Top Ten Tuesday -First Ten Books I Reviewed on This Blog

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Hello everyone! It’s been a while! (I feel like I write this in every post).

This is a great topic because it’s a fun retrospective of my blog and seeing how I’ve made some progress and also kind of regressed in writing reviews and also how I write in general.


And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

My first ever review on my blog and it’s pretty bad folks. There’s misspellings, typos, and just a lot of cringe-y moments here. You’ll notice this trend where I try to rate books from a 1-10 scale instead of using the star system (which I still hate btw) but as of right now I’m not even sure how I want to rate books.

This is also one of the few books I’ve reviewed on here that wasn’t an arc because at this time I had no idea what NetGalley and Edelweiss was. Honestly I had no idea what the hell an arc was.

By the way I still have yet to finish this series….I really need to get on that I guess.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m actually proud of this review because I took notes while reading which made it easier for me to go back and recall some details. But I also just genuinely enjoyed this book and wanted to gush about it. I also forgot that I used to do “+” for a positive thing I liked and “-” for something I didn’t like. This did not stay long.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

This was my first ever ARC review and it shows. I think I tried really hard to like this book but I really didn’t. This book was more like a 2 star read now that I come to think about it. It was kind of forgettable but now I’m remembering some of the plot I kind of hated it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

For Sadie I didn’t want to do a full on review but 1) other people had been doing and had some stunning and poetic reviews of 2) because I was kind of lazy and didn’t want to write a lot. I also just noticed that the photo I took of for this review is really huge and hard to see. But this review felt so easy but it was a great book and obviously it’s easy for me to write reviews for books I enjoyed rather than ones I don’t like and for some people it’s the the opposite.

Shadow of the Fox (#1) by Julie Kagawa

This was my second ARC review and another favorite review of mine because it was so easy to gush over this book.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I think I like this graphic novel even more now than I did when I first read it. I’m not really sure if my review did it justice but I hope someone picked it up regardless of whether I made them or not.

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

This was another grapic novel ARC review. However with this one I don’t really remember too much about it. It wasn’t bad, because it does have a good message but it’s just not a book that was meant for me. I still stick by my original rating but its not a story I would ever read again.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

And finally I went back to reviewing a book that wasn’t an ARC. Yet another gushy review. I’m not sure what kind of review I was going for here but it did get plenty of interaction so I’m glad about that.


So there’s my evolution of reviewing books on my blog, which is still something I’m working on and I can always improve which I guess is my advice to anyone wanting to write reviews. Keep on writing! 🙂

F is For Friday – April 5 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

What can I say?? This book was phenomenal. This book made me want to write more and put more words out there. I can’t recommend this enough. It’s won awards so that should give y’all some motivation to read The Poet X. I’m so excited to read her next book, With the Fire on High now.

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

I really want to get to reading Daisy Jones & The Six. I’m going to be listening to the audiobook since I’ve heard many people say that it’s the best way to take in the story.

Then there’s You’d Be Mine which I have the eARC for that I should really get to and also review!

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

I’m going to share just one of the several powerful quotes from The Poet X

“Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them. 
It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.” 

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

Lush products

I started using Lush products a few weeks ago and I’m loving them. I got the American Cream shower lotion and body conditioner and I just love the smell.

My awesome coworker

My coworker who is super nice gave me these little composition notebooks. They’re so small and cute. I’m so grateful to have a co-worker like her!! Completely made my day.

10 Things I Hate About You

It was the 20th anniversary of the movie the other day and I still can’t believe it’s that old. It’s one of my favorite rom-coms and has inspired me in so many ways. I will always appreciate the character of Kat Stratford for introducing me to feminism back when I first watched this movie on YouTube.

Shrill

I mentioned this in my March Wrap-Up but it’s still something I’m thinking about because of its body positivity and humor. I can’t praise it enough.

Hearts Beat Loud

This was such a sweet heartwarming underrated gem of a movie featuring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as a father and daughter who make music and start a band together. The music in this movie is so good. Also Kiersey Clemons’ character has a girlfriend and they are adorable. There’s also Mitski and I love Mitski.


That was my week so far. Let me know how y’all are doing.

March Wrap-Up + Favorites

Hey everyone! I hope March was a good month for y’all. If it wasn’t that’s okay too. I think this month was at least much better than February for me, but still kind of mediocre. It was a very meh month.

I’ve noticed I’ve been slacking in some areas on my blog such as Top Ten Tuesday posts, my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month posts, and in April I’m going to get back into those things.

WHAT I READ

NEVERWORLD WAKE BY MARISHA PESSL

A twisty, surrealistic Groundhog Day story that explores relationships, friendships and life. MY RATING: 5/5

THE POET X BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO

This book deserves all the hype and critical acclaim it has received. I also highly recommend listening to the audiobook which is narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself. What else could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said about this powerful book? Just read it. MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

POSTS

There’s a recurring theme in my posts this month as you will notice.

2019 Anthologies on My TBR

Top 5 Wednesday – Books on My Spring TBR

F is For Friday – March 22

Top 5 Tuesday – Space Books on My TBR

FAVORITES

SHRILL

Give me more Shrill please!! This was a wonderfully hilarious show that has such a great message on body positivity. Aidy Bryant is so brilliant and I want her to be in everything.

US

Jordan Peele does it again. While I didn’t find this movie to be super scary, it was very disturbing, creepy, and unsettling. Lupita is incredible as usual but I also enjoyed the rest of the cast.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND GOOSE ARE GOING TO KICK THANOS’ ASS in Endgame. With that aside, I really enjoyed this so much and I even went on Twitter to talk about all the things I felt about it.

APRIL GOALS

  • Post at least 2 reviews
  • Read ARCs
  • Read my Spring TBR
  • Do all tags and challenges I was tagged in
  • Restart my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month posts.

February Wrap-Up and Favorites

WOW. Let’s talk about February. I’ll be honest and say that my mental health plus with work stuff limited my time on here. But just to let y’all know that if you ever need a break or can’t post or whatever, it’s totally fine to not be consistent.

WHAT I READ

I read this because I re-watched Twin Peaks which I’ll go more in depth with in my monthly favorites portion. I enjoyed the information this provided on the show’s production, the stories and characters, and great analysis.

POSTS*

*actually Post because I only made 1 post this month.

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

MONTHLY FAVORITES

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

I downloaded this app at the beginning of February and I’m obsesssed! I never played an Animal Crossing game before (which I really need to get more of the games) but I love how chill and relaxing this game is. It’s so cute and easy-going.

Derry Girls


I first have to thank Aurora for talking about this amazing show on her blog. This is a hilarious coming of age comedy set in 1990s during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I love this quirky cast of characters. It’s so witty and the quotes are hilarious. Fun fact: I share a birthday with the actor who plays James.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade attacked me so much. This about an eighth grade girl, Kayla who is dealing with social anxiety, trying to fit in, and being awkward a.k.a. me in eighth grade.

The Favourite

This deserved so much more praise from the Academy but who am I to judge? The Favourite is about the rivalry between cousins vowing to be the favourite of Queen Anne. I loved the dark comedic tones of this. Olivia Colman deserved her Oscar for her performance in this.

Twin Peaks

This was a rewatch because I always feel like February is the best month to watch this show (since it takes place during the last half of February and into March). I really adore this show no matter how meh it got in the second season. I always find myself coming back to the weird, surrealistic world of Twin Peaks.

Scribd

I started my free trial for this a week ago and I love it! I like listening to audiobooks and this gives you access to so many. I’m actually considering starting a subscription with this.


That is my lackluster monthly wrap-up. Hopefully March is more successful.

Top 5 Tuesday – Upcoming Book Titles

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Here are the topics for December

I’ve reworked this one because I’m currently on the 2019 hype train and there’s so many amazing book titles coming out next year!

Also I’m doing a little bit more than 5 because I couldn’t narrow this down without excluding some absolute gems. 

EDIT: I accidentally posted this last week on the 27th because sleep deprivation probably. Anyways here it is again but posted on the correct date lmao.


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This has a gorgeous ring to it. Also this book is about teen chef who is also a mother (a cooking mama if you will), so the title really fits with the cooking theme. 

Also while this is just about the title I do have to give major props to the cover because WOW ITS SO BEAUTIFUL. 

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

This is actually a quote from the famous Marvel writer Jack Kirby. It’s actually a heartbreaking quote though because he apparently gave this advice to a young artist about comics and has said it frequently. This book of course deals with comics as the main character’s grandfather is a co-creator of a famous comic book series from the 1960’s with a Romeo and Juliet like story. 

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

There’s something about this title that’s very striking and affirmative. Like “fuck the patriarchy and witch hunts!” I actually thought that this was an Amanda Lovelace book because it sounds like a title she’d come up with. This book sounds very queer BTW so there’s also that! 

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

This is another title that has a powerful vibe to it. One of my most anticipated releases of 2019! This is a speculative fiction novel about queer girls and dismantling the patriarchy! 

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

I like a good punny title and this one packs a punch. This deal with a softball player who had an injury and is dealing with a drug addiction. 

 The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren

This book just sounds really interesting in general and it has to do with a cult which is a subject I’m maybe a little too weirdly intrigued by. I’m also a huge fan paradoxical titles. 

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow 

And finally there’s this one. Which has hints of loneliness and sadness. Yet another gorgeous title matched with an equally gorgeous cover. 


Thanks for reading! Comment down below some of your favorite titles. Titles that make you think or laugh or whatever emotion you get from a particular title.