Running With Lions // ADORABLE AF <3

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Title: Running With Lions
Author: Julian Winters
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

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I am here with a SUPER CUTE book recommendation today. Running with Lions came to my attention through @ZanyAnomaly on Instagram where he passionately recommended this on his stories.

And since it was Pride month and I was determined to highly prioritize queer books over others, I picked the book up. It did not disappoint me at all. In fact, it blew me away. I think I finished it in about one sitting, because it is THAT GOOD.

The Plot

The book mainly follows Sabastian during football training camp over the summer. So, yeah this is a fluffy summer romance but with queer characters who are absolute cinnamon rolls. Especially Sebastian.

Sebastian’s ex-best friend Emir also shows up for camp even though he doesn’t play football and this completely changes Sebastian’s expectations for the last summer camp of high school. It is the one time of the year where they let loose and just focus on football, but having Emir there changes everything.

But since he is (probably) going to be captain and the team is his responsibility, Sebastian sets out to make amends with Emir. Only, things go quite differently than he expected.

My Review

As a preface, let me say one thing. This is a rave review and I will gush about all of this book while trying to sound neutral. I don’t know why I’m trying but let’s see how I fail.

Onto the review.

  • SEBASTIAN IS PRECIOUS.

Listen!!!!!!!! Sebastian is an adorable, awkward fluffball who cares a TON about his friends and his team and is simply.. jfhguqdcb. I want to wrap him in a blanket and give him marshmallows.

Right from the start, we see how emotional and responsible he is. Sebastian can take responsibility to a fault, which is one of his weakness that we see throughout the book. He takes on a lot on himself and builds high expectations, which can really exhaust him.

To see him accept his faults and slowly let go of the high expectations that he puts on himself was a journey.

Sometimes it’s okay not to be the perfect best friends. Sometimes it’s okay for your friends to take care of you.

I also really liked his character as a whole. His determination to carry the whole team, his resolve to make amends and welcome Emir into the team, and mostly his friendship with everyone. It was so nice to see.

Which brings me to the next point..

  • The friendships in this book had my heart.

All of them. The friendships including Sebastian were definitely the highlight but I really liked seeing the supporting characters as well. Even if it was just in the background.

And since this is a camp book, centered on football training, we also see team dynamics and boys standing up for each other no matter what.

It was great. I loved it all.

  • The romance gave me ALL. THE. FEELS.

Since Emir and Sebastian are not friends at the beginning of the book, this can definitely be classified as a rivals-to-lovers story. And what a story it was.

I didn’t really ship the characters right from the start. This is not that kind of story. I liked Sebastian and Emir together the more they hung out and started like each other.

It’s an experience we go through with them. And it was HELLA CUTE. Oh man, the number of times I smiled like a loon while reading this book. It was a lot.

This book will definitely to a smile to your face.

  • It’s just a really good book.

It’s funny and happy. It doesn’t deal with major issues or really heavy topics and doesn’t have heartbreaks that will make you cry. It’s a lighthearted book following these soft boys who are queer and proud and have each other’s backs no matter what.

Overall

If you’re looking for a book to make you happy or even as a comfort read, definitely pick this one up. I can see myself rereading this when I need some cheering up.

It’s just a really nice book and I don’t know what else to say coherently other than READ IT.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5/5 stars

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag 2020

We’re halfway through the year, and that means it’s time for the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I don’t need another reason to freak out and talk about books, but it’s always welcome haha.

This tag is a good way to take account of the books we’ve read so far and share some highlights. There are multiple versions of this tag at this point. I’m just going to do one that I found and liked.

Anyway, onto the tag!

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[1] How much have you read?

As I’m writing this post, I’ve completed 78 out of 100 books. My initial goal was 150 books but I reduced back in March as I realized my reading cut down a lot due to life things.

But now I read about 3 books a week so if I continue at this pace, I should be able to hit my original goal. I will wait until hitting the current goal before raising to 150, though.

P. S. I recently made a spreadsheet of all the books I read this year along with fun details like author tags (POC, own voices, debut etc.) and book tags (diverse, LGBTQ, POC, mental illness etc.). I started making it only a few days back so it might be a little incomplete but its a good source to find a summary of my opinions in one place!

P. P. S. I am on Storygraph as well (my imports finally finished yesterday and I’m having fun exploring the new site!) I highly recommend it as a Goodreads alternative because it has cool new features and its still only in beta. So I’m sure if there are any issues, they’ll be taken care of soon. But the site is showing a lot of potential. Be my friend on Storygraph!

[2] What have you been reading?

I’ve been reading a ton of romance books, mostly short and easy to read ones. But romance books are also a comfort zone for me because they usually manage to make me happy. But I have tried harder to pick up other books, especially non-fiction and old ones from my TBR.

All the details can be seen in the spreadsheet. I am going to make pie charts for most of the columns (mostly so I can geek over stats and share them at the end of the year) so that should be fun haha.

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[3] Best Book of 2020

It’s so hard to pick one! And that is why I’m going to pick 2.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. I read this only recently even though it had been on my TBR for a while. The book talks about topics in an informative fashion. There are tons of references and examples for every scenario spoken about. It was really good. Definitely recommend it.

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A conversation can spur off into multiple conversations. The same way, a discussion on a topic can turn into multiple discussions. They could be of the same or different topics. ~ This book was like a starting point for me. Not only because it talks about racism and breaks it down into multiple categories, which together form the societal expectations, systemic racism, and subtle discrimination that is today. It also recounts history by talking about popular and unpopular movements and events, quoting citations and other published works that can be looked up. Every time the author says something, she breaks it down into why, how it manifests, includes her own experiences, and talks about the backlash received when that specific racist action is called out. ~ I am not used to reading non-fiction books that state facts and recount history. I'm barely used to non-fiction as it is and my last non-fiction reads were autobiographies. Hence when I first started this book, there was a small adjustment period. But it got over quickly and I realized that I LIKE this kind of non-fiction. Where facts are laid out with proof and citations. Where nothing is glossed over. ~ As I got through the book, I started highlighting more and more. At times I wanted to highlight the entire section and sometimes I was unsure of what exactly to highlight because the point is spread over three pages where each sentence adds value. ~ If I read more non-fiction (probably more accounts of history, discussions of topics etc.) this year, it will solely be because of this book. And I haven't even finished this one yet, but I will soon. ~ Do you read non-fiction regularly? ____________________________________ #bookreview #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #bloggersofig #blogstagram #readersofig #readersofinstagram #booktalk #booknook #bibliophile #bookcorner #nonfictionbooks #discussions #reading #booksbyblackauthors #booksaboutracism #booksbooksbooks #bookstagramindia #bookishbengaluru #readingcommunity

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender is another book that I read only recently. I listened to it as an audiobook actually and it was SO DARN GOOD. I wrote a full review on it but long story short: it’s amazing and you should read it too.

