october wrap up and november tbr

Before I start, I just want to say thank you for 400 followers! It means so much to me 🙂

October was a pretty good reading month for me considering I have school and finished all of my college applications! I hope that November can be just as successful, if not even more. I read 5 books, making my total for the year 59.

October Wrap Up

  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: The ending was really good but didn’t fully make up for the rest of the book. The beginning was extremely slow and I could barely make it through. I didn’t want to DNF it though because I enjoyed the new Wonder Woman movie so much. Unfortunately, I did like the movie a lot more than the book. I think it needed a faster pace since it is a superhero book.
    • rating: 3/5 stars
  • Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia: I initially had some trouble getting into this book and liking the characters, but within a few chapters, I was so drawn. It was the perfect book to read during October because it is about a murder. It was so intense and thrilling. I loved trying to figure out who the killer was. I definitely want to pick up more books like this one.
    • rating: 5/5 stars
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: I had already posted my review on this book which you can read here. I absolutely loved it. That is all I have left to say.
    • rating: 5/5 stars
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner: I read this book for school so I had a lot of discussions on it in class. Talking about it did help with my enjoyment of it because otherwise I would have been completely lost. You really need to pay attention while reading this book because the chapters are just so strange and confusing.
    • rating: 3/5 stars
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe: It took a while for me to get used to the two different characters and their point of views, but I ended up really enjoying this book. I had been anticipating reading it for so long and I am glad I was finally able to read it. The ending was sad, heart-wrenching, and beautiful.
    • rating: 4/5 stars

I am proud of the books I read this month, because they were books I really wanted to read. 3 of the books I read were on my October TBR, so I am glad I got those out of my list. Now onto my TBR for November!

November TBR:

I don’t want to put too many books on my TBR this month because I have been finding it hard to pick up books that I assign myself to read. I am a mood reader, so I really have to be interested in a book during a certain time to fully enjoy it. However, I have started a couple of books for this month, and have one more that I hope to finish.

  1. On Writing by Stephen King: NaNoWriMo definitely inspired me to pick this book up. I have been meaning to read it for MONTHS, but I never had the chance. I finally picked it up from my library, and I hope to finish it soon. Although I am not writing a book for NaNo, I decided to start outlining a novel that I will write eventually. This book will hopefully give me some good tips in preparation to write.
  2. Beyond the First Draft- The Art of Fiction by John Casey: This is also another writing book. I had originally seen it in either a blog post or youtube video and decided to pick it up along with my Stephen King book. I haven’t started it yet, but I plan on reading it after On Writing.
  3. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider: I bought this book a couple of months ago and I recently started reading it. It is pretty short and shouldn’t take me too long to finish. I hope to be done with it in the next few days!

 

 

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Turtles All The Way Down- Review

As you may have heard, John Green’s new book, Turtles All The Way Down, came out on October 10th. I was extremely excited to read it, because I have loved previous books by him.

I purchased the audiobook and began listening to that a few days after the release. Before I could even get 1/4 of the way through, I knew I had to own the physical copy. On Tuesday, I bought a signed edition from Target, and having it in my hands made me feel so much closer to it. I could actually see the words he had written, and it made the whole experience even better for me.

Goodreads synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

My review:

I immediately fell in love with this book. This was the first book that I truly felt connected to the main character of a novel. I could relate to so many of the thoughts she had and it helped me make sense of my mind. The way John phrased Aza’s anxiety is the best description I have read. It really coincided with my own anxiety, and I could not be more grateful for this novel.

It really focuses on the struggles of everyday life of what it is like to live inside your own head. I feel like I can give this book to someone if I ever had to explain my anxiety to them. For me personally, it is extremely difficult to put my anxiety into words because I can not fully understand it half of the time. But when I read these words, it was as if every thought I had was written out for me.

Not only does she struggle with anxiety, but she also has obsessive thoughts which I can relate to as well. The combination of OCD and anxiety is extremely difficult and draining. You can feel how tired Aza is from suffering from this.

I had tears in my eyes while reading this book.

It was poetic and thought provoking and absolutely everything I needed to read, especially right now.

I think I may have found my new favorite YA book.

Rating: 5/5 stars

xx, jessica

October TBR

It’s finally spooky season! I absolutely love Halloween and the fall weather. This is the time I truly thrive for the year.

