My 2022 Thus Far – A Reading Wrap Up of Sorts

2022 has been interesting for me. I mean, the last two years have been very interesting for everybody. A huge mess that keeps getting bigger and messier. But I recently made a huge change in my life by quitting my job and now I’m just trying figure out what to do next.

While I liked my job, I just didn’t like who I was working with/for and the environment I was in surrounded by people who didn’t seem to care and one person who kept dragging me down all the time. It festered a really bad mindset for myself and for the past couple of years, it has affected my mental health & relationships with friends and obviously, if any of y’all have followed me on my blog here, then you could tell that I rarely, if ever, post. Not to be too cliché, but it was toxic.

So as messy as this year has been thus far for me, I haven’t found much motivation to read. Every now and then I would gain some sort of gumption to read a few pages of a book, but then in a few minutes I would give up because I was too tired or couldn’t focus enough. That said I have finished 3 books so far!! (you can put in the applause or clapping emojis in the comments for me). So I’ll blab about all three for a bit, for this “seasonal wrap-up” because I really enjoyed all three and highly recommend them,

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton — My first read of the year that was technically an end of 2021 read but who cares?? To be honest, it did take me a while to finish this and not because I wasn’t interested, I just had so much bullshit happening in my life. That out of the way, this book!!! I love books about messy, toxic female characters and this one delivered so hard. I cannot wait to read her newest book, The World Cannot Give.

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell — For some reason, I chose to read this concurrent with Social Creature. I book I got because of the hype surrounding it. It was the book that got Lorde to get off social media and fuck off in Antarctica, so what could it do to me? While it didn’t absolutely make me do anything as profound as Lorde’s venture to Antarctica (#1 I ain’t rich enough #2 It wouldn’t be Antarctica), it made me think so much about how capitalism has affected my life and how to try to detach myself from that way of thinking. Just such an informative and fascinating read that I think is accessible for anyone wanting to read a book about this, that’s filled tons of great resources and references.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid — Going into this one, I knew all the hype and its also the hype I was on a couple years ago but I could never seem to get myself to actually READ IT. When I finally got to it recently, I devoured it. It’s my kind of read about a messy rock band going through drama during thee peak rock ‘n roll making music era, the 1970s. It read to me like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music but with even much more depth and exploring the humanity within the characters mixed in with the same feelings I get whenever I watch Almost Famous. “It’s all happening”, as Penny Lane says.

Yes, I do enjoy the fact that so much of the characters and stories are based off Fleetwood Mac and the real life behind the scenes of them making Rumours. In fact, I think I wanted to this be as messy and even messier than Fleetwood Mac’s story. Also I love that this plays into my favorite stereotype that bassists are always the chill, laid back or quiet ones that stay out of the mess (Pete deserved to tell some of his story though!!). I am always here for classic rock band drama. It’s so entertaining! I cannot wait for the show now, since really seems like its made for television/film-storytelling format and obviously I am super interested to hear the songs.


So there we go, a glimpse into what January, February and March held for me. I hope to be reading much more in April and the following months, and also to blog more. I’ll have some more time on my hands and plenty to discuss. Thanks for reading! 🙂

BLOG TOUR: Body Talk Review – Edited by Kelly Jensen

Thanks so very much to Algonquin Books for Young Readers for providing me a digital review copy via NetGalley and letting my join in on this blog tour!

SYNOPSIS

It’s time to bare it all about bodies!
 
We all experience the world in a body, but we don’t usually take the time to explore what it really means to have and live within one. Just as every person has a unique personality, every person has a unique body, and every body tells its own story.
 
In Body Talk, thirty-seven writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations—about everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on what it’s like to live in their particular bodies—and how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.
 
Come on in, turn the pages, and join the celebration of our diverse, miraculous, beautiful bodies!


REVIEW

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read non-fiction in a while and I was glad to have the chance to read this one. BODY TALK is all about the ins and outs of our bodies. From the way we look on the outside to the way that our bodies make us feel on the inside.

