February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
  • Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
  • The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (ARC)
  • The White Book by Han Kang (ARC)

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
  • City of Glass: The Graphic Novel by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 10 by Karuho Shiina
  • Ao Haru Ride vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

As I was reading Girls of Paper and Fire on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I was clearly reading and I also had headphones in (no music playing, just like an added boundary). But the guy was like “wow you’re reading a book! no one does that anymore!” and a large part of me was like “ugh stop bothering me I’m trying to read” and a smaller part of me was like “yeah, I mean almost everyone around me on the train is on their phone.”

I guess to people who don’t read as frequently as I do, 9 books in a month is honestly impressive. But when I’m constantly surrounded by the hype of new releases and great reviews its hard to prioritize what I want to read because it sounds interesting, and what I want to read because I’m going to love it. Continue reading “February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour”

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January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!

 

  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Night Tiger by Yangtze Choo
  • The Book Thief 10th Anniversary Edition by Markus Zusak
  • Pulp by Robin Talley
  • Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Heavy Vinyl vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva
  • Fence vol. 1 by C.S. Pascat and Johanna the Mad
  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 9 by Karuho Shiina
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering (eARC)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • March: Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
  • The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
  • Horimiya vols. 9 and 10 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Continue reading “January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!”

November 2018 Wrap-Up: Was I the only one on the planet not in a reading slump??

  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Dreamin’ Sun vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano
  • In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
  • I’ll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller
  • Fruits Basket Another vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Severance by Ling Ma
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Beartown by Frederick Backman
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 1 and 2 by Takako Shimura
  • Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano
  • Emma vol. 5, 6, and 7 by Kaoru Mori
  • Yostuba&! vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Horimiya vol. 6 and 7 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 6, 7, and 8 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

That’s books hauled list though… 😑

It was an accident!! All the books from Severance down were purchased at my library’s used book sale! Every November my library holds their annual book sale and it’s one of my most anticipated events of the entire year. I gave myself a budget of $40 and ended up spending only $33 on 15 books! So I can’t even be mad at myself. And it also gave me the opportunity to rearrange some of my shelves(re: the books on my floor in front of my shelf) in order to fit all of those new books! 😈 So really, was buying this many books this month a mistake? Probably. Do I regret? Not right now, at least. Maybe in like three months when I still haven’t read any of them…

Anyway, November was a MONTH. I feel like I didn’t read a single wrap-up (or watch a single wrap-up video) where someone in the book community had a good month, so clearly I’m not alone. That said, I feel like when I’m struggling reading has been my reprieve, so at least my reading month was great. (Actually this was my strongest reading month of the year by a landslide, which is unreal.) Continue reading “November 2018 Wrap-Up: Was I the only one on the planet not in a reading slump??”

October 2018 Wrap Up: I Read a Few Books that Made Me Cry

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Black Wings Beating by Alex London
  • WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson
  • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 5 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Horimiya vol. 5 by Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Emma vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Really excited to have completed another month of reading books I don’t actually own and ignoring all my unread books piling up on the floor because I ran out of room on my shelf!!

I bought a lot of books this month and all of them completely by accident!! I was only supposed to get three books: Alice in Wonderland, Bridge of Clay, and On a Sunbeam. I walked into Barnes and Noble and my former manager caught me in the YA section and promptly handed me a stack of literally a dozen books, which I had to narrow down to what I actually ended up with.

It’s been decided that I can basically never go into Barnes and Noble AGAIN. Continue reading “October 2018 Wrap Up: I Read a Few Books that Made Me Cry”

September Reading Wrap-Up: Too many books and too many distractions

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Poems by William Shakespeare
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  • Lumberjanes: Between the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 4 by Karuho Shiina
  • In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Emma vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Horimiya vol. 4 by Hero
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)

September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.

My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.

Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.

I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!

I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to love A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.

My favorite book of the month was A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.

I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.

Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year

June (& BookCon!!)
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright (ARC)
  • Dear Ijewale, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva (ARC)
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki and Brooke Allen
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
July
  • The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye (ARC)
  • Ordinary People by Diana Evans (ARC)
  • 30 Before 30 by Marina Shifrin (ARC)
August
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (ARC)
  • Fruits Basket Another vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

June
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Emma vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White (ARC)
  • The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 3 by Karuho Shiina
July
  • Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
August
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Continue reading “Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year”

May Reading Wrap-Up: Four of these books were added to my “favorites” list

books hauled

  • South Toward Home by Julia Reed (ARC)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • A Little Bit of Dreams by Stase Michaels
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
  • I Do Not Trust You by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz (ARC)

books read

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Emma by Kaoru Mori
  • The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler
  • Kimi Ni Todoke vol. 2 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Because I Was a Girl ed. by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Azumanga Daioh: The Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Horimiya vol. 3 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • 1984 by George Orwell

What A Month!! I honestly cannot believe I read this much this month; it’s unreal. Considering I worked overtime every paycheck and added up almost 1,200 miles on my car (just for work!!) this month, I’m shocked I even had time to sleep let alone read.

I know this gigantic “read” list is primarily because five of the books listed were audiobooks and five books were graphic novels/manga so it made it easy to read so much. I also realized I read a lot of middle-grade novels (five total but including audiobooks and graphic novels) so those are just naturally an easier read for me because of the language and format of the book. I also credit my local library to sucking me into it’s wide open mouth and swallowing me whole; a whopping fourteen books this month came from my local library, either in print or through Overdrive. (Embarrassingly I only read three of my own books this month. You can see why my gigantic physical TBR is such a problem.)

Moving past my shock over the quantity of books I read, I need to focus on the quality of the books I read but man oh man did it leave me with some HIGH expectations!!

I would say my average rating for books is around 3⭐ or 4⭐. If I like a book (and generally I read books that I enjoy) it’s a 3⭐ rating. If I really like it, it’s a 4⭐ rating. I’m stingy with my 5⭐ books; often it has to completely blow me away. I gave four books a 5⭐ rating this month (and one very high 4.5⭐ rating) and I’m shocked that it got to that many. Continue reading “May Reading Wrap-Up: Four of these books were added to my “favorites” list”

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. Continue reading “April Reading Wrap Up: The month of beautiful language”

March Reading Wrap-Up: What do you do when your dog eats your book?

  • Home Sweet Maison by Danielle Postel-Vinay
  • Yoga Mind by Suzane Colon
  •  A Little Bit of Crystals by Cassandra Eason
  • A Little Big of Chakras by Chad Mercree
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Volumes 4, 5, 6 by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
  • Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
  • Can’t Help Myself by Meredith Goldstein (ARC)
  • A Little Bit of Meditation by Amy Leigh Mercree
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Azumanga Daioh Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • This is How I Save My Life by Amy B. Scher (ARC)
  • Being a Dad is Weird by Ben Falcone

 

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • In the Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • Train Man by Machiko Ocha and Hitori Nakano
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 1 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel (ARC)
  • Bunny Drop vol. 1 by Yumi Unita
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (ARC)
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

 

I am currently writing this about four hours after my dog ate the cover off one of my paperbacks.

Now, I am constantly donating books in order to make room on my shelves. This was a book I was planning on keeping, but also knew I probably wouldn’t read again. After I noticed my ripped two-thirds of the cover, I tore the rest of it off, plus the first two pages in front of the title page. Now I just have a mangled paperback like the ones we used to recycle at Barnes and Noble.

(The first time I found out that we recycled books at Barnes and Noble I almost had a conniption. WHY?)

So like, what do I do? Do I keep the book on my shelf without a cover? Should I recycle it because I’m never going to read it again anyway? I don’t feel like I can give it away like this. Continue reading “March Reading Wrap-Up: What do you do when your dog eats your book?”

February Reading Wrap-Up: Basically just rambling about my new favorites

Books Bought:

  • How I Resist edited by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson (ARC)
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White (ARC)
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller
  • The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel (ARC)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (ARC)
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Books Read:

  • Beartown by Fredrick Backman
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
  • Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Continue reading “February Reading Wrap-Up: Basically just rambling about my new favorites”