It’s flu season (tea, please)

Happy Friday, void. I hope this week has been treating you well. I am writing from my couch, where I have been all day because I have the freaking flu. I genuinely hate being sick. One reason is because I hate not feeling in control of my body. Another reason (and probably the biggest) is that being sick is a lonely business. I hate who I am when I am sick. I turn into this whiny, need person who cries in the car when she has to get her own orange juice. I can’t help it. I don’t know why I am the way that I am. Also, while you’re busy being sick everyone else in your life is busy with life and being able to breathe through their nose. It just feels incredibly disconnected, especially when it hurts to look at screens for any period of time.

Getting sick is just par for the course, though. If you didn’t know, I am a kinder teacher which means that I am essentially surrounded by germs at all times of the day. Hopefully I am able to kick this flu soon because I already have so much homework to do.

That’s right! My college classes have started up again as well. If you’re thinking this is the worst possible time to get sick, well you would be correct. I really like all of my classes thus far. I am taking a couple education classes, a mythos class, and a history/literature class. I am only taking one class on campus, the rest are online. I designed it this way so that I could work more! It’s also really convenient because I have a crap load of classroom observations to do, so my schedule is a lot more open.

Reading this week has been blah because I’ve been busy, sick, and busy being sick. My waning mental health hasn’t helped either. I did manage to get to three books, though!

First up, I read Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy. I gave it three stars. It was okay. It’s the first of a series but I have no intent to finish reading them. I really loved some parts of this book and really hated others. I really only finished because it was such a short read.

Next I read Love Her Wild by Atticus which I gave 2 stars to and eventually DNF’d it. It didn’t really seem to have any sustenance or new ideas to it whatsoever ever. It was like scrolling through someone’s quote blog.

I finished up this week with A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire. I gave it two stars. It’s part of a duology which I will not finish. Ohhhh boy, this book. This is another one that I thought was just okay. This book has such potential, I was really excited to read it. When I finished I just felt blah about it. It felt slow sometimes and rushed others. I really hated the ending. I think the romance could have been flushed out better. I wish there was more than one female character. I wish characters had motivations that really felt genuine. This book left a lot to be desired.

As for next week, I don’t have any concrete reading plans! Will I finally (FINALLY) get to Release by Patrick Ness? Will I go to the library and tackle my growing TBR? What will be the next book to make me cry? Will I even survive the weekend? Who knows!

As always, thank you for listening, void. See ya next week. xx

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Weekly Wrap-up

Happy Saturday, void. I hope this week has been kind to you. Last time I wrote I told you I wanted to reread the Captive Prince series and that I wanted to finally (FINALLY) get to John Boyne’s latest novel. I have done both of these things! Let’s get into thoughts.

I wanted to reread Captive Prince because I couldn’t really remember what happened in the series and it is faced a lot of controversy in the bookish community. The first time I read the series, it took forever because I repeatedly put the first book down because I couldn’t get through it. It seemed weird and gross and not at all what I was expecting. I did eventually read all three.

After rereading last weekend, I can definitely understand how people could find issue with it but I, personally, did not. I do think that the second and third books are much better in comparison to the first, as they don’t feature the so prominently the heavy issues of the first. I read all three books in one day. It was a really quick read. Overall, I thought they were okay. Well written, developed characters, interesting plot.

The last book I read this week was The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I finished this book three days ago and I am still struggling to describe how I felt about it. It was amazing. It was enthralling. At times funny, at times heartbreaking. There were times I literally had to walk away from the book, it was so heart clenching.

The book follows the life of an Irish man Cyril Avery as he navigates family, love, and truth. This book was so well written. These characters felt so real to me, their lives so real. Don’t let the size of it intimidate you, it really is such an intense, fast paced read. I rated it 5/5 stars. If you’re looking for a good fiction read to start your year off right, I highly suggest this book. It will make you feel so many things. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

And that’s it for my reading this week! While my TBR is pretty lengthy, nothing is quite popping out at me so I’m not sure what this next week’s reading will look like. What is your reading looking like so far? If you’ve read Captive Prince, what are your thoughts? Lemme know down below.

Stay warm out here, void. Talk soon.

Book review + weekly wrap up

Just about one week done in the new year. I hope it’s been treating you well, void. Last night I finished my first book of the year, We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. It is a collection of essays that detail certain parts of her life. Even though I normally don’t read non-fiction, I was really excited because I love Gabrielle Union. I have loved her as long as I can possibly remember. She’s an amazing actress, she’s funny, she’s socially aware, she’s an activist, and she’s absolutely beautiful.

Her book did not disappoint. I laughed at some parts and I cried at others. There is a part where she talks about the aftermath of her sexual assault that really just resonated with me. She talks about having to face the door whenever she goes out to eat, still, and that awareness is something I still struggle with today. I loved that she was honest and bare bones about her life and her struggles. I know for a fact that this book will sit with me for a while. I’m so glad it was the first book that I read this year. It feels like a good omen. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I encourage you to do so! It is an excellent, quick read.

On to my weekend reads. In very me fashion, I’m ignoring my very long TBR and am instead reading something I’ve already read. I am a serial rereader. It’s a thing. I’m currently rereading the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat. I finished it two years ago, I believe, but I wanted to revisit it because there’s a lot of controversy around it and it’s changed my opinion of the series. I want to give it another go, because I can’t really remember what happens and I can’t really remember if I liked it or not.

Once I finish with that series, I really want to get to The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I picked this book up a few months ago through Book of the Month but I just haven’t got around to it even though I am really excited to. I have heard lots of good things about it and I really loved his last novel. Also I just found out that Madeline Miller has a new book coming out and I am so freaking geeked. Miller wrote my second favorite book of all time, The Song of Achilles. I am ready to see whatever she does next. It is another mythos book, which I love, so I’m looking forward to it.