Complex, diverse, impacting, hopeful, and emotional. These are some of the words I’d use to describe this anthology. This anthology made me feel so many emotions from relating to the pains of being insecure about how I look and feel about my own body to being uplifted by the more humorous tales. From tackling scoliosis, body hair, body dysmorphia, endometriosis, chronic illness, achondroplasia dwarfism, teeth, makeup, being fat, puberty, blindness, the color of ones’ skin, BODY TALK offers multiple accounts of the joy and pains of literally living with ourselves told through multiple mediums, such as essays, comic strips, and illustrations.

I also enjoyed the FAQs about related words and terms that are important when talking about our bodies such as disabled, fat, body positivity, accessibility, etc. Which explains thoroughly about the how, when, and why we use these words when talking about our bodies.

This is an important and unique anthology and I would recommend this to any teen or adult who is confused about how to feel about their own body as this offers a plethora of voices. Even if I can’t personally relate to some of the stories, I feel that its important to hear from people who live beyond your own experiences. There were some stories that I could relate to regardless of my own experiences that I found emotionally impactful. I recommend taking your time with one as there are many stories to take in and each and every one brings its own lasting impression.

My personal favorites were from Rachael Lippincott, Eugene Grant, Tyra Banks & Carolyn London, Sara Saedi, D.M. Moerhle, Julie Murphy, Junauda Petrus-Nasah, Rosahni Chokshi, Jourdain Searles, and Gavin Grimm.

BODY TALK is OUT NOW and I highly recommend you go out and get it from your local bookstore, online, or at your local library!

Looking Back on My 2019 Reading & Blogging Goals

2019 is nearly over and coming up is the start of not just another year but a whole new decade. So before I began even talking about future plans for myself and my blog I want to look back at the reading and blogging goals I made at the beginning of the year and see what I achieved and I what I didn’t.

Here’s a link to that post if you’re interested in reading it.


Create a bookstagram – ✔️

Last February I created a bookish IG account which you can follow me @ savvy_reads

However from looking at my feed, most of you can observe that only posted 3 things last year. I simply felt lack of motivation to post anything and also comparing my posts to other peoples was a thing that made me not want to post at all. But 2020 is going to be very different.

Redesign my blog – ✔️

I’ve done this several times throughout 2019 because I’m not consistent with sticking to a theme/aesthetic. So I’m hoping in 2020 I’ll figure something out.

Participate in a blog tour – ✔️

YES and I’m actually surprised I actually got the opportunity to do not just one, but TWO of these in 2019. I had fun with all of them. I’ve also been invited to do some more in 2019 so I’m glad that this was a thing I accomplished.

Participate in Blogmas / Blogtober – ❌

Clearly since I barely posted anything during the last half of 2019. I just never felt compelled to do this since I hadn’t read much either.

Finish a Readathon – ❌

I came pretty close to finishing the Ghibli-a-Thon back in July (at least I think that’s when it was) but nevertheless, I failed it. I’ve decided not to participate in any read-a-thons for a while since I seem to fall victim to my mood reading habit.

Watch and review a book to movie/tv adaptation each month AND Read the book that it was based on –

A feature I wanted to do on my blog that I clearly never even started. Will I think about doing this in 2020? Who knows??? wink wink.

Put myself out there more on social media and interact more with other bloggers and authors – ✔️

Technically I did this and I’m proud for following more bloggers but my interaction level at last as the year went on plummeted. But I’m taking this win.

Also on my Twitter I’ve tried to be more active but I’ve mostly just RT shitty memes and whatever.

Blog hop more! – ✔️

Again, I technically did this but I never stuck with it during the rest of 2019.

Get to 200 followers! – ❌

I DID IT FOLKS. I hit 199 followers in 2019. I think its fitting to be honest.

Keep track of reading and blogging in my 2019 bullet journal – ❌

LOL My bullet journaling for 2019 ended in January when I just gave up because I wanted it to be Perfect. So then I just filled it with random doodles and notes.

