Wrap Up|| November.

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I can’t believe it’s December 1st! I can’t believe 2020 is almost over. Such a weird year, but so happy to say goodbye to it soon lol. As for November though, I didn’t really have a great month as far as reading goes. I was only able to read two books, which was such a bummer. I just wasn’t in the mood to read or listen to audiobooks. I was hoping to get a few ARCs read and reviewed, but that obviously didn’t happen. 😦 I was able to read two books though, so at least I read something! Something is better than nothing, 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 is what I read and what I’m still currently reading…

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

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Pretending by Holly Bourne – Review

I loved reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School as a kid, so I decided to read it again as an adult. Still loved it so much as an adult as I did when I was a kid. There’s actually four books in this series and I’ve only ever read the first two, so I am hoping to read the other books as well. I was part of the blog tour for Pretending, so I read that and reviewed it (linked above). Overall, I thought it was a good book. I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would have, but it was still pretty good. Just not completely what I expected. It’s a lot more on the serious side than I was expecting. It’s super important though.


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

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Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

I started to listen to the audiobook of Crazy Stupid Bromance, but didn’t get around to finishing it. So far I really like it and hope to finish it soon. I also started reading Instant Karma. I got a few chapters in, but haven’t had the chance to read more of it. I got the audiobook from my library, so I may just end up listening to it instead. I will hopefully have a review for Instant Karma posted in December.

What books did you read in November? 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 only four books away from completing my Goodreads challenge, so I really hope that this is a better reading month for me. Fingers crossed! I think in my November wrap up I included some of our Christmas decorations after we put up our tree. Well, I was able to get the stockings hung and also the Christmas tree now has our ornaments! So I figured I would share new pictures of that. Below is a a couple pictures so you can see what it looks like during the daylight and at night. 🙂 I am super happy with it! Just waiting for some new furniture (hopefully next Friday) and I think that room will be complete.

October decided to walk through while I was taking a picture in the night one. 😛 I love how all the lights reflect onto the wall. It just makes everything more colorful! Our star at the top of the tree also changes colors, which I love too. Anyway, I think that’s all for this post. I hope to catch up with your entries and reply to comments soon. I’ll probably start tonight and continue tomorrow if I don’t get to them all. ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.
Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.
Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| November.

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My book haul for this month is actually pretty small, so with that, I’m just going to jump right into my haul for this month. 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 I Bought:

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

I of course had to get the novella that goes along with the Folk of Air trilogy, because overall I loved the series (aside from book two not being that great). Again I went with the black Barnes & Noble edition, so it could match the rest of the series. I have the entire series in the black version. 🙂 I can’t wait to read How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. I was flipping through it a little bit and all the pages have illustrations, which is really cool!


Books from Publishers:

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Pretending by Holly Bourne

I won a Goodreads giveaway for One Last Stop, which I was so stoked about because I loved Casey’s book Red, White & Royal Blue so much. I was part of the blog tour for Pretending, so I was sent a copy of that. You can check out my review and excerpt of Pretending on my blog. I’ll link those posts at the end of this one.

What new books did you get in November? 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’ll have my November wrap up posted in the next day or two, so be on the look out for that. I promise to blog hop at some point really soon this week to catch up with all of your posts. I know I am a bit behind on doing that; life has been distracting me a bit from being on the blog lately. I start a new job today, so I’ll be a little busy with that for the next month. But I should definitely catch up on your posts in the next few days. Pinky promise from afar! 😛

In case you missed it;
Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.
Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.

Pretending by Holly Bourne
3 out of 5 stars

Book Description: In this hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel perfect for fans of Fleabag, a woman struggling to move on after a traumatic relationship pretends to be “the perfect girl” in an act of vengeance that goes awry when she finds herself emotionally compromised. He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. Until she realizes that what men are really looking for is Gretel. Gretel is perfect – beautiful but low maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not a slut. She’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. When April starts pretending to be Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


I received an ARC of Pretending from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was published on November 17th, so it is out in the world now!

I have never read any books by Holly Bourne, but I’ve always heard great things about her writing. I was so excited to be a part of the blog tour for her new book, Pretending. As soon as I read the book description, I knew I wanted to read it! 

I want to point out that the subject matter is very heavy and could be very triggering to some people. I was actually not expecting it to be what it was. April went through a pretty bad thing in her life and she struggles with the aftermath throughout the entire book. She struggles to find herself and who she is as a person. She had some really great friends to help her through all of her difficult times and I loved the strong friendships as part of the story.

I know I only gave Pretending three stars, but that’s because I couldn’t 100% relate to the characters and this is the type of book that it’s kind of hard to rate and review (at least it is for me, I’m sorry!). I did like the story and I liked April though. I was rooting for her the entire way through and wanted everything to work out for her. She goes through so much; so many emotions and heartache. Her struggles were pretty intense and very valid. 

Overall, I really think Pretending is an important story and I liked it. I really liked the ending and felt that April really grew throughout the story. I am so glad I was given the chance to read this book. As far as if I would recommend reading it…yes! I would recommend reading it. It may not have been five stars for me, but I know so many people will really like this book.

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BUY LINKS:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
Apple Books
Kobo
Google Books
Bookshop.org

You can check out an excerpt of the first chapter of Pretending and more about the author over on my blog post from earlier today. I’ll have it linked below! 🙂

In case you missed it;

Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

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I’m here to share with you an excerpt from Pretending by Holly Bourne! I’ll also have my own review of this book later in the day, so be on the look out for that!

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Pretending by Holly Bourne
On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
9780778331506, 0778331504
Trade Paperback
$17.99 USD
416 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel perfect for fans of Fleabag, a woman struggling to move on after a traumatic relationship pretends to be “the perfect girl” in an act of vengeance that goes awry when she finds herself emotionally compromised. He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. Until she realizes that what men are really looking for is Gretel. Gretel is perfect – beautiful but low maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not a slut. She’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. When April starts pretending to be Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


EXCERPT:

I hate men.

There, I’ve said it. I know you’re not supposed to say it. We all pretend we don’t hate them; we all tell ourselves we don’t hate them. But I’m calling it. I’m standing here on this soapbox, and I’m saying it.

I. Hate. Men.

I mean, think about it. They’re just awful. I hate how selfish they are. How they take up so much space, assuming it’s always theirs to take. How they spread out their legs on public transport, like their balls need regular airing to stop them developing damp. I hate how they basically scent mark anywhere they enter to make it work for them. Putting on the music they want to listen to the moment they arrive at any house party, and always taking the nicest chair. How they touch your stuff instead of just looking; even tweak the furniture arrangement to make it most comfortable for them. All without asking first—never asking first.

I hate how they think their interests are more important than yours—even though twice a week all most of them do is watch a bunch of strangers kick a circle around a piece of lawn and sulk if the circle doesn’t go in the right place. And how bored they look if you ever try to introduce them to a film, a band, or even a freaking YouTube clip, before you’ve even pressed Play.

