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.


thesilenceofbonesThe Silence of Bones by June Hur

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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Hey!

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.


Hey!

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

Andy Reads|| Maybe Someday.

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Hey!

The review below was written by my husband Andy and these are his thoughts and opinions on the book. You can check out more information about “Andy Reads” and the books that he’s read and reviewed over here.

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….Maybe someday…


Andy’s Review:

I thought Maybe Someday was a good book. It definitely pulled at my heart a bit and left me frustrated with Sydney and Ridge at times. Wanting them to find the courage to love each other. It didn’t take very long into the story to hook me in and made me say “oh dang a few times”. All in all the book was good for a romance novel and wasn’t too gushy or boring and for the most part had me on the edge of my seat. I give this book a 4 out of 5 total.


I apology for Andy’s short review. I think he’s trying to get a hang of this review thing considering this is his first book review, haha. He did let me know that he really liked the book. He even came home every day after work to let me know what was going on in the book and how he felt about it. He ended up switching to the audiobook since he didn’t have much time to read with work (sometimes he works long hours) and life. He drives a lot for his job, so audiobook was a better fit for him. I am happy that he really liked Maybe Someday because it’s my favorite Colleen Hoover book! Hopefully his reviews get better with time, lol.

In case you missed it;
March TBR (Maybe).
Wrap Up|| February.
Book Haul|| February.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

March TBR (Maybe).

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Hey!

Today is my birthday!! And today I am bringing you a TBR. You probably already know I don’t usually make TBRs because sticking to them is hard for me. I thought I would again this month because I think I might actually stick to this one? I didn’t do too bad with my February TBR. I didn’t read every single book on that list, but I didn’t stray from it and the ones I did read were on the list. So why not try again in March? Here is what my March TBR looks like…maybe. Things may change, who knows because I’m a mood reader. All titles linked to Goodreads.

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Little Universes by Heather Demetrios (Release Date: 4/7/2020)
The Silence of Bones by Jun Hur (Release Date: 4/21/2020)
Admission by Julie Buxbaum (Release Date: 5/5/2020)

I’ll start off with a few ARCs that I am hoping to read this month. Two are April releases and one is an early May release. I am really excited about all three of these, especially the new Julie Buxbaum book. Hopefully I’ll get these read and reviewed this month.

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I didn’t get the chance to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland last month, so I want to try again this month. I got a new version of it with some pretty cool illustrations, so I’ve been wanting to reread it. I’m finally reading Starry Eyes after wanting to read it since 2018! I am currently reading it now and so far I like it. I am so stoked about Wild at Heart and Infinity Son.

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I am kind of stoked about this TBR. I think I have a pretty great selection of books to choose from. I have to try to read as much as possible as soon as possible though, because Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch is coming out on March 20th; so goodbye to my real life and hello to my AC fictional life. 😛 I am pretty confident that it will take over my life for quite a while and I am sooooo ready for it.

What is on your March TBR? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| February.
Review|| Dragon Hoops.
Book Haul|| February.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| February.

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Hey!

February was not my best reading month. I am lucky to even have four books to share. I had to throw in some graphic novels just so I could get more books read for the month. I just couldn’t really get into the groove of things when it came to sitting down to read. Too many distractions in my head and happening around me, sigh. I did read and review three ARCs though, so at least there’s that. Anyway, here is my February 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 February.

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – 4 out of 5 starsReview
Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young – 4 out of 5 starsReview
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang – 3 out of 5 starsReview

Darling Rose Gold was kind of like a different twist to the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case. I really liked it and it was pretty hard to put down at times. Most of it was really great, but I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I don’t think I can ever say anything bad about the Heartstopper graphic novels. Heartstopper: Volume 3 was so amazing and cute and I am dying for more. It ended with a little cliffhanger. I love my boys and I am dying for volume 4. Girls with Razor Hearts is the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks. I thought the first book was a little better, but I still really enjoyed this one. It’s been such a powerful series so far and it’s really relatable and important to what is happening in the world right now where men seem to have more power, especially over women. It’s so messed up, but in a lot of ways it’s true and what is happening every day in the real world. Dragon Hoops is a graphic novel about basketball. I’m not a basketball fan or really a fan of sports in general. I still liked this book though and it was fun to read. Feel free to check out my reviews linked above for more.


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

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

I am finally reading Starry Eyes! I’ve been wanting to read it long before it was ever published in 2018 and just never got around to it. Since I read all my March ARCs February, I am reading Starry Eyes before I start on my April ARCs.