I am so excited to get back into reading this month because I have been in a slump for a while now. I just started a new job, so reading has been tough. I never have free time anymore! But, I am determined, and my TBR list is a bit ambitious this month. Let’s hope I can do it.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

This book is on my TBR because I am only about 220 pages in and I’ve been trying to finish it for weeks now. I borrowed it from the library so I need to finish it within the next few days.

It just feels like too slow of a read to me. I was hoping that it would be very fast paced since it is a superhero book, but it’s not. That is why it is taking me so long to finish.

Everything You Want Me To Be

Another book that I’ve been reading for weeks. I really have no excuse as to why I haven’t finished this yet. It was slow to get into at first, but it really picked up and I am very interested in the story. I just haven’t had the time to finish it, and I started Wonder Woman so I put this one aside for a little bit.

We Are the Ants

I bought this book a few weeks ago and I have been dying to read it. I want to finish the other two before I begin this one, so I’ve had to hold off. I am incredibly interested in reading this though, and I have heard so many good things about it. It also has the most beautiful cover I have seen in a while, so that is another plus to it.

The Beginning of Everything

It is decently short, so I am hoping this will be a quick read for me. If I don’t read all of these books, I hope to at least finish this one. The cover is interesting, and the story seems really cool, too.

The One Memory of Flora Banks

This book has been on my TBR for a really long time because I bought it back in March or April probably. I have heard some mixed reviews on this, but since I own it, I want to finally get to it.

As I Lay Dying

I am currently reading this for school, and I am about 1/2 way done. I know that I will finish this since it is a class assignment, but I thought I would add it to the list anyways. At first, this book was really strange and hard to understand, but I am enjoying it now that I have gotten deeper into it.

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What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What did you think of them? I really do want to know because I have been pretty picky with my books recently, so comment below!

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

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my current thoughts about the book community

When I was in middle school (and even younger than that) I went to the library or bookstore at least weekly, and I picked up tons of books. I chose books simply based on the cover and the synopsis- especially the synopsis. The more involved I become in the book community, the more I find myself doing less of that.

I now tend to pick up books based on what other people think of them without even forming my own opinions or considering if I will like the book or not. I can’t even tell you how many books I bought just because I heard people in the book community like them. I don’t even know what half of the books I buy are about at this point!

I began reading fantasy books more and more often, which I don’t even like. I’m more of a contemporary and mystery/paranormal reader. Sure, there were a few fantasy books I enjoyed reading, but there were so many that I forced myself to read just so I could be part of the loop.

Sometimes I feel like I’m going to be shamed for not reading or not enjoying something that was incredibly hyped by everyone. I also don’t want to attend any book events because I know that there are a TON of books I haven’t read and I don’t want people to think I don’t belong there.

Basically, the point of this post is to say that I want to start reading for myself again. I don’t want to fall out of love with reading because I don’t enjoy what I pick up. I also want to say that this is a criticism of myself, not the book community. There are so many wonderful people and the place is so welcoming. This is just how I am currently feeling!

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Do any of you feel the same way or am I alone in this one? Have you picked up any books solely because of the book community, without even knowing what it’s about?

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books that changed my life

Over the years, I have read many books on so many different topics. A few of them even changed my views on the world completely.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

This was one of the few books that I had to read in school and actually enjoyed. In fact, I loved it. It is now my all time favorite book ever (except I still don’t own it so I need to go buy it very, very soon). It deals with topics such as race, social norms, and maturity. It definitely is a must read for everyone.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone:

This is my second favorite book of all time. I enjoyed it so much because I could relate to it on a really deep level. The main character suffers from OCD and she also enjoys writing. Since I could connect to it, it left such a deep impact on me. I plan on re-reading this book as soon as I catch up on my TBR pile. The ending left such a deep scar on me emotionally, and it really shocked me.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

I am almost positive that all of you have read this book, watched the movies, or at least heard of it. The reason I like it so much is because I read it in a time of my life where I wasn’t very interested in anything. I was very sad, I didn’t focus on school, and I disconnected myself from a lot of people. When I heard about this book, I was so excited to read it and I couldn’t stop talking about it for days. I even convinced my cousin and friends to read it. It was something that I focused my time with and fell in love with, after a long time of being stuck in a weird place.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour:

This book didn’t necessarily change my life, but it did change my perspective. I gained a new respect for the film industry, and I enjoyed learning about the different fields in film making. A couple of years ago, film was something that I was really interested in, and this book made me regain that initial love. I raved about this book for weeks after reading it because I loved it so much.