I hate their endless arrogance. I hate how they interrupt you and then apologize for it but carry on talking anyway. How they ask you a question but then check your answer afterward. I hate how they can never do one piece of housework without telling you about it. I hate how they literally cannot handle being driven in a car by a woman, even if they’re terrible drivers themselves. I hate how they all think they’re fucking incredible at grilling meat on barbecues. The sun comes out and man must light fire and not let woman anywhere near the meat. Dumping blackened bits of chicken onto our plates along with the whiff of a burp from their beer breath, acting all caveman, like we’re supposed to find it cute that we may now get salmonella and that we’re going to have to do all the washing up.

I hate how I’m quite scared of them. I hate the collective noise of them when they’re in a big group. The tribal wahey-ing, like they all swap their IQs for extra testosterone when they swarm together. How, if you’re sitting alone on an empty train, they always come and deliberately sit next to you en masse, and talk extra loudly about macho nonsense, apparently to impress you. I hate the way they look at you when you walk past—automatically judging your screwability the moment they see you. Telling you to smile if you dare look anything other than delighted about living with stuff like this constantly fucking happening to you. 

I hate how hard they are to love. How many of them actually, truly, think the way to your heart is sending you a selfie of them tugging themselves, hairy ball sack very much still in shot. I hate how they have sex. How they shove their fingers into you, thinking it’s going to achieve anything. Jabbing their unwashed hands into your dry vagina, prodding about like they’re checking for prostate cancer, then wondering why you now have BV and you still haven’t come. Have none of them read a sex manual? Seriously? None of them? And I hate how they hate you a little just after they’ve finished. How even the nice ones lie there with cold eyes, pretending to cuddle, but clearly desperate to get as far away from you as possible.

I hate how it’s never equal. How they expect you to do all the emotional labor and then get upset when you’re the more stressed-out one. I hate how they never understand you, no matter how hard they try, although, let’s be honest here, they never actually try that hard. And I hate how you’re always exhausting yourself trying to explain even the most basic of your rational emotional responses to their bored face.

I hate how every single last one of them has issues with their father.

And do you know what I hate most of all?

That despite this, despite all this disdain, I still fancy men. And I still want them to fancy me, to want me, to love me. I hate myself for how much I want them. Why do I still fancy men so much? What’s wrong with me? Why are they all so broken? Am I broken for still wanting to be with one, even after everything? I should be alone. That’s the only healthy way to be. BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE. I hate men, that’s the problem. GOD I HATE THEM SO MUCH—they’re so entitled and broken and lazy and wrong and…and…

Hang on…

My phone.

HE MESSAGED BACK!!!

WITH A KISS ON THE END!

Never mind.

Forget I said anything. It’s all good.

Excerpted from Pretending by Holly Bourne, Copyright © 2020 by Holly Bourne. Published by MIRA Books. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Holly Bourne is a bestselling UK-based YA and Adult Fiction author and is an Ambassador for Women’s Aid. In 2019, she was an Author of the Day at the London Book Fair, and was named by Elle Magazine’s weekly podcast as one of “Six Female Authors Changing the Conversation in 2019”. Pretending is her US debut.

BUY LINKS:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
Apple Books
Kobo
Google Books
Bookshop.org

SOCIAL LINKS:
Author website: https://hollybourne.co.uk/
Twitter: @holly_bourneYA
Instagram: @hollybourneya
Facebook: @Holly.BourneYA

I hope you have a great day!

WWW Wednesday #71.

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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Has it really been seven months since I’ve done this type of post? I used to be on top of it weekly, but I guess with me not reading as much this year I just haven’t had any books to update about. In October, I did amazing with reading so many books and listening to so many audiobooks. Well, it’s November 10th and I feel like I’m back into a reading slump. UGH. This month has been weird though, especially with the election that was happening. I spent four or five days glued to the TV almost 24/7 watching all the election results and news. Some nights I stayed up until 5am, because I didn’t want to miss anything. There was even one day where I didn’t go to sleep until 7:30am after having been awake for almost 24 hours. During that week (last week) I didn’t do a single thing besides watch election coverage, lol. So you’re probably wondering if I have even read anything at all so far this month? And that’s a yes and a no…lol. I would say I barely read, but I did finish one book and started a couple of others. Shall I jump into today’s post? I shall…

Currently Reading:

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Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I was approved on Netgalley for Instant Karma and I am finally getting the chance to read it. I’m only a few chapters in, so I don’t have a real opinion about it yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it. It does make me nervous because I wasn’t a fan of Marissa’s book series the Lunar Chronicles, but this is completely different, so maybe I’ll like it better! I am listening to the audiobook of Crazy Stupid Bromance. I’m about 25% into it and so far I like it. I have to actually try to finish this audiobook ASAP, because it’ll be returned to the library in a week….YIKES!


Recently Finished:

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Okay….so Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a children’s chapter book. BUT….I don’t care because I loved this book as a kid and I wanted to read it again. It’s also a four book series and I’ve only ever read the first two books, so I am currently waiting for the others from my library, so that I can read them all! Life has been a little rough, and this year hasn’t been the greatest; I needed some happiness and I remember this book making me happy as a kid. I liked it now just as much as I did when I was a kid too.


Reading Next:

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Pretending by Holly Bourne

I plan to read Pretending next, because I am part of the blog tour. I’ll be posting a review and an excerpt from the book on November 23rd! Realistically though, I may end up reading this as soon as the copy of the book gets to me. I want to make sure I have it read and my posts ready for the 23rd, so this may take priority over anything else that I am currently reading (if I don’t finish them before I get this one) or whatever else I plan to read next.

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 know that it’s probably way too early for Christmas decorations, but like I mentioned earlier in this post…this year hasn’t been the greatest for me. Any bit of happiness I can find, I take it. Christmas makes me happy, Christmas decorations make me happy….so we put up our Christmas tree! Check it out:

We also put up Christmas lights outside on our house, so that also makes me pretty stoked and excited. Christmas cheer for a messed up year! 😛 I still need to fluff the tree to get rid of empty spaces, hang ornaments on the tree, and stockings on the fireplace. Speaking of fireplace, the hubby built it himself! Minus the actual fireplace insert (the black part), but the frame and everything else he did himself! Anyway, that’s all for this post.

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

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| October.

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October flew by! I didn’t have my best blogging month and I’m sad about that. I just had no motivation or inspiration and that’s so sad. We were also pretty busy at home with a lot of different house projects; as you may have seen in my previous post that we redid my book room! I’ll leave a link at the end of this post in case you missed it and want to check it out. I did try to blog hop once in a while though and stay caught up with you guys! As far as reading goes, I think I had a good reading month, especially compared to past months. I even got ahead on my Goodreads challenge. It felt nice getting ahead after being behind for so long.

So, I made this Halloweenie TBR at the start of October and while I didn’t read as many books as I hoped I would off the TBR, I did manage to read a few of them. I also listened to some thriller audiobooks as well. Before I get into that though, first as always you can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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. So, what did I read and listen to this month?