Prioritize reading and reviewing ARCs – ❌ / ✔️

Yes and no because I prioritized my ARCs for blog tours but as for the other ARCs I never got around to most of them. Even ones I did read I never reviewed. So :/ Meh

Promote books better – ❌

I don’t know what it is because I guess nervous about promoting books because I don’t like the attention especially if the author notices it. But I know that’s good thing but like it flares my anxiety for some reason. But in 2020 I hope to do better and get over my own nonsense.

Read 40 books for my Goodreads challenge – ❌

*insert overused GOT meme*

I stopped keeping track of the books I read this year because there were plenty I started but gave up on and then some that took forever to read. I just had an awful reading year in 2019. I believe my GR 2019 reading challenge says I only read 9, I did read more than that I just never bothered to mark it down lol.

Read more historical fiction – ❌

Speaking of reading, I wanted to read some historical fiction and I ended reading more contemporaries and fantasy instead.

Read more sci-fi – ❌

I didn’t read any.

Make more discussions posts – ❌

I didn’t have it in my to make a discussion post since I’ve tried to write one and I see someone else do it better so I’ll just let the people who are good at that kind of thing do it. Does that mean that I’ll never do a discussion post? No because there are some things I do want to talk about eventually but for now I just don’t feel I’m up for it.

Write!!! + Participate in NaNoWriMo – ❌

I did technically write some, but it was mostly plot outlines and just random descriptions of stories and characters I have in my head. I also wanted to do NaNo but I don’t have a firm grasp of any of my WIPs.

Complete the PopSugar Reading + Book Riot Read Harder Challenges – ❌

Since I didn’t do much reading I failed at these two challenges. Also the books I did read only fit a few challenges. I just didn’t bother with these at a certan point.

Get more followers on Twitter – ✔️

I just hit 200 followers on Twitter recently. If you want to follow me there, here’s the link to that. Some of you may like me more or less than here but maybe we’ll be friends.


That’s that for my 2019 goals. Join me tomorrow-ish for a look at my 2020 goals. Let me know down below what your goals were for 2019 and if you achieved any or failed most of them like me.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – A Mini Review

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. 

8.5/10 Ravens (4.5/5 STARS)

Featuring one of the most stunning covers I’ve ever graced my eyes upon, An Enchantment of Ravens is an enchanting tale of true love, whimsical faerie antics and the beauty of humanity through art and passion.

While this is a relatively short novel, coming in at 300 pages long, this still gave enough of a story to feel satisfying. I also think that the short-length gave helped its world-building feel less overwhelming to me. There wasn’t too much or too little of it. The writing was also so flowery and immersive. I loved Margaret Rogerson’s descriptions of Whimsy and the seasonal lands of faerie.

I adored the characters in this, especially Isobel and Rook, the main couple of the story. Isobel was a great heroine, with a down-to-earth personality and a passion for art that made her easy to root for. Rook is a typical prince like character, arrogant, charming, and trying to prove himself but he’s also a very sweet, genuine nice guy who respects Isobel.

The side characters were each interesting in their own ways. My favorite was Gadfly for numerous spoiler-y reasons but I appreciated him a lot. I also enjoyed Isobel’s family, her aunt Emma and her goat sisters, March and May (yes goat sisters). They had a mystical charm to the story even without the mischievous and trickster faeries that lurked in the latter half of the story.

I have to be honest and say that Isobel and Rook are indeed very much an insta-love couple, but I can like a cliche such as that when it’s executed well, and it is here. The romance was charming and also one of the healthiest relationships I’ve read in a fantasy novel. There’s a discussion that the characters have about consent that this very nuanced and I appreciated seeing brought up.

The only downsides I had with An Enchantment of Ravens was the pacing and the fact that I wish there was a sequel to this story. (I NEED MORE OF THIS SWEET ROMANCE Y’ALL)

If you want to read a story that involves magical fae and a wonderfully executed romance with autumnal vibes, check this one out!

