august rewind \\ i don’t know what to subtitle this

Did this month go by really fast or is it just me? It’s probably just me because this month was BUSY and a lot of changes happened. But here we are at the beginning of September and it is almost FALL thank goodness; I hate summer (despite all the YA romance potential). ANYWAY, here is what happened in August…

 

what happened

  • I started my new job! Well, new-ish since it is still at the same library system I was working before. But I am now a children’s librarian instead of a teen librarian and am working in a much smaller branch, which I think will actually be a lot better for me because the big branch often caused me a ton of stress. Even though I started somewhere new, my stress level has already gone way down and I think this job will be very good for my heart condition, which incidentally was caused by stress and anxiety.
  • I went home and celebrated my birthday. I desperately needed a vacation since I hadn’t had one since April, and it was nice to go home and surprise my dad for his birthday and get the feeling of helping him feel happier and have people be happy to see me. I’ve been really down for most of the month and going home helped lift my spirits a bit. And I got to see my home kitties!
  • I really didn’t feel that great for the second half of the month, tbh. Part of the reason I was so looking forward to going home was because my depression was getting bad again due to some other stuff going on and I just knew going home and seeing my parents and cats would help. I’ve been feeling kind of blah and unmotivated and lethargic for a while I think, but things took a downward turn because of some stuff I’ve been facing in therapy really getting to me. I kind of wish I could talk about it on the blog just to get it out of my system but for some reason this just feels too personal and I’m also kind of embarrassed about what I’ve been struggling with.
  • We had two exploding ceiling incidents. Of water pouring from our ceiling into our kitchen. And they were within two weeks of each other. Apparently the first time they used “bad materials” to fix it, which is the dumbest excuse I could imagine. I’m really worried that when a new neighbor moves in upstairs and starts using the sink that it’s going to just keep happening.

 

what i read

I really dropped the ball again this month in terms of reading. It felt like I read a lot, but I think that was because I DNF’ed 4-5 books. I tried SPIN THE DAWN, which had a storytelling style I found off-putting, WILDER GIRLS, which had a writing style I didn’t like, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, which I had majorly spoiled for me, THE BABYSITTER’S COVEN, which needed to be more gay, and WICKED FOX, which I think I’ll like but I just wasn’t in the mood for this month. I think the problem was that at the beginning of the month I finished two books that were absolutely STELLAR, aka DAISY JONES AND THE SIX and THE RAVEN BOYS and had the worst (best???) book hangover as a result. Honestly, those two books made me feel blah about reading anything else because I knew nothing else would live up to them.

I did try the second book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, and I really enjoyed it. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES follows my two favorite minor characters from the first book in the series, twins Jack and Jill, and their journey into their door. This series is just so excellently written and so dark and twisty but whimsical at the same time. These books really make me wish that whimsical horror were a subgenre that was more explored. I don’t even really know what genre to categorize these books as but they’re just so creative and clever and I’m psyched to read the next book in the series, BENEATH A SUGAR SKY.

 

around the blogosphere

I actually blog hopped this month, go me!!

  • Kaya discussed how to achieve your readathon goals
  • Xandra wrote about things that seem scary about blogging, but actually aren’t
  • Cam talked about ways blogging has changed her as a reader
  • May discussed her rating system and why ratings are so hard
  • The Orangutan Librarian talked about mood reading
  • Vicky gave book recs based on the emoji mashup game

 

blogging life

I reached 476 followers this month! I am well on my way to my goal of reaching 500 followers by the end of 2019. This month blogging was a little tough for me because I found that I didn’t have much time, and when I did have time I wasn’t in the mood to blog. I think it’s just part of feeling overall blah/lethargic because of feeling a little depressed and all the changes that are happening in my life. I just felt so uninspired by blogging even though I read lots of cool posts from other bloggers. Honestly I’m kind of contemplating another blogging hiatus just to give myself a break and get myself together, but I went on one so recently and I don’t want to lose my momentum with blogging. But I’m just so TIRED and feeling lackluster about things and just want to focus on other aspects of my life for a while. So we’ll see.

 

favorites

Woo, this section returns because I have favorite things this month.

