Release Day|| August Releases.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| July.

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Another month where I didn’t really read much, sigh. I did read one book more than last month and I also listened to an audiobook, so I guess that can be a bright side? I’m going to jump right into my July wrap up and talk about some other things later in this post. Here is what I read in July. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| July.

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Hey!

I don’t have a whole lot to say right now (saving it for my wrap up post), so I am just going to jump right into my July book haul. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books I Bought:

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

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


E-Books:

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Review|| Boyfriend Material.

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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
5 out of 5 stars

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Book Tag|| Stuck at Home.

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

Rules:

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

Questions:

What are you currently reading?

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


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

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


A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

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

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


An intimidating book on your TBR?

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


Top 3 priority books on your TBR?

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

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


Recommend a short book.

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


Recommend a long book.

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

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


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

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


What do you plan on reading next?

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

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

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


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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| June.

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Hey!

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

Anyway, onto books. Here is what I read this month and what I’m currently reading. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

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

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The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

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


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

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Book Haul|| June.

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Hey!

It’s that time again to post my June book haul! Most of my book haul are e-books, but I did buy one book this month that was not an e-book. Since I am not currently home (still in Illinois), I don’t have pictures of my own books that I bought this month, so I’m just using the one from Goodreads. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Books I Bought:

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Burn by Patrick Ness

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


Netgalley:

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Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

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


E-Books:

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #87.

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


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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done this type of post. I think my last time was in February, oops. Today, I have five books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

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


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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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


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House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

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


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Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

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


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

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

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on them. Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR recently. 

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| May.

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Hey!

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

So, what did I read this month? You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| May.

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Hey!

Happy Friday! Today I have my May book haul to share with you. I am pretty happy with my haul this month, because it’s full of books that I have been dying to read. I’m going to just jump right into my book haul. Here are the books that I got this month. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. *I am hoping to finally update these pages next month.*

Books I Bought:

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s books, so I had to get a copy of Clap When You Land. I really want to buy all of her other books since I usually listened to the audiobooks from the library for previous ones. I didn’t own a hardcover copy of The Hunger Games, so I decided to get that one since it’s the only one I was missing in hardcover and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was just released this month. I wanted my collection to be complete, lol. The Hunger Games series is what got me into reading fiction/YA. Before I read The Hunger Games series, I pretty much only read non-fiction books.


Books from Publishers:

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Dear Universe by Florence Gonsalves

The Novl sent me a copy of Dear Universe and I am really excited to read it. It sounds good and I love that book cover. Hopefully, I will pick it up soon and get my review posted on my blog.

Netgalley:

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When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer

I was approved on Netgalley for When Villains Rise and I was so stoked. I read the first book Not Even Bones a couple years ago and loved it so much. I finally got a copy of the sequel this year and I plan to reread the first book, the sequel, and book three soon. I can’t wait to relive the first book and dive into the rest of the series.


E-Books:

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Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

I was so happy to see these books on sale, because I’ve been wanting to read them for a while now. I actually already read Catfishing on Catnet and really liked it. I can’t wait for the sequel next 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!

I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, but I am hoping all of that will change soon. I even got a new laptop and maybe that will motivate me to want to blog even more too! The one I currently use is starting to crap out on me and the screen is so small. I am really excited that I was fortunate enough to get a new laptop. Maybe it’ll jump start me wanting to blog even more again. It’ll be nice having a computer that actually works correctly for once, haha. I plan to catch up with your posts and reply to comments as soon as my new laptop gets delivered this weekend. 🙂

By the way, thanks so much for always sticking by me even if my blogging schedule and blog hopping has been so weird this year. It hasn’t been the best year for me, but hopefully that’ll change. I’m trying to be optimistic here, because I’m tired of being so down on myself. Anyway, this weekend or Monday I’ll have my May wrap up posted, so be on the look out for that. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Release Day|| April/May Releases.
Random|| Life Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Release Day|| April/May Releases.

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Hey!

