Book Haul & Wrap Up|| March.

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I’ve been pretty much non-existent here this past month. I just didn’t really have the motivation to blog or even read much. I guess it was kind of an unofficial hiatus from here and it might be this month as well. I try to pick up a book and then I end up putting it back down. I haven’t really been able to focus too much on reading. I’ve been passing time with TV shows and diamond painting instead. I haven’t finished a single book myself since the beginning of February. If I do “read” a book it’s been audiobooks. I did manage to listen to three audiobooks this month, but that’s all of the reading (well listening) I got to in March. It’s almost two weeks into April and I still haven’t picked up a book (or audiobook), sigh. I’m going to try to read a little bit each day even if it’s only a few pages; hopefully that’ll spark something in me that will make me want to read more again!

Today, I am sharing my March wrap up and book haul though! I may not have read anything like I wanted, I still listened to a few audiobooks. I also did do a little book buying. I am combining the posts together since my haul and my wrap up are small. This post is also almost two weeks late, so I want to just get it up. I’ll start with my March book haul and then get into my wrap up after that! 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. Here are the books that I got in March…

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Gallant by V.E. Schwab
The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Fall or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika (e-book)

These are the books that I bought in March! I am pretty excited about them all and even more so because I got them all on sale aside from Gallant. There’s a store here that sells books at HUGE discounts and I was able to get them there for under $4.99 each. Fall or, Dodge in Hell scares me though because it’s so HUGE!! It sounded so good though, so I decided to get it. The others are books I’ve seen around and that caught my attention. WIth the prices being so cheap, I decided to get them.

What books did you get in March? Have you read any of the ones that I got?


And now for my wrap up! I’m sad I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I’m just glad I was able to finish something even if they were audiobooks. I’m still trying to mostly read books I own and the older the better, so two of the books I listened to are older books that I own. You can find a full list of the books that I read in March and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I listened to in March…

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – 3 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)
The Patient by Jasper DeWitt – 2 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – 4 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)

Spinning Silver was a book that I’ve owned for quite some time, so I decided to finally read it. I bought it awhile ago in a Book of the Month subscription box. I really enjoyed it at the beginning and was having fun with it, but then it started to drag on and I was impatiently waiting for the end to come. Overall, it was good and I liked it. It just started to get a little too boring for me after a while. The Patient is just a random book that I found on my library’s website that sounded interesting. The husband and I had a four hour car ride home from visiting my mom, so I found a book we could listen to together. It was good at the start, but the end was just so dumb and unrealistic with everything else that happened in the book. The ending just didn’t fit with everything else. It was weird and dumb how it ended. I gave it two stars, the husband said he would give it four stars…smh lol. A Study in Charlotte is another book that I’ve owned for a while and decided to finally read. I really liked it and had a lot of fun listening to it. I’m excited to listen to the sequel.

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

That’s all I got for this post. I am going to try find some time this week to catch up with your posts. I’ll have a little extra time to myself this week, so it’ll be nice getting back on here and see how you are doing! 🙂

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul & Wrap Up|| February.

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I usually do my book hauls and wrap ups separately, but I decided to combine them for this month because both are pretty small with the amount of books I bought and read throughout February. Lately, it’s been hard for me to just sit and read. I don’t know if it’s because I’m in some kind of reading slump or what it could be. I didn’t even really want to listen to audiobooks, but I forced myself this month because if I didn’t, then I wouldn’t really have much to share as far as reading goes. Same with buying books. I’ve been really picky these days of what I buy as far as books go, so I didn’t really buy much this month.

Let’s jump into my February book haul and then get into my wrap up after that! 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. Here are the books that I got in February…

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Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan (Physical Book)
Sweet Talk by Cara Bastone (E-Book)
Like Me by Hayley Phelan (E-Book)

I always have fun reading Rick Riordan’s books, so I had to get Daughter of the Deep. I had no idea he even had a new one, so I was stoked when I found out. Sweet Talk is the second book in the Love Lines series. I read the first book Call Me Maybe and really liked it, so I got the second one. Like Me was free with Amazon First Reads. It sounded interesting, so why not since it was free lol. So, as you can see my book haul for February was pretty small! Only one physical book and two e-books.

What books did you get in February? Have you read any of the ones that I got?