  • watching Daredevil on Netflix. I decided to give the Netflix Marvel show Daredevil a try on Netflix because I was feeling sad about not liking the second season of Jessica Jones enough to finish it and OMG, I am so in love with Daredevil? I think Matthew Murdoch might be my new favorite superhero. And Foggy Nelson, his bff??? LOVE!!! Also I am very weirdly attracted to Karen Page even though she’s not my usual type. I will say this show is EXTREMELY dark and violent, and sometimes I have to fast forward through some head smashing. But the story is intriguing and having a blind superhero is like the best thing?? Plus Rosario Dawson is on it and I think she was probably one of my first girl crushes before I realized I liked girls so this show has serious bi energy.
  • watching Veronica Mars on Hulu. One of my best work friends has been encouraging me to watch this show and I finally did. I’m not sure if I *love* it yet but I am enjoying it and the mysteries are fun and Kristen Bell is great obviously. I wish I knew about the sexual assault stuff beforehand but also am kind of glad I didn’t at the same time because if I had I probably wouldn’t have given it a chance. Also Veronica’s father is the greatest.
  • This cleanser from Farmacy at Sephora. I’ve been wanting to try a new cleanser for some reason and I’d liked another product from Farmacy, a “clean” beauty brand at Sephora, so I decided to try their gentle cleanser, and it is vv gentle, foams nicely, and has a nice scent that does in fact remind me of bees (in a good way).
  • My new iPhone 8. Right before my trip home, my phone cracked really badly and I ended up getting a new phone for my birthday?? So that was a nice surprise. It has SO MUCH SPACE and I have room for all my music and apps and also the battery doesn’t run out in half an hour of using it. Also my new case is very smooth and nice.
  • TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM, “LOVER”!!!!!!!! This came out the day before my birthday and made me feel like it was a gift to me even though obviously I know that is not true. But I am a huge Tay Swift fan so it felt very serendipitous. My top three songs are: 1. You Need to Calm Down (I am now a Taylor Is Bi conspiracy theorist) 2. The Man (so underrated but so accurate) and 3. The Archer (speaks to me on a personal level)
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the sunday post // 8-25-19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about the past week, reading recaps, hauls, and more.

 

weekly happenings

  • I went home!! My mom and I have been planning for months to surprise my dad for his birthday which was last week with a visit from me, and I finally got to go home! I was really happy to get a vacation and also see my dad’s reaction because he was so shocked. I did a good job of keeping a secret all these months and it really paid off. I was glad I got to do something nice for my dad and also honestly it made me feel a lot better to come home and see that people were excited to see me.
  • I celebrated my birthday yesterday. I am now 26 wooo so elderly. I’ve been depressed about my birthday for the past couple of weeks because I thought I’d just be sad because I’m not really friends with most of the people I celebrated with last year, but going home was a major pick me up for my mental health state and I ended up enjoying myself and not thinking about it nearly as much as I anticipated.
  • Taylor Swift’s new album came out!!!!!! I have been equally excited about LOVER coming out as I have been about going home, plus it came out the day before my birthday so I felt like it was just for me even though I know that’s a little silly. I am a HUGE Tay Swift fan and I was not disappointed. Side note: I am sorry, but she did not write “Lover” about a man. Especially after the bi flag hair in “You Need to Calm Down.” Just…girl ain’t straight.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

  • honestly I have no clue what to post
  • this is subject to change
  • but also I have no blog post ideas
  • can I just do all my monthly wrap-up and goals posts a couple days early??

 

books read

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This is another instance of “books DNF’ed” for the week because I’m apparently on a DNF kick. I did enjoy this one a bit, but honestly I just wasn’t feeling the anticipated romance because I just am not interested in white hetero romances anymore?? Is that fair?? I feel like it’s fair. It was funny and gave me Buffy vibes, but the pacing was a bit off, like both too slow and too fast, and I really did not need a detailed description of whatever outfit Esme and Janis wore every day. I might come back to this one but honestly I was just too disappointed that Esme and Cassandra weren’t in love to keep reading.

 

currently reading

I’m giving two books a try. I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to continue NINTH HOUSE; it feels more like a fall book to me and I’m not really in the mood for something long. I’m also giving WICKED SAINTS another try even though I hated it? Don’t ask me why because I don’t know.

