 

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR.

I am hoping to finally get around to that picture update at some point next week. I have a ton of pictures to post and from things I’ve done over the last few weeks. 🙂

In case you  missed it;
Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.
Review|| Summer of ’69.
Friday Finds #78.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
5 out of 5 stars

“Demonstrate your value to those in attendance by showing how appealing a beautiful, obedient girl can be. Hold your tongue. Bat your eyes. Smile. Be best.”

Goodreads Description: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.


I was sent a copy of Girls with Sharp Sticks from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently out now.

Wow, what a ride! I found Girls with Sharp Sticks to be such an intense and crazy read. It was so hard to put down and left me feeling all the feels! It wasn’t completely what I expected it to be, but it was such a great read. I thought it was going to be a fun and suspenseful read (which it was!!), but there was so much  more meaning to it. It fits so perfectly with things happening in the world today; like society wanting girls to be perfect. It also fits with the Me Too Movement as well, which is so important.

I loved the bond the girls have with each other. They really held each other together with everything that was happening at the school and to them. There were so many twists and turns. A couple things were predictable to me, but that didn’t take away from the story at all. I still loved it so much! There were also some poems included within the story, which was great. This may end up being a pretty short review, because there are so many things that happen and I don’t want to accidentally give anything away.

Overall, I really loved Girls with Sharp Sticks. I loved all the girl power and standing up for yourself. I loved the friendships and how much the girls loved each other. I loved that it was really suspenseful and sometimes you just had no clue what was happening. It was also sad in a lot of ways. It’s such an important book, especially to empower all girls out there. I need that sequel ASAP! I highly recommend checking this one out. Lucky for you, it’s out in the world now.

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In case you missed it;
Review|| Summer of ’69.
Friday Finds #78.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #59.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


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I’ve actually been doing really well with reading this week. I’ve read a couple books myself and also listened to a couple of audiobooks since my post last week. I’m trying to read as much as I can before the end of the month, because I really want to try to read all the books on my “unofficial” April TBR. It’s REALLY ambitious and I have five books left on the list, plus two more that are bonus if I actually finish the five. CROSSING FINGERS! Anyway, here are the books that I’ve been reading and hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Cherry by Nico Walker (Library)
There There by Tommy Orange (Audiobook)

I am currently reading Cherry, which so far it’s okay. I’m only about 15% into it, so not a lot has happened yet. I’m not bored with it though, so that’s good at least. Hopefully it picks up even more soon. I’m listening to the audiobook There There, which I may be able to have finished today depending on if I continue to listen to it straight through work. I’m a little bit halfway through it. So far it’s okay, but it’s not blowing me away or anything. Maybe that will change in the second half.


Recently Finished:

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser (Netgalley)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Library)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Audiobook)

I recently finished Summer of ’69, which was such an amazing book. I loved it. I’ll link my review at the end of this post. I also finished The Book of Essie. I really loved The Book of Essie. I also listened to These Broken Girls, which I thought was good. It didn’t blow me away, but it was still a good read and was interesting.


Reading Next:

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering (Library)
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett (Physical ARC)

This week my “reading next” list looks almost the same as last week. I strayed a little bit from the list this week by reading The Book of Essie instead of Cherry, Tell Me Lies, or We Rule the Night first. OOPS. I included two of those back to my “reading next” list and I also added Girls with Sharp Sticks as well, because I think I will be reading that one right after Cherry. I was sent a finished copy last week from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and since the book is already released, I want to read it ASAP so I can get my review up.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you  missed it;
Review|| Summer of ’69.
Friday Finds #78.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Summer of ’69.

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser
5 out of 5 stars.

“But what if sometimes there is no one to blame, because no one is at fault? Sometimes things happen that will never truly be resolved or settled, and the best you can do is just get on with it and make your own peace.”

Goodreads Description: Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime. With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ‘Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there? 


I received an ARC of Summer of ’69 from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be released tomorrow (April 9th).

I have always been interested in the 60s and I am especially a fan of the music from that era. One of the reasons I requested this book was because one of my favorite songs is Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams, haha. That song was of course written in the 80s, but it was about a life in the 60s. That time period just seemed so fun from things I’ve read, listened to, and watched. But there were also a lot of heartbreak and bad things happening in the world throughout that time too, which brings me to this book.

Summer of ’69 was without a doubt a fun ride, but it was also a lot deeper than I thought it was going to be. The war in Vietnam was happening and you risked being drafted if you didn’t get into college or have another way out. Throughout the story Lucas had  a lot of fun with his friends, they used a lot of drugs, and basically just had a really good time. There were a lot of mishaps, but it was an adventure whether it was really happening or they were tripping on acid. Aside from that though, Lucas was dealing with a lot between his home life, his girlfriend Robin, and whether he was going to be able to get out of being drafted into the Army. His friends had their own issues and troubles as well.