[4] Best sequel you’ve read in 2020

This year, I mostly read standalone books. I picked up only a couple sequels and they weren’t that good either. So I’m going to say none for this question.

[5] New release that you haven’t read yet but want to

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon which I’ve heard quite some praise for. It sounds right up my alley as well so I’m looking forward to read it.

Here’s a very convincing review of this book:

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𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧'𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. . WHAT A BEAUTY OF A BOOK! The characters were phenomenal, especially the friendship of women! @farrahrochon stole the entire show with this first installment in a new series! #whisperingchaptersreview . Samiah's character is surely one to admire. Being a woman of color in the tech industry hasn't been easy. The perseverance and patience this woman has puts my nonexistent one to shame. She has been the victim of people stealing her ideas. Because of this, she has kept a project of hers a secret. . 𝐇𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬. . Now let's talk about the hotshot tech! I kind of melted a lot with Daniel throughout the entire novel. There's just something about him that had me swooning at every second. And yes, I just swooned right now thinking about him! . I understood why Daniel did what he did and why he kept it a secret. I give him props for truly trying to stay away from Samiah. I loved how genuine their friendship and then relationship was. It made me root for them so much! THEY ACTUALLY HAD GENUINE CONVERSATIONS! This spoke volumes for me. The author did a fantastic job with this relationship! . Now let's talk about the female friendships! Taylor, London and Samiah couldn't be more different, but they just fit so well together! These ladies are true #SquadGoals despite of how they met. I admired how these ladies supported each others' endeavors no matter what. They truly believed in each other! . This is a wonderful romance filled with outstanding friendship, a strong, fierce & independent heroine, an oh-so-sweet & delicious hero, & it also features talks on racism in the tech industry as well as for women of color. I truly enjoyed that the author had those talks in the book because it added to the depth-level of the story and the characters. Also, that ending has me so freaking excited for the next book! . 4.5/5 ⭐ . . #booksofinstagram #bibliofeature #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookstagramcommunity #bookreview #theboyfriendproject #blackauthors #poccharacters

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[6] Most anticipated release for second half

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram. The first book Darius the Great is Not Okay was highly praised by a friend of mine so I picked it up and LOVED IT. I’m glad that I don’t have to wait too long for the sequel.

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Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram #bookreview I added this book to my TBR after seeing @zanyanomaly praised it somewhere (IG? Twitter? idk) and it fit a Popsugar 2020 Reading Challenge prompt so I read it soon after. (Prompt—A book that won an award in 2019) The one thing that really kept me reading the book was the writing and the vibe. The story is great, the characters are awesome, and I loved the new culture rhat I was being introduced to. But the writing was so nice. As soon as I started reading it, I was transported to the story and into Darius's life. And that's one of the most important things about a book—how it grabs you and holds you in. That being said, reasons why you should read this book: ~ 🌟 Darius. I was really interested in reading about his life and I'm sure you would be as well. Also, his passion is tea (#relatable). ~ 🌟Iranian culture. Darius's family is from Iran and during this book they go on a trip to Iran and hence we are introduced to Persian culture and traditions. The food descriptions made my mouth water which was NOT good because we're in lockdown and I eat only rice items everyday!! 😦 ~ 🌟Family. If you're into complex family relationships, you will really like this book. I absolutely teared up about Darius and his dad, not gonna lie. And his relationship with his younger sister is the CUTEST. ~ 🌟Friendship. Hands down, one of the best friendships I've seen portrayed in YA books. ~ 🌟Mental health rep. This is the first book that I've ever read where the main character has depression genetically. Nothing happened to him to trigger it. It was interesting to see this being portrayed and how it is received by Darius's extended family in Iran. ~ 🌟And of course, the writing. #bookstagramindia #youngadultbooks #mentalhealth #booksbooksbooks #bookstoread #bookblogger #bibliophile #yabooks #diversereads #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #booksofig #bloggersofig #bookreviews #yabookreview #reasonswhy #bookstagramtogether #bookishbengaluru

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[7] Biggest disappointment

I HAVE TWO.

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi which was my most anticipated book of 2020. It’s the last book of the series (for real this time) and I had expectations. But it was.. a hot mess. And I hated the epilogue.

Beach Read by Emily Henry is a really hyped romance book. Since it received a lot of love, I was intrigued and picked it up. But it just.. fell flat for me. Check out my review for detailed opinions.

[8] Biggest surprise

I HAVE TWO AGAIN.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee was on my TBR for over a year. I added it because Aditi @ a thousand words a million books highly praised it but I was never in the mood to pick it up. Thankfully the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge got me to pick it up and it BLEW ME AWAY. Highly recommend it.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon was a “maybe” book for me. My Secret Santa from last Christmas gifted it to me and I’m SO GLAD because I don’t know if I would have picked it up otherwise. It was too good. Click here to read my review.

[9] Favourite new author

Madeline Miller!

I read her book Circe, which my book club gifted to me for my birthday. I was completely enthralled by the story, and I can’t wait to read A Song of Achilles which has received even more praise. Check out my review of Circe here.

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[10] Newest fictional crush

Okay so I’ve actually kind of moved on from crushes? I don’t think about that anymore when I read books haha. And I feel weird even thinking about crushing on characters who are younger than me (considering YA books) so… yeah.

But if I had to pick, I’d say Zach Davis from That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert. He is fun and a total sweetheart.

[11] Newest favourite characters

This, I have!

Darius from Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I absolutely loved him and his journey throughout the book. It’s why the sequel is my most anticipated now because I really want to see more of him.

[12] Book that made you cry

Frankly in Love by David Yoon. I teared up more than once when reading this book. The relationships just broke me. Especially the family dynamics and one of the friendships.

I had a lot of feelings.

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[13] Book that made you happy

I HAVE TWO LOVELY BOOKS.

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali which I “read” as an audiobook. It was on my TBR for a long time and I didn’t even consider reading it soon. But I saw that it was available as an audiobook and thought why not. And it was SO NICE. It made me happy slowly throughout the book because it was very wholesome. Here’s my review on it.

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Simmons is another book that really made me happy. It’s not of a happy topic but the ending just.. made me happy and gave me hope. It was inspiring and lovely. I wrote all about it in my review.