 

book haul

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  • The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
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www wednesday // 8-21-19

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

 

just finished

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Tbh, this should actually say “just DNFed.” Yes, you read that correctly: I DNFed Evelyn Hugo. I’m still sad about it. The main reason I felt like I should DNF it were that I had a couple of major things spoiled for me by the book community including the main romance and what happens with Monique’s father, and also the sex stuff really bothered me and I was worried it would end up being too triggering. I did like the writing even though it wasn’t as amazing as in DAISY JONES, so it’s possible I’ll come back to it, but I think I might give other Taylor Jenkins Reid books a try first. But I am very salty that the book community spoiled the biggest part of the book. I guess that’s what I get for reading reviews but it’s still disappointing.

 

currently reading

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I’ve been psyched for this book for what feels like forever, but definitely from since before that AMAZING cover was revealed. This is honestly the most on-brand book for me and I’m hoping it continues being enjoyable. It’s about Esme Pearl, a teenager who has a babysitting “club” with her best friend Janis until gorgeous Cassandra Heaven moves to town, and weird things start happening around Esme. There has already been a creepy child incident and lots of girl power and awesome fashion (though honestly I could do without so many fashion descriptions, but it’s not bad), so I have high hopes that this will continue to be awesome. Also, it’s surprisingly and unexpectedly funny? I was expecting quirky but not to actually LOL, so that’s a nice surprise.

 

reading next

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Okay so maybe I’ll reread SEA WITCH next so I can read SEA WITCH RISING??? But also I really want to read NINTH HOUSE for my birthday this weekend. Reading my eARC of it will be my ultimate birthday gift to myself. I’m a little worried this one will be triggering for me as well but I am going to try to soldier on through because I love Leigh Bardugo she is my queen and I need to read this book that is sure to be a dark masterpiece.

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natalie tan’s book of luck and…rants? yeah, it’s a rant

Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Author: Roselle Lim
Pages: 320
Date published: June 11, 2019
DNF @ : 37%

At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

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I really tried to read this book. At one point, I was convinced I would keep reading it until the end even though I already had a list of criticisms of it that was about a mile long, because there was something about it that made me want to know what happened even though I had a thousand and one gripes with it. But, about 1-2% after that point in my eARC, I noticed I was skimming way too much to be considered reading the book and decided to put more effort into convincing myself it was fine to DNF a book I was HATING than into continuing a book that was making me roll my eyes every other paragraph.

So, friends, enemies, and frenemies, prepare yourselves for a major rant about Roselle Lim’s debut, NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE…

Okay, so.

One of the biggest issues I had with this book was the writing. I know it’s a debut, but…you could REALLY, SERIOUSLY tell that it was a debut. The writing style was awkward and stilted and didn’t read naturally to me at all. I almost said “especially the dialogue,” but honestly, the whole thing was a mess in terms of the writing. But the dialogue. OMG. It was so terrible.

Take Natalie and Daniel’s (barf) first meeting, for instance. SO MANY CLICHES in single sentences. It was also weirdly formal but too familiar at the same time? ALSO on the note of Natalie and Daniel…the fact that Lim had Natalie describe watching Daniel eat as “akin to pornography” was just…wtf??? Like, I get that Natalie is a chef and food is her life, but that is just weird. Their romance was also MAJORLY instalovey. After one meeting, Celia describes Daniel as Natalie’s “love” and they barely said any words to each other that were not about her food! They had a totally normal service/customer interaction and Natalie is all hot and bothered because she watched him eat and he complimented her dumplings! I just…could not with their budding romance.

On the note of cliches and romance…I didn’t get why Natalie was so averse to romance? The only explanation given is that she wanted to leave her lovers before they left her, which is super contrived and cliche. I think Lim wanted to connect Natalie’s love problems to her father leaving…yet she never showed how not having her father in her life affected her.

Similarly, I was confused as to what Natalie’s relationship with her mother was actually like during her childhood. She starts suddenly having all these formerly repressed happy memories when she cooks her Laolao’s food and spending time with the neighbors, but it is also made somewhat clear that Natalie resented her mother. There weren’t a lot of scenes from her childhood, so I was confused about whether Natalie always had a resentment toward her mother or if it only started when her mother refused to support her restaurant dreams.

