Top Ten Tuesday: (Belated) Spring 2020 TBR

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Okay, technically this week’s subject is “Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover,” but I totally missed posting my Spring TBR 2 weeks ago, and I can’t let a seasonal TBR post go by, even if I’m a bit late in posting it and even tho I only ever sorta follow my TBRs (is that sign #1 I’m a book lover? lol).

Also wow, it’s been so long since I’ve last written a TTT post! Usually I aim to participate at least once a month, but it’s been almost two full months (I think my last one was on Feb. 4, which technically still follows my goal, but it was still so loooong ago).

I was kinda up in the air about what I wanted to read for awhile, so I organized my thoughts by dividing my TBR into a bunch of sub-categories. It was really helpful, tho it resulted in me listing a wide variety of books, from YA to erotica to Sci-Fi, so bear with me!

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.


Books I Own & I’m Excited to Pick Up:

1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Magic, libraries, and monsters? I acquired this book last summer, and I don’t know how I haven’t read it yet. (sign #2??)

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This will be a reread for me! Ever since I read the first book, I’ve been meaning to return to the series (I’m horrible at finishing series–sign #3 I’m a book nerd??). And now with the 4th book coming out in December, this will be the year for me to finally catch up on this series, so I need to start back at book 1!

Some ARCs I Want to Get Around To:

3. Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Release Date: May 5th, 2020

I’ve been horrible about reviewing books in a timely manner, but I’m determined to stay on top of this one! (says all book people. Sign #4??)

4. A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

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Release Date: January 21st, 2020

Whoops, a bit behind on this one. Luckily, I won it in a giveaway, so I don’t feel too bad about not having picked it up yet, but I still wanna sometime this spring!

5. Two Girls, A Clock, and Crooked House by Michael Poore

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Release Date: September 10th, 2019

Snagged an ARC of this one like a year ago, and still haven’t read it, eek! But it sounds cute, light, fun, and it’s MG, so now feels like the perfect time to read it! (If you follow me, you’ve seen this on a lot of my TBR posts, whoops)

Books from the Library:

6. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

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Was suppose to read this for part of a book club and even though I haven’t started it yet, I still wanna pick it up!

7. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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Been eyeing this one for the past couple of years, and now that I have it checked out from the library for awhile, I want to pick it up after my semester ends!

8. The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

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Everything Katie O’Neill creates is so pure and adorable and I’m determined to read all of her graphic novels!

Books to Read before my Kindle Unlimited Trial Ends:

9. Smut by Karina Halle

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A smutty romance novel about two creative writing students who write smut together and fall in love? I’ve been drooling over this book since I first heard of it, so I’m determined to read it before my Kindle Unlimited trial ends!

10. Aftershocks by Marko Kloos

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Now this normally isn’t the type of book I gravitate towards, but 47North was kind enough to send me an ARC of the sequel, so I want to give the first book a try.


That’s it for my Spring TBR! Fingers crossed I can get around to most of these!?! What books are you hoping to read this spring? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above?

If you participated in TTT this week (or posted a Spring TBR 2 weeks ago, haha), feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Predicted 5-Star Reads From My TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads”. I honestly love this idea! I’m super picky and rarely give out 5-star ratings, but I’m always on the look out for new favorites (hence why I’m always asking “Are you my book?” ha). So basically these are all the books I’m super hype for and have super high expectations for.

Wow, after composing this list, I didn’t realize I was excited for so many New Adult romances and adult fantasies books?!? Fingers crossed I didn’t jinx myself with these predictions!

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. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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I’ve adored all of SJM’s books (with the exception of that certain ACOTAR novella, but we’re not gonna talk about that) and I have full faith that her adult debut will be a fantastical, fun, and smutty read! I need to go make sure I remember to pre-order this book…

2. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Ever since I first heard of this book, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it! Witches, a hate-to-love romance, and YA that’s really NA? I’m gonna grab my wallet and run out to the bookstore now…

3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is another favorite author that I have full faith in. I’ve heard some mixed things on this novel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Yes, this book is still on my TBR. I seriously don’t understand why I keep waiting: I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book!

5. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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After reading Melanie @ Meltotheany‘s rave review about this book, I knew I had to read this amazing book…and I still need to read it (obviously). But I know it’ll be an astounding read!

6. Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 (why do I have to wait till May???) and just know it’ll be an easy 5-stars. A hate-to-love romance featuring writers? And a book writing competition? I could def commit a crime to get a hold of an ARC of this book.

7. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

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Pop singers! College! New Adult! Romance! I’ve heard such good things about this book and I can’t wait to pick it up.

8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Another bandwagon I still need to hop on! But with the fan base behind this book, I have no doubt it’ll be an easy 5 stars.

9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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And another series and author I still need to read! My writing buddy has really been trying to get me to read this book/series, and I know it’ll be incredible…but there are just so many books, ya know? Some day soon, I promise.

10. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I am TRASH for superhero movies and stories, so there is no doubt it my mind that I’ll love this book. Honestly, I don’t know how so long has passed and I still haven’t read it? I feel like I turned around and suddenly the whole trilogy was out!


Have you read any of these books? Do you think these books will live up to my predictions? Which one should I pick up first?

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!

October Wrap-Up: Can You Guess? Lots of Homework & Very Little (and Belated) Blogging

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(Let’s see, can I get this posted before November is almost over?? Update: I sorta did!?)

Dang it, I took another unexpected and unannounced hiatus. Sorry guys! Let’s see if we can get a couple regular posts in before the end of this semester, hmm?

Okay, to wrap-up October…ahhh, all these months of the semester are becoming blurs. I barely remember what I did this past week, let alone the last month. But I do know that I finished more books in October: a total of 6 as compared to the 4 I completed in September. And I completed my Goodreads goal, so that was cool! But other than that, it was homework…and more homework…and if not homework, stressing about homework…

Eek, let’s just dive into the books, shall we?


BOOKS READ:

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Books read in October! Not pictured: The Vine Witch.

1. The Vine Witch by Luanna G. Smith

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Rating: 2.5 stars

I binge-read this book in a couple of days before a participating in a blog tour for it. At first, when I was originally tired after finishing the book and scrambling to write a review for it at 1:00am, I thought it was fairly decent, but looking back at it, I’m gonna have to lower my rating to (at most) a 2.5 stars. The book was not at all what I expected it to be and I wanted to see it fleshed out in so many more ways. You can read my original review here.

2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Rating: 4.5 stars

Such an insightful look into “Hillbilly” (Appalachian white-working class) culture and social class, which J.D. Vance relays through historical facts, family history, and instances from his own personal life. This book was fascinating: both hilarious and saddening. Vance has a great ability to bring his family to life among the pages.

3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Rating: 3.5 stars

It’s been a long time since I read a John Green book (I read The Fault in Our Stars about 6-7 years ago) I loved the prose, the focus on Aza’s mental illness, and the inside look into Aza’s thought process, but I really struggled with the plot?!? Probably because there wasn’t much of one.

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Rating: 3.75 stars

This was my first time ever listening to an audiobook!
Good lord tho, this book was so looooong. But I’m surprised to say that I’m glad that I read it? Tartt’s excessively descriptive writing style is infuriating, yet beautiful and impressive.  I would gladly read a companion novel about one of the side characters and I’m definitely intrigued to try one of Tartt’s other novels.
If you love long novels, descriptive writing, and/or character-driven novels, I recommend giving this try, but if you don’t like any of those things, you’ll probably be bored out of your mind with this book.

5. The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

Rating: 4.5 stars

Before picking up this memoir, I don’t think I had ever heard of the Hmong before. In this family memoir, Yang doesn’t ask for pity as she lays out the never-ending and brutal trials of the Hmong, a people without a country. Yang’s book weaves between cultural legends, family history, and personal experience, specifically her relationship with her paternal grandmother. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a memoir-reader.

6. Mile Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Rating: 4.25 stars

So many powerful books this month, and this book did not deviate from the trend. Jason Reynolds takes an in-depth look at both Miles Morales as a teen and a superhero, and I was ASTOUNDED! Everyone should read this it, especially if you love superhero stories and/or books like The Hate U Give.


November TBR:

  • Normal People– My bookclub’s final read of the semester! (Technically, I started this the other day, but shhhh, we’re gonna keep it on here).
  • The Poet X– My college’s diverse YA book club is reading this book this month, and I’m hoping I can find the time to join them!
  • The Queen of Nothing– If possible, y’all know I’m gonna try to drop everything to read this one when it releases.

Random Life Updates:

  • Fall break was at the beginning of the month and I got to go home and see my dog! (and do laundry–the only reasons I go home on break 😉 )
  • The following 3 weeks after fall break were hella crazy with all the projects due across all of my classes.
  • As I mentioned above, I listened to my first ever audiobook! It was The Goldfinch and guys, it was 32 HOURS LONG. I haven’t completely converted to audiobooks now, I will def give more of them a try in the future.
    • Also, please appreciate this actually (for once) pretty book pic I took:

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  • My bookclub met a couple times to finish discussing The Goldfinch and then to begin discussing Howl’s Moving Castle!
  • I completed my Goodreads challenge! I’ve now surpassed my goal of 50 books.
  • I attended my first college writers event as an intern for the series! I got to meet, talk, and eat food with Heather Sellers and Mira Bartok!
  • Even though I didn’t technically wear my costume until the day after Halloween, I actually dressed up for Halloween this year! Because I’m a low-effort gal, I chose Jessica Jones, since all I need to do was buy a gray scarf!

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  • My housemates and I marathoned the Hunger Games and Twilight movies, which was honestly great.
  • Again, there’s probably other things I did, but I’ve completely forgotten?!

How was your October? Are you also crazy busy now with the end of semester/year approaching? What have you guys been reading and doing lately? Again, please update me on all the happenings! 😆

WWW Wednesday: October 30th, 2019

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Squeezing in another post before the end of the month so I can pretend I’ve been at least somewhat regularly posting this October! These past 3 weeks have been super busy with a bunch of projects and papers due back-to-back, but I think I’ve finally hit a lighter period in the semester (at least for the next 2-ish weeks), so expect to see some more regular content and activity from me! (I will finally finishing responding to comments on my Fall TBR, I promise!)

Also, happy almost Halloween! I’m so excited for Halloween this year; this is gonna be the first time in a couple years that I’ve dressed up! I’m going as Jessica Jones, mostly because it required minimal effort in putting together the costume (all I had to do was go out and buy a gray scarf–I already had a black leather jacket and boots), but also because I’m trash for superheroes (super-heroines)!

Also, 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 are you currently reading?

  • The Storm Crow– Yeah, technically I’m still reading this book, but I haven’t touched it since the middle of September. Hopefully I can find the time to finish it soon tho??
  • Howl’s Moving Castle– I’m reading this for my book club and I’M LOVING IT SO MUCH!! It’s such a light, fun, and whimsical read. I can’t wait to discuss it with my friends and then re-watch the movie!
  • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces– Started reading this book yesterday for my Children’s & YA Lit class! I love the journal-entry style and how it interacts with so many relevant issues for teens (e.g. body-shaming, teen pregnancy, sexuality)

What did you recently finish reading?

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Last week, my Children’s and YA Lit class finished reading Miles Morales: Spider-Man and it was so good! Jason Reynolds is such a real, raw, and hard-hitting writer, and I definitely need to read more from him in the future (the only other book of his that I’ve read is Long Way Down). In Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Reynolds takes you down an intricate and complex look into Miles Morales’s life. This book is definitely a character-driven story about Miles Morales, not his alter-ego, Spider-Man, but don’t let that dissuade you! There are so many important messages in this book about standing up for what’s right and the necessity of fighting systemic racism and white supremacy. Books like these are the reason superhero stories are so great.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Poet X– One of my favorite profs just started a diverse YA bookclub at my college and this is their next read! I don’t know how likely I am to pick this up, since I’m already in 3 English class and running my own bookclub, but I downloaded the audiobook of this book (right before cancelling my Audible free trial, lol), so hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze it in!
  • Normal People– MY bookclub’s final read of the semester! I’ve heard mixed things on this book, but I’ve been eager to read it ever since I heard about its release in the US in the spring. Fingers crossed I enjoy it!

What are you all currently reading? Discover any new favorites recently? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

Are you doing anything fun for Halloween? Dressing up? Binge-eating candy? Let me know!

Also, if you participated in WWW Wednesday this week, feel free to drop the link in the comments; I would love to check it out!