Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Updates and Happy Books

So. Did I talk about a reading slump last time? That's funny, because here I am, still in one. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm reading a ton for classes, but I haven't been able to read for fun for over a month. That Goodreads challenge bar mocks me.

This time, it's not that I don't want to read, it's that I actually have no time. I'm so busy, which is great, but I also just need time to read (Also probably not helpful: I'm doing NaNoWriMo! I just hit 14,000 words). So, I'm working on being more efficient with my work time, so that I can have more of a relaxing time where I can read. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reading Slumps

Picture this: I'm sitting in my new dorm room, and I've just finished reading a 30 page Aristotle essay, 25 pages about New Criticism, and multiple essays about feminism and intersectionality (Have I mentioned I love my women's studies class? I do). I finally have some free time! So I head over to my bookshelf and I... bypass it entirely and watch Netflix instead.

My classes this semester are so reading-heavy that I haven't been reading on my own that much (or at all, basically). I've just been staring at a book for two hours, so even if I really want to read a chapter or two of The Count of Monte Cristo, I can't make myself do it.

So, I guess I'm in what you could call a reading slump. Part of it is the classes, part of it is the feeling that I have to be socializing all the time, otherwise people will make friends without me (although, if they do, then I'd have more time for reading, so it's kind of a toss-up).

Basically, I've been wanting to read and also not wanting to read. The classic reading slump. And last weekend, it was--not broken, but definitely bent. I finished The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer. And it was enjoyable! I didn't like it as much as The Interestings, but it was definitely...interesting.

(Incidentally, my humor also seems to have gotten worse. Hmm.)

Anyway, I did enjoy the book, and I consider it a success. So, my tips for bending your reading slump? Read on the weekends. The homework is a lot more spaced out, so you aren't overloading your brain with reading all the time, plus you have more free time, so you're not losing out on sleep because of it (This tip does not apply to the weekends before midterms). Also, you can totally read and watch Netflix on the weekends. It's great.

Another thing that helped me was reading non-classic books. GASP, I know. I love them too, guys. But if I'm spending my school time reading Shakespeare and Descartes, then the last thing I want to do in my free time is read more tiny print written hundreds of years ago. But when I get a break from all this homework, I'm coming back for The Count of Monte Cristo. 

People here at college talk a lot about self-care, and for me, self-care is sometimes not reading. My eyes would be so bad if I read all the time. Of course, I'm still going to read. I just can't do it as much, especially with midterms and projects, etc. coming up. But don't worry. No matter what I'm doing, I'd still rather be reading.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


I recently finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Who can I talk to about it??
This is a young adult fantasy novel set in a world where monsters are created from violence (Like, out of the shadows of an alleyway where a violent fight took place, a monster is born). Kate's father is in charge of one part of the city, where monsters go free, and the humans have to pay for his protection. August wants to help protect innocent people, but he's a monster. The book starts as August is sent to keep an eye on Kate.

I read this book in one sitting. It was so good. I've liked Schwab's other books before (The Archived still has one of the most interesting plots I've ever heard), but this one is my new favorite. Why?

First of all, Kate is fantastic. She wants to be ruthless, like her dad, so she threatens people and kills monsters who've done bad things. But she's not a bad person (minor spoiler, maybe?: one type of monster can only hurt those who have harmed others, and that type of monster can't hurt her).

She still has some of the best lines I've read in a while.

  "What are you doing?" came a voice, the words like a whine. Rachel. The girl who'd cornered her on the way to the gym.
  Kate forced her grip to loosen on the counter. "Praying," she said, straightening slowly, composing her features.
  Rachel arched a brow. "For what?"
  "Forgiveness," said Kate. "For the things I'm about to do if you don't get out of my way."

Also, August is adorable. Well, also really scary. But adorable. He doesn't want to hurt people, and at one point (minor spoiler) he brings home a stray cat. How can you not love that??

But the best part about this? It's a YA book, and these are your two main characters, and you've so obviously got a Romeo/Juliet thing going on, but does Victoria Schwab put these characters in a star-crossed relationship? NO, SHE DOES NOT. There is no romance in this book. There is just plot and friendship and family. And I am so grateful. So many times, I've read books where the romance seems forced, and takes time away from the plot, so this is just wonderful. Less romance, more monsters, that's what I always say.

I'm also really into the whole monster world-building, too. It's not that the monsters are just there and have always been there, it's that they come from the bad things in the world--violence, tragedy, etc. (Look, I don't know if that's a spoiler or not, but it mentions it in the Goodreads synopsis, so I think it's okay to say? Sorry!) Anyway, that's really cool and added something extra to this story.

I could go on about this book for a while, but then I'd have to get into spoilers, so I'll stop here. Have you read this yet? What did you think?


(ALSO, sorry about the extra-long time between posts. Transitioning to college life is hard! Forgive me if posts are super sporadic for a little bit here.)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Books I Brought to College

Aah, you guys, sorry it's been a while, but I just moved in to college. So I was busy. And there was a problem with the wi-fi. But now I'm all moved in and connected to the internet.

One of the first things I unpacked was my box of books! It took quite a bit of work to decide which books to bring (one of my best friends and I were talking about how it was like choosing your favorite child), but I did it! I limited myself, and what do you know, I still have room. So the next time I go home, I get to choose some more children to bring.

But anyway, here's the books that made this first trip.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Books about College!

All right, we're down to the last week before college move-in. I still have a lot of things to get and pack and decide about, but perhaps the most important thing I have yet to decide is which books to bring. But that's a problem (and a blog post) for next week.