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august wrap up + september tbr

Before I start, I just want to say I made a Twitter account for my blog! You can check it out here 🙂

Unfortunately the past few months have been pretty bad for me, reading wise. I’m sad that I haven’t read as much as I hoped to over the summer, but I’m only one book away from completing my reading challenge (of 50 books)!

This month I read 5 books, which isn’t horrible.

Anna and The French Kiss- Stephanie Perkins:
People have been raving about this book for YEARS. I have been wanting to read it for the longest time ever. I finally did but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped. I don’t even want to continue with the next 2 books, actually.

While this was definitely a super fluffy read, I wish I had related to and fallen in love with the characters. I think this was a little too fluffy for me, and I just haven’t been in the mood for fluffy.

3/5 stars

The Five People You Meet in Heaven- Mitch Albom:
I have heard lots of good things about this book, and when I saw that it was at Barnes and Noble for only $5, I had to get it. This book really got me thinking, and it was an incredible read.

I still find myself thinking about it and talking about it to others. The main character was really interesting for me to read about, and hearing about his life in such a unique way is what made me hooked.

5/5 stars

History is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera:
I was extremely lucky to be sent the ARC of this book by _____ on Twitter, and when I got it in my hands, I read it immediately. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one. I couldn’t relate to the characters at all, and I found it a bit too slow for me. I realized in the last few months that I prefer characters over plot, but I still need some action in books. There just wasn’t enough in this one.

3/5 stars

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte:
This book is part of my summer reading for school next year, which may be the reason that I didn’t love it too much.

At first, I really did think I would love the story because Jane seemed like a strong, independent woman and I really admired her for that. However, towards the end I really did not support her decisions and I couldn’t get myself to enjoy the story.

3/5 stars

Weave A Murderous Web- Anne Rothman-Hicks & Ken Hicks:
I wrote a review for this book a little while back so you can check that out!

3/5 stars

Now let’s get to my September TBR!

Midnight’s Children- Salman Rushdie:
Second book of my summer reading. I am almost done with it and expect to be done in a couple of days.

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas:
I am almost done with this book. I am actually listening to it on Audible (it’s my first audiobook ever- and I love it). It is soo good.

Everything You Want Me To Be- Mindy Mejia:
I received this book in my Read Dog book subscription box and I am finally planning on reading it! It looks super interesting.

 

That is all for my TBR because I am starting my senior year of High School in a few days. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many books! What’s on your TBR for this month?

 

the guilty reader tag

Recently I have seen tons of Youtube Videos doing this tag and I definitely wanted to give it a shot. The answers are so funny and interesting to see! Let’s get to the questions 🙂

Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been given?
I don’t think I ever have. I honestly don’t really ask for books specifically for my birthday or Christmas, so I don’t receive that many. I usually just get gift cards to Barnes and Noble, so it is books I actually want.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Yes, I’ve done it a lot of times. At school I tell my teachers I read the books they assign but usually Sparknotes does the trick.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
I just checked all the book I own and no I don’t own any that I borrowed but never gave back and I can’t remember a time where I did.

Have you ever read a series out of order?
No, I can’t imagine that. I would be too confused and way too focused on the fact that I haven’t read the other books to fully enjoy the one in front of me. I did accidentally buy the 2nd book of a series twice without noticing until I was at home, but that’s different.

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
Probably, but not on purpose. Sometimes a friend will tell me they don’t care or that they want to hear the ending so I’ll tell them. I would never purposely spoil it though.

Have you ever doggy eared a book?
No, because I am always too afraid to, but I think I want to start. The end result looks so cool and I don’t want to be super careful of all my books. I would rather have them look worn and actually read.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
I don’t think I have. I don’t have any books I am ashamed to own or anything. I don’t see any reason for lying about this.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
I don’t think I have ever done this either. I am usually proud to have read any book that other people are talking about.

Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Jane Eyre. I had to read it this month for summer reading but the middle was getting really boring. I just skipped multiple paragraphs.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Yes. I enjoyed Twilight when I read it in like 5th grade but when everyone started to hate on it, I did, too. I think that’s one of the only times though.

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Weave a Murderous Web- Review

*This book was sent to me to review, but all opinions are my own.

Goodreads Synopsis:
No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Jane’s discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. 

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

My Review:
I do think this book was a little hard to get into originally. If court cases and trials really interest you, this will not be the same reaction you have. The beginning is a little hard to get used to because of the lawyer terms used, but it makes sense for the story.