And now for my wrap up! I didn’t have much luck with reading this month as I mentioned earlier in this post. I just couldn’t focus on reading. I would sit down, try to read, and then just wanted to pick up my phone instead. Maybe I need to start turning my phone off and put it in another room and set time where I read for at least 30 minutes to an hour each day or something. For February I read one book, which took me an entire month to finish a book under 300 pages ughh. I listened to three books. And I had a DNF book that was also an audiobook that I tried listening to. You can find a full list of the books that I read in January 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.

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Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone – 4 out of 5 stars – (E-Book)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – 4 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – 3 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 4 out of 5 stars (Audiobook)

I’m still trying to read a lot of my older books that I’ve had on my shelves for a while and this month I did really good with that. Aside from Call Me Maybe (I bought it last year), these others were books that I’ve had for a while and had not read yet. Call Me Maybe was really cute and I had a lot of fun reading it. It took me all month to read it and it’s only a little over 200 pages, but I am happy I was finally able to finish it because I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed Eliza and Her Monsters. It was not what I expected, but that was a good thing. There were things I didn’t like about it like how Wallace seemed kind of selfish to me in the end and I also really wasn’t a fan of the fanfiction that was included in the story. The Chalk Man was good, but I felt like there was something missing. It was kind of weird too. I think I was expecting something else. I’ve been wanting to read Me Before You for a while now and I finally did! It was really good, but so sad. I didn’t really like how it ended though.

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This Girl by Colleen Hoover – DNF

I really liked Slammed and Point of Retreat, but The Girl was a DNF for me. I was bored throughout listening to the audiobook and Layken was really annoying and whiny. I feel like it could have been better without her commentary after each flashback from Will’s perspective.

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

I am hoping that March will be a lot better as far as reading goes. I want to get back into the swing of things and actually be able to read books myself again! I have a couple of ARCs that I really want to try to read in March, so I can finally get my reviews up for them. Fingers crossed that happens! I’ll catch up with you posts soon. I’ve been trying to blog hop at least once a week and I’ve been pretty good at sticking to that over the last few weeks. 🙂

I’ll end this post with a picture of one of my cats (ColbyJack) hanging out on one of my bookshelves.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| January.

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January went by way too fast. I didn’t get to do most of the things that I wanted to do or read as much as I wanted to. There are blog posts that I hoped to work on and get posted throughout the month; that ended up not happening. I wanted to catch up with your posts and didn’t get the chance until earlier this week. I feel like the month went by in the blink of an eye! This month I need to play catch up on those posts I didn’t get to. Let’s focus on the positives of the month though…

I read mostly books that I own minus one that was from the library (that I got before 2021 ended) that happened to be a DNF. Since it was a DNF, I don’t count that. I have been mostly staying away from the library so far this year, which is another positive. I do get audiobooks from my library of books that I own and don’t count that against my goal since I am listening to books I do own. And lastly, I was able to post a review and check off an ARC from my list of older ARCs that I didn’t get the chance to read/review last year.

January hasn’t gone exactly to plan with blog posts and stuff, but I have been making progress with some of my 2022 reading goals already! Now, I’ll jump into my January wrap up. You can find a full list of the books that I read in January and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in January...

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

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – 5 out of 5 stars
Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You by Misha Collins – 3 out of 5 stars

Aristotle and Dante was a reread. I wanted to refresh my memory of it since the sequel recently came out and I am hoping to read it this month. I loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it back in 2015 (I think). I mentioned before how I really like Misha Collins, especially from knowing him from the TV show Supernatural. His book of poems Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You was good, but I didn’t love it. I found it hard to really connect to any of the poems. But it was interesting getting a different glimpse into his life and who he is through his poems.


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

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Gilded by Marissa Meyer – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon – 4 out of 5 stars
Well Met by Jen DeLuca – 4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of Gilded from Netgalley last year, but I didn’t get the chance to read it. My library had the audiobook, so I listened to it and it was SO GOOD! I loved it so much. You can check out my mini review (linked above) to see more of what I thought. I really liked Instructions for Dancing. Nicola Yoon has been hit or miss for her books for me. Some I really love and some are “meh”, but this one was great and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I’ve been seeing Well Met around for so long and I bought the e-book last year, but decided to give the audiobook a chance since my library had it available. I really liked it! I can definitely see why it was talked about a lot. It made me really want to go to a Renaissance festival again. Where I used to live there was one two weekends out of the year and that was fun. I am excited to pick up the sequel and hopefully it’s just as good.


DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of January, but they ended up not being for me so I will not be continuing them.

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The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Unit was a book that I got from the library last year and didn’t get the chance to read it, so I tried to at the start of this year. It sounded really interesting and I probably didn’t give it a fair chance by I reading about 15% of it before I decided I was done. I felt it was taking too long for anything to really happen and I was losing interest fast. Other books were calling my name instead. I kind of want to give it a second chance, but I know I probably will never get around to that unless an audiobook becomes available. I’ve owned Landline for such a long time now and I finally decided to give it a chance and holy crap was it boooooring. I listened to half of the audiobook and just could not do it anymore. I was so bored and I really did not like the main character Georgie. She was beyond annoying.

What books did you read in January? 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 was able to catch up and comment on your posts a few days ago, so that was exciting. I will probably do that again this weekend and also reply to comments. I need to work on those blog posts of mine that I meant to do in January and never did, sigh. Hopefully this weekend I can do that too. 🙂

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

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| January.

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I am going to just jump right into my January book haul since it’s posted late (wanted to get it up a couple days ago) and I will talk more about things that happened in January in my wrap up later this week. 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. Here are the books that I got in January…

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I had to get Reminders of Him because it’s Colleen Hoover. I have to have all of her books. I also had to get Morgan Rhodes’ new book Echoes and Empires because I loved her Falling Kingdoms series so much, so I am excited for her new book. When You Get the Chance I decided to get because it mentions LiveJournal and I have had a LiveJournal since high school, so I knew it would bring back memories from those days. I do still use my LiveJournal once in a while. I’m not as active writing in my journal as I used to be back in high school though haha. 😛 I saw Roxy the other day at Target and it sounded interesting and weird. I like Neal Shusterman, so I decided to buy it. Hopefully I like it!

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There’s this store here called “Ollie’s” and they sell a ton of stuff discounted and they also have a section in the store of books, so I got these four above from there. I always go there just to check out their book section because I always end up finding something to buy. I don’t remember the exact price I paid for each one, but they were between $1.99-4.99, which is awesome! 😀

Roxy not pictured because I bought it days after posting this on my bookstagram and didn’t want to retake this picture because I really like it.

E-Books:

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Running Wild by K.A. Tucker
Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

I didn’t get a ton of e-books in January. I’ve been becoming more and more picky about buying e-books since I already have so many that I need to read lol. I had to have Running Wild because I love the series so much. I am really excited to read the new book. I really like Alexis Hall, so I decided to get Something Fabulous since it was pretty cheap and sounded good. Well Played was on sale for $1.99 (I think), so I got that because I read Well Met in January and really liked it. The Lobotomist’s Wife sounded pretty good and it was free with Amazon First Reads.

Have you read any of the books that I got in January? Feel free to link me to your haul post if you have one, so I can check it out!

After work today I’m going to catch up with your posts from the last few weeks! I know I didn’t come around much in January like I hoped I would. I also plan to work on my January wrap up, which should hopefully be posted in the next couple days.

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| Gilded.
2022 Reading Goals.

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Mini Review|| Gilded.

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Gilded by Marissa Meyer
5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes. When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her . . . for a price. Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.


I received an ARC of Gilded from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released on November 2nd, 2021.

I am always unsure when it comes to Marissa Meyers books, especially retellings because I wasn’t really a big fan of the Lunar Chronicles. I still wanted to give Gilded a chance because I love Rumpelstiltskin and was excited for a retelling! If you can tell by my five star rating above, I loved Gilded. I was actually shocked by how much I loved it. There were so many happy and beautiful moments, but so many that were sad and painful too. I really enjoyed the stories that Serilda told throughout the book. She may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she could definitely spin a story. Magic, curses, monsters, and ghosts make for a great book and I had so much fun reading this one. I am now impatiently waiting for the sequel, Cursed, which comes out November of this year!

In case you missed it;
2022 Reading Goals.
2021 Year in Books.

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2022 Reading Goals.

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I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. I thought I would once again post my reading/blogging goals for the year. It’s always fun to think about and to make lists. Some of these goals may be repeats or similar from last year, because I really want to continue to stick to those goals this year as well or finally accomplish them if I haven’t in past years. I’m keeping my goals list short this year, because 2021 was a really difficult year and I don’t want to overwhelm or stress myself out this year.

