5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp

It’s halfway through May which means I am one month away from being at camp for the summer!!

To curb my excitement, I’ve curated a list of all the books I want be read before I ship myself of to my cabin in the woods for the summer, but let’s be real I’ll be lucky if I even get to read one of them, let alone all.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren

The Firelight Girls

The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? This is the question that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.

I picked this up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble and I’ve been gearing up to read it ever since. From the summary I can tell the authors knows and understands summer camp, meaning this will be filled with lots of squeal-inducing moments.Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #16: Books 201-220

Woo hoo making my way into the 200s!!

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

Luna Yoga by Adelheid Ohlig
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

A to Z Dictionary of Dreams by Ian Wallace
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

The Dreamer’s Dictionary by Stearn Robinson
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

Dream Dictionary by Tony Crisp
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Review: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street

 

Page Count: 336 pages
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: American Street
CW: abusive relationships, gun violence

 

“On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—the good life. But after leaving Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud, American cousins—Chantal, Donna and Princess—the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola must learn that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?” (Source)Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #15: Books 181-200

I’ve been adding books to my goodreads TBR faster than I can clean it out. (I currently have 1580 books on there!!!) I went back and checked, and like the last 800 books are so are all added within the past year. How do I read faster??

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Best American Travel Writing of 2007 edited by Susan Orlean
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

The Best American Travel Writing of 2014 edited by Paul Theroux
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Seders
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney
Date added: May 27, 2015
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April Reading Wrap Up: The month of beautiful language


  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
  • American Princess by Leslie Carroll
  • Captive Audience by Lucas Mann
  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (ARC)

  • Horimiya vol. 1 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • Speak, the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
  • Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Horimiya vol. 2 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara

This month I gave myself the unusual challenge of choosing the book I was going to read next based off how it would look next to the cover of the book I read last. It’s not perfect, but I tried to keep a slight color scheme going on.

I do not recommend this method of choosing what books to read next to anyone. Sure, my books look pretty all lined up but it was absolute TORTURE trying to line up my audiobook schedule with my print reading schedule. This is why I’m currently not listening to my audiobook because I need to finish my print book before the audiobook because my print book will look nice next to Horimiya 2 but the audiobook will look like trash.

It’s a HUGE problem. I don’t know why I started this. I’m not continuing it this month.Read More »

5k A Day May! Rules and Goals

Hey y’all I realize this post should’ve went up like, before May started but better late than never am I right!!!!!!

Anyway, in a period of intense eagerness to actually write and get stuff done, I’ve decided I will work on something every day for the month of May. Not only will I write, but I will also write A LOT!

I’ve titled this 5k a Day May and feel free to join me! I’ve been using the hashtag #5kaDayMay over on Twitter~~

Basically my rules are brief:

  • Write 5k every day.

That’s literally it.

It doesn’t have to be 5k all at once. It doesn’t have to be 5k consecutive words. It doesn’t have to be 5k all in the same story. It doesn’t even have to be 5k fictional words!!!! I’m counting my blog writing because I’m wordy as hell and feel like I write way more than I need to in my posts!

(As you can tell with the exclamation points I’m really excited.)Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #14: Books 161-180

After a brief two week break from blogging I’m back at full speed and continuing to clean out my TBR. I’m adding books faster than I can trash them and I’m super anxious to get my number to less than 100 😭

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle
Date added: May 27, 2015
remove

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

London by Edward Rutherford
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Date added: May 27, 2015
keep

Happy Time Go Fast by Wes Weston
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Review: What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw
Page Count: 328 pages
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Age Range: Adult
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Goodreads: What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw

After a series of missteps in the face of his newfound fame, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote island in search of anonymity and a chance to reevaluate his recent breakup with his girlfriend, actress Josie Lamar.

But soon after his arrival on the peaceful island, his solitary hike into the jungle takes him into danger he never anticipated.  As Charlie struggles with gaining fame, Josie struggles with its loss. The star of a cult TV show in her early twenties, Josie has spent the twenty years since searching for a role to equal that one, and feeling less and less like her character, the heroic Bronwyn Kyle. As she gets ready for a reunion of the cast at a huge fan convention, she thinks all she needs to do is find a part and replace Charlie. But she can’t forget him, and to get him back she’ll need to be a hero in real life. (Source)Read More »

May TBR List

Welcome to May, the busiest month of the year!!! If I thought April was a doozy hoo boy am I going to be WIPED come May 31st–I’m literally almost in tears just thinking about it.

Out of the 9 books I included on my April TBR, I read or started to read 7 of them. I honestly am in utter shock over how close I was to reading almost every single book I set aside to read this month. It helped that I borrowed books from the library, which gives me an actual deadline I have to read them by.

Moving forward into May, I’ve added a mere 6 books to my TBR for the month. I’m sure I’ll read books that aren’t on my TBR for the month, but since one book is literally MASSIVE, and I only have six days off of work this month (total 😅) I’ve decided to keep it short and sweet.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Non-fiction pick: An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal (owned)

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

This would not typically be my go-to book choice, but in my personal quest to read more non-fiction I decided I needed to branch out more. It doesn’t hurt that I also received a copy of this for free from a Goodreads giveaway!Read More »