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

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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare – 4 out of 5 stars
Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder – 3 out of 5 stars
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne – 5 out of 5 stars
Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 out of 5 stars
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked Clown in a Cornfield. It was a creepy and fun story. It was perfect for Halloween. Halloween Season was interesting. It’s a bunch of Halloween/spooky short stories. Some stories were really great and others not so much. I had fun reading them though. I LOVED Beetle & the Hollowbones. It was a cute and fun graphic novel and the illustrations were so pretty. I’m not really a DC Comic fan, but I bought Swamp Thing anyway. I liked it and the illustrations were great, but I felt like something was missing. Or maybe I’m not getting it since I’m not a DC Comic fan? Or maybe it ties in with that new show I keep seeing previews for on TV? Who knows. I probably would love loved the graphic novel if there was more to it. I started to get a little burned out on Halloween vibe/Psychological Thriller books toward the end of the month and decided to pick up Heart Bones. It has skulls on the cover…so I mean, at least the cover fits the vibe of Halloween? 😛 I really enjoyed Heart Bones a lot. I flew through it in just a couple days, it was so hard to put down. Colleen Hoover books usually end up being books you can’t put down.

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

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Final Girls by Riley Sager – 3 out of 5 stars
Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah – 1 out of 5 stars
Recursion by Blake Crouch – 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I had the best luck with the audiobooks that I listened to this month. While I did like a couple of them, I wasn’t blown away by them like I had hoped; especially Recursion. I thought I would be blown away by Recursion because I loved Blake’s book Dark Matter. Sadly, I was not. I really liked it at the beginning, but then it just got annoying and I wanted it to just end. Final Girls was good and I liked it, but once again I was not completely sold or blown away by it. Perfect Little Children was so bad. I felt like nothing really happened and the main character annoyed me so much. The shock factor just wasn’t there for me either. The entire time I was hoping something would happen and by the time something did happen, I was already over the story, so I didn’t care all that much.

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

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

I got halfway through An Anonymous Girl before I didn’t I was done with it. I was just so bored and I couldn’t really listen anymore. I wanted to listen to more psychological thrillers this month, but I think I’ve noticed that I’m not that into them or I don’t love them as much as I think I’m going to. Will I still attempt them? Of course, I will. I like to torture myself I guess. 😛

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

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

I am also still reading None Shall Sleep. I was hoping to finish it in October as well, but I just didn’t get around to it. I do want to finish it as soon as I can and get a review posted for it. I started it in the middle of September, but I just haven’t been in the mood for it. I don’t want to force it right now and then end up not liking it because of that. So far, I do like it though. It gives me Mindhunter vibes, if you’ve seen that show on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.

What books did you read in October? 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!

Yesterday I was finally able to find some time to blog hop, so I got all caught up with your posts. If I missed anything, please feel free to send me links to those posts and I will definitely check them out. 🙂 I am really hoping that I’ll have a better blogging month in November. Fingers crossed!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October. & New Book Room!
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| October. & New Book Room!

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Before I jump into my book haul post, I want to show you my new book room! The husband did a pretty awesome job putting in the new flooring and we repainted the walls as well. I wish I took proper before and after pictures of the room, but so that you can get an idea…before we had green walls (it was like a shiny baby green color) and beige carpet. It seriously HAD to go! Now we have grey walls (it has a hint of blue in it) and grey vinyl flooring and it’s so beautiful! 🙂 Here are a couple of pictures…

What do you think? 😀 If you click the pictures, you can see them bigger. I am so stoked and happy with the way that it turned out and now I’m in here pretty much ALL THE TIME. I even traded in watching TV shows on an actual TV to watching them on my laptop just so I can be in here. 😛 Maybe this will motivate me to read more and blog more again! Fingers crossed! I do have some other things to say, but I’m going to save it for my October wrap up that I hope to post either tomorrow or Monday.

So, my October book haul…I’m pretty happy with all the books that I got this month and almost all of them were on sale, so that was nice! 🙂 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. Anyway, here are the books that I got in October.

Print Books I Bought:

Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater
Wonderland by Juno Dawson
How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
Hold Still by Nina LaCour

I saw a bunch of different previews/illustrations of Swamp Thing, so I really wanted to get it because it looked awesome. I actually read it this month and I’ll talk a little bit about it in my wrap up coming soon. Wonderland is part of the London Trilogy and since I already have the first two books in the trilogy, I decided to get the third as well. Wonderland actually came with a signed bookplate in the book, which was cool. Hopefully I’ll be reading all three really soon! Hold Still and How to Make Friends With the Dark are books that I found at this discount store, but were also on my TBR. I was stoked to get them for $2.99 each!

E-Books:

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Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder
The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley, Amanda Prowse
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

I’m pretty happy with the e-books I got this month. I also tried not to go crazy this month either, so I tried to limit myself a lot. I opted to get Halloween Season as an e-book instead of physical book because it was only $4.99. I was able to get The Boy Between and Spellbreaker free with my Amazon Prime membership. The other three are books that I wanted so bad and they finally were on sale, so I had to get them! Can’t beat $2.99 or less!

What new books did you get in October? 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!

As I mentioned above, I should have my book wrap up coming tomorrow or Monday. I am hoping to maybe finish one more book or one more audiobook before October ends. We’ll see though since I only JUST started my current read and currently haven’t even started any new audiobooks yet, lol. Wishful thinking, I guess. I’ll also be doing some blog hopping between today and tomorrow. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| September.

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I actually forgot all about posting my September book haul, oops! 😛 I was checking out my drafts and saw it there. I think I did pretty good in September by not going too overboard with buying books even though there are SO MANY BOOKS that I really, really want. 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 do need to update these pages since it has been a few months. Anyway, here are the books that I got in September.

Print Books I Bought:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Meat Market by Juno Dawson
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

I had Cemetery Boys on pre-order, because it sounded so good and I had to have it. I am super stoked to read it. I have the book Clean by Juno Dawson, which I still have to read, but I really wanted to get Meat Market because it sounds so good. It’s part of the London trilogy and I’m actually waiting on the third book to get here, so I can binge read them all. Beetle & the Hollowbones is a graphic novel that looked so fun and perfect for my October “Halloweenie” TBR. I flipped through some of the pages and I love the illustrations so much. I can’t wait to read it soon.


E-Books:

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You Say It First by Katie Cortugno
Roommaid by Sariah Wilson
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

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The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

I think I did pretty good with not going to crazy on buying a ton of e-books this month. There were so many that I did want to buy, but again tried to limit myself with the e-book deals. Most of these books are ones that I’ve been wanting for so long now and was happy I finally caught them on sale.

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!

In case you missed it;
Halloweenie TBR.
Wrap Up|| September.
Random|| Life Update.

I hope you have a great day!

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Halloweenie TBR.

Booooo!

Happy October! It’s my favorite month of the year! I love all things Halloween, Fall, and Spooky. I’ve started decorating my house with cute and spooky Halloween decorations, which I am so stoked about! I love seeing pumpkins and skeletons all over my house. This hasn’t been my greatest reading year as I’m sure you guys have seen me say over and over again. And with that being said, I’m not really sure how October is going to turn out for me, but I am still sharing with you a Halloweenie TBR of the books that I really hope to read in October. But first, check out my mini Halloween “Christmas” tree.