It’s not a surprise that this quarantine/Covid stuff has taken a toll on me. It’s also left me in the biggest reading slump. I wanted to do this post to share with you four ARCs that I was sent from publishers or received on Netgalley, because I haven’t had the chance to read them (YET). I wanted to make everyone aware of these books, because they all sound so good and I can’t wait until I finally read them. Hopefully, that will be really soon, so I can get reviews up. 🙂 The books below will be linked to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR and I will share their book descriptions below as well. All four books below have already been published, so no need to wait to get your hands on a copy! 😛

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Goodreads Description: One wave: that’s all it takes for the rest of Mae and Hannah Winters’ lives to change. When a tsunami strikes the island where their parents are vacationing, it soon becomes clear that their mom and dad are never coming home. Forced to move to Boston from sunny California for the rest of their senior year, each girl struggles with secrets their parents’ death has brought to light, and with their uncertainty about the future. Instead of bringing them closer, it feels like the wave has torn the sisters apart. Hannah is a secret poet who wants to be seen, but only knows how to hide. The pain pills she stole from her dead father hurl her onto the shores of an addiction she can’t shake and a dealer who turns her heart upside down. When it’s clear Hannah’s drowning, Mae, a budding astronaut suddenly launched into an existential crisis—and unexpected love—must choose between herself and the only family she has left.


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Goodreads Description: I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak; Ears, but I mustn’t hear; Eyes, but I mustn’t see. 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.


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EDIT TO POST 5/20: this was originally supposed to be released in May, but apparently it’s not being released in December.

Goodreads Description: It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood. As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?


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Goodreads Description: It’s senior year, and Chamomile Myles has whiplash from traveling between her two universes: school (the relentless countdown to prom, torturous college applications, and the mindless march toward an uncertain future) and home, where she wrestles a slow, bitter battle with her father’s terminal illness. Enter Brendan, a man-bun-and tutu-wearing hospital volunteer with a penchant for absurdity, who strides boldly between her worlds–and helps her open up a new road between them.

 

Have you had the chance to read any of these books yet? Any new April/May books that I should add to my TBR?

In case you missed it;
Random|| Life Update.
Wrap Up|| April.
Book Haul|| April.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Life Update.

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“everyone blooms in their own time; some far ahead, some far behind; so wherever you are, don’t worry, you’re gonna be fine, fine, fine; cause everyone blooms in their own time”


Hey!

I am kind of surprised my last post was May 1st. I’ve just been busy and distracted a lot this month. My cousin (& bff) has been in town visiting. I was able to show her my house and also around Lakeland a little bit. The flower picture above is one that I took at Lake Mirror when I showed my cousin the garden (Hollis Garden) there. I decided to go to my mom’s house for a week with my cousin. We didn’t do anything there besides home stuff, because everything is still crazy and shutdown because of the virus. We did get to hangout in the pool though. It was nice hanging with my family even if it was all spent at home. I missed my family so much, so I think this was much needed.

As far as reading goes, I finished one book so far this month which is a bummer. I wish it would have been more, but at least there’s still about two weeks left in the month. Maybe things will change. The book that I finished was Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer. I flew through the first half of this book, but then my family was visiting and I stopped reading. I really liked it though and can’t wait for the sequel. I am currently reading two books, Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and I am also reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton again, because I love this book so much and can’t help but reread it all the time lol.

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Aside from these things, my life has pretty much been the same. I am still playing ridiculous amounts of Animal Crossing, watching all the seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and trying to fit some kind of reading in. I guess I can’t complain too much. I am just ready for things to get back to a more normal normal? They have been opening things here in my area now, but I’m still too paranoid to really go do too much too soon. It took a lot for me to even leave my house to go stay with my family for a week.

I am back at home (just got back last night) and hope to catch up with you guys soon! I read some of your your posts from my phone when I was gone, but I forgot my laptop at home. I don’t know why I didn’t think to bring it and really wish I had! Since I just got back home from visiting my family, I need some time to just chill at my own house with the furbabies and husband. Being social for a week straight is also kind of exhausting for me. I need time to just be by myself again. I’ll catch up with your posts and comments within the next few days.