I can’t wait to read the next book that Margaret Rogerson writes and see what other worlds she comes up with next! 🙂

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa / Release Day ARC Review

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 2

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


10/10 kodama (5 stars)

Shadow of the Fox is one of my favorite reads this year. It took many of the tropes I love seeing and executed them in stellar fashion. I devoured this book quickly because of how invested I was in the story and characters and the sense of adventure made it such an engaging and quick read!

Here’s some reasons why I loved this book and also why I can’t wait to read it’s sequel!

Rich in Japanese Mythology

One of the biggest draws for me in this story was the use of Japanese mythology, which has so many amazing stories and creatures and folklore. It also made the world so much diverse and unique than other fantasies I’ve read this year. The world-building was wonderfully developed and it didn’t feel info-dumpy.

The magic system which of course is based off of the mythology is so well done and easy to take in.

The Hero’s Journey

I love journeys and road trip stories, so this being exactly that made me love this even more! It’s one of my favorite tropes and to see it used in an effective way made it more enjoyable as the characters gained more followers and went through strange and dangerous encounters with enemies and allies alike. Each new place they ventured into was so fascinating to read about.

Likable and Complex Cast of Characters

I adored the cast we get to see here, especially Yumeko, my personal favorite. She’s such an endearing main character and I’m glad that she’s one of the POV characters. I love her trickster personality due to her kitsune side but I also appreciate that she’s such a kind person and is willing to help anyone (the ronin) or anything (the yokai, kodama, etc.) that comes across her way. I hope to see more of her kitsune side revealed in the sequel.

I also quite liked Tatsumi, even if we didn’t quite get the full experience of him. I love mysterious and stoic characters so he made for a great companion alongside Yumeko. The curse of the demon blade and how it affects Tatsumi’s action and character is also another favorite part of this story for me. I can’t wait to see what unfolds in the next book because of it.

There’s many interesting side characters we get to see along, such as the ronin, Okame and even the villagers and townspeople they meet along the way. I wish some of the villains were fleshed out a bit more, but I still enjoyed their presence overall.

Slow Burn Romance

One of my favorite romance tropes and its done so well here! Yumeko and Tatsumi I think have such opposing personalities and it makes their chemistry work so well, in my opinion. I adore pairings where the two are total opposites.

Fans of Inuyasha & Naruto Would Love This

I mentioned on my Twitter that Shadow of the Fox, also made me feel nostalgic. In many ways I think this is due to the use of Japanese mythology that is also seen in many anime that I’ve adored such as Inuyasha which also features yokai, demons, etc. and a similar hero’s journey. Also I find some similarities to Naruto, with the different clans and each of them having unique abilities and techniques.


This book out right now if you want to read it and I highly suggest you do if you love Asian-inspired fantasies, a colorful cast of characters and intriguing, rich plot and world.

I can’t wait to read the sequel as well as Julie Kagawa’s previous works.

Many thanks to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Sav

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake // Review

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DISCLAIMERS

  • Please read my Rating System before reading this review

  • SPOILER TALK

  • Content Warning for following: parental neglect, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, mention of sexual assault, character posting another character’s private messages online without consent, contains sex scenes


SYNOPSIS

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.


If you’re looking for a bittersweet and emotional summer romance read, this is the book for you!

WHY I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK

+ Deals With Toxic Parent/Child Relationships in a Nuanced Way

One of the main parts of HTMAW, is the complicated dynamic between Grace and her mother, Maggie. Maggie is an alcoholic and by the end of this story, may also have a mental disorder. Maggie is a flawed human being who does try her best, but still puts a lot of emotional labor onto Grace. She tends to put Grace in a lot of dangerous and harmful situations such as taking her to a club and moving her to stranger’s houses. She is also emotionally manipulative towards Grace, which leads to Grace’s ambivalent feelings concerning her mother.

This was one of the hardest things for me to read, because I can understand the imbalance and toxic-ness of a parent/child relationship where the parent is emotionally abusive. I felt the struggle that Grace felt in deciding to make her own decisions and to move on from her parent and to understand that its okay to remove yourself from an person like that, even though you may still love them.