What books did you read in February? 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 made a March TBR (that I probably won’t stick to 😛 ) and may or may not do a post about it. Although, I did pretty much stick to my TBR for February. I am hoping to post Andy’s review of Maybe Someday within the next couple days too. I’ll catch up with your entries and reply to comments at some point today. I may be busy during the morning/afternoon, so might have to be toward the end of the day. To end this post though, remember how I mentioned unhauling 50+ books in my book haul post last week? Well, I decided to reorganize my bookshelves a little bit after unhauling some books. Here’s an updated picture:

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The left two bookcases are paperbacks and ARCs (the big one and skinnier one). The books at the very bottom of the skinnier shelf are some miscellaneous books that I may move to a different shelf. The next two bookcases are hardcovers. The last bookcase the hardcovers continue over there and it also has my Harry Potter books at the top. This one also has a lot of miscellaneous books and unopened Funko Pops. My baby Yoda (the Child) painting is what I did in that art class I mentioned in a previous post. It’s just sitting there for now until I hang it up on my wall. The very top of all my bookcases are my favorite unopened Funko Pops. I currently have my opened ones in a box right now, because I’m not sure where I want to put them yet. I’m pretty happy with the way it is right now. I may change a few books into different spots, but for the most part I like how it is.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Dragon Hoops.

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
3 out of 5 stars

“In a well-crafted story, everything makes sense.”

Goodreads Description: Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it’s all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.


I received an ARC of Dragon Hoops from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on March 17th.

I know absolutely nothing about basketball or any sport, really. Like Gene, I have no interest in sports. That didn’t stop him from learning more about basketball and following the school’s basketball team throughout their basketball season. Gene works at the school as well as writes and illustrates graphic novels. Dragon Hoops is essentially about his career and about the school (and school’s basketball team) that he works at.

For being someone that isn’t into sports, it was fun learning a little more about basketball along with Gene. He gives backstories about the characters and the history of basketball too. I couldn’t completely connect with Dragon Hoops since it’s not a subject that I am into, but I did like it and thought it was fun to read. I got really excited when the Dragons would score points and got bummed when they would lose. I liked that Gene ended up realizing new things about himself as he tagged along with the basketball team to all their games and connected with the players through conversation and interviews with them.

Overall, Dragon Hoops was a solid graphic novel about basketball, sportsman ship, and growth. I liked the mix between the history of the sport and what was going on in present day with the new Dragons team as they work their way to the state championships. I thought the illustrations were great as well. I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you like basketball. I think I’m going to gift this book to my nephew and see if maybe it’ll interest him as well.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February.
Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.
Friday Finds #86.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| February.

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Hey!

Time for another book haul already? I bought a few books this month and was sent some Spring ARCs from a publisher. I’ve been trying to be super picky with the books that I buy over the last couple years, especially this year. I’m not currently working, so this is one of the big reasons why I have to be so picky when deciding when and what to buy. Let’s face it…I want ALL THE BOOKS. 😛 So this month I did buy a few books, but I unhauled quite a few (like 50+) books too! It’s hard saying goodbye to books, but it had to be done. I got rid of books that I didn’t love and books that I lost interest in and knew I would probably never get around to reading.

There’s a used bookstore in my area that  takes book donations for trade credit (store credit), so that’s what I did. They gave me $94 in trade credit and I was actually shocked! For some reason I thought it was going to be A LOT less. A great thing about the credit is that it is good for two years! So that meant that I didn’t have to spend it the same day. I ended up getting one book and still have $88 to spend whenever I pop over there and check out what new books they get in throughout the year. 🙂 I’m thinking I got so much because I got rid of a ton of pretty popular ones including: the Throne of Glass series, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Illuminae, The Hate U Give, Children of Blood & Bone, and a bunch of others.

Anyway, enough about unhauling books, below 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.

Books I Bought:

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Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Of course I had to buy Heartstopper: Volume 3, because I love these graphic novels so much. I love my boys. I already read it and loved it. Maybe Someday is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books and I didn’t actually own it, so I decided now was the chance to buy it since my husband is reviewing it for my blog. Hopefully his review will be coming soon. He actually already finished the book. I found The Bromance Book Club at a used bookstore and I had to get it. I’ve been off and on about wanting to read it and since I had trade credit from the books that I donated I decided to get it.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

I loved Not Even Bones when I read the ARC a couple years ago and I’ve been wanting to get the sequel ever since. I didn’t actually buy the sequel at the time it was released because I didn’t own the first book, so I found Not Even Bones at a discount store and bought it for like $3. As soon as I got to the car I ordered the sequel, Only Ashes Remain. I am so stoked to read it.


