february rewind \\ where did it go

January felt like it took 18 years and February…where did this month even go? I know it’s already a slightly shorter month but it just felt…extra short? Was it just me? Am I crazy? The world may never know. On to the wrap up!


what happened

  • Honestly nothing of note. I’m finding it hard to remember what happened during the month now that I haven’t been putting weekly happenings as part of my Sunday Post posts (except for last week). But also maybe it’s because nothing really occurred?
  • I continued being stressed about work. I’m just ridiculously stressed about my job still and coworkers and programs and displays and just. Why is this my life.
  • I joined Bumble BFF. I tried Bumble the dating app a few years ago and was intrigued when I heard it had a BFF version for making friends. I have talked to a couple people on it and am hoping to make at least a couple new friends out of it because I have realized that
  • I’ve been super lonely. I think it’s partially because I miss my college friends that I’m no longer friends with, but also because of gender stuff and generally feeling like I don’t have anyone to talk to outside of my one or two work friends. I just feel very isolated and like I can’t talk to anyone outside my family.
  • I decided to go to Book Expo again this year. If I’m approved for funding again through my library system, then I will definitely go. I think I’ll have a better time this year because I’m planning to go for only one and a half days and I’ll be familiar with taking the train, which was the most stressful aspect for me other than getting around in NY, which still wasn’t too bad because I didn’t go anywhere where I couldn’t just walk there. But I’ll probably stay at the same hotel, so I’ll know how to get there and how to get to Javits from there.


what i read

I didn’t do much reading this month, as is my pattern for February. I don’t know why, but whenever February hits, things get crazy and my reading life suffers. My goal was to read over 3 books this month, but that did not occur. Best book was THE DEVOURING GRAY with all the magic and witchyness and disaster bis. Most disappointing was WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE because I found it predictable and did not ship the gays.


blogging life

I’ve been thinking a lot this month about where I’m at now with this blog and what I originally wanted to blog about. When I first transferred over to Cotton Candy Book Witch, obviously I thought my focus would be more around witchcraft-related things. I had also wanted to write more about books about witchcraft and highlight fantasy books or other fiction with magical elements and keep things very branded. Right now, I feel like I’m definitely not blogging about consistently themed things and blog about a mishmash of book genres and occasionally witchy stuff.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not having a niche, but for some reason I’ve just been thinking a lot about what I originally wanted my blog to be and being a little sad that it’s not that and is kind of a mishmash of a bunch of unrelated things. I would like to be known for blogging about a particular thing, but then I’d have to change my reading habits a bit too, perhaps.

On a semi-related note, I’ve kind of been thinking about taking another blogging hiatus. Or at least consciously trying to post less. I just don’t feel inspired and feel a bit burnt out. I’m also growing tired by all the book community drama that seems to happen every week, but it feels impossible to curate my Twitter because some people comment about only some of the drama so I don’t know who to mute. However, I do get some engagement on Twitter and have friends who I talk to on it, so I don’t know.

I also started a new bookstagram based on my new Tumblr because my old bookstagram that’s the same username as my blog is a HOT MESS. But I seem to have finally found an aesthetic on the new bookstagram.

Basically I’ve just been thinking a lot about the kind of content I want to be producing and where the best place is to write it. I have a lot more thoughts about this but this section is already too long so just be aware: possible hiatus in the near future.


around the blogosphere

  • Charvi posted the first in a new feature, Read the Rainbow
  • Kate wrote about creating her 2020 tbr jar
  • Sam posted about things she learned during a book buying ban
  • Charlotte & Anna made a list of amazing books by QPOC
  • Veronika created a list of excellent hate to love romances, aka The Best Trope
  • Clara created aesthetics for her favorite Disney movies
  • Emmie listed great books to read for Valentine’s day if you don’t want to read romance
  • Elara wrote a wonderful post about casting spells that work
  • Cam talked about how to create a healthy blogging mindset



  • Kesha’s new album. It came out on January 31 so I’m counting it as a February favorite. I was so pumped for this album and was not disappointed. I didn’t even stan Kesha until her last album, which really surprised me (in a good way). My favorite song off High Road is definitely Raising Hell. For some reason I really relate it to coming out of depression so it means a lot to me in addition to being super fun.
  • Manifest. I finally started watching a non-reality TV show that I discovered via Hulu. Manifest is basically Lost x The 4400 about a plane that takes off in 2013, but when it lands, it’s been 5 years later for everyone else and they’ve all been missing even though for the passengers they haven’t age and no time has passed (except the duration of the flight). It’s really weird and kind of feel-good-y but I’m enjoying it.
  • the Mystic Mondays tarot app. I used to use the Kawaii Tarot app because that deck has been super accurate for me, but I found that it skewed too positive and wasn’t as accurate as the physical deck, so I decided to try a new app for a daily tarot draw. I was really excited when I saw Mystic Mondays had an app, because I’ve been eyeing that deck for quite some time. The Mystic Mondays app is almost as accurate as my physical Kawaii Tarot deck, so I am very pleased with that outcome.
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very nice // very wtf

Title: Very Nice
Author: Marcy Dermansky
Pages: 290
Date published: July 2, 2019
CW: gun violence, sexual abuse

A brilliantly funny novel of money, sex, race, and bad behavior in the post-Obama era, featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorcée, her college-age daughter, and the famous American novelist who is seduced by them both.

Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor, but with his long eyelashes, his silky hair, and the sad, beautiful life he laid bare on Twitter, she does, and the kiss is very nice. Zahid Azzam never planned to become a houseguest in his student’s sprawling Connecticut home, but with the sparkling swimming pool, the endless supply of Whole Foods strawberries, and Rachel’s beautiful mother, he does, and the home is very nice. Becca Klein never thought she’d have a love affair so soon after her divorce, but when her daughter’s professor walks into her home, bringing with him an apricot standard poodle named Princess, she does, and the affair is…a very bad idea. In a darkly hilarious novel that zigzags between the rarified circles of Manhattan investment banking, the achingly self-serious MFA programs of the Midwest, and the private bedrooms of Connecticut, Marcy Dermansky has written an audacious, addictive, and wickedly smart take on the way we live now.


It’s been a month since I read this book, and I am still angry. Angry at myself for falling for a pretty cover that had raised parts that felt cool. Angry at myself for trying to read a literary adult novel when I know that’s not my thing. Angry at all the stupid people in this book. Angry at publishing for calling it “brilliantly funny.” I mean honestly…if you think this book is funny, you need to take a look at your sense of humor, because personally, all I could see was how disturbing this book was.

This review will contain spoilers, so if you want to read a book about a bunch of horrible, selfish, messed up af people and weird sex, stop reading this rant review now. Honestly, it’s mostly me ranting because I’m still so upset about this book.

I should have known this book would not be for me when it literally said right in the summary that it involves an affair between a teacher and student. I do not do teacher-student sex or relationships, even when the student is 19 and the teacher is 36. There is an imbalance of power. Period. He didn’t even KNOW HER NAME because he’s horrible.

Then, this asshole basically moves in with his student who he’s slept with and her mother, and then falls for her mother, for some bizarre reason. Becca, the student’s (whose name is Rachel, for future reference) mother, is probably one of the only somewhat redeemable characters. She’s just been through a divorce with Rachel’s father, and she just does not relate to her daughter or understand her at all. She’s lonely, so I can’t really fault her for falling for a hot writer staying at her house.

Rachel is also horrible. She’s borderline sociopathic, which is something that Becca lets the reader in on very early on. There’s this whole bit where she explores some sort of weird relationship with this guy who is the brother of the boy who threatened to shoot her mother’s class, which in itself it super questionable even though it’s because she is somewhat close to the little sister, who goes to the camp where Rachel is a counselor. But omfg, it was super disturbing and uncomfortable to hear about Rachel’s weird, somewhat maybe attraction to the brother, and then the sex between them is SUPER disturbing and fucked up. As I said, all the sex in this book is weird.

There’s also a random character who is the twin sister of the writer staying in Rachel and Becca’s house’s best friend. That sentence made no sense. She’s a minor character, and she’s in love with her former baby sitter, who is later revealed to have molested the minor character as a child. Apparently, the baby sitter has been to therapy about being a molester, but still has a lingering relationship with this person she molested who clearly has no idea it was wrong and it’s super disturbing and all of these people are just the worst.

Aside from the characters, the writing style got super repetitive. She writes. In these little. Small. Sentences that at first seem cool and crisp and interesting, but she writes that way for all of the perspectives, of which there are about five. So she writes the same voice for at least five characters, which is not the mark of a “brilliant” or “wickedly smart” writer, as the synopsis claims. Also, can I just point out that even the synopsis is poorly written, because it’s not even correct? At no point is the writer “seduced” by BOTH Becca and Rachel; he sleeps with Rachel once, and immediately moves on to her apparently hot mom.

I will point out that there was one okay character in this book, and that was the dog. The writer staying at Becca and Rachel’s house has this dog, which is the original reason he ends up at the house, because he gave it to Rachel to look after while he was in Pakistan. The dog’s name is Princess, and she is an apricot poodle, and she immediately falls in love with Becca, and honestly, the only good thing to come out of this book was that Princess ends up staying with Becca.

The rest of this book? Utter. Garbage. Everyone in this story is so horrible and it is not funny and the sex is weird and I’m still really angry that I read all the way to the end of this book. Also that I bought it and it now sits on my boyfriend’s bookshelf, because he is still somehow vaguely interested in reading it.

This will probably be the first and last time that I try to branch out and read adult literary fiction, because if this is what adult literary fiction is, it is WEIRD AF and I want no part of it.

Thank you for coming to my TED Rant.

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6 daily witch things to make your day more magical

If you follow this blog and have read past witchy posts, you probably know by now that for people who practice witchcraft, being a witch isn’t just about Halloween or only being magical on other holidays/sabbats. There are a lot of ways witches practice magic in their daily lives, and today’s post is going to highlight some of my personal favorite ways to add a bit of magic to the everyday.


  • Daily tarot card draw. I really do try to remember to draw a tarot card every day. I feel like drawing a card daily helps me reassess where I’m at emotionally and prepares me for what might come throughout the day. Sometimes I use my favorite physical card deck, the Kawaii Tarot, but lately I’ve been using the app for the Mystic Mondays tarot deck, which I definitely want to get the real deck of someday because it’s very pretty and cool and also even more accurate than the Kawaii Tarot deck.
  • Open the curtains/window. Obviously this is a little hard to do for those of us who are in a wintery hemisphere, but opening a window is a good way to do a simple house cleanse and let bad, negative, or stagnant energies out of your living space.
  • Tea magic. Different tea flavors/herbs used in teas do have different magical correspondences, but you don’t even have to focus on those when you have a mug of tea in the morning. A really simple magic you can do when having a morning cup of tea is to stir clockwise to attract what you want your day to bring you, or counterclockwise to banish negativity or other things you don’t want haunting you throughout the day.
  • Before you go to bed, think of things you’re thankful for or write them down. Keeping a gratitude log is actually very witchy because of how it relates to doing things with intent. You can even thank your witchcraft-related tools that you used during the day, such as your crystals or tarot deck.
  • Listen to music to charge yourself. This is my favorite low-key witchy thing to do because I always have to have music on when I’m home. I’ve come to enjoy listening to music even more now that I think of listening to music as a way to charge myself the way I would a crystal or another tool.
  • Put a crystal in your pocket or purse. Some days, I wake up knowing it’s going to be a rough day, or sometimes I just need a little extra magical boost to get me going, so I often pocket a crystal and touch it throughout the day when I need a little more mental or emotional strength. My particular favorite crystal to pocket is definitely amethyst, because it’s used for protection, and I find I’m able to ward off negative things people say to me throughout the day much better when I know it’s with me.


There are definitely a lot more ways to practice magic in your day to day life, and different things will resonate more with each individual witch. It’s up to you to find things that help the day go by and arm you for your daily life. These are the things I love personally because they hold meaning for me, and I think it’s important to find little magical things to do when you’re not doing bigger magical things like spells or rituals.

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the sunday post // 2-23-20

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.


weekly happenings

  • I finally got the permanent tags for my car. Really, this is all that happened that was significant last week. I can’t remember if I posted about getting a new car a couple months ago (but I probably did because I post about almost everything even mildly exciting) but I had to replace the temporary tags with real tags and it was a whole thing but it worked out fine and was pretty painless in the end. Note to self: do not freak out about things so completely so early on.
  • Colourpop Cosmetics came out with a Sailor Moon collection. I haven’t watched much of Sailor Moon and keep meaning to continue it, but I love the aesthetic and everything associated with the show. The whole collection is really pretty and I definitely want the eye shadow because they will match my hair when I go pink again.
  • I discovered that Anna of the North has a new album and it’s actually pretty good. I discovered Anna of the North last year because of the one song (I think it’s called “Lover”) that was in the TATBILB movie (hot tub scene) but didn’t love the rest of the album because it’s pretty mellow and samey-samey. HOWEVER her new album has a little more pop and pizzazz and I enjoy it.
  • I still have not watched P. S. I Still Love You. It is truly a tragedy. I want to rewatch TATBILB and then go straight into P. S. I am so pumped. Why have I not watched it yet. What am I.


last week on the blog

Lol, I really dropped the ball last week with posting and got super busy so I only posted one thing which was:


next week on the blog

I don’t have any planned posts as of yet but I’m really in the mood to write some witchy content so it’s probably going to be a very magical week here at Cotton Candy Book Witch.


finished reading



currently reading



book haul


  • i’ll be the one – lyla lee *SCREAMS*
  • the henna wars – adiba jaigirdar *FAINTS*
  • forest of souls – lori m. lee *DIES*


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the out of your comfort zone tag

I was tagged by Caro to do the Out of Your Comfort Zone book tag! This tag is especially appropriate because I am participating in Caro’s challenge, which is the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, this year. You can find more information about it here. The original tag was created by emmabooks on YouTube.


1. a book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books you don’t usually like


The book that immediately came to mind for this one was THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE & VIRTUE. I am definitely NOT a historical fiction reader, and honestly I almost passed this one up because I assumed I wouldn’t like it because of the genre even though it was gay, but the hype monster convinced me to pick it up and I’m thrilled I did because I loved it.


2. a book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about

I used to not be at all interested in the romance genre, mostly because the books I did read were all unpublished and not very good and I thought some of it was uncomfortably erotic and sexual, but man, did I LOVE Helen Hoang’s debut, THE KISS QUOTIENT, last year. I even recommended it to my mom because I liked it so much (she was not a fan, alas). I ended up reading a couple more romances last year, including THE RIGHT SWIPE, which I also adored, and am hoping to experiment more with the genre this year as well.


3. a book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it


This question is really hard, and I am mostly typing this sentence to give myself more time to think about it.

update from 5 minutes later: I still can’t think of something. Maybe I’ll come back to this question. Maybe I won’t.


4. pick a friend or booktuber who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in


I don’t know if any one person in particular does that for me, but book bloggers in general have really unintentionally encouraged me to give other genres a try, especially romance. I also really like watching different booktubers because I feel like booktubers I follow tend to have a very diverse array of interests in terms of genre.


5. pick a book out of your comfort zone that you would like to read


I’m very interested in reading an adult thriller I got from by Book of the Month box this month, which is called YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It’s about this pair of sisters who are very creepy and a girl they become interested in and apparently want her life for some reason? The summary didn’t make much sense to me but I’m excited about it because the authors are supposed to be very good.


6. a book or genre so outside of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it a chance


I am probably never going to try to read another sci-fi book set in space. Other than the Lunar Chronicles, I’ve hated every space book I’ve tried, so I think that genre is not for me. I just find it confusing and am not interested in the subject for the most part.



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the sunday post // 2-16-20

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

  • the out of my comfort zone reading tag


books read


  • we set the dark on fire – tehlor kay mejia


currently reading


  • the devouring gray – christine lynn herman


book haul

  • The Princess Will Save You – Sarah Henning
  • Now That I’ve Found You – Kristina Forest
  • These Vengeful Hearts – Katherine Laurin
  • Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea – Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • The Ninth Life – Taylor B. Barton
  • The Fell of Dark – Caleb Roehrig
  • You Are Not Alone – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  • Anna K. – Jenny Lee


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swiftathon: how i did

Thursday was the last day of Swiftathon, a fun, Taylor Swift/Lover-themed reading challenge. If you want more information about the challenge, you can check out my sign up post here.

Today, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the books I read for the readathon and which prompts I managed to complete.


cruel summer

a book set in summer


OMFG, I HATED this book. The synopsis promised it would be funny and sexy, and it was neither of those things, and honestly, if you think this book is funny, you may need to have a look at your sense of humor. I don’t know why I wanted to read this book in the first place anymore other than the pretty cover, because looking at the synopsis, it is not a Mel book. The whole beginning catalyst for the story is that a messed up creative writing professor sleeps with his 19-year old student, which right away should’ve said I’d find this book super uncomfortable. The only likeable character in the whole story was the dog, Princess, and I don’t even like dogs. But I wanted to rip her away from those awful humans, or at least separate her and Becca from the book so they could be together away from the other trash people in the book. But I despised everyone in this story and the writing style got really repetitive and the voices of the characters all sounded the same. I have a lot of feelings about the messed up things that happened in this book but it would make this post super long so suffice it to say, I DID NOT like this book.



a contemporary romance


The basic premise of this book is that Nick and Naomi hate each other now that they’re engaged, but neither wants to break off the relationship because they’ll have to front the nonrefundable wedding costs if they do, so they prank each other to try and get the other to break things off first.

My main issue with this book was that the execution did not live up to the premise. It is never explicitly stated that either of them will have to pay the wedding fees, and it’s all in Naomi’s head that they’re both trying to get the other person to break up with each other. I also felt like the two characters had no personality other than hating each other, and we didn’t get to know their relationship before they started hating each other, so it was hard to ship. This wasn’t a bad book and I’m sure some people would enjoy it, but I just found the execution of the premise and character development to be extremely lacking even though the writing was enjoyable and I wanted to finish the story.



a book chosen by you


This is a book I had to read for work but wanted to make count for this readathon, lol. THIS WAS OUR PACT is a graphic novel set during the Autumn Equinox, where the town has a tradition of sending lanterns down the river. A group of kids decides that this year, they’ll follow the lanterns to find out what happens to them.

This was a sweet story that had a lot of Studio Ghibli-like characters and happenings. The main issue I had with it wasn’t even about the book, but about the fact that it was chosen by the children’s department of my library for kids, because I felt like younger readers would not be interested in the colors of the book because most of it is dark navy. Whenever I try to recommend a graphic novel to a young reader where it’s pretty monotone or black and white, they NEVER go for it. This is definitely a good story, but I think it would’ve been more exciting if the art had been more colorful and contrasting, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for readers who are tweens or younger.


you need to calm down

read an lgbt+ book


I finally got around to giving this one another shot. I liked the first half of it, but after the romance was introduced, it went kind of downhill for me. The pacing was a little choppy for me, and honestly I felt like the romance was a bit forced and Dani switched her feelings on Carmen too quickly considering she’d hated her most of the past few years. I did, however, really enjoy the writing style. It actually kind of reminded me of the writing style of CRIER’S WAR a little bit in that it felt very matter-of-fact and crisp, and to be honest, the writing was what kept me reading after about 60% of the way through.


So, in total, I ended up reading only 4 books for this challenge. I’m a little disappointed in that number because in the past I could read a lot more for readathons, though I know that my reading pace has slowed a lot in more recent years, especially since I started working full time. However, I did manage to read a book a week, so maybe that’s something to be pleased with.


Did you participate in Swiftathon? How did you do?



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the liebster award

I am pleased to announce I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Elara, whose blog is total witch/book crossover goals. Thank you for the nomination!



  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.


11 random facts about me

  1. I’m partially deaf in one ear and wear a hearing aid
  2. I’ve been an aspiring author for a long time but can never get myself to write
  3. One of my cats likes to climb my shoulders every. Single. Morning.
  4. I’m a Virgo but don’t relate to any of the traits, probably because I was literally ONE DAY away from being a Leo.
  5. I really like frozen peas.
  6. I am a sushi addict.
  7. I love America’s Next Top Model and have no shame.
  8. The fictional character I relate to most is Twilight Sparkle.
  9. I’m a librarian but still fantasize about working in publishing one day.
  10. My apartment is haunted.
  11. I used to have pink hair.


elara’s questions

  1. Are you subscribed to any monthly book boxes, such as OwlCrate?

I used to subscribe to OwlCrate, but now mostly just look out for special editions of individual books that they do (why did I buy RUTHLESS GODS when I was meh about the ending of WICKED SAINTS?? I am weak.) I am currently subscribed to Book of the Month because I want to try out more adult books.


2. What book would you love to see turned into a movie/TV show?

I don’t really want any of my favorite books to be turned into a movie. Although I would watch a show of the House of Night series.


3. What tropes can’t you get enough of?

Fake dating and enemies to lovers


4. What tropes are you sick of?

Purple eyes. Let us retire this trope forever.


5. Is there a book that you weren’t sure you’d like, but ended up liking?

I wasn’t sure if I’d like P. S. I STILL LOVE YOU because the first time I read TATBILB I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I actually LOVED the second book and ended up loving the rest of the series. Then I reread the whole three books last year and loved all but book 2. Lol.


6. What book character do you relate to most?



7. How would you feel if you had to trade places with the protagonist of the last book you read?

Oh, that would actually be fun. The last book I read as of the writing of this post was THIS WAS OUR PACT and it was very magical and there was a bear side character and I would like to be friends with the bear.


8. If you had to choose, what book villain would you be?

…I’m just really into the Darkling…


9. What’s your favorite magic system?

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but the answer is obviously INKHEART!! The MC’s father can literally read characters to life out of books, but when something or someone is read out of a story, someone or something else has to go back into that same story.


10. Is there a special bookshop or library in the world that you’d love to visit?

I would love to go back to Waterstones in London. There’s also a library just for children somewhere near me I think? And that would be super interesting to go to as a children’s librarian.


11. What advice would you give to new book bloggers?

Don’t worry about having a niche right away. I think that’s something that can be developed over time and it’s okay if when you start, you just want to talk about books in general.


my nominations

honestly I’m really shy about nominating people for things and also don’t feel like coming up with 11 more questions, so this is what you get, lol. Sorry for underachieving.

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www wednesday // 2-12-20

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


I have had a weird relationship with this book. I started it last year and decided to stop reading it because I was worried it would end up being too upsetting. Then, I discovered it was gay and told myself I’d come back to it and give it another shot, which I did! I liked it for the first half, but honestly, once the romance was introduced it kind of got off track for me. The romance felt too fast and forced and the pacing of the second half was weird to me and felt very choppy. I also felt it was very simplistic in its message. I know it’s YA and teens would definitely like it, but for my own personal enjoyment, I found it too basic and not interesting enough even though it was queer.


currently reading


This is another book I tried last year that I decided to give another try. I didn’t like most of what I read last year because I was super depressed, and I am finding that some of what I didn’t like then I am liking now. I’m not going to say any other thoughts about this book yet though because whenever I say how I feel about a book on a WWW Wednesday I always end up changing my mind.


reading next


I’m weirdly in the mood to read this one again even though I was meh about the second half last time? This is yet another book I think I would’ve liked more if I wasn’t depressed, and I did try to read it again when I was recovering and liked it better than the first time, so maybe third time’s the charm??

I also may just dive into DECK OF OMENS if I end up liking THE DEVOURING GRAY since it’s on NetGalley.

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celebrate black history month by preordering these books!

To celebrate Black History Month, which takes place throughout February, I am going to be sharing a list of books by black authors releasing in 2020 that I am super excited for.

So, without further ado, here are some books I can’t wait to read:


the voting booth – brandy colbert – july 7

I am embarrassed to admit I still haven’t read a Brandy Colbert book yet even though I’ve been intrigued by all of the books she’s released so far. This one is a one-day love story that takes place on voting night, when Marva sees Duke turned away from the polling place and decides to help him make sure his vote is counted.



now that i’ve found you – kristina forest – june 2

OMG, Kristina Forest is releasing a new book I AM SCREAMING!! I LOVED her first book, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE, last year, and am so here for whatever she writes next, no matter what it’s about. This book also deals with the arts, but is about a young actress on the cusp of stardom who gets blacklisted.



cinderella is dead – kalynn bayron – july 7

This book

  • is a Cinderella continuation
  • set 200 years after the original Cinderella story
  • in a world where teen girls are required to appear at the Annual Ball to show off their talents and find a husband
  • is QUEER AF
  • seriously, what more could you ask for in a perfect book?



a song below water – bethany c. morrow – june 2

This book was pitched as a book about two magical black girls, one of whom is a siren. Apparently it also has murder and mystery. I am so excited for this book, and will probably be sad that it is less than 300 pages.



you should see me in a crown – leah johnson – june 2

Leah Johnson’s debut is about two rival prom queen contestants falling for each other. I ship it already.



felix ever after – kacen callender – may 12

I am so excited about this book I can’t contain myself. This book is about:

  • a trans boy (!!!)
  • who unfortunately gets outed by someone posting messages with his deadname and photo before he transitioned
  • so he plots revenge
  • and somehow gets involved in a love triangle




clap when you land – elizabeth acevedo – may 5

I still need to read WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH and am embarrassed about it. Anyway. This book is dual narrated by two sisters who don’t know the other exists until their father dies in a plane crash.




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