In case you missed it:
Wrap Up|| April.
Book Haul|| April.
Book Tag|| Goodreads.

I hope you have a great day!
ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| April.

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Hey!

It’s already May, what?! I meant to get this wrap up posted earlier this morning, but I got sucked into five hours of non-stop Animal Crossing and it resulted in me completely destroying part of my island. I had to step away from it, because I was getting annoyed  with myself LOL. 😛 Animal Crossing is still very much a constant in my life right now as you can see. As for reading, in April I decided to give myself low expectations and read whatever I wanted to read. I had a difficult March, so I wanted to just read whatever I was in the mood for and not be so hard on myself if I didn’t read much. I think that mindset worked well for me! I still wish I would have read more, but I don’t feel so bad about it this month and I read one book more than I did last month so that is a win!

Here is my April wrap up. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

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

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – 3 out of 5 stars
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – 3 out of 5 stars
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab – 4 out of 5 stars
Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen – 4 out of 5 stars

I liked My Dark Vanessa but I found it hard to rate due to the subject matter, which is why I gave it three stars. I also felt like I wanted more from it. Something felt like it was missing. The Bromance Book Club was pretty good and I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t blown away by it and I really didn’t like Thea all that much. Tunnel of Bones was so good and I really liked it. I am enjoying this series so much so far. It’s so fun to read! Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) was a really great book. I loved Jack and his friends and I was sad to see it end. I am glad I finally read it.


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

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Working Stiff by Judy Melinek, T.J. Mitchell

I was hoping to finish Working Stiff by the end of April, but that didn’t happen for me. That’s okay though because I plan to continue it in May. It’s only around 270 pages, so it’s pretty short. I bought this book FOUR YEARS AGO and I am now finally getting around to reading it, lol. So far it’s pretty interesting.

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

In May I really need to start catching up on some ARCs. I got behind on a few of them and I want to try to stay caught up for May/June/July releases. I’ve been trying to stay away from getting e-books from my library, so I can read more of my own books. That will still be my plan for May. I should be able to read more of my own books and the ARCs that I have if I stay clear of the library, haha. 😛

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Book Tag|| Goodreads.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| April.

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Hey!

My book haul for April is pretty small. I somehow did not buy any books besides a couple of e-books! The only physical books that I got this month were two ARCs that were sent to me from publishers (one was a Goodreads giveaway win). Here are the books that I got this month. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. *I do need to update these pages since it’s been a few months.* 

From Publishers:

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Faith Taking Flight by Julie Murphy
The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings

I am really excited for Faith Taking Flight (Goodreads giveaway win) and The Invention of Sophie Carter. They sound so good and I can’t wait to read them. They are being published in July, so hopefully I can read them soon and get a review up for you guys! 🙂


E-Books:

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

The Outsiders is one of my favorite books and while I do own a print copy, I wanted to get the e-book when I seen it on sale. Now I can carry it around with me everywhere. 😛 I reread it a lot, so money well spent. I plan to read it again in May. I’ve been wanting I Wish You All the Best so bad, so I was stoked to see it on sale as well.

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 spent the morning catching up on all of your blog posts and comments. 🙂 Hopefully, I don’t get too behind again. If I missed anything, please feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll check them out. I should have my April wrap up posted in the next few days.

In case you missed it;
Book Tag|| Goodreads.
TTT|| Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Tag|| Goodreads.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a tag, so I decide that today was the day. I’m not sure where this tag originated from (if you know, feel free to let me know, so I can credit!), but I seen one of my friends answer these questions in in their journal and decided to do it on my blog. It’s a Goodreads survey (or tag), so all my answers go along with what I have on my Goodreads account and speaking of Goodreads, feel free to add me as a friend. 🙂 Here are the questions & answers:

What are the five newest additions to your to-read list?

