the sunday post // 4-19-20

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.

 

weekly happenings

  • I’m still at home…and want to cry about it tbh. I may be an introvert but I liked at least having the OPTION to go places. I am realizing I am not cut out for working remotely, at least when it comes to a job that literally relies on human interaction to be useful and functioning. I miss getting to work too early and stressing about how to fill an hour of lunch and getting annoyed at patrons asking silly questions (only in my head, of course). Someone please ask me if you’re allowed to go to the bathroom.
  • We had a couple apartment issues. Which is literally the most exciting thing that’s happened in the past month. The smoke detector malfunctioned when we tried to replace a battery and we have a leak in the pipes over our bathroom sink. But honestly seeing other humans come into the apartment is a highlight. Lol, who am I.
  • I did pilates for 20 minutes. Normally this would not be news that would go in the blog but given the state of the world…well.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

  • more bookending spring posts
  • www wednesday probably

 

books read

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OMFG, HAVE I BEEN SLEEPING ON THIS SERIES. Paganism, magic, rituals, fights to the death, friendship–my gods, this series is totally gonna be the death of me. I did predict one of the twists at the end within the first three chapters but I don’t even care because I’m pumped that I was right. But now I have to wait for my hold on book 2 to come in, so…*cries*

 

currently reading

sugar summer – hannah moskowitz

  • wicked saints – emily a. duncan (reread)

the sunday post // 4-12-20

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

  • My coworkers met my cat Willow at our weekly staff meeting. Our circulation supervisor was very excited to see Willow and everyone agreed he was cute. So that was the excitement for the staff meeting
  • We still do not have a return to work date, so help me God. I can’t take much more of this OMG I want to go back to work so bad even though I know as soon as I go back I’ll be all “can I go home?” But that would be much preferable to not being able to go anywhere.
  • I wrote my first article for my side gig. And my boss type person said the final draft was “terrific.” I got to write about gender and AI, which is something I didn’t know a lot about.
  • I continued debating dyeing my hair. For some reason I really want to try going turquoise even though I know my mom and boyfriend will say that is a terrible idea. But smokey/silvery lavender has also been suggested and that is what I am leaning toward. Mint green was another suggestion, but I think I would look dreadful with green hair. However, I figure if I screw it up, it doesn’t matter because nobody will see me until at least June, and once it grows out more I can get clippers and buzz it like all the other gays are doing.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

  • who even knows
  • honestly

 

books read

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Holy gods, where is the screaming about this book? Is the hype monster asleep or hiding under the bed? Because girl, let me tell you how AWESOME this series is: there is baking, there are brujas, there is middle school mischief, and magic. OMG. This series is so dope and I can’t wait for my hold on book 2 to come in on OverDrive.

 

currently reading

I am still reading THREE DARK CROWNS because I am now a Slow Bean Reader. I also decided to reread WICKED SAINTS because for some reason I am still convinced I will love it. I know it is trash but it is also kind of great and dark and Gothic and blood. Plus, I decided to get the OwlCrate edition of the sequel, RUTHLESS GODS, and that came in so obviously I need to reread WICKED SAINTS.

 

book haul

  • grown (!!!!!!!!)
  • among beasts and briars
  • charming as a verb
  • hush
  • the left-handed booksellers of london
  • one to watch

the sunday post // 4-5-20

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 had my first virtual staff meeting with my library branch since we shut down for COVID. Everyone seems to be doing mostly ok. My boss came to the meeting in Care Bear pajamas, which…fair. My work friend made a face mask with the 3D printer. We might not go back until June—and I am not okay about that. Basically, we probably won’t go back to work until the state of emergency was lifted plus we literally JUST got a stay at home order from the governor of the state, so….things are not looking good.
  • I played a lot of Animal Crossing, where, fortunately, the worst thing that can happen to you is that you get stung by wasps. But even that is fixable with magical medicine. I now have met Blathers (and good lord does that owl blather) and have caught a lot of eggs pretending to be fish (like honestly, how could an egg ever have the shadow of a fish?? Color me confused). I also visited my first mystery island because I had to acquire weeds for the medicine after getting stung. The cherry blossom trees are pretty. I don’t need so many goddamn eggs though.
  • I continued talking to my Bumble friend.  I started using the Bumble BFF app right before this all blew up, and actually ended up meeting someone cool! I was worried it didn’t go well because I knew I didn’t talk as much as I should have because I felt very nervous and am shy with new people, but we’ve been talking consistently since then and it’s definitely keeping me hopeful and sane.
  • I decided to partake in the OWLS!! I see people do the OWLS readathon every year and always get super jealous, so I decided to participate myself this time even though I’ve been a bit reading slumpy. I am aiming to become an Astronomer, though obviously I also considered Librarian since I am one and Trader of Tomes, but I ultimately decided Astronomer was the coolest and most acheivable because I don’t have any books about shapeshifting on my tbr, lol.
  • I did have one scary heart day. I was diagnosed with sinus tachychardia, which makes my heart beat super fast unless I take blood pressure meds, a couple years ago and since then it’s been mostly under control, but on Friday when I went to the grocery store, I suddenly started feeling overwhelmed and confused and my chest felt wrong, and when I went home it wouldn’t go away. I seriously considered going to the hospital and probably would have if all this wasn’t going on, but I didn’t want to risk getting COVID so I just rode it out under my weighted blanket with some tea and had my bae take care of me. I feel better now but I’m nervous about it happening again because it was v unpleasant.