2022 Goodreads Challenge. I am keeping my Goodreads challenge to 50 books again this year. The last couple years, if it wasn’t for counting audiobooks toward my reading goal (which I don’t usually do), I wouldn’t have completed my challenges. So, I’m keeping it at 50 books and hope for the best. It was honestly a challenging year for me as far as my mental health goes. I will probably count audiobooks toward my challenge again this year. Fingers crossed I actually read more books myself this year though.

ARCs/no ARCs. This was a goal I had last year and it basically was to not request any (or many) ARCs. I did pretty well with not requesting, but the few that I did request I never got around to reading them. So, I want to keep this goal for this year and I want to focus on reading the ones that I have from 2021 and get my reviews posted for those. I’m sure I’ll still get a few here and there and that’s fine, but I don’t want to request more than I can handle. I really want to just focus on finishing older ones before I request new ones.

Read 20 of my own older books. What I mean by this is reading older books I own, anything I buy this year does NOT count toward this; rereads do not count either. I struggle a lot with this goal every single year, because new books get released and then I read a lot of library books and ARCs. I am drowning in unread books that I bought years and years ago. When I say I’m drowning in unread books, I mean by HUNDREDS of books. I was able to complete this challenge last year and I want to do that again this year and I even increased the goal by five books this year. Honestly, I need to stay away from the library as much as possible. I have my own library at home! 😛

Declutter bookshelves & Kindle. I want to go through my bookshelves and donate books that I know that I won’t ever get around to reading. I also want to delete books from my Kindle that I know I will never read. Right now I have soooo many books and I know a lot of them I won’t actually get around to reading or that I lost interest in. I think doing this will make me feel a little less guilty or stressed that I have so many unread books. There’s a used bookstore here that you can trade books in for credit, so that helps. I can trade books I don’t want for books that I do!

Write more reviews. I’ve been slacking really badly with writing reviews over the last few years. I used to review everything that I read and then for some reason I stopped doing that and started to only review ARCs or new releases. I want to get back into the habit of writing reviews again; whether they be full reviews or mini reviews. I may set a smaller goal within this one by writing at least one or two reviews a month for the books that I read.

Be more active again. I’ve been almost completely MIA this year on my blog. I couldn’t really find a balance between work and other things in my life. I also feel like my mental health was crap almost the entire year, because of that I wasn’t reading much or blogging much. I was putting my time and energy into video games or TV instead. I really want to try this year to be active more on my blog with posting more and coming up with new content to post. I also want to connect with you more! I really enjoy blogging and have made so many wonderful friends over the years through blogging. I want to try at least once a week. Maybe it will be more than that, but if not, once a week is a good balance for me right now.

There may be new or smaller goals that pop up throughout the year and that’s fine. This is just a list of the main goals that I really hope to stick to and achieve for 2022. Reminder to myself: no pressure if you don’t, it’s okay!

What are some goals you have for this year? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one!

I have a few more posts that I am going to start working on this weekend for all the books that I read in 2021. The posts will be all my five stars, four stars, and so on! 🙂 I also plan to do some blog hopping and reply to comments this weekend too, so I can catch up with you. 🖤

In case you missed it;
2021 Year in Books.
Wrap Up|| December.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

2021 Year in Books.

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It is time to look back on my reading throughout 2021! This post will give updates on my Goodreads challenge, some pie charts of what I read, and a recap on if I did good with my 2021 reading goals that I made at the start of the year. I’m not going to lie, it was a pretty big struggle with reading this past year. My head was just not in it. Too many other things going on and I couldn’t find a balance or any motivation for much of anything. At one point I wasn’t even sure if I would complete my Goodreads challenge. Did I manage to do it?

My Goodreads reading challenge was to read 50 books in 2021

61 books read for challenge.
36 of those were audiobooks.
1 was a DNF that isn’t counted toward my goal above.

I read 10 books more than I did in 2020! In 2020 I barely reached my Goodreads challenge, so I was happy that I passed it by 11 books this year. Of course I hoped I would have read more like I have in other years, but the last few years have just been really hard on me as far as finding the motivation to read like I used to. Once again saved by the audibooks this year!


I don’t do half star ratings and I use Goodreads’ rating system with how I rate the books that I read. Below is how Goodreads has their star ratings set up.