I've been thinking about college and my expectations of college lately. I get these expectations from tv shows (there might be fewer demons than there were in Buffy, and I'm not going to an Ivy League school, so Rory Gilmore's experience won't apply to me), movies (there might be fewer acapella groups than there were in Pitch Perfect, and I'm still not going to an Ivy League school, so I'm not going to be Elle Woods), and books. So. In celebration of back to school and going to college time, I'm going to talk about some of my favorite books set in colleges.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my favorite books of the past couple years. It is so good. It's about a girl who goes to college with her twin sister, but her twin wants to room with someone else and step outside their bond to "find herself." So Cath sticks with her fanfiction and her cardigans (she is my style icon) as she starts college. I'll say it again, it is so good. It's about what happens when your world expands, and how you deal with that, especially if you're not really ready for it. Plus, it's hilarious. Some of my favorite YA characters are from this book (Cath, Levi, Reagan, and Cath and Wren's dad, among others).

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Ugh, have I talked about this yet? I read Catcher in the Rye for school one year and liked it a moderate amount, but then I read this one and I was completely hooked. Franny is at college, but becomes disillusioned with it as she becomes interested in "praying without ceasing." She leaves college and her brother, Zooey, tries to help her. Franny and Zooey are part of a family that is famously smart (they were on a quiz show), and this book deals with the reconciliation of that concept of intelligence with the reality of life and the shaping of identity (Okay, sorry, but when you talk about Salinger, it's an inevitable hazard that you start sounding a bit pretentious).

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Okay, fine, only a portion of this graphic novel takes place at college, but it's an important part. It's about Bechdel figuring out her sexuality as she also finds out that her dad is gay. I mean, this is a little more dramatic than what people usually think of when they think of "finding themselves," but it is so good. And a true story, so it's really interesting and hard to read at times. Plus, have you heard/seen the musical? I can see all of Pennsylvaniaaaaaa...

Bass Ackwards and Belly Up by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain

Oh my gosh, this was a total guilty pleasure book for me. I've read it probably three times. It's about four girls who decide to do what they really want to do after high school graduation. Harper is going to write the Next Great American Novel. Kate is going to travel the world. Sophie is going to LA to try to make it as an actress. And Becca is going to college. I've gone back and forth on which girl I relate to more, but I think it's Becca. Sweet, shy, awkward Becca. Plus, I'd never be able to backpack through Europe or move to LA; I'm scared enough going to college. So, I feel you, Becca.

So, I have to go decide which of my books are going to come with me to college. In the meantime, I'll be thinking about what my college experience might look like, and whether it'll look like any of these (I'd be absolutely fine with it looking like Cath's, but I'm going to try to stay away from Franny's experience, I think).



Friday, July 29, 2016

Vacation Reads 2016

Hey guys, I just got back from a family vacation, which means a few things. One: Summer is going to start winding down, and two: I've just been reading a ton of things. I had some long drives and some days at the beach for reading--my favorite things.

I started by reading My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I mentioned this in my last post, and the first impression still stands: it was hilarious. And I really loved it. Then I read This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I also mentioned. I'm still not quite sure about this one.

I also read Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I've been watching Parks and Recreation, and I've been wanting to read this for a while, so I did! And I loved it! I loved her stories about starting out in comedy, and the stories about her life during SNL and Parks and Rec. 

Then I read Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. I'd never read a Sophie Kinsella book before, but this one was really good. It's about a woman who loses her engagement ring and then her phone, so when she finds a new phone, she decides to use that one instead. After all, she needs a phone for people to contact her in case they find her ring. But the phone comes with old contacts (Kind of a complicated synopsis for how predictable it was, but okay). This one was super fluffy, just what I wanted. Seriously, part of it was like straight out of a romantic comedy. 

I read The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle next. Oh my gosh. If you're looking for a funny YA while you wait for Jesse Andrews to write another book, try this one. It's about a boy who wants to write screenplays, but hasn't written or really come out of his house since his sister died. It doesn't sound like it would be funny or heartwarming, but it is. Once more, I can't overstate the amount of times I laughed out loud while reading this.

Okay, then I went for a classic beach read: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I've been really enjoying "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812", a Broadway musical, and so I picked up this 1400-page beauty. And I. LOVED. IT. It was so good and I loved so many of the characters. The only problem with reading this is that now I kind of want to read Anna Karenina, and I've got other things to read now.

I re-read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, as I do every year at the beach. It's so good in so many ways--it's hilarious, it's feminist, and it's got commercial breaks. What else could you want??

In other really great, light beach reads, I read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I think I've read all of her books now. Each time, I find myself going, "huh. I didn't actually like those characters. And I'm pretty disturbed." But I read them all, didn't I? So, make of that what you will.

Right before we left for vacation, I grabbed Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein because it looked cute and I needed some fluff to balance out the Gillian Flynn and the enormous Russian novel. It's about a girl and boy whose moms have organized for them to carpool to school. The first fourth of the book, I really disliked the characters, especially June's condescending attitude about high school, but by the halfway mark, I was into it, and she didn't seem so annoying anymore. And then by the end, I was really happy with it.

I also read Saga, volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I can't talk about the synopsis too much, because it could spoil earlier volumes. Just know that it's a great series and I can't wait for the next volume.

Finally, I read The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. It's about a family on the verge of getting their trust fund, but there are complications. This is another one where I didn't really like the characters (except Louisa and Nora, the twins), but I liked the story. And I'm such a sucker for stories about families and about growing up. So, I was pretty much going to like it no matter what.

It was a good vacation with a lot of good books--I think my favorite was probably War and Peace, actually. How can you not love an extremely long Russian novel about war where all of the character's names are like one letter off from each other? I'm going to see if I can read some more good books at home. Up next: Lumberjanes Volume 4! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of July 15, 2016

It's time for another really short update! I've been kind of busy, so I haven't been reading a ton, but I did do better this week than I did last week. I am making progress in Alexander Hamilton (If you're marking it by how the musical progresses, I'm a few songs into Act 2). And I read My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. It's got historical characters (the Tudors and Lady Jane Grey), but everything else is more loosely based in true facts. The book starts with an apology to England, "for what we're about to do to your history." I laughed out loud several times and I enjoyed it a lot.

