february goals

I actually wrote this post super early (read: a little over a week ago) because I just really want January to be over. As you will have read in my wrap up post, it was a bit of a rough ride at the end due to another apartment disaster. So I wrote this post early in the hopes that it would make the last week of January go by fast.

 

january goals

  • Read 5 children’s books.       !!         Oh man, did I KILL this goal. I read almost three times as many children’s books as planned, including a million picture books, one easy reader, and a middle grade book.
  • Read 3/5 of my BOTM books.        !!       I’m counting this as done even though I ended up DNFing two out of the four I tried to read. I ended up finishing SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER before the new year started, but I’m still counting that as part of this month’s goal. I also read RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE which I ended up loving. I DNFed THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS because it was very upsetting, and ended up not being interested in GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN. But now there’s only one Book of the Month book I’ve gotten that I haven’t read or tried to read (LITTLE WOMEN), so I can now safely get books from BOTM in February.
  • Work up to getting 8,000 steps a day.            !!              I did this! Yay!
  • Add one new item to my grocery list every week.         !!             I did this!

 

february goals

  • Read more than 3 books. For some reason, my reading always PLUMMETS in February pretty much every year. I think last year I only read 3 books, and the year before I know I only read 2. So, this year I want to beat the February slump, which I’m hopeful I can do because I’m participating in Swiftathon until February 13.
  • Read 2 books for Here & Queerathon. I know it’s only been a month, but I already feel like I’m kinda slacking on my own readathon, which you can sign up for here. I feel like I should be rolling in queer books and I’ve read one and pretty much a half (I wasn’t sure if VERY NICE really counted because the lesbian character did have her own chapters but was def a side character). So I feel like I need to STEP IT UP.
  • Experiment with/learn more about booktube and bookstagram. In my blogging section of my wrap up, I wrote about feeling a little lost and unsure of my place in bookish influencing. I have been interested in experimenting with booktube and bookstagram, but don’t know much about doing either at this point. So I want to see if either of those might be something I’m interested in doing.

 

Tell me all about your February goals in the comments!

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january rewind \\ crash and burn (well, maybe not *burn*)

Oh hello, end of January! Well, okay, as I’m writing this post I still have a week left, and if that doesn’t tell you I’m ready for the month to be over…well. Let’s get started with this wrap up.

 

what happened

  • Honestly, this was a really emotional month for me. I’ve been very stressed and very emotional about some stuff and honestly I just feel really alone but fortunately at least I’m not depressed anymore?? So that’s a plus.
  • We had another apartment disaster. Yes, a third apartment disaster befell our house. This time, our ENTIRE KITCHEN CABINET FELL OFF THE F***ING WALL. And my boyfriend couldn’t find our cats so he thought they were trapped or crushed inside. They were fine, they were just hiding and traumatized. This incident has also made me want to hide and I am definitely traumatized, even though I wasn’t actually in the house when it happened. But I do not feel safe in this apartment that seems to be constantly falling apart. And we just signed our lease for the next year, so…woof.
  • I stressed a lot about work. Which is weird because nothing has changed at the job except me? But now that I’m feeling so much better mental health wise, I feel enormous pressure from myself to excel and do super well at my job. I’ve just been questioning absolutely everything I’m doing, from how I run story times to what programs I’m doing to whether I’m doing enough programs and just. Ugh. Stress.
  • I started eating healthier and it’s going pretty well. I still eat out on weekends, but I’m doing a lot better in terms of healthy eating. I’ve also kind of given up sugar and sweets, which I think is helping me a lot.

 

what i read

This isn’t even all the books I read, because I read 10+ picture books also. I am very pleased with how much I read this month because I hoped so much that when I was less depressed I’d be able to read more and enjoy reading more, and that has definitely been the case.

My favorite book of the month was definitely RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, which I knew I’d love if I didn’t read it while depressed and I WAS RIGHT HA! I also branched out and read a middle grade novel that was really well written and compelling, ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE. I also tried another adult fiction book, VERY NICE, which sounded really good and smarmy but was HORRIBLE because everyone in it was AWFUL except the dog. I also tried an adult thriller, LOCK EVERY DOOR, which was just okay but was fun to try.

