a catch up

Hey, y’all. Happy Sunday! I hope August has been treating you kind. Me, not so much but we are getting there! This month has flew by so fast and I hope September is less of a whirlwind. My younger brother and I just came back from our public library and we both found so many exciting reads! I personally love and adore my local library, it is the most convenient and wonderful place. I live in a metropolitan area with an abundance of public libraries that are placed in each neighborhood. My library happens to be a five minute drive which is really nice.

I have slowly and surely been inching my way out of my reading slump. The book that really helped was The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson. I have written before about how much I absolutely adore his novels and this one is no different. I’m planning on doing a full in-depth author profile on him and my favorite novels from him, but for now, just know that I rated this one 5 stars as well, and that you should read it if you haven’t. Seriously.

I picked up six books from the library today. A few of them were on my Goodreads TBR, so I was excited to grab them. A couple were novels written by authors I have enjoyed in the past so I wanted to give them a read. Let’s get into it.

I picked up Giant Days by Non Pratt, which is the novelization of the graphic novels by the same name. I adore Giant Days. I’m probably the reason my library has all of the volumes, they are just so good! Really readable and relatable and so I’m excited to read a novel version of them. I hope that all of the things I loved about the graphic novels which transfer over.

Next I picked up All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout The Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell. This book has been on my to-read shelf for so long and I am so excited to get to read it. It features stories by so many authors that I love so I am ecstatic.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson is another book that has been on my to-read shelf for a long while so I am very happy that I ran into it. It seems like it will be a lot of fun.

I also picked up Jesse Andrews’ The Haters. I have previously read Me and Earl by him which I have an interesting relationship with. I really loved the book and the writing and it was very surprising and fresh for me so I’m giving this book a shot as well.

I also grabbed The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I’m just working through everything that she has written and this one is next on the list. I was surprised to see it at the library because all of her books are usually checked out with a mile long wait list.

Lastly, I picked up Price of Duty by Todd Strasser. I’m not sure why I picked up this book. Something about it caught by eye as I was leaving the library and I turned back around to go and grab it. It is about the effect war has on people and I am really interested in what this book has to say.

And that is it for now. School has started back up for me, as well as work, so I am going to be incredibly busy until term is over but I am super excited to make time for reading anyway. As always, you can follow along with my progress here because I mostly always update my Goodreads in real time.

I hope that as summer is waning down, you are being excessively kind and patient with yourself and the people around you. We’ll talk soon.


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?

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!