I have two shelves of books that have books that I want to read and these are just from the books that I do NOT own yet.

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Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV
The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda
Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess


What are the five oldest additions to your to-read list?

I have two shelves of books that have books that I want to read and these are just from the books that I do NOT own yet.

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by David Shaun Hutchison


How many books do you have listed as read?

I currently have 594 books marked as “read”! That’s pretty crazy to me, honestly. A little shocked that I have read almost 600 books. Blogging definitely helped with that, because before I started blogging I wasn’t reading nearly as much as I do now.


How many books are in your to-read-list?

I have two different shelves of books to read, so total together I have 1089 books on my to-read list. I know I probably won’t get to the majority of them in my lifetime, haha. I kind of want to go through my Goodreads shelf at some point this year and remove some. I actually think that is one of my goals for this year that I talked about back in January.


Are there any authors who are more heavily represented in your have read list?

A few authors that I have read a lot of books from are Rick Riordan, Mitch Albom, and Colleen Hoover.


Are there any authors who are more heavily represented in your to-read list?

A few authors that I want to read a lot of their books are Morgan Matson and Kasie West. I own a lot of their books and haven’t read them and the ones that I don’t own, I have them marked on my “to-read” shelf.


How do you sort your books?

I have a few shelves that I sort my books into. I have the standard “read” shelf and then I make shelves each year for audiobooks that I’ve listened to. That way I know what was audiobook and what was not. I have the standard “want to read” shelf and then I have another shelf I created called “TBR books I own” of the books that I want to read that I own.


Do you participate in the 2020 reading challenge?

Yes, I am participating in the 2020 reading challenge. I currently have my challenge set to read 50 books this year. It was 60 at the beginning of the year but I had to lower it, because I haven’t really been reading as much as I usually do.


Do you participate in any discussion groups?

Nope, I don’t think I have ever participated in the discussion groups on Goodreads before.


How many books have you read so far this year?

So far, I have read 17 books. 16 books I read myself and one audiobook. I’m actually kind of bummed that I haven’t read more books this year. I guess 17 is still decent though and the year is not over!


How many books are you currently reading?

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I am currently only reading one book, which is Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen. So far, I really like it.


Do you write reviews? Do you read reviews?

I write reviews on my blog and then I copy them over to Goodreads afterward. I do sometimes read reviews too.


Any other Goodreads feature you use?

I don’t really use many of the Goodreads features other than rating books, shelving books, and sometimes the Giveaway page.


Do you follow any interesting authors or other people worth mentioning?

I don’t know? Haha. I just follow some of my favorite authors over there like Rick Riordan, Mitch Albom, Colleen Hoover, Veronica Roth, and Morgan Rhodes.

This was a lot of fun to do and I would love to see your answers as well. So, if you want to do this tag, feel free to link me to your posts. || Hopefully, I will catch up with your posts and reply to comments this weekend. 🙂 I am hoping to finish my current read today (or tomorrow), so I want to spend some time reading today. If I can get this finished, maybe I will have time to squeeze in one more book before the end of the month. *fingers crossed*

In case you missed it;
TTT|| Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

TTT|| Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About.

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

Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About.


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It’s been almost a year since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post, yikes! 😛 I couldn’t resist doing this one though. There are so many books that I read and really like or really love and either don’t review them or don’t talk about them too much afterward. So, I figured I would highlight some of those books this week by doing TTT today. These are in no particular order. All titles linked to Goodreads.

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Bracken

What are some of the books that you enjoyed but rarely talk about? Have you read any of the books on my list? Feel free to link me to your TTT post, so I can check it out!

I felt pretty accomplished yesterday because I finally caught up with my WordPress reader by reading and commenting on your posts! I was definitely a bit behind. If I missed anything or anyone, please feel free to link me to your posts so I can check them out. 🙂

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #70.
Wrap Up|| March.
Book Haul|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #70.