I also really questioned Natalie’s motives for helping her neighbors. After helping two of them, she mentions that she only has one more neighbor to help before the prophecy made by Miss Tsai can be fulfilled and she can be successful with her restaurant endeavors. It didn’t seem to me that she genuinely cared about helping the neighbors or their problems; she just wants to fulfill her own dreams and desires by any means necessary. It just seemed that her motives to help her neighbors were mostly selfish and not motivated by any real kindness or affection for them.

The prophecy and the “magical realism” that the book tried to produce also didn’t feel natural to me. It all seemed very literal and awkward and didn’t fit into the story as seamlessly as other magical realism books I’ve read. The writing to me felt very contemporary realism, and I had a hard time reconciling that with the magic in the book. I wish that the book had been written in a different style that felt more “magical,” because the magic really didn’t seem to fit with how the book was being written.

Another thing that irked me was how detailed the food descriptions were. I didn’t need the recipe and then a detailed rundown of Natalie herself making every single recipe in the book. I don’t think Lim needed to describe every component and step for every dish that was brought up in the story. I found myself eventually skipping those parts even though I liked them at first because there were too many of them and they were too long and didn’t add to the story.

Anyway.

This is the longest DNF review I’ve ever written, but obviously, I had a LOT of thoughts as to why it was so bad. Honestly, I’m kind of shocked it was published at all, which I know is harsh, but seriously. The writing in this book needs a lot of work, and this could’ve used a ton more editing. It really read like a first draft and the craft was just not there. I had such high hopes for this book, but unfortunately, it really fell apart for me and I can’t say I’d recommend it.

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the sunday post // 8-18-19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about the past week, reading recaps, hauls, and more.

 

weekly happenings

  • I had my first big incident at my new job 🙁  and I’m so sad because it was going so well and not stressful. Okay, the rest of the week was relatively fine and normal, but I was hoping I wouldn’t have to deal with anything major within my first few weeks. Nothing super terrible ended up happening fortunately, but the police had to be called because the patron causing the incident refused to leave, but they never even showed up. I was glad the girl left eventually because I was afraid she was going to hit our security officer.
  • I had my first evaluation. And I did really well! Every category was rated from 1-4 and I got only 3s and 4s! I was super nervous because my mental health was horrible and effected my work in previous jobs, but that was not the case this time and it was nice to see my hard work acknowledged in a tangible way.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

*subject to change

  • if we were having tea
  • honestly I have no other post ideas at the moment

 

books read

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This week I read DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES, book two of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. I loved the first book in the series, which I was inspired to finally read when I saw a review of DATSAB and decided I had to read it. DATSAB definitely did not disappoint: it was creepy, dark, whimsical, and even GAY. It followed my two favorite side characters from the first book, and I just loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!!

 

currently reading

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I’m finally doing it: I’m reading the much-hyped book beloved by the book community, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid, aka author of my newest all-time favorite book, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. I’m so excited for this book because I need another book to crush my soul like DAISY did, but also, what if it’s somehow not as good? Then I will be crushed in the worst way. So we will see how this one goes.

 

book haul

  • When We Were Magic – Sarah Gailey
  • Harley in the Sky – Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls – Anissa Gray
  • Song for a Whale – Lynne Kelly

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it’s in the stars: full moon in aquarius

Today marks the beginning of the full moon entering Aquarius. The full moon in Aquarius is a period full of unexpected surprises. During this time, definitely expect the unexpected and stay on your toes!

In the spirit of the unexpected and unconventionality, today I’ll be recommending some books that use unconventional formats.

 

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shatter me – tahereh mafi

I guess there’s not too too much that’s unconventional about SHATTER ME other than the crossing-out style of writing, but also, this is a super unique dystopian and worth sharing on an unexpected/unconventional list. The writing style was so not what I would’ve expected for that genre the first time I read it because it was so poetic and lyrical. It definitely read like a lyrical contemporary despite all the dystopian happenings.

