Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]

It is 11:40pm on the eve of my day to host ReReadathon and I am just drafting this post  😐

I was just at a conference for work that as left me incredibly inspired, motivated, and empowered… but also freaking exhausted. I brought five (5) books with me on my four day trip and I read maybe 40 pages.

Anyway, I could not skirt around my duties for this incredibly readathon that I was so excited about (but failing so hard at!!), not to mention that I owe everyone a GIVEAWAY!

I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to not just read more books, but also to read books I already own almost exclusively. While my intentions have ultimately been positive, it’s been a struggle. Sometimes I need to remind myself that reading should be a relief, not a chore!

With that said, although I do feel the need to consistently be reading the newest, shiniest book, or to whittle down my ever-growing TBR, there is something so important about revisiting old favorites. Here are some of my favorite popular books I’ve read recently, (or not so recently!) that I’d love to make time to read in the near future.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I’m a little nervous to reread this because I don’t even know if it’s going to live up to the expectation I’ve set up for myself. I haven’t even touched this since I finished Crooked Kingdom so this is tremendously high on my list of books to reread. Continue reading “Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]”

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December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads

Books Bought:

  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Six of Crows collector’s edition by Leigh Bardugo

Books Read:

  • Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Horimiya vol. 8 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • George by Alex Gino
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Out of the 11 books I received this month I read THREE of them which is a record for me! Usually I don’t read the books I buy until many months later 😅

I wasn’t planning on buying this many books this month after my colossal book haul in November, but it kind of just happened. Every month after making my TBR I decide which books I’m going to buy and which books I’m going to borrow, but I had a few books I had been putting off buying so I just went out and bought all of the books I still wanted to so I would have a clean slate for the new year.  Continue reading “December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads”

25 Books for 25 Years

This week I’m turning 25. I’m only a little stressed out about it. And by little, I mean like Pluto-is-the-littlest-planet little. (Also I know Pluto isn’t really a planet but like, it still makes a good metaphor right?!?)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about books that have shaped my reading (and writing) habits in my life. I tried to make a list of one book per year, but I can’t say that I had a favorite books for the ages of 1-6 (at least not that I remember). Instead I decided to ballpark it, so the first ten books or so are books that I read during elementary school.

Covers are linked to Goodreads profiles; summaries are excerpted from Goodreads

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. 

Who didn’t love The Giving Tree as a child? I think had to be one of the books I remember crying over. (Also it makes sense to me now that my mother would read this book to me, she’s a tree lover.) Definitely one of the books I’m going to pass down to my children one day.

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein 

Falling Up

Poor Screamin’ Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O’Dare, the dancin’ bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold. So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.

I hesitated putting two books by the same author on the list, much less back to back, but when it came down to it I couldn’t decide which one to pull because I feel like both of them had the same value to me and at the end of the day it’s my list on my blog and I can do what I want!!!!! I bought this book at the end of a school year, right before summer vacation.

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 series by Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (American Girls: Kit, #1)

Kit longs for a big story to write in her daily newspaper for her Dad—that is, until she’s faced with news that’s really bad. When Mother’s friends lose their house and come to stay with her family, it’s nothing but trouble for Kit. Then Kit’s dad loses his business, and things go from bad to worse. Will life ever be the same again?

Third grade sparked the American Girl doll craze and of course, I had to have one. My parents said I would could get a doll but it had to be one of the historical dolls, and I had to read all of the books in that doll’s series first. Even as I child I was ExTrA so I started borrowing ALL of the American Girl books from the library, reading series after series until I was caught up with each doll. Ultimately I ended on Kit because she was my favorite. (The following year I chose Josephina as my next doll because she was my second favorite.)

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby, #1)

Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Whether she’s taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble–and getting all the attention. Old enough to be expected to take responsibility for her little sister, yet young enough to be mortified by every embarrassing plight the precocious preschooler gets them into, Beezus is constantly struggling with her mixed-up feelings about the exasperating Ramona.

I FLEW through the Ramona series in elementary school. I distinctly remember specific scenes from the book; Ramona eating the first bite of all the apples in the box because the first bite of an apple is the best bite, or Ramona filling up her bathroom sink with toothpaste by squeezing the tube in the middle because it looked like fun. Continue reading “25 Books for 25 Years”

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.

Summary

“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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Seasonal Reading Guide: 5 of the Best Books for Fall

After WEEKS of cringing every time I saw an “it’s fall!!!!” post on social media, I can finally join the rest of the world in my excitement for cooler weather and beautiful scenery.

Fall used to be my favorite season before summer stole it’s rightful spot in my heart. Still, the months of June through December are the best months of the year (fight me).

Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with a cat or two, a cup of tea, an oversized hand-me-down sweater, and a nice brick.

I’m an hardcore mood reader; often my reviews on books depend on whether or not it was the right time for me to read it. Fall is the perfect time for me to read those books those denser picks that I’ve been putting off reading during the summer in favor of something lighter. It’s like when restaurants put away their summer salads (aka light, fruity books) for some nice tomato soup and maybe a grilled cheese (something warmer, heavier, and maybe a little savory).

In the fall, my go-to picks are usually something long, weird, and/or suspenseful.  Continue reading “Seasonal Reading Guide: 5 of the Best Books for Fall”

Reading Wrap-Up: March 2017

Books Bought:

  • The Comet Seekers, Helen Sedgwick (ARC)
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti (ARC)
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave
  • Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving
  • The End of Our Story, Meg Haston (ARC)
  • Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
  • Here We Are: Feminism for the Read World, Ed. Kelly Jensen
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Women, Lindy West (ARC)
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back, Elisabeth Rosenthal (ARC)
  • The Light Between Oceans, M. L. Steadman
  • The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu
  • Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life with a Very Large Dog, Lauren Fern Watt (ARC)

Books Read:

  • Ten Years in the Tub, Nick Hornby
  • Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson
  • Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
  • Toradora! Vol. 1, Yuyuko Takemiya
  • Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life with a Very Large Dog, Lauren Fern Watt (ARC)
  • Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shutterly (unfinished)
  • Brian’s Winter, Gary Paulsen (unfinished)
  • Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, Ed. Kelly Jensen (unfinished)

I read a whopping five books this month! A much bigger improvement from my one and three books the months before. I can feel myself moving up in the world. (Just don’t ask me how I managed to start and finish four books before finishing the two I started reading in February. I don’t know.)

I credit the success of this month to a solo challenge I made up and attempted in the span of about three hours. The goal was to read seven books in seven days (or #7books7days which I tagged my tweets with). Although I did not read seven books (clearly) I won’t right it off as a mega failure because I did manage to finish three books that week! Three! In a week! That’s the total of what I read in February!

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Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017

Books Bought:

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

Books Read:

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