I always make this big Halloween themed TBR every year whether I get around to reading them or not; it’s fun to create them! I am going to include 10 books on my TBR for this month and that is being really ambition considering it seems that I can barely read a couple books a month this year. But maybe being in my favorite month will hype me up to read ALL THE SPOOKY THINGS! Here is what I have on my Halloweenie TBR…

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder
Beetle & the Hollowbones byAliza Layne
Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
Scream All Night by Derek Milman

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer

I’m sure there are going to be some spooky audiobooks that I’ll listen to throughout the month as well, but I’m not exactly sure what they will be yet. It really just depends on what my library as available at the moment. So, those will be a surprise you’ll have to wait to find out. 😛 And this TBR may change depending on my mood and there’s a couple other books I’m eyeing and may possibly buy, but if all goes well then I hope to read most of these books this month.

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

I still have to post my September book haul and that will probably be up on the blog on Monday. I also need to reply to your comments and blog hop again. I’ll be doing that soon too. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| September
Random|| Life Update

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Wrap Up|| September.

Hey!

It is crazy to believe there is only a few months left of 2020. I honestly have no idea where this year has gone and it’s also kind of sad because it was spent the majority of the time at home. It really bums me out, because we just moved to a new city last year and when the virus happened, we weren’t able to continue to explore our new city or surrounding places. But anyway, I’m here to post my September wrap up of the books that I read this month.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I wasn’t counting audiobooks toward my Goodreads challenge over the last 2-3 years, but that I decided to change that this month and for the rest of the year. In case you missed that post, the reason I wasn’t counting them is because I’ve liked to challenge myself over the years to see how many I could read on my own and audiobooks just being extras. The thought of not completing my Goodreads challenge would have brought me down worse than I already feel these days, so I’m making an exception for this crazy year. Plus, technically it’s still reading, so whatever. I was so behind on my challenge and I knew I wouldn’t catch up. BUT, now that I am including audiobooks…I am only one book behind schedule and I should hopefully be caught up in October. 😀

And now with all that being said, I actually didn’t finish a single book this month on my own. I ended up listening to all audiobooks. I still feel super guilty for this though! 😦 But anyway, here is what I listened to in September. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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.

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

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This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio – 3 out of 5 stars.
I read I.W. Gregorio’s previous novel called None of the Above and loved it so much that I had to check out her new book. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up loving This Is My Brain in Love. I liked it and enjoyed it for the most part, but it just didn’t blow me away. I think my expectations were just way too high for this one.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Only Good Indians sounded SOOOO good and I was so stoked that my library had the audiobook. It was so interesting and I liked it, but it didn’t blow me away and I really didn’t like the way it ended. It was just way too strange for me.

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim – 4 out of 5 stars.
Unravel the Dusk is the sequel to Spin the Dawn and I really liked it so much. So many feels and it was so great being back in this world. While I did really like it a lot, it felt like it was missing something, which is why I couldn’t give it five stars. Still highly recommend reading these books!

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Adams – 4 out of 5 stars.
I read The Bromance Book Club and I liked it enough to want to check out the sequel. While I didn’t love the first book and only gave it three stars, I actually liked Undercover Bromance so much more. I listened to it in a single day, because I just couldn’t stop and wanted to know what was going to happen. I didn’t like Liv in the first book, but I actually really liked her in this one. Can’t wait to read book three!


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

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

I started reading None Shall Sleep this month, but I didn’t have the chance to read it. I’m actually only a little over 100 pages into it, honestly. I’ve been in this on-going reading slump, so I just haven’t really been reading much on my own as you can see by how many audiobooks I listened to instead. So far, I really like it though and I want to try to finish it in October and get my review posted. It’ll be part of my “Halloweenie TBR”, which that post will be coming soon!

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!

I have a lot of blog hopping to do this week and I promise I will catch up with your posts and reply to comments soon. I just haven’t really been in the mood to do much of anything on the computer. It sucks being so down that you don’t even want to do the things you love anymore. I’ve spent a lot of time diamond painting and listening to audiobooks while I do that. My mood has just been soooo low the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be more active in October in both blogging and reading. Fingers crossed! 🙂 I’ll have my book haul posted soon as well as my Halloweenie TBR that I previously mentioned.

I’ll end this post with a picture of my new cacti/succulent babies that I got a couple weekends ago. So far, I am happy to say that they are still alive! I’m not very good with plants, even with the very easy ones haha. My friend gifted me the cat pots and I finally got some plants to fill them with. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Random|| Life Update.
Release Day|| September Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Release Day|| September Releases.

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Hey!

I wanted to do this post to share with you three ARCs that I was sent from publishers or received on Netgalley that are being published in September. I haven’t had the chance to read them (yet), but hopefully I will get to them this month. I want to highlight them on my blog now as well as later when I get my reviews up. These books below will be linked to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR and I will share their book descriptions and their release date below as well.

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare. His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.” But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are— and taking this place down.


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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
Release Date: September 1st, 2020 – OUT NOW!

Goodreads Description: In 1982, two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can’t crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case—a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers—things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country’s most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson. Despite Travis’s objections, Emma becomes the conduit between Simon and the FBI team. But while Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he’s an expert manipulator playing a very long game…and he has his sights set on Emma.


**This next book is the third book in a series, so I am not going to put the book description below. Instead I am going to share the book description of the first book in the series. I don’t want to spoil it for you and I also don’t want to spoil it for myself as I still need to read the second book (hopefully this month), so that I can read this one.**

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When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer
Release Date: September 8th, 2020 – OUT TODAY!

Goodreads description of the first book in the series called Not Even Bones: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far. But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

Any other September releases that I should add to my TBR?

I’m not a fan of this new WordPress editor at all. It’s going to make wanting to post so annoying. I luckily already had this post drafted over a week ago. I am actually really annoyed by it, UGH. I can’t figure out how to align my paragraphs with “justify” like I do with all my posts, because the keys are different on a MacBook and the “shortcuts” don’t work. UGHH. The fact that this post won’t be aligned with justify is actually making me so anxious right now, because I like all my sentences to be straight and aligned perfectly with each other. :/ EDIT: I finally figured out how to justify, but I still REALLY, REALLY hate this new “block” situation with the new editor.

Anyway, I’m going to spend today catching up with your posts from the week and replying to comments, and then I think I’ll put my Halloween decorations up around the house.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| August.

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Hey!

This is my 800th post! I actually read more than two books this month!! It’s no surprise that this just hasn’t been my year and my reading has been so bad the last couple of months. Well, this month I was actually able to read SIX books! I think it helped that two of the six were graphic novels, but whatever. I’ll take what I can get because I am STLIL behind on my Goodreads challenge and I fear this may be the first year that I don’t complete it. 😦 Let’s hope that doesn’t happen though. Anyway, let’s get into my August wrap up. Here is what I read in August. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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.

