a new year

I’m just over an hour into the new year, and naturally I’m thinking about what I want to do with it. I love New Years eve as well as January 1st. It’s a time when I feel that anything is possible, and I savor the feeling in notes on my phone, scribbles on pieces of paper and whatever else I have on hand, writing down what I can do with the 365 days in front of me. That’s quite a lot of chances to try something new, make yourself happy or become fantastic at that one thing you’ve always wanted to learn. For me, the marking of a new year is a time to look back and reflect on everything good that happened during the passed year and what I have accomplished, as well as giving myself a new chance at what I didn’t do.

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July + BookTubeAThon Wrap-up

So July is over, which tragically means my last full month of summer break is too. Thankfully I’ve been reading a lot more this month than I did in June so I feel like I’ve made the most of my break. Here’s what I read this month.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – 3.5ish stars. SO CUTE

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I haven’t even rated this book yet and I’m done thinking about the whole business, at least for now. But the fact that it took me 3 months to read might indicate my feelings towards it.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour – 4.5 stars. FAVORITE OF THE MONTH OMG. IT WAS ADORABLE.

The rest of the books are what I read for BookTubeAThon so I’m just going to do the rest of the wrap-up as a BTAT one.

BookTubeAThon Wrap-up

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Finish a book in one day, read about a character very different from you. 3ish stars, review here.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – 3.5 if we stretch it.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – A hyped book. 2.5 stars. Okay, but man had I expected more.

Lady SusanCover buy. 4 stars (also a stretch). Favorite of the readathon.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – Book with a person on the cover. 3 stars. Or maybe 2.5 in hindsight.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyRead a book completely outside. Fun fact: It was pouring down when I read it but I had to do it because it was the last day. I was miserable. Anyway. I don’t rate comic books because I don’t really understand them but I did like Vol. 1 better so yeah.

Did you participate in BTAT? Did you manage all 7 books? Either way, tell me your favorite read in July!

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3

It’s been too long since I did one of these and I almost missed it today too, but in my defense I’ve been reading a lot. Like A LOT. We’re currently in the end of day 4 in BookTubeAThon and I’m halfway through my fifth book. And I’ve worked every day this week. So, there’s not much time for anything but reading and sleeping. Anyway, before I go back to doing just that, here’s some diverse books.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacksyou can find the original post and the rules here. What you have to do is write about:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read.
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released.

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BookTubeAThon 2017

BookTubeAThon is one of the highlights of my year. I love how the online book community just comes together in this crazy reading spirit and I love how much it makes me want to read. So you can probably imagine my disappointment when the dates were announced and I saw the BTAT will take place the only week where I work every day. Yup, it sucks. BUT I could always read on the bus and during lunch and stay up late and get up early so I’m giving this a shot anyway. Here’s the books I’d read if things were ideal, but instead they’re just the books I’ll make sure to have at hand if there’s time.

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Five Books You Need To Read This Summer

We’re halfway through the summer and my craving for contemporaries with summer themes is as strong as ever. That is not to say I haven’t read a bunch of them already, because I have. I just need them, okay?

I’m almost out of sweet reads now though, which is incredibly sad. What’s even sadder is that all I had with LGBTQ+ characters are finished. Anyway, if you crave these kind of books during this time of the year like I do, here are the ones you don’t want to miss!

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I’ve talked about this amazing book before, but honestly. It takes place during summer and has a great romance plot (between girls mind you!!) but deals with other stuff as well. The writing is fast paced yet nothing is rushed and agh, it’s just so good!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This one I read last summer but I remember finishing it in one day and loving it! I mean, even the cover has major summer vibes.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

WDMR takes places over a summer coding camp where two teens meet. This may or may not be due to their parents thinking they’d be good for an arranged marriage. Trust me, it’s so, so cute.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

This could be my favorite on the list. It’s definitely my current favorite, which most likely is due to it being my most recent read of the 5. It’s about teens in Hollywood making movies, discovering history and (girls!) falling in love.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

This is the only book on this list that I haven’t read during summer and that I’m not entirely sure takes places during summer but it’s one of my favorite contemporaries and I’m sure it’s great in the summer as well as any other time of the year. I have a review on it here.

So that’s my 5 must reads for the summer! What’s your? I need your recommendations desperately. 

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July TBR

My reading hasn’t been going all too well lately, it’s been ages since I had a month where I read A LOT. Maybe July could be it? Probably not, so I’ll set my TBR count pretty low to not disappoint myself, like in June when I read 4/9 books. Whops. Continue reading