5 stars – it was amazing
4 stars – I really liked it
3 stars – liked it
2 stars – it was ok
1 star – did not like it

Below is a pie chart of my star ratings of the books that I read in 2021.

I had more 5-star reads in 2021 than I did the year before (2020 I only had seven), but five of those 5-stars were rereads. The 4-stars and 3-stars were pretty consistent between 2020 and 2021. I had more 2-stars this year than I did last year. The 1-star was the same as 2020 and I had less DNF books than I did in 2020. Honestly, my numbers stay pretty consistent throughout everything give or take a few each year. If you want to check out what my 2020 numbers were, you can check it out over here.

You can check out more about all the books that I read in 2021 over here with links to reviews if I did one. I will be doing a series of blog posts coming soon of all the books that I read in 2021 with their star ratings, links to their Goodreads pages, and covers. My first post will be all the five star books of the year and so on. I did it in previous years and decided to continue with those posts, because it’s always fun to look back on the books that I read and share what I loved and maybe didn’t love so much.

And just for fun, here are a couple more random pie charts for the books that I read in 2021. The first pie chart shows the format of the books that I read whether they were ARCs, e-books, print, or audiobooks. It seems this year it was all about the audiobooks. It also looks like I choose reading e-books a little more over print books as well.

The second pie chart shows whether it was an older book that I own, a newer book that I purchased in 2021, or a book that I borrowed. I wanted to get an idea of how much I actually borrow from the library and Kindle Unlimited versus what I actually own. It seems a little even between books I own and books I borrow, but books I own beat out the books I borrow by like four books. I am glad to see that I read a few more older books than I did recent purchases too. I am hoping to see a lot less in borrowed books in 2022 and focus more on my own books.


Now onto my 2021 reading goals and whether I think I accomplished them or not. You can check out the actual post I made in January 2021 of my goals over here, but here is just a small recap of what they were. That post has longer explanations of what each of these goals were.

2021 Goodreads Challenge.
As you can see at the start of this post, I was able to complete my Goodreads challenge of 50 books. I actually read 61 books. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without audiobooks though. As you can see from my pie chart above, audiobooks were a big number of the books that I read. I just couldn’t really focus much on reading this year, so it was a lot easier to put on an audiobook while I read or worked on diamond paintings.

ARCs/no ARCs.
This goal was about not requesting too many ARCs and focus on the ARCs that I didn’t finish the year before. I ended up requesting six ARCs and sadly I only read one of them. I also never did get to read one of the ARCs that I received in 2020 that I had hoped to read. I’m sad about this, BUT you’ll see this as a repeat goal for 2022 because I want to get all of these ARCs read and I want to actually try to stay away from them as much as possibly this year.

2017 or older TBR jar. 
Complete fail with my goal of reading one TBR jar pick a month of my books from 2017 or older. I abandoned this goal after the first month. I just wasn’t in the mood for any of the books that I chose and I didn’t want to force myself to read them, so I decided not to even bother with this one anymore.

Read 15 of my own books.
YES! I was able to complete this goal and actually read 18 of my older books as you can see in one of my pie charts above. This goal was a little similar with the TBR jar because both focused on reading my older books. The difference was my TBR jar was for 2017 books and older, this goal counted any book I bought before 2021.

Write more reviews.
Nope. I think I only ever got around to writing five reviews.

Focus more on my blog and new content. 
Again, nope for this one too. I think I started strong the first month or so, but then after awhile I just got so stuck in my head with other things and busy with work that I just didn’t have enough focus on my blog or coming up with new content for it.

I hope to be around more in 2021!
This one was a let down as well. I did try to blog hop as much as I could, but I know I could have done better. My mind was just not on blogging in 2021. Too much happening in my life and in my head that it was hard to want to be around. I did try to do it at least once a month though. Hopefully that counts for something.

How did you do this year with your reading goals? How many books did you read in 2021? Feel free to link me to your posts!

I did some blog hopping yesterday and it was fun catching up with your posts. Hopefully I can find a balance between life and blogging, so I can be around more. I bought a cool new planner to use for this year, so maybe I can use that to schedule in some blogging time each week. I’ll have my 2022 reading goals posted in the next few days, so be on the look out for that. 🙂 I also have a few other posts that I want to start working on this weekend.

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

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| December.