Books from Publishers:

I received a box of Spring 2020 ARCs from Fierce Reads, which I was so stoked to receive. It had mostly contemporaries in it and I love that. Below are the books that I received and their release dates.

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I Am Here Now By Barbara Bottner (Release Date 5/19)
Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest (Release Date 6/2)
Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein (Release Date 7/7)

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Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann (Release Date 7/14)
The Con Code by Shana Silver (Release Date 8/25)
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena (Release Date 6/23)
A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer (Release Date 7/7)

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Netgalley:

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Admission by Julie Buxbaum (Release Date 5/5)

I couldn’t help requesting Julie’s new book Admissions when I seen it on Netgalley. I really enjoy her books, so I can’t wait to read it.


E-Books:

There were so many e-books on sale in February that I wanted, but I ended up telling myself “no”. I can go crazy with e-book buying if I don’t stop myself. Here are the ones that I said “yes” for and ended up buying.

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I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
No Filter by Orlagh Collins

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The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

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

That’s all for this blog post! I will have my wrap up probably posted on Monday as I am hoping to finish one more book before then. This month has not been my month with reading, but more about that in my wrap up. Catch up with you guys later today or tomorrow. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.
Friday Finds #86.
2 Star Reads of 2019.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.

Heads up that this review is for the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks, so if you haven’t read that book yet and you don’t want to be spoiled I would skip reading. I’m trying to leave this as spoil free as I can of the first book but the book description is below and so this review may contain spoilers of the first book in the series. You can check out my review of the first book (Girls with Sharp Sticks) over here if you’re interested!

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Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them. The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena. And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.


I was sent an ARC copy of Girls with Razor Hearts from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It will be releasing on March 17th.

I was so excited when I received a copy of Girls with Razor Hearts, because I loved the first book so much! Girls with Razor Hearts was a really great sequel and I enjoyed it so much. Just like the first book, Girls with Sharp Sticks, it continued to deal with some really heavy issues and once again they had similarities to things that are happening in the world today. Mainly being how women are treated in the world by men and how it’s hard for women to stand up to these men, because it just causes further damage and hurt toward them.

The girls had to navigate a new life and essentially a new world while also dealing with their traumas that they experienced at Innovations Academy. It didn’t get easier for them when they left the academy. Men dominate the world and walk all over the women. The girls are trying to put an end to this and are faced with a lot of realizations and trouble along the way. They don’t know who to trust and neither did I as I was reading the book. I loved the continued bond between the girls and the love they have for each other. There’s so many untrustworthy people but at least they have each other to try to figure it all out!

I ended up giving Girls with Razor Hearts one star less than I did the first book though. It was a little hard for me to get into it at the start but once I did, I was fully invested in the story and the girls again. I don’t want to go into too many more details because I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I highly recommend checking this series out. It’s so relatable and so far it has been such a powerful story. A lot of what is happening in the story and was talked about needs to be heard. I am eagerly waiting for the third book!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #86.
2 Star Reads of 2019.
3 Star Reads of 2019.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #86.

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


Hey!

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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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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.


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The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons

Goodreads Description: For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spirit. There’s just one tiny problem: He’s dead. Stuck in a surreal limbo governed by bureaucracy, Thomas is unable to “cross over” to the afterlife until he completes a 90-day stint on earth, during which time he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living — lest he incur “regrets.” When Thomas and Rachel break this rule, they unleash a cascade of bizarre, troubling consequences.


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This Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

Goodreads Description: Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade. Will Domenici has two goals: to find a paying summer internship, and to prove he has what it takes to become an editor on his school paper. Then Jocelyn’s father tells her their family restaurant may be going under, and all wishes are off. Because her dad has the marketing skills of a dumpling, it’s up to Jocelyn and her unlikely new employee, Will, to bring A-Plus Chinese Garden into the 21st century (or, at least, to Facebook). What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more. But family prejudices and the uncertain future of A-Plus threaten to keep Will and Jocelyn apart. It will take everything they have and more, to save the family restaurant and their budding romance.


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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Goodreads Description: Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences. Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest. But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.


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Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Goodreads Description: Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother’s silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother’s death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. 

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. 

In case you missed it;
2 Star Reads of 2019.
3 Star Reads of 2019.
Happy Valentine’s Day|| 10 of my favorite romance books.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack