WWW Wednesday: May 20th, 2020

WWW Wednesday

Hi, all! Hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and take care of themselves! (remember: self-care is so important during this time and should be a top priority ❤ ) Time is going by in a blur and I can’t believe its already over half-way through May! So far I’ve read 4 books this month and I’m crossing my fingers I can come close to doubling that, but I’m not gonna put any pressure on myself.

For those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.


What did you recently finish reading?

Eh, can you tell I’m back to my cheesy romance books from Kindle Unlimited? I was intrigued by the fantasy aspect at first in the Court of the Sea Fae series and while it was interesting at times, the books ended up being very…meh. The dialogue is amusing because it possesses that weird, realistic, and self-aware humor, but it was also annoying because almost everyone has this same bizarre sense of humor and they all talked the same!? Not to mention, but the second book had SO MANY ACOMAF parallels, my goodness. Don’t think I’ll read the final book of the series unless I’m bored and wanting a quick, easy read.

What are you currently reading?

Ermmm, a lot technically, but really just A Million Junes by Emily Henry. (Someday I will return to these other books that have been sitting on my currently reading shelf for months, I swear!) I started AMJ a week ago and while it’s really good and I enjoy it, I just keep forgetting to pick it up and read it? I think part of the reason is that I keep getting distracted by webcomics, whoops.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Great question! Whatever hits my mood, and fulfills a prompt for the SeaMAYden-a-thon! I did make a poll on Goodreads the other day, and Renegades, Girls of Paper and Fire, and Lock Every Door were the top 3 books voted for (out of the books I was initially considering for the readathon–you can see my TBR here). But really, who knows?


What books have you been reading this month? Any new favorites or recommendations?

Also, if you participated in WWW Wednesday this week (or have any other recent posts ya wanna share), feel free to drop the link in the comments; I would love to check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series I DON’T Want to Abandon AKA Book Series TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “The Last Ten Books I Abandoned” but I decided to tweak it to “Book Series I DON’T Want to Abandon” (aka my Book Series to finish TBR), because I don’t like to dwell on books that I no longer care/want to read. Plus, I love making any sorta of post that resembles a TBR! I’ve made some yearly book series TBRs in the past (in both 2018 and 2019) but haven’t created one for this year! Did I really achieve the ones from past years? Erm….no, but I still thought it would be helpful to create a round-up of the series I truly want to go back and finish!

So all series on this list are ones that I’ve started (read at the least the first book) and haven’t finished. I’m not going to include recent/ongoing series, unless they’ve been around for awhile. I have so many other series that I’ve started and I’ve never finished, but I’m giving these ones priority because I own copies of most of them.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen

I’ve been saying that I need to finish this series for years and on over a dozen posts. AND I HAVE NO CLUE WHY I HAVEN’T ALREADY?!!? I loved the first 2 books so much! This year, it’ll definitely happen this year! Right?!?

2. Mercy Series by Rebecca Lim

Same goes with this one. And I’ve literally read the first book 3 times?? Why am I such a slacker when it comes to series?

3. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

I adored the first one, found the second mediocre, and the third seemed intriguing with the situation quickly escalating and half way through it I somehow abandoned it? I don’t know why, but I wanna give it another try now. I follow Danielle Jensen on Instagram and it seems like she has some great ongoing series right now, but I told myself I can’t check them out/buy them until I finish this trilogy first.

4. Elemental Blessings Series by Sharon Shinn

A series of companion novels, but still counts! I LOVED the first one, enjoyed the second one, and never? continued?! Which is stupid because (even tho I usually dislike people on covers) these covers are gorgeous and continuing on would be the perfect excuse to make another Thriftbooks order! Some day soon…because I can seriously never have enough books with elemental magic in my reading life!

5. An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

I wanna hop back on this train while the series is still ongoing. I know the fourth and final book releases at this end of the year, and I read the first book YEARS ago. I’m definitely due to reread it and hopefully continue on; I have all 3 of the books, albeit in diff editions tho, lol (a paperback, hardcover, and UK paperback respectively 😅).