 

blogging life

Honestly, I haven’t been feeling great about blogging lately. I’ve noticed my comments have dropped significantly even though I’m getting slightly higher views. I don’t know if it’s because my content isn’t good, if what I’m writing about isn’t relevant to bookish influencing, if book blogging isn’t as relevant anymore, or if it’s juts because I’m commenting on other blogs less. But I feel stressed about my place in bookish influencing and am feeling pressured to try other things like bookstagram and booktube in order to stay relevant. I love writing about books, but I don’t know if that’s the biggest medium right now in the book world.

I have been interested in trying out booktube since I started watching more videos in October, but haven’t had the time since going back to work. I like a lot of videos I see, especially reading vlogs, but am mostly worried about being on camera because I don’t know if my voice is annoying and I don’t like how I look right now. I also know nothing about video editing and tried iMovie but HATED it and need something more intuitive. Plus, I don’t have a cute aesthetic bookshelf or room to sit in or in front of.

 

favorites

  1. The new season of Project Runway. I didn’t finish the seventeenth season of Project Runway with the new judges, but I decided to give this new season a try anyway because I’m starved for petty back stabbing reality shows. This season is actually pretty good, but I notice I’m not liking the actual fashion as much and I’m totally confused as to the taste of the judges. And Nina Garcia is not as mean, so that’s less fun.
  2. HALSEY’S NEW ALBUM!!!! OMG, I LOVE Manic so freaking much. I didn’t like Hopeless Fountain Kingdom very much and never listen to it, but I could listen to Manic for months on repeat and never get tired of it. My favorite songs are definitely You Should Be Sad and 3am. I also love the songs Graveyard and Killing Boys. It’s just so badass and wonderful and I just adore it.
  3. Booktube reading vlogs. I’ve gotten a bit more into watching booktube videos again (and wishing I could booktube, but I wasn’t very proud of my last attempt at a booktube video). I’m especially into reading vlogs, which I love because I love hearing people talk and give updates about their daily reading and learning about books I wouldn’t otherwise know about. I also feel like booktubers read such a diverse array of books whereas with book blogs I read pretty much only YA reviewers, so it’s cool to learn about books in other genres for other age ranges.
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books i’ve dnf’ed this year

Folks, I have a problem, and the problem is all the books I’ve DNF’ed or decided not to read this year. Even though I’ve read a good amount (4 books as of the writing of this post, not counting all the picture books I’ve read), I’ve also DNF’ed about twice as much as I’ve read. Today, I’ll be sharing the books I’ve DNF’ed and why I decided not to finish them.

 

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the family upstairs – lisa jewell

Why I wanted to read it: The entire reason I signed up for Book of the Month was to try reading different things, specifically adult books. I thought I’d like this thriller because I’m fascinated by cults, plus the MC turned out to be my age.

Why I DNF’ed it: There was a rape scene about halfway through and I figured it would only get more upsetting from there, and I didn’t want to further traumatize myself by continuing to read the book even though the writing was excellent.

 

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dark and deepest red – anna-marie mclemore

Why I wanted to read it: I do this thing with AMM where I always think I’m going to love her books because I love lyrical writing and her stories sound so magical. This one is about a magical plague, plus all her books are queer, so it seemed like a Mel book.

Why I DNF’ed it: I don’t think AMM’s writing style is actually for me. I think there’s a line between lyrical and purple prose, and for me, her writing crosses the line into purple prose. I also had a weirdly hard time following this story and what was going on.

 

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infinity son – adam silvera

Why I wanted to read it: Honestly, this was not very high on my TBR list because I haven’t liked any of Adam Silvera’s previous books even though I always try them except for WHAT IF IT’S US. I just want him to be good because he’s queer and writes queer books.

Why I DNF’ed it: I immediately HATED the writing style of this book. It was written like a super gritty contemporary, but it was fantasy?? I just hated the writing style.

 

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get a life, chloe brown – talia hibbert

Why I wanted to read it: I’ve gotten interested in reading more romances recently, and I was super intrigued because this one features a black, chronically ill MC.