Then I finished This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I've been wanting to read more Fitzgerald since I read The Great Gatsby a couple years ago, and this one lived up to my expectations. It had all the search for self/men caught up in their own intellectualism/American dreams of Gatsby. All right, so I didn't actually like the characters that much? I mean, Amory wasn't the worst protagonist I've ever read about, but I don't think I'd want to be friends with him. However, I did enjoy the book (One of those "not sure why, but it was good and I'd read more of it if there were more" books). 

So, there's the super short update you've heard tell about. I'm hoping to read some more books this week--I've got a pretty big pile of library books waiting for me. Happy reading!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Currently Reading: July 8

Oh, you guys, the reading slump is real. I was out of town last weekend and I read a good chunk of stuff. But since then... nothing. Like, three chapters of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, maybe. I had one of those days yesterday where I really wanted to read, but I stared at my shelves and nothing grabbed me. So I didn't read. I'm heading to the library tomorrow, and I'm planning to get just a big pile of books so I can get excited about reading something. I'm kind of excited about the prospect of bringing a bag to hold all the books I'll get! So that's good, right? <sigh> All right. There's not much more to update, since I haven't been reading much. It's been a weird week. Let's hope for a better one next week.
Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

June Wrap-Up: Books I Loved

Oh my goodness, I have read a ton of fantastic books this month. Even if I stopped after the first week, I would have been happy with the books I read. I'm a little scared about what I'll read next, because I don't know how it will live up to these! Here are some of my favorites from this month:

First of all, Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here. You might recall this book as "the one that was so funny and so good that it got its own completely unplanned and not very well thought out, really more of a gush, post back at the beginning of June." So, my thoughts are there, and they remain the same. I've been trying to think of a pun or a clever way to say I loved it (some sort of "I loved it here" thing), but I can't, so just pretend I'm funny. Thanks.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera-- this book absolutely wrecked me. I was about twenty pages in, and I thought I'd read a chapter or two before bed, and the next thing I knew, it was 1:30 and I was finishing the book. I don't know what genre I would classify this in-- it's mostly contemporary, but there's some sci-fi in there. I guess it's like a "today's world except..." sort of thing. Basically, it's our world, but there's a medical procedure available where doctors can take away bed memories and rearrange others to make you happier, or forget about PTSD-causing incidents, or things like that.

This was a complete wonder of a book. I'm trying to describe my feelings about it, and I just get more adjectives in front of words like "heartbreaking" and "beautiful" and "also kind of funny in places." I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever been a human.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Currently Reading: July 1

Happy July, everybody! This summer is going by so quickly. There's still so much reading to do!

This is going to be a really, really quick update, but I promise there will be more next week. It's going to be a busy weekend with iffy wi-fi.

Anyway! I just finished reading Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. It's about a boy who hasn't left his house in three years and the girl who tries to "fix" him. It was good, but I was most impressed by the humor. I laughed out loud several times! (Doesn't it just sound like a laugh riot? But really, there are ups and downs of all kind in this book.)

I'm still working on The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. This one's going to take me a bit to read, but I am enjoying it! It's really interesting, especially since I knew absolutely nothing about this subject before starting this book.

And have I mentioned I've been reading tiny bits of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (the biography that inspired the Broadway show Hamilton)? Well, I have. I'm slowly but surely making some progress here as well.

All right, I've got to go now, but I hope to get a lot of reading done this weekend. Happy Fourth of July!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Currently Reading: June 24

So, this week there were a couple big storms in my area. Because of that, we lost power for a while and internet for even longer. And do you know what's really good for reading time? No internet access. I've had a really good reading week. Quick recap:

I finished The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. It wasn't my favorite, but it had a main character from Tobago, and there were feminist themes throughout, so I appreciated it. 

Then I picked up A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I've had a summer reading list for four and a half years, so I've been in a sort of "classics withdrawal." I don't know if I liked it or not. I mean, it was weird. Really weird. All right, I'm just going to have to come back to this later, when I've had more time to think about it. 

I also read Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It was so good, and keep your eyes out for a longer review/gush in a post next week. Right now, I'll just say it was fluffy and funny and fantastic.

Then I read The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (Remember this one from my anticipated June reads? I read it!). I enjoyed it--it was a nice twist on the "fantasy world" sort of thing, since it was set in present-day LA. 

I also finally got around to The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater! I really, really like this series, and I'm very happy with the way it ended. Since it's the last of the series, I can't really give you a synopsis (have to avoid spoilers at all costs, you know), but I will recommend that you read The Raven Boys, the first book. It's unlike anything I've ever read before.

Finally, I read You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. It's about a boy and girl who meet during Pride Week and start helping each other with their love lives. I've liked most David Levithan books I've read, and this one is no exception. I liked it a lot, and it was too short. I'd read more of anything with these characters.

And right now, I'm reading The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. It's a nonfiction book about librarians trying to save Arabic texts from Al Qaeda. I'm only about twenty pages in, but I'm liking it so far. 

So, maybe we should have our internet go out more often (gasp). On the bright side, I'm almost out of library books, so when I go to the library tomorrow, I'll be able to check out a lot of books without the guilt! Happy reading!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of June 17

As I think I mentioned last time, this was a busy week. I didn't have a ton of time for reading, but I'm really enjoying what I am reading! Right now, that's a couple things.

I just finished The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Have I recommended this comic series to you all yet? If not, consider this your recommendation. It's set in the Marvel Universe, and it stars Doreen Green, a girl who has squirrel superpowers. It is hilarious, you guys. It's so great.

I'm also currently reading Everything That Rises Must Converge, a collection of short stories by Flannery O'Connor (Wow, can you say "two books you wouldn't expect to be reading at the same time" or what?). I'm really not sure how I'm feeling about this. I enjoy Flannery O'Connor's writing style, but it's from the 1960s, so there are more than a few social/racial issues with it. I mean, obviously often books that are called classics have some issues regarding the morals that were acceptable in the time they were written, but it doesn't mean I'm completely comfortable with them. Anyway, a review of this book on Goodreads starts, "Sometimes Flannery O'Connor feels like a verbally abusive boyfriend that you just keep going back to," and I think that's a pretty good description. They're not optimistic by any means. But they're good.

Okay, so I hope to finish that book this weekend, because I've been piling up books from the library (Working at, and therefore going to the library twice a week, surprisingly, does not keep the TBR low). Happy reading!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Currently Reading: June 10

Okay, this has been a pretty busy week, and next week will be as well, so this will just be a really quick post to mention what I'm reading!

I just started reading Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, and I'm only about twenty pages in. So I don't really know what it's about (I just know I really enjoyed her last book, The Vacationers, so I grabbed a copy of this when I saw one). I can tell you that so far, there's a group of adults who were friends in college, and their kids, who are teenagers. There's a book club and a looming divorce and intrigue! It's good so far, but I really don't know much yet.

All right, so I guess that's it, but I did promise a short post. I've got a big pile of books waiting for me this weekend, though, so we'll see what I'll have read by this time next week! I hope your weekend (and your books) are great!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Random Recommendation

It happened. Remember when I said, maybe I'll start a new book Friday night, if I'm feeling like it? Well, I started it. Then I slept for a while. Then I got up, read as I ate my breakfast, read while I got ready for work, and finished the book in the car on the way to work (I wasn't driving; it's okay).

See this? Look at this cover.

Put this image in your brain, and the next time you go to the library or bookstore, pick it up. It is so good.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Currently Reading: June 3

Happy June! Is it summer for everyone now? I think it is. Happy summer!

I've been taking full advantage of all this new free time--I'm reading so much. I mean, not as much as I'd like to, since I saw about twenty more interesting books while working at the library Tuesday, but a lot.

Up first: I have just finished re-reading The Raven Boys and reading (for the first time) The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Tomorrow, I'm heading to the library to get The Raven King, the final book in the series. Have I gushed about this series yet? It's about a girl and her psychic family, and they meet some prep school boys who are searching for a Welsh king from legend. 

Anyway. I probably could have done a better job explaining it, but just believe me when I say it's complicated. And it's really good. The characters are all so developed and wonderful and I can't wait to see what happens to them in the last book.

So after finishing those supernatural, mystical sorts of books, I was in desperate need of some fluff. Luckily, I had Two Summers, by Aimee Freedman. It's about a girl named Summer who has to make a decision about whether or not to go to France to see her dad for the summer. The story has two parts: one where Summer goes, and one where she stays. 

I'm such a sucker for parallel universe stories. This one is not the best I've read, but it's also for sure not the worst. It was summery and fluffy and I really loved the descriptions of France (and crepes with Nutella!). In other words, it was exactly what I wanted it to be. 

So, if I decide I need to read something else before I get to The Raven King, it's probably going to be Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (it's about fans and the communities fans of things form). 

I hope you all have a good weekend and lots of time for reading!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Anticipated Releases: June 2016

It's been a busy couple weeks. I graduated from high school, among other things. So please excuse the lack of a Friday currently reading post last week (For those who inexplicably want an update on what I'm reading, I just finished re-reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater and am now starting The Dream Thieves, the sequel). Anyway, I have a ton of time now to read (well, I probably should do some other things, but I'm busy ignoring my responsibilities), so I thought I'd share a couple new books I'm looking forward to!

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (release date: June 7, 2016)
This is about a few people from a supernatural-y/magic world who get transported to modern-day LA. A fantasy set in LA? Sounds great to me. I don't really know much else about this, but it sounds cool, right?

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (release date: June 7, 2016)
I love when I find out about books like these just a few weeks before their release. I had no idea this was coming out, and now I get to be excited without the months of waiting I usually have to deal with. Anyway, I don't know much about this book (You could say I...don't know it well. I'll let myself out), but I love David Levithan and Nina LaCour, so this is going to be good.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (release date: June 7, 2016)
 This is about Lady Jane Grey (sort of). The synopsis on Goodreads does say it has "only a passing resemblance to to actual history," but hey, it also says it's "in the tradition of The Princess Bride," so I'm in. I've read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, and that was pretty good (I think it's a series, so I don't know why I didn't keep reading, but the first one was good). I haven't read anything by Brodi Ashton or Jodi Meadows, but I hear good things, so I'm looking forward to this!

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana (release date: June 21, 2016)
So this is about a high school student who's struggling with your typical high school things when NASA announces they've discovered an alternate Earth. Alternate/parallel universes are really interesting topics, to me, and this one has been described by the author as "contemporary speculative," so I like that it's not completely sci-fi. It's still set in our world, you know? So this looks promising. Also, it's getting really great pre-release reviews. I'm really excited.


Okay, I could go on for a while. Summer is prime book release season, and I'm ready to read all the books. But I'll leave it there and hopefully I'll get around to these ones! Happy reading!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Currently Reading: May 20

All right guys, summer is here. I made it through the school year! In celebration, I am reading as much as I can (in between binge-watching 30 Rock and going to school-related events). Quick recap: Morgan Matson is just as fabulous as ever and Sarah Strohmeyer is moving up my list of "will-read-anything-by-this-person" authors.

Right now, I'm reading Dream On, the second book in the Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. It's about walking through dreams and other supernatural sorts of things. The first book was pretty confusing, and this one's also confusing, but maybe that's just because it's been a year since I read the first one. I am remembering how much I love these characters, though, so it's going well.

I'm just stacking up the books in my room, so hopefully by this time next week, I'll have read much more to share with you all. Happy reading!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Currently Reading: May 13

Happy Friday the 13th, everybody. I am feeling so great about what I've been reading. Since I have two (TWO) days of school left, I haven't had too much schoolwork to do, so I've been reading as much as I can.

I just finished Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley--five stars. It was so funny and she's so cool (See my graphic novel post for more Lucy Knisley praise).

Then I read The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights). This is one of the best sequels I've ever read, because I didn't need to re-read the first one to remember the characters. Also, this is a sequel, and it's the last book in the series. A dualogy! I thought it was going to be a trilogy and I wasn't that excited. There are so many trilogies in YA fiction these days that I'm kind of over them. But a dualogy is cool. And this book is cool. 4.5/5 stars.

Right now, I'm reading Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, edited by Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton. This is so interesting, and I really love the idea. I like getting this little glimpse of writers' childhoods, too.

I think I'm going to start reading something else this weekend, too, though. Crush is good, but it's essays, and I'm kind of feeling fictiony right now. So, who knows? I'm loving this not-having-too-much-work thing.

Happy almost summer.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Genre Recommendations: Graphic Novels

I've been hearing a lot of talk about books with YA/adult crossover appeal (an example is The Book Thief, since adults and young adults alike read it). But you know what's a really good gateway drug into the world of adult reading? Graphic novels.

I started to read graphic novels maybe a few years ago, and now I read graphic novels intended for young adults, adults, and even children. I've read some great ones and some so-so ones, and I hope that I continue finding new ones to read (I know I'm nowhere near an expert on these types of books!), but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. These ones are especially good for readers who are just starting to get into graphic novels (like me!)

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
This is the first graphic novel I read that made me say--"Hey, this is pretty cool. It's a story, but it's got tons of pretty pictures. Maybe I should read more." I probably had read others before then, but this was the one that made me want to keep going.

It's about two young girls in a small beach town during the summer. The story's cool and everything, but the art is gorgeous. It's all in purply-blue colors, and I couldn't get enough of it.


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
What would a graphic novel recommendation be without a mention of Scott Pilgrim? This series never fails to make me laugh. I also highly recommend Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds.

For those of you who don't know, Scott Pilgrim is about a boy (Scott) who meets a girl (Ramona) and wants to date her. But before he can date her, he has to fight her evil exes. Video game jokes and fourth-wall breakings ensue.


The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Okay, this one's not quite as lighthearted as Scott Pilgrim. And it's kind of hefty, especially if you're just starting out in the world of graphic novel reading. BUT it's so good. I think I may have cried at the end.

It's about a guy who makes a deal with Death. The deal: He gets to sculpt whatever he can imagine, but he dies in 200 days. So, like I said, not exactly light subject matter, but it's not just death the whole time--there's humor and romance and life.

Lucy Knisley
If you're not sure about graphic novels, but you like memoirs, Lucy Knisley is for you. I've read several of hers, and I've been satisfied with all of them (including An Age of License: A Travelogue and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen). Knisley's graphic novels are inspired by her life, and they're funny and bittersweet at the same time. She also has a new one that just came out, called Something New. I'm so excited!

I have so many more recommendations to share, but I'll leave you with these for now. Enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Currently Reading: May 6, 2016

The reading slump has been broken and I am triumphant! I am loving what I'm reading right now, and I have a beautiful, brand-new Morgan Matson book waiting for me at the library (it took all of my willpower not to pick it up last night at work, but now that I have my paper done, I'm good to go).

SO. I actually just finished Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. Like, eight out of five stars. It was so good. Mini-synopsis: Jessie's mom died a few years ago, and her dad has just remarried someone who lives in LA. So they move from Chicago to LA and Jessie has to figure out her new school/life. Luckily, she gets an anonymous e-mail from someone offering to help her navigate her school and LA.

This book was so cute, but also sad, but also sweet, but also look, it's just great. As I was reading the end, I was doing that thing where you punch the air and slap the armrests of the chair you're sitting in (that's a thing, right? No? Just me? Okay). I was so excited and pumped about this book! So. Highly recommended.

Next up: Of course, Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything. But I also have Siobhan Vivian's new book (I saw it on the shelf and actually gasped out loud. I don't know why I didn't know about this being published, but I know now and that's all that counts).

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of April 29

All right, I forgot again. Every time I think I'm as busy as I can get, I just get busier--I'm a little scared of next week. But stress and hectic schedules aside, here's what I'm reading!

Nothing. At the moment. Although I did just finish reading Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples yesterday, and I'm hoping to get started on the next one soon. It's so good! I know everyone says that, so I was kind of expecting it to hit me over the head with how good it was. But if we're going with violent metaphors for how we like books, I'm going to say this one was more like a poison. You don't really get it at first, but all of a sudden, there's no going back.

As I said, this is an extremely busy time for me--what I'm really hoping to read this coming week is my completed research paper, but I'm like 8 pages of writing away from that, so we'll see how it goes. I hope I get some time to read, but if not, I'll try again next week!

Happy (almost) May!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Currently Reading: April 22

One more week down--one more week closer to summer and all the reading time I can imagine (except for time at work and packing and moving to college and everything). But hey, I don't have to think about that for a while.

I still haven't had too much time for reading--when I do read, it's mostly books/articles for the research paper I'm working on. But I did decide to take the evening off last night and read about 100 pages of Voyager, the third book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. It's getting good. As I think I mentioned, I wasn't loving the first part of the book, before Claire and Jamie got back in the same time, but it started picking up once they did.

I have a couple books waiting for me on my shelf that I'm a little more excited about, though, so I might pick up one of those (I'm especially excited about Jesse Andrews' new book, The Haters. I don't know what it's about, but it's from the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so my expectations are high).

Okay, time to go read now. Have a good weekend!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Currently Reading: April 15

Oh, you guys, it's Friday. And I have been reading almost nothing this week! Since school started again after Spring Break, I have been doing homework (or, actually, procrastinating) and then going to bed. I've probably read about 15 pages since Sunday.