 

last week on the blog

 

next week on the blog

Next week on the blog is going to be….GHOST SQUAD WEEK!!!! I’ve been pumped about Claribel Ortega’s MG debut, GHOST SQUAD, for some time, and am so sad for her that all her events were cancelled and want to do everything I can as a blogger and book influencer to help her out because her debut sounds so great even though I haven’t read it yet. Most of my posts next week are going to be about spirit work and ghosts in witchcraft because those are major themes in the book.

 

currently reading

I decided to check out the first book in Anna Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic series on Overdrive because I may end up doing a virtual book talk about some Overdrive-available titles for work at some point, and I’m also counting it for my book about witches for the OWLS History of Magic exam because they are brujas in the book. This book is so cute and sweet and magical and I love Leo and her making flying pig cookies with her little easy bake oven omfgggggg.

I also started THREE DARK CROWNS on audio and then decided to read the ebook. I’m glad I started it on audio though because most of the name pronunciations are weird and not what I would’ve expected had I just read it. I already have predictions for how this is going to go down, and I don’t know which queen I’m rooting for the most, though I’m admittedly not a huge Mirabella fan. If I were a queen, I would want to be a Poisoner, but in reality would probably be a Naturalist with a kitty cat familiar. But being a Poisoner seems epic.

 

book haul

  • none shall sleep – ellie marney
  • horrid – katrina leno (!!)
  • vanessa yu’s magical paris tea shop – roselle lim
  • these violent delights – chloe gong

the sunday post // 3-1-20

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

  • Just to reiterate, I moved my bookstagram. It is now here and not officially associated with my blog. I just felt like my old insta that is connected to this blog was too much of a mess and I couldn’t find an on-brand aesthetic, so I just decided to make a whole new one.
  • I was in charge at work and didn’t die. Usually when my manager is away, the circulation supervisor is in charge, but this time she decided to try something different and leave the full time librarians in charge. Because my coworker was out with the flu most of the week, that left me in charge. I think I did okay, but I don’t think I’m ready to be a manager of a whole library anytime soon.
  • I bought new clothes. They are not here yet but I am very excited for them. I’ve been feeling for a while like I desperately need new clothes and to find my own style because I was more stylish as a teen than I am now and I find I feel better about myself when I put effort into my appearance.

 

last week’s posts

  • I discussed 6 ways to bring witchcraft into your daily life
  • I ranted about why Very Nice sucked
  • I posted my monthly wrap up

 

next week’s posts

  • march goals
  • march tbr

 

currently reading

 

book haul

  • surrender your sons – adam sass
  • the gilded ones – namina forna
  • something to talk about – meryl wilsner

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

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currently reading

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book haul

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

 

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

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  • we set the dark on fire – tehlor kay mejia

 

currently reading

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  • 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

 

the (belated) sunday post // 2-10-20

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

 

this week on the blog

  • 2020 releases by black authors
  • black history month recommendations
  • out of my comfort zone tag
  • sunshine blogger award

 

books read

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I had to read this for a book discussion at work and it was okay. It was kind of like a Studio Ghibli movie as a book, but I really wished the colors weren’t so monotone and dark. Almost the whole book was dark navy and I don’t think that would appeal to young readers and it’s definitely more of a YA book. I don’t know why the children’s department chose to read it.

 

currently reading

  • we set the dark on fire – tehlor kay mejia
  • such a fun age – kiley reid (on audio)

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

the sunday post // 1-12-20

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 sunshine blogger award
  • www wednesday

 

books read

  • the balcony – melissa castrillon
  • priya dreams of marigols & masala – meenal patel
  • red, white, & royal blue – casey mcquiston
  • pete the cat and the perfect pizza party – kimberly & james dean
  • flubby is not a good pet – j. e. morris
  • lock every door – riley sager

 

currently reading

  • all the stars and teeth – adalyn grace
  • ana maria reyes does not live in a castle – hilda eunice burgos

 

book haul

  • forest of souls – lori m. lee
  • the betrothed – kiera cass
  • star daughter – shveta thakrar (SQUEE!!)
  • you don’t live here – robyn schneider
  • the henna wars – adiba jaigirdar (EVEN MORE SQUEE!!!!)