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

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

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

I didn’t realize that it was Wednesday and I wanted to do this post since last week. I guess the days are just blending together. I would have had this posted in the AM, but since I forgot…here it is at 4:30pm. 😛 Here is what I’ve been reading this week and what I hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Everyone seems to be talking about The Bromance Book Club series, so I decided to finally read it. I am about a third of the way through it and so far it’s alright. I don’t have any complaints, but I’m also not that blown away by it just yet. Guess we’ll see what happens.


Recently Finished:

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I finished reading My Dark Vanessa the other day. I liked it and gave it three stars. It was hard to really rate this one, because of the subject matter. At least for me it was hard to rate. I did like it though. It was sad and heartbreaking, but also creepy and so messed up.


Reading Next:

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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Honestly, I’m not really sure what I plan to read next. I’m just going by how I am feeling this month. I am trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself with last month not being so great for me. I have a few ARCs I may read and I also have these two e-books checked out from the library, so possibly one of these or the April ARCs that I have, or even something completely different. I have no idea!

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

I’ll catch up with your blog posts soon! I am trying to get back into the swing of things even though it’s taking me a bit longer than I want it to. 🙂

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| March.

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Hey!

I mentioned in my previous blog post that March was a rough month for me. The entire situation with COVID-19 has brought me so down, as I am sure it has for so many other people in the world. I already have hella anxiety about so many things and have been feeling down about life in general for months now, so throwing this into the mix has messed with me so badly. It’s been hard for me to focus on anything, especially reading. My reading and my blogging took a really bad hit in March because my mental health just hasn’t been there. I haven’t really been sleeping that great either, so there’s that too. I was really disappointed in myself as well that I didn’t read as much as I would have liked, but my mind has been elsewhere. Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out on March 20th though and that has been a light for me, so I’ve been escaping there. I am really crossing my fingers that April is a better month on all fronts.

Anyway though, here is my March wrap up. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

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

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – 4 out of 5 stars
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – 2 out of 5 starsReview
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker – 3 out of 5 stars

I finally read Starry Eyes and it was such a great book. I had so much fun reading it, it was cute, and I really enjoyed the characters. Infinity Son was a pretty bad let down for me and I only thought it was “okay”. There were some things that I liked and some things that were surprising, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations and didn’t blow me away. I was so excited to read Wild at Heart, but sadly it wasn’t as great as the first book. I was bummed out about that. I also couldn’t really stand Calla this time around. She bugged me so much for some reason. Overall, I gave the book three stars because while I didn’t love it, I still liked it and was happy with the ending.

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

There were a few other books on my March TBR that I never got a chance to read because I was (and still am) in this huge reading slump all month. Hopefully, I can get the chance to read those soon. I’m trying to just take it easy and not set too many expectations for myself right now (especially not a set TBR) until I get out of this weird headspace and out of this reading slump. I think I just need to focus on other things more right now or I may just completely lose my mind. :/ I will catch up with your entries at some point today or tomorrow. I’m not feeling good today, so I am just taking it easy.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| March.

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Hey!

I can’t believe my last post was two weeks ago, I am so sorry! Things have been really rough this month, so I’ve been kind of MIA from the blogosphere. I’ll talk more about this in my wrap up post tomorrow (or Thursday) though. But for today, I am bringing you my March book haul. I am going to jump right into it, here are the books that I got this month. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. *I do need to update these pages since it’s been a few months.* 

Books I Bought/Gifted:

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b by Teresa Toten
Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change by Tao Lin

Night of the Dragon is FINALLY HERE! Of course, I had to preorder it. I am living for the purple cover so much. I can’t wait to read it. My birthday was this month and my younger sister gifted me Tweet Cute. I’ve been wanting to book for a while now, so I’m stoked. I found The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b at a discount store and it sounded good, so I got it. I think it only cost $1.99! I saw Trip on bookstagram and it sounded really good, so I had to have it. I really like psychology books and books that talk about drugs/addiction. I started reading it a little bit and hope to continue it again soon.