6. The Defy Trilogy by Sara B. Larson

A bit scared to reread the first two books in this series because since reading them I’ve seen many negative reviews and I worry I might hold the same views now that I’m older. Though I love the girl-disguised-as-a-boy-because-of-a-misogynistic-society trope AKA the Mulan trope (tho I am now aware how this trope can veer into being problematic and thus it’s actually another worry of mine in rereading these books).

7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I’ve literally read all but the last book! I adored the first 3, so why did I never return to this series?? Everyone raves about these books and I’m OBSESSED with fairytale retellings. Even tho I don’t own any copies, I’m pretty sure my sister owns most/all of them, so I can easily get a hold of them. So why have I been lacking on this series??

8. Worldwalker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Another series where I got half way through one of the books (the second to be exact) and some how abandoned it?!?! This was such an interesting concept–a story involving witches and parallel worlds. Plus, the love interest is name is Rowan, so the series has to be good, doesn’t it? Haha 😀

9. Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Why can I never finish a Angelini series? I adored the first book–read it twice in fact–and enjoyed the sequel. Why did I never continue? Also a bit worried about rereading; I feel like I’ll find the books to be very telling of their time (aka very late 2000s/early 2010s YA that), ya know, very cringey to a contemporary and now older perspective? (I mean look at those covers! ya got you’re classic girl is a pretty, flowy dress aka what all the covers looked like back then)

10. The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

I know this series isn’t finished, but I’m rather curious about the rest of the series currently out. I’ve only read the first one once, even bought a copy of it at a secondhand bookshop at my local library so I could reread it. I remember it having a great female friendship, so I def wanna give the series another try. (Plus I wanna become more of a fan to justify the fact that I have a map of the world up on my wall 😅)

(wow there are a total of 36 books on this list–eek!)


Have you read any of these books or series? What did you think? Please help motivate me to continue with these series (or tell me why I should not)!

What are some series you still need to finish?

If you participated in TTT this week feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

April Wrap-Up: I Finished My Last Semester of College! | My Semi-Hiatus ENDS HERE!

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It’s finally May and I’M SO HAPPY! I’ve finished college FOREVER!! (not that it’s fully hit me–and probs won’t for another month or even till the fall).

This also means I now have time to ACTUALLY blog and read! So I’m announcing that my semi-hiatus has officially ended! From now on, I will regularly be posting (which will be about every 3 days or twice a week), actually responding to comments in a timely manner, and (hopefully) improving my blog hopping!

Despite finishing up the semester, I actually accomplished a decent amount of reading again! I finished a total of 6 books in April. Though half of them were for school, and the other half were erotic romances from Kindle Unlimited, but ya know, I’m okay with that. 😅

(Also, please be impressed that I’m posting this wrap-up during the first half of the month, lol)


BOOKS READ:

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1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Rating: 4.5 stars

This was such as unique and genre-defying novel! All of the characters are SO AMAZING and incredibly fleshed out and individualistic. Tho it’s sci-fi and involves space exploration/alien contact, it also deals with a lot of intense subjects like grief, depression, suicidal thoughts, and questioning faith (which I know is a turn off for many—including myself tbh—but so many of the characters hold unique & unexpected perspectives on faith and it was super fascinating). Simply incredible! (Sad that I’ve heard iffy things about the sequel tho)

2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: 4.5 stars

Y’all already what these books are about and how great they are, so I won’t linger. I loved diving deeper into the action in the 2nd volume, tho I still found it a bit slow at times. Totally here for all the bromances (that really should be romances, smh). Samwise Gamgee is my hero.

3. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: 4.5 stars

Why does Tolkien write such INCREDIBLE BUT BITTERSWEET ENDINGS?!?

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Now for the smutty romance section of my monthly wrap-up…

4. Tangled Vows by Anna Stone

Rating: 3 stars

Have I mentioned I’m a hardcore Anna Stone fan now? I love the whole fake marriage leading to romance trope. (psst, how can I get paid to be someone’s stay-at-home fake wife???) But while I loved the dynamic, it definitely felt rushed; I kept expecting there to be a lot more to the story. Honestly, I thought these characters deserved a whole other book to flesh out their romance.

5. Smut by Karina Halle

Rating: 3.75 stars

I’ve waited so long to read this hate-to-love romance between two creative writing college students (who write their own smut together)! This story definitely worked up to the romance–nothing happened between the two characters until the second half. It was a super fun read and I also adored how Halle used the book to address the judgement that both (self-published) romance writers and romance readers face. Definitely gonna have to look into more books by this author.

6. Before You Say I Do by Clare Lydon

Rating: 3.5 stars

I was immediately struck by Lydon’s fleshed-out and confident writing style. I adored seeing the connection between Abby and Jordan. The ending was a total breezed-over HEA, but I adored it nonetheless. This book seemed to lean more towards romance than erotic romance. Will also be looking into more books by this author!


MAY TBR:

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I’m participating in the SeaMAYden-a-thon this May, and I’ve already posted my TBR here!

Additionally (and ambitiously), I’m hoping to finish up some of those books that have been sitting on my currently reading shelf for the longest time, but we’ll see. 😆


RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:

  • On April 30th, I finished the remainder of my final projects and officially FINISHED COLLEGE!!
    • Holy crap guys, I’m now like an adult adult and need to do things like find a job and ahhhhhhh (tho I don’t know how likely that is during quarantine, but I’m still gonna try)
  • My college’s English Department hosted a reading for senior creative writing students over Zoom and even though it was nerve-wrecking and awkward, I’m glad I got the chance to see the faces of my profs again and celebrate a bit with them ❤
  • On Easter, my housemates and I celebrated together by eating lots of yummy food–each of us made a different meal. I was in charge of dessert (yes, that’s a meal, and one that should be given greater importance), and I made individual chocolate cakes with gooey peanut butter centers. Under-baked them a bit, but they were still super rich & yummy!

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  • I dyed my hair pink! Well, it’s more like I gave it a pink-ish tint, but still exciting nonetheless!
    • Yeah, as you can see by the pic below, not wearing gloves at first was a mistake
    • For anyone curious, I used Overtone‘s color-depositing conditioner (for brown hair), so it’s like a semi-permanent dye. You’re suppose to replenish it with their color-infused conditioners after washings, but I’m kinda bad at it so my hair has been fading a bit 😅
  • Managed to sneak away from my studies long enough to take some nice, meandering walks (and listen to an audiobook!). And I even remembered to document them with (cute?) selfies!
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Can ya see the pink in my hair? Sorta?

How was your April? Read any good books to recommend? Did anyone else graduate or finish their semester? Are you also finding walking & baking to be helpful?

And seriously, if anyone wants/needs a friend to talk to, feel free to comment below or message me on Goodreads!

SeaMAYden-a-thon TBR! | Finally Getting Back to Fun Reading

I’m a smidgen late in figuring out & posting this TBR, but shhhh.

This readathon is hosted by Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads and Mir @ FangirlPixieBlog. In case the title of the post wasn’t clear, it’s a MERMAID-themed readathon! I was elated to stumbled upon this! I’m outta school now and I’m ready to do ALL the reading, so it’s literally perfect timing.

I’m also excited because this will be the first readathon I’ve participated in! Well, I’ve attempted to participate in themed reading events like ARC-August, but nothing involving prompts, teams, and points before. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to DIVE into this readathon!

None of this is TBR is set in stone, but these are the books I’m currently eyeing. And 11 books is a lot, so I might double up on prompts.

Note: None of these graphics are my own; they were created by the hosts.

