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

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January in Review: 19 Books!

What a hectic month!

I randomly stumbled across my small town library’s graphic novel section, and it didn’t end well. Ever since the last Manga Madness readathon in November, I’ve honestly been on such a manga/graphic novel kick and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon!

I read some really surprising books this month. It was also the first month following a highly structured TBR, and I didn’t do too bad! 7 of the 19 books I read were from my tbr this month, 2 books were rolled over from my December tbr, and 2 books were also on my tbr for the year.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.


🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 2
🌟🌟🌟: 5
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 7
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 5

πŸ“˜Β January TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“•Β Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand πŸ“•
Published: Oct 24, 2017
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
creative, funny, heartwarming

PerennialsPerennials by Mandy Berman πŸ“˜
Published: Jun 6, 2017
nostalgic, dramatic, vivid

Emma, Vol. 08Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
Published: Mar 17, 2009
Historical Fiction
beautiful, descriptive, wonderful
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “January in Review: 19 Books!”

21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)

Since I’m ~extra~ my Goodreads shelves are flush with my physical shelves because I like to have things organized. I have a shelf of all the books I already own that I haven’t read yet, so I organized that shelf by rating to draw out the highest rated books I already own! This is going to be my loose 🌟 2019 TBR 🌟 which means I roughly have to read two of these books per month.

Many of these books are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while (big surprise) so hopefully this will help me 1) actually read the books I already own and 2) read books that I’ve been meaning to read since the dawn of time.

(I chose 21 books because that’s the number of books that fit the best in the graphic I made if you just want to scroll through to the end of the post since it is pretty long!)


Becoming by Michelle Obama
Avg. rating: 4.70

This literally just came out so most likely this high rating is due to the swarm of enthusiastic readers starting this and loving it straight from the gate, so I’m curious to see how well it holds up. Still I’m beyond excited to read this and I’m so glad to see it in the top spot!

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 edition) vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
Avg. rating: 4.61

So this is kind of cheating because I’ve already read this series, but I borrowed the individual volumes from the library years ago, and I’m planning on purchasing the series and thought the 3-in-1 editions would be the best. Before reading this one, I’d obviously like to reread the first volume I own.

In This Corner of the World Vol. 1In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
Avg. rating: 4.56

I bought this recently without knowing anything about it, so I’m very excited to see it was received so well! I’m not surprised to see manga this high up on the list because I feel like manga is such a niche category and much of the manga I read I love so I can’t wait to pick this up.

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Avg. rating: 4.56

I read my first Kristin Hannah book this year and absolutely loved it.Β  While this book had been on my radar for awhile, I didn’t go out and buy it until immediately after I finished The Great Alone. I’m already planning on this in the next few months.Β  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”

January TBR: 8 Books

It’s my first TBR with my new 2019 structure and I’m SO excited! I have so many great books picked out and I can’t wait to start the year off strong.

Out of the 5 books on my December TBRΒ I have read a whopping zero of them! Not a great month for me reading wise; I read a lot of audiobooks and I was trying to wrap up all of the books I’ve been drudging through since like October πŸ˜…Β (I finally finished The Corrections literally last night and I just feel so free.)

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!

TBR Jar Picks:

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Daughters (The Daughters, #1)

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines.Β The sole heir to Metronome Media and the daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders.Β Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.Β By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer who believes she’s β€œthe new face of beauty,” Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media spotlight.

I’ve had this on my bookshelf probably since I was a freshman in high school and I’ve gone through many unhauls since then and for some reason there is just something about this book that I’ve been holding onto so while I was originally a little disappointed I picked this, ultimately I’m relieved to finally be reading it! Continue reading “January TBR: 8 Books”

25 Books I’m Reading in 2018

A couple years ago I lined up all the books I was going to read for a complete year in order on my bookshelf. I’m definitely a mood reader and I tried to predict my mood based on the season and the types of books I most recently read. For example, I tried to put a few light fluffy books to read in the summer after a classic heavy spring. Or after a five hundred page brick I put a shorter novel for a break.

I did surprisingly well; the point was the jumpstart back into reading after essentially reading only like three or four books a semester outside of my required reading for classes senior year. With that as my end-goal, I definitely fell back into a reading routine, but only got about halfway down the list.

This year I joined the Mount TBR Challenge and committed myself to reading two books a month I already own, to hopefully add up to 24 books by the end of the year. Clearly, I have a lot more than 24 unread books on my bookshelf, but in order to meet my six books a month quota I figured I’d divide it up like this:

  • 2 books off my bookshelf
  • 2 new books (Book of the Month subscription box and a new release)
  • 2 library books.

Continue reading “25 Books I’m Reading in 2018”

Down the TBR Hole #02: Books 11-20

This is my second attempt atΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ “Down the TBR Hole,”Β which makes you question your most intimate life decisions from the past four years.

Actually, it just makes you set your Goodreads “to-read” shelf with the oldest books first, and then go through about ten books a time and decide if you’re going to keep it or not. But like, it basically the same thing. We’re cleaning out of hopes and dreams from the past few years.

I’m being dramatic, but it’s justified. At the end of my last attemptΒ I had an even 1,100 books on my “to-read” shelf. Currently, I have 1158. I’ve added a few 😐 Books are being produced faster than I can read!! Slow down!!

I cheated and skimmed ahead at these ten books and idk these are going to be h a r d to narrow down. They’re all classics that I feel more or less obligated to read at some point in my life. It’ll be an emotional adventure. I’m just gonna write off the record here we go. Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #02: Books 11-20”

Non-Required Back to School Reading

One of my favorite times of year was getting the summer reading list right before break. Even in elementary school, I would participate in the summer reading challenge at the library and read probably double the amount of books I needed to read for school.

Going into high school, I tackled the summer reading list much like any other project: I did way too much planning and daydreaming about the amount of books I would read. (Sometimes I even made it my goal to read every book off the list. It never happened.)

However, high schools seem to miss the mark on what types of books we should be reading over the summer. Not everyone is going to gravitate towards the classic bricks like I did, and we can still pull great essays and presentations out of the books below. Continue reading “Non-Required Back to School Reading”

Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017

Books Bought:

  • The Underground Railroad,Β Colson Whitehead
  • The Interestings,Β Meg Wolitzer
  • Big Little Lies,Β Liane Moriarty
  • We Are Called to Rise,Β Laura McBride
  • Six of Crows,Β Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom,Β Leigh Bardugo
  • The Hate U Give,Β Angie Thomas
  • We Should All Be Feminists,Β Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga #9,Β James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  • The Last Runaway,Β Tracy Chevalier
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns,Β Khaled Hosseini
  • Fates and Furies,Β Lauren Groff

Books Read:

  • Hatchet,Β Gary Paulsen
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga #9, James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  • We Should All Be Feminists,Β Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,Β Nick Hornby (unfinished)
  • Hidden Figures,Β Margot Lee Shetterly (unfinished)
  • Brian’s Winter,Β Gary Paulsen (unfinished)

[In the process of writing my March wrap-up I realized I never posted February, so alas here it is.]

How did I manage to buy twelve different books in the span of 28 days? February is supposed to be the shortest month and I managed to drop an ungodly amount of money on just chunks of paper. I hate myself. Continue reading “Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017”