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

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The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Renee Nault, Margaret Atwood – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve never read The Handmaid’s Tale book before, but I did watch a couple seasons of the TV series on Hulu. I decided to check out the graphic novel version and I actually really liked it and I loved the illustrations. I really want to read the actual books now.

Maus I by Art Spiegelman – 4 out of 5 stars
Maus II by Art Spiegelman – 5 out of 5 stars
I’ve been watching to read the Maus graphic novels for a while now and I am so glad that I finally read them. They were so good, but also so sad and heartbreaking. So many feels. It’s about a father and son’s relationship as well as the son learning about what his father went through during the concentration camps. It’s a true story as well.

Beach Read by Emily Henry – 4 out of 5 stars
It seems like EVERYONE has been reading Beach Read and really enjoying it, so I had to check it out. Hype books and I don’t get along that often, but I actually really liked Beach Read and it was pretty hard to put down at times. I really liked the relationship between Augustus and January. The story was pretty heartbreaking as well. Not what I expected when I read the title and see the cover, haha.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 out of 5 stars
I buddy read Clap When You Land with Maren from The Worn Bookmark. It was exciting doing a buddy reading since it’s been a while since I’ve read a book with a friend. I LOVED CLAP WHEN YOU LAND. I flew through it in just a couple days. I knew I would love it though, because Elizabeth Acevedo writes amazing books and I always end up loving her books. It was so sad, but so good. I loved Camino and Yahaira so much.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – 5 out of 5 stars
I decided to reread Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, because I love this book so much and I have this cool edition that I got for my birthday that I wanted to check out. I could have just flipped through all the pages to see the illustrations, but I thought it would be fun to read to book as I looked through them. This time I was able to go through and save all of my favorite lines too.

What books did you read in August? 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!

What else did I do in August? I spent quite a bit of time watching Netflix. I watched both seasons of Glow Up, entire season of The Floor is Lava, entire season of Love on the Spectrum,  entire season of World’s Most Wanted, and most of Unwell. I also watched season one of Dragula. I also got REALLY into diamond painting recently. It’s kind of funny with the diamond painting, because I originally bought it in July and never touched it. As soon as I seen how tiny the gems were I was like “nope, this isn’t for me”, but I gave it a chance a couple weeks later and I actually love it now. It’s so calming and chill. I throw my AirPods on with some music playing and I sit there doing it for hours. I may try to listen to some audiobooks while I do it too.

Top two pictures are just random ones from doing the paintings. You can see a little close-up of the gems. The bottom two are the ones that I have completed so far. I also have a baby Yoda one to do, and three others to choose from to do next. I’m going to buy some Halloween ones to do throughout October and even some Christmas ones for December. I’m pretty obsessed now. 😛 Anyway, I think that’s all for this post. I am going to spend today and tomorrow catching up with your posts and replying to comments. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| August.
Friday Finds #88.
Release Day|| August Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| August.

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Hey!

Happy Friday! Today, I am bringing you my August book haul. It’s a couple days early, but I don’t plan to get anymore books this month. 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. So what did I get this month?

Print Books I Bought:

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Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

I am still waiting on my copy to get here, but I bought Heart Bones because Colleen Hoover. 😛 I buy and read all of the books she writes. I am really looking forward to reading it soon. I’ve been staying away from reviews and stuff, because I like to go into her books not knowing a single thing. I don’t even know what this book is about. But like I said, I buy and read everything she writes, so I had to get it.


Books from Publishers:

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

UPS delivered None Shall Sleep to me yesterday and I was so stoked when I opened the package and seen an ARC of it. I only just wrote about it last week on my blog and now I can read it in September and I can’t wait! 🙂 I believe it has a release date of September 1st, so I will be reading it really soon. Thanks to The Novl for sending it my way!


E-Books:

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You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Find Layla by Meg Elison
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks, Ted Caplan
#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil

Small e-book haul this month. I’m trying to be better about my e-book buying, because they usually sit on my Kindle for a very long time before I ever read them. Luckily, I got these for $1.99/2.99.

What new books did you get in August? 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!

There are so many books that I really want to buy, but I’ve had to really limit myself this year and stick with just a select few throughout the months. I also use my library quite a bit, so that helps to read those books that I can’t really buy right now. Anyway, I’ll have my August wrap up posted on Monday, so be on the look out for that. Hoping I can finish one more book before then. Fingers crossed! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #88.
Release Day|| August Releases.

I hope you hav a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #88.

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


Hey!

Today, I have six books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. 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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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Goodreads: Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.


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Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Goodreads Description: Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield. With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts. So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?


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Horrid by Katrina Leno

Goodreads Description: Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented. As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears…. Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?


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Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green

Gooreads Description: Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks… At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is! Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time. But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.


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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Goodreads Description: In 1982, two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can’t crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case—a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers—things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country’s most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson. Despite Travis’s objections, Emma becomes the conduit between Simon and the FBI team. But while Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he’s an expert manipulator playing a very long game…and he has his sights set on Emma.


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The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Goodreads Description: Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

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? 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 recently. 

I sadly haven’t been blogging much this month, but on the bright side I’ve been reading a little more than than I have in the last couple months. I started my 5th book of the month last night, which is pretty great considering the last couple months I’ve only read 1 or 2 books a month. Hopefully things are turning around for me as far as reading goes? August is almost over, so maybe September will be better with reading and blogging. Fingers crossed!

In case you missed it;
Release Day|| August Releases.
Wrap Up|| July.
Book Haul|| July.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Release Day|| August Releases.

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Hey!

I wanted to do this post to share with you four ARCs that I was sent from publishers or received on Netgalley that are being published in August. I haven’t had the chance to read them (yet), but hopefully I will get to them this month. I want to highlight them on my blog now as well as later when I get my reviews up. These books below will be linked to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR and I will share their book descriptions and their release date below as well.

iamherenow I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner
Release Date: August 4th – OUT NOW!

Goodreads Description: You can’t trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does what it wants. It’s sneaky as a thief. Maisie’s first day of High school should be exciting, but all she wants is to escape. Her world is lonely and chaotic, with an abusive mother and a father who’s rarely there to help. So when Maisie, who finds refuge in her art, meets the spirited Rachel and her mother, a painter, she catches a glimpse of a very different world―one full of life, creativity, and love―and latches on. But as she discovers her strengths through Rachel’s family, Maisie, increasingly desperate, finds herself risking new friendships, and the very future she’s searching for.