+ F/F Romance

My main reason for reading this one, because I haven’t read many books about F/F romances. Grace and Eva have an adorable, slow-burn romance. I appreciate that they get to know each other first, and also connect emotionally. There’s also a sex scene in this which I appreciated so much.

Eva is also a very well developed love interest. She is her own character that has an arc as well, with dealing with the death of her mother, her first relationship with a girl, and also her deciding to realize her dream of being a dancer.

They both support each other and understand what it means to lose happiness but to also regain happiness.

Also they are still together at the end of this book, so it’s a happy ending for a gay couple!! YAY!

+ Grief

“Sadness is awkward. Grief is awkward. A missing mother is awkward, no matter what form that missing takes. And no one likes awkward. No one knows what to do with it unless you’re the person used to receiving all those averted gazes.”

Both Grace and Eva miss their mothers in different ways but both feel a similar pain and sadness about their mothers. I’ve felt those feelings before and its hurts. To get kind of personal here, again, I recently lost an important member of my family and their passing away has not only affected me but my whole family. Now we are focused on learning how to move on and get used to the fact that they are gone. Reading this after it happened made me feel better in some ways.

The way that Ashley Herring Blake writes about how the girls deal with their grief was so emotional and real for me. I related more so to Eva’s approach, by avoiding people and coloring in her adult coloring book.

+ Platonic M/F Friendship

I absolutely ADORED Grace’s friendship with her best friend, Luca. I love that they didn’t have any unrequited feelings between either of them and it was so refreshing. They were both very supportive of each other and even though they did have a minor falling out, they both made up and apologized and continued to support each other. He also supports her sexuality and doesn’t make her feel uncomfortable.

Luca himself is a really wonderfully funny and adorable guy. I feel like he’s a great example of a male character done right. While he does have his moments, I feel like he’s very much against the grain of the numerous toxic masculine characters that unfortunately is in a lot of YA.

+ The Bi REP + Sexuality 

“For a long time, when I was a little younger, I thought that was how every girl saw other girls— this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath. Took until I was fourteen to realize that no, the way I thought about other girls was a little different.”

Grace identifies as bisexual in this and I loved when I saw it on the pages. I know that not everyone is comfortable with labeling, but sometimes seeing someone like Grace say that she is bisexual means so much. Most of my favorite quotes from HTMAW are about Grace and her bisexuality.

I also appreciated the masturbation scene because its a perfectly normal thing and it should be normalized in YA.

+ Writing & Tone

While I can appreciate very flowery and vivid writing, I enjoyed Ashley Herring Blake’s simplistic but also emotionally-packed writing. The tone of this felt great too, because its this mix of, emotional and

+ Moving On & Self-Care

By the end, Grace decides to make herself a happier and healthier person.

Just a minor thing to add was the way the characters found ways to take care of themselves, such as Grace hanging out with Luca and eating pizza fries (I want some of those btw), Grace playing her piano, Eva coloring in her coloring book. Just those little things to treat yourself is so nice to see.


FAVORITE QUOTES


NEXT TO READ BY ASHLEY HERRING BLAKE

GIRL MADE OF STARS

AVAILABLE NOW

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SYNOPSIS

“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.


Thanks for reading! Comment down below some of your favorite F/F romances or just any LGBTQAIP+ book with a MC that you think I should add to my TBR.

Sav

authors i’m giving a second chance

there are some books that i’ve read that made me not want to read from some authors, but with these authors i plan on giving them a second chance for reasons lmao.

  • Rainbow Rowell – I did not like Eleanor & Park at all. I thought it had a lot of problematic elements in it and it just made me cringe. I did however really enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s simple but beautiful writing. I also thought that E&P COULD have been pretty good if not for those cringy moments of racism. I’ve heard that her book Fangirl is really amazing and her other book Carry On is excellent too and is a companion of sorts for Fangirl. But we’ll have to see whether I agree or not.
  • Tahereh Mafi – The Shatter Me series was just…very meh. It had a lot of poor characterization, character regression, a lot of fanservicy content, Mary Sues & Gary Stus, and the writing gave me headaches. It was “dystopian” but in the sense that it was never well-developed and the world-building was barely there. It felt like reading a bad fan-fiction. However I did appreciate some of her writing and thought it would work well…in a different genre. Which is where Furthermore and Whichwood come in.
  • Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything was an okayish book, save for the “twist” which like many people have said is outright ableist. I did appreciate though the simple but effective writing of Nicola Yoon though and loved that she wrote a mixed race (Black/Japanese) character and an interracial relationship. So I’ve heard her second book, The Sun Is Also a Star in so much better and less offensive and it also includes an interracial couple between a Haitian girl & Korean boy and is about their experiences as immigrants.
  • Nina LaCour – The Disenchantments was a standalone that I thought  I would LOVE. It had a lot of things that I enjoy, cool rock bands and music, a whole page dedicated to one of my favorite bands Sleater-Kinney. But I just could not stand the book’s narrator and main protagonist, Colby. He was just whiny and pretentious and unbearable. He was “the nice guy” to Bev, his best friend and love interest, who is made out to be a jerk for not taking Colby’s feelings into consideration. The Disenchantments disappointed me so much that I did not finish it. BUT I have heard that Nina’s other books are much better AND contain f/f relationships specificially in Everything Leads to You & We Are Okay. Both have beautiful covers too. So I’m way more excited to read those.

 

popular books & series i have yet to read – part 3 :))))

part 3 of my “haven’t read yet series” that people will be judge me hard for! let’s begin!

  1. Stephen King books/series – WOW. This one I’m pretty ashamed about. One of the most legendary and iconic author of our time, if they most. I’ve seen some of his movie adaptions and some of my favorites are Carrie, The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Green Mile. So I’m pretty excited to read his books & novels finally.
  2. Anything by Lauren Oliver – This is another popular-ish YA author that I’ve read nothing from. She’s written the Delirium trilogy, Panic, Before I Fall, and among others. I’m mostly looking forward to reading her newest release, Replica before most of her other books, which I’ve heard mixed reception about most of them.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – A pretty beloved novel of itself. I remember my grandma used to tell to read this all the time. I never got around to it. I do own this one.
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Another one I’m sort of ashamed I haven’t read yet. This book is a childhood favorite for many especially people a little bit older than me. This one I’m more obligated to read since the new movie is coming out which looks so visually stunning.
  5. Stephanie Perkins trilogy – This trilogy consists of Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Isla and the Happily Ever After. These three books are incredibly popular. Whenever you hear YA contemporary I usually see people on Booktube or blogs recommending these to read. Again, I’m not sure whether I’d like these kind of YA contemporary because I haven’t ventured into YA contemporary that much.

Thanks,

Sav 

popular books & series i have yet to read :)))) part 2

here’s my second part to a never-ending list of books/series i’ve not read to make myself feel even less 🙂 accomplished 🙂 than 🙂 i 🙂 already 🙂 am 🙂

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A highly praised, fantastic book that was turned into a highly praised, fantastic movie (which I haven’t seen yet). I really want to get into Gillian Flynn and I think this would be the place to start.
  2. The Infernal Devices / Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – I’m going to be honest and say I’m not the least bit interested in her books. I don’t really care for that genre as much anymore and I’ve heard less than good thing about most of her books. I’ll pass for now. Never say never but for right now her books are at the very bottom of my to-read list. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – This is a series I hear a lot of good things about. But at the same time I’ve heard some bad things about it too. I do have some interest in it so maybe one day I’ll check it out.
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Another popular and “classic” YA contemporary. I’ve seen the movie so I feel that this might be pointless. Unless somehow the book is very different from the movie. I enjoyed the movie enough. It wasn’t my favorite but it was well done and I loved the acting in it.
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun / The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson –  I see both of these books on most “must read YA contemporary” lists and they must be there for a reason. This are up there on my to-be read list. I don’t really know much about either of them, which is good because I want to go into them not knowing much. I just know these two books have a lot of praise from book bloggers and Booktube.