However, a couple chapters in, I was hooked! The story was really well written, and there was a lot of action. It is a murder mystery so you are constantly suspicious of EVERYONE.

The writing was really well done, and I liked the characters a lot. However, I didn’t really like the main character, Jane. She wasn’t very consistent and a little annoying at times, if I am being honest. Also, sometimes I had to stop and think about who each character was, because there were a lot introduced and it was hard to follow along with.

The story was super enjoyable and intense, though. I don’t often read stories like this, but I am glad I read this one. It was easy to get through, and was pretty fast-paced. This is also the second book in the series, which I didn’t know initially, but you don’t have to read the first to follow along, because I didn’t.

Overall, it was a good, quick read. I would give it 3/5 stars.

Check it out if this is the type of story that would interest you!

 

24 hour read-a-thon

12:02 am
i decided to try the 24 hours of reading trend that I first saw done by Zoe! She recently hosted a second read-a-thon but I wasn’t able to do it that day! So here I am doing my own.

It’s currently midnight, meaning the start of the 24 hours. I’m a huge morning person so I don’t stay up late at night. I am struggling to stay up even now. So, I’ll just start with telling you all my TBR for today!

Then I plan on waking up around 7 to begin reading!

So here’s the TBR-
– Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I’m currently on page 108
– History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I will see you in the morning when I begin reading!

8:28 am
I woke up later than I had hoped to (7:50), so by the time I ate breakfast and got ready for the day, I am just now starting to read.

I am starting with Anna and the French Kiss! I’m going to try to read 100 pages in one sitting. I have some tea in hand, so I should be good.

9:42 am
I read up to page 177 in Anna. I decided to take a little break to watch some youtube videos.

I’m planning on reading more of Anna in an hour or so when I go to barnes and noble. I’ll keep you updated!

11:38 am
i’ve been at barnes and noble for about an hour now but I didn’t do much reading. I had to study for the SAT and do some writing. I only got to page 202 of Anna so far.

When I get home I plan on starting History to change things up a bit.

2:08 pm
I am finally at page 307 of Anna, which means I have less than 100 to go!

Im going to start History now, and take a little food break!

6:49 pm
The last time I updated this, I said I would start History. I did, but only 17 pages.

I couldn’t stop thinking about Anna, so I decided to finish that book instead. Which was amazing, by the way. I ended up giving it a 4/5 stars. I am extremely happy with how it ended because I didn’t love it in the beginning.

I am now going to continue reading History until I need to pick up my sister. Then I will run a bath (and read in there for a bit) before getting ready for bed. I am going to stay up as long as it takes to finish History. It shouldn’t be long though, as the book is under 300 pages.

11:03pm
I only read 61 pages of History and now it’s time for bed! I was going to stay up late until I found out I was working early tomorrow morning.

I wish I had read more but I decided to watch a movie with my mom instead.

As a whole, this read-a-thon was less successful than I had hoped. However, I did read more than I usually do in a day.

I read a total of 325 pages. Not impressive but at least I finished a book. I did end up getting busier as the day went on, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.

I really enjoyed this experience though, and I think next time I will stay up all 24 hours to get the most reading done.

Anyways, let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like to join me next time so I’m not doing this alone (and so that I’ll be more motivated)!

See you soon,

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“loves me not, loves me” // book review

*I received this book for review, but all opinions are my own*

Loves Me Not, Loves Me by Brittany Julian is a poetry collection split into 2 parts. The first part, “Heartache’s Interlude” focuses on heartbreak and the pain caused by it. It also details the healing and forgiveness you must do for yourself.

The second half is about love. A main focus in this book is that you can’t have love without heartbreak, and vice versa. You need to go through some hardships to be able to feel love completely.

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I really, really enjoyed this book. The poetry is amazing and relatable. Even if you have never gone through heartbreak or experienced true love, you can feel the words the author is writing nonetheless.

I haven’t read any poetry books in a couple of months, but this one reminded me why I love them so much.

Here is one of my favorites:
please don’t convince yourself
that you are too complex
to be loved
you are not a problem
waiting to be solved
there is no algorithm
for us humans
who fall in love
no way to calculate
if the love will be worth the loss
in the months to come
or if all the frogs i’ve kissed
have led me to meet
one f****** prince

If you want to purchase the book yourself, check it out here!

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