The Unique Blogger Award

Thanks to Pierina @ Pierina Reads for nominating me! Lots of love. Go check out her blog!

the rules:
  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

question #1: What is your go-to read when you are feeling down and need something to get you through the day?

Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss is a pick-me up book for me. It is just so light, fluffy, and like cute that it always can make me feel a little better. It just brings a smile to my face. It also is a book that like gets me out of a slump or helps me avoid falling into a slump if I read it. Continue reading

Books I Want to Re-Read

I recently did a discussion on re-reads and kind of wanted to follow it up with a post on some books I want to re-read sometime in the near-ish future.

All Jane Austen Novels

Austen is one of my favorite authors but it has been so long since I have read any of her books. I obviously remember what they are all about and all that, but not really the specifics and such and like the best moments so I would really like to pick them up again—especially Pride and Prejudice.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I have the new book in this series sitting on my shelf but the problem is I don’t remember too much about the last book—besides that killer end—so I would like to re-read Glass Sword before getting to it. The problem is I loaned it to my mom forever agao—literally forever ago, like last year—and she hasn’t finish it yet because she only reads on vacation. So it’s at home home and I am waiting on it.

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

Similar thing here, the next book in this series is coming out soon and I don’t remember too much about Map of Fates—other than I loved it. So before The Ends of the World comes out I need a bit of refresher. Also this was awesome so it’s not like a pain to re-read. Continue reading

9 LGBTQ+ Books I Want To Read

Top Five Wednesday this week was favorite LGBTQ+ books. I have not read a lot of what I consider LGBTQ+ books sadly. I have read maybe a couple but definitely not enough that I felt I could make a strong top five list. I feel like a lot of the books I have read with LGBTQ+ characters, those characters have not been the main characters so I don’t really count them normally. Anyway, instead I decided to make a list of LGBTQ+ books I want to read—because I do want to read more books with LGBTQ+ main characters.

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I own this book because so many people love it and I have heard so many good things, but I have just yet to pick it up. I think I put it on a readathon list a while ago and never got to it. Aristotle and Dante somehow develop a friendship and then relationship throughout this book I believe, as well as dealing with some other serious personal issues. I am not 100% sure but I am interested.

2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

I have seen this around a little bit but I really really love the description. Essentially, Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She has just come out to her family—with tension between her and her mom—and she’s just trying to figure out what it means to her to be a  Puerto Rican lesbian. She ends up interning with the author of her favorite book who is an authority on “feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.” Like it just sounds great and the cover is also great—I mean look at it.

3. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has so much talk and hype—and I know I am way behind the bandwagon here. It is even being made into a movie currently! Simon Spier is not openly gay and prefers to save drama for the school musical. But then one of his emails—to Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing—gets into the wrong hands. Unless he complies to some blackmail his sexual identity will become public knowledge. Continue reading

Discussion: Re-Reads

I thought it would be fun to have some short discussion posts on some different things relevant to reading. I haven’t really done one of these that isn’t a meme or instigated by someone else so please tell me what you think in the comments! Also contribute your own thoughts, this is a discussion and I would love to hear what everyone has to say. I want to talk about re-reading this time.

I personally re-read quite frequently. Some books really get me out of slumps and I pick those up for a re-read when I feel one approaching: like The Selection, Anna and the French Kiss, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Really any sweet, cute, light contemporary.

I also re-read when it comes to series. If it has been a while since reading the last couple books when a new one is released I pick them up. Doesn’t always happen though with time restraints.

I know some people aren’t the biggest re-readers and don’t do it because they just want to read new stuff. But I don’t think there really is a point of reading new books and falling in love with them if you don’t plan on revisiting them.

let me know what you think about re-reads and let me know what books you keep re-reading in the comments!

Life Update (Appology): Thesis, Job Hunt & Graduation

This is a bit of a life update and apology. I have been pretty absent from here—I know I have been posting a little, albeit less frequent than usual, but I also have been pretty withdrawn when it comes to leaving comments on all of your amazing posts and responding to comments.

I have just been in one of those times when I don’t really have that much time for blogging or being part of this community. And when I do have time I have just felt the need to take a break. I am trying to get myself back into it, so don’t be creeped out if I end up liking and commenting on your post from a week or two ago—I want to catch up on everyone. Continue reading

The 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge Update

I’ve been doing the New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by  Cátia over at The Girl Who Read Too Much since the beginning of the year. I am doing monthly updates in order to keep track of new adult books that I’ve read.

So I read three new new adult books that I can remember this month, and with the twenty-three I had last month, I now have a total of twenty-six. I also might’ve missed some this month if I didn’t remember them but oh well. That puts me almost to my goal of 36 and earning the NA Advanced badge. Right now I’m an NA Intermediate. If you’re interested, this month I read: Continue reading

Retellings I Want to Read

I feel like retellings have become such a thing within the past couple years. I have so many on my to-be-read list that I just felt like I should make a post listing the ones I am most excited to read. I just love the original fairytales so much and seeing them reimagined even though they’re predictable makes me so happy.

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love love love Wonderland. Plus Marissa Meyer is a queen. Heartless is a retelling that focuses on the story of the queen before she became queen of Wonderland—and decided to cut off everyone’s heads. I’ve heard that this  really humanates the queen but also some mixed reviews. I want to read it anyway because of my affinity for Alice’s story.

2. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

I haven’t really read or heard about many sleeping beauty retellings, so this is pretty exciting. It seems to focus on these half sisters—one the legitimate and one the illegitimate daughter of the king—then Aurora obviously falls into a deep sleep . Isabelle—the illigitimate daugher—sets on a journey to find a prince to cure her sister before the faerie queen’s army comes. But while sleeping, Aurora falls into this new world with a very handsome hunter.

3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I just get so excited by each retelling like original story. The Shadow Queen—based on Snow White—seems to be a pretty close retelling. There is a second book in the series that I believe is not a continuation but a companion, instead focusing on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Continue reading

True North Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

I do not usually do blog tour or book blitz posts, but I just fell in love with this series so much—and think it isn’t out there enough—that when the chance came up I could not resist. The giveaway info hasn’t been sent to me yet, but the post will be updated when that is received. Keep your eyes open! I included the info for the first book in the series—True Born—as well, so if you haven’t read the series you can get a taste and better understanding. You can also read my reviews here and here! Continue reading