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!!! 🗡️

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

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

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland
✨ace MC!!!
✨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

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

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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
✨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.


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.


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.


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)


F is For Friday:

April 5


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!

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!


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.

Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

This is a YA novel from 2009 (which by the way was TEN years ago what the fuck I’m getting old and time is going by way too fast). This deals with suicide and depression and that’s about all I know. I do appreciate these kind of stories no matter how difficult it may be to take in. Along with its tenth anniversary, it received a stunning cover redesign.

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.

dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid–and Caitlin herself.

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes

This gives me major Sadie vibes and books about taking down the patriarchy are kind of my thing.

Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.

The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.

But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut.

Oasis by Katya de Becerra

The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?

Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage. 

The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .

Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.

Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza

A controversial YouTuber story? Sounds very timely. I can’t wait to see if this is executed well but I am so interested in seeing more YouTube/video game related YA.

Equal parts Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, this fiercely crafted, feminist YA novel takes on fandom, accountability, and doing the right thing. Even when it hurts.

Lainey wouldn’t mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her brother, aka YouTube superstar Codemeister, except for one big problem. He’s funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.

SamTheBrave came to this year’s con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol’s attention could be the big break Sam needs.

ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.

The three teens’ paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody’s hateful rants on video. Because she’s determined to spill the truth to her brother’s fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.

Told through three relatable voices and arriving on the heels of the author’s widely praised debut novel, Kat and Meg Conquer the World, this sophomore novel is a nuanced and timely story about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

Caster by Elsie Chapman

If the magic doesn’t kill her, the truth just might.

Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.

When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn’t have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she’s entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors.

When the facts about Shire’s death don’t add up, the police start to investigate. When the tributes to Saint Willow aren’t paid, the gang comes to collect. When Aza is caught sneaking around with fresh casting wounds, her parents are alarmed. As Aza’s dangerous web of lies continues to grow, she is caught between trying to find a way out and trapping herself permanently.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

A young woman is both a bard–and a warrior–in this thrilling historical fantasy from the author of the Sevenwaters novels.

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone mysteriously missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the people could revolt. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision and is faced with a heartbreaking choice. . . 

Windermere by Kit Frick

Hell yes to more podcast-styled narratives.

Pitched as Serial meets a contemporary retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the psychological suspense story follows a college-bound girl who takes a position as a summer nanny in the Hamptons only to become the prime suspect in a murder investigation. The book is told in three interwoven timelines, including the transcript of a fictionalized true crime podcast.

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis


A YA horror-thriller in which the daughter of a famous movie director is swept up in real-life terror when she’s sent to the sinister small town where his most iconic movie was filmed, and she questions whether she’ll ever get out alive. Publication is set for summer 2020.

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

I’ve been seeing the author talk about this on Twitter and its sounds so cute. This is the book teen-me would die for because I wanted to be a music journalist then.

Wednesday Books has acquired Erin Hahn’s More Than Maybe, about an aspiring teen music journalist who befriends the shy son of a former punk rocker; but when his love song about her accidentally goes viral, they’re forced to decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try. Publication is planned for 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read in 2018

This was actually a difficult topic for me because I read a lot of books I liked and have become favorites of mine. But I did want to narrow it down. 

Also I’m not going to rank them because these are all my favorites for different reasons! 

1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This was a gorgeous and eye-opening generational story about the lives of two sisters born in Africa and their descendants following one in America and the other in Africa. This one is for sure going to be considered a classic in the future.

2. Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Another book that I’d consider a future classic. This a slice-of-life coming of age story about a teen Black girl. This features some of my favorite writing this year and one of my favorite heroines in Jade Butler.

3. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

One of the first book reviews I did for my blog was for this book. This has a cute F/F romance but also deals with parental neglect and grief. This made for a good summer read. You can read my full review for this here!

4. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Some people may say that this was “cliche” but I think it does many of those adventure, fantasy YA cliches so well. I had so much fun reading this and I loved the characters, particularly Yumeko. I has flashbacks to some of my favorite series such as Inuyasha, Avatar the Last Airbender, Dragon Ball, and Samurai Champloo.

5. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Another slice of life tale about discovering who you really are. This explores mental illness and sexuality so well and I fell in love with Brandy Colbert’s writing. This story felt so real.