[14] Favourite book-to-movie adaptation seen this year

I watched only one adaptation this year which was Becoming but it was really good, so yeah.

[15] Favourite review that you’ve written in 2020 yet

My review of Frankly in Love was really fun to write. I also had a ton of thoughts to share. Because the book was so good, I put in extra effort in the review and that’s why I like it.

[16] Most beautiful book you bought/received

On January first, my friends gifted me the Six of Crows collectors edition for my birthday (which was a couple days prior). It was the best way to start the year, and it is the most beautiful book on my shelf.

six of crows collector's edition

[17] Book you need to read by end of the year

I have many but one that I’m really targeting is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. I’ve had it for several months and I should really get to it.


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Felix Ever After || it’s a BEAUTY

Felix Ever After book cover

Title: Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

Goodreads

This book has been recommended a LOT on Twitter and Instagram, especially since it has both a Black and Transgender main character. And we’re in Pride month, so that’s an extra incentive to read it right now!

I was drawn to this book because of the cover. I won’t lie. It’s so beautiful?? This book wasn’t available on Kindle but it was available as an audiobook with my Storytel subscription. That allowed me to read this book and I’m so glad.

Content warnings: transphobia, queer phobia, bullying, racism, parental abuse and neglect, frequent drug and alcohol use, ableist language.

There’s also a lot of cursing, which I was actually taken aback by? I’m not used to this much cursing in a YA book.

THE PLOT

Felix Love is an art student who is hoping to get into Brown. It might be because he really wants to go there, but also because he wants to prove that he can even though he is part of multiple marginalized groups—Black, queer, and transgender.

When an anonymous transphobe hacks into his account and puts up a gallery of his old photos (from before he transitioned) along with his dead name, he is devastated.

He’s quite sure of who did it, though. Declan, the boy who hates him. Although his best friend Ezra doesn’t fully agree with the plan, he starts to catfish Declan but it unexpectedly leads to feelings.

The book is about Felix’s journey of self-growth, introspection, and falling in love for the first time.

MY REVIEW

This book is beautiful.

The story, the characters, the representation, the relationships… all of it grabbed my heart.

  • Once I started, I was hooked.

It was the fastest I finished an audiobook yet. I think I finished it in about two days. I took out time whenever I could and lost myself in the book.

The writing is great but since I listened to it, I have to say that the narration was also really good. And since the book is in first person POV, it was very easy to fall into it with the narration.

  • Felix ❤

What a great character. He is definitely not a perfect character. He is not a 100% smart or sure of himself. But those qualities are what made me like him.

Although Felix is trans, this book was not only about that. His identity and questioning was definitely a major part, but we also saw him struggle with his art, his relationship with his dad, and his friendships. I really liked that.

Felix does go through a journey in this book, one with lots of ups and downs. But he grows through it and finds himself. It was lovely how he used his art to express himself and his art helped him gain confidence.

“I’m not flaunting anything. I’m just existing. This is me. I can’t hide myself. I can’t disappear. And even if I could, I don’t fucking want to. I have the same right to be here. I have the same right to exist.”

He also finds love, and he was so cute when he was crushing. I could not stop smiling whenever he had feelings.

  • I learnt through this book.

Since I’m not trans, I can’t speak for the accuracy or relatability of the representation in this book.

But what I can say is that I learnt about trans lives and experiences. And I through Felix and his friends, I learnt a little bit about how to be supportive and accepting.

  • The relationships.

There were several kinds of relationships explored in this book.

There were so many kinds friendships shown—good and bad ones. If you know me, you’d know that complex relationships and relationship is one of my favourite things in a book, or anywhere else. This book had a lot of that.

Plus, Felix’s friend group was completely queer. That was awesome.

My favourite was definitely Felix’s friendship with Ezra. Their friendship have me joy.

We also see Felix’s relationship with his dad. That was quite insightful and also made me emotional.

  • It’s okay to question.

Through Felix, this book really drove the point home that it is okay to question.

There are a ton of identities and sexualities. If you feel unsure, there are several forums and discussion boards online. Usually, you can research and find a label that you feel is right for you. And even if you don’t want to go by labels, that’s okay too.

  • It’s set in Pride month!

And we’re currently in Pride month so.. GO PICK IT UP!

OVERALL

A damn good book that I highly recommend.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5/5 stars


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WWW Wednesday // 10th June 2020

I’m back with the reading updates!

Since lockdown began and I’ve been reading more, these weekly reading updates are really useful. They give me a chance to talk about multiple books that may not review and they also let y’all hear about many books within one post with short and concise opinions.

I didn’t do this last week because of Black Lives Matter movement and I didn’t want to take away any attention from it. There’s still a lot to be done. Here’s a link on what you can do to support (it is regularly updated).

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently listening to An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It’s been on my TBR for a long time, ever since a book club member praised it during one of our meets. I finally picked it up now because I saw it available as an audiobook.

I’m about 35% through. It’s going good so far, I’m liking the complexities of the story and characters.


WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I’m going to talk about all the books that I read since my last reading update.

#1

I’m part of a romance book club on Instagram and the book club pick for this month is Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. I’ve read the author’s books before and I’ve liked and disliked multiple of them. So I had no expectations that I will like or dislike this book.

Sadly, I did not like it. While it has a really good main character, I simply did not like the convoluted story and the main characters acted based on body not mind. It was stupid considering they’re in their 30s and are supposed to be matured.

2/5 stars.

#2

The next book I read was The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This book has also been on my TBR for a long time (especially because it sounds cool af). I was able to bring it further up my TBR because it fits a 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt.

This was available as an audiobook as well and I have to say, listening to the audiobook was really good. The narration just drew me into the world and got me addicted. This was the fastest (average-length) audiobook that I’ve listened to so far. I was not able to stay away.

4/5 stars.

#3

The third book was The Color Purple by Alice Walker. If you’ve been following my updates for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been reading this book for over a month. It’s a hard book to read.

But once I got through half the book, it suddenly became so easy to read and gripped me. It’s a damn good book and I don’t know how to talk about it properly. Definitely recommend it!

5/5 stars.

#4

The last book that I read was Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. I’ve seen this book around a lot and its been on my “maybe” TBR because all non-fictions are “maybe” to me. It’s not my genre.

I started reading it because of Black Lives Matter and I figured that it would educate me. It definitely did that, and it was so good.

This is the BEST NON-FICTION book I’ve read so far. I read it in just 5 days! That’s huge for me. It’s also my first non-fiction which is about recounting history and facts (with citations and references). I realized while reading this that it’s my favourite type of non-fiction (yet).