Why I DNF’ed it: I just wanted the romance to happen faster and I also found my mind wandering too much while I was reading waiting for it to happen, so I realized I might not be in the mood for it right now.

 

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lucky caller – emma mills

Why I wanted to read it: I loved THIS ADVENTURE ENDS and keep meaning to read more books by Emma Mills.

Why I DNF’ed it: I just found the writing/voice too young. It wasn’t bad or anything; I just didn’t feel like reading something that read that young.

 

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foul is fair – hannah capin

Why I wanted to read it: It’s a feminist Macbeth retelling about revenge.

Why I DNF’ed it: I found it too upsetting because the whole premise of the book is this girl getting revenge for being sexually assaulted. I knew that going in, and the assault wasn’t even on the page, but I found the aftermath too upsetting as well and didn’t feel like reading something triggering.

 

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loveboat, taipei – abigail hing wen

Why I wanted to read it: Romance! Travel! Reading about another culture/country!

Why I DNF’ed it: I just felt like it was a story I’d read before over and over again: teen who doesn’t want to follow their parents’ expectations gets sent off to a foreign country for character building and Learns Stuff and Falls in Love. I just didn’t feel like it was that unique enough or new enough that I needed to keep reading. I was really sad about it though because I was initially very excited for it and some of my blogging friends really lovd it.

 

I really don’t know what’s with me and all these DNFs. I’m worried I’m growing out of YA, even though I still think YA is great and there are a lot of great YA books and plenty YA books that I still want to read. I’m just feeling a little lost at the moment and not knowing what kind of book or writing style I’m in the mood for. Hopefully I’ll get over this DNFing phase soon though, because I really want to read through my TBR this year!

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the sunday post // 1-26-20

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

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

  • books i’ve dnf’ed lately
  • www wednesday
  • january rewind
  • february goals

 

books read

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Oh my god, I did not like VERY NICE. Actually, I did really like the writing style, though one of my many criticisms of the book is that it got really repetitive and the voices of the narrators weren’t unique or different enough. I always knew who was talking, but not because they voices were different. But this book was even smarmier than I thought it would be; every single character in this book was awful, and the only person who had an excuse to be awful was the lesbian character who was still really screwed up. But by the gods, the only good character in this whole book was the dog, and I don’t even like dogs. But I would protect Princess from these people with my life because they are HORRIBLE. I was so angry after finishing this book that I just kept screaming “WTF” and I think my boyfriend was somewhat concerned.

 

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liked // try — the gravity of us

For today’s THE GRAVITY OF US week post, I’ll be recommending books to try if you like this book:

 

if you want more aspiring journalist characters…

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Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?

 

if you want your gays to actually be in space…

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Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

 

if you just like space…

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Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents–including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more–Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

if you want more bi rep…

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Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

 

if you want another contemporary realistic queer book…

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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tarot reading: the gravity of us

For today’s post in THE GRAVITY OF US Week, I will be doing a relationship spread for Cal and love interest Leon.

 

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cal’s feelings about leon

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When you get the Magician in a reading, it signals a time is coming of new ideas that have a spark of divine energy behind them. In a love reading, my interpretation is that Cal and Leon are an excellent match (or at least Cal feels very strongly that he and Leon are an excellent match).

 

leon’s feelings for cal

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The Fool is actually a relatively positive card to get in a reading because he symbolizes renewed hope and wonder. In this reading, this signifies that Leon is hopeful that his relationship with Cal will be successful.

what brings you together

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The Empress is a “mothering” card that encourages you to be creative and is loving and generous. This card suggests you need to take time to grow and nurture what you love. Cal and Leon are certainly connected to each other, but this to me implies that they need to actually take the time to nurture their relationship and not get distracted by what’s going on around them.

 

strengths of the relationship

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The Five of Wands is a card dealing with personal development and at times business ventures. This card says that though you may feel unstable in a new venture, it’s important to remember your drive and passion. Both Cal and Leon are very driven people, and I think that part of them is part of what they’re both attracted to in each other.