6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

One of the funniest books about depression I’ve read. The humor mixed in with the exploration of mental illness was handled well and I admire Jane Sinner so much for her sarcastic wit and her honesty.

7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Dark fantasy! Fae! Hate-to-love! UGH. Holly Black has me by the throat. Also one day I’m going to do a whole essay on Jude and why I love her so much being the badass anti-heroine that she is. (Okay maybe not a whole essay but I have so much to write about Jude freaking Duarte)!

8. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Another emotionally charged read that’s relevant today even if it’s about a female artist during the Renaissance era in Italy. Based off the real life of Artemisia Gentileschi and told in verse, this impacted me in so many ways. This takes a look a young girl growing up in a society where men have the power and women are undervalued and taken advantage of.

9. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Autumn vibes and a cute romance! I adored the main characters and the world created by Margaret Rogerson.

10. Sadie by Courtney Stevens

This book has tragedy, suspense, and a what the hell ending. The podcast thrown in adds so much to the overall story and I loved that. Sadie herself is a such a memorable and tragic character.

2019 Reading + Blogging Goals

It’s the last day of 2018. I’m finally glad this year is over. It honestly wasn’t a great year for me for many personal reasons but 2018 had a few good moments and most of them involved reading and blogging!

Since everyone has been putting out their goals I decided to share some of mine. These aren’t goals I’m going to force myself to complete. If I do all of them then AMAZING but if I only do one then I’ll still be satisfied.

Create a bookstagram

I hope to have this goal finished by the end of January!

Redesign my blog

This one might take a while but I want to change a few things on my blog such as the design and features etc. etc.

Participate in a blog tour

I had a few chances this year to be in a blog tour but nevertheless my anxiety prevented me from it. Also I was quite busy so there’s that too.

Participate in Blogmas / Blogtober

I’m not exactly consistent with my posts as many of y’all can tell but I’ve seen how other people have done Blogtober & Blogmas and it looks fun.

Finish a Readathon

In 2018 I participated in 2 readathons, one of which I never even started and the other I only read one book. I’m looking out for a readathon where I have a few books to read in a short amount of time.

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

A feature I want to have on my blog. Maybe? We’ll see how it one folds out.

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

This one is my BIGGEST for 2019. I had a lot of setbacks and I’ve had plenty of opportunities to participated in bookish things and I held myself back because of anxiety and just the fear of putting myself out there. I also have such a limited social media presence.

Blog hop more!

It’s always a good goal to discover more bloggers!

Get to 200 followers!

A simple goal but this one would be awesome!

Keep track of reading and blogging in my 2019 bullet journal

I got another bullet journal and I can’t wait to start on it. I’m specifically ging to track more of my reading and blogging in it.

Prioritize reading and reviewing ARCs.

THIS SO MUCH. I did this pretty well in 2018 and I hope to keep on with this in 2019.

Promote books better

2019 is going to be the year where I talk way too much about the books I loved so be prepared.

Read 40 books for my Goodreads challenge

Last year I made my Goodreads challenge at 25 then I moved it up to 30. I think 2019 is the year I can move up to at least 40 books.

Read more historical fiction

Historical fiction is a favorite of mine and I didn’t read much besides Homegoing (which is a stellar book btw). There’s so many great ones coming out in 2019 that I’m keeping an eye on like The Weight of Our Sky, The Downstairs Girl, All Is Fair, Lovely War, and A Place for Wolves.

Read more sci-fi

Sci-fi is also a fave and I just didn’t read ANY. 2019 is also offering some out-of-this-world sci-fi stories such as The Last 8, The Pioneer, Once & Future, The Light at the Bottom of the World.

Make more discussions posts

I will admit to having zero confidence in my writing and critical thinking skills but I would love to write up discussion posts especially ones focusing on characters in YA!

Write!!! + Participate in NaNoWriMo

Self-explanatory. I have many WIPs as many of us bloggers do.

Complete the PopSugar Reading + Book Riot Read Harder Challenges

I didn’t complete either of these challenges during 2018 so I need to redeem myself! This year’s prompts for both are exciting and I can’t wait to expand my reading tastes as well.

Get more followers on Twitter

This one I actually don’t care too much about but uhhhh I’m just going to plug my twitter here…. @savvy_reads Follow if you’d like.