I wrote a brief review on my Instagram post (shown below) so you can just read that to know my opinions.

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A conversation can spur off into multiple conversations. The same way, a discussion on a topic can turn into multiple discussions. They could be of the same or different topics. ~ This book was like a starting point for me. Not only because it talks about racism and breaks it down into multiple categories, which together form the societal expectations, systemic racism, and subtle discrimination that is today. It also recounts history by talking about popular and unpopular movements and events, quoting citations and other published works that can be looked up. Every time the author says something, she breaks it down into why, how it manifests, includes her own experiences, and talks about the backlash received when that specific racist action is called out. ~ I am not used to reading non-fiction books that state facts and recount history. I'm barely used to non-fiction as it is and my last non-fiction reads were autobiographies. Hence when I first started this book, there was a small adjustment period. But it got over quickly and I realized that I LIKE this kind of non-fiction. Where facts are laid out with proof and citations. Where nothing is glossed over. ~ As I got through the book, I started highlighting more and more. At times I wanted to highlight the entire section and sometimes I was unsure of what exactly to highlight because the point is spread over three pages where each sentence adds value. ~ If I read more non-fiction (probably more accounts of history, discussions of topics etc.) this year, it will solely be because of this book. And I haven't even finished this one yet, but I will soon. ~ Do you read non-fiction regularly? ____________________________________ #bookreview #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #bloggersofig #blogstagram #readersofig #readersofinstagram #booktalk #booknook #bibliophile #bookcorner #nonfictionbooks #discussions #reading #booksbyblackauthors #booksaboutracism #booksbooksbooks #bookstagramindia #bookishbengaluru #readingcommunity

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5/5 stars.


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m in the mood for the following:

  • YA light-hearted book (preferable queer because it’s Pride month, after all!)
  • A rom-com (maybe new adult?)

Since reading Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race I’m super intrigued to pick up more non-fiction.

I have my sights set on one book which I want as a paperback (and will buy from my local bookstore sometime soon). There are a few other books that I want to read as well, which I’m going to buy on Kindle.

I’m super excited to read non-fiction haha. Let’s hope this lasts!


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The School for Good and Evil || the best fairytale

Title: The School for Good and Evil
Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Fantasy
Category: Middle Grade
Series info: Book 1 of The School for Good and Evil series

Goodreads

This book was #1 in my Goodreads TBR which means I added it back in 2013. I was actually in 9th grade then so I was very close to the target audience.

It’s a shame that it took me this long to actually read this book. If I had read it back then, I would have loved it so much more.

THE PLOT

The book follows Agatha and Sophie who are two girls in a village.

Sophie is ambitious and wants to go to The School for Good to become a princess and marry her prince. Agatha is the ugly girl of the village who lives in the graveyard.

Sophie is kind to Agatha as part of her good deeds and according to her, Agatha is perfect for The School for Evil. Agatha doesn’t care about that though, all she cares about is her friend Sophie.

So when they both are chosen and whisked away, Sophie is happy at first. Until she is dropped at The School for Evil and Agatha is dropped into The School for Good.

The book follows them trying to go back home or switch places into what they think is the right school for them.

MY REVIEW

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.

It’s a shame that I didn’t get my hands on a copy of this back in school!

I got the chance to finally read this book as an audiobook as I have a Storytel subscription. And I’m so glad. The audiobook was really fun to listen to.

So let’s get to why exactly I liked this book:

  • The concept.

In the book, there are two schools—one for Good and one for Evil. Students who graduate from these school become heroes and villains in their own stories respectively.

The author brought in students who are children of well-known heroes and villains from fairtyles as well as other acquaintances. The students have to do well in their classes in order to get high marks and get their own stories.

The book was super fun to read because of the concept. I imagined it all while listening to the narration and it was great.

  • The moral.

Until Sophie and Agatha, all the characters were easily split into Good and Evil. There are easily distinguishable traits in students so there was never an issue.

It should have been the same for Sophie and Agatha but they’re put into the wrong schools which sets off the book’s main plot.

Sophie and Agatha showed how Good and Evil is not so clearly separate. A person can be both and just because you like pink, you’re not Good. You are divided based on morals and thoughts, not what you think you are.

This moral was subtly shown throughout the book. It definitely has something to teach to younger readers.

  • The characters.

Sophie and Agatha were so fun to follow! We read from both of their point of views so we have a complete view of their adventures.

They are also complex characters without a straight moral compass. This clear but also subtle way of showing what truly matters as a person was brilliant.

The other characters in the book were interesting enough but they were not as interesting as our main characters.

  • Friendship > love.

This book is more focused on friendship than love. The friendship in limelight is Sophia and Agatha’s but we also see other friendships in the book.

I loved the friendship focus. Sophia and Agatha have a complicated friendship which is tested during this book. It was interesting to see how they manage it all.

There is some focus on the love aspect but it’s mainly only to show how love is expected for Good students while Evil students are always alone as villains.

  • Good vs Evil

Through this book, the author questions some fundamental things about Good and Evil. Why does Good always win? Why does Good get love while Evil doesn’t? Why does Evil have to be ugly in appearance? Why can’t heroes be ugly and villains be beautiful?

The questions I really loved were: why do villains have all the character while heroes are bland with some morals? Why does Good have no sass and cleverness? Why do they depend on love and companionship while Evil can do everything alone?

These are all questions that kids usually think about and question as they read fairytales. I questioned these things myself.

It was wonderful to see how the author takes these questions and spins a whole storyline around it. Some things are questioned and taken apart while others are answered through the story.

  • The ending.

If this book was a true fairytale like the ones we all know of, it would end with the Good student finding love and winning over Evil. But this book turns things around.

I really like how the ending was different and showed the true meaning of a happy ending.

I won’t say anymore because spoilers.

OVERALL

If you are looking for a middle grade book to read or recommend, pick this! Especially if you’re recommending to middle grade or younger students.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

(would have been 5/5 if I was in the target audience because I’d have enjoyed it more.)

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WWW Wednesday // 20th May 2020

It’s been a slow week of reading.

Remember how I was reading 3-4 books a week for the last couple months? Well, it slowed down a little this week. Instead, the number went to another section.

You’ll see what I mean.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading MANY books currently. And that’s why I haven’t finished more.

#1

I’m still listening to Pride by Ibi Zoboi on audiobook. I did make progress last week and am 65% into the book. Even though I didn’t get a chance to listen to it more than once, I couldn’t help but think about where I left off multiple times.

#2

I started reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker early last week. I didn’t read the blurb and jumped right in so I was surprised about the story. I didn’t know that it dealt with heavy topics and is not easy to read.

I only read it for about a day before I put a pause on it. I will get back to it slowly over time because it’s not a book I can read at once.

The book actually reminds me of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison because of the themes and language.

#3

The last book that I’m currently reading is Emma by Jane Austen. I started it just last night actually and am less than a chapter in.

I joined a book club through twitter with a few others and we decided to read Emma so that’s why I picked it up. It has been on my TBR for a long time so its good that I finally have the motivation to read it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I managed to finish two books last week.

#1

The first was I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver which I finished last Wednesday.

I’m really glad that I finally read it. It gave me perspective on some things especially since it is my first book with a non-binary main character.

It was really nice. Definitely recommend it.

4/5 stars.

me standing with my kindle

#2

The second book that I managed to finish was Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I finished it just last night.

It’s honestly a GREAT book. I like how the author told multiple perspectives of Indians who settle in other countries hoping to provide more for their children. But the best part was obviously ripping apart the stigma around sex and talking about it.

4/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t think I should plan my next reads because I’m currently reading three haha.

That being said, the books I really want to read next are Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar and Beach Read by Emily Henry.

Of course, there’s also The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins which just released. I’m not sure I’ll be reading it very soon though. I haven’t even gotten the book yet.


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With The Fire On High // a lovely read

Title: With The Fire On High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Contemporary
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

Goodreads

I’ve looked forward to this book ever since I heard about it. The Poet X was SO GOOD and cemented the author as one of the really good ones for me. And I expected quite a bit from it because it has gotten a lot of praise among my reader friends.

THE PLOT

Emoni Santiago is in her final year of high school but her future looks shaky. She is a mother to a toddler, lives with her grandma, and is barely making ends money-wise.

The only place she can let go of worries is in the kitchen where her hands move with almost a brain of their own. The kitchen is where the magic happens. Cooking has been her passion since she was a kid.

Senior year comes with new changes in the form of a new cooking class (with an optional trip abroad!) and also a cute new boy. Emoni has to handle all the pressures while also raising her kid.

MY REVIEW

This book did NOT disappoint me. I had expectations from this book and it met all of them, and some more.

  • The story was wonderful to read.

It’s not a specific plot. The book follows Emoni through her senior year of high school and we also see flashbacks. Almost half the chapters were flashbacks where Emoni talks about important moments in her life that make the person she is.

While it didn’t have a specific plot line, the book was very enjoyable. I read the book in about two sittings. It’s easy to read fast and get immersed into.

  • Emoni was really nice.

The book follows Emoni navigating her complicated life. On one hand, she is a teenager with dreams of getting into culinary school. On the other hand, she is a mother and almost an adult, and she has to work to support her child with her abuela’s help.

“I’ve had a lot of things to feel ashamed about and I’ve learned most of them are other people’s problems, not mine.”

It was really interesting to read about her life especially because Acevedo seamlessly brought together all the different aspects and problems life.

  • All. The. Food.

Emoni is super gifted in the kitchen and her hands just pick up ingredients in the process. She even makes combinations that most people wouldn’t think of.

All the food descriptions made my mouth water. I can only imagine Emoni’s dishes in real life.

“My Aunt Sara says it’s in our blood, an innate need to tell a story through food. ‘Buela says it’s definitely a blessing, magic.”

  • The writing was really good.

Acevedo is a very good writer and her lyrical writing was present in this book as well. Some of the lines and paragraphs gripped me with feelings. The writing easily pulled me into the book’s world.

“I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions and my feet are stuck in cement.”

  • Artful showing of complicated relationships.

We see so many relationships in this book. Emoni’s relationship with her daughter, with her abuela, with her best friend and so many more.

My favourite relationship was between Emoni and her Cooking class teacher. They are two very different people who learn from each other through a love for cooking. It’s a unique and lovely representation of how teachers can influence your life.

Another relationship that I found interesting was between Emoni and her daughter’s father who is also a teenager. They fooled around as typical teenagers which ended with her pregnant. It was interesting to see how they navigate waters as parents and also teenagers.

  • The love aspect of the book had something to teach.

The book is not about Emoni falling in love and finding the perfect guy for her. That is not the book’s purpose which I really appreciated. There is so much more to show through Emoni and the author took the chance to do that instead of focusing on a romantic relationship.

That being said, there was a romance part in the plot.

Malachi is a transfer student who likes Emoni and tries to befriend her. But she is definitely extra cautious and has a jaded view of boys which means Malachi had to try harder to even befriend her.

It was interesting to see how Emoni reacted to being pursued, especially after her one and only previous relationship which her daughter was born out of.

“That’s what I learned, about him and most guys: who they are when they’re giving you flowers and trying to get in your pants is not who they REALLY are when it’s no longer spring and they’ve found a new jawn to hang out with. And I know the past isn’t a mirror image of the future, but it’s a reflection of what can be; and when your first love breaks your heart, the shards of that can still draw blood for a long, long time.”

  • What I liked the most about this book:

My favourite aspect of the book was that Emoni was not restricted to one part of her life. Her story was not just about being a teenage mother or about love or just about following her dreams.

Young adult contemporary books mostly focus on one thing in the book but it’s not reality because life is made up of many paths. I really liked that this book showed all the sides of Emoni and spent time on every aspect of her life.

“Everything changes. I’ll learn to be fine.”

OVERALL

Really enjoyed this and highly suggest it! It’s a beautiful book with great writing and great characters.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

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WWW Wednesday // 13th May 2020

Hey everyone!

Okay so I wasn’t actually going to update my reading this week. Mostly because I posted just yesterday and also my eyes are STRAINED this week. Like, my eyes are kinda red as I type this right now.

But I’m on the laptop anyway right now as I’m chatting with my friends on Discord. I was doing my assignment but since that’s done, I thought why not blog.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m still in the middle of Pride by Ibi Zoboi on audiobook. I made some progress but not much. Reading has been more my thing.

The ebook I’m currently reading is I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This book first caught my eye when I was going through 2019 releases back in end of December 2018. So it’s been over a year!

I’m really enjoying it so far. I think this is the first time I’m reading a book with a non-binary main character. It’s sad that it’s my first, but at least I’m getting to it.


What did you recently finish reading?

I read two books in the last week. It’s half as much as the week before, but oh well. Work has been hectic, and I blogged more and spent time blog hopping as well.

#1

The first book I picked up was Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I actually meant to pick up Truth or Beard by Penny Reid but I chose Darius the Great is Not Okay on Kindle by mistake. I didn’t realize the mistake until almost a whole chapter in so I just continued.

It was such a nice read! I loved Darius, first of all. The book also introduces us to Iran and their cultures which was super interesting. Darius’s relationship with his family was also interesting to read about. I always love family focus.

4/5 stars.

#2

The second book was what I initially meant to pick up. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid has been a book I’ve looked forward to for a long time. I remember loving the Knitting in the City series so I had similar expectations for this.

Unfortunately, the book disappointed me. It was nowhere near my expectations and I’m SO SAD.

It definitely had some good parts but it wasn’t much on the whole and there were multiple things that annoyed me. I tried to like it but I couldn’t. I feel sad. Not sure if I’ll continue with the series soon.

2.5/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, no clue. I’m not going into the next week with any plan because I know I’ll have a lot of work to do for both college and internship. Let’s hope I have time to read in the first place.


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May 2020 // Reading Challenges Update

Hey everyone!*

My initial plan was to update y’all on my progress with the reading challenges every month. And I kept it up for two months before forgetting about it.

To be honest, I thought I had missed posting an update only for one month but turns out I missed it for two months. It makes sense, though, since March and April were a haze together and were like one single month.

Anyway, I’m back with some solid updates now!

*side note: I accidentally turned off my keyboard while thinking about how to start this post. I was holding down the right Shift key (ready for capitalization) while thinking and apparently held it for 8 seconds which disabled my keyboard. Thankfully my trackpad still worked and using that and voice search on google, I figured out how to enable it again. But yeah, such are the adventures of my life 🙂

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

This time at home has been really good for my reading. The reduction of travel time meant that I could read more. And my reading status shows that.

I’ve finished reading 57/100 books!

And all of these are good reads, not just ones that I pick up as fluff to make myself happy.

Although I am 23 books ahead of schedule (according to Goodreads), I’m still striving to hit 150 books which was my original goal. I had reduced it after realizing that with work and college and blogging I would never hit that goal.

I’m still not on track to hit that goal but I will try my best.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

This is a challenge hosted by my friend Fanna and I was super excited to participate. But like many things, it went away to a distant island in my brain in March. I did not read the chosen books for March and April.

But, the ultimate goal is to read as many South-Asian books as possible and I think I’ve done well enough for that? Basically I’m reading books for other reasons and they fortunately fit into this challenge. Hey, I’m trying my best.

But I am planning on reading the book picked by the hosts for May which is Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. There has been so much praise for it and it sounds super cool. I’ve already read the backlist pick Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali so I won’t be reading that again.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

The purpose of this challenge is to prioritize reading books that we already own before picking up/buying new ones. Considering my physical shelf doesn’t have that many unread books anyway, it was never high priority. I pick them up when I feel like it.

My ebook shelf is not too bad either.

In the past two months, books I read that fit this challenge are:

The first 4 are physical books and last two are ebooks. Not bad progress, I think. Especially since 4 were paperbacks.

2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

This is the one challenge that I’ve been ON TOP of. I even made a list where I matched whatever prompts I could to books already in my TBR or ones that caught my eye.

But yes, it has also got me to try new books. Ones that I wouldn’t look at otherwise. And I welcome it in doses.

My reading plan is mixing comfortable books (that I know I’ll like or am excited to read) with books out of my comfort zone. This way I don’t bring on a book slump by clubbing all the out-of-comfort reads together.

And I’ve definitely made progress on it! I shared how I plan my reads on my latest WWW Wednesday post so you can see that for details.*

I’ve finished 26 out of 50 prompts!

GIF od Michelle Tanner from Full House doing a happy dance

When I last updated, I had finished just 11 prompts so this is REALLY good progress! I’m going to smash this challenge.

I don’t think I’ll share all the prompts that I finished here since this post will become REALLY long. But I’m considering making an entirely separate post with them and mini reviews on each book.

Not sure if I should do this now or only after I (hopefully) finish all. Let me know what you think I should do in the comments.

*P. S. I also post mini reviews and frequent reading updates every week through WWW Wednesday posts so do check them out for all the opinions.

And that’s it for my updates! I think I’ve done pretty well so far.

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WWW Wednesday // 5th May 2020

I have had a GOOD reading week y’all, and I can’t wait to talk about it.

WWW Wednesdays were posts that I used to do occasionally when I read enough book in a week to talk about. But since I started social distancing, it’s been working out so well.

It’s a good thing y’all get my opinions through these posts because I can not review all the books I read in detail. I read more than I can review haha.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
bright picture of an open book

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently listening to Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This has been on my TBr for a while now but mostly as a “maybe” read. But I saw this while browsing through audiobooks about a month back and wanted to read it.

Fortunately it also works for multiple 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompts too. I’ll be checking off “a book with the same name/title as of a movie/TV show but is unrelated to it” with it.

It’s also narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo which I did not realize before. It’s a coincidence, which you’ll realize in the next section of this post.

I’m not reading anything else as of now.


What did you recently finish reading?

It was a good reading week and I have A LIST so settle down for this.

#1

The first book that I read was With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. And yes, this is the coincidence that I was talking about. Reading a book by her and listening to a book narrated by her in the same week without intention? Good coincidence.

I really liked With The Fire On High. It’s kind of a wholesome book. The main character Emoni was really nice to read about. Her growth throughout the book as she goes from a teenager to an adult while also being a mother was wonderful to see. I loved the story.

4/5 stars.

#2

The next book that I read was What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. I added this to my TBR before it released and was reminded of it through Tiffany’s recent review.

Although I didn’t have high hopes for it, especially after that review, I still wanted to read it. Halle is a book blogger and also a cupcake enthusiast. It was nice to read about the book blogger experiences, especially about all the Twitter drama which I actively avoid in real life.

Overall, not that impressed but it had some good parts. The family focus was lovely.

3/5 stars.

me with a high stack of books.

#3

I finally finished The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani! The audiobook took me FOREVER i.e. a whole month. I’m sure even y’all got tired of me saying that I’m still reading it every week in these updates.

If only I had the opportunity to read this book back in middle grade. I would have loved it even more. It’s such a good book, with the different take on fairytales that we all wanted. Especially the ending.

4/5 stars. (Would have been 5/5 if I was in middle grade)

#4

My last read of the week was The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I found this book while going through the Goodreads list suggested for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt “a book set in a country starting with C”.

It caught my eye in the list and the premise sounded interesting too. The book is about 4 sets of mothers and daughters. All the mothers are women who grew up in China and immigrated to America and formed a “Joy Luck Club”. All the daughters are Americans at heart.

The book shows the lives of both generations and the divide between them. How they almost talk different languages and barely know each other.

It was a wonderful read and I liked the stories. I did find it hard to read fast, though. It took me a whole week to read because I took breaks to read other books that caught my attention more.

3/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

picture of a cafe I visited. there's also my Kindle on the table.
this is an old picture, don’t worry lol.

There’s a subtle plan I’ve been following for the past few weeks. For every three books, I read:

  • one which is easy to read and will make me happy. (usually romance/YA contemporary)
  • one for a reading challenge. (and I try to make it work for multiple challenges)
  • one random book either from ones I already own or a new one.

I don’t choose the all the books in advance, but it’s how I’ve been keeping my reading consistent. Picking up books that I can read fast and will mostly like regularly helps in keeping book slumps away.

Sometimes I try to combine them too!

So for this coming week, I’d like to read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now and I’d like to read it. It’s also praised a lot by some of my bookstagram friends, so I’m excited to see what it is about.

It will be for my #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge.

Another book I’d like to read is Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. Although I absolutely love the author’s works, I haven’t tried her Winston Brothers series yet. It is highly praised by many in the romance book world so I’m excited to finally pick it up!

If I read something other than these two, it’ll be a random choice according to mood.


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WWW Wednesday // 29th April 2020

Hey everyone!

I have to say, these WWW Wednesday posts are really nice to write. They allow me to write small reviews for every book that I read (even ones that I don’t write full reviews for).

Compared to the number of books that I read, I don’t review all that much. I probably review about one in three books. Not every book gives me enough thoughts and points to write full reviews on.

So these posts are quite helpful to share my thoughts.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you reading?

Yes, I am STILL reading The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani on audiobook. But at least I made some progress this week. I listened to it for about an hour.

I’ll probably take another month to finish it at this rate.

The book I’m actually reading is With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. It’s quite interesting, and all the food descriptions make me drool. I’m liking it.

What did you recently finish reading?

#1

I finished reading Verity by Colleen Hoover. I’m used to romances from her so this was quite different, but it was good different. The book was creepy, mysterious, and kept me on the edge.

I took an hour longer to sleep for two nights after finishing the book because I just couldn’t stop thinking about the plot. The ending is one that still leaves some things to ponder upon. It was great.

5/5 stars.

#2

The next book I read was Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev. I was actually unsure on what to pick and remembered that I marked this as something I should finish last week. What do you know, these posts actually keep me responsible!

The book was a long read but it was good. The family aspects and storylines were my favourite. This book portrays a complicated Indian family so well.

3.5/5 stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, no clue. I want to read a book for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. If not Room by Emma Donoghue (I’m not really in the mood for this book now), something else from my planned reads.

I made a plan with certain books for some of the prompts, so I’ll read one of them. Other than that, I’m in the mood for another romance so I may try Beach Read by Emily Henry which was recommended by someone on Twitter.


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100 Days of Sunlight || the feels <3

Title: 100 Days of Sunlight
Author: Abbie Simmons
Genre: Contemporary
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

Goodreads

This book has been on my TBR since it released. I used to read Abbie’s blog very often and I was very excited to read this book since she kept posting and talking about it. Back then she just had a blog and not a YouTube channel.

I finally got to it because of the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. This book also qualifies prompt “A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision).”

THE PLOT

Tessa lost her sight in a car accident and the doctors said that she might regain her sight in 100 days. All Tessa has to do is hold on for a 100 days and try to live without sight. But that’s hard when her only outlet is writing poetry and she can’t blog poetry without sight.

Enter Weston. He is hired as a typist for Tessa, but he’s much more than that. Weston knows how Tessa feels because he lives with prosthetic legs after an accident. He vows to help Tessa understand that life is still beautiful.

“Visual beauty is only one form of beauty.”

MY REVIEW

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I also read it in almost one sitting. Meaning, I started it in the morning before work and read it every single spare second I got.

  • The characters were great.

I absolutely loved reading about all the characters in this book. Tessa and Weston were good, but so were all the supporting characters. Tessa’s grandparents, Weston’s brothers and best friend—all of them captured a piece of my heart.

  • Struggles and character growth.

Although this book is mainly about Tessa, we also see Weston’s journey through flashbacks. It was incredibly humbling and inspiring to read the stories of both these characters. Especially Weston, who is an inspiration. I could totally picture real life Weston growing up to become a motivational speaker.

“Letting go feels like giving up. But if you don’t let go, you’ll drown. I know the feeling. And it sucks. But Life sucks sometimes. And yeah, it gets back up. But you don’t have to stay on your knees.”

  • Tessa + Weston

Through Weston helping Tessa through her current situation, they start to have feelings for each other. This romance is purely young love.

And I like that their relationship was simple. A lot of YA books try to bring in tons different things into the story for the relationship in order to make things interesting. Hence this simple relationship where two people start to like each other without a metaphorical obstacle course was refreshing.

“This stubborn, kind, impertinent, obnoxiously optimistic boy is doing something to me.

And it feels good.”

  • THE FEELS.

This book made me feel so much! I felt awed, inspired, sad (I did cry), happy, and content. Reading this book was like having an emotional journey.

It was amazing to read.

  • Bits of the author’s personality.

Since I followed Abbie for a while and know a little bit about her, I could see how she put herself into the book. The most obvious thing was her love for waffles which translated into the book as well.

“Well?’ he asks when I don’t open my eyes and silently savor the goodness. ‘What do you taste?’
I smile despite myself. ‘The most amazing waffles under the sun.”

OVERALL

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It’s the perfect YA contemporary to read in one sitting because it WILL absorb you.

Recommended to anyone looking for a book with depth but also warmth and sunshine.

I rate it..

4.5/5 stars


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WWW Wednesday // 22 April 2020

Hey everyone!

Lockdown is definitely helping me read more. Although I’m not reading every day, I now have time to finish books in one sitting. And it shows in my reading updates.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

a picture of me reading

I’m still in the middle of the audiobook for The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I haven’t progressed at all since last week because I just don’t listen to audiobooks much when I’m at home.

I started reading Verity by Colleen Hoover last night. It’s a book that was on my “maybe” TBR. I decided to pick it up because it qualifies for the “upside down image on the book cover” prompt in the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge.

The book is quite good! I’m used to romance books from Colleen Hoover and not mystery so lets see how this goes.

What did you recently finish reading?

My reading this past week was not as good as the week before it. This is because work increased and I also spent some time watching Kdramas instead of reading.

#1

Reading during lockdown is all about getting to the books in my huge TBR and also make progress on reading challenges. To satisfy both of those things, I read 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Simmons.