 

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illuminae – amie kaufman & jay kristoff

Now, I have a confession to make…I haven’t finished this book either time I tried to read it despite loving the format. I got about 100-150 pages in but I just couldn’t do it. Probably because the space stuff confused me because I’m really not a space YA person in any format. But, this book is

“Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more”

 

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all of this is true – lygia day penaflor

A lot of people hated this book because it does feature a character who commits sexual assault but surprisingly…I kind of dug it. I didn’t feel like the book redeemed him. But that’s another conversation. ALL OF THIS IS TRUE is told in interviews about a group of teens who befriended the author of a book they were all obsessed with, and she basically becomes the leader of their crew and it gets all cult-y and stuff. It’s really bizarre and dark and vaguely problematic, but I guess I’m allowed to like one problematic book.

 

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miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children – ransom riggs

I would like to point out that Ransom Riggs is married to the illustrious aforementioned Tahereh Mafi. However, she is a WAY better writer than he is. Honestly, the first time I read Miss Peregrine, I HATED it. It’s told in regular prose but has creepy vintage images accompanying it. Honestly, I found the whole book very gimmicky and didn’t like that half the story was him describing the photograph I could see on the next page. And I don’t even remember what the story was about other than creepy children and something about a grandfather, which tells me the plot wasn’t that interesting to begin with.

 

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www wednesday // 8-14-19

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

 

just finished

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Still haven’t finished anything since Daisy Jones last week. Probably because I’ve started a bunch of books since then.

 

currently reading

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I am currently reading NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE. I gave ADSOM a try but found it was a little slower than I was in the mood for. I’m having somewhat mixed feelings about NATALIE TAN?? I mean…I guess I don’t like it because I’m being hyper critical of it and keep finding problems with it around every corner and yet…I’m still reading it? I don’t know. I suppose there’s something about it that is keeping me reading so that’s something.

 

reading next

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I keep meaning to read LOVE FROM A TO Z and was going to start it before I decided to go with NATALIE TAN instead, so after I’m done with that, definitely will be reading this book!

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2019 goals progress

I love making goals posts on this blog, but honestly I hardly ever stick to them. Recently, I started wondering what goals I had made at the beginning of the year, so I decided to look back at my post for my 2019 goals and assess my progress. So, here’s how I’ve been doing with my 2019 goals a little over halfway through the year.

 

personal

  • be more positive/practice gratitude.     X!     I still definitely struggle with this. I have experimented a bit with gratitude exercises, but honestly, I don’t think they’re really my cup of tea. I’ve also had a lot of mental health struggles this year that have made being positive a challenge, and also my stressful former job made positivity a challenge.
  • find a hobby.      X!     I don’t think I did this the way I meant to, but I have been doing tarot more often and want to try doing witchy things more because I enjoy exploring that.

 

career/financial

  • find a job that makes me happy.        !!       So…I guess I’m on my way to this one! I’m definitely more content and less stressed in this new job, and I think it is going to end up being a very positive change for me.

 

health

  • work out 4x per week.        XX      I think by this I meant actually work out and not just getting 10,000 steps per day 4x a week, so technically I am most definitely not doing this.
  • eliminate caffeine.      X!      I’m kind of doing this?? I have made progress on this goal recently and think I can do it?? Does that count??

 

self-care

  • get more alone time.      XX      I have not been doing this.
  • make my apartment feel more like home.     XXXXXXX       It has been nearly impossible to make this apartment feel like home due to horrible neighbors and the recent ceiling explosions. Nothing seems to go right here and I hate living near the road and it’s just so small and I hate it. I want to move.

 

blogging

  • reach 500 followers.       XX     Not yet, but soon! I’m at over 450 so I think I can probably make this goal by the end of the year.
  • also stop worrying as much about follower counts.      XX       lolololol noooooo
  • improve my post formatting.       X!        I’ve experimented more with this but I don’t know if it’s where I want it to be still.
  • work on images for posts.          XX         I am horribly bad at bookstagram as we have seen so my images for posts are sparse and usually from Unsplash stock photos.

 

So…I guess I’m not doing too great on most of my goals? It’s also probably good that I didn’t make any writing goals, because LOL, writing? I don’t know her. I am happy my personal and career goals are turning out relatively well because that’s something I was super concerned about at the beginning of the year. So somehow I still feel like I’m progressing on my goals even though this post does not seem to back that up. So…that’s good? Yes, that’s good.