I think that’s it for this week. What have you read or are reading this first week of the new year? What are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments. As always, my goodreads is here. Have a great weekend, void.

New Year, Same Me?

Happy New Year to you and yours, void. The end of the year always feels so exhausting, like the end of a shift at a dead end job and you’re ready to just clock out and go home and move on to something better. Or something like that. Do holidays make any of you maudlin? I don’t know what it is about that space between Christmas and New Year that makes it seem so unreal, but that’s where I am right now.

I am lucky enough to be already working as an educator while in school which means for two weeks I don’t have a single thing to do. It was amazing for like, three days. Now I need Structure. I need something to do, something to focus on. On that same note however, I refuse to do any lesson planning. My brain needs a break.

When I started this blog earlier last year (or late the year before who knows), wild transition I know, I just wanted a place to write about books. I had fell off the reading train and wanted to get back on, and this seemed like a good place to track myself and a place to word vomit about all the books that I liked. And execution aside, I still like that idea. I just got busy. I started working three jobs, and then I went back to school on top of it all, and my reading slowed down tremendously. In Janaury of this year, I read around 25 books. In this month of December, I’ve read seven. I just do not have the time. One of my goals on the new year is to make the time. My reading goal this year is 45 books again. My blogging goal is to write a review for all the ones I rate 4 stars and up.

This New Year around I don’t plan on making any resolutions, per say. I had a really good 2017. I did everything I set out to do. I want to keep that same energy and growth for 2018.

So! I hope you stick around. This year is going to be good. My first review of the year is going to be “We’re Gonna Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union. I had been wanting it and I got it for Christmas and so far so good! It’ll be up within the week. I want to put out at least one post every week, about whatever. I hope you guys can help keep me honest.

How were your holidays? Did you do anything fun for the new year? Wishing you all a great new year, void.

Favorite Books of 2017

Hello, again! Yeah. I am just as surprised to be back and posting again, but here we are. I’ll be rolling out a post about how absolutely crazy the last half of the year was. It’s the end of the year and according to my Goodreads, I have read 95 books which is a feat considering my goal was only 45 books.

My main goal this year was to get back into reading actual books. The last couple of years I mostly read unpublished novels and fan works, and so I missed a lot of really good books and I wanted to dive back in. And dive in, I did. I read so many interesting and well developed characters and plots and worlds this year, and it has been incredibly immersive. I learned a lot about myself through what I was reading, like what I actually like to read. My goal for the next year is much of the same: read for the enjoyment of reading.

Here is a list of books I absolutely adored. Some of them you will recognize from reviews I did in the first half of the year and some will be new. They are listed in no particular order. In bold will be my top five favorite (published) books of the year, also in no order. Let me know in the comments if you want me to do a more in depth review on any of these. I would be happy to! Without further ado, let’s jump in. My favorite books of 2017 are:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Missing You, Metropolis by Gary Jackson
  • The All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic 
  • At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson 
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

And that’s it folks! Be on the look out for my next post if you want to know where I disappeared to and why I am back. It should roll out before the new year. I may also be putting out a list of my favorite spoken word from this year as well. My Goodreads is here, if you want to be friends.

I hope you all had a lovely and productive 2017. What were some of your favorite, and least favorite, books you read this year?

Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, 

or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. 

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 

in secret, between the shadow and the soul. 

I love you as the plant that never blooms 

but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; 

thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, 

risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body. 

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. 

I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; 

so I love you because I know no other way 

than this: where I does not exist, nor you, 

so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, 

so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Friday Reads – 4/7 


Cheers to the freaking weekend, I’ll drink to that. The biggest, coldest glass of orange juice you have, ma’am. It has been a week but somehow, miraculously, I’ve made it to the other side. Blessings everywhere. Welcome to my first ever reading queue, Friday Reads! I made a banner and everything so you know it’s super official. This is the post where every week I will talk about what I’ve read that week, what I’m currently reading, and what I want to read the following week. And because it’s me, it’s in list form. Long live lists. Let’s jump in. 

What I’ve read this week: 

  • Averno by Louise Glück. This poetry collection is an “extended lamentation” about life, relationships, myth, and their relation to us. I really enjoyed this collection! I gave it 4/5 stars. 
  • Princeless Vol 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Mia Goodwin, Jung-Ha Kim. This story follows a princess locked in a tower by her parents in the hopes that she’ll be rescued by a handsome prince, in a fit she decides to rescue herself. This is her journey. This was a really fun and self-aware read! I highly recommend it. I gave it 4/5 stars. 

What I’m reading: 

  • Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab. This a poetry collection by a seasoned poet. I’m finding it very interesting so far. I haven’t delved too far into it just yet. 
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Yes, you read that right! Harry Potter has always been such a big part of my life. On my 22nd birthday, I decided I wanted to reread the whole HP series because I thought it would be interesting to see how my thoughts and opinions about the books and its’ characters have changed. So far, so good. 

What I’m going to read: 

  • Princeless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin. It’s the continuation from Volume 1. 
  • Blue Lily, Blue Lily by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle series. I started this series about a year ago and I’m ready to finish, finally. 
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. The fourth book in the series. 
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Previously, my least favorite book in the series. I wonder how it’ll go and if anything will change. 

That’s it for this week, folks. Be sure to comment if you’ve read anything interesting this week, any fun work anecdotes you feel compelled to share, or the best yet, any and all thoughts you have about Harry Potter. See you soon!