 

relationship weakness

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This card implies that while you have security in a venture or relationship, it will come at a cost. Cal’s cost for being in a relationship with Leon and pursuing it past high school graduation is that he won’t move back to New York with his best friend Deb as he planned. His focus on his own pursuits, including his journalism projects and his new romance, also puts his relationship with Deb at risk and leaves her feeling left behind and left out.

 

can it be successful?

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The Emperor is a card representing strength and bravery. This suggests to me that after the story ends, Cal and Leon’s relationship could be successful if Cal is brave enough to let go of what he thought he wanted before. He has to be willing to take the reins of his situation and move forward, and not be held back by plans he made in the past before his family moved to the NASA base and he met Leon.

 

 

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all the things i loved about the gravity of us

Title: The Gravity of Us
Author: Phil Stamper
Pages: 320
Date published: February 4, 2020

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

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There are so many things I loved about THE GRAVITY OF US that I felt the need to make a list of them instead of a “traditional” review. Honestly, there is probably nothing I would have changed about this book; it is a bundle of perfection and heart and everything you could want from a YA book. So, without further ado, here are all the things I loved about THE GRAVITY OF US:

  • The journalism/social media aspect. I was super enchanted and taken in by Cal’s social media and journalism interest. I love it when an author manages to make me interested in whatever the MC is passionate about and makes me wish I could do the thing they do. Phil Stamper makes Cal’s passion for telling stories that matter to his millions of followers so clear, and I was so intrigued by how Cal told his stories to his audience and really wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. It got even more interesting when Cal and his family went to the NASA base and Cal was banned from social media (but didn’t listen of course) and he started using his platform to help the mission and, tangentially, his father. I so admired how Cal was unwilling to give up his passion but adapted it in a way that helped the NASA mission, which also eventually helped him understand his father’s passion.
  • The family relationships. I love a YA book with complex family relationships, and this book had that in spades. It was so heart-wrenching to watch Cal’s parents struggle to support each other as his father went after his dream, and to see how their fighting affected Cal’s relationship with them. Cal’s relationship with his father especially changes, since he starts out blaming his father for completely upending his life.
  • The depiction of mental illness. Mental illness isn’t a *huge* part of this book, but Cal’s mother does suffer from anxiety and I thought Stamper handled that aspect of Cal’s family so well. He gave a really accurate depiction of anxiety and how it can affect a person in all the stressful and very public situations Cal’s mother was put in. I also liked how supportive Cal was of her, and how he just took his mother’s anxiety as one part of her and didn’t resent her or feel ashamed of her illness like teen characters in books sometimes do with parents with mental illnesses. Cal was so understanding of her and saw her as a whole person, and I thought his mom’s character as a whole was just really strong and nuanced.
  • Cal was very “teen.” Usually when reviewers say a character acts like a teen it’s an insult, but I am definitely not going that route. I think Cal would be very relatable to a lot of teens, because of his voice in the novel and also the social media aspect. I think teens could definitely relate to a lot of other parts of his story as well, including his strained relationship with his parents, moving to a new place, and doggedly following his passion no matter what. I also really liked that Cal definitely had his flaws as well, like not being such a great friend to Deb after he moved. Even though Cal sometimes thinks he’s pretty great, he’s still portrayed as a real person with stuff he needs to work on in himself and I really liked that about this book. He was a whole, three dimensional character who I think would appeal to a lot of YA readers.
  • Learning about NASA. Obviously, NASA and space are a big part of this book. I didn’t initially put this book on my TBR because I mistakenly thought the teens went up in space and I do not like space books, but they are on earth the whole time, with a mission to space being the main focus of this book. I found learning about NASA’s history fascinating, and loved the parts where Cal’s father shared his passion for NASA with Cal and Cal got it.
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gravity of us week: announcement!

Hello, friends! It is a new year with lots of shiny new books coming out, and as you may remember from one of my recent goals posts, one of my goals for the blog is to try out doing week-long features to gush about new releases I’m excited for. I’m embarking on that goal today by announcing that this week, all my posts will be about Phil Stamper’s wonderful debut, THE GRAVITY OF US, to be released on February 4, 2020.