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Happy New Year! I know it’s the new year, but I’m talking about 2021. 😛 I was slacking and didn’t get around to doing my book haul or wrap up posts for December yet, so today I am sharing my December book haul! I don’t have too much to say, so I am just going to jump right into it. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I finally updated them for 2022! I’ve been saying month after month throughout 2021 how I needed to update those pages lol. Anyway, here are the books that I got in December.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzles & Cale Dietrich
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I got a few exciting books in December! 🙂 I had to have They Went Left because I’ve read a couple of Monica’s books and have really loved them. What If It’s Us is one of my favorite books and I NEEDED the sequel! I can’t wait to read Here’s to Us! I definitely need to make that a priority, because I need more Arthur and Ben! I’ve been wanting to read If This Gets Out since I first heard about it, so I decided to just buy it. I got You’ll Be the Death of Me and Empire of the Vampire as Christmas gifts and I’m stoked. I really like Karen’s books and I’m excited to read her new one. I’m not really a Jay Kristoff fan because I didn’t have the best luck with two of his books I’ve read so far, but Empire of the Vampire sounds good, so maybe third times the charm? But holy crap it’s HUGE!


E-Books:

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

There wasn’t very many e-book deals that I wanted in December, but I’ve been wanting to read The Witch King and The Charm Offensive, so I got those. I thought Never Saw Me Coming sounded good, so I got that. If You Tell and The Paid Bridesmaid I got for free with Amazon First Reads. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then every month there’s a selection of books and you can get one for free; but some months they give out two. I’m looking forward to reading them all.

Have you read any of the books that I got in December? Feel free to link me to your haul post if you have one, so I can check it out!

I have quite a few blog posts that I am working on and hoping to post within the next couple weeks! Lots of 2021 recaps and my reading goals for 2022. Of all the posts I have planned for the next couple weeks, first up will of course be my December wrap up and then my reading goals for 2022. After that, it’ll be all my 2021 recap posts of the books I read.

Since I have a three day weekend and it’s only Saturday, I plan to spend today working on all those blog posts while binge watching the new season of Queer Eye on Netflix! And then I will do some blog hopping once I get some of those blog posts drafted. 😀

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul|| October & November.

Hey!

I am here to share with you the books that I got recently. I am combining my October and November book hauls into one post. My November book haul is pretty big, because I went to this store that sells books at a big discount and I found SO MANY that I really wanted. I think the most expensive one was $3.99! There were also some books that I got on Amazon with one of their Black Friday deals. My physical haul for October was pretty small. And for October and November I got three e-books during each 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. I still need to update it because I have been horrible at keeping track of these pages. I’ll do an update of it before the end of the month though, so it can be updated before the start of the new year.  But anyway, here are the books that I got in October and November.

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Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You by Misha Collins (October)
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (October)
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (November)
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (November)

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The Burning by Laura Bates (November)
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (November)
The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (November)
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (November)

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Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (November)
Aristotle & Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz (November)
So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen (November)
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (November)

Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You was a preorder, because I love Misha Collins and I was curious about his poetry. The books after that one up to The World That We Knew were all the books that I got from the store by my house that had discount books. I always check that store every couple months to see if they have any new ones. I got super lucky this last time because they had so many I wanted, as you can see haha. I got seven from there between October and November. They were all under $3.99 each! The last set of books were the books that I got with the Amazon Black Friday sale they had. It was buy three for the price of two. I ended up getting the boxed set of Aristotle and Dante. I have the first book in paperback, but wanted hardcover so I could get the second book. I loved the first book so much. It was on sale on Black Friday, plus had the other deal on top of that too; I couldn’t pass it up! So, This Is Christmas sounded cute, so I got that to read this month (if I get to it) and I’ve been seeing The Love Hypothesis a lot lately, so I got that one too.

I forgot to add Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You into the picture above, oops.

E-Books:

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Her Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll (October)
Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron (October)
The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs (October)

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (November)
Outlawed by Anna North (November)
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (November)

I didn’t get too many e-books over the last two months, but these are the ones that I did get. A lot of them were ones that I really wanted and was stoked to see them on sale. I can’t wait to read them.

Have you read any of the books that I got in October and November? Which one should I read as soon as possible?

