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”


February in Review: 9 Books

By the time I end up posting my February wrap-ups it will be time to write my March ones! 😑

nbd it’s fine I’m just over here apparently in a month long reading slump and trying not to stress about it.

I read a total of 9 books in February, which is significantly less than the 19 books I read in January. However, my goal is to read 8 books each month in 2019, so I still beat my goal. Looking back, I feel like I had a pretty mediocre month in terms of content, but many of the books I read I gave high ratings too?? I don’t know, my brain just feels foggy.

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.

📘 February TBR
📙 2019 TBR
📕 Prior TBR
📗 Down the TBR Hole

Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 📗 
Published: Sep 15, 2015
YA Contemporary
twangy, bold, heartwarming

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 🔵
Published: Jan 29, 2019
YA Fantasy
dramatic, glittery, slow

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 🔵
Published: Nov 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
cinematic, dark, dynamic
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “February in Review: 9 Books”

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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February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons

January was my first month reading from my very highly structured TBR and it worked pretty well! Out of the 8 books on my January TBR, I ended up finishing 4 of them, and I’m currently reading a 5th. As always, I deviated slightly from my TBR occasionally this month, but I’m very content with reading 5/8.

I’m slightly nervous for my TBR this month, especially since February is the shortest month, but with so many great challenges this month I’m very excited to read more!

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:

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (own)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. They’re also fearful about opening up a dialog. Not Orenstein. Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.

I bought this at my library’s used booksale without knowing much about it. It has a pretty high rating on Goodreads, but there’s also some disappointing reviews with how Orenstein handles LGBTQ  women so I’ve been hesitant to read this. Even if I don’t get around to reading it this month, I’d still be okay if I have to unhaul this one.  Continue reading “February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons”

January 2019 Book Birthdays: 8 Books

Welcome to a new monthly installment! This originated as an anticipated new release list for the first half of 2019 but it was way too long, so I cut it down to the first quarter of 2019, and then I ultimately decided it was just more manageable for me to do this at the beginning of each month! This way it’s fresh in my mind and all the covers will be released and it will just be overall pleasant for everyone involved!

I have six books on this list ranging from middle grade, young adult, to adult (with the majority being YA this month). I am beyond excited for all of these books!

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!

(These dates reflect US releases.)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (January 8)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished―the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box―she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it. 

Ok so I was completely enamored by this cover but briefly skimming the dozens of 5-star ratings has me convinced that I absolutely need this. I’m probably going to cry reading it, but what else is new!! Continue reading “January 2019 Book Birthdays: 8 Books”

Discussion: What I’m Hoping For in Leigh Bardugo’s New Grishaverse Novel

Leigh Bardugo recently edged herself into my auto-buy author category, so naturally when all of Twitter informed me that her next Grishaverse edition, King of Scars, is expected in winter of 2019, I exploded.

King of Scars is an upcoming duology centered around Nikolai Lantsov, who makes appears in both of Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Nikolai was first introduced in Siege and Storm as Sturmhond, a pirate/commander who is soon discovered to be the prince of Ravka. Later in the Grishaverse timeline, he makes an appearance in Crooked Kingdom.

While I was underwhelmed with Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, Nikolai was probably one of my favorite characters (and I’m definitely not alone). The ending of both Grishaverse series left some loose ends that I’m hoping to be furthered addressed in this new series.


“Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself.  But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.” (Source)

The rest of this post will contain spoilers.

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