Netgalley:

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

I also saw Surrender Your Sons on bookstagram and it sounded really great, so I decided to request it on Netgalley and was luckily approved. It’ll be published in September. I noticed Where Dreams Descend was on “read now” for a few days, so I jumped at the chance to get it. So stoked about it! This one will be published in June.


E-Books:

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All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

I surprisingly didn’t go crazy with buying e-books this month! I usually get quite a few, but I guess I was being more picky this month with what e-books I buy. I already have so many! I’ve been wanting to read All of This Is True for a while now, so I was excited to finally catch it on sale. I haven’t read book one or two of the Six Stories series yet, but I own them both and Changeling was only 99 cents, so I decided to buy it.

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

I am planning to do some major blog hopping this week, because I am a bit behind with catching up with you guys. Like I said earlier in this entry, REALLY rough month for me. Update about that soon and hopefully April will be better. Fingers crossed.

In case you missed it;
Review|| Infinity Son.
Thank You!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Infinity Son.

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


I was really excited when I heard that Adam Silvera was writing a fantasy novel. I knew I needed to read it. Sadly though, I had a lot of trouble with Infinity Son. It was nowhere near as good as his contemporaries. I found it so hard to get into the story, because right from the beginning I was confused and lost as to why certain things came to be and why certain people/beings were even in the real world. I felt like that was never explained or I completely missed it somehow. The world building just wasn’t there for me.

I liked the concept of the story and the superhero vibe. It was a pretty fast paced story and at times that was nice, but I don’t know if that really helped much. I felt like a lot of things were left out and unsaid because of that. Some characters were really great, like Atlas and Ness. The main characters Emil and Brighton, I had trouble with connecting with them. I didn’t like their personalities all that much, especially Brighton. He seemed selfish and I didn’t like that.

Overall, Infinity Son was just an “okay” read for me. While there were some things that I liked and twists that were a little surprising, it just didn’t live up to my expectations and it didn’t blow me away. At times, I had a hard time wanting to finish it. I wanted to love Infinity Son so bad, but sadly it just wasn’t for me. I was having trouble rating it between two and three stars and I don’t give half stars, so for now it’s a two. I’m still undecided if I will be reading the sequel or not. Maybe if my library has it.

Have you read Infinity Son? If so, what are your thoughts? Feel free to link me to your review if you have one.

In case you missed it;
Thank You!
WWW Wednesday #69.
Stuck…where do I go from here?

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thank You!

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I just wanted to make a quick post to say thank you for all the comments on my “Stuck…where do I go from here?” post. It really means a lot to me. You have been such a huge part of my life, so I am hoping to get out of this rough patch and continue to blog as much as possible. I will try to reply back to those comments soon. I will also be catching up with your blog posts soon as well.

On a random note, I was going through my closet in my book room and I came across probably like 50+ buttons/pins that I’ve collected over the last few years and this was one of them. So fitting for us book reviewers. Speaking of book reviewing, I have a review for Infinity Son by Adam Silvera coming soon. What was the last book that you reviewed? Feel free to also link me to it. 🙂

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #69.

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

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

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

It’s been almost a month since I’ve done one of these reading updates! I was in a pretty bad reading slump in February, so that’s why I wasn’t really doing any WWW posts took me WEEKS to finish a single book. I’m still having a pretty slow start this month with reading, but that’s okay. Here is what I’ve been reading this month and what I hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

I am currently reading Infinity Son and honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. A lot of things I felt weren’t really explained at the beginning and had me feeling so confused as to why things and people exist in the world. It’s set in NYC, but there are non-humans in the story and I just couldn’t figure out why and how it came to be. I’m honestly still unsure. I don’t know if I missed something when I was reading or if it was never mentioned, I have no idea! I’m halfway through it and want to try to finish it today or tomorrow.


Recently Finished:

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

I finally read Starry Eyes! I’ve been wanting to read this book for two years now and it finally happened. I really liked it and had so much fun reading it. It was cute and I really liked the main characters a lot. I was hoping it would be a five star read, but sadly it wasn’t. I gave it four stars though and that’s pretty awesome!