Overall, I really loved the story. I love this era of time, so this book was right up my alley. I was sucked in from the very first page. It was a mix of happy and sad moments; good and bad moments. It was fun, but also heartbreaking. It left me shocked, in tears, and with goosebumps at times. There were also times where I was laughing out loud. So many great characters and friendships as well. I loved all the hippie vibes. I also loved learning more about that time period, the events happening, and the war. It was a wild ride and full of emotions.

This book was way more than what I originally thought it was going to be, but I am so glad that it was. The author wrote this story based on events in his life during this time, which I thought was really cool. So this is essentially his summer/life with some things/places/times changed up a bit. I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #78.
WWW Wednesday #58.
Wrap Up|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #78.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


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This week I finally got a library card at one of the library branches in my new city this! Most libraries I have been to and that I’ve gotten library cards at in the past usually have just one standard design, which sometimes can be a little boring. 😛 BUT this library had a bunch of different options to choose from…so which one did I go with? (If you follow me on Instagram you probably know already, haha.)

I had to go with the unicorn one! It was calling to me, haha. Plus my favorite color is pink, so I was really drawn to it. I love that you can pick from a bunch of different ones. I thought that was really neat. My second choice was  dragon. The librarian said that the unicorn was very popular. Look at that library sign! I love the stack of books on the side. I browsed the library hoping to find something. Sadly I didn’t, BUT I did add a bunch of books to my Goodreads TBR, because that’s just what you do when you love books so much. You want to read everything. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shan Youngdahl

Goodreads Description: In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions. Told in non-linear, vivid first-person chapters, As Many Nows As I Can Get is the story of a grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. Cerebral, accessible, bold, and unconventionally romantic, this is a powerful debut about grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along.


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Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Goodreads Description: For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?


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Inspection by Josh Malerman

Goodreads Description: J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world. J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know. But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them? Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.


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Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley

Goodreads Description: For sixteen years, Nate was the perfect son—the product of a no-nonsense upbringing and deep spiritual faith. Then he met Cam, who pushed him to break rules, dream, and accept himself. Conflicted, Nate began to push back. With each push, the boys became more entangled in each others’ worlds…but they also spiraled closer to their breaking points. And now all of it has fallen apart after a fistfight-turned-near-fatal-incident—one that’s left Nate with a stab wound and Cam in jail. Now Nate is being ordered to give a statement, under oath, that will send his best friend to prison. The problem is, the real story of what happened between them isn’t as simple as anyone thinks. With all eyes on him, Nate must make his confessions about what led up to that night with Cam…and in doing so, risk tearing both of their lives apart.


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Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Goodreads Description: Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is-spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn’t be? In a few short months, everything’s going to change, big time. But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she’s not Allison Smith. And Ally’s-make that Amanda’s-ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her? An exciting new direction for acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg, Past Perfect Life is a tense and tender read about secrets and lies, reality and identity, and the ways we put ourselves back together when everything is broken.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR.

I will hoping have a picture update coming soon. I have a ton of pictures that I took at a nature park to share, so I am stoked about that. You may have seen a lot of them if you follow me on Instagram though. 😛 I am so happy that it’s Friday. I’ve been sick all week (again), so I just want to lay in bed all weekend and binge watch something on Netflix.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #58.
Wrap Up|| March.
Book Haul|| March.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #58.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last done this type of post. I usually just do them in the beginning of the month since my wrap up post usually follows at the end. Anyway, I don’t really have a whole lot to say, so I am just going to get right into the books that I have been reading and what I hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser (Netgalley)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

I am currently reading Summer of ’69 and listening to the audiobook of The Broken Girls. So far I am pretty into Summer of ’69. I love all the hippie vibes and everything. It is kind of a slow start though, so I am hoping it picks up more soon. I am almost finished with The Broken Girls. I’ll probably have it finished today. I only have a couple hours left on the audiobook. It’s an interesting story, but I do find myself getting pretty bored at times. I do like it though and can’t wait to see how it ends.


Recently Finished:

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Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

I have been impatiently waiting for my copy of Heartstopper to come in from Book Depository and it finally did the other day. I read it that day, because I couldn’t resist. It’s a graphic novel, so it was a quick read. It was such a great story too. I loved it. I also found out at the end of the story that it’s about characters from another one of Alice Oseman’s books (Solitaire), so I plan to read that one ASAP! I also really can’t wait for volume two of Heartstopper. It gets released later this year. I am just including what I recently finished this month (April) since I just did my wrap up post. You can check out some of my other recently finished books in my March wrap up linked at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Cherry by Nico Walker (Library)
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering (Library)
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett (Physical ARC)

I honestly have no idea what I am going to read next. I always say I am going to read one thing and end up reading something else. I’ve been a really big mood reader this year. I have three options that I am really leaning toward because 1. they are library books that I need to read before they get returned or 2. they are ARCs that I really need to read and get reviewed ASAP. It could be any of these books that I read next, but I am leaning heavily on Cherry, because I read the first 10 or so pages and I was really into it. I had to stop myself though, because 1. it was like 3:30am when I couldn’t fall back to sleep and I needed to try to sleep and 2. I need to finish my current read first, haha. I also need to read Tell Me Lies soonish before it gets returned to the library. We Rule the Night was just released yesterday, so I want to read that one soon too because I need to get a review up for it. So many books to read!!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| March.

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Hey!

March seemed to drag on forever. I was also pretty busy in March with work and family visiting. I also previously mentioned that I got hooked on Pen15 (on Hulu) and Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix), so that took up a lot of my time too and I got sick. I still managed to get some reading in! I’ll get to that in a second though. First, I wanted to mention that we ended March by going to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. So we got to go back to Harry Potter World! 😀 Here are a few pictures that I took.

We went on a few rides at Islands of Adventure and ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Of course we had to get butterbeer too. We weren’t planning on going to Universal Studios, we were just going to stick to Islands of Adventure. But once we got down to the train station and the wait to get on the Hogwarts Express wasn’t long, we decided to just go and I’m glad we did. We wanted to stay for the Mardi Gras parade and didn’t realize it was at Universal and not Islands of Adventure. At Universal we went on a ton of rides, ate Tacos at the Simpsons’ themed food truck (they were so good), and of course we walked around Diagon Alley. Watched a Beedle the Bard storytelling and bought some Fizzing Whizzbees. It was a really fun time. We just got annual passes and now we can go whenever we want for the next 18 months! 😀 Anyway, onto the books that I read in March!

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of March.

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Mantinee so so much! It was everything I hoped it would be. So many feels! I also had so much fun reading it. I loved the friendship aspect of it and I loved all the horror film talk. Feel Free to check out my review for more.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Test….HOLY CRAP! This book was insane! It was intense! And I honestly can’t even put my thoughts into words. I loved it so much and gave it five stars!! It’s a pretty short story, but it’s so damn good that you don’t even notice how short it is. You’re sucked right into it from the start, it’s crazy. Black Mirror vibes.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – 3 out of 5 stars.
You Asked for Perfect didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. It was still a good read and I actually flew through it. It was really easy to read and the characters were really likable. I didn’t relate to it too much and I think that’s why it didn’t blow me away. I can see why so many people really love it though and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
The feels. Holy crap, the feels. I loved everything about Daisy Jones & the Six. It kind of reads like a documentary/interview, which was really cool and made it so easy to read. It also made it so hard to want to put it down. I flew through it in two days. It gave me “Almost Famous” vibes, which I love because that’s one of my favorite movies of all-time. Also, SO MUCH ROCK ‘N’ roll and I was living for every moment of it.

Jackaby by William Ritter – 4 out of 5 stars.
I am so glad that I finally picked up Jackaby (for my Alphabet Challenge). It was so much fun to read. The character Jackaby gives off a Sherlock vibe, which I love. He was such a great character. The story itself was really great. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel soon!


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

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars.
I was so stoked for The Priory of the Orange Tree, because I love Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season so much. I tried reading Priory myself, but I found my mind wandering a lot and now really remembering what I read. So I decided to get the audiobook and still had the same problem. It’s a huge book. It’s very detailed. Lots of characters. Lots of going back and forth between them. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on in the story. It wasn’t until the end where some of it started to come together and was enjoyable. I liked it, but it seemed to just be too much for me I guess. Honestly, it’s a week later and have no idea what any of the characters names are. I have no idea what the story is even about anymore or how it ended. UGH.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been wanting to read The Couple Next Door for some time now and decided to check it out from my library since the audiobook was available. It was pretty good and I liked it. It did get a little boring during some parts though. Overall, it was a decent read. Some things surprised me, others didn’t.


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

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I am currently reading my Netgalley ARC of Summer of ’69 right now. It’s going to be releasing next week, so I want to try to get my review up as soon as possible. So far it’s pretty interesting. I’m only about 20% into it right now. I have a few other ARCs that I am hoping to read this month as well.

What did you read in March? What do you hope to read in April? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I’ll catch up on all of your blog posts soon and reply to comments soon. Hopefully if today isn’t too busy with work, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then definitely sometime in the next few days. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #77.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack