Last year i was reading…OCTOBER VERSION

This meme was created by Reading Marie, and today is my first time participating.

The rules for this meme are pretty simple:

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? 

I just finished reading…

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I absolutely LOVED this book and am so annoyed at myself for putting it off for so long! I knew nothing about Persian mythology going into the story, but am definitely interested in learning more about it now! I loved the ship in this book and was glad the ship ended up going a different way than I expected.

last year i was reading…

Girls with Razor Hearts – Suzanne Young

I also really loved this book! It’s book 2 of the GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS series. I recently found out that there is going to be a third book. I’m going to have to reread the first two because I don’t remember them, but I’m not even mad about it because these books are criminally underrated and AMAZING.


These books are really different so it’s no use comparing them other than to say I loved them both a lot! Both ended up being my top reads of the year, so maybe October is a good reading time for me even though I only read two books during it last year. My new goal is to read more than that this month, which I will probably be able to do because I hope to participate in a couple readathons.

#5OnMyTBR: Pastel Covers

Hello, readers! Today will be my first time participating in the #5OnMyTBR meme, which is hosted by the lovely E. of Local Bee Hunters Nook! It happens every Monday with the goal of sharing 5 books on your TBR, and you can either use the prompts, create your own prompt, or just share 5 books from your TBR. Graphic created by E.

Today, I’m choosing one of the past prompts, Pastel Covers on my TBR! I’ve actually noticed a lot of upcoming books on my TBR have pastel covers, plus my whole aesthetic is pastel, so it seemed appropriate.

Here are my picks:

as far as you’ll take me – phil stamper

As you may know if you’ve followed me for a while, I LOVED Phil Stamper’s debut novel, THE GRAVITY OF US, and have been super pumped about his upcoming 2021 release, AS FAR AS YOU’LL TAKE ME. This book follows Marty, a gay teen who moves to London to pursue music and escape his conservative family.

the love curse of melody mcintyre – robin talley

I have enjoyed a previous book by Robin Talley and keep meaning to read more of her work because IT’S ALL SAPPHIC!!!! This book is about Mel (woo, name twin!!) who loves theater and being stage manager, but seems to be cursed to ruin her love life and to ruin the show when she falls in love. Of course, a cute girl ruins her plans of not falling in love during the production of Les Mis, so she has to try to not fall in love and wreck the show.

a pho love story – loan le

This book sounds so cute?! It’s a romcom about two teens who work at rival pho restaurants, so I’m expecting competition shenanigans and food descriptions galore for this one!

one last stop – casey mcquiston

This book was pitched as a queer Kate & Leopold, which I have not seen since I was a child and therefore do not remember. However, I am going to probably read everything Casey writes after RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE, and really, what could go wrong with a queer time travel-y romance??

she’s too pretty to burn – wendy heard

All I needed to know about this book was that it was sapphic and a thriller and I was sold. This book features two artists, a fire, and two murders, so obviously it’s going to be super intense and I am HERE FOR IT.

www wednesday // 8-19-20

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?

1. what are you currently reading?

now that i’ve found you – kristina forest

I’ve been excited for a new Kristina Forest book since reading her debut, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE, last year. I’m liking this book so far, which focuses on emerging actress Evie and her struggle to get back to the top after a friend’s betrayal, but I don’t think I’m going to love it *as* much as IWBWYA. Evie is not as likeable as Chloe, and I really don’t like her as a person so far, but I am interested to see the character growth in her that I’m guessing will happen as the story progresses, and the most-likely romance with cute musician Milo.

2. what are you reading next?

plain bad heroines – emily m. danforth

I didn’t know about this book until seeing someone post about it on Twitter, and then I read the synopsis and knew I had to have it. I’ll admit to not reading Emily Danforth’s first book, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, despite its popularity, but this book I am sure I’m going to read and love. It’s a dark academia book about a school with a mysterious past involving a secret society started by two sapphics who were obsessed with a scandalous memoir and the woman who investigates their deaths and other mysterious deaths that took place there.

3. what did you just finish reading?

two dark reigns – kendare blake

I finally got around to continuing the THREE DARK CROWNS quartet with the third installment, TWO DARK REIGNS. This series absolutely crushes my soul and after how this one ends, I am so concerned for my faves in the finale, FIVE DARK FATES. Whose fates? Is Katharine really undead? Who will the mist kill next? So many questions, and the only way to find out is to have my soul crushed even more by reading FDF.