Reading Next:

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Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
Little Universes by Heather Demetrios (ARC 4/7/2020)

I’m not entirely sure on this one, because I did get some library books that I’ve been on hold for checked out to me. If I don’t go for one of the library books, then probably one of these books will be next and I’m so excited to read them. I am trying to stick with my March TBR as much as possible. I’ll post a link to my March TBR at the end of this post in case you want to check it out.

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

In case you missed it;
Stuck…where do I go from here?
Andy Reads|| Maybe Someday.
March TBR (Maybe).

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Stuck…where do I go from here?

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“stop holding on, if it’s holding you back, then let it go; your grass will always be the greenest if you let it grow” 🌼🐝🌿


This is one of my favorite pictures that I’ve taken recently. You can find cool picture opportunities anywhere! Example: I took this photo in the garden section of Home Depot, lol. I’m going to do a series of picture posts; I have a ton of pictures to share. I went to upload them all into one post and it ended up being 60+ pictures, so I decided I’ll break it up into multiple posts instead. I’m going to start working on those this week, so that by next week I can start posting them.

Other than these posts, I’ve been feeling a little bit stuck in terms of my blog, my bookstagram, and essentially my life as well.  I am trying to get back into bookstagram, but I have no idea what kind of pictures to post and what theme I want to go for. When I first started my bookstagram I had so many ideas and I was having a lot of fun with it. I guess since I haven’t really been doing it consistently over the last couple years, I forgot and lost my creativity with that. With the blog, I’m not sure what kind of content I should post. It’s kind of frustrating!

I think when I start to feel uninspired is usually when I quit things and I don’t want to quit blogging! I actually really love it and love all the friends I’ve made and continue to make every day, but sometimes I feel like I’m boring everyone with the same content over and over again. You know, it’s not even just blogging and bookstagram. I have an online journal that I write about things happening in my life (it’s more of personal journal and I’ve been using it since I was in high school) and I really have nothing to write in my own personal journal either.

I think it has more to do with how I’ve been feeling about myself lately. I have all of these negative feelings (and thoughts) about myself over the last 3-4 months that I’ve never had before. It’s so weird experiencing this because I used to always think so highly of myself. Now I question whether that was even real or if I was pretending/lying to myself all my life. The end months of 2019 messed with my self-confidence and shattered who I thought I was. I only feel like a fraction of who I was before and that scares me! I want to get back to my old self, where I was always positive and always happy. I want to get out of this negative headspace. Some days I think I am finally out of it and then others I feel right back in there. Sigh.

I’ve been obsessed with this song “Hangnail” by Rationale. I feel like I relate to it a lot lately. I just feel down about myself and my life these days. Here’s the song if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/O9sTYRUkSHc

“I wish I had this poetic poise, an articulate finesse.
I’m too clumsy and the words escape me.
I’m hazy and any passing thought can displace me.”

I think this negative headspace; these thoughts and these feelings are pouring into everything in my life, including blogging. I think this is where so much of my “stuck” feeling comes from too. Maybe I can Google search some ideas for both bookstagram and my blog and see what I can come up with! I did bookmark an awesome blog post from Kelly from Another Book in the Wall about “how to blog when you haven’t read anything new“, so I may also go back and reference her post to get some ideas as well. Anything you guys want to see on my blog? It doesn’t have to be book related!


Here are my social media accounts if you’re interested in being friends outside of the amazing blogosphere. I usually post regularly on my personal Instagram account.

Goodreadsheyyitsashley_
Twitter: whoa_itsashley
Pinterestlalalaitsashley
Instagram: heyyitsashley – personal Instagram account
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ – book Instagram account (underscore after “bookish”)

I will catch up with all of your posts and reply to comments later today or possibly tomorrow. I’m really hoping to try and get some reading in today. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Andy Reads|| Maybe Someday.
March TBR (Maybe).
Wrap Up|| February.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack