Upcoming Things I’m Excited For – Summer 2021 Edition

Hey everyone! While books are my thing on this blog I would love to talk things that are outside of books I am interested in. Movies, TV series, anime, and whatever else is going on in my life that makes me excited and feel joy.


VACCINATED BABY!!!

I got my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in May so after a few days of a slight fever and yucky feeliness I am feeling better now and am fully vaccinated! I’m not going to go crazy but I am just glad that I am vaccinated. I feel so much relief though.

BOOKS

I have a whole post dedicated to this! So feel free to check that out. But yeah there’s a TON of books coming out this summer that I really would love to get to reading! Check that post out here!

MOVIES

My other love besides books are movies!!! The last movie I saw in theaters was Birds of Prey and then of course everything shutdown because of Covid sometime after that. I am more than ready to step back in with precaution of course to watch a movie in a theater!!! I am wanting to talk more about the films that aren’t just a reboot or sequel or superhero movie, because I’m honestly getting super exhausted of all of that. Not that I’m not interested in many that will come out this year but I want to see some originality!!!

THE GREEN KNIGHT

All I have to say is that it is DEV PATEL SUMMER!!! I have been DYING TO SEE THIS and to see Dev Patel get the stardom he deserves. I got these tee shirts from Super Yaki (a super cool site for movie merch!) to celebrate when I got this. Anyways onto the movie itself I typically enjoy most A24 films since they focus on original stories and aren’t just another franchise/sequel/reboot. This one is based off of the Arthurian legend, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

ZOLA

Another movie I am excited for because it’s based off the iconic Zola twitter thread. It looks messy, dramatic, over the top and I am here for it!!!

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

Not sure if this is a summer release but I just wanted to talk about it because it looks super fun and cool. It’s got so many great names. Karen Gillan, Lena Headey. Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino. Top notch actresses in a very John Wick/Birds of Prey like movie.

SHOWS

LOKI

I told myself this year that I wasn’t going to bother with the MCU but I ended up watching both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I’m at odds with the fact that I enjoy most of these characters but I hate that we’re stuck in this amount of MCU content and nothing really original. Also I just have a lot of issues with the MCU in general but that’s a rant for another day. With that mini rant out of the way, LOKI has been a show I was way more excited for than WV and TFATWS. Loki has been one of the most iconic MCU characters IMO and I think if I get anything out of this, it’ll be fun.

TED LASSO (SEASON 2)

Ted Lasso was one of my surprise watches of this year when I did a free trial for Apple TV and wow I didn’t expect to enjoy Ted Lasso as much as I did. It’s such a weird comedy in that it’s based on kindness and positivity. Which is something to say coming from someone who does like cynical comedy but it just works for Ted Lasso. The one downside is that I’ll have to set up new free trial since I ended my sub. I really wish it wasn’t on Apple TV because it’s literally the only thing on that service that I am remotely interested in.

THE OWL HOUSE (SEASON 2)

The Owl House provides me with that pure, whimsical, magical joy. Season 1 was such a ride as I binged it and caught up to the final few episodes. So the first season left off on a sort of sad note for the characters and story. Which is a fairly common trend among children’s animated series these days to go darker like Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, She-Ra Princesses of Power to name a few. I was supposed to put out a review of season 1 last year when I watched it but never got around to it. Maybe I’ll quickly post it before the new season comes out.

MUSIC

So my music taste is super indie/alternative with hints of whatever is popular like right now I’m listening to Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour or Aly & AJ’s new album. There’s definitely some I’ll miss because I don’t always know who or when they’re putting out an album. There’s rumors that Lorde might be dropping a single off her new album 👀👀👀👀 Obviously I will take that rumor with a grain of salt but Lorde’s comeback is on my mind all the time. Also Willow is going to do a pop punk album. Very excited for that one. Music is in a great place right now.

Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee

Probably one of my favorite artists right now! Japanese Breakast aka Michelle Zauner is a genius. From her first album Psychopomp to her sophomore album Soft Sounds from Another Planet, I am always mesmerized by the sounds and music of Japanese Breakfast. I’ve been listening to her singles Be Sweet and Posing in Bondage off this new album so much this spring and I can’t wait to listen to the full album over the summer. Also I bought her memoir Crying in H Mart recently which I know is going to be a tearjerker. Probably an album of the year choice for me.

Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice is back in time for sad indie rock music summer!!! This album, when it was announced was a surprise one, and I am super stoked.

Lucy Dacus – Home Video

Another indie lady I am obsessed with! Lucy Dacus!!! I am loving her two singles, VBS and Hot & Heavy. Just another artist that never fails to disappoint me. Also I’ve been stalking her Goodreads because she has a Goodreads and has excellent taste! Would really love to see her start a book club.

Kississippi – Mood Ring

I’ve more or less recently have gotten into Kississippi. She’s indie pop/indie rock. This album seems like it’s leaning more towards indie pop. But I love the vibes. All hear for this music this summer.

Pom Pom Squad – Death of a Cheerleader

I hate to be compare artists with one another but I would really love more people who liked Olivia Rodrigo’s song Brutal to listen to Pom Pom Squad. She’s got that angsty punk girl vibe ~but make it sapphic~. Listen to Lux and Head Cheerleader. Also her cover of FKA twig’s Cellophane.

Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny haha

I listened to Faye Webster a lot last year. In a Good Way and Better Distractions were on my On Repeat playlist a lot last year. So this album is going to be a future favorite. I just know it. If you want more chill sad indie in your life with hints of country, here you go! Listen to Faye Webster.

BASEBALL ⚾️

So like a week right after I got over my second covid shot sickness, my parents were like “let’s go to a baseball game since we’re all vaccinated 🤪”. Which I was down with. I’m not a big sports fan but I do enjoy watching a live baseball game. I like the atmosphere. So we went and I ending up having a fun time and we plan on going again soon in June! My local professional baseball team is the Tampa Bay Rays. And they’re also good!?? So I may now be a little more interested in baseball now.

Anyways that’s what I’m looking forward to this summer. Let me know what you plan on doing this summer or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere!!

Top Ten Tuesday – What’s on My Fall 2020 TBR 🍂

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Click here form more on this weekly meme and for future topics

Here in the Northern hemisphere it’s the first of FALL!! While I live in the state where I don’t actually get to experience the glory that is fall weather. The crispy crunchy leaves, the breeze in the air, there is actually a little bit of a breeze today so I’m taking that as a good start to fall.

With the weather as it typically is here, I have to use books to get that vibe of fall coziness and some spooky stuff mixed in.

This fall here are some of the books I would like to most get around to reading! This is a mix of upcoming releases and books that I would just really like to read before fall is over with or at least before the end of the year!


THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE BY V.E. SCHWAB

I have yet to read a book from this author and I know I should get on that but I’m really fascinated by this story’s synopsis surrounding a girl who makes a Faustian deal to live forever and the consequences that of course come with that decision.

THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG

This is one of the most hyped series on my Twitter timeline. It feels like everyone has read this and I do own it and the sequel THE DRAGON REPUBLIC. It sounds so epic and dark and just everything I kind of want to read right now.

HOW THE KING OF ELFHAME LEARNED TO HATE STORIES BY HOLLY BLACK

I’m so excited for this that I’ll probably retread The Folk of the Air trilogy to get even more hyped for it. I’m all here for this bit of fanservice Holly Black is giving us!

Another super popular series on Book Twitter. Plus an adaptation coming on the way! It’s been described as kind of like The Godfather and has a unique fantasy story along with it. So ready to start this series!

LEGENDBORN BY TRACY DEONN

If not one of my most anticipated reads of the year, LEGENDBORN promises a lot.It’s epic fantasy with a Black girl at the front and center inspired by Arthurian legend!! It sounds cool and I’ve been following the author on Twitter and she’s just so passionate about this story and I love to see it.

PLAIN BAD HEROINES BY EMILY M. DANFORTH

This is from the author of THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST and I’ve been surprised that there’s not too many people talking about it. I actually haven’t looked too much into it, I think it’s dark academia apparently??

A DEADLY EDUCATION BY NAOMI NOVIK

LOVED Spinning Silver so much and I’ll gladly read anything Naomi Novik writes. This is dark academia x fantasy vibes and a magical school setting with a strong and morally grey female character.

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN BY ROSEANNE A. BROWN

Another diverse YA fantasy that sounds like my jam! This one is also getting an adaptation. I also follow the author on Twitter she is so sweet and I love what she said about her story. This promises a great enemies to lovers romance which I’m all about!

THE VANISHING HALF BY BRIT BENNETT

I really hope to at least read this one before the year is over. The premise is intriguing and timely and I’ve heard great things about it.

KINGDOM OF THE WICKED BY KERRI MANISCALCO

Yet another popular author who has a popular series (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER) that I have yet to read. I did put SJTR on my library holds so maybe I’ll get it before this one but I was intrigued by this one mostly because of the enemies to lovers romance and it has something to do with the Seven Deadly Sins.


That’s it for what I want to read this fall! Let me know down below if you have any of these on your TBR or if you have already reof these yet.

Candid Convo #1: What the Hell Have I Been Doing This Year?

Welcome to this thing I’m doing now.

I’ve had this idea in my head since March/April and then the Covid-19 pandemic started. I thought about starting this anyways around that time because I wanted a way to vent about things and talk about various, non-bookish things and maybe even get ~personal~. But I put it off not only due to the pandemic but also with the murder of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement, I felt that it was absolutely not the time or place for me do this kind of thing. I’ve been focusing my time, energy and money on BLM and social justice causes. I’ll link a carrd down below if you want to know more about the current events happening in the world.

Then there’s the fact that this has been yet another bad mental health year for me, especially with depression. Not that the world being on fire helps but its especially been a struggle for me this year to do the things I’m SUPPOSED TO DO for this blog: read and blog.

Not that I haven’t been doing either of those things. I’ve been offered to join blog tours (cool!!!) and read ARCs but at the same time it’s taken away from me being able to read books I want to read for my own pleasure and amusement and not just obligated reading. In the near future I’m going to go more into this topic so be on the look out for that post.

I have been trying to keep up with other bloggers’ content this year as well but I’m deeply sorry if I haven’t been social or engaging as much as I wish I could be. I’ve been meaning to share a lot of new bloggers I’ve discovered this year on my blog and also just be more interactive but alas ~mental health~.

Since COVID-19 has disrupted my life as much as everyone elses’, I’ve been working (which is a whole other candid convo), watching shows and films, playing video games (especially Animal Crossing: New Horizons), and listening to music to try to keep my sanity. With all the media I’ve been taking in this year, I’ll have plenty of non-bookish things to review and discuss with y’all soon lol.

While this year I haven’t focused on books as much as I would like too, I do have some blog post ideas that have been lingering for a long while. Some that may take a while to come into fruition but we’ll get there when we get there.

Thanks for reading if you did, let me know what you think of this, and just whatever is on your mind. 🙂


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Mid-August Reading and Blogging Goals Plus! A Hiatus Report

If anyone has noticed my lack of blogging presence on here, I decided to take an unannounced hiatus. It just kind of happened unexpectedly for a lot of reasons, that I will dive into. But I am back, and I do plan on blogging again very soon.

Now some reasons why I went on my hiatus

  1. Reading Slump – I’ve been in one since June/July ish and I just have not picked up a book or get into even if I tried.
  2. Lack of motivation – Kind of relates to my reading slump but I just haven’t found any motivation to blog
  3. My job stressing me the the fuck out and making me too exhausted to read and blog – Working at a library means a summer program and that really drained me and I’ve also been dealing with an annoying coworker so :/
  4. Vacation Time! – I did go off on vacation and that was around the time I stopped blogging/reading. I just wanted to relax.

I shouldn’t have to put reasons why I left for a bit, but I felt that I needed to just because I don’t want to worry anyone.

But this post is meant to revive my blog and so now I’m diving into my reading and blogging goals for August. Well, what’s left of it.

  1. Get out of hiatus – Easy enough
  2. Blog hop – I still have been blog hopping and there’s been so many great posts I’ve read lately and I plan on sharing them later this month!
  3. #ReviewAThon is a readathon that NetGalley is doing to help with all of us readers who need to get our shit together read all those ARCs that we’ve fallen behind on reading and reviewing. Reviewathon runs for 6 weeks, from July 22nd through August 30th.
  4. I got quite a big library haul and I hope to get around to those as well.
  5. I’ve been holding back on tags and challenges because they’re easy enough to do, but I just haven’t gotten around to them and I feel bad because I do like doing them and I always appreciate being tagged!

So that’s about it for me this August, wish me luck in my revival of my blog and I hope y’all are all doing well 🙂

What are some of your reading and blogging goals for August or the year? Also if you’ve been hiatus like me, what are some things you want to do once you get back?

Thanks for reading!

Top Ten Tuesday – My Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2019

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Click here for more on this weekly meme and for future topics!

This Tuesday’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the second half of 2019. I have MANY MANY MANY most anticipated releases which I may make another post for to talk them some more. This is just a short little list of my most anticipated. It was super hard to narrow it down to just 10.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #3 series)
✨How could I not mention THIS?
✨hoping jude gets her revenge!!! 🗡️
✨I NEED THIS NOW

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
✨UNDERWATER WORLD
✨British-Muslim protagonist!!!
✨#OWNVOICES

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
✨teens figuring their shit out before the world ends
✨#ownvoices
✨queer rep / Pakistani-American rep
✨maybe some aliens???

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland
✨ace MC!!!
✨DARK FANTASY
✨that cover though
✨villain love interest?!!?

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
✨described as “Frozen” meets “Mad Max”
✨4 POVs
✨there’s a bookish chaotic lesbian goddess
✨idk its Rin Chupeco so it’ probably going to be amazing
✨ownvoices

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
✨F/F enemies to lovers romance
✨comps to Game of Thrones
✨#ownvoices
✨androids maybe?

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer
✨i MEAN WITCH BABYSITTERS! COME ON!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
✨Portal Fantasy
✨early 1900s
✨I honestly don’t know that much but I’m sold anyways because of that cover

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia!!!!
✨fariy tale tropes in a space opera
✨again Princess Bride and Princess Leia …need I say more?

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson
✨CULTS
✨girl who is the daughter of a cult leader
✨i’m just really into cults y’all
✨not that i would join one 👀


There’s my lil top ten list. Let me know some of your most anticipated because I can always add to my neverending list.

May 2019 – Reading + Blogging Goals

Hey everyone! It’s finally May which means May flowers are here but also since I live in Florida it’s lovebug season and it’s only going to get miserably hotter. Which means I’ll be inside, reading and blogging with the A.C. on.


READING GOALS

This month there’s so many things going on. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It’s also Mental Health Awareness Month. So I want my TBR to be mainly focused on these two things. I also want to finish some books I started in April. So my TBR might be big but I’m going to try not to force myself to read books I’m into.

But there’s also ARCs I need to read and review. I don’t think I’ll read all of them but I obviously want to read overdue ARCs and ones that are being published in May/June.

I also want to bring something back this month that I tried once and never went further with: Manga Monday. I’ve been collecting several manga series for a while but I actually haven’t made time to sit down and read most of them. I’m really hoping this month will help me stick with it.

BLOGGING GOALS

I’ve been tagged in quite a few tags/challenges and I’ve fallen behind on actually doing them, so I’m making it a priority that I get them done this month.

Also since I’ll reading ARCs, there should be some more reviews. I’m currently working on one right now, but there’ll be plenty more.


Here is basically the tl;dr version of what I’m doing this month.

Thanks for reading and let me know what your reading/blogging goals are for May.

April 2019 Wrap Up

It’s finally May and I’m very excited to be able to start fresh again with my reading and blogging. April was such a blur for me. Like it felt simultaneously long and short. Anyways here’s a quick recap of what I did on my blog in April.

WHAT I READ

You’d Be Mine – 5/5 stars (Read my review here)

When the Moon Was Ours – 5/5 stars (Read for the Dragons & Tea Book Club)

POSTS

F is For Friday:

April 5

APRIL 19

Top Ten Tuesday – First Ten Books I Reviewed


F is For Friday – April 19 2019

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag and link back — Nomadic Worlds
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


F – Feature your latest book obsession

I read When the Moon Was Ours at the beginning of the month for the Dragons & Tea Book Club on Goodreads. The hype for this book is well deserved and it was such a lush, gorgeous read. I can’t wait to read more by Anna-Marie McLemore.

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend

I have a lot planned but mainly these two which are ARCs that I need to get out of the way.

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

When the Moon Was Ours contains several beautiful quotes so I have to at least share one quote. I decided to go with the author’s dedication since it would be less spoiler-y but its also a poignant dedication that I just love seeing.

“To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names,
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky”

F – Five things I’m happy or grateful for this week

  1. Game of Thrones Season 8 – the final season has begun and I really enjoyed the season premiere for the most part. I can’t wait to see what is to come and how it’s all going to end.
  2. Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce – This is the rock-documentary of Beyonce’s Coachella performance and WOW. It really shows how much work ethic that Beyonce has and it is such a powerful performance.
  3. Weyes Blood’s new album Titanic Rising – I’ve been listening to this one a lot lately and I saw someone desccribe this as Joni Mitchell meets ABBA and I think that fits so perfectly.
  4. My parents – I’ve been having a rough-ish week but I had my parents for support and I always appreciate them so much.
  5. I don’t know what else to say but I am grateful for anyone who reads this lol.

Anyways that’s been my past couple of weeks thus far. Let me know how y’all are doing and what reading plans you have for the weekend.

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I haven’t posted anything in a while so I thought I’d do a book tag and I found this one!

💖 A STAND ALONE BOOK YOU LOVE 💖

I love the autumn vibes and the romance between Isobel and Rook is adorable.

💞 DYSTOPIAN BOOK YOU LOVE 💞

I honestly haven’t read that many dystopians but I enjoy this one quite a bit.

💘 A BOOK THAT YOU LOVE THAT NO ONE ELSE TALKS ABOUT 💘

I think this one is underrated. It’s features a really soft f/f relationship. I love summer romance stories.

💖 FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE 💖

Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy

I had to go with this iconic pairing. I love almost every version of Lizzie and Darcy. THEY ARE SO CLASSIC.

💞 BOOK THAT OTHER PEOPLE LOVE BUT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET 💞

I still can’t complete I haven’t read this one. As well as Jandy Nelson’s other book The Sky is Everywhere. They are both literally EVERYWHERE.

💘 A BOOK WITH RED ON THE COVER 💘

I loved this fun, adventurous story and it has a cute slow-burn romance.

💖 A BOOK WITH PINK ON THE COVER 💖

I still haven’t finished this one but I what I’ve read so far and that cover is one of my favorites.

💞 YOU WERE GIVEN A BOX CHOCOLATE. WHAT FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND WOULD GIVE THEM TO YOU?  💞

Clark is very nice boy and he’s also a bestselling author of a fantasy series.

💘 YOU ARE SINGLE ON VALENTINE’S DAY. WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU READ? WHAT TV SHOW WOULD YOU WATCH? WHAT MOVIE WOULD YOU WATCH? 💘

I am single and these are my actual plans for today!

I got this from the library and I’ve been hearing great things about it.

I ADORE this miniseries so much. I mean, Richard Armitage in this is so charming. THE ANGST 😍😍

This is one of my favorite romantic comedies and it’s very winter-y. Plus there’s a found family trope. Just an overall sweet and heartwarming movie.

💖 YOU ARE IN THE BOOKSTORE. ALL OF SUDDEN YOU GET SHOT WITH AN ARROW BY CUPID. WHAT NEW RELEASE WILL YOU LOVE? 💖

I need to get this one very soon.

January Favorites

January was the month where I spent more time not reading but I did find some new favorites. This was the also the month where I was really into anime and true crime for some reason. Next month I’m especially going to avoid a lot of the true crime stuff for a while because while it’s fascinating it’s also intense and draining.

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 is here and this season has been so great thus far. Another catchy opening! More amazing and wild animation! More Reigen being Reigen!


I started this in 2018 and it’s still going on as one of my favorites. I enjoy this bizarre show full of nicely dressed dudes and ladies.


So here’s where my true crime/serial killer kick started. Damn you Netflix. I thought this was a really well developed series about stalking and also was a nuanced take on how society normalizes these actions in men. But I also found it ironic that people online actually started defending Joe but at the actor himself was like “Joe is a literal stalker and killer”.

I loved the twists on what many rom-coms make out to be romantic moments but in reality are very creepy.


This was on my TV one night and I just decided “why not?” I think this was pretty well done and I like the look that this takes on his life. I was blown away by Ross Lynch’s performance because I only knew him from that Disney show Austin & Ally and he does a stellar job here.


Speaking of killers, we have Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. I found this to be so informative because I had no prior knowledge of what exactly happened. I think it does a good job of presenting the information by having Bundy talk and then other people such as childhood friends and police and lawyers weigh in on that. It definitely showed how good he was manipulating people. My favorite part is when a woman who went to school with him just trash talks him after he talked about how great he was and she’s like “he was a loser” lol.


This app saved my life. Shonen Jump announced in December that they would start a subscription with access to all their manga titles for just $2 a month and same-day releases as Japan. I’ve been reading some really classic manga series such as Dragon Ball and I’m so happy to finally read an iconic series like that.