BUT Sunday was good. On Sunday, I finished A Clash of Kings, read Lumberjanes vol. 3, and read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (I was on a plane, so uninterrupted reading time!). I really enjoyed all of these books, and I was excited to jump into another Colleen Hoover book when I got home, but I just started Maybe Someday like last night.

The senioritis is bad. I haven't felt like doing any schoolwork or reading lately! But I really enjoyed the Lumberjanes bindup, so I'm thinking I might read a couple more graphic novels now--it doesn't feel too much like work, you know?

I don't know how much reading I'll get done this weekend, but I'm glad to have a little bit of time anyway! Happy reading!

(Oh my goodness. It's a sign of how tired I was that I hit "save" instead of "publish" on Friday. But now I can come to you from after the weekend and tell you that I spent my Friday evening-and Saturday morning before work-reading Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. It's the story of the creation of the musical Hamilton and includes annotated lyrics. Honestly, I think I would have loved this no matter what it was, but it was really good, guys. It was really good.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hamilton Book Tag

Pop quiz!
Q. What's my favorite thing to do? A. Read
Q. What's my current obsession? A. Hamilton

Have you all listened to Hamilton yet?? I've been listening to the cast recording almost non-stop (ha) for months. I still can't get over it. It's a hip-hop musical about the founding fathers, and it's so good. I don't know if I can put into words what it is about this musical that I love so much, but it's there. I love it.

Anyway. There's a book tag about Hamilton going around (Maureen over on Booktube started it, I believe), and if you got the answers to my pop quiz right, you'll know why I had to do it. So here it is, the Hamilton book tag!

1. The Room Where It Happens--A book world you would put yourself into
The obvious answer here is the Harry Potter world. And just because it's obvious doesn't mean it's not my answer.

2. The Schuyler Sisters--An underrated female character
I'm heading back into my childhood for this: Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. She was always my favorite. Whenever the Baudelaire orphans got into trouble (which was all the time), she'd tie her hair up and get them out of whatever mess they were in. Yes, Klaus and Sunny helped (and I love them too!), but Violet was the one in charge.

3. My Shot--A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them
I'm going to have to go with Mark Watney from The Martian. He was abandoned on Mars, but he still used his skills as a botanist to survive. I don't know about you, but if I were alone on Mars with a defective space suit, I'd probably give up. He did not throw away his shot!
 
4. Burn--The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read
I don't know if this counts, but Me Before You. SPOILERS--I just finished this and even though I saw it coming, it was still heartbreaking. I also understand why Will made that decision, but come on, give Louisa some more time with you. This relationship ended before it really even got to start.


5. You'll Be Back--Sassiest villian
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Honestly, this is on my list of books I'd recommend to anybody. It's a graphic novel about Nimona, a shapeshifter who becomes the sidekick to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. This works for "sassiest villian" in so many ways--Ballister Blackheart is sassy, Nimona is sassy, and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the "hero," is also pretty sassy. It's just a fantastic graphic novel.

6. The Reynolds Pamphlet--A book with a twist that you didn't see coming
In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks! This is a seriously underrated book. I read it last year, and I'm still shocked. It's about a boy who has been able to create alternate worlds since he came out of a coma as a child. Not only is it a great twist, it's also a great book. I think sometimes the twists are meant to elevate the reader's opinion of the book, but this one would have stood out even without the twist.

7. Non-Stop--A series you marathoned
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Well, sort of. When I started them, the only ones that were out were Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. So I read those three right in a row. Then, a few weeks later, Fairest came out. So I read that. Then I had to wait 8 long months for Winter to come out. (I eventually read that.) The point is, I marathoned the first three books, and they were fantastic.

8. Satisfied-- A book with multiple POVs
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I've read so many books with multiple POVs, but this series uses the POVs so well. (Okay, technically, it's more like an omniscient narrator focusing on multiple characters in different chapters, but I'm counting it as POVs.) I'm never confused as to whose chapter I'm reading, and each one adds something to the story, as opposed to the books that could have done without the extra POV. 

9. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story--A book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history
I think Harry Potter's another obvious (and correct) answer here, but I'm also going to say Game of Thrones because we will still be waiting for the next book. 

10. Stay Alive--A character you wish was still alive
SPOILERS.
Oh man, how do I choose just one? Don't get mad at me for using Harry Potter again, because it's my childhood, but I'm going to go with Hedwig from Harry Potter. Not because I think she's any more important than any of the other devastating deaths in that last book, but because my little 9-year-old self had waited for that last book to come out for so long, and my mom was reading it to my sister and me (as she had done with all the other books), and Hedwig died in the first 50 pages. I was not prepared. I was expecting lots of deaths, later, sure, but Hedwig? Before we even really got into much of the action of the book? I am not ashamed to say that I cried over that owl.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! And if you haven't listened to Hamilton yet...listen to Hamilton.
 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Currently Reading: April 8

This week is my spring break, and I had big plans for my reading. Big, big plans. I haven't really read that much, though, because of work and very important sleeping. BUT. I am very excited about what I am currently reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). 

 I really, really enjoyed the first book, but they're intimidating books, you know? You really have to pay attention to who's who and what's going on with the politics of it all. So I wanted to be able to give it my full attention; not just read thirty pages after I finish my homework. So I'm reading it now, and I'm loving it! I'm about 500 pages in, and it's great. I'm really glad I've gotten into this series.

Speaking of intimidatingly long series, I'm also about 300 pages into Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, the third book in the Outlander series. It didn't really get me interested until right around that 300 page mark, though, and by then I had decided I was more excited about Game of Thrones. So I'll come back to Voyager when I finish A Clash of Kings.

Happy reading!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Currently Reading: April 1

Happy April! All right, I know I say this a lot, but I can't believe how fast everything is going. Is it just me? Anyway, I thought I'd share what I'm reading, and then I realized, I'm not actually reading anything at the moment.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of March 25

Oh, I knew the day when I forgot to do a currently reading post on a Friday would come someday; I just thought it would take a couple more weeks. It's Easter, though, so things were busy (that's my excuse, there you have it).

Anywho... I am, in fact, still reading The Kite Runner. I don't know how much I actually grasped when I read it the first time, but I definitely had forgotten about some of these plot twists. I'm really enjoying this, but I'm glad I'm reading it in small increments (for class) to break up the heartbreaking.

And, other than that, I'm not actually reading anything at the moment--I just finished a book! I read Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. It's about four girls who kidnap a member of a boy band (the Ruperts) accidentally, or so our unreliable narrator tells us. My thoughts? Meh. It was funny in parts, and it was cringey in other parts. I'm going to need some time to think about this one, but I think it's like a 3-star book for me. More later.

Up next? I have Me Before You by Jojo Moyes on my shelf! Let the crying begin!

Happy Easter.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Currently Reading: Friday, March 18, 2016

It has been such a long week. I can't wait to just stay home and relax this weekend (aside from the working and the homework and etc.). First up on my list of things to do, though? Finish the book I'm reading.

That book is called The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It's about a woman who leaves Sweden to visit her pen pal in a small town in Iowa. When she gets there, she finds out her pen pal has just died. She decides to stay for a while anyway, and starts a bookshop in the little town.

Books about books can go either way for me--they can either be pretentious or they can make you feel completely at home, like you've just found a new friend who shares all your interests. I suppose there are some in between, but I usually form stronger opinions on these types of books.

I am loving this book. I have family in Iowa, and my family loves books, so this one feels like it was written for us. I'm about halfway done, and I hope to finish it soon. There are some issues with it, but the overall charm of the book overrides them.

And, of course, I'm still reading The Kite Runner for my English class. We're a little more than 100 pages in, and I think I like it more this time than I did when I read it a few years ago. I think this one was meant to be talked about and, on my own, I didn't think of some of the things people are bringing up in our discussions--We've had some pretty good discussions so far. I enjoy seeing how people feel about certain things. Once I've finished it, I might go into more detail, but I really overestimated the amount of plot I remembered, so that'll have to wait.

So that's what I'm reading right now. I hope you can find some time in your weekend to read some good books!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Currently Reading: Friday, March 11

Sometimes I read very quickly, but other times it can take me days to get through twenty pages. When I read slowly, I don't always feel like blogging, since I don't feel that I have anything new to say. BUT. When I read quickly, some books get left behind, since I've read so many in a (relatively) short time. So, I thought I'd start a weekly feature on this blog--I'll tell you what I'm reading each Friday.

Right now, I am reading The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman. It's about Victorian-era England, and some sort of demon hunter club (maybe?), but I don't really know yet, because I'm only 30 pages in. I would have been farther, but I also started It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini on Wednesday, so I put The Dark Days Club on the back burner. The good news is, I finished It's Kind of a Funny Story, so now I'm back to this one!

I've also just started re-reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read it a few years ago, at my best friend's recommendation, and I loved it, but I didn't really think I would re-read it anytime soon. It's kind of a downer book, and while it's very important and very well-written, I wasn't in the mood for that many tears again so soon. But here I am in an English class called Search for Identity, and it turns out we're reading this book now. I guess the tears are inevitable.


That's just a quick update on what I'm reading now. I hope to get pretty far into those books this weekend--so much to read, so little time!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March TBR

I was just looking at my February TBR, and I realized that I have read exactly one of those (Stars Above was fantastic, though, so I don't feel too bad). Also, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie came to my town to do an event, so I had to read a few of her works--I read the novel Purple Hibiscus which I loved, the speech We Should All Be Feminists which I loved, and Americanah which, you guessed it, I loved. I didn't know she was going to be in the area until about halfway through February, so I hadn't put those on my TBR, but naturally they jumped up the list.

Anyway.

All that to say that I'll be shifting Salt to the Sea and Me Before You to this month's TBR. I think March has always felt like kind of an in-between month to me. My school's musical is always in February, and Spring Break and my birthday are next month, so March just seems like a waiting time. That makes it the perfect month to play catch up on my TBR, so here we go--some of the things I've been hanging on to but haven't read yet.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Argh, I have been shamed. Yes, this was on my January TBR. No, I haven't read it yet. I'm still very excited, but there were other things going on when I had planned to read it. See, I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard all pretty much in a row, so I wasn't in the mood for another fantasy or supernatural book. I think I actually went from those to reading a bunch of Colleen Hoover novels (more on those later). So, even though I wasn't in the mood then, I'm in the mood now. I hope to get to this one this month.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Yes, I know I'm so behind on this craze (It came out almost ten years ago!). But I did want to read this a few years ago. My library didn't have a copy. But there it was on the new shelf a few weeks ago, a brand-new hardcover copy of this book! So now it's sitting on my bookshelf, begging to be read. Some day. It's set in a mental hospital, and it's supposed to be fantastic.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Oh, have I talked about how much I love books about books yet? I do. This one's about a woman from Sweden who travels to Iowa to meet her pen pal, but it turns out the pen pal has just died. She then opens a bookstore in the small town. Okay, so there's that (I'm already excited), and then the synopsis on Goodreads says, "Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." I'm in.

 I hope to get to these, and maybe even a few others this month (Here's a note from me a day after I wrote this blog: I started The Dark Days Club and the only thing that stopped me from reading all of it last night was the fact that my eyes actually wouldn't stay open. It's really interesting so far).