I have been waiting to gush about this book for the past six months because I read it right after I got it at Book Expo last year, and OMG, y’all, I can’t believe it’s finally time to tell you what a great book THE GRAVITY OF US is.

First, let me tell you all a little bit about it:

 

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  • It’s queer–so count it towards your HERE & QUEERATHON 2020 goals!!
  • It’s about Cal, an amateur journalist with a HUGE social media following who tells stories that matter through his videos
  • He’s super excited for the summer and his internship with BuzzFeed until his parents announce they’re moving to Texas to a NASA base because his dad landed a job as a potential pilot for an upcoming mission to space
  • When he gets there, he’s banned from using social media by STARWATCH–a reality television show that spins stories about the lives of the astronauts for the public
  • He also meets Leon: fellow “astrokid,” future Olympian, and total dreamboat

 

I am just so here for this book and can’t wait to gush about it in my posts this week. Here is the content I’m planning on sharing for this book:

  • what i loved about THE GRAVITY OF US
  • tarot love spread for Cal & Leon
  • liked//try

 

This is the first time I’m doing a week-long feature for a single book, so I really hope you’ll join me on and enjoy this little experiment. I’m really looking forward to creating content for this story, and I hope you all like reading it!

 

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the sunday post // 1-19-20

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

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

  • gravity of us week announcement
  • all the things i loved about the gravity of us
  • tarot reading: the gravity of us
  • liked//try – the gravity of us

 

books read

This week I finished two books, one YA fantasy and one contemporary MG. I had mixed feelings about ALL THE STARS AND TEETH because I think it would’ve been about 20% better with no romance, but I’m realizing I am totally here for pirate fantasies and pirate books. This should not be a surprise to me since one of my favorite books as a child was Avi’s book THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE and so was THE WANDERER by Sharon Creech, but for some reason I always ignore pirate books when they come out. I am silly.

I really loved ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE. The writing was so excellent and it was a really compelling story about a girl whose ultimate goal is to get into a fancy private school. She starts out not really appreciating her family and being kind of a snob, but she has such big character growth throughout the book and her story was so meaningful and sweet. I can totally see why this book won recognition from the American Library Association, and I can’t wait to recommend it to kids.

 

currently reading

I’m reading two books that I’m trying to count for Swiftathon. VERY NICE is supposed to be a sexy-ish book, so I’m going to count that for the “False God” sexy/smutty content prompt. I’m also rereading MADLY because I keep meaning to continue the series, and I’m counting that for the “Daylight” prompt of rereading an old favorite. I remember this book being really charming and enjoying it a lot so hopefully I have the experience the second time around.

 

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www wednesday // 1-15-20

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

As you can see, I have been reading some drastically different books lately. On Monday, I finished my first middle grade book of the year, ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE. It’s about a sixth grade girl whose ultimate goal is to get into a super fancy school she’s not sure her parents can afford, and about how she changes from being kind of a snob to a more caring person. I absolutely loved this book; it was so incredibly well-written, and made me realize that maybe the reason I haven’t liked some of the MG I’ve read before was because it just wasn’t good writing, not just that it was too young for me. I loved watching Ana Maria’s journey and getting to know her crazy and big family, and watching her form friendships and become a better person.

I also finished my first YA of the year, ALL THE STARS AND TEETH, which is a very bloody and dark pirate fantasy. I enjoyed it until about the halfway point. Well, I guess I somewhat enjoyed it after the halfway point, but once the minor romance hit I found myself losing interest. I would’ve much preferred a romance between Amora and the mermaid, but I knew going in she’d probably fall for the guy, but I just didn’t feel like they had any chemistry and there wasn’t any buildup to their romance. The romance is only a very minor part of the story, but honestly, this would’ve been a way better book without any romance at all.

 

currently reading

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Yesterday I started my second queer book of the year, Ciara Smyth’s June 2020 release, THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE. I am really enjoying it so far because Saorsie is so snappy. I’m also very here for the trope of people making a no dating rule and then there’s that one person to get under their skin.

 

reading next

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My next read for Swiftathon will be my pick for the “I Forgot You Existed” prompt of a backlist book. I’m hoping I don’t DNF this one like I’ve done most of my reads this year :/

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