SeaMaydenathon prompts

Mermaid Kisses, Starfish Wishes~ Read a book with a sapphic romance

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Ash by Malinda Lo

Lowkey been reading all the f/f romances lately, so this is one of the prompts I’m most excited for! This book will be a reread for me, tho I first read it around middle school, so it’s been 8+ years for me. I know I didn’t truly appreciate it as a pre-teen (it was probably the first f/f romance I ever read) and I’m curious to see what my impression will be now that I’m an adult.

Could Also Count: Girls of Paper and Fire

Shipwreck~ Read a Dystopian Story

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

Been meaning to read this for a bit now—I know I’ve put it on a quite a few TBRs. 😅 Honestly, a little scared to read dystopian books now, but a story based around women suddenly gaining fatal powers and exploring the impact it would have a society? I’m so intrigued.

Not to mention, I got this as a gift from a friend at a book exchange and I wanna read it so I have an excuse to message her with something other than the generic “how goes it?”.

Could Also Count: Renegades

Siren’s Call~ Read a book out loud (at least a chapter)

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

Literally could not include this on this TBR, specifically for this prompt, lol. Can’t participate in a mermaid readathon without multiple mermaid books, ya know? Plus, my friend (a diff one than the one mentioned above, tho we were all in a bookclub together) got this as a b-day gift for me 2 years ago and I should really read it so I can also message her, lol.

Could Also Count: Anything else on this list

We Mermaid Use to be Friends~ Read a book recommended by a friend

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

My grandpa’s wife has been loaning me Riley Sager’s books, and I still have yet to read this one! I really enjoyed his other two books, and I can’t wait to see how this compares!

Could Also Count: The Power, The Siren

Beach, Please!~ Read a summer beach read

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Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann

I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and I managed to check it out from the library before they closed. A NA book with a summer romance and ace rep? I’m so psyched!

Could Also Count: The Siren

Release the Kraken~ Read an intimidating book you’ve been putting off

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I’ve been putting this book off since I got it for Christmas many years ago. But a YA sci-fi trilogy about superheros? Honestly, why have I not read this yet!?

Could Also Count: The Power

I’ve got whosits & whatsits galore~ Read a book that has been on your TBR forever

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Like the prompt implies, I’ve put this on so many TBRs and failed to read it. But it’s gonna happen this time, I SWEAR.

Could Also Count: Honestly, most of the books on this list, lol

Under the Sea~ Read a book with a magical kingdom

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

There’s witchy magic and there’s a kingdom. Does the kingdom want the magic…erm no, but close enough. I actually started binge-reading this book last night and I’m almost done. I didn’t stay up until 4am, not at all

Could Also Count: The Siren (?)

Find your voice~ Read an #ownvoice book

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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Not usually a historical fiction reader, but a novel about a secret advice columnist? Ahhhhh, secret identities are literally my fav trope and I’m here for it.

Also lowkey got this from the library and might not ever be returning it. It’s from the library in the town of my college and I just moved back home with the copy since libraries aren’t taking books back now. So I may just pay them back for it instead of trying to return it (I’m not about to drive 2.5 hrs there & back to return a book). Tho it depends when libraries open back up.

Could Also Count: Girls of Paper and Fire, Let’s Talk About Love

Sea Salt~ Read a tearjerker

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I don’t know if this is a “tearjerker” per say, but I know it deals with a lot of heavier and intense subjects, so I’m gonna count it. Plus, I’m here for all the sapphic content, so I had to include this book on this list.

…and finally, my Team’s Read!

Almost forgot about the team read! I’ve heard great things about this and I’m so intrigued by the concept! (Also lowkey picked this team because its a novella, shhhh)


Wow, I’m really impressed with myself for putting a variety of genres (and even a couple adult books!) on this list. Fingers crossed I can kick ass (tail?!) on this readathon!

Are you also obsessed with mermaids? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which ones should I read first?