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thoughts i had while reading the raven boys

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Pages: 409
Date published: September 18, 2012

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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I feel like I haven’t done a review-type post in a while, but I just HAD to talk about THE RAVEN BOYS. I finally read it after years of procrastination and avoidance, and I AM SO SHOOK!!! I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and this post is a compilation of those thoughts. So, here are some of the thoughts that went through my head while I read this absolutely killer series starter:

  • why did I wait so long to read this book? This is the main thought that went through my head while reading THE RAVEN BOYS, though I do know the answer to this question. I hated SHIVER so I avoided Maggie Steifvater at all costs for years before finally warming up to the idea that this was a very me-sounding book.
  • the only way this could be a more “me” book was if it was gay. Seriously, if THE RAVEN BOYS had Blue as queer, that is the only way it could be a more Mel book. It’s witchy and has TAROT and is obviously going to have a hate-to-love romance and just omg. So many magical things.
  • I can see all the characters really clearly except Noah. AND THEN. If you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about. But Maggie Stiefvater is such a good writer that she made Noah’s character development fit with the story and just…I can’t. She’s too good.
  • I will never be able to write as well as Maggie Steifvater. Maybe I shouldn’t try anymore. I’ve never had this experience, but throughout the whole book I just kept thinking that I will never be able to write as well as Maggie Steifvater, so maybe I should just give it up. It was weird, because obviously that’s a little sad, but on the other hand, I was so thrilled to have found such an excellently written book.
  • I haven’t had a new favorite book in so long. I really haven’t had a new all-time favorite book in a LONG time. Probably since AN EMBER IN THE ASHES? And that was…2015ish? But DAMN, I LOVE this book so freaking much.
  • What if the rest of the books aren’t as good? I’m not usually a series person, but obviously THE RAVEN BOYS needed to be a series, but what if the rest of the books don’t live up in writing quality to the first book? How can Maggie Steifvater possibly keep up such strong writing momentum for THREE MORE BOOKS??? Is she that good? I hope so.
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the sunday post // 8-11-19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about the past week, reading recaps, hauls, and more.

 

weekly happenings

  • Our ceiling had more problems. Well, not the ceiling, but the same pipe burst and our ceiling leaked again. So that was fun.
  • We started looking into transferring apartments. Because of the ceiling and also we’ve never been happy living right next to the road.
  • I started planning children’s programs at work. I’m really excited for a lot of the programs I’m planning. I’m probably not ready to do a storytime on my own yet, but I’m hoping I will be by late September-early October. My boss and other coworkers are all being very supportive and mindful that I’m in training and have never been a children’s librarian before, so it’s kind of nice not to have pressure to start right away even though I’m excited to do so.
  • The job is still going well. I am a LOT less stressed. I realized that I never really felt safe at my old library because we had really difficult and often aggressive clientele, but patrons at my new branch seem nice and normal for the most part. I’m also much more able to be a nice, friendly person to everyone who comes in because I’m not scared that I’m going to have a conflict every time I talk to someone. It’s just so nice to work in a library that’s smaller, more manageable, and with nicer patrons. I’m sure I will have some conflicts, but I think since they’re not happening on a daily basis I’ll be better able to cope and still do my job well.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

*subject to change

  • thoughts i had while reading the raven boys
  • 2019 goals progress
  • WWW Wednesday
  • it’s in the stars: full moon in aquarius

 

books read

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Guys, I FINALLY finished DAISY JONES & THE SIX and…OMG, I am SHOOK AS HELL. I haven’t had a book crush my soul that much since FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS last year. Just…OMG, I can’t get over how amazing this book was. It was expertly written in a cool format, the characters were all super fascinating, the relationships were excellently crafter and just…I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. Beyond a new favorite.

 

currently reading

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One of my coworkers was reading this book last week so obviously I had to ask her what she thought since it was on my TBR, and that encouraged me to give it a try even though her review was mixed. Mine is honestly so far as well; the writing is really…not good. It’s weirdly stilted and definitely reads like a debut. The magical realism feels awkward and doesn’t seem to work seamlessly with the story at this point and I was left feeling confused at parts. Still, I want to keep reading it because I want to know what happens, and I feel a pull to finish it despite my misgivings.

 

book haul

  • Don’t Call the Wolf – Aleksandra Ross
  • Loveboat, Taipei – Abigail Hing Wen

 

 

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