I wanted to read it since it released, and there are only good reviews on it from my blogger friends. I finally read it and IT’S SO GOOD. Abbie is an awesome writer.

It was hearfelt, motivating, and warm. It was also funny to see the praise of waffles in the book because Abbie is a huge lover of waffles.

4/5 stars.

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#2

My next read was Circe by Madeline Miller. This book ticked off THREE things for me:

  • My book club’s pick for April.
  • A prompt for 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge.
  • A book for #StartOnYourShelfathon because it’s been on my shelf for months now.

I absolutely LOVED Circe. It was so good. I could not stop reading it. Miller’s writing was beautiful and engaging. It also felt wonderful to go back to the Greek myth world.

I have to say, I’m glad I read the Percy Jackson series because I understood so many references in this book because of that.

4/5 stars.

#3

The last book I finished was Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I saw this book on Kate’s blog Cover to Cover where she praised this book a lot. The premise sounded good so I gave it a go.

I’m a not really a fan of explicit scenes in MM romance books and this book had a LOT of that. That was the only reason I didn’t enjoy it a lot. The story and the characters were really good. I was super invested in the romance. Really liked it.

But yeah, my rating is lower only because of personal preferences.

3/5 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m not really sure. But I do need to read the books I already have instead of getting new ones as ebooks. So I’ll just choose one from my physical shelf and one from my ebooks.

From my physical shelf I want to read Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s a popular book and it also qualifies for a 2020 Popsugar Reading challenge prompt.

The book I chose from my ebooks is Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev. I’ve had this book for quite sometime and it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I’m looking forward to read it.

Hopefully this post will keep me responsible and get me to read these two books.


And that’s it for my updates this week!

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The Book Snob Tag

Book tags are honestly so much fun.

From matching types of coffees to books to using music to describe books, we’ve had many creative bookish tags. Today’s tag fits in with them perfectly.

I saw this tag at Reads and Thoughts and knew that I had to do it.

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1. ADAPTATION SNOB: DO YOU ALWAYS READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE?

If I know that the book exists, yes! At least, I try.

I like reading books with all the details and imagining the world in my head. If I watch the movie first, the movie’s scenes and actors will leave an impression and affect how I experience the book.

2. FORMAT SNOB: YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE 1 FORMAT IN WHICH TO READ BOOKS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH ONE DO YOU CHOOSE: PHYSICAL BOOKS, EBOOKS, OR AUDIOBOOKS?

Ebooks, definitely. I already prefer reading ebooks over paperbacks and hardbacks because they’re easier to carry around and there’s no worry about running out of books.

Reading big books as ebooks can also be less intimidating haha.

3. SHIP SNOB: WOULD YOU DATE OR MARRY A NON-READER?

Yes I would. As long as the person listens to me talk about books I don’t care whether they read or not haha.

4. GENRE SNOB: YOU HAVE TO DITCH ONE GENRE – NEVER TO BE READ AGAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH ONE DO YOU DITCH?

General knowledge and facts books haha. I don’t see myself reading them ever.

5. UBER GENRE SNOB: YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE TO READ FROM ONE GENRE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. WHICH GENRE DO YOU CHOOSE?

Romance! For the past few years romance has been the one genre that I ALWAYS enjoy and turn to for comfort reads. Romance books contain more depth and plots lines than what the genre is marketed as. I will not be bored if I read only in this genre.

6. COMMUNITY SNOB: WHICH GENRE DO YOU THINK RECEIVES THE MOST SNOBBERY FROM THE BOOKISH COMMUNITY?

About a year ago I carefully unfollowed people who regularly tweet a lot about bookish drama. I just was not interested in it, and it was frankly exhausting to see.

Because of that I don’t really know which genre receives snob right now. I’d say Young Adult books because I’ve seen a few tweets on that, but I don’t really know.

7. SNOBBERY RECIPIENT: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SNUBBED FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN READING OR FOR READING IN GENERAL?

I have! I’ve received quite a bit of snobbery because I read romance. Because of that I’ve taken to telling people a book from another genre that I’ve read recently instead of what I’m actually reading.

The most recent scenario was when someone asked me what I’m reading. I replied that I’m reading a book called My So-Called Bollywood Life and they scoffed. So much snob in one scoff/laugh.

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The Bromance Book Club || I LOVE this.

Title: The Bromance Book Club
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Romance
Category: Adult
Series info: Book 1 of Bromance Book Club series, but can be read as standalone.

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This book has been on my TBR for a LONG time. I’ve seen it around in reviews and social media for a long time, but I somehow just didn’t want to pick it up?? No clue why. But that’s how my mood works.

My mood finally acquiesced last week and allowed me to pick it up. And I LOVE it.

The Plot

Gavin Scott wins in the baseball field but he’s been losing at home. With his marriage in trouble, and the reveal of an embarrassing secret, he HAS to pull things together ASAP.

Looking at him drowning himself in alcohol and tears, Gavin’s teammates decide to help him out with some advice. And this advice comes in the form of romance book recommendations.

Gavin starts to read these romance books that are “cringey books just for women” with reluctance and doubt. But he quickly starts to realize just why women like it so much. They’re books by women, for women, depicting how women like to be treated.

Soon, Gavin turns to these books to help him win back his wife and save his marriage.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Let’s talk about this in a list because I need SOME structure to my review.

  • The concept itself.

Where men read romance books and realize that they’re not just trashy novels with cringey stories. This book shows men ACTUALLY READING these romance books, realizing why women love them, and learning from them.

It was great to read about. I now want to make my future partner read at least one romance book. They’re so much more than their image.

  • The characters.

They’re so nice *cries*

They’re flawed, strong, and real. I love them.

Character growth is also really nice. I give it 12/10.

  • The romance.

Considering that the characters are married, it is a second chance romance.

Gavin and Thea got married too soon because of an unplanned pregnancy. They were in love but they didn’t spend enough time dating and getting to know each other. It has affected their relationship in the long run.

This second chance romance was so sweet and nice. I loved reading about it.

  • All. The. Relationships.

The friendships and other familial relationships depicted here were so nice. I especially loved the sisterly relationship between Thea and Olivia. Sisters forever ❤

  • The overall plot.

It was very entertaining. I was totally engaged.

This book was supposed to be a quick read as a break before I do other things but I ended up reading all of it in one sitting. I did NOT realize the time!

Overall

Loved it. Totally recommend it.

If you’re looking for a romance book that’s doing things a little different than others, pick this one up! You will not regret it.

I rate this book..

5/5 stars


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