Happy reading, everyone!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February TBR

All right, so we're more than a week into February and I'm just starting to think about what I want to read this month. Hear me out--I'm in two English classes, and we've been reading pretty quickly in both of them. But, even though I really enjoyed both books we've read this week (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart), it's always more fun to read a book you've picked out, right? Right. Here are some books I'm picking out to read this month.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (release date: February 2, 2016)
Last November, the only thing that got me through the last book in the Lunar Chronicles was the thought of this collection of short stories coming out in February. Now that it's here, I don't know what's going to get me through this one! I'm so attached to these characters. Is it too soon to start a re-read of this series? I've already read one story in this collection, about Scarlet's grandmother when Scarlet is really young (and things happen, but a description of these things would spoil the rest of the series). I enjoyed it a lot. I think there are a few other short stories set in a "before the books" time, and then there's an epilogue story, a few years (years? maybe months? or more? I don't know) after the events of Winter. I can't wait to read it, but I'm dreading this series actually being over.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (release date: February 2, 2016)
This one may or may not come with a few other books attached. I've been wanting to read Sepetys' other books for a long time; I just haven't gotten around to them yet. I'm thinking I can start with this new one, and if I like it, move on to her others. This one's inspired by the "single greatest tragedy in maritime history," so it should be a super happy book.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (this one's been out for a while)
I guess I'm just looking for sad books this month. This one's about a girl who gets a job taking care of a quadriplegic and--do you need to know any more before you start crying? I don't think so. The movie's coming out in June, so I have plenty of time to read this and recover from whatever emotions I have (the overwhelming consensus is that this book will rip your heart into pieces. Another fun read).

I think those are all the books I want to plan to read this month--I've got a busy few weeks coming up, so who knows when I'll get time to read? I do have a few from January that I didn't read, so we'll see if I get around to those. Happy reading!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Recent Favorites: January 2016

Sometimes there are books that I read and think I'll be able to talk about in depth and with substance... And then I remember my favorite books make those things impossible.

I've been trying to write a full review of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, but I can't. I just can't, because all I can think to say is basically gushing about my feelings (Look, I get that's what a review is, to an extent, but in this case, I'm just going "AHHHHH!"). And I've read a few others recently that I've liked a lot but haven't been able to completely wrap my mind around yet, so I thought I'd just give a little update on some of my recent favorites.

*Spoilers will be marked, but proceed with caution*


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Oh my goodness. So, I've been putting off reading this for years, being scared of large books with a large character list and all. But one of my best friends got me this book for Christmas and I said I'd start it for her. One day and 400 pages later, I was completely into the series. Here's how I know: I love looking up fan art and fan theories about books I've read, which sometimes leads me into spoiler territory, but that's usually not a problem for me. This time, I'm actively avoiding spoilers. I loved this story so much that I need to catch up on the series before I do any of the social medias--even Goodreads (well, I gave it a five-star rating, but that's it, I swear).

If you don't know what this is about, here's a quick overview: In a fantasy world (with qualities similar to those of medieval society), different lords and ladies begin to make plays for the throne to rule the Seven Kingdoms. 

As you know, my thoughts about this one go something like incomprehensible shrieking. I was so scared to get attached to anyone because I know George R.R. Martin is notorious for killing off characters, but I couldn't help it. In the first thirty pages, I was already attached to at least three (Jon Snow especially. That scene when they find the direwolves? Fantastic). I'll admit I would skip ahead to see who the next chapter would be about, and if it was about Daenerys, I'd keep reading. If it was Ned, I'd probably stop. But that's mainly because of all the politics involved in his chapters.

I absolutely loved the world of this book. Sometimes first books in series get bogged down with details and describing all the intricacies of the political systems, but this one didn't. Or, if it did, I can't wait to read the next one and find out what it's like when it's not bogged down.

All right, last thing I'll say about this one (for now). Don't be scared of the many, many characters. Most of them constantly get introduced as "the brother of" or "the daughter of" another character. And, there are handy dandy family trees at the back of the book.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Anticipated Releases January 2016

(As you may remember, last year, I did one big "anticipated releases" post for 2015. And I had to keep adding to it throughout the year. So, I figured I could start doing it by month.)

I know it's already about halfway through January, but I just finished A Game of Thrones, so I wasn't even thinking about other books for a while there (It was so good!). And there are so many cool books coming out this month! I'm very excited for many of them, and I hope I get the chance to pick up a few.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 5, 2016
This is a fantasy YA about people born with magical skills in a fantasy land. Pretty basic. But the powers sound so cool. You've got a Truthwitch, who can tell truths from lies, and a Threadwitch, who can see the ties that "bind and entangle the lives around her." There are a few others, but from the synopsis, it looks like those are the main characters. I'm excited for this because some fantasy novels fall into the trap of using vague magic powers as a deus ex machina. With such specific powers, I'm interested to see where this one goes.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5, 2016
All right. I don't know much about this book (just that it involves time travel). I've heard that's a good way to go into it, too, so hopefully it works. I just know I really enjoyed this author's The Darkest Minds, so I'm excited for this one.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Release Date: January 12, 2016
This is about a sixteen-year old who loves YA books. When she finds out a guy might like her, she decides to look to her favorite heroines for life advice. Doesn't that sound hilarious and fantastic? It sounds like it's written for book lovers and shy/quiet book lovers, too, who'd rather be reading about life than having to go through it themselves--and I'm all for that.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Okay, okay, listen. Regency London. But with a demon-hunter. Need I say more? Didn't think so.

Once Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer
Release Date: January 5, 2016
I'm such a sucker for Robin Palmer books. Even if I pretend I'm too cool for them, I'll read them all, multiple times. And this one's about a girl from 1986 who ends up in 2016 (you should know I'm also a sucker for time-travel, especially when the explanation for it in the synopsis is "a freak Fun-Dip choking accident"). How could I refuse this book?


Again, I'm really excited for the books coming out this month--there is nothing more exciting to me than the idea of a new idea, a new book to read, and new characters to love! Happy reading, everyone.