I have several posts that I’m going to start working on to hopefully post throughout the rest of December and early January. I’ll have December wrap up and book haul, my year in books for 2021, reading goals for 2022, and posts showing my star ratings for all the books that I read this year! I’m excited to be working on so many posts since I haven’t been the best at posting this year. ❤

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| October & November.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| October & November.

Hey!

I haven’t updated in two months, yikes! I didn’t mean to go that long without posting to my blog. Life happened, I wasn’t reading much, my October TBR was a fail….so it just kind of made me not even want to blog. My mind has also just been in this weird place for months. It keeps me from wanting to read much, because I’m constantly just always thinking about things going on with me and can’t focus on reading. Just feel kind of stuck within myself, I guess. So with all that, I took an unplanned hiatus, I guess. I’m not really sure how much I’ll be updating this month either, honestly. I am hoping to start over fresh next year and hopefully I’ll start updating my blog consistently. *fingers crossed*

BUT I am updating today, so that’s cool! 🙂 I’m going to share my October and November wrap up. I decided to combined them since I didn’t really read a whole lot during those months. I also plan to post my October and November book haul (also combining them into one post) later this week or Monday. As always, you can find a full list of the books that I read during these months and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in October and November.

October Wrap Up

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Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon – 4 out of 5 stars
Wytches by Scott Snyder – 2 out of 5 stars

I had a TBR list of all the spooky books that I wanted to read in October, but I sadly only read two of the ten books that I had listed. I was really bummed out that I didn’t read more than that. I started a third, but I never got the chance to finish it. Hide and Seeker was so much fun to read and I really liked it. I am so happy I finally had the chance to read it. It definitely had its spooky moments. I was really excited about reading Wytches, but it was a huge let down for me. I honestly felt lost the entire time. The only thing I liked about it was the illustrations.


November Wrap Up

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Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall – 4 out of 5 stars
To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne (audiobook) 5 out of 5 stars
My [Secret] YouTube Life by Charlotte Seager – 2 out of 5 stars

Thirteens was the third book that I started in October, but didn’t have the chance to finish it. I finally did in November and I really enjoyed reading it. I’ll have to pick up the sequel sometime. I LOVED To Sir, with Love so much. I listened to the audiobook and it was great. I highly recommend! I was really disappointed with My [Secret] YouTube Life. I felt bored most of the time and I didn’t really love the characters. It was interesting getting a glimpse into the “influencer” lifestyle though.

I am currently reading All I Want For Christmas by Wendy Loggia. I want to try to read some Christmas books this month. Not setting that in stone (or a blog post :P) in case I don’t actually do that. We shall see!

I’m going to spend some time this week catching up with your posts. I can’t wait to see what you have been writing about and finding new book recommendations for my endless TBR. Feel free to link me to any posts you think I should check out ASAP. 🙂

I hope you have a great day!

Halloweenie TBR|| 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| September.

Hey!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul|| September.

Hey!

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

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

Print Books:

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

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


E-Books:

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Review|| Some Kind of Wonderland.

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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul & Wrap Up|| July.

Hey!

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

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

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

Books I Bought

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

Netgalley

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| June.

Hey!

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

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

A new favorite picture I took a couple weeks ago.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Book Haul|| June.

Hey!

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

Print Books:

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

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


Books from Authors/Publishers:

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Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre

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


E-Books:

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| May.

Hey!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| May.

Hey!

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

Print Books:

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

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

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

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E-Books:

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| April.

Hey!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| April.

Hey!

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

Print Books:

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

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

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

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


E-Books:

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

Do Book Covers Affect Whether I Read a Book?

Hey!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Mini Review|| Chaos on CatNet.

Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
4 out of 5 stars

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


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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

Bookstagram 2020|| Part Two.

Hey!

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

April 12, 2020.

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Caption: happy easter, friends! 🐰🐣📖

August 17, 2020.

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

August 27, 2020.

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

September 20, 2020.

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

October 2, 2020.

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

October 22, 2020.

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

October 26, 2020.

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

October 29, 2020.

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

December 7, 2020.

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

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

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

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

I hope you a great day!

Bookstagram 2020|| Part One.

Hey!

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

February 10, 2020.

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

February 28, 2020.

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

March 4, 2020.

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

March 11, 2020.

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

March 12, 2020.

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

March 14, 2020.

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

March 17, 2020.

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

March 19, 2020.

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

March 23, 2020.

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

March 31, 2020.

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

April 6, 2020.

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

April 9, 2020.

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!