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

Monday Motviation: The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen is a beautiful, lyrical. lush book. I adore it—you can read my review here. I was suprised I never previously mentioned a quote. Anyway—you might know because I keep mentioning it—I am finishing up my last semester and need all the motivation I can get. Wish me luck! Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.”

Review: Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer’s The Season

Title: The Season
Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Viking Children’s

Megan is a hundred percent focused on soccer and her dreams of the national team—box jumps, burpees, laps, she can do it all. But then her mother secretly enters her in the state’s most prestigious debutante season and she’s furious. Megan has a month to prove herself, splitting time between bench pressing and ballroom dance lessons. Only upside to being a deb, the parties. Despite not being one for makeup and gowns, the guys at the events might make being a deb worth Megan’s time. But that’s before she gets wrapped up with an insufferable young millionaire, ends up in a class with ten year olds, and throws a punch.

You all don’t know how excited I was when I found out about this book a couple months ago. First, ya’ll might not know this but I love anything soccer related, I actually played for like thirteen years. But this has soccer and debutantes, so it sounded like an amazing book version of She’s the Man—I love that movie and if you haven’t seen it you should watch it like now. And the more I read it, the more the book turned into like a Pride and Prejudice inspired story. So this book from the start really just has two things I love and that alone has me liking it.

Megan—our protagonist—is a college soccer player with dreams of making the national team. She is kind of the more stereotypical like tough tomboy sports girl, which I’m kind of eh about but like she evolves a little and honestly yeah that is what some female athletes are like so I wasn’t 100% sure. I also wished we got some more of her doing some like real serious soccer training just because that’s something I like. Anyway, I did enjoy her. Megan has a soft side for her dad, her twin sister, and their ranch but besides that like I said she is pretty tough. She is stubborn and determined and those traits really keep her going. She also has a really sarcastic sense of humor, which was one of my favorite things about her. 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

Review: Jessica Khoury’s The Forbidden Wish

Title: The Forbidden Wish
Jessica Khoury
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Zahra is the world’s most powerful jinni, but still faces confinement to her lamp and obedience to her master. As a punishment she hasn’t been out hundreds of years—as punishments for an old war—but then Aladdin finds her lamp. Thrust into a world where magic is now illegal and her existence leads to persecution, Zahra is offered the chance at freedom but it might just mean betraying Aladdin—the boy she finds herself falling for despite previous heartbreak and lessons learned.

This is an Aladdin retelling with the hook being that the jinni is female. That itself was enough to get me interested and reading. It was probably enough for me to enjoy this book, but The Forbidden Wish ended up being so much more and so much more than the classic tale we all know and I loved that.

The writing was really beautiful and lush—as described in the Sarah J. Maas blurb. I think it has a lot to do with the point-of-view character, Zahra the like ancient jinni. Her experience, wisdom, and strength really ooze into the language of the book. Continue reading

This or That Thursday: Challenge #87 Bookstore Buying

Every week the Bookmark Chronicles poses a bookish question. If you want to check out the challenge click the link.

THIS WEEK IS:When you’re in a book store how do you decide which book(s) you will buy?
Like will you: Know what you’ll buy before you get there; Bring (a portion of) your TBR and narrow it down; Pick the cheapest ones so you can buy the most with the money you have on you; Buy the ones written by authors you know you like;Pick the pretty covers; Browse and read the descriptions; Look up their Goodreads rating; or anything else?

This is a bit tricky for me. I buy a lot of my books online. I don’t often buy books a physical store. It honestly is just a price thing. Amazon is evil and all that but I wouldn’t be able to buy the amount of books that I do if I was paying $17 for a hardback. That being said, I do occasionally buy at a bookstore, there are just too many good ones near me not to and sometimes I have impulses. Continue reading

TV Shows I’m Watching

I wanted to do this post because media other than books, especially television is a big part of my life. I do not have cable currently at my apartment, so I watch things online usually either streaming or just like finding it online. These are shows I am currently watching. I might be doing a finished and favorites post sometime. Let me know if you watch any of these or if you have any recommendations!

Supergirl – The CW

I started watching this show on Netflix. I love it. Kara Danvers—aka Supergirl—is my hero and like her outfits are my life goals. She dresses so on point in real life—not superlife. I mean not only is it great to have a female lead superhero but the show also highlights queer relationships. The writing is good, it is a mix of serious and light, and has just a twinge of humor and romance. Currently the show is on break and I can’t take it.

The 100 – The CW

Pronounced: the hundred. I love this show! Netflix has the first couple seasons. I will admit the first season is iffy and the acting is a little awkward, push through it. The end of the first season and onward just gets so good. Essentially, we bombed ourselves into radiated oblivion and the only survivors were on space stations. Forever later, the station is running out of air so they send a hundred “juvenile delinquents” who have been locked up to see if they can survive on Earth. Can you imagine a hundred kids free without adults? Also—for those of you that watch—Bellamy and Clark are my OTP. 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