The Con Code by Shana Silvertheconcode
Release Date: August 25th, 2020

Goodreads Description: By day, seventeen-year-old Fiona Spangler runs small cons for her ritzy prep-school classmates: getting them out of tests and forging fake hall passes. But by night, Fiona joins her dad on riskier heists: stealing back the clue-filled forgeries her mom scattered across the country before she disappeared. Fiona desperately hopes that her mother will be waiting at the end of the scavenger hunt she left behind. And they are SO close. Just three more heists remain, but then disaster strikes when Fiona’s dad is captured by the FBI. Desperate to finish the job and save what’s left of her family, Fiona assembles of crew of teen criminals: a master of disguise who can transform into anyone, a talented hacker who only communicates in glares, and a rival con artist with a vendetta against—and possible crush on—Fiona. All they have to do is perform three nearly impossible heists, solve her mother’s incredibly complex clues, and evade the FBI. Easy, right?


nowthativefoundyouNow That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
Release Date: August 25th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . . Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears. With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.


wheredreamsdescendWhere Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Release Date: August 25th, 2020

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.

Any other August releases that I should add to my TBR?

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| July.
Book Haul|| July.
Review|| Boyfriend Material.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| July.

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Hey!

Another month where I didn’t really read much, sigh. I did read one book more than last month and I also listened to an audiobook, so I guess that can be a bright side? I’m going to jump right into my July wrap up and talk about some other things later in this post. Here is what I read in July. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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.

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

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall – 5 out of 5 stars
Strung Out by Erin Khar – 4 out of 5 stars

Boyfriend Material was so good and I loved it so much. It was cute, fun, and a hilarious story. It also had ALL THE FEELS. I loved Luc and Oliver so much. Feel free to check out my review for more about what I thought. Strung Out was so good, but also so heartbreaking and sad. It’s about Erin’s life and struggle with addiction. She started using pills at eight years old and heroin by thirteen years old. The opioid crisis is a real thing and it’s so heartbreaking. With this virus happening, so many people have relapsed too and so the struggle is even more real and even harder than it already is.


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

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 2 out of 5 stars.

I’ve been seeing Where the Crawdads Sing everywhere since it was released and I was so excited to finally read it. It seems like everyone has been raving about this book. My sister and I listened to the audiobook on the way home from Illinois (16 hour car ride). I sadly did not love it as much as I hoped I would. It wasn’t a bad book or anything, it just wasn’t for me and the ending was a bit predictable.


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

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I started reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in June and I got about 70% through it. I was going to try to finish reading it this month and that didn’t happen. I tried reading it myself and then I tried listening to the audiobook. I didn’t love it at all, I found it kind of boring, and hard to get into. It was a big bummer for me to DNF this book as The Hunger Games series means so much to me. But since this book is about President Snow, I kind of get an idea about how the book ended because of how he is in The Hunger Games series. Without thinking, my mom also told me what happened at the end. Thanks for the spoilers, mom! I highly doubt I ever finish it and I’m okay with that. It just wasn’t for me. I still love the series though.

What books did you read in July? 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!


My anxiety pretty much ran rampant in July and I’m not entirely sure why. I want to say part of the reason was that I was gone for an entire month away from home and trying to get back into my normal routine has been difficult. Also, what is sleep anymore? I feel like I’m in this never-ending rut and I’m not really sure how to get out of it. I always tell myself that the next month will be better and then it’s not and it’s frustrating. But I guess it can never really get better if I don’t know why I feel the way that I feel or what is going on in my head. That’s where a lot of the anxiety comes into play and it keeps me up at night.

I get lost in music and tv shows. I don’t even have it in me to sit down and read for too long, because my mind just wanders and I don’t even know what I’m looking for; if that makes sense. I guess an example will be I can read a few sentences, stop because my mind is trying to remember something or figure out something and it can’t grasp the thought or the thing and then it drives me crazy, so I put the TV on or music on and forget about trying to think. That probably made zero sense either, lol. My mind doesn’t make sense lately…so I guess there’s that. I’ve just been doing more mindless things instead of blogging and reading, because I just can’t focus on those things for too long these days. 😦

Anyway, I think that’s all for this wrap up. I am going to go do a couple things around my house, and then jump back on to catch up with your blog posts and reply to comments. 🙂 I didn’t really have time to do it over the weekend like I had hoped. I’ll end this with a picture of the sunset from last night.

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In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.
Release Day|| July Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| July.

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Hey!

I don’t have a whole lot to say right now (saving it for my wrap up post), so I am just going to jump right into my July 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 I Bought:

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Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Loveless by Alice Oseman

I had originally planned to take my own pictures for the books that I bought, but I’m still waiting on Loveless to be delivered (ordered on Book Depository earlier this month), so instead I’m using book covers from Goodreads. I am really excited to read all three of these books, especially Unravel the Dusk because Spin the Dawn was so so good! There’s so much hype surrounding Beach Read and I hope I love it as much as everyone else seems to be. I’m always scared to read super hyped books, because I don’t always love them like I feel like I’m supposed to lol.


E-Books:

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Strung Out by Erin Khar
Camp by L.C. Rosen
Tiny by Kim Hooper

I actually managed not to go really crazy with e-book buying! I tried to really limit myself and only buy books that I planned to read right away. I can’t wait to read these books as soon as possible! I am actually currently reading Strung Out and almost finished with it (I should be finished with it today). I really like it, but it’s so heartbreaking and sad too.

What new books did you get in July? 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 July wrap up posted over the weekend or on Monday. I’ve been waiting to post it, because I really want to finish Strung Out, so I can include it in my wrap up. I might also try to read a graphic novel today too. We’ll see what happens! I also plan to catch up with your posts from this week over the weekend as well. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Boyfriend Material.
Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.
Release Day|| July Releases.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Review|| Boyfriend Material.

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Wanted: One (fake) boyfriend. Practically perfect in every way. Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.


I received an ARC of Boyfriend Material from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was just published earlier this month.

I am so happy that I was able to read Boyfriend Material, because I fell in love with it and the characters instantly. There’s not a big plot as far as this story goes, but that honestly didn’t matter to me when it came to this book. I enjoyed the main characters and all their friends so much and that was what really made me fall in love with the book even if it didn’t have much of a plot.

There were so many laugh out loud moments throughout the entire story and I was living for every single one of them. Luc and Oliver seemed like complete opposites, but I was rooting for them so hard. They “relationship” together was a treat even when Luc kept messing things up over and over again. He’s so angsty and I loved that. Oliver is so posh and proper and it was funny seeing them together. They both had their fair share of baggage, but I loved them together anyway. The banter between them and also with their friends was gold. I also want to point out how much I love Luc’s mom and the fact that she was binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, because I’ve been binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race for three months now and I loved seeing all the references and that I got them LOL.

Overall, Boyfriend Material was cute, hilarious, and had all the feels. There’s so much depth to every single character and it was so much fun to read. I love British humor and this book was a winner to me. I loved this book so much. I highly recommend checking it out!


Unrelated, but kind of related…. I really need to start writing more reviews again, because it was a little difficult to get this one written Not because I didn’t like the book, because clearly I loved everything about it and gave it five stars. It’s just been so long and I’m like “HOW DO YOU DO THIS AGAIN??”. 😛 I think a 2021 goal will be to review more books. I don’t know if I can commit this year. I’m trying though. I have quite a few ARCs I plan to read soon, so I will have reviews coming…fingers crossed, because I’m still stuck in this awful reading slump.

I hope you are doing well and I will be catching up/commenting on your blog posts this weekend if I haven’t already. ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.
Release Day|| July Releases.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.

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Hey!

I saw the Stuck at Home Book Tag over on Alexandra’s blog Whimsy Pages and thought it looked really fun to do. You should go check out her blog too! She always makes the best posts and has a great taste in book! 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

Questions:

What are you currently reading?

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I am currently reading Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. I am enjoying it so much. I am actually almost done with it and hoping to finally finish it today. Review to come. 🙂


What’s your favorite can’t-leave-the-house activity?

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I should say reading, right? Sadly, that hasn’t been my favorite can’t-leave-the-house activity lately. I really wish that it was, but I am just not reading that much while stuck at home. I can’t seem to focus for very long on books and find myself doing other things. Right now, my favorite activity would have to be playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’ve also been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, and within 2.5 months I watched 12 seasons! I can’t believe I watched that many seasons in such a short time. It’s such a great show though and I’m having a lot of fun watching it. I guess you can see part of why I haven’t been reading much.


A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 Can I say all the books on my bookshelves? 😛 There’s seriously so many books that I’ve been meaning to read forever and just never got around to it. I guess these would be my top three that I’ve been meaning to read.


An intimidating book on your TBR?

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I think it will forever be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, but the page count terrifies me LOL. I started watching the series and I really like it though, so maybe it’ll give me the push to actually start it?


Top 3 priority books on your TBR?

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More Than This by Patrick Ness
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

I should focus on my ARCs and I will, but non-ARC related priority books would have to be these three. I want to finally read these three books before the end of the year. I started More Than This, but couldn’t get into it so I put it down. I want to give it a second chance. Solitaire I’ve been really wanting to read for a while now since I love Heartstopper. And I really want to finish the Arc of Scythe trilogy because I love it so much.


Recommend a short book.

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I will forever recommend reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It’s such an amazing story for being just under 200 pages! I reread it all the time.


Recommend a long book.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. I loved this book so much. Here is part of my mini review that I wrote about it last year.

“I am not entirely sure how to start this review or how great this review will end up being, because I have no idea what I even read. I say that in the best way possible though, because Imaginary Friend was INSANE, but so good! It was crazy and it kept me on the edge of my seat on every 700+ page! It was weird and it was creepy. I had dreams about this book multiple times throughout reading it. I had no idea what was happening or what the outcome would be and it drove me crazy, haha. I was trying to figure out what was going to happen next and I just couldn’t. I was constantly surprised and hit with so many feels. I shed a lot of tears while reading this story as well as every other feeling you can imagine.”


Something you’d love to do while stuck at home.

Last year we bought a house and I would love to finally buy paint and repaint the inside of the house. We painted three of the bedrooms, but I would love to finally paint all the other rooms in the house, and maybe do some other house projects.


What do you plan on reading next?

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Strung Out by Erin Khar
Beach Read by Emily Henry

I’m not really sure what I will read next, because there is so many books that I want to read but I’m also in this major reading slump as well, so it’s kind of hard to get into anything. I think I may go with one of these three books as my next read. Have your read any of these? If so, which one should I read first?

As for tagging, I tag everyone that hasn’t done this tag yet and feel free to link me to your post, so that I can check out your answers! 😀


I know I haven’t been the best blogger this year and I really hope that changes soon. I just haven’t really felt in the mood to read or blog as much. I do get on to read your posts at least once a week though. Last month you guys may have seen that I only read one book and so far this month it is looking about the same. So far, I’ve only read one book (hopefully finishing it today) and I listened to one audiobook. I don’t know why, but my head just isn’t there lately. I don’t even sleep at night anymore, which sucks. There will be some days where I don’t even go to sleep until 5am and most days it’s 3-4am. Most days I get like three or four hours of sleep a night/morning. I’m just all over the place in my head, I guess. Sigh.

Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope you had fun reading my answers. I will get back on to blog hop later tonight. I have mountains of laundry to do and laundry is NOT fun.  I will leave you with a picture of the sunset in my backyard from the other day.

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In case you missed it;
Release Day|| July Releases.
Wrap Up|| June.
Book Haul|| June.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Release Day|| July Releases.

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Hey!

I wanted to do this post to share with you five ARCs that I was sent from publishers or received on Netgalley that are being published in July. I haven’t had the chance to read them (yet), but hopefully I will get to them this month. I want to highlight them on my blog now as well as later when I get my reviews up. These books below will be linked to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR and I will share their book descriptions and their release date below as well.

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Release Date: TODAY – July 7th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Wanted: One (fake) boyfriend. Practically perfect in every way. Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.


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Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein
Release Date: TODAY – July 7th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Angie has studied music her entire life, nurturing her talent as a singer. Now a high school senior, she has an opportunity to break into Nashville’s music scene via a songwriting competition launched by her idol, Mona Stone. Discouraged by her mother, who wishes Angie would set more realistic life goals, she nonetheless pours her heart and soul into creating a song worthy of Mona. But Angie’s mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart. She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both. And picking one means losing the other.


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Faith Taking Flight by Julie Murphy
Release Date: TODAY – July 7th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she’s volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove. So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly….When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith’s reality as the show relocates to her town, she can’t believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her. But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren’t enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new


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A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
Release Date: TODAY – July 7th, 2020

Goodreads Description: Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities—once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables). Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them.


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The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings
Release Date: July 14th, 2020

Goodreads Description: 1851. Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn’t be more different. Brash Sophie wants to be an inventor, and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Both long to visit London for the summer—Sophie to see the Queen’s Great Exhibition and Mariah to study the world’s finest collection of paintings. But when their cantankerous aunt answers their letter pleading for a place to stay, she insists she only has time and room to spare for one of them. So, Mariah and Sophie hatch a clever scheme: They will travel to London together and take turns playing the part of “Sophie”. At first the plan runs like clockwork. But as the girls avoid getting caught by increasingly narrow margins and two handsome gentlemen—both of whom think they’re falling in love with the real Sophie Carter—enter the equation, the sisters find they don’t have the situation quite as under control as they thought.

Any July releases that I should add to my TBR?

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| June.

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Hey!

Sooo…..June was not my best reading month as I was only able to finish one book. I’m two books behind on my reading challenge. It bummed me out so much that I’ve only finished one book, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read and I’m still in Illinois with my mom, so I’ve just been kind of distracted with my thoughts and also helping out around here. A two-week trip has turned into a month! I’ve had a good time while here though, but I am missing the hubby and my furbabies so much, so my mind has been elsewhere. I’m ready to get home, but that’s still a little over a week away. I’ve taken so many great pictures though, so be on the look out for a post about that!

Anyway, onto books. Here is what I read this month and what I’m currently reading. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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.

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

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The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

I’ve been wanting to read The Music of What Happens for a while now and I am so happy that I did. I really enjoyed it and it was hard to put down. I really liked Max and Jordan and their friendships with their different groups of friends. It was such a good book.


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

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I started reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes at the start of June, read a few chapters myself, and then decided to get the audiobook so that my mom and I could listen to it on our way to Illinois (16 hour car ride!). We were never able to finish the audiobook yet, but I honestly don’t really know how I feel about the book. I still want to finish it (hopefully this month), but it’s really not that great. I’ve read about 80% of the book and I don’t see myself giving it more than three stars. I like it, but it’s kind of a bummer that I don’t love it since I love the Hunger Games series so much and it’s what got me into reading.

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!

So, earlier in this post that I mentioned that I will be posting a big picture post of my trip in Illinois. Here is one of the photos that I’ve taken and have plenty more to come! If you want to see more now, you can always look me up/or follow me on Instagram to check them out. 🙂 You can find me over here at heyyitsashley.

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Speaking of Instagram, I changed my bookstagram username from “foreverbookish_” to “sociallyawkwardbookworm“. I wanted it to match my blog name. I don’t use it often right now, but if I ever get back into it regularly then it’ll be nice having it match my blog name. I think that’s all that I got for this post. I will catch up on all of your posts and comments soon, promise. ❤

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Book Haul|| June.

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Hey!

It’s that time again to post my June book haul! Most of my book haul are e-books, but I did buy one book this month that was not an e-book. Since I am not currently home (still in Illinois), I don’t have pictures of my own books that I bought this month, so I’m just using the one from Goodreads. 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.

Books I Bought:

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Burn by Patrick Ness

I pre-ordered Patrick Ness’ new book Burn, because I love him and have to own everything he writes. I don’t always love his books 100% (I do enjoy them all though), I can’t help but want to read and own everything he writes. I am really stoked to read this one.


Netgalley:

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Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

I was so excited when I got approval emails for Instant Karma and Boyfriend Material on Netgalley. They both sound so good and I am stoked to read and review them. It’ll be interesting reading a contemporary novel from Marissa Meyer. I didn’t really love the Lunar Chronicles series, so I’m curious how I will like this one from her.


E-Books:

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Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

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Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang
High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

There were so many good deals for e-books this month. These are the ones that I decided to get. It was so hard not to get every single deal that I saw though, haha. A lot of these I have been waiting quite a while for them to go on sale. I can’t wait to read them.

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 will most likely have my June wrap up posted tomorrow. I am crossing my fingers that I finish my current read today before the month ends, so I can include it. I only have about 75 pages left, so I can do it! I just have to stop watching RuPaul’s Drag Race long enough to finish it. I started watching all the seasons of it and I’m now currently on season ten.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #87.

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


Hey!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done this type of post. I think my last time was in February, oops. Today, I have five books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. 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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Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Goodreads Description: Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance. But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.


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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Goodareads Description: Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle…. But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.


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House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Goodreads Description: Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win? When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call…. THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death. THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again. THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game. THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants. THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.


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Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Goodreads Description: The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed. Until now. In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice. In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date. If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.


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The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

Goodreads Description: Caleb has always assumed that when she was ready for romance, Evie would choose him. Because he is her best friend, and he loves her, and he has almost kissed her 17 times… Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has never been interested in dating. She’s been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety (and besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be a little bit icky). But with the help of her best friend and her therapist, Evie’s feeling braver. Maybe even brave enough to enter a prestigious physics competition and to say yes to the new boy who’s been flirting with her. Caleb Covic knows Evie isn’t ready for romance but assumes that when she is, she will choose him. So Caleb is horrified when he is forced to witness Evie’s meet cute with a floppy-haired, mathematically gifted transfer student. Because Caleb knows the girl never falls for the funny best friend when there’s a mysterious stranger around, he decides to use an online forum to capture Evie’s interest. Now, he’s got Evie wondering if it’s possible to fall in love with a boy she’s never met.

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? 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 recently. 

I finally got my new laptop, and so far I really love it! I’m excited to have it and hopefully get more into blogging again now that I have a brand new laptop. The newness of it is real, and I want to be on it all the time, haha. I am currently in Illinois right now with my mom helping my aunt get back on her feet (she was in the hospital for a month). I may not be here as much the next week or two since I am currently away, but I do have my laptop with me, so hopefully I can pop on a little bit while here. I plan to do a post about my trip to Illinois with a ton of pictures, so that will be coming at some point this month. Catch up with you soon! ❤

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| May.
Book Haul|| May.
Release Day|| April/May Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| May.

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Hey!

Happy first day of June! It’s pretty crazy that the first half of the year is over. May was another one of those weird months for me. I feel like this entire year so far has been one weird and crazy year for me though, honestly. I was busy some of the time. I had family visit at one point. Majority of the time my mind was elsewhere. With that being said, I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would in May and that was such a bummer! I barely got four books read. I finished my fourth book just one day before the month ended. I decided to read a really short book for my fourth book, just so I could have more books read for the month.

So, what did I read this month? You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this 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.

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

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Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer – 4 out of 5 stars
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – 5 out of 5 stars
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper – 2 out of 5 stars

Catfishing on Catnet was a lot of fun to read. I really enjoyed the characters and friendships. It kept me guessing and I can’t wait for the sequel. The Outsiders was a reread. I love this book so much, so I had to reread it again. I think this was my fourth time reading it? It’s so good and I highly recommend if you haven’t read it yet. It’s only about 200 pages, so it’s a quick read too! I wanted to read Follow Me Back for a while now and I completely forgot I even had it on my Kindle. I really liked this one and flew through it. I want to read the sequel as soon as I can, because I am curious as to what happens next. The ending was a little weird and confusing, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

First I want to say that I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter is a ridiculously long book title and that’s kind of annoying, lol. This isn’t even the full title, there’s more on Goodreads. As you can see above, I only gave it two stars. I read through it really fast (it was the short book I mentioned above) and it was interesting sometimes, but it wasn’t really what I expected it to be. At first it seemed like it was non-fiction and that was what I was looking for, but things were way too strange and when I looked it up again in the middle of reading it, I seen that it’s fiction. It was interesting and okay at times, but I didn’t love it. There’s another book in the series, but I’m not sure if I will read it or not.

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

I’m not really sure what I am going to read in June, but I may try to finally dive into some of the ARCs that I have and wasn’t able to read yet. I did start The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (the new Hunger Games book), so that may be my first June read and we’ll see what happens from there.

I mentioned in my book haul post a few days ago that I got a new laptop and I was super stoked to get back into blogging again with my new laptop, well…there was a problem with Amazon and I didn’t get the laptop I ordered and had to reorder elsewhere. That was such a bummer. I ordered a brand new one, but for some reason they sent me a used damaged one even though I ordered a brand new one, UGH. I returned it and ordered one directly from Apple’s website instead, and because of that I now have to wait even longer for my new laptop. For now and sadly, I am back on my old laptop. 😦

Anyway, I think that’s all I have for this post but I’ll leave you with this picture that I took at the park a week or so ago. Andy and I decided to go walk around the park for a little while for Pokemon Go community day. It was a nice day out and I really like how this picture turned out.

